Thank you for taking the time to read this today; I’ve a brief update for you, followed by a repost of “Lot’s Wife and the Little Shepherds” from 2020.
When I began this latest – and final – attempt to restore Return to Fatima, I was 79, and struggling with the death of my husband of 60+ years, and an ongoing debilitating and terminal illness (or two, as it now seems) and the consequent end of life issues, both temporal and spiritual. Many readers drifted away, dissatisfied by my change of focus. Gone was the chatty evensong, replaced by the strictly functional person who merely reposts old essays and omits to carry on correspondence. It was truly all I could manage!
It is unavoidable for I am now 80, and how can I express to you the fatigue and suffering of these years; suffering that I have welcomed with an interior joy and peace, but which remains largely inexpressible to others.
Perhaps you yourself have noted that when we agree to welcome all the crosses given to us, we perhaps do not always fully understand that accepting God’s will does not in any way mean that the great sorrow and pain and the humilities will be mitigated, but that they will, at times, be allowed to show us a glimpse, only a glimpse, of His sweet love for us, miserable souls that we are. Crosses come and go, humility endures.
Writing this today has taken much longer than I anticipated! I got off on a tangent again, and began speaking once more the same warnings I’ve given so often, and which, I’ve been informed have only served to turn readers away. Warnings against the plethora of false apparitions, false devotions and pious frauds which appear to be irresistible to so many today.
Like Lot’s wife, many simply cannot resist the impulse to satisfy that curiosity that itches at them, and distracts them from the safe, secure path offered by Our Lady of the Rosary.
My only answer to them is that the chastisement has not yet even begun, as we are soon to see. The world has not seen such as is to come, the darkness, plague, famine and war of unimaginable severity.
Sacred Priesthood and Holy Sacrifice
And yet, it could have been even worse were it not for the rescue of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacred Priesthood. I tell you that even the devout of the Novus Ordo – yes there are such! – have to thank the priests who persist, against all odds, in offering the Holy Sacrifice, persist in their pure and holy priesthood. For they have brought floods of grace to their brothers in Christ. But for how long? What will the coming onslaught bring? Only through the Immaculate Heart of Mary will we be safe in this dark and fierce chastisement.