Hello Everyone! I hope that the first few weeks of the new year have gone by well for you!
On May 13, 2019, I gave a talk in Ishpeming, MI on Marian Consecration and Fatima. I have made the talk available on my YouTube channel.
There was a group of people at the parishes in Ishpeming who were preparing for consecration to Mary. I was contacted either in February or March by a member of this group and was asked to give a talk about Marian consecration in relation to Fatima. I had not given such a talk before, but thankfully, I had some thoughts in my head and was able to organize them along with other material.
You’ll find the result of my preparations in this talk.
I also made a PowerPoint presentation to go along with the talk. My remarks were written out in advance, though there were numerous times that I went “off script” with the audience.
For the present video, I took digital stills of the PowerPoint and arranged them accordingly to the audio file.
Hello Everyone! I have no idea where time seems to be going these days. My new duties and responsibilities keep me quite occupied and I do not have time for much of anything else. Please continue to keep me in prayer.
Preserving Christian Publications has issued another press release concerning the second edition of Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael. I here reproduce part of the lead-in to the larger release:
Hello Everyone! I am busy with my new duties and responsibilities and have not been posting much lately. That said, I wanted to let you know that Preserving Christian Publications has released its official notice about the 2nd edition of my book Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael. You can check it out here.
In the meantime, here is the excerpt:
Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer
to St. Michael
Second Enlarged Edition
By Kevin J. Symonds
Foreword by Bishop Athanasius Schneider
2018 ix + 242p IL $18.00 #55990
Preserving Christian Publications is happy to announce the publication of the second enlarged edition of Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael by Kevin J. Symonds.
However, this edition appears at a time when the author has come under criticism. Matt Gaspers, managing editor of Catholic Family News, has written that Kevin Symonds is promoting what Mr. Gaspers calls “Fatima Lite,” a term that he borrows from Christopher Ferrara, who had debated Kevin Symonds on the Third Secret of Fatima at the annual Angelus Press Conference in October of 2017, in an exchange of arguments which we reported on on our web site.
Two distinct realities overlap and risk being confused in discussions about Fatima. The first is a question of historical fact concerning Fatima, and the second is the interpretation of the message of Fatima itself. One such question of fact is whether or not the Holy See has published the entire Third Secret. The question of interpretation concerns the theological commentary that the Vatican published with the Secret itself. Matt Gaspers has closely connected the two, but the historical investigations made by Kevin Symonds into private revelations must be clearly distinguished from the controversies regarding their theological interpretation. Mr. Symonds’ contact, for example, with the Blue Army/WAF (World Apostolate of Fatima) in matters relating to the Third Secret centered around an inaccurately translated statement of Our Lady to Sister Lucia. Christopher Ferrara interpreted the mistranslation as deliberate. Mr. Symonds had discovered the error just as the book was going to press, and knew the circumstances and why it was not deliberate. He later defended the WAF against Mr. Ferrara’s interpretation, citing the historical facts, causing Mr. Ferrara to issue a retraction. But Mr. Gaspers treats this as a defense of the Blue Army’s theological interpretation of Fatima, when in reality it was simply about specific events.
Hello Everyone! Well, little did I think I’d have to write two articles of a similar theme in less than 24 hours but it looks like I am!
Matt Gaspers of Catholic Family News has responded to my July article Gaspers’ Interpretation of Fatima. He has done so in an article for CFN that was published on September 3. Gaspers was kind to notify me via Facebook of the article and I thank him for this gesture. We have subsequently spoken briefly also via Facebook.