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Francis, Fatima and the End of the World


Fr Dwight Longenecker - published on 05/14/15

Certainly we cannot rule out some terrible catastrophe which would plunge the world into chaos, but there is another sense in which our human race is reaching an end point because we are destroying ourselves.

We are destroying our communities through war, violence and terrorism. We are destroying our families through contraception, sterilization, abortion and divorce. We are destroying our purity and power through pornography, homosexuality, promiscuity, lust and rage.

We are destroying our society through greed, materialism, disregard for the poor, trampling the widows, orphans, homeless and hungry. We are destroying our environment through greed, overdevelopment and pollution. In many ways we are bringing on ourselves the end of our world, and the Blessed Mother looks on with a mother’s broken heart.

In the midst of the murderous chaos, the Blessed Virgin Mary shows us the compassionate heart of her Son. She leads us to the Divine Mercy. She looks down on this broken and crazy humanity–a race headed for destruction– and says with the heart of a mother, “Come Home!”

This also explains the Pope’s own message and method. He looks on the world with pity, not with blame. He wants to reach out to the broken-hearted, the bitter and those tied in knots by sin and offer the healing forgiveness and mercy of God–just as a broken-hearted father and mother looks on their wayward children.

As he welcomed the image from Fatima to the Vatican this week, and as he consecrated the world to her two years ago, and as he plans to visit Fatima in 2017, does the Holy Father know something we don’t know? Is a crisis looming that will bring us to a turning point in some way? Has he called on the Blessed Mother to pray and intercede for our poor, troubled insane and suicidal race with special urgency?

We are not expected to speculate about the future, but instead to put ourselves into God’s hands with complete trust. The message of Fatima is to watch, wait, pray and make reparation for sin, and to always look with expectant hope to the good future God has in store.

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