THE SECOND APPARITION – THE IMMACULATE HEART
BETWEEN MAY 13 – JUNE 13, 1917
Not only the apparitions, but also the circumstances and the concrete life of the children during and after the apparitions have a great importance for us. The life of the children as “re-action” to Our Lady’s “action” is also a message from Heaven. In fact, through all these secondary causes God, the First Cause, acts and reaches His goal. As a rule, we can say:
- The children’s answers to the interventions of Heaven should become the pattern of our answers: the beatification of Francisco and Jacinta are a clear hint from Heaven, that in imitating them, we certainly are on the way of holiness.
- The world around the children is exactly the same as the world around us. “And the world did not recognize HIM.” What the children got from the world is again a clear picture of what we are supposed to get from the world: hatred, persecution, and isolation. It helps us to consider the “world” as it truly is, and what we have to expect from it, and how we have to behave in front of it.
- The life of the children is a deep illustration of how God educates us within the banal circumstances of our daily life: their attitude towards God, towards the authorities, towards people, towards all kinds of trials, sickness, and even approaching death. It is the education in the laws of our fight in the militant Church, the education to assume and accomplish our role assigned by Divine Providence in our short life on earth.
First reaction of the children:
The apparition had filled the three children with an immense joy and a holy cheerfulness. They had never known anything like it, because the apparitions of the Angel in 1916 had a completely different effect on their souls. Sr. Lucy writes: “The apparition left us filled with peace and expansive joy. … Francisco was overjoyed and expressed the happiness he felt when he heard of the promise that he would go to Heaven. Crossing his hands on his breast, he exclaimed, “Oh, my dear Our Lady! I’ll say as many Rosaries as You want!” As for Jacinta, she could not contain her joy: “That very afternoon, while we remained thoughtful and rapt in wonder, Jacinta kept breaking into enthusiastic exclamations: Oh, what a beautiful Lady.” Also, immediately after coming home, Jacinta told her parents with great enthusiasm what had happened.
Their life turned into continuous prayer: prayer becomes their consolation.
Sr. Lucy writes about Francisco: “From then on, Francisco made a habit of moving away from us, as though going for a walk. When we called him and asked him what he was doing, he raised his hand and showed me his rosary. If we told him to come and play, and say the Rosary with us afterwards, he replied: “I’ll pray then as well. Don’t you remember that Our Lady said I must pray many rosaries? ”
To Our Lady’s request, “Will you accept to suffer,” the children answered without hesitation: “Yes, we will!” It is the expression of the spiritual rule: “The firmer an act of will, the deeper the love!” This definite “yes” that Lucy pronounced at that instant, in the name of all three, was nothing less than an oblation to God as a victim of love; love for God in reparation for sin, to console His wounded Heart; love for souls also to obtain at any price their salvation.
Behold another lesson for us about the importance of an ardent desire at the beginning of our spiritual life. What counts is generosity, which allows the divine grace to penetrate us, as much as we have opened ourselves to it through the firm act of will: “Yes I want!” On the contrary, one of the deepest reasons of our spiritual failures is our weak will, our lack of decision. We turn around ourselves, we are literally “hanging around,” because we don’t say enough: yes! Or better, we don’t answer clearly and firmly to Her request, “Would you please?” – “Yes, I want, dearest Mother and Queen!”
Lucy, the eldest of the three, had to undergo incredible hardships immediately after the apparition, and first of all, from her own family. Her mother was convinced that she told lies, and tried to convince her by beating her, threatening her with sarcasm. The beautiful family life was gone forever and replaced by an awful feeling of being misunderstood. She became the “black sheep of the family,” a shame and a humiliation to everybody. And that happened in the delicate heart of a 10-year-old child!
“I was overwhelmed with bitterness. I could see that my mother was deeply distressed, and that she wanted at all costs to compel me, to admit that I had lied. I wanted so much to do as she wished, but the only way I could do so was to tell a lie. From the cradle she had instilled into her children a great horror of lying, and she used to chastise any one of us who told an untruth.”
“My sisters sided with my mother, and all around me the atmosphere was one of utter scorn and contempt. Then I would remember the old days, and ask myself: ‘Where is all that affection now, that my family had for me just such a short while ago?’ My one relief was to weep before the Lord, as I offered Him my sacrifice.”
This lesson is particularly important for us. In fact, we hear often the lamentation of pious souls: “Since I converted to God and consecrated myself to Mother Mary, everything turns against me. Old friends abandon me, my own family rejects me, all kind of trials and tribulations fall on me, etc.”
We find the answer in the very words of Our Lord: “If you want to imitate Me, then renounce yourself, carry your cross daily, and so follow Me. If they have despised Me, they will also despise you…. Because of Me, the world hates you!” It is quite normal that the devil gets angry when he loses his influence, when he is thrown out of a soul, when this soul becomes an icon of the Immaculata and so will become an enormous obstacle to his ambitions. Therefore, he tries to discourage the faithful, especially those who belong entirely to Her.
But this is not the deepest answer why these tribulations fall upon us: the deepest answer is that Our Lord, together with Our Lady embraced suffering and made the CROSS the symbol of His triumph. Suffering purifies us from being too attached to the nothings of this world. Moreover, suffering for the beloved is the greatest thing we can do in this world: “There is no greater love than to give his life for the friends,” says Our Lord. The Law of the Cross makes us also understand that we should not seek comfort and consolations amongst creatures. The praise of the world and the comfort of being cherished by men is a dangerous illusion.
The world around:
Our Lady certainly foresaw the reaction of Lucy’s family and the religious authority, the parish priest. We also should not be too impressed that faith and fidelity towards Our Lord and Our Lady often provoke negative reactions even amongst the “good.” All saints had to suffer first of all from their own closest ones, superiors, fellow brothers or sisters, family, etc. This was in the plan of Divine Providence; if we want to obtain eternal fife we have to go to the fire of tribulations. Therefore, we should not be angry with those who have been chosen by God to be instruments of the purification of our pride, and schoolmasters of humility, and all other virtues. It would be quite easy to accept this “law of sufferings” if they would come only from the enemy, from people without an intimate relationship towards us. But if the humiliation and all kinds of negative signals come from the closest beloved, then the cross is really felt like a cross. If we carry that cross out of love, we do the best possible service to our beloved, who now may not understand us. During the 5 years after founding the Militia Immaculatae, St. Maximilian Kolbe was despised by his fellow Franciscan brothers, and was constantly ridiculed. His patience, humility, and spirit of sacrifice, however, won them one after the other for the cause of the Immaculata.
But besides this trial of Lucy’s, Providence also allowed some persons to believe the children: such were the parents of Francisco and Jacinta, and some other good Catholics of the surrounding villages. Therefore, on the 13 June, already around 50 people accompanied the children to witness the second apparition.
THE SECOND APPARITION ITSELF
Here are the words of Lucy recalling the second apparition: As soon as Jacinta, Francisco, and I had finished praying the Rosary, with a number of other people who were present, we saw once more the flash reflecting the fight which was approaching. The next moment, Our Lady was there on the holm oak, exactly the same as in May.
What does Your Grace want of me? I asked.
I wish you to come here on the 13th of next month, to pray the Rosary each day, and to learn how to read. Later, I will tell you what I want.
I asked for the cure of a sick person.
If he is converted, he will be healed during the year.
I would like to ask you to take us to Heaven.
Yes, I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you are to stay here some time longer. Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world the Devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion, I promise salvation; these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by me to adorn His throne.
Am I to stay here alone? I asked, sadly.
No, my daughter. Do you suffer much? Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.
As Our Lady spoke these last words, she opened her hands, and, for the second time, she communicated to us the rays of that immense light. We saw ourselves in this light, as it were, immersed in God. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in that part of the light that rose towards Heaven, and I, in that which was poured out on the earth.
In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a HEART encircled by thorns that pierced it. We understood that this was the IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.
The revelation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This 13 June 1917 has to be appreciated as the great day in the history of the world, when the Almighty God allowed Our Lady to reveal to the world Her greatest secret, Her deepest intimacy, the infinite treasure received from the Most Holy Trinity, the inmost value of Her personality and the source of Her whole being: HER IMMACULATE HEART! All future apparitions, as well as the life of the children of Fatima and the events around Fatima, are only an explanation, continuation, and application of this mystery revealed on this day. We can make the following summary: Fatima is the revelation of the Immaculate Heart to the world, as well as the full heavenly explanation of the meaning, purpose, and necessity of the Immaculate Heart for all; it is, finally, the exhortation of Mary Herself, what She wishes our answer to this revelation to be. Or yet shorter: Fatima shows, who Mary really is for us, and how we have to react to such a will of God! And the keyword is the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
On this day, Our Lady, for the first time, announces the great design of God for the whole world, and She does this with two lapidary sentences each Apostle of Fatima should know by heart:
First: Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion I promise salvation; these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by Me to adorn His throne.
Second: My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.
On this day, too, Our Lady shows for the first time in the history of the world Her Immaculate Heart:
“In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a HEART endrcled by thorns that pierced it. We understood that this was the IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”
We can therefore distinguish two major parts: Our Lady speaks about Her Immaculate Heart; afterwards, She shows it to the children, and through them, to the world. First, She explains the effects and power of Her Immaculate Heart, if only the people would approach it and follow its wishes; afterwards, She allows us to see Her Heart itself, in other words, She opens Her Heart to us that we may enter into this ineffable sanctuary of the Holy Ghost.
Both parts of this revelation changed the life of the children completely, and this is exactly what Our Lady wants to accomplish in each of us: through the contact of our heart with Her Immaculate Heart we will be purified, we will receive its treasures, we will be submerged in the only great reality for which it is worthwhile to live: the overwhelming LOVE of God present in this heart and pouring out of this Heart.
Therefore, it is necessary for us to meditate word by word this manifestation of God’s deepest mysteries:
1.The childrens’ vocation: our vocation
After a short introduction (Our Lady repeats Her wishes and Lucy asks for the cure of a sick person), Lucy asks Her: “I would like to ask you to take us to Heaven.” The reason of this supplication was, on the one hand, the incredible beauty and happiness emanating from the Immaculata, and on the other hand, the trials she had to suffer since one month from her most beloved.
The short answer of Our Lady again opens to our meditation infinite horizons: “Yes, I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you are to stay here some time longer. Already the month before, She promised Heaven to Her faithful children. In this apparition, She makes an important precision: She will certainly open the gates of Heaven to all poor children of Eve “who have recourse to Her,” but the “when,” “where,” and “how” depends on the essential task God assigned us for our short life on earth. Some, She will take sooner, some later, depending on the specific vocation of each one. Our Lady uses the example of the three children to give us a clear illustration and understanding of our vocation on earth; in the following vision, when She communicated to them again the Heavenly Light, “we saw ourselves in this light, as it were, immersed in God. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in that part of the light which rose towards Heaven, and I, in that which was poured out on the earth.”
The light has a double direction: towards Heaven, and towards the earth. Our vocation has a double direction, towards Heaven, and towards the world. Our ultimate direction is Heaven, and it will be “soon”. Therefore, our highest vocation, first on earth, will be “to love God with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our strength.” This will be the highest law and principle of our journey in this valley of tears. Later we will see that Francisco received a special grace to understand this love in the desire to “console God Who is so sad because of our sins.”
The second direction goes towards the earth, towards men, and explains our immediate vocation: Jesus wishes to make use of you to make Me known and loved. It is the love of neighbor, that he may know and love his Heavenly Mother, and through Her, find the way back to the only Way, Truth, and Life: Our Lord Himself.
In comparison to this essential vocation, all the other circumstances of our life are secondary. A short life or a long life, vocation to the priesthood, or religious life, or marriage, active or contemplative, poor or rich, public or hidden, at home or abroad… all these circumstances, certainly Our Lord, through Mary, will make us known, if only we never forget the deepest and highest sense of our life, our essential vocation.
However, it is also good to think about Lucy’s reaction: “Am I to stay here alone? I asked, sadly.” Here we have the true perspective to consider our life on earth: as an exile, a valley of tears, a long and difficult pilgrimage, a burden and a cross. Here again, we realize how appropriate Fatima is for our times. So much attached to this world and so indifferent towards eternity; we are in terrible need to be reminded about the true appreciation of our life on earth.
Our Lady continues: He wants to establish in the world the Devotion to My Immaculate Heart. She emphasizes Herself the importance of Fatima. Until now She never appeared to require a special devotion for the whole world. Visibly, She wants Her Immaculate Heart to be known and loved everywhere and by all people. Now we know that an overwhelming majority of the people in this world neither know nor love Our Lady. Therefore, we have to understand the requests of Our Lady as a missionary call to set the whole world afire with the presence of the burning fire of Her Heart. In other words, the message of Fatima should not be understood only as a private devotion for our own spiritual comfort, but as a truly universal manifestation concerning the whole world. It is an echo to the order of Our Lord: “Go into the whole world, teach all nations…” As Jesus Christ wanted His Church to be Catholic, universal, aiming at the conversion and sanctification of all people, Our Lady wants to manifest Her Immaculate Heart to all nations, so that they may find in Her the “way which leads them to God.”
3.Incredible promises for future and eternity
The universality and importance of the revelation of the Immaculate Heart is fostered by the most astonishing promises to motivate us lazy people to embrace that devotion. These promises concern first our future and eternity, and afterwards our daily life here on earth. To whoever embraces this devotion I promise salvation; these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by Me to adorn His throne.
Only He Who can grant us salvation, God Himself, can give the promise of eternal salvation. However, here Our Lady clearly emphasizes: “I promise!” As She said before in Lourdes, “I am the Immaculate Conception,” and in Fatima on the 13 May, “I am of Heaven,” so again, today, She declares, “I promise salvation.” In fact, the mystery of the Immaculate Heart is the mystery of God Himself, Who chooses amongst all creatures His dwelling and presence: She is so full of God and His grace that whatever She says and does, God says and accomplishes through Her. In other words, when She says, “I promise salvation,” She is only the echo, or loudspeaker, of God, Who promises the greatest of all graces.
The object of the promise is, further on, explained in three terms; each of which is to be considered as a precision of the others. First, “salvation” is the reason of the coming of the Savior. Salvation is the “one and all” in each man’s life: either salvation or hell, either eternal happiness or eternal damnation. Because the whole world is addicted to sin, and consequently, everybody is in highest danger to lose his soul forever; therefore, this promise is so infinitely precious. The Heavenly Mother knows that in the latter times it would be very difficult for Her children to be saved, so She comes Herself and “promises salvation.” To understand this word, one must understand the mystery of God: it is the overwhelming reality of the definite and everlasting victory against Satan, evil, and hell. It is the eternal triumph of God’s love, light, joy, mercy, fullness of grace, and abundance of goodness in us.
The second term used by Our Lady is astonishing: these souls are “dear to God.” Generally, when meditating about our salvation, we have in mind its effects on ourselves, the final purification of all our sins, and the eternal reward in Heaven. But there is yet a higher consideration: God’s final triumph in our soul touches His Heart to pour out Himself towards our littleness, and we become “dear to God.”
What, in fact, is so “dear to God,” that it moves Him to overflow His gifts into our souls? It is our devotion and filial love towards the Immaculate Heart. Our Lord appreciates it so much when His Mother is honored and obeyed. In this word, we have another allusion about the relationship between the Most Holy Trinity and the Immaculata. If already the devotion to Her is so dear to Him to move His Heart to fill even the weakest sinners with superabundant graces, how dear to Him must be She Herself?
The most astonishing promise however is the third and last one. Here Our Lady uses the picture of the use of flowers: flowers bring light, beauty, and joy into the house. Flowers have the task to “adorn,” to show the importance and exceptional value of that which they surround. When we meditate about this promise, we immediately think about the flowers at the altar, so close to the tabernacle and the place of the greatest sacrifice. They are privileged to almost touch the Body and Blood of Our Lord and express the highest virtues and love of the creatures towards their Creator and Savior.
When Holy Scripture and the Fathers and the Doctors of the Church write about the happiness in Heaven, the eternal bliss and joy of the Saints, they have to use analogies and pictures (banquet, wedding, union of husband and wife…) to express what can never be expressed in our poor human language. What, then, can mean the picture used by Our Lady that the souls devoted to Her Immaculate Heart will be like “flowers adorning His throne?”
Our Faith teaches us that there will be degrees in Heaven, and the closer a Saint is to God’s dwelling, the more he participates in God’s infinite holiness and God’s infinite love. Therefore, Our Lady is always presented in Heaven next to the Holy Trinity, afterwards the greatest Saints (John the Baptist, Saint Joseph, Saint Michael the Archangel). This means that the Devotion to the Immaculate Heart will not only grant us salvation, make us agreeable to God, but promises an eminent holiness, and transforms our hearts to become like “flowers before God,” always blossoming in His life-giving presence. This devotion will bring us to a deeper intimacy with Him, to a fuller access to the “majestic throne.”
Later, Our Lady will add other promises and specify these ones, especially “a holy death and Her very presence in the moment of the personal judgment.” How dear must that devotion be to God, if He gives such promises He hardly has ever given in history?!
4.Promises for the present
The above-mentioned promises are certainly the most important concerning “the hour of our death” and eternity: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul…?” But the second important moment of our life is “now,” because only the present moment is in my hands. “Now” I can please God or commit sin. Now we are in the middle of a war; now attacked by the devil; now on the pilgrimage to the eternal mountain-tops. Our Lady knows this. She knows that our life is a long-suffering. And again She gives us a most amazing promise: Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.
“I will never abandon you”. We must understand the great value of this word. There is a poor sinner, who is too weak to get up from the spiritual mud – “I will never abandon you; as long as you live I stand by your side and offer you My Immaculate Hands and beg you to give me thine.” There is another poor sinner who fights, but almost every time loses the fight, and falls into the pit of sin – “I will never abandon you; never give up! Whenever you fall, immediately give me your hand and stand up again. Don’t stop to try over and over again!” There is a devout soul, who seems to make no progress in spiritual life, who passes through trials, tribulations, dark nights, temptations, and discouragements – “I will never abandon you; all your sufferings I keep in My Heart; and at each moment, from My Heart, comes a special grace.”
There are two essential movements in our spiritual life: the negative one concerning our attitude towards evil, temptation, sin, attacks from the devil etc.; the positive one, concerning our spiritual progress and coming closer to God; the first is marked by fight, hardships, and dangers; the second is marked by practicing virtues, of pleasing God, of helping one’s neighbor. In both of them we encounter many difficulties: in the first one we must face dangerous enemies, fight all the time almost alone against millions. Humanly speaking, we are lost: everything outside wants to bring us to capitulate; inside we are lazy, weak, fearful and corrupt. And at the moment when the enemy launches attack to crush us definitively, the great promise: “My Immaculate Heart your refuge”. The little houses in the high mountains are called “refugio” because in storms they are the only places where security may be found.
In a war, the soldiers choose a hidden place called a “refuge” where they are secure and cannot be discovered by the enemy. This will the Immaculate Heart be for us in the midst of our spiritual war. “When you are tired of fighting, when you are mortally wounded, when you are discouraged and getting weaker and weaker, when darkness makes you afraid, when everywhere you are pushed to fall into sin come to My Heart and find shelter, new strength. Here is the only place where nobody can harm you! ”
And for the second movement of our life towards God, there is a big danger of losing the right way, to hesitate as to which direction to go, to make errors in important decisions, to make many efforts for nothing because we are walking besides the right way, or building our house on sand. “My Immaculate Heart will be your way which leads you to God! With me there is no error of direction! With me there is never exhaustion, and all efforts are rewarded. In My Heart there is always light, and you will never lose the way. And the more you are in My Heart, the easier and quicker you find GOD! Not only at the end of the long way, but already here and now, because my name is: ‘Dominus tecum’: ‘The Lord with you!’ And My Heart is the sanctuary of the Holy Ghost.”
5.The vision: the promise realized
Up to that moment, Our Lady spoke about the mystery of Her Immaculate Heart. Now she goes a step further: “As Our Lady spoke these last words, She opened Her hands, and for the second time, She communicated to us the rays of that immense light. We saw ourselves in this light, as it were, immersed in God. In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a HEART”. The Divine light is given to us through the Immaculate Heart. This mysterious infinite light, which somehow bathed the children, is a profound expression of the very essence of God, Who is LIGHT. The ultimate goal of the vision is God’s light, the fountain and channel of this fight is Her Heart.
We all know the symbolism of the “heart,” which is the very depth of our being, the seat of all that is precious in us, but before all the source of our love. We open our hearts only to our intimate friends, and only to the most beloved we say: “You are in my heart! My heart beats for you! I give you my heart, etc.” In this vision, Our Lady shows us Her Heart, and allows us to have a look into the deepest mystery of Her very being. Moreover, She introduces us into Her Heart, which becomes our dwelling and refuge and way. Consequently, She treats us as the most beloved ones, worthy to receive such an immense love. If we think a bit about who we are: wretched sinners, bad children, and unworthy nothings, then we cannot finish without being amazed at such condescension.
The greatness, sublimity, and importance of Her HEART, revealed to us poor children of Eve, is explained by Our Lord Himself, when He said to Sr. Lucy: “With immense longing I desire the propagation of the cult and the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, because this Heart is the magnet which attracts souls to Me; it is the burning focus (ognisko), which emanates into the world the rays of My light and My love; it is, finally, the fountain from which comes out into the world the living waters of My mercy.”
These words may be the deepest and greatest of that have ever been said about Our Lady, and we should meditate on them very often.
It is the immense desire of Our Lord Himself that the whole world understand who She really is. These words express the incredible love of God towards us, when He wants to go to the extreme limits to save us poor sinners. But, if Our Lord has such a desire, how can we be so lazy, indifferent, and unconcerned, seeing so many people who have no idea about the mystery of the Heart of the Immaculata?!
Our Lord gives also an important precision: He wishes both “cult” and “devotion”. The devotion is our personal relationship to Mary, somehow our heart in Her Heart. It is the attitude of a loving child always ready to give all honor and praise, attention, and time to such a loving mother. The cult is the public manifestation and recognition of God’s masterpiece, expressed in public ceremonies of veneration and consecration.
Then Our Lord uses three images to depict exactly the role of the Immaculate Heart: a magnet of attraction to Him, a source of fire from which the whole world receives His LIGHT and LOVE, and a fountain never running dry of His infinite mercy. This means when contemplating with devotion Her Heart, we always will be more attracted to Him; we will be penetrated by His own light to know Him more and more, and by His Love, to love Him in return, and in Him all other beings; and we will ever drink at the fountain of His mercy to make of us dirty nothings into children of God.
6.The sorrowful, Immaculate Heart
However, it is also important in which shape the Immaculate Heart appeared: not as in the pictures made of Her purest Heart since the 18th century, presenting Her Heart encircled with a crown of roses, and with the sword symbolizing Her Seven Sorrows. Here She appears “encircled by thorns which pierced it.” Exactly as Our Lord showed His Sacred Heart. This means that the same crown of thorns piercing the Holy Head of Our Lord during His Passion and piercing His Sacred Heart “because of the indifference, negligence, and abandonment of so many souls,” also pierces the Heart of Our Lady, and wounds it immensely. Lucy writes: “We understood that this was the IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”
With these words, we understand the most important reason why Mary wanted to show us Her Heart: She wanted to excite us to be touched, moved by such a love, and also such suffering for us unfaithful sinners. She “seeks reparation,” because She wants to change our heart of stone into a heart of loving compassion. If a child loves his mother and sees how she suffers, the child wants to console her, wants to repair the grief done to her, first by himself, then by others.
Now that the core of the message of Fatima has been announced, the following manifestations will only be precisions and applications of the great mystery and importance of Her Immaculate Heart. On 13 July, She reveals the great secret to show Her role in the militant Church, especially in the final battles between the Apocalyptic Woman and the dragon with his two beasts. From 13 August to 13 September, She appeals to the children to hear and to observe the requests of Her Heart. On 13 October, She works the great miracle as PROOF from Heaven about the unique and outstanding importance of Her Heart. In the year 1925, she explains to Sr. Lucy, in Pontevedra, in what consists the devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. Finally, in 1929, in Tuy, She asks for the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.