...at the centenary of the apparition of our Lady at Fatima
Thank God for the beautiful innocence of these simple but saintly children...
The story of Fatima...
Appearing to the children, the Blessed Virgin told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by war and bloody violence, She promised that Heaven would grant peace to all the world if Her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed. Our Lady said:
To prevent the terrible chastisement at the hands of Russia and to convert "that poor nation", our Lady requested the solemn public Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart by the Pope and all the Catholic bishops of the world. She also asked that the Faithful practice a new devotion of reparation on the first Saturday of five consecutive months ("The Five First Saturdays").
The heart of our Lady's Message to the world is contained in what has come to be called the "Secret" which she confided to the Three Seers in July 1917.
The Secret actually consists of three parts, the first two of which have been publicly revealed.
The first part of the Secret was a horrifying Vision of hell "where the souls of poor sinners go" and contained an urgent plea from Our Lady for acts of prayer and sacrifice to save souls.
The second part of the Secret specifically prophesied the outbreak of World War II and contained the Mother of God's solemn request for the Consecration of Russia as a condition for world peace. It also predicted the inevitable triumph of Her Immaculate Heart following Russia's consecration and the conversion "of that poor nation" to the Catholic Faith.
The last part of the Secret (often called the "Third Secret") has not yet been made public, but was written down by Lucia Dos Santos, the last living Fatima seer, in 1944 and has been in the possession of the Holy See since 1957.
Most informed sources speculate that this portion of the Secret concerns chaos in the Catholic Church, predicting widespread apostasy and a loss of faith beginning in the seventh decade of the 20th Century.
Can anyone now doubt that such is exactly what has happened to the Catholic Church in our time....an unprecedented crisis of faith and authority.