4. What follows is a prophecy, I guess, but it is not mine. I pass it along in light of Fatima and the speculation of number 3, above. The Fatima Crusader interviewed some time back Fr. Paul Kramer, who has published his own take on Fatima on a number of occasions. I do not write this to endorse any view of Fr. Kramer-- anyone can do their own vetting of him and how he or Fr. Gruner are viewed by officials in the hierarchy. I include an excerpt of this interview only for what he claims a 20th Century stigmatist predicted about the consecration of Russia:
FC: So, whoever this hunted Pope is, Benedict or some other Pope, it will not be he who consecrates Russia, in your view?
Father Kramer: On this point I would refer to the testimony of the Roman stigmatist, Antonio Ruffini. Pope Pius XII authorized the blessing of a chapel on the spot where Ruffini received the stigmata on the Via Appia, and Father Tomaselli, the miracle worker, wrote a booklet about him ---- a short account of the life of Ruffini. I myself knew Ruffini for many years. In the early 1990s Ruffini was asked point blank in his home: "Is John Paul II the Pope who is going to do the Consecration of Russia?" He answered: "No, it's not John Paul. It will not be his immediate successor either, but the one after that. He is the one who will consecrate Russia." That is, Benedict's successor, during this time of world war and persecution of the Church, will be the one to do the Consecration at long last and then the restoration and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart will begin.
This is the kind of stuff that could keep you up at night, if you let it. So, if it bothers you, don't read too much into it and don't spend time unwinding the thread you could pull. We do know what Mary asked of us lay Catholics: pray the Rosary, make the reparation of the Five First Saturdays.
Oh, and as a postscript to this take, read this.
5. Of course I pray for a new Pope to be chosen like Cardinal Burke. I mean, really, really like him. Like, HIM, for instance. But anybody better will also do. ;-)
Pray for Cardinal Burke in any event. If he is not elected, he will be at the forefront of the charge to restore, or will be persecuted by the Church's victorious modernists.
6. One of the other thoughts that return to me in prayer is to pray for clarity. By clarity, I mean that we Catholics worldwide actually know just who is elected Pope. Pray that the conclave is not interrupted, or the election challenged. The last thing we need is a pseudo-Catholic Al Gore.
7. One more thought before ending this post-- though I may or may not return to the topic. Speaking of clarity, it would be a blessing (if we are to suffer a general persecution) to actually know who the Catholics are. If there is a schism in the works, I pray it is defused. But if not, at least we might have the benefit of seeing our enemies unmasked.
There it is. I won't deny this post is a bit melodramatic, but, to quote Audrey Rouget in Metropolitan: "Life is melodramatic if you consider the whole sweep of it." And nothing is more important to this sad world than what happens in that conclave.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!