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By Thomas V. Mirus, Catholic Culture, Mar 24, 2022

Thomas V. Mirus is a pianist living in New York City. He is Director of Podcasts for CatholicCulture.org, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast.

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The first part of this article is a reminder of the essential importance of Fatima in our time. The second, and longer, part corrects a misunderstanding of private revelation held by many—namely that whatever falls into this category can make no claim on our mind or conscience, and that it is a matter of indifference whether we pay heed to it.

  1. Why we deserve to lose (if we ignore Fatima)

As we witness renewed military aggression from Russia and hear Pope Francis’s announcement that he will soon consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the apparitions, prophecies, and requests of Jesus and Mary at Fatima are once again on the minds of many Catholics.

Indeed, not only the aggression of Russia, but our own internal troubles in the West, should call to mind the Fatima message. In the past several years we have seen identifiably Marxian ideologies spread into the mainstream of society, pop culture, education and government, especially in matters of race and gender. In the economic realm, socialism is popular among young people, and governments plot and achieve chilling levels of control over our daily lives. Atheism and irreligion are prevalent among the young. The Left is ever more zealously devoted to its anti-sacrament of abortion, which was first legalized in Russia early in the 20th century. All of these things can be seen as the “errors of Russia” warned about by the Mother of God. …

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