Designs of Mercy – Jacinta

“Pray, pray much and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them!”

Although Francisco, who was a contemplative soul, recognised that  his essential task was to console Our Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament, Jacinta knew that  she must above all else, sacrifice to save souls from the eternal damnation she had seen so graphically depicted. In her memoirs, Lúcia tells us,

“Some of the things revealed in the Secret made a very strong impression on Jacinta. … How is it that Jacinta, small as she was, let herself be possessed by such a spirit of penance and mortification, and understood it so well? I think the reason is this: firstly, God willed to bestow on her a special grace, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; and secondly, it was because she had looked upon hell, and had seen the ruin of souls who fall therein. … Jacinta  took this matter of making sacrifices for the conversion of sinners so much to heart, that she never let a single opportunity escape her.”

“Poor Holy Father! We must pray much for him!”

“We were playing one day at the well I have already mentioned. Close to it, there was a grape vine belonging to Jacinta’s mother. She cut a few clusters and brought them to us to eat. But Jacinta never forgot her sinners. ‘We won’t eat them,’ she said, ‘we’ll offer this sacrifice for sinners.’  Then she ran out with the grapes and gave them to the other children playing on the road. She returned radiant with joy, for she had found our poor children, and given them grapes. … Another time, my aunt called us to come and eat some figs which she had brought home, and indeed they would have given anybody an appetite. Jacinta sat down happily next to the basket, with the rest of us, and picked up the first fig. She was just about to eat it, when she suddenly remembered, and said:  ‘It’s true! Today we haven’t yet made a single sacrifice for sinners! We’ll have to make this one.’  She put the fig back in the basket, and made the offering; and we, too, left our figs in the basket for the conversion of sinners.

“I’m not going to dance any more!”

“Jacinta dearly loved dancing, and had a special aptitude for it. I remember how she was crying one day about one of her brothers who had gone to the war and was reported killed in action. To distract her, I arranged a little dance with two of her brothers. There was the poor child dancing away as she dried the tears that ran down her cheeks.  Her fondness for dancing was such that the sound of some shepherd playing his instrument was enough to set her dancing all by herself.  In spite of this, when St. John’s Day festivities or carnival time came around (in 1918), she announced: ‘I’m not going to dance any more.’ ‘And why not?’ ‘Because I want to offer this sacrifice to Our Lord.’ Since we were the ones who organized the games for the children, the dances which used to take place on these occasions stopped.”

“Occasionally, also, we were in the habit of offering to God the sacrifice of spending nine days or a month without taking a drink. Once, we made this sacrifice even in the month of August, when the heat was suffocating. On these occasions, Jacinta would say: ‘Our Lord must be pleased with our sacrifices, because I am so thirsty, so thirsty! Yet, I do not want to take a drink. I want to suffer for love of Him.”  Jacinta’s thirst for making sacrifices seemed insatiable.

Even at this early age, Jacinta very quickly assumed an habitual disposition of sacrifice for sinners and with each sacrifice, she repeated the prayer taught by Our Lady, thus conferring on the sacrifice offered its whole meritorious value as an act of love, both reparatory and missionary: Lúcia says of this, “Ever since the day Our Lady taught us to offer our sacrifices to Jesus, any time we had something to suffer or agreed to make a sacrifice, Jacinta asked: ‘Did you already tell Jesus it’s for love of Him?’  If I said I hadn’t, she answered: ‘Then I’ll tell Him’, and joining her hands, she raised her eyes to Heaven and said: ‘Oh Jesus, it is for love of You, and for the conversion of sinners.’

Lúcia says of Jacinta that she, ” … was the one who received from Our Lady a greater abundance of grace, and a better knowledge of God and of virtue.” Although she was indeed the youngest of the three seers, it was she who appeared to enjoy the greatest intimacy with the Most Holy Virgin. When the cycle of the six great public apparitions was completed, Jacinta continued in this deep intimacy with Our Lady until she died.

The parish priest, Father Ferreira, reported on the immediate events of Fatima in a memoir which he completed on August 6, 1918. In it he recounted that Our Lady had appeared to Jacinta three times after October 13. A most notable one occurred on Ascension Thursday, 1918 during Mass, when, as Jacinta told Father Ferreira, Our Lady taught her to say the Rosary. Since Jacinta was accustomed by that time, to frequently recite the Rosary with Lucia and Francisco, we may suppose that Our Lady gave Jacinta special lights to understand the mysteries. Today, many of us continue to be blessed by Saint Jacinta when we seek her help to pray our Rosary!

In addition to these visits from Our Lady, Jacinta was given several prophetic visions. which constituted portions of the great secret. In her Memoirs, Lúcia remembers,

“One day we spent our siesta down by my parents’ well. Jacinta sat on the stone slab on top of the well. Francisco and I climbed up a steep bank in search of wild honey among the brambles in a nearby thicket. After a little while, Jacinta called out to me: ‘Didn’t you see the Holy Father’  ‘No.’

“Jacinta responded, ‘I don’t know how it was, but I saw the Holy Father in a very big house, kneeling by a table, with his head buried in his hands, and he was weeping. Outside the house, there were many people. Some of them were throwing stones, others were cursing him and using bad language. Poor Holy Father, we must pray much for him.’

Frère Michel places this vision of Jacinta’s  after July 13, 1917, since it presupposes that the Secret was already revealed, and before October 1918, when the Marto children became ill with the influenza. Lúcia explains further,  “… one day, two priests recommended that we pray for the Holy Father, and explained to us who the Pope was. Afterwards, Jacinta asked me: ‘Is he the one I saw weeping, the one Our Lady told us about in the Secret?’ ‘Yes, he is,’ I answered. (And Jacinta, with childlike candour, went on:) ‘The Lady must surely have shown him also to those priests. You see, I wasn’t mistaken. We need to pray a lot for him.’

Frère Michel  adds, “This vision must be kept in mind, for it helps us to better understand the corresponding words of the Secret, announcing “persecutions against the Church and the Holy Father”, who “will have much to suffer”.

In another vision given to Saint Jacinta, the shepherds had gone to pray at the cave they called Lapa do Cabeco, where Lúcia reported they prostrated themselves, reciting  the prayers taught by the Angel.  before long,  Jacinta arose and said,

“Can’t you see all those highways and roads full of people, who are crying with hunger and have nothing to eat? And the Holy Father in a church praying before the Immaculate Heart of Mary? And so many people praying with him?”

This vision is a sign of the Second and Third portions of the Secret, and that War is not over yet, nor will it be, until we see the Holy Father kneel before Our Lady, repent and be converted, becoming her obedient servant once again. Today, the flock have nothing to eat and this will worsen as the famine increases under the soul-withering Church of False Mercy. For how can they believe, if the truth is not preached to them? And what Father gives his child a stone when he asks for bread?

Frère Michel  believes that the Pope of this vision, kneeling in prayer before the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be the one who at last consecrates Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, freeing that country of the diabolical hindrance to her future destiny of greatness. And he explains that  “Sister Lúcia clarifies the point, for this second vision corresponds to an event prophesied in the Secret:

“Some days later, Jacinta asked me: ‘Can I say that I saw the Holy Father and all those people?’ ‘No. Don’t you see that that’s part of the Secret? If you do, they’ll find out right away!’ ‘All right! Then I’ll say nothing at all.’ “

The Second portion, about the continuing world war is the material chastisement while the Third portion is the spiritual chastisement. Both of these will continue until such time as sufficient reparation has been made.

Now, to return to the favors the Blessed Virgin deigned to show little Jacinta. From Sister Lúcia’s Memoirs and from Frère Michel we learn that the Immaculata blessed Jacinta with such a fullness of grace, such an intimate sharing in her message that Jacinta was soon led to the total oblation of her life with the utmost courage and generosity of soul. Indeed, Lúcia relates that Jacinta was so impressed with the severity of the punishment of hell and the eternal ruin of the souls which go there, and the utter devastation of the war, that these thoughts made her tremble with fear and dread. When Lúcia would find her staring pensively, and prodded her for her thoughts, Jacinta remarked that she was thinking of, “… the war which is coming, and all the people who are going to die and go to hell! How dreadful! If they would only stop offending God, then there wouldn’t be any war and they wouldn’t go to hell.”

“Poor Holy Father! We must pray very much for him!”

It was to Jacinta most of all in 1918, that Our Lady revealed  the Holy Father persecuted, mocked, abandoned by all, and in tears, This helped Jacinta to understand how much the Pope needed prayers.  Lúcia tells us,  “This gave Jacinta such love for the Holy Father that, every time she offered her sacrifices to Jesus, she added: “And for the Holy Father … At the end of the Rosary, she always said three Hail Marys for the Holy Father.”

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité seems impressed by this emphasis,

“It is indeed surprising to observe how much, after the apparition of July 13, the thought of the Holy Father kept constantly coming back to the minds of the three seers. This was one of their major preoccupations, along with solicitude for sinners, and the sight of the terrifying war to come. Why? Undoubtedly because the Pope plays a role of decisive importance in the great prophecy of the Secret: he is already named five times in the published part of the Secret; we may believe that he is mentioned again in the part which has not yet been published. Let us add that several supernatural communications Sister Lúcia was later favored with, concerning the role of the Holy Father in the great prophecy of the Secret, surely supply us with the context which sheds much light on the visions of Jacinta. “

As we read these accounts of our Blessed Mother’s work in the souls of the little shepherd children, we see the path on which she leads them sorrowfully;  the way of reparation and compassion,  per crucem ad lucem; per  mortem ad vitam. It is for this that the Angel came, to begin their preparation for this great work, solidly based in Eucharistic adoration and reparation.

“Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings which the Lord will send you.” (The Angel of Fatima, St. Michael)

“Are you willing to offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He will send you, in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?”

“Yes, we are,” Lúcia had answered in the name of all three.

“Then you will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” (Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, May 13, 1917)

And so, in January, 1919, Our Lady came once more to the children:

“Our Lady came to see us”, Jacinta said. “She told us She would come to take Francisco to Heaven very soon, and She asked me if I still wanted to convert more sinners. I said I did. She told me I would be going to a hospital where I would suffer a great deal; and that I am to suffer for the conversion of sinners, in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for love of Jesus. I asked if you (Lúcia) would go with me. She said you wouldn’t, and that is what I find hardest. She said my mother would take me, and then I would have to stay there all alone!”

To be continued.

Among the sources for the above article are Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité’s  “The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volumes I (here) and  II (here)” and from Father Cirrincione’s  “Blessed Jacinta Marto of Fatima“.

  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.

~ 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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The Truth of the Lord Endures Forever

As a result of the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta, the little saints of Fatima, we are seeing a beautiful torrent of graces from heaven. Years ago, when he was asked why no pope has Consecrated Russia, Father Malachi Martin said that it was because grace was not given to them, essentially because not enough faithful have obeyed Our Lady’s request for rosaries and reparation, especially the First Saturdays.  But we have been working, all of us who heed the true message of Fatima, and consequently, we have had the Church’s Canonization of the youngest Fatima saints. Our Lady had already “canonized” them, in her promise that she would take them to heaven soon; but when the pope gave the Church’s approval, I believe that heaven smiled on us all and has shown us mercy in Cardinal Burke’s effort towards fulfilling Our Lady’s request.

Please, more than ever, offer your fasting, penances and rosaries – and Eucharistic adoration if possible! For the success of the very brave initiative of Cardinal Burke and the wonderful Catholics of Voice of the Family.  I will not reprint it all here when it is so well done at Lifesite News, but please follow these links  if you have not already:

Cardinal Burke Calls for Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

We are witnessing St. John Paul II’s prophesy of an ‘anti-Church’: Catholic priest

Dear readers, you have endured so many of my posts, bemoaning the tragic state of the hierarchy today, and now, at last, we have begun to see some really hopeful actions! But if we do not support them with our renewed prayers and sacrifices, how will they sustain this brave effort?

Just a few days ago, this pope canonized Saint Francisco Marto  and Saint Jacinta Marto of Fatima. He was unable to do it however, without perverting the message of Fatima and even taking a slap at Our Lady afterwards.   But in response to this canonization, Heaven has showered graces and we are now blessed with a true miracle, which I believe has come from Jacinta and Francisco themselves. These humble little saints never missed an opportunity to make reparation for sinners, to beg for their conversion and to pray for the Pope.

And now, Cardinal Burke and those who support him,  at last are calling for the Pope to obey Our Lady of Fatima – to Consecrate Russia, to promote the First Saturdays of Reparation, to promote the Brown Scapular. This is the miracle of grace we have been praying and offering penance for. Please support this brave initiative with all your hearts and do not fail to thank God and our newest saints of Fatima – Jacinta and Francisco! – for this generous blessing.

What will be the Society’s Response?

We must also pray that Bishop Fellay and the SSPX stand with Cardinal Burke and these others who are calling for the Consecration of Russia and the First Saturdays. For many months, Bishop Fellay and the Society of St. Pius X have been waging a Crusade of Rosaries and Reparation, begging for just this moment. Now, here it is, what will be the Society’s  response?

The question of what the Society of St. Pius X will do is not an idle one. Many traditionals have been watching the Argentine pope’s tango with the Society leaders and wondering … This is a crucial moment to see if Bishop Fellay is truly a leader in the spirit of Archbishop Lefebvre! We must pray for them.

What about the other Bishops?

Will they stand idly by? Who is brave enough to stand with Cardinal Burke? After years of failing to defend the faith and failing Our Lady of Fatima as well,  will they now heed the call from Our Lady of Fatima? We must pray for these Bishops and pray for our priests!

If you have not already, please read Father Clovis’s remarks at the Rome Life Forum, he is saying quite unmistakably the truth about the anti-church. Readers, this is a crucial turning point, we must not fail now, because if we do, there will be only darkness hereafter as Bergoglio and his wrecking crew finish their seeming demolition.  Any Bishop who does not stand with Cardinal Burke is not just failing the faithful, he is failing the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Wouldn’t it be a splendid thing if this pope repented! We must pray! And we must back up our prayers with obedient and generous sacrifices! Pray to Sts. Jacinta  and Francisco for help with this, believe me, it really does work!

Now is the time for us to renew our prayers, our acts of reparation with a gratitude we may not have felt earlier!

We close with a couple of Psalms from Prime ifrom the  Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Psalm 53

Save me, O God, by Thy name, and judge me in Thy strength.  O God, hear my prayer: harken to the words of my mouth.  For strangers have risen up against me; and the mighty have sought after my soul: and they have not set God before their eyes.

For behold God is my helper: and the Lord is the protector of my soul. Turn back the evil upon my enemies; and destroy them in Thy truth.  Freely will I  sacrifice to thee, and will give praise, O God, to Thy name: because it is good: For Thou hast delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath looked down upon my enemies.

Psalm 84

Thou hast blessed Thy land, O Lord, Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of Thy people. Thou hast covered all their sins. Thou hast softened all Thine anger; Thou hast turned Thyself from Thy wrathful indignation. Convert Thou us, O God our Savior and turn away Thine anger from us. Wilt Thou be angry with us forever, or wilt Thou stretch out Thy wrath from generation to generation?

Thou wilt turn again, O God and quicken us and Thy people shall rejoice in Thee. Show us O Lord, Thy mercy and grant us Thy salvation. I will harken what the Lord God shall say within me for He will speak peace unto His people; unto His saints and unto them that are converted in heart.

Surely His salvation is nigh unto them that fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. mercy and truth have met; justice and peace have kissed. Truth is sprung from the earth and justice hath looked down from heaven. For the Lord shall put forth His goodness and our land shall yield her fruit. Justice shall walk before him and shall set his footsteps in the way.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  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.

  St. Francisco of Fatima, pray for us! pray for the Church!

  St. Jacinta of Fatima, pray for us! pray for the Pope!

~ 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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Francisco and Jacinta, Designs of Mercy, II

Part II

There is so much we can learn from considering Saint Francisco’s short life, consumed as it was with love for our Eucharistic Lord and the desire to console His Sacred Heart. Francisco’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has proven to be a secure way to counter tepidity in our devotions to Our Lord. From the time of the last apparition in October, 1917 until he was taken to heaven was just 18 months, but in that time, what a whirlwind of spiritual energy and grace. Today we will review a few instances that show his beautiful soul’s love for Our Lord.

In an interesting passage in Volume I, Frère Michel describes Francisco’s excitement as he looked forward to the October apparition.

Francisco was filled with joy because Our Lady had said that on October 13 Our Lord would also come:

“Oh, how good He is! I’ve only seen Him twice,  and I love Him so much!” From time to time, he asked: “Are there many days left till the 13th? I’m longing for that day to come, so that I can see Our Lord again.” Then he thought for a moment, and added: “But listen! Will He still be so sad? I am so sorry to see Him sad like that! I offer Him all the sacrifices I can think of. Sometimes, I don’t even run away from all those people, just in order to make sacrifices!”

In footnote 499 of Volume I, Frère Michel explains,

“Here Francisco is undoubtedly alluding to the apparitions of June 13 and July 13: when Our Lady directed towards them the reflections of the Divine Light which shone from Her hands, the three seers felt as though they were absorbed in God; and then, in a mysterious vision, it was also given to them to contemplate Our Lord and His immense sadness because of the sins of the world.”

It is this sadness of Our Lord at our sins that was to set our little shepherd saint on the road to such heroic sanctity that within 18 months his soul would fly to the waiting arms of the “Hidden Jesus” he loved so much.

For today, let’s take a look at the accounts of Francisco given in The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volumes I and II .

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Francisco and Jacinta – Designs of Mercy

 

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

Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto of Fatima

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

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

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

That Great Light Which Is God

Although Francisco was never able to hear the words of Our Lady, he was very astute in recognising many essential aspects of the apparitions:

“He was very impressed by the reflection of light… At the time, he did not seem to understand what was happening, perhaps because it was not given to him to hear the accompanying words of Our Lady. For this reason, he asked later: ‘Why did Our Lady have a heart in Her hand, spreading out all over the world that great light which is God?’

“Sometimes he said: ‘These people are so happy just because you told them that Our Lady wants the Rosary said, and that you are to learn to read! How would they feel if they only knew what She showed to us in God, in Her Immaculate Heart, in that great light.’ ” (Lúcia per Frère Michel, The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol I)

And so we know that Francisco understood that the great light which the Blessed Virgin poured forth on them was the Light of God, that is, was God, as Francisco expressed it. This alone should give us great comfort for by this we understand that our Eternal Father has granted to the Blessed Virgin to bring us also to this Light in time of darkness.

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The Promise

 “You are going to suffer a great deal, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

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

Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta were declared saints by the Immaculate Mother of God from the very start of the Fatima message. They have no need of a “Holy Father” of this sort who offers no more relevance for them than Caiphas and Herod had for our dear Savior.  Lucia still has much to teach us as we prepare to face the consequences of the Church’s betrayal of Our Lady of the Rosary. But for today, we revisit our yearly post for May 13:

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

May 13, 1917 was a bright sunshiny Sunday and the rocky hillsides were sprinkled with wildflowers when  Lúcia , Francisco and Jacinta saw the Mother of God, “more brilliant than the sun”, in Lúcia’s words. From Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité:

“I am of Heaven.”

 

“There before us on a small holm oak, we beheld a Lady all dressed in white. She was more brilliant than the sun, and radiated a light more clear and intense than a crystal glass filled with sparkling water, when the rays of the burning sun shine through it. We stopped, astounded, before the apparition. We were so close, just a few feet from Her, that we were bathed in the light that surrounded Her, or rather, which radiated from Her. Then Our Lady spoke to us: – ‘Do not be afraid. I will do you no harm.’

To Lúcia’s questions, the Lady answered, “I am of Heaven”.

To Lúcia’s question, “What does your Grace want of me?”, the Lady replied,
“I have come to ask you to come here for six months in succession, on the 13th day at this same hour. Later on,  I will tell you who I am and what I want. Afterwards, I will return here yet a seventh time.”

Lúcia then, “Shall I go to heaven too?” “Yes, you will.”
“And Jacinta?” “She will go also.”
“And Francisco?” “He will go there too, but he must say many rosaries.”

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Fatima 1917: The Dawn of Light and Hope

We take the title for today’s post from a chapter in Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité’s Volume II, where he recounts the period that followed the series of apparitions at the Cova da Iria, near Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

As we brace ourselves for this Pope’s next publicity stunt at Fatima to “commemorate” the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s first visit in the series of apparitions, let us consider what happened immediately after October 13, 1917. As we have related previously, those events  caused even the enemies of the  Church to admit that something  had occurred for which they had no explanation.

Frère Michel  tells us that Portugal had suffered under anti-Christian freemasonry for generations prior to Our Lady’s visitations to Fatima, with continued persecution of the Church and Bishops being exiled. However,

“… after May 13, 1917, everything soon changed in the souls of the faithful, when they learned that the Blessed Virgin Herself, their Queen and their Mother, and Heavenly Protectress, had deigned to visit them. With a single blow, She caused hope to spring up anew, along with the certainty of the victory of The Faith against the persecutors. If Heaven deigned to intervene, the ratio of strength between the forces was soon to be reversed.” …

“Faced with this great movement of faith and popular devotion, the sect (that is, freemasons) and all the public authorities remained powerless, inert. They did not know what to do. They could do nothing, because they had found a force more powerful than they were. Finally! As for the good people, who up until then had been continually oppressed, scorned for their faith and age-old devotions, they left on the evening of October 13 comforted and full of hope. They were sure that as God and His Holy Mother had manifested Their power in such a striking way, they would also gain a great victory over all the enemies of religion. As the journalist of O Seculo relates:  “The first pilgrims to leave are those who had come first, with their shoes atop their heads or suspended from their canes. Their souls are full of joy as they leave, to spread the good news in the villages, …”

The Portuguese historian Costa Brochado reported that on October 14, 1917,  the day following the Miracle of the Sun, in the municipal elections, the Catholics won by 750 votes. It was the first defeat in a very long time for the freemasons and results of Our Lady’s intervention were beginning to be felt throughout the country.

The most fanatical elements within the carbonari were furious at this setback. They wanted to attempt a spectacular operation to ridicule the events of Fatima … On October 22, the freemasons of the district of Santarem decided to   vandalize the place of the apparitions.  Under cover of darkness, the night of October 22-23, they proceeded to the Cova, where they demolished the primitive shrine erected by the peasants carrying off the little rustic altar, the lanterns, a crucifix and an image of Our Lady.

Lúcia later wrote of this,  “In the morning, news of what had happened spread like wildfire. I ran to the place to see if it were true. … I then asked Our Lady to forgive these poor men and I prayed for their conversion.” Frère Michel’s Volume II has many interesting anecdotes  about the faithful peasants’ resistance to the freemasons’ attempts to counteract the growing cult of Our Lady of Fatima, including causing donkeys to bray during the freemasons’  speeches against the Blessed Virgin’s apparitions.  But for now, we pass on to a remarkable although short-lived event that holds a message for us in these times as  well.

The Government of  Sidónio Pais – December 8, 1917 – December 14, 1918
Sidónio Pais – The President-King

“After seven years of violent and fanatical persecution, after a century of being banned from public life, as if by a miracle, the Church suddenly recovered all its liberties which it had a right to, and needed, to fulfill its work of saving souls. The event is particularly remarkable since the man who put an end to this long situation of who put an end to this long situation of injustice – and with great decision and rapidity, since it was all accomplished in a year! – had no clerical affiliations at all.

“Sidónio Pais had been a professor at Coimbra and a commander in the army. Before becoming Minister of State, he had been ambassador to Berlin until March, 1916. A member of the Unionist Party of Brito Comacho, he was known to be a die-hard republican and connected with Freemasonry. Sidónio Pais decided to put an end to the anarchy which was leading his country to disaster. Having rallied around him some of the saner forces of the Republic, he led a coup d’état to salvage Portugal. Launched on December 5, his revolution  “against the demagogy of the democrats”  was immediately welcomed by public opinion. The historians of Fatima have not failed to point out a happy coincidence.  It was on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast of Portugal, which that year fell precisely on a Saturday, that the national uprising obtained its definitive victory.

The French historian Albert-Alain Bourdon, who hardly had the solemnity of the Heavenly Patroness in mind, wrote:  “Sidónio Pais triumphed over his adversaries on December 8. He decreed the dissolution of Parliament, and had himself named by a revolutionary junta President of the Republic and head of the dictatorial government.”

There then opened a completely new era for Portugal, a wonderful surprise for Catholics. Making a clean break with republican Jacobinism, Sidónio Pais immediately wished to return to the Church all her liberties, and restore the best national traditions. Is it not astonishing that this former high-ranking freemason considered reconciliation of the political power with the Church his most urgent and important task?

Liberating Laws

Since that time, measures tending to compensate the Church for the wrongs she suffered in the revolution of 1910 followed each other almost uninterruptedly. On December 9, 1917, the very day after his victory, Sidónio Pais lifted all sanctions taken against the bishops, who were thus enabled to return from exile. On December 22, a decree suppressed the prohibition of worship in religious edifices which the State had appropriated. On February 22, other dispositions of the law of separation that were harmful to the Church were abolished.

By February of 1918, the bishops, who were now free to meet at Lisbon, could write to Pope Benedict XV that the situation was improving.  On May 15, Sidónio Pais attended a solemn service in the Cathedral of Lisbon for the soldiers who died in the war. He was warmly congratulated by the bishop who preached the sermon.  By these kinds of gestures, making a clean break with the sectarianism of his immediate predecessors, the new head of State fearlessly demonstrated the new orientation of his policy. …

Little by little, Sidónio Pais revived the soul of the nation, openly renewing its great Catholic tradition. …  On June 28, 1918, a communiqué announced the reconciliation of the Republic with Rome. On July 4, the Pope congratulated Sidónio Pais and his government, and on July 10 there could be read in the official Journal the decree re-establishing the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.

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Fatima at 100: Presage of Victory

Fatima is above all the presage of victory: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

How shall that be?

Our Lady tells us herself by the title she chooses. On her sixth visit,  Our Lady identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary.  As we know, everything she says is significant. In this case, by claiming the title of Our Lady of the Rosary,  her title “Our Lady of Victory” was implied. For history is replete with her victories through her most Holy Rosary. (Here and here).

We know Our Lady has already given us the keys to victory – her Rosary and devotion to her Immaculate Heart. The ancient enemy that is now within the heart of our Church can only be defeated by Our Lady of the Rosary, Victorious in Battle.

To help illustrate this we  share with you a vision of St. John Bosco:

“And they realized they were no longer in Rome…”

“It was a dark night. Men could no longer tell which way to take in order to return to their homes. Suddenly there appeared in the heavens a very bright light that illuminated the steps of the travelers as though it were mid-day. At that moment there was seen a host of men and women, of young and old, of nuns, monks and priests with the Holy Father at the head. They were going out from the Vatican and were arranging themselves in line for a procession. “Then there came a furious storm which clouded that light somewhat and made it appear that light and darkness were engaged in battle. In the meantime, they arrived at a little square covered with dead and wounded, some of whom cried aloud and asked for help.

“Very many were dropping out of the line of procession. After having walked for a time that would correspond to two hundred risings of the sun (200 days) they all realized that they were no longer in Rome. Struck with fear they all ran to the Holy Father to defend him personally and to attend his wants. Instantly two angels were seen carrying a banner, going they presented it to the Holy Father and said: ‘Receive the banner of He Who fights and scatters the strongest armies of the world. Your enemies are dispersed. Your children with tears and sighs beg you to return.’ “Looking at the banner one could see written on one side, ‘Queen conceived without sin,’ and on the other side, ‘Help of Christians.’

This tells us that while the Church is in darkness, Heaven wins the battle and brings the banner of that Victory to the Holy Father.  Now what do we note about this banner? It is the banner of Christ the King! “He who fights and scatters the strongest armies in the world”. The angels tell him, “Your enemies are dispersed.” You see, these visions are for those who will pray and offer penance, not for those who want to be secular activists.  There will always be plenty who flock to a battle, be it political or military, (and they may or may not save their souls) but the visions are to help us, Mary’s children,  understand that for the activists to be effective, there must be a good  ground prepared for their victory, by those committed to waging spiritual war. Without this strong spiritual preparation, all other means fail.

Now the second thing we note is that this victory banner of Christ the King has a title on each side; one side represents devotion to the Immaculate Conception, that is, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in which she promised us she would triumph. And the second side was devotion to Our Lady of Victory, that is to say, Our Lady who conquers all heresies in all the world through her Rosary! In this, as in his prophecy of the Two Pillars, St. John Bosco  affirms that Christ the King prefers to conquer through means of His Most Blessed Mother.  So, here we see that this Queen will vanquish the muslim heretics for the final time as well as all the modernist heresies which have thrown the Church into such darkness and disarray. She has promised us, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

One way we can contribute to Our Lady’s Victory is to pray the Rosary Novena to her as Our Lady of Victory.

Our Lady of Victory, crush satan’s head & lead us to victory!
Our Lady of the Rosary, save our families, save the Church!

Many of you already participate in the Society’s Crusade of Rosary and Reparation. For you,  just adding the Rosary Novena Prayer or the Victory Novena Prayer, (both are below) that is a suggestion.  But for the many readers just becoming acquainted with the practices we discuss here at Return to Fatima, we urge you to begin the Irresistible Rosary Novena as soon as possible.  In fact, if you are not willing to expend the time and effort required for this program of prayer, penance and fasting in reparation, you waste your time here. The purpose of this article and most every other that we publish is to call Catholics to return to the true message of Fatima. Set aside all else and focus on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and them alone.

The following Novena prayer is for a Novena of Rosaries, that is usually prayed as 54 days of the 5 decade Rosary, which breaks down to 27 days of petition followed by 27 days of thanksgiving.  This is actually a concession. A Novena is nine days, and originally the Novena was nine days of the full Rosary, that is 15 decades a day for nine days of petition followed by nine days of 15 decade rosaries for thanksgiving.

But because many people felt that they could only commit to a five decade Rosary each day, the Novena became 54 days.  You will know what is best for you. My own practice is an on-going Rosary Novena of the 15 decades each day, but I am in an ideal situation, and have been allowed the time for prayer.

 

This 54 day Rosary Novena has become popular as the Irresistible Rosary Novena for the remarkable blessing that come from it and I urge readers to pray for the Pope and hierarchy in this time before October 13.  I too, am repelled by this pope and our poor pathetic hierarchy, but that should only provide more impetus for us to pray more earnestly for God to turn their hearts. Remember, our prayers are never wasted! God sees that we pray obediently and will reward the Church in His own way and in His own time. And so we pray with joyful trust!
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Lethal Wounds Festering

“The lethal wound festering in the very body of the holy church”,  is a reference to priestly impurity; a  pungent description written by St. Peter Damien († 1072) in his monumental work, The Book of Gomorrah.

A reader pointed out that it has been a very long while since we had an update on Pope Francis and the clerical pederasty crisis. As it happens, I had been about to post the following, but noticed that several excellent blogs have bested me, most notably Mr. Atila Guimaraes at Tradition in Action. I hope you’ll read his articles if you have missed them. One article recounted how a notorious priest abuser, Fr. Inzoli, was defrocked under Pope Benedict XVI, but was “mercifully” reinstated by Pope Francis. Of course, the man went on to offend more and now has met with civil sanctions. Isn’t it strange how selective Bergoglian mercy is? Never hampered by rigidity!

And so, belatedly, we offer our post on the progress of “Zero Tolerance” in the Bergoglian Church.

Thank heavens for our good and humble Pope Francis who early on in his ministry as the Vicar of Christ on earth assured us,

“I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil that some priests – quite a few in number, (although) obviously not compared to the number of all priests – to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” he told members of the International Catholic Child Bureau.

“The church is aware of this … personal, moral damage carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and to the sanctions that must be imposed.

“On the contrary, we have to be even stronger. Because you cannot interfere with children,” (Reuters, April 11, 2014)

Catholics all over the world rejoiced that at last, we had a “zero tolerance pope”  as he himself proclaimed on May 26, 2014; although several of us crabby old trads took a more jaundiced view, noting his deep affection for his dear friend Msgr. Ricca.

But then came a disheartening deluge of actions which belied this Pope’s resolute stand against sodomitical clerics. We have posted on Pope Francis’s proclivities for corrupt priests and prelates in numerous articles, see “The Figure of a Woman, Anticipating 2017“, “The Wrath of the Lavender Mafia”,  The Vatican’s Lavender Heel“, and “The Danneels Effect“.

And so, we were aware of the Pope’s favoritism towards priests who were openly supportive of homosexuals in the consecrated life. The list is long, from Ricca, to Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe (who has compared sodomy to the Blessed Sacrament),  to Bishop “Tucho – Heal Me with Your Mouth” Fernandez, here, his friend who helped him write Amoris laetitia. And then there’s  Cardinal de Kesel, who is in a class all by himself, but we will deal with him later.

For now, let’s let Anne Barrett Doyle of Bishop Accountability fill us in on the most egregious example of Pope Francis ignoring and allowing priestly sex abuse of deaf children in their care. According to Doyle’s  article here, Pope Francis ignored pleas from several deaf persons who had been abused at the Antonio Provolo Institute (for education and care of deaf children) in Verona, Italy in 2014.

The abusers in what has tragically become a modern  tradition, were simply transferred to Argentina, where they happily set up shop and proceeded to do what they do best, abuse the bodies and souls of those poor children who are entrusted to them.

From Bishop Accountability:

Argentine authorities arrested this week Father Nicola Corradi, S.M., an Italian priest reported to the Vatican in 2008 or 2009 and again in 2014 by deaf survivors in Verona, Italy. Now 82, Corradi is accused of a range of more recent abuses in Argentina, including forcing hearing-impaired children, ages 10-12, to have oral sex with each other. The alleged crimes occurred at the Antonio Provolo Institute for Deaf Children in the Mendoza province of Argentina.

Authorities charged Corradi, and four other adults, including Rev. Horacio Hugo Corbacho S.M., of molesting eight children at the school. Since the arrest, a total of around 60 children have been identified as possible victims.

In May 2014, an Italian survivors’ group issued a public plea (see 1, 2 and 3) to Pope Francis to bring to justice Corradi and 15 or so other reported child molesters who had worked at Istituto Provolo, a school for deaf children in Verona, Italy. The survivors’ plea to the Pope included the alarming news that Corradi and three other alleged Verona abusers were currently working at the order’s two schools for deaf children in Argentina (one in La Plata and the other in Mendoza).

As Supreme Shepherd, Francis sets the standard, and so the abuse flares again. For those of you who read us regularly, the foregoing comes as no surprise.  In Nov., 2015 we wrote about Pope Francis’s promotion of Archbishop de Kesel in “Appallingly Clear“. But since that post was written,  Pope Francis has made him  Cardinal de Kesel.

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At Pontevedra, 1925

Today, we follow up on our earlier post about the words of Our Lady of  Fatima. In that post, “Words, just words“, we noted that,

On her second visit (June 13, 1917), Our Lady told the little shepherds,

“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 will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.” …  Our Lady extended her right hand and in front of her palm was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. In Lúcia’s words, “We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”

And then, the following month, after showing them the  the vision of Hell, Our Lady said:

You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I request, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.  The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse war 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 that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of 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 persecution of 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, she will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité , in Volume II of the Whole Truth About Fatima quotes Sister Lúcia of Fatima’s recollection (given in the third person):

“On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to her, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.

At the same time, the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Then the Most Holy Virgin said: “Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

In this revelation, Our Lady of the Rosary as Mediatrix of Graces,  promises the supremely valuable gift of God’s grace, that is, the gift of final perseverance, without which other gifts are worthless, “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matt 16, 26).

Frère Michel continues, “the first fruit of the Communion of Reparation is the salvation of the one practicing it. Let us place no limits on the divine mercy, but keep to the letter of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise: whoever fulfills all the conditions set down can be sure of obtaining at the moment of death at least – and this even after miserable lapses back into a state of grave sin – the graces necessary to obtain the pardon of God, and to be preserved from eternal chastisement.”

The devotion of First Saturdays was not at all new, but was given a new emphasis by the Blessed Virgin. Previously, there had existed the practice of devoting Saturdays to Mary. For instance, “The Fifteen Saturdays in honor of the Most Holy Rosary”, a popular devotion of the Rosary Confraternities to receive the Sacraments and perform pious works on each of fifteen consecutive Saturdays in honor of the Fifteen  Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Pope Leo XIII enriched this devotion with generous plenary indulgences.

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A Miracle for Thomas

[NOTE: As of 8:00 am, This post has been updated with material inadvertently omitted in the previous version.]

Flesh and Blood, truly risen, Alleluia!

“Bring hither thy hand and put it into My side, and be not faithless, but believing.”

 

In today’s Gospel, we read of “Doubting Thomas”. When Jesus rose from the tomb, He passed through the great stone which had been placed before it. Only afterward was the stone rolled back by the Angel  in order that His followers might see the truth – that the Lord is truly risen! That evening, Jesus passed through the doors of the Upper Room and appeared in the midst of the Apostles. demonstrating to them that He was truly risen in living flesh, showing them His hands and feet.

Now Thomas was not present at this remarkable event and doubted very much.  “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And so here we are, eight days later, in the same Upper Room, doors again closed “for fear of the Jews”, but this time, Thomas is with them.

Again, Jesus passed through the closed doors and appeared in their midst.  After bidding them “Peace”, Our Lord generously said to the Doubter,  “Put in thy finger hither, and see My hands, and bring hither thy hand and put it into My side, and be not faithless, but believing.”  Thomas answered, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus replied, “Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen and have believed.”

Thus, we celebrate today  the Octave of the Resurrection, the fact of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ in living flesh and blood. This fact of the living flesh of Jesus Christ is a stumbling block to the Modernists who now occupy the Church.  To these usurpers of the faith and those who blindly stumble after them, we offer the following words of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque regarding devotion to the  fact of the Resurrected Body and Blood of Christ, that is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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