[quote="nordskoven, post:1, topic:303276"]
Devotion to the Immaculate Heart is requested by God to allay God's chastisement by Russia, which will otherwise spread her errors, per the Fatima message, leading to the annihilation of nations. Anybody care to enumerate the errors of Russia? Starting World War II would be one offering, this being done by Russia's signing a non-aggression pact with highly bellicose Japan and Germany. Complete compendium, please. Everything. Throw Madame Blavatsky in there, too. Thanks and God bless everyone.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, reign and rule all hearts with the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and pray for us now and at the hour of our death. AMEN
The "errors of Russia" refers to Communism. Communism is simply Materialism put into practice, especially political practice.
Russia was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1984 by Pope JPII.
So, let's see where Russia and the West stand at this point in time, and in what direction both countries are moving.
The present worldview in the West is dominated by elements of materialism, hedonism, consumerism, nationalism, militarism, imperialism and secular humanism, all of which, it could be argued, are being embraced to an unprecedented historic degree. We defeated the Evil Empire, that is true, but it wasn't Russia that was evil, it was a particular ideology that infected Russia only relatively recently in their hisotry, that was evil. Although we defeated the Communists, it would not, to quote Leo Strauss (although he was writing about the Germans), "be the first time that a nation, defeated on the battlefield and, as it were, annihilated as a political being, has deprived its conquerors of the most sublime fruit of victory by imposing on them the yoke of its own thought."
The West is supposed to be the "good guys" and Russia is supposed to be the "bad guy" but in Russia today there are more restrictions on the world's number one evil (abortion) than there are in the West. Medvedev signed the first restrictions on abortion in Russia since the collapse of Communism. Abortion providers in Russia have to devote 10 percent of any advertising to describing the dangers of abortion to a woman’s health, and it is ILLEGAL in Russia to describe abortion as a safe medical procedure. In 2011, the Russian Parliament passed a law making abortion ILLEGAL after 12 weeks (with exceptions for rape and to save the life of the mother). Medvedev's wife has taken up the pro-life cause in Russia, engaging in a national campaign against abortion called "Give Me Life!" and a "Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness" by her Foundation for Social and Cultural Initiatives in conjunction with the Russian Orthodox Church. Recently, Russia voted AGAINST the U.S. and European intiative at the UN to make the right to murder unborn children a universal human right.
In Russia, the Orthodox Church has undergone a revival since the fall of the Soviet Union almost 20 years ago ended decades of repression under communism, and Russia's leaders have endorsed it as the country's main faith. The Orthodox Church’s reach is rapidly finding its way into nearly every government agency, including its military. The Russian Government is*** funding **restoration of Orthodox Churches with *public tax dollars*.:bigyikes: Inaugural ceremonies are attended by the patriarchs armed with Holy water and incense. Russian Orthodox Bishops are regularly seen at military installations conducting religious ceremonies. Recently the Russian Orthodox Church gave its blessing to the men and women who control Russia’s nuclear weapons. Last year, priests, led by Bishop Amvrosy of Bronnitsy, chanted prayers, burned incense, and sprinkled holy water on nuclear warheads and blessed the entire facility responsible for the storage and maintenance of the country’s nuclear arsenal. Earlier this year the Russian nuclear submarine *Aleksandr Nevsky *was named after a Russian Saint and fitted with Orthodox chapel. The submarine, became the second nuke-carrying sub equipped with a sanctuary alongside its ballistic missiles. It is the sixth military chapel consecrated into the Russia fleet. The other five were installed on the aircraft carrier *Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy cruiser Pyotr Veliky, Russian Navy sail training ship Kruzenshtern, guided missile cruiser Moskva, and nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine K-433.
Now, not only are these and many other changes in Russia remarkable for a nation that only a few decades ago was one of the most brutal and atheistic regimes ever to grace the planet; they are also remarkable given the fact that Our Lady of Fatima said that Russia would be converted. Our Lady doesn't usually get her predictions wrong.
Russia is heading in the right direction. And it all happened under those two "bad guys" (according to the West) Medvedev and Putin. The West keeps demonizing them and telling us that they are "bad" for, you know, suppressing gay "parades" and public desecrations of Cathedrals, and sticking up for the last Arab regime in the Middle East that still protects the rights of the Christians, Jewish and Arab minorites there - Syria. Give me a break already! The West's propaganda and demonization is wearing thin and growing old. Doesn't sound like the Russians are villians at all and it looks like they could teach the West a lesson.