Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov
Vladimir Solovyov — Russian philosopher, theologian, poet, literary critic, who played a significant role in the development of Russian philosophy.
The curious phenomenon of a society
Men have imagined that the acknowledgment of the divinity of Christ relieves them of the obligation of taking His words seriously. They have twisted certain texts of the Gospel so as to get out of them the meaning they want, while they have conspired to pass over in silence other texts which do not lend themselves to such treatment. The precept “Render to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” is constantly quoted to sanction an order of things which gives Cæsar all and God nothing. The saying “My Kingdom is not of this world” is always being used to justify and confirm the paganism of our social and political life, as though Christian society were destined to belong to this world and not to the Kingdom of Christ.
On the other hand, the saying “All power is given Me in Heaven and Earth” is never quoted. Men are ready to accept Christ as sacrificing Priest and atoning Victim; but they do not want Christ the King. His royal dignity has been ousted by every kind of pagan despotism, and Christian peoples have taken up the cry of the Jewish rabble: “We have no king but Cæsar!”Thus history has witnessed, and we are still witnessing, the curious phenomenon of a society which professes Christianity as its religion but remains pagan not merely in its life but in the very basis of that life.
«RUSSIA AND THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH»
Trans. by H. Rees
Prophet of Russia’s conversion
The beginning of a time of sacred peace throughout the world.
The conversion of Russia will not be the work of man, no matter how gifted he may be, but that of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, the Mediatrix of all graces, because this is God’s wish, which he revealed to the world in 1917. The life and works of Vladimir Soloviev are a perfect illustration of this truth of Fatima. He whom our Father regards as «the greatest Russian genius of the 19th century», was in his own way a prophet of the “conversion” of his beloved Country, announcing the necessity of her returning to the bosom of the Roman Church. «Rome or chaos», such was his catchphrase, Rome whose anagram is not a matter of chance, but a providential sign, a definition: ROMA, AMOR. Led by this incomparable guide, we would like «to anticipate in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers this consecration, this long-awaited conversion, which must mark the beginning of a time of sacred peace throughout the world, the beginning of the universal reign of the Most Blessed and Immaculate Heart of Mary, and through Her, of God’s Kingdom» (English CRC, December 1982, p. 23).