At Pontevedra, 1925

Today, we follow up on our earlier post about the words of Our Lady of  Fatima. In that post, “Words, just words“, we noted that,

On her second visit (June 13, 1917), Our Lady told the little shepherds,

“Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” …  I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.” …  Our Lady extended her right hand and in front of her palm was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. In Lúcia’s words, “We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”

And then, the following month, after showing them the  the vision of Hell, Our Lady said:

You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I request, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.  The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father.

To prevent this I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, she will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”

 

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité , in Volume II of the Whole Truth About Fatima quotes Sister Lúcia of Fatima’s recollection (given in the third person):

“On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to her, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.

At the same time, the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Then the Most Holy Virgin said: “Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

In this revelation, Our Lady of the Rosary as Mediatrix of Graces,  promises the supremely valuable gift of God’s grace, that is, the gift of final perseverance, without which other gifts are worthless, “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matt 16, 26).

Frère Michel continues, “the first fruit of the Communion of Reparation is the salvation of the one practicing it. Let us place no limits on the divine mercy, but keep to the letter of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise: whoever fulfills all the conditions set down can be sure of obtaining at the moment of death at least – and this even after miserable lapses back into a state of grave sin – the graces necessary to obtain the pardon of God, and to be preserved from eternal chastisement.”

The devotion of First Saturdays was not at all new, but was given a new emphasis by the Blessed Virgin. Previously, there had existed the practice of devoting Saturdays to Mary. For instance, “The Fifteen Saturdays in honor of the Most Holy Rosary”, a popular devotion of the Rosary Confraternities to receive the Sacraments and perform pious works on each of fifteen consecutive Saturdays in honor of the Fifteen  Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Pope Leo XIII enriched this devotion with generous plenary indulgences.

Then, just a few years before Our Lady came to Fatima, St. Pius X, on June 13, 1912,  granted generous new indulgences for the Devotion of Reparation on the First Saturdays of the month, in order to “promote the piety of the faithful towards Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, and to make reparation for the outrages done to Her holy Name and Her privileges by impious men”.  On November 13, 1920, St. Pius’s successor, Benedict XV granted new indulgences to this practice when accomplished for eight consecutive months.

And so we see that when Our Lady requested that the Pope solemnly approve of this devotion and promote it,  she was not seeking the impossible, but merely adding precision and simplifying  an established devotion. And yet, since 1925, no pope whatsoever has obeyed this very simple request.

Pope Benedict XV was succeeded by Pope Pius XI who did much to proclaim the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ. But this pope pointedly ignored Sister Lúcia and her efforts to call the true message of Fatima to his attention.  His efforts to broker peace failed dismally and his aid to the Russian people only served to assist Stalin’s hellish communism in its stranglehold on the enslaved Russian people.

We shall see in another post very soon how Pius XI’s misguided actions  were the trigger for Our Lady’s return, in 1929 to  ask for the Consecration of Russia, which he also ignored, thus contributing to Russia’s spreading of its errors, and causing the loss of untold numbers of souls.

Pope Pius XII also did not establish the Devotion of the First Saturdays of Reparation as Our Lady requested. Much is made of his failure to Consecrate Russia, but the establishment of First Saturdays was easily within his reach and consequently, it is inexcusable that this was not done for fully 35 years until 1960, when all became clearer with John XXIII’s open defiance of the request of the Mother of God.

John Paul II, whom many today call “Great” and “Saint” added to the betrayal by  promoting instead of the simple and profoundly merciful devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation, the “Divine Mercy” devotion and the “Luminous” mysteries, knowing full well that every DM chaplet recited was a rosary denied to Our Lady, and every recitation of the Luminous Mysteries supplanted one of Our Lady’s venerable mysteries, thus falsely pitting the two Sacred Hearts against each other.  The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are not vying with one another for our attention! Those who attempt to set the one against the other are offending both Hearts deeply.

At Fulda, John Paul explained his reasons for not revealing the Third Secret, but he never gave a clear explanation for why he refused to promote the First Saturdays asked for by Our Lady. If he was truly the devout Marian pope he professed to be, why did he refuse Our Lady this small favor she had asked for?

Our Popes have not obeyed Our Lady’s request for the First Saturdays of Reparation, our Bishops have not promoted this devotion (for the most part) neither have the majority of Novus Ordo Catholics. But now, more than ever, we few faithful can and must obey Our Lady’s request in this, the centenary year of the apparitions, miracle and message of Fatima.

Soon, we will have an opportunity that will never come again. The First Saturday of May, that is, May 6th, will present the opportunity to observe Our Lady’s long-requested First Saturdays from May through September in the Centenary of her apparitions at Fatima. Then, October 7th, we can give her one extra First Saturday, just because we, her true children love her so much! What a lovely spiritual bouquet for the Queen of the Holy Rosary, Queen of our hearts! What a blessing to be able to prepare for the momentous date of October 13, 2017! Please make every effort to perform this devotion!

For more information on First Saturdays of Reparation, please see our earlier post: First Saturdays of Reparation.

Thank you for reading. Please encourage others to make the essential First Saturdays of Reparation between now and October 13.

  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all who serve him.

  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.

 Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~  by evensong, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

A Miracle for Thomas

[NOTE: As of 8:00 am, This post has been updated with material inadvertently omitted in the previous version.]

Flesh and Blood, truly risen, Alleluia!

“Bring hither thy hand and put it into My side, and be not faithless, but believing.”

 

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.

“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.” St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

“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?

Vilnius Image of Divine Mercy

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 D. M. 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!

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Seeking Clarity

Some encouraging news from Sandro Magister; not the false “happy news” that prevails in some quarters, but a solid development which shows that intelligent, effective affirmation of the faith is strengthening and  resistance is growing to the  Lavender agenda of the occupiers.

In today’s post, (Here) Magister covers the conference given by six well-known, respected lay scholars from as many different countries to bring Catholic clarity to the diabolical confusion of Amoris Laetitia.  The scholars are:

Anna Silvas from Australia, Claudio Pierantonio of Chile,  Jürgen Liminski from Germany,  Douglas Farrow from Canada,  Jean Paul Messina from Cameroon,  Thibaud Collin from France.  And one after the other, over the span of one day took stock of the crisis that the document of Pope Francis has produced in the Church, one year after its publication.

Magister offers the complete text of these important talks, so trust you will find the article useful.

I will post more as I am able, but recovery is slow.

Thank you all for your prayers and concern, and for continuing to visit the site, despite the paucity of posts. All are in my prayers,

~ evensong

Requiem Mass for John Vennari

Video of John Vennari’s funeral, sent by a kind reader for those who may not have seen it yet .

There is a subtle message in Father Purdy’s homily regarding John’s insistence on remaining as lucid as possible in order to complete the work of his salvation.  This modern false mercy which insists on palliating the patient presents an often insurmountable obstacle to the important work necessary to prepare one’s soul for the moment of death.

John Vennari was an immensely strong and determined man who fought to remain lucid and work out his salvation. In that, he teaches us all an essential message in our daily lives, and not just for our time of dying. Every action we take to mitigate our own pain reduces the merit of grace we earn for ourselves and for all sinners.

 

 

From the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Office for the Dead:

Ant:  Let every spirit praise the Lord.
V:      I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me:
R:      Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
Ant: I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he be dead shall live, and every one that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.

May John’s soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

 

Easter, 2017

The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ

16 April, 2017

“I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live.” (John 11, 25).

“Joy in truth: for only sincere and upright souls who seek the truth lovingly and still more, ‘do the truth’ can fully rejoice in the Resurrection. We are sincere when we recognize ourselves for what we are, with all our faults, deficiencies and need for conversion. From this knowledge of our miseries comes the sincere resolve to purify ourselves … in order to be renewed in the risen Christ.

“Noli Me tangere.”

 

“Truth, however, must be accomplished in charity — veritatem facientes in caritatem, doing the truth in charity. (Eph. 4, 15). Therefore the Postcommunion prayer that is placed on our lips is more timely than ever: ‘Pour forth upon us, O Lord, the Spirit of Thy love, to make us of one heart.’ Without unity and mutual charity there can be no real Paschal joy. (Divine Intimacy, p. 419-420).

On that first Easter morning, we see the penitent, Mary Magdalen,  weeping and searching for the Master. She found His tomb empty and thus began her sorrowful efforts to find Him and tend lovingly to His Remains. Blinded by her tears and grief, she failed to recognise Him when He stood nearby.  She was expecting death, but here was Life! He spoke but one word, her name, (for He knows His own by name) pronounced with such infinite mercy, she was transformed by joy. Like Peter at the Lord’s Transfiguration, she responded in a wholly human way. ‘Master!’ And yet her urge to clasp His refound humanity was gently rebuffed.

‘Noli me tangere.’ Do not touch me yet! For He must go to His Father. And we too, must respond to this Passion, Death and Resurrection by following Him.  With Him, we turn towards Our Father, rejoicing in truth and in love. We too have rolled away the stone of our past, our sins, our indifference; we too have seen the empty tomb.  For now, we see the sepulchre  in the great rock of the Church: it is empty! And pagans stand guard as once they did. We too, seek Him, weeping.

But He is risen! He goes to the Father.

And we go with Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Update, April 18, 2017.  A brief explanation for readers who question the last three lines above, that is,  “For now, we see the sepulchre  in the great rock of the Church: it is empty! And pagans stand guard as once they did. We too, seek Him, weeping.”:

Please see in a previous post, (The Auto-demolition of the Church)  the quotation from Pope Pius XII,  “A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?'”

  Remember, pray the rosary and confound the devil and those who serve him!

~ by evensong for love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin; Give me strength against thine enemies!

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My God, my God, why?

“Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15,13

With His first Word from the Cross, Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. Thus, He begins His crucifixion emphasizing the merciful aspect of God, our Heavenly Father. In the second Word, He rewarded Dismas, the repentant thief. Then, with the third Word, He entrusted His Mother to John, and thus to us, and entrusts us to her. We take note that this Word alone binds every follower of Christ to defend the honor of the most Blessed Virgin Mary. Think for yourselves the dismal situation today, in this bitter passion of the Church.

After these first three Words, comes the fourth, which breaks upon us like a storm at dawn, when the sun’s light is withdrawn and the lightning illumines the torrents of rain and the wind-whipped trees.

“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”

At this very hour, at this very Word, the darkness of the eclipse began to ease. In Father Groenings’ words, it “marked a turning point in which error’s shadow was to recede before truth, and the day of salvation was to begin.

My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?

How are we to understand such a complaint? Is Christ doubting His Father? Modernists have implied such. What is the truth?

In the first place, we note that while His first Word from the Cross was from the Son of God to His  Father, this fourth Word is from Christ the Son of Man to God. Again, we turn to Father Groenings:

The abandonment by God of Christ’s human nature was not a separation of the latter from the second Person of God. For the union of the second Person of the Godhead with Christ’s human nature was and is inseparable. If this union had been dissolved at the death of Christ, then not God, but a mere man would have died for us, and our redemption would not be accomplished.

Neither was the abandonment by God of the human nature in Christ a withdrawal of grace. On the contrary, the plenitude of grace at all times existing in Christ effected that fortitude which bore Him up on the cross as it had done in the Garden of Olives. The abandonment, finally, did not consist in depriving the soul of Christ for a time of the direct vision of God. Christ rather complained, not only that God refused to preserve His human nature from impending death, but also that He abandoned it to suffering without the least solace whatever.

For His human nature might have been relieved in a twofold way;

First, through a direct action on all that contributed to make it suffer: sparing Him the sensible pain of  the thorns, the nails and the scourges, and the interior pain of the mockery and humiliations of the crucifixion.

Secondly, God could have filled the soul of Christ with such consolation that He would not have felt external pain. This was done for many of the martyrs, who rejoiced even as they endured torture for Christ.

However, nothing of the kind happened, On the contrary, God abandoned the soul of Christ to repugnance, to fear, to sadness and to the excruciating knowledge that His Passion would be useless to so many human beings. God even allowed Satan whose hour was at hand, to use this time of sufferings to cruelly torture the Soul of Christ. Indeed, the only assistance God gave was to allow Christ’s human nature  the strength  to sustain it in order to prolong His suffering.

This was the object and the cause of Christ’s plaintive reproach. And we know that  Christ gave the full consent of His Will to this abandonment.

No matter how painful this abandonment by God was to the Saviour, He did not, in those moments, suffer the abandonment of the damned in hell, as Calvin, the gloomy heretic, maintains. Not at all. The abandonment of the damned is without hope and full of despair. Not so the abandonment of the Redeemer. For this fourth Word quotes from the opening lines of the 21st Psalm, and “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” is followed by “Far from my salvation are the words of my sins. ”

And so we understand the reason Christ for this fourth Word, so loudly cried out:

His Humility
First he was impelled by the humility of His Heart. This humility  urged Him to perform, before His demise, the most heroic act of self-humiliation. by complaining of being abandoned by God, He, as it were, abandoned Himself. It was the greatest act of self-abasement and of self-renunciation imaginable.  By this self-abasement, by this obscuring of His Divinity, of His Divine Power and Sanctity, the Redeemer would atone fully for the pride and self-deification of our first parents, which had brought all evil into the world.

Our Instruction
Then He uttered the plaint for our manifold instruction. Lest we believe in error, that He was insensible to pain, He must allow us to see the very depths of His agonizing death.  For it would be a terrible error to assume that the soul of Christ in these final hours was plunged into some sort of heavenly consolation, Christ illustrates with a loud cry the enormity of His soul’s sufferings.

“Far from my salvation are the words of my sins”.  This verse illustrates that the sins of the world which have been assumed by our Savior are the cause of all His suffering, and most especially is He suffering the sinner’s estrangement from God. In this, we see vividly the eternal damnation of those who die in their sins, doomed to an eternity of separation from the light and grace of God. Christ also wished, with this fourth word to show us our own state when we have allowed our sins to separate us from God. Too often, we become accustomed to our life of sin, “comfortably numb”. This numbness is but a flimsy bandage over a purulent wound eating away at our souls, a wound that will fester in our souls eternally if we do not arise from our numbness, our dull complacency and realize how sick at heart and soul our sins have made us.

Jesus calls us in this Word to realize that our estrangement from God is not that He has abandoned us, but that in our sins, we have abandoned Him. The moment that we do this, we  cry out, My God, my God, why have I forsaken Thee! Let this then, be our response to this fourth Word from the Crucified One.

Our Consolation
And lastly, for our consolation. Christ our Savior by this Word intimates to those who will follow Him that they too must suffer through the periods of dryness in which the sweetness of His presence is withdrawn. As a child must be weaned and must learn to walk on his own, so must we learn to progress to Our Lord by seeking Him through the dark cold and the empty desolation. It is indeed, in this bleak desolation that we find our true strength which is in bending our will to follow the “unknown God”, not the God of sensible delights, sweet ecstasies of prayer, but the God of the ruins, of utter desolation. And that is the lesson for us today, as all sweetness and joy passes from us.

In this dark, cold desolation, we feel that God has forsaken us. We feel most poignantly His abandonment of the Church, seemingly left in the hands of the ancient enemy which has sown  rank weeds, bearing  foul and putrid fruit in the once lovely garden of the faith.  What are we to do?

If we are honest we will add with Christ, “Far from my salvation are the words of my sins.” We are not favored to experience Christ’s wounds in our body as Padre Pio did. No, our cross is to bear the sufferings, the humiliations brought to us by our sins and the sins of the leaders of the Church today. We cannot be like sedevacantists, and deny that these are our leaders. We sadly grasp the fact that this disgusting  corruption of the papacy  and the weak effeminacy of our leaders is a punishment for our sins, the sins of the world. Just as Jesus bore the sins of the world, which caused Him to cry out from the Cross, we too must bear the sins of those who lead  the Church today.

We must awaken from the comfortable numbness with which we enshroud ourselves, awaken to the desolation of this world’s separation for God. See the dizzying chasm opened before us! See the danger!

Today, we realize the abandonment, the isolation, devastation of this Godless world  embodied in the man who presents himself as the Vicar of Christ.   We begin to realize that we have all distanced ourselves from God, and driven Him from us. Consequently, He has withdrawn His saving grace from the world. Let us  cry out to God with the loud voice of prayer and of works of penance, and He, then, will disperse the dark clouds and again turn to us, in generous torrents of grace and mercy, healing us, healing the Church and healing this poor sad world.

The above meditation is an adaptation from Father James Groenings’ “The Passion of Jesus and its hidden meaning”.

Thank you for reading. May the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you this Easter.

  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all who serve him.

  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.

 Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~  by evensong, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

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Jesus Washes Feet of Apostles

Our Lord’s Litany of Love

Holy Thursday, 2017

The term litany is derived from the Greek word for prayer, entreaty or supplication. The post-conciliar Church tends to disdain litanies as repetitious but faithful Catholics know them for what they are, sweet words of love exchanged between the Beloved and His own. On Holy Thursday evening during the time He instituted His sacrament of love, Our Lord spoke tenderly, pleading with His loved ones (and by them, us!) to understand this new law of love. See how often, in varied ways, He reminds us of His love for us and the sweet burden we share for the salvation of souls.

The Litany of His Love

John, Ch. 13, v. 1. “… Jesus knowing that His hour was come, that He should pass out of this world to the Father:  having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them unto the end.”
v. 14-15. “If then I being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also.”
v. 34-35.  “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another.”

John, Ch. 14, v.6. “Jesus saith to him:  I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.
v. 14-15. “If you shall ask Me anything in My name, that I will do. If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
v. 21. “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth Me. And he that loveth Me, shall be loved of My Father: and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.”
v. 23-24. “Jesus answered, and said to him:  If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him. He that loveth Me not, keepeth not My words.  And the word which you have heard, is not Mine; but the Father’s who sent Me.
v. 27. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.”

John, Ch. 15, v. 5. “I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit:  for without  Me you can do nothing.”
v. 7. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you.”
v. 9-10. “As the Father hath loved Me, I also have loved you.  Abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love;  as I also have kept My Father’s commandments, and do abide in His love.”
v. 12-14. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do the things that I command you.”
v. 16. “You have not chosen Me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.”
v. 17. “These things I command you, that you love one another.”

John, Ch. 16, v. 23-24. “… Amen, amen I say to you:   if you ask the Father anything in My name,He will give it you.  Hitherto you have not asked anything in My name.  Ask, and you shall receive; that your joy may be full.”
v. 27. “For the Father Himself loveth you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God.”

John, Ch. 17, v. 11. “… Holy Father, keep them in Thy name whom Thou has given Me; that they may be one, as We also are.”
v. 21. “That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, in Me, and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.”

These words spoken by Our Lord on the night when He instituted His sacred priesthood and the Holy Eucharist, His sacrament of love, are a most important testament to us. They represent His most emphatic teachings. In studying them prayerfully, some points stand out:

  1. Above all else, love is emphasized. And what kind of love? Obedient love, “Keep My commandments.”
  2. What commandment, in particular?  “That you love one another, as I have loved you.
  3. How does Christ define the love He has for us? “Greater love than this, no man has, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He adds, “You are My friends if you do the things that I command you.”
  4. How are we, weak as we are, to do this? Repeatedly, He urges us to “Ask”, that is, pray.
  5. Above all, pray with love, love of God overflowing into love of neighbor.
  6. Don’t have that love? Then, pray for it! We have Our Saviour’s word that, “If you ask Me anything in My name, that I will do.” .. “Ask and you shall receive that your joy may be made full.”

We live in times of great upheaval, turmoil and despair. As our Blessed Mother predicted, the one true Church is being torn apart by dissent and diabolical disorientation.  Pope Francis, Cardinals Marx, Kasper and Danneels: never have so many enemies of Christ nested in the very bosom of the Church. However,  St. Catherine of Siena, in her Dialogues recounts that when she spoke to Our Lord about abuses of the clergy and the Church hierarchy, she was told to love the sinners, do penance and pray for them.

The remedy is to offer the small sacrifices of our daily lives in prayerful adoration and reparation.  In this endeavor, Our Lady of the Rosary, Mediatrix of Grace will guide and sustain us as we learn to say “Yes!” in all the trials of our lives. Through her rosary, we learn to pour out our hearts, responding love for Love, in imitation of her pure and pure and perfect love for Love Himself.

And so we begin each day with consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We will not have peace until the reign of Mary’s Immaculate Heart is established. And this cannot happen until we take it upon ourselves to live His Litany of Love as He intended us to do.

 

  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all who serve him.

  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.

 Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~  by evensong, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

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St. Hermenegild, 2017

“You are a slave of the devil because you have a false faith, you’re not Catholic! And I will not receive Holy Communion from sacrilegious hands!”

The Triumph of St. Hermenegild, Martyr for the Faith
The Triumph of St. Hermenegild, Martyr for the Faith

 

Tomorrow, April 13, is the feast of day of St. Hermenegild and so we offer an updated tribute to this young saint who stood up against heresy, even the heresy of his own father. His example teaches us much about the current crisis.

St. Hermenegild was a Visigoth Prince martyred for the faith in 585. He was put to death by his own father, the Arian King Leovigild for holding firm to the Catholic faith. His father cast him into a dungeon and after several months, sent an Arian Bishop to him on Easter Sunday to offer him a pardon if he would accept Communion from him. By his firm refusal to yield his faith to heresy, even to his father’s heresy, he earned a martyr’s crown. His story has a particular relevance to this unique and tragic time in the Church.

A few years ago, Bishop Tissier de Mallerais gave a sermon on St. Hermenegild:

“I spoke this morning to the children about Saint Hermenegild. He was a young martyr, seventeen years old, who lived in the sixth century. He was Catholic, but his father was a heretic, an Arian. He was supposed to inherit the throne of Spain, but his father, furious that his son was a Catholic, forbade him the throne and sentenced him to prison.

“Hermenegild – whom we celebrate on April 13th, was in prison for several months as Easter approached. He wanted to receive Communion, Holy Communion for Easter. His father was thinking the same thing and sent him a bishop carrying Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! What a joy for Hermenegild to be able to make his Easter communion! Except that when the bishop entered the prison cell, he presented himself thus: “I am the Bishop of Huesca, I am an Arian and I bring you Holy Communion!” “I am Arian,” that is to say “I am a heretic, I’m not Catholic.”

“It was a bishop who was not Catholic, dear faithful, who brought Holy Communion to Hermenegild. What did Hermenegild do? What would you have done in his place? Would you still have accepted to receive Holy Communion? In order to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, is it not worth making some compromises, receiving even from unworthy hands the Lord Jesus? This bishop celebrated Mass validly though he did not believe that Jesus is God, because that was the Arian religion. He did not even believe that Jesus was God! But we do think he could validly celebrate Mass and he was bringing Jesus in the Eucharist!

“Well, in the twinkling of an eye, inspired by one of the gifts of the Holy Ghost – whom we are celebrating today − the gift of Counsel, he said: “No. I will not receive communion from your sacrilegious hands! As for me, I am in chains but I am free to work my salvation. You, my lord, are free but you are a slave of the devil because you have a false faith, you’re not Catholic! And I will not receive Holy Communion from sacrilegious hands!”

“What an example for us, my dear faithful! All the beautiful gifts coming from Rome, we are not prepared to accept them without examination, without considering the circumstances in which this gift would be made. We demand to be able to maintain our public and entire profession of the Catholic Faith. We cannot receive poisoned gifts that would condemn us to compromise with Modernism. This is the example of Saint Hermenegild, inspired by the Holy Ghost.”

When the Arian heresy swept throughout Christendom, and nearly destroyed the Church, the remnant remained steadfast, even to martyrdom and their prayers and sacrifices eventually achieved the extirpation of the evil heresy of Arianism.

Modernism, the synthesis of all heresies is the current counterpart to the ancient evil of Arianism; and now under the grim assault of our arch-modernist pope, we are facing an even greater threat to the faith in his promotion of relativism and situation ethics in a magisterial document. Unlike past times, today’s Church is not only beset by a pernicious heresy, it is permeated with a debilitating corruption in both the laity and the consecrated life. Now, the Church is so constituted that those who are blessed with the faith are charged with helping those who are failing in their faith.

Therefore, we are responsible for our wayward priests, prelates and even our Pope. We owe them our prayers and penances, but we also owe them the truth. We are responsible for recalling to the faith those who have fallen into error.

With his recent Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, our Pope has achieved what was previously unthinkable: he has introduced heresy into a magisterial document, against the clear and firm teaching of the Faith proclaimed by Our Lord Jesus Christ and the constant teaching and practice of the faith for over 2,000 years. And the silence of our brave “Princes of the Church” is stunning! Who will defend the Bride of Christ?

Update: And now what are we to think of the Vatican’s latest ploy, to extend to the priests of the Society of St. Pius X the “right” to perform licit marriages under the auspices of a Novus Ordo priest? What would St. Athanasius have thought if a Pope of his time offered him the “concession” of having an Arian priest preside at his sacraments?

We are fast approaching a time, when after our prayers and penances, after our remonstrations, we must do as St. Hermenegild did. Soon,  we may have to say with Athanasius, “They have the churches, but we have the faith.” With the Holy Family, we may yet have to withdraw to the desert, until this onslaught of heresy plays out and God once again restores the Church.

St. Joseph was forced to take his Family and leave the visible structure of his faith in order to save the faith. Let us pray to him, as Guardian of the Holy Family and Protector of the Church to protect us now from those in our own hierarchy who seek to destroy the Faith and murder souls in the name of a perversion of mercy.

“[14] Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever?

[16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore, Go out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: [18] And I will receive you; and I will be a Father to you; and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor, 6, 14-18)

 

  Remember, Pray the Rosary and confound the devil and those who serve him.

  Queen of the Holy Rosary, crush the head of satan and restore the Church!

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us, Thy Kingdom come!

  St. Joseph, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Pius X pray for us and for our priests!

 

Thank you all for your kind wishes and most of all, for your prayers.

~ 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!

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Pascua Florida Pilgrimage, 2017

SSPX  Pascua Florida Pilgrimage, 2017

This is a spur of the moment attempt to notify you of an inspiring pilgrimage  occurring in Florida soon.  A bright young reader  Katherine, informed me of a  little known pilgrimage in Florida and asked me to share it with you.  For her privacy and at her family’s request, we will not post her picture, which is a shame, since she is a lovely young girl, and truly Catholic!

 

 

Although it is deliberately ignored by the secular media and the progressive educational establishment, it was the Holy Roman Catholic Church which first brought Christianity to America. In April 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon landed on the northeast coast of what he then called La Florida,  but is now, St. Augustine, Florida  and planted the first cross in the sand. The early heroic martyrs endured deplorable conditions bringing the Faith to native Indians and ministering to the settlers. These early Catholic efforts had nothing whatsoever with plundering the natives or stealing their gold; but were simply the efforts of Catholic missionaries to bring the true faith to a pagan land. Among these missionaries are many little known martyrs of the faith.

The pilgrimage runs from Tuesday, April 18, which is a week from now, through Sunday, April 23. That is, the Tuesday after Easter through Whitsunday. Pilgrims travel by foot but also must cross rivers in canoes and they camp out in tents along the way. The pilgrimage ends about noon on Sunday with a Mass on the beautiful greensward of the ancient Mission de Nombre de Dios, near where the Cross was first planted by Juan Ponce de Leon, in St. Augustine Florida.

As a sidenote to this, the young reader, Katherine,  shared with me a bit of her own history.  It seems that she is descended from a group of early Catholic settlers in Florida called Menorcans, who came to America as indentured servants, to work on an indigo plantation in an area near what is now New Smyrna, Florida. They were treated brutally, starved and many died. In 1777, when their Scottish owner refused to free them as he had contracted to do, they revolted and trekked by foot to St. Augustine where authorities allowed them to settle and they were able once again,  to worship the Faith. And so, Katherine is especially desirous of retracing her ancestors’ steps of three centuries ago. The link below has information about the pilgrimage and also a link to donate to the pilgrimage. Any financial aid you are able to give would be blessed with many prayers and remembrance in the Masses offered each day of the pilgrimage.

This modern day pilgrimage roughly traces the steps of the Menorcans who walked to St. Augustine so many centuries ago, and ends with the perfect celebration of the Faith – the true Mass, celebrated under the massive old oaks of the Shrine of Mission Nombre de Dios, and looking out onto the inlet to the Atlantic, very similar to what must have occurred 504 years ago – the Mass of all times in a timeless setting.

For more information about the pilgrimage, or to donate to sponsor a young pilgrim like Katherine, please follow the link below:

Pascua Florida Pilgrimage.

Come walk the path of the martyrs from St. Thomas More Chapel in Sanford Florida to the oldest known site of the First Mass in North America and Nombre de Dios Shrine in St. Augustine.

Holy Martyrs of La Florida, pray for us!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

 

The Sixth Angel

“One woe is past, and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter. And the sixth angel sounded the trumpet:”

[13] … and I heard a voice from the four horns of the great altar, which is before the eyes of God, [14] Saying to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet: Loose the four angels, who are bound in the great river Euphrates. [15] And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year: for to kill the third part of men.

[16] And the number of the army of horsemen was twenty thousand times ten thousand. And I heard the number of them. [17] And thus I saw the horses in the vision: and they that sat on them, had breastplates of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone, and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions: and from their mouths proceeded fire, and smoke, and brimstone. [18] And by these three plagues was slain the third part of men, by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. [19] For the power of the horses is in their mouths, and in their tails. For, their tails are like to serpents, and have heads: and with them they hurt. [20] And the rest of the men, who were not slain by these plagues, did not do penance from the works of their hands, that they should not adore devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood, which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

[21] Neither did they penance from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their fornication, nor from their thefts. (Apocalypse Chapter 9, verses 13-21)

With the Sixth Angel’s Trumpet, we are introduced to the most severe chastisement so far. St. John himself seems to expect disbelief at the vastness of it, for when he announces that the army of horsemen numbers “20,000 times 10,000”, that is, 200,000,000, he quickly asserts, “And I heard the number of them”, thus confirming this number is from the Holy Ghost, and not his own conjecture.

Sculpture in Vatican Hall portraying the Conciliar/ Modernist Vision of their anti-Church.

The Great Altar is Christ our Savior,  and it is He who who commands the four fallen angels be released. That these angels are fallen is clear because they have been bound. That Jesus is allowing them to be free is evidence of His justice, which has been so long mocked with false mercy of hypocrites. The Great Altar emphasises Christ’s perfect sacrifice for us on Calvary and in the true Mass. This vision is directly related to the abuses of the Mass, such as stripping it of its sacrificial nature, and the abuses of the faith, carried out by the leaders of the Church, those who are most called to protect, promote and defend the Faith.

Note:   Although Fr. H.B. Kramer believed the Great Altar to refer to the religious orders, the passage of time has proved that this is not the case. The once-great orders have succumbed to the withering “Springtime” of Vatican II.  Therefore,  Fr. Berry’s understanding that the Great Altar refers to Our Savior and His Sacrifice of the Mass is the correct interpretation. Both Kramer and Berry believed the Fallen Star to have been Martin Luther; but now we see that Bergoglio’s Reformation within the Church far surpasses Luther’s, which initially occurred without the institutional Church.

Indeed, the Bergoglian Reformation actually began with the disobedient Popes such as John XXIII, Paul VI and by now has reached its apotheosis in  Pope  Francis who has superseded by far the heresies spawned by Luther, and brought heresy and apostasy into the very heights of the Church.

And so, at the behest of the Voice from the Great Altar, the four angels from beneath the Euphrates are loosed upon mankind. As we have remarked before, four is a number of universality, and indicates how extensive this woe will be. Father Sylvester Berry believes these four angels may be the same four angels of Chapter 7, “to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea” and who were commanded not to hurt the earth, the sea or the trees until the servants of God were signed on their foreheads. (Apoc. 7, 2-3). I will expand on this later, if able.

Fr. Berry remarks that the increasing severity of chastisements corresponds with the increase of iniquity. These accelerating woes portend the nearness of the coming of the Antichrist. This woe is announced for a very definite time, i.e., “an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year”, thus emphasising that the precise day and hour is determined by God alone. And the task? “For to kill the third part of men.”

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