Our Lady of Fatima continues to give graces and reassure us that She will Triumph.
Remember the miraculous rescue of the little Cuban boy by Our Lady in the shark infested waters 10 years ago?
(Please see the articles posted below with more details.)
Well, the "Miracle Rafter" Elian Gonzalez was miraculously rescued from the high seas ten years ago this Thanksgiving Day. Sadly, his mother and 19 other, drowned.
When America Needs Fatima took the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to his uncle's house ten years ago, the then five year old Elian exclaimed:
"She is the nice Lady that saved me, I saw Her, but She did not have that thing on Her head" (The Crown).
On Thursday, a press conference commemorating the event took place in his uncle house, which is now partly converted into a museum.
Our Lady rewarded Elian and his family with yet another important grace, for the totality of the news media showed up to the 10:30 A.M. news conference.
Newspaper, Radio, T.V. were present, along with a string of hundreds of people that constantly came by to commemorate and assure the Gonzales family of their prayers to Our Lady of Fatima.
The visitors and the media were rewarded with a picture of Elian and Our Lady Fatima (the one you see above), taken by the TFP-ANF Fatima Custodian at the time of the visit ten with the Pilgrim Statue 10 years ago.
On Thanksgiving Day at noon, six, and eleven o'clock, all the major news networks carried the interviews and coverage of the event.
Yesterday, Fox News Radio aired every half hour and on the hour an interview with TFP-ANF Fatima Custodian in which among the many things he mentioned the popularized statement constantly repeated by Elian's uncle, Delfin Gonzalez:
"Cuba's Satanic Communist regime may have his body, but they will never have his soul. His Guardian Angel, and Our Lady of Fatima, will always protect him."
“She Protected Me on the Water”
When TFP representatives brought the Pilgrim Virgin to visit Elian in 2000, he told them that Our Lady had protected him on the water.
On November 22, TFP supporter Sergio de Paz brought a pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the home where child Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez spent four short months. The six-year old boy was rescued at sea while escaping from Communist Cuba.
He became the center of a diplomatic battle which ended when he was forcefully removed by government officials in the predawn hours of Holy Saturday, 2000. After Elian was returned to Cuba, the home became a museum dedicated to him.
Mr. de Paz, who is also president of the Cuban organization Cubanos Desterrados, organized the event to commemorate the sixth anniversary of Elian’s rescue at sea, on Thanksgiving Day, 1999.
The boy’s great-uncles Lazaro and Delfin and his great-aunt Caridad, crowned the statue which is a replica of the miraculous image that shed tears in New Orleans in 1972.
The commemorative event held special significance for Elian’s relatives and was followed by a press conference, aired on many local TV channels, including Fox, Telemundo and Univision. During the press conference, Delfin recalled the statement made by Elian when TFP representatives brought the statue to visit him six years ago. While gazing at the statue, Elian said: "She is the nice lady that protected me for 24 hours on the water, but she did not have that thing [the crown] on her head."
Elian’s relatives also reiterated their firm belief that Our Heavenly Mother will protect him now in Cuba, until the coming of her reign, which she foresaw in Fatima when she said, "Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph!"
Where Is Elian’s Journey Leading Us?
Written by The American TFP
The steady stream of photos of a smiling Elian Gonzalez reunited with his father could well foster the impression of a happy ending to the sad story of this young Cuban refugee. Were one naive enough to believe this, one might well conclude that the entire matter was a tempest in a Miami teapot. Moreover, one would think that Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston was quite right when he said the whole thing was nothing but a circus with a simple solution: returning the boy to his father.1
With possession regarded as nine points of the law, Elian’s is a closed case for many Americans. All too soon, this family affair will be yesterday’s news. Father knows best, and Fidel – who in a candid moment described himself as the true father of all Cubans – will have won more than meets the eye for his “new look.” Cuba’s baseball team has already come to the United States to play the Orioles, and American tourists, in turn, are visiting the prison island in growing numbers. All’s well that ends well.
In this prevalent – if perverse – mindset, the valiant fight for Elian’s freedom is reduced to three elements: a nonsensical case of parental rights, an emotional group of aging anticommunist Cubans, and a government that overreacted by using armed force to solve the problem.
Is that its real meaning? Is that how we will see it when we look back years from now? Does the fact that Elian appears to be happy with his father and stepmother end the story? We’re not so sure. Before the final chapter is written and the camera lights go out, we have a few words to say.
What is the Real Issue? Returning a Child
to his Father, or Dealing with Cuba’s Stark Reality?
Of course, if the Elian case really concerned only the father’s rights, there would have been no case – and no story to consume so much printer’s ink and radio and television airtime.
Behind the question of the father looms the larger problem of the fatherland, or rather, the unrepentant communist dictatorship. That decrepit despotism lies at the heart of the matter – and everyone knows it.
A courageous group of priests on the island recently declared that Castro’s regime shows “diabolical efficacy” in its domination of the Cuban people.2 Even the United Nations Human Rights Commission has again condemned Cuba for its human rights violations.3
There is no freedom in that island prison, where the most basic civil liberties – the freedom to practice one’s faith, to own property, to associate with friends of one’s choosing, to express one’s opinions openly, to travel in safety – are routinely denied.
Elian’s return to Cuba – forced or voluntary – cannot alter that fundamental reality. By holding on to him, the Cuban-American community was fighting to defend him from a police state whose constitution decrees that “the formation of the communist personality of youths and children” belongs, not to the parents, but to the government.4
Let Justice be Restored in Cuba and We Will Restore Friendly Ties
If, like Cuban-Americans, all Americans had a family member languishing in a Cuban prison (well out of sight of free-spending tourists), we would soon join the anti-Castro chorus of our Cuban-American brothers and sisters. And instead of inviting Castro’s baseball team to come and play in our cities, we would demand that Castro liberate our kinfolk before any improvement in relations. We would settle for nothing less.
If, like Cuban-Americans, all Americans had relatives subjected to the stifling oppression in Cuba, earning a pittance for their hard labors, eating whatever rations are distributed, while being forced to proclaim their allegiance to Marxist doctrine and policies, would we tolerate any cozying up to Castro?
Of course not. Rather, the American people would rise up as one to demand that the regime branded by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the “shame of our time”5 be overthrown, and that freedom, private property, free enterprise, and family life be restored
If every American family had a relative in such demeaning and unnatural conditions, would anyone dare raise the question of loosening – much less lifting – the embargo against so cruel a regime? Obviously, no. The only acceptable option would be the total restoration of a free society under the rule of law.
We must Steer Clear of this “Psy-war” Maneuver!
A crafty maneuver of revolutionary psychological warfare is under way, seeking to exploit the good-hearted sentiments for which Americans are renowned and blind our eyes to a rabid wolf in sheep’s clothing. We are expected to accept as a legitimate ruler a blood-stained despot – the unelected “President” Castro – while closing our eyes to steps designed to normalize relations with his police state. In short, we are being asked to endorse the Neville Chamberlains of our day—or at least to look the other way at their betrayal.
Would we have agreed to cozy up to Hitler in 1944? Unthinkable!
We must not forget that to uphold the principles of freedom, America waged wars against Nazism and its evil twin, Communism, sacrificing legions of her sons.
Are we not the same America? Why should we renounce our principles and convictions now? The very principles that made America great?
The American TFP does not believe our nation will so dishonor itself. Rather, we cherish an abiding hope, nurtured in faith, that we will defeat these psy-war intrigues and work to restore the sound principles of our nation’s glorious past that have made America known across the globe as the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Our future – and the future of the world – depends to a great degree on our faithfulness to that heritage.
We turn our thoughts and prayers to God Almighty and to Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, who watches over Cuba as its patron saint. Divine Providence saved Elian from the shark-infested waters of the Florida Straits. May Our Lady and Her Divine Son intervene soon to liberate the millions of “Elians” still groaning under the communist yoke and, above all, to keep America faithful to its noble ideals.
The American TFP
April 26, 2000