Today is the first Saturday of March, 2016. We are therefore in the countdown to the end of the century of Fatima, although the world does not note this and even many Catholics, some calling themselves traditionals, despise devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. What does this mean to us?
“God is giving two last remedies to the world. These are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. … there will be no others. …if you despise and repulse this ultimate means, we will not have any more forgiveness from Heaven, because we will have committed a sin which the Gospel calls the sin against the Holy Ghost. This sin consists of openly rejecting, with full knowledge and consent, the salvation which He offers.”
Recently it came to my attention that there are actually Catholics who consider themselves traditionalists, who despise the Fatima prayer that we pray at the end of each decade of the Rosary. Until I read of it, I was blissfully ignorant that there could exist someone who was so prissily concerned with all aspects of the liturgy, and yet who disdains the prayer that Our Lady asked us to add to her Rosary. The Rosary, which she also gave us centuries ago, and by which she has favored us with so many graces. Ah, but of course, those were “private revelations”, and of no consequence, just as devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is merely another “private revelation”.
It is easy for such people to dismiss Our Lady of Fatima and her message and prayers, for they are the arbiters of all things Catholic, at least in their own minds. Until I came across that site, I had not fully understood Sister Lucia’s warning. I thought all we needed to do was make Catholics aware of the true message of Fatima, and of course, Catholics would flock to Our Mother, eager to pray her Rosary with renewed devotion, happy to pray the Fatima Prayer which is such a beautiful prayer straight from Our Lady herself and filled with her maternal solicitude for her erring children.