Fatima. Letter of Sr. Lucia to Fr. Goncalves (1943-05-04)
From a letter of Sr. Lucia to Fr. Goncalves (1943-05-04)
… As for me, I am doing well. The Bishop of Gurza tries to help me, and I always thank him for his good counsel and prayers. He also shows me what I must make known, and that is as always the most difficult thing for me to do, but obedience gives me strength and I keep going. I had to make known to the Archbishop of Valladolid, by order of His Excellency, a little request of Our Lord to the bishops of Spain and another to the bishops of Portugal. May God grant that all of them hear His voice!
He wishes that the bishops of Spain gather together in a retreat and determine a reform in the people, clergy and religious orders; for some convents! and many members of others…! do you understand?
He wishes that it be made clear to souls that the true penance He now wants and requires consists first of all in the sacrifice that each one must make to fulfil his own religious and temporal duties.
He promises the end of the war shortly in answer to the act of consecration made by His Holiness. But since it was incomplete, the conversion of Russia will take place later. If the bishops of Spain do not attend to His wishes, it (Russia) will be once more the scourge with which God punishes them.
Garabandal — continuation of Fatima
If Conchita cannot say anything, I think that we can certainly say something. Lucy, the sole survivor of Fatima, lived 21 years in Spain as a religious, staying alternately in Tuy and Pontevedra. She was in Spain from 1925 until 1946. During this time she had frequent conversations with the bishop of Tuy ─ Vigo who later went on to be archbishop of Valladolid: Bishop Antonio García.
While archbishop in the beginning of 1943, Bishop Antonio received three statements from Lucy on what God wished and asked “from the bishops of Spain” for the welfare of their own and other nations.
The third statement made at Tuy on February 28th is the most extensive and contains a very clear paragraph:
“If the bishops of Spain listen to the desires already manifested by Our Lord, and begin a true reform of the people and clergy, then it will go well. But if not, she (Russia) will again be the enemy by which God will punish her once more.”
Eusebio García de Pesquera
She Went in Haste to the Mountain
Book 2. Chapter 7. p.186