The Year of Mercy has ended, and a new calendar year is only several days away. Given the state of the world these days, it’s probably a good time to reflect on the state of our souls and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds and hearts to perceive the mysteries of the universe and prepare us for what God has planned for us in 2017 and beyond.
Below this post I’ve attached a video that provides a 38-minute talk by Father Philip Wolfe on the events of Fatima in 1917, including amazing original images of the people who witnessed the great Miracle of the Sun. He includes quotes from eyewitnesses who were a part of this amazing event that has remained in a class of its own throughout the history of the world. I encourage everyone reading this post to be sure to watch the video, as it does a much better job of presenting this topic than I do.
Signs of Judgment in the Heavens
Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the earth a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising and the moon will not shed its light. Isaiah 13:9-10 (Revised Standard Version)
(The people) did not attend nor give credit to the signs that were so evident, and did so plainly foretell their future desolation, but, like men infatuated, without either eyes to see or minds to consider, did not regard the denunciations that God made to them. Thus there was a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city, and a comet, that continued a whole year. Flavius Josephus
The coming of the Judge shall be preceded by fire. “A fire shall go before him” (Psalm 97:3). Fire shall descend from heaven, and shall burn the earth and all things upon the earth. “The earth, and the works that are in it, shall be burnt up” (2 Peter 3:10). Thus palaces, churches, villas, cities, kingdoms, all must be reduced to one heap of ashes. This house, defiled by sins, must be purified by fire. Behold the end of all the riches, pomps, and pleasures of this earth! After the death of all men, “the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise again” (1 Corinthians 15:52). Burke, Dan “On the General Judgment: Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction.” Catholic Exchange, 18 Mar. 2015, www.catholicexchange.com/general-judgment.
Fatima and the Seventh Apparition
In 1916, an angel appeared to three shepherd children of Fatima by the names of Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta to prepare them for six apparitions of Our Lady which would occur in 1917. The first apparition of Our Lady occurred on May 13th at a place called Cova da Iria, and the apparitions continued on the 13th of every month until the final apparition of October 13th. And it was during her first visit that she announced she would return to that place a seventh time.
Fatima specialists differ in their opinions regarding that seventh visit, and there is much speculation as to when that visit will take place; some think it already has. Although many faithful have always believed that seventh apparition to be one in which Our Lady would appear personally to Lucia, there was never any mention of it by Lucia. So it leaves us to wonder if perhaps the seventh apparition has yet to occur?
In these stressful and chaotic times, the Fatima story’s seventh apparition provides the faithful Catholics with something glorious to hope for. It ensures us that she not only has not abandoned us, but that she is also returning one day. I find it interesting that the final apparition is the seventh one. After all, isn’t it true that in numerous places in the Bible we see the number seven appear, and often connected with the purest and holiest of circumstances and events! Holy Scripture is saturated with the number seven, and even if all this provides is a glimmer of hope, in this crazy world that glimmer of hope is at times all we have.