For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder… (Matthew 15:19)
As the First World War raged on in Europe atheistic communism was poised to spread across Russia like a malevolent virus.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ appeared to three Portuguese peasant children and shared in her apparition of July 13th 1917 :
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)…If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church…
Tragically men continued to offend God as they embraced communist and later Nazi ideologies. War, famine, persecution of the Church and unprecedented murder and destruction flowed from this satanic seduction of the human family.
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. Russia and areas formerly controlled by the Soviet Union have the highest abortion rate in the world.
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.”
“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.
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.]