How Can A World Gone Mad Be Saved From Itself?

Jesus frequently opened with the words “peace be with you” when speaking to individuals and groups. The first words spoken by the Angel of Peace in 1916 to the three shepherd children of Fatima were “be not afraid.” Our Lady of Fatima’s first words to these children on May 13, 1917 were “Do not be afraid.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s parting words were always “peace be to you.” St. Pope John Paul II never tired of saying “be not afraid.”

Why is it, then, that the numbers of people today who are at peace either individually or collectively is swiftly dwindling, and our fears are mounting rapidly? Something must be wrong. In the absence of the peace of which Christ spoke, fear quickly transforms hope into despair and life without love becomes almost unbearable for increasing numbers.

People who despair for lack of hope are turned in upon themselves with a woe is me disposition which renders them incapable of love because the first prerequisite for love is an ability to focus on others rather than self. Hope is therefore of paramount importance, and it requires faith because it is faith which begets the hope which makes love possible.

The craziness of a world gone mad is a consequence of its disconnect from its Creator and the order according to which it was created. When men have played God long enough man’s inhumanity toward man grows increasingly abhorrent and the grotesqueness we are witnessing almost daily today becomes commonplace. As civilization disintegrates darkness and despair begin to engulf all of humanity.

Will this madness ever end? Who can end it? How? And how long will it take?

May 13, 2015, will mark the 98th anniversary of the first of six apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. The Message of Fatima identifies the cause of and provides the solution to the plethora of problems confronting mankind during our time. The Faith, Hope and Charity [love] we so desperately need today were served up on a silver platter.

St. Pope John Paul II considered Fatima more important today than it was in 1917. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI cautioned that “we would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete.” Pope Francis’ request for the consecration of his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima, which was honored on May 13, 2013, the entrustment of WYD 2013 to her, and his consecration of the world to her on October 13, 2013 – all occurring within the first year of his papacy – make his disposition toward the importance of Fatima crystal clear.

The Church’s stance on the importance of Fatima during this 21st century is evidenced by her elevation of The World Apostolate of Fatima to the status of a Public International Association of the Faithful. As such, it is the only Fatima apostolate which speaks officially in the name of the Church and with her authority on Fatima. Its mission is to help people learn, live and spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima in communion with the Church and in concert with the New Evangelization.

One would be hard-pressed to find a more effective tool for the New Evangelization than Fatima because contained within its story and its message are all of the essential truths which make up the teaching of the Catholic Faith. The programs offered by the apostolate provide not only the content of the Faith, but a variety of practical and effective means of growth in the spiritual life and formation in virtuous living. The New Evangelization was first entrusted to Our Lady by Saint Pope John Paul II at Fatima.

Diocesan Divisions of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA are established with the approval and blessing of their respective Local Ordinaries and work throughout their dioceses to spread the Message of Our Lady of Fatima and assist the faithful in embracing it, living it in their own lives, and sharing it with others.

If you would like to better understand the cause of the craziness and growing dangers engulfing our nation and the world today and learn how to acquire the confidence, courage and peace alluded to above which is needed to effectively engage in changing things, I encourage you to contact your Diocesan Division leadership team. You will find them under “About Us” at

If you discover that there is no apostolate division in your diocese and would like to know how you can be instrumental in establishing a leadership team, please contact Deacon Bob Ellis at 920-371-1931 or

The madness will end. God will end it through those who embrace His Heavenly Mother’s presentation of the Gospel at Fatima. It will take as long as it takes for sufficient numbers to honor her Fatima requests. When will you be ready to join the ranks of those who do?

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  1. I hope its soon. Darkness is all around me and Light seems in short supply. If only other people could recognize their own self pity and work to change things could improve, but they too are in darkness, and my prayers seem to fall on God’s deaf ears. Perhaps he hears me, I just long to see His healing begin.

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