Fatima and the Flame of Love
In the course of the second apparition at Fatima, June 13, 1917, Our Lady opened her right hand and exposed her heart surrounded with a crown of thorns to the three shepherd children: Lucia dos Santos, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto. She was greatly offended by unrepentant and flagrant sins being committed by humanity. Her heart was wounded. Many souls were entering hell due to sin. Evil forces were prevalent and persecuting the Church in Portugal. The authoritarian government closed churches, monasteries, convents and prohibited religious teaching in schools. It was the hope of the regime, that within two generations, religion would be eradicated.
Our Lady said to the Children, “Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world the devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion, I promise salvation; these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by Me to adorn his throne.” Our Lady continued, “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”
Jesus wanted the world to receive the heart of His Mother as a way for humanity to reverse its sinful behaviors. The Immaculate Heart of Mary, where the Holy Trinity dwells, is filled with love and light, consolation and understanding, forgiveness and mercy, wisdom, joy, holiness, warmth, trust, and hope. The heart of Mary desires to console and remedy the entire world sieged by sickness, war, famine, human misery, and Godlessness.
Our Lady appeared on October 13, 1917. The government could not prevent nearly 70,000 people from going to the Cova da Iria. The Miracle of the Sun converted many. The faithful fervently complied with Mary’s requests to pray the Rosary and adding at the end of each decade, “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of thy mercy.” The Catholic Church resurrected, and the corrupt government withered away.
In the early sixties, on April 13, 1962, Our Lady said to Elizabeth Kindelmann that humanity had not embraced devotion to her as she asked in Fatima. Similarly, Hungary was under Communist rule. The Catholic Church again experienced severe repression. Mary said to Elizabeth, “My little Carmelite, so many sins are committed in this country. Help me. Let us save this country. I place a beam of light in your hands; it is the Flame of Love of my heart. Add your love to this Flame and pass it on to others, my little one.” Our Lady, then, stressed to Elizabeth the importance of her Flame of Love and told her she was the first one to receive it. Our Lady’s sorrow was so great over the countless loss of souls that Elizabeth willingly promised her everything to relieve her pain. Our Lady asked for a petition to be added to the Hail Mary, “Spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all humanity” (pg. 109 the Spiritual Diary). Our Lady said the sign of the cross expels satan, as does this ejaculatory prayer.
Today, we understand Our Lady of Fatima and the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart embody Our Lady’s heart. The Flame of Love Movement extends the Fatima messages. Our Lady desires to invite us into her heart now as she did then. With the Flame of Love of her heart in our hearts, we become vibrant in our Faith, fervently pray in cenacles to blind Satan and effect the conversion of other souls. She promises us, and for those for whom we pray, eternal salvation, protection, and deep knowledge of God. Throughout the Diary, Jesus tells Elizabeth that His Mother is Noah’s Ark. Let’s all show great devotion to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart as Jesus has asked us.
Jesus said to Elizabeth: “Through the Flame of love of the Blessed Virgin, faith will take root in souls, and the face of the earth will be renewed, because nothing like this has happened since the Word became Flesh.” The renewal of the earth, although flooded with sufferings, will come about by the power of intercession of the Blessed Virgin (pg 149 the Spiritual Diary).
Jesus said to Sister Lucia: “With immense longing, I desire the propagation of the practice and the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary because this heart is the magnet, which attracts the souls to me; it is the burning focus fire, which emanates into the world the rays of my light and my love; it is finally the fountain inexhaustible, from which comes out into the world the living waters of my mercy.”
Reflection by Annie Myers, Flame of Love Communications Team