May 16, 1899
✞ The virtue of the Cross. Stripping oneself of one’s own will.
Volume 2 — Entry 23
Peace. Dear children, on this day I invite you to pray for this country. Brazil still runs the risk of becoming almost dry as a nation. This drought is the growing cold [Portuguese: esfriamento] of the faith. Jesus will come and judge everyone. Little children, my desire is that you all be happy, even in the midst of so many difficulties. I am your Mother, and I wish to see you close to me. Take courage in facing the difficulties of everyday life. Pray — without prayer I cannot help you. See my outstretched hands: graces continue to be poured out on all those who have me as their Mother. Give good testimony. Pray for this nation. Do not give in to sadness — have hope. I love each one of you. With love I bless you.