How it all began:
The photo (left), entitled "The Last Vision", depicts the vision that Sr. Lucia saw on June 13, 1929, in Tuy, Spain. Sister Lucia explained what happened:
"I had sought and obtained permission from my superiors and confessor to make a Holy Hour from 11 o'clock until midnight, every Thursday to Friday night. Being alone one night, I knelt near the altar rails in the middle of the chapel and, prostrate, I prayed the prayers of the Angel. Feeling tired, I then stood up and continued to say the prayers with my arms in the form of a Cross. The only light was that of the sanctuary lamp. Suddenly, the whole chapel was illuminated by a supernatural light, and above the altar appeared a Cross of light, reaching to the ceiling. In a brighter light on the upper part of the Cross, could be seen the face of a man and his body as far as the waist; upon his breast was a dove of light; nailed to the Cross was the body of another man. A little below the waist, I could see a chalice and a large Host suspended in the air, onto which drops of blood were falling from the Face of Jesus Crucified and from the wound in His side. These drops ran down onto the Host and fell into the chalice. Beneath the right arm of the Cross was Our Lady and in her hand was her Immaculate Heart. (It was Our Lady of Fatima, with her Immaculate Heart in her left hand, without sword or roses, but with a crown of thorns and flames.) Under the left arm of the Cross, large letters, as if of crystal clear water which ran down upon the altar, formed these words: "Grace and Mercy".
I understood that it was the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity which was shown to me, and I received lights about this mystery which I am not permitted to reveal.
Our Lady then said to me: "The moment had come in which God asks the Holy Father, in union with all the Bishops of the world, to make the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means. There are so many souls whom the Justice of God condemns for sins committed against me, that I have come to ask reparation: sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray."
It was Late:
On June 13, 1929, Blessed Mother said that God asked the Holy Father in union with all the Bishops of the world to make the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. The Consecration did not take place until March 25, 1984.
Fifty Five years past before the Collegial Consecration that God asked for was accomplished.
It was very late, and the errors of Communism spread during the 55 years before the Collegial Consecration was accomplished.
The Summer of 1989:
Five more years after the
March 25,1984, Collegial Consecration took place
It wasn't until the summer of 1989 when Sister Lucia began to publicly state that the Consecration was accomplished and accepted by Jesus. When Sister Lucia was asked why she waited so long to make this announcement, Sister Lucia answered, "I do not speak on the radio. I do not write for the papers...I had no way of communicating."
- Tindal-Robertson, Timothy, Fatima, Russia & Pope John Paul II, Still River, Mass. The Ravengate Press 1992. Page 25, states: Sister Lucia was visited by the Apostolic Nuncio after the Consecration and asked her: "Is Russia now consecrated?" " Yes, now it is." answered Sister Lucia. The Nuncio then said, "Now we wait for the miracle." Sister Lucia answered, "God will keep His word."
- Fr. Robert Fox, The Fatima Family Messenger, July 10, 1989. Bishop Alberto Cosme do Amaral of Leiria-Fatima said he was next to Pope John Paul II during the actual Consecration. Bishop Amaral thanked the Holy Father for consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and then the Bishop said the Pope added, "and Russia." The Bishop of Fatima said, "A moral totality for the world's bishops joined the Pope in the Collegial Consecration, including Eastern Orthodox bishops."
- Fr. Robert J Fox, Fatima Today: The Third Millennium, Waite Park, MN. Park Press Quality Printing inc. 2001. Page 261: A copy of the personal letter written by Sister Lucia on July 3, 1990. Sister Lucia's letter follows: "I come to answer your question, 'If the Consecration made by Pope John Paul II on March 25, 1984, in union with all the bishops of the world, accomplished the condition for the conversion of Russia, according to the request of Our Lady in Tuy on June 13, 1929?' Yes, it is accomplished, and said it was made. And I say that no other person responds for me, it is I who receive and open all letters and respond to them. In union of prayers. (signed) Sister Lucia"
Our Lady at Fatima predicted:
War, hunger, persecution of the Church and the Holy Father if her requests were not granted.
Our Lady at Fatima said:
"In order to prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my wishes are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and the persecution of the Church.."
The Holy Father did his part:
Pope John Paul II consecrated the world and Russia in particular in union with all the bishops. We too must do our part. Both the Collegial Consecration and the First Saturday Devotion were requested to obtain the promises of Blessed Mother.
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