The Moment Has Come …

“The moment has come … ” With these words, Our Lady of Fatima began the most significant and mystical vision of all the Marian apparitions when she appeared to Sister Lucia at Tuy on June 13, 1929. In this post we will attempt to understand the vision and its message for us today in light of the Apocalypse and the events of this centenary year.

Previously, in Apocalypse 12 we saw that great red dragon, whom Pope Leo XIII referred to as, “the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan” go to war against the Woman clothed with the Sun, and prepare to make war with “her seed”, the faithful Church.  Chapter 12 ends:

And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  And he stood upon the sand of the sea.

Now, we arrive at Apocalypse 13, which reveals the strategy of the dragon, which is satan. In her book, “Beyond Politics”, Solange Hertz describes the scene for us,

Before St. John’s eyes a diabolic trinity began taking shape which appears to be a blasphemous parody of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. The Apostle sees a beast coming up out of the sea, followed by another beast coming from the earth. These two are joined in a close relationship with each other and with the Dragon, who is, of course, Satan himself, and who animates and directs them in such a way that the three operate as one. St. John saw the Dragon give the first beast “his own strength and great power,” so that the reprobates “adored the dragon which gave power to the beast.” The second beast also derives his power from the Dragon, but through the medium of the first beast. We are told, “He executed all the power of the former beast in his sight; and he caused the earth and them that dwell therein to adore the first beast,” just as this first beast had caused them to adore the Dragon. Thus the Dragon mimics the role of God the Father in the Blessed Trinity, source of both the Son and the Holy Ghost, whose parts are played by the two Beasts in the diabolic threesome.

What does St. John tell us of this second beast, the one who arises from the earth, which is symbolic of the Church?

“And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns, like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he executed all the power of the former beast in his sight; and he caused the earth, and them that dwell therein, to adore the first beast, whose wound to death was healed.” (Apocalypse 13, 11-12)

Thus, we see that this second beast appears as a lamb, but “he spoke as a dragon”. This warns us that although the beast masquerades as the leader of Christians, he has a diabolic agenda. The reader will draw his own conclusions. For now, we simply point out that St. John’s vision of the diabolical trinity also represents a  reversal of Christendom.  In the diabolical vision, the State derives from Satan and then, the so-called “Church” (one world religion of man) derives from the State and serves the State, not God. This is the direct reversal of Christendom in which Christ reigns over all. This vision is the same as that proposed by Pope Paul VI at the close of Vatican II and most thoroughly exemplified by the new Bergoglian church, which occupies the Vatican and seeks now to draw all  into its deadly grasp, the Franciscans of the Immaculate, the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta, and now the Society of St. Pius X. And there is none to withstand him.

Let us compare that vision of St. John’s with the remarkable vision granted to Sister Lucia at Tuy, June 13, 1929.

The Vision of Tuy

The moment has come …

 

Suddenly a supernatural light illumined the whole chapel and on the altar appeared a cross of light which reached to the ceiling.  In a brighter part could be seen, on the upper part of the Cross, the face of a man and His body to the waist;  On His breast was an equally luminous dove,  and nailed to the cross, the body of another man. 

A little below the waist, suspended in mid-air, was to be seen a Chalice and a large Host on to which fell some drops of Blood from the face of the Crucified and from a wound in His breast. These drops ran down over the Host and fell into the Chalice. 

Under the right arm of the Cross was Our Lady with Her Immaculate Heart in Her hand … (It was Our Lady of Fatima with Her Immaculate Heart… in Her left hand… without a sword or roses, but with a crown of thorns and flames…) 

Under the left arm (of the Cross), some big letters, as it were of crystal-clear water running down over the Altar, formed these words: “Grace and Mercy”.

“I understood that it was the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity that was shown to me …”

Then Our Lady said to me:

“The moment has come when God asks the Holy Father to make, in union with all the bishops of the world, the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means.  So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I come to ask for reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray.”

In her memoirs, recounted by Frere Michel, Sister Lucia states that later, by means of an interior communication, Our Lord said to her,

“They did not want to heed My request! … Like the King of France they will repent and do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions against the Church: the Holy Father will have much to suffer.”

This vision at Tuy was Heaven’s warning against the diabolical attacks which even then threatened the Church. In it, God, in His infinite providence is asserting both His dominion and the means He is offering for those who choose to follow Him.  At Tuy, the message of Fatima is confirmed and clarified for those who would see. We are offered the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mother of all those who follow Him in truth. God’s dominion is through His grace and mercy, which flow from His crucifixion by which He saves all those who repent from their sins and take up their crosses, following Him. As the vision shows, He nourishes us with His Sacred Body and Blood.

This mystical vision, so rich in its sacred imagery was given for two reasons: firstly, to warn the Pope and hierarchy of that time, who refused to heed it and secondly, to assist the faithful of our time. For at this time, the second beast is perilously close to achieving the goal of the first beast, which is to eliminate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  We discussed this in at least two earlier posts, “June 13, 2015” and “The Message of Fatima for the Post-synodal Church”. An excerpt:

“The period of time after 1917 was a series of setbacks; although the Popes and Bishops recognized Fatima and appeared to honor Our Lady of Fatima, the corruption in the Church continued and devotion to the true message of Fatima was never promoted. Pope Benedict XV, who had succeeded St. Pius X,  dismantled his Anti-Modernist structures including the offices of the Sodalitium Pianum that were finally closed down altogether in 1921. Thus, modernism began its resurgence in the seminaries and universities, preparing the way for those “Periti” who would engineer the the takeover of the Second Vatican Council, which they themselves called the Revolution of 1789 in the Church.

“Benedict  XV was followed by Pius XI, a brilliant intellectual and considered thoroughly orthodox in matters of the faith. However, his secular policies, resulting from the influence of his Masonic Secretary of State Gasparri, brought much harm to the Church. He effectively destroyed Catholic political parties, entered into various concordats, and in 1929 he ceded the Papal States to Italy in exchange for a large sum of money, with which the Vatican then entered the ranks of international bankers. Pius XI’s Secretary of State, Gasparri also engineered a treaty in Mexico which effectively disarmed the Cristeros although the persecution of Mexican Catholics continued for years afterwards. It is most likely that it is these events, the Vatican’s entrance into Masonic controlled international banking (with all the corruption and intrigue that entails)and its betrayal of Catholic faithful, that prompted Our Lady’s return to Sister Lucia again.”

With each pope’s arrogant denial of Heaven’s request, the darkness and chaos increased as grace and faith ebbed away until we finally arrived at the apotheosis of the modernist heresy, Jorge Bergoglio, who seeks to complete the total perversion of the faith in time for the “celebration” of Martin Luther’s soul destroying revolution.

Pope Francis came to Fatima and on the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of the Rosary’s first apparition, and here is what he offered Our Lady by way of a tribute:

“Pilgrims with Mary… But which Mary? A teacher of the spiritual life, the first to follow Jesus on the “narrow way” of the cross by giving us an example, or a Lady “unapproachable” and impossible to imitate? A woman “blessed because she believed” always and everywhere in God’s words (cf. Lk 1:42.45), or a “plaster statue” from whom we beg favours at little cost? The Virgin Mary of the Gospel, venerated by the Church at prayer, or a Mary of our own making: one who restrains the arm of a vengeful God; one sweeter than Jesus the ruthless judge; one more merciful than the Lamb slain for us?

“Great injustice is done to God’s grace whenever we say that sins are punished by his judgment, without first saying – as the Gospel clearly does – that they are forgiven by his mercy! Mercy has to be put before judgment and, in any case, God’s judgment will always be rendered in the light of his mercy. Obviously, God’s mercy does not deny justice, for Jesus took upon himself the consequences of our sin, together with its due punishment. He did not deny sin, but redeemed it on the cross. Hence, in the faith that unites us to the cross of Christ, we are freed of our sins; we put aside all fear and dread, as unbefitting those who are loved (cf. 1 Jn 4:18). …”

“With Mary, may each of us become a sign and sacrament of the mercy of God, who pardons always and pardons everything.”

The best rebuttal of that blasphemous tripe is from Christopher Ferrara who defended Our Lady most elegantly in his Fatima Perspective 1008.

In it, Mr. Ferrara affirms that, “Mary …  is the Immaculate Conception, the sinless Virgin Mother of God, the Mediatrix of all Graces, and the Co-Redemptrix, Who from all eternity was destined to play Her central role in the Redemption by bearing the God-Man conceived by the Holy Ghost in Her own womb, flesh of Her flesh, Her true Son.” …

“And then the false alternative, combined with caricature: it is either the “Mary of the Gospel” or the “Mary of our own making: one who restrains the arm of a vengeful God; one sweeter than Jesus the ruthless judge; one more merciful than the Lamb slain for us…” …

“Implicit in this snide distortion of the traditional Catholic view of Mary is, first of all, an implicit negation of the entire Message of Fatima, which involves precisely the ultimatum that God will inflict terrible punishments on humanity and that souls will be lost for all eternity unless the Virgin’s requests are granted. Moreover, the vision the Vatican itself published in 2000 depicts the destructive rays emanating from the avenging angel being repelled by none other than the Blessed Virgin.

Mr. Ferrara concludes by affirming  that implicit in the message of Fatima is the Catholic teaching that God’s  mercy extends, through the Immaculate Mother of God, to souls that have recourse to Her. “That is, God deigns to allow His Mother a singular intercessory power possessed by no other human creature.”

Thus, we see something never before seen in the history of the Church: the reputed Vicar of Christ insulting Christ’s Mother at the very place of her apparitions on the 100th anniversary of Fatima. Do you think His justice is not outraged? However, who among the hierarchy defended Our Lady of Fatima and her message?  Was there any Bishop ?  I repeat, who defended Our Lady?

There is so much more that you need to understand about this, but it is very late now. Please, for the love of the Immaculata, turn to her, pray her Rosary, ask her help to perform pleasing acts of penance and a thorough and complete Consecration, both personal and of your family if appropriate.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come, Viva Cristo Rey!

  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

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Reparation for Blasphemy Against Mary

Yesterday, on our Lady’s beautiful feast day, I was asked, “Why do you focus on the negative, when we should be just praising Our Lady on her day?” That’s a question we need to discuss! Because you need to have a ready explanation when you hear it, as we so often do, directed at our criticisms of the Church hierarchy today.

Throughout the long and tortured history of the Faith, there have been persecutions and injustices directed against Christians. The faithful did not hide the fact of these evils, but fought against them with every spiritual means they had. In these times, the enemy of the Church is within and the attack is directed against Our Lord in His Mass and Blessed Sacrament and His Immaculate Mother.

Revered image of Our Lady, Vulnerata, damaged by protestant heretics in Spain. The new heretics attack her from within her own home.
Revered image of Our Lady, Vulnerata, damaged by protestant heretics in Spain. The new heretics attack her from within her own home.

Now, any battle begins with intelligence, not sentiment. We must know what the attack consists of, who is doing it and how they are doing it. One serious way that many people are led astray is by their ignorance and willful ignorance is no excuse.  It is my hope that as we become aware of the extremely grave nature of this pontiff’s offenses against the Catholic faith and most particularly against the Blessed Virgin and Our Lord Jesus Christ, we will become fervent in living our consecrations to Jesus through the Immaculata, living them with ever greater dedication, keeping First Saturdays of Reparation, offering all your daily duties and the small, tedious sacrifices they entail for the love and glory of God and the conversion of sinners and the triumph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Church will  be cleansed and restored, don’t you want to be a part of that?

In 1930, Sister Lucia asked Our Lord Jesus Christ why five First Saturdays instead of any other number. Sister Lucia said that Our Lord explained that there are five offenses against the Immaculate Heart of His Mother which require reparation. They are:

  • Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception;
  • Blasphemies against Her Perpetual Virginity;
  • Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognize Her as the Mother of men.
  • Blasphemies of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children indifference or scorn, or even hatred of our Immaculate Mother;
  • The offenses of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy images.
The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God

The truth of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of God is the basis for all devotion to Mary. By undermining it, satan weakens and corrupts all devotion to Mary, who is the Mediatrix of our salvation. God the Father willed to give the world His only begotten Son through a woman, and to this end, He decreed that this Woman be perfectly, flawlessly pure, with no slightest stain of sin, ever. Satan rages at this fact and in these days, strives with all his might to eradicate this truth from the hearts of men, the better to deprive them of the most effective assurance of their adherence to their Savior Jesus Christ, her Son.

A notable example of blasphemy against the Immaculate Conception is Pope Francis’ homily in December, 2013 when he suggested that Mary may have responded to the humiliations of Jesus in His Passion with, “Lies, I was deceived!”. The Humble Pope® repeated the blasphemy on May 29, 2015 (link to Vatican site).  It is difficult to think of a more unfitting comment from the “Holy Father”. The fact that these insulting remarks drew so little attention from mainstream Catholic commentators is proof positive that they either do not know their faith or simply could not care less about something so boringly ordinary as the Vicar of Christ blaspheming the Mother of God.

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Five Reasons for Reparation to the Immaculata

In 1930, Sister Lucia asked Our Lord Jesus Christ why five First Saturdays instead of any other number. Sister Lucia said that Our Lord explained that there are five offenses against the Immaculate Heart of His Mother which require reparation. They are:

  • Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception;
  • Blasphemies against Her Perpetual Virginity;
  • Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognize Her as the Mother of men;
  • The blasphemies of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children indifference or scorn, or even hatred of this Immaculate Mother;
  • The offenses of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy images.

The truth of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of God is the basis for all devotion to Mary. By undermining it, satan weakens and corrupts all devotion to Mary, who is the Mediatrix of our salvation. God the Father willed to give the world His only begotten Son through a woman, and to this end, He decreed that this Woman be perfectly, flawlessly pure, with no slightest stain of sin, ever. Satan rages at this fact and in these days, strives with all his might to eradicate this truth from the hearts of men, the better to deprive them of the most effective assurance of their adherence to their Savior Jesus Christ, her Son.

The most recent notable example of blasphemy against the Immaculate Conception is Pope Francis’ homily in December, 2013 when he suggested that Mary may have responded to the humiliations of Jesus in His Passion with, “Lies, I was deceived!”. It is difficult to think of a more unfitting comment from the “Holy Father”. The fact that this insulting remark drew so little attention from mainstream Catholic commentators is proof positive that they either do not know their faith or simply could not care less about something so boringly ordinary as the Vicar of Christ blaspheming the Mother of God.

For blasphemy against the perpetual virginity of the the Blessed Mother, a perfect example was given in the 2003 book on dogmatic theology written by Gerhard Muller. His name should be familiar because he is now, in an ironic turn of fate, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  Muller says of the the perpetual virginity of Mary,

It is not about specific physiological peculiarities in the natural process of birth of Jesus (such as the birth canal not being opened, the hymen not being broken, and the absence of birth contractions), but rather about the healing and saving influence of the Redeemer’s grace on human nature. …The content of the faith statement, therefore, does not refer to physiologically and empirically verifiable somatic details. Rather, it recognizes already in the birth of Christ the initial signs of the eschatological salvation of the Messianic end time which dawned with Jesus. (“Catholic Dogmatics. For a Study and Practice of Theology” (Katholische Dogmatik. Für Studium und Praxis der Theologie) Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Freiburg: Herder, 2003, p 498).

Atila Sink Guimaraes pointed out in Animus Injuriandi I (Desire to Offend), that for a Catholic to question the virginal birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ,  “constitutes a supreme offense to the Faith. It is even graver because the Church has repeatedly pronounced herself on this matter.” (Margaret Galitzin at www.traditioninaction.org). To be fair to Muller, he is only echoing what many theologians from Vatican II onwards have stated, among them, Karl Rahner and Leonardo Boff, who is a favorite of Pope Francis.

For blasphemies against the Maternity of Mary, especially her maternity of mankind, one of the best examples is the way the Second Vatican Council scorned the proposed schema on the Blessed Virgin Mary in favor of a watered down, weakened tribute that deliberately left loopholes. This complex issue is covered in many books about the Council, but Dr. Roberto de Mattei’s, “The Second Vatican Council, an unwritten story” has many well documented examples of the expressed intentions of the Council Fathers to minimize the role of Mary in order to promote  ecumenism. He references Congar, Rahner, Laurentin, Frings and others, but perhaps the most telling quote was the one from Pope John XXIII when he was Patriarch of Venice. In a letter of 22 April, 1954, he wrote of Mary,

“Jesus dying said to John: Behold your Mother – this is sufficient for the faith and for the liturgy. The rest may be edifying (and it is mostly) and for many pious and devout souls, moving; but for many, many more, even if they are well-inclined towards the Catholic Church – it is irritating – and as we say these days – counter-productive”.

And Pope Francis would heartily agree with Roncalli, whom he has since canonized.

The fourth offense against Our Blessed Mother is that of sowing scorn, hatred or indifference for our Blessed Mother in the hearts of her children.  That is to say, the heretical corruption of Catholic catechesis that has occurred in the post-conciliar church. Father John Hardon spoke of this in an article entitled, “The Blessed Virgin in Modern Catechetics” in The Immaculata Magazine, Conventual Franciscan, 1980.

Father Hardon affirmed that, “a considerable number of leaders in American religious instruction, all nominally Catholic and some highly influential, simply do not believe in Mariology in any traditional sense of the term.” He noted that post-conciliar catechesis is experiential, not dogmatic, and he stated, “the Blessed Virgin is part of the doctrinal possession of Catholic Christianity. So that to teach Catholic doctrine means to teach Mary as belonging to the mystery of the Incarnation and the Mystical Body of Christ.” Father Hardon cited numerous examples, especially in the Teacher’s Instructions for the Catholic Catechism,

“Remember that Mary had no part in the active life of the Church. …  Do not picture to your class the apostles going to Mary for advice on how they would teach the truth Christ left with them. (Catholic Catechism, Bk. II, Teacher’s Book, Australia and Hong Kong, Huntington, IN)

Father Hardon’s article in the Immaculata Magazine concluded with his heartfelt warning against ignoring Mary’s role in our faith, Unless catechetics pays due respect to Mary it will not give due honor to Christ, and without Christ there is no Christianity.” This is precisely the point! 

The final offense against Our Blessed Mother is that of outraging her directly in her images. Perhaps the first image that comes to mind is that of the Muslim defamation of the statues that have been in the news. But this is also done on a routine basis by modern church “art”. The ugly images of Mary, which are found in the modern churches of the Novus Ordo church are examples of outraging her in her images.

But this matter actually goes deeper than all that, in fact, it sums up all the foregoing offenses, because it represents the entire goal of the devil’s attack on Mary, which is to obliterate her image in the church, and negate her role in salvation. The Immaculata is the arch-enemy of Satan. She is the Mother of our Savior, and He chose her from all eternity to be the one who would give Him the very Body and Blood He with which He would save us and continue through the ages to nourish us. Therefore to strike at Mary is to strike at Jesus Christ Himself in a most particular way.

These are just a few thoughts on the subject of the Five Offenses to Mary. I offer them in hopes that others,  more capable than I am, may be moved to expand on them to the profit of all who are devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In any event, perhaps someone reading this will be encouraged to renew their efforts to make the First Saturdays of Reparation to our Dearest Mother and even assist others to do so!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us all now and at the hour of our death.

Viva Cristo Rey.