40 Years After Fatima’s Third Secret: God Is Still Working Within Us

By Tim Busch
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Originally posted by National Catholic Register: 

 

 

40 Years After Fatima’s Third Secret: God Is Still Working Within Us

COMMENTARY: The 40th anniversary is a fitting time to dwell on God’s providence throughout the 20th century, which was the most violent, chaotic, and murderous 100-year period in human history.

 

Forty years ago, on May 13, 1981, at 5:17pm, the third secret of Fatima came to pass — on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and allegedly at the same time she appeared to children of Fatima in 1917, no less.

 

On that day, a bishop, dressed in white, was brutally shot. Yet Pope St. John Paul II did not die in St. Peter’s Square. As the Holy Father would later say, “one hand pulled the trigger, another guided the bullet.” Three years later, on the Feast of the Annunciation, the Pope fulfilled the second secret of Fatima, when he consecrated Russia and the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Together with Ronald Reagan, who also survived an assassination attempt in 1981, Pope John Paul II helped topple communism and usher in “a period of peace,” as promised by Our Lady of Fatima.

 

The 40th anniversary is a fitting time to dwell on God’s providence throughout the 20th century, which was the most violent, chaotic, and murderous 100-year period in human history.  Through it all, our Father in heaven worked within us and through us to make his glory and goodness known — and even prevail.

 

That hasn’t changed. In this still-young 21st century, despite the vast challenges, God is still present. He wants to use us to reconcile our society and culture to truth. He’s waiting on us to hear his call, and answer it in every aspect of our lives as Pope St. John Paul II did.

 

 

Tim Busch is the founder of the Busch Firm in Irvine, California, and founder of the Napa Institute, a Catholic lay organization.


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