Reparation and the Dual Dimension of Pope John Paul II’s
by Jerome F. Coniker
1. Pope John Paul II has taught us how to enter into that era of
peace promised by Our Lady of Fatima. While in New York in 1995, the
Holy Father asked families to do two things: pray the Rosary and study
the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He continues to tell us, “Take
the Gospel to your neighbors!” By vigorously learning the Faith and
teaching it to our children and our neighbors, we can truly renew
family life and society.
If those of us who have been given the light of the Catholic faith
do not make heroic sacrifices now to do what the Holy Father is
telling us to do, our society will continue on its “free-fall”
into the abyss of immorality, and we will see, before our very eyes,
the fulfillment of the “conditional” prophecies of the approved
apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima and Akita (Japan). I say “conditional”
because that is what they are—conditional to the degree of how we
sacrificially respond to Our Lady’s requests.
First, let’s reflect on what Pope John Paul II wrote in his book,
Crossing the Threshold of Hope, with reference to Fatima:
“Perhaps this is also why the Pope was called from a faraway
country, perhaps this is why it was necessary for the assassination
attempt to be made in St. Peter’s Square precisely on May 13, 1981,
the anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima—so that all could
become more transparent and comprehensible, so that the voice of God
which speaks in human history through the ‘signs of the times’
could be more easily heard and understood.” (p.131)
The Holy Father went on to write:
“On this universal level, if victory comes it will be brought by
Mary. Christ will conquer through her because he wants the Church’s
victories now and in the future to be linked to her.…
“I held this conviction even though I did not yet know very much
about Fatima. I could see, however, that there was a certain
continuity among La Salette, Lourdes, and Fatima—and, in the distant
past, our Polish Jasna Gora.” (p. 221)
When the Pope was shot
2. “And thus we come to May 13, 1981, when I was wounded by
gunshots fired in St. Peter’s Square. At first, I did not pay
attention to the fact that the assassination attempt had occurred on
the exact anniversary of the day Mary appeared to the three children
at Fatima in Portugal and spoke to them the words that now, at the end
of this century, seem to be close to their fulfillment.
“With this event, didn’t Christ perhaps say, once again, ‘Be
not afraid’? Did he repeat this Easter exhortation to the Pope, to
the Church, and indirectly, to the entire human family?”
The Pope went on to say:
“At the end of the second millennium, we need, perhaps more than
ever, the words of the Risen Christ: ‘Be not afraid!’ Man who,
even after the fall of Communism, has not stopped being afraid and who
truly has many reasons for feeling this way, needs to hear these
“Nations need to hear them, especially those nations that have
been reborn after the fall of the Communist empire, as well as those
that witnessed this event from the outside. Peoples and nations of the
entire world need to hear these words.
“Their conscience needs to grow in the certainty that Someone
exists who holds in His hands the destiny of this passing world;
Someone who holds the keys to death and the netherworld (cf. Rev
1:18); Someone who is the Alpha and the Omega of human history (cf.
Rev. 22:13)—be it the individual or collective history. And this
Someone is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8,16)—Love that became man, Love
crucified and risen, Love unceasingly present among men. It is
Eucharistic Love. It is the infinite source of communion. He alone can
give the ultimate assurance when He says ‘Be not afraid!’” (pp.
3. When our family lived in Portugal from 1971–1973, we obtained
a copy of a letter that Sister Lucia wrote to the Bishop of the
Diocese of Leiria (where Fatima is located) about Our Lady’s
apparition on July 13, 1917. Sister Lucia is the only living seer of
Fatima since Jacinta (age 7 at the time of the apparition) and
Francisco (age 9) died shortly after they told Our Lady that they
would be willing to offer their lives up for the conversion of sinners—for
your family and my family.
The vision of hell
4. Lucia’s words:
“Our Lady showed us a large sea of fire which seemed to be
beneath the earth. Plunged in this fire were the demons and the souls,
who were like embers, transparent and black or bronze-colored, with
human forms which floated about in the conflagration, borne by the
flames which issued from it with clouds of smoke, falling on all sides
as sparks fall in great conflagrations, without weight or equilibrium,
among shrieks and groans of sorrow and despair which horrified us and
caused us to quake with fear.
“The demons were distinguished by horrible and loathsome forms of
animals, frightful and unknown, but transparent and black. This vision
vanished in a moment. Providentially, our good Heavenly Mother had
promised us in the first apparition to take us to Heaven. Otherwise, I
think we would have died of fright and horror.” (Letter dated August
31, 1941 from Sr. Lucia to the Bishop of Leiria.)
The great Fatima prophecies
5. The following are Sister Lucia’s words, published by the
Bishop of Leiria. I have organized them in an outline with an asterisk
(*) to indicate the prophecies that have already been fulfilled:
“Shortly afterwards, we raised our eyes to Our Lady, who said
with goodness and sadness: ‘You have seen hell, where the souls of
poor sinners go.
• To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to
my Immaculate Heart.* [However, more should be done.]
• If they do what I will tell you, many souls will be saved, and
there will be peace. The war is going to end.* [World War I]
• But if they don’t stop offending God, another and worse one
[World War II] will begin in the reign of Pius XI.*
• When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light [Jan
25-26, 1938]*, know that this is the great sign that God will give
you, that He is going to punish the world by means of war, hunger and
persecutions of the Church, and of the Holy Father.*
• To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of
Russia to my Immaculate Heart; and for the Communion of Reparation on
the First Saturdays.*
• If they listen to my request, Russia will be converted, and
there will be peace.
• If not:
Russia will scatter her errors throughout the world,*
She will provoke wars and persecutions of the Church,*
The good will be martyred* [Note: there have been more martyrs in
this century than in the entire 2000 year history of the Church],
The Holy Father will have much to suffer,*
And various nations will be annihilated. [This has not happened and
does not have to happen if we consecrate ourselves in the dual
dimension of Pope John Paul II’s consecration.]
• In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.
The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me* [Pope John Paul II
did this on May 13, 1982, in Fatima and on March 25, 1984, in Rome.],
And she will be converted,
And a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.’”
The miracle of the sun
6. Our Lady’s final apparition at Fatima took place on October
13, 1917. This was the great “Miracle of the Sun.” Cardinal Joseph
Carberry once told me that never before in the history of the world
has a public miracle, such as this, ever occurred, one that was
prophesied in advance to occur on a specific day, at a specific place,
and which was witnessed by over 70,000 people. It was also documented
as an historic fact by an atheistic press that was controlled by an
When we lived near Fatima for two years, I had the privilege to
study the Fatima message under the instruction of Father Gabriel
Pausback, O’Carm., who was the assistant general of the Carmelite
Order and author of Saints of Carmel. He introduced me to the Marto’s
(Jacinta’s and Francisco’s family) and others who had witnessed
the miracle of the sun.
The “Miracle of the Sun” was not like many other reported
apparitions, where some could see the phenomenon and others could not.
On October 13, 1917, everyone within a 20 mile radius saw the entire
plateau of Fatima bathed in light-shafts of blue, red, yellow and
green. Then they saw the sun spinning in the sky, and they ran for
their lives when they saw it plummet towards the earth. The fire ball
that appeared to be the sun stopped at the tree tops, hovered there
for a few minutes and slowly went back into the heavens, leaving
everyone present completely dry, when before the event they had been
drenched from the rainfall.
Cardinal Carberry also told me that since there has never been a
miracle such as this before, the message — which the miracle
confirmed — must be of the greatest significance!
Approved Apparitions of Akita
7. Now let’s consider the prophecies of the approved apparitions
of Our Lady in Akita, Japan. Let me first give some background on
They started in 1975 and were approved, on April 22, 1984, by
Bishop John Shojiro Ito, who at the time was Bishop of Niigata.
The current Ordinary of the Niigata diocese, Bishop Francis Sato,
has also approved the apparitions. This approval was documented when
our chaplain, Father Kevin Barrett, interviewed Bishop Sato on
videotape in March of 1995 at his residence in Japan.
The seer, Sister Agnes Sasagawa, like Sr. Lucia of Fatima,
submitted in total obedience to the bishop of the diocese where the
apparitions occurred. It is important to note that this is the way of
the Church, that we are protected from deception by humbly submitting
to Church authority.
In the letter of approval issued by Bishop Ito, he quoted Our
Blessed Mother as saying:
“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 prayers of
the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the Bishops and the
“…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 and form a cohort of victim souls.
Prayer, penance, and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father’s
anger…” (taken from the letter of approval by Bishop John Shojiro
Ito of April 22, 1984).
St. Kolbe on Obedience
8. What is meant by the “penance” and “courageous sacrifices”
which are necessary to prevent chastisement? I believe that the
penance and courageous sacrifices that God is asking of us is
obedience to the Holy Father, the Pope. The most difficult thing for
man to do is to bend his will to lawful authority. This is the
greatest reparation for sin we can offer.
The great Polish Marian saint and martyr of Auschwitz, St.
Maximilian Kolbe, who started the Knights of the Immaculata movement
shortly after he had a vision of Our Lady of Fatima standing over
“Not in mortification, not in great prayer, not in labor, not in
rest, but in obedience is the essence and merit of holiness” (Aim
Higher, p. 84).
Obedience is the key. Doing penance and making sacrifices does not
just mean praying and fasting. Although there are norms established by
the Church for prayer and fasting, they are not the only thing we are
supposed to do. Obedience to lawful authority represents the most
pleasing penance and constitutes the most heroic sacrifices in order
to repair for sin.
As Catholics, we need to humble ourselves and bend our wills to the
Holy Father if we want to be holy and receive an outpouring of God’s
mercy. Obedience is the key to drawing down God’s mercy upon the
families of the world.
Our Lord said in Matthew 7:21:
“It is not those who say, ‘Lord, Lord,’ that will enter the
kingdom of Heaven, but those who do the will of My Father.”
The Key to Hope and Mercy
9. Obedience to the Pope and reparation for sin gives us hope.
The messages of both Fatima and Akita have underscored the fact
that reparation for sin is the formula for drawing down God’s mercy
upon our world. At the Apostolate’s Catholic Familyland, we are
seeking to teach families about reparation: what it means and how it
should be effected in our daily lives. We have summarized what we call
the Marian Multiplier “formula” for bringing down God’s mercy.
The Marian Multiplier
10. First Point: Sin is the cause of all unhappiness. Every sin
affects not only the sinner, but the entire world.
Second Point: Grace is more powerful than sin; the Redemption is
greater than the Fall. Jesus has conquered satan. We have nothing to
fear from the devil if we follow Christ (which also means following
His Vicar on earth, the Pope, and the Teaching Magisterium of the
Church), love God and neighbor and strive to grow in the grace Jesus
won for us on Calvary.
Third Point: Personal holiness is essential for salvation. But our
personal holiness alone is not enough to offset the effects of the
sins of mankind and bring about a healing of families and world peace.
Fourth Point: Consecration to Jesus through Mary. When enough of us
give the little holiness we have to Jesus through Mary, she will be
able to purify and multiply it by her incalculable merits to most
effectively repair for sins in our age and obtain grace from her Son
to convert poor sinners and bring peace and healing into families and
Every sin affects society
11. Reflecting on the First Point, let’s look at what Pope John
Paul II said in section 16 of his document On Reconciliation and
“In other words, there is no sin, not even the most intimate and
secret one, the most strictly individual one that exclusively concerns
the person committing it.
“With greater or lesser violence, with greater or lesser harm,
every sin has repercussions on the entire ecclesial body and on the
whole human family.”
In section 2 of the Apostolic Constitution on indulgences (Indulgentiarum
doctrina), dated January 1, 1967, Pope Paul VI states:
“In fact, every sin upsets the universal order God, in His
indescribable wisdom and limitless love, has established. Further,
every sin does immense harm to the sinner himself and to the community
This means that when someone sins, it not only hurts the sinner but
the entire Mystical Body of Christ. It gives the devil more power to
tempt us and to draw us away from God’s will into venial sin, and
eventually into mortal sin.
When we think about this, it can be very discouraging. We look
around and see sin everywhere, and it seems that so few people are
trying to do God’s will. But there is hope.
Reparation—repairing for sin
12. If sin is the “bad news” then the Second Point (grace) is
truly the heart of the “Good News” of the Gospel. Jesus, by His
redemptive sacrifice, has won for us the grace to overcome and to
repair for the sin in our lives and in our world.
I believe that the best definition of reparation for sin is from
Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Constitution on indulgences.
Providentially, former President Ronald Reagan quoted this definition
in his welcoming address to Pope John Paul II when His Holiness
visited the United States in 1987. In section 4, Pope Paul VI says:
“By the hidden and kindly mystery of God’s will, a supernatural
solidarity reigns among men. A consequence of this is that the sin of
one person harms other people just as one person’s holiness helps
In this same document, Pope Paul VI presents a more detailed
explanation on reparation and what we must do to repair for sin. His
“The truth has been divinely revealed that sins are followed by
punishments. God’s holiness and justice inflict them. Sins must be
“The full taking away and, as it is called, reparation of sin
requires two things:
“Firstly, friendship with God must be restored. Amends must be
made for offending His wisdom and goodness. This is done by a sincere
conversion of mind [repentance and formation].
“Secondly, all the personal and social values as well as those
that are universal, which sin has lessened or destroyed, must be fully
made good [evangelization and catechesis]” (Apostolic Constitution
Indulgentiarum doctrina, sections 2–3).
Like the current of a river
13. You can compare the concept of reparation to a river in which
people are swimming upstream, against the current, in order to get to
Heaven. The more sin there is in the world, the stronger the current
becomes (temptation), making it harder for everyone to reach Heaven.
However, when people grow in grace, they are repairing for their
own sins and the sins of the whole world. They are helping to make the
current run more slowly so that everyone in the family and in the
world is able to swim more easily upstream (actual graces) and reach
their heavenly goal if they truly will it.
Like a magnetic field
14. Another analogy can be made. Reparation may be compared with
magnetic fields. God seeks to attract our free wills by His love and
truth (actual grace). The devil seeks to seduce us by his lies and the
empty pleasures of evil (temptation). By choosing to sin, man repels
God and allows himself to be seduced by the devil. When many people
sin, all society feels less attraction to God, and more and more
people succumb to the corrupting seduction of the devil (temptation).
However, as more people renounce sin and allow themselves to be
drawn to God, gaining grace and merit for their souls and the whole
Mystical Body of Christ through their prayers and good works, they
help to increase the attraction (actual grace) felt by all to God and
In order for us to grow in grace (Second Point) and offset the
effects of sin, we have to develop a prayer life, receive the
sacraments and practice the virtues (Third Point). Naturally, the
fervor and the love we have for God determines the amount of grace
that we receive and therefore, determines the amount of reparation
that is made for our own sins and for the sins of the world.
Consecration to Jesus throughMary
15. Now, if the devil is always actively trying to seduce souls
away from God by his perverse influence, the Mother of Jesus, the
woman of Genesis (cf. 3:15) and of Revelation (chapter 12), is ever
more so attracting her children to God. She is the chosen vessel
through whom God wishes to crush the head of Satan.
The late Cardinal Luigi Ciappi, who served the last five popes as
personal theologian and was the primary theological advisor for The
Apostolate, explained to us how, in the Fourth Point, our Blessed
Mother’s singular holiness helps us to more effectively repair for
sin, especially through the power of consecration. In his letter of
August 24, 1989, he said:
“How true it is when we give all of our merits to Mary, she
multiplies them by her incalculable merits. This puts into motion
positive spiritual forces to repair the damage due to sin and
significantly change the course of history, if enough make this
“Mary’s merits can multiply the effects of one person’s
holiness and help countless souls. Only heaven knows the depth of
holiness a soul must achieve to tip the scales for world peace.”
Mary never ceases to dispense the precious graces of Jesus, her
Son, upon her children. And when we entrust to her our prayers,
merits, and good works, through consecration, she purifies and
multiplies their power to repair for sin and presents them to Jesus on
Restoring Order through Reparation
16. When we live a life of reparation for sin, we are growing in
union with God. Soon after founding the Apostolate for Family
Consecration in 1975, I wrote the following explanation about the
effects of “planting seeds” of prayer, charity, and sacrifice,
accompanied by the “water and sunshine” of our devout reception of
the sacraments in our lives:
“Our meritorious actions help to bring back the spiritual balance
in the universe by lessening the control of the forces of evil over
our lives and those of our families, our neighborhoods, our schools,
our parishes, our dioceses, and indeed, the entire world.
“Every supernaturally good act performed in the state of grace
gives us a reward or merit, increasing our capacity for peace and our
capacity to know, love and serve God for all eternity. In addition to,
and through total consecration to Jesus through Mary, our merits are
purified, multiplied and preserved for us throughout our entire
pilgrimage on earth.
“Through consecration, we give to our Blessed Mother the
privilege of directing our prayers. We more humbly acknowledge the
reality that we are God’s children, confident that Our Heavenly
Mother knows better than we what we need in order to more perfectly
accomplish God’s will.
“Finally, because of the Church’s intercessory power, many of
our meritorious acts can be enriched by the Church through
indulgences. Thus we have the power to help release a soul from
Purgatory everyday through our plenary (full) indulgences, and relieve
the suffering of the Holy Souls through our partial indulgences.”
We need to better understand that indulgences are an added
satisfactory effect given to our prayers and good works by the Church
as part of the power of the “keys” entrusted to her by Christ in
the person of the Apostle Peter (cf. Mt. 16:19 and Jn. 20:34). If we
are in the state of grace and fulfill one of the norms laid down by
the Church, we can continually earn plenary (no more than one a day)
and partial indulgences for ourselves and for the souls in Purgatory.
(Please read #45 in the Family Consecration Prayer and Meditation
Book for a summary of the norms for indulgences.)
The Dual Dimensions of Pope John Paul II’s Consecration
17. The Third and Fourth Points are incorporated into the dual
dimensions of Pope John Paul II’s consecration, which can bring the
light of the truth into our dark world so that our families can live
in the greatest era of peace and religion the world has ever known.
The dual dimensions of Pope John Paul II’s consecration are Totus
Tuus and Consecrate them in Truth.
The first dimension
18. Totus Tuus (Latin for “Totally yours”) refers to giving
everything to Jesus through Mary, according to the formula of St.
Louis de Montfort which the Holy Father wrote about in his book,
Crossing the Threshold of Hope (p. 213).
If we follow this formula of consecration, which Pope John Paul
proclaims and lives, we give the few merits that we have to our
Blessed Mother who then takes them and multiplies them by her
incalculable merits and presents them to Jesus on our behalf.
St. Louis de Montfort’s formula
19. In his treatise, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis
“For by it [this devotion] we show love for our neighbor in an
outstanding way, since we give Him through Mary’s hands all that we
prize most highly—that is, the satisfactory and prayer value of all
our good works, down to the least good thought and the least little
suffering. We give our consent that all we have already acquired or
will acquire until death should be used in accordance with our Lady’s
will for the conversion of sinners or the deliverance of souls from
Purgatory” (section 171).
“It must be noted that our good works, passing through Mary’s
hands, are progressively purified. Consequently, their merit and
their satisfactory and prayer value is also increased. That is why
they become much more effective in relieving the souls in Purgatory
and in converting sinners than if they did not pass through the
virginal and liberal hands of Mary.
“Stripped of self-will and clothed with disinterested love, the
little that we give to the Blessed Virgin is truly powerful enough to
appease the anger of God and draw down His mercy. It may well be that
at the hour of death a person who has been faithful to this devotion
will find that he has freed many souls from Purgatory and converted
many sinners, even though he performed only the ordinary actions of
his state of life. Great will be his joy at the judgment. Great will
be his glory throughout eternity” (section 172).
“Mary amassed such a multitude of merits and graces during her
sojourn on earth that it would be easier to count the stars in heaven,
the drops of water in the ocean or the sands of the seashore than
count her merits and graces. She thus gave more glory to God than all
the angels and saints have given or will ever give Him. Mary, wonder
of God, when souls abandon themselves to you, you cannot but work
wonders in them (section 222)!
“Our Blessed Lady, in her immense love for us, is eager to
receive into her virginal hands the gift of our actions, imparting to
them a marvelous beauty and splendor, presenting them herself to Jesus
most willingly” (section 223).
St. Maximilian Kolbe’s prophecy for modern times
20. “Modern times are dominated by Satan and will be more so in
the future. The conflict with hell cannot be engaged by men, even the
most clever. The Immaculata alone has from God the promise of victory
over Satan. However, assumed into heaven, the Mother of God now
requires our cooperation. She seeks souls who will consecrate
themselves entirely to her, who will become in her hands effective
instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spreading of God’s
kingdom upon earth.”
The second dimension
21. Let’s now consider the second dimension of Pope John Paul II’s
consecration, Consecrate Them in Truth or evangelization and
catechesis, which represents his highest priority. Our Lord, in
effect, defined consecration in John 17 when he said:
Verse 3: “Eternal life is this—to know you.” [catechesis]
Verse 4: “I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work you
gave me to do.” [evangelization]
Verse 15: “Protect them from the evil one.”
Verse 17: “Consecrate them in truth. Your word is truth.”
Verse 19: “I consecrate myself so that they too may be
consecrated in the truth.
Verse 21: “That they may be one as we are one.”
When we steep ourselves in the truth, as put forth in Sacred
Scripture, the Second Vatican Council documents, the Catechism of the
Catholic Church, papal documents, etc., we are better disposed to
pray, to receive the sacraments and practice virtue—in short, to be
holy, gaining ever more grace and merit. Then we can give Our Blessed
Mother many more of our graces and merits to multiply by her
incalculable merits, putting into motion a tremendous spiritual power
that can defeat Satan and bring about the era of peace which she
promised at Fatima.
The Holy Father referred to this era in the last page of his book,
Crossing the Threshold of Hope, when he wrote:
“André Malraux was certainly right when he said that the
twenty-first century would be the century of religion or it would not
be at all.”
I believe that our Holy Father is telling us that if we do God’s
will and repair for sin, we will see a century of great religion and
evangelization for our children and grandchildren to grow up in. But
if we don’t enter into a life of vigorous evangelization, catechesis
and prayer, we will see, because of the evil use of modern technology,
the darkest age of purification that the world has ever experienced.
Let’s walk with His Holiness over the threshold of hope into the
greatest period of light, evangelization, and peace that the world has
ever known—that era of peace that Our Lady promised at Fatima.
A Summary — Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, O.P.
22. The following article from the Pope’s newspaper about the
late papal theologian, Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, gives you an idea
of His Eminence’s relationship with the papacy and his competency at
reading the signs of the times.
Cardinal Ciappi was the master of the papal palace and papal
theologian for the last five popes and was our primary theological
advisor from 1979 until his death on April 22, 1996. Please read the
following with great care.
Excerpts from Pope John Paul II’s homily at Cardinal Ciappi’s
funeral, April 25, 1996
23. “Dear brothers and sisters, today in St. Peter’s Basilica
we are celebrating the funeral of beloved Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi,
whom God called to himself last Monday evening after a long life spent
in service to the Church and, in particular, to the Holy See. I have
felt a personal bond with him since my studies, and I am pleased to
honor his memory at this moment, so full of emotion, by my testimony
of sincere esteem and deep gratitude.
“His brilliant and keen capacity for theological investigation
grew and was quickly noticed.
“With a profound knowledge of the theological thought, he was
himself a capable theologian who was able to serve the Church
generously, first by teaching dogmatic theology and Thomistic
aesthetics. The results he achieved in this task brought him to the
attention of Pope Pius XII, who in 1955 wanted him at his side as
Master of the Sacred Palace. He was confirmed in this office by Pope
John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, who spelled out his duties in the Motu
Proprio Pontificalis Domus, and appointed him Theologian of the Papal
“His clear thinking, the soundness of his teaching and his
undisputed fidelity to the Apostolic See, as well as his ability to
interpret the signs of the times according to God, were qualities that
made him a valued collaborator during the intense period of the Second
Vatican Council to which he made a significant and balanced
“His careful scholarly work was always accompanied by an intense
spiritual life and prayer, the first and fundamental nourishment of
his whole life.”
(Used by permission of L’Osservatore Romano)
Greatest miracle in the history of the world
24. Luigi Cardinal Ciappi’s letter of October 9, 1994, on the
next page, is a good summary of this entire treatise. His Eminence
talks about the greatest miracle in the history of the world as he
addressed our annual Totus Tuus Conference.
October 9, 1994
Dear Jerry and Gwen:
Once again, your Totus Tuus – “Consecrate Them in Truth”
Conference will be serving the Church in a very timely way.
25. Your use of the social communications and the way in which you
are using audio and video tape is a ‘fail-safe method’ of teaching
and will allow families of today's media culture, which the Holy
Father frequently mentions, to become powerful instruments of the
Immaculata to bring about the era of peace she promised at Fatima.
26. Yes, a miracle was promised at Fatima, the greatest miracle in
the history of the world, second only to the Resurrection. And that
miracle will be an era of peace which has never really been granted
before to the world.
27. I believe that this peace will begin in the domestic church,
the family, and go out to the parishes and into the diocese, the
country, and the world. This lasting peace will be the fruit of a life
of service and of evangelizing one’s family and neighbors with the
truth that will set them free!
28. Our Blessed Mother promised us this era of peace if we say the
daily Rosary, practice the First Saturday Communion of Reparation, and
live lives consecrated in the truth. This consecration includes giving
all of our possessions, both interior and exterior, to Jesus through
the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and, as you know, in the Apostolate for
Family Consecration, we like to add, “in union with St. Joseph.”
29. As primary theological advisor to the Apostolate for Family
Consecration since 1979, I have reminded its members frequently that
consecration is not just a prayer or a devotion but a commitment to a
way of life which must be nourished through continuous formation in
the eternal truths of our Faith.
Yours in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, O.P.
Papal Theologian Emeritus for Popes Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI,
John Paul I, and John Paul II