Saturday, September 25, 2010

What, if anything, does Fatima offer?

Before getting into the details, let it first be said that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is to be held in the highest veneration above all other creatures. It is my opinion that without recourse to the Blessed Virgin through true devotion to her, especially through the Most Holy Rosary, a soul can hardly be saved, if at all.

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Why all Catholics must reject Fatima

"Our Lady of Fatima", by William Thomas Walsh, is often touted as the landmark source for information on Fatima and the alleged apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary there. Apparently it contains a description of the "miracle of the sun" that really leaves one feeling icky.  Doesn't sound like a real miracle of God at all.  The very tone of the writing makes it seem like it was a ghastly event that everybody wanted to end... Why did I ever believe in Fatima?...

"70,000 people saw a miracle!"

Okay... don't God's miracles in history generally manifest themselves humbly, subtly, orderly and peacefully?  What of the "miracle of the sun" as recorded by Walsh?

"The sun stood forth in the clear zenith like a great silver disk which, though bright as any sun they had ever seen, they could look straight at without blinking, and with a unique and delightful satisfaction. This lasted but a moment. While they gazed, the huge ball began to dance"-that was the word all the beholders applied to it. "Now it was whirling rapidly like a gigantic fire-wheel. After doing this for some time, it stopped. Then it rotated again, with dizzy, sickening speed.

Finally there appeared on the rim a border of crimson, which flung across the sky, as from a vortex, blood-red streamers of flame, reflecting to the earth, to the trees and shrubs, to the upturned faces and the clothes all sorts of brilliant colors in succession: green, red, orange, blue, violet, the whole spectrum in fact. Madly gyrating in this manner three times, the fiery orb seemed to tremble, to shudder, and then to plunge precipitately, in a mighty zigzag, toward the crowd, causing widespread panic. This had lasted about TEN MINUTES (!!!) perhaps. Then all saw the sun begin to climb, in the same zigzag manner, to where it had appeared before. It became tranquil, then dazzling. No one could look at it any longer. It was the sun of every day." 
70,000 people may have seen "signs and lying wonders" from one of the spirits compelled to be grudgingly subject to God's will, but that disorder and extravagance definitely does not sound like the spirit of the Virgin.

"But everybody believes Fatima..."

That is a good reason to reject right there, depending on which Scripture verse you apply.  In all seriousness though, "everybody" knows that 9/11 was planned and executed by Islamic extremists, "everybody" knows that Islam is the greatest threat the world has ever seen, even while those who pull the Muslims' strings behind the scenes scoff in the shadows. 

But just because lots of people believe in ... Allah ... is no reason to become a Muslim.  Critical thinking shows Islam is false, despite the many adherents thereof. The same principles apply with Fatima.  Weigh the evidence according to reason.  Is Fatima consistent with moral and dogmatic theology?  With the nature of God?  With ecclesiastical discipline?

"But Fatima warned about the errors of Russia"

Right, which gave America a clear pass to become the "stalwart defender" of religiously indifferent democracy, a "pillar of virtue against the evil commies"...  Maybe this should have gone under "everybody knows"... America has turned out to be a far worse threat and spreading far more errors than threatened by Russia.  Moreover, America has been socialist/communist ever since 1933, fully eight years BEFORE the "secrets" were even revealed!

"But Fatima said to pray the Rosary!..."

Very well, a good thing out of a rotten apparition.  But truly by this time, all Catholics at least know about the Rosary; many hang their heads in shame - or have had occasion to at one point or another - because they realize that this is the most powerful prayer with God available to the laity without the need of a priest, and they do not offer it daily to God, whether because they work so many hours, have so many duties, or whatever - But all the saints who talk about this most glorious gift from the Holy and Undivided Trinity repeat with unceasing vigour that ALL OUR WORKS BENEFIT from the continuous diligent offering of the Rosary every day to Jesus through Mary, while meditating piously on the mysteries of the life and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  God Himself helps us with our work when we pray the Rosary.  When a man goes to work early, he spends himself and by the end of the day he has little left to offer to God, let alone to offer his family.  But if a man offers what he can sacrifice of his own time to God, especially in the morning, despite all other work, then God will work alongside him during the day, and give him strength to fulfill all his duties.

There seems to be a little known Church discipline which states that indulgences are not available to prayers when anything is added to the canonical form which has already been approved for indulgences, and yet Fatima ADDED a prayer to the Rosary (that leads some people to believe that nobody will go to hell, no less!).

Anyway, the point is that all Catholics know about the Rosary and its importance, and the devil knows this too, and what better way to sink his hooks into us?   Doesn't the devil trick us with the good and sneak in the bad while we are unaware?

What is wrong with Fatima?  It doesn't solve anything, and only creates more and more and always more questions.  Stop looking to a "consecration of Russia" when what is needed is an individual consecration of every human heart to Mary, that she might tidy them up and bring them to God.

The thing to do now is to Pray the Rosary daily and beg to know God, to know who He really is and what He really wants from you, and to be willing to change your whole life to please Him, if necessary, and be one of his true faithful.  If these are your true and persevering desires, then God will grant them if you don't leave Him alone about it:

St. Matthew 11:12: "And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away."

St. Luke 11:5-13: "And he said to them: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and shall say to him: Friend, lend me three loaves, Because a friend of mine is come off his journey to me, and I have not what to set before him. And he from within should answer, and say: Trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 

"Yet if he shall continue knocking, I say to you, although he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend; yet, because of his importunity, he will rise, and give him as many as he needeth. And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. 

"And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will he give him a stone? or a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he reach him a scorpion?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father from heaven give the good Spirit to them that ask him?"

The saints and holy men of old are the ones we need to imitate and the ones we need to listen to. Jean-Marie Vianney. St. Vincent Ferrer. St. Leonard of Port MauriceSt. Francis de SalesSt. Bridget of Sweden, etc., and in the first place, the Blessed Virgin, who I firmly believe did NOT appear at Fatima.

1 Corinthians 4:16: "Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ"

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