Sister Lúcia of Fatima encouraged us to read Chapters 8-13 of the Apocalypse if we would understand the message of Fatima. That is, she implied that the message is Apocalyptic. And indeed, we see ourselves, not without a bit of fright, caught up in an unprecedented rush of events that seem to be sweeping the entirety of Christian civilization away, and increasingly replacing the Church with something strange and hideous.
Today, we refer to The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volume III by Frère Michel de la Trinité and will also refer to the writings of Father Herman Bernard Kramer’s Book of Destiny and Father Sylvester Berry’s Apocalypse of St. John. Links will be found in notes at end of post.
The Message of Fatima is usually broken into three “Secrets”, which are not a sequence, but rather, like the Apocalypse are inter-related. Hence the First Secret, represented by the vision of hell, forms a basis for the remainder. So we begin by considering this First Secret in the light of the Apocalypse as Sister Lucia indicated.
When she showed the children the brief but intense vision of hell, Our Lady solemnly remarked,
“You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”
This apocalyptic vision of the sea of fire sets the stage for the battle between the dragon, the ancient enemy who bears an implacable hatred for the Woman, that is the Virgin who, he knows, will vanquish him. The Apocalypse is the beautiful story of the triumph of this Immaculate Virgin, full of the grace and love of God, over Satan, full of the darkness and hatred of the denial of God. This battle of Hell against heaven, of Satan against the Virgin, of hatred against the love and truth of God, this is the basis of the message of Fatima, the battle for souls.
The First Beast and the Second Secret
Now, the Second Secret involves the First beast, that is, the Beast from the Sea. As we have discussed earlier, Satan always ever mocks God, and has his own diabolic mockery of the most Holy Trinity, that is, the Dragon as the Father, the Beast from the Sea as the Son and the Second Beast, the Beast from the earth, as the Holy Ghost. Thus, all the diabolical trinity are actually one, as are all the Holy Trinity. Also note that the First Secret may be said to represent Satan himself in his implacable hatred for God and for God’s most blessed creature, the Immaculata, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. And so we see that the Second Secret will show us the working of the First Beast. This First Beast, from the “Sea”, is atheistic marxism, the error of Russia, but also the error of all the nations which comprise the “Sea” of the Prince of the World. Thus, the Second Secret is about the material chastisement, the wars and plagues that arise from the evil machinations of the Beast from the Sea. The last part of the Secret, that is, the Third Secret is regarding the Second Beast, the False Prophet who reigns through the spiritual chastisement, attempting to set up the reign of Satan within the Church.
This first Beast, then, is the political power – supreme and totalitarian, impious and persecuting the Church. We have been seeing this power spread out all over the earth in this past century as the only power which could stop it, that is, a Pope humbly obedient to the Mother of God, refused to use the spiritual graces and power given to him, preferring instead to “combat” it by earthly diplomacy and other such trivial and useless means.