The Heading above says Fatima 1916 & 1917. Is this a mistake?
I'll bet that what I'm about to present here is not known by 99 1/2% of fervent Catholics. The three children of Fatima, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco were visited three times in the spring of 1916, by the Angel of Peace, fully one year before the famous apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Fatima, in 1917.
Sensus Fidelium YouTube Video First Communion Sermon below. The True Presence in the Eucharist. Fatima, 1916.
The Three Secrets of Fatima
Three young children were visited by the Blessed Mother in Portugal, at the Cova de Iria, in 1917. The Apparition was approved by the Catholic Church. The children were visited by The Blessed Mother starting on May 13th, and last visited there on October 13th, 1917. The children were given 3 Secrets, and the first two secrets were revealed in the 1940's, with the publication of Sister Lucy's Memoirs. The Third Secret was written down, at the assistance of the local Bishop, by Sister Lucy on January 3, 1944, but withheld from the public by a line of Popes, beyond its proper release date of 1960.
The First Secret
In her third memoir, written in 1941, Sister Maria Lúcia das Dores, said that the first secret, a vision of Hell, was disclosed to the children on July 13, 1917.
Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.
The Second Secret
The second secret was a statement that World War I would end, along with a prediction of another war during the reign of Pope Pius Xl, should men continue offending God and should Russia not convert. The second half requests that Russia be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
Second Secret Text
You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.
See 2nd Secret Text above: "When you see a night illumined by an unknown light..."
Some critics, including Father Edouard Dhanis, have argued that Sister Lucy’s prophecy that the "great war" would begin during the reign of Pius XI was incorrect. They make this claim because, as they say, the Second World War "began" with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 – as is widely and erroneously believed – when Pius XII, not Pius XI, was Pope. Pius XI died on February 10, 1939, and Pius XII was installed as Bishop of Rome on March 12, 1939.
Sister Lucy, however, has maintained that World War II, in truth, began during the reign of Pius XI. "The annexation of Austria was the occasion for it," she explained. The invasion of Austria (in March 1938), the annexation of Czechoslovakia, the formation of military alliances and the decision to invade Poland were the beginnings of the war, though war had not yet been officially declared. All of these events occurred during the pontificate of Pope Pius XI.
Furthermore, the "night illumined by an unknown light," which Our Lady said would signal the coming of the "great war", occurred during the night of January 25-26, 1938. On that night a bright red light, likened to the blaze of a gigantic fire, filled the evening sky, and was seen across Europe and even in parts of North America and North Africa. It was determined to be a most extraordinary aurora borealis. Sister Lucy expressed reservations on this, but wrote in her third memoir on August 31, 1941 that no matter what cause the light could be attributed to, "God made use of this to make me understand that His justice was about to strike the guilty nations…"
During the same night that the great sign appeared in the sky, in Moscow’s Lubianka prison a man by the name of Kristian Rakovsky was being interrogated by Josef Stalin’s chief interrogator. During the interrogation Rakovsky revealed Germany’s plan to dominate Europe. He proposed that the Soviet Union join Germany in an invasion of Poland, which would lead to Europe’s retaliation against Germany and not the Soviet Union. According to Rakovsky’s plan, France and England would wear each other out, after which the Soviet Union would turn on Germany and collect the spoils of the war. This fateful interview began at the same time the unknown light in the sky was beginning to fade. It resulted in the Soviet Union’s instigation of and participation in the war, and Rakovsky’s plan was carried out to the great benefit of the Soviet Union. Again, this decisive step toward World War II occurred during the reign of Pope Pius XI. 1
Our Lady also warned that if Russia was not consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart as She requested, Russia would spread its errors throughout the world. Unfortunately, we are still awaiting the proper consecration of Russia, and we are witnessing the dissemination of Russia’s manifold errors, which Our Lady warned would cause "wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated." Of these prophecies, all have come to pass, at least in part, and they continue to afflict us, except the annihilation of nations, which may befall us very soon. Russia’s errors have affected us all, and include the crimes of abortion and pornography, and the rejection of God on all levels – by individuals (who may not all say that there is no God, but nevertheless live as if there is no God), governments (which have decreed that God has no place outside of the private realm or inside religious buildings), and society (in which God’s laws are endlessly violated and even basic morality is treated with contempt). The rejection of God forms the foundation of communism. (For more on this, see "Counting the Cost", The Devil’s Final Battle, Chapter 15.)
The Message of Fatima, said Pope John Paul II, is more urgent and relevant now than ever. Thus we, to whom the Fatima prophecies and requests are directed, are obliged to pay attention to them, to obey them, to reflect on them and to pray for the grace to understand them. If we do this, we will be better able to live our Faith and Our Lady’s Fatima Message.
The Text of the 3rd Secret of Fatima, Part 1
Sister Lucia had a very hard time writing down the Third Secret. It was too hard for her to begin, in spite of instructions to do so, by the local Bishop. The text of the Third Secret, according to the Vatican, was finally published on June 26, 2000:
The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fátima, on 13 July 1917.
I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.
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.
Why the release of the Third Secret, Part 2, has still been held back !
The text of the 3rd Secret that was written down on January 3rd, 1944, was a 4 page hand-written letter to the bishop, and was composed of about 65 lines. In addition to that letter, Sister Lucy composed and sent a 1 page letter of about 25 lines, in a sealed envelope. It was the explanation of what the longer 4-page letter means, according to the Blessed Mother. This short letter has not been released by the Vatican, except to highlight points without citing the source, in a few sermons on the occasion of Fatima Feast days. The Popes and Cardinals also took solace in that the Fatima Secret was similar to other Marian Apparitions over the previous 50 years, or so.
The Third Secret of Fatima was supposed to be released to the public in 1960, or on the death of the last of the three children (Sister Lucia [or Lucy], who died in 2005), whichever came first. When 1960 came and went, and the 3rd Secret wasn't released, there was an undercurrent of discontent, over the years. In the end, a series of Popes each decided to ignore the explicit instructions of the Blessed Mother, because the Popes thought that they knew what was better for the world, rather than the Blessed Virgin. Listen below to their sad and convoluted reasoning.
Why the Pope, Clergy, and Faithful might be really be killed by Arrows!
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