Those who study the history of Christendom with a "Catholic conscience," per the definition of Hilaire Belloc, and who also pay special heed to Church-approved apparitions might foresee, with a holy fear of God's Justice, that if the gentle, motherly requests of Our Lady of Fatima are not honored in full, that what awaits us is a horrific victory of the continuing Revolution against the Church, the Holy Father, and those who follow him.
Certain words of Our Lord's to Sr. Lucia strongly indicate that the full portent of the Third Secret of Fatima may occur within 10 years’ time. This probable tragedy alone should inspire those who possess confidence in Our Lady of Fatima to courageously accept our collective obligation to declare the entire Fatima message throughout the Catholic world.
The prophecies of Our Lady of the Rosary via Fatima and one, particular later warning of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, to Sr. Lucia about the collegial consecration bring to our attention the apparitions of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Paray-le-Monial, France. Through this saint, Our Lord gave the world the devotion of the Nine First Fridays and the Twelve Promises to those who practice this particular devotion. Yet there is another serious matter surrounding the Paray-le-Monial apparitions to the saint, and it is one which is very little known.
St. Margaret Mary was told by the Lord that she was to "inform the King of France, 'Eldest son of His Sacred Heart,' that the Sacred Heart wished 'to reign in his palace, to be painted on his standard, to be engraved on his arms,' and that it [the Sacred Heart] will make him 'triumphant over all the enemies of Holy Church,' if the King obeyed Christ's command on these matters. However, as history relates, “Either Louis XIV never received the letter or he refused to reply. But the command still stands." (The Secret of Saint Margaret Mary by Henri Gheon)
On June 17, 1689, Our Lord also told the saint to tell the Catholic King Louis XIV that France must be solemnly consecrated to His Sacred Heart. This command, too, was ignored by the king and also by his heirs and descendants. As a result, France – first daughter of the Church – was not "triumphant over all the enemies of Holy Church" when France was besieged by the “enemies of the Church.”
Furthermore, it is impossible to believe that God's mercy and justice would allow to come to fruition the the triumph of the Church's enemies,who would rise against France, if His messages to the King(s) of France had never been received by them.
AFTER 100 YEARS - OUR LORD'S PATIENCE EXHAUSTED
Exactly one hundred years later, on June 17, 1789, the reigning Catholic king of France (Louis XVI) was stripped of his kingly power and authority by the godless “Third Estate” of the French Revolution. Thus the Reign of Terror went into full motion.
The king and his entire family (including children) were imprisoned. There are some who believe that, during his imprisonment, the King made a private consecration of France to the Sacred Heart, an act fulfilled in the presence of his confessor. But should this legend ever be proven as fact, it still remains that the Lord was not obeyed to the letter. His express command was that the King of France perform a solemn (e.g. – public) consecration of France to His Sacred Heart.
Tragically, the king was executed by the guillotine, paying in his own blood for the disobedience of his forefathers and kings to the King of Kings. Nine months later, his wife the Queen Marie Antoinette, followed in his footsteps. Before her death by execution, the prison guards had taken the Dauphin, their young son, from the care of his mother and the comforting enclosure of his family. The poor little boy, who was badly treated, drugged, and perhaps tortured, was forced to say the most hideous and vile lies against his mother during a sham trial. Later, he disappeared while in the prison, never more to be seen alive. The only surviving child, the young adolescent Marie Terese (known as Madame Royale), was later used as a political pawn. Other innocents also suffered terrible fates during the French Revolution. Due to the ravenous “Mademoiselle Guillotine” and her devotees, the streets literally ran ankle-deep in blood.
To think of what France - and with it, the Church - could have been spared, if only one of the reigning kings had obeyed the simple command of Our Lord! With the downfall of the French crown came the downfall of any semblance of decency, law and order. License (not liberty) was the order of the day. The Church became slave to the state; the state of affairs in France made possible the rise of the dictator Napoleon Bonaparte, the imprisonment of a pope, and the eventual loss of the papal states.
Christ our King wished to establish the public consecration and devotion to His Sacred Heart in order to save France, "First Daughter of the Church," and with it, Christendom. As we now know through the apparitions to Sr. Lucia of Fatima, the Sacred Heart also wills the collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - this time to save the entire world from the punishments it deserves for its many sins.
Our Lord also wishes to have the whole world acknowledge that Russia and the world will be saved by the collegial consecration, so that the Immaculate Heart of His Mother will honored beside His Own.
PART II: "IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS"
In briefly reviewing the tragic history of the French Revolution and the fate of the Catholic monarchs and thousands of innocents, we will fully understand how the Lord's apparitions and requests at Paray-le-Monial are linked to Our Lady's requests at Fatima.
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady said to the child Lucia: “God is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church, and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Communions of reparation and for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart ... In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, which will be converted, and an era of peace will be granted to the world.”
Eleven years, eleven months later - on June 13, 1929 - Our Lady appeared to Sr. Lucia, saying: “The moment has come when 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.”
Two years passed, but Sr. Lucia’s endeavors proved fruitless. Those with the authority to fulfill the command would not comply.
In August 1931, Our Lord Himself spoke to Sr. Lucia of Fatima, referring to HIS command for the collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. By the choice of God's own words, He left no doubt that the request of His Mother was also His own command and Will.
According to the long-used translation, Our Lord said to Sr. Lucia:
“Make it known to My ministers that, given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune. It will never be too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary."
With only the release of the Third Secret Vision (which did not include Our Lady’s words about it), Our Lord's warning to Sr. Lucia in 1931 makes itself tragically clear:
Like the Kings of France who disobeyed the heavenly King’s command by delaying the solemn consecration of France for 100 years, the ministers of the Lord who do the same in regard to the collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary “will follow the French king into misfortune.”
Like the countless numbers who also followed the King of France and his family "into misfortune" by their deaths at the guillotine, the Third Secret Vision of Fatima makes it clear that, "if my (Our Lady's) requests are not heard," a bishop in white (generally understood to be the pope, who is the Bishop of Rome and traditionally wears white for certain occasions) will die at the hands of soldiers who bear both guns and arrows; the Holy Father will be immediately followed by a long line of faithful Catholics from all states in life. The Third Secret Vision also reveals that the Angels will gather up the blood of those who die, traditional symbolism in regard to the deaths of martyrs.
In regard to the long-awaited collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart, is it not possible that Our Lord was also telling us that, “like the King of France,” He will again allow exactly 100 years for His ministers to completely obey Him? If so, the 100 years conclude in less than 10 years – on July 13, 2017.