Miracle - Safe in the Midst of Hiroshima Nuclear Blast !!
Dr. Stephen A. Rinehart & Dr. Richard F. Hubbell
was a home eight blocks (about 1 kilometer) from where the
A-Bomb went off in Hiroshima Japan. This home had a church
attached to it which was completely destroyed, but the home
survived, and so did the eight German Jesuit missionaries
who prayed the rosary in that house faithfully every day.
These men were missionaries to the Japanese people, they were
non-military, but because Germany and Japan were allies during
WWII they were permitted to live and minister within Japan
during the war. Not only did they all survive with (at most)
relatively minor injuries, but they all lived well past that
awful day with no radiation sickness, no loss of hearing,
or any other visible long term defects or maladies. Naturally,
they were interviewed numerous times (Fr. Schiffer, a survivor,
said over 200 times) by scientists and health care people
about their remarkable experience and they say "we believe
that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima.
We lived and prayed the rosary daily in that home." Of
course the secular scientists are speechless and incredulous
at this explanation - and they are sure there is some "real"
explanation - but at the same time over 55 years later the
scientists are still absolutely bamboozled when it comes to
finding a plausible scenario to explain the missionary's unique
escape from the hellish power of that bomb.
FR. SCHIFFER OF HIROSHIMA
by Fr. Paul Ruge, O.F.M.I.
At 2:45 a.m. on August 6, 1945, a B-29
bomber took off from the island of Tinian to drop the first
atomic bomb on Japan. At 8:15 a.m. the bomb exploded eight
city blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady's Assumption
in Hiroshima. Half a million people were annihilated. However,
the church and four Jesuit fathers stationed there survived:
Fathers Hugo Lassalle, Kleinsorge, Cieslik and Schiffer. (RH
note - all other accounts state clearly that there were eight
Jesuits stationed in this home not four - and it is well known
that all eight survived - the author of this present article
apparently only had the names of four of them, for instance
Fr. Arrupe is left out of the list - and at this writing,
I have not been able to find the names of the other three
Jesuits. end of note.) According to the experts they "ought
to be dead," being within a one-mile radius of the explosion.
Nine days later on August 15, Feast of Our Lady's Assumption,
U.S. forces were ordered to cease fire.
This is the incredible story of the
late Fr. Hubert Schiffer, as retold by Fr. Paul Ruge. 
I met Fr. Schiffer in the late 70s at the Tri-City Airport
in Saginaw, Michigan, as he was going to give a talk for the
Blue Army Novena/Triduum. As I chauffeured him around he told
me stories of his life, especially of the atomic explosion
at Hiroshima. On the morning of August 6, 1945, he had just
finished Mass, went into the rectory and sat down at the breakfast
table, and had just sliced a grapefruit, and had just put
his spoon into the grapefruit when there was a bright flash
of light. His first thought was that it was an explosion in
the harbor (this was a major port where the Japanese refueled
Then, in the words of Fr. Schiffer:
"Suddenly, a terrific explosion filled the air with one
bursting thunderstroke. An invisible force lifted me from
the chair, hurled me through the air, shook me, battered me,
whirled me 'round and 'round like a leaf in a gust of autumn
wind." The next thing he remembered, he opened his
eyes and he was laying on the ground. He looked around and
there was NOTHING in any direction: the railroad station and
buildings in all directions were leveled to the ground.
The only physical harm to himself was that he could feel a
few pieces of glass in the back of his neck. As far as he
could tell, there was nothing else physically wrong with himself.
Many thousands were killed or maimed by the explosion. After
the conquest of the Americans, their army doctors and scientists
explained to him that his body would begin to deteriorate
because of the radiation. Many of the Japanese people had
blisters and sores from the radiation. To the doctors amazement,
Fr. Schiffer's body contained no radiation or ill-effects
from the bomb. Fr. Schiffer attributes this to devotion to
the Blessed Mother, and his daily Fatima Rosary. He feels
that he received a protective shield from the Blessed Mother
which protected him from all radiation and ill-effects. (This
coincides with the bombing of Nagasaki where St. Maximilian
Kolbe had established a Franciscan Friary which was also unharmed
because of special protection from the Blessed Mother, as
the Brothers too prayed the daily Rosary and also had no effects
from the bomb.)
Links (all links were working in May
From Glenn (pictures of Hiroshima after
From Matt (accounts from survivors):
From Dr. Stephen Rinehart (info on
the US decision to drop the bomb & military issues):
follows is Dr. Stephen Rinehart's commentary - presented in
two parts since we corresponded on the subject of the Hiroshima
atomic bomb blast over a few days. You may wonder why I contacted
Stephen in the first place. Within the U.S. Department of
Defense (where we both work - albeit at different locations
and for different services), Stephen is widely recognized
as international expert in this field. So in order to give
you some insight into his professional background - in addition
to his commentary - he has kindly provided us a brief resume
- which I have attached to the conclusion of his commentary.
I originally contacted Stephen to see if he would please give
us a description (from physics) of the conditions that exisited
at the Jesuit's home, estimated to be one kilometer from the
estimated 15-20 kiloton atomic blast at Hiroshima.
Stephen is also a wonderful Catholic,
and is very devoted to Our Lady and the Holy Rosary.
....his comments follow...
Richard, I will check but quick calculation
says at 1 kilometer the bulk temperature was in excess of
20,000 to 30,000 degrees F (transients in microseconds greater
than 100,000F perhaps as high as 1,000,000 F within 1 kilometer
- depends on construction details and you are inside the fireball)
and the blast wave would have hit at sonic velocity with pressures
on building (at one kiolmeter) greater than 600 psi. and buildings
were demolished over a mile from epicenter. The "fireball
diameter" is probably on the order of two to four kilometers
(depends on certain definitions). No way any human could have
survived nor should anything have left been standing at one
kilometer. Yet, at about ten to fifteen kilometers I saw the
brick walls standing from an elementary school (some phasing
due to bomb's pineapple construction) and I think there were
a few badly burned survivors at ten to fifteen kilometers
(all - except the Jesuits - died within fifteen years of some
form of cancer). Also, I think they were Jesuits that were
near epicenter and a panorama view from epicenter at Shima
Hospital did show some kind of two story house totally intact
(at least from what I could make out and it look to me the
windows were in place!?). Also there was a church with walls
still standing but roof gone a few hundred yards away!? DOD
never commented officially on this and I suspect it was classified
and never discussed in open literature. I think it is possible
the Jesuits were asked not to say anything either at the time.
The Hiroshima atomic bomb was an airblast
burst (i.e., detonated at altitude between 600 yds. to 1000
yds.) as opposed to an atomic ground burst (i.e., designed
to crater a certain area – possibly against deeply buried
targets). Two of these types of weapons were built and the
other was dropped on Nagasaki. The third weapon was larger
and intended for a ground blast [Tokyo Harbor?] but was never
used on Japan and no target ever identified. The bombing order
was against cities not specific military targets. The cities
selected were Kyoto, Hiroshima, Yokohama, and Nagasaki.
In reviewing the damage patterns and
blast characteristics of the Hiroshima blast, it appears this
weapon was detonated at a height of 0.6 to 1.0 kilometers
[Highest probable fireball diameter is about 1.4 kilometers].
This weapon was detonated at this height to produce the maximum
damage area from the fireball (maximum sustained fire/airblast
damage from the propagating temperatures and airblast pressures
in the shock wave front). However, the epicenter was not the
area with the greatest damage since the weapon was designed
to “spread the fireball effects” over a wide area.
The strongest building [steel reinforced frame] was the Hiroshima
Bank building which was gutted inside by fire 250 meters from
hypocenter of bomb but its walls remained standing but the
window frames were blown away.
The overriding conclusion from my review
of the weapon effects at Hiroshima is that this weapon was
intentionally designed and deployed to kill or maim as many
humans as possible in residential housing (or unprotected
outside) over the widest possible area for the weapon’s
size (while minimizing radiation effects from contaminated
debris being thrown up into atmosphere). Since much of the
Hiroshima industrial capacity was also located in unreinforced
brick structures this type of airblast would also destroy
any unreinforced masonry or brick buildings. One of the most
flammable items on a person is their hair and clothing.
Much of the clothing at this time was cotton (or blended cotton)
which would be considered highly flammable. I suddenly came
to the realization that the intent of propagating a fireball
at this height was to be able to set fire to a person’s
clothing (and all types of fabrics) at relatively long distances
from the blast’s epicenter. The airblast would be felt
for miles (blowing out windows and damaging most all structures
by cracking the walls) and terrorize the remaining population.
Hence, the description by those who survived of seeing burned
bodies everywhere (or charred skeletons) and skin that was
shredded into strips is consistent with the bombing order
to hit a populated city in the center without specific regard
to military objectives [See Remarks - located four paragraphs
It appears the Jesuits (at one kilometer
from the geometric epicenter) had greater than 90% probability
of being outside the atomic bomb’s “plasma”
since it was an airburst but they were on the “hairy
edge”. Depending on the actual height of detonation,
the Jesuits must have had the edge of the fireball literally
outside their window. Assuming they were just outside of the
plasma, their residence should still have been utterly destroyed
(temp > 2000 F and airblast pressures > 100 psi). In
contrast, unreinforced masonry or brick walls (representative
of commercial construction) are destroyed at 3 psi, which
will also cause ear damage and burst windows. At ten psi,
a human will experience severe lung and heart damage, burst
eardrums and at 20 psi your limbs can be blown off. Your head
will be blown off by 40 psi and no residential or unreinforced
commercial construction would be left standing. At 80 psi
even reinforced concrete is heavily damaged and no human would
be alive because your skull would be crushed All the cotton
clothes would be on fire at 350 F (probably at 275F) and your
lungs would be inoperative within a minute breathing air (even
for a few seconds) at these temperatures.
Conclusion: There are no physical laws
to explain why the Jesuits were untouched in the Hiroshima
airblast. There is no other actual or test data where a structure
such as this was not totally destroyed at this standoff distance
by an atomic weapon. All who were at this range from the epicenter
should have received enough radiation to be dead within at
most a matter of minutes if nothing else happened to them.
There is no known way to design a uranium-235 atomic bomb,
which could leave such a large discrete area intact while
destroying everything around it immediately outside the fireball
(by shaping the plasma).
From a scientific viewpoint, what happened
to those Jesuits at Hiroshima still defies all human logic
from the laws of physics as understood today (or at any time
in the future). It must be concluded that some other (external)
force was present whose power and/or capability to transform
energy and matter as it relates to humans is beyond current
comprehension. >From the standpoint of the current universal
“string” theory in physics (relating atomic scale
effects to macroscopic world)
it suggests that the physical “strings” (i.e.,
bodies) of the Jesuits and the “energy strings”
representing the house’s physical matter) were either
transformed at the moment of the blast into an opposing energy
field (to cancel the weapon effects and then transformed back
on a time scale totally imperceptible to humans) or an enormous
external force field was present which precisely cancelled
the weapon’s effects over the totally irregular geometry
of the residential house including protecting the occupants.
Either way it is a plausibility argument for the existence
of a Creator who left his “calling card” at Hiroshima.
Remarks: In 1921, a group of German
optics and mechanical designers were sent from Bausch (in
Germany) to Tokyo, Japan to design the optics from periscopes,
bomb sites, binoculars, microscopes, precision machining [aircraft
engines] as well as a new generation of advanced fighters
and heavy bombers [Kate]. That’s right, the concept
of the Japanese “Zero” and twin-engine bombers
was secretly on the drawing boards in the late 1920s by German
designers. Coincidentally, in 1921 German Jesuits showed up
in Japan! In addition, Herbert Smith [famous aircraft designer
for Sopwith] was asked by Mitsubishi to come to Japan in 1921
to design the world’s first carrier fighter. It was
called the Type 10 and was tested at a facility near Hiroshima.
The German families (and most of the German designers) did
not know the real agenda of their Governments at the time.
In the late 1920s, the concept for large aircraft carriers
[to accommodate the Zero] were also being drawn and work was
initiated on Japan’s atomic bomb. In 1923, a massive
earthquake stuck Tokyo causing widespread destruction. I believe
this earthquake set the Japanese war effort back two full
years in recovering and much of this design effort was relocated
to Hiroshima, Honshu and Nagasaki. Hiroshima had much heavy
shipbuilding/aircraft manufacturing and was a key site in
development of Japan’s aircraft carriers as well as
engine/weapons development. In addition, there was a large
University for mechanical engineering. (The speculation being
that a full-scale WWII was planned by Japan and Germany and
should have started in 1939). As a possible consequence of
this 1923 earthquake, Japan was not yet ready to enter WWII
in 1939 (in a worldwide coordinated attack because it lacked
trained aircraft carrier pilots and the Zero’s production
was just starting) when Hitler attacked Poland [Hitler decided
not to wait but to sign a peace treaty with Russia, England
and the US to keep them off guard until Japan could finish
its aircraft carriers and train carrier pilots]. This however
permitted the Allies valuable time in preparing for WWII (especially
in the US). By late 1940, naval intelligence had identified
Pearl Harbor as the point of a Japanese “sneak attack”
by the Japanese carriers. In September, 1941 all dependents
of the carriers Lexington and Yorktown had been recalled to
San Diego and these carriers were outfitted for war in San
Diego (summer 1941) and left in September for Pearl Harbor.
Rumor has it the fighter pilots aboard the Lexington and Yorktown
had been told in a “classified” briefing this
country was going to war with Japan soon. The Lexington and
Yorktown were ordered out of Pearl Harbor on Thanksgiving
Day in November 1941 and were three hundred miles from Pearl
Harbor (out of reach of Japanese fleet) on Dec 07, 1941. The
War Dept has never declassified that briefing.
As previously noted, Hiroshima and
Nagasaki were probably not “random” targets for
the drop of the atomic bomb to just demonstrate the bomb as
has been stated all these years. These cities may have contained
key [relocated] elements of the German design teams for both
Japan’s atomic bomb effort including critical industrial
capacity for making an atomic bomb as well as possibly working
on very advanced radar and electronics for submarines and
building naval surface combatants [carriers]. To protect key
Japanese personnel [in later stages of war effort], the Japanese
used hospitals to house both military and engineering personnel
and relocated the patients to other small “clinics”
[to spread them out]. The military personnel and engineers
probably wore white uniforms to make it look good. Maybe it
was no accident, the Shima Hospital was at the epicenter of
the Hiroshima atomic bomb. There are many unanswered questions
to this day as to why did German Jesuits come in Japan in
1921, along with so many other German designers!?
I never thought about it until now but there are a number
of striking “coincidences” in 1921. It is not
improbable that they [the German Jesuits] may have furnished
key information on Japan’s war-making activities back
to the Vatican [for years] and ultimately to US involving
Hiroshima and other cities where a critical part of Japan’s
industry was located in this timeframe. The German Jesuits
could easily have interfaced with the families of the German
designers and were technically astute. The Jesuits have long
been actively involved in other country’s politics all
over the world and teaching fundamental sciences, mathematics
and philosophy at a University gives them access to a country’s
brightest minds for the future!?….and who else would
come and go virtually unnoticed?
....that brings us to the end of Dr.
Rinehart's fascinating comments.
Dr. Stephen A. Rinehart's professional
DR. STEPHEN A. RINEHART
Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Georgia
Institute of Technology, 1969 M.S., Engineering Mechanics,
Georgia Institute of Technology, 1966 B.S., Engineering Mechanics,
Georgia Institute of Technology, 1964 Awards: ASTM (National)
Robert J Painter Award (1968) in Mechanical Engineering for
TITLE: Principal Staff Member, Engineering
Corporate Affiliations: TRW Systems
Integration Group, 1992-Present UNISYS Defense Systems, 1987-1992
NKF Engineering, Inc., 1981-1987 Prior to 1981, Dr Rinehart
worked with Boeing Vertol Div., Xerox Corp. and Lockheed Missiles/Marine
Systems and has served as a consultant to numerous DoD contractors
and Agencies since 1965 including NASA, Office of Naval Research,
Defense Nuclear Agency, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA),
Coast Guard, SPAWAR and the Air Force’s Space and Missile
Command. At Georgia Tech, he was the first graduate student
to receive a NASA fellowship in support of Saturn-Apollo Program.
Years of Related Professional Experience:
34+ in support of DoD Programs
Dr. Rinehart was the Corporate Technical
Director and Vice-President for NKF Engineering, Washington
DC in the 1980s. He was responsible for the administrative,
marketing, and technical operations for 40 scientists/engineers
as well as two field offices (Annapolis/Philadelphia) and
a remote shock test facility (Dynamic Testing Inc.) supporting
NAVSEA located in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has supported conventional
and nuclear weapons development for Naval and Air Force combat
weapon systems for over twenty-seven years. This includes
programs involving aircraft carriers, destroyers, missiles,
mine countermeasures, VSTOL and fighter aircraft and attack
Prior to joining TRW, Dr. Rinehart
served as the Program Manager for the Acoustics, Shock, Vibration,
and Magnetic Silencing for the Navy's Mine Countermeasures
ship (MCM-1) including directing all the explosive testing
and acoustic analysis and classified radiated noise signature
testing at PBI Shipbuilders. Also served as the Program Manager
for the prototype design/upgrade for the Navy's SEAL Team's
SDV Vehicle as well as the Navy’s Mine Hunter Class
(MHC) and addressed special munitions (shaped-charges, mine
neutralization, CADS) requirements. As project engineer for
DTNSRDC directed the shock design of the propulsor and stern
section for the Navy SSN-21 submarine as well as developing
torpedo countermeasures. Currently, Dr. Rinehart is supporting
the Air Force’s Airborne Laser Program and AEF (Air
Expeditionary Force) passive force protection against air
blast and fragmentation. He also recently served as an advisor
to the Joint USAF/Israeli Civil Defense project for passive
protection of unprotected structures against terrorist attacks.
correspondence received...... the absolute historical accuracy
of all the following comments can not be guaranteed but all
comments were submitted by list readers with the best and
highest of intentions - and as such they are interesting and
they are greatly appreciated.
They were Jesuits.
2. One of them was the future Father
General, Arrupe. (Arrupe's vocation came as a result of seeing
first hand, as a medical student, at Lourdes a true, MIRACULOUS
Basque-born Fr. Arrupe joined the Society
of Jesus in 1927. Because of the order of expulsion by the
Republican government of Spain at the time, all Jesuits were
sent into exile. Accordingly he pursued his philosophical
and theological studies in Belgium and the Netherlands. Ordained
a priest in 1936 and sent off for doctoral studies in medical
ethics in the United States, he was unexpectedly sent as a
missionary to Japan in 1939.
He was appointed Jesuit superior and
the master of novices in Japan in 1942. He was living in suburban
Hiroshima when the atomic bomb fell in August of 1945. He
described that event as "a permanent experience outside
of history, engraved on my memory." He utilized his medical
skills in the service of the wounded and the dying, transforming
the novitiate into a make-shift hospital for over 200 greviously
scarred human remnants. He eventually was appointed the provincial
superior of the Jesuits in the Japanese province.
At the 31st General Congregation of
the Society of Jesus in 1965 he was elected to be the order's
28th Superior General. He served in that position from 1965
seen interviews of survivors on TV and photos of the untouched
amid rubble. The story is indeed true.
I also heard a story regarding the
attack on Pearl Harbor. A local woman at
a Rotary luncheon told one of our instructors: She was a newly
complained to her husband that he was never around to take
her to mass on
Sunday mornings. He took leave and accompanied his wife to
She questioned all the planes flying
overhead and he explained that there
must be a dignitary visiting Pearl Harbor.
Once they were seated in church, the
priest announced that Pearl Harbor was
under attack and all military personnel should report to their
The young man rushed to his ship, only
to find it sunk with all his
shipmates on board. Going to mass saved his life.
Story to told to LT Frank Flanagan
now out of the Navy and practicing law in
Rita (who could not locate the source.)
"During the Second World War an
atomic bomb was dropped on two Japanese cities: Hiroshima
An extraordinary thing happened at
Hiroshima. A small community of Jesuit Fathers lived in a
church house near the parish church, situated only eight blocks
from the center of the bomb blast.
This notwithstanding, when Hiroshima
was destroyed by the atomic bomb, all eight members of the
small Jesuit community escaped unscathed, while every other
person who was within a radius of roughly one and a half kilometers
from the center of the explosion died. The church house where
the Jesuits lived was still standing, while the nearby church
was completely destroyed.
Father Hubert Shiffer was one of these.
He was 30 when the atomic bomb exploded at Hiroshima and lived
another 33 years in good health. He recounted his experiences
at Hiroshima during the Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia
(USA) in 1976. At that time, all eight members of the Jesuit
community were still alive.
Father Shiffer was examined and questioned
by more than 200 scientists who were unable to explain how
he and his companions had survived in the midst of thousands
of dead. He attributed it to the protection of the Madonna.
He declared: 'I was in the middle of the atomic explosion
and I am still here alive and well. I was not struck down
by its destruction.' Furthermore, Father Shiffer maintained
that for several years hundreds of experts and investigators
continued to study and investigate the scientific reasons
as to why the church house was not affected. He explained
that in that house there was just one thing that was different:
in that house the Holy Rosary was recited together every day."
that story -- in fact, I heard it again from some fellow in
the Philippines a few years ago, who was kind enough to send
a photocopy of an article from his local paper about the event
(written in English).
As I recall it, the story had only a few minor changes. One
of the priests was peppered with broken glass at the blast,
but his injuries were relatively minor. (I think one of them
was elderly and has already passed on.) The structure was
intact but had some damage. They started to care for the injured
as best they could after the blast. They did attribute their
safety to praying the rosary. A truly amazing event!
my computer crashed in Nov/Dec. I had heard the story several
times, however. They were Jesuits not Dominicans. St. Francis
Xavier, a Jesuit, was the first missionary to Japan - others
of his order followed him. I know we don't picture Jesuits
praying the rosary as much as Dominicans because Our Lady
first gave the Rosary to St. Dominic.
house was not at ground zero - but everything around that
house was smashed flat and burnt to a cinder. If my memory
serves me correctly - the community was Jesuit. The part about
the Rosary being said is also true (they also have daily adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament).
of related interest, a Franciscan Friary was built in Nagasaki
by St. Maximillian Kolbe, and was built behind the crest of
a hill - the Lord told him to build it there, and the hill
sheltered it from the blast. Maybe the Immaculate Conception
Friars (Fr. Kolbe's order) can help you out at:
Victoria - who did a web search and found this relevant page:
The Church Fathers Speak on the Rosary
St Dominic "After the Divine Office
and the Holy Mass, no homage is as agreeable to Jesus and
His Divine Mother as the fervent prayer of the Holy Rosary,
since the work of salvation began with the Angelic Salutation
(Hail Mary) the Salvation of each one of us in particular
is attached to this prayer."
St Louis De Montfort " The Holy
Rosary is not just a conglomeration of our Fathers and Hail
Marys, But on the contrary it is a Divine Summary of the Mysteries
of the Life, Passion, Death, and Glory of Jesus and Mary."
Gregory XVI 1831 " We are confident
this prayer, so conducive to giving honor to the Blessed Virgin
in all places and at all times, will not only continue to
spread more and more everywhere because of its simplicity,
but also because made more powerful by so close a union among
those who pray, it will be most favorably accepted by God.
Pope Puis IX 1849 "Among the devotion
aproved by the Church none have been so Favored by so many
miracles as the Holy Rosary."
St Bernard "The Hail Mary puts
the devil to flight and causes Hell to Tremble with terror."
Pope St. Pius X 1903 " There is
nothing more excellent, it seems to us, than that numerous
voices are uninterruptingly and from namy parts of the world
simultaneously lifting supplications to the Blessed Virgin
Mary as they meditate on the Christian mysteries, so that
the blessings of her maternal goodness may not cease to descend
upon the Church."
Pope Puis XII "there is no surer
means of calling down God's blessing upon the family . .
. than the daily recitation of the Rosary".
St Francis de Sales ( Doctor of Church)
"The best method of prayer is the Holy Rosary if you
Say it well."
Pope Leo XIII " A powerful means
of rendering our courage will undoubtedly be found in the
St Teresa of Avila "Doctor of
"I would Gladly suffer . . . Just to have the chance
to pray even one Hail Mary in order to gain more merits before
Pope Benedict "People who pray
the Rosary are appealing to the Mother of Mercy and so merciful
is She, that She's inclined to aid spontaneously, those who
suffer. She is absolutely incapable of refusing help to those
who invoke Her. The Rosary prayed daily is the most fitting
formula for praying and meditating."
St John Neuman 1860 "The Holy
Rosary is to me the most beautiful of all devotions, as it
contains all in itself."
Pope St Puis V "The Holy Rosary
was given to the Faithful in order that they might have spiritual
peace and consolation more easily."
Bishop Hugh boyle "No one can
live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary - either
he will give up sin or he will give up the Rosary."
Pope Paul XXIII ". . . Therefore
we are sure that Our Children and all their bretheren throughout
the world will turn the Rosary into a school for learning
true perfection, as, with a deep spirit of recollection, they
contemplate the teachings that shine forth from the life of
Christ and of Mary Most Holy."
Pope John Paul II "It is my favorite
Facts of the Rosary In 1945 when the
Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a small community of
eight Jesuit Fathers, only eight blocks from ground zero remained
unharmed (the people and the building itself)
while everyone else in a radius of 1.5 Km from the centre
was killed. Father Huber Schiffer one of the eight priests
told the Eucharistic Congress of Philadelphia in 1976, when
all eight members were alive and well, that 200 scientists
had carried out investigations for several years in search
of scientific explanation. He told them that there was only
one thing that made their house different than the others:
They recited the Holy Rosary Prayer every day by living the
message of Our Lady of Fatima.
Alexandre, a girl of noble station
who had been converted and enrolled by St. Dominic in the
Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. After her death she
appeared to him and said that she had been condemned to seven
hundred years in purgatory because of her own sins and those
she made others commit by worldly ways. So she implored him
to ease her pains by his prayers and to ask the confraterinty
members to pray for the same end. St Domonic did as she asked.
Two weeks later she appeared to him, more radiant than the
sun, having been quickly delivered from purgatory through
the prayers that the Confraternity members had said for her.
She also told him that the Holy souls in purgatory had given
her a message to beg him to go on preaching the Holy Rosary
and to beg their relatives to offer their rosaries for them,
and that they would reward them abundantly when they came
into their Glory.
One day in 1460 Blessed Alan de la
Roche was saying Mass. Our Lord, who wished to spur him on
to preach the Rosary, spoke to him from the Sacred Host "
How can you crucify me again so Soon?" Jesus said. What
did you say, Lord? asked blessed Alan, horrified. " You
crucified me once before by your sins" answered Jesus,
"and I would willingly be crucified again rather than
have my Father offended by the sins you used to commit. You
are crucifying me again now because you have all the learning
and understanding that you need to preach my Mother's Rosary
and you are not doing so. If you only did this you could teach
many souls the right path and lead them away from sin - but
you are not doing it and so you, yourself, are guilty of the
sins that they commit."
This terrible reproach made Blessed
Alan solemnly resolve to preach the Rosary unceasingly. Our
Lady too, spoke to him one day to inspire him to preach the
Holy Rosary more and more: "You were a great sinner in
your youth," she said, "but I obtained the grace
of your conversion from my Son. Had such a thing been possible
I would have liked to have gone through all kinds of suffering
to save you because converted sinners are a glory to me. And
I would have done this also to make you worthy of preaching
my Rosary far and wide." Saint Dominic appeared to Blessed
Alan as well and told him of the great results of his ministry:
he had preached the Holy Rosary unceasingly, his sermons had
borne great fruit and many people had been converted during
his missions. He said to Blessed Alan:
"See the wonderful results I have had through preaching
the Holy Rosary! You and all those who love Our Lady ought
to do the same so that, by means of this holy practice of
the Rosary, you may draw all people to the real science of
the virtues." Briefly, then, this is the history of how
Saint Dominic established the Holy Rosary and of how Blessed
Alan de la Roche restored it.
During his Pontificate (1566- 1572)
Pope Puis V found Europe to be in a destating State as it
had been shaken by the reformation, by corruption, and by
the threat of turkish invasion. Seeing that things were only
geting worse, he continued to say daily his Rosary, . Finally
at the last minute Pius was able to call the countries of
Europe to unite and pray the Holy Rosary and succeeded in
orgainzing an army . He had a Rosary given to each and every
soldier, thus on September the 30th 1571 against all odds,
the much smaller European fleet (about 5000 Men)
went into battle against the might of the turkish fleet (about
30,000 Men), and on the October 7th the battle of Lepanto,
off Greece was Won, (by the Divine assistance of Our Lady).
- I have included a sampling of reading materials that can
be ordered on-line that deal with Fatima - there are many
books/pamphlets on Fatima - these are just a few samples.
I do not derive any financial benefit whatsoever, either directly
or indirectly, from the sale of any of these books or pamphlets.
My only intent is to promote devotion to the Holy Rosary and
to also promote the message of Our Lady of Fatima, which if
we live it with devotion and zeal, we can greatly help God
to save many souls - our souls and the souls of our families
included - and we can also help Our Lady in a very real way
to prevent wars and catastrophes in the world.
If you wish, you can also help promote
these devotions by distributing this email far and wide -
as we may be sure that Our Lord Jesus and Our Lady of Fatima
will bring the graces necessary for it to be a blessing to
those who read it.
May God bless you richly,
BEST ON FATIMA: FATIMA - THE
GREAT SIGN. Francis Johnston. This is undoubtedly the most
comprehensive and best book ever written on Fatima and all
that it entails. Our Lady holds out the power to every man,
woman and child in this world, through the practice of her
Fatima Message, to bring down miracles of God's grace into
their homes, their towns and their countries, and thus disperse,
once and for all, the threatened nightmare of world Communism
and nuclear war. This magnificent work presents a thorough,
up-to-date account of the Fatima apparitions of 1916-1929.
The author penetrates deeply into the theology of Fatima,
especially that concerning devotion and reparation to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary. For the first time in only one volume
are included pronouncements and declarations of Popes, Cardinals,
Bishops and testimony of numerous eye-witnesses. 141pp. PB.
Also includes an account of the 8 Jesuit
priests who survived the searing hurricane of blast and gamma
rays during the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima, Japan,
in 1945. They were in a rectory only 8 blocks from the blinding
center of the nuclear flash. Although everyone within a mile
radius perished, they are still alive today and attribute
their survival to the Rosary and living the Fatima message.
After reading this book no Catholic will have any reason for
FATIMA'S MESSAGE FOR OUR TIMES. Msgr.
Joseph A. Cirrincione. Fatima has been called "a summary
of the Gospels." The author of this booklet, Msgr. Joseph
A. Cirrincione, one of the most astute students of Fatima
alive today, summarizes the Fatima messages as a return to
a life of prayer to the traditional prayer - life of the Catholic
Faith, and especially to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament,
which really embraces and includes basically all other forms
of Catholic prayer. Taking as his point of departure a letter
from Sr. Lucy of Fatima to her priest nephew, in which she
advocates prayer before the Tabernacle, he asks, "Where
else," except before the Blessed Sacrament, "are
vocations discovered, discipleship established and missionary
zeal fired up?" But more, in a chapter he calls "The
Culture of Death," he shows by contrast in our world
today the gruesome results of the world's having abandoned
prayer and the Catholic Faith. Wide-ranging in scope, Fatima's
Message for Our Times is a challenging, thought-provoking
booklet that leads one immediately and directly to the heart
of our Holy Religion. 72pp.
THE FORGOTTEN SECRET OF FATIMA, And
the Silent Apostolate. Msgr. Joseph A. Cirrincione (with Thomas
A. Nelson). Reveals the real massage of Fatima, a message
of overriding significance, a message which has caused the
revelations of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima to be called
"a summary of the Gospel" - and that message is
the importance of praying for the salvation of souls. For,
as Our Lady revealed at Fatima, "Many souls go to Hell
because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray
for them." This short treatise is an entirely fresh,
new look at Fatima and its meaning and is one that is guaranteed
to reward its readers with a deeper understanding of just
what it is the Blessed Mother at Fatima has asked us all to
THE FATIMA STORY: OUR LADY OF FATIMA'S
PEACE PLAN FROM HEAVEN. A Dynamite little booklet covering
every aspect of Fatima - the story, the message, the meaning
for today. Over 5 million sold! Covers the appearances, vision
of Hell, prophecies, miracle of the sun, messages, subsequent
vision, secrets, Church pproval, evil in America, etc. 32pp.
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