Hi everyone, I am researching Orthodoxy as of late, as I find their theology on Salvation more inline with my heart.
I decided to see what orthodoxy thought of the Fatima apparitions. Some of the apparitions stuff I find a little strange myself. Anyways just a few observations I find confusing, the follow first observation, and question is from an Orthodoxy response to Fatima.
The apparition also taught that
one’s suffering in this life could
obtain salvation for others. In The
first appearance, it asked the children
if they would “bear all the
suffering (God) wills for you, as an
act of reparation for the sins by
which He is offended, and of supplication
for the conversion of sinners.”13
And in the fourth
appearance, the apparition told the
children, “Pray, pray very much,
and make sacrifices for sinners.
For many souls go to Hell because
there is no one to make sacrifices
In this way, too, our Lord’s offering
for us is denigrated by the
idea that our suffering somehow
supplies for others that which is
missing in His offering of Himself.
This is a blasphemous delusion,
showing Satanic pride in
thinking that we can save others by
our prayers and suffering, thereby
putting ourselves in the place of
I have to agree, is not Christs sacrifice sufficient?
“I promise to assist at the
hour of death with the graces necessary
for salvation all those who,
on the first Saturday of five consecutive
months, go to confession,
receive Holy Communion, say the
Rosary, and keep me company for
fifteen minutes while meditating
on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary,
with the object of making
reparation to me.”
Why are we making reparation to Mary?
What exactly is reparation?
“When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is going to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.”
On the night of January 25, 1938, Sister Lucy saw the ominous red glow Our Lady had foretold would be the great sign that God was "going to punish the world by means of war, famine and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father". On the following day the strange phenomenon of the "illuminated night" was reported in newspapers across Europe and North America. 3 Sister Lucy understood that the punishment of the world was about to begin, and several weeks later, in March , Hitler invaded Austria and annexed it to Germany, and this act began the escalation of events which transformed the various aggressions of Germany, Italy and Japan into World War II.
Firstly, God punishing us, is that even legit? A God who is Love, is actively punishing us? Not only that, but apparently using Hitler as the means?
“in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary in order to obtain peace for the world . . . because only She can help you.”
Only Mary can help us, God is not available, or to angry perhaps?
This to my ears, is totally odd, all of it, and it is making me question, and look more at Orthodoxy.
Can some someone help our here?