Today is the 99th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun that marked Our Lady’s Sixth Visit to Fatima. it is also the 43nd anniversary of Our Lady’s visit to Akita. Akita’s message seems primarily to emphasize the warnings of Fatima, but it too, failed or rather the Church failed to heed it.
On October 13, 1917, a miracle occurred, witnessed by between 70,000 and 100,000 people. The miracle defied the laws of physics and was verified by witnesses who were Masons, atheists and anti-Christians as well as by the faithful. The day, month and hour had been predicted before hand.
When Our Lady appeared to the children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia at this Sixth Apparition, her final words to them were, “…I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue to say the Rosary every day. …. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins.“ Then, growing sadder, “They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.”
As Our Lady took leave of the children and rose, she spread her hands, which emitted brilliant rays of light. As she pointed towards the sun, the light from her hands brightened the very sun itself. At this precise moment, the crowds gathered there were astonished to see the dark clouds dispersed and the sky clear. And then the sun, which appeared as a brightly polished mother of pearl disc, began to spin, zig-zag and throw off brilliant flashes of light, blue and violet and golden yellow. Then it suddenly began hurtling towards the earth, while the crowds screamed and fell to their knees in terror. Just as suddenly as it started, it was over and the sun resumed its place. As people sighed with relief and thanked God, all were amazed that the muddy field was dry and their own shoes and clothes were dry and clean. This is a vivid and clear visual lesson in the power which God grants to His beloved Mary. She gave brightness to the sun, she commanded the sun and it obeyed her. The additional miracle of the entire Cova and all the multitudes drying out and becoming clean in a mere 15 minutes is just as unexplainable a miracle. There is a message here which we will return to in next post.
“There is a need for respect and reverence for people who are homosexual.” – Archbishop de Kesel, just appointed to the see of Brussels by Pope Francis/Danneels.
From time to time, we need to restate the purpose of this blog.
The purpose of Return to Fatima is not to defend the Pope from criticism, it is to uphold the constant teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, to point out the obvious signs that the Pope and hierarchy are in apostasy and to recommend to readers the clear true Message of the Mother of God at Fatima, the only message that can turn the tide of filth that is flowing through the Vatican and corrupting the church and the world.
Pope Francis has just appointed a loathsome specimen of the sort of prelate that we can expect from this new FrancisChurch of Mercy®. I recently posted on the “Danneels Effect” and drew some criticism for my “appalling tone”. It is clear to me that Cardinal Danneels is the true power behind Bergoglio and this most recent appointment of Archbishop Jozef De Kesel to the prestigious see of Mechelen-Brussels is proof of this.
The Synod, as we pointed out numerous times over the past year, did nothing other than what was clearly predicted, and the media response, too, was entirely predictable. No traditional site expected the Synod to “change doctrine”. Instead, we all said to be prepared for actions to undermine it in the name of a false mercy, and facing “reality”. But, before the Synod even began, Pope Francis had already issued his disastrous Moto Proprios gutting the sacrament of matrimony. He had stacked the Synod with his chosen pro-sodomite prelates. He had publicly proclaimed Kasper’s heresy as “serene theology”, almost from the start. So, it is not as if we didn’t know…
Then why am I moping around with that kicked-in-the-gut feeling? I think it’s because deep inside, I had hoped the months of prayer and small penances we all did, would somehow turn things around. I had really hoped that from Poland, Africa, Uzbekistan or somewhere we would see strong Catholic Bishops and Cardinals rise to defend the faith. But in the end, despite the bluster of the opposition, the Lord of the World still has his way. And so I go around feeling sick at heart.
The thing that clinched it for me was Cupich’s eyelash, you know, the video of him lecturing all of us on the true meaning of the sacrament of penance. In the alternate universe of CupichWorld (next door to DisneyWorld?) reconciliation not only does not mean forgiving sin (and thus calling for atonement), but is based on the anatomical term for eyelash, “cilia”. No, I did not get that from Mad Magazine or The Onion. Unless you’ve been away from the web, you have seen the Lifesite News/Voice of the Family video, but here it is, if you are really a glutton for punishment.
Now, you can feel as sick at heart as I do! That has to be the saddest thing I have seen from this poor man who, come to think of it, does bear a strong resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman, doesn’t he?
As preposterous as that is, this is where the Institutional Church is now. And still, Catholics will not see what a caricature this whole Merciful® FrancisChurch schtick has become.
I an effort to cleanse the palate of Cupich, we’ll follow up with a good video from Remnant TV with Michael Matt and Dr. John Rao:
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, crush the head of satan and restore the Faith!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done!
Please remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!
“We need you to create a more inclusive church; you are our saviours. (…) The Church did the same work with migrants and subsequently society began to change. (…) Now, Pope Francis needs us. He has cast aside the doctrine and has taken up the Gospel of mercy, peace and love. Please help us!” – Bishop Vera López speaking at the so-called LGBT Pre-Synod Conference held October 3.
Today, we merely offer a scattering of excerpts from various blogs:
Fr. Rosica gave some initial observations. First of all the brevity of the interventions has helped foster clarity of expression. “If you can’t say it in three minutes, then you can’t say it. And the three minutes have been very productive. They say what they want to say,” he said. [Funny, how that limitation never applies to Synod manipulators.]
… Regarding the idea of divorced remarried Catholics being able to receive communion, he noted how some assert it would be more difficult to come up with a universal response, but instead makes sense to come up with a regional treatment. He said it may make sense to examine and perhaps treat the situation on a more local, regional, even continental level. [Thus breaking up the unity of the Church still further.]
Certain other issues, he shared, may also make sense to consider locally, such as polygamy. [Makes perfect sense, if your desire is to destroy the faith in Africa, the one place that it is thriving.]
Archbishop Celli told reporters asking about the issue (of admitting re-married divorcees to Holy Communion) that “it is an open question.” Commenting specifically on Erdo’s report, Celli said, “We can’t say everything was closed by the report of yesterday morning.” [What persistence-this, despite 2,000+ years of teaching to the contrary!]
Later, Archbishop Durocher also suggested the question was up for debate when asked if the matter pertained to Church discipline – which could potentially change – or doctrine, which is fixed.
“To be quite honest, there might be differences of opinion on that,” he said. “Let’s be honest. Is that a question of doctrine or is that a question of discipline? I think that’s probably going to be one of the questions that will be debated in the small groups.”
“If you want doctrine, go read Denzinger,”he added. [Now that is mercy in action!]
If this news is accurate, the Synod is shaping up to be a revolutionary take-over bid, organized in such a way as to impose virtual silence on Fathers who uphold the bimillennial doctrine and discipline reaffirmed by Pope St. John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio, and to turn this three-week gathering into a rubber stamp by which Pope Francis, who has already personally appointed 45 of the Fathers, imposes his will on the Synod under the guise of seeking its advice. Now, this is a Pontiff whose carefully crafted public image is one of humility, ‘listening’, mercy, and open dialogue with all! (Frankly, his style seems more like the iron fist in a velvet glove: it smacks of the populist but authoritarian peronista style of government that the young Jorge Bergoglio observed – and openly admired – in his native Argentina.) [We are beginning to see how FrancisMercy works, on a very practical level.]
The other interesting news of the day is that the sole German-language group, the Germanicus, asked to move out of its meeting place, because its windowless place in the first day smelled bad and had “foul air”. Sulfur, we presume?… Indeed, the group includes luminaries of orthodoxy such as Cardinals Kasper and Marx, and Bishop Bode…
Today, they met in the Palace of the Holy Office, hosted by Prefect Cardinal Müller, who provided much needed light and fresh air.
At this point, unless there is a Divine intervention, Pope Francis and his backers, Cardinals Kasper and Danneels, will have successfully pulled off a coup which we have been fearing ever since that black day, March 13, 2013, the irreversible change of the Catholic Faith. i pray that the few remaining good prelates at this Synod of Sin will walk out and refuse to lend credibility to this diabolical farce.
Please, pray the Rosary and confound satan and his minions in the Synod.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Please note, bracketed comments in red are my own. ~evensong ~
“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
Because He hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is His name.
And His mercy is from generation to generations unto them that fear Him.
He hath shewed strength in His arm:
He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
And hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away.
He hath helped Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy:
As He spoke unto our fathers, to Abraham and his seed for ever.” [Luke 1, 46-55]
The Magnificat, Our Lady’s Hymn of Praise
Considering Mary’s Magnificat, her beautiful hymn of praise to God, gives us insight into the Visitation, the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, which event the Church honors tomorrow. Luke’s Gospel tells us that:
“when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.” [Luke 1, 41-45].
Note that Elizabeth “was filled with the Holy Ghost” when she said, “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” This means that Elizabeth’s praise of Mary was inspired by the Holy Spirit, the same Holy Spirit, referred to earlier in Luke 1, 35, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee.”
To understand the Magnificat, consider that even as Elizabeth praised Mary, Mary responded with a hymn of praise to God. Mary, as the creature most perfect, most beloved of God, acknowledges that she is nothing without God. This perfect humility in Mary, this perfect obedience to God’s will in all things is what makes our devotion to Mary so beneficial. Mary is our quickest, surest way to the Heart of her beloved Son.
“My soul doth magnify the Lord.” How can a mere mortal “magnify” the Divine Lord? In the pure, clear soul of the Immaculata, God’s glory is reflected back as a mirror reflects back the brightness of the blazing sun. This image alone is such a rich source of contemplation, it would take volumes to begin to express properly.
Mary then proclaims, “my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because He hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaid.” In this, she confirms that she is only the servant of God, her Saviour. When, in the Magnificat Mary refers to herself as “His handmaid”, it is the second time she has done so. The first was when she said at the Annunciation, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word.” By this repetition, Mary is emphasizing the importance of her humble obedience. Mary’s entire role in the salvation of mankind is based on humility and obedience.
The following verse, “behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed”, must be overlooked by those who reject devotion to Mary. Our Blessed Mother quickly adds to that verse, “Because He that is mighty, hath done great things unto me; and holy is His name”. Thus, we see that Mary always keeps the divine order, and never fails to attribute her every blessing to God alone. It is impossible to be truly devoted to Mary and not at the same time adore the most Holy Trinity; Mary is the most beloved Daughter of God the Father, the most pure Mother of God the Son and the most glorious Spouse of God the Holy Spirit. Thus, Mary’s entire worth is in her perfect reflection of God.
Mary’s hymn reflects also her adoration of God’s most sacred name, “holy is His name.” This, of course is our first duty and Mary’s hymn exemplifies this exquisitely. The Magnificat is a salutary prayer to remedy the all-pervasive blasphemy of these times.
When Mary proclaims, “His mercy is from generation to generations, unto them that fear Him”, she is stating that God’s mercy is inextricably united with fearing Him. How long has it been since you heard a sermon on “fear of the Lord”? Unless you are as old as I am, or attend an SSPX Chapel, it is unlikely that you have ever heard any priest speak of this important virtue. Yet the Bible teaches, “Come, children, hearken to me: I will teach you fear of the Lord.” [Psalm 33, 12] Father Gabriel tells us that “this is the first lesson the Divine Paraclete teaches the soul” who is seeking closer union with God.(Divine Intimacy, Tan Publishers)
Fear of the Lord is such a tremendous love for God, such intimacy with Our Saviour, that we live in a holy fear of wounding Him in any way. If we truly love God as Mary teaches us, then we will always fear the loss of His love. Father Gabriel then says, “Captured by love for such a good father, the soul has but one desire, to return Him love for love, to give Him pleasure and to be united with Him forever.”
Mary goes on to proclaim God’s justice, which has, “scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart… put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away”. This reminder of God’s justice, following as it does the promise of His mercy “from generation to generations”, helps us understand the divine order. It is the remedy for the worldly false mercy of Bergoglio/Kasper. Our Blessed Mother, from Quito to Fatima has spoken of God’s mercy while warning of His justice. We must be mindful of the coming justice of God, even as the great mass of humanity continue to to be indifferent to His true mercy.
The closing verses return to the mercy of God, “He hath helped His servant Israel, being mindful of His mercy: As He spoke unto our fathers, to Abraham and his seed for ever.” Israel refers to the Church, founded by Christ to fulfill the law, enduring until He comes again. As we approach the final Synod, let us renew our prayers for the intercession of the Immaculate Mother God on behalf of our poor Church. And so we return to our Rosaries, renewed in our faith, encouraged by the promise of God’s mercy and justice, and inspired by our Most Blessed Mother to pray for the liberty and exaltation of our holy Mother the Church, seeking always the restoration of all things in Christ Jesus Our Lord.