I continue to read Mark Fellows book on Sister Lucia and it is a real eye-opener. He quotes from some of her correspondence. In one letter she wrote:
God willing, the meeting with the Archbishop of Mitilene will have gone well, and His Excellency will not be one of the chicken-hearted...I think the best course would be that things be done with the bishops' full knowledge, but without them taking responsibility (as if they did not know), this is to say, to avoid the inconvenience of fears...Afterwards, when success comes, they can then declare that they took part in it.What a realist she is. Most bishops are cowards and one must go around them while letting them know what one is doing. Then they can hide under the bed if things go badly and take full credit if things go well. Has anything changed since she wrote this in the late 1960s or 70s?
In another letter she elaborated on those in positions of responsibility:
Our poor Lord, Who saved us with such love, and how little understood He is! How little loved! How badly served! [I hear the echo here of Blessed Francisco's lament, "Love is not loved!] It is painful to see such disorientation, and in so many people who occupy positions of responsibility!...
Voluntarily I sacrifice myself and offer my life to God, for peace in His Church, for priests and for all consecrated souls, above all for those who carry on so erroneously and so deceived!...this is why the devil has made such war against it (the Rosary). And what is worse is that he has succeeded in deluding and deceiving souls who have much responsibility because of the positions they occupy!... They are the blind leading the blind!...We pray, work, sacrifice ourselves and trust that -- in the End, My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph!Mary's requests at Fatima were not frustrated by simple souls responding to her request to pray the rosary, but by those in authority who know better than the Mother of God what is good for the Church. Her requests will ultimately prevail, but the time will be late and there will be much suffering. Meanwhile, the chastisement continues with the increased assaults against peace by Islam, whose attack on Christendom was roundly defeated by the rosary at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 only to resurface now with the complicity of clerics proclaiming, "Peace, peace... when there is no peace."
Pray the rosary. It is our surest "weapon" (besides the Eucharistic) against the wiles of Satan. "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."