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The Story of Faitma -- Part 1
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Posted on 05/12/2009 9:56:05 PM PDT by Salvation

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The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children ("the Three Seers") near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Appearing to the children, the Blessed Virgin told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by war and bloody violence, She promised that Heaven would grant peace to all the world if Her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed.
"If My requests are granted ... there will be peace"
3seers.jpg - 8.5 K       Our Lady of Fatima explained to the children that war is a punishment for sin and warned that God would further castigate the world for its disobedience to His Will by means of war, hunger and the persecution of the Church, the Holy Father and the Catholic Faithful. God's Mother prophesied that Russia would be God's chosen "instrument of chastisement," spreading the "errors" of atheism and materialism across the earth, fomenting wars, annihilating nations and persecuting the Faithful everywhere.
"If My requests are not granted, Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martryed, the Holy Father will suffer much and various nations will be annihilated."

In all Her appearances at Fatima, the Blessed Mother repeatedly emphasized the necessity of praying the Rosary daily, of wearing the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel and of performing acts of reparation and sacrifice. To prevent the terrible chastisement at the hands of Russia and to convert "that poor nation", Our Lady requested the solemn public Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart by the Pope and all the Catholic bishops of the world. She also asked that the Faithful practice a new devotion of reparation on the first Saturday of five consecutive months ("the Five First Saturdays")

The heart of Our Lady's Message to the world is contained in what has come to be called the "Secret" which She confided to the three child seers in July 1917. The Secret actually consists of three parts, the first two of which have been publicly revealed. The first part of the Secret was a horrifying vision of hell "where the souls of poor sinners go" and contained an urgent plea from Our Lady for acts of prayer and sacrifice to save souls. The secohell4.jpg - 9.6 Knd part of the Secret specifically prophesied the outbreak of World War II and contained the Mother of God's solemn request for the Consecration of Russia as a condition for world peace. It also predicted the inevitable triumph of Her Immaculate Heart following Russia's consecration and the conversion "of that poor nation" to the Catholic Faith.

The last part of the Secret (often called the "Third Secret") has not yet been made public, but was written down by Lucy Dos Santos, the last living Fatima seer, in 1944 and has been in the possession of the Holy See since 1957. Most informed sources speculate that this portion of the Secret concerns chaos in the Catholic Church, predicting widespread apostasy and a loss of faith beginning in the seventh decade of the 20th Century.


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Will post Part 2 tomorrow.
1 posted on 05/12/2009 9:56:05 PM PDT by Salvation
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The Story of Faitma -- Part 1
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"No More Secrets," Visionary Said in 2001 (Sr. Lucia Confirmed Russia Consecrated to Mary)
Papal praise at Sister Lucia's funeral

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Sister Lucia's Unpublished Writings Released - Visionary Reflects on Marian Apparitions
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2 posted on 05/12/2009 9:58:38 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...
Catholic Discussion Ping!

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3 posted on 05/12/2009 10:00:29 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
It's interesting to compare the Marian apparitions to those Joe Smith experienced in his "sacred grove." In both cases, the resulting spiritual community combines apparent wholesomeness and weirdness. In both cases, an alternate focus of devotion seeks to foreground / upstage God.

God's Chinese Son also experienced mystical visions, and catalyzed a social upheaval that claimed around 20 million lives in the 19th century.

4 posted on 05/13/2009 12:26:38 AM PDT by RJR_fan (They always said that the day a marxist becomes president, is the day that pigs will fly. 100 days a)
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To: Salvation

I understand that there was written an excellent book on Sr. Lucia and the Fatima apparition. Do you know the name of the book?


5 posted on 05/13/2009 7:04:53 AM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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To: diamond6

The last one I read was “In Her Own Words to the Nuclear Age” — words of Sister Lucia.

Another recommendation when we had the traveling Fatima statue at our church was something about the prayers and reflections on Fatima by Sister Lucia. I don’t know the title of that one. But the one above is excellent!


6 posted on 05/13/2009 9:49:07 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
The Story of Fatima -- Part 2

7 posted on 05/13/2009 9:57:17 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Saint of the Day Ping!

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8 posted on 05/13/2009 10:00:49 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima
Optional Memorial
May 13th


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The Blessed Virgin Mary is venerated under this title following apparitions to three shephard children in Portugal in 1917. The message of Fatima includes a call to conversion of heart, repentance from sin and a dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary, shown especially by praying the Rosary.

Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

Collect:
From the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First Reading: Isaiah 61:9-11
Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks Himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Gospel Reading: Luke 11:27-28
As Jesus said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts that You sucked!" But He said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"


THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, June 26, 2000 (Link to Vatican Website)

9 posted on 05/13/2009 10:11:47 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: diamond6

Here is one of the best online books.

THE TRUE STORY OF FATIMA
Father John de Marchi, I.M.C,
http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/TSFATIMA.htm


10 posted on 05/13/2009 11:02:28 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Salvation
The last part of the Secret (often called the "Third Secret") has not yet been made public, but was written down by Lucy Dos Santos, the last living Fatima seer, in 1944 and has been in the possession of the Holy See since 1957.

Wasn't the third secret the vision of a bishop in white being fired upon and a call to repent?

11 posted on 05/13/2009 11:28:35 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Salvation

The weirdest thing happened this morning. I went into my unread book stash (I’m a paperbookswap.com junkie) and pulled out the book Our Lady of Fatima. I was shocked to find out that this is her feast day!


12 posted on 05/13/2009 12:15:29 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: annalex

annalex,Here it is.

“This will entail my speaking about the secret, and thus answering the first question.

What is the secret? It seems to me that I can reveal it, since I already have permission from Heaven to do so. God’s representatives on earth have authorized me to do this several times and in various letters, one of which, I believe, is in your keeping. This letter is from Father José Bernardo Gonçalves, and in it he advises me to write to the Holy Father, suggesting, among other things, that I should reveal the secret. I did say something about it. But in order not to make my letter too long, since I was told to keep it short, I confined myself to the essentials, leaving it to God to provide another more favourable opportunity.

In my second account I have already described in detail the doubt which tormented me from 13 June until 13 July, and how it disappeared completely during the Apparition on that day.

Well, the secret is made up of three distinct parts, two of which I am now going to reveal.

The first part is the vision of hell.

Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.

We then looked up at Our Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly:

“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world”.(7)”

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000626_message-fatima_en.html


13 posted on 05/13/2009 12:50:29 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: annalex

“The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.

I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.

After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.

Tuy-3-1-1944”.”


14 posted on 05/13/2009 12:53:31 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima; annalex

I agree with annalex that part of the Third Secret, however, has not been revealed.

On the description in your post — many thought this was an image of Pope John Paul II. His being shot, I believe, added to the creditbility of their suppositions.

But I really wonder. Is there a lot more persecution of Pope Benedict and all priest, religios and lay people just on the horizon?


15 posted on 05/13/2009 2:18:37 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

That is the full secret as told by Sister Lucia and signed by her.I have been told more persecutions.I did a very special interview today.It was great honor.I will private freepmail you.((((Hugs))))


16 posted on 05/13/2009 2:23:14 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Salvation; fatima

I don’t know if the entirety of the Third Secret has been revealed. The source disputes that, and I don’t have an opinion.


17 posted on 05/13/2009 2:39:18 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

What source annalex?


18 posted on 05/13/2009 3:32:31 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima
Gere's the His Holiness, Pope Benedict today!

Vultus Christi

Our Lady of Fatima

| Our Lady of Fatima by Sr Mary of the Compassion.jpg
The Holy Father Speaks of Fatima in Bethlehem


On this Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I would like to conclude by invoking Mary's intercession as I impart my Apostolic Blessing to the children and all of you. Let us pray: Mary, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Mother of the Redeemer: we join the many generations who have called you "Blessed". Listen to your children as we call upon your name. You promised the three children of Fatima that "in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph". May it be so! May love triumph over hatred, solidarity over division, and peace over every form of violence! May the love you bore your Son teach us to love God with all our heart, strength and soul. May the Almighty show us his mercy, strengthen us with his power, and fill us with every good thing (cf. Lk 1:46-56). We ask your Son Jesus to bless these children and all children who suffer throughout the world. May they receive health of body, strength of mind, and peace of soul. But most of all, may they know that they are loved with a love which knows no bounds or limits: the love of Christ which surpasses all understanding (cf. Eph 3:19). Amen. (Pope Benedict XVI at Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem, Wednesday 13 May 2009)


My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph

Today's feast of Our Lady of Fatima coincides with the twenty-eighth anniversary of the attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square. In Bethlehem, Pope Benedict XVI did not forget Our Lady's feast. He spoke of the three children of Fatima and of the Blessed Virgin Mary's promise to them: "You promised the three children of Fatima that 'in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.' May it be so!" Seven years ago Pope John Paul II declared a Year of the Rosary. In his Apostolic Letter on the Rosary, he called it "a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness." This is worth recalling as the Church prepares to enter into another special year of grace: The Year of the Priest.

Mater Misericordiae

The Rosary is a presence of Mary, the Refuge of Sinners, saying to us in a still, small voice, "Child, never despair of God's mercy." She is Mater Misericordiae, the Mother of Mercy. Where Mary goes the mercy of God follows bringing forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, and peace. If you would know the mercy of God, seek to know the Mother of Mercy. She preserves sinners from the one sin that is greater than all other sins put together, that of despairing of the mercy of God.

Spes Nostra

By making "never to despair of God's mercy" the last of the Instruments of Good Works in Chapter Four of the Holy Rule, Saint Benedict is saying to us, "Even if you fail in all else, even if you fall into grievous sin, hold fast to this and you will not be disappointed in your hope." In the Salve Regina, Mary is called not only Mater misericordiae but also spes nostra. The Rosary is a childlike and humble way of putting our hand in the hand of the Mother of God lest we slip into discouragement, and from discouragement fall into the pit of despair.

The Face of Christ

The feast of Our Lady of Fatima compels us to ask ourselves if, with the passing years, Pope John Paul II's Year of the Rosary has become a distant memory, something vague and without bearing on us seven years later. The Rosary -- a prolonged contemplation of the Face of Christ in the company of Mary -- opens us to the mystery of Our Lord's word on the night before suffered: "He who has seen me has seen the Father" (Jn 14:9). If you would see Christ, pray the Rosary. If you would see the glory of the Father shining on the Face of the Son, pray the Rosary.

The Fragrance of the Knowledge of Christ

Do I persevere in the simple but sometimes difficult prayer of the Rosary, or I do I give in to discouragement, laziness, indifference, or routine? Where is the Rosary in my own moments of joy, light, sorrow, and glory? And where is my life in the context of the joys, lights, sorrows, and glories of Christ and of his holy Mother? Like his predecessor Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI is not ashamed to unite himself to little ones the world over who, in simplicity of heart and poverty of spirit, love the Rosary and in praying it breathe in the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ (cf. 2 Cor 2:14).

Penitence

Our Lady of Fatima's message was a call to prayer and to penitence. To prayer first, and then to penitence: this because prayer, especially the humble prayer of the Rosary softens even the most hardened heart, decapitates pride, and makes penitence possible. The grace of conversion of heart is given to those who pray for it, and for this there is no better prayer than the Rosary. One does not first change one's way of life and then begin to pray. One prays first -- and sometimes for a very long time -- in order to be able to receive the grace of inner conversion for oneself or even for another.

For me, what I find most beautiful about the Rosary is that sinners are comfortable praying it. It is a chain that, with each "Hail Mary," binds the heart more strongly to its treasure (cf. Mt 6:21). One need not be perfect to pray the Rosary; one need only be capable of saying again and again, "pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death."

The Poor Man's Rosary

The Rosary is, I said, a simple prayer. That does not mean that it is always easy. At certain times in life, one must be content with what I call "the poor man's Rosary." This may mean that when you are weary, discouraged, and unable to focus, you content yourself with saying a little phrase on each bead instead of the whole prescribed prayer: just "Hail, Mary, full of grace," or just "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus," or just, "Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death." Do you think that Our Lady is less pleased with the humble, incomplete stammerings of a little child than with the perfect recitation of one who, by the grace of God, can do more? Many a sleepless night has been filled with the murmurings of the "poor man's Rosary" and in that humble prayer the Mother of God finds an immense joy.

A Path to Contemplation

The Rosary is the simplest and most accessible of prayers. It is, at the same time, a sure path to contemplation, leading ever more deeply, almost imperceptibly, into the stillness of the Most Holy Trinity. The Rosary is a way of abiding with Mary in the radiance of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus. It is a way into the ceaseless prayer of the heart that is an evangelical precept addressed to all: "Jesus told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart" (Lk 18:1). Do that and you will be "filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit" (Ac 13:52). Our Lady of Fatima promises it.

Sr Mary Compassion OP.jpg

The lovely image of Our Lady of Fatima appearing to the three children is the work of Sister Mary of the Compassion, O.P. Born Constance Mary Rowe on March 17, 1908, she was baptized at the famous Brompton Oratory. Constance Mary Rowe won an international art award, the Prix de Rome, in 1932. In 1935 she left England for New York City, where she had accepted a number of commissions; among them was a drawing of the Dominican Saint Martin de Porres. Constance Mary Rowe was never to return to her beloved England. In 1937 she made profession as a Cloistered Dominican Sister of the Perpetual Rosary at the "Blue Chapel" in Union City, New Jersey. While I had seen her work and read about her in Jubilee magazine, I had the privilege of meeting Sister Mary of the Compassion only shortly before her death in 1977. If I am not mistaken, the "Blue Chapel" Monastery is now in the process of being closed.


19 posted on 05/13/2009 3:59:54 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Thank you for that Salvation.:)


20 posted on 05/13/2009 4:17:16 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima
www.fatima.org/thirdsecret/; browse the links.
21 posted on 05/13/2009 4:26:41 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

That is Fr. Gruner.’s site
“Finally, in recent years there has been a certain lack of clarity regarding the priestly status of Fr. Gruner. According to the the Congregation for the Clergy, his priestly faculties (jurisdiction permitting celebration of the sacraments) have been suspended and his appeal of that suspension rejected by the highest Church court, the Apostolic Signature. However, I understand that he continues to publicly celebrant the sacraments, justifying it by arguments for the canonical invalidity of his suspension. What efforts he is making to settle this matter is not known.”
http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/fr_gruner.htm

The official site for Fatima in the U.S.A. is http://www.wafusa.org/
Deacon Robert F. Ellis will be happy to answer any of your questions at 920-371-1931
REllis@BlueArmy.com


22 posted on 05/13/2009 5:09:24 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Salvation

bumpus ad summum


23 posted on 05/13/2009 8:19:54 PM PDT by Dajjal (Obama is an Ericksonian NLP hypnotist.)
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To: Patriotic1

Ain’t no such thing as a coincidence, so they say!


24 posted on 05/13/2009 8:40:09 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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