Something was made known to me a while back that I have been pondering. It involves the Third Secret of Our Lady of Fatima. It really bothers me.
The three children who were the seers at Fatima, received three secrets on the 13 July apparition. Carmelite nun Sister Lúcia, who as a little girl was one of the three children to whom Our Lady appeared, revealed two secrets in 1941. She did not disclose the third secret until 1943 at the command of the bishop. She wrote it down and sealed it in an envelope and said that it should be opened in 1960. It was eventually sent to Rome in 1957 where it was stored away securely. The text of the Third Secret was released by the Vatican in 2000.
There is controversy about the Third Secret. Firstly, the timing of its release was a problem. Also, the other secrets have explanations from Mary. Where’s Mary’s explanation of the Third?
Also, the Third Secret was kept in both the archive of the Holy Office and also in a safe in the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace… so it was divided. Also, there are indications that Popes read the Third Secret for “first time”… twice. How do you do that if it is one thing? Was one the text and the other the explanation? In 2000 Card. Ratzinger gave a theological explanation. Frankly, and with respect, that didn’t resolve a lot of the questions.
In any event, returning to the thing in the text of the Third Secret that was brought to my attention and that really bothers me.
Here is the whole text. The part in question is in bold.
“I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine. 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 splendor 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 aspergillum 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 bothers me? Not the part about persecution. That’s a given.
Note that reference to seeing an image like to that of an image in a mirror.
When you see someone pass in front of a mirror, you see two of them, the real one and the image. Two.
Hence, in this case, the vision involved seeing two figures dressed in white, one being the real one and the other being the image of the real one. And, according to the description, Lúcia says she saw whom she took to be the Pope and a figure that was not the Pope but an image like the Pope.
One figure the Pope and the other, close by, as in a mirror, not the Pope but looking like the Pope.