On her fourth visit to the children at Fatima, August 19, 1917, Our Lady told Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia, “In the last month, I will work a miracle so that all will believe. … Saint Joseph will come with the Child Jesus, to give peace to the world.”
That promise is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of Fatima, don’t you think? How little attention has been paid to it! The actual vision of St. Joseph on October 13, 1917 was brief and of course, silent but there is a very serious message implied as we shall see..
During the Miracle of the Sun, while the crowd was enthralled, Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta were privileged to see a tableau representing the Mysteries of the Rosary. The first scene, representing the Joyful Mysteries was seen by all three children.as Lúcia describes,
“We saw, beside the sun, Saint Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady clothed in white with a blue mantle. Saint Joseph and the Child Jesus seemed to bless the world with gestures which they made with their hands in the form of a cross.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima)
This little-noted event tells us so much! Even as the miracle of the sun is occurring, St. Joseph appears, holding the Child Jesus and both bless the world., while from the other side of the sun, the Blessed Mother looks on, benignly. This tableau of the Holy Family reminds us that God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, entrusted the Child Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Joseph, thus creating this perfect family, a model for all families. Indeed, God’s wisdom entrusted the Holy Family to the quiet man, and now, at Fatima, he is revealed to us, to bless us and give us peace in this time prefigured by the miracle of the sun.
At the miracle of the sun, the earth stood firm while the sun moved erratically. How can this be? And yet it happened. Since the Sun represents the Church, we ask, how can the Church, established by Christ become so erratic as it is today, under Pope Francis? How do we reconcile that the gates of hell will not prevail and the Holy Ghost will always guide her, with what we now see? St. Joseph solved a similar conundrum and he stands ready to help us now.
Matthew 1, 18-25 tells of Joseph’s dilemma and its resolution. His example of humility and steadfastness is precisely the example for us today. Faithful Catholics are torn today between the temptation to abandon the church, or to go along with the errors of the new Bergoglian Reformed Church.
What did Joseph do when faced with an unsolvable dilemma? He turned to God in prayer and stayed with it until God gave him light. He didn’t become his own God, or in today’s terms, his own pope. Neither did he accept the unthinkable option that somehow Mary had broken her vow, but that false mercy was required on his part to simply accept her unfaithfulness. That would be the spiritual sloth of today’s catholics, who simply go along to get along, and welcome unrepentant vice into the church. “Who am I to judge?”
If the Lord God entrusted the true Ark of the Covenant to the keeping of St. Joseph, can we not also turn in confidence to him, secure in the knowledge that he will teach us the humility and patience to stand firm in the faith until these erratic and uncertain times are over and the Blessed Virgin clears the smoke of Satan from the Church?
In the Bible, we see that in obedience to God, St. Joseph took the child Jesus and the Blessed Virgin to Egypt in order to save them from murderous Herod. Now, Egypt was a country similar in many ways to our modern post-Christian societies, very much in the control of the Lord of the World. And yet St. Joseph kept them safe. And now he stands ready to help faithful priests guard their flocks. He helps Catholic fathers protect their families; he could as well, help Catholic rulers lead their countries, … if there were any …
In 2008, Cardinal Caffara related a correspondence he had with Sister Lucia of Fatima. In her letter she said that, “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.” “Don’t be afraid”, she added, because “anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.” And then she concluded: “however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.”
Certainly, the Fatima vision of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus blessing us, in conjunction with Sister Lucia’s remarks to Cardinal Caffara, should give us consolation today. There is another bit of information on this subject. Solange Hertz, in her book, The Sixth Trumpet, tells us that Sister Lucia, when asked about the Third Secret mentioned that it is about Apocalypse Chapter 12. Mrs. Hertz posits that Apocalypse 12:14 may apply to us in these times.
“And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” In the mystical language of St. John in the Apocalypse, “the woman” refers to the Church, but also to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Church. Mary is inseparably bound to the Church and St. Joseph is the Guardian of both. In Hertz’ view, the Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt prefigures this passage, and indicates that St. Joseph is given to us in these dire times to strengthen and defend us, and to bring us safely home again.
A reader of our blog, Adrian Dulston, who has posted here before, has been working to encourage devotion to St. Joseph for the restoration of the Faith in England and for the Consecration of Russia. His point is that since we have not succeeded so far in obtaining the Consecration, we would do well to enlist St. Joseph’s aid. This does seem reasonable to me as well, since St. Joseph was proposed to us by Our Lady of Fatima herself as coming to give us peace.
The Glory of St. Joseph
Mr. Dulston received ecclesiastic approval for his prayer and in his letter he noted that it is encouraging to think that the disobedience to Our Lady’s request in 1960 might bring about a greater good, that is, the Glory of St. Joseph. It could be the last piece in a confusing jigsaw puzzle, and might clear the diabolical disorientation and prepare the way for Our Lady’s Triumph in a way that would please her more with St. Joseph than without him.
I think he might be on to something with his campaign, so please give it a try.
Thank you for reading.
Please, pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!