Fatima in Focus
"The Blessed Virgin Mary
told me that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle
against the Virgin. From now on we must choose sides.
Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other
possibility"........ Sister Lucy dos Santos, oldest child seer of Fatima
The message of Fatima is
dire, grim and unequivocal. There are only two choices: we
are for God or we serve the devil. This message was given to the
world in 1917. Leading up to the message, three young children of
Portugal began seeing "a beautiful Lady" who appeared to them with
messages and instructions. As a climax to her appearances the
Lady told them she would perform a miracle for all the world to see in
October. This promise was repeated in two more apparitions in
August and September.
Much interest was aroused
by the apparitions, and on the promised day of October 13 a great crowd
was assembled. It included believers, scoffers, men of science,
reporters, and the tormentors of the three seers. A drenching
rain had turned the Cova, (the place of the apparitions), to mud.
Nonetheless, the seers looked up to Heaven with full confidence.
The Lady appeared and told Lucy who she was and what she wanted: a
chapel on the spot in Her honor. She announced that
she was the Lady of the Rosary.
The miracle began.
Witnesses from the anti-clerical newspapers as well as men of science
and devout believers all agreed on the basic facts of the
miracle. The sun began to move in an unprecedented way. It
was said to have come down to the height of the clouds and began to
whirl giddily. Others attested to the fact that one could look
upon the sun directly with no discomfort nor any ill effects. It
seemed to descend and rush forward, as a fire wheel. This erratic
movement brought cries of fear and then sighs of relief as the sun
resumed its usual place in the sky. The people and surroundings,
which had been drenched before, were left dry when the miracle was over.
This seems a miracle
without parallel in scope of influence. An estimated 70,000
people witnessed this miracle. It was widely reported, both by
word of mouth and by newspaper accounts. There are many documents
left to us. The first reports were from the anticlerical
reporters; the true reporters among them gave the facts. Official
investigations began. Depositions were taken from witnesses of
the parish. Reports were made from several priests. The
Catholic hierarchy has deemed the miracle "worthy of belief".
What the Lady imparted to
the children was that God wanted to establish devotion to Her
Immaculate Heart. If her words were heeded many souls would be
saved and there would be peace in the world. If not, there would
be punishment by God by means of war, famine, and persecution of the
Church and the Holy Father. It was imperative that the
Consecration of Russia be made to Her Immaculate Heart and devotion of
the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays be
established. If the requests were heeded, there would be
peace. If not, Russia would spread her errors throughout the
world, fomenting wars and persecution of the Church. The good
would be martyred and the Holy Father would have much to suffer.
Various nations would be annihilated. Assurance was given that in
the end Her Immaculate Heart would triumph, the Holy Father would
consecrate Russia, Russia would be converted, and a period of peace
would be given to the world.
A common perception of
Russia today is that it is a subdued nation, that Communism has been
defeated. Yet, Communism has never been repudiated there and
the Church is suffering mightily. The State has control over all
the churches, including the Roman Catholic Church, and they exist only
at the pleasure of the State. It likes to pretend that the Church
is allowed to flourish, but the opposite is true. It is still a
closed society in many ways, so nobody can know the exact status of the
Church, but educated reports tell us it is not good. The
Vatican's position on the Fatima message is that the consecration has
been done as requested. However, the fruits of a valid
consecration are not evident. Russia and China have just joined
to show the world their combined might by a demonstration of their arms
and armies. There is no peace. Indeed, there are wars of
many types going on today. There is genocide and mass starvation
of whole populations.
The American Church today
is in turmoil. A scandal of unique proportions is raging, losing
souls to Christ, decimating the seminaries, causing Catholics to lose
heart and distrust the shepherds who presided while this scandal
was happening. Aside from the spiritual havoc, the
monetary cost is staggering. In one archdiocese alone, claims
from alleged victims of priest sexual abusers totals over a one-half
Faithful Catholics who
sacrificed to build parishes and schools now must hire attorneys to
protect their Church property and other assets. Still, those who
were lax about overseeing their clerical personnel have not been
disciplined in a way that is evident to ordinary Catholics. Some
have, in the parlance of business, been "kicked upstairs".
The little seer, Lucy, was
entrusted with three parts of the Fatima secret. She has stated
that the third has never been revealed, and eventually she was enjoined
to not speak about it. There are persistent reports that there
is, indeed, a third secret, and that it concerns apostasy in the
highest places in the Church. Because of the way the first two
secrets were written, it seems that a third part should follow.
Although the Vatican has these secrets and some popes and trusted
individuals have had access to them, the third part has never been
Many religions have
concerned themselves with end times. There have been several
books written recently about "the rapture". However, Catholic
tradition has always taught that nobody knows when Christ will
return. We are also assured that the Church will triumph.
It is well to remember the report of the little seer, Lucy, who
faithfully gave us the words from the Virgin about the persecution of
the Church. Also, whole nations will be annihilated if her
requests are not heeded.
When the message of Fatima
was first given and for many years afterward, it seemed almost
impossible that whole nations could be annihilated. The deadly
nuclear devices had not been invented. Even during the Cold War
it seemed unlikely that either the U.S. or Russia would use those
devices, because each knew retaliation would come, and neither country
wanted to risk the destruction of their country. Today, however,
we have an enemy that does not fear that sort of retaliation.
Radical Islamists are scattered throughout many nations, including our
own, and they are willing to end their lives in order to bring
destruction to the West, in their eyes "The Great Satan". There
are persistent reports that suitcase sized "dirty bombs" have already
been brought across our porous southern border. If so, we know
the terrorists have no qualms about killing en masse.
There seems to be no
protection against such a calamity. However, the Virgin gave us a
remedy. We are to pray the Rosary for the consecration of Russia
to Her Immaculate Heart. We are to include in our prayers
"Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of
Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in
need". It is well to invoke the protection of St. Michael,
powerful Archangel: "Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in
battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the
devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince
of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and
the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.
The more we accommodate
and join with the New World Order and its attendant heresies, the
more we separate ourselves from Christ's Church. Ours is the
Universal Church and none may supplant it.
The only part of the
prophecy that has not been fulfilled is that whole nations would be
annihilated. Is that coming?
Our Blessed Mother has
warned us: "From now on we must choose sides. Either we are
for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility".