It is interesting how our angels prepare us to realize things… I had been reading about incorrupt Catholic saints a few weeks ago, and was reminded of a few key ones on the same afternoon that I sat down to read mum’s booklet on Prophecies about the End Times: from Our Lady, the Saints and from the Bible.
In the previous weeks, I had read about little St. Jacinta’s body remaining incorrupt and I had wondered how any Catholic can reject the prophesies and events of Fatima, or declare that they ‘don’t have to believe’, which while being true, does not benefit their soul, and when God Himself testifies as to the authenticity. Rather, I would be afraid ‘not to believe!’
Additionally, while reading about the variety of saints whose bodies are incorrupt, it crossed my mind (fleetingly) that these were, many of them, saints whom I knew and loved: whose messages and devotions I/we have always held dear. What beautiful confirmation from God as to their authenticity, their sincerity, their purity of heart, I thought!
Sometimes people don’t want to accept or listen to the prophecies about the end times. They especially get scared when they consider that the events prophesied are coming true. I think that they even think that some of the saints were liars! Well, it suddenly occurred to me, when I read mum’s booklet, in close proximity to my other readings: that many of the end-times saints she referenced, have a miraculous incorrupt body or had received the stigmata!
So how then can you ignore what God makes clear, even to this very day?
And whyis this sign given to so many of the saints who were given prophecies and visionsabout the End-times?
Let’s have a look at the actual list and marvel at God’s miracle. And then, if you are not already familiar with them, read the actual prophecies which God gave them to speak; do so with awe and reverence, thanking Him that He has deigned to enlighten us at this time.
The Saints and the Signs:
St Francis of Assisi: stigmata
Mother Mariana De Jesus Torres (c.17th ) Our Lady of Good Success: incorrupt body
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich 1820: not incorrupt, but received the stigmata, formally investigated by the Church & and declared an authentic sign
Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi:incorrupt body
St. John Bosco 1800’s: incorrupt body
Pope Pius IX 1878 (whose reign and particulars were prophesied by Our Lady of Good Success): incorrupt body
Pope Pius X:incorrupt body
St Jacinta Marto (1910- 1920): Our Lady of Fatima:incorrupt body
St Padre Pio (died 1968):incorrupt body and stigmata
A summary of their important and relevant prophecies of these incorruptible and holy saints, can be found in “Handbook of the End Times: Prophecies of Our Lady and the Saints.” which is a downloadable booklet, posted on the “Tools for Evangelization” page. (See the menu on the Home page or click on the link: https://remnantdisciples.wordpress.com/tools-for-evangelization/
Read these prophecies then, with a sense of awe and awareness of their credibility;because God Himself seems to testify to their importance, authenticity and supernatural nature, by suspending the physical laws of nature.
“It is also interesting to note that while only a small number of devout Catholics have been given the gift of incorruptibility, it does appear that some Saints have been specifically chosen to have this miraculous phenomena so as to help confirm significant events involved with them.
For example, the supernatural preservation of Jacinta Marto helps confirm the authenticity of the Miracle at Fatima, the incorrupt state of Saint Bernadette Soubirous gives credence to the Miracles at Lourdes, and the incorruptibility of Venerable Mary of Agreda gives credence to her revelations she wrote in the “Mystical City of God”. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s revelations about the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is also given credence along with Saint Catherine Laboure’s apparitions of the Virgin Mary, and Pope St. Pius X’s fight against modernism.”
The bodies of these saints remain with us as silent witnesses until the time of the Resurrection of the Dead. The timing and circumstance are no accident.
Exactly one hundred years ago today, three young shepherds in Portugal were tending their flocks in a place called Valinhos. It was a Sunday evening in 1917 and the children had just emerged from a traumatic three days in prison. Without warning there came a flash of light and the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to them.
For Lucy and her two cousins Jacinta and Francisco this was an unexpected visit. They had missed their August rendezvous with Our Lady. As in the previous months of May June and July it was designated for the 13th day of the month.
Word had spread like wildfire across Europe. Thousands of pilgrims had flooded into Portugal for the intended August 13th apparition. But the Masons who governed the country were determined to put a stop the religious hysteria. On the very day the apparition was due to occur, the Administrator of the local council had abducted the three little shepherds. He imprisoned them, subjected them to exhausting interrogations and even threatened to throw them into a cauldron of boiling oil – all in an attempt to make them admit they were lying and had invented stories. Paradoxically, he also wanted them to reveal the secrets that the Blessed Virgin had given to them in July!
Response of the children to imprisonment and death threats:
Despite their treatment these young children, aged between eight and eleven, resisted the bullying.They clung to the truth; refused to disclose the secrets confided by Heaven. For 72 hours they resisted, to heroic degrees, fortified I’m sure by their experiences with the Blessed Mother. When their lives were threatened, according to the memoirs of Sister Lucy, little Jacinta’s face lit up with joy. “How wonderful!” she cried, “I so love Our Lord and Our Lady and this way we’ll be seeing them very soon!”
This was the response of a nine year old girl to death threats. This tells us how real, how totally absorbing, how profound had been the effect of the Heavenly Mother’s visits over the past few months.
During her appearance on that Sunday evening of August 19th, Our Lady had looked very sad. She encouraged once again the daily praying the Rosary every day, and reaffirmed the ongoing visits on the 13th of each month. Her final words were: “Pray! Pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no-one to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.”
Pope Benedict – Fatima is not over:
Often, when speaking of Fatima, there can be one of three responses from those who are not convinced of the importance or authenticity of the 1917 revelations. They will shrug and quickly brush it aside: “Oh yes, it’s a nice little story, prayer and penance and the rosary. Of course, it happened back in history before our scientifically advanced age.” There’s a tendency, even among Vatican officials, to consign Fatima to the past.
Thankfully Pope Benedict refuted all these dismissive comments when he was at Fatima on May 13th 2010.“Whoever thinks the prophetic mission of Fatima is over,” he said, “is deceived!” He spoke of the increasing relevance of the Fatima message for our times, and the approaching Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
Fatima – only private revelation?
The second response to Fatima is another pet phrase: “it is just private revelation”.
Here I will quote well-known Fatima author, lecturer and crusader, Christopher Ferrara: “No,” he writes, “the Fatima event is no mere private revelation. It is a public, prophetic revelation. First of all, the Catholic Church has officially declared, through the local bishop of Fatima and a series of popes, that these apparitions constitute an authentic supernatural event and that the message of Fatima is worthy of belief (….) As well as the accuracy of the prophecies and the testimony of a series of great popes, a MIRACLE was foretold three months in advance (….)
Miracle foretold in advance:
Our Lady promised she would obtain this miracle at precisely the date and time predicted – twelve noon, solar time, October 13th – so that “ALL would see and believe”.In the entire history of the Church, or indeed of the world, the Miracle of the Sun is the only miracle announced in advance, which a vast crowd had assembled to witness.
You can read the full text of Christopher Ferrara’s comments for yourself in this new booklet just released by the Fatima Centre. There are copies here for you to take home.
Is Fatima alarmist?
The third reaction to Fatima, especially when the prophetic element is highlighted, is that promoters of the message are being “alarmist”. But we need to be alarmed, don’t we?
We need to be awoken from our Kiwi complacency. The innocent children of Fatima were alarmed. The vision of multitudes of people falling into hell, alarmed them greatly. It also spurred them into action, to greater prayer and sacrifice for sinners. Little Saint Francisco’s mission became one of consoling God who is saddened by the loss of souls.
Spiritual weapons – prayer and sacrifice – more relevant today:
Could it be that the spiritual weaponry of prayer and sacrifice, which Our Lady of Fatima begged for, is more necessary now than back in 1917? The brutality of the First World War pales beside the suffering, the atrocities and military arsenal we see in Syria and more and more places today – along with the escalating development of nuclear missiles being readied for use. Of course, this is not to diminish the horror of World War One but simply to put it in perspective with the technological proficiency of 21st century warfare. In her last public interview of 1957, Sister Lucy told Father Augustin Fuentes, that Russia was to be the “instrument of chastisement” chosen by God to punish the world for its sins. “Tell them, Father,” she said, “that the Most Holy Virgin told my cousins Francisco and Jacinta, as well as myself, that many nations will disappear from the face of the earth.”
Could it be that our future security, in a world so currently insecure, may hinge upon re-reading the simple requests of Fatima and following them faithfully?
Our Lady’s conditions for peace:
These requests are MORE than simply praying the Rosary every day. The conditions Our Lady outlined for obtaining peace were first and fore-mostly for people to turn back to God. That’s the call of the Gospel – for genuine, honest repentance and conversion of heart.
And to repeat her words at Fatima on August 19th, “Many souls go to hell because they have no-one to sacrificethemselves and pray for them.” Do we imagine this situation has improved since then? Sadly, a century later, the word “sacrifice” is slowly vanishing from our everyday Catholic vocabulary, its meaning almost lost.
Apart from making sacrifices, probably the best definition of “offering sacrifices” is this: “To accept with a loving heart the disagreeable things which God’s Providence has allowed in our day…”
So, Our Lady asks for sacrifice and prayerto save many souls from eternal damnation. Prayer of reparation for the sins of the world is another vital element of Fatima’s message; and the devoted practice of the Five First Saturdays of Communion to make repair for the five insults against Mary’s Immaculate Heart.And yes, the daily rosary, investment in the Brown Scapular… these are essentials of whole-hearted devotion to the Immaculate Heart.
Cardinal calls for Consecration of Russia:
Cardinal Raymond Burke made the news recently, calling for a renewal of the consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Not consecration of the world this time, but Russia alone, specifically named. Up until now this actual naming has been prevented by political sensitivity and an agreement between Rome and Moscow during the Second Vatican Council.
But why Russia? That’s a question often posed. I mean, Russia is just another nation, isn’t it? – no worse than any other, surely?
“Russia’s errors” which Our Lady spoke about are much MORE than just the spread of Communism. Communism is, after all, simply a political force, an imposed systematic atheism. But this is the end product of a whole distorted mode of thinking.
The errors which fuelled Communism and emerged in Russia from 1917 were, primarily, caused by rejection of God and His existence. This opened the way to absolute materialism. While materialism is commonly believed to be a love of material goods, that’s only one aspect. Materialism is a denial of the supernatural and spiritual realm with sole focus on the physical world. Once God’s Word and God’s Laws are abandoned we see greater errors spawned: the substitution of Divine Creation with Darwin’s theory of evolution – a theory now taught as absolute fact – the upsurge of divorce, abortion, dismantling of the family unit – which is the basic cell of social order – the denigration and objectivising of women, motherhood and home secondary to the work-force, manipulated by economic pressure and feminist ideology.
Abortion was legalized in Russia in the 1920s.It took another fifty years for this and other errors to be absorbed into western culture.
By the 1970s divorce and abortion had gained legal status.Next: legalized prostitution, same-sex marriage, the current gender ideology and so on. Now we are facing the normalizing and acceptance of euthanasia, one of the very facets of the Nazi culture which the West once fought a war against!
Probably the two main pillars of false teaching which have infected human thinking like a cancer this last century, arose earlier in the 19th century: Karl Marx’sCommunist Manifesto in 1848, a blueprint for a global utopian society, dispensing with God and Kings, and in 1859 Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Only weeks after Fatima’s Miracle of the Sun, the fruits of these false teachings became evident in the Bolshevik revolution which plunged Holy Mother Russia into a bloodbath.
Lenin and Stalin:
Two of the cruelest dictators of the new regime had both lost their faith after embracing Darwin’s pseudo-scientific doctrine of evolution. Vladimir Lenin had been a devout believer. His successor, Joseph Stalin, a brilliant seminarian, stopped studying for the priesthood, and in the name of evolutionary progress and a Marxist utopia, he and Lenin purged the Soviet Union of an estimated sixty million of their own countrymen.
When Russia eventually exported its manifesto to China so Communism could govern one third of the earth’s surface, it was not the teachings of Marx, Lenin or Mao Tse Tong which were preached in compulsory seminars but evolution – simply because it could be used to remove people’s faith in God, in the soul, and in the after-life, so Communism could then take root.
Disinformation- Russia’s devious propaganda tool:
In 2013 a hugely insightful and vastly-documented book was published unmasking the inner workings of the Kremlin. The title of the book is Disinformation, the name given to Russia’s devious propaganda tool, and the co-author is an ex-Soviet spy who defected to America in the late 1970s with a multi-million-dollar bounty on his head. Lieutenant General Ion Pacepa was the right-hand man of Ceausescu (Chow-oo-shes-cu), the Romanian tyrant who was toppled in 1988. Ion Pacepa’s first book, The Red Horizon, was instrumental in bringing this dictatorship to an end.
During his career as an intelligence man for Romania and the Soviet empire, Ion Pacepa was involved in KGB strategies, primarily aimed at destroying the public’s perception of the Church and its credibility. Right from Day One, Russian communism has fundamentally been an all-out effort to rid the world of Christianity, mistakenly seen as an offshoot of Capitalism. Its attack has taken three forms: (1) to discredit the Church (2) to undermine the faith of its people, (3) to distort and dilute doctrine. One of its most brilliant concepts, says Ion Pacepa, was something called Liberation Theology.
Liberation Theology was concocted by the KGB to make Marxism appear to be compatible with Christianity. It was fed into the World Council of Churches; then disseminated in South America, which Russia saw as fertile soil for revolution. Ex-Jesuit Malachi Martin tells us in his monumental expose, The Jesuits, that many in this order poisoned South American Catholics with this teaching. As a result thousands of priests and lay people were killed NOT as martyrs for the Gospel but as socialist revolutionaries, pawns in the fight to overthrow Capitalism and establish Communist rule.
Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI sternly denounced Liberation Theology. Meanwhile Columbia, Bolivia, Venezeula, Nicaragua, Argentina, all expelled the US from their embassies and rely nowadays upon Russian naval defense. Didn’t Our Lady foretell that Russia would foment wars and revolution?
Ion Pacepa reveals in Disinformation that he rubbed shoulders not only with Kruschev, his supreme boss, commonly known as “the butcher of the Ukraine”, but also Mikhail Gorbachev. He makes clear that Glasnost and Peretroika of the late 1980s was a clever disinformation programme to convince the West they could relax because the Soviet Union had transformed into a modern democracy, no longer a totalitarian state. In fact, the Russian word “glasnost” actually means “polishing one’s image”. Today, under the reign of Vladimir Putin, Marxist power continues to flourish. Putin, a self-styled Stalinist who reveres his cruel predecessor, has filled his government with six thousand ex-KGB men like himself and crushes and eliminates any opposition.
Make no mistake, Ion Pacepa assures us, Communism is still alive and well in Russia and seeking world domination together with China.
Our Blessed Mother in recent reliable apparitions and messages has said the same. Communism is everywhere, She says, even in My Son’s Church, and you do not recognize it. We need to pray for discernment.
So did the story of Fatima conclude in 1917? Or with the last major apparition of 1929 when Russia’s consecration was requested? Did it conclude in 1938 when the Great Sign predicted at Fatima took place? On the evening of January 25th that yearthe sky was illuminated by the most spectacular and unearthly colours.All of Europe was in panic.Many believed the lights heralded apocalyptic events, even the end of the world. Scientists smiled and labeled the event as an Aurora Beouralis. Much later they admitted it wasn’t the case, the lights were of an unknown source.Sister Lucy from her convent in Coimbra confirmed that this was the prophesied sign that a second and more terrible war was about to begin. Six weeks later Hitler marched into Austria.
In 1945 the message of Fatima was connected to an extraordinary miracle. When the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima it obliterated everything for several kilometres – except for one church. It was right near the blinding centre of the nuclear flash, ground zero. Inside were eight members of a small Jesuit community performing their usual daily Fatima devotions and praying the Rosary. Unbelievably, all of them survived, untouched by radiation. Scientists have never been able to offer any explanation. At Nagasaki there was a similar miracle. The Franciscan Friary established by St Maximilian Kolbe was also totally unharmed.
The Fatima effect continues:
After the Second World War, Austria became subject to Soviet tyranny when the allies left.A Rosary Crusade was organized by a Father Petrus who won the support of seven hundred thousand Austrians pledging a daily rosary.On May 13th 1955, the anniversary of Fatima, the occupying Russians withdrew. With Austria a strategically-located war prize, the Russians’ evacuation made no sense. To this day historians are baffled by the pull-out.
Fatima secret not disclosed – new apparitions of Our Lady:
Moving along to 1960: when the sealed secret of Fatima was opened as Our Blessed Mother instructed, and the contents not disclosed, within 12 months She began appearing further north on the Iberian Peninsula. From 1961 to 65, an unprecedented number of apparitions and supernatural events unfolded in a tiny remote Spanish village called Garabandal. Appearing as Our lady of Mt Carmel as she had in the final Fatima vision of 1917, Immaculate Mary warned of a decline in faith and less importance being given to the Blessed sacrament. Garabandal remains under Church investigation but it is extremely interesting that Our Lady expressed there great concern for the priesthood, and repeatedly stressed the holy and sacred character of matrimony.These two areas, priests and marriage, have been the target of the enemy since 1965.
In 1973 in a little lay convent in Akita, Japan, Sister Agnes Sasagawa was visited by the Mother of God in a series of mystical events culminating with an intensive message of warning on October 13th, anniversary of Fatima’s miracle of the sun. The diocesan bishop recognized the authenticity of these interventions and Pope Benedict, as Cardinal Ratzinger, confirmed that the message of Akita was “essentially the same message as Fatima” and the then-unknown Third Secret which he had sighted.
A year earlier, 1972, at the actual apparition site of Fatima, an Italian priest, Father Stefano Gobireceived the first of his locutions which would lead to the establishment of a worldwide Movement of Marian Priests, a work which Our Lady herself initiated. More than 600 messages followed, heralding an apocalyptic time and the Church’s greatest trial. These locutions ended in 1997 and Fr Gobi passed to his eternal reward in 2004.
Another Fatima anniversary, 13th May 1981, the Holy Father St John Paul Two, was hospitalized after a near assassination attempt. As he was carried from St Peter’s Square, the pope was heard calling to the Madonna to come to his aid. Less than six weeks later she began appearing just across the Adriatic Sea in a small village deep in the heart of the Communist stronghold of Yugoslavia: Medjugorje. An explosion of the Spirit was sparked, which led to millions of pilgrims from all parts of the world experiencing miraculous healings, conversions, and signs and wonders, including the sun spinning in the sky.
St John Paul Two said Medjugorje was the heart of the spiritual world; several weeks ago the Church finally gave its approval to the initial events at Medjugorje; andSister Lucywho was privileged with private visions of Our Lady up until her death in 2005, stated categorically that Medjugorje, where Mary appears as the Queen of Peace,is the continuation and the completion of Fatima. 36 years later, to this very day, Medjugorje still radiates an atmosphere of heaven come to earth.
So yes, the Fatima revelations continue, prophecies being fulfilled right under our very noses. “Pray very much,” Our Lady said to Sister Agnes at Akita, “I alone am able still to save you from the calamities that approach. Those who place their confidence in Me will be saved.”
And at Fatima, “In the end My Immaculate Heart WILL triumph!”
Sister Lucy reported in her memoirs that Saint Jacinta once told her:
“Do not be afraid to tell everyone about devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. God has entrusted the peace of the world to her.”
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Assumption
By Crusader Chris
Note: The highlighting and the sub-headings have been added by R.S. for this post.
This video is a summary of prophecies throughout the ages (and its application to the Church today), by renowned Catholic Theologian and author Dr. Kelly Bowring. See his website at TwoHeartPress.com
The video is over an hour, but worth every minute.
The first 12 mins cover in a nutshell, prophecies from St Paul VI, St. Malachi, St Francis of Assisi, B. Anne Catherine Emmerich, St. Faustina, Maria Divine Mercy, Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Pope Leo XIII, Cat. of Catholic church, Our Lady of America, Garabandal, Bl. Elena, Fatima, St John Bosco, Loius X, Medjugorje, St. Hildegard, Our Lady of La Salette, Fr. Gobbi, Our Lady of Akita, Bl. Anna Maia Taigi, Bl. Elizabeth Canori, St. Catherine Laboure, St Louis de Montfort, Revelation (BIBLE)
From about 15 mins on, he talks about the papal election, fulfilment of prophecy, the false pope, the validity of the papal election and our duty to resist.
At 20mins he speaks of the Truth which is being torn asunder. At 21m – he speaks of the promotion of errors; at 24mins – the schism, and promotion of disloyalty to Christ’s teachings; the antichrist. He speaks of a modern church based on social justice and compassion, which will reach out to all sinners, but without requiring repentance.
From 32 mins – changes which will be made to the Holy Mass which will replace the Holy Sacrifice with a pagan ritual.
From 34 mins on, he speaks of the antichrist, who takes up his place in Rome. Dr Bowring quotes prophecies from the Book of Truth here. He speaks of how the AC will announce the building of a new temple. The false prophet will display the attributes of a saint.
The Great Warning will occur after Pope Benedict leaves the Vatican. He speaks of the Signs of the Warning and the purpose of the Warning.
From 57 mins. Dr. Bowring speaks of a personal attack and threats by the devil and of persecutions which have befallen him and his family. He speaks of suffering for others which is necessary for Salvation. He said that in physical and mental suffering – therein lies our triumph.
Please pray for this very courageous man who has given everything to promote the Truth. Let us also be inspired to fight –
The following talk is by Crusader Chris, in the city where he lives. I thought, being the 100th Anniversary of the first Apparition, that this would be appropriate to share today. The only changes are the subheadings which I added for ease of reading. In fact, he did his second talk in the series today in the pro-Cathedral at an all-day Fatima celebration.
(The picture is of my own personal statue of Our lady of Fatima)
FIRST OF A 4-PART SERIES OF TALKS
IN THIS CENTENARY YEAR OF FATIMA, 2017
DAY WITH MARY, 25 February 2017
Good morning, everyone. Now, before I begin I’d just like to stress that the following material is not purely my own personal opinion. While I’m a Fatima enthusiast, I don’t profess to be an expert on the subject. I’ve done a lot of research, and have drawn on a number of RELIABLEsources – some of these I’ll mention as we go.
Perhaps we could start by praying a HAIL MARY for the Holy Spirit’s presence?
FATIMA’S MESSAGE MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER: Heaven’s Request for reparation
FATIMA… it could well be the most important sign of visible Divine intervention since Jesus was raised from the dead.
The “Miracle of the Dancing Sun”at Fatima must rank as the most dramatic and significant supernatural event in the entire history of the Church.
Not since Biblical Times has there been apublic miracleof this magnitude!
But WHY we may wonder?WHY?
Could it be that, on entering the modern age in 1917, the Church was on the brink of the most critical and decisive phase of its two thousand year existence?
Many would contest that. Pragmatists and rationalists, theologians and historians would say that the Church has always been upon stormy waters.
But the advent of secularism, atheism, materialism, modern psychology, science and evolution has created a whole new generation conditioned by this thinking who are now enemies of the faith unlike anything ever before: hedonists, scoffers, intellectual giants, revolutionaries, demagogues and social activists with power and ambition to take hold of the world and make their beliefs dominate. Forcefully and seductively they are steering our civilization away from its Christian mores, coercing us into a Brave New World of supposedly “enlightened” valueswhich, in truth, are both anti-Christian and destructive.
Relevance of Private Revelation
It is frequently asserted that Fatima is ONLY private revelation. Many voices in the Church diminish its importance. In the last 50 years it has been dismissed by the Vatican hierarchy. Buried by others and consigned to a grave stone. “It’s only private revelation,” they say. “We don’t have to believe.”
But looking back over the entirety of faith history, some of the greatest landmark moments,even in Sacred Scripture itself, are made up of private revelation.The three angels who appear to Abraham and Sarah announcing the infinite generations of believers to come: private revelation. Moses’ encounter with God on Sinai and the giving of the Law: private revelation, although, of course, the Israeli camp did witness the accompanying spectacle from a distance. The calling of Samuel the prophet who anoints King David: private revelation. Isaiah, Jeremiah, all the prophets, the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary: all private revelation. And the New Testament abounds with similar phenomena: the conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus, his transporting into the heavenly realms, the apparitions to the disciples of the Risen Christ in His Glorified Body: all private revelation.
To those who insist that Fatima ismerelyprivate revelation, Our Lady in fact says the complete opposite. She told the three shepherds that she would perform a miracle so that “EVERYONE would believe”. It was intended for everyone, not just the young visionaries. And it did get the world’s attention, even the secular newspapers at the time. Over seventy thousand pilgrims were present. Hardened journalists who turned out to mock and belittle the so-called religious hysteria became believers.
Why did Our Lady appear?
So why would God permit the Blessed Mother of His Son to appear at the dawn of the twentieth century during the bloodiest war which was meant to “end all wars” and only months prior to the tumultuous Russian Revolution? Why would He give the handmaiden of Nazareth the power to overwhelm such a great multitude of people with a sight which brought them to their knees, convinced the world was about to end with the sun plunging toward the earth? It is interesting to note that this was 28 years before the first nuclear bombs were exploded, bringing an end to a far more devastating Second World War. Some commentators say Fatima’s solar phenomenon was like a prelude of that atomic power.
When Jesus came among us as the long-awaited Messiah He scolded those of His generation for not recognizing the signs of the times – Hugh Owen in his recent Fatima book, The Light Comes from the East, says “How much more will He scold us who have the gifts of the Holy Spirit if we fail to read the signs of the times.”
Pope Benedict’s XVI
Seven years ago our previous Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, while visiting Fatima, made a startling pronouncement, one which negated the official Vatican position and his own earlier opinion as Cardinal Ratzinger. No longer could he agree that Fatima’s message was relegated to the historical past, left behind with the 20th century. On May 13, 2010, before 500,000 pilgrims at the famous apparition site, Pope Benedict proclaimed in his papal address:“Whoever thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is over, is deceived. May these seven years that divide us from the centennial of the apparitions bring forth soon the foreseen triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!”
In the same address Pope Benedict pointed out an uncomfortable fact: “Today,” he said, “we see in the most horrifying way, that the greatest persecution against the Church does not come from its enemies outside, but from the sins within; and that the Church has therefore a great need to re-learn penance. . .”
His Holiness was simply echoing the words of Our Lady of Fatima:
On October 13 in 1917 she was reported saying,“People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already TOO MUCH offended.” She mentioned in particular immorality and immodesty, fashions which greatly offended God, and her admonition recalls the two prayers which the Angel had taught the shepherd children a year earlier. These prayers were “in reparation for the outrages, sacrilege, blasphemies and INDIFFERENCE toward God.”
The Relevance of Our Lady’s Words for Today
Now, remember, this was 1917. How much more-so have those sins multiplied and intensified one hundred years later!
Father Regis Scanlon, spiritual director for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, has authored articles on Fatima. Recently he wrote, “Without a doubt abortion has always existed,” – on a minor scale in the backstreets of cities – “but now it is glorified by societies and protected by governments as a legal right. In 1917 the idea of legalized homosexual marriage, especially on a worldwide scale, would have been inconceivable. And I doubt you could find a practicing Catholic, in those days, who would NOT have been horrified to hear a fellow Catholic was regularly receiving Holy Communion despite being divorced, co-habiting or committing fornication or homosexual acts.”
Our Lady told Jacinta that the sins that offended God most were sins of the flesh,and that many marriages were not good.More people fall into hell, she said, because of unrepented sins of the flesh. This and sacrilegious communionsare the two great evils which afflict the world and the Church.
Heaven foresaw all of this coming. Like the prophets of old, Christ’s Mother was sent to forewarn the world, to alert believers to the signs of the times. Sadly, a hundred years later, we hardly ever hear about sin (especially mortal sin); nor do we hear about Hell, about Satan or demonic activity, and we definitely never hear about reparation and sacrifice, so badly needed, as Fatima highlighted. Any such reference has become unfashionable – almost politically incorrect.
The Sequence of Events – a refresher:
Now, for those who are unfamiliar with the Fatima story, here’s a brief recap – and a refresher for those of you who have heard it but long ago.
The extraordinary sequence of events actually began in the spring and autumn of 1916. Sister Lucy in her memoirs, however, does mention that there was a mysterious prefigurement even earlier in 1915. On three occasions that year, while she and her two younger cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were tending their flocks, a figure appeared in the air above the olive trees.
The following year this figure revealed to them that he was the Angel of Peace, the Guardian Angel of Portugal – also later identified as St Michael.“Do not be afraid,” he told the children. “Pray with me.” Sister Lucy wrote that he looked “like a young man of about 14 or 15 years old, transparent as crystal when the sun shines through it and of great beauty.” He taught them a short prayer and showed them to kneel as they prayed and prostrate themselves with their foreheads almost touching the ground. When he returned in the autumn that year he rebuked them for wasting time playing. “What are you doing? Pray, pray very much! The most holy hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.” He explained to them, “Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country.”
Now remember, these instructions were given to three little children who, in 1916, were aged ten, eight and six years old. On this second visit the Angel gave Holy Communion to Lucy and the precious Blood from a Chalice to Jacinta and Francisco, saying, “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.” He knelt prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament, demonstrating again this lowly position of prayerful adoration, and recited with the young shepherds the now-famous prayer addressed to the Holy Trinity. In this way the little seers of Fatima were being primed up for the great encounter with heaven’s Queen a year ahead of her appearance.
The First Apparition
Meanwhile, the First World War was raging through Europe without let-up. Pope Benedict XV, tired and frail, weary of fruitless diplomatic entreaties with leaders, wrote a letter to all Christians. It was dated 5th May 1917. “In this terrible hour,” he pleaded, “may the faithful turn with lively confidence to the august Mother of God. Since all graces are dispensed through the hands of the Holy Virgin, beg her to obtain peace for the world, to end the dark tide of ruin and massacre.” He solemnly entrusted this task to her alone. Only eight days later she responded – on what was then known as the feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, May 13th.
May 13th that year was a Sunday. After attending Mass and leading their sheep to pasture at a place called the Cova da Iria, the three children witnessed a flash of lightning in the blue sky after praying their Rosary. Another flash and there, just a few footsteps away, on the top of a holm oak, stood a Lady dressed in white, “more brilliant than the sun,” wrote Lucy, “radiating a light so clear and intense”. She encouraged them to pray the Rosary to obtain peace for the world and an end to the First World War, and requested that they come to the Cova da iria on the 13th day of each month for six successive months.
13th June: the second apparition.
This drew about fifty onlookers along with Lucy, Jacinta and Francisco. On this occasion the Blessed Mother spoke of devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. “Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved,” she said and opening her hands, she showed them a vision of her heart encircled by thorns.
The Third Apparition
13th July. This pivotal third apparition brought record crowds. Five thousand people assembled this time, and it was the day that the Mother of Christ delivered the prophecies and promises and visions now associated with Fatima.
Firstly she announced the miracle which would take place three months from that date: “I will do this so that all may believe,” she said. And then she gave the children a graphic glimpse into the frightening reality of hell. Sadly she continued, “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. This war is going to end soon, but if people do not cease offending God,a worse war will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you seea night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for theconsecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.
“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, stirring up revolutions, and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer; several nations will be annihilated.” Her final words were ones of hope: “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph and there will be peace.”
All these revelations were known initially as “the Secret”. The secret was divided into three parts: first part was the terrifying sight of hell. The second was the prophetic words just quoted. And what became known as the Third Secret or the third part began with the promise “In Portugal the dogma of the faith will always be preserved”. The contents of this secret were sealed in an envelope to be made public in 1960 when they would be better understood. Through papal diplomacy it took another forty years to learn of the apocalyptic vision we now know about: a slain bishop in white, surrounded by the corpses of bishops, cardinals and lay people in a city in ruins with soldiers present.
During this July apparition Our Lady also taught the children to pray in between decades of the Rosary: “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need of Thy mercy.” This is where that prayer originated.
The Fourth Apparition
13th August 1917.There was no apparition that day. The fourth appearance of Our Lady of Fatima was delayed until August 19th. This was because the threeyoung seers were imprisonedby the Administrator of the local council. He threatened toboil them alive in hot oil if they did not renounce their visions and disclose the secret. After three days of brave and determined refusal they were released.
The Fifth Apparition:
September 13th. The fifth apparition occurred in the presence of 25 thousand observerswith the Virgin Mary confirming the much-anticipated Miracle in one month’s time.
This resulted in pilgrims converging on Fatima from all directions across Europe during mid October. Tens of thousands of them flocked in great expectancy, singing and praying, making their way through a ferocious rainstorm the night before the Miracle was due.
The Sixth Apparition: Miracle of the sun
October 13th,their faith in Fatima was not disappointed. The sky which had been hidden by black clouds suddenly cleared and the sunshone through. To everyone’s amazement itbegan performing extraordinary feats in the sky for fifteen long minutes. It whirled like a giant fiery Catherine wheel, zigzagging and plunging toward the earth, flooding the countryside with a spectrum of glorious rays.The muddy ground and the sodden clothes of the spectators were bone dry by the time the awesome prodigy was over.The secular press gave wide coverage with photos, especially of the terrified onlookers who thought the world was coming to an end.Even skeptical journalists were instantly converted that day.
In recent times, there have been reports of the sun spinning at other apparition sites like Medjugorje but nothing has equaled the impressive light show and the solar gymnastics displayed at Fatima.
Of course that was not the completion of the Fatima story, only the beginning. Both Jacinta and Francisco were told by the Blessed Mother they would join her in heaven shortly.Both of them died of the post-war influenza epidemic in 1919 and 1920.Eighty years later they were beatified by Pope John Paul the Second and Blessed Jacinta’s body was exhumed and found to be incorrupt.
Lucy eventually became a Carmelite nunand was blessed withsubsequent visions and heavenly communications throughout her long life. She died on 13th of February 2005just seven weeks before Saint John Paul Two went to his heavenly reward.
There were three documented visitations to Lucy which served as a sequel to the 1917 events. On December 10th 1925 Our Lady appeared in Lucy’s convent cell to announce theFive First Saturday devotion of Reparation. Then on the 15th February the following year the Child Jesus appeared to Lucy, along with Our Lady to ensure the spreading of this devotion and to stress its importance..
Three years later, 13th June 1929, Our Lady of Fatima came to Lucy, as foretold, with herrequest for the consecration of Russia. This request was given while Lucy was praying late at night in the chapel, which became illuminated by the presence of a breathtaking image. Over the altar she saw the Divine Trinity: God the Father overseeing the Crucified Jesus with the Holy Spirit hovering above the cross. “The moment has come,” Our Lady announced, “for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart. The Holy Father must do this in union with all the bishops of the world.”
Two years later, in 1931, Jesus spoke to Lucy and reminded her of the consequences of failing to consecrate Russia.
The Great Sign:
Seven years elapsed and, as predicted by the Blessed Mother, the Second World War erupted,preceded by the Great Sign she had spoken about. During the reign of Pope Pius XI, on the evening of January 25th, 1938, all of Europe was bathed in unearthly lights. People were in panic, running in the streets with fear once again that the world was ending. Scientists quickly labeled the phenomenon an Aurora Borealis. They have since admitted the lights were“of an unidentified source”with no further explanation.
Within weeks of that Great Warning Sign, Hitler had marched into Austria, followed by its annexation and the seizure of Poland. Right on cue, the vast conflict, involving much of the world, began to unfurl.
Fatima is one of the very few Marian apparitions to be fully approved by the Church and to be promoted by most popes ever since – John Paul Two especially after his assassination attempt on 13th May 1981. The current pope has dedicated his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima. But still heaven’s directive remains unimplemented. It is not the world which needs to be consecrated to the Heart of Mary but Russia, specifically named so that the conversion of Russia will be then attributed quite unmistakably to Our Lady’s intercessory power.
Sister Lucy recorded that Jacinta once told her, “Do not be afraid to tell everyone about devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. God has entrusted the peace of the world to her.”God has given the Blessed Virgin Mother a mission, to bring Christ back into the world, just as she brought Christ into the world the first time.
What Fatima requires of us.
The more we study the Fatima revelations the more we come to see that there is much more required than simply praying the Holy Rosary every day. The Rosary is certainly a vital element – but what is equally imperative is an attitude of sacrifice, the offering of all the penances that come from our state of life, all that’s demanded by our daily duty, in a spirit of reparation for so many outrages and sacrileges and blasphemy. Reparation is the key word. One hundred years later the world’s future is in a precarious balance. A visionary was recently told by Our Lady that humanity is hanging by a thread.“The Bear is about to awaken and take the world by surprise”.
If God was offended in 1917, what is He now?
The errors of Russia
The “errors of Russia” which our dear Mother mentioned are precisely this:systematized atheism, the rejection of God,indifference to His existenceand providence, even outright hostility; abortion now institutionalized in what were once Christian nations;divorce,destruction of the family unit, the denigration of a woman’s role of motherhood; the substitution of Divine Creation with Darwinismand its claim of human life evolving from a soulless primeval void.
These were the errors about to emerge in Holy Mother Russia a century ago which brought about bloodshed, closure of Churches, the imprisonment and murder of clergy and religious, millions upon millions of citizens wantonly slaughtered. It took fifty years for these errors of belief to be absorbed into western culture.By the 1970s divorce and abortion had gained legal status, followed by prostitution, and now the current gender theology, same-sex marriage and so on…. I think we all understand the seriousness of the times.
What we have to do now
Returning to Father Regis Scanlon, he recently wrote, “God doesn’t want us to suffer the consequences of our disobedience, that’s why He sent Mary Immaculate to us in the early 20th centurywith these important signs – so we could repent and correct ourselves (…) there is still time left. Remember God’s Mercy.We must not despair. When enough of the entire Church makes an effort, including daily and worthy reception of Holy Communion, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in reparation – when the Pope, Bishops and priests lead the Church in these efforts, Satan’s power will end.And if our Church leaders refuse to do what Our Lady has been asking since 1917, then I believe that we must prepare for penance – a lot of it – and soon.”
In the end Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph and her promises will be fulfilled – but at what cost?
Please continue to pray that all of Our Lady’s conditions for world peace are soon met. Pray for the Church.Pray for the world. Pray for souls. And, in the words of the latest Fatima online newsletter, “Pray also for COURAGE for it may grow darker before the dawn of grace.”
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Monday 20 February 2017
Feast of Blessed Jacinta of Fatima
In the next two talks on Fatima we will look at the numerous events since 1960 which are directly related to Fatima, the significance of the 100 years ending in 2017; also the history of the many attempts at consecrating Russia, and why such a simple act has caused so much difficulty and confusion.
The pope overheard a conversation between Jesus and the devil, who said he could destroy the Church. Jesus gave him 75-100 years to try to do this.
We don’t really know when the 100 years started but
EXACTLY 33 years later, on the 13th October, 1917– the miracle of the sun occurred. (Co-incidence?)
Obviously Fatima is connected to Pope Leo’s vision. Our Lady of Fatima outlines events which are to happen in the next 100 years, and she gives us the solution.
Our Lady, at Fatima on 13th July, 2017 said :
“…To prevent this, I shall come to ask for theConsecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.
If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace;if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.
The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved …” https://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/firstsat.htm
In 1931, Our Lady said:
…Like the King of France they will repent and do so, but it will be late. Russia will already have spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer!
(There is no doubt he aforementioned events are now occurring!)
Message from the Book of Truth: Message 0036
01 January 2011 @ 02:00am
… Mother of God’s role in Second Coming of Christ
My beloved Mother, who was responsible for taking up the Chalice of accepting My Existence, at the moment of Conception to herald a new beginning for mankind, will also herald My Second Coming.
…My beloved Mother, the Angel of Light, will now triumph to deliver My Mercy and herald My Second Coming on Earth. My devoted Mother, the Immaculate Conception, as Mediatrix, will help prepare the world for My Second Coming. She has been preparing mankind for many centuries, but has now, in the last 100 years,been trying to instil love in your hearts, to ignite the sometimes stagnate love you have for Me and My Eternal Father.
There was a time when My Mother, who, through Divine Manifestation, would command attention on Earth. Sadly, since Fatima and Garabandal, few of My sacred servants take her Divine apparitions seriously. Nor are her visionaries, the chosen few, taken seriously.
This time, as the year 2011 commences, many, many changes in the world are now about to take place. This is because the world, My children, as you once knew it is about to change…”
(These are now evident)
“…Secret of Fatima – connection with future
So many of you innocent and trusting souls fail to graspthe evil that is about to unfold. My children, and I include those reading these Messages for the first time out of curiosity, who may feel a gap in your spiritual welfare, listen now.
You and your fellow brothers and sisters are being led into a world dictated by the group foretold in the last Secret of Fatima, to which you are not privy, where you will soon find the following. …”
Your Divine Teacher, Saviour and Just Judge of Mercy”
And finally, words from Pope Benedict XVI in 2010:
Pope Benedict visited Fatima in May 2010 – excerpt of Interview with Fr Lombardi on Tuesday 11th May.
(Referring to Third secret released in 2000)
“Consequently, I would say that, here too, beyond this great vision of the suffering of the Pope, which we can in the first place refer to Pope John Paul II, an indication is given of realities involving thefuture of the Church,which are gradually taking shape andbecoming evident”
In Pope Benedict’s Christmas address to the Roman Curia in December, 2010he cited a vision of St Hildegard of Bingen(1170), which is a most apt prophecy of the Church today.
The image in the prophecy includes:
A beautiful woman stretching from earth to heaven and is so beautiful that the human mind cannot comprehend it.
Her face shone with exceeding brightness and her gaze was fixed on heaven.
Her shoes were of onyx.
She had a “dazzling robe of white silk”.
Her cloak was “adorned with stones of great price”.
1.This beautiful woman is the Church.
2. Her face is “stained with dust” – I guess with neglect and an unappreciation of her beauty.
3. Her shoes “had been blackened”.
4. Her robe was “ripped down the right side”.
5. Her cloak “had lost its sheen of beauty”.
“She (the church) cries out in a loud voice:
Hear heaven how my face is sullied;
tremble abyss because my shoes are blackened
mourn, earth, that my robe is torn.”
The vision also mentions the Bridegroom.This is Christ, whose Bride is the Church.“The Bridegroom’s wounds remain fresh as long as the wounds of men’s sins continue to gape”. (a reference to the robe which was ripped down the right side)
In the vision, “Christ’s wounds remain open because of the sins of priests”.
The vision continues:
“They (the priests) tear my robe, since they are violators of the Law, the Gospel and their own priesthood; …” (reference to the torn robe)
And in reference to the cloak: “they darken my cloak by neglecting, in every way, the precepts which they are meant to uphold..”
In reference to the shoes:
“…my shoes too are blackened, since priests do not keep to the straight paths of justice, which are hard and rugged, or set good examples to those beneath them.
Nevertheless, in some of them I find the splendour of truth.’(i.e. the shoes which still reveal their original beauty – of onyx.)
Sadly, the Roman Curia let this prophecy go right over their heads and they (the majority) took no notice!!
“In the year of our Lord’s incarnation 1170, I had been lying on my sick-bed for a long time when, fully conscious in body and in mind, I had a vision of a woman of such beauty that the human mind is unable to comprehend. She stretched in height from earth to heaven. Her face shone with exceeding brightness and her gaze was fixed on heaven. She was dressed in a dazzling robe of white silk and draped in a cloak, adorned with stones of great price. On her feet she wore shoes of onyx. But her face was stained with dust, her robe was ripped down the right side, her cloak had lost its sheen of beauty and her shoes had been blackened. And she herself, in a voice loud with sorrow, was calling to the heights of heaven, saying, ‘Hear, heaven, how my face is sullied; mourn, earth, that my robe is torn; tremble, abyss, because my shoes are blackened!’
And she continued: ‘I lay hidden in the heart of the Father until the Son of Man, who was conceived and born in virginity, poured out his blood. With that same blood as his dowry, he made me his betrothed.
For my Bridegroom’s wounds remain fresh and open as long as the wounds of men’s sins continue to gape. And Christ’s wounds remain open because of the sins of priests. They tear my robe, since they are violators of the Law, the Gospel and their own priesthood; they darken my cloak by neglecting, in every way, the precepts which they are meant to uphold; my shoes too are blackened, since priests do not keep to the straight paths of justice, which are hard and rugged, or set good examples to those beneath them. Nevertheless, in some of them I find the splendour of truth.’
And I heard a voice from heaven which said: ‘This image represents the Church. For this reason, O you who see all this and who listen to the word of lament, proclaim it to the priests who are destined to offer guidance and instruction to God’s people and to whom, as to the apostles, it was said: go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation’ (Mk 16:15)” (Letter to Werner von Kirchheim and his Priestly Community: PL 197, 269ff.).”
How apt that Pope Benedict would quote this;- as if he knew the sorrows and grief-rendering neglect that would tarnish the church ( even more than before!) As if he indeed had prior knowledge and is most certainly acquainted with prophecy…and this is not the first hint he has given!