While I read with interest and devotion those things about Marian apparitions which receive formal approval of Holy Mother Church, I don’t spend a great deal of energy on Marian apparitions. Today, however, we observe the the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette. I am sure other bloggers will cover the history of the feast. Suffice to say that on 19 September 1846 Mary appeared to two shepherd children on a mountain in France and gave them a message for the world. Here are parts of the message of Our Lady of La Salette (my emphasis):
God is going to strike in an unprecedented manner. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God is going to exhaust His wrath, and no one will be able to resist so many concerted woes… Many will abandon the faith, and the number of priests and religious who will dissociate themselves from the true religion will be great… Many religious institutes will lose the faith entirely and will cause the loss of many souls. The Church will pass through a frightful crisis… The Holy Father will suffer greatly. I will be with him to the end to receive his sacrifice… For a time God will not remember France or Italy because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is no longer known… [But the] prayers, penance and tears of the just will ascend to heaven, and the entire people of God will beg for pardon and mercy and will ask My assistance and My intercession. Then Jesus Christ, by an act of His justice and His great mercy toward the just [will intervene and] then there will be peace, the reconciliation of God with men… Charity will flourish everywhere.. The Gospel will be preached everywhere, and men will make great progress in the faith, because there will be unity among the workers of Jesus Christ and men will live in the fear of God.
This sounds very much like what is going on today.
Rome will lose the faith and will become the seat of Antichrist. … I summon the true disciples of God who lives and reigns in heaven; I summon the true imitators of Christ made man, the one true Saviour of men; I summon My children, My true devotees, those who have given themselves to Me so that I might lead them to My divine Son, those whom I carry, so to speak, in My arms, those who have lived according to My spirit; finally, I summon the Apostles of the Latter Times, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in scorn of the world and of themselves, in poverty and in humility, in contempt and in silence, in prayer and in mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world. It is time for them to arise and come forth to enlighten the earth.
I don’t know what all of this means, of course, but I find it pretty ominous.
Consider also the messages of Our Lady of Fatima. Just how are things going in Russia these days anyway?
Here is an ironic tidbit for you to think about. You might know that there are some very smart people who have said that the whole text of the so-called Third Secret has not really been released. Some think that what the Holy See released a few years ago wasn’t the whole story and we are still missing something. You might remember that some rad trads level their pointy fingers at Joseph Card. Ratzinger and the then Secretary of the CDW Tarcisio Bertone as being the real bad guys in the conspiracy to cover up the Third Secret. You will recall that in the text released by the Holy See suggested that the vision of the bishop in white referred actually to the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II on 13 May 1981. In the text the Vatican released the bishop in white "falls to the ground, as if dead, after a volley of gunfire."
Pope Benedict is now Pope and Card. Bertone is now Secretary of State.