Icon of the Church in theAmericas

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

          With her head tilted to the right, her hazel eyes are cast downward in an expression of gentleness and concern.  The mantle covering her head and shoulders is turquoise, studded with gold stars and bordered in gold.  Her hair is jet black and her complexion is olive.  She stands alone, her hands clasped in prayer, an angel at her feet.


We have all seen her image.  She is Our Lady of Guadalupe, a life-sized portrayal of the Virgin Mary as she appeared in 1531 on the cactus-cloth tilma, or cape, of St. Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant and devout convert.  This happened merely a dozen years after Hernan Cortes had conquered the land that is nowMexico for the monarchy of Spain.  Almost five centuries later the colors of that portrait have remained as vibrant as if painted this year.  The coarse, woven, cactus cloth shows no signs of fading or deterioration, although that type of material seldom lasts 20 years.


Today the image is preserved behind an impenetrable glass screen in the basilica at Mexico City.  Pilgrims can view it from a distance of 25 feet. Each year more than 10 million persons venerate the mysterious image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, making this shrine the most popular in the Catholic world after St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City.  The Mexican faithful refer to her lovingly as La Morenita.


In 1979 when Pope John Paul II visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, he acknowledged the enduring appeal of this unique portrait, addressing the Virgin directly: “When the first missionaries who reached America . . . taught the rudiments of the Christian faith, they also taught love for you, the Mother of Jesus and of all people.  And ever since the time that the Indian Juan Diego spoke of the sweet Lady of Tepeyac, you, Mother of Guadalupe, have entered decisively into the Christian life of the people of Mexico.”


Accounts abound of the miraculous events attributed to the Virgin of Guadalupe.  In the early 17th century when floods almost destroyed Mexico City, her image escaped unharmed.  In 1921 during the Mexican Revolution, a bomb was planted in flowers placed before the altar behind which the image hung.  When the bomb exploded, no one was hurt, but the altar was badly damaged.  Yet not even the glass covering the picture was broken.


This venerable icon has come to be regarded widely as the national symbol of Mexico.  Her image is found everywhere, even in unlikely places.


Forty years after La Morenita appeared to St. Juan Diego, she may have been responsible for a significant turning point in the history of Western civilization.  Throughout Europe copies of the holy image had been circulated.  One of the first copies was given to Admiral Giovanni Andrea Doria, grandnephew of the renowned Admiral Andrea Doria.  The young admiral took the picture aboard his flagship when he assumed command of a flotilla of ships sailing from Genoa to the Gulf of Lepanto.

Some 300 Turkish Muslim ships stood in battle array blocking entrance to the Gulf.  A Christian massed navy of almost the same number of ships attempted to meet the Turks head on, but were outmaneuvered by the Turkish force.


Doria’s squadron was cut off from the rest of the Christian fleet.  At this crucial hour Doria went to his cabin and knelt in prayer before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  He implored her to save his men and his ships.  Miraculously by nightfall the tide of battle turned.  One Turkish squadron was captured, and others were thrown into panic and disarray. Much of the Turkish fleet was destroyed.  That day 15,000 Christians enslaved in the Turks’ galleys were freed.  The Christian victory in the Battle of Lepanto was the last great naval battle fought under oars.


To this day Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to work wonders large and small, noticed and unnoticed.


Why hasn’t the holy image deteriorated after almost five centuries?  Why do the colors remain bright?  Why hasn’t the crude fabric shown signs of disintegration?  The search for answers to these questions, regularly pursued by experts, persists from generation to generation.  What they have learned is fascinating.  However, the scientific investigations defy natural explanations.


Although the picture has been touched up from time to time, there is proof that the original image is made in a manner no artist has been able to imitate or to explain.  Of particular interest is the fact that the eyes of the Virgin are done in a way never seen before in any painting.


Yet the greater, ongoing miracle is how the lives of millions are touched by Our Mother of Guadalupe.

Obama’s Appalling Legacy

By Stephen Ryan

“That Obama has allowed racial tensions to grow and metastasize during his presidency will be his shameful legacy.”

I voted for Barack Obama twice. I will never forget Obama’s first election night, the next morning, and inauguration day. I was proud to be an American. I felt our country had moved forward on race and our country was marching rapidly towards a more equal, respectful future. I know for a fact the average African  American – my friends and people I saw in the streets were incredibly  proud of the historic moment. White America had voted in a black man.  The moment in history was tangible; we could all feel it in the air.

But now almost six years later it is all gone. CNN’s obsession with the narrative of a racially divided country is disgraceful.  But the network “suits”, armed with their ratings spread sheets understand all too well that broadcasting the racial divide in America sells. They are lying if they tell you otherwise.  Obama remains silent. Listening to Al Sharpton one would think that racism in America is as bad today as it was in Alabama in the 1960’s.  This is AFTER Barack Obama was elected TWICE.  It is all about money and his brand with Al Sharpton. Sharpton does not care about America or the truth; he cares about his paycheck and his relevance.  Maintaining the narrative that America is racially separated is all about power, politics, and votes with the Democratic Party – they are lying if they tell you otherwise.

That Obama has allowed racial tensions to grow and metastasize during his presidency will be his shameful legacy. He had greatness in his hands but put it down to pick up the money, the power and the votes that come with empowering the Democratic Party through the big lie that white people don’t trust black people.

The Harbinger vs Fatima – No Contest

By Stephen K Ryan  
Author of “The Madonna Files” 

The Harbinger vs Fatima.

The end time’s book called “The Harbinger”written by Jonathan Cahn has recently catapulted onto many best seller’s lists. The premise of the book is that an obscure chapter in the Bible, Isaiah   9:10-11, warned about the 9/11 attacks against America. The book also goes into detail about an impending doom if America does not turn back to God.   The piece of scripture that drives the book says:

“The bricks have fallen down,
But we will are build with smooth stones;
The sycamores have been cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars.”   

Therefore the LORD raises against them adversaries from a Rezin

And spurs their enemies on

Somehow, we are supposed to understand from this reading that it foretells of an attack against America by nineteen relatively well-off Saudi Arabians who slammed planes into the World Trade center and the Pentagon.  The genius of the book, as far as I can tell, is the author’s cleverness in hijacking a biblical chapter with the numbers 9/11and spinning the whole thing into a blockbuster money making juggernaut.

The fascinating aspect to the success of “The Harbinger” is that it clearly reveals a great thirst for proof that future events are foretold in the Bible. It gives Christians hope that, indeed, revelations and prophesies found in the bible do sometimes come true.

Christians need some confirmation from time to time about the infallibility of the Bible.

But the confounding piece to the success of “The Harbinger” is that an extraordinary religious prophesy, a prophesy containing vivid details, is completely ignored by the evangelical and protestant community and many Catholics. The prophesy is ignored despite the fact that it unfolded with spectacular accuracy. I am talking about Fatima.

It is nearly impossible to overestimate Fatima’s unique status inside the Vatican.

The apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima are considered the most extraordinary intervention of God since Jesus Christ walked on earth. No biblical prophecy, including Isaiah 9 10 11or Jewish harbinger, comes close to the incomparable supernatural phenomenon and accurate predictions that took place in Portugal at Fatima over the course of six months in 1917.

The Mormon Church, its angel, and gold tablets, Moses and the parting of the sea offered no proof of miracles – all hearsay – legend, myth, folklore.

But the Blessed Mother in 1917 changed everything.  She prophesied and warned in a set of secrets that Satan would attack God and Christianity and astonishingly,  it all came true. She told three peasant children a great miracle would occur – it did. 70,000 people, including skeptics, journalists, atheists and Masons, witnessed the unprecedented supernatural event known as the “Miracle of the Sun”.  The Virgin Mary also predicted that Her heart would triumph.

The warning was fulfilled when World War II broke out and Russian styled communism and state sponsored atheism ruled half the world. Russia had been specifically singled out by the Virgin Mary in the apparitions at Fatima.  After the dire warnings of Fatima,  atheist leaders in Germany, Russia and China oversaw the greatest slaughter of humans in the history of the world. Only at Fatima do we see a revelation – specific words of warnings that are followed by their clear and indisputable fulfillment. Protestant and biblical prophesies are mythology in comparison.

The Bible says that a women with a crown of Twelve Stars will appear as a sign in the book of Revelations Chapter 12.1  –  “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.”

The Blessed Virgin Mary has appeared for generations with a “Crown of Twelve Stars” and today some claim  this same woman is appearing with a “Crown of Twelve Stars” and offering messages of hope  for the world. Perhaps it is time for our Protestant brothers and sisters to heed Her call.

Stephen Ryan is the author of  ”The Madonna Files” 

Like “The Harbinger”, Mr. Ryan’s  book is a novel written in a fast paced narrative style that explores the revelations and prophesies of the Virgin Mary, including Kibeho, Rwanda, Guadalupe, Fatima, and Medjugorje. 

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Most Recent Book: The Madonna Files

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Favorite Quote:  “Do not be afraid to be the Saints of the new millennium; if you become what you are you will set the whole world on fire.” Saint John Paul II

Favorite Novel: Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Favorite Movie: Apocalypse Now    (1979)

Favorite Painting:  The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

Favorite Piece of Music:  “The 1812 Overture” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Favorite Song: “American Pie” by Don McLean.

Favorite Meal: Linguine  with a red clam sauce,

Last Book Read:  A Free State by V.S. Naipaul

Last Movie Seen: The Transporter (2002)

Last Trip Taken: Sail boat race, Chicago to Mackinac Island.

Last Non-literary Feat: Attending my beautiful daughter’s college graduation. Why do you write?

Stephen Ryan:  I have given a few talks about my book and writing and that question comes up every time. In the case of The Madonna Files, it was not a case of “Why?” I felt I had to write this book. It was inside of me and I had to get it out of me. I felt at times I had no choice.


CF: What inspired you to become a writer?

SR:  Probably my travels. I took time off from college and “bummed” around Europe, really lived the ex-pat  life. I made my way to Europe on a sailboat then bought a motorcycle in Spain. Basically followed Hemingway’s footsteps even though I had given little thought to writing – I had some of his books in my bag, I do remember that. I started jotting things down. I like the way it captured my memories better than photographs. I also have to credit my college English teacher who pulled my short story out of a pile of papers and started reading my story to the class. That little moment stayed with me for years. I was an economics major in college and sometimes I wish I had spent more time with the English professor but I was focused on a business career.  I think she may have talked me into a different career path.


CF: If you were a critic writing about your own books, how would you describe the defining characteristic of your writing style?

SR: My favorite writers are V.S. Naipaul, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter Thompson, and Graham Greene. These guys were kind of my road map. Naipaul for his writing style.  Hemingway  is the kind of writer you want to imagine is looking over your shoulder when you write.  He makes sure each word counts. Hunter S. Thompson, certainly a man with a dead soul, but his prose, his turn of a phrase, for me, displayed a jaw dropping  talent. Tom Wolfe called him the greatest comedic writer of the 20th century and I could not agree more. Graham Greene because of his great book Power and the Glory. It is a masterpiece, and I would encourage any writer to pull that book out and randomly pick a page and just read some sentences. It is how you do it.


CF: Is there a favorite place you have to write?

SR: Two places. In my den during the day/weekends.  At night  with my lap top in bed. This is not ideal but I found I would have the lap top on my bedside table and as I was getting ready to go to sleep I would work out plot in my head and when I got something I liked  I would grab my laptop and go to work.  There were many times I would wake up in the middle of the night with lots of ideas running in my head. I found this time very productive.


CF: What is your cure for writer’s block?

SR: I prayed a lot, but what I found helpful was to go driving. Just get in my car, turn the music up loud. Sometimes words from songs would help me with my own creative needs.


CF: What is your cure for procrastination?

SR: I was pretty obsessed with my book. I wrote an essay for International Thriller Writers titled: “Is Your Lawn Yelling at You? And Other Horrors of Writing Your First Novel.”   Saturday afternoon yard chores were the real victims of my procrastination, not my writing.


CF: Describe in your own words what the “Catholic imagination” is – or alternatively, what it means to be a “Catholic writer.”

SR: I think the Catholic imagination is the greatest asset for creative writing. I don’t want to be polemical here, well maybe I do, but so called “Christian” writing seems to have a need to hit the reader over the head with the Christian message. Catholic writers like Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Graham Greene tell great stories yet maintain their deeply spiritual Christian core.


CF: What three writers – alive or dead – would you like to invite to dinner?

SR:  Pope Francis, Graham Greene, and Ernest Hemingway. I think that would be a good time. By the way Hemingway named his boat after a Marian apparition that took place in Zaragoza, Spain . The apparition is known as Our lady Of Pillar. Pillar was the name of his boat. Hemingway would go to Zaragoza  for the bull fights.  He references his Catholic faith often in his writing.


CF: What would you serve them – appetizer, main course, dessert and drink?

SR:  Oysters on the half shell and calamari, Clams linguini, and ice cream sundaes with lots of whip cream and chocolate sauce.


CF: What is the “best thing” about being a writer?

AC: This is a tough question. I guess we all have inside of us something to say. Writing fiction allows me to express things that are important and interesting to me. It is gratifying when I feel somebody gets my message. I have been particularly moved by people who have told me they have begun to explore their faith again because of my book.  Saint John Paul II said often ‘To Christ through Mary”. His words are the heart and soul of my book.


CF: What is your latest book about?

SR: The Madonna Files is a contemporary religious thriller. What drives the narrative is the mysterious world of Marian apparitions. Appearances of the Blessed Mother at Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico  and Our Lady of Kibeho in Rwanda  all play  big roles.  The hero, a priest known as the “Miracle Detective” – he is the Vatican’s chief investigator into alleged supernatural events –  finds himself in the middle of a Vatican power struggle.  Additionally, our  hero priest had been tasked into looking into the alleged events taking place at Me?ugorje.  Me?ugorjeis controversial but, say what you want, it remains a fascinating unexplained event. Thankfully the Catholic Church has taken decisive action by investigating Medjugorje – a final ruling is imminent.


CF: What inspired you to write this story in the first place?

SR: In some ways the story was inspired by my conversion or return to the Catholic Church.  I encountered the incredible world of Marian apparitions and the supernatural which ultimately led me back to the Church – I had been away for a long time.  I became intrigued by this mysterious world both spiritually and intellectually.  I found I had no answers to explain Fatima or the miraculous events of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  I just felt this mysterious world of Marian apparitions – events that are hugely important to many Catholics – could make a good story.  There are many books about the Blessed Mother but I felt a need to tell Her story in a completely different way.


CF: Did you hold onto the idea for a long time before giving it shape, or did it come together in a flash?

SR: I blogged often at My website attracted a lot of traffic and eventually talented writers began to contribute to my website. This gave me confidence in my writing ability. I also had a lot of content that led me to start thinking how to take all the material and put it into a book.  I had a lot of moving parts and I thought fiction might be an interesting way to put all the pieces together.


CF: All fiction comes from a mix of past influences and impressions – things we’ve lived, seen, imagined, or read. Can you talk about some of the elements that came together to shape this particular fiction?

SR:  I have spent a lot of time racing sailboats on the ocean and so I thought it would be fun to have one of the heroes living on a boat.  Also most of my novel tales place in Washington, D.C., Annapolis, Md. and my hometown Alexandria, Va.  It was fun to move the characters around Washington D.C., and to put them on boats.


CF: What did you learn about yourself in writing this book?

SR:  I learned that writing is hard. To get each sentence to sound write, to capture the mood effectively, is really time consuming.  Maybe for some writers it comes easy. I tell people that writing is like real estate but instead of “Location, location, location” it is “Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.”  What I learned about myself is that deep in my heart I now know that the Catholic faith is beautiful, peaceful and eternal, and priests are the greatest people on earth.  God bless them.


CF: What was the most challenging aspect – a character, a plot point, etc. – of writing this book?

SR: As I said, the story has a lot of moving parts with a number of settings: Russia, the Vatican, Rwanda, Washington, D.C. – all within the framework of a love story. To bring things together was challenging.  Boy meeting girl in a plausible way took forever. At one point I almost gave up. I felt I could never get everything to fall into place and so I put my book down for over a month.


CF: Which characters in this book did you find most challenging to work with, and what was it like to write with them? Conversely, do you have any characters that came particularly easily to you?

SR: The most challenging character was the bad guy. What made it difficult was he believed he was a good Catholic. He was a Sedavantist who in his mind loved the Church, but felt Vatican II was leading the Church to ruin. He thought he was doing God’s work. The easiest character was one of the heroes. He was an avid sailor, and so that was fun to get some sailing jargon into my book.


CF: Creating a work of fiction is a spiritual journey in itself. Can you talk about your own spiritual life – realizations, doubts, crises, etc. – that came during the writing of this work?

SR:  I think I touched on this earlier. My story, in a very subtle way, is my spiritual journey and that is how the Blessed Mother led me to her Son. I am grateful for our wonderful popes who throughout the ages have had special devotions to the Blessed Mother. To find Christ though Mary is a very natural path as it turns out.


CF: Name one good habit you do have as a writer and would like to continue to cultivate.

SR: I grind. I will rewrite a paragraph until it sounds right to me.


CF: Name one bad habit you have as a writer that you would like to break.

SR: I am copy edit challenged. When in doubt about something I need to stop and spend some time researching my concerns.


CF: Name one good habit you would like to have as a writer and do not have at the moment.

SR: Discipline. I write when intriguing ideas take hold of me. Most great writers work on the “craft” of writing.  I wish I had that discipline.




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US Air Force Dumps “So help me God”, Russian Air Force Gives Jet Fighter to Head of Orthodox Church as “Gift”

In the category of   “You can’t make this up” something quite bizarre happened this week.

Washington Times reported that “Members of the U.S. Air Force will no longer be required to say “so help me God” during their enlistment oath. A legal review of rules that required the phrase occurred after the American Humanist Association threatened to sue on behalf of an atheist airman. ”
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Earlier this week Rueters reported : “MOSCOW (Reuters) – Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia’s far-east – a single-seater fighter jet SU-35.

Kirill was presented with the jet after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website on Tuesday.

The patriarch, with whom President Vladimir Putin has fostered increasingly close ties in recent years, addressed the workers on the importance of protecting Russia.

“Russia cannot be a vassal. Because Russia is not only a country, it is a whole civilization, it is a thousand-year story, a cultural melting-pot, of enormous power,” RIA news agency quoted him as saying.

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Malachi Martin:

Russia’s role in the Vision of Fatima is very important because if we’re to believe the Vision of Fatima, salvation for the world, the cure for the world ills, will start in the Ukraine and in Russia, and that was why the Virgin in the Fatima vision of 1917 was supposed to have spoken actively about Russia and that Russia first of all has to be cured of her errors and then she will help the entire world to get better and to cure itself of its sins. It’s a very bizarre message in that sense because one would have said that salvation was going to come from the West as we always think because we are Westerners, but no, according to the message of Fatima, salvation will come from the East, and particularly, from Ukraine and from the State of Russia itself, which is extraordinary.

US Open Tennis Champ Thanks Our Lady of Medjugorje

Marin Cilic arrived home in his hometown of Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a Grand Slam champion. Over 20,000 turned out to welcome Cilic back home for the celebrations.

“Thank you everyone, especially my parents and my loved ones, because without them this would not be possible,” Cilic said. “Thank You God and Our Lady of Medjugorje for showing me the path to take. I am delighted not only for myself but for the people around me who rejoiced in my success, and I hope there will be many more in the future.”

On Facebook, after the Davis Cup, Cilic looked forward to unwinding. “Thank you all for kind words, last 6-7 days were incredible for me, I am so happy that we managed to secure a victory in Davis Cup playoffs with such a young team. We are back in the World Group, where we belong. Thank you all for the support. Rest time has finally arrived.”

Sign of the Times: Head of Russian Orthodox Church Gets Fighter Jet as Gift

For The Religion Leader Who Has Everyhing: Patriarch Kirill, Head Of Russian Orthodox Church, Receives Fighter Jet
Posted: 09/16/2014 2:07 pm EDT Updated: 09/17/2014 2:59 pm EDT PATRIARCH KIRILL

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia’s far-east – a single-seater fighter jet SU-35.

Kirill was presented with the jet after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website on Tuesday.

The patriarch, with whom President Vladimir Putin has fostered increasingly close ties in recent years, addressed the workers on the importance of protecting Russia.

“Russia cannot be a vassal. Because Russia is not only a country, it is a whole civilization, it is a thousand-year story, a cultural melting-pot, of enormous power,” RIA news agency quoted him as saying.

“In order for us to be able to live a sovereign life, we must, if necessary, be able to defend our homeland.”

Kirill’s church is aligned with Putin’s drive to reunite the former Soviet sphere of countries, with the Russian Orthodox Church exerting considerable influence through its 165 million members in Russia and other former USSR republics.

Critics of the Russian Orthodox Church have said it is acting as a de-facto government ministry for Putin, including in foreign affairs, and have warned that such political engagements could backfire.

That also goes for Ukraine, where Kirill’s Moscow Patriarchate is at odds with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate that seceded from Moscow after Ukraine gained independence in 1991.

The Moscow Patriarchate dominates in the Russian-speaking East, where Ukrainian forces have been battling a pro-Russian separatist insurgency since April.

(Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Additional reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

8 Prophecies that Matter Today – Russia, the Virgin Mary, and the Catholic Church


  1. Catholic Prophecy

    Catholic Prophecy

       Pope Francis and the “Third World War” – “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction,” In recent months the Pope has called for an end to conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine, and parts of Africa.  The world today seems to be on fire with religious wars and historically epic ethnic violence.

  2.   Our Lady of Fatima – “ When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, 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 of the Holy Father. “To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. 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, 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.”   That Our Lady’s ‘Heart will triumph” calls into question what is in store for Protestants who dismiss the Mother of Christ.  Recently Ted Cruz, devout Christian and son of a Baptist preacher revealed his Christian Zionist leanings during a speech he gave to Middle Eastern Christians.  Middle Eastern Christian are much more devoted to the Blessed Mother than American Protestants.   Coptic Christians in Egypt have even authenticated a great Marian apparition that took place in Zeiton, Egypt.   Pay close attention to events in Russia and the Ukraine, they are connected to the prophecies of Fatima.

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  1. Padre Pio, the True Story – by C. Bernard Ruffin: p. 264. Padre Pio said “The Russian people will be converted. Their conversion will happen very fast. The conversion of the United States will be slow, but sure”.  Padre Pio also said “Yes, Russia will be converted, as the Blessed Virgin said she would. However, Russia will teach the United States a lesson in conversion.”
  2. Saint John  Paul II – “On the 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.” This is one of the most mysterious statements even spoken by  a Pope. It confirms Saint John Paul II’s belief in Fatima and that Her heart will triumph. These words should be of significant concern for American Protestants and should be meditated upon more frequently by Catholics as to their true meaning particularly during these times of rising religious conflicts around the world.
  3. Vladimir Putin’s cross – Putin  wears a cross around his neck that he claims as a miraculous story attached to it.  He lost it in a fire and impossibly it was later found.    The world underestimates the significance of Vladimir Putin’s faith and his devotion to the Blessed Mother. “The only thing that’s happened is we have exchanged places. Russia has adopted our economic, religious, and social worldviews from 200 years ago. They are quickly becoming what we once were…a Capitalistic, Christian nation. We are literally facing ourselves as we once were at the height of power.  How ironic it is that now it is we who are intimidated.”
  4. The mysterious rise of the Russia Orthodox faith and it growing influence with the Russia government.  Marc Bennets writes in the Washington Times : ” At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation. More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West.”  Putin’s words on faith have stunned the world. Media around the world including conservative religious magazines find themselves looking for words to describe the utterly unthinkable transformation of Russian society. As the United States Government is taking away religious freedoms, the Russian Government is suddenly funding the restoration of Orthodox Churches with public tax dollars.  Inaugural ceremonies are attended by black-cowled patriarchs armed with Holy water and incense.    Recently a Russian nuclear submarine, the Aleksandr Nevsky, was named after Russian Saint and fitted with Orthodox chapel. The submarine is now the second nuclear sub to be  equipped with a sanctuary alongside its ballistic missiles. The Aleksandr Nevsky, is the sixth military chapel consecrated into the Russia fleet.  On September 15,2014, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader  as he toured a factory in Russia’s far-east – a single-seater fighter jet SU-35.. Kirill was presented with the jet after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website .
  5. Virgin Mary the Queen of Peace at Medjugorje  - “Russia will come to glorify God the most; the West has made civilization progress but without God, and act as if they are their own creator. These words were said in 1981 to six visionaries at Medjugorje. At the time ‘Russia” was still the Soviet Union. Since the consecration of Russia by Pope John Paul II in 1984 the world has seen the collapse of Atheist Soviet Union and the rise of Russia Orthodoxy in the former communist country. This prophecy by the Virgin Mary has no equal in modern times.
    Mr. Leon Aron, writes in Foreign Policy Magazing:  ”Every revolution is a surprise. Still, the latest Russian Revolution must be counted among the greatest of surprises. In the years leading up to 1991, virtually no Western expert, scholar, official, or politician foresaw the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it one-party dictatorship, the state-owned economy, and the Kremlin’s control over its domestic and Eastern European empires.. Although there were disagreements over the size and depth of the Soviet system’s problems, no one thought them to be life-threatening, at least not anytime soon.”  Mr Aron says  that most foreign policy experts were  ”puzzled by its demise.” Aron writes “ One of the architects of the U.S. strategy in the Cold War, George Kennan, wrote that, in reviewing the entire “history of international affairs in the modern era,” he found it “hard to think of any event more strange and startling, and at first glance inexplicable, than the sudden and total disintegration and disappearance … of the great power known successively as the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union
  6. Queen of Peace at Medjugorje – August 25, 1991 “Dear Children! Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realized. satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in His decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children, to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to self-renunciation for nine days so that, with your help, everything that I desire to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima, may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to now grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realized. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


Strange times “In God We Trust” – Russia, Atheism, and the Shifting Sands in America

The origins of “In God We trust” as our national motto grew out of the Cold War and tensions with the Soviet Union.

From wiki:In 1956, the nation was at a particularly tense time in the Cold War, and the United States wanted to distinguish itself from the Soviet Union, which promoted state atheism.[17] As a result, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution “declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States.” The law was signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, and the motto was progressively added to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966.[14] (Public Law 84-851)[18] The United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, now states: “‘In God we trust’ is the national motto.” The motto wasn’t simply added in order to please God-fearing Americans, but instead had a political motivation. The mid- to late-1950s marked an escalation in the Cold War between the U.S., the Soviet Union, In an effort to claim moral superiority and demonize the communist Soviet Union, the U.S. drew on the association of communism with atheism. Placing “In God We Trust” on the U.S. dollar was a way to establish the United States as a Christian nation and differentiate them from their enemy.

But now many observers of Russian politics and society are beginning to notice a dramatic, even mysterious, shift towards a Christian spiritual awaking. This comes at a time when faith is regularly chased out of the public square in the United States by our elected representatives.

Today we see both President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dimity Medvedev, attending church regularly. They are both devout Russian Orthodox Christians who are often seen in public venerating the Virgin Mary and kissing blessed Icons of the Madonna. The startling spiritual revival in Russia is taking place at a time when a crisis of faith, precipitated by the clerical sex abuse catastrophe, is enveloping Christianity, both in Europe and the in the United States.

As the United States Government is taking away religious freedoms, the Russian Government is suddenly funding the restoration of Orthodox Churches with public tax dollars. Inaugural ceremonies are attended by black-cowled patriarchs armed with Holy water and incense. Russian Orthodox Bishops are regularly seen at military installations conducting religious ceremonies. Recently the Russian Orthodox Church gave its blessing to the men and women who control Russia’s nuclear weapons. Priests, led by Bishop Amvrosy of Bronnitsy, chanted prayers, burned incense, and sprinkled holy water on nuclear warheads and blessed the entire facility responsible for the storage and maintenance of the country’s nuclear arsenal. Recently a Russian nuclear submarine, the Aleksandr Nevsky, was named after Russian Saint and fitted with Orthodox chapel. The submarine is now the second nuclear sub to be equipped with a sanctuary alongside its ballistic missiles. The Aleksandr Nevsky, is the sixth military chapel consecrated into the Russia fleet. The other five were installed on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy cruiser Pyotr Veliky, Russian Navy sail training ship Kruzenshtern, guided missile cruiser Moskva, and nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine K-433 Svyatoy Georgiy Pobedonosets. And now Russia is in talks to set up naval bases in former Cold War allies Cuba and Vietnam as President Vladimir Putin undertakes the country’s biggest military overhaul since the Soviet era. Putin’s government plans to spend $712 billion this decade on defense spending, including 4.4 trillion rubles next year, an increase of 19 percent. In the article, Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent defense analyst in Moscow said that “There’s a lot of tension between Washington and Moscow right now as Syria is creating a lot of bad feeling between them said that “This will be seen by some in the U.S. as the Russian bear growling in its lair.”