Grace in the Reign of Francis, 2018

Today, we offer a post from our archives, slightly updated.

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary become even richer in meaning as we spend more time with them during Lent, and in this papacy all the more so! In the First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden we see Jesus confronting His persecutors who had been led to Him by Judas, the Patron for the current betrayers of Christ  who now occupy the visible Church. As Jesus restored the ear of Malchus, He spoke to those who had come to destroy Him, “Are ye come out, as it were against a thief, with swords and clubs? When I was daily with you in the temple, you did not stretch forth your hands against Me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” (Luke 22, 52-53)

“The chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”

We are now deep within this hour of darkness in the Passion of the Church, and so we shall find much to profit us in these Sorrowful Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary.

At the beginning of that first Passion, there was a terrible betrayal, and the Apostles fled, scandalized, into the darkness. Today, as the Pope and the whole corrupt edifice of the hierarchy  betray our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, Catholics are scattered. Some are indifferent to the scandal, some fall into sedevacantism, some simply fall away. Some few, however, watch and pray in the darkness, trusting in His promise.

Father Malachi Martin explained this situation in the Church in several interviews and in books, such as Windswept House and The Keys of His Blood. In one interview, transcribed into a small book called The Tempter’s Hour,” Fr. Martin explained that the crisis in the Church is a part of God’s plan for us. During Christ’s Passion, Our Blessed Mother did not rebel or question God’s will  (contrary to what Pope Francis suggests), instead Mary willed it. Yes, she accepted God’s will most perfectly. In fact, Mary is our perfect model for the approach we must make to this time of the Passion of the Bride of Christ, His beloved and most holy Church.

Mary, above all others, understands completely that love is reparation. As our Lord Jesus Christ told us on Holy Thursday, “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15, 13) All of Christianity hinges on this, that God loved sinful mankind so much He laid down His life despite the jeering rejection by the vast multitudes down through the ages. We must accept the full truth here, the Blessed Virgin Mary willed, with all her Immaculate Heart, that she and her Beloved Son, would suffer this unimaginable trial, so that sins could be forgiven and souls could be saved.

Do not be fooled by today’s sophistry, even when uttered by the Pope and parroted from the pulpits by poor misguided priests. Mary never doubted. Why? because she believed perfectly.  The Holy Spirit tells us of Mary, “Blessed art thou that hast believed!” (Luke, 1, 45) Indeed, in Mary, we have our highest example of this perfect faith, this perfect hope.

God, our loving Father, never leaves us orphans. In preparation for a coming chastisement, He always sends ample preparation, for those who are His, that is, those who have chosen to place their trust in Him, to love and serve Him above all else, spurning the world and the regard of men. Those who are blessed to be children of Mary understand that God gives us the Blessed Virgin Mary in these times of crisis, the same as He did at the Annunciation, the same as He did on Golgotha’s bloody rock. Yes, He gives us Mary, although this makes absolutely no sense to unbelievers. She, the exemplar of perfect faith, makes no sense except to the faithful.

To my mind, the best writing on Fatima and the Immaculate Heart of Mary at this time is Father Karl Stehlin’s book, Who Are You, O Immaculata?“. In it, he explains that “The essence of devotion to the Immaculate Heart is the communion of reparation. The notion of reparation is the most important expression of our love as repentant sinners.” (p. 160). To be clear, in these times, as always, the essence of devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ and His most pure Mother is  reparative love, and this is most perfectly present in our Holy Communions of Reparation.

This is a very good time to remind ourselves of the value of beginning our day with a devout spiritual communion after our morning offering, for those of us who cannot attend the true Mass every day.  Let us make use of every grace we can obtain, offering all to the Most Holy Trinity through the Immaculata in reparation, until at last this blight is cleared and the Church restored in splendour even greater than before. For it will be restored, even as we await the glorious Easter of the Resurrection, we have no doubt that God will preserve His Church from destruction.

We will close this essay with another quote from “Who Are You, O Immaculata?”

“At Fatima, the Immaculate indicates the way that leads us to God and this way is nothing other than a more profound understanding of the means of grace that Christ Himself has given us. … Mary herself at Fatima leads us into the utmost depths of the mystery of all mysteries on earth, namely that of union with God in Holy Communion.”

We are in the Passion of the Church. Many today are concerned but often they are concerned for the wrong reasons. Like Judas, they do not want to see their Savior undergo a humiliating defeat. Their pride demands that the Church be worthy of their own exalted opinion of what “their” church should be. They miss the point and place themselves in danger of losing their souls. This is a time that calls more than ever before for a profound spiritual warfare of intensive reparation: the reparation of Holy Communion coupled with our Rosaries and our daily sacrifices as we attempt to follow Christ in this anti-Christian world.

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!

O my Jesus! Forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy!

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

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Please pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

 

The Devil in Lent

And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat. (Genesis 3, 6)

Once, a reader exclaimed, “This Lent,  I feel as if the devil himself is working against me!” To which I replied, “Then you must be on the right track; otherwise, he would not waste his time.”

A helpful ebook in this regard is Solange Hertz’ “Sin Revisited”. At the outset, she contrasts the intellectual approach of St. Thomas Aquinas with that of the early Desert Fathers, noting that,

“Sin may be described not as the intellect dissects it but as it happens to an individual. … Long before St. Thomas and the scholastics, the ancient Church Fathers described sin in no other terms than those the Bible uses. This was especially true of those stalwart easterners we call the Desert Fathers, who grappled nakedly with sin in the inexorable solitudes of the Egyptian Thebaid in the third and fourth centuries.

“Their (flight to the desert) was a calculated foray into an arena where deadly combats between good and evil could take place at the most elemental level without mundane distractions. They were following, they tell us, the example of Christ grown to manhood, who was led by the Spirit for forty days into the desert to encounter the Enemy at close quarters.”

Mrs. Hertz makes the assertion for gluttony being a very basic sin which arises in ourselves. if you have, (as I have) considered pride as the source and root of most of your sin, you will be fascinated by the case she makes for gluttony. It gave me an insight into why the media hammer us with food and drink advertisements relentlessly. It also helps us understand the importance of fasting. Consider Eve in the Garden of Eden, as told in the Scriptures,

“Our famous original sin in Eden, for instance, wasn’t portrayed dispassionately as grand, primordial pride. It describes our first involvement with simple gluttony. ‘Eve saw for herself that the tree was good to eat and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold; and she took the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat.’ “

Hertz reminds us that gluttony cannot be destroyed as easily as other sins, because food is necessary to support our life and therefore the best we can do is check our superfluous cravings by the power of our mind. But this is an ongoing battle, and never won once and for all. The author  makes the point that vice is not natural to us, and it only seems that way because of our fallen nature. That is precisely why God gave us the Immaculate Virgin Mary and through her, His only begotten Son, those two perfect beings who exemplify in themselves what human nature is meant to be, when when this long, weary battle is won at last.

Quoting extensively from the early Desert Fathers, Hertz shows that they used the symbolism hidden in the Old Testament Book of Joshua to teach about the battle with sin. The seven nations Joshua drove out represented lust, avarice, anger, depression, boredom, vainglory and pride. If you notice that envy is missing, it actually, in this scheme, lurks in the territory between avarice and depression. Similarly, sloth falls in between depression and boredom. Note that pride comes at the end of the Desert Fathers’ list.

“In practice, pride, the ultimate rejection of God in favor of self, is the final end of human sinfulness. Only a purely spiritual being like the devil can be capable of it straight off!”

When reading the book, it may be helpful to go directly to the Postscript after you read the Introduction and then proceed to read about the Vices. In the Postscript, the author notes the congruence between the Desert Fathers’ approach to sin and devotion to the Immaculata. I found this helpful.

“Devil-fighting isn’t generally thought of as the first consequence of devotion to the Mother of God. If we progress in intimacy with her, however, we soon realize something of what almighty God meant when he said to Satan in Eden, “I will make you enemies of each other: you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring.” Suddenly, her enemies are our enemies. By the time we wake up to the situation, we’re already in the thick of battle, locked in mortal combat with an invisible foe who seems to specialize in fouls. Devil-fighting, we learn, is basic Christian warfare.”

“Sin is never committed from the outside in, although it might look that way; it’s committed from the inside out. No temptation could gain entry into a properly God-oriented, disciplined mind. Inasmuch as “no one can be deceived by the devil but one who has chosen to yield to him the consent of his own will … it is therefore clear,” says Abba Serenus, “that each man goes wrong from this: that when evil thoughts assault him he does not immediately meet them with refusal and contradiction.” If you crush the head of the serpent before he can strike, you don’t have to worry about the rest of him.”

In the Chapter, “Revisiting Sin with St. John of the Cross”, Hertz traces the link from the Old Testament Desert Father Elias to St. John the Baptist, and on through saints Cassian, Basil, and Benedict and affirms that,

“to them we owe not only the knotted discipline and the rules of Christian asceticism, but also our blessed Lady’s Rosary and Scapular. When she appeared to the Carmelite Superior General St. Simon Stock and gave him the Brown Scapular, she promised that whoever died wearing it would never suffer hellfire. If the Rosary beads she had confided earlier to St. Dominic represented the 150 Psalms recited daily by the Fathers, what was this scapular garment but the mantle of Elias, which our Lady now saw fit to throw over the shoulders of all her children? By the Rosary and the Scapular, she declared that she would someday save the world!

“In direct line of descent from the mighty Elias and St. John the Baptist stands St. John of the Cross, modern reformer together with St. Teresa of Avila of the order of the ‘sons of the prophet,’ which according to ancient tradition had been founded originally by Elias on Mt. Carmel. As a religious society it is unique in that it was never designed to ‘do,’ but to ‘stand’ continually in the sight of the Lord of hosts in the spirit of its founder. Its entire rule is summed up in one verse of the first Psalm, where the just man is described as one whose ‘will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall meditate day and night.’ Its inspiration has always been attributed to our Lady, the Flower of Carmel, whom Elias beheld in the distance from the top of his mountain, rising as ‘a little cloud … out of the sea like a man’s foot’ which grew till ‘there fell a great rain’ on the parched earth (3 Kings. 18: 45). The spirit of Elias is one of unmitigated intransigence in the face of apostasy.

“His life already spanning nearly three millennia without tasting death, the prophet will die only by martyrdom in the final tribulation, for his fidelity is impregnable. ‘With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts!’ he told God, ‘before whose face I stand,’ in the cave on Mt. Horeb, and never has he departed from that declaration (3 Kings. 19: 10). To the public called to Mt. Carmel to witness the showdown between himself and Baal’s 450 priests and Jezebel’s 400 prophets, St. Elias had cried out, ‘How long do you halt between two sides? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him!’ (3Kings. 18: 21).

“With similar lack of ambiguity, John the Baptist would speak of ‘laying the axe to the root of the trees’ when he caught sight of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism in the desert of Judea. ‘Brood of vipers!’ he called them. (Matt. 3: 7-10). St. John of the Cross, a true son of the prophets, would see the spiritual life in similar terms. As he wrote to one of his penitents, ‘Anything apart from God is constraint!’ For him, whatever is not God is nada, nothing at all. Reduced to one principle, his doctrine is that faith is the only proximate means of union with God in this life. Other means— vocal prayers, visions, preaching, even good works and the whole panoply of creation— can be very helpful, but have no power to reach Him except through faith. The less dependent on sensible supports faith becomes, the purer it is and the closer to its goal.

Spiritual progress, in other words, is a gradual discarding of inessentials, effected by a loving, Godward groping will. There is no denial of the natural order, but an emphasis on what lies above and beyond it, which is God Himself. Vested in the mantle of the mighty prophet who “is already come” but has yet to return, St. John of the Cross prepares the individual’s way to God as St. John the Baptist prepared Israel’s: “Every valley shall be filled; and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight; and the rough ways plain; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Luke 3: 5-6).

“Arriving on the scene just as the Great Apostasy began breaking over the heads of the faithful, the Carmelite master directed his teaching not only to spiritual directors unacquainted with the subtleties of the mystical ascent, but to any ardent soul unable to find a good director. How much more indispensable is he today, when the enemy has actually penetrated the Church’s fortifications and preempted her chains of command! (Hertz, Solange, Sin Revisited  Kindle Edition.)

This little ebook is an invaluable companion for our spiritual journey. I will conclude where Solange Hertz herself concludes:

“The beginner begins where he is, and if he perseveres, God in due time will introduce him into the “nights” of purgation of sense and spirit reserved for the stalwart. St. Augustine said the devil makes a point of circulating evil about good people “that the weak may then think they are are not any good, and so let themselves be carried away by their own evil desires and become corrupted, saying to themselves, Who is there keeps a commandment of God? Or who observes chastity? And when a man believes that no one does, he himself becomes that ‘no one.’”

“In his prologue to The Ascent of Mt. Carmel, St. John of the Cross admitted that it was never his “principal intent to address all,” but rather those “to whom God is granting the favor of setting on the road …” What’s more, in The Dark Night of the Soul he promises they will:  …  suffer great trials, by reason not so much of the aridities which they suffer, as of the fear which they have of being lost on the road, thinking that all spiritual blessing is over for them and that God has abandoned them since they find no help or pleasure in good things. What better description of the purgative night Mother Church herself is now undergoing in those members who truly love God and will not bow the knee to Baal?

“Needless to say, shortly before the opening of the fateful Council which launched the tribulation, the mighty voice of Elias, ever faithful to his mission, sounded the alarm from the Carmel of Coimbra, Portugal. On December 26, 1957, a true daughter of his, Sr. Lucia of Fatima, told the Mexican priest Fr. Augustine Fuentes in what may have been her last contact with the outside: ‘Father, we should not wait for an appeal to the world to come from Rome on the part of the Holy Father to do penance. Nor should we wait for the call to do penance to come from our bishops in our dioceses, nor from the religious congregations. No! Our Lord has already very often used these means, and the world has not paid attention. That is why now it is necessary for each one of us to reform ourselves spiritually. Each person must not only save his own soul, but also all the souls that God has placed in our path! ‘ “

Or, as Elias himself put it to the wavering Israelites on the Mount, “How long do you halt between two sides? If the Lord be God, follow Him: But if Baal, then follow him!” (3 Kings. 18: 21)

Saint Elias, living still, Lead us upward, if you will!

NOTE: Typographical error has been corrected. Thank you for noting. Father Fuentes interview was December, 1957.

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!

originally by evensong, reposted 14 Feb 2018  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!

Blaspheming the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Blasphemy is an essential component of satan’s plan to destroy the Kingdom of Christ on earth.  Readers have reported  that the overwhelming majority of movies today, even those considered family friendly, contain 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.

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. i. 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 Cure 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. LINK.

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

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

Quinquagesima Sunday

“The Cross is suffering viewed in the supernatural light of faith as an instrument of salvation and sanctification, and therefore, as an instrument of love.”

Today, Quinquagesima Sunday, we prepare for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 14. As always, we look to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our true Mother to inspire us and guide us this holy season of repentance.

The Passion of the Church

Although Our Lord’s own chosen Apostles fled His Passion, no one could keep the Woman away. Unlike the sentimental pictures which sometimes show Mary fainting at the foot of the Cross, Mary stood there, intent on sharing every excruciating detail of the ignominy her beloved Son suffered. Just as she had freely chosen to become His Mother, she chose to behold Him tortured from head to foot and torn from her by the cruelest of deaths. She not only accepted this, she offered this; this sharing in His Passion, sharing even in His death, uniting Their hearts forever for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity and in loving reparation for the sins of men, for our sins, for my sins.

Mary’s heart, like Christ’s whole crushed and bruised being , was transformed with anguish by the sins of mankind … Mary became the Queen of martyrs because, after Jesus, she has endured the greatest martyrdom of heart … her sufferings are fruitful for us in a way that we can scarcely suspect…(from Father Garrigou-Lagrange, “Mary, the Model of Reparation”).

Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen tells us,

“The sacrifice of Jesus became Mary’s sacrifice not only because Mary offered it together with Jesus, and in Him, offered her own Son, but also because by this offering she completed the most profound holocaust of herself, since Jesus was the center of her affections and of her whole life. God, Who had given her this Divine Son, asked on Calvary for a return of His gift, and Mary offered Jesus to the Father with all the love of her Immaculate Heart in complete adherence to the divine will.”  …

“Let us contemplate Mary’s sorrows, sympathise with her and ask her for the invaluable grace of sharing with her in the Passion of Jesus. Let us remember that this participation is not meant to be merely sentimental — even though this sentiment is good and holy — but it must lead us to real compassion, that is, to suffering with Jesus and Mary. The sufferings God sends us have no other purpose.

“The sight of Mary at the foot of the Cross makes the lesson of the Cross less hard and less bitter; her maternal example encourages us to suffer (with her) and makes the road to Calvary easier. Let us go then with Mary, to join Jesus on Golgotha; let us go with her to meet our own cross, and sustained by her, let us embrace it willingly, uniting it with her Son’s Cross.” (Divine Intimacy)

From Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity:

“You are there, O Mary, at the foot of the Cross, standing in strength and courage; and my Master says to me, ‘Ecce mater tua’. Behold your Mother. He gives you to me for my Mother! And now that He has returned to His Father, and has put me in His place on the Cross so that I may fill up in my flesh for His Body, which is the Church, you are still there, O Mary, to teach me to suffer as He did, to let me hear the last song of His soul which no one but you, O Mother, could overhear.”

It is only when we take His place, accepting the Cross, that we can share the thoughts of her sorrowful heart, and it is from the Cross that we can see heaven. 

The Tears of Our Sorrowful Mother

Hail, countless and bitter tears from thy eyes, O Mary, tears of compassion for thy Son, our Savior crucified! May all thy children revere them, all sinners flee to them for refuge, for they spring from thy Sorrowful Heart.

O Mother of Sorrows! Merciful Mother! Even as His Precious Blood flowed, so did thy tears, made bitter by the indifference of thy children who spurn thy Son and Savior’s precious gift.

O burning tears, beautiful, loving tears, which move the angels to pity and touch the heart of the Eternal Father! Soften my hard heart and move it to true sorrow for my sins which cause thy tears!

Holy Tears, wash me! Bitter tears, purify me! Gentle tears, soften my heart! Burning tears inflame my heart! Merciful tears, rich in grace, heal and strengthen me with grace!

O most gentle, sorrowful Mother, sharing thy Son’s passion, mingling thy tears with His precious blood, I beseech thee, grant me the grace of tears and heartfelt contrition for my sins. Grant that I may shed repentant tears over my sins which cause Him such cruel suffering.

O most merciful Virgin, offer thy bitter tears to the Eternal Father in reparation for my tepidity and hardness of heart. Through their merit, obtain mercy for me and pardon for all my sins.

Grant, O dearest Mother, at the hour of death, just one of thy precious tears to cleanse my soul of sin. Amen.

And now, at this time, in this place, we stand with our Sorrowful Mother at the crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ. We are not here to faint away, overcome with despair! We will be strong as our Mother is strong. Although on our own we lack that strength, in her we find the grace and virtues we need.

Perhaps you would like:

The Message of Fatima for the Post-Synodal Church

Mary’s Promise, 2017

 

   Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, obtain for us by your loving intercession the grace and courage to persevere in the coming trials of faith.
 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, terror of demons, protect our priests!
 St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

For more on the Sorrowful Heart of Mary, including the Seven Sorrows Devotion, see our earlier post,  Our Lady of Sorrows, 2014.

~ by evensong for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

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Fatima’s Message is Obedience

 

Fatima’s Message is Obedience.

The reason for stating it now is that it seems to be getting overlooked in many commentaries. For instance; much is made of the Third Secret of Fatima, whether it was completely revealed by the Vatican in 2000, and myriad speculations about what may have been unrevealed, and why that may have occurred.

Into the mix, we have the recent interview with Bishop Fellay with  Maike Hickson, published by 1P5. Today, Feb. 10, 2018, the Society posted the interview on their site, here. One pertinent excerpt:

Hickson: . . . “What is, in your own view, the reason for the continued hesitancy of those people in the Church who could disclose, for the greater good, much more information? What do they still have to fear or to lose? Would such a disclosure not be an act of mercy toward the suffering Church in this deep crisis?”

Bishop Bernard Fellay: “I remember that Sr. Lucy, in an interview with a cardinal from India in the mid-1990s, was very afraid that the Pope would publish the Secret. She said, if she were to give the Holy Father advice, she would caution great prudence. If, for instance, the text contained something like the coming of the Antichrist or something else quite serious that would cast grave doubt on the authority of the Church, it could be a reason the same authorities are hesitant to publish this. I don’t pretend these examples are the case; I am simply speculating as to what some possible reasons might be for not releasing it.”

Since the interview was published,  readers have asked; Does this mean that we are not to pray for the release of the Third Secret? If Sister Lucia does not want us to know the secret, what was Fatima about? Is Fatima no longer relevant?

Before answering, I’d like to stress that I am only explaining my own understanding of the Message of Fatima and our necessary response to it.

It seems clear to me that Bishop Fellay, in his answer, was simply attempting to offer to the interviewer, his own speculations as to why those who control the Vatican have chosen not to release the Third Secret of Fatima. I did not understand Bishop Fellay’s answer as a call to abandon the message of Fatima, nor as a justification for the continued disobedience of the Vatican, but as an attempt to explain  the reasoning of those who remain obstinate in disobeying the Immaculate Mother of God.

That the Blessed Virgin clearly wished the Third Secret revealed is documented in exquisite detail by Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité in the three volumes of his “The Whole Truth About Fatima”.  Volume III details everything necessary to understand completely the context of the Third Secret and the absolute importance of the obedience of the Church with regards to it.

The second point that needs to preface any remarks here is  that every single authentic revelation exists to affirm the absolute importance of obeying God. Authentic revelation never contradicts itself. God has given His beloved children (for so we are!) free will only that we might choose to love Him, and to that end, to remedy our disobedience, heal it and save us, He gives us His most beloved Son, to surrender His precious life for our salvation, and He gives us His most pure and delightful creature, the Blessed Virgin Mary, to be our Mother and our sure path back to Him, in His Heaven prepared for us from all eternity.

Therefore, I see in the Message of Fatima, as in the entire history of salvation, a tender and merciful call to return to Him to His commands, in humility and obedience.

In Volume III, we read:

On July 13, 1917:

You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.

If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out in the reign of Pius XI.

When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father.

To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays.

If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.

In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved.”

(The Unreleased portion of the Secret…)

In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.” 

Thus, you see all depends upon an obedient Pope and obedient Churchmen as well as obedient laity. This did not occur.

After Pope Pius XI’s first refusal in 1931, chastisement had struck Catholic Spain.

After his second refusal in 1937, Europe had foolishly hurled itself into a world war.

After Pope John XXIII’s disobedience, came the onslaught of the spiritual chastisement and the occupation of the See of Peter by the ancient enemy.

My understanding of Bishop Fellay’s remarks is that he is emphasising our need to comply with the message of Fatima as we know it to be revealed and not continue to seek after ever more knowledge.

Regarding the vaguely stated reference to a reputed comment of Sister Lúcia to an unnamed cardinal of India in the 1990’s, there is insufficient information to understand why Sister Lúcia, after a lifetime of obedience to Our Lady, would suddenly be,  “very afraid that the Pope would publish the Secret. She said, if she were to give the Holy Father advice, she would caution great prudence.” How is it that she would feel afraid that the Pope would finally accede to the extensively documented and consistently reiterated demand of the Mother of God that her message be revealed?

Since I do not have the answer, and this purported statement of Sister Lúcia’s contradicts every other statement that is available to me, I do not see its relevance.  Therefore, to those who ask me, I would say that we must all continue to do our utmost to follow what we know to be true of the Message of Fatima. As we have often reiterated:

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Most Holy Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and as the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven. ( SisterLúcia of Fátima)

What steps are called for today?

To begin with, at a minimum:

    • Consecrate yourself immediately to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. No specific formula is required for this, nor is any priest required for this initial step. Just kneel down now and sign yourself with the Cross, begging the Blessed Virgin Mary in her perfect purity and fullness of grace to take you as her child and help you to turn from your sins and follow her commands, trusting her to lead you to perfect obedience to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Resolve to surrender your entire being, body and soul, mind and will, to her to do with as she wills.
    • Pray Our Lady’s Rosary every day, at least 5 decades, but all three if possible. Optimally, pray the rosary with your family or friends whenever possible.
    • Wear Our Lady’s Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel. If you were enrolled previously, you may simply begin wearing it, if not enrolled, a priest may enroll you.
    • Obtain St. Louis de Montfort’s or St. Maximilian Kolbe’s program for Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Both can be found online. The true total consecration must be lived daily, indeed minute by minute.  It is easy once you understand that it doesn’t depend on your effort, it depends on your constant trust in Mary, your Mother.
    • Avoid the Novus Ordo Mass and all sacraments using post-Vatican II ritual. The changes  instituted by the Vatican II “reforms”  are the fruits of an arrogant, disobedient faction of the true Church. Eschew all modernism and attend a true, traditional Mass.
    • Make Our Lady’s First Saturdays for at least five months in a row. Better, continue them in a spirit of reparation for all the Catholics who do not obey Our Lady.
    • Fulfill the duties of your state in life with humility and obedience, as a faithful child of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, offering your daily sacrifices of self in reparation for sins and for the conversion of poor sinners.
    • Inform yourself of the true doctrine of the faith and help inform others of the Fatima Message.

† . 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 Wrath of the Lamb 2018

We originally posted “The Wrath of the Lamb” several years ago. As the dreary Bergoglian pontificate drags on,  we begin to wonder when we shall see this Wrath. Patience.

The Wrath of the Lamb 

“And they say to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

Far from being frightening, the above verse is meant to be a consolation. Indeed, the entire Apocalypse is God’s gift of consolation to Christians who are perennially in danger of being swept up in the maelstrom of the spiritual battle to destroy the Church. In a similar way, Our Blessed Mother’s  true messages, from the beginning of the Age of Apostasy have been both a Mother’s stern warning and a promise of her provision for us. Yes, she shows us hell and the dire consequences of disobedience, but she also promises us she will be our sure path to eternal life with Jesus our Lord.

Now that we have a truly hellish situation, an apostate pope and a weak and faithless hierarchy unable or unwilling to confront him or otherwise defend the faith, we look to the Apocalypse and to the Messages of Our Immaculate Mother, to seek guidance and consolation.

Do you remember Father Amorth’s warning that unless the Pope and Bishops obeyed Our Lady of Fatima and consecrated Russia in October, the Chastisement would begin in earnest? And now it is clear to see: This is what the spiritual chastisement of the Church is. It is here now. You have the Pope and the Bishops extolling the “virtues” of Martin Luther, the vulgar and despicable heresiarch. And the Pope’s representative proclaiming  marxism in the gigantic slave state of China a veritable utopia. Thus they mock Our Lord Himself, to kick Him as He falls beneath this heavy cross.

To those who are paying attention, this is a terrifying time, as we await the denouement that is looming ever larger. These times are both surpassingly sad, and frightening. We know that the arrogant misuse of the teaching authority of the Church will bring, in God’s own time, His justice. In St. John’s Apocalypse, this is referred to as the “Wrath of the Lamb”. In Father Herman Kramer’s “Book of Destiny“, of Apocalypse, Chapter 6, verses 15-17, we read:

“And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and tribunes, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of mountains:
And they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?”

Notice that St. John enumerates seven categories of society: kings, princes, tribunes, the rich, the strong, bondmen and freemen. In the present case, the use of the numeral seven denotes a fullness and may be applied here to the fullness of the visible hierarchy of the Church, from Pope on down. In these seven categories, what is missing? The strong and the rich are included, while the weak and the poor are not! That is because the faithful, who are cast out by the heretics who appear to control the Church, are the poor and the weak, powerless in this satanic takeover.

As the hidden message of Fatima indicated, the apostasy infects the very top all the way down. In this corrupt milieu, only the faithful are made unwelcome. And what happens to these who betray Christ and pervert His teachings?

They will hide themselves and beg the mountains and rocks to fall upon them. Anything to hide them from the face of God, and from the wrath of the Lamb of God, the very Saviour they have betrayed. Now we must ask, how shall this come to pass? For the answer, we must look to our history. This passage in Chapter 6 has often (rightly) been applied to the Arian heresy, and is even more applicable in this age of the Bergoglian Reformation.

Father Kramer reminds us that those who believe in Him need never fear Our Lord’s judgments, for these “little ones”, the faithful, belong to Him and they draw even closer to His – and their – Blessed Mother during this time of trial. In contrast to the faithful, ” the heretics and hypocrites who live an earthly life and are of the earth.” do fear His wrath.

The term, “Wrath of the Lamb” indicates a severe judgment on prelates for Eucharistic abuses. It indicates a fearsome reprisal for those who desecrate the Eucharist, not merely the laymen, but particularly the hierarchy to whom Our Lord has entrusted His Sacred Mysteries and who shamelessly betray Him.

Fr. Kramer: “The Arian bishops and priests sought the honors and income of the Catholic Church for their enjoyment and aggrandizement and accepted their appointments from the emperors.”

Put into today’s context, they sought the approval of the world even to the point of denying Christ and His teachings. This is rightly applied to the Pope and Cardinals who bask in the approval of the rulers of this world who serve the enemy of Christ, the Lord of this World.

“They denied the divinity of Christ. This implicitly denied the belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The Lamb now comes upon them in judgment. Hence they fear His wrath. Before the (barbarian) invasions they spread Arianism among the barbarians. But in the turmoil of the invasions, Arianism almost disappeared. The Vandals adhered to it, but their kingdom was destroyed by the Greeks, and the nation later vanished under Saracen conquest. The Visigoths clung to it for a while but also fell under the sway of the Saracens for seven hundred years. Arianism was thus rooted out by the barbarian invasions and Mohammedanism, and the unity of Christendom was saved until the sixteenth century. (In which Luther and Henry VIII emerged to persecute the faith anew).

In the sad scenario before us today, we see that the corrupted leadership of the Church cannot save themselves, much less the faith. To understand what God may do, our guide is the true and reliable Catholic prophecy we have been given. It is quite possible that the next steps in the chastisement will be as Father Kramer describes in his commentary on Chapter 6, that is, invading hordes of Islam to sack and scourge unfaithful Rome, to cleanse the filth from the Church. If we are to believe Sister Lucia’s vision of the chastisement and Our Lady of Akita’s message, – and we should! – Then we see that this scourge will be accompanied by tremendous upheavals of nature, wiping out a great deal of mankind.

Are we then to give in to paralyzing fear? No, for we are after all, Mary’s children, and we draw closer to her in times of trial, trusting to her to abide in Christ in all things. As the chastisement overflows from the spiritual realm into the realm of this world, affecting cultures, nations, and nature, we look to her, as the eyes of a handmaid are on the hands of her mistress.

The Wrath of the Lamb is both a warning and a promise to those who heed it. As Our Lord said, they will obey, “but it will be late”. We have all heard it said that, the later the obedience, the greater the chastisement, Watch what Francis and his destroyers do, they now believe themselves invincible and this was perhaps, inevitable, for “pride goeth before destruction”, doesn’t it? As the spiritual chastisement continues, and intensifies, we will all suffer greatly, but some will suffer unto eternal glory, while some … will not… and so we pray for them, the poor lost souls of our leaders, for their sake and for the souls of so many.

  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 Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests.
 Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
 Joseph protect our families, protect our priests.
 St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
 Remember, pray the rosary and confound the devil!


~ 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!

 

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Sanchez-Sorondo and Satan’s Tune

“Do Thou, Lord, calm this sea, and no longer allow this ship, which is Thy Church, to endure so great a tempest. Save us, my Lord, for we perish.”  St. Teresa of Avila.

A reader forwarded this to me just now.  From Breitbart, which I don’t normally read and would have missed.

The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has heaped high and unexpected praise on China, insisting that the atheistic communist regime has created the best model for living out Catholic social teaching today.

Sanchez – Betrayer of Christ

After visiting Beijing for the first time some months ago, Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo reportedly returned to the Vatican full of enthusiasm for the Asian country, and this week he told a journalist that “at this moment, the Chinese are the ones implementing Catholic social teaching best.”

The Chinese “look for the common good and subordinate other things to the general welfare,” Bishop Sánchez insisted in a Spanish-language interview with the Vatican Insider, saying that the Italian economist Stefano Zamagni agrees with him.

In describing his visit, Sánchez said he “found an extraordinary China” with an exceptional work ethic. What many people don’t know, he said, “is that the central Chinese value is work, work, work. There’s no other way, basically it’s what Saint Paul said: whoever does not work should not eat.”

“You don’t have shantytowns, you don’t have drugs, young people do not take drugs. There is like a positive national consciousness, they want to show that they have changed, and now they accept private property,” he said.

With forced abortions, slave labor, the rampant persecution of Christians, severely limited freedoms, and a church demolition campaign under China’s one-party system, it is hard to imagine how anyone—let alone a high ranking Catholic prelate—could put forward China as an example of Catholic social teaching done right, and social media has predictably lit up with commenters excoriating the apparently delusional bishop for descending into “self-parody.”

.  .  .

The bishop took pains to show a number of presumed points of convergence between the Vatican and China, insisting that Beijing defends “the dignity of the person” better than other countries, that organ donation “has increased enormously,” and that China is assuming a position of “moral leadership” in the area of combating climate change, which other countries “have abandoned,” in evident reference to the United States.

“The economy doesn’t dominate politics as it does in the United States,” he declared. “How is it possible that multinational oil companies control Trump,” he asked, “when we know how much this is hurting the earth?”

Whereas western neoliberal thought has “liquidated the concept of the common good,” he added, “the Chinese, on the contrary, propose work and the common good.”

In this moment, the Chinese “have a moral quality that you don’t find in many places.”

.  .  .

It is difficult to square Bishop Sánchez’ personal understanding of the common good with that of the Catholic Church. In its official Catechism, the Church teaches that in the very first place, the common good presupposes “respect for the person” and individual freedoms, something alien to modern Chinese culture.

“In particular, the common good resides in the conditions for the exercise of the natural freedoms indispensable for the development of the human vocation, such as the right to act according to a sound norm of conscience and to safeguard privacy, and rightful freedom also in matters of religion,” the Catechism states.” (Thomas D. Williams on Breitbart)

Each day, the enemy-occupied Vatican gives us more evidence of their diabolical disorientation. Like the possessed, they jerk out  a macabre dance to satan’s tune. How long will these satanic marxists be allowed to betray the Bride of Christ and her suffering children?

“Do Thou, Lord, calm this sea, and no longer allow this ship, which is Thy Church, to endure so great a tempest. Save us, my Lord, for we perish.”  (St. Teresa of Avila.)

The Thoughts of Saint Thérèse for Lent

As we approach Lent, it was suggested to me to share some of the beautiful works which have meant so much to me over the years. Among my treasures is a small book called “Thoughts of the Servant of God Thérèse of the Child Jesus”.  The little book may still be available through archive.org, but they are quickly purging the most truly Catholic works from their archives. It seems they find a problem with the content and so must remove them. Hmmm …

And so, today we offer a bit of beauty and wisdom from the Little Flower.

On Faith
He whose Heart ever watches, taught me that while for a soul whose faith equals but a tiny grain of mustard seed, He works miracles, in order that this faith which is so weak may be fortified; yet for His intimate friends, for His Mother, He did not work miracles until He had put their faith to the test.

Did He not let Lazarus die though Martha and Mary had sent to tell Him that he was sick? At the marriage at Cana, the Blessed Virgin having asked Him to come to the assistance of the Master of the house, did He not reply that His hour was not yet come?  But after the trial, what a recompense! Water changed to wine, Lazarus restored to life. . . (Hist. d’une ame, Ch. VI)

~ ∞ ~ ∞ ~

The Lowest Place
The only thing not subject to be envied is the lowest place. It is therefore this lowest place alone which is without vanity and affliction of spirit. Still, the way of a man is not always in his power and sometimes we are surprised by a desire for that which glitters.  Then, let us take our place humbly amongst the imperfect, deeming ourselves little souls whom the good God must sustain at each moment.

As soon as He sees us truly convinced of our nothingness and we say to Him:  ‘My foot hath slipped: Thy mercy, O Lord, hath held me up.’ He stretches out His Hand to us; but if we will attempt to do something grand, even under pretext of zeal, He leaves us alone. It is enough therefore that we humble ourselves, and bear our imperfections with sweetness: there, for us, lies true sanctity.  (Counsels and Reminiscences)

~ ∞ ~ ∞ ~

In a Strange Land
Life is passing, eternity draws nigh; soon shall we live the very life of God.  After having drunk deep at the fount of bitterness, our thirst will be quenched at the very source of all sweetness.

Yes, the figure of this world passes away,  soon shall we see new heavens; a more radiant sun will brighten with its splendours ethereal seas and infinite horizons …  We shall no longer be prisoners in a land of exile;  all will be at an end and with our Heavenly Spouse we shall sail o’er boundless waters: now our harps are hung upon the willows that border the rivers of Babylon,  but in the day of our deliverance what harmonies will then be heard!  With what joy shall we not make every chord of our instruments to vibrate!  Today, we weep remembering Sion . . . how shall we sing the songs of the Lord in a strange land?  (V Letter to her sister Celine)

~ ∞ ~ ∞ ~

Of Humility, a Peach
The most eloquent discourses would be incapable of inspiring one act of love without the grace that moves the heart.

See a beautiful, rose-tinted peach, of so sweet a savour that no craft of confectioner could produce nectar like it. Is it for the peach itself that God has created this lovely colour and delicate velvety surface?  Is it for the sake of the peach that He has given it so delicious a flavour? No, it is for us; what alone belongs to it and forms the essence of its existence is its stone. It possesses nothing more.

Thus is Jesus pleased to lavish His gifts on some of His creatures, that through them,  He may draw to Himself other souls. But in His mercy He humiliates them interiorly, and gently constrains them to recognize their nothingness and His Omnipotence. These sentiments form in them, as it were,  a kernel of grace, which Jesus hastens to develop for that blessed day when clothed with a beauty immortal, imperishable, they shall without danger have place at the Celestial banquet. (xvi Letter to her sister Celine.)

~ ∞ ~ ∞ ~

We have taken nothing
The Apostles, without Jesus, laboured long– a whole night– without taking any fish.  Their toil was pleasing to Him but He wished to show that He alone can give anything. He asked only an act of humility:  “Children, have you any meat?   And St. Peter confesses his helplessness:  “Lord we have laboured all night and have taken nothing.”

It is enough! The Heart of Jesus is touched. … Perhaps if the Apostle had taken a few little fishes the Divine Master would not have worked a miracle; but he had nothing, and so through God’s power and goodness his nets were soon filled with great fishes. That is just our Lord’s way.  He gives as God, but He will have humility of heart.  (XVII Letter to her sister Celine)

~ ∞ ~ ∞ ~

Discouragement
A novice confided to her that she made no progress and felt quite discouraged.
“Till the age of fourteen,” said Thérèse, “I practised virtue without feeling its sweetness. I wished for suffering but had no thought of finding my joy therein; that is a grace which has been granted me later. My soul was like a beautiful tree whose blossoms no sooner opened than they fell.

“Offer to the good God the sacrifice of never gathering the fruits of your labours. If He so will that during your whole life you feel a repugnance to suffer and to be humiliated, if He permit that all the flowers of your desires and of your good-will fall to earth without fruit, be not troubled.  At the moment of your death. He will know well how to bring to perfection,  in the twinkling of an eye, beautiful fruits on the tree of your soul.

“We read in the Book of Ecclesiasticus: “There is an inactive man that wanteth help, is very weak in ability, and full of poverty: yet the eye of God hath looked upon him for good, and hath lifted him up from his low estate,  and hath exalted his head;  and many have wondered at him and have glorified God.  Trust in God, and stay in thy place. For it is easy in the eyes of God, on a sudden to make the poor man rich. The blessing of God maketh haste to reward the just, and in a swift hour His blessing beareth fruit!”  (Counsels and Reminiscences.)

~ ∞ ~ ∞ ~

On Pride
“To avoid this calamity I have but to say humbly from the depths of my heart: ‘O my God, I implore of Thee, suffer me not to be unfaithful!’

~ ∞ ~ ∞ ~

On Humility – The Valley
“Oh when I think of all I have to acquire!” exclaimed a novice.
“Say, rather, ‘to lose’. Jesus it is who charges Himself with the care of filling your soul according as you free it from its imperfections. I plainly see that you are taking the wrong road; you will never arrive at the end of your journey.

You wish to scale a mountain and the good God wants to make you descend: He is waiting for you down in the fertile valley of humility.” (Counsels and Reminiscences).

~ ∞ ~ ∞ ~

Of Criticism and Praise
In a moment of temptation and combat a novice received this note(from St. Thérèse :  “The just man shall correct me in mercy and reprove me; but let not the oil of the sinner anoint my head.” I cannot be corrected or tried except by the just, inasmuch as all my Sisters are pleasing to God. It is less bitter to be reproved by a sinner than by the just; but through compassion for sinners, to obtain their conversion, I pray Thee, O my God, that I may be bruised by the just souls who are roundabout me.

Again, I beg that the oil of praise, so sweet to nature, anoint not my head, that is to say, enervate not my mind, by making me believe that I possess virtues which I have only with difficulty practised several times.

“O my Jesus! Thy Name is as oil poured out, it is in this divine perfume that I wish to be wholly bathed, far away from the notice of creatures.”  (Counsels and Reminiscences)

~ ∞ ~ ∞ ~

We hope to have more writings from St. John of the Cross, and from St. Francis de Sales and others this Lent. Let us resolve not to waste a moment of this precious time given to us to prepare  our souls for our destiny and to draw graces for our brothers and sisters in the faith, especially for our priests who today are suffering so greatly. Satan wars against them most intensely,  but we have the assurance that our Immaculate Mother will refuse us nothing that we implore with her Rosary and so we pray for them with joyful confidence!

† . 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!

 

 

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The Sixth Trumpet Update 2018

In 2016, we posted “The Sixth Trumpet”. Today, I’d like to take a few excerpts from that post and put them with excerpts from an article on “Gates of Vienna”,  titled, “The Islamization of Europe: The Evidence”.  Perhaps we may discover a trend…

“One woe is past, and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter. And the sixth angel sounded the trumpet:” (Apoc. 9,  12)
[13] … and I heard a voice from the four horns of the great altar, which is before the eyes of God, [14] Saying to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet: Loose the four angels, who are bound in the great river Euphrates. [15] And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year: for to kill the third part of men.

[16] And the number of the army of horsemen was twenty thousand times ten thousand. And I heard the number of them. [17] And thus I saw the horses in the vision: and they that sat on them, had breastplates of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone, and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions: and from their mouths proceeded fire, and smoke, and brimstone. [18] And by these three plagues was slain the third part of men, by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. [19] For the power of the horses is in their mouths, and in their tails. For, their tails are like to serpents, and have heads: and with them they hurt. [20] And the rest of the men, who were not slain by these plagues, did not do penance from the works of their hands, that they should not adore devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood, which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

[21] Neither did they penance from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their fornication, nor from their thefts. (Apocalypse Chapter 9, verses 13-21)

With the Sixth  Trumpet, we are introduced to the most severe chastisement so far. St. John himself seems to expect disbelief at the vastness of it, for when he announces that the army of horsemen numbers “20,000 times 10,000”, that is, 200,000,000, he quickly asserts, “And I heard the number of them”, thus confirming this number is from the Holy Ghost, and not his own conjecture.

And so, at the behest of the Voice from the Great Altar, the four angels from beneath the Euphrates are loosed upon mankind. As we have remarked before, four is a number of universality, and indicates how extensive this woe will be. Father Sylvester Berry believes these four angels may be the same four angels of Chapter 7, “to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea” and who were commanded not to hurt the earth, the sea or the trees until the servants of God were signed on their foreheads. (Apoc. 7, 2-3). I will expand on this later, if able.

Fr. Berry remarks that the increasing severity of chastisements corresponds with the increase of iniquity. These accelerating woes portend the nearness of the coming of the Antichrist. This woe is announced for a very definite time, i.e., “an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year”, thus emphasising that the precise day and hour is determined by God alone. And the task? “For to kill the third part of men.”

The vastness of the multitude of killers, 200,000,000, indicates an universal revolution and Father Kramer’s Book of Destiny speculates that these murderous horsemen may be Muslims. In an earlier post, “Islam and the Errors of Russia”, we stated that Islam is actually a part of the scourge of the errors of Russia, which resulted from the Pope’s failure to Consecrate that poor country.  And now, when we view these horsemen in the light of the Message of Fatima, we see that they represent the full vengeance of the errors of Russia (dialectical materialism, atheistic marxism) wreaked upon mankind, including the violence of Islamic persecution with nothing to mitigate its wrath. With the uncontested islamic immigration, we see the stage being set for a war of unprecedented violence.

There is no human force that can withstand, much less conquer this chastisement, but only the merciful intervention of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, when the Pope and remaining hierarchy, chastened at last, obey God in all humility and obedience and finally Consecrate Russia as requested.

Now let’s update with some new information from a couple of sites that discuss the “ummah”.

First, this quote from a prominent Islamic scholar:

 O Allah, we are here to make Da’wah….“Our duty is not only to be a good person as an individual. It is also a good duty to train ourselves in organizational structure, and to be, for example, a part of Ummah [Muslim nation] and any organization in which we are working, we are supposed to serve the Ummah [Muslim nation], to bring the Ummah [Muslim nation] back [to its glorious era]….. Islam as a solution for humanity. (Sheikh Dr. Iqbal Al-Hadvi in Canada, who called for da’wah and a replacement of democracy with sharia law.)

You see, islam does not recognise any law but its own, nor any national borders set by non-muslims. Hence, the more than 20,000,000  muslims now occupying the 28 counties of the European union consider it their right to go where they will and to  eliminate any hindrances from non-muslims.  To explain further, we offer the illuminating words of  Turkish President Erdogan as quoted by Gates of Vienna:

In 2017 the Turkish President was upset that he and his representatives were not allowed to travel to Holland during the Turkish national election. Understandable, really, when you understand than the Ummah tolerates no borders.

President Erdogan stated, “I can travel anywhere I like with a diplomatic passport”. Insulted, he also added: “Who do they think they are? They have 40,000 soldiers in their Army.  I have 400,000 Turks living there.”— Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2017)

And, it was Erdogan who recited the following threat in 1998 “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…”— Recep Tayyip Erdogan (1998). Quoted  from Gates of Vienna here.

Their informative post asserts that the 28 countries of Europe are already islamicised and provides the figures to back their assertion.  For instance: The conservative number of muslims in the European Union as of last year is 20, 000,000.  And it is increasing exponentially.  In England, for instance, “The Ummah population in Britain has grown from 105,000 in 1960 to five million in just 60 years. A 47-fold increase in the size of the Ummah in just 60 years.” 

“Within the EU, the Ummah can move unhindered. Nation states that refuse to allow entry into their territories are ostracised and penalised by the European Union, which has at least two further candidate Islamic countries, Albania and Turkey (100 million Muslims) awaiting membership.”

The Gates of Vienna article concludes,  “…Can Europe really still be called European? When a completely foreign ideological and cultural population exceeds that of 25 indigenous peoples?”

Now we return to “The Sixth Trumpet”. Speaking of the vast number of horsemen, and quoting from Fr. Berry:

The riders and their horses, “inflict upon men the plagues of fire, smoke, sulfur. The fire is persecution and war. Smoke symbolizes obscuring of doctrine and the weakening of faith; sulfur, the moral depravity which follows.”

Note that St. John here states that, “the power of the horses is in their mouths, and in their tails. For, their tails are like to serpents, and have heads: and with them they hurt.” Serpents have always been symbols of lying and hypocrisy, which characterize the enemies within the Church, that is the Lavender/St. Gallen “Mafia” of Cardinal Danneels and Bergoglio.

Today,  the Church is occupied by the same errors of Russia, i.e., atheistic marxism, dialectical materialism, warned of by Our Lady of the Rosary nearly a century ago.   Thus is the Church suffering through a betrayal such as never before seen, while the majority of Catholics are indifferent.

The horses and their riders exemplify violent power, extensive, all-pervasive propaganda and heretofore unheard-of abuses against the faith and persecutions of the faithful. Those who survive will be still further separated; the faithful who are marked with the sign of faith will be strengthened, while those of the world will persist with even harder hearts, for they, “did not do penance from the works of their hands”, that is, they continued blaspheming, lying and committing all manner of fornication, murder and idolatry.

Father Berry tells us that the state of sin persists even after the plague of the murderous horsemen has passed, and will continue,

“until the Church is fully prepared to carry through with God’s special direction and help overthrow the reign of evil and the conquest of the world for Christ.”

The apocalyptic 200,000,000 horsemen include, along with those of the ummah, all those who will engage in the decisive battle, that is marxists of all sorts, including especially those within the Church. Pope Francis and all who follow him have chosen the side they are on.  Through their unnatural lusts for false doctrine and depravity, through their ingrained deceit and arrogance, they have usurped the positions of power in the visible church which has eclipsed but cannot destroy the true Church for she is the Bride of Christ. Therefore it is wholly consistent that Pope Francis has taken sides with diabolical marxism against the true Catholic remnant in China and with the islamic war against Christians throughout the world. This will, in time, come to the Vatican and we shall see the  entirely predicable effects of the Pope’s “merciful” policies towards the enemies of God.

While the material chastisement of the horsemen is looming on the near horizon, the pope of our chastisement is pursuing the demolition of the faith and the nearly total destruction of the channels of sanctifying grace with brutal intensity. 

Both the material and the spiritual chastisements will continue apace until mankind repents, however few remain. The longer that God is disobeyed, the more spiritual assistance will be withdrawn and the ancient enemy will appear to prevail everywhere.  We are approaching rapidly the time when we will have to rely on the Rosary and the level of consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary that we have achieved. 
It will no longer be a matter of growing in grace but of a gritty determination to remain faithful through our consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  With the ever-increasing power of satan in the world, distractions and disorientation will provide immense obstacles to those attempting to remain faithful. 
Watch and pray,

“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.” (Apoc. 3,3).

Pray the Rosary and confound satan and all 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!

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Purification and Presentation, 2018

Today, which is also a First Friday,  we offer a new post to commemorate one of the oldest feasts in the Church, the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple.

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.”

“This child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted.”

As we consider the scene, we note Simeon’s great sorrow; for although  God had promised him that he should not die before seeing Christ the Saviour, he now realized the immense suffering which these two innocents would have to endure. Thus it was with an immeasurable sorrow that Simeon addressed the most Blessed Virgin Mary,  “And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.”

At the moment when the priest Simeon mentioned the sword and the sign of contradiction, which were prophetical of the passion and death of the Lord, the Child bowed His head, signifying His acceptance of Simeon’s prophecy as the sentence of the eternal Father pronounced by His minister. All this the loving Mother noticed and understood. She felt the sorrow predicted by Simeon and was wounded by the sword, of which She had thus been warned. As in a mirror her spirit was made to see all the mysteries included in this prophecy; how her most holy Son was to be the stone of stumbling (1),  the perdition of the unbelievers, and the salvation of the faithful; the fall of the synagogue and the establishment of the Church among the heathens; She foresaw the triumph to be gained over the devils and over death, but also that a great price was to be paid for it, namely her Son’s frightful agony and death on the Cross. She foresaw the boundless opposition and contradiction, which the Lord Jesus was to sustain both personally and in His Church (2). At the same time she also saw the glory and excellence of the predestined souls.

For Mary kept all this in her Immaculate Heart, bearing within her soul such a profound sorrow that no human can ever fathom. The saints assure us that ever after, each glance at this divine, innocent and most lovable Son yielded the most intense pangs of sorrow. St. Francis de Sales explains further,

Thus, Mary not only offered her Son to death that day in the Temple, but was offering Him up at every moment of her life; for she revealed to St. Bridget that this grief which St. Simeon announced to her, never left her heart till she was assumed into heaven. Hence St. Anselm says: ‘Oh Lady, I cannot believe, that with such a sorrow thou would have been able to live one moment, if God Himself, who gives life, had not strengthened thee by His divine power.’ And St. Bernard affirms, speaking of the great sorrow that Mary endured on this day, that hence forth she suffered a living death, bearing a grief more cruel than death. She lived, dying at every moment, because grief for the death of her beloved Jesus was at every moment assailing her.

What lesson can we draw from this Mystery of the Presentation? If we are to be truly Mary’s children, living our consecrations to her, then we must accept with equanimity the sorrows and sufferings given to us; not only those we ourselves endure but also those we behold suffered by the Bride of Christ, that is, the Church. The Immaculate Virgin offered up her sufferings united with those of her Divine Son and Saviour. She was silent before Herod, and she was silent as Jesus stood before the Sanhedrin,  and before Pilate. This is not to say she was indifferent. Not at all. Indeed, Mary held all of this, every brutality and indignity suffered by her beloved Son was held in her Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart. We her children, can do no less, nor should we seek to do more. For as a loving child, in obedience to the Mother, models his behaviour on hers, we attend to all our Saviour’s sufferings, we do not turn away, but abide with Him in sorrowful love with Mary our Mother, offering all in reparation.

Now the above essay should not be construed as the encouragement of what Dr. Roberto de Mattei rightfully condemns as minimalism, that is the willful neglect of our duty to confront the errors in the Church. In her Message of Fatima, our most Blessed Mother has providentially given us the means for increasing sanctifying grace in our lives to nourish our souls and provide us with the spiritual weapons for this great battle for the Church, for souls, Now this battle requires that we confront the enemy at every  opportunity.  Dr. de Mattei reported on the case of a priest using his pulpit at Mass to scandalize the congregation by denying the Credo and the priest in another area that advised the faithful of their obligation to stand up and counter this public apostasy of the faith.  Have you considered what you would do in such a situation?

I must admit, on the three occasions when I observed offenses against the faith during a diocesan TLM, (all in the same diocese, but in different churches) I just got up and walked out. For a timid person, it was a bit of a stretch, but I did do my best to explain to others why I will no longer attend Mass there. The result was not exactly stellar,  just one family followed suit, but they are a beautiful family, five souls now attending a Society Chapel exclusively. And we never tire of working and praying for more!

One effective form of action is to become informed and then spread the word, about the anti-life agenda of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. I suggest Michael Hichborn’s post on the Lepanto Institute site, LINK. The amount of money being raked in by these corrupt wolves in shepherd’s clothing is astounding.  Speaking out on this to other Catholics whenever possible is not only a good way to serve the Truth, it is an opportunity for penance, as we all no doubt know!

Today, the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary continues to suffer as the current occupiers of the Vatican, filled with passionate intensity continue their war to eclipse the true Church, Christ’s Pure and Holy Bride, with the Luciferian Church of Man. So many souls are swept away in this maelstrom!

Please, renew your consecration this day! And don’t forget tomorrow is First Saturday of Reparation!

Footnotes

(1) In this phrase we note the terrible sorrow of Mary for all the chosen souls who turn from the truth and are lost forever. Many of whom are her own children who chose to disobey.

(2) Even as  those first “Chosen People”, the race of Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother, rejected His saving grace, so also the Church today rejects His grace. This is to complete the cycle. And even as Jerusalem was destroyed for its perfidious rejection, so also we shall see the parallel in our own day.

For our accustomed post on the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, see here.

The above post quotes and paraphrases articles by Saint Francis de Sales  (available on Kindle by Catholic Way) and Venerable Mother Maria de Agreda (Mystical City, Veritatis Splendor Pub.).  Both are on Kindle.

  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!

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