God gives the evidence for an open mind,
But truth is alien to today’s mankind.
A reader sends in some questions of interest concerning Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima in 1917.
As best we know, six eminent English-speaking Catholics of the 20th century seem to have taken little to no notice of the highly important apparitions of Fatima – Belloc, Chesterton, Fr Peyton, Bishop Fulton Sheen, Tolkien and Evelyn Waugh – is there an explanation?
First and foremost, modern men, which includes the Catholic clergy, are born and bred in materialism and rationalism, meaning that anything more than just material, or surpassing their human powers of reason, is hardly to be taken seriously. But heavenly apparitions, like those of Our Lady at Fatima, are essentially spiritual, not material, and they far surpass mere human reason as to their source or content. It follows that few “serious” inhabitants of today’s world, even churchmen, incline to take seriously “apparitions of Our Lady.” Did She not Herself complain between the two World Wars that even good souls were not paying attention to her message of Fatima? And after World War II, did not the churchmen themselves, preparing Vatican II to change God’s own religion, from 1960 seek to stifle that Fatima which spoke up for the true religion? And if that was the example given by the churchmen, is it so surprising if even the good laity neglected Fatima?
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