Something lovely for you today. It had been intended for an earlier date but got overlooked. This is a fine translation by Roy Campbell of St. John’s mystical poem, a favorite of mine. I do hope you like it
Song of the soul that is glad to know God by faith by Saint John of the Cross
How well I know that fountain’s rushing flow
Although by night
Its deathless spring is hidden. Even so
Full well I guess from whence its sources flow
Though it be night
Its origin (since it has none) none knows:
But that all origin from it arose
Although by night.
I know there is no other thing so fair
And earth and heaven drink refreshment there
Although by night.
Its clarity unclouded still shall be:
Out of it comes the light by which we see
Though it be night.
Flush with its banks the stream so proudly swells:
I know it waters nations, heavens and hells
Though it be night.
The current that is nourished by this source
I know to be omnipotent in force
Although by night
From source and current a new current swells
Which neither of the other twain excels
Though it be night.
The eternal source hides in the Living Bread
That we with life eternal may be fed
Though it be night.
Here to all creatures it is crying, hark!
That they should drink their fill though in the dark,
For it is night.
This living fount which is to me so dear
Within the bread of life I see it clear
Though it be night.
If there is an interest, I will also post E. Allison Peers’ version of the poem.
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!
~ 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!
Tomorrow, May 31, is our accustomed feast of the Queenship of Mary. But this year, it is the Feast of Corpus Christi, which takes precedence. So today, we post our honor for Mary, Queen of our Hearts!
In her litany of Loreto, she is honored with the title of Queen 13 times, but following the disobedience of John XXIII, true devotion to Mary as Queen gradually ebbed away.
Dr. Roberto de Mattei’s, “The Second Vatican Council, an unwritten story” has many well documented examples of the expressed intentions of the Council Fathers to minimize the role of Mary in order to promote ecumenism. He references Congar, Rahner, Laurentin, Frings and others, but perhaps the most telling quote was the one from Pope John XXIII when he was Patriarch of Venice.
In a letter of 22 April, 1954, he wrote of Mary,
“Jesus dying said to John: Behold your Mother – this is sufficient for the faith and for the liturgy. The rest may be edifying (and it is mostly) and for many pious and devout souls, moving; but for many, many more, even if they are well-inclined towards the Catholic Church – it is irritating – and as we say these days – counter-productive”.
Amazing. Devotion to Mary is “irritating”? Really? And Pope Francis must agree with Roncalli, since he canonized him!
Father Dominic Bourmand’s “One Hundred Years of Modernism“ explains that much of the downgrading of devotion to Mary was at the instigation of one theologian, Fr. Karl Rahner, who was the personal theologian of German Cardinal Konig. Rahner had already run afoul of the Holy Office by protesting the Assumption of Mary and even the Virginal Maternity! But poor Pope John XXIII, in the darkness of his disobedience, overrode all opposition and approved Rahner’s participation along with other questionable “experts” such as Congar. Schillebeeckz, Kung, Ratzinger and Chenu.
“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because He hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done great things to me; and holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation to generations unto them that fear Him. He hath shewed strength in His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away. He hath helped Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy: As He spoke unto our fathers, to Abraham and his seed for ever.” [Luke 1, 46-55]
We begin May, the month of Mary with a brief meditation on the Magnificat. For those who do not recite the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is a good practice to add the Magnificat to their devotions during Our Lady’s month of May.
Considering Mary’s Magnificat, her beautiful hymn of praise to God, gives us insight into the Visitation, the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Luke’s Gospel tells us that “when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.” [Luke 1, 41-45]
Note that Elizabeth “was filled with the Holy Ghost” when she said, “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” This means that Elizabeth’s praise of Mary was inspired by the Holy Ghost, the same Holy Ghost, referred to earlier in Luke 1, 35, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee.” Thus, Mary is the most holy and pure Spouse of the Holy Ghost, a truth sadly overlooked by protestants and modernists.
Until now, we have not posted on little Alfie Evans, because such wonderful coverage has been given, especially by Lifesite News. However, on Sandro Magister’s blog, we see a miracle before our eyes and a very clear representation of the immensity of the battle being waged between the dark forces currently in control – ably represented by Judge Anthony Hayden, LGBT activist and anti-life proponent – and the innocent child, Alfie Evans who has become an icon of the innocent victims of the hateful ideology of death now consuming this world. We present a few excerpts of Magister’s post and refer readers to his site, here, for the entirety.
Little Alfie was supposed to have died over the span of a few minutes, once the respirator was disconnected. With the medical “comforts” of the case. “Placed with care on the laps of Mr Evans and Ms James, if they desire.” And “after the death has been confirmed, the family will be able to wash him, dress him, and spend time with him.”
But this is not what happened. Because even without the oxygen tube, which was removed at 10:17 PM on Monday, April 23, Alfie continued to breathe. On his own. For hours and hours. To the point that the next day the physicians of the hospital – resoundingly discredited by the facts – had to give back his oxygen, water, and food. “A miracle of prayer,” said Francis Cavina, the bishop who on April 18 had gone with Alfie’s father to the pope, for “a little warrior who wants to live.”
That Monday of the fourth week of Easter, many had gone into action to stop those who wanted to put Alfie to death. In Rome, the pediatric hospital of the Bambino Gesù, owned by the Holy See, was ready to welcome and care for him. The Vatican secretariat of state had already been at work for a number of days, at the explicit order of the pope. The government in Rome had given the child Italian citizenship and had activated its own embassy and consulates in the United Kingdom. The president of the Bambino Gesù, Mariella Enoc, had gone in person to Liverpool, while a special airplane was ready to take off from Rome with a medical team on board.
A commenter recently corrected us regarding the “Most Holy Trinity” Prayer taught by the Angel of Fatima.
The commenter stated:
“This is the correct version of the Prayer of the Angel:
“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 *all* the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the *outrages, sacrileges,* and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg *of Thee* the conversion of poor sinners.
* words that were omitted or reversed in the version originally posted”
I wish I was possessed of the confidence of that commenter! I have dozens of books on Fatima and there are many variations in that prayer. On the page which the commenter cited, I had inadvertently omitted the phrase, “of Thee”, leaving the last sentence to read “I beg the forgiveness of poor sinners.” So, I corrected that mistake in the one instance in which it appeared.
There are several variations on the Angel’s Prayer. Here are three examples from authoritative sources. I have others.
“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. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of sinners.”
That is the version published in the booklet, “The True Story of Fatima” by Father John de Marchi, published by the Fatima Center. It is found on page 7 and again in “The Seven Fatima Prayers” on page 96. You’ll notice that the order of the reparations, that is “sacrilges, outrages and indifferences” is the same as we have used consistently here. Father Gruner was the Director at the time this booklet was published.
Next, from Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite. The Whole Truth about Fatima – Vol I :
NOTE: To be clear: I do not intend ever, to support the “resistance” movement. I offer these thoughts, always with love and the utmost filial respect and obedience.
We repost last year’s tribute to a little known but relevant saint for our times.
“You are a slave of the devil because you have a false faith, you’re not Catholic! And I will not receive Holy Communion from sacrilegious hands!”
Today, April 13, is the feast of day of St. Hermenegild and so we offer an updated tribute to this young saint who stood up against heresy, even the heresy of his own father. His example teaches us much about the current crisis.
St. Hermenegild was a Visigoth Prince martyred for the faith in 585. He was put to death by his own father, the Arian King Leovigild for holding firm to the Catholic faith.His father cast him into a dungeon and after several months, sent an Arian Bishop to him on Easter Sunday to offer him a pardon if he would accept Communion from him. By his firm refusal to yield his faith to heresy, even to his father’s heresy, he earned a martyr’s crown. His story has a particular relevance to this unique and tragic time in the Church.
A few years ago, Bishop Tissier de Mallerais gave a sermon on St. Hermenegild:
Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, in which Our Lord introduces to us His Mother, and shows us her loveliness, her excellent virtues and her unique stature before the Holy Trinity. Thus, He shows us the model for our lives; “Here is My Mother”, He says, “see, we shall have the same Mother. She will teach you the virtues necessary to advance toward union with Me, so that we may rejoice together in heaven.”
Nestled within the feast of the Annunciation is the feast of the Incarnation of our Savior. The Annunciation carries within it the humility and obedience of Jesus and Mary, Who are our models for perfect, loving obedience, even unto death. And this obedience begins with the humble obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.”
In the Gospel of St Luke, the Holy Spirit reveals the unique importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in God’s plan of Salvation for us. Let’s see what He tells us:
Luke, Chapter 1, 26-35. “And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end.” And Mary said to the angel: “How shall this be done, because I know not man?” And the angel answering, said to her: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
Today, the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation, we conclude our Novena. And again we share the popular poem for the Annunciation by peregrine, a reader/contributor.
Hail Mary, Temple of the Trinity!
Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Art thou astonished at His deference?
Fear not, for thou hast found grace with God. Thou shalt conceive … and bring forth a Son Thou shalt call His name Jesus.
How shall it be? (Mindful of thy chastity)
And yet . . .it is thy purity draws Him down Captivated by thy pure and humble love Thy Creator awaits at the door of thy will,
The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee . . . the most High shall overshadow thee . . . the Holy born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
His will is clear . . . moved by His will alone . . .
Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Be it done unto me…
The Architect of earth and heaven Thus closed Himself in thy pure frame. At thy “fiat” the Almighty Word leapt down from heaven The Sword of Truth wrought death to death, Obedient,He vanquished disobedient pride.
Today we honor St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Now more than ever, when traditional Catholic families are under attack even from Pope Francis and the leaders of the Church who support him, we turn to St. Joseph, strong defender of the family.
St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite reformer, mystic and doctor of the Church was especially devoted to St. Joseph. From her Autobiography we read of St. Joseph, “I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him.”
At the last apparition of Fatima, on October 13, 1917, St. Joseph appeared holding the Child Jesus, who blessed the crowds. This was an emphatic indication of the importance of St. Joseph in these turbulent times.
Venerable Maria de Agreda, in “The Mystical City of God”, recounts the special privileges which make St. Joseph a most powerful intercessor on behalf of his children.
Attaining purity and overcoming sensuality.
Escaping sin and returning to the faith.
Increasing love and devotion to his spouse, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
Securing the grace of a happy death and defending the soul against the devil’s wiles at that crucial time.
St. Joseph is the terror of demons and they flee at his name.
St. Joseph is a great intercessor for all our needs, especially helpful for our families and health.
Venerable Maria de Agreda quoted Our Lady’s words to her, “That which my spouse asks of the Lord in heaven is granted upon the earth and on his intercession depend many and extraordinary favors for men if they do not make themselves unworthy of receiving them.” Indeed, trusting in St. Joseph as the foster father of our family has brought us closer to living our consecrations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In speaking of St. Joseph, it is difficult to adequately express his tender love for us, his willingness to protect us, even from ourselves and obtain for us the graces we need to live our consecrations.
The following is an especially appropriate prayer to St. Joseph composed by Pope Leo XIII, called Ad te Beate Joseph. It seems especially appropriate in this time of crisis of the faith in the Church and in our families, who seem to be betrayed by the very Church which should defend and nourish them. It is said before Mass by those attending Chapels of the Society of St. Pius X and Bishop Fellay is especially devoted to St. Joseph.
Ad te Beate Joseph
To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.
Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen. — A partial indulgence is attached to this prayer
Another favorite prayer of mine is this
Consecration to St. Joseph
Beloved St. Joseph, adopt me as thy child, take care of my salvation, watch over me day and night, preserve me from all occasion of sin, obtain for me purity of body and soul! Through thy intercession with Jesus grant me a spirit of sacrifice, of humility, self-denial, a burning love for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and a sweet, tender love for Mary, my Mother. St. Joseph, be with me living, be with me dying and obtain for me a favorable judgement from Jesus, my merciful Savior. Amen
St. Joseph has brought me through so many perils to my faith and continues to protect even those of my children who are lapsed from the faith. He is a most compassionate and loving protector to all who turn to him.
It is especially beneficial to pray to St. Joseph for our good Catholic priests – In fact, St. Joseph has never let me down when I have asked him to help a specific priest and I have recently had good reason to believe that priests, in particular are very dear to his heart.
St. Patrick and Sister Lucia of Fatima, Two Prophecies
Let’s ignore, if possible, the discouraging aspects of the secular desecrations of great Saint Patrick’s Feast Day, and focus instead on his prophecy and how it may fit in with that of Fatima, and the Chastisement which pertains to us today.
St. Patrick is reputed by some accounts to have lived 120 years and to have raised no less than 33 people back to life, many of whom had been dead years. His penances, sacrifices, miracles and conversions were astounding and there are also a couple of prophecies attributed to him. The first is not of good provenance, but relates that the faith he brought to Ireland will blaze throughout the island for a period of time, then gradually dim and eventually appear to be almost extinguished, with but a few glowing embers; but then will gradually resurge, beginning in the north and eventually returning throughout Ireland. Although that might be of some comfort to faithful Catholics in Ireland, today we will consider another prophecy of the great saint of Ireland.
It is this second prophecy that interests us, and it is brief, just a few words. It crops up on several blogs but I wanted to present the original source here, which is supposed to be The Book of Armagh. That book can be found online at “Liber Ardmachanus: the Book of Armagh” available through Archive.org.
These are the three prayers of Patrick, as they were delivered to us by the Hibernians, entreating that all should be received on the day of judgment, if we should repent even in the last days of our life.
That he should not be shut up in hell
That barbarian nations should never have the rule over us.
That no one shall conquer us, that is the Scots (meaning Irish),before seven years previous to the day of judgment, because seven years before the judgment we shall be destroyed in the sea, this is the third.
In an earlier post, (see here) I reported on Antonio Socci’s article revealing a previously unpublished account of a vision Sister Lucia of Fatima had when she was struggling to write down the Third Secret. From Socci:
The Unpublished Account At around 4 p.m. on January 3, 1944, in the chapel of the convent, before the Tabernacle, Lucia asked Jesus to make known His will: I then felt a friendly hand, maternal and affectionate, touch my shoulder.
And the Mother of God said to her: “be at peace, and write what I have commanded you, but not, however, that which has been given to you to understand its meaning,” intending to allude to the meaning of the vision which the Virgin herself had revealed.
Immediately afterward, said Sister Lucia, “I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of a lance like a flame that is detached, touches the axis of the earth, and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers, the clouds, exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them, in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted. It is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven.”
From this came the strength to write the Third Secret. …
As time passes, concerns grow that perhaps we shall soon see the fulfillment of St. Patrick’s prophesy and that which was spoken of by Sister Lucia. Many have noted the increasing activity of the earth’s crust lately.
But these are speculations. In the end, the truth we must hold to is that of Fatima, in which it is prophesied, according to Pope John Paul II at Fulda, “the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth, and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish”. (http://www.fatima.org/thirdsecret/fulda.asp).
In earlier posts, we asked, “As Pope Francis continues his spiritual chastisement of the Church, attacking the dogma of the faith and faithful traditional Catholics, can the material portion of the Chastisement be far away?” Now, in the year of Our Lord 2018, we cannot help but note that during the past year, this unfortunate Pope “honored” the Immaculata in her centenary by insulting her at Fatima and capped off October by issuing a commemorative stamp in which Luther supplanted her at the foot of the cross. To close out the centenary year, he blasphemed the Holy Family and the Nativity of Our Lord with a disgusting homoerotic display in the Vatican.
And now, well into 2018, we see the acceleration of the agenda to eradicate all signs of Christianity from society. Ireland, so precious and unique among Christian nations is perhaps suffering the greatest onslaught from the enemies of Christ. In our header for today’s post, we show a Corpus Christi Procession of the kind that was once common in Ireland and all Catholic countries. And now, what have we?
All of this seems to indicate that we are approaching that which Our Lord spoke of in Matthew 24:
“From the fig tree learn a parable: When the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is nigh. So you also, when you shall see all these things, know ye that it is nigh, even at the doors.”
And this in turn, leads us to the overwhelming question, How long? How long O Lord, will You delay? Undoubtedly, the longer the delay, the greater the outrage to God’s Justice. In fact, as more time passes, even many traditionals become more jaded, cynicism and indifference increase. This is to be expected in this time of winnowing.
But even as the intensity of the wicked increases, something else increases as well; the fervor of the true children of Mary, who wear her scapular, pray her Rosary, and offer all these trials to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through her Immaculate Heart. And the faithful of Ireland,betrayed by the modernists who occupy the establishment at present, can still make their voices heard. Indeed, right now, Ireland is being given the opportunity to defend the life of the most vulnerable. And there are very encouraging signs that the faithful of Ireland are rising to the challenge. Voice of the Familyannounced in February the launch of a Lenten spiritual crusade in defence of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland. A national referendum on the repeal of this amendment, which guarantees the equal right-to-life of both mothers and babies, will take place later this year, probably in May. The vast and powerful international abortion industry has targeted Ireland for years and a resounding defeat of the dealers of death would be such an encouragement to all beleaguered Catholics everywhere – please pray for the true Catholics of Ireland that their faith may not fail!
Let all who read this renew their prayers and reparation in support of the faithful in Ireland and soon the world may see the triumph of the faith!
After the above post was scheduled, I received an update about the situation in Ireland which cited an article in the Irish Independent. The link is here. I will just quote an excerpt now, for I must get to Chapel for Mass to join my prayers with those of the long-suffering faithful of Ireland.
“The progressive elite in this country has been pushing for abortion since the referendum for the Eighth Amendment was passed in 1983. In the intervening period the people of Ireland have fallen further away from the Faith which sustained them through centuries of persecution and seem more likely these days to worship at a stock exchange than a Church. While countries like Poland and Hungary are experiencing a Catholic resurgence, Ireland seems keen to divest itself of its Catholic Faith and this is without doubt the cause of the attack on the unborn. The reason we are having to defend against abortion is due to the diminution of the Faith. The push to legalise murder is a symptom. The elites are selling murder in the guise of compassion for women; the question is will the people of Ireland buy?”
Dear readers, sacred scripture teaches us that even Sodom and Gomorrah could have been saved were there only a handful of faithful. It is entirely possible to save Ireland through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her Rosary.
“Have in mind therefore in what manner thou hast received and heard: and observe, and do penance. If then thou shalt not watch, I will come to thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know at what hour I will come to thee.”
† Please, Pray the Rosary and save the faith – and the babies!-of Ireland!
† O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy!
†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.
† St. Patrick pray for us, intercede for the Church!
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
Originally posted in 2015.
~ by evensong, for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.