May 13, 1917 The Day the World Changed

May 13, 1917, the day the world changed and no one noticed … An offer made, an offer ignored … such a small thing … as they say, “the devil’s in the details” …

May 13, 1917 was a bright sunshiny Sunday and the rocky hillsides were sprinkled with wildflowers when Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta saw the Mother of God, “more brilliant than the sun”, in Lucia’s words.

To Lucia’s questions, the Lady answered, “I am from Heaven”… “Come here for six consecutive months on the thirteenth day at this same hour. I will tell you later who I am and what I want. And I shall return here a seventh time.”

And then, the Virgin Mary made them an offer no true Catholic could refuse:  “Do you want to offer yourselves to God to endure all the sufferings that He may choose to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and as a supplication for the conversion of sinners?”  Lucia promptly answered, “Yes! We want to!” “Then you are going to suffer a great deal, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

The concept of reparative suffering is as old as Catholicism itself. It is at the heart of true Christianity, “take up thy cross and come, follow Me.” Contrast the children’s prompt acceptance with our modern reluctance to budge from our comfort zone and you will see why so few today are open to the message of Fatima.

As she spoke, the Lady spread her hands, shedding intense rays of light. Lucia recalled, “this light penetrated us to the heart and allowed us to see ourselves in God, who was the light”. Lucia related that they then fell to their knees as if moved by an interior impulse and began praying, “O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee; my God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.” The beautiful Lady then told them, “Say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.” Lucia then described the Lady gradually ascending into Heaven towards the east, “surrounded by a most brilliant light”.

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.

Awaiting the Church’s Obedience to the Mother of God … after 99 Years …

“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 Mary. These 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.”

In 1917, on that lovely spring day, the world changed, although no one really noticed but three illiterate shepherd children in a small hamlet in an insignificant country. And now, the 100 years given to satan is nearing its end as the spiritual battle reaches its frenetic climax. The millions of innocent babies sacrificed to the moloch of international planned parenthood (in China alone, over 300 million!), the millions of souls lost to despair because the Church no longer offers salvation, but only the insipid slop of ecumenism and social justice, the billions paid out for pederastic priests and bishops, all bear witness to the spiritual drought afflicting a disobedient Church.

On our own, we can do little, but that little is so important!

  • Pray the full rosary every day in a spirit of reparation.
  • Each day, strive to follow Jesus as truly as possible, offering all that you must endure for love of Him, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother.
  • Make the Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
  • Make the Five First Saturdays of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and continue them in reparation.
  • Finally, pray and sacrifice always for the Pope to consecrate Russia according to the dictates of Our Lady of Fatima.
  • Sister Lucia assured us that Our Lady would not refuse us if we petitioned her by her favorite means, her Rosary. So ask with confident faith!

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

Immaculate Heart of Mary be our salvation!

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

The Message of Fatima and the Synod

What connection, if any, is there between next October’s Synod on the Family and the message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima?

At Fatima, the Blessed Virgin did not ask extraordinary things. Essentially, what she asks is:

  • The daily recitation of the Rosary, “o terzo”, a third of the Rosary, in Portuguese.
  • Devotion to the Immaculate Heart
  • Practice of the devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation
  • The consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

Several strong signs were given to the popes to point them towards Fatima’s message: Pope Pius XII was consecrated a Bishop on the same date that Our Blessed Mother first appeared at Fatima, May 13, 1917, and he was given his very own apparition related to Fatima when between October 30 and November 8, 1050, he witnessed the sun appear to dance. Pope John Paul II who was the only pope to experience first hand the oppression of Communist rule, barely survived an assassination  attempt on May 13, 1981. Although these popes appeared to understand the connection with Fatima, they did not go so far as to actually obey Our Lady’s commands.

The Consecration of Russia, if it were properly done by the Pope in unison with the Bishops of the Church would serve several purposes.

  • It is an act that must be initiated and commanded by the Pope personally, therefore it would correct the Vatican II error of collegiality. It would assert the Pope’s authority over Russia, thus correcting the Orthodox schism.
  • Such an act would indicate the mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, thus correcting Vatican II’s error of false ecumenism with protestant heretics.
  • The Consecration of Russia as requested by the Blessed Virgin indicates the goal of conversion of Russia to the true faith, thus correcting the Vatican II error of religious liberty.
  • If the Pope were to promote the devotion of the First Saturdays it provide a strong instruction to the world that sin offends God and that we must pray and make reparation to prevent souls from falling into hell. What an excellent teaching against the pernicious heresy of the neo-modernist theology that is devastating the Church!

The Consecration of Russia can only be done by a chastened, penitent Pope, one who has learned the hard way of the futility of following a religion of man. This is in stark contrast to the shallow arrogance exemplified by the current Pope of the Twitterverse and his encyclical on climate change.

For those who wonder what it will take to bring about the humility and obedience required for this long awaited act, perhaps we won’t need to wait much longer. Our Lord reminded Sister Lucia of the French King who waited too long to obey His request to consecrate France to His Sacred Heart. He then remarked of the requested Consecration of Russia, “They will do it, but it will be late.” 2017 will be 100 years, which when applied to the French King was “too late”. And so we are now at the countdown.

In October this year, 2015, we have the culmination of the Synod against the family, the Pope’s stated attempt to change the Church “irreversibly” by setting up a false law of mercy against the clear doctrine of the Church on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of marriage. This monumental affront to Our Lord Jesus Christ will occur 98 years after the Virgin of Fatima’s message to the world.

Around the world, the true Faith is stirring, reviving. In several monasteries and convents, in spite of the efforts of the World’s First Humble Pope®, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is returning, bringing about a resurgence of the Faith. Our Catholic youth are rediscovering the True Mass, so long hidden from them. Families, without much help from a weakened, effeminate clergy are raising strong, Catholic children. Although not in great numbers, some heroic prelates are beginning to stand up for the Faith against the Kasper agenda.

The battle lines are forming, even though so many Catholics are oblivious. For those who are paying attention, like the wise virgins of the parable, this must be a time to watch, to pray and to prepare. Each of us must work to know the message of Fatima and share this message with others, and above all, to obey as best we can the requests of Our Lady of the Rosary in her Fatima message.

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Remember, Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Gathering Darkness

“…The same preternatural impulse moves the homicidal fury of Islam and the suicidal nihilism of the West. The prince of darkness, being unable to make himself God, wants to destroy everything of God as well as everything resembling Christian Civilization. Without this diabolic infestation it is difficult to understand what is happening in the world.”

Of the many voices attempting to interpret the Message of Fatima in these times of gathering darkness, perhaps Roberto de Mattei’s is the clearest. The following post comes to us, as always, thanks to Rorate Caeli, is by far the best. 

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
April 8, 2015

The stars of 148 new martyrs are shining brightly in the firmament of the Church. The young Christian victims of Islam, last Holy Thursday in Kenya, must not be pitied, but envied as they were given the immense grace of martyrdom.

They are martyrs inasmuch as they were Christians killed by Allah’s soldiers. What makes a martyr such, is not the violent death in itself, but the fact that it was inflicted in hatred of the Christian Faith. It is not death itself that makes the martyr, says St. Augustine but that their suffering and death be ordered to the truth. Not all of the victims of a persecution may be called martyrs, [but] only those who meet death at the hands of killers who hate the Faith.

The martyrs of the University campus in Garissa, join the countless legions of witnesses to the Faith that have been massacred over the last two centuries by the persecutors of the Church. The first genocide of modern times was conducted by the French Revolution. At least 438 religious, nuns and simple lay folk are already venerated as “blessed” and for the other 591 the processes are now in course for the recognition of their martyrdom “in odium fidei”. We can add the Spanish Civil War’s holocaust to this (1936-1939) where 1,512 were beatified and 11 canonized, but the number of victims at the hands of the anarchists and communists is in the tens of thousands.

On October 13th 2013 at Tarragona in Catalonia, 522 people killed in hatred of the Faith, before and during the religious war in Spain, were beatified. It was a ceremony with the greatest number of Beatified – 522 – and surpassed the one held in Rome, in St. Peter’s Square on October 27th 2007. Their names are added to the innumerable martyrs of communism, secularism and now by Islam, in countries all over the world.

We need to have the courage to name the killers. Silence continues on the events that have been going on for some time now: a systematic, planetary Islamic persecution against Christians. After the episodes in Kenya, Pope Francis read this beautiful prayer: “In Your face – struck [spat upon and disfigured], we see our sin, in You we see our brothers and sisters, persecuted, decapitated and crucified for their faith in You, before our very eyes and often with our complicit silence.”

Antonio Socci, who has often denounced the “complicit silence” of the highest ecclesiastical authorities, writes in Libero: “We are waiting for Pope Francis, from that [Vatican] window, with all of the prestige he enjoys in the media, to awaken the powerful of the earth, mobilize his diplomacy and let everyone hear the cries of grief and pain from the persecuted Christians; may he indicate continuous prayers from the entire Church, may he launch a great humanitarian initiative for these persecuted Christians.”

The appeal appears to have been picked up by Ernesto Galli della Loggia who proposed to the Italian government, from “Il Corriere della Sera” of April 5th , a fundraising project directed at all Italians and all of the Nation’s public and private institutions, to raise the funds necessary for a large dispatch of goods to help the persecuted Christians. All of this however is not enough, when there is a war raging. We need to acknowledge that there is a war of religion in act against Jesus Christ and His Church, fought in the name of the Koran’s Surah which says: “Kill the infidels wherever you find them. This is the recompense for the unbelievers.” (2,191). This war was not waged by Christians, but has been taken up against them. Why don’t the Western governments fight it? The answer is that the West shares the same hate the persecutors have against their own Christian roots.

Western secularism not only processes, persecutes and ridicules those who defend the natural Christian order of things, but it also practices mass genocide. Monsignor Luc Ravel, Bishop of the French military forces, affirmed:
“We find ourselves having to choose which side to be on; we find ourselves arming against manifest evil without taking a position against the [more] devious kind. The Christian senses that he is caught in a pincer between two ideologies: on the one hand, one that makes a caricature of God which ends up despising man; on the other hand, the manipulation of man which ends up despising God. On the one side, there are the declared and identified adversaries: the terrorists of the bomb, the vindicators of the prophet; on the other side, there are the undeclared but well-known adversaries: the terrorists of thought, promoters of secularism and idolaters of the Republic. In which camp are Christians to be placed? We don’t want to be taken hostage by the Muslims. But we don’t even want to be taken hostage by the conformists either. The Islamic ideology has murdered 17 victims in France. But the ideology of the conformist has 200 thousand victims each year in the wombs of their mothers. Abortion intended as a fundamental “right” is a weapon of mass-destruction.”

The hate the West nurtures for the Church and Christian Civilization is the hate for its own soul and identity. “The West’s self-hate – wrote Benedict XVI – can be considered only as something pathological” : the West is open to and full of comprehension for outside values, “but it no longer loves itself; it now only sees what is shameful and destructive in its history, while it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure.”

Today the West rejects the values upon which it built its identity and simply chooses the destructive heredity of the Enlightenment, Marxism and Freudism. The gender theory represents the latest intellectual passage of the mind’s disassociation from reality which turns into a pathological hate for human nature itself. Andrea Lubitz by crashing his Airbus into the Alps with 150 passengers, is the expression of this spirit of self-destruction. Suicide is an extreme but coherent expression of the depressed West: a state of mind where the soul sinks into nullity, after losing all reason to live. When absolute relativism is professed one is only self-fulfilled in death.

The slaughter in Garissa is not a “senseless brutality”, just like the German pilot’s suicide is not an act of pure madness. These destructive or self destructive acts, have their own aberrant logic. The depression of the apostates from Christianity corresponds to the exaltation of the fanatics of Allah: the equilibrium in the world was broken when it turned its back on Christian principles. And the same preternatural impulse moves the homicidal fury of Islam and the suicidal nihilism of the West. The prince of darkness, being unable to make himself God, wants to destroy everything of God as well as everything resembling Christian Civilization. Without this diabolic infestation it is difficult to understand what is happening in the world. And without an Angelic intervention it is impossible to combat a battle which had its first action at the moment of creation, when the Angelic front was divided into two forces perennially in opposition throughout the history of the created universe.

The message of Fatima sees Our Lady preceded and accompanied by Angels. And those who have read the Third Secret will remember the tragic vision of a great cross where at its foot the Pope is also killed : “Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.”As it was at the very beginning of Christianity, the blood of Christians is the seed of rebirth in history and of victory in eternity.

[A Rorate translation by contributor Francesca Romana]