Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Commentary on "A Fatima Soliloquy"

A Fatima Soliloquy
With Commentary and Explanation
Based on a Famous Scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet
Mark J. Wyatt, January 18th, 2006

To consecrate or not to: that is the question:

The basic issue addressed is whether to follow Heavens request to consecrate Russia.

Whether ‘tis wiser to pander to Russia,
And continue a stalemate, nay, a threat increasing,
Or armed with faith and Mary’s assistance,
Oppose the error and convert them? Act not: to concede;

A struggle ensued starting with Pius XI and through at least John Paul II. The struggle regards negotiations, ecumenical gestures, etc. between Russia and the Vatican. In Hamlet, “to sleep” is to close ones eyes to the evil in front of them. It is an attempt to escape from it. “To die” is the actual consequence, i.e., not just to sleep. And in death, an unknown is entered into, where the evil one is trying to escape may in fact torment one worse. Here, instead of “to sleep”, the attempt to escape [the need to consecrate or the evils of Russia] is in the form of “not Act”ing, i.e., finding reasons not to perform the consecration. The actual consequence is in fact “to concede” or make concessions to the evil one is trying to escape, i.e., conceding to Russia’s demand not to perform the consecration, and identify her evils. If the consecration is performed, it is promised that Russia will convert.

No out; and by concede to say we end
The separation ecumenism desires to repair
The solution of man, ‘tis a consummation
Naively to be wish’d. Act not: to concede;

There is no way to escape the need for the consecration. The ecumenical dialogue will fail, as Heaven has already layed the solution at our feet (the consecration). Man’s solutions (i.e., ecumenicism in the face of this, political negotiations, etc.) are naïve in face of the request from Heaven.

To concede: perchance to bear fruit: ay, there’s the rub;
In that concession of lies what chaff may be rife
When we have relinquished this consecration,
Must give us pause: An act of faith
That can bear great effect if acted upon;

Still, sparing Russia the consecration was considered a number of times, over the request for consecration. Clearly the popes involved felt it would pay off, but acting in faith to a message from heaven would have greater positive effect. Conceding to Russia may lead to many ills (detailed in the next passage, and here expressed as chaff being rife, i.e., much chaff among the wheat, to be seperated). These are among the errors Russia has spread for not performing the consecration.

For who would bear the threats and actions of error,
Those errors of Russia, the atheist’s materialism,
The pangs of rejected offers, the law’s delay,
The Pharisee’s hypocrisy and rejection
Christ’s Church continually abides with love,
When compromise may be enacted
With a simple concession?

Why risk these ills, if perhaps a compromise can be reached?

Why consecrate Russia,
Reversing pacts sweated and wearied for,

Consecrating Russia risks reversing the work of negotiation, ecumenicism, etc., already accomplished and in the works.

But for the prophecy of continued aggrandizement,
The further conveyance of errors from whose seed,
The world will knowingly suffer, these forcing the will
And leading to the revealed belated consecration

But it cannot be escaped that in fact a message from Heaven was given, and it promised Russia’s errors would spread, the world will suffer, and ultimately the consecration would be performed (though late, i.e., belated).

Than compromise further and lose yet more souls?

Unfortunately, it was prophesized that the consecration would be too late, leading to the loss of many souls (falling as snowflakes into hell).

Thus uncertainty makes for hesitation;
And fear of acting in a manner unsound,
Drains the courage needful to act with simple faith,
And occasions granted from heaven,
Slip away like sand, and through delay and refusal,
Abate the favors to be obtained.
<-- Hail thee, Mary! >

The indecision, lack of courage and certainty, the inability to act in simple faith has meant the world has lost its great opportunity (occasion), and through delay and refusal, the favors from Heaven abated (lessened).

-- Hail thee, Mary!
Sinless Virgin! Our Mother, in thy prayers,
Remember we sinners and our Vicar.

In Hamlet, after this soliloquy, Hamlet rejects Ophelia. What of the request of Mary?


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