St. Michael, St. John and Our Lady of Knock

Tomorrow we commemorate the Apparition of Our Lady of Knock. To prepare, we offer a guest post from Adrian Dulston considering the apparition in the context of Fatima, LaSalette and the Apocalypse.

When Our Lady’s message at La Salette  was silenced, she very eloquently replied with a silent apparition at Knock, and that apparition ties in nicely with the Angel’s message at Fatima  and the prophecies of the Apocalypse. Today’s post is from guest contributor,  Mr. Dulston of BVM Servant. I hope to have a follow up article or two on Our Lady of Knock soon.

Knock pilgrims 1880sSt. Michael the Archangel, The Beloved Disciple, and Ireland
December 27, 2015 by AD

Sunday overrides the Feast of St. John the Evangelist but as it’s coming up to the Fatima year of St. Michael the Archangel, that is, a hundred years since his often forgotten appearance to the Fatima children, I am reminded of other heavenly visits which warn of these precarious times.

On August 21st 1879 some Irish parishioners from the town of Knock, witnessed a vision on the back of their Church. In what is now a famous image we find Mary, Joseph, St. John the Evangelist and a Lamb on an altar with angels in flight. Many focus quite rightly on Mary in the vision but it is obvious that the scene is that of Holy Mass, and specifically the consecration of the bread into Our Lord’s Body, Who is offered as a Lamb to take away our sins, to God the Father.

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Apocalypse Chapters 1-3

 

We return to the beginning to discover a surprise – the letters to the Churches, written millenia ago, provide valuable insight for just these days. Of course, each century of the Church’s history has been able to say that to some extent, but as we read the first three chapters, we do see a rather astonishing array of lessons for the Church in this most troubled time. Our readings are taken today from Apocalypse 1-3, Catholic Bible Online.

When St. John the beloved Apostle set down the words revealed to him in the Apocalypse, he began with:

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to make known to His servants the things which must shortly come to pass: and signified, sending by His angel to His servant John, who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen. Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand.”

The first thing we notice is the phrase, “must shortly come to pass” which is then repeated for emphasis in the end, “For the time is at hand”. And when was this written? So you see that the timeframe expressed in sacred scripture is vastly different from our timeframe. An instructor once remarked on this timeframe that ours is, “like a mayfly’s”.

Continuing in Chapter 1, we see,

“I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying: What thou seest, write in a book, and send to the seven churches which are in Asia, to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamus, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

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The New Paganism

 

PETER or PAN

The story of the development of new paganism is the story of the Prodigal Son. The younger son in the parable is Western civilization, who in the sixteenth century goes to the spiritual father of Christendom and asks for a share of the substance garnered through the centuries. The spiritual father gives Western civilization a share of that capital in the shape of the necessity of a Church, the Divinity of Christ, the inspiration of Sacred Scriptures, the existence of God, and the necessity of religion.

In the course of the last four centuries, Western civilization has been prodigal of that patrimony. In the sixteenth century, it spent its belief in the Church, in the seventeenth, the inspiration of Sacred Scripture, in the eighteenth, the Divinity of Christ, in the nineteenth, the existence of God, and in the twentieth, the necessity of religion. At the present day, the capital is all gone and now it is feeding on husks, under the names of “New Thought” and “Progress.” It was not so long ago that the father of Christendom could depend upon those sects that called themselves Christian to help defend the great fundamental truths of Christianity such as the Divinity of Christ and the necessity of the salvation of the individual soul. That day is past.

Many of the best-known preachers are today teaching nothing but a glorified Humanism and there are but few who would dare to speak of divine justice or retribution. We are, therefore, practically forced to carry on the battle for Christian truth alone, and this is something new in the history of Christianity.

In our day the religion of Christ is facing a crisis such as it has not faced, probably, since Constantine.1 By that I mean that up to this time the Church has been engaged in a kind of civil war, in which a Christian idea has battled with a misunderstanding of a Christian idea or in which sect has fought with sect. None of the great heresies of the first sixteen hundred years of the Christian era denied the existence of God, but they had misconceived the notion of the Trinity, the nature of Christ, the nature of Divine Grace, and the mission of the Church. In the last four centuries the conflict was not so much of idea and idea as the conflict of sect and sect.

Today we are faced with something entirely novel. We are engaged now not so much in what might be called a civil war, but we are confronted with what Mr. Belloc2 has called “an invasion,” that is, a force of ideas that is as strange to traditional Christianity as Christianity was strange to Paganism. This new invading force is New Paganism.

New Paganism may be defined as an outlook on life that holds to the sufficiency of human science without faith, and the sufficiency of human power without grace. In other words, its two tenets are Scientism which is a deification of the experimental method, and Humanism, which is a glorification of a man who makes God to his own image and likeness.

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Notes on the Apocalypse Chapter 12

 

Today, we return to Chapter 12, verses 1-9 of St. John’s Apocalypse, to illustrate the Vatican’s deception with regards to the Third Secret – and also, we might hope, to prepare us for the coming events, as foretold by the same prophecies.

[1] And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: [2] And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered. [3] And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: [4] And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son. [5] And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to His throne.

[6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred sixty days. [7] And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: [8] And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. [9] And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Sister Lucia is reported to have said that the Third Secret concerns the Apocalypse, particularly Chapters 8 through 13. This is confirmed by two of the Conciliar Popes, Paul VI and John Paul II, in their words at Fatima.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, Pope Paul VI made a pilgrimage there where he delivered an address, “Signum Magnum” or Great Sign on May 13, 1967. In that address, he declared,

The great sign which the Apostle John saw in Heaven, “a woman clothed with the sun,” is interpreted by the sacred Liturgy, not without foundation, as referring to the most Blessed Mary, the mother of all men by the grace of Christ the Redeemer. … On the occasion of the religious ceremonies which are taking place at this time in honor of the Virgin Mother of God in Fatima, Portugal, where She is venerated by countless numbers of the faithful for Her motherly and compassionate heart, we wish to call the attention of all sons of the Church once more to the indissoluble link between the spiritual motherhood of Mary … and the duties of redeemed men toward Her, the Mother of the Church.” (Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Letter, “Signum Magnum”, that is, Great Sign)

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Passion of Christ and His Bride

 If Catholics continue to ignore the spiritual weapons Our Lady of the Rosary offers us, they will bring upon themselves and us all, a rapidly worsening chastisement, which will be all-encompassing, that is, both material and spiritual. And if you do not believe that the spiritual chastisement can get any worse than McCarrick, Bergoglio et al., you will perhaps be in for a rude awakening. Reparation. Reparation. Reparation.

At long last the network of homosexual predators and enablers who have usurped power in the Church is being noticed and many prominent Catholics are speaking out and declaring indignantly, “Something must be done!” However, any successful remedy depends upon a correct diagnosis.   Ill-considered actions run the risk of worsening the situation.

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The Pillars, the Trees and the Eucharistic Lamb

As we have stated, the battle between satan and the Chuch began with the Holy Sacrifice and the Sacred Priesthood as seen in the Apocalypse. Today we repost the following in order to refocus our efforts on this most vital lesson.

The Apocalypse shows that the triumph of Christ will be a Eucharistic triumph. That is why the Message of Fatima actually began in 1916 with the Archangel Michael teaching the children Eucharistic adoration and reparation … This is another reason why the First Saturdays of Reparation are vital. Without them, the Pope will not be able to repent and Consecrate Russia.

We continue to explore the meaning of Chapter Five of the Apocalypse; and in today’s post we will look at a couple of church approved private revelations, one from St. John Bosco and one from Blessed Elizabeth Canori-Mora. Both revelations point to the same essential truth, which we affirmed above.

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The Sacred Priesthood and the Holy Sacrifice

In 1916, the Angel of Fatima came to impress upon us the the coming scandal of the abuses of the Eucharist and of the assaults on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It was a severe warning and was accompanied by vehement commands for reparation, sacrifice, and prayer from the children. The vital importance of the Mass and the Sacred Priesthood cannot be overstated; it is especially pertinent now. Today, we offer an earlier post which should be re-examined in this light.

The power of Christ’s priesthood is sublime in its scope, ruling the souls of men and its jurisdiction pervades the entire temporal world as well, as representative of Jesus Christ Who is the King of Kings. (Fr. Kramer, The Book of Destiny)

In today’s post, we consider the Fifth Chapter of St. John’s Apocalypse, which foretells the triumph of our Lord Jesus Christ through His loving gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. Amid all the speculation on the dire warnings about the events of the Chastisement and the “Last Times”, not much attention is given to the Eucharistic victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Consider if you will, the beautiful passage below:

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Chastisement

When we scan the distance, we may be misled by mirages, and when we attempt to predict the future we can be misled as well. In attempting to correlate various insights from well-informed priests, private revelations along with Holy Scripture and more recent revelations such as Our Lady’s apparitions to LaSalette, Fatima and Akita, much danger of error enters in. I offer my thoughts with that warning. I may be wrong in my opinion that Pope Francis is an apostate pope who is basically a marxist seeking to destroy the Church. I believe that his appearance and his actions here at this time represent an important step in the progression of the spiritual chastisement that has come about as a result of the disobedience of the Popes.

To my mind, the entire reason that the most Blessed Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima was because she was serving God, sent by God to call His children back from their proud and disobedient ways.  For it was disobedience, driven by pride that drove Lucifer from heaven. And it was disobedience, driven by pride, that drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. In His loving providence, Our Father sent us His only Begotten Son to save us by sacrificing His life for us. It was His will that the very Body and Blood of our redemption was from the Blessed Virgin Mary, and so it came to pass that Mary’s humble obedience made our redemption possible.

With the passage of centuries, faith grew cold and disobedience sprang up in the Church; pride corrupted many from laity to priests and even Bishops, Cardinals and Popes. God’s providence sent the Blessed Virgin Mary to teach us again to be humble and to obey. This was her message at Fatima.

Yes, you know all this already. but have you fully appreciated that God, through Our Lady of Fatima, is calling the Church to return to this humility, this obedience?

In a recently discarded post, I attempted to recap the three visits of the Angel and the six visits of Our Lady of Fatima in order to show that the message began with the Angel’s urging to pray and offer sacrifices and culminated in the astounding, profound Eucharistic Vision and Eucharistic Prayer of Reparation. This series of apparitions was to form the basis for the visits of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Third Visit of Our Lady of Fatima, on July 13, 1917 was the central one, the others are either prefatory or emphasise it. The last visit, the Miracle of the Sun is to help us believe the message of the Third Visit.

When we consider the entire nine visits, certain points become clear. They are:

Offer prayer and sacrifice, making of everything an opprtunity for offering reparation to God for sins and for the conversion of sinners.

Accept and bear with submission the sufferings God will send you.

Pray the Rosary daily.

The importance of making reparation for the sacrilege and outrage to the Holy Eucharist, and the indifference shown to these abuses to the Sacrifice of the Mass and the most Blessed Sacrament.

Persistence and patience in visiting our Blessed Mother.

Sacrifice yourself for sinners, “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’ “.

Hell exists and many, many go there. To save them, God wants the Church to establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

If we obey her, many souls will be saved, peace will come, Russia will be converted and there will be peace, this is repeated for emphasis.

If she is not obeyed and people continue to offend God, a worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI, God will punish the world for its crimes by means of war, famines and persecutions against the Church and the Holy Father, 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.

To prevent the chastisements, she will come to ask for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

“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.”

Another portion of the message contained the famous lines, “In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc. [This marks the third part of the secret, not yet not revealed]  Do not tell this to anybody.”

The reason for the above summary is so that we can have a ready reference to the essential themes. Even a child easily understands the simple messages, the call for prayer, sacrifice, the need to console God for these horrible sacrileges, outrages and the crass indifference to them. Anyone should be able to see the importance of fulfilling the simple requests  to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the First Saturdays of Reparation, which she promises to reward so richly. Much has been made of the difficulty in making the Consecration of Russia. But had the previous requests been obeyed, there would have been such a profusion of graces and miracles that the Consecration would easily have been accomplished.

Now something important must be noted here. The war spoken of in the reign of Pius XI, that is, World War II ocurred as Our Lady told us, because people won’t stop offending God. Now, that worst offense is for the Pope to refuse to obey the Mother of God. Our Lady of Fatima warned that war is punishment for sin. The offenses trigger the war, which is part of the material chastisement of war, famine and persecutions. We must not forget that the chastisements continue until obedience is either given or extracted by the ongoing miseries.

The missing portion, (the “etc.”) contains, as we have gathered form those who know, the spiritual chastisement, that is, the massive apostasy from the faith which “begins at the top”, which is why I ventured the hotly contested claim that the current occupant may be an apostate.

The reason I have taken the time to reiterate all this is that at this time, some well-respected Catholics much more knowledgeable that I have made some remarkably erroneous statements. And many commenters approve of them enthusiastically.

Points in conclusion:

The chastisement is increasing in magnitude and it is both material and spiritual. Those who do not repent and consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will find it nearly impossible to withstand the satanic onslaught.

There will be a war such as not previously been seen nor imagined and natural disasters of great magnitude.

Russia has indeed been the source of the errors which beset us. Communism is defined by Josef Stalin as Marxism/Leninism, which is further defined as dialectical and historical materialism. It is satanic and atheistic and Jorge Mario Bergoglio has consistently displayed his acceptance of it as have many, many priests and prelates.

Indeed, Western society, such as it is, is suffused with dialectical materialism. It has not been Christian for some time, although most Catholics refuse to believe this.

I apologize for the intesity of this and my previous post.

I am not bitter, I am eager that the truth be told, that issues be brought before you clearly. Satanic marxism reigns in the Church and in Europe and Asia and the countries of the West.  It will triumph at least in appearance and we will be scattered and defeated. In the Church satan seeks to first attack the Blessed Sacrament with sacrilege, and then destroy it altogether. To this end he has corrupted the clergy, especially the hierarchy. Yes, the battle over the family is important, but the battle began with satan’s attack on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist. That is essential to keep in mind and make reparation for. The same prelates have been oblivious to the decades of massive abuse of the Holy Sacrifice, of the Body and Blodd of Christ. They have not obeyed the message of Fatima.

Please, return to the beginning,and re-read or better still reread my posts on the Angel’s message. Then please, pray, sacrifice, adore Him and make of everything you can a reparation. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to obey.

The Smoke of Satan, an Apostate Pope and the Message of Fatima

 

Among the many insights which Father Malachi Martin shared with us, are the following three which pertain especially to this woe-filled pontificate:

Lucifer enthroned in the Vatican

In his book, Windswept House, Father Martin states that the Enthronement of Lucifer occurred June 29, 1963 and elsewhere he stated that the follow-up Enthronement must be performed at the Vatican within 50 years of that date, which would have been June 29, 2013, I believe. In other words, shortly after Jorge Bergoglio took over the Vatican, and moved in with his dear friend, Msgr. Ricca.

Assuming, for the sake of argument, that the full enthronement did occur June 29, 2013, a case could be made that such an enthronement would have given the current Pope previously unheard of power to destroy the edifices of the faith. It seems quite likely to have occurred. And most recently, this past June 29, the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Francis created  Bishop Toribio Ticona a cardinal.  Ticona is Titular of Timici, Prelate Emeritus of Corocoro in Bolivia,  It is public knowledge that while working in Corocoro, at the same time, in the Bishopric of Oruro he maintained a marital life with a woman, the wife and children are proud to call themselves the wife and children of the “Bishop of Patacamaya” as is also known Bishop Toribio Ticona. Cardinal Ticona is also a marxist. 

Thus, Pope Francis marked the five-year anniversary of the enthronement with a public display of the Vicar of Christ granting a high honor to a man who personifies infidelity to his priestly vow of chastity. This is perfectly reasonable in this satanic ape of the papacy: for now, the Pope honors deceit, infidelity in the service of the first of God’s creatures to proclaim, “Non Serviam”. To be clear, by his actions, this Pope honors not our Lord Jesus Christ, but His ancient enemy, who “will not serve”.

The Smoke of Satan has entered the Temple of God

Nine years to the day after that enthronement, on 29 June, 1972, Pope Paul lamented,

“We believed that after the [Second Vatican] Council would come a day of sunshine in the history of the Church. But instead there has come a day of clouds and storms, and of darkness … “And how did this come about? We will confide to you the thought that maybe we ourselves admit in free discussion, that may be unfounded, and that is that there has been a power, an adversary power. Let us call him by his name: the Devil. … It is as if from some mysterious crack, no, it is not mysterious, from some crack the smoke of Satan has entered the Temple of God.

In his book, The Kingdom of Darkness, Father Martin describes what is meant by “the smoke of Satan”, describing an interview Pope Paul Vi gave to his close friend, Jean Guitton not long before he died. When Guitton asked the Pope about his often-quoted remark regarding the smoke of Satan, Paul VI replied,

“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.”

A Pope under the control of Satan

Antonio Socci, in his book, “The Fourth Secret of Fatima” relates the following episode which was recorded from a radio interview Father Malachi Martin gave on the Art Bell Show,

A listener intervenes on the precise content of the Secret: making reference to confidences received from a Jesuit, he speaks of a Pope who “would be under the control of Satan. Pope John was reeling, thinking that it could have been him.” Father Martin responds: “Yes, it seems that this person would have had a means of reading or would have been given the contents of the secret.” Then he got to the heart of the matter: “it is sufficiently vague to cause hesitation, but it seems to be that.”

If the Church had the misfortune to fall under the sway of an apostate pope and his Vatican who were under the control of the ancient enemy, we would see events unfolding precisely as they are now, using every opportunity to affirm defiance to the truth of Christ Our Lord. We would see the Pope:

  • Instructing the Order of Consecrated Virgins that their consecrated virginity is optional and can even be set aside.
  • Publicly honoring churchmen who are openly engaged in lifestyles which defy their vows of chastity.
  • Affirming that, “If anything, it is the communists who think like Christians.”, while at the same time, vilifying and betraying faithful Catholics.
  • Teaching that Judas was a “poor, repentant man” in direct opposition to Our Lord Jesus Christ Who taught that Judas was “the son of perdition” who was not saved.
  • Denying the nature of Hell, in direct defiance of the word of God and the message of Our Lady of Fatima.
  • Asserting to a young man who was the victim of priest sexual abuse that his homosexuality was actually ordained by God and that he should be happy with it. Note that priest sexual abusers spread their impure practices by initiating young men into their ranks with what is referred to as the rite of sodomy. That is in fact, how this vile practice spreads, for the most part. For the Pope to assert that “God made you like this and loves you like this” is to claim that it was God and not a predator priest who caused this aberration.

In the next few months, we will see further milestones achieved as the diabolical sect labors to complete their facade over what they believe are the ruins of the true Church.

Thus, step by step, each objective is achieved and we shall see the pope at last, call down fire from heaven (Apoc 13, 13). All this is not happening in a vacuum, however. The portion of the Secret which refers to the material chastisement is also rapidly being fulfilled, although many Christians, even and especially those of the traditionalist persuasion, are tragically misled in this regard.

For now, we conclude with this oft-ignored caution from Our Blessed Mother,

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, 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.” (July 13, 1917)

Sources for the above article:

“Bergolio’s Hegelian Tango”

“Shoring up the ruins, once more”

“Note the date, June 29, 2018”

“The Judas Pope”

“The Dragon, the Beast from the Sea and the False Prophet”

 

† . 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 Rosary daily for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

A Victory and a Tragedy

 

Today, we mark two anniversaries; the first a glorious victory of the faith through martyrdom. The second, a tragic loss through the betrayal of a modernist pope. On 17 July, 1794, the sixteen virgin martyrs of Compiegne gave their lives for the true faith. And also, on the day of infamy 17 July, 1967, the pathetic Pope Paul VI betrayed the faith by abolishing the Oath Against Modernism which had been placed as a bulwark against the rising tide of heresy in the Church, thus allowing the flood of modernism which has so ravaged the faith in these past 51 years.

On this day, 17 July, in 1794, the Holy, Roman Catholic Church gained 16 Virgin Martyrs, the Discalced Carmelites of Compiegne, victims of the Masonic Revolution in France. These brave and pure women, by their holy sacrifice purchased the end of the bloody tide of public beheadings. Although the public display of gory beheadings had run its course, the Satanic Revolution has, in various forms, continued on up to the present time.  We do well to heed the example of these brave martyrs, for we may sooner or later be called upon to defend the faith ourselves.

Holy Martyrs of Compeigne, pray for us!
Rekindle our ardor, our bodies are the Lord’s,
We climb, we climb the scaffold and give ourselves back to the Victor.

THE SIXTEEN CARMELITE MARTYRS OF COMPIEGNE

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

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

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

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

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

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