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.”

 

Ephesus

In Chapter 2, John reveals the Lord’s message to these churches which represent His message to all Catholic churches in all ages, but with especial relevance for the latter times of the great tribulation. The first church is that of Ephesus, which Christ chides,

“Thou hast left thy first charity. Be mindful therefore from whence thou art fallen: and do penance, and do the first works. Or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou do penance. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaites, which I also hate.

Note the emphatic way in which, Our Lord asserts the need for hatred of sinful deeds. These letters set the tone for understanding God’s will for us in troubled times. In His message to the Bishop of the Church at Ephesus, Christ warns him – and us – of losing our charity, He urges us to do penance and “to do the first works”, that is, the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  But the gist of the message may be found in Our Lord’s hatred for the deeds of the Nicolaites and His commendation for the Ephesians for hating these sinful deeds as well.

The Nicolaites were guilty of a casuistry, that is, the use of complex reasoning to justify moral laxity, similar to that of the present pontiff, in that they managed to find a way to laxity in the law. This false tolerance allowed Christians to eat meats sacrificed to idols (that is, allowing participation in satanic rituals) and even allowing that “whoever should have committed fornication might receive peace on the eighth day.” (The Book of Destiny, Fr. H. B. Kramer) Fr. Kramer further notes that early writings indicate that the Nicolaites tactics were akin to the Balaamites and Gnostics. The sin of Balaam was to allow sexual depravity to lure Israelite men into sin and so weaken them.

As we consider this passage, it appears that the error hated by Our Lord is precisely that tolerance of mortal sin that we see vaunted today in the false mercy and false ecumenism of the neo-modernists now in power in the Church. Understood correctly, this message is a warning against the tolerance for sin which has so infected the Church over the past century. The result has been a stupefying indifference towards the most grievous errors and inability to counteract them.

 

Smyrna

The second church addressed is the Church of Smyrna,

“These things saith the First and the Last, who was dead, and is alive: I know thy tribulation and thy poverty, but thou art rich: and thou art blasphemed by them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tried: and you shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful until death: and I will give thee the crown of life.”

This message is a warning of martyrdom and great suffering and a reminder of the even greater reward for those who remain faithful. And it applies to these times most precisely. By the term, “was dead and is alive”, it also counteracts the modernist heresy condemned by Pope St. Pius X in Pascendi Domenici Gregis, 16,  In #16, St. Pius X condemns the following, “. ..if it be objected that in the visible world there are some things which appertain to faith, such as the human life of Christ, the Modernists reply by denying this.”  In Apocalypse 2, 8, Christ asserts that He is, “the First and the Last, who was dead, and is alive”  thus confirming His actual bodily death and actual bodily Resurrection.

The term Synagogue of Satan refers to the enemies of Christ and in these sad times, these enemies are within the very heart of the Church. Jesus encourages us to fear them not. He warns that we shall have tribulation for “ten days”, thus comforting us that this too, shall pass. Fr. Kramer notes that ten is the perfect number of the world, while twelve is the perfect number of God. Thus we understand that the world’s idea of completion is surpassed by God and that what appears a persecution in the eyes of the worldly is in point of fact, an opportunity for greater glory in heaven with God and His saints forever.

The message to Smyrna ends with the emphatic, “He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: He that shall overcome, shall not be hurt by the second death.” In this warning of the coming martyrdom, there is the promise that those who overcome, that is to say, those who give their life for Christ, will not suffer the eternal death of the damned. A salutary rebuttal to the heresies promoted today by the Synagogue of Satan, true enemies of Christ who control the church at present. We shall meet them again in the message to the Church at Philadelphia.

 

Pergamus

The third message is to the church of Pergamus:

“These things, saith He, that hath the sharp two edged sword: I know where thou dwellest, where the seat of Satan is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith. . . . thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat, and to commit fornication: So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaites.”

Now Pergamus means citadel and Jesus here asserts that this citadel has become the seat of Satan. He commends those in Pergamus, where the seat of Satan is, yet who still hold fast His name and have not denied the faith. By the term “the stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat and to commit fornication” we understand the tactic of Balaam who used pagan women to lure the Israelite men into base sensuality, tempting them into feasting on food sacrificed to idols (that refers to participating in Satanic rituals), and into fornication with them. Now fornication has the dual meaning, referring to heresy and apostasy as well as lust. Additionally, we note Christ’s anger at those whose false mercy allows those grievous sinners to then receive the Blessed Sacrament. By this passage, we may understand the stumbling-blocks placed in the path of the faithful by the new theology of Pope Francis and his crew of modernists, These men use false mercy to condone unrepentant sinners receiving the sacraments unworthily and allow impure unrepentant priests and bishops to continue in office despite their scandalous sins.

He also again warns against the sins of the fasle doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaites. This repetition of the injunction against the deeds of the Nicolaites, reinforced with the injunction against the doctrine of Balaam, gives an additional gravity to the warnings against laxity in moral teaching. Jesus Christ closes this message with,

“In like manner do penance: if not, I will come to thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. He, that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: To him that overcometh, I will give the hidden manna, and will give him a white counter, and in the counter, a new name written, which no man knoweth, but he that receiveth it.”

Fr. H. B. Kramer notes here, “Christ will fight the evil-doers with the two-edged sword of His word, which will separate the good from the bad, bring bloodshed and grief and tears of repentance. Those who repent will be saved but will first die in martyrdom. That God is a man of war, appears first in Exodus (XV. 3). If the bishop excommunicates the heretics by enforcing the apostolic decrees, the church will be spared the intervention of Christ and will remain under His protection. My only comment here is that it appears we today are so unfortunate as to see the alternative, the Bergoglian revolution asserting error and persecuting the faithful. This will hasten the intervention of Christ. The hidden manna is a promise to restore once again the precious gift of the Holy Sacrifice and the Eucharist, the “counter” is the ever-present offer of forgiveness and re-instatement for those who repent, for as Jesus reminded us through Sister Lucia, It is never too late to repent and return to Jesus and Mary.

 

Thyatira

The fourth message, to the Church at Thyatira, Christ says, “These things saith the Son of God, who hath His eyes like to a flame of fire, and His feet like to fine brass.” The reference to His eyes like a flame of fire repeats Chapter 1, verses 14 and 15, wherein, “His eyes were as a flame of fire, and His feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace.” Fr. Kramer notes here that this intimates, “His Omniscience. It alludes to Ezechiel (VIII. 2) and the abominations of idolatry (satanism) secretly practiced in the Temple, where God also appeared to the prophet’s eyes in the likeness of fire. God will penetrate the secret recesses in which Jezabel practices her abominations and will sound the “depths of Satan” (II. 24).”

The term Jezabel may be applied to those impure and effeminate clerics who serve satan and not Christ in the very heart of the Church, the so-called Lavender/St. Gallen Mafia who placed Pope Francis on the throne. Fr. Kramer notes that King Achab permitted a woman named Jezabel to teach her evil heresies in the church and to establish worship of Baal, that is to say, Satan. Once again, we see the injunction against eating meats sacrificed to idols, i.e., to satanic ritual. This triple warning against sins of impurity is ignored at our own peril. Father Kramer warns, “the plague shall strike the spiritual progeny of this new Jesabel. It will be a manifest punishment like the judgments upon the followers of the Beast (XV.), and the attribute of the “eyes like to a flame of fire” will become manifest to all the churches.”

The reference to the depths of Satan” points to the Gnostic sects and is applicable today but we will not discuss it at this time. The message to the Church at Thyatira closes with an especially comforting and prophetic note:

After urging them to, “Hold fast till I come. And he that shall overcome, and keep my works unto the end, I will give him power over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and as the vessel of a potter they shall be broken, As I also have received of my Father: and I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” We note the prophetic reference to the “Rod of iron”.

 

Sardis

Next, we go to Chapter 3 for the message to the Church at Sardis, bearing in mind that this message, as the others, is for all the church at all times but most especially it is for the latter times, when the combat shall be most intense. Our Lord Jesus Christ here says,

“I know thy works, that thou hast the name of being alive: and thou art dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die. For I find not thy works full before my God. Have in mind therefore in what manner thou hast received and heard: and observe, and do penance. If then thou shalt not watch, I will come to thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know at what hour I will come to thee.”

The Bishop (Angel) to whom this message is addressed has sinned against the Holy Ghost, has cultivated worldly “virtues” of tolerance, expediency and diplomacy, that is, has become a hypocrite tolerant of impurities in doctrine and morals, and diplomatically ignores false teachings and even blasphemies in the name of mercy and ecumenism. He is the epitome of the hypocritical, modernist CEO Bishops of today’s Bergoglian church.

 

Philadelphia

The next message is to the Angel (Bishop) of the Church at Philadelphia.

“These things saith the Holy One and the true one, He that hath the key of David; He that openeth, and no man shutteth; shutteth, and no man openeth: I know thy works. Behold, I have given before thee a door opened, which no man can shut: because thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will bring of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie. Behold, I will make them to come and adore before thy feet. And they shall know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon the whole world to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

This is an encouragement to the faithful Remnant, as prophesied by Blessed Elizabeth Canori-Mora. If this congregation continues steadfast in the faith, growing more in grace with each passing phase of the persecutions, they will be rewarded by receiving the conversion of not only the Jews but those who have followed the second beast and have now repented. This remnant congregation knows that they are weak and therefore depend totally on Jesus and she whom He sends – the Immaculata.  Thus, to them is given the grace to stand fast in the faith. It would seem that this passage indicates that the institutional church, so long suffering the eclipse of the faith, will return to the faith by acknowledging the community of the faithful remnant.  The conversions of those Prelates who have at last rejected the false doctrines of the faction of Jezabel are the reward for the remnant’s steadfast refusal to compromise with the spirit of the world.

 

Laodicea

The final message is to the Church at Laodicea, which we have mentioned in previous posts.  To this Church, as to us all at this time, He warns,

“These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the beginning of the creation of God: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.

“Because thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing: and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy of me gold fire tried, that thou mayest be made rich; and mayest be clothed in white garments, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

“Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance. Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.”

We note with a poignant regret the relevance to our sad time under the blight of this pontiff and his wrecking crew, who make an unholy mess of the Temple of God. But we might also take heart in the promises offered to us in these first three chapters of the Apocalypse which reveal a restoration of the faith when at last those who have fallen into the error of following the Second Beast repent and return to the true faith, that is the traditional faith of all time, which has been preserved for them by the small and weak remnant represented by the Church at Philadelphia.

 

Please, 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!

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

Fridays for Reparation

From our draft archives:

Today’s meditation:

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

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

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

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

Litany for Penitents

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Thy great mercy, and according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out our iniquity. (Psalm 50:3)

Behold the Man, your King!

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Perfecter of the elect, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
O God, Who by the voice of Thy prophets and Apostles dost call upon us incessantly to be converted and to abandon our evil ways, have mercy on us.
O Divine Savior, Jesus Christ, Who didst Thyself come on earth to call sinners to repentance, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Who didst come among us to seek and to save the lost sheep, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who hast declared that unless we do penance, we shall perish everlastingly, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who desires not the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who has assured us that there shall be joy in Heaven over one sinner that is converted and does penance, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who, in the example of the prodigal son returning home to the bosom of his father, hast inspired us with confidence in Thy tenderness, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who for the sake and salvation of sinners was pleased to undergo so many hardships and labors, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who didst not refuse to receive sinners, in order to draw them to repentance, have mercy on us.
O Jesus, Who calls upon us to be converted to Thee with all our hearts, have mercy on us.
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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

NOTE: As of 1 August, 2018, this post has set a record of sorts as just about the most disliked of all my many disliked posts. That is quite an accomplishment. And so, I will today double down on this issue. 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.

The burgeoning “Catholic metoo” movement being promoted by some Catholic media is an example. Driven by the public humiliation of seeing our holy Church become a nest of filthy swine, and now a mockery before the world, it is entirely understandable that prominent professional Catholic commentators now feel driven to take action. Many of them have been quite critical of those of us who have worked for years to point out the corruption. We have been vilified for criticising the hierarchy, especially the “Holy Father”.  Now those who earn their living by advising Catholics how they are to interpret church news are urging followers to participate in a Catholic meToo movement to report sexual harassment by any homosexual cleric. This has certainly had a salutary effect on the secular media, hasn’t it!  You will see that the metoo movement, like all worldly movements only serves the enemy.

Diagnosing the Problem

The Lavender Mafia, such a colorful name, grotesque as the lifestyle it represents. But in reality it is a symptom, not the problem, not the primary problem at all. The problem is that satan has been welcomed into the Church by churchmen who have betrayed their consecrations and consciously, wilfully defied the true Head of the Church, Our Lord Jesus Christ. The problem is that the Church has fallen into the hands of the ancient enemy of God. It is Satan’s goal to make the Bride of Christ a mockery, just as he did to Christ Himself on Golgotha.

Spiritual Chastisement

This is the Spiritual Chastisement. It is above all a spiritual problem, in fact, it is the most tremendous, all-encompassing challenge the Church has faced in its long history of persecutions. The enemy within has at once corrupted the faith and the morals of our churchmen. Make no mistake, this corruption is a direct attack on Christ Himself. Reparation to Him must be made in order to open our hearts once again to His grace, to bring us the guidance we need. Without His grace, we are blind and we will fail. 

It is the disobedience of Church leaders which caused this, and the remedy to be applied begins with reparation to Jesus Christ for that disobedience. We must return in humility and obedience to the very model, the prototype of perfect obedience, the Immaculate Mother of God, to whom alone it has been given to lead us to return to Him, to restore the Church in all her splendour, holiness and beauty.

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the only sure path, please consider this prayerfully and do not get distracted by political solutions to spiritual problems.

This  spiritual chastisement will not end until reparation has been made, either by willing and generous hearts of those who remain faithful or, alternatively,  reparation will be extracted from a proud and arrogant, disobedient humanity. There is but little time left. If we were to truly return to Our Lady’s message at Fatima, and do as she requested, we might well see what St. Hildegard foretold in The Figure of a Woman. For today, we simply offer our repost:

Today, the last day of the month of the Precious Blood of Jesus, offered to the Eternal Father for our salvation, we take a moment to consider the revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich on the ungratefulness of Catholics who spurn the salvation He offers them at such a great and painful price, for this was the source of much of His agony.  Emmerich is eloquent here.

Several times I heard Him exclaim: ‘O my Father, can I possibly suffer for so ungrateful a race? O my Father, if this chalice may not pass from me, but I must drink it, Thy will be done!’

She then relates the frightful visions He endured in that last night of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

These diabolical figures urged on, dragged, and tore to pieces, before the very eyes of Jesus, countless numbers of those men for whose redemption He was entering upon the painful way of the Cross. …

These apparitions were all those persons who in divers ways insult and outrage Jesus, really and truly present in the Holy Sacrament.

I beheld with horror all the outrages thus offered to our Lord, whether by neglect, irreverence, and omission of what was due to Him; by open contempt, abuse, and the most awful sacrileges; by the worship of worldly idols; by spiritual darkness and false knowledge; or, finally, by error, incredulity, fanaticism, hatred, and open persecution. Among these men I saw many who were blind, paralysed, deaf, and dumb, and even children … who were led astray by following parents and teachers filled with the love of the world and forgetfulness of God, who were fed on earthly luxuries, drunk with false wisdom, and loathing all that pertained to religion.

.Entire neglect reigned everywhere, all things were left to moulder away in dust and filth, and the worship of God was, if not inwardly profaned, at least outwardly dishonoured. Nor did this arise from real poverty, but from indifference, sloth, preoccupation of mind about vain earthly concerns, and often also from egotism and spiritual death; for I saw neglect of this kind in churches the pastors and congregations of which were rich, or at east tolerably well off. I saw many others in which worldly, tasteless, unsuitable ornaments had replaced the magnificent adornments of a more pious age.

I saw the weak scandalised, the Adorable Sacrament profaned, the churches deserted, and the priests despised. This state of impurity and negligence extended even to the souls of the faithful, who left the tabernacle of their hearts unprepared and uncleansed when Jesus was about to enter them, exactly the same as they left His tabernacle on the altar.

I saw irreverent Christians of all ages, careless or sacrilegious priests, crowds of tepid and unworthy communicants, wicked soldiers profaning the sacred vessels, and servants of the devil making use of the Holy Eucharist in the frightful mysteries of hellish worship. Among these bands I saw a great number of theologians, who had been drawn into heresy by their sins, attacking Jesus in the Holy Sacrament of his Church, and snatching out of His Heart, by their seductive words and promises, a number of souls for whom He had shed His blood.

I beheld whole nations thus snatched out of His bosom, and deprived of any participation in the treasure of graces left to the Church. Finally, I saw all who were separated from the Church plunged into the depths of infidelity, superstition, heresy, and false worldly philosophy; and they gave vent to their fierce rage by joining together in large bodies to attack the Church, being urged on by the serpent which was disporting itself in the midst of them. Alas! it was as though Jesus himself had been torn in a thousand pieces!

For so many, many years now, Our Lady’s request for penance, for reparation has been ignored by most Catholics and the Church has been more or less self-destructing. Now, the Catholic “metoo” movement hopes to “hold people accountable” and clean up the filth, but until Our Lord is offered the reparation He requires, no earthly means will end this vile corruption. The First Saturdays of Reparation are a necessary step towards restoring the sanctity of the Church. Please,  plan now for your First Saturday of August Mass and Communion for Reparation on August 4th.

Please help spread this message. Thank you for reading, I pray for you all, always.

(From: Emmerich, Anne Catherine. The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary & The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Kindle Location 6702). Classic Century Works. Kindle Edition.)

Please, 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!

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:

The Little Lamb of God

[6] And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. [7] And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat on the throne. [8] And when He had opened the book, the four living creatures, and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints: [9] And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; because Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. [10] And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.

[11] And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the ancients; and the number of them was thousands of thousands, [12] Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction. [13] And every creature, which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them: I heard all saying: To Him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb, benediction, and honour, and glory, and power, for ever and ever. [14] And the four living creatures said: Amen. And the four and twenty ancients fell down on their faces, and adored Him that liveth for ever and ever.” (Apocalypse Ch. 5, 6-14)

The word for Lamb used here is different than the word St. John used in the Gospels, and is best translated, according to Father H. B. Kramer as “Little Lamb”. He stands in the position of a priest offering a sacrifice and since it is stated that He is “standing as it were slain”, and thus is both Victim and Priest. This passage calls to mind Psalm 109, v. 4-5: “The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. The Lord at Thy right hand hath broken kings in the day of His wrath.” Psalm 109 (link) therefore links the victory of Christ over His enemies with His Eucharistic priesthood. Thus, the Lamb is the Eucharistic Christ.

After Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Sacred Mystery at the Last Supper, He announced that the judgment upon the “prince of this world” is pronounced. Satan was judged in Heaven as the leader of rebellion and was condemned, but as prince of the world Satan was not judged until the Holy Sacrifice was offered by Christ at the Last Supper and the power to continue it conferred upon His Apostles. When Christ instituted the Sacred Mystery, the judgment on the prince of this world was pronounced although the execution of the decree was not carried out until Christ died on the Cross.

Jesus Christ dethroned Satan when He died. Yet the empire of satan still existed. The judgment of Satan as prince of the world was to be completed throughout the world and down through the ages by the destruction of his empire. Christ’s death on the Cross was not to be a mere memory or history, as heretics would have it, but a living reality constantly manifested through the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass. Thus, the “Little Lamb” – that is, Jesus in the Eucharist – will continue the destruction of Satan’s empire of evil through the centuries.

Christ’s judgment will strike all who refuse to accept this Eucharistic Mystery, those who choose the empire of Satan, the prince of the world. The Lamb has seven eyes and seven horns. In this symbolism, the eyes refer to the seven spirits, seven gifts of the Holy Ghost, and represent the union of the Holy Ghost with the Lamb, thus revealing the Holy Ghost proceeding from the Father and the Son. This symbol also represents Christ’s omniscience, searching out souls than can be saved and drawing them gently to Him, to be nourished by His Body and Blood in the Holy Sacrifice.

The seven horns of the Lamb are signs of power, and here represent the power of the seven sacraments, powerful weapons in the battle against evil. They are the glory of the Church; through them souls are cleansed, saints are sanctified and made glorious with grace.

Because Christ offered Himself in a bloody manner on the Cross as a complete satisfaction to God for all the sins of men, the sacrifice of the Eucharist and the Real Presence are possible. The Mass is an unceasing renewal and re-presentation of the sacrifice of the Cross. In the Mass Christ is “as it were slain”. Through this mystic sacrifice He exercises the power merited in His bloody sacrifice on Calvary to destroy the empire of Satan. All worship of the Church is centered around the Mass; from it flow all saving effects of His bloody death; and the power to administer the sacraments is transmitted in and through this sacrifice.

So you see, the potency of the sacraments springs from the Sacrifice of the Mass, diminish the sacrifice, you deplete the sacraments. Pope Paul VI spoke several times in apocalyptic phrases, such as “I am about to blow the seven trumpets of the Apocalypse”, and “from some crack, the smoke of satan has entered the temple of God”. (The Fifth Trumpet)).

In verses 9 and 10, the priests sing a ‘new canticle’, praising the Lamb, because He has ordained them priests, not as in the Old Covenant, but in the new, endowed with the power to rule, disposing to them a kingdom, so that they share in working out His redemption of souls, ruling His followers in His place. Fr. Kramer affirms, “Their internal dignity is the priesthood and their office in the world is to rule. This is a clear definition of the meaning of the word presbyteros, which was adopted by the Apostles to distinguish their priesthood from the barren priesthood of the Old Covenant.”

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.

These are the reasons for the acknowledgment Christ receives in His eucharistic presence from the episcopate and priesthood of the Church, the angels in Heaven and all creatures. [Note: Fr. Kramer wrote this long before the ravages of the modernist revolution in Vatican II] In the preface of the Mass, before the sacrificial act is performed, the priest sings the praises of God and Christ and joins his canticle with the choirs of angels in language very similar to that spoken by the elders. All creatures, except the reprobates, join with the priesthood of the Church in adoring the Eucharistic Lamb. [Is it any wonder that the forces of Satan have fought so mightily within the Church to destroy the true Sacrifice of the Mass and the most Holy Eucharist?]

In “The Book of Destiny”, Father H B Kramer writes of Satan that,

“… in trying to destroy Christ and His work, he brought the greatest defeat and humiliation of all upon himself and lost everything he had apparently gained in Paradise (with the temptation of Adam and Eve). With man redeemed and heaven re-opened, Satan’s kingdom in the world has been dismembered ever more and more, not so much by an almighty act of God or by an almighty word of the God-man, as by the words of mere man pronounced at the Consecration of the Mass. Man is here empowered to overthrow the kingdom of Satan and drive him out of the world. Christ is now triumphant over Satan in the humble and lifeless appearance of the eucharistic species.”

Readers, even though it may not seem so at present, the fact is, this is the last phase of the final and hopeless defeat and utmost humiliation of the archenemy of God and man. In the Apocalypse, St. John describes in epic splendors this last act of the grand drama of Redemption with its series of victories for Jesus Christ and mankind and its consequent defeats for Satan. Christ entrusted the power to renew His bloody death on the Cross in an unbloody mystic manner to the priests of His Church elevating man thereby to God-likeness and defeating forever the designs of Satan with the utmost humiliation to him. So much has man been exalted and Satan’s pride humiliated, that he who was far lower than the angels in natural gifts now rises in the power of grace to defeat his enemy and stand forth triumphant. [With so much granted to priests comes an awesome responsibility, that is why satan works to destroy them and we for our part, must support them with prayer and penances.]

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

The firm belief of the faithful of the Church in this sacred mystery, in the Reality of the Great Presence, in the truth and effectiveness of Christ’s words at the Last Supper, just as the Church has explained and believed it through all ages, undoes the unbelief of the head of the human race in Paradise (the original sin of Adam). This is the “victory that overcomes the world” and the empire of Satan with all its earthly and unearthly forces, this firm faith. In and through the Eucharistic Mystery, the power with which Christ endowed His priesthood, distinguishing it thereby from all other priesthoods of history, and the unshakable belief in the words of Christ by the faithful of the Church, Paradise will be regained, and the honor refused God by Adam through the intrigue and deception of Satan will be restored to Him.

The Apocalypse clearly shows that the triumph of Christ will be a Eucharistic triumph. That is why the Message of Fatima actually began in 1916 with the Angel’s visits and prayers. The last Joyful Mystery shows us Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph leading us back to the Temple to find Jesus there. Meditate on this mystery and learn from it. The Blessed Virgin Mary only ever leads us to her beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Devotion to the Immaculata is not meant ever to be separated from devotion to the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. That is another reason why the First Saturdays of Reparation are vital. Without them, the Pope will not be able to repent and Consecrate Russia.

In the end, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph, and it will be through the most Holy Eucharist, through the resurgence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and that means, through our Royal Priesthood. Please pray and offer reparation for all  of our priests and prelates  – and our Pope – to repent, be converted and saved.

Note: the above interpretation of the Apocalypse is largely from Father Herman Bernard Kramer’s “Book of Destiny”, which is cited above. However, in the years after Father Kramer penned his revelation of Revelation, we have experienced a considerable unfolding of the Apocalypse and much now becomes clear that in Father’s time was shadowy. We shall soon see how central the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and our Royal Priesthood are to be in coming events.

 

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

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

The Feastday of St. Mary Magdalen

 

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Mary Magdalen, model for pentients.

Of Mary Magdalen, Lacordaire  said,

“Mary Magdalene touches both sides of our life: the Sinner anoints us with her tears, the Saint with her tenderness, the one soothes our wounds at the feet of Christ, the other tries to exalt us to the ravishment of her ascension.”

“Many sins are forgiven her because she hath loved much.”

We often see Magdalen at the feet of Christ.  Luke tells us that Mary sat at the feet of Christ, listening to Him, while Martha complained.  When Jesus returned to Bethany to raise Mary’s brother, Lazarus, she ran to Him and  cast herself at His feet. Before His Passion, she knelt at His feet and anointed them.  At the Crucifixion, she stood at His feet, beside Our Lord’s most Blessed Mother, comforting Mary and adoring her Master.  Each time, Our Lord defended her. “Mary has chosen the better part.” After the anointing, “Let her alone. That which she has done will be told in memory of her.”  But note this change: on that glorious Easter Sunday, when she discovered her Risen Lord, she threw herself at His feet once again, but this time Our Lord pointed her to their heavenly Father, “I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God.”  Thus, we see Our Lord urging Mary to aspire to a higher union, dying with Christ in contemplation to rise with Him in eternal glory.

Penitent to Contemplative

Father Alban Butler’s Life of Mary Magdalen tells us that the Magdalen is the first in a  “new order of souls”, which he describes as a school of love by the martyrdom of the heart which by learning to die to the world and to inordinate self-love, lives to God and His pure love. This happiness we attain to, by being united in spirit to Jesus crucified, as Magdalen was at the foot of His cross. She suffered by love what He suffered in His body by the hands of the Jews. The same cross crucified Jesus and Magdalen in Him and with Him. … so that she could say in a twofold sense; “My love is crucified.”

She spent the last thirty years of her life in contemplation of her Beloved, in the wilderness of Provence, where legend has it that she was elevated from her grotto to the peak of the mountain seven times each day until she died. What saw she from her celestial heights?

In Sacred Scripture, of all the figures which surrounded  Our Lord Jesus Christ, it appears as though Mary Magdalen has chosen the surest path to His heart.  Why did Our Lord choose such a notorious sinner as Mary Magdalen? Was it not to show us His favoritism towards repentant sinners?  Some may read this and think that they at least have never been such a reprobate as Mary Magdalen. Well, perhaps we each of us should rather say,

“My Jesus, mercy, for I have never repented of my sins so completely, so fervently as Magdalen. My faith has been lukewarm at best!”

And perhaps now is a good time to ask Mary Magdalen, patroness of penitents, to intercede for us that God grant us a generous and sacrificial heart like hers. May her generous heart embrace our small and cautious  hearts and free us of that most pernicious disorder of these times, indifference to the sufferings of Christ in the Passion of His Church.

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!

~ 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!

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.

Tradidi quod et accepi, 2018

Please do not dismiss this as just another repost! I present it again because there is an urgent need to dwell on the meaning of the legacy of this brave and saintly man. His goodness and wisdom must still guide us today if we are to follow him as faithful servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is offered without commentary because any words of mine would simply detract from it.

“Today, by consecrating these bishops, I am convinced that I am keeping alive Tradition, that is to say, the Catholic Church.”
'Tradidi enim vobis, in primis quod et accepi" 1 Cor. 15, 3.
‘Tradidi enim vobis, in primis quod et accepi”
1 Cor. 15, 3.
In one word, the life of Tradition is a life of contemplation of the Eternal Truth and love of the Eternal Good–not a constant change! (Abp. Marcel Lefebvre)

On June 30, 1988 Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the Society of St. Pius X, and Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer, bishop emeritus of Campos, Brazil, consecrated four bishops at the seminary of Econe, Switzerland, in the presence of 10,000 faithful and hundreds of priests and religious.

In the July, 1988 issue of The Angelus, Rev.  Father Francois Laisney, then District Superior of the Society in the United States wrote about the historical Episcopal Consecrations. The following are some excerpts. I believe the entire article is available online at The Angelus Archives.

Christ has given to His Church the complete Deposit of Faith. Each individual may deepen his knowledge of this Deposit, but the Church had it all since its beginning. The Church may defend it more and more explicitly against the negators and the heresies, but neither adds to it, nor loses any parcel of this Eternal Truth.

The Church possesses, from the beginning, the Perfect Example of Virtue: the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. All the saints have imitated Him; we have to follow in their footsteps. The way to heaven is not to be invented; there is one, and only one; it is Our Lord Jesus Christ: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me!”

Therefore there can be no change in the Church’s morals, which are all summed up in these words of Our Lord: “Be ye perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). The Divine Perfection is eternal and immutable. In heaven the saints “rest” in God, thus without changes, sharing Divine Eternity. On the contrary, in hell, the damned will be tormented by unrest: the unceasing succession and changes of torments, one worse than the other. Folly of those who love change for the sake of change! They might have an eternity of changes… in hell!

If there is some change in the Church as such, it is her wonderful capability of putting into practice her eternal principles to meet the needs of each era. This is particularly manifested in the many religious orders which have sprung up throughout the whole history of the Church. All of them follow the same Model: Jesus Christ, and the same principles of Faith and morals, but adapt them to their particular circumstances. In this regard, one can see Tradition living in the work of Archbishop Lefebvre and all the other traditional foundations. They have all come to the Eternal Principles to receive Eternal Life from them.

In one word, the life of Tradition is a life of contemplation of the Eternal Truth and love of the Eternal Good–not a constant change!

Injustices of the Condemnation
Those who condemn us, try to accuse us of not being faithful to the “living” Tradition. I hope the above reflections show that the true faithful to the Living Tradition are those who keep it and live it, without adulterating it with the spirit of the world. This is the very meaning of the word “faithful,” i.e., the one who keeps the Faith! Not the one who changes it! Liberal principles, which the Popes have repeatedly condemned, shall never be able to become a part of the Catholic Faith. In a time when so many have tried to marry the Church and the Revolution, it is urgent to keep Tradition, and to provide for its continuation. Therefore, according to the very principles of Canon Law, in cases of real emergency, there can be no sanction. Any sanction is unjust, since its motive is to destroy the Tradition of the Church, to refuse it the means to continue.

If any one still had doubts, the Good Lord in His divine providence, arranged some enlightening coincidences. On the very same day, June 30th, Rome was publishing a directory for “Celebrations Without Priests.” When Archbishop Lefebvre was providing for the continuation of the Catholic Priesthood, Rome was providing for the absence of priests! What will be these celebrations? They will be much like Protestant services.

Another coincidence, in the widely diffused USA Today, of July 1, the article announcing the Roman sanction against Archbishop Lefebvre was just above an article concerning Archbishop Hunthausen[5], entitled “Masses for Homosexuals”; the Archbishop of Seattle was resuming this abominable practice! If one had doubts about Archbishop Lefebvre’s rights, he had just to read a little further to get the answer: there is no justice in this current situation!

And Our Attitude Now?
“Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.” These words of St. Paul are for each one of us. When evil seems to reign, we must not be discouraged and fall into bitterness. Our Lord, at the height of the hatred of the Jews and compromises of Pilate, did not curse, but rather prayed for His enemies: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” This must be our attitude: pray for the Church, pray for the Pope, pray for the bishops, that they may come back, as the Apostles who had abandoned Our Lord on Good Friday came back to the Faith on Easter Sunday. But do not follow them in their abandon; stay at the foot of the Cross with the few faithful to Christ, to the Sacrifice of Calvary, to the Sacrifice of the Mass.

This is a time for heroism–heroic faith and heroic charity. “Do not render evil for evil, nor cursing for cursing, but, on the contrary, blessing” (I Pet. 111:9). “Love your enemies, do good to your enemies, do good to those who hate you: and pray for those who persecute and calumniate you” (Mt. 5:44).

Indeed, Tradition is not only the handing down through the centuries of the Deposit of Faith, but also the example of the holiness of Our Lord, the examples of the saints. May the Blessed Virgin Mary help all of us to be faithful to the whole of Tradition: to the Truth and holiness of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are what we have always been—Catholics carrying on. That is all.
We are what we have always been—Catholics carrying on. That is all.

The four new bishops, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais (born 1945, France), Richard Williamson (born 1940, England), Alfonso de Galarreta (born 1957, Spain), and Bernard Fellay (born 1958, Switzerland), were chosen by Archbishop Lefebvre among the members of the Society of St. Pius X because “they seemed to us the most apt, whilst being in circumstances and in functions which permit them more easily to fulfill their episcopal ministry, to confirm your children, and to be able to confer ordinations in our various seminaries,” as he explained in the sermon of the ceremony of consecrations.

Neither schismatic nor excommunicated
In the same sermon, Archbishop Lefebvre emphasized the extraordinary circumstances justifying his grave decision:

It is not for me to know when Tradition will regain its rights in Rome, but I think it is my duty to provide the means of doing that which I shall call “Operation Survival,” operation survival for Tradition. Today, this day, is “Operation Survival.

If I had made this deal with Rome, by continuing with the agreements we had signed, and by putting them into practice, it would have been “Operation Suicide.” There is no choice, we must survive. That is why today, by consecrating these bishops, I am convinced that I am keeping alive Tradition, that is to say, the Catholic Church.”

One year after the consecrations, in an interview published in the July-August 1989 issue of the SSPX’s magazine in France, Fideliter, the archbishop maintained that

We should have no hesitation or scruples with regard to these episcopal consecrations. We are neither schismatic nor excommunicated, and we are not against the pope. We are not against the Catholic Church. We are not creating a parallel Church. All that is absurd. We are what we have always been—Catholics carrying on. That is all.”

The role of our bishops
Their ministerial function being limited to the administration of the sacraments of holy orders and confirmation, our bishops neither received nor claimed any episcopal jurisdiction over priests or faithful.

In his 1989 interview by Fideliter, Archbishop Lefebvre stated that:

The four bishops are there to give ordinations and confirmations, to replace me and to do what I did for several years. For the rest, it is clearly the district superiors who are given a territory which is theirs and who, as far as they can, go to the help of the souls calling for them. For these souls have the right to have the sacraments and the Truth, the right to be saved. And, so we go to help them, and it is the request of these souls which grants us the right, as foreseen by Canon Law, to minister to them.”

In his letter to the four candidates, August 29, 1987, Archbishop Lefebvre had already explained that

The main purpose of my passing on the episcopacy is that the grace of priestly orders be continued, for the true Sacrifice of the Mass to be continued, and that the grace of the sacrament of confirmation be bestowed upon children and upon the faithful who will ask you for it.”

Archbishop Lefebvre insisted on their attachment to the Holy See and on their service to his priestly Society:

I beseech you to remain attached to the See of Peter, to the Roman Church, Mother and Mistress of all Churches, keeping in its entirety the Catholic Faith as expressed in the various creeds of the Faith, in the Catechism of the Council of Trent, in conformity with what you were taught in your seminary. Remain faithful in the handing down of this Faith so that the Kingdom of Our Lord may come.

Finally, I beseech you to remain attached to the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, to remain profoundly united amongst yourselves, in submission to the Society’s Superior General, in the Catholic Faith of all time, remembering the words of St. Paul to the Galatians (1:8-9): ‘But even if we or an angel from heaven were to teach you a different gospel from the one we have taught you, let him be anathema.’

The Roman reaction to the consecrations
On July 1, 1988, Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, signed a decree of excommunication announcing that Archbishop Lefebvre, Bishop de Castro Mayer, and the four new bishops had performed a schismatic act and excommunicated themselves latae sententiae (automatically) in accordance with the provisions of canon 1382 of the Code of Canon Law:

“A bishop who consecrates someone a bishop without a pontifical mandate and the person who receives the consecration from him incur a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See.”

The following day, July 2, 1988, Pope John Paul II issued the apostolic letter motu proprio, Ecclesia Dei adflicta, confirming the excommunications and the existence of a schism.

The Society of St. Pius X has always contested the juridical validity of the censure. Besides other considerations, the excommunication was not incurred because a person who violates a law out of necessity is not subject to a penalty (canon 1323 §4), and even if there is no state of necessity, when one inculpably thought the opposite he would not incur the penalty (canon 1323 §7); and if one culpably thought there was such a state of necessity, he would still incur no automatic penalties (canon 1324 §3).

Accusation of schism
As for the accusation of schism, Archbishop Lefebvre always recognized the pope’s authority. Consecrating a bishop without pontifical mandate would be a schismatic act if one pretended to confer not just the fullness of the priesthood but also jurisdiction, a governing power over a particular flock. Only the pope, who has universal jurisdiction over the whole Church, can appoint a pastor to a flock and empower him to govern it. But Archbishop Lefebvre never presumed to confer anything but the full priestly powers of holy orders.

Cardinal Rosalio Castillo Lara, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of Canon Law, in La Repubblica, October 7, 1988, stated that the consecrations performed by Archbishop Lefebvre and Bishop de Castro Mayer did not constitute an act of schism (“The mere fact of consecrating a bishop is not in itself a schismatic act”).

The Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law of the Catholic Institute of Paris, Fr. Patrick Valdrini, confirmed that “it is not the consecration of a bishop that creates a schism; what consummates the schism is to confer upon that bishop an apostolic mission” (Valeurs Actuelles, July 4, 1988).

And Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, has declared, on at least five separate occasions in public interviews (30 Giorni n. 9, 2005), that the Society of St. Pius X is not in a situation of formal schism. He has also affirmed that “the bishops, priests, and faithful of the Society of St. Pius X are not schismatics.” (Die Tagespost, February 8, 2007)

Finally, on January 21, 2009, a decree of the Congregation for Bishops, signed by its Prefect, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, based on the faculties expressly granted by Pope Benedict XVI, declared the decree of July 1, 1988, to be deprived of any juridical effect. (Source)

The above posting is simply to honor the very brave act of Archbishop Lefebvre 30 years ago this month. It is not my intention to defend Archbishop Lefebvre’s actions, because they do not need defending.

Those who have the Latin Mass today, no matter their affiliation, owe this brave and saintly man such a huge debt of gratitude, for his actions, by saving tradition, saved the Church, saved the faith. 

Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

The Crucified Child Jesus of Pichincha

By request. Please note there is an update at the end.

In the “Mystical City of God”, Blessed Maria de Jesus de Agreda recounts of the Child Jesus,

During prayer our Blessed Master sometimes assumed a kneeling posture, sometimes He was prostrate in the form of a cross, or at other times raised in the air in this same position which He loved so much. In the presence of His Mother He was wont to pray:

“O most blessed Cross! When shall thy arms receive mine, when shall I rest on thee and when shall my arms, nailed to thine, be spread to welcome all sinners? (Matt. 9, 13). But as I came from heaven for no other purpose than to invite them to imitate Me and associate with Me, they are even now and forever open to embrace and enrich all men. Come then, all ye that are blind, to the light. Come ye poor, to the treasures of my grace. Come, ye little ones, … Come, ye afflicted and worn out ones, … Come, ye just, … Come all ye children of Adam, for I call upon you all. I am the way, the truth and the life (13, 6), and I will deny nothing that you desire to receive. My eternal Father, they are the works of Thy hands, do not despise them; for I will offer Myself as a sacrifice on the Cross, in order to restore them to justice and freedom. If they be but willing I will lead them back to the bosom of Thy elect and to their heavenly kingdom, where Thy name shall be glorified.

At all these prayers the beloved Mother was present, and in her purest soul, as in the purest crystal, the light of the Onlybegotten was reflected. His interior and exterior prayers reechoed in Her, causing Her to imitate His petitions and prayers in the same postures. When the great Lady for the first time saw Him sweat blood, her maternal heart was transfixed with sorrow and filled with astonishment at the effects caused in Christ, our Lord, by the sins and ingratitudes committed by men, foreseen by the Lord and known to Her. In the anguish of her heart she turned to her fellow mortals and exclaimed: “O children of men! Little do ye understand how highly the Lord esteems His image and likeness in you! For, as the price of your salvation, He offers His own blood and deems it little to shed all of it for you. O could I but unite your wills with mine, in order that I might bring you to love and obey Him!” (The Mystical City of God: Complete Edition Containing all Four Volumes with Illustrations. Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition)

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Five Principles in Time of Crisis

NOTE: 21 June, 2018: If you cannot succeed in getting a comment posted, please email me directly: evensong at returntofatima dot org.

The following is in response to the requests of our readers.  Several readers have expressed their distress over the lack of a leader to confront the errors in the church.   And so, let us begin with the five principles explicated by Father Stehlin. That will be the basis for subsequent discussions. The emphasis is ours and there is no commentary for now.

From SSPX: News and Events,

Fr. Karl Stehlin’s letter to Rev. Fr. Antoine, Rev. Fr. Jean, and the whole community of Reverend Capuchin Fathers:[1]

Warsaw, February 6, 2014
Rev. Fr. Jean,

I just received your sermon from the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, and I must tell you that it deeply moved me. It reminded me of those days when I had the honor of receiving you into the Militia Immaculatae [M.I.], and of your visit to Poland to participate in our great pilgrimage to Czestochowa. What is more, you know how attached I am to you Capuchin Fathers, especially since it is through you that the M.I. spread in France, forming knights of the Immaculate willing to work for the conversion of souls. Finally, what a joy it has been for me to see Polish postulants enter your monastery and the convent of the Poor Clares.

All this to say that I read your sermon with the utmost attention, all the more so since you Fathers rarely speak “ad extra”.

How right you are to insist that we must be men of principle, and that our principles must be inflexible, with no possible compromise. I admit that I have been thinking about this very point for a long time, and wishing to be a man of principle after the example of a Cardinal Pie and an Archbishop Lefebvre, I have tried to gather together the main principles (I found five) and place them before my conscience in order to examine whether I strive to put them into practice. Allow me to expose them to you, not in hierarchical order, but as they come to mind.

First principle: the good of obedience

Reading your words as a son of St. Francis and of our beloved St. Maximilian Kolbe, I thought first of all of how much the latter insisted on supernatural obedience. You know his famous texts and you know better than I that for St. Maximilian, the only sure mark of the voice of the Immaculate is the voice of one’s superiors. This saint practiced this obedience to the point of heroism and that is the profound reason for his influence and the success of the Immaculate. I have always admired the Capuchin Fathers for being champions of the practice of this great principle. And St. Maximilian (and St. Thomas before him) tells again that only if superiors ask of us something immoral or against the Faith must we respect the greater obedience towards God and therefore refuse to obey His human instruments. Thanks to this principle, which is the essence of obedience, we have chosen the superior obedience towards God over obedience to His instruments who ask us to do or accept things against Faith and morals.

But if I am in front of a legitimate superior (see the second principle), I owe him total obedience, through which I accomplish the will of the Immaculate in perfect safety. And St. Maximilian insists that this obedience is thus supernatural because of our love for God and our submission to Him.

I admit that it is sometimes hard. And I can still hear Fr. Antoine saying during a retreat: “you have to hold on tight” to persevere on the path of obedience. And I am so happy and grateful to my superiors who not only have never asked of me (nor of anyone I know) anything bad, but on the contrary: how many times have their orders saved me, although at the time I didn’t understand, and I thought that humanly speaking such order seemed to make little sense. But the principle is formal: as long as there is no act, order, or demand against Faith and morals, complete and total obedience! How I wish the sons of St. Francis and of St. Maximilian Kolbe would remind us of this principle that is the source of all sanctity and apostolic fecundity. All of us priests ordained in Tradition made a solemn promise at the moment of our priestly ordination, and in the light of this, how painful it is to read the declaration of the priests that call themselves “the Resistance”.[2]

Second principle: authority

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