February 8, 2017 The Memorial of Saint Jerome Emiliani
A few words before I begin at the beginning. When I studied the accounts of Sister Lucia the message of Fatima seemed to me to be extremely clear and the requests of Our Lady seemed to me to be incredibly specific and precise. Genuine penance and reparation were and are what Heaven demands, and if we follow this course we cannot fail.
I will detail the requests that Our Lady made of all of us and of the Holy Father and of his bishops, God willing, as I recount the individual apparitions but I do want to make one point very clear at the outset. The message of Fatima has been incredibly muddied over during the last century. Heaven made very clear and specific and easy to understand requests but the designs of men have confused things as we are always wont to do. Fatima has been turned into a minefield. How so?
Some misguided men have sought to distract people from the message or to subtly discredit it. Others have sought to use it for their own personal gain and have therefore chosen to emphasize one portion of the message to the detriment of the other parts. And this spreading of ignorance has confused almost everyone within the Church.
Fatima contains a clear and simple message that is crucially important for the human race that the Church herself has declared worthy of belief yet it is rarely spoken of, or if it is the prophetic import of the message is relegated to being a “part of the past” as one notable in the Church stated not so long ago. But it is not part of the past.
Fatima is more important in 2017 than it was in 1917, much more important, and a simple run through the message, the message itself not what people say about the message, will show that. I will be expressing my opinions and those of others throughout this series of posts but I will always be clear that it is an opinion and not a fact. Too many times in my research of this topic I have discovered that opinions are stated as if they were facts and unsourced claims are treated as if they were the Gospel truth. So there we have it. My little preamble is done. In the next post, God willing, I will start with the apparitions of the Angel to three young shepherd children.
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