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The Third “Secret” of Fatima

13 May

With Benedict’s visit to Fatima there has been a lot of talk about the secrets of Fatima. Fr. Z has a poll over at WDTPRS about the contents of the “third secret.” I must admit, I chose the option that reads, “I don’t know the messages or apparitions from Fatima.” While that isn’t entirely true it is the option that certainly fits me best. Having read about the relationship of the assassination attempt of John Paul II and the third secret and more recently the sufferings of the Church and the attacks on the Holy Father over the abuse scandal I had a shallow knowledge of the apparitions. Today I finally took the time to Google the apparitions. And I found the Vatican website to be most helpful. This link has all of the correspondence between Sister Lucia, the only surviving witness of the apparitions, Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Sodano, and others involved.

Of course readership in this blog is still small (as it is still less than a day old đŸ˜‰ ) but I will post the original text of the vision of the third secret for any readers who are – like me – unfamiliar with the actual description:

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!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.


What I’m reading

12 May

Although I bought it from Amazon a long time ago I finally found the time to start reading Benedict’s work, Jesus of Nazareth. I’m only past the introduction and the first chapter but what I’ve read so far is great. Its well thought out and methodically presented. He always makes it seem easy to explain complex theology. If you haven’t read this book you should definitely pick it up. Benedict aims to study Jesus as a historical figure (hence the title) but the Supreme Pontiff thus far makes an incredible theological explanation of Christ.

This first volume only covers His Baptism  to the Transfiguration but EWTN News reports that Benedict’s second book has been sent to the publisher:

VATICAN CITY, 10 MAY 2010 (VIS) – “The definitive text of the second volume of the book ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ by His Holiness Benedict XVI was recently consigned to the publishers entrusted with its publication”, says a note released today by the Holy See Press Office.

“This second volume is dedicated to the Passion and the Resurrection, and starts where the first volume finished”, says the note.

EWTN goes on to say,

“The hope is that the publication of the book in the major languages will come about contemporaneously. Yet this, however rapid, will still require various months, given the times necessary for an accurate translation of such an important and long-awaited text”.