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Monday, 8 May 2017

FATIMA -- DID YOU KNOW PART FIVE

Vision of the Most Holy Trinity and the Blessed Virgin Mary to Lucia June 13, 1929
The Most Holy Trinity and the Blessed Virgin Mary appear to Sister Lucia in her convent chapel at Tuy, Spain on June 13, 1929.

One of the most important of all the revelations of Fatima, is the last great vision in 1929. It appears to be a synthesis of the entire message.

This vision was unknown to the world until a few years ago when, for the golden jubilee of Fatima, it was revealed by Diocesan authorities. Previously it had been made known only to Pope Pius XII in a personal letter.

Sister Lucia describes the vision as follows:

“Suddenly a supernatural light illumined the whole chapel and on the altar appeared a cross of light which reached to the ceiling.  In a brighter part could be seen, on the upper part of the Cross, the face of a Man and His Body to the waist.  On His Breast was an equally luminous Dove, and nailed to the Cross, the body of another Man.

“A little below the waist, suspended in mid-air, was to be seen a Chalice and a large Host onto which fell some drops of Blood from the face of the Crucified and from the wound on His breast.  These drops ran down over the Host and fell into the Chalice.  

Under the right arm of the Cross was Our Lady {Our Lady of Fatima with Her Immaculate Heart in Her Hand} . . .

Under the left arm (of the cross), some big letters, as if it were crystal-clear water running down over the altar, formed the words: “Grace and Mercy.” . . .

I understood that it was the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity which was shown to me, and I received lights about this Mystery which I am not permitted to reveal.

The Our Lady spoke:

“The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, in union with all the bishops of the world, the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means.”

After vain efforts to convince Pope Pius XI to honor Our Lady of Fatima's urgent request, Father Goncalves (Sister Lucia's confessor) was as a loss for how to proceed.  He wrote to Sister Lucia and asked her if he should continue to insist on the consecration to Russia. On October 24, 1940, Sister Lucia was ordered by one of her spiritual directors the Bishop of Gurza, to write to the Pope and ask for the consecration of the world with "special mention" of Russia.  The bishop's action was an attempt to get the Pope to do at least something along the lines of a consecration, since during the previous eleven years Pius XI and Pius XII had failed to respond to the repeated requests to consecrate Russia.

Sister Lucia was upset about this instruction as she knew Our Lady had requested only the Consecration of Russia, not the world.  Since she was put under obedience, however, Sister Lucia went to Our Lord in prayer before the exposed Blessed Sacrament to ask Him what she should do.

Our Lord responded to her that if the Pope did what the Bishop of Gurza had asked for , He would deign to reward this act by shortening the days of World War II, but that it would not bring about world peace, as would the explicit Consecration of Russia by the Pope together with all the bishops.  

On October 31, 1942 and again on December 8, 1942, Pope Pius XII consecrated the world, with an oblique mention of Russia, and Our Lord, thus kept His promise to shorten World War II.

Indirect testimony of this comes 
from Winston Churchill.  
In his six-volume work on WWII, Churchill 
wrote that in early 1943 
(almost immediately after the consecration performed by Pius XII,)
"the hinges of fate" turned in favor of the Allies, 
and that thereafter, the Allies won almost every battle, 
whereas before they had almost always lost.


In May 1952,  The Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Lucia and said,

“Make it known to the Holy Father that I am always waiting the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart.  Without the Consecration, Russia will not be able to convert, nor will the world have peace.”


Thus, 10 years after Pope Pius XII’s 1942 consecration of the world, we have Our Lady reminding Sister Lucia that Russia will not be converted, nor will there be peace, unless and until Russia is consecrated by name.

In a letter of May 18, 1936 she replied,

". . .Recently I was speaking with Our Lord and asked Him why He would not convert Russia without the Pope doing that consecration.  


Jesus replied, 
"Because I want My whole Church 
to recognize that consecration as a 
Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 
so that later on it will put the devotion 
to the Immaculate Heart beside
devotion to My Sacred Heart."

Thirty-two years later, in 1982, the Vatican's own publication L'Obsservatore Romano published  an interview of Sister Lucia by Father Umberto Maria Pasquale, a Salesian priest, during which she told Father Umberto that Our Lady had never requested the consecration of the world, but only the Consecration of Russia.  With Pope John Paul II consecrating the world again to the Immaculate Heart, Sister Lucia said "The Consecration of Russia has not been done as Our Lady had demanded it..  A year later Pope John Paul II made an Act of Offering wherein he again consecrated "the world" not Russia.

Principal scholars of Fatima agreed in saying that the Consecration of Russia had not yet been done as Heaven wished it. . . . 

There has been a controversy ever since.  Some said Yes, the Consecration of Russia was done while others say no. . . I am of the opinion that it has not.

Excerpts from The True Story of Fatima: A complete account of the Fatima Apparitions by John de Marchi, I.M.C. published by THE FATIMA CENTER.