“You will win many souls through your devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Little Flower (St. Therese of Lisieux).”
– Our Lord Jesus to mystic, Rhoda Wise, on December 29, 1939
The First Nine Fridays devotion was revealed to St. Margaret Mary in the 17th century. Here are the words of Our Lord:
“In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.”
The immensity of this privilege cannot be underestimated. Those who die repentant (loving God) will live with God forever. We all desire to be saved, but unfortunately the majority of humans are ignorant of the great truths necessary for our salvation. The belief that we are saved by “faith alone” prevails, but Scripture condemns this belief: http://scripturecatholic.com/justification.html
Knowing human frailty, ignorance, and apathy, Our Lord offers us strength, light, love and encouragement. He alone knows how many will persevere until the end. He cares for one soul more than the universe itself. He desires the salvation of each soul; nay, He burns with love for each soul, and suffers indescribably when they reject Him: this is Our Lord’s “great sorrow”, His “torment”, a cause of “mortal sorrow” (Words of Jesus to Sr. Josefa, St. Margaret, St. Faustina). Indeed, the number of obstinate sinners is “very numerous” (Jesus to Sr. Josefa). Let us consider this great mercy that Our Lord wishes to grant us. The authenticity of this promise is evident in the fact that it has been approved by Popes, the Church, Saints, and eminent theologians. To further encourage you to make the “Nine First Fridays”, I will share a story taken from the writings of Fr. William Most:
There is an account of a very special instance of the working out of this promise (Jesus’ promise of final repentance/perseverance). On April 12, 1947 a fallen away Catholic, Bruno Cornacchiola who had become bitter against the Church, and even carried a dagger inscribed, “Death to the Pope” tried to take his children for an outing at Ostia. He missed the train, and so went instead to a grotto called TreFontane. While there his four year old boy, Gianfranco, was playing ball, and the ball rolled into the grotto. The child went into it, but did not come out. Bruno found him kneeling there, and the boy kept saying: “Beautiful Lady.” Then his ten year old, Isola, came in, and began to say the same thing. Bruno called his seven year old Carlo to come. He too began to say: “Beautiful Lady.” Bruno of course was furious, [and] tried to pick up the smallest child. It felt like marble, he could not lift him. Bruno screamed: “You who are hiding there, come out.” Then he became afraid, and called out: “God save us.” Just then two white transparent hands came from behind him, covered his eyes, and removed a film. So he too saw the beautiful Lady, barefoot, in a green mantle and white dress. She held a gray book and said: “I am the Virgin of the Apocalypse. You are persecuting me… The nine First Fridays which you made before entering on the way of evil have saved you, for my Son always keeps His promises.” Of course, Bruno was converted on the spot.
Do not doubt this amazing promise! Similar promises have been made in relation to: the first five Saturdays devotion, those who persevere in praying the Rosary, those who make the Way of the Cross frequently, and the three Hail Marys. Other devotions could also be included.
“This devotion to the divine Heart of Christ will with draw a great number of souls from perdition and put them on the way to salvation. That is why HE HAS SUCH AN ARDENT DESIRE to be known, loved and honoured by men. He wants by this devotion to establish in their hearts the reign of his pure love.” – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque