DAILY CATHOLIC   TUESDAY   October 13, 1998   vol. 9, no. 200

CATHOLIC PewPOINT

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Technology-wise we had better wise up!

          Today is the 81st anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima to the visionaries Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia. It is significant for many reasons, not only because of what the Blessed Mother said, not only for the miracle that ensued in which more than 70,000 saw the "Miracle of the sun" when it danced and strobed, but also because Our Lady promised her Immaculate Heart would triumph. Add to this that the visionary she conveyed this to is still alive - Sister Lucia who is a ninety-one year-old cloistered Carmelite nun in Coimbra, Portugal. She may be feeble in body, but not in spirit, heart and soul. Many suspect she has been told she would live to see the glorious Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Considering her age, considering all Our Lady has imparted to subsequent visionaries and messengers, and considering the secrets given to Lucia, we can have great hope and prayers that the Triumph is imminent before the turn of the third millennium. But it isn't that easy as Our Lady has stressed so many times for the Triumph could very well have already happened had we merely adhered to all she said - from praying for the total consecration of Russia to praying the Rosary as if our lives depended on it. Guess what, it does!

          Yet, with all the talk of the pending third millennium and the alarm over what is going to happen, we keep forgetting that God the Father's timeline in His great play of life is not man's time frame and vice versa, especially in light of all the predictions from the alarmists, the gloom and doom brigade, and the fear of the Y2K computer glitch that could stop technology, setting everything back to 1900. It may be back to the horse and buggy era and that can't be all bad. Oh, the DAILY CATHOLIC will be no more since computers will be nonexistent, but that's our greatest hope for once the Triumph comes, all that we have been proselytizing at this site will come to pass and be fulfilled and all will know intuitively what God wants them to know. As we have written before, we should have no fear regarding what will happen as long as we are rooted in the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. There are many, mostly Protestants, who disregard that and think Jesus will simply pluck them out of midair and preserve them from the chastisements that accompany the countdown to the Triumph. They call it the Rapture. They forget Our Lord's words in Matthew 16: 24-28 in which Christ reminds us there is no glory without the cross; only then can we share the glory of His Resurrection. Questions about this passage as well as many more can be raised. Is Jesus speaking about the final End Times - the end of the world? Does this refer to the Third Millennium? No one, and we repeat, no one but the Father knows for sure. From all that we can discern the coming millennium does not signal the "end" but rather a new beginning. It is a period of "renovation," a recleansing, so to speak, of the earth. Jesus is reported to have conveyed this to the mystic Blessed Luisa Piccarreta on January 19, 1919 - two years after the Fatima apparitions: "In every 2000 year period I have renewed the world. In the first period I renewed it with the Flood. In the second 2000 years, I renewed it with My coming to the earth and manifesting My humanity from which, as so many channels of light, My Divinity shone. And in this third period of 2000 years, those who are good and the saints themselves lived the fruits of My Humanity, but have enjoyed My Divinity scarcely at all. Now we are at the end of the third period and there will be a Third Renovation. This is why there is general confusion. It is due to the preparation for the Third Renovation. And if in the Second Renovation I manifested what My Humanity did and suffered, little was said about the working of My Divinity. Now in this Third Renovation, after the purging of the earth and the destruction of a large part of the present generation, I will be still more generous with creatures."

          Truth be known we are all spoiled. Ever since Alexander Graham Bell linked wire and receiver together in 1876 Americans have been hung up on communication technology, often not hanging up enough! This "progress" opened wide the highway for the evil one to infiltrate and sabotage until today he's speeding along on the superinformation highway, networking with every soul at incredible pentium speed, urging us to invest more in worldly things - to live for the now! Yes, communications has become a "necessary evil," the rationalization being "how can we live without it?" The answer is simple: Up until this century - the century in which the Almighty has given satan free reign - every generation since the beginning of time existed without the technology we have today and in the new era which is to come - when the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumphs ushering in the Reign of the Sacred Heart - the Era of the Holy Spirit - the Age of the Eucharistic Presence - the Third Renovation of the Third Fiat - the New Pentecost - we will return to the simple times of joy and peace, a glorious age when we will actually live as Adam and Eve before they fell into Original Sin. We won't need any of the modern contraptions because all we've needed all along is just a simple link with Heaven! Yes, long before the telephone, radio, TV, computers, satellites, cellulars, faxes and holographs, God gave us a form of communication that is more powerful, faster, 1000% more efficient with never a busy signal or down time. That simple connection is the Rosary which Our Lady has bestowed on her children beginning with Saint Dominic in 1208 and up to the current moment, including the glorious victory at Lepanto which Pope Saint Pius V credited chiefly to the praying of the Rosary, so much so he established a feast dedicated to that end on October 7th. It is no coincidence that the final apparition at Fatima falls within a week of the special feast of Our Lady of the Rosary for Mary told the visionaries at the Cova on that autumn day in 1917 for the last time, she stated: "I am the Lady of the Rosary. Let them continue to say the Rosary every day." We know what a powerful weapon the Rosary is but we don't comprehend it's effectiveness or we would employ it day in and day out.

          That brings us to a special event that will be held on October 31 this year, the last day in the month of Mary in which the International Journey of the Rosary will be held when people the world over will pray the Rosary specifically to ask for the Grace of God, so that it nourishes the flourishing of love among humankind, for true peace on earth, for preservation of life and family values, for the Holy Father and his intentions, and to promote priestly and religious vocations. Parishes are being asked to allow the Blessed Sacrament to be exposed during this time in church and priests make themselves available for the Sacrament of Penance. They also ask that this event be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The main site for this will be held in Mexico City, the same site where the Holy Father will give his Synodal address in January to officially close the Synod of the Americas. The ceremonies on the day traditionally known as All Hallows Eve will be presided over by the Archbishop of Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera beginning at 7 p.m. central time. At that time all Catholics are asked to pray the Rosary for the above intentions, but mostly for the rapid fulfillment of Mary's Immaculate Heart triumphing as she promised at Fatima. For more on this and how you can help Our Lady's efforts, you may go to International Journey of the Rosary. This campaign capping off Our Lady's month of October is just another manifestation that the Rosary is the answer to the Y2K bug and all other fears that scare so many for so few realize we are truly living in a glorious time in history and that we have nothing to fear. Nevertheless, we must understand fully that the Rosary is the answer, not the keyboard. In other words, technology-wise we had better wise up!

Michael Cain, editor