False Apparitions and Flawed Consecrations

NOTE: 24 May, 2019, I posted an update on our About Us page to close all further discussion of false apparitions. Thank you for reading.

Yesterday’s post on Bolsonaro’s Consecration of Brasil to the Immaculate Heart of Mary brought so many interesting responses from readers. Although it is not possible to respond individually to all, today, we will try to address a few of them.

Concern: Why was the Consecration in Brasil performed in a secular setting? Why not in a more fitting place like a Cathedral?

Reply: It was important to place the Consecration within the government setting. Had it been simply relegated to the Church, it would have stayed there, but in the government it asserts the Blessed Virgin’s authority far more notably.

Concern: Matteo Salvini was filmed and the video is online showing Matteo Salvini participating in a blasphemous conga dance within the church of Saint Bernadette at Lourdes with profane music blaring. How is this man fit to even mention the Immaculate Heart of Mary? Also, contrary to your assertions, he did not consecrate Italy to the Immaculate,,, it was an entrustment only, not a Consecration. Please correct this.

Reply: The above concern is a composite of comments. To address them all, I remind readers that, as we have mentioned before, Our Lord built His Church upon sinners. Saint Peter is a prime example, first rejecting the very idea that Christ would have to suffer, then attacking Malchus, then denying Our Lord in the courtyard, and even after becoming Pope, attempting to flee his own inevitable martyrdom. And yet, he was sustained by the grace of God. He is a perfect example that not one thing – not . one . thing . are we capable of without Our Lord’s saving grace. That is essential to grasp.

And when the Consecration of Russia is finally accomplished, it will not be otherwise than by the grace of God through woefully inadequate bishops and a pope who is manifestly inadequate on his own, but obviously obedient to and totally dependent on the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In the meantime, every one of these consecrations of cities, states, countries, in any small way, whatever their failings, are steps, small and faltering perhaps, but precisely because they are our weak efforts, treasured by the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, who are eager to transform our weak efforts into miracles of grace and salvation if we, the loyal children of the Immaculata will continue to support these efforts with our rosaries and penances, the sacrifices of our daily duties with generous love in reparation.

Which brings us to the tedious and tendentious matter of false devotions. Many readers question why, if flawed consecrations are “acceptable” to me, do I continue to rail about false devotions, most of which contain much that is pious and often bring forth some good fruit among the faithful.

My response: Lúcia said several times that Fatima’s message is the last, devotion to the Immaculate Heart is the final gift we are given. It thus joins devotion to the Sacred Heart because it is through these two glorious Beings that our salvation was wrought. The flesh and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ came from the most pure flesh and blood of the Immaculata.

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is not something extraneous, a superficial addition to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On the contrary, it is the completion of this devotion, which is given to us by our merciful Father in Heaven, precisely for these dire times in which we live. Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the only way of true and humble obedience.

Now this completion means that nothing else, no other devotion is necessary. In her message at Fatima, Our Most Loving Mother gave us all that we need, and commanded of us all that we must do in this particular time.

Again, I emphasise: Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, has given to us the means by which the Church must be restored, and many, many souls will be saved. You must cleave to the Message of Fatima with all your heart, with all your will, with all your being, all your soul!

If any apparition anywhere, even one which is approved by a post-conciliar bishop, adds any slightest thing to the true message of Fatima, it is not from God, but from the deceiver. It may edify some, but it is a channel for satan to infect the gullible and many souls are diverted in subtle ways from obeying Our Lady’s commands. Such are the many tax-exempt “apostolates” that rush about proclaiming the need for another Marian dogma, or proclaiming there needs to be a new devotion to the “Most Chaste Heart of Saint Joseph, or to his own Sacred Heart. How sad for dear Saint Joseph, who was always silent and desirous of obeying God in the utmost humility to be the object of such a “devotion”.

Stop these diabolical diversions! Obey the message of our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, for the time is soon coming when what little grace you have will be withdrawn for now is the ancient enemy’s time and the power of darkness. I am trying so hard to express to you that if you keep reaching out for misleading devotions, you will utterly miss the last means you are given to obey.

Because I myself have been sidetracked by this, and my own illness, I have been unable to get the posts up which are essential now. Events – both good and bad – are hastening to a climax. I have pointed out in earlier posts, many significant markers so that you may understand the significance of the events now occurring and their relation to the timeline.

But few have understood, or perhaps it is rather that most have been indifferent. I hope to try to make things a bit more clear so that you can see the urgency, but strength fails and time is against me. I must rest and we all must pray. God willing, tomorrow will provide another opportunity and perhaps things will go better.

Thank you for reading, please pass along anything here that may be worthwhile. I pray for you always, but I do not ask for your prayers – rather, I beg you – Pray for priests! This is a time of horrendous suffering for them. Your prayers are essential right now. As for me, our dear Lady knows full well my utter helplessness without her; she knows I would be swept away in less than a millisecond without her and so, she pities me and holds me close.

†  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.

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!

 

 

Brasil Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, May 21, 2019

Note: For the latest and most informative report on this event, please check out Eponymous Flower, the link is in our sidebar, under recommended reading.

Just today, the brave President of Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro consecrated Brasil to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

Brazil Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - May 21, 2019

Our Lord has so long willed that the flames of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of His most beloved Mother would be kindled and here you have a splendid event that proves our sacrifices and prayers are not in vain.

I found the news of this blessed event by way of two very good blogs – Catholicityblog.com and Catolicidad.com

Here is the video: Continue reading “Brasil Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, May 21, 2019”

Francisco and Jacinta, Designs of Mercy

 

“The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you.”

Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto of Fatima

Today, we consider Francisco and Jacinta, the two youngest saints of Fatima. As we discussed in our earlier post, “The Promise”,

Francisco saw the Blessed Virgin perfectly, but did not hear Her words. He only understood the questions of Lúcia. As for Jacinta, who saw and heard everything, she never brought herself to speak to the apparition. Thus Lúcia was the only one to have the privilege of speaking with Her.” … “Young and quite small, the Queen of Heaven also came very close to (the) three children. For a pedestal She had chosen a little holm oak, about a metre high.  ‘We were so close’, writes Lúcia , ‘that we found ourselves in the light surrounding Her, or rather emanating from Her, about a metre and a half away, more or less.’ (from Sister Lucia’s Fourth Memoir)

In 1916, St. Michael the Archangel, the Angel of Fatima had told the children, “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you”, but it was not until Our Lady began to appear that they perceived the true meaning of “designs of mercy”.  By the time of Our Lady’s third visit,  July 13, 1917, it was becoming clearer, and by then, Francisco could say emphatically, “What I want is to go to Heaven!” This eagerness for Heaven recalls St. Bernadette of Lourdes, who said of Our Lady,  “She was so beautiful that after seeing Her once one would be willing to die to see Her again!”

That Great Light Which Is God

Although Francisco was never able to hear the words of Our Lady, he was very astute in recognising many essential aspects of the apparitions: Continue reading “Francisco and Jacinta, Designs of Mercy”

On the eve of the battle

 

“With great longing I desire the spread of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for this heart is the magnet that draws hearts to Me, the heart that radiates to the world the streams of my light and my love. It is finally, the inexhaustible spring from which flows into the world the living water of my mercy.” (Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Lucia, 1943, quoted in Sister Lucia’s letter to Bishop Gurza, May 27, 1943)

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night before He died for our sins, promised us, “I will not leave you orphans.” Thus, he spoke to Sister Lucia in 1943 in order to offer us in this sad Passion of His Church, the Immaculate Heart of His Mother as the inexhaustible spring of living water of His Mercy. Those who remain obstinately indifferent to this do so to their own eternal destruction.

It can be difficult to discern the true path amidst this diabolical smoke and carnage of the great spiritual battle. But Our Lord offers us the remedy: the Heart of Mary, that radiates His light and love to strengthen and guide us safely. In the Message of Fatima, we are given  a key to comprehend the mysterious passage in Chapter 12, Apocalypse:  Continue reading “On the eve of the battle”

Lift up your hearts!

 

Two readers forwarded the following from the newsletter of the Society of St. Pius X. “You may find in this some encouragement” one remarked. And so I have. Many of us have prayed ardently for. someone strong to take up the banner for the Immaculata and lead us in a renewed devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is so encouraging to find this occurring just as we have prayed so ardently for leadership to arise!

Dear members of the Society, dear readers,

With joy we inaugurate a new spiritual practice that will be dedicated especially to the Blessed Virgin. We will do this on May 13, the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima, and during this year when we will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the consecration of the Society of Saint Pius X to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, which Abp. Marcel Lefebvre performed in Ecône on December 8, 1984. This twofold commemoration, however must not remain a pious memory, a bit sentimental and pleasant, of course, but without any effect on our spiritual life.

The reason for the existence of this new practice is to reawaken our souls, to rekindle our fervor, and to remind us vividly of the total dependence of the Society of Saint Pius X on Our Lady.

I wish to encourage you to read and to meditate on this consecration. The words pronounced by our founder were well-aimed and still have a burning relevance: the errors denounced in them certainly have not disappeared. On the contrary, they have grown and multiplied like cancer cells; they have gained ground and seem to have invaded the whole public square. My intention is not to make a negative, discouraging observation, as though everything that has been done was of no use. No, the battle continues as long as it has not been won; the struggle to drive out the sickness continues as long as there is any life. And we will fight as long as it takes, with the same weapons: recourse to the Virgin Mary, especially to her Immaculate Heart, the refuge of sinners and of combatants. Continue reading “Lift up your hearts!”

May 13, 1917, Mary’s Promise

 

One hundred and two years and counting . . .
 “You are going to suffer a great deal, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

Our Lady’s words to Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta echo down the long years of this tragic century.  Although Francisco and Jacinta saw a quick end to their trials, Lúcia’s suffering was protracted and seems especially poignant to us today.  For Lúcia was to experience disobedience to the message of Our Lady and the tragic betrayal of the Church  by Popes and Bishops, the sly derision of theologians, the crass opportunism of some of the laity and the bovine indifference of most of the rest.  Thus, she accompanied Our Lord and His Blessed Mother in their suffering.

Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta were declared saints by the Immaculate Mother of God from the very start of the Fatima message. They have no need of a “Holy Father” of this sort who offers no more relevance for them than Caiphas and Herod had for our dear Savior. Lúcia still has much to teach us as we prepare to face the consequences of the Church’s betrayal of Our Lady of the Rosary.

May 13, 1917, the day the world changed and no one noticed … An offer made, an offer ignored … such a small thing … as they say, “the devil’s in the details” …

Continue reading “May 13, 1917, Mary’s Promise”

On Mother’s Day, to Mary, 2019

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

To Mary, Most Merciful Mother

This Mother’s Day, let’s first of all honor Mary, whom Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us for our own Mother. The following post is loosely based on meditations from St. Alphonsus de Liguori’s “The Glories of Mary”.

Most merciful Mother, grant that I may love thee more and more!
Most merciful Mother, grant that I may love thee more and more!

In giving us Jesus, Mary gave us the true life; and by offering upon Calvary the life of her Son for our salvation, she then brought us forth into the life of divine grace. Thus, at two different times Mary became our spiritual mother; the first when she was found worthy of conceiving in her virginal womb the Son of God, our Savior, as St. Albert Magnus says.

St. Bernardine of Sienna more distinctly teaches us that when the most holy Virgin at the annunciation of the angel gave her consent to become mother of the eternal Word, which He awaited before making Himself her Son, she by this consent even from that time beseeched God with lively affection for our salvation; and she was so earnestly engaged in obtaining it, that from that time she has been our Mother.

Indeed, when in the Gospel we read that Mary brought forth her first-born Son, that refers to the fact that since Mary was and always remained an immaculate virgin, her other children are her spiritual children, that is to say, we are her children. Thus, as St. Alphonsus relates, “Our Lord revealed this to St. Gertrude who reading one day the passage of (St. Luke’s) Gospel was troubled, not knowing how to understand it, that Mary being mother of Jesus Christ alone, it could be said that He was her first-born. And God explained it to her, by telling her that Jesus was her first-born according to the flesh, but men were her second-born according to the spirit.”

Additionally, Mary brought us forth to grace when on Calvary, she offered to the eternal Father with so much sorrow of heart the life of her beloved Son for our salvation. Wherefore, St. Augustine asserts that, by her loving co-operation with Christ in the birth of the faithful into the life of grace, she became also by this co-operation the spiritual mother of us all. And then she in her sorrow brought us forth to eternal life; so that we may all call ourselves children of the Sorrowful Heart of Mary. Continue reading “On Mother’s Day, to Mary, 2019”

Vos estis lux mundi, faking it

 

Out of the darkness of the Bergoglian Vatican, issues forth  “Vos estis lux mundi”  (You are the light of the world), the Lavender Pope’s moto proprio on clerical sex abuse. As one would expect, it is being hailed by all the secular media in glowing terms as, “groundbreaking”, “strict”, “sweeping” and so on. Yet no mention at all of any true reform which would have to begin with enforcing the rule of chastity, a small detail of observing one’s vows to God. There was a time when even among the unchurched, a man was judged by his integrity, that is to say, whether he could be trusted to keep his word. Ah, but that was long ago, wasn’t it?

I regret that I’m not presently well enough to post, but offer the following “re-run” from 2014, which seems to be worth some consideration in this time of treachery and deceit from the man who purports to be the Vicar of Christ, yet serves the Father of Lies.

 

“Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus, the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way, the devil will succeed in leaving souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.

That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag innumerable souls to Hell … The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to final impenitence.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima to Father Agustin Fuentes, December, 1957)

In that same interview, Sister Lucia had stated that the Blessed Virgin Mary was very sorrowful because no one had heeded her message. She also stressed that at that particular time, that is, in 1957, “the punishment from heaven is imminent.” Sister Lucia had earlier, in 1955, told Cardinal Ottaviani that the secret was to be revealed in 1960, “because it will be clearer then“.  Continue reading “Vos estis lux mundi, faking it”

Dispelling Confusion?

 

Note: Post edited for clarity 9:00 am.

Have you heard of  Cardinal Raymond Burke’s crusade to Storm Heaven with a goal to “dispel confusion” and “flood souls with Grace and Light and Truth”? I had not kept up with the Rosary Warriors in some time, but some readers asked about it recently and there are some differences in the good Cardinal’s initiative and what I have asserted here as regards to the message of Fatima.

Regarding “Catholic Action for Faith and Family”.

I’m not familiar with Catholic Action, but I do have great respect for the good Cardinal, and this article is only my friendly attempt to keep the focus on the true message of Fatima, which appears to have become lost in much of the verbiage of our few remaining faithful prelates, such as Cardinal Burke.

Now, Cardinal Burke, bless his heart, knows very well that Our Lady of Fatima requested the establishment and propagation of the First Saturdays of Reparation and also asked for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, performed by the Pope and Bishops, in fact, his site states that very fact: Continue reading “Dispelling Confusion?”

The Supply Chain

“A successful spiritual war, like any other war, requires a well-ordered supply chain, provisions and planners, a kind of spiritual logistics if you will.”

Pope Bergoglio continues unchecked in his disastrous papacy despite the best efforts of the brightest minds of the faithful. Every action our Bishops, priests, theologians and faithful, that is, their Dubia, open letters, petitions and so on, have not had much effect on the slippery character now in control of the Church. In fact, the Church appears dangerously close to the most terrible schism the world has ever seen. (Rorate Caeli).

Why is nothing availing us? What can we do that we have not tried? Is it possible at this point to defeat the enemy which is destroying the Church from within? It is not only possible to defeat this enemy, it is inevitable!

The message of Fatima offers the solution and the only uncertainty is how long before sufficient  of the faithful wake up to this wonderful spiritual armory at our disposal.  One benefit of Our Lady of the Rosary’s campaign for victory is that it serves to open up the channels of grace so necessary for the success of those who are spearheading the great initiatives to challenge Pope Francis and deal with his heretical actions and pronouncements. To put it more plainly: We do not need to be world class theologians, or renowned canonists,  or widely read commentators on the Church crisis.  Although we are merely the faithful and we have no particular recognition or training or status, on our knees with rosary in hand and hearts united to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,  we are able to pray channels of life-giving grace into this battle which is being waged. There is a time and a place for warriors to act and those who stand up for the truth and battle the errors of this pope are to be commended, for they risk their careers, their reputations and all too often they are betrayed by those who should support them. Now this is our chance to contribute, the task we are called to do.

For this spiritual war, like any other war, requires a well-ordered supply chain, provisions and planners, a kind of spiritual logistics if you will. In a spiritual battle, the most practical support is spiritual. That is not at all to imply that the only tactic in this war must be prayers and reparation, for that would be like saying you can win a war by providing guns and ammo without actually engaging the enemy. If we – that is, all the faithful – would work harder to spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima, and to comply with her message by living it, we would bring forth winning strategies and winning leaders. In short, we would bring forth victory.

Please review the old post on Saint John Bosco’s prophesy, “And they realized they were no longer in Rome…”  The actions taken so far have been effective in drawing attention to the problems and reminding for our poor weak Bishops to do the work that they are consecrated to do. In other words, they have been effective in awakening many of the faithful to the realization that we “are no longer in Rome”. But as Saint John Bosco shows us, the victory will come from Our Lady and her angels once sufficient obedience has been offered. Remember the lesson of Lepanto, where Christian military forces were given the victory by Our Lady of the Rosary, because the faithful and the warriors offered fervent prayers and penances. And Our Lady of the Rosary became Our Lady of Victory. Thus it will be again!

The spiritual chastisement involves being helpless in the face of the ancient enemy which now possesses the citadel of the faith. This is to help us re-learn humility, that we might carry our cross with Our Lord in this bitter Passion of the Church.  It is accompanied by the material chastisement which is about to escalate to a level not seen before. For us little ones, we are called to wage spiritual war, making use of our arsenal, supplied by Our Lady. A caution is appropriate here – this spiritual war is not without great peril. For the same ancient enemy attacking the Church has legions upon legions dedicated to destroying the souls of those of us who are. supporting our armed forces in this battle. Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Jane Chantal and so many others have written much on the spiritual challenges of this way before us. I hope to be able to share some insights to help us, God willing.

Meanwhile, please return to the Message of Fatima, know it, share it and live it! We have souls to save and a spiritual battle to win!

†  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!

†  O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse thee!

†  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!