Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
This day and on exactly the same date, 19th August, ninety-five years ago, the Apocalyptic Great Sign in heaven appeared again at Fatima in Portugal. She came on 13th of August but the children failed to see Her, being held by the Masonic local powers, while the curious people gathered around noticed signs of Her silent visitation.
Our Lady, with the same serious countenance (as in Her previous visitations) but with tender gaze, told the children to continue going to the Cova da Iria on the thirteenth and praying Her holy Rosary everyday. Then, She promised that "in the last month [October], I will perform a miracle so that all may believe." Lastly, with Our Lady looking sadder, Sr. Lucia, C.D., writes, "She recommended anew the practice of mortification, saying lastly, 'Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell because there are none to sacrifice and to pray for them.'"
"She recommended anew the practice of mortification... 'Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices..." Our Blessed Mother clearly underscores here the reason why "MANY souls" walk along the wide, smooth, and nice path leading to their eternal damnation in hell: the waning or loss of the Catholic spirit, especially among the clergy and the religious, sal terrae (the salt of the earth, Mt. 5.13) - "there are none to sacrifice and to pray for them."
Our Lord marks the true Christian spirit this way: If any man come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me (Mt. 16.24). Of Old, the Eternal Word already delineated what His Cross would entail: Draw near to me, ye unlearned... I have opened My mouth, and have spoken... and gather yourselves together into the house of discipline... and submit your neck to the yoke, and let your soul receive discipline (Ecclus. 51.31,33,34). And so the Apostles admonish, be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind (Rom. 12.1) - that is, let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: He humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the Cross (Phil. 2.5,8); Be subject to... your prelates... for obedience to the Faith (1 Pet. 5.5; Heb. 13.17; Rom. 1.5); And they that are Christ's have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences (Gal. 5.24). Thus, those who only truly possess the Spirit of Christ, those who, signed by the seal of the living God [the Sacrament of Baptism - the Sacrament of Faith] (Apoc. 7.2) on their foreheads, are humble in mind (Ecclus. 10.21) - that is, those who submit their reason to the Divine Reason through adherence to the constant teachings and moral precepts (cf., 2 Thess. 2.14), "whole and entire" (the Symbol of St. Athanasius), of the Catholic religion can submit to the yoke of God: the Cross of Christ; for, Jesus, the author and finisher of Faith, Who having joy set before Him, endured the Cross (Heb. 12.2) - My just man liveth by Faith (Heb. 10.38) for the truly divine Faith... worketh true charity (Gal. 5.6). "Many souls go to hell..." because when the light of the Catholic Faith is lost, the fire of divine charity is extinguished with it.* "There are none to sacrifice and pray for them" because men of charity are necessarily men of the Faith.
* "We experience it daily," notes Martin Luther, "that the people are seven times worse today than ever before under the Papacy..." (in one of his last sermons at his own Wittenberg).
"Many souls go to hell." Our Immaculate Mother, She who crushes the head [the proud mind] of Satan which spews, as it were, on mankind the poison of his subtle errors, gives the lie, many decades in advance, to those who would later adopt the 'universalist salvation' (that a man when he dies and is thought of and hailed by many as 'good' goes straight to heaven) of the current Neo-Catholic thinking (cf., "What is Truth?").
That "many souls go to hell," with its implication that the Christian spirit is losing its hold - this was in the early 20th century, 1917 - brings us to what Our Blessed Mother, in Her title "Our Lady of Good Success", told the Servant of God the Reverend Mother Mariana de Jesus** in Her fourth apparition on January 21, 1610: "I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and from shortly after the middle of the 20th century [Our Lady told Sr. Lucia that the "Third Secret" of Fatima was to be revealed in 1960, cf., "Our Lady and the New Orientation in Rome"]... the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of customs, for Satan will reign almost completely by means of the Masonic sects. They will focus principally on the children in order to sustain this general corruption. Woe to the children of these times! Freemasonry... will then be in power... The Devil... will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate the ministers of the Lord from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests... will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics [who, when reproached by priests for their immodest and licentious life, would be eager to return the reproach - as the devil would do in exorcism: "Shut up. You're all no better than we are," their excuse for their wallowing all the more in their state of subversion] and the enemies of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priests. Further, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury which will ensnare the rest into sin and conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women." And in Her 5th apparition of February 2, 1610 to the Servant of God: "During that epoch the Church will find herself attacked by terrible hordes of the Masonic sect... the corruption of customs, unbridled luxury, the impious press... secular education [curriculum inculcating the "new religion" and the "new morality" (now "sex education") of Masonic-run "Republic", cf., "The Forgotten Triumph of Our Lady of Fatima", rather than conformity to the traditional teachings and moral precepts of the Catholic Church]. The vices of impurity, blasphemy, and sacrilege will dominate in this time of depraved desolation..."
** On August 8, 1986, the Archbishop of Quito, Ecuador, Antonio J. Gonzales, after examining extensive data on her life, issued an Episcopal decree to initiate the Cause of her Beatification. The Archbishop named Msgr. Luis E. Cadena y Almeida as Postulator of her Cause. From that time until his death, Msgr. Cadena y Almeida demonstrated in his works - many of which were published with Ecclesiastical approval - the sanctity of life of Mother Mariana and the truth of the prophecies she received in the visits (40 in number) of Our Lady of Good Success (taken from Chiesa Viva, Mensile di Formazione e Cultura Direttore and The Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success, February 2009).
Why this "depraved desolation" that comes with the loss of the Christian spirit? Pope Benedict XIV reproaches the heads of State in 1751: "Would to God that those who possessed the power would have known how to appreciate these decrees as much as the salvation of religion and the State required. Would to God that they had been convinced that they should see in the Roman Pontiffs, the successors of Peter, not only pastors and the head of the Catholic Church, but also the firmest stay of the governments and the most vigilant watchmen to discover the perils of society! Would to God that they had exercised their power to fight and to destroy the sects whose perfidy had been made known to them by the Apostolic See. Then they would have succeeded" (Providas). The devil had these State authorities first to enter his party "by becoming members of the Masonic Lodges" (Our Lady of Good Success to Mother Mariana on the Feast of Corpus Christi, 1623) in order for him to deprive the Church of her arm that executes her decrees thus rendering her forceless against his visible minions. Pope Leo XIII at the end of the 19th century, 1884, now appealing to all the Bishops and to all Christians of good will***: "Whatsoever the Roman Pontiffs, Our predecessors have decreed for the purpose of opposing the undertakings and endeavors of the Masonic sect, and whatsoever they have enacted to deter or withdraw men from societies of this kind, We ratify and confirm it all by Our Apostolic authority... We pray and beseech each one, for the sake of his eternal salvation, to be most conscientiously careful not to depart from what the Apostolic See has commanded in this matter" (Humanum genus). I have opened My mouth, and have spoken (Ecclus. 51.33) but "many" were heedless, "many" were impervious, nay, "many," deluded by the spirit of the Synagogue of Satan (Apoc. 2.9; 3.9) and bearing the character of the beast... on their foreheads (Apoc. 16.12; 20.4) claim: Who is Lord over us... that we should serve Him? And what doth it profit us, if we pray to Him? Depart from us, we desire not the knowledge of Thy ways (Ps. 11.5; Job 21.15; 21.14).
*** The Roman Pontiff could no longer count on the 'Catholic' princes: "ensnared... by smooth speeches and by adulation. Ingratiating themselves with rulers under a pretense of friendship, the Freemasons have endeavored to make them their allies and powerful helpers for the destruction of the Christian name... In like manner they have by flattery deluded the people" (Humanum genus).
The constant Papal condemnation of the Freemasons and their fundamental doctrines which constitute the spirit of the modern age driving souls - indeed "various nations" (cf., "The Great Secret of Fatima" and "Our Lady, Vatican II, and the Annihilation of Nations") - into the wide, wide smoothly paved, nice road to hell... to be continued.
Related post: "The Anti-Christian Conspiracy: A theory - the Synagogue; A Fact - the Catholic Church"