NOTE: This post has considerable new material. I hope that regular readers will not dismiss it as just another re-post.
In the year of Our Lord 2019, we face an unprecedented crisis – the world has lost its Faith, and the Vicar of Christ himself is leading the Church which Christ founded into the very heart of darkness. To a world starving for the Bread of Life, this Pope offers the stone of eco-paganism. For more on this, please see Cardinal Brandmüller on Bergoglio’s apostasy here. What can be done? Who can effectively confront this man?
“Hapless are they who neglect Mary under pretext of the honor to be paid to Jesus Christ! As if the Child could be found elsewhere than with the Mother!” (Pope St. Pius X, Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum, 1904)
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Today is the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. In the miraculous image, the Christ Child confronted with the Archangels Gabriel (on His left) and Michael (on His right) carrying the instruments of the Crucifixion, has turned to His most Blessed Mother for solace.
But the most poignant detail in the image is the loosened sandal dangling from the Christ Child’s foot — the image invites us to “complete it” by considering the Blessed Mother tenderly fastening her Divine Son’s sandal, ever attending to His needs. The instruments of Our Lord’s Crucifixion also call to mind that at His Crucifixion Christ gave her to us to be our Mother, a role that she displays in this richly complex image, Mother of Perpetual Help.
Devotion to Our Lady as Our Mother of Perpetual Help is an ancient devotion but it is ever new — we never “progress” so much that we no longer need God’s grace, which He dispenses through the lovely hands of the Immaculata. For centuries now, she has extended those hands to us, offering us the way to restore the Church, and restore our souls. But centuries have passed, and her warnings and promises have been mostly ignored.
It is disingenuous for today’s Catholic pundits to wring their hands at the crisis as though nobody saw this coming and as though the situation is hopeless. Our Lord assured Sister Lúcia that it is never too late to turn to the Sacred Hearts and Our Lady of the Rosary promised Lúcia that she would triumph in the end. She gave us a plan; it is her message of Fatima.
But here we are, awaiting the next stroke of the pope’s axe to the roots of the faith. The Pan-Amazon Synod will occur 102 years after Our Lady’s last visit at Fatima, Portugal. The prophecies are being fulfilled before our eyes as Pope Francis prepares to enact Saint Hildegard’s “Figure of a Woman” vision — the stinking head will attempt to challenge the true head of the Church. He wants to destroy the sacred priesthood and especially the Most Blessed Sacrament. As he indicated on the Feast of Corpus Christi, reversing the doctrine of transubstantiation to assert that Jesus becomes bread. There is ample evidence that this Pan-Amazon Synod has been over 40 years in the planning and it will be followed by the German Bishops who intend to assert the right to sodomy.
One commentator recently indicated that we “cling to our beads” among other things to help us endure this disastrous state of affairs. Now, Our Lady asked for us to pray the Rosary, not “cling to beads”. And trusting in God is fine as far as it goes, but since Jesus Christ has specifically asked for us to make reparation, to make of all our duties a sacrifice, perhaps we might consider obeying Him along with the trusting. The Holy Ghost has guided us through thousands of years of Divine Revelation, the importance of returning in chastened humility and repentance to obey the commands of God. It is never too late to return to the message of Fatima!
We must do more than endure, this is a battle and we must win! Take up your Rosaries and pray as though your immortal souls depend on it! For they do and the souls of many others depend on us too. And pray to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, or Our Lady of Victory, or perhaps the Irresistible Novena the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Whichever devotion you choose to add, please consider sticking with it on through the October Synod. This is very important.
Now is not the time to lose heart. This is the time we have been expecting, indeed, waiting for. Now is the time for us to prove our mettle — we are her children, after all! And we remember, that she “comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, and terrible as an army, set in array”!
The darkness, even the heart of darkness, has no hold over the Immaculata!
Please also don’t forget, the First Saturdays are so important! If you are truly unable to make them, and these chaotic times do make it next to impossible for many of us — talk with a good priest and ask if he will allow you to make your First Saturday of Reparation on another day. My priest allowed this due to some problems I’m having. Our Blessed Mother sees the thoughts of our hearts and she knows we are doing our very best to make of each day, a day of reparation and show her our love and devotion in many, many ways.
For the Novena of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, see our post of June 19th here.
For the Novena to Our Lady of Victory, see here.
For the Irresistible Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, see here.
For two posts which I recommend right now:
Thank you for reading, I pray for you always.
Pray the Rosary!
† 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.
† Mother of Perpetual Help, Immaculate Mother of God, pray for us and for the Pope.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.
~ 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.