In our earlier post regarding the prophetic significance of the fire at Notre Dame de Paris, we mentioned in passing our opinion that the Cathedral was torched and this has concerned some readers. Despite the daily attacks on the Catholic Churches in France, we are assured that this was simply an accident. ‘Twas the fickle finger of fate, to be sure.
Here’s my contrarian view:
First and foremost, you must know this: As we foretold years ago, the internet is managed by those who despise the Faith and indeed, are dedicated to eliminating Christian culture from the face of the earth. There are still a few sites left that are allowed – for the time being – to exist, but none of the common search engines can find them on some really important searches. For instance, what can you find if you search for Notre Dame de Paris fire cause? Note the sites you are directed to – all the major media, all singing the same tune, i.e., the fire was accidental, a short circuit, a computer glitch, and this drivel is accompanied by the denial of any intent, and most especially, the impossibility of even considering an intentional attack.
And this despite the daily attacks on Catholic Churches by the peace-loving “asylum seekers”. The gentle, peaceable souls flooding into Europe in order to appreciate the faith and culture of Christendom.
I am blessed to have readers who assist me at time, with their own research. The most helpful has been the information from a site in France that is a specialty online journal for French architects and building engineers which have been following the events at Notre Dame de Paris. here is the first article that was sent to me:
“I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live.” (John 11, 25).
“Joy in truth: for only sincere and upright souls who seek the truth lovingly and still more, ‘do the truth’ can fully rejoice in the Resurrection. We are sincere when we recognize ourselves for what we are, with all our faults, deficiencies and need for conversion. From this knowledge of our miseries comes the sincere resolve to purify ourselves … in order to be renewed in the risen Christ.
“Truth, however, must be accomplished in charity — veritatem facientes in caritatem, doing the truth in charity. (Eph. 4, 15). Therefore the Postcommunion prayer that is placed on our lips is more timely than ever: ‘Pour forth upon us, O Lord, the Spirit of Thy love, to make us of one heart.’ Without unity and mutual charity there can be no real Paschal joy. (Divine Intimacy, p. 419-420).
On that first Easter morning, we see the penitent, Mary Magdalen, weeping and searching for the Master. She found His tomb empty and thus began her sorrowful efforts to find Him and tend lovingly to His Remains. Blinded by her tears and grief, she failed to recognise Him when He stood nearby. She was expecting death, but here was Life! He spoke but one word, her name, (for He knows His own by name) pronounced with such infinite mercy, she was transformed by joy. Like Peter at the Lord’s Transfiguration, she responded in a wholly human way. ‘Master!’ And yet her urge to clasp His refound humanity was gently rebuffed.
‘Noli me tangere.‘ Do not touch me yet! For He must go to His Father. And we too, must respond to this Passion, Death and Resurrection by following Him. With Him, we turn towards Our Father, rejoicing in truth and in love. We too have rolled away the stone of our past, our sins, our indifference; we too have seen the empty tomb. For now, we see the sepulchre in the great rock of the Church: it is empty! And pagans stand guard as once they did. We too, seek Him, weeping.
But He is risen! He goes to the Father.
And we go with Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
A brief explanation for readers who question the last three lines above, that is, “For now, we see the sepulchre in the great rock of the Church: it is empty! And pagans stand guard as once they did. We too, seek Him, weeping.”:
Please see in a previous post, (The Auto-demolition of the Church) the quotation from Pope Pius XII, “A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?'”
If you, like I do, feel somewhat challenged to rejoice when we see everywhere our dear Jesus so rejected despite His loving sacrifices, His generous mercies to us, let’s remind ourselves of Saint Therese the Little Flower and not let Him see our tears, but rejoice with Him as we commemorate His victory, and rejoice today, for we trust in Him Who is our only joy!
Beloved readers, I pray your Easter is blessed and peaceful. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes, and also, thank you for reading – and sharing! our posts.
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!.
Sorry if I have given you too many posts, but could not let this most holy day pass without our most loved Good Friday post. Again from Father Groenings:
The Crucifixion and Death of the Savior
Today, we examine three events which occurred at the time of Our Lord’s Crucifixion. The miraculous sign of the total eclipse, the rending of the Temple veil and the earthquake. These thoughts are largely drawn from the writings of Father Groenings, S. J.
The Total Eclipse of the Sun
This eclipse of the sun was not a natural one. It was miraculous in every respect and that for these reasons: First it occurred at the time of the full moon. For this Friday was the day when, according to the Law, the Pasch should be celebrated, and this feast always occurred at the time of the full moon. Now, naturally, an eclipse of the sun can occur only at the time of the new moon, when the latter is between the sun and the earth.
Then, it was miraculous because it was total from the very beginning. Lastly, because it remained total for three hours. In an ordinary eclipse of the sun, the moon, in the beginning, covers only a part of the sun, then gradually more, until the darkness reaches its greatest height, whereupon it again gradually decreases.
This eclipse of the sun was, therefore, an extraordinary work of God, and the Holy Fathers freely apply to it the words of the prophet Amos, “And it shall come to pass in that day that the sun shall go down at mid-day, and I will make the earth dark in the day of light.”
The Litany of His Love, with our prayers for you this Lent.
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.
He has cried with a loud voice, and the rocks have rent to its echo, and the earth is shaken, and the Veil of the Old Testament is torn from top to bottom as the Old Covenant passes into the New and the enclosed sanctity of the Most Holy Place breaks out into the world. And now, as the level sun shines out again beneath the pall of clouds, He whispers, as at Mary’s knee in Nazareth, the old childish prayer and yields up His spirit into His Father’s hands.
The last Paradox, then, is uttered. He Who saves others cannot save Himself! The Shepherd of souls relinquishes His own. For, as we cannot save our lives unless we lose them for His sake, so He too cannot save them unless He loses His for our sake.
Continuing the Lenten Sermon of Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, Part VI
THE SIXTH WORD
“It is consummated.”
He has finished His “Father’s business,” He has dealt with sinners and saints, and has finally disclosed to us the secrets of the Soul and the Body of His that are the hope of both sinners and saints alike. And there is no more for Him to do.
An entirely new Beginning, then, is at hand, now that the Last Sabbath is come — the Last Sabbath, so much greater than the First as Redemption is greater than Creation. For Creation is a mere introduction to the Book of Life; it is the arrangement of materials that are to be thrown instantly into confusion again by man, who should be its crown and master. The Old Testament is one medley of mistakes and fragments and broken promises and violated treaties, to reach its climax in the capital Mistake of Calvary, when men indeed “knew not what they did.” And even God Himself in the New Testament, as man in the Old, has gone down in the catastrophe and hangs here mutilated and broken. Real life, then, is now to begin.
Yet, strangely enough, He calls it an End rather than a Beginning. “Consummatum est!”
Continuing Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson’s Lenten sermon, “The Seven Last Words”, Parts IV & V
THE FOURTH WORD
“My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
Our Blessed Lord in the revelation He makes from the Cross passes gradually inwards to Himself Who is its centre. He begins in the outermost circle of all, with the ignorant sinners. He next deals with the one sinner who ceased to be ignorant, and next with those who were always nearest to Himself, and now at last He reveals the deepest secret of all. This is the central Word of the Seven in every sense. There is no need to draw attention to the Paradox it expresses.
I. First, then, let us remind ourselves of the revealed dogma that Jesus Christ was the Eternal Son of the Father; that He dwelt always in the Bosom of that Father; that when He left heaven, He did not leave the Father’s side; that at Bethlehem and Nazareth and Galilee and Jerusalem and Gethsemane and Calvary He was always the Word that was with God and the Word that was God. Next, that the eyes even of His Sacred Humanity looked always and continuously upon the Face of God, since His union with God was entire and complete: as He looked up into His Mother’s face from the manger, He saw behind it the Face of His Father; as He cried in Gethsemane, “If it be possible”, even in His Sacred Humanity He knew that it could not be; as He groaned out on Calvary that God had forsaken Him, He yet looked without one instant’s intermission into the glory of heaven and saw His Father there.
Continuing from Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson’s Lenten Sermon on the Seven Last Words of Christ Our Lord, Part III, from “Paradoxes of Catholicism”.
THE THIRD WORD
“Woman, behold thy son. Behold thy mother”
Our Divine Lord now turns, from the soul who at one bound has sprung into the front rank, to those two souls who have never left it, and supremely to that Mother on whose soul sin has never yet breathed, on whose breast Incarnate God had rested as inviolate and secure as on the Bosom of the Eternal Father, that Mother who was His Heaven on earth. Standing beside her is the one human being who is least unworthy to be there, now that Joseph has passed to his reward and John the Baptist has gone to join the Prophets — “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, who had lain on the breast of Jesus as Jesus had lain on the breast of Mary.
Our Lord has just shown how He deals with His dear sinners; now He shows how He will “be glorified with His Saints”. The Paradox of this Word is that Death, the divider of those who are separated from God, is the bond of union between those that are united to Him.
Continuing Monsignor Benson’s “Seven Last Words”, Part II
THE SECOND WORD
“Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise.”
Our Divine Lord, in this Second Word, immediately applies and illustrates the First and drives its lesson home. He shows us how the rain of mercy that poured out of heaven in answer to the prayer He made just now enlightens the man who, above all others present on Calvary, was the most abjectly ignorant of all; the man who, himself at the very heart of the tragedy, understood it less, probably, than the smallest child on the outskirts of the crowd.
His life had been one long defiance of the laws of both God and man. He had been a member of one of those troops of human vermin that crawl round Jerusalem, raiding solitary houses, attacking solitary travellers, guilty of sins at once the bloodiest and the meanest, comparable only to the French apaches of our own day. Well, he had been gripped at last by the Roman machine, caught in some sordid adventure, and here, resentful and furious and contemptuous, full of bravado and terror, he snarled like a polecat at every human face he saw, snarled and spat at the Divine Face Itself that looked at him from a cross that was like his own; and, since he had not even a spark of the honour that is reputed to exist among thieves, taunted his fellow criminal for the folly of His crime.
Today, April 12, is the Commemoration of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “Now there stood by the Cross of Jesus, His Mother.” St. John, 19, 35. The Church in her wisdom recalls us to this most salutary devotion twice each year, in April and again in September.
However, it does us absolutely no good to commemorate these seven sorrows if we fail to correlate them with the magnitude of sin, for make no mistake, these sorrows, like Our Lord’s own sorrows, are the result of the outrage of sin; an outrage against God’s justice. Although the world, — and this horrid, worldly church which has eclipsed the true church — refuses to consider God’s Justice, it is offended greatly and Our Blessed Mother and Our Lord Jesus Christ are bearing the tremendous burden of suffering for the sorrows we, ourselves refuse to bear.
Father Gabriel reminds us that although Mary’s grief was immeasurable, it was surpassed by her love, “a love so great that it could encompass that vast sea of sorrow.” (Divine Intimacy).
The Seven Sorrows of Mary Prophecy of SimeonAnd after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was in him… And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this Child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed. (Luke 2, 25-35)