It is my honor to announce that I will be presenting a paper at the upcoming Thinking Fatima Congress at the Sanctuary of Fátima this June 21-24, 2017.
The title of my paper is On Imaginary Visions in the Theological Commentary of Cardinal Ratzinger.
If you are able to make it, please do come and listen. There are many excellent talks that will be at this Congress. Not all are available in English, especially the individual language-group presentations. Nevertheless, there are plenty of bi-lingual people who are quite kind and may be willing to discuss summaries of the presentations with others.
The Congress will be a month after the canonization of Blesseds Francisco & Jacinta. I shall pray for all of you at their tombs.
While following political developments, I became nonplussed but could not name why. As I was puzzling-out my thoughts, I unexpectedly received assistance from the Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. I would like to share my observations and reflect for a moment on the place of politics in society.
During the research for my book Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael, I came across some intriguing research on the movement known as “Spiritualism” or “Spiritism.” Regretfully, this was an area that I was not able to incorporate much in the book. I would like to sketch briefly the “hidden” history between the Spiritualism movement and the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
Hello Everyone! I hope all is going well for you as we prepare to enter into the holy season of Lent (Wednesday, March 1st)!
The Fátima book is coming along well. My publisher, En Route Books and Media, is developing a page for the book. Endorsements have started coming in and a few more are expected. To date, Msgr. Charles Mangan and Dr. Joseph Shaw have written in favor of the book. In the meantime, we await the results of the canonical review.
In addition, a summary of the book has been provided. It was written by me for another purpose earlier this week but it turned out that En Route also liked it as a description.
Also featured is an earlier draft of the proposed book cover. Changes are being made, but it does give a general idea of where we hope to go. I hope to be able to use the image of the third part of the secret from the movie The 13th Day, but we may change it. By far, their image is the best one that I have seen (in my humble opinion). If you would, in your charity, please pray for the Will of God to be done in this matter.
Our fundraiser for the translations obtained $605 dollars. Thank you very much to those who generously gave to support this project prayerfully, financially or sharing on social media. While we did not reach our goal of $1,600, the monies obtained go to pay the translators for their work. We appreciate your charity.* I am also happy to relay that we have received the permissions to publish these documents.
Finally, I will make a book-related announcement hopefully in the near future. There is some particularly good news on this front, but not quite ready yet for the public. Once it is, I shall make a new post so please do stay tuned!
* In the fundraiser, the nature of the two documents was not specified. This was a deliberate effort on my part because of their sensitive nature. Once the book is published, I shall explain the matter in more detail.
In that post, I discussed how people are “re-drawing the lines” about Pope Leo’s vision. At first, people thought the vision concerned just the twentieth century. When evils prevalent in that century carried over into the twenty-first, people began re-drawing the lines to connect Leo’s vision with Fátima. Many people are becoming of the opinion that the (alleged) “extended power” given to the devil will be broken in 2017–the centenary of Fátima.
One of the features of international travel on an airplane is watching movies. Those long hours of airtime seem to fly by rather quickly with a good movie or two. On the way back to the States from Fátima, I was able to watch Angry Birds. As I watched, a theme it contained jumped out at me, namely deception in private revelation and how we respond to it.