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The Meaning of the Mysterious Third Secret of Fatima, According to Cardinal Ratzinger.
One of the most intriguing things about the Fatima apparitions of 1917 is the Mysterious Third Secret.
And one of the most trust-worthy guides to understanding it correctly is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI).
This year is the 100th anniversary of one of the most amazing miracles of the 20th century: the spectacular “Miracle of the Sun” that occurred in front of tens of thousands in Fatima, Portugal.
Three poor children claimed that the Blessed Virgin Mary was appearing to them – and that she would perform a public miracle on October 13th, 1917 in a certain field.
That’s quite the claim, so when the day came the field was filled tens of thousands of people: believers, skeptics, journalists, and even photographers.
And then it happened: the Sun started spinning, then zig-zagging around the sky, and it gave off brilliant colors.
So did anyone get a photograph??
The Third Apparition of the Angel.
Lucia is uncertain when the third apparition of the angel occurred, sometime in late September or in October 1916 is her recollection. Having gone to the Cabeco with their flocks, and being more attentive to the words of the Angel, they immediately knelt down to pray the prayer taught them by the angel: My God, I believe, I adore etc…
“After we had repeated this prayer [I don’t know how many times], we saw shining over us a strange light. We lifted our heads to see what was happening. We saw the Angel with a chalice in his left hand and a Host suspended above it, from which some drops of the Precious Blood fell. Continue reading
The Second Apparition of the Angel.
“The Angel said to us:
‘What are you doing? Pray! Pray very much! The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary have designs of mercy for you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.’
‘How should we make these sacrifices?” I asked.
The Angel of Peace, Fatima.
The Angel of Peace appeared three times to the little shepherds of Fatima to prepare them for the future apparitions of the Virgin Mary and to lift them up with Holy Communion to the supernatural state.
During the third apparition, the Angel gave Holy Communion to Lucia with a Host from which fell some drops of the Precious Blood which were gathered in the chalice.
Francisco and Jacinta, who had not yet made their First Communion, were instead given the contents of the chalice in its place. In this apparition the Angel said to them:
By Fr Ladis J. Cizik, Blue Army National Executive Director
Islam is an Arabic word that can be defined as “to make peace.” Islam is the religion founded by Mohammed, which considers the Koran as its holy book. In addition, Islam accepts the New Testament of the Christians and the Old Testament of the Jews as Divinely inspired works. Followers of Islam are known as Muslims (also: Moors, Turks, and Moslems) and, just as Jews and Christians, believe in only one God. Yet, over the centuries, Muslims have engaged in tremendous wars with Christians and Jews. It would seem that there is little hope for peace. However, Heaven’s Peace Plan, involving Our Lady, is evidenced at Fatima, Portugal as well as other places around the world.
The Moors once occupied Portugal. The village of Fatima was given the Islamic name of the well-loved Princess of the nearby Castle of Ourem. She died at an early age after marrying the Count of Ourem and converting to Catholicism. Baptized with the Christian name of Oureana, she was named at birth “Fatima,” like many other Moslem girls, in honor of the daughter of Continue reading