Are you aware of the Our Lady of Fatima Secrets?
There were three in total, and today we will discuss the second one, briefly.
Before doing that, I wanted to give you a quote and ask you who you think said this.
CAN YOU GUESS WHO SAID THIS?:
“Our demands are practical conclusions which we have drawn from the burning needs, the shameful humiliation of women…, defenseless and without rights.
“We demonstrate thereby that we recognize these needs, and are sensible of the humiliation of the woman, the privileges of the man.
“That we hate, yes, hate everything, and will abolish everything which tortures and oppresses the woman worker, the housewife, the peasant woman. …
“It wins us the confidence of the masses of women who feel themselves exploited, enslaved, suppressed, by the domination of the man, by the power of the employer, by the whole of… society.
“Could there be a more damning proof of this than the calm acquiescence of men who see how women grow worn out. In petty, monotonous household work, their strength and time dissipated and wasted, their minds growing narrow and stale, their hearts beating slowly, their will weakened!…
“The home life of the woman is a daily sacrifice to a thousand unimportant trivialities. …
“In law there is naturally complete equality of rights for men and women. And everywhere there is evidence of a sincere wish to put this equality into practice. We are bringing the women into the social economy, into legislation and government. All educational institutions are open to them, so that they can increase their professional and social capacities. …
“That will mean freedom for the woman from the old household drudgery and dependence on man. That enables her to exercise to the full her talents and her inclinations.
“The children are brought up under more favorable conditions than at home” (emphasis added).
SO, WHO WAS IT?
If you think this quote came from a modern, radical feminist, you would be in the majority.
But in actuality, this quote came from Vladimir Lenin, leader of Russia, in a 1920 interview with Clara Zetkin.
You know Lenin: the organizer of the Russian Communist Party and the original leader of the Soviet state.
Here’s a Communist plotting how to separate children from their mothers. It’s done in the name of feminine “freedom.”
SO WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE OUR LADY OF FATIMA SECRETS?
For those unaware, the Catholic Church believes Mary, the Mother of our Lord, Jesus has appeared several times in history to Catholics around the world. One of these Apparitions occurred in 1917 near Fatima, Portugal.
From May 13 to October 13 of that year, Our Lady of Fatima (Mary) appeared to three children, Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia. Although Francisco died two years later and Jacinta the next year, Lucia lived a long life, dying in 2005, a Carmelite nun.
The “Miracle of the Sun” also occurred on the last day of these apparitions. Tens of thousands of people came to the location and they saw the sun appear to change colors and to dance in the sky. Many thought the world was about to end.
You can read much more about the three Our Lady of Fatima Secrets elsewhere, but for the purposes of this post, I wanted to zero in on a portion of the Second Secret.
Our Lady is credited as saying the following:
“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated” (emphasis added).
Russia’s errors will be spread around the world. This undoubtedly has occurred. But where most people point out (correctly) the political and economic errors (i.e., Communism), the prophecy does not end there.
WHO SHOULD BE THE PRIMARY EDUCATOR OF CHILDREN? THE STATE?
Look at Lenin’s quote again and then think of the Feminist Movement that we still see vibrant today. It represents, among other things, a denunciation of the traditional role as mother and housewife. I think this is one of the warnings in the Our Lady of Fatima Secrets.
Contrast Lenin and the Feminist’s view of the value of women and mothers to what I had written about. The great treasure of motherhood remains available to women who embrace that vocation. You’ll see a depravity in the Communist, Feminist, Marxist view that reduce women to be valuable so long as they contribute to the workforce, earn a wage, and ignore their God-given nature to nurture.
I will leave you with a quote from Pope Pius XI’s papal encyclical, Divini Illius Magistri on Christian education (section 73). Keep in mind, this was written in the year 1929! Does this remind you of anything you see today?
“…We wish to call your attention in a special manner to the present-day lamentable decline in family education. The offices and professions of a transitory and earthly life, which are certainly of far less importance, are prepared for by long and careful study; whereas for the fundamental duty and obligation of educating their children, many parents have little or no preparation, immersed as they are in temporal cares.
“The declining influence of domestic environment is further weakened by another tendency, prevalent almost everywhere today, which, under one pretext or another, for economic reasons, or for reasons of industry, trade or politics, causes children to be more and more frequently sent away from home even in their tenderest years.
“And there is a country where the children are actually being torn from the bosom of the family, to be formed (or, to speak more accurately, to be deformed and depraved) in godless schools and associations, to irreligion and hatred, according to the theories of advanced socialism; and thus is renewed in a real and more terrible manner the slaughter of the Innocents” (emphasis added).
In 1929 the Pope was lamenting children being sent to “godless schools.”
Here we are, 85 years later. Do you think this attack on the family, where children are educated by the state, instead of by their mothers, has become more prevalent, or less prevalent today?
(Hint: That’s a rhetorical question.)
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
So, what are your thoughts on these quotes and the different views on whose role it is to educate children?
Any remarks you want to share on feminism, as a whole?
Please sound off below!