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Extracts 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.*
J.M. Coimbra, Dec. 4, 1970
Dear Maria Teresa,
Pax 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.
Our Mother is not going to allow what you wish. But then again it is not necessary. I should not, 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.
It is 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 . . .
Our 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.
For certain, 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.
Unfortunately, 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.
Beyond 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.
Yes! The 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!
So this 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.
Who could 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?!
It is 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 Jesus.
And I 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.
Perhaps 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.
Therefore, 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.
It is 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.
Concerning 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.
I embrace you as always in union of prayers.
Sr. Lucy, o.c.d.
J.M.J.T. Coimbra, Sept. 16, 1970
Dear Mother Martins,
I received 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 of Sorrows.
I also 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 much 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 happening there!
... 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.
Voluntarily 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.
Regarding 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 Holy Ghost.
The Glory 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.
The Our Father was dictated to us by the Son, and it is a prayer addressed to the Father.
The Hail 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.
Hail 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.
Moved 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.
The Church 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.
It is 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.
Mary is 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.
So the 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 and Charity.
The prayer 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.
The Rosary 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.
The Rosary 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.
This 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! ...
I have 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
In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph!
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. Uma vida ao serviço de Fátima, * Originally published in