THE FATIMA ROSARY CRUSADE
OUR LADY’S URGENT APPEAL TO US IN THE 1980s
PART I — WE MUST CHOOSE NOW
- God’s Special Love for us in the 20th Century
As you know, God in His great love for us, His people, whom He created in the 20th Century, gave us a most extraordinary favor, a grace reserved for our age, by sending His Most Holy Mother Mary to us at Fatima to promise us peace.
She came to three shepherd children to give us this message from God, a message of Hope and the promise that, under the leadership of the Blessed Virgin Mary and through Her intercession, the forces of Good would win against the forces of evil, and that this Victory for God on our behalf over the devil and his followers would take place in our time. We, indeed, then are most fortunate to be living at this time. Furthermore, we too can participate in this Victory. In fact it will be given as soon as enough of us rally to Our Lady of Fatima’s Peace Crusade.
We know that we cannot demand of God to work a miracle in order to prove that a message comes from Him. St. John the Baptist, who was certainly sent by God to prepare the way for Jesus’ public life, never worked a miracle. We also know from our Catholic Faith that God does sometimes work miracles and that real miracles worked in favor of God’s message are certain proofs that in fact that message comes from God. Thus we can prove the teaching and works of Jesus in fact come from God.1
The message of Fatima is very rich in teaching content and certainly offers us great hope and very wise counsel for our troubled century. The story of Fatima and its message are very simple yet very profound. It is certainly a prophetic message for our times; one that we cannot ignore except at our own peril; and one confirmed by a great series of miracles at Fatima.
At Fatima, God, through the intercession of Our Lady, deigned to confirm this EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MESSAGE for the 20th Century by a most stupendous miracle, witnessed by over 70,000 people. Recent studies of the photographs show that over 100,000 people saw the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, a beautiful and moving experience that was apocalyptic in its dimensions. “The sun and moon and the stars will give portents.” (Luke 21:25) Many people were cured on the day of the miracle and many conversions took place. The event of Fatima is still going on. It is going on until Our Lady’s final victory all over the world.
|The Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Spiritual Mother and the Spiritual Queen of all countries, urges Canadians and Americans, and all peoples, who are in danger of nuclear war and enslavement to Communist tyranny, to save themselves and their country by praying the Rosary.|
- We Must Respond Now
Of course final victory is absolutely assured by Our Lady of Fatima as She said, “In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph and a period of peace will be given to mankind.” However, She tells us honestly and openly that the hour that the victory will come depends on us. Jesus and Mary want, much more than we do, that this true peace will soon come to the world and that all men will live in Peace and Harmony and Justice and Charity all over the earth, as God intended it to be when He created us. However, the Peace of God can only come when enough of us do what Our Lady of Fatima asks. There is no other route to true peace except by following Our Lady of Fatima’s Peace Plan. Moreover, if we ignore God’s Heavenly Mother and Her Message of Love and Her promise of help at this crisis in Human History, then God, at Fatima, warns us that although peace will finally come to the world, it will be after MANY NATIONS ARE COMPLETELY WIPED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND THAT AFTER MANY GOOD PEOPLE ARE MARTYRED AND THAT THE POPE SUFFERS MUCH.
PART II — OUTLINE OF THE CRISIS
(The Rebellion Against God)
- Introductory Look at the Contemporary Scene
Concerned Canadians are increasingly aware that Canada, in common with the rest of the world, is in a condition of crisis which seems beyond the capacity of human aid to alleviate. Evidence of stress and moral breakdown is all around us: crisis in family life as seen in the rising number of abortions (67,000 in 1980 alone), and marriage breakdowns; the increase in drug abuse; the corruption of young and old by the violence and sex (including perversions) shown more and more openly on T.V. and in movies; immodest fashions; the lack of moral and religious education of our youth; threats of nuclear war; high and usurious interest rates which make it increasingly impossible for people to own or continue to own their own homes; the type of advertising which encourages people to go into debt to buy goods they do not need, furthering inflation and raising interest.
Within the Catholic community there are the additional concerns, for example: falling attendance at Mass, the decrease in the practice of Confession; the blatant undermining of the authority of the Pope and the bishops; a growing awareness that, even in many Catholic schools, religious education is woefully inadequate; and fewer vocations to the religious life.
Certainly some of these problems can be (and are being) solved within the family circle, and by many men and women within their own spheres of influence. Nevertheless, many remain beyond the scope of the ordinary citizen. Governments, far from having solutions, have all too often created the problems by their legislation. Such a problem is abortion.
CHAPTER ONE — REMEMBER OUR RIGHTS COME DIRECTLY FROM GOD
Our rights to life, liberty, the right to private property, our right to freedom of conscience and the practice of the one true religion founded by Jesus Christ, are given to each human person directly by the Creator. No human authority has the authority from God to take these rights away. The state too, may not even pretend to have such authority to deny us these fundamental rights, as all authority comes from God.
These rights come from God because God made us to live according to His Will and to accomplish our individual vocation. To fulfill our duty to God and our fellow man, since we are free and rational creatures with a material body, He has to give us the means and the necessary rights (authority) in order to achieve His Will.
Thus these rights are given directly to us by God. They are not given to us through the state but immediately and directly. The state’s, the government’s, all the public authorities’ purpose is to promote harmoniously the God-given rights of its citizens so that the citizens, in exercising their rights unhampered, may the more easily save their souls and glorify God. The state may not on any pretext (even a majority vote) take away our God-given rights EVER.
|Tiny human feet at ten weeks after conception perfectly formed. Millions and millions of unborn human babies have been destroyed in the undeclared and silent war against the unborn in the past ten years. This “unspeakable crime” (Vatican II) cries to heaven for vengeance. This crime on such a vast scale, allowed and approved by the Government, and financed by your tax dollars, is a sign of the great crisis in our times. Catholics who procure an abortion, including the mother, if the abortion actually takes place, incur automatic excommunication from the Church (see Code of Canon Law - Canon 2350 - No. 1). This excommunication has been recently reaffirmed and is in the New Code soon to be promulgated.|
- Right to Life Under Attack
In fact, we see that in Canada, the government and the courts, the public authorities and their collaborators, have taken away the most fundamental right, the right to life, of over one-half million Canadians, that is over 500,000 human lives have been murdered in this land — “the true north strong and free” — in the past ten years alone. These very violent and painful deaths in Canada due to abortion in the past ten years, are five (5) times more than all the violent deaths that Canada has suffered at the hands of her enemies, in all the overseas wars, (Boer War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War) in which Canada has fought since Canada’s beginning as a Nation in 1867.2
- Rights of Jesus Christ Our King Under Attack
The blatant grave injustice of abortion committed against the most innocent and the most defenseless of our brothers also indicates something else. It shows that many leaders in our country, for example Cabinet Ministers and other Members of Parliament, as well as people in the courts and in many hospitals, are in effect and in practice, declaring themselves independent of Jesus Christ and His reign over our country and all its individuals and institutions. The Bible tells us that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords (Apocalypse 19:16). As Our King, He demands that our legislators, laws, courts, and hospitals reflect His law and do not contradict it.
Jesus Christ Our King demands that all of us, particularly in our laws, really and effectively protect the lives of our unborn. In the words of the Vicar of Jesus Christ, Pope Pius XI, we are shown this grave obligation which is binding on legislators of all times:
“Those who hold the reins of government should not forget that it is the duty of public authority by appropriate laws and sanctions to defend the lives of the innocent, and all this the more so since those whose lives are endangered and assailed cannot defend themselves, among whom we must mention in the first place infants hidden in the mother’s womb. And if the public magistrates not only do not defend them, but by their laws and ordinances betray them to death at the hands of doctors and of others, let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cries from earth to Heaven.” (Encyclical on Christian Marriage).
This sin of abortion is the responsibility not only of legislators, but also of educators, and those who form the consciences of our people. In former times, it was the clergy who fulfilled their God-given role of properly forming the consciences of the people, but today it seems that many people take their guidance from the mass media, TV, movies and newspapers. Yet where are the newspapers and mass media to sound the alarm to warn us of this silent war waged against our own citizens?3
Therefore, since the laws of our country have been changed to protect the guilty, (that is those who commit abortion), and leave defenseless the most innocent, and since abortions are paid for with tax money, and since this injustice has not been vigorously opposed by the majority of Canadians, many of us, it would seem, are guilty in varying degrees before God for this “unspeakable crime” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes. Para. 51), which the Scriptures tell us “cries to Heaven for vengeance”.
- The Attack By High Interest Rates
A third point of evidence of the crisis in Canada and elsewhere is the high interest rates, which cause great hardship to those many individuals who have to pay these rates on their mortgages and personal loans, and which are in themselves sinful. Such interest rates are an example of usury which is against the law of God and attacks our God-given right to private property. Great harm is done to the social fabric of our country by these interest rates because they decrease the number of real private property owners and they thereby further concentrate in the hands of the few, great economic power. As a result, over time, more and more people will be reduced in their real freedoms, for without true economic freedom, there will be very little real political or personal freedom.
The direct ownership of private property by very many people is one of the necessary pillars of personal and real political freedom for all citizens. On the other hand, when relatively few persons own or control the means of production, these few are able to impose their rule over the rest of society through economic pressure on individual wage earners, through manipulation of politicians and leaders of society, and through the control of the mass media by means of the power their excessive wealth gives them.
- The Threat of Nuclear War
Another sign of crisis in Canada is the threat of nuclear war, which not only affects Canada, but all the nations of the world. This threat is real and beyond our human control. No matter how many marches we walk in, or letters we write to the editor, or lobbying done with the government, whether our country be aligned or non-aligned, there are declared enemies of our people and of our way of life, who would use such weapons against us if they could do so with no tremendous inconvenience to themselves, unless we would voluntarily make ourselves their slaves. We do not have the human power enough to resist them. Unless God does help us in this crisis, no human allies, not even the U.S.A. (as Sister Lucy has explained4 can save us.
CHAPTER TWO — OUR GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS OPENLY ATTACKED
It is not only in the Right to Life, but also in other very important rights that the governments (Federal and Provincial) of Canada are gradually taking away — or are prepared to take away — our God-given rights. To give only one example: in the recent “Charter of Rights”, the Federal and Provincial governments have written into the Charter the power for them to override any person’s or any group’s right to the free exercise of his/their conscience or religion. Some might say that we need not worry because no government will ever invoke this power to override individual consciences. If they never will do this, why did the governments write it into the Charter?
If governments will not accept in practice and in law the idea that governments themselves are responsible to God and have authority to rule only from God, (and only so far as God authorizes them) then they in turn, will assume in practice that there is no other authority higher than government. If this trend is not reversed, they will, over time, demand absolute and total obedience even when their will is against the Law of God and against the God-given and inalienable rights of its citizens.
- The Struggle Between the Forces of Good and the Forces of Evil in Our Times
We see then that modern governments elsewhere and in Canada have increasingly rejected the concept of having their powers restricted by any moral restraints, which means that they operate in a moral vacuum and become increasingly totalitarian.
At this time then we must especially remember the warning given by a great statesman — William Penn:
“If men are not governed by the Laws of God, they will be ruled by tyrants.”
And here are some statements of the Popes concerning our times:
“There is room to fear that we are experiencing the foretaste and beginnings of the evils which are to come at the end of time, and that the Son of Perdition, of whom the Apostle speaks, has already arrived upon the earth.” (from Pope St. Pius X Encyclical Suprema Apostolatus, 1903 — in reference to the anti-Christian movement of Freemasonry attacking the Church from outside and the Movement of Modernism subverting the Church from within).
“The smoke of satan is seeping into the Church. The tail of the devil is functioning in the disintegration of the Catholic World.” (Pope Paul VI)
- Deliberate Plans of the Forces of Evil
Let us not be deceived into thinking that these corrupting influences have come to our country and into the world and the Church without a deliberate plan of the enemies of God and enemies of our country. Led by satan, these men have a deliberate plan to corrupt us, to deceive us, and to enslave us. Here is a quotation from one of the secret societies which plotted the overthrow of the Church and legitimate civil government. This Masonic society said that a dagger is not enough to bring down the Papacy, for another Pope would be elected, and that in order to bring down the Papacy, they said “let us not make Christians sin, rather let us corrupt Christian hearts.” To quote them directly, they said:
“Let us spread vice broadcast among the multitude. Let them breathe it through their five senses, let them drink it in and become saturated with it … Make men’s hearts corrupt and vicious and you will have no more Catholics. Draw away priests from their work, from the altar and from the practice of virtue … The best poniard with which to wound the Church mortally is corruption.” (Quoted by Father Denis Fahey, C.S.Sp. in his book, The Kingship of Christ and Organized Naturalism, P. 18-19.)
Our Lady of Fatima warned that militant atheists would “spread their errors throughout the world” — if we did not heed Her warning. She also said that “certain fashions would be introduced which would offend Her Son very much”. Our Lady indicated that our enemies had a deliberate plan to corrupt our faith and our morals.
- What is a Militant Atheist?
Militant atheists are by definition people who not only do not believe in God, but who work and fight and use whatever means they can (they are not restrained by any considerations of right and wrong) to impose on the people their atheism. There is documented evidence of co-operation between the various branches of militant atheism to bring about their tyrannic rule over the whole world.5
Since the militant atheists cannot all operate openly because the people would wake up to the danger, many militant atheists in the Western World do not openly profess their atheism or their aims to deceive, to subvert, and to subject society under the oppressive yoke of militant atheism. The militant atheist is an extremely dangerous enemy. He is particularly dangerous to our eternal salvation because he will use force, if possible, and will use trickery as well, to try to impose his atheism on each one of us. To accept, for whatever reason, his doctrine is to deprive ourselves of eternal salvation, for it is necessary “for a man to believe that God exists and rewards those who seek Him” in order to be saved. (Hebrews 11:6)
- Militant Atheists Trickery
Let us not be deceived by the trickery of the militant atheists. Pray the Rosary daily in order to avoid their deceptions and lies. Let us also recall that many Popes over the past 245 years have condemned the sect of the Freemasons and its practices and its doctrines. Pope John Paul II, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, has recently reaffirmed clearly the excommunication passed on any Catholic who joins the Freemasons. (See decree of Feb. 17, 1981).
Besides the open militant atheism of the Communists spreading the lies of the devil by military might and by the subversion of our society, other diabolical errors and movements are afoot in our country and in the Western World such as Secular Humanism, and the planned decline of moral standards among the people, as evidenced by the widespread use of contraceptives and sterilizations, as well as increasing drug and alcohol abuse.
These errors against faith and morals are spread amongst our people by the devil and his henchmen on earth, and their spread forebodes badly for our country. Militant atheists know that before they can conquer and enslave a country, they must first bring about the moral downfall of the people and enslave them to sin. Then they know that the people will not have the spiritual strength necessary to resist them and their plots, and their open military might, whereby they shall enslave the country — in a very evil, cruel and extremely painful slavery.
The Prophet Balaam in the Old Testament was asked to help the enemies of those who were then the People of God, to defeat them. Balaam replied to the enemies that they could not win because God is protecting His people. But Balaam went on to say to God’s enemies that if they wanted to win, they would have to get the people to sin. If they could get the People of God to sin enough, then God would not protect His people and then the enemies of God could win. So the enemies of God, then and now, follow the same battle plan: first get the people of God to sin enough — then the enemies of God will be able to win in war because God will have withdrawn His protection. Thus the militant atheists seek above all to corrupt Catholics — the People of God of the New and Eternal Testament — and they are succeeding to a great extent.
PART III — CAUSE FOR HOPE — OUR LADY
Let us lift up our heads and raise our hope in God, for He said that the Blessed Virgin would defeat the devil and his followers and his plots: “I will put enmities between thee and the Woman, and thy seed and Her seed: She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for Her heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
And the Blessed Virgin has come in our time at Fatima and promised us victory in our time, over all these forces of evil. “In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph and a period of peace will be given to mankind.”
- Our Lady Forewarned Us About Our Present Crisis
Our Lady of Fatima prophesied and predicted that militant atheists would spread their errors throughout the world, and thus also throughout Canada, if we would not listen to Her maternal warnings and simple requests. The errors of the militant atheists include those doctrines which teach us to ignore God, which teach us that our public laws and institutions need not conform to the Law of God, which teach individuals and families that the goal of human life is money, illicit pleasure and honor from worldly people, rather than teaching us that the most important purpose in each one of our lives is to save our souls and gain the eternal happiness of Heaven. The crisis in Canada and the world can still be overcome now, if we turn to Our Lady and do what She asks of each one of us at Fatima. In Her own words, She said, “If my requests are heeded, then a period of peace will be given to mankind.”
- The Fatima Peace Plan Is Our Only Hope
Each time Our Lady appeared to the three children at Fatima, She asked us to pray the Rosary. Our Lady also asked us to wear the Scapular.6 In the final vision, on October 13, 1917, Our Lady silently held out the Scapular. Lucy has said the Blessed Mother wants everyone to wear it. “The Scapular and the Rosary are inseparable.” Our Lady also said, “If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”
She told us there is no other solution whereby we are to achieve true peace and real social harmony and order than by following the Peace Plan and the requests She addressed through Her Message at Fatima to each one of us. These requests have been summarized by Sister Lucy in the Peace Pledge Formula, which is as follows:
Dear Queen and Mother, Who promised at Fatima to convert Russia and bring peace to all mankind in reparation to Your Immaculate Heart for my sins and the sins of the whole world, I solemnly promise: 1) to offer up every day the sacrifices demanded by my daily duty; 2) to say part of the Rosary (five decades) daily while meditating on the Mysteries; 3) to wear the Scapular of Mount Carmel as profession of this promise and as an act of consecration to You. I shall renew this promise often, especially in moments of temptation.
Padre Pio, the famous stigmatic priest, has said that when enough of us make and keep this promise to Our Lady, then Russia will be converted and there will be real peace.
- Sin Is Destroying Our World
It is sin that is destroying the world today. Our Lady of Fatima said, “War is a punishment for sin”. Since not enough people are willing to grant the requests of Our Lady of Fatima and give up sin, what does the future hold in store for us?
A few months after the close of World War II — the bloodiest war in all history — Pope Pius XII warned: “Men must prepare themselves for suffering such as mankind has never seen.”
The Vicar of Christ indicated that we must prepare for suffering even worse than the deluge, which wiped out the whole human race except for Noah and his family; for suffering worse than all the wars and disasters that have been the long history of mankind.
Yes, this is what the future holds for Canada and the world — suffering such as mankind has never seen — unless a sufficient number of people still can be found willing to grant the requests of Our Lady of Fatima.
|GOD ASKS FOR ADORATION AND REPARATION
When the Angel of Peace appeared to the three children at Fatima, he taught them to make acts of reparation for offences that were being committed against God in the world. He taught them to make acts of adoration of the Holy Trinity and of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, in order to make reparation for sins, and to give Glory to God. He taught them the following prayer:
“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly. I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the outrages, sacrileges and in-difference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of you the conversion of poor sinners.”
- Is There Any Hope Left in 1982?
No matter how late the hour, so long as these threatened disasters have not yet struck, there is still hope of averting them if enough people will amend their lives and do what God asks. We read in the Old Testament (Jonas, 3rd Chapter) that Almighty God sent Jonas the prophet to warn the people of Nineveh that in 40 days their city would be destroyed. Upon receiving the news, the king immediately proclaimed fasting and abstinence, told the people to don sackcloth and ashes, to do great penance and give up the evil and iniquity in their hearts — and they did. Almighty God was pleased, and at the end of 40 days Nineveh was still standing. God had spared the city because enough reparation had been made.
We also read in the Old Testament (Genesis, 18th Chapter) that God would have spared the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah had there been found ten just people in them.
Today, Almighty God will spare Canada, and even the whole world, from the horrible punishment predicted for us if, proportionately, the ten “just” can be found willing to make reparation — willing to follow the “peace plan from Heaven”.
- Victories of the Rosary
Our Lady pleaded and insisted that people say the daily Rosary. Reparation holds back the hand of God from striking the world in just punishment for its many crimes. The Rosary is like a sword or weapon the Mother of God can use to cut down heresy and the forces of evil. It is most powerful, and many times has saved the world from bad situations like the one facing us today.
A few centuries ago, the Turks were over-running all Europe and seemed on the verge of wiping out Christianity. When all seemed lost, Pope St. Pius V organized a Rosary Crusade. He asked Catholics everywhere to pray the Rosary to ask Our Lady to deliver them from imminent disaster. When the day of the great battle arrived, the Christian soldiers literally went into battle with swords in one hand and Rosaries in the other. Thus on October 7th, the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, one of the greatest military upsets in all history took place at Lepanto. The little Christian fleet, very greatly outnumbered, defeated the mighty Turkish Armada and Christianity was saved — all through the power of the Rosary.
The Rectory of the Assumption of Our Lady Church in Hiroshima was left standing on August 6, 1945 after the atomic bomb killed 200,000 people in the city. The church next door to the rectory was completely demolished by the atomic blast. There was nothing left standing on the street outside. There was, in fact, no street outside. All that too was completely destroyed. Only the rectory stood amidst the surrounding rubble and four Catholic priests inside survived the first atomic blast. It was because they were living the Message of Our Lady of Fatima that they were saved from certain death.7 Indeed Our Lady and Her Rosary are more powerful than even the atomic bomb.
There are many examples of the power of the Rosary. To give another example in our own time — the Russian armies withdrew out of Austria in 1955, without one person being killed and without one shot being fired. It is the only time that the militant atheistic forces of Marxism have ever peacefully left a country in which they held power. This victory for the Catholic people of Austria is due to Our Lady and Her Rosary, because at that time ten percent of the people of Austria were praying the Rosary every day. The Rosary is more powerful than guns or bombs as we can see from this example of Austria. Through the power of the Rosary, the forces of militant atheism gave Austria back its freedom. God has the power to soften any human heart, as Scripture says, “the heart of the king is in the Hand of God.” God, through the intercession of Our Lady, and through the prayer of the Holy Rosary softened the hearts of the Russian rulers, and thus they gave Austria back its freedom. Sister Lucy of Fatima has said that there is no problem, either material or moral, national or international, that cannot be solved effectively by the Rosary and our sacrifices.
- Today We Need the Rosary More Than Ever
We can see from events in Poland that Communism has not changed its goal of world domination and of enslaving each one of us. Today we are all very much threatened on every side by Communism and by militant atheism. But the Blessed Virgin Mary can overcome these forces of evil overnight if enough people will pray the daily Rosary.
Particularly is the Family Rosary recommended, for “the family that prays together stays together”, and today our families are threatened with breakup on all sides. And in this regard, Pope St. Pius X said: “The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers, it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God … and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
Regarding the family Rosary, here is what some of the other Roman Pontiffs have said:
“If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, in your country, assemble every evening to recite the Rosary.” — Pope Pius IX.
“There is no surer means of calling down God’s blessings upon the family … than the daily recitation of the Rosary.” — Pope Pius XII.
“It will not then seem too much to say that … in families — in which the Rosary of Mary retains its ancient honor, the loss of faith through error and vicious ignorance need not be feared.” — Pope Leo XIII.
At Fatima, Our Lady asked us to recite the following prayer after each decade of the Rosary: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of Thy mercy.”
Pope John Paul II
- The Catholic Church Endorses the Message of Fatima
As you recall, the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church has encouraged us to believe in, and to practice the Message of Fatima, which is simply recalling us to return to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bishop of Fatima authorized public promotion of devotion to Our Lady of Fatima after a most thorough, scientific and theological examination of the events of Fatima. Pope Pius XII actively promoted the message of Fatima and was pleased to be called the Pope of Fatima. Pope John XXIII said that Fatima is the center of all Christian hopes. Pope John XXIII also said: “We exhort you to listen with simplicity of heart and honesty of mind to the salutary warnings of the Mother of God.” Pope Paul VI at the Vatican Council announced that He was sending the Golden Rose to Fatima.
On May 13, 1965, Pope Paul VI through a papal emissary, presented a Golden Rose at Fatima and, at the same time, he confided “the entire Church” to Our Lady of Fatima’s protection.
He himself went there as a Pilgrim for Peace in 1967 on the 50th anniversary of Our Lady’s first appearance there. He wrote an Encyclical on the occasion of his pilgrimage to Fatima. He blessed seventy National Pilgrim Statues to travel continually throughout seventy nations, so that these nations would remember and practice the Message of Fatima.
Canada was one of these fortunate nations to be given this special grace of having a National Pilgrim Statue blessed by the Pope. Pope John Paul II is a great devotee of Our Lady. He makes continuous public profession of his personal consecration to Our Lady by his Papal Coat of Arms on which is inscribed the words “Totus Tuus”, that is, “I am all Yours, Oh Mary”. He, as Cardinal, twice signed petitions to the Holy Father asking the Pope to do what Our Lady of Fatima asked for — namely, that the Pope, together with all the Catholic Bishops of the world on one special day, consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He wrote:
“We believe that through this act of trustful confidence in the Mother of the Church, mankind will be saved from atheism, war and complete ruin. The Mother of God will be with you, Holy Father, and with the world for its rescue. There will arise an era of peace and victory in the cause of Christ.”
Pope John Paul II wants to do as Our Lady of Fatima asked. He leads the Rosary on Vatican Radio on the First Saturday of the month. “The Rosary is my favorite prayer,” Pope John Paul II said. He, himself encourages the continuous spread of the Message of Our Lady of Fatima.
- Fatima More Important Today Than Ever
As we have seen in this article, the Message of Fatima and its prophecies and warnings are more important to all of us now in the 1980s than ever before. We all know that Russia in 1917 was powerless, but in 1982 is the most powerful nation in the world and that it has enslaved two-thirds of the world. Our Lady predicted that all of us, everywhere in the world, will be enslaved if we do not heed Her Message of Fatima. Some people may not feel that this prediction of Fatima will happen to us here in our own country at this time. Having read this article, you can see for yourself that more than ever we need to heed the Message of Fatima — before it is too late.
The question before us now is whether you and I will heed in time Her Message, Her Maternal Appeal to us Her children, to help Her bring peace and salvation to many souls in our time. If we ignore Her, no one can, and no one will help us. If we ignore Her, God Himself will not help us because He sent His Mother to tell us what we must do to have peace and international security. If we ignore the Message of Fatima, we are ignoring God’s final warning, and it is certain “that many nations will be annihilated”.
Let us hope, work, and pray that this destruction of very many people and many nations will not be necessary to wake mankind up to the fact that it is following a perilous path, that is, a path which takes us away from God and leads to self-destruction. Let us do our part. It will not be overlooked by Our Lady. Our efforts will be certainly rewarded. Each of us, personally, need not wait for our neighbor to act. Each of us, personally, will receive our own reward now and in eternity for listening to Her Maternal Message of love and concern. If enough of us in our time listen to Her, then true Christian peace will come into the whole world and Russia will be converted to the Faith of Christ, the Catholic Faith.
- Peace Depends on You
St. James said he who can do good and does not do it, does evil. (James 4:17) We can do good, we can bring peace to the world. We can stop the nuclear war about to start. We have the power to do it by fulfilling the simple requests of Our Lady of Fatima. It is not too hard. Will you do good? Or will you do evil? PEACE DEPENDS ON YOU.
Our Lady of Fatima said on October 13th, 1917, the day of the great Miracle of the Sun, “People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not continue to offend Our Lord Who is already deeply offended.” Our Lady is telling us that amendment of life is necessary. Mary our Mother is reminding us that sin really offends Jesus our God. The Holy Bible tells us that “He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins;” (Isaiah 53:5). St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, says that each one of us can truly say that if I sinned just one sin less, then Jesus would have less to suffer in His Passion and Death. The Blessed Virgin then tells us that we must pray because She knows, and the Catholic Church teaches, that without the grace of God no one can always keep the Ten Commandments and all God’s laws, because it is impossible to always resist the world, the flesh and the devil without God's help. As Jesus says, “Without Me you can do nothing.” But in order to have the grace of God, we must pray for it. This is why St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church, says, “He who prays will be saved, and he who does not pray will be damned.” Thus the Blessed Virgin was sent by God to remind us of the necessity of prayer. Also necessary for the forgiveness of sins is the firm purpose of amendment. In order to be forgiven by God, a person who has sinned must not only confess all his mortal sins personally and directly to a priest in the Sacrament of Confession, but also the penitent must be sorry for having offended God by his sins, and with a firm will, he must resolve to not commit those sins again. A person, then, who resolves to avoid sin, must of course resolve also to take all the means necessary in order to not commit those same sins. For example, a man who decides to go to another city must also take the means necessary (bus, car, walk) to attain his objective. Thus besides praying for the grace necessary to avoid sin, we must also resolve to avoid the occasions of sin. St. Alphonsus says that if men and women avoided the occasions of sin, almost all the sins now committed would not be committed. We have a strict obligation to not only avoid sin, but also to avoid as far as possible those persons, places, and things (such as shows, magazines, books, and fashions) which would be an occasion whereby we would likely fall into sin. We also have the obligation to see to it that we are not an occasion of sin for others. Our Lady gave a specific warning about fashions which would cause people to sin. When She appeared at Fatima she said, “Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much.” She also mentioned that more souls go to Hell for sins of the flesh than any other sin. Let us then repent of our sins, make a good confession, and resolve to avoid all sin and unnecessary occasions of sin.
PART IV - WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Remember Our Lady of Fatima’s Peace Plan
Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Lucy, Jacinta and Francisco. She gave them a message to be delivered to the faithful everywhere. She told them that men must stop sinning and return to God. She told us we must pray the Rosary every day and that we must fulfill the duties of our state in life day by day.
God worked a very great miracle before more than 70,000 people at Fatima so that all people would listen to His Mother's pressing appeal. She came to Fatima out of Her maternal concern for us, Her children, but if we ignore Her, then terrible things will happen. Many souls will go to hell forever — and all of us on earth will be enslaved in a worldwide prison of Communism. If we listen — true peace will be given to the world and many souls will merit eternal happiness in Heaven.
Our Lady said: “Many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray for them and make sacrifices for them.”
“If you do what I tell you many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” But let us especially remember She said: “If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace.
“If my requests are not granted, Russia will spread its errors throughout the world raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. Many will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer — several nations will be annihilated.”
Sister Lucy of Fatima was left on earth to explain the Message of Our Lady of Fatima to the world. She has stated clearly that if we do not heed Our Lady’s requests then Communism will enslave the whole world, including the United States.
In answer to the question: “What must the individual Catholic do in order that peace be given to the world, Communism be turned back, and the annihilation of nations be averted?” Sister Lucy gave the Peace Pledge Formula, which is as follows:
Dear Queen and Mother,
(This pledge is not a vow and does not bind under pain of sin. Nevertheless it is a promise — your word given to your Heavenly Mother.)
NOTE: Baptized Catholics may be officially enrolled in the Scapular to gain the promise. A non-Catholic may wear the Brown Scapular and will receive blessings for doing so.
- Sign Our Lady of Fatima’s Peace Pledge
We urge each one of you to give your word to Our Lady that you will keep this above-mentioned peace pledge and sign your name to the pledge.
We would suggest that you send your name and address and inform us that you have signed the pledge. (But, even without sending in your name and address, you may join the Rosary Crusade by just simply giving your word to Our Lady that you will fulfill the pledge.) If you have signed the pledge already, it would be good to renew your resolution, your promise to Our Lady, and let this leaflet serve as a reminder to you to keep the pledge for the rest of your life.
Of course, Our Lady would be especially pleased that if besides fulfilling Her requests as summarized in the pledge, we were to pray more and make more sacrifices as the children of Fatima did. Let us keep the five First Saturdays of Fatima and make devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary better known. Let us learn more about Our Lady of Fatima's teaching and always try to be as generous as possible with Our Spiritual Mother.
- Consecrate Yourself to Our Lady
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, and tender Mother of men, in accordance with Thy ardent wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate to Thee myself, my brethren, my country, and the whole human race.
Reign over us and teach us how to make the Heart of Jesus reign and triumph in us, and around us, as It has reigned and triumphed in Thee.
Reign over us, dearest Mother, that we may be Thine in prosperity and in adversity, in joy and in sorrow, in health and in sickness, in life and in death.
O most compassionate Heart of Mary, Queen of Virgins, watch over our minds and hearts and preserve them from the deluge of impurity which Thou didst lament so sorrowfully at Fatima. We want to be pure like Thee. We want to atone for the many crimes committed against Jesus and Thee. We want to call down upon our country and the whole world the peace of God in justice and charity.
Therefore, we now promise to imitate Thy virtues by the practice of a Christian life without regard to human respect.
We resolve to receive Holy Communion regularly and to offer Thee five decades of the Rosary each day, together with our sacrifices, in the spirit of reparation and penance. Amen.
- Block Rosary
We also urge you to form a Block Rosary group in your area with your friends and neighbors. Gather in one of your homes at the same time each week to pray the Rosary for our country. Let us also pray for our bishops and the Pope, so that they do their part to bring peace to the world by consecrating Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the form that God requested through Our Lady of Fatima. Keep this Block Rosary spiritual and simple by meeting only to pray the Rosary. Do not serve refreshments or have discussions or long conversations on these occasions. It is not a social event. Do not let the Block Rosary in your area lose its spiritual purpose little by little by letting it turn into a social event.
You and your friends may also try to meet in your local Parish Church at the same time each week to pray the Rosary for peace in our country and peace in the world. Before you do this, of course, ask your Parish Priest for permission to pray aloud the Rosary in Church, as it may happen that something else is scheduled for the hour you have chosen.
Many parishes have introduced the practice of praying out loud the Rosary before each Mass on weekdays and on Sundays. You, or a Parish group, could ask your Pastor to allow you to introduce this practice in your parish.
- Peace Plan for Canada
Undertake today to do your part by signing and keeping the Peace Pledge Formula as indicated by Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucy, and establish the saying of the Rosary once a week with a group of friends for the special intention of saving Canada from the plans of the devil and the militant atheists in our midst.
- Constant Vigil of Prayer
As well as praying the daily Rosary, we urge you to set aside fifteen minutes or an hour each week to pray the Rosary with your family or alone, in Church or at home, to pray the Rosary so that God will bring peace to our country and the world.
We encourage you to send in a note to the Fatima Rosary Crusade headquarters to inform us of the hour and day that you will be saying the Rosary for peace in our country and the world. By means of this information, we will be able to help you and others organize a constant vigil of prayer across our country so that in every area there will be many prayers ascending to God and the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout the 168 hours of the week calling down God's blessing and protection on our people and land.
- Pass On This Information
We also urge you to pass on this article to your friends, relatives and acquaintances; give a copy to everyone you talk to and talk about it in conversations. Enclose a copy with every letter you write, and send a copy to all your Christmas card list. Bring copies to distribute and to read at every meeting you attend. Get your civic and religious groups to undertake to promote the Rosary as one of its projects. Ask your group to help you distribute this article. Extra copies are available. Write to the address at the end of this article.
Have this article reprinted in its entirety, all at once, or in serial form, in your bulletins, newsletters, magazines and newspapers. You may reprint it entirely if you change nothing, and include the address, giving “The Fatima Rosary Crusade” credit for the article.
You might especially try to bring this article to the attention of groups such as the C.W.L., Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary, Pro-Life Groups, your Marian and Fatima groups, Third Orders, local unions and professional associations, political groups. Bring it to work give copies to co-workers, customers and clients. Pass it on to religious magazines and newspapers; ask them to reprint it.
We need your help to pass the word on to your friends and neighbours, and if you can, any financial assistance — donations sent to our headquarters will be used to pay for the printing and other expenses of continuing the Fatima Rosary Crusade.
1. “Nevertheless, in order that the submission of our faith might be consonant with reason (see Romans 12:1), God has willed that external proofs of His revelation, namely divine acts and especially miracles and prophecies, should be added to the internal aids given by the Holy Spirit. Since these proofs so excellently display God’s omnipotence and limitless knowledge, they constitute the surest signs of divine revelation, signs that are suitable to everyone’s understanding (see can. 3-4). Therefore, not only Moses and the prophets but also and preeminently Christ Our Lord performed many evident miracles and made clear-cut prophecies.” (Vatican Council One, Denzinger 1790.)
Canon 3. “If anyone says that it is impossible for external signs to render divine revelation credible and that, therefore, men ought to be impelled towards faith only by each one’s internal experience or private inspiration: let him be anathema.” (Vatican Council One, Denzinger 1812).
Canon 4. “If anyone says that all miracles are impossible and, hence, that all accounts of them, even though contained in Sacred Scripture, should be classed with fables and myths; or that miracles can never be recognized with certainty and that the divine origin of the Christian religion cannot be successfully proved by them: let him be anathema.” (Vatican Council One, Denzinger 1813).
2. Vital statistics for abortions from Statistics Canada. Warfare statistics from the World Almanac.
3. Catholic Bishops meeting at Vatican Council II in 1965 were given a report which said that most of the mass media, including newspapers and TV, around the world, are controlled by a very small group of men who are militant atheists.
4. See Part IV of this article in this issue.
5. (See for example Father Denis Fahey’s book The Rulers of Russia, where he shows that very powerful militant atheists in North America financed the revolution in Russia in 1917. See Léon de Poncins’ book Freemasonry and the Vatican, which refers to the collaboration of 1943-1945 between militant atheists of East and West to divide the world between them, which collaboration resulted in the Treaty of Yalta whereby Stalin and Soviet Russia were de facto given half the world.)
See also the book, The Antichrist, published in 1981 and written by Father Vincent P. Miceli, S.J., Ph.D., an American priest who has taught at Pontifical Universities in Rome. The book is already in its 5th edition, and has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of New York. In his book, Father Miceli gives the historical evidence and the theological background on the forces of evil, including recent examples of the inroads of the devil and his followers into North American society, international politics, and even into the Church Herself.
6. The Blessed Virgin Mary promised Catholics who are enrolled in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as follows:
“Take this Scapular, whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a sign of salvation — a protection in danger and a pledge of peace.” This promise was made to St. Simon Stock in 1251 in England and since that time many Popes down through the last seven centuries have encouraged Catholics to wear the Scapular. Pope Paul VI explaining on February 2, 1965, what the Vatican Council wrote about devotion to Our Lady had these words to say: “Ever hold in great esteem the practices and exercises of devotion to the Most Holy Virgin which have been recommended for centuries by the Magisterium of the Church. And among them we judge well to recall especially the Marian Rosary and the religious use of the Scapular of Mount Carmel.”
7. Father Hubert Schiffer, one of these priests, was in the rectory which was located only eight blocks from ground zero when the atom bomb exploded. More than two hundred experts have subsequently studied him, wondering how he could have survived. He answers by pointing to his Rosary. He says the Message of Fatima is linked to the message of Hiroshima: Either we will pray for peace and be spared as Our Lady foretold, or we shall see even the “annihilation of entire nations”.