Newsletter n° 35 (14 September 2016)
Note : We apologize for this late sending, because we are not numerous enough to translate the newsletters.
Now that the holidays are over, we find ourselves once again faced with the sad realities of daily life and the legitimate worry caused by the current state of our country. A lot of people are struggling to try to bring the situation back to normal and to restore peace. Everyone offers his own ideas and there is hardly an organisation or a community which has not suggested something. Unfortunately, at the centre of this concert of propositions, all doubtless very relevant on a temporal level, it is very sad to see that one solution is systematically overlooked : that given by Our Lady at Fatima. Moreover, we know that it is infallible. So why turn away from it ?
Recall what the Angel of Peace said during the apparition of summer 1916 : « In every way you can, offer God a sacrifice in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. In this way, you will bring peace to your country. »
The following year, on the 13th of May, during Her first apparition, the Holy Virgin asked : « Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world. » Apart from the fact that it is Our Lady’s very first request, it is also the only request made that day : therefore, it is particularly important.
Our Lady would repeat it almost word for word two months later, during the third apparition on the 13th of July 1917 : « I want you to (…) continue to say the Rosary every day in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, to have peace in the world, and an end to the war, because only She (Our Lady of the Rosary) can obtain it. ( … ) If what I say is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. »
These words of the Virgin Mary are particularly clear : She affirms that only Our Lady of the Rosary can obtain peace. And what was true in 1917, is the same today. If we firmly believe in the reality of the apparitions at Fatima (see newsletter n°34 - only in french at that time), then we should be convinced that these are truly the words of God Himself that He transmitted to us through His Holy Mother.
A few days before leaving for the hospital, Jacinta, who had a profound understanding of the message given by the Holy Virgin, confided to her cousin :
I don’t have much time left before I go to Heaven. You, you will stay here so as to say that God wants to establish throughout the world the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The time has come to say it, don’t hide yourself. Tell everyone that God gives us His graces by means of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it’s Her you should ask to obtain them, that the Heart of Jesus wishes that we venerate, with Him, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that we ask the Immaculate Heart of Mary for peace, because God has confided it to Her. (3rd memoir of Sister Lucia)
In a letter dated the 19th of March 1939, Sister Lucia confided to Father Aparicio :
Whether there is war or peace in the world depends upon the practice of this devotion, joined with the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I have wanted its propagation so much ; and also, above all, because it is our dear Lord’s will and that of our cherished Mother of Heaven.
Notice that by doing this, not only will we obtain peace for ourselves and our country, but for the whole world. What an extraordinary grace ! And the proofs of the power of these means are numerous in history. Even before the apparitions at Fatima, several great victories were won by the Rosary : Lépante, La Rochelle, Vienna, Petrovaradin, … But since then, at least twice, the public recitation of the Rosary has obtained peace : in Austria in 1955, and in Brasil in 1964 (see the article The Temporal Victories of the Rosary - only in french at that time).
The consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is also a powerful means of obtaining peace. It is because of this consecration that Portugal was spared during the Second World War (see newsletter n°16).
Of course, prayer is not enough : it is also necessary to take action on the ground. Ora et labora ! The miracles in the Gospel (Cana, the multiplication of the Loaves, the Raising of Lazarus, …) show us that before He does anything, God asks mankind to do the minimum : fill the waterpots at Cana, roll away the stone at Bethany. God does things with next to nothing, but not with nothing at all ! (see also newsletter n°2 - only in french at that time)
However, if in the temporal domain He leaves us relatively free to choose the most appropriate means to put things right, in the spiritual domain (which is, after all, His privileged area !), it’s legitimate for Him to ask us to use the method He chooses, rather than another. At Fatima, God clearly showed His will : He wishes to establish the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary throughout the world, one of the fruits of which is, precisely, peace.
Finally, God has planned an order : the miracles mentioned above show that prayer should come first, action only coming in second place ; an order which is clearly expressed by the motto "Ora et labora".
Therefore, if we want to bring peace back to our country, or in the world, we should begin by saying our Rosary every day (preferably with our families and even better, in public) and try to obtain the consecration of our diocese, or at least our parish, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (See also newsletter n°15.) Remember what we asserted in our newsletter n°16 :
If all the Bishops of France (or any country) consecrated our country
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Our Lady would promptly repel the threats hanging over our future !
And what is true for France is just as true for any other country. We only have a little more than a year before we reach the 13th of October 2017. Until then, will we manage to have all the dioceses of France consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary ? If this can’t be done without the help of God’s grace, it certainly won’t be done either if we don’t do, first of all, that which is within our own reach.
In union of prayer in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Yves de Lassus,
President, Cap Fatima 2017
In order to help us to better say the Rosary asking for peace in the world, we have posted some meditations on the following page : http://www.fatima100.fr/le-chapelet-quotidien/meditations-de-l-abbe-delagneau - only in french at that time. And to encourage us further, we should also meditate on the fifteen promises made by Our Lady to the Blessèd Alain de la Roche, the great 15th century apostle of the Rosary : see the article on The 15 Promises of Our Lady of the Rosary - only in french at that time.
To this end, neither is it forbidden to pray to the patron saints of our countries, especially the Archangel Saint Michael, whose Feast Day is on the 29th of September. For this occasion, the website hozana.org has an excellent idea : it proposes a novena for France from the 21st to the 29th of September. For more information, see the page http://hozana.org/intention/6290/priere-neuvaine-saint-michel-archange-pour-la-france
The posters for the centenary are now available. The necessary information for ordering them, as well as the pamphlets and images, is given on this page of the website : http://www.fatima100.fr/le-projet/198-documents-sur-cap-fatima-2017
Large numbers of you encourage the small team at Cap Fatima 2017 in the work it does and we thank you for this. We are happy that it is bearing some fruits. But don’t forget that these fruits will be so much more numerous if you spread around you that which you appreciate in this work.