A Cycle of Death and Terror

NOTE at 4:00 pm Jan. 13, 2023: The link to the Lab Leak Hypothesis is restored. Thank you for calling it to my attention.

The following is an essay previously published in our Newsletter, Evensong Reflections. in about 2020, if I recall correctly. The newsletter contained much that I did not post on Return to Fatima, and if there is interest, I’ll publish more.

“Man has the power to unleash a cycle of death and terror, but he is not able to stop it . . . The faith in vast regions of the earth risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel.”
(Pope Benedict XVI, May 13, 2010 at Fatima)

Ten years earlier, as Cardinal Ratzinger he had spoken differently. Now, though, he reversed course, affirming that, “He deceives himself who thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is concluded.” He added: “There are indicated future realities of the Church which little by little are manifesting themselves… and therefore it is the sufferings of the Church which are announced.”

In the article below, which we offer for your archives, we show how three times, popes have come to Fatima on May 13 to speak of the prophetic meaning of Fatima; that is, Pope Paul VI on May 13, 1967, for the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady’s first visit, May 13, 2000, then 33 years later in 2000, Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the Beatification of Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and lastly, in 2010, the above mentioned visit by Benedict XVI.

All three linked the message of Our Lady of Fatima with the Apocalypse, especially Chapter 12, “the Woman clothed with the Sun”, which as you know, was already prefigured in Our Lady of Guadalupe, centuries earlier.

Longtime readers recall our posts discussing Pope Benedict’s prophetic words and the possible meaning of “a cycle of death and terror”. Not long ago, I alluded to this. Other writers have criticized writers like me who offer unsubstantiated opinions on the COVID crisis but frankly, that is precisely what we all do, speculate as to the meaning of current events in the light of sacred scripture, church approved prophecies and so on.

One eminent internet writer has asserted, “For now the only absolute certitude is that the upheaval caused by the pandemic is undermining the process of globalization that has taken place over the last thirty years…,” At the risk of exposing myself to yet more scorn, I offer a differing point of view.

It is my assertion that the COVID crisis occurred because of a longstanding and very ambitious drive by many nations, but most notably the United States, China and Russia, to dominate in the development of what used to be called “germ warfare”. I recommend to those interested in this an extremely well written article (The Lab Leak Hypothesis) which appeared in New York magazine, by Nicholson Baker.

You may recall he recently wrote a non-fiction book titled “Baseless” about a Pentagon program, “Project Baseless”, whose goal in 1951 was to achieve, “an Air Force-wide combat capability in biological and chemical warfare at the earliest possible date.”

Mull that one over for a bit. Now the author does not explicitly assert that the COVID crisis was engineered, in fact, his position is a somewhat awkward one: The numerous Biohazard Level 4 virology laboratories in numerous countries – Wuhan, the epicenter of the current crisis was only one, the United States of America has at least 11 of them – are working to discover viruses, increase their potency and transmissibility all in order to be able to protect us against them.

If any of you readers understand the logic behind enhancing the potency (killing power) and transmissibility (infectiousness) of these viruses in order to study how to protect against them, please share your wisdom. For the moment, it seems to me a perfect example of satan’s old canard, “You have to commit evil in order to know good and evil.”

Well now, I leave that logic to you to decipher.

I’ll just venture to assert that while it may be impossible to prove the intentions of any government regarding these synthetic, weaponized viruses, the huge amounts of funding and the pressures brought upon the researchers, coupled with the minimal oversight and the secretive nature of the entire effort, have combined to make a dangerous situation in which there are innumerable ways that safety can be breached and deadly viruses can be released to create just the scenario we have.

Again: “Man has the power to unleash a cycle of death and terror, but he is not able to stop it.”

In contradiction to the esteemed traditional author quoted above who proposed the notion that “the upheaval caused by the pandemic is undermining the process of globalization”, I assert that this current crisis is precisely what it takes to attain the global reset and consolidate the transnational tyranny of the same enemies of the faith that have warred against the Church since they were cast out of the Temple by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

And if you look to see who benefits from this destruction of our economies, freedom, our health and the Holy Sacrifice, you may be able to see the globalists from here.

Now our professional Catholic writers can discuss the finer points of Aristotelian logic, for they are capable of that, and I am not. All I can assert and I do it unendingly, is that this current COVID crisis is yet another stage of the increasing chastisement. Regardless of my shortcomings, the ongoing crisis will prove to all but the most obtuse that the noose is tightening and a technocratic tyranny is being implemented which will surpass anything ever foretold, even by Huxley and Orwell. It does not matter whether the release of the virus was intended or accidental, it is a fact that it was engineered and it is now being used as the pretext for an ongoing stream of abuses aimed at total control over the deplorable masses.

We are in the times cited by three popes above, and foretold by Our Lady of Fatima and sacred scripture as well; that is, the time of the lesser chastisement which will not end until sufficient penance and reparation has been made and both the faithful and Church are purified at last, resulting in the eventual triumph of the Immaculata which will prepare the Church for the final battle with the AntiChrist. It is a time of great trial, but also a glorious time to be a Catholic.

Our Lady, most pure Mother of God, from Guadalupe through Lourdes to Fatima, through these centuries calls us to trust in her; she alone of all mankind who is invincible to the power of satan. At the very moment in which all seems lost, she will be victorious and her children will be a part of that victory. And so we take up our Rosaries and grow strong in the sacred mysteries of the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember, satan rejoiced at the sight of our Savior lying dead in the arms of His Mother. The evil fool little knew that he was rejoicing at his own defeat! That very Mother of Sorrows will soon rejoice at satan’s defeat once more and we are blessed to be a small part of it.

NOTE: Thanks to Gates of Vienna, and Zero hedge, there is this to rebut my sceptical readers: “National Security Experts Criticize Media and Scientists Who Dismissed Lab Leak Theory in Open Letter.” I shall have more to say on this, Good Lord willing.

If you found any value in these writings, please pray for our priests! Without them there is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, no holy sacraments. The very first portion of the revelations of Fatima was about the Mass and most Blessed Sacrament. Note this well and pray for priests!

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, King.

Vouchsafe that I amy praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thy enemies.

The Feast of the Holy Family, 2023

previously posted on January 7, 2018

Today, the first Sunday after Epiphany, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family, which is the last time in the liturgical year in which we honor the hidden life of Jesus. It is especially important to Consecrate our children, indeed our families today and we have resources for this both in the sidebar to the right and at top of the page just beneath the title, where a banner displays our pages you will see Family Consecration.

For today, we return to the Feast of the Holy Family to renew our faith, our hope and most of all, take heart in our love for the Holy Family and their abiding love for us.

In the Gospel today, we read of the event which comprises the Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. In this, we commemorate the first words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel, “How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

St. Luke then tells us that Jesus returned to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph “and was subject to them.” In this brief account, we consider several important lessons: First, Jesus establishes His mission in His first recorded words,  “I must be about My Father’s business.” And second, Jesus was subject to Mary and Joseph. The Son of God first asserts the primacy of God, by stating that His mission is to serve the Father in all things, then Jesus affirms the importance of family, “He was subject to them.”

On the firm bedrock of total obedience to God in all things, we can most perfectly live out our love of God within our families, whether they be our personal families or our religious communities. If love of God comes first, what follows cannot fail to serve Him.
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The Eucharistic Vision of Our Lady of Knock, 2023


This post from 2017 originally; restored as part of ongoing efforts to rebuild the site and maintain it as a an archive when my task is over.  An update is posted on our “About Us” page. May Our Lady of the Rosary keep you all close to her Immaculate Heart this New Year of Our Lord, 2023. Thank you for reading.

Today, we commemorate the eloquently silent apparition of Our Lady at Knock, Ireland, August 21, 1879. By her silence, Our Lady emphasised at once her displeasure that her message at La Salette was being attacked, and as many believe, she was pointing to the silence recounted in chapter 8 of the Apocalypse.  But there is still another reason for the silence – it is a warning against silencing the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and outrages against the Holy Eucharist and it beckons us with mysterious silence towards the visions of the Apocalypse.

The Holy Ghost inspired St. John’s vision in such a way that through it, God revealed to us a glimpse of His own vision, not a linear accounting of events, and each subsequent generation could learn from its warnings and be comforted in its victories. In addition to sacred scripture, Our Heavenly Father guides us by the revelations He grants us down the centuries. Knock is one of the major apparitions, which are: Our Lady of Good Success in Ecuador, The Sacred Heart of Jesus at Paray le Monial, France, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at Rue du Bac, France, Our Lady of La Salette, France, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Lourdes, France, Our Lady at Knock, Ireland, Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, Portugal,  and Our Lady of Akita, Japan.  Those apparitions provide a necessary complement to our understanding of the Apocalypse.

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Fatima – the Chastisement of Impurity, 2022

“Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle
against the Blessed Virgin.”

(Sister Lucia of Fatima, 1957)

In her last interview with Father Agustin Fuentes, December 26, 1957, Sister Lucia of Fatima, perhaps aware that she was about to be silenced by the Vatican, warned us all,

“Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus, the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way, the devil will succeed in leaving souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.

“That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag innumerable souls to Hell … The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to final impenitence.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima to Father Agustin Fuentes, December, 1957)

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Of Bread, Battle and Penitence, 2022

Note: The errors in this post have been brought to my attention and corrected as of Dec. 29, 2022,. Thank you all for your kind patience with me. evensong
The following post was intended to go online during Advent but I overlooked it. Even though it is now Christmastide, our duty to offer reparation remains as urgent as ever. It was first published in 2020

In this Advent-time, many remark on the strangeness of this Christmas – similar to Christmas in war-time, such uncertainty looming over us all – the heaviness of the atmosphere portending worse to come. Worse in what way? There are so many! As we look to the birth of our dear Savior, made small and helpless for our salvation, born in Bethlehem, “House of Bread”, House of Battle”, we are reminded that this battle is over our Emmanuel, our God with us, made little and helpless to abide with us always in the Eucharist, His sacrament of love which is also our food for the battle now raging. Food which is denied to many at present due to the craven cowardice of our own shepherds; false shepherds who have abandoned their sheep.

And yet, Lucifer’s dark power is no match for the Woman clothed with the Sun. For in the City of David was born of this pure Virgin, flesh of her pure flesh, God of true God and Food of everlasting life, the Conqueror of Darkness, of sin and of death. Christ our Lord. As we will see, even as this darkness increases, the way is prepared for the dawn of our salvation and it will come through the Immaculata, Gate of Dawn, through which the Sun of Justice will return.
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The Fuentes Interview

December 26, 1957, The Fuentes Interview

If I were to tell you, many nations will disappear from the face of the earth. She (Our Lady) said that Russia will be the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the whole world”, you would dismiss me. In fact, I have been dismissed by many, even some well known bloggers.

But when I have asserted that indeed, many nations are going to disappear and Russia will, in very fact, be the instrument of chastisement, I am only quoting Sister Lúcia of Fatima who stated this fact to Father Fuentes 65 years ago today.

After Lúcia made this statement, both she and Father Augustin Fuentes were silenced. And the evil forces at war with the Church redoubled their efforts to destroy the Blessed Virgin’s message of Fatima. In itself, it is not surprising that the devil’s forces would war against the Message of the Holy Virgin. What is however, most regrettable is that so few true traditional Catholics leaders are willing to warn the faithful. The result of their indifference is that anyone such as myself, who attempts to warn faithful Catholics, is disregarded out of hand. I know very well that it is a great blessing for me to be humbled and ignored,  but it is such a shame for Our Lady’s message of Fatima to be so disregarded! Sister Lúcia  was faithfully reporting what Our Lady of the Rosary told her “many times” – and she it is who should be heeded! And so it is fitting that we revisit her interview with Father Fuentes from 62 years ago.
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And His name shall be called Emmanuel

previously posted on : december 25, 2020

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel.”

Alleluia, alleluia! The Lord hath said to Me: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee. Alleluia.

Merry Christ Mass!


The Lord, whom earth, and sea and sky
With one adoring voice proclaim;
Who rules them all in majesty,
Enclosed Himself in Mary’s frame.

Lo, In a humble Virgin’s womb,
O’ershadowed by Almighty Power;
He whom the stars and sun and moon,
Each serve in their appointed hour.

O! Mother blest, to whom was given
Within thy body to contain,
The Architect of earth and heaven,
Whose hands the universe sustain.

To thee was sent an Angel down,
In thee the Spirit was enshrined;
Of thee was born that mighty one,
The long desired of all mankind.

O Jesu! Born of Virgin bright!
To Thee immortal glory be!
Praise to the Father Infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally!

His name shall be called Emmanuel, that is, “God with us.” This is truly the meaning of Christmas, the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God with us!  For, as St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars tells us, “… the second Person of the Trinity had taken a human nature, a human body, and a human soul, the same as we have. He has become one of us. He is like us in all things, with the exception of sin, says the Apostle. That is the first step of the mercy of God which we devoutly adore in the crib at Bethlehem. Sin separated man from God; between man and God there yawned a deep chasm, which man was not capable of bridging over.”

And, in infinite humility, He comes not as a ruler of this world, in great pomp and pageantry but as a Child, entering our world as helplessly as we ourselves do. From St. Jean Vianney again, “Who can comprehend the greatness of the mercy of God in His abasement? Let the eagle become a worm, and at the same time preserve his eagle nature, you give him the greatest torture, because he can no longer move his wings. Give the lion, with his lion nature, the form of a snail, and he would roar with pain. What a fetter is our body for our soul! But it bears no comparison to the abasement which God laid upon Himself when He took a human body and abased Himself like unto a man.”

And why was this so?

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A Message to the Laodiceans

previously posted on : december 20, 2017 by : evensong
“… thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing: and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

The following was originally posted December 2017 by evensong.

This post has been occasioned by the regrettable Nativity Scene placed by Pope Francis, this year, the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of the Rosary’s visits to Fatima in 1917. This Christmas he has outdone himself utterly! Note that instead of the heavenly star leading us to the creche at Bethlehem, we have a star falling downward over a desolate jumble of images which distract from and denigrate the birth of Our Lord. The Blessed Virgin is depicted spraddle-legged like a coarse woman, lacking in dignity and piety but the obvious “star of the show” is the homo-erotic man posing in the typical, over-the-top  style affected by the Lavender Mafia, who now flaunt their triumph in the Bergoglian Reformation of the Vatican..

Thus Pope Francis gives us a reminder that Advent is a penitential season.  This chaotic, disturbing image which the Vatican presents in place of  a respectful  commemoration of the true Nativity of Christ our Savior is an excellent  image of this false church of the Bergoglian Reformation which has eclipsed the true Church. The backdrop of Bergoglio’s “Nativity” (Of what??) appears to be a ruined facade, and behind that backdrop is the Vatican, occupied by the Enemy at present. Actually, an iconic image, isn’t it? It is no wonder that the  Abbey of Montevergine, which donated the innovative ‘Nativity of Mercy,’ houses the Marian image that has been adopted as patroness by LGBT activists in Italy, according to Lifesite News’s Diane Montagna, here.

At Return to Fatima,  we have asserted many times that when the popes ignored the Message of Fatima and refused to obey Our Lady of the Rosary, the hierarchy of the Church began to fall into error; until at last we saw Pope John XXIII fulfill the prophecy of  Apocalypse 8 as Wormwood. For it was he who made bitter the sacred waters of the faith, causing many souls to die; and who, of course, is hailed as a “saint” by the modernist occupiers.

In our post, “The Fifth Trumpet“, we explained that the second Fallen Star is Pope Paul VI who opened the bottomless pit, and brought in the smoke of satan, allowing the demons of hell access to the heart of the Church,  This was also foreseen by Pope Leo XIII who saw the Vatican literally crawling with demons, swarming all over it.

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Chalice of Love, 2022

previously published in 2019

I found this delightful essay, which is posted anonymously on the Society’s website, and wanted to share it with you.  Of all the  facets of Mary, one of the most delightful, it seems to me, is that of her as the Chalice of Love. This consideration of her has never ceased to fill me with tenderest thoughts of God’s love for His most beloved, pure and  precious Creature and for us. God our Father gives us His Love in this Chalice of Love, Mary, our Mother!

† . † . †


December 14, 2019

What are the qualities of the chalice
and what is their meaning for our lives?

First, the precious metal in its dazzling beauty: a challenge to cleanse ourselves more and more from every stain of sin, and also from what is worldly and worthless. Then the insight into how precious our life is, our body and especially our soul, created in God’s image and likeness, predestined to share in the beauty of the Immaculata. This chalice, by itself, is quite empty, quite poor. Within it nothing of the world is found, not a speck of dust, nothing worldly, however beautiful it may be.

This attitude of complete self-emptying, of complete detachment from self, of total spiritual poverty, is an essential feature of the Immaculata: she has nothing for herself, she does not think about herself, she is completely poor and emptied of self; one might say that her ego does not exist. This is the only possible attitude of the creature toward its Creator, when the latter bends down in infinite mercy to our nothingness in order to fill it.

Then the chalice is quite open to what is above. The sides of the chalice are like the outspread hands of the Orante, full of longing and devotion. This is the virginal Heart of Mary, which lives in expectation of God and for God, as totally as a Bride for her Bridegroom. All her thoughts, words and deeds are directed toward Him, completely for Him. Mary gives us this longing for God and makes our hearts become pure of all disordered desires that pull us down.
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From Guadalupe to Fatima, 2022

Hail, O Virgin of Guadalupe, Empress of America!
Keep forever under thy powerful patronage the purity and integrity of Our Holy Faith on the entire American continent. Amen. (Pope Pius XII)

I have repaired the link to my post Convergence yet again. It is here.

Pope Pius XII is reported to have said of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “For we are certain, that as long as you are recognized as Queen and Mother, Mexico and America will be safe.” Think about that as you survey the horrid wreckage of the faith and Christian culture throughout the countries of the entire Americas today. And then, consider how simply we could restore the glory of Holy Church by following the request of Our Lord Jesus Christ to return to His Sacred Heart by means of the sure path He has given us, devotion to the Immaculata, the Woman Clothed with the Sun.


The Age of Apostasy began with the disobedience of Luther, who was Lucifer’s own priest, and whose revolt ripped through Christendom in the sixteenth century and left in its wake an orphan people, bereft of grace, endlessly prating about the dignity of man while assiduously destroying any sign of man’s true dignity which is to be found  only  in the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. For our sole dignity is in Our Lord Jesus Christ who has first loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. (Apoc. 1,5)
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