August 21 solar eclipse:
      A dire foreboding
                                 by David Martin

"I ask that you remember My visit to La Salette, and do not keep hidden the message I gave."
Our Lady, Nov. 24, 1979






"We sent from the heavens the Aurora Borealis to . . . let them know that when this happened before, there was a war."
Our Lady, March 18, 1989






"Satan has entered into the highest realms of the hierarchy."
Our Lady, July 1, 1985






"These candles, the lights of wisdom and love, shall be lit throughout the world."
Our Lady, Sept. 28, 1974





            THE HISTORIC SOLAR ECLIPSE  that swept across America on August 21 is being seen by many as an apocalyptic omen, and this notion is strengthened when we consider that the apparition of Our Lady of La Salette—who prophesied a worldwide apocalyptic eclipse of the Faith—received its glorious approbation from Pope Leo XIII, on August 21, 1879.
          On August 21 of that year, Pope Leo XIII formally granted a canonical coronation to the image of Our Lady of La Salette. The coronation was the high point of a special ceremony in which the Basilica of La Salette was consecrated. The statue of Our Lady was solemnly crowned by the Papal Legate, the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, before a vast assembly of bishops, priests and lay people.
          Meanwhile, it was on the same day that Pope Leo lavished this blessing on La Salette that the Blessed Virgin was making her appearance at Knock, Ireland. As relayed by first-hand witnesses, Our Lady appeared in the village of Knock on August 21, 1879, surrounded by a luminous glow, though not delivering any message. Her appearance at Knock was an endorsement of the pope's approval of La Salette. This clearly was the message of Our Lady of Knock. She was even looking in the direction of La Salette and Rome during the apparition, as if to ratify the pope's approbation.
          Moreover, appearing with the Blessed Virgin at Knock was St. Joseph to Her right, and also St. John dressed as a bishop and holding a book of the Gospel, which many understand to signify the Book of Apocalypse which he famously penned. It was as if he was validating the apocalyptic message of La Salette, which stated: "The Church will be in eclipse" and that "Rome will lose the Faith and will become the seat of Antichrist."
          The appearance of St. Joseph with Our Lady appears to carry an apocalyptic message in itself, since St. Joseph—the Patron of the Universal Church—is also the model for the Holy Family, which today is being viciously attacked by the ruling fathers in Rome. It is no secret that since the election of Pope Francis in 2013, there has been a concerted effort to undermine marriage and dignify cohabitation, and to strengthen this infidelity by allowing divorced people living in adultery to receive Communion (Amoris Laetita).
          Sister Lucy of Fatima told Cardinal Carlo Caffara that "the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family" (Voce di Padre Pio, March 2008), and Lucy's words are certainly being fulfilled in our time.
          Rome indeed has "become the seat of Antichrist," referencing the diabolical disorientation that now deludes the Vatican hierarchy. The Church in our time has truly lapsed into spiritual darkness unto the misguiding of the modern world, as prophesied by Our Lady at La Salette: "The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in dismay."
          Much of this spiritual darkness has come through the errors of Communism that have now spread throughout the world. Our Lady of Fatima warned that if Russia was not consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart, the same would later emerge as a global power to deceive the west with "the operation of error to believe lying." (2 Thess. 2:10)
          This too is ominously tied to August 21, since this is the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary—the same Immaculate Heart to which Russia was never consecrated. And to think that the historic solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, occurred during the centennial of Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima!
          Our Lady's prediction at Fatima has come to pass right on target, even to the point that Rome is now advancing the communistic one-world agenda of Antichrist. With this, we have seen the universal implementation of Marxist principles (spiritual clench fist), through which the laity has been empowered to undermine hierarchical authority and assume priestly functions like extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. The ugly hand of Communism has truly reached in to desecrate the Body of Christ, which all ties in with the La Salette prophecy that the spirit of Antichrist would reign in the Eternal City.
          The rare solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, is certainly a sign of the times, but it could very well portend to a total world eclipse that is coming. Already the pestilent cloud of socialism is obscuring the light throughout the Church and world, but without a concerted effort on the part of the Vatican hierarchy to uphold the light of tradition, the world will go into total darkness, whereby it will truly "be in dismay."
          The best we can do is to keep our candles lit in the darkness and let this light shine before men. (Mt. 5:16) Our Lady at La Salette offered the remedy to offset the darkness of these times, when she said: "Fight, children of light, you, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times, the end of all times."

David Martin is the Los Angeles, Calif. organizer. He has been a devotee since 1979 and has authored numerous articles on the Church and papacy for various blogs and websites.

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