On her fourth visit to the children at Fatima, August 19, 1917, Our Lady told Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia, “In the last month, I will work a miracle so that all will believe. … Saint Joseph will come with the Child Jesus, to give peace to the world.”
That promise is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of Fatima, don’t you think? How little attention has been paid to it! The actual vision of St. Joseph on October 13, 1917 was brief and of course, silent but there is a very serious message implied as we shall see..
During the Miracle of the Sun, while the crowd was enthralled, Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta were privileged to see a tableau representing the Mysteries of the Rosary. The first scene, representing the Joyful Mysteries was seen by all three children.as Lúcia describes,
“We saw, beside the sun, Saint Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady clothed in white with a blue mantle. Saint Joseph and the Child Jesus seemed to bless the world with gestures which they made with their hands in the form of a cross.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima)
This little-noted event tells us so much! Even as the miracle of the sun is occurring, St. Joseph appears, holding the Child Jesus and both bless the world., while from the other side of the sun, the Blessed Mother looks on, benignly. This tableau of the Holy Family reminds us that God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, entrusted the Child Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Joseph, thus creating this perfect family, model for all families. Indeed, God’s wisdom entrusted the Holy Family to the quiet man, and now, at Fatima, he is revealed to us, to bless us and give us peace in this time prefigured by the miracle of the sun.
At the miracle of the sun, the earth stood firm while the sun moved erratically. How can this be? And yet it happened. Since the Sun represents the Church, we ask, how can the Church, established by Christ become so erratic as it is today, under Pope Francis? How do we reconcile that the gates of hell will not prevail and the Holy Ghost will always guide her, with what we now see? St. Joseph solved a similar conundrum and he stands ready to help us now.
Matthew 1, 18-25 tells of Joseph’s dilemma and its resolution. His example of humility and steadfastness is precisely the example for us today. Faithful Catholics are torn today between the temptation to abandon the church, or to go along with the errors of the new Bergoglian Reformed Church.