Flesh and Blood, truly risen, Alleluia!
In today’s Gospel, we read of “Doubting Thomas”. When Jesus rose from the tomb, He passed through the great stone which had been placed before it. Only afterward was the stone rolled back by the Angel in order that His followers might see the truth – that the Lord is truly risen! That evening, Jesus passed through the doors of the Upper Room and appeared in the midst of the Apostles. demonstrating to them that He was truly risen in living flesh, showing them His hands and feet.
Now Thomas was not present at this remarkable event and doubted very much. “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And so here we are, eight days later, in the same Upper Room, doors again closed “for fear of the Jews”, but this time, Thomas is with them.
Again, Jesus passed through the closed doors and appeared in their midst. After bidding them “Peace”, Our Lord generously said to the Doubter, “Put in thy finger hither, and see My hands, and bring hither thy hand and put it into My side, and be not faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus replied, “Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen and have believed.”
Thus, we celebrate today the Octave of the Resurrection, the fact of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ in living flesh and blood. This fact of the living flesh of Jesus Christ is a stumbling block to the Modernists who now occupy the Church. To these usurpers of the faith and those who blindly stumble after them, we offer the following words of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque regarding devotion to the fact of the Resurrected Body and Blood of Christ, that is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
“One day, on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, after Holy Communion, the Heart of Jesus was represented to me as on a throne, formed of fire and flames, shedding rays on every side and brighter than the sun. The wound which He received upon the Cross was clearly visible; a crown of thorns encircled the Sacred Heart, and it was surmounted by a cross.
“Our divine Savior gave me to understand that those instruments of the Passion signified that the source of all His sufferings had been the boundless love of His Heart for men; that all those torments and insults had been placed before Him, from the first moment of His Incarnation; and that the Cross was, so to say, planted in His Heart, from that moment. And then, from that same moment, He accepted all the sorrows and humiliations which His sacred humanity was to suffer during the course of His mortal life, together with all the outrages to which He was to expose Himself to the end of time for the love of mankind by dwelling amongst them in the Blessed Sacrament.”
“My Savior assured me that He took a singular pleasure in seeing the interior sentiments of His Heart honored under the figure of this heart of flesh in the manner in which it had been represented to me, environed with flames, crowned with thorns, and surmounted by a cross.
He said that He wished that this representation should be publicly exposed in order to touch the insensible hearts of men.
“He promised me, at the same time, that He would shed in abundance the treasures of graces with which His Heart is filled upon the hearts of those who honored Him; and that, wherever this image should be exposed for particular veneration, it should draw down upon the spot every kind of blessing.”
After having so poignantly requested devotion to this Sacred Image of His Heart, why would He then return and ask for devotion to an image of Him which omits His Heart?
Our Lord Jesus Christ explained to Sister Lucia of Fatima that He desires to see devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary placed alongside of devotion to His Most Sacred Heart. Yet today, many believe that after telling Sister Lucia that, He then appeared to Sister Faustina and demanded devotion to an image (supposedly of Him) without His Sacred Heart. What happened to make Our Lord decide to contradict His own words asking for the image of His Heart to be honored?
Our Lord said clearly that He intended that the image of His Heart be displayed so that it would “Touch the insensible hearts of men”. When, precisely, did Our Lord rescind that request in His apparitions to Sister Faustina? Until someone provides proof that my Lord Jesus Christ no longer requires devotion to the image of His Sacred Heart, I will honor Him in the way that He has already, over many centuries, requested and approved of with so many miracles and so many true saints and martyrs.
How is eliminating the image of the Sacred Heart an improvement? Why is it more edifying to remove the image of Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart?
It seems to me that this strange heartless devotion fits in very well with the rest of the conciliar changes that have denuded the Church of its beauty and grace. I believe that it hurts Our Lord very much for us to forsake the cherished and proven devotion to the Image of His Sacred Heart, which yielded so much beautiful spiritual fruit, so many saints, so many martyrs for this empty, asinine image.
Can you imagine the brave martyrs of the Vendee placing that strange image on their breasts to inspire them as they defend the Faith with their lives?
Today, in so many parishes, the Divine Mercy Chaplet has superseded the Rosary which Our Lady of Fatima requested that we pray. I ask, why do you pray the Chaplet, when Our Lady asked us for Rosaries? Why do you revere this strange image of Jesus, without His Sacred Heart, without the thorns, without the flames, without the cross? How is that better?
And do you not see how now, Pope Francis is making use of this same “mercy” which is not the Sacred Heart’s Mercy, to change the Church, to lead it away from true mercy, which is always based on Divine Justice? If you doubt me, read closely the words of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, which show the basis of mercy is justice.
The Sacred Heart devotion is a rich source of true Catholic dogma of the faith. I have seen nothing comparable in the modern Divine Mercy devotion. It was forced through by John Paul II. Who kissed the Koran. Who gave us Assisi. Who added on mysteries to Our Lady’s rosary which she did not ask for while ignoring what she did ask for.
It is imperative that all devout Catholics rally to the cause of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Turn from all distracting devotions and focus on that which is essential for our souls’ survival at this crucial moment. All Catholics who have been blessed to retain their faith, are needed to return to the true message of Fatima. Do not be deceived: both Jesus and His Mother have requested adherence to the message of Fatima and until this message is fulfilled, there is not, nor can there ever be any other command by God, or by the Blessed Virgin for any distracting devotion.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us the images of His flesh and blood Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of His Mother in order to fortify us against the error of the apostasy of the faith which threatens us. We must not ignore this urgent plea to return to Fatima, but must return in humility and obedience to Our Lord’s merciful plea to honor the Immaculate Heart next to His own Sacred Heart. Please, hear me, and renew your consecration of yourselves and of your families to His Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and be not doubters but believe!
Please – Pray the Rosary for love of 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!