June 30, 2018

Today, we note the 30th anniversary of the historic episcopal ordinations in which Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, joined by Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer, provided for the continuation of the priestly Society he had founded. Events in these past thirty years have proven the wisdom of Archbishop Lefebvre.  By his actions, the sacred priesthood and the true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was saved from extinction at the hands of the revolutionaries who then, as now, controlled the Church.

I have been unable to do the work necessary to complete my intended articles for this occasion but over at Rorate Caeli, New Catholic has a post “Lefebvre and the 1988 Consecrations 30 years on”, which is very helpful in giving the background to understand the significance of June 30, 1988. Equally helpful is Brian McCall’s post at Catholic Family News. “Understanding the 1988 Episcopal Consecrations as Licit under Higher Law“.

It is a great tragedy of our time that the ancient enemy has so completely succeeded in sowing dissension among the faithful that today, thirty years later, we are more and more fragmented. My post yesterday perhaps failed in its purpose, but was intended to urge us all to recapture that humble love of God, love of His Love, which is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for Our Lord so loved us as to give His life for us, that we may be one with Him and in Him. Does no one think any more how much it hurts Him for us to continue to separate ourselves; for by these fractures, we lose our strength, which is in unity, and we lose our humility which is in humbling ourselves in obedience, but most of all, we deceive ourselves and lose Our Lord Himself, who was obedient even unto death on the Cross.

Although I am unable to post much,  I will never stop my prayers that we, God willing, return with humility and deepest repentance to the true Message of Fatima. Only the Pope can consecrate Russia. The key to this involves the Priestly Society of St. Pius X. And the key to the key is obedience. Except for Judas, all the Apostles remained loyal, even though they were scandalized the see the humiliation of their Lord, who humbled Himself so low – who could understand such an impractical action as Christ’s ignominious Passion and Death? The apostles run away and hid for a while, unable to grasp the reasoning, but they returned, didn’t they? And after the death of Jesus, came the Resurrection, didn’t it?

The answer to the spiritual crisis today is not to split up into ever smaller groups, but stay in the Society, hold fast to the faith for as the Passion of the Church continues, humility and obedience will be the sacrificial acts which please God the most and will hasten the triumph of the Immaculate.

Obedience is not possible at this time without the assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom this task has been given. It is never too late to return to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Please, pray the Rosary, for the love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

† 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.

 

I will never forsake you!

We offer our traditional post for June 13, a day early because we have a special post for you for  tomorrow.

“Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”

On the feast of St. Anthony, June 13, 1917, Francisco, Jacinta and Lúcia returned as they had promised the Lady. At this visit, Our Lady made three requests:

“I wish you to come here on the 13th of next month, to pray the Rosary each day, and to learn how to read. Later, I will tell you what I want.”

Lúcia then ventured to make a courageous request:  “I would like to ask you to take us to Heaven.”

“Yes, I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you are to stay here some time longer. Jesus wishes to make use of you to make Me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion I promise salvation; these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by Me to adorn His throne.”

Lúcia:  “Am I to stay here alone?”

“No, My daughter. Do you suffer a great deal? Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”

Lúcia then tells us,

“As Our Lady spoke these last words, She opened Her hands and for the second time, She communicated to us the rays of that immense light. We saw ourselves in this light, as it were, immersed in God. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in that part of the light which rose towards Heaven, and I in that which was poured out on the earth.

“In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité comments on this sublime vision:

” …  through the rays coming forth from the hands of Mary, they saw themselves submerged in God … and in the great light of God, it was given to them to contemplate the secret of Mary, to see Her pierced Heart. ‘In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking reparation.’ ”  Continue reading “I will never forsake you!”

For Love of His Sacred Heart

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are inseparable, although the modernist church certainly does try! For today, let’s revisit this fine old essay by the incomparable Solange Hertz.

For love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we offer this essay of Solange Hertz, from her book (highly recommended!), The Thought of Their Heart, on Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Holy Rosary”.

The Open Heart

by Solange Strong Hertz

“I will reveal My love to them more and more …”

The history of devotion to the Sacred Heart is in a very real sense a gradual revelation of the secret life of the Church. Its prologue, written in the heart of St. John as he reclined against the Lord’s breast at the Last Supper, broadcasts its first rhythms to the world, setting the tempo for the dramatic rending on Calvary. Veneration for the wound inflicted there seems to have been the initial form of the cult among the faithful. From this wound, the “door in the ark,” there gradually issued the proliferation of grace we now know as Sacred Heart devotion, ramifying and increasing through time, space and circumstance to fit all the needs and conditions of worshippers truly seeking intimacy with their Lord.

It elicited tears of repentance, prompted praise, encouraged confident petition and proffered earth’s reparation to heaven for its sins against Love. For centuries the movement developed quietly in the privacy of religious houses and the souls of gifted individuals until it permeated the whole Church in ranks both clerical and lay. In addition to the saints already mentioned, among its devotees must be numbered St. Anselm, St. Frances of Rome, St. Lawrence Justinian, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. Joan of Valois, St. Peter of Alcantara, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, St. Antoninus, St. Peter Canisius, St. Francis de Sales— to list but a few of those canonized. Others who spread its benefits are legion. Carthusians, Franciscans, Benedictines, Dominicans, each produced its particular “school” of spirituality based on affection for the wounded Heart of the Savior. The wealth of art, literature, and liturgy both canonical and popular which has come down to us on the subject attests to its vigor and sanctifying power.

Not surprisingly, it was St. John Eudes, the apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who was instrumental in directing modern piety towards the Heart of her Son. Called by Pope St. Pius X “initiator, teacher and apostle of the liturgical cult of the Sacred Heart,” he had begun by drawing heavily on the writings of the old Cologne Carthusians so as to establish the cult on solid theological ground. By 1672 he had succeeded in obtaining ecclesiastical approval for a Mass of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated in the communities of his own Order, the Congregation of Jesus and Mary.

The very next year, on the feast of St. John the Apostle, December 27, 1673, the torrents of private revelations converged explosively in the Visitation convent at Paray-le-Monial in France. It was there that our Lord, appearing to the humble young nun, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, chose to set the seal of divine approval on what had until then been a most salutary practice in the Church, but which nevertheless remained a private affair— a kind of “inside track” for fleeter spirits. Our Lord had once told St. Gertrude:

“Whenever you desire to obtain anything from Me, offer Me My Heart, which I have so often given you as a token of our mutual friendship, in union with the love which made Me become man for the salvation of men; and I give you this special mark of friendship, … “

After four great apparitions in Paray from 1673 to 1675, … devotion to the Sacred Heart was soon to be enjoined upon all. If we are to believe the words of St. John the Apostle and the ancient prophets concerning the Heart of God, we who are living three hundred years later must be about to witness nothing less than the last moments of the world. “In the latter days you shall understand these things,” promised Jeremiah. “The THOUGHTS of HIS HEART to all generations: to deliver their souls from death and feed them in famine” (Introit, Mass of the Sacred Heart).

Continue reading “For Love of His Sacred Heart”

K.I.S.S…

Keep It Simple is a good rule to help us stay on the true path in the post-Vatican II confusion and wreckage of the faith.

Much of the confusion results from faithful Catholics and even hierarchy not knowing the basics of their faith.  Readers ask about  various “apparitions”  which seem to them to be pious and helpful. There is also a steady drip of those who seek to promote false visions and false prophets; many of whom visited Medjugorje and decided to start their own cottage industry of pious frauds.

At times, readers point out that a particular “apparition” has the approval of the local Bishop.  That happens as a result of the disorientation caused by the Church’s defiance of Our Lady’s Message of Fatima. Disobedience breeds confusion.  When you see disobedience and confusion, you are seeing the hand of satan in the Church.

The remedy is the same as always, return to the last point at which there was the certainty of the true faith: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If the proposed devotion contradicts or distracts from these vital devotions, turn away!

Today, the faithful are by turns confused, misled and eventually battered into indifference by the failure of the hierarchy to provide true guidance. It has helped me considerably to simply adhere to the rule of obeying the requests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That little rule excludes all these diverting, even contradictory  apparitions and messages.

But since questions continue, here are a few particulars:

God is always the same, He is never going to command one thing today and then contradict Himself at a later date. This is the all-pervasive error of modernism, that God’s truth evolves to meet new situations.  Example: The Ten Commandments are as relevant today as they were in the time of Moses. By adhering to this simple rule, we avoid being misled by the false teachings of Pope Francis and his ilk on marriage and the Sacraments.

In the same vein, when God makes a demand on us, He does not withdraw it even if centuries go by without our obedience to His command. This means that Our Lord’s request to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque for public devotion to His Sacred Heart is just as imperative in 2018 as it was in 1689. The command of Our Lord Jesus Christ has not diminished in urgency in all this time; in fact, it weighs more heavily in the balance against us as time passes.

The Message of Fatima is organically coherent with that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In it Our Lord Himself requests that devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary be placed alongside of devotion to His most Sacred Heart.  There is absolutely no contradiction between these two devotions. They are united, complementary, that is, they complement, complete, and strengthen each other, even as the Hearts ofJesus and Mary are united. There is a beautiful theology there, which is totally consonant with all of the true faith, and an unending source of edification and grace.  There is no need or benefit from distracting apparitions, even if they at times may seem pious or at least innocuous.

After Fatima, the Catholic world was flooded with apparitions and today many even have the approval of the sorts of Bishops which have plagued the Church since the revolution of Vatican II. But if we simply use our common sense, (that is our Catholic sense!) we  readily discern that true devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary noes not benefit from most of these new devotions.

For instance, we know that Jesus asked St. Margaret Mary Alacoque for public and private veneration for the image of His Most Sacred Heart. And we know that at Fatima, Our Lady told us that Our Lord wants the Church to establish devotion to her Immaculate Heart by means of her Rosary and First Saturdays of Reparation to her Immaculate Heart and for this devotion to be placed alonside of devotion to His Sacred Heart.

And yet, Sister Faustina’s Divine Mercy devotion would have us believe that within the same timeframe of the Fatima request,  that Jesus was also appearing to Faustina requesting a different devotion, this time to an image which omits His Sacred Heart and requires the use of Our Lady’s Rosary to recite prayers which supplant her own prayers, approved by countess popes, encyclicals, saints and centuries of thoroughly Catholic piety. Why would Jesus ask for this different devotion when the earlier requests for devotion to the Immaculate Heart and the even earlier request for the Sacred Heart devotion, were not fulfilled?

Ask yourself, does this new devotion further the propagation of the earlier devotion?

Applying the same rule to the apparitions of Akita and Our Lady of Nations, we see the difference in the two: Akita’s message simply points to the suppressed portion of the Message of Fatima, reinforcing it, while the false Lady of Nations diverts attention in another direction, leading the faithful to actions which do not fulfill the commands of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Once again, the requests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary must be our guiding rule.

Another way of expressing this rule is: the earlier approved devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary take precedence over any proposed new message of devotion. If the proposed new devotion does not help us to fulfill the commands of the earlier devotion, then turn away and refocus on the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. Obedience first, last and always.

At Return to Fatima, we urge all faithful to  Consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and live our Consecrations in all the daily duties of our lives. There is no need for seeking after newer devotions, newer prophecies, more and more knowledge. We find our inspiration in Eucharistic Adoration (in a truly Catholic Church) in the sacraments and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in our Rosaries, offering all to Jesus through the Immaculata: “O Jesus it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

It is such a practical, clear solution to the confusion: Look to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, heed their requests, devote ourselves to living as they have asked us to live. It is simple, even a child can do it, as Saints Jacinta and Francisco showed us one hundred years ago!

 

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!

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Rosary on the Coast in England

Now that it is clear to everyone that England is firmly in control of the cult of death, it seems that some faithful are awakening to the danger. It is never to late to return to the Message of Fatima and pray the Rosary for the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. From the Society of St. Pius X in England:

Rosary on the Coast Is Taking on Massive Proportions in British Isles

In the United Kingdom, nearly 200 locations are ready for the prayer groups who will come to recite the Rosary on the coasts on  Sunday, April 29, 2017. Nine bishops have announced they will attend the event.

The mass prayer event, scheduled for 3pm on Sunday April 29, will extend from the island of Guernsey off the coast of France to St Ninian’s Isle in Shetland, between Scotland and Norway.

An online map of the 197 locations shows the greatest density of prayer groups is around Portsmouth, which covers much of the West Country.

Organizers – whose initiative follows similar events in Poland and Ireland – say the day is aimed at a “re-flourishing of the faith, for the grace to build a culture of life and for true peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples and nations”.

Continue reading “Rosary on the Coast in England”

His Humble Legacy 2

 

A few weeks ago, in “His Humble Legacy“, we wrote about the miserable status of the piazza and colonade area in the Vatican, quoting from an article by Anthony Wagner on Lifesite News.

“The … appearance of the seagulls, who scavenge on any filth they can find, is actually not new to St. Peter’s Square during this pontificate. In the adjoining piazza and around the colonnade, passers-by have been shocked at the degradation and squalor that emerges there at night. The seagulls descend on the headquarters of the Church and pick at rubbish bins, leaving debris strewn across the sidewalks and roads.

“The homeless are allowed to bed down under main thoroughfares and archways, on the outskirts of the colonnade and in front of the Holy See press office. Often they are drunk and disorderly, sometimes threatening passing tourists hoping to get a shot of the basilica.”

Wagner notes that Pope Francis has “created a culture of homelessness around the Vatican” and then remarks that  “Some have called the miserable scene ‘apocalyptic.’

“And yet the general waste and degeneration, the screaming, scavenging birds circling over the Vatican like a dead carcass, is perhaps highly symbolic of this pontificate, one that many see leading the Church in the direction of a kind of death. And all the time that the degradation and squalor continue in the Church — both physically and morally — no one is really speaking up and coming to her rescue.”

 

The instances of the venomous nature of the reign of Pope Francis are becoming too numerous to mention but Sandro Magister has a post that must not be ignored. I hope that other blogs will pick this up and give it some exposure. Magister has a heart rending article by Professor Pietro de Marco , San Marco Must Not Die,  on the impending loss of an irreplaceable monument of the Faith. the Dominicans are working assiduously to shut down the Convent of San Marco in Florence, Italy.  I give you a teaser quote in the hope you will give it a few moments of your time:

The shutdown of the convent of San Marco in Florence has been confirmed by a recent new resolution, in July of 2017, from the chapter of the Roman province of the Dominican fathers, which includes central Italy and Sardinia.

The shutdown, first deliberated in September of 2013 and then postponed, now also stipulates:

– the loss of the identity and functions of the “Levasti” Library, unique in Florence for its library collection in religious studies and its network of intellectual relations;
– the downsizing to online distribution only of the “Rivista di Ascetica e Mistica,” created in 1929;
– an uncertain fate for the historic Pharmacy;
– in short, practically an obliteration that has the strange flavor of a “damnatio memoriae” that has fallen upon the last Dominican generations of San Marco.

It may in fact escape one who does not know the recent history of the Florentine and Italian Church that San Marco appeared to become the focus, in the second half of the twentieth century, of a resistance of high intellectual and spiritual quality, as of an incisive polemical and critical “vis,” against the direction taken by the Catholic Church after the council, markedly in Florence but everywhere else as well.

It was a resistance made up simultaneously of the continuity of the study of Saint Thomas (with Fathers Centi and Boccanegra) and by the history of spiritual and mystical forms (with Father Colosio). Reasons more than sufficient, in the current climate of the Church, to finally decree the extinction of the “conventus,” meaning both the house and community of San Marco, and the obliteration of its memory.

There is a link in the article to the online petition if you are inclined.

The subject of the withdrawal of God’s grace has been covered here often, and the impending shut-down of the Dominican Convent of San Marco is just one more step, I suppose. But it just struck me so poignantly. To our regular readers, you, I know, you at least understand that even as the apostates who now occupy the leadership of the Church are hellbent on destroying every vestige of grace, beauty and truth, we must work even harder to believe, adore, hope and love (as the Angel urged us) and draw Our Beloved Lord’s grace and mercy back to this suffering Church.

The success of the enemy occurs not just because he is so powerful, but because of the indifference of most Catholics.  It leaves the greater burden to us, but we are Mary’s children, after all. And we are not without powerful weapons of our own – our Mother’s  Rosary, her brown scapular, her miraculous medal, and our good Saint Joseph. The most fortunate of us have good priests and the true Mass, and thus the Blessed Sacrament; but even when we do not have them, and many do not, we have spiritual Mass and Holy Communion. I have found that the more that is taken away from me by the world, the more generously prayers are heard. Our Lord is never closer to us that when we take up our crosses with the sweet love that pleases Him so.

I hope that you all know that none of us is ever alone! We have all the glorious saints and martyrs with us, and in every prayer     to Our Lady, we have the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and all the choirs of Angels with us. Can you imagine for a moment how awfully dark and dismal if must have been as our Lord Jesus Christ died on Calvary?  Just think how terribly desolate that scene is! And yet, right then, Our Lord was winning! Not the devil. No, he is a loser for all eternity, no matter how victorious he seems right now. We must take heart, and take up our Rosaries in renewed faith and pour out our love and our trust in Him, trusting to our Blessed Mother of Mercy and her promise.

Please, now more than ever, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him.

NOTE: For yet another dismal incident confirming the intent of the ancient enemy now occupying the Vatican, see Rorate Caeli’s  newest post, “The Franciscans of the Immaculate: A courageous voice speaks out”  by Father Paolo Siano,  wherein Father Siano documents the  damnatio memoriae, which  current occupiers of the persecuted order are attempting to plant among the new FI . The enemy is consistent and unrelenting. Should we be less?

Fulfilling a Promise

In a previous  post, The Promise, we spoke of Our Lady of the Rosary’s invitation and promise.

The Invitation.

Our Lady of Fatima invited Francisco, Jacinta and Lúcia,  “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?”

“I am of Heaven.”

 

Lúcia did not hesitate to accept on behalf of Francisco and Jacinta. Let us follow her lead, and then we too shall share in the promise, for this is our task at this time. And so, having accepted, we come to The Promise:

“Then you are going to suffer a great deal, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”  “I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”

Many who read this wonder,  What does this mean, and why must this be?  In 1917, when Our Lady spoke thus, the isolated little backwater of Fatima, Portugal remained thoroughly Catholic, but already the government was atheistic, Masonic and rigidly anti-Catholic. The faith in Portugal had in fact been under siege for some decades. The world was in the midst of a horrendous war which had been brought about to destroy Christendom. The eventual goal was to eliminate all traces of Christ and His Church in this upcoming new world order. Note that this has largely been accomplished after the bloodiest century in the history of mankind  and the grace of God has become scarce indeed.

In another land very, very long ago, shepherds much as these three children also watched their flocks. That land too, was rocky and rugged, with little hamlets nestled into the valleys and hillsides. There too, good people struggled to serve God in the midst of a deceitful, violent rule imposed on them from an alien god.  But into that darkness, a Virgin was born, filled with light and grace, who would accept another invitation, and another promise. Through her joyful “Yes!” salvation came to us and it is she who offered us that day in the Cova da Iria  the Promise we now accept.

The Immaculate Mother of God offers us a share in the Passion of the Church that she and her Divine Son are now enduring.  The battle now raging is like none other in the history of mankind and  involves the entire Church and every nation.  Our Lord Jesus Christ has told us how we must wage it- and unlike the ancient enemy and those who follow him, we have all the powers of Heaven and its Queen herself to assist us.  Christ our Redeemer is most effective when the enemy is most over-confident. Note the signs. Take heart, and pray the Rosary!

  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, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

From the archives of 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!

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The Message of Fatima, Essential Things

The  Secret of the Secret of Fatima  is  reparative devotion to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Until such time as reparation has been made  – or extracted from mankind – the fury of the chastisement will increase even as the grace and mercy of God will withdraw like the tide ebbing away before the tsunami rolls in.

It is difficult to do this matter justice in these circumstances. But you must know this: There is one essential devotion that you must do. The grace which is needed for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary depends on it.

In Frere Michel’s Volume II  of The Whole Truth About Fatima, he thoroughly documents the resistance, indeed refusal, first by  Bishop da Silva, Fatima’s Ordinary, and then by Pope Pius XI, to even support the First Saturdays of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, much less establish this. Here is the crux of the problem, that few seem to grasp: The revelations of Our Lady at Fatima occurred in a specific order and this order is essential to the understanding of the message.

First and foremost is Pray the Rosary every day. Then right after the vision of Hell, (which is a foundational revelation,) is the vision of her Immaculate Heart.  In that sequence alone, we are to understand that the requested devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is essential to defeating sin and its eternal consequences in our own life. So, already, we understand, the daily Rosary is the basis for everything else which follows. Then, we must be aware and stay aware that our battle is against sin, and grasp that not only are we responsible for saving our souls but must pray and sacrifice to save sinners from this terrible fate.  And we are given at this third visit, the two means to do this, that is, the Rosary and the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Now, if you would truly understand the Message of Fatima, you must spend a good deal of prayerful time reading and re-reading the dependable accounts of this Third Visit, which is the heart of the heart of the message. We therefore recall yet again:

Our Lady prefaced the vision of Hell with an important prayer:

“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: ‘O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ “

Note the sequence here: First and foremost, “O Jesus, it is for love of You.” Always Jesus first!

After the vision of Hell, the children turned to Our Lady for comfort and she told them:

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. The war is going to end but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI.

When you see a 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 persecutions against the Church and the Holy Father.

To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration 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 against 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 certain period of peace will be granted to the world.

In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved, etc. Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco yes, you may tell him.

When you say the Rosary, say after each mystery, ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of Hell, Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need (of Thy mercy).

We see that Our Lady’s visits at Fatima were prefaced by the three visits of St. Michael demanding sacrifice and reparation, especially for Eucharistic abuses, and teaching the children the perfect act of Eucharistic Adoration. Then, Our Lady began her series of apparitions and by her third visit, had taught the children the importance of the daily Rosary, the reality and eternal character of Hell as a consequence of sin, the need for reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.

“To save them (sinners), God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

In the Secret she had given them, we see that she mentions Pope Pius XI. She is calling him out by name, before that name even existed, for the Pope of 1917 was  Benedict XV. Therefore, we see that when Our Lady returned in the reign of Pius XI, and asked for the First Saturdays of Reparation, she was directing this request to Pius XI personally. How tragic that this Pope refused even such a small request! Frere Michel, in Volume II, documents extensively the frantic actions of this pathetic Pope, and all of them failed because he refused the simple requests of Our Lady.  In fact, on his watch, Russia, by now possessed by the satanic fury of marxism, spread her errors like wildfire and many millions of Christians suffered and died. Thus, the fulfillment of the prophecy, “The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.” That is not to imply that we have seen the end of this dire prophecy, far from it!

Our Lady’s first request was for the First Saturdays of Reparation. Once again, we note the sequence. Had this small devotion been established by the Pope, the grace that would have resulted would have facilitated the Consecration of Russia.  By obediently establishing in the world devotion to her Immaculate Heart with the First Saturdays, the Pope would have nourished his own faith and the faith of millions of Catholics throughout the world, thus allowing for the Consecration of Russia.

Lucia’s own Bishop, da Silva, refused this small but essential devotion.  Then, Pope Pius XI refused to establish it. Now, recall the words of Our Lady,  “To save them (sinners), God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

The operative word here is “establish”. This is a directive to the Pope for it is his responsibility to establish devotions.  No Pope has in any way established this important devotion. How many Bishops have called for it, or have themselves set the example publicly?

To be perfectly clear: if you do not observe and promote this devotion (within your limited means, of course), you will be held accountable.  This devotion, after the previous ones cited, is not optional; indeed it is more urgent now than ever before.In the next post, Deo volente,  we will discuss the obstacles to observing the devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation and possible means of overcoming them.

Post script: A thought just occurred to me that events are so uncertain now, and maybe it is a good idea to state this clearly:

God Our Father knows all things and most certainly knew that the Vatican would resist the message of Our Lady. Therefore, the inevitable conclusion is that the Message is for us now, more than ever. It is for us to see how this horrid state of affairs came about and therefore how it may be remedied.  If only I could help people understand the simple, straightforward path here, laid out for us long before this disastrous papacy, which is the result of a century of wilful disobedience by the Pope and Bishops of the Church.

Please, it is never to late to Return to the Message of Fatima!

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!

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Fatima: The Message and the Miracle

Today we mark the long-awaited 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun during Our Lady’s Sixth Visit to Fatima.  In order to understand the Message of Our Lady of Fatima,  we will briefly review the historical account of the event considering three aspects, the words of Our Lady, the Visions seen by the children and then the Miracle of the Sun witnessed by the spectators. For our detailed account of the October 13 visit, please see: The Sixth Visit, October 13, 1917.

The Message

On this sixth and last visit, Our Lady’s words to Jacinta, Francisco and Lúcia were, “I want a chapel to be built here in my honor. I am Our Lady of the Rosary. Continue to say the Rosary every day. …. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins.” Then, growing sadder, “They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.”

I want a chapel to be built in my honor

This refers back to the visit of June 13 when Our Lady told Lúcia, Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it …” In this, she states clearly that it is Jesus Christ Our Lord who wants to establish devotion to her Immaculate Heart. Note the word, “establish”:  For it is only by the authority of the Vicar of Christ that devotions are “established”.  Thus, Our Lady and Our Lord ask for the obedience of the Pope. She is asking the Holy Father to lead his flock to devotion to her Immaculate Heart as a sure remedy in the coming trials.

Our Lady of the Rosary

These are fighting words! By identifying herself as Our Lady of the Rosary, the Blessed Virgin indicates her intention to do as she has done before, conquer heresy and drive it out by means of her Rosary. As with the Albigenses, who disdained her and predictably disdained life as well, so it will be with the modernists who infest the Holy Church now.  As it was at Lepanto, so it will be soon, those who seek to destroy Christian civilization will be vanquished. We have her word on this!.

Pray the Rosary Every Day

At every visit, from May 13 onwards, Our Lady stressed the necessity of the daily Rosary.  She did not spend time on pleasantries, did not thank the children for being there (as in false apparitions), did not even get into the finer details of how we are to pray the Rosary. Simply, Pray the Rosary every day! Therefore, we conclude that it is impossible to  comply with Our Lady’s Message if we fail this small but essential step. When people tell me, “I am not interested in the Rosary”, I try to help them see that this is the reason they absolutely must pray the Rosary! Our Lady told Blessed Alan de la Roche, “Know, my son, that a probable and proximate sign of eternal damnation is aversion for, lukewarmness and carelessness in saying the Angelic Salutation…”  Distaste for her Rosary is an indication of danger, a warning that a soul is drifting from the true path.

Repent Your Sins and Make Reparation

The Message of Fatima is clear on  this point: God’s justice is deeply offended by our sins. While He is infinitely merciful to those who sincerely repent, His Justice demands that His children confess their sins and repent them.  It is a great tragedy that those deepest in sin lose their awareness of their plight. They become so inured in their sins that they are unable to repent,  and thus, the most Merciful Virgin calls to us, her children to pray the Rosary and offer reparation, beseeching  her Divine Son,  Who will come to be ourJudge, to grant us the graces to repent our sins.  We must do this!

Our Lady’s request for the First Saturdays of Reparation and for the Consecration of Russia are logically included in this repentance and reparation. For when we have strayed, the remedy is always by way of humble and contrite obedience. I tell you, we will not get the humble, contrite and obedient Pope and Bishops we need until we ourselves become humble, contrite and obedient by adhering to the Message of Fatima!

Do Not Offend Our Lord Any More!

In this visit, Our Lady’s parting words were, “They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.”

In her Memoirs,  Sister Lúcia recounted,  “The words most deeply engraved upon my heart are those of the request made by our Heavenly Mother: ‘Do not offend Our Lord and God any more, for He is already so much offended’. How loving a complaint, how tender a request! Who will grant me to make it echo through the whole world, so that all the children of Our Mother in Heaven may hear the sound of Her voice! “(Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, “The Whole Truth about Fatima – Vol I”).

Our Lady’s final words on this visit bear repeating: “They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.”  Almost immediately after this Sixth Visit, just as Our Lady predicted, Russia did fall to satanic control by way of the marxist revolution. Because the Popes had become worldly, they did not fight this danger with the spiritual means they had been given, but chose to respond with worldly measures, thus fighting fire with gasoline. Never a very helpful measure! And so, from the time of Pope Pius XI on,  the spiritual darkness of the Vatican increased, by small measures at first but accelerating  more and more, until the avalanche set off by Pope John XXIII’s shocking disobedience.

Although we say “shocking” now, at the time, Pope John’s refusal to obey the Blessed Mother was little noted and did not bring about any criticism. The only effect it had was to accelerate the suppression of the message.  I was a young adult at the time and can verify that most people, myself included began to take less interest in Fatima. For if the “Holy Father” does not think it appropriate for our needs, then it must not be good to pursue it, or so the general impression went.

And so, the spoken Message of this Sixth Visit was to re-emphasise  the absolute necessity of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary,  the requirement for at a minimum, five decades of the Rosary a day, combined with heartfelt desire to amend our lives, to make reparation for sins, and to seek the conversion of sinners.

If this portion of Our Lady’s request had been heeded, especially by the Pope who was informed of Our Lady’s words at this visit, that is, if the Pope (at this time the elderly Benedict XV and then Pius XI) had taken this up and begun the institution of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as Our Lady asked for, the rest of Our Lady’s Message, that is, the three-part Secret, would have easily been  accepted. As  we look back at the very beginnings of the Church’s response to Our Lady at Fatima, we see that the seeds of dissent were there almost from the start.

The Vision Seen by the Children

In her Fourth memoir, Sister Lúcia recounted, “We beheld St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady robed in white with a blue mantle, beside the sun. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus appeared to bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the Cross with their hands.” “When, a little later, this apparition disappeared, I saw Our Lord and Our Lady; it seemed to me that it was Our Lady of Sorrows. Our Lord appeared to bless the world in the same manner as St. Joseph had done.” “This apparition also vanished, and I saw Our Lady once more, this time resembling Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.” (Sister Maria Lúcia of the Immaculate Heart. Fatima in Lúcia’s Own Words: The Memoirs of Sister Lúcia, the Last Fatima Visionary,  KIC. Kindle Edition).

In this quick series of visions, we see again the emphasis on the Rosary. The first stage of the vision shows the Holy Family and represents the Joyful Mysteries. In the second stage, we see Our Lord and Our Lady portrayed as Our Lady of Sorrows. This vision represents the Sorrowful Mysteries and emphasises  Our Lady’s role in these mysteries.  This is essential and we will discuss this more thoroughly soon. The last stage of the children’s vision represents the Glorious Mysteries, with Our Lady robed in the habit of Carmel and extending a brown scapular to them. To any faithful child of Mary, it is clearly a request for us to take up the scapular, her “little habit” in order to save our souls.

After this Sixth Visit, the children took up the requests of Our Lady in this vision: Francisco specialised in the consoling, contemplative path, Jacinta took the Apostolate, applying her sufferings joyfully to save sinners from hell, as had the Little Flower of Carmel, St. Therese, before her. While Lúcia herself took both parts, entering Carmel, consoling Our Lord, and offering adoration while suffering greatly for love of the Sacred Hearts and the salvation of souls. We have been prevented from knowing the richness of her beautiful life by the ancient enemy which for the moment controls the narrative, but if you are attentive in your rosary, it is possible to learn much. We do well to invite St. Lúcia into our devotions, for she loves to teach.

The Great Miracle of the Sun

As Our Lady took leave of the children and rose, she spread her hands, which emitted brilliant rays of light. As she pointed towards the sun, the light from her hands brightened the very sun itself. At this precise moment, the crowds gathered there were astonished to see the dark clouds dispersed and the sky clear. And then the sun, which appeared as a brightly polished mother of pearl disc, began to spin, zig-zag and throw off brilliant flashes of light, blue and violet and golden yellow. Then it suddenly began hurtling towards the earth, while the crowds screamed and fell to their knees in  terror. Just as suddenly as it started, it was over and the sun resumed its place. As people sighed with relief and thanked God, all were amazed that the muddy field was dry and their own shoes and clothes were dry and clean.

The Sun Obeys the Mother of God, Why Not the Pope?

By her stunning Miracle of the Sun, Our Lady of the Rosary  graciously provided our weak and doubtful natures a clear and vivid proof of her power over the forces of nature.  In this astounding feat, she proved that she is more brilliant than the sun and that the sun obeys her will.

The lesson for our day is even more astounding, but was not much noted at the time. The field of the Cova had been ploughed and then had gotten utterly drenched in a steady downpour. Thousands of people and their horses and donkeys had packed into it, sinking into the ankle-deep mud. Everyone was literally soaked to the bone and their shoes and clothes caked with the mire. it was not possible to be in that place, at that time and not become befouled by the mud of the pasture mixed with the filth of animal waste.

Yet after Our Lady’s Miracle, the multitudes found themselves and the muddy Cova now dry, with no mud on them.

The Sun, a Figure of the Church

In prophecy, the sun is a figure of the Church. The sun, like the Church is something we were accustomed to as a certainty, unfailingly dependable. In the Fatima miracle, the sun began exhibiting all the colors of the rainbow. Now, the rainbow is a Divine sign, given to us by a loving Father. Yet today this beautiful sign – the rainbow – has been co-opted by  the forces of satan to corrupt the Church, thus offending God even more. When Our Lady performed this stunning miracle, she was affirming her control over these pernicious forces. She knew that the significance of the rainbow colors would be overlooked by Catholics at that time, but it is obviously a sign to us as we watch the ilk of Danneels prance about in their rainbow vestments while they seek to entrench their perversions in the practice of the faith.

Cardinal Danneels, Patron of Children
The sun, always so dependable, like the stalwart, trustworthy Church, suddenly broke free of its moorings and hurtled towards the crowd. Even faithless unbelievers who had come to scoff, were heard praying devoutly at that terrifying moment. That was a very clear warning that the Church, once secure in the faith, would become unmoored if it disobeyed the Queen of Heaven.
Prophecies and visions are rarely understood at the time they occur, but become clearer at the appropriate time.  As we see, the time for this prophecy is upon us.

 

The Immaculata, Mother of Mercy, spared the crowd and in the flash of an instant, restored the sun and eradicated all of the mud and filth. And she stands ready now to remedy all the errors that plague the Church. She alone can restore the Church to its rightful place and cast the filth from the Church, restoring all things in Christ, the King.

Pray the Rosary!

  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!

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Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Queen of Peace

“Recite the Rosary every day.”

Today is the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Our Lady’s gift to her children.  The Rosary is the second best gift that the Queen of Heaven has given to her children. The first best gift is of course, Our Savior Jesus Christ!

In every one of her visits to Fatima, Portugal in 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary insisted, “Recite the Rosary every day.” And in the first visit, “Say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.” We note that since World War II, the world has seen no period of peace, no end to the constant violence and bloodshed. And now, a full 100 years after Our Lady of the Rosary’s last visit to Fatima. the never-ending war has become so endemic that it is a constant terror attack, with no place safe from senseless brutal massacres.  There is no mystery in this spread of violent war – the answer is in the failure of the leaders of the Catholic Church to preach – and above all – to practice the Rosary.

Yet, from 1917 until 1965, in all those years after Fatima, after Our Lady of the Rosary asked this small favor, her Rosary, devoutly recited daily, what was the response of the Church? At Vatican II, among all the prolix documents prepared and disseminated, there was not a single injunction to pray the Rosary. In fact, the Rosary was not mentioned even one time. The Bishop of Coimbra, Portugal recalled that the Bishops who sought to add the text, “The Rosary with meditation on the Mysteries of the life of Christ and the Blessed Virgin” were voted down. Think about that!

But Pope John’s Council was only following the lead of Pope John himself, who showed an arrogant disdain of her will.  In a letter of 22 April, 1954, Roncalli wrote of Mary,

“Jesus dying said to John: Behold your Mother – this is sufficient for the faith and for the liturgy. The rest may be edifying (and it is mostly) and for many pious and devout souls, moving; but for many, many more, even if they are well-inclined towards the Catholic Church – it is irritating – and as we say these days – counter-productive”. (De Mattei, “The Second Vatican Council, an unwritten story”, page 294)

Never before had a pope so dared to slight Our Lady.  Pope John’s attitude is typical of today’s “enlightened’ intellects.. It is strange but true that quite often the very simplicity of the Rosary confounds the proud intellectual. He cannot grasp this simple devotion! So let us pray Our Lady’s Rosary for them, the proud leaders of the Church who refuse Our Lady’s Rosary, refuse to give her what she asks but instead  insist on “improving” her Rosary, adding what she never asked for, even replacing her beloved Aves with other prayers,  and combining it with other devotions which she never requested.

We will pray the Rosary for them all, for Cardinal Danneels the power behind the pope, who asserted that children in his care must be “educated” with pornography (The Danneels Effect); we pray for Pope Francis who asserts that Emma Bonino, the bloody abortionist is a “forgotten great” (The Gates of Hell),  We pray for all who drag the beautiful and true Faith into the mud of Satan’s Kingdom, the man-made “Utopia” of this New World Order.

With Our Mother’s Rosary, we will bring them all, each and every one of them, to the foot of the Cross where they shall come face to Sacred Face with the eternal Truth.  They will come to know the full truth of Our Savior’s dying words, “Behold your Mother”.

In these times, the Rosary is not optional. It is not simply a pious personal devotion. It is an essential instrument that must be used if we are to save our souls and those of others entrusted to us.  With her Rosary, Our Lady opens her pure heart to us, she nourishes us, her children with the purest milk of perfect unity with the life of Her Divine Son. The Aves slip by tenderly as the beating of His Sacred Heart. And this beat, this pulse becomes the beat of our own heart as we proceed throughout the day, offering our labors,  disappointments,  sufferings and small victories – offering all – to His Sacred Heart through her Immaculate Heart. From Rosary to Rosary, throughout our days and nights, we find our hearts ever more beating in harmony with Their Hearts.

A small prayer:

Through the graces of your Rosary, I beg you dearest Mother, grant me the graces needed to follow you perfectly and never be separated from you.  Although my soul is deeply stained with many sins and I am weak and faltering, I trust in your constant love for me and therefore beg you  make  me, day by day to resemble you. Since I am truly your child, I beg you, take me and make me your own.

You have all power to change hearts, take my heart then and transform it; make of me your little child.  Let others ask for what they will, I come to ask you Mother  for you to work your will in me,  As you, dearest Mother are humble, obtain for me the virtues of humility and a love for the contempt of others.  As you are so patient in trials and sorrows, obtain for me patience in adversity. You, so filled to overflowing with the purest love for God, dispense to me the gift of pure and holy love for God and for His sake, a generous love for my neighbor, especially to those opposed to me.

O holiest of all creatures, make me holy, make me pleasing to God! O Mother of Mercy! Intercede for me; obtain for me perseverance through all the trials before me, and lead me through this valley of tears, through death’s dark kingdom to the everlasting light and peace prepared for us, your children, with Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Saints forever in Heaven. Amen.

Our Lady Of The Rosary Novena Prayer

Dearest Lady, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, from Calvary’s cross, thy dear Son entrusted us to thy care. Behold thy weak and sinful child in supplication at thy feet. I beg thee, accept this Holy Rosary, offered for the glory of God, in reparation for the offenses to thine Immaculate Heart and to the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, for the conversion of sinners and for the special intention: ____________.

Please, dear Mother, place these poor prayers of mine in the chalice of thine Immaculate Heart and offer them to Jesus. Conscious of my own unworthiness, I trust in thine Immaculate Heart, the fountain of infinite mercy. Amen.

One simple and effective way for us to minimize distractions when saying the Rosary is to prepare carefully for our first Rosary of the day. After morning offering/renewal of consecration, make a spiritual communion. It doesn’t take very long and it enables us to stay focused. After spiritual communion and thanksgiving, pray the Angel of Fatima’s Prayer, that is:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages, and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. Through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

For our earlier posts on the Rosary:

Our Lady of the Rosary, 2016

Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Victory

The Queen of Heaven’s Gift to Us

Our Lady of the Rosary

Pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!

  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!

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