The Trouble with Marian Apparitions

 Mary, the Mother of God, is said to have appeared to many people over the years. One of which was the apparations at Fatima to three children in 1917.  But looking at the transcripts, one is left with the lingering sense of "what the fuck!?"

First off, sending Mary to appear to children is a bit like Bill Gates sending his mother to tell an employee that their department is under-performing, and the big guy upstairs is getting pissed off.

But aside from that, if we look at the transcripts, as I said, it gets even harder to believe. In fact, if these transcripts were provided to Christians from Muslims who claimed they were spoken by Mohammad (or his mother, Aminah bint Wahb) while he (or she) appeared to three shepherds, not a single Christian on the planet would take them seriously.  

For example, one of the children apparently asks Mary where some people they know have landed after they died, and Mary lets them know they're not all love'n it in the Golden Arches of Heaven.

"And Amelia?"
She is in purgatory.
Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? And for the conversion of sinners?
REALLY?? "You're friends in purgatory, now are you gonna suffer what my master wants or not!?" And didn't Jesus's crucifixion "atone for all the sins that offend Him?" How much more "suffering" does he need? And what's that say about purgatory, or even hell?

To this request, the children reply:

"Oh, we will, we will!"
REALLY?? Talk about Stockholm Syndrome! How is this not coerced? How is this not a battered wife syndrome, or learned helplessness behavior? What find of a "father" wants his own children to suffer for the "sins" being committed against him by his other children? What the Fuck!!!??

Then Mary assures them of just how horrible they can expect it to be (but Christians want people to "love life" nevertheless):
Then you will have a great deal to suffer, but the grace of God will be with you and will strengthen you.
That's awfully nice of God to give His grace to us while he makes us suffer. What a pal!

The kids then ask:

"Will you take us to heaven?"
Yes, I shall take Jacinta and Francisco soon, but you will remain a little longer, since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart.

What?! What the hell kind of Ego trip is this? Mary needs to be known? Isn't she already known? So, she wants to be the Paris Hilton of religious mothers? 
 
"Must I remain in the world alone?"
Not alone, my child, and you must not be sad. I will be with you always, and my Immaculate Heart will be your comfort and the way which will lead you to God.
Wait a second! I thought Jesus was "the way" that leads people to God? She never even mentions Jesus. Instead, it's all about her own "Immaculate Heart." Something seems rotten in Denmark.

Then they record this:


"The moment she said the last words, opening her hands, She transmitted to us, for the second time, the reflection of that intense light. In it we felt we were submerged in God. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in that part of the light which was rising to Heaven, and I in the part spreading over the earth. In front of the palm of Our Lady's right hand was a heart encircled with thorns which appeared to pierce it. We understood it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary offended by the sins of mankind, craving reparation."

WTF????? First, mankind must worry about offending God, now it has to worry about offending the Immaculate Heart of Mary on top of that? Does the fact that Mary now "craves reparations" for the sins of mankind mean people can expect to have a hell of a lot longer sentences in Purgatory?  

In July of 1917, Mary allegedly says..

"You must come here every month, and in October I will tell you who I am and what I want. I will then perform a miracle so that all may believe."

But again.. WTF? If there's a World Wide War going on, why not "perform a miracle so that all may believe" in the first place, in order to stop that war, instead of insisting that these children continue to come, every month, to a place so Mary can let the world know all about her "Immaculate Heart" and how offended she is? How does this seriously make any damn sense to people? 

 Then the transcript say...
Thus assured, Lucia began to place before the Lady the petitions for help that so many had entrusted to her. The Lady said gently that she would cure some, but others she would not cure.
"And the crippled son of Maria da Capelinha?"
No, neither of his infirmity nor of his poverty would he be cured, and he must be certain to say the Rosary with his family every day.
 Really?!?! So, she has the power to cure, but decides it's best to only cure some, and then perform a miracle, so that everyone will "believe." Ya know what would REALLY make sense? Cure everyone! How about that for a "miracle" that would "make people believe"?!

AND.. why exactly must Maria's son "be certain to say the Rosary with his family every day," if you just told her God has no intention of helping this kid out of his infirmity or his poverty? Why are Christians so okay with this? And if you ask them why, the emotional gesticulations they will employ attempting to defend the "morality" of such a 'Mother" toward her children are truly frightening.

I mean, if this is a measure of how Mother Mary is toward her children, she seems more like Susan Smith , the South Carolina woman who drowned her 14 month old son Alex and 3 year old son Michael by driving her car into a lake in 1994.

Again.. Mary is alleged to have said....
Another case recommended by Lucia to the Lady's assistance was a sick woman from Atougia who asked to be taken to heaven.
Tell her not to be in a hurry. Tell her I know very well when I shall come to fetch her.
Make sacrifices for sinners, and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
 AGAIN... the offenses are committed agaisnt Mary here, NOT God or Jesus? I smell a rat.

Mary then allegedly says at some point... 

You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. It is to save them that God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace.

 Well, MAYBE, just MAYBE, when Jesus died on the cross, and supposedly reopened the gates of heaven that had been shut when Adam and Eve fell from grace... MAYBE, if God REALLY wanted to "save" "the souls of poor sinners," he could've CLOSED THE GATES OF HELL at the same time.

And by "poor" do we mean income bracket? Because if we look around America (and even the world, by and large) the kind of "economic" kingdom being set up by Christians clearly puts the "poor" in hell alright!

And then there's this..
 
This war will end (meaning WW I), but if men do not refrain from offending God, another and more terrible war will begin during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night that is lit by a strange and unknown light [this occurred on January 28, 1938], you will know it is the sign God gives you that He is about to punish the world with war and with hunger, and by the persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. 

So... for the "sins of the world," the same sins that God heaped upon his son Jesus with a savage torture and killing, Mary is saying God is going to punish NOT only the world (he promised no more world wide floods, remember, but he left on the table the option of world wide war, or two, or three, or...)  but more specifically, his own Church and Pontiff?!?! 

God, in other words, is going to torture HIS FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS, according to this passage, for the "sins of the world," in the same way he tortured and killed his own son for the same thing. 

The TRUE miracle here is that Christians never ONCE think to EVER question ANY of this! EVER! 

But change the names, and tell them it's a transcript of Mary to a Muslim girl, and Christians around the world would find even the slightest spelling or grammatical error as proof enough that the entire thing is nothing but a complete fraud. 

 

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