Return to Fatima, Nov. 26, 2019

 

Retirement

To those friends of our blog who have voiced their concerns about my intention to retire. The internet is a harsh medium to survive in. It demands “fresh content” every single day. Because I can no longer post at that pace, this site gets dropped further down in the search and page rankings. In fact, I believe we may be no longer ranked at all, And so,  it seems we have inadvertently become a “stealth blog”, invisible to most. But even a stealth blog costs a great deal to maintain. I am very blessed to have wonderful volunteers who are incredibly generous, but it is a heavy burden for them. We are wondering whether it is time to consider a platform that would be simpler and easier to maintain.

While we mull that over, I promise those of you who have stayed, I do hope to write whenever I am able, an occasional article, it will just be much less often and will focus on articles which help us fulfill the requests of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima. We are on the brink of an even worse crisis; it is the time of winnowing; We have no lack of posers who represent themselves as leading traditional Catholics. But what is needed are generous souls to follow Our Lady, for as Sister Lucia assures us, “she is the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and (is) the certain door by which we are to enter Heaven.”

Now is the time to prepare for our re-consecrations! The link for our post on the Rosary Novena for the Immaculate Conception of Mary is here: LINK

You’ve heard this before, but it’s true: I’ve gained much more from you than I have offered you. An example came in yesterday’s mail.  A long time subscriber to Return to Fatima has submitted a comment that merits its own post. Thanks to Brian Hershey, we offer the following:

The Way of the Cross (St. Leonard): According to the Fathers our Savior’s suffering calls down upon us every grace, whilst it is from base forgetfulness of so great a benefit that all our falls come and all our sorrows. The Blessed Virgin Mary was the one who gave us the fourteen Stations of the Cross and it is by endeavoring to efface from our minds the remembrance of the Passion of our Savior that the devil hopes to drag us down to eternal ruin. A holy soul being rapt into ecstasy saw the devils holding a council in the depths of hell and discussing amongst themselves the most efficacious means of destroying souls. One, more clever than the rest, suggested that the best means of destroying the whole Catholic world would be to lay low all the crosses and thus bring it to pass that men should think no longer of the Passion of the Son of God.

This dastardly advice was greeted with applause by all the wicked spirits and they are adopting it in practice only too well. Set yourselves to meditate on death, judgment, hell, and eternity; the devil sleeps on unmoved and heedless; but meditate on the Passion of our Savior – that is his nightmare, his torment – all hell bestirs itself to raise obstacles in your path.

My personal opinion is that the greatest sin against the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the neglect of Her Son’s Passion.”

 

The Stations of the Cross

Ed. Note: St. Leonard of Port Maurice, Franciscan missionary was respected by St. Alphonsus Liguori. His sermon on the Stations of the Cross, delivered to a huge crowd in the Coliseum in Rome is especially revered. A brief quote wherein he explains the reason for devotion to the Stations:

To convince you of its excellence, suffice it to know that the Way of the Cross is simply a pious representation of the sorrowful journey which Our Lord made, all covered with blood, from the Pretorium of Pilate to the place of His burial; and since Our Divine Saviour traversed this way bearing on His shoulders the heavy burden of the Cross, with which the treachery of the Jews had charged Him, we call it the Way of the Cross.

And if you would know why we meet therein with so many stations and crosses, each of which offers us a fresh subject of sorrow, under stand that each station represents one of those hallowed spots where Our Suffering Saviour was obliged to stay awhile and rest. These points are called stations from the Latin word stare to stop; and since from the house of Pilate to the tomb our Saviour stopped fourteen times, twelve times in life and twice after His death, we distinguish fourteen Stations of the Cross.

What a beautiful idea! you will exclaim; but to whom do we owe this whom, then, holy exercise? You would know this? Ah, well, it was an idea of the wonderful Heart of Mary, ever Virgin,

Yes, it was the most holy Virgin who first thought of this pious devotion of the Way of the Cross. She herself practised it and handed it down to her faithful servants. It is what she said herself to St. Bridget. “Know, my daughter”, she told her, “that during all the time I lived after the Ascension of my Divine Son, I visited every day those holy places where He suffered, where He died, and where He showed forth His mercies.”

Now, I ask you, as good Christians, does not this one motive, this knowledge that the Way of the Cross was invented, not by any one Saint or other, but by the august Mother of God does not this motive alone, I ask, suffice to win your hearts and enkindle your fervour? Can you not take a resolution to practise it as often as possible, seeing that the Blessed Virgin practised it every day?

 

The reference for this quote is “The Life of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice” by Father Dominic Devas, O.F.M., available on archive.org, LINK.

The Franciscans, following the devotion of their holy founder, have always had a strong devotion to the Way of the Cross and it is quite true that the Blessed Virgin began this devotion. It should be a part of the devotions of every child of the Immaculata, along with Eucharistic Adoration. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to His Passion is inseparable from devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the writings of Sister Lucia illustrate clearly.

 

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Now, as I was preparing for this little post, another long-time reader responded:

Jose Guadalupe Rodriguez says:
In 1930, the very same Jesus Christ Our Lord, told sister Lucia:
“There are five sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
1. Against the Immaculate Conception.
2. Against Her Perpetual Virginity.
3. Against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognize
Her as the Mother of men.
4. The sins of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children
indifference or scorn, or even hatred of this Immaculate Mother.
5. The sins of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy images.

To neglect the message and requests of this Immaculate Mother is to commit a sin against the Holy Ghost.”

 

No Contradiction!

Now, readers, there is no contradiction between the two! Our Lord Jesus Christ is most offended these days by the sins against His most Holy Mother, to whom He has entrusted our salvation. That is what is stated in Jose’s quote above. In His unfathomable love for us, Our Lord first gave us His most Sacred Heart, then, when that beautiful devotion was spurned, as one last measure of His immense love, He sent us His Mother to melt our sin-hardened hearts and lead us back to Him.

Now, the Blessed Virgin Mary has warned us very strongly that we must not offend jesus any more, for He is already much offended. Note that Mary leads us to devotion to the Passion of Our Lord and He leads us to devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These devotions are both necessary and they are inseparable.

Well now that catholics have spurned that option as well – note that the majority of those remaining “in full communion” have continued on despite the scandal of the “Pachamama Synod” – We see the frightful sin against the Holy Ghost, foretold by Sister Lucia. We are all to held accountable in this dire time of winnowing. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary are both essential

Thank you for reading. I pray for you all, always.

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live our Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

  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!
  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

SSPX Response to the Pan-Amazon Synod

This just in:

Communiqué of the Superior general of the Society about the Synod on the Amazon

Menzingen, October 28, 2019

On the feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Dear Members of the Society,

The recent Synod on the Amazon was witness to terrible scenes where the abomination of idolatrous rites was played out within the sanctuary of God in new and unthinkable ways. And then, the final document of this tumultuous assembly attacked the holiness of the Catholic priesthood, pushing for both the abolition of ecclesiastical celibacy and the establishment of a female deaconate. Truly, the seeds of apostasy which our venerable Founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, had identified from the earliest days as being at work in the Council, continue to yield their putrid fruits with renewed effectiveness.

In the name of inculturation, pagan elements are increasingly integrated into divine worship and we can see, once again, how the liturgy that followed of the Second Vatican Council is perfectly suited to this.

In response to these events, we call on all members of the Society, including Third Order members, to observe a day of prayer and reparation, because we cannot remain indifferent to such attacks on the holiness of Holy Mother the Church. We ask that a fast be observed in all our houses on Saturday, November 9th. We invite all the faithful to the same and we also encourage children to offer prayers and sacrifices.

On Sunday, November 10th, 2019, each priest of the Society will celebrate a Mass of reparation, and in each chapel, the Litanies of the Saints, taken from the liturgy of the Rogations, will be sung or recited to ask God to protect His Church and to spare it from the punishments that such acts cannot fail to draw down upon it. We urge all priest friends, as well as all Catholics who love the Church, to do the same.

Such is due to the honour of the Holy Roman Catholic Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is neither idolatrous nor pantheistic.

Don Davide Pagliarani

Superior General

Many thanks to our reader Andrew for alerting us of this! Soon, we shall begin posting on helpful penitential practices to prepare for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 & 10 days of reparation.

In the meantime, you may find our recent post, “Three Days of Reparation” helpful as it contains the Litany for Penitents and other prayers.

Dear readers, please begin now – if you have not already begun – to make reparation. this Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the perfect times – First Friday reparation, First Saturday reparation capped off by Holy Mass on Sunday in hope and thanksgiving anticipating the graces sure to come, for Christ will save His Church!

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

†  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!
†  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

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

Christ the King and the Synod of Darkness

Today, the closing day of the Synod of Darkness, is also the Feast of Christ the King in the Traditional (true) observance. Now this Synod is finally over and we need to get back to the faith. This Synod’s carefully orchestrated attacks, coming daily throughout this month of Our Lady’s Rosary has certainly been brutal! Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! The following post is my best effort to help us get back on track.

During His Passion, Pilate asked Our Lord Jesus Christ, “Art Thou the King of the Jews?” As St. John relates,

Jesus answered: ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now My kingdom is not from hence.’ Pilate therefore said to Him: Art Thou a king then? Jesus answered: ‘Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice.’

'Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice.'
‘Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice.’

 

Pilate saith to Him: What is truth? And when he said this, he went out again to the Jews…” (John 18, 33-38)

Notice that Pilate, after asking Jesus, “What is truth?” walked away without attending to His answer. So typical of the worldly leaders! Jesus tells Pilate that everyone who is of the truth hears His voice and Pilate proves that he is not of the truth by ignoring Christ the King’s voice. Even more, Pilate shrugged off the very idea of truth!

Pilate’s indifference to the truth has so permeated the leadership of the Church that it was the underlying theme at the Pan-Amazon Synod, which we referred to as the Synod of Darkness for this very reason. Satanic darkness is confusion and deceit, malice and blasphemy institutionalized.

My Kingdom Is Not of This World

‘Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice.’ (John 18, 36)

Our Lord said these words in front of a jeering mob crying for His crucifixion and death. He was not wearing splendid garments but clothed in His bloodied and dirtied robe; not crowned with gold and jewels but with hateful thorns. Thus His appearance affirms His message, that is, that His Kingdom is not of this world. There is enmity between His Kingdom and the false kingdoms of this world.

But there is no enmity between this apostate pope and the world. For he serves the Lord of the World and does his bidding. And there is none to stop him save the Truth Himself, Christ our King and the Woman He chose before all time to be His Mother, She to whom the Victory has been given, the Immaculata.

If we apply the above passage to the current crisis, which is the Passion of the Bride of Christ, we understand correctly the only way out of this dilemma. At the present time, we are in danger of being led to accept false solutions. There are two forces contending to gain the upper hand in this crisis and both of them are misleading.  The worldly forces represent the usual marxist dialectic: on one side, the globalist forces of the nations united with the neo-pagan Bergoglian Church, and on the other, its supposed foe, the forces which have arisen within the Church to combat it. But this is deceptive, for both these sides ignore the true Way, the Truth, the Life that is Christ Jesus, True Head of the Church.

The Third – and True – Way

And that, dear readers is the True Way, the Way that can only be followed by the children of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For you must understand, this current diabolical darkness and confusion is the direct result of the refusal of the leaders of the Church to obey the commands, first of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and then, of the Immaculate Heart of Christ’s own Mother. Anyone who aspires to lead the faithful to restore the Church, and is not an Apostle of her Immaculate Heart is misleading you.

As we have discussed before, marxist dialectic follows the dictum of Lenin that the best way to defeat the enemy is to be the enemy. That is, to control both sides, as in the false dichotomy of Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs. conservative, modernist vs. “conservative” Catholics. Today, traditional Catholics have largely been managed downwards into either sedevacantists, who have made themselves irrelevant, or conservatives. Thus, very few traditional Catholics remain faithful to the true teachings of the Church regarding the spiritual nature of this great battle. This is the point where most you are parting ways with me. For the few remaining:

This group of leaders purporting to defend the Church consists of both clerical and laity, all united with the determination to elect a pope and gain control of the Church, ostensibly to restore it to order and drive out the infestation. So far, their efforts have been to issue best-selling books, statements and engage in various efforts to draw support for their leadership, all without actually ever obeying the requests of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima. For more on this see Follow the Logic if you can“, “Follow the Logic Part II”, and “Dispelling Confusion?” and also, By all means, let us tweet.

They want to “restore” the Church, but they will not obey Our Lady of the Rosary!

Recently, I threw up my hands in near despair at this situation, exclaiming in one post, “Just read Jeremias!” In that book of Sacred Scripture, Jeremias was by turns, ignored, despised and castigated, but never actually heard. The Chosen People simply went right on, determined to do things their way. The consequences were devastating, and their eventual repentance never came until after a severe chastisement.  As then, so today.

Traditional Catholics will have no true leader until they repent, and their change of heart draws down God’s mercy. The victory will be Our Lady’s, and she will not reign in the Church through any but an Apostle of her Immaculate Heart. So you who read this with disdain, and choose to follow leaders after your own heart, will be led astray, putting your own souls at risk.

The Immaculate Mother of God has given us the keys to Victory – devotion to her sinless heart, the surest path to our Savior, and her Rosary, which is one long and powerful chain to bind Satan and free us from his power over us. Any true leader will work to establish First Saturdays of Reparation, and the Rosary both in devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Only thus can the reign of Jesus Christ King be re-established in the Church, and through the restored Church, throughout the world. 

If only there were some way for Catholics to grasp the importance of this! But there is no one to lead them! If only they would wake up and heed her voice, we have been assured that our prayers been given such efficacy that all this disgusting sacrilege, blasphemy, heresy would be eradicated in the blink of an eye. Despite the rejection I receive daily, Our Lady does not deceive us and she will answer our prayers if we truly consecrate ourselves to Christ through her Immaculate Heart.

Some have told me that I spend too much time chiding indifference; that an encouraging word would be welcome. I understand, but my job is to warn, not to reassure. When you see what is in store, you will understand. But it will be late.

As reassurance, I encourage you to remember that our prayers are never more efficacious than when they are  forced through an act of the will from a heart burdened with the sorrows and disappointments of these bleak times; yes, especially when we least feel inclined to pray! Our Lord told Sister Josefa Menendez that that was when her prayers were most effective in saving poor sinners! (The Way of Divine Love, TAN Publishing).

The Synod closes today, on the traditional, i.e.,true Feast of Christ the King. In this Synod, we at last have reached the fulfillment of Vatican II, with the Pope actually destroying the papacy by his “decentralization” and destroying the sacred priesthood as well.   We face this latest insult to Our Lord with the knowledge that we are called with Him to humility and obedience, not to the Lord of the world, but to the true head of the Church, our thorn-crowned King.

We close with a prayer from Sister Carmela of the Holy Spirit, O.C.D.

Prayer to Jesus Christ the King

O Divine King, most amiable Jesus, my Redeemer, my Savior, my Spouse, my Master and my Model, I renew today the total consecration of my being to You, begging You to take absolute dominion over me. Be my Sovereign, my Ruler, my Guide. Direct and govern me entirely, so that everything may turn to Your greater glory. Be King of my memory, my intellect, my will, my emotions. I wish all to be completely subject to You and I invite You to reign in me.

Yours is a kingdom of truth, of love, of justice and of peace.

Grant that Your reign of Truth may be established in my mind, destroying all error, deceit and illusion. Enlighten me by Your divine wisdom.

Grant that Your reign of Love may be completely established in my will, to move it, draw it, and direct it always, so that I may no longer be moved by self-love or by creatures but by Your Holy Spirit alone. Make this weak, mean, rebellious will of mine strong, generous, constant. Make it grow stronger by the persevering exercise of virtue and by the gifts of Your Holy Spirit.

Grant that Your reign of Justice may be established in all my actions, so that all that I do may be a work of holiness accomplished with purity of intention and with the greatest fidelity in order to please You and accomplish Your holy will.

Grant that Your reign of Peace may be established not only in my soul, but also in my sensibility, so that, in harmony with the superior part of my soul it may give You glory and neither retard me nor be an obstacle to union with You. Amen.

 

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

  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!
  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

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

If Today You Hear His Voice . . .

 

Repost

“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” (Psalm 94, v8), (Heb. 3,15)

Wherein we reiterate that the requests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary still remain to be fulfilled. Indeed, they are more pressing now than ever.

The devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Christ the King, and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary are inseparable, They are in no way disparate, nor are they contradictory. And these are inseparable as well from the Mass and most especially, the Holy Eucharist.  Furthermore, the requests, demands really, of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, as relayed by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1689, still stand today, more than three centuries after they were made known. Once God has uttered a request, it does not cease to be simply because centuries pass while Catholics turn an indifferent ear to them.

What I had hoped to accomplish in earlier posts was to demonstrate the reason why Christ Our Lord made His request of the King of France. It was because of the importance of the French Monarchy, as a worldly force established by the will of God for the glory and protection of Christ’s Church. I refer readers to the writings of Solange Hertz as previously cited.

St. Pius X tells us in Vehementer, “The Creator of mankind is also the Founder of human societies, and He preserves them just as He maintains individuals in existence.”  God sent Joan of Arc to make this clear. Her mission was precisely to establish the fact that France was a nation constituted by God under a king who was Jesus Christ’s designated lieutenant. Thus, we see that God first sent St. Joan to aid France, then sent St. Margaret Mary with a message from His Sacred Heart. The engineer of destruction for the latter message was the deceitful Jesuit superior who refused to comply. I will not expand on this now, but it is documented by Hertz in Utopia Nowhere.

At the risk of oversimplifying, I will just state that if Pope Pius XI had only obeyed the commands of the Immaculate Mother of God at Fatima, instead of separating that requested devotion from devotion to the Sacred Heart and Christ the King, he would have been able to fulfill both the demands of the Immaculate Heart and the demands of her Son. Instead of the ever-expanding reign of the evils of satanic marxism, we could have had the glorious reign of Christ the King, through the Immaculata, as Our Lord Himself had so desired.

And what are we to think of France?  The Kingdom of France, established by King Clovis was consecrated by him to  Christ’s Kingship forever by constitutional law. The document’s preamble begins with, “The illustrious Nation of the Franks, having God for Founder,” and closes by praying that, “the Lord Jesus Christ direct those who govern in the way of piety.”  When France’s king failed to submit to the request of its true ruler, Christ the King, it fell to apostasy. Of this, Pope St. Pius X prophesied: “she who had made an alliance with God,” would one day repent and “bear My Name before all peoples and all the kings of the earth.” God’s gifts being without repentance, we may believe that the return to natural law will begin with the conversion of regicide France. (Solange Hertz, “Utopia Nowhere“, loc 1101-1105)

Hertz believed strongly that France would return to the faith:

She will begin by restoring the kingdom of France, and by God’s grace, the rest of the nations will rise and follow France back to their Lord and ruler Jesus Christ. In a discourse to the French cardinals in 1911, St. Pius X predicted: “The nation which made an alliance with God at the baptismal fonts of Reims will repent and return to her first vocation.” (op cit, loc 1667-1669)

At this point, I must emphasise these facts: God’s requests still stand: France must be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Russia must be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  These two are inseparable, Divine requests and until they are obeyed, suffering will continue to gather in violent intensity throughout the world. Our Lord has assured us, through St. Margaret Mary that He will reign despite all opposition and in the same manner, Our Lady and Our Lord have both asserted to Sister Lucia that in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph.

That said, how will this happen?  Since devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is Eucharistic, let us see what the Apocalypse tells us of the victory of the Eucharistic Lamb – that is, the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The judgments executed by the Eucharistic Lamb upon Satan shall involve the whole world not to destroy but to chasten it and wrest it from the hands of Satan liberating the human race from his sordid servitude.

From an earlier post,The Eucharistic Vision of Our Lady of Knock:  The Holy Eucharist makes every church a temple and every tabernacle a throne of God. Thus, the vision of Knock points us to Apocalypse, Chapter 5, v. 5, which in turn points us to Isaias 11, 1-5, all of which emphasize the importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus, symbolized for us by devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Prisoner of Love in the Eucharist.

From Father Herman Bernard Kramer:

“The temple of Christ is every Catholic Church, where He dwells in the Eucharistic Mystery. The Sacrifice of the Mass is the sacred mystery, in which Christ is “as if sacrificed”, is truly and mystically slain or immolated. The sacrifice is inseparably united with the bloody sacrifice of the Cross, because it represents and renews it. Through the Sacrifice of the Mass, Christ becomes present, establishes His throne in the Church and extends the effects of His death on the Cross and carries the purposes of God to completion. To outward appearance He is dead in the Eucharist, so there He rests “as if immolated”. But the Holy Eucharist is the throne of God through the inseparable union of Christ with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  …

Fr. Kramer tells us, “The Real Presence of Christ has been …  the standard for the armies of Christ. His soldiers, the martyrs, confessors and virgins have ever fought and bled for the altar and the cross.” And we know that Christ the King demands that the standards of the French King bear the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thus we understand that Christ intends to reign through Eucharistic devotion, through the true sacrifice of the Mass.

Thus, to be as clear as possible, this battle is over the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is over the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist.  The revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary concern the most Holy Eucharist. And do take note of the fact that the message of Fatima was introduced by St. Michael in a very triumphant tableau of – what? What was St. Michael telling us? He was stating the grounds of the battle: the Mass, the Eucharist and urging the weapons for the laity: Make of everything a sacrifice! Pray and sacrifice!

The silent tableau of Knock took place in inclement weather just outside the Church, thus pointing to the institutional Church forcing the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass outside. The apparition of Knock displayed on a desolate night thus foretold a period in which the conciliar Church would attempt to stifle the true Sacrifice of the Mass and replace it with a protestantised fellowship service, to serve ecumenism and the prince of this world. This is the agenda of the present occupant as we shall see before the year ends.

At Knock, the Little Lamb on the altar stood with two powerful representatives of the priesthood, St. Joseph, chaste guardian of the Holy Family and Patron of the Church, and St. John the Beloved, to whom Christ entrusted His Mother and to whom the Holy Spirit revealed the mysteries of the Apocalypse. St. John pointed to the Scriptures, begging the question, “To which scriptures?” The vision itself answers:  The Lamb on the altar indicates Apocalypse 5. The two patrons of the priesthood, St. Joseph and St. John, indicate the importance of priests in these times. Our Lady of Knock, in this vision, never took her eyes from heaven, never wavered in her intercession for the Church.

Considered in the context of the other Marian apparitions, Knock is a warning against the silencing of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the sacrilege of the Holy Eucharist, the corruption of the faith. Our Lady’s appearances at La Salette and Knock were followed by the revelation of Fatima. The Angel of Fatima, Michael, the great Archangel warrior who battles Satan gave us a warning about the abuses of the sacrifice of the Mass and desecration of the Eucharist. And now, 100 years later, the onslaught of sacrileges, outrages, and indifference  continues.

It is urgent that Catholics understand that Satan is at war with the Little Lamb, our Eucharistic Lord. Unfortunately, most Catholics are indifferent to this battle. But it is real. Satan knows that the Eucharist is Emmanuel, God with us. Although so many Catholics have forgotten this truth, or are indifferent, the devil knows that Christ the King reigns through the Eucharist. And that is why he is striving with all his immense power to extirpate the true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to eliminate the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ on our altars. By their perversion of mercy, in giving the the Body of Christ to unrepentant sinners, modernists debase Our Lord’s sacrament of love and attempt to drive Jesus from His own Church.

La Salette, Knock, Fatima, and Akita, all warn us of this time. This is a spiritual battle of never before seen proportions. Although we know Who will win it, we cannot afford to lose any time, for with knowledge comes responsibility. We must live our Consecrations, moment by tedious moment. Just because our lives are ordinary does not mean that they are not very, very precious to Jesus.

From Our Lord’s words to Sister Josefa Menendez:

“I so much want souls to understand this! It is not the action itself which is of value; it is the intention with which it is done. … I have many hidden souls who in their humble labors are very useful workers in My vineyard, … My love goes so far that My souls can draw great treasure out of mere nothing. When as soon as they wake they unite themselves to Me and offer their whole day with a burning desire that My Heart may use it for the profit of souls … when with love they perform their duties, hour by hour and moment by moment … how great is the treasure they amass in one day!

“I will reveal My love to them more and more … it is inexhaustible, and how easy it is for a loving soul to let itself be guided by love.” (Sister Josefa Menendez and the Way of Divine Love.)

In these times, Our Lady has given us, through God’s immense, unfathomable mercy, a profusion of graces through her holy Rosary. Please pray your Rosary with confidence in God’s providence for us through the Immaculate Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Lady of Fatima will not fail.  Please pray the Rosary for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

 

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

  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!

~ 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 gods of the gentiles . . .

 

Rorate Caeli has published an astute op-ed, Was a demon enthroned at the Synod?”  Well worth reading!

The gods of the gentiles

 

Our long time readers recognised the actions of adoring the devil in the guise of “pachamama” immediately and have been quietly offering reparation for this great evil. This evil was not unexpected – it must be that satan openly flaunts his power in the Vatican – he is impatient to be manifest after so long a time hidden in plain view, but ignored by the willfully blind.

This naked pregnant woman – what does she represent? the idol’s immodest appearance is the reverse of the modesty of Our Lady and the appearance of fertility is the satanic reverse of true fertility for the “god” she serves demands, in place of the Holy Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the blood sacrifice of millions of unborn innocents.  And the wretched men behind this synod,  promote the UN’s anti-life “climate agenda, including abortion and contraception.

Dear readers, we have written on this so many times! On October 13, 1917, Our Lady of the Rosary begged us that we “must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.” (link) And yet, 102 years later, here we are!

Indeed, Lucifer himself has been enthroned in the Vatican for many years as Father Malachi Martin asserted and of which we have written often. See here. And we have chronicled the many proofs that this papacy serves the ancient enemy of Christ in many articles. That this Bergoglian Reformation serves satan is detected by any Catholic with an intact sense of faith, i.e., any Catholic in a state of grace. So many of you shared with me your sense of dread and doom when Bergoglio walked onto that loggia with Danneels at his side. And you, good readers are the ones who have been quietly living the message of Fatima each day, each night in prayerful recollection, offering up your penances, your daily sacrifices, prayers and alms in reparation and for the conversion of sinners.

I trust that the small amount of writing I’m able to do will be sufficient right now. For you do not need my words – or anyone else’s! – to urge you to continue, and even redouble your efforts. One note only:

We are in the time in which the Sacrifice is to be suppressed and the Ancient Enemy is enthroned in the Sanctuary, as we see in the Vatican’s unholy ceremonies. Note this, the Enemy requires human souls in his own satanic worship. Thus we have Pope Francis eagerly turning over millions of Chinese faithful to certain martyrdom, and encouraging massive immigration into once Christian countries which will inevitably bring great harvest of souls for satan. This bloodshed of both souls for the devil and martyrs for the Faith is necessary and is a great sign for these times.

It may be we shall come to the point where we shall all be separated and set at odds with one another. Unable to have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we will have our rosaries, in our hearts at least. It may be that a false pope, seeming better, but actually even worse than the present occupant, will be given to afflict us still more. If that happens, it will only be because of the obstinate refusal of the “faithful”. We cannot please Our Lord in any way whatsoever unless we obey the Immaculata. To her alone has the victory been given. She is the true Mother of the Church.

Do not be perturbed by these things! The Chastisement continues until reparation is made, one way or the other.

“Who God possesses in nothing is wanting. Alone God suffices.”

Despite everything to the contrary, the loving, generous obedience of the children of her Immaculate Heart will bring to Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary, Queen of the Church, her long-awaited victory.

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

†  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!
†  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

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

 

Three Days Reparation

 

Today we begin three days of Masses of Reparation, First Friday for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, followed by First Saturday for the Immaculate Heart and then, on Sunday, the day the Synod begins in Rome, Mass and Holy Communion of Reparation for the Synod. This provides an excellent opportunity to crown our efforts, doesn’t it! To gear up for this three-day marathon of reparation, we offer a three-part post; The Litany for Penitents, Psalm 50, and Lamentation (for the Hierarchy)

May God have mercy on the leaders of the Church!

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)

Ecce homo, 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.

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Psalm 50 

1 Unto the end, a psalm of David,
2 When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had sinned with Bethsabee. (2 Kings 12.)
3 Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity.
4 Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
5 For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.
6 To Thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before Thee: that Thou mayst be justified in Thy words, and mayst overcome when thou art judged.
7 For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me.
8 For behold Thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of Thy wisdom Thou hast made manifest to me.
9 Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.
10 To my hearing Thou shalt give joy and gladness: and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice.
11 Turn away Thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
12 Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels.
13 Cast me not away from Thy face; and take not Thy holy spirit from me.
14 Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.
15 I will teach the unjust Thy ways: and the wicked shall be converted to Thee.
16 Deliver me from blood, O God, Thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol Thy justice.
17 O Lord, Thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.
18 For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings Thou wilt not be delighted.
19 A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.
20 Deal favourably, O Lord, in Thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.
21 Then shalt Thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon Thy altar.

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Lamentation

A new penitential psalm for the Episcopacy of the Holy Catholic Church

O all ye faithful! Weep over us, miserable souls given over to the dregs of impurity; we are to be lamented with a whole fountain of tears.

We mourn the noble souls, made in the image and likeness of God and united with the most precious blood of Christ, more glorious than many episcopal mansions and vast tax-free properties. Therefore we lament the fall of our “Excellent” and “Eminent” souls and the destruction of so many immortal souls of our trusting flock.

May our eyes fail from weeping, may they pour out abundant streams of tears, and may they water sad and mournful expressions with continuous crying. May our eyes spring forth tears with the prophet day and night, and may they not cease because the Church, the beautiful Bride of Christ has been crushed with the worst of blows, the holy Church has been cruelly injured with the dart of impurity by the enemy of the human race, and she is now seen lying rigid and swollen in the sulfurous embers of Gomorrah, pestilently corrupted by the poison of unnatural lust.

O Lord, have mercy on us! For we have become a lethal wound festering in the body of the church!

The iniquity of the hierarchy of the Church is made greater than the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment. Indeed, the evil of our consecrated souls surpasses the sin of the Sodomites, because it has spurned the sacred priesthood to which it is solemnly consecrated and is thereby vehemently reprimanded by its own knowledge of the divine law and its indifference to the profusion of graces offered by our loving and merciful Savior.

Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are weak: heal us, O Lord, for our souls are troubled exceedingly: but Thou, O Lord, how long?

Consider our wretchedness, how much the darkness oppresses our souls. Take note how densely the fog of blindness envelops us. We have become the prey of demons, the plunder of the cruel, the booty of the impious. For we have turned a blind eye to the sins of our priests which we were obliged to correct and our silence has granted them permission to sin against innocent children entrusted to them.

Our sores are become putrified and corrupted, because of our foolishness and iniquities.

Our vice has been the death of bodies, the destruction of souls; it has polluted the flesh, extinguished the light of the intellect, and has expelled the Holy Ghost from the temple of the hearts of our victims, and has sought to remove the truth completely from the minds it has deceived.

We are become miserable, and bowed down even to the end: We walk in  sorrows all the day long. For our loins are filled with illusions; and there is no health in our flesh.

The plague of our iniquities has removed the foundation of faith, enervated the strength of hope, broken the tie of charity, and it has destroyed justice, undermined fortitude, banished temperance, and introduced every barbarity of vice.

We are ready for scourges: and our sorrows are continually before us. Therefore we will declare our iniquity: and will think on our sins.

We have fallen into this abyss of most extreme perdition, we deserve to be exiled from the heavenly homeland, separated from the body of Christ, confounded by the authority of the whole Church, condemned by the judgment of all of the holy Fathers, despised among men on earth, and rejected from the fellowship of heavenly citizenry.

Forsake us not, O Lord our God: do not Thou depart from us. Attend unto our help, O Lord, the God of our salvation. Turn away Thy face from our sins, and blot out all our iniquities.

Deeply aware of our unhappy state, we now come before Thee, Lord 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 of 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.

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The above Lamentation was composed from excerpts from sacred scripture and from “The Book of Gomorrah” and other Catholic sources, notably, St. Peter Damian’s  “The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian’s Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption (Kindle Locations 2117-2121). Ite ad Thomam Books and Media. Kindle Edition. (LINK)

For our other posts  about reparation:

Abide in My Love.

We Saw an Angel with a Flaming Sword

The Figure of a Woman, Anticipating 2017

 

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

  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.

The Merits of the Dolours of Mary

 

Something special for today, in honor of the Sorrowful Heart of Mary, from the writings of Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., “The Mother of the Saviour: And Our Interior Life”.

 

The Cause of her Sorrows

What was the profound cause of Mary’s sorrows on Calvary? Every Christian soul for whom practice has made the Stations of the Cross familiar will answer: the cause of Mary’s sorrows, as of those of Jesus, was sin. Happy the souls for whom that answer is a vital truth, who experience true sorrow at the thought of their own sins—a sorrow that only grace can produce in them.

We understand but little of the sorrows of Mary, for little grieves us except what wounds our bodies, our self-love, our vanity, or our pride. We suffer too from men’s ingratitude, from the afflictions of our family or our native land. But sin grieves us but little. We have but little sorrow for our faults considered as offenses against God.

In theory, we admit that sin is the greatest of evils since it affects the soul itself and its faculties, and since it is the cause of the disorders which we deplore in society; it is only too evidently the cause of the enmity between classes and nations. But in spite of that we do not experience any great sorrow for the faults whereby we contribute more or less ourselves to the general disorder.

 

Sin and our superficiality

Our superficiality and our inconstancy prevent us from seeing what an evil sin is; precisely because it strikes so deep it cannot be known by those who look only at the surface. In its manner of ravaging souls and society, sin is like one of those diseases which affect vital but hidden organs, and which the sufferer is ignorant of even while they near a crisis.

To experience salutary grief, grief for sin, it is necessary truly to love God whom sin offends and sinners whom it destroys. The saints suffered from sin in the degree in which they loved God and souls. St. Catherine of Siena recognized souls in the state of mortal sin by the insupportable odor which they exhaled.

But to know just how far grief for sin can go, one must turn to the heart of Mary. Her grief sprang from an unequalled love for God, for Jesus crucified, and for souls—a love which surpassed that of the greatest saints, and even of all the saints united, a love which had never ceased to grow, a love which had never been restrained by the slightest fault or imperfection. If such was Mary’s love, what must her grief have been!

Unlike us who are so superficial, she saw with piercing clarity what it was that caused the loss of so many souls” the concupiscence of the flesh, the concupiscence of the eyes, the pride of life. All sins combined to add to her grief; all revolts against God, all outbursts of sacrilegious rage, such as that which reached its paroxysm in the cry “Crucify Him” and in utter hatred of Him who is the Light Divine and the Author of Salvation.

Mary’s grief was deep as was her love, both natural and supernatural, of her Son. She loved Him with a virginal love, most pure and tender; loved Him as her only Son, miraculously conceived, and as her God. To understand Mary’s dolours, one would need to have received, as did the stigmatics, the impression of the wounds of the Saviour; one would need to have relived with the mystics His physical and moral sufferings, and to have shared with Him the hours of His Passion and Death.

We shall try once more to speak of this matter when considering Mary as Mediatrix and Co-Redemptrix, and the reparation which she offered with, and by, and in her Son. Mary’s love in her dolours was meritorious for us and for her also. By her sufferings she grew in charity as well as in faith, and hope, and religion; she grew in fact in all the virtues—those of humility, and meekness, and supernatural courage suggesting themselves especially to the mind. Her virtue in suffering was heroic in the highest degree.

Thereby she became Queen of Martyrs. On the hill of Calvary, grace and charity overflowed from the Heart of Jesus to the heart of His mother. He it was who sustained her, just as it was she who sustained St. John. Jesus offered up her martyrdom as well as His own, and she offered herself with her Son, who was more dear to her than her own life. If the least of the acts of Nazareth increased Mary’s charity, what must have been the effect of her participation in the Cross of Jesus!

 

Merit and Pain

A meritorious work becomes satisfactory (or one of reparation and expiation) when there is something painful about it. Hence, in offering His life in the midst of the greatest physical and moral sufferings, Jesus offered satisfaction of an infinite and superabundant value to His Father. He alone could make satisfaction in strict justice since the value of satisfaction like that of merit comes from the person, and the Person of Jesus, being divine, was of infinite dignity

Mary offered God a satisfaction which it was becoming that He should accept: Jesus satisfied for us in strict justice. As Mother of the Redeemer, Mary was closely united to Jesus by perfect conformity of will, by humility, by poverty, by suffering—and most particularly by her compassion on Calvary. That is what is meant when it is said that she offered satisfaction along with Him. Her satisfaction derives its value from her dignity as Mother of God, from her great charity, from the fact that there was no fault in herself which needed to be expiated, and from the intensity of her sufferings.

The Fathers treat of this when they speak of Mary “standing” at the foot of the Cross, as St. John says. (John 19:25). They recall the words of Simeon, “Thy own soul a sword shall pierce,” and they show that Mary suffered in proportion to her love for her crucified Son; in proportion also to the cruelty of His executioners, and the atrocity of the torments inflicted on Him Who was Innocence itself.

The liturgy also has taught many generations of the faithful that Mary merited the title of Queen of Martyrs by her most painful martyrdom of heart. That is the lesson of the Feasts of the Compassion of the Blessed Virgin and of the Seven Dolours, as well as of the Stabat Mater. Leo XIII summed up this doctrine in the statement that Mary was associated with Jesus in the painful work of the redemption of mankind.

Pope St. Pius X calls her “the repairer of the fallen world” and continues to show how she was united to the priesthood of her Son: “Not only because she consented to become the mother of the only Son of God so as to make sacrifice for the salvation of men possible, but also in the fact that she accepted the mission of protecting and nourishing the Lamb of sacrifice, and when the time came led Him to the altar of immolation – in this also must we find Mary’s glory.  Mary’s community of life and sufferings with her Son was never broken off.

Mary’s sufferings have the character of satisfaction from the fact that like Jesus and in union with Him, she suffered because of sin or of the offence it offers to God. This suffering of hers was measured by her love of God Whom sin offended, by her love of Jesus crucified for our sins, and by her love of us whom sin had brought to spiritual ruin. In other words, it was measured by her fulness of grace, which had never ceased to increase from the time of the Immaculate Conception.

NOTE: By meditating on her Sorrowful Mysteries, we, as her children, learn to share in our beloved Mother’s suffering for sin – in fact, we are called to do so. In further point of fact, it is only by this means. by her Rosary, that we shall be able to make the essential reparation for sin! Think on this! Then, you may see why I am so strident in this regard. We do not need more self-important people bustling about, full of their own importance, proclaiming “truths”  of their own devising. No, we need to humble ourselves to the anonymous work of offering the loving reparation that  the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His Immaculate Mother have so patiently been pleading for.

 

Mary’s Greater Love

Already Mary had merited more by the easiest acts than the martyrs in their torments because of her greater love. What must have been the value of her sufferings at the foot of the Cross, granted the understanding she then had of the mystery of the Redemption! In the spiritual light which then flooded her soul, Mary saw that all souls are called to sing the glory of God. Every soul is called to be as it were a ray of the divinity, a spiritual ray of knowledge and love, for our minds are made to know God and our wills to love Him.

But though the heavens tell God’s glory unfailingly, thousands of souls turn from their Creator. Instead of that divine radiation, instead of God’s exterior glory and His Kingdom, there are found in countless souls the three wounds called by St. John —  the concupiscence of the flesh, the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life — living as if there were no desirable love except carnal love, no glory except that of fame and honor, and no Lord and Master, no end, except man himself. Mary saw all that evil, all those wounds in souls, just as we see the evils and wounds of bodies.

Her fulness of grace had given her an immense capacity to suffer from the greatest of evils, sin. She suffered as much as she loved God and souls: God offended by sin and souls whom it rendered worthy of eternal damnation. Most of all did Mary see the crime of deicide prepared in hearts and brought to execution: she saw the terrible paroxysm of hatred of Him who is the Light and the Author of salvation.

To understand her sufferings, we must think too of her love, both natural and supernatural, of her only Son Whom she not only loved but, in the literal sense of the term, adored since He was her God. She had conceived Him miraculously. She loved Him with the love of a virgin—the purest, richest and most tender charity that has ever been a mother’s. Nor was her grief diminished by ignorance of anything that might make it more acute. She knew the reason for the crucifixion.

 

All for sinners

She knew the hatred of the Jews, His chosen people—her people. She knew that it was all for sinners. From the moment when Simeon foretold the Passion—already so clearly prophesied by Isaias—and her compassion, she offered and did not cease to offer Him Who would be Priest and Victim, and herself in union with Him. This painful oblation was renewed over years. Of old, an angel had descended to prevent Abraham’s immolation of his son Isaac. But no angel came to prevent the immolation of Jesus.

In his sermon on the Compassion of our Lady, we read the following magnificent words of Bossuet:

“It is the will of the Eternal Father that Mary should not only be immolated with the Innocent Victim and nailed to the Cross by the nails that pierce Him, but should as well be associated with the mystery which is accomplished by His death. . .  Three things occur in the sacrifice of Our Saviour and constitute its perfection. There are the sufferings by which His humanity was crushed. There is His resignation to the will of His Father by which He humbly offered Himself. There is the fruitfulness by which He brings us to the life of grace by dying Himself. He suffers as a victim who must be bruised and destroyed. He submits as a priest who sacrifices freely; voluntarie sacrificabo tibi. (Ps. 53:8). Finally He brings us to life by His sufferings as the Father of a new people. . . .

“Mary stands near the Cross. With what eyes she contemplates her Son all covered with blood, all covered with wounds, in form now hardly a man! The sight is enough to cause her death. If she draws near to that altar, it is to be immolated there: and there, in fact, does she feel Simeon’s sword pierce her heart. . . . “But did her dolors overcome her, did her grief cast her to the ground? Stabat juxta crucem: she stood by the Cross. The sword pierced her heart but did not take away her strength of soul: her constancy equals her affliction, and her face is the face of one no less resigned than afflicted.

“What remains then but that Jesus who sees her feel His sufferings and imitate His resignation should have given her a share in His fruitfulness. It is with that thought that He gave her John to be her son: Woman, behold thy son. Woman, who suffer with me, be fruitful with me, be the mother of my children whom I give you unreservedly in the person of this disciple; I give them life by my sufferings, and sharing in the bitterness that is mine your affliction will make you fruitful.”

“(Mary) is the Eve of the New Testament and the mother of all the faithful; but that is to be at the price of her Firstborn. United to the Eternal Father she must offer His Son and hers to death. It is for that purpose that providence has brought her to the foot of the Cross. She is there to immolate her Son that men may have life. . . . She becomes mother of Christians at the cost of an immeasurable grief . . . We should never forget what we have cost Mary. The thought will lead to true contrition for our sins. The regeneration of our souls has cost Jesus and Mary more than we can ever think.

Mary the Co-Redemptrix has given us birth at the foot of the Cross by the greatest act of faith, hope and love that was possible to her on such an occasion. One may even say that her act of faith was the greatest ever elicited, since Jesus had not the virtue of faith but the beatific vision. In that dark hour when the faith of the Apostles themselves seemed to waver, when Jesus seemed vanquished and His work annihilated, Mary did not cease for an instant to believe that her Son was the Saviour of mankind, and that in three days He would rise again as He had foretold. When He uttered His last words “It is consummated” Mary understood in the fulness of her faith that the work of salvation had been accomplished by His most painful immolation.

 

Consoler of the Afflicted

Mary’s heart suffered in sympathy with all the agony of the Sacred Heart to such a point that she would have died of the experience had she not been especially strengthened. Thereby she became the consoler of the afflicted, for she had suffered more than all, and patroness of a happy death. We have no idea how fruitful these sufferings of hers have been during twenty centuries.

(Garrigou-Lagrange O.P., Reverend Reginald. “The Mother of the Saviour: And Our Interior Life”.

Please pray the Rosary, make the First Saturdays of reparation and promote this devotion, so many 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!
  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!

“Spread the word”

 

NOTE: Readers are tired of me writing posts like the following one, and I am discouraged to repeat myself, so the following will likely be my last attempt in this regard. From here on out, just read Jeremias. That man warned God’s Chosen people for many years and they despised him and his message. They preferred their own ways, which did not involve acknowledging any sin on their part, any need for repentance or reparation. Eventually the chastisement so long withheld caught up with them, devastation and desolation followed and a chastened people received a period of peace. It is ever the same. Worldly people prefer worldly remedies for their problems. When the problems are spiritual, this is never a good idea.

And when the secular solutions totally ignore the urgent Message from God’s own Mother, it only makes greater suffering for all. All.

 

Regarding the growing movement to declare that, “Francis is an anti-pope, Benedict is the true pope. Spread the word.”

In an article from September 2015, Was Pope Benedict SWIFTed?”  we concluded that it certainly appears that Benedict resigned under duress and we noted that the SWIFT banking system is located in Belgium, the same country where now deceased Cardinal Danneels, a leader in the St. Gallen/Lavender Mafia, still at that time, retained great power.

It is quite logical to conclude that the enemies of the Church have conspired to put a “man after their own hearts” – and very dark are those hearts indeed! – into the papacy. And Jorge Mario Bergoglio is certainly the brutal destroyer they have longed for.

The problem in all this is the simplistic attitude that we can all unite and remove this “false pope” as though we were merely taking out the garbage. The Church is the creation of Our Lord Jesus Christ Who built it upon the rock of the papacy, an absolute monarchy. That was not some kind of “Divine mistake”! This absolute monarchy means that God reserves to Himself the final right to remove an errant pope.

The purpose of a spiritual chastisement is to humble the faithful when they have become arrogant and disobedient. That is, to call us to return humbly and with contrite hearts, to a childlike dependence on God, for we are called to be His children, and He did not give us His permission to run the Church. We are foolish if we think that we are exempt from following the commands of Our Lady of Fatima, and free to follow our own will.

How many of leaders of this movement to “spread the news that Francis is a false pope and Benedict is the true pope”, have exerted any effort to spread the news that Our Lady has called for Consecration to her Immaculate Heart and First Saturdays of Reparation? All Bishops should be involved in promoting First Saturdays of Reparation and the daily Rosary – real Rosary! – and all of the Fatima message?

And why have they not done this? Do they not realize that until they obey Our Lady their efforts will only mislead the faithful? Do they realize what this means for their eternal souls, and the souls of so many others?

Catholics today are being chastised by God. Pope Francis and his band of reprobates are the ultimate spiritual chastisement. Now, when God chastises you, He always makes it very clear what you need to do to make things right. In all of salvation history, there has never been a time when God simply struck out at people without a cause.

For centuries now, God in His infinite mercy has given us many, many opportunities to understand His will and to repent and return to Him. It is truly shameful to see so many people who proclaim themselves “faithful Catholics”, many of them recognised as leaders of the faithful, who insist on taking secular means of remedying a spiritual problem.

When they do this, they are focusing on the problem and ignoring the cause.

That does not at all rule out the need for action. Not at all! It means that until hearts are turned, and Our Lady’s message at Fatima is fulfilled, the worldly methods will not only fail to be effective, they will exacerbate the problem.

Until Our Lady of Fatima is obeyed every worldly action taken will backfire. And obstinacy in this regard will wreak havoc on the immortal souls of those who persist in error.

We now are living through exactly the horrid situation foretold by  Father Malachi Martin which I described in Malachi Martin’s Three Possibilities. Please readers, re-read that post! I wrote it three years ago, and Fr. Martin wrote it decades ago and yet it is more relevant now than ever before.

  • Father Martin stated that the first possibility is if a sizable body of Roman Catholics, clergy and laity, become convinced, rightly or wrongly, that Pope was not elected validly.
  • The second is similar; if a sizable body of Catholics become convinced that the Pope has become a heretic.

In either of these cases, the primary source of disintegration in the Church would be that the Church, as designed by Her Master, lacks any earthly authority other than the pope to settle the issue decisively. As Fr. Martin expresses it,

“There is no official mechanism within the structure of the Church that is authorized to pass judgment on pope and papacy. Indeed, the Church’s official code of ecclesiastical law, canon law, expressly denies to anyone the right or duty of passing official judgment on pope or papacy.”

Even if there were a few Bishops and Cardinals who still had a staunch enough faith to stand up publicly and confront the Pope on these issues, the Pope and his faction would simply rally their defenses – which are legion!

Then, do you think everything would just settle down nicely and the faith would be restored? No, the result would still be a shattered Church. Because the Pope is the key.

As we see, both of these “possibilities” foretold by Fr. Martin have come to pass, to varying extents.

The papal election has been cast into doubt, first by Ivereigh’s book and then by Cardinal Danneels, head of the so-called St. Gallen Mafia himself. And there is certainly no dearth of heretical statements and actions from this unfortunate pope. And so now, we have the catastrophe of many Catholics confused and arguing against each other, widespread disunity, a Church torn asunder. But there is an even more serious threat, the third possibility, which we alluded to in our post, “The Judas Factor and Pope Francis”.

The Danneels Papacy, a Destroyer Pope

Father Martin’s third and final possibility that could shatter the Church would be “the Conclave election of a papal candidate whose policy would be to dissolve the unity and change the structure of the Roman Catholic Church by simply abandoning the exercise of the Petrine Office and privilege on which the structural unity of the Church is built as a visible body and by disassociating the approximately four thousand bishops of the Church from their collégial submission to the papacy. …”

Father Martin foresaw the pope “abandoning the exercise of the Petrine Office” – he did foresee the actuality today of a pope who actively uses his authority in order to structurally and effectively destroy the Church. This is the tragic reality we face today ad will see as a result of the October Synod in Rome unless Our Lady is obeyed.

To return to our earlier post on Fr. Martin’s Three Possibilities, Fr. Martin explains that the “Spirit of Vatican II”, contains the destruction of the Roman Catholic institutional organization. The Popes who should protect and defend the Church have committed malfeasance by collaborating in the lethal endgame of those who work to liquidate the papacy, and thus destroy the institution itself.

Fr. Martin interestingly used Cardinal Godfried Danneels to illustrate the sort of Cardinal who is so thoroughly imbued with the deadly toxins of Vatican II that he would be part of the plan to elect a Pope who would destroy the Church. Thus, 23 years before it happened, Fr. Martin foresaw a Conclave in which Cardinals like Danneels  choose a papal candidate who “will be one of their number ” and “whose papal policy will be to crown and confirm the official existence of the spirit of Vatican II.” In other words, to achieve the “irreversible change” that Maradiaga, Marx, Kasper and the rest of their ilk have been braying about for so long.

Fr. Martin foresaw that the destroyer Pope would be committed to downgrading the papacy in order to mold the Church into the modernist/progressive ideal for this “new and far different age”. And Pope Bergoglio, from his initial “Buono sera” has never missed an opportunity to downgrade, deprecate, even humiliate the Roman Catholic Church in her highest office. Amoris Laetitia triggered the odious sequelae we now see, with various priests and Bishops throughout the world hastening to their own applications of the false mercy of the Apostolic Exhortation. (See EponymousFlower here) and Father Alain Lorans here.. For a while, we shall have the spectacle of one diocese where this new “mercy” is applied liberally, blessing homosexual unions, adulterous unions and so on. As well as perhaps, a neighboring diocese, where the Bishop attempts, for a while at least, a true Catholic approach. This confusion will continue until Francis exerts the iron fist of his Petrine Primacy. He will do this in order to destroy all dissent. Once it is destroyed, there will be no need for the papacy, because the doctrine and practice of the faith will be a shattered.

“Roman Catholics will then have the spectacle of a pope validly elected (see note in following paragraph) who cuts the entire visible body of the Church loose from the traditional unity and the papacy-oriented apostolic structure that the Church has hitherto always believed and taught was divinely established. The shudder that will shake the Roman Catholic body in that day will be the shudder of its death agony. …  Many will accept the new regime. Many will resist. All will be fragmented. There will be no one on earth to hold the fractionating members of the visible Roman Catholic body together as a living compact organization.”

NOTE: Here, I note that even though it appears that this pope may not have been “validly elected”,  it makes no difference, because the vast majority of Catholics today do believe that Francis is the valid pope. And if we fight to “spread the word” that he isn’t, it only serves to accomplish even more harm, leading many more away from the faith. A much surer remedy is to “spread the word” about obeying the message of Our Lady of the Rosary. When we do that, God’s mercy will overflow and the Church will be restored to a humble and faithful people.

Just as Judas served his purpose, so does the destroyer Pope. “For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh.” Therefore, the little shepherdess, Blessed Jacinta, urged us all to “Pray for the Pope, Pray.”

To return to Fr. Martin’s Coda, he assures us that this Church, founded by Christ will survive and live on; the whole brute strength of Hell will not prevail against it. And the successor of this Betrayer Pope will be converted and will restore the faith and the Church. And we know that this is so, for we have been assured that in the end, Our Lady of the Rosary will triumph, by her Immaculate Heart.

How will this happen?

How will the Church survive this attack? In the same way as her Master suffered, died and was buried; the Bride of Christ will seem to have been vanquished, but that will be the moment when the tide will turn. Actually, quite literally. There will be no doubt at that time as to Who is the Head of the Church. But just as we cannot have the Resurrection without the Passion and Death of Our Lord, so we will not have the restoration of the faith until satan has played his hand. Remember Luke’s account of Christ’s appearance to His disciples at Emmaus, when He asserted, “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and so to enter into His glory?” As then, so now, there will be great suffering.

We are in the midst of a tremendous chastisement, and it is entirely too late to postpone it, or even to mitigate it. All that remains is to prepare ourselves by the means that Our Lord has given us through the message of His Mother at Fatima. It would be enough to make us despair if we did not know that all this has been foretold. We know what to expect, and in that regard, we are  blessed in a way that the Magdalene and the Apostles were not. They witnessed their beloved Christ suffer humiliation, torture and a horrible death, without understanding why this had to be. Today, we witness the Bride of Christ suffering, but we do know why and we know the remedy if we will only heed it.

As Our Lord’s followers walked away from the tomb where they had laid Our Lord, into the desolate, gathering gloom, none could even conceive of the possibility of a glorious Resurrection. Only His Mother knew without the slightest shred of doubt that He was triumphant. But we, privileged with hindsight, realise that this disheartening chaos will have a resolution in God’s own good time. Meanwhile, there will be much suffering and immense sorrow as many souls will be scandalized. We must dedicate all our efforts to prayer and sacrifice to save souls in this horrific battle. For we shall have to answer for all those souls entrusted to us. Remember why we are here!

Fr. Martin’s Coda ends with a fictional scenario, more poignant now than when it was written. Most of us admit to nostalgia for what might have been had John Paul II been truly “Great”. Martin’s fictional version of the Polish Pope, Papa Valeska, calls a consistory and asserts his plan to restore the Faith unambiguously, and to purge the forces of anti-Church from the Church. As this fictional Consistory ends, a loyal supporter of Pope Valeska surveys the scene and recalls the desperate plea and prayer of the Greek warrior Ajax, who was forced to combat an overwhelming foe on a darkened plain:

“Father in Heaven,
Deliver us from this darkness.
And make our skies clear.
If we must die, let us die in the light.”

I wrote the following years ago but even faithful readers who assured me of their support, have totally ignored my pleas.

Dear readers, please consider this carefully: The Holy Catholic Church is established by Christ, and He is the true Head of the Church. Our Lord did not “make a mistake” when He gave the supreme power of the Church to the Pope, making him an absolute monarch.  No, it was no mistake – it was Our Lord’s divine wisdom because thereby the only way a bad pope can be remedied is by Our Lord’s intervention. And to understand Our Lord’s intervention, we return once again to Fatima, and even before Fatima, to Paray-le-monial and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. We know that in these latter times, Our Lord has given us devotion to His Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother. Now, to understand this particular aspect of Fatima’s message, that is the chastisement, we find it helpful to read back over the Old Testament Books like Jeremias. When you do begin reading Jeremias, it gets a bit challenging, going through many chapters of Jeremias warning the Jews in some pretty harsh words, to repent their sins. And on and on it goes, warning after warning and Jeremias is challenged and the people and their leaders refuse to hear him and choose to follow false prophets who preach what they prefer to hear.

Unfortunately, the self-proclaimed leaders today will only learn this after their actions have brought us to utter ruin and universal desolation.

I will try not speak of this again. Jeremias was given his task by God and I am only a foolish old woman and I am not worthy of this task. At least this frees me to spend more time doing what I urge all readers to do, Pray the Rosary, make of everything a sacrifice of reparation to console Our Lord and His most Blessed Mother and pray for you all!

Please pray the Rosary, make the First Saturdays of reparation and promote this devotion, so many 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.

~ 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!

Fridays for reparation for the Pan-Amazon Synod

 

A very good and kind priest suggested this re-post of the following little article as a help to us who have been working to make our Fridays days of reparation. A while back, I mentioned that perhaps we could arrange to incorporate more reparation on Fridays between now and this upcoming Synod. I know everyone is stretched to the max, but I am trying this in my own small way and will try to have a little boost towards making each Friday a good day of reparation. Many readers already make every Saturday a day of reparation to Our Lady by increasing their efforts on Our Lady’s day each week, so now, maybe we can join our Fridays to that as well. Then, at least in a small way, we are taking things a bit further towards storming heaven with loving pleas to save our Church. My own focus is two-fold – saving our priests and saving those poor victims of sexual abuse – but there are so many facets to this really massive spiritual attack being waged by satan – and each of us must decide where best to focus our efforts.

Today’s meditation:

After Our Lord fed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes, He proclaimed to them this truth:  “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it.”, (Luke 9, 23-24)

And St. Paul also reminds us, “For the word of the cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. . . . But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumbling-block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinth. 18-25)

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, consoled Our Lord and Our Lady in penitence and prayer, Jacinta’s response was to save souls by her sacrifices, penances and prayers, and Lucia responded by propagating the message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, and by her penances and prayers. The scarlet thread that runs throughout these three calls and unites them is  penance and prayer.

Perhaps we could try to make Fridays a special day of penance and prayer for this awful pope and the scandal and confusion he is spreading throughout the Church. Perhaps also, we could make reparation for the flaccid mass of indifferent (c)atholics who choose to ignore it all. The following prayer is a favorite, hope you like it too!

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The Curé d’Ars on True Repentance

“Je te montrerai le chemin du ciel.” I will show you the path to Heaven!
St. Jean Marie Vianney

 

St. Jean VianneyToday, August 8, we honor one of the greatest saints – Saint Jean Marie Vianney. He is great because he is humble. That is a rare quality today in the new barbarity of extreme individualism. In these dark days, it is commonplace to see the most degrading and perverse sins celebrated under the banner of “PRIDE!”  That should be a grave warning, but tragically, it is not. And so, we offer the thoughts of Saint Jean-Baptiste- Marie Vianney, the Curé d’Ars as a salutary remedy.

 

REPENTANCE

“Woe is me, for I have sinned so much during my life.”

Thus spoke St. Augustine, when he thought over his past life, which he had spent incessantly in the abominable vice of impurity. As often as the thought occurred to him, his heart was torn and devoured by repentance. “Oh, my Lord,” he exclaimed, “I have lived without loving Thee; oh, my Lord, how many precious years have I lost! Deign, O Lord, I implore Thee, to efface from Thy memory my past faults!”

Oh, precious tears, O salutary contrition, which made of such a great sinner so great a saint! Oh, how quickly does a really contrite heart regain the friendship of God! Ah, would to God that every time we let our sins pass before our mind’s eye, we could say with the repentant St. Augustine: “Ah, woe is me. I have sinned much during my life; have mercy on me, O Lord! ” How soon would we alter our mode of living!

Yes, my brethren, let us all who are here present, confess with the same fervent repentance and sincerity, that we are great sinners who deserve to experience the full wrath of God. And let us praise God’s infinite mercy, who gives us abundantly of His treasures to solace us in our misery. If our sins have been ever so great, and our life has been ever so dissolute, we are sure of His pardon, if we follow the example of the prodigal son and throw ourselves with a contrite heart at the feet of the best of fathers.

 

SINCERE HATRED FOR SIN

Now let me show to you, my Christian friends, that our repentance must have this quality before it can procure for us pardon for our sins: The sinner must, in consequence of his repentance, hate his sins sincerely, and detest them. To make you fully understand what is meant by repentance, that is, the pain which our sins should cause our conscience− I would have to show you on the one hand the abhorrence which the Lord has for them, and the torments which He had to suffer to gain pardon for them from God the Father and, on the other hand, the blessings we lose by committing sin, and the evils which we bring down upon ourselves in the next world; but no man will ever be able to understand this fully.

But you may ask, “What does this word ‘repentance’ mean, and how can we tell whether we have it or not?” . . . Now, if you ask me what repentance is, I tell you that it is an anguish of the soul, and a detestation for past sin, and a firm resolve never to sin again. Yes, my brethren, this is the foremost of all conditions which God makes before pardoning our sins, and it can never be dispensed with.

Without (repentance), it is impossible, absolutely impossible, to obtain forgiveness. Yes, my brethren, I must say with deep regret that the want of repentance is the cause of a great number of sacrilegious Confessions and Communions, and what is still more to be regretted is the circumstance that many do not realize what a sad state they are in, and live and die in it.

Now, my friends, if we had the misfortune to conceal a sin in Confession, this sin is constantly before our eyes like a monster which threatens to devour us, and it causes us to soon go to Confession again, so as to free ourselves from it.

But it is different with repentance; we confess, but our heart does not take part in the accusation which we make against ourselves. We approach the Holy Sacrament with as cold, unfeeling, and indifferent a heart as if performing an indifferent act of no consequence. Thus we live from day to day, from year to year, until we approach death, when we expect to find that we have done something to our credit, only to discover nothing but sacrileges, which we have committed by our Confessions and Communions.

Oh, my God, how many Christians there are who will discover at the hour of their death nothing but invalid Confessions!

But I will not go further into this matter, for fear that I may frighten you, and yet you ought really to be brought to the verge of despair, so that you may stop immediately, and improve your condition right now, instead of waiting until that moment when you will recognize your condition, and when it will be too late to improve it.

But let us continue with our explanation, and you will soon learn, my brethren, whether you had the repentance in all your Confessions, which is so absolutely necessary for the forgiveness of sin. I said that repentance is an anguish of soul. It is absolutely necessary that a sinner weep over his sins either in this world or the next. In this world we can wipe out our sins by repentance, but not in the next. We should be very grateful to our dear Lord that the anguish of our soul is sufficient for Him to let it be followed by eternal joy, instead of making us suffer that eternal repentance and those awful tortures which would be our lot in the next life, that is, hell.

QUALITIES OF TRUE REPENTANCE

Heartfelt
It must come from the bottom of the heart. It need not necessarily show itself in tears; they are good and useful, but they are not essential. . . The anguish of soul which God demands of us is like the one of which the prophet says: “Rend your heart and not your garments. A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit; a contrite and humbled heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”

Why does God require that our heart should feel this anguish? Because it is in the heart where we commit our sins. “It is the heart,” says the Lord, “where all bad thoughts, all sinful desires, originate.” Therefore, if our heart is guilty, the heart must suffer, or God will never forgive us.

Supernatural
It must be supernatural; that means, that the Holy Ghost and not natural causes must call it forth. To be troubled about a sin one has committed because it would exclude us from paradise and lead us into hell, is a supernatural motive, of which the Holy Ghost is the originator, and will lead to true repentance. But to be troubled about a sin because of the shame of which it will be the consequence, or the misfortune it will cause us, that is merely a natural sorrow, which does not merit pardon. It is perfectly plain, then, that the anguish of soul caused by our sins, must arise from our love of God and our fear of His chastisement.

Unlimited
It must be unlimited, that is, the anguish it calls forth must be greater than any other sorrow, as, for instance, at the loss of our parents, or our health, or in general at the loss of anything that is dearest to us in this life. The reason why our sorrow must be so great is because it must be equivalent to the loss it will cause us, and the misfortune it will bring us after our death. Imagine, then, how great an anguish ought to be ours over a sin which deprives us of all the glories of heaven, alienates our dear Lord from us, and casts us into hell, which is the greatest of all misfortunes.

Life-changing
But, you may ask, how are we to know whether we possess this true repentance? Nothing is easier. If you have real repentance, you will neither act, nor think, as you did before, and you will change your mode of life completely; you will hate what you have loved and you will love what you have despised and avoided.

Comprehensive
Repentance must be comprehensive. We see in the lives of the saints, in regard to the comprehensiveness of repentance, that we cannot receive pardon for one sin, even if we have properly repented the same, if we do not feel the same repentance for all our sins.

Lord, if it be possible, make the repentance over my sins equal to the offense which I have given you!

Examine yourselves and see how rare is such repentance. Alas, it is as scarce as a good Confession! Yes, my brethren, a Christian who has sinned and wishes to obtain pardon, must be so minded that he would rather suffer the most cruel tortures than fall back into the sin which he has just confessed. And this disposition is obtained by prayer—earnest, fervent prayer. “Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels. Cast me not away from thy face, and take not thy holy spirit from me,” (Ps. 1. 12)

Joined to this repentance will naturally be a firm resolve not to commit the sin again; and this is the contrite and humbled heart which God will not despise, but receive again as His child, and restore to him all the privileges of a child of God, and heir to the Heavenly Kingdom which I wish you all. Amen.

The excerpts above are from the collection,Sermons of the  Curé of Ars: Sermons for all the Sundays and Feast Days of the Year”, published by KIC. Kindle Edition.  It is a treasure trove of wisdom from this amazing saint!

Pray the Rosary for the conversion and repentence of Pope Francis and the hierarchy!

Ed. Note: The epigram at top of page is thanks to Rorate Caeli.

.  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.

~ 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!

This post from evensong’s draft archives. Updated by peregrine.