The True Secret
by Leo Madigan
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Quality Softcover
Size: 20cm X 13cm
Illustrations: 11 B & W
Content suitability (Age): 16-up
Why is Fatima pre-eminent among the Church approved Marian apparitions?
Is it because Fatima has such wholehearted approval of the Popes?
Is it because the message of Fatima reinforces all Catholic teaching?
Is it because its Muslim name is a powerful call to interfaith unity?
Fatima is all of these things, certainly, but above and beyond them it has an apocalyptic grandeur.
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Why Fatima? is designed to show Fatima’s true place in the history of divine apparitions; it is not concerned with conspiracy theories or the supposed date the world will end.
As the author says, ‘Fatima carries the weight of every prophecy conceived in heaven – gentle yet firm, simple yet epic, gracious in mercy yet uncompromising and absolute.’
It is a prophecy brought by the Queen of Prophets to generations at the outmost ebb of religion.
It carries the weight of every prophecy ever conceived in heaven, gentle yet firm, simple yet epic, gracious in mercy yet uncompromising and absolute.
It is the prophecy which warns that all prophecy is about to be fulfilled.
Francis Phillips reviews Why Fatima? The True Secret, by Leo Madigan
"Leo Madigan is not concerned with conspiracy theories or the supposed date the world will end. His slim volume, essentially a long essay, is designed to show Fatima’s true place in the history of divine apparitions; as he says, 'Fatima carries the weight of every prophecy conceived in heaven – gentle yet firm, simple yet epic, gracious in mercy yet uncompromising and absolute.' "
As Francis Phillips points out in the review above this is really a long essay. The idea for it came in the parish church of Nelson, New Zealand, when I was there in January 2004. The then parish priest, Fr Edmund Little, now deceased, gave one of his superb scripture- based sermons which set thoughts which had lain latent for a long time in motion. I set them down and, although feeling somewhat out of my league, sought the opinion of several trusted critics who, instead of telling me to get back in my pram as I had expected, suggested pamphlet publication. It has been reprinted a couple of times and I am continually surprised at the reception its gets.
I guess one of my primary reasons for publishing was that I was sick of commentators on Fatima, many of them worthy scholars and clergy, going on about ‘secrets’ and enlarging on Our Lady’s prophecies. The whole point of a secret is that it is secret. If someone confides something to you and makes it clear that it is for your ears only then it is no business of mine. There is a natural curiosity, of course, but like temptations to pride, avarice, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth, I must eschew that curiosity as unseemly. To presume I have a right to be privy to the secret is, apart from anything else, an affront to the imparter. If the affront is in proportion to the dignity of the imparter, then I wonder if the scramble to delve into the secrets of Fatima before they have been disclosed, isn’t one of the offenses against the Immaculate Heart that we have been asked to make reparation for.
Anyway, I tried to leave out the momentarily sensational, and the treacly devotion, and bring to the fore what many see as the primary place of Fatima in the whole scope of Heaven’s dealings with man.
To what degree that has been achieved is up to a reader to decide, but if it gets one using faculties to explore the Fatima phenomenon prayerfully then I am humbled and grateful.
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