08 May 2014


I have been excerpting from Antonio Socci's important book on Fatima over the past few weeks. I find it terrifyingly comforting as a lens in which to try to view current ecclesiastical events, which otherwise would appear to be caused by pure insanity.

You really need to read this book. In it, Socci, a respected journalist (John Allen, formerly of the NCR, acknowledges as much), does the heavy lifting of proving-- from a careful reconstruction of the Fatima apparition and its subsequent history--that there are indeed two texts that deal with the Third Secret. One is the vision, made public in 2000 by the Vatican, and another letter containing the actual words of Our Lady concerning, well, we don't know for sure.

Today I read a portion wherein Socci makes reference to the subsequent apparition to Sr. Lucia in 1931 by Our Lord while she was in in Rianjo, Spain. The account below comes from the Fatima Crusader site [N.B. Please don't freak out here; I know some will be prone to completely discount the source. But I cite it only because I can cut and paste the excerpted text, whereas I cannot likewise do so with the Socci book. The event is well documented, and the below description is accurate. You are not forced to adopt anyone's take here. Read on.].

The Apparition at Rianjo (1931)

In August 1931, due to illness, Sister Lucy was staying with a friend at Rianjo, Spain, a small maritime city near Pontevedra, to rest and recover. It was in the chapel here that the Messenger of Fatima was once again given a communication from Heaven. Our Lord complained to Sister Lucy of the tardiness of His ministers who delay the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima on June 13, 1929 at Tuy, two years and two months earlier. Sister Lucy reported to her bishop the important revelation:

My confessor ordered me to inform Your Excellency about what happened a little while ago, between our Good God and myself: As I was asking God for the conversion of Russia, Spain and Portugal, it seemed that His Divine Majesty said to me:

‘[...] Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.’

In another text she wrote,

Later, through an intimate communication, Our Lord complained to me: ‘They did not wish to heed My request! ... Like the King of France they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors in the world, provoking wars and persecutions against the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer.’

Our Lord was here making an explicit reference to the requests of the Sacred Heart given through Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque on June 17, 1689 to the King of France. As a result of the refusal of King Louis XIV – as well as the refusal of both his son and grandson, King Louis XV and King Louis XVI – to publicly consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as was requested by Heaven by means of a recognized French Saint of that time, ...the French Revolution [thus followed, and triumphed. In case you missed it, it was bad.].

On June 17, 1789, (the Feast of the Sacred Heart) exactly one hundred years to the day from when Saint Margaret Mary had written down the great designs of Heaven for the King, the Third Estate rose up and proclaimed itself a National Assembly, stripping King Louis XVI of his legislative power. On January 21, 1793, France, ungrateful and rebellious to its God, dared to decapitate its most Christian King as if he were a criminal. At Rianjo, Jesus warns us that this dark chapter of history will repeat itself, and this time the ministers of His Church – the bishops, and perhaps even the Pope himself – will be among its hapless victims.



OK, here is what struck me. Not recounted above, but to which Socci does refer, is that at long last Louis XVI, after being deposed and held captive by the revolution, did in fact attempt to make the requested consecration to the Sacred Heart. As Our Lord indicated, it was done, yet it was late. It failed to stop France's fall.

Our Lord said it would be the same with Fatima. The Popes would not heed Our Lady, but eventually it would be done--and late.

The symmetry is there in the linkage drawn by Christ to Sr. Lucia. In France, the deposed King, surrounded by enemies, victim of the revolution, in his cell, makes the consecration. Too late.

Can we not obey Heaven before this plays out again?


After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.

From the vision revealed in 2000


St. Corbinian's Bear said...

I have been lately having a twinge of irony that perhaps the consecration "worked" and it is the West that is more corrupted with errors that are being aggressively spread around the world, e.g. gay rights, contraception, euthanasia, etc.

Perhaps the Theotokos is even now appearing to a young girl in Kiev, asking that the U.S. be consecrated. Because right now, Putin's public speeches are at least sounding far better than our own politicians.

Lynne said...

The BVM asked that Russia be consecrated, not the world. I don't see a lot of peace in the world which was supposed to happen after the consecration took place.

Anonymous said...

@Bear ... The consecration has not taken place, or else we would have peace as Our Lady promised. Truly, the errors of Russia have spread throughout the world and indeed there is nothing to say that the west will not suffer the same fate as France, and one could argue, on a scale the world has never seen. We are headed there with exponentially breakneck speed. Hold tight to the true Faith and the Rosary.

Fast. Prayer. Penance. Give no quarter to modernism which has taken hold of the world.


Karen said...

I have read this great book. Everyone should be reading it!

@ Anonymous: Thank you for reminding me of the only things we need: Fasting, Prayer (esp Rosay) and Penance.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.