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December 14, 2013

Season of Advent time for Penance and Spiritual Conversion

Fatima and the Four Last Things
DEATH, JUDGEMENT - HEAVEN OR HELL 
Season of Advent A Time for
Repentance & Spiritual Conversion

Advent is given to us by the church to remind us of our need for repentance and for spiritual conversion a perfect time to read and meditate on the 4 last things.  Advent is not just to prepare us for the anniversary of the birth of Jesus (Christmas) when God entered the world as man. More importantly Advent is a time for reflection on the coming of the Lord at the end of our lives and his final coming at the end of time! Modern man is frantically running from the reality of his own death. Poor simple man is tempted to believe he is something that he is not before his peers and even before God! Advent is time to stop and take stock of who God is and who we are as we stand before him.


Michelangelo's- The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel

One of the best meditations on Death is the Dies Irae hymn a meditation on the Last Judgment, when Christ will come again in glory, no longer granting mercy, but as the Just Judge who will separate the just from the wicked, casting the latter into eternal fire, and welcoming the former to eternal bliss. The hymn closes with a supplication for mercy before the coming of that terrible day.

The video below is Mozart's Rendition of Dies Irea and it is a powerful piece making one tremble at the coming Judgment. the Day of Wrath.  The Gregorian Chant of Dies Irea   on the other hand, is more somber and reflective giving one hope in God's Mercy at that final hour of our own death or his second coming.  This is chanted during Funeral Masses in the Extraordinary form in the Tridentine Mass! Makes one hope to be buried with that Mass and those prayers to follow you into eternity.

Day of wrath, day that will dissolve the world into burning coals, as David bore witness with the Sibyl. How great a tremor is to be, when the judge is to come briskly shattering every grave. A trumpet sounding an astonishing sound through the tombs of the region drives all men before the throne. Death will be stunned and so will Nature, when arises  man the creature responding to the One judging. The written book will be brought forth, in which the record of evidence is contained whence the world is to be judged. Therefore when the Judge shall sit, whatever lay hidden will appear; nothing unavenged will remain.

 O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity,  join us with the Blessed.  What am I the wretch then to say? what patron I to beseech? when scarcely the just man be secure. King of tremendous Majesty, who saves those-to-be-saved free, save me, Fount of piety.
Remember, faithful Jesus, because I am the cause of your journey: do not lose me on that day.


Thou has sat down as one wearied seeking me, Thou has redeemed me having suffered the Cross: so much labor let it not be lost. Just judge of the avenging-punishment, work the gift of the remission of sins before the Day of the Reckoning. I groan, as the accused: my face grows red from my fault: spare this supplicant, O God.O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed.Thou who forgave Mary the sinful woman, and favorably heard the good thief, hast also given me hope.  My prayers are not worthy, but do Thou, Good God, deal kindly lest I burn in perennial fire.

Among the sheep offer me a place and from the goats sequester me, placing me at Thy right hand. After the accursed have been silenced, given up to the bitter flames, call me with the blest. Kneeling and bowed down I pray, My heart contrite as ashes: Do Thou  care for my end

That sorrowful day, on which will arise from the burning coals Man accused to be judged therefore, O God, do Thou spare him. Faithful Lord Jesus, grant them rest. Amen. O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed. Amen

The Message of Fatima & the 4 last things
A Catechesis of Faith & Reaffirmation of Gospel

Our LAdy of Fatima did not ask the permission of the parents of Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia before showing them the vision of hell. Remember that Jacinta was barely six years old!  This reminds us that children do not belong to their parents they are only entrusted to them by God. God expects parents to instruct and form them in His ways; to know love and serve Him so that they will have the opportunity to be happy with Him forever in Heaven!  Thus the outrage of abortion. Destroying God's creation in your child that was given to you in order to reflect His image in the world.

The reality of Hell should be taught to children using the same methods our Lady used at Fatima the Model Catechist.  Appealing to their generous hearts by teaching them to help save others from going there. Having this knowledge they will be able tomake the right choices to save themselves from going there as well. Our Lady in showing young children a vision of Hell lead us to understand that children can also go there! Children can and do commit grave sins, even murder. They  have the natural law impressed on their souls so they know right from wrong.  However, we should never under estimate a childs capacity to do good and for self sacrifice. Our Lady at Fatima also showed us how great the heart of a child can become when properly formed! Even to heights of heroic sanctity.

                                            A Vision of Hell
The Ultimate Justice of God
For Unrepentant Sinners

The children saw countless numbers of people who were endlessly falling into the fiery flames.  Our Lady sadly looked upon them as she said "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” And then she told them the secrets of Fatima that are connected with this vision. Material for another post someday.
The Vision of Hell
In the third apparition of July the children were given a vision of hell the ultimate Justice of God for unrepentant sinners. Our Lady pointed to the earth and the light from her hands the light from her hands penetrated the earth and opened the ground so that the children could peer into the depths and could see hell. Lucia describes  it for us: "As our Lady spoke she opened Her hands once more, as She had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were an ocean of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me.) The demons could be distinguished (from the souls of the damned) by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent.This vision lasted only a moment, thanks to our good Heavenly Mother who,  at the first apparition, had promised to take us to Heaven. Without this promise, I think we would have died of fright.

The reality eternity was already impressed on this young mind and the possibility of some souls spending an eternity in hell! This thought impressed Jacinta the most. She often called Lucia and Francisco she would ask: "Are you praying with me? It is necessary to pray much to save souls from hell! How sorry I am for sinners who go there and burn forever like wood in a fire! If I could only show them hell so they would not go there!"  Even after she was taken sick, she would get out of bed to bow her head to the floor, and pray as the Angel had taught for the glory of God, and in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended in the tabernacles throughout the world and for the conversion of poor sinners.

Photo taken after the Vision of Hell note the anxious expressions

Many years later Lucia said she believed that most people go to Hell because of sins of the flesh. If souls can be condemned to hell because of one unrepentant mortal sin for all eternity is it not to be understood that other souls could be detained for long years in purgatory who have committed countless deliberate venial sins for which they have had little sorrow and had done little or no penance. The guilt that has been remitted by absolution, but the temporal punishment will have to be paid in purgatory.




Modern Man is Frantically 
Running From The Ultimate 
Reality of His Own Death.

Hieronymus Bosch  “Death of a sinner”, angel and devil weigh a mans soul



                
Today we are so busy, so frantically busy trying to control our own personal destiny and good fortune and in the process we unwittingly make today's technological advances our God.  In extreme cases the computer screen has become his tabernacle and window into solving his thirst for knowledge. Knowledge for finite things because that is all the computer can give us. We are deceived into believing from all the information available to us up to the computer. All the images (visions) that can be brought before him, from the outer reaches of the universe and the depths of the ocean that we can finally solve and ultimately control the mysteries of the universe. The mysteries  of life and death without the reality of God!  A deception of the devil for this time the ultimate deception the ultimate lie!  Poor simple man is tempted to believe he is something that he is not before his peers and even before God!
 Someday God Will Send 
A Strong Delusion
I feel it is here in our day!

I wonder if the scriptures of 2Thessalonians2:9-12 is in the beginnings if not already being actualized! 9The coming of the lawless one with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them a strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

We are spending  more and more time involved in this technology to do what we think are great things! What was supposed to save time for human relationships has become a time consumer. Often we no longer have time for true prayer.  A prayer that enables an openness of soul to God a readiness and receptivity in order to be always praying, (Luke 18:1) and always listening to hear his voice when he whispers to our souls in the silence.  We have lost this form of prayer because there is no longer silence for modern man our ears are plugged into something all day! 

Another victory of the devil that technology has brought us! We can no longer hear the voice of conscience with all the noise and distractions around us. Without conscience we longer hear the truth about ourselves and the truth about God. I fear if we persist down this slippery slope God will allow us to have faith in whatever it is we put faith in.  If we don't turn back to  God in prayer, he may (if he has not already) send the strong delusion described in, Thessalonians 2:11. And in other words a time may come that God will not permit the deluded to repent. Hence this little catechesis on the 4 last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell and reality of purgatory as mentioned by the events of Fatima.  

The Message of Fatima confirmed  
the Reality of Purgatory
God’s Mercy vs. God’s Perfect Justice

Why not say the 5 last things 
and include Purgatory?
Purgatory is only temporary end before the final end in Heaven so it is not considered to be one of the last things. However Purgatory is such an important dogma of the church. Incredibly so many Catholics are ignorant of Purgatory so do nothing to avoid it themselves and little or nothing to help the Poor Souls who are there, suffering intensely, as they wait for Masses and prayers to be offered for them. That is why Our Lady brought up the reality of Heaven and Purgatory in her first appearance to the children. Only after strengthening them with the graces given in both the May and June apparitions did the children experience another reality of a place called hell. 

The painting below of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, the 'Throne of Mercy' and 'Queen of the Angels', who takes great delight in sending her Angels to release those Souls mercifully pardoned by her Son Jesus through the prayers and supplications of the church!

This painting is similar of Our Lady in Lucia's Parish Church!
This was how Lucia recognized that it was Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
who also appeared during the Miracle of the Sun in October


During Our Lady's First Visit to Fatima in May Lucia–the oldest of the three, after being reassured by Our Lady that they would all one day go to Heaven. Jacinta and Francisco would go soon and she would go but not right away because it was the will of God that she help promote the devotion to her Immaculate Heart to save poor sinners. Lucia found the courage and asked Our Lady about two of her friends who recently died: "Is Maria das Neves is in Heaven?" "Yes" answered Our Lady, "she is in Heaven."  She also asked about another friend, Amelia. Our Lady answered: "She will be in Purgatory until the end of the world."







Amelia's Fate is a 
Warning for All of Us!

Amelia was eighteen years old when she died. She is in Purgatory and will, on the testimony of Our Blessed Mother, stay there until the end of time.  Let us take to heart and make certain that her fate will not be our own. What could she have done to merit such purgation in those days and what about us and the sins committed in our era?

Why such a lengthy expiation?

The malice of sin is great. What we think are small faults are in reality serious offenses against the infinite goodness of God. Look how the saints wept over their smallest faults. We are weak we say and it is true but God is always there for us offering us graces to strengthen us and giving us lights to see the gravity of our sins. We do not use the lights and graces he so generously offers us, and we do not receive the sacraments as we should.

The saints committed few and slight sins they sorrowed much over them and did severe penances. We commit many and grave sins and we sorrow little and do little or no penance. For the majority of us who do make the positive decision to serve God and are not yet properly prepared (humble enough) to enter Heaven, the only choice is to make the transition to goodness in Purgatory. Our Lord tells us that we shall have to render an account for each and every idle word we say (Matthew12:36 ) and that we may not leave our prison until we shall have paid the last farthing. (Matthew 5:26).


All Venial Sins
Must also be Atoned for!

All sins mortal and venial accumulated for 20, 40, or 60 years of life. Each one has to be atoned for after death. Is it a wonder that souls have to remain so long in purgatory? It cannot be calculated the immense number of venial sins we commit on a daily basis. Faults of self love, selfishness; in thoughts words and deeds.  Acts of sensuality, faults of charity; laziness, vanity, jealousy, tepidity.  Then the sins of omission that we give no credence too. Do we ever thank God as we should for all his blessings given to us?  He waits for our visits day and night in the tabernacle; do we go? He dies for us every morning at Mass and gives innumerable graces to those who participate longing to come into our hearts in Holy Communion. We are too lazy to attend this Calvary. We have luxurious homes, food, clothing while many in the world live in hunger and misery.  Life is given to serve God and save our souls but we are satisfied if we give God five minutes of prayer in the morning and evening and the rest of the 24 hour day is given to work, rest and pleasures.  

And Mortal Sins?

Unfortunately, Most of us have committed mortal sins in our lives and if we confess them we do not make satisfaction for them. Do we return what we have stolen or make charitable contributions to the poor if we cannot. Did we restore the good name of the other who we maligned with our slander or calumny? The tongue can murder another as well as a gun or knife and change the direction of the life of someone for good or ill! St. Gertrude in her revelations indicated that those who have committed many grave sins and have not done due penance, may not share in the ordinary suffrage's of the church for a very considerable time! The venerable Bede also indicated that the justice of God may demand that those who pass a great part of their lives in repeated and unrepentant mortal sins and confess them on their death bed, may be detained in purgatory until even the last day.

We would do well to remember that the best means of lessening our term in Purgatory -- or of avoiding it altogether -- is to have clear ideas of it, to think well and often on it and to adopt the means God offers for avoiding it.   Not to think of it is FATAL. It is nothing else than preparing for ourselves a long and rigorous Purgatory!



The servant of God Fr. John Anthony Hardon, S.J. said many times: “Only the very chaste and very humble shall enter Heaven; No one else! No one else! No one else!”

    Jesus Meek and Humble of Heart
    Make Our Hearts Like Unto Thine!

Fr. Hardon and the Catholic Dogma of Purgatory                     
                 

  

 Miracle of Holy Mass 
and Purgatory in 1657    

Montserrat - the site of a Marian shrine - is a Benedictine monastery with nearly 1000 years of history. The shrine is set on the ledge of the mountains where a Basilica and Benedictine monastery are also built. The Basilica was constructed in the neo-Gothic and Renaissance style and was consecrated in 1592, 100 years after the discovery of America.  According to legend, the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat was discovered by young shepherds who had been attracted by lights that came from a cave where the statute was hidden. Our Lady of Montserrat is the Patroness of Catalonia, and because of the color of her skin, she is known as "La Moreneta" ("The Little Black Madonna").



The Most Reverend Father Bernardo de Ontevieros, General of the Benedictine Order in Spain, along with the Abbot Father Millán de Mirando, were present at the monstery of Our Lady of Montserrat to take part in several conferences when a woman with her young daughter came to the monastery, and the little girl began to implore Abbot Millán to celebrate three Masses in memory of her deceased father, deeply convinced that by the merits of these Masses, the soul of her father would be freed from the pains of Purgatory. The good Abbot, moved by the tears of the young girl, began to celebrate the first of these Masses for the dead on the following day, and the little girl, who was present at the Mass with her mother, during the consecration began to declare that she saw her father kneeling at the foot of the main altar, surrounded by dreadful flames. The Father General, who was skeptical, wishing to determine whether the little girl’s account was true, told her to bring a handkerchief close to the flames that surrounded her father. The little girl, following his directive, placed the handkerchief in that mysterious fire which only she was able to see, and at once all the monks saw the handkerchief catch fire with a living flame. .....Read More


Further Meditations on the Four Last things

 Divine Providence brought a little booklet titled READ ME or RUE IT  by Fr. Paul O'Sullivn,O.P.  The cover promised that the pamphlet would be a Revelation for many who would read it and it was for me.  I paraphrased portions from this booklet within this post. I also want to mention the Classic Meditations on the Four Last things: DEATH, JUDGMENT, HELL and HEAVEN by Fr. Martin Von Cochem O.S.F.C.  whose quote is one of the titles of this post and will be an valuable source for further meditations. Links for both booklets can be found at the end of this post.

READ ME or RUE IT  by Fr. Paul O'Sullivn,O.P.

Classic Meditations on the Four Last things:
DEATH, JUDGMENT, HELL and HEAVEN by Fr. Martin Von Cochem O.S.F.C.



December 12, 2013

From Guadelupe to Fatima a Prophetic Mystery


The First in a Series of Modern Apparitions
 over the past  500 Years

Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of all the modern apparitions over the past 500 years. If we understand the implications of this statement then it will lead us to meditate on each of our Lady's appearances in the light of the Fatima Message. 

Over time the church with the help of the Holy Spirit reflects on these appearances of Our Lady uncovering these hidden mysteries. She discovers God’s finger writing a story within the symbols contained in these Marian events. They are not coincidences! God has a purpose in everything he does. A message to proclaim in the timing of the appearances as well as within the historical context of these Marian events meditated on in the Light of Fatima.
  

Our Lady of Guadalupe 1531
The first apparition of Modern Times  

A mystery is hidden within each  approved Marian Apparition outside of their historical significance that can, need we say must, be learned through prayer and meditation. Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of human history.
   
Guadalupe is considered to be the greatest place of pilgrimage in the world after Rome.  As well as the first apparition which established a sanctuary of influence, national and worldwide.  It was estimated that in 2009 more than 6.1 million pilgrims visited the Basilica of Guadalupe on December 11-12  marking the 478th anniversary of the apparitions  of the Virgin to Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac.  
 
Guadelupe is one of the most significant  of the approved Marian apparitions in the Church rich with symbolisms. The symbolism's on the tilma. although primarily directed to Juan and the Aztec people of the time,  are speaking, or rather shouting, to us in our modern era. 

They echo without words or sound in modern time. A prophetic marker for our era.  The imprint of Mary on the tilma speaks to us prophetically in a  manner as the scriptures. Speaking in the language of the Holy Spirit. The drama around the Tilma also gives witness during the course of the apparition. The events between our Lady, Juan, the bishop and Juan’s uncle. Later in the witness Juan Diego gave with his life after Our Lady appeared. All of these give testimony!

Guadalupe linked to Fatima as
the book of Daniel is linked
with Revelation or Apocalypse. 

Daniel is considered by biblical scholars to be the apocalyptic book of the Hebrew bible, the first apocalypse.  A  Divine revelation concerning things to come. Preparing the way for its sister book Revelations. After Daniel received his visions he was instructed by the Angel with these words:

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, knowledge shall be increased. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand Daniel,12:9-10

If Guadalupe is on the same historical plane with the Book of Daniel it  is also pointing to a future messianic event since Jesus already appeared it has to be the return of the bridegroom for its church the second coming of the Lord.  Fatima is alongside the book of Revelation and is preparing the church for the return of her bridegroom at the end of time. Recall how Our Lord told the   apostles in John Chapter 16:12-13

“I have many more things to say to you,
but you cannot bear them now
But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, 
He will guide you into all the truth;
for He will not speak on His own initiative,
whatever He hears, He will speak; and will 
disclose you to you what is to come." John 16:12-13

We know that in the interpretation of scriptures there is a historical significance that the writers were inspired to write for. Later, as the church reflects on these events in the unfolding of human history we see a foreshadowing of future messianic times in the writings of the ancient prophets. The mysteries are hidden in the timing of the event or in the actions and words that are spoke by the persons involved in the drama being recorded.        

This same principal may be
applied to supernatural events
in all Approved Apparitions

Contemporary men are in some sense blinded to reading these signs and symbols. Outside of our own neglect to pray and meditate, another reason for modern mans failure to penetrate these unspoken mysteries in Marian Apparitions could be that the interpretations may be sealed until the time appointed as in the book of Daniel.  Take Fatima for instance. As we examine the secret of Fatima it was revealed slowly by degrees over time and not completely disclosed until the year 2000. And the symbolisms contained within the recently revealed portions of the secret are also prophetic in nature pointing to a possible future calamity or apocalypse if men do not stop offending God. The Message of Fatima also predicted that if the requests at Fatima are not honored, many souls will be lost, "the Holy Father will have much to suffer", there will be further wars and persecutions of the Church and "various nations will be annihilated." The annihilation of nations predicted at Fatima has not yet occurred, but many fear that it will soon happen, given the growing immorality and corruption of the world.
21 week baby clasps doctors finger from the womb during operation. Photo ©Speramus-We Hope

Symbolisms linking
Guadalupe to Fatima and our era: Culture of Life vs. Culture 
of Death
Five centuries ago, cruel human sacrificing rituals were performed by the Aztecs on a scale never approached, even remotely, by any other peoples. Men, Women and Children, were offered to appease their serpent gods. No one will ever know how many were killed this way. Estimates start from 20,000 to 50,000 a year in several sources. The leading authority on the demography of Mexico at the time of the conquest, has revised the estimated number of persons sacrificed in central Mexico in the fifteenth century to 250,000 per year and an early Mexican historian Ixtlilxochitl estimated that one out of every five children in Mexico were sacrificed. Click for more details on the Aztec Sacrifices


These ritual killings peaked around 1487 during dedication of their new serpents temple in Mexico City. A single ceremony lasted four days and four nights, with the constant beating of giant drums made of snakeskin that could be heard for two miles. More than 80,000 men were sacrificed. No where else in human history had the ancient serpent, Satan so formalized his worship with so many of his symbols. When Our Lady appeared to Juan Deigo she called herself Guadalupe. The word Guadalupe similar to the Aztec Nahuatl word of coatlaxopeuh pronounced "quatlasupe" sounds like Guadalupe. The Nahuatal word of coatlaxopeuh is translated Coa = serpent, tla="the” and xopeuh= “to crush or stamp out. So Our Lady called herself the one "who crushes the serpent. The Aztecs understood this and hearing her name while viewing the Image she left behind they converted by the millions to the faith. Certainly, in this case our Lady crushed the serpent. So it is not surprising that for the Christian one cannot help but identify Our Lady of Guadalupe with the Woman of the Apocalypse. This interpretation was first recorded by Father Miguel Sanchez in 1648.

"A great sign appeared in the sky,
a woman clothed with the sun,
the moon at her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." Revelation 12:1


The following description of the symbolism's contained within the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and how she spoke to the Aztecs without words is related by a Fr. Elizondo who writes: "Mary appears as a beautiful young Indian maiden with a look of love, compassion, and humility, her hands folded in prayer. Her pale red dress is that of an Aztec princess. Her blue mantle symbolized the royalty of the gods, and the blue color symbolized life and unity. The stars on the mantle signified the beginning of a new civilization. Mary stands in front of and hides the sun, but the rays of the sun still appear around her, signifying she is greater than the sun god, the greatest of the native divinities, but the rays of the sun still bring light. Twelve rays of the sun surround her face and head. She stands on the moon, supported by an angel with wings like an eagle: to the Aztec, this indicated her superiority to the moon god, the god of night, and her divine, regal nature. Most important are the two crosses and the black maternity band that were present in the image. Mary wore a black maternity band, signifying she was with child. At the center of the picture is found an Indian cross, the center of the cosmic order to the Indian. This symbol indicated that the baby Mary carried within her, Jesus Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the new center of the universe. On the brooch around her neck was a black Christian cross, indicating she is both a bearer and follower of Christ, the Son of God, and our Savior, who died on the Cross to save mankind.  Mary wore a black maternity band, signifying she was with child. At the center of the picture is found an Indian cross, the center of the cosmic order to the Indian. This symbol indicated that the baby Mary carried within her, Jesus Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the new center of the universe. On the brooch around her neck was a black Christian cross, indicating she is both a bearer and follower of Christ, the Son of God, and our Savior, who died on the Cross to save mankind.”

Providence of God in
The Unfolding of Time
    The Stars on Our Lady's Mantle
                                                                                                                                                             Scientists were also amazed to discover that the pattern of stars on the mantle of  the tilma reflected the exact position of the constellations on the day her image appeared on the tilma, December 12, 1531,10:40 am The Boreal Crown is located above the Virgin's head,Virgo is on her chest, in the region of her hands; Leo is on her womb; Gemini the twins are in the region of her knees and Orion is located on the Angel at her feet. Go to the following link for detailed explanations on the New discoveries on the Tilma and more diagrams on the constellations reflected on the Tilma. Heaven does nothing by chance! 


The Aztecs recognized this and It was a great sign for them who followed the passing of time with the stars. It is also a sign for our era giving another historical date for the apparition even the exact time! Could it also be a marker for a future time? Has this same lineup of stars occurred since? Will it take place again?
  
Other miracles present on Tilma
Discovered after Fatima
Miracles within A Miracle 
Linking Guadalupe for Our Generation

There were other miracles also present on the tilma  that would not be discovered for another 400 years!  In 1929 images reflected in the eyes of the Virgin were discovered for the first time. To think that this miracle within the eyes of the Virgin was present for all these centuries just waiting to be discovered and were not discovered until after the Fatima drama began. What am I saying here? That God is also speaking to us through his line of providence in the various Marian Apparitions.  God also knew that he was already known by God and in a sense reawakens Guadalupe and links it to the drama of Fatima. 

In more recent times with the appearance of modern photographic technology and advances in the science of opthomalolgy images reflected in the eyes of the Virgin were discovered in 1929 we have the first documented note of an apparent reflected image of a man's head in the right eye of the virgin by photographer Alfonso Marcue who was advised to keep silent by the bishop.
  
     The Mystery of Our Lady's Eyes

It has been said by pilgrims
 that it appears
that the eyes on the tilma are living!
Our Lady is actually seeing you
When you come before her image
She looks at you with a mothers love!


The photo shows the bearded man
Juan Diego on the right corner
discovered in 1929, 1956 and 1958.
The dark circle shows all the people present
discovered in 1979 under high magnification.

It wasn't until 1951 when another photographer Carlos Salinas examined the tilma and he observed the same reflection of a man’s head in the right eye of the Virgin. In 1956 and 1958, Dr. Torroela-Bueno and Dr. Rafael Torija-Lavoignet, both ophthalmologists examined the eyes of the Virgin on the tilma and published a study on the Purkinje-Sanson effect that is found in living human eyes. In 1979 another ophthalmologist Dr. Jose Aste Tonsmann used the latest sophisticated image processing techniques taking digitized photographs of both eyes he enlarged the image of the Virgin's eyes by 2500x magnification and said he saw not only the aforementioned single figure, but rather images of all the witnesses present when the tilma was shown to the Bishop in 1531.  Click on the following link for more Details on the Mysteries in Our Lady's eyes . Mary came in her glorified body at Guadalupe and her physical hands rearranged the roses in Juan Diego’s tilma, which makes this apparition so special like Miraculous medal apparition when St. Catherine Laboure put her hands on Mary’s lap who was sitting in a chair. An incredible list of miracles, cures and interventions are attributed to Our Lady of Guadalupe. It has been widely recognized for centuries that the preservation of the tilma is miraculous since it has maintained its integrity for nearly 500 years when similar garments normally last only about 15 years before suffering damage.

Guadalupe and Fatima reflect
Our Lady in Revelation 12:1-6  

And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered. And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred sixty days. Revelaton:12:1-6

For the evil one and for his followers there is not much that they hate and fear more than the image of the Woman clothed with the sun the moon under her feet. This Image was shown to them before the whole creation was completed, and triggered their final rebellion and fall. This image of the one who will crush his head. But we also have a part to play in this drama, St Paul taught this when he exclaimed that we must fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ. We must help our Lady with our prayers and sacrifices that she requested at Fatima. The outcome is up to us and what we choose to do with what we know. 

At Guadalupe Our Lady was hiding the sun only it's rays penetrated around her. At Fatima in the 3rd secret during the miracle of the sun she reflected a light brighter than the sun and this light from our Lady prevented the Angel of God's wrath from chastising the earth with the flames from his sword. 

There are prophetic meanings to be gleaned here. Heaven does nothing by accident. If Our Lady is prefigured in these appearances as the woman clothed with the sun in the book of Revelations she is also then the Queen of prophets. As our Lord came into the world for the first time through Mary. He will also come his second time through her. Mary the Queen of Prophets will prepare the world for his final coming at the end of time. Is this not what is happening today at Fatima and other approved Marian Sites?

What have we learned in 500 Years 
from Guadalupe to Fatima?

Granted in examining the apparitions of our Lady over the years there exists a certain correlation between Marian apparitions and specific historical situations of the times. For example Lourdes and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. La Sallette and the approaching famine. Fatima and the World Wars.  Our Lady the spouse of the Holy Spirit is sent to convey a message from the finger of God to help us see the writing on the wall.  With sometimes a dire warnings in the book of Daniel Chapter 5: Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand in fear as it wrote: "This is the inscription that was written: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin. "This is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians." Daniel 5:26-28 

Our Lady spouse of the Holy Spirit is the Hand of God conveying a message to the world powers  and the kingdoms of our era. "Some I will cure others I will not. They must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins." Looking very sad, Our Lady said: "Do not offend the Lord our God any more, because He is already so much offended." Fatima October 13,1917

Do we think we will not see the justice of God if we continue on in our sins? If God allowed the Jewish nation to be scattered throughout the world and their temple destroyed because they did not recognize the time of their visitation.  Do we think we can continue to disregard the warnings from Heaven to ammend our lives and not have consequences to pay?  

In future posts we hope to detail the conditional prophecies at Fatima if the requests of Our Lady are not heeded. 

Our Lady said that Russia would "spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated.
 
There is not enough time to go into each apparition in order to glean the prophetic message from each one and apply them for these times. The Holy Spirit if invoked will unveil the hidden mysteries  and demonstrate their significance or connection to the Fatima Message and the Woman Clothed with the Sun in Revelation.
 
If the Apparition of Guadalupe resulted in the conversion of an entire Aztec native population from the worship of idols and human sacrifice to Christianity. Could we not hope for no less with the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima? We can and we should. She did say that in the end her Immaculate Heart will Triumph. If we follow the simple request God has asked of us from her we will see The Triumph of her Immaculate Heart and Victory over this culture of death? -Let us hope! 

Also Read: 

The Historical Story of Guadalupe translated from the Aztec Language Nahuatl