PopeWatch: Fatima



Rorate Caeli brings us this interview from 2008 by Tele Radio Padre Pio with Cardinal Carlo Caffara :


Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan”. The battlefield is the family. Life and the family. We know that you were given charge by John Paul II to plan and establish the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family.


Yes, I was. At the start of this work entrusted to me by the Servant of God John Paul II, I wrote to Sister Lucia of Fatima through her Bishop as I couldn’t do so directly. Unexplainably however, since I didn’t expect an answer, seeing that I had only asked for prayers, I received a very long letter with her signature – now in the Institute’s archives. In it we find written: the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. And then she concluded: however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.

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  1. For those of us that must always seek the truth–no matter how discomforting–this comes as an affirming validation that there is a terrible corruption in our world, and sadly, in our Church.
    This is not a time to be a timid Catholic in this Church Militant. God help those that are rushing about fretting about insignificant little meaningless things, while great spiritual battles rage–however muted they be.

  2. This is not a time to be a timid Catholic in this Church Militant. from Don L.

    Absolutely not!
    The time is coming when the lukewarm will wished they had spent more time in prayer and holy action. Consecrated to the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus & Mary is an active relationship. Consecration, set aside for Holy use. Sanctifying grace is a sharing of Gods work in a soul.

    When the former is daily renewed the latter is increased in a soul.

    This helps the timid Catholic break through the fear of ridicule or other fears, and courage to witness the the Truth grows within that soul. This is from my personal experience.
    My first public witness was standing in front of a theatre that was portraying Jesus and the Apostles as being flaming perverse homosexuals. They even had the audacity to use the holy words Corpus Christi as their title. That peaceful prayer protest on opening night in downtown Madison WI. was grace filled as we encountered much opposition.
    Taunted and spat upon, we continued in our prayers. No one from our camp was sucked into a fight. Our composure was not changed. We stood as an army undefeated.

    This I share with the hope that readers will seek out consecration to Jesus through Mary.


  3. “Fatima” is so important for us to understand.. I can’t imagine that the Virgin would be content for us to miss the import of her message. I didn’t know about these additional statement by Sister Lucy giving us a “heads up” about the family being the focus of the devil’s attack.
    There have been repeated efforts of Heaven to get our attention. John Bosco’s vision, Pope Leo’s vision.. Malachi..Akita.. St Joseph also appeared at Fatima, showing the importance of the earthly father.
    People are afraid to be thought “novelty seekers” – but at the same time people are worried! and seek God in diverse ways- Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has a rapt audience for his shemitah warnings. There seems to be more talk of apparitions and prophecies ancient and new, more effort to piece things together ..dioceses are naming local exorcists… and people are picking up blessed salt offered at the parish church foyer .
    We are hoping to protect families from false teachings, tricks and snares- and don’t feel much reassurance from what goes on at higher levels of our Church.
    Mary has already crushed Satan.

  4. Anzylne.

    For years some believe that our prayers and fasts can mitigate chastisement. I have believed this to be true.

    This era of disobedience and homosexual advance makes one wonder about Chan’s assertion’s. Be prepared because no one is promised tomorrow. No one.

  5. This head crushing is maybe, in a sense, a way to understand the rampant and ruthless behavior swing away from the love and sanity as taught by Jesus.

  6. Yes I too believe that prayers for mercy can help mitigate what looks likely to happen (Hesekiah’s prayer) and what should be our just consequence. Also we must repent and change our lives-

    Psalm 51
    1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
    according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
    2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
    3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
    4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight,
    so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.
    5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
    6 You desire truth in the inward being therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
    7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
    9 Hide your face from my sins,and blot out all my iniquities.
    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right* spirit within me.
    11 Do not cast me away from your presence,and do not take your holy spirit from me.
    12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing* spirit.

    13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
    14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
    15 O Lord, open my lips,and my mouth will declare your praise.
    16 For you have no delight in sacrifice;if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased.
    17 The sacrifice acceptable to God* is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
    18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
    19 then you will delight in right sacrifices, in burnt-offerings and whole burnt-offerings;hen bulls will be offered on your altar.

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