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    Mary warns us of chastisements. Do we listen?

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    Ricardo Saludo

    Ricardo Saludo

    With this year’s centenary of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparitions in 1917, many devotees fear Apocalyptic end times are approaching. Many fret over the Third Secret of Fatima, published in 2000 despite the Blessed Virgin’s instructions to disclose it in 1960, as conveyed by visionary Sister Lucia Dos Santos.

    As in the first two Secrets – touching on hell and World War II – the Third spoke of chastisements for man’s disregard of God and transgressions against His law.

    Wrote the late Fatima expert Fr. Malachi Martin: “Lucia’s single page written formulation of the ‘Third Secret’ covers three main topics. A Physical Chastisement of the nations, involving catastrophes, man-made or natural, on land, on water and in the atmosphere of the globe. A Spiritual Chastisement, far more frightening and distressing – especially for Roman Catholics – than physical hardship, since it would consist of the disappearance of religious belief, a period of widespread unfaith in many countries.”

    One vision spoke of the Pope with companions climbing a hill over dead people, being slain by bullets and arrows. Speaking about the Third Secret in 1980, Pope Saint John Paul II said that divine punishments could no longer be stopped, though praying the Rosary could mitigate them.

    The following year, on the anniversary of the first Fatima apparition on May 13, John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square, a failed assassination attempt seen as possibly fulfilling Sister Lucia’s vision.

    Those who closely followed the life of the shepherd girl-turned-visionary nun, who died at 97 in 2005, may be most worried about the warning she received from Jesus Christ Himself. At a monastery in Rianjo, Spain, in 1931, He told her in a vision: “Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune.”

    The Lord was believed to be referring to the Catholic hierarchy’s failure then to execute the instruction delivered by Our Lady of Fatima, for the Pope in communion with all other bishops to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, for the nation’s conversion and world peace.

    “If not, Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, fomenting wars and persecution of the Church,” said Sister Lucia of Mary’s warning in 1917, the year before the Christian monarchy became the communist Soviet Union and spread atheism and totalitarianism worldwide.

    The Vatican contends that St. John Paul II fulfilled the instruction in 1984, when he consecrated all nations to the Immaculate Heart. Several years later, the Soviet empire dissolved, and the communists lost power in Russia.

    Today, its authoritarian government is strengthening the Russian Orthodox faith, restoring church property seized by government under communism, and building places of worship using state funds.

    It’s not over till it’s over
    So should the Fatima warnings no longer bother us. Not so fast.

    Addressing half a million pilgrims in Fatima on May 13, 2010, then-Pope Benedict XVI cautioned: “Whoever thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is over, is deceived.” Both he and Sister Lucia have said that the Third Secret speaks about the end times, and reflects the prophecies in the Bible.

    She is quoted in a 1986 book on the Third Secret: “The Most Holy Virgin made me understand that we are living in the last times of the world.”

    Another Fatima disciple, the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a hugely popular American TV preacher in the last century, declared: “… the two great forces of the Mystical Body of Christ and the mystical body of Antichrist are beginning to draw up their battle lines for a catastrophic contest.”

    That echoes Sister Lucia’s own words in a 1957 interview: “She told me that the devil is about to wage a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin, … where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Also, from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil; there is no in-between.”

    ‘The world has gone the opposite way’
    Well, if the Fatima apparitions are supposed to get mankind on God’s side in some cataclysmic final confrontation, it looks like the world missed the message.

    The year after being nearly fatally shot, John Paul II reviewed the Third Secret, then lamented: “The world has gone in the opposite direction than the one intended by Our Lady at Fatima.”

    In 1957, Sister Lucia told her interviewer Fr. Augustin Fuentes: “Father, the Most Holy Virgin is very sad because no one has paid attention to her message, neither the good nor the bad. The good continue on their way but without giving any importance to her message. The bad, not seeing the punishment of God actually falling upon them, continue their life of sin without even caring about the message. But believe me, Father, God will chastise the world and this will be in a terrible manner.”

    That was six decades ago. Now, a century after Fatima, God may be tired of waiting.

    A couple of years ago, University of California, Santa Cruz, professor Thorne Lay told LiveScience.com that between 2004 and 2014, the average annual rate of earthquakes of magnitude 8 or stronger nearly tripled to 1.8. Yet smaller quakes didn’t increase.

    In Nature.com last September, oceanographers Wei Mei and Shang-ping Xie reported that “over the past 37 years, typhoons that strike East and Southeast Asia have intensified by 12-15 percent, with the proportion of storms of categories 4 and 5 [like Yolanda and Nina]having doubled or even tripled. In contrast, typhoons that stay over the open ocean have experienced only modest changes.”

    Add to that the surge in Zika, Ebola, SARS and other incurable diseases, plus escalating tensions pitting the West against Russia, China, and the Islamic world.

    But maybe it’s all coincidence, and we can just continue our merry way. Or as St. Alphonsus Liguori, the 18th Century saint who popularized the Wednesday novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, said: “Many sinners will not believe in the divine threats until the chastisement has come upon them.”

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    1. Samuel Because you missed a key component of Chirst”S salvific message your positions as expressed above are way off base. Christ did not found a religion….He founded a Church and it is thorugh His Church that we will be saved. He promised that the Gates pf Hell would never prevail against it and that He would be with us through His Church until the end of time. You need to rethink you positions and see the world through the eyes of His Church and its teaching Magisterium which has never erred. God Bless you on your continuing journey.

    2. There is one more salient prophecy of Fatima revealed in the 2013 new biography of Sr. Lucia by the Carmel she lived in for over 50yrs (translated into English in early,2015). It came in Dec 1943(written down in Jan of 1944) after she appealed to the BVM to help her about writing down the 3rd Secret requested by her spiritual director, a local Bishop:

      Our Lady appeared to her and showed her ANOTHER VISION: it was short, and showed an
      Angel hurling a fiery spear head at the AXIS of the earth, which caused it to wobble (the Blessed Mother was NOT there to prevent this) causing earthquakes, floods, volcanoes erupting, extremes of weather and great storms and droughts etc. AS PUNISHMENT OF MANKIND FOR ENORMOUS SIN AND SACRILEGES. This very much looks like real climate change: huge planetary forces we can not cause, unlike pollution that affects the surface of the earth and poisons living beings. And also , bishops opposing bishops cardinals opposing cardinals

      Perhaps this started back in 2004 with the 9,1 earthquake in western Indonesia that triggered the huge Tsunami
      killing 230K people.

      The Vatican REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS TO THIS DAY! (but it’s right there in the biography, c. page 240 in the English version, A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary).

    3. The Mother of God not a prophetess? A true prophet will prophecy date/time and place . A false phrophet will fail to deliver. Our Lady phrophetised the largest miracle since Our Lord feed the five thousand. The miracle of the sun miday October 13th 1917 Fatima Portugal over 70,000 people saw, felt and experienced the miracle ! Fact. Our Lady is the Queen of Phrophets!

    4. According to my readings, the Third Secret of Fatima is the sinking of most of the European continent if the policy of abortion is not reversed in that place. The timeline of this prophecy is two centuries. In the European continent, abortion became legal through legislative edict. In the USA, abortion is legal through judicial fiat. Europe is a hopeless case when it comes to abortion since it was approved by parliaments there. While abortion is legal in the USA, there is a strong opposition to abortion in that country. The troubles of Clinton and Obama with the US Congress came from their open support of abortion — spite of the huge opposition in that country on abortion. Clinton almost got impeached on the issue of abortion. Needless to say, if the anti-abortion forces fail to prohibit abortion in the USA, that country will sink in the bottom of the ocean just the same way as most of Europe. This is in essence the Third Secret of Fatima. The Holy Fathers refused to reveal it because it will spurn trouble between Catholics and their government. Prayers can best solve the issue of abortion and not by demonstrations in the streets or revolutions! There is no need for Catholics to kill their fellow Catholics or other Christians on the issue of abortion. The rosary will end it that revolution will not be able.

    5. I await rebuttal from other religions… Muslim, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Animists, Scientologists, etc., and those without.

    6. I disagree some what.

      It is God’s word in Bible prophecy that warns us, not the Virgin Mary, blessed though she was but still she was never a prophetess, so do not be deceived by those who claim to have messages from her.

      Have you noticed the global news of fish kills, bird kills in the news lately, that warning was in Hosea 4:3 who told us this would happen when he prophesied

      That is why your land is in mourning, and everyone is wasting away. Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea are disappearing.

      (The reason?)

      There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Hosea 4:2

      Jesus himself made powerful prophecy of things to come that we are even seeing come to pass in these end time. The apostle John and his Revelations of the anti-Christ, apocalypse and of armageddon to be followed by the triumphant return of Jesus Christ.

      If you want to know true prophecy read what the true prophets say, these are their names:

      A

      Aaron (Exodus 7:2)
      Abraham (Genesis 20:7)
      Agabus (Acts 21:10)
      Agur (Book of Proverbs 30:1)
      Ahijah (1 Kings 11:29)
      Amos (Amos 7:14-15)
      Anna (Luke 2:36)
      Asaph (2 Chronicles 29:30)
      Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:8)

      B

      Barnabas (Acts 13:1)

      D

      Daniel (Matthew 24:15)
      David (Hebrews 11:32)
      Deborah (Judges 4:4)

      E

      Elijah (1 Kings 18:36)
      Elisha (2 Kings 9:1)
      Enoch (Jude 1:14)
      Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:3)

      G

      Gad (1 Samuel 22:5)
      Gideon (Judges 6 through 8)

      H

      Habakkuk (Habakkuk 1:1)
      Haggai (Haggai 1:1)
      Hanani (2 Chronicles 16:7)
      Hosea (Book of Hosea 1:1)
      Huldah (2 Kings 22:14)

      I

      Iddo (2 Chronicles 13:22)
      Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2)

      J

      Jacob (Genesis 28:11-16)
      Jehu (1 Kings 16:7)
      Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:2)
      Joel (Acts 2:16)
      John the Baptist (Luke 7:28)
      John of Patmos (Revelation 1:1)
      Jonah (2 Kings 14:25)
      Joshua (Joshua 1:1)
      Judas Barsabbas (Acts 15:32)

      L

      Lucius of Cyrene (Acts 13:1)

      M

      Malachi (Malachi 1:1)
      Manahen (Acts 13:1)
      Micah (Micah 1:1)
      Micaiah (1 Kings 22:9)
      Miriam (Exodus 15:20)
      Moses (Deuteronomy 34:10)

      N

      Nahum (Nahum 1:1)
      Nathan (2 Samuel 7:2)
      Noah (Genesis 7:1)

      O

      Obadiah (Obadiah 1:1)
      Oded (2 Chronicles 28:9)

      P

      Philip the Evangelist (Acts 8:26) Note: His four daughters also prophesied (Acts 21:8, 9)
      Paul the Apostle (Acts of the Apostles 9:20)

      S

      Samuel (1 Samuel 3:20)
      Shemaiah (1 Kings 12:22)
      Silas (Acts 15:32)
      Simeon Niger (Acts 13:1)

      T

      Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:3)

      U

      Urijah (Jeremiah 26:20)

      Z

      Zechariah, son of Berechiah (Zechariah 1:1)
      Zechariah, son of Jehoiada (2 Chronicles 24:20)
      Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1)

    7. I will be saying this out of love to all.

      I am praying too that you who read – receive this with Jesus presence and leading of the Holy Spirit and be at right heart. I understand, the truth can hurt or offend -even shake us to our core. But if at the end, we’ll all get saved – then it’s worth it.

      Please check these truths for yourself too and ask guidance from Holy Spirit.

      This life has taught me a lot and this includes a true relationship with the only One – Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the King of kings, Lord of lords and the Name above all names. The Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. He is the Bright Morning Star the soon and coming Messiah.

      I am not religious person. I only have relationship with Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Saviour and the only religion I do is to abide in Him and do His will.

      Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

      It’s only by the name of Jesus Christ that we all can be saved. And we do not need to pray to anyone else as Jesus Christ is sufficient.

      Matt 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. John 14:13-14 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

      It’s very clear in this Scripture that Jesus is asking us to pray to Him directly.

      I refuse to believe and call on this “mother” spirit for it is idolatry and abomination in the eyes of One True God. The true Mary, because of her obedience has already earned and what’s written about her in the Bible is true -that she is “blessed among women”.

      See what Mary said about Jesus in wedding in Cana.

      John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”

      The true Mary points us toward Jesus Christ, not to herself.

      This spirit/image of woman (sometime depicted carrying a child in pictures and statue) or the one called “mother” is an impostor and demonic spirit- a memorized kilometric prayer utter to her and grabs all glory, time and attention that is supposed to be given only and rightfully belong to Jesus Christ. And in honor to the true Mary, I refuse to call this age called “mother” spirit same name as hers. As the true Mary is in heaven with Jesus and she doesn’t know what’s happening in the world.

      The Mary of the Bible doesn’t remain a virgin.

      Matthew 1 :25 “But he (Joseph) had no union with her (Mary) until she gave birth to a son.

      This meant that after Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary consummated their marriage and born Him half biological brothers and sisters you can see in Mark 6:3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,[fn] Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him.

      The words “brothers” and “sisters” used by people here cannot be spiritual brothers and sisters as some believed; but a biological one as they are talking about His mother and siblings. Prophesied of Jesus is Ps 69: 8 “I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children;” – another verse that proves Mary have other children post virgin birth.

      Again, this message is sent out of LOVE that eyes will open. As the Scripture says ”The truth shall set us free”. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says. And him who have heard heed Your call!

      If your heart is ready, pray with me this prayer below:

      Father God. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ. Thank You that You have made a way. I was lost but now I’m found, I was blind, but now I see! Jesus, come into my heart, be the Lord and Savior of my life. Forgive me from all my sins. I commit to you my life and everything and help me to follow You always. Holy Spirit, help me, empower me, lead me to know and be more like Jesus as I journey in this newness of life. Grant me a spiritual fervor of a strong finisher as I joyfully walk in Your ways. All in Jesus name I pray. Amen

      Welcome and Congratulations! If you genuinely accepted Jesus in your heart , You just entered a relationship with Him.
      Enjoy His presence, guidance, blessing and protection in your life.

      Heavenward in Jesus!