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(The following is a piece by our friend, Padraig Caughey, who publishes the lively Mother of God Forum out of Ireland. It has a worldwide audience and focuses on a variety of serious Catholic topics – CJ)
By Padraig Caughey
Our Lady was giving me a little prayerful nod to write an article,
which I hope to write tonight.
I have a question . Concerning the Signs of the Times and Prophecy,
If you had one question to ask God about things , what would it be?
‘I would ask , Lord ,what words come after ”In Portugal the Dogma of
the faith will always be preserved”
If the answer backed up the official line …”There is no more” ”All
has been revealed”
I would be shocked , and have to change much of what I think.’
I was thinking there about how often the truth can jump up and really
bite us, especially when we are not ready for it. I read one
time how sometimes when patients are in therapy they can start
screaming when confonted by a truth buried in thier long distant path..a
truth they tried to keep buried in their past.
I think the truth can act as a cleansing antiseptic that can often
sting. The Illumination of Conscience or Great Soul Sight will act like
this. For some the truth will be so painful ,we are told it will
actually kill them, so far gone in a mist of lies they may be. A Friday.
But coupled with this great Universal Truth telling by the God who is
Truth telling itself, two days later will be a great outpouring of the
Holy Spirit, a new chance of Resurrection for the entire World.
The hand that hurts will indeed be the Hand that Heals. Sometimes the
truth on its own is more than we can stand: we need the strength to carry
it on through life on our shoulders….and this the Holy Spirit will
give. On a Sunday. The Third Day.
Prepare the Way for the Lord
…4″Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made
low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a
broad valley; 5Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all
flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
“and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has
heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble
“The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and
all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.”
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.”
Joel 2:28-The Day of the Lord
28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.
I got taken aback when I read this question because I thought to
myself, it is so technical and controversial I will only end up getting
drawn into a row over the Third Secret of Fatima..and anyway no matter
what I write it will not accepted.
In either case most people who read this and are interested will know
far more about the Third Secret of Fatima than I do and Fatima
generally. So I felt my feathers droop a little, especially since this
was my very first question.
But then I remembered I was supposed to take these questions to the Feet
of Mary in prayer; so I did and this was the answer I got back. I
am sorry if it was not the answer you were expecting.
Our Lady explained to me in prayer that the reason why we tend to
get stuck in questions like this is that we are not viewing her message
in the correct light. We are using human reason to decipher instead of
being laid by prayerful grace. That we have to pray about them, rather
than studying them with human reason, in much the same way as we
She pointed out that we often make the mistake of breaking down her
apparitions into specific events, and so we think of Our Lady of
Guadalupe, Fatima, Lourdes, Akita and so as separate and even support
one apparition against another in a quarrelsome and partisan fashion.
In fact all Marian apparitions are one single part of a continuing
Rather like each pearl in a pearl necklace held together by a gold chain
forming a single strand of beauty. Or each thread in a tapestry being
woven together into a single picture.
In order to gain understanding we should be standing prayerfully back
from them and viewing each pearl as part of the greater whole.
If we did this we would not quarrel over what particular apparition is
or is not authentic, drawing the fullness of the message from what pearls
we can hold in our hearts and accept. Discarding the rest but still
coming to the fulness of grace led understanding heaven both demands and
Understanding being the first step to putting these messages into
practice in our own homes and hearts. Being reminded that even the devil
sees God and fears. But still does not act as he should. We who are
visited by the Blessed Virgin must take our messages into our hearts in
such a way that our lives should be changed. That we should be converted
and in so doing act as instruments for the conversion of the entire
Faith and Works
…18 “But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me
your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
19You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and
shudder. 20But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that
faith without works is useless?…”
Our Blessed Lady went on to explain to her have as a key to the
understanding of her messages, simply this:
That she came and comes first, second and last for the good of Holy
Mother Church and so in the renewal of the Barque of Peter to lead to
the conversion of the Entire World. She showed me that in understanding
his truth we understand all. That this is the source and centre of all
the Marian Secrets, set forth plainly in Scripture.
She warns against getting caught up in vain speculation , but to work
with the help of the Most High God for our own conversion , first step
to the conversion of the entire world.
She warns that time is short but she will walk hand in hand , securing
and guiding with many graces those who walk beside her in fulfillment of
the messages she was sent from heaven to plant in our hearts.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.