Three Simple Children
On the eve of World War I, May 13, 1917, three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, saw a vision of The Virgin Mary, dressed in white and holding a rosary. There were six apparitions from May to October, three prophetic messages, the miracle of the sun observed by 70,000 people and a call for prayer, conversion, and repentance. In the midst of the destruction of World War I, Our Lady could have appeared to any number of the powerful leaders of countries like France, Germany and Russia who could have had an influence on the resolution of the war, but she didn’t. Instead, she appeared to three simple peasant small children. The smallest, Jacinta and Francesco, died within 3 years of the apparitions from the Spanish Flu (H1N1 flu similar to today’s COVID 19). Yet the messages of pray, conversion and penance relayed by these three children have had more impact on generations of people that almost anyone in the 20th Century. The apparitions were declared of “supernatural character” by the Catholic Church in 1930 and a shrine was erected near the apparition site in Fatima. Thousands of pilgrims have journeyed to Fatima, including four popes.
The Messages are still relevant today
The Catholic Church teaches that private revelations like Fatima do not have the same status as the public revelation God has given us in Scripture and Tradition, however, Fatima is particularly relevant to Catholics. Even though the revelations and prophecies that Fatima dealt with, such as communism, World War I & II and the conversion of Russia are now verified historical events, the messages of Fatima are applicable today. Within weeks afterwards, Russia turned to communism, then China among many, became societies emptied of God. By any count, communism accounted for close to 100 million deaths in the last century, a century that killed more people on earth than any time in history. Today, many people no longer view the threat of communism like it was in the 1950s – 1980s when nuclear annihilation was only the push of a button away. But Pope Francis only three years ago on the 100th anniversary of Fatima spoke of the urgency of the Fatima message to our modern society: “Our Lady foretold and warned us about a way of life that is godless and indeed profanes God in his creatures”.
Today, it’s harder to quickly spot the influence of communism and its Marxist ideology, especially since the fall of the iron curtain in 1989. Most people would argue that it’s a thing of the past. But is it? You only have to take a step back and look around us, at the many institutions that have slowly crept up on us, many of which are now fully entrenched in our modern lifestyle. Whether it be the growing attacks on the family, the unborn, the tide of atheism, freedom of speech, the distortion of truth and rampant materialism that replaces God with the human laws of state, these are easily identifiable in our world.
My Immaculate Heart will Triumph
And who could have imagined 2020? We are experiencing a very unusual set of circumstances that are straight out of the playbook of Orwell’s 1984 dystopian novel. Undreamt of 3 months ago, a large proportion of the world’s population is experiencing a kind of Spanish Flu and a small taste of what it might be like to live in a world that has similarities to the Fatima warnings about Marxism. Today, besides the obvious reasoning for the imposed restrictions on movement, being told where you can go, when you can go, who can come and go is a little too chilling. It’s not quite Marxism, but Marxism is more than just an economic system, it is a way of thinking, a way of dividing people and a way that places any reliance on God and the sacred to the very boundaries of society. If one takes the time to read up on Marxism, it doesn’t take long to see that it’s a comprehensive world view and a belief that all things, including people, belong to the State. Pope St John Paul II was an expert on Marxism, he read and studied it very carefully and fully understood that it was the complete antithesis of the teachings of the Catholic Church on the dignity of every human being. A message with its roots directly from the words of Christ himself, Christ, who was God made man.
Read up on Fatima, its message of penance and prayer is not just for 1917, it’s for today. So its kind of nice to know that on the feast of Fatima on May 13th, 2020, especially in our home state of Victoria, many churches will be reopening their doors for prayer, the Mass and the Sacraments, and lots of Rosaries too!
Our Lady really does look out for us, after all she did tell the children that; “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph”.