Every moment is in God’s hands, but it’s texture and substance is determined by us.
In this moment I want to draw your attention to Medugorje and to say simply but forcefully; pay attention to Medugorje.
Pay attention because it marks out the future of the world, it paints a picture of our common future.
It does so in much the same way as Fatima did, in broad strokes. Very broad strokes, and we fill in the finer details.
Fatima painted a picture of the world over a period of 100 years – from 1917 through to the millennium and the following years.
In Fatima Our Lady entrusted 3 secrets to the children.
Firstly, and perhaps many will find it very odd, Our Lady showed the children a vision of hell. The vision confirmed that there is ultimate Justice. I’ll return to this in another blog.
Secondly, Our Lady warned of a future war – World War II – that would break out “if people do not stop offending God” and of Russia spreading error – the error is not so much Communism as the unbelief that goes with it.
Thirdly, the vision of a man dressed in white (the children understood it was a future Pope) climbing a mountain, on the way he passes through a City in ruins, and reaching a Cross, he’s shot.
World War II unfolded with devastating consequences (more than 60 million people perished in World War II).
Unbelief – atheism – has a very strong foothold.
The City in ruins is the Church and the man who is shot is Pope John Paul II.
With the benefit of hindsight we can see that Fatima, which is to say Heaven prophesied a broad picture of the world and the Church we’ve become familiar with, but if you listen to our self-talk, even the self-talk of believers, we speak as if we never heard a word of this. Quite simply, we haven’t been paying attention.
But Fatima also prophesied that “in the end” the Immaculate Heart will triumph.
As John Paul II recovered he asked for the Fatima documents to be brought to his hospital bed.
When he fully recovered he had the bullet that almost killed him encased in the crown of the statue of Our Lady in Fatima.
Shortly after John Paul II was shot the apparitions began in Medugorje.
Just as Fatima painted a broad picture of the past 100 years so Medugorje is now painting a picture of the next 50-100 years.
Medugorje provides the broad contours of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
Pay attention – it’s our common future.
In my next blog I’ll consider the significance of the Medugorje secrets.