St. Joseph, Remedy for Error

“We saw, beside the sun, Saint Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady clothed in white with a blue mantle. Saint Joseph and the Child Jesus seemed to bless the world with gestures which they made with their hands in the form of a cross.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima)

St. Joseph, defender of the faith, defender of families, pray for us!
St. Joseph, defender of the faith, defender of families, pray for us!

This little noted event tells us so much! Even as the miracle of the sun is occurring, St. Joseph appears, holding the Child Jesus and both bless the world. This reminds us that God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, entrusted the Child Jesus to St. Joseph. Indeed, God’s wisdom entrusted the Holy Family to the quiet man, and now, at Fatima, he is revealed to us, to bless us in this time prefigured by the miracle of the sun.

At the miracle of the sun, the earth stood firm while the sun moved erratically. How can this be? And yet it happened. How can the Church, established by Christ become so erratic as it is today, under Pope Francis? How do we reconcile that the gates of hell will not prevail and the Holy Ghost will always guide her, with what we now see? St. Joseph solved a similar conundrum and he stands ready to help us now.

Matthew 1, 18-25 tells of Joseph’s dilemma and its resolution. His example of humility and steadfastness is precisely the example for us today. Faithful Catholics are torn today between the temptation to abandon the church, or to go along with the errors of the Bergoglio/Kasper agenda.

What did Joseph do when faced with an unsolvable dilemma? He turned to God in prayer and stayed with it until God gave him light. He didn’t become his own God, or in today’s terms, his own pope. Neither did he accept the unthinkable option that somehow Mary had broken her vow, but that false mercy was required on his part to simply accept unfaithfulness. That would be the spiritual sloth of today’s catholics, who simply go along to get along, and welcome unrepentant vice into the church. “Who am I to judge?”

If the Lord God entrusted the Ark of the Covenant to the keeping of St. Joseph, can we not also turn in confidence to him, secure in the knowledge that he will teach us the humility and patience to stand firm in the faith until these erratic and uncertain times are over and the Blessed Virgin clears the smoke of Satan from the Church?

In the Bible, we see that in obedience to God, St. Joseph took the child Jesus and the Blessed Virgin to Egypt in order to save them from murderous Herod. Now, Egypt was a country similar in many ways to our modern post-Christian societies, very much in the control of the Lord of the World. And yet St. Joseph kept them safe. And now he stands ready to help faithful priests guard their flocks. He helps Catholic fathers protect their families.

In 2008, Cardinal Caffara spoke of a correspondence he had with Sister Lucia of Fatima. In her letter she said that, “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.” “Don’t be afraid”, she added, because “anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.” And then she concluded: “however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.”

Certainly, the Fatima vision of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus blessing us, in conjunction with Sister Lucia’s remarks to Cardinal Caffara, should give us consolation today. There is another bit of information on this subject. Solange Hertz, in her book, The Sixth Trumpet, tells us that Sister Lucia, when asked about the Third Secret confirmed that it is about Apocalypse Chapter 12. Mrs. Hertz posits that Apocalypse 12:14 may apply to us in these times.

“And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.”

In the mystical language of St. John in the Apocalypse, ‘the woman’ refers to the Church, but also to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary is inseparably bound to the Church and St. Joseph is the Guardian of both. In Hertz’ view, the Holy Family’s sojourn in Egypt prefigures this passage, and indicates that St. Joseph is given to us in these dire times to strengthen and defend us, and to bring us safely home again.

H J M White has offered some perspective regarding the “desert option”:

“For now, I will offer the words of St. Basil on what people were doing to keep the Faith during the worst days of the Arian crisis:

“Religious people keep silence, but every blaspheming tongue is let loose.
Sacred things are profaned; those of the laity who are sound in the Faith avoid the places of worship as schools of impiety, and raise their hands in solitude, with groans and tears to the Lord in Heaven.”

Four years after, he writes: “Matters have come to this pass: the people have left their houses of prayer, and assembled in the deserts, – a pitiable sight; women and children, old men, and men otherwise infirm, wretchedly faring in the open air, amid most profuse rains and snowstorms and winds and frosts of winter; and again in summer under a scorching sun. To this they submit, because they will have no part of the wicked Arian leaven.”

Again: “Only one offense is now vigorously punished an accurate observance of our fathers’ traditions. For this cause the pious are driven from their countries and transported into deserts.”

Do you remember that saying of Pope Francis after his “World Youth Day”? It was “¡Hagan lío!”  The sycophant press as translates it as, “Make a mess!”, but it is more colloquially understood as, “Raise hell!”

Motto of the Bishop of Rome: ¡Hagan lío! That is, "Raise Hell!"
Motto of the Bishop of Rome: ¡Hagan lío!
That is, “Raise Hell!”

The Peronist Pontiff has certainly succeeded in “raising hell” in the Church since he took office and now reigns over a church remade totally in his own image. We really need to keep the above two images in mind. The Bishop of Rome commands us to obey him, the “Supreme Pastor” in the new Church of Mercy, a church where no repentance is needed, where we can “make a mess” and wallow in it, I guess.

And yet at Fatima, Our Lady of the Rosary offers us St. Joseph and our Lord Jesus Christ, calling us to the unchanging faith, the eternal truth. No mess, no raising hell, but instead, raising our hearts to God.

As we survey the wreckage left in the wake of the synod, we know that the Immaculate Virgin Mary has already crushed satan’s head, and in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph. Our job is to stand firm in the faith, and St. Joseph is our sure unfailing defender.

  St. Joseph defender of the family, defender of the faith, we entrust our families and our faith to thee!

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, intercede for us!

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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

Christ the King and the Synod of Shame, 2015

Now that this blasphemous farcical Synod is finally over, we need to get back to the faith. I haven’t the heart, at present, to say more. Indeed, my heart is breaking for Our Lord Jesus Christ and His betrayed Bride. Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! The following post is all I have to offer at present, but I hope that it will help us focus on the enduring truths of our faith!

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

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

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

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

Notice that Pilate, after asking Jesus, “What is truth?” walked away without attending to His answer. Isn’t that typical of the posturing of the leaders of this world! Here is Jesus telling us that everyone who is of the truth hears His voice and Pilate proves that he is not of the truth by ignoring Christ the King’s voice.

Picture if you will, our King as He must have looked when He said these words, not in front of a cheering crowd, but instead, a jeering mob crying for His crucifixion and death. Not wearing splendid garments but clothed in His bloodied and dirtied robe; not crowned with gold and jewels but with hateful thorns. Thus His appearance affirms His message, that is, that His Kingdom is not of this world. There is enmity between His Kingdom and the false kingdoms of this world. It is a kingdom so sublime that nothing this world can do can impinge upon it, and it will have no end.

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Decentralizing Unity?

What do you think? Can you “decentralize” catholicity? Really? Now that they have demolished the mark of the Church, “Holy”, why not demolish another, that is, “Catholic”?

From DICI:

On October 17, 2015, at the two-thirds mark of the proceedings of the second Synod on the Family, Pope Francis presided at a ceremony commemorating the institution of the Synod of Bishops by Paul VI. In his speech he mentioned the need to revise the Petrine ministry, hoping to further synodality and episcopal collegiality, and even calling for a “sound decentralization” of the Church for benefit of the local episcopates. “The pope is not alone above the Church, but in it as a baptized person among the baptized, and within the episcopal college as a bishop among bishops. He is called at the same time, as the successor of the Apostle Peter, to guide the Church of Rome that presides in love over all the Churches,” he said.

The Pope was thereby merely repeating his wish, expressed already in 2013 in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, for a “conversion of the papacy”. In that document the man who presents himself at first as the Bishop of Rome deplored “excessive centralization” which, “rather than proving helpful, complicates the Church’s life and her missionary outreach”. He asked for a more in-depth study of the status of episcopal conferences so as to offer them “specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority”. The reform of Church structures, Francis also wrote, demands that everyone be “bold and creative”.

The October 17 issue of La Croix notes, in an op-ed piece penned by Sébastien Maillard: “This speech shows first that the current Synod is going beyond its specific topic—the family—to become in itself an example for the future of the Church’s progress.” This is exactly what Abp. Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau (Canada) emphasizes: “I think that the Pope has adopted the great insights of Vatican II on the Church and ecclesiology and with them has set up a more concrete picture with this keyword: ‘synodality’.” Quoting Francis words: “Synodality may be the way of the third millennium of the Church,” the prelate opines that the Holy Father has described a path for the future of the Church and not “an exercise for next week”.

Three days previously, on October 14, at the invitation of Fr. Federico Lombardi, spokeman of the Holy See, the German monk Jeremias Schröder, Superior of the Benedictine Congregation of Saint Odile, gave journalists a report of the discussions held during the Synod. He spoke as follows:

“ … For each problem we do not need a uniform solution established in Rome for the whole Church. The Church should perhaps reach an agreement concerning the fact that a different approach to the complex subject of the family is permissible in different societies and regions of the world. …”

Such remarks recall those of another German, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who in February of this year declared that the Church in Germany was not “a subsidiary of Rome” (see DICI no. 312 dated March 13, 2015)

On October 17, the international website Voice of the Family succinctly criticized these heterodox statements:

“What is morally and spiritually right or wrong, in practice, must now depend upon which episcopal conference we are talking about. Truth be told, this tacit condoning of relativism by Synod fathers and Cardinal Marx was foreshadowed by no less than Pope Francis himself who wrote, in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, that ‘a juridical status of episcopal conferences which would see them as subjects of specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority, has not yet been sufficiently elaborated.’ … This seems to indicate that Pope Francis would be open to the possibility of devolving some of the doctrinal power of the papacy to the individual episcopal conferences. If this means anything, it means giving the episcopal conferences the power to adopt disciplines and even doctrines that are different from those of other conferences….

“Anticipating the debacle that would surely follow, should episcopal conferences be endowed with doctrinal and disciplinary power, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, condemned the whole idea as ‘an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the catholicity of the Church’. Indeed, Catholic literally means universal, as in a universal moral and spiritual code that applies equally to everyone, everywhere, for all time; it is the antithesis of relativism, which states that moral and spiritual truths are true only for some or for a specific time…. Devolving power from the papacy to the episcopal conferences therefore compromises both the catholicity (universality) and unicity (one-ness) of the Church, making it a hodge-podge of ‘churches’, each operating under its own rules and beliefs, and, ultimately, in thrall to the caprices of the individual egos that populate them.”
(Sources: la croix/voice of the family/blog jeanne smits – DICI no. 323 dated October 23, 2015)

COMMENT: The whole article is good, and it was especially heartening to read: “In that document the man who presents himself at first as the Bishop of Rome deplored ‘excessive centralization’. ”  Savor that a moment: “The man who calls himself the Bishop of Rome”. A nice bit of encouragement from SSPX! 

For a good analysis of the error of “decentralization”, see Voice of the Family.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, intercede for us!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
Pray the Rosary for our priests, our prelates and the Pope.

Pope Francis’ Endgame

With all this heresy coming fast and furious, we have to wonder what our Pontiff’s endgame is. Read on for some possibilities…

Michael Matt at the Remnant has written an excellent, heart-felt analysis: “The Synod on the Family” and the Fate of the Church.  Matt included a lengthy quote from the Vatican about Pope Francis’ homily for October 15 in which the Pontiff spoke on that old Lutheran favorite, Romans Chapter 3, Verses 27-30 (NB: Verse 31, which says that the law of works is not overthrown by faith, but upheld by it, was omitted [by Francis] ).

Then Matt remarked,

In this homily Francis reveals a new theology, one in which “the key of knowledge” is his theory of mercy, a theory which does not seek repentance and penance from sinners. …

"Let us not be fooled by the experts who put limits on this love."
“Let us not be fooled by the experts who put limits on this love.”

Moreover, in this new theology, all are saved regardless of their observation or refusal to observe the Commandments. Thieves, adulterers, murderers, those who pray to false gods— the number of the “saved” knows no limits. Strikingly, all are saved, except those who disagree with this new theology, such as those who point to Jesus’s depictions of Hell in the Bible, and the explicit words of Saint Paul himself on reception of the Eucharist. In this theology Jesus and the Saints themselves are among the few in Hell. How incredible.

At this point, and in retrospect, we must now look back and ask ourselves in all seriousness, “What has happened to the Church?” “What is the ‘Synod on the Family’ really about?” “Can the laity really tolerate this new Franciscan theology, which will most certainly eventually bring homosexual ‘married’ and/or homosexual sexually active priests to the Church?” Add to that list unapologetic adulterers, murderers, thieves and even those who pray to false gods. What a free-for-all religion that would be! One thing is for certain, and that is if this theology of “salvation for all” is allowed to enter the Catholic Church, the laity will flow out from it like blood and water from Christ’s side.  …

The only people who can determine what can be done at this point are the Pope and the bishops, and it does not look as if they agree with each other. …

Matt concludes that the faithful may need to turn to the SSPX for spiritual nourishment,

“especially now that their sacraments have been recognized as valid and licit for the Year of Mercy. Moreover, maybe it has come to pass that even after the Year of Mercy ‘irregular canonical status’ is preferable to open heresy.”

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…and you will strike at her heel…

“… there are dogmas, like the Immaculate Conception which are not as important to the concrete lives of people, about which we are talking in the Synod.” (Bishop Semeraro, Secretary of Pope’s C9 Cardinal Advisors commenting on the Synod, see previous post)

Our popular guest poster, BVM Servant continues our series on the Message of Fatima in relation to this disastrous Synod by responding to Bishop Semeraro’s offensive remarks against the Immaculata.

A Bishop at the Synod on the Family (Rome, Oct, 2015) stated that the Immaculate Conception has no relevance to concrete lives of people [today]. He was alluding to the idea that Church should attend to significant pastoral needs not dogmatic statements. Let us strip away this strange comment, and what do we find? Whether from the person or from a diabolic spirit, surely the source of such a statement in the context of family is from the Devil himself.

This information followed hard on my discovering via a Catholic school History lesson (I have yet to investigate the motives of the Head of History for its inclusion in his lesson), an American Birth Control propaganda interview from 1926 in which a married woman explains why she and her husband delayed having children in their marriage and it came down to their enjoying each others company with reasonable wealth. Controlling when and in what circumstances children should be conceived according to a new found freedom spawned by material wealth. You may not see any connection, but perhaps you do.

The Family Synod, or those whose intention is as a wolf, is the fruit of a tree which began in Genesis and it’s not one planted by Our Lord. The Devil has been waiting for its fruition, and that is an attack on the ‘woman’. Our Lady of Fatima is that ‘woman’ and she has come to meet him in battle. One might say that Mary announced this at Lourdes in 1858, when she confirmed that infallible Catholic teaching four years earlier, that she is the Immaculate Conception (perhaps this spurred her enemy on, indeed Darwin is indirectly writing about the nature of man at this time – I believe evolutionary thought is at play at the Synod and thus not disconnected from the Bishop’s statement to which the present article is addressing – another article is needed to address this).

The Immaculate Conception is usually interpreted in light of the Incarnation and salvific history albeit with mention of the Motherhood of God in that regard. However, what we should draw from this teaching in today’s context is the profundity of sinless woman. If the Devil attacked Eve and won, he is sure to attack the new Eve and indeed scripture bears this out ‘he will strike at your heel’ (Gen 3:15). The typical modern woman is the woman who hears the whispers of new freedom, away from God and who is living out the first Eve’s fall in a new and terrible way. She has taken her sexuality and detached it from its fruit, her fruit is no longer a child but illusory freedom of this life but in doing this she is emulating Lucifer’s choice against God for whilst the Angel’s choice is instant, for woman its a choice made of a life span.

In all tactics, the Devil’s aim is to get human beings to ‘choose’ against God’s Will and so join him in his choice. To effect this he goes to the heart of family life, the woman. The Immaculate Conception, sinless woman is the antidote to this choice. She teaches woman to say ‘yes’ to God by losing her freedom in God’s Will which makes her free to live in the Truth. Such a choice means that her sexuality is fruitful and stems from the heart of her nature which is motherhood. This is why the Immaculate Conception is relevant to the concrete lives of people today.

What is more significant in the concrete lives of people today is that the Devil has manifested his voice at the Synod by citing the Immaculate Conception in the negative. He has announced his presence which signifies that he has gone not only to the heart of the woman, but the Church. By doing this he has shown that this battle is the most significant in Church History and therefore human history; indeed it is decisive and never seen before. The sin of Homosexuality is the worst of the fruit of the war on woman and signifies the final phase of the rotten tree’s life.

The Good News is that She will crush his head; and God’s Will will prevail against the gates of Hell. The hundred years war prophesied by Leo XIII is coming to a close, and as is recorded by Sister Lucia: ” ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’, This word Heaven filled my soul with peace and happiness, so that almost without realising it, I was repeating it for a long time.” Let us join in this refrain with the new woman, the new Eve, Our heavenly Mother who will restore health to the Catholic Church just as a mother would.”

Editor’s Note: Others have noted that the two major themes of this unfortunate Synod seem to be arrogance and homosexuality, and indeed, both are characteristics of Satan’s game plan against the Church. Arrogant pride is the quintessential hallmark of Satan. This pride is the driving force behind the Bergoglio/Kasper/Danneels faction’s insistence on allowing a false mercy to overthrow Christ’s own teaching on marriage.

The second theme, sodomy, is a chastisement which results from a debased human nature, once it allows blinding self-love to drive out the light of grace from a soul.  Sodomy can only take hold in a soul that is already weakened by self-indulgence and pride. Although the devil finds it a perfect tool for corrupting consecrated souls, even he is repulsed by it. This perversion among our arrogant churchmen is one of the severest chastisements that have befallen our Church and is a fairly dependable point on which to gauge the sense of the faith today. It is informative to see which of the media commentators are saddened by this travesty and which are not the least bit concerned over the novelty of Cardinals and Bishops proclaiming the “values” or even the “sacramental nature” of sins against nature. 

As a side note, Matthew Cullinan Hoffman has prepared a very much needed translation of St. Peter Damian’s The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damien’s Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption. It is available in paperback and Kindle, and can be purchased through Lifesitenews or through Amazon. This book could not possibly come at a better time, and I highly recommend it. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, crush the head of Satan and restore the Church!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

The Fire of the Immaculate or the Fire from Heaven?

The following is a repost from a top-notch blog in England, BVMServant with thanks to Mr. Dulston.  and it is a very welcome addition to our understanding of the meaning of the October messages of Fatima and Akita for this Synod and the period of trial sure to follow close upon it.

The Fire of the Immaculate or the Fire from Heaven?

With the Family Synod occurring the Marian month of October, and in light of Cardinal Kasper’s comments about re-evaluating homosexual relationships we should be aware of the connection of prophesy and scripture in this regard. The Miracle of the Sun witnessed at Fatima on 13th October 1917, and the Chastisement spoken of on 13th October 1973 (the dates already link the two events and Cardinal Ratizinger confirmed Akita as a continuation of Fatima) Akita are linked as a prelude to a certain type of punishment not witnessed by humanity before. Further, this punishment is linked to the sin of Homosexuality in particular, as the sin crying out for God’s Justice, one might say the sin that tips the scales of God’s Justice.

Let us begin with the Great Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917, as reported by a witness…

 “The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a, heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl. Then, suddenly, one heard a clamour, a cry of anguish breaking from all the people. The sun, whirling wildly, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.”

 Now consider the message of Akita on October 13, 1973…

 “As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.”

 The Rosary forms the basis of a response, a remedy even a forestalling of the chastisement similar to that theme described in the Book of Jonah or the intercession of Abraham in Genesis (surely there are many holy souls in each parish, Diocese, etc.?). However, Our Mother’s visits are tied in with Scripture, more particularly Elijah on Mount Carmel which also involves ‘fire’.

Consider the sin of Homosexuality and its shadow over the Family Synod in ‘October’ (that month again) and then consider Our Lady of Akita’s further comments after she reveals the nature of the chastisement…

 “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops…”

 Now consider the punishment exacted for the sin of homosexuality in the Book of Genesis, recalling first that it is a sin which cries out for God’s Justice…

Genesis, Chapter 18, 20-21
20 Then the Lord said, ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.’

Then the punishment…

The Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah.

Genesis, Chapter 19, 23-25
23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.

Now consider the fire called down from Heaven from Elijah and particularly the effect of the fire on the waterlogged sacrifice…

Elijah and the prophets of baal
Elijah and the prophets of baal

 1 Kings 18
33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

Notice the similarity with the people who witnessed the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima in October, 1917, who were drenched in rainwater before being made completely dry. That despite our sins, particularly the sin of homosexuality, God could purify us by this Chastisement, and in this regard notice that Elijah is connected to our response to the threat and indeed the era following the chastisement should it occur.  

Our Lady appeared on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Lourdes July 16th 1858 looking more beautiful than ever, a sign of what things will be like after our purification.   At Fatima, Our Lady’s final appearance is as Our Lady of Mount Carmel showing us not only the way to respond to the threatened chastisement but a way of life after it. Thus, Our Lady of Mount Carmel offers us the Rosary and the Scapular to cement our union with God and which will achieve Peace for the world, in an age spoken of by St Louis de Monfort at the beginning of his Devotion to Mary, a new age of Marian saints like no other – that is to say the age of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

England is connected to these times, the Dowry of Our Lady, was the scene of Our Lady’s visit to give the first scapular to St. Simon Stock on July 16th, 1251 anticipating future events of which we now live.

So October 2015 will determine our fate but meanwhile recourse to the Rosary, the Scapular and for those of us who attend to Our Lady of Fatima’s call for the five first Saturday devotion (had you started in May it forms five months prior to the Synod) will be pivotal in the outcome not only for the Church but for the world. It would be remiss not to go back to Our Lady of Akita who also added a vital remedy and it is not the least of them: ‘the sign left by my Son’ which without doubt is reference to the Eucharist envisaged by the dream of St. John Bosco.

Finally, consider that Five First Saturdays Devotion is linked to the five wounds to Mary’s Immaculate Heart which all link to Marriage and Family Life, and as indicated by Sister Lucia: the final confrontation with the Devil will be over Marriage and Family life.

Either we choose the fire of the Immaculate Heart of Mary which reflects God’s Mercy or we choose the fire of God’s Justice which will tip the scales back and fulfill the plan of the Immaculate Heart of Mary the hard way as is so often the case with stubborn and cold hearted humanity who had to see out World War II because many did not respond to Our Lady of Fatima.

All the scripture and prophesy point to this moment as decisive and if we feel a little afraid remember those good German Jesuit priests at Hiroshima – who saved them? Why were they saved? Well of course Mary, and their utter allegiance to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her messages at Fatima. Our Lady showed the children of Fatima that terrible place called Hell, to which those souls who commit ‘sins of the flesh’ were present as Our Lady indicated, and we should spare a prayer for those who commit the sin of Homosexuality for ultimately it is the fire of Hell which shall fall upon them if they do not repent.

Editor comment: Just as we were preparing this article, information came to our attention of yet another insult to he Blessed Virgin Mary by a spokesman for the Synod. Eponymous Flower reports:

Bishop of Albano, Marcello Semeraro, secretary of the C9-Cardinal Advisors, after expressing “revulsion” at the letter of the 13 Cardinals who dissented from the Bergoglio agenda, said the following:

 “There has to be more time to deepen the questions. The Church discussed for several centuries of the mother of God was conceived without sin […]. Moreover, there are dogmas, like the Immaculate Conception which are not as important to the concrete lives of people, about which we are talking in the Synod.”

Blow after blasphemous blow is being struck by these men against the Truth and against the Immaculate Mother of God. I believe that it is the mercy of Our Lady that is staying the hand of Justice in order for us to reach out to those who have so far refused to wake up to the danger. Let’s redouble our efforts to help bring Catholics back to the faith, back to Our Blessed Mother, who alone can bring us safely through this crisis.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Patron of Families, Father of the Church, protect us.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

St. Teresa of Avila, Saint for the Post-Synod Church

Today we honor St. Teresa of Avila, one of the greatest saints, yet, like St. Joseph, to whom she was devoted, one of the most approachable saints. Like all our greatest saints, we often find in her writings and life, wisdom to help us understand the challenges we face; though centuries pass, her words ring just as clear today, her wisdom fresh and appropriate as always.

Lord, I am Thine, for I was born for Thee! Reveal what is it Thou dost ask of me.
Lord, I am Thine, for I was born for Thee!
Reveal what is it Thou dost ask of me.

 

In her work, The Way of Perfection, she discusses the ‘Our Father’, Our Lord’s own prayer. She especially recommends it as part of thanksgiving after Communion. In Chapter 35, St. Teresa remarks on the evils of the protestant attacks on the Blessed Sacrament and the Mass that were even then occurring. One portion of this strikes us as most appropriate to these times in which we suffer with Christ the Passion of His Church. St. Teresa, remarking of the Lord’s Prayer,

“Let us rely on Our Lord’s command to us to pray to Him, and in fulfillment of our obedience to Him, let us beseech His Majesty, in the name of the good Jesus, … that He prevent Him from being so ill-treated. Since His Holy Son has given us this excellent way in which we can offer Him up frequently as a sacrifice, let’s make use of this precious gift so that it may stay the advance of such terrible evil and irreverence as is paid in many places to this Most Holy Sacrament.

For as those Lutherans seem to want to drive Him out of the world again: they destroy churches, cause the loss of many priests and abolish the sacraments. And there is something of this even among Christians, who sometimes go to church meaning to offend Him rather than to worship Him.”

She then goes on to importune the Heavenly Father to spare Our Lord the offenses He suffers against His Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, begging Him, although she is unworthy,

“indeed, it may perhaps be for my sins, and because I have so greatly offended Thee, that so many evils come. What then can I do, my Creator, but present to Thee this most Holy Bread which, though Thou gavest it to us, I return to Thee, beseeching Thee, by the merits of Thy Son, to grant me this favor, which on so many counts, He has merited. Do Thou, Lord, calm this sea, and no longer allow this ship, which is Thy Church, to endure so great a tempest. Save us, my Lord, for we perish.” (Way of Perfection, p. 234-236).

It is as if she was anticipating the St. Michael’s Prayer at Fatima, isn’t it?

Here in closing, is a poem of hers that recently came to our attention, thanks to Rorate Caeli:

Lord, I am Thine, for I was born for Thee!

Lord, I am Thine, for I was born for Thee!
Reveal what is it Thou dost ask of me.
O sovereign Lord, of majesty supreme!
O Wisdom, that existed from all time!
Bounty, showing pity on my soul!
God, one sole Being, merciful, sublime.
Behold this basest of created things.
As thus, with hardihood its love it sings.
And tell me, Lord, what Thou dost ask of me!

Lo, I am Thine ! Thou hast created me.
And I am Thine, Thou hast redeemed me.
And I am Thine, for Thou dost bear with me.
And Thine, for Thou hast called me to Thee,
And Thine, Who dost preserve me at Thy cost
Nor leavest me to perish ‘mid the lost
Say what it is, Lord, Thou dost will of me.

Declare what dost decree, O Master kind!
If serf so vile have any fitting task,
And tell what office by Thy will ordained
Is work that from so base a slave dost ask!
Behold, sweet Love, I wait for Thy command,
Behold me. Lord, before Whose face I stand!
Do Thou reveal what Thou dost will of me?

Behold my heart, which here I bring, and in
Thine hand as glad entire free-offering lay,
Together with my body, life, and soul,
The love, the longings that my being sway!
To Thee, Redeemer and most gentle Spouse,
In willing holocaust I pledge my vows.
What is there. Lord, that I may do for Thee?

Bestow long life, or straightway bid me die;
Let health be mine, or pain and sickness send,
With honour or dishonour ; be my path
Beset by war, or peaceful till the end.
My strength or weakness be as Thou shalt choose.
For naught Thou askest shall I e’er refuse,
I only wish what Thou wilt have of me.

Assign me riches, keep in poverty,
And let me cherished or neglected dwell,
In joy or mourning as Thou wilt, upraised
To highest heaven, or hurled down to hell!
Whether the sky be bright, from cloudlets free,
It matters not, I leave the choice to Thee,
What lot, Lord, wilt Thou decide for me?

Give contemplation if Thou wilt, or let
My lonely soul in dryness ever pine;
Abundance and devotion be the gift
Thou choosest, or a sterile soul be mine!
Majesty supreme, in naught apart
From Thy decree can I find peace of heart!
Say what it is, Lord, Thou dost wish of me?

Lord, give me wisdom, or, if love demand.
Leave me in ignorance ; it matters naught
If mine be years of plenty, or beset
With famine direful and with parching drought!
Be darkness over all or daylight clear.
Despatch me hither, keep me stationed here,
Say what it is, Lord, Thou wilt have of me?

If Thou shouldst destine me for happiness,
For Love’s sake, joy and happiness I greet;
Bid me endure and labour till I die.
Resigned, in work and pain my death I’ll meet,
Reveal the how, the where, the when; for this
Is the sole boon, O Love, I crave of Thee,
That thou declare what Thou wouldst have of me!

Let Calvary or Thabor be my fate,
A desert or a fertile land of rest;
Like Job, in sorrow let me mourning weep,
Or lie, like John, in peace upon Thy breast;
Bear fruit and flourish, or, a withered vine
I’ll perish fruitless, so the choice be Thine!
Reveal, O Lord, what Thou dost ask of me!

Like Joseph as he lay in shackles bound.
Or holding over Egypt first command;
David chastised, atoning for his sins,
Or David crowned as ruler o’er the land;
With Jonas struggling, ‘mid the raging sea
Submerged, or set from ills and tempests free
Declare, O Lord, what Thou wilt have of me!

Then bid me speak or bid me silence keep,
Make me a fecund or a barren land;
Expose my wounds by the stern Law’s decree
Or comfort me by Gospel message bland.
Let me in torture lie or comfort give,
I crave alone that Thou within me live,
And shouldst reveal what Thou wilt have of me!

Lord, I am Thine, for I was born for Thee!
Reveal what is it Thou dost ask of me.

~ evensong ~

Satan and the Synod

Once again,  Voice of the Family makes a little known gem available. This time it is is an English translation of the intervention made to the Synod by Archbishop Fülöp Kocsis, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Hajdúdorog. With surgical precision, he makes the point: the Synod must name the source of attacks on the family and that source is Satan.

"We can clearly see that in reality a spiritual struggle is required in order to fight the attacks of Satan in these our times."
“We can clearly see that in reality a spiritual struggle is required in order to fight the attacks of Satan in these our times.”

I am focusing my observation on paragraph 8 of chapter 1, but in truth I sense a general deficiency in the text as a whole, the lack of something that should penetrate our vision regarding these themes. For this reason, I could still indicate all of the paragraphs that, analyzing the contemporary situation, speak of a changed society and epoch, calling these difficulties which have appeared in recent times “challenges.”

It appears to me that the text misses a clarification which is more precise from its inception, from the root of these changes: from where do they come? The great part of these are not compatible with the plan of God; they do not come from Him. If it is thus, then it must be said: From where do these changes, these difficulties, derive?

We must say with clarity that in our very spoilt world the family and the man of good will with good intentions is under attack, under a ferocious and enormous attack. And this attack is of the Devil. We must call these diabolic forces which have a role to play with these phenomena by name because this way we can find some indications even for the research of possible solutions.

“Our battle in fact is not against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the Powers, against the dominations of the dark world, against the spirits of evil that live in the celestial regions.” (Ephesians 6, 12)

Thus, we can clearly see that in reality a spiritual struggle is required in order to fight the attacks of Satan in these our times. I would very much see with favor a marked emphasis of this spiritual struggle, even in the final part of the document where the proposals and possible solutions must be formulated.

“Take therefore the armor of God, in order that you may resist in the evil day and remain firm after having overcome all of the obstacles.” (Ephesians 6, 12)

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

St. Godfried Danneels pray for us!

According to the “locutions” of Father Stefano Gobbi, the Mother of God commands Catholics:

“Above all you must be united with the Pope, whom Christ has placed as the foundation of his Church. Today only those who remain united to the Pope can be saved in the faith. Listen to him; follow him; spread his teaching with courage.” (purported locution of the Mother of God to Father Stefano Gobbi)

St. Godfried Danneels, pray for us!
St. Godfried Danneels, pray for us!

In a recent post, Thoughts of a Dry Brain”  I wrote about a watershed (for me) moment when I openly admitted to a prominent member of our local Latin Mass community and to the Novus Ordo priest that says the Mass there, that I support the SSPX, that is, contribute to them and attend Chapel there, when I am able to.

I received no response from the lady who sent me the video that started it all. Although I am fairly sure word has gotten around. Father X emailed a response yesterday, it was pleasant and cordially advised me that, regarding SSPX,

“The masses they celebrate are valid but attending them is illicit because they are in schism with the Holy See. There is an issue of sin and disobedience to the Holy Mother Church. While I cannot stop you from attending (SSPX) and other such like churches, there is an issue of obedience to the Catholic Church and the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis. …the fact remains that Rome has given a directive to be in communion with the Holy See. The SSPX group is not in communion with Rome.”

[Note: The Diocesan priest mentioned above publicly declared me in a state of persistent grave sin and refused me the sacraments, simply for attending SSPX Chapel. This is the same priest who installed an ATM in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception which he oversees.]

Regarding criticism of Pope Francis, Father X attached a letter from the head of the Marian Movement of Priests, a Father Geremias and told me to read it prayerfully. The letter:

From: Fr. Francis Geremia, cs
MMP International Center
Como-Lora, Italy

October 7, 2015
Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

RE: MMP and Popes, past and present

Because of the present confusion, even among the members of the MMP, I write to strengthen and encourage those of you who are faithful to Pope Francis, and to reach out to those of you who may have doubts.

The Act of Consecration was given to Fr. Gobbi by the Blessed Mother, for the members of the MMP throughout time. We must keep this consecration as it was given to us. This is what we pledge: “We further promise you to be united with the Holy Father…” In the messages, there are numerous references in which the Blessed Mother insists upon our obedience, our support, our love and our prayers for the Holy Father. I quote the following, which are just a few out of many:

#108
w How can the Mother publicly criticize the decisions of the Pope, when he alone has the special grace for the exercise of this sublime ministry?

x  I was silent at my Son’s voice; I was silent at the voice of the Apostles. I am now lovingly silent at the voice of the Pope: that it might be disseminated more and more, that it might be heard by all, that it might be received into souls.

y  This is why I am very close to the person of this first of my beloved sons, the Vicar of my Son Jesus.

B Return, return, my priest-sons, to love, obedience and communion with the Pope!

D Only in this way can you hear my orders, which I will give through the very voice of the Pope.

#293gh

h   Above all you must be united with the Pope, whom Christ has placed as the foundation of his Church. Today only those who remain united to the Pope can be saved in the faith. Listen to him; follow him; spread his teaching with courage.

#253bc

c   The virtue which I love most in my priest-sons is that of obedience. Today, you must be an example to everyone, by obeying with joy your superiors, especially the Pope.

The conclusion to be drawn is that we must believe the words of the Gospel in which Jesus promised Peter and his successors that “the gates of Hell will not prevail.” There are those who believe more in some diabolical self-proclaimed visionaries or in other prophecies, than in the words of the Gospel. Jesus said it clearly: “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.”

Some people are objecting to the Pope’s teachings because of what is reported by the secular and even sometimes by the catholic media. I encourage you to read his original talks and not the summaries as reported by others who may be biased. We must warn all those who reject Pope Francis that they are in heresy and are cutting themselves off from the Catholic faith. They increase the sorrow of Our Blessed Mother.

Those will never fall who are always with the Pope. (#106p)

Pope Francis and Mercy

…. Oh, please, let us pray for those who are acting like the older brother of the Prodigal Son by questioning the words and actions of our Holy Father. At a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 13, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.” The special year will take place Dec. 8, 2015 until Nov. 20, 2016. The pope emphasized a frequent theme of his: “No one can be excluded from God’s mercy.” He continued during his homily: “I frequently have thought about how the church can make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy.” According to St. Paul, Mercy is the highest attribute of God. Remember that the Blessed Mother promised that her Triumph will coincide with the Triumph of Divine Mercy! We should see a correlation.

The Synod

Pope Francis has to listen to all the members of the Synod. Error must be identified before condemning it. Pope Francis has always sincerely asked for prayer. We must intensify our prayers for him, to keep the church unified. The Evil One has managed to bring about confusion, even among good people. Listen well to what the Blessed Mother told us:

“My Adversary has dared to attack the Most Holy Trinity, obscuring its great work of love and of glory…He keeps aflame the confrontation with the Pope, whom Jesus set in the Church as the center of unity and as the guardian of truth.” (May 13, 1980, #200 e,g )

t [Satan] makes you believe that the Pope is denying the truth, and thus Satan demolishes the foundation on which the Church is built and through which the truth is kept intact throughout the ages. (#108t)

In times of confusion, we need to cling to Holy Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the teachings of the Fathers of the Church (the Tradition), Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Dear brothers and sisters of the MMP, I am sure that most of you already are aware of what I have said. As I stated at the beginning, I write to strengthen you who are faithful to the Holy Father, and to reach out to those of you who may have doubts. The Blessed Mother promised: “No external interference will ever be able to harm this work of mine [my Movement] which I am jealously bringing to birth for the salvation of my Church.”

(48f) This is the time to invoke her and to ask her to help us to be faithful to the spirit of her Marian Movement of Priests.

Most sincerely in Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Francis Geremia cs

My comment on Father X’s letter. There is sufficient information available to refute Father’s allegations against the Society of St. Pius X, so I will not  beat that dead horse. He then instructed me to read the letter from Father Geremia “prayerfully”, which clearly means to abide by it. needless to say, I will no longer attend Father X’s TLM. Perhaps I should not have done it, that is, not revealed my support for SSPX. It would have been safer. But would not have been honest. I had a naive hope that my doing so would bring the issue into the open, and perhaps the Novus Ordo trads (who love the Latin Mass but hate Archbishop Lefebvre, the saintly man who made it possible) would see the SSPX in a clearer light. I failed.

Comment on Father Geremia’s letter: Until this point, I was not familiar with Father Geremia but was somewhat familiar with the false “revelations” of poor, confused Father Gobbi. I lumped them in with Luisa Piccarreta and Medjugorje and thought no more about them. But the letter forced me to take a new look, and I’m just too discouraged right now to write properly on it. Father Gobbi may have been a pious soul, but those revelations were definitely not Our Lady of Fatima. And  just think –  this auditory illusion commands faithful Catholics to blind obedience to the Popes, who have disobeyed her! in fact, there are credible sources who quote Father Gobbi as stating that the Mother of God told him that the Consecration had not been performed as requested.

If we are to believe Father Geremia, our new Litany of the Saints of the Synod, will have the names of Saints Danneels, Kasper, Marx, Baldisseri, Forte and that sweet dear man Battista Ricca. For these men wholeheartedly embrace Pope Francis. What say, we all just canonize Pope Francis right now? Who needs miracles, we have the Mother of God herself endorsing him! What strange theology is behind these “locutions”!

There are literally thousands of priests throughout the world who follow this Father Gobbi and will take what Father Geremia says as gospel. Please continue to pray for our priests.

 

As a footnote, the title, “Thoughts of a Dry Brain” was a reference to Eliot’s Gerontion.

 

The Desolate Synod

Today, we repost an article by Hilary White in The Remnant Newspaper online, a review of  Ann Roche Muggeridge’s classic work, “The Desolate City: Revolution in the Catholic Church” (1990). It is useful to keep the revolution framework before us as we see these final stages crash in on us.

The Never-ending Springtime of Vatican II
The Never-ending Springtime of Vatican II

Revisiting the Desolate City: Some Thoughts on the Current State of the Revolution

Written by Hilary White
7/15/15

Even in the very depths of the worst possible of worst-case scenarios of crisis in the Catholic Church, denial is not helpful. The crocodile does not care how tightly we close our eyes as it eats us.

For some time now, with an exponentially growing audience of new and deeply alarmed Catholics, Mike Matt and I have discussed the need to restate the basic points of the Traditionalist position, to locate it in the context of the history of the Church over the last century and our current crisis. To do this, I have been revisiting some old books. Even for someone who read my way out of Novusordoist conservatism and into the Traditionalist position, it can be extremely valuable to review what brought us to this dire condition.

It can be great fun re-reading old books, like visiting friends you haven’t seen in a while and reminiscing about the old days. The other day, I picked up my old copy of the late, great Anne Roche Muggeridge’s seminal 1986 examination of the Church’s crisis, “The Desolate City: Revolution in the Catholic Church,” (1990, updated and expanded edition) and in a situation as confusing as ours the book is worth reading again for the clarity of her examination.

It was also fun to pick out the names she held up at that time as hopeful. In her description of the Hunthausen Affair, the sad story of one of the weak and half-hearted attempt to address the disaster in Seattle, that failed miserably, she describes as one of these young hopefuls a certain Father Donald Wuerl. Wuerl, she said, was made a bishop with the express mandate to clean up Hunthausen’s mess, particularly in the area of the latter’s “pastoral” response to homosexuality. (She describes the “Dignity Mass” in Seattle’s cathedral as the last straw for the remaining believers in his flock.) Residents of the archdiocese of Washington DC may wish to join me in a dark and hollow laugh.

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