Updated 12-20-2019: It is our intention here at Return to Fatima to remake the site into a resource for those who are devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima. I hope to leave the site up, not as a blog, but as a place where people who are interested in learning more about the message of Our Lady of Fatima and its relationship to the current crisis in the Church within the context of the approved prophecies of the Church, and including Sacred Scriptures as well.
For those who have come to enjoy my frequent articles, I hope to offer a newsletter, which will begin soon after the new year, God willing.
We are on the brink of an even worse crisis; it is the time of winnowing; We have no lack of posers who represent themselves as leading traditional Catholics. But what is needed are generous souls to follow Our Lady, for as Sister Lucia assures us, “she is the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and (is) the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven.”
Now is the time to prepare for our re-consecrations! The link for our post on the Rosary Novena for the Immaculate Conception of Mary is here: LINK
You’ve heard this before, but it’s true: I’ve gained much more from you than I have offered you. An example came in yesterday’s mail. A long time subscriber to Return to Fatima has submitted a comment that merits its own post. Thanks to Brian Hershey, we offer the following:
The Way of the Cross (St. Leonard): According to the Fathers our Savior’s suffering calls down upon us every grace, whilst it is from base forgetfulness of so great a benefit that all our falls come and all our sorrows. The Blessed Virgin Mary was the one who gave us the fourteen Stations of the Cross and it is by endeavoring to efface from our minds the remembrance of the Passion of our Savior that the devil hopes to drag us down to eternal ruin. A holy soul being rapt into ecstasy saw the devils holding a council in the depths of hell and discussing amongst themselves the most efficacious means of destroying souls. One, more clever than the rest, suggested that the best means of destroying the whole Catholic world would be to lay low all the crosses and thus bring it to pass that men should think no longer of the Passion of the Son of God.
This dastardly advice was greeted with applause by all the wicked spirits and they are adopting it in practice only too well. Set yourselves to meditate on death, judgment, hell, and eternity; the devil sleeps on unmoved and heedless; but meditate on the Passion of our Savior – that is his nightmare, his torment – all hell bestirs itself to raise obstacles in your path.
My personal opinion is that the greatest sin against the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the neglect of Her Son’s Passion.”
The Stations of the Cross
Ed. Note: St. Leonard of Port Maurice, Franciscan missionary was respected by St. Alphonsus Liguori. His sermon on the Stations of the Cross, delivered to a huge crowd in the Coliseum in Rome is especially revered. A brief quote wherein he explains the reason for devotion to the Stations:
To convince you of its excellence, suffice it to know that the Way of the Cross is simply a pious representation of the sorrowful journey which Our Lord made, all covered with blood, from the Pretorium of Pilate to the place of His burial; and since Our Divine Saviour traversed this way bearing on His shoulders the heavy burden of the Cross, with which the treachery of the Jews had charged Him, we call it the Way of the Cross.
And if you would know why we meet therein with so many stations and crosses, each of which offers us a fresh subject of sorrow, under stand that each station represents one of those hallowed spots where Our Suffering Saviour was obliged to stay awhile and rest. These points are called stations from the Latin word stare to stop; and since from the house of Pilate to the tomb our Saviour stopped fourteen times, twelve times in life and twice after His death, we distinguish fourteen Stations of the Cross.
What a beautiful idea! you will exclaim; but to whom do we owe this whom, then, holy exercise? You would know this? Ah, well, it was an idea of the wonderful Heart of Mary, ever Virgin,
Yes, it was the most holy Virgin who first thought of this pious devotion of the Way of the Cross. She herself practised it and handed it down to her faithful servants. It is what she said herself to St. Bridget. “Know, my daughter”, she told her, “that during all the time I lived after the Ascension of my Divine Son, I visited every day those holy places where He suffered, where He died, and where He showed forth His mercies.”
Now, I ask you, as good Christians, does not this one motive, this knowledge that the Way of the Cross was invented, not by any one Saint or other, but by the august Mother of God does not this motive alone, I ask, suffice to win your hearts and enkindle your fervour? Can you not take a resolution to practise it as often as possible, seeing that the Blessed Virgin practised it every day?
The reference for this quote is “The Life of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice” by Father Dominic Devas, O.F.M., available on archive.org, LINK.
The Franciscans, following the devotion of their holy founder, have always had a strong devotion to the Way of the Cross and it is quite true that the Blessed Virgin began this devotion. It should be a part of the devotions of every child of the Immaculata, along with Eucharistic Adoration. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to His Passion is inseparable from devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the writings of Sister Lucia illustrate clearly.
Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Now, as I was preparing for this little post, another long-time reader responded:
Jose Guadalupe Rodriguez says:
In 1930, the very same Jesus Christ Our Lord, told sister Lucia:
“There are five sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
1. Against the Immaculate Conception.
2. Against Her Perpetual Virginity.
3. Against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognize
Her as the Mother of men.
4. The sins of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children
indifference or scorn, or even hatred of this Immaculate Mother.
5. The sins of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy images.
To neglect the message and requests of this Immaculate Mother is to commit a sin against the Holy Ghost.”
Now, readers, there is no contradiction between the two! Our Lord Jesus Christ is most offended these days by the sins against His most Holy Mother, to whom He has entrusted our salvation. That is what is stated in Jose’s quote above. In His unfathomable love for us, Our Lord first gave us His most Sacred Heart, then, when that beautiful devotion was spurned, as one last measure of His immense love, He sent us His Mother to melt our sin-hardened hearts and lead us back to Him.
Now, the Blessed Virgin Mary has warned us very strongly that we must not offend jesus any more, for He is already much offended. Note that Mary leads us to devotion to the Passion of Our Lord and He leads us to devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These devotions are both necessary and they are inseparable.
Well now that catholics have spurned that option as well – note that the majority of those remaining “in full communion” have continued on despite the scandal of the “Pachamama Synod” – We see the frightful sin against the Holy Ghost, foretold by Sister Lucia. We are all to held accountable in this dire time of winnowing. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary are both essential
Thank you for reading. I pray for you all, always.
Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey: First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live our Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.
† 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!
† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.