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Sister Lucia and the Demise of Communism (and Islam?)

A very nice overview of the Marian apparitions at Fatima and a tribute to Sr. Lucia, one of the visionaries, appeared in a very unlikely place: The Weekly Standard.

Their normal readership was exposed to an altogether kooky and somewhat unnerving story, namely, that the rise and fall of communism is best understood in the context of cosmic history, as revealed to Sr. Lucia and her siblings by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. I'm sure it was quite a surprise to what must be an altogether more secular readership of the conservative weekly.

While never being one to dwell too much on the Fatima apparitions (especially since they have spawned much lunacy, fear-mongering, and general malaise within the Church by many overzealous folks), I find the message of Fatima impossible to ignore. The Vatican documents relating to the release of the "third secret," with a reflection by Cardinal Ratzinger, can be accessed here. It seems that Cardinal Ratzinger believes that the historical moment for which the message of Fatima is relevant, has passed.

For an amazing reflection on Fatima, communism, and Islam, read this piece by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It might be the case that the message of Fatima is still critically important.


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