Our Lady of Fatima, Traditionalism

Russia Still Waiting

The Blessed Mother Mary Stained GlassIn 1929, Our Lady appeared to Fatima seer Sr. Lucia at her convent in Tuy, Spain to ask for the Holy Father to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. This was in keeping with her 1917 promise to Lucia and her young companions, Francisco and Jacinta, both recently canonized by Pope Francis. While addressing Sr. Lucia, Our Lady announced the following:

“The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, in union with all the bishops of the world, the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means. So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I come to ask for reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray.”

Many good Catholics believe that the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has already been accomplished. As evidence of this, they especially point to the consecration of the world made by Pope St. John Paul II in 1984. The facts, however, show that despite several attempts by various popes, Russia has never been consecrated according to Our Lady’s specific requests. That is, no pope has consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a solemn ceremony in union with all of the Catholic bishops of the world.

The following is a short list of attempts made by various popes to fulfill Our Lady’s request:

  1. In 1942, Pope Pius XII consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He did not mention Russia, nor did he include all of the Catholic Bishops of the world.
  2. In 1952, Pope Pius XII again consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and this time did mention Russia, but he did not include all of the Catholic bishops of the world.
  3. In 1981, Pope John Paul II consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He did not mention Russia, nor did he include all of the Catholic bishops of the world.
  4. In 1982, Pope John Paul II again consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but he still did not mention Russia, nor did he include all of the Catholic bishops of the world.
  5. In 1984, Pope John Paul II yet again consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but he still did not specifically mention Russia. He invited all of the Catholic bishops of the world to participate, but he did not order them to do so, and many did not.
  6. In 2013, Pope Francis entrusted the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He did not consecrate it. He did not mention Russia. He did not include all of the Catholic bishops of the world.

Not one of these many consecrations has specifically fulfilled Our Lady’s request. Each has left out at least one crucial element, whether the mention of Russia or the inclusion of all of the world’s Catholic bishops.

There is, of course, a common argument that since Russia is a part of the world, a consecration of the world naturally includes Russia and should therefore suffice. But Our Lady specifically asked for the consecration of Russia, not of the world. Why God wants it this way we do not know. But we do know that when God wants something done according to his specific directions, we ought to do it that way.

I would encourage any who believe that these past consecrations of the world have been adequate to open their Bibles and read Numbers 20:8-12. In these passages, we see that God did not allow Moses to enter the Promised Land because he struck a rock rather than simply speaking to it as God had commanded him. Isn’t it reasonable to believe that this same God would require His representatives on earth today to obey His request to the letter?

Why not simply fulfill Our Lady’s request according to her specific directives? How hard could it be? What could it hurt?

 

Nicholas Kaminsky

 

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2 thoughts on “Russia Still Waiting

  1. Yes. It is not so hard to do it exactly as God wants. On July 7, 1952 Pius XII issued an apostolic letter: SACRED Vergente Year; Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary’ is the heading.

    I got it from the Vatican Website. It is not very good English. He is talking to the Russian people, and, about how they suffer from Communism. At the end he Consecrates “the peoples of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is a beautiful letter.

    But that is not exact. I have read that Pius XII was misinformed about having all the Bishops too. From reading the apostolic letter, I believe he was trying to do it right.

    But it still isn’t done! It is a terrible hardship for us!! Thanks for posting this.

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