This FatimAscension feast day once in a lifetime but relevant today

Two ladies:  Mary and Melania.  Two blessings our nation chooses to ignore.

Updated May 30, 2022. 

Whatever day you celebrated Ascension this year, I hope you find this interesting and most pertinent.

Facts and Truth DO matter.

May 13, 2021  A fateful, faith full and special interconnected day this year, with anniversaries of Jesus’ Ascension, Mary’s first Fatima appearance, a ripple of a president’s assassination attempt reflected 43 days later with the same beloved pope St John Paul the Great on this very date of the 13th of May.

Speaking of 43 days as important, many places, last number of years, we  celebrate as Ascension Thursday on Sunday, the Sunday before or Sunday after..

My sculptor son, David, points out the bishops are doing this to maximize the number of the faithful who will have the gift of the Ascension readings and homily because of their work schedules.  Sounds merciful and a good reason, but do we move December 25th to the 28th if the 28th is a Sunday?

In 2021, at St Michael’s Abbey, the homilist called it Ascension ThurSunday, i guess like a TurDucKen Thanksgiving dish.

Here’s the scoop: 104 (now 105) years ago,  at 5:13pm, the Virgin Mary appeared on the first Fatima day: may 13, 1917, to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco at the Cova in the city named by a Catholic prince for his Muslim convert to Catholicism wife: Fatima, Portugal.

As you may know, Mohammad’s oldest and beloved daughter was named Fatima; and the Islamic scholars see Mary as #2 to only Islam’s fave daughter Fatima. God bought Mary’s travel tickets purposefully to that Portugal city in 1917…  in fact, for you blessed Blessed Bishop Sheen fans, in 1952 he wrote an interesting paper called “Mary and the Mohammedans”.  Worth a read.

Want to hazard a guess why 1917, why Portugal and a city renamed Fatima?

40 years ago to the day (2021), John Paul the Great was shot at 5:13pm (or 17:17 per UPI) while leaning over to look at a 12 year old’s childs miraculous medal.  Reasons mount why this miraculous medal is so miraculous.

Unmistakably, a miracle. The bullet from the Russia hired (no Eve’s Adam Schiff, this was the real Russian conspiracy not your buddy Hillary’s fraud)  Bulgarian Agca the Assassin landed an inch to a major artery serving the pope’s abdomen.  Miracle YES!

“When the Pope passed through an adoring and excited crowd of supporters, Ağca fired four shots at 17:17 with a 9mm Browning Hi-Power semi-automatic pistol, and critically wounded him.”  Wikipedia does the play by play, but who guided the Bulgarian assassin squad to that precise day and time 63 years after Mary’s Fatima premiere appearance?

It is intriguing how, throughout time, which is nestled in the middle of eternity, God leaves His beloved human children amazing living landmarks, special symbols and concrete clues.  For example, God set that mysterious Catholic compass/altar/beacon at the exact center of the world, with all of its salvation history references; we know it as the Giza Pyramid.   It dates from high noon on the Spring Equinox 2141bc, though experts believe it’s build year was 2623bc.  It is a working symbol, since it still faithfully does what it was designed to do: focus us on the Bread of Heaven, at the House of Bread in Beth’Lehem.  The symbol and direction finder becomes the Real Presence, first in the womb of the Ark of the New Covenant, then the True Presence in the consecrated Bread and Wine as the actual Body and Blood of the Lord.

Therein lies my premise: we are missing much by shoving the 40 days of Jesus’ life on earth post-Resurrection to a convenient Sunday. 40 has had a place in salvation history for millennia.

Some important clues of eternity are organic in the guise of humans He created, such as the Eucharistic miracles (like Terri Schiavo Schindler in 2005) of Lanciano and more.

But, take Mary.  Mary’s trips to earth always have an underlying theme.   Guadalupe, Lourdes, Portugal, Green Bay, Wisconsin etc.

Some say that Mary’s trip in 1858 to Lourdes was mainly focused on physical healing; but her trip in 1917 to Fatima was for the spiritual healing of the world and opportunity to hear a true peace plan.  If only we had listened.

Like the apostles at Jesus’ side in the Garden of Death of Gethsemane, we couldn’t stay up even for an hour.  Or honor the prophetic requests of heaven.  At least, in as timely a manner as the situation dictated.

God is the same, Jesus is immutable, death is inevitable.  Look how we are so weak about keeping dates: we no longer celebrate Jesus’ Ascension universally on Thursdays, despite its importance in God’s precision, His precise HiStory.

His mom’s day, the Assumption, remains on August 15 (possibly analogous to His rising on 15th of Abib/Nissan on the Jewish calendar after dying on Friday the 13th), but not with that clear 40/10 (40 days after Easter, 10 before Pentecost) split.

People of God:  did it rain for 43 days and nights in Noah’s time?  Were the Israelites in the desert for 43 years?  Is our Lent and Advent 43 days?

Do we name a persistent pro life group 43 Days for Life?  No, forty (40) it is.

Forty (40) has always been the biblical number for probationary trials, testing…and TRIUMPH!   Jesus was tested in the desert for 43 days?  No, 40.

When God dictates the provisional value of a symbol or number, we should respect that. How about an example of why: Moses paid the price of striking the rock TWICE out of anger and the Israelite childishness; it cost him a walk in the Promised Land, though he saw it from afar with Joshua taking his place.

40 remains important:

Recall, by its repeated use in salvation history, it is the number of probationary testing, probation, trials and triumph.  How about examples?
40 years in the desert after the Exodus out of Egypt after Plague#10, the first Passover.
40 years of free food.
“The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan”. – Exodus 16:35 (ESV)
40 years in the clouds.  Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. – Exodus 24:18 (ESV)
40 years for wickedness, long before sleep number beds
Ezekiel Had Laid on His Right Side For 40 Days
The prophet Ezekiel was informed by God to lay on his left side for 390 days and his right side for 40 days to “bear the iniquities” of Israel and Judea (respectively). The days corresponded to the number of years each kingdom dishonored the name of God through their wickedness and rebellion. Ezekiel suffered greatly for the sake of his people and ancestors, but his understanding and insights helped prepare the Israelites for the coming of Jesus.
40 days of Lent
40 days Jesus is tempted in the desert
40 days on an unpowered cruise ship, ie floating in the Ark of Noah
“For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” – Genesis 7:4 (ESV)
40 days of “in your face, God and Israel!”
Goliath taunted Israel 40 days. “For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.” – 1 Samuel 17:16 (ESV)
40 years each for the three great old testament Kings of Israel
Three Kings in the Bible Reigned For 40 Years Each: Saul, David and Solomon
And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. – 1 Kings 11:42 (ESV)
Wonder if this is a foreshadowing of three New Testament kings called the Magi?
Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. – Acts 13:21 (ESV)
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. – 2 Samuel 5:4 (ESV)
Would calling these 3 kings forerunners of the 3 Kings we call the Magi beginning the new covenant, whose bones are interred at the great cathedral of Kolon, Germany?  A stretch?
Other 40s in Scripture:
40 lashes (stripes) was the maximum whipping penalty (Deuteronomy 25:3)
40 years fallow to rejuvenate the land
God allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Judges 3:11, 5:31, 8:28)
40 sons (no not Mrs. Garcia or Donna or…)
Abdon, a judge in Israel, had 40 sons (Judges 12:14)
40 years of being overpowered by an enemy
Israel did evil; God gave them to an enemy for 40 years (Judges 13:1)
Eli judged Israel for 40 years (1 Samuel 4:18)
Ishbosheth (Saul’s son) was 40 years old when he began to reign (2 Samuel 2:10)
40 Cubits of Holy.
The holy place of the temple was 40 cubits long (1 Kings 6:17)
40 day superfood
Elijah had one meal that gave him strength for 40 days (1 Kings 19:8)
Joash reigned 40 years in Jerusalem (2 Kings 12:1)
Egypt to be laid desolate for 40 years (Ezekiel 29:11-12)
God gave Ninevah 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4)
Jesus remained on earth 40 days after the resurrection (Acts 1:3)
This last one we celebrate today, not quite so accurately, I think?!
43 days after Easter until Jesus ascends into….wait, Huh?
  Ok, not really but shouldn’t we go back to universal Ascension Thursday to witness to a dying world the truth?
Someday, we Catholics will rise up and demand we be treated like adults once again. that we can make a holy day out of Ascension Thursday once more.  Of course, we must earn and deserve that.  Don’t blame the Bishops 100% for moving it to 43 or 36 days after Resurrection: Moses did the same for a ‘falling away’ people with divorce and other things.
Editorial page: We sat on our assets throughout the medical tyranny of the mismanaged Covid19 through C22. Then there was the first Lockout on Pentecost like 33ad.
NOW we have the privilege of celebrating INSIDE Cathedrals, churches and chapels. Yet….
In our post Modern world, we celebrate Ascension Thursday on Sunday…why? our laziness? Work can’t be the excuse anymore with Covid erasing so much of the private sector’s rights, and tech progress the need to be in brick and mortar.  Is it our weakness?
40 is the number prescribed by God for specific periods of probation, of testing, of trials. AND don’t forget the triumphs!  The 3 T’s of the Biblical number 40.
Let’s look at the historical documents, Catholics and friends:
“In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
until the day he was taken up,
after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
to the apostles whom he had chosen.
He presented himself alive to them
by many proofs after he had suffered,
appearing to them during…
(wait for it:)

FORTY DAYS

…and speaking about the kingdom of God.”  Beginning of the Apostles’ Action book.

Why must we, in our Ozian poppies laziness, change such an important Church landmark of time?

Especially with Pentecost coming up just the perfect 10 days more…  yet, could this be one of the reasons for the 43 day move:  Back story,  one of the greatest presidents in history, Ronald Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981, but lived; Pope John Paul the Great, now a Saint, was shot four times at close range 43 days after the President…and lived.  Yes, both miracles!  And does God like His proclamations kept to the letter!

63 years after Mary told the world of the need to pray and consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart (the same heart a muddy ignorant St Bernadette at Lourdes on March 25, 1858 identified theologically as the Immaculate Conception) the prophecy about “killing” a pope occurred.  Pope St John Paul the Great did NOT die due to 1) his devotion to Mary & 2) God’s perfect will and mercy.

This stained glass rendering of the miraculous picture of the Swiss guard of the fallen pontiff focuses us on this reality of May 13, 1981.  The pope appeared in real time; our Lady appeared when it was developed, before Smart phones and instant “development”.

Historically:  in November of 1830, Mary again appeared to St. Catherine Laboure at the Rue de Bac Chapel. This time, our Blessed Mother was standing on a globe, with dazzling rays of light streaming from her outstretched hands. Framing the apparition was an inscription: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” When Mary spoke to St. Catherine, she said “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck. Those who repeat this prayer with devotion will be, in a special manner, under the protection of the Mother of God. Graces will be abundantly bestowed upon those who have confidence.”   Even around the neck of a 12 year old in St Peter’s Basilica on the anniversary of an important Marian apparition, 43 days after another assassination attempt on a president.

We did not obey and another war (wars, per the Venerable Bishop Sheen, are judgements) commenced in 1939.  Though we did experience different consecrations to Mary (different post)

6 million Jews among 12 million total humans killed over 12 years in 10 countries by toxic gas and lead bullets; not to be confused with the 66 million Archbishop of St Francis Salvatore Cordileone mentioned were murdered in America over 47 years. Pray for nancy pelosi’s dying soul: by actuarial tables, she is closer to hell than we are to heaven.

66 million, enough to replace 33 states total populations, all little kids, babies, fetus  WHATEVER label you give the thumbsuckers, they are all still HUMAN.  Breathing, heart beating homo sapiens sapiens.

And we STILL listen to Orwellian Newspeak of the corrupt and demonic Democrat party regulars of slavery who are enriched laundering money through these satanic surgeon kill mills.

From the Vatican archives, here is Sister Lucia’s secret 1&2, the prophecy translated:

Sister Lucia:  “This will entail my speaking about the secret, and thus answering the first question.

What is the secret? It seems to me that I can reveal it, since I already have permission from Heaven to do so. God’s representatives on earth have authorized me to do this several times and in various letters, one of which, I believe, is in your keeping. This letter is from Father José Bernardo Gonçalves, and in it he advises me to write to the Holy Father, suggesting, among other things, that I should reveal the secret. I did say something about it. But in order not to make my letter too long, since I was told to keep it short, I confined myself to the essentials, leaving it to God to provide another more favourable opportunity.

In my second account I have already described in detail the doubt which tormented me from 13 June until 13 July, and how it disappeared completely during the Apparition on that day.

Well, the secret is made up of three distinct parts, two of which I am now going to reveal.

The first part is the vision of hell.

(Author’s note:  HELL DOES EXIST)

Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.”

“We (the three children of Fatima) then looked up at Our Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly:

You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he 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 consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. 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 shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world”

What of the 3rd secret?  On July 13, 1917, the final “secret” Fatima revelation involved a Bishop dressed in white (a Pope) who would be shot (40 years ago) and left for dead; here is part of the commentary on May 13, 2000, the occasion of the beautification Mass in Fatima for Jacinta and Francisco (from the Vatican archives).  And look to the Swiss Guard’s photo below:

After the assassination attempt of 13 May 1981, it appeared evident that it was mother’s hand that guided the bullet’s path enabling the Pope in his throes to halt the threshold of death (Pope John Paul II, Meditation from the Policlinico Gemelli to the Italian BishopsInsegnamenti, XVII, 1 [1994], 1061).

On the occasion of a visit to Rome by the then Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, the Pope decided to give him the bullet which had remained in the jeep after the assassination attempt, so that it might be kept in the shrine. By the Bishop’s decision, the bullet was later set in the crown of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. 

The successive events of 1989 led, both in the Soviet Union and in a number of countries of Eastern Europe, to the fall of the Communist regimes which promoted atheism.

For this too His Holiness offers heartfelt thanks to the Most Holy Virgin. In other parts of the world, however, attacks against the Church and against Christians, with the burden of suffering they bring, tragically continue. Even if the events to which the third part of the secret of Fatima refers now seem part of the past, Our Lady’s call to conversion and penance, issued at the start of the twentieth century, remains timely and urgent today.

Mary’s prophecy of a bishop in white who was shot, took place 766 months later to the date, after she uttered it in Portugal. That same pope stood in the cell of his assassin and forgave him; the bullet resides in Mary’s care in her crown.  Regina Coeli, the Queen of Heaven.

This FatimAscension message rings true today.  Our country is facing much evil; the rise of atheistic socialism, even within our colleges by corrupt professors is one example.

But God remains in control.  100 million souls died under Stalin last century.  NOT to mention, 2.2 billion abortions occurred worldwide that last 47 years, the number of the 47th president AK47 (Anarchist Kamala) who was president for an hour when JoBama was sleeping under anesthesia.

In fact, in America, 66 million babies did not make it to birth due to hell’s hold on the minds of America.  Are we making progress, noting the desperate pleas of the reprobate kid killing noise makers and Justice Sotomayor (or Jumanji Jackson Brown’s) law clerk leak?

As you read this, please pray for our 80 year old Speaker of the House, nancy pelosi.  Currently, age wise, she is much closer to hell than we are to heaven.  And archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (who could be a great 4th Godfather) showed what a true, focused, Godly descendant of the apostles is all about.  Using the blueprint for forgiveness, Matt 18:15, the bishop requested Nancy respect the Holy Eucharist as she display arrogant and wanton apostasy.

Amazing irony: San Francisco’s prelate’s name means (Jesus) Salvation.  His last translates to  “the Heart of the Lion”.

People of God, it’s up to us NOT just our priests and bishops.  Don’t pretend you are a Christian, like G Christopher Newsom. “Be a doer of the Word, not just a “hearer” ”  Whether the fixed date of Ascension, or sidewalk counselor to the vulnerable, groomed mothers at Planned Parenthood.

But the gospel of last year’s May 13th tells the story in the signs: before He was taken up into heaven, our Savior spoke these words:

“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

The message He left to 12 members of the ONE human race, our founding Apostles.  There are NOT 12 first couples, but ONE male and ONE female the Creator began our journey with. NOT 60 different biomechanical human genders.

No matter how nutty the Regressively corrupt try to re-invent science and make golden calf type false scientists for us to follow.

Simple formula: no need to debate endlessly over which religion or sect, denomination or temple is true.  Wonder why I believe it is important to be living witnesses to the Word, the Gospel, to our homeschool buddies and coop partners, our workmates, our kids and our siblings: ALL our human neighbors?  Simple answer:

Time is short; at most, each of us lives 100 years or so.  Eternity is long: draw a circle (six feet wide of course) and start walking on it.  When you get to the end, you will understand eternity. 

Of course: there is NO end to a circle OR forever.

Time IS urgent for us to be prepared; help our neighbors know Christ and be ready for life today and forever day after tomorrow.  If the Giza Pyramid can point to Christ, as His mother Mary does every time she visits, think maybe we can “proclaim the gospel to EVERY creature”.  Giza pyramid?  What ARE you talking about Len?? A subject for another cause and post.

Comments anyone?

We live in the Time of Miracles: don’t doubt it!  the extended time of Divine Mercy.

Live the miracle your life is in the midst of.

And remember, it IS a great day to be alive.  Live each day as if it is your first, with the joy of discovery.  AND as if it is your LAST, with the hope of a blessed forever after. 

Believing in a happily ever after works in fairy tales; it works EVEN BETTER in real life.  Choose Christ and the Father will CHOOSE you for His forever.

Be grateful for the last 40 days of your life, when they are underway; maybe 43 is more appealing and son David is right.

Len

 

 

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