ith the November elections now behind us, there are many serious problems which face our country and give us reason to pray for the conversion of our nation. The real solution is to be found not in men but in God.
Many Americans are concerned about the future of our economy and this, with reason, as our national debt is now 16 trillion dollars. There is also the overhaul of our health system and its incremental takeover by the federal government. As bad as these fiscal problems are, they pale in comparison to the moral issues that cry to Heaven for vengeance: the murder of unborn infants, the legalization of same-sex "marriages" and doctor assisted suicide.
How can we expect God to bless America when so many offend Him so wantonly and live as if there were no judgment after death, no Heaven or hell?
The solution to these problems is the simple message which the Mother of God gave 95 years ago at Fatima when she told Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco that she had come "to ask mankind to amend; it must cease offending God Who is already so much offended." Our Lady of Fatima lamented that "so many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray and sacrifice for them." This is indeed the greatest tragedy of our times - souls going to hell. If the Virgin Mary spoke of this loss of souls in 1917, how much greater should that concern be today?
Our Blessed Mother warned that "more souls go to hell for the sins of the flesh than for any other reason" and "many styles and fashions will be introduced that will gravely offend my Divine Son." Once again, if this were true in the years following 1917, what must be the situation in the world today in 2012? With the advancement of technology, immorality has become so accessible. How many youth at an early age lose their innocence through the television, videos, music, and the internet! In numerous public schools, besides the lack of proper moral guidance, homosexuality is promoted as a legitimate alternate lifestyle. How quickly these "educators" forget the Divine punishment that came upon Sodom and Gomorrah for this unnatural sin. "Woe to those who give scandal to these little ones..."
When we look at the world today we can ask ourselves, what a mess this world is in and how did it come to this? It goes back to the spiritual and cultural revolution which took place in the 1960's. With reason did the Mother of God tell Lucia to reveal the third secret of Fatima in 1960, for then it would be better understood. But what was the reason that motivated John XXIII (Roncalli) to prevent its revelation and at the same time to convoke the Second Vatican Council? The 1960's not only initiated a cultural revolution in society but far more importantly issued in the Great Apostasy from the Catholic Church by means of this false ecumenical council.
It should be no surprise to any of us that the world is in such disarray when we consider that mankind has not amended as Our Lady asked for at Fatima. And the solution to the problems which face the world is not to be found in politicians and politics, for it is foremost a spiritual problem that exists in our society.
Let us not think that the message of Our Lady of Fatima has become obsolete. On the contrary, it is more relevant today than ever before. As members of Christ's one true Church, we must pray and sacrifice as never before for the conversion of poor sinners. We must be faithful to the daily recitation of the Rosary an constantly work at a sincere amendment of life.
In these most difficult times let us never cease to have recourse to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as our safe refuge.
With my prayers and blessings,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI