Three Decades

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Thirty years is not a long  period in  human history. But when we look back at the   past three decades we will  be astonished  to see that  so many important events  that will direct the  course of our life and existence in this world happened during  such a  short period.

Thirty years ago, to be precise on  13 May 1992, the Blessed Virgin told Fr Stefano Gobbi; “Beloved children, today you are observing the seventy-fifth anniversary of my first apparition, which took place at Fatima, in the Cova da Iria, on the 13th of May, 1917. 1 I want to invite you to live this day in prayer and in filial intimacy of life with me, your heavenly Mother. You are the fruit of this apparition of mine. You are the actualization of this message of mine’ (To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons: Message No 473).

But what she  said after this introduction was not so pleasant.

‘At that time, I predicted the times of the loss of the true faith and of the apostasy, which would be spread throughout every part of the Church. You are living the times of which I foretold you. You are the sign of my presence in the times of the purification and the great tribulation.

At that time, I predicted the times of the war, and of the persecution of the Church and the Holy Father, because of the spread of theoretical and practical atheism, and of the rebellion of humanity against God and his law’.

Having delivered this warning to her children  about the  stark  realities  of future years that they were going to face, Our Lady appealed to them to ‘live for the glory of the Heavenly Father, in the perfect imitation of her Son Jesus, docile to the sanctifying action of the Holy Spirit. Thus they will be able to give a strong witness of love and hope, of faith and justice, of humility and purity. They should become the powerful help which the Blessed Virgin offers, against the great evil of materialism and hedonism, of egoism and pride, of avarice and impurity’ (Message  473).  A life with  her  is what  she asks from us. It is the  essence of  consecrating ourselves to the  Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Mary’s message is not  one of despair, but of  hope, because  the events that are  going to  mark the future  decades will, according to our Mother, lead to the  triumph of her Immaculate Heart.

‘At that time, I predicted the chastisement and that, in the end, my Immaculate Heart would have its triumph’ (Message 473).  Conversion to a life of  faith, imitating all the virtues of the Blessed Virgin is the  surest  way for the  triumph of her Immaculate Heart. 

Seeking shelter under the maternal care of our Mother is  all the more important today because it is  going to be our  surest refuge in times of adversity. Out Mother says; ‘The more this motherly triumph of mine comes about in the hearts and souls of my children in ever increasing numbers, the more the chastisement is put off by you, and the more Jesus can pour out upon the world the torrents of his divine mercy’ (Message 473).

What the  Blessed Virgin  prophesied three decades ago have already  happened, or are in the  course of happening. We were warned sufficiently early. Heaven has   done its part. What about us? Are we prepared to face the tumultuous times and critical  events that Our Lady  has warned of  and that we are  witnessing today?  We should think about  it  seriously. If we are prepared, well and good. If not, we have no time to waste because the speed at which   future events unfold  before our eyes  will really startle us.

News about apostasy, denial of God, hate, war, famine, pandemics, and natural calamities have  lost its novelty. It has become commonplace, the  associated risk being that we will start adjusting  with the ‘new normal’ and in the process slow down in our spiritual life at a time when  we should be more prayerful and more vigilant. We have to reset our life and it should be centered on the need to  be ever vigilant and spiritually prepared. We also have a duty to pray for those who are still in  their slumber without  caring for the  signs of the times.  Though they are not  aware of  what is going to happen, we know that ‘it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth’ (Lk 21:35).

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