When our Lady spoke about the triumph of her Immaculate Heart, she certainly was not referring to an utopian era of secular, man-oriented, self-sufficiency and benevolent co-existence amongst peoples of conflicting ideologies and creeds. Without God, without morals and laws based on revealed Truth, without His Church to nourish the supernatural component of His creatures, life is pure suffering – hell on earth as it were. So what did Our Lady mean? What will God’s peace be like?
As war is a consequence of rebellion against God, so His peace will be a reward when we, led by our hierarchy, acquiesce to his designs. So much for so little! Yet obstinate and proud minds rebel. When Russia is properly consecrated in union with the world’s bishops, we shall see the return of that nation into the one fold. Russia’s return will initiate the healing of other centuries-old schisms, the Church will regain her missionary zeal, and with the aid of God’s extraordinary graces, nations and peoples will turn to the Church in the fulfillment of God’s Word: “There shall be one fold and one shepherd.” Our Lady will have prepared the world for the glorious reign of Christ our King!
St. Louse de Montfort prophesized that just as it was through our Lady that Christ entered the world, so it will be through her that He will be made manifest again. St. Maximilian Kolbe said this: “The serpent raises his head over the whole earth, but the Immaculata is going to crush him through decisive victories..[u]nder the standard of the Immaculata a great battle will be waged, and we shall have Her banners float over the fortresses of the prince of darkness.” He also wrote, “Then heresies and schisms will be extinguished, and hardened sinners, thanks to the Immaculata, will return to God, towards His Heart full of love, and all pagans will be baptized.” The Abbé de Nantes believed that in the era of peace, chapters 60 and 62 of Isaiah would be fulfilled. One such passage reads thus: “…the children of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister to thee: for in my wrath have I struck thee, and in my reconciliation have I had mercy upon thee.” The radiance of the Church will then diffuse throughout the entire world a divine influence capable of shaping all facets of society. Glorious peace from the hands of Our Lady! Who amongst us now living will be graced to see Christ being proclaimed our King and the Immaculata alongside Him, Queen of the whole world?
Can one imagine a world where “legal” abortion will be nothing more than a people’s wicked and horrid past? Where marriage is honored as a sacred institution? That’s just for starters. It’s been said that the world’s greatest century, the 13th, was only a preview – a foreshadowing of the Christian era that still awaits us – but only after human pride and malice and obstinacy have been first struck down by the rigors of God’s justice. Then, and only then, will dawn a world in which “they shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into sickles: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they be exercised any more to war.”
Our Blessed Mother is not called our Lady of Victories for nothing! Her greatest victory lies just ahead as we near the climax of the Apocalyptic struggle between her and Satan.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us! St. Joseph, bless us and the entire world! Blessed Jacinta and Francisco, and Lucia, pray for us!