The Fire of the Immaculate or the Fire from Heaven?

The following is a repost from a top-notch blog in England, BVMServant with thanks to Mr. Dulston.  and it is a very welcome addition to our understanding of the meaning of the October messages of Fatima and Akita for this Synod and the period of trial sure to follow close upon it.

The Fire of the Immaculate or the Fire from Heaven?

With the Family Synod occurring the Marian month of October, and in light of Cardinal Kasper’s comments about re-evaluating homosexual relationships we should be aware of the connection of prophesy and scripture in this regard. The Miracle of the Sun witnessed at Fatima on 13th October 1917, and the Chastisement spoken of on 13th October 1973 (the dates already link the two events and Cardinal Ratizinger confirmed Akita as a continuation of Fatima) Akita are linked as a prelude to a certain type of punishment not witnessed by humanity before. Further, this punishment is linked to the sin of Homosexuality in particular, as the sin crying out for God’s Justice, one might say the sin that tips the scales of God’s Justice.

Let us begin with the Great Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917, as reported by a witness…

 “The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a, heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl. Then, suddenly, one heard a clamour, a cry of anguish breaking from all the people. The sun, whirling wildly, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.”

 Now consider the message of Akita on October 13, 1973…

 “As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.”

 The Rosary forms the basis of a response, a remedy even a forestalling of the chastisement similar to that theme described in the Book of Jonah or the intercession of Abraham in Genesis (surely there are many holy souls in each parish, Diocese, etc.?). However, Our Mother’s visits are tied in with Scripture, more particularly Elijah on Mount Carmel which also involves ‘fire’.

Consider the sin of Homosexuality and its shadow over the Family Synod in ‘October’ (that month again) and then consider Our Lady of Akita’s further comments after she reveals the nature of the chastisement…

 “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops…”

 Now consider the punishment exacted for the sin of homosexuality in the Book of Genesis, recalling first that it is a sin which cries out for God’s Justice…

Genesis, Chapter 18, 20-21
20 Then the Lord said, ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.’

Then the punishment…

The Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah.

Genesis, Chapter 19, 23-25
23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.

Now consider the fire called down from Heaven from Elijah and particularly the effect of the fire on the waterlogged sacrifice…

Elijah and the prophets of baal
Elijah and the prophets of baal

 1 Kings 18
33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

Notice the similarity with the people who witnessed the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima in October, 1917, who were drenched in rainwater before being made completely dry. That despite our sins, particularly the sin of homosexuality, God could purify us by this Chastisement, and in this regard notice that Elijah is connected to our response to the threat and indeed the era following the chastisement should it occur.  

Our Lady appeared on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Lourdes July 16th 1858 looking more beautiful than ever, a sign of what things will be like after our purification.   At Fatima, Our Lady’s final appearance is as Our Lady of Mount Carmel showing us not only the way to respond to the threatened chastisement but a way of life after it. Thus, Our Lady of Mount Carmel offers us the Rosary and the Scapular to cement our union with God and which will achieve Peace for the world, in an age spoken of by St Louis de Monfort at the beginning of his Devotion to Mary, a new age of Marian saints like no other – that is to say the age of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

England is connected to these times, the Dowry of Our Lady, was the scene of Our Lady’s visit to give the first scapular to St. Simon Stock on July 16th, 1251 anticipating future events of which we now live.

So October 2015 will determine our fate but meanwhile recourse to the Rosary, the Scapular and for those of us who attend to Our Lady of Fatima’s call for the five first Saturday devotion (had you started in May it forms five months prior to the Synod) will be pivotal in the outcome not only for the Church but for the world. It would be remiss not to go back to Our Lady of Akita who also added a vital remedy and it is not the least of them: ‘the sign left by my Son’ which without doubt is reference to the Eucharist envisaged by the dream of St. John Bosco.

Finally, consider that Five First Saturdays Devotion is linked to the five wounds to Mary’s Immaculate Heart which all link to Marriage and Family Life, and as indicated by Sister Lucia: the final confrontation with the Devil will be over Marriage and Family life.

Either we choose the fire of the Immaculate Heart of Mary which reflects God’s Mercy or we choose the fire of God’s Justice which will tip the scales back and fulfill the plan of the Immaculate Heart of Mary the hard way as is so often the case with stubborn and cold hearted humanity who had to see out World War II because many did not respond to Our Lady of Fatima.

All the scripture and prophesy point to this moment as decisive and if we feel a little afraid remember those good German Jesuit priests at Hiroshima – who saved them? Why were they saved? Well of course Mary, and their utter allegiance to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her messages at Fatima. Our Lady showed the children of Fatima that terrible place called Hell, to which those souls who commit ‘sins of the flesh’ were present as Our Lady indicated, and we should spare a prayer for those who commit the sin of Homosexuality for ultimately it is the fire of Hell which shall fall upon them if they do not repent.

Editor comment: Just as we were preparing this article, information came to our attention of yet another insult to he Blessed Virgin Mary by a spokesman for the Synod. Eponymous Flower reports:

Bishop of Albano, Marcello Semeraro, secretary of the C9-Cardinal Advisors, after expressing “revulsion” at the letter of the 13 Cardinals who dissented from the Bergoglio agenda, said the following:

 “There has to be more time to deepen the questions. The Church discussed for several centuries of the mother of God was conceived without sin […]. Moreover, there are dogmas, like the Immaculate Conception which are not as important to the concrete lives of people, about which we are talking in the Synod.”

Blow after blasphemous blow is being struck by these men against the Truth and against the Immaculate Mother of God. I believe that it is the mercy of Our Lady that is staying the hand of Justice in order for us to reach out to those who have so far refused to wake up to the danger. Let’s redouble our efforts to help bring Catholics back to the faith, back to Our Blessed Mother, who alone can bring us safely through this crisis.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Patron of Families, Father of the Church, protect us.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Fatima, Vatican II and the Chastisement

This is the introduction to a planned series of posts in which we hope to place the Message of Fatima, the Chastisement and the Apocalypse in context. Our Lady of Fatima’s message is a heaven-sent offer to restore faith in the Church and peace in our world. Even in 1917, it was clear that heresy, apostasy and schism were endangering the faith. To correct the growing secular humanism, Our Lady came, requesting prayer and penance, and offering the Pope and hierarchy a simple way to reaffirm their obedience to God. However, the hierarchy of the Church, while giving lip service to the Message of Fatima, in fact refused to comply. By the disobedience of the Popes, God withdrew His grace more and more, until the year 1960.  Pope John XXIII’s  final act of disobedience set the Church adrift.

The only means left is devotion to Mary and the Blessed Sacrament.
The only means left is devotion to Mary and the Blessed Sacrament.

To understand the concept of “the Church adrift”, it is helpful to recall St. John Bosco’s vision. In May, 1862, Don Bosco told of a dream he had of the Church as a stately ship in stormy waters, being besieged by many lesser ships. The ship’s commander, the Pope, was attempting to bring the ship between two pillars to which he would moor it. After the Commander Pope was killed, another Pope took over and successfully moored the ship between the two columns. Don Bosco identified the smaller of the two pillars as Mary, Help of Christians and the larger one as the Most Blessed Sacrament, Salvation of Believers. Note, that in St. John Bosco’s dream, the ship of the Church was struggling to fight off attackers and return to safe harbor between the two pillars of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Eucharist. Thus, the Church was attempting to return to those devotions, implying that the Church had become unmoored from them. This was a vision of our post-conciliar church. 

The signs of this unmooring from the faith are everywhere and there will be no relief until God’s command is heeded. Remember always that Our Blessed Mother only delivered the message, she only ever serves God, and never seeks her own glory. Make no mistake, it God Himself who is being mocked by perfidious churchmen.

On 13 June, 1929, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Sister Lucia, as she had promised 12 years before. The Vision itself speaks volumes but we shall not attempt to cover it here. Instead, here are Our Lady’s words, to Sister Lucia and to us all:

“The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, and to order that in union with Him and at the same time, all the Bishops of the world make the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, promising to convert it because of this day of prayer and worldwide reparation.”

Notice that the Blessed Virgin does not make this request in her name, but states clearly, “God asks the Holy Father to…” The message was reinforced with the most striking apparition in which the Persons of the Holy Trinity all appeared.

Never at any time was this request honored, not in 1929 nor in any subsequent year. By disobeying God’s command, the Pontiffs, one after another, slipped into a spiritual blindness that eventually brought us to Vatican II. Just as many Catholics mistakenly believe that the Consecration was done as requested, many also, especially traditional Catholics, believe that the Church’s errors began with Vatican II. Not at all.

Those who think Vatican II was the “root of the rot” ignore a great deal of Church history. In the sidebar is a link to Papal Encyclicals Online. Brave and good Popes waged tireless war against freemasonry and modernism in the 19th century. Both Pope Leo XIII and St. Pius X had visions of the evil threatening the Church. They were well aware of the satanic forces even then working to undermine the Church.

The Queen of Heaven offered us, and our Church leaders, a way to avert the coming Chastisement. Her generous offer was spurned, with predictable results. It was all foretold in Chapters 8 – 13 of St. John’s Apocalypse.

In future posts we will look at Chapters 8-13 of the Apocalypse and at the words and actions of the Popes of the Council in the light of Fatima. We shall perhaps begin to understand why the message of Fatima is more important than ever. It may be too late to avert the Chastisement, but it is never too late to repent, at least while life remains. As Our Lord assured Sister Lucia, “It will never be too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.”

Pray the Rosary to convert the Pope and avert Kasper’s Agenda!

 

Obedience, the Forgotten Virtue

Among the many things to love about the rosary, is the way the various mysteries interconnect and thereby reinforce and enrich each other. In general, the Joyful Mysteries emphasize the virtue of obedience. This obedience is reinforced by the Sorrowful Mysteries. Mary’s “Be it done unto me according to thy word”, in the Annunciation is echoed by Christ’s, “Yet not My will, but Thine be done.” in the Agony in the Garden. And then the Glorious Mysteries reveal the joyful glory of our heavenly reward, which is eternal!

St. Augustine tells us, “And thus also it was that the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith” (Apology, Book II, Chapter XII).

Regarding obedience, St. John Bosco was given a horrible vision of Hell in which his guide told him that the most serious sin causing people to be damned in Hell is the sin of disobedience. He explained that while pride is the root of sin, its practical application is disobedience, in other words, prideful disobedience causes the most people to fall from grace and be doomed to Hell. And so  between St. Augustine and St. John Bosco, we see that a key to disobedience is the refusal of faith. Had Eve accepted the virtue of faith offered to her, she would not have disobeyed. There is a lesson here for disobedient prelates, but I digress…

St. John tells us in his First Epistle, Chapter Two, “For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the concupiscence thereof: but he that doth the will of God, abideth for ever.” Now, it has always been the teaching of the Church, from the earliest times that the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience counteract these sins.

Although these counsels are vowed by those in the consecrated life, we of the lay faithful are urged to practice them according to our state. The lust of the flesh can thereby be counteracted by modesty and faithfulness to one’s spouse, the lust of the eyes, that is greed and consumerism can be counteracted by moderation, humility and self-denial such as fasting and abstaining. But it is with our obedience, which defeats pride, that we progress the best, no matter our state in life. The very best teacher of obedience is Mary, Our Mother.

As we pray the rosary, meditate on her obedience as shown in her humble acceptance of God’s will at the Annunciation. Her generous obedience enabled the Incarnation, which in turn made possible Our Savior’s obedience even unto death on a cross, that we may be freed from sin. Mary’s obedient visit to Elizabeth allowed the Christ Child to sanctify St. John the Baptist while he was yet within his mother’s womb. The Visitation shows that obedient love of God, allowing ourselves to be filled with His love, totally surrendering our wills to Him, overflows naturally to service to our neighbor.

The Nativity exemplifies the obedience of the Holy Family; by obeying the civil law to go to Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary also fulfilled the prophecy that Jesus would be born there. The Holy Family’s poverty models for us humble obedience manifesting itself as abject poverty, which gives room to God Our Father to provide for our true needs. In these dark times, people spend so much time and effort trying to provide for their family’s needs without Our Father’s help, they are too exhausted to have time for Him at all.

In the Presentation, we consider how Jesus, the Son of the Father, all pure, all perfect, yet accepted circumcision and the first shedding of His Precious Blood in obedience to the Mosaic Law. And in the last Joyful Mystery, we see how Jesus, after reminding Mary and Joseph that He “must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2, 49), returned to Nazareth with them and “was subject to them.” (Luke 2, 51).

Obedience is not exactly in fashion these days, but that is precisely why it is so necessary for us, in our spiritual battle, to cultivate it. During this Lent, keep in mind that our obedience is an excellent way to offer sacrifice to Our Lord Jesus Christ for His hierarchy’s disobedience. In these times of confusion, when Church leaders do not teach clearly, we have our Queen’s assurance that she will lead us safely home to her dear Son. Now this assurance from Our Blessed Mother is predicated on our obedience to her commands. This life is but a brief span, eternity is our true home and humble obedience to Mary’s requests is our safest, surest path there.

So there you have it! Pray the Rosary, confound the devil!

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