The Seven Last Words, I

From Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson’s Lenten Sermon on the Seven Last Words of Christ Our Lord, given about a century ago. This is Part I.

Msgr. Benson’s sermon excellent antidote to the poisonous false mercy of the modernists who have assumed control of Christ’s Church. The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ is a stark reminder that God hates sin so much His only begotten Son suffered and died to expiate the dreadful stain of it – in order that we might become children of God and heirs to the Kingdom.

And yet, look at the appalling indifference all around! Have all forsaken Him?

THE SEVEN WORDS – THE THREE HOURS

INTRODUCTION

The value, to the worshippers, of the Devotion of the Three Hours’ Agony is in proportion to the degree in which they understand that they are watching not so much the tragedy of nineteen hundred years ago as the tragedy of their own lives and times. Merely to dwell on the Death of Christ on Calvary would scarcely avail them more than to study the details of the assassination of Caesar at the foot of Pompey’s statue. Such considerations might indeed be interesting, exciting, and even a little instructive or inspiring; but they could not be better than this, and they might be no better than morbid and harmful.

The Death of Christ, however, is unique because it is, so to say, universal. It is more than the crowning horror of all murderous histories; it is more even than the type of all the outrages that men have ever committed against God. For it is just the very enactment, upon the historical stage of the world, of those repeated interior tragedies that take place in every soul that rejects or insults Him; since the God whom we crucify within is the same God that was once crucified without. There is not an exterior detail in the Gospel which may not be interiorly repeated in the spiritual life of a sinner; the process recorded by the Evangelists must be more or less identical with the process of all apostasy from God.

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Leaving Jerusalem

Today we consider another aspect of Our Lord’s Passion, His carrying of the Cross.

Once Pilate pronounced the sentence, Jesus was again stripped. This time the ragged mockery of a royal cloak (which had clotted to His wounds) was brutally removed and He was re-robed in His own garments and hastened away to take up His cross. Now, in those days, it was customary for there to be a delay between the sentencing and the execution.

“Since the advent of Tiberius to the imperial throne, criminals sentenced by the Roman senate were reprieved for ten days, and when the emperor had pronounced the sentence, even for thirty days.”  (Fr. Groenings,  “The Passion of Jesus and Its Hidden Meaning: A Scriptural commentary on the Passion”, TAN Books. Kindle Edition).

But the enemies of Christ could tolerate no delay, for they were afire to achieve their goal, the total destruction of the Son of Man and all He represented. In this, they are very like to the enemies of Christ in His Church today, who hasten in their mad rush to destroy faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and His beloved Church.

As was customary, Pilate had commanded that the notice of the crime be posted on the crucifix. in three languages, Latin, Greek and Hebrew.  Fr. Groenings shares some insights on the meaning of this notice,

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The value of little souls

 

“It is God’s Will that in this world souls shall dispense to each other, by prayer, the treasures of Heaven” (Saint Thérèse)

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux has such down-to-earth and practical advice for us; and her simple clarity is a welcome remedy for the jarring cacophony of voices clamoring to be heard. One of the many dangers of this time is that the devil foments discord among us. But Saint Thérèse, the Little Flower of Carmel shows us how to foil satan and turn criticism and other causes of dissension into channels of grace.

From The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

The Imperfect Soul

“…That you should be found imperfect is just what is best. Here is your harvest. . . . Should earthly creatures think you devoid of holiness, they rob you of nothing, and you are none the poorer: it is they who lose. For is there anything more sweet than the inward joy of thinking well of our neighbor? . . . “As for myself I am glad and rejoice, not only when I am looked upon as imperfect, but above all when I feel that it is true. Compliments, on the contrary, do but displease me.” . . . “Honors are always dangerous. What poisonous food is served daily to those in high positions! What deadly fumes of incense! A soul must be well detached from herself to pass unscathed through it all.”

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Hail, King of the Jews!

 

Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto Him the whole band; And stripping Him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand. And bowing the knee before Him, they mocked Him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews.  And spitting upon Him, they took the reed, and struck His head.  And bowing their knees, they adored Him.

Behold the Man, your King!

Even the pagan soldiers knew that a King must be invested with the symbols of his royalty, that is, draped with a royal mantle, crowned, and finally, given a scepter as a sign of his power and rule. And so the soldiers obliged this strange King, who had said “but now My kingdom is not from hence”. And so, what royal insignia might they find fitting?

The soldiers soon found a discarded scarlet rag of large enough size and after first ripping off His outer garment, they draped His now freshly bleeding shoulders in this dirty mockery of a robe. As we think on the vivid symbolism in this scene compare it to our Pontiff’s words and actions – what homage does he offer to the King of Kings? A royal robe?

Now, the Roman soldiers clearly understood the necessity of the Crowning, for their gods were always crowned, Apollo with laurel, Bacchus with grape vines, Jupiter with gold. And so a crown fit for this King must be found.

And the Jews too, understood that their high priest wore a tiara when he offered the sacrifice. And did not their bridegroom according to their custom, wear a diadem at his wedding?

And we who watch this scene, we also recall that in those days a conqueror was often crowned to celebrate his victory; how much more so then, this King who by His death and resurrection will conquer sin and death!

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Night in the Garden

 

“My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Matt. 26, 39)

Today, we will look at Our Lord’s Prayer in the Garden of Olives on that sad and beautiful night which began His Passion and saving death for us. Our basis for this is Father Groenings’ classic, “The Passion of Jesus and Its Hidden Meaning”, from TAN Books. It is available in Kindle and paperback.

As He left the Upper Room, Jesus led His disciples in a Passover hymn, the only time the scriptures record that He sang. When they reached the Garden of Gethsemane, He cautioned the disciples to “Watch, lest ye enter into temptation”. Taking Peter, James and John, He went a bit further and told them, “My soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay you here and watch.” Going forward, He fell on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”

Twice, Jesus interrupted this prayer to return to His apostles, and after each disappointment, returned to this same prayer, “not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”  Luke then tells us, “And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in an agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.”

This passage of the Gospel is one of the richest troves of wisdom for meditation available to us, particularly for times of severest trial and at the hour of death. By working on this now, we prepare ourselves for these inevitable times to come. The first and most obvious thing we all notice is that Jesus is alone in His agony, His closest friends are sleeping, unaware of His great agony of spirit nor even noticing His precious blood being shed.

Think on this. Christ prayed while they slept, unaware of the danger. We too, arise at night and pray for our sleeping brethren, who close their eyes to the danger and sleep on, oblivious. But we who know, must arise and pray with Jesus, our Lord and God. Father Groenings tells us that, “in a family, a single member who knows how to pray well, is often the greatest blessing of the rest. But if those must pray who are among the sleeping, how much more those who are among the dead, i.e., among sinners.” Yes, exactly!

Finally, Christ prayed while His enemies were banding together to take Him prisoner and deliver Him to death on the Cross. In this instance, we are shown the wisdom of Christ, His lesson for us especially at this time. His enemies were uniting in one satanic focus, to destroy Him. His response was to pray! Thus, Our Lord Jesus Christ shows us by His eloquent example that prayer is the primary, the essential weapon when we are attacked or when the Church is attacked by the dark powers of this world. The attack came from within – Judas – and from without – the synagogue of satan. Just as today. Just as today. These things never change. And prayer is the weapon given to us by Our Savior Himself. Without prayer, our other actions cannot succeed.

When Peter attempted violence, striking at Malchus’ ear, Our Lord reproved him, commanding him to sheath his sword. Thus armed with prayer, Our Lord went forth to complete the task given Him by His Father. Father Groenings reminds us, “We also, in these troublous times, should use trustingly the weapon of prayer and confidently hope that the liberation of Holy Mother Church may be brought about by Him (God).” Note that the foregoing was written at the end of the 19th century. Even then, Father could speak of liberating the Church. This was because of the bitter war waged against the Papacy by the Masonic powers of that time, which were even then determined in their resolve to destroy the Church.

Another lesson we see in this prayer in the Garden is that Christ prayed earnestly that this suffering be taken from Him. Thus, we see that it is permissible to ask for the relief of temporal suffering. And then, we see also, that we always must accept God’s will for us, and trust in His providence. He who extends this chalice of suffering, offers us rich graces in unimaginable profusion, just for the asking – and the trusting!

For our prayers to be heard, they must be like to Christ’s, that is; they must be respectful. Christ “knelt down and fell upon His face”. Father Groenings tells us, “If ever any man could deem Himself dispensed from external marks of reverence it was certainly the God-Man … if the Savior did not dare to raise His countenance toward Heaven, what awe should not appear in the sinner?” …

“Is it not remarkable that there should be Christian men who are ashamed to bend the knee to God Almighty…? But those who, in the house of God, give scandal to others by silly and impertinent behavior can only be people of thoughtless brains or of depraved morals. They are proud spirits, slaves of human respect.”  [Father Groenings  must have had prescient knowledge of our current Pontiff, who refuses to kneel for the Consecration at the Holy Sacrifice, yet kneels for heretics to “bless” him, and places beach balls and soccer jerseys on the altar, denigrating the Blessed Sacrament.]

As we consider Our Lord in His agony, we also note that He expresses His tender love for God His Father and His willingness to accept His Father’s will. We see then that the ultimate test for us is to turn with loving obedience to our heavenly Father in our times of greatest affliction. For it is precisely in these times that we earn the greatest merit, and many graces come to us from this. If we are truly Mary’s children, we must follow her Divine Son in His perfect resignation to His Father’s will,

“Nevertheless, not as I will but as Thou wilt.”
The Effects of Christ’s Prayer in the Garden

The first effect of Our Lord’s Prayer was, “And there appeared to Him an Angel from Heaven strengthening Him.”  Think on this! The Second Person of the most Holy Trinity, King of Angels, Consoler of hearts, is here consoled by an Angel! We recall that after His severe fast of forty days, Our Lord was ministered to by Angels. Do you see the humility of Our Lord? To take from His creatures consolation? Now think of His apparitions to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, begging our love in return for His love! How can we be so indifferent!

This most tender scene should move our hearts towards love of Our Lord and Savior and also instill in us trust in our allies, the Angels given to us to guide and guard, to sustain us in our struggles. What an exquisite example the most Holy Trinity provides us to remind us of God’s loving providence in all our needs.

And now we come to a most important lesson. Earlier, God demanded of Abraham the sacrifice of his son, Isaac. At the last moment, God spared Isaac. But here, in the Passion, the Father does not spare His beloved Son. The chalice does not pass from Him.

In the Last Joyful Mystery, Our Lord tells His Mother that He must be about His Father’s business. And now, in this, the First Sorrowful Mystery, we see precisely what is meant by His Father’s business. This chalice will not be removed. It will be consumed down to the last of its bitter dregs. The bitterness consisted of the realization that this precious sacrifice would be rejected, even despised by so many, to their own eternal damnation. Among those many damned souls would be so many shepherds. And today, their loss is the source of His continued sorrow in this, the Passion of His Church.

The Angel’s consolation renewed Our Lord’s determination and now, totally immersed in the will of His Father, He rouses His disciples, “Rise up, let us go”. By this example, Christ, our Head, leads us, His mystical body, as we too, rise up to meet the challenges of our day, the persecutions which await us all.

For although it appears that we are alone, among the sleeping and the dead, His Angels accompany us, and the Chalice of our bitter suffering, engraved with “Not my will but Thy will be done” comes to us from those loving, wounded hands.

Thank you for reading. I pray for you always!

This article originally published here in March, 2018.

 Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, obtain for us by your loving intercession the grace and courage to persevere in the coming trials of faith.

 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, terror of demons, protect our priests!

 St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~ by evensong  for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King

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

 

Follow the Logic, Part II

 

Wherein we double down on our least popular of all our posts…

In our previous post, “Follow the Logic, if you can”, we were critical of Bishop Athanasius Schneider for his stance of proposing yet another ineffectual “solution” to this awful crisis of the faith. To the extent that respected Church leaders such as the good Bishop of Astana ignore the only real solution, we are being driven even further along the way of a horrific chastisement.

To date, no reader has agreed with my stance. It becomes clear that readers are content that our few “traditional” leaders simply mouth the same platitudes and continue to ignore the only real means we have been given to avert the ongoing auto-demolition of the faith.

I did receive one suggestion that if I am so displeased with Bishops Schneider’s solutions I should offer my own. This despite six years of doing just that. All right then, a final note:

The very first message of Our Lady at Fatima was for us faithful to be  “willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?” … “Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

This is a fundamental message to all Catholics, laity and priests of all hierarchies, even to the top. The continued defiance of this basic request is astounding in its effrontery to God.

The second visit brought the second request “(Jesus) wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” It was accompanied by the sweet motherly promise, “Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.” and was followed by the vision of her offering  her Immaculate Heart. Lucia explained that the vision enlightened them to understand that “this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”

Since then, we have seen popes establish devotions which distract and detract from devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but not one instance of a Pope establishing the requested Five First Saturdays of Reparation. What Pope has instituted the simple decade prayer Our Lady asked for?

How many Bishops have banded together and petitioned the Pope for the institution of the First Saturdays of Reparation? Why is that?

How many Bishops have gone personally to their churches of their dioceses and taught the people the importance of the reparatory message of Fatima? How many have preached the need for true contrition, for the prayers requested, that is, the Rosary, the decade prayer, the little sacrifice prayer, ‘O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ 

If our Bishops would teach the faithful who are entrusted to them the truths of the faith, there would be a wonderful deluge of graces for them and for all the faithful. But as it is, Catholics today seem to have settled into a tepidity that is content with much less, perhaps because it demands next to nothing from them.

On the other hand, I am so unfortunate as to be the one to remind you all that we all must return to true devotion to the Immaculate heart of Mary and must be “willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?” … “Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

There is much information in the four pages and 838 posts here. But there seems to be no further point in my continued reiteration of the same ignored message. I recall the scriptural injunction “for him who has ears to hear”. Do you remember the context for that quote? It was from St. Luke’s gospel, a quote from Our Lord Jesus Christ:

“So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be my disciple.
Salt is good. But if the salt shall lose its savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
It is neither profitable for the land nor for the dunghill, but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
(Luke 14, 33-35)

 

Follow the logic . . . if you can

 

This morning, I discarded the article scheduled for today. More on that later. Early this morning I read Diane Montagna’s interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider regarding his recent meeting with Pope Francis. The link is here.

You may be interested in the portion where Montagna reads the controversial passage of the Pope’s Abu Dhabi agreement:

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.”

Bishop Schneider responded that when he asked Pope Francis to clarify the pope agreed that

  • The diversity of religions is only the permissive will of God and
  • The diversity of sexes is NOT a matter of God’s permissive will. (Edit: it is His positive will.)
  • However, although the pope “acknowledged that, with this direct comparison, the sentence can be understood erroneously”, his recommendation was “you can say this, too, that the diversity of religions is the permissive will of God.”

Readers, you see yet another proof that Pope Francis intends to maintain his studied ambiguity, refusing Christ’s command to Peter to “confirm thy brethren”. (Luke 22, 32). But that is not news, for we expect nothing less from this marxist pope than the ongoing dialectical dance to destruction of the dogma of the faith.(Pardon the alliteration; we all cope as we can.)

The following portion had more interest for me. Concerning the Vatican’s recent “Summit”, Montagna asked Bishop Schneider what explains the repeated refusal to address the issue of homosexuality at the summit. She mentioned two possible causes: a desire to protect homosexual networks within the hierarchy and the fear of repercussions from the states if the bishops criticized homosexuality.

Bishop Schneider responded that, “The first argument does not have considerable weight in the context of the summit. There are homosexual groups, but in this summit it was not decisive, in my opinion.”

So, to Bishop Schneider the bishops’s refusal to address homosexuality was not due to the Bishops desire to protect homosexual networks. Well, what then? Bishops Schneider stated:

“There  are mighty clerical clans among bishops and cardinals who want to promote and change in the Church the divine moral law on the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts and of the homosexual lifestyle. They want to make homosexuality acceptable as a legitimate variant of sexual life. In my view, this is the deepest and perhaps the decisive reason why they were silent and failed to address this.”

Well, I confess I have some difficulty following the logic here. By their refusal to address homosexuality in the clergy, the bishops were not trying to protect homosexual networks in the hierarchy, the cause instead was that “there are mighty clerical clans among bishops and cardinals  who want to change the Church’s law on homosexual acts and lifestyle and make it an acceptable lifestyle choice.”

Taken at face value it is almost as though Bishop Schneider is implying that the bishops at the summit were not trying to protect the homo network in the hierarchy, they are the homosexual network, “a mighty clerical clan” who furthermore is determined to make homosexual actions and lifestyles accepted in the life of the church.

So “homosexual network” vs. “mighty clerical clan” determined to make homosexuality acceptable. All right then. All clear now?

And now for the most important, at least for me. The post I had intended for today was another of my heartfelt pleas to heed the message of Fatima and obey Our Lady’s requests. For so many years now, I have been explaining to any and all who pass within my reach that :

Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima’s requested actions have not been fulfilled, and time is running out.

The necessary Consecration of Russia by the Pope and Bishops of the Church cannot be done until they obtain the grace to do so.

Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that all faithful Catholics, that is laity and priests and any bishops who are able to, establish First Saturdays of Reparation and public Rosary campaigns to establish the rosary in churches, homes and public places in a spirit of reparation and begging for the hierarchy to repent and return to the faith through obeying the full message of Fatima.

The First Saturdays of Reparation are an urgent necessity. Once established in a few parishes and dioceses, graces will follow and that means conversions.

Until the First Saturdays and the true traditional rosary are firmly established, nothing else avails.

And so, it saddened me greatly to see Bishop Schneider urging as his solution to the crisis yet another Credo. Bishop Schneider, return to Fatima. Until you proclaim Our Lady’s message, you are merely shouting into the tempest and your words are lost in the diabolical blast.

Once more, with feeling:

The Church will only be cleansed and restored when the necessary reparation is made. Our Lady asked for the Church to establish the First Saturdays of reparation. She asked for the Rosary to be prayed daily. She preserved from harm many places where there was established reparation, consecration to her Immaculate Heart and of course the Rosary.

In time, it will be done, we have Our Lord’s word on this. But until we do the part assigned to us, and not do other things which are good in themselves but not what we are commanded to do, there will continue to be shock after shock as we descend ever deeper into the special realms of hell reserved for the most intransigent sinners. The material chastisement will catch people’s attention at last, but by then, most will be so hardened that they will only curse God the more and be damned.

And now, I must rest a while –

†  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.

Pray the Rosary, souls depend on it!

Quinquagesima, 2019

“The Cross is suffering viewed in the supernatural light of faith as an instrument of salvation and sanctification, and therefore, as an instrument of love.”

This year we have again the opportunity to suffer with Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows as we all endure this increasingly poignant Passion of the Church. We offer again our post from years gone by with our prayers for a holy and fruitful Lent for you all.

Today, Quinquagesima Sunday, we prepare for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6. As always, we look to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our true Mother to inspire us and guide us this holy season of repentance.

The Passion of the Church

Although Our Lord’s own chosen Apostles fled His Passion, no one could keep the Woman away. Unlike the sentimental pictures which sometimes show Mary fainting at the foot of the Cross, Mary stood there, intent on sharing every excruciating detail of the ignominy her beloved Son suffered. Just as she had freely chosen to become His Mother, she chose to behold Him tortured from head to foot and torn from her by the cruelest of deaths. She not only accepted this, she offered this; this sharing in His Passion, sharing even in His death, uniting Their hearts forever for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity and in loving reparation for the sins of men, for our sins, for my sins.

Mary’s heart, like Christ’s whole crushed and bruised being , was transformed with anguish by the sins of mankind … Mary became the Queen of martyrs because, after Jesus, she has endured the greatest martyrdom of heart … her sufferings are fruitful for us in a way that we can scarcely suspect…(from Father Garrigou-Lagrange, “Mary, the Model of Reparation”).

Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen tells us,

“The sacrifice of Jesus became Mary’s sacrifice not only because Mary offered it together with Jesus, and in Him, offered her own Son, but also because by this offering she completed the most profound holocaust of herself, since Jesus was the center of her affections and of her whole life. God, Who had given her this Divine Son, asked on Calvary for a return of His gift, and Mary offered Jesus to the Father with all the love of her Immaculate Heart in complete adherence to the divine will.”  …

“Let us contemplate Mary’s sorrows, sympathise with her and ask her for the invaluable grace of sharing with her in the Passion of Jesus. Let us remember that this participation is not meant to be merely sentimental — even though this sentiment is good and holy — but it must lead us to real compassion, that is, to suffering with Jesus and Mary. The sufferings God sends us have no other purpose.

“The sight of Mary at the foot of the Cross makes the lesson of the Cross less hard and less bitter; her maternal example encourages us to suffer (with her) and makes the road to Calvary easier. Let us go then with Mary, to join Jesus on Golgotha; let us go with her to meet our own cross, and sustained by her, let us embrace it willingly, uniting it with her Son’s Cross.” (Divine Intimacy)

From Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity:

“You are there, O Mary, at the foot of the Cross, standing in strength and courage; and my Master says to me, ‘Ecce mater tua’. Behold your Mother. He gives you to me for my Mother! And now that He has returned to His Father, and has put me in His place on the Cross so that I may fill up in my flesh for His Body, which is the Church, you are still there, O Mary, to teach me to suffer as He did, to let me hear the last song of His soul which no one but you, O Mother, could overhear.”

It is only when we take His place, accepting the Cross, that we can share the thoughts of her sorrowful heart, and it is from the Cross that we can see heaven. 

 

The Tears of Our Sorrowful Mother

Hail, countless and bitter tears from thy eyes, O Mary, tears of compassion for thy Son, our Savior crucified! May all thy children revere them, all sinners flee to them for refuge, for they spring from thy Sorrowful Heart.

O Mother of Sorrows! Merciful Mother! Even as His Precious Blood flowed, so did thy tears, made bitter by the indifference of thy children who spurn thy Son and Savior’s precious gift.

O burning tears, beautiful, loving tears, which move the angels to pity and touch the heart of the Eternal Father! Soften my hard heart and move it to true sorrow for my sins which cause thy tears!

Holy Tears, wash me! Bitter tears, purify me! Gentle tears, soften my heart! Burning tears inflame my heart! Merciful tears, rich in grace, heal and strengthen me with grace!

O most gentle, sorrowful Mother, sharing thy Son’s passion, mingling thy tears with His precious blood, I beseech thee, grant me the grace of tears and heartfelt contrition for my sins. Grant that I may shed repentant tears over my sins which cause Him such cruel suffering.

O most merciful Virgin, offer thy bitter tears to the Eternal Father in reparation for my tepidity and hardness of heart. Through their merit, obtain mercy for me and pardon for all my sins.

Grant, O dearest Mother, at the hour of death, just one of thy precious tears to cleanse my soul of sin. Amen.

And now, at this time, in this place, we stand with our Sorrowful Mother at the crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ. We are not here to faint away, overcome with despair! We will be strong as our Mother is strong. Although on our own we lack that strength, in her we find the grace and virtues we need.

Perhaps you would like:

The Message of Fatima for the Post-Synodal Church

Mary’s Promise, 2017

Pray the Rosary – Many souls depend upon it!

   Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, obtain for us by your loving intercession the grace and courage to persevere in the coming trials of faith.
 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, terror of demons, protect our priests!
 St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

For more on the Sorrowful Heart of Mary, including the Seven Sorrows Devotion, see our earlier post,  Our Lady of Sorrows, 2014.

~ by evensong for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

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The Vanishing Possibility of Repentance

 

“…She saith in her heart: ‘I sit a queen, no widow am I; and sorrow I shall not see’.”
(Apocalypse 18, 7)

 

There are two things we can be fairly certain of amidst all this confusion:

  1. The first is strictly secular: Most of the world’s governments are ready to move against the Catholic Church in a massive effort to confiscate her remaining resources. They have been preparing for this for decades, simply awaiting the time when the rot becomes so manifest that the outrage will favor their goals. The first steps will be in opening up the statutes of limitations, enabling more lawsuits and resulting in more Church bankruptcies; then will come removal of tax exemptions and more punitive measures as the Church falls rapidly from favor. But in surprisingly short time, the Church will be attacked by the international powers due to its global nature. The very global powers these foolish effeminates have been courting will turn on them.
  2. The second involves the ongoing spiritual chastisement and it will result in the fulfillment of the prophecy which is mentioned by several modernist popes, for example Paul VI, “Yes, the smoke of Satan is in the sanctuary. Due to the presence of Satan, Catholics are destined to become an infinitesimally small part of humanity.” (“Malachi Martin on the Apostasy of the Faith”) The detestable persons now in possession of the Vatican are set on “self-destruct” and will not be dissuaded from their goal. The very possibility of their repentance is dwindling with each day.

 

Institutionalized Iniquity

For today, we address the second point. The inability of the Pope and his followers to repent is a cornerstone of the auto-demolition of the institutional church. In the recent Vatican Priest Sex Abuse Summit we have seen a perfect example of the pervasiveness of the homosexual mindset among the ruling prelates. Some background helps us grasp the significance of institutionalized iniquity:

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Lavender Loyalty

These days, a kind of Lavender Loyalty pervades the occupied Church and all is distorted in its sickly glow. In this confusion, Sandro Magister’s latest (here), brings some clarity to the true agenda for this so-called “Summit On Abuse”:

“Up until one month ago the twofold purpose of the summit that from February 21 to 24 will gather around the pope the leaders of the Catholic hierarchy worldwide was still “the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults,” as also written in the “letter to the people of God” released by Francis on August 20.

But then the “vulnerable adults” disappeared from the summit’s official agenda. And with them disappeared the question of the homosexual abuse of the young and very young, in spite of the fact that statistically they make up most of the victims of clerical abuse.

The fact is that not only the question of homosexuality among the clergy, but even the very word “homosexuality” has been banned from the otherwise abundant pile of information on the summit offered to the media of the whole world:

> Meeting: The Protection of Minors in the Church. Vatican, February 21-24, 2019

The removal of the question of homosexuality from the agenda of the summit is clearly the fruit of a decision by Pope Francis, who has never made a mystery of being absolutely convinced that this is not so much a matter of the abuse of sex but of power, not by individuals but a caste, the clerical caste.”

The Pope’s crude attempt to cover up the extensive homosexual corruption by pointing attention to “clericalism” is humiliating to see. What a mockery! Who today is able to see the King of Kings behind this poor beaten image of the Church, … deprived of protection, …  weakened, baffled, and prostrate, lying bleeding at the feet of the powers of this world.” (Link)

While Pope Francis finally dealt with McCarrick (sort of) he gave ample support to his Lavender Lobby by promoting Kevin Farrell who despite living with McCarrick for six years has steadfastly asserted his utter cluelessness. This pope really does believe that we are all fools!

The farce of Gustavo Zanchetta is another case in which Bergoglio showed his disdain for the priesthood, for the faithful and for Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose Vicar he purports to be. Even John Allen, has noticed the risks involved in Pope Bergoglio’s indulgent treatment of Zanchetta . (link)

“The case of Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta threatens to become a rare double “own goal” for the pontiff, creating self-inflicted wounds on two critically important reform fronts: the abuse crisis, and the Vatican’s pledge of greater financial transparency and accountability. The Zanchetta saga began in July 2013, when Francis nominated him the bishop of Orán in the northern part of Argentina. Three years later, Zanchetta left the diocese…”

Zanchetta, according to credible reports then used his new found episcopal power to take and send obscene “selfies”, and to sexually abuse seminarians, some of whom were minors as well as to cause financial difficulties for his diocese. When confronted, Zanchetta hastily vacated the premises in a most unusual manner.  Soon, Zanchetta, who is deemed “a spiritual child of the Holy Father” , resurfaced under the direct protection of this same “Holy Father”.  And now, this paragon of homosexual “fraternity” and fiscal responsibility stands before the world as yet another Bergoglian prelate appointed to a prominent position managing Vatican finances. Thus he joins another papal intimate, Msgr. Ricca. And by the way, Zanchetta also resides now in the papal domicile with Ricca and Bergoglio. A pleasant picture of domestic tranquility they make! This new Lavender family model is a veritable icon for the Bergoglio Reformation which aspires to eclipse the Holy Catholic Church.

Years ago, we offered the following comments on the agenda of Pope Jorge Bergoglio and those who placed him in power and control him:

We must return once again to the Message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima.

The prophecy that “The apostasy will begin at the top” is closely connected with the flood of impurity among consecrated souls foretold by Sister Lucia. They are both part of the chastisement visited on the Church as a result of the hierarchy’s lack of obedience to Our Lady of Fatima’s request. Throughout all ages in times of crisis, God has repeatedly called His chosen ones to repentance and prayer. Look around at the world in shambles  – and the wretched “reform” led by Pope Francis and consider if it would not be better to devote more time to prayer, more effort to penance, especially the secret penance of simply choosing to serve Jesus and not ourselves each day!

it is not too late to heed the wisdom of Sister Lucia:

“Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus, the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way, the devil will succeed in leaving souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.

“That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag innumerable souls to Hell … The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to final impenitence.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima to Father Agustin Fuentes, December, 1957)

How does the devil seduce consecrated souls? In many, many cases, he does this by the perverted lusts of sodomy. At this point, the administrative structure of the Church has been so overrun by this foul vice that there are few indeed who have not become at a minimum, complicit in some way to this vast network of filth.

Far from being a chaste, “Alter Christus”, a priest who is actively engaged in the homosexual lifestyle is living in a state of hardened mortal sin. His soul, totally dead to the sanctifying grace necessary for union with Christ is withered and although he may pose as an “alter Christus”, he is in fact, a diabolical deceiver, in no way able to effectively guide souls who entrust their salvation to him.

It is indeed difficult for us to understand the long-standing tolerance for sodomy among priests, Bishops and Cardinals. The true rot at the very heart of the Church’s administrative structure is the toleration of this vice. Whether it is called the Lavender Fraternity/Lobby or St. Gallen Mafia or simply as “the Superforce” (Fr. Malachi Martin’s name for it), it is so deeply ingrained within the administrative structures of the Church that there is nothing short of the power of Almighty God which can dislodge it.

In the same interview we quoted above, Sister Lucia had stated that the Blessed Virgin Mary was very sorrowful because no one had heeded her message. She also stressed that at that particular time, that is, in 1957, “the punishment from heaven is imminent.”Well, that was back in 1957, wasn’t it? So,  62 years ago Sister Lucia stated that “the punishment from heaven is imminent”. It is now undeniably clear where this pope’s loyalty lies. This pope embodies within himself, in one foul package, the entire spiritual chastisement. His goal, he believes is near; it is the irrevocable eclipse of the true Church with the church of his own image and making. How long can this go on?

We cannot remove sin and error with yet more stubborn sin and error. We cannot remove sacrilege, outrage and indifference to Jesus Christ by our own attachment to worldliness. Our Church will be restored but it will only come through the perfect purity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is, by the grace of Our Savior, our loving Mother. From His Cross, He gives us the Model for our Salvation, His obedient Sacred Heart and her Sorrowful, Immaculate Heart. They are our sacred shelter in this coming storm. Stubborn indifference to this providence will yield eternal suffering. Who will hear this?

Our Lady of Victory has assures us that, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” And so this tremendous spiritual battle between satan and the Most Holy Virgin has begun.

“She cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array. Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin. Give me strength against thine enemies. Amen.”
(Prime, Little Office of the Blessed Virgin 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!