Sister Lucy and the Rosary
For several decades, Sister Lucy has not had permission to answer any questions concerning the apparitions of Fatima, of Pontevedra and of Tuy. It seems that she is not even authorized to mention in her correspondence the reparatory devotion of the Five First Saturdays of the month. She is allowed, however, to write on devotion to the Rosary, but on certain conditions! In 1970, one of her friends, Dona Maria Teresa da Cunha, who was campaigning in defense of the Rosary against the attacks of Portuguese progressivists, would have liked the official approval of the seer of Fatima. Lucy answered her on April 12th, 1970: "Our Mother cannot give the permission you desire. But it is also unnecessary. I must not and cannot put myself forward. I have to remain in silence, in prayer and in penance ... You can make use of what I say to you here [about the Rosary]. But as something coming from you without giving my name."
There are, however, several recommendations from Sister Lucy in the years 1970-1971. The Bishop of Leiria, Monsignor Joao Venancio, gave them the imprimatur on May 13th, 1971, and Father Martins dos Reis published them in his book Uma vida ao serviço de Fatima (Porto, 1973, pages 382-384).
"Recite five decades of the Rosary every day in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war." (Our Lady of Fatima, May 13th, 1917)
All souls of good will can and should recite five decades of the Rosary every day. They can recite it in a church, whether the Most Blessed Sacrament be exposed or in the Tabernacle. They can also recite it with the family, alone or on journeys. The prayer of the Rosary is accessible to all, to rich and poor, to the learned as well as the ignorant. It should be as though everyone's spiritual bread. By means of the mysteries we recollect at each decade, our souls are nourished and grow in faith, hope and charity.
"I want ... you to recite the Rosary every day." (June 13th, 1917)
We must recite the Rosary every day for we all have need of prayer and we are obliged to pray. If we are not saved through innocence, we must needs be saved through penance. For that, may the little daily sacrifice of the recitation of the Rosary, which we offer to God, be united to this prayer of supplication: "Our Father Who art in Heaven ... Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death."
"I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day." (July 13th, 1917)
Our Lady insists and asks us to persevere in prayer. It is not enough to pray just one day; we have to pray always, every day with faith and confidence, for every day we do wrong and every day we need to have recourse to God asking Him to forgive us and to help us.
"I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day." (August 19th, 1917)
Our Lady insists because She knows how inconstant we are for doing good, how weak and needy we are; and like a Mother, She comes towards us to give us a hand to support us in our weakness along the path we must follow to save us. This path is that of prayer; that is where we shall meet God. That is why She asked us to say at the end of each decade: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven especially those most in need." That is, those in danger of damnation.
"Continue to say the Rosary to obtain the end of the war." (September 13th, 1917)
By this insistence, Our Lady indicates that it is highly necessary to pray to obtain the grace of peace among nations, among peoples, in families, in homes, in consciences and between God and souls.
It is only when God's light, strength and grace penetrate our souls and hearts that we shall truly come to understand one another, to forgive and to help one another; that is the only means for arriving at a true and just peace. But to obtain it, it is necessary to pray!
"I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day." (October 13th, 1917)
In effect, the Rosary is the prayer that will bring us daily close to God. This prayer is not exclusively Marian; it is also biblical and Eucharistic, addressed to the Most Holy Trinity. At each decade we recite the "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost", and the "Our Father" which Christ taught us to pray so that we might address the Father with confidence. And we recite the "Ave Maria", which is also a prayer of praise and of supplication to God through the mediation of Mary: "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee, Blessed art Thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus." Thus we greet Mary in the mystery of our Redemption, the mystery that God wrought in Her and whereby Mary was constituted Mother of God, Mother of the Church and Mother of men.
Sister Lucy said, "There is no problem, either moral or physical, that can not be solved by the Rosary".
That is why Mary was the first Tabernacle in which the Father enclosed His Word; the first Monstrance and the first Altar where the Lord has stayed forever exposed to our adoration and love.
"Two means for saving the world are prayer and sacrifice (...). Regarding the Holy Rosary. 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, temporal or especially 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 the 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."
... Sister Lucy