Wars and Rumors of Wars: Russia, Ukraine, and Fatima

Ukraine under attack by Russia

And you shall hear of wars and rumor of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (Matt. 24:6)

How did it come to this? We are witnessing two nations with deep historical Christian roots fighting over the identity of a country considered a “borderland” — which is what “Ukraine” actually means. We watch the news with aching hearts; as often happens, it is the innocent civilians who suffer most. Most of us have seen images like this before. Much of what we are seeing is certainly propaganda — from both sides — but it hits very close to home for those of us who served our country in uniform and for our loved ones who stayed behind, the latter hoping not to get a knock on the door from the base chaplain. We military men know firsthand about “collateral damage” and civilian casualties, and as we watch the evening news, we grudgingly remember past conflicts, when the good guys were hard to discern from the bad guys, and we didn’t always know whose interests lay at the heart of the dispute.

Which brings us to the Russian invasion of Ukraine currently underway. Whose interests are at stake? Certainly Russia and Ukraine; but there are other fingerprints all over this crime scene. We only found out in the last few days that the U.S. government had secret biological warfare research facilities in Ukraine. And remember when the legitimately elected president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, was forced out of office by the so-called “Dignity Revolution” of February, 2014? President Yanukovych, who favored Russia over the European Union, was replaced by a man greatly favored by the U.S. (Obama/Biden/Clinton/Kerry) and Western Europe. Unlike our election of 2020, however, the 2010 Ukraine election was considered fair all around, with these results:

Even the casual observer will immediately notice that the lines are fairly clearly drawn between southeast and northwest Ukraine. The Ukrainians themselves are indeed deeply divided between looking to Russia for the future, or to the West. This can be at least partially explained by the fact that the ethno-linguistic divisions, as shown in the map below, line up very neatly with the map above. Notice the blue areas where citizens identify, more or less, as Russian:

Therefore, can we really place all the blame on Putin and Russia for all of the events that led up to this conflict? We are certainly not saying that Putin’s resorting to war is laudable, only that in light of Western interference since the fall of the Soviet Union, it is somewhat understandable — especially in light of U.S. neo-con and Deep-State intrigues and bullying. And thank God that our emasculated military does not have to go up against the Russian troops, who are not nearly as concerned as our Pentagon chiefs regarding inclusiveness, diversity, and celebrations of sodomy pride. Watch this video that compares the Russian military to the U.S. Army, and try not to cry.

It is at this point that we should remind ourselves that in the eyes of our Catholic Faith (and hence in the Eyes of God), war is usually considered a chastisement. In fact, let us consider the real issue, which is neither Western war-mongering (by both Democrats and Republicans) nor Putin’s thuggish background as a heavy-handed politician and KGB operative. No, the real problem is that Our Lady’s request for Russia to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart has never been accomplished properly. There was a haphazard attempt by Pope Pius XII in 1952, when that pontiff consecrated “the peoples of Russia” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; but this did not meet all three specifics of the request of the Blessed Mother that (1) the Holy Father makes, (2) in union with all the bishops of the world, (3) the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

On July 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the the three little shepherd children for the third time and said to them:

“God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war [referring to WW I] is going to end; if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light [it happened on the night of January 25, 1938], know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart. . . If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and she will be converted and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

We have heard from far too many churchmen and laymen that the consecration has been properly accomplished. This is simply not so. William Thomas Walsh, in preparation for writing his excellent book, Our Lady of Fatima (original copyright 1947), was permitted to meet with Sister Maria das Dores (Lucia ) in the convent of the Dorothean Sisters in Villar, near Porto, Portugal. When Professor Walsh pressed the matter of the unfinished consecration, Lucia was adamant: “What Our Lady wants is that the Pope and all the bishops in the world shall consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart on one special day. If this is done, she will convert Russia and there will be peace. If it is not done, the errors of Russia will spread through very country of the world.”

How can we not see the current events in Ukraine as directly related to the message of Fatima? Why have the popes not accomplished this relatively simple request? Why must the world suffer because of the lack of faith, courage, and due diligence of the successors of Peter? Why do they not take Our Lady at her word? Many Catholic friends with whom we have spoken are pondering these same questions. In fact the Catholic Truth Scotland blog has an excellent piece on this very topic, with insightful comments from its many readers. It’s well worth a visit.

Meanwhile, let us fervently pray that a pope — preferably now, but if not, soon — will do as the Blessed Virgin Mary asked over a century ago and consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

8 thoughts on “Wars and Rumors of Wars: Russia, Ukraine, and Fatima

  1. This is a timely piece. Just last night we had friends over and discussed every point you make here (before your article came out!). We are on the same wavelength, but then, if we have been paying attention to the Church and Our Lady’s words, how could we not be? It is all very interesting timing: the suppression of the Tridentine Mass and the persecution of priests dedicated to it, war with Russia, the West showing its full corruption by communism, the irony that NATO was intended to fight Communism but is run by socialist bullies, the fact that trustworthy rumour has it the Pope has stage four cancer, the Covid plandemic and deathvaxx and the New World Order …and the as yet, unfulfilled request of Our Lady. What an honour to live in these times, to have been chosen by God to live and honor Him in these times when He is betrayed by most. Much love from Down Under!

  2. Tony, the part you left out is that Stalin resettled Eastern Ukraine with ethnic Russians after he starved 3-10 Million Ukrainians in the 30s. Stalin probably lured them in to settle there with homesteads. It was the Russians land; it was taken from the Ukrainian families. Lots of references to this. Here is one:

    The Holodomor was classified as a genocide by Raphael Lemkin, the Polish legal expert of Jewish origin who first conceived and developed, and then formally authored, the United Nations definition of that term. He described the Famine as a four-pronged attack by the Communist regime against the Ukrainian nation with the intent to destroy: (1) the intelligentsia (“the national brain”); (2) the national churches (“the soul of Ukraine”); (3) the independent peasants (“the repository of the tradition, folklore and music, the national language and literature, the national spirit of Ukraine”); and (4) the cohesion of the Ukrainian people by forced in- and out-migration with the aim of changing the republic’s ethnic composition by reducing the number of ethnic Ukrainians and increasing the number of non-Ukrainians.

    This last item reverberates today. The defense of the descendants of those ethnic Russians that Stalin resettled in Ukraine to replace the millions of ethnic Ukrainians he starved to death are the excuse Vladimir Putin used to annex Crimea and invade the Donbas. And the most recent buildup of Russian troops along the border lead many to fear he may even launch an all-out assault.

    • Thanks for your comment, Tim. We agree that the history of Ukraine is certainly full of twists and turns, and has often born the brunt of Czarist as well as Marxist-Leninist Russia. We did not intend to provide a full history of the last century of Ukraine, though Stalin — who, as you know, was Georgian, not Russian — did indeed try to stack the deck against ethnic Ukrainians. Strangely enough, Nikita Khrushchev (who was Russian, not Ukrainian as many seem to believe) gave the Crimea to Ukraine in 1954, angering many Russians who viewed Crimea as historically theirs and Sevastopol as their much-needed warm water port. In any event, all we are really trying to say is that since Russia figures so prominently in the Fatima message from Our Lady (along with several other private revelations, we might add), we are not surprised that the failure thus far to comply with the Blessed Mother’s consecration request is undoubtedly tied to current events we are witnessing. All the best to you and your family.

  3. What a brilliant article, Tony and Vickie – really excellent. And thank you so much for linking to our blog again. I’ve posted the link on two threads – our current “What’s really going on in the world…” discussion and the one to which you linked. So, hopefully, it will be well read by the end of the day!


  5. […] Some geo-political history, current events, and supernatural intervention, from Tony & Vickie Ambrosetti at Tradidi Quod et Accepi: […]

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