A Litany for Penitents

Two days ago, we published what was intended to be the introduction of a series of three posts on the political implications of the Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The full series  would have been helpful to understand what is impending but I accept that others do not see it so. Very few were interested. We therefore set it aside until events make things more clear. And so we change focus.

The three little shepherds of Fatima represented the three  calls to respond to the  message of Our Lady of Fatima, that is, Francisco, the mystic, by his vocation to console Our Lord and Our Lady in penitence and prayer, Jacinta by her dedication to saving souls by her sacrifices, penances and prayers, and Lucia by her efforts to propagate the message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, and her penances and prayers. The scarlet thread that runs throughout these three calls and unites them is  penance and prayer.

We offer here a Litany for Penitents. There are several variations online, but this seems most apt to our needs today.

Litany for Penitents

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Thy great mercy, and according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out our iniquity. (Psalm 50:3)

Behold the Man, your King!

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on 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, Perfecter of the elect, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
O God, Who by the voice of Thy prophets and Apostles dost call upon us incessantly to be converted and to abandon our evil ways, have mercy on us.
O Divine Savior, Jesus Christ, Who didst Thyself come on earth to call sinners to repentance, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Who didst come among us to seek and to save the lost sheep, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who hast declared that unless we do penance, we shall perish everlastingly, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who desires not the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who has assured us that there shall be joy in Heaven over one sinner that is converted and does penance, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who, in the example of the prodigal son returning home to the bosom of his father, hast inspired us with confidence in Thy tenderness, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who for the sake and salvation of sinners was pleased to undergo so many hardships and labors, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who didst not refuse to receive sinners, in order to draw them to repentance, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who calls upon us to be converted to Thee with all our hearts, have mercy on us.

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, and hear our prayer. Have mercy upon us O Lord, and hear our petition.
From all evil, deliver us, O Lord.
From all sin, deliver us, O Lord.
From the spirit of impenitence and from all hardness of heart, deliver us, O Lord.
From final impenitence, deliver us, O Lord.
By Thy Baptism and holy fasting, deliver us, O Lord.
By Thy labors and sorrows, deliver us, O Lord.
By the merits of Thy Precious Blood, which Thou hast shed for my sins, deliver us, O Lord.
On the Day of Judgment, deliver us, O Lord.
That Thou would vouchsafe in Thy mercy to create in us a new heart and a new mind, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That Thou would vouchsafe to conduct us to true repentance, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That as we have imitated the Prodigal in his sins, so also may we imitate him in his sorrow, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That as we are the lost sheep, so Thou, as the Good Shepherd, deign kindly to carry us back to the fold, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That as hitherto we have all served iniquity unto iniquity, so henceforth may we serve justice unto sanctification, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That we may cultivate all the virtues of the truly penitent and bring forth fruits worthy of piety, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That for the time to come, renouncing all impiety and worldly desires, we may live chastely, and innocently, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That Thou wilt give us the grace and courage to resist temptation, to bend our wills to obey Thy laws, and to subdue our flesh in its vice and concupiscence, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That, like the prudent virgins in the Gospel, we may be always watchful, and may cherish prayer and cultivate industry, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That we may with confidence have recourse to Thy throne of grace, and thus may obtain grace in seasonable aid, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That Thou wouldst not deal with us according to our sins, but in Thine infinite tenderness, have pity upon us, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That we may so purify ourselves by penance and by accepting the sufferings of this life that we may avoid the eternal pains of Hell, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, we beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

Let Us Pray
O God, Who wills not the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live, vouchsafe in Thy mercy to look down in compassion upon our misery and weakness, and remember that we are only dust and ashes and that soon, in punishment for our sins, must return to dust and ashes. We beg of Thine infinite mercy, forgiveness for our many offenses; restore in us a clean heart O Lord!

O Father of Mercies and tender Physician of our Souls, we have all grievously sinned against Thee, and are no longer worthy to be called Thy children. We have ignored the blasphemies and sacrileges offered Thee by the impious and have scorned Thy graces with indifference. Thus, we have merited Thy displeasure and have deserved the heavy weight of Thy chastisement. Deeply aware of our unhappy state, we now come before Thee to implore Thy pardon. O Sweet Savior, look not on our sins but see our great need of Thy mercy! We trust in Thy mercy, O Lord, let us not be confounded forever!

By the help of Thy grace, we promise to repent of our past ingratitude every day and firmly resolve never to offend Thee again, and to avoid the occasions which lead us to sin. Through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary we will from henceforth make reparation for our sins, and the sins of the Church, and unfailingly beg the conversion of all poor sinners that the reign of Thy Sacred Heart through the Immaculate Heart of Mary be established throughout the Church and the world. Amen.

 

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

  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.

For souls entrusted to us

So many of us who have become by God’s grace aware of the true message of Our Lady of Fatima, and the consequent need for reparation for the terrible abuses of the faith wrought by those now in charge of the Vatican and Conciliar Church, are suffering greatly over the disorientation of so many of our loved ones, both in our families and in our circle of friends.

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

We pray, we offer reparation, we seek to rouse them from their apathy and awaken them to the truth; and yet we see so little response. Indeed, several have reported sadly that they have been rebuffed by those closest, dearest to them and some are even more isolated as a result. It is difficult, in the circumstances, not to feel disheartened and some have told me that they feel their own prayer life diminishing as they become overwhelmed with sorrow for their families and dear friends and fear the loss of their souls.

However, the situation we find ourselves in today, did not arise overnight. It came about as a result of a gradual decline in fervor on their part, but more importantly, on our own part as well.  We now see and believe, that our penances bring a renewal of grace, that our pleas to Our Lady of the Rosary to increase our devotion are answered with a generosity beyond our expectations, and we become, understandably, impatient for our loved ones to grow likewise in fervor.  We have no doubt that God is pleased to answer all our prayers entrusted to the Immaculata through her Rosary, but why is it, we ask, that our prayers for our families are seeming to fall unheard?

I can only speak for myself, but can, by my own account assert confidently that Our Lady bore with me patiently the many, many years when I was younger and prayed inattentive, distracted prayers, many of which involved much more worldly concerns than the true spiritual needs of my children, the precious souls entrusted to me.  Thus, this default of mine over many years may not be repaired by a few months or even a few years of fervent prayers and penances.

Remember, there is great merit in perseverance in prayer! By our faithful persistence, we shall gain even more graces for our loved ones! it is a terrible insult to our loving God to doubt that He is attentive to our prayers for the salvation of our loved ones, for He created them, He suffered and died to save them to eternal life with Him, and He entrusted them to His most precious creature, the Blessed Virgin Mary for their sure way to Heaven.  And so I have come to see, over time, the importance of turning to Him with joyful hope in His goodness and mercy. he will not fail us and they will, at last heed His voice and turn to Him and be saved.

Some have found this little prayer helpful – I have used it for years and still do pray it often. In our own family, we have still such a long way to go and the hour is late. I myself am feeling so often as a candle guttering out in the gathering darkness.  But as I decline, I trust that Our Lady of Good Success with her Divine Infant is near and ready to bring all to the Glory of God and the salvation of all these souls entrusted to me.

Family Prayer to the Infant of Prague
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 Saint Joseph sought Thee, when Thou taught in the Temple. Remember their joy when they found Thee after three days! By the tears they shed in Thy loss and their joyful embrace when finding Thee, we beg Thy mercy for our poor families who grieve the loss of faith of their loved ones. Most Holy Child Jesus, we beg Thee to reunite our family in the one, true faith, that all our members may be saved.

Most Holy Infant, with firm conviction of soul, we repent our sins which 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 our family is 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.

 

Act of Thanksgiving for Graces Received from the Infant Jesus

I prostrate myself before Thy holy image, O most gracious Infant Jesus, to offer Thee my fervent thanks for the blessings Thou hast bestowed on me. I shall always praise Thy mercy and confess that Thou alone art my God and my Savior.  Henceforth my entire confidence shall be placed in Thee.  I shall proclaim Thy mercy and generosity so that Thy great love and the great deeds which Thou dost perform through Thy miraculous image may be acknowledged by all. May devotion to Thy holy infancy increase more and more in the hearts of Christians, and may all who experience Thine assistance persevere with me in showing unceasing gratitude to Thy most holy infancy, to which be praise and glory forever. Amen.

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Devotion to the Christ Child  calls us to respond to the Divine Infant with childlike trust, which is exactly what He has asked us for. “Unless you become as a little child”, that is believe with complete trust.  Our Lord, by deigning to become man as a helpless infant, demonstrated this way of spiritual childhood and entrusted Himself totally to His Mother. Therefore, to be devoted to the Child Jesus implies, and must be founded on, devotion to our Blessed Mother.

Sister Lúcia assured us in her 1957 interview with Father Fuentes that,  “There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves, we will sanctify ourselves, we will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.” So with all this assistance for us, who can doubt that God will save the souls we pray for!

I hope this has been helpful! I am sorry to be unable to answer emails, especially those making requests of me. I try to answer with my poor posts and with my prayers for you always, trusting that Our Good Lord will make up for what is deficient.  Above all, please, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all those who serve him!

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

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

  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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Magdalen in the Passion of the Church

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Mary Magdalen, model for pentients.

Of Mary Magdalen, Lacordaire  said,

“Mary Magdalene touches both sides of our life: the Sinner anoints us with her tears, the Saint with her tenderness, the one soothes our wounds at the feet of Christ, the other tries to exalt us to the ravishment of her ascension.”

“Many sins are forgiven her because she hath loved much.”

We often see Magdalen at the feet of Christ.  Luke tells us that Mary sat at the feet of Christ, listening to Him, while Martha complained.  When Jesus returned to Bethany to raise Mary’s brother, Lazarus, she ran to Him and  cast herself at His feet. Before His Passion, she knelt at His feet and anointed them.  At the Crucifixion, she stood at His feet, beside Our Lord’s most Blessed Mother, comforting Mary and adoring her Master.  Each time, Our Lord defended her. “Mary has chosen the better part.” After the anointing, “Let her alone. That which she has done will be told in memory of her.”  But note this change: on that glorious Easter Sunday, when she discovered her Risen Lord, she threw herself at His feet once again, but this time Our Lord pointed her to their heavenly Father, “I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God.”  Thus, we see Our Lord urging Mary to aspire to a higher union, dying with Christ in contemplation to rise with Him in eternal glory.

Penitent to Contemplative

Father Alban Butler’s Life of Mary Magdalen tells us that the Magdalen is the first in a  “new order of souls”, which he describes as a school of love by the martyrdom of the heart which by learning to die to the world and to inordinate self-love, lives to God and His pure love. This happiness we attain to, by being united in spirit to Jesus crucified, as Magdalen was at the foot of His cross. She suffered by love what He suffered in His body by the hands of the Jews. The same cross crucified Jesus and Magdalen in Him and with Him. … so that she could say in a twofold sense; “My love is crucified.”

She spent the last thirty years of her life in contemplation of her Beloved, in the wilderness of Provence, where legend has it that she was elevated from her grotto to the peak of the mountain seven times each day until she died. What saw she from her celestial heights?

In Sacred Scripture, of all the figures which surrounded  Our Lord Jesus Christ, it appears as though Mary Magdalen has chosen the surest path to His heart.  Why did Our Lord choose such a notorious sinner as Mary Magdalen? Was it not to show us His favoritism towards repentant sinners?  Some may read this and think that they at least have never been such a reprobate as Mary Magdalen. Well, perhaps we each of us should rather say,

“My Jesus, mercy, for I have never repented of my sins so completely, so fervently as Magdalen. My faith has been lukewarm at best!”

And perhaps now is a good time to ask Mary Magdalen, patroness of penitents, to intercede for us that God grant us a generous and sacrificial heart like hers. May her generous heart embrace our small and cautious  hearts and free us of that most pernicious disorder of these times, indifference to the sufferings of Christ in the Passion of His Church.

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

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

†  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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No longer in Rome

Today is  Friday, July 21, 2017. It is nearly 1 am and as I prepare to get a bit of sleep before the morning comes, I wonder what surprises the Bergoglian Vatican will bring with  this new day.  We live now with this dread of what the beast may do next to the Bride of Christ!  It recalls to my mind the following post from a couple of years ago.. When I first read St. John Bosco’s  prophecy, it impressed me with its coherence with the other prophecies for these times, especially those of the Apocalypse.  If you’ve already read this article, I apologise for repeating, but hope it might benefit our new readers who are just beginning to explore the site.

For so long now, the faith has suffered assault after assault, and still the awful humiliation and degradation of the Church continues unabated.  And yet we know that this is the providence of our Dear Lord, who endures these sufferings to allow the extra time for penance, and for the conversion of sinners.  Think a moment, aren’t you much more aware of Our Lady’s message than you were four years ago? Don’t you know of people who have begun to awaken to the terrible crisis? We must remember that Our Lord is suffering far, far more than we are, and He is  doing it, as He always does, for the salvation of souls. Let us not forsake Him now when He needs us so much, but renew our penances, prayers, fasts and alms so that many souls may be saved in the midst of this satanic onslaught.

“And they realized they were no longer in Rome …”

St. John Bosco’s prophecy of the two pillars is fairly well known, but he also made another prophecy, which is related in the book by Rev. Gerald Culleton, “The Prophets and Our Times:

“And to you, Rome, what will happen? Ungrateful Rome! Effeminate Rome! proud Rome!

“Rome! To you I will come four times! The first time, I shall strike your lands and the inhabitants thereof. The second time, I shall bring the massacre and the slaughter even to your very walls. And will you not yet open your eyes I shall come a third time and I shall beat down to the ground your defenses and the defenders and at the command of the Father, the reign of terror, of dreadful fear and of desolation shall enter into your city.

“But My wise men have now fled and My law is even now trampled underfoot. Therefore I will make a fourth visit. Woe to you if My law shall still be considered as empty words. There will be deceit and falsehood among both the learned and the ignorant. Your blood and that of your children will wash away your stains upon God’s Law. War, pestilence and famine are the rods to scourge men’s pride and wickedness. O wealthy men, where is your glory now, your estates, your palaces? They are rubble on the highways and byways. …

"And they realized they were no longer in Rome..."
“And they realized they were no longer in Rome…”

“It was a dark night. Men could no longer tell which way to take in order to return to their homes. Of a sudden there appeared in the heavens a very bright light that illuminated the steps of the travelers as though it were mid-day. At that moment there was seen a host of men and women, of young and old, of nuns, monks and priests with the Holy Father at the head. They were going out from the Vatican and were arranging themselves in line for a procession. “Then there came a furious storm which clouded that light somewhat and made it appear that light and darkness were engaged in battle. In the meantime, they arrived at a little square covered with dead and wounded, some of whom cried aloud and asked for help.

“Very many were dropping out of the line of procession. After having walked for a time that would correspond to two hundred risings of the sun (200 days) they all realized that they were no longer in Rome. Struck with fear they all ran to the Holy Father to defend him personally and to attend his wants. Instantly two angels were seen carrying a banner, going they presented it to the Holy Father and said: ‘Receive the banner of He Who fights and scatters the strongest armies of the world. Your enemies are dispersed. Your children with tears and sighs beg you to return.’ “Looking at the banner one could see written on one side, ‘Queen conceived without sin,’ and on the other side, ‘Help of Christians.’

“The Holy Father joyfully took the banner, but looking closely at the small number of those who remained with him, he became very sad. “The two angels added: ‘Go quickly to console your children. Write your brothers dispersed throughout the world that there must be a reform in the morals of men. That cannot be obtained except by distributing to the people the bread of the Divine Word. Catechize the children. Preach the detaching of the heart from the things that are of the earth. The time has come,’ concluded the two angels, ‘when the poor shall evangelize the people. Vocations will come from among those working with the spade, the axe, and the hammer to the end that they fulfill the words of David: ‘God has raised up the poor from the land in order to place them on the thrones of the princes of His people.

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The Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne, July 17, 1794

We honor today:
THE SIXTEEN CARMELITE MARTYRS OF COMPIEGNE
The Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne

The French Revolution reveals the titanic struggle between good and evil. During the terror, over 40,000 Frenchmen were executed just for holding fast to the Catholic Faith and objecting to the worst excesses of the Committee of Public Safety. The blood lost in the years of 1792-1794 staggers the imagination even in the retelling and the campaign against the Church was as diabolical as it was cruel.

Contemplative religious communities had been among the first targets of the fury of the French Revolution against the Catholic Church. Less than a year from May 1789 when the Revolution began with the meeting of the Estates-General, these communities had been required by law to disband. But many of them continued, although in hiding. Among these were the community of the Carmelite nuns of Compiegne, in northeastern France not far from Paris — the fifty-third convent in France of the Carmelite sisters who followed the reform of St. Teresa of Avila, founded in 1641, noted throughout its history for fidelity and fervor. Their convent was raided in August 1790, all the property of the sisters was seized by the government, and they were forced to discard their habits and leave their house. They divided into four groups which found lodging in four different houses all near the same church in Compiegne, and for several years they were to a large extent able to continue their religious life in secret. But the intensified surveillance and searches of the “Great Terror” revealed their secret, and in June 1794 most of them were arrested and imprisoned.

“Follow the Lamb”

They had expected this; indeed, they had prayed for it. At some time during the summer of 1792, very likely just after the events of August 10 of that year that marked the descent into the true deeps of the Revolution, their prioress, Madeleine Lidoine, whose name in religion was Teresa of St. Augustine. Teresa in honor of the founder of their order, had foreseen much of what was to come. At Easter of 1792, she told her community that, while looking through the archives she had found the account of a dream a Carmelite had in 1693. In that dream, the nun, Sister Elisabeth Baptiste,  saw the whole Community, with the exception of 2 or 3 Sisters, in glory and called to follow the Lamb. In the mind of the Prioress, this meant martyrdom and might well be a prophetic announcement of their fate.

Mother Teresa had said to her sisters: “Having meditated much on this subject, I have thought of making an act of consecration by which the Community would offer itself as a sacrifice to appease the anger of God, so that the divine peace of His Dear Son would be brought into the world, returned to the Church and the state.” The sisters discussed her proposal and when the news of the September massacres came, mingling glorious martyrdom with apostasy, the community made their offering. In July, 1794 it was to be accepted.

After their lodgings were invaded again in June, their devotional objects shattered and their tabernacle trampled underfoot by a Revolutionary who told them that their place of worship should be transformed into a dog kennel, the Carmelite sisters were taken to the Conciergerie prison, where so many of the leading victims of the guillotine had been held during their last days on earth. There they composed a canticle for their martyrdom, to be sung to the familiar tune of the Marseillaise. The original still exists, written in pencil and given to one of their fellow prisoners, a lay woman who survived.

A Holocaust to appease the Justice of God

“Give over our hearts to joy, the day of glory has arrived,
Far from us all weakness, seeing the standard come;
We prepare for the victory, we all march to the true conquest,
Under the flag of the dying God we run, we all seek the glory;
Rekindle our ardor, our bodies are the Lord’s,
We climb, we climb the scaffold and give ourselves back to the Victor.

O happiness ever desired for Catholics of France, To follow the wondrous road
Already marked out so often by the martyrs toward their suffering,
After Jesus with the King, we show our faith to Christians,
We adore a God of justice; as the fervent priest, the constant faithful,
Seal, seal with all their blood faith in the dying God….

Holy Virgin, our model, August queen of martyrs, deign to strengthen our zeal
And purify our desires, protect France even yet, help; us mount to Heaven,
Make us feel even in these places, the effects of your power. Sustain your children,
Submissive, obedient, dying, dying with Jesus and in our King believing.”

Guilty as charged!

On July 17 the sixteen sisters were brought before the Prosecutor, Fouquier-Tinville. All cases were now being disposed of within twenty-four hours as Robespierre had wished; theirs was no exception. They were charged with having received arms for the emigres; their prioress, Mother Teresa, answered by holding up a crucifix. “Here are the only arms that we have ever had in our house.” They were charged with possessing an altar-cloth with designs honoring the old monarchy (perhaps the fleur-de-lis) and were asked to deny any attachment to the royal family. Mother Teresa responded: “If that is a crime, we are all guilty of it; you can never tear out of our hearts the attachment for Louis XVI and his family.” They were charged with corresponding with priests forced to leave the country because they would not take the constitutional oath; they freely admitted this. Finally they were charged with the catchall indictment by which any true Catholic in France could be guillotined during the Terror: “fanaticism.” Sister Henriette, who had been Gabrielle de Croissy, challenged Fouquier-Tinville to define what he meant by the word ‘fanatic.'” “I mean,” snapped the Public Prosecutor of the Terror, “your attachment to your childish beliefs and your silly religious practices.” “Let us rejoice, my dear Mother and Sisters, in the joy of the Lord,” said Sister Henriette, “that we shall die for our holy religion, our faith, our confidence in the Holy Roman Catholic Church.” By his explanation, the Public Prosecutor confirmed formally that the Carmelites of Compiegne are truly martyrs for the faith.

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Immaculata, beautiful flower of Carmel, pray for us

O Mary Immaculate, Beauty of Carmel, you offer us your scapular, the very garment of your grace. By it, grant us graces to be your true children and grow in humility, obedience, holiness and purity.

Immaculate Mother of God, Flower of Carmel, pray for us, pray for the Church!
Immaculate Mother of God, Flower of Carmel, pray for us, pray for the Church!

Today, 16 July, we honor Our Blessed Mother under her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is a title particularly pleasing to her, as she appeared at Fatima on 13 October, 1917 wearing the Carmelite habit and holding the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel as if offering it to mankind. To her children, Mary’s suggestions are her commands and we would have expected that this apparition alone caused all devout Catholics worldwide to subsequently become enrolled in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. There should have been a vast movement of priests preaching this devotion, with Pope and Bishops leading the way. However, we all know that nothing of the sort happened.

In his wonderful book, Divine Intimacy, Father Gabriel tells us,
“The Blessed Virgin is a Mother who clothes us with grace and takes our supernatural life under her protection, in order to bring it to its full flowering in eternal life….The Scapular, the little habit, that Our Lady of Mount Carmel offers us, is only the external symbol of her unceasing, maternal care: the symbol, but also the sign, the pledge of eternal salvation. ‘My beloved son’, Mary said to St. Simon Stock, ‘Take this scapular…whoever dies clothed in it will not suffer eternal fire’. The Blessed Virgin gives the assurance of the supreme grace of final perseverance to all who wear worthily her little habit.”(Divine Intimacy, p. 1146, published by TAN Books.)

In Isaiah 32, verses 16-18, we read, “And judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and justice shall sit in Carmel. And the work of justice shall be peace, and the service of justice quietness, and security for ever. And my people shall sit in the beauty of peace, and in the tabernacles of confidence, and in wealthy rest.” Now, by the “wealthy rest” is not meant the protestant gospel of prosperity, which makes a virtue of usurious materialism, but the spiritual wealth accruing from a firm commitment to the sanctification of our souls by following Christ in justice. Carmel signifies Garden and Mary’s Immaculate Heart is truly a Garden of virtues to which she welcomes her children, those who wear her habit, even the little habit of her Brown Scapular.

It was such a delight to discover that Carmel means garden in Hebrew, because I have always pictured interiorly the Annunciation as occurring in Mary’s garden in Nazareth. I’ve been unable to locate an image online of the Annunciation which portrayed it outdoors. In my heart though, she is always in a garden as I visit her there each day to begin my Rosary with her First Joyful Mystery. Of course, the Mysteries of the Rosary being so interlinked with significance, that first mystery always leads one to Our Lord’s Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, which is the First Sorrowful Mystery. And thus Mary’s sweet, obedient, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord”  is irrevocably linked to Our Lord’s obedience in, “Yet not My will, but Thine be done, Father.”

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My Brother’s Keeper

“Fear them not. For nothing is covered that shall not be revealed: nor hid, that shall not be known.”

Our natural inclination is to turn away from what is especially degrading. we want to cover our revered leaders when they appear before the world in shameful, naked disarray, protect them from the scorn of the hateful world.  And so Catholics have attempted, with little success to shore up the ruins as our “Holy Fathers” have continued to shelter and even promote the most pernicious evils within the bosom of the Church. The result has been disastrous, of that there can be no doubt and the evil within has grown in the shadows and now is bursting forth, as was inevitable.

In previous posts we have discussed the latest scandal at the Vatican, and suggested reference to St. Catherine of Siena. Today, we will close with considering the foregoing in light of the prophecies of Pope Leo XIII and Cardinal Manning.

The fact that Msgr. Capozzi partied in regal splendor in the same apartment that Cardinal Ratzinger lived in when he was head of the Congregation for the  Doctrine of the Faith, and drove a luxury car with the very prized Vatican plates, making him immune from police searches proves that he was highly regarded by powerful Vatican personages.  Without that indulgent support of a Prince of the Church, Capozzi could not have had his orgies, or the flat, or the luxury car he used for drug smuggling.  Thus, whether or not Pope Francis admits it, this scandal is laid at his humble feet. It would be a serious mistake to disregard the importance of this episode.

Edward Pentin has revealed that:

a reliable senior member of the curia has told the Register that he has heard from “multiple sources” that the story is true, including from another senior curial figure. He said the extent of homosexual practice in the Vatican has “never been worse,” despite efforts begun by Benedict XVI to root out sexual deviancy from the curia after the Vatileaks scandal of 2012.

“The precise details of the reported events in the CDF therefore remain open to question, but the substance of the story appears to be true. If so, many would find such behavior taking place in the Holy Office not only unconscionable but also highly sacrilegious.

And so, we see that under Pope Francis, homosexual activity in the Vatican “has never been worse” and that even to seasoned observers of the tragic auto-demolition of the faith, this latest sordid event is deemed sacrilegious. Yet most Catholic media either downplay the event or ignore it entirely. You see in so much of the coverage the unsubstantiated claim that “Pope Francis is furious!” Note that Bergoglio’s purported “fury” does not clarify whether Pope Francis is furious that homosexual prelates are dragging the Vatican into the gutters or whether he is furious because this sordid episode came to light. But since Bergoglio has chosen to live in the Guest House of his intimate friend Msgr. Ricca, and even to promote him to Prelate of the Vatican Bank, one must suspect it is the latter cause which perturbs his serenity.

So what are we to glean from all this?

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July 13, 1917, Part II

Part II

Previously, in The Third Visit, Part I, 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.

“So true is this that 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.’

“I have the happiness of suffering more for the love of You, O my God, and for the conversion of sinners.’

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?

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. 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 whole 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!

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July 13, 1917

Part I

It was in the torrid month of July, the month of the Precious Blood of Jesus, one hundred years ago today, that Our Lady of Fatima visited the little shepherds for the third time. The immense importance of this visit cannot be overestimated, for at this time, the Blessed Virgin revealed her Message for the World. We take the following account from “The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volume I”, by Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité. This volume is available to download free from www.archive.org.

At the Cova da Iria on July 13, 1917, a crowd estimated at between one and two thousand were gathered. Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta knelt before the scrubby little holm oak where Our Lady appeared. In her account, Lúcia relates that in answer to her question, “What does Your Grace want of me?”, Our Lady replied,

“I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, and to continue praying the Rosary every day in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only She can help you.”

When Lúcia asked her to perform a miracle so that all would believe, Our Lady responded,

“Continue to come here every month. In October, I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe.”

Our Lady continued,

“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: ‘O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary’ “.

From Lúcia’s account,

Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go... Pray for them ...
Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go…
Pray for them …

“As Our Lady spoke these last words, She opened Her hands once more, as She had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me.) The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals.”

Here, in her Third Memoir, Sister Lúcia added: “This vision only lasted a moment, thanks to our good Mother in Heaven who, in the first apparition, had promised to take us to Heaven. Were it not for that, I believe we would have died out of fright and fear.”

Terrified and as if to plead for succour, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us, so kindly and so sadly:

“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.”

“If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end, but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI.

“When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine and persecutions against the Church and the Holy Father.

“To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

“If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.

“In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.

“In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc. [This marks the third part of the secret, not yet not revealed] Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco, yes, you may tell him.

“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 who are most in need.’ “

While this was going on, Ti Marto relates, the crowd was so silent that you could have heard a pin drop. And, like Maria Carreira and some other witnesses, Mr. Marto, who was very near the seers, perceived an unintelligible murmur: “then I began to hear a sound, a little buzzing rather like a mosquito in an empty bottle. But I couldn’t hear any words!” This mysterious murmur was heard by only a few witnesses.

However, two other unusual phenomena were noticed by a much greater number: The luminosity of the sky noticeably decreased, as during an eclipse, the whole time the ecstasy of the children lasted. At the same time, the temperature, which was very hot, went down noticeably, and the tint of the light was modified. The atmosphere became yellow as gold.

In addition, a whitish cloud, rather pleasant to look at, formed around the seers. Here is the testimony of Mr. Marto:

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