Lenin, Fatima, and the Annihilation of the Unborn


For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder…  (Matthew 15:19)

Last May 13 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the shepherd children of  Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

The apparition featured the greatest publicly witnessed miracle since the resurrection of Christ.

In October of that same year of 1917, Vladimir Ulynov (better known by his alias Lenin) led the atheistic communist Bolshevik party to power in the Russian Revolution.

The Blessed Mother warned at Fatima of Russia spreading her errors across the globe, and the threat of another catastrophic war with grave consequences for humanity.

But Fatima is not just a fascinating historical event to commemorate and quickly forget.

As you will see, the messages and warnings of Fatima continue to have special relevance and urgency for our times.

Revolution Rooted in Rage

The seeds of the Russian communist revolution were planted in Vladimir Lenin many years before the Bolsheviks seized power in October 1917.

In January 1886, when Lenin was 16, his father died of a brain hemorrhage.  The loss of the families stabilizing father figure appears to have played an important role in Lenin’s embrace of revolutionary ideology.

After the death of his father, Lenin renounced his belief in God.

Russia under the Tsars provided few outlets for healthy political expression and intellectual freedom.  Lenin’s older brother Alexander, like other disenchanted Russian intellectuals, was seduced by Marxist revolutionary ideology.

In March 1887 Alexander was part of an unsuccessful plot to assassinate the Tsar.   Alexander and his co-conspirators were executed.

The death of his brother Alexander led to an embrace of Marxist philosophy, economic theory and revolutionary politics.

Lenin’s smoldering grief and hatred of the Russian Monarchy metastasized into a lust for power through Marxist revolution.

Angels and Shepherd Children

In Fatima Portugal, as men like Lenin were orchestrating communist revolution, another story was unfolding.

In 1916 three shepherd children were visited by an angel as they tended their sheep.

As the First World War raged on in Europe and blasphemy and atheism were spreading like a malevolent virus, the Angel of Fatima declared to the shepherd children:

I am the angel of peace.

Pray with me:  

“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.”

In the aftermath of this angelic visitation, the children were unable to speak for a time as they were so overwhelmed by the powerful presence of God.

The Angel gave the timely plea for the children to make sacrifices, “in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which [God] is offended” and for the conversion of sinners in danger of eternal separation from their Creator.

Later in the apparitions Mary revealed a frightening vision of hell to the children. The mother of Jesus spoke of her sorrow at the potential loss of so many souls that were falling into grave sin.

Yet this was surely also a warning that the sin and arrogance of men promoting new anti-Christian and pagan ideologies, were summoning the powers of hell upon the earth.

In the same apparition where the children were shown this terrifying vision of hell, the Mother of Jesus warned:

The [First World War] is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI (1922-1939.) When you see a night illumined by an unknown light[1], know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father…

The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world”.(7)

Tragically men continued to offend God as they unleashed hell upon the earth. The forced famine in the Ukraine under communist dictator Stalin, the persecution of Christians, the horrors of Nazi terror, and the threat of nuclear war were just some of the diabolical fruit cultivated by the satanic deceptions embraced by men like Lenin and Hitler.

The Errors of Russia and the Abortion Holocaust

Many years later, we can see in the fall of the Soviet Union in March 1990 a fulfillment of Mary’s promise of a future conversion of Russia.

With the fall of the Soviet Union, the threat of nuclear annihilation was reduced considerably.

But do the errors of Russia only refer to the evil of atheistic communism?

Since the 1960’s the consumerism of the western world, partnered with the unfolding cultural and sexual revolutions, has led to the rise of practical atheism and pagan morality.

The deadliest fruit of these errors has dark roots in the former Soviet Union.

Geoffrey Strickland, J.D., J.C.L., who serves as the Rome Office Director for Priests for Life, shares about the roots of abortion in the former Soviet Union:

Russia was the first country ever to legalize abortion up to birth without restriction and also developed and promulgated technology to this end.[1] Russia and areas formerly controlled by the Soviet Union have the highest abortion rate in the world.[2]

 Further, those countries sharing in the political and ideological legacy of Russia at that time such as China, Cuba and others continue to carry on this violent imperative.[3]”

 “Thus “various nations” – the innumerable children of every race, creed and culture – have indeed been “annihilated” through the fundamental error of abortion and the faulty logic behind it, namely that a human child is not a human being.”

Over 1 billion unborn girls and boys have been aborted around the world in the last 100 years.

In China and India, sex selection abortions have killed 160 million unborn baby girls.  The imbalance of men to women is having unforeseen consequences for these societies.

My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph!

Such massive deception and death can leave us numb and tempted to despair.

But evil, death and despair will not have the last word.

The Mother of Jesus assured us that in the end, “My Immaculate Heart will Triumph!”

But Mary wants our prayers, rosaries and acts of sacrifice and reparation to play an important part in this great victory, the final consummation of the victory of her Son Jesus over satan and death at Calvary.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XIV comments on the conclusion of the famous Third secret of Fatima entrusted to visionary Lucia:

“The concluding part of the ‘secret’ … is a consoling vision, which seeks to open a history of blood and tears to the healing power of God. Beneath the arms of the cross angels gather up the blood of the martyrs, and with it they give life to the souls making their way to God

… As from Christ’s death, from his wounded side, the Church was born, so the death of the witnesses is fruitful for the future life of the Church…

The vision of the third part of the ‘secret,’ so distressing at first, concludes with an image of hope:

 No suffering is in vain, and it is a suffering Church, a Church of martyrs, which becomes a sign-post for man in his search for God.”

This message from Benedict XVI has special relevance and consolation to those parents involved in the abortion of their children, and the millions of preborn children who lost their lives in this holocaust and are now with the Lord.

Thanks to the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, there is the hope of repentance and restoration.

The blood of the innocent unborn children lost to abortion, and the tears of their parents, can be a fruitful source of conversion and new life for the Church.

As Benedict XVI wrote, no suffering is in vain when united to the cross of Christ.

[You can find an excellent and informative overview of the Fatima apparitions here at EWTN.]

[1] Sr. Lucia believed that an especially intense an widely seen aurora borealis, which appeared in the sky on January 25, 1938, was the “unknown light” to which Mary had referred. The celestial phenomenon could be seen throughout Europe and as far south as Australia, and across the Atlantic to Bermuda and parts of the United States.


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