We Are Her Children, after all

“We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.” (Pope Pius IX, ‘Ineffabilis Deus’)

Dear readers, today we have another of the “silent” feasts of Our Blessed Mother. The feast of her Immaculate Conception falls on the Second Sunday in Advent which results in shifting the commemoration to Monday, but the obligation to attend Mass does not transfer. The practical result is very little honor for Our Lady this year. But we will honor her with our Consecrations.

There is a powerful spiritual message in all this, as there is in the recent idolatry in the Vatican. See “In Plain Sight by Dr. Moynihan’s Inside the Vatican for the details. The Pope has steadily increased the intensity of his assaults on the most Blessed Virgin. This pope’s actions in no way honor Our Lord Jesus Christ nor do they honor the Immaculate Mother of our Savior.

“For these are the days of vengeance, that all things may be fulfilled, that are written.” (Luke 21,22)

To understand the stupendous meaning of the Pope’s insult to God this past October, please see our post:

“And the Sixth Angel Sounded the Trumpet.”   …   It will be clearer then.

Today’s feast is actually the third day of what could have been a Triduum: First Friday Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, First Saturday of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and today for her Immaculate Conception and our Total Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Were you able to make the three days? If you were not able to do so, do not be discouraged, but make a firm resolve to turn to Our Lady once more  and seek her assistance – we are her children and she will lead us safely through this crisis, no matter how dark the way – she has promised us,

“Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” (June 13, 1917)

None of us ever feel  adequately prepared! But we must make a start, in any event. And our Blessed Mother will do the rest! She sees into the intentions of our hearts and she is the very Mother of Mercy!

And now, here is our Consecration:

Act of Consecration to Jesus through Mary

O ETERNAL and incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine incarnation.

I give Thee thanks for that Thou hast annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee for that Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary, Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Baptism; I have not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.

Hail, then, O immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee.

I, ________________, a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity.

Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of, and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity; in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things.St. Pio’s Prayer to the Immaculata

O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may also receive me! O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for that end receive me among those whom thou lovest, teachest, and protectest as thy children and thy slaves.

O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen. (St. Louis-Marie Grignon de Monfort, True Devotion to Mary, with Preparation for Total Consecration”, by Catholic Way, Kindle Edition).

Making the Consecration is the easy part;  fulfilling it can be difficult for these are times of great temptation, especially temptations to pride and to despair – and we note that often pride results in despair; for we trust not our loving Saviour but in ourselves and so our inevitable failings are especially hard to bear. Our Consecrations make us children of Mary and that is our firm guarantee that as long as we trust in her Immaculate Heart, we are assured to share in her victory.

We offer a private but very popular prayer of reparation to our beloved Mother:

Prayer of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

(for private devotion only)

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

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

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

St. Pio’s Prayer to the Immaculata

My most pure Mother, my soul so poor, all stained with wretchedness and sin cries out to your maternal heart. In your goodness, deign, I beseech you, to pour out on me at least a little of the grace that flowed into you with such infinite profusion from the Heart of God. Strengthened and supported by this grace, may I succeed in better loving and serving Almighty God Who filled your heart completely, and Who created the temple of your body from the moment of your Immaculate Conception.

Oh, my Mother, how ashamed I feel in your presence, weighed down as I am with faults! You are most pure and immaculate from the moment of your conception, indeed, from the moment in eternity when you were conceived in the mind of God.

Have pity on me! May one compassionate look of yours revive me, purify me and lift me up to God; raising me from the filth of this world so that I may go to Him Who created me, Who regenerated me in Holy Baptism, giving me back my white stole of innocence that original sin had so defiled. Dear Mother, make me love Him! Pour into my heart that love which burned in yours for Him. Even though I be clothed in misery, I revere the mystery of your Immaculate Conception, and I ardently wish that through it, you may purify my heart so that I may love your God and my God. Cleanse my mind that it may reach up to Him and contemplate Him and adore Him in spirit and in truth. Purify my body that I too may be a tabernacle for Him and be less unworthy of possessing Him when He deigns to come to me in Holy Communion. Amen.

St.  Pio, pray for us and for the Church!

Dear readers, You do have all you need in this time. God has blessed you with his own Mother!. You have your faith, hold to it, likewise, you have your rosaries, use them! Make every effort to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as often as possible. Never miss an opportunity to receive the true sacraments, gain every indulgence that you can and offer them to Our Lady for the conversion of sinners, especially those you are responsible for.

The times are upon us when our faith will be even more sorely tried. Many will be lost – but not a single soul who truly trusts in  the loving Hearts of Jesus and Mary will be lost. We trust in Our Lady, for she is the Gate of the Dawn. The Sun of Justice entered the dark and sinful world through Mary Immaculate. And we are her children, after all!

For more of our writings on the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, please see:

The Immaculate Conception of Mary, 2018

On the Eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of God

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ 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!

 

Notes Towards Consecration to Mary III

 

MYSTICAL UNION WITH MARY

A soul faithful to the devotion of which we have been speaking performs all its actions through Mary, in Mary and for Mary, and attains thereby to great intimacy with Our Lord. To consider only humility, the theological virtues, and the gifts of the Holy Ghost, the following are the more precious fruits of consecration to Mary when it is lived fully: a gradually increasing participation in Mary’s humility and faith, great confidence in God through her, the grace of pure love, and the transformation of the soul to the image of Jesus.

 

PARTICIPATION IN MARY’S HUMILITY AND FAITH

By the light of the Holy Ghost the soul consecrated to Mary will come to learn of all the evil that is in itself; it will see by experience that it is naturally incapable of every salutary and supernatural good and that through self-love it opposes many obstacles to the work of grace within it. Thus, it will attain to that contempt of self of which St. Augustine speaks in the City of God (Bk. XIV, ch. 28): “Two loves have built two cities. The love of self even to the degree of despising God has built the city of Babylon, and the love of God even to the degree of despising self has built the city of God.”

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Notes Towards Consecration to Mary II

 

Today, we have the second in the series from Father Garrigou-Lagrange, thanks to a reader.

FRUITS OF THIS CONSECRATION

“This devotion,” St. Grignon de Montfort tells us, “gives us up altogether to the service of God, and makes us imitate the example of Our Blessed Lord, who willed to be ‘subject’ in regard to His Blessed Mother. (Luke 2:51). It obtains for us the special protection of Mary, who purifies our good works and adorns them when she offers them to her Divine Son. It leads us to union with Our Blessed Lord; it is an easy, short, perfect and safe way. It confers great interior freedom, procures great benefits for our neighbor, and is an excellent means of assuring our perseverance.”

The saint develops each of these points in a most practical way. He speaks of the easiness of the way: “It is an easy way, one followed and prepared for us by Our Blessed Lord in His own coming, one where there are no obstacles in reaching Him. It is true that one can arrive at union with God by following other roads; but there will be many more crosses and trials, and many more difficulties which it will not be easy to surmount—there will be combats and strange agonies, steep mountains, sharp thorns, fearful deserts. But the way of Mary is sweeter and more peaceful.

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Notes Towards Consecration to Mary

A reader who wishes to maintain her anonymity offered a couple of articles taken from the great Thomist, Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. as an aid towards our Renewal of our Consecrations next Sunday, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I am so grateful!

Consecration to Our Lady is a practical form of recognition of her universal mediation and a guarantee of her special protection. It helps us to have continual childlike recourse to her and to contemplate and imitate her virtues and her perfect union with Christ. In the practice of this complete dependence on Mary, there may be included—and St. Grignon de Montfort invites us to it—the resignation into Mary’s hands of everything in our good works that is communicable to other souls, so that she may make use of it in accordance with the will of her Divine Son and for His glory.

“I choose thee this day, O Mary, in the presence of the whole court of Heaven, as my Mother and Queen. I give and consecrate to you as your slave my body and my soul, my interior and exterior possessions, and even the value of my past, present and future good actions, allowing you the full right to dispose of me and of all that belongs to me, without any exception whatever, according to your good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity.”

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Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 2019

 

The  Secret of the Secret of Fatima  is  reparative devotion to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Until such time as reparation has been made  – or extracted from mankind – the fury of the chastisement will increase even as the grace and mercy of God will withdraw like the tide ebbing away before the tsunami rolls in.

It is difficult to do this matter justice in these circumstances. But you must know this: There is one essential devotion that you must do. The grace which is needed for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary depends on it.

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Return to Fatima, Nov. 26, 2019

 

Retirement

To those friends of our blog who have voiced their concerns about my intention to retire. The internet is a harsh medium to survive in. It demands “fresh content” every single day. Because I can no longer post at that pace, this site gets dropped further down in the search and page rankings. In fact, I believe we may be no longer ranked at all, And so,  it seems we have inadvertently become a “stealth blog”, invisible to most. But even a stealth blog costs a great deal to maintain. I am very blessed to have wonderful volunteers who are incredibly generous, but it is a heavy burden for them. We are wondering whether it is time to consider a platform that would be simpler and easier to maintain.

While we mull that over, I promise those of you who have stayed, I do hope to write whenever I am able, an occasional article, it will just be much less often and will focus on articles which help us fulfill the requests of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima. We are on the brink of an even worse crisis; it is the time of winnowing; We have no lack of posers who represent themselves as leading traditional Catholics. But what is needed are generous souls to follow Our Lady, for as Sister Lucia assures us, “she is the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and (is) the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven.”

Now is the time to prepare for our re-consecrations! The link for our post on the Rosary Novena for the Immaculate Conception of Mary is here: LINK

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The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2019

From our archives:

Today, we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary on the feast day of her Presentation in the Temple, when her parents, Joachim and Anne, who had consecrated her to the Lord God, brought her to the Temple of Jerusalem.

"Hearken O Daughter and consider, and incline thine ear, forget also thine own people, and thy father's house. And so shall the King desire thy beauty, for He is the Lord thy God."
“Hearken O Daughter and consider, and incline thine ear, forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house. And so shall the King desire thy beauty, for He is the Lord thy God.”

 

We don’t expect that Pope Francis will honor Our Lady on her feast day today, so it is up to us, her children to honor our Mother today.  Although modernists disparage this feast for what they perceive as a “lack of historicity”, for those who are consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, this beautiful feast teaches volumes about Mary’s devotion to the most Holy Trinity. According to Venerable Maria de Agreda,  this beautiful mystery is a lesson of the importance of humility. Thus, it is a worthwhile meditation for our preparation for observing our Total Consecration December 8.

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On the Eve of the Presentation of Mary

 

Tomorrow we honor the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple. This feast illustrates the beginning of the life of total humility, total obedience of the most Blessed Virgin Mary. We have a desperate need for this understanding now, when arrogant pride and insatiable, worldly concupiscence are tearing the Holy Church apart.

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A Jesuit Martyr of the Amazon?

 

Recently, the Priestly Society of St. Pius X featured an intriguing article The Pseudo-Martyrs of the Synod on the Amazon“. I began to wonder about the photographs and decided to dig a bit further. What I discovered was something so strange I have not yet processed it. The following links will bring you to some “You tube “videos on the men, both affiliated with the Jesuit order, who went into the Amazon and “went native”. I could not help but recall the headline which Rorate Caeli used when reporting on the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, “The Horror!” (quote from Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. In hindsight we note the prescience of that headline. This is why I continue to refer to the recent Synod as the Synod of Darkness.

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For Saint Gertrude, with love

 

Although there was little among the archives of evensong’s drafts, we have not desired to allow Saint Gertrudes’ feast day to go unhonored. And so with apologies for the poverty of our offering, we have the following quotes from the archives. These have not been reviewed for accuracy or edited, thus, an additional apology is due.

The first great saint of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is St. Gertrude, the only female saint honored by the Church with the title, “Great”. In her writings and in her actions, Saint Gertrude provides us with the certainty that devotion to His Immaculate Mother is the devotion which pleases Him most of all. Indeed, as we shall see, Our Lord Himself states clearly what is most pleasing to Him:

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