"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Call of Fatima
Listen to the Pope.
Photos like that above always reminds me of some of the visions Bl. Jacinta Marto experienced of the Holy Father, outside of those documented visions of the Virgin to the three children which most people are familiar with now. I have always felt that Benedict XVI is part of the secret Our Lady revealed - along with all of the popes of the mid-20th century onward. People "new" to the Fatima message should understand that the Blessed Virgin revealed one secret which was separated into three parts - all of which have been revealed.
Pope Benedict stated in his homily today, "We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete." This statement hearkens back to John Paul II's insistence that "the message of Fatima is more relevant today than ever." Vigilant souls ought to recall that when Cardinal Ratzinger issued a theological interpretation of the third part of the Fatima secret he simply stated, These events "seem to be part of the past" - he never definitively relegated the secret to the past - he simply indicated they seemed to be. Today we know otherwise.
Every allocution from Pope Benedict does not really need theological commentary or interpretation, the Holy Father speaks simply and humbly for our instruction, while his actions - his presence and visible devotion at Our Lady's feet - speaks more than words or commentary can convey. Those of you who have hoped that the Holy Father would indicate something hidden regarding the third part of the secret would do well to remember what the theological interpretation of the Fatima Message from the Congregation For the Doctrine of Faith clearly states: "Thus we come finally to the third part of the “secret” of Fatima which for the first time is being published in its entirety." The document was signed by Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2000. (Approved by JPII)
Those interested in the Fatima message and secret would do better studying the Vatican documents on the subject than listening to, or reading sensationalized speculation on what the secret really says. The Pope, the CDF, the Church is not out to deceive the faithful, but to save them from error.
That said, Rorate Caeli has posted the text of the Holy Father's homily here - without speculative commentary.