The Message of Fatima – 2015

Please note, this post has been updated since Father Gruner’s death.

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The oldest of the shepherd children of Fatima, Lucia explained the message of Fatima to Father Fuentes years later:

Father, the Most Holy Virgin did not tell me that we are in the last times of the world, but She made me understand this for three reasons.”

Sister Lucia of Fatima at Dorothean Convent, 1945
Sister Lucia of Fatima at Dorothean Convent, 1945

“The first reason is because She told me that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Also, from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.

“The second reason is because She said to my cousins as well as to myself, that God is giving two last remedies to the world. These are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of MaryThese are the last two remedies which signify that there will be no others.”

“The third reason is because in the plans of Divine Providence, God always, before He is about to chastise the world, exhausts all other remedies. Now, when He sees that the world pays no attention whatsoever, then as we say in our imperfect manner of speaking, He offers us with certain fear the last means of salvation, His Most Holy Mother. It is with certain fear because 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. 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. … Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother.”

“Look, Father, the Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary, to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves, we will sanctify ourselves, we will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.”

“Finally, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Most Holy Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and as the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven.”

The message of Fatima is then that we are now in a life or death struggle, even though most people are oblivious. As Sister Lucia warns us, “we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.Where do you stand?

The purpose of this blog is to call Catholics to return to Fatima. Re-examine the message given to us by the Blessed Virgin Mary. Remove the blinders that are making you think that Fatima was “a long time ago, and is no longer relevant”.

Fatima’s message is more relevant today than it ever was. When Pope John XXIII refused to release the message that Our Lady commanded be released in the year 1960, the world experienced a spiritual shock: the Vicar of Christ on earth refusing to obey the Mother of Christ. Never before in history has such a thing happened.

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On Golgotha

Because my little blog is not very well known, most of the comments come to me by email or in person. Almost invariably, they are made by older Catholics, who have rediscovered the traditional Latin Mass and love it but are experiencing some level of cognitive dissonance over the changes they are confronted with. I always try to answer their concerns, but often find that I am unequal to the task. This post is my probably inadequate attempt to answer in a reasoned manner without, I hope, getting exasperated.

To begin, cognitive dissonance is what happens when we experience conflict between two opposing thoughts or perceptions. In Catholics, with regard to our faith,  it is often related to guilt. Perhaps a bit of my own experience will help explain.

I left the Church a couple decades after Vatican II because I could not reconcile the conflict between what I had been taught as the infallibly proclaimed teaching of our faith, and what the post-conciliar church was teaching and practicing. I chose to hold to the truths of the faith rather than follow the external practices that conflicted with it. In time, Our Blessed Mother brought me back to the full practice of the faith. She did this, I believe, because I never left off praying the Rosary, never stopped asking her to show me how to serve Our Lord. I would not, could not compromise what I knew to be the unchanging truth of the faith and so had to reject the ever-evolving Novus Ordo Church.

I’ve related in other posts how I found The Remnant, and Catholic Family News and Father Gruner’s Fatima Apostolate and eventually the true Mass of all times. In doing so, it became glaringly obvious that the view of the Church portrayed by EWTN, and “mainstream Catholic media” such as Catholic Answers and others, was deceptive. It presents a portion of the truth wrapped around omissions or even deceptions, and that is more harmful than the outright heterodoxy of the openly “progressive” Catholic media.

In this post, I am trying to explain my position as clearly as possible.

Today, we are at Golgotha. Our Lord Jesus Christ is being crucified anew in His Mystical Body as satan’s minions have infiltrated the Church, all the way to the top. There is no point in disputing the fine points of canon law, whether or not Francis is actually pope, whether or not SSPX is actually excommunicated, whether or not the canonizations are infallible.

Let’s just get this straight. The Pope as you see him, Pope Francis does not speak the Catholic faith, nor does he preach the Catholic faith. There is no visible sign that he is a Catholic other than the trappings of the office. We cannot discern the thoughts of his heart, but it is manifestly evident by his words and his actions that he rejects the infallibly proclaimed doctrine of the faith and is actively promoting changes that will, if successful, destroy the faith.

The Bishops of the United States and most other countries have refused to teach the true Faith to several generations of Catholics. This is a terribly grievous sin. While they were neglecting their primary duty to teach and defend the faith, they were busily promoting and passing around and covering up for, sodomites in the guise of Catholic priests. These men, while practicing a mortal sin, continued to act “in persona Christi”, compounding their sins, and destroying the faith of millions.

Most Catholics today do not know their faith. It is your obligation to seek the full truth of the faith. You must decide for yourself who to listen to, who to rely on. Will it be those who stand up for the faith of all times, or those who nest in the false faith of Vatican II and snipe at them?

Whenever the faithful have attempted to attend SSPX Chapels, the Bishops have condemned them harshly, blasting out excommunications. This excommunications and condemnations were reserved, it seems, for loyal, faithful Catholics who only sought to practice the faith in the same way as had all the faithful prior to the apostasies of Vatican II.

For Catholics to pontificate on whether or not it is acceptable to criticize the Pope, when, in point of fact, this pope contradicts the teaching even of the popes he just canonized, is just laughable. We have a pope who scandalizes the faithful, indeed, he condemns them every time he speaks. And we are being uncatholic to mention that he is speaking uncatholic nonsense? Really?

You have a choice, continue to rely on soothing platitudes from the mainstream Catholic media or seek know the truth. To me it is clear, the hierarchy of the Church are the ones shouting “Crucify Him” and we can attend this sorry spectacle, not averting our eyes from any sordid detail, while adoring Our Savior and sharing with Him our sorrow, or we can look away, enjoying soothing, calming pablum, feeling oh so very “spiritual” as we watch the Rosary prayed on EWTN and enjoying the latest witty screed against the hateful old crypto-Lefebvrists and rad-trads, who are excommunicated after all.

OK, one more point. No, I do not think the Holy Spirit is guiding this pope, nor do I care what is in his heart. As I watch him pushing the sodomite agenda with all his brutal determination, I cannot reconcile the dissonance in any other way than to say, I do not see a Vicar of Christ humbly obeying the Holy Spirit and safeguarding the deposit of faith. Therefore, no, this pope is not obeying the Holy Spirit. I do not believe that God will let this affront stand. God will win this battle, and I want to be on the winning side. Therefore, I stand with the truth of the faith, and not with the pope who is against the faith.

I believe that at Fatima, God sent the Blessed Virgin Mary to warn us of His displeasure and show us a way to return to His favor, a way of humility, obedience and penance. The popes disobeyed and their understanding was darkened. The biblical basis for this is extensive. Look it up. It is the only explanation that makes sense. The sin committed by the Popes in disobeying the Mother of God is a sin against the Holy Spirit, resulting in spiritual darkness. That is why we are urged by the Fatima message to pray for the pope. Our penance and prayers are the only means of seeking God’s mercy for this unfortunate man.

God is faithful, it is we who have failed and we can only remedy this by steadfastly seeking and serving the truth of our faith. We do this while clinging to the Blessed Virgin Mary and conforming to her will in all things. We do NOT do this by seeking our own will, especially not by seeking out partial truths that soothe us and help us avoid the stark reality. We must face reality, so that we can stand with Our Lady at the foot of the Cross.

This is the best I can do. I don’t have any pablum. It’s rough. It’s our very own Calvary. Pay attention.

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

Sweet Heart of Mary, make me thine!

~ evensong ~

(updated 16:07 30 Oct. 2014) 

Francis and the Future of the Church

Thanks to Rorate for posting the latest from Dr. Roberto de Mattei regarding Pope Francis and the future of the Church.

Heading Towards the 2015 Synod

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
October 22, 2014

«Das Drama geht weiter!» (The show will go on) said Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich, Bavaria in an interview to “La Repubblica” of October 20th 2014. The show is the Bishops’ Synod that witnessed an unexpected turn of events take place in the Hall. The Relatio post disceptationem presented on the 13th October, despite the rehashing it underwent, didn’t obtain the expected majority of two-thirds on two crucial points: the admittance of the divorced and remarried to Communion and the opening up to homosexual couples, attesting 104 in favour, 74 not in favour on the first point and 118 for, 62 against, on the second. In spite of the evident débâcle, Cardinal Marx, one of the most passionate exponents on the progressive wing, said he was satisfied, since revolutionary processes are done in successive stages. On some themes, he explained, “we took two steps forwards and then one backwards”. The retreat, nonetheless, was forced by a much wider resistance from the Synod Fathers than what had been envisaged. In order to understand the significance of the event, we may recall, that at the Second Vatican Council, regardless of the bitter debate in the Hall, the most contested documents, like Dignitatis Humanae and Nostra Aetate, were approved by 2,308 votes against 70 in the first, and 2,221 against 88 in the second. If then it was a majority consensus, today the split is evident.

The Church today is a battlefield, as it has been many times since Nicaea to Vatican II, where there have always been clashes, not between conservatives and progressives, but between Catholics who don’t want to touch an iota of the Divine deposit and those who want to introduce novelties to this deposit. Pope Francis’ sentence “God is not afraid of novelty” should be understood in a different sense than what the Pontiff intended: it may simply mean that God is not afraid of the “innovators”; he destroys their works and assigns the task of defeating them to the defenders of the unchangeable Magisterium of the Church.

In the field of faith and morality, every exception introduces a rule and every new rule opens the door to a normative system that overturns the old one. Novelty has a revolutionary importance which should be caught at the embryonic stage. In an interview to “Catholic News Service” Cardinal George Pell, defined the request for Communion to the divorced and remarried as a Trojan Horse which opens the way for the recognition of homosexual unions. The number of divorced and remarried who ask to receive Communion is, in reality, irrelevant. What is at stake is something else: it is the acceptance of homosexuality on the part of the Church – considered not as sin or disordered tendency, but as a positive “tension” towards the good, worthy of pastoral care and juridical protection.

Cardinals Marx and Schönborn have been very clear regarding this and the assistant secretary of the Synod, Monsignor Bruno Forte, student of the Tubingen heretical school, carried out their wishes, revealing himself as the author of the most indecent passages in the first Relatio. The great majority of the Synod Fathers rejected the scandalous paragraphs, but what doctrine does not admit is admitted in praxis, waiting for sanction at the next Synod. For many lay, priests and bishops, homosexuality may be practiced, even if not accepted by law, because it does not signify grave sin. This is linked to the question of extra-marital cohabitation. If sexuality outside of marriage is not a grave sin, but a positive value provided that it is expressed in a stable and sincere way, it deserves a blessing from the priest and legalization by the State. If it is a value, it is also a right, and if sexuality exists as a right, the step from cohabitation of the divorced to homosexual marriage is inevitable.

The doctrinal Magisterium of the Church, which has never varied in the span of two thousand years, teaches that the practice of homosexuality is to be considered a vice against nature, which causes not only the eternal damnation of individuals, but the moral ruin of society as well. Saint Augustine in “The Confessions” sums up the thought of the Fathers: “Sins against nature, therefore, like the sin of Sodom, are abominable and deserve punishment whenever and wherever they are committed. If all nations committed them, all alike would be held guilty of the same charge in God’s law”. (The Confessions, c. III, p. 8).

Over the centuries the Pastors of the Church have gathered and passed on this perennial teaching. So Christian morality has, without reserve, always condemned homosexuality and established that this vice cannot expect at all to be legalized by juridical order, nor promoted by political power. When the European Parliament voted its first resolution in favour of pseudo-homosexual–marriage in 1994, in his address of February 20th John Paul II reiterated that: “the juridical approval of homosexual practice is not morally admissible […]With this resolution the European Parliament was asked to legitimize a moral disorder. Parliament wrongfully conferred an institutional value to deviant behavior which is not in conformity with the plan of God. […] Forgetting the words of Christ – ‘The truth shall set you free’ (John, 8,32) – they have attempted to suggest to the inhabitants of our continent, that moral evil, deviation and a type of slavery are a way to freedom, falsifying the essence of the family itself.”

A crack in this doctrinal edifice opened on the 28th July 2013, when, on his return flight from Brazil, Pope Francis pronounced the explosive words: “Who am I to judge!” and from then on they were destined to justify any transgression. Judgment, with its resulting definition of truths and condemnation of errors, is the jurisdiction par excellence of the Vicar of Christ, supreme guardian and judge [in matters] of faith and morality. Citing Francis’ words, some bishops and cardinals, inside and outside the Synod Hall, asked for the recognition of the positive aspects of unnatural unions.

However, if one of the gravest of sins ceases to be such, the concept of sin itself fails and the Lutheran idea of mercy which had been anathematized by the Council of Trent reappears. In the Justification Canons promulgated on January 13th 1547, we find: “If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy (Canon 12); “that Christ Jesus was given of God to men, as a redeemer in whom to trust, and not also as a legislator whom to obey” (Canon 21); “that there is no mortal sin but that of infidelity” (Canon27); “let him be anathema”.

We are dealing here with theological themes that have social repercussions which even lay people have the right and duty to face, as it is not only the Synod of 2015 that approaches, but also the year 2017, the fifth centenary of Luther’s Revolution and the first centenary of the Fatima Apparitions.

What is now underway is not the playful show that Cardinal Marx implied, but an arduous battle which involves both Heaven and earth. The last acts will be dramatic, but the epilogue will certainly be triumphant, according to the Divine promise confirmed by Our Lady at the Cova da Iria in 1917.

May the Immaculate, deign to bestow continuous purity of thought and action to all those in the heat of the battle and who defend the integrity of the Catholic Faith with courage.

[Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana]

The Third Apparition of Fatima

On July 13, 1917, 97 years ago today, Our Lady of the Rosary made her Third Apparition to the little shepherds at Fatima. From Father Gruner’s site, www.fatima.com:

At this visit, she told the children: ‘

Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say often to Jesus, especially whenever you make a sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Continue reading “The Third Apparition of Fatima”

The Forgotten Prayer of Fatima – Updated

At Fatima, in 1917, Our Savior Jesus Christ sent us His own Holy Mother as His emissary to urge us to turn from sin, repent and renew our spiritual battle in prayer and reparation. But did you know that the year before Our Lady appeared at Fatima, St. Michael the Archangel, God’s own great warrior, who vanquished Satan and his minions into the eternal fires of hell, appeared to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta? Fatima scholars believe that St. Michael was preparing the little shepherds to receive Our Lady’s revelations. In hindsight, perhaps he was also teaching them to make reparation for the abuses that were to follow the Church’s disobedience.

The Angel of Fatima
St. Michael the Archangel, the Angel of Fatima

What did the Angel say? After identifying himself as the Angel of Peace, he taught the children to pray. Now, you may well ask, if the Angel was the great warrior Angel of God, St. Michael the Archangel, why did he identify himself as the Angel of Peace? Because as St. Michael knows, peace will only result when Satan is vanquished. In this, our final battle, our greatest spiritual armaments are prayer and sacrifice. In fact, the very essence of the Catholic Faith, the epitome of Catholicity is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which unites the most perfect and acceptable prayer with the most perfect and unblemished sacrifice. At the time of the Angel’s appearance there was no inkling of the blasphemies and abuses of the Blessed Sacrament that occur so often today. 

After assuring the children at that first visit that “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications”, the Angel left them, only to return in a few months. At the time, the children were relaxing in the shade of a fig tree beside a well. The Angel reappeared chiding them, “What are you doing? Pray, pray a great deal! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices!”

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