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Penance in Fatima & Other Apparitions

Homer Sweeney
Recently I visited the Jesuit High School (now College Prep) from which I graduated. The new institution is at a different location, but my good friend who had invited me gave me a tour of the 50-year-old facility. We visited the chapel and I asked: “Oh, do they have confessions?”

confessions face to face

A new face-to-face reconciliation has replaced confession

The reply was yes, but the confessions are heard in a storage area. Confession is an one-on-one discussion now, following the Protestant rite of reconciliation. My friend was very surprised when I told him that when I was at this school, Fr. Solon S.J., head of discipline and feared by most of us, would encourage us to go to Confession by coming into our class every Friday afternoon and ask if anyone wanted to go to Confession.

This change in attitude was explained in the 17th century in Quito, Ecuador, when Our Lady of Good Success told Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres about the importance of the Sacrament of Penance and significant role of priests. In the apparition of December 8, 1634, she said:

“See and contemplate the grandeur of this restoring and life-giving Sacrament of Penance, so forgotten and even scorned by ungrateful men who, in their foolish madness, do not realize that this is the only sure means of salvation after one has lost his baptismal innocence.

“What is most grievous is that even the ministers of My Most Holy Son do not give to it the value that they should, viewing with cold indifference this valuable and precious treasure, which has been placed in their hands for the restoration of souls rescued by the Blood of the Redeemer. There are those who consider hearing confession as a loss of time and a futile thing.

"Oh, alas! If priests were given to see directly that which you are now contemplating and were enlightened with the Light that now illuminates you, they would then recognize this gift.” (The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana, vol. 2, pp. 285-86)

This decline in the Church can be traced to 1846, when Our Lady of La Salette told the two children Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, that Lucifer, together with a great number of devils, would be loosed from Hell. Little by little those devils would demolish the faith, even in persons consecrated to God. The devils would so blind those souls that, without a special grace, they would take on the spirit of these evil angels. A number of religious houses would lose the faith entirely and cause many souls to be damned.

devils loosed.

Devils loosed from Hell drag souls into the eternal fires

On September 25, 1888, following his morning Mass, Pope Leo XIII became traumatized to the point that he collapsed. After coming to himself, the Pope described a frightful conversation between Jesus Christ and the Devil that he had heard coming from the Tabernacle. Satan boasted that he could destroy the Church if he was granted 100 years to carry out his plan. To Satan’s request, Our Lord replied: “You will be given the time and power.”

On May 10, 1904, Our Lady described the new clergy and its liturgy to Marie-Julies Jahenny, the mystic and stigmatic of La Fraudais: “They will not stop on this hateful and sacrilegious road. They will go further to compromise, all at once and in one blow, the Holy Church, the clergy and the Faith of my children.”

She announced the “dispersion of the pastors” by the Church herself; true pastors who would be replaced by others formed by Hell. She foresaw “new preachers of new sacraments, new temples, new baptism, new confraternities.”

Our Lady came to Fatima in 1917 to save our souls from the eternal fires of Hell. Her message was entirely rejected by the Church authorities. Sister Lucy told Fr. Fuentes in her farewell words about Fatima in 1957:

“Father, the Blessed Virgin is very sad because no one has paid attention to her Message, neither the good nor the bad. The good continue on their way but without giving any importance to her Message. The bad, not seeing the punishment of God falling on them, continue their life of sin without even caring about the Message. But Father, you must believe me that God is going to punish the world and chastise it in a tremendous way. The punishment from Heaven is imminent.”

The reality of the modern man is reflected perfectly in the words of St. Alphonsus de Liguori who told us: “Many sinners will not believe in the Divine threats until the chastisement comes upon them.”

One of the obvious results of Vatican II is that relatively few modern Novus Ordo Catholics go to confession, even though there has never at any time in History been so many sins committed by men in the Church and the world. John Paul II was correct when he said in 1982 at Fatima: “Sin has institutionalized itself.”

The Novus Ordo Church never speaks of The Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven and Hell. Sin is not considered a serious matter. The New Church rejects the dogmatic teaching of Purgatory and Hell, and instead embraces the Protestant heresy of Universal Salvation. The Conciliar Church rejects the words of Jesus Christ and of Our Lady of Fatima.

our lady fatima heart

'The Virgin is very sad because no one has paid attention to her message'

Fr. Stephen Somerville wrote a four-part series over 10 years ago on this site addressing the question why there has been such a huge drop in the number of confessions (see here, here, here and here), which I advise the reader to study.

Christ said: “So shall it be the end of the world, the Angels shall go out and separate the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Mt 13:49-50)

Our Lady of Fatima repeated the same message to the three seers on July 13, 1917, when she told them: “You have seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go.”

I wonder sometimes how in the procession before a Novus Ordo Mass the person carrying the book down the aisle can do so with a straight face. Our Lord was certainly concerned about the salvation of mankind, but the Gospels also present us with a Christ who warns us of sin, Hell and damnation. The parts of the Gospel that speak of eternal punishment have been carefully limited or removed. The reason was to disregard and delete readings that conflict with the progressivist new teaching.

It all started when John XXIII at Vatican II urged the assembly to use the medium of mercy rather than “the arms of severity" when considering the topic of error and sin. He was not a believer in Fatima so perhaps he had no idea that on December 10, 1925, at Pontevedra, Jesus showed Sister Lucy the heart of Our Lady covered with thorns. She told her that ungrateful men pierce it at every moment and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.

Almost 60 years later Francis puts into perfect practice that thinking of John XXIII by emphasizing that the Church is always "more loving, caring, inclusive and sympathetic to sinners.”

In that apparition at Pontevedra to Sister Lucy, Our Lady also gave mankind a remedy that the Popes and Conciliar Church utterly disregard, the Devotion of the Five First Saturdays, which includes going to Confession and receiving Communion:

“My daughter, look at My Heart surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console me, and tell people that I promised to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months go to Confession and receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

For more on Confession, my suggestion is to read Understanding the Sacrament of Penance by Fr. Paul Alvarez.


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Posted October 12, 2018

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