The Catholic Southern Front

Chapter 9/46 – The Blessed Virgin chooses Fatima in Portugal

His Holiness Pope Benedict XV, implored the intercession of the Blessed Virgin to bring an end to the First World War. In his pastoral letter to the world of May 5, 1917, the Pontiff urged the faithful to petition Mary the Mother of Mercy: “…in this awful hour, that her most tender and benign solicitude may be moved and the peace we ask for be obtained for our agitated world.”(1) The Blessed Virgin responded immediately, she appeared within eight days on May 13 at Fatima, Portugal. Previous to her apparition the Angel of Portugal appeared three times to the three young sheepherder visionaries, Lucia dos Santos, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto. The Angel of Peace, as he called himself, asked the children to invoke the Lord by way of the prayer: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.” And, “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore You profoundly and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.”(2)

She appeared after an unexpected thunderbolt and lightning startled the children. Shining in a white garment and Rosary in hand, the young lady pleaded with the children to visit the Cova da Iria on the 13th day of the month, from May to October, six consecutive months. After instructing them in the Rosary, Our Lady revealed to them a vision of hell, where unrepentant sinners go. She said: “Many souls go to hell because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.”(3) The vision of hell revealed demons and humans in blackened forms tossed around in a vast fire. She also instructed them to pray the Rosary for peace in the world and for a quick end to the First World War. The Blessed Virgin desired to rekindle the devotion to her Immaculate Heart, which would thus be able to save a great number of souls from damnation. In a later apparition, to Sister Lucia the Lord said: “I promise to assist at the hour of death with the grace necessary for salvation all those who, with the intention of making reparation to me, will, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the beads, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the rosary.”(4) The vision of hell had not occurred at Lourdes on February 21, 1858, however to the young Bernadette Soubirous, Our Lady urged, “Pray for sinners.” “I am the Immaculate Conception,” said the Woman, affirming Pope Pius IX’s proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of 1858.

The August 13 apparition was delayed as the children were at the time kidnapped by the Mayor of Vila Nova de Ourem, the Freemason Arthur Santos. In a similar manner as the Commissioner of Lourdes had persecuted the young Bernadette Soubirous, Arthur Santos threatened the children with death in boiling oil, unless they proclaimed the apparitions were the fruit of their imagination. On the Feast of the Assumption, on August 15, 1917, the three children were released from their prison. On October 13, 1917, a severe storm was beating on most of the region. Regardless of the mud and rain, fifty to seventy thousand people gathered to witness the prophesied miracle of the Blessed Virgin.

When the young Lady appeared, she presented herself to the children as “Our Lady of the Rosary.” The Blessed Mother desired that a chapel should be built at the site. High above their heads, in the sky, the sun began to spin and to some, it appeared as a giant wheel of fire hurtling towards the Earth. To others, it appeared as a silvery disc, which rotated and emitted different hues of light. One witness in particular saw the entire landscape, including the people turn into a ghastly yellow, while others saw the sun whirl down, over the crowds’ heads. Surely, this was not the first time such a miracle occurred. In 1656 at Czestochowa in Poland, both before and after the Swedish invasions miraculous solar phenomena took place. At Fatima when the sun returned to its original position, the frightened onlookers realized that their clothing was dry. The incredible solar phenomenon was beheld up to thirty miles from Fatima. In addition, certain individuals witnessed the Lord robed in red and blessing the crowds, the infant Jesus with Mary, Saint Joseph and finally Mary in the brown robes of Carmel. Interestingly, in Canon Formigao’s interrogations of the three Portuguese peasant children, Lucia and Jacinta recounted how Our Lady pledged that on October 13, Saint Joseph and the Christ Child would appear. This would bring the end of the First World War, or rather the beginning of the end of the First Great War, which would be confirmed within a year. A prophecy which indeed came true.

During the flu epidemic of later years, two of the children passed away, offering their sufferings in reparation for the sinners of the world. At Fatima, the Blessed Virgin explained that the men (soldiers) were returning home and the First World War would soon be over, but if humanity remained unrepentant, during the next pontificate, a greater war could befall the world. At Fatima the young Lady spoke of a portent, which in case the world did not heed her message of conversion, would announce the coming of the Second World War. Mysterious lights in the sky were to be the harbinger of a second Great War; such an event was to be witnessed by many.

The New York Times of January 26, 1938, says: “AURORA BOREALIS STARTLES EUROPE: PEOPLE FLEE IN FEAR, CALL FIREMEN.” The newspaper continues, “BRITONS THOUGHT WINDSOR CASTLE ABLAZE–SCOTS SEE ILL OMEN–SNOW CLAD ALPS GLOW.”(5) “The Great Aurora was seen over the whole of Europe and as far south as Southern Australia, Sicily, Portugal and across the Atlantic to Bermuda and Southern California. Crowds in Vienna awaiting the imminent birth of Princess Juliana’s baby cheered the aurora as a lucky omen. The immense arches of crimson light with shifting areas of green and blue, radiated from a brilliant Auroral Crown near the zenith instead of appearing as usual in parallel lines.”(6) Statements by the Nazi colleagues of Herr Hitler, reveal that the Fuhrer himself witnessed this phenomenon. One of the Fuhrer’s generals accompanied Herr Hitler to his mountain hideout. On witnessing the lights, the Fuhrer become extremely perplexed and also frightened, though, after consulting his auger the Fuhrer understood the meaning of the lights, which meant: “Blood and more blood! if Austria were to be invaded,” in a rage he exclaimed, “let it be so!” One month later Hitler invaded Austria. The Blessed Mother desired the world and especially Russia, to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart; a Consecration accomplished in 1984. Mary’s request was: “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. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. 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.”(7)

During Pope John Paul II’s pontificate, the third secret was revealed, and described by Sister Lucia in the following manner: “After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’ And we saw in an immense light that is God, something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it, a bishop dressed in white, we had the impression that it was the Holy Father and other bishops, priests, men and women. Religious 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 there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other bishops, priests, 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 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.”(8)

In October 1930 the Bishop of Leiria declared the apparitions as factual. Since 1930 every year, in increasing numbers, pilgrims have flocked to Fatima. Portugal was also consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by its bishops in 1938. As a result of the consecration, this country was altogether spared from the ravages of the Second Great War. In 1929, Sister Lucia wrote a letter to the Holy Father, asking for Our Lady’s request be fulfilled, that the: “Holy Father consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart and that he should command all the bishops to do the Consecration in union with him at the same time.”(9) The Consecration carried out in 1942 (of the whole world) fell short of Our Lady’s demands. In 1939, Sister Lucia sent a letter to the Bishop of Leira saying that: “War is imminent. The sins of men will be washed in their own blood. Those nations will suffer most in the war, which tried to destroy the Kingdom of God. Portugal will suffer some of the consequences of war, but, because of the Consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart, Portugal would not suffer all of them.”(10) Sister Lucia said to Father De Marchi: “In 1940 I wrote to the bishop referring to the failure to fulfil Our Lady’s wishes. I wrote: ‘If only the world knew the moment of grace that is conceded and would do penance!’ In the letter which, by order of my spiritual directors, I wrote to the Holy Father in 1940, I exposed the exact request of our Lady and asked for the Consecration of the world with special mention of Russia.”(11) Therefore, Our Lady’s request was that the Holy Father and all the bishops should consecrate Russia on the same day. Sister Lucia confirmed that had it (the Consecration to her Immaculate Heart) been carried out as demanded, there would have been no Second World War. Lucia gave the reason: “As Russia would have been converted.” So, no Second World War if Russia were properly consecrated! This is a hard statement to comprehend!

On July 7, 1952, His Holiness Pope XII consecrated Russia and its people to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On November 21, 1964, His Holiness Pope Paul VI re-consecrated Russia during Vatican Council II. His Holiness Pope John Paul II accredited Our Lady of Fatima, for saving his life when he was shot on May 13, 1981, in Saint Peter’s Square, Rome. The Blessed Virgin had spared his life, His Holiness acknowledged that a motherly hand guided the bullet’s path. In thanksgiving, this same bullet, fired by the Turkish born hitman and KGB commissioned Ali Agca, was mounted in the crown of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. In 1989, Sister Lucia confirmed that God had accepted the Consecration of Russia and the whole World, which Pope John Paul II had carried out on March 25, 1984, and the result would become apparent later that year. In 1989 the entire world witnessed the end of the Berlin wall and the gradual political freedom, which replaced communism in the former soviet countries. In 1991 Russia began the process of democratization, which evidently is still an ongoing process. The possibility and fulfillment of a true Russian democracy is probably hard to achieve. Certain western capitalistic models which disregard the welfare state and are ruled by the minority in the form of occultic secret societies, cannot be a proper model for Russian democracy.

Righteousness exalts a nation,

But sin is a disgrace to any people.

Proverbs 14:34

 

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