The greatest, most controversial teaching of Jesus became the most sacred “secret” during the perilous Roman persecutions. Now the ancient catacombs shed light on how this “secret” – the Eucharist – was carefully preserved by the apostles and revered by newly baptized Christians in the earliest Christian liturgy.
Few have ever tried to write a popular book on this difficult subject, not merely because of the theological and scientific details, but because of the sublime, often-ineffable nature of the “secret” itself. But author John Haffert, in his attempt to do so, believed firmly that there can be no Christian ecumenism until this “hard saying” of Jesus is understood.
The result is one of the most important books of our time, with declining belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. St. Padre Pio, who is the spiritual father of World Apostolate of Fatima/Blue Army members, prayed for the book’s success and prophesied: “It will succeed while the author is living, but will have its greatest success after his death.”
Hearing this, Haffert quipped: “I want to hurry up and die, because we may have a new world soon if enough people learn the secret!”
“(This book) will succeed while the author is living, but will have its greatest success after his death.” — St. Padre Pio
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John M. Haffert co-founded The Blue Army (now the World Apostolate of Fatima) with Msgr. Harold Colgan in 1947, after meeting with Sister Lucia to determine exactly what Our Lady requested at Fatima. Together they formed the Blue Army Pledge, which became the directive for Catholics around the world to help counter the spread of atheistic communism stemming from Russia. It also framed the devotion to the Immaculate Heart, the mission given to Lucia by Our Lady to establish in the world. Haffert co-led this lay apostolate for Our Lady through more than four decades, establishing an extensive publishing and broadcast operation and authoring more than 30 books. He helped establish Domus Pacis hotel & conference center in Fatima, Portugal, the headquarters of the WAF international, and built the National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Washington, NJ, the headquarters of the WAF USA. The World Apostolate of Fatima – Our Lady’s Blue Army, continues the mission of bringing the message of Fatima to a world in need. Haffert died Oct. 31, 2001, and is buried at the Blue Army Shrine.
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Publisher: Blue Army Press, P.O. Box 976, Washington, NJ 07882
Revised Edition Publication Date: July 10, 2019