The Day the Freemasons Promoted Fatima

 

On August 13, 1917, the Freemasons of Portugal gave the Apparitions of Fatima a huge boost.

The six apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima all occurred on the 13th of each month, except for the one in August. This was because the Administrator of the district of Ourem was a Mason. Not just any Mason, the crude and brutal Arturo Oliveira Santos was the founder-president of the Masonic Lodge of Vila Nova de Ourem and the publisher of the local newspaper. As such, he wielded a tyrannical power in his district and, concerned about the  rising fervor of the area’s Catholics in response to the apparitions, he determined to nip the phenomena in the bud.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us, pray for the Pope!

First, the Administrator, Arturo Oliveira Santos, summoned the children and their fathers to an interrogation at the Town Hall of Vila Nova de Ourem on August 10. Ti Marto refused to allow Francisco and Jacinta to be interrogated, and decided to answer for them, stating that, if necessary, he would be imprisoned for them. But Lúcias father, Antonio dos Santos, complied and brought her to be questioned. He stated, “If she’s lying, it’s a good thing that she should be punished for it.”

Once before the authorities, Lúcia was  brutally bullied and threatened, while her father did nothing to intervene. This lack of support caused Lúcia much suffering. Her words in this regard speak volumes for her sanctity:

“I have the happiness of suffering more! What made me suffer most, was the indifference shown me by my parents. This was all the more obvious, since I could see how affectionately my aunt and uncle treated their children. I remember thinking to myself as we went along: ‘How different my parents are from my uncle and aunt. They risk themselves to defend their children, while my parents hand me over with the greatest indifference, and let them do what they like with me! But I must be patient’, I reminded myself in my inmost heart, ‘since this means I have the happiness of suffering more for the love of You, O my God, and for the conversion of sinners.’ This reflection never failed to bring me consolation.”

When Lúcia returned home after the grueling ordeal, she raced to the old well to see Francisco and Jacinta, who had agreed to pray for her. She found them crying bitterly, and they explained to her that Lucia’s sister had come by earlier to tell them that she had heard that Lúcia had been killed by the authorities.

Although he had so far been unable to succeed in suppressing the little shepherds, the Administrator determined to kidnap them rather than allow another “hoax” appearance. And so, on the 13th, the Administrator tricked the children and brought them to Ourem.

The details of the kidnapping and Oliveira Santos’ actions make a laughable melodrama now, but at the time, they were terrifying to the children. More details can be found at Fatima.org, but for here we simply state that the children, although frightened by finding themselves locked in jail with rough prisoners and threatened with death by being boiled in oil, seized the opportunity to obey the Angel’s request and make reparation. When Jacinta began to cry, Francisco encouraged her, “Don’t cry, we can offer this to Jesus for sinners”, Then he prayed out loud, “O my Jesus, this is for love of You, and for the conversion of sinners.” Jacinta then added: “And also for the Holy Father, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

“Never! I’d rather die!”

The prisoners who were in the cell with them tried to comfort them, “But all you have to do, they said, is tell the Administrator the secret! What does it matter whether the Lady wants you to or not!”

Jacinta’s reply is an inspiration for us, “Never! I’d rather die!” she stated firmly. The children then knelt and prayed the Rosary. Lúcia tells us in her Memoir that the prisoners all knelt and prayed with them and even those who did not know how at least knelt down reverently. Ah, but that was long ago, wasn’t it? And now even the humble Bishop of Rome will not kneel for Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

After their Rosary, one of the prisoners took out his concertina and began to play a lively tune. before long they were all dancing, as Lúcia tells us. “Jacinta’s partner was a poor thief who, finding her so tiny, picked her up and went on dancing with her in his arms!”

In the midst of this happy interlude, a guard appeared, who in a fearsome voice called out to Jacinta: “The oil is boiling now: tell the secret, if you don’t want to be burned!” In a small voice, Jacinta replied, “I can’t.” “So you can’t, eh? Then I’ll make you able to! Come!”

During Jacinta’s interrogation, Francisco confided to Lúcia with boundless joy and peace: “If they kill us as they say, we’ll soon be in Heaven! How wonderful! Nothing else matters!” After a thoughtful pause, Francisco continued, “May God grant that Jacinta not be afraid. I will say an Ave Maria for her!” Then he took off his cap and prayed. The guard, seeing him in this attitude of prayer, asked him: “What are you saying?” “I’m reciting an Ave Maria so Jacinta won’t be afraid.” The guard made a disdainful gesture and let him go on.

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Apocalypse Chapters 1-3

 

We return to the beginning to discover a surprise – the letters to the Churches, written millenia ago, provide valuable insight for just these days. Of course, each century of the Church’s history has been able to say that to some extent, but as we read the first three chapters, we do see a rather astonishing array of lessons for the Church in this most troubled time. Our readings are taken today from Apocalypse 1-3, Catholic Bible Online.

When St. John the beloved Apostle set down the words revealed to him in the Apocalypse, he began with:

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to make known to His servants the things which must shortly come to pass: and signified, sending by His angel to His servant John, who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen. Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand.”

The first thing we notice is the phrase, “must shortly come to pass” which is then repeated for emphasis in the end, “For the time is at hand”. And when was this written? So you see that the timeframe expressed in sacred scripture is vastly different from our timeframe. An instructor once remarked on this timeframe that ours is, “like a mayfly’s”.

Continuing in Chapter 1, we see,

“I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying: What thou seest, write in a book, and send to the seven churches which are in Asia, to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamus, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

 

Ephesus

In Chapter 2, John reveals the Lord’s message to these churches which represent His message to all Catholic churches in all ages, but with especial relevance for the latter times of the great tribulation. The first church is that of Ephesus, which Christ chides,

“Thou hast left thy first charity. Be mindful therefore from whence thou art fallen: and do penance, and do the first works. Or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou do penance. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaites, which I also hate.

Note the emphatic way in which, Our Lord asserts the need for hatred of sinful deeds. These letters set the tone for understanding God’s will for us in troubled times. In His message to the Bishop of the Church at Ephesus, Christ warns him – and us – of losing our charity, He urges us to do penance and “to do the first works”, that is, the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  But the gist of the message may be found in Our Lord’s hatred for the deeds of the Nicolaites and His commendation for the Ephesians for hating these sinful deeds as well.

The Nicolaites were guilty of a casuistry, that is, the use of complex reasoning to justify moral laxity, similar to that of the present pontiff, in that they managed to find a way to laxity in the law. This false tolerance allowed Christians to eat meats sacrificed to idols (that is, allowing participation in satanic rituals) and even allowing that “whoever should have committed fornication might receive peace on the eighth day.” (The Book of Destiny, Fr. H. B. Kramer) Fr. Kramer further notes that early writings indicate that the Nicolaites tactics were akin to the Balaamites and Gnostics. The sin of Balaam was to allow sexual depravity to lure Israelite men into sin and so weaken them.

As we consider this passage, it appears that the error hated by Our Lord is precisely that tolerance of mortal sin that we see vaunted today in the false mercy and false ecumenism of the neo-modernists now in power in the Church. Understood correctly, this message is a warning against the tolerance for sin which has so infected the Church over the past century. The result has been a stupefying indifference towards the most grievous errors and inability to counteract them.

 

Smyrna

The second church addressed is the Church of Smyrna,

“These things saith the First and the Last, who was dead, and is alive: I know thy tribulation and thy poverty, but thou art rich: and thou art blasphemed by them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tried: and you shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful until death: and I will give thee the crown of life.”

This message is a warning of martyrdom and great suffering and a reminder of the even greater reward for those who remain faithful. And it applies to these times most precisely. By the term, “was dead and is alive”, it also counteracts the modernist heresy condemned by Pope St. Pius X in Pascendi Domenici Gregis, 16,  In #16, St. Pius X condemns the following, “. ..if it be objected that in the visible world there are some things which appertain to faith, such as the human life of Christ, the Modernists reply by denying this.”  In Apocalypse 2, 8, Christ asserts that He is, “the First and the Last, who was dead, and is alive”  thus confirming His actual bodily death and actual bodily Resurrection.

The term Synagogue of Satan refers to the enemies of Christ and in these sad times, these enemies are within the very heart of the Church. Jesus encourages us to fear them not. He warns that we shall have tribulation for “ten days”, thus comforting us that this too, shall pass. Fr. Kramer notes that ten is the perfect number of the world, while twelve is the perfect number of God. Thus we understand that the world’s idea of completion is surpassed by God and that what appears a persecution in the eyes of the worldly is in point of fact, an opportunity for greater glory in heaven with God and His saints forever.

The message to Smyrna ends with the emphatic, “He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: He that shall overcome, shall not be hurt by the second death.” In this warning of the coming martyrdom, there is the promise that those who overcome, that is to say, those who give their life for Christ, will not suffer the eternal death of the damned. A salutary rebuttal to the heresies promoted today by the Synagogue of Satan, true enemies of Christ who control the church at present. We shall meet them again in the message to the Church at Philadelphia.

 

Pergamus

The third message is to the church of Pergamus:

“These things, saith He, that hath the sharp two edged sword: I know where thou dwellest, where the seat of Satan is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith. . . . thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat, and to commit fornication: So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaites.”

Now Pergamus means citadel and Jesus here asserts that this citadel has become the seat of Satan. He commends those in Pergamus, where the seat of Satan is, yet who still hold fast His name and have not denied the faith. By the term “the stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat and to commit fornication” we understand the tactic of Balaam who used pagan women to lure the Israelite men into base sensuality, tempting them into feasting on food sacrificed to idols (that refers to participating in Satanic rituals), and into fornication with them. Now fornication has the dual meaning, referring to heresy and apostasy as well as lust. Additionally, we note Christ’s anger at those whose false mercy allows those grievous sinners to then receive the Blessed Sacrament. By this passage, we may understand the stumbling-blocks placed in the path of the faithful by the new theology of Pope Francis and his crew of modernists, These men use false mercy to condone unrepentant sinners receiving the sacraments unworthily and allow impure unrepentant priests and bishops to continue in office despite their scandalous sins.

He also again warns against the sins of the fasle doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaites. This repetition of the injunction against the deeds of the Nicolaites, reinforced with the injunction against the doctrine of Balaam, gives an additional gravity to the warnings against laxity in moral teaching. Jesus Christ closes this message with,

“In like manner do penance: if not, I will come to thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: To him that overcometh, I will give the hidden manna, and will give him a white counter, and in the counter, a new name written, which no man knoweth, but he that receiveth it.”

Fr. H. B. Kramer notes here, “Christ will fight the evil-doers with the two-edged sword of His word, which will separate the good from the bad, bring bloodshed and grief and tears of repentance. Those who repent will be saved but will first die in martyrdom. That God is a man of war, appears first in Exodus (XV. 3). If the bishop excommunicates the heretics by enforcing the apostolic decrees, the church will be spared the intervention of Christ and will remain under His protection. My only comment here is that it appears we today are so unfortunate as to see the alternative, the Bergoglian revolution asserting error and persecuting the faithful. This will hasten the intervention of Christ. The hidden manna is a promise to restore once again the precious gift of the Holy Sacrifice and the Eucharist, the “counter” is the ever-present offer of forgiveness and re-instatement for those who repent, for as Jesus reminded us through Sister Lucia, It is never too late to repent and return to Jesus and Mary.

 

Thyatira

The fourth message, to the Church at Thyatira, Christ says, “These things saith the Son of God, who hath His eyes like to a flame of fire, and His feet like to fine brass.” The reference to His eyes like a flame of fire repeats Chapter 1, verses 14 and 15, wherein, “His eyes were as a flame of fire, and His feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace.” Fr. Kramer notes here that this intimates, “His Omniscience. It alludes to Ezechiel (VIII. 2) and the abominations of idolatry (satanism) secretly practiced in the Temple, where God also appeared to the prophet’s eyes in the likeness of fire. God will penetrate the secret recesses in which Jezabel practices her abominations and will sound the “depths of Satan” (II. 24).”

The term Jezabel may be applied to those impure and effeminate clerics who serve satan and not Christ in the very heart of the Church, the so-called Lavender/St. Gallen Mafia who placed Pope Francis on the throne. Fr. Kramer notes that King Achab permitted a woman named Jezabel to teach her evil heresies in the church and to establish worship of Baal, that is to say, Satan. Once again, we see the injunction against eating meats sacrificed to idols, i.e., to satanic ritual. This triple warning against sins of impurity is ignored at our own peril. Father Kramer warns, “the plague shall strike the spiritual progeny of this new Jesabel. It will be a manifest punishment like the judgments upon the followers of the Beast (XV.), and the attribute of the “eyes like to a flame of fire” will become manifest to all the churches.”

The reference to the depths of Satan” points to the Gnostic sects and is applicable today but we will not discuss it at this time. The message to the Church at Thyatira closes with an especially comforting and prophetic note:

After urging them to, “Hold fast till I come. And he that shall overcome, and keep my works unto the end, I will give him power over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and as the vessel of a potter they shall be broken, As I also have received of my Father: and I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” We note the prophetic reference to the “Rod of iron”.

 

Sardis

Next, we go to Chapter 3 for the message to the Church at Sardis, bearing in mind that this message, as the others, is for all the church at all times but most especially it is for the latter times, when the combat shall be most intense. Our Lord Jesus Christ here says,

“I know thy works, that thou hast the name of being alive: and thou art dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die. For I find not thy works full before my God. Have in mind therefore in what manner thou hast received and heard: and observe, and do penance. If then thou shalt not watch, I will come to thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know at what hour I will come to thee.”

The Bishop (Angel) to whom this message is addressed has sinned against the Holy Ghost, has cultivated worldly “virtues” of tolerance, expediency and diplomacy, that is, has become a hypocrite tolerant of impurities in doctrine and morals, and diplomatically ignores false teachings and even blasphemies in the name of mercy and ecumenism. He is the epitome of the hypocritical, modernist CEO Bishops of today’s Bergoglian church.

 

Philadelphia

The next message is to the Angel (Bishop) of the Church at Philadelphia.

“These things saith the Holy One and the true one, He that hath the key of David; He that openeth, and no man shutteth; shutteth, and no man openeth: I know thy works. Behold, I have given before thee a door opened, which no man can shut: because thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will bring of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie. Behold, I will make them to come and adore before thy feet. And they shall know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon the whole world to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

This is an encouragement to the faithful Remnant, as prophesied by Blessed Elizabeth Canori-Mora. If this congregation continues steadfast in the faith, growing more in grace with each passing phase of the persecutions, they will be rewarded by receiving the conversion of not only the Jews but those who have followed the second beast and have now repented. This remnant congregation knows that they are weak and therefore depend totally on Jesus and she whom He sends – the Immaculata.  Thus, to them is given the grace to stand fast in the faith. It would seem that this passage indicates that the institutional church, so long suffering the eclipse of the faith, will return to the faith by acknowledging the community of the faithful remnant.  The conversions of those Prelates who have at last rejected the false doctrines of the faction of Jezabel are the reward for the remnant’s steadfast refusal to compromise with the spirit of the world.

 

Laodicea

The final message is to the Church at Laodicea, which we have mentioned in previous posts.  To this Church, as to us all at this time, He warns,

“These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the beginning of the creation of God: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.

“Because thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing: and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy of me gold fire tried, that thou mayest be made rich; and mayest be clothed in white garments, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

“Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance. Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.”

We note with a poignant regret the relevance to our sad time under the blight of this pontiff and his wrecking crew, who make an unholy mess of the Temple of God. But we might also take heart in the promises offered to us in these first three chapters of the Apocalypse which reveal a restoration of the faith when at last those who have fallen into the error of following the Second Beast repent and return to the true faith, that is the traditional faith of all time, which has been preserved for them by the small and weak remnant represented by the Church at Philadelphia.

 

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!

~ 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!

Fridays for Reparation

From our draft archives:

Today’s meditation:

After Our Lord fed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes, He proclaimed to them this truth:  “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it.”, (Luke 9, 23-24)

And St. Paul also reminds us, “For the word of the cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. . . . But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinth. 18-25)

The three little shepherds of Fatima represented the three calls to respond to the  message of Our Lady of Fatima, that is, Francisco, the mystic, consoled Our Lord and Our Lady in penitence and prayer, Jacinta’s reponse was to save souls by her sacrifices, penances and prayers, and Lucia reponded by propagating the message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, and by her penances and prayers. The scarlet thread that runs throughout these three calls and unites them is  penance and prayer.

Perhaps we could try to make Fridays a special day of penance and prayer for this awful pope and the scandal and confusion he is spreading throughout the Church. Perhaps also, we could make reparation for the flaccid mass of indifferent (c)atholics who choose to ignore it all. The following prayer is a favorite, hope you like it too!

Litany for Penitents

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Thy great mercy, and according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out our iniquity. (Psalm 50:3)

Behold the Man, your King!

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Perfecter of the elect, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
O God, Who by the voice of Thy prophets and Apostles dost call upon us incessantly to be converted and to abandon our evil ways, have mercy on us.
O Divine Savior, Jesus Christ, Who didst Thyself come on earth to call sinners to repentance, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Who didst come among us to seek and to save the lost sheep, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who hast declared that unless we do penance, we shall perish everlastingly, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who desires not the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who has assured us that there shall be joy in Heaven over one sinner that is converted and does penance, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who, in the example of the prodigal son returning home to the bosom of his father, hast inspired us with confidence in Thy tenderness, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who for the sake and salvation of sinners was pleased to undergo so many hardships and labors, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who didst not refuse to receive sinners, in order to draw them to repentance, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who calls upon us to be converted to Thee with all our hearts, have mercy on us.
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Palliative Care, Not What You Think!

Here in the United States of America, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act is a huge step towards mainstreaming euthanasia under the benevolent appearance of “palliative care”. It is being rammed through – already steamrolled through the House of Representatives and now in the Senate as S.693.

On a personal note, I am a retired registered nurse and remember when Hospice was welcomed into healthcare as the “compassionate choice”. It was presented as preserving life by ameliorating pain. The reasoning was that if we could ease the pain a bit, it would allow patients to work through their issues in their final stage of life and feel less despairing. It was never, to my knowledge, presented as a cost-saving device by speeding up the end of life. But once hospice care and palliative care became accepted, it has become increasingly clear that under the treacle about death with dignity and compassionate choice, it is simply another attack on the right to life.

Palliative care is being presented under false pretenses; it is not about easing pain, it is about doping up a patient to the point where they choke on their own saliva, and so are denied food and water which are now considered extraordinary medical interventions. This hastens the end of life and cuts costs. It is important to grasp that it is NOT about “compassionate care”, it is about cost-cutting. But there is an even darker side, for just as satan desires to kill the infant before he has a chance to be baptised, thus cutting him off from God, satan desires to prevent the dying soul from forming the intent to repent and seek salvation from God. Palliative care thus joins abortion as a satanic sacrament.

To learn more about the truth of Palliative Care, I suggest this link: 5 Things You Should Know About Palliative Care

And now, here is the information about the Palliative Care and Hospice Training and Education Act that I was asked to post:

From Dr. Elizabeth Wickham of Lifetree:

The senate is the last stop before this bill becomes law. It is much worse than an assisted suicide bill because it will force us to live in a country where the state decides who gets good healthcare and who does not.
Just when we thought we thought we were making progress on protecting life at all stages Satan has landed a big one!  This link is to a c-span video of House proceedings relating to appropriations bills on July 23.

The PCHETA bill passed (the House of Representatives)  by VOICE VOTE.  It stands for The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act.  See H.R. 1676 (S.693).  It will give federal “juice” or 15 million dollars annually for the fundamental transformation of our healthcare system.  Life affirming decisions will be based on the “quality of life.”  We all know what that means. A healthcare system with built-in rationing!

Here is the video on C-span:
H.R. 1676 | Congressional Chronicle | C-SPAN.org

You will find the discussion of this bill starting at about 59:00 minutes with the voice vote taken  at about 1:04 minutes.   Interesting that this happened on the watch of a retiring Speaker of the House. Amazing at how little time was allotted for debate on the floor. I read they gave the bill a total of 40 minutes!

Monumental social change with very little discussion on the floor? How could that be? Because the Third Path Euthanasia Movement’s lobby group called Patient Quality of Life Coalition has been highly visible on Capital Hill lobbying for this bill ever since about 2015.  And because there are only a handful of voices warning about today’s palliative care.

The bill will set up protocols for slow euthanasia of people targeted by age, multiple chronic conditions, marginal place in society,disabilities such as mental frailties, family disagreements about medical care, expensive caregiving, etc, etc.  Yes, it is really going to take us to the gates of hell.

The bill is in the Senate HELP Committee.  See http://www.help.senate.gov/about/members.  It is a stacked deck.  I am no expert but knowing who on this committee has worked against protecting the lives of aged over the years I suggest you might find a willingness to listen from these six Senators— Sen Burr of N.C, Sen Paul of KY, Sen Young of IN, Sen Roberts of KS and definitely Sen Scott of SC.

Readers, Pope Francis is a strong supporter of Palliative Care, (as is George Soros) and after he stripped the Pontifical Academy for Life of its pro-life members, he stacked it with the proponents of contraception, abortion and palliative care/euthanasia. Yet, today, very few traditional Catholic writers or blogs address the palliative care aspect of the Bergoglio Vatican agenda.<

But it is essential that we inform ourselves of all the various aspects under which the enemies of life operate, We must seek to inform others as well, if for no other reason, in order to spiritually combat with our penances and rosaries.

Thank you for reading and please continue to pray the Rosary, for love of the Immaculate Heart of 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!
† . 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 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!

The New Paganism

 

PETER or PAN

The story of the development of new paganism is the story of the Prodigal Son. The younger son in the parable is Western civilization, who in the sixteenth century goes to the spiritual father of Christendom and asks for a share of the substance garnered through the centuries. The spiritual father gives Western civilization a share of that capital in the shape of the necessity of a Church, the Divinity of Christ, the inspiration of Sacred Scriptures, the existence of God, and the necessity of religion.

In the course of the last four centuries, Western civilization has been prodigal of that patrimony. In the sixteenth century, it spent its belief in the Church, in the seventeenth, the inspiration of Sacred Scripture, in the eighteenth, the Divinity of Christ, in the nineteenth, the existence of God, and in the twentieth, the necessity of religion. At the present day, the capital is all gone and now it is feeding on husks, under the names of “New Thought” and “Progress.” It was not so long ago that the father of Christendom could depend upon those sects that called themselves Christian to help defend the great fundamental truths of Christianity such as the Divinity of Christ and the necessity of the salvation of the individual soul. That day is past.

Many of the best-known preachers are today teaching nothing but a glorified Humanism and there are but few who would dare to speak of divine justice or retribution. We are, therefore, practically forced to carry on the battle for Christian truth alone, and this is something new in the history of Christianity.

In our day the religion of Christ is facing a crisis such as it has not faced, probably, since Constantine.1 By that I mean that up to this time the Church has been engaged in a kind of civil war, in which a Christian idea has battled with a misunderstanding of a Christian idea or in which sect has fought with sect. None of the great heresies of the first sixteen hundred years of the Christian era denied the existence of God, but they had misconceived the notion of the Trinity, the nature of Christ, the nature of Divine Grace, and the mission of the Church. In the last four centuries the conflict was not so much of idea and idea as the conflict of sect and sect.

Today we are faced with something entirely novel. We are engaged now not so much in what might be called a civil war, but we are confronted with what Mr. Belloc2 has called “an invasion,” that is, a force of ideas that is as strange to traditional Christianity as Christianity was strange to Paganism. This new invading force is New Paganism.

New Paganism may be defined as an outlook on life that holds to the sufficiency of human science without faith, and the sufficiency of human power without grace. In other words, its two tenets are Scientism which is a deification of the experimental method, and Humanism, which is a glorification of a man who makes God to his own image and likeness.

New Paganism is not the same as the old Paganism. The most important differences between the two are these: the old Paganism was a confusion. New Paganism is a divorce. The old Paganism did not deny God, in fact it asserted supreme powers, such as Zeus3 and Jupiter4 and the “Unknown God of Athens.”5 What it did, however, was to confuse divinity and humanity, matter and spirit, God and man, to such an extent as to reduce them to a kind of unity. Thus it was that idols of gold and silver, of marble and brass, were called “gods.”

There was much that was reprehensible in this kind of theology, but there was also something that was noble. Why did the pagans make their gods in sensible forms like statues? Merely because in their ignorance they could make no distinction whatever between spirit and matter? May it not be more likely that in making their gods visible in matter, they were dimly expressing an instinctive yearning in the human heart for an Incarnation, or a God amongst men? May it not be that Bethlehem was the realization of those crudely expressed pagan ideals? And the very fact that idolatry passed out of the world with the knowledge of the Incarnation proves in some way that the human heart has had its cravings satisfied and its ideals realized.

New Paganism, on the contrary, does not confuse the human and the divine — it separates them, it divorces them. It runs a sharp sword of cleavage between the things that God joined together and forbade to be put asunder, that is, such tremendous realities as God and the cosmos, nature and grace, faith and science, body and soul, morality and conscience, husband and wife, maternity and Providence, divine action and human liberty.

After having divorced the two, New Paganism immediately throws away the better half and lives worse with the other half. That is why today there is religion without God, Christianity without Christ, and psychology without a soul. That is why there are Behaviorism, Humanism, and all the other new labels. From this point of view, the old Paganism was preferable to the new, for at least it acknowledged the necessity of some power above man, even though it was only a household god who by his wrath might put down the fever and fervor of birth-control.

The second difference between the old and the new Paganism is that the old Paganism worshiped the vital forces of nature and entered into vital communion with them and the cosmos by some sort of ritualistic magic that belongs to the domain of religion. New Paganism continues to worship the forces of nature, but it enters into communion with this cosmic order not by a ritualistic magic that belongs to the realm of religion, but by a mathematical formalism that belongs to the domain of science. The old Paganism with its ritualistic magic had the advantage of admitting the worshiper into some dim borderland of the unknown and providing him with an inspiration and awe that is foreign to the New Paganism, with its clockwork cosmos of pointer-readings and shadowy configurations of space-time. The old Paganism found a God, though it was only an unknown God. New Paganism finds a God — and its name is Man.

The third difference resides in the nature of the two kinds of paganism. The old Paganism was the perversion of natural lights and misuse of reason by those who could have come to a knowledge of the invisible God from the visible things of the world. This was the basis of St. Paul’s reproach to the Romans. New Paganism, on the contrary, is a perversion of supernatural lights , the putting out of the flame of Christianity and the light of faith and the revelation of Christ Jesus.

The old Paganism put out the light of the candle of reason; New Paganism put out the light of the sun of Faith. The only way to understand the degradation to which man had fallen is to know the heights from which he had fallen, and no one will deny that it is impossible to fall from a greater height than the hope and life that Christ brought to this world, and in this sense the fall of New Paganism is the greater.

What will be the future of New Paganism? If present religious and philosophical conditions continue, it is not unlikely that the religious universe within the next century or two will be divided into two great worlds — the world of Peter and the world of Pan.6 First of all, that group in our society which believes in the existence of God, the Divinity of Christ, the necessity of redemption and spiritual sanctification, those who put on the panoply of Rome though they have not yet her soul, those who are outside of the Church but honestly seeking and praying for truth and light, will, by the very logic of their ways, slowly, surely, certainly, and inevitably end in the veneration of Peter or the Church of Rome.

That other group, on the contrary, which babbles and prattles about the omnipotence of science, which believes that the idea of God must be suited to the new astrophysics and that a future life is a survival idea from uncivilized peoples — this group, I say, will by the very logic of their ways, slowly, surely, certainly, and inevitably end in the worship of Pan or Paganism. But there will be no more Peter Pans,7 no more Federations of Churches, no more “broad-mindedness.” We shall be either hot or cold. We shall either gather with Christ or we shall scatter. The day of compromise and timeserving will have passed.

And then what will be the issue? There probably will come a conflict of these two forces. For just as no nation can exist half slave and half free, so, too, Christianity cannot exist half Christian and half pagan. If the present indications mean anything, the conflict of Peter and Pan in some future day will be translated into the conflict between the forces that worship the State and the forces that worship God. As men cease to believe in God, the State becomes God.

(. . . )

As the world becomes better in one direction it will become worse in another. As it becomes violent in one direction, it will become saintly in another. As the individual hates his body, restrains it, mortifies it, persecutes it, his soul grows better, more spiritual, more refined, more saintly. Such is the meaning of the words of our blessed Lord, “If you wish to save your life, you must lose it.” What is true of the individual is true of the race. As it becomes wicked, it will also become saintly. As Pan becomes powerful, so Peter will become powerful. As the Church is persecuted and seems to be on the very threshold of death, it will be spiritually alive, awaiting its resurrection, as Christ was, even when He was laid in His tomb.

This intensification of the forces of good and evil can have only one issue and that issue will be — persecution and apostasy. Apostasy, because shallow minds will be affected by the New Pagan doctrine of the sufficiency of human knowledge without faith; persecution, because shallow hearts will be affected by the New Pagan doctrine of the sufficiency of human power without grace.

Apostasy will be pride in action or the temporary supremacy of the fads and fashions of the age over the unchanging truths of eternity. Persecution will be Humanism in action or sentimentality gone mad. Persecution is a form of social sadism in which society takes pleasure, as perverted individuals do, in the infliction of pain. It comes not only with cold-bloodedness but also with hot-bloodedness, which is degeneration.

Christ has never promised His people earthly peace and repose, but He has promised them persecution. “As they have hated me, so will they hate you.” Every nation or group of people that has become particularly dear to Christ, because prosperous in the affairs of the soul, has become so through persecution. England paid for her faith by blood and that blood is now the purchase price of her re-conversion. France paid for her title as the eldest daughter of the Church in the Western world by the blood of the French Revolution. Ireland has paid for her faith so many times over as to be one of the peoples in the world whom God loves most.

We have twenty million Catholics in this country who have not been bought with blood. Will they have to pay the price for that faith? Will they have to suffer to rise to new heights? Will they escape the law that Good Friday is the prelude to an Easter Sunday?

If persecution comes, when will it come? No one knows but God. But one thing is worth observing so far as the future is concerned. There are appearing in our periodicals at the present time a series of articles many of which have for their avowed purpose the destruction of everything Christian, God-like, and Christlike. These articles, some of which have been critically appreciated in these pages, still belong to the realm of theory. But how long can they be kept in the world of theory? How long does it take an idea to work itself out of two covers of a textbook into the great broad world? How long will it take the atheistic doctrines of many of our universities to ooze their way out through the four corners of a classroom and become translated into the language of the man on the street? How long will it take man to seize upon these ideas not as theories, but as principles of living?

Fifty years ago, Darwin’s theory was a classroom theory. Now most people are living under the illusion that they have read Darwin, and many talk evolution as if they knew whereof they spoke. Even already everybody is talking about Einstein, though few know what Einstein is talking about. It may take longer for the immoral theories of self-expression ethics and the godless philosophy of space-time to work themselves into the very marrow and fiber of the common man. But when these ideas do work themselves out, then we shall have persecution or perhaps Sovietism.9

The only difference between the theory of godlessness of the Soviet State and the temper and tone of the articles I have mentioned is the difference between theory and fact. Sovietism does not write its articles in the learned journals but writes its beliefs with blood on church steps. It does not write against sanctuaries; it abolishes them. Sovietism is not concerned with the thrill that comes from “a bold challenge to morality,” but with the animal satisfaction that comes from the burning of a flame of hate in the very sanctuary lamp of God. It is Pan in action.

If that condition of godlessness is ever to be averted, if Paganism is ever to be thrust back, it can be met with only one force in the world, and that is the Church — and by that word, I mean the Church, not churches. The Church is the only thing in the world that knows anything about Paganism. She was born not of Paganism but in Paganism. She saw it grow; she saw its gods dethroned; she saw its State worshiped. But she also saw it decline, and we know, and all history knows, that the only reason Paganism declined was because of the civilizing and supernaturalizing power of Christ in His Church.

The Church assisted at the deathbed of Paganism. The last beast of  Paganism was fed on the body of one of her faithful. The last god that was overthrown was cast to earth by a convert to Christ from Paganism. Now, as then, the Church is the only force that knows it, and when the modern world calls it new, we remember it as something old. As the modern world looks upon it as something progressive, we look upon it as the degradation of barbarism. We know that if it must be crushed again, as it was crushed of old, by a surrender of our lives and our blood, we are willing to do it. When that conflict will come, if it comes, we know not; we know nothing of its details, nothing of the alignment of forces; we know not the kind of swords that will be unsheathed — but there is one thing that we do know, and that is that in that struggle with the powers of darkness and the errors of Paganism, in that warfare of Peter and Pan, if Truth wins, we win. If Truth — Ah! But Truth can’t lose!

Footnotes

“1 Gaius Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus, known as Constantine I, Constantine the Great, or (among Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Christians) as Saint Constantine (272–337) was a Roman Emperor who is perhaps best remembered in modern times for the Edict of Milan in 313 which fully legalized Christianity in the Empire for the first time, and the Council of Nicaea in 325.
2 Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc (1870–1953) was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. One of his most famous statements was “the faith is Europe and Europe is the faith.” This sums up his strongly-held, orthodox Roman Catholic views which were expressed at length in many of his works from 1920-1940.
3 Zeus in Greek mythology is the highest ranking god among the Olympian gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the god of the sky and thunder.
4 Jupiter is the Roman equivalent of Zeus; he is also referred to as Jove.
5 The Areopagus, like most city-state institutions, continued to function in Roman times, and it was at that location that the Apostle Paul, after seeing an altar to the Unknown God, delivered his famous speech which began “What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.”
6 Pan is the Greek god who watches over shepherds and their flocks. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a satyr. Pan inspired sudden fear in lonely places, hence our word “panic.”
7 Peter Pan is a book written by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie (1860–1937). It tells the story of a mischievous little boy who refuses to grow up and spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as leader of his gang who called themselves the Lost Boys.”
8 Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, anglicized as Tertullian (155-230) was a church leader and prolific author of early Christianity who was also a notable early Christian apologist. He was born, lived, and died in Carthage, in what is today Tunisia.
9 Sovietism refers to the totalitarian Communist system first put into effect in Russia. It was promoted by propaganda and persecution, and often accompanied by forced resettlement of large categories of people to the Gulag labor camps.”

Source: Fulton J. Sheen. “Old Errors and New Labels.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/old-errors-and-new-labels/

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ

 

Today we offer a new posting on the Transfiguration. It is tbased on Archbishop Sheen’s “Life of Christ”.

Three lessons were given by Our Lord Jesus Christ from a mountain. In His Sermon on the Mount, He challenged the spirit of the world. From Mount Tabor, He gave Peter, James and John a glimpse of the glory that was to come after His Passion and Death. And from Mount Calvary, He taught us most eloquently from His Cross.

We know that Peter, James and John were the Apostles chosen, but why them? Peter was to be the first Pope, James was to be the first Apostle martyred for the faith and John was to be the visionary of the future glory of the Apocalypse. All three were witnessed the miracle of Jesus raising Jairus’s daughter from the dead. Archbishop Fulton Sheen tells us that all three needed to witness the Transfiguration in order to rectify their false conceptions of the Messias and to understand the importance of the Cross. Not long before, Peter had protested strenuously against the Cross while James and John had shared the common misconception that the reign of the Savior would be an earthly one. Our Lord knew that He would need to help them see the future glory beyond the bloody mount of the skull.

A brief glimpse of glory

It was not the full manifestation of Divinity which no man of earth could see; nor was His body glorified, for He had not risen from the dead, but it possessed a quality of glory. His crib, His carpenter trade, His bearing opprobrium from enemies were a humiliation; fittingly there should also be epiphanies of glory, as the angels’ song at His birth and the voice of the Father during the baptism.

Now as He nears Calvary, a new glory surrounds Him. The voice again invests Him in the robes of the priesthood, to offer sacrifice. The glory that shone around Him as the Temple of God was not something with which He was outwardly invested, but rather a natural expression of the inherent loveliness of “Him who came down from heaven.”

The wonder was not this momentary radiance around Him; it was rather that at all other times it was repressed. As Moses, after communing with God, put a veil over his face to hide it from the people of Israel, so Christ had veiled His glory in humanity. But for this brief moment, He turned it aside so that men might see it; the outgoing of these rays was the transitory proclamation to every human eye of the Son of Righteousness.

As the Cross came nearer, His glory became greater. So it may be that the coming of the anti-Christ or the final crucifixion of the good will be preceded by an extraordinary glory of Christ in His members. In man, the body is a kind of a cage of the soul. In Christ, the Body was the Temple of Divinity.

In the Garden of Eden, we know that man and woman were naked but not ashamed. This is because the glory of the soul before sin shone through the body and became a kind of a raiment. Here too in the Transfiguration, the Divinity shone through humanity. This was probably much more natural than for Christ to be seen in any other pose, namely, without that glory. It took restraint to hide the Divinity that was in Him.

“And whilst He prayed, the shape of His countenance was altered, and His raiment became white and glittering. And behold two men were talking with Him. And they were Moses and Elias, Appearing in majesty. And they spoke of His decease that He should accomplish in Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:29-31).

The Old Testament was coming to meet the New. Moses the publisher of the Law, Elias the chief of the Prophets—both of them were seen shining in the Light of Christ Himself Who, as the Son of God, gave the Law and sent the Prophets. The subject of conversation of Moses, Elias and Christ was not what He had taught, but His sacrificial death; it was His duty as Mediator which fulfilled the Law, the Prophets and the Eternal Decrees.

Their work done, they pointed to Him to see the Redemption accomplished. Thus did He keep before Him the goal of being “numbered with the transgressors,” as Isaias had foretold. Even in this moment of glory, the Cross is the theme of the discourse with the celestial visitors. But it was death conquered, sin atoned and the grave despoiled.

St. Paul said, “Having joy set before Him, He endured the Cross.” What the Apostles noticed as particularly beautiful and glorified were His face and His garments—the face which later would be splattered with blood flowing from a crown of thorns; and the garments, which would be a robe of scorn with which sneering Herod would dress Him. The gossamer of light which now surrounded Him would be exchanged for nakedness when He would be stripped on a hill.

While the Apostles were standing at what seemed to be the very vestibule of heaven, a cloud formed, overshadowing them:

“And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him.” (Matt. 17:5)

When God sets up a cloud it is a manifest sign that there are bonds which man dare not break. At His baptism, the heavens were opened; now at the Transfiguration they opened again to install Him in His office as Mediator, and to distinguish Him from Moses and the Prophets. It was heaven itself that was sending Him on His mission, not the perverse will of men.

At the baptism, the voice from heaven was for Jesus Himself; on the Hill of the Transfiguration, it was for the disciples. The shouts of “Crucify” would be too much for their ears if they did not know that it behooved the Son to suffer. It was not Moses nor Elias they were to hear, but Him who apparently would die like any other teacher, but was more than a prophet.

The voice testified to the unbroken and undivided union of Father and Son; it recalled also the words of Moses that in due time God would raise up from Israel One like Himself Whom they should hear. The Apostles, awakening at the brilliance of what they had seen, found their spokesman, as almost always, in Peter.

“And it came to pass, that as they were departing from him, Peter saith to Jesus: Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias; not knowing what he said.” (Luke 9:33)

A week before, Peter was trying to find a way to glory without the Cross. Now he thought the Transfiguration a good short cut to salvation by having a Mount of the Beatitudes or a Mount of the Transfiguration without the Mount of Calvary. It was Peter’s second attempt to dissuade Our Lord from going to Jerusalem to be crucified. Before Calvary he was the spokesman for all those who would enter into glory without purchasing it by self-denial and sacrifice. Peter in his impetuosity here felt that the glory which God brought down from the heavens, and of which the angels sang at Bethlehem, could be tabernacled among men without a war against sin. Peter forgot that as the dove rested his foot only after the deluge, so true peace comes only after the Crucifixion. Like a child, Peter tried to capitalize and make permanent this transient glory. To the Savior, it was an anticipation of what was reflected from the other side of the Cross; to Peter, it was a manifestation of an earthly Messianic glory that ought to be housed. The Lord Who called Peter “Satan” because he would have a crown without a Cross now ignored his noncrucial humanism, for He knew that “he spoke at random.” But after the Resurrection, Peter would know. Then he would recall the scene, saying:

“… we were eyewitnesses of His greatness. For He received from God the Father honour and glory: this voice coming down to Him from the excellent glory: ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him. And this voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with Him in the holy mount. And we have the more firm prophetical word: whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”  (II Peter 1:16–20)

 

This destroyer Pope’s attack on the faith – and the faithful! – has accelerated but we have the indisputable word of Our Lord Jesus Christ that He will not forsake His Church. Let us hold firm to the faith, “the light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star rise in our hearts.”

Just as the Transfiguration was only a momentary glimpse of His glory, so too the passion and death of Our Lord in His Mystical Body the Church, are destined to pass and yield to His glorious Resurrection. Let us keep our perspective then, even in these chaotic times, and abide “with Jesus alone”“Nisi solum Jesum”accepting all that is given to us from His wounded hands, trusting in Jesus alone.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, intercede for us!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

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

For our traditional posting on the Transfiguration, see: “The Transfiguration, Nisi Solum Jesum”.

Notes on the Apocalypse Chapter 12

 

Today, we return to Chapter 12, verses 1-9 of St. John’s Apocalypse, to illustrate the Vatican’s deception with regards to the Third Secret – and also, we might hope, to prepare us for the coming events, as foretold by the same prophecies.

[1] And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: [2] And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered. [3] And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: [4] And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son. [5] And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to His throne.

[6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred sixty days. [7] And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: [8] And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. [9] And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Sister Lucia is reported to have said that the Third Secret concerns the Apocalypse, particularly Chapters 8 through 13. This is confirmed by two of the Conciliar Popes, Paul VI and John Paul II, in their words at Fatima.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, Pope Paul VI made a pilgrimage there where he delivered an address, “Signum Magnum” or Great Sign on May 13, 1967. In that address, he declared,

The great sign which the Apostle John saw in Heaven, “a woman clothed with the sun,” is interpreted by the sacred Liturgy, not without foundation, as referring to the most Blessed Mary, the mother of all men by the grace of Christ the Redeemer. … On the occasion of the religious ceremonies which are taking place at this time in honor of the Virgin Mother of God in Fatima, Portugal, where She is venerated by countless numbers of the faithful for Her motherly and compassionate heart, we wish to call the attention of all sons of the Church once more to the indissoluble link between the spiritual motherhood of Mary … and the duties of redeemed men toward Her, the Mother of the Church.” (Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Letter, “Signum Magnum”, that is, Great Sign)

Continue reading “Notes on the Apocalypse Chapter 12”

Heaven in Three Hail Marys

 

St. Alphonsus of Liguori assures us that: “A devout servant of Mary shall never perish.” That is why it is regrettable  to see Catholics  today fall away from true devotion to our Blessed Mother. One simple but very effective little devotion to Our Lady is the venerable old practice of the Three Hail Marys. This is a long-established practice which has been promoted by some of the greatest saints, such as St. Anthony, St. Mechtilde, St. Gertrude, St. Leonard of Port Maurice and was blessed by Pope St. Pius X.

In brief, the devotion consists of the following:

The practice (of the Three Hail Marys) was revealed to St. Melchtilde (13th century) while she was beseeching Our Blessed Mother to assist her in her hour of death. Our Lady appeared to her and said: “I will, certainly. But I also want you to say three special Hail Marys to me every day.

“The first Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Father, Whose omnipotence raised my soul so high above every other creature that after God I have the greatest power in heaven and on earth. In the hour of your death I will use that power of God the Father to keep any hostile power far from you.

“The second Hail Mary will be said in honor of the Son of God Who communicated His inscrutable wisdom to me. In the hour of your death I will fill your soul with the light of that wisdom so that all the darkness of ignorance and error will be dispelled.

“The third Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Holy Ghost Who filled my soul with the sweetness of His love and tenderness and mercy. In your last hour I will then change the bitterness of death into divine sweetness and delight.”

The above is said morning and night and accomanied by the invocation at the end: for the morning: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin during this day.” For the evening: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin during this night.”

That quote is from the site: Our Lady of the Rosary Library, the link is in the sidebar. They have an informative  article with more information and also sell the prayer cards for a very modest amount. Here is a direct link to the article on the Three Hail Marys: LINK.

The devotion I learned is slightly different:

Hail Mary, most pure and perfect daughter of God the Father, by His omnipotence, rescue me from satan at the hour of my death. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Hail Mary, most pure and perfect Mother of God the Son, by His infinite wisdom, dispel the darkness in my soul that I might fully repent of all my sins at the hour of my death. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Hail Mary, most pure and perfect Spouse of God the Holy Ghost, by His infinite mercy and love, embrace my soul at the hour of my death that I may die of love for thee. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Conclusion:
In the morning: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin this day.”
In the evening: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin this night.”

For some time now, I have been using the Three Hail Marys to offer reparation to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart throughout the day, by simply praying  especially whenever I must be in the midst of people, “Immaculate Heart of Mary, I love thee for all who do not love thee. Hail Mary, etc.”

Another version I pray often is, “Immaculate Heart of Mary, make perfect my will, that I may love and serve Our Lord as you, dear Mother.” At times, I shorten these brief prayers, since I say them so often and she knows my heart, but they do help keep one’s focus. When we are in the midst of crowds today, it is good to bear in mind that most of the people around you are not at all in any state of grace – they need our prayers! These small prayers may do much good, so I offer them to you with love.

Thank you for reading. I pray for you always!

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 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!

Passion of Christ and His Bride

NOTE: As of 1 August, 2018, this post has set a record of sorts as just about the most disliked of all my many disliked posts. That is quite an accomplishment. And so, I will today double down on this issue. If Catholics continue to ignore the spiritual weapons Our Lady of the Rosary offers us, they will bring upon themselves and us all, a rapidly worsening chastisement, which will be all-encompassing, that is, both material and spiritual. And if you do not believe that the spiritual chastisement can get any worse than McCarrick, Bergoglio et al., you will perhaps be in for a rude awakening. Reparation. Reparation. Reparation.

At long last the network of homosexual predators and enablers who have usurped power in the Church is being noticed and many prominent Catholics are speaking out and declaring indignantly, “Something must be done!” However, any successful remedy depends upon a correct diagnosis.   Ill-considered actions run the risk of worsening the situation.

The burgeoning “Catholic metoo” movement being promoted by some Catholic media is an example. Driven by the public humiliation of seeing our holy Church become a nest of filthy swine, and now a mockery before the world, it is entirely understandable that prominent professional Catholic commentators now feel driven to take action. Many of them have been quite critical of those of us who have worked for years to point out the corruption. We have been vilified for criticising the hierarchy, especially the “Holy Father”.  Now those who earn their living by advising Catholics how they are to interpret church news are urging followers to participate in a Catholic meToo movement to report sexual harassment by any homosexual cleric. This has certainly had a salutary effect on the secular media, hasn’t it!  You will see that the metoo movement, like all worldly movements only serves the enemy.

Diagnosing the Problem

The Lavender Mafia, such a colorful name, grotesque as the lifestyle it represents. But in reality it is a symptom, not the problem, not the primary problem at all. The problem is that satan has been welcomed into the Church by churchmen who have betrayed their consecrations and consciously, wilfully defied the true Head of the Church, Our Lord Jesus Christ. The problem is that the Church has fallen into the hands of the ancient enemy of God. It is Satan’s goal to make the Bride of Christ a mockery, just as he did to Christ Himself on Golgotha.

Spiritual Chastisement

This is the Spiritual Chastisement. It is above all a spiritual problem, in fact, it is the most tremendous, all-encompassing challenge the Church has faced in its long history of persecutions. The enemy within has at once corrupted the faith and the morals of our churchmen. Make no mistake, this corruption is a direct attack on Christ Himself. Reparation to Him must be made in order to open our hearts once again to His grace, to bring us the guidance we need. Without His grace, we are blind and we will fail. 

It is the disobedience of Church leaders which caused this, and the remedy to be applied begins with reparation to Jesus Christ for that disobedience. We must return in humility and obedience to the very model, the prototype of perfect obedience, the Immaculate Mother of God, to whom alone it has been given to lead us to return to Him, to restore the Church in all her splendour, holiness and beauty.

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the only sure path, please consider this prayerfully and do not get distracted by political solutions to spiritual problems.

This  spiritual chastisement will not end until reparation has been made, either by willing and generous hearts of those who remain faithful or, alternatively,  reparation will be extracted from a proud and arrogant, disobedient humanity. There is but little time left. If we were to truly return to Our Lady’s message at Fatima, and do as she requested, we might well see what St. Hildegard foretold in The Figure of a Woman. For today, we simply offer our repost:

Today, the last day of the month of the Precious Blood of Jesus, offered to the Eternal Father for our salvation, we take a moment to consider the revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich on the ungratefulness of Catholics who spurn the salvation He offers them at such a great and painful price, for this was the source of much of His agony.  Emmerich is eloquent here.

Several times I heard Him exclaim: ‘O my Father, can I possibly suffer for so ungrateful a race? O my Father, if this chalice may not pass from me, but I must drink it, Thy will be done!’

She then relates the frightful visions He endured in that last night of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

These diabolical figures urged on, dragged, and tore to pieces, before the very eyes of Jesus, countless numbers of those men for whose redemption He was entering upon the painful way of the Cross. …

These apparitions were all those persons who in divers ways insult and outrage Jesus, really and truly present in the Holy Sacrament.

I beheld with horror all the outrages thus offered to our Lord, whether 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 men I saw many who were blind, paralysed, deaf, and dumb, and 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.

.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 east 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 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.

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. 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.

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!

For so many, many years now, Our Lady’s request for penance, for reparation has been ignored by most Catholics and the Church has been more or less self-destructing. Now, the Catholic “metoo” movement hopes to “hold people accountable” and clean up the filth, but until Our Lord is offered the reparation He requires, no earthly means will end this vile corruption. The First Saturdays of Reparation are a necessary step towards restoring the sanctity of the Church. Please,  plan now for your First Saturday of August Mass and Communion for Reparation on August 4th.

Please help spread this message. Thank you for reading, I pray for you all, always.

(From: Emmerich, Anne Catherine. The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary & The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Kindle Location 6702). Classic Century Works. Kindle Edition.)

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 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!

The Pillars, the Trees and the Eucharistic Lamb

As we have stated, the battle between satan and the Chuch began with the Holy Sacrifice and the Sacred Priesthood as seen in the Apocalypse. Today we repost the following in order to refocus our efforts on this most vital lesson.

The Apocalypse shows that the triumph of Christ will be a Eucharistic triumph. That is why the Message of Fatima actually began in 1916 with the Archangel Michael teaching the children Eucharistic adoration and reparation … This is another reason why the First Saturdays of Reparation are vital. Without them, the Pope will not be able to repent and Consecrate Russia.

We continue to explore the meaning of Chapter Five of the Apocalypse; and in today’s post we will look at a couple of church approved private revelations, one from St. John Bosco and one from Blessed Elizabeth Canori-Mora. Both revelations point to the same essential truth, which we affirmed above.

First, St. John Bosco’s Dream (vision) of the Two Pillars.

The only means left is devotion to Mary and the Blessed Sacrament.

In May, 1862, Don Bosco told of a dream he had of the Church as a stately ship in stormy waters, being besieged by many lesser ships. The ship’s commander, the Pope, was attempting to bring the ship between two pillars to which he would moor it. After the Commander Pope was killed, another Pope took over and successfully moored the ship between the two columns. Don Bosco identified the smaller of the two pillars as Mary, Help of Christians and the larger one as the Most Blessed Sacrament, Salvation of Believers. Note, that in St. John Bosco’s dream, the ship of the Church was struggling to fight off attackers and return to safe harbor between the two pillars of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Eucharist. Thus, the Church was attempting to return to those devotions, implying that the Church had become unmoored from them. This was a vision of our post-conciliar church. (“Fatima, Vatican II and the Chastisement”)

Note, that this vision is also a prophetic indication of the way in which the crisis will be resolved. That is, by a return to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Eucharistic Lamb.

And now for Blessed Canori-Mora’s vision of St. Peter and the Cross-shaped Trees. This vision is a bit more complex and consequently has been the subject of more interpretation, thus confusion. Here is the account from Rev. Culleton’s “The Prophets and Our Times“:

“It seemed to me to behold the heavens opening, and St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, coming down, surrounded with great glory and by a numerous escort of heavenly spirits singing canticles. St. Peter was dressed in his pontifical robes, and held in his right hand the pastoral staff, with which he was drawing upon the earth an immense cross; at the same time the angels sang these words of the Psalmist, ‘Thou shalt make them princes over the whole earth.’

“After this the holy Apostle touched with his staff the four extremities of the cross, from which instantly sprung up four beautiful trees loaded with blossoms and fruits. These mysterious trees had the form of a cross, and were surrounded by a splendid light. Then I comprehended in the depth of my soul that St. Peter had produced these four symbolic trees to the end that they may serve as a place of refuge to the little flocks of the faithful friends of Jesus Christ, and in order to preserve them from the fearful punishment which shall convulse the whole earth. All good Christians shall then be protected under these trees, together with all those religious persons who shall have faithfully preserved in their hearts the spirit of their order. I say the same thing in relation to the secular clergy and to all other persons of every class who shall have kept in their heart the Catholic faith— they shall all be protected.

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