At the post – The crushing weight of Fatima is upon me, and I rejoice in our Lady of the Rosary – Aussie mum dropped this following comment which I’d like to emphasize as it’s own post. Thank you, Aussie mum! I’m happy to give voice to all that you write. Thank you for your prayers and suffering for the Church. Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for your writings. Just, thank you.
“The crushing weight of Fatima” and “rejoice(ing) in our Lady of the Rosary”. Yes … one balances the other.
I would like to share a couple of things that are bearing heavily on my mind. These thoughts arise from research for a book still under construction which I am unlikely to complete writing due to age, illness and mental block.
1. Re the importance of Fatima dates
Our Lady chose the 13th for her appearances at Fatima beginning May and ending in October.
May 13th draws our attention to the Blessed Sacrament as others have pointed out. https://www.olbs.org/our-patroness.html
October 13th draws our attention to the crucifixion of St Peter and suffering of the Church (see note and link below). I haven’t come across anyone making this connection re October 13th and I would like to put it out there for consideration.
Note on St Peter
Margherita Guarducci, an Italian archaeologist and epigraphologist who led excavations under St Peter’s Basilica in the 1960s that uncovered St Peter’s remains, places his execution as part of the festivities for Nero’s 10th “dies imperii” (anniversary of his reign); i.e. 13th October AD 64.
2. Re the importance of the title, Our Lady of the Rosary
The Rosary summarises Salvation History of which Our Lady is integral (the woman of Gen 3:15 and Apoc 12). That reality has been obscured in Modern Times with disastrous results.
Modern Times (beginning 16th century) opened with a religious revolt – Luther and the Reformation (1517) – that put Our Lady aside, ignored the authority of the Church founded on Peter, and denied the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and 5 of the 7 Sacraments to its adherents. That revolt became a revolution which has continued to dismember the Church across the 500 years since, so that the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church is today reaching “little flock” status. Hence Our Lady of the Rosary came to Fatima, preceded by St Michael the Archangel.
Interestingly, Daniel 12 foretells to St Michael rising up to protect the children of God (verse 1), and of the continual sacrifice being taken away and the abomination unto desolation set up (verse 11).
There is more but I am very low on energy and comment is already too long anyway – hope it makes sense.