"In the midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance apart, soar high into the sky. One is surmounted by a statue of the Immaculate Virgin, at whose feet a large inscription reads "Auxilium Christianorum" - taken from the Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary where one of her titles is "Help of Christians." The other, far loftier and sturdier and in the foreground, supports a Host of proportionate size, and bears beneath it the inscription: 'Salus credentium,' - translated to 'Salvation of believers.' The flagship commander is the Roman Pontiff standing at the helm, straining every muscle to steer his ship between the two columns, from whose summit hang many anchors , and strong hooks linked to chains. The entire enemy fleet closes in, to intercept and sink the flagship (the Barque of Peter) at all costs. They bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons...Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course. Meanwhile, enemy cannons and artillery blow up; firearms and beaks fall to pieces; ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In blind fury, the enemy takes to hand-to-hand combat, cursing and blaspheming. Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped up, but struck a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises up from the enemy...But no sooner is the Pope dead then another takes his place...the new Pope steers his ships safely between the two columns...Some auxiliary ships, which had gallantly fought alongside the flagship - the Barque of Peter - are the first to tie up at the two columns."
That is why we have launched this publication on a daily basis as one of the small auxiliary ships to help guide others closer to the shadow of the Barque of Peter in alliance with the flagship of Christ. While many point to John Bosco's vision as pertaining to "his time," there is overwhelming evidence from the messages that point to our time and the messages to this saint bear this out. The message on our homeport page is only a brief part of the entire message received in which Our Lady conveyed: "...Very grave trials await the Church. What we suffered so far is almost nothing compared to what is going to happen..." What is going to happen will greatly affect all of us. It is a fulfillment of the Third Secret of Fatima and in the next several issues we will detail this regarding St. John Bosco's message and current attempts to undermine the Holy Father today and overthrow him and Holy Mother Church. We, as lay men and women in the Church, as members of the Church Militant, are very much involved, very much a key player in this great battle, for Our Lady specifically conveyed to John Bosco that, "the flagship's defenders are the laity..." She did not say the cardinals; she did not say the bishops; she did not say the priests; she said the laity!
How do we know the Third Secret of Fatima deals with this which most regard as the "Great Apostasy"? We don't for we have not seen the 'secret' per se, but we have prayed and discerned and studied Our Lady's words to countless visionaries and messengers over the years. We have observed the events of history and in the Church and can see that the only deduction to what the Third Secret can be is the "Great Apostasy." The visionary at Fatima Jacinta is quoted as saying that we must pray very hard for the Holy Father. She expressed this numerous times, specifically after the terrible vision she received of the persecution of the Pope in these times. Jacinta's fellow visionary Sister Lucia, who is the only one still alive today, echoed the importance of being tethered to the Barque of Peter when she said, "He that is not with the Pope is not with God, and he that wants to be with God must be with the Pope." Those are pretty strong words but when one studies all that Pope John Paul II has imparted over his nearly twenty years as supreme pontiff, one can see he is truly a man of God, one of the greatest Vicars of Christ ever! All he has said is in accord with God's Holy Will. He is constantly promoting Eucharistic Adoration, having himself such a deep and abiding reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament. Anyone who has ever been privileged to attend one of his masses will attest to this! His devotion to the Blessed Mother, which the vision demands, is legendary. What other Pope has dedicated his entire papacy to Our Lady as he has done with his Totuus Tuus commitment? Unless God has other plans that no one knows about, it is John Paul II who the Almighty has chosen to bring the Barque of Peter safely through the turbulent waves of apostasy and anchor securely to the two columns. Once he has done this it will signal the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary which will usher in the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - the Second Advent - the new era of Peace - a time when we will truly know and see Jesus mystically in the Holy Eucharist! If that is not a great goal to hold out immense hope towards, then we truly have lost our faith!
In the next issue, we will discuss the attempts to discredit and remove the Holy Father as the great battle intensifies and Our Lady calls the laity to arms, armed with the greatest weapons God has given us: worthy attendance and participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - devotion to Eucharistic Adoration, and the Rosary - devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The battle of battles has begun! Now it is time to live the Vision!
To review all past installments of this on-going series, go to Archives beginning with the inaugural A CALL TO PEACE internet issue in January 1996. volume 7, no. 1.