Francis, or Didn’t he?
Consecration of Russia ... and also ...
come to ask for the Consecration of Russia
to my Immaculate Heart. If people attend
to my requests, Russia will be converted
and the world will have peace. … 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, and various nations
will be annihilated”
— Mary, Mother of God, July 13, 1917,
the Mother of God,
did not give a “formula” for consecrating Russia to her
Immaculate Heart, but simply asked that the pope, in union
with all the bishops of the world, consecrate Russia to
her Immaculate Heart. In response, we would expect something
equally simple and unambiguous as Mary’s
own request, such as:
union with all the bishops of the world I consecrate Russia to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen”
The above sentence
Within it, we find
a good deal more in the way of “extras” — to “flesh
out” the simplicity of what Mary actually asked for.
Let us call them “riders”, “clauses”, or “addenda”,
if you will).
Consider the following:
Nowhere in Mary’s simple request
do we find:
the Ukraine, too”
the whole world”
all the animals, fish, crustacea, stones, minerals,
plants, mushrooms, and everything that grows that does
not contribute to the carbon-plant-print, and
every animal that does not contribute to the methane-print,
or otherwise contaminate the environment and/or are
a violation of the U.N. Environmental Programme (UNEP]
And the solar
And the Milky-Way
And the universe
And all living
It is noteworthy that in his
one-thousand-thirty-six word “consecration”,
when the name
“Russia” first appears, it is preceded by three “other”
consecrations! In the apparent order of importance, first
Not just Russia
— but Ukraine also
(yes, we are aware that Ukraine was “once” part of Russia
— just as Belorussia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Latvia, Lithuania
and Estonia were — who did not make it on Francis’s list.
We understand the pressing and present suffering involved
in Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the destruction
and human misery it continues to cause — and we are deeply
sympathetic with their plight — nevertheless, Ukraine is
not the country that Mary explicitly asked to be
consecrated in her request. It was Russia alone.
The 12 other countries that formerly comprised the USSR
are also not included. This becomes all the more clear in
light of the fact that former USSR became, once
again, simply Russia on December 25, 1991.
What is more, Francis further adds
to the Consecration:
the future of the
whole human family
and expectations of every people
and hopes of the world
Did he leave anything,
anyone, or any substance out?
us look at a few of the many … addenda, riders,
and clauses … added by Francis: After all, he freely
edits the Word of God in Sacred Scripture (especially concerning
the 6th Commandment), the Sacred Deposit of Faith, and Church
Teaching, so it is quite in keeping with Francis’s penchant
for adding to and omitting from God’s Commandments and His
Holy Mother’s explicit instructions:
The “Official” translation of the Act of
“O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial
we turn to you. As our Mother, you love us and know
us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you. Mother
of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care
and your peaceful presence! You never cease to guide
us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Yet we have strayed from that path of peace. We have
forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last
century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world
wars. We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community
of nations. We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and
the hopes of the young. We grew sick with greed, we thought
only of our own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent
and caught up in our selfish needs and concerns. We
chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions,
to grow arrogant and aggressive, to suppress innocent lives
and to stockpile weapons. We stopped being our neighbor’s
[note: not “brothers” as in Sacred Scripture]
keepers and stewards of our common home. We have ravaged
the garden of the earth with war and by our sins we have
broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us
to be brothers and sisters. We grew indifferent to everyone
and everything except ourselves. Now with shame we
cry out: Forgive us, Lord!
Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our
struggles and weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity
that is evil and war [ed. This is Francis’s own “unique”
interpretation of the “mystery of iniquity” which he uses
to bolster his personal belief that it is “evil and war”
by adverting to 2 Thessalonians 2.7 — which mentions
neither), you remind us that God never abandons us,
but continues to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive
us and raise us up to new life. He has given you to
us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church
and for all humanity”
Let us pause a moment and recall Jorge’s statement on Wednesday,
2 February 2022 affirming the non-Catholic doctrine of
“Universal Salvation (everyone goes to Heaven).” At
that time, he unequivocally stated verbatim (in his own
are all saved sinners”
who have denied the faith”
“Or who are
“Or are the
persecutors of the Church”
“Or who have
denied their baptism”
all of them … the saints, the sinners, all”
of them” *
The question begs
answering; are, then, Judas, Herod, Hitler, Himmler,
Stalin, Mao Zedong, and every other mass-murderer and genocidal
maniac who detested the Catholic Church, now to be deemed
“Saint Adolph Hitler?”, “Saint Josef Stalin”?
“Saint Mao Zedong”? “Saint Judas Iscariot”?
“Saint Herod”?” Is every child-molester, murderer,
monster — and every indescribable pervert now to be counted
in the Litany of the Saints? If “we are
all saved”, then why not? — ed.]
Now to continue
with Jorge’s “consecration”:
“By God’s gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the
most troubled moments of our history, you are there to guide
us with tender love.
We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart.
We are your beloved children. In every age you make yourself
known to us, calling us to conversion. At this dark hour,
help us and grant us your comfort. Say to us once
more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?” You are able
to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times. In you
we place our trust. We are confident that, especially in
moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication
and will come to our aid.
That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded
with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs. To preserve
the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have
no wine” (Jn 2:3). Now, O Mother, repeat those words
and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the
wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded.
We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of
peace. We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness.
How greatly we need your maternal help!
Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.
Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest
Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of
reconciliation [think Amoris Laetitia – ed.]
Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.
Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us
Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear
Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and
Queen of the Human Family,
show people the path of fraternity.
Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.
O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts.
May the tears you shed for us make this valley parched by
our hatred blossom anew. Amid the thunder of weapons,
may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace. May your
maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the
rain of bombs. May your motherly embrace comfort those
forced to leave their homes and their native land.
May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire
us to open our doors and to care for our brothers and sisters
who are injured and cast aside.
Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus,
seeing the disciple at your side, said: “Behold your son”
(Jn 19:26). In this way he entrusted each of us to
you. To the disciple, and to each of us, he said:
“Behold, your Mother” (v. 27). Mother Mary, we
now desire to welcome you into our lives and our
history. [Has not Mary always been
a central figure in our “history” as Catholics?
— or did she only become so “now”, on 25
March 2022, when Francis “officially” desired
to welcome her? — ed.] At this hour, a weary and
distraught humanity stands with you beneath the cross, needing
to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate
itself to Christ. The people of Ukraine and Russia,
who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even
as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all
those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty.
Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate
Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves,
the Church and all humanity, especially
Russia and Ukraine. Accept this act that we
carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war
may end and peace spread throughout the world. The
“Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history
to the Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your
heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we consecrate
the future of the whole human family, the needs and
expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of
Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out
on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark
our days. Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy
Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes
from God. May you, our “living fountain of hope”,
water the dryness of our hearts. In your womb Jesus
took flesh; help us to foster the growth of communion.
You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the
paths of peace. Amen.” (Francis, 25 March 2022)
saccharine plea for our consolation and desires
continues until the penultimate paragraph (the one preceding
the very last in the laundry-list of what Jorge asks of
Mary Most Holy), where — even there when it is finally adverted
to — it is admixt with things Mary did not ask to be
The question stands:
was Jorge’s “Consecration” THE Consecration
that Mary had long asked for? I am inclined to think not.
There is far too much of PachaPapa’s own desires
and social screed that precede the enfeebled
and ambiguous “consecration”.
But then, if he
can strike out God’s own words in Sacred Scripture, and
revise Jesus Christ’s only prayer given to men (the conclusion
of the Lord’s Prayer), ignore and despise 2000 years of
Sacred Tradition — what is it, short of a mere solecism,
to twist the explicit words of God’s own Mother to suit
his own worldly agenda?
Ora pro nobis Sancta Dei Genetrix
A Post Script:
On 15 January 2015 Jorge,
while defending other religions from Catholicism, famously
said that “if anyone cursed his mother, he could expect
a punch in the nose.”
We wonder, Jorge,
what would you expect if someone slapped Mary the Mother
of God in the face by using her to further his own
worldly ambitions and ends?
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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