On the eve of the battle

 

“With great longing I desire the spread of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for this heart is the magnet that draws hearts to Me, the heart that radiates to the world the streams of my light and my love. It is finally, the inexhaustible spring from which flows into the world the living water of my mercy.” (Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Lucia, 1943, quoted in Sister Lucia’s letter to Bishop Gurza, May 27, 1943)

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night before He died for our sins, promised us, “I will not leave you orphans.” Thus, he spoke to Sister Lucia in 1943 in order to offer us in this sad Passion of His Church, the Immaculate Heart of His Mother as the inexhaustible spring of living water of His Mercy. Those who remain obstinately indifferent to this do so to their own eternal destruction.

It can be difficult to discern the true path amidst this diabolical smoke and carnage of the great spiritual battle. But Our Lord offers us the remedy: the Heart of Mary, that radiates His light and love to strengthen and guide us safely. In the Message of Fatima, we are given  a key to comprehend the mysterious passage in Chapter 12, Apocalypse:

“A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars …And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, …And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

The three parts of the Fatima message can be applied fruitfully here. Briefly, the three parts may be described as:

  1. The warning about the horror of Hell.
  2. Heaven’s plan to avoid this terrible fate and a promise for those who obey God’s plan.
  3. While the third part is not fully revealed, it concerns the frightful consequences for disobeying, that is, the Chastisement and it holds out the promise of victory through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Today, we see clearly the results of this. The reality of Hell is denied, all the way to the top of the institutional Church, misleading many poor sinners. The almost total indifference of the clergy, hierarchy and laity to Heaven’s merciful plan, the true message of Fatima. And so, the Chastisement continues apace, with no mitigation possible at this late point. But what remains is for us few faithful to obey, to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to her message in order to save as many souls as possible. All this is overwhelming, but there is also much reason for hope, for those who heed Our Lady of Fatima and hold firm to the Faith. For, as Our Lady of the Rosary has promised,

“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.”

Due to the disobedience of the popes, to this day the third part of the Message, the Third Secret remains clouded in mystery; however, by all reliable accounts it includes the prophecy that if her commands were not obeyed, the Church would be afflicted with severe chastisements, including an apostasy that would begin at the top, that is, with the pontiff himself. This is what we are experiencing in our day and has also been foretold in many other church-approved revelations, many of which we have already discussed in earlier posts. All together, the Message of Fatima, in all three parts applies to the great battle between the Woman clothed with the Sun and the satanic red dragon.

At this point, the dragon fights the Woman through the two beasts, who receive their power through him and serve him totally. Let’s review the relevant passage:

“And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten diadems, and upon his heads names of blasphemy.  And the beast, which I saw, was like to a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his own strength, and great power.  And I saw one of his heads as it were slain to death: and his death’ s wound was healed. And all the earth was in admiration after the beast. And they adored the dragon, which gave power to the beast: and they adored the beast, saying: Who is like to the beast? and who shall be able to fight with him?  And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemies: and power was given to him to do two and forty months.

“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.  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.  And he did great signs, so that he made also fire to come down from heaven unto the earth in the sight of men.  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. 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)

An important note to all who would understand the mysterious visions of the Apocalypse is:

“The several visions are considered not to be successive, but contemporaneous, with occasional recapitulations, and to represent the condition of the Church in all ages, under different aspects.” (The Explanation of the Apocalypse by Venerable Bede, preface).

And so, we believe that we may learn from the passage of the Two Beasts something profitable for us in these times, notwithstanding its relevance for other times, both before and possibly after our own time.

In her book, “Beyond Politics”, Solange Hertz affirms that the Dragon and the Two Beasts comprise a diabolical trinity as Satan ever only apes the God he has spurned. Of himself, he can do nothing else than make his hatred evident in this blasphemous parody of the Holy Trinity. In this diabolic mockery, satan, the Dragon represents God the Father, while the first Beast, the Godless State, parodies the Son, while the second Beast, the Godless church, parodies the Holy Ghost. Both beasts, it must be noted are actual people, not simply symbols of movements.

Hertz explains the parallels between the Most Holy Trinity and satan’s mockery thus, The Son of God redeemed man and founded His Holy Church, while the first Beast, the Lord of the World,  receives all his power from Satan in order to war unceasingly against the Church of Christ. The second Beast, wars directly against the Holy Ghost and His Immaculate Spouse, who nourish the Church. He is the False Prophet and it is fitting that he thus constantly represents himself as humble, holy and in all things, “moved by the holy Spirit”. That is to say, the second beast personifies the sin against the Holy Spirit, the sin unto death. As the true leaders of the Church are marked by speaking the truth clearly and simply, this beast speaks in deceiving ambiguity and contradictions. His actions are blasphemies against all three Persons of the Holy Trinity and especially against the Immaculate One who will crush his head.

Remember what  Sister Lúcia told Father Fuentes, “the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Also, from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.“ 

During the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, those whom He called friends either betrayed Him, like Judas, denied Him like St. Peter or ran and hid, like the other Apostles. All but John the beloved, who stood with Mary by the Cross. We have but one chance, this brief life of ours, to serve Our Lord, and then we face eternity. Now, my friends we have been given this priceless chance – for all eternity, to do something the original apostles failed to do –

Here we are, again at the Passion of Our Lord, suffering in His Mystical Body, the Church. Again being betrayed by Peter, and once again, the apostles are failing. But this is, as I said, a priceless chance. The original followers of Our Lord did not have the benefit of our knowledge. We have been warned beforehand, we have the sacred scriptures which explain all this, and we have the revelations given by our own Most Blessed Mother at Fatima. There is no need for dismay, certainly no reason at all to doubt that she will. triumph and once again Our Lord will raise the Church to glory. In His love for us, actually His love for His Mother, for His Church and for us, the precious souls He has redeemed, He offers us the opportunity to gain heaven and save many, many precious souls. Now this golden chance is ours, the path to heaven has been clearly marked out by Our Lady of the Rosary, her message of Fatima.

“With great longing I desire the spread of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for this heart is the magnet that draws hearts to Me, the heart that radiates to the world the streams of my light and my love. It is finally, the inexhaustible spring from which flows into the world the living water of my mercy.”

Please note those words above: Our Lord affirms that the Immaculate Heart of Mary is “the inexhaustible spring”  from which the living water of His Divine Mercy flows into the world. Not false devotions, but the true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Return to Fatima! It is never too late to learn to serve God in the way that He Himself commands of us. 

  Pray the Rosary and confound satan and all those who serve him.

  Immaculate Mary, Mother of our Savior and Spouse of the Holy Ghost, pray for us, pray for the Church!

  Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests!

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done!

† St. Joseph, protector of the Holy Family, protect our families!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

 

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

Lift up your hearts!

 

Two readers forwarded the following from the newsletter of the Society of St. Pius X. “You may find in this some encouragement” one remarked. And so I have. Many of us have prayed ardently for. someone strong to take up the banner for the Immaculata and lead us in a renewed devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is so encouraging to find this occurring just as we have prayed so ardently for leadership to arise!

Dear members of the Society, dear readers,

With joy we inaugurate a new spiritual practice that will be dedicated especially to the Blessed Virgin. We will do this on May 13, the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima, and during this year when we will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the consecration of the Society of Saint Pius X to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, which Abp. Marcel Lefebvre performed in Ecône on December 8, 1984. This twofold commemoration, however must not remain a pious memory, a bit sentimental and pleasant, of course, but without any effect on our spiritual life.

The reason for the existence of this new practice is to reawaken our souls, to rekindle our fervor, and to remind us vividly of the total dependence of the Society of Saint Pius X on Our Lady.

I wish to encourage you to read and to meditate on this consecration. The words pronounced by our founder were well-aimed and still have a burning relevance: the errors denounced in them certainly have not disappeared. On the contrary, they have grown and multiplied like cancer cells; they have gained ground and seem to have invaded the whole public square. My intention is not to make a negative, discouraging observation, as though everything that has been done was of no use. No, the battle continues as long as it has not been won; the struggle to drive out the sickness continues as long as there is any life. And we will fight as long as it takes, with the same weapons: recourse to the Virgin Mary, especially to her Immaculate Heart, the refuge of sinners and of combatants.

Our dear Society finds itself at the center of the storm which has always been raging against the Holy Church of Jesus Christ. If we do not want to perish or be overwhelmed in the middle of the sea and the waves of this world that has gone mad, then we must fix our sights and our hearts on the Woman who shines with such a pure light, the Morning Star who continually shows us the course to follow.

For these reasons, dear friends, dear readers, I can only encourage you to try to live out more and more the consecration that was performed almost 35 years ago. A consecration is not a pretty text that you read once or on each anniversary and can let yourself forget afterward. It is a practical, concrete commitment in everyday life. It is a humble, confident, imploring prayer. It is loving surrender, without reservations and without going back. Everything has been given and entrusted into the hands of the Queen of Heaven: all the members of the Society, its spiritual family, its properties, its houses, the souls of all the faithful and its entire apostolate which is carried on throughout the world. “Our Society is your domain,” the text proclaims. May this not be mere words, but rather an ever more living reality. This is the hope that I formulate and address to Heaven.

Every Saturday and on every feast day of the Blessed Virgin, you will find a new text to help you along these lines. Be generous and faithful in reading them and meditating on them so as to put them into practice. Only She who is without sin can preserve us from error, blindness, and discouragement. If we think that we are strong, we will fall. But if, convinced of our weakness and fragility, we turn to Her, then She will open her motherly Heart to us, she will take us under her protection and will lead us safe and sound to the harbor of salvation.

Don Davide Pagliarani

Society of St. Pius X consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

To thee, O Immaculate Mother of God, do we have recourse in this supreme hour of mankind’s need, amidst such storms indeed as have never been known, shaking Mother Church to her very foundations. Thou, who standing by the foot of the Cross, didst once share so closely in the sufferings of thy Divine Son, with what compassion art thou not moved today for the suffering of His Mystical Body, the Church!

Whilst outside the Church, Communism has so spread its errors in all directions that the Church herself is infected by them, at the same time within her very bosom the virus of a false ecumenism poisons souls without number, either tearing them away or keeping them outside of the unity of the true Faith and the one and only Ark of Salvation.

Amidst so many ruins, so many betrayals, may it please Almighty God, following an ancient example, to prepare this priestly society of ours, a small band of rebuilders, who being truly aware of their own frailty turn today to thee, Virgin most powerful Help of Christians. For distrusting in our own strength, so little before the magnitude of the task entrusted to us, we wish to place ourselves under thy motherly and powerful protection, O Virgin who art terrible as an army arrayed in battle, to whom from the beginning it was promised Thou wouldst tread upon the head of the serpent.

Amidst those dangers hanging over our heads, we beg and beseech God, Who has deigned to call us to the service of His Church, that He deign to seal and confirm our calling through thee, O Ark of the Covenant!

And so, O Immaculate Virgin, before thy throne of grace today we prostrate ourselves, and desiring to increase thy praise and glory so that to the filial love of Christ thy Son towards thee, O most sweet Mother of ours, we may here and now add our humble contribution to thee, beneath the most special title of thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.

We irrevocably consecrate our Priestly Society of St. Pius X with its priests, seminarians, and brothers, sisters, oblates and tertiaries, with all its spiritual family.

In order that thou should be now the Lady and Queen of our Society and fraternity, by a perpetual donation into thy hands, we offer and we entrust our possessions and our homes that they may truly belong to thee: our bodies and also our souls, indeed, our whole selves we hand over and consecrate, that thou mayest ever have us ready at thy command.

The souls also entrusted to us we hand over to thee, that thou mayest guard them beneath thy motherly care. Finally, our apostolate we commend to thee, and we relinquish it that it may be wholly thine, O Queen of Apostles! Thus, Our Society is now wholly thy domain!

Hold it so firmly, O Tower of David, that it may never turn from the right path. O Virgin most faithful, keep every member most unshakably attached to it. Guard our faith virginally intact, O Virgin most pure, thou Who has received the power to crush all heresies throughout the entire world.

Keep for the Church, O thou who art Full of Grace, her Sacrifice of the Mass according to the ancient and venerable Roman rite, sure conveyor of grace, and to it keep us most faithful. Cause to flourish within us, O Queen of all Saints, the holiness of the priesthood, of religion, of the family. Guard, O Mother of Divine Grace, our Society as a fruitful and ever-living branch of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

Obtain for us the grace, O Mother of the Church, whereby we may from day to day become in the hands of God an instrument more docile and more apt for the saving of the greatest number of souls. That we may know that thou hast heard our prayers, O Virgin most Clement, send us those many workers whom the Divine Lord of the Harvest calls into His mission-fields.

Grant us, finally, O Mother of the Sovereign High Priest, the grace by which to work for the restoration of the Catholic priesthood and thereby for the splendor of the priestly soul of Christ, illuminated by Whose rays may persons and families and nations at length obtain the establishing of His Kingdom.

Relying on our title of the Apostles of Jesus and Mary, we promise thee, O Queen of Martyrs and Confessors, that we shall labor until our last breath for the restoring of all things in Christ, for the spreading of His Kingdom, and for the preparing of the glorious triumph of thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Mary. Amen.

(LINK) I have bolded some portions for emphasis.

As you read this, I hope you, too, will be encouraged! Take heart, for we are beginning to see the response of the Immaculata to our fervent prayers. As you know, we are seeing a very rapid escalation of the evil enemies who possess the citadel at this time.And so many of the once-faithful have either lost hope or become indifferent to this spiritual combat being waged.

But we are also seeing a courageous response of many faithful, a desire to return to the devotion which our Lord Jesus Christ offers us; devotion to His Sacred Heart and to the Sorrowful and  Immaculate Heart, the only devotion which is guaranteed by Our Lady herself to bring about the victory.  Oh please return once more, lift up your hearts and return to Fatima!

Don’t let up on your Rosaries, nor weary of reparation, for many souls depend on us right now!

I am so grateful for your patience in continuing to read my “nagging” posts! I pray for you always!

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, Mother of Priests, 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!
†  O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse thee!
†  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!

May 13, 1917, Mary’s Promise

 

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

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

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

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

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

“I am of Heaven.”

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

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

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

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

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On Mother’s Day, to Mary, 2019

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

To Mary, Most Merciful Mother

This Mother’s Day, let’s first of all honor Mary, whom Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us for our own Mother. The following post is loosely based on meditations from St. Alphonsus de Liguori’s “The Glories of Mary”.

Most merciful Mother, grant that I may love thee more and more!
Most merciful Mother, grant that I may love thee more and more!

In giving us Jesus, Mary gave us the true life; and by offering upon Calvary the life of her Son for our salvation, she then brought us forth into the life of divine grace. Thus, at two different times Mary became our spiritual mother; the first when she was found worthy of conceiving in her virginal womb the Son of God, our Savior, as St. Albert Magnus says.

St. Bernardine of Sienna more distinctly teaches us that when the most holy Virgin at the annunciation of the angel gave her consent to become mother of the eternal Word, which He awaited before making Himself her Son, she by this consent even from that time beseeched God with lively affection for our salvation; and she was so earnestly engaged in obtaining it, that from that time she has been our Mother.

Indeed, when in the Gospel we read that Mary brought forth her first-born Son, that refers to the fact that since Mary was and always remained an immaculate virgin, her other children are her spiritual children, that is to say, we are her children. Thus, as St. Alphonsus relates, “Our Lord revealed this to St. Gertrude who reading one day the passage of (St. Luke’s) Gospel was troubled, not knowing how to understand it, that Mary being mother of Jesus Christ alone, it could be said that He was her first-born. And God explained it to her, by telling her that Jesus was her first-born according to the flesh, but men were her second-born according to the spirit.”

Additionally, Mary brought us forth to grace when on Calvary, she offered to the eternal Father with so much sorrow of heart the life of her beloved Son for our salvation. Wherefore, St. Augustine asserts that, by her loving co-operation with Christ in the birth of the faithful into the life of grace, she became also by this co-operation the spiritual mother of us all. And then she in her sorrow brought us forth to eternal life; so that we may all call ourselves children of the Sorrowful Heart of Mary.

She, our most loving mother, was always wholly united to the Divine will; hence St. Bonaventure remarks, that when she saw the love of the Eternal Father for men, who would have His Son die for our salvation, and the love of the Son in willing to die for us, she too with her whole will, offered her Son and consented that He should die that we might be saved, in order to conform herself to that exceeding love of the Father and Son for the human race.

When God the Eternal Father saw the great desire of Mary to devote herself also to the salvation of men, He ordained that by the sacrifice and offering of the life of this same Jesus, she might co-operate with Him in the work of our salvation, and thus become mother of our souls. And this our Savior signified, when, before He died, He saw from the cross His mother and the disciple St. John both standing near Him, and first spoke to Mary: ‘Woman, Behold thy son’. And then turning to the disciple, He said: ‘Behold thy mother’. By which words, says St. Bernardine of Sienna, Mary was then made Mother not only of St. John, but of all men, for the love she bore them.

By giving us His own Mother to be our Mother, Our Lord was tenderly telling us, even as He was dying for love of us, “See, we shall be brothers now, My Mother will be thy Mother!” St. Anselm, full of joy at this thought, exclaimed, “Oh, blessed confidence! The mother of God is my mother also. With what certainty may we hope, since our salvation depends upon the sentence of a good brother and of a kind mother! Hear, then, our mother who calls us, and says to us; ‘Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me.’ Little children have always on their lips the word mother, and in all the dangers to which they are exposed, and in all their fears, they cry mother, Ah, most sweet Mary!”

Most loving mother! You desire that we become your children, and call upon you in all our dangers, and have recourse to you, for you will aid and save us, as you have saved all your children who have had recourse to you. How ungrateful would we be and how unfaithful to God’s will, if we did not turn to you for help, and  so we  take you for our own Blessed Mother, our safe refuge and the way which will lead us to God!

Prayer to Mary, my Mother

O, most holy mother, how is it possible that, having so holy a mother, I should be so sinful? How can I be so indifferent to thee, dearest Mother, who art given to me by my Savior Himself? I no longer deserve to be thy child, because by my bad life I have rendered myself unworthy. With thy help, I renounce all my sins, and all my bad habits. And I will be thy child and thou wilt be my mother.

O Mother! This name wholly consoles me, melts me, and reminds me of my obligation to love thee. I call thee Mother and this name encourages me to confide in thee. When I am the most terrified at the thought of my sins and of the divine justice, I am comforted by the remembrance that thou art my mother and will never fail me.

Permit me, then, to call thee my mother, my sweetest mother. Thus I call thee, and thus I will ever call thee. Thou shalt always be my hope, my refuge, and my love, in this valley of tears. O most merciful Mother, keep me close to thee always and permit never more to stray from thee and when death comes, may I be ever faithful, commending my soul, at the last moment, into thy sacred hands, saying: “My mother, my mother Mary, help me, and bring me to Jesus, my Lord and my God.” Amen. 

 

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.

 

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

Vos estis lux mundi, faking it

 

Out of the darkness of the Bergoglian Vatican, issues forth  “Vos estis lux mundi”  (You are the light of the world), the Lavender Pope’s moto proprio on clerical sex abuse. As one would expect, it is being hailed by all the secular media in glowing terms as, “groundbreaking”, “strict”, “sweeping” and so on. Yet no mention at all of any true reform which would have to begin with enforcing the rule of chastity, a small detail of observing one’s vows to God. There was a time when even among the unchurched, a man was judged by his integrity, that is to say, whether he could be trusted to keep his word. Ah, but that was long ago, wasn’t it?

I regret that I’m not presently well enough to post, but offer the following “re-run” from 2014, which seems to be worth some consideration in this time of treachery and deceit from the man who purports to be the Vicar of Christ, yet serves the Father of Lies.

 

“Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus, the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way, the devil will succeed in leaving souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.

That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag innumerable 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.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima to Father Agustin Fuentes, December, 1957)

In that same interview, Sister Lucia had stated that the Blessed Virgin Mary was very sorrowful because no one had heeded her message. She also stressed that at that particular time, that is, in 1957, “the punishment from heaven is imminent.” Sister Lucia had earlier, in 1955, told Cardinal Ottaviani that the secret was to be revealed in 1960, “because it will be clearer then“. 

Indeed, everything did become clearer in 1960, but it is only with our 20-20 hindsight that this is so. Ever the incorrigible optimist, Pope John XXIII dismissed Our Lady’s message as not for his time and locked it away in the Vatican archives. Meanwhile, he proceeded apace with his plans to convoke an ecumenical council. Yet even as all this was being done, homosexual activists had infiltrated the universities and seminaries, corrupting the priests who became Bishops and Cardinals. As predicted by Sister Lucia, the devil did in fact, lead many souls to Hell by way of priests and nuns corrupted from their true vocations.

By the time “Good Pope John” opened his council, the die was already cast. His disobedience to the command of the Blessed Virgin Mary meant that the Council could never be efficacious in saving souls. For the fruit of disobedience never advances us spiritually. And in fact, the Holy Roman Catholic Church has suffered brutally since then as increasingly the cult of homoheresy within the hierarchy of the Church has promoted devastating liturgical abuses, murky doctrines and has shown itself incapable of leading the faithful through the morass of a worldwide collapse of culture.

As we read Sister Lucia’s message, it is clear that it foretold a massive falling-away from the Faith. Her words, “The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag innumerable 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.” demonstrate a chilling prescience, don’t they?

Far from being a chaste, “Alter Christus”, a priest who is actively engaged in the homosexual lifestyle is living in a state of hardened mortal sin. His soul, totally dead to the sanctifying grace necessary for union with Christ is withered and although he may pose as an “alter Christus”, he is in fact, a diabolical deceiver, in no way able to effectively guide souls who entrust their salvation to him.

If you doubt the extent or even the existence of the homosexual mafia that wields such power in the Church today, the best suggestion I can give is to get Randy Engel’s book, The Rite of Sodomy. Although I already owned a few books on the subject and had read extensively on it, it was not until I purchased Engels’  The Rite of Sodomy and waded through its five volumes that I was able to clearly grasp the hideous extent and nature of the filth permeating our poor Church. Just the footnotes and bibliography make up nearly half the book. Although I initially purchased the Kindle version, I plan to obtain the printed one as well. The 5th volume is a more recent update that pulls everything together nicely, and I’m thinking that as the media gradually begin covering this stinking scandal, Mrs. Engel will once again join the fray with an even better update.

The “gay marriage” agenda is being shoved through all over the world and now we have Cardinal Timothy Dolan using his bully pulpit to commend a sports figure who has “come out of the closet”. That must be one nasty closet!. Cardinal Dolan is simply following the trend set by Pope “Who am I to judge” Francis.  (NOTE: This was written years ago and has been superseded by even ore evidence of Dolan’s betrayals.) You get the picture of a hierarchy that is aware that it cannot oppose the sodomite agenda because it is actually part and parcel to it. The Scottish Cardinal who tried to oppose “gay marriage” was called out by his own homosexual priests. That is a pretty vivid lesson right there. You will notice that no such public outing has happened to Mahoney or Dolan. For good reason.

The prophecy that, “The apostasy will begin at the top” is closely connected with the flood of impurity among consecrated souls foretold by Sister Lucia. They are both part of the chastisement visited on the Church as a result of the hierarchy’s lack of obedience to Our Lady of Fatima’s request. Even if you doubt this, consider a moment throughout all ages in times of crisis, God has repeatedly called His chosen ones to repentance and prayer. Look around at the world in shambles  — and consider if it would not be better to devote more time to prayer, more effort to penance, especially the secret penance of simply choosing to serve Jesus and not ourselves each day!

Hasn’t the world got enough people brimming with self esteem and ambition? Enough people who know it all, and yet are ignorant of the wisdom of the Cross? Now is the time to renew our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We are all here at this moment in time because Our Lord has invited us to attend to His Passion, the Passion of His Church.

The Apostles who fled Our Lord when Judas betrayed Him were given a second chance as they gathered around Our Blessed Mother in the Upper Room. We shall not be so favored. The time is soon coming when you will be irrevocably challenged and if you fail to join the fray now, you may not be able to withstand the horrors of the persecution to follow.

As Catholics, we tend to avoid criticism of our priests, Bishops and especially our Pope.  But now is the time to speak the truth in justice and love. Remember that love is never separated from truth; love never serves lying coverups. The professional Catholic talking heads who attack anyone who brings up pederasty in the priesthood are only serving the father of lies, they are not tolerant, they are not truthful and they are betraying the Catholic Faith.

Our Church will be restored but it will only come through the perfect purity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is, by the grace of Our Savior, our loving Mother. She has assured us that, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” And so this tremendous spiritual battle between the filthy evil of satan  and the unconquerable purity of the Most Holy Virgin has begun.

“…She  … cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array. Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin. Give me strength against thine enemies. Amen.” (Prayer from Prime, Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Pray the Rosary !

†  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!
† O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
†  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!

Dispelling Confusion?

 

Note: Post edited for clarity 9:00 am.

Have you heard of  Cardinal Raymond Burke’s crusade to Storm Heaven with a goal to “dispel confusion” and “flood souls with Grace and Light and Truth”? I had not kept up with the Rosary Warriors in some time, but some readers asked about it recently and there are some differences in the good Cardinal’s initiative and what I have asserted here as regards to the message of Fatima.

Regarding “Catholic Action for Faith and Family”.

I’m not familiar with Catholic Action, but I do have great respect for the good Cardinal, and this article is only my friendly attempt to keep the focus on the true message of Fatima, which appears to have become lost in much of the verbiage of our few remaining faithful prelates, such as Cardinal Burke.

Now, Cardinal Burke, bless his heart, knows very well that Our Lady of Fatima requested the establishment and propagation of the First Saturdays of Reparation and also asked for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, performed by the Pope and Bishops, in fact, his site states that very fact:

“The Blessed Mother revealed at Fatima an act of reparation that would remove the thorns which pierce her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men: “On the first Saturday of five consecutive months, go to Confession and receive Holy Communion, recite the Rosary and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary with the intention of making reparation to me.” This act of reparation is still indisputably relevant for us today.

“…The consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart did not take place, as she requested, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays did not become the practice of the universal Church. There ensued the terrible suffering of the Second World War and its aftermath, the spread of atheistic communism, resulting, in fact, in the persecution of many nations and of the Church in those nations, and the annihilation of some nations.”
-Cardinal Raymond Burke

Cardinal Burke most admirably admits that neither the First Saturdays nor the Consecration have taken place. That is a stupendous step towards obeying Our Lady of the Rosary! I am so very grateful for that, coming from such a loyal prince of the Church and I offer many prayers for his continued work on behalf of Our Lady’s true message. But then, after he asserts that her requests have not been obeyed, what next?

Well, actually not very much. In point of fact, Cardinal Burke has a wildly successful initiative (more than 1 million followers, I believe), called “Operation Storm Heaven” in which his “Rosary Warriors” commit to Rosary and Mass on, not First Saturdays, but on the first day of the month. Why not the First Saturdays? I have asked that before, but still no answer.  But if Cardinal Burke were to lead his million followers to obey the true message of Fatima and make the First Saturdays of Reparation, just think what Our Lady would do for our poor Church. She is asking for so little, so why not First Saturdays? Can we expect good results from disobedience?

Similarly, although Cardinal Burke acknowledges the fact that the Consecration of Russia has not been performed, no remedy is suggested. This omission leaves the impression that nothing can be done at this point, but we know that no matter how few souls remain after the culmination of the material and spiritual chastisements, Russia will be Consecrated as Our Lady requested. And then, the (by now) very brief period of peace which she has promised will result. Why could he not recommend his followers pray and offer penance for the Consecration?  The sooner it is accomplished, the sooner we will have peace.

There is something more that I simply do not understand. Cardinal Burke says,

“…The recovery of peace will be a gift from Heaven, but it is not, properly speaking, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her victory is of another order, supernatural, and then temporal by addition. It will first be the victory of the Faith, which will put an end to the time of apostasy, and the great shortcomings of the Church’s pastors.”

I have been back over the Novena for Our Lady of Fatima on Cardinal Burke’s site, but cannot find where he quotes Our Lady saying that the recovery of peace will be a gift from heaven, but not, properly speaking, the triumph of her Immaculate Heart, as he asserts above. Indeed, it seems the contrary is stated by Our Lady.

Now, I did see, in Day 1 of the Novena, the reflection contains the quote from Our Lady, “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.” Immediately following that short quote, a meditation by Cardinal Burke appears. I wondered what the remainder of that short quote consists in so I looked it up. The quote continues,

“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 during the reign of Pius XI. « When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this 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 against 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 against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.

In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world. (Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite. The Whole Truth about Fatima – Vol I)

Now, readers, you know that the tagline for this blog is just that, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” We know that God desires to dispense His graces to us through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Mediatrix of Grace. When she states clearly that in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph; she follows that with the result of her triumph, that is, the obedience of the Pope and Bishops in finally consecrating Russia and then she ties that to a period of peace being granted to the world.

To assert that, “Her victory is of another order, supernatural, and then temporal by addition”, appears petty and pedantic.  There is no danger of her children raising her above the God we all adore and serve. We know that the only merit Our Lady has and her only rationale in her Message of Fatima, is that she comes to us as a servant of God. As Sacred Scripture tells us, she is the Handmaid of the Lord. The requests she makes at Fatima will bear fruit when finally the required devotions are accomplished and the Pope and Bishops humbly act to obey God’s will and consecrate Russia as requested by God through the Immaculata. The result as she herself affirms will be the conversion of Russia and a period of peace.

Others with greater skills have pointed out that the post-conciliar church often appears to comply with the message of Fatima, but by omitting certain points and by adding in other devotions and subjects, manages to dissipate the true message with the inevitable result that Our Lady’s true message gets lost in the verbiage, and her requests are not obeyed. Thus, instead of clarity, confusion is spread.

Good Cardinal Burke’s site affirms that his spiritual crusade’s goal is to “dispel confusion” and to “flood souls with Grace and Light and Truth” and so I hope these comments of mine will contribute to that end as well.

Thank you for reading. I pray for you always,

evensong

for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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

The Supply Chain

“A successful spiritual war, like any other war, requires a well-ordered supply chain, provisions and planners, a kind of spiritual logistics if you will.”

Pope Bergoglio continues unchecked in his disastrous papacy despite the best efforts of the brightest minds of the faithful. Every action our Bishops, priests, theologians and faithful, that is, their Dubia, open letters, petitions and so on, have not had much effect on the slippery character now in control of the Church. In fact, the Church appears dangerously close to the most terrible schism the world has ever seen. (Rorate Caeli).

Why is nothing availing us? What can we do that we have not tried? Is it possible at this point to defeat the enemy which is destroying the Church from within? It is not only possible to defeat this enemy, it is inevitable!

The message of Fatima offers the solution and the only uncertainty is how long before sufficient  of the faithful wake up to this wonderful spiritual armory at our disposal.  One benefit of Our Lady of the Rosary’s campaign for victory is that it serves to open up the channels of grace so necessary for the success of those who are spearheading the great initiatives to challenge Pope Francis and deal with his heretical actions and pronouncements. To put it more plainly: We do not need to be world class theologians, or renowned canonists,  or widely read commentators on the Church crisis.  Although we are merely the faithful and we have no particular recognition or training or status, on our knees with rosary in hand and hearts united to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,  we are able to pray channels of life-giving grace into this battle which is being waged. There is a time and a place for warriors to act and those who stand up for the truth and battle the errors of this pope are to be commended, for they risk their careers, their reputations and all too often they are betrayed by those who should support them. Now this is our chance to contribute, the task we are called to do.

For this spiritual war, like any other war, requires a well-ordered supply chain, provisions and planners, a kind of spiritual logistics if you will. In a spiritual battle, the most practical support is spiritual. That is not at all to imply that the only tactic in this war must be prayers and reparation, for that would be like saying you can win a war by providing guns and ammo without actually engaging the enemy. If we – that is, all the faithful – would work harder to spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima, and to comply with her message by living it, we would bring forth winning strategies and winning leaders. In short, we would bring forth victory.

Please review the old post on Saint John Bosco’s prophesy, “And they realized they were no longer in Rome…”  The actions taken so far have been effective in drawing attention to the problems and reminding for our poor weak Bishops to do the work that they are consecrated to do. In other words, they have been effective in awakening many of the faithful to the realization that we “are no longer in Rome”. But as Saint John Bosco shows us, the victory will come from Our Lady and her angels once sufficient obedience has been offered. Remember the lesson of Lepanto, where Christian military forces were given the victory by Our Lady of the Rosary, because the faithful and the warriors offered fervent prayers and penances. And Our Lady of the Rosary became Our Lady of Victory. Thus it will be again!

The spiritual chastisement involves being helpless in the face of the ancient enemy which now possesses the citadel of the faith. This is to help us re-learn humility, that we might carry our cross with Our Lord in this bitter Passion of the Church.  It is accompanied by the material chastisement which is about to escalate to a level not seen before. For us little ones, we are called to wage spiritual war, making use of our arsenal, supplied by Our Lady. A caution is appropriate here – this spiritual war is not without great peril. For the same ancient enemy attacking the Church has legions upon legions dedicated to destroying the souls of those of us who are. supporting our armed forces in this battle. Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Jane Chantal and so many others have written much on the spiritual challenges of this way before us. I hope to be able to share some insights to help us, God willing.

Meanwhile, please return to the Message of Fatima, know it, share it and live it! We have souls to save and a spiritual battle to win!

†  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!

†  O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse thee!

†  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!

 

Fatima, Akita and the Rosary

Our Fatima cycle is fast approaching. To prepare, we offer a post which summarizes many some aspects of the message of Fatima.

In a previous post, we briefly outlined the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearances at Fatima on October 13, 1917 and at Akita on October 13, 1973. That final visit at Akita, Japan, occurred 13 years after the Pope refused to release the secret, in disobedience to Our Lady of Fatima. Today we consider the meanings behind the rich symbols of these two visits from the Queen of Heaven.

The Rosary, Foremost Message of Fatima and Akita

In both, our Blessed Mother called us to the Rosary. In fact, at Fatima, she identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary, the name by which she calls her children to pray to her. And at each visit to Fatima, she requested the daily Rosary. In her last appearance at Akita, Oct. 13, 1973, Our Lady stressed the importance of the Rosary, saying,

“The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests.”

Never before have we needed the Rosary as we do now – and yet never before has the Church been so resistant. False devotions, distractions, have been allowed to detract from the Rosary. For your salvation and the salvation of those entrusted to you:

Please commit to Our Lady right now, to pray the traditional Rosary, that is the Rosary as it existed when she requested it at Fatima and Akita, and as she confirmed to us with the beautiful visions of the little shepherds of Fatima on October 13, 1917. That is,  the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries plus the Fatima Decade Prayer.

Each day, live and pray all these mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Do not get sidetracked by other devotions, no matter how much appeal they may have for you. Her children must serve her by obedience!

I love to pray the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but if obligations cause me to cut back some devotions, I omit a bit of this beautiful Office, rather than cut back on my quiet time with Our Lady and her Rosary. For that is truly our lifeline to Mary, by which she channels grace and healing to this suffering world. Despite what Pope Francis tells us, the greatest evil is not inequality, it is sin. There is no greater evil than sin.

Poverty, pain, horrid death, no, none of these is the true evil, for sin is the origin of all suffering. Sin alone is the greatest evil. The Immaculata’s active purity – for it is not some passive quality – some lack, no,  the Purity of the Immaculata is the most powerful force against sin and suffering.  God has decreed that it is through her Immaculate Heart that we receive the graces essential for our salvation, for she is mediatrix of all graces. The modernist Church rejects this truth to its own damnation.

By our Rosaries, we combat the filth invading the Church. This filth is not only the human, physical filth of the unnatural lusts consuming these poor sick priests and prelates, it is the spiritual filth of their perverted faith, for they have replaced the clear, beautiful faith given us by our Savior Jesus Christ, with the false faith of Judas, Luther and the other servants of Satan, the implacable enemies of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church.

And so the first message of Fatima is to pray the Rosary, not a modern substitute, the real Rosary of Our Lady of the Rosary. Pray it, help others to know, to love and to pray it.

 The Miracle of the Sun and the Chastisement

False Science

Today, science is widely accepted, even among many in the Church, as an authority superseding that of the Church, for it is said that we must be realistic after all; we are children of this modern scientific age. The Pope’s embarrassing encyclical, Laudato Si was a tribute to the post-Vatican II Church’s capitulation to the dogma of the Lord of this World, which is Godless scientism. And like all Godless things it deceives mankind.

How to combat this? Why with the enemy of Satan, She who crushes his head, the Immaculate Mother of our Savior, the truly humble handmaid of God, Mary. She provided our weak and doubtful natures a vivid proof of her power over the forces of nature on October 13, 1917 with the Miracle of the Sun.  In this astounding feat, she proved that she is more brilliant than the sun and that the sun obeys her will.

The lesson for our day is even more astounding, but was not much noted at the time. The field of the Cova had been ploughed and then had gotten utterly drenched in a steady downpour. Thousands of people and their horses and donkeys had packed into it, sinking into the ankle-deep mud. Everyone was literally soaked to the bone and their shoes and clothes caked with the mire. it was not possible to be in that place, at that time and not become befouled by the mud of the pasture mixed with the filth of animal waste.

Yet after Our Lady’s Miracle, the multitudes found themselves and the muddy Cova now dry, with no mud on them.

The Sun prefigures the Church

In prophecy, the sun is a figure of the Church. The sun, like the Church, is something we were accustomed to as a certainty, unfailingly dependable. In the Fatima miracle, the sun began exhibiting all the colors of the rainbow. Now, the rainbow is a Divine sign, given to us by a loving Father. Yet today this beautiful sign – the rainbow – has been co-opted by  the forces of satan to corrupt the Church, thus offending God even more. When Our Lady performed this stunning miracle, she was affirming her control over these pernicious forces. She knew that the significance of the rainbow colors would be overlooked by Catholics at that time, but it is obviously a sign to us today. For today, we are helpless before the destroyer pope, as he grimly goes about promoting and protecting sodomite prelates and assures the victims of priest sex abuse that “God made you that way”.

The sun, always so dependable, like the stalwart, unchanging  Church, suddenly broke free of its moorings and hurtled towards the crowd. Even faithless unbelievers who had come to scoff, were heard praying devoutly at that terrifying moment. That was a warning, even more clear now with our 20/20 hindsight, that the Church, securely moored in the faith, would become unmoored if it disobeyed the Queen of Heaven. And we can see the truth of this under the current pope as he grimly works to sever the Church from her Divine Head, Jesus Christ. As this pope grovels around on hands and knees kissing the feet of the world, he casts out Christ the King and raises the banner of Satan’s faith.

 

But the Immaculata, Mother of Mercy, spared the crowd that day, and in the flash of an instant, restored the sun and eradicated all of the mud and filth. And she stands ready now to remedy all the errors that plague the Church. She alone can restore the Church to its rightful place and cast the filth from the Church, restoring all things in Christ, the King.  Please, pray the Rosary!

 

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

 Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

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

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

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~  by evensong, for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

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

St. Joseph the Worker, 2019

Today, the first day of the Month of Mary, we honor St. Joseph the Worker. I’m anticipating the perfect opportunity this gives to the enemies of the Church to denigrate St. Joseph with the same old slurs and so will share with you some thoughts based on the work of of Edward Healy Thompson:

“… Christ was promised to Abraham as man, to David as his successor in his kingdom, but to Joseph under the name of Saviour;  in order that we may be persuaded that, although Joseph had no share in the formation of the Body of Jesus neither did he place the crown upon His head, he nevertheless contributed to making Him the Saviour of all men, journeying and labouring and toiling along with Him, and supporting Him by the fruit of his toils for so many years. And thus (he says) he was the last of the Patriarchs to whom the Messias was promised, but in a more excellent manner than all.” (The Life and Glories of St. Joseph, Edward Healy Thompson, Aeterna Press, Kindle)
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Canticle of Mary, Spouse of God

To start Mary’s month off right, we offer the following from Father Thaddeus with thanks to KIC’s Kindle Edition.

THE SPOUSE OF THE CANTICLE

“I will espouse thee to me in faith, and I will espouse thee to me for ever.” —Osee 2:20.

Solomon’s Canticle of Canticles, is said to be the greatest love story of all times, for it is the story of the Love of God for His Spouse. Of this,  Cornelius a Lapide says that the word “Spouse” may be taken in four different senses:

  1. The humanity of Christ,
  2. The Church,
  3. The Blessed Virgin Mary
  4. The just soul.

As regards its application to our Blessed Lady, he gives the following explanation: “This Canticle may be properly understood of Christ, and of the Blessed Virgin, who shines among the just, as the moon among the stars. The Incarnation of the Word, moreover, and consequently the Espousals of the Church, were performed in her and through her… Let us consider some of the characteristic traits of the Spouse, as found in passages applied to our Blessed Lady by the Church in her Offices. “Thou art all fair, 0 my love, and there is not a spot in thee” (Canticles 4:7). Mary is all fair, yea, the fairest, not only of all human creatures, but even if compared to the Angels. And there is in her no spot of either guilt or pain of sin, whether original, mortal, or venial. This is the sentiment of the whole Church, expressed by the Council of Trent.

Long before that time, St. Augustine, having said that all mankind, even the just, are subject to venial sin, adds: “Except the Blessed Virgin Mary, of whom there can be no question when we speak of sin, for the sake of the honour due to the Lord.” Hence the words: “Thou art all fair, and there is not a spot in thee,” are applied to Mary alone, by Rupertus, St. Ildefonse, and many others. “I am black but beautiful, 0 ye daughters of Jerusalem” (Canticles 1:4). Our Blessed Lady is a daughter of Adam, who sinned, and by his sin contaminated his whole posterity. Mary did not contract this general infection but, being a child of our common father, she appeared exteriorly black, meaning as the daughter of a sinner.

In herself, however, she was beautiful by the fullness of grace. The Blessed Virgin was black through her humility, which made her wish to appear like other women. She came to the Temple to be purified like other mothers. But interiorly she was most pure and clean, and her humility made her the more acceptable and beautiful in the eyes of God. This text may also be very aptly applied to our Blessed Lady at the time of the Passion of her Divine Son. She was then the Mother of Sorrows and, the Sun of Justice being darkened, so did Mary, the heavenly moon, also grow dim by the martyrdom of her soul.

In these words: “I am black,” we may thus see the Blessed Virgin depicted attired in mourning, contemplating the sufferings of Jesus Christ When our dear Saviour suffered and died, Mary suffered and, in a certain manner, died with Him, through the greatness of her love. She could then truly say, “I am black, I am darkened; my beloved Son suffers and is despised: I must suffer and be despised with Him.” “How beautiful art thou, and how comely, my dearest, in delights!” (Canticles 7:6)

“Thou art all beautiful and sweet in thy delights, O holy Mother of God!

There is in the whole creation nothing so beautiful, so comely, or so delightful as the Blessed Virgin Mary. Hence the Church sings in our Lady’s Office the following antiphon taken from this text: “Thou art all beautiful and sweet in thy delights, O holy Mother of God!” At the consideration of these words, Hailgrinus exclaims: “How beautiful art thou in thy Maternity, how comely in thy Virginity, how admirable in both united!” How great must have been the delights of the Blessed Virgin, when she embraced Jesus the Son of God; when she fed Him Who feeds the angels, for she was conscious of the Divine mysteries and of her privileges. She knew that she was the Mother of God, our Saviour, and this knowledge filled her soul with ineffable delights.

“When the king was at his repose, my spikenard sent forth the odor thereof” (Canticles 1:11). When the Son of God was yet in the bosom of His eternal Father, He smelt the sweet odor of the spikenard, or balsam of the nardus—plant, that is, of the humility of the Blessed Virgin, and attracted thereby, He descended from heaven. “Humility,” says Rupertus, “is the repose of the mind, and whosoever finds this virtue, finds rest of the soul. I (the Mother of God) sought this rest in all things, and the King, smelling the aromatic odor of this my spikenard, looked, and saw that He could rest in the stillness, that is, in the humility, of my heart. Then He descended from the eternal throne of His repose, and rested in my tabernacle; and, being the Lord of all things, He became the Son of His handmaid.”

The King of Glory took His repose in Mary in the Incarnation. And how often did He rest in her arms when a Child! “Sleep, Holy Babe, upon Thy Mother’s breast! Great Lord of earth, and sea, and sky, How sweet it is to see Thee lie In such a place of rest.” How pleasing must then have been the odor of her purity, her humility, and all her other virtues to the King of humility, the God of the humble! “I sought Him, whom my soul loveth: I sought Him, and found Him not. I will rise, and will go about the city: in the streets and the broad ways I will seek Him whom my soul loveth” (Canticles 3:1).

Rupertus and others apply these words to our Blessed Lady, when she had lost Jesus in Jerusalem. Great indeed, as St. Alphonsus remarks, must have been the grief of this afflicted Mother, who went about in every direction, asking with the Spouse in the Canticle: “Have you seen Him, whom my soul loveth?” (Canticles 3:3) But she could hear no tidings of Him. With how much more tenderness must Mary, oppressed with fatigue and grief in looking for her Son, and unable to find Him, had repeated what Ruben said of his brother Joseph: “‘The boy doth not appear, and whither shall I go?’” (Genesis 37:30) My Jesus doth not appear, and I know not what to do in order to find Him; but where shall I go without my treasure?”

What, asks St. Bonaventure, could avail the comfort which her friends and relations endeavored to give her? Can aught compensate for the loss of Jesus? The Blessed Virgin, finding her search fruitless, addressed herself to God, her constant refuge, and sole consolation, saying, “0 God, my Father, my eternal Lord, Thou didst grant me Thine own beloved Son; I, alas, have lost Him, and do not know where to find Him! O, restore Him to me again! Look on the greatness of my affliction! Return, 0 Jesus, to Thy Mother, or let me know where Thou art! My dearest Son, do not delay to come back to me, for Thou art my joy and all my hope, and without Thee I cannot live.”

Such must have been Mary’s sentiments when she had lost Jesus, and sought Him sorrowing, until at length she found the object of her desires, the Beloved of her soul. “Many waters cannot quench charity, neither can the floods drown it” (Canticles 8:7). By these “many waters,” we may understand the sorrows, tribulations, privations, and all the trials of this life. The Blessed Virgin has suffered more than the martyrs, of whom she is therefore the Queen. She suffered with her Divine Son, and on His account she died, as it were, with Him on the Cross; and the memory of His torments caused her during the remainder of her life the most intense grief. She also felt in her heart the sufferings of the disciples and faithful, of whom she was the most affectionate Mother. But all these afflictions, far from quenching her charity, rather fed and augmented it, to the end of her mortal life.

We also have to suffer, we also must be tried. Let our sufferings never extinguish our charity. Let us rather say with St Paul: “Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or danger? or persecution? or the sword? But all these things we overcome because of him that hath loved us” (Romans 8:35). If these are our sentiments, our souls shall, in imitation of our Blessed Lady, also be the spouses of our Lord. And if we are faithful to our heavenly Bridegroom now, we shall celebrate with Him an eternal marriage feast in a better life.

Rev. F.. Mary Thaddeus,  “Foreshadowed: Considerations on the Types and Figures of Our Blessed Lady in the Old Testament, . KIC. Kindle Edition.

  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!
  O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse thee!
  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!