In 1588, William Shakespeare, in Love Labours Lost, relates, “Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye, not utter’d by base sale of (chapmen’s) tongues. Dear Reader, Anyone can see that the rose is the pride and joy of any garden; it is the queen of the flowers. The rosebud is a beautiful symbol of virginity. It exudes beauty, gentleness, and sweetness. The form, color, and scent of the rose delight us immensely!
Dearest Reader, Mary is the Mystical Rose, who is the most fragrant and beautiful of all human creatures. She is the Daughter of God the Father, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and the Mother of Jesus. The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ honors Mary under the glorious title of Mystical Rose. Mary is the Star of the Sea; she is the Splendor of Heaven!
The Most Holy Rosary is a crown of roses that we place upon her head. Mary, the Mystical Rose, is pre-eminently entitled to this Coronation of Roses! She preserves a spotless virginal purity before, during, and after her parturition. She is as shrewd as a serpent, yet gentle as a dove! Listen to her! La Rosa Mystica es muy Linda! Blessed is Mary, among women. Therefore, Blessed is Mary among all men! Our senses cannot grasp her Beauty, alone; our faith and reason must compensate in order to see her Mystical Ambience!
In 1224, Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (1181-1226) wrote the Canticle of the Sun, which states, “. . . Be praised, My Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whose embrace no living person can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Happy are those who she finds doing Your Most Holy Will. The second death can do no harm to them. . .” Dear Reader, What is this second death?
In 1917, the first secret of Our Lady of Fatima revealed a vision of Hell. Hell is dark, grotesque, and void of Love. Dear Reader, The three secrets of Fatima were secrets only to be revealed later. Then they became the Message of Fatima. The second secret revealed that World War I would end, and that World War II would commence during the reign of Pope Pius XI. That is, if men continue to offend God and should Russia not convert. Hence, we did continue to offend God, and Russia did not convert from being atheist-communist. The second part of that second secret requested that Russia should be Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The third secret was unveiled to the three children with the help of Archangel Michael. At the left of Our Lady and a little above, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francesco saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand. It was flashing! The sword gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but the flames died out when contacted by the Splendour that Our Lady radiated towards the Angel from her right hand.
Continuing, pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice, “Penance, Penance, Penance!” And, the three children saw in an immense light something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it, a Bishop dressed in White. It was the Holy Father, the Pope.
Continuing, other bishops, priests, and men and women religious were seen going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark. Before reaching the top, the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and the people were half-trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow.
Finally, the Pope prayed for the souls of the corpses who he met on his way. Having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross, the Pope was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him. In the same way, there died one after another the other bishops, priests, and men and women religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross, there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs, and with it, sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.
Dear Reader, Pope John Paul the Second divulged only this part of the Third Secret on June 26, 2000, despite Lucia’s declaration that it should be released in its entirety to the public, after 1960. Witnessed by their counselors, Popes Pius XII, John XXIII, and Paul VI were horrified by its message! Lucia herself is reported to have explicitly stated that the Third Secret contains Apocalyptic content. According to one source, when Lucia was asked about the Third Secret, she said it was contained, “in the Gospels and in the Apocalypse (Revelations).”
Moreover, at one point, she had even specified Revelations, Chapters 8 to 13, a range that includes Revelations 12:4, the chapter and verse cited by Pope John Paul II in his homily in Fatima on May 13, 2000. You see, Dear Reader, only the first part of the Third Secret was released by the Vatican.
The second part of the third secret contains the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Lucia only gives us a hint, since it is imperative that only a Pope could release it. Lucia reveals that Our Lady of Fatima warns, “In Portugal, the Dogma of the (Catholic) Faith will always be preserved . . . etc.” But, the Vatican refuses to release what that “etc.” contained in that third secret!
Unbeknownst to most, Pope John Paul the First had met Lucia while he was Patriarch of Venice, and was deeply moved by the experience. In a letter to a colleague after his election as Pope, he vowed to perform the Consecration of Russia, which Lucia confirmed that Mary had requested. However, in 1978, the year of the three Popes, Pope John Paul I died after just 33 days as the Vicar of Christ!
Dear Reader, there are some misguided men both inside and outside the Catholic Church, who do not want the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to occur! In the 1960s, referring to the situation of the Church, the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, affirmed that he has a sense that “from some fissure, the smoke of Satan has entered the Temple of God.”
The Message of Fatima consists of a number of precise predictions, requests, warnings, and promises concerning the Catholic Faith and the world, which were conveyed by the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, in a series of apparitions at Fatima, Portugal from May to October 1917.
The Apparitions of Mary were confirmed by an unprecedented public miracle, the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred at precisely the moment Lucia said it would. More than 70,000 people, including so-called freemasons, communists, and atheists, saw the sun, contrary to all cosmic laws, dance in the sky, in an array of brilliant colors. The sun danced towards the Earth, descending and ascending. These events were reported in atheist newspapers around the world, including the New York Times.
All of the Popes since the Fatima Miracle have affirmed that the Message is authentic. Several Popes have gone to Fatima in person, including Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. John Paul II said at Fatima in 1982 that, “the Message of Fatima imposes an obligation on the Church.” Pope Benedict XVI reiterated, “. . . that those who think that the Message of Fatima is relegated to the past, are deceiving themselves.”
Many other miracles have been performed by God authenticating the Fatima Message as coming from Him, not only at the time of the Miracle of the Sun, October 13, 1917, but down through the years to our present day. Miracles of conversions and cures have been verified, which good science cannot explain by natural means. The Message of Fatima accurately predicted world events, which proves that it is a true prophecy.
The Secrets of Fatima accurately predicted the end of World War I, the emergence of Russia as a world power which would spread its errors throughout the world and raising up wars and persecutions against the Church, the election of a Pope who would be named Pius XI, and the waging of a second World War following a strange light in the night sky. In WWII, over 60 million human beings were killed. Today, we no longer consider Russia as the Soviet Union, but “Russia!” The Mystical Rose was ever mindful of her choice of words.
The Message of Fatima also predicted that if the requests of the Virgin Mary at Fatima are not honored, many souls will be lost, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and there will be further wars and persecutions of the Church. Various nations will be annihilated! The annihilation of nations predicted at Fatima has not yet occurred, but many fear that it will soon happen, given the growing immorality and corruption of the world!
At Fatima, Our Lady said that God wished to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Mystical Rose proclaimed that many souls would be saved from Hell and the annihilation of nations averted if devotion to Her Immaculate Heart were established. Dear Reader, The Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, by the Pope together with the world’s bishops in a solemn public ceremony is paramount! The First Saturday devotion and the Most Holy Rosary are part and parcel for this Holy Consecration to occur. We must pray, pray, and pray!!!
Dear Reader, only a number of the Faithful practice the First Saturday Devotion, and Russia has yet to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a solemn public ceremony conducted by the Pope together with the world’s Catholic bishops. In 1982, Lucia was asked if an attempted consecration by Pope John Paul II had sufficed. She replied that it did not suffice, because Russia was not mentioned and the world’s bishops had not participated. Another attempted consecration in 1984 likewise did not mention Russia or involve the participation of many of the world’s bishops, and Sister Lucia stated immediately afterwards that this consecration, too, had failed to meet Our Lady’s request.
The Message of Fatima warns that if the requests of Our Lady of Fatima for the Consecration of Russia and the First Saturday devotion are not honored, the Church will be persecuted, there will be other major wars, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated. Russian militant atheists will enslave many nations. Most important, many souls will be lost.
The Message of Fatima promises that if the requests of Our Lady of Fatima are carried out, then, “My Immaculate Heart will triumph. Russia will be converted (Catholic), and a period of peace will be granted to mankind.” However, since 1984, the moral and spiritual state of the world has obviously grown far worse: In the past 14 years, there have been 600 million abortions, and wars have broken out all over the world. Mercy-killings and homosexual-unions have been “legalized!” What an awful travesty!
In Russia, laws discriminate against the Catholic Church, and they are in favor of Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and the Orthodox churches, which forcibly occupied Catholic parishes under the Communists. Thus, it is clear, Russia is not converted to the Catholic Faith as Our Lady of Fatima promised would happen if her request were accomplished.
There have been very few conversions to Catholicism in Russia over the past fourteen years. In all of Russia today there are only 300,000 Catholics, much less than one percent of the Russian population. By comparison, after Our Lady appeared at Guadalupe, Mexico in the 16th Century, more than 7 million Mexicans converted from paganism to the Catholic Faith within nine years, and Mexico became a Catholic country. Viva Cristo Rey!
The Message of Fatima is very important to you and your family because it involves the salvation of your souls. If the requests of Our Lady of Fatima are not carried out, then the consequences are the annihilation of nations, the enslavement of all mankind under militant atheist, and Hell will become more populated.
The Apparitions at Fatima are public and prophetic revelation given by the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. The Virgin Mary’s prophecy was confirmed by a public miracle and authenticated by a whole line of Popes. In addition, its predictions have come true. Therefore, while belief in the Message of Fatima may not strictly be required of Catholics as an article of faith, one would be very foolish to disregard such an obviously authentic message from Heaven.
As St. Paul proves with valid and reliable evidence, “Despise not prophecies, but prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.” Dear Reader, The Prophecy of Fatima has been proven worthy of belief. They are good! We should not despise it, but rather hold fast to what Our Lady told us at Fatima. We should not wish even one soul be lost to Hell, not even our worse enemy! Hell is eternal! Woe is woe!
Dear Reader, In or about 1224, Giovanni Francesco also wrote and prayed, “. . . Make me a channel of Your peace: It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. In giving of ourselves that we receive. And, in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.” Dear Reader, Jesus will come to Judge the living and the dead. In the resurrection of the body, we will be made whole again, body and soul, and then, Our Merciful Jesus will separate us, sheep from the goats. The sheep will live an Eternal Life, and the goats, will die an eternal death, the second death!
Mary, Dear Reader, the Mystical Rose, promises us a rose garden. She wants to enfold us in her Immaculate Garden, her mantle. At Fatima, the three children spread the message about the new prayer to be included into the Most Holy Rosary. I echo, “O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those (souls) in most need of Thy Mercy!” Beauty, Dear Reader, is in the eyes of Mary, our Most Gracious Advocate; go to her! O Mystical Rose, turn thine eyes of Mercy towards us!
St. Francis of Assisi, help us!
Stay-tuned for “The Triumph of Notre Dame” on Thursday, December 20.
Peace & JAMLY,