News just broke that an invitation is being sent to “each Bishop” throughout the world to join in the proposed March 25 consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (See Letter of Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, below).
Is it finally happening? Is the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by Our Lady of Fatima actually going to happen on March 25?
NB: Before we examine the letter reproduced above, it is crucial to place Heaven’s request in its proper context, apart from which one is certain to draw faulty conclusions.
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady foretold of the request, saying:
To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she 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. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved; etc…
This request was formally made in 1929 as recounted by Sr. Lucia to whom Our Lady spoke the following:
The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father, in union with all the Bishops of the world, to make the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means. There are so many souls whom the Justice of God condemns for sins committed against me, that I have come to ask reparation: sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray. (Frère Michel, The Whole Truth About Fatima, vol. II, 1989, p. 463).
Let’s begin our effort to place the requested consecration in its proper context with the portion of the 1917 apparition provided above.
“To prevent this…”
“This” most specifically refers to WWII. As Our Lady spoke in 1917, Pope Benedict XV was pope and World War I was raging. She said that the war would end, “but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI.” The consecration of Russia, along with the First Saturday devotion, she said, would prevent this.
The consecration was formally requested (as noted above) in 1929. The degree to which the First Saturday devotion was taken seriously at that time, I do not know. What we do know is that Pope Pius XI did not do the consecration, and ten years later, just as Our Lady had warned, WWII broke out during his pontificate.
From that point forward, Russia has been doing just as Our Lady further warned, spreading her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church, martyring the good, and causing the Holy Father(s) to suffer much.
The only prophetic warning as yet unrealized is the annihilation of various nations.
Despite the accuracy of Our Lady’s prophetic warnings, even going so far as to tell us the name of the pope during WWII – to say nothing of the miracle of the sun on October 13, 1917, which served to authenticate the Heavenly origins of the apparition – still there are those who downplay the gravity of Fatima and the precise nature of the request that was made.
IMPORTANT: At this, let us ask why the consecration of Russia is being made. This alone will provide the context we are seeking to establish! The answer isn’t just as simple as effecting Russia’s conversion or initiating a period of peace. These are promises attached to the consecration once it is carried out, they are not that which gives rise to the request. Our Lady explained the true reason:
“There are so many souls whom the Justice of God condemns for sins committed against me, that I have come to ask reparation…“
The consecration of Russia is being requested as a demand of God’s justice; it is one of the means of reparation in light of that specific nation’s sins and its guilt before God.
[NOTE: Just weeks after the final Fatima apparition in 1917, the “Great October Socialist Revolution” took place in Russia; setting in motion a torrent of severe anti-religious legislative activity that culminated in the 1929 Laws on Separation of Church and State. For more detail on how the Church and her faithful were thus persecuted, please see the post HERE.]
Reparation is not a new or unusual understanding of consecration. Think of a church building that is consecrated for sacred use. If ever it should be desecrated or profaned, it is necessary for the bishop to “repair” the building, to consecrate it once more. When he does so, the consecration is specific to that place; he does not name a neighboring parish as well, much less the entire diocese, just for good measure.
Every nation on earth is the dominion of Christ the King; each one is, therefore, to be baptized – that is, brought into the life of the one true Church – and taught everything whatsoever that He commanded (cf Mt. 28:16-20). In the face of a nation’s grievous sins, consecration serves as fitting means of reparation.
NB: It is Russia’s guilt before Almighty God – that specific nation’s sins and the demands of God’s justice – that serves as the context for the requested consecration.
With this background in place, let’s take a closer look at the letter of Archbishop Pierre. It begins:
In the context of the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine, the Holy Father, Pope Francis will lead an Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25th next.
Already we see a problem for those who would suggest that the March 25 act could possibly fulfill the request of Our Lady of Fatima:
Even apart from the fact that the proposed consecration will not name Russia alone, the context is entirely different. It has nothing whatsoever to do with addressing, and making reparation for, Russia’s guilt before God – guilt that extends well beyond current events – as an exercise of His justice.
In fact, as the Nuncio’s letter makes plain, the March 25 event is focused on Ukraine first and foremost!
As I reported in my previous post, the Unholy See, through diplomatic channels, has given Russia assurances that the intent of this consecration is purely humanitarian; it is being done in light of the temporal condition of innocent people. Confirming what I reported yesterday, Archbishop Pierre even makes specific mention of the role that international diplomacy is playing in the matter, stating:
The same information will be shared with the federal authorities in Washington, D.C. and with the Diplomatic Corps of this capital.
Bottom line: The March 25 consecration is just what one should expect from the conciliar counterfeit church, a humanistic operation clothed in religious imagery in order to deceive the naïve. The fact that an effort is underway to have the bishops of the entire world join in the act is an indication of one thing alone, namely, the lengths to which these charlatans will go in order to mock Our Lady of Fatima.