Effective Catholic Action

“The only hope for civilization in its present crisis is that Catholics succeed in leavening society. Their success in doing so depends primarily not on their organization but on their interior life and personal love of God.” (Dom Eugene Boylan, ‘This Tremendous Lover’, 1951)

Dom Boylan continues,

Once Catholic Action puts the emphasis on the “Action” and forgets the real meaning of “Catholic” – which, in its essence is the result of union with Christ, – then the failure of Catholic Action has begun. And if we Catholics have not had the influence on society . . . the reason is to be found in our lack of the interior life. All Catholicity – individual, social, secular, or regular – must begin and end in interior union with Christ. “For there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved.” (Acts, 4. 12)

Happily, there is a shortcut to that union with Christ for the individual and for society. For as (Saint) Pius X taught, “They are miserable and unfortunate who, under the pretext of honoring Christ neglect Mary, for they do not know that the Child cannot be found except with His Mother.” And the same Holy Father quotes the text of the Apocalypse:

“And a great sign appeared in heaven. A Woman clothed with the sun and the moon under Her feet and on Her head a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, She cried, travailing in birth and was in pain to be delivered.” (Apoc. 12, 1,2)

and (Pope St. Pius X) applies it to Our Lady, who, though blessed in heaven, is still laboring in a mysterious birth. “Whose birth?” asks the Holy Father:

“Clearly ours, who are still detained in exile and have yet to be brought forth to the perfect charity of God and eternal happiness.” (Ad diem illum, 1904)

The part played by Our Lady in our sanctification is so important that it calls for a book in itself. . .

Father Boylan wrote the above December 8, 1945, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the Introduction to his beautiful, “This Tremendous Lover”. I use it today as the hopeful introduction to a series of articles aimed at renewing our focus on the importance of this most  glorious creature of God, created in perfect sinlessness, filled with all grace and love of God, in order to be the very Spouse of God the Holy Spirit, and the Mother of God the Son, Saviour of mankind, and thus, the Mother of all who are of His Mystical Body.

Dom Boylan summed up the essentials of the spiritual life very simply, in just five points: faith, hope, charity, humility, and a generous acceptance of God’s will. It has always been my intention, in all that I share with you, to emphasise these points as well. If we but look around, we may easily discern how the dearth of these virtues has impoverished the Faith today.

With Dom Boylan, I am convinced that the way to restore the spiritual life – indeed, the only way – is through devotion to the Mother of God. From my readers, it has become clear that we need to return to some very fundamental aspects, returning to the very meaning and context of the prayers of the Holy Rosary. I hope that by doing so, we can revitalize our Rosaries. For we are engaged, whether we acknowledge it or not, in a life or death spiritual combat. This was brought home to me very recently, when a prominent group of lay Catholic leaders gathered in Munich:

“An international coalition of lay Catholics mobilized in Munich today to silently pray in “firm protest against the German Episcopal Conference and its President” Cardinal Marx on account of the prelates’ plan to embark on a “synodal path” that critics say would create a “new church” that departs from Catholic teaching on priestly celibacy, contraception, homosexuality, and fornication.” (Lifesite News)

Quoting from the article,

Called Acies ordinata, the international coalition derives its name from a title reserved for Our Lady who assembles an army of the faithful to defeat her enemies. The Latin phrase “terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinate” is applied to Mary in battle and is taken from the Old Testament Song of Songs canticle (6:3, 6:10).”

The citation above, correctly taken is: from Solomon’s Canticle of Canticles. The link allows you to read the Vulgate alongside the Douay version.

In order to dispel some confusion, here is more from the Lifesite article, FYI:

About the name of the organization: “Called Acies ordinata, the international coalition derives its name from a title reserved for Our Lady who assembles an army of the faithful to defeat her enemies. The Latin phrase “terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinate” is applied to Mary in battle and is taken from the Old Testament Song of Songs canticle (6:3, 6:10).” Direct quote.

NOTE: That quote is: Quæ est ista quæ progreditur quasi aurora consurgens, pulchra ut luna, electa ut sol, terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata?  (Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?) By the way, it is verse 9, not verse 10.

“The hour of silent prayer and meditation ended with the collective singing of the Creed, during which, to express their love for the Church, the participants raised their voices to sing the words Et unam Sanctam Catholicam Ecclesiam (one holy Catholic Church) #AciesOrdinata pic.twitter.com/0Mb0JugifC”. Direct quote.

LINK to above quotes: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-laityprotest-cdl-marx-call-him-to-repent-for-leading-german-church-down-schismatic-synodal-path

Now readers, who among you believes that “Our Lady’s army in battle array” just stands around silently, unarmed, refusing to use the weapon she gives us – that is, her rosary?

What struck me is that an organization of the most prominent lay Catholic leaders  have staged a protest in the name of Mary that was silent. That did not publically recite her Rosary? Think of that. Silent.

That is, they chose to forego the true traditional Catholic protest of respectfully reciting the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in public; a practice that goes back so many centuries and is so richly indulgenced that it would have brought down floods of grace and strengthened the participants while weakening and driving out the ancient enemy. In place of the Rosary of the Mother of God – which she has continuously asked us for – they decided to stand in silent protest, not united in the one effective prayer that is actually the weapon of Our Lady, but instead in the silent interior of each one “praying in their own way” as is the way of the worldly today. A way that is perfectly acceptable to the false ecumenists of the neo-modernist, neo-paganist church of the man they propose to protest, Cardinal Marx. How he must have laughed at their impotent “protest”.

We seem to have reached a new low, when prominent lay Catholic leaders form themselves into an army of Our Lady while eschewing her own weapons in order to adopt the stance of the freemasonic enemy. Just think a moment of the many triumphs of Our Lady of the Rosary – and see the futility of this silly posing.

The Message of Fatima is that she herself desires that we call her, Our Lady of the Rosary. 

Return to Fatima!

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!



7 thoughts on “Effective Catholic Action

  1. Jeanine Gilis says:

    All the same it disappoints me to read all these fussy remarks from catholics (?) for fellow catholics who have the samen objectives… If you had organized this protest, you would have done it differently, okay, but is that a reason to judge and critize what happened in Munich?… I was very pleased and proud of what they did… and you may be sure it was remarked and drew attention, while you were doing nothing of the kind

    • evensong says:

      Dear Jeanine, I’m sorry to have disappointed you! If you are new to Return to Fatima, please spend some time to get to know us! You might start at our page, The Message of Fatima.
      You asked,”is that a reason to judge and criticize what happened in Munich?”
      My reason for criticizing is exactly as stated: Faithful Catholics must use the beautiful and effective means given to them by Our Lady of the Rosary, which is, of course, her Rosary.The Church has granted many indulgences to the Rosary, especially when prayed out loud, in a group, publically. And many miracles have blessed these public rosaries, such as at Lepanto, in Brazil, and in Austria.
      Sister Lucia of Fatima assured us, “the Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary, to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves, we will sanctify ourselves, we will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.”
      She also warned us of the terrible consequences of ignoring her requests.The people who organized this event are very well aware of Our Lady of the Rosary’s requests and of Church History. Yet they chose to ignore Our Lady’s requests and instead adopt the worldly stance of standing silently, each person separate, just as the many worldly “protests” do. That may be acceptable to you, but as you said, I was “doing nothing of the kind.”
      I am striving to obey Our Lady of the Rosary and to spread her message to all faithful Catholics who will hear – Pray the Rosary! Return to the Message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima!
      I do not believe that it is fussy of me, or that I am being unjustly critical – these men know better! Yet they wasted a precious opportunity to serve Our Lady. Their indifference to her requests has immense eternal consequences.

      There is much information here, I hope you’ll take time to read it
      Pray the Rosary! So many souls depend on it!

  2. Concerned says:

    Thank you, Evensong.

    I did not see in any reports that they had omitted the Rosary. I had assumed they said it.

    I think your observation and the fact that Matt said that Sarah should not speak out against Bergoglio, is deeply troubling. It seems that these men have decided to use the weapons of secularism and lay down the weapons of the Church Militant

    I call that apostasy in practice.

    My question is, if that is the fruit you get from attending the Latin Mass, then I think you need to start reading your Missals.

  3. Eric Harrah says:

    Hi evensong, that’s an interesting observation about the silent protest. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe they did something similar last fall before the amazon synod started. While I’m certain they had something else in mind with the whole silent protest (maybe representing that we the laity have been silenced, or Our Lady has been silenced, etc…), but then there’s what we think, and then there’s what’s true. Anyway, thanks for the article. God bless!

    • evensong says:

      Yes, Eric, the Lifesite article stated there were two previous protests.
      If they were as you suggest, representing that the laity have been silenced, or that Our Lady has been silenced, it seems rather pointless for them to affirm that silence.
      I was reminding them that Our Lady of the Rosary has asked that her army use the weapon she herself has given them. Not the worldly and vapid, value neutral “moment of silence” but the truly Catholic Holy Rosary of Our Lady of Victory.

      • Eric Harrah says:

        Hi evensong, I completely agree. I think the whole idea of a silent protest is a bit silly. In the end it’s far more likely to just be ignored.

  4. evensong says:

    In my own defense: I am not attacking the good and well-intentioned leaders who assembled under the banner of Mary’s Army. I am only hoping to recall their attention to what was overlooked, i.e., that if we are to be Mary’s Army, she, the Lady of the Rosary, has given us her Rosary as our spiritual weapon and has pleaded with us to use it.

    Why not the Rosary? There is a plenary indulgence for the public, vocal recitation of her Rosary by a group of Catholics. Do we no longer need these graces?

    Then, Why not the Rosary?

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