The salvation of the world has been placed in the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Cardinal Cerejeira was in Brazil, where the Marian Congress of Campinas took place.
From the two parts of the Secret already revealed — the third part has not been made known, but it has been written and placed in a sealed envelope and will be opened in 1960 — we know enough to enable us to conclude that the salvation of the world, in this extraordinary moment of history, has been placed by God in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In the end the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph
The apparition of Our Lady in Fatima on 13 July 1917.
You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion (port. a devoção) to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. … [God] 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 (port. a Comunhão reparadora) 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 will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.
The prayer of the Holy Rosary will be declared liturgical prayer
I have great hope that the day will not be long in coming in which the prayer of the Holy Rosary will be declared liturgical prayer. Yes, because all of it forms part of the Liturgy of the Most Holy Eucharist. We pray, work, sacrifice ourselves and trust that — "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph!"
A Little Treatise, by the Seer,
on the Nature and Recitation of the Rosary:
a collection of excerpts from letters of Sister Lucy
written between 1969-71
Letter to Maria Teresa
Coimbra, Sept. 16, 1970.
May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.
Homily of the Holy Father Benedict XVI
Esplanade of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima
Thursday, 13 May 2010
The key expression of the “secret”
I would like finally to mention another key expression of the “secret” which has become justly famous: “my Immaculate Heart will triumph”. What does this mean? The Heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind. The «fiat» of Mary, the word of her heart, has changed the history of the world, because it brought the Saviour into the world — because, thanks to her «Yes», God could become man in our world and remains so for all time. The Evil One has power in this world, as we see and experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God. But since God himself took a human heart and has thus steered human freedom towards what is good, the freedom to choose evil no longer has the last word. From that time forth, the word that prevails is this: “In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). The message of Fatima invites us to trust in this promise.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary will save Russia
IS IT STILL NECESSARY TO INSIST?
… About the other questions, if it will be convenient to insist in order to obtain the consecration of Russia? I answer in almost the same way as I answered the other times. I am sorry that it has not been done yet, but the same God Who asked for it, is the One Who permitted it.
I am going to say what I feel about it, although it is too delicate a subject to talk about in a letter, due to the danger of it getting lost and being read, but I entrust it to the same God, because I am afraid I have not treated the matter with enough clarity.
THE PROMISE REMAINS.
If it is convenient to insist? I don’t know. It seems to me that if the Holy Father did it right now, God would accept it, and would fulfil His promise; and without any doubt, through this act, the Holy Father would gladden Our Lord and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Intimately I have spoken to Our Lord about the subject, and not too long ago I asked Him why He would not convert Russia without the Holy Father making that consecration?
“Because I want My whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that it may extend its cult later on, and put the devotion to this Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart.”
“PRAY VERY MUCH FOR THE HOLY FATHER!”
“But my God, the Holy Father probably won’t believe me, unless You Yourself move him with a special inspiration.”
“The Holy Father! Pray very much for the Holy Father. He will do it, but it will be late!”
AN UNCONDITIONAL PROMISE.
“Nevertheless the Immaculate Heart of Mary will save Russia. It has been entrusted to Her.”
FEAR OF ILLUSION... AND YET, CERTITUDE.
Now Father, who will assure me that all this is not a mere illusion? Because of this fear, I have not talked about it to anybody, not even my confessor. I am afraid of deceiving myself and others, which I want to avoid at all cost.
You will judge this, and do with it what Our Lord inspires you to do. Believe me, if it were not for the fear of displeasing Our Good Lord because of my lack of clarity and sincerity, I would never have decided to speak so clearly. When I speak intimately with God, I feel His presence to be so real that there is no doubt in my mind, but when I have to communicate it, all I have is fear of illusion.
About your visit, I would be very pleased with it because of the spiritual good that it would do me. Maybe Our Lord will arrange it.
THE REVOLUTION RAISES FEARS FOR THE FUTURE.
Here we are waiting for the day when they will close the house. In that case I suppose they will cancel the decision that I not go to Portugal, at least until they get me a passport to Switzerland or to some other place. The idea of returning to Portugal mitigates the sacrifice of leaving this house…
ANSWER TO A QUESTION.
P.S. — About Mexico, Spain and France, you know that they are not included in the promise. We would have to count on the generosity of the Divine mercy…
A NEW PROMISE FROM BISHOP DA SILVA.
The last time I spoke to the bishop, he promised me that he would take care of this matter (the consecration of Russia), but I don’t know if he did.
I leave everything in the hands of God and in the care of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and I try to work in my field of action, which is sacrifice and prayer.
Although these are as poor as I, I hope that the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary will accept them, for the conversion of sinners…
Fatima. Letter of Lucia to Irene Posnoff (1951)
On November 21, 1950 about a hundred Russian Catholics from different countries arrived at Rome for the jubilee year. The inspirer and soul of this pilgrimage was Miss Irene Posnoff, devoted to the two holy causes of the Marian apostolate and the conversion of Russia.
The Russian pilgrims decided to write the petition and to send it to the Pope asking him to make the consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of Fatima. They united under the Russicum — Russian Catholic seminary. It was decided to wait another year so that the Russian Catholics from the whole world could be informed, and as well could join in.
At the end of 1951 or the beginning of 1952, the Pope Pius XII received the petition of the Russian pilgrims, the petition they had decided to send the year before in Rome. However, contrary to Lucia’s hopes, this petition still did not ask for the consecration of Russia «such as it was requested by Our Lady».
Miss Posnoff had written to Sister Lucia, and had received from her this very simple, but profound response:
Our Heavenly Mother loves the Russian people and I love them also; uniting myself to the secret designs of Her Immaculate Heart, I ardently desire their return to the right road which leads to Heaven. I know that the Russian people are great, generous and cultured, that they are capable of walking on the paths of justice, truth and good.
No sooner had I seen the kindness of the Mother of God in their regard than I began to look on them as brothers, and I wish nothing more than their salvation. I know that the true faith, the Christian faith is alive among you; I know that there are chosen souls among you who serve God and sacrifice themselves to obtain the salvation of those who have left Him. Nobody can and nobody must fulfil this great mission better than the very members of your country. It is a task which will take not just one day, but many years of work and prayer. But in the end, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph, and it will be our happiness to have worked a little and suffered for Her triumph. Do not cease doing everything you can for the salvation of your people and your homeland.
Third Secret. Apostasy in the Church. Father Alonso
If in Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, it can be clearly deduced from this that in other parts of the Church these dogmas are going to become obscure or even lost altogether. It is quite possible that the message not only speaks of a «crisis of faith» in the Church during this period, but also, like the Secret of La Salette, that it makes concrete references to internal strife among Catholics and to the deficiencies of priests and religious. It is also possible that it may imply deficiencies even among the upper hierarchy of the Church.
Third Secret. Crisis of Faith. Father Alonso
“In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved”: The phrase most clearly implies a critical state of Faith, which other nations will suffer, that is to say, a crisis of Faith; whereas Portugal will preserve its Faith.
In the period preceding the great triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, terrible things are to happen. These form the content of the third part of the Secret. What are they?
If “in Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved”… it can be clearly deduced from this that in other parts of the Church these dogmas are going to become obscure or even lost altogether.
Thus it is quite possible that, in this intermediate period which is in question (after 1960 and before the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary), the text makes concrete references to the crisis of the Faith of the Church and to the negligence of the pastors themselves.
One conclusion does indeed seem to be beyond question: the content of the unpublished part of the Secret does not refer to new wars or political upheavals, but to happenings of a religious and intra-Church character, which of their nature are still more grave.