In the Third Secret of Fatima, Our Lady is warning us against apostasy. As Father Gruner explains, truth does not change. One of the greatest defenses against apostasy is to have a firm grasp of and adherence to the dogmatic definitions of the Catholic Faith.
Recent alarming developments in the Crimea and Ukraine have made it clear that, thirty years after John Paul II’s failed attempt to consecrate Russia without mentioning Russia, “that poor nation” as Sister Lucy called it, remains at the center of the world events prophesied in the Message of Fatima. As Our Lady of Fatima warned the Church and the world nearly a century ago:
February 27, 2014
Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Dear Friend of Our Lady,
In the above-written words to Blessed Veronica of Binasco, Our Lord is telling us that He is more pleased when we honor and comfort His Mother by meditating on Her sorrows than when we meditate on His sufferings.
St. Francis lived in the age of the troubadours, whose theme was the chaste love of a noble warrior for a virtuous lady. He loved chivalric poetry and adapted it to his spiritual life, vowing his love for Lady Poverty, in whom he saw the perfection of all virtues. His band of troubadours, the first Franciscans, pledged their fealty to Lady Poverty, to the extent that they would not even beg more food than they needed for the day.