“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, March 1. 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.

Crucifixion by Wilhelm Kotarbinski

“O you who pass by the way, attend and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.”

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”).

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Father Malachi Martin was bound, unfairly he believed, but nevertheless bound by an oath against revealing the Third Secret, or more properly, the third portion of the Secret of Fatima. But this chafed him so that he increasingly indicated insights into the secret’s meaning as time went by and the devil’s own chaos increased in the Church. It must have been a terrible burden to know that if only he were able to speak out, so many souls might have repented and been saved! But Father took solace in obedience, knowing as he did that it was by way of the arrogant disobedience of Popes that this assault from hell came about.

And so, even though bound by his oath, Father allowed certain insights. If we review all the hints he gave us in his books and interviews, they fall into a pattern roughly consisting of three portions,

  1. A physical chastisement
  2. A spiritual chastisement
  3. The action of Russia in both chastisements.

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité  also believed that Russia was the key player in both the physical and spiritual events of the chastisement. Additionally,  Frère Michel stressed that the physical chastisements began with the Second World War and since Russia has not been consecrated properly – and thus cannot be exorcised of Satanic control – the ongoing war will only continue, eventually enveloping the entire world with one horrific conflagration of intense terror. The force behind this will of course, be Russia, or more precisely, satanic marxism.

Satanic marxism is also behind the spiritual chastisement which continues apace until the Church is eventually reduced to a very small  and seemingly impotent remnant. There is little doubt that Pope Francis is a satanic marxist and is the Pope that Father Malachi Martin alluded to as the last pope of this era and who would be under the control of Satan. St. Hildegard has told us what to expect of this pope and Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora has also warned us of what is to come.

In a previous post we quoted Antonio Socci’s account of Pope Benedict’s revelation at Fatima in 2010:

But a resounding explicit confirmation came from Benedict XVI himself, who, during an unexpected pilgrimage to Fatima on May 13, 2010, affirmed: “He deceives himself who thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is concluded.”

He added: “there are indicated future realities of the Church which little by little are manifesting themselves… and therefore it is the sufferings of the Church which are announced.”

But could such prophecies be found in that text [of the vision]?

These two phrases of the Pope in that discourse at Fatima prompt reflection:

“Man has the power to unleash a cycle of death and terror, but he is not able to stop it.” And then: “The faith in vast regions of the earth risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel.”

From these words of Pope Benedict one discerns, therefore, that there is truly something else in the Third Secret and that it is dramatic for the world and the Church. The volume in fact draws from the letters of Sister Lucia and from the unpublished diary “My Way.” Impressive among things previously unpublished, is the account of how Sister Lucy overcame the terror that prevented her from writing down the Third Secret.

The Unpublished Account

At around 4 p.m. on January 3, 1944, in the chapel of the convent, before the Tabernacle, Lucia asked Jesus to make known His will: “I then felt a friendly hand, maternal and affectionate, touch my shoulder.”

And the Mother of God said to her: “be at peace, and write what I have commanded you, but not, however, that which has been given to you to understand its meaning,” intending to allude to the meaning of the vision which the Virgin herself had revealed.

” the point of a lance like a flame … touches the axis of the earth”

Immediately afterward, said Sister Lucia, “I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of a lance like a flame that is detached, touches the axis of the earth, and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers, the clouds, exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them, in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted. It is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven.” (Antonio Socci)

From this came the strength to write the Third Secret. …

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Essential reading in order to prepare for tomorrow’s post. From the excellent Sandro Magister, offered without comment, but with added emphasis. Please read prayerfully.

The following are excerpts, for the whole article please see:

Marriage and Divorce. The General of the Jesuits: “Jesus Too Must Be Reinterpreted”

 

Incredible but true. In the eighth chapter of “Amoris Laetitia,” the most heated and controversial, the one in which Pope Francis seems to “open up” to remarriage while the previous spouse is still alive, there is no citation at all of the words of Jesus on marriage and divorce, presented primarily in chapter 19 of the Gospel according to Matthew:

«Pharisees came up to Him and tested Him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’? So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman, commits adultery.”»

It is an astonishing omission. Also striking are two other moments of silence from Francis, on the same question.

The first took place on October 4, 2015. It was the Sunday of the beginning of the second and final session of the synod on the family. And on that very day, in all the Catholic churches of the Latin rite, at Mass, the Gospel passage read was from Mark (10:2-9), parallel to the one in Matthew 19:2-12.

At the Angelus, the pope avoided any reference to that passage of the Gospel, in spite of its extraordinary pertinence to the questions discussed at the synod.

And the same thing happened last February 12, with another similar passage from the Gospel of Matthew (5:11-12) read at Mass in all the churches. This time as well, at the Angelus, Francis avoided citing and commenting on it.

Why such adamant silence from the pope on words of Jesus that are so unequivocal?

One clue toward a response is in the interview that the new superior general of the Society of Jesus, the Venezuelan Arturo Sosa Abascal, very close to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has given to the Swiss vaticanista Giuseppe Rusconi for the blog Rossoporpora and for the “Giornale del Popolo” of Lugano.

Here are the passages most relevant to the case. Any commentary would be superfluous.

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Q: Cardinal Gerhard L. Műller, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, has said with regard to marriage that the words of Jesus are very clear and “no power in heaven and on earth, neither an angel nor the pope, neither a council nor a law of the bishops has the faculty to modify them.”

A: So then, there would have to be a lot of reflection on what Jesus really said. At that time, no one had a recorder to take down his words. What is known is that the words of Jesus must be contextualized, they are expressed in a language, in a specific setting, they are addressed to someone in particular.

Q: But if all the words of Jesus must be examined and brought back to their historical context, they do not have an absolute value.

A: Over the last century in the Church there has been a great blossoming of studies that seek to understand exactly what Jesus meant to say… That is not relativism, but attests that the word is relative, the Gospel is written by human beings, it is accepted by the Church which is made up of human persons… So it is true that no one can change the word of Jesus, but one must know what it was!

Q: Is it also possible to question the statement in Matthew 19:3-6: “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder”?

A: I go along with what Pope Francis says. One does not bring into doubt, one brings into discernment. . .

Q: But discernment is evaluation, it is choosing among different options. There is no longer an obligation to follow just one interpretation. . .

A: No, the obligation is still there, but to follow the result of discernment.

Q: However, the final decision is based on a judgment relative to different hypotheses. So it also takes into consideration the hypothesis that the phrase “let man not put asunder…” is not exactly as it appears. In short, it brings the word of Jesus into doubt.

A: Not the word of Jesus, but the word of Jesus as we have interpreted it. Discernment does not select among different hypotheses but listens to the Holy Spirit, who – as Jesus has promised – helps us to understand the signs of God’s presence in human history.

Q: But discern how?

A: Pope Francis does discernment following St. Ignatius, like the whole Society of Jesus: one has to seek and find, St. Ignatius said, the will of God. It is not a frivolous search. Discernment leads to a decision: one must not only evaluate, but decide.

Q: And who must decide?

A: The Church has always reiterated the priority of personal conscience.

Q: So if conscience, after discernment, tells me that I can receive communion even if the norm does not provide for it…

A: The Church has developed over the centuries, it is not a piece of reinforced concrete. It was born, it has learned, it has changed. This is why the ecumenical councils are held, to try to bring developments of doctrine into focus. Doctrine is a word that I don’t like very much, it brings with it the image of the hardness of stone. Instead the human reality is much more nuanced, it is never black or white, it is in continual development.

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Sandro Magister has much more at his page, please do read it and pray!

Readers, I said that I would not comment, but realize that I must say this: This Jesuit dissembler misleads when he affirms that “The Church has always reiterated the priority of personal conscience.” He obviously mistakes the Bergoglian Lutheran Church for the true Church established by our Lord Jesus Christ.

For more information on this Jesuit marxist, see SSPX article here.

  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.

 Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

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

  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~ 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!

Notice: Please pray for John Vennari. Michael Matt at The Remnant posted that he is in hospital and appears to be in his final stage. Now is the time that he needs our prayers the most. The Remnant will be your best source of news throughout this trial.

St. Joseph, Patron of the dying, intercede for John Vennari

O most merciful Jesus, Lover of souls, I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, cleanse in Thine Own Precious Blood Thy servant, John Vennari now in his agony and show Thine infinite mercy on him. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on John Vennari.
Most Holy Mary, Merciful Mother of God, assist thy child John in his hour of need.
Immaculate Mary, thou who crushes the head of satan, protect John from the evil one.
Most Holy Mary, Mother of Sorrows, enclose him in thine Immaculate Heart.
Compassionate Lady of La Salette, Reconciler of Sinners, pour forth all graces for John’s salvation.
St. Joseph, patron of the dying, obtain for thy devoted son John grace and mercy.
St. Joseph, terror of demons, assist John in his struggle against the enemy of his salvation.
St. Joseph, to thee do we entrust John’s soul, do thou save it.
O holy Guardian Angels, do not abandon John, but contend for him against Satan and preserve his soul from the evil one.
St. Philomena, pray for John who is so devoted to thee!

 

Please, pray the Rosary for John!

“I am convinced that the principal cause of evil in the world, and the falling away of so many consecrated souls, is lack of union with God in prayer.”

(Sister Lucia of Fatima)

 

Sister Lucia of Fatima at Dorothean Convent, 1945

Sister Lucia of Fatima at Dorothean Convent, 1945

The following is a letter from Sister Lucia to her nephew. There is important spiritual guidance for us, for this particular time.

Dear Father Valinho,

I see from your letter that you are worried about the turmoil and the disorientation of our times. It is indeed sad that so many are allowing themselves to be dominated by the diabolical wave that is sweeping the world, and they are so blind that they cannot see their error.

But their principal error is that they have abandoned prayer. Thus, they turn away from God, and without God everything is lacking to them. For, “without Me you can do nothing.” What I recommend to you above all is that you draw close to the Tabernacle and pray. In fervent prayer you will receive the light, strength and grace that you need to sustain you, and to share with others.

Guide those under your care with humility, with gentleness and at the same time with firmness, because superiors above all have the duty to maintain the truth in its proper place, always with serenity, with justice and charity. For this reason they need to pray more and more, to keep close to God and to tell Him about all their affairs and all their problems before they discuss them with human beings.

Follow this road and you will see that in prayer you will find more knowledge, more light, more strength, more grace and virtue than you could ever achieve by reading many books, or by great studies. Never consider as wasted the time you spend in prayer. You will discover that in prayer God communicates to you the light, strength and grace you need to do all He expects of you.

The only important thing for us is to do the will of God: to be where He wants us to be, and to do all He wants of us, but always with humility, knowing that of ourselves we are nothing and that it is God who works in us and through us, to accomplish His work. Therefore, we all need to intensify our life of intimate union with God, and this we can attain only through prayer.

It is in prayer that the soul encounters direct contact with God, who is our strength and the end, the source of all good. Let time be lacking for everything else, but never for prayer, and you will experience the fact that, after prayer, you can accomplish a lot in a short period of time.

All of us, but especially the superior without prayer, or [the one] who habitually sacrifices prayer for material things, is like a hollow, split reed that serves only to beat the whites of eggs into castles of foam, which, without sugar to sustain them, soon dissolve and become as polluted water.For this reason, Jesus Christ said, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt loses its strength, it is good for nothing but to be thrown out.”

We can receive our strength from God alone. We must draw close to Him for Him to communicate it to us. We can only realize this closeness through prayer because it is in prayer that the soul encounters direct contact with God.

I would like you to pass on these recommendations to your religious brothers. Let them experiment with them; then you can tell me if I was wrong. I am convinced that the principal cause of evil in the world, and the falling away of so many consecrated souls, is lack of union with God in prayer. The devil is very smart and watches for our weak points so that he can attack us. If we are not careful and attentive in obtaining the strength from God, we will fall, because our times are very bad and we are weak.

Only God’s strength can sustain us. See that you take everything with calmness and with great confidence in God. He will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He will supply for our insufficiencies.

Sister Lucia dos Santos, I.C.D..

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At times, I sound harshly critical of what I believe is hypocrisy among Catholic bloggers and journalists. This is because I have one over-riding concern: to help you prepare your soul for the severe trials you will be facing. I believe very strongly that Our Lady of the Rosary, the Immaculata, came to help us abide in her Son’s love, which is the only way we will survive the darkness to come.

How do we abide in His love? Not by allowing ourselves to be diverted by all the useless froth stirred up as Sister Lucia points out so well in her letter above. But by drawing close to God in prayer. Our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary must become the driving force of our lives, the gauge by which we determine the value of all our actions. This is basically the urgent news I have for my readers! These times are dangerous to our faith, and very, very uncertain. We must make it a priority to get our souls as fortified with grace and as bonded with the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts as possible.

If we lose the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Penance – and make no mistake, that is the ultimate goal of Pope Francis! – if we lose these precious channels of grace, there will be an instantaneous ebbing of grace from the world which will give satan and his minions a huge boost. Our society no longer understands the gravity of mortal sin or the massive power of satan in the absence of grace, but a world stripped of the grace of the Mass will be a terrifying place.

I realize that am not light-hearted entertainment. And I am harshly critical of those who want to endlessly discuss the precise meaning of the “Bishop in white” and so on. I believe it would be unconscionable of me to let this site degenerate into discussions of what this or that obscure revelation means towards the fulfillment of the Fatima prophecy about exactly when and how the chastisement will occur.

You must make ready the way of the Lord in your own heart. Repentance, true and thorough repentance is essential. And it is not at all essential to your spiritual survival that you know what Julie Jahenny thought or whether or not Akita is part of Fatima’s message. Do not agonize over these things.

Focus on the necessities and give thanks to Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother for always providing so generously for our real needs. They love us, and will get us through this, but only if we we rely on them and not on our own ability to provide for our needs by watching you-tube videos and interminable discussions online.

In the letter above, Sister Lucia recommended Eucharistic adoration to her nephew. Many of us today no longer have the ability to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. I hope that those who are still able to do this will pray for those of us who do not!

And all of us have our Rosaries, so let us take these weapons in hand and pray, pray most of all, as Our Lady of the Rosary told us 100 years ago, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially for the Pope, the hierarchy and for all those who tragically have lost the ability to repent. This loss is spreading rapidly. Please, pray for sinners!

~ by evensong, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Queen and our Mother.

NOTE: The sources for this letter are two: Frere Michel’s Third Volume of The Whole Truth About Fatima, in which he gives the date for this letter as, April 13, 1971 ; and Monsignor Cirrincione’s little gem of a book, “Fatima’s Message for Our Times” in which Msgr. only mentions the date of the letter as 1971.

Frere Michel gives the complete date, but Cirrincione gives the entire text of the letter, so both sources are necessary here.

Jacinta Marto, the youngest of the Fatima visionaries, was born on March 11, 1010 and died on February 20, 1920 at the age of nine after two years of serious illness and great suffering.

Blessed Jacinta Marto, pray for us, pray for the Pope.

In Jacinta’s brief life, she worked many miracles, but we will only relate one. In her Memoirs, Sister Lucia tells us of her Aunt Victoria, who lived at Fatima and was much grieved by her son, who had run away from home and not been heard from in some time. One day, when Lucia was away from home, her aunt came by to ask for her prayers for her missing son. In Lucia’s absence, Victoria turned to Jacinta instead. In just a few days, her son returned, penitent and was reunited to his parents. After he sought and received his joyful parents’ pardon, he told them that he had determined to return home but after nightfall, had gotten lost in the mountains and dark woods and a terrible storm had overtaken him. He then fell to his knees and prayed for God’s mercy when suddenly he saw his cousin Jacinta who offered him her hand and led him to the road. Jacinta left him once she had pointed out the direction he was to go.

Of course, everyone wanted to know what Jacinta had to say about this unheard of occurrence, but Jacinta would only say,  “I don’t even know where those forests or those mountains are. But I prayed hard to Our Lady for him, because of Aunt Victoria’s sorrow.” “How all that happened,” said Sister Lucia, “I don’t know, but God knows.” (“Blessed Jacinta Marto” by Msgr. Joseph Cirrincione, TAN Books, Kindle Edition)

One day, after Francisco had come down with the influenza and Jacinta had acquired it as well, Lucia went to visit her cousins and Jacinta broke the news to her.

“Look, Lucia!” she said, “Our Lady came to see us here, and she said that she is coming very soon to take Francisco to Heaven. And she asked me if I still wanted to convert more sinners and I said, ‘Yes.’

“Our Lady wants me to go to two hospitals. But not to be cured. It is to suffer more for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“She said that you were not going,” she continued. “She said my mother is going to take me, and then I will stay there alone.”

In his book, Fr. Cirrincione takes care to point out that pain had for the little shepherds the same revulsion we all feel, but that this natural aversion was overpowered by their even stronger desire for the good that they could accomplish through their sufferings, that is, reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the conversion of sinners. Note that at the time, Jacinta was only 7 or 8 at the most. A child like this shows so much devotion to the Immaculate, yet what do we modern day devotees of Fatima do? What sacrifices?

Lucia tells us that often in those days, she would stop by the Marto home on her way home from school in the evenings and visit with her cousins. Always, they discussed their daily sacrifices. When Lucia spoke of her own offerings, Jacinta would add, “Yes, I did that too, Lucia!.”

“I love Our Lord and Our Lady and I never get tired of telling them that I love them. When I tell that to them, it seems sometimes that I have a fire burning in my breast, a fire that does not consume. … Oh, how I would like to be able to go again to the hills to say the Rosary in the cave. But I can’t anymore. When you go to the Cova da Iria, pray for me, Lucia! I’m sure I’ll never go there again. Now you go to Francisco’s room because I want to make the sacrifice of being alone.”

Olimpia Marto, Jacinta’s mother suffered greatly as well as she watched Francisco and Jacinta frankly discussing their suffering and deaths. She confided in Father De Marchi that the children “used to say Rosary after Rosary, at least seven or eight every day and there was no end to their short prayers.”

Francisco Leaves Them

As Francisco neared the end of his brief journey, Jacinto slipped into his room with a message for him to take to heaven. “Give my compliments to Our Lord and Our Lady,” she said. “Tell them I shall suffer all they want for sinners and to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

Jacinta’s sorrow at the loss of her beloved brother was acute and her loneliness increased greatly. She told Lucia: “I’m thinking of Francisco. How much I would love to see him. But I think also of the war that is going to come. So many people will die and so many will go to Hell. Many cities will be burned to the ground, and many priests will be killed. Look, Lucia, I’m going to Heaven. But when you see that night illuminated by that strange light, you also run away to Heaven.”

“Don’t you see it’s impossible to run away to Heaven?” Lucia said. “Yes, you can’t do that. But don’t be afraid. I’ll pray a lot for you in Heaven, and for the Holy Father also, and for Portugal, for the war not to come here, and for all priests.”

Jacinta often spoke of her strong desire to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. One day after Lucia had been to Mass and Communion, she visited Jacinta who told her: “I don’t know how it is. I feel Our Lord within me. I understand what He says to me without seeing Him or hearing Him. But how sweet it is to be with Him!”

Someone had given Lucia a picture of the Sacred Heart and she gave it to Jacinta, who kept it constantly, and often kissed it. “I am kissing,” she would say, “the Heart of Him whom I love above all. I wish I also had a picture of the Heart of Mary. I would be so pleased to have the two together.”

Another time, Jacinta confided to Lucia,

“It won’t be long before I go to heaven. You, Lucia, will remain on earth to spread the news that Our Lord wants the whole world to have devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When you have to speak, don’t hide yourself. Tell the whole world that God wants to grant His graces through the mediation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that we must not hesitate to ask them through her; that the Heart of Jesus wants to be venerated along with the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that men must ask the Immaculate Heart for peace, because God has confided it to her. If I could only put into all hearts what I feel here within me, what makes me love the Hearts of Jesus and Mary so!”

Jacinta Is Hospitalized

Jacinta’s illness worsened and Olimpia grieved at the sight of her small daughter, growing thinner by the day and suffering with such patient resignation. Jacinta attempted to comfort her mother, “Don’t worry Mother, for I’m going to Heaven. I’ll pray a lot for you there.” Although she was brave with her beloved Mama, she confided her fears to Lucia, “Lucia, if only you could come with me! The hardest thing to me is to have to go without you. Maybe the hospital is very dark, where we can’t see a thing! And I’ll be there suffering alone.”

After a time of loneliness in the hospital at Ourem, Jacinta was sent home in late August, 1919, due to the fact that not only was there no improvement in her condition, but the abscess in her side had actually worsened. About this time, Father Formigao wrote of her, “She was all bones, and it was a shock to see how thin her arms were. She was running a fever all the time. Pneumonia, then tuberculosis and pleurisy ate away her strength. I remembered, as I saw her, that Our Lady had promised Bernadette of Lourdes that she too would not be happy in this world, but in the next. I wondered if Our Lady made the same promise to Jacinta.”

Jacinta’s increasing weakness prevented her from her accustomed practice of secretly slipping out of bed and praying the Angel’s Eucharistic Prayer kneeling with her forehead to the floor. When she confided her distress at no longer being capable of this penance, Lucia spoke with their priest who assured her that Jacinta must remain in bed for her prayers. When Lucia relayed this advice to Jacinta, she was at first reluctant but Lucia was firm and consoled her with the assurance that for Jacinta to obey her priest would please Our Lord very much. “Then, it’s all right. I won’t get up any more for my prayers”, she concluded.

The Best Intentions

In January, 1920, Jacinta had a visitor; Our Lady appeared to her to announce that she would be taken to another hospital. Msgr. Cirrincione tells us of Jacinta’s response:

“Lucia,” she said, “Our Lady told me that I’m going to go to another hospital in Lisbon and that I’ll never see you again or my parents and that after suffering a great deal, I shall die alone. She said that I should not be afraid since she will come to take me with her to Heaven.” But at nine, it’s hard not to be afraid, even when the Queen of Heaven reassures you. So she began to sob as she embraced Lucia tightly to her: “I will never see you again. Pray a lot for me, for I am going to die alone.”

It is so often true that much of our suffering in this world is caused by those with the best of intentions and Jacinta’s case was a fine example of that. One day, a prominent man, Dr. Enrico Lisboa and his wife visited Jacinta in the company of Father Formigao. The doctor was indignant that so little was being done for Jacinta and urged Father Formigao to convince Jacinta’s parents to agree to another hospitalization, this time to a hospital in Lisbon under the care of a respected specialist in children’s illness. Thus it was that Jacinta was subjected to her final and most bitter ordeal and lonely death.

A Last Journey to the Cova

Before this however, Olimpia Marto was determined that Jacinta would have her heart’s desire, a visit to the Cova da  Iria. Olimpia related later that Jacinta was too weak to stand and walk and so she and a friend took her there on a donkey. On the way, they picked some flowers and when she got to the little Chapel, they helped Jacinta down to pray there. Jacinta told them, ‘When Our Lady went away, she passed over those trees and entered Heaven so fast that it seemed as if her feet were caught in the door.”

Lucia tells us in her memoirs of their bitter-sweet parting,

“She kept her arms around me for a long time,” …  “She was crying and saying to me, ‘Never again shall we see each other. Pray a great deal for me, for I am going to Heaven. There I will pray a lot for you. Don’t ever tell anyone the secret, even if they kill you. Love Jesus a great deal and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Make many sacrifices for sinners.'”

The trip to the hospital in Lisbon involved a long trek to Ourem, thence to the depot in Chao de Macas and then by train to Lisbon. Although the original plan called for Jacinta, her Mother and older brother Antonio to stay with a prosperous family in Lisbon until a room was available for Jacinta at the hospital, the family refused to take her when they observed the advanced state of her illness. And so little Jacinta was blessed to share the plight of the Holy Family on that cold Christmas night so long ago. How dearly the Holy Family must have cherished this smallest, sweetest of the martyrs of love!

Mother Godinho

Although the wealthy turned their back on Jacinta, there was one who welcomed her with great joy. Mother Maria de Purificacao Godinho was a secularized Franciscan who ran a small orphanage in Lisbon. The orphanage had a lovely little Chapel adjacent to it, dedicated to Our Lady of Miracles. Jacinta was overjoyed to find that the second floor of the orphanage opened onto a little balcony into the Chapel, where she was delighted to find that her precious “hidden Jesus” reposed in the tabernacle. She spent many happy hours sitting on the little balcony, communing with her Lord, saying one Rosary after another. Although she missed the Cova and missed Lucia and her family very much, she savored this brief, ecstatic time of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and several visits from Our Lady as well.

Mother Godinho tells us that one day as she sat on Jacinta’s bed, visiting with her, Jacinta requested politely that she move to the side a bit, “Mother dear, I am expecting Our Lady.” We have this lovely, devout woman, Mother Godinho to thank for the most beautiful and inspiring memories of sweet Jacinta in her brief respite at the orphanage before she entered the hospital for her final stay. Some of Mother Godinho’s remembrances of Jacinta’s words:

“Our Lady said that there are many wars and discords in the world. Wars are only punishments for the sins of the world. Our Lady cannot stay the arm of her Beloved Son upon the world anymore. It is necessary to do penance. If the people amend themselves, Our Lord shall still come to the aid of the world. If they do not amend themselves, punishment shall come. . . If men do not amend their lives, Almighty God will send the world, beginning with Spain, a punishment such as never has been.”

“My dear Mother, the sins that bring most souls to Hell are the sins of the flesh. Certain fashions are going to be introduced which will offend Our Lord very much. Those who serve God should not follow these fashions. The Church has no fashions: Our Lord is always the same.”

“Many marriages,” she remarked, “are not good; they do not please Our Lord and are not of God.”

“My good Mother, do not give yourself to immodest clothes. Run away from riches. Love holy poverty and silence very much. Be very charitable, even with those who are unkind. Never criticize others and avoid those who do. Confession is a Sacrament of mercy. That is why people should approach the confessional with confidence and joy.”

“The Mother of God wants a larger number of virgin souls to bind themselves to her by the vow of chastity. I would enter a convent with great joy, but my joy is greater because I am going to Heaven. To be a religious, one has to be very pure in soul and in body.” “And do you know what it means to be pure?” Mother Godinho asked. “Yes, I do. To be pure in body means to preserve chastity. To be pure in soul means to avoid sin, not to look at what would be sinful, not to steal, never to lie and always to tell the truth, even when it is hard.”

In the Lisbon Hospital

Jacinta had been taken by Our Lady as her own precious child when she was still filled with innocence and consequently, she was greatly shocked and disheartened by the worldliness and indifference to God that she perceived in the Lisbon hospital. Monsignor Cirrincione tells us,

“…The dress, the manner and the conversation of visitors in the hospital saddened her, if not by their out-and-out sinfulness, at least by their emptiness of God. “What is it all for?” she would say. “If they only knew what eternity is.” This also explains her attitude toward the doctors. The fact that their thoughts were exclusively for science and medicine, without any consideration of God’s part in healing, left her a bit disheartened. “Pity doctors,” she said once. “Doctors do not know how to treat their patients with success because they have no love for God.”

At the hospital a doctor one day asked that she pray for a special intention of his. She assured him that she would indeed, pray for him, “but just remember that you are going to be taken away, and soon.” She told another doctor the same thing about himself and his daughter. Both predictions came true.

In his book, “The Crusade of Fatima”, Father De Marchi relates that Jacinta warned the doctors that surgery on her abscess would prove fruitless. Nevertheless, the doctors prevailed (don’t they always?) and of course, Jacinta’s prediction was confirmed; she was too weak to take gas and so the operation was performed with very inadequate local injection. Two ribs were removed and although the doctors remained optimistic, on February 16, Jacinta said, “I am not complaining any more. Our Lady has appeared again and said that she is coming for me soon. She took all my pains away.”

On the evening of February 20, Jacinta asked to receive the Last Rites. A priest was called, and although he heard her confession, he refused to administer Holy Communion, relying on his own judgment, he determined to visit the next day. Jacinta passed away that evening, alone in her room about 10:30 pm.

Think on these things. Jacinta leads the way for those who would be children of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 

Saint Jacinta?

The Queen of Heaven assured us that Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, the three seers of Fatima, were to be saints. The conciliar Church prefers instead to canonize – on the flimsiest of pretexts, those who can be reconciled with the heresy of modernism. Thus, there is little chance that we will see the seers of Fatima canonized. But we have Our Lady’s own words to guide us. In my own experience, Blessed Jacinta is a very powerful intercessor, most especially in helping sinners repent.

The following prayer may be prayed as a Novena and was approved by the Bishop of Leiria – Fatima, Portugal, on Dec. 17, 1974.

Novena Prayer to Blessed Jacinta Marto

O my Jesus, I love Thee! Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee  profoundly with all the powers of my soul and I thank Thee for the apparitions of the most Holy Virgin in Fatima which have made manifest to the world the treasures of her Immaculate Heart.

By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I implore Thee, if it should be for Thy greater glory and the good of our souls, to glorify in the sight of Thy Holy Church Jacinta, the shepherdess of Fatima granting us through her intercession the grace which we implore. ________ Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. Do not forget to make a thanksgiving novena for favors received and share with others.

 

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

  Blessed Jacinta Marto, pray for us.

  Blessed Francisco Marto, pray for us.

  Sister Lucia of Fatima, pray for us, pray for our priests.

Please, more than ever, pray the Rosary!

 

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

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

 

 

A message we repeat often, because it is so essential for all of us in this barren landscape of the Church today, is the need for true charity and true obedience, that is, the charity which first of all affirms the rights of Jesus Christ, the true Head of His Church.

After instituting the Sacrament of His Love on Holy Thursday, Our Lord commanded His Apostles, and by them, us, “Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love … This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you”. 

In Anne Catherine Emmerich, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. (TAN Books) In Section III, Chapter 1, she recounts the following prophecy which was part of the agonies experienced by Our Lord in the Garden of Olives.

After describing satan and his legions attacking Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Garden, and the multitude of men, who appeared as though blinded, who attacked Our Lord, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich related,

Betrayed with a kiss …

“it was made known to me that these apparitions were all those persons who in divers ways insult and outrage Jesus, really and truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I recognised among them all those who in any way profane the Blessed Eucharist. 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 …

After a bit more describing the offenses to Our Lord in His Sacrament of Love, Blessed Anne says,

“I saw many others in which worldly, tasteless, unsuitable ornaments had replaced the magnificent adornments of a more pious age. I saw that often, the poorest of men were better lodged in their cottages than the Master of heaven and earth in His churches. Ah, how deeply did the inhospitality of men grieve Jesus, who had given Himself to them to be their Food! … In consequence of all this, I saw the weak scandalized, 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, sacrilegious priests, crowds of tepid and unworthy communicants, wicked soldiers profaning the holy 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, a number of souls for whom He had shed His blood.”

 

To those who are devoted to the Faith, it often seems clear that those among the hierarchy who are undermining the Faith, are filled with malice against Our Lord, and that makes us, to an extent, bitter enemies of them. However, St. Paul is a perfect example for us in these chaotic and confused times. He urged the Jews to kill St. Stephen, but he was ignorant at that time, and when he was confronted with Christ, he adored Him and surrendered his will and his life to serving Our Lord Jesus Christ in the most exemplary manner.

We must obey Our Lord’s words at this time in history!  From the Cross, He gives us His example, as He prayed for those who brutally crucified Him, and still crucify Him today, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”. He still commands us, “Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love … This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you”.

 

We need, all of us, to pray for these poor men, our Bishops and Cardinals, who have decided on a false obedience instead of the true loving affirmation of Christ’s own truth, the dogma of the faith entrusted to them for the spiritual nourishment of their flocks. True loving and humble obedience serves Our Lord Jesus Christ, it does not betray Him in His own Church.Those prelates who fail to correct the pope in his errors do not do so from loving obedience but from craven fear. They do not serve Our Lord Jesus Christ, but Judas, Luther and the other enemies of Christ.

One of the first and most important messages of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima was that there is indeed a place which is hell, and many, many souls go there. Think on this. Think. And pray and do penance.

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Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

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

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

“Do not lose heart, I will never forsake you! My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” (Our Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917)

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother, Pray for Us Now and at the Hour of Our Death. Amen.

I awoke this morning to see the sky that achingly beautiful blue that fills my soul with longing for heaven. Rosary in hand I thought of St. Teresa’s Hail Mary. She appeared to one of her devoted sisters of Carmel to tell her that if she could, she would return to earth  to say just one Hail Mary, so effective is that prayer. And so throughout the day, I pray “St. Teresa’s Hail Mary” for her.

Just think a moment — St. Teresa of Avila, that great doctor of the Church, came back to say, … what?

To explain her mystical insight in the Mansions? No.

She returned to urge her sisters to pray the simple, loving Hail Mary.

Dear readers, Our Lady’s promise to us is simply this: Her Immaculate Heart, that is, her most pure and perfect will, to strengthen us and lead us through this maelstrom of the spiritual Chastisement of the Church today.

Today, we have a pope who appears to be an apostate, and who misleads the faithful that contraception is allowed in some instances, that some couples who co-habit without marriage have the grace of marriage while many who have been sacramentally married do not,  who never misses the opportunity to attack the faith of those who still listen to him. Then the devil rejoices! This is the Passion of the Bride of Christ; do not fail Our Lord now.

Although the hour is late, we must struggle in this wreckage of a world with all its dreary temptations. The grace – and with it the graciousness – of the Christian era has receded, leaving a most barren landscape, where lost souls wander. Look around you – how few believe in Christ or His Church; even fewer know of Our Lady of Fatima and even less actually obey her.

It is 100 years after Our Lady’s appearances, and how few Catholics are aware of the simple, effective means God has provided for our salvation and that of those entrusted to us.

The Never-ending Springtime of Vatican II

Briefly then, in summary: Set aside for the moment, sentiment. Satan deceives us by sentiment. With it he is herding poor souls to hell in unprecedented numbers. The internet is filled with sites proclaiming a “salvation” that appeals to our need to feel good, to be comforted. Yet we have no right to be comforted when the very Bride of Christ, His beloved Church is hanging, stripped and tortured on the Cross. Those who offer us comfort in false mercy blaspheme the Cross.

We must perfect our wills. The essence of the love that must transform us is in the the fusion of our will with the Immaculata’s. It must burn brightly within us and through us in all that we do, all that we choose to avoid doing, our sacrifices, penances. We consecrate our hearts to her Immaculate Heart, that is, our wills to her pure and perfect will.

To be very clear: what is necessary is not that we engage in complex spiritual programs or discover new “revelations” or new devotions; no, only one thing is necessary: each moment, in the midst of whatever distractions beset us, we must form the desire to unite our will with our Mother’s. Then, when she has our attention, she will show us the way. This is the way of spiritual infancy, of childlike trust in our Mother.

It is this intention, this movement of the will that is the whole point here. God sees our intentions. They are so precious to Him. They mean more than heroic deeds accomplished without this love, for whatever comes from the pure heart of the Immaculata is most precious to Him. So give yourself, heart, mind, will to Our Lady and she will offer your imperfect deeds to her Son in loving reparation and in petition for the conversion of poor sinners.

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“Adorn thy bridal-chamber O Sion, and welcome Christ the King. With loving embrace greet Mary, the very gate of heaven, for she brought to thee the glorious King of new light. Ever Virgin she remaineth, yet in her arms doth bear the Son begotten before the day-star; that Child Whom Simeon did take into his arms and proclaim to the nations as Lord of life and Savior of the world.”

Today, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary marks the end of the Christmastide cycle of the liturgy. it is perhaps the oldest Marian feast and commemorates our Blessed Mother’s humility and obedience to the Mosaic Law by going to the Temple in Jerusalem and making the prescribed purification offerings forty days after the birth of her Divine Child. Obviously, the Immaculata had no need for purification but nevertheless performed this duty for the sake of obedience, thus continuing to teach us the lessons she has imparted since the “Fiat voluntas tua” of the Annunciation.

Once Jesus had died for our sins and arisen victorious from the dead, the Mosaic law no longer bound us, but until then, it was fitting that Mary obey the Old Law for obedience sake.Thus, Christmastide officially ends with an intimation of the purification to come in Lent.

Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, ... A light to enlighten the gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.

Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, … A light to enlighten the gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.

Additionally, this feast celebrates the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, which is the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Traditionally, today’s Mass is preceded by the blessing and distribution of candles and a procession with the lighted candles; thus it is called Candlemas. In the Prayers of Blessing, the Church prays, “O Lord Jesus Christ, the true Light that enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world, pour forth Thy blessing upon these candles and sanctify them with the light of Thy grace, and mercifully grant that as these lights enkindled with visible fire dispel the darkness of night, so our hearts illumined by invisible fire, that is, by the splendor of the Holy Ghost, may be free from every blindness due to vice, so that with clear sight our minds may discern what is pleasing to Thee and profitable to our salvation, so that after the darksome perils of this life we may deserve to attain to never-fading light.”

During the distribution of candles, the choir sings the Canticle of Simeon: “Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, in peace, according to Thy word. Because mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples. A light to enlighten the gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.”

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The Dialogue of the Seraphic Virgin, St. Catherine of Siena has much to avail us in this current conflict:

How finite works are not sufficient for punishment or recompense without the perpetual affection of love.

Leave all to Him, let go of yourself.
Lose yourself on the cross, and you will find yourself entirely.

Then, the Eternal Truth seized and drew more strongly to Himself her desire, doing as He did in the Old Testament, for when the sacrifice was offered to God, a fire descended and drew to Him the sacrifice that was acceptable to Him; so did the sweet Truth to that soul, in sending down the fire of the clemency of the Holy Spirit, seizing the sacrifice of desire that she made of herself, saying:

“Do you not know, dear daughter, that all the sufferings, which the soul endures, or can endure, in this life, are insufficient to punish one smallest fault, because the offense, being done to Me, who am the Infinite Good, calls for an infinite satisfaction? However, I wish that you should know, that not all the pains that are given to men in this life are given as punishments, but as corrections, in order to chastise a son when he offends; though it is true that both the guilt and the penalty can be expiated by the desire of the soul, that is, by true contrition, not through the finite pain endured, but through the infinite desire; because God, who is infinite, wishes for infinite love and infinite grief. Infinite grief I wish from My creature in two ways:

in one way, through her sorrow for her own sins, which she has committed against Me her Creator;

in the other way, through her sorrow for the sins which she sees her neighbors commit against Me.

Of such as these, inasmuch as they have infinite desire, that is, are joined to Me by an affection of love, and therefore grieve when they offend Me, or see Me offended, their every pain, whether spiritual or corporeal, from wherever it may come, receives infinite merit, and satisfies for a guilt which deserved an infinite penalty, although their works are finite and done in finite time; but, inasmuch as they possess the virtue of desire, and sustain their suffering with desire, and contrition, and infinite displeasure against their guilt, their pain is held worthy. Paul explained this when he said: If I had the tongues of angels, and if I knew the things of the future and gave my body to be burned, and have not love, it would be worth nothing to me. The glorious Apostle thus shows that finite works are not valid, either as punishment or recompense, without the condiment of the affection of love.

How desire and contrition of heart satisfies, both for the guilt and the penalty in oneself and in others; and how sometimes it satisfies for the guilt only, and not the penalty.

“I have shown you, dearest daughter, that the guilt is not punished in this finite time by any pain which is sustained purely as such. And I say, that the guilt is punished by the pain which is endured through the desire, love, and contrition of the heart; not by virtue of the pain, but by virtue of the desire of the soul; inasmuch as desire and every virtue is of value, and has life in itself, through Christ crucified, My only begotten Son, in so far as the soul has drawn her love from Him, and virtuously follows His virtues, that is, His Footprints.

In this way, and in no other, are virtues of value, and in this way, pains satisfy for the fault, by the sweet and intimate love acquired in the knowledge of My goodness, and in the bitterness and contrition of heart acquired by knowledge of one’s self and one’s own thoughts. And this knowledge generates a hatred and displeasure against sin, and against the soul’s own sensuality, through which, she deems herself worthy of pains and unworthy of reward.”

The sweet Truth continued:
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