For Sister Lúcia of Fatima, on the 110th anniversary of her birth, with love:
“Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish the Devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.”
Sister Lúcia of Fatima, Truly, a Saint for these times
Sister Lúcia of Fatima has the distinction of being canonized in her lifetime by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. When Our Lady visited the three shepherd children 99 years ago on June 13, 1917, Lucia pleaded with her,
“I would like to ask you also to take us to Heaven.”
“Yes”, Our Lady answered, “I will take Francisco and Jacinta soon. You, however, are to stay here a longer time. Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish the Devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. I promise salvation to those who embrace it and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn His throne.”
Lúcia was filled with sadness to hear the news that she was to be left alone in the world, and cried out, “Am I going to stay here alone?”
“No, my daughter.” Our Lady responded tenderly to Lúcia, whose eyes were brimming with tears,
“Does this cause you to suffer a great deal? I will never leave you! My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.“
Although all three children were promised Heaven, it was to Lúcia that Our Lady made the promise that she would be with her always. What a remarkable thing it must have been for that child to hear from the Mother of God that, “Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved.“
This world is dying under the errors which have been growing and spreading ever since the arch-heretic Martin Luther revolted against the reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ, tearing Christendom asunder. In response to this grave attack, Jesus requested public devotion to His Sacred Heart. He specifically asked that the image of this adorable Heart be placed publicly, revered publicly. We all know that this was not done and so the Masonic revolution, which was not publicly known at that time, grew in power until it finally erupted in bloody violence in the French Revolution, in which the King was beheaded and the Church suppressed and persecuted.
In time, this same satanic force even penetrated the Vatican, and at this point our Lord Jesus Christ sent His Blessed Mother to Fatima with a message, “Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish the Devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.”
The following meditations are based on several sources, but most especially on the writings of Bishop Richard Challoner, to whom we are indebted for the most reliable translation of the Douay-Rheims Bible. Bishop Challoner wrote many other works of apologetics. His tract on “The Lord’s Prayer and the Angelic Salutation” can be downloaded free from www.archive.org.
Our Lord taught us to pray the Our Father and therefore it is essential that we understand its meaning; yet most of us, lulled by the familiarity of constant use, pass over its spiritual treasures without fully giving the necessary assent of our will. Let’s try to unpack the meaning of those simple, familiar words we recite so often each day so that we can pray them better.
First, as Bishop Challoner said, the Son of God Himself taught us to call God “Our Father”. What greater honor can we aspire to than to be welcomed by God Himself to be His children? He Who made this earth and fills the immeasurable Heavens above us with His splendor and majesty calls us His children! We are God’s beloved children and Christ Himself teaches us to raise our hearts in daily prayer to His—and our!—loving Father. And so we begin our prayer.
“Hallowed be Thy name.” This petition holds first place among the seven short petitions that comprise the Our Father. Bishop Challoner tells us that, as His children, our first and principle duty is to love God with our whole heart and soul and that thus it follows that the principal thing we should desire and pray for is the great honor and glory of God. As children of God we realize His immense sorrow seeing that His Word is despised, denied and ignored by so many, especially by the children He has most favored Christians, who are given every grace and yet still deny or pervert His truths.
We ourselves have sadly often denied Him, or passed over insults to Him in the name of tolerance. In the face of so much sin the remedy is to petition God Our Father to glorify His most sacred name in us, by teaching us to love, serve and glorify Him. With the petition, “Hallowed be Thy name”, we are expressing our deepest longing for God to be hallowed within us, in our very deepest being, desiring that in all souls, in all creation, God’s grandeur and glory be adored. If God is not hallowed in us, we can never accomplish anything of value.
Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, in which Our Lord introduces to us His Mother, and shows us her loveliness, her excellent virtues and her unique stature before the Holy Trinity. Thus, He shows us the model for our lives; “Here is My Mother”, He says, “see, we shall have the same Mother. She will teach you the virtues necessary to advance toward union with Me, so that we may rejoice together in heaven.”
Nestled within the feast of the Annunciation is the feast of the Incarnation of our Savior. The Annunciation carries within it the humility and obedience of Jesus and Mary, Who are our models for perfect, loving obedience, even unto death. And this obedience begins with the humble obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.”
In the Gospel of St Luke, the Holy Spirit reveals the unique importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in God’s plan of Salvation for us. Let’s see what He tells us:
Luke, Chapter 1, 26-35. “And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end.” And Mary said to the angel: “How shall this be done, because I know not man?” And the angel answering, said to her: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
In this Gospel, God Himself is introducing to us the delightful creature He loves above all others, this Mary whom He chose from all time to be the most pure and holy Mother of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. God used as His messenger the Angel Gabriel whose name means Power of God. By this name He emphasizes that all of this, the Annunciation, the Incarnation which began our salvation, all of this is by and through the power of God.
And what does God tell us about Mary? Gabriel salutes Mary most respectfully, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women”. You can search the Bible cover to cover and never find a more respectful message from any angelic messenger. This is because, as the Gospel tells us, Mary is truly filled with grace, exempt from even original sin, and full of God’s sanctifying grace.
Note that the very first words of Mary, recorded in this Gospel are, “How shall this be done, because I know not man?”Why these words? Could it be that God wishes to emphasize to us the importance of Mary’s generous sacrifice to live her life in the utmost chastity and purity, foregoing the honors and pleasures of children? At that time, Jewish women were honored to be mothers of many children and to forego children was a tremendous sacrifice. Unlike today, in those times to be a “barren woman” was a reproach. Thus we know that Mary’s generous and sacrificial heart was most pleasing to Our Father. Her words also exemplify her great prudence. Today, prudence is a virtue held in low esteem by most Catholic leaders, who feel compelled to burst forth with every banal thought that crosses their minds. This Blessed Virgin, in contrast, first assured that Gabriel understood that she was and always will be, a virgin consecrated to God alone.
Whereas Eve, the first “Woman”, withdrew herself from her Creator in order to seek what she perceived to be her own good, Mary, the “Woman” of the New Testament, yielded herself totally to God, allowing Him to fill her with His life, thus she is “full of grace”. The virtues shown by these simple verses illustrate Mary’s perfect love of God, her total consecration to Him, her purity and her perseverance in keeping her vow.
Mary’s prudent question brought forth Gabriel’s reply, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which will be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Mary’s response was immediate, “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word.” With these words, the Most Blessed Virgin shows us humility and obedience, the two virtues so essential to combat the vices passed on to us of Eve’s pride and disobedience. In another post, I described these virtues as the “working virtues” because they are so necessary in our everyday struggle to live our lives in constant union with the Holy Family.
Sister Lucia of Fatima assures us that Jesus is the very best of Sons, and loves her and those who honor her. Today is an excellent time to renew our Total Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. By the way, do you know who made the first consecration to Mary? Was it St. Louis de Montfort? St. Dominic? No. Think harder.
It was our Lord Jesus Christ Himself Who chose Mary for His Mother. From this humble virgin of Nazareth He took the flesh and blood of His mortal life, the very body and blood with which He wrought our salvation. The body of Christ scourged for our sins, pierced for our transgressions, the precious blood poured out for us on Calvary’s cross, He took from Mary. To her He entrusted His earthly life, living within her virginal womb, beneath her immaculate heart. Through her, He consecrated St. John the Baptist; through her He performed His first miracle. And with His dying words, He entrusted us to her, commanding Her to be our Mother and us to be her children.
It is fitting that the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary begins with the beautiful Mystery of the Annunciation, for with it began our salvation. Mary’s generous “Yes!”, opened the portal through which Our Lord wrought our salvation. Thus, her obedience preceded His most perfect obedience.And so, the Annunciation and the Incarnation are inseparable, as are Jesus and Mary, those two hearts forever united!
We close with this lovely hymn:
Hymn at Matins
The Lord whom earth and sea and sky
With one adoring voice proclaim
Who rules them all in majesty
Enclosed Himself in Mary’s frame.
Lo! In a humble Virgin’s womb
O’ershadowed by almighty power
He whom the stars and sun and moon
Each serve in their appointed hour.
O Mother blest! To whom was given
Within your body to contain
The architect of earth and heaven
Whose hands the universe sustain.
To thee was sent an angel down,
In thee the Spirit was enshrined,
Of thee was born that mighty One,
The long desired of all mankind.
O Jesus! Born of Virgin bright
To Thee immortal glory be!
Praise to the Father Infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally! Amen.
Please, don’t forget your Consecration! See in sidebar.
Pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all those who serve him!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies.
Pilate is the Patron Saint of these weak and modernist Bishops and Cardinals, the “Excellencies” and “Eminences” so mindful of their vain titles …
From the Passion Narratives of Saints Matthew and John:
From Matt. 27, 16-25:
And (Pilate) had then a notorious prisoner, that was called Barabbas. They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: “Whom will you that I release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus that is called Christ?” For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. And as he was sitting in the place of judgment, his wife sent to him, saying: “Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of Him.” But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people, that they should ask for Barabbas, and take Jesus away.
And the governor answering, said to them: “Whether will you of the two to be released unto you?” But they said, “Barabbas”. Pilate saith to them: “What shall I do then with Jesus that is called Christ?” They say all: “Let Him be crucified”. The governor said to them: “Why, what evil hath He done?” But they cried out the more, saying: “Let Him be crucified”. And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made; taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: “I am innocent of the blood of this just man; look you to it”. And the whole people answering, said: “His blood be upon us and our children”.
From John 19, 4-16:
Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith to them: “Behold, I bring Him forth unto you, that you may know that I find no cause in Him”. Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. And he saith to them: “Behold the Man.”
When the chief priests, therefore, and the servants, had seen Him, they cried out, saying: “Crucify Him, crucify Him. Pilate saith to them: “Take Him you, and crucify Him: for I find no cause in Him.”
The Jews answered him: “We have a law; and according to the law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.” When Pilate therefore had heard this saying, he feared the more.
And he entered into the hall again, and he said to Jesus: “Whence art Thou?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore saith to Him: “Speakest Thou not to me? Knowest Thou not that I have power to crucify Thee, and I have power to release Thee?”
Jesus answered: “Thou shouldst not have any power against me, unless it were given thee from above. Therefore, he that hath delivered me to thee, hath the greater sin. And from henceforth Pilate sought to release Him.
But the Jews cried out, saying: “If thou release this man, thou art not Caesar’ s friend. For whosoever maketh himself a king, speaketh against Caesar.” Now when Pilate had heard these words, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat, in the place that is called Lithostrotos, and in Hebrew Gabbatha.
And it was the parasceve of the pasch, about the sixth hour, and he saith to the Jews: “Behold your king.” But they cried out: “Away with Him; away with Him; crucify Him.” Pilate saith to them: “Shall I crucify your king?” The chief priests answered: “We have no king but Caesar.”
Then therefore he delivered Him to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led Him forth.
As we read the Passion narrative above, we cannot help but wonder at Pilate, who after having concluded that Jesus was innocent, and even after having been warned by his wife, yet still handed Jesus over to his most brutal thugs to be tortured almost to death, spit upon and slapped around with a diabolical hatred. As we re-read it, a few insights emerge into Pilate’s nature: ambitious, cynical and even superstitious; actually, the quintessential “progressive” functionary of the Church today. Pilate makes a show of washing his hands of the “blood of this just man”, but is not able to free himself from the blood of our Savior.
Father Groenings writes, “These words of Pilate contain a fearful self-condemnation. How could he, as a just judge be swayed by human motives against his own better knowledge and allow such an excessive wrong to be done to an innocent man?”
Although many writers imply that Pilate was a merciful man, I demur, thinking of Pilate’s ironic remark, “What is truth”, even as he turned away from Truth Himself, and refused to look Him in the eye or grant Him the dignity of hearing His reply. Pilate was acutely aware of his own power: As Jesus stood before him, beaten and bound with chains, Pilate arrogantly reminded Him that, “I have power to crucify Thee, and I have power to release Thee”.
The passage calls to mind the humble words of the current occupant of the See of Peter at the close of the disastrous Synod, when he proclaimed that he is, ” – by the will of Christ Himself – the ‘supreme Pastor and Teacher of all the faithful’ (who enjoys) “supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church”.
But who is Pilate today?
The easy answer is Bergoglio, but I believe that we see Pilate in every craven prelate who values his career more than the souls he shepherds; in every Bishop who artfully evades taking a stand against this brutal violence being done to the Church, the pure and holy Bride of Christ. Continue reading “St. Pilate and the Man”→
Today we honor St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Now more than ever, when traditional Catholic families are under attack even from Pope Francis and the leaders of the Church who support him, we turn to St. Joseph, strong defender of the family.
The Church liturgically honors St. Joseph tomorrow, since his feast falls on a Sunday, and so we post today, and will have another post honoring great St. Joseph tomorrow, as well.
St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite reformer, mystic and doctor of the Church was especially devoted to St. Joseph. From her Autobiography we read of St. Joseph, “I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him.”
At the last apparition of Fatima, on October 13, 1917, St. Joseph appeared holding the Child Jesus, who blessed the crowds. This was an emphatic indication of the importance of St. Joseph in these turbulent times.
Venerable Maria de Agreda, in “The Mystical City of God”, recounts the special privileges which make St. Joseph a most powerful intercessor on behalf of his children.
Attaining purity and overcoming sensuality.
Escaping sin and returning to the faith.
Increasing love and devotion to his spouse, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
Securing the grace of a happy death and defending the soul against the devil’s wiles at that crucial time.
St. Joseph is the terror of demons and they flee at his name.
St. Joseph is a great intercessor for all our needs, especially helpful for our families and health.
Venerable Maria de Agreda quoted Our Lady’s words to her, “That which my spouse asks of the Lord in heaven is granted upon the earth and on his intercession depend many and extraordinary favors for men if they do not make themselves unworthy of receiving them.” Indeed, trusting in St. Joseph as the foster father of our family has brought us closer to living our consecrations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In speaking of St. Joseph, it is difficult to adequately express his tender love for us, his willingness to protect us, even from ourselves and obtain for us the graces we need to live our consecrations.
On March 25 we will honor Our Lady’s Feast of the Annunciation. To prepare, we offer this lovely Novena. If you start it tomorrow, March 16th, you will finish on March 24, the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We post it today to give you time to diary it. We will be praying it for the repentance and re-conversion of those who have fallen from the faith and are in persistent sin, and for the intentions of the ongoing Rosary and Reparation Crusade to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May our Most Merciful Mother hear our supplications and offer them to her Son in the chalice of her Immaculate Heart.
Novena for the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
I greet you, ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Throne of Grace, miracle of Almighty Power! I greet you, Sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity and Queen of the Universe, Mother of Mercy and refuge of sinners!
Most loving Mother, attracted by your beauty and sweetness, and by your tender compassion, I confidently turn to you, miserable as I am, and beg of you to obtain for me from your dear Son the favor I request in this novena:
(mention your request).
Obtain for me also, Queen of Heaven, the most lively contrition for my many sins and the grace to imitate closely those virtues which you practiced so faithfully, especially humility, purity and obedience. Above all, I beg you to be my Mother and Protectress, to receive me into the number of your devoted children, and to guide me from your high throne of glory.
Do not reject my petitions, Mother of Mercy! Have pity on me, and do not abandon me during life or at the moment of my death. Amen.
A suggestion is to unite the prayers of this Novena with prayers for the Holy Father and the hierarchy that they repent, do penance and return to the faith. The Annunciation reminds us of the necessity of purity, humility and obedience, all those virtues which are mocked, despised or simply treated with scornful indifference by the church leaders today.
Also, let’s use this Novena to help prepare for the renewal of our Consecrations on the Feast of the Annunciation.
† Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, crush satan’s head and drive him from the Church!
† 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.
Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto Him the whole band; And stripping Him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand. And bowing the knee before Him, they mocked Him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews. And spitting upon Him, they took the reed, and struck His head. And bowing their knees, they adored Him.
Even the pagan soldiers knew that a King must be invested with the symbols of his royalty, that is, draped with a royal mantle, crowned, and finally, given a scepter as a sign of his power and rule. And so the soldiers obliged this strange King, who had said “but now My kingdom is not from hence”. And so, what royal insignia might they find fitting?
The soldiers soon found a discarded scarlet rag of large enough size and after first ripping off His outer garment, they draped His now freshly bleeding shoulders in this dirty mockery of a robe. As we think on the vivid symbolism in this scene compare it to our Pontiff’s words and actions – what homage does he offer to the King of Kings? A royal robe?
Now, the Roman soldiers clearly understood the necessity of the Crowning, for their gods were always crowned, Apollo with laurel, Bacchus with grape vines, Jupiter with gold. And so a crown fit for this King must be found.
And the Jews too, understood that their high priest wore a tiara when he offered the sacrifice. And did not their bridegroom according to their custom, wear a diadem at his wedding?
And we who watch this scene, we also recall that in those days a conqueror was often crowned to celebrate his victory; how much more so then, this King who by His death and resurrection will conquer sin and death!
What crown for this Son of Man, who told Pilate, “Thou sayest that I am a King.”
What crown for this Priest, who sacrifices His own Body and Blood for the salvation of those He loves.
What crown for this Divine Bridegroom, about to redeem His Bride with His own Blood, giving His life for her that she may live.
Father Groenings tells us that no other mantle was befitting for the Redeemer of the world. He was the picture of the world’s sins, which were red as scarlet, but through Him were to become white as snow. The mantle should be red as a sign that His kingdom, founded in blood, was to be spread by means of blood, that is, by the blood of the apostles and of the martyrs. It was ragged and torn in token that, in imitation of Christ, His ministers would redeem the souls of men and subject them to Christ, not by means of gold and silver, but through the hardships of poverty.
Ed. comment: Today, I would add that the Lavender Mafia headed by Pope Francis has given a new meaning to the foul and ragged mantle with which the pagan soldiers humiliated our Lord Jesus Christ. For they have befouled His Church and humiliated this lovely Bride of Christ as never before in history. See here for a Lifesite News article on one example of Pope Francis’s choice of prelates. There are many others. Thus, the pope makes a mockery of the true King of Kings!