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Diverting the Message of Fatima

Homer Sweeney
According to media reports, Our Lady of Fatima is still very popular in Portugal as this year thousands celebrated the 101st anniversary of her first apparition. A small reference about Fatima was also made on that day in the California Orange County Catholic newspaper, which diverts the true message of Fatima.

Mass in Fatima 2018

Thousands of pilgrims filled Fatima square for the May 13, 2018, Mass & ceremonies

pilgrims
The article stated: “Mary appeared to three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, six times between May 13 and October 13, 1917, and asked for prayers for world peace and an end to World War I, for sinners and for the conversion of Russia.” One might ask: What is wrong with the statement?

First, it is wrong in the fact that it does not mention the Rosary. The progressivist Church has a plan to end the devotion to the Rosary. Its priests say: “Its old-fashioned and out of date.” They have been proclaiming this in the Church for decades with an know-it-all arrogant air.

They would have accomplished their goal by now, but there are still millions of devotees to Our Lady including many Novus Ordo Catholics who refuse to budge.

Just try to get a Novus Ordo priest to say a Rosary at a wake. Good luck! He doesn't worry about blaspheming Our Lady, but won't take the chance of upsetting the Protestants, a script right from the traitor’s playbook.

Notwithstanding, at each apparition Our Lady instructed us to pray the Rosary daily. Our Lady was very specific when she closed the first apparition on May 13, 1917, with the words: “Pray the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.” The children obeyed.

On June 13, the second apparition, she told the children that she wanted them "to say the Rosary every day." On July 13, the apparition that included the vision of Hell, she repeated: "Continue to pray the Rosary every day to Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world and the end of the war because only She will be able to help you."

On August 19, Our Lady appeared at the Valinhos and said only a few words, but again she told the children "to pray the Rosary every day." During the fifth apparition on September 13, she spoke briefly again, but repeated the command "to recite the Rosary to obtain the end of the war."

On October 13, the day of the Miracle of the Sun, she told the children: "I am Our Lady of the Rosary. I desire a chapel in my honor to be built here, and that people continue to recite the Rosary every day."

Clearly, the daily recitation of the Rosary is an important part of the message of Fatima.

Karl Rahner with Karl Barth

Fr. Dhanis, center, with Protestant Karl Barth, at left, & Fr. Karl Rahner

Second, the article only considers the 1917 appearances at Fatima. It ignores the other apparitions recorded by Sister Lucy.

This is the approach taken by Fr. Edouard Dhanis, S.J., a progressivist Jesuit who did everything in his power to destroy the message of Fatima. He was so successful that Card. Joseph Ratzinger praised him in The Message of Fatima report [the supposed third secret revealed by Ratzinger in 2000] as an “eminent scholar” on Fatima.

In fact, he was invited to interview Sister Lucy and review all the documentation. He refused. He did not want “to mix facts with fiction.” He said that Sister Lucy had a propensity for unconscious fabrication in certain areas. He was probably looking in the mirror when he made that statement. Dhanis’ opinion of Sister Lucy can be translated into a few English words: “She is a liar.”

Third, the article also omits the reference of Our Lady to the need for penance. Penance and sacrifice are not part of “new theology.” This is very evident in the New Mass introduced by Paul VI, which is no longer a sacrifice but a banquet, as detailed in this article by Dr. Carol Byrne titled Essence of Mass: No Longer a Sacrifice, but a Banquet .

In the summer of 1916, the Angel of Portugal appeared for the second time to the children, this time near the well of Lucy's house. The Angel asked: “What are you doing? Pray, pray, pray very much! The Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs concerning you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.”

Lucy asked: “How must we sacrifice?” The Angel replied: “Make everything you do a sacrifice, and offer it as an act of reparation for the sins by which God is offended, and as a petition for the conversion of sinners.”

At the first apparition of Our Lady on May 13, 1917, she also asked for sacrifices. She asked the children: "Do you wish to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the suffering that He may please to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and to ask for the conversion of sinners?" "Yes, we do." said the children. "You will have to suffer a lot, but the grace of God will be your comfort," Our Lady responded.

In August, Our Lady told the children: “Pray, pray much and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to Hell, because there are none who sacrifice and pray for them.”

Virgin Mary - Virgen Maria

Praying the Rosary and devotion to Her Immaculate Heart are important parts of the Fatima message

Fourth, the article states that the children prayed for the conversion of Russia. But, actually Our Lady never asked the seers to pray for the conversion of Russia. It was only in 1929 when she appeared to Sister Lucy in the convent at Tuy, Spain, that she asked for the Pope, together with the Bishops of the world, to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that Russia would be converted and there would be peace.

The Popes have failed miserably in fulfilling her command. Obviously they did not have the faith to believe that Our Lady could bring peace to the world or they would have accomplished this very simple act.

Fifth, the article also states that Our Lady entrusted the children with three secrets: devotion to her Immaculate Heart, the vision of Hell and one regarding a “bishop dressed in white.” This latter part is a complete fabrication as I have demonstrated several times. [here, here, here]

Sixth, the article also omits any reference of Our Lady to Hell. But, she both warned us and reminded us that poor sinners go to Hell, something that is not repeated today.

In June 1913, Our Lady told the children that Jesus wishes to establish the devotion to her Immaculate Heart throughout the world. She told the devotees: “I promise to assist those who embrace it at the hour of death, with all of the graces necessary for salvation.” She also told the children: “These souls will be beloved of God, like flowers arranged by me to adorn His throne.”

Since the progressivist Church preaches universal salvation and the recent Popes affirm that there is no Hell, this conflicts with what the Mother of God told us when she warned us that poor sinners go to Hell. Also, it conflicts with her recommendation to establish the devotion of the five first Saturdays, which provides the necessary graces at death to be saved. According to the progressivist way of thinking, she was wasting her time with these messages.

So, we see that the most important message of Our Lady’s visit is glossed over by the Orange County Catholic newspaper article, which faithfully echoes the thinking of the modern day progressivist Church rather than the truth about Fatima.


Posted August 15, 2018

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