A Perpetual Crusade

“We should have a crusade …  supported by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by that invincible rock, that inexhaustible source of grace, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”  Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, September 23, 1979.

Yesterday, a very dear reader of ours confided his concern that the Rosary and Reparation Crusade of the Society of St. Pius X fell short of their goal. Although the Society had hoped for 12 million Rosaries, the figures, which are not complete, stand currently at 8.1 million.

The link to the Society’s notice about the results of the Crusade is here.   The latest crusade followed close upon the previous one, and it was suggested that perhaps the faithful were spiritually exhausted and becoming  resigned to our fate. There is possibly some truth in that.  The priests of the Society are experiencing severe trials, and the laity as well, with the uncertainty spread by constant rumors that Bishop Fellay would lead the Society into a trap set by the occupiers of the Vatican.  This strategy  is very well explained by Dr. Brian McCall at Catholic Family News. (A Society Divided Against Itself: SSPX Ranks Must Preserve Internal Unity)

While I agree that Rome’s strategy has indeed wreaked havoc by drawing away so many highly valued and in many cases, dearly loved comrades, I’d like to comment from a different perspective.  The quote at the top of the page is from  Archbishop Lefebvre, from his Sermon on the occasion of his Sacerdotal Jubilee, back in 1979.

Now, Bishop Fellay, in calling for the latest Rosary Crusade was following in Archbishop Lefebvre’s footsteps and I believe that the results of this last Rosary and Reparation Crusade were actually very good, considering the period we are in.  I’ll explain in a moment but first,  let’s recall the intentions:

Bishop Fellay stated that the Crusade is intended to follow the intentions of Our Lady of the Rosary herself:

(I) Jesus wishes to establish in the world the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In order to do so, all the faithful are invited:

  • to recite the rosary daily, alone or as a family;
  • to accomplish the devotion of the reparatory communion on five first Saturdays, and to multiply their daily sacrifices in a spirit of reparation for the outrages against Mary;
  • to wear the miraculous medal themselves and to diffuse it around them;
  • to consecrate their homes to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. [Family Consecration Prayer is in sidebar to the right.]

Besides the propagation of this devotion, we will also pray

(II) for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and

(III) for the pope and all the bishops of the Catholic world to consecrate Russia to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

And as a special intention we will add

(IV) the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Society of St. Pius X and all its members in addtition to all the religious communities of Tradition. (Source, SSPX)

The goal set by Bishop Bernard Fellay is a bouquet of 12 million rosaries and 50 million sacrifices for Our Lady of Fatima.

Now. admittedly, that was a tall order for all those who had just successfully completed an earlier Rosary Crusade.  And 8.1 million Rosaries is no small thing! The fact that Bishop Fellay called for this Rosary Crusade meant to me that he is acting in the same spirit as our beloved Archbishop Lefebvre and is relying on Our Lady of the Rosary and following her instructions at Fatima . That indicates most definitely that the Crusade is a success! For if we ask for her help, we are guaranteed success, she herself has promised it.

To be clear: If we obey Our Lady, we have already succeeded, because that obedience is what counts with Our Lord, not the results!  Obedience itself is what Our Lord asks of us.

We have her word, and we saw immediate results – Cardinal Mueller’s remarks made any further rapprochement with the Vatican useless and we were spared the constant “dialogues” and the treacherous rumors as well. Those rumors caused so much harm! And soon we will have the General Chapter for the priests of the Society and surely those millions of heartfelt rosaries will help that as well.

When I attend Mass at our Chapel, I am mindful of our holy Archbishop who preached all those long years ago:

And you, dear priests, who hear me now, you too must make a profound sacerdotal union to spread this crusade, to animate this crusade in order that Jesus reign, that Our Lord reign. And to do that you must be holy. You must seek after sanctity and manifest it to others, this holiness, this grace which acts in your souls and in your hearts, this grace which you receive by the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist and by the Holy Mass which you offer, which you alone are capable of offering.

I shall finish, my dearly beloved brethren, by what I shall call my testament. Testament—that is a very profound word—because I want it to be the echo of the testament of Our Lord: Novi et aeterni testamenti.

Novi et aeterni testamenti—it is the priest who recites these words at the consecration of the Precious Blood—Hic est enim calix Sanguinis mei: novi et aeterni testamenti. This inheritance which Jesus Christ gave to us, it is His Sacrifice, it is His Blood, it is His Cross. the ferment of all Christian civilization and of all that is necessary for salvation.

And I say to you as well: for the glory of the Most Blessed Trinity, for the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the love of the Church, for the love of the Pope, for the love of bishops, of priests, of all the faithful, for the salvation of the world, for the salvation of souls, keep this testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ! Keep the Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep the Mass of All Time!

And you will see civilization reflourish, a civilization which is not of this world, but a civilization which leads to the Catholic City which is heaven. The Catholic city of this world is made for nothing else than for the Catholic City of heaven.

Thus by keeping the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by keeping His Sacrifice, by keeping this Mass—this Mass which has been bequeathed to us by our predecessors, this Mass which has been transmitted from the time of the Apostles unto this day. In a few moments I am going to pronounce these words above the chalice of my ordination, and how could you expect me to pronounce above the chalice of my ordination any other words but those which I pronounced 50 years ago over this same chalice—it is impossible! I cannot change the words! We shall therefore continue to pronounce the words of the consecration as our predecessors have taught us, as the Pope, bishops and priests who have been our instructors, have taught us, so that Our Lord Jesus Christ reign, and so that souls be saved through the intercession of our Good Mother in heaven.

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So when Msgr. Fellay called this latest Crusade and when those 8+ million rosaries were said, the Society was and is winning this battle and because of them, because of all the faithful within the Society and throughout the Church, the true children of Mary, we are all winning this perpetual Crusade which will continue until the enemy is ejected from the Holy Place. For the brief moment, the ancient enemy has obscured the true Church, but we know that the Immaculate Mother of God will triumph and Our Lord Jesus Christ will once again restore His Bride, the Church.

Readers, we can never be betrayed by Our Lady – as will be very clear before long.  In her own words on June 13, 1917, she said of Our Lord Jesus Christ:

 “He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion, I promise salvation; these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by me to adorn His throne…my daughter…I shall never abandon you! My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way which will lead you to God.” (Fatima in Mary’s Words)

I assure you, as long as the FSSPX is faithful to the Immaculata, she will be with them, and there will be no failures, although the world may not often grasp this.  For the successes of the world are often failures in eternity and Our Lord, in His actions as well as His teachings assures us that what the enemy perceives as His failures are  triumphs: “For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel, shall save it.” (Mark 8, 35)

Please, Pray the Rosary and live your Consecration – Souls depend on it!

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

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

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

 

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Francisco and Jacinta, Designs of Mercy III

Part III

“He knew exactly what his destiny was.” (Olimpia Marto)

Francisco’s vocation he was to make a total oblation of his young life in reparation for sins, and to console the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

“You will get well, Francisco, you’ll be a robust man!” his father would say to him. … But the child would repeat, with assurance and serenity: “Before long Our Lady will come to take me.” His father would try furtively, to wipe away the tears from his eyes with the back of his calloused hands; those same eyes which were fatigued from so many sleepless nights. “Lights from on high!” he murmured.”

“If Our Lady heals you”, said his godmother Teresa, “I promise to offer Her your weight in wheat!” Francisco answered with a gentle smile. “Our Lady will not grant you this grace.”

Francisco was certain of going to Heaven soon, and being reunited with Our Lord and Our Lady. No doubt this filled our little seer with an immense supernatural joy. But we should not be mistaken: this joy was not always a palpable one, and the wonderful promise of Our Lady demanded on his part an act of heroic love, an act which is so contrary to nature, and consists in making the sacrifice of our own life. If there were moments of luminous joy and luminous hope, there were other moments when all feelings of joy disappeared: at those times he saw nothing but the sacrifices he had to accept to fulfill God’s designs.

Here is one such moving incident, which Ti Marto told Father de Marchi:

“I remember once that he went out and fetched a small basket of olives and then sat on a bench and began to cut them. “Francisco”,  I said,  “how nice to see you work; do you feel better?”  But he said nothing, looking a little sad. He clearly foresaw that, despite everything, he was going to die… “ He knew exactly what his destiny was”, Olimpia added.

Consoler of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

The constant thought and ideal of Francisco was always the same. He wanted to offer all his prayers and sufferings to console Our Lord and Our Lady. Lúcia tells us,

“When Jacinta and I went into (Francisco’s) room one day, he said to us: “Don’t talk much today, as my head aches so badly.”  “Don’t forget to make the offering for sinners”,  Jacinta reminded him. “Yes. But first I make it to console Our Lord and Our Lady, and then, afterwards, for sinners and for the Holy Father.”  He was quite conscious of the fact that his special role was that of consoler of the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary. This was to be his vocation here below and in eternity. For if he desired to go to Heaven, it was to be able to console Them that much better.

Francisco, who had a contemplative soul, was fascinated above all by the sadness of Jesus and Mary and to have compassion on Their pain, to console Them by his loving prayer. Jacinta also had a tender and affectionate heart, but seized with fright at the sight of so many souls falling into the fire of hell, she wished to make reparation in every possible way for their crimes, and obtain the grace of their conversion from the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Mercy in Suffering

So often today, even Catholics cannot quite grasp the significance of these children’s lives. It seems to them contradictory to assert a merciful design to suffering. This is because  we have all to some extent  been compromised by the spirit of the world (which belongs wholly to satan at the moment) which convinces us that anything that does not feel good, taste good or appeal to our senses cannot be good. To them, suffering is to be avoided at all costs. And yet Francisco and Jacinta embraced their crosses with fervor and total dedication.  How can one  explain this to today’s Catholics?

We must get past our distaste for the unpleasant truth because, in this time we are faced with a situation similar to that of the earliest disciples of Christ: they embraced the tortures, humiliations deprivations and brutal deaths because they knew the only way to Christ was through Golgotha. As then, so now, the faith is renewed only by suffering,

By our sufferings, we prove our love for Our Lord.

“Under the pressure of pain, I prove my love by test divine” sang St. Therese. By accepting the suffering offered us, we demonstrate with our actions and the resolve of our will that we are faithful, through all the suffering, loss and pain, faithful unto the end. We understand that we cannot endure these trials on our own, but only through His grace, and so these trials become a very fruitful exercise whereby we learn to live only in His light, in His sanctifying grace. Only in Him! Enduring our suffering for love of Him proves to us that on our own we are nothing, but in Him we live free and soar so high! As St. John of the Cross expressed so beautifully.

The sufferings we accept from the hands of Our Savior also  confirm us in His Love. They  have an essential role in detaching us from the things of this world and in focusing our aim higher than this passing, earthly life. Life and pain are short, eternity awaits us!

Ransom

And one of the best reasons is the salvation of souls! Jacinta, more than Francisco understood this. By ransoming souls, she was giving the greatest possible comfort to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to His Immaculate Mother. As the Angel assured them:

Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon (your Church). I am its Angel Guardian … Above all, accept and bear with submission the suffering which the Lord will send you.

Thus, we see the designs of mercy, and we know a bit clearer our own portion in this.  As we pray Our Mother’s  Rosary, we ask her help in this great task before us. There are souls to be saved and heaven awaits!

Please pray the Rosary, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary!

  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!


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

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Abide in My Love 2018

After instituting the Sacrament of His Love on Holy Thursday, Our Lord commanded His Apostles, and by them, us,

“Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love … This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you”.

In Anne Catherine Emmerich, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. (TAN Books) In Section III, Chapter 1, she recounts the following prophecy which was part of the agonies experienced by Our Lord in the Garden of Olives.

After describing satan and his legions attacking Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Garden, and the multitude of men, who appeared as though blinded, who attacked Our Lord, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich related,

Betrayed with a kiss …

“it was made known to me that these apparitions were all those persons who in divers ways insult and outrage Jesus, really and truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I recognised among them all those who in any way profane the Blessed Eucharist. I beheld with horror all the outrages thus offered to Our Lord, whether by neglect, irreverence, and omission of what was due to Him; by open contempt, abuse, and the most awful sacrileges …

After a bit more describing the offenses to Our Lord in His Sacrament of Love, Blessed Anne says,

“I saw many others in which worldly, tasteless, unsuitable ornaments had replaced the magnificent adornments of a more pious age. I saw that often, the poorest of men were better lodged in their cottages than the Master of heaven and earth in His churches. Ah, how deeply did the inhospitality of men grieve Jesus, who had given Himself to them to be their Food! … In consequence of all this, I saw the weak scandalized, the Adorable Sacrament profaned, the churches deserted and the priests despised. This state of impurity and negligence extended even to the souls of the faithful, who left the tabernacle of their hearts unprepared and uncleansed when Jesus was about to enter them, exactly the same as they left His tabernacle on the altar. …

“I saw irreverent Christians, sacrilegious priests, crowds of tepid and unworthy communicants, wicked soldiers profaning the holy vessels, and servants of the devil making use of the Holy Eucharist in the frightful mysteries of hellish worship. Among these bands, I saw a great number of theologians, who had been drawn into heresy by their sins, attacking Jesus in the Holy Sacrament of His Church, and snatching out of His Heart, by their seductive words, a number of souls for whom He had shed His blood.”

 

From the Cross, He gives us His example, as He prayed for those who brutally crucified Him, and still crucify Him today,

“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”. He still commands us, “Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love … This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you”.

How do we abide in the love of our Savior?  If we are called to love others has He has first loved us, what would that love look like?   As we think back to His Passion, we see that He  accepted the blows, the whips, the anger, hatred, humiliation and returned for it forgiveness “Father Forgive them…”, and extended His love generously, “This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”

As Saint Jacinta never tired of saying, “Pray for the Holy Father”. Yes, I know, every time we think of the foul mess in Bergoglio’s Vatican, the last thing that comes to mind is to pray for him and his ilk. But we have been given a task and it is to pray for sinners, “especially those most in need of mercy”; can you doubt that our poor unholiest of Holy Fathers fits that description? And so, pray! Pray for them all! Pray for us all!

An important part of the message of Fatima (mostly ignored by the hierarchy) is the words of Our Lord to Sister Lucia in subsequent communications; and in February, 1943, Our Lord assured Sister Lucia that,

“The penance that I request and require now is the sacrifice demanded of everybody by the accomplishment of his own duty and the observance of My law.”

Sister Lucia explained further,

“Here is the true penance which the Good Lord requests today: the sacrifice which everybody must impose on himself to lead a life of justice in the observance of His law. And He desires that this way be clearly made known to souls, for many give to the word “penance” the sense of great austerities, and as they feel neither the strength nor the generosity for that, they get discouraged and let themselves go into a life of lukewarmness and sin.”

Readers, this is the love He asks of us. In this age of diminished expectations, He simply begs us to love Him, take time to love His Sacred Heart, adore His most Holy Face, simply be with Him in His crucifixion.  Abide with Him, make room in our busy lives to quietly be with Him. We do this by turning away from the things that lead us to temptation, especially the internet, which, when used to feed our voracious curiosity is often the cause of distractions in our prayers.

Our Lady’s Rosary is the quickest possible way to loving Our Lord. I don’t believe that someone who consistently prays the Rosary daily can possibly fail to develop a deep and sure love for Our Lord.  The errors in the Church today have arisen from the indifference of the clergy, especially of the hierarchy towards this simple devotion. Proud minds cannot abide it!

Dear readers, you see the same signs as I do and are much more likely than I am to experience first hand the crass vulgarity, the just plain ugly hatefulness of this progressive liberal utopia engendered by the proud humanists of our day. You know this cannot continue in this way.  Please consider using every means at your disposal to serve Our Lord in all your thoughts, words and actions.  Use Our Lady’s Rosary for what it is intended for – not to console yourself the way some people lull themselves with various chaplets, especially the “Divine Mercy”,  but use it as Our Lady taught us: the share the thoughts of her Immaculate Heart- all those beautiful mysteries of her Heart! She will teach us how to love Him as we ought, how to abide in His love.

And this is our sure way, the path which will lead us through the coming harrowing chastisement safely home, where we belong – and all of our loved ones – whom He has loved first – with us.

 

Take up your beads and get to work!

  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 Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King.

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

This post edited, updated and reposted by peregrine with consent of the original author.

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So that souls may be saved

 It is tragic that so many Catholic families today have  loved ones who have left the faith.  Many of  them report that their adult children grew indifferent and are now raising children and even grandchildren with little or no knowledge of the true Church,  The best of them are determined to “be good without God” or to be “spiritual but not religious” . It is a continuous source of distress to know that those we love reject the only truth that can save them.  In today’s post, we offer some well-loved devotions to help.

First:  Devotion to the Divine Infant, in all its varied forms has much anecdotal evidence for its success in returning lapsed Catholics to the faith.  This prayer to the Infant of Prague is a personal  favorite and makes an excellent novena.

Prayer to the Holy Infant of Prague for Families

 
The more you will honor me, the more I will bless you!

O Most Holy Infant of Prague, so generous to those who turn to Thee in need, be attentive to our supplication on behalf of our loved ones who have chosen to separate themselves from Thee, Who alone art their salvation.

Dearest Jesus, remember the sorrow with which Thy Mother and St. Joseph sought Thee when Thou taught in the Temple. Remember their joy as they found Thee after three days! By the tears they shed and their joyful embrace at finding Thee, we beg Thy mercy for our separated families, grieving the loss of faith of their loved ones. By the joy of Thy reunited Holy Family, we beg Thee, reunite our family in the one, true Faith.
 
Most Holy Infant, with firm conviction of soul, we repent our sins that have contributed to the loss of our loved ones’ faith and  earnestly desire to make amends. O Jesus, Who desires not the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and saved, have mercy on our loved ones and return them to the faith. With joyful heart and confident hope, we entrust our loved ones to Thee, O merciful Infant. And when we are reunited once more in faith, we shall proclaim always and everywhere Thy great goodness and mercy, calling all poor sinners home to Thee, most loving Child Jesus! Amen.
 
 
 

Second:  This is a popular prayer to St. Joseph, who is Patron of the Family and appeared at the last apparition of Fatima, October 13, 1917, as Our Lady promised, to bless us and bring peace. The following  prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII, and  is especially appropriate in this time of crisis in  our families, who are 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

St. Joseph, defender of families, pray for us!

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 Gods 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.

 

“Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”

Readers, we have one more sure remedy left to discuss:

Remember the Third Visit, when Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia were given the terrifying vision of Hell? What did Our Lady tell them?

“You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

And so we see that she has come to teach us devotion to her Immaculate Heart, her humble, pure and obedient heart – for what?

So that souls may be saved!

Did Our Lady not assure us that nothing we ask from her Rosary will be denied? Surely the souls of her children are included in that! So let us strengthen our efforts, and trust in her Immaculate Heart to whom is promised the victory!

Remember pray the Rosary and trust in Mary!

  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!

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

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Solve et Coagula

Motto of the Bishop of Rome: ¡Hagan lío!
That is, “Raise Hell!”

Solve et Coagula is a formula associated with occult, alchemical freemasonry and is also reflected in the motto of the current occupant of the See of Peter, ” ¡Hagan lío!” Or, it can be expressed another way: in Hegelian  terms, “Thesis, antithesis and synthesis”.  All those terms could be applied to the work of  this Pontiff, who is now “humbly” correcting the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. In the Bergoglian Reformation words mean whatever His Holiness intends them to mean and so now, life means death.

Today, a reader alerted us to an informative article on the new focus of the  re-constituted Pontifical Academy for Life. The Humble One® dissolved the Pontifical Academy for Life and rebuilt it into his own image. Now,  in typical marxist fashion, the Academy for Life  is working to extinguish life  at both ends of the spectrum.

Judie Brown’s American Life League carried the following article by Dr. Elizabeth Wickham of Lifetree (link in our sidebar).

Palliative Care, the Real Story

By Elizabeth Wickham, PhD

Because of the new appointments to the Pontifical Academy for Life, its workshops and conferences in 2017, plus the one planned for winter 2018, my comments here are directed to the low-profile wing of the euthanasia movement known as the Third Path, which relies on the new field of palliative medicine. Today’s palliative care is falsely advertised as the moral alternative to physician-assisted suicide. Having studied this low-profile wing for over 15 years, I believe the activities at the Pontifical Academy for Life are very troubling.

I recommend that you read the important book by David Clark entitled Transforming the Culture of Dying: The Work of the Project on Death in America (PDIA). From cover to cover he tells how Soros funding gave a major impetus to the growth of palliative medicine. Palliative medicine became a certified specialty in record time orchestrated by a PDIA board of nine talented doctors, ethicists, and others. Its purpose was to systematically and fully transform care at end of life. They had “a small window of time,” said Susan Block in an interview with David Clark! (see ft. 40 on p. 15)

Soros put PDIA board member Dr. Kathy Foley in charge of allocating $45 million over nine years to several cohorts of elite physicians and a few nurses located throughout the country. Now that very same leader of the Soros scholars is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life! It is my guess that she heads the new project PAL-LIFE to make palliative care the official and mandatory standard of EOL care globally! They are working at breakneck speed. After these new June 2017 Pontifical Academy for Life appointments, we too have a “small window of time” to protect those who wish to die a holy death in God’s time.

The book is full of interviews with Foley and other board members. There can be no misunderstanding about the goals of palliative medicine after reading this book. And, by the way, David Clark is on the program at the upcoming Feb/Mar 2018 Pontifical Academy for Life workshop at the Vatican. I suggest reading his book, taking notes, and beginning to ask questions. They are being pretty reckless in their cover-up now. I guess they see that their goals are within reach with the experienced Dr. Foley in charge of combining the resources of the Pontifical Academy for Life with Soros’ financial commitment over the years to legalize the low-profile wing of the euthanasia movement.

Foley has been working toward this transformation since before 1994! From PDIA she went on to work with the World Health Organization. She argues that palliative care is a basic human right, and that means that palliative medicines will be readily available anywhere in the world. Read the WHO list of these essential medicines.

And read what Foley said to the British House of Lords in January 2005 about its proposed physician-assisted suicide bill. She testified that more time is needed to condition people’s thinking about PAS and that the right time for legalization of physician-assisted suicide may be 10, 20, or even 30 years away. (House of Lords – Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill – Minutes of Evidence)

The argument that these people are improving healthcare to extend people’s lives by offering good, traditional healthcare that encourages the finest medical techniques IS JUST NOT TRUE. Rather, palliative care discourages use of specialists and encourages more primary care doctors working with community healthcare workers and community-based organizations.

Palliative care is an interdisciplinary team approach where the doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, physical therapists, nutritionists, etc. are trained in using family dynamics to guide the patient into selecting life-limiting goals. The team is trained, not in traditional medical care, but in persuasion techniques. If the patient chooses to receive the best of technical care as long as possible, the palliative care team fails. But they will return to the patient over and over seeking to convince him or his family that traditional medical treatment is outweighed by burdens. This is where the cultural virus of proportionalism comes in. (Read Bishop Gracida’s talk given in Raleigh a couple of years ago.)

Part of their medical treatment is biopsychosocial-spiritual. It begins with a spiritual assessment of the patient. The person who helped develop the tools to take a spiritual history and assess how to incorporate a measure of spirituality into the patient’s electronic health records is another Soros PDIA grant recipient and member of the new Pontifical Academy for Life, Dr. Daniel Sulmasy. He moderated Foley’s presentation at the Oct. 2017 Pontifical Academy for Life meetings and is a former Franciscan brother now married to Lois Snyder Sulmasy. She too is knee deep in this euthanasia movement.

Finally, their policy/grassroots mega organization is called C-TAC or Coalition to Transform Advance Care. C-TAC is determined to break down all barriers to ensuring that every patient has expressed his goals of care in the form of an advanced directive. Read about Respecting Choices in LaCrosse, WI, that trains facilitators to help patients fill out the POLST form. Respecting Choices is now part of C-TAC.

Woe if it be a healthcare power of attorney that asks for medical treatment to preserve and protect life as God would choose! Spend some time reading about how the Coalition to Transform Advance Care is organized and what legislation it is promoting. The coalition wants all barriers to palliative care to fall!

You should be prepared for pressure to see the language in your Health Care Power of Attorney early on. The Third Path seeks to target those with multiple chronic conditions. It does not want palliative care limited to those who are truly near death. I know of someone who was asked to see the language in his HCPOA several times after ordinary knee replacement surgery.

Dr. Elizabeth Wickham is president and founder of LifeTree, located in North Carolina.

Note the signs: Pope Francis has nearly completed his agenda to irreversibly change the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. What do you think will be Heaven’s response?  “Vigilate et orate”. (Mark 13, 33)

Remember, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

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

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


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

Praying for others

“This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love than this, no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15,12-13)

We quoted that gentle admonition from Our Lord in our oft-reposted, “Our Lord’s Litany of Love“.

In a further quote:

The term litany is derived from the Greek word for prayer, entreaty or supplication. The post-conciliar Church tends to disdain litanies as repetitious but faithful Catholics know them for what they are, sweet words of love exchanged between the Beloved and His own. On Holy Thursday evening during the time He instituted His sacrament of love, Our Lord spoke tenderly, pleading with His loved ones (and by them, us!) to understand this new law of love. See how often, in varied ways, He reminds us of His love for us and the sweet burden we share for the salvation of souls.

Today, we want to focus briefly on our need to pray for others.  Novenas, Litanies and Rosaries are among the most popular. I believe that this is so because they involve us most closely with our most Blessed Mother, for this work of intercession is certainly her appointed task!  And she  welcomes us to join with her. When we pray to her on behalf of others, she graciously blesses them and us too.

Most of us are not called to lay down our lives for Our Lord nor for our friends, but we are called to the task of living our lives in love for those who are entrusted to us and to pray for them. This costs us no money, but does cost us something more than money; it demands our time which is precious and fleeting, and the love of our hearts.

From this tiny little outpost on the immense world wide web, we notice that readers are experiencing what several report as the “roughest start of any year ever” with numerous difficulties and trials.  And we have barely begun the first month of this new year!  Readers have spoken to me of their own crosses, the loss of jobs, severe illness, death of loved ones, family members who have turned away from the faith and appear to be lost in sin.  Of course, I offer them my prayers, but in order to do more, I thought to ask you please dear readers, consider praying for our other readers who are suffering right now. It is a beautiful thing to think of each of us, who may be enduring our own suffering in silence, praying for others.  Our Lord taught us this in His Litany of Love when He, although He was just hours away from Golgotha, urged us to love one another. From His Cross He prayed, “Father forgive them.”

Today, I recommend to you prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and include the short form of the Novena Prayer and her Litany. For the long form see here.

“There is no problem …  that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

 

Novena Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual help, dispenser of every grace that God grants us in our misery; Mother so powerful and yet so merciful, thou art the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners, and so I come to thee, mindful that thy own dear Son, when dying for my sins, entrusted me to thee.

In thy pure hands I place my eternal salvation; I trust my soul and all my needs to thee. If thou wilt take me under thy protection, I shall fear no evil, trusting thy promise: thou wilt not forsake me and thy Immaculate Heart will be my refuge and sure way to Jesus.

I beg thee, most dear Mother, obtain for me an ever greater love for Jesus, the grace of true contrition, forgiveness of my sins, final perseverance, and the favor that I now request, _________.  Mother of Perpetual Help, I give thee thanks for answering my prayer and will proclaim always thy goodness and mercy. Amen.

 

 

 

LITANY  OF  OUR  LADY  OF  PERPETUAL  HELP

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Queen conceived without the stain of Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
O Mother of Perpetual Help, whose very name inspires confidence, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may love God with all my heart, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may in all things conform my will to that of thy Divine Son, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may always shun sin, the only real evil, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may always remember my last end, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may often and devoutly receive the Sacraments, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may avoid every proximate occasion of sin, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may never neglect prayer, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may ever remember to invoke thee, particularly in time of temptation, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may always be victorious in the hour of temptation, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may generously pardon my enemies, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may arise quickly, should I have the misfortune of falling into mortal sin, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may courageously resist the seductions of evil companions, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may be strong against my own inconstancy, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may not delay my conversion from day to day, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may labor zealously to eradicate my evil habits, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may ever love to serve thee, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may lead others to love and serve thee, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may live and die in the friendship of God, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In all necessities of body and soul, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In sickness and pain, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In poverty and distress, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In persecution and abandonment, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In grief and dereliction of mind, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In time of war, famine and contagion, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In every danger of sin, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When assailed by the evil spirits, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When tempted by the allurements of a deceitful world, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When struggling against the inclinations of my corrupt nature, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When tempted against the holy virtue of purity, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When death is nigh, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the loss of my senses shall warn me that my earthly career is at an end, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the thought of my approaching dissolution shall fill me with fear and terror, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When at the decisive hour of death, the evil spirit will endeavor to plunge my soul into despair, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the priest of God shall give me his last absolution and his last blessing, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When my friends and relations, surrounding my bed, moved with compassion, shall invoke thy clemency on my behalf, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the world will vanish from my sight, and my heart will cease to beat, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When I shall yield my soul into the hands of its Creator, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When my soul will appear before its Sovereign Judge, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the irrevocable sentence will be pronounced, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When I will be suffering in Purgatory, and sighing for the vision of God, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, O Mother of perpetual Help,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray:
O Almighty and Merciful God, Who, in order to succor the human race, hast willed the Blessed Virgin Mary to become the Mother of Thy only-begotten Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that by her intercession we may avoid the contagion of sin and serve Thee with a pure heart, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Think now, how good it would be to pray, from time to time, a rosary, litany and novena prayer for others who we do not know, but who are isolated – as all too many of us are! – and have no way of seeking spiritual support from other traditional Catholics. It is a great tragedy that so many of us have no community of support around us. Many readers have spoken to me of this painful isolation – they too, would love to make First Fridays, First Saturdays, but even a traditional Latin Sunday Mass is not within reach. When they seek out others online, they find supposedly traditional Catholic, pro-Fatima blogs which attack others, dividing the faithful instead of uniting them. I do not want to do that here; but instead urge you to pray for healing the disunity and antagonism that separates and weakens us all.

NOTE, at 2:13 pm: In this post, I failed to make the point that while we pray for those we love, it is a very noble and necessary thing to pray for others (those we will never meet)  who are united with us in faith but tragically separated by this disastrous culture which isolates us all. The only way through this diabolical morass is to reach beyond ourselves with the help of the Mother of God, in obedience, love and trust.  We absolutely must pray urgently for others, for the night comes quickly now. Let’s pray while are able, pray for those struggling and losing heart, that our faith may not fail. Most especially, pray for our priests.

Remember, 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.
  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound satan and all who serve him!
  Mother of Perpetual Help, Immaculate Mother of God, pray for us and for the Pope.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.

~ 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.

The Holy Family, 2018

Today, the first Sunday after Epiphany, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family, which is the last time in the liturgical year in which we honor the hidden life of Jesus. It is especially poignant to consider the Holy Family at this time, with the scandalous and repulsive  “Nativity Scene” still displayed in the Vatican.  At this time, families are being attacked as never before in recorded history  and yet, Pope Francis and his crew are joining in the attack instead of coming to the aid of beleaguered  parents.

For today, we return to the Feast of the Holy Family to renew our faith, our hope and most of all, take heart in our love for the Holy Family and their abiding love for us.

In the Gospel today, we read of the event which comprises the Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. In this, we commemorate the first words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel, “How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

St. Luke then tells us that Jesus returned to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph “and was subject to them.” In this brief account, we consider several important lessons: First, Jesus establishes His mission in His first recorded words,  “I must be about My Father’s business.” And second, Jesus was subject to Mary and Joseph. The Son of God first asserts the primacy of God, by stating that His mission is to serve the Father in all things, then Jesus affirms the importance of family, “He was subject to them.”

On the firm bedrock of total obedience to God in all things, we can most perfectly live out our love of God within our families, whether they be our personal families or our religious communities. If love of God comes first, what follows cannot fail to serve Him.

 My Father's business
“My Father’s business”

 

As we open our minds and our hearts, lifting them to God in this, the Fifth Joyful Mystery, we consider Saint Joseph leading his Holy Family back home from the Temple. The blessed peace that surrounds them draws us in too, and we are nourished with the truths of this holy mystery. By His actions, Our Lord teaches us humility and obedience in His submission to His Father’s will and through that, because of that, His submission to Mary and Joseph. By our consecrations we submit to them too, and thus we learn humility and obedience.

The Fatima Connection

On the fifth visit, September 13, 1917, Our Lady told the children, “In October … Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to give peace to  the world.” And in Sister Lucia’s accounts of the Sixth Visit, she related that this is precisely what occurred. You may ask, “Where then is this peace”? The answer, if you will hear it yet again, is, “Your peace is dependent upon your obedience!” As an infant receives the graces of baptism, we, the faithful have been offered unimaginable graces in great profusion, awaiting only our cooperation. If we but seek them, turning to Jesus and Mary (and Joseph too!) and seeking them in humility and obedience, we shall see miracles as never before seen in this tired old world, making all things new, restoring the faith.

But we shall not see them without a full compliance with the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Do not be misled, even by well respected traditional Catholics, if they assure you that the chastisement is ending and that we can “prepare for the post-chastisement restoration”. The chastisement, far from “winding down” is instead, bearing down upon us. I remind readers again, as I did in a previous post, Restating the obvious, again in a May, 1952 appearance to Sister Lucia, Our Lady said,

“Make it known to the Holy Father that I am always awaiting the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart. Without the consecration, Russia will not be able to convert, nor will the world have peace.”

Furthermore, William Thomas Walsh confirmed that in his 1956 interview with her, Sister Lucia stated most emphatically,

“What Our Lady wants is that the Pope and all the Bishops in the world shall consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart on one special day. If this is done, she will convert Russia and there will be peace. If it is not done, the errors of Russia will spread through every country in the world.”

Walsh then asked, “Does this mean that every country, without exception, will be overcome by communism?”

“Yes”, was Sister Lucia’s precise answer.

Readers, I realize that this message contradicts what you read elsewhere. But I would be misleading you with false optimism, if I tell you the chastisement is over.  Although Bishops and even Cardinals are speaking out about the errors of the current occupiers of the Vatican, few  there are who are rallying Catholics for a Rosary and Reparation Crusade to call their faithful to return to the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

It is a tragic fact that even in the most devout and observant Catholic families, the faith is dying among our young ones. The prevailing errors attack our children, the most weak and vulnerable.  We need a flood of heavenly graces, we need Our Immaculate, Merciful Mother to intervene – the souls of our children depend on it. But sadly the leaders of the Church cannot see through the darkness and mists of this dismal time to lead us on the true way. Readers, the reason I stress this so much is because so many – so very many! – souls are being lost. All across the world, families are suffering. Please let us renew our efforts to beseech Our Lady for help – pray for the Pope, pray for the Bishops, pray for our priests! They need our sacrifices, they need our rosaries.

Please do not consider the unworthiness of this writer, but instead seek guidance from Our Lady of the Rosary.  Ask her to bring you, through the path of spiritual childhood, to a closer union with the Holy Family this year. With her Rosary, we too shall find the Child Jesus in the Temple, that is, in the Church which He founded. As St. Hildegard foretold, “The Figure of a Woman“, the foul beast and its corruption will be cast out in God’s due time. Meanwhile, our prayers and also our penances are essential, not only for our own salvation but for so many other souls who will be lost if we fail them.

As we return once again to Fatima, we hear the Angel (“We saw an angel with a flaming sword” ) as he instructs the children and us,

“Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. … Above all, accept and bear with submission the suffering which the Lord will send you.”

This is precisely what Our Lord taught us in His words and His actions in the Finding in the Temple. Whether we are in the Temple or in the family, we serve God first in all things, and must, in this year, make of all things a loving sacrifice to God for the conversion of sinners. Only a brief time is given to us to do this, after which comes a darkness in which it will be impossible to accomplish much else except to cling blindly to what faith we have acquired previously. Bear in mind the passage in St. John’s Gospel, where Jesus tells us,

“I must work the works of Him that sent Me, whilst it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9, 4,5).

You see all around you that Jesus is being driven out of this world, even from His Church and inevitably, with Him, the Light goes. It is the awful culmination of the age of apostasy. Indeed, the night comes! Yes, despite false optimism of others, I assure you the night comes, even as Jesus has foretold and has happened numerous times previously. In preparation, we learn from the Child Jesus and the Holy Family to set our priorities, to hold fast to our Blessed Mother and to St. Joseph.

Our Blessed Mother has given us what we need to save our souls and those souls entrusted to us. Look to your spiritual storehouse – all your family must be consecrated to Jesus through Mary, all must have their brown scapulars, miraculous medals, rosaries, for these are both our spiritual armor and our spiritual weapons.

In all things, go to Joseph! Refer to previous posts (here), (here), and (here) for his importance, at Knock and even more so at Fatima. His assistance is immediate, and indicates how close he is to us, how strong and effective he is as our guardian and guide. The internet is such a terrible evil in our time, sucking the souls of so many right down to the cesspit of hell. And yet, as diamonds are found in the darkness of the earth, there are many spiritual treasures still to be found online. Please avail yourself of them so that you can keep true Catholic culture alive for your own little “Holy Family” for so should all our families be.

In the meantime, we need not be afraid, in fact, we should take heart. The great apostasy was foretold, as were its sequelae. Our Immaculate Mother made several appearances to provide us with what we need to sustain our souls and those entrusted to us, so that not one of her children will be lost, no matter how much the devil may deceive others. As for those who will not receive the message of Fatima, assist them as best you can, pray and do penance for them, but do not allow them to separate you from the Holy Family, our shelter in the storm.

  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 us.
  Holy Family, bless our family.
 Thank You, Lord, for everything!

   Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and those who serve him!

~ originally posted by evensong, edited and reposted  January 7, 2018 and all for the love of the Immaculate heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King..

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Epiphany 2018

“Epiphany, or Theophany, means the Manifestation of God; today it is realized in Jesus Who manifests Himself as God and Lord of the world. Already a prodigy is revealed in His divinity – the extraordinary star which appeared in the East. To the commemoration of this miracle, which holds the primary place in the day’s liturgy, the Church adds two others: the changing of water to wine at the wedding feast of Cana and the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, when a voice from Heaven announced, “This is My beloved Son.” The Magnificat Antiphon says, “Three miracles adorn this Holy Day” – three miracles which should lead us to recognize the Child Jesus as our Lord and King, and to adore Him with lively faith.” (Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, “Divine Intimacy“, Baronius Press)

“…They found the child with Mary His mother, and falling down they adored Him.”

Each of the three is a revelation of the Savior: to the pagan nations, to those chosen people who were seeking the Savior  at Our Lord’s baptism and again to His people at the wedding feast of Cana; this time demonstrating His power.  Ven. Maria de Agreda states that all these events occurred on the same day of three different years.

Today’s Epistle is from Isaiah 60, 1-6 and reads in part:  “Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall walk in Thy light, and Kings in the brightness of Thy rising.”

The Magi represent the pagan nations who  came to the faith of the new born infant King in due time.  And we know that even as it has been so shall it be again. The darkness and mists will dissipate, and the pagan and neo-pagan nations will be chastened and pay due homage to the King of Kings in the restoration of the faith.

Father Gabriel notes that “A star often appears in the heaven of our souls; it is an inspiration from God, clear and intimate, urging us to greater generosity and calling us to a life of closer union with Him. Like the Magi, we too must always follow our star with faith, promptness, and selfless generosity.  If we allow it to guide us, it will certainly lead us to God; it will bring us to the One whom we are seeking.”

Today we resolve to place before the manger of this new-born King our gifts: the incense of prayer, the myrrh of mortification and suffering borne with generous love for our Lord and Savior, and the gold of charity, that is, a love so pure that it will strip us of all obstacles, so that we abandon ourselves totally to the will of the Divine Infant, consumed with the desire to glorify Him in all things whatsoever.

Today is the First of our First Saturdays of Reparation. We renew again our Consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and renew our commitment for reparation for sins and the conversion of poor sinners, trusting Our Lady to bring us a deeper, clearer manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, for she is the secure way to Him and the perfect model of the generous love He so desires from us.

Please, Pray the Rosary, so much depends upon it!

  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 peregrine  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!

His Humble Legacy

While doing a quick review of favorite sites, I came across an article by Anthony Wagner on  Lifesite News. It was an excellently written piece but that is not the reason for mentioning  it now.  It is because it put me in mind of a quote from a post of evensong’s,  The Mystery of Iniquity“.

“The Word of God tells us that towards the end of time the power of this world will became so irresistible and so triumphant that the Church of God will sink underneath its hand … It will be deprived of protection. It will be weakened, baffled, and prostrate, and will lie bleeding at the feet of the powers of this world.” (Cardinal Manning)

Here is an excerpt from Wagner’s article and see if it does not follow up quite nicely on Cardinal Manning’s prophecy.

“The …appearance of the seagulls, who scavenge on any filth they can find, is actually not new to St. Peter’s Square during this pontificate. In the adjoining piazza and around the colonnade, passers-by have been shocked at the degradation and squalor that emerges there at night. The seagulls descend on the headquarters of the Church and pick at rubbish bins, leaving debris strewn across the sidewalks and roads.

“The homeless are allowed to bed down under main thoroughfares and archways, on the outskirts of the colonnade and in front of the Holy See press office. Often they are drunk and disorderly, sometimes threatening passing tourists hoping to get a shot of the basilica.”

Wagner notes that Pope Francis has “created a culture of homelessness around the Vatican” and then remarks that  “Some have called the miserable scene ‘apocalyptic.’

But the money quote from this excellent article is this:

“And yet the general waste and degeneration, the screaming, scavenging birds circling over the Vatican like a dead carcass, is perhaps highly symbolic of this pontificate, one that many see leading the Church in the direction of a kind of death. And all the time that the degradation and squalor continue in the Church — both physically and morally — no one is really speaking up and coming to her rescue.”

Now readers, you know the reason no one is able to come to the rescue, for Cardinal Manning explained it well: 

“If the barrier which has hindered the development of the principle of antichristian disorder has been the Divine power of Jesus Christ our Lord, incorporated in the Church and guided by his Vicar, then no hand is mighty enough, and no will is sovereign enough to take it out of the way, but only the hand and the will of the incarnate Son of God Himself.”

Now, the Son of God Who removed the barrier to the Ancient Enemy is  also the only One with power to drive out the Enemy. And He  has informed us clearly that  this task has been given to the Immaculata, Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima.

This Saturday is the Feast of the Epiphany – the Manifestation of our Savior, Christ the King and is, as well, the very first First Saturday of Reparation of this new year. Please consider doing what you can to make it the very best day of reparation you can offer to Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Obey Our Lady! So much depends on it. 

  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.

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

Non-Negotiable First Saturdays of Reparation

We have a most urgent need to obey Our Lady’s request for First Saturdays of Reparation at the present time.  Our readers are blessed to live their consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and so they already understand the importance of this.  Evensong wrote often on this urgent need,  but in view of the seriousness of the present situation we must stress yet again:

First Saturdays of Reparation are not negotiable.

Nor is it sufficient to exempt ourselves based on the fact that we made them years ago. Charity demands that we continue until Russia is at last consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the way in which it was prescribed and reported by Sister Lucia of Fatima. These dire times came about because of an arrogant disobedience and will not be set right until the faithful return to humble obedience.  This means abandoning all those reasonable, common-sense activities we engage in in order to allow ourselves to be exempt from doing the humble, on-our-knees reparation demanded.  Reason is, of course, essential, but often the smoke of satan so disorients us that we fall into the trap of reasoning our way out of obeying.  There are myriad reasons why we cannot make our First Saturdays, but we must resolve to beg Our Lady to help us find the will and the means to make them.

This year, the Feast of Epiphany falls on the First Saturday of January, which should encourage us to begin anew our efforts to make these First Saturdays as obediently as possible, observing them with a devotion surpassing all our previous attempts.  Yes, I am a bit strident here, but it is as if I were telling you your hair is on fire – there is a need for stridency comparable to the urgency of the situation.

“And a great sign appeared in heaven … “

Return to Fatima contains many articles on the Apocalypse of St. John the Beloved Evangelist and the other prophecies both from the Old Testament and from approved Catholic sources.  But one we have not yet discussed sufficiently  is that of Venerable Mother Maria de Agreda in her “Mystical City of God” writings. In her Book 1, Chapter VIII through Chapter X. In this portion of her writings Mother Agreda explains her mystical understanding of Chapter 12 of the Apocalypse.

Evensong’s notes for this are very sketchy and  require more of my time to prepare for posting than I have right now, but I recommend reading Ven. Maria de Agreda prayerfully as we prepare for the penitential season to come. While there have been “apocalyptic times” in the Church before,  never has there been anything like to  this time.  It is my hope that by reading Chapters 8-10 in Book 1 we will gain a deeper appreciation of the need for First Saturdays.

But for now, we repeat this previous post:

Satan is engaged in a decisive battle with the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Church. In this battle, which Sister Lucia describes emphatically as final, “either we are for God, or we are for the devil, there is no other possibility.”

To arm us for this battle, God gives us two remedies, the Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sr. Lucia warns, “if you despise and repulse this ultimate means, we will not have any more forgiveness from Heaven, because we will have committed a sin which the Gospel calls the sin against the Holy Ghost.”

She who crushes the head of the serpent.

To be very clear, when Lucia said “We will not have any more forgiveness from Heaven”, that means there will be no mitigation, no easing, of the terrible Chastisement about to befall mankind. There are many, many prophesies about this, from the Apocalypse on down through the ages, But for now, our focus is Fatima. And in this, Our Lady of the Rosary could not be more clear:

“I will come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.”

The information for this devotion and the rest of the Fatima Message, can be found here, here and here.  Please consider that Our Lady requested First Saturdays of Reparation, not first days of the month nor any of the other post-Vatican II cheap imitations. She was pretty explicit about this. Why not do as she asked? Why do our churchmen unfailingly insist on giving Our Lady what she did not ask for, while utterly ignoring her simple requests? St. John of the Cross admonished us to  “Learn to love as God desires to be loved and abandon your own way of acting.” The conciliar church disregards that essential message at its peril.

In her liturgy, our magnificent faith affirms that the most Holy Virgin conquers all heresies in all the world. Ever since 1917, the tide of evil has been gathering force and will soon overwhelm us. Please God, we will turn in humility and obedience to our Blessed Mother before it is too late.

Please keep the First Saturdays of Reparation and the entire Fatima plan. Let the others do as they will, let them offer her the first days of the month instead of her requested First Saturdays, and offer the luminous mysteries instead of the Marian mysteries she has cherished over centuries, Let them all serve God “in their own way”. We will serve God in the way He decrees, as children of Mary, obedient to her will. We must not fail her now! Although we may feel alone in our efforts, we have her assurance that she will never leave us.

We know that God, and therefore His most perfect creature the Immaculate Queen of the Rosary, is always consistent, and it is impossible for God to contradict Himself. We must therefore offer God, first of all, the devotion He Himself requested through the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please re-read the Message of Fatima, and share with others.

Our Lady of Fatima requests that the devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation consist of:

  • Confession (may be within 8 days either before or after).
  • Holy Communion
  • 5 Decade Rosary “o terzo”, Portuguese for one third of the Rosary. Precludes Luminous.
  • 15 minutes of visiting with Our Lady in reparation, while meditating on mysteries of her Rosary

Each of the above steps, that is, Confession, Communion, Rosary and meditation must be offered in a spirit of reparation, of course. Remember, let yourself be led by the Immaculata, do penance and pray the rosary, and we shall see that victory so long desired – The triumph of her Immaculate Heart!

Most Holy and Immaculate Queen of the Rosary, vouchsafe that I may serve thee, give me strength against thine enemies!

Please, Pray the Rosary and live your Consecration!

  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.