Re: Conversion of those
outside the Faith
None of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews, heretics, and schismatics, can ever be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, (Mt. 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her; ... no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved unless they abide within the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.
... the solemn decree, Cantate Domino at the Council of Florence,
dated Feb. 14, 1442
issued by Pope Eugene IV
This may seem like a strange way to start off a volunteer letter, but the above quoted dogma of our Catholic faith appears on page 29 of issue #70 of The Fatima Crusader which is enclosed.
The above quote was selected because of some of the questions regarding the faith, which people have phoned in to ask recently. In the course of some of these conversations, it became evident that many people have either forgotten, or have never known that outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation.
Certainly one can understand how people may forget basic tenets of the faith, given the current state of the Church. It seems the faithful are neither being taught nor reminded of what it means to be a Catholic, and that includes what one must believe in order to call himself and to be a Catholic. In the above quote, Pope Eugene IV reiterated the dogma already promulgated by two of his predecessors, and it must be believed and lived in order for one to consider himself a Catholic.
Now its serious enough when Catholics dont know what they are bound as Catholics to believe, but perhaps equally, if not more serious, is when a Catholic is informed of Church dogma, specifically the aforementioned dogma, and disagrees or refuses to accept one or more of the truths of the faith. He thereby jeopardizes his eternal salvation, and in the case of this dogma, often defends his position by enumerating the good points of the non-Catholics he knows.
It is very sad to have to try to convince a Catholic to accept the truths of the faith. For those who call themselves Catholic, but refuse to accept these truths, which indeed they must in order to remain in the bosom of the Church, their stubborn lack of acceptance separates them from God.
Our duty as Catholics isnt to argue about infallibly declared Church dogmas, thus risking our own eternal salvation, but rather to pray for the conversion of those separated from God, before it is too late. Praying for the conversion of those outside the faith has always been a teaching of the Church and a very grave responsibility which Almighty God has given to Catholics in return for the tremendous gift of their Catholic Faith.
So what does this have to do with being a volunteer for Our Ladys Fatima Apostolate? Well, the purpose of spreading the Message of Fatima is for the salvation of souls. Remember, Our Lady of Fatima on July 13, 1917 showed the children the vision of hell and told them you have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go; many souls go to hell because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them. Thus reminding Catholics of their duty to pray for one another and for those outside the Church.
In the teachings of the Catholic Faith, a person is eternally dammed if he dies separated from God. And what separates him from God is mortal sin, which is serious deliberate sin; but also lets not forget that those outside the bosom of the Church are separated from God. That is, those who are not Catholic are separated from God, and unless they accept the one, true, holy Catholic and apostolic faith before they die, they too will forfeit eternal salvation.
Our Lady of Fatima also said that if Her requests made to the faithful, the Holy Father and the bishops were heeded, Russia would be converted and the world would be given a period of peace. Thus heeding Our Ladys requests would lead to the Conversion of Russia and subsequent salvation of the souls of the Russian people. And remember, there is only one definition of conversion and that is conversion to the one, true, holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
In this issue of The Fatima Crusader, John Vennari in his article, It Doesnt Add Up, The Latest Reported News of Sister Lucy, discusses the moral condition of the Russian people and other signs which make it obvious that Our Lady of Fatimas requests have not been heeded: the consecration of Russia is not done, not enough of the faithful are doing as Our Lady asked praying the Rosary, offering up the sacrifices of their daily duty, and fulfilling the Five First Saturdays devotions.
There is the article by Mark Fellows, Lucy and the Pirates, which describes the continuing efforts of those under the influence of satan to minimize and relegate to the past the message of Our Lady of Fatima.
Then there is Gods continuing endorsement of the Message of Fatima, see The Pope Proclaims May 13 Feast of Our Lady of Fatima by Father Kramer. And Coralie Grahams article Divine Intervention reminds us that it is up to the lay faithful to take the initiative in carrying out Our Lady of Fatimas requests, and encouraging others to do likewise.
There is also the beautiful article by St. Alphonsus Liguori starting on page 58 which tells of the many ways to honor and please Our Heavenly Mother. These are just some of the many wonderful articles in this issue which we pray you will help us put into the hands of as many people as Our Lady sends to you.
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In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
P.S.To thank you for all you do, as a special gift we are sending this new issue of The Fatima Crusader to our Volunteers first.