Pope Francis forges ahead with the Bergoglian Reformation and knowing that he has but little time, is filled with evil intensity to rehabilitate the arch-heretic Martin Luther.
Just a few days ago, Pope Francis honored the 99th anniversary of Our Lady of the Rosary’s last visit to Fatima, Portugal and her Miracle of the Sun, which she performed “so that all will believe”.
Oh wait – no – he honored someone else, didn’t he? Someone much more modern and important? Pope Francis chose to honor Martin Luther instead of the Blessed Virgin on the 99th anniversary of her miracle of the sun. Really. In fact, he did not even mention Our Lady of Fatima or the Holy Rosary once on the 99th anniversary of the greatest event of the 20th century.
To the left, Pope Francis with the statue of Martin Luther, who was honored by the Pope during his talk welcoming Lutheran pilgrims on October 13, this year.
In his own words:
“The last thing you must do is ‘to say, to convince’. It’s not right to convince someone of your faith,” he said. “Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism”.
The pope was speaking to around 1,000 pilgrims in the Vatican – most of them German Lutherans – who are in Rome as part of ecumenical preparations for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran “reformation”.
“The Apostle Paul tells us that, by virtue of our baptism, we all form the one Body of Christ,” the pope said. “The different members, in fact, are one body.” (ANSA)
Earlier, in yet another of his flying circus press conferences, on June 27, the Pope said,
“I think that the intentions of Martin Luther were not mistaken. He was a reformer. Perhaps some methods were not correct . . . There was corruption in the Church, there was worldliness, attachment to money, to power, and this he protested. Then he was intelligent and took some steps forward justifying, and because he did this. And today Lutherans and Catholics, Protestants, all of us agree on the doctrine of justification.” (NCRegister) Thus does this pope reject the “outdated” Council of Trent and its truths.
The “Luther Love Fest” will continue in a couple weeks, with the Pope visiting Sweden to honor Martin Luther there as well. And on it goes, where it stops no one knows. But we can take a fairly well informed guess that it will have its culmination by the time of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s revolt, in October 2017. No wonder the Pope is so fond of Luther: after all, Luther made a mess just as Pope Francis commands us. In fact, long before Luther, his patron demon Judas was notably making quite a mess and revolting against Christ; perhaps the Pope will rehabilitate them both in this brave new church where heresy and betrayal is celebrated and speaking the truth of the faith is considered “venomous poison”.
A good antidote for this heresy is St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast day was October 15. Our article for that day failed to post properly and so we include some of it in this post today. It is useful to recall that when the protestant revolt swept through Europe, it failed to ignite Spain. At least some of the credit for this is due to the beautiful spiritual renewal of the Carmelite order by St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. St. Teresa, an imminently practical saint, decided that the best tactic to take in the face of the protestant revolution that was tearing Christendom apart was to reform her own life and then the Carmelite order. The renewed order enriched the Church with many saints and great graces for the Spanish people and their culture.
In her work, “The Way of Perfection”, Saint Teresa discusses the ‘Our Father’, Our Lord’s own prayer. She especially recommends it as part of thanksgiving after Communion. In Chapter 35, St. Teresa remarks on the evils of the protestant attacks on the Blessed Sacrament and the Mass that were even then occurring. One portion of this strikes us as most appropriate to these times in which we suffer with Christ the Passion of His Church. St. Teresa, remarking of the Lord’s Prayer,
“Let us rely on Our Lord’s command to us to pray to Him, and in fulfillment of our obedience to Him, let us beseech His Majesty, in the name of the good Jesus, … that He prevent Him from being so ill-treated. Since His Holy Son has given us this excellent way in which we can offer Him up frequently as a sacrifice, let’s make use of this precious gift so that it may stay the advance of such terrible evil and irreverence as is paid in many places to this Most Holy Sacrament.
“For as those Lutherans seem to want to drive Him out of the world again: they destroy churches, cause the loss of many priests and abolish the sacraments. And there is something of this even among Christians, who sometimes go to church meaning to offend Him rather than to worship Him.”
She then goes on to importune the Heavenly Father to spare Our Lord the offenses He suffers against His Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, begging Him, although she is unworthy,
“indeed, it may perhaps be for my sins, and because I have so greatly offended Thee, that so many evils come. What then can I do, my Creator, but present to Thee this most Holy Bread which, though Thou gavest it to us, I return to Thee, beseeching Thee, by the merits of Thy Son, to grant me this favor, which on so many counts, He has merited. 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.” (Way of Perfection, p. 234-236).
It is as if she was anticipating the St. Michael’s Prayer at Fatima, isn’t it? Notice that St. Teresa considers her own part in the evils besetting the Church. Her solution was to reform first her own life and then also her religious order. In this way, she strengthened the Church spiritually and helped stave off the flow of heresy then surging through the Church.
Note also what Saint Teresa said of the Lutherans and those within the Church, who “seem to want to drive Him out of the world again: (and) destroy churches, cause the loss of many priests and abolish the sacraments.” Above all, note her remark on Christians “who sometimes go to church meaning to offend Him rather than to worship Him.” Does that remind you of this pope of the Twitterverse?
Pope Francis is promoting his Bergoglian Reformation with a brutal intensity in preparation for the next year’s anniversary of Martin Luther’s revolution. We do not have a prelate brave enough to stand against him, but we do have the assurance from Our Lady and also Our Lord Himself that her Immaculate Heart will triumph. Yes, we have said that many times before, but the closer we get to the fulfillment of this prophecy, the clearer it becomes.
In our previous posts, we have recounted many prophecies from scripture and from approved Catholic sources which help us understand the challenge of these times, and also to have confidence in Our Lady who has promised us,
“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)
Let’s not forget to pray to the wonderful, strong and practical saints such as St. Teresa of Avila, St. Padre Pio and also Sister Lucia of Fatima. All of these were very practical people and can help us stay on focus, avoid despair, and help others who need us. The day is fast approaching when we shall account, not for what others failed to do, but for what we, ourselves have done during this Passion of the Church. We may not know the particular details of the culmination of the chastisement, or its exact date, but we do know that it is imperative that we renew our efforts to make our thoughts, words and actions a loving reparation to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary as she requested nearly a century ago.
The Pope may forget Fatima, but we shall never forget, nor will we ever betray our Blessed Queen and Mother!
With St. Teresa we pray “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.”
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For more on St. Teresa of Avila:
† 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.
† St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us! Pray for the Pope!
† Remember, pray the Rosary and confound satan and all who serve him.
~ by evensong, for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin. Give me strength against thine enemies.