Tragically, countless lives and souls have already been lost through the chastisements plaguing the world and the Church, from which Our Lady could long since have spared us, and the future promises only worse losses to come.
No one knows when, but what’s ahead is certain. For us to continue on our present course — despising the Message of Fatima (and thus compounding our guilt by dishonoring the Mother of God!) — can only lead to the realization of the direst of Our Lady’s warnings, including the annihilation of whole nations and the sudden loss of millions if not billions of souls.
Heaven has extended to us the means of preventing this catastrophe, but the time that we have been given to implement this measure is limited.
In the revelation of August 1931, Our Lord made a frightening reference to the fate of the King of France, to whom He had given exactly 100 years to comply with His request that the king consecrate France to His Sacred Heart, promising thereby to deliver it from its enemies.
(That request was given through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1689. Three successive kings of France chose to ignore Our Lord’s request, until 100 years later — to the day! — when the French monarchy was definitively subverted and overthrown. King Louis XVI, who was reigning in 1789, “had much to suffer” at the hands of the revolutionaries — in humiliations, in prison, and finally on the scaffold of a guillotine.)
“Make it known to My ministers,” Our Lord told Sister Lucy, “that given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command [i.e., now for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary], they will likewise follow him into misfortune.”
Our Lord did not explicitly say that He would allow the Pope and bishops no more than 100 years to finally obey Him – whether from 1917, when Our Lady first spoke of the Consecration of Russia, or from 1929 when She returned to announce Heaven’s formal request for the Consecration – but it is not difficult to recognize this implication of 100 years. Certainly Our Lord will not allow us to despise and dishonor His Mother indefinitely.
“Let us remember,” said Sister Lucy, “that Jesus Christ is a very good Son. He does not permit that we offend and despise His Most Holy Mother. We find recorded throughout the centuries of the Church’s history a clear lesson contained in the terrible chastisements which have befallen those who have attacked the honor of His Most Holy Mother, demonstrating how Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother.”
In his book of meditations titled Preparation for Death, St. Alphonsus Liguori draws our attention to a passage in the Book of Wisdom: “Thou hast ordered all things by measure, number, and weight.” (11:21). With God, the Saint says, everything is precisely measured — as if with an eyedropper, Father Gruner used to add. Whatever may be our time limit to implement Heaven’s command for the Consecration of Russia, it is surely fast approaching. We simply cannot go on in our present course with impunity.
Neither can we expect to be left at our ease until the Consecration is finally done. Without Our Lady’s intervention, the reign of iniquity in this world will continue advancing to levels we can hardly imagine, at the same time making it more and more difficult to perform the Consecration. It is already abundantly clear that faithful Catholics will find no welcome in the New World Order taking shape around us. “The good will be martyred,” Our Lady of Fatima said flatly.
The World Has Gone in the Opposite
Direction from That Shown by Our Lady
Throughout the hundred years which have passed since the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, diabolic errors — both ideological and practical — have been taking root throughout the world, just as She warned, pitting mankind more and more against the reign of Jesus Christ. Now hostilities in the war-torn Middle East threaten to erupt into a Third World War of unimaginable destructiveness, and even within the Church, chaos and scandal reign in the midst of a moral, doctrinal and disciplinary collapse such as has never been seen in its 2000-year history.
Our Lady of Fatima warned that such crises (particularly wars and persecutions of the Church) would come upon us as a punishment for the sins of the world if men did not amend their lives.
Do we deserve these chastisements? It is estimated that more than one billion people have been killed by abortions (whether surgical or chemical or in laboratories) in just the last 20 years — more than one billion, fully a seventh of the world’s entire population, in just 20 years. And in the past 100 years since abortion was first legalized (in communist Russia in 1919), the number defies calculation but is surely in the billions.
It is written in Sacred Scripture that there are four sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance, and one of them is the shedding of innocent blood, the killing of innocent persons. The innocent blood of these billions of babies slaughtered in the womb, cries to Heaven for vengeance against us all. At no other time in the history of the world has there been a generation which has institutionalized such a heinous crime, giving protection of law not to the innocent but to their murderers, in societies of virtually every nation around the globe.
Another sin that cries to Heaven for vengeance is the sin of unnatural vice, the sin of Sodom, which is also being institutionalized all across the world. As Pope John Paul II said in one of his homilies at the Fatima Shrine, the world has gone in the opposite direction from that indicated by Our Lady in 1917.
The world continues to build up against itself a tremendous debt, not just financially, but above all morally, provoking the justice of God, and there will be a terrible price to pay for it if we do not invoke Our Lady — in the precise way shown to us by Heaven — to intervene on our behalf with the inestimable merits of Her Immaculate Heart.