Dom François Marie Velut O. Carth. AKA: Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite.
If you are neither interested in Fatima or the Carthusians, this is not important news. Who even knows who Dom François Marie Velut O. Carth. was? Who has access to anything about the Carthusians? Who pays any attention to Fatima any longer?
First question: What are the Carthusians?
The Carthusians are the strictest monastic order in the Latin Church, virtually unchanged since they were founded. Even after Vatican II, the changes the order underwent were minimal. The Carthusian rite of Mass experienced minor changes, and the distinctions between lay brothers and fathers was somewhat mitigated. Brothers could wear the fathers habit and also live in the seclusion of the hermitage like the fathers. In other words, the 'dogma of faith' is fairly well preserved in the Carthusian Charterhouse.
Second question: Who is Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite?
From 1970 to 1989 he was a professed founding member of the Little Brothers of the Heart of Jesus, a community formed after the model formulated by Blessed Charles de Foucauld. Brother Michael became an authority on the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, and a formidable expert on the messages. His insights were especially valuable before the actual third secret was revealed.
In June 1981, after having preached a retreat in Brittany on the Fatima revelations, our Father Superior, the Abbé Georges de Nantes, entrusted a member of his community, Brother Michel de la Sainte Trinité, with the task of taking his study forward in a scientific and exhaustive manner, in a work that presented the apparitions and requests of Our Lady as well as the relevance of Her message to our times; in short, Everything about Fatima. Brother Michel immediately set to work on this monumental study which well deserved its title: The Whole Truth about Fatima. The first volume, entitled Science and the Facts, appeared in March 1983; the second volume, The Secret and the Church, in January 1984; and the following volume, The Third Secret, in July 1985.Though the specificity of br. Michael's work may be disputed, his insights helped many get beyond the fears of nuclear annihilation and focus upon the real chastisement which is finally being acknowledged - more or less - as the crisis of faith and morals and sound teaching in the Catholic Church. Who can dispute the following conclusion from br. Michael's The Truth About Fatima?
Brother Franсois de Marie des Anges.
Having reached the end of our inquiry, we are able to discern, with near certainty, the essential elements of Our Lady’s final Secret:
While «in Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved», in many nations, perhaps in almost the entire world, the Faith will be lost
(prt.III, ch.IV).The pastors of the Church will fail gravely in the duties of their office. Through their fault, consecrated souls and the faithful in great number will let themselves be seduced by pernicious errors spread everywhere (prt.III, ch.V).This will be the time of the decisive battle between the Blessed Virgin and the devil. A wave of diabolical disorientation will be hurled over the world. Satan will introduce himself even to the highest summit of the Church. He will blind the minds and harden the hearts of pastors. For God will deliver them to themselves as a chastisement for their refusal to obey the requests of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (prt.III, ch.VI).This will be the great apostasy predicted for the «last times» (prt.III, ch.VIII;the «False Lamb» and «False Prophet» will betray the Church to the profit of «the Beast», according to the prophecy of the Apocalypse (prt.III, ch.VIII).
Does perhaps the Secret also announce some of the chastisements prophesied by the Scriptures for the «last times»? Perhaps it evokes the persecutions which the Holy Father will have to suffer, when he «will return» to «confirm his brethren» (Luk.22:32), and finally obey Our Lady’s requests.
Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite
The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol.III,
Yes I know, his books are promoted by some groups not friendly with or towards the Vatican.
That said, the fact that Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite was admitted to the Carthusians at the age of 41 in 1989, at Grande Chartreuse, and now as Dom François Marie Velut, has been chosen to be Prior General for the Carthusians, validates - for me at least - more than I can express here.
Pray the rosary every day!