Russia and our Lady of Fatima
We are all deeply concerned about the escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine. I believe this is all connected with Our Lady’s message at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. It has been the constant teaching of the Catholic Church that Divine Revelation concluded with the death of the last Apostle and that nothing can be added or changed from the revealed Deposit of Faith. That said, the message of Our Lady of Fatima, who appeared to three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, although we would regard it as private revelation, her message is one of vital importance for the entire world, and one which we continue to ignore at our peril.
In July 1917, after showing the three children a vision of Hell, Our Lady said:
“You have seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them God wills to establish throughout the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace. The war is going to end. But if they do not stop offending God, another and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you, that He is about to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. To forestall this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation of the First Saturdays. If they heed my requests, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not she will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting 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, which will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”
The first part of this prophecy was fulfilled exactly as Our Lady said with the ending of the First World War in 1918, and then the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. The final part, although it is yet to be fulfilled, assures us we are not living in the lead up to the end of the world and the coming of the Anti-Christ, because Russia will be converted and a period of peace will be granted to the world. Our Lady asked for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart by the pope in union with the world’s bishops. Various popes since Pius XII have made various consecrations to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, but have not consecrated Russia specifically in union with the bishops of the world. This is a controversial point, but Pope St John Paul II in 1984 made a consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart. He wanted to say Russia, but the diplomats wouldn’t allow him to do so for fear it would cause political problems. Some argue that by consecrating the world, Russia was included. While I don’t doubt that the 1984 Consecration brought benefits, like the collapse of the Iron Curtain, I think we can see that Russia has yet to be converted and the promised period of peace we are still awaiting. Therefore the 1984 Consecration would seem not to have fully satisfied Our Lady’s request. Our Lord Himself, made it known to Sister Lucia in 1931 that the Holy Father will make the Consecration, but that it will be late. Amazingly, the Catholic bishops of Ukraine, this last Ash Wednesday, asked the Pope to consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart as Our Lady requested.
We may have little influence in world politics, but we can all strive to fulfil Our Lady’s requests, by prayer and penance, making the Five First Saturdays Devotion and praying the DAILY Rosary. Let us also use this time in Lent to pray in earnest for peace in the world and for the Pope to be given the grace to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the manner she requested at Fatima.
Fr Paul Gillham, IC