This installment, the 13th part of my book Constant Procession, finds a post-war world even more at odds with itself. The allied victors quickly became enemies.
Concerns by the victors about rebuilding the defeated countries in terms of physical destruction and governing systems mounted quickly—a result of diverging philosophical approaches to replace the Nazi Party’s political control of the lands it had conquered in Europe.
In Chapter 22, entitled “Unheeded Prayers,” the remaining Fatima Seer, Sister Lucia, brings the Pope requests made to her by the Virgin Mary during the apparition she experienced in Portugal in 1917. Recalling what the Madonna told Sister Lucia: “If you pay heed to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, Russia will spread her errors through the world, causing wars and persecutions against the Church. Many will suffer martyrdom, and the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and several nations will disappear.”
Unfortunately, little action was taken to honor this prayer request, and the possibility for peace became a lost opportunity. Consequently, Stalin and his Communist Party became the new power on the ground in Europe.
These armed victors moved quickly into the political vacuum across the war-torn lands. Their efforts gained ground, especially in Eastern Europe, as they aggressively encouraged civil wars, after which they installed puppet governments under the shadow of Communist influence.
Before long, fear and intimidation overcame peaceful transitions, and the liberties found in more open societies vanished.
Chapter 23, A Society Without God, reflects on the environment in the sphere of Soviet influence, where people lived in a world without social liberty and Bibles were banished. The experience of a Seventh-Day Adventist reveals the level of suppression people of faith endured in those times.
Chapter 24, Hot Pursuit in a Cold War, explains how the Communists, with increasing confidence, took down religion. With huge armies still deployed in Europe and the newly acquired power of atomic weapons, the victors squared off using new battle techniques. The “Great Return” found fierce resistance in France as the communists gained control of the political machine. In Hungary, however, the procession yielded fruit until it, too, was run aground.
Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.
Installments 50-92 are an extended series of additional stories about the history of the Virgin Mary that are not found in the book.
The origin of these podcasts is my book Constant Procession. Constant Procession: The Podcast is published on this site every Tuesday morning, along with an electronic version of the book.
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The initial podcasts (Installments 1-49) include the entire book. Each installment runs about seven minutes in length.
I have been following this team of bikers who have spent the last month traveling on a course following in the pattern of the letter “M” (for the Virgin Mary) through France. They have just completed the final leg of their trip ending at the La Salette apparition site. The Virgin Mary appeared to Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud there in 1846.