"Reconsidering the Miracle of Fatima"

2021 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 20 June 2021

At Fatima in 1917, Our Lady said that we must “Stop offending God who is too much offended by sin.” Why is there so much sin in the world today? the Devil has tricked us as he tricked Adam and Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Paradise. Today, many people do not even believe in God and an afterlife after death. The Psalmist tell us in Psalm 13 and 52 “Only the fool says in heart, there is no God.” Our Lady proved to the 75,000 people who came to Fatima on 13 October 1917 that the great miracle of the sun and drying up of all land and the drying of the clothes of the people from the rain that a great supernatural miracle had occurred. Never in the history of man had a miracle been foretold at a certain time and place. The Miracle of the Sun was prophesied by Our Lady to the three children at 12 Noon on the 13 of October 1917. Even Lucia mother did not believe the three children whom she thought would be killed because of their deception. On this day even the secular Free Mason Newspaper, O Saeculo of Lisbon, reported the great miracle of the sun. The Psalmist tells us in Psalm that “All pagan religions are from the devil” Ps. 95 All you have to do is to look at the various religions and what they teach. Do they believe in divorce, contraception, homosexuality and same sex marriage. Do they believe in the teaching of Jesus on the Holy Eucharist in John 6: 48 “I am the bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven; that if any man eat of it, he may not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Then Jesus said to them: ‘Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day. Jn. 6:48-54

Do most people believe in the forgiveness of sins in the sacrament of penance. The great English writer and convert to Catholicism Gilbert Keith Chesterton, said that he wanted a faith where his sins could be forgiven. Does any Church or religion believe in the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917? The Catholic Church has always taught that “Outside the Church there is no salvation.” Google this quote and you will find page after page of what the Church, the saints and the Popes have said on the necessity of being in the Catholic Church.

Repent and Return to God

Truly, with every year that passes, the terror momentarily experienced by those present at the public miracle of 13 October 1917 assumes more fearful significance. If the miracle itself was intended to prove the authenticity of the apparitions, the heart-stopping sight of a plummeting sun was a warning of biblical proportions: a show of Divine power that underlined the urgency of the warning to mankind: repent and return to God. Before these latter-day Bacchanalians who make the Golden Calf idolators seem like Temperance League revellers. We must recall the chastisement of Sodom and Gomorrah upon which fire from heaven annihilated. For our hellish predicament in the Church and State vividly recall the depravity of those cities before they were annihilated — and with them "all the country about, all the inhabitants of the cities, and all things that spring from the earth," so that Abraham "looked towards Sodom and Gomorrah, and the whole land of that country: and he saw the ashes rise up from the earth as the smoke of a furnace." [Gen. 19: 25, 28]

The Deluge and Sodom and Gomorrah Recalled in the Miracle of the Sun

In a 2017 commentary on the Great Miracle of October 1917, Capuchin Father Regis Scanlon, affirmed that: “The meaning of the ‘rain’ and the threat of the ‘Sun’ crashing to earth, in the context of Our Lady’s warning about avoiding sin, can be grasped by those familiar with Sacred Scripture. For it was the people of Noah’s time that were punished by a flood for taking human life, and it was Sodom and Gomorrah that were punished by fire from the sky for their ‘sins of the flesh,’ especially ‘sodomy’ which is the name given to homosexual acts (Gen. 6-9; 18-19). The threat was an echo of St. Paul’s teaching in the New Testament that ‘God’s wrath’ is coming upon all those who practice ‘sexual immorality, impurity, and lust’ and especially ‘unnatural lust’ or homosexual activity (Col. 3:5-5; Rom. 18-28). So, ‘God’s wrath’ comes down upon the world when murder and sexual impurity — especially homosexual acts — become rampant. Why? Probably because these violations of life and love will bring the world to an end if allowed to continue. p. 3 This is becoming a perfect storm of evils all around the world," writes Fr. Scanlon,

“and it is not far-fetched at all for people of faith to believe that this rampant acceptance of evil is leading us toward some kind of world suicide, perhaps mutual nuclear self-destruction. Obviously, mankind would not survive nuclear contamination — nor would it want to. This was part of the warning that Our Lady gave to Sr. Lucia after she went to the convent. The case has already been made that, today, we have a choice between Fatima or World Suicide. In other words, while systemic sin in a nuclear age progresses like any era — from widespread unbelief to pervasive nihilism to despair — it ends rather differently: not with war but annihilation. Barring the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart in accordance with Our Lady's express wish, the Fatima-Russia nexus itself alludes to this nuclear endgame: viz., a fiery obliteration presaging a Genesis 19 ("smoke of a furnace") aftermath. And while the essence of the Third Secret is rightly said to be about the apostasy ravaging the Church from the top down, Cardinal Ratzinger for one was not averse to underlining its apocalyptic dimension.”

“During an interview carried in the 11 November 1984 edition of Jesus magazine, he stated that he had read the Third Secret and that it refers not just to "dangers threatening the faith" of the Christian but also to "the life of the Christian and therefore [the life] of the world." Thus, it refers as well to "the importance of the Novissimi [the Last Times]." He also equated the Fatima message with the dreadful warning of Our Lady at Akita. "Cardinal Ratzinger personally confirmed to me that these two messages, of Fatima and Akita, are essentially the same," revealed Howard Dee, former Philippine ambassador to the Vatican, in an interview with Inside the Vatican magazine. On 13 October 1973, appearing to Sister Sasagawa at her convent in Akita, Our Lady said:

As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have been before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son.” p. 4-5 (to bc continued)

At Fatima during the July Secret of 1917Our Lady said, “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.” This prophecy of Our Lady’s triumph will coincide with the words of St. Lucia on the one Church and heaven. Dr. Roberto de Mattei, a noted Italian historian, reminds us of the importance of this new revelation which the Carmelite Sisters of Sr. Lucia’s convent published in 2013: “Allow me - (Italian historian Roberto de Mattei) - to recall a revelation from Our Lady at Fatima which we learned about only a few years ago; exactly in 2013 when the Carmel of Coimbra published the volume Um Caminho sob o olhar de Maria

“Around four o’clock in the afternoon on January 3rd 1944, in the convent chapel of Tuy, in front of the Tabernacle, Our Lady urged Sister Lucia to write the text of the Third Secret and Sister Lucia recounts:

“I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard the point of a lance like a flame that is detached touch the axis of the earth and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers and clouds exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted; it is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my heart racing and in my spirit a soft voice that said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven!” Um Caminho sob o olhar de Maria.

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