Come, Holy Ghost – our prayer this Advent 2019

 

 Our response to those who are driving the Christ Child out of His own Church must be to welcome Our Lord and His most Holy Family into our hearts and into our families; and we are so blessed to be here at this time in the Church’s history to welcome Him into the poor stables of our hearts. We prepare to welcome Him with our annual Novena to the Holy Ghost. If we begin today, we shall conclude on Christmas Eve. 

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits … that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Lord’s command to His Apostles that they not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the Holy Ghost might profitably apply to us in these times as well. What better way to prepare for the joyous coming of our beloved Christ Child!

NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

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

Colloquy: The Holy Ghost

Only one thing is important – eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared – sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and especially indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

Prayer Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from Heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

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

 

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The best of times, the worst of times . . .

 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”. (Dickens, “Tale of Two Cities”). 

That popped into my mind this morning as I thought about the coming of the Christ Child into this horrid world today.

For even in the midst of the disarray in society and the church around us, we still welcome Him Who comes to bring us eternal life by His own, infinitely generous gift – His life for our salvation. The very first time that I saw a Nativity scene was as a child of about five or six, at the church of St. Michael the Archangel, and I knew then that that stable, with that loving Mother, Father and cherubic little baby was where I wanted, indeed, must, be. From that moment, that Holy Family had to be my family, my “for real, forever” family. And so it is, through all the upheavals of my long and tumultuous life.

We have a re-post for you on the Divine Infant in preparation for His coming soon. And tomorrow, God willing, we will offer our traditional post on the Novena to the Holy Ghost which will conclude Christmas Eve.

The holy season of Advent is the perfect time to renew our devotion to the Divine Infant Jesus. Today we focus on devotion to the Infant of Prague.

Devotion to the Holy Infant is complementary to that of Fatima. It has been rightly called the way of spiritual infancy. Since the revelations to Sister Josefa occurred right after those of Fatima, there is a strong connection, calling us to deepen our understanding of the essential unity between devotion to the Divine Infant, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Indeed, it is impossible to read the autobiography of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and the writings of Sister Lúcia and not see the similarities in the total, childlike devotion and trust in Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. This spiritual infancy was also clearly exemplified by St. Therese, the Little Flower and is notable in the life of Sister Josefa Menendez, for example:

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From Guadalupe to Fatima, 2019

 

Hail, O Virgin of Guadalupe, Empress of America!
Keep forever under thy powerful patronage the purity and integrity of Our Holy Faith on the entire American continent. Amen. (Pope Pius XII)

Pope Pius XII is reported to have said of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “For we are certain, that as long as you are recognized as Queen and Mother, Mexico and America will be safe.” Think about that as you survey the horrid wreckage of the faith and Christian culture throughout the countries of the entire Americas today. And then, consider how simply we could restore the glory of Holy Church by following the request of Our Lord Jesus Christ to return to His Sacred Heart by means of the sure path He has given us, devotion to the Immaculata, the Woman Clothed with the Sun.

The Age of Apostasy

The Age of Apostasy began with the disobedience of Luther, who was Lucifer’s own priest, and whose revolt ripped through Christendom in the sixteenth century and left in its wake an orphan people, bereft of grace, endlessly prating about the dignity of man while assiduously destroying any sign of man’s true dignity which is to be found  only  in the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. For our sole dignity is in Our Lord Jesus Christ who has first loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. (Apoc. 1,5)

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We Are Her Children, after all

“We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.” (Pope Pius IX, ‘Ineffabilis Deus’)

Dear readers, today we have another of the “silent” feasts of Our Blessed Mother. The feast of her Immaculate Conception falls on the Second Sunday in Advent which results in shifting the commemoration to Monday, but the obligation to attend Mass does not transfer. The practical result is very little honor for Our Lady this year, especially for those in Novus Ordo situations.. But we will honor her with our Consecrations or the renewal of of our Consecrations..

There is a powerful spiritual message in all this, as there is in the recent idolatry in the Vatican. See “In Plain Sight by Dr. Moynihan’s Inside the Vatican for the details. The Pope has steadily increased the intensity of his assaults on the most Blessed Virgin. This pope’s actions in no way honor Our Lord Jesus Christ nor do they honor the Immaculate Mother of our Savior.

“For these are the days of vengeance, that all things may be fulfilled, that are written.” (Luke 21,22)

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Notes Towards Consecration to Mary III

 

MYSTICAL UNION WITH MARY

A soul faithful to the devotion of which we have been speaking performs all its actions through Mary, in Mary and for Mary, and attains thereby to great intimacy with Our Lord. To consider only humility, the theological virtues, and the gifts of the Holy Ghost, the following are the more precious fruits of consecration to Mary when it is lived fully: a gradually increasing participation in Mary’s humility and faith, great confidence in God through her, the grace of pure love, and the transformation of the soul to the image of Jesus.

PARTICIPATION IN MARY’S HUMILITY AND FAITH

By the light of the Holy Ghost the soul consecrated to Mary will come to learn of all the evil that is in itself; it will see by experience that it is naturally incapable of every salutary and supernatural good and that through self-love it opposes many obstacles to the work of grace within it. Thus, it will attain to that contempt of self of which St. Augustine speaks in the City of God (Bk. XIV, ch. 28): “Two loves have built two cities. The love of self even to the degree of despising God has built the city of Babylon, and the love of God even to the degree of despising self has built the city of God.”

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Notes Towards Consecration to Mary II

 

Today, we have the second in the series from Father Garrigou-Lagrange, thanks to a reader.

FRUITS OF THIS CONSECRATION

“This devotion,” St. Grignon de Montfort tells us, “gives us up altogether to the service of God, and makes us imitate the example of Our Blessed Lord, who willed to be ‘subject’ in regard to His Blessed Mother. (Luke 2:51). It obtains for us the special protection of Mary, who purifies our good works and adorns them when she offers them to her Divine Son. It leads us to union with Our Blessed Lord; it is an easy, short, perfect and safe way. It confers great interior freedom, procures great benefits for our neighbor, and is an excellent means of assuring our perseverance.”

The saint develops each of these points in a most practical way. He speaks of the easiness of the way: “It is an easy way, one followed and prepared for us by Our Blessed Lord in His own coming, one where there are no obstacles in reaching Him. It is true that one can arrive at union with God by following other roads; but there will be many more crosses and trials, and many more difficulties which it will not be easy to surmount—there will be combats and strange agonies, steep mountains, sharp thorns, fearful deserts. But the way of Mary is sweeter and more peaceful.

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Notes Towards Consecration to Mary

A reader who wishes to maintain her anonymity offered a couple of articles taken from the great Thomist, Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. as an aid towards our Renewal of our Consecrations next Sunday, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I am so grateful!

Consecration to Our Lady is a practical form of recognition of her universal mediation and a guarantee of her special protection. It helps us to have continual childlike recourse to her and to contemplate and imitate her virtues and her perfect union with Christ. In the practice of this complete dependence on Mary, there may be included—and St. Grignon de Montfort invites us to it—the resignation into Mary’s hands of everything in our good works that is communicable to other souls, so that she may make use of it in accordance with the will of her Divine Son and for His glory.

“I choose thee this day, O Mary, in the presence of the whole court of Heaven, as my Mother and Queen. I give and consecrate to you as your slave my body and my soul, my interior and exterior possessions, and even the value of my past, present and future good actions, allowing you the full right to dispose of me and of all that belongs to me, without any exception whatever, according to your good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity.”

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Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 2019

 

The  Secret of the Secret of Fatima  is  reparative devotion to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Until such time as reparation has been made  – or extracted from mankind – the fury of the chastisement will increase even as the grace and mercy of God will withdraw like the tide ebbing away before the tsunami rolls in.

It is difficult to do this matter justice in these circumstances. But you must know this: There is one essential devotion that you must do. The grace which is needed for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary depends on it.

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Return to Fatima, Nov. 26, 2019

 

Retirement

Updated 12-20-2019: It is our intention here at Return to Fatima to remake the site into a resource for those who are devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima. I hope to leave the site up, not as a blog, but as a place where people who are interested in learning more about the message of Our Lady of Fatima and its relationship to the current crisis in the Church within the context of the approved prophecies of the Church, and including Sacred Scriptures as well.

For those who have come to enjoy my frequent articles, I hope to offer a newsletter, which will begin soon after the new year, God willing.

We are on the brink of an even worse crisis; it is the time of winnowing; We have no lack of posers who represent themselves as leading traditional Catholics. But what is needed are generous souls to follow Our Lady, for as Sister Lucia assures us, “she is the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and (is) the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven.”

Now is the time to prepare for our re-consecrations! The link for our post on the Rosary Novena for the Immaculate Conception of Mary is here: LINK

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The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2019

From our archives:

Today, we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary on the feast day of her Presentation in the Temple, when her parents, Joachim and Anne, who had consecrated her to the Lord God, brought her to the Temple of Jerusalem.

"Hearken O Daughter and consider, and incline thine ear, forget also thine own people, and thy father's house. And so shall the King desire thy beauty, for He is the Lord thy God."
“Hearken O Daughter and consider, and incline thine ear, forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house. And so shall the King desire thy beauty, for He is the Lord thy God.”

 

We don’t expect that Pope Francis will honor Our Lady on her feast day today, so it is up to us, her children to honor our Mother today.  Although modernists disparage this feast for what they perceive as a “lack of historicity”, for those who are consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, this beautiful feast teaches volumes about Mary’s devotion to the most Holy Trinity. According to Venerable Maria de Agreda,  this beautiful mystery is a lesson of the importance of humility. Thus, it is a worthwhile meditation for our preparation for observing our Total Consecration December 8.

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