Sister Lucy on
from A Little Treatise, by the Seer, on the Nature and Recitation
of the Rosary: a collection of excerpts from letters of Sister
Lucy written between 1969-71.*
Dec. 4, 1970
Dear Maria Teresa,
Christi, Our Mother received your letter and I ask forgiveness on her
behalf for not responding personally, but that is not possible at the moment
with so much to be done with the upcoming foundation of the new Carmel in
Braga. For this reason she gave me the letter, that I might respond. This
is what I am going to do.
is not going to allow what you wish. But then again it is not necessary. I
nor am I able to give testimony. I should remain in silence, prayer and penance.
This is the best way in which I can and should help. It is necessary that the
entire apostolate have this principle as a basis; and this is the part that
the Lord chose for me: to pray and sacrifice myself for those who fight and
work in the vineyard of the Lord and for the extension of His Kingdom.
for this reason that my name should not appear. Instead of that, it is much
more efficacious for one to serve in the Name of Our Lady, putting forth the
movement as the Fulfilment of the Message, presenting as an argument
the insistence with which . . .
Lady requested and recommended that the Rosary be prayed every day, having
repeated this in all the Apparitions as if forewarning us that in these times
of diabolical disorientation, we must not let ourselves be deceived by false
doctrines that diminish the elevation of our soul to God by means of prayer.
it is not necessary that during the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass that one pray the Holy Rosary: besides time set aside for the Holy Mass,
we must also put aside time for praying the Holy Rosary. We can and should
take part in the one without forsaking the other. The Rosary is, for the majority
of souls who live in the world, their daily spiritual bread; and to deprive
them or draw them away from this prayer is to decrease in their minds the appreciation
and good faith with which they pray, and in the spiritual realm the same or
even more, so much more, considering the spiritual realm is superior to the
material realm. If I can put it another way, it is as if in the material realm
people were to be deprived of the bread necessary to sustain physical life.
the majority of people are ignorant in religious matters and let themselves
be tossed wherever the wave carries them. Therefore the great responsibility
lies with those who have the office to lead them; and all of us are each others
leaders, because we all have the obligation to mutually help one another, and
walk the good path.
what I have said, it would be well if the prayer of the Rosary were given a
more real meaning than that which it has been given, until now, of a simple Marian prayer.
All the prayers that we say in the Rosary are prayers that form part of the
Sacred Liturgy; and more than a prayer directed to Mary it is a prayer directed
to God: the Our Father was taught to us by Jesus Christ, Who said: Pray
thus, Our Father Who art in Heaven ... Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost ...
is the hymn that the Angels sang, who were sent by God to announce the birth
of His Word, God made man. The Hail Mary, well understood, is nothing
less than a prayer directed to God: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord
is with Thee. I hail Thee, Mary, because the Lord is with Thee! These
words were most certainly dictated by the Father to the Angel, when He sent
him to earth, in order that with these words he should greet Mary.
Angel came to say to Mary that She was full of Grace, not by Herself but because
the Lord was with Her! Blessed art Thou amongst women, and Blessed
is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. These words, with which Elizabeth greeted
Mary, were dictated to her by the Holy Ghost as the Evangelist tells us: When
Elizabeth heard Marys greeting, ... she was filled with the Holy Ghost.
Crying out in a loud voice she exclaimed, Blessed art Thou amongst women, and
Blessed is the fruit of Thy womb. Yes! Because that fruit is Jesus, true
God and true Man!
salutation is an act of praise addressed to God: Blessed art Thou amongst women
because Blessed is the fruit of Thy womb; and because Thou art the Mother of
God made Man, in Thee we adore God as in the first Tabernacle in which
the Father enclosed His Word; as on the first Altar, Thy lap; as in the first
Monstrance, Thy arms, before which the Angels, shepherds and kings knelt to
adore the Son of God made Man! And because Thou, O Mary, art the first living
Temple of the Most Holy Trinity, wherein live the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, The
Spirit will come over Thee and the power of the Most High will overshadow Thee.
Therefore the Holy One, which is to be born, will be called Son of God (Luke
1:35). Since Thou art a Tabernacle, a Monstrance, a living Temple, permanent
home of the Most Holy Trinity, Mother of God and our Mother pray
for us poor sinners now and at the hour of our death.
deny that this is a prayer and act of praise addressed to God?! Would it be
better for us to direct our praise, adoration and supplications kneeling before
inanimate altars of wood, stone or metal, or insensible golden monstrances
incapable of praying for us?!
certain that Saint Paul said there is only one Mediator with the Father. Yes!
As God, there is only one, who is Jesus Christ. But the same Apostle asks that
we pray for him and recommends that we pray for each other. Therefore, could
the Apostle believe that Marys prayer was not as pleasing to God as is
our prayer?! It is the diabolical disorientation that is invading the world
and deceiving souls! It is necessary to confront it; and for this end what
I say here can be of use to you. But as your own thing, without saying my name;
as something that comes forth from you, running off your pen. And, in truth,
it is yours, because in the quality of members of the Mystical Body of Christ
which we are, everything is ours, because everything is from the Head, Christ
remain in my place, praying for you, and for all those with whom you are going
to work, that it may be a battle which gives much glory to God and brings much
light and grace to souls, peace to Holy Mother the Church and peace to a world
stained by the blood of wars.
it would also be well to present the campaign, not only as the fulfilment of
the Message, but also as a campaign of prayer and penance for peace in the
world, in the Church and in the Portuguese overseas provinces. And may it be
that Portugal, so devoted to the Eucharist and to Mary, becomes the first nation
to recognize that the prayer of the Rosary is not only a Marian prayer, but
also a Eucharistic prayer. And therefore, nothing should prevent one from praying
before the Blessed Sacrament. As proof of this, the Holy Father Pope Pius XI
had granted a plenary indulgence to those who pray the Rosary before the Blessed
Sacrament; and recently, His Holiness Pope Paul VI again granted the same indulgence.
it is necessary to pray the Rosary in cities, in towns and in villages, in
the streets, on the road, while traveling or at home, in churches and in chapels!
It is a prayer that is accessible to all, and everyone can and should pray.
There are many who do not attend the liturgical prayer of the Holy Mass on
a daily basis. If they do not pray the Rosary, what praying do they do?! And
without prayer who can be saved?! Watch and pray that ye enter
not into temptation.
necessary then to pray and pray always. This means that all our activities
and labors should be accompanied by a great spirit of prayer, because it is
in prayer that the soul meets with God, and in this meeting grace and strength
are received, even when ones prayers are accompanied by distractions.
Prayer always brings an increase of Faith to souls, even if it be no more than
a momentary remembrance of the mysteries of our Redemption, recalling the Birth,
Death and Resurrection of our Savior; and God will dismiss and pardon those
distractions attributed to human weakness, ignorance and littleness.
the repetition of the Hail Marys, it is not as they would have you believe,
that it is an outdated practice. All the things that exist and were created
by God are maintained and preserved by means of repetition, continued always
from the same acts. And nobody thinks to call the sun, moon, stars, birds,
plants, etc. outdated because they revolve, live and sprout always in the same
way! And they are much older than the prayer of the Rosary! For God nothing
is old. Saint John says that the Blessed in Heaven sing a new song, repeating
always: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, God of Hosts! And it is new, because
in the light of God everything appears with new brilliance.
you as always in union of prayers.
Sr. Lucy, o.c.d.
Sept. 16, 1970
Dear Mother Martins,
your letter, for which I greatly thank you. It has been a long time since I
heard any news from you, and I didnt even know about your state of health,
nor how you were feeling after the operation. By what you say to me, I see
that you must have suffered a lot! This is the penance that Our Lord now asks
of you, and these sufferings that He sometimes sends us are the hardest to
take. But they are also that which most unite us to Him, Who was the Martyr
have not been feeling very well in my heart, in my eyes, etc. but it is necessary
to complete in ones self what is wanting in the Passion of Christ. It
is necessary that Our Lords members be one with Him, by physical pain
and by moral anguish ... Our poor Lord, Who saved us with such love, and how
little understood He is! How little loved! How badly served! It is painful
to see such disorientation, and in so many people who occupy positions of responsibility!
as possible, we have to seek to make reparation by a union with the Lord that
is ever more intimate, identifying ourselves with Him, so that He may be, in
us, the light of this world which is immersed in the darkness of error, immorality
and pride. It hurts me to learn about what you say, of what already is also
It is because the devil has been able to infiltrate evil under the guise
of good, and they act as the blind leading the blind, as Our Lord tells us
in His Gospel; and souls go on allowing themselves to be deceived.
I sacrifice myself and offer my life to God, for peace in His Church, for priests
and for all consecrated souls, above all for those who carry on so erroneously
and so deceived! For our separated Brothers: May God give light to all of them
and put them on the right path the path of Truth, which is Jesus Christ.
what you tell me about the recitation of the Rosary, how sad! Because the prayer
of the Rosary or five decades of it, after the Liturgy of the Most Holy Eucharist,
is what most unites us to God by the richness of the prayers with which it
is composed, all of them coming from Heaven, dictated by the Father, Son and
Be that we pray in all the mysteries was dictated by the Father to the Angels
when He sent them to sing it to His Word as a newborn babe, and it is a hymn
to the Trinity.
Father was dictated to us by the Son, and it is a prayer addressed to the Father.
Mary is, all of it, impregnated with meaning both with regard to the Trinity
and to the Eucharist. The first words were dictated by the Father to the Angel
when He sent him to announce the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word.
Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee: Thou art full of grace,
because in Thee resides the source of the same Grace. And it is by Thy union
with the Most Holy Trinity that Thou art full of grace.
by the Holy Ghost, St. Elizabeth said: Blessed art Thou amongst all
women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus: If Thou art blessed,
it is because Jesus, the fruit of Thy womb, is blessed.
also moved by the Holy Ghost, added the words: Holy Mary, Mother of
God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death: This
is also a prayer addressed to God through Mary: Because Thou art the Mother
of God, pray for us.
indeed a Trinitarian prayer because Mary was the first living Temple of the
Most Holy Trinity: The Holy Ghost shall come upon Thee, and the power
of the Most High shall overshadow Thee; and the Son which shall be born
of Thee shall be called the Son of the Most High.
the first living Tabernacle where the Father enclosed His Word. Her Immaculate
Heart is the first Monstrance that sheltered Him. Her lap and Her arms were
the first altar and the first throne upon which the Son of God made man was
adored. There the Angels, the Shepherds and the wise men of the earth adored
Him. Mary is the first Who took the Son of God in Her pure and Immaculate
hands and brought Him to the Temple to offer Him to the Father as a victim
for the salvation of the world.
prayer of the Rosary, after the Liturgy of the Most Holy Eucharist, is what
most introduces us to the intimate mystery of the Most Holy Trinity and the
Eucharist; what most brings us to the spirit of the mysteries of Faith, Hope
of the Rosary is the spiritual bread of souls: Whoever does not pray, wastes
away and dies. It is by prayer that we find ourselves with God, and in this
meeting with Him, He communicates to us Faith, Hope and Charity: virtues without
which we cannot be saved.
is the prayer of the rich and the poor, of the educated and the simple. Take
this devotion away from souls, and you take away their spiritual daily bread.
is what sustains the little flame of Faith that still has not been extinguished
in many consciences. Even for those souls who pray without meditating, the
very act of taking up the Rosary to pray is already a remembrance of God, of
the Supernatural. A simple recollection of the mysteries of each decade is
one more ray of light to sustain in souls the still smoldering wick.
is why the devil has made such war against it. And what is worse is that
he has succeeded in deluding and deceiving souls who have much responsibility
because of the positions they occupy!
They are the blind leading
the blind! ...
great hope that the day will not be long in coming in which the prayer of the
Holy Rosary will be declared liturgical prayer. Yes, because all of it
forms part of the Liturgy of the Most Holy Eucharist. We pray, work, sacrifice
ourselves and trust that
the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph!
* Originally published in Uma vida ao serviço de Fátima, under the title “Pequeno
tratado, da vidente, sobre a natureza e recitação do Terço”, Chapter VI, “Escola tipografica
das missões cucujães, Cucujães”. Imprimatur by Dom João Venâncio, Bishop of Leiria,
May 13, 1971.
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