I thought the collapse of the Soviet Empire without the loss of a single life was a miracle. It seems to be the fulfillment of the promise that Mary gave us even before the Russian Revolution was over.Thunktank wrote: ↑Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:31 pm
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congr ... ma_en.html
Russia may not be a nation of saints, but there was certainly a profound conversion during the fall of the Soviet U***n in 1991.Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions. The first and second parts of the “secret”—which are here published in sequence so as to complete the documentation—refer especially to the frightening vision of hell, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Second World War, and finally the prediction of the immense damage that Russia would do to humanity by abandoning the Christian faith and embracing Communist totalitarianism.
In 1917 no one could have imagined all this: the three pastorinhos of Fatima see, listen and remember, and Lucia, the surviving witness, commits it all to paper when ordered to do so by the Bishop of Leiria and with Our Lady's permission.
For one thing..... the Orthodox Church was no longer suppressed.
Our problem now is the apostasy of the West. People are turning from faith and goodness, many seeking a secular utopia. In 1982, Sr. Lucia wrote this about the "Third Secret" (the vision of a Pope, bishops, and masses of faithful being martyred)
FYI: This was written to the Holy Father, several months after he was shot in an assassination attempt.“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).
The third part of the secret is a symbolic revelation, referring to this part of the Message, conditioned by whether we accept or not what the Message itself asks of us: ‘If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, etc.'.
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”.
We are still inflicting great pain and suffering upon ourselves. [60 million American children have been murdered in the name of "freedom."]
Yet Mary gave us a promise of hope. She said, “my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” We can still repent, make reparations, and restore what we have lost.