Fatima

The Third Secret is a prophecy. We know that from Cardinal Ottaviani who read it and said so, and from Cardinal Ratzinger who said in the 1984 interview that if the Secret was not published at least for now it was to “avoid confusing religious prophecy with sensationalism.” It is a prophecy that began to be realized at least by 1960, which Sister Lucy said was the year by which the prophecy of the Third Secret will be “much clearer.” It is a prophecy that tells us about our time. It is a loving warning from Our Lady and also advice on how to act in these circumstances.

We are told by the Third Secret of Our Lady of Fatima that the dogma of Faith will be preserved in Portugal, and this is clearly understood by all the Fatima experts to mean that the dogma of Faith will not be preserved elsewhere. That is the first essential point of the Third Secret.

Therefore, the Third Secret concerns, first of all, the dangers to the Faith, just as Cardinal Ratzinger said in 1984. St. John tells us what it is that overcomes the world: he says it is our faith. For the world to overcome the Church, it has to overcome our faith first of all. And so that is what the Secret concerns: our faith. We know this from Our Lady’s words given to us by Sister Lucy in the beginning of the Third Secret; we know it from Cardinal Ratzinger; we know it from the Bishop of Fatima; we know it from the remarks of the Pope at Fatima in 1982 and 2000. It concerns our faith. There is no question about that.

Secondly, it concerns the dogma of the Faith. Our Lady of Fatima spoke about the dogma of the Faith as always being preserved in Portugal. Why did Our Lady speak about the dogma of the Faith? She spoke about dogma because that would be the target of those who would attack the Church from within. What is dogma? Dogma is what has been infallibly defined. The dogma of the Faith is known by the solemn, infallible definitions of the Magisterium of the Church. The word infallible means “cannot fail”. Therefore, the definitions of the Faith, solemnly defined by the Church, cannot fail. So we know what the Faith is, what the dogma of the Faith is, by the infallible definitions.

The problem is that since Vatican II we have new notions being passed off in the Church as “new” Catholic doctrine which appear to contradict or at least “revise” the infallible definitions. But as Vatican I clearly taught, the infallible Magisterium — which means the Pope definitively teaching the universal Church either alone or together with all the bishops — cannot give us new doctrine. The Magisterium can only pass on and fully explain what God revealed through the apostles. There is no new doctrine being revealed by God since the death of the last Apostle, Saint John. So this “new” doctrine is really pseudo-doctrine. This pseudo-doctrine is being taught very subtly; but when it contradicts the doctrine which has been infallibly defined, then we have to believe the infallible doctrine and we must reject the “new” doctrine. And so, it’s important for us to realize that it is the dogma of the Faith that cannot fail. Men can fail; lay people can fail; priests can fail; bishops can fail; cardinals can fail; and even the Pope can fail in matters which do not involve his charism of infallibility, as history has shown us with more than one pope (e.g. after Pope Honorius died, he was condemned by the Third Council of Constantinople [680 A.D.] for aiding and abetting heresy, and that condemnation was approved by Pope Leo II and repeated by later popes). But the solemn definitions of the Faith by the Pope, or the Pope together with all the bishops in a Council of the Church, cannot fail.

Everything should be judged by those definitions that cannot fail. And so if a pope, a cardinal, a bishop, a priest, or a layman teaches us something contrary to any definition of the Faith, we can know that that layman, priest, bishop, cardinal, or pope is wrong. For example, when John XXII, back in the 14th Century, gave sermons (but not solemn definitions) in which he insisted that the blessed departed do not enjoy the Beatific Vision until the day of General Judgment, he was denounced and corrected by theologians, and he finally retracted his heretical opinion on his deathbed.

And how can we be so sure? Because the definition is infallible, it cannot fail. As I said – a pope, a cardinal, a bishop, a priest and a layman can fail. Yes, even the Pope can fail, and he does fail if he expresses an opinion which is contrary to a solemn, infallible definition of the Catholic Church. This does not mean the Church fails when this happens, but only that the Pope has made a mistake without imposing it on the whole Church. As we see with the example of John XXII, the Pope can make a mistake in some teaching or opinion which has not been imposed upon the Church with a solemn, infallible definition. And so when Our Lady speaks about the “dogma of the Faith”, She indicates to us that the danger to the Faith is clearly seen when the solemn dogmatic definitions of the Catholic Faith are contradicted. The definitions themselves cannot fail.

THE FATIMA CRUSADER Issue 1

“Make sacrifices for sinners and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: ‘O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary’.”


Canada’s Pilgrim Virgin Statue was blessed by our Holy Father Pope Paul VI on May 13, 1967 at Fatima. This Statue visits the different dioceses of Canada and these visits are the occasion of many spiritual and temporal blessings given through Our Heavenly Mother’s intercession.

 

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About The Statue

About The Statue

pilgrim-virgin-visit-toronto-2015-procession-2Canada’s Pilgrim Virgin Statue was blessed by Our Holy Father Pope Paul VI on May 13, 1967 on the occasion of his pilgrimage to Fatima to pray for peace. His Holiness wanted this very special statue to travel throughout Canada to remind us of Our Lady’s maternal message of love and concern for us. The Statue visits the different dioceses of Canada and these visits are the occasion of many spiritual and temporal blessings given through Our Heavenly Mother’s intercession. In this way, many people get to know about our only hope for peace — Our Lady of Fatima’s Peace Plan from Heaven.

The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue goes where She is officially invited. You may like to ask your parish priest to invite Her to your church. Many Cathedrals, Parishes, Schools, Convents, Monasteries, Hospitals and Senior Citizens Homes have received a visit of Our Lady. To arrange a visit to your area contact:

 

The Fatima Crusader
452 Kraft Road,
Fort Erie, ON L2A 4M7
Fatima Crusader | Issue 1
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Thorn In My Flesh

2 Corinthians 12:7

even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

2 Corinthians 12:7 confused me when I first read this Scripture.

I often wondered, what did it mean, “to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.”

As I look back over the past 10 years, today, as I write this, I understand what this passage means. Often times, when we read Scripture, we take it’s meaning word for word, but in between every word there is a significant meaning, not just what it is that is written. We must always read in between the lines.

Each of us has a thorn in our flesh, something given to us by God. Ask God today, ask Jesus today, why is it that I have this thorn in my flesh and be open to listen to the answer.

The only thing we have in common is the same Empire.

The only thing we have in common is the same Empire.

Over time I’ve discovered there is no absolute finish line for everyone in the race of life. Our tracks are different and our duration’s are different.

The only thing we have in common is the same empire. For instance, one person graduates at age 20 and struggles for another 5 years to get a job, another might graduate  at 25 and get a job immediately. One can marry a virgin and wait for the next decade to have the blessing of children, another lady probably after having series of abortions in her past, becomes a mother almost immediately after marriage. A fellow becomes MD at 38 and dies at 56, another becomes MD at 55 and lives to 90. What a life! Life is full of twists, turns, ups and downs and many more surprises and disappointments.

Life offers each and everyone of us different opportunities, and once an opportunity is lost, it’s gone forever except by the grace of God.

It is up to each one of us to patiently prepare, wait, recognize and utilize every opportunity. We learn on the way.

No one has it all or knows it all.

There is a reason why we all don’t fall at the same time, It’s so that when one is down, weak and discouraged, the other who is strong can encourage and lift the other person. God never promises that the road would be easy, but He promised never to leave or forsake us.

Although life is complicated, let us learn to go easy on ourselves and trust that God is working it all out for our good (even if it doesn’t make sense now). Whatever trials, challenges or down times we face, all shall pass, and in due course, we will be up and strong again to lift up those who may be down around us.

NEVER LOSE HOPE.. 

Credit to Delali Godwin Adadzie – (re-shared from a friend.)

On Being Known

On Being Known

One of the most difficult inner conflicts we have is our desire to be known versus our fear of being known. As beings created in the image of God we are made to be known—known by God and also by others. Yet due to our fallen nature, all of us have sins and weaknesses that we don’t want others to know about. We use the phrase “dark side” to refer to aspects of our lives that we keep hidden. And we use slogans like “put your best foot forward” to encourage others to show their best side.

One reason we are unwilling to risk being known is that we fear rejection and ridicule. But when we discover that God knows us, loves us, and is willing to forgive even the worst thing we have done, our fear of being known by God begins to fade away. And when we find a community of believers who understands the dynamic relationship between forgiveness and confession, we feel safe confessing our sins to one another (James 5:16). 

The life of faith is not about showing only our good side. It’s about exposing our dark side to the light of Christ through confession to God and also to others. In this way we can receive healing and live in the freedom of forgiveness. —Julie Ackerman Link

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Lord, help me to expose my sin,
Those secret wrongs that lurk within;
I would confess them all to Thee;
Transparent I would always be. —D. DeHaan

The voice of sin may be loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder. —D. L. Moody

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

To anyone who may be a little confused as to why people love the Blessed Mother and pray through Her,not to her – or is confused because they think we see Her as an idol, which we do not, as that is a sin. Only God is our Idol.

I came across this explanation in one of the prayer books that I read in the morning. It is from the “Catholic Book of Prayers No. 910/09 ISBN 978-0-89942-910-6

I have typed the explanation as is written in this book.

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Our Blessed Mother of Fatima


Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is firmly rooted in the revealed Word and has solid dogmatic foundations. It is based on the singular dignity of Mary, Mother of the Son of God, and therefore beloved Daughter of the Father and the Temple of the Holy Spirit – Mary who, because of this extraordinary grace, is far greater than any other creature on earth or in Heaven’ (Paul VI:Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, no.56.)
“When Mary is honored, Her Son is duly acknowledged, loved and glorified. and His commandments are observed. To venerate Mary correctly means to acknowledge Her Son, for She is the Mother of God. To love Her means to love Jesus, for She is always the Mother of Jesus.
“To pray to Our Lady means not to substitute Her Son who desires us to have loving confidence in His Saints, especially in His Mother. To imitate the ‘Faithful Virgin’ means to keep Her Son’s commandments.” (U.S. Bishops: Behold your Mother, No. 82

The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss

Have you ever had a Judas Kiss? Are you a Judas kisser? Betrayal comes in so many forms.
Wipe your cheek and move on. We have to love the Judas of the world. They need the most love.

“But Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:48

April 2014 repost Blog – LivingInFaith75.com

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