Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction…
The shadow of Cain hangs over us today in this cemetery. It is seen here. It is seen from 1914 right up to our own time. It is seen even in the present. - Pope Francis' homily at Redipuglia
It is at least the second time the Holy Father called the current global crises WWIII.
Here's a thought.
Since I was born, the United States has been involved in some sort of 'peace keeping' mission, advisory status - with troops stationed on foreign soil, and even engaged in all out war in one region or another around the globe. Saying nothing of the Cold War and covert operations to defend American interests in foreign countries already engaged in revolution or civil war.
Providentially, on this date in 1917:
Words of Our Lady of Fatima, alluding to that same war the Holy Father journeyed to Redipuglia in remembrance today:
Our Lady: Continue the Rosary, my children. Say it every day that the war may end. In October Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world.
God is pleased with your sacrifices, but He does not want you to wear the cords to bed. Keep them on during the day.
Lucia: "I have the petitions of many for your help. Will you assist a little girl who is deaf and dumb?"
Our Lady: She will improve within the year.
Lucia: "And the conversions that some have asked to have brought about? The cures of the sick ones?"
Our Lady: Some I will cure, and some I will not. In October I will perform a miracle so that all may believe. - Source
I have an idea for the Pope.
Perhaps the Holy Father could do something for October 13, the anniversary of the Miracle at Fatima - as a way of preparing for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions in 2017.
What if the Holy Father made the following request to all the Bishops of the world:
"I know brothers that the Consecration that Our Lady of Fatima asked for has been accomplished.
Nevertheless, considering the precariousness of our times, let us join together on October 13, 2014 to renew that consecration, and let us do so exactly as Our Lady requested.
Considering the dangerous situation in Ukraine, let us join together collegially and consecrate our beloved Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother. Let us also, together with every diocese of the world, begin the devotion of the Five First Saturdays of reparation asking for peace throughout the world - in addition to a worldwide rosary crusade."
I wonder what would happen?
Editor's note: If any reader has contact with the Pope will you please give him my suggestion? Monsignor Ganswein, if you're reading... Tell him not to call me though - I don't like talking on the phone, and I rarely answer it - of course you already knew that. Thanks!