The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, 2019

 

Today’s posting on the Transfiguration  is based on Archbishop Sheen’s “Life of Christ”.

Three lessons were given by Our Lord Jesus Christ from a mountain. In His Sermon on the Mount, He challenged the spirit of the world. From Mount Tabor, He gave Peter, James and John a glimpse of the glory that was to come after His Passion and Death. And from Mount Calvary, He taught us most eloquently from His Cross.

We know that Peter, James and John were the Apostles chosen, but why them? Peter was to be the first Pope, James was to be the first Apostle martyred for the faith and John was to be the visionary of the future glory of the Apocalypse. All three witnessed the miracle of Jesus raising Jairus’s daughter from the dead. Archbishop Fulton Sheen tells us that all three needed to witness the Transfiguration in order to rectify their false conceptions of the Messias and to understand the importance of the Cross. Not long before, Peter had protested strenuously against the Cross while James and John had shared the common misconception that the reign of the Savior would be an earthly one. Our Lord knew that He would need to help them see the future glory beyond the bloody mount of the skull.

A brief glimpse of glory

It was not the full manifestation of Divinity which no man of earth could see; nor was His body glorified, for He had not risen from the dead, but it possessed a quality of glory. His crib, His carpenter trade, His bearing opprobrium from enemies were a humiliation; fittingly there should also be epiphanies of glory, as the angels’ song at His birth and the voice of the Father during the baptism.

Now as He nears Calvary, a new glory surrounds Him. The voice again invests Him in the robes of the priesthood, to offer sacrifice. The glory that shone around Him as the Temple of God was not something with which He was outwardly invested, but rather a natural expression of the inherent loveliness of “Him who came down from heaven.”

The wonder was not this momentary radiance around Him; it was rather that at all other times it was repressed. As Moses, after communing with God, put a veil over his face to hide it from the people of Israel, so Christ had veiled His glory in humanity. But for this brief moment, He turned it aside so that men might see it; the outgoing of these rays was the transitory proclamation to every human eye of the Son of Righteousness.

As the Cross came nearer, His glory became greater. So it may be that the coming of the anti-Christ or the final crucifixion of the good will be preceded by an extraordinary glory of Christ in His members. In man, the body is a kind of a cage of the soul. In Christ, the Body was the Temple of Divinity.

In the Garden of Eden, we know that man and woman were naked but not ashamed. This is because the glory of the soul before sin shone through the body and became a kind of a raiment. Here too in the Transfiguration, the Divinity shone through humanity. This was probably much more natural than for Christ to be seen in any other pose, namely, without that glory. It took restraint to hide the Divinity that was in Him.

“And whilst He prayed, the shape of His countenance was altered, and His raiment became white and glittering. And behold two men were talking with Him. And they were Moses and Elias, Appearing in majesty. And they spoke of His decease that He should accomplish in Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:29-31).

The Old Testament was coming to meet the New. Moses the publisher of the Law, Elias the chief of the Prophets—both of them were seen shining in the Light of Christ Himself Who, as the Son of God, gave the Law and sent the Prophets. The subject of conversation of Moses, Elias and Christ was not what He had taught, but His sacrificial death; it was His duty as Mediator which fulfilled the Law, the Prophets and the Eternal Decrees.

Their work done, they pointed to Him to see the Redemption accomplished. Thus did He keep before Him the goal of being “numbered with the transgressors,” as Isaias had foretold. Even in this moment of glory, the Cross is the theme of the discourse with the celestial visitors. But it was death conquered, sin atoned and the grave despoiled.

St. Paul said, “Having joy set before Him, He endured the Cross.” What the Apostles noticed as particularly beautiful and glorified were His face and His garments—the face which later would be splattered with blood flowing from a crown of thorns; and the garments, which would be a robe of scorn with which sneering Herod would dress Him. The gossamer of light which now surrounded Him would be exchanged for nakedness when He would be stripped on a hill.

While the Apostles were standing at what seemed to be the very vestibule of heaven, a cloud formed, overshadowing them:

“And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him.” (Matt. 17:5)

When God sets up a cloud it is a manifest sign that there are bonds which man dare not break. At His baptism, the heavens were opened; now at the Transfiguration they opened again to install Him in His office as Mediator, and to distinguish Him from Moses and the Prophets. It was heaven itself that was sending Him on His mission, not the perverse will of men.

At the baptism, the voice from heaven was for Jesus Himself; on the Hill of the Transfiguration, it was for the disciples. The shouts of “Crucify” would be too much for their ears if they did not know that it behooved the Son to suffer. It was not Moses nor Elias they were to hear, but Him who apparently would die like any other teacher, but was more than a prophet.

The voice testified to the unbroken and undivided union of Father and Son; it recalled also the words of Moses that in due time God would raise up from Israel One like Himself Whom they should hear. The Apostles, awakening at the brilliance of what they had seen, found their spokesman, as almost always, in Peter.

“And it came to pass, that as they were departing from him, Peter saith to Jesus: Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias; not knowing what he said.” (Luke 9:33)

A week before, Peter was trying to find a way to glory without the Cross. Now he thought the Transfiguration a good short cut to salvation by having a Mount of the Beatitudes or a Mount of the Transfiguration without the Mount of Calvary. It was Peter’s second attempt to dissuade Our Lord from going to Jerusalem to be crucified. Before Calvary he was the spokesman for all those who would enter into glory without purchasing it by self-denial and sacrifice. Peter in his impetuosity here felt that the glory which God brought down from the heavens, and of which the angels sang at Bethlehem, could be tabernacled among men without a war against sin. Peter forgot that as the dove rested his foot only after the deluge, so true peace comes only after the Crucifixion. Like a child, Peter tried to capitalize and make permanent this transient glory. To the Savior, it was an anticipation of what was reflected from the other side of the Cross; to Peter, it was a manifestation of an earthly Messianic glory that ought to be housed. The Lord Who called Peter “Satan” because he would have a crown without a Cross now ignored his noncrucial humanism, for He knew that “he spoke at random.” But after the Resurrection, Peter would know. Then he would recall the scene, saying:

“… we were eyewitnesses of His greatness. For He received from God the Father honour and glory: this voice coming down to Him from the excellent glory: ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him. And this voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with Him in the holy mount. And we have the more firm prophetical word: whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”  (II Peter 1:16–20)

 

This destroyer Pope’s attack on the faith – and the faithful! – has accelerated but we have the indisputable word of Our Lord Jesus Christ that He will not forsake His Church. Let us hold firm to the faith, “the light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star rise in our hearts.”

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

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, intercede for us!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~ by evensong, for love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

For our traditional posting on the Transfiguration, see: “The Transfiguration, Nisi Solum Jesum”.

evensong is currently unable to post and for the time being, most posts here will be repostings or drawn from her archive of draft posts. Thank you,

peregrine

Designs of Mercy – Jacinta, Part III

 

“Jacinta’s thirst for making sacrifices seemed insatiable. She always made her sacrifices with this thought, a thought which was habitual with her: to suffer for sinners, to make acts of reparation in their place, to substitute herself for them, to obtain for them pardon and the grace of conversion.”

Today, we will see where Jacinta’s heroic devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary led her in her very brief, but intense life. Most of our discussion is found in Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité’s “The Whole Truth About Fatima Vol. II”.  Now, Frère Michel himself relied greatly on Sister Lúcia’s Memoirs as in the following.

“When, in a spirit of mortification, she did not want to eat, I said to her: “Listen, Jacinta! Come and eat now.” ‘No! I’m offering this sacrifice for sinners who eat too much.’  When she was ill, and yet went to Mass on a week day, I urged her: Jacinta, don’t come! You’re not able. Besides, today is not a Sunday! ‘That doesn’t matter. I’m going for sinners who don’t go on a Sunday.’ If she happened to hear any of those expressions which some people make a show of uttering, she covered her face with her hands and said: ‘Oh, my God, don’t those people realize that they can go to hell for saying those things? My Jesus, forgive them and convert them. They certainly don’t know that they are offending God by all this! What a pity, my Jesus! I’ll pray for them.’ Then and there, she repeated the prayer that Our Lady had taught us: ‘O my Jesus, forgive us, deliver us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need.’ Jacinta made such sacrifices over and over again, but I won’t stop to tell any more, or I shall never end,  Lúcia tells us.”

Also, in her memoirs, Sister Lúcia remarked that little Jacinta, although the youngest, she “was the one who received from Our Lady a greater abundance of grace , and a better knowledge of God and of virtue.” Indeed, it was she who appeared to enjoy the greatest intimacy with the Most Holy Virgin. When the cycle of the six great public apparitions was completed, Jacinta continued almost uninterruptedly to enjoy supernatural favours, right up until her death.

Jacinta’s Prophetic Visions

In her Memoirs, Lúcia tells us: “One day we spent our siesta down by my parents’ well. Jacinta sat on the stone slab on top of the well. Francisco and I climbed up a steep bank in search of wild honey among the brambles in a nearby thicket. After a little while, Jacinta called out to me: “Didn’t you see the Holy Father?” “No.” “I don’t know how it was, but I saw the Holy Father in a very big house, kneeling by a table, with his head buried in his hands, and he was weeping. Outside the house, there were many people. Some of them were throwing stones, others were cursing him and using bad language. Poor Holy Father, we must pray much for him .” Frère Michel places this vision in the time period between July 13, 1917 and October, 1918, when the children fell ill.

We also know that this vision concerns an event announced in the Secret, for Lúcia continues her account, and writes: “I have already told you how, one day, two priests recommended that we pray for the Holy Father, and explained to us who the Pope was. Afterwards, Jacinta asked me: ‘Is he the one I saw weeping, the one Our Lady told us about in the Secret?’ ‘Yes, he is,’ I answered. (And Jacinta, with childlike candour, went on:) ‘The Lady must surely have shown him also to those priests. You see, I wasn’t mistaken. We need to pray a lot for him.’

This vision helps us to better understand the corresponding words of the Secret, announcing “persecutions against the Church and the Holy Father (who) will have much to suffer.”

At another time, Lúcia says, “We went to the cave called Lapa do Cabeço. As soon as we got there, we prostrated on the ground, saying the prayers the Angel had taught us. After some time, Jacinta stood up and called to me: ‘Can’t you see all those highways and roads full of people, who are crying with hunger and have nothing to eat? And the Holy Father in a church praying before the Immaculate Heart of Mary? And so many people praying with him?”

This second vision corresponds to an event prophesied in the Secret: “Some days later, Jacinta asked me: ‘Can I say that I saw the Holy Father and all those people?’ “No. Don’t you see that that’s part of the Secret? If you do, they’ll find out right away!” ‘All right! Then I’ll say nothing at all.’ ”

The striking images contemplated in her recent visions kept the Secret on Jacinta’s mind; the themes of the Secret made a more profound impression on her than on her two companions. Sister Lúcia is insistent on this point, showing clearly how the Blessed Virgin wished to make this soul – so young and so delicate, but so sensitive and courageous – the confidante of the most intimate thoughts of Her Heart. The great and dramatic Message of Our Lady was destined for the whole world; and Our Lady willed that this innocent soul, Jacinta, be penetrated with it and live it with such love that she became, as Sister Lúcia dares to say, “filled with horror”,  and was led very quickly, within a few months, to the total gift and sacrifice of her life.

Sister Lúcia continues: “As I said in the notes I sent about the book called Jacinta, she was most deeply impressed (…) with the vision of hell and the ruin of the many souls who go there, or again, the future war with all its horrors, which seemed to be always present in her mind. These made her tremble with fear. When I saw her deep in thought, and asked her: “Jacinta, what are you thinking about?” she frequently replied: “About the war which is coming, and all the people who are going to die and go to hell! How dreadful! If they would only stop offending God, then there wouldn’t be any war, and they wouldn’t go to hell!”

When Our Lady revealed the future to Jacinta, and let her see the Holy Father persecuted, mocked, abandoned by all, and in tears, Jacinta understood how much he needed prayers. “This gave Jacinta such love for the Holy Father that, every time she offered her sacrifices to Jesus, she added: ‘And for the Holy Father’. At the end of the Rosary, she always said three Hail Marys for the Holy Father.”  It is indeed surprising to observe how much, after the apparition of July 13, (1919) the thought of the Holy Father kept constantly coming back to the minds of the three seers. This was one of their major preoccupations, along with solicitude for sinners, and the sight of the terrifying war to come. Why? Undoubtedly because the Pope plays a role of decisive importance in the great prophecy of the Secret: he is already named five times in the published part of the Secret; we may believe that he is mentioned again in the part which has not yet been published. (Frère Michel, Vol II)

Another Visit of the Blessed Virgin

Towards the end of December, 1918 or in January, 1919, we read,

“Our Lady came to see us”, Jacinta said. “She told us She would come to take Francisco to Heaven very soon, and She asked me if I still wanted to convert more sinners. I said I did. She told me I would be going to a hospital where I would suffer a great deal; and that I am to suffer for the conversion of sinners, in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for love of Jesus. I asked if you would go with me. She said you wouldn’t, and that is what I find hardest. She said my mother would take me, and then I would have to stay there all alone!” On another day, Jacinta was more precise; she confided to her cousin: “Our Lady wants me to go to two hospitals, not to be cured, but to suffer more for love of Our Lord and for sinners.”

Jacinta had known for a long time that the more she suffered, the more souls she would snatch away from the eternal flames. This was a certain and absolute truth with her. Taught by the infused grace which accompanied the words of the Angel, she had understood the value of sacrifice, how pleasing it is to God, and how, in return for it  God converts sinners.

And with all her ardour, she gave a generous “yes” to the hardest sacrifice that could have asked of her, a sacrifice which she undoubtedly had never imagined: to suffer and die alone far from her mother, far from her father, and above all far from Lúcia, her only confidante and intimate friend, whose presence gave her such comfort such great joy, the only consolation that remained for her. After this, she was thoughtful for a while and then added: “If only you could be with me! The hardest part is to go without you. Maybe the hospital is a big, dark house where you can’t see, and I’ll be there suffering all alone! But never mind! I’ll suffer for love of Our Lord, to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the conversion of sinners and for the Holy Father.”

Frère Michel notes,

“It is always the same intentions, the same great themes of the Secret, which habituate and incite her to heroic sacrifice. The same transports of love always come back to her lips: often she would repeat, “Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation! I love the Immaculate Heart of Mary so much!” Sometimes, as she would kiss a crucifix, she would press it in her hands, saying: “O my Jesus, I love You, and I wish to suffer much for Your love!” How often did she say: “O Jesus! Now You can convert many sinners, because this is really a big sacrifice!”

At Aljustrel, from October, 1918 until June 30, 1919, Jacinta’s illness slowly worsened. After the bronchial pneumonia, pleurisy caused her great suffering. She bore it, however, with a resignation and even a joy which were surprising. Jacinta made it her business never to complain. This was both out of a delicate consideration for her mother, to keep her from getting worried, and to offer this additional sacrifice, so costly when one is suffering a great deal. From Lúcia alone she felt drawn to hide nothing, to tell her about all the graces she had received, and to admit her true sufferings: “My chest hurts so much, but I’m not saying anything to my mother. I want to suffer for Our Lord, in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Holy Father and for the conversion of sinners.”

Sister Lúcia: “A few days after falling ill, she gave me the rope she had been wearing, and said: ‘Keep it for me; I’m afraid my mother may see it. If I get better, I want it back again!’ This cord had three knots and was somewhat stained with blood. I kept it hidden until I finally left my mother’s home. Then, not knowing what to do with it, I burned it, and Francisco’s as well.”

During June, 1919 Jacinta, increasingly challenged by more opportunities to offer sacrifices of reparation, increased in her fervent devotion, Father Ferreira stubbornly refused to allow Jacinta to receive the Blessed Sacrament, even though she was by then eight years old. But we may believe that the priest’s efforts were no obstacle to Our Lord’s love for His brave saint, as Frère Michel assures us that Our Lord “gave Himself to her spiritually, and gave her the grace to feel His Divine Presence: ‘I don’t know how it is! But I feel Our Lord within me. I understand what He says to me, although I neither see Him nor hear Him but it is so good to be with Him.’ ”

Another time she said: ‘I so like to tell Jesus that I love Him! Many times, when I say it to Him, I seem to have a fire in my heart, but it doesn’t burn me.’ Again, moved by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the same ardent affections of love continually returned to her lips: ‘I love Our Lord and Our Lady so much, that I never get tired of telling Them that I love Them.’

Jacinta’s health gave way under the aggressive illnesses which beset her and towards the end of June, her doctor began to insist that her parents allow her to be admitted to Saint Augustine’s Hospital at Vila Nova de Ourem. The prophecy of Our Lady was about to be fulfilled… and so Jacinta departed, “knowing that she was going not to be cured, but to suffer”.

To be continued, God willing.

Deliver Us From the Fire of Hell

 

Please note: This post edited and new material added at 9:20 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019.

This is our follow-up post to “The Vision of Hell”, which we posted on July 13, 2019.

Previously, we discussed that the Message of Our Lady at Fatima on her third visit,  July 13, 1917 was a watershed moment. The previous apparitions, including the Angel’s visits, prepared for this one and this apparition is essential for understanding the subsequent ones. For it was on this day, as Lúcia relates, that ‘Our Lady deigned to reveal to us the Secret’. (“The Whole Secret of Fatima, Vol. 1, available free from www.archive.org.) The following are excerpts with commentary from that volume.

“…The message of July 13 appears to us very clearly divided into two parts:
First, there are the words which were divulged immediately,
Second, the long text of the secret which the seers carefully kept hidden.
However, what is important is that the two parts of the message are very closely connected.”

In today’s post we will look at the text, or meaning, behind the bare words themselves.

From Frère Michel de la Trinité:

The obsessive fear for the salvation of souls, which is the other key of the secret, with its terrible first part, the gripping vision of hell, was clearly manifested at the very moment of the apparition, inscribed on the faces of the seers. All the witnesses in fact noticed the great sorrow which suddenly overwhelmed them. Those who were very near were very much moved by the sudden cry which fell from the lips of Lúcia. ‘At this moment’, says Ti Marto, ‘Lúcia took a deep breath, went as pale as death, and we heard her cry out in terror to Our Lady, calling Her by name.’

Is it not this same fright, distorting their faces, which is still visible on the photograph of the three seers taken by Mario Godinho, a few minutes after the apparition?

Jacinta, Lùcia and Francisco after the vision of Hell
Picture take right after the children witnessed the vision of Hell.

 

It was also on July 13 that Our Lady revealed the only two prayers She taught the children, the one just before the secret, to invite them to sacrifice, and the other right after, to complete each decade of the Rosary, popularly called the “Fatima Decade Prayer.” These are two very brief formulas, which show once again the humility and also the great pedagogy of the Virgin Mary. They are almost ejaculatory prayers which can easily come unceasingly to our lips. They are two precious pearls which, in a few words, synthesize the essence of Her message…

AN URGENT SUPPLICATION FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS.

Right after the end of the secret, Our Lady continued:

‘When you say the Rosary, say after each mystery:

‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.’

O MY JESUS

The two prayers taught by Our Lady are addressed to Her Son, to Jesus Christ our Savior. This alone suffices to destroy the calumnies of the reformists opposed to Fatima under the fallacious pretext that Her message is not Christocentric enough! What an error! At Fatima, Our Lady willed to add to the Rosary, the great prayer in Her honour this short invocation addressed to Jesus the Savior. Inserted between the Gloria Patri to the Holy Trinity, the Our Fathers and the Aves, which supplicate God our Father and our Blessed Mother in Heaven, this little prayer enlarges the divine horizon of our Rosary.

FORGIVE US!

The thought of our sin, this sin so profoundly rooted in us and which threatens to cause our ruin, is present everywhere in the message of Fatima. There is not one of the nine apparitions of the Angel and the most Blessed Virgin which does not make some allusion to sin. Each of the four prayers taught to us, brief as they are, all make some mention of it. This prayer, which is no exception, echoes the litany of Paters and Aves: Forgive us our trespasses (from the Our Father), and pray for us sinners (from the Hail Mary).

DELIVER US FROM THE FIRE OF HELL!

This supplication, the most urgent, refers of course to the vision of hell. The concrete evocation of its terrifying fire was willed expressly to call to mind the description of hell sketched by Lúcia. Yes, it is willed by Our Lady, who is the sovereign teacher, that this word hell always remind us of this devouring fire, which most exactly expresses its terrible reality. [Editor’s note: this was also a warning against the heretical notion that Hell is empty that is so prevalent today.]

‘Livrai nos do fogo do inferno!’ The expression is strong and vigorous, and deliberately so. Not only ‘preserve us’, but more exactly, ‘deliver us’! It makes explicit the last request of the Our Father, with the same verb, but ‘deliver us from evil’. This is to say that hell is not for us an imaginary and far off danger, from which we can escape by ourselves.

No, it is the just and certain culmination of rebellions against God and hardening of the heart, where we would go without the pardon of Jesus, our Savior, and without the help of His grace full of mercy. Without Him, without His Passion and His redeeming Blood we are already lost. We owe our salvation to Him alone, and He desires that we ask Him: ‘O my Jesus, deliver us from the fire of hell!’

The prayer of Fatima is very close to what the liturgy says: ‘From eternal death, deliver us, O Jesus!’ implore the litanies. And the prayer of the Roman Canon, stating clearly the intention of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, says: ‘Deliver us from eternal damnation (ab aeterna damnatione nos eripi), and number us in the flock of Thine elect.’ The same vigorous expression is found in the Litany of the Saints, and this time it makes quite clear who is meant by the ‘us’: it is we ourselves and all our dear ones who have the faith, and we implore pardon for ourselves: ‘That You would deliver our souls and the souls of our brethren, relations and benefactors, from eternal damnation, we beseech You, hear us! Ut animas nostras . . . ab aeterna damnatione eripias, te rogamus audi nos!’

It is an urgent supplication, but it is also full of an immense trust. For in hope we are already sure of obtaining the forgiveness of Our Savior, and eventually reaching the happiness of Heaven… Thus, our horizons are enlarged, leading us to the second part of the prayer:

LEAD ALL SOULS TO HEAVEN

Our ardent desire to be saved, ourselves and our dear ones, is necessarily extended to all souls. Christ offered His life for all men, without exception, and God His Father wishes to save all men; so why shouldn’t all souls go to Heaven? The little prayer becomes… a universal prayer. It is mystical, and it expresses a true and ardent charity. ‘Lord’, Father de Foucauld loved to repeat, ‘if it could be possible, make all men go to Heaven!’ [Ed: Indeed, that is true, Christ our Savior made salvation possible for all, but few there are who choose it. However, we are called by charity to pray for all poor sinners, for we may not judge; that is for Christ  alone to do. For those of you who rebel at this, please read on.]

‘All souls’, ‘as almas todas’, or in the version most often quoted by Sister Lúcia, ‘as alminhas todas’, with this diminutive of commiseration, ‘all these poor souls’, just as we would say, ‘poor sinners’. ‘Levai para o Ceu!’ ‘Lead them to Heaven!’ The word can hardly be translated: take them, carry them, lift them right up to Heaven! And perhaps even better, as Father Simonin and Dom Jean-Nesmy translate: ‘Draw all souls to Heaven.’ It reminds us of the words of Jesus on the evening of Palm Sunday, just before entering into the work of His redemptive Sacrifice:Now is the prince of this world cast out; and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.’ He said this to show by what death He was going to die. ‘Omnia traham ad me ipsum.’

ESPECIALLY THOSE MOST IN NEED  

These last words bewildered Canon Formigao. Indeed they are surprising: How can we ask Jesus to lead all souls to Heaven, and thus all without exception, and then immediately add a formula which on the contrary is partial and restrictive? The words, ‘all… especially’ seem to defy simple logic.

And yet the formula is surely authentic, and the difficulty disappears when we consider that it concerns the salvation of souls, which is always a pure and infinite mercy of God. The logic here is one of love, full of implications which cause the too narrow framework of the exact relation of the concepts to explode. The suppliant soul, in the zeal of its love, would like to obtain from the Divine Mercy the salvation of all souls… but it knows that its request cannot be heard in all its extension… it does not merit it. In this case, it immediately clarifies its request, and says to God: ‘I ask You to have mercy at least on some souls, and most especially, as a priority, on the souls of the greatest sinners, who most surely risk being lost!’ Such is the logic of the saints…

Ed. Note: A different perspective suggests itself to me: The “souls most in need” are not necessarily the greatest sinners! Instead, consider if they may be those who are most in danger of falling from the faith by the severe trials of these times. The risk is so great today for all who labor to awaken their brethren to the danger, to strengthen others in the faith, for Satan ignores the sinners in order to pursue with the greatest vigor those who are most effective in saving souls. 

Who might these be? Why consecrated souls, of course! Satan hates priests! Satan hates all consecrated virgins! Satan hates all who consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary! That is precisely why we must pray especially for our priests, who are under such attacks. These are his primary targets, but another huge focus of his is those at the hour of death. The Church, in her wisdom has always known this and that is the reason for the last verse of the Hail Mary:

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

Readers, I do not believe that my interpretation, above, contradicts the remainder of Frère Michel’s writing on this, or St. Jacinta’s words quoted below.

This is how the three seers understood this prayer, in the light of its immediate context, the vision of hell. A striking passage from the Memoirs shows us how the little prayer of Our Lady often returned to the lips of Blessed Jacinta, and not only between decades of the Rosary, but to implore often the salvation of souls:

“Jacinta often sat thoughtfully on the ground or on a rock, and exclaimed: ‘Oh, Hell! Hell! How sorry I am for the souls who go to hell! And the people down there, burning alive, like wood in the fire!’ Then, shuddering, she knelt down with her hands joined, and recited the prayer Our Lady had taught us: ‘O my Jesus! Pardon us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.’

‘Now’, Sister Lúcia continues, ‘Your Excellency will understand how my own impression was that the final words of this prayer refer to souls in greatest danger of damnation, or those who are nearest to it.’   

These last words turn our attention towards those in their last agony. In all the myriads of Ave Marias we shall have prayed all during our life, we ask the Mother of Mercy to pray for us ‘at the hour of our death’. But all these hardened souls who outraged Her unceasingly and never invoked Her? It is for them, in their place that Our Lady has us pray during our Rosary. [* Please see note below on this point.]

This priority accorded the greatest sinners, was not understood, and was the principal reason why the original version of the prayer was abandoned for so long in favor of another, more classical one. Yet this prayer brings us to the full reality of the Gospel. It is the priority given to the erring sheep for the twofold reason that it is lost, and that its salvation will show more strikingly the untiring Love of its Good Shepherd! It was St. Therese of the Child Jesus who, ‘devoured by a thirst for souls, burned with the desire to snatch from the eternal flames the souls of the greatest sinners’. Hence her decision ‘to prevent at any price from going to hell’ the horrible criminal whose three murders had monopolized the news. On him also, ‘this poor unfortunate Pranzini’, did she wish to pour out the salvific and ‘divine dew’ of the Blood of Jesus.

We will see that this concern for the salvation of the greatest sinners is a frequent theme in later revelations granted to Sister Lúcia. It was equally the constant thought of Jacinta:

“Jacinta remained on her knees like this for long periods of time, saying the same prayers over and over again. From time to time, like someone awaking from sleep, she called out to her brother or myself: ‘Francisco! Francisco! Are you praying with me? We must pray very much, to save souls from hell! So many go there! So many!’ “

THE LITTLE PRAYER OF REPARATORY OFFERING

Sister Lúcia humbly confesses in her second Memoir: ‘During this month (June 13 – July 13), I lost all enthusiasm for making sacrifices and acts of mortification… To reawaken my fervor which had grown cold, Our Lady told us: ‘Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say often to Jesus, especially each time you make a sacrifice:  ‘O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’

Here is a very simple prayer, whose significance is immediately grasped. Again it is to Jesus our Savior that our offering is addressed, but in addition to the desire to please Him through love, in accomplishing the action we offer Him, two other intentions are added. And the whole richness of this prayer consists precisely in their indissoluble bond of reciprocal implication, which causes each of these intentions to remind us of the other two. Note how the thought of the salvation of sinners is found inserted there like a wedge between the two acts of love for Jesus and Mary. This shows to what extent the missionary intention is at the very heart of the message of Fatima, as necessarily flowing from the true love of the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

  • Editor Note: The Fatima Decade Prayer prays for especially those most in need (of Thy mercy). Please consider the relevance toward praying for this tragic Pope and his wayward prelates. We must pray for them and expect miracles from the infinite mercy of God, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Prayers are never wasted – and even prayers that may seem futile often bring rgeat blessings for those who have hoped in God.

The two Fatima Prayers recommended by Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima urge us to reparation for sins and pray for the conversion of sinners, and I cannot stress enough the importance of this at this particular time. Our Lady of Fatima has promised that there is nothing, nothing at all, which we cannot accomplish by means of her Rosary.

Thank you so much for reading. Please, pray the Rosary, and the Fatima Decade Prayer!

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

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

 

Rainbow Logic

 

Recently, France has experienced its own “Terri Schiavo” moment and in a tragic recap of that case, Vincent Lambert was denied such basic care as food and even water.  We have all become somewhat accustomed to our church leaders refusing to lead in these moments, and hiding behind bland statements concocted by their “public relations” managers. But this time, in what must be a whole new level of incompetence the head of  the Pontifical Academy for Life,  Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia spoke at length on the subject, stringing cliches together without ever mentioning the commandments of God, or Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whom he purports to serve.

The analysis, including Paglia’s commentary is admirably covered by Lifesite here.

Vincent Lambert was denied even such a basic need as water. Think of that a moment, and realize what it must have been like for him. And the illustrious Paglia – yes, that one, he of the homorerotic mural – referred to the situation as “suspension of artificial feeding and hydration”. Artificial!!

“The painful family conflict over the hypothesis of the suspension of artificial feeding and hydration, since access to the knowledge of the patient’s wishes is excluded – an essential element in assessing the proportionality of treatment – has led to a deadlock that has lasted for years.”

(. . . )

“These events therefore require us to clarify and deepen the role and meaning of medical care and the criteria that govern its use. Pope Francis also reminded us that it is necessary to avoid a blind extension of biological functions, losing sight of the integral good of the person (Address to the World Medical Association Convention on Assisted Suicide, 16 November 2017).

“In the face of these dramatic divisions, it is first of all a question of assuming an attitude of contemplation  and prayer of proximity, so that we can find means of communication that promote reconciliation rather than controversy, at family and social levels. We must also avoid entrusting the solution only to a technical or legal action in order to seek together the broadest possible agreement. It is a journey that requires a commitment, not only personal but also collective, to develop that sense of life that suffering challenges and to confront the radical limit of death. It is a question of awakening the forces that culture has always mobilized in the history of humanity, in all its symbolic expressions, from artistic to religious, offering reasons to live. Only a broader and deeper formation of consciousness can prepare us for such dramatic and complex decisions. Knowing that no one should ever be abandoned. That love must always accompany him. A love that also overcomes death.”

Well, evidently Paglia’s rainbow love cannot overcome thirst. It’s possible that  I can never grasp Paglia’s wisdom, since I do not have my own rainbow glasses. And so, poor me, I cannot see where refusing a drink of water to someone who is quite helplessly ill is an affirmation of the “integral good of the person”.

Paglia advises us  that  we need to “assume an attitude of contemplation” and a “prayer of proximity”  to “find means of communication”.  Do we need our own rainbow glasses when we assume this attitude of contemplation?

And he stresses that  “only” a “deeper formation of consciousness” can “prepare for such dramatic and complex decisions” regarding whether a sick and helpless person should be forced to die without even a drink of water.  It never occurs to him to simply kneel before our dear Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, and ask Him. Vincenzo Paglia, your REAL boss is calling you! You will only find the answer to these “dramatic” enigmas in Christ Our Lord. Take off your silly glasses, and pray!

Dr. Elizabeth Wickham of Lifetree.org explains,

“Transformed by the new medical specialty of palliative medicine today’s death hastening agenda has supplied us with professionals who are taught and certified in skills needed to patients and families into requesting life-limiting medical treatment.   Archbishop Paglia’s statement fails to properly interpret the Fifth Commandment and to warn the faithful. (Had he done so), The world would have better understood what happened to Vincent Lambert.

“In addition, did you know that the Vatican, under the direction of Archbishop Paglia, is funding the PAL-Life Project launched by the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2018 and designed to expand palliative medicine into both developed and underdeveloped countries?  http://www.academyforlife.va/content/pav/en/projects/pallife.html”

“Indeed, it is a tragedy. Palliative medicine funded by globalist George Soros and now by the Vatican is becoming the new philosophy of end-of-life care in a global economy.  The cases of Vincent Lambert in France, Baby Alphie Evans in the UK, Terri Schiavo in the US, and many others are evidence of this takeover of healthcare. It is time to speak out about these abuses against the Fifth Commandment.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the battle against palliative care – which is actually euthanasia under a new, deceptive guise – Dr. Wickham may be reached at the above site or, PO Box 17301, Raleigh, NC, 27619.
Thank you for reading.

 

†  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.

~ 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!

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

Throughout His Gospels, Our Lord stresses that we are our brothers’ keepers. That we love one another is His commandment, the one He was most insistent about as well as that most emphasized by St. John in his epistles. He commands us to take up our crosses, not only for our own salvation but that sinners be converted. The following Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is loosely based on Father Mateo’s much earlier one. Over the years, I have modified it and don’t believe Father Mateo would mind if you make it your own as well. His generosity of spirit propelled him to enormous sacrifices just to get people to consider for a moment, the love and mercy Our Lord stands so willing to pour forth for us. So take a moment if you will and consider…

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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

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

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

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

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

As the Angel of Fatima told Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, “Pray! Pray very much!”

by evensong with love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ our Lord and King,

Novena for the Annunciation, 2019

 

On March 25 we will honor Our Lady on her Feast of the Annunciation. For some years now, our readers have also been renewing our Total Consecrations to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. To prepare, we offer this lovely Novena. If you start it tomorrow, March 16th, you will finish on March 24, the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We post it today to give you time to diary it. We will be praying it for the repentance and re-conversion of those who have fallen from the faith and are in persistent sin, most especially for those in our families and those in the leadership of the Church.   May our Most Merciful Mother hear our supplications and offer them to her Son in the chalice of her Immaculate Heart.

Novena for the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I greet you, ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Throne of Grace, miracle of Almighty Power! I greet you, Sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity and Queen of the Universe, Mother of Mercy and refuge of sinners!

Most loving Mother, attracted by your beauty and sweetness, and by your tender compassion, I confidently turn to you, miserable as I am, and beg of you to obtain for me from your dear Son the favor I request in this novena:

(mention your request).

Obtain for me also, Queen of Heaven, the most lively contrition for my many sins and the grace to imitate closely those virtues which you practiced so faithfully, especially humility, purity and obedience. Above all, I beg you to be my Mother and Protectress, to receive me into the number of your devoted children, and to guide me from your high throne of glory.

Do not reject my petitions, Mother of Mercy! Have pity on me, and do not abandon me during life or at the moment of my death. Amen.

To be prayed before the daily Rosary. A suggestion is to unite the prayers of this Novena with prayers for the Holy Father and the hierarchy that they repent, do penance and return to the faith. The Annunciation reminds us of the necessity of purity, humility and obedience, all those virtues which are mocked, despised or simply treated with scornful indifference by the church leaders today.

Thank you for reading. May God grant you all a blessed and fruitful Lent. 

  Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, crush satan’s head and drive him from the Church!

  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. Joseph, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

  Pray the Rosary and confound the devil and those who serve him!

~ posted by evensong for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

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

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The Eucharistic Vision of Our Lady of Knock

 

Today, we commemorate the eloquently silent apparition of Our Lady at Knock, Ireland, August 21, 1879. By her silence, Our Lady emphasised at once her displeasure that her message at La Salatte was being attacked, and as many believe, she was pointing to the silence recounted in chapter 8 of the Apocalypse.  But there is still another reason for the silence – it is a warning against silencing the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and outrages against the Holy Eucharist and it beckons us with mysterious silence towards the visions of the Apocalypse.

The Holy Ghost inspired St. John’s vision in such a way that through it, God revealed to us a glimpse of His own vision, not a linear accounting of events, and each subsequent generation could learn from its warnings and be comforted in its victories. In addition to sacred scripture, Our Heavenly Father guides us by the revelations He grants us down the centuries. Knock is one of the major apparitions, which are: Our Lady of Good Success in Ecuador, The Sacred Heart of Jesus at Paray le Monial, France, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at Rue du Bac, France, Our Lady of La Salette, France, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Lourdes, France, Our Lady at Knock, Ireland, Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, Portugal,  and Our Lady of Akita, Japan.  Those apparitions provide a necessary complement to our understanding of the Apocalypse.

Although the revelations contained in the Apocalypse may be fruitfully applied to each generation, the various major apparitions help to draw us into St. John’s mystical scenario as appropriate for our own time. In 17th century Ecuador, Our Lady of Good Success gave us prophecies which remained largely silent until the 20th century, for which they were intended. Our Lord’s tender pleas to St. Margaret Mary, also in the 17th century, contained both promises of blessings for obedience and warnings of danger for disobedience to His requests to honor His Sacred Heart publicly. This message was dishonored by the Jesuits to whom it was entrusted and betrayed by the French monarchs to their own destruction and that of France, but we were only able to grasp this in hindsight, as was the case with the Quito revelations, centuries later, as the apocalyptic unfolded. We must not forget however, that the demands of Our Lord for devotion to His Sacred Heart have never been rescinded and no amount of devotion to false revelations will satisfy the command for true devotion to the image of His Most Sacred Heart.

Our Lady then intervened offering mercies to her children through devotion to her Immaculate Conception, that is through the Miraculous Medal and the miraculous spring at Lourdes. Both of those apparitions carried both warnings and blessings. Between these two, Rue du Bac and Lourdes, came Our Lady’s sad visit to La Salette wherein she warned of the increasing incursion of the ancient enemy, “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.” As proof of the strength which the enemy had gained in the Church, this message was opposed and silenced. To this day, Melanie Calvat’s legacy is obscured by the thick fabric of false accusations against her.

The mystical vision of Knock is essential to our understanding of the mystical vision given to  Sister Lucia at Tuy fifty years later; and through it, we are able to understand the pertinent passages of the Apocalypse for today.

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour.” (Apoc. 8, 1)
This verse appears to be indicated by the silence of Knock. But the mystical visions of the Apocalypse are much deeper and the vision of Knock also must be seen in relation to the earlier chapter 5, as we shall show.

First, we look at  Apocalypse 5, especially verse 5.

From The Apocalypse of St. John:

The Little Lamb of God

[1] And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne, a book written within and without, sealed with seven seals. [2] And I saw a strong angel, proclaiming with a loud voice: Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? [3] And no man was able, neither in heaven, nor on earth, nor under the earth, to open the book, nor to look on it. [4] And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open the book, nor to see it. [5] And one of the ancients said to me: Weep not; behold the lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

[6] And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. [7] And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat on the throne. [8] And when He had opened the book, the four living creatures, and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints: [9] And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; because Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, in Thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. [10] And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.

[11] And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the ancients; and the number of them was thousands of thousands, [12] Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction.” (Apocalypse 5, 5)

Commentary:

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St. Michael, St. John and Our Lady of Knock

Tomorrow we commemorate the Apparition of Our Lady of Knock. To prepare, we offer a guest post from Adrian Dulston considering the apparition in the context of Fatima, LaSalette and the Apocalypse.

When Our Lady’s message at La Salette  was silenced, she very eloquently replied with a silent apparition at Knock, and that apparition ties in nicely with the Angel’s message at Fatima  and the prophecies of the Apocalypse. Today’s post is from guest contributor,  Mr. Dulston of BVM Servant. I hope to have a follow up article or two on Our Lady of Knock soon.

Knock pilgrims 1880sSt. Michael the Archangel, The Beloved Disciple, and Ireland
December 27, 2015 by AD

Sunday overrides the Feast of St. John the Evangelist but as it’s coming up to the Fatima year of St. Michael the Archangel, that is, a hundred years since his often forgotten appearance to the Fatima children, I am reminded of other heavenly visits which warn of these precarious times.

On August 21st 1879 some Irish parishioners from the town of Knock, witnessed a vision on the back of their Church. In what is now a famous image we find Mary, Joseph, St. John the Evangelist and a Lamb on an altar with angels in flight. Many focus quite rightly on Mary in the vision but it is obvious that the scene is that of Holy Mass, and specifically the consecration of the bread into Our Lord’s Body, Who is offered as a Lamb to take away our sins, to God the Father.

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Apocalypse Chapters 1-3

 

We return to the beginning of the Apocalypse to discover a surprise – the letters to the Churches, written millenia ago, provide valuable insight for just these days. Of course, each century of the Church’s history has been able to say that to some extent, but as we read the first three chapters, we do see a rather astonishing array of lessons for the Church in this most troubled time. Our readings are taken today from Apocalypse 1-3, Catholic Bible Online.

When St. John the beloved Apostle set down the words revealed to him in the Apocalypse, he began with:

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to make known to His servants the things which must shortly come to pass: and signified, sending by His angel to His servant John, who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen. Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand.”

The first thing we notice is the phrase, “must shortly come to pass” which is then repeated for emphasis in the end, “For the time is at hand”. And when was this written? So you see that the timeframe expressed in sacred scripture is vastly different from our timeframe. An instructor once remarked on this timeframe that ours is, “like a mayfly’s”.

Continuing in Chapter 1, we see,

“I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying: What thou seest, write in a book, and send to the seven churches which are in Asia, to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamus, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

Ephesus

In Chapter 2, John reveals the Lord’s message to these churches which represent His message to all Catholic churches in all ages, but with especial relevance for the latter times of the great tribulation. The first church is that of Ephesus, which Christ chides,

“Thou hast left thy first charity. Be mindful therefore from whence thou art fallen: and do penance, and do the first works. Or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou do penance. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaites, which I also hate.

Note the emphatic way in which, Our Lord asserts the need for hatred of sinful deeds. These letters set the tone for understanding God’s will for us in troubled times. In His message to the Bishop of the Church at Ephesus, Christ warns him – and us – of losing our charity, He urges us to do penance and “to do the first works”, that is, the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  But the gist of the message may be found in Our Lord’s hatred for the deeds of the Nicolaites and His commendation for the Ephesians for hating these sinful deeds as well.

The Nicolaites were guilty of a casuistry, that is, the use of complex reasoning to justify moral laxity, similar to that of the present pontiff, in that they managed to find a way to laxity in the law. This false tolerance allowed Christians to eat meats sacrificed to idols (that is, allowing participation in satanic rituals) and even allowing that “whoever should have committed fornication might receive peace on the eighth day.” (The Book of Destiny, Fr. H. B. Kramer) Fr. Kramer further notes that early writings indicate that the Nicolaites tactics were akin to the Balaamites and Gnostics. The sin of Balaam was to allow sexual depravity to lure Israelite men into sin and so weaken them.

As we consider this passage, it appears that the error hated by Our Lord is precisely that tolerance of mortal sin that we see vaunted today in the false mercy and false ecumenism of the neo-modernists now in power in the Church. Understood correctly, this message is a warning against the tolerance for sin which has so infected the Church over the past century. The result has been a stupefying indifference towards the most grievous errors and inability to counteract them.

 

Smyrna

The second church addressed is the Church of Smyrna,

“These things saith the First and the Last, who was dead, and is alive: I know thy tribulation and thy poverty, but thou art rich: and thou art blasphemed by them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tried: and you shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful until death: and I will give thee the crown of life.”

This message is a warning of martyrdom and great suffering and a reminder of the even greater reward for those who remain faithful. And it applies to these times most precisely. By the term, “was dead and is alive”, it also counteracts the modernist heresy condemned by Pope St. Pius X in Pascendi Domenici Gregis, 16,  In #16, St. Pius X condemns the following, “. ..if it be objected that in the visible world there are some things which appertain to faith, such as the human life of Christ, the Modernists reply by denying this.”  In Apocalypse 2, 8, Christ asserts that He is, “the First and the Last, who was dead, and is alive”  thus confirming His actual bodily death and actual bodily Resurrection.

The term Synagogue of Satan refers to the enemies of Christ and in these sad times, these enemies are within the very heart of the Church. Jesus encourages us to fear them not. He warns that we shall have tribulation for “ten days”, thus comforting us that this too, shall pass. Fr. Kramer notes that ten is the perfect number of the world, while twelve is the perfect number of God. Thus we understand that the world’s idea of completion is surpassed by God and that what appears a persecution in the eyes of the worldly is in point of fact, an opportunity for greater glory in heaven with God and His saints forever.

The message to Smyrna ends with the emphatic, “He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: He that shall overcome, shall not be hurt by the second death.” In this warning of the coming martyrdom, there is the promise that those who overcome, that is to say, those who give their life for Christ, will not suffer the eternal death of the damned. A salutary rebuttal to the heresies promoted today by the Synagogue of Satan, true enemies of Christ who control the church at present. We shall meet them again in the message to the Church at Philadelphia.

 

Pergamus

The third message is to the church of Pergamus:

“These things, saith He, that hath the sharp two edged sword: I know where thou dwellest, where the seat of Satan is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith. . . . thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat, and to commit fornication: So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaites.”

Now Pergamus means citadel and Jesus here asserts that this citadel has become the seat of Satan. He commends those in Pergamus, where the seat of Satan is, yet who still hold fast His name and have not denied the faith. By the term “the stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat and to commit fornication” we understand the tactic of Balaam who used pagan women to lure the Israelite men into base sensuality, tempting them into feasting on food sacrificed to idols (that refers to participating in Satanic rituals), and into fornication with them. Now fornication has the dual meaning, referring to heresy and apostasy as well as lust. Additionally, we note Christ’s anger at those whose false mercy allows those grievous sinners to then receive the Blessed Sacrament. By this passage, we may understand the stumbling-blocks placed in the path of the faithful by the new theology of Pope Francis and his crew of modernists, These men use false mercy to condone unrepentant sinners receiving the sacraments unworthily and allow impure unrepentant priests and bishops to continue in office despite their scandalous sins.

He also again warns against the sins of the false doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaites. This repetition of the injunction against the deeds of the Nicolaites, reinforced with the injunction against the doctrine of Balaam, gives an additional gravity to the warnings against laxity in moral teaching. Jesus Christ closes this message with,

“In like manner do penance: if not, I will come to thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: To him that overcometh, I will give the hidden manna, and will give him a white counter, and in the counter, a new name written, which no man knoweth, but he that receiveth it.”

Fr. H. B. Kramer notes here, “Christ will fight the evil-doers with the two-edged sword of His word, which will separate the good from the bad, bring bloodshed and grief and tears of repentance. Those who repent will be saved but will first die in martyrdom. That God is a man of war, appears first in Exodus (XV. 3). If the bishop excommunicates the heretics by enforcing the apostolic decrees, the church will be spared the intervention of Christ and will remain under His protection. My only comment here is that it appears we today are so unfortunate as to see the alternative, the Bergoglian revolution asserting error and persecuting the faithful. This will hasten the intervention of Christ. The hidden manna is a promise to restore once again the precious gift of the Holy Sacrifice and the Eucharist, the “counter” is the ever-present offer of forgiveness and re-instatement for those who repent, for as Jesus reminded us through Sister Lucia, It is never too late to repent and return to Jesus and Mary.

 

Thyatira

The fourth message, to the Church at Thyatira, Christ says, “These things saith the Son of God, who hath His eyes like to a flame of fire, and His feet like to fine brass.” The reference to His eyes like a flame of fire repeats Chapter 1, verses 14 and 15, wherein, “His eyes were as a flame of fire, and His feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace.” Fr. Kramer notes here that this intimates, “His Omniscience. It alludes to Ezechiel (VIII. 2) and the abominations of idolatry (satanism) secretly practiced in the Temple, where God also appeared to the prophet’s eyes in the likeness of fire. God will penetrate the secret recesses in which Jezabel practices her abominations and will sound the “depths of Satan” (II. 24).”

The term Jezabel may be applied to those impure and effeminate clerics who serve satan and not Christ in the very heart of the Church, the so-called Lavender/St. Gallen Mafia who placed Pope Francis on the throne. Fr. Kramer notes that King Achab permitted a woman named Jezabel to teach her evil heresies in the church and to establish worship of Baal, that is to say, Satan. Once again, we see the injunction against eating meats sacrificed to idols, i.e., to satanic ritual. This triple warning against sins of impurity is ignored at our own peril. Father Kramer warns, “the plague shall strike the spiritual progeny of this new Jezabel. It will be a manifest punishment like the judgments upon the followers of the Beast (XV.), and the attribute of the “eyes like to a flame of fire” will become manifest to all the churches.”

The reference to the depths of Satan” points to the Gnostic sects and is applicable today but we will not discuss it at this time. The message to the Church at Thyatira closes with an especially comforting and prophetic note: 

“Hold fast till I come. And he that shall overcome, and keep my works unto the end, I will give him power over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and as the vessel of a potter they shall be broken, As I also have received of my Father: and I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.”

Note the prophetic reference to the “Rod of iron”.

 

Sardis

Next, we go to Chapter 3 for the message to the Church at Sardis, bearing in mind that this message, as the others, is for all the church at all times but most especially it is for the latter times, when the combat shall be most intense. Our Lord Jesus Christ here says,

“I know thy works, that thou hast the name of being alive: and thou art dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die. For I find not thy works full before my God. 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.”

The Bishop (Angel) to whom this message is addressed has sinned against the Holy Ghost, has cultivated worldly “virtues” of tolerance, expediency and diplomacy, that is, has become a hypocrite tolerant of impurities in doctrine and morals, and diplomatically ignores false teachings and even blasphemies in the name of mercy and ecumenism.  Thus, the Bishop of Sardis is the very template for the  hypocritical, modernist Bishops of Pope Francis’s Reformed Church

 

Philadelphia

The next message is to the Angel (Bishop) of the Church at Philadelphia.

“These things saith the Holy One and the true one, He that hath the key of David; He that openeth, and no man shutteth; shutteth, and no man openeth: I know thy works. Behold, I have given before thee a door opened, which no man can shut: because thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will bring of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie. Behold, I will make them to come and adore before thy feet. And they shall know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon the whole world to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

This is an encouragement to the faithful Remnant, as prophesied by Blessed Elizabeth Canori-Mora. If this congregation continues steadfast in the faith, growing more in grace with each passing phase of the persecutions, they will be rewarded by receiving the conversion of not only the Jews but those who have followed the second beast and have now repented. This remnant congregation knows that they are weak and therefore depend totally on Jesus and she whom He sends – the Immaculata.  Thus, to them is given the grace to stand fast in the faith. It would seem that this passage indicates that the institutional church, so long suffering the eclipse of the faith, will return to the faith by acknowledging the community of the faithful remnant.  The conversions of those Prelates who have at last rejected the false doctrines of the faction of Jezabel are the reward for the remnant’s steadfast refusal to compromise with the spirit of the world.

 

Laodicea

The final message is to the Church at Laodicea, which we have mentioned in previous posts.  To this Church, as to us all at this time, He warns,

“These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the beginning of the creation of God: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.

“Because thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing: and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy of me gold fire tried, that thou mayest be made rich; and mayest be clothed in white garments, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

“Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance. Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.”

We note the relevance to our sad time under the blight of this pontiff and his wrecking crew, who make an unholy mess of the Temple of God. The lukewarm laity who respond to this time of scandal and crisis by allowing  themselves to drift from the faith instead of joining the great spiritual battle under the banner of the Immaculata – these are the true Laodiceans, and although they may not recognise it, they are the true followers of the St. Gallen Pope, who always leads his followers to the peripheries, away from the true teachings of Christ.

But we might also take heart in the promises offered to us in these first three chapters of the Apocalypse which reveal a restoration of the faith when at last those who have fallen into the error of following the Second Beast repent and return to the true faith, that is the traditional faith of all time, which has been preserved for them by the small and weak remnant represented by the Church at Philadelphia.

 

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!

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ

 

Today we offer a new posting on the Transfiguration. It is based on Archbishop Sheen’s “Life of Christ”.

Three lessons were given by Our Lord Jesus Christ from a mountain. In His Sermon on the Mount, He challenged the spirit of the world. From Mount Tabor, He gave Peter, James and John a glimpse of the glory that was to come after His Passion and Death. And from Mount Calvary, He taught us most eloquently from His Cross.

We know that Peter, James and John were the Apostles chosen, but why them? Peter was to be the first Pope, James was to be the first Apostle martyred for the faith and John was to be the visionary of the future glory of the Apocalypse. All three were witnessed the miracle of Jesus raising Jairus’s daughter from the dead. Archbishop Fulton Sheen tells us that all three needed to witness the Transfiguration in order to rectify their false conceptions of the Messias and to understand the importance of the Cross. Not long before, Peter had protested strenuously against the Cross while James and John had shared the common misconception that the reign of the Savior would be an earthly one. Our Lord knew that He would need to help them see the future glory beyond the bloody mount of the skull.

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