Lavender Loyalty, Part II

The Betrayal

From Ezekiel, Ch. 34

And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Son of man, prophesy concerning the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the shepherds of Israel, that fed themselves: should not the flocks be fed by the shepherds?
You ate the milk, and you clothed yourselves with the wool, and you killed that which was fat: but my flock you did not feed.
The weak you have not strengthened, and that which was sick you have not healed, that which was broken you have not bound up, and that which was driven away you have not brought again, neither have you sought that which was lost: but you ruled over them with rigour, and with a high hand.

And my sheep were scattered, because there was no shepherd: and they became the prey of all the beasts of the field, and were scattered.
My sheep have wandered in every mountain, and in every high hill: and my flocks were scattered upon the face of the earth, and there was none that sought them, there was none, I say, that sought them.
Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:

As I live, saith the Lord God, forasmuch as my flocks have been made a spoil, and my sheep are become a prey to all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd: for my shepherds did not seek after my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flocks:

Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:
Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself come upon the shepherds, I will require my flock at their hand, and I will cause them to cease from feeding the flock any more, neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more: and I will deliver my flock from their mouth, and it shall no more be meat for them.

For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself will seek my sheep, and will visit them.
As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered, so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
And I will bring them out from the peoples, and will gather them out of the countries, and will bring them to their own land: and I will feed them in the mountains of Israel, by the rivers, and in all the habitations of the land.
I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel: there shall they rest on the green grass, and be fed in fat pastures upon the mountains of Israel.
I will feed my sheep: and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.

I will seek that which was lost: and that which was driven away, I will bring again: and I will bind up that which was broken, and I will strengthen that which was weak, and that which was fat and strong I will preserve: and I will feed them in judgment.

And as for you, O my flocks, thus saith the Lord God: Behold I judge between cattle and cattle, of rams and of he goats.
Was it not enough for you to feed upon good pastures? but you must also tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures: and when you drank the clearest water, you troubled the rest with your feet.
And my sheep were fed with that which you had trodden with your feet: and they drank what your feet had troubled.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God to you: Behold, I myself will judge between the fat cattle and the lean.
Because you thrusted with sides and shoulders, and struck all the weak cattle with your horns, till they were scattered abroad:

I will save my flock, and it shall be no more a spoil, and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David: he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
And I the Lord will be their God: and my servant David the prince in the midst of them: I the Lord have spoken it.
And I will make a covenant of peace with them, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they that dwell in the wilderness shall sleep secure in the forests.

And I will make them a blessing round about my hill: and I will send down the rain in its season, there shall be showers of blessing.
And the tree of the field shall yield its fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be in their land without fear: and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have broken the bonds of their yoke, and shall have delivered them out of the hand of those that rule over them.
And they shall be no more for a spoil to the nations, neither shall the beasts of the earth devour them: but they shall dwell securely without any terror.

And I will raise up for them a bud of renown: and they shall be no more consumed with famine in the land, neither shall they bear any more the reproach of the Gentiles.
And they shall know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they are my people the house of Israel: saith the Lord God.
And you my flocks, the flocks of my pasture are men: and I am the Lord your God, saith the Lord God.

† . † . †

At present, the sheep are betrayed and who will come to the aid of these victims?  Who attends to the victims of these hateful men who betray Christ, betray His flock?  When we at last see some sign of charity for those injured souls, who trusted their false shepherds, then and only then will we begin the journey home. That my friends, will take much spiritual combat for us. Let others do as they will, seeking to clean up the mess by worldly means;  for us there is only the battle to regain the faith through obedience to the True Shepherd, Who even now is calling us to the hard work of loving reparation.

St. Michael, the Angel of Peace, in his message at Fatima commanded:

“Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country.”

Our Lady of the Rosary, at Fatima urged her children:

Continue to say the Rosary every day. …. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins … They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.”

When her message was ignored and then outright disobeyed by the very leaders of the Church, she appeared a last time in Akita:

“The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests.”

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests). Churches and altars will be sacked. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

“The demon will be especially implacable against the souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.”

“. . . Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved.“

 

We will all receive what is due to us of God’s mercy and justice; let us be very sure of our obedience!

Continue to pray the Rosary every day!

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Lavender Loyalty

These days, a kind of Lavender Loyalty pervades the occupied Church and all is distorted in its sickly glow. In this confusion, Sandro Magister’s latest (here), brings some clarity to the true agenda for this so-called “Summit On Abuse”:

“Up until one month ago the twofold purpose of the summit that from February 21 to 24 will gather around the pope the leaders of the Catholic hierarchy worldwide was still “the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults,” as also written in the “letter to the people of God” released by Francis on August 20.

But then the “vulnerable adults” disappeared from the summit’s official agenda. And with them disappeared the question of the homosexual abuse of the young and very young, in spite of the fact that statistically they make up most of the victims of clerical abuse.

The fact is that not only the question of homosexuality among the clergy, but even the very word “homosexuality” has been banned from the otherwise abundant pile of information on the summit offered to the media of the whole world:

> Meeting: The Protection of Minors in the Church. Vatican, February 21-24, 2019

The removal of the question of homosexuality from the agenda of the summit is clearly the fruit of a decision by Pope Francis, who has never made a mystery of being absolutely convinced that this is not so much a matter of the abuse of sex but of power, not by individuals but a caste, the clerical caste.”

The Pope’s crude attempt to cover up the extensive homosexual corruption by pointing attention to “clericalism” is humiliating to see. What a mockery! Who today is able to see the King of Kings behind this poor beaten image of the Church, … deprived of protection, …  weakened, baffled, and prostrate, lying bleeding at the feet of the powers of this world.” (Link)

While Pope Francis finally dealt with McCarrick (sort of) he gave ample support to his Lavender Lobby by promoting Kevin Farrell who despite living with McCarrick for six years has steadfastly asserted his utter cluelessness. This pope really does believe that we are all fools!

The farce of Gustavo Zanchetta is another case in which Bergoglio showed his disdain for the priesthood, for the faithful and for Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose Vicar he purports to be. Even John Allen, has noticed the risks involved in Pope Bergoglio’s indulgent treatment of Zanchetta . (link)

“The case of Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta threatens to become a rare double “own goal” for the pontiff, creating self-inflicted wounds on two critically important reform fronts: the abuse crisis, and the Vatican’s pledge of greater financial transparency and accountability. The Zanchetta saga began in July 2013, when Francis nominated him the bishop of Orán in the northern part of Argentina. Three years later, Zanchetta left the diocese…”

Zanchetta, according to credible reports then used his new found episcopal power to take and send obscene “selfies”, and to sexually abuse seminarians, some of whom were minors as well as to cause financial difficulties for his diocese. When confronted, Zanchetta hastily vacated the premises in a most unusual manner.  Soon, Zanchetta, who is deemed “a spiritual child of the Holy Father” , resurfaced under the direct protection of this same “Holy Father”.  And now, this paragon of homosexual “fraternity” and fiscal responsibility stands before the world as yet another Bergoglian prelate appointed to a prominent position managing Vatican finances. Thus he joins another papal intimate, Msgr. Ricca. And by the way, Zanchetta also resides now in the papal domicile with Ricca and Bergoglio. A pleasant picture of domestic tranquility they make! This new Lavender family model is a veritable icon for the Bergoglio Reformation which aspires to eclipse the Holy Catholic Church.

Years ago, we offered the following comments on the agenda of Pope Jorge Bergoglio and those who placed him in power and control him:

We must return once again to the Message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima.

The prophecy that “The apostasy will begin at the top” is closely connected with the flood of impurity among consecrated souls foretold by Sister Lucia. They are both part of the chastisement visited on the Church as a result of the hierarchy’s lack of obedience to Our Lady of Fatima’s request. Throughout all ages in times of crisis, God has repeatedly called His chosen ones to repentance and prayer. Look around at the world in shambles  – and the wretched “reform” led by Pope Francis and consider if it would not be better to devote more time to prayer, more effort to penance, especially the secret penance of simply choosing to serve Jesus and not ourselves each day!

it is not too late to heed the wisdom of Sister Lucia:

“Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus, the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way, the devil will succeed in leaving souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.

“That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag innumerable souls to Hell … The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to final impenitence.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima to Father Agustin Fuentes, December, 1957)

How does the devil seduce consecrated souls? In many, many cases, he does this by the perverted lusts of sodomy. At this point, the administrative structure of the Church has been so overrun by this foul vice that there are few indeed who have not become at a minimum, complicit in some way to this vast network of filth.

Far from being a chaste, “Alter Christus”, a priest who is actively engaged in the homosexual lifestyle is living in a state of hardened mortal sin. His soul, totally dead to the sanctifying grace necessary for union with Christ is withered and although he may pose as an “alter Christus”, he is in fact, a diabolical deceiver, in no way able to effectively guide souls who entrust their salvation to him.

It is indeed difficult for us to understand the long-standing tolerance for sodomy among priests, Bishops and Cardinals. The true rot at the very heart of the Church’s administrative structure is the toleration of this vice. Whether it is called the Lavender Fraternity/Lobby or St. Gallen Mafia or simply as “the Superforce” (Fr. Malachi Martin’s name for it), it is so deeply ingrained within the administrative structures of the Church that there is nothing short of the power of Almighty God which can dislodge it.

In the same interview we quoted above, Sister Lucia had stated that the Blessed Virgin Mary was very sorrowful because no one had heeded her message. She also stressed that at that particular time, that is, in 1957, “the punishment from heaven is imminent.”Well, that was back in 1957, wasn’t it? So,  62 years ago Sister Lucia stated that “the punishment from heaven is imminent”. It is now undeniably clear where this pope’s loyalty lies. This pope embodies within himself, in one foul package, the entire spiritual chastisement. His goal, he believes is near; it is the irrevocable eclipse of the true Church with the church of his own image and making. How long can this go on?

We cannot remove sin and error with yet more stubborn sin and error. We cannot remove sacrilege, outrage and indifference to Jesus Christ by our own attachment to worldliness. Our Church will be restored but it will only come through the perfect purity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is, by the grace of Our Savior, our loving Mother. From His Cross, He gives us the Model for our Salvation, His obedient Sacred Heart and her Sorrowful, Immaculate Heart. They are our sacred shelter in this coming storm. Stubborn indifference to this providence will yield eternal suffering. Who will hear this?

Our Lady of Victory has assures us that, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” And so this tremendous spiritual battle between satan and the Most Holy Virgin has begun.

“She cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array. Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin. Give me strength against thine enemies. Amen.”
(Prime, Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

 

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

St. Bruno’s Advice

 

“… The foundation of the Church is not Peter, but the faith confessed by Peter. Christ, in fact, states that He will build His Church, not on the person of Peter, but on the faith that Peter manifested saying: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” To this profession of faith, Jesus responds: “it is upon this rock and upon this faith that I will build My Church.”

Thanks to Rorate Caeli for this classic old post from Dr. Roberto de Mattei – surprisingly timely today especially.

St. Bruno’s filial resistance to Pope Paschal II

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana,

Among the most illustrious protagonists of Church reform in the XI and XII centuries, one that stands out is the figure of St. Bruno, Bishop of Segni and Abbot of Montecassino.

Bruno was born around 1045 in Solero, near Asti, in Piedmont. After his studies in Bologna, he was ordained a priest of the Roman clergy and enthusiastically adhered to the Gregorian reform. Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085) appointed him Bishop of Segni and had him among his most faithful collaborators. Also his successors, Victor III (1086-1087) and Urban II (1088-1089) availed themselves of the Bishop of Segni’s assistance, who combined his scholarly work with an intrepid apostolate in defense of the Primate of Rome.

…It was an age of political disputes and deep moral and spiritual crisis. In his work, De Simoniacis, Bruno offers us a dramatic picture of the disfigured Church of his times. Already at the time of Pope St. Leo IX (1049- 1054) “Mundus totus in maligno positus erat: there was no longer any holiness; justice was failing and truth buried. Iniquity reigned, avarice ruled; Simon Magus possessed the Church, the Bishops and priests were given over to sensual pleasure and fornication. The priests were not ashamed of taking wives, of celebrating their weddings openly and contracting nefarious marriages. (…) Such was the Church, such were the Bishops and priests, such were some among the Roman Pontiffs” (S. Leonis papae Vita in Patrologia Latina (= PL), vol. 165, col. 110).

At the centre of the crisis, besides the problem of simony and the concubinage of priests, there was the question of the investiture of bishops. The Dictatus Papae (1075), wherein St. Gregory VII had affirmed the rights of the Church against imperial demands, constituted the magna carta to which Victor III and Urban II referred, but Paschal II abandoned the intransigent position of his predecessors and tried in every way to come to an agreement with the future Emperor Henry V. At the beginning of February 1111, at Sutri, he asked the German sovereign to renounce the right of investitures, offering him in exchange the Church’s renunciation of all temporal rights and goods. The negotiations went up in smoke, and, yielding to the king’s intimidations, Paschal II accepted a humiliating compromise, signed at Ponte Mammolo on April 12th 1111. The Pope conceded the privilege of the investitures of bishops, prior to their pontifical consecration, to Henry V, with the ring and the crosier which symbolized both temporal and spiritual power, promising never to excommunicate the sovereign. Paschal then crowned Henry V Emperor in St. Peter’s.

This concession provoked a multitude of protests in Christendom, since it overturned the position of Gregory VII. According to the Chronicon Cassinense (PL, vol. 173, col. 868 C-D),the Abbot of Montecassino protested vigorously against what he defined as not a privilegium, but a pravilegium, and promoted a movement of resistance against the papal compliancy. In a letter addressed to Peter, Bishop of Porto, he defined the treatise of Ponte Mammolo as a “heresy”, by referring to the definitions [made] in many councils: “Whoever defends heresy – he writes – is a heretic. Nobody can say that this is not heresy” (Letter Audivimus quod , in PL, vol. 165, col.1139 B).

Turning directly to the Pope, Bruno states: “My enemies say that I do not love thee and that I am speaking badly of thee behind thy back, but they are lying. I indeed, love thee, as I must love a Father and lord. To thee living, I do not desire another Pontiff, as I promised thee along with many others. Nevertheless, I obey Our Savior Who says to me: “Whoever loves father and mother more than me, is not worthy of me.” (…) I must love thee, but greater yet must I love Him who made thee and me.” (Mathew 10-37). With the same tone of filial candor, Bruno invited the Pope to condemn the heresy, as “whoever defends heresy is a heretic” (Letter Inimici mei, in PL, vol. 163, col. 463 A-D).

Paschal II did not tolerate this voice of dissent and removed him from his office as Abbot of Montecassino. However, St. Bruno’s example pushed some other prelates into asking with insistence for the Pope’s revocation of the pravilegium,. Some years later, in a Council which met at the Lateran in March 1116, Paschal II withdrew the agreement of Ponte Mammolo. The same Lateran Synod condemned the pauperistic conception of the Church in the Sutri agreement. The Concordat of Worms (1122), stipulated between Henry V and Pope Callixtus II (1119-1124), ended – at least momentarily – the fight over the investitures. Bruno died on July 18th 1123. His body was buried in the Cathedral of Segni and, through his intercession, there were immediately many miracles. In 1181, or, more probably, in 1183, Pope Lucius III placed him among the Saints.

There are those who will object [saying] that Paschal II (like Pope John XXII later on with regard to the Beatific Vision) never fell into formal heresy. This, however, is not the heart of the problem. In the Middle Ages, the term heresy was used in a wide sense, whilst theological language was becoming more refined especially after the Council of Trent, and precise theological distinctions were introduced among heretical propositions i.e. near to heresy, erroneous, scandalous, and so on.

We are not interested in defining the nature of the theological censures that would apply to Paschal II and John XXII’s errors, but in establishing if be licit to resist these errors. Such errors certainly were not pronounced ex-cathedra, but theology and history teach us that if a declaration by the Supreme Pontiff contains censurable elements on the doctrinal level, it is licit and may be right and proper to criticize it, even if it is not a formal heresy, solemnly articulated. That is what St. Bruno of Segni did against Pasqual II and the Dominicans in the 14th century against John XXII. They were not in error, but the Popes of that time were, and in fact withdrew their positions before their deaths.

The fact should be stressed, that those who resisted with the most determination the Pope deviating from the faith, were precisely the most ardent defenders of Papal Supremacy. The opportunistic and servile prelates of that time, adapted themselves to the fluctuations of men and events, by placing the person of the Pope before the Magisterium of the Church.

Bruno of Segni, on the other hand, like many other champions of Catholic Orthodoxy, placed the faith of Peter before the person of Peter and reproached Paschal II with the same respectful determination which Paul had directed to Peter (Galatians 2, 11-14). In his exegetical comment on Mathew 16, 18, Bruno explains that the foundation of the Church is not Peter, but the faith confessed by Peter. Christ, in fact, states that He will build His Church, not on the person of Peter, but on the faith that Peter manifested saying: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” To this profession of faith, Jesus responds: “it is upon this rock and upon this faith that I will build My Church” (Comment.. in Matth., Pars III, cap. XVI, in PL, vol. 165, col. 213).

By elevating Bruno of Segni to the honors of the altar the Church sealed his doctrine and his behaviour.

[A Rorate translation by Contributor Francesca Romana in March, 2015.]

 

Dr. de Mattei’s commentary echoes, in a way, that of Father Roger-Thomas Calmel, O.P.,  in his essay, De l’Église et du Pape:

“There is a leader in the Church who is always infallible, always sinless, always holy, and who (is) without intermittence or cessation in his work of sanctification. That leader is the only one in charge because all the others, including the highest, hold their authority only by Him and for Him. Now this holy, spotless leader, absolutely separate from sinners, elevated above the heavens, is not the pope; it is He of whom the Epistle to the Hebrews speaks so magnificently, the Sovereign Priest: Jesus Christ….If the pope is the visible vicar of Jesus who has ascended into the invisible heavens, he is not more than a vicar–vice gerens; he holds the place but he is still another. It is not from the pope that flows the grace animating the mystical body….The Church is not the pope’s mystical body; the Church with the pope is the mystical body of Christ.”

Pray for the pope – Pray for the Church!

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

~ for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Return to the Garden

 

In all the barrage of outrage and insults to the faith today we are in danger of losing our focus on the One Who is truly suffering the most – our loving Lord Jesus. The following is my poor attempt to return my own attention to Jesus and His gift of Love. Think on these things, especially before Sorrowfuls each day and with Our Lady you will comfort Him and draw many graces for these poor sinners, “who know not what they do”.

Sacrilege, Outrage and Indifference

In her revelations, Anne Catherine Emmerich spoke poignantly of the suffering of Our Lord during His agony in the Garden. She witnessed the enemies of Christ attacking Him, heaping upon Him  “the most fearful outrages, cursing, striking, wounding, and tearing Him in pieces.and then explained that “these apparitions were all those persons who in divers ways insult and outrage Jesus, really and truly present in the Holy Sacrament.”

“I recognised among them all those who in any way profane the Blessed Eucharist . . . by neglect, irreverence, and omission of what was due to Him; by open contempt, abuse, and the most awful sacrileges; by the worship of worldly idols; by spiritual darkness and false knowledge; or finally, by error, incredulity, fanaticism, hatred, and open persecution.

Among these, she saw even children, “who were led astray by following parents and teachers filled with the love of the world and forgetfulness of God, who were fed on earthly luxuries, drunk with false wisdom, and loathing all that pertained to religion. Among the latter, the sight of whom grieved me especially, because Jesus so loved children, I saw many irreverent, ill-behaved acolytes, who did not honour our Lord in the holy ceremonies . . . many priests, some of whom even fancied themselves full of faith and piety, also outraged Jesus in the Adorable Sacrament. I saw many who believed and taught the doctrine of the Real Presence, but did not sufficiently take it to heart, for they forgot and neglected the palace, throne, and seat of the Living God, that is to say, the church, the altar, the tabernacle, the chalice, the monstrance,. . . in one word, all that is used in His worship, or to adorn His house.

Egotism and spiritual death

Entire neglect reigned everywhere, all things were left to moulder away in dust and filth, and the worship of God was, if not inwardly profaned, at least outwardly dishonoured. Nor did this arise from real poverty, but from indifference, sloth, preoccupation of mind about vain earthly concerns, and often also from egotism and spiritual death; for I saw neglect of this kind in churches the pastors and congregations of which were rich, or at least tolerably well off. I saw many others in which worldly, tasteless, unsuitable ornaments had replaced the magnificent adornments of a more pious age.

I saw that often the poorest of men were better lodged in their cottages than the Master of heaven and earth in His churches. Ah, how deeply did the inhospitality of men grieve Jesus, Who had given Himself to them to be their Food! Truly, there is no need to be rich in order to receive Him who rewards a hundredfold the glass of cold water given to the thirsty; but how shameful is not our conduct when in giving drink to the Divine Lord, who thirst for our souls, we give Him corrupted water in a filthy glass! In consequence of all this neglect, I saw the weak scandalised, the Adorable Sacrament profaned, the churches deserted, and the priests despised.

This state of impurity and negligence extended even to the souls of the faithful, who left the tabernacle of their hearts unprepared and uncleansed when Jesus was about to enter them, exactly the same as they left His tabernacle on the altar. Were I to speak for an entire year, I would never detail all the insults offered to Jesus in the Adorable Sacrament which were made known to me in this way.

I saw their authors assault Jesus in bands, and strike Him with different arms, corresponding to their various offenses. I saw irreverent Christians of all ages, careless or sacrilegious priests, crowds of tepid and unworthy communicants, wicked soldiers profaning the sacred vessels, and servants of the devil making use of the Holy Eucharist in the frightful mysteries of hellish worship.

“Torn in a thousand pieces”

Among these bands I saw a great number of theologians, who had been drawn into heresy by their sins, attacking Jesus in the Holy Sacrament of His Church, and snatching out of His Heart, by their seductive words and promises, a number of souls for whom He had shed His blood. Ah! it was indeed an awful sight, for I saw the Church as the body of Christ; and all these bands of men, who were separating themselves from the Church, mangled and tore off whole pieces of His living flesh. Alas! He looked at them in the most touching manner, and lamented that they should thus cause their own eternal loss.

He had given His own divine Self to us for our Food in the Holy Sacrament, in order to unite in one body—that of the Church, His Spouse—men who were to an infinite extent divided and separated from each other; and now He beheld Himself torn and rent in twain in that very body; for His principal work of love, the Holy Communion, in which men should have been made wholly one, was become, by the malice of false teachers, the subject of separation.

I beheld whole nations thus snatched out of His bosom, and deprived of any participation in the treasure of graces left to the Church. Finally, I saw all who were separated from the Church plunged into the depths of infidelity, superstition, heresy, and false worldly philosophy; and they gave vent to their fierce rage by joining together in large bodies to attack the Church, being urged on by the serpent which was disporting itself in the midst of them. Alas! it was as though Jesus Himself had been torn in a thousand pieces!

So great was my horror and terror, that my Heavenly Spouse appeared to me, and mercifully placed His hand upon my heart, saying: ‘No one has yet seen all these things, and thy heart would burst with sorrow if I did not give thee strength.’ ” (End quote)

(Anne Catherine Emmerich. “The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary & The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ” , Classic Century Works. Kindle Edition.)

Today, we see in actuality what Sister Anne Emmerich beheld prophetically. Yet, tragically, instead of offering the reparation begged for by Our Blessed Mother, so many of us have fallen into an addiction to outrage. And sadly, there is no dearth of websites purporting to be faithful Catholics who are willing to feed the insatiable curiosity for the latest shocking revelations about the Church’s “dirty laundry”. We have a choice. It is not for us to strike off the ear of Malchus, nor it is for us to continue to shriek out our undying outrage at the injustice of this Passion. It is not even for us to stand bravely with the Blessed Virgin and Mary Magdalen, for we are not worthy! But we may, and we must kneel here, kneel now and make the reparation we were created and redeemed for.

For the love of God, please  let us return to Fatima, make the necessary reparation until we too, pour forth our last life’s blood for Him Who loves us all, loves us to the very end and beyond for all eternity.

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Thank you for reading. I pray for you always.

for love of my dear Jamie on his birthday, granny.

From Liverpool to Lourdes and back – A Miracle

 

Monday, the 11th, we honor the first apparition of the Immaculate Conception to Bernadette of Lourdes. I may not be able to post again for a while so offer today the following narrative of a remarkable cure at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes;  it’s a favorite of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren and I hope you’ll like it too!

IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

The first world war broke out in 1914, and Jack Traynor was mobilized with the Royal Naval Reserve, to which he belonged. He was in the naval brigade that took part in the unsuccessful Antwerp expedition of October, 1914, and was in the last battalion to retreat. He was carrying one of his officers to safety, when he was hit on the head by shrapnel. He did not regain consciousness until five weeks later, when he woke up after an operation in a marine hospital in England. He recovered rapidly and went back into service.

In 1915, Traynor was lent to the 1st Dublin Fusiliers as physical instructor, and was a member of the expeditionary force sent to Egypt and the Dardanelles. On April 25th, 1915, he took part in the landing from the steamship River Clyde at Gallipoli. He was in charge of the first boat to leave the ship and was one of the few to reach the shore that day. From their positions in the steep banks above the beach the Turks raked the Clyde and the boats with deadly gunfire. The casualties were so heavy that the operation was suspended until nightfall.

Meanwhile all the officers in the landing parties had been killed, and Traynor found himself in charge of about 100 men, who took cover in a shallow trench. A Catholic chaplain, Father Finn, was killed in the second boat, from which he fell. Traynor dragged him from under the barbed wire and later he and his comrades buried him on shore. After dusk more officers and men landed, and the small force began to fight its way, with severe losses, up to the sand hills. For days the bitter fighting continued. Traynor took part, without injury, until May 8th, when he was hit by machine gun fire during a bayonet charge.

He seems to have been literally sprayed with bullets. He was wounded in the head and chest, while a bullet tore through the inner side of his upper right arm and lodged under the collar-bone. Medical corps men brought him back, dazed and suffering, to the beach, and he was shipped to the base hospital at Alexandria, Egypt. Now began his long years as an invalid and as the patient of unsuccessful operations. A well-known English surgeon, Sir Frederick Treves, operated on him in Alexandria, in an attempt to sew together the severed nerves in the upper arm, which the bullet wound had left paralysed and useless.

The attempt failed, and so did another, made by another surgeon, on the hospital ship that brought Traynor from Alexandria to England. In September, 1915, in the Haslar naval hospital, England. a third operation was performed with the same object-and the same result. While on the hospital ship Traynor suffered his first epileptic attack. These attacks became frequent.

INCURABLE

The surgeon-general of the navy now advised amputation of the paralysed arm, as there seemed to be no hope of ever joining the torn and shrunken nerves. Traynor would not consent. In November, 1916, another doctor tried to suture the nerves, bringing the number of unsuccessful operations up to four. By this time Traynor had been discharged from the service, first on 80 per cent pension, then on 100 per cent, as being permanently and completely disabled. He had to spend months in various hospitals as an epileptic patient.

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Blasphemy 2019

As it becomes ever more obvious that the sexual abuse crisis in the Church is predominately a crisis of homosexual predators among the clergy, we are seeing more and more homosexual commenters slander the Church. The liberal clique of modernist “experts” in academe and the media have been doing this snide sort of sniping at the faith for years now, accusing Catholic saints – who cannot defend themselves – and even casting aspersions on Our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is not really surprising that someone obsessed with unnatural lust would attribute that same disgusting sin to others, but to accuse Our Lord and Saint John the Beloved of such a perversion would seem to be grounds for excommunication. But of course, these days it would only get Andrew Sullivan an honored place in the pantheon of this pope, right between Emma Bonino and that smarmy James Martin.

The agenda in these attacks is to gain acceptance among rank and file Catholics for an impure clergy, freed from the “outdated” vows of celibacy into an “enlightened” acceptance that, as Pope Francis reminds us, “God made you this way”. The barrage of propaganda pushing this agenda has only just begun and it is a non-stop attack against Our Lord and His Church.

My concern in all this is that the filth spewed by Sullivan and his ilk, sly innuendos against Our Lord and His Holy Church, will, if repeated enough, have some “sticking power”. That has happened so often lately. We are all battle-weary and the attacks seem unrelenting. That is why I thought to repost the following on blasphemy against Our Lord. You and I were not there when the people mocked Our Lord as He struggled with His Cross. We could not defend Him then, but now, we have this opportunity to stand with Him and adore Him and make reparation. We cannot stop the lying traitors who are determined to slur Our Lord and His saints, but we can share His pain and offer our own pain as reparation for these insults.

I wrote the following a year or so ago, but hope that it will stir us to make reparation for blasphemy against Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blasphemy is an essential component of satan’s plan to destroy the Kingdom of Christ on earth.  This has long been a staple of the so-called entertainment industry; to slip at least one incident of blasphemy against the Lord, most especially in the form of “Jesus!” said sneeringly or vehemently and almost always by a protagonist. By this, Hollywood presents blasphemy of Our Savior’s name as a model to be emulated. I consider this knee-jerk blasphemy as Hollywood’s tribute to their true master.

A growing trend is to discuss the priest sex abuse crisis and slip into the discussion little tidbits of gossip, confiding slyly that this or that respected saint was in a same-sex love, whether it be chaste or not. Not even Our Lord is exempt from this nasty innuendo and both Mary Magdalen and Saint John the Evangelist have been used to sow doubt.

To counter this institutionalized blasphemy, we offer St. Jean Marie Vianney’s Sermon on Blasphemy:

Saint Jean Vianney recalls us to the early days of the Church when Saints Peter and John went up to the Temple to pray and met a beggar who had been lame from birth, begging at the Temple door. Saint Peter said, “Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise and walk.” (Acts 3,6)

“And Annas the high priest, and Caiphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest. [7] And setting them in the midst, they asked: By what power, or by what name, have you done this? [8] Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them: Ye princes of the people, and ancients, hear: [9] If we this day are examined concerning the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he hath been made whole: [10] Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him this man standeth here before you whole.

[11] This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner. [12] Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved. [13] Now seeing the constancy of Peter and of John, understanding that they were illiterate and ignorant men, they wondered; and they knew them that they had been with Jesus. [14] Seeing the man also who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. (Acts 4, 6-14)

But there is a Name which is above all other names, a Name which we must always pronounce with the greatest reverence, with the most blissful happiness and the tenderest love, and that is the Name of Jesus.

Holy Scripture tells us of this Name:

“Who humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. Wherefore God also hath exalted Him, and hath given Him a name which is above every name.” (Philippians, 2, 8-9)

The Angel of God told Joseph: “Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1. 20-21).

On the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord: “And after eight days were accomplished that the Child should be circumcised His name was called Jesus, which was called by the angel before He was conceived in the womb” (Luke ii. 21).

This most holy Name was from all eternity hidden with the mystery of the Incarnation in the bosom, in the heart, of the Father, and descended at the same time with the fulfillment of this mystery from Heaven, so that we men might express in a worthy manner our respect and our gratitude for what the Son of God, in His human nature, out of His incomprehensible love for us, had done and suffered for our salvation.

The name of Jesus was placed over the head of the crucified Saviour on Golgotha; Jesus Nazarenus, Rex Judæorum (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews), but now it shines over heaven and earth, to the glory of God the Son.

The wonderful power of the Name of Jesus.

In the first place, it is the Saviour Himself who assures us of the wonderful power of His divine Name, for He says of those who believe in Him: “They shall cast out devils in My Name, they shall speak new tongues, they shall pick up snakes, and if they drink anything poisonous, it shall not harm them. They shall lay their hands upon the sick and heal them.”

“Verily, verily, I say unto you,” He says to His Disciples, “if you ask the Father anything in My Name, He will grant your request. Hitherto you have not asked for anything in My Name, but pray, so that you may receive, that your joy may be perfect.”

Saint Jean Vianney also reminds us of Saint Paul’s words to the unfortunate young woman at Philippi who was possessed of a divining spirit, “I command thee, in the Name of Jesus Christ, depart out of her!” (Acts 16, 18)

The Curé adds that Saint John the Beloved Apostle was once ordered to drink poison which he obediently did after first uttering the Name of Jesus over it to bless it. He was thus saved from death. The more devoutly we reverence and call upon the Name of Jesus, the more will our Saviour show a tender and perceptible love toward us. “My Jesus,” says St. Augustine, “as soon as I begin to utter Thy Name, I perceive an unearthly sweetness in my mouth, and an amazing change of heart.” “The Name of Jesus,” says St. Bernard, “is as honey in the mouth, a sweet sound in the ears, and a joy to the heart.” How sweet and consoling is the Name of Jesus, in all the pains and sufferings of this changeable life, but it is sweetest of all at the hour of death.

With the Name of Jesus on their lips, the Saints of God breathed forth their souls. Jesus was their last prayer, their last sigh. “Lord Jesus, receive my soul!” This is how St. Stephen prayed when they were stoning him to death, and so he died in the Lord. “Jesus, my love!” sighed the holy martyr Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, as they led him to his death, to be torn asunder by the wild beasts.

Vianney, St. Jean Marie. Sermons of the Curé of Ars: Sermons for all the Sundays and Feast Days of the Year (Kindle Locations 1787-1790). KIC. Kindle Edition.

Readers, we think on these holy images from true saints and do not give a moment’s notice to the “professional” catholic talking heads who are so willing to spit on Jesus for a price. But Our Lord’s name can never be sullied by the traitorous false catholics who spit on Him and His beloved saints. Their vileness only redounds to their own destruction. This is the Passion of the Church and we know to whom has been given the victory!

Grant us, most merciful Jesus that Thy most holy Name may ever be to us through all our life and especially at the hour of death, our consolation and our hope and in Heaven our eternal joy and blessedness. Amen

Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

 

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

† .  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† .  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† .  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† .  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please spread the devotion of the First Saturdays of Reparation!

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

The Purification of the the Blessed Virgin 2019

 

The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the oldest in the Church and this year it falls on a First Saturday of Reparation. For those who have not begun making their First Saturdays, now is a great opportunity to start.

The feast of the Purification of Mary is also the feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, and both rites were observed in order to fulfill Mosaic Law; that is to say, this venerable old feast is all about obedience! The obedience of Mary, the most pure and perfect example of God’s creation humbly submitting to the ancient Mosaic Law of purification, and the Divine Infant, truly God as well as truly man, submitting in utmost humility to the Mosaic Law, consecrating God to God as it were.

As we consider the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Divine Child in the Temple, we note that it is in their actions, that is to say, in their choices, that we learn the essential truths of our faith and begin to grasp the significance of the choices we ourselves are required to make. For humility demands obedience, and wherever we see true obedience, there is humility in action.

It was a common sight in those days to see proud young fathers and mothers present their first born sons in the great Temple of Jerusalem. There was perhaps, little to distinguish the Holy Family as they brought in their infant Son, wending their way through the throng of devout Jews. However, in stark contrast to the other women  offering their sons, Mary’s consecration of Jesus under the Old Law was to be consummated on the altar of the Cross, the turning point in salvation history, fulfilling the Old Law and beginning the New Law. Thus, Mary’s offering was, on this day, nothing less than the obedient acceptance of the complete oblation of the Sacred Victim, her beloved Son.

For God so loved His creation that in order to save men from their sins, He spared not even His own beloved Son but delivered Him up to save us all, as St. Paul reminds us. God’s justice demanded that the Blessed Virgin Mary know in full every aspect of the sacrifice that was demanded of her innocent Son. This was, as St. Francis de Sales reminds us, so that “together with the sacrifice of the life of the Son, the heart of the mother might be sacrificed also. … although Mary, from the moment she was made mother of Jesus, gave her consent to His death, yet the Lord wished her on this day to make in the Temple a solemn sacrifice of herself, by offering solemnly her Son, and sacrificing to the divine justice His precious life.”

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Prayer of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

Today is First Friday for the Sacred Heart of Jesus and it is also the vigil of the fine old feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Whether you are completing your Novena for Our Lady of Good Success or the little Novena of the Purification, I trust you are well prepared and ready for tomorrow’s renewal of Consecration.

From time to time, a reader will let me know of their progress and it is always so good to hear, especially when you have grown in your devotion to reparation to Our Lady for the horrendous insults to her that seem to flood from the Vatican of Pope Francis. We could do as so many others and spend our time reading all of the endless discussions about what could – or should – be done about this shameful situation; but we know that making reparation to Our Mother’s Immaculate Heart is a far better plan! Here’s a little prayer that seems apt right now, I hope you like it.

Prayer of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, most Sorrowful Mother, I offer you my love and fidelity and my firm desire to make reparation for the blasphemies and offenses which are unceasingly offered to you and which so offend your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The more your Immaculate Conception is blasphemed, the more firmly I will proclaim it, most pure Mother of God.
The more that enemies within the Church despise and ignore your loving mercy, the more I will love You, most Blessed Mother.
The more your perpetual virginity is attacked, the more I will honor you, ever-virgin Mother of our Savior.
The more your Rosary is denigrated and blasphemed, the more I will recite it with love and reverence, most generous Heart of Mary.
The more your message of Fatima is ignored and lied about, the more I will take care to observe it and spread its truth, dear Lady of the Rosary.
The more that you are blasphemed and scorned by the enemies within the Church, the more ardently I will make reparation, O Mother of Mercy.
The more the imitation of your purity and humility is scorned and forgotten, the more I will endeavor to imitate you, most Sorrowful Mother.
The more the devil strives to destroy devotion to you and your message, the more I will be inflamed to devotion to the prayers and  penances you request, O Mother of Divine Grace.
The more that sin and impurity deface and destroy your divine Son’s image in man, the more I shall try by purity of life to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, most pure and holy Mother of God.
The more your Holy Church is scorned and compromised, the more I will endeavor to be her faithful child, O Holy Mother of the Church.
The more that hubris, heresy and apostasy threaten our Holy Church, the more I will turn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to your Immaculate Heart to save us, most beloved Mother.
The more the Sacred Heart of Jesus is blasphemed through false devotions, the more I will increase my fervent devotions to Him, most faithful Mother of our Savior.
The more the Church is persecuted, the more I will pray and sacrifice for for her triumph and exaltation, Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Let us pray: most Immaculate Heart of Mary, always obedient to the Eternal Father, teach us to be ever obedient and humble in the face of the diabolical disorientation that has sown such chaos in the Church and disheartened so many. Suffer us not to be scandalized by this long, dark night of the soul of our Church, but to persevere in loving obedience trusting always in your Immaculate Heart and in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.

The above prayer is one that I composed for my own use from other prayers of reparation, and I offer it for those who might find it useful; you are welcome to modify it as may seem helpful to your devotions. Of course, it is good to check with your priest!

But the best possible reparation for Our Lady is the First Saturdays of Reparation which she asked for so many years ago. Tomorrow is a great time to start!

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Thank you for reading!

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!


†  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

 

Thoughts on the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple

 

This coming Saturday, February 2nd,  will be not only First Saturday of Reparation, it will be the double feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called Candlemas.  In preparation, we offer these thoughts on the presentation of the Child Jesus from Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange.

THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE

Mary said her Fiat in peace and holy joy on the day of the Annunciation. There was sorrow too in her heart at the thought of the sufferings which Isaias had foretold would befall her Son. Still more light is thrown for her on the mystery of the Redemption when the holy old man Simeon speaks of the Child Jesus as the “Salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles.” Mary remains silent in wonder and thanksgiving.

Simeon continues: “This child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted.” Jesus, come for the salvation of all, will be the occasion of the fall of many, He will be a stumbling block (Is. 8:14) for many of the Jews, who, refusing to recognise Him as the Messiah, will fall into infidelity and thence to eternal ruin. (Rom. 9:32; 1 Cor. 1:3). Jesus Himself will say later: “Blessed is he that shall not be scandalised in me.” (Matt. 11:6).

Turning then to Mary herself, Simeon addressed to her the prophetic words: “And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.” Mary will have a share in the Saviour’s trials. His sufferings will be hers. Her very heart will be pierced by a sword of sorrow. Had the Son of Man not come thus on earth we should never have known the full malice of pride’s revolt against truth. The hidden thoughts of hypocrisy and false zeal were revealed when the Pharisees cried out for the crucifixion of Him Who is Holiness.

Jesus’ fullness of grace had two apparently contradictory effects: the most perfect peace of soul; the will to offer Himself as a redemptive victim. Mary’s grace produced two similarly contrasting effects: the pure joys of the days of the Annunciation and the Nativity; the desire to be united most generously to the sufferings of her Son for our salvation.

Thus, presenting Him in the temple, she already offers Him for us. Joy and sorrow are wedded in the heart of the Mother of God who is already the Mother of all who will believe in her Son.

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Consecration to the Holy Ghost

 

The following prayers to the Holy Ghost are offered today in thanksgiving for graces received. I hope that you will find them useful. Now, more than ever, we need so much the graces of the Holy Ghost!

CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY GHOST

O Holy Spirit, divine Spirit of light and love, to Thee I consecrate my understanding, my heart, my will, my whole being for time and for eternity. May my understanding be ever submissive to Thy divine inspirations and to the teaching of the Holy Catholic Church of which Thou are the infallible guide; may my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and of neighbor; may my will be ever conformed to the divine will and may my whole life be a faithful imitation of the life and virtues of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and with Thee, O Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever. Amen.

CONSECRATION OF THE SOUL TO THE HOLY GHOST

(Prayer of St. Catherine of Siena written by her own hand and preserved at Siena)

“O Holy Spirit, come into my heart, by Thy power draw me to Thyself and grant me charity with fear. Keep me, O ineffable Love, from every evil thought, warm and kindle me with Thy sweetest love so that every suffering may seem light to me. My heavenly Father, help me this day in every act. Jesus Love! Jesus Love!”

 

I am sorry that I am unable to post more, but hope to return to work soon.There is a great inclination today to feel the need to obtain ever more information but if we spend a bit more time reading the beautiful works available to us and applying these thoughts in our prayers and meditations, we will be rewarded with clarity of mind and purpose and a peace and joy that cannot be taken from us. For now, we must all work towards our renewal of our Consecrations to Our Lady this coming First Saturday of February, which is the great Feast of her Purification. Have you considered inviting a friend? We are called to evangelization too, you know! ( I carp too much! Forgive me!) Thank you for reading – I pray for you always.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!