Now everyone is in the dark

When I read the following, it called to mind the prophecy of St. John Bosco that begins with, “It was a dark night…” St. John Bosco continued, if I recall, with, “ they all realized that they were no longer in Rome.”  

From  Rorate Caeli comes this insightful article by Antonio Socci:

Socci: Do the hierarchies in the Church still have the Catholic Faith?
Antonio Socci
March 10, 2018

The parish priest of Cisterna in Latina, Don Livio Fabiani caused a bit of sensation with his words at the funeral of the two children killed by their father.

Yet perhaps – for Catholics – the homily of Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence, at the funeral of the Fiorentina’s Captain, Davide Astori, who died two Sundays ago of a heart attack, ought to be a source of more amazement.

These two tragedies have made us face sudden death, the eruption of evil and the suffering of the innocents. We are all dumbstruck. The words “waste and void” repeated by Thomas S. Eliot in his poem (Choruses fromThe Rock)  describe our hearts in these situations.
For Christians, however, there was and always has been a voice that knows the mystery of all things, that knows how to make friendship even with “sister death” and for centuries has had the mission of illuminating man’s path: The Church.

Again Eliot recalls that She was seen for centuries as the One who: “who will perhaps answer our doubtings. The Watcher, who sees what is to happen. The Witness. The God-shaken, in whom is the truth inborn.” (also from Choruses from The Rock) The poet continues: “She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would forget./She is tender where they would be hard, and hard where they/like to be soft./ She tells them of Evil and Sin, and other unpleasant facts.”

For this [reason] the parish priest from Latina in the heartrending Mass for the two murdered children, asked for prayer “even for the father” who had committed suicide after killing his own children and wounding his wife. The Corriere della Sera reported “that someone from the pews contested the priest’s words but that he said, after a moment of silence and commotion. “ Pardon me, but the family have forgiven”. In the homily the priest recalled: “I baptized Alessia, gave her First Communion and next May 6th she would have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and Martina would have begun attending catechism classes in the parish.”

Then he emphasized that “we brought Alessia and Martina here, not to a stadium or sports hall. We brought them here, to church where they first began their steps in Christianity ” because “it is here that we find the answers, in our faith in Jesus.” Simple but vertiginous, Christian words. They should extinguish the rancor that we have seen elsewhere. ANSA reports that at Secondigliano the body of Luigi Capasso (the father) was greeted with “with shouts and insults” but “was blessed at the Neapolitan cemetery of Poggioreale.”

Even when anger prevails among the people, the Church never fails in Her compassionate prayer for everyone, by taking the example from Jesus, Who, nailed to the Cross, prayed even for his executioners: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
The Church is where one goes to seek the prayer we all are in need of and where we find consolation in suffering or when confronted with death.

The Church is the She – who, like a mother who loves – tells Her children even the uncomfortable truths they don’t want to hear. Starting with the necessity and duty of prayer for everyone. A mother doesn’t seek the approval of men, since she wants only the salvation of her children.

For this reason, the words of the Archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Betori at Davide Astori’s funeral Mass leave us somewhat bewildered.

Actually, there is not even one reference to prayer in his entire discourse: not for the young footballer’s soul and his eternal salvation, nor for his family and relatives who are grief-stricken.

This is astonishing since a churchman should make it clear that the bond with the dear departed doesn’t end with death, but we can and must continue helping each other with prayers for our salvation and eternal bliss. Prayers for those who have died convey that death is only a momentary exit from the field of vision, that “life has not been taken away, but rather transformed” . Thus Christians may cry out: “ Death where is thy victory?” .

Prayer for dear ones who have previously been called by God is a great act of love and reminds us that we have an immortal soul. As Chiara Corbella used to say: “we were born and we won’t die anymore.” These were the eternal words of the Church that thousands of people in Florence had wanted to hear.

The tragedy of Davide Astori has cast a chill on everyone as the sudden death of a 30 year old man is like a punch in the face and confronts us with the terrible fragility of life. Even when one is in the prime and vigor of his youth. It carries us to the brink of the abyss and the mystery of life. And it is above all at these times, that our gaze is directed to that place which promises “words of eternal life”. In fact, the Church of Santa Croce in Florence was filled to overflowing as was the piazza in front of it.

But Cardinal Betori didn’t embrace the suffering of all those people by inviting them to pray, thereby teaching them the faith and opening their hearts up to Christian hope. On the contrary, he said he was unable to give any consolation. Here is his astonishing preamble:

“The sense of many things in life escapes us, the “why” remains obscure. First of all death itself. We have no explanations to offer about death which could serve in giving consolation. Our suffering remains, especially when death takes away from us a person we love – a friend. It has happened now to us, with Davide Astori. Don’t ask me then for comprehensible reasons, for justifiable conclusions [or] motives to console [you]. I can only cry with you. And offer you something to think about.”

Certainly, during the homily he juxtaposed some quotations from the Gospel, nonetheless, always on the horizontal, social dimension (let’s help others) and without changing substantially that leaden, awful preamble.

But a Church that proclaims “we have no explanations to offer about death which could serve in giving consolation” and “don’t ask me then for comprehensible reasons, for justifiable conclusions [or] motives to console [you]. I can only cry with you.” , – I say – what’s the use of a Church like that?

It is completely useless. It is as desolating as an abandoned post office. A despairing Church cannot help us, we despairing creatures. This is the salt that has become insipid – as Jesus says in the Gospel – it is of no use for anything and is thrown away to be trampled on.
We cannot even attribute this to a blunder by a cardinal, since Betori here has echoed things said several times by Bergoglio on the subjects of suffering, evil and death.

The present Church – at the end of the day – has at present a colossal problem contained in this question: does Her hierarchies still have the faith? All the drama is in this, as Cardinal Sarah recently commented.

Without firm and luminous faith (and the hope of eternal life) there is only an earthly horizon where you go about seeking the approval of the world. As Bertori did, by delivering a long eulogy on the Fiorentina football player to his fans. In truth, in the past, the Church had prescribed that at funerals a eulogy on the deceased should not be done, but that the teaching of Christ on life, judgment, the resurrection and eternal life should be made clear.

Betori delivered a discourse which was directed at the “violet”* heart of the city, more than the Christian conscience of the people. He even made detours about football.

Today the Church seems to be undergoing a catastrophic spiritual collapse seeing as the hierarchies expect the flock of the faithful to follow their same way.

Perhaps someone will say that all this – even if enormous – only concerns believers. Except that when there is no longer a place where hope for eternal life resounds, it is a frightful impoverishment for everyone. They have switched off the light – now everyone is in the dark.

*the colour of the Fiorentina football jersey.

Translation: contributor Francesca Romana


For those who may find it useful, we include a few more quotes from Eliot’s Choruses from The Rock. (Of course, it is much better to simply read it all, and there is a link provided at the end.)

The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Bring us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.
. . .

The Word of the Lord came unto me, saying:
O miserable cities of designing men,
O wretched generation of enlightened men,
Betrayed in the mazes of your ingenuities,
Sold by the proceeds of your proper inventions:
I have given you hands which you turn from worship,
I have given you speech, for endless palaver,
. . .
And the wind shall say:

“Here were decent godless people:
Their only monument the asphalt road
And a thousand lost golf balls.”
. . .
When the Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city?
Do you huddle close together because you love each other?”
What will you answer?
“We all dwell together To make money from each other”?
or “This is a community”?
And the Stranger will depart and return to the desert.
.  . .
Though you forget the way to the Temple,
There is one who remembers the way to your door:
Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.
You shall not deny the Stranger.

Oh Lord deliver me from the man of
excellent intention and impure heart:
for the heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked.
. . .

Why should men love the Church?
Why should they love her laws?
She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would forget.
She is tender where they would be hard,
and hard where they like to be soft.
She tells them of Evil and Sin, and other unpleasant facts.
They constantly try to escape
From the darkness outside and within
By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.

But the man that is will shadow
The man that pretends to be.
And the Son of Man was not crucified once for all,
The blood of the martyrs not shed once for all,
The lives of the Saints not given once for all:
But the Son of Man is crucified always
And there shall be Martyrs and Saints.

In the beginning God created the world.
Waste and void.
Waste and void.
And darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And when there were men, in their various ways,
they struggled in torment towards God
Blindly and vainly, for man is a vain thing,
and man without God is a seed upon  the wind:
driven this way and that,
and finding no place of lodgement and germination.
. . .
But it seems that something has happened that has never happened before:
though we know not just when, or why, or how, or where.

Men have left God not for other gods, they say, but for no god;
and this has never happened before
That men both deny gods and worship gods, professing first Reason,
And then Money, and Power, and what they call Life, or Race, or Dialectic.

The Church disowned, the tower overthrown, the bells upturned, what have we to do
But stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards
In an age which advances progressively backwards?
. . .
Waste and void. Waste and void.
And darkness on the face of the deep.

Has the Church failed mankind, or has mankind failed the Church?
When the Church is no longer regarded, not even opposed, and men have forgotten
All gods except Usury, Lust and Power.

Eliot, T. S., Complete Poems and Plays, 1909-1950


Islam and the Errors of Russia

Today, a repost of an especially timely article from 2015.


Well, October came and went and not only was Our Lady of Fatima not obeyed, but the Bergoglio/Danneels wrecking crew continued to push forward their agenda to irrevocably change the Church’s faith and practice in the sacraments and in marriage. This arrogant disobedience is now bearing exactly the fruit that was inevitable. As the muslim invasion of Europe and America continues towards the islamification of the West, let’s look at the reality of islam in the light of the Fatima prophecy of the Errors of Russia.

The Goal of Islam: Global Domination via Jihad
The Goal of Islam: Global Domination via Jihad

A question was asked of me recently, “Where does islam fit in with the ‘errors of Russia’ “? If, by the errors of Russia, we understand a totalitarian, soul-destroying regime, then, islam fits the bill quite nicely. In fact, Islam and Marxism (dialectical materialism) have much in common.

“Bolshevism combines the characteristics of the French Revolution with those of the rise of Islam… Those who accept Bolshevism become impervious to scientific evidence, and commit intellectual suicide. Even if all the doctrines of Bolshevism were true, this would still be the case, since no unbiased examination of them is tolerated…Among religions, Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Mohammedanism [Islam] rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation. Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of this world.” [Jules Monnerot in “Sociology and Psychology of Communism” quoted by Dr. Andrew Bostom]

In his essay, Dr. Bostom quotes Monnerot to the effect that both Communism and Islam share two major characteristics, conversion and subversion. Both demand total submission and both work tirelessly, undeterred by any adversity, in order to subvert whatever culture impedes the progress of their anti-Christian goal.

Quoting from Dr. Bostom again,”Islam has provided the type of society in which the political and the sacred are indissolubly merged. The law of the Koran was religious, political, and civil all in one; and an infidel could be no more than a tributary. In history and in law he appeared as an object, but not as a participating subject; and the Ottoman Empire was interested in the children of infidels only because they could be recruited as janissaries.”

Another ex-Communist, Arthur Koestler, writing in Die Vossische Zeitung (6/7/1928), had compared the Wahhabi ascendancy in Saudi Arabia to the revolutionary triumph of Bolshevism in Russia. Koestler contended that the “omnipotent Wahhabi brotherhoods of the Ikhwan,” with “iron support of the omnipotent party” were a source of danger and fear for the neighboring Arab states—just as Bolshevism was for the capitalist countries of Europe.

Speaking of Wahhabism, Dr. John Lamont recently wrote in Rorate Caeli, about the Saudi’s backing of the militant, extremist Wahhabi sect from which ISIS originated. Dr. Lamont states, “The House of Saud has enjoyed a close alliance with the Americans since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Saudis have bribed official Washington from top to bottom. As a result they have been able to promote their Wahhabist ideology with impunity.”

We return to Dr. Bostom’s masterful exposition of the similarities between Islam and Communism.

Bernard Lewis, the doyen of living Western Islamic scholars, in his 1954 essay “Communism and Islam,” expounded upon on the quintessence of totalitarian Islam, and how it was antithetical in nature to Western democracy, while sharing important features of Communist totalitarianism — most notably, global domination via jihad.

Quoting from Lewis, “The traditional Islamic division of the world into the House of Islam and the House of War, two necessarily opposed groups, of which the first has the collective obligation of perpetual struggle against the second, also has obvious parallels in the Communist view of world affairs.”

Bostom explains that both Bernard Lewis and Whittaker Chambers noted that Islam and Communism alike mandated a ceaseless war, an unending jihad. Indeed, in his book, Witness, Chambers affirmed, “Communism exists to wage war. Its existence implies, even in peace or truce, a state of war that engages every man, woman and child alive…”

Chambers stated the West refuses to acknowledge the crux of Communism—dialectical materialism— at its peril. “Obviously, a breed of men who hold that everything is in violent flux and change, moving by laws and in a pattern inherent in matter, and having nothing to do with God—obviously, that breed of men is different from the rest of mankind.” [We have pointed out in previous posts (here and here) the dialectical materialism of the Kasper/Bergoglio/Danneels faction.]

Next, Dr. Bostom presents this gem of a quote from Chambers, “The success of Communism…is never greater than the failure of all other faiths.” [How apt for Islam today: Islam succeeds to the extent that the Faith fails!]

Bostom quotes from Whittaker Chambers’ book, Witness, in order to  explain how American Muslims could rationalize such seditious behaviors—consistent with Islamic doctrine—and why this phenomenon remains largely incomprehensible to non-Muslim Americans, despite its existential threat to them. Speaking of American Communists:

“What went on in the minds of those Americans…that made it possible to betray their country? Did none of them suffer a crisis of conscience? The question presupposes that whoever asks it has still failed to grasp that Communists mean exactly what they have been saying for a hundred years: they regard any government that is not Communist, including their own, merely as the political machine of a class whose power they have organized expressly to overthrow by all means, including violence.

 “The failure to understand that fact is part of the total failure of the West to grasp the nature of its enemy, what he wants, what he means to do and how he will go about doing it.”

Now, here is a video in which Nasim Ben Iman, who has turned from Islam who will clarify the point made above. It is brief, but informative.

When listening to the above, it struck me just how devout and determined, how thoroughly consistent, these people are. The goal of Islam has always and everywhere been the exact same: exterminate anyone who will not submit to islam. From the very beginning, their scripture has been and always will be, virulently anti-Catholic.

All the above begs the question, Why is the institutional church part of this push to force islamic people into the very midst of what is left of western culture? Why are American Bishops partnering with Obama to “resettle” these muslims in our communities and neighborhoods?

In his recent article for Rorate Caeli, Dr. John Lamont said, “Catholics naturally look to the leadership of the Church for guidance on the nature of Islam, its relation to the ideology of ISIS, and the approach that Catholics should take to the threat of ISIS terrorism and to Islam itself. Unfortunately, the episcopal leadership of the Church has not provided such guidance. If anything it has done the opposite, in Europe and North America at least; it has misled the faithful on the nature of Islam and the relationship between terrorist extremism and the main tenets of the Muslim religion. …”

Dr. Lamont here refers to a pamphlet disseminated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) which states, the purpose of this pamphlet is to ‘help Canadian Catholics better understand their Muslim neighbours’. It is signed by Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, the Archbishop of Gatineau in Quebec, in his capacity as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Dr. Lamont explains that “Its contents give Catholics a false conception of the nature and teachings of Islam. This is done more by omitting facts than by making false statements about Muslim belief, although such falsehoods are to be found in the pamphlet.”

“However, the pamphlet does not acknowledge that Islam is the only major religion that was founded with the specific purpose of destroying and replacing Christianity, and that these denials of Christian teaching are intended to further this purpose; they are not simply expressions of theological disagreement. No other major religion contains specific denunciations of the basic Christian doctrines in its sacred texts. …This anti-Christian mission has always been central to Islam, and has been pursued in every stage of Muslim history.

“It is a central Islamic teaching that Mohammed was sinless, and hence that all his actions were perfect and serve as models for the behaviour of Muslims. But Mohammed’s actions, as portrayed in the Koran and in universally accepted hadiths, include robbing caravans, consummating his marriage to his youngest wife Aisha when she was nine years old, and massacring all the men of the Jewish tribe of the Banu Qurayza and taking the women and children as slaves. The worst crimes of contemporary Islamic terrorist organisations are presented by them as being legitimated by the example of Mohammed, and this argument is plausible if the sinlessness of Mohammed is accepted.”

Dr. Lamont concludes that, “Since the Koran contains specific denials of basic Christian teachings, logic entails that either Christian teaching is true and Islamic teaching is false, Islamic teaching is true and Christian teaching is false, or both Christian and Islamic teaching are false. Catholics cannot accept the second and third of these alternatives, so they can only argue that these denials are wrong because the Christian doctrines they attack are true.”

He then asks of the CCCB’s Islamic pamphlet, “How is it that this document can offer a careful falsification of the nature of Islam, a falsification that seems to have been designed to leave Catholics in ignorance of the threat that traditional Islam poses, and in consequence to disarm them in the face of that threat?”

“The answer to this question lies in the outlook held by Archbishop Durocher. When he was speaking at a press conference at the recent session of the Synod on the Family, he was asked if the question of giving communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics concerned doctrine or discipline. He replied ‘If you want doctrine, go read Denzinger’. Such a remark could only be made by someone who holds the content of Catholic doctrine, and the very notion of Catholic doctrine itself, in contempt. This neomodernist outlook  on the Catholic faith is not restricted to Archbishop Durocher; it is the dominant culture within the leadership of the Catholic Church in Canada,

” … because they do not take the doctrine of their own Church seriously, they cannot grasp that Muslims take their own religion seriously and literally, and consider themselves to be subject to its teaching. In presenting Muslim doctrine they change its content into what they consider to be an acceptable form, just as they change Catholic doctrine for the same purpose in their own religious views. The second is sympathy and attraction to Islam on account of its opposition to basic Christian doctrine. Not all of the Christian doctrines rejected by Islam are necessarily rejected by neomodernists, but the essential Muslim stance on Christian teaching – that the doctrines of the Christian faith do not have divine authority and do not need to be accepted on account of this authority – is the fundamental principle of neomodernism. The neomodernist hatred of the doctrines they reject is also stronger than their adherence to the doctrines they find acceptable for their own reasons. The Muslim position on Christian doctrine is thus a sympathetic one to neomodernists, and it predisposes them in favour of that religion.

Dr. Lamont concludes, “the CCCB document carefully conceals those aspects of Islam that pose a real danger to Catholics. This deception betrays those very numerous Christians who are now suffering and dying at the hands of Islamic persecutors, and it facilitates the further persecution of Christians by concealing the nature of the threat that they face. In doing this, neomodernism lets its mask slip for anyone with knowledge of Islam, and shows its malice and its origin.”

The point of this long article is that the prophesied “Errors of Russia” are, in essence, the errors of Islam and that both have found support among the heretical modernists – and neo-modernists – of the post-Vatican Church.

In closing, here is a quote from Whittaker Chambers by way of Dr. Bostom: Recalling a conversation he had with a Passionist priest when he was recuperating in a hospital,

“I asked: “Father, what am I to answer those people who keep writing me that I was wrong to write in ‘Witness’ that I had left the winning side for the losing side? They say by calling the West the losing side, I have implied that evil can ultimately overcome good.” Father Alan studied his hands, which were lying in his lap.

Then he glanced at me directly and asked: “Who says that the West deserves to be saved?”

There has never been a better time to  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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Love Scourged


“If, according to Holy Writ, every sinner deserves many strokes of the scourge, how many did not the innocent Saviour deserve, Who had taken upon Himself the thousands of millions of sins and Who now was to render complete satisfaction to Divine Justice.”
(St. Augustine)

“But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas to them.  And Pilate again answering, saith to them: What will you then that I do to the king of the Jews?  But they again cried out: Crucify Him. And Pilate saith to them: Why, what evil hath He done? But they cried out the more: Crucify Him.   And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas, and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged Him, to be crucified.” (Mark 15, 11-15)

The Scourging of Christ was unimaginably horrific in its pain and if possible, even more painful in its humiliation.

Now, we have many inspirational passages both from our great saints and from good spiritual writers,  about the horrific scourging, its pain, its humiliation  and its meaning for us. I had planned to summarize a few for this post. But after my prayers this morning, my thoughts took a different path.

The scourging of Christ is about His Love! Love for the Father and love for us, a love which is wholly unmerited on our part. Look at His abasement, humiliated by being stripped to His loin cloth and made to endure the punishment of the worst criminals. His eyes meet ours, pleading for us to see His love for the Father, His need to meet the justice of God, to pay in full the debt we sinners can never pay, so that we may share with Him eternal happiness in Heaven.

The scourging of Christ is also about His hatred for sin.  Many don’t fully grasp this.  For Christ sees sin as it truly is, not at all in the way we see it. For the good see sin through their shame – focusing more on their feelings of shame than on His response to sin; and the bad see sin with resentment, blaming God’s “unreasonable demands”  instead of themselves. Both fail to understand with their heart’s deepest wisdom, that Jesus hates sin because He cannot bear to see His loved ones so soiled, so degraded. For we are made in His image, yet we so quickly deface that image, crusting it over with all manner of putrescence,  It breaks His Sacred Heart to see us so! He shows us His scourging, begs us to see how willingly He submits to it if only we will understand how badly these vile habits of ours hurt and humiliate Him.

You see, He never loses sight of the wondrous glory of our immortal souls – souls made tenderly out of love, for love and then, because of our refusal to love, these same souls are redeemed at great price by Love Himself.  So please, look to His love! Keep His loving suffering before your eyes and shun the occasions of sin, praying each time that you turn from sin, “It is for love of Thee, Jesus, and for the salvation of sinners.”

The cure for our lukewarmness is here before us: It is to focus on His love which He shows us so tenderly in His Scourging; to remind ourselves of the immensity of His love and the pain we cause Him by our sins. By maintaining our focus on this scourging, we can gradually learn to avoid the small sins of our daily lives. It is these small sins that are the problem, for they lead to a hardness of heart and the dangerous apathy that destroys so many souls.

Forgive the shortcomings of this article.  The thoughts of one’s heart have no words for its prayer is nothing but a mute longing, a dumb love that waits in the darkness and desolation for Love. But all can go there too. You do not have to be an “expert” able to dispute learnedly over canon law and the liturgy, opining on who is the pope and so on, that is, on all the burning issues of our times.  Just take up your rosary, and be quiet and open your heart to Love. Our Lady has given you her own Immaculate Heart and the keys to Heaven, her Rosary. In the Sorrowful Mysteries you will learn the wordless lessons of this unfathomable Love.

May Our Lady of the Rosary keep you close to her Immaculate Heart always.

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.

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!

A Brief Review

Five years ago today, Rorate Caeli marked the revolutionary election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy with a remarkable headline, “The Horror!” The ensuing years have indeed brought so much horror that many now have slipped into that apathy which overtakes victims of communist brainwashing in “re-education” camps.  The latest assault involves the pending canonization of Paul VI.

There is much discussion about the announced canonization of Pope Paul VI. Is this canonization infallible? If so, what does it mean? Often, the discussion misses the point entirely,  proving the disorientation so prevalent today. Before discussing the canonization of Paul VI which will be the crowning triumph of Pope Bergoglio’s Reformation, let’s review his papacy thus far.

It was on February 14, 2014, almost a year after this Pope’s election, that we reposted, “History, Fatima and the Bishop of Rome”, an article by Professor Roberto de Mattei  from Rorate Caeli. Radio Maria had  fired Dr. de Mattei for that article, thereby ironically proving the Professor’s point. Today, we will cite a few quotes from Dr. de Mattei’s article which have proven  prescient:

The events succeed one another more quickly. The latin ‘motus in fine velocior’ is commonly used to indicate the faster passing of the time at the end of an historical period. The multiplication of events, in fact, shortens the course of time, which in itself does not exist outside of the things that flow. Time, says Aristotle, is the measure of movement (Physics, IV, 219 b). More precisely we define it as the duration of changeable things. God is eternal precisely because He is immutable: every moment has its cause in Him, but nothing in Him changes. The more one distances himself from God the more chaos, produced by the change, increases.

February 11 marked the start of an acceleration of time, which is the consequence of a movement which is becoming vertiginous. We are living through an historical hour which is not necessarily the end of times, but certainly the end of a civilization and the termination of an epoch in the life of the Church.

Note, if you will, there is an easy to overlook item above that quote in the article.

“Homosexual marriage, being claimed by all the great international organisations and by almost all of the western governments, contradicts head-on, not only the faith of the Church, but the very natural and divine law which is written in the heart of every man.”

Dr. de Mattei then states that the point of this worldwide effort to assert homosexual marriage “rights” is the negation of the right of Christians;  “Christianos esse non licet: the blasphemous cry which was made by Nero and Voltaire, re-echoes in the world today, whilst Jorge Mario Bergoglio is chosen by the worldly magazines as man of the year.”

And now, four years after Dr. de Mattei’s article, we see that the Bergoglian agenda to destabilize the faith has found no more effective instrument than the vice of sodomy which has flourished under his reign.  Eponymous Flower (Link)  recently broke the story of the 1,200 page dossier of male prostitute Francesco Mangiacapra and lately Lifesite News  has featured it. See Doug Mainwaring’s article here. Mr.  Mangiacapra opined of his sodomite clerics,

“Their behavior is, in many cases, a result of the impunity that the high hierarchy of the Church has made habitual, that unjust tolerance that feeds the idea that it is possible to separate that which is lived from that which is professed, as typical of those who have a schizophrenic, double morality.”

This habitual impunity of the hierarchy of the Church which has accelerated under this pope, shows that Pope Francis condones and even encourages this sin, so scandalous to the faithful. But then, perhaps that is the point of it . . .  This past July the homosexual orgy in the Vatican forced even the head-in-the-sand Catholic press to take notice, but Jorge Mario Bergoglio treated the news with the same disdain he showed for the four Cardinals and their “Dubia”.  In fact, the scandal of a cocaine fueled homosexual orgy in the Vatican did not dampen this pope’s enthusiasm for sodomite priests;  he subsequently appointed the pro-homosexual Jesuit James Martin to a high profile position at the Vatican.

Last July we discussed the Cocopalmerio scandal in four posts,  recapped below:

On July 8, 2017: “Locusts, Smoke and Cocopalmerio, Oh My!” In which we discussed Apocalypse 9, asserting that:

“Paul VI was the Fallen Star to whom the key to hell had been given. The Fallen Star was given a key, with which he opened the bottomless pit. The smoke of the pit arose, darkening the sun, and out of the smoke came locusts. The darkness of the sun is a spiritual disorientation, thus, another reference to the conciliar church. The locusts could not harm any green thing, but only harm “men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads”.

“And now, the latest scandal, for which we have to thank his Eminence Cardinal Cocopalmerio and his secretary,  Msgr. Luigi Capozzi,  but ultimately Pope Francis, who promotes and sustains all the corruption.  Although Capozzi was arrested by the Vatican police some  two months ago, when they found him so high on cocaine that he had to be treated at a Vatican clinic, and although the homosexual orgy which he was hosting took place in what was officially space belonging to Cardinal Cocopalmerio, not one statement condemning this disgusting behavior has been made by the Bergoglian Vatican. It is the silence of a rotting corpse.

“What is clear, or should be,  from the above is that the locusts exemplify the effeminate occupiers of the Vatican since Vatican II invited the vermin in. There is virtually no vice, be it homosexuality, usurious greed for money, or lust for worldly power that has not been blatantly flaunted by these ruthless men.”

In the next post, “July 10, 2017“,  we discussed the significance of the habitual vice of impurity among the clergy in destroying souls. As Sister Lucia reminded us,  The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag numerous souls to hell… The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to final impenitence. This will be clearer very soon, perhaps.

The third post was July 12: “The Seraphic Virgin and the Diabolical Prelates” . In summary: In Chapter 124 of St. Catherine’s Dialogue, the Lord God discourses on how unnatural sin reigns among His ministers.

“But they act in a contrary way, for they come full of impurity to this mystery. … committing that accursed sin against nature, and as blind and fools with the light of their intellect darkened, they do not know the stench and misery in which they are. It is not only that this sin stinks before Me, Who am the Supreme and Eternal Truth, it does indeed displease Me so much and I hold it in such abomination that for it alone I buried five cities by a Divine judgment, My Divine justice being no longer able to endure it.

This sin not only displeases Me as I have said, but also the devils whom these wretches have made their masters . . . because their nature was originally angelic, and their angelic nature causes them to loathe the sight of the actual commission of this enormous sin. . .

See, therefore, dearest daughter, how abominable this sin is to Me in every creature. . . Thou couldest never understand how much more this sin displeases Me in them than in men of the world and private persons practising continence, of whom I have spoken to you . . .

 I say to thee that on account of their inflated pride and lasciviousness they see and understand nothing but the shell of the letter, and that they receive without any profit, because the taste of their soul is not rightly ordered, but rather corrupted with self-love and pride, and their reins are full of impurity; for they desire to fulfill their disordinate delights, committing their sins publicly and without shame; and in addition to all this, so full are they of greed and avarice that they also commit usury which I have forbidden. Miserable indeed will those be who commit it.

Then on July 15, we posted “My Brother’s Keeper“.

“The fact that Msgr. Capozzi partied in regal splendor in the same apartment that Cardinal Ratzinger lived in when he was head of the Congregation for the  Doctrine of the Faith, and drove a luxury car with the very prized Vatican plates, making him immune from police searches (while he smuggled cocaine into the Vatican!)  proves that he was highly regarded by powerful Vatican personages.  Without that indulgent support of a Prince of the Church, Capozzi could not have had his orgies, or the flat, or the luxury car he used for drug smuggling.  Thus, whether or not Pope Francis admits it, this scandal is laid at his humble feet. It would be a serious mistake to disregard the importance of this episode.”

Since those four articles were published in July, 2017, we have had Pope Francis blaspheme Our Lady at Fatima on her 100th anniversary (see here), followed by his insulting memorial stamp suppressing the Blessed Virgin at her Son’s Crucifixion, replacing her with the enemy of the Church, Martin Luther,  and the year was ended by the disgusting homoerotic “Nativity Display” which scandalized so many faithful Catholics to the delight of the enemies of the Church.

Now, in 2018, we are seeing the intensity stepped up even more as Pope Francis  (sensing his end is near?) pushes for the canonization of the pathetic Paul VI of whom we wrote,

Bergoglio’s Vatican Celebrates the Fallen Star

“Paul VI was the Fallen Star to whom the key to hell had been given.. .  a key with which he opened the bottomless pit. The smoke of the pit arose, darkening the sun, and out of the smoke came locusts. The darkness of the sun is a spiritual disorientation,  and thus another reference to the conciliar church. The locusts could not harm any green thing, but only harm “men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads”.

That is, those who have blotted out the sign of God by choosing to live in habitual grave sin, such as the effeminate crowd now occupying  the Bergoglian hierarchy., which now will have its own patron saint.

We must stop looking at all these incidents as unrelated events! They constitute the agenda of this Pope and those who put him in the See of Peter, that is, Danneels and the rest of the St. Gallen/Lavender Mafia.

God willing, we will write more soon. And then perhaps, some rest.

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.

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 Love of Jesus in His Passion

Today we offer a brief meditation by St. Francis de Sales for our Lenten reading.


The Eternal Father so loved the world that He gave it His only Son, and the Son so loved the will of His Father, who desired the salvation of human nature, that, without taking into account the meanness or contemptibleness of the thing, He willingly offered a prodigious price for its ransom, namely, His blood, His toils, and His life.

Thus Our Saviour, through love, devoted Himself to the will of His Father and to the redemption of the world. He advanced in every mystery of His Passion, saying: ‘O my Father, this loved human nature would be sufficiently redeemed by one of my tears, but that would not suffice for the reverence which I owe to Thy will and to my love. I wish, besides my agony in the Garden of Olives, to be scourged, to be crowned with thorns, to have my body reduced to ruins, and to become as a leper, without form or beauty.’

Thus the sweet Jesus was scourged, crowned, condemned, mocked, and rejected as man, devoted, destined, and dedicated to carry out and endure the opprobriums and ignominies due in punishment to all sins, and He served as a general sacrifice for sin, being made as it were an anathema, separated from and abandoned by His Eternal Father. The Divine Saviour wished to die in the flames of love, because of the infinite charity He bore towards us, and by the force and power of love; that is to say, He would die in love, by love, for love, and of love.

This is what He Himself says: “No one takes away My life, but I lay it down of Myself, for I have power to lay it down and to take it up again.” And: “He was offered,” says Isaias, “because He wished it.” His body being by right immortal and impassible, on account of the glory of His soul, He rendered it, through love and by a miracle, mortal and passible. He wished, even after His death, to have His side opened, that we might see the thoughts of His heart, which were all thoughts of love, and that we might go to Him with confidence, in order to hide ourselves in His side, and to receive from Him an abundance of graces and benedictions.

In this manner, from the first moment of His life until the present hour, has the kind Jesus been continually drawing arrows, if we may so speak, from the quiver of His love, with which to wound the souls of His lovers, showing them clearly that they can never love Him near so much as He deserves. My God, could He show more love to sinners than to become a perfect holocaust for their sins?

Ah! If we could see the Heart of Jesus such as it is, we should die of love for Him, since we are mortal, as He died of love for us, while He was mortal, and as He would die again, if He were not now immortal. Nothing has so much power to wound a loving heart as to see another heart wounded for love of it. Oh! That Our Lord would change hearts with us, as He did with St. Catherine of Siena, in such a manner that we might have no other heart but His, no other will but His, no other affection or desire but to love Him and to be wholly His.

Bees never wound without being wounded to death. Seeing, then, the Saviour of our souls wounded with love for us, even to death and the death of the cross, shall not we be wounded with love for Him, and with a wound most lovingly dolorous? Never, indeed, can we love Him so much as His love and His death deserve. Ah! If my soul is the spouse of Jesus crucified and suffering, I ought, during my whole life, to regard it as a great favor to wear His livery, that is to say, the nails, the thorns, and the lance.

Remember, my soul, that the banquet of His nuptials is prepared of gall and vinegar; seek not for pleasure or joy in this world. It is too great an honor, O King of Glory, to drink with Thee the chalice of sorrow; may it never happen to me to refuse this draught, because, O God, says David, it is the beverage of thy beloved!

The image of Jesus Christ bruised, wounded, pierced, crushed, crucified, has always been a beautiful mirror of love, into which the angels and saints could never cease to gaze, enraptured with sweetness and overflowing with consolation. And if the picture of Abraham, wielding the sword of death over his dear and only son, had power to make the great St. Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, weep as often as he contemplated it, how much more ought the image of Our Lord, sacrificing Himself on the cross, to move us: a sacrifice which is the source of all the graces we have ever received, and of all our holy resolutions, in such a manner that through it alone we preserve, fortify, and accomplish them?

Since, then, Our Lord has so much loved us, that He has equally redeemed all, bedewed us with His divine blood, and called us to Himself, without excluding anyone; since He has become all ours, to make us all His, giving us His death and His life to deliver us from eternal death and to procure us the joys of eternal life, that we may belong to Him in this mortal life and yet more perfectly in the next; what remains, what conclusion have we to draw, unless that living we should no longer live for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ who died for us; that is, we should consecrate to Him every moment of our life, referring to His glory our works, our thoughts, and our affections?

My soul, live henceforward amid the scourges and the thorns of thy Saviour, and there, as a nightingale in its bush, sing sweetly: “Live Jesus, who didst die that my soul might live! Ah, Eternal Father! What can the world return Thee for the present Thou hast made it of Thy only Son? Alas! To redeem a thing so vile as I, the Saviour delivered Himself to death, and, unhappy me! I hesitate to surrender my nothingness to Him who has given me everything.”

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Dear readers, Our Lord suffers so greatly during this time of the Passion of His Bride, the Church! Let’s not allow ourselves to become disheartened, but instead redouble our efforts to behold Him bravely as did Our most Blessed Mother and offer up our own small sufferings in reparation for sins, for the conversion of sinners and for the triumph of the Immaculate heart of Mary in the Consecration of Russia.

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!

A prayer in Gethsemane

“My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Matt. 26, 39)

Today, we will look at Our Lord’s Prayer in the Garden of Olives on that sad and beautiful night which began His Passion and saving death for us. Our basis for this is Father Groenings’ classic, “The Passion of Jesus and Its Hidden Meaning”, from TAN Books. It is available in Kindle and paperback.

As He left the Upper Room, Jesus led His disciples in a Passover hymn, the only time the scriptures record that He sang. When they reached the Garden of Gethsemane, He cautioned the disciples to “Watch, lest ye enter into temptation”. Taking Peter, James and John, He went a bit further and told them, “My soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay you here and watch.” Going forward, He fell on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”

Twice, Jesus interrupted this prayer to return to His apostles, and after each disappointment, returned to this same prayer, “not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”  Luke then tells us, “And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in an agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.”

This passage of the Gospel is one of the richest troves of wisdom for meditation available to us, particularly for times of severest trial and at the hour of death. By working on this now, we prepare ourselves for these inevitable times to come. The first and most obvious thing we all notice is that Jesus is alone in His agony, His closest friends are sleeping, unaware of His great agony of spirit nor even noticing His precious blood being shed.

Think on this. Christ prayed while they slept, unaware of the danger. We too, arise at night and pray for our sleeping brethren, who close their eyes to the danger and sleep on, oblivious. But we who know, must arise and pray with Jesus, our Lord and God. Father Groenings tells us that, “in a family, a single member who knows how to pray well, is often the greatest blessing of the rest. But if those must pray who are among the sleeping, how much more those who are among the dead, i.e., among sinners.” Yes, exactly!

Finally, Christ prayed while His enemies were banding together to take Him prisoner and deliver Him to death on the Cross. In this instance, we are shown the wisdom of Christ, His lesson for us especially at this time. His enemies were uniting in one satanic focus, to destroy Him. His response was to pray! Thus, Our Lord Jesus Christ shows us by His eloquent example that prayer is the primary, the essential weapon when we are attacked or when the Church is attacked by the dark powers of this world. The attack came from within – Judas – and from without – the synagogue of satan. Just as today. Just as today. These things never change. And prayer is the weapon given to us by Our Savior Himself. Without prayer, our other actions cannot succeed.

Continue reading “A prayer in Gethsemane”

True Repentance

During Lent we speak of repentance, do we give much thought to the true meaning of repentance?  Let’s see what the  Curé d’Ars, St. Jean Vianney can tell us:

NOTE: This post and a previous post, Desire and Contrition in Lent are complementary. It is interesting and informative to read them both.


“Woe is me, for I have sinned so much during my life.”

Thus spoke St. Augustine, when he thought over his past life, which he had spent incessantly in the abominable vice of impurity. As often as the thought occurred to him, his heart was torn and devoured by repentance. “Oh, my Lord,” he exclaimed, “I have lived without loving Thee; oh, my Lord, how many precious years have I lost! Deign, O Lord, I implore Thee, to efface from Thy memory my past faults!”

Oh, precious tears, O salutary contrition, which made of such a great sinner so great a saint! Oh, how quickly does a really contrite heart regain the friendship of God! Ah, would to God that every time we let our sins pass before our mind’s eye, we could say with the repentant St. Augustine: “Ah, woe is me. I have sinned much during my life; have mercy on me, O Lord! ” How soon would we alter our mode of living!

Yes, my brethren, let us all who are here present, confess with the same fervent repentance and sincerity, that we are great sinners who deserve to experience the full wrath of God. And let us praise God’s infinite mercy, who gives us abundantly of His treasures to solace us in our misery. If our sins have been ever so great, and our life has been ever so dissolute, we are sure of His pardon, if we follow the example of the prodigal son and throw ourselves with a contrite heart at the feet of the best of fathers.

Sincere hatred

Now let me show to you, my Christian friends, that our repentance must have this quality before it can procure for us pardon for our sins: The sinner must, in consequence of his repentance, hate his sins sincerely, and detest them. To make you fully understand what is meant by repentance, that is, the pain which our sins should cause our conscience− I would have to show you on the one hand the abhorrence which the Lord has for them, and the torments which He had to suffer to gain pardon for them from God the Father and, on the other hand, the blessings we lose by committing sin, and the evils which we bring down upon ourselves in the next world; but no man will ever be able to understand this fully.

But you may ask, “What does this word ‘repentance’ mean, and how can we tell whether we have it or not?” . . . Now, if you ask me what repentance is, I tell you that it is an anguish of the soul, and a detestation for past sin, and a firm resolve never to sin again. Yes, my brethren, this is the foremost of all conditions which God makes before pardoning our sins, and it can never be dispensed with.

Without (repentance), it is impossible, absolutely impossible, to obtain forgiveness. Yes, my brethren, I must say with deep regret that the want of repentance is the cause of a great number of sacrilegious Confessions and Communions, and what is still more to be regretted is the circumstance that many do not realize what a sad state they are in, and live and die in it.

Now, my friends, if we had the misfortune to conceal a sin in Confession, this sin is constantly before our eyes like a monster which threatens to devour us, and it causes us to soon go to Confession again, so as to free ourselves from it.

But it is different with repentance; we confess, but our heart does not take part in the accusation which we make against ourselves. We approach the Holy Sacrament with as cold, unfeeling, and indifferent a heart as if performing an indifferent act of no consequence. Thus we live from day to day, from year to year, until we approach death, when we expect to find that we have done something to our credit, only to discover nothing but sacrileges, which we have committed by our Confessions and Communions.

Oh, my God, how many Christians there are who will discover at the hour of their death nothing but invalid Confessions!

But I will not go further into this matter, for fear that I may frighten you, and yet you ought really to be brought to the verge of despair, so that you may stop immediately, and improve your condition right now, instead of waiting until that moment when you will recognize your condition, and when it will be too late to improve it.

But let us continue with our explanation, and you will soon learn, my brethren, whether you had the repentance in all your Confessions, which is so absolutely necessary for the forgiveness of sin. I said that repentance is an anguish of soul. It is absolutely necessary that a sinner weep over his sins either in this world or the next. In this world we can wipe out our sins by repentance, but not in the next. We should be very grateful to our dear Lord that the anguish of our soul is sufficient for Him to let it be followed by eternal joy, instead of making us suffer that eternal repentance and those awful tortures which would be our lot in the next life, that is, hell.

The Qualities of True Repentance

It must come from the bottom of the heart. It need not necessarily show itself in tears; they are good and useful, but they are not essential. . . The anguish of soul which God demands of us is like the one of which the prophet says: “Rend your heart and not your garments. A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit; a contrite and humbled heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”

Why does God require that our heart should feel this anguish? Because it is in the heart where we commit our sins. “It is the heart,” says the Lord, “where all bad thoughts, all sinful desires, originate.” Therefore, if our heart is guilty, the heart must suffer, or God will never forgive us.

It must be supernatural; that means, that the Holy Ghost and not natural causes must call it forth. To be troubled about a sin one has committed because it would exclude us from paradise and lead us into hell, is a supernatural motive, of which the Holy Ghost is the originator, and will lead to true repentance. But to be troubled about a sin because of the shame of which it will be the consequence, or the misfortune it will cause us, that is merely a natural sorrow, which does not merit pardon. It is perfectly plain, then, that the anguish of soul caused by our sins, must arise from our love of God and our fear of His chastisement.

It must be unlimited, that is, the anguish it calls forth must be greater than any other sorrow, as, for instance, at the loss of our parents, or our health, or in general at the loss of anything that is dearest to us in this life. The reason why our sorrow must be so great is because it must be equivalent to the loss it will cause us, and the misfortune it will bring us after our death. Imagine, then, how great an anguish ought to be ours over a sin which deprives us of all the glories of heaven, alienates our dear Lord from us, and casts us into hell, which is the greatest of all misfortunes.

But, you may ask, how are we to know whether we possess this true repentance? Nothing is easier. If you have real repentance, you will neither act, nor think, as you did before, and you will change your mode of life completely; you will hate what you have loved and you will love what you have despised and avoided.

Repentance must be comprehensive. We see in the lives of the saints, in regard to the comprehensiveness of repentance, that we cannot receive pardon for one sin, even if we have properly repented the same, if we do not feel the same repentance for all our sins.

Lord, if it be possible, make the repentance over my sins equal to the offense which I have given you!

Examine yourselves and see how rare is such repentance. Alas, it is as scarce as a good Confession! Yes, my brethren, a Christian who has sinned and wishes to obtain pardon, must be so minded that he would rather suffer the most cruel tortures than fall back into the sin which he has just confessed. And this disposition is obtained by prayer—earnest, fervent prayer. “Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels. Cast me not away from thy face, and take not thy holy spirit from me,” (Ps. 1. 12)

Joined to this repentance will naturally be a firm resolve not to commit the sin again; and this is the contrite and humbled heart which God will not despise, but receive again as its child, and restore to him all the privileges of a child of God, and heir to the Heavenly Kingdom which I wish you all. Amen.

The excerpts above are from the collection, “Sermons of the  Curé of Ars: Sermons for all the Sundays and Feast Days of the Year”, published by KIC. Kindle Edition.  It is a treasure trove of wisdom from this amazing saint!

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!

Obedient Hearts

Today is the First Friday of March and an excellent time to renew our Act of Reparation to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and our Total Consecration to Him. Our Lord asked for this devotion centuries ago and as the years roll on, it seems that fervor to Him has diminished greatly. And yet He waits for us … There is no expiry date for His requests. There is only the impending judgement.  Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are not optional private devotions. They are the stern commands from God, calling us to repent, to return to His love with humility and obedience.

Even if we are unable to offer Our Lord a Mass of Reparation today, let us at least offer Him our prayers, penances and a good Spiritual Communion. We can renew our Consecration to His Sacred Heart and  to the Immaculata as well. And there is one more tool in our spiritual arsenal:

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, animated with a desire to repair the outrages unceasingly offered to You, I kneel before Your throne of mercy and on behalf of my family and Church, pledge love and fidelity to You.

† The more Your mysteries are blasphemed, the more firmly I will believe them, O Sacred Heart of Jesus!
The more hearts despise and ignore Your love, the more I will love You, O loving Heart of Jesus!
The more that scientistic unbelief attacks Your Divinity, the more humbly and profoundly I shall adore You, O Divine Heart of Jesus!
The more Your sacraments are despised and blasphemed, the more frequently I will receive them with love and reverence, most generous Heart of Jesus!
The more Your holy laws are transgressed and ignored, the more I will take care to observe them, most holy Heart of Jesus!
The more that You are blasphemed and scorned in the Holy Eucharist, Your Sacrament of Love, the more ardently I will adore You, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!
The more the imitation of Your virtues is scorned and forgotten, the more I will endeavor to practice them, most obedient Heart of Jesus.
The more the devil strives to destroy souls, the more I will be inflamed to save them by penances and prayers to You, most zealous Lover of Souls!
The more sin and impurity deface and destroy Your divine image in man, the more I shall try by purity of life to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!
The more Your Holy Church is scorned and compromised, the more I will endeavor to be her faithful child, Most Loving Heart of Jesus!
The more that hubris, heresy and apostasy threaten our Holy Church, the more I will turn to Your Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Your Mother to save us, O Sacred Heart of Jesus!
The more Your Immaculate Mother is blasphemed, the more I will increase my fervent devotions to her, Most Devoted Heart of Jesus!
The more Your Church is persecuted, the more I will pray and sacrifice for for her triumph and exaltation, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!

Let us pray:  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, always obedient to the Eternal Father, teach us to be ever obedient and humble in the face of the diabolical disorientation that has sown such chaos in the Church and disheartened so many. Suffer us not to be scandalized by this long, dark night of the soul of our Church, but to persevere in loving obedience trusting always in Your Sacred Heart and in Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Amen.

Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Sacred Heart of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee.

This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee. I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O most merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited.

I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee. I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite goodness, grant that my name be engraved on Thee, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen (composed by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)

And don’t forget the prayer of St. Michael the Archangel of Fatima:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages, and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. Through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

My own favorite is the Sorrowful Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary, but I bet you already knew that!

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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Quinquagesima Sunday

“The Cross is suffering viewed in the supernatural light of faith as an instrument of salvation and sanctification, and therefore, as an instrument of love.”

Today, Quinquagesima Sunday, we prepare for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 14. As always, we look to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our true Mother to inspire us and guide us this holy season of repentance.

The Passion of the Church

Although Our Lord’s own chosen Apostles fled His Passion, no one could keep the Woman away. Unlike the sentimental pictures which sometimes show Mary fainting at the foot of the Cross, Mary stood there, intent on sharing every excruciating detail of the ignominy her beloved Son suffered. Just as she had freely chosen to become His Mother, she chose to behold Him tortured from head to foot and torn from her by the cruelest of deaths. She not only accepted this, she offered this; this sharing in His Passion, sharing even in His death, uniting Their hearts forever for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity and in loving reparation for the sins of men, for our sins, for my sins.

Mary’s heart, like Christ’s whole crushed and bruised being , was transformed with anguish by the sins of mankind … Mary became the Queen of martyrs because, after Jesus, she has endured the greatest martyrdom of heart … her sufferings are fruitful for us in a way that we can scarcely suspect…(from Father Garrigou-Lagrange, “Mary, the Model of Reparation”).

Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen tells us,

“The sacrifice of Jesus became Mary’s sacrifice not only because Mary offered it together with Jesus, and in Him, offered her own Son, but also because by this offering she completed the most profound holocaust of herself, since Jesus was the center of her affections and of her whole life. God, Who had given her this Divine Son, asked on Calvary for a return of His gift, and Mary offered Jesus to the Father with all the love of her Immaculate Heart in complete adherence to the divine will.”  …

“Let us contemplate Mary’s sorrows, sympathise with her and ask her for the invaluable grace of sharing with her in the Passion of Jesus. Let us remember that this participation is not meant to be merely sentimental — even though this sentiment is good and holy — but it must lead us to real compassion, that is, to suffering with Jesus and Mary. The sufferings God sends us have no other purpose.

“The sight of Mary at the foot of the Cross makes the lesson of the Cross less hard and less bitter; her maternal example encourages us to suffer (with her) and makes the road to Calvary easier. Let us go then with Mary, to join Jesus on Golgotha; let us go with her to meet our own cross, and sustained by her, let us embrace it willingly, uniting it with her Son’s Cross.” (Divine Intimacy)

From Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity:

“You are there, O Mary, at the foot of the Cross, standing in strength and courage; and my Master says to me, ‘Ecce mater tua’. Behold your Mother. He gives you to me for my Mother! And now that He has returned to His Father, and has put me in His place on the Cross so that I may fill up in my flesh for His Body, which is the Church, you are still there, O Mary, to teach me to suffer as He did, to let me hear the last song of His soul which no one but you, O Mother, could overhear.”

It is only when we take His place, accepting the Cross, that we can share the thoughts of her sorrowful heart, and it is from the Cross that we can see heaven. 

The Tears of Our Sorrowful Mother

Hail, countless and bitter tears from thy eyes, O Mary, tears of compassion for thy Son, our Savior crucified! May all thy children revere them, all sinners flee to them for refuge, for they spring from thy Sorrowful Heart.

O Mother of Sorrows! Merciful Mother! Even as His Precious Blood flowed, so did thy tears, made bitter by the indifference of thy children who spurn thy Son and Savior’s precious gift.

O burning tears, beautiful, loving tears, which move the angels to pity and touch the heart of the Eternal Father! Soften my hard heart and move it to true sorrow for my sins which cause thy tears!

Holy Tears, wash me! Bitter tears, purify me! Gentle tears, soften my heart! Burning tears inflame my heart! Merciful tears, rich in grace, heal and strengthen me with grace!

O most gentle, sorrowful Mother, sharing thy Son’s passion, mingling thy tears with His precious blood, I beseech thee, grant me the grace of tears and heartfelt contrition for my sins. Grant that I may shed repentant tears over my sins which cause Him such cruel suffering.

O most merciful Virgin, offer thy bitter tears to the Eternal Father in reparation for my tepidity and hardness of heart. Through their merit, obtain mercy for me and pardon for all my sins.

Grant, O dearest Mother, at the hour of death, just one of thy precious tears to cleanse my soul of sin. Amen.

And now, at this time, in this place, we stand with our Sorrowful Mother at the crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ. We are not here to faint away, overcome with despair! We will be strong as our Mother is strong. Although on our own we lack that strength, in her we find the grace and virtues we need.

Perhaps you would like:

The Message of Fatima for the Post-Synodal Church

Mary’s Promise, 2017


   Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, obtain for us by your loving intercession the grace and courage to persevere in the coming trials of faith.
 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, terror of demons, protect our priests!
 St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

For more on the Sorrowful Heart of Mary, including the Seven Sorrows Devotion, see our earlier post,  Our Lady of Sorrows, 2014.

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

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Fatima’s Message is Obedience


Fatima’s Message is Obedience.

The reason for stating it now is that it seems to be getting overlooked in many commentaries. For instance; much is made of the Third Secret of Fatima, whether it was completely revealed by the Vatican in 2000, and myriad speculations about what may have been unrevealed, and why that may have occurred.

Into the mix, we have the recent interview with Bishop Fellay with  Maike Hickson, published by 1P5. Today, Feb. 10, 2018, the Society posted the interview on their site, here. One pertinent excerpt:

Hickson: . . . “What is, in your own view, the reason for the continued hesitancy of those people in the Church who could disclose, for the greater good, much more information? What do they still have to fear or to lose? Would such a disclosure not be an act of mercy toward the suffering Church in this deep crisis?”

Bishop Bernard Fellay: “I remember that Sr. Lucy, in an interview with a cardinal from India in the mid-1990s, was very afraid that the Pope would publish the Secret. She said, if she were to give the Holy Father advice, she would caution great prudence. If, for instance, the text contained something like the coming of the Antichrist or something else quite serious that would cast grave doubt on the authority of the Church, it could be a reason the same authorities are hesitant to publish this. I don’t pretend these examples are the case; I am simply speculating as to what some possible reasons might be for not releasing it.”

Since the interview was published,  readers have asked; Does this mean that we are not to pray for the release of the Third Secret? If Sister Lucia does not want us to know the secret, what was Fatima about? Is Fatima no longer relevant?

Before answering, I’d like to stress that I am only explaining my own understanding of the Message of Fatima and our necessary response to it.

It seems clear to me that Bishop Fellay, in his answer, was simply attempting to offer to the interviewer, his own speculations as to why those who control the Vatican have chosen not to release the Third Secret of Fatima. I did not understand Bishop Fellay’s answer as a call to abandon the message of Fatima, nor as a justification for the continued disobedience of the Vatican, but as an attempt to explain  the reasoning of those who remain obstinate in disobeying the Immaculate Mother of God.

That the Blessed Virgin clearly wished the Third Secret revealed is documented in exquisite detail by Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité in the three volumes of his “The Whole Truth About Fatima”.  Volume III details everything necessary to understand completely the context of the Third Secret and the absolute importance of the obedience of the Church with regards to it.

The second point that needs to preface any remarks here is  that every single authentic revelation exists to affirm the absolute importance of obeying God. Authentic revelation never contradicts itself. God has given His beloved children (for so we are!) free will only that we might choose to love Him, and to that end, to remedy our disobedience, heal it and save us, He gives us His most beloved Son, to surrender His precious life for our salvation, and He gives us His most pure and delightful creature, the Blessed Virgin Mary, to be our Mother and our sure path back to Him, in His Heaven prepared for us from all eternity.

Therefore, I see in the Message of Fatima, as in the entire history of salvation, a tender and merciful call to return to Him to His commands, in humility and obedience.

In Volume III, we read:

On July 13, 1917:

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.

If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out in the reign of Pius XI.

When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father.

To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays.

If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.

In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved.”

(The Unreleased portion of the Secret…)

In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.” 

Thus, you see all depends upon an obedient Pope and obedient Churchmen as well as obedient laity. This did not occur.

After Pope Pius XI’s first refusal in 1931, chastisement had struck Catholic Spain.

After his second refusal in 1937, Europe had foolishly hurled itself into a world war.

After Pope John XXIII’s disobedience, came the onslaught of the spiritual chastisement and the occupation of the See of Peter by the ancient enemy.

My understanding of Bishop Fellay’s remarks is that he is emphasising our need to comply with the message of Fatima as we know it to be revealed and not continue to seek after ever more knowledge.

Regarding the vaguely stated reference to a reputed comment of Sister Lúcia to an unnamed cardinal of India in the 1990’s, there is insufficient information to understand why Sister Lúcia, after a lifetime of obedience to Our Lady, would suddenly be,  “very afraid that the Pope would publish the Secret. She said, if she were to give the Holy Father advice, she would caution great prudence.” How is it that she would feel afraid that the Pope would finally accede to the extensively documented and consistently reiterated demand of the Mother of God that her message be revealed?

Since I do not have the answer, and this purported statement of Sister Lúcia’s contradicts every other statement that is available to me, I do not see its relevance.  Therefore, to those who ask me, I would say that we must all continue to do our utmost to follow what we know to be true of the Message of Fatima. As we have often reiterated:

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Most Holy Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and as the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven. ( SisterLúcia of Fátima)

What steps are called for today?

To begin with, at a minimum:

    • Consecrate yourself immediately to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. No specific formula is required for this, nor is any priest required for this initial step. Just kneel down now and sign yourself with the Cross, begging the Blessed Virgin Mary in her perfect purity and fullness of grace to take you as her child and help you to turn from your sins and follow her commands, trusting her to lead you to perfect obedience to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Resolve to surrender your entire being, body and soul, mind and will, to her to do with as she wills.
    • Pray Our Lady’s Rosary every day, at least 5 decades, but all three if possible. Optimally, pray the rosary with your family or friends whenever possible.
    • Wear Our Lady’s Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel. If you were enrolled previously, you may simply begin wearing it, if not enrolled, a priest may enroll you.
    • Obtain St. Louis de Montfort’s or St. Maximilian Kolbe’s program for Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Both can be found online. The true total consecration must be lived daily, indeed minute by minute.  It is easy once you understand that it doesn’t depend on your effort, it depends on your constant trust in Mary, your Mother.
    • Avoid the Novus Ordo Mass and all sacraments using post-Vatican II ritual. The changes  instituted by the Vatican II “reforms”  are the fruits of an arrogant, disobedient faction of the true Church. Eschew all modernism and attend a true, traditional Mass.
    • Make Our Lady’s First Saturdays for at least five months in a row. Better, continue them in a spirit of reparation for all the Catholics who do not obey Our Lady.
    • Fulfill the duties of your state in life with humility and obedience, as a faithful child of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, offering your daily sacrifices of self in reparation for sins and for the conversion of poor sinners.
    • Inform yourself of the true doctrine of the faith and help inform others of the Fatima Message.

† . 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!