April 19, 2018, Thoughts on Fatima for today

The most useful message we can offer during this reign of the enemies of Christ is to  return to the true message of Fatima. Now, when the Church is being assaulted by those within its highest ranks, even the vulgar man occupying the See of Peter,  it seems that those who are faithful to tradition and devoted to Our Lady of Fatima are less in unity than ever before.  

Criticising others is not my goal; my intention is to point out that today, we have a leadership void and the temptation arises for various persons to “step into the breach” as it were and set themselves up as leader.  I  have no “following” nor do I seek one.  My goal is to help readers assemble reliable sources of information in order to prayerfully distinguish the true Fatima Message and hold fast to it.

The rule in all this is always the rule of love. A useful site is motivated by devotion to the glory of God, the honor of the Immaculata and the salvation of souls. If you do not discern those qualities,  it is best to look elsewhere. Today, more than ever satan deceives so many by vain curiosity, and by promoting devotions which detract from the true devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Included in those essential devotions is  devotion to Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal, which honors her Immaculate Conception and is a most potent sacramental.

The first resource and clearest summary is the three volumes by Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, The Whole Truth About Fatima, (Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3) which are still available online through archive.org. That site is rapidly removing true Catholic classics.  But if I am able, I hope to provide you with sources for reliable e-versions of the Catholic classics before I stop posting.

The internet is changing and you may soon be unable to find reliable traditional Catholic blogs and forums. The big sites will remain the longest but none of them support the smaller sites which are dropping by the wayside now that Google has changed their algorithms to censor the truth. Traditional Catholic bloggers have some responsibility in this but I will not go into that now.

The next few months, if at all possible, we (myself and the kind people who help me when they are able)  hope to reorganize Return to Fatima to make the resources here more accessible, to add as many links as possible to useful sources of information for you, and to provide a clearer, yet more extensive, summary of the essential facts about Our Lady of the Rosary’s Message of Fatima.

Often today there is criticism of those who focus on  “prayer and reparation” to the detriment of urging people to action. However, the true Message of Fatima is a call to return to obedience. This obedience is required of each of us, personally and it requires humility, which is perhaps the most unpopular virtue today, even more so than purity. Sin entered into the world through pride and disobedience. The Blessed Virgin Mary crushes the head of satan by her humble obedience to God’s will. In these latter days our loving  Father sends her, His most precious creature, to offer devotion to her Immaculate Heart as our secure path back to Him.

Once we have that strong foundation under us, then we are able to discern the appropriate actions to take. But it can only lead to disaster if we jump into hastily taken actions without being spiritually prepared, for this is a spiritual combat first of all.

This Immaculate Heart, what makes it Immaculate? It is Immaculate  because of its purity from sin, fulness of grace and perfect obedience. In these latter times, she calls us to obedience. My task here is to invite you to discover the true message of Fatima,  to examine the facts as they were revealed, that is, in the order which they were revealed. To begin with the first:

The Angel of Peace

We show our obedience by heeding the requests of the Angel of Peace and Our Lady of the Rosary. From the beginning, the Angel’s instruction was:

Pray, pray a great deal! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices!”

Lucia then asked the Angel how they were to sacrifice themselves. “Offer up everything within your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended; and of supplication for the conversion of sinners….Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send you.”

So, in our action plan, the first steps are to, “Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices”, and to “accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send” us.

Readers, no other action you may choose to take will be of any avail without obeying this command. We cannot allow ourselves to get distracted by other devotions or the search for ever more knowledge. Although the ongoing trainwreck of this papacy is certainly fascinating we must maintain our focus on obedience to Our Lady’s requests. That, in itself is a very good sacrifice!

The Angel’s Message, Part II

The Angel appeared again in the Fall of the year 1916. We reviewed that visit in our previous post. The message this time was an extraordinary vision of the Most Blessed Sacrament with which the Angel demonstrated to the children the importance of offering adoration and reparation to the Most Holy Trinity.

The vision, and the actions and words of the Angel make a stunning affirmation of the foundational doctrines of our faith:

  • The Angel affirms the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
  • The Real presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the most Blessed Sacrament,
  • The absolute requirement for reparation to God for sacrileges, outrages and indifference which offend God,
  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are united; that is,  devotions to both Hearts is essential.
  • Lastly, the Angel affirms again that Jesus Christ is outraged by the ungratefulness of men towards His Precious, saving gift of His Body and Blood and we are called to make reparation for these crimes and console Him.

God willing, there will be two more summary  installments; the next on Our Lady of the Rosary’s six visits between May 13 and October 13, 1917, to be followed by a summary of the apparitions to Sister Maria Lúcia.  I hope they will provide a succinct, clear resource for you.

In closing, note please that the sequence is important. In short, the Angel’s visits set a context, warned of the problem: sacrilege,  and prepared for Our Lady’s message.

Thank you for reading and for your prayers and encouragement. To those who have attempted to spread the message by sharing Return to Fatima with others, please do not feel disheartened. We must always give Our Good Lord thanks in all things!

God bless you all and Mary keep you close to her Immaculate Heart!

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.

 

A Few Notes Towards the Crucifixion

Today, a few notes towards the Crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This Lent, more than ever, we are mindful of our dear Lord’s Passion in His Mystical Body the Church, as she struggles towards Golgotha, burdened with the pain and scandal of the Bergoglian occupation.

The Passion of the Church

We note that, as Father Groenings reminds us,

Christ had to die outside the gate of the city, just as the scape-goat laden with the sins of the people, had to be led outside the camp. “Christ,” says St. Leo,  “was slain as our paschal lamb. But because He offered Himself to the Father as the new and real sacrifice of propitiation, He was to be crucified, not in the temple whose privilege of sacredness was at an end, nor inside the walls of the city which was awaiting its destruction on account of its crime, but ‘outside the camp,’ in order that, after the mysteries of the ancient sacrifice had ceased, the new sacrifice might be offered on a new altar, and that the cross of Christ be an altar not for the temple, but for the entire world.”

For the moment, consider if you will, the significance of that quote for our present time; we’ll return to it shortly.

Continuing, once He had reached Calvary,

Christ was despoiled of His garments. It was a custom of the Romans to strip to the loin-cloth those who were to die on the cross. . .  This last disrobing was much more painful than the first, especially to the sacred shoulder on which Christ had carried the cross. The wounds torn open anew, burned like fire.

This stripping was public, and was witnessed by His most pure Mother and His friends as well as his enemies.

As we consider the above, think of Christ led outside the city, and stripped of all. Today, the Bride of Christ stands stripped and shamed, a scandal to the faithful and an object of mockery before  the faithful and the enemies as well.  We were not present for the Passion of Christ, but here and now we behold the spectacle.  What shall our response be?

Before we answer, we should carefully consider the scene before us. Where were Christ’s Apostles, His chosen followers? Where was the first Pope? Where was the traitor? And above all, where was His beloved Apostle and His most beloved Mother?

We know the answers. Mary and John were not busily organizing the Apostles into a demonstration, there was no plot to unseat the unjust Roman ruler, Pilate. Nor were His followers disputing with the Pharisees.  And yet, despite the counter-intuitive actions of the Blessed Virgin and her closest friends, despite John’s mystical attendance at the Cross, despite the absence and inactivity of the Apostles, Jesus freed us from sin, and saved mankind from eternal damnation. Satan was vanquished precisely by his “victory”.

Today, as then, Satan seems to have won. And that should encourage us. For we are about to come to our appointed time. If we have heeded Our Lady of the Rosary, and followed her message of Fatima, we are aware that as her children, our place is with her, at the Cross. Her cross was to attend to Him, giving His total sacrifice the total sacrifice of her own will, believing, adoring, hoping and loving Him for all those who did not, would not.

This Lent is our most important ever. We are totally consecrated to our Savior Jesus Christ; and like Him, led like a lamb outside the once-sacred city, stripped of our certainties, stripped even of ourselves, struggling in the darkness, for the Sun of our faith is obscured as it was for His followers then. And so this is the best of times. It is good for us to kneel here. We know the outcome for our Blessed Lord and Savior has been leading us all this way for so long now.  We are not pacifists or quietists or any other such thing! We are her Warriors and she will lead us in her due time. The time does not concern us. It is for us is to kneel and pray, to believe, to adore, to hope and above all, to love.

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!

 

 

 

 

The Feast Day of St. Joseph, 2018

 

Today we honor St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Now more than ever, when traditional Catholic families are under attack even from Pope Francis and the leaders of the Church who support him, we turn to St. Joseph, strong defender of the family.

St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite reformer, mystic and doctor of the Church was especially devoted to St. Joseph. From her Autobiography we read of St. Joseph, “I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him.”

At the last apparition of Fatima, on October 13, 1917, St. Joseph appeared holding the Child Jesus, who blessed the crowds. This was an emphatic indication of the importance of St. Joseph in these turbulent times.

St. Joseph, defender of the faith, defender of families, pray for us!

Venerable Maria de Agreda, in “The Mystical City of God”, recounts the special privileges which make St. Joseph a most powerful intercessor on behalf of his children.

  • Attaining purity and overcoming sensuality.
  • Escaping sin and returning to the faith.
  • Increasing love and devotion to his spouse, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Securing the grace of a happy death and defending the soul against the devil’s wiles at that crucial time.
  • St. Joseph is the terror of demons and they flee at his name.
  • St. Joseph is a great intercessor for all our needs, especially helpful for our families and health.

Venerable Maria de Agreda quoted Our Lady’s words to her, “That which my spouse asks of the Lord in heaven is granted upon the earth and on his intercession depend many and extraordinary favors for men if they do not make themselves unworthy of receiving them.” Indeed, trusting in St. Joseph as the foster father of our family has brought us closer to living our consecrations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In speaking of St. Joseph, it is difficult to adequately express his tender love for us, his willingness to protect us, even from ourselves and obtain for us the graces we need to live our consecrations.

The following is an especially appropriate prayer to St. Joseph composed by Pope Leo XIII, called Ad te Beate Joseph. It seems especially appropriate in this time of crisis of the faith in the Church and in our families, who seem to be betrayed by the very Church which should defend and nourish them. It is said before Mass by those attending Chapels of the Society of St. Pius X and Bishop Fellay is especially devoted to St. Joseph.

Ad te Beate Joseph

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.

Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.
— A partial indulgence is attached to this prayer

Another favorite prayer of mine is this

Consecration to St. Joseph

Beloved St. Joseph, adopt me as thy child, take care of my salvation, watch over me day and night, preserve me from all occasion of sin, obtain for me purity of body and soul! Through thy intercession with Jesus grant me a spirit of sacrifice, of humility, self-denial, a burning love for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and a sweet, tender love for Mary, my Mother. St. Joseph, be with me living, be with me dying and obtain for me a favorable judgement from Jesus, my merciful Savior. Amen

St. Joseph has brought me through so many perils to my faith and continues to protect even those of my children who are lapsed from the faith. He is a most compassionate and loving protector to all who turn to him.

It is especially beneficial to pray to St. Joseph for our good Catholic priests – In fact, St. Joseph has never let me down when I have asked him to help a specific priest and I have recently had good reason to believe that priests, in particular are very dear to his heart.

For more on St. Joseph, we offer the following:

St. Joseph Too

Fatima, St. Joseph and the family

St. Joseph, Remedy for Error

  St. Joseph, foster Father to our Lord, be foster father to our family!

  St. Joseph, protector of the Church, protect our priests!

  St. Joseph, terror of demons, cast out satan from our homes, from our families, and from the Church!

  St. Joseph intercede for us now and at the hour of our death.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most 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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Grace in the Reign of Francis, 2018

Today, we offer a post from our archives, slightly updated.

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary become even richer in meaning as we spend more time with them during Lent, and in this papacy all the more so! In the First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden we see Jesus confronting His persecutors who had been led to Him by Judas, the Patron for the current betrayers of Christ  who now occupy the visible Church. As Jesus restored the ear of Malchus, He spoke to those who had come to destroy Him, “Are ye come out, as it were against a thief, with swords and clubs? When I was daily with you in the temple, you did not stretch forth your hands against Me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” (Luke 22, 52-53)

“The chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”

We are now deep within this hour of darkness in the Passion of the Church, and so we shall find much to profit us in these Sorrowful Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary.

At the beginning of that first Passion, there was a terrible betrayal, and the Apostles fled, scandalized, into the darkness. Today, as the Pope and the whole corrupt edifice of the hierarchy  betray our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, Catholics are scattered. Some are indifferent to the scandal, some fall into sedevacantism, some simply fall away. Some few, however, watch and pray in the darkness, trusting in His promise.

Father Malachi Martin explained this situation in the Church in several interviews and in books, such as Windswept House and The Keys of His Blood. In one interview, transcribed into a small book called The Tempter’s Hour,” Fr. Martin explained that the crisis in the Church is a part of God’s plan for us. During Christ’s Passion, Our Blessed Mother did not rebel or question God’s will  (contrary to what Pope Francis suggests), instead Mary willed it. Yes, she accepted God’s will most perfectly. In fact, Mary is our perfect model for the approach we must make to this time of the Passion of the Bride of Christ, His beloved and most holy Church.

Mary, above all others, understands completely that love is reparation. As our Lord Jesus Christ told us on Holy Thursday, “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15, 13) All of Christianity hinges on this, that God loved sinful mankind so much He laid down His life despite the jeering rejection by the vast multitudes down through the ages. We must accept the full truth here, the Blessed Virgin Mary willed, with all her Immaculate Heart, that she and her Beloved Son, would suffer this unimaginable trial, so that sins could be forgiven and souls could be saved.

Do not be fooled by today’s sophistry, even when uttered by the Pope and parroted from the pulpits by poor misguided priests. Mary never doubted. Why? because she believed perfectly.  The Holy Spirit tells us of Mary, “Blessed art thou that hast believed!” (Luke, 1, 45) Indeed, in Mary, we have our highest example of this perfect faith, this perfect hope.

God, our loving Father, never leaves us orphans. In preparation for a coming chastisement, He always sends ample preparation, for those who are His, that is, those who have chosen to place their trust in Him, to love and serve Him above all else, spurning the world and the regard of men. Those who are blessed to be children of Mary understand that God gives us the Blessed Virgin Mary in these times of crisis, the same as He did at the Annunciation, the same as He did on Golgotha’s bloody rock. Yes, He gives us Mary, although this makes absolutely no sense to unbelievers. She, the exemplar of perfect faith, makes no sense except to the faithful.

To my mind, the best writing on Fatima and the Immaculate Heart of Mary at this time is Father Karl Stehlin’s book, Who Are You, O Immaculata?“. In it, he explains that “The essence of devotion to the Immaculate Heart is the communion of reparation. The notion of reparation is the most important expression of our love as repentant sinners.” (p. 160). To be clear, in these times, as always, the essence of devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ and His most pure Mother is  reparative love, and this is most perfectly present in our Holy Communions of Reparation.

This is a very good time to remind ourselves of the value of beginning our day with a devout spiritual communion after our morning offering, for those of us who cannot attend the true Mass every day.  Let us make use of every grace we can obtain, offering all to the Most Holy Trinity through the Immaculata in reparation, until at last this blight is cleared and the Church restored in splendour even greater than before. For it will be restored, even as we await the glorious Easter of the Resurrection, we have no doubt that God will preserve His Church from destruction.

We will close this essay with another quote from “Who Are You, O Immaculata?”

“At Fatima, the Immaculate indicates the way that leads us to God and this way is nothing other than a more profound understanding of the means of grace that Christ Himself has given us. … Mary herself at Fatima leads us into the utmost depths of the mystery of all mysteries on earth, namely that of union with God in Holy Communion.”

We are in the Passion of the Church. Many today are concerned but often they are concerned for the wrong reasons. Like Judas, they do not want to see their Savior undergo a humiliating defeat. Their pride demands that the Church be worthy of their own exalted opinion of what “their” church should be. They miss the point and place themselves in danger of losing their souls. This is a time that calls more than ever before for a profound spiritual warfare of intensive reparation: the reparation of Holy Communion coupled with our Rosaries and our daily sacrifices as we attempt to follow Christ in this anti-Christian world.

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!

O my Jesus! Forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy!

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

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Please pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

 

The Devil in Lent

And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat. (Genesis 3, 6)

Once, a reader exclaimed, “This Lent,  I feel as if the devil himself is working against me!” To which I replied, “Then you must be on the right track; otherwise, he would not waste his time.”

A helpful ebook in this regard is Solange Hertz’ “Sin Revisited”. At the outset, she contrasts the intellectual approach of St. Thomas Aquinas with that of the early Desert Fathers, noting that,

“Sin may be described not as the intellect dissects it but as it happens to an individual. … Long before St. Thomas and the scholastics, the ancient Church Fathers described sin in no other terms than those the Bible uses. This was especially true of those stalwart easterners we call the Desert Fathers, who grappled nakedly with sin in the inexorable solitudes of the Egyptian Thebaid in the third and fourth centuries.

“Their (flight to the desert) was a calculated foray into an arena where deadly combats between good and evil could take place at the most elemental level without mundane distractions. They were following, they tell us, the example of Christ grown to manhood, who was led by the Spirit for forty days into the desert to encounter the Enemy at close quarters.”

Mrs. Hertz makes the assertion for gluttony being a very basic sin which arises in ourselves. if you have, (as I have) considered pride as the source and root of most of your sin, you will be fascinated by the case she makes for gluttony. It gave me an insight into why the media hammer us with food and drink advertisements relentlessly. It also helps us understand the importance of fasting. Consider Eve in the Garden of Eden, as told in the Scriptures,

“Our famous original sin in Eden, for instance, wasn’t portrayed dispassionately as grand, primordial pride. It describes our first involvement with simple gluttony. ‘Eve saw for herself that the tree was good to eat and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold; and she took the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat.’ “

Hertz reminds us that gluttony cannot be destroyed as easily as other sins, because food is necessary to support our life and therefore the best we can do is check our superfluous cravings by the power of our mind. But this is an ongoing battle, and never won once and for all. The author  makes the point that vice is not natural to us, and it only seems that way because of our fallen nature. That is precisely why God gave us the Immaculate Virgin Mary and through her, His only begotten Son, those two perfect beings who exemplify in themselves what human nature is meant to be, when when this long, weary battle is won at last.

Quoting extensively from the early Desert Fathers, Hertz shows that they used the symbolism hidden in the Old Testament Book of Joshua to teach about the battle with sin. The seven nations Joshua drove out represented lust, avarice, anger, depression, boredom, vainglory and pride. If you notice that envy is missing, it actually, in this scheme, lurks in the territory between avarice and depression. Similarly, sloth falls in between depression and boredom. Note that pride comes at the end of the Desert Fathers’ list.

“In practice, pride, the ultimate rejection of God in favor of self, is the final end of human sinfulness. Only a purely spiritual being like the devil can be capable of it straight off!”

When reading the book, it may be helpful to go directly to the Postscript after you read the Introduction and then proceed to read about the Vices. In the Postscript, the author notes the congruence between the Desert Fathers’ approach to sin and devotion to the Immaculata. I found this helpful.

“Devil-fighting isn’t generally thought of as the first consequence of devotion to the Mother of God. If we progress in intimacy with her, however, we soon realize something of what almighty God meant when he said to Satan in Eden, “I will make you enemies of each other: you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring.” Suddenly, her enemies are our enemies. By the time we wake up to the situation, we’re already in the thick of battle, locked in mortal combat with an invisible foe who seems to specialize in fouls. Devil-fighting, we learn, is basic Christian warfare.”

“Sin is never committed from the outside in, although it might look that way; it’s committed from the inside out. No temptation could gain entry into a properly God-oriented, disciplined mind. Inasmuch as “no one can be deceived by the devil but one who has chosen to yield to him the consent of his own will … it is therefore clear,” says Abba Serenus, “that each man goes wrong from this: that when evil thoughts assault him he does not immediately meet them with refusal and contradiction.” If you crush the head of the serpent before he can strike, you don’t have to worry about the rest of him.”

In the Chapter, “Revisiting Sin with St. John of the Cross”, Hertz traces the link from the Old Testament Desert Father Elias to St. John the Baptist, and on through saints Cassian, Basil, and Benedict and affirms that,

“to them we owe not only the knotted discipline and the rules of Christian asceticism, but also our blessed Lady’s Rosary and Scapular. When she appeared to the Carmelite Superior General St. Simon Stock and gave him the Brown Scapular, she promised that whoever died wearing it would never suffer hellfire. If the Rosary beads she had confided earlier to St. Dominic represented the 150 Psalms recited daily by the Fathers, what was this scapular garment but the mantle of Elias, which our Lady now saw fit to throw over the shoulders of all her children? By the Rosary and the Scapular, she declared that she would someday save the world!

“In direct line of descent from the mighty Elias and St. John the Baptist stands St. John of the Cross, modern reformer together with St. Teresa of Avila of the order of the ‘sons of the prophet,’ which according to ancient tradition had been founded originally by Elias on Mt. Carmel. As a religious society it is unique in that it was never designed to ‘do,’ but to ‘stand’ continually in the sight of the Lord of hosts in the spirit of its founder. Its entire rule is summed up in one verse of the first Psalm, where the just man is described as one whose ‘will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall meditate day and night.’ Its inspiration has always been attributed to our Lady, the Flower of Carmel, whom Elias beheld in the distance from the top of his mountain, rising as ‘a little cloud … out of the sea like a man’s foot’ which grew till ‘there fell a great rain’ on the parched earth (3 Kings. 18: 45). The spirit of Elias is one of unmitigated intransigence in the face of apostasy.

“His life already spanning nearly three millennia without tasting death, the prophet will die only by martyrdom in the final tribulation, for his fidelity is impregnable. ‘With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts!’ he told God, ‘before whose face I stand,’ in the cave on Mt. Horeb, and never has he departed from that declaration (3 Kings. 19: 10). To the public called to Mt. Carmel to witness the showdown between himself and Baal’s 450 priests and Jezebel’s 400 prophets, St. Elias had cried out, ‘How long do you halt between two sides? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him!’ (3Kings. 18: 21).

“With similar lack of ambiguity, John the Baptist would speak of ‘laying the axe to the root of the trees’ when he caught sight of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism in the desert of Judea. ‘Brood of vipers!’ he called them. (Matt. 3: 7-10). St. John of the Cross, a true son of the prophets, would see the spiritual life in similar terms. As he wrote to one of his penitents, ‘Anything apart from God is constraint!’ For him, whatever is not God is nada, nothing at all. Reduced to one principle, his doctrine is that faith is the only proximate means of union with God in this life. Other means— vocal prayers, visions, preaching, even good works and the whole panoply of creation— can be very helpful, but have no power to reach Him except through faith. The less dependent on sensible supports faith becomes, the purer it is and the closer to its goal.

Spiritual progress, in other words, is a gradual discarding of inessentials, effected by a loving, Godward groping will. There is no denial of the natural order, but an emphasis on what lies above and beyond it, which is God Himself. Vested in the mantle of the mighty prophet who “is already come” but has yet to return, St. John of the Cross prepares the individual’s way to God as St. John the Baptist prepared Israel’s: “Every valley shall be filled; and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight; and the rough ways plain; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Luke 3: 5-6).

“Arriving on the scene just as the Great Apostasy began breaking over the heads of the faithful, the Carmelite master directed his teaching not only to spiritual directors unacquainted with the subtleties of the mystical ascent, but to any ardent soul unable to find a good director. How much more indispensable is he today, when the enemy has actually penetrated the Church’s fortifications and preempted her chains of command! (Hertz, Solange, Sin Revisited  Kindle Edition.)

This little ebook is an invaluable companion for our spiritual journey. I will conclude where Solange Hertz herself concludes:

“The beginner begins where he is, and if he perseveres, God in due time will introduce him into the “nights” of purgation of sense and spirit reserved for the stalwart. St. Augustine said the devil makes a point of circulating evil about good people “that the weak may then think they are are not any good, and so let themselves be carried away by their own evil desires and become corrupted, saying to themselves, Who is there keeps a commandment of God? Or who observes chastity? And when a man believes that no one does, he himself becomes that ‘no one.’”

“In his prologue to The Ascent of Mt. Carmel, St. John of the Cross admitted that it was never his “principal intent to address all,” but rather those “to whom God is granting the favor of setting on the road …” What’s more, in The Dark Night of the Soul he promises they will:  …  suffer great trials, by reason not so much of the aridities which they suffer, as of the fear which they have of being lost on the road, thinking that all spiritual blessing is over for them and that God has abandoned them since they find no help or pleasure in good things. What better description of the purgative night Mother Church herself is now undergoing in those members who truly love God and will not bow the knee to Baal?

“Needless to say, shortly before the opening of the fateful Council which launched the tribulation, the mighty voice of Elias, ever faithful to his mission, sounded the alarm from the Carmel of Coimbra, Portugal. On December 26, 1957, a true daughter of his, Sr. Lucia of Fatima, told the Mexican priest Fr. Augustine Fuentes in what may have been her last contact with the outside: ‘Father, we should not wait for an appeal to the world to come from Rome on the part of the Holy Father to do penance. Nor should we wait for the call to do penance to come from our bishops in our dioceses, nor from the religious congregations. No! Our Lord has already very often used these means, and the world has not paid attention. That is why now it is necessary for each one of us to reform ourselves spiritually. Each person must not only save his own soul, but also all the souls that God has placed in our path! ‘ “

Or, as Elias himself put it to the wavering Israelites on the Mount, “How long do you halt between two sides? If the Lord be God, follow Him: But if Baal, then follow him!” (3 Kings. 18: 21)

Saint Elias, living still, Lead us upward, if you will!

NOTE: Typographical error has been corrected. Thank you for noting. Father Fuentes interview was December, 1957.

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!

originally by evensong, reposted 14 Feb 2018  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!

Fatima’s Message is Obedience

 

Fatima’s Message is Obedience.

The reason for stating it now is that it seems to be getting overlooked in many commentaries. For instance; much is made of the Third Secret of Fatima, whether it was completely revealed by the Vatican in 2000, and myriad speculations about what may have been unrevealed, and why that may have occurred.

Into the mix, we have the recent interview with Bishop Fellay with  Maike Hickson, published by 1P5. Today, Feb. 10, 2018, the Society posted the interview on their site, here. One pertinent excerpt:

Hickson: . . . “What is, in your own view, the reason for the continued hesitancy of those people in the Church who could disclose, for the greater good, much more information? What do they still have to fear or to lose? Would such a disclosure not be an act of mercy toward the suffering Church in this deep crisis?”

Bishop Bernard Fellay: “I remember that Sr. Lucy, in an interview with a cardinal from India in the mid-1990s, was very afraid that the Pope would publish the Secret. She said, if she were to give the Holy Father advice, she would caution great prudence. If, for instance, the text contained something like the coming of the Antichrist or something else quite serious that would cast grave doubt on the authority of the Church, it could be a reason the same authorities are hesitant to publish this. I don’t pretend these examples are the case; I am simply speculating as to what some possible reasons might be for not releasing it.”

Since the interview was published,  readers have asked; Does this mean that we are not to pray for the release of the Third Secret? If Sister Lucia does not want us to know the secret, what was Fatima about? Is Fatima no longer relevant?

Before answering, I’d like to stress that I am only explaining my own understanding of the Message of Fatima and our necessary response to it.

It seems clear to me that Bishop Fellay, in his answer, was simply attempting to offer to the interviewer, his own speculations as to why those who control the Vatican have chosen not to release the Third Secret of Fatima. I did not understand Bishop Fellay’s answer as a call to abandon the message of Fatima, nor as a justification for the continued disobedience of the Vatican, but as an attempt to explain  the reasoning of those who remain obstinate in disobeying the Immaculate Mother of God.

That the Blessed Virgin clearly wished the Third Secret revealed is documented in exquisite detail by Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité in the three volumes of his “The Whole Truth About Fatima”.  Volume III details everything necessary to understand completely the context of the Third Secret and the absolute importance of the obedience of the Church with regards to it.

The second point that needs to preface any remarks here is  that every single authentic revelation exists to affirm the absolute importance of obeying God. Authentic revelation never contradicts itself. God has given His beloved children (for so we are!) free will only that we might choose to love Him, and to that end, to remedy our disobedience, heal it and save us, He gives us His most beloved Son, to surrender His precious life for our salvation, and He gives us His most pure and delightful creature, the Blessed Virgin Mary, to be our Mother and our sure path back to Him, in His Heaven prepared for us from all eternity.

Therefore, I see in the Message of Fatima, as in the entire history of salvation, a tender and merciful call to return to Him to His commands, in humility and obedience.

In Volume III, we read:

On July 13, 1917:

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 in the reign of Pius XI.

When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it 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 of 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 of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.

In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved.”

(The Unreleased portion of the Secret…)

In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.” 

Thus, you see all depends upon an obedient Pope and obedient Churchmen as well as obedient laity. This did not occur.

After Pope Pius XI’s first refusal in 1931, chastisement had struck Catholic Spain.

After his second refusal in 1937, Europe had foolishly hurled itself into a world war.

After Pope John XXIII’s disobedience, came the onslaught of the spiritual chastisement and the occupation of the See of Peter by the ancient enemy.

My understanding of Bishop Fellay’s remarks is that he is emphasising our need to comply with the message of Fatima as we know it to be revealed and not continue to seek after ever more knowledge.

Regarding the vaguely stated reference to a reputed comment of Sister Lúcia to an unnamed cardinal of India in the 1990’s, there is insufficient information to understand why Sister Lúcia, after a lifetime of obedience to Our Lady, would suddenly be,  “very afraid that the Pope would publish the Secret. She said, if she were to give the Holy Father advice, she would caution great prudence.” How is it that she would feel afraid that the Pope would finally accede to the extensively documented and consistently reiterated demand of the Mother of God that her message be revealed?

Since I do not have the answer, and this purported statement of Sister Lúcia’s contradicts every other statement that is available to me, I do not see its relevance.  Therefore, to those who ask me, I would say that we must all continue to do our utmost to follow what we know to be true of the Message of Fatima. As we have often reiterated:

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Most Holy Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and as the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven. ( SisterLúcia of Fátima)

What steps are called for today?

To begin with, at a minimum:

    • Consecrate yourself immediately to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. No specific formula is required for this, nor is any priest required for this initial step. Just kneel down now and sign yourself with the Cross, begging the Blessed Virgin Mary in her perfect purity and fullness of grace to take you as her child and help you to turn from your sins and follow her commands, trusting her to lead you to perfect obedience to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Resolve to surrender your entire being, body and soul, mind and will, to her to do with as she wills.
    • Pray Our Lady’s Rosary every day, at least 5 decades, but all three if possible. Optimally, pray the rosary with your family or friends whenever possible.
    • Wear Our Lady’s Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel. If you were enrolled previously, you may simply begin wearing it, if not enrolled, a priest may enroll you.
    • Obtain St. Louis de Montfort’s or St. Maximilian Kolbe’s program for Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Both can be found online. The true total consecration must be lived daily, indeed minute by minute.  It is easy once you understand that it doesn’t depend on your effort, it depends on your constant trust in Mary, your Mother.
    • Avoid the Novus Ordo Mass and all sacraments using post-Vatican II ritual. The changes  instituted by the Vatican II “reforms”  are the fruits of an arrogant, disobedient faction of the true Church. Eschew all modernism and attend a true, traditional Mass.
    • Make Our Lady’s First Saturdays for at least five months in a row. Better, continue them in a spirit of reparation for all the Catholics who do not obey Our Lady.
    • Fulfill the duties of your state in life with humility and obedience, as a faithful child of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, offering your daily sacrifices of self in reparation for sins and for the conversion of poor sinners.
    • Inform yourself of the true doctrine of the faith and help inform others of the Fatima Message.

† . 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!

Convergence

In an earlier post “How long, O Lord, How Long” from April 2015, we wrote:

Our Lord told Sister Lucia in an apparition in Rianjo, Spain in the summer of 1931, “Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command (to consecrate Russia), they will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.

Sister Lucia reported later that Our Lord also complained to her, They did not wish to heed My request! … Like the King of France they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors in the world, provoking wars and persecutions against the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer.” (from Fatima.org)

Our Lord was referring to His request to King Louis XIV of France on June 17, 1689 to solemnly consecrate his country to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our Lord made His request known through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and no French King publicly obeyed the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Eventually, on June 17, 1789, 100 years later, King Louis XVI was stripped of his power by the National Assembly and less than four years later, was beheaded. It is said that while he was in the Bastille, King Louis XVI attempted to consecrate France, but by that time, of course, it was far too late to achieve the desired results.

Also, in that post we observed that Pope Francis would use the Synod to force through his “irreversible changes” just prior to the Centenary of Fatima. We noted that the centenary of Fatima coincides with three other anniversaries, all of which are  inimical  to the Faith, that is,  the 500th anniversary of Luther’s Revolution, the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Freemasonry and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.   Quite a convergence of historical forces.

In  our last post,  on  January 26, we concluded,

The reason for this repost right now is to help readers to understand that a deadline has passed. In the earlier instance in France, passing the deadline resulted in: the horrific Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, the destruction of the French monarchy, a further step in the destruction of Christendom which had begun with  Luther’s revolt and lastly, the leap in power of the occult forces which appear to be all but fully in control now.

Which leads to the inevitable question – what “irreversible” chain of events has now been set in motion?

 The Centenary of Fatima – A Convergence

Of the four anniversaries marked in 2017, three commemorated the powers that war against Christ, His Church and His Immaculate Mother.  The three occult powers – freemasonry, protestantism and marxism,  form a diabolical trinity of their own and now seem to be coalescing and gaining strength against the Woman.  For the moment, they appear on the ascendency. 

Although freemasonry publicly claims its founding in 1717, that is a masterful deception for this society which lives by deceit. It was from this synagogue of satan that the protestant revolution and the marxist revolution were financed and sustained.

And so we see that 2017 was a momentous occasion, wherein the battle lines were more clearly drawn as the forces assembled.  It might seem a bit daunting, this Woman against the staggering  array of dark forces which now appear to control even the Church. But we recall Lepanto, where thousands of battle hardened mohammedan warriors fled in terror at the sight of the Woman looming up before them, high above  the vast fleet. Our Lady of the Rosary vanquished the enemy at Lepanto as  the small but brave fleet of Christendom admitted afterwards. It was She and her Rosary that won the day, make no mistake. 

The Vicar of Christ  Leads the Way

As the forces coalesce and align for the momentous battle, one would expect to see  the Vicar of Christ lead His Church to celebrate  the Immaculata,  Our Lady of Victory, rallying her children for the battle, helping to lead them to victory.  But what did this  Humble Pope of Surprises®  do instead?

The unfortunate  man who now occupies the See of Peter did lead his decimated and confused flock; but where? In the entire centenary year, where did Pope Francis lead the Church? Why he went to Fatima!

 The Pope Goes to Fatima

Pope Francis travelled to Fatima Portugal for a two day visit May 12- 13, 2017 for the canonization of the two youngest of the Fatima seers, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. 

On May 12: The Pope asked tens of thousands of pilgrims to reflect on “which Mary” they choose to venerate, “the virgin Mary from the Gospel” or “one who restrains the arm of a vengeful God?”

Note the Pope’s dishonest rhetorical device  –  a loaded question leading his audience to conclude that one must choose between the “Mary of the Gospel” or the Mary depicted at  the vision of the Third Secret of Fatima. The Pope’s reference to “one who restrains the arm of a vengeful God”  refers to the Vatican’s own text of the Third Secret released in June 2000:

“at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’ “

Pope Francis’s remark is thus an attack on Our Lady of Fatima and an attack against the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. For the public ministry of Our Lord began with His call to penance (“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3, 17) and the the last book of the Bible, the Apocalypse also contains Our Lord’s call to penance and warning of chastisement (“Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance.” Apoc. 3, 19).

In a subsequent talk, he continued to abuse the Blessed Virgin and her Message of Fatima,

Those who emphasise God’s punishment of sinners, he said, commit “a great injustice” to him by not recognising that sinners “are forgiven by his mercy.”  … “Mercy has to be put before judgment,” he said, “and, in any case, God’s judgment will always be rendered in the light of his mercy.”… “With Mary, may each of us become a sign and sacrament of the mercy of God, who pardons always and pardons everything,” he said.

Note his charge, “Those who emphasise God’s punishment of sinners”. This applies to Our Lady of Fatima who revealed the reality of hell and the eternal punishment of sinners  in a frightening vision and warned the children, “You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go.”   Thus, the pope accused God’s own most Blessed Mother of committing “a  great injustice” to God. In this, he managed to attack both Our Lady and her Message of Fatima. And, as always, he never mentions sin or the need for penance.

On the papal airplane, ostensibly speaking of the false apparitions at Medjugorje, he struck at her yet  again,

“I prefer Our Lady as mother, our mother, and not Our Lady as head of the post office who sends a message at a stated time.” …
“This isn’t Jesus’ mother,” he said. “And these alleged apparitions don’t have much value. I say this as a personal opinion, but it is clear. Who thinks that Our Lady says, ‘Come, because tomorrow at this time I will give a message to that seer?‘ No!”

Now, we all know that long before the deception of Medjugorje, Our Lady of the Rosary instructed the children of Fatima to come to the same place, at the same time for six months to receive her message. 

It was quite  clever of Pope Francis to embed his criticism of Our Lady of Fatima into his criticism of the false apparitions of Medjugorje, wasn’t it?  So that was how Pope Bergoglio began the commemoration of the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima in May.  And so we see that Francis was leading his flock in his speeches at Fatima.   And his flock, all over the world, appeared to follow docilely; other than a few rigid, pharisaical trads, few took note of this  and in parishes everywhere, there was rejoicing among the dwindling flock that Pope Francis had “honored” Our Lady of Fatima on her 100th anniversary.

Then, in  October,  we commemorated  the final month of the Fatima visits.  Or did we?

What honor did Pope Francis surprise us with to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the great Miracle of the Sun at Fatima?  I know, perhaps he honored her with a stamp?

Not exactly.

The Pope’s Achievement

As October drew to a close Pope Francis chose instead of honoring Our Lady of the Rosary to honor one of her most vitriolic enemies,  once again offending Our Lord Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother, this time in a formal and unmistakable manner:

For the centennial of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis issued a commemorative postage stamp.  Oops, actually he didn’t.

Actually, Pope Francis instead honored the arch-heretic Martin Luther, who destroyed so many souls by preaching many of the same errors spouted by this very same Pope.  The stamp pictures a crucifixion scene from which the Mother of God has been erased and her place given to Luther. St. John is erased too, and supplanted by Philip Melancthon, the heretic who assisted Luther in his work of destruction.

And that brings us to the close of the year as Pope Francis and his Lavender Mafia used the holy feast ofChristmas to celebrate their triumph with the sordid squalor of their “Nativity Scene” in St. Peter’s Square. 

Bergoglio’s Vatican Celebrates the Fallen Star

As we see, the Pope continues to lead: he has insisted, quite rigidly, I might add, on his magisterial interpretation of Amoris Laetitia allowing those persistent in mortal sin to receive the Body and Blood of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

And  he has firmly stood by his choice of the disgusting pederast-enabler Juan Barros in Chile.  And again,  he has refused to rescind the the honor he awarded a notorious international abortion promoter, Lilianne Ploumen, who is one of the world’s most virulent abortion promotors.  For more on Ploumen’s work, see here.  

Now, in 2018 as we look back over the events of 2017, we see clearly where Pope Francis is leading the Church.  But very few Bishops and even fewer Cardinals will stand up and speak the truth to the faithful. In fact, the vast majority of them follow along, bleating and tweeting  docilely. And just as in the example we were given by Our Lord Himself, these events are little noted as the dark tide of history sweeps past, hastening to its inevitable conclusion. 

And what of the faithful? Many drift away into various methods of insulating themselves from the stresses of this intense spiritual combat, comforting themselves with devotions which do not require sacrifice.  Many others drift into a narcissistic devotion to their own infallibility, blind to the snare that befell Luther, they attack faithful Catholics, lacking the humility to subject themselves to any authority but their own. In this, they resemble protestants much more than the faithful Catholics they purport to be.

Let them go, let them continue to tweet and post pictures of themselves and their food on facebook for their gullible followers. The time of winnowing passes  rapidly.  

And all shall be well
And all manner of thing shall be well…

For the love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 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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Fatima and the Suffering Church, 2018

Continuing our reposts, the following is from 2014, but has some relevance for today, now that 100 years has passed.

Curiouser and curiouser …. have you noticed how little by little, items get leaked about Fatima; items which don’t answer any questions, but rather point out how incomplete our understanding is? We are approaching the centenary of Fatima’s series of revelations which began in 1917, certainly an eventful century! Seems that the more the Vatican stifles her message, the more the Blessed Virgin allows to emerge…

And now, Antonio Socci, the Italian author who wrote the blockbuster The Fourth Secret of Fatima, has written an article bringing forth a bit more information. It is from a recently released biography of Sister Lucia by the nuns of her convent in Coimbra. The book, entitled, “Un caminho sob o olhar de Maria” (“A Path Under the Gaze of Mary”), is not yet available in English.

I’ve seen several translations of Socci’s article, none of which were very good, but now Christopher Ferrara has written about it at Fatima Perspectives, including a good translation. Here is a bit from his article, the whole article can be accessed here:

“In the apparition of July 13, the Madonna had entrusted to the children a message for the whole world. It was the great prophecy concerning the coming decades if humanity did not turn to God.

In fact, it would all be realized: the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the spread of communism in the world, the bloody persecutions of the Church and, finally, the tragic Second World War.

There was also a third part of the Secret that had to be revealed — said the Madonna — in 1960. Arriving at that date, John XXIII hid the whole thing, so terrible were its contents.

He thus provoked a jumble of hypotheses. In 2000, John Paul made known the text of the Third Secret that contains the famous vision of the “Bishop dressed in white,” with the Pope who traverses a destroyed city, the many dead bodies, and then the martyrdom of the Holy Father, of bishops, priests and faithful. …

Socci goes on to relate that it was Pope Benedict himself who in 2010, confirmed that Fatima is far from over,

But a resounding explicit confirmation came from Benedict XVI himself, who, during an unexpected pilgrimage to Fatima on May 13, 2010, affirmed: “He deceives himself who thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is concluded.”

He added: “there are indicated future realities of the Church which little by little are manifesting themselves… and therefore it is the sufferings of the Church which are announced.

But could such prophecies be found in that text [of the vision]?

These two phrases of the Pope in that discourse at Fatima prompt reflection:

“Man has the power to unleash a cycle of death and terror, but he is not able to stop it.”

And then: “The faith in vast regions of the earth risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel.”

From these words of Pope Benedict one discerns, therefore, that there is truly something else in the Third Secret and that it is dramatic for the world and the Church. Perhaps it is precisely due to that visit by the Pope that this book was released, from which another precious little piece of the truth filters out.

The volume in fact draws from the letters of Sister Lucia and from the unpublished diary “My Way.” Impressive among things previously unpublished, is the account of how Sister Lucy overcame the terror that prevented her from writing down the Third Secret.

The Unpublished Account

At around 4 p.m. on January 3, 1944, in the chapel of the convent, before the Tabernacle, Lucia asked Jesus to make known His will: “I then felt a friendly hand, maternal and affectionate, touch my shoulder.”

And the Mother of God said to her: “be at peace, and write what I have commanded you, but not, however, that which has been given to you to understand its meaning,” intending to allude to the meaning of the vision which the Virgin herself had revealed.

Immediately afterward, said Sister Lucia,

” the point of a lance like a flame … touches the axis of the earth”

“I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of a lance like a flame that is detached, touches the axis of the earth, and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers, the clouds, exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them, in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted. It is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven.” (Antonio Socci)

From this came the strength to write the Third Secret. …

Socci rightly points out that Pope Benedict’s remarks in 2010 reopened the dialogue and now, in 2014, with this biography, once more the subject is brought before us. But once again, it is obvious that there are restraining forces silencing those who would speak fully about the complete message of the Virgin.

In his conclusion, Socci notes that the Blessed Virgin promised us at Fatima that, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” And then he adds,

“To this hoped for “triumph” Pope Benedict made reference in 2010:

“May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the Apparitions (2017) hasten the prophesied triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.”

Does this mean that today, in 2014, we have already entered into the terrible trial? In fact, if you read the news…

Antonio Socci
From Il Libero, August 17, 2014

For my part, I believe that Pope Leo XIII’s prophecy about satan being set loose for 100 years began sometime between the death of our last saintly Pope, Pius X in 1914 and the warnings of the Mother of God at Fatima in 1917. It is possible that within this timeframe, the evil was turned loose and the Church was given a period of grace in which to obey the warnings of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But although the Church did some things, it never wholeheartedly gave the response asked for by the Virgin.

There was no concerted effort to proclaim a year of penance in reparation, the First Saturdays of Reparation Our Lady asked for were never established  by the hierarchy.  Instead, Sister Lucia was silenced and in 1960 the rejection of Fatima was completed by Pope John XXIII which is why Sister Lucia foretold that, “It will be clearer then.”

Ever since Pope John XXIII’s  fateful decision to disobey the Mother of Jesus,  we have been being chastised in earnest, both by wars and by spiritual disaster in the Church. What could be worse that the loss of millions of souls through the ongoing apostasy of the Faith? The genocide of Christians, the slaughter of innocents through abortion, the continuous drums of war, all this is a huge and rapidly accelerating chastisement which will soon be joined by the very forces of nature causing the instantaneous obliteration of entire nations.

And the answer to all this lies in our own hearts and minds. We are called to renew our daily sacrifices, the humble silent ones no one knows about save us and God. Offer our sacrifices to our thorn-crowned King through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, united with His suffering in all the holy tabernacles of the world in reparation for this faithless generation which everywhere and always blasphemes, outrages and insults Him, especially and particularly for the Pope and hierarchy, that they and all poor sinners may be saved, through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Please continue to pray daily for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the upcoming Synod of Bishops called for by this unholiest of Holy Fathers.

NOTE:  We might consider that in the case of the King of France, when the 100 years passed, no one noted the correlation between the King being stripped of his powers and the date of the request of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – that was not evident until years later. But an irreversible chain of events had been set into motion. Now Pope Francis has been very, very clear on just one thing: that the changes he is making are irreversible. 

The reason for this repost right now is to help readers to understand that a deadline has passed. In the earlier instance, passing the deadline resulted in: the horrific Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, the destruction of the French monarchy, a further step in the destruction of Christendom which resulted from Luther’s revolt and lastly, the leap in power of the occult forces which appear to be all but  fully in control now.

Which leads to the inevitable question – what “irreversible” chain of events has now been set in motion?

Think on it and please, pray the Rosary for the love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the salvation of souls!

† . 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 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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Pope Francis and Fatima

In the past year, we have more than doubled our subscribers, and many who are new to ReturntoFatima are not aware of our  extensive archive of older posts on Fatima and prophecy. Today we begin a series of reposts.

At present, we will not update these posts but simply offer them for those who have asked for them as reference.

The following post was originally posted June 13, 2014, I believe.  As always, thank you so much for reading!

The following is an updated repost regarding Pope Francis disdain for Fatima.

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At Fatima, Our Lord Jesus Christ sent us His Beloved Mother to offer us His mercy yet again, if we heed the call to penance and reparation to her Immaculate Heart, which is the means He gives to us to save ourselves and other sinners from the wrath of His justice.

In her apparitions at Fatima and the ones following, when Sister Lucia was at her convent, Our Lady showed her Immaculate Heart and requested specific reparations be made; among them were the First Saturdays of Reparation and the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, by the Pope and the Bishops. Our Lord Jesus Christ also appeared to Lucia to request compliance with Our Lady’s wishes. The apparition of 13 June, 1929 was the most significant of the apparitions and in it, Our Blessed Mother formally requested the Consecration of Russia.

That apparition  deserves a post of its own and I am working on it, but for right now, suffice to say that the Virgin Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ requested acts of reparation and obedience, both private, – as in our rosaries and offerings of sacrifice and penance in our daily duties – and public, – as in the First Saturdays of reparation and the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope and Bishops.

Never at any time has any Pope since Fatima propagated the acts of reparation needed. An encyclical or Moto Proprio enjoining the First Saturdays of Reparation would have helped so much. As would the simple compliance of Consecrating Russia properly. The Popes instead made “entrustments” and consecrated the world and so on; apparently dancing around the edges of the issue while dodging the actual obedience required.

And all the while, God’s wrath is building. And His signs increase as well. In the midst of the horrible apocalyptic blast at Hiroshima, devout Catholics were spared, totally untouched by the radiation. In Pope Francis’ own domain, in Buenos Aires a beautiful Eucharistic miracle was given, but went unheeded by this Pope who evidently has a tin ear for the Eucharistic sacrifice.

Vatican II was a severe chastisement for the Church and its work of destroying the Church is coming to a climax shortly. The Vatican II wrecking crew have so thoroughly done their jobs that few Catholics today have any inkling of the true faith. Therefore, they are not that distressed in the unfortunate utterances of Pope Francis and his gaffe of the day routine. Even traditional Catholics did not object at Pope Begoglio’s awful consecration of his reign to Our Lady of Fatima. If sincere, he should have gone to Fatima and humbled himself and personally consecrated his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima, humbly vowing to be obedient to her demands, all of them!

Since this post was originally written, we have had yet another “entrustment” of the world, which is becoming insulting. To understand how insulting these continued false consecrations, or entrustments of the world are, I offer an example.

This example illustrates a passive aggressive response to a request. A mother asks her son to go to the store to get milk for baking. The son does not want to go, but the mother presses him. He brings back chocolate milk, which is not what she asked for. She tells him she must have milk for the recipe and he replies, ‘It is milk, just better.’ She patiently explains that she needs milk, just milk and sends him again. And again, but each time, he always brings back a milk product but not the milk she asked for. He could just as easily brought her the milk the first time and in fact has gone to much more trouble, even suffering the brunt of her anger, but he persists in his stiff-necked refusal.

It is clearly not what Our Blessed Mother asked for and we are reaching a time when the fulness of God’s wrath will break over us. It would be profitable for you to take a few moments and consider the state of the Church and of society in general at the time of the initial Fatima apparitions. Then consider the state of the Church and the world today. Only a moral imbecile could fail to note the descent into hell that we see on all sides and the disgusting corruption in the Church today.

Motto of the Bishop of Rome: ¡Hagan lío! That is, "Raise Hell!"
Motto of the Bishop of Rome: ¡Hagan lío!
That is, “Raise Hell!”

Pope Francis is such a perfect example of this degradation. He is the quintessential Modernist Pope. He will put the finishing touches on the demolition of the Faith and liturgy that have been occurring slowly but surely over these years. Do not be surprised at the end of clerical celibacy, the rapid ascent of women to high posts in the Church, the further destruction of the papacy and the imposition of even more widespread restrictions on the true Mass. Acceptance of divorce and remarriage also. In other words, I expect the full protestantizing of the Church to bring us towards the one world religion so long expected. To understand the changes which are in store, you really must read Attila Guimarães books, Animus Delendi and In the Murky Waters of Vatican II. Actually, if you only had to read one thing, I would recommend Animus Delendi, especially the part where Guimarães details the plans laid out by Hans Kung for the Church of the Future. It is all there, everything that the Progressive Conciliar Church intends for us.

The remedy for all this is the same as it ever has been; we must redouble our daily acts of immolation to the will of Our Suffering Savior. A helpful work for this purpose is Sister Josefa Menedez’ book, ‘The Way of Divine Love”. It is available from Amazon as a Kindle edition and from TAN in paperback. I have both and highly recommend them. I also recommend Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In addition to renewing your consecration on all her feast days, it’s a good idea to renew the preparatory program each year, to coincide with a major feast such as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The essential tools are Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s brown scapular and her Rosary. If at all possible, avoid attending the NO Mass. No matter how reverently it is said, the Novus Ordo was born of a proud and disobedient urge from Vatican II. How many times, in how many ways must Our Lord tell us and show us how offensive pride and disobedience are? We must scrutinize our actions always to avoid those two perils to our soul.

NOTE: This post belongs to evensong at Return to Fatima.  I am not in any way associated with the person who takes my articles without permission.

Please, Pray the Rosary and live your Consecration!

  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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A Perpetual Crusade

“We should have a crusade …  supported by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by that invincible rock, that inexhaustible source of grace, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”  Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, September 23, 1979.

Yesterday, a very dear reader of ours confided his concern that the Rosary and Reparation Crusade of the Society of St. Pius X fell short of their goal. Although the Society had hoped for 12 million Rosaries, the figures, which are not complete, stand currently at 8.1 million.

The link to the Society’s notice about the results of the Crusade is here.   The latest crusade followed close upon the previous one, and it was suggested that perhaps the faithful were spiritually exhausted and becoming  resigned to our fate. There is possibly some truth in that.  The priests of the Society are experiencing severe trials, and the laity as well, with the uncertainty spread by constant rumors that Bishop Fellay would lead the Society into a trap set by the occupiers of the Vatican.  This strategy  is very well explained by Dr. Brian McCall at Catholic Family News. (A Society Divided Against Itself: SSPX Ranks Must Preserve Internal Unity)

While I agree that Rome’s strategy has indeed wreaked havoc by drawing away so many highly valued and in many cases, dearly loved comrades, I’d like to comment from a different perspective.  The quote at the top of the page is from  Archbishop Lefebvre, from his Sermon on the occasion of his Sacerdotal Jubilee, back in 1979.

Now, Bishop Fellay, in calling for the latest Rosary Crusade was following in Archbishop Lefebvre’s footsteps and I believe that the results of this last Rosary and Reparation Crusade were actually very good, considering the period we are in.  I’ll explain in a moment but first,  let’s recall the intentions:

Bishop Fellay stated that the Crusade is intended to follow the intentions of Our Lady of the Rosary herself:

(I) Jesus wishes to establish in the world the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In order to do so, all the faithful are invited:

  • to recite the rosary daily, alone or as a family;
  • to accomplish the devotion of the reparatory communion on five first Saturdays, and to multiply their daily sacrifices in a spirit of reparation for the outrages against Mary;
  • to wear the miraculous medal themselves and to diffuse it around them;
  • to consecrate their homes to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. [Family Consecration Prayer is in sidebar to the right.]

Besides the propagation of this devotion, we will also pray

(II) for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and

(III) for the pope and all the bishops of the Catholic world to consecrate Russia to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

And as a special intention we will add

(IV) the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Society of St. Pius X and all its members in addtition to all the religious communities of Tradition. (Source, SSPX)

The goal set by Bishop Bernard Fellay is a bouquet of 12 million rosaries and 50 million sacrifices for Our Lady of Fatima.

Now. admittedly, that was a tall order for all those who had just successfully completed an earlier Rosary Crusade.  And 8.1 million Rosaries is no small thing! The fact that Bishop Fellay called for this Rosary Crusade meant to me that he is acting in the same spirit as our beloved Archbishop Lefebvre and is relying on Our Lady of the Rosary and following her instructions at Fatima . That indicates most definitely that the Crusade is a success! For if we ask for her help, we are guaranteed success, she herself has promised it.

To be clear: If we obey Our Lady, we have already succeeded, because that obedience is what counts with Our Lord, not the results!  Obedience itself is what Our Lord asks of us.

We have her word, and we saw immediate results – Cardinal Mueller’s remarks made any further rapprochement with the Vatican useless and we were spared the constant “dialogues” and the treacherous rumors as well. Those rumors caused so much harm! And soon we will have the General Chapter for the priests of the Society and surely those millions of heartfelt rosaries will help that as well.

When I attend Mass at our Chapel, I am mindful of our holy Archbishop who preached all those long years ago:

And you, dear priests, who hear me now, you too must make a profound sacerdotal union to spread this crusade, to animate this crusade in order that Jesus reign, that Our Lord reign. And to do that you must be holy. You must seek after sanctity and manifest it to others, this holiness, this grace which acts in your souls and in your hearts, this grace which you receive by the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist and by the Holy Mass which you offer, which you alone are capable of offering.

I shall finish, my dearly beloved brethren, by what I shall call my testament. Testament—that is a very profound word—because I want it to be the echo of the testament of Our Lord: Novi et aeterni testamenti.

Novi et aeterni testamenti—it is the priest who recites these words at the consecration of the Precious Blood—Hic est enim calix Sanguinis mei: novi et aeterni testamenti. This inheritance which Jesus Christ gave to us, it is His Sacrifice, it is His Blood, it is His Cross. the ferment of all Christian civilization and of all that is necessary for salvation.

And I say to you as well: for the glory of the Most Blessed Trinity, for the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the love of the Church, for the love of the Pope, for the love of bishops, of priests, of all the faithful, for the salvation of the world, for the salvation of souls, keep this testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ! Keep the Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep the Mass of All Time!

And you will see civilization reflourish, a civilization which is not of this world, but a civilization which leads to the Catholic City which is heaven. The Catholic city of this world is made for nothing else than for the Catholic City of heaven.

Thus by keeping the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by keeping His Sacrifice, by keeping this Mass—this Mass which has been bequeathed to us by our predecessors, this Mass which has been transmitted from the time of the Apostles unto this day. In a few moments I am going to pronounce these words above the chalice of my ordination, and how could you expect me to pronounce above the chalice of my ordination any other words but those which I pronounced 50 years ago over this same chalice—it is impossible! I cannot change the words! We shall therefore continue to pronounce the words of the consecration as our predecessors have taught us, as the Pope, bishops and priests who have been our instructors, have taught us, so that Our Lord Jesus Christ reign, and so that souls be saved through the intercession of our Good Mother in heaven.

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So when Msgr. Fellay called this latest Crusade and when those 8+ million rosaries were said, the Society was and is winning this battle and because of them, because of all the faithful within the Society and throughout the Church, the true children of Mary, we are all winning this perpetual Crusade which will continue until the enemy is ejected from the Holy Place. For the brief moment, the ancient enemy has obscured the true Church, but we know that the Immaculate Mother of God will triumph and Our Lord Jesus Christ will once again restore His Bride, the Church.

Readers, we can never be betrayed by Our Lady – as will be very clear before long.  In her own words on June 13, 1917, she said of Our Lord Jesus Christ:

 “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…my daughter…I shall never abandon you! My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way which will lead you to God.” (Fatima in Mary’s Words)

I assure you, as long as the FSSPX is faithful to the Immaculata, she will be with them, and there will be no failures, although the world may not often grasp this.  For the successes of the world are often failures in eternity and Our Lord, in His actions as well as His teachings assures us that what the enemy perceives as His failures are  triumphs: “For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel, shall save it.” (Mark 8, 35)

Please, Pray the Rosary and live your Consecration – Souls depend on it!

  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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