The Third Secret of Fatima

First Four Liness

July 2018  First Four lines

   They met again in July. Skinner poured two cups of tea. Sipping his tea, Skinner sat back in his big chair and asked what Cap thought about What is Known about the Third Secret. Cap answered that she thought it was staggering. It is an alternate view of history. It would make a challenging class. Students would be struck by it.

    You don’t have to be Catholic to be interested in Lucy. Throughout history there arisen people who have a gift of prophecy. Tecumseh foretold the earthquake of New Madrid in 1812. You don’t have to be Shawnee to accept that he was given a glimpse of the future. Some people have a gift.

   I got your letter on Aeillo and I looked up her information. She was a very kind person. She had the stigmata, various sufferings. And she developed an orphanage for abandoned girls. She was gentle with the children. It is remarkable that someone so tender would write images so upsetting.

   Skinner said that Aiello didn’t have much choice. Experience was rough on those who did not announce what they were supposed to announce.

   

   “About what is known about the secret. Now that you have many pieces of the mosaic, the question arises of how you fit them together. Let me give you my opinion of the structure of the third secret. I have thought about this on and off for many years. A number of others have talked about what is in the secret but as far as I know, no one has ever dealt with the structure of the secret except to say that it has between twenty and twenty five lines.

First line

  He sat down his tea and picked up his notes. “I think the first line of the third secret is “You saw the ruin of the world.” When She showed the children a vision of hell, She said “You saw hell where the souls of poor sinners go.” I assume that the Madonna uses the same expression, “you saw ...”, after showing the children the vision of the Bishop in White.  She uses the same words because there is a certain harmony in the way she speaks to the children. There are parallels in the secrets.

    The Secret weighed heavily on Pope John. In his Opening Speech to Vatican II, he wished to separate himself from those who foresaw trouble ahead. Several had read the secret with him. He assumed that a couple dozen more had been told the contents verbatim and that many more had the general idea. He felt is necessary to counter the pessimism of the third secret. Therefore in denying that pessimism he chose to use the word most associated with the first line of the secret. He attacked those who saw “ruin and calamity”. “He mocked, disdainfully, those whom he called ‘prophets of doom.’

 And there was no doubt among any of us that he was speaking of the three prophets of Fatima, toward whom he was hostile.”

 

Half in Ruins

   Lucy described the Vision of the Bishop in White in a city half in ruins. Frere Michel says “The Church was falling into ruin but only by half, because there still existed Catholics whose innocent souls had not let themselves be perverted by heresy.

Lamentable Ruins.

    “It is notable that at the end of the Sixties Sister Lucy was alarmed at the campaigns that the progressivists were waging, even in Portugal, against the devotion of the Holy Rosary. She wrote at the time to Father Umberto Pasquale: “We see, alas, the lamentable ruins that the demon has caused.’ “

Second line

   The second line in the second secret is “In order to save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.” The second line in the third secret if it follows the same patterns, says “In order to save them, God wished to establish the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.”

   Speaking about devotion to the Immaculate Heart, Frere Michel says that ”since God has decided to manifest more and more His great design of love, which is to grant all graces to men through the mediation of the Immaculate Virgin, it seems that their refusal to submit with docility to what God wills is a fault which most gravely wounds His Heart. And for which He no longer finds in Himself any inclination to pardon them.”

 These are hard words.

    Later, in connection with the Request for the Consecration of Russia, Our Lady would say “So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I come to ask for reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray.” More hard words. This is such a stunning statement. Most of the world believe that there are no sins against Our Lady, and certainly none which would merit eternal condemnation.

 

   It is as though there are three catholic churches. The old church in which Our Lady was venerated. The New Church in which Our Lady is minimized. And The Church of the Third Secret in which Our Lady explodes on the scene as God’s front agent. 

     By the way, you don’t have to be Catholic to believe Lucy. Throughout history there arise people who have a gift of prophecy. Tecumseh foretold the earthquake of New Madrid in 1812. You don’t have to be Shawnee to accept that he was given a glimpse of the future. Some people have a gift.

The third line.

   The third line of the second secret is “If people will do what I ask, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” The third line of the third secret follows the same harmony. “If the Holy Father had done so, many souls would have been saved.”

The fourth line of the third secret is the shocker. “Because he did not, the devil will infiltrate the Church.”

   He looked at Cap to gage her reaction. But she was looking out the window with a far off expression. She was listening intently without making a judgement.

   My opinion is that the reason that the third secret has not been revealed is that it predicts that Lucifer will infiltrate the Church. 

   It is a sad story. Because the world did not respond to Mary requests, evil entered the church. Sister Lucy said it was sad. If the Holy Father had promoted the Communion of Reparation on First Saturdays, then Russia would have been consecrated, the world would have been converted and there would have been peace and an end to war.

   At Akita, Our Lady spoke the same words. “The devil will infiltrate the Church.” Cardinal Ratzinger said that the message of Akita is essentially the same as the content of the Third Secret.

 This is the great danger from which Our Lady wished to save the Church and the world.

   Sister Lucy also spoke about the devil infiltrating the Church. “It is painful to see such a great disorientation in so many persons who occupy places of responsibility.... It is because the devil has infiltrated evil under cover of good, and the blind are beginning to guide others, as the Lord tell us in His Gospel, and souls are letting themselves be deceived.”

   Cap asked, You think that a nun would say that about the Church? She is not the only one. A number of others have spoken about the devil infiltrating the church. One of them was a devout mystic who lived in Brittany and died in 1941. Here name was Marie Julie Jahenny. She was perhaps the greatest stigmatist in the history of the Church. She was a virgin clairvoyant and a holy person.

   Marie-Julie predicted numerous chastisements for sin that would fall on France and then the rest of the world. Earthquakes, destructive storms, famines, plagues, civil war, the closure of all churches, the slaughter of Christians, the destruction of Paris, and the Three Days of Darkness. Signs in the sky would announce the coming of the Great Monarch and the Angelic Pontiff.

I will Decimate the People. 

   She had a vision of a dialogue between Our Lord and Lucifer. The latter said "I will attack the Church. I will overthrow the Cross, I will decimate the people, I will deposit a great weakness of Faith in hearts. There will also be a great denial of religion.”

I will be Master of all things. 

   “For a time I will be MASTER of all things, everything will be under my Xcontrol, even Your temple and all Your people."

 

Lament

   Skinner paused for a while. “I think that the third secret is in part a lament about humanity not having responded to Her requests and a description of what will have happened as a result. It is a song of regret and a warning that trouble is coming. Sister Lucy said she never saw Our Lady smile. In the 1957 interview, Sister Lucy says that the message that is supposed to be opened in 1960 “will be very sad for everyone, not one person will rejoice.” 

   The Madonna made her requests in 1917. She waited patiently until 1960. She said in effect, that if you will do what I ask, then there will be peace. If not, then war. Unfortunately, humanity did not do what she asked and we moved into the If not arena.

The letter of 1982

   On May 12, 1982, Sister Lucia wrote a letter to the Holy Father. It  was later released when they revealed the Vision of the Bishop in White.

 It consisted of four paragraphs. Lucy began,

   “The Third part of the secret refers to Our Lady words ‘If not, Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.’

   She continued. “The Third part of the secret is a symbolic revelation, referring to this part of the Message. Conditioned by whether we accept or not what the Message itself asks of us: ‘If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, etc.’

   “Since we did not heed this appeal of the message, we see that it has been fulfilled, Russia has invaded the world with her errors. And if we have not yet seen the fulfillment of the final part of this prophecy, we are going toward it little by little with great strides. If we do not reject the path of sin, hatred, revenge, injustice, violation of the rights of the human person, immorality, violence, etc.

   “And let us not say that it is God who is punishing us in this way. On the contrary, it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In His kindness, God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom He has given us, hence people are responsible.” end of quote.

    Skinner took another sip of tea and began to explain his interpretation of the letter. I have included this letter because it supports the texture of what I am suggesting above.What is remarkable about this letter is that Lucy is writing directly about the third secret. It was written in the day before John Paul II’s Mass at Fatima in which he publicly thanked The Madonna for sparing his life in the assassination attempt one year earlier. One may assume that the Pope met with Lucy and encouraged her to write this letter.  The politics of the situation was that Pope John Paul wanted to release the secret. The anti fatima party did not.

Colossal Punishment

    First of all, Lucy makes is clear that the third secret is about a Colossal Punishment which God will visit upon humanity. But not to blame God because we have brought it on ourselves.

   Second, Lucy says that the punishment concerns Russia having invaded the world with her errors and the final fulfillment of Russia’s errors in the world. It sounds like Lucy is saying that the harm that Russia has done so far is only part of the secret. There is more harm to come from Russia.

“In the first two paragraphs, Lucy is saying that the third part of the secret focuses on what will happen if we have not responded to Her requests. The third secret concerns the “If not, Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars ... nations will be annihilated.”

   

Background, the Second Secret.

   Here it is helpful to remember that the second and third secrets were part of a single conversation which occurred at the third apparition. They were close together. There was the vision of hell. Then about twenty lines of conversation from Our Lady. Then the Vision of the Bishop in White 

 and another twenty lines of conversation. The whole apparition lasted only about twelve minutes. 

    In the second part, Our Lady proposed an If and If not offer to humanity. She did so twice. First, She says if people will do what I ask, then many souls will be saved. If not, then a worse war would follow. Next, She asked for the First Saturday devotion and the Consecration of Russia. And then She stated the second if and if not condition. She said “If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”

    It is remarkable that Our Lady made an offer to humanity and almost no one knows about it. It was backed up by the most witnessed miracle in human history. It has been buried.

   

We did not respond.

   In the third paragraph Lucy is saying that “Since we did not heed this appeal of the message,” we must now face the consequences. Russia has invaded the world with her errors. The natural effect of those errors is a train of consequences which we are experiencing now. Little by little, we move closer to the final fulfillment of the third secret. We are making great strides in moral disintegration. We are traveling along the path of sin. The final fulfillment will be a universal convulsion in which are dominant the conditions of “hatred, revenge, injustice, violation of the rights of the human person, immorality, violence, etc.”

   

Etc

   The etc is significant. Sister Lucy doesn’t finish her sentence. And the manner in which she cuts off the sentence is the same as she used when she said “In Portugal the dogma of the faith will always be preserved etc.” The “etc” was then a means of making public that there was more to the story. Alonso

  and others have said the the rest of the sentence is implicit. If the dogma of the faith has been preserved in Portugal, then this clearly implies that it will be lost elsewhere. 

  So what does the et cetera mean here. It implies that “If we do not reject the path of sin,” then we shall experience a worldwide convulsion of hatred, worldwide war, the triumph of atheism, and finally widespread annihilation of nations and the consequent loss of an enormous part of human life.

Cadavers

    In the Vision, the bishop in white passes a large number of bodies on his way up the hill. Lucy used the word cadavers. The word cadavers is used in the old testament just twice, to describe apostates. So, it could be said that the Vision begins with a world half in ruins. Of wide spread apostasy and war. First comes the apostasy, a worldwide loss of faith. Then comes war. then the killing of the pope, the clergy and the laity. 

Tense

    One of the overlooked aspects of the Third Secret is the tense in which it is written. Does The Madonna speak in the past, the present or the future. 

   In the second part of the secret, the Madonna was looking forward in time to future events. She uses the future tense. She uses the word “will.” As in there “will be an even worse war... He will punish...Russia will spread her errors... the good will be martyred... nations will be annihilated.” 

    In the third part of the secret, the perspective changes. The Madonna showed the children a vision of a city half destroyed in war, corpses on the ground, and a murdered bishop in white. It is the view of a past event. The Madonna took the children forward in time in order to look back at what will have happened as a result of not following Her requests. The Madonna is no longer speaking about a thing which may or may not happen. The choice has been made. Fate has been sealed. The die has been cast. No longer is it appropriate to speak in terms of “If My requests are heeded.” The time of choice has past. It is as if She showed them a movie of a past event and spoke about it. The appropriate verb tense is past perfect. Of a thing completed in the past.

   So the third secret is expressed in the past tense. Also, Lucy is giving us a big clue when she says “The secret ... Conditioned by whether we accept or not what the Message itself asks of us.” She is says that is involves a conditional expression.  A conditional expression in the past tense would look like line three above.

   Glancing at the clock on his window sill, Skinner said “That’s enough for today. If you want to tackle writing the Third Secret, start reading Frere Michel. The three volumes have only about three thousand pages. The Fourth Secret by Socci is good too. He is an italian journalist who came around 180 on the existence of the secret. It is a good read. Especially if you get bogged down in the big book. However, you might not. The big book is like reading a mystery novel. You want to see what happens next. Except that sometimes you need to set it down and give your mind time to absorb what you have read. 

   “I will see you after summer vacation.” With that they parted and Cap bicycled back through Forest Park and the Central West end to her apartment. As she coasted past the Giraffe field, she had the same sense again that the world looked different.

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