Our Lady Is
Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy
by Father Joseph de Ste. Marie,
Professor of Theology, Pontifical Faculty of St. Theresa Rome
The intervention of God in human
history through the Fatima events was predicted in the Bible and is
God's definitive response to the revolt of many nations and peoples
away from the revelation and rule of Jesus Christ. The revolt against
God is the "mystery of iniquity" of which St. Paul speaks saying that
it is already in operation.
The revolt against God manifested
itself during the Apostolic Age in the form of Gnosticism, reappeared
in the Middle Ages as the Gnostic dualism of the Albigensians, and
finally exploded in the beginning of the Modern Age as the Godless
philosophy of the enlightenment of the 16th Century.
The Godless and violently
anti-religious enlightenment ideology was the basis of the modern
attack against Christian Civilization and it is the idealized basis according to which Marx patterned the depraved doctrine of Atheistic Communism.
The revolt against God has culminated
in the Communist Revolution of Russia, and it is at this climactic
juncture of human history that God has intervened in history by means
of the Fatima events.
Mary Mediatrix Of All Graces
What is the central truth? It is that Mary is Mediatrix of all
graces. The time has come when God wants the whole world to recognize
Mary's role in the history of salvation. That is the heart of Fatima
and all the many other interventions of Our Lady, but especially that
I shall try to demonstrate this in two complementary ways: through
history and then through theology, the latter being the most
illuminating but also the most difficult.
Let us examine how this truth of the mediation of Mary appears in the
history of the 20th century, in the West; for the history of the world
has been dominated by the West from the time of
Christ until the 20th Century. From the 16th Century there emerges the
drama of the revolt, over which God wishes to triumph by means of
Mary's mediation. In order to demonstrate this, certain historical
study is required; it is necessary to study the parallel development,
on the one hand of the rising tide of atheism in the modem world and,
on the other hand, of a multiplicity of prophetic voices given by God
to the Church in order to contain this sin. What we discover in the
course of this historical study is the vision given in Chapter 12 of
the Apocalypse. Fatima is the
'Woman clothed with the sun';
the miracle of October 13, 1917. Communism is the 'Red Dragon' of the denial of God:
the Red Star of Moscow. Is it not obvious that the 20th Century is the
story of this battle between the Woman of the Apocalypse on the one hand and the
Red Dragon of Communistic atheism of the East and----the practical
atheism of the West on the other hand. For these are brother enemies
but also brothers in arms. East and West are joined in this common
negation of God. It is this history which we must retrace.
Significance Of 16th Century
I simply propose to you certain dates modifying somewhat the
presentation of my text. For it is necessary to begin not as I did at
the 17th century but at the 16th which in the textbooks of history and
literature etc. is regarded as the beginning of modern times. The 16th
century is the epoch of humanism and also of the Lutheran drama, of the
Protestant revolt. Humanism was a cultural movement admittedly, but it
was also a return to paganism under the colour of culture. As for
Luther, he was at the very beginning of the division of Christian
Europe. He was the great divider: "Gott
ist im Himmel, du bist auf Erden". ('God's in His Heaven; you are on earth'.)
Between Heaven and earth, Luther establishes an impassable abyss. He
denies all mediations. In the end Luther, who talks so much about
Christ, denies the mediation of Christ's Humanity. A fortiori he denies the mediation
of Christ's Mother, His Co-Redemptrix.
Therein lies the essential significance of the 16th century: The
affirmation of man, of rupture between Heaven and earth by the denial
of the mediations which unite them: Christ, Mary and first of all the
Church. Such is the beginning of the revolt of modem times against God.
Faced with this attack, the Church replied through the
Hierarchy----through the Council of Trent----and by means of a galaxy
of Saints----St. Ignatius, St. Theresa, St. John of the Cross, St.
Peter of Alcantara, and so on: it was through them that the prophetic
charisma was realized and superabundantly exercised.
The 17th Century
During the 17th Century the evil continued to spread. Whereas the 16th
Century had been the Golden Century of Spain with Charles V and the
great glories of Spain, the 17th was the 'grand siecle' of France. The evil
originated in Germany, with the revolt of Protestantism. Then it spread
to France. There it took root within the Church under the form of
Jansenism, a sort of 'Catholic'
rehash of Protestantism and especially of Calvinism, which had the
effect of freezing the very Heart of Christ. And it was then that
occurred the first prophecies of modern times: the revelations of the
Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret-Mary Alacoque in 1675. They took place
at Paray-le-Monial and they represented an event in the history of the
Church which was at one and the same time both old and new: old because
prophecy had always been a factor and new because of the form it took.
In response to the denial of His love, Christ came Himself to once more
open His Heart to us, and He did so by means of His apparition (to a
young nun) and through the prophetic message (conveyed to her). And
just as in the 17th Century we had the apparition of prophecies
centered on the Heart of Christ, so in the 20th Century Fatima is the
continuation of Paray-le-Monial: for it is the revelation of Mary's
Heart in union with the Heart of Christ. And God in His mercy granted
this gift to His Church because it had not responded properly to
Christ's appeal and because, in consequence, the revolt had continued
to cause havoc.
The 18th Century
The 18th Century saw a
further expansion of rebellion which reached its climax in the French
Revolution, the first great act of organized political rebellion
against God. It was a consequence of the negation and ruptures of the
16th Century, of the cooling of the faith in the 17th Century, of the
exaltation of reason in the 18th, and of the exploitation of this
revolt by the power of Freemasonry, which had been founded in 1717.
Consider the dates: 1517: the revolt of Luther; 1717: the foundation of
Freemasonry; 1917: the birth of Bolshevism and the response of God
through Mary's Immaculate Heart (at Fatima, also in 1917).
I have anticipated a little in order to show this striking series of
dates (to which of course many other events could be added). But going
back to the 18th Century we see the French Revolution as the work of
Masonry which had come into being at the beginning of the Century, and
as the exaltation of reason: in other words we see man rejecting God,
so as to become his own master and be entirely self-sufficient.
The 19th Century
This rending of Christian Europe by means of the
Revolution----it is indeed Europe we are talking about: it was
accomplished through the frightful if 'glorious'
epic of Napoleon who sowed revolt throughout Europe destroying kingdoms
and wrecking Christendom. And the beginning of the 19th Century was
also a catastrophe for the Church and for the Faith. However it was
then that the series of great prophecies began: 1830, at the Rue du
Bac, with the 'miraculous medal'
and the invocation: 'O Mary conceived
without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.'
Thus from the beginning these prophecies were under the sign of the
Immaculate Conception. And in the middle of the century, in 1854, there
came the definition of this dogma; and four years later, Our Lady
Herself came to Lourdes to confirm the action of the Vicar of Her Son,
by declaring to young Bernadette on March 25, 1858: 'I am the Immaculate Conception.'
1830, 1854, 1858: thus it was that the 19th Century ushered in the era
of Mary Immaculate, into both the Church and the world.
The 20th Century
Passing on quickly, as we must, to the 20th Century we have the great
turning point of 1917----yet another point which I shall develop in my
study----the turning point which is at one and the same time the
outcome of, and a new point of departure for, not only this entire
process of revolution, but also the whole of this prophetic revelation.
After the consecration of the human race to the Sacred Heart by Leo
XIII in 1899, and the subsequent non-cooperation by men, God could
tolerate no more; He could no longer permit men's crimes to go without
chastisement; yet neither could He cease to seek to spare us through
pure mercy. And when men had refused to respond, or had given
insufficient response, to the appeal of His Son's Heart, He sent them
His Mother, The Heart of Christ somehow withdrew behind the Heart of
Mary. Such was the great turning point of 1917. And let it be noted; at
the very moment when as a consequence of the Bolshevik victory, the 'Red Dragon' emerged at one
extremity of Europe in Leningrad, which then was still Petrograd, at
the other extremity of Europe, at Fatima where we are now, there
appeared the 'Woman Clothed with the
Sun', the Immaculate Heart of
Mary. Such was the miracle of October 13, 1917, the miracle of the sun,
a miracle which calls for an entire book to itself . . . But, dear
friends, this sun is the symbol of Christ. And as you know----I
it yesterday in meditating the Rosary with the priests----this miracle
of the sun was renewed four times at the Vatican, for Pius XII in 1950,
when he defined the dogma of the Assumption: i.e. the dogma of Mary
taken up into Heaven, of Mary 'assumed'
by Christ, the dogma of the
Woman totally reclaimed by the 'Sun
of Justice' and established by Him
in glory and in the power of His Kingship as Sun of both Heaven and
Fatima And The Assumption
You can therefore see the relationship
between Fatima and the dogma of the Assumption. That is why it can and
must be affirmed that with Fatima, but also with this date, 1950, right
in the middle of the 20th Century, which is the date of the definition
of the dogma of the Assumption with these two dates which are
inseparable there began, as an extension of the era of the Immaculate
in the 19th Century, the era of the Assumption, the era of the 'Woman
Clothed with the Sun'. Such then is the Message of Fatima in all
glorious brilliance, in all its salvific power.
Alas! we are now in 1981 and still the world has not yet responded to
this glorious Queen established in the Sun. It is not even yet
understood that Christ, this Sun, does not wish to give us His
life-giving, victory-giving rays other than through Mary's Immaculate
That is why mankind is sinking ever deeper into sin and running
headlong towards catastrophe; it is because it is not yet understood
that Christ wishes
to reign only through Mary.
My conclusion is as follows. The Message has been given. Sister Lucia
has suffered a sort of martyrdom since 1917 because there has been no
effective response to Our Lady's demands. We must therefore meditate on
the Message and concentrate our attention on the Heart of Mary and Her
appeal, which is not an abstract appeal but the appeal of our Mother's
Heart. We must look towards Her, listen to Her and hear what She says
to us all: 'Come to My Heart, for
only by so doing will you be
converted and become sufficiently steadfast in the battles which await
you and able for the crosses which you must bear.' Such is Her
to all of us. And this appeal is for the theologians and for those in
positions of responsibility as well as for every Christian called to
apostolate. 'Listen to Me
(She says) but also make My appeal
The Collegial Consecration Of Russia
And I think (this is) especially
(true) of the appeal to the Hierarchy, the Pope and all the bishops:
'Consecrate Russia to Me and you will
have peace; for Christ Who is the
Prince of Peace wishes to give it to you through Me alone, and through My
Heart He will give Himself to
Finally, a word of practical advice. For people often wonder
what the Pope and the bishops are waiting for before responding to this
Dear friends, what they are waiting for is that each of us should
individually obey Our Lady. For the graces of enlightenment and
strength, the extraordinary graces which the Pope, first of all and
above all, but also the bishops, require to perform this act, which is
unheard of and unthinkable in present day circumstances, these graces,
I realize only too well, can be obtained only by us through prayer.
Thus what is humanly unthinkable will become possible through the grace
of God, through these extraordinary graces which will permit the
Hierarchy to obey Our Lady. These graces will be merited by the sum
total of efforts, prayer and sacrifices on the part of all Christians,
on the part of the entire Church.
My conclusion is therefore very practical. Let there be no
concerning dates or concerning expectation of chastisements. The dates
are unknown; the chastisements certain. The practical conclusion for us
all is to look towards the Heart of Our Mother. And we are going to
begin doing so immediately with this pilgrimage which will be a point
of departure, not something done in passing or a pious act occupying a
moment or two while we are on tour. It will be a point of departure as
from your hearing Our Lady's appeal and my joy will derive from having
contributed towards this. It will be a point of departure in that,
having heard Our Lady's appeal, you will learn to make each succeeding
day's response increasingly effective. My talk is offered to you among
so many other things in order to help you make it A POINT OF DEPARTURE
FOR LEARNING TO RESPOND TO MARY.
It is from the efforts of the entire Church, from the prayer and
sacrifice of each one of us that there will come the movement and
the graces necessary to permit the Pope and the successors of the
Apostles to make this liberating consecratIon.
It is then that Mary's Heart will triumph. It is then that peace
will be given to Russia and, starting with Russia, to the entire world.
It is then that Mary will be
proclaimed Mediatrix of all graces. It is then that Renewal will come,
the veritable Renewal, not a 'renewal'
that is false and calculated to deceive. It is then that there will
come the true
Renewal promised by God in the entire Church and throughout the entire
world, to the greater
glory of the Hearts of Christ and Mary, of God the Father, God the
Son and God the Holy Ghost. AMEN