On October 13, 1917, in Fatima, Portugal, Almighty God worked the "Miracle of the Sun" to show that the message of His Mother to the three little children of Fatima was urgent and true. Seventy thousand people - including many who had come to scoff - witnessed the Miracle of the Sun. Seventy thousand people who had been soaked to the skin by hours of pelting rain were instantly warmed and dried, clothing and all, at the Blessed Mother's visitation.
In 1981, Pope John Paul II miraculously survived an assassination attempt on the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. As he recovered from his wounds, the Holy Father reviewed the Fatima messages and resolved to go to Fatima to thank the Blessed Virgin for saving his life. On the feast of the Annunciation, 1984, in the presence of 250,000 faithful, Pope John Paul II invited the bishops of the world to join him as he consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - but again without a specific mention of Russia.
In the second place, Jesus insisted on the consecration of Russia to His Mother's Immaculate Heart so that the world would know that the conversion of Russia was the fruit of that consecration. This intention cannot possibly have been fulfilled, since Russia has not been converted. It is estimated that no more than seven per cent of the Russian people attend Church services every Sunday, while the country as a whole is wracked with organized crime, political corruption, violent persecution of independent journalists, alcoholism, abortion, pornography, and prostitution. It would be blasphemous to call this the "conversion of Russia" promised by Our Lady of Fatima.
In response to their request, however, the parish priest takes counsel with his assistants who advise him that any attempt on the pastor's part to consecrate the home in question to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will provoke the old man to blasphemy and do more harm than good. The parish priest then tells his parishioners that instead of consecrating their home to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, he will consecrate their neighborhood, thus incorporating their home into the consecration but without giving offense to the irascible old man. Now, it may be quite reasonable to say that the neighborhood consecration is a substitute for the home consecration; but one thing that cannot be rationally affirmed is that the neighborhood consecration is the same thing as the home consecration. This would violate the law of non-contradiction. And yet this is what the faithful are asked to believe by those who follow the line of Cardinal Bertone.
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