Had Enough of the Silence and Betrayal of some our Spiritual and Political Leaders? Saint Lucia of Fatima has a Powerful Message for You

Had Enough of the Silence and Betrayal of some our Spiritual and Political Leaders? Saint Lucia of Fatima has a Powerful Message for You

By Kevin Burke, LSW

Have you been praying and volunteering for many years on the front lines of the prolife movement and felt ignored and even persecuted by your church and leaders?

Are you angry, frustrated and hurt by the unfolding chaos in our country; do you ever feel powerless as the diabolical fruits of the sexual and social revolutions attack our families and communities?

Are you sick and tired of the mixed messages and hypocrisy by public leaders during the pandemic? Leaders that lock down the healthy, yet put the most vulnerable elderly population at risk by their policies. Hypocrites that enforce drastic measures to contain a dangerous virus; but make sure to join large crowds and march before the cameras when they consider it politically expedient.

Sometimes it seems that when we most need our public officials and religious leaders to have the courage to speak the truth with force and clarity, they remain silent, or share words designed to deflect and numb; words that bring neither light nor truth.

We feel this pain so deeply because it is a betrayal.  A betrayal by those entrusted with authority and responsibility, and yet fail to live up to their vocations.

Perhaps we have experienced this pain in our families with a parent who was silent or complicit in addressing the needs of the family, or failed to protect you or a family member from some pain and abuse. You may yourself have deep regret at your own short-comings as a parent, or as a leader in your home, workplace, and community.

Such personal pain makes the failures of our spiritual fathers and political leaders all the more caustic.  Deep feelings of anger and resentment can arise from this sense of betrayal.   

Beneath this anger lies grief; grief at the senseless suffering, and cycles of abuse and death, that arise from a failure of leaders to act with courage and conviction. 

As frustrating and painful as these experiences can be, this type of suffering provides an especially fertile spiritual soil for those who love God, His Church, and suffer persecution because of righteousness.  (Matthew 5:10) The messages of Fatima reveal how we can find special grace and renewed zeal for our prolife and profamily vocations.

Fatima: A Powerhouse of Grace

The Fatima apparitions of Portugal in 1916-1917 reveal something profound about the power of suffering that is set free to be offered up in sacrifice.

 But this is not an easy thing to do.

 This type of pain can lay down deep roots within us.  Relinquishing this suffering is a fruit of much prayer and grace. 

Prior to seeing our Blessed Mother, the visionaries Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco experienced angelic visitations in the spring of 1916.  These visits are often passed over with the understandable emphasis on the spectacular miracle of the sun that was part of Our Blessed Mother’s final apparition to the children in October 1917.

Important and powerful spiritual messages were shared with the three shepherd children in those angelic apparitions in the spring of 1916.

Visionary Lucia shares from her memoirs:

 “And then we began to see, in the distance, above the trees that stretched to the east, a light whiter than snow in the form of a young man, quite transparent, and as brilliant as crystal in the rays of the sun. As he came near we were able to see his features. We were astonished and absorbed and we said nothing to one another. And then he said:

Do not be afraid. I am the angel of peace. Pray with me.’

Lucia: “The Angel left us in an atmosphere of the supernatural that was so intense we were for a long time unaware of our own existence. The presence of God was so powerful and intimate that even among ourselves we could not speak. On the next day, too, this same atmosphere held us bound, and it lessened and disappeared only gradually.”

 In the second visitation, the Angel shares with the children:

 “In every way you can offer sacrifice to God in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for sinners…Above all, bear and accept with patience the sufferings God will send you. “

Lucia reflects on this angelic visitation:

“The Angels’ words sank deeply into our souls like a gleaming torch, showing us Who God is, what is His love for us, and how he wants us to love Him too; the value of sacrifice and how it pleases Him; how He receives it for the conversion of sinners.” (My emphasis-KB)

Sacrifice is Also a Gift to Us

In your daily prayers, especially the recitation of the rosary, ask the Lord for the grace to relinquish, and entrust your deepest suffering to Him for the conversion of sinners.  We learned from the Angel that this type of sacrifice is pleasing to God. 

But even more so, it is a gift from God.

How is it a gift to us?

Anger, betrayal and hurt can take deep root in our hearts and souls and over time lead to depression, anxiety and anger issues.  This is a natural response to injustice, abuse and feeling betrayed. 

In relinquishing this suffering to our Heavenly Father, you will find there is a grieving and release of that pain when it is offered in loving sacrifice. 

Be patient with yourself, as it can take some time for the soul to respond to this grace and for us to be ready to entrust our sacrifice to the Father.  It may happen in one powerful moment of grace – but often more gradually over time. 

When you are ready, and feel called to offer your sacrifice:

  • Offer to God the righteous anger and pain when seeing the lack of leadership and courage by our religious and political leaders; the pain and grief of not being fed with the spiritual grace and food of the sacraments.
  • Pray for the leaders of our Church to become emboldened with a renewed love for Christ and His Church, and desire to do His will, and not be men “of the world.”
  • Offer this suffering for the children in the womb who are at risk for abortion.
  • An offering for a personal intention of someone that is most in need of God’s mercy and love.
  • Pray for your own healing, and for a deeper conversion to God’s will.
  • Join us in prayer here at Priests for Life and with our Family of Ministries, for the unborn, for the healing of those hurting after abortion, and for advancing the cause of life in this coming election year.

Encounter the Trinity

When you are feeling discouraged, overwhelmed and wonder if God is still active and listening, take some time and allow yourself to enter into the mystery of God’s powerful presence that we saw mediated by the Angel of Fatima. 

I will close by once again sharing Lucia’s profound reflection of her angelic encounter. Let her words penetrate deeply into your heart, mind and soul.  Encounter the power, and eternal mystery or our God. 

Lucia: “The Angel left us in an atmosphere of the supernatural that was so intense we were for a long time unaware of our own existence. The presence of God was so powerful and intimate that even among ourselves we could not speak. On the next day, too, this same atmosphere held us bound, and it lessened and disappeared only gradually.”

[Check out my original song about how much God loves you.]

[Image by Bernardo Ferreria from Pixabay]

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