At Fatima and in her appearances after Fatima to Sister Lucia of Fatima, Our Lady of the Rosary continued to ask for reparation in addition to the rosary. There have been many Rosary Crusades called for, many millions of rosaries prayed. However, few have also called for participants to offer sacrifices of reparation with their rosaries.
I remember an episode in one of Sister Lucia of Fatima’s Memoirs where she related that she and Blessed Francisco had been besieged with questions by pilgrims. To one who asked if Our Lady requested we pray the Rosary for sinners, she replied, “No”. Afterwards, Blessed Francisco said, “you did not tell the truth”. She responded, “Our Lady said we should do penance and pray the Rosary.”
And now, at last, a group of the most persecuted Catholics in the world has asked for a Rosary Crusade, including penance. That group is the Society of St. Pius X. For many years, the Society has promoted the Message of Fatima, in keeping the First Saturdays of Reparation and of course, the Rosary, especially the family Rosary. In her later life, Sister Lucia was saddened that her attempts to get the Rosary declared a liturgical prayer and not merely a private devotion. The Society by its actions does this by incorporating the Rosary in pretty much every liturgical event. Continue reading “Rosary Crusade – Why Now?”