An Exalting Call to Holiness
Devotion to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary
by Frère François de Marie des Anges
The last recourse of the greatest sinners who are on the edge of perdition is devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The message of Fatima also tells us that it is the surest and the quickest road which leads to holiness. The example of the three little seers is a sparkling, attractive proof of that.
The vision of June 13, 1917, came to them together with an infused grace which placed in them «a knowledge and a special love towards the Immaculate Heart of Mary ... “Since that day, we felt in our heart”, Lucy relates, “a more ardent love towards the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
«While remaining silent about herself, Lucy reported the impulses of love of her little cousin and with what freshness!
«Jacinta would say to me from time to time: “Our Lady said that Her Immaculate Heart would be your refuge and the way that would lead you to God. Do you not love Her Heart a great deal? For me, I love Her Heart so much, it is so good!”
«During the July 13 apparition, Our Lady had told us in the Secret that God wanted to establish in the world devotion to Her Immaculate Heart and that, in order to prevent the future war, She would come to ask for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart as well as the reparatory Communion of the first Saturdays ...
«“Tell the people also,” Lucy declared to Father Fuentes, “that my cousins Francisco and Jacinta sacrificed themselves because they always saw that Our Lady was very sad in all Her apparitions. She never smiled at us; and that sadness, that anguish which we noticed in Her because of the offenses against God and the chastisements which threaten sinners, penetrated our souls, and we did not know what else to do with our childish imagination except inventing means of praying and making sacrifices …”»
Taken from Fatima: Mary’s Immaculate Heart and Your Salvation