Stories about transforming ordinary persons or properties into princes or palaces were once called fairy tales. Today they are called "extreme makeovers." Slummy shacks, with a few blows of the hammer and slathers of the paintbrush, become swanky digs (if you'll pardon the expression). Plain Janes emerge as ravishing beauties, to the applause of their families and friends. Too bad that more of them do not realize that what they need is the transforming power of Sanctifying Grace. So great is the "makeover" of the sinner who repents, that the very angels of God rejoice, so the Lord tells us in today's Gospel.
Not all "makeovers" are called for, however. Who would approach the Taj Mahal with a wrecking ball and new plans to improve the already perfect (architecturally speaking)? But Catholics the world over were treated to an unwanted extreme makeover of their holy Religion commencing with the Modernist takeover of the Church's hierarchy, including the papacy itself. An army of liturgical "experts," slithering out of Rome after Vatican II, swept our churches of their sacred images and adornments, and turned them into the likeness of Masonic temples right before our eyes. Monasteries and convents, chanceries, parishes, seminaries and Catholic schools were all given an extreme makeover. And it hasn't stopped yet.
As we have seen recently, Catholic shrines and places of pilgrimage are also scheduled for a makeover. The shrine of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal, can serve as an example. It has become the model of ecumenical activities for Catholic shrines all over the world. On May 5, 2004, a group of Hindus were permitted to perform their idolatrous rites at the Fatima Shrine. A new shrine building is under construction which will be open to worshippers of all faiths and persuasions. But lo and behold! the Tradition In Action website, has presented us with very convincing evidence, in the form of pictures, of a conspiracy involving the very identity of the late Sister Lucy of the Carmelite Convent in Coimbra, Portugal, one of the three Fatima visionaries.
The two little Fatima seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, died of the flu within a few years of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. The third, their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, pursued her education at the request of Our Lady and then entered the convent of the Dorothean Sisters. A few pictures of Sr. Lucy from this period are available. After she became a Carmelite nun at Coimbra in 1948 her picture was not seen until the year 1967, when it supposedly appeared on the cover of a volume of her writings. Access to Sr. Lucy was virtually impossible to obtain, but she appeared at Fatima on special occasions with Paul VI, John Paul II, and other dignitaries until her death in February of 2005. There are numerous pictures of these events.
Now here we are, as they say, going out on a limb. In comparing the later pictures with the earlier pictures of Sr. Lucy, it is apparent that something of an extreme makeover has taken place. The whole structure of her face has changed. Her eyes are set wider apart; once rather straight and flat of forehead, her brow has now become quite prominent; her once full lips have become thin slits; her teeth are rearranged; her nose is reshaped; the expression in her eyes is different; her eyes that once had a slight tendency to diverge, now tend to point inward towards the nose; her once very receding chin now juts forward prominently. Many are becoming convinced that the nun who died in 2005 was not Sr. Lucy, but you must examine these pictures for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Check out it out yourself at Tradition In Action.
The physical appearance of the nun is not the only thing that changed. Sr. Lucy was serious and reserved. She averred that the consecration of Russia had not taken place as Our Lady had requested. The later nun was smiling and relaxed, claiming that Our Lady accepted the consecration made by John Paul II in 1984, in which Russia was not mentioned. Presumably the conversion of Russia commenced with the fall of the Berlin wall, and Our Lady's Immaculate Heart has finally triumphed. Some triumph! Our Lady's requests have not been fulfilled, and Russia, still deceiving the world in everything she does, is poised for a new conquest that will make the days of the Soviet Union seem tame by comparison.
Now comes the "clincher." A new 64-page volume in Italian of Sr. Lucy's writings has been released. According to Zenit news, the following words referring to Our Lady's prophecy about the outbreak of World War II in the pontificate of Pius XI, appear in the booklet: "the outbreak of an atheist war against the faith, against God and against the People of God. A war that sought to exterminate Judaism from which Jesus Christ, the Virgin and the Apostles came, who transmitted to us the Word of God and the gift of faith, hope and charity, a people chosen by God, chosen from the beginning: 'salvation comes from the Jews'" (Zenit.org, June 2, 2006).
Could this mindbender have come from a humble Carmelite nun hidden away for decades in a convent in Coimbra? It is true that Our Lord said that "Salvation is of the Jews" (John 4: 22), because the Jewish religion prepared the way for Jesus Christ, the Messiah. But afterwards, rejecting Him, it fell into apostasy, and remains so to this day. Modern Judaism is not the religion "from which Jesus Christ, the Virgin and the Apostles came."
Every Christian must oppose the extermination of any race, whether Jews or otherwise. But can we believe that Our Lady has come to the defense of an apostate religion that denies the divinity of her Son, Jesus Christ, and denigrates her own immaculate purity and holiness? There is no way that the Blessed Virgin Mary, or even an authentic visionary, like we might expect Sr. Lucy to be, could make such a heretical statement. It seems more likely that the conciliar church, once embarrassed by the Fatima phenomenon, has found a way to make use of it to further its heretical theological position regarding the Jews. The Fatima event itself has been subjected to an extreme makeover, with the help of a nun who, as we are led to believe, assumed the identity of Sister Lucy of Fatima, and would do and say what she was told.
So we must redouble our efforts to make atonement to Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Immaculate Mother Mary for the blasphemies committed against them, many of which are condoned by the conciliar church. Try to fulfill the requests of Our Lady at Fatima by being enrolled in the Scapular, by making the five First Saturdays in the manner prescribed by Our Lady, and by faithfulness to your daily Rosary. We will continue our Rosary Processions on Wednesday evenings, and especially we will offer devoutly the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in which Jesus Christ offers Himself to the Father for the salvation of the world.