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Reparation and the Dual Dimension of
Pope John Paul II’s Consecration
Jerome F. Coniker
Pope John Paul II has taught us how to enter into that era of peace
promised by Our Lady of Fatima. While in New York in 1995, the Holy Father asked
families to do two things: pray the Rosary and study the Catechism
of the Catholic Church. He continues to tell us, “Take the Gospel to your
neighbors!” By vigorously learning the Faith and teaching it to our children
and our neighbors, we can truly renew family life and society.
those of us who have been given the light of the Catholic faith do not make
heroic sacrifices now to do what the Holy Father is telling us to do, our
society will continue on its “free-fall” into the abyss of immorality, and
we will see, before our very eyes, the fulfillment of the “conditional”
prophecies of the approved apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima and Akita (Japan).
I say “conditional” because that is what they are—conditional to the
degree of how we sacrificially respond to Our Lady’s requests.
First, let’s reflect on what Pope
John Paul II wrote in his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, with reference to Fatima:
“Perhaps this is also why the Pope
was called from a faraway country, perhaps this is why it was necessary for the
assassination attempt to be made in St. Peter’s Square precisely on May 13,
1981, the anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima—so that all could
become more transparent and comprehensible, so that the voice of God which
speaks in human history through the ‘signs of the times’ could be more
easily heard and understood.” (p.131)
The Holy Father went on to write:
“On this universal level, if
victory comes it will be brought by Mary. Christ
will conquer through her because he wants the Church’s victories now and in
the future to be linked to her.…
“I held this conviction even though
I did not yet know very much about Fatima. I could see, however, that there was
a certain continuity among La Salette, Lourdes, and Fatima—and, in the distant
past, our Polish Jasna Gora.” (p. 221)
When the Pope was shot
“And thus we come to May 13, 1981, when I was wounded by gunshots fired
in St. Peter’s Square. At first, I did not pay attention to the fact that the
assassination attempt had occurred on the exact anniversary of the day Mary
appeared to the three children at Fatima in Portugal and spoke to them the words
that now, at the end of this century,
seem to be close to their fulfillment.
“With this event, didn’t Christ
perhaps say, once again, ‘Be not afraid’? Did he repeat this Easter
exhortation to the Pope, to the Church, and indirectly, to the entire human
The Pope went on to say:
the end of the second millennium, we need, perhaps more than ever, the words
of the Risen Christ: ‘Be not afraid!’ Man who, even after the fall of
Communism, has not stopped being afraid and who truly has many reasons for
feeling this way, needs to hear these words.
“Nations need to hear them,
especially those nations that have been reborn after the fall of the Communist
empire, as well as those that witnessed this event from the outside. Peoples and
nations of the entire world need to hear these words.
conscience needs to grow in the certainty that Someone exists who holds in His
hands the destiny of this passing world; Someone who holds the keys to death and
the netherworld (cf. Rev 1:18); Someone who is the Alpha and the Omega of human
history (cf. Rev. 22:13)—be it the individual or collective history. And
this Someone is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8,16)—Love that became man, Love crucified
and risen, Love unceasingly present among men. It is Eucharistic Love. It is the
infinite source of communion. He alone can give the ultimate assurance when He
says ‘Be not afraid!’” (pp. 221-222)
When our family lived in Portugal from 1971–1973, we obtained a copy of
a letter that Sister Lucia wrote to the Bishop of the Diocese of Leiria (where
Fatima is located) about Our Lady’s apparition on July 13, 1917. Sister Lucia
is the only living seer of Fatima since Jacinta (age 7 at the time of the
apparition) and Francisco (age 9) died shortly after they told Our Lady that
they would be willing to offer their lives up for the conversion of
sinners—for your family and my family.
The vision of hell
“Our Lady showed us a large sea of
fire which seemed to be beneath the earth. Plunged in this fire were the demons
and the souls, who were like embers, transparent and black or bronze-colored,
with human forms which floated about in the conflagration, borne by the flames
which issued from it with clouds of smoke, falling on all sides as sparks fall
in great conflagrations, without weight or equilibrium, among shrieks and groans
of sorrow and despair which horrified us and caused us to quake with fear.
“The demons were distinguished by
horrible and loathsome forms of animals, frightful and unknown, but transparent
and black. This vision vanished in a moment. Providentially, our good Heavenly
Mother had promised us in the first apparition to take us to Heaven. Otherwise,
I think we would have died of fright and horror.” (Letter dated August 31,
1941 from Sr. Lucia to the Bishop of Leiria.)
great Fatima prophecies
The following are Sister Lucia’s words, published by the Bishop of
Leiria. I have organized them in an outline with an asterisk
(*) to indicate the prophecies that have already been fulfilled:
“Shortly afterwards, we raised our eyes to Our Lady, who said with
goodness and sadness: ‘You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go.
To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my
Immaculate Heart.* [However, more should be done.]
If they do what I will tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will
be peace. The war is going to end.* [World War I]
But if they don’t stop offending God, another and worse one [World War
II] will begin in the reign of Pius XI.*
When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light [Jan 25-26,
1938]*, know that this is the great sign that God will give you, that He is
going to punish the world by means of war, hunger and persecutions of the
Church, and of the Holy Father.*
To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my
Immaculate Heart; and for the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.*
If they listen to my request, Russia will be converted, and there will be
Russia will scatter her errors
throughout the world,*
She will provoke wars and
persecutions of the Church,*
The good will be martyred* [Note:
there have been more martyrs in this century than in the entire 2000 year
history of the Church],
The Holy Father will have much to
And various nations will be
annihilated. [This has not happened and does not have to happen if we consecrate
ourselves in the dual dimension of Pope John Paul II’s consecration.]
In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.
The Holy Father will consecrate
Russia to me* [Pope John Paul II did this on May 13, 1982, in Fatima and on
March 25, 1984, in Rome.],
And she will be converted,
And a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.’”
The miracle of the sun
Our Lady’s final apparition at Fatima took place on October 13, 1917.
This was the great “Miracle of the Sun.” Cardinal Joseph Carberry once told
me that never before in the history of the world has a public miracle, such as
this, ever occurred, one that was prophesied in advance to occur on a specific
day, at a specific place, and which was witnessed by over 70,000 people. It was also documented as an historic fact by an atheistic press that
was controlled by an atheistic government.
When we lived near Fatima for two
years, I had the privilege to study the Fatima message under the instruction of
Father Gabriel Pausback, O’Carm., who was the assistant general of the
Carmelite Order and author of Saints of Carmel. He introduced me to the Marto’s (Jacinta’s and
Francisco’s family) and others who had witnessed the miracle of the sun.
The “Miracle of the Sun” was not
like many other reported apparitions, where some could see the phenomenon and
others could not. On October 13, 1917, everyone within a 20 mile radius saw the
entire plateau of Fatima bathed in light-shafts of blue, red, yellow and green.
Then they saw the sun spinning in the sky, and they ran for their lives when
they saw it plummet towards the earth. The fire ball that appeared to be the sun
stopped at the tree tops, hovered there for a few minutes and slowly went back
into the heavens, leaving everyone present completely dry, when before the event
they had been drenched from the rainfall.
Cardinal Carberry also told me that
since there has never been a miracle such as this before, the message — which
the miracle confirmed — must be of the greatest significance!
Apparitions of Akita
Now let’s consider the prophecies of the approved apparitions of Our
Lady in Akita, Japan. Let me first give some background on these apparitions.
They started in 1975 and were
approved, on April 22, 1984, by Bishop John Shojiro Ito, who at the time was
Bishop of Niigata.
The current Ordinary of the Niigata
diocese, Bishop Francis Sato, has also approved the apparitions. This approval
was documented when our chaplain, Father Kevin Barrett, interviewed Bishop Sato
on videotape in March of 1995 at his residence in Japan.
The seer, Sister Agnes Sasagawa, like
Sr. Lucia of Fatima, submitted in total obedience to the bishop of the diocese
where the apparitions occurred. It is important to note that this is the way of
the Church, that we are protected from
deception by humbly submitting to Church authority.
In the letter of approval issued by
Bishop Ito, he quoted Our Blessed Mother as saying:
“As I told you, if men do not
repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on
all humanity. It
will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen
before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity,
the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors
will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms
which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each
day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the
Bishops and the priests.
“…In order that the world might
know His anger, the Heavenly Father is
preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son, I
have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I
have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the
Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him and form
a cohort of victim souls. Prayer,
penance, and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father’s anger…”
(taken from the letter of approval by Bishop John Shojiro Ito of April 22,
Kolbe on Obedience
What is meant by the “penance” and “courageous sacrifices” which
are necessary to prevent chastisement? I
believe that the penance and courageous sacrifices that God is asking of us is
obedience to the Holy Father, the Pope. The most difficult thing for man to
do is to bend his will to lawful authority. This is the greatest reparation for
sin we can offer.
The great Polish Marian saint and
martyr of Auschwitz, St. Maximilian Kolbe, who started the Knights of the
Immaculata movement shortly after he had a vision of Our Lady of Fatima standing
over Moscow, said:
“Not in mortification, not in great
prayer, not in labor, not in rest, but in obedience
is the essence and merit of holiness” (Aim
Higher, p. 84).
Obedience is the key. Doing penance
and making sacrifices does not just mean praying and fasting. Although there are
norms established by the Church for prayer and fasting, they are not the only
thing we are supposed to do. Obedience
to lawful authority represents the most pleasing penance and constitutes the
most heroic sacrifices in order to repair for sin.
As Catholics, we need to humble
ourselves and bend our wills to the Holy Father if we want to be holy and
receive an outpouring of God’s mercy. Obedience is the key to drawing
down God’s mercy upon the families of the world.
Our Lord said in Matthew 7:21:
“It is not those who say, ‘Lord,
Lord,’ that will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but
those who do the will of My Father.”
Key to Hope and Mercy
Obedience to the Pope and reparation for sin gives us hope.
The messages of both Fatima and Akita
have underscored the fact that reparation for sin is the formula for drawing
down God’s mercy upon our world. At the Apostolate’s Catholic Familyland, we are seeking to
teach families about reparation: what it means and how it should be effected in
our daily lives. We have summarized what we call the Marian Multiplier
“formula” for bringing down God’s mercy.
The Marian Multiplier
First Point: Sin
is the cause of all unhappiness. Every sin affects not only the sinner, but
the entire world.
Second Point: Grace
is more powerful than sin; the Redemption is greater than the Fall. Jesus
has conquered satan. We have nothing to fear from the devil if we follow Christ
(which also means following His Vicar on earth, the Pope, and the Teaching
Magisterium of the Church), love God and neighbor and strive to grow in the
grace Jesus won for us on Calvary.
Personal holiness is essential for salvation. But our
personal holiness alone is not enough to offset the effects of the sins of
mankind and bring about a healing of families and world peace.
Fourth Point: Consecration
to Jesus through Mary. When enough of us give the little holiness we have to
Jesus through Mary, she will be able to purify and multiply it by her
incalculable merits to most effectively repair for sins in our age and obtain
grace from her Son to convert poor sinners and bring peace and healing into
families and the world.
Every sin affects society
Reflecting on the First Point, let’s look at what Pope John Paul II
said in section 16 of his document On
Reconciliation and Penance:
“In other words, there is no sin,
not even the most intimate and secret one, the most strictly individual one that
exclusively concerns the person committing it.
“With greater or lesser violence,
with greater or lesser harm, every sin has repercussions on the entire ecclesial body and on the
whole human family.”
In section 2 of the Apostolic
Constitution on indulgences (Indulgentiarum
doctrina), dated January 1, 1967, Pope Paul VI states:
“In fact, every sin upsets the
universal order God, in His indescribable wisdom and limitless love, has
established. Further, every sin does immense harm to the sinner himself and to
the community of men.”
This means that when someone sins, it
not only hurts the sinner but the entire Mystical Body of Christ. It gives the
devil more power to tempt us and to draw us away from God’s will into venial
sin, and eventually into mortal sin.
When we think about this, it can be
very discouraging. We look around and see sin everywhere, and it seems that so
few people are trying to do God’s will. But there is hope.
Reparation—repairing for sin
If sin is the “bad news” then the Second Point (grace) is truly the
heart of the “Good News” of the Gospel. Jesus, by His redemptive sacrifice,
has won for us the grace to overcome and to repair for the sin in our lives and
in our world.
I believe that the best definition of
reparation for sin is from Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Constitution on
indulgences. Providentially, former President Ronald Reagan quoted this
definition in his welcoming address to Pope John Paul II when His Holiness
visited the United States in 1987. In section 4, Pope Paul VI says:
the hidden and kindly mystery of God’s will, a supernatural solidarity reigns
among men. A consequence of this is that the sin of one person harms other
people just as one person’s holiness helps others.”
In this same document, Pope Paul VI
presents a more detailed explanation on reparation and what we must do to repair
for sin. His Holiness states:
“The truth has been divinely
revealed that sins are followed by punishments. God’s holiness and justice
inflict them. Sins must be expiated…
“The full taking away and, as it is
called, reparation of sin requires two things:
“Firstly, friendship with God must
be restored. Amends must be made for offending His wisdom and goodness. This is
done by a sincere conversion of mind [repentance and formation].
“Secondly, all the personal and
social values as well as those that are universal, which sin has lessened or
destroyed, must be fully made good [evangelization and catechesis]” (Apostolic
Constitution Indulgentiarum doctrina,
Like the current of a river
You can compare the concept of reparation to a river in which people are
swimming upstream, against the current, in order to get to Heaven. The more sin
there is in the world, the stronger the current becomes (temptation), making it
harder for everyone to reach Heaven.
However, when people grow in grace,
they are repairing for their own sins and the sins of the whole world. They are
helping to make the current run more slowly so that everyone in the family and
in the world is able to swim more easily upstream (actual graces) and reach
their heavenly goal if they truly will it.
Like a magnetic field
Another analogy can be made. Reparation may be compared with magnetic
fields. God seeks to attract our free wills by His love and truth (actual
grace). The devil seeks to seduce us by his lies and the empty pleasures of evil
(temptation). By choosing to sin, man repels God and allows himself to be
seduced by the devil. When many people sin, all society feels less attraction to
God, and more and more people succumb to the corrupting seduction of the devil
However, as more people renounce sin
and allow themselves to be drawn to God, gaining grace and merit for their souls
and the whole Mystical Body of Christ through their prayers and good works, they
help to increase the attraction (actual grace) felt by all to God and His
In order for us to grow in grace
(Second Point) and offset the effects of sin, we have to develop a prayer life,
receive the sacraments and practice the virtues (Third Point). Naturally, the
fervor and the love we have for God determines the amount of grace that we
receive and therefore, determines the amount of reparation that is made for our
own sins and for the sins of the world.
Consecration to Jesus
Now, if the devil is always actively trying to seduce souls away from God
by his perverse influence, the Mother of Jesus, the woman of Genesis (cf. 3:15)
and of Revelation (chapter 12), is ever more so attracting her children to God.
She is the chosen vessel through whom God wishes to crush the head of Satan.
The late Cardinal Luigi Ciappi, who
served the last five popes as personal theologian and was the primary
theological advisor for The Apostolate, explained to us how, in the Fourth
Point, our Blessed Mother’s singular holiness helps us to more effectively
repair for sin, especially through the power of consecration. In his letter of
August 24, 1989, he said:
“How true it is when we give all of
our merits to Mary, she multiplies them by her incalculable merits. This puts
into motion positive spiritual forces to repair the damage due to sin and
significantly change the course of history, if enough make this commitment.
“Mary’s merits can multiply the
effects of one person’s holiness and help countless souls. Only heaven knows
the depth of holiness a soul must achieve to tip the scales for world peace.”
Mary never ceases to dispense the
precious graces of Jesus, her Son, upon her children. And when we entrust to her
our prayers, merits, and good works, through consecration, she purifies and
multiplies their power to repair for sin and presents them to Jesus on our
Restoring Order through
When we live a life of reparation for sin, we are growing in union with
God. Soon after founding the Apostolate for Family Consecration in 1975, I wrote
the following explanation about the effects of “planting seeds” of prayer,
charity, and sacrifice, accompanied by the “water and sunshine” of our
devout reception of the sacraments in our lives:
“Our meritorious actions help to
bring back the spiritual balance in the universe by lessening the control of the
forces of evil over our lives and those of our families, our neighborhoods, our
schools, our parishes, our dioceses, and indeed, the entire world.
“Every supernaturally good act
performed in the state of grace gives us a reward or merit, increasing our
capacity for peace and our capacity to know, love and serve God for all
eternity. In addition to, and through total consecration to Jesus through Mary,
our merits are purified, multiplied and preserved for us throughout our entire
pilgrimage on earth.
“Through consecration, we give to
our Blessed Mother the privilege of directing our prayers. We more humbly
acknowledge the reality that we are God’s children, confident that Our
Heavenly Mother knows better than we what we need in order to more perfectly
accomplish God’s will.
“Finally, because of the Church’s
intercessory power, many of our meritorious acts can be enriched by the Church
through indulgences. Thus we have the power to help release a soul from
Purgatory everyday through our plenary (full) indulgences, and relieve the
suffering of the Holy Souls through our partial indulgences.”
We need to better understand that
indulgences are an added satisfactory effect given to our prayers and good works
by the Church as part of the power of the “keys” entrusted to her by Christ
in the person of the Apostle Peter (cf. Mt. 16:19 and Jn. 20:34). If we are in
the state of grace and fulfill one of the norms laid down by the Church, we can
continually earn plenary (no more than one a day) and partial indulgences for
ourselves and for the souls in Purgatory.
(Please read #45 in the Family
Consecration Prayer and Meditation Book for a summary of the norms for
Dual Dimensions of Pope John Paul II’s Consecration
The Third and Fourth Points are incorporated into the dual dimensions of
Pope John Paul II’s consecration, which can bring the light of the truth into
our dark world so that our families can live in the greatest era of peace and
religion the world has ever known.
The dual dimensions of Pope John Paul
II’s consecration are Totus Tuus and Consecrate them
The first dimension
Totus Tuus (Latin for
“Totally yours”) refers to giving everything to Jesus through Mary,
according to the formula of St. Louis de Montfort which the Holy Father wrote
about in his book, Crossing the Threshold
of Hope (p. 213).
If we follow this formula of
consecration, which Pope John Paul proclaims and lives, we give the few merits
that we have to our Blessed Mother who then takes them and multiplies them by
her incalculable merits and presents them to Jesus on our behalf.
St. Louis de Montfort’s
In his treatise, True Devotion to
the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis wrote:
“For by it [this devotion] we show
love for our neighbor in an outstanding way, since we give Him through Mary’s
hands all that we prize most highly—that is, the satisfactory and prayer value
of all our good works, down to the least good thought and the least little
suffering. We give our consent that all we have already acquired or will acquire
until death should be used in accordance with our Lady’s will for the
conversion of sinners or the deliverance of souls from Purgatory” (section
must be noted that our good works, passing through Mary’s hands, are
progressively purified. Consequently, their merit and their satisfactory and
prayer value is also increased. That is why they become much more effective in
relieving the souls in Purgatory and in converting sinners than if they did not
pass through the virginal and liberal hands of Mary.
“Stripped of self-will and clothed
with disinterested love, the little that we give to the Blessed Virgin is truly
powerful enough to appease the anger of God and draw down His mercy. It may well
be that at the hour of death a person who has been faithful to this devotion
will find that he has freed many souls from Purgatory and converted many
sinners, even though he performed only the ordinary actions of his state of
life. Great will be his joy at the judgment. Great will be his glory throughout
eternity” (section 172).
“Mary amassed such a multitude of
merits and graces during her sojourn on earth that it would be easier to count
the stars in heaven, the drops of water in the ocean or the sands of the
seashore than count her merits and graces. She thus gave more glory to God than
all the angels and saints have given or will ever give Him. Mary, wonder of God,
when souls abandon themselves to you, you cannot but work wonders in them
“Our Blessed Lady, in her immense
love for us, is eager to receive into her virginal hands the gift of our
actions, imparting to them a marvelous beauty and splendor, presenting them
herself to Jesus most willingly” (section 223).
St. Maximilian Kolbe’s
prophecy for modern times
“Modern times are dominated by Satan and will be more so in the future.
The conflict with hell cannot be engaged by men, even the most clever. The
Immaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. However,
assumed into heaven, the Mother of God now requires our cooperation. She seeks
souls who will consecrate themselves entirely to her, who will become in her
hands effective instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spreading of God’s
kingdom upon earth.”
The second dimension
Let’s now consider the second dimension of Pope John Paul II’s
consecration, Consecrate Them in Truth
or evangelization and catechesis, which represents his highest priority. Our
Lord, in effect, defined consecration in John 17 when he said:
Verse 3: “Eternal life is
this—to know you.” [catechesis]
Verse 4: “I have glorified you
on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”
Verse 15: “Protect them from
the evil one.”
Verse 17: “Consecrate them in
truth. Your word is truth.”
“I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in the truth.
Verse 21: “That they may be one
as we are one.”
When we steep ourselves in the truth,
as put forth in Sacred Scripture, the Second Vatican Council documents, the Catechism
of the Catholic Church, papal documents, etc., we are better disposed to
pray, to receive the sacraments and practice virtue—in short, to be holy,
gaining ever more grace and merit. Then we can give Our Blessed Mother many more
of our graces and merits to multiply by her incalculable merits, putting into
motion a tremendous spiritual power that can defeat Satan and bring about the
era of peace which she promised at Fatima.
The Holy Father referred to this era
in the last page of his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, when he wrote:
“André Malraux was certainly right
when he said that the twenty-first century would be the century of religion or
it would not be at all.”
I believe that our Holy Father is
telling us that if we do God’s will and repair for sin, we will see a century
of great religion and evangelization for our children and grandchildren to grow
up in. But if we don’t enter into a life of vigorous evangelization,
catechesis and prayer, we will see, because of the evil use of modern
technology, the darkest age of purification that the world has ever experienced.
Let’s walk with His Holiness
over the threshold of hope into the greatest period of light, evangelization,
and peace that the world has ever known—that era of peace that Our Lady
promised at Fatima.
Summary — Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, O.P.
The following article from the Pope’s newspaper about the late papal
theologian, Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, gives you an idea of His Eminence’s
relationship with the papacy and his competency at reading the signs of the
Cardinal Ciappi was the master of the
papal palace and papal theologian for the last five popes and was our primary
theological advisor from 1979 until his death on April 22, 1996. Please read the
following with great care.
from Pope John Paul II’s homily at Cardinal Ciappi’s funeral, April 25, 1996
“Dear brothers and sisters, today in St. Peter’s Basilica we are
celebrating the funeral of beloved Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, whom God called
to himself last Monday evening after a long life spent in service to the Church
and, in particular, to the Holy See. I
have felt a personal bond with him since my studies, and I am pleased to honor
his memory at this moment, so full of emotion, by my testimony of sincere esteem
and deep gratitude.
“His brilliant and keen capacity
for theological investigation grew and was quickly noticed.
“With a profound knowledge of the
theological thought, he was himself a capable theologian who was able to serve
the Church generously, first by teaching dogmatic theology and Thomistic
aesthetics. The results he achieved
in this task brought him to the attention of Pope Pius XII, who in 1955 wanted
him at his side as Master of the Sacred Palace.
He was confirmed in this office by Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, who
spelled out his duties in the Motu Proprio Pontificalis Domus, and appointed him
Theologian of the Papal Household.
clear thinking, the soundness of his teaching and his undisputed fidelity to the
Apostolic See, as well as his ability to interpret the signs of the times
according to God, were qualities that made him a valued collaborator during
the intense period of the Second Vatican Council to which he made a significant
and balanced contribution.
“His careful scholarly work was always accompanied by an intense
spiritual life and prayer, the first and fundamental nourishment of his whole
(Used by permission of
miracle in the history of the world
Luigi Cardinal Ciappi’s letter of October 9, 1994, on the next page, is
a good summary of this entire treatise. His
Eminence talks about the greatest miracle in the history of the world as he
addressed our annual Totus Tuus Conference.
Jerry and Gwen:
Once again, your Totus Tuus – “Consecrate Them in Truth” Conference
will be serving the Church in a very timely way.
Your use of the social communications and the way in which you are using
audio and video tape is a ‘fail-safe
method’ of teaching and will allow families of today's media culture,
which the Holy Father frequently mentions, to become powerful instruments of the
Immaculata to bring about the era of peace she promised at Fatima.
a miracle was promised at Fatima, the greatest miracle in the history of the
world, second only to the Resurrection. And
that miracle will be an era of peace which has never really been granted before
to the world.
I believe that this peace will begin in the domestic church, the family,
and go out to the parishes and into the diocese, the country, and the world.
This lasting peace will be the fruit of a life of service and of
evangelizing one’s family and neighbors with the truth that will set them
Our Blessed Mother promised us this era of peace if we say the daily
Rosary, practice the First Saturday Communion of Reparation, and live lives
consecrated in the truth. This consecration includes giving all of our
possessions, both interior and exterior, to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart
of Mary, and, as you know, in the Apostolate for Family Consecration, we like to
add, “in union with St. Joseph.”
As primary theological advisor to the Apostolate for Family Consecration
since 1979, I have reminded its members frequently that consecration is not just a prayer or a devotion but a commitment to a
way of life which must be nourished through continuous formation in the eternal
truths of our Faith.
in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, O.P.
Theologian Emeritus for Popes Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and
John Paul II