Thursday, March 26, 2015

Obama to host Pope Francis on September 23


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AFP                     
        
Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis at the White House on September 23, accepting an invitation extended during talks at the Vatican last year.
The White House said the president and the pope will continue a dialogue about poverty, the environment, immigration and promoting religious freedom.
"The president looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as pope," a statement said.
The 78-year-old leader of the world's Roman Catholics confirmed late last year that he would visit the United States to take part in a Catholic Church congress in Philadelphia.
During the trip, he will also address the United Nations in New York and become the first pontiff to address the US Congress.
Obama and Francis met for the first time at the Vatican in March last year in talks clouded by disagreements over provisions for contraception included in the US leader's landmark health care reforms.
Obama has regularly spoken of his admiration for Francis, repeatedly praising the pontiff for his compassion and modesty.
"As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years -– that in each other we see the face of God," Obama said last year.
Francis is also widely credited with helping to kickstart the secret diplomacy between Cuba and the United States which culminated with the two Cold War rivals declaring a historic rapprochement last year.
According to a Vatican statement, Francis wrote letters to US and Cuban leaders and "invited them to resolve humanitarian questions of common interest, including the situation of certain prisoners, in order to initiate a new phase in relations between the two parties."
US and Cuban representatives later met in the Vatican as the dialogue gathered pace. The Vatican was the only outside government to participate in the discussions.
Confirmation of the meeting comes with Pope Francis's popularity amongst Americans soaring according to recent polls.
A survey by the Pew Research Center released earlier this month showed that 90 percent of Catholic Americans thought well of the pontiff, including 57 percent who held a "very favorable" view of him.
Among Americans of all faiths, 70 percent held a favorable view of the Argentinian-born pope -- the highest level since his papacy began in March 2013.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pope Francis attacks 'throw-away' economic globalization

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By James Mackenzie


ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throw-away culture" of globalization and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society.
In a speech to the association of Italian cooperative movements, he pointed to the "dizzying rise in unemployment" and the problems that existing welfare systems had in meeting healthcare needs.
For those living "at the existential margins" the current social and political system "seems fatally destined to suffocate hope and increase risks and threats," he said.
The Argentinian-born pope, who has often criticized orthodox market economics for fostering unfairness and inequality, said people were forced to work long hours, sometimes in the black economy, for a few hundred euros a month because they were seen as easily replaceable.
"'You don't like it? Go home then'. What can you do in a world that works like this? Because there's a queue of people looking for work. If you don't like it, someone else will," he said in an unscripted change from the text of his speech.



"It's hunger, hunger that makes us accept what they give us," he said.
His remarks have a special resonance in Italy, where unemployment, particularly among young people, is running at record levels after years of economic recession.
The cooperative movement in Italy, whose roots go back to 19th century workers' associations, have long had close ties to the Catholic Church, with credit services, agricultural and building co-ops forming an important part of the overall economy.
Pope Francis said they could help find new models and methods that could be an alternative model to the "throw-away culture created by the powers that control the economic and financial policies of the globalized world."
Perhaps mindful of a wide-ranging corruption scandal linked to some cooperatives in Rome last year, he attacked those who "prostitute the cooperative name".
But his overall message was that economic rationale had to be secondary to the wider needs of human society.
"When money becomes an idol, it commands the choices of man. And thus it ruins man and condemns him. It makes him a slave," he said.
"Money at the service of life can be managed in the right way by cooperatives, on condition that it is a real cooperative where capital does not have command over men but men over capital," he said.

(Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Our Lady of Fatima and Satan’s Last Roll of the Dice








by


 Damien F. Mackey


 


 


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 At Fatima in May of 2010 Pope Benedict XVI said,


“We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic message is complete.”


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It has been a very healthy sign for the Church and the world in general that Church leaders, stung by the often badly-managed paedophilia crisis, have now begun to admit of an underlying sinfulness. In the spirit of great men and women of the Old Testament, like Jeremiah (3:5; 14:20), and Daniel (9:5), and Queen Esther (14:6), they are saying: “We have sinned … we acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, the iniquities of our fathers ... we beg forgiveness”. The earlier tendency to close ranks and to try to ignore the deep-seated problems has ever so slowly given way to a spirit of repentance and expressions of sorrow for the victims. Many of the latter have, not surprisingly, received this belated turnaround with scepticism. And the distrust sown has even provided the secular authorities with an excuse to intervene in Church affairs, as in the case of the raids by Belgian state police on Church property.


How did this disastrous state of affairs ever come into being?


Simply because, as in the case of the Jews of Jeremiah’s time, the genuine prophetic warnings were ignored; our own going back at least as far as Fatima in 1917, when Our Lady of the Rosary had warned (echoing her Son’s, ‘Unless you repent you will all likewise perish’, Luke 13:3), that “If” humankind refused to respond to the signs of the times, then unimaginable devastations would follow, devastations both physical and spiritual. The horrors of two World Wars and the concentration camps were not even to be the end of it. A tidal wave of “error” was next to be unleashed upon the world from Communist Russia. Fatima seer, Sister Lucia, spoke of that in 1946.


Chronologically, the World Wars and the spread of error have corresponded closely with Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s prediction that the Devil would be let loose about 50-60 years before 2000 AD, with some lesser demonic unleashings to occur even earlier than that, in approximately her own time (i.e., 1774 – 1824).


This period included the terrible French Revolution.


Some sixty years after Catherine’s ‘own time’, Pope Leo XIII experienced a most terrifying demonic visitation that seemed to play out, on a cosmic scale, God’s formerly permitting of Satan to buffet an individual, the righteous Job. Or, even more notably, reminiscent of the “hour [of] the power of darkness” when Jesus Christ was handed over to his enemies (Luke 22:53). I refer to:


 


The Vision of Pope Leo XIII (October 13, 1884)


 


Exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII experienced a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the prayer to St. Michael, with instructions that it be said after all Low Masses everywhere. When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices – two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation [http://www.stjosephschurch.net/leoxiii.htm]:


 


The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord:


“I can destroy your Church.”


 


The gentle voice of Our Lord:


“You can? Then go ahead and do so.”


 


Satan:
“To do so, I need more time and more power.”


 


Our Lord:


“How much time? How much power?”


 


Satan:
“75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.”


 


Our Lord:


“You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”


 


Absolutely incredible! Almighty God, who assuredly does not tempt us to sin, here allowing Satan the freedom to exercise real power against his Church, just as He had permitted in the case of the trials of Job, and, later, of Jesus Christ. To bring forth a greater good. In the first case, the perfecting of Job. In the second, the salvation of the entire human race. And, now, in our day, the purification of the Church – the Bride following her Crucified Spouse by imitating his Passion, Death and Resurrection.


Surely nothing better explains this chaotic age in which we have found ourselves than the combined testimonies of Blessed Catherine, Pope Leo, and Lucia in this regard.


All Hell breaking loose!


And we are not to blame God for this. We have only ourselves to blame, and our forefathers. And now our Church leaders are starting to say it. But all Catholics need to say it, in the words of Daniel (9:5): “We have sinned, and have dealt perversely, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even turning aside from thy precepts and from thine ordinances”. Catholics first, to lead the way, so that other Christians, but also Jews, and Moslems, and Hindus, and indeed the whole world, will follow suit. ‘For it is not sacrifice alone that pleases God, but a humbled contrite heart’.


But now we shall also have to pay the cost, and most surely we are already paying it. Did not Pope Francis comment recently (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29190890):


"Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep," he said.


Description: Pope Francis during a mass at Redipuglia military cemetery in Italy on 13 September 2014


"Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction" …. [?]


And Fatima may give a hint of other horrors yet to come; Fatima supplemented perhaps by some of those frightening post-1920’s Marian apparitions. Here of course we speak only of those apparitions that have been solidly approved by the Church. So, perhaps it was wishful thinking that the contents of the Third Fatima Secret were initially interpreted as being all completely done and dusted by the end of the C20th. As if the C21st century has suddenly set humankind in the right direction.


Thankfully Pope Benedict XVI en route to Fatima for the celebrations of the 13th of May, 2010, offered a more realistic interpretation of the Third Secret. Colleen Hammond gives this account of it (http://www.colleenhammond.com/blog/2010/05/pope-fatima%E2%80%99s-prophetic-message-is-not-complete/):


 


Pope: “Fatima’s prophetic message is NOT complete”


 


Don’t remember seeing this in the news, eh?




On board a jet bound for Fatima on May 11, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI answered a question regarding the Third Secret that put him at odds with the ‘official’ Vatican interpretation of the Secret propounded in 2000. The year 2000 Commentary claims that … the prophecy of the Third Secret is completely fulfilled by the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II.


For a multitude of reasons … this interpretation was denounced as insufficient by tens of thousands of Catholics the world over. During Pope Benedict’s latest trip to Fatima, however, the Pope did not speak of the Fatima prophecies as already fulfilled, but linked the Third Secret with the present pedophilia scandals in the Church, and indicated the prophecy of the Secret includes future events. ….


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And the Pope associated his Fatima message with the old Babylonian Captivity, the era of Jeremiah, Daniel and Esther mentioned above. (From the Vatican’s website):


 





Esplanade of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima Thursday, 13 May 2010


 


Dear Pilgrims,



“Their descendants shall be renowned among the nations […], they are a people whom the Lord has blessed” (Is 61:9). So the first reading of this Eucharist began, and its words are wonderfully fulfilled in this assembly devoutly gathered at the feet of Our Lady of Fatima. Dearly beloved brothers and sisters, I too have come as a pilgrim to Fatima, to this “home” from which Mary chose to speak to us in modern times. I have come to Fatima to rejoice in Mary’s presence and maternal protection. I have come to Fatima, because today the pilgrim Church, willed by her Son as the instrument of evangelization and the sacrament of salvation, converges upon this place. I have come to Fatima to pray, in union with Mary and so many pilgrims, for our human family, afflicted as it is by various ills and sufferings. Finally, I have come to Fatima with the same sentiments as those of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, and the Servant of God Lúcia, in order to entrust to Our Lady the intimate confession that “I love” Jesus, that the Church and priests “love” him and desire to keep their gaze fixed upon him as this Year for Priests comes to its end, and in order to entrust to Mary’s maternal protection priests, consecrated men and women, missionaries and all those who by their good works make the House of God a place of welcome and charitable outreach.


These are the “people whom the Lord has blessed”. The people whom the Lord has blessed are you, the beloved Diocese of Leiria-Fatima, with your pastor, Bishop Antonio Marto. …. In God I embrace all [Portugal’s] sons and daughters, particularly the afflicted or outcast, with the desire of bringing them that great hope which burns in my own heart, and which here, in Fatima, can be palpably felt. May our great hope sink roots in the lives of each of you, dear pilgrims, and of all those who join us through the communications media.


Yes! The Lord, our great hope, is with us. In his merciful love, he offers a future to his people: a future of communion with himself. After experiencing the mercy and consolation of God who did not forsake them along their wearisome return from the Babylonian Exile, the people of God cried out: “I greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being exults in my God” (Is 61:10)”.


The resplendent daughter of this people is the Virgin Mary of Nazareth who, clothed with grace and sweetly marvelling at God’s presence in her womb, made this joy and hope her own in the canticle of the Magnificat: “My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”. She did not view herself as a fortunate individual in the midst of a barren people, but prophesied for them the sweet joys of a wondrous maternity of God, for “his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation” (Lk 1:47, 50).


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The Pope then later went on to make the all-important statement relevant to the Third Fatima Secret:


 


We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete. Here there takes on new life the plan of God which asks humanity from the beginning: “Where is your brother Abel […] Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!” (Gen 4:9). Mankind has succeeded in unleashing a cycle of death and terror, but failed in bringing it to an end…


In sacred Scripture we often find that God seeks righteous men and women in order to save the city of man and he does the same here, in Fatima, when Our Lady asks: “Do you want to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the sufferings which he will send you, in an act of reparation for the sins by which he is offended and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?” (Memoirs of Sister Lúcia, I, 162).


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The Holy Father’s Fatima Homily is filled with a realistic hope, based on the promised Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary “in the end”. And we, too, can share in that same hope based on that same promise. We must ever resist a tendency found amongst some Christians to focus upon all the ills of the world, seeing a conspiracy around every corner; or, like St. Peter, taking one’s eyes off Christ to focus on the terrifying, storm-tossed waves. Nevertheless, we must also be realistic. We well know of the great ancient enmity, that there is most definitely a diabolical conspiracy in process even in our own very era. And so we have our work cut out.


Theologian Frits Albers (RIP), who had studied for the priesthood at Nijmegen (Holland), used to tell of the Teilhardian modernism in supposed Catholic places like Louvain University back as early as the 1940’s.


By the 1970’s, things had of course become far worse still. On June 29, 1972, His Holiness Pope Paul VI stunned the world with the alleged (some have disputed this) words: “From some fissure the smoke of satan entered into the temple of God. ...”.


The testimony of veteran exorcist, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, may serve to bring us right up to date about the present horrific state of affairs even in the Vatican: the consequences of that satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as “cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon”. It is always difficult to confirm or verify, from a distance, the full accuracy of such reports. But sometimes insiders will let the cat out of the bag, as did Communist, Bella Dodd, whom Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen converted in 1952.


And as has Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc, who has told of his involvement in a plot to discredit Pope Pius XII (See:http://article.nationalreview.com/303351/moscows-assault-on-the-vatican/ion-mihai-pacepa


On occasion readers can send us some very startling reports, certain of which tend, quite unrealistically, to attribute all presumed conspiracies to the Jews.


There was something of a light-hearted moment in the 2005 documentary Protocols of Zion, which documents the rise of anti-Semitism in the US after the 9/11 attacks. Here was commentator Marc Levin walking up and down the streets asking random people about Jews and anti-Semitism. He then comes upon a group of feisty young street protestors, black Americans, one of whom argues with him about how, as he thinks, all the Jews have taken over New York. Levin asks him what he means, and the guy responds,


 


“Even the mayor of New York [at the time, Giuliani] is Jewish!”


Levin tells the young pontificator that he’s wrong.


“Oh really?” he says, “Jew-liani? Jew-liani? That doesn’t sound Jewish to you?”


Everyone laughed.


 


Far less humorous, and much closer to home (Australia), is this item:


 


Australian Adept Unveiled World Satanic Control


 


by Henry Makow Ph.D.


 


January 3, 2010


In an explosive deathbed confession, a former head of the satanist “Alpha Lodge” in Sydney, Australia, revealed the pervasive worldwide power of organized Satanism, which is synonymous with the Illuminati.


“Things are not as they seem – and they have not been for a long, long time,” he wrote, describing a wholesale betrayal of society by its ostensible leaders.


“Petor Narsagonan” aka “Frater 616” died March 25, 2004. Recently, his executor, an “Aloysius Fozdyke” (their satanic names) sent the 15 pp. document by email to Arthur Cristian, webmaster of “loveforlife.com.au”.


“I have felt it necessary to edit very little of this work,” “Fozdyke” wrote to Cristian, “although legal considerations have ensured that some names and details were excised. It was his intention to have this published in the popular media.”


What follows is a synopsis of this shocking document focusing on Satanic power and influence. Satanic influence is “now so pervasive as not to be readily noticed,” Frater says. Satanists are laced throughout Australian society, and the pattern is replicated everywhere. They include politicians, doctors, high ranking police officers, lawyers, decorated military men, media personalities, fashion models and social workers. The most talented have lifestyles maintained by crime under a veneer of respectable professionalism and knowledge. Marginal types (prostitutes, drug dealers) are important to Satanism but are merely tools.


Frater explains he got involved in a satanic group in university in 1971. “I fell through a crack in reality... I escaped the mundane through one of western society’s fault lines”. “A mentor” in the Satanic network set him up in the travel business and for years Frater live a life of unimaginable wealth, occultism and debauchery. He studied the black arts: divination, dark meditation, sacrifice, sexual vampirism, voodoo dolls and sex magic. Each day ended with a “Black Mass orgy of unforgettable and unspeakable delight.” ….


 


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Excerpt from a Poem by recently deceased Sydney poet, Patrick Moylan


 


The woman of agony from the flaming furies


Came winging up from the underworld depths


To start quarrels and wars


Upon the Earth for unfortunate man.


Her only pursuit to revel in strife
With her mind a whirling vortex
Of a thousand odd tricks
To deceive and cajole the naivety of man
And exploit opportunity
To cause any argument
Of one with another
Anything she hopes
That will lead to blood-shed
Destruction and famine
Suffering and death
Madness among men
Being her greatest objective.
Locked into her hair
Nestle two coiled snakes
Poised rearing to strike
At her given command
By the slightest pretext
From her horrific snarled mouth
Like that of a mad savage dog
With out-turned bared lips
From the underworld depths
Hell-bent she rises in fury
To drag men down to the deep buried pit
Wonder you must in the events of man
How far she has advanced
In her planned Goal of Death ....
Now she glides across slowly
...To stir the strife cauldron
As she wings on her way
Wonder just where
She is perched right this minute
Perhaps scanning the horizon
For more likely prey
Innocently unsuspecting her invisible presence
Never resting but planning unceasing
To satisfy her desire for bloodshed and death
Our blessed Lady years ago requested
During a time of violence and war
At a place called Fatima
For your Rosary of Prayer
To block the Hellspirit
And stop her marauding and sowing of strife
To regain world peace
In the Great World War
Yet since that distant time
Some well thinking religious people
Outright refrain
To speak about Fatima
And our Lady's requests
As part of their chores
Of church canon laws
But please God let's hope
Just the same
They'll not be blown up ....


 


We find a sharp contrast between the Marian-inspired hope of popes Benedict XVI and Francis, and the prevailing despair of our times. It is like a drama story that is filled with many dark twists and turns, but with the author knowing that ultimately it will finish on a happy note. The basis of Benedict XVI’s and Francis’s hope has the same foundation as it had for the three Fatima seers: Jesus Christ.


Pope Benedict again:


 


Moreover, that Light deep within the shepherd children, which comes from the future of God, is the same Light which was manifested in the fullness of time and came for us all: the Son of God made man. He has the power to inflame the coldest and saddest of hearts, as we see in the case of the disciples on the way to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:32). Henceforth our hope has a real foundation, it is based on an event which belongs to history and at the same time transcends history: Jesus of Nazareth. The enthusiasm roused by his wisdom and his saving power among the people of that time was such that a woman in the midst of the crowd – as we heard in the Gospel – cried out: “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that nursed you!”. And Jesus said: “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!” (Lk 11:27-28). But who finds time to hear God’s word and to let themselves be attracted by his love? Who keeps watch, in the night of doubt and uncertainty, with a heart vigilant in prayer? Who awaits the dawn of the new day, fanning the flame of faith? Faith in God opens before us the horizon of a sure hope, one which does not disappoint; it indicates a solid foundation on which to base one’s life without fear; it demands a faith-filled surrender into the hands of the Love which sustains the world.


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We must allow hope to evaporate the paralysing fear of our times.


In fact, though it might not seem so, the turning point might already have been reached. According to the conversation overheard by Leo XIII, Satan was granted “75 to 100 years”. That was in 1884. And to what date do 100 years bring us from there? To 1984, and that was a most significant date in relation to the Fatima prophecies (and possibly the year intended in St. Don Bosco’s Dream). For it was in 1984 that there occurred the long-awaited and long-neglected collegial consecration of Russia - but now also including the entire world (since ‘Russia’s errors’ had by now gone out worldwide) - to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On the 25th of March 1984, in the square of St. Peter’s Basilica, the great Marian Pope, John Paul II, achieved the consecration in union with a moral majority of the world’s bishops.


 




 


And this, after several unsuccessful attempts by the modern popes.


Sr. Lucia, at that stage the sole remaining Fatima seer, ultimately accepted that this was the act of consecration that Our Lady of the Rosary had requested at Fatima. It was a consecration that Heaven had asked for, and expected, back in the 1920’s. But Satan had managed to thwart and delay it, owing to the lack of will on the part of most Catholics. Perhaps it took the near violent death and then miraculous ‘resurrection’ of this great Marian pontiff, John Paul II, to achieve what had for so long remained unfulfilled.


In my Fatima book, The Five First Saturdays (1994), a decade later – updated at:


 


The Five First Saturdays of Our Lady of Fatima


 




 


I took up in some detail the attractive theme introduced by Blue Army writers, that the Fatima series echoed the drama of the Book of Esther, both having a beginning and a concluding on the 13th day of a month. In the case of Fatima, the initial series of apparitions occurred between May 13 and October 13 of 1917, culminating in the great solar miracle, ‘so that all would believe’. I likened the wicked edict of Haman, the enemy of the Jews in the Book of Esther - who had planned to destroy the entire Jewish race, the church of that time - to Satan’s pitch for souls, especially in the modern era.


The terrifying Fatima apparition of Hell was Satan’s calling card. Mordecai’s countermanding edict echoed of course the Divine work of salvation, and Our Lady of Fatima’s key role (like Queen Esther’s) in it, with a special culmination in 1984. Error had gone out universally (Haman’s edict), but now (in 1984) God had applied the brakes to it (cf. Mordecai’s edict). Haman was exposed and executed, but his minions were still active and the final victory would therefore be delayed.


In contemporary terms, the cap had been placed securely over Satan’s destructive oil leak, shutting down its flow, but the sludge and pollution still remain everywhere.


Is it too much to say that, along parallel lines with the Book of Esther, the 1984 consecration was God’s countermanding Edict against the former unleashing of error? And that, with it, the Devil’s 100 years of being let off the leash were brought to an end. A final crushing of his already crushed head? And that it remains to mop up the mess, along with Satan’s still very active minions? Error to be reined in by Truth?


People of good will on earth must co-operate to cap the far-reaching error spill; Truth, the antidote to error, needing to be held up everywhere, in everything, at every level. As said, we have our work cut out. And it may be that, as in the drama of Esther, it will all come down to a last throw of the dice and to a last minute rescue, with much “bloodshed … suffering and death” (as in Patrick Moylan’s poem above) at the end. For, as Mordecai had dreamed (Esther 10:10-11): “For this purpose [God] made two lots, one for the people of God and one for all the nations, and these two lots came to the hour and moment and day of decision before God and among all the nations”.


Our ‘ray of hope’ at the end of all this ‘gloominess’ is the sure fulfilment of that other great Fatima promise: an era of peace and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Pope Benedict XVI had well in mind this happy future for humankind when he said at Fatima, may “the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfillment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, to the glory of the Blessed Trinity.” In the meantime, as he went on to tell us:


 


... we must cultivate an interior watchfulness of the heart which, for most of the time, we do not possess on account of the powerful pressure exerted by outside realities and the images and concerns which fill our soul (cf. Theological Commentary on The Message of Fatima, 2000). Yes! God can come to us, and show himself to the eyes of our heart. An example and encouragement is to be found in the shepherd children, who offered their whole lives to God and shared them fully with others for love of God. Our Lady helped them to open their hearts to universal love. .... Only with this fraternal and generous love will we succeed in building the civilization of love and peace.


 


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We greatly look forward with Pope Benedict XVI to Fatima in the year of 2017:


 


In seven years [now only two years] you will return here to celebrate the centenary of the first visit made by the Lady “come from heaven”, the Teacher who introduced the little seers to a deep knowledge of the Love of the Blessed Trinity and led them to savour God himself as the most beautiful reality of human existence. This experience of grace made them fall in love with God in Jesus, so much so that Jacinta could cry out: “How much I delight in telling Jesus that I love him! When I tell him this often, I feel as if I have a fire in my breast, yet it does not burn me”. And Francisco could say: “What I liked most of all was seeing Our Lord in that light which Our Mother put into our hearts. I love God so much!” (Memoirs of Sister Lúcia, I, 42 and 126).