Francisco and Jacinta, Designs of Mercy III

Part III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consoler of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

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

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

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

The Mercy in Suffering

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

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

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

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

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

Ransom

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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The Holy Family, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

The Fatima Connection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
  St. Joseph, protect us.
  Holy Family, bless our family.
 Thank You, Lord, for everything!

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

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

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His Humble Legacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

But the money quote from this excellent article is this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Non-Negotiable First Saturdays of Reparation

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

First Saturdays of Reparation are not negotiable.

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

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

“And a great sign appeared in heaven … “

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

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

But for now, we repeat this previous post:

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

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

She who crushes the head of the serpent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please, Pray the Rosary and live your Consecration!

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

First Blood, January 1, 2018

Contemplating Him, we shall learn that deeds are better than words, that the greater the sacrifices they require, the greater the proof they give of real love. Furthermore, every undertaking must receive its baptism of blood in order to be fruitful. “
He has not yet spoken; the world does not yet know Him; but He is already shedding His blood for the salvation of mankind.
He has not yet spoken; the world does not yet know Him; but He is already shedding His blood for the salvation of mankind.

Today, the Octave of Christmas is the day we commemorate the first shedding of the precious blood of our Saviour, at His Circumcision.  It is fitting that we start off  the year with this commemoration of the first sacrifice of the Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is His vivid lesson in humility and obedience, always necessary virtues.

From Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. we read:

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The Way of Divine Love and the Message of Fatima

From the archives of evensong’s writings, a previously unpublished article.

Today, December 29, we mark the 94th anniversary of the death of Sister Josefa Menendez, the humble nun who wrote “The Way of Divine Love”.  In paperback from TAN, or in Kindle. We’ve written about the beautiful Way of Divine Love before (here) and about Sister Josefa’s deep devotion to the Divine Infant (here). But now and for the next few months, we will focus on the most often overlooked or misunderstood concept in Josefa’s writings: true humility.

The writings of Sister Josefa echo in many ways the writings of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and one can discern a hint of them in Sister Lucia’s writings as well. I strongly suspect that the true writings of Sister Lucia would bear even more resemblance to both of them were we to have access to them. This is because Our Lord Jesus Christ has been telling us in no uncertain terms, what is necessary to counter-act the spiritual terrorism of the arrogant pride prevailing in the world today.

Tragically, this diabolical pride has so captivated the souls of mankind that today among the vast majority of people, there is a rigid resistance to Our Lord’s plea for humility of heart. Mankind has developed a resistance to the grace of God much as some disease bacteria develop a resistance to antibiotics, and now they despise the “poor in spirit” as lacking in self esteem, and care not a whit for the “Kingdom of Heaven”.

It is true that the Message of Divine Love is Christ’s plea for our love but it is also a valuable reminder that we must become truly as a little child, poor in spirit, meek and pure of heart in order to be able to receive His love,  Otherwise we risk becoming the darkness that cannot grasp the light. The worldly are unable to grasp Our Lord’s words to St. Margaret Mary:

“If I had been able to find a creature more miserable than you,” He said to Saint Margaret Mary, “I should have chosen her….”

And to Sister Josefa:

“If I could have found a more wretched creature, I should have chosen her for my special love, and through her revealed the longings of My Heart. But I have not found one, and so I have chosen you.” (June 7th, 1923).

Like the followers of Christ who rejected His teaching on the Eucharist, many today reject these “hard sayings”.  But to those very few who have kept His grace in their hearts, we share the truth of the Way of Divine Love with you.

Our Lord is so good, so kind when we do all we can…He takes charge of the rest; it matters so little whether we feel we are getting better or not.’

The  message of Divine Love was given to Sister Josefa  in the period immediately after the Message of Fatima. It in no way contradicts but rather serves to illustrate the essential unity of the two devotions. In Our Lady’s words to Sister Josefa, we seem to hear the echo of her interactions with the three seers of Fatima and with the revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (here).

Sister Josefa  at times felt overwhelmed by the effort to discharge her duties of state and the demands of Our Lord for reparation for souls and she spoke with our Blessed Mother. Our Lady then told her:

“What does anything matter, if He takes care of you?’ … My child, why be afraid? The work of Jesus must be founded on much pain and love … banish fear; Jesus is almighty and it is He who acts. He is strong and He will sustain you. He is merciful and He loves you.”

Then she warned her of further tribulations to be encountered:

“He reads the depths of all hearts and  it is He who permits circumstances to be as they are. If His plans often seem to you to be hindered, it is because He wants to keep you very humble and very lowly.”

Sister Josefa told her that she feared herself to be an obstacle to His plans.

“It is true that you are a very wretched little being,” Our Lady said with compassion, “but that is just why Jesus has pity on you and why He hides you in the depths of His Heart so that nothing can possibly harm you. Humble yourself in your littleness and misery, my child. Trust Him, for He loves you and will never forsake you. Let your only ambition be to win many souls for Him, to give Him much glory and much love.”

When Sister Josefa told Our Lady how sad it made her that she sometimes failed in her tasks, Our Lady offered her Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns. “Fix your mind on the Passion and sufferings of Jesus.” Then placing the Crown of Thorns on her head: “Take it,” she added, as she blessed her; “it will keep you in His presence.”

‘Do not be afraid, my child,’ Our Lady said in tender pity. ‘He will never ask anything of you without giving you grace. Then try to overcome your repugnance by remembering that all His commissions are given you because of His goodness and love for souls.

“You must not be afraid, for every time Jesus allows you to endure those torments He means you to draw from them a three-fold fruit:

First: Great love and deep gratitude to the Divine Majesty who in spite of your faults prevents you from falling eternally into Hell.

Secondly: Boundless generosity and ardent zeal for the salvation of souls, with the desire of saving many for Him by your sacrifices and even your tiniest acts, for you know how much these please Him.

Thirdly: The sight of such innumerable crowds of souls lost forever … of souls, of which not one can so much as make an act of love, ought to make you who can love, send up unceasingly to Him echoes of love’s clamor to drown the blasphemous vociferations of that impious abode. “ [Note: this was told to Sister regarding the visions of Hell she was given.]

‘Therefore, great generosity for the salvation of souls, daughter, and much love…. Let my Son use you as He wills…. Let Him finish His work.’ “

Once, Sister Josefa confided in Our Lady her sorrow at failing Our Lord by what she believed was ingratitude.  Our Lady responded,

“But, my child, surely you know that His Heart is a blazing furnace, and its fire exists only to consume our miseries. As soon as you have owned them to Jesus, He remembers them no more. 

“He has already granted you so many graces, He is prepared to grant you others greater still. His Heart is an inexhaustible Fountain”

“Jesus has forgiven and forgotten all your failings and all your strivings against His Will, but He never forgets your good resolutions and He takes pleasure in them. His Heart is an abyss of mercy, and it will never fail you. It is, too, an abyss of riches which will never diminish, however largely distributed.

“Love Him as much as you can. He cares for nothing else. Acknowledge your littleness, and be submissive and ready to surrender to His Will in all things. “

So many of us who attempt to live our Consecrations are plagued with scruples and get disheartened, but we should keep our focus on the words of Our Lady: “He has forgiven and forgotten all your failings!” It is we who persist in focusing on our failings instead of on Our Lord; He asks for our love, not for our endless ruminations on our faults.

In closing, we offer you a most useful quote from Our Blessed Mother to help us understand this path we follow:

“Let Him rest in you and do you rest in Him. When you receive His graces, then you repose in Him; when He tries you in one way or another, then He reposes in you.”

When we think on these words, we are able to understand that the beautiful periods of peace given to us in prayer, especially after receiving Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, are when He has drawn us into His Heart. These moments if responded to properly, nourish us and prepare us for the trials to come. But in this sacred dance wherein we move, little by little towards Heaven with our Beloved, we also have the periods when Jesus reposes in our hearts. These are times of darkness, desolation and very great suffering. But they are precisely the most fruitful times, if we maintain our trust in Him.

It was during one of these dark times that Sister Josefa asked Our Lord why He allowed her to struggle in such darknesss of soul, He replied,

“It seems to you that you see nothing and that you are about to fall into the precipice. But need you see, if you are guided? … What you need is to forget self, to abandon your own will and offer no resistance to My plans. Thanks to the acts done in the midst of your sufferings, several of the souls that you will see later have come nearer to My Heart.’

Josefa then complained to Him that when she is struggling against temptations and loneliness, she fails to find Him.

“ ‘When you cannot find Me, look for Me in your Mother. Follow her directions implicitly, for she will guide you to Me. I gave her to you for that very purpose; and know, Josefa, that if you do what she tells you, you are giving Me as much satisfaction as if you were obeying Me personally.

“Love, suffer, and obey. So doing you will enable Me to carry out My plans in you.’ ”

I was about to write, “If there is interest, I will write more on this.” But now, I have given up on there being much interest and will just say, whether there is interest or not, this needs to be said! And we will follow up with more very soon, God willing.

In the meantime, resolve never to waste a single unjust, unreasonable humiliation, a single opportunity to lift your heart joyfully to God for He alone transforms our sufferings into pure gold, eternal gold that never fails. As Our Lord Himself said to Sister Josefa,

‘Ponder this word: “Gold is purified in the fire.” So tribulation purifies and fortifies the soul, and the time of temptation is of great profit both to you and to souls.’ ”

Thank you for reading! I pray for you always!

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

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

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

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

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

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

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, clothed with the sun

Among the many unfinished posts in evensong’s archives, we found this one. Not sure why it was never posted, but we offer it today for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For a much more complete exposition of the message of Guadalupe, we recommend Mariana Bartold’s “Guadalupe, Secrets of the Image”.

“Call me and my image the Perfect Virgin Mary, Holy Mother of God, the one who crushes the serpent.”

 

The Age of Apostasy began with the disobedience of the apostate priest’s  revolt which ripped through Christendom in the sixteenth century and left in its wake an orphan people, bereft of grace, endlessly prating about the dignity of man while assiduously destroying any sign of man’s true dignity which is to be found in the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. (Apoc 1, 5)

In response to this monumental affront, He Who is love sent the world His love! That is to say, Our Lord granted to us His own most beloved  Mother. Even as the foul-mouthed Luther was delivering his scatological “sermons”, Our Lord sent the Blessed Virgin to her children in the New World to grant them the favor of her image, miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s cactus cloth tilma. This image displays Our Lady as the “Woman clothed with the Sun” of Apocalypse 12.  Thus, we see Our Lord counter the hateful disobedience of Luther  with loving obedience, to counter what is foul and ugly with what is pure and beautiful, and to counter deceit with Truth.

She who crushes the head of the serpent.

To this end, the magnificent work of the Mother of God began with her apparitions in Mexico in December, 1531, and followed in succession by her apparitions to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in the Conceptionist Convent in Quito, Ecuador in the early 17th century, the apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque of the Visitation Convent in Paray-le-Monial, France beginning  in December, 1673. These actions of the Divine Mercy were in turn followed by the apparitions at Rue du Bac, (1830) where Our Lady granted the Medal of the Immaculate Conception (Miraculous Medal) to her children through St. Catherine Laboure, a nun of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.  Our Lady’s appearance to Saint Catherine Laboure was quickly followed by three more  more divine interventions;  La Salette, (September, 1851), Lourdes from February until March 25, 1858 and at Knock (August, 1879).

The sequence of the interventions reveals a significant development. By Our Lady’s appearance at Guadalupe in the image of the Immaculata, clothed with the Sun, “she who crushes the serpent’s head”, the challenge of Lucifer’s Luther was met by God’s Virgin Mother. This intervention countered Luther’s attack on souls with the Virgin’s offering of salvation to whole nations who had never known the true God. By it, many millions of souls were saved and a message of obedient trust in Mary was given for her children. In her image, we are led to consider the end times, specifically Apocalypse 12. In both images she stands on the new moon and this is significant for several reasons, but most relevant for the present time is its indication that she will come again to conquer the sect that has so persecuted Christians for centuries; and that this will usher in a period of peace.

The apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success in the next century gave us a comforting prophecy for our times, the times of an almost total corruption of society which is the beginning of the “Good Success” of the victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. But that sign was not widely known in those days, for it was meant for these days. Then came Our Lord Himself in the 17th century, Who promised us great graces for honoring Him in the image of His most Sacred Heart.  Although this devotion was declined by the Kings of France, Our Lord’s command  remains in force and when at last it is obeyed we shall see great progress in the restoration.  The Sacred Heart of Jesus is united with the Immaculate Heart of His Mother and so the following century saw an increase in Marian apparitions  which emphasized the Immaculate Conception and called the faithful to pray for sinners, to repent and offer penance.

When Our Lady’s message to Melanie and Maximin was silenced by the powerful sect of satan both within and without the Church, she eloquently appeared in a silent tableau at Knock, Ireland to express the suppressed message. Her sorrowful tears at La Salette replaced by a cold, driving rain. La Salette’s  warning of the apostasy of the Church  enforced by the apocalyptic apparition occurring outside the church of a priest who refused to recognise it.  The altar at Knock was stripped bare, but the Sacrificial Lamb gives voice to the now suppressed Sacrifice.

In between those visits, Our Lady intervened at Lourdes to offer us another sign of her mercy. There, she confirms that she is the Immaculate Conception, and requests penance after granting the faithful a miraculous spring of healing waters. See the progression: growing emphasis on devotion to her Immaculate Conception, coupled with signs of grace such as the Miraculous Medal and the Holy Water of Lourdes. She nourishes us and defends us while she urges us to preserve the faith.

The divine interventions of the 19th century were capped by the Queen of apparitions, that of Fatima, Portugal in 1917, the year which saw the resurgence of the great red dragon in direct contradiction to the most Blessed Virgin and this bloody battle is quickly ascending to its terrifying climax. For the House of God has been almost thoroughly eclipsed by the one world church of man. Lucifer is enthroned in the Vatican and Luther appears to have supplanted the Blessed Virgin at the foot of the Cross.  For the Church is crucified today; it is the Passiontide of the Bride of Christ. During Our Lord’s Passion, it appeared that the foulness of the sinful world has covered His visage as now, the foulness of the ancient enemy appears to obscure the beauty of the Church. We shall soon see her true splendor!

Note that Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Immaculate Conception. In this sign, she shall crush the serpent’s head. It is good to honor her today, preferably with the Mass, but also, very urgently, to pray all 15 decades of her Rosary, for the intentions of her Immaculate Heart. And we treasure in our hearts always her words to Saint Juan Diego,

Hear me and understand well, my little son, that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything.”

†  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 Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come – Viva Cristo Rey!
†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
†  Remember, pray the rosary and confound satan.

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

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Make Straight the Way

As we know, the very first miracle performed by our Lord Jesus Christ was performed through the Blessed Virgin Mary to free John the Baptist from original sin in order to prepare him for his great task as the precursor. Matthew introduces John to us as he trekked through Judea proclaiming:  “Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. … Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”  (Matt 3, 2-3)

Today, we offer evensong’s post from a year ago recommending the Novena to the Holy Ghost. If we begin today, we will conclude on the Eve of the greatest of Marian Feasts, the Immaculate Conception of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

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It is only by prayer and fasting, that these demons can be cast out. For make no mistake, the devil is in control in that house run by Ricca. See here, here and here

Where will this all end?

Where Our Lord Jesus Christ and His most pure Mother have told us. In the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph!

Think on it and please consider the Novena to the Holy Ghost.  If we want good priests, let us at least pray to deserve them!

Prayers are being answered, faithful prelates are responding to the crisis. In response to requests for devotions for this time of crisis, we suggest the Litany of Our Lady of Victory, the Irresistible Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the following Novena to the Holy Ghost, any or all should help immensely as we strive to support our holy priests and Bishops in this historical battle for the Faith. If we begin this Novena tomorrow, we shall conclude it on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception,  thus a fitting start for our preparations for the Birth of our Savior, the Light of the World, Who comes to drive out the darkness in His Church.

"Make of us a strong army to defend Thy heritage against Thine enemies."
“Make of us a strong army to defend Thy heritage against Thine enemies.”

NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

Day 1:

O Holy Spirit! Lord of light!
From Thy clear celestial height,
Thy pure and beaming radiance give!

Colloquy: The Holy Ghost

Only one thing is important – eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared – sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and especially indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from Heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself body and soul to Thee, eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice and the might of Thy love. Thou art the strength and light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and have my being. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Make me faithful in every thought, and grant that I may always listen to Thy voice, watch for Thy light, and follow Thy gracious inspirations.

I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee, and I ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced feet of Jesus, beholding His five wounds, trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee.

Grant to me the grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, “Speak, Lord, for Thy servant hears.” Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Lord Jesus Christ, Who before ascending into Heaven didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thine Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Ghost to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me:

  • the Spirit of Wisdom, that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal;
  • the Spirit of Understanding, to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy Divine truth;
  • the Spirit of Counsel, that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven;
  • the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with Thee and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation;
  • the Spirit of Knowledge, that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints;
  • the Spirit of Piety, that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable;
  • the Spirit of Fear, that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him.

Mark me, Dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples, and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.

Day 2

Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou light of all that live!

Colloquy: The Gift of Fear

The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of Hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”

Prayer

Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in Heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, one God, world without end. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation (as above)
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost (as above)

Day 3

Thou of all Consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Colloquy: The Gift of Piety

The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 4

Thou in toil art Comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

Colloquy: The Gift of Fortitude

By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 5

Light immortal! Light Divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.

Colloquy: The Gift of Knowledge

The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth—–in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.”

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thine eternal rewards. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 6

If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Colloquy: The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Ghost, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion. By faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them, It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and,through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to “walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son, Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 7

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness, pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away.

Colloquy: The Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Catholic citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy Commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 8

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Colloquy: The Gift of Wisdom

Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things Divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a Divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior: “Take up thy cross and follow Me, for My yoke is sweet and My burden light.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Day 9

Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold Gifts descend.
Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end. Amen.

Colloquy: The Fruits of the Holy Ghost

The gifts of the Holy Ghost perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to Divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Ghost, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Ghost. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

Prayer

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thine inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary once each.
Glory be to the Father seven times.

Act of Oblation
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

[This Novena is widely available on the net in slightly varied forms. It was originally composed and disseminated by the Holy Ghost Fathers. In this version, I have used basically the wording of the Novena available from Angelus Press, although the words of the Hymn which is quoted are from another version.]

Today, unfortunately, we see everywhere evidence that satan is redoubling his efforts most furiously. But he is helpless before the Immaculate Mother of God. And as we look to her now, our Blessed Mother points us to her Spouse, the Holy Ghost, to prepare us for the coming purification of the Church. Let us never doubt that God defends His most chaste Bride, the Church no less than He defends His most cherished creature, the Immaculata!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, intercede for us and for the Church!

Remember, Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

~ evensong,  for love of the Immaculata
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

Luther’s Love

Among the extensive research data that I lost when my new Macbook pro died and had to be totally replaced was today’s post. Since the crash, I have attempted to reproduce the post but without the research, I have failed dismally. However, these seeming setbacks are always an opportunity – they give us  space for the Holy Ghost to work. It is such a blessing  to be brought to desperation and then suddenly discern the gentle breath of the Holy Spirit Who always renews us in hope and in love.

You see, I was approaching the “problem of Luther” from the wrong direction, as many do.  I had amassed quite a bit of documentation comparing Luther’s tendency to use vulgar attacks on his critics with the Bishop of Rome. Indeed, their propensity for personal attacks against anyone who opposes them, and their peculiar taste for the scatological and obscene is strikingly similar. But that article would have missed the most important point, and so today, we will try to get it right. Sources for this article are cited at end.

The Bergoglian Revolution

The simple point I wish to make is that anyone who claims to be a Christian, that is to say, an obedient  follower of Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, our Savior and Redeemer, should show us by example, his deep love for Jesus. Therefore, I ask, where is Martin Luther’s Love for Jesus?  Jesus taught us, not by a mere proclamation of faith but by His loving work, His  sacrificial death  in obedience to the Father.  Precisely where is it demonstrated that Martin Luther loved Our Lord Jesus Christ ?     Was it shown in his disobedient betrayal of his sacred vows of chastity, poverty and obedience?

Martin Luther defended  his disobedience by asserting that man was “justified by faith alone”, sola fides. To this astonishing statement, he added “sola scriptura”,  which compounded the illogic. The two propositions are the basis of Luther’s  violent hatred of the need for good works, that is for keeping the Commandments, and his assertion of a spurious “right” of each man to interpret scriptures according to his own understanding, no matter how ill-informed.  These assertions fly in the face of logic  as can be proved by anyone familiar with Sacred Scripture.

If scripture alone is correct, then sacred scripture itself must  state that proposition clearly and incontrovertibly.  But that is not the case. And sola fides flies in the face of everyday logic, for who among us does not grasp the simple fact that actions do matter. Study of Luther’s life shows that although Luther preached a very popular unbridled freedom of conscience, (much as Pope Francis does) he himself demanded absolute obedience to his will and condemned any who criticised him with a violent and obscene rage. He demanded that those who claimed to be his followers obey his will, but in a glaring contradiction, urged his followers, regarding Jesus Christ to “Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe more boldly still.” No Christian should need to be reminded that sin hurts Our Lord Jesus Christ.  For Luther to assert such a  thing is proof of this man’s utter lack of love. His hateful teachings served to deprive Our Savior of the souls which He had redeemed at such great cost and to spread hatred of the Church which Christ established by the sacrifice of His Life.

Martin Luther’s  heresy is built upon upon the shifting sands of a purely personal interpretation of sacred scripture which was itself unscriptural;  and to remedy this,  he plagiarised  an existing  bible, from which he deleted passages he disagreed with and added one significant word, “alone”, in order to provide false witness for his heresy “Faith alone”.  Contrary to Luther’s assertions,  Our Lord demanded Love first and foremost:

John 15, 8-10: “In this is my Father glorified; that you bring forth very much fruit, and become my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; as I also have kept my Father’s commandments, and do abide in His love.”

1John, 3, 18-22:  “My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in truth.  In this we know that we are of the truth: and in His sight shall persuade our hearts.  For if our heart reprehend us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Dearly beloved, if our heart do not reprehend us, we have confidence towards God:  And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of Him: because we keep His commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in His sight.”

Apocalypse of St. John, 12, 17: “And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

In the last, we see the proof that Luther served the Dragon, that is,  Satan, the Ancient Enemy of the Church, Bride of Christ. It was a great coup when the Enemy enlisted Martin Luther to his service. But this still does not answer the perennial question, How did Martin Luther, who fasted and scourged his body as a faithful monk, and taught the Catholic faith, fall so  low that even anti-Catholic protestant scholars now agree that he was “foul-mouthed and scurrilous”. (Protestant Bishop Berwick quoted by Msgr. O’Hare. ) Another Protestant writer,  Augustine Birrell,  wisely concluded,  “It is hard to reconcile coarseness and self-will, two leading notes of Luther’s character, with even rudimentary religion. To want to be your own pope is a sign of the heresiarch, not of the Christian.” (Quoted by Msgr. Patrick O’Hare, The Facts About Luther)

How did Luther fall so far, so fast? First and foremost, he relied solely on his own efforts, at first seeking to whip himself into spiritual perfection by severe spiritual disciplines such as harsh fasting and mortifications. But he failed to take the most essential action: he refused to spend quiet, prayerful time with Jesus. Nowhere is it noted that he spent time in devotions to Our Lady.  In his correspondence we read that he admitted having little time to offer Mass or even to say his Divine Office.  Many times, he admitted that he could not pray. You  cannot maintain the most basic relationships without loving actions, without sacrificing your time.  As St. Paul reminds us,   “If I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” And we cannot have charity without “abiding with Him” Who is Charity.

Luther fell into heresy by neglecting the most basic  work, that of loving Our Lord, of serving Him. Consequently, he was unable to resist the temptations of Satan, temptations to assert himself against God’s will in order to attempt to have his raging lusts satisfied and assuage his tremendous guilt.  And we see the same thing all around us in the neo-pagan society which worships the flesh alone and thus leads to an insatiable appetite followed by the inevitable despair.

In commenting on one of the Psalms, he makes this horrible statement:

Patron of Heretics?

“Conceived in sorrow and corruption, the child sins even in his mother’s womb, when, as yet, a mere fetus, an impure mass of matter, before it becomes a human creature, it commits iniquity and incurs damnation. As he grows the innate element of corruption develops. Man has said to sin, ‘Thou art my father,’ and every act he performs is an offense against God; and to the worms, ‘You are my brothers,’ and he crawls like them in mire and corruption. He is a bad tree and cannot produce good fruit; a dung-hill and can only exhale foul odors. He is so thoroughly corrupted that it is absolutely impossible for him to produce good actions. Sin is his nature; he cannot help committing it. Man may do his best to be good, still his every action is unavoidably bad; he commits a sin as often as he draws his breath. (Consult Wittenb. III. 518)  (O’Hare, Patrick F.. The Facts About Luther (pp. 105-106). amazon.com. Kindle Edition.)

Luther maintained, “no action that was bad would bring the regenerate man under condemnation, because he was justified by faith; nor were his good actions, in even the slightest degree, meritorious, because they were done entirely through the grace given him by the Holy Ghost.”  [Thus, Luther denies any merit to our loving and obedient consent of the will towards God, Who is love.]

He further states that:

“The nature of man is so corrupted that it can never be regenerated and sin will remain in the soul, even of the just, forever. God’s all powerful grace does not cleanse from sin. The Almighty does not regard the sins of men. He covers them over with the merits of Christ and does not impute them to the sinner whose faith in the sufferings of the Redeemer is made manifest.” This is the effect of faith, which, he says, “tends to prevent cur filth from stinking before God.” (Walch XIII. 1480.) I will just note that Msgr O’Hare has sanitised the language of Luther considerably. The link in the second paragraph above, to “A German Hercules, the impact of scatology on the image of Martin Luther” has many examples, especially in the woodcuts commissioned by Luther, of his virulent and obscenely hateful language.

Martin Luther epitomises the result of neglecting our first and all encompassing need: to give Our Lord God not just faith alone, but adoration, hope and love, for as St. Paul teaches, “the greatest of these is charity”.

Now, we have seen how Luther fell, and we see around us the disastrous results of the fall, which are amply evident especially within the Bergoglian Church. What must our response be?  Oh now, you know that! In fact, I bet you know it much better than I! Please, dear readers, let’s live our Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Pray the Rosary, live the Consecration!

Primary source used here : Monsignor Patrick O’Hare’s “The Facts About Luther”.  It is available in Kindle but the TAN paperback version has footnotes which are lacking in the Kindle.  The Kindle however, has links that are useful.

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

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

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

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The Message of Fatima, Essential Things

The  Secret of the Secret of Fatima  is  reparative devotion to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Until such time as reparation has been made  – or extracted from mankind – the fury of the chastisement will increase even as the grace and mercy of God will withdraw like the tide ebbing away before the tsunami rolls in.

It is difficult to do this matter justice in these circumstances. But you must know this: There is one essential devotion that you must do. The grace which is needed for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary depends on it.

In Frere Michel’s Volume II  of The Whole Truth About Fatima, he thoroughly documents the resistance, indeed refusal, first by  Bishop da Silva, Fatima’s Ordinary, and then by Pope Pius XI, to even support the First Saturdays of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, much less establish this. Here is the crux of the problem, that few seem to grasp: The revelations of Our Lady at Fatima occurred in a specific order and this order is essential to the understanding of the message.

First and foremost is Pray the Rosary every day. Then right after the vision of Hell, (which is a foundational revelation,) is the vision of her Immaculate Heart.  In that sequence alone, we are to understand that the requested devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is essential to defeating sin and its eternal consequences in our own life. So, already, we understand, the daily Rosary is the basis for everything else which follows. Then, we must be aware and stay aware that our battle is against sin, and grasp that not only are we responsible for saving our souls but must pray and sacrifice to save sinners from this terrible fate.  And we are given at this third visit, the two means to do this, that is, the Rosary and the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Now, if you would truly understand the Message of Fatima, you must spend a good deal of prayerful time reading and re-reading the dependable accounts of this Third Visit, which is the heart of the heart of the message. We therefore recall yet again:

Our Lady prefaced the vision of Hell with an important prayer:

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

Note the sequence here: First and foremost, “O Jesus, it is for love of You.” Always Jesus first!

After the vision of Hell, the children turned to Our Lady for comfort and she told them:

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved, etc. Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco yes, you may tell him.

When you say the Rosary, say after each mystery, ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of Hell, Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need (of Thy mercy).

We see that Our Lady’s visits at Fatima were prefaced by the three visits of St. Michael demanding sacrifice and reparation, especially for Eucharistic abuses, and teaching the children the perfect act of Eucharistic Adoration. Then, Our Lady began her series of apparitions and by her third visit, had taught the children the importance of the daily Rosary, the reality and eternal character of Hell as a consequence of sin, the need for reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.

“To save them (sinners), God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

In the Secret she had given them, we see that she mentions Pope Pius XI. She is calling him out by name, before that name even existed, for the Pope of 1917 was  Benedict XV. Therefore, we see that when Our Lady returned in the reign of Pius XI, and asked for the First Saturdays of Reparation, she was directing this request to Pius XI personally. How tragic that this Pope refused even such a small request! Frere Michel, in Volume II, documents extensively the frantic actions of this pathetic Pope, and all of them failed because he refused the simple requests of Our Lady.  In fact, on his watch, Russia, by now possessed by the satanic fury of marxism, spread her errors like wildfire and many millions of Christians suffered and died. Thus, the fulfillment of the prophecy, “The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.” That is not to imply that we have seen the end of this dire prophecy, far from it!

Our Lady’s first request was for the First Saturdays of Reparation. Once again, we note the sequence. Had this small devotion been established by the Pope, the grace that would have resulted would have facilitated the Consecration of Russia.  By obediently establishing in the world devotion to her Immaculate Heart with the First Saturdays, the Pope would have nourished his own faith and the faith of millions of Catholics throughout the world, thus allowing for the Consecration of Russia.

Lucia’s own Bishop, da Silva, refused this small but essential devotion.  Then, Pope Pius XI refused to establish it. Now, recall the words of Our Lady,  “To save them (sinners), God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

The operative word here is “establish”. This is a directive to the Pope for it is his responsibility to establish devotions.  No Pope has in any way established this important devotion. How many Bishops have called for it, or have themselves set the example publicly?

To be perfectly clear: if you do not observe and promote this devotion (within your limited means, of course), you will be held accountable.  This devotion, after the previous ones cited, is not optional; indeed it is more urgent now than ever before.In the next post, Deo volente,  we will discuss the obstacles to observing the devotion of First Saturdays of Reparation and possible means of overcoming them.

Post script: A thought just occurred to me that events are so uncertain now, and maybe it is a good idea to state this clearly:

God Our Father knows all things and most certainly knew that the Vatican would resist the message of Our Lady. Therefore, the inevitable conclusion is that the Message is for us now, more than ever. It is for us to see how this horrid state of affairs came about and therefore how it may be remedied.  If only I could help people understand the simple, straightforward path here, laid out for us long before this disastrous papacy, which is the result of a century of wilful disobedience by the Pope and Bishops of the Church.

Please, it is never to late to Return to the Message of Fatima!

Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him.

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

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

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

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