Consecration Said To Have Prevented Nuclear Event
By Michael H. Brown
There were two huge developments during the last week for those who followed Fatima. That's the site where Mary appeared to three shepherd children in 1917, of course, and the major drama was an announcement from the Vatican that the lone surviving seer, Lucia dos Santos, who is in her nineties and still cloistered in a convent at Coimbra, has verified that the third secret was revealed in full and that a major request at Fatima -- that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart -- was successfully completed on March 25, 1984, by Pope John Paul II.
Little known is the fact that Sister Lucia has also indicated the 1984 consecration prevented a nuclear war that otherwise would have occurred in 1985. She told this to Cardinal Ricardo Vidal of the Philippines upon his visit with her in 1993 -- and indeed 1985 was a time of severe Cold War tensions. The third secret, we must remember, showed an angel about to torch the earth.
We have reported this previously but it is crucial to mention now that the world has concerns about another nuclear event -- whether a terrorist smuggling one into the U.S. or an exchange initiated from nations like India, Pakistan, Korea, or Iraq.
Something is in the wind, and we are called -- especially at a powerful time like Christmas -- to pray about it.
Last year the Pope entrusted the world again to the Virgin and in retrospect we now see how crucial it was for a year of such turmoil. Who knows what would have happened if he had not done that -- and who knows how many events have been prevented since September 11 by your prayers. It is for good reason that the Pope has called for fasting -- which can prevent war and suspend natural laws.
The other major development was word that Russian President Vladimir Putin is allegedly "a true Christian". We don't know what to make of it as yet but it is claimed he goes to confession at an Orthodox church and receives Communion. At Fatima the Virgin had said that if Russia was consecrated it would be converted.
Is this true conversion?
While there are those who might argue that the Orthodox Church, though Christian, does not constitute "conversion" (since it is still separate from Rome, which certainly troubles us), it is a long way from the atheism that has dominated that nation for nearly a century and new polls show church attendance gaining in Russia as it declines in the West. Russia still has a long way to go, but it was said at Fatima that the consecration would stop it from spreading its errors around the world.
To a large extent, that has happened; the spread of atheism, at least from Russia, has halted; but what of the prophecy of a "period of peace"? In 1917 the Virgin had predicted that "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."
Sister Lucia indicated that those words pertained to the end of East European Communism. But it is a "period," which by definition is a limited time, and while the 1990s indeed saw a period of unprecedented peace (at least in the global military sense, and certainly in the context of the Cold War, as well as in the context of the last 2,000 years, which has seen virtually nonstop European combat), we see now how quickly peace can slip from our grasp and that with the fulfillment of Fatima may now come the era of the secrets of Medjugorje
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