Putting the Horse Before the Cart


Today, just a very brief note to clarify an item which was commented on recently. As I responded to a commenter’s observations regarding the importance of the traditional Latin Mass, it struck me that perhaps many today are missing an important chronology or sequence.

The Traditional Latin Mass is the very core of tradition. That remark would bring a nod of assent from traditional Catholics of all flavors, and it is perhaps the only thing they would agree on. But how many traditionals have a vital devotion to the holy rosary? How many wear the brown scapular of Our Lady? How many practice her First Saturdays of Reparation? How many have completed and live Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart?

In short, how many Catholics who are avid devotees of the TLM are devoted to the Message of Fatima?

Tell me, how did the Church lose the true Mass?

Clue, “It will be clearer then.”

For those who wonder about these things, we lost the Mass because God was not obeyed. In His infinite mercy, He offered us a last means to avert the horrible chastisement brought on by our persistence in sin. And now that chastisement has increased to the point where we have an anti-Catholic pope and a world so consumed by sin that it has made diabolical deception legally binding —  with every form of perversion promoted, from sodomy, to infanticide to euthanasia to outright satanism. Cold blooded murderers have their right-to-life defended by this pope while the most innocent and helpless are sacrificed with the consent of the same pope on the altar of the environment. This evil coalesces and we shall soon see the forces of nature responding to this unbearable weight of iniquity.

The answer is known, even by those who provoke this chastisement. Traditional Catholics continue to ignore the message of Fatima. They can think of dozens of subjects vastly more important. Like one fake trad’s  “bed-head” selfies. What a pathetic waste of time.

The fact is, the message of Fatima has no appeal today among those who must be trendy. The rosary “bores” them. The scapular itches them and gets in the way of an attractive neckline. Who on earth has time for those First Saturdays, anyway?

I’m aware of a traditional Latin Mass that is offered occasionally in the evenings for an affluent crowd of successful, well-educated Catholics. It always has a prestigious schola and the Mass is followed by wine and cheese and a lively discussion on the finer points of the liturgy. Each is an expert and all are authoritative in their own minds. In another TLM, this time in a “shabby chic” once stately old cathedral that has avoided wreckovation. by the barest minimum. A TLM is offered by a diocesan priest who playfully says the canon in the Novus Ordo form in his native Spanish. He has remarked to friends that “they can’t hear me anyway.” The congregation gets their reading and “homilies” in purest Novus Ordo modernist without the slightest tinge of tradition, but they are pleased as punch, for they have the TLM!

How many people think today about the vast changes which have eradicated the belief and practices of the faith in most of the world today since those visits from heaven in 1917?  How many today ever consider why?  We cannot afford to ignore the message of Fatima any longer!

Here we must not misunderstand: Devotion is not “more important than” the true Mass! — It is the way to return to the fulness of devotion to the true Mass! As our deeply ingrained habits of sin have driven Christ Our Lord from His own Church, He sends us His Mother to teach us to be faithful. We are weakened by our sins. We cannot take the strong medicine, but from her pure heart, through her loving hands, we become strong and whole again, and then can best serve Him in His Holy Sacrifice.

We have the TLM today, to the extent that we have it, because of organizations such as the Fatima Crusade established by Father Gruner. Insofar as we are devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and seek to observe her requests and spread her message, the Latin Mass will grow and enrich more priests and faithful.

But without devotion to the Immaculata, the TLM, make no mistake, will simply be yet another instance for the over-weening self love of lukewarm “c”atholics, the Sunday service of the liturgical prigs.

One last note to the Laodiceans:

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.

 Because thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing: and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

I counsel thee to buy of me gold fire tried, that thou mayest be made rich; and mayest be clothed in white garments, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance.” (Apocalypse 3, 14-19)

Thank you for reading, I pray for you always!

Pray the Rosary!


6 thoughts on “Putting the Horse Before the Cart

    • evensong says:

      Jason, thank you for your thoughtful suggestion.

      From the Secret of the Rosary: “One day Blessed Angela of Foligno begged our Lord to let her know by which religious exercise she could honour Him best. He appeared to her nailed to His cross and said, “My daughter, look at my wounds.” She then realized that nothing pleases our dear Lord more than meditating upon His sufferings. Then he showed her the wounds on His head and revealed still other sufferings and said to her, “I have suffered all this for your salvation. What can you ever do to return my love for you?”

      The holy sacrifice of the Mass gives infinite honour to the most Blessed Trinity because it represents the passion of Jesus Christ and because through the Mass we offer to God the merits of our Lord’s obedience, of His sufferings, and of His precious blood. All the heavenly court also receive an added joy from the Mass.

      Several doctors of the Church, including St. Thomas, tell us that, for the same reason, all the blessed in heaven rejoice in the communion of the faithful because the Blessed Sacrament is a memorial of the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and that by means of it men share in its fruits and work out their salvation.

      Now the holy Rosary, recited with the meditation on the sacred mysteries, is a sacrifice of praise to God for the great gift of our redemption and a holy reminder of the sufferings, death and glory of Jesus Christ. It is therefore true that the Rosary gives glory and added joy to our Lord, our Lady and all the blessed, because they cannot desire anything greater, for the sake of our eternal happiness, than to see us engaged in a practice which is so glorious for our Lord and so salutary for ourselves…

      A Christian who does not meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary is very ungrateful to our Lord and shows how little he cares for all that our divine Saviour has suffered to save the world.” (St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary,Kindle Edition)

      My point in the post is to warn the many proud and arrogant trads that if they treat Our Lady’s requests with indifference, Our Lord is offended and their Mass is less worthy. Today, pride, self-love/esteem, and disobedience undermine even the best of intentions. Jesus was pretty clear when He said, “Unless you become as a little child…”

      Indifference to either the Mass or the Rosary is an offense to God Who is already much offended! There is no conflict between the Mass and the Rosary! It is satan that sows conflict.

      God bless and Mary keep you Jason and thank you for reading!

  1. L says:

    What does the Devotion to the Immaculate heart entail? I’m searching but not seeing a concise description, mostly quotes from Fatima. From what I gather it would include:

    1) Act of consecration of the family to the Immaculate Heart
    2) Daily Rosary
    3) First 5 Saturdays of Reparation.

    Are there other specifics or is it mainly that your life should be devoted to Christ through her heart?

    • evensong says:

      On our page, “The Message of Fatima” (in the header at the top of every page) you may find:

      What she (Our Lady) asks is:

      The daily recitation of the Rosary, “o terzo”, Portuguese for one third of the Rosary.
      Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, i.e., Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart and including the Brown Scapular.
      Practice of the devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation.
      The consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

      Our Lady wore the Carmelite habit and held out a brown scapular on her visit of October 13, 1917.Most of us wear the brown scapular and encourage others to do so.

      Most of us continue the First Saturdays to make reparation for those who do not perform this small request of Our Lady.

      Devotion to her Immaculate Heart means not only making your Total Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculata, but living it, day in day out.

      Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is an active devotion, and entails making a sacrifice of reparation of all our daily duties as Our Lord explained to Sister Lúcia. (The Angel had also explained the need for reparation.)

      Another active aspect is to spread devotion to Our Lady, especially the Rosary, and to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart and counteract, when possible, misinformation especially to point out to people that the consecration of Russia still has not been done.

      There are many. many posts among the 600+ articles here that explain devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and why it is so necessary.

      It is never too late to turn the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

  2. Colleen says:

    Dear Evensong, this may be the most important post I have ever read of yours. You are EXACTLY right. The messages of Our Lady of Fatima are the cure all of a spiritually sick world and Church. If people would heed Our Lady’s messages, the Church would be restored. Sr. Lucia’s interview with Fr. Fuentes in 1957 is so prophetic. God bless you and thank you for your wonderful article. I would like to print it and hand out at our next Blue Army Mass, if that is acceptable to you. We have a wonderful Traditional priest. He says the TLM every day, but our bishop will not allow him to say it for our Blue Army. He says the Mass ad orientum and will not do the handshake of peace. A very holy priest. We are blessed. Thank you and God bless you. In the Heart of Our Lord and Our Lady of Fatima

    • evensong says:

      Colleen, please obtain permission from your priest first. And accept the decision he makes. Even if it is it unfavorable, for Our Lord is very pleased with our obedience, especially when it is most difficult for us.

      Yesterday’s post, “Putting the horse before the cart” referred to the need to understand that Our Lady will lead us to the true devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus especially in His great gift of love, the most Blessed Sacrament. Devotion to Christ the King comes only through that devotion to the Holy Sacrifice and Blessed Sacrament.

      As Our Lord Jesus Christ chose to enter this world through the humble Virgin of Nazareth, so He chooses to restore the Church through this means.

      Look around you, read all the trad blogs, see all the brilliant thinkers — I am not being sarcastic here — there are excellent thinkers writing beautifully — but the one thing lacking is a deep and devout dedication to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her message at Fatima. She has been given a task by God and until this task is fulfilled there will be only imperfect success from even our best efforts. If only we could harness their great energy and skills into promoting compliance with Our Lady’s wishes.

      St.. John Bosco’s vision showed us the way — Devotion to Our Lady and to the Blessed Sacrament!

      Colleen, thank you for your support, but I believe you will find very little interest in what I write. After seven years, There is even less interest than when I began.

      God bless you and may Our Lady always keep you close to her Immaculate Heart.

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