THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE THIRD SECRET
WITH SIMILAR PROPHECIES OF
THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS AND OUR LORD
TO IDA PEERDEMAN OF AMSTERDAM,
FOLLOWED BY AN EXPLICATION OF
THE THIRD SECRET
(Updated July 18, 2000 -170th anniversary of the apparition of "The Virgin of the Chair" to St. Catherine Laboure, at the rue du Bac, Paris, France. On this date, the Blessed Virgin Mary asked St. Catherine Laboure to have her spiritual director form an association within the Church which would encourage devotion to Her in recognition of Her Motherhood. She asked that it would be called "The Confraternity of the Children of Mary".)
THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA
"The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917...
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in an immense light that is God: something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God." - Sr. Maria Lucia of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart
VISION OF IDA PEERDEMAN OF AMSTERDAM
OCTOBER 7, 1945 - FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY
Ida describes the vision:
"I now see a radiant figure in a long garment walking in front of us. He bears a very large Cross, which drags over the ground. I can not see His face; it is one blaze of light. He goes on His way with the Cross, but no one follows Him."
The Lady of All Nations Laments:
"There He walks, alone in this world. It will get even worse, until the moment when something dreadful will happen and at once The Cross of Christ will stand in the center of the world. Now they must look, whether they like it or not! All lift of their gaze; they are ready to look up all of a sudden, but at what a cost!"
Ida: "It was black on that globe, but now everything has brightened up."
The Lady of All Nations: "Now you see that all such things are bound to pass. Keep on praying, all of you. The whole world will have to get back to the Cross, great and small, poor and rich - but it will be difficult. I place my foot on the world. I shall help them and lead them to the 'proper goal', but they must listen!"
OTHER PROPHECIES OF AMSTERDAM
PERTINENT TO THE THIRD SECRET
THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS
MAY 27, 1950
"You will see that Cross will be set up again, only after much misery and disaster."
FEBRUARY 11, 1951
"Let all men return to the Cross!"
MARCH 28, 1951
"It is a time such as the world has not experienced in centuries - such a falling away from the Faith!"
MAY 31, 1951
"The peoples of the world will not find rest until they...fix their eyes on the Cross, the center of this world."
THE EUCHARISTIC MESSAGES OF AMSTERDAM
SEPTEMBER 8, 1973
"Keep on praying. The process of purgation is in full swing and will still go on."
MAY 31, 1975
Ida describes a horrific scene: "All around that mountain the ground was covered with many dead bodies of people dressed in black, and around these were lying corpses of people wearing coloured clothes. At the foot of the rock, I saw the globe in pieces and surrounded by ruins of churches and towers."
Then she heard Our Lord:"...Death and destruction! This is my last warning. Take My flocks again to the Sacraments."
OCTOBER 22, 1978
INAUGURATION OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
Our Lord: "Come follow Me. You must climb this mountain until you reach the top. First choose your path."
Ida: "...On the left side of that path, I saw a mass of ruins."
MAY 31, 1981
"The Lord has sent Me to you for the last time...in order to warn you all. The time has come. I have always set you an example to lead you to Him...Keep on praying...Repent."
HAIL HOLY QUEEN
MOTHER OF MERCY
OUR LIFE , OUR SWEETNESS, OUR HOPE
-EXPLICATION OF THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA-
There is only one way to elucidate on the meaning of the 'third secret' of Fatima and that one way is through Our Mother's Immaculate and Loving Heart through which we have received it. It was She who became the Mother of Mercy when She whispered that most perfect, powerful and consummate fiat in a way that was never spoken before or would ever be said the same way again. There was great joy in heaven and on earth for this created being, the Immaculate Conception, loved God and neighbor like no other mother ever has or ever will! Her heart was God's; Her heart was ours! From that moment on She lived as only This Mother could united to Her Son's Most Sacred Heart with all His sufferings and miseries; united to His Cross, the Cross of Love, the Cross of Salvation.
It is said that Her Son, Our Lord, knowing the consummate love of His Mother for all Her children did what only the most perfect Son, the God-Man, could do for such a Mother and that was to share half His Kingdom with Her, His Kingdom of Mercy; the other part of His Kingdom being His Kingdom of Justice. Did not Our Lord, Her Son, know the love that dwelt deeply within Her heart for the rest of Her children? Surely He did, for Her love was none other than His. Thus was Mary, Our Mother and His, able to live as every mother does for her children and that is with a mercy that tempers justice for them, that begs for leniency for them, and as This Mother does: "holding back the hand of God". Indeed it is the essence of a mother to be merciful to her children; this is maternal love. Is not a merciful mother's heart patient with her children encouraging them towards the right goals? Can a merciful mother turn her back on any one of her children who has gone astray? Does not a mother's heart fill with sorrow when she thinks she has lost her child? Does she not continue to entreat that child and to pray for that child's return, never losing hope or giving up? Did not Mary do the same when for three days She searched for Her lost Child? Did She not say to Jesus "Son, we have been searching for You in sorrow" (Lk 2:48)? Is She, Our Mother, not saying this to us at this very critical moment in history?
Did not This Merciful Mother ask Her Son for the miraculous wine at the wedding of Cana on behalf of the wedding couple and guests? Was this not also a foretelling of Her Merciful Heart, that She would always intercede for grace on behalf of Her children "especially those in most need of His Mercy" (cf. The Fatima Decade Prayer of Mercy)? On the road to Calvary, the Mother followed Her Son and for one moment their eyes met. In those tear-filled eyes of Jesus and His Mother, brimming over with torment and anguish for one another, there was the unspoken love for us reflected in their sorrowing glances. Hearts united in Mercy and Grace, together they climbed to the top of the mountain, where Mary "stood at Her station keeping" almost dying with Her Son on that Cross just for us. And still She remains at that "station keeping", the Mother of Mercy, the Mother of All Nations, holding back "the flaming sword of the Angel" with Her right hand in the hope that we, Her children, would repent and "give Her Son due honor" (cf. Rev 16:8) and would in imitation of their love climb the mountain to the Cross of Victory!
Let us consider, as described in the "third secret", the past and present consequences of not climbing that "mountain" which represents Mt. Zion, "His holy mountain, the fairest of heights", and which leads to our salvation in "the city of the great King" (cf. Ps 48: 2). According to the "third secret" the Holy Father, before reaching the top of the mountain, "passes through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way". This "big city" symbolizes the "great city of Babylon, mother of harlots and all the world's abominations...drunk with the blood of God's holy ones and the blood of those martyred for their faith in Jesus" (cf. Rev 17:5,6). Babylon, is really an allegorical euphemism, for the apostate church, the "false church", aligned with "the ten kings of the beast" (cf. Rev 17:12) who have consorted to build "a center as great as St. Peter's in Rome which they are intent on destroying" (cf. Lady of All Nations, December 16, 1949). This is the "seven headed and ten horned beast", the false church secretly created in Rome, the City of Seven Hills, and the ten godless kings of nations which is referred to in Rev 17:7. "She has made all the nations drink the poisoned wine of her lewdness. The kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the world's merchants grew rich from her wealth and wantonness" (cf. Rev 18:3). The result is the decadent, godless, degenerate society we now live in. It is exactly what Our Lady of Fatima warned us of when She spoke of "Russia spreading her errors all over the world"! It is also the reason She constantly exhorted us to pray for the priests, bishops and the Pope! It is exactly what is meant by that last sentence of the second secret of Fatima that infers that the doctrine of faith will not be preserved in the rest of the world!
Just as Our Mother has warned us since 1830 at the rue du Bac, in 1846 at La Salette, in 1917 at Fatima, in 1973 at Akita, and from 1945 to 1981 at Amsterdam so does Scripture warn us in Revelations 18: 4-8:
"Depart from her, my people, for fear of sinning with her and sharing the plagues inflicted on her! For her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God keeps count of her crimes...For she said to herself, 'I sit enthroned as a queen...and never will I go into mourning!' Therefore her plagues will come all at once, death and mourning and famine. She shall be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who condemns her!"
It is noteworthy that the Holy Father, who is the Vicar of Christ representing the Church here on earth, "passes through a city that is" only "half in ruins". Since as Sr. Lucia, the remaining seer of Fatima, has told us that the secret could have been revealed in 1960, perhaps at that time the "big city" was on it's way to ruination; the degeneration of society and the abomination of God's holy temple were only half of what they are today. Consider this. On March 25, 1977 in Amsterdam, Ida Peerdeman was shown a vision of the year 1959 about which Our Lord said "Time is in full bloom", indicating the great advances against the Church and society that had already taken place at that time, which would further culminate in the eventual "huge ruin of churches". It is little wonder in light of this revelation that the "third secret" could have been released in 1960! In 1946 the Lady of All Nations declared that "Religion will have a hard struggle; they (referring to the opposition) want to tread it under foot. This will be done so cunningly that scarcely anyone will notice it"! Is that not exactly what happened and did anyone notice? And in June of that same year, She warned "There will be a struggle in Rome against the Pope". Are we not keenly aware of this very fact now, fifty four years later? Indeed it is probable that the "big city" was only "half in ruins" by 1960 when the "third secret" could have been revealed; however, "times have" not only "repeated themselves as it was in bygone days" (cf. Eucharistic Mess., March 25, 1977) but they are even much worse than that, so much so that it is worth repeating the words of "the Angel with the flaming sword...pointing to the earth with his right hand": "Penance, Penance, Penance!"
No one at this point would debate the fact that something has to change in this world for "the world is tottering", degenerating so quickly that it will destroy itself. And this, of course, is exactly what the devil wants. As Scripture says: "The ten horns (the ten godless kings) you saw on the beast will turn against the harlot (the people dwelling in the 'great city') with hatred; they will strip off her finery and leave her naked; they will devour her flesh and set her on fire" (Rev 17:16). And God will allow this as punishment if we do not repent. Thus the significance of "the Angel with the flaming sword"! God will "condemn the great harlot who corrupted the earth...He [will] avenge the blood of His servants which was shed by her hand" (cf. Rev 19:2)! In the prophecies of Akita and La Salette there are similar warnings. Throughout the messages of the Lady of All Nations there are predictions of an ominous war, floods engulfing Europe, disasters and distruction which make the "globe look as though it will burst asunder on all sides". Yes something has to change and it is us! It is time to look to Our Mother for She truly is Our Mother of Mercy, the Mother of All Nations. Perhaps realizing that so many of Her predictions have come true, we might consider seriously doing what She asks of us while there is still time. For surely, with Her help we can make amends to God, and we can usher in the graces of peace and love upon this wretched world; perhaps there will be great conversions with our cooperation that is by following Her on the 'right road' up that mountain to the Cross of our salvation.
Let us take a closer look at just who this Most Merciful Mother is. She stands before the Cross of Her Son, "Her station keeping" as Mother of All Nations, beckoning us to make His Cross the center of our world. Is this not why Our Lord Jesus Christ asked us to "Behold Our Mother"? Has She not always shown us the way to true peace and contentedness? Has She not stressed over and over "Not me, but the Cross"! Has She not given us examples of that Cross in this Marian era. Since 1830 She has shown us the way of the Cross which to unite our hearts in "Spiritual Oneness" as "co-workers in Christ" as reflected on the back of the Miraculous Medal, where Her Immaculate Heart lies in union with Her Son's Most Sacred Heart as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. Did She not speak of this at Fatima reminding us to make sacrifices for one another, to offer up graces for one another, and to pray for another. Is this not Brotherly Love in imitation of Christ? Is this not the way up that "mountain of fairest heights"? Do we not yet understand that we, Catholics, must introduce the world to Our Mother who is their Mother too so that they also might understand or see more clearly the path on that mountain? Our Lord desires all the world to "Behold Her". If we, Catholics, crown Her sooner as "The Mother of All Nations: Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate" might the world sit up sooner and take notice of just who this Mother of Mercy is, rather than later at such a cost to ourselves and all the world? Might they too follow Her, as their Mother, to the Cross? Would this not bring the grace of true peace to this degenerate and unloving world? Is not a world where the Cross reigns the victory of Her Immaculate Heart? May the Good Lord inspire our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, to crown Our Mother now "with His Crook" (ex cathedra) so that by the great promised graces of the Holy Spirit we may see Our Lord's Cross truly placed in the center of this world!
The Lady of All Nations now stands with Her feet firmly planted on this world praying for us, protecting us, interceding to Her Son for us and entreating us as never before. When Her Heart is victorious, that is when all Her children recognize Her and behold Her, the gospel of Our Lord will be preached and loved throughout the world; together with Our Mother through Our Lord's Cross the "serpent's head will be crushed" and the Holy Spirit of Peace shall truly dwell in men's hearts. The earth shall be renewed and God shall be glorified! Only then will Our Most Loving Mother withdraw her stance with feet firmly planted on this earth! And finally as She showed St. Catherine Laboure She will lift up the world, the orb, with the Cross on it to the Most Blessed Trinity!
There it is. There are no more secrets! Our Mother has told us all we need to know. Let us crown Her now: "The Mother of All Nations: Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate"! Thus we shall see the Cross stand at the center of this world where it has always belonged!!! Hail to you, O Mother of Mercy, Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope!
Remember Our Mother's words at Amsterdam: "The outcome is already assured" (April 29, 1951). The question is: Which side will you be on?
"If any man wishes to come after Me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, follow in My steps." Mk. 8:34
"The Cross must be carried and placed in the center; there will be a certain category of people who will fight hard for it and I shall lead them on to that!" The Lady of All Nations, January 3, 1946
"Fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army arrayed with banners,*" She, The Mother of All Nations, shall lead the nations to Her Lord, the Lord of lords, King of kings! *Song of Solomon 6:10
PROPHECY OF OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE
SEPTEMBER 19, 1846
"If my people do wish to submit themselves, I am forced to let go of the hand of My Son. It is so heavy and weighs me down that I can no longer keep hold of it...I make an urgent appeal to the earth...The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in dismay...Woe to the inhabitants of the earth!...The fire of Heaven will fall...All the universe will be struck with terror and many will let themselves be led astray because they have not worshipped the true Christ...he, the king of kings of darkness, will have plunged with all his followers into the everlasting chasms of hell. And then water and fire will purge the earth and consume all the works of mens' pride and all will be renewed. God will be served and glorified."
PROPHECY OF THE LADY OF AKITA
" As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate, that they will envy the dead. The only arms which remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign (the Cross) left by my Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the Pope, the bishops, and the priests."
PROPHECY OF ST. CATHERINE LABOURE ABOUT THESE TIMES
"The enemies of religion carry a cross covered with a black veil which casts terror into souls; but the Cross triumphs! It is called the Cross of Victory...It is made of a strange precious wood...the great Christ, nailed to it, leans His head to the right side and there streams from the wound on His right side a great deal of blood..."
Please remember to say the prayer of the Lady of All Nations often. This prayer was specifically given to us for these times. If only we would remember the great graces that God has granted through this prayer. This prayer was given to us by Our Mother to stave off the degeneration, disasters and war of this world. It is a prayer of invocation to the Holy Spirit for peace and brotherly love. It is a request to Our Mother to protect us and guide and to be our advocate! As Our Mother said "Say my prayer then nations that the Holy Spirit will really and truly come...the prayer will have its effect"!
Please remember to make use of the great graces from the Jubilee Indulgences that our Holy Father has granted us in this Jubilee Year of 2000! It is our opinion that the Holy Father is bolstering the world spiritually in this year through the release of the "third secret" and the Jubilee Indulgences in preparation for great trials ahead.
The Prayer of The Lady of All Nations
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father,
Sound now Your Spirit over the earth.
Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts
of all nations, that they may be
preserved from degeneration, disaster
May the Lady of All Nations, who once
was Mary, be our Advocate. Amen.
May 24, 2000 UPDATE AND REFLECTION ON PART OF THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA AS SPOKEN OF ON MAY 13, 2000
Recently the Vatican announced part of the third secret of Fatima. At one time it was speculated that it was to be announced in 1960. Because of the way the second secret ends, trailing off into the vision which is the "third secret" and which is actually a visual representation of the last sentence of the second secret, it is important first of all to comment on that very well known last sentence before continuing on about the most recently released part of the secret. This last sentence of the second part of the secret is: "In Portugual the doctrine of faith will be preserved". This abruptly ends the second secret of Fatima. From this statement, it can be deduced that what is inferred here is that a serious crisis in preserving the doctrine of faith throughout the world in the Church would occur if certain steps were not taken to safeguard it. This then directly points to the fact that several situations would have to be present concurrently in order to result in such a grave dilemma. One would be that the spread of Communism throughout the world had become realized. Another would be that there would be serious moral degeneration among all the societies. And last but not least is that there would be a significant falling away from the Church caused not only by the above factors but also by the existence of an apostasy within the Church itself. In light of this, it is easy to see how the messages of the Lady of All Nations are directly connected to the whole secret of Fatima which is contained in three distinct parts.
Now if it is true that the "third secret" was to be released in 1960, it is fairly obvious why. For by 1960 the problems of degeneration, Communism and apostasy were becoming clearly evident and the truth of the third secret would have been acknowledged. As to why this part of the third secret wasn't revealed at that time in light of such formidable information, one can only guess. Obviously, Pope John Paul II acknowledges the relevance of the third secret for these times, in that it will be released soon, even though most of the predictions seem to have already come to fulfillment - especially the attempted assassination of His Holiness and that part of the vision of "the city half in ruins" which pertains to the fact that doctrine of faith in the Catholic Church has not been preserved in much of the world and that the "abomination of desolation" is now a reality!
The "abomination of desolation" refers to desecration of God's holy Church which results in a godless, demoralized society. The following scriptural verses from 1Maccabees 37 to 40 aptly describes the situation which currently exists in the Church: "They defiled the sanctuary. Because of them the inhabitants of Jerusalem (reference to the Church) fled away, and she became the abode of strangers...and her children forsook her. Her sanctuary was as desolate as a wilderness; her feasts were turned into mourning. Her sabbaths to shame, her honor to contempt. Her dishonor was as great as her glory had been, and her exaltation was turned into mourning." As Our Lord said in Amsterdam to the late Ida Peerdeman on March 25, 1977 referring to the "huge ruin of the Church": "Matters have gone so far as that. Times repeat themselves again as it was in bygone days"; and on February 11,1981 the Lady of All Nations, appeared as the concerned Mother warning us: "The moral decline in the Church and in the world is in full progress. The disasters in the Church and in the world are coming about and the wars are still going on. My Lord sent Me to warn them of all this, but they did not listen." This is so true and now we are living through the ominous vision of the third secret. Truly we are witnessing the fulfillment of the scripture passage from Revelations 12: 6,17: "The woman [the Church] herself fled into the desert, where a special place had been prepared for her by God...Enraged at her escape, the dragon went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep God's commandments and give witness to Jesus".
At Amsterdam and Fatima, God in His goodness has revealed, through our Mother, all that we need in order to have "the ancient serpent, who is the devil or Satan, chained up for a thousand years and hurled into the abyss...so that [he] might not lead the nations astray" again (Rev. 20:2,3)! Only when we have fulfilled our Mother's request at Fatima that we behold her Immaculate Heart by proclaiming her "Mother of All Nations: Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate" as she asked at Amsterdam and thus aligning ourselves as her true children, only then can she lead the rest of the world on the straight path of the Cross to Our Lord. Only then will we see the Church renewed through the Holy Spirit and only then will see the era of peace! Without our Mother, without true devotion to her most loving and Immaculate Heart, the Church will remain an "empty, barren desert bereft of its contents" (cf. Eucharistic Message of Amsterdam, Sept. 8, 1974). We must reflect now on the words of our Mother from Amsterdam on May 31, 1981, eighteen days after Pope John Paul II was gravely wounded: "The time has come...Repent...Keep on praying."
"The Prophetic Vision"
Following the solemn mass of May 13, 2000 in honor of the beatification of the little shepherds, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, under the direction of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, described in part a prophetic vision which apparently was the third secret of Fatima. However, first he prefaces the prophetic vision by affirming that according to Sister Lucia, who at 93 is the remaining shepherd of Fatima, that the "Bishop clothed in white" in deep prayer for his flock, "the faithful", is Pope John Paul II. Then Cardinal Soldano relates that in this vision our Pope "makes his way with great effort towards the Cross amid the corpses of those who were martyred; he, too, falls to the ground, apparently dead, under a burst of gunfire."
The vision of the third secret is not only an alarming prophetic warning but it is also a message of great hope for the Church which is under the protection of our Mother. In order to grasp this concept of hope as more than just an allusion to the distant future but rather as a concrete and present "gift from above", it is necessary to define exactly what the Church is built on and what it means to us, the faithful of God.
The Church was born of the water and blood that flowed from the side of Christ Crucified. This was the Seed, the early Church, which was planted in fertile soil and which was nurtured and strengthened with the blood of the martyrs as coredemptors in union with Christ, including most of the popes of the first three centuries and many others up to the present day. The Church here on earth which consists of the faithful of God, with the Pope as the "Vicar of Christ" at its head, continually journeys on a pilgrimage of holiness in imitation of Christ embracing His Cross which is made even heavier by the world's relentless persecutions (cf. 2Tim 3:12). It is in this holiness that the faithful of God of the Catholic Church, "the one Community"(cf. Lady of All Nations), "from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues" (cf. Rev. 7:9) glorifies God and is inundated with the great graces of the Holy Spirit and will be raised up in Christ just as was Mary, His Mother and ours, who was "the first of His sheep". This journey of holiness does not necessitate actual martyrdom rather it can be one of "great efforts and sacrifices...to live...a pure life...[with a] spirit of penance" for the love of God and neighbor (cf. St. John Bosco's Dream of St. Dominic Savio). Therefore, the Church not only manifests God's love and mercy of His Eternal Sacrifice on the Cross but it is sustained and continually grows in the "co-workers" of Christ, the true faithful who have either died "in imitation of Christ" or are still journeying on the way of the Cross "making up for what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His body, the Church" (Col 1:24).
Perhaps now, understanding that the foundation of the Church was "built secure" (1Tim 6:19) by the martyrs and consists of those faithful still journeying on the way of the Cross for love of God and neighbor, it is easier to grasp the significance of at least part of the prophetic vision of the third secret. It is the "communion of saints here on earth and in heaven (including purgatory)", which is the Church, that is depicted in the prophetic vision of the third secret. The Pope represents the Church here on earth today and "the martyred" represent the saints in heaven who have nourished the Church by the blood they shed in imitation of Christ; they, the saints, continue to nourish the Church with God's graces through their loving intercession for us. Thus the Pope who represents the Church here on earth "makes his way...amidst...those who were martyred" and who are so to speak the foundation over which and by which he receives the graces to make his way! These graces not only help him, as the Vicar of Christ, to perservere "with great effort" but they protect him from being mortally wounded. Thus, in this sense, the Church in the midst of a great trial is sustained. Not only is it sustained but it will continue on to victory for the Shepherd is protected and will guide the Church despite the difficulties and the attacks of the enemies and to the greater glory of God!
Furthermore, in this prophetic vision, we glimpse at the powerful protection of our loving Mother of whom Pope John Paul II is "all hers". (His papal seal actually reads: "Totus Tuus" which means "All Yours".) For She, through whom Our Saviour has come, "continues without interruption" Her Motherhood over "the One Community for all nations" (cf. Lady of All Nations) which is the Holy Catholic Church. Hence, in this prophetic revelation of the third secret of Fatima, the importance of Mary as the Mother of the Church, who is the Queen of Saints and Martyrs, is underscored. Again, through Her loving protection, "the serpent's head is crushed" (Gen. 3:15)! It is without doubt that the course of that near fatal bullet from a "burst of gunfire" was divinely intercepted and changed on behalf of this most highly favored Pope and the Church, all because of Her deep and abiding love for Her children! As the most loving Mother, she has revealed through her prophetic message of this vision at Fatima that she indeed is praying for us and watching over us! Our Mother guards us deep within Her Immaculate and Loving Heart "which is and always has been united to Her Son's Heart" (cf. Lady of All Nations)! It is She who unceasingly advocates for us to the Most Blessed Trinity. She is the Mother of Grace; the Mother of Mercy!
How revealing, how amazing this prophetic vision of 83 years ago is. To think that in 1917 the three little shepherds were gifted with this foreknowledge so that they could pray and make many sacrifices on our behalf, the faithful of the Church and our Pope, Pope John Paul II, whom they saw shot "apparently dead" 64 years preceding the event on May 13, 1981 which is now known as the feast of Our Lady of Fatima! Does it not dispel any doubts as to the credibility of our Lady's apparitions and messages, especially those of Fatima, Akita, La Salette and Amsterdam! One can imagine how it must make the enemy recoil in absolute frustration and anger, for now the world is focused on just who God has given us as our Mother, the Mother of All God's Children, of All Nations and the Mother of the One, True Church - the Catholic Church. Does not this prophetic vision of the third secret remind us of our Mother's promise at Amsterdam on May 31, 1981: "I will not leave you orphans"? Does it not profoundly exemplify her maternal, loving faithfullness to God and her children? Is not her Immaculate Heart truly "our refuge" as she told us as Fatima? Do we better understand that "God has [really] entrusted the peace of the world to her?
Could it be that Pope John Paul II is compelling us through the release of the third secret to reexamine the state of the world and of our personal lives and to entrust them to our Mother's Immaculate Heart? Certainly, without our Mother we have not fared well; as a matter of fact, we have failed! If it weren't for our Mother we certainly would be much worse off now, as has been demonstrated by the miraculous intervention of God through Mary on that fateful May 13, 1981. As a matter of fact, few people are aware of the fact that the late Ida Peerdeman was told by Our Lord on May 15, 1981, while Pope John Paul II lay critical and still in peril of death in the hospital, that: "He will recover." Surely, it is obvious now that the loving hand of our Mother protected this "Totus Tuus" Pope. Might we do well to copy his example and "Behold our Mother"!?
Mary, our Mother, "goes before us in all the holiness that is the Church's mystery as the Bride" (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church,#773) who is the Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate and thereby the Mother of All Nations! She "the new Eve, the Mother of Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of all the members of Christ" (cf. Pope Paul VI, CPG 15). And "this is why the Marian dimension of the Church precedes the 'Petrine'" (cf. CCC, #773)! It is She who "guards the rich deposit of faith with the help of the Holy Spirit" (cf. 2Tim 1:14) for her Son and for us (LG68). Furthermore, our Mother, the Lady of All Nations, will once again as she did on Pentecost bring the "Spirit of God [to us] Who makes us strong, loving and wise" (2Tim1: 7,9) so that we "may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war" (cf. Prayer of Amsterdam) but we must keep on praying. As we have seen on May 13, 1981 not only were the prayers of our Mother answered but also the prayers of all those who faithfully prayed for the Pope as she has always reminded us too!
The Church and the Pope are "waging a fierce struggle...It has been infested by the worms of death" (cf. Eucharistic Messages of Amsterdam, 1979 and 1980). We must cooperate now with our Mother's request at Fatima and Amsterdam. We must bring her back into our hearts and into our Church with great devotion. We must behold her most loving and Immaculate Heart now! We must truly become "children of Mary" by proclaiming her: "The Mother of All Nations: Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate"! (See the section entitled "Dogma" for more information.) For then and only then will we see "the Church, the Community flourish again"(cf. Eucharistic Message, Mar. 25, 1980) through the descent of the "Holy Spirit Who will once again dwell in the hearts of men as in a Temple" (cf. CCC). "She will lead the nations to Her Lord" (cf. Eucharistic Message of Aug. 15, 1979). As Our Lord said: "This is the victory of her whom I have sent" (cf. Eucharistic Message of October 7, 1978).
Let us reflect in the light of the seriousness of these times, a world where "Christ is gone" (Lady of All Nations, May 7, 1949), and the possible consequences we may encounter if we do not repent and fulfill the requests of Our Lord and our Lady which is to be obedient and loving children. Has not our Mother repeatedly warned us that "she holds back the hand of God"? Do we truly understand "for what purpose she has come" (cf. Eucharistic Message of February 11, 1981)? Perhaps listening to the words of God to St. Catherine of Siena will help us comprehend the gravity of our situation: "They have so scorned the graces I gave them and still give them! They go from bad to worse, from sin to sin, constantly repaying me with insults...I Who want nothing but their sanctification! I tell you it will go harder for them in view of the grace they have received, and they will be deserving of greater punishment. They will be more severely punished now...They owed Me glory, but they stole it from Me and took it to themselves instead! They violated the obedience I had laid on them and so became my enemies...False Christians fare much worse...For they have received more, but they seem to ignore it and to take no notice of their evil deeds. Though I once reconciled them to Myself through the Blood of My Son, they have become My enemies" ("The Dialogue", #15).
The Lady of All Nations:
"The world is tottering...a few more years and it would perish" (August 29, 1945). "The powers of hell will break lose" (December 3, 1953).
Our Lady of Akita:
"The heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind" (August 3, 1973). "The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church..." (October 13, 1973).
Our Lady of La Salette:
"The Church passes into darkness. The world will be in a state of consternation...Woe to the inhabitants of the earth" (September 19, 1846)!
Our Lady of Fatima:
"The good will by martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated" if our Mother's requests are not heeded (July 13, 1917).
Let us do what Our Lord and our Mother ask of us:
1) Be renewed in Jesus Christ. Make the cross the center of your world. Entrust yourself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
2) Perservere in saying the Rosary
3) Say the Prayer of Amsterdam which is the powerful invocation to the Holy Spirit often. This might very well be the same prayer that was given to St. Bernadette to say secretly until the day she died. Remember this prayer was given to us on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes!
4) Receive Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist often.
5) Make sacrifices for love of God and neighbor. Offer them for the reparation of sin and the conversion of sinners.
6) Pray for the Church, the Pope, and the priests. Pray for more holy vocations.
7) Rally and unite in the name of the Lady or Mother of All Nations. Spread Her messages.
8) Sign the petition to Pope John Paul II which our Mother gave to us on May 10, 1953, which was Mother's Day, asking him to pronounce Her dogma conjoined to Her title as "The Mother of All Nations: Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate". (For your convenience this web site has our Mother's petition with a submission form which you can send to the Pope via a secured route.)
9) Have confidence in our Mother's love. She sets the example of standing before the Cross of her Son. "The powers of hell may break lose" but remember "they will not prevail against [her]"! (Lady of All Nations, December 3, 1953). "In the end [her] Immaculate Heart will triumph" (Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917). Through the Woman, our Mother, He, our Lord Jesus Christ, "will put enimity...and strike at his head" (Genesis 3:15)!
"Let him who has ears heed these words...[It] is faithful endurance that distinguishes God's holy people" (Rev.13:9,10)!
Updated on the feast of the finding of the relics of St. Philomena fourteen year old virgin and early martyr of the Church whose name means: Light of Faith! She is the Patroness of the Children of Mary. She was one of the earliest and youngest saints to set the example of being a devoted child of Mary in imitation of Christ!
The Children of Mary is a religious confraternity created at the request the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Laboure on July 18, 1830. This association pays homage to Our Mother through acts of devotion and by imitating and emphasizing Her virtues of humility, charity, obedience and purity. As per Mary's request the month of May is celebrated by these members with great solemnity and joy. St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes was a lifetime member! Although, its original appeal was to young girls and boys, it later became popular to all age groups especially to those who truly recognize Mary as their Mother!
SR. MARIA LUCIA'S MAY 12, 1982 INTERPRETATION OF THIRD SECRET
Sister Lucia had already given an indication for interpreting the third part of the secret in a letter to the Holy Father, dated 12 May 1982:
The third part of the secret refers to Our Lady's words: If not [Russia] 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' (13-VII-1917).
Since we did not heed this appeal of the Message, we see that it has been fulfilled, Russia has invaded the world with her errors. And if we have not yet seen the complete fulfilment of the final part of this prophecy, we are going towards it little by little with great strides; if we do not reject the path of sin, hatred, revenge, injustice, violations of the rights of the human person, immorality and violence, etc.
And let us not say that it is God who is punishing us in this way; on the contrary it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In his kindness God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom he has given us; hence people are responsible.
EXCERPTS OF JOSEPH CARDINAL RATZINGER'S INTERPRETATION
OF THE THIRD SECRET
An attempt to interpret the secret of Fatima
The first and second parts of the secret of Fatima have already been so amply discussed in the relative literature that there is no need to deal with them again here. I would just like to recall briefly the most significant point. For one terrible moment, the children were given a vision of hell. They saw the fall of the souls of poor sinners. And now they are told why they have been exposed to this moment: in order to save soulsto show the way to salvation. The words of the First Letter of Peter come to mind: As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls (1:9). To reach this goal, the way indicated surprisingly for people from the Anglo-Saxon and German cultural worldis devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A brief comment may suffice to explain this. In biblical language, the heart indicates the centre of human life, the point where reason, will, temperament and sensitivity converge, where the person finds his unity and his interior orientation. According to Matthew 5:8, the immaculate heart is a heart which, with God's grace, has come to perfect interior unity and therefore sees God. To be devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means therefore to embrace this attitude of heart, which makes the fiatyour will be donethe defining centre of one's whole life. It might be objected that we should not place a human being between ourselves and Christ. But then we remember that Paul did not hesitate to say to his communities: imitate me (1 Cor 4:16; Phil 3:17; 1 Th 1:6; 2 Th 3:7, 9). In the Apostle they could see concretely what it meant to follow Christ. But from whom might we better learn in every age than from the Mother of the Lord?...
To save souls has emerged as the key word of the first and second parts of the secret, and the key word of this third part is the threefold cry: Penance, Penance, Penance! The beginning of the Gospel comes to mind: Repent and believe the Good News (Mk 1:15). To understand the signs of the times means to accept the urgency of penance of conversion of faith. This is the correct response to this moment of history, characterized by the grave perils outlined in the images that follow...
Let us now examine more closely the single images. The angel with the flaming sword on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the Book of Revelation. This represents the threat of judgement which looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword. The vision then shows the power which stands opposed to the force of destructionthe splendour of the Mother of God and, stemming from this in a certain way, the summons to penance... the vision speaks of dangers and how we might be saved from them...
Let us now consider the individual images which follow in the text of the secret. The place of the action is described in three symbols: a steep mountain, a great city reduced to ruins and finally a large rough-hewn cross. The mountain and city symbolize the arena of human history: history as an arduous ascent to the summit, history as the arena of human creativity and social harmony, but at the same time a place of destruction, where man actually destroys the fruits of his own work. The city can be the place of communion and progress, but also of danger and the most extreme menace. On the mountain stands the crossthe goal and guide of history. The cross transforms destruction into salvation; it stands as a sign of history's misery but also as a promise for history.
At this point human persons appear: the Bishop dressed in white (we had the impression that it was the Holy Father), other Bishops, priests, men and women Religious, and men and women of different ranks and social positions. The Pope seems to precede the others, trembling and suffering because of all the horrors around him. Not only do the houses of the city lie half in ruins, but he makes his way among the corpses of the dead. The Church's path is thus described as a Via Crucis, as a journey through a time of violence, destruction and persecution. The history of an entire century can be seen represented in this image... In the vision we can recognize the last century as a century of martyrs, a century of suffering and persecution for the Church, a century of World Wars and the many local wars which filled the last fifty years and have inflicted unprecedented forms of cruelty. In the mirror of this vision we see passing before us the witnesses of the faith decade by decade...
In the Via Crucis of an entire century, the figure of the Pope has a special role. In his arduous ascent of the mountain we can undoubtedly see a convergence of different Popes. Beginning from Pius X up to the present Pope, they all shared the sufferings of the century and strove to go forward through all the anguish along the path which leads to the Cross. In the vision, the Pope too is killed along with the martyrs. When, after the attempted assassination on 13 May 1981, the Holy Father...himself explained his survival in the following words: ... it was a mother's hand that guided the bullet's path and in his throes the Pope halted at the threshold of death (13 May 1994). That here a mother's hand had deflected the fateful bullet only shows once more that there is no immutable destiny, that faith and prayer are forces which can influence history and that in the end prayer is more powerful than bullets and faith more powerful than armies.
...It is a consoling vision, which seeks to open a history of blood and tears to the healing power of God. Beneath the arms of the cross angels gather up the blood of the martyrs, and with it they give life to the souls making their way to God. Here, the blood of Christ and the blood of the martyrs are considered as one: the blood of the martyrs runs down from the arms of the cross. The martyrs die in communion with the Passion of Christ, and their death becomes one with his. For the sake of the body of Christ, they complete what is still lacking in his afflictions (cf. Col 1:24). Their life has itself become a Eucharist, part of the mystery of the grain of wheat which in dying yields abundant fruit. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of Christians, said Tertullian. As from Christ's death, from his wounded side, the Church was born, so the death of the witnesses is fruitful for the future life of the Church. Therefore, the vision of the third part of the secret, so distressing at first, concludes with an image of hope: no suffering is in vain, and it is a suffering Church, a Church of martyrs, which becomes a sign-post for man in his search for God. The loving arms of God welcome not only those who suffer like Lazarus, who found great solace there and mysteriously represents Christ, who wished to become for us the poor Lazarus. There is something more: from the suffering of the witnesses there comes a purifying and renewing power, because their suffering is the actualization of the suffering of Christ himself and a communication in the here and now of its saving effect.
And so we come to the final question: What is the meaning of the secret of Fatima as a whole (in its three parts)? What does it say to us?... What remains was already evident when we began our reflections on the text of the secret: the exhortation to prayer as the path of salvation for souls and, likewise, the summons to penance and conversion.
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...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.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
ADDRESS OF CARDINAL ANGELO
REGARDING THE "THIRD PART" OF THE SECRET OF FATIMA
AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE SOLEMN MASS
OF JOHN PAUL II
Fatima, 13 May 2000
Brothers and Sisters in the Lord!
At the conclusion of this solemn celebration, I feel bound to offer to our beloved Holy Father John Paul II, on behalf of all present, heartfelt good wishes for his approaching Eightieth Birthday and to thank him for his significant pastoral ministry for the good of all Gods Holy Church.
On the solemn occasion of his visit to Fatima, His Holiness has directed me to make an announcement to you. As you know, the purpose of his visit to Fatima has been to beatify the two "little shepherds". Nevertheless he also wishes his pilgrimage to be a renewed gesture of gratitude to Our Lady for her protection during these years of his papacy. This protection seems also to be linked to the so-called "third part" of the secret of Fatima.
That text contains a prophetic vision similar to those found in Sacred Scripture, which do not describe with photographic clarity the details of future events, but rather synthesize and condense against a unified background events spread out over time in a succession and a duration which are not specified. As a result, the text must be interpreted in a symbolic key.
The vision of Fatima concerns above all the war waged by atheist systems against the Church and Christians, and it describes the immense suffering endured by the witnesses to the faith in the last century of the second millennium. It is an interminable Way of the Cross led by the Popes of the twentieth century.
According to the interpretation of the "little shepherds", which was also recently confirmed by Sister Lucia, the "Bishop clothed in white" who prays for all the faithful is the Pope. As he makes his way with great effort towards the Cross amid the corpses of those who were martyred (Bishops, priests, men and women religious and many lay persons), he too falls to the ground, apparently dead, under a burst of gunfire.
After the assassination attempt of 13 May 1981, it appeared evident to His Holiness that it was "a motherly hand which guided the bullets path", enabling the "dying Pope" to halt "at the threshold of death" (Pope John Paul II. Meditation with the Italian Bishops from the Policlinico Gemelli, Insegnamenti, vol XVII/1, 1994, p. 1061). On the occasion of a visit to Rome by the then Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, the Pope decided to give him the bullet which had remained in the jeep after the assassination attempt, so that it might be kept in the Shrine. At the behest of the Bishop, the bullet was later set in the crown of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
The successive events of 1989 led, both in the Soviet Union and in a number of countries of Eastern Europe, to the fall of the Communist regime which promoted atheism. For this too His Holiness offers heartfelt thanks to the Most Holy Virgin. In other parts of the world, however, attacks against the Church and against Christians, together with the burden of suffering which they involve, tragically continue. Even if the events to which the third part of the Secret of Fatima refers now seem part of the past, Our Ladys call to conversion and penance, issued at the beginning of the twentieth century, remains timely and urgent today. "The Lady of the message seems to read the signs of the times - the signs of our time - with special insight... The insistent invitation of Mary Most Holy to penance is nothing but the manifestation of her maternal concern for the fate of the human family, in need of conversion and forgiveness" (Pope John Paul II, Message for the 1997 World Day of the Sick, N. 1, Insegnamenti, vol XIX/2, 1996, p. 561).
In order that the faithful may better receive the message of Our Lady of Fatima, the Pope has charged the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with making public the third part of the secret, after the preparation of an appropriate commentary.
Let us thank Our Lady of Fatima for her protection. To her maternal intercession let us entrust the Church of the Third Millennium.
Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix!
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