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The Fatima Secret (Whitley Streiber's Hidden Agendas) Mass Market Paperback – November 28, 2000
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out the vatican's most impenetrable secret, hidden for over eighty years!
*On May 13, 1917, three young shepherds witness a vision of the Virgin Mary and hear the Holy Mother reveal three prophecies...
*Elements of the first two prophecies have already come true: the end of World War I, the rise of Russia as a superpower, and the beginning of World War II...
*The third secret was revealed in the year 2000, its details still shrouded in secrecy and controversy.
What is the Vatican trying to hide?
The Lady of Fátima left a final prophecy so powerful that no pope in over eighty years had dared reveal it. Why? The third secret is contained on a page of parchment written by the last surviving witness to the miracle...and hand delivered to the Pope. Even now, after the Vatican has released their version of the contents of the third secret, intense debate rages as to whether the Church has revealed the truth. Here, for the first time, is
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Please bear with me as I include some personal observations that, for me, need to be included to highlight just why this book means to much to me and should mean as much to you, regardless of your position on, or faith in, the spiritual essence of humanity and God.
I do not often read books on religion or on faith. At age 62, though, I am a bit more open to reading such books that, in years past, frankly, would have bored the dickens out of me. I mean, yes, I believed in God, even in Jesus, but, honestly, most of my thoughts on the topic were intellectual in nature. Much as one might ponder when contemplating the value of yoga, or what Islam means to Muslims, or, well, you get the point. I was no fanatic.
In 1989, I, my mother and my father were with my mom's mother at her deathbed in the Silverton hospital. It was obvious to us all that Grandma was leaving us that night. She knew it as well and was ready to go. The cause was congested heart failure and had lasted the last several days.
Grandma was in and out of delirium. She became conscious to us and looked to my mother. "Helen, I've been speaking with the Lord...," again faded out, mumbled something, then returned to us, "...Helen, you're not to worry. He says there is a place for you,..." again, in delirium and mumbling, "... and He says you are coming soon."
She again was delirious, mumbling something I did not understand, then returned, "...but Warren (my father) , I worry for you....mumbles a bit then returns...I worry for you. It seems you have not yet found the Lord and you will be here for some time."
As I stated, that was in May, 1989. Within minutes Grandma Mollie Weber was gone from us. We all felt better for her, because we knew she was now in a better place with her husband and eldest daughter, who both had died in nearly 20 years before.
Mom, of course, was saddened at the loss of her mother, but was holding up well and, despite a heart attack a year earlier, and being afflicted with asthma, diabetes, and chronic bronchitis, appeared healthy at the time. Next day, as I recall, in preparation for Grandma's funeral, Mom suddenly felt ill. Possibly an attack of asthma, or possibly heart attack, she was rushed to the Silverton hospital.
That evening I tried visiting her. She was having difficulty breathing and appeared scared. Her sit, Juanita, told her to relax and breathe. When other family arrived, I went out of the room to permit them a few minutes. When my turn came to see her, they refused me, as she needed urgent dare. By midnight, Mom passed away from congestive heart failure.
This confirmation of Grandma Weber's vision might end here, except that I must add that my father searched for God for the next 21 years. To my knowledge, he did not find him. But, according to my brother, Robert, who was the primary caregiver until Dad's death, Dad did die speaking with someone my brother believed to be Jesus. All I can add to that, is that the previous Thursday, Dad came out of sleep (or delirium) and told my sister-in-law, Elaine, that, "Helen touched my cheek."
When Elaine phoned my nearby uncle, Uncle Paul and Aunt Jean came to visit Dad one last time, for they knew it was a sign Dad was leaving, after fighting emphysema and heart failure some eighteen months.
Although I was convinced of the truth of the above, and although I am the last surviving witness of my grandmother's prophecy, after reading The Fatima Secret, I am at last thoroughly convinced of the truth of the Fatima Miracle in Portugal.
I realize many readers may struggle to understand why the above is included in a review of a book. I include it to drive home just why this book, among all the books dealing with the Fatima secrets, adds such great value to the story. I should note that I also read Our Lady of Fatima, a book written many years ago, before even the confirmation of the third secret, which is included in The Fatima Secret.
When I first starting reading this book, I became concerned that it was not a book I would read fully, because it mentioned something about UFOs and I thought, uh oh, this is going to be one of those wacky books. It turned out not to be.
The Fatima Secret turned out to be a good follow-up to a book I read a few months ago, Revival, by Stephen King. The book Revival takes an approach opposite to The Fatima Secret to weave a tale of how a preacher dabbling in the power of electricity takes a far different path after his wife and son tragically die. Over the years, despite some horrid side effects, the former preacher saves scores of lives while utilizing people's power of faith. Such a book is appreciated most by people least likely to enjoy The Fatima Secret. Indeed, some of the harshest Amazon reviews of Revival are provided from people who seem to have deep faith in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I seem to be a notable exception.
The book goes into great detail regarding the three children, Francesca, Jacinto, and Lucia. Relating to us not merely the visions and the events surrounding those visions, but in their following struggles. What I even more appreciate is the updates published and/or reported regarding Lucia's life during the following eighty years.
But, still more appreciated, was the reporting of similar apparition reports previous to the 20th Century in Mexico and France, plus those taking place throughout the 20th Century. One, in particular, gets my attention and I will be researching it in the coming months, that took place in, I think, 1981. It states that 10 signs will be observed, then the end will come.
Why is this one important? The Fatima Secret was published in 2000. Could it me the 10 signs include:
1 - 9 11 2001 attack on the Twin Towers
2 - The Christmas Day Quake in in Indonesia and,
3 - The Tsunami wiping out some 200,000 people the following day
4 - The Japan Quake, Tsunami, Nuclear Plant meltdown occurring as world contemplates stopping Qaddafi's slaughter
5 - The rise ofd ISIS and its committing horrific murders of Christians and Muslims
Yet, there is still more that I loved seeing in this book: photographs of the children at the time of their reporting the visions and of the photographs taken at the site during the October 13 vision (showing the two suns) and of Pope John Paul II visiting Fatima in 2000, about the time he confirmed reports of the third secret reporting that his attempted assassination on May 13, 1981 were prophesied in that third secret. It also explained why Pope John Paul II again consecrated Russia and the whole world more visibly to fulfill the request of Virgin Mary. Which also is why he became the Marian Pope, according to the writers of The Fatima Secret.
I am so thoroughly convinced of the value of The Fatima Secret that I urge all, regardless of your position on faith, sexual persuasion, or national identity, please read this book. It just may change you view, but even if not, you will be better for having read The Fatima Secret. I promise you.
The author makes it clear that Lucia had a lasting impact on Catholic religious thought throughout the 20th Century. One sentence, toward the end of the book, sums up the whole Fatima impact:
"She [Lucia] repeated her conviction that the vision of Fatima concerns above all the struggle of atheist Communism against the Church and against Christians, and describes [in the "third secret"] the terrible sufferings of the victims of the faith in the twentieth century." [pp. 247-248]
In retrospect, these claims seem unfounded. I was planning to point out the lack of evidence for these claims by Lucia, especially that of persecution of Catholics in the 20th Century, but will keep my opinions to myself. (However, I wish to point out that I attended Catholic elementary school myself, and heard the same claims made by nuns and lay teachers.)
Historically, the year of the Fatima visions was the same year as the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia (from March through Nov., 1917). Surely, this could have influenced her impressionable young (10-year old) mind. And, it seems likely that this Bolshevik "threat" had a lot of conservative Christians nervous, including Lucia's parents, teachers, clergy, etc.
Three aspects of the Fatima apparitions and prophecies that make Lucia's dialogues with Mary seem illogical and unbelievable to me are:
1) Why was it that only Lucia saw and spoke to the "beautiful woman"--aka Mary? From what I have read, the people in the crowds did not see her.
2) Why didn't Mary's prophecies include the rise of fascist regimes such as those of Hitler and Mussolini? In the minds of many people, these were much worse (and more evil) that the Communist regimes. Hitler and Mussolini were as strongly anti-Communist as the Church, it appears, but far more dangerous than the Communists.
3) If the "dancing sun" incident must be explained as a natural phenomenon, one can rule out that the sun, itself, was involved, because this "miracle" was NOT seen anywhere else in the world outside of the vicinity of Fatima. We have only ONE sun for the entire planet! The UFO theory, including a possible holographic projection of the image of Mary, is actually a more plausible explanation that that of a "miracle" involving the sun.
In conclusion, I think that this is a well written, and thought-provoking book on the subject of Fatima. It is not clear to me how much "editing" Whitley Strieber was responsible for. In Chapter 17, for example, the opening sentence states: "The apparitions of the Virgin Mary don't happen only abroad; they happen near your hometown as well, right here in the United States." As Hesemann is a German resident, and was born in Germany, he probably did not write this passage (or entire chapter??). So, I wonder how much information can actually be ascribed to Strieber. There seems to be an overabundance of data toward the end of this book that tends to interrupt the literary flow toward the climatic revelation of the "third secret;" and it is this interruption that causes me to give this book 4 stars instead of 5.