Pentecost, 2018

 

The divine gift to our souls reaches its culminating point in the gift of the Holy Ghost Who is the Gift par excellence: Altissimi Donum Dei, Gift of the Most High God.

The beautiful Feast of Pentecost is  the very crown of the Church’s liturgical year. And we have such need of it today! Now, more than ever, faithful hearts cry out, “Come Holy Ghost!, Creator blest!” The following excerpted from Divine Intimacy by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D.

Pentecost is the plenitude of God’s Gift to us. On Christmas Day, God gives us His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, the mediator, the Bridge connecting humanity and divinity. During Holy Week, Jesus, by His Passion, gives Himself entirely for us, even to death on the Cross. He bathes us, purifying us and sanctifying us in His Blood. At Easter, Christ rises and His Resurrection, as well as His Ascension, is the pledge of our own glorification. He goes before us to His Father’s house to prepare a place for us, for in Him and with Him, we have become a part of the Divine Family; we have become children of God, destined for eternal beatitude.

But the gift of God to men does not end there; having ascended into heaven, Jesus, in union with the Father, sends us His Spirit, the Holy Ghost. The Father and the Holy Ghost loved us to the point of giving us the Word in the Incarnation; the Father and the Word so loved us as to give us the Holy Ghost. Thus, the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity give Themselves to man, stooping to this poor nothing to redeem him from sin, to sanctify him, and to bring him into their own intimacy.

Such is the excessive charity with which God has loved us, and the divine gift to our souls reaches its culminating point in the gift of the Holy Ghost Who is the Gift par excellence: Altissimi Donum Dei, Gift of the Most High God. The Holy Ghost, the bond and pledge of the mutual love of the Father and the Son, He Who accepts, seals and crowns Their reciprocal gift, is given to our souls through the infinite merits of Jesus, so that He will be able to complete the work of our sanctification. By His descent upon the Apostles under the form of tongues of fire, the Holy Ghost shows us how He, the Spirit of Love, is given to us in order to transform us by His charity, and having transformed us, lead us back to God.

The gift of the Holy Ghost is not a temporary gift, but a permanent one. In fact, for the soul who lives in charity, He is the Sweet Guest Who dwells within it. “If anyone love Me”, says Jesus in the words of today’s Gospel (John 14, 23-31), “We will come to him and will make Our abode with him.” However, this indwelling of the Trinity — and hence of the Holy Ghost — in the soul which is in a state of grace, is a gift which can and should increase; it is a continual giving. The first donation was made when we were baptized; it was renewed later, confirmed by the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament that is, so to speak, the Pentecost of every Christian soul. Progressive renewals of this gift were made with every increase in charity. And what of the present? The Holy Ghost, in union with the Father and the Son, continues to give Himself to the soul more completely, more profoundly and possessively.

Today’s Gospel speaks very forcefully about charity, which is at the same time both the condition for, and the result of, the indwelling of the Holy Ghost in our souls. It is the condition, because according to Jesus Christ Himself, the three Divine Persons dwell only in a soul who loves; it is the result because “the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, Who is given to us.” (Romans 5, 5). Divine Love completely preceded us at Baptism, without merit on our part and solely through the merits of Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost was given to us, and His charity was diffused in us. Thereafter, each time we corresponded to the Divine invitations, by making generous acts of charity, He renewed His invisible visits to our soul, giving us always new grace and new charity. Thus our supernatural life has developed under the action of the Holy Ghost; it is caught up in the life-giving transforming current of His love. In this way we understand how the Feast of Pentecost can and should represent a new outpouring of the Holy Ghost in our souls, a new visit in which He fills us with His gifts:

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And in our hearts, take up Thy rest,
Come with Thy grace, and heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts, which Thou hast made.

 

Prayer of Sister Carmela of the Holy Spirit, O.C.D. 

“Come, O life giving Spirit, to this poor world and renew the face of the earth; give us Your peace, that peace which the world cannot give. Help Your Church, give her holy priests and fervent apostles. Fill with holy inspirations the souls of the good; give repentance to sinful souls, consoling refreshment to the suffering, strength and help to those who are tempted, and light to those in darkness and in the shadow of death. Amen.”

Come, Holy Ghost, renew the Church!

Come, Immaculate Mother of God, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, crush the head of satan and free the Church from evil!

Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those 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.
. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
. St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of Mary Immaculate, Queen of our Hearts
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

Shoring up the ruins?

Is the Vatican moving to protect church properties in other countries from confiscation in legal judgements?   The Pope has issued Guidelines  to the Cardinals, through the Secretariat of State, setting up an office at the Vatican Bank for the purpose of the transfer of assets.  Although the pope assures that his intentions are for a spiritual testament, I cannot help but wonder why a spiritual testament like St. Paul’s, as he claims, would require a document notarized by the Vatican and handled by the Vatican Bank. 

Pope Francis appears to be attempting to shore up the ruins of his disastrous papacy with his recent meeting with the Chilean Bishops. Ever the master of PR, he charged them with “an absolute lack of respect for canonical procedure and, even more, reprehensible practices which must be avoided in the future.” This despite the fact that he recently presided over a celebration of the Neocatechumenal Way at which Archbishop Anthony Apuron was among the honored guests, seated with other Bishops and dignitaries, despite having been convicted of several charges pertaining to sexual abuse of minors and ordered to resign as Bishop.

The list of the Bergoglian  priests, Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals who have been associated with homosexuality or clerical sex abuse is so extensive that we cannot cover it here, but for some time now we have suggested that all this rot reminds us of St. Hildegard von Bingen’s prophecy in The Figure of a Woman:

And behold! That monstrous head moved from its place with such a great shock that the figure of the woman (The Church, Bride of Christ) was shaken through all her limbs. And a great mass of excrement adhered to the head; and it raised itself up upon a mountain and tried to ascend the height of Heaven. And behold, there came suddenly a thunderbolt, which struck that head with such great force that it fell from the mountain and yielded up its spirit in death. And a reeking cloud enveloped the whole mountain, which wrapped the head in such filth that the people who stood by were thrown into the greatest terror. And that cloud remained around the mountain for a while longer.

The people who stood there, perceiving this, were shaken with great fear, and said to one another: “Alas, alas! What is this? What do you think this was? Alas, wretches that we are! Who will help us, and who will deliver us? For we know not how we were deceived. O Almighty God, have mercy on us! Let us return; let us hasten to the covenant of Christ’s Gospel; for ah, ah, ah! We have been bitterly deceived!“ And lo, the feet of the figure of the woman glowed white, shining with a splendor greater than the sun’s.

There is another development in this disgusting scandal. Sandro Magister, in his post today (LINK) reports on recent activities of the Humble Pope, who now appears to be signalling a retreat. But what I found most interesting is the following:
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The Month of Mary, May 17, 2018

Adapted from “The Month of Mary according to the Spirit of Saint Francis de Sales” by Don Gasper Gilli, from the The Saint Francis de Sales Collection [16 Books]  Catholic Way Publishing. Kindle Edition.

17 May

MARY, THE MODEL OF PERFECT OBEDIENCE, IN THE MYSTERY OF THE PURIFICATION 

Let us consider in this meditation how our adorable Saviour and His Most Holy Mother united perfect obedience to profound humility. Our Lord preferred the death of the Cross rather than fail in obedience.  ‘Jesus Christ’ says the great Apostle,  ‘was obedient unto death, even to the death of the Cross’.

Notice Our Lady’s life, and you will always see her obedient. So highly did she esteem this virtue of obedience, that she obeyed the command to espouse St. Joseph, although she was bound by a vow of virginity. She always persevered in the practice of this virtue, and as the mystery of the Purification shows us, she presented herself in the Temple, that she might observe the Law she was not bound to observe. Thus her obedience was the more precious as it was voluntary. Indeed, this is the only virtue that she has recommended to the practice of mankind.

The Gospel tells us that when she spoke to the attendants at the marriage of Cana, she said to them: ‘ Whatsoever He shall say to you, do’.  Here she teaches the practice of holy obedience, which is inseparable from the virtue of humility, because obedience springs from the virtue of humility. Only those who are truly humble subject themselves to the Will of God, Our Lady had no fear of being disobedient, because she was not obliged to obey the Law, but she shunned its very shadow. Many would have misunderstood her conduct, if she had not gone to the Temple to offer her Divine Son and perform the ceremony of her Purification. She would, therefore, remove all suspicion of disobedience, and at the same time teach us not merely to avoid sin, but also its very appearance, and the occasions which may expose us to it.

Let us learn, also, not to be satisfied with the testimony of our conscience alone, but to try to remove from others every occasion of thinking ill of us and of our actions. The example of Our Saviour and of His Most Holy Mother should animate us to submit not only in those things that are commanded us, but in those that are merely of counsel, that we may thus become more dear to the Divine Goodness. O God! is it then so great a work to subject ourselves to obedience, when for this alone we have been sent into the world, and when the Supreme King, to Whom all things should be subject, practiced it?

NOTE: This willingness to submit “not only in those things which are commanded of us but in those which are merely of counsel”, is precisely what was lacking in the hierarchy’s response to Our Lady’s Message at Fatima. As soon as Lucia advised the Bishop of Our Lady’s desire for First Saturdays of Reparation, the Bishop and his own superiors in the Church hierarchy should have instituted this devotion.  If they had obeyed, floodgates of saving grace would have been opened and the Church would have seen clearly how to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This was a most serious error right at the very beginning.

We must learn then from the example of our adorable Saviour and of His Most Holy Mother, to be docile, pliable, and easily ruled, not only for a certain time, and in some actions, but even unto death. But two fundamental conditions of this virtue of Obedience must be observed. These are—firstly, that to obey perfectly we must love God Who commands; and secondly, we must love the action that is commanded. All the faults committed against obedience proceed from the want of one of these conditions. Many love the thing commanded, but not God Who commands it. For instance, some will perform their devotions, not out of obedience to the Will of God, but on account of the consolation they experience in this exercise. In this there is nothing but self-love; and it will be perceptible by the repugnance, or discontent, which is felt in the performance of those observances that are not according to our inclinations. In this case, it is plain that it is not God Whom we love, but only the thing that He commands. If we loved God Who commands, our hearts would be indifferent as to our occupation, because in all we should be equally sure to find the Will of God.

NOTE: We see here the need for us to be animated by love of God before all else. How shall this be accomplished? Why through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who teaches her children daily through her Rosary, the practice of all the necessary virtues. As her children, we learn the safest, surest way to grow in humility, obedience and every virtue pleasing to God.

Others will love God Who commands, but not the action commanded. These will say: I know very well that it is the Will of God that I should do this or that, but I feel so great a repugnance, that I cannot resolve to do it, and were I to strive to obey, the person who, in the name of God, desires me to perform the action, enjoins it so ungraciously, as to rob me of all the satisfaction I might experience in an act of obedience. The source of all our difficulties is that we obey readily only when our superiors accommodate themselves to our natural inclinations. On all other occasions, the smallest obligations appear to us difficult and disagreeable. It is therefore evident that we do not regard God Who commands us through another, but we look at the person who speaks to us in His Name, to see how he is clothed so to speak; that is to say, we look only at his external deportment. O God, what a mistake!

We ought to submit to the Will of God in obedience, without any exception, and from whatever quarter the order may come ; and not only love God Who commands, but also the thing that is commanded ; taking the command and placing it upon our heads—that is, in our inmost heart, to execute it with all fidelity and sincere goodwill.

NOTE: The essential point here is the answer to those who question, “In the midst of this confusion and the failure of the Church hierarchy to speak clearly, how am I to know who or what to obey? The answer is we cannot know unless we are as closely united with Mary as possible. The entire point of the Message of Fatima is the very same point that St. Maximilian Kolbe made in his life’s work, the Militia of Mary Immaculate, “Let yourself be led by the Immaculate”. In this time of unmitigated crisis, Jesus our Lord beckons us towards His Mother, offering us His own Mother, to whom He trusted His life. Do not spurn this saving grace, for it is the last we shall be offered.

SPIRITUAL FLOWERS
Bless God for having given you Mary as your Mother. Imitate her, and consider what a blessing it is for you to have so powerful an advocate in Heaven.  . . . Humility cannot subsist without love, nor love without humility—and one can never be acquired without the other. (St. Teresa of Avila). The more we mortify our natural inclinations, so much the more do we merit to receive supernatural inspirations.—St. Francis de Sales.

Readers, Paradise was lost by disobedience; our first Mother was so greedy for knowledge that she was willing to disobey God Himself to obtain it. How foolish! We cannot obtain any knowledge that is  worthwhile except from God through the Immaculata. The internet offers us an endless, overwhelming deluge of “knowledge” which leads us along the path of worldly illusion, but Mary herself shows us the true way, as she instructed the stewards at Cana, “Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye.” (John 2)

May is the month of Mary, let us strive to grow each day in our obedience to her because it is by this obedience that we model ourselves on the most perfect exercise of the virtues of humility and obedience, of faith, of hope and most of all, on the sublime love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Please, Pray the Rosary – it is the shortest and surest path to Heaven!

† . 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!
† . Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† . St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† . St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to 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!

Generous, contrite hearts

Today is as good a day as any to double down on an unpopular but necessary aspect of the Message of Fatima. From August, 2017 we offer the following:

“Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; Do not offend the Lord our God any more for He is already much offended.”

In today’s post we note another important anniversary occurs this year, the 100th anniversary of  the founding of the Militia Immaculatae by Saint Maximilian Kolbe. If you remember, St. Maximilian was in Rome in 1917 when the Freemasons of Italy were parading to celebrate 200 years of Freemasonry.

In the procession, flags and posters depicting Saint Michael the Archangel being conquered and trampled underfoot by Lucifer. Long processions winded their way through the Eternal City toward Saint Peter’s Square. The marchers sang blasphemous songs and carried banners with slogans, such as ‘Satan will reign in the Vatican and the Pope will be his servant!’ This motivated St. Maximilian to found the Militia.  I cannot help but wonder what St. Maximilian would think of the tragic betrayal we are enduring today.

Father Stehlin of the Society of St. Pius X, is leading a pilgrimage to Valinhos and Fatima this year and in support of the Pilgrimage we share the following. It is from the site of Father Stehlin’s Militia Immaculatae, Traditional Observance. On his site, Father Stehlin asked that this prayer be recited daily as a Novena to Our Lady of Fatima prior to August 19th when we commemorate the 100th anniversary of her fourth visit. (NOTE: This is a very good prayer to recite in order to keep the flame of the Message of Fatima alive in our hearts!)

Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Woman clothed with the sun, thou who didst visit Fatima one hundred years ago to make known to all men thy maternal and Immaculate Heart, receive our act of total consecration to thee. Welcome us into the safe refuge of thy Immaculate Heart as into the ark of salvation prepared by the Holy Ghost for us and for all the children of the Catholic Church in East and West.

Let each one of us find in thy Immaculate Heart this year a sanctuary of ceaseless prayer, a tabernacle of intimacy with the Most Holy Trinity, a hospital for the healing of every infirmity, a harbour of peace in the midst of the confusion that threatens even the bravest and most faithful souls. Inspire us to take up the rosary that thou so lovest, and to make it during this year the ceaseless prayer of our hearts and the expression of our desire to live and to die consecrated to thy Immaculate Heart.

Turn our hearts to the Lamb who, once immolated upon the altar of the Cross, offers Himself still for our sakes from the altars of the Church and from the tabernacles where He abides hidden, silent, and so often forsaken.

Let this year be for us a great and powerful manifestation of thy compassion for poor sinners and the beginning of the triumph of thy Immaculate Heart in the Church from the rising of the sun to its setting, and indeed in the whole world. Overcoming every resistance, be it of demons or of men, reveal to all souls the flame of love that burns in thy maternal Heart and the glory of the Father that shines on the face of His Christ, Jesus, the blessed fruit of thy womb.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.

Sooner or later, I hope that we will all learn to give Our Lady the obedience she asked for with humble and generous hearts. As far as I know, Our Lady of Fatima never demanded that our obedience to her required that we attack any  person who failed to meet our exacting standards. If each of us – under the guise of our devotion to the Blessed Virgin of Fatima continues to strike out at every other person who  fails to be as perfectly observant as we ourselves are, we will be exactly where the devil wants us, so splintered into factions, hating each other – what a victory for satan!

Our Lord commanded us to love our enemies, to do good to those who persecute us.  The ultimate good is to pray and offer reparation for their sins for the salvation of their souls. We are responsible for the souls of others! Please pray for generous hearts to love Our Lady and make reparation for sins against her Immaculate Heart. If I have failed Our Lady in any way, or misled or given scandal to my readers, I apologize and intend to make the best reparation I can, beseeching the mercy of God. But as long as I have strength,  I will not stop reminding readers:

“Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; Do not offend the Lord our God any more for He is already much offended.”

Please, pray the Rosary, especially for generous, loving hearts to love our enemies and to love our friends who strike us as well.

Thank you for reading. I pray for you always.

You may also like:

Archbishop Lefebvre on the Message of Fatima“.

“The Silent Annunciation”.

†  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.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to 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!

K.I.S.S…

Keep It Simple is a good rule to help us stay on the true path in the post-Vatican II confusion and wreckage of the faith.

Much of the confusion results from faithful Catholics and even hierarchy not knowing the basics of their faith.  Readers ask about  various “apparitions”  which seem to them to be pious and helpful. There is also a steady drip of those who seek to promote false visions and false prophets; many of whom visited Medjugorje and decided to start their own cottage industry of pious frauds.

At times, readers point out that a particular “apparition” has the approval of the local Bishop.  That happens as a result of the disorientation caused by the Church’s defiance of Our Lady’s Message of Fatima. Disobedience breeds confusion.  When you see disobedience and confusion, you are seeing the hand of satan in the Church.

The remedy is the same as always, return to the last point at which there was the certainty of the true faith: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If the proposed devotion contradicts or distracts from these vital devotions, turn away!

Today, the faithful are by turns confused, misled and eventually battered into indifference by the failure of the hierarchy to provide true guidance. It has helped me considerably to simply adhere to the rule of obeying the requests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That little rule excludes all these diverting, even contradictory  apparitions and messages.

But since questions continue, here are a few particulars:

God is always the same, He is never going to command one thing today and then contradict Himself at a later date. This is the all-pervasive error of modernism, that God’s truth evolves to meet new situations.  Example: The Ten Commandments are as relevant today as they were in the time of Moses. By adhering to this simple rule, we avoid being misled by the false teachings of Pope Francis and his ilk on marriage and the Sacraments.

In the same vein, when God makes a demand on us, He does not withdraw it even if centuries go by without our obedience to His command. This means that Our Lord’s request to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque for public devotion to His Sacred Heart is just as imperative in 2018 as it was in 1689. The command of Our Lord Jesus Christ has not diminished in urgency in all this time; in fact, it weighs more heavily in the balance against us as time passes.

The Message of Fatima is organically coherent with that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In it Our Lord Himself requests that devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary be placed alongside of devotion to His most Sacred Heart.  There is absolutely no contradiction between these two devotions. They are united, complementary, that is, they complement, complete, and strengthen each other, even as the Hearts ofJesus and Mary are united. There is a beautiful theology there, which is totally consonant with all of the true faith, and an unending source of edification and grace.  There is no need or benefit from distracting apparitions, even if they at times may seem pious or at least innocuous.

After Fatima, the Catholic world was flooded with apparitions and today many even have the approval of the sorts of Bishops which have plagued the Church since the revolution of Vatican II. But if we simply use our common sense, (that is our Catholic sense!) we  readily discern that true devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary noes not benefit from most of these new devotions.

For instance, we know that Jesus asked St. Margaret Mary Alacoque for public and private veneration for the image of His Most Sacred Heart. And we know that at Fatima, Our Lady told us that Our Lord wants the Church to establish devotion to her Immaculate Heart by means of her Rosary and First Saturdays of Reparation to her Immaculate Heart and for this devotion to be placed alonside of devotion to His Sacred Heart.

And yet, Sister Faustina’s Divine Mercy devotion would have us believe that within the same timeframe of the Fatima request,  that Jesus was also appearing to Faustina requesting a different devotion, this time to an image which omits His Sacred Heart and requires the use of Our Lady’s Rosary to recite prayers which supplant her own prayers, approved by countess popes, encyclicals, saints and centuries of thoroughly Catholic piety. Why would Jesus ask for this different devotion when the earlier requests for devotion to the Immaculate Heart and the even earlier request for the Sacred Heart devotion, were not fulfilled?

Ask yourself, does this new devotion further the propagation of the earlier devotion?

Applying the same rule to the apparitions of Akita and Our Lady of Nations, we see the difference in the two: Akita’s message simply points to the suppressed portion of the Message of Fatima, reinforcing it, while the false Lady of Nations diverts attention in another direction, leading the faithful to actions which do not fulfill the commands of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Once again, the requests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary must be our guiding rule.

Another way of expressing this rule is: the earlier approved devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary take precedence over any proposed new message of devotion. If the proposed new devotion does not help us to fulfill the commands of the earlier devotion, then turn away and refocus on the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. Obedience first, last and always.

At Return to Fatima, we urge all faithful to  Consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and live our Consecrations in all the daily duties of our lives. There is no need for seeking after newer devotions, newer prophecies, more and more knowledge. We find our inspiration in Eucharistic Adoration (in a truly Catholic Church) in the sacraments and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in our Rosaries, offering all to Jesus through the Immaculata: “O Jesus it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

It is such a practical, clear solution to the confusion: Look to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, heed their requests, devote ourselves to living as they have asked us to live. It is simple, even a child can do it, as Saints Jacinta and Francisco showed us one hundred years ago!

 

Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those 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.
. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
. St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to 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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The Promise, May 13, 2018

One hundred and one years and counting . . .
 “You are going to suffer a great deal, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

Our Lady’s words to Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta echo down the long years of this tragic century.  Although Francisco and Jacinta saw a quick end to their trials, Lúcia’s suffering was protracted and seems especially poignant to us today.  For Lúcia was to experience disobedience to the message of Our Lady and the tragic betrayal of the Church  by Popes and Bishops, the sly derision of theologians, the crass opportunism of some of the laity and the bovine indifference of most of the rest.  Thus, she accompanied Our Lord and His Blessed Mother in their suffering.

Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta were declared saints by the Immaculate Mother of God from the very start of the Fatima message. They have no need of a “Holy Father” of this sort who offers no more relevance for them than Caiphas and Herod had for our dear Savior. Lúcia still has much to teach us as we prepare to face the consequences of the Church’s betrayal of Our Lady of the Rosary.

May 13, 1917, the day the world changed and no one noticed … An offer made, an offer ignored … such a small thing … as they say, “the devil’s in the details” …

May 13, 1917 was a bright sunshiny Sunday and the rocky hillsides were sprinkled with wildflowers when  Lúcia , Francisco and Jacinta saw the Mother of God, “more brilliant than the sun”, in Lúcia’s words. From Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité:

“I am of Heaven.”

“There before us on a small holm oak, we beheld a Lady all dressed in white. She was more brilliant than the sun, and radiated a light more clear and intense than a crystal glass filled with sparkling water, when the rays of the burning sun shine through it. We stopped, astounded, before the apparition. We were so close, just a few feet from Her, that we were bathed in the light that surrounded Her, or rather, which radiated from Her. Then Our Lady spoke to us: – ‘Do not be afraid. I will do you no harm.’

To Lúcia’s questions, the Lady answered, “I am of Heaven”.

To Lúcia’s question, “What does your Grace want of me?”, the Lady replied,
“I have come to ask you to come here for six months in succession, on the 13th day at this same hour. Later on,  I will tell you who I am and what I want. Afterwards, I will return here yet a seventh time.”

Lúcia then, “Shall I go to heaven too?” “Yes, you will.”
“And Jacinta?” “She will go also.”
“And Francisco?” “He will go there too, but he must say many rosaries.”

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For Pentecost: Novena to the Holy Ghost

At the Ascension of Our Lord, think how Mary felt, watching her beloved Son and Savior vanish from sight and knowing the long hard task before her. The “Mother of the Church” is not some hollow honorific, but has been earned in suffering which surpasses all telling. As she waited, with the Apostles and Disciples, for the promised  coming of the Holy Ghost, her thoughts returned to the start, and she heard again the Angel’s message,

“The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1, 35)

And now, she, our true Mother, Mother of the Church, invites us to watch and pray with her for the coming of the Holy Ghost, the Love of God which prepares us to endure this last most intensive attack on the Church not only from enemies outside the Church but those most treacherous disciples of Judas occupying the seats of power within the Church.  As we watch and pray with Mary, our Mother, consider – it was her love – pure, humble and obedient – which yielded to the most Holy Trinity and brought forth Him who took our flesh and blood for Love – and that Love, pure, humble and obedient saved us, miserable sinners. We were created in love, redeemed in love and now, by the Holy Ghost, sustained in Love. be mindful therefore, that this Love is pure, it is humble and it is obedient!

Note well, that our dear Savior did not give us His Most Pure Mother for vague sentiment. She is Mother of the Church, our Mother specifically because on our own, we cannot achieve the necessary virtues.  With Mary, as we await this coming of the Holy Ghost, return to the beginning. For the Holy Ghost works in us always and only through His most beloved Spouse, the Immaculata. Without her we can do nothing of value at this time. Look around you, what do you see? No, not the disciples of Judas, but among us, among our own faithful.

You see all about us, those who attempt to lead by an arrogant individualism, a kind of worldly assertiveness and above all, without a true devotion to Our Mother’s message of Fatima. The undoing of the harm begun by Lucifer’s disobedience, and the undoing of the harm  that came of Eve’s disobedience was begun by the humble obedience of the Handmaid in Nazareth. Today, let us return with her to the Cenacle and watch and pray for the return of the Spirit of Love and Truth to our hearts and our Church.

These Sacred Nine Days until the Vigil of Pentecost comprised the first Novena to the Holy Ghost. In this prayerful vigil, we ask especially for a greater love for the Immaculate Spouse of the Holy Ghost, the Mother of the Church and by His great love and mercy, our Mother as well.

NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

Day 1:
O Holy Spirit! Lord of light!
From Thy clear celestial height,
Thy pure and beaming radiance give!

Colloquy: The Holy Ghost
Only one thing is important – eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared – sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and especially indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”
Prayer
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from Heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself body and soul to Thee, eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice and the might of Thy love. Thou art the strength and light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and have my being. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Make me faithful in every thought, and grant that I may always listen to Thy voice, watch for Thy light, and follow Thy gracious inspirations.

I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee, and I ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced feet of Jesus, beholding His five wounds, trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee.

Grant to me the grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, “Speak, Lord, for Thy servant hears.” Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
Lord Jesus Christ, Who before ascending into Heaven didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thine Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Ghost to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me:

the Spirit of Wisdom, that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal;
the Spirit of Understanding, to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy Divine truth;
the Spirit of Counsel, that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven;
the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with Thee and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation;
the Spirit of Knowledge, that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints;
the Spirit of Piety, that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable;
the Spirit of Fear, that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him.
Mark me, Dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples, and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.
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The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 2018

There is an especially poignant message for us today as we honor Our Lord in the Feast of His glorious Ascension into Heaven.

“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am, you also may be.” (John, 14, 2, 3)

 

Our reading for today, the Feast of the Ascension of Christ into Heaven is taken from Archbishop Fulton Sheen, in his “Life of Christ”.

O Jesus, my treasure, Thou art ascended to Heaven and taken my heart with Thee!

His sacrifice being completed, as He was about to ascend to His Heavenly throne, He raised His hands bearing the imprint of nails. That gesture would be one of the last recollections the Apostles would have, save one. The hands were raised first to heaven and then pulled downward to earth as if to draw down its blessings on men. Pierced hands best distribute benediction. In the Book of Leviticus, after the reading of the prophetical promise of the Messias, there came the high priestly benediction; so too, after showing that all prophecies were fulfilled in Him, He prepared to enter the heavenly sanctuary. Hands that held the sceptre of authority in heaven and on earth now gave the final blessing:

“And even as He blessed them He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven…”  Luke 24:51   “And is seated now at the right Hand of God.” Mark 16:19 “So they bowed down to worship Him, And went back full of joy to Jerusalem, Where they spent their time continually In the temple, praising and blessing God.” Luke 24:52, 53

Had Christ remained on earth, sight would have taken the place of faith. In heaven, there will be no faith because His followers will see; there will be no hope, because they will possess; but there will be love for love endureth forever! His leave-taking of the earth combined the Cross and the Crown that governed the smallest detail of His life. The Ascension took place on Mount Olivet at the base of which is Bethany. He led His Apostles out through Bethany, which meant passing through Gethsemane and the very spot where He wept over Jerusalem.

Not as from a throne, but from a mountain elevated above the garden with the twisted olive trees crimsoned with His Blood, did He give the final manifestation of His Divine power! His heart was not embittered by His Cross, for the Ascension was the fruit of His Crucifixion. As He said, it was fitting that He suffer in order to enter into His glory. In the Ascension the Savior did not lay aside the garment of flesh with which He had been clothed; for His human nature would be the pattern of the future glory of other human natures, which would become incorporated to Him through a sharing of His life. Intrinsic and deep was the relation between His Incarnation and His Ascension. The Incarnation or the assuming of a human nature made it possible for Him to suffer and redeem. The Ascension exalted into glory that same human nature that was humbled to the death. A Coronation upon the earth, instead of an Ascension into heaven, would have confined men’s thoughts of Him to the earth. But the Ascension would cause men’s minds and hearts to ascend above the earth.

In relation to Himself, it was fitting that the human nature which He took as the instrument for teaching, and governing, and sanctifying, should partake of glory as it shared in shame. It was very hard to believe that He, Who was the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief, was the beloved Son in Whom the Father was well pleased. It was difficult to believe that He, Who did not come down from a Cross, could ascend into heaven, or that the momentary glory that shone about Him on the Mount of the Transfiguration was a permanent possession. The Ascension put all such doubts away by introducing His human nature into intimate and eternal communion with God.

The human nature which He took was mocked as a Prophet when they blindfolded Him and asked Him to tell who struck Him; He was mocked as a King when they put upon Him a mock-robe of royalty and gave Him a reed of straw for a sceptre; finally He was mocked as a Priest when they challenged Him, Who was offering Himself as a Victim, to come down from the Cross. By the Ascension His triple office of Teacher,  King, and Priest was vindicated. But the vindication would be complete when He would come in justice as the Judge of men in the human nature which He took from men. No one to be judged could complain that God knows not the trials to which humans are subject. His very appearance as the Son of Man would prove that He had fought the same battles as men and endured the same temptations as those standing at His bar of justice. His judgment would immediately find an echo in hearts.

Another reason for the Ascension was that He might plead in heaven to His Father with a human nature common to the rest of men. He could now, as it were, show the scars of His glory not only as trophies of victory but also as emblems of intercession. The night He went into the garden He prayed, as if He were already at the right hand of the Father in His heavenly abode; He uttered a prayer that was less that of a dying than that of an exalted Redeemer.

“So that the love Thou hast bestowed upon Me May dwell in them, and I, too, may dwell in them.” John 17:26

While in heaven, He would be not only an Advocate of men with the Father but He would also send the Holy Spirit as man’s Advocate with Him. The Christ at the right hand of the Father would represent humanity before the Father’s throne; the Holy Spirit abiding with the faithful would represent in them the Christ Who went to the Father. In the Ascension, Christ took our necessities to the Father; thanks to the Spirit, Christ the Redeemer would be brought into the hearts of all who would believe in Him. The Ascension would give Christ the right to intercede powerfully for mortals:

“We can claim a great High Priest, and One who has passed right up  through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God. It was not as if our High Priest was incapable of feeling for us in our humiliations; He has been through every trial, Fashioned as we are, only sinless.” Hebrews 4:14 .

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Life of Christ, Kindle Edition.

He has gone before us, to prepare a place for us!

“And I have made known Thy name to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me, may be in them, and I in them.”

May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless you, stregthen you and sustain you always, dear readers, and may Our Lady keep you close to her Immaculate Heart always and bring you safely to eternal joy when all our trials are over.

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Tomorrow, our post will be our accustomed Novena to the Holy Ghost in preparation for Pentecost.

  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, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

  St. Francisco of Fatima, pray for us! pray for the Church!

  St. Jacinta of Fatima, pray for us! pray for the Pope!

~ 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!

 

 

The Heart of Our Queen

I’d hoped to be able to offer you new meditations on Mary for her month. I am sorry. For today we have an old post but one we must not let slip away, for the message is very much needed today, when even faithful Catholics seem to think Fatima is consigned to the past.

“Do not lose heart, I will never forsake you! My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”
(Our Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917)

I awoke this morning to see the sky that achingly beautiful blue that fills my soul with longing for heaven. Rosary in hand I thought of St. Teresa’s Hail Mary. She appeared to a devoted sister of Carmel to tell her she would return to say just one Hail Mary, so effective is that prayer. And so throughout the day, I pray “St. Teresa’s Hail Mary” for her.

In case you wonder where I’m going with this meandering, think a moment–St. Teresa of Avila, a great doctor of the Church, came back to say, … what? To explain her mystical insight in the Mansions? No. She returned to urge her sisters to pray the simple, loving Hail Mary. Dear readers, Our Lady’s promise to us is simply this: Her Immaculate Heart, that is, her most pure and perfect will, to strengthen us and lead us through this maelstrom of the Chastisement of the Church today.

We have a pope who appears to be an apostate, who misleads the faithful about marriage and the sacraments,  who never misses the opportunity to attack the faith (link) of those who still listen to him. Then the devil rejoices! This is the Passion of the Bride of Christ; We must not fail to stand with Mary at the foot of this cross; our prayers and penances have never been so necessary as now, when the world has forgotten the message of Fatima, indeed, appears to have forgotten our Savior Himself.

We are running out of time, and unless we are sheltered in a cloister, we must struggle in this cesspool of a world with all its dreary temptations. The grace, and  with it the graciousness, of the Christian era has receded, leaving a most barren landscape, where lost souls wander. Look around you: how few believe in Christ or His Church, and even fewer know of Our Lady of Fatima. It is now more than a century after her appearances, and how few Catholics are aware of the simple means God has provided for our salvation and that of those entrusted to us.

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Alfie and the Archbishop

This post updated 1 May, 2018

The Archbishop referred to would be Vincenzo Paglia, who holds the distinction of heading both the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences.

In the wake of the tragic death of Alfie Evans, the child victim of  Britain’s progressively “benevolent” end of life care, some readers have suggested that we consider the role of Pope Francis in all this.

Some while back, Dr.  Elizabeth Wickham of Lifetree (link in sidebar) pointed out that Pope Francis had gutted the Pontifical Academy for Life and had filled it with advocates for population control from abortion and contraception to end of life. Today, Dr.  Wickham suggested that we consider the struggle of  Alfie Evans and his family in the light of Pope Francis and his agenda at the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV). I am very grateful for her timely reminder.

NOTE: There is a very  bad picture after the break below. It is a picture on a mural in  a Catholic Cathedral and it vividly expresses the truth about Pope Francis and his Pontifical Council for Life.

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