Dear friends and enemies of Stilum Curiae, we are very happy to receive and publish a short comment by Don Alberto Strumia to the consecration that took place yesterday in Fatima by the Portuguese and Spanish bishops of their countries to the Virgin, in such a dramatic moment for the world and for 'Europe. And once again we become part of the desire of many Italian faithful that a similar gesture is also made by our bishops. Enjoy the reading.
The recitation of the Holy Rosary which was held on the day of the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Fatima, ended with the triple act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, of Portugal, pronounced by Card. Marto - visibly moved - in union with the Bishops of other Churches scattered throughout the world, was of an absolutely touching religious intensity.
In a moment of emergency like that of the current pandemic triggered by the notorious Covid-19, knowing how to re-cling to the Heart of the Mother of God is the testimony that discriminates against those who still have the true Catholic faith from those who have been overwhelmed by resignation. There are no middle ground, possible compromise roads.
And at the same time it was sad and painful to have to ascertain the total absence of a signal, at least of remote communion, on the part of the Italian ecclesial community. Our Bishops, also solicited by many requests, sent to them by e-mail, starting from the initiative promoted by this blog , signed by dr. Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, have not shown the slightest sensitivity in the face of the request to join, as an Italian Church, to that extraordinary act of renewal of the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I can not even remotely think that this was done out of malice - in case only God will be able to judge - not being able to doubt the sincerity and kindness of several of them that I personally know. Rather, I must think that this is further proof of our still fragile faith that the Lord wanted to ask of us. The thought went to me - and at the beginning of the thought it cannot be commanded - at that passage of the Old Testament that speaks of Moses who cannot convince the Pharaoh of Egypt to let the people of Israel leave, enslaved in that country. In that passage it is God himself who says: "I will harden the heart of Pharaoh" (Ex 7,3). But immediately afterwards it is also said: "I will multiply my signs and my wonders".
I await with full confidence that, precisely and also through these and other tests for our faith, the Lord will obtain a true conversion for all our people. The system is jumping at all levels and, even the Church, which up until a few years ago had ruled, is now yielding to us in its public visibility; but not in the most hidden part of the minds and hearts of many lay faithful and clergy.
If you want, there is still time to perform in Italy an act similar to what happened in Fatima, thus renewing what was done by Pius XII in 1942.
In any case, at least individually, if the Italian Bishops are silent, entrenching behind the initials of the CEI - almost as if the episcopal conferences were bodies of divine law, instituted by Christ (!) - the individual lay people will be able to perform, even repeatedly, an act of individual or community consecration, even from a distance. And the priests will be able to consecrate their parishes in their private celebrations behind closed doors, like those of the Upper Room ("while the doors of the place where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came", Jn 20:19) to consecrate their parishes , their religious communities, the groups of faithful entrusted to them. I am sure that many will and will do well to make it known on friends blogs , like this and many others. It will be an example for everyone!Veni Sancte Spiritus, come for Mariam!