Why the Fatima Chastisement and Triumph Await Us

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Why the Fatima Chastisement and Triumph Await Us

This year we commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal. The occasion is a time for reflection upon a world and Church in disarray. As a result, many sense that a dark future awaits us.

The reason for this foreboding is that the message and requests of Our Lady have mostly gone unheeded. Our Lady warned of dire consequences for the world if men did not repent and stop sinning against God’s law.

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What Happened at Fatima

For those unfamiliar with the Fatima apparitions, the account of the event is simple. Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children tending their sheep near the village of Fatima. She asked them to come back for five consecutive months, on the thirteenth day, during which she would reveal to them an urgent message for our times.

In the course of the apparitions, she continually asked for prayer, penance, and amendment of life. She predicted future events that would happen should men not convert. She also asked for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart and the practice of the First Saturday devotion—in which the faithful are asked to confess, go to communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep Our Lady company by meditating for fifteen minutes on the mysteries of the rosary on the first Saturday of five consecutive months.

On the day of the final apparition, Our Lady worked the most witnessed miracle in modern history as 70,000 people—including anti-Catholic reporters—saw the sun whirl in the sky on that cold and rainy day.

An Impressive Record: More Urgent Than Ever

In the one hundred years since these apparitions, everything has happened exactly as Our Lady said it would. The Fatima record is impressive in predicting both the past as well as the present.

However, there are those who say the message is all behind us now. It’s over. It has been a hundred years, and thus the message is outdated and need no longer be observed.

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Nothing could be further from the truth. The Fatima Message is more urgent than ever. Here is why.

No Conversion

Our Lady herself urgently called for the conversion of sinners back in 1917. She warned repeatedly that should her request not be heeded and men not convert, the world would suffer a great chastisement, including the annihilation of some nations.

Looking at the state of the world one hundred years later, no one can affirm that the world has improved. The weakening of Faith is evident everywhere. The Church is in a shattered state of crisis. Society is coming apart because of abortion, the destruction of marriage and the collapse of morals. The world is full of social and political crises and military threats ready to explode at any moment.

It is obvious that men have not converted. There is no doubt that Our Lady’s requests have not been heeded. And given the present state of world affairs, it is unlikely that men will do this in the near future.

Therefore, Fatima is more urgent than ever because it foresees a chastisement for a world that has lost all sense of order. The message says what so many avoid saying: The present crisis is a moral crisis and, therefore, calls for a moral solution.

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What Is Needed: A Change of Heart

A society without morals sets itself on the road to ruin. Many already sense this. They see the world and its institutions are coming apart. That within the family itself, there is much strife and discord.  The horrific crimes of terrorism show that no place is safe from the evil in men’s hearts.

Either we see a change of hearts, or this world is lost. And that is the great beauty of the Fatima message. Fatima is not only a message for those who heeded Our Lady’s requests. It speaks to those who did not heed them and come to repent.

Fatima proposes a genuine change of heart. The message asks the faithful to have recourse to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as a means to bring about a grand return to order in times of trial and chastisement. This recourse is the core of the unheeded Message.

Recourse to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means confiding all our concerns, trials and problems to her heart. Further, it means making our hearts like her Immaculate Heart. In other words, avoiding all sin and imitating her great virtue. Our Lady told the seers at Fatima that those souls who embrace the devotion to her Immaculate Heart would find in it “salvation,” a “refuge,” and that her Heart would be “a road that will lead [them] to God.”

That is why Fatima is not over. We are on the cusp of a great chastisement. We need direction and strength. We need hope. And the message has it. Those who confide in the Immaculate Heart of Mary during the coming storm can expect to see the fulfillment of her last prediction: “Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

In this centennial year, we should resolve to make Fatima our compass. It is not over. The best part, her triumph, is yet to come.

  • Nancy Johnsen

    Renewal of our Baptismal Vows is a key to heeding Our Lady. Also being consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. Father Rodriguez of The Fatima Center has many excellent talks (on YouTube) about how we are to do these things. For example, every time we cross ourselves we are pledging to follow Christ our Lord and take up our cross. We must stay ever closer to Our Lady of Fatima, the Mother of our Lord Jesus and the Mother of us all. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genitrix! Amen.

    • Jill Ezzell

      Jill Ezzell, Yes, everything you said is true! Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through St. Louis de Montfort or St. Maximilian Kolbe is vital! Then consecrate your family! Learn as much as possible about Fatima and live it’s message! This is urgent! Spread Her message! We are in the End Times!

  • Dan Kinsman

    Conversion to Jesus and repentance of sin is what Mary said at Fatima and other approved apapitions.

  • Patricia Ford

    Read the daily messages from heaven at http://www.holylove.org
    Why is this so urgent ?

    • Nancy Johnsen

      This is why I see the Fatima messages as urgent. The messages were punctuated with a HUGE miracle which Our Lady predicted would happen in the Cova da Iria, Portugal, on a particular day, Oct 13th 1917 and at a particular time–at noon, where the laws of nature were suspended as the sun whirled in the sky and plummeted to the earth before multiple thousands of witnesses. Obviously God is serious about this warning. He has waited 100 years. Our sinfulness has only gotten worse. I highly recommend watching the Fatima Mission video series on Sensum Fidelium. Here is the link to the first video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97dyZQ-Y5RE&index=1&list=PLZoGhtqqqXIlJdyiCsBH6SjGF5DX7cMRK

  • Rob Hulbert

    Say the holy Rosary daily. When taking a walk, pray at the same time. Try to save souls from Purgatory when you are able. Method: An Our Father & Hail Mary for Pope’s intentions, Be in a state of grace, holy communion, 30 minutes adoration or Scripture Reading. Don’t sin on that day. Say Chaplets of Divine Mercy. Venerate the image of Divine Mercy. Jesus & Mary will be onside with you.

  • G. I. Joe

    Investigate the devotion of St. Brigid of Sweden regarding the suffering souls in purgatory. You will be amazed what she has promised to the devotees.

  • galya asenova

    “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
    scientific truth is marvellous but moral truth is divine
    John perfectly summarize The divine character and nature when he wrote that “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16).