First, let me grant a warmly sarcastic welcome to all those folks who have arrogantly insisted to me over the years that the consecration of Russia, by a valid pope, in union with the world’s bishops, (as demanded by Our Lady) has been accomplished.
Ya’ll are annoying, and should publicly eat crow today.
But, I’m noticing something else – suddenly folks are noticing all the “ifs” in Our Lady’s message. To wit:
The three children said that on July 13, 1917 the Virgin told them:
“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. IF what I say to you is done, [then] many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes by means of war [WWII], famine, and persecutions of the Church [Vatican II?] and of the Holy Father.” [Pius XI & XII].
“To prevent this [WWII], I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. IF My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church [Vatican II?]. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father [Pius XI & XII?] will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”
That’s a lot of “ifs.”
Now, in fairness, the last few sentences (that we are given) appear to be statements of fact given to us by Our Lady that are not contingent upon conditions precedent. In other words, they are not “if/then” statements – they appear simply to be statements styled in the form of a conclusion.
However, pay close attention to this last bit. To assist in analyzing it, here is the text:
“In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc.“
The problem is that we know that these statements are not the conclusion of the message. The last sentence that we are given is “In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc.” Therefore, we do not know that they are actually conclusory assertions of fact given by Our Lady. In other words, we have these apparently conclusory assertions out of context – the context being whatever the “etc” replaces.
In fact, given that everything she said up to that point is an “if/then” statement, the rather abrupt turn to “well, it’s all going to happen eventually regardless” presents an extreme discontinuity with everything that she said prior to these statements.
Indeed, a huge hint that we are missing more “if/then” context is Our Lady’s statement about Portugal. “In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc.”
Well, the dogma of the Faith has not been preserved in Portugal. Goodness, even Fatima has been directly targeted by the Satanic modernists. Therefore, we know that there are more “if/then” statements contained within the “etc.” Such as: “if the Holy Father reveals this message prior to 1960, and Vatican II never happens” … for a hypothetical example ….
In fact, Our Lady formally made the request to consecrate Russia on June 13, 1929. Then, just the following year, Sr. Lucia reports that Our Lord was already impatient with the fact that Pius XI had not yet consecrated Russia. She reports in her memoirs:
“Later on, by means of an interior communication, Our Lord said to me: They did not want to heed My request! Like the King of France they will repent and do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church: the Holy Father will have much to suffer.”
Notice that Our Lord says “they” will repent and do it. He does not say “the Holy Father,” or “the Pope.” Nor does He promise an era of peace. He essentially says that when “they” “do it” it will be too late.
Later in 1930, Sr. Lucia wrote further on the meaning of the apparition and Our Lord’s requests, saying:
“The good Lord promises to end the persecution in Russia, IF the Holy Father will himself make a solemn act of reparation and consecration of Russia to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, as well as order all the bishops of the Catholic world to do the same. The Holy Father must then promise that upon the ending of this persecution he will approve and recommend the practice of the reparatory [first Saturday] devotion already described.”
So, there are a lot of “ifs.” Finally, people seem to be including those in their quotes. Perhaps now people will begin to realize that the “etc” is potentially replacing a great deal of meaningful text – text that, if Portugal is any guidance, shows that the conclusory statements that the Vatican has left us with are qualified by subsequent statements.
Or … people can simply ignore the context and keep hoping for some fabled Great [orange] Monarch to provide a human solution to a supernatural problem.
Given the likelihood of that, I think it’s appropriate to point out one of the aspects of the Fatima visitations that I find most meaningful. It’s something that most people overlook, or have never known.
That’s this: did you know that before Our Lady ever appeared to the children, she sent an angel three times to prepare them to receive her company?
The first time he instructed them to pray: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee.”
Upon his second visit he said:
“‘What are you doing? Pray! Pray a great deal! The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs concerning you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High!’
“‘How must we sacrifice?’ [Lucy] asked.
“‘Offer God a sacrifice of anything you can as an act of reparation for the sins with which He is offended and as a supplication for the conversion of sinners.'”
By the third visit, the children had started to understand and obey. Read Lucy’s remarkable account of what occurred:
“As soon as we arrived there, we began to say the Angel’s prayer on our knees, with our faces to the ground. ‘My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee… ‘ I do not know how many times we had said this prayer when we saw an unknown light shining over our heads. We rose to see what was happening, and we saw the Angel bearing a chalice in his left hand. Drops of blood fell into the chalice from a Host suspended over it. Leaving the chalice and the Host suspended in the air, the Angel prostrated himself beside us and said the following prayer three times:
“’Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly and offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the insults, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. Through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg Thee for the conversion of poor sinners.’”
“After this, rising up, he again took the chalice and the Host in his hand; he gave the Host to me and the contents of the chalice to Jacinta and Francisco to drink, saying: “’Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, who is horribly insulted by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.’”
“He again prostrated himself on the ground and repeated with us the same prayer three more times. “’Most Holy Trinity. . . .’ Then he disappeared.”
The children needed to prepare their souls to receive Our Lord and His Mother before receiving Him, and before She appeared to them. Therefore, Our Lord sent the angel of Portugal to train them. Once they understood, they were given the incredible honor of receiving Our Lord from the hands of an angel, and of adoring Our Lord next to the same angel. Then, Our Lady came some months later.
So, I ask you this: if three innocent children needed such preparation to receive Our Lord and to enjoy visitation from the Immaculate Heart, how much more penance must 8 billion of the most vile sinners in history sincerely undertake to merit a period of peace that so many have assumed is guaranteed?
The entire message of Fatima is about penance and reparation!
Why on earth do people assume that the promises of Fatima will occur even though the world has ignored the purpose of the entire visitation?
Penance, penance, penance!