|The Children of Fatima|
In 1917, starting on 13th May, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three little children at Fatima in Portugal. They were Lucia Santos, and Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Our Lady revealed three secrets to the children. The second of which was as follows:
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. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The 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. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, 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. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. 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. 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.
Pope Pius XII, obedient to the Mother of God performed both of these actions. First on October 31st 1942, he consecrated the whole of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This was during the dark hours of the Second World War and many say that after this act the War took a turn that would eventually lead to peace. And in 1952 in the Apostolic Letter Sacro Vergente anno he consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart.
|Venerable Pius XII|
The Immaculate Heart is not a saccharine sweet devotion, but is a powerful weapon against the forces of darkness which are unleashed by War and Godless regimes. If ever you feel powerless when watching the terrible things reported on our news channels, then ask the prayers of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. She will interceded always for us.