Lucia and Fuentes, conversation (1957-12-26)
Conversation of Sr. Lucia with Fr. Fuentes
(December 26, 1957)
Here are the excerpts of the original Spanish text quoted by Father Alonso. The original Spanish text is given in full by Father Alonso in VSF, (Spanish edition), p. 103-106.
I wish only to tell you about the last conversation which I had with Sister Lucy on the 26th of December last year. I met her in her convent. She was very sad, very pale and emaciated. She said to me:
«NO ONE HAS PAID ANY ATTENTION»
Father, the Most Holy Virgin is very sad because no one has paid any attention to Her message, neither the good nor the bad. The good continue on their way but without giving any importance to Her Message. The bad, not seeing the punishment of God actually falling upon them, continue their life of sin without even caring about the message. But believe me, Father, God will chastise the world and this will be in a terrible manner. The punishment from Heaven is imminent.
THE SECRET NOT REVEALED
Father, how much time is there before 1960 arrives?
It will be very sad for everyone, not one person will rejoice at all if beforehand the world does not pray and do penance. I am not able to give any other details because it is still a secret. According to the will of the Most Holy Virgin, only the Holy Father and the Bishop of Fatima are permitted to know the secret, but they have chosen to not know it so that they would not be influenced.
This is the third part of the Message of Our Lady which will remain secret until 1960.
RUSSIA, THE SCOURGE OF GOD
Tell them Father, that many times, the Most Holy Virgin told my cousins Francisco and Jacinta, as well as myself, that many nations will disappear from the face of the earth. She said that Russia will be the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the whole world if we do not beforehand obtain the conversion of that poor nation…
«THE DECISIVE BATTLE» BETWEEN MARY AND SATAN:
THE FALLING AWAY OF CONSECRATED SOULS AND PRIESTS
Sister Lucy also told me:
Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way the devil will succeed in leaving the souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.
That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag numerous souls to hell… The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to final impenitence. He employs all tricks, even going so far as to suggest the delay of entrance into religious life. Resulting from this is the sterility of the interior life, and among the laypeople, coldness (lack of enthusiasm)
regarding the subject of renouncing pleasures and the total dedication of themselves to God.
THAT WHICH SANCTIFIED JACINTA AND FRANCISCO
Tell them also Father, that my cousins Francisco and Jacinta sacrificed themselves because in all the apparitions of the Most Holy Virgin, they always saw Her very sad. She never smiled at us. This sadness, this anguish which we noted in Her penetrated our souls. This sadness is caused by the offences against God and the punishments which menace sinners. And so, we children did not know what to think except to invent various means of praying and making sacrifices. (…)
The other thing which sanctified these children was to see the vision of hell.
THE MISSION OF SISTER LUCY
Father, that is why my mission is not to indicate to the world the material punishments which are certain to come if the world does not pray and do penance beforehand. No!
My mission is to indicate to everyone the imminent danger we are in of losing our souls for all eternity if we remain obstinate in sin.
THE URGENCY OF CONVERSION
Sister Lucy also said to me:
Father, we should not wait for an appeal to the world to come from Rome on the part of the Holy Father, to do penance. Nor should we wait for the call to penance to come from our bishops in our diocese, nor from the religious congregations. No!
Our Lord has already very often used these means and the world has not paid attention. That is why now, it is necessary for each one of us to begin to reform himself spiritually. Each person must not only save his own soul but also all the souls that God has placed on our path…
The devil does all in his power to distract us and to take away from us the love for prayer;
we shall be saved together or we shall be damned together.
LAST TIMES OF THE WORLD
Father, the Most Holy Virgin did not tell me that we are in the last times of the world but She made me understand this for three reasons.
THE FINAL BATTLE.
The first reason is because She told me that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Hence from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.
THE LAST REMEDIES.
The second reason is because She said to my cousins as well as to myself that God is giving two last remedies to the world. These are the Holy Rosary and Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These are the last two remedies which signify that there will be no others.
THE SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT.
The third reason is because, in the plans of Divine Providence, God always, before He is about to chastise the world, exhausts all other remedies. Now, when He sees that the world pays no attention whatsoever, then, as we say in our imperfect manner of speaking, He offers us with a certain trepidation the last means of salvation, His Most Holy Mother. It is with a certain trepidation because if you despise and repulse this ultimate means we will not have any more forgiveness from Heaven because we will have committed a sin which the Gospel calls the sin against the Holy Spirit. This sin consists of openly rejecting, with full knowledge and consent, the salvation which He offers. Let us remember that Jesus Christ is a very good Son and that He does not permit that we offend and despise His Most Holy Mother. We have recorded through many centuries of Church history the obvious testimony which demonstrates, by the terrible chastisements which have befallen those who have attacked the honour of His Most Holy Mother, how Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honour of His Mother.
PRAYER AND SACRIFICE, AND THE HOLY ROSARY
Sister Lucy told me:
the two means to save the world are prayer and sacrifice.
Regarding the Holy Rosary, Sister Lucy said: Look, Father, the Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.
DEVOTION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Finally, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Most Holy Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and as the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven.
The English version is more precise than the French version here. It was first published by Father Ryan in Fatima Findings, June 1959. This version was followed by the Messagero del Cuore de Maria, no. 8-9, August-September 1961, Rome. Cf. Abbé Georges de Nantes, Lettres à mes amis, Vol. II, 1963 and CRC 87, December 1974, p. 12.
This last sentence is not found in the Spanish or French versions.
Father Fuentes and his interview with Sister Lucy
On December 26, 1957 Father Augustin Fuentes, who was preparing to become the postulator of the causes for beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, met with Sister Lucy at her convent in Coimbra, Portugal. Here, he was able to converse with the Fatima seer at great length. Upon his return to his native Mexico, he gave a conference on the meeting, in which he reported Sister Lucys words. Father Alonso, the official Fatima archivist for 16 years, stressed that the account of this conference was published
"with every guarantee of authenticity and with due episcopal approval, including that of the Bishop of Fatima."
Father Fuentes affirmed that the message came
"from the very lips of the principal seer."