August 18, 2017

Immaculate Heart of Mary, you conceived the Word of God in your heart before you conceived Him in your womb, pray for us.

In the Litany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we give voice to a profound and significant truth, one that I confess I had not fully considered until reading, and re-reading Father Stehlin’s beautiful treatise on Our Lady, “Who Are You, O Immaculata?” For me, that book has been a pivotal point  and I hope that you will all read it.

A reader who has followed our posts for some  time has requested assistance with sharing the Message of Fatima with those who do not accept the message, specifically Protestants. From my point of view, whether someone is Protestant or Novus Ordo Catholic matters little  as I find the mind set very similar.  To answer her question though, we find once again that the answer is the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the key to unlock the mystery is found in the prayer above.

In her Rosary, Our Lady shares this beautiful mystery with us. Let’s return to her at the Annunciation, when the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Our Lady was rapt in adoration of God. Her soul, unencumbered by any slightest sin, joyfully accepted His will, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord! Be it done unto me according to thy word. And the Word was made flesh.

By accepting God’s will, Mary began her task with a full nine months of the most intimate closeness with the Word, treasuring Him in her Immaculate Heart for nine months. These two pure and Sacred Hearts, both totally devoted to doing the will of the Father, spent nine months in loving concourse, sharing the thought of their heart, one heart really, beating in the two human persons closest to the Heavenly Father, the Creator. As Adam gave Eve his rib, from which she was made, the new Eve, Mary, gave Jesus her Heart. These Hearts are inseparable, that is why I say one heart.

And so, we think on this in the beautiful First Joyful Mystery. In the Second Mystery, we see these two hearts working together, to baptise John the Prophet, chosen to prepare the way of the Lord.  Thus, Jesus worked His first miracle from within the very womb of Mary. See how Our Lord illustrates His deepest messages with such clear scenes of His actions; actions which cannot be twisted and misconstrued, but viewed clearly show that Jesus chose Mary, first as His Mother, and then as His mediatrix, casting satan from John, and consecrating him to the service of Jesus Christ, as we all must be consecrated to Him through Mary.

In the Third Mystery, we see, literally see this Divine Child, the long-awaited Savior of the world, born not in  the glory and pomp of this passing world, which was still in thrall to satan, but in the serene and humble stable of Bethlehem. Note that we do not see this until the time was ripe for it. First, the Immaculata conceived the Word in her pure heart, then He was made flesh within her flesh, and the two hearts grew as one. Only then at the time designated by Our Father, did He come to dwell among us. And then, even then, not to all but to those who were prepared to receive Him.

In the Fourth Mystery, we see Mary, led by Joseph – this is important – bring the Son of God, this Divine Infant, to the Temple of God to fulfill the Law. At this time, the Holy Family made the customary offering of the poor.  This humility, this obedience, this poverty – this is an essential lesson for us. Think on it. Without these virtues, we are not in any way serving God. Never underestimate the importance of this Mystery.

In the last Joyful Mystery, we see Mary and Joseph searching for Our Lord. Many much wiser have deeper messages for you in this Mystery. Mine is quite simple, but has been helpful. For in this Mystery, we see Mary and Joseph (this is why St. Joseph is shown to us in the last vision at Fatima) Mary and Joseph are here in this Mystery to process through the City of God, which is now in darkness and ruins, to gather us and lead us. We too join the procession. Together, we find Him again. And wonder of wonders, we find Him in His Church! For while we are searching, following Mary and Joseph, we are being prepared to perceive Him with the clear and perfect vision of children of Mary, the clear vision of her Immaculate Heart. And so we return, full circle, (as in St. John Bosco’s vision) and the Word is made flesh and dwells among us. In our hearts, united to the Heart of our most pure Mother.

This is the answer.  Do this, live this, every day. When you are this, those who are His, will come to Him, through Mary. Not through  what you do on your own but through His grace, mediated by Mary, His Mother. She depends on us, but we, much more so, on her. When we allow ourselves to be her instruments, led by her, miracles happen. But it is not us, not ever us. We go to Jesus through Mary.

Pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!

  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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Unfortunately

NOTE: The following post is made necessary because so many faithful readers continue to be distracted by other concerns, wandering off on tangential issues and increasingly disheartened. Let’s refocus.

Once, someone said that I “have an unfortunate way with words”  I am painfully aware of that verdict now as I struggle to write this post;  the same post I have been writing since beginning over five years ago. Despite this, like Eliot’s Sweeney, “I’ve gotta use words when I talk to you.”

And so, unfortunately, we will  try this again.  I have no illusions about this. Far better writers have not succeeded. So, on this  hopeful note, we begin.

The Message of Fatima is first of all about devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the basis. No other attempt to aid the Church will be successful without this basis.  Now,  from the very beginning, the Lord God said:

“I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” (Genesis 3, 15)

Keeping this in mind, we can better understand the essential urgency of Our Lady’s words at Fatima:

  • 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 promise salvation to those who embrace it and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn His throne. … 
  • Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.”
  • “I want you…to continue praying the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war because only she can help you!
  • Sacrifice yourselves for poor sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, ‘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.’ ”
  • “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. [Note: This war will be ongoing until she is obeyed!]
  • 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 (Russia) 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. [Note: Both a spiritual and a material destruction are implied.]
  • 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.”

Without becoming unduly apocalyptic, (I hope!) I have stressed that these requests of Our Lady have a greater urgency due to the lateness of the hour.  I have written many articles on various aspects of the crisis and documented with a certain amount of indignant acerbity the attacks of this Bishop of Rome and his impious cohorts in destruction.  But enough of this, it is now fairly well established that the Church is being attacked from within by those who are His enemies. It also should be clear that we have been given a secure way of defending the Church, saving our souls and the souls of many others. This way of salvation and restoration is the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Queen and our Mother.

Why is this message so little noted? We could discuss this until we all dry up and blow away like the dust we are.

But let’s not.

Let’s simply get back to work, renew our efforts to be the very best instruments for her use. Renew our Consecrations – yes, you did it Tuesday, let’s begin again! This time with that joy and confidence that understands that we are fallen, we are failed, indeed, we of ourselves have nothing to offer but our poor weak wills! And in that certainty is such a peaceful knowledge that she will do all, it has been given to her, as Our Lord assured us.  To her it has been given, to crush the head of satan, for in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph.

Do not be disheartened; neither allow yourself to be distracted by false paths. You do not need to know what to do except that you must give your heart to her most pure and perfect heart.  In the joyful silence between your heart and her Immaculate Heart you will know the Truth, and He will make His abode with you. Now is the time to do this., before the night comes.

“Have in mind therefore in what manner thou hast received and heard: and observe, and do penance. If then thou shalt not watch, I will come to thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know at what hour I will come to thee.” (Apoc. 3,3).

Pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!

  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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Mary was taken up into Heaven, 2017

“A great sign appeared in heaven: a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because He has done wonderful things…” (from the introit for today’s Mass.)
“Through thee redeemed to endless life, thy praise let all the nations sing.”
“Mary was taken up into heaven, the angels rejoice, and with praises, bless the Lord.” (Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Prime)

 

On this her feast day, we celebrate  “that which has been realized in her, the total glorification of our humanity, will be realized for us at the end of time. This privilege is very fitting for her; for she is all-pure, all-holy, whose body was never touched by any slightest shadow of sin, but was always the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Ark of the Covenant, the very Tabernacle of the Son of God. … Mary has been taken up into Heaven because she is the Mother of God. This is the greatest of her privileges., the root of all others and the reason for themMary’s Assumption thus confirms us in this great and beautiful truth: we are created and called to union with God. (Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, Divine Intimacy,).

Another reason exists for the Assumption of Mary; it is a quite practical one and can be proved scientifically. There are some truths that simply cannot, indeed, will not be denied. As such, the beautiful Eucharistic miracles which prove that the Consecrated Host is truly the body and blood (Type AB no less!) of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

And we now have scientific documentation of a process called microchimerism, which refers to the process of transfer of the maternal and infant cells during pregnancy. In other words, scientists now know that it is likely that the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lord Jesus Christ each harbor each other’s cells in their bodies. Therefore it is even more credible that Christ Our Lord brought His Mother, body and soul to be with Him in Heaven. (For more on microchimerism, see here, and here.)

The presence of her Divine Son’s cells in her body is ample reason for her body not being confined to the grave. And think, her own cells are present in His Sacred Body for all time. Truly, heart of His Sacred Heart, eternally.

Since Mary was perfectly preserved from original sin, there was never a need for her to die. Yet she did agree to die in justice since her Divine Son and Savior chose to die, she could do no less. Our Most Blessed Mother did die for love of Him, Who was her All. And tenderly, with infinite love, He came to her and with His Angels, brought her up into eternal glory with Him.

“Hence,  Mary’s death appears as a holocaust of love. The sacrifice, made under the cross in the greatest spiritual sorrow, was thereby outwardly completed in a sweet and loving manner as in a slumber of love.” (Rev. M. J. Scheeben, Mariology, Vol. II.)

“A slumber of love.” The ancient Church knew well that the death of the Mother of God was a singular event, and they referred to this “slumber of love” as her Dormition, her “falling asleep,” a clear indication that the close of the Virgin’s earthly life was peaceful, unaccompanied by any anxiety or pain. On earth, Mary lived for Jesus and for Him only. When her earthly race was run, Mary’s burning desire to be reunited forever with her Son found its fulfillment. “Now, since it is certain that the Son died of love and that the Mother died of the death of the Son,” wrote St. Francis de Sales (+1622), “we must not doubt that the Mother died of love.” (Source)

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The Day the Masons Promoted the Message of Fatima

On August 13, 1917, the Freemasons of Portugal gave the Apparitions of Fatima a huge boost.

The six apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima all occurred on the 13th of each month, except for the one in August. This was because the Administrator of the district of Ourem was a Mason. Not just any Mason, the crude and brutal Arturo Oliveira Santos was the founder-president of the Masonic Lodge of Vila Nova de Ourem and the publisher of the local newspaper. As such, he wielded a tyrannical power in his district and, concerned about the  rising fervor of the area’s Catholics in response to the apparitions, he determined to nip the phenomena in the bud.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us, pray for the Pope!

First, the Administrator, Arturo Oliveira Santos, summoned the children and their fathers to an interrogation at the Town Hall of Vila Nova de Ourem on August 10. Ti Marto refused to allow Francisco and Jacinta to be interrogated, and decided to answer for them, stating that, if necessary, he would be imprisoned for them. But Lúcias father, Antonio dos Santos, complied and brought her to be questioned. He stated, “If she’s lying, it’s a good thing that she should be punished for it.”

Once before the authorities, Lúcia was  brutally bullied and threatened, while her father did nothing to intervene. This lack of support caused Lúcia much suffering. Her words in this regard speak volumes for her sanctity:

“I have the happiness of suffering more! What made me suffer most, was the indifference shown me by my parents. This was all the more obvious, since I could see how affectionately my aunt and uncle treated their children. I remember thinking to myself as we went along: ‘How different my parents are from my uncle and aunt. They risk themselves to defend their children, while my parents hand me over with the greatest indifference, and let them do what they like with me! But I must be patient’, I reminded myself in my inmost heart, ‘since this means I have the happiness of suffering more for the love of You, O my God, and for the conversion of sinners.’ This reflection never failed to bring me consolation.”

When Lúcia returned home after the grueling ordeal, she raced to the old well to see Francisco and Jacinta, who had agreed to pray for her. She found them crying bitterly, and they explained to her that Lucia’s sister had come by earlier to tell them that she had heard that Lúcia had been killed by the authorities.

Although he had so far been unable to succeed in suppressing the little shepherds, the Administrator determined to kidnap them rather than allow another “hoax” appearance. And so, on the 13th, the Administrator tricked the children and brought them to Ourem.

The details of the kidnapping and Oliveira Santos’ actions make a laughable melodrama now, but at the time, they were terrifying to the children. More details can be found at Fatima.org, but for here we simply state that the children, although frightened by finding themselves locked in jail with rough prisoners and threatened with death by being boiled in oil, seized the opportunity to obey the Angel’s request and make reparation. When Jacinta began to cry, Francisco encouraged her, “Don’t cry, we can offer this to Jesus for sinners”, Then he prayed out loud, “O my Jesus, this is for love of You, and for the conversion of sinners.” Jacinta then added: “And also for the Holy Father, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

“Never! I’d rather die!”

The prisoners who were in the cell with them tried to comfort them, “But all you have to do, they said, is tell the Administrator the secret! What does it matter whether the Lady wants you to or not!”

Jacinta’s reply is an inspiration for us, “Never! I’d rather die!” she stated firmly. The children then knelt and prayed the Rosary. Lúcia tells us in her Memoir that the prisoners all knelt and prayed with them and even those who did not know how at least knelt down reverently. Ah, but that was long ago, wasn’t it? And now even the humble Bishop of Rome will not kneel for Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

After their Rosary, one of the prisoners took out his concertina and began to play a lively tune. before long they were all dancing, as Lúcia tells us. “Jacinta’s partner was a poor thief who, finding her so tiny, picked her up and went on dancing with her in his arms!”

In the midst of this happy interlude, a guard appeared, who in a fearsome voice called out to Jacinta: “The oil is boiling now: tell the secret, if you don’t want to be burned!” In a small voice, Jacinta replied, “I can’t.” “So you can’t, eh? Then I’ll make you able to! Come!”

During Jacinta’s interrogation, Francisco confided to Lúcia with boundless joy and peace: “If they kill us as they say, we’ll soon be in Heaven! How wonderful! Nothing else matters!” After a thoughtful pause, Francisco continued, “May God grant that Jacinta not be afraid. I will say an Ave Maria for her!” Then he took off his cap and prayed. The guard, seeing him in this attitude of prayer, asked him: “What are you saying?” “I’m reciting an Ave Maria so Jacinta won’t be afraid.” The guard made a disdainful gesture and let him go on.

After Jacinta, the same terrifying farce was repeated with Francisco, then with Lúcia, and each one thought the previous ones already dead. At last, the bully Santos had to admit that the little children had gotten the best of him. They had not budged an inch. The next morning, after one last interrogation, he returned the children to Fatima, on the Feast of the Assumption, dropping them off on the veranda of the presbytery.

Even though the little shepherds were unable to keep their assignation with Our Lady on August 13, between 3 and 5 thousand people did come. Here is a brief account:

First, there was a thunderclap, “then came the flash of lightning, and then we began to see a little cloud, very delicate, very white, which stopped for a few moments over the tree and then rose in the air and disappeared. As we looked around us, we noticed the strange thing which we had seen before and were to see in the following months; our faces were reflecting all the colours of the rainbow, pink, red, blue… The trees seemed to be made not of leaves but of flowers; they seemed to be laden with flowers, each leaf seemed to be a flower. The ground came out in colours and so did our clothes. The lanterns fixed to the arch looked like gold.” (Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, “The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol 1“)

Despite all his best efforts, even satan himself must yield to the will of God, and so it is really no surprise that the results of the efforts of Freemasons  ended by serving the Woman, she to whom it is given to crush his head.  The result of the brutal abduction of the three shepherd children was to turn public opinion in their favor. By far, the best result was that the parish priest,  Father Ferreira became indignant over the abductions and fearing that the faithful would think him a willing partner to Santos, he wrote a letter, which was published widely in the area’s Catholic press.

“As a Catholic priest”, he wrote, “I must refute with all my power the unjust and insidious calumny that has been laid against me, and declare before the whole world that I took no part at all, whether directly or indirectly, in the odious and sacrilegious act which was committed by the sudden kidnapping of the three children in my parish who assert that they have seen Our Lady.” Fr. Ferreira went on in his letter to portray an objective narrative of the facts of the apparitions up until that date.

It was this letter that gave the apparition credibility in the eyes of a wide swath of Catholic faithful throughout Portugal and Spain.

Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité remarks on the Administrator’s abduction and Our Lady’s response to it:

“By this public act, acting in the name of the authority he held over a tiny part of the nation, he had affronted and outraged the Mother of God. Thus he contributed to drawing down upon his country a just divine punishment. Without this odious act, shamelessly committed by the competent public authority, would the great miracle of October 13 have been seen in all of Portugal? It is quite possible. What a lesson! What terrible responsibility for the unworthy authorities who deprive their people of the choice graces with which God wishes to fill them!”

It may perhaps be profitable to apply Frère Michel’s line of reasoning to those who lead the Church today, who continue to outrage God and insult His Blessed Mother. What do we think God will do? Do you think God is pleased right now, as Pope Francis continues to suppress even faithful contemplative nuns, continues to push the destructive modernist agenda?

Pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!

  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 Dragon, the Beast from the Sea and the False Prophet

Note added in red at end. Aug 12, 2017

Sister Lucia of Fatima encouraged us to read Chapters 8-13 of the Apocalypse if we would understand the message of Fatima. That is, she implied that the message is Apocalyptic. And indeed,  we see ourselves, not without a bit of fright, caught up in an unprecedented rush of events that seem to be sweeping the entirety of Christian civilization away, and increasingly replacing the Church with something strange and hideous.

Today, we refer to The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volume III by Frere Michel de la Trinite and will also refer to the writings of Father Herman Bernard Kramer’s Book of Destiny and Father Sylvester Berry’s Apocalypse of St. John. Links will be found in notes at  end of post.

The Message of Fatima is usually broken into three “Secrets”, which are not a sequence, but rather, like the Apocalypse are inter-related. Hence the First Secret, represented by the vision of hell, forms a basis for the remainder. So we begin by considering this First Secret in the light of the Apocalypse as Sister Lucia indicated.

When she showed the children the brief but intense vision of hell, Our Lady solemnly remarked,

“You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

This apocalyptic vision of the sea of fire sets the stage for the battle between the dragon, the ancient enemy who bears an implacable hatred for the Woman, that is the Virgin who, he knows, will vanquish him. The Apocalypse is the beautiful story of the triumph of this Immaculate Virgin, full of the grace and love of God,  over Satan, full of the darkness and hatred of the denial of God.  This battle of Hell against heaven, of Satan against the Virgin, of hatred against the love and truth of God, this is the basis of the message of Fatima, the battle for souls.

Now, the Second Secret involves the First beast, that is, the Beast from the Sea. As we have discussed earlier, Satan always ever mocks God, and has his own diabolic mockery of the most Holy Trinity, that is, the Dragon as the Father, the Beast from the Sea as the Son and the Second Beast, the Beast from the earth, as the Holy Ghost. Thus, all the diabolical trinity are actually one, as are all the Holy Trinity. Also note that the First Secret may be said to represent Satan himself in his implacable hatred for God and for God’s most blessed creature, the Immaculata, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. And so we see that the Second Secret will show us the working of the First Beast. This First Beast, from the “Sea”, is atheistic marxism, the error of Russia, but also the error of all the nations which comprise the “Sea” of the Prince of the World.  Thus, the Second Secret is about the material chastisement,  the wars and plagues that arise from the evil machinations of the Beast from the Sea. The last part of the Secret, that is, the Third Secret is regarding the Second Beast, the False Prophet who reigns through the spiritual chastisement, attempting to set up the reign of Satan within the Church.

This first Beast, then, is the political power – supreme and totalitarian, impious and persecuting the Church. We have been seeing this power spread out all over the earth in this past century as the only power which could stop it, that is, a Pope humbly obedient to the Mother of God, refused to use the spiritual graces and power given to him, preferring instead to “combat” it by earthly diplomacy and other such  trivial and useless means.

Now Frere Michel warns us, “We must not forget that Satan is the ‘Prince of this world, which lies entirely’ in his power. (Jn. 12: 31; 1 Jn. 5: 19)”.  And so, without making use of the divine powers entrusted to him, the pope must always fail in his attempts to combat the Prince of the world.  We see today the tragic outcome as the papacy and the institutional church have fallen almost totally under the reign of this Prince of the World.

This First Beast, Saint John tells us, will arrive at universal domination: ‘And all the earth followed the Beast in wonder. And they worshipped the Dragon because he gave authority to the Beast, and they worshipped the Beast, saying, “Who is like to the Beast, and who will be able to fight with it?” And there was given to it a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and there was given to it authority to work for forty-two months. And it opened its mouth for blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, and those who dwell in Heaven. And it was allowed to wage war with the saints and overcome them. And there was given to it authority over every tribe, and people, and tongue, and nation. And all the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, whose names have not been written in the book of life of the Lamb Who has been slain from the foundation of the world.”

The above passage rings true when we see that the blasphemy and perversion evident in the media, entertainment and academia today. And we note with sorrow the people who follow this Beast unthinkingly. So sad the loss of souls!

Frere Michel on the First Beast:

In this last century, from the depths of barbarism has arisen the most frightful Beast of all times, communism, which persecutes the Church, announced and denounced by Our Lady of Fatima. Through foreign wars, through interior subversion, with a skill, a coherence, a brutality without precedent, this last Empire absorbs nations, races and peoples without thereby losing any of its cohesion and strength. … Our Pastors have to be blind not to grasp the meaning of this prophecy, which is so clear. This is even truer since Our Lady took the trouble to come to Fatima to indicate to us its fulfillment in advance: the second part of the Secret – completely centered on Russia, which will be Satan’s instrument, and whose errors will lead astray the world, if Christians are not converted and put off obeying Her requests – corresponds exactly to the description of the Beast of the Apocalypse. The impious errors, the wars and persecutions, world domination, Our Lady of Fatima applies all these traits of the Beast to Bolshevik Russia … And the parallel is remarkable.”

We are told by Our Lord that the marks of Satan are lies and murder and these two evils were raised to the level of national policy under Bolshevism and have spread into every major government of the world today, with abortion enshrined as the essential sacrament of satanic marxism and forced upon all the nations of the world. The only power that can defeat satanic marxism is the supernatural grace of God, through His chosen mediatrix, the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is no other hope.  By the obediently performed Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Russia will be exorcised and will return joyfully and humbly to the true faith, and with it, the reign of the Beast will collapse.

How could the Church weaken to such an extent that it stands helplessly by as the Beast assumes such a tyranny over the world? The answer to this question lies in the mystery of the Third Secret. It is to be found in the Apocalypse: the Second Beast. In this diabolical trinity, the first person, the Dragon, arises from the infernal abyss, the second person, the First Beast, arises from the sea of nations belonging to the Prince of the World, while the third person of Satan’s trinity arises from the Church and is the spiritual power of Satan under the guise of the spiritual power of the Vicar of Christ.

“[11]And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns, like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. [12] And he executed all the power of the former beast in his sight; and he caused the earth, and them that dwell therein, to adore the first beast, whose wound to death was healed. [13] And he did great signs, so that he made also fire to come down from heaven unto the earth in the sight of men. [14] And he seduced them that dwell on the earth, for the signs, which were given him to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make the image of the beast, which had the wound by the sword, and lived. [15] And it was given him to give life to the image of the beast, and that the image of the beast should speak; and should cause, that whosoever will not adore the image of the beast, should be slain. (Apoc. 13)

Now, the expression which best describes this Second Beast is the False Prophet.  He is a Pope, as signified by the “horns like a lamb”, yet he speaks “as a dragon”, that is, like a servant of Satan, the Dragon, the ancient enemy. And he is within the Church, with all the power and authority that implies. He causes those that dwell in the earth, that is, the faithful of the Church, to serve the Prince of the World. The mention of the Beast whose “wound unto death was healed” is a reference to the sect that was not of the Chosen people but infested it, the ones referred to by Our Lord as the Synagogue of Satan; whose cult appeared to die out after the destruction of Jerusalem. Thus the wound unto death. These evil men persisted, a secret cult that fomented wars and heresies, and always gained power and wealth by so doing. Long before they proclaimed themselves the Brotherhood of Freemasons, they were busily undermining Christendom, lending monarchs money at usurious rates to fight wars which they themselves had instigated.

This dark power was behind the Protestant revolution, and the  American and French Revolutions long before it burst into life as the Bolshevik Revolution.  Father Malachi Martin, whom many have attacked as one of this cult, has given us the most accurate information about how this cult over centuries drew the Vatican into its snares, by a three pronged approach, that is, by ensnaring it financially, attacking it politically, and most effectively, by infiltrating it with modernists and morally corrupt men.

To return to the Apocalypse, St. John earlier had described the true Lamb, with seven horns to signify the plenitude of power. However, “the Lamb in the service of the Beast has only two horns. This being said, under the evangelical appearances of humility and apostolic charity, disguised as an ‘apostle of Christ’, as a ‘minister of justice’, as Saint Paul said, it will speak like the Dragon, to the contempt of Divine Truth, misleading the faithful by this supreme imposture.

Frere Michel tells us of this Beast and his power: “It is Heresy issuing from within the Church herself, hypocritically claiming to be based on the teaching of Christ, while in fact it is inspired by Satan, and completely at his service. The commentary on the Holy Book leads us once again right back to the present hour… and also, undoubtedly, to the heart of the third Secret of Fatima.” How prophetic his words are!

NOTE August 12, 2017: Since few readers have contacted me on this subject,  we will list the earlier posts in this thread and close the subject for now.  As events progress,  if there is more interest we will  resume.  Earlier posts:

Fatima, Vatican II and the Chastisement, 2, 

January 28, 2017

The Seven Trumpets

For more on Jorge Bergoglio’s toxic papacy, see “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Please as always, pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!

†  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!

Thank you for reading.

~ 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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Cardinal Burke and Dismas

“But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not be made desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”  (Galatians 5, 22)

As noted in earlier posts, the increasing contentiousness of several popular personalities has been disheartening and has caused me to re-examine my own methods and goals for this site.  This post is intended to be the conclusion.

All of us agree that these are terribly confusing times. We have lost our confidence in the clear and consistent teaching of the Church.  Faithful Christians have always had to be alert against the wiles of the devil and the dangers of the world around them, as well as on guard against our own weak natures. Today, the threats to our souls often arise within the Church.  And even those we rely on as traditional Catholics seem to be misled and even mislead others.  And so we are at danger of becoming embittered.  But that very bitterness indicates a lack of trust in Our Lord’s providence.

I thought it was  encouraging when Cardinal Burke called for the Pope to Consecrate Russia. Others were thorough in documenting the Cardinal’s shortcomings.  Cardinal Burke is certainly a Conciliar prelate, and thus falls very short of the ideal. And so I asked myself, well, what do you expect? Considering the shambles of the Church today,  where will we find the ideal Bishops, the worthy Pope? Perhaps we may be expected to work with the quality that is available, just as Our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated with Dismas.

For He Himself canonised Dismas with His dying breath.  Dismas is each of us; Our Lord accepts our intention to turn from sin and do His will even when it is merely a weak intention. He sees into our hearts and grants us the necessary grace. Why not treat Cardinal Burke with charity while affirming the truth and supporting him by prayers and sacrifices!

We prayed for a prelate to ask for the Consecration of Russia. God has given us Cardinal Burke and it seems ungrateful to reject him and demand a better one.  Souls are being lost. This is not justifying or covering up for errors on the Cardinal’s part, but I hope that this is a sign that many more prayers and sacrifices are called for if we are to obtain the Consecration.

It is possible that other  Bishops and Cardinals may be observing the harsh condemnations that Cardinal Burke has garnered by his attempt to  support the message of Fatima and now may be discouraged from supporting the call for Consecration. For how can they not think, “It would do me no good to risk the retaliation of the Pope, since traditional Catholics are sure to condemn me anyway.”

It seems that Our Lord is letting us know that our prayers are heard but that much more is expected of us! For my part, I am grateful for anyone among the Church’s hierarchy who will obey Our Lady and I will do my best to support all of them in hopes that they will repent, be converted and finally obey Our Lady, because that is the only way that the Chastisement can be ended: It will end when sufficient reparation is made or if needs be, when sufficient reparation has been exacted of us. We will either learn to work together to achieve this or we will suffer ever more greatly.

Lastly, I have not written on the celestial signs, because Pat Archbold and Marianna Bartold have done excellent jobs. But do take note of the signs. You know that God is just.  So watch and pray. And do all things in love, for in the end, we will be judged in love.

Pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!

  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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Generous Hearts

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

As requested, 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.

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 hapless 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 somehow 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.  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.

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.

†  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!

The Transfiguration, 2017

Nisi Solum Jesum

Today, August 6th, the Church recalls to us the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is also the subject for the Second Sunday in Lent. However, now in the heat of August, there is a slight difference. Today’s epistle is from St. Peter, the first Vicar of Christ. Despite his flaws, Our Lord chose him to lead His fledgling Church. What does St. Peter tell us in today’s epistle?

“Dearly beloved, we have not followed artificial fables, when we made known to you the power and presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ; but having been made eyewitnesses of His greatness. For He received from God the Father honour and glory; this voice coming down to Him from the excellent glory: ‘This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased, Hear ye Him.’ And this voice we heard brought from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mount. And we have the more firm prophetical word, whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star rise in your hearts.” (II Peter, 1, 16-19)

Thus, today’s epistle reminds us that the Word of God is no fantastic fable, it is a true history of actual historical occurrences. As our first Pontiff reminds us, we “do well to attend, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn and the day-star rise in (our) hearts.”

And so, we move to the glorious moment of the Transfiguration itself. Jesus took Peter, James and John up on Mount Tabor and revealed to them the very slightest bit of His infinite glory for a few brief moments in order to confirm their faith; knowing as He did, that the events of His passion were to shake their faith utterly.

Nisi solum Jesum

“His face did shine as the sun and His garments became white as snow.” (Matthew 17, 2) In this vision the Apostles saw Moses and Elias speaking with Jesus. St. Luke tells us that, “they spoke of His decease that He should accomplish in Jerusalem”. (Luke 9, 31) By placing the Transfiguration narrative in this timeframe, the Church wishes to illustrate the close connection between the Transfiguration and the Passion and Death of Jesus. By revealing this brief glimpse of His glory, Jesus was showing His Apostles that it was impossible for Him as well as for them to reach the full glory of the Transfiguration without passing through suffering. After the Resurrection, He would confirm that lesson as He met them at Emmaus, “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and so to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24, 26).

Peter, ever the impetuous one, became so caught up in the rapture of the moment, that he cried out, “It is good for us to be here!”. And then he offered to make three tabernacles, one each for Jesus, Moses and Elias, but as he was speaking the Lord God interrupted him peremptorily, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him!”

There is much to learn from this gospel. Peter was understandably impressed with the splendor of the moment and strongly desired to remain right there, in such a spiritually satisfying place. His response was so typical of us: How many times have we responded to an influx of grace with a new spurt of “busy-work”, bustling around like Martha instead of allowing ourselves to be absorbed in Jesus alone! But if Peter had done as he wished, that would have been to miss the whole point of it, which was to prepare them for the immense scandal of the Passion, the terrible spectacle of their Master humbled even to the lowest imaginable specter of a common criminal, mocked and spit upon, stripped of all dignity and nailed to a cross to die in ignominy.

And so, God by His reply told Peter firmly to listen to Jesus and follow Him. if Peter was to lead the Church, he must learn to follow Christ all the way to Golgotha, up to the place of the skull. In time, he must even follow Him to his own crucifixion. Father Gabriel in his meditations on the Transfiguration assures us, “God does not console us for our entertainment but rather for our encouragement, for our strengthening, for the increase in our generosity in suffering for love of Him.” (Divine Intimacy)

Abruptly, the glorious vision ended, “And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus.” In the Vulgate, “Levantes autem oculos suos, neminem viderunt, nisi solum Jesum.” (Matthew 17, 8). Nisi solum Jesum, with Jesus alone, they came down from the mountain. Nisi solum Jesum, Jesus alone is sufficient for us. Everything else, even friends, family, encouragement, approval, may be stripped away; yet Jesus alone remains. If He in His wisdom withdraws all else, yet He abides with us, even when we “know Him not”. And we must affirm this, even though He choose for us to follow Him through His suffering, being faithful even unto the awful moment when we cry out in our soul’s desolation, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”

Not as the world gives, does Jesus give. When it seems to the soul that He has withdrawn His love, withdrawn all consolation, it is only so that we follow Him with love and absolute trust as He endures the darkness of His Passion in order that He may bring about the glory of His true and lasting Transfiguration and share His glory with us eternally. This is as true for the Church as it is for us personally.

We are now  only months away from the October culmination of the Visits of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima in 1917. On this memorable occasion of the Centenary of Fatima, Pope Bergoglio is  planning to honor another anniversary, that of the arch-heretic Martin Luther who ripped so many hapless souls away from the Church and swept them down with him to eternal damnation. Why on earth would a Catholic, much less the man who presents himself to the world as the very Vicar of Christ on earth, why would he honor such a man?

We know that no matter what the media, even the supposedly Catholic media report, the Bergoglio/Kasper/Danneels agenda  is hell-bent on achieving irreversible change in the practice of the faith. But we know without a doubt that Our Lord Jesus Christ will not forsake His Church. Let us hold firm to the faith, as St. Peter tells us,

“attend,  as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star rise in our hearts.”

Just as the Transfiguration was only a momentary glimpse of His glory, so too the passion and death of Our Lord in His Mystical Body the Church, are destined to pass and yield to His glorious Resurrection. Let us keep our perspective then, even in these chaotic times, and abide “with Jesus alone”, “Nisi solum Jesum”  accepting all that is given to us from His wounded hands, trusting in Jesus alone.

Pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!
  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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Message to Shepherds

A few weeks ago, Bishop Athanasius Schneider  wrote an article discussing the endlessly fascinating  (to some) topic of how to read and judge the texts of Vatican II. This article was then responded to by  Don Citati of the Italian FSSPX.  And then, on August 2, Professor Roberto de Mattei wrote an article, published in Italy and reposted by Rorate Caeli. “De Mattei: The Second Vatican Council and the Message of Fatima“.

Readers are sending me articles which include portions of Dr. de Mattei’s article, but I believe they miss the point and so, I reprint Dr. de Mattei’s entire article here.  A short discussion follows, in red.

De Mattei: The Second Vatican Council and the Message of Fatima
Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana

August 2, 2017

Rorate Caeli, Corrispondenza Romana and other Catholic news-outlets, carried a valuable intervention by Monsignor Athanasius Schneider on the “Interpretation of the Second Vatican Council and its relationship with the current crisis in the Church”. According to the auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Vatican II was a pastoral Council and its texts should be read and judged in the light of the perennial teaching of the Church. In fact “From an objective point of view, the statements of the Magisterium (Popes and councils) of definitive character, have more value and more weight compared with the statements of pastoral character, which have naturally a changeable and temporary quality depending on historical circumstances or responding to pastoral situations of a certain period of time, as it is the case with the major part of the statements of Vatican II.”

Monsignor Schneider’s article was followed on July 31st by a balanced comment from Don Angel Citati of the FSSPX (http://www.sanpiox.it/attualita/1991-suaviter-in-modo-fortiter-in-re), according to which the German Bishop’s position recalls very closely what was repeated constantly by Monsignor Marcel Lefebvre: “To say that we evaluate the  Council’s documents “in the light of Tradition”, means, evidently, three indissoluble things: that we accept those that are in keeping with Tradition; that we interpret those that are ambiguous according to Tradition; that we reject those that are contrary to Tradition” ( (Mons. M. Lefebvre, Vi trasmetto quello che ho ricevuto. Tradizione perenne e futuro della Chiesa, [I transmit what I have received. Perennial Tradition and the future of the Church] by Alessandro Gnocchi and Mario Palmaro, Sugarco Edizioni, Milano 2010, p. 91). Having been published on the official site of the Italian District, Don Citati’s article helps us understand what might be the base of an agreement to regularize the canonical situation of the Fraternity of Pius X.

It must be added that, on the theological level, all of the distinctions can and have to be made to interpret the texts of Vatican II, which was a legitimate Council: the twenty-first in the Catholic Church. Its documents from time to time may be defined pastoral or dogmatic, provisional or definitive, in keeping or not in keeping with Tradition. Monsignor Brunero Gheradini, in his recent works offers us an example of how a theological judgment may be articulated, if it wants to be precise (Il Concilio Vaticano II un discorso da fare, Casa Mariana, Frigento 2009 e Id., Un Concilio mancato, Lindau, Torino 2011). Each text, for a theologian, has a different quality and a different degree of authority and cogency.  Hence the debate is open.

On the historical level, however, Vatican II constitutes a non-decomposable block: It has its own unity, its essence, its nature. Considered in its origins, its implementation and consequences, it can be described as a Revolution in mentality and language, which has profoundly changed the life of the Church, initiating a moral and religious crisis without precedent.  If the theological judgment may be vague and comprehensive, the judgment of history is merciless and without appeal.  The Second Vatican Council was not only unsuccessful or a failure: it was a catastrophe for the Church.

Since  this year is the centenary of the Apparitions of Fatima, let us consider this point only. When Vatican II opened in October 1962, Catholics from all over the world were waiting for the disclosing of the Third Secret and the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate heart of Mary. John Haffert’s Blue Army led a mass campaign for years in this regard. What better occasion for John XXIII ( died 3rd June 1963), Paul VI and with circa 3000 bishops gathered around  them, in the very heart of Christendom, to meet Our Lady’s requests in a solemn and unanimous way? On February 3rd 1964,  Monsignor Geraldo de Proença Sigaud, personally delivered to Paul VI, a petition signed  by 510 prelates from 78 countries, which implored the Pontiff, in union with all the bishops, to consecrate the world and in an explicit manner, Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Pope and most of the Council Fathers ignored the appeal.

If the Consecration request had been done, great graces would have poured down on humanity. A movement of a return to the natural and Christian law would have begun. Communism would have fallen many years earlier, in an non-fictitious way, but authentic and real. Russia would have converted and the world would have experienced an age of peace and order. Our Lady had promised this.

The failed consecration allowed Russia to continue spreading its errors throughout the world and these errors conquered the highest ranks of the Church, inviting a terrible chastisement for all of humanity. Paul VI and the majority of the Council Fathers assumed a historical responsibility for which today we gauge the consequences.   (Translation:  Contributor Francesca Romana)

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Evensong:

I repeat for emphasis:

On the historical level, however, Vatican II constitutes a non-decomposable block: It has its own unity, its essence, its nature. Considered in its origins, its implementation and consequences, it can be described as a Revolution in mentality and language, which has profoundly changed the life of the Church, initiating a moral and religious crisis without precedent.  If the theological judgment may be vague and comprehensive, the judgment of history is merciless and without appeal.  The Second Vatican Council was not only unsuccessful or a failure: it was a catastrophe for the Church.

Readers, somehow or another, we must renew our efforts, begging Our Blessed Mother to intercede for us with the Holy Ghost to shower our Prelates with the graces they need to snap out of their delusion. The Church is burning!

Enough of discussing endlessly how we can parse the disastrous Council that caused such a terrible loss of souls and made the Bergoglian Reformation  possible.  The interminable discussions of how the Council should be considered, how the Society can be “regularised” .

They evade addressing the problem: This pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is deconstructing the Church. Week by week, he damages it more and more. The faithful are scandalized, demoralized, they drift away, some to  false religions some to neo-paganism, some straight to hell itself. Souls are being lost in record numbers, and our own traditional Catholic leaders, who  should be our shepherds are prattling endlessly about how to discuss the  utterly disastrous council that caused all this.

Shepherds,  tend your sheep!

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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Of Critics and Comfort

The following post is simply a bit of housekeeping to clarify stray items that keep coming up in correspondence. Once again, I regret that I am unable to respond to each of you personally as often as you request.  Thank you for your patience about this.

Recently, when we appended a prayer to St. Joseph recommended by a reader, we began to receive requests for adding prayers to the “most chaste heart of St. Joseph”. Readers, that is a false devotion. We will not ever endorse and I strongly encourage those who follow this devotion to seek help from a true Catholic priest.  Penance and reparation under guidance is the most effective remedy for temptation to false apparitions.

Next issue is the growing disagreement among Catholic writers. My own position has changed a bit over time. Father Malachi Martin once wrote that his views on self defense changed over time and he came to believe that if he were attacked, he would not kill  in self defense because the criminal may not have time to repent and would therefore spend eternity in hell. My own views are similar.  In time, I have come to believe that defense of the truth does not always require extermination of the transgressor.

Speaking for myself, it  is not necessary to publicly name people I may disagree with on some points. My readers are able to discern for themselves where the truth lies. In my sidebar, there are blogs with varying opinions. I do not agree with everything that those sources say, but find their sites useful. Among those sites, I doubt that there is one that  even agrees with me or that I concur with 100%.  I have posted on Cardinal Burke’s call for the Pope to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That is definitely not a ringing endorsement of Cardinal Burke, who is a Conciliar prelate after all. It is simply  appreciation that a prelate of the Church has actually publicly asked for the Consecration to be done. I am not holding my breath until a Cardinal or Bishop comes along who measures up to  Archbishop Lefebvre. To my knowledge there is no such person extant.

None of us who write for blogs are Bishops or Cardinals. Our Lord designed the Church and the world in a hierarchical manner and I am on the bottom, the base. There’s a need for a base.  Somebody’s got to be the lowest after all! Although I do my best to always speak the truth,  readers must discern for themselves, and   my readers have taught me more than I have given them.   Lifesite News, the Remnant, the Fatima Center, Rorate, all of them provide valuable resources for readers who are able to  use them with caution as all sites should be used.  We have much more to gain by reading them with discernment than by attacking them. I do not think that is for the good of souls, rather it impoverishes us all.

NOTE: As of 4p.m., Friday, August 4, a reader offered me a perfect example to fit with what we have been saying. The Canadian Conference of Catholic (Conciliar) Bishops issued this statement:

“The Bishops of Canada are invited to consecrate the country to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Each Bishop is invited to consecrate his individual diocese or eparchy on 1 July 2017 or at another date thereabouts that might better suit the local pastoral situation. Similarly, a Bishop may choose to invite pastors to consecrate their specific parish or mission as part of the celebrations marking the anniversary of Confederation.

Later in the year, all the Bishops of Canada will be invited to participate jointly in the consecration of the country to the Blessed Mother following the celebration of the Holy Eucharist during the CCCB Plenary Assembly in September 2017.”

The same reader, whose blog is linked in our sidebar, also noted that Father Daniel Couture, the SSPX District Superior for Canada has also called for the Consecration by by Society priests.  Now, I am just going to allow myself to be delighted that this has been done. No criticism.

And now, let’s revisit a post I did some time ago, that seems to be more relevant that ever. This is what we need to focus on!

Comfort?

A reader remarked to me recently that he finds little comfort today, and that it seems to be most lacking in the Church. As we commiserated over the situation, I recalled a post from long ago, “Cold Comfort at Calvary”. I looked up it up, it was from Fall, 2014 when we were all stunned nearly speechless under the blows of this Most Merciful® Pope and reread:

“There is simply no way that this can be happening if the Pope and his Prelates practiced the Faith. If they prayed the Rosary daily as Our Lady asked, even only a 5 decade rosary,

It is impossible to pray those mysteries and not grow in the love of Jesus, impossible not to grasp His suffering at our sins, especially at our indifference to His sweet and merciful love for us. It is impossible to avoid feeling a deep contrition for our sins and a deep commitment to reforming our lives and making reparation for our sins and the sins of others. …

All of this miserable mess of Pope Francis’ making could have been averted had only Our Lady of Fatima’s commands been heeded. And this will not end until we do, one way or another, learn to obey and turn from our complacency to repentance.”

Reality?

What we were only just discovering in 2014 has by 2017 become a dreary litany of sleazy tributes to fornicators, adulterers, sodomites, abortionists, terrorists and heretics. This man who picks his nose in public, speaks of coprophagia, and never misses an opportunity to attack faithful Catholics has no discernible faith. What shall we do? We do as all true Catholics have always done. Hold fast the faith, and now, at this time, we look to the Immaculata, the Woman who stands unwavering at the foot of His Cross.

Knowing our weakness, we turn to her for comfort, for strength. Where do we seek her? According to many devout Catholics today, she is to be found in a plethora of devotions, many of them innocuous in themselves, but all of them distracting from this Woman who came to call us to her, to take comfort in the strength of her perfect purity, unflinching obedience, unfailing love.  Today, she walks the bloody stones of Calvary’s path, never taking her eyes off Him, except to gaze pleadingly at her children, “Come, abide with Us, here is true mercy. This is what mercy really looks like. Come, be still, and know.”

Dry Wood

Crucify Him! His blood be upon us!

And so, we see Him; He struggles painfully to regain His footing. See He has fallen again. The women weep and watch. His blood-dimmed eyes meet theirs; He says,

“Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?” (Luke 23, 28-31)

Indeed, what shall be done in this time of utterly dead, dry wood? We look to the Apocalypse, when the stars fall from heaven and the winter figs are shaken from the tree, “they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of Him that sits upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?” (Apoc. 6)

Where are we to seek comfort at this time, the time of the dry wood? There is no other place – although He falls, and we fall with Him, we must be here, now, in this place, struggling to stand with this cross. At times, we must first regain our footing by kneeling. It is in the Rosary that we draw strength from the Immaculate. The entire grace, strength and life of the most Holy Trinity pours forth from her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, through this Rosary. Here. Now. We are so blessed to realize we have no words, we are mute in this roaring silence that ‘whelms us over, washes us in this most pure and perfect tide. “Full of grace … the Lord … with thee  … blessed art thou … blessed is the fruit …. Jesus … pray for us …. death “.

Death and Life

Here is Death. A death like no other. We thought we knew life, thought we knew death. Yet in this profound Death, Life pours forth. As Eve was born from Adam’s side, the bride of Christ is born from the opening in Love’s side. And Love begets Love. He Who gives His Life for His Bride is begetting Her anew., even as it appears to the world that They both have been vanquished at last. For, “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

We are here, witnesses to the the sacrilege, witnesses to the outrage. Witnesses to the Love which surpasses all others. We will not turn aside.

Abide in His love. Return to Fatima.

Please, pray the Rosary and confound Satan and all who serve him!

~ by evensong at returntofatima.org for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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

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