Greetings in Jesus and Mary...
We are one day past the feast of the Miracle of the Sun...may we pray that Our Lady would give each of us the miracle of the Son within our souls. God has made Her our Mediatrix of ALL Graces! He is such a loving and good Father! You are probably wondering how I can relate Teresa of Jesus to Fatima...they are hundred of years apart...yet I am relating them with the following words....
I am having conversations within my circle of siblings and with my own children regarding the truths of God which in all honesty can only be recognized with Faith. Faith is a gift of God and can only be received in humility...as all of His gifts are received with humility. Pride seems to be the wall that keeps all truth from penetrating our souls and is the vice of Satan that led him to rather want Hell than Heaven so that he would not have to bow to a God of Truth. He. therefore, led the way to pride and lies.. As Teresa of Jesus stated (her feast day tomorrow)...Humility is Truth. The truth is God is the creator and we are His creatures. Nothing can change that. There are objective truths that we cannot change. For her to state this was very wise; but it is so hard of a concept for us humans to grasp because we are vulnerable to the sin of pride. It is difficult to say we are wrong...It is difficult to say "I am sorry"...It is difficult to say "thank you" ..... It is difficult to give love to one that hates you....It is difficult to accept the Truths of God when they stand in the way of how we "want" to live...It is difficult to embrace a God Who has died for us in humility when we do not know what love is because we are not humble.
Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira stated this about the message of Fatima....
"Finally, the mass of mankind, even the faithful, received the Message of Fatima in a lukewarm way. Even those who accepted it received it lukewarmly. We can see this in the churches, devotional booklets and organizations dedicated to Fatima. They do not focus on the tragic aspect of the Message's dilemma for our times; they transformed Fatima into another “pious” devotion among many others.
What is the reason for this dissimulated denial of the Message? Pride.
They did not recognize that they had sinned; they did not beat their breasts in contrition; they did not recognize that they would be chastised. The result is that the chastisement has arrived and they have not noticed.
This is the way mankind has received the Message of Fatima."
Professor Plinio....writes further.....
"So, the framework of the Message is this: an analysis of the world of the time; an announcement of a chastisement, and a directive on how to escape the chastisement. These are its three basic elements.
Regarding the way to escape the chastisement, the Message is also very clear, very reasonable for a person with Faith. The first thing the Message requests is penance; the second is the consecration to Our Lady.
When someone is being threatened with punishment for a sin, the way for the sinner to escape the chastisement is to cease the sin: the person must stop sinning. This is so evident that it doesn't need any demonstration. The person should amend his life, but that amendment of itself doesn't necessarily mean the elimination of the punishment. What is necessary for that is an act of mercy from God.
The other means to prevent the chastisement is to consecrate the world to Our Lady. It is ultra-theological that God told the world: “Cease sinning and have recourse to My Mother.” And then Our Lady said: “Cease sinning and come to me so that I might hold back the chastisement.”
How should we resort to Our Lady? She told us: through the consecration. She said: “Unite yourselves to me, consecrate yourselves to me so that I may forgive the sin and prevent the punishment from coming.” Nothing could be more reasonable.
We cannot imagine that ignorant children could invent such a thing.
REMINDER: We are all going to leave ALL of this behind...Eternity is forever so let us be humble no matter how it hurts in giving up our will for the Father's Will...Jesus and Mary did...as well as all the saints we love and pray to! We can do this with God's grace!
Pride has always been the pandemic that we should put our scapulars on to protect us from.
May we consecrate ourselves to Our Lady who can show us the way to Her Son with humility. Without her....we will not be able to fight this worldly storm of pride on our own.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
St. Teresa of Jesus, pray for us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!