|Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal, October 13, 1917
The testimonial account of the 6 monthly Fatima apparitions of 1917 can easily be found online. I'm not going to outline something that you can easily find online. None the less, the October 13, 1917 apparition had approximately 40,000 to 70,000 eyewitnesses to it. This included newspaper reporters who did report on the event in a respectful tone. However, Game Five of the Major League World Series was transpiring in America. Being that the two World Series teams came from the two largest cities in the United States, the World Series made front-page news the following day . . . instead of the Fatima Miracle which still made the news, none the less.
Concerning Fatima, there were apparitions "approved as worthy of credence" years after the 1917 Miracle of the Sun. In one of those apparitions, Our Lady made a promise to those who would come to perform the First Saturday Communion of Reparation for five consecutive months. The act of reparation was simple. It consisted in  Confession,  Holy Communion,  five decades of the Rosary, and  15 minutes of meditation upon the mysteries of the Rosary, while having the intention to make reparation for the slanderous words and sacrilegious acts against Our Lady.
Those slanders are known as "blasphemies" against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That phrase was deliberately stated as such so as to not confuse a person with the Blasphemies against the Holy Spirit which never get forgiven, because they include the act of never asking for forgiveness, in the first place.
In as much, those blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary are blasphemies against the God who created Mary as the most gifted creature in existence. The first person in existence who made reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was the Archangel Gabriel, by his greeting at the Annunciation. He was making reparation for Satan refusing to accept God's will concerning Mary. Satan was enraged with envy over Mary, because God willed to become man, instead of angel. See: Ignatius of Antioch's teaching on this subject.
Now, for the past 70 years, when an American writer or media member stated Our Lady's promise, every one of them stated, "I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation" . . ." Stop here.
In the romance languages, the phrase, "assist at" always means, "be present." It means to be there, on-the-scene. THEREFORE, the correct quote from Our Lady, for those who perform the First Saturday "Communions of Reparation" is this:
"I promise TO BE PRESENT at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, of whoever, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months, shall  go to confession,  receive Holy Communion,  pray five decades of the Rosary, and  "keep me in company" for fifteen minutes, while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to my Immaculate Heart."
This TRUE translation of Our Lady's words to Sister Lucia, as were spoken on Dec 10, 1925, changes the whole meaning of her promise. It makes it sound substantial, nearby, and on-the-scene. To use the phrase, "assist at" the hour of death, sounds too long distance, too remote, and quite disconnected.
Mary will be present, on the scene, at your death, if you do the "five first Saturday" communions of reparation. And yes, in the supernatural world, a person can be present and invisible at the same time.
There is a logical reason for five Saturdays. There are five basic ways to commit this sacrilege of Mary's reputation. So, she asked for people to make one First Saturday Communion of Reparation for each of the principle ways to slander & sacrilege her heart.
The ways are  to verbally (or in writing) deny her Immaculate Conception and perpetual sinlessness,  to openly deny her perpetual virginity which was done as a vow, in accordance to the Law of Moses,  to openly deny Mary being, in essence, the Mother of God (This is known as her Divine Maternity,)  to seek to deceive children in having an aversion toward Mary, so as to never be devoted to her,  to physically sacrilege & vandalize Mary's sacred images and scapulars.
And of course, Mary's heart is symbolic of her charity ... her agape ... her "love" for humanity. Needless to say, when Jesus said to John, "Son, look! Your mother," Jesus was saying this to every human destined to come into existence in the future. This includes those Protestants filled with seething hatred ... or dismissive indifference ... toward the woman whom the King of Heaven called, "immi," (mommy) many a time.
After all, there have been Protestants who carried either long-term seething hatred or long-term dismissive indifference toward Mary, and then ended up converting to Catholicism, writing & selling books as defenders of Catholicism. Such persons realized that the Catholic Church most certainly does use the Bible, all throughout its practice, in a commemorative way ... as a reminder of the things done on Earth for humanity's salvation.
In fact, there is a mainstream Catholic religious order which claims its founder to be the Prophet Elijah, and Elijah is VERY BIBLICAL. That one religious order gave us doctors of the Church  Teresa of Avila,  John of the Cross,  Therese of Lisieux, and martyrs such as Titus Brandsma who wrote that no one can simultaneously be a Catholic and a Nazi. Guess where Titus died. In fact, 2,579 Roman Catholic priests died at Dachau. Franciscan priest, Maximilian Kolbe, however, died at Auschwitz.
Maximilian was deeply devoted to Mary, as a normal guy should be, and he had a Franciscan mission in Nagasaki Japan. His memorial in the Catholic Church liturgical calendar is August 14.
St. Maximilian died on the eve of the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. Ironically, that doctrine was finally finalized in a papal infallible statement nine years after Maximilian's martyrdom; on Aug 15, 1950. I can go into detail about Maximilian, but not now.
None the less, the Catholic Church makes use of the Bible in consistent doctrinal teaching and in consistent use of prayer. In fact, the Catholic Church uses the Bible far more often than do Protestants, which are nothing more than a splintered group of people who all believe themselves to be their own individual popes, all the while ignoring and even denying specific Biblical passages, thereby showing their splintered religion to be the religion of hypocrites. Protestants are only Biblical when the Bible is convenient to them.
|Look at what the Roman Catholic Church chose as its Vespers Prayers, in its Divine Office. The Psalms ARE the Bible. Do you see how the accusatory propaganda of Protestants is a series of easy-to-prove lies? Catholics sure do use the Bible . . . far more often than Protestants ever did. Catholics were using the "officially defined" Bible 1,147 years before the word, Protestant, was even invented ... in 1529, at Speyer (present day Germany.)
The bishops of the Catholic Church defined the Bible, in 382 A.D. The Catholic Church kept making copies of the Bible for posterity. The Catholic Church reads the Bible THREE TIMES per mass, on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The Catholic Church's Divine Office, aka Liturgy of the Hours, is composed from numerous Biblical passages, and it IS the official prayer of the Catholic Church.
So, the Protestant accusation that Catholics never use the Bible is a complete falsehood, designed by con artists who do everything they can to get Catholics to leave the only Church ever founded by Christ and to put their money into the con artist Protestant preacher's tax-free collection baskets. It's business. It's all business.
Slandering Catholicism is profitable business for the leaders of the FAKE churches. In fact, to make their fake churches, they had to steal OUR ROMAN CATHOLIC BIBLE, and acres of Roman Catholic Church property in England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, certain German states, and Switzerland. That's how they make their money.
On their websites, Protestants certainly lie about Catholic history just enough, to create fear of or hatred of Catholics. For the historic record, popes have repeatedly stepped in and stopped slavery, under pain of excommunication, loss of citizenship to certain papal states and Holy Roman Empire jurisdictions, etc. This happened in the Canary Islands, off Northwestern Africa and in the Philippines, as well as in the Americas. But, Protestants, the stewards of lies, won't let you know that the Catholics were the first the topple slavery more than once, in certain parts of Planet Earth, beginning with the Canary Islands, before Martin Luther was even born . . . and before Columbus made his first transatlantic expedition.
In fact, as soon as the Netherlands became Protestant, it became the premier Slave Trade nation, via ship lines. I can go into detail, but not right now. Protestantism is a waste of your time. And it as sure as Hell is a waste of your soul. People today say that they hate Christianity without realizing that it's Protestantism that they despise.
The Catholic Church gets damned so much by these con artists called preachers, because it's has the largest population. It's the #1 business competition. Protestant preachers, after all, do wear business suits, while preaching their very con artist doctrine. I can go into detail, but not right now. I've written on the topic previously, and this site has a search window on the top right hand side of each web page.
In summary, Protestantism is a dissemination of chaotically anarchic and contradictory doctrine. It was founded by stealing mass acres of Roman Catholic Church real estate in Northern Europe. The theft including executing Roman Catholics AND even executing competing Protestant sect founders, as well as starting war after war in the 16th and 17th Centuries, even into the Year 1712.
Catholicism, on the other hand, started by having unarmed men ... and then a few young single ladies ... go out and evangelize. This resulted mostly in the unarmed Catholics being killed. This included St. Boniface in Germany, and the young ladies associated with Odilia & Ursula, in Germanic territory. All of the Apostles were victims of brutal degrees of violence. Only on rare occasion, as was the case with St. Patrick and St Francis Xavier, did unarmed missionaries die some sort of natural death.
All in all, Fatima was poorly explained in the English language, dating back to the beginning of promoting it, in 1929. This is one of the reasons why Fatima was a complete failure. But only one of the several reasons. I can go into detail, but not right now.
It suffices to state that  there is no World Peace,  people are clueless to the Faith of Peter,  the vast majority of people have no sense of morals, and  they live today according to their animal instincts. Patience, Kindness, forbearance, temperance, fortitude, humility, prudence, and considerateness are not in the mainstream modern human's vocabulary ... and definitely not in the mainstream modern human's mind, except for those humans who were victims of those people who have no conscience, no temperance, no forbearance, no human decency, as well as those people who have the discipline to practice aestheticism. This includes intermittent fasting and some sort of physical exercise regime.
Wolves have infiltrated the Church, all of politics, the various education systems, and the media. Therefore, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary did not yet happen. This furthermore means that  Bertone,  the child molester protector Sodano, and  the child molester protector Ratzinger ALL LIED TO HUMANITY in June of 2000, when they claimed that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary already happened in 1989. When the triumph finally occurs, everyone will know it. No one will need a news release from the Vatican.
Incidentally, the author of this website was inducted into the Sigma Phi Iota National Language Honors Society, while in college. He later became a member of the collegiate level National Honors Society and then the International High IQ Society. His extended family is filled with professors, teachers, engineers, lawyers, and national honors society members, as well as one radio talk show host who carries a different last name and one runner-up in the Miss Italy Pageant who carries a different last name. Therefore, studying, instead of going out and causing trouble, was literally a family tradition.
None the less, the author of this site did formally study Italian & French. So, trust him on the translation above. Mary WILL be "present at the hour of (your) death, if you perform "the First Saturday Communion of Reparation" five months in a row. Therefore, the "First Saturdays" promise means that you are not going to die alone.
|Saturday, October 13, 1917, the Cova da Iria, Fatima.