February 4, 2017
I have noticed that during the two years since I stopped posting regularly on this blog it has continued to receive frequent visitors, at least one or two a day, mostly to the pages outlining the prayers of the Rosary. I am immensely grateful if this small effort can be used by Heaven and by the Immaculate Heart of Mary to expand the practice of this unfathomably deep and rich devotion: the greatest form of meditation known to the human race.
During the last two years events in the Middle East have gone in a radically new direction for both the region and for the planet as a whole with the Russian military intervention in Syria. The world has changed and is hurtling towards something (we know not what) very fast. These events we are living through continually bring my mind back to the events of a century ago when the Lady of the Rosary appeared to three small children (Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco) in the Cova da Iria at Fatima, Portugal and entrusted to them a message with grave implications for the future of the human race.
This story is intimately linked with the purpose of this website for a number of reasons. Firstly because it involves the Lady of the Rosary and the central concern of this blog is the spread of devotion to the Holy Rosary. And the second is the intention for which I urge people to pray: the salvation and the liberation of the five ancient Sees of the Middle East and North Africa and the conversion of the Muslim peoples. How so? The name of the town where she appeared is called Fatima. That name is a leftover from the era when the Muslims ruled Portugal which ended seven centuries prior to the apparitions. Nothing that Heaven does is a coincidence, and this is especially the case with names. Names in Sacred Scripture mean things and Fatima (the daughter of Muhammad) is a great name among the Muslims. Though the Venerable Servant of God Sister Lucia never told us that the Lady said anything concerning Islam I would propose that the name of the place itself is a revelation for those who are willing to hear it.
For this reason among others I feel motivated to tell the story of Fatima. Another reason is the public nature of these events. These apparitions along with the attached revelations are more similar to some of the miraculous events recorded in the Old Testament than what we usually class as ‘private revelations.’ How so? Well take for example the Divine Mercy revelations to Saint Faustina during the 1930s which have been validated by the Church as well. The experiences of Saint Faustina were purely personal, that is she was the only one who experienced them. She sometimes saw visions but they were strictly for her. No one else sees them. If one reads her wonderful diary what Our Lord tells her is recorded as an interior experience that takes place within her soul. Now don’t mistake me: I am not questioning the veracity of the Divine Mercy revelation. This is simply how Our Lord chose to present this revelation, and it can properly be called ‘private revelation.’
Fatima is another case altogether. First the primary witnesses to the Lady’s appearance were three, not one. All three of the children saw the same Lady. Two of them (Lucia and Jacinta) heard the Lady’s words. And one (Lucia) actually spoke to her. Moreover these apparitions after the first were public events. When one reads the older books on Fatima published during the 1940s and ’50s, when very many of the townspeople and other witnesses were still alive, one gets the sense that these really were public events, more akin to the revelations made to Moses on Mount Sinai than a vision beheld by a monk or a nun alone in their cell in the middle of the night. Other witnesses to the events of Fatima actually did see and hear things i.e. they knew something was going on out of the ordinary but they did not see the Lady or hear what she said. Kind of like the Israelites seeing many great signs at Mount Sinai though they never saw God as Moses did nor did they hear his voice. Not to mention the great Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917, witnessed by 70,000 people, that ranks up there with the Crossing of the Red Sea and the Sun and the Moon standing still for Joshua but has strangely enough been almost completely forgotten in our own day. But I am getting ahead of myself. In the next post, God willing, I will begin at the beginning.
Pray the Rosary daily, for the above intention if the Holy Spirit directs you there. Go to Confession. Adore the wounded Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.