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J.M.J.

The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.

After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’…

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This year, 2017, is the 100th anniversary year of the apparitions at Fátima, Portugal.  As I mentioned in an earlier post it is also the anniversary year of other events of importance to the Catholic Church and thus to the world.  On the 21st August there will be an eclipse over North America on the same day as the feast of Our Lady of Knock.  The apparition at Knock was unusual because it was silent.  Our Lady usually has specific messages that she wishes to convey to the witnesses.  The silence of the Knock apparition and its subject matter point to the beginning of Revelation (a.k.a. The Apocalypse Of Saint John) Chapter 8:

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour.  And I saw seven angels standing in the presence of God; and there were given to them seven trumpets.

The altar in the Knock apparition and in this part of Revelation can be related to the open-air Altar of Burnt Offerings of Moses’ tabernacle and the two Temples of Jerusalem. This altar was used for the sacrifices of Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement.  The difference here is that in the Knock apparition and in Revelation the sacrificed lamb was slain but yet lives (a reference to the resurrected Christ) – “a Lamb standing as it were slain”.  This year, Yom Kippur falls on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (and also Sts. Gabriel and Raphael in the Novus Ordo calendar).  There is a forty day period preceding this feast called St. Michael’s Lent and, as with Lent itself, it is a period of preparation marked by fasting, increased prayer, and so on.  St. Michael’s Lent traditionally starts on the Feast of the Assumption (tomorrow) but this gives more than forty days.  When does the fortieth day before the Feast of St. Michael actually fall?  On the day of the American eclipse and the anniversary of the Knock apparition.  By the way, the opening of the sixth seal in Revelation is accompanied by an eclipse:

And I saw, when he had opened the sixth seal, and behold there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair: and the whole moon became as blood: And the stars from heaven fell upon the earth, as the fig tree casteth its green figs when it is shaken by a great wind: And the heaven departed as a book folded up: and every mountain, and the islands were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and tribunes, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of mountains:

And they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?

What does all this add up to?  It looks like we, especially those in the U.S., are being called to make a special effort to atone for our sins.  Maybe we are being given a last chance before the flaming sword is brought down on us.

After these things, I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that they should not blow upon the earth, nor upon the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the sign of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying: Hurt not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we sign the servants of our God in their foreheads.

This may only be a foreshadowing of the events prophesied in Revelation but does that matter?  We are always called to repentance for our sins.  Shouldn’t we wake up and make a special effort when the signs are looking ominous like this?

(All bible quotes are from Revelation, Douay-Rheims version.)

More Interesting Coincidences

I’ve written before about interesting coincidences, ones that mark 2016 and 2017 as rather portentous years (see here), and ones that point to St. Michael the Archangel’s influence in human history (see here).  Here are some more coincidences…

There are various significant anniversaries occurring in 2017:

  • 1917 – the warnings of Our Lady at Fátima, and the Russian Revolutions,
  • 1717 – the crowning of Our Lady of Czestochowa (pronounced like Chesta-hoe-va), and the founding (in London) of the first Grand Lodge of the Freemasons
  • 1517 – Martin Luther’s protest which led to the Reformation

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Most of you have probably heard that there is going to be a total solar eclipse over North America on the 21st August 2017.  This is the date of the Feast of Our Lady of Knock, and it also marks the start of a forty day preparation for the Jewish feast of Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement.  This year Yom Kippur also happens to land on the Catholic feast of St Michael the Archangel.  Some Catholics undertake a period of fasting starting on the Solemnity of the Assumption (15th August), called St. Michael’s Lent, in order to prepare for this feast.  St. Francis of Assisi is known to have undertaken this fast because he was devoted to St. Michael.  It seems to me that 2017 would be a great year to undertake St. Michael’s Lent, and to prepare to do some atoning.

A Rhetorical Question for Atheists

Well, it isn’t exactly for atheists but I thought “those who don’t believe in angels” was long-winded and didn’t seem quite right either.  Anyway, the question is; how did people in the fifth century, and beyond, manage to independently build  seven buildings dedicated to the same person on a straight line stretching from Ireland to Israel?  For those smart Alecs who start talking about the line not being straight because of the curvature of the earth: one, you’re missing the point, and, two, I did say it was a rhetorical question.  The answer is, of course, that the builders weren’t building independently at all.  Now, one could come up with all sorts of convoluted theories as to how people separated (often widely) in time and space, without the benefit of GPS, could work together on such a project but the simplest answer is the historical one.  Tradition has it that the buildings were inspired by St. Michael the Archangel.

For those who have already come up with an alternative theory I offer this last thought:

“For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice.”