Now everyone is in the dark

When I read the following, it called to mind the prophecy of St. John Bosco that begins with, “It was a dark night…” St. John Bosco continued, if I recall, with, “ they all realized that they were no longer in Rome.”  

From  Rorate Caeli comes this insightful article by Antonio Socci:

Socci: Do the hierarchies in the Church still have the Catholic Faith?
Antonio Socci
“Libero”
March 10, 2018

The parish priest of Cisterna in Latina, Don Livio Fabiani caused a bit of sensation with his words at the funeral of the two children killed by their father.

Yet perhaps – for Catholics – the homily of Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence, at the funeral of the Fiorentina’s Captain, Davide Astori, who died two Sundays ago of a heart attack, ought to be a source of more amazement.

These two tragedies have made us face sudden death, the eruption of evil and the suffering of the innocents. We are all dumbstruck. The words “waste and void” repeated by Thomas S. Eliot in his poem (Choruses fromThe Rock)  describe our hearts in these situations.
For Christians, however, there was and always has been a voice that knows the mystery of all things, that knows how to make friendship even with “sister death” and for centuries has had the mission of illuminating man’s path: The Church.

Again Eliot recalls that She was seen for centuries as the One who: “who will perhaps answer our doubtings. The Watcher, who sees what is to happen. The Witness. The God-shaken, in whom is the truth inborn.” (also from Choruses from The Rock) The poet continues: “She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would forget./She is tender where they would be hard, and hard where they/like to be soft./ She tells them of Evil and Sin, and other unpleasant facts.”

CHRISTIAN WORDS
For this [reason] the parish priest from Latina in the heartrending Mass for the two murdered children, asked for prayer “even for the father” who had committed suicide after killing his own children and wounding his wife. The Corriere della Sera reported “that someone from the pews contested the priest’s words but that he said, after a moment of silence and commotion. “ Pardon me, but the family have forgiven”. In the homily the priest recalled: “I baptized Alessia, gave her First Communion and next May 6th she would have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and Martina would have begun attending catechism classes in the parish.”

Then he emphasized that “we brought Alessia and Martina here, not to a stadium or sports hall. We brought them here, to church where they first began their steps in Christianity ” because “it is here that we find the answers, in our faith in Jesus.” Simple but vertiginous, Christian words. They should extinguish the rancor that we have seen elsewhere. ANSA reports that at Secondigliano the body of Luigi Capasso (the father) was greeted with “with shouts and insults” but “was blessed at the Neapolitan cemetery of Poggioreale.”

Even when anger prevails among the people, the Church never fails in Her compassionate prayer for everyone, by taking the example from Jesus, Who, nailed to the Cross, prayed even for his executioners: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
The Church is where one goes to seek the prayer we all are in need of and where we find consolation in suffering or when confronted with death.

The Church is the She – who, like a mother who loves – tells Her children even the uncomfortable truths they don’t want to hear. Starting with the necessity and duty of prayer for everyone. A mother doesn’t seek the approval of men, since she wants only the salvation of her children.

BEWILDERMENT
For this reason, the words of the Archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Betori at Davide Astori’s funeral Mass leave us somewhat bewildered.

Actually, there is not even one reference to prayer in his entire discourse: not for the young footballer’s soul and his eternal salvation, nor for his family and relatives who are grief-stricken.

This is astonishing since a churchman should make it clear that the bond with the dear departed doesn’t end with death, but we can and must continue helping each other with prayers for our salvation and eternal bliss. Prayers for those who have died convey that death is only a momentary exit from the field of vision, that “life has not been taken away, but rather transformed” . Thus Christians may cry out: “ Death where is thy victory?” .

Prayer for dear ones who have previously been called by God is a great act of love and reminds us that we have an immortal soul. As Chiara Corbella used to say: “we were born and we won’t die anymore.” These were the eternal words of the Church that thousands of people in Florence had wanted to hear.

The tragedy of Davide Astori has cast a chill on everyone as the sudden death of a 30 year old man is like a punch in the face and confronts us with the terrible fragility of life. Even when one is in the prime and vigor of his youth. It carries us to the brink of the abyss and the mystery of life. And it is above all at these times, that our gaze is directed to that place which promises “words of eternal life”. In fact, the Church of Santa Croce in Florence was filled to overflowing as was the piazza in front of it.

But Cardinal Betori didn’t embrace the suffering of all those people by inviting them to pray, thereby teaching them the faith and opening their hearts up to Christian hope. On the contrary, he said he was unable to give any consolation. Here is his astonishing preamble:

“The sense of many things in life escapes us, the “why” remains obscure. First of all death itself. We have no explanations to offer about death which could serve in giving consolation. Our suffering remains, especially when death takes away from us a person we love – a friend. It has happened now to us, with Davide Astori. Don’t ask me then for comprehensible reasons, for justifiable conclusions [or] motives to console [you]. I can only cry with you. And offer you something to think about.”

Certainly, during the homily he juxtaposed some quotations from the Gospel, nonetheless, always on the horizontal, social dimension (let’s help others) and without changing substantially that leaden, awful preamble.

But a Church that proclaims “we have no explanations to offer about death which could serve in giving consolation” and “don’t ask me then for comprehensible reasons, for justifiable conclusions [or] motives to console [you]. I can only cry with you.” , – I say – what’s the use of a Church like that?

It is completely useless. It is as desolating as an abandoned post office. A despairing Church cannot help us, we despairing creatures. This is the salt that has become insipid – as Jesus says in the Gospel – it is of no use for anything and is thrown away to be trampled on.
We cannot even attribute this to a blunder by a cardinal, since Betori here has echoed things said several times by Bergoglio on the subjects of suffering, evil and death.

The present Church – at the end of the day – has at present a colossal problem contained in this question: does Her hierarchies still have the faith? All the drama is in this, as Cardinal Sarah recently commented.

Without firm and luminous faith (and the hope of eternal life) there is only an earthly horizon where you go about seeking the approval of the world. As Bertori did, by delivering a long eulogy on the Fiorentina football player to his fans. In truth, in the past, the Church had prescribed that at funerals a eulogy on the deceased should not be done, but that the teaching of Christ on life, judgment, the resurrection and eternal life should be made clear.

Betori delivered a discourse which was directed at the “violet”* heart of the city, more than the Christian conscience of the people. He even made detours about football.

Today the Church seems to be undergoing a catastrophic spiritual collapse seeing as the hierarchies expect the flock of the faithful to follow their same way.

Perhaps someone will say that all this – even if enormous – only concerns believers. Except that when there is no longer a place where hope for eternal life resounds, it is a frightful impoverishment for everyone. They have switched off the light – now everyone is in the dark.

*the colour of the Fiorentina football jersey.

Translation: contributor Francesca Romana

NOTES:

For those who may find it useful, we include a few more quotes from Eliot’s Choruses from The Rock. (Of course, it is much better to simply read it all, and there is a link provided at the end.)

The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Bring us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.
. . .

III
The Word of the Lord came unto me, saying:
O miserable cities of designing men,
O wretched generation of enlightened men,
Betrayed in the mazes of your ingenuities,
Sold by the proceeds of your proper inventions:
I have given you hands which you turn from worship,
I have given you speech, for endless palaver,
. . .
And the wind shall say:

“Here were decent godless people:
Their only monument the asphalt road
And a thousand lost golf balls.”
. . .
When the Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city?
Do you huddle close together because you love each other?”
What will you answer?
“We all dwell together To make money from each other”?
or “This is a community”?
And the Stranger will depart and return to the desert.
.  . .
Though you forget the way to the Temple,
There is one who remembers the way to your door:
Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.
You shall not deny the Stranger.

V
Oh Lord deliver me from the man of
excellent intention and impure heart:
for the heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked.
. . .

VI
Why should men love the Church?
Why should they love her laws?
She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would forget.
She is tender where they would be hard,
and hard where they like to be soft.
She tells them of Evil and Sin, and other unpleasant facts.
They constantly try to escape
From the darkness outside and within
By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.

But the man that is will shadow
The man that pretends to be.
And the Son of Man was not crucified once for all,
The blood of the martyrs not shed once for all,
The lives of the Saints not given once for all:
But the Son of Man is crucified always
And there shall be Martyrs and Saints.

VII
In the beginning God created the world.
Waste and void.
Waste and void.
And darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And when there were men, in their various ways,
they struggled in torment towards God
Blindly and vainly, for man is a vain thing,
and man without God is a seed upon  the wind:
driven this way and that,
and finding no place of lodgement and germination.
. . .
But it seems that something has happened that has never happened before:
though we know not just when, or why, or how, or where.

Men have left God not for other gods, they say, but for no god;
and this has never happened before
That men both deny gods and worship gods, professing first Reason,
And then Money, and Power, and what they call Life, or Race, or Dialectic.

The Church disowned, the tower overthrown, the bells upturned, what have we to do
But stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards
In an age which advances progressively backwards?
. . .
CHORUS:
Waste and void. Waste and void.
And darkness on the face of the deep.

Has the Church failed mankind, or has mankind failed the Church?
When the Church is no longer regarded, not even opposed, and men have forgotten
All gods except Usury, Lust and Power.

Eliot, T. S., Complete Poems and Plays, 1909-1950

 

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 Lúcia and from the unpublished diary “My Way.” Impressive among things previously unpublished, is the account of how Sister Lúcia 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, Lúcia 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 Lúcia,

” 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 Lúcia was silenced and in 1960 the rejection of Fatima was completed by Pope John XXIII which is why Sister Lúcia 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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The Centenary of Fatima and the Passion of the Church

Father Malachi Martin was bound, unfairly he believed, but nevertheless bound by an oath against revealing the Third Secret, or more properly, the third portion of the Secret of Fatima. But this chafed him so that he increasingly indicated insights into the secret’s meaning as time went by and the devil’s own chaos increased in the Church. It must have been a terrible burden to know that if only he were able to speak out, so many souls might have repented and been saved! But Father took solace in obedience, knowing as he did that it was by way of the arrogant disobedience of Popes that this assault from hell came about.

And so, even though bound by his oath, Father allowed certain insights. If we review all the hints he gave us in his books and interviews, they fall into a pattern roughly consisting of three portions,

  1. A material chastisement
  2. A spiritual chastisement
  3. The action of Russia in both chastisements.

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité  also believed that Russia was the key player in both the physical and spiritual events of the chastisement. Additionally,  Frère Michel stressed that the physical chastisements began with the Second World War and since Russia has not been consecrated properly – and thus cannot be exorcised of Satanic control – the ongoing war will only continue, eventually enveloping the entire world with one horrific conflagration of intense terror. The force behind this will of course, be Russia, or more precisely, satanic marxism.

Satanic marxism is also behind the spiritual chastisement which continues apace until the Church is eventually reduced to a very small  and seemingly impotent remnant. There should be little doubt that Pope Francis is a satanic marxist and is the Pope that Father Malachi Martin alluded to as the last pope of this era and who would be under the control of Satan. It has been said before that the Age of Apostasy began with Martin Luther and will end with Luther’s own Pope. That would appear to be Francis.  St. Hildegard has told us what to expect of this pope and Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora has also warned us of what is to come.

In a previous post we quoted Antonio Socci’s account of Pope Benedict’s revelation at Fatima in 2010:

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. 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, “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. …

Continue reading “The Centenary of Fatima and the Passion of the Church”

The Fog of War

Post updated, see bottom of post re rumors about Pope Benedict.

Cognitive dissonance and diabolical disorientation. When truth is treason and faith is … heresy?

What are we to think of these times? We have sodomite prelates masquerading as profound theologians, and two manifestly separate individuals who we are assured constitute together one papal office.

The latest tempest has been regarding the possibility of a “Papal Diarchy” or as the Remnant’s Chris Jackson termed it, the “Two-Headed Pope”.  As elsewhere noted, Antonio Socci and Vittorio Messori wrote on this in early 2014. Our previous posts regarding this subject were “The Suffering Pope?”  in February 2014  and  “Abomination”  in July, 2014. However, the last post we had on the subject was Professor Roberto de Mattei’s rebuttal in Sandro Magister’s site Chiesa, which we cross-posted in  “One Pope”  in September, 2014.

The two popes ?
“Poor Holy Father, we must pray for him!” (Blessed Jacinta)

In that post, Dr. de Mattei rebuts Fr. Stefano Violi and Professor Valerio Gigliotti, both progressivists who have publicly supported the institutionalization of the “Pope Emeritus”, that is the concept that the Petrine ministry may be separated into two functions, one spiritual and one administrative.  Dr. de Mattei writes of the positions of Violi and Gigliotti regarding Pope Benedict’s resignation:

“His powers,” Violi writes, “seem to him insufficient for the administration of the ‘munus,’ not for the ‘munus’ itself.” Proof of the spiritual essence of the “munus” is taken as having been expressed in the following words of the “Declaratio” of Benedict XVI:

“I am well aware that this ministry (munus), due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out (exequendum) not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.”

In this passage, according to Violi, Benedict XVI distinguishes not only between “munus” and “executio muneris,” but also between an administrative-ministerial “executio,” carried out in actions and words (“agendo et loquendo”), and an “executio” that is expressed with prayer and suffering (“orando et patiendo”). Benedict XVI is seen as having were announced the active exercise of the ministry, but not the office, the “munus” of the papacy: “The object of the irrevocable resignation is in fact the ‘executio muneris’ through action and word (‘agendo et loquendo’), not the ‘munus’ entrusted to him once and for all.”

Gigliotti also maintains that Benedict XVI, in ceasing to be supreme pontiff, has taken on a new juridical and personal status.

The split between the traditional attribute of “potestas” and the new one of “servitium,” between the juridical and spiritual dimensions of the papacy, is claimed to have opened the way “to a new mystical dimension of service to the people of God in communion and charity.” The “plenitudo potestatis” would be left behind for a “plenitudo caritatis” of the pope emeritus: a third status “with respect both to the condition prior to elevation to the see of Peter and to that of the supreme leadership of the Church: it is the ‘third embodiment of the pope,’ that of operative continuity in the service of the Church through the contemplative way.” * * *

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St. Patrick’s Prophecy and Fatima

St. Patrick and Sister Lucia of Fatima, Two Prophecies

Let’s ignore, if possible, the discouraging aspects of the secular desecrations of great Saint Patrick’s Feast Day, and focus instead on his prophecy and how it may fit in with that of Fatima, and the Chastisement which pertains to us today.

St. Patrick is reputed by some accounts to have lived 120 years and to have raised no less than 33 people back to life, many of whom had been dead years. His penances, sacrifices, miracles and conversions were astounding and there are also a couple of prophecies attributed to him. The first is not of good provenance, but relates that the faith he brought to Ireland will blaze throughout the island for a period of time, then gradually dim and eventually appear to be almost extinguished, with but a few glowing embers; but then will gradually resurge, beginning in the north and eventually returning throughout Ireland. Although that might be of some comfort to faithful Catholics in Ireland, today we will consider another prophecy of the great saint of Ireland.

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Heresy or Schism?

“The Pope during the Synod will show whose side he is on. If he accepts the statement of those who want to distribute Holy Communion to the divorced, there would be a heresy in the Church, and if he does not accept, there could be a schism in the Church.” Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga.

They have the buildings, we have the faith.
They have the buildings, we have the faith.

With those words, Archbishop Lenga spelled out what is at stake in the final Synod, which begins in a very few weeks now. In preparation for the Synod of Irreversible Change, the Bishop of Rome has  worked tirelessly to set the stage for these changes. On September 8, he issued two Moto Proprios, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and Mitis et misericors Iesus, two documents cleverly designed to establish the Bergoglio/Kasper Agenda in the Church irreversibly.

On the same day, L’Osservatore Romano published an article by the head of the Pope’s Commission for “reforming” the matrimonial nullity process, Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto. Pinto is Dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. For those seeking to understand the vast implications of this latest effort of our merciful Pontiff, Msgr. Pinto’s article is a good place to start. Thanks once again to Rorate Caeli for bringing this important article to us.

Rorate points out that Msgr. Pinto’s article indicates,

“We are facing not a mere procedural reform but a true revolution regarding the “divorced and remarried” and the Church’s very understanding of justice and mercy. The reforms are bluntly described as coming from Our Lord and from the Holy Spirit, acting through Francis. The ‘divorced and remarried’ are now redefined as forming part of ‘the poor’ for which the Church should have a special solicitude; anyone aware of the heightened place held by ‘the poor’ (e.g . the ‘preferential option for the poor’) in the post-Conciliar Magisterium should be aware of the magnitude of the shift involved here.”

And then Rorate remarks with their usual concision:

“Perhaps this is one reason why this commentary has been ignored by most of the English-language Catholic press and commentariat: it stands in the way of any and all attempts to pretend that it is still business as usual in the Church.”

And now, excerpts from Msgr. Pinto’s article, with my comments in red:

… But there exists an essential novelty that is defining Pope Francis’ actual mission. It is no longer time simply for analyses, it is time for action in order to begin that work of justice and mercy so long awaited – by re-ordering the pastoral practice and canon law, to a large extent in effect for almost three centuries. Francis had already announced this at that the beginning of his pontificate on July 28th 2013, at the conclusion of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
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So, with this fundamental law, Francis makes a real beginning to his reform: by putting the poor at the center, that is, the divorced and remarried, considered set apart and distant, and asking bishops for a true and proper metànoia. That is to say, a “conversion”, a change of mentality which convinces and sustains them in following the invitation of Christ, present in their brother, the Bishop of Rome, to pass from the restricted number of a few thousand annulments to that immeasurable [number] of unfortunates who might have a declaration of nullity — because of evident absence of faith as a bridge to knowledge and thus to the free will [necessary] to give sacramental consent — but are left on the outside by the current system.

Thus, Francis expects of the Bishops: “a change of mentality” in order to follow, not just the Bishop of Rome, but “the invitation of Christ” which he states is “present in their brother, the Bishop of Rome”. Thus, Pope Francis is claiming unequivocally that these changes are demanded by Christ who is speaking through him. No explanation is given for this change of mentality ordered by Christ speaking through His humble servant Francis, which contradicts over two thousand years of teaching.

And what does he claim as the result of this demanded obedience? It is, “to pass from the restricted number of a few thousand annulments to that immeasurable [number] of unfortunates who might have a declaration of nullity –“. So, that is, to vastly increase i.e., “immeasurable” the number of annulments. 

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In the two motu proprios – placed by the Pope under the protection of the Mother of God – the diocesan bishop, or the eparch, is the anima (soul) of the so-called short process, which will be implemented in accordance with the strict conditions set out: the evident nullity [found] in the incontestable facts (already outlined above), the agreement of the parties (or at least the declared absence of the Respondent in the process), the immediate affirmative sentence, considering with gravity the writings [testimony or declarations] of the parties and the Defender of the Bond; or referring [the case] back to the ordinary process, if [the bishop or eparch], always assisted by the instructor and the Assessor, is unable to reach moral certainty for the declaration of nullity.

Here, it states that the Pope is placing these changes “under the protection of the Mother of God”. Sister Lucia spoke of precisely this sort of thing, “Let us remember that Jesus Christ is a very good Son and that He does not permit that we offend and despise His Most Holy Mother. We have recorded through many centuries of Church history the obvious testimony which demonstrates by the terrible chastisements which have befallen those who have attacked the honor of His Most Holy Mother, how Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother.”

But how will the bishops or eparchs, most of all in large dioceses, be able to guarantee, at least in part and as a sign, their role as shepherds and judges? What is important is that the spirit of collegiality and communion among bishops under obedience to the Pontiff, begins to permeate the hearts and minds of the shepherds. The faithful are waiting with eagerness and love for such a metànoia and will nonetheless be patient in the Lord when faced with the good faith of their shepherds. The Jubilee Year of Mercy expects this sign of humble obedience (on the part of the Churches’ shepherds) to the Spirit who speaks to them through Francis.

Note the emphasis on the importance of “obedience to the Pontiff” which must “permeate the hearts and minds of the shepherds”. Repeated emphasis demanding obedience of the Bishops in this important matter.

The recent formation course of the Roman Rota in Mexico City offers high hopes, with the participation of around four hundred priests and laypeople, men and women from all the Central American Nations, sent by their shepherds and enthusiastic about serving the poor in their Churches, by assisting the judiciary ministry of their bishops. Francis sent a letter expressing his confidence that such courses can be multiplied as “a service of the Pope and particular Churches, remembering the first “Peter” according to the testimony of “his third successor, Pope Clement I, who, in his letter to the Corinthians intervenes by regulating the matters distinct (peculiar) to that local community”.

Note here the reference to historical precedent from Pope Clement I. A bit of historical precedent never hurts when you are obliterating two thousand years of doctrine and practice. 

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In the case of evident nullity of marriage, the process is short – terms like “brief” and “administrative” need to be avoided – and here the judge is the bishop, who has two assessors with whom he discusses the moral certitude of the facts accepted for the marriage annulment. If the bishop reaches this certitude, he pronounces his decision, otherwise he defers the case to the ordinary process.

Note that it is stated that the preferred term is “short”, but not “brief”. Surpassingly odd don’t you think? ….

In the short process, appeal is rare, since the parties are in agreement and the facts about the nullity evident; and in the presence of elements that induce belief that the appeal is merely dilatory and specious, this might be rejected for lack of juridical conditions.

The ordinary process, on the other hand, may last a year at most, the double conforming sentence is abolished and in short, the non-appealed affirmative sentence ipso facto becomes (is) enforced. If an appeal is made after an affirmative sentence, this may be rejected in the case of the evident lack of arguments; for example, in the case of a specious appeal to harm the opposite party.

The reform holds in consideration the main reason for the request of the (declaration of) matrimonial nullity: this is requested for reasons of conscience, for example: to receive the Sacraments of the Church or to improve a new stable, happy bond (relationship), different from that of the first.

Note the stated purpose: the main reason given for the declaration of nullity is to receive the Sacraments of the Church or to improve a new, stable, happy bond different from the first.

In plain language then, the purpose of the declaration of nullity is affirmed to be to allow the couple who have broken their matrimonial vows to both receive our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Communion and present the fact of their adulterous union to the community of the faithful as a valid marriage simply based on their desire to have it so.

We repeat:

“The Pope during the Synod will show whose side he is on. If he accepts the statement of those who want to distribute Holy Communion to the divorced, there would be a heresy in the Church, and if he does not accept, there could be a schism in the Church.” Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga.

And now, we must renew our prayers to Our Lady of the Rosary, Immaculate Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Church to purge the Church from error and defend the honor of the Bride of Christ so brutally betrayed by those claiming to be in charge.

UPDATE 17 September, 2015:  For an excellent summary, see Antonio Socci on Rorate Caeli here. An excerpt from Socci is helpful to understand the gravity of this situation:
“Sister Lucia, the Fatima visionary, one day said to Cardinal Caffarra: “Father, there will come a time when Satan’s decisive battle with Christ will be over marriage and the family”.
This is it.
If this is the hour of “the bishop dressed in white” there will be sufferings for everyone (remember the vision of the city in ruins?).

Sweet Heart of Mary be our salvation!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
Remember, pray the Rosary and confound satan!

~  evensong ~

Jesuit Sleight of Hand

Pope Francis has announced his Jubilee “Year of Mercy” which is to celebrate the Second Vatican Council, a novelty since from the beginning, the Holy Years and most especially the very rare Jubilee Years are based on events and dates relating to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet this remarkable event will celebrate the work of man, Vatican II. Why is that?

Professor Patrizia Fermani explained on the website Riscossa Cristiana:

This is where the sleight of hand comes in. Here we have the formidable idea of giving a sacramental form to the revolutionary political program. All they have to do is give it the solemn form of a jubilee. This will disguise, even for those who are dazed, obtuse or confused, the reversal of the Church’s mission under a load of religious pathos. Bergoglio’s mercy, general amnesty with a retroactive blotting out of sin, has to have a theological and sacral form capable of vanquishing all resistance.

In primitive religions, mystical exaltation was also the sublimation of what is irrational and carnal. Bergoglio’s jubilee aims at the sublimation of the new rites of modernity that have become the rites of the ecumenical, atheistic and popular New Church of the third millennium, and by its momentum it will produce the definitive consecration thereof.”

Professor Fermani is a founding member of Giuristi per la Vita (Lawyers for Life) and founder of the Comitato Nel Nome dell’Infanzia (Committee on Behalf of Infancy). By her phrase “in primitive religions”, we understand pagan. And we agree, the Bergoglio/Kasper “Year of Mercy” manipulates poor sinners enslaved by their persistence in sins to believe that the Church offers them a form of mercy with no requirement to turn away from that sin, the visible church is tragically misleading poor sinners. Precisely the reason that the Angel of Fatima urged the prayer, “… By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners”.

On March 15, the Italian journalist Antonio Socci wondered on his website antoniosocci:

Will the Holy Year that has just been announced be centered on Jesus Christ, like the preceding ones, or on Pope Bergoglio? …The Jubilee—ever since the first one in 1300—has always been set on dates that refer to the years of the birth and death of Jesus Christ. Including the (very rare) Extraordinary Jubilees.

The one in 2016 is the first Jubilee in the history of the Church that is not centered on the historical event of Jesus Christ, of His earthly life. Since they had to find some reason to convoke it in 2016, Bergoglio decided that it would be held for the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican Council II.

But what sort of an anniversary is that? They have never held a Jubilee for a Council. Then, too, the Second Vatican Council ended in 1965, not in 1966, and therefore they are not celebrating the 50th but the 51st anniversary of the conclusion of the 21st Council of the Church.

Therefore this is a pretext that is more than anything else ideological and even self-referential, because it is centered on an ecclesial event rather than on Christ. (If we had to consider similar events in the history of the Church, we could organize a Holy Year every year.)

The first Jubilee in history that will not be centered on the Christ-event will have, as its undisputed media protagonist, Pope Bergoglio, the pope who incidentally does not greet the faithful with the traditional phrase, ‘Praised be Jesus Christ,’ but rather with ‘Good day’ and ‘Good evening,’ so that the media salute him as the ‘agreeable pope’.

The Corriere writes in a front-page story: ‘It will be dedicated to mercy.’ But that is redundant, because all Jubilees, by their very nature, are dedicated to divine mercy. The Cathedral in Siena has over its portal an engraved slab that records the words with which Boniface VIII proclaimed the first Jubilee in history, in 1300, and the key word is precisely “mercy”.

Why, then, did they decide to say that the 2016 Jubilee will be particularly centered on mercy and is characterized by that?”

As Professor Fermani stated above, the answer lies in the dogged determination of Pope Francis and the Kasper Faction to push through their radical agenda to change the Church “irreversibly”, by the clever ploy of a Year of Mercy, based not on Our Lord Jesus Christ, but on the workings of a disobedient group of “experts” at Vatican II. Each and every one of those men had sworn a solemn oath against the Modernist heresy, against, in fact, all that they subsequently accomplished after Pope Paul famously blew the Apocalyptic Trumpets.

Disobedient Pope John XXIII opened the Council by stating,“Today, the Bride of Christ [i.e., the Church] prefers to use the remedy of mercy instead of taking up the weapons of severity.” Pope Francis has repeated this quote approvingly in announcing his Holy Year. Cardinal Kasper has confirmed that Pope Francis intends to use the Holy Year of Mercy in his irreversible reform agenda for the church.

Think on these things, and pray the Rosary. We all must amend our lives, do penance and pray as never before.

Much of this article was taken from: SSPX.org

St. Patrick and Sister Lucia of Fatima

St. Patrick and Sister Lucia of Fatima, Two Prophecies

Let’s ignore, if possible, the discouraging aspects of the secular desecrations of great Saint Patrick’s Feast Day, and focus instead on his prophecy and how it may fit in with that of Fatima, which pertains to us today.

St. Patrick is reputed by some accounts to have lived 120 years and to have raised no less than 33 people back to life, many of whom had been dead years. His penances, sacrifices, miracles and conversions were astounding and there are also a couple of prophecies attributed to him. The first is not of good provenance, but relates that the faith he brought to Ireland will blaze throughout the island for a period of time, then gradually dim and eventually appear to be almost extinguished, with but a few glowing embers; but then will gradually resurge, beginning in the north and eventually returning throughout Ireland. That is not our interest, although it’s evident that faithful Catholics in Ireland today might find bit of comfort in it for these times of apostasy.

It is the second prophecy that interests us, and it is brief, just a few words. It crops up on several blogs but I wanted to present the original source here, which is supposed to be The Book of Armagh.  It can be found online at  Liber Ardmachanus: the Book of Armagh available through Archive.org.

Although I’ve downloaded it, have not had time to locate the quote, so will just provide the following:

These are the three prayers of Patrick, as they were delivered to us by the Hibernians, entreating that all should be received on the day of judgment, if we should repent even in the last days of our life.

  • That he should not be shut up in hell
  • That barbarian nations should never have the rule over us.
  • That no one shall conquer us, that is the Scots (meaning Irish), before seven years previous to the day of judgment, because seven years before the judgment we shall be destroyed in the sea, this is the third.

In an earlier post, (see here) I reported on Antonio Socci’s article revealing a previously unpublished account of a vision Sister Lucia of Fatima had when she was struggling to write down the Third Secret. From Socci:

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, “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.”

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

Other sites have spoken of the possibility that a volcanic mountain in the Canaries may be the flaming mountain of the Apocalypse, and may cause a tsunami which will result in flooding of massive proportions, perhaps even so as to immerse Ireland. That seems plausible, and we’ve read of some who believe that same inundation will destroy the modern Babylon of New York City, seat of so much evil.

But all these are speculations. In the end, the truth we must hold to is that of Fatima, in which it is prophesied, according to Pope John Paul II at Fulda, “the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth, and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish”. (http://www.fatima.org/thirdsecret/fulda.asp).  As Pope Francis continues his spiritual chastisement, attacking the dogma of the faith and faithful traditional Catholics, can the material portion of the Chastisement be far away?

Our Lady of the Rosary, Immaculata, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

 

Motus in fine velocior

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the subsequent papacy of Francis has resulted in a train of events comparable to an avalanche or tsunami causing upheaval and confusion in its wake. In a post nearly a year ago, I quoted Dr. Roberto de Mattei regarding this phenomenon:

The events succeed one another more quickly. The latin ‘motus in fine velocior’ is commonly used to indicate the faster passing of the time at the end of an historical period. The multiplication of events, in fact, shortens the course of time, which in itself does not exist outside of the things that flow. Time, says Aristotle, is the measure of movement (Physics, IV, 219 b). More precisely we define it as the duration of changeable things. God is eternal precisely because He is immutable: every moment has its cause in Him, but nothing in Him changes. The more one distances himself from God the more chaos, produced by the change, increases.

February 11 marked the start of an acceleration of time, which is the consequence of a movement which is becoming vertiginous. We are living through an historical hour which is not necessarily the end of times, but certainly the end of a civilization and the termination of an epoch in the life of the Church. If at the end of this epoch, the clergy and lay Catholics do not take their responsibility very seriously, there will inevitably be realised that fate which the visionary of Fatima saw unveiled before her own eyes:

“And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father.’ Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious were going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.”

Professor de Mattei’s reference to a prophecy of Fatima is significant, and we will return to it later. In the above quote, Dr. de Mattei observed, “The more one distances himself from God the more chaos, produced by the change, increases.” Then consider for a moment, the chaotic rapidity of the events since last February, when that remark was made. In just the past few weeks, we have seen Cardinals closest to Pope Francis reveal that he (Francis) was behind the agenda of last October’s Synod on Marriage and the Family, (see here), that he intends to change the Catholic Church “irreversibly” (see here), and that dogma can and should change (see here). In a recent article, John Vennari quotes from a pro-Francis book by Paul Valelly, speaking of Pope Francis’ policy of giving Holy Communion to people who are living in adulterous relations, “Bergoglio never altered his doctrinal orthodoxy on such matters but he did not allow dogma to overrule the priority of pastoral concern.” Vallely then quotes Buenos Aires ‘slum’ priest Father Juan Isasmendi, who said “He [Bergoglio] was never rigid about the small and stupid stuff, (sic)  because he was interested in something deeper.” And so, to Pope bergoglio, dogma is “small and stupid”? Really?

The rapidity of events initiated by Pope Francis and his faction (Kasper, Marx, Baldisseri, Maradiaga) calls forth a response from the few faithful prelates who are attempting to stand firm in defense of the dogma of the faith. Cardinal Burke appears to be leading the resistance but there are also a few others, among them, most recently is the brave voice of his Excellency Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga, bishop emeritus of the diocese of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Rotate (here) reports on the good Archbishop’s recent Open Letter in which he writes:

“the voice of my conscience will not allow me to remain silent, while the work of God is being slandered.  … Some Nuncios have become propagators of liberalism and modernism. …However, during the reign of the last holy Popes one could observe in the Church the greatest disorder concerning the purity of the doctrine and the sacredness of the liturgy, in which Jesus Christ is not paid the visible honour which he is due. In not a few Bishop’s Conferences the best bishops are “persona non grata”. Where are apologists of our days, who would announce to men in a clear and comprehensible manner the threat of the risk of loss of faith and salvation?”

“It will not be superfluous to remind my brothers in the episcopacy of an affirmation made by an Italian masonic lodge (see here) from the year 1820: “Our work is a work of a hundred years. Let us leave the elder people and let us go to the youth. The seminarians will become priests with our liberal ideas. …  liberal bishops, who will work in the entourage of the Pope, will propose to him in the task of governing the Church such thoughts and ideas which are advantageous for us and the Pope will implement them into life”. This intention of the Freemasons is being implemented more and more openly, …  with the connivance of false witnesses who occupy some high hierarchical office in the Church. It is not without reason that Blessed Paul VI said: “The spirit of Satan penetrated through a crack inside the Church”. I think that this crack has become in our days quite wide and the devil uses all forces in order to subvert the Church of Christ. To avoid this, it is necessary to return to the precise and clear proclamation of the Gospel on all levels of ecclesiastical ministry, for the Church possesses all power and grace which Christ gave to her …  The Church cannot adapt herself to the spirit of this world, but must transform the world to the spirit of Christ.”

Another good Archbishop who has been outspoken in defense of the perennial teaching of the Faith is Bishop Athanasius Schneider, also of Kazakhstan, who is to give a talk in Washington D.C. soon. Let us pray for them all, for it becomes more and more likely that we may be participating in the closing of the 2,000 year-long era of the Faith. Perhaps, we may yet see, the unfolding of a prophecy described in a little known apparition (see here) of Sister Lucia of Fatima, as revealed by Antonio Socci:

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.’

Sister Lucia of Fatima
Sister Lucia of Fatima

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, ‘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.”

The vision clearly points to a coming purification of the world and confirms earlier visions in which it is foretold that in the course of the chastisement, entire nations will be destroyed. This deeply mystical vision confirms the need for us to observe all things which have been commanded to us, in devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Christ our King. Stand firm in the Faith, and pray the Rosary, offering reparation always. Watch and pray, be ready for the Bridegroom.

†  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all 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.

†  Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

†  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 Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

Fatima and the Suffering Church

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 recently 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.

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

Immediately afterward, said Sister Lucia,

“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. …

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