“A full-blown war on the Korean Peninsula will be horrific by any stretch of the imagination, no one has any doubts about that.”- US Army chief, General Mark Milley, October 9
“There is no time to waste by hesitating. A safe tomorrow cannot be promised.”- Our Lady of Naju February 2, 1995
The Military Exhortation of General Milley Through The Eyes of Fatima
For Catholics, the term “horrific” used by General Milley, reminds us of the historical, human and spiritual dimensions of Fatima’s messages. We hear — as did three holy children in Fatima, in 1917 — the loving but sad voice of Our Lady speaking about the horrible fate of “various nations annihilated” as the result of war, with many “poor sinners” going irretrievably to hell.
One is tempted to ask why this horrific vision with its profound divine explanations was given to little kids, transforming their fragile, provincial, uneducated lives into that of world witnesses, martyrs, and Messengers of Our Lady? And how does the message of Fatima apply to adult, educated Catholics with mature intelligence and some theological knowledge? For me, a Russian-born French Catholic, the military exhortation of General Milley represents a down-to-earth echo of the messages of Divine warning in 1917 but now addressed to modern grown-ups.
The Marian Apparitions in Fatima
The Marian Apparitions in Fatima, honored by the Catholic Church, were unprecedented as an open and dramatic prophetic, moral call. It also promised future Divine protection — on the condition that the Fatima appeal was heard. The insufficiency of the acceptance of the Fatima message by the Church provoked, as Our Lady had warned, the Second World War, with two mighty idolatrous empires, Nazi and Communist, fighting between them and against the free world for the enslavement of all humanity. Jewish European people were among “annihilated nations” of this war, as well as between 20 and 40 million Russians and 6 million Poles.
Our Lady in Japan
In Japan, starting on June 12, 1973, Our Lady renewed her appeals for a witness, prayer, and sacrifice in this difficult time of the fight against our Enemy.
In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father’s anger. Virgin Mary to the Sister Agnes Sasagawa, Akita, Japan, August 3, (With ecclesiastical approval from Rev. John Shojiro Ito, Bishop of Niigata)
On June 28, 1973, a cross-shaped wound appeared on the inside left hand of Sister Agnes. It bled profusely and caused her much pain. On July 6, Sister Agnes heard a voice coming from the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the chapel where she was praying. The statue was carved from a single block of wood from a Katsura tree and is three feet tall. On the same day, a few of the sisters noticed drops of blood flowing from the statue’s right hand. On four occasions, this act of blood flow repeated itself. The wound in the statue’s hand remained until September 29, when it disappeared. Two years later on January 4, 1975, the statue of the Blessed Virgin began to weep. It continued to weep at intervals for the next 6 years and eight months. It wept on 101 occasions.
The third message communicated on October 13, 1973, was described by Cardinal Ratzinger as essentially the same as the third Our Lady of Fatima message or the Third Secret. The third message of Our Lady of Akita:
My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior. As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity…the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayer of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the Pope, bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them. With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation. It is Bishop Ito, who directs your community. Have you still something to ask? Today is the last time that I will speak to you in living voice. From now on you will obey the one sent to you and your superior. Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved.
Medjugorje and The Yugoslav War
Later Our Lady appeared almost simultaneously in the Croatian village Medjugorje, June 1981. The apparitions are continuing till today and are under ecclesiastical examination. Mary has also appeared in the African village Kibeho, Rwanda, November 1981. Augustin Misago, the Bishop of Gikongoro, approved public devotion linked to the apparitions on 15 August 1988, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, and declared their authenticity on 29 June 2001. Both these apparitions, with Virgin’s appeals to prayer, conversion, and fraternal generosity was evidently also dramatic warnings about coming civil disturbances with many victims and many “poor sinners going to hell”.
The Yugoslav War, started in 1991, was a series of ethnically-based wars and insurgencies fought to1999/2001 in the former Yugoslavia. As to Kibeho, its teenage visionaries reported that the Virgin Mary asked everyone to pray to prevent a terrible war. In the vision of August 19, 1982, they all reported seeing violence, dismembered corpses, and destruction. These visions are an ominous foreshadowing of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, and particularly the 1995 Kibeho Massacre. The school where the visions occurred became a place of slaughter during the genocide as dozens of children were hacked to death by Hutu terrorists. Some of the visionaries were among the victims.
Our Lady Appears in Korea
Four years after the beginning of the apparitions in Medjugorje and Kibeho, Our Lady began giving urgent messages and signs to a Japanese lady named Julia Kim, a wife, and mother of 3, in the small town of Naju located near the southwestern tip of the Korean peninsula. On June 30, 1985, about one year after the statue of the Blessed Virgin
in Akita ceased to weep, Our Lady’s statue owned by Julia began weeping tears. On October 19, 1986, it began weeping tears of blood. Until January 14, 1992, the statue wept for a total of 700 days.
Julia Kim received many Eucharistic miracles, including one during the Mass in the Vatican celebrated by Saint John Paul II, and she has imitated the sufferings of Christ; in particular, the crucifixion on Good Friday 2011 in Naju. More than ten Eucharistic Miracles have occurred as a reminder of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist. One was witnessed on November 24, 1994, by the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio. The fact that Christ comes to us with His full Divinity and Humanity through the Eucharist is truly mindboggling. The real change of the substance of bread and wine into the real, living and whole Christ occurs in every Mass, but the fact that God sometimes reveals externally the Mystery of the Eucharist normally hidden in the form of bread and wine is also truly impressive and represents a major visible sign from God.
The extreme suffering of the visionary during thirty years of the Naju apparitions coupled with the severity of Her messages, carry a grave warning for us and especially for the Korean nation. Let us pray and sincerely, prayerfully help our brothers, here and there, in the USA, France, Russia, Jordan, and Korea to avoid war.