The Revelations of Fatima Hold the Key to Our Salvation April 5, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Our Lady, Restoration, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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From Fatima: The Great Sign, an excerpt that conveys the twin lessons stemming from Our Lady’s sharing a vision of hell with the three saintly children Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco: the reality of eternal damnation and the paramount need for all faithful souls to constantly practice prayer and penance. This post would probably have been better placed towards the start of Lent, but that’s not how it worked out. Nevertheless, the lessons below are not just for Lent, but for our entire lives. Prayer and penance are the primary means by which we can escape the snare of the devil in this evil fallen culture and cooperate with Grace to obtain the only end that matters: spending eternity with God.
The excerpt starts after the three children have seen the vision of hell. Little Jacinta was most affected by this terrifying revelation:
The vision of hell had the greatest impact on little Jacinta. She became obsessed with the sight of those red, raging flames and the terrifying sight and sound of millions of screaming demons and lost souls. “Oh hell!” “Oh hell!” she would wail, wringing her hands impotently. “Mother of God have pity on those who do not amend their lives.” “If men only knew what awaits them in eternity, they would do everything in their power to change their lives.” [But we do know. We have the Scripture and Tradition, and few men who refuse to listen to those would not even be moved by a direct personal revelation] Frequently she would call to her brother saying: “Francisco, are you praying with me? We must pray very much to save souls from hell. So many go there. So many.” At other times she would ask Lucia: “Why doesn’t Our Lady show hell to sinners? If only they saw it, they would never commit sins again.” On one occasion she said to Lucia: “Look, I am going to Heaven soon, but you are to stay here. If Our Lady lets you, tell everyone what Hell is like so that they won’t sin anymore and not go there.”
In the light of these and other heroic penances practiced by the children, it is not difficult to see why Our Lady requested that the revelation of hell be kept a secret. Had it been divulged, no one would have believed it. In the parable of Dives and Lazarus, Our Lord stated that even if someone returned from the dead to warn of hell, no one would pay any attention……..
……The three children undertook the most severe penances for the salvation of sinners. They wore a rope tightly around their waists; they have their lunches to the poor, or even to their sheep; they didn’t drink during the furnace-like heat of August 1917 – an almost unendurable penance as anyone who has stayed in Fatima during that month will appreciate. Later, Jacinta even wanted to drink water from a pond frequented by cattle. However imprudent this would be, the thought of hell dominated every consideration of hygiene, discomfort or pain………
……….To the necessity of penance for sinners must also be joined that of prayer. Our Lady constantly reminded the children to pray a great deal and they readily responded by spending long hours on their knees under a blistering sun, reciting the Rosary and the angel’s prayer over and over again. Recently, Lucia, who is now a Carmelite nun in Coimbra [and of course since deceased], stressed the imperative need of prayer to counter the flood of evil today. In a letter to a nephew (who is a Salesian priest) she wrote: “It is sad that so many are allowing themselves to be dominated by the diabolical wave that is sweeping the world and they are so blind that they cannot see their error. Their principal mistake is that they have abandoned prayer…….What I recommend to you above all is that you get close to the tabernacle and pray. In fervent prayer you receive the light, strength and grace that you need to sustain you……In prayer, you will find more science, more light, more strength, more grace and virtue than you could ever achieve by reading many books or by great studies………Never consider the time wasted that you spend in prayer. You will discover that in prayer, God communicates to you the light, strength and grace you need to do all He expects of you………
We all need to intensify our life of intimate union with God and this we can only attain through prayer…..Let time be lacking for everything else, but never for prayer…….The principal cause of evil in the world and the falling away of so many consecrated souls is the lack of union with God in prayer. If we are not careful and attentive in obtaining the strength from God, we will fail because our times are very bad and we are weak. Only God’s strength can sustain us.
Immediately after the vision of hell and Our Lady’s appeal for devotion to her Immaculate Heart, she outlined the future facing mankind if her requests were accepted, and alternatively if they were rejected…….
Sadly, they have, by and large, been rejected. The world, and in particular the former Christendom, have spun out of control and seem headed towards and inevitable crash.
As for our personal conduct, however, I don’t think anything else needs to be said. Prayer and penance are vital. Only God’s strength can sustain us. Hell or Heaven, it’s entirely our choice. May God have mercy on us all.