Father Fuentes had an interview with Sister Lucy in 1957. This is what Sister Lucy told him:
"Father, the Blessed Virgin is very sad because no one heeds her message; neither the good nor the bad. The good continue on with their life of virtue and apostolate, but they do not unite their lives to the message of Fatima. Sinners keep following the road of evil because they do not see the terrible chastisement about to befall them. Believe me, Father, God is going to punish the world and very soon. The chastisement of heaven is imminent.
In less than two years, 1960 will be here and the chastisement of heaven will come and it will be very great. Tell souls to fear not only the material punishment that will befall us if we do not pray and do penance but most of all the souls who will go to hell."
-Exact words of Sister Lucy (visionary at Fatima) in an interview with the Rev. Fr. Augustin Fuentes on December 26th, 1957
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What was Sister Lucy referring to?
Many Fatima followers believe that the chastisement began in the 1960's and it was the removal of the hand of God upon us. It is not His Will but our will that caused this to happen. We were disobedient to Our Lady, Queen and Mother - we did not pray - we did not do penance - we did not amend our lives!
The Exaltation of the Cross is a Feast that we should seek to try to share in the sufferings of Christ which are also the sufferings of Our Lady. He continues to suffer as we reject His Ways - and we are witnessing that it is not only those who reject Christ who are causing Him to suffer but those within the Church itself!
Father Frederick Faber once said:
"We must remember that if all the manifestly good men were on one side and all the manifestly bad men on the other, there would be no danger of anyone, least of all the elect, being deceived by lying wonders. It is the good men, good once, we must hope good still, who are to do the work of Anti-Christ and so sadly to crucify the Lord afresh…. Bear in mind this feature of the last days, that this deceitfulness arises from good men being on the wrong side."
--Fr. Frederick Faber, Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, 1861
Therefore, we must be careful to study and know our True Faith in order to defend that Truth. If we see that within our Church, we have wolves in sheep's clothing, we must alarm the others and pray for the souls of those who offend Our Lord and Our Lady with their cunning lies and deceitful ways. Souls are at stake! They are falling into Hell! Hell is eternal! No more chances! Does this not stir us to be vigilant? We must remember that and be brave no matter what the consequences. Yes, we will have to be like Simon and carry the cross for Jesus when we defend Him. We will be persecuted but soon this life will be over and we will be standing before Our God and King! We must at all cost defend Him - and with great love for Him and for souls!!
We must be careful to be vigilant! We must know who we are defending and it is NOT other religions. We must defend the one True Faith given to us by Jesus Christ. Here is a quote from a holy priest named Father Michael Muller:
"It is impious to say, 'I respect every religion.' This is as much as to say: I respect the devil as much as God, vice as much as virtue, falsehood as much as truth, dishonesty as much as honesty, Hell as much as Heaven."
--Fr. Michael Müller, The Church and Her Enemies
May we pray to Our Lady of Sorrows whose Feastday follows the Exaltation of the Cross, to be vigilant, brave and faithful to the one True Church of Jesus Christ! May we ask Her to protect us, guide us and give us the necessary graces to be filled with zeal to win for God many many souls for Heaven. May we continue to pray the prayers of Reparation taught at Fatima, offer sacrifices and may we pray daily the Rosary so that one day - Her Immaculate Heart will Triumph in order for Her Son to reign in the hearts of all men.
Our Lady of Sorrows - 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!