Culture, Politics

That Sounds Like Something Hitler Would Have Said

That Sounds LIke Something Hitler Would Have Said(From November 30, 2016)

Yesterday morning, president-elect Donald Trump laid out his plans to build concentration camps around the United States in order to begin his work of exterminating all minority groups.

Actually, I’m lying.

In reality, Trump didn’t say anything like that at all. But anyone who’s read the rhetoric flying around on Facebook could be forgiven for thinking that he had.

It’s been three weeks since the U.S. elections brought an unexpected victory for “the Donald.” Video footage from across the country on November 9 showed weeping, hand-wringing Democrats lamenting what seemed to be nothing less than the end of the world. It was only a matter of time—and very little time, as it turned out—before the memes and articles comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler began popping up in Facebook news feeds.

The comparisons between the president-elect and the German dictator certainly came as no surprise. If the election had gone the other way, we all know that nearly identical memes targeting Hillary Clinton would have flooded social media just as heavily as those targeting Trump did.

In the United States, we love comparing our political opponents—or anyone else with whom we seriously disagree—to Hitler. Doing so is an easy way to discredit those we don’t like.

It’s also lazy. And dangerous.

Regardless of how you might feel about keeping new immigrants out of the country or about deporting those already here in violation of the law, it’s hard to deny that there is a world of difference between policies like these and the mass execution of millions of innocent people. To portray the two as morally equivalent is an insult to the countless victims of the Nazi regime.

Giving insult, however, is not the worst result of these shoddy comparisons. Far more serious is the fact that these associations desensitize us to what true dictators actually look like. It’s much like the story of the boy who cried wolf or that of Chicken Little making his claim that the sky is falling.

If we continue on this path of lazy arguments and quickly-generated memes, I’m afraid we’ll one day get to the point where most of us will brush aside or gloss over genuine concerns about a particular candidate or office holder. That’s definitely not a place we want to be.

In order to avoid getting ourselves into this situation, I think it’s important that we try to focus on and debate the actual issues at stake. Doing so might take a little more effort than making rash comparisons to Nazi dictators, but in the long run it will be much safer for everyone.

 

Nicholas Kaminsky

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Culture, Uncategorized

Lessons My Father Taught Me

Lessons My Father Taught MeSunday, June 18 is Father’s Day. While our modern society tends to celebrate this holiday with sales on gas grills and killer deals on power tools, there’s a lot more to being a father than all of that.

While I don’t have any children of my own, I do have a father, which I’m guessing is true of most people reading this. In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to share and briefly reflect some of the valuable lessons I’ve learned from my own father over the years.

As I would imagine is true of most children, I learned a lot from my dad as I was growing up, and I owe much of who I am today to his influence. One of these lessons, however, stands out above all the rest in my mind. The best part is that my dad probably wouldn’t even know to what I am referring, as he likely has no idea that he ever taught me this lesson, but years afterward, it’s still vividly clear in my mind.

The story goes like this:

One day, when I was very young, my dad and I were in our family’s living room playing with the ubiquitous, little plastic army men. We had a lot of the tan-colored soldiers, but only a handful of the green ones. Without fail, my dad would always ask us—as a joke—if we’d rather be on the green side or on the tan side if we were fighting in that battle. All of us knew our part, and we’d jokingly respond that we’d rather be on the smaller, green side, after which we’d all laugh and carry on playing.

That winter day in the living room, however, something a little different happened. I asked my dad our usual question, but without even thinking about it, I changed the wording a bit. “Dad,” I asked, “if the tan guys were the bad guys and the green guys were the good guys, what side would you rather be on?”

I fully expected my dad to jokingly say he’d rather be on the larger, tan side, after which we’d laugh about it and keep playing, per standard practice. Instead, he looked at me and with uncharacteristic seriousness, he said: “I’d rather be on the good side even if I was the only one on it.”

I was dumbfounded for a moment, mulling over the words I had just heard. My dad, the person who I knew had all the answers, had just told me that it was always better to do the right thing, even if you knew you were going to lose.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve paused to reflect on these words over the years, either to guide me in making the right decision…or to rebuke me for making the wrong one. While I have without a doubt fallen short of this ideal far too often, it’s a principle that I hope will guide me for the rest of my life. It’s a lesson my father taught me.

 

Nicholas Kaminsky

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History, Military History, Politics, Uncategorized

The Praetorian Guard, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and Michael Flynn: Dangerous Precedents

The Praetorian GuardOn the first day of my Ancient and Medieval Civilizations class, I always ask my students why we study history. One of them always replies that if we don’t learn from history, we will be doomed to repeat it.

I think this is true. I also think that we as a people never learn from history.

The early weeks of the Trump administration brought up an interesting case in point. President Donald Trump’s National Security Director, Michael T. Flynn, was forced to resign after someone in the intelligence community intercepted and leaked to the media a recording of a conversation between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, in which Flynn seemed to suggest that relief of U.S. sanctions against Russia was possible under Trump.

Many in the media hailed the leaker as a hero who’d exposed an alleged violation of the 1799 Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from engaging in diplomacy. After all, Flynn wasn’t appointed National Security Director until a few weeks after the conversation with Kislyak.

Not everyone, though, viewed this development in a positive light. Nor was it only Trump supporters and fellow Republicans who expressed concerns about the wiretapping and leaks. Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who is perhaps best known for his attempts to impeach President George W. Bush in 2008, gave an interview in which he strongly condemned the actions of the mysterious leaker and warned of the secret power plays at work in the CIA. “The American people,” Kucinich said, “have to know that there’s a game going on inside the intelligence community where there are those who want to separate the U.S. from Russia in a way that would reignite the Cold War. That’s what’s at the bottom of all this.” He also mentioned that “what’s going on in the intelligence community with this new President is unprecedented. They’re making every effort to upend him.”

Whether they like Trump or hate him, I think all U.S. citizens should be troubled to learn of unknown and unelected bureaucrats working covertly to sabotage a presidential administration. We are not the first civilization to tread over this dangerous ground.

For much of its early history, the city of Rome did not tolerate armed troops within its official boundaries. Returning armies marching through the city in victory processions had to leave their weapons outside the city limits. The presence of armed troops within the city was viewed as too great a danger to the freedoms of Rome’s citizens.

This policy changed with the rise of Caesar Augustus and the emperors who followed in his footsteps. Augustus, arguing that he needed bodyguards, allowed armed troops into the city in the form of his elite Praetorian Guard. As the years passed, the Praetorian Guard grew more influential and more accustomed to protecting its own interests. It eventually became so powerful that it was able to depose emperors and proclaim new ones.

Over the centuries that followed Augustus’s reign, a total of thirteen Roman emperors died at the hands of those who were supposed to be their bodyguards. It’s true that many of these rulers were evil or incompetent or both, but the Praetorian Guard wasn’t just looking out for the good of Rome. It had a vested interest in ensuring that there would always be an emperor in need of its protection. Thus, after the Praetorians murdered the vicious emperor, Caligula, they moved quickly to thwart the plans of the senators for restoring the Roman Republic by declaring Caligula’s uncle, Claudius, the new emperor. By doing so, they ensured that they would maintain their position of power within the Roman government.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Trump or any future President is going to get assassinated by the CIA or any other government agency. But I am questioning how comfortable we should be with unelected bureaucrats pulling strings and calling the shots from the shadows, especially when those bureaucrats belong to an agency known around the world for its role in regime changes.

In the United States we have a Constitution with a system of checks and balances in place to prevent any branch of the government from becoming too powerful. If a President (or one of his subordinates) does something illegal, he needs to answer to the people’s representatives in Congress. That’s how our system is supposed to work. While it might be easier to let the intelligence services take care of the problem, it’s also far more dangerous.

 

Nicholas Kaminsky

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Our Land of Plenty

Our Land of PlentyWalking through those doors is always a mind-blowing experience. I’m not exaggerating when I say I believe the sight behind those glass gates is one of the most incredible our country has to offer.

I am talking, of course, about the grocery store.

“The grocery store?” you ask. “That seems a bit melodramatic, don’t you think?”

“No,” I reply. “I don’t think so at all.”

While I have perhaps exaggerated a little, I’ve only done so in the sense that my mind isn’t always blown every time I pass through the doors of the local Cub Foods or Hy-Vee. But this is only because I, like most Americans, have become so accustomed to the superabundance of food with which our nation has been blessed that I often take it for granted. When I stop and think about it though, I am truly amazed.

Walking down the breakfast aisle alone, I count over 200 kinds of cereal, 97 kinds of jelly and jam, and nearly 30 varieties of peanut butter. Then there’s the produce section, overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables, even in the middle of winter with subzero temperatures outside. There are fresh oranges from Florida and fresh bananas from Guatemala. There are sweet potatoes from Canada and berries from Mexico.

There is also the meat section, with every cut imaginable, both fresh and frozen. There’s beef and pork and poultry and seafood. If I so choose, I can purchase and consume filet mignon or lobster or ribeye or octopus.

My point is that we in the United States today have access to a greater amount and greater variety of food than the people of any other civilization in the entire history of the world. For the last several thousand years of human existence, most of mankind—or rather all of mankind—has only been able to dream about the variety of foods on the shelves in our grocery stores.

Let’s be honest, we are living like kings. Even the poorest among us can eat better than many of the wealthiest men of ages past.

A case in point is meat. It used to be that most people didn’t get to eat meat on a regular basis because it was too expensive. In many societies it was considered a luxury item to be consumed only on special occasions. Today, however, we get to eat meat, if not every day, at least multiple times a week. Even dirt-poor history teachers can pick up a Big Mac or throw some pre-pattied burgers on a $10 mini-grill from Walmart.

It’s hard to deny that we have it pretty good. While our ancestors used to have to go out and hunt and forage if they wanted to eat anything, we today can simply pick up the phone, order a pizza, and have it delivered—hot and delicious—right to our doorstep.

I’ll say it again: we in the United States today have access to a greater amount and greater variety of food than the people of any other civilization in the entire history of the world.

And how do we celebrate this superabundance of food?

Well, by wasting a lot of it, unfortunately.

It’s estimated that Americans throw away 6 billion pounds of food every month. That’s about 20 pounds of food per month for every man, woman, and child in the country. Of course not all of this waste happens at the consumer level. Plenty of food gets discarded at the source or at the retail level as well.

Still, that’s a pretty astonishing amount of waste.

I think a big part of the problem is the need for Tort reform. Many caterers, for example, won’t even let their own customers take home leftovers for fear of being sued if they happen to become ill after eating them.

Even more important though, I think, is a change in attitude. We need to stop taking this abundant food supply for granted. Most people in history haven’t had nearly this level of prosperity, and we might not always have it either. We need to be more grateful for it. And more amazed by it.

 

Nicholas Kaminsky

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What YOU Can Do To Bring About Our Lady’s Triumph

Our Lady Crushing the SnakeIn asking for the Holy Father and all of the world’s Catholic bishops to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, Our Lady put the burden for bringing about her triumph squarely on the leaders of her Son’s Church. However, she gave the rest of us a crucially important role to play as well. If we fulfill the mission she has entrusted to us, we will share in her victory of bringing peace and order to the world, as well as the grace of conversion for many souls.

In order to hasten the day of Our Lady’s triumph and the promised period of peace, YOU can do the following seven things:

I. Increase your love of God and of Our Lady
Many people, both Catholics and non-Catholics, do not love Our Lady enough. Many, especially Protestants, are nervous about giving her too much honor. Those in this situation should remember that we can never love her as much as Jesus loves her. She is, after all, His mother. We should ask Him to help us love her in a way that is pleasing to Him.

II. Pray the Rosary every day
At Fatima, Our Lady specifically requested the daily praying of the Rosary. She promised, “You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.” It is not enough to simply say the words of the Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Bes, however. We need to do our best to pray the Rosary well. We must strive to really meditate upon the mysteries of our salvation. It probably will not be easy at first, but with time and practice we can improve greatly. Spiritual reading on the Rosary and the great mysteries of our Faith will also help in this regard.

III. Wear the Brown Scapular
The Brown Scapular is Our Lady’s emblem. It is our symbol of devotion to her, our mother and queen. Additionally, the wearing of it makes us partakers of her promise to St. Simon Stock, “Whoseover dies wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.” The Scapular, along with the Rosary, has long been set aside as a crucial weapon for the final victory over Satan. As Our Lady told St. Dominic, “One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, I will save the world.”

IV. Stop offending God
As Our Lady said at Fatima, the world must stop offending God, who is already so much offended. This was in 1917. The sins of the world have increased a hundredfold since then. When we are tempted to sin, we should remember that if we do so, we are only adding to the problem. Every avoided sin is that much less cause for God to punish our world. Additionally, it is a good way to show God that we love Him, and that we appreciate all He has done for us.

V. Do penance
We should do penance to make reparation to God for the sins of our world. Our penitential acts do not need to be major undertakings. The best thing we can do is to offer up the daily sufferings associated with our states in life. When you must do something unpleasant, simply say, “Dear Lord, I offer this up in reparation for my sins and the sins of the whole world.”

VI. Make the First Saturday devotions requested by Our Lady
At Fatima, Our Lady said, “I promise to help at the hour of death, with the graces needed for salvation, whoever on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall: 1) Confess and receive Holy Communion. 2) Recite five decades of the Holy Rosary. 3) Keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

VII. Petition the leaders of the Church
Respectfully ask the bishops, cardinals, and Holy Father to properly fulfill Our Lady’s request without any more delay. You might also consider asking your civil leaders to use their influence to make these requests as well. It is in everyone’s best interest to see the Consecration accomplished. Spread the word. Save the world.

 

Nicholas Kaminsky

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Peace Elusive After the 1984 Consecration

Our Lady of Fatima Sacred HeartIn 1984, Pope St. John Paul II consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. While he undoubtedly gave great honor to Our Lady by doing so, his consecration did not follow the specific guidelines she laid down. The Holy Father did not even mention Russia—the country whose consecration Our Lady had specifically requested—nor did he include all of the world’s Catholic bishops. As a result, while important blessings have flowed from the 1984 consecration, the period of peace promised to the world by Our Lady has proven elusive.

As evidence for this statement, consider the following list of conflicts and accompanying fatalities that have occurred since the time of the 1984 consecration:

  1. Syrian Civil War (2011-2017) – 400,000 killed
  2. Donbass War (2014–2014)  – 4,000 killed
  3. Libyan Government v. Insurgents (2014–2014) – 2,500 killed
  4. Sectarian Conflict in the Central African Republic (2012–2014) – 2,099 killed
  5. South Sudan Civil War (2011–2014) – 1,755 killed
  6. Syrian Civil War (2011–2014) – 43,195 killed
  7. Nigerian Government v. Boko Haram (2009–2014) – 4,627 killed
  8. Waziristan Conflict (2007–2014) – 23,494 killed
  9. Mexican Drug War (2006–2014) – 92,880 killed
  10. Iraqi Insurgency (2004-2014) – 28,863 killed
  11. Afghanistan War (2001-2014) – 53,925 killed
  12. Somalia Civil War (1982–2014) – 39,549 killed
  13. Israel vs Palestine (1949–2014) – 15,216 killed
  14. Yemen vs Al-Qaeda (2009–2013) – 4,270 killed
  15. Kivu Conflict (2006–2013) – 10,105 killed
  16. Al-Qaeda vs USA and allies (2001–2013) – 7,649 killed
  17. Russia vs Chechnyan Secessionists – (1994-2013) – 23,217 killed
  18. Algeria Govt vs Islamic Rebels (1991-2013) – 20,533 killed
  19. Indian Govt vs Maoist Guerillas (1990-2013) – 6,854 killed
  20. India vs Pakistan, Kashmir Dispute (1984-2013) – 24,376 killed
  21. Turkey Gov vs Kurdistan Guerilla – (1984-2013) – 28,655 killed
  22. Sudan Government vs Militias – (1983-2013) – 97,099 killed
  23. Uganda Civil War – (1980-2013) — 127,529 killed
  24. Mozambique Govt vs RENAMO and FRELIMO – (1977-2013) – 115,889 killed
  25. Ethiopia vs Oromia rebels (OLF) – (1977-2013) – 2,735 killed
  26. Ethiopian Govt vs Ogadeni Rebels – (1976-2013) – 23,265 killed
  27. Philippines Govt vs Mindanao Guerillas – (1970-2013) – 17,393 killed
  28. Philippine Government vs CPP Guerrilla – (1969-2013) – 24,626 killed
  29. Colombia Govt vs Guerillas Farc and ELN – (1964-2013) – 26,875 killed
  30. Burmese Government vs Separatist Guerillas – (1949-2013) – 49,862 killed
  31. Libyan Civil War – (2011-2011) – 2,082 killed
  32. Tajikistan Govt vs Opposition – (1992-2011) – 9,145 killed
  33. Senegal Civil War – (1990-2011) – 1,657 killed
  34. Iran vs Rebel Groups – (1979-2011) – 5,035 killed
  35. Chad Civil War – (1966-2010) – 36,077 killed
  36. Peruvian Gvt vs Sendero Luminoso and MRTA – (1965-2010) – 17,250 killed
  37. Sri Lankan Govt vs Tamil Militants – (1984-2009) – 73,818 killed
  38. Burundi Civil War – (1991-2008) – 15,651 killed
  39. Nepal Civil War  – (1996-2006) – 12,274 killed
  40. Southern Lebanon War – (1990-2006) – 1,712 killed
  41. Indonesia Gvt vs Aceh Liberation Movement – (1990-2005) – 2,841 killed
  42. Civil War in Côte d Ivoire – (2002-2004) – 1,370 killed
  43. Ituri Conflict – (1999-2004) – 12,664 killed
  44. Iraq vs US led coalition – (2003-2003) – 8,202 killed
  45. First and Second Congo Wars – (1996-2003) – 79,858 killed
  46. Liberia Civil War – (1989-2003) – 15,970 killed
  47. Congo Brazzaville Civil War – (1993-2002) – 15,541 killed
  48. Angolan Gvt vs UNITA Guerilla – (1975-2002) – 114,898 killed
  49. Sierra Leone Civil War – (1991-2001) – 18,119 killed
  50. Eritrea vs Ethiopia – (2000-2000) – 98,192 killed
  51. Afghanistan Civil War – (1978-2000) — 536,297 killed
  52. Yugoslavia vs NATO Forces and UCK Guerilla – (1998-1999) – 3,613 killed
  53. Indonesian Govt vs Fretilin – East Timor – (1975-1999) – 76,550 killed
  54. Cambodian Govt vs Khmer Rouge – (1979-1998) – 87,520 killed
  55. Northern Ireland, The Troubles – (1971-1998) – 3,010 killed
  56. Iraq vs Kurdistan (KDP/PUK) – (1982-1996) – 20,620 killed
  57. Iraq Government vs SCIRI – (1982-1996) – 1,165 killed
  58. Iranian Govt vs KDPI – (1966-1996) – 2,618 killed
  59. Bosnian Govt vs Serbian and Croatian Insurgents – (1992-1995) – 29,103 killed
  60. Croatia vs Serbian Irregulars, Rep. Krajina – (1992-1995) – 1,442 killed
  61. Guatemalan Civil War – (1965-1995) – 45,392 killed
  62. North Yemen vs Secessionists – (1994-1994) – 1,489 killed
  63. Nagorno-Karabakh War – (1990-1994) – 5,065 killed
  64. Rwanda Civil War (Hutus vs Tutsis) – (1990-1994) – 520,718 killed
  65. Burmese Govt vs Communist Guerillas – (1948-1994) – 17,700 killed
  66. Georgian Civil War – (1992-1993) – 2,752 killed
  67. Indian Govt vs Sikh insurgents – (1983-1993) – 11,160 killed
  68. Serbian Govt. vs Croatian irregulars – (1991-1991) – 3,933 killed
  69. First Gulf War – (1990-1991) – 22,848 killed
  70. El Salvador Gvt vs FMLN Guerrillas – (1979-1991) – 51,663 killed
  71. Ethiopian Government vs EPRDF – (1976-1991) – 56,003 killed
  72. Ethiopia vs Eritrean Separatists – (1964-1991) – 168,510 killed
  73. Nicaragua Govt vs Contras – (1981-1990) – 29,964 killed
  74. Lebanese Civil War – (1975-1990) – 131,104 killed
  75. Sri Lanka Govt vs JVP – (1971-1990) – 2,018 killed
  76. Panama Coup and US Invasion – (1989-1989) — 920 killed
  77. Romanian Revolution – (1989-1989) — 909 killed
  78. Western Sahara War – (1975-1989) – 12,687 killed
  79. Iran vs Iraq – (1985-1988) — 644,500 killed
  80. South Africa vs ANC – (1981-1988) – 4,087 killed
  81. Sino-Vietnamese War – (1978-1988) – 47,046 killed
  82. Namibia vs South Africa – (1966-1988) – 10,000 killed
  83. Chadian-Lybian War (Aouzou Strip) – (1987-1987) – 8,500 killed
  84. South Yemen Coup – (1986-1986) –  10,000 killed

These numbers represent over 4 million people killed in wars throughout the world since the 1984 consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart.

Is this really the peace promised by Our Lady at Fatima? Does it not seem more likely that the consecration has not been properly accomplished, and that as a result, we are still waiting for the period of peace Our Lady promised us?

There are of course those who argue that the 1984 consecration was acceptable, and that we simply cannot expect the period of peace promised by Our Lady to arrive overnight. However, it’s been nearly 35 years since the 1984 consecration. That’s 35 years of violence, bloodshed, and terror, resulting in the loss of millions of lives. Did Our Lady really perform the astonishing Miracle of the Sun in front of 75,000 people back in October, 1917 in order to announce that things will eventually, someday get better? Or could it be that she really meant what she requested, the consecration of Russia by the Holy Father, in union with all the bishops of the world.

God can do all things, including bringing about the “overnight” conversion of nations. But first he requires us to perform the part he has appointed for us.

 

– Nicholas Kaminsky


* Source: The Polynational War Memorial

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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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Our Lady of Fatima 100 Years Later

Our Lady of Fatima ChildrenThe 100th Anniversary of Fatima: Our Lady’s Warning and Promise

In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three young shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. These apparitions—which have been approved by the Catholic Church—took place on the 13th of each month from May to October and were concluded with the famous Miracle of the Sun, an extraordinary event witnessed by 70,000 people, believer and non-believer alike.

Since Our Lady concluded these apparitions with the greatest pre-announced public miracle in the history of the world, it is safe to say that the message she came to bring was important. We should therefore listen to what she had to tell us. Among other things, she asked for the following:

  • That we cease to offend God.
  • That we do prayer and penance in reparation for the sins of the world.
  • That we make the First Saturday devotions in reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart.
  • That we pray the Rosary every day.
  • That the pope, in union with all of the Catholic bishops of the world, consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

All of us can undoubtedly do a better job of fulfilling Our Lady’s requests, but this is especially true of the Holy Father and the bishops of the Church.

Several popes over the last few decades have made various consecrations to the Immaculate Heart. Most notable among these was Pope St. John Paul II’s consecration of the entire world in 1984. However, no pope has specifically fulfilled Our Lady’s request, and as a result, the world today is moving ever closer to the fulfillment of her dire prophecies:

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

Today, on the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition at Fatima, her message there is more pertinent than ever before. With heresy and heterodoxy threatening to swamp the Church, and with the world teetering on the edge of another major war, our shepherds can no longer delay in fulfilling Our Mother’s urgent request.

 

Nicholas Kaminsky

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