January 2021: Fatima Is a Distraction
To some this may sound like blasphemy? Wasn't the Miracle of the Sun one of the greatest events of modern history? Wasn't your own father converted by Fatima? All of this is true and the message of Fatima is important.
We have been following Fatima and Marian apparitions for decades. Today's discussion of Fatima is nothing like it was a half of a century ago. Today Mary's message has gotten buried and is little discussed. Instead there is much conversation about the Third Secret of Fatima and what is coming upon the world.
We have read about many approved Marian apparitions and there is a common theme throughout, repentance and prayer.
Let us go back to La Salette about which there is much fruitless discussion. How many know the real message of La Salette? In the public apparition Mary decried three sins. First she decried the violation of the Lord's Day: "Six days have I given you to labor, I have reserved the seventh to myself; yet you will not give it to me. It is this that makes my Son’s hand so heavy." Then she decried the sin of blasphemy, which is all too common today. "Wagoners cannot swear without introducing the name of my Son. These two things are what makes the hand of my Son so heavy." This sin is so common, we often share on Facebook a video We made: 'Three Letter Ticket to Hell'
Finally Mary said: "In summer, only a few old women go to Mass on Sunday. The others work. In winter, they have nothing else to do, the boys go to Mass just to mock at religion. The world takes no notice of Lent. People go to the butchers like dogs." This apparition occurred on Ember Saturday in September, a Fast Day. How many traditional minded Catholics observe the pre-Vatican II fast? Instead most go to the butcher's like dogs.
Then there is the Secret of La Salette, which is much discussed, although it is on the Index of Prohibited Books. We know for certain it is false, because when Melanie wrote it out originally she asked about two things, infallibility and Antichrist. Infallibility does not occur in the versions of the secret in circulation. Pope Pius IX was asked about the secret, which he had read. His answer was to quote Scripture. "No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3) Then he said that is all we need to know. John the Baptist said: "Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 3:2) A footnote in the Bible says: "Penance: Which word, according to the use of the scriptures and the holy fathers, does not only signify repentance and amendment of life, but also punishing past sins by fasting, and such like penitential exercises." So Pope Pius IX said that Mary indicated we need to repent.
Repentance is a common theme of Marian apparitions. She has come often to decry some sin that is rampant, especially violation of the Lord's Day. The theme of Fatima is repentance and prayer. If people had repented World War II could have been avoided. We didn't. Instead we became worse and are continuing to do so.
Over a decade ago We were sent a book, False Friends of Fatima. It stated that Sister Lucy wanted to speak to the world about Fatima in 1959, but the Vatican silenced her in the middle of the year. Had the Third Secret already become clearer? We will never know. We do know that the apostasy spoken of by Saint Paul in II Thessalonians 2 was beginning. The rest of the book convinced Us that the authors are also false friends of Fatima.
There is a little known miracle in 1953 in Syracuse, Italy. A cheap plastic statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary began to cry. A priest wrote a book about this, and his conclusion is that Mary has come many times asking for conversion and repentance. In 1953 like a Mother with a recalcitrant juvenile delinquent for a child, all she can do is cry.
Unless you are repenting and removing sin from your life and becoming a Saint, Fatima is a distraction as you have missed Mary's main message throughout history. Remember Mary leads us to Jesus.
As for secrets, several visionaries received secrets, which were never revealed. Maybe if people had repented, the third secret would have been revealed. It really doesn't matter. Sacred Scripture points the road to heaven and now two Popes have pointed out that road: "Unless you repent (do penance) you shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3, 5)