Crusaders of the Immaculate Heart

June 13th~The Revelation of the Immaculate Heart ~ Anniversary of the Second Apparition at Fatima.

The Revelation of the Immaculate Heart

“Jesus wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever will embrace this devotion, I promise salvation. These souls will be dear to God, like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne...”

Pierced with Thorns

Today is the anniversary of the Immaculata’s second apparition at Fatima. On Wednesday, June 13th of 1917, at twelve noon, the Blessed Virgin once again appeared to the three shepherd children of Aljustrel, just as she had promised them during her previous visit in May. This was the day chosen by Heaven to perform the greatest manifestation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary that the world has ever known. The day when our Blessed Lady presented her Heart encircled with piercing thorns.

It is of great significance that God chose this month of June, so solemnly consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to showcase the Immaculate Heart of His Mother; for Our Lord especially desires the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be honored on the very same throne as His Sacred Heart.

It was a sublime vision. Through the rays coming forth from the hands of the Blessed Virgin, the children saw themselves submerged in God; and in the great light that was God, it was given to them to contemplate the secret of Mary, to see her pierced Heart:

“In front of the palm of Our Lady’s hand was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking reparation.”

Here we arrive at the very center of Fatima's message - the heart of its purpose. For the first time, in all clarity, Our Lady revealed to the children the great plan from the Heart of Jesus for our apostate age; and with such marvelous and astonishing words:  

“Jesus wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion, I promise salvation . . .”  

Lucia recalls how on June 13th, the feast of Saint Anthony, Patron of Portugal, it was always a day of great festivities in their parish: "My mother and my sisters, who knew how much I loved a festival, kept saying to me: We’ll see if you’ll leave the festival just to go to the Cova da Iria, and talk to that Lady!”

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