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Time to Get Serious About Fatima

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The world's gone mad.

Our nation has experienced more tragedies than you can shake a stick at in the past couple of weeks, and yet that just scratches the surface, for we in the United States remain remarkably blind to the world outside of our own borders, a world often wracked by violence and instability beyond anything we face here at home. Take the recent attack in Nice, France, let alone the regular atrocities and outrages perpetrated by ISIS upon their neighbors or the persecutions of the Church in China and North Korea, and the list could go on.

But it's pointless to compare tragedies, to try to determine who's most wounded, who is most in pain. Rather, it's time and long past time to apply the solutions we've had all along.

I'm talking, of course, about the message of Fatima, specifically Our Lady's calls for the daily Rosary for peace in the world and the Five First Saturdays devotion.

No, this won't be a call to the Holy Father to "finally" consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart. That's already been done by St. John Paul II, as confirmed by the longest-lived Fatima visionary, Sr. Lucia. If you want to challenge that, well, you'd be challenging the discernment, integrity, and reliability of a canonized saint, a Carmelite nun who will probably be declared a saint, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and a host of others. I'll side with that crowd any day, thank you very much.

No — the Holy Fathers have done their part. It's ordinary Catholics like me and you who have work to do.

This is a call for the broader Church to start paying attention, to begin taking care of business the way we could have done and should have done a long time ago. And the wider world knows we could have, should have done more, far earlier than we have done. Famed author and speaker Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, shares:

My fellow Marian Fr. Seraphim Michalenko sometimes tells a story that a priest ministering in Japan shared with him in Rome. This priest was attending an international gathering of Christians from across the world, attended by foreign dignitaries. The ambassador from Japan approached the priest, verified that the priest served in Japan and was a Catholic priest, and then said, "War is your fault."

The priest was surprised and asked what the ambassador meant. The ambassador said, "You Catholics, all of you — we do not have peace in the world. It is your fault."

The priest said, "Ambassador, why do you blame us?"

The ambassador said, "I've read about this. The Lady came to you at Fatima, right? That's what you believe? She told you what to do to secure peace in the world. Well, there's no peace in the world, so obviously you Catholics haven't done it."

The priest had to acknowledge that the ambassador was correct, but still tried to protest, saying, "Isn't peace everyone's responsibility?"

The ambassador was vehement. "No, she came to you Catholics. Not to Buddhists. Not to Hindus. She came to you, and it is your responsibility."


We've been given the answer. Pray the Rosary daily for peace in the world, and invite others to pray with you. At college, there would occasionally be "sit ins for peace." A number of my fellow students, passionately convicted and righteously indignant though they were, would go and sit outside the student center with signs. That was their sit in for peace. It always massively frustrated me because here we were, a Catholic school, armed with a whole host of powerful prayers and devotions, and there they were just sitting. If they'd just bothered to pray the Rosary, their protest would have meant a great deal in this world and the next.

Why not arrange for a Rosary for peace at your colleges and universities, if not every day, then at least every Saturday, traditionally set aside as Our Lady's day? Why not revive the tradition of family and neighborhood Rosaries, offered specifically for the intention of peace in the world? What about having a regular Rosary for peace at your parish, maybe even before Mass with the permission of your pastor?

And as we come up on the 100th anniversary (May 13-Oct. 13, 2017) of Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima in 1917, let's embrace the whole message of Fatima.

• Make the Five First Saturdays devotion
Consecrate yourself to the Immaculate Heart, and encourage others to do the same.
• Become invested in the Brown Scapular.
• Do penance for your sins and on behalf of poor sinners everywhere.

And do it all out of love of Our Lady, our Lord, and this poor age in which we live. Do it for your own sanctification and those around you. Do it, asking Our Lady of Fatima to hasten the day of the triumph of her Immaculate Heart and the era of peace for the world.

Don't just sit there, children of God — the world is in trouble, and we have the answer.

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Elizabeth - Jul 15, 2016

I can't agree more. We have not been praying enough - let's be honest with ourselves and let's admit it! We have been commissioned by Our Blessed Mother Mary to be instruments of peace through praying of the Holy Rosary. And Jesus recommended the devotion of the Divine Mercy, to be accompanied by works of mercy (love in prayer an in deed). For those of us who have not started, it's high time (and past the time) to focus on the devotions mentioned in this article, above.
On a daily basis, we see the signs and evidence of the escalating chaos in our world. The devastation we are experiencing in our day are indications that we have not been praying the way Our Blessed Mother recommended, at Fatima. We must pray the rosary in our Dioceses and Parishes MORE, and at home with our families, with our friends; we must be invested to wear the scapular, consecrate our lives to our Blessed Mother's immaculate heart, etc.. Mama Mary makes our relationship with Jesus (the Prince of Peace) more close and more intimate. The Rosary is our Spiritual weapon to repel evil and to achieve peace for our troubled world.
On a personal note, I must say the Rosary had proved to be an effective prayer for healing for me and for my family, for giving me the grace to practice holiness - living the life of the gospel and following the teachings of Mother Church. I can't do these all my myself but rely on Mama Mary's intercession because Jesus came to us through Mary, therefore we must go to Him though Mary. That's the way God planned our salvation and we must abide by His will. If everybody understood this, the world would have been a better place to live in. But - all is not lost. Despite the status quo, we must still have hope.

DaveJ - Jul 16, 2016

"...for we in the United States remain remarkably blind to the world outside of our own borders..." I couldn't disagree more with this comment. No country gives more or sacrifices more to aid those outside our borders than we do. This thoughtless comment mars an otherwise fine article.

Elizabeth - Jul 16, 2016

Of course, the USA is the most genrous and charitable country in the world. We have not blind to what is going on outside our own borders - we have always been suppottive to other countries in need in many different ways. And we still are.
Anyway, the point I was trying to make in my comment is PRAYER, particularly praying the rosary.

Elizabeth - Jul 16, 2016

And to this I add: that I sincerely apologize to the readers if you think I said anything contrary to this beautiful article. I 100% agree with everything stated in the article. Please don't get me wrong. In my comment I put an emphasis on PRAYING MORE the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet also: Our Lord said to St. Faustina: "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy."

Sean Sullivan - Jul 17, 2016

Yes. Let's commence our role in ending war. Since the Japanese Ambassador holds the American Catholic faithful accountable, let us venture to a specific locale most dear to his heart.

Let us commence our quest to end war in the Birthplace of the United States Navy: Whitehall, New York. Let us pray Our Lady's (of Fatima) request at the local Catholic Parish: Our Lady of Hope in Whitehall, NY.

August 6th is the next 'First Saturday'. Let us commence our journey to ending all wars as proclaimed by Our Lady of Fatima.

Ron - Jul 17, 2016

Our Lady said that when The Consecration was done, Russia would be converted and there would be a time of Peace in the world. One would follow the other so closely, that no one could not see the immediate relationship. Is Russia converted???? Millions of abortions annually as well as human trafficking and Russia trying to expand. Peace??? SINCE when??? Surely not since 1982...Things have only gotten worse. Remember that St. Pio while obeying orders from his superior signed a document in the 1960's that said he was NOT being punished by Church authorities, even though he told his friends the opposite. I would guess it is the same with the 3rd seer. She may have been ordered under obedience to say the Consecration was done. She, like St. Pio, would have done so. All I know is Russia is NOT converted and there is no peace. Please point out my error(seriously.) Rest of article was very well done, you might want more emphasis on the Rosary.
Thank you.

Sean Sullivan - Jul 17, 2016

Ron,
Good points all around. May I add to the semantics of language. I do not desire to get bogged down in words etc, but i have to comment.

What are WE worried about? Didn't our Lady say Russia will be converted? Well, I believe her. The times we are living in are OUR own. We reaped what we have sown. We live in a state of violence and debachery. What do we exprect.

Our Lady asked for certain actions on our part. Have we, as a people answered?

Yes and no.

Charlie Johnston of the next right step reminds us to: Acknowledge God, take the Next, right step & be a sign of hope.

https://charliej373.wordpress.com

We are in whirlwind of confusion. Upheavel of society. We need to seek our Common denominator. Get back to the basics. Know, love and help our neighbor (even if we don't want to). This has nothing to do with us but of God.

Phil - Jul 17, 2016

The time for the consecration of Russia to stop their spread of errors had passed when JP2 consecrated the whole world to the Immaculate Heart.
What was accepted by Heaven was the next best thing, the consecration of a world already filled with Russia's errors.
The Fatima effect is on its way as Our Lady foretold that "in the end" Russia would be converted and there will be peace. She did not give a time frame between the consecration and the peace, but She said they would both happen.
Heaven claims the JP2's consecration was "accepted", this has been confirmed by Lucia. What hasn't been confirmed is the period of peace and what exactly that is.
So we await its fulfillment.
In the mean time, this article reminds US that we too were given a part in the conversion of Russia, and now, the whole world.
Let's get this done.

Elizabeth - Jul 18, 2016

For those of you who have not read and done this do-it-yourself retreat I highly recommend it:
"33 to Morning Glory - A Do-it-yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration," by Father Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.
Also, read these books by Father Donald H. Calloway, MIC:
"Purest Of All Lilies - The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina."

"Under the Mantle - Marian Thoughts from A 21st. Century Priest."

"Rosary Gems - Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary."

"Marian Gems - Daily Wisdom on Our Lady."

I have read all of the above and they helped me strengthen by relationship with Our Blessed Mother and Jesus.
I have also pre-ordered Father Calloway's new book:
"Champions of the Rosary - the History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon."
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Many people might not have known that St. Faustina had an extraordinary devotion to Our Lady. In fact, for the solemnity of the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1937 she wrote:
"I prepared not only by means of the novena said in common by the whole community but also made a personal effort to salute (Mary) a thousand times each day saying a thousand Hail Mary's for nine days in her praise".
This was an extraordinary novena of St. Faustina which she made at least 3 times during her life.
The more we rely on Mary's intercession as the Mediatrix of graces, the more she draws us to Her Son Jesus; the more we know and love Jesus. We see this clearly in the lives of many great saints of the Church.



Elizabeth - Jul 18, 2016

Sorry, I missed the word "DAYS" referring to Father Mike Gaitley's book, the correct title of the book is:
"33 Days to Morning Glory - A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation For Marian Consecration".

Elizabeth - Jul 18, 2016

All these books mentioned in my comment above are available at:

www.shopmercy.org

Frank - Jul 18, 2016

Help bring new attention and awareness to Our Lady's message, visit www.solidarityinprayer.com to see how you can help.

Rob - Jul 18, 2016

Are you kidding? I once asked a priest in my new parish about the first Saturdays. "What is that?" He answered. And what about First Fridays? If the Parish doesn't answer Jesus's call, do you think it will listen to Mary? Catholic priests proudly fly the rainbow flag on the Internet and when you bring this to the attention of their diocese, your account is being blocked. The stench of Devil is everywhere. It must get worst before it gets better. Like in the telling picture of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb. A landscape straight from a Biblical Armageddon and only one building standing intact and 3 faint figures in front of it - A Catholic Church and 3 Jesuit priests who said The Fatima Devotion saved them. They lived long lives afterwards with no radiation sickness from the nuclear fallout.

Jack - Jul 19, 2016

No, the Consecration of Russia was not made as our Lady wishes. Even John Paul II knew that, since he said: "I did all what I could do according to the circumstances."
For almost 5 years, Sr Lucy declared many times that the Consecration by JPII wasn't valid because Russia wasn't named until she recanted in 1989, after she had been harassed and pressured by the Vatican.
She only said that:"The consecration had been accepted by Heavens".
Indeed this statement was sybilline since ALL consecrations, so far as their aims are just and noble, never are rejected by Heavens.
But Sr Lucy never said that we were going to reap the fruits that our Lady promised:
- The conversion of Russia to the catholif Faith
- A period of peace in the world.


mark mitchell - Jul 20, 2016

I have been involved intermittently in this type of conversation for over forty years. Was the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart done as Our Lady wished it by JP II correctly or not? The official answer given by the Vatican around 2001 or so was "yes." But the answer given by the Priest who maintained a cottage industry surrounding it, Fr.Nicholas Gruner, , was "no." Who's right? I stand w/Pope JP II and Sister Lucia, the remaining seer of Fatima.They both said that the Consecration of 3-25-1984 was late, somewhat flawed, but it was VALID. Fr. Gruner to this day (is he even still alive?) will not accept it as valid. I am not sure of all of his reasons rejecting said Consecration. But, something is STILL very wrong in our world today, and an element of the unsettling and eerie sense of the surreality of our existence today involves the vile and evil group "ISIS." The Vatican has defined "ISIS" as basically "the muystical body of satan."

Jack - Jul 20, 2016

Mark Mitchell,
The Vatican is easy in declaring that the Consecration of 1984 was valid since Sr Lucy said that it "had been accepted by Heavens". Certainly this consecration was valid (did you ever hear of any consecration thas was rejected by Heavens sofar as its aim was just and sincere?)but valid doesn't mean that it matched our Lady's wishes.
Did we reap the fruits our Lady promised?
-Conversion of the orthodox people to the True Catholic Faith
-A period of peace to be granted to the world.
We got none of them but only, thanks God, the fall of the USSR and of the Iron Curtain.
Therefore we should wonder why . And the obvious answer is because the consecration wasn't namely that of Russia.

Joe - Jul 31, 2016

To exclude the possibility of a definitive Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart is unfair. To list the name of the saints who have said it is accepted by heaven is ok. But define accepted. I ask for an apple and am given an orange, I may accept the orange but that doesn't me what I asked for was given. It is my belief that a definitive Consecration will be performed once the measure of the rosary and first Saturdays and true conversion is met. Penance, penance, penance. To expect the complete consecration before this is unfair and misses the point.
I don't understand the its black or white arguments. It's done or not done. No and no. It's ongoing. Accepted. Yes. Completed (it is done). No.

Praxedes - Sep 11, 2017

Does anyone know if the Japan ambassador in the story who approached the priest at an international gathering of Christians ever became Catholic?