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Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin

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Saint Hedwig, Widow

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Saturday, October 13th - 1917

In her July apparition at Fatima, the Blessed Virgin announced that a miracle would take place in October, so that the entire world may believe in the reality of the apparitions and in the serious nature of Heaven’s warning.

The story is well known: A crowd of over 70,000 people gathered in the area; they were mostly Catholics, but also non-believers, militant atheists, and even Freemasonic government officials. A torrential rain pouring from midnight on soaked everyone to the bones and rendered the Cova da Iria into a muddy field. In order to give blessings, God wills that we first do penance.

At midday, Lucia asked the people to fold their umbrellas. The entire crowd complied and magnificently displayed their faith and obedience. A few moments later, the sun broke through the clouds and Our Lady appeared above a small holm-oak. She asked for the conversion of sinners and, as in every apparition, she insisted on the daily recitation of the Rosary.

Then, suddenly, Lucia cried out: "Look at the sun!"  In front of the stupefied crowd of people, the sun gyrated in on itself as if it were a fire wheel, turning various colors of the rainbow. This lasted nearly eight minutes but seemed like hours. This cannot be attributed to a collective hallucination, because the phenomenon was seen within nearly a twenty-five mile radius by various individuals.

While the sun was spinning around, the three young shepherds alone saw a vision that symbolized the three sets of the mysteries of the Rosary:
  • Representing the Joyful Mysteries: Saint Joseph appeared with the Child Jesus and Our Lady. Saint Joseph and the Child Jesus were blessing the world.
  • Representing the Sorrowful Mysteries: Our Lord appeared with Our Lady of Sorrows.
  • Representing the Glorious Mysteries: The Blessed Virgin in Heaven was seen holding the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel.
The sun then turned blood red in color and seemed to fall from the sky and hurl itself towards the earth. Everyone believed that the end of the world had come. Then everything stopped; and the sun returned to its normal place in the sky.

The people got up and noted another phenomenon: their soaked clothes were completely dry. The non-believers had to acknowledge the reality of the facts. The following day, newspapers, including those most hostile towards the Church, all reported on the event.

What lessons may we draw today from this miracle?

Firstly let us observe the spectacular nature of this miracle. We must turn to the Old Testament to find similar prodigies that were performed in front of an immense crowd of people: such as the manifestation of God to Moses and to the Hebrew people on Mount Sinai (Ex. 19); or when Joshua stopped the sun and the moon from advancing so that nightfall would not prevent the Jews from exterminating the enemies of Yahweh (Jos. 10). The miracle of October 13th is assuredly the largest miracle in the entire history of the Church. Let us ask why.

The history of the Church is the history of the struggle between two cities - the city of God and the city of Satan:
“These two Cities are made by two loves: the heavenly City by love of God even to the contempt of self; the earthly City by love of oneself even to the contempt of God.”  
- Saint Augustine; The City of God

This magnificent synthesis of St. Augustine is nothing other than what is written in the Book of Genesis:

I will put enmities between thee and the Woman, and between thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. (Gen 3, 15)

We are now living in the times when "the devil is fighting the decisive battle, meaning the final battle," says Our Lady. This is the day when the general assault of all anti-Christian forces is launched against the Church.

“It is urgent that we realize the terrible reality that we are in. We do not wish to frighten people, but this is an urgent call to the reality of our situation...”  -  Sr. Lucia 

And it is in order to draw our attention to this final phase of the history of the Church that Heaven produced the largest miracle of the past 2,000 years. Paradoxically, the current Church authorities are totally silent on this event. In the year 2000, when Cardinal Ratzinger released to the public a questionable version of the third secret of Fatima, he made no allusion whatsoever to this miracle. Why this silence?

The current Church authorities have not yet fulfilled the Virgin Mary’s request, and so it is understandable that they are embarrassed by this miracle, which clearly proves the heavenly origin of this request. At the same time, could it be their guilty conscience?  These authorities feel obliged to talk from time to time about Fatima and to perform the consecrations of the world or of mankind. Pope Francis even made one such consecration in 2013. However, by not consecrating Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as Our Lady requested, the popes are unable to provide the world with the promised remedy, and the situation continues to get worse.


The Fatima Apparitions Are The Key

The Fatima apparitions are the key to understanding all the events of the 20th century and all that we are living through today, whether in the religious or political sphere. To be truly convinced of this, one only needs to read the authoritative work: The Whole Truth about Fatima, by Br. Michel of the Holy Trinity.

The troubles, the upheavals and the unprecedented decadence of our times are the direct consequences of the fact that churchmen have not yet wished to obey the request of Our Lady of Fatima:

“I will come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and for the Five First Saturdays in reparation for sins. If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If my requests are not granted, Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church.” - Our Lady; July 13th, 1917

The October, 1917 Revolution that took place immediately after the request of Our Lady of Fatima was not a simple coup d’état bringing about a regime change. The aim of the Revolution was especially to spread throughout the world the institutions and the mores of atheism and the immorality that was to follow in its wake.

This Revolution occurred precisely during the huge conflagration of 1914 to 1918, which was the first Great War aiming to prepare for a one-world government. It is this that constitutes the errors of Russia: the creation of an atheistic society without Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the supreme assault against the Social Kingship of Our Lord. And we must admit that these errors have now spread throughout the entire world. No nation has been spared.

The only effective obstacle to this plan was the Church. In order to protect the Church and the world from this plot, the Virgin Mary requested Pope Pius XI in 1929, by the intermediary of Sr. Lucia, to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. The Pope did not believe the matter was worth pursuing. Two years later Our Lord complained to Sr. Lucia:                                                 

“Tell My ministers: because they are following the example of the King of France in delaying the fulfillment of My request, they will share in his tragedy.”

{Note: Our Lord refers to His request of King Louis XIV for the Consecration of France to His Sacred Heart, which was also spurned. As a result, one hundred years later, the masonic French Revolution overthrew the King and ushered in The Reign of Terror.}

It was during those years surrounding the 1929 request, that an organization was put in place by Moscow in order to infiltrate seminaries and novitiates with agents who had false vocations. These agents later reached influential positions and gradually worked to effect a new orientation in the Church. This has been proven by a good number of documents. With the Pope having ignored the protection that Heaven was offering, the Church became vulnerable to her enemies.

At the time of the Second Vatican Council, Moscow doubled the budget they allocated to the Pax organization, which was one of the principal agents of Communist infiltration into the Church.  Among other things, this group contributed to the attacks directed at the Curia during the Council.

We should therefore not be surprised of the two major documents passed by the Council, and not without opposition:

• The document on Religious Liberty, which sanctions the secularization of States, that is to say their becoming atheistic States, preventing the Social Reign of Our Lord and forbidding the constitution of officially Catholic nations.
• And the document Nostra Aetate which, along with the decree on Ecumenism, leads to what we see today: churchmen who abandon missionary activities in order to work towards uniting all religions for the service of the atheistic and anti-Christian world government. In an interview with the chief editor of the newspaper Repubblica in Italy, an interview which made huge waves, Pope Francis declared: "Proselytism is a pompous absurdity." But this Ecumenism, which refuses the conversion of non-Catholics, leads to Religious Indifferentism, and Religious Indifferentism leads to Apostasy and to Atheism.

This is exactly what we see in the entire world today. Yes, the errors of Russia have spread and they have especially penetrated inside the Church.

The Chosen Remedy

So, what must we do? And can we do anything, we who are so few?

We need to understand that God alone can now redress the situation. There is no longer any solution on the purely human level. But that does not mean that there is nothing for us to do: God always wants the co-operation of His creatures, but the co-operation must be in accordance with His plan.

The Two Battles

Some years ago an eminent traditional Catholic thinker summed up the situation very well when he said that there are two battles that must be fought at the same time:

1) We must fight in order to preserve our last holdings. It is obvious that we must above all maintain our chapels, our monasteries, our schools, our publications, our associations, and, generally speaking, we must hold on to our hope of salvation and to the orthodoxy of our Doctrine. This is the lower battle. It is a defensive battle, a battle where we hold our own against the enemy.

2) But on a level higher than all of this, a battle of the greatest importance has begun and whose objective is the transfer of power. "I will reign in spite of My enemies," said the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret-Mary in 1689; a promise that was renewed in the 19th and 20th centuries to a large number of mystics. We may rest assured that today Our Lord is working mysteriously, as He always does, towards the destruction of the Beast and towards the restoration of His own Reign. This mysterious battle which is led by Christ the King constitutes the higher battle, and that is the principal objective.
The Lower Battle

Concerning the lower battle fought by men, Fr. Roger-Thomas Calmel, O.P. had these enlightening words to say:

“May each priest, each layman, each little group of priests and laymen, who have authority and influence over a small remnant of the Church and of Christendom go to the utmost of their possibilities and power. […] May the leaders of the small groups and their members know each other and communicate with each other. May each of these small groups thus protected, defended, led and guided in their prayer and chants by a true authority, become as much as possible a bastion of holiness: this is what will guarantee the continuity of the true Church and what will efficaciously prepare for a revival, when the day chosen by God comes.”

Let us note what Fr. Calmel says: our bastions must be bastions of holiness.

What is worrisome at the moment is not so much the advancement of the forces of evil, but rather the softening of the good. Actually, there’s probably a link between the two tendencies. Those who knew the heroic beginnings of Tradition with Archbishop Lefebvre note that today the traditionalists have become quite lukewarm in comparison to those heroic days: the slovenly manner of dressing, sinful and imprudent use of the Internet, weakening of the convictions among the young, the faithful who no longer read in order to maintain their Faith and to oppose errors, fewer people going on spiritual retreats, a proportional decrease in vocations, etc. These and so much more, are the tragic effects of the widespread acceptance of the new Conciliar-SSPX.

If our principal focus in this lower battle is not on our sanctification, we will not preserve our bastions. We will be swept away in the general apostasy. Let us be watchful, let us wake up!
The Higher Battle

Above this battle of self-preservation lies the higher battle whose goal it is to completely defeat the forces of evil. This is where God’s battle lies. And where do we stand in this battle?

There is but one simple action that each one must take. Again, Our Lady confided that action to Sr. Lucia of Fatima:

“Many times, while I was spending precious hours in her company, Our Lady insisted that we fulfill our daily duties according to our state in life and that we offer this effort for the reparation of our sins and for the conversion of sinners. This is the fundamental condition which will enable us to push back the forces of evil that threaten to submerge the world today and which will bring about the conversion of Russia and a period of peace to the world. But she also explained the importance of the Rosary because it is the one principal means given to us by Our Lady for the sanctification of our daily duties.”

This is how we can truly and efficaciously participate in the final battle which will definitively crush the enemies of the Church. This is within everyone’s reach and that is very encouraging!


Let us conclude with the words of Archbishop Lefebvre which he gave in a sermon in his last Pontifical Mass of November, 1990 on the occasion of the SSPX 20th anniversary. This is his testament:

“My dear Friends, you can easily see the importance of your role. […] You are a small remnant, but you carry the torch boldly. […] Ah! What a beautiful task, what a noble crusade lies ahead of you! The good God has placed you in a period of the history of mankind that is exciting for young people such as yourselves! It was just like this at the time of the Machabees when they left the corrupt Jewish society, and they too were very few. Judas Machabee with only eight hundred soldiers faced an army of twenty thousand – and he defeated them. And so, be confident, my dear Friends, God is with you. He will not abandon you, just as He has not abandoned us over the course of the last twenty years. Nor will He abandon you in the future because it is Himself that God wants. God does not want to disappear; He is God, He wants to remain God, not only in Heaven, but also here on earth. That is why He wants soldiers in His army.”

- Edited essay from the Dominicans of Avrille


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