13/5: 102nd Anniversary of Fatima Apparition… Russian Consecration Now REALLY Urgent!editor
If you don’t realise just how bad things are right now in the Church and the world, that, while Our Lady did warn us that the Pope would consecrate Russia but that “it would be late” – (and WOW! is it “late” right now), read Christopher Ferrara’s take on Pope Francis’s latest Apostolic Letter; Ferrara’s article is provocatively headlined Pope Francis Signs Document Protecting “Consensual” Clerical Sodomy
And then let’s redouble our prayers for the Pope to obey Our Lady’s request, straight from the throne of God, to consecrate Russia in order to achieve the promised period of world peace. His every other human venture to bring about peace in the world has manifestly failed. As exhorted in the editorial of the current Catholic Truth newsletter, let’s pray for the intercession of little Jacinta, Fatima seer, now canonised Saint who had a particular devotion to praying for the Holy Father. St Jacinta, pray for Pope Francis!
I hope this is not too tangential, but it does relate to the crisis in the Church. I was reading a passage yesterday discussing Cain and Abel, how Cain’s sacrifice was rejected by God, whereas Abel’s was found worthy.
Cain’s sacrifice was to offer the fruits of the earth; Abel’s was a sacrifice of blood, the “firstlings of his flock and of their fat.” What struck me is the Novus Ordo Offertory prayer (no longer called Offertory, but “Preparation of the Gifts”):
Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.
(and for the wine):
Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.
In other words, the Novus Ordo “Offertory” is Cain’s unacceptable sacrifice, the fruits of the earth! And what was Cain’s fate as a result of his murder of Abel – which also encompassed the elimination of the proper sacrifice? He was banished to the land of Nod, to lead a wandering, vagrant life.
It seems that the Church, led by corrupt and disoriented clergy, has also been leading a wandering, vagrant life since Vatican II. I have to wonder why thousands of red flags didn’t go up amongst clergy, theologians and faithful upon the publication of this “Preparation of the Gifts.” Surely it is a stark and ominous indicator of the “striking departure” described in the Ottaviani Intervention….which, by the way, does not mention this allusion to Cain’s unworthy gifts.
Here are some warnings, though, from this same Intervention:
1. “It is evident that the Novus Ordo has no intention of presenting the Faith as taught by the
Council of Trent, to which, nonetheless, the Catholic conscience is bound forever. With the
promulgation of the Novus Ordo, the loyal Catholic is thus faced with a most tragic
alternative.” (conclusion of Section VI)
2. “By way of compensation the new Liturgy will be the delight of the various groups who,
hovering on the verge of apostasy, are wreaking havoc in the Church of God, poisoning her
organism and undermining her unity of doctrine, worship, morals and discipline in a
spiritual crisis without precedent. (conclusion of Section VII)
3. ““Should anyone presume to tamper with this [the Missal of St. Pius V], let him know that he shall incur the wrath of God Almighty and of his Blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul” (Quo Primum. July 13, 1570).” (Section VIII)
Regarding #3, we know from other sources, esp. St. John Eudes, that the wrath of God takes its most severe form in the appearance of corrupt clergy….
I think that’s a brilliant link between the new Mass and the Genesis story of Cain and Abel. I hadn’t thought of that, myself, so plenty of food for reflection there.
On topic, I do agree that things are very urgent now and we need the Consecration of Russia to happen right up. I’m going to read Chris Ferrara’s article again – and listen to that lovely video recording of the Fatima hymn – to make sure I’m understanding it correctly. It’s definitely a provocative headline so I want to make sure I’m not misunderstanding his article.
I love the hymn on the video, and am appalled by Chris Ferrara’s report, but the truth will out. The Apostolic Letter should have spelt out that any priest (or bishop) indulging in sexual behaviour will be thrown out of the priesthood. I don’t think it’s enough to limit punishment or discipline to child abuse – I think the time has come to get rid of all the bad priests known to be sexually active. I applaud RCA Victor for highlighting St John Eudes’ statement about corrupt clergy. We need to get rid of them all. I can’t remember who it was, maybe also St John Eudes, but there is a saint who said no priests were better than bad priest. Hear, hear.
Well, this thread’s not exactly setting the heather on fire, is it?
Maybe this news will change things. Here we are, eve of the 102nd anniversary of the first Fatima apparition, still awaiting the authentic Consecration of Russia, and what does Pope Francis do? He gives permission for official pilgrimages to be organised to… Medjugorje!
I’ve just finished reading a book about Medjugorje written by one of the “seers” (at the request of a friend) and if I needed any further convincing that there is nothing supernatural happening there, to quote the local Bishop(s), Mirjana’s writings would have done the trick. All those visits and messages from Our Lady, still coming thick and fast, and not a single mention of Russia … Of course, since Mirjana reveals in her book that she (and I presume all the other “seers”) totally accept the Vatican version of the Fatima events – she considers the Consecration to have been done (yet, still, paradoxically, “Medjugorje is a continuation of Fatima” – why? What more is needed?) not to mention the Vatican version of just about everything, and she thinks Pope Francis is the pope we need for our times, none of the above is too surprising.
Truly, you couldn’t make it up.
I am shocked at this news about Medjugorje. It looks to me like the Vatican is trying to keep this alive, maybe for PR reasons or because it is a money-spinner. Whatever the reason, it is shocking to approve a site where it’s so obvious that nothing is happening.
I agree. It’s shocking, but not surprising that the Vatican/Pope is allowing pilgrimages to this place. When you think of it, the Vatican sent warm greetings to Muslims for Ramadan and oozed with praise for Islam, so allowing pilgrimages to a dubious shrine in not really big news any more.
“…because it is a money-spinner.”
RCA Victor & Nicky,
Bingo – with bells on!
A very happy Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, to one and all.
Pray, especially today, for the Consecration of Russia
I wish everyone at CT a very happy Feast of Fatima today.
I am praying for Pope Francis today very especially.
A very happy Fatima anniversary & Feast to CT bloggers.
I love the hymn. Happy Feast day everyone!
I found this very interesting video clip from a Fatima Youth Conference, run by the Fatima Center.
Youth Conference on Fatima
I wish everyone on the blog a very happy Feast of Our Lady of Fatima – and I agree we need to redouble our prayers for the Consecration of Russia. As Father Gruner RIP said – “Only she can help you now.” That was never more true than it is right now.
I wish everyone a happy Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. True Fidelis, we do need to redouble our prayers for The Consecration of Russia. The world is in a desperate state due to many Bishops not seeing the necessity for carrying out Our Lady’s request.
Just imagine what will happen when the Pope and Bishops DO Consecrate Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. A prime example is to study, then follow the example of the Bishops of Portugal when they Consecrated their country in 1931 – it was nothing less than miraculous.
Although I had heard about that Portugal consecration before, I’ve never read it in any detail and that account just left me totally speechless! Thanks a million for posting it.
I copied this quote from the Bishops’ letter:
“This Catholic Renaissance was of such a magnitude that in 1942 the bishops of Portugal declared in a collective Pastoral Letter: “Anybody who would have closed his eyes twenty-five years ago and opened them now would no longer recognize Portugal, so vast is the transformation worked by the modest and invisible factor of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin at Fatima. Really, Our Lady wishes to save Portugal.”
There is no question that that really was a transformation, absolutely incredible.
If this is a glimpse of what is to come in the world after the Consecration of Russia, I, for one, can’t wait!
Happy Feast day Theresa Rose and everyone!
Many thanks for posting that link to the article about the Portugal consecration. I believe Westminster Fly has posted on this from time to time but I have to be honest, it was not until I read that link that it really penetrated with me how utterly marvellous it will be when the pope, whoever he is, consecrates Russia in the manner prescribed by Our Lady of Fatima.
I agree with the others – that’s a wonderful article about Portugal. Gives us hope!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Fatima Feast Day thread. Much appreciated.
I’ll now close the thread to comments – hoping we can meet against next year to celebrate the Consecration of Russia!
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