Keep It Simple is a good rule to help us stay on the true path in the post-Vatican II confusion and wreckage of the faith.

Much of the confusion results from faithful Catholics and even hierarchy not knowing the basics of their faith.  Readers ask about  various “apparitions”  which seem to them to be pious and helpful. There is also a steady drip of those who seek to promote false visions and false prophets; many of whom visited Garabandal or Medjugorje and decided to start their own cottage industry of pious frauds.

At times, readers point out that a particular “apparition” has the approval of the local Bishop.  That happens as a result of the disorientation caused by the Church’s defiance of Our Lady’s Message of Fatima. Disobedience breeds confusion.  When you see disobedience and confusion, you are seeing the hand of satan in the Church.

The remedy is the same as always, return to the last point at which there was the certainty of the true faith: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If the proposed devotion contradicts or distracts from these vital devotions, turn away!

Today, the faithful are by turns confused, misled and eventually battered into indifference by the failure of the hierarchy to provide true guidance. It has helped me considerably to simply adhere to the rule of obeying the requests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That little rule excludes all these diverting, even contradictory  apparitions and messages which are promoted by unscrupulous bloggers to boost page views and often, to bring in revenue..

But since questions continue, here are a few particulars:

God is always the same, He is never going to command one thing today and then contradict Himself at a later date. This is the all-pervasive error of modernism, that God’s truth evolves to meet new situations.  Example: The Ten Commandments are as relevant today as they were in the time of Moses. By adhering to this simple rule, we avoid being misled by the false teachings of the current occupants of the Vatican on marriage and the Sacraments.

In the same vein, when God makes a demand on us, He does not withdraw it even if centuries go by without our obedience to His command. This means that Our Lord’s request to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque for public devotion to His Sacred Heart is just as imperative in 2018 as it was in 1689. The command of Our Lord Jesus Christ has not diminished in urgency in all this time; in fact, it weighs more heavily in the balance against us as time passes.

The Message of Fatima is organically coherent with that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In it Our Lord Himself requests that devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary be placed alongside of devotion to His most Sacred Heart.  There is absolutely no contradiction between these two devotions. They are united, complementary, that is, they complement, complete, and strengthen each other, even as the Hearts ofJesus and Mary are united. There is a beautiful theology there, which is totally consonant with all of the true faith, and an unending source of edification and grace.  There is no need or benefit from distracting apparitions, even if they at times may seem pious or at least innocuous.

After Fatima, the Catholic world was flooded with apparitions and today many even have the approval of the sorts of Bishops which have plagued the Church since the revolution of Vatican II. But if we simply use our common sense, (that is our Catholic sense!) we  readily discern that true devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary does not benefit from most of these new devotions.

For instance, we know that Jesus asked St. Margaret Mary Alacoque for public and private veneration for the image of His Most Sacred Heart. And we know that at Fatima, Our Lady told us that Our Lord wants the Church to establish devotion to her Immaculate Heart by means of her Rosary and First Saturdays of Reparation to her Immaculate Heart and for this devotion to be placed alonside of devotion to His Sacred Heart.

And yet, Sister Faustina’s Divine Mercy devotion would have us believe that within the same timeframe of the Fatima request,  that Jesus was also appearing to Faustina requesting a different devotion, this time to an image which omits His Sacred Heart and requires the use of Our Lady’s Rosary to recite prayers which supplant her own prayers, approved by countless popes, encyclicals, saints and centuries of thoroughly Catholic piety. Why would Jesus ask for this different devotion when the earlier requests for devotion to the Immaculate Heart and the even earlier request for the Sacred Heart devotion, were not fulfilled?

Ask yourself, does this new devotion further the propagation of the earlier devotion?

Applying the same rule to the apparitions of Akita and Our Lady of Nations, we see the difference in the two: Akita’s message simply points to the suppressed portion of the Message of Fatima, reinforcing it, while the false Lady of Nations diverts attention in another direction, leading the faithful to actions which do not fulfill the commands of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Once again, the requests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary must be our guiding rule.

Another way of expressing this rule is: the earlier approved devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary take precedence over any proposed new message of devotion. If the proposed new devotion does not help us to fulfill the commands of the earlier devotion, then turn away and refocus on the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. Obedience first, last and always.

At Return to Fatima, we urge all faithful to  Consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and live our Consecrations in all the daily duties of our lives. There is no need for seeking after newer devotions, newer prophecies, more and more knowledge. We find our inspiration in Eucharistic Adoration (in a truly Catholic Church) in the sacraments and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in our Rosaries, offering all to Jesus through the Immaculata: “O Jesus it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

It is such a practical, clear solution to the confusion: Look to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, heed their requests, devote ourselves to living as they have asked us to live. It is simple, even a child can do it, as Saints Jacinta and Francisco showed us one hundred years ago!

previously posted on

Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

† . Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† . Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† . Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† . St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† . St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Saving our souls in faith’s dark night


A thoughtful reader remarked recently that it seemed that there has been an “agenda” in everything I have republished lately, and he is correct. I was pleasantly surprised that anyone noticed! A few years back  we had our Reflections Newsletter and I composed the articles in order to lead readers to think about the meaning behind events. But I don’t believe many understood. Looking at one issue of Reflections, from May of 2020, I noticed:

In the first article, the interview Sister Lucia gave to Father Augustin Fuentes in December, 1957, she explains that “the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way the devil will succeed in leaving the souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.” Also, “The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls…” 

In that, I was hammering again on the need to support our priests with prayer and sacrifice/penance. A favorite theme of mine.

But here is another important quote I’d like you to take to heart:

“Each person must not only save his own soul but also all the souls that God has placed on our path… The devil does all in his power to distract us and to take away from us the love for prayer; we shall be saved together or we shall be damned together.”

Continue reading “Saving our souls in faith’s dark night”

Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

In His revelations to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque from 1673-1675, Our Lord Jesus Christ asked that He be “honored under the figure of His heart of flesh …  environed with flames, crowned with thorns, and surmounted by a cross”.  The Divine Mercy devotion removes the Sacred Heart from the image of Jesus.

It seems self-evident that there is a contradiction here. Did Jesus ever explain to Sister Faustina why He changed His mind? Let’s discuss this.

In His approved revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Our Lord specifically asked for devotion to the image of His Sacred Heart.

In the words of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque:

“One day, on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, after Holy Communion, the Heart of Jesus was represented to me as on a throne, formed of fire and flames, shedding rays on every side and brighter than the sun. The wound which He received upon the Cross was clearly visible; a crown of thorns encircled the Sacred Heart, and it was surmounted by a cross.

“Our divine Savior gave me to understand that those instruments of the Passion signified that the source of all His sufferings had been the boundless love of His Heart for men; that all those torments and insults had been placed before Him, from the first moment of His Incarnation; and that the Cross was, so to say, planted in His Heart, from that moment. And then, from that same moment, He accepted all the sorrows and humiliations which His sacred humanity was to suffer during the course of His mortal life, together with all the outrages to which He was to expose Himself to the end of time for the love of mankind by dwelling amongst them in the Blessed Sacrament.”

Continue reading “Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart of Jesus”

His Word Like a Fire in My Heart


Posted on July 21, 2020 by evensong

For years now, in several posts, I have posted warnings about following false leaders who attempt to deceive you, and lead you astray. I have tried to point out the urgent necessity for Catholics to Return to the Message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima. I have not so far noticed any indication that the message is being picked up by the Catholic opinion leaders. Quite the opposite.

The following is yet another warning against following the leaders now rallying behind Archbishop Vigano. Their delusion, while disheartening is not unexpected to those who have been paying attention. For those leaders who interview and quote each other endlessly, form an echo chamber than can no longer hear aught but their own voices.

Flattering the “Children of Light”

By casting their support behind Archbishop Vigano the fifty-something traditional luminaries have hitched their wagon to yet another fallen star. Abp. Vigano has severely compromised his credibility by his public endorsement of U. S. President Donald Trump, lauded by him as leader along with himself of “the children of light”, “offspring of the Woman”. The best discussion of Abp. Vigano’s Letter to Trump is found in James Larson’s article, “Archbishop Viganò, Donald Trump and the Americanist Delusion of Traditional Catholics”, which we posted July 18 and can also be found along with much more information on Mr. Larson’s site, “The Rosary to the Interior”, linked in our sidebar at right.

Our Lady of the Rosary, the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, has clearly stated, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” And our Lord Jesus Christ confirmed the same to Sister Lucia, “She will do it because it has been given to her.” St. Louis de Montfort has written on this as well. Her victory will be through her Immaculate Heart, not through a man like Trump who has three living wives (at that time. One has since died I believe.) and supports LGBTQetc. agenda, publicly states that he has never done anything to confess. I am not aware that Mr. Trump is even seeking to be reconciled with the one true faith without which no one may be saved.

The Second Joyful Mystery

To understand the problem here, we need look no further than the Second Joyful Mystery: As soon as the Blessed Virgin became the Mother of Our Savior, she immediately went to Elizabeth, her kinswoman. Sacred Scripture tells us she went in haste. This is because Christ demanded it. No time should be wasted in driving Satan out of John. Immediately upon coming near, at the voice of the Virgin Mother, John leapt in Elizabeth’s womb, thrilled to be freed from original sin by Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Immaculata. For John was to be the precursor, his baptisms preparing the way for Our Savior.

In order to serve Our Lord, both the Immaculata and John the Baptist had to be in a state of grace. Put another way, those who will serve the Victory of the Immaculata will be prepared by sanctifying grace. Yes, some will say, but “God writes straight with crooked lines” and other such cliches. True, God can make use of evil, and frequently does, to accomplish His will, but those who are not in a state of sanctifying grace, who indeed find no need for it, do not get to be lauded as “children of light”, even “offspring of the Woman”. The victory will be won despite them, not due to their good qualities whatever they may be.

The world is on the brink of a tremendous crisis and there is almost no facet of this complex issue that has not been co-opted by the dark forces of the ancient adversary, including those posing as “children of light”. However, many today are so blinded by their own importance that they are unable to see the need for humility and great self-sacrifice, great penance. They will not be able to understand this unless we gain for them what they lack. Readers, we must intensify our prayers, our penances to help those who cannot or will not help themselves.

Just Read Jeremias!

In September 10, 2019, I wrote:

Readers are tired of me writing posts like the following one, and I am discouraged to repeat myself – From here on out, just read Jeremias. That poor man warned God’s Chosen people for many years and they despised him and his message. They preferred their own ways, which did not involve acknowledging any sin on their part, any need for repentance or reparation. Eventually the chastisement so long withheld caught up with them, devastation and desolation followed and a chastened people received a period of peace. It is ever the same. Worldly people prefer worldly remedies for their problems. When the problems are spiritual, this is never a good idea. And when the secular solutions totally ignore the urgent Message from God’s own Mother, it only makes greater suffering for all. All.

When I wrote the original of this post, it was in response to the Barnhardt/Gracida thesis that “Francis is an anti-pope, Benedict is the true pope. Spread the word.” Those subscribing to that are unaware or indifferent to the fact that “Good Pope Benedict” is an unrepentant instigator of the errors of Vatican II that that have come to flower in “Bad Pope Francis”. In the latest development, we now see the Americanist Vigano being proclaimed as our spiritual leader.

The professional trad elite who are rallying their followers behind Abp. Vigano believe that they are commanding some sort of groundswell to grasp victory in the next conclave. That is not only a foolish pipe dream, but a dangerous one. To grasp this, simply return to the quote above: Until Our Lady of Fatima is obeyed every worldly action taken will backfire. Every one.

The problem in all this is the simplistic attitude that we can all unite and remove this “false pope” as though we were merely taking out the garbage. The Church is the creation of Our Lord Jesus Christ Who built it upon the rock of the papacy, an absolute monarchy. That was not some kind of “Divine mistake”! This absolute monarchy means that God reserves to Himself the final right to remove an errant pope.


The purpose of a spiritual chastisement is to humble the faithful when they have become arrogant and disobedient. That is, to call us to return humbly and with contrite hearts, to a childlike reliance on God, for we are called to be His children, and He did not give us His permission to run the Church. We are foolish if we think that we are exempt from following the commands of Our Lady of Fatima, and free to follow our own will.

When a true spiritual leader arises within the Church, he will not promote the message of Our Lady of Fatima by the use of the treacly cliches of the Gospa of Civitavecchia/Medjugorje. He will not link himself to a compromised secular leader or flatter his followers by assuring them that they are “mature, … desire to do good, to be honest, to raise a family, to engage in work, to give prosperity to their homeland, to help the needy, and, in obedience to the Law of God, to merit the Kingdom of Heaven.” Flattery!

No, the true Catholic leader chosen by Our Lady will fearlessly proclaim to us all that we have all fallen into sin, we have offended God and must stop offending Him. We must turn from our sins, repent, convert, make reparation, and beseech God to create in us a pure heart, to seek first the kingdom of God.

For your soul’s sake, I urge you to understand that it is not God who flatters you, echoes your own convictions back to and offers you facile solutions (such as, you can vote your way out of this) to deeply spiritual problems. Flattery is a tool of the devil.

That does not rule out the need for action. Not at all! It means that until hearts are turned, and Our Lady’s message at Fatima is fulfilled, the worldly methods will not only fail to be effective, they will exacerbate the problem.

Until Our Lady of Fatima is obeyed every worldly action taken will backfire. And obstinacy in this regard will wreak havoc on the immortal souls of those who persist in error.

Only she can help us because only the pure of heart will have place in this victory. Not the arrogant intelligentsia. Not the worldly persisting in sin, indifferent to the laws of the Church. By setting up false leaders, promoting false devotions, Msgr. Vigano only offends God and the Immaculata. Nothing good can come of it, except as a cautionary tale when it all comes to disaster.


How will the Church survive this attack? In the same way as her Master suffered, died and was buried; the Bride of Christ will seem to have been vanquished, but that will be the moment when the tide will turn. Actually, quite literally. There will be no doubt at that time as to Who is the Head of the Church. But just as we cannot have the Resurrection without the Passion and Death of Our Lord, so we will not have the restoration of the faith until satan has played his hand. Remember Luke’s account of Christ’s appearance to His disciples at Emmaus, when He said to them, “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and so to enter into His glory?” As then, so now, there will be great suffering.

This would be enough to make us despair if we did not know that all this has been foretold. We know what to expect, and in that regard, we are blessed in a way that the Magdalene and the Apostles were not. They witnessed their beloved Christ suffer humiliation, torture and a horrible death, without understanding why this had to be. Today, we witness the Bride of Christ suffering, but now we know why this is happening and we know the remedy –  if we will only heed it.

As Our Lord’s followers walked away from the tomb where they had laid Our Lord, into the desolate, gathering gloom, none could even conceive of the possibility of a glorious Resurrection. Only His Mother knew without the slightest shred of doubt that He was triumphant. But we, privileged with hindsight, realise that this disheartening chaos will have a resolution in God’s own good time. Meanwhile, there will be much suffering and immense sorrow as many souls will be scandalized. We must dedicate all our efforts to prayer and sacrifice to save souls in this horrific battle. For we shall have to answer for all those souls entrusted to us. Remember why we are here!

The Only Remedy for a Bad Pope

The Holy Catholic Church is established by Christ, and He is the true Head of the Church. Our Lord did not “make a mistake” when He gave the supreme power of the Church to the Pope, making him an absolute monarch. No, it was no mistake – it was Our Lord’s divine wisdom because thereby the only way a bad pope can be remedied is by Our Lord’s intervention. And to understand Our Lord’s intervention, we return once again to Fatima, and even before Fatima, to Paray-le-monial and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. We know that in these latter times, Our Lord has given us devotion to His Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother. Now, to understand this particular aspect of Fatima’s message, that is, the chastisement, we find it helpful to read back over the Old Testament Books like Jeremias. When you do begin reading Jeremias, it gets a bit challenging, going through many chapters of Jeremias warning the Jews in some pretty harsh words, to repent their sins. And on and on it goes, warning after warning and Jeremias is challenged and the people and their leaders refuse to hear him and choose instead, to follow false prophets who preach what they prefer to hear.

Jeremias was a strong man,  given his task by God.  I am only a foolish old woman, unworthy of this task which I have utterly failed at. At least this frees me to spend more time doing what I urge all readers to do: Pray the Rosary, make of everything a sacrifice of reparation to console Our Lord and His most Blessed Mother and as always, pray for you all!


Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

Open your hearts to the Lord and serve Him only: and He will free you from the hands of your enemies. With all your heart return to Him, and take away from your midst any strange gods” (I Kings 7:3)

✝︎  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
✝︎  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
✝︎  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
✝︎ St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

The gods of the gentiles . . .

Sometimes it is helpful to look back, and so I am reposting a small post from back in the days of the Synod of Darkness when the  Vatican’s occupiers met and honored an Amazonian fertility goddess. Strange bedfellows indeed!

Long time readers recognised the actions of adoring the devil in the guise of “pachamama” immediately and have been quietly offering reparation for this great evil. This evil was not unexpected – it must be that satan openly flaunts his power in the Vatican – he is impatient to be manifest after all.

This naked pregnant woman – what does she represent? the idol’s immodest appearance is the reverse of the modesty of Our Lady and the appearance of fertility is the satanic reverse of true fertility for the “god” she serves demands, in place of the Holy Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the blood sacrifice of millions of unborn innocents.  And the wretched men behind this synod,  promote the UN’s anti-life climate agenda, including abortion and contraception.

We have written on this so many times! On October 13, 1917, Our Lady of the Rosary begged that we “must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.” (link) And yet, 100+ years later, here we are!

Indeed, Lucifer himself has been enthroned in the Vatican for many years as Father Malachi Martin asserted and of which we have written often. See here. And we have chronicled the many proofs that this papacy serves the ancient enemy of Christ in many articles. That this Bergoglian Reformation serves satan is detected by any Catholic with an intact sense of faith, i.e., any Catholic in a state of grace. So many of you shared with me your sense of dread and doom when Bergoglio walked onto that loggia with Danneels at his side. And you are the ones who have been quietly living the message of Fatima each day, each night in prayerful recollection, offering up penances, daily sacrifices, prayers and alms in reparation and for the conversion of sinners.

We are in the time in which the Sacrifice is to be suppressed and the Ancient Enemy is enthroned in the Sanctuary, as we see in the Vatican’s unholy ceremonies. Note this, the Enemy requires human souls in his own satanic worship. Thus we have Pope Francis eagerly turning over millions of Chinese faithful to certain martyrdom, and encouraging massive immigration of muslims into once Christian countries which will inevitably bring great harvest of souls for satan. This bloodshed of both souls for the devil and martyrs for the Faith is necessary and is a great sign for these times.

It may be that we shall come to the point where all will be separated and set at odds with one another. Unable to have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we will have our rosaries, in our hearts at least. It may be that a false pope, seeming to be better, but actually even worse than the present occupant, will be given to afflict us still more. If that happens, it will only be because of the obstinate refusal of the “faithful”. We cannot please Our Lord unless we obey the Immaculata. To her alone has the victory been given. She is the true Mother of the Church.


The passage above is being fulfilled in these times, just six months later. Masked people, distancing themselves, fearful of others, isolated in their homes, economy collapsing, abortion deemed an “essential service”, yet the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is banned, even with the complicity of our religious leaders.

Do not be perturbed by these things! The Chastisement continues until reparation is made, one way or the other.

“Who God possesses in nothing is wanting. Alone God suffices.”

Despite everything to the contrary, the loving, generous obedience of the children of her Immaculate Heart will bring to Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary, Queen of the Church, her long-awaited victory.

For a good article on Pachamama at Pope Francis’s occupied Vatican, see: Rorate Caeli, Was a demon enthroned at the Synod?”  

Originally posted on : October 19, 2019  by : evensong

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
†  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Fatima, Akita and the Chastisement

posted on : october 13, 2015  by : evensong

“The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness.
If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.”

NOTE April 25, 2020. This restored post, written in 2015, is updated  at the end of the post. evensong

Today is the 98th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun that marked Our Lady’s Sixth Visit to Fatima. it is also the 42nd anniversary of Our Lady’s visit to Akita. Akita’s message seems primarily to emphasize the warnings of Fatima, but it too, failed or rather the Church failed to heed it.

On October 13, 1917, a miracle occurred, witnessed by between 70,000 and 100,000 people. The miracle defied the laws of physics and was verified by witnesses who were Masons, atheists and anti-Christians as well as by the faithful. The day, month and hour had been predicted before hand.

When Our Lady appeared to the children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia at this Sixth Apparition, her final words to them were, “…I am Our Lady of the Rosary. Continue to say the Rosary every day. …. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. Then, growing sadder, “They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.”

As Our Lady took leave of the children and rose, she spread her hands, which emitted brilliant rays of light. As she pointed towards the sun, the light from her hands brightened the very sun itself. At this precise moment, the crowds gathered there were astonished to see the dark clouds dispersed and the sky clear. And then the sun, which appeared as a brightly polished mother of pearl disc, began to spin, zig-zag and throw off brilliant flashes of light, blue and violet and golden yellow.

Then it suddenly began hurtling towards the earth, while the crowds screamed and fell to their knees in  terror. Just as suddenly as it started, it was over and the sun resumed its place. As people sighed with relief and thanked God, all were amazed that the muddy field was dry and their own shoes and clothes were dry and clean. This is a vivid and clear visual lesson in the power which God grants to His beloved Mary. She gave brightness to the sun, she commanded the sun and it obeyed her. The additional miracle of the entire Cova and all the multitudes drying out and becoming clean in a mere 15 minutes is just as unexplainable a miracle. There is a message here which we will return to in next post.

Now, let’s consider the message of our Lady’s words to the children. The first point we notice is the emphasis on the Rosary; as she had promised, she told them her name: Our Lady of the Rosary, Then she urged them to pray the Rosary daily. There is a very important message here, to which we will return shortly. Next, “People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins.”  Compare this message of amending our lives, begging God for pardon for our sins and stop offending Him, compare this to the constant message of our Merciful® Pontiff, welcoming all sinners, “meeting them where they are” and  accompanying them, dialoging endlessly. Recently one of the Synod leaders proclaimed that they are eliminating the distinction between sin and the sinner. This is modernese for abolishing the concept of sin, ergo, no need to repent, no need to amend our lives.

So what do you think? After 98 years, how do we stand on obeying this Woman clothed with the Sun, who commands the sun and the forces of nature and they obey her?

On October 13, 1973, 56 years after that 1917 visit and 13 years after the 1960 deadline had passed without obedience, Our Lady appeared again. It was a subtler, but sterner message, no spectacular solar events, just blood, sweat and tears, symbols of suffering, and a dire warning. Our Lady of Akita’s message on this day, 42 years ago is even more relevant now in this time of the Synod, which afflicts entire Mystical Body of Christ so grievously.

Our Lady of Akita’s Message

“… if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests.”

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests). Churches and altars will be sacked. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

“The demon will be especially implacable against the souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.”

“. . . Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved.“

Well, that was in 1973 and much has changed in these 42 years hasn’t it? It is all too clear that the faithful have not repented and the only changes have been for the worse. How many prelates have gone through the world, rallying Catholics to the messages of Fatima and Akita? 

Did John Paul II warn those gathered in Assisi or the crowds who thronged to greet him everywhere he went, “Repent, stop offending God, do penance, make reparation, or you will all go down to hell!”? No, he did not even pray the Fatima decade prayer. He could have issued a Moto Proprio instituting the First Saturdays as specially indulgenced days when offered as Our Lady requested. Nope, he didn’t do that either. Did Pope Benedict, who said that Akita was essentially the same as Fatima, command Catholics to perform the Reparation ordered by either of those two appearances? Why not? Why has no pope done even a modicum of what Our Lady asked for?

Prayer of Our Lady of Akita

“Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Sacred Heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father pleading for the coming of His Kingdom. Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as You will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.

Most Holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from your Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as your special child. Amen.”

Our next post will address those questions and explore the meanings of the symbols. We’ll look at the messages within the context of the Synod and the ongoing revolution in the Church today. It’s clear that the time allotted to us to repent and amend our lives is nearly up. Let us make good use of the present time, for the darkness comes.

Restored April 25, 2020

UPDATE 4-25-2020: There is a concerted effort to appropriate the message of Akita to the false devotion in Amsterdam, “The Lady of all nations who once was Mary.” This is a typical post-conciliar devotion, approved by Novus Ordo Bishops. complicit in the Novus Ordo Mass, which is an on-going sacrilege against the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

This false image of “The Lady of all nations” demands recognition of her titles as a remedy for our times. Really. In contrast, at Fatima, Our Lady demands “Do not offend Him any more for He is already much offended.” She constantly refers us to her Divine Son, our Savior, which is consistent with Our Lady of Knock, who never ceased looking up to Heaven in prayer.  There is a strong similarity in this false apparition with that demanded by the false devotion to Saint Joseph, where he is demanding devotion to himself, a thing unheard of until these utterly self-absorbed times. True devotion to Saint Joseph honors him within the context of his devotion to Jesus and Mary and is an aid to our devotion to them.

A good Rule of thumb: Whatever promotes true devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts and does not distract or alter the established devotions. Note this well, it is highly improbable, if not impossible for a Bishop who is complicit in the Novus Ordo Mass to be a reliable spiritual guide regarding these false apparitions. Besides, why seek other apparitions when we have the perfect and totally traditional devotions of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts? Are Jesus and Mary not enough? What more does one receive from these false images?

It has been said that when men make idols they make them into their own image. The false image of The Lady – not Our Lady – is all about promoting herself, instead of drawing us to Lord Jesus Christ, the true goal of devotion to Mary, False devotions do not appeal to those who truly hear the Message of Our Lady of the Rosary. But God’s loving providence allows these false devotions in this time of winnowing. Soon we shall see them consumed by the chastisement.

The prophecy of Akita is only worthwhile insofar as it pertains to the Message of Fatima. The revelations we must focus on are the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Part II of this post: Fatima, Akita and the Chastisement, II

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

 Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
 Saint Joseph, patron of families, protect our families, protect  our priests!
 St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
~ by evensong, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

The Message of Fatima and the Way of Divine Love – Updated

After I published the post below, I was reminded that the Way of Divine Love may be confused with the false devotion to the Divine Mercy. That devotion was condemned by the same Pope, Pius XII who approved Sister Josefa’s Way of Divine Love. The revelations of Divine Mercy were also condemned twice by Pope John XXIII’s Holy Office. In fact, the image itself was condemned. It was not until John Paul II got his saint-making factory geared up that we had the novelty of a false apparition being proclaimed by a Pope.

The Divine Mercy image itself mocks the beautiful image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Instead of pointing to His Heart, pierced by a lance, encircled in cruel thorns (our sins) and burning with love for souls, we have a strange image purporting to be Jesus pointing to His chest. No heart because no suffering, no suffering because no sin. No sin means mercy unconditional, right in line with the post-conciliar church’s emphasis on universal salvation. No “solemn nonsense” here!

Sister Faustina, in her writings claims that Jesus told her that,  “I am uniting Myself with you so intimately as with no other creature.” (Divine Mercy in My Soul, The Diary of Sr. Faustina, Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 1987, p. 288) By that one quote Sister Faustina  claims that Jesus esteems her higher than the Blessed Virgin Mary! There are many other similar quotes in her writings. And so it becomes clear that the devotion to the Divine Mercy offers no real benefit that cannot be received through devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The distinction between the Way of Divine Love and the false Divine Mercy is that the Way of Divine Love teaches us that God’s love for us is inseparable from His justice and that love entails reparation. That is essential in these times. The false devotion to the Divine Mercy reflects the entire post Vatican emphasis on the saccharin “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” It appeals to the lmodernist church of today where the only true sinners are those who obey the Church’s true teachings.

The Way of Divine Love

“I would like them to know how much I desire their perfection, and that it consists in doing their ordinary actions in intimate union with Me. If they once grasped this, they could divinize their life and all their activities by this close union with My Heart"Sister Josefa Menendez received her apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus while cloistered in the Convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Poitiers, France from 1920 through 1923 when she died. The messages which she received from the Sacred Heart of Jesus are completely complementary with the message of Fatima and are especially beneficial in carrying out the commands given by Our Lord to Sister Lucia that we offer to Him as a sacrifice, all our daily duties.

As I continue my preparation for the renewal of my Total Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary on December 8th, Sister Josefa’s book, The Way of Divine Love has been a wonderful help. It is published by TAN and has an endorsement by Pope Pius XII. I strongly recommend it! Here is a good excerpt from it, although almost any page would have yielded a similar result, it is that packed with beautiful inspirations! From pages 213-215:

“Write for My souls…The soul who constantly unites her life with Mine glorifies Me and does a great work for souls. Thus, if engaged on work of no value in itself…if she bathes it in My Blood or unites it to the work I myself did during My mortal life, it will greatly benefit souls ... more perhaps, than if she had preached to the whole world … and that, whether she studies, speaks or writes … whether she sews, sweeps or rests … provided first that the act is sanctioned by obedience or duty and not done from mere caprice; and secondly that it is done in intimate union with Me, with great purity of intention and covered with My Blood.

“I so much want souls to understand this! It is not the action itself which is of value; it is the intention with which it is done. … I have many hidden souls who in their humble labors are very useful workers in My vineyard, for they are moved by love, and they know how to cover their deeds with supernatural gold by bathing them in My Blood. My love goes so far that My souls can draw great treasure out of mere nothing. When as soon as they wake they unite themselves to Me and offer their whole day with a burning desire that My Heart may use it for the profit of souls … when with love they perform their duties, hour by hour and moment by moment … how great is the treasure they amass in one day!”

“I will reveal My love to them more and more … it is inexhaustible, and how easy it is for a loving soul to let itself be guided by love.”

The following day, Our Lord told Sister Josefa:

“I would like them to know how much I desire their perfection, and that it consists in doing their ordinary actions in intimate union with Me. If they once grasped this, they could divinize their life and all their activities by this close union with My Heart … and how great is the value of a divinized day! … When a soul is burnt up with desire to love, nothing is a burden to her, but if she feels cold and spiritless everything becomes hard and difficult … let her then come to My Heart to revive her courage … Let her offer Me her dejection and unite it to My fervor; then she may rest content, for her day will be of incomparable value to souls. All human miseries are known to My Heart, and My compassion for them is great.” …

“But I desire souls to unite themselves to Me not only in a general way. I long for this union to be constant and intimate as it is between friends who live together, for even if they are not talking all the time, at least they look at each other, and their mutual affectionate little kindnesses are the fruit of their love.”

“… But if she (soul) is in the throes of desolation and anguish, she need not fear. I am content with a glance, I understand and this mere look will draw down on her special proofs of My tenderness. I will repeat again to souls how My Heart loves them for I want them to know Me thoroughly that they may make me known to those I place in their care.”

“I ardently desire My chosen souls to fix their eyes on Me and never turn them away .. and among them there should be no mediocrity, which usually is the result of a misunderstanding of My love. No! It is neither difficult nor hard to love My Heart, but on the contrary, it is sweet and easy. They need do nothing extraordinary to attain a high degree of love: purity of intention, be the action great or small … intimate union with My Heart and love will do the rest.”

Once I discovered, by God’s grace, Our Lady of Fatima’s true message, I struggled mightily with the task of offering my daily duties as reparation, but quickly became discouraged. And then, once again by praying to Sister Lucia to help me, I discovered Sister Josefa’s marvelously simple “Way of Divine Love” and it has profited me immensely! I wish I could express to you how valuable this book is and hope that by reading the above excerpt you will be inclined to obtain a copy. It is also available as a Kindle download. Both versions are reasonably priced.

Now here is a neat coincidence: Sister Josefa’s sister Angela entered the Carmel of Coimbra, Portugal where she was Mistress of Novices when Sister Lucia entered the Carmel! Wouldn’t you love to have been able to be a “fly on the wall” at their meetings!

The thing I like about Sister Josefa’s message is that it is balanced. As you read her life, you cannot help but be impressed by the sacrificial nature of it – the diabolical attacks, the descents into Hell itself, the great suffering, but also the peace and joy that came from total oblation to the will of God, total union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It seems clear to me that Sister Josefa’s messages comply perfectly with Sister Lucia’s.

We are now going through such challenging times and this pope may well have yet more misery in store for us; but we have been given such tremendous blessings! We know that the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus will sustain us and our loved ones and that they have provided us with a safe passage through the chaos and the shortest path to union with them.

Thanks be to God!

Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!