So that souls may be saved

 It is tragic that so many Catholic families today have  loved ones who have left the faith.  Many of  them report that their adult children grew indifferent and are now raising children and even grandchildren with little or no knowledge of the true Church,  The best of them are determined to “be good without God” or to be “spiritual but not religious” . It is a continuous source of distress to know that those we love reject the only truth that can save them.  In today’s post, we offer some well-loved devotions to help.

First:  Devotion to the Divine Infant, in all its varied forms has much anecdotal evidence for its success in returning lapsed Catholics to the faith.  This prayer to the Infant of Prague is a personal  favorite and makes an excellent novena.

Prayer to the Holy Infant of Prague for Families

 
The more you will honor me, the more I will bless you!

O Most Holy Infant of Prague, so generous to those who turn to Thee in need, be attentive to our supplication on behalf of our loved ones who have chosen to separate themselves from Thee, Who alone art their salvation.

Dearest Jesus, remember the sorrow with which Thy Mother and St. Joseph sought Thee when Thou taught in the Temple. Remember their joy as they found Thee after three days! By the tears they shed and their joyful embrace at finding Thee, we beg Thy mercy for our separated families, grieving the loss of faith of their loved ones. By the joy of Thy reunited Holy Family, we beg Thee, reunite our family in the one, true Faith.
 
Most Holy Infant, with firm conviction of soul, we repent our sins that have contributed to the loss of our loved ones’ faith and  earnestly desire to make amends. O Jesus, Who desires not the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and saved, have mercy on our loved ones and return them to the faith. With joyful heart and confident hope, we entrust our loved ones to Thee, O merciful Infant. And when we are reunited once more in faith, we shall proclaim always and everywhere Thy great goodness and mercy, calling all poor sinners home to Thee, most loving Child Jesus! Amen.
 
 
 

Second:  This is a popular prayer to St. Joseph, who is Patron of the Family and appeared at the last apparition of Fatima, October 13, 1917, as Our Lady promised, to bless us and bring peace. The following  prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII, and  is especially appropriate in this time of crisis in  our families, who are betrayed by the very Church which should defend and nourish them. It is said before Mass by those attending Chapels of the Society of St. Pius X and Bishop Fellay is especially devoted to St. Joseph.

Ad te Beate Joseph

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

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.

Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend Gods Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.

 

“Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”

Readers, we have one more sure remedy left to discuss:

Remember the Third Visit, when Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia were given the terrifying vision of Hell? What did Our Lady tell them?

“You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.”

And so we see that she has come to teach us devotion to her Immaculate Heart, her humble, pure and obedient heart – for what?

So that souls may be saved!

Did Our Lady not assure us that nothing we ask from her Rosary will be denied? Surely the souls of her children are included in that! So let us strengthen our efforts, and trust in her Immaculate Heart to whom is promised the victory!

Remember pray the Rosary and trust in Mary!

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
  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!

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Praying for others

“This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love than this, no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15,12-13)

We quoted that gentle admonition from Our Lord in our oft-reposted, “Our Lord’s Litany of Love“.

In a further quote:

The term litany is derived from the Greek word for prayer, entreaty or supplication. The post-conciliar Church tends to disdain litanies as repetitious but faithful Catholics know them for what they are, sweet words of love exchanged between the Beloved and His own. On Holy Thursday evening during the time He instituted His sacrament of love, Our Lord spoke tenderly, pleading with His loved ones (and by them, us!) to understand this new law of love. See how often, in varied ways, He reminds us of His love for us and the sweet burden we share for the salvation of souls.

Today, we want to focus briefly on our need to pray for others.  Novenas, Litanies and Rosaries are among the most popular. I believe that this is so because they involve us most closely with our most Blessed Mother, for this work of intercession is certainly her appointed task!  And she  welcomes us to join with her. When we pray to her on behalf of others, she graciously blesses them and us too.

Most of us are not called to lay down our lives for Our Lord nor for our friends, but we are called to the task of living our lives in love for those who are entrusted to us and to pray for them. This costs us no money, but does cost us something more than money; it demands our time which is precious and fleeting, and the love of our hearts.

From this tiny little outpost on the immense world wide web, we notice that readers are experiencing what several report as the “roughest start of any year ever” with numerous difficulties and trials.  And we have barely begun the first month of this new year!  Readers have spoken to me of their own crosses, the loss of jobs, severe illness, death of loved ones, family members who have turned away from the faith and appear to be lost in sin.  Of course, I offer them my prayers, but in order to do more, I thought to ask you please dear readers, consider praying for our other readers who are suffering right now. It is a beautiful thing to think of each of us, who may be enduring our own suffering in silence, praying for others.  Our Lord taught us this in His Litany of Love when He, although He was just hours away from Golgotha, urged us to love one another. From His Cross He prayed, “Father forgive them.”

Today, I recommend to you prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and include the short form of the Novena Prayer and her Litany. For the long form see here.

“There is no problem …  that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

 

Novena Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual help, dispenser of every grace that God grants us in our misery; Mother so powerful and yet so merciful, thou art the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners, and so I come to thee, mindful that thy own dear Son, when dying for my sins, entrusted me to thee.

In thy pure hands I place my eternal salvation; I trust my soul and all my needs to thee. If thou wilt take me under thy protection, I shall fear no evil, trusting thy promise: thou wilt not forsake me and thy Immaculate Heart will be my refuge and sure way to Jesus.

I beg thee, most dear Mother, obtain for me an ever greater love for Jesus, the grace of true contrition, forgiveness of my sins, final perseverance, and the favor that I now request, _________.  Mother of Perpetual Help, I give thee thanks for answering my prayer and will proclaim always thy goodness and mercy. Amen.

 

 

 

LITANY  OF  OUR  LADY  OF  PERPETUAL  HELP

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear 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, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Queen conceived without the stain of Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
O Mother of Perpetual Help, whose very name inspires confidence, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may love God with all my heart, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may in all things conform my will to that of thy Divine Son, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may always shun sin, the only real evil, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may always remember my last end, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may often and devoutly receive the Sacraments, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may avoid every proximate occasion of sin, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may never neglect prayer, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may ever remember to invoke thee, particularly in time of temptation, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may always be victorious in the hour of temptation, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may generously pardon my enemies, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may arise quickly, should I have the misfortune of falling into mortal sin, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may courageously resist the seductions of evil companions, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may be strong against my own inconstancy, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may not delay my conversion from day to day, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may labor zealously to eradicate my evil habits, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may ever love to serve thee, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may lead others to love and serve thee, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
That I may live and die in the friendship of God, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In all necessities of body and soul, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In sickness and pain, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In poverty and distress, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In persecution and abandonment, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In grief and dereliction of mind, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In time of war, famine and contagion, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
In every danger of sin, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When assailed by the evil spirits, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When tempted by the allurements of a deceitful world, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When struggling against the inclinations of my corrupt nature, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When tempted against the holy virtue of purity, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When death is nigh, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the loss of my senses shall warn me that my earthly career is at an end, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the thought of my approaching dissolution shall fill me with fear and terror, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When at the decisive hour of death, the evil spirit will endeavor to plunge my soul into despair, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the priest of God shall give me his last absolution and his last blessing, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When my friends and relations, surrounding my bed, moved with compassion, shall invoke thy clemency on my behalf, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the world will vanish from my sight, and my heart will cease to beat, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When I shall yield my soul into the hands of its Creator, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When my soul will appear before its Sovereign Judge, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When the irrevocable sentence will be pronounced, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.
When I will be suffering in Purgatory, and sighing for the vision of God, Come to my aid, O loving Mother.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, O Mother of perpetual Help,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray:
O Almighty and Merciful God, Who, in order to succor the human race, hast willed the Blessed Virgin Mary to become the Mother of Thy only-begotten Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that by her intercession we may avoid the contagion of sin and serve Thee with a pure heart, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Think now, how good it would be to pray, from time to time, a rosary, litany and novena prayer for others who we do not know, but who are isolated – as all too many of us are! – and have no way of seeking spiritual support from other traditional Catholics. It is a great tragedy that so many of us have no community of support around us. Many readers have spoken to me of this painful isolation – they too, would love to make First Fridays, First Saturdays, but even a traditional Latin Sunday Mass is not within reach. When they seek out others online, they find supposedly traditional Catholic, pro-Fatima blogs which attack others, dividing the faithful instead of uniting them. I do not want to do that here; but instead urge you to pray for healing the disunity and antagonism that separates and weakens us all.

NOTE, at 2:13 pm: In this post, I failed to make the point that while we pray for those we love, it is a very noble and necessary thing to pray for others (those we will never meet)  who are united with us in faith but tragically separated by this disastrous culture which isolates us all. The only way through this diabolical morass is to reach beyond ourselves with the help of the Mother of God, in obedience, love and trust.  We absolutely must pray urgently for others, for the night comes quickly now. Let’s pray while are able, pray for those struggling and losing heart, that our faith may not fail. Most especially, pray for our priests.

Remember, 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.
  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound satan and all who serve him!
  Mother of Perpetual Help, Immaculate Mother of God, pray for us and for the Pope.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.

~ 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 Holy Family, 2018

Today, the first Sunday after Epiphany, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family, which is the last time in the liturgical year in which we honor the hidden life of Jesus. It is especially poignant to consider the Holy Family at this time, with the scandalous and repulsive  “Nativity Scene” still displayed in the Vatican.  At this time, families are being attacked as never before in recorded history  and yet, Pope Francis and his crew are joining in the attack instead of coming to the aid of beleaguered  parents.

For today, we return to the Feast of the Holy Family to renew our faith, our hope and most of all, take heart in our love for the Holy Family and their abiding love for us.

In the Gospel today, we read of the event which comprises the Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. In this, we commemorate the first words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel, “How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

St. Luke then tells us that Jesus returned to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph “and was subject to them.” In this brief account, we consider several important lessons: First, Jesus establishes His mission in His first recorded words,  “I must be about My Father’s business.” And second, Jesus was subject to Mary and Joseph. The Son of God first asserts the primacy of God, by stating that His mission is to serve the Father in all things, then Jesus affirms the importance of family, “He was subject to them.”

On the firm bedrock of total obedience to God in all things, we can most perfectly live out our love of God within our families, whether they be our personal families or our religious communities. If love of God comes first, what follows cannot fail to serve Him.

 My Father's business
“My Father’s business”

 

As we open our minds and our hearts, lifting them to God in this, the Fifth Joyful Mystery, we consider Saint Joseph leading his Holy Family back home from the Temple. The blessed peace that surrounds them draws us in too, and we are nourished with the truths of this holy mystery. By His actions, Our Lord teaches us humility and obedience in His submission to His Father’s will and through that, because of that, His submission to Mary and Joseph. By our consecrations we submit to them too, and thus we learn humility and obedience.

The Fatima Connection

On the fifth visit, September 13, 1917, Our Lady told the children, “In October … Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to give peace to  the world.” And in Sister Lucia’s accounts of the Sixth Visit, she related that this is precisely what occurred. You may ask, “Where then is this peace”? The answer, if you will hear it yet again, is, “Your peace is dependent upon your obedience!” As an infant receives the graces of baptism, we, the faithful have been offered unimaginable graces in great profusion, awaiting only our cooperation. If we but seek them, turning to Jesus and Mary (and Joseph too!) and seeking them in humility and obedience, we shall see miracles as never before seen in this tired old world, making all things new, restoring the faith.

But we shall not see them without a full compliance with the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Do not be misled, even by well respected traditional Catholics, if they assure you that the chastisement is ending and that we can “prepare for the post-chastisement restoration”. The chastisement, far from “winding down” is instead, bearing down upon us. I remind readers again, as I did in a previous post, Restating the obvious, again in a May, 1952 appearance to Sister Lucia, Our Lady said,

“Make it known to the Holy Father that I am always awaiting the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart. Without the consecration, Russia will not be able to convert, nor will the world have peace.”

Furthermore, William Thomas Walsh confirmed that in his 1956 interview with her, Sister Lucia stated most emphatically,

“What Our Lady wants is that the Pope and all the Bishops in the world shall consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart on one special day. If this is done, she will convert Russia and there will be peace. If it is not done, the errors of Russia will spread through every country in the world.”

Walsh then asked, “Does this mean that every country, without exception, will be overcome by communism?”

“Yes”, was Sister Lucia’s precise answer.

Readers, I realize that this message contradicts what you read elsewhere. But I would be misleading you with false optimism, if I tell you the chastisement is over.  Although Bishops and even Cardinals are speaking out about the errors of the current occupiers of the Vatican, few  there are who are rallying Catholics for a Rosary and Reparation Crusade to call their faithful to return to the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

It is a tragic fact that even in the most devout and observant Catholic families, the faith is dying among our young ones. The prevailing errors attack our children, the most weak and vulnerable.  We need a flood of heavenly graces, we need Our Immaculate, Merciful Mother to intervene – the souls of our children depend on it. But sadly the leaders of the Church cannot see through the darkness and mists of this dismal time to lead us on the true way. Readers, the reason I stress this so much is because so many – so very many! – souls are being lost. All across the world, families are suffering. Please let us renew our efforts to beseech Our Lady for help – pray for the Pope, pray for the Bishops, pray for our priests! They need our sacrifices, they need our rosaries.

Please do not consider the unworthiness of this writer, but instead seek guidance from Our Lady of the Rosary.  Ask her to bring you, through the path of spiritual childhood, to a closer union with the Holy Family this year. With her Rosary, we too shall find the Child Jesus in the Temple, that is, in the Church which He founded. As St. Hildegard foretold, “The Figure of a Woman“, the foul beast and its corruption will be cast out in God’s due time. Meanwhile, our prayers and also our penances are essential, not only for our own salvation but for so many other souls who will be lost if we fail them.

As we return once again to Fatima, we hear the Angel (“We saw an angel with a flaming sword” ) as he instructs the children and us,

“Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. … Above all, accept and bear with submission the suffering which the Lord will send you.”

This is precisely what Our Lord taught us in His words and His actions in the Finding in the Temple. Whether we are in the Temple or in the family, we serve God first in all things, and must, in this year, make of all things a loving sacrifice to God for the conversion of sinners. Only a brief time is given to us to do this, after which comes a darkness in which it will be impossible to accomplish much else except to cling blindly to what faith we have acquired previously. Bear in mind the passage in St. John’s Gospel, where Jesus tells us,

“I must work the works of Him that sent Me, whilst it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9, 4,5).

You see all around you that Jesus is being driven out of this world, even from His Church and inevitably, with Him, the Light goes. It is the awful culmination of the age of apostasy. Indeed, the night comes! Yes, despite false optimism of others, I assure you the night comes, even as Jesus has foretold and has happened numerous times previously. In preparation, we learn from the Child Jesus and the Holy Family to set our priorities, to hold fast to our Blessed Mother and to St. Joseph.

Our Blessed Mother has given us what we need to save our souls and those souls entrusted to us. Look to your spiritual storehouse – all your family must be consecrated to Jesus through Mary, all must have their brown scapulars, miraculous medals, rosaries, for these are both our spiritual armor and our spiritual weapons.

In all things, go to Joseph! Refer to previous posts (here), (here), and (here) for his importance, at Knock and even more so at Fatima. His assistance is immediate, and indicates how close he is to us, how strong and effective he is as our guardian and guide. The internet is such a terrible evil in our time, sucking the souls of so many right down to the cesspit of hell. And yet, as diamonds are found in the darkness of the earth, there are many spiritual treasures still to be found online. Please avail yourself of them so that you can keep true Catholic culture alive for your own little “Holy Family” for so should all our families be.

In the meantime, we need not be afraid, in fact, we should take heart. The great apostasy was foretold, as were its sequelae. Our Immaculate Mother made several appearances to provide us with what we need to sustain our souls and those entrusted to us, so that not one of her children will be lost, no matter how much the devil may deceive others. As for those who will not receive the message of Fatima, assist them as best you can, pray and do penance for them, but do not allow them to separate you from the Holy Family, our shelter in the storm.

  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.
  St. Joseph, protect us.
  Holy Family, bless our family.
 Thank You, Lord, for everything!

   Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and those who serve him!

~ originally posted by evensong, edited and reposted  January 7, 2018 and all for the love of the Immaculate heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King..

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Epiphany 2018

“Epiphany, or Theophany, means the Manifestation of God; today it is realized in Jesus Who manifests Himself as God and Lord of the world. Already a prodigy is revealed in His divinity – the extraordinary star which appeared in the East. To the commemoration of this miracle, which holds the primary place in the day’s liturgy, the Church adds two others: the changing of water to wine at the wedding feast of Cana and the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, when a voice from Heaven announced, “This is My beloved Son.” The Magnificat Antiphon says, “Three miracles adorn this Holy Day” – three miracles which should lead us to recognize the Child Jesus as our Lord and King, and to adore Him with lively faith.” (Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, “Divine Intimacy“, Baronius Press)

“…They found the child with Mary His mother, and falling down they adored Him.”

Each of the three is a revelation of the Savior: to the pagan nations, to those chosen people who were seeking the Savior  at Our Lord’s baptism and again to His people at the wedding feast of Cana; this time demonstrating His power.  Ven. Maria de Agreda states that all these events occurred on the same day of three different years.

Today’s Epistle is from Isaiah 60, 1-6 and reads in part:  “Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall walk in Thy light, and Kings in the brightness of Thy rising.”

The Magi represent the pagan nations who  came to the faith of the new born infant King in due time.  And we know that even as it has been so shall it be again. The darkness and mists will dissipate, and the pagan and neo-pagan nations will be chastened and pay due homage to the King of Kings in the restoration of the faith.

Father Gabriel notes that “A star often appears in the heaven of our souls; it is an inspiration from God, clear and intimate, urging us to greater generosity and calling us to a life of closer union with Him. Like the Magi, we too must always follow our star with faith, promptness, and selfless generosity.  If we allow it to guide us, it will certainly lead us to God; it will bring us to the One whom we are seeking.”

Today we resolve to place before the manger of this new-born King our gifts: the incense of prayer, the myrrh of mortification and suffering borne with generous love for our Lord and Savior, and the gold of charity, that is, a love so pure that it will strip us of all obstacles, so that we abandon ourselves totally to the will of the Divine Infant, consumed with the desire to glorify Him in all things whatsoever.

Today is the First of our First Saturdays of Reparation. We renew again our Consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and renew our commitment for reparation for sins and the conversion of poor sinners, trusting Our Lady to bring us a deeper, clearer manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, for she is the secure way to Him and the perfect model of the generous love He so desires from us.

Please, Pray the Rosary, so much depends upon it!

  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 peregrine  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!

First Blood, January 1, 2018

Contemplating Him, we shall learn that deeds are better than words, that the greater the sacrifices they require, the greater the proof they give of real love. Furthermore, every undertaking must receive its baptism of blood in order to be fruitful. “
He has not yet spoken; the world does not yet know Him; but He is already shedding His blood for the salvation of mankind.
He has not yet spoken; the world does not yet know Him; but He is already shedding His blood for the salvation of mankind.

Today, the Octave of Christmas is the day we commemorate the first shedding of the precious blood of our Saviour, at His Circumcision.  It is fitting that we start off  the year with this commemoration of the first sacrifice of the Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is His vivid lesson in humility and obedience, always necessary virtues.

From Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. we read:

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The Way of Divine Love and the Message of Fatima

From the archives of evensong’s writings, a previously unpublished article.

Today, December 29, we mark the 94th anniversary of the death of Sister Josefa Menendez, the humble nun who wrote “The Way of Divine Love”.  In paperback from TAN, or in Kindle. We’ve written about the beautiful Way of Divine Love before (here) and about Sister Josefa’s deep devotion to the Divine Infant (here). But now and for the next few months, we will focus on the most often overlooked or misunderstood concept in Josefa’s writings: true humility.

The writings of Sister Josefa echo in many ways the writings of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and one can discern a hint of them in Sister Lucia’s writings as well. I strongly suspect that the true writings of Sister Lucia would bear even more resemblance to both of them were we to have access to them. This is because Our Lord Jesus Christ has been telling us in no uncertain terms, what is necessary to counter-act the spiritual terrorism of the arrogant pride prevailing in the world today.

Tragically, this diabolical pride has so captivated the souls of mankind that today among the vast majority of people, there is a rigid resistance to Our Lord’s plea for humility of heart. Mankind has developed a resistance to the grace of God much as some disease bacteria develop a resistance to antibiotics, and now they despise the “poor in spirit” as lacking in self esteem, and care not a whit for the “Kingdom of Heaven”.

It is true that the Message of Divine Love is Christ’s plea for our love but it is also a valuable reminder that we must become truly as a little child, poor in spirit, meek and pure of heart in order to be able to receive His love,  Otherwise we risk becoming the darkness that cannot grasp the light. The worldly are unable to grasp Our Lord’s words to St. Margaret Mary:

“If I had been able to find a creature more miserable than you,” He said to Saint Margaret Mary, “I should have chosen her….”

And to Sister Josefa:

“If I could have found a more wretched creature, I should have chosen her for my special love, and through her revealed the longings of My Heart. But I have not found one, and so I have chosen you.” (June 7th, 1923).

Like the followers of Christ who rejected His teaching on the Eucharist, many today reject these “hard sayings”.  But to those very few who have kept His grace in their hearts, we share the truth of the Way of Divine Love with you.

Our Lord is so good, so kind when we do all we can…He takes charge of the rest; it matters so little whether we feel we are getting better or not.’

The  message of Divine Love was given to Sister Josefa  in the period immediately after the Message of Fatima. It in no way contradicts but rather serves to illustrate the essential unity of the two devotions. In Our Lady’s words to Sister Josefa, we seem to hear the echo of her interactions with the three seers of Fatima and with the revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (here).

Sister Josefa  at times felt overwhelmed by the effort to discharge her duties of state and the demands of Our Lord for reparation for souls and she spoke with our Blessed Mother. Our Lady then told her:

“What does anything matter, if He takes care of you?’ … My child, why be afraid? The work of Jesus must be founded on much pain and love … banish fear; Jesus is almighty and it is He who acts. He is strong and He will sustain you. He is merciful and He loves you.”

Then she warned her of further tribulations to be encountered:

“He reads the depths of all hearts and  it is He who permits circumstances to be as they are. If His plans often seem to you to be hindered, it is because He wants to keep you very humble and very lowly.”

Sister Josefa told her that she feared herself to be an obstacle to His plans.

“It is true that you are a very wretched little being,” Our Lady said with compassion, “but that is just why Jesus has pity on you and why He hides you in the depths of His Heart so that nothing can possibly harm you. Humble yourself in your littleness and misery, my child. Trust Him, for He loves you and will never forsake you. Let your only ambition be to win many souls for Him, to give Him much glory and much love.”

When Sister Josefa told Our Lady how sad it made her that she sometimes failed in her tasks, Our Lady offered her Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns. “Fix your mind on the Passion and sufferings of Jesus.” Then placing the Crown of Thorns on her head: “Take it,” she added, as she blessed her; “it will keep you in His presence.”

‘Do not be afraid, my child,’ Our Lady said in tender pity. ‘He will never ask anything of you without giving you grace. Then try to overcome your repugnance by remembering that all His commissions are given you because of His goodness and love for souls.

“You must not be afraid, for every time Jesus allows you to endure those torments He means you to draw from them a three-fold fruit:

First: Great love and deep gratitude to the Divine Majesty who in spite of your faults prevents you from falling eternally into Hell.

Secondly: Boundless generosity and ardent zeal for the salvation of souls, with the desire of saving many for Him by your sacrifices and even your tiniest acts, for you know how much these please Him.

Thirdly: The sight of such innumerable crowds of souls lost forever … of souls, of which not one can so much as make an act of love, ought to make you who can love, send up unceasingly to Him echoes of love’s clamor to drown the blasphemous vociferations of that impious abode. “ [Note: this was told to Sister regarding the visions of Hell she was given.]

‘Therefore, great generosity for the salvation of souls, daughter, and much love…. Let my Son use you as He wills…. Let Him finish His work.’ “

Once, Sister Josefa confided in Our Lady her sorrow at failing Our Lord by what she believed was ingratitude.  Our Lady responded,

“But, my child, surely you know that His Heart is a blazing furnace, and its fire exists only to consume our miseries. As soon as you have owned them to Jesus, He remembers them no more. 

“He has already granted you so many graces, He is prepared to grant you others greater still. His Heart is an inexhaustible Fountain”

“Jesus has forgiven and forgotten all your failings and all your strivings against His Will, but He never forgets your good resolutions and He takes pleasure in them. His Heart is an abyss of mercy, and it will never fail you. It is, too, an abyss of riches which will never diminish, however largely distributed.

“Love Him as much as you can. He cares for nothing else. Acknowledge your littleness, and be submissive and ready to surrender to His Will in all things. “

So many of us who attempt to live our Consecrations are plagued with scruples and get disheartened, but we should keep our focus on the words of Our Lady: “He has forgiven and forgotten all your failings!” It is we who persist in focusing on our failings instead of on Our Lord; He asks for our love, not for our endless ruminations on our faults.

In closing, we offer you a most useful quote from Our Blessed Mother to help us understand this path we follow:

“Let Him rest in you and do you rest in Him. When you receive His graces, then you repose in Him; when He tries you in one way or another, then He reposes in you.”

When we think on these words, we are able to understand that the beautiful periods of peace given to us in prayer, especially after receiving Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, are when He has drawn us into His Heart. These moments if responded to properly, nourish us and prepare us for the trials to come. But in this sacred dance wherein we move, little by little towards Heaven with our Beloved, we also have the periods when Jesus reposes in our hearts. These are times of darkness, desolation and very great suffering. But they are precisely the most fruitful times, if we maintain our trust in Him.

It was during one of these dark times that Sister Josefa asked Our Lord why He allowed her to struggle in such darknesss of soul, He replied,

“It seems to you that you see nothing and that you are about to fall into the precipice. But need you see, if you are guided? … What you need is to forget self, to abandon your own will and offer no resistance to My plans. Thanks to the acts done in the midst of your sufferings, several of the souls that you will see later have come nearer to My Heart.’

Josefa then complained to Him that when she is struggling against temptations and loneliness, she fails to find Him.

“ ‘When you cannot find Me, look for Me in your Mother. Follow her directions implicitly, for she will guide you to Me. I gave her to you for that very purpose; and know, Josefa, that if you do what she tells you, you are giving Me as much satisfaction as if you were obeying Me personally.

“Love, suffer, and obey. So doing you will enable Me to carry out My plans in you.’ ”

I was about to write, “If there is interest, I will write more on this.” But now, I have given up on there being much interest and will just say, whether there is interest or not, this needs to be said! And we will follow up with more very soon, God willing.

In the meantime, resolve never to waste a single unjust, unreasonable humiliation, a single opportunity to lift your heart joyfully to God for He alone transforms our sufferings into pure gold, eternal gold that never fails. As Our Lord Himself said to Sister Josefa,

‘Ponder this word: “Gold is purified in the fire.” So tribulation purifies and fortifies the soul, and the time of temptation is of great profit both to you and to souls.’ ”

Thank you for reading! I pray for you always!

Remember, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

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!

~ 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!

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And His name shall be called Emmanuel

 

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel.”

His name shall be called Emmanuel, that is, “God with us.” This is truly the meaning of Christmas, the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God with us!  For, as St. Jean-Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars tells us, “… the second Person of the Trinity had taken a human nature, a human body, and a human soul, the same as we have. He has become one of us. He is like us in all things, with the exception of sin, says the Apostle. That is the first step of the mercy of God which we devoutly adore in the crib at Bethlehem. Sin separated man from God; between man and God there yawned a deep chasm, which man was not capable of bridging over.” (1)

And, in infinite humility, He comes not as a ruler of this world, in great pomp and pageantry but as a Child, entering our world as helplessly as we ourselves do. From St. Jean Vianney again, “Who can comprehend the greatness of the mercy of God in His abasement? Let the eagle become a worm, and at the same time preserve his eagle nature, you give him the greatest torture, because he can no longer move his wings. Give the lion, with his lion nature, the form of a snail, and he would roar with pain. What a fetter is our body for our soul! But it bears no comparison to the abasement which God laid upon Himself when He took a human body and abased Himself like unto a man.”

And why was this so?

It was in order to become as close as possible with us humans. God with us, one of us. Quoting St. Augustine, the good Curé  explains, “As if noble graft was engrafted upon the wild olive tree, all the branches and twigs would partake of the strength of this graft, so have we men, since the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, a part in His glory, in His graces, and His merits. God with us,  He abased Himself to exalt us.”

Now, this is the true exaltation – not the exaltation of the narcissists of today who descend into the depths of depravity exulting in  their disordered passions, but the true exaltation which comes of the soul’s realization that “He has first loved us!”

And this merciful exaltation, this incomprehensible love of God for us, is in particular for the truly poor of spirit, and the pure of heart. Becoming the lowliest of men, He offers us the exaltation of the Cross, the triumph over sin and misery and we know that through this Cross, we shall by His grace and mercy rise again with Him and that is the true exaltation!

But there is more, God with us, Emmanuel is Our Lord Jesus Christ, prisoner of Love in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Today, He suffers the sacrilege against His Sacred Presence as never before. St. Michael, the Angel of Fatima, the great warrior Angel of Peace, reminds us, in his three visits in 1916, of the importance of this reparation:

‘Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.’

As sin increases in the world and the Holy Church herself appears to succumb to the iniquity of the times, Christ in His infinite mercy, infinitely suffers still in the sacrament of His love.  And today, we renew our vow to Him ; on this day, His birthday, we beg Him to strengthen us in self-renunciation, in purity of heart and  unite our hearts with His most Sacred Heart with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, offering every moment of our day for love of Him, in reparation for the sacrilege, outrage and indifference that so wound Him and beseeching the conversion of sinners, especially those in our families and in the Church.

May the Divine Infant make us His own and abide with us for now and for all eternity, our Emmanuel, our God with us, forever!

Please, pray the Rosary with all confidence and give glory to the Lord, our newborn Savior, Christ the King!

(1) “A Christmas Sermon” by St. Jean Vianney  which is included in the book, “Sermons of the Curé of Ars, Sermons for All the Sundays and Feasts of the Year” by KIC. ] The sermons of the Curé are deceptively simple yet filled with timeless truths.

Thank you so much for reading; I pray for you always – Please pray for priests!

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

  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come, Viva Cristo Rey!

  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ peregrine  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!

 

Mary, Temple of the Trinity

From our archives.  we offer for this Advent a poem composed originally for the Feast of the Annunciation, but also apt for this season in which we anticipate the coming of the Savior of the world, born of the Virgin Mary in abject poverty, ignored by the powerful, disdained even by His own, who were unable to find room for Him in their busy, self- important lives.

But the shepherds came and adored Him. After two millennia, what shepherds will come? Who will adore?

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.
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.

 

                 Annunciation

Hail Mary, Temple of the Trinity!

        Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,

Art thou astonished at His deference?

Fear not, for thou hast found grace with God.
             Thou shalt conceive … and bring forth a Son
                               Thou shalt call His name Jesus.

How shall it be?
          (Mindful of thy chastity)

And yet . . . it is thy purity draws Him down
Captivated by thy pure and humble love
                Thy Creator awaits at the door of thy will,

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee
          . . .  the most High shall overshadow thee . . .
                        the Holy born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

His will is clear
          . . . moved by His will alone . . .

Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Be it done unto me…

The Architect of earth and heaven
                    Thus closed Himself in thy pure frame.
At thy “fiat” the Almighty Word
               leapt down from heaven
                              The Sword of Truth wrought death to death,
Obedient, He vanquished disobedient pride.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us,

peregrine, March 25, 2004


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

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A Message to the Laodiceans

Pope Francis, bless his heart, never lets an opportunity pass to give scandal to the faithful and offend our dear Lord Jesus Christ just a bit more.  This Christmas he has outdone himself utterly! Note that instead of the heavenly star leading us to the creche at Bethlehem, we have a star falling downward over a desolate jumble of images which distract from the birth of Our Lord. The Blessed Virgin is depicted spraddle-legged like a coarse woman, lacking in dignity and piety but the obvious “star of the show” is the homo-erotic man posing in the typical, over-the-top  style affected by the Lavender Mafia, who now flaunt their triumph in the Bergoglian Reformation of the Vatican..

Bergoglio’s Vatican Celebrates the Fallen Star

 

Thus Pope Francis gives us a reminder that Advent is a penitential season.  This chaotic, disturbing image which the Vatican presents in place of  a respectful  commemoration of the true Nativity of Christ our Savior is an excellent  image of this false church of the Bergoglian Reformation which has eclipsed the true Church. The backdrop of Bergoglio’s “Nativity” (Of what??) appears to be a ruined facade, and behind that backdrop is the Vatican, occupied by the Enemy at present. Actually, an iconic image, isn’t it? It is no wonder that the  Abbey of Montevergine, which donated the innovative ‘Nativity of Mercy,’ houses the Marian image that has been adopted as patroness by LGBT activists in Italy, according to Lifesite News’s Diane Montagna, here.

At Return to Fatima,  we have asserted many times (here)that when the popes ignored the Message of Fatima and refused to obey Our Lady of the Rosary, the hierarchy of the Church began to fall into error; until at last we saw Pope John XXIII fulfill the prophecy of  Apocalypse 8 as Wormwood. For it was he who made bitter the sacred waters of the faith, causing many souls to die; and who, of course, is hailed as a “saint” by the modernist occupiers.

In our post, “The Fifth Trumpet“, we explained that the second Fallen Star is Pope Paul VI who opened the bottomless pit, and brought in the smoke of satan, allowing the demons of hell access to the heart of the Church,  This was also foreseen by Pope Leo XIII who saw the Vatican literally crawling with demons, swarming all over it.

Our archives contain many posts applying Apocalypse 8-13 to these exact times. We also have articles about Father Malachi Martin’s warning of the enthronement of Lucifer in the Vatican. Now note this well: The preliminary enthronement of Lucifer which occurred in the time of Paul VI, the second Fallen Star, had to be completed by the enthronement within 50 years of Lucifer within the Vatican. Not by proxy as occurred the first time, but fully and completely within the Vatican itself.

We posited that this was done shortly after Bergoglio took possession. According to Fr. Malachi Martin, unless this was accomplished within 50 years, the ancient enemy would have failed. Now it is self-evident that the Ancient Enemy has not  failed under Pope Francis but has gotten ever bolder.

Those who doubt this have only to observe the satanic mockery presented as a Nativity Scene at the Bergoglian Vatican this year.  And see the Fallen Star enshrined there for all to hail the Ancient Enemy who now believes that he rules.

And now, what next? What do you think may happen? Perhaps we may find some insight if we return to the Apocalypse. The second Fallen Star opened the bottomless pit (the preliminary enthronement), which allowed the smoke of Satan into the Church, and brought into the heart of the Church  the locusts, predatory modernists and sodomites which attack the Church in her doctrines and her practice. This action, initiated by Pope Paul VI was in time brought to fruition by the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis.  And he has fulfilled the plan almost perfectly, as we see in the Nativity Scene of 2017, exactly one hundred years after our Lady warned of this in her true message at Fatima.

Returning to Apocalypse 9, after the time of the Fifth Trumpet (Paul VI, culminating in Bergoglio), comes the Sixth Trumpet.

A king, the angel of the bottomless pit; whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek Apollyon; in Latin Exterminans, One woe is past, and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter.  And the sixth angel sounded the trumpet: and I heard a voice from the four horns of the great altar, which is before the eyes of God,  Saying to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet: Loose the four angels, who are bound in the great river Euphrates.  And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year: for to kill the third part of men.

And the number of the army of horsemen was twenty thousand times ten thousand. And I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision: and they that sat on them, had breastplates of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone, and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions: and from their mouths proceeded fire, and smoke, and brimstone. And by these three plagues was slain the third part of men, by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.  For the power of the horses is in their mouths, and in their tails. For, their tails are like to serpents, and have heads: and with them they hurt.  And the rest of the men, who were not slain by these plagues, did not do penance from the works of their hands, that they should not adore devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood, which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.

Neither did they penance from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their fornication, nor from their thefts. (Apoc. 9).

And so we see an intimation of what is to come, that is the Horsemen. We explained who these horsemen were in our earlier post, The Sixth Angel. Please note this. This shall come about precisely because of the Laodicean indifference of the majority of Catholics.

The Laodiceans who continue to occupy the pews in this new Church of Bergoglio defend the Bergoglian Nativity Scene, steadfastly refusing to see what is clear to all who have not abandoned the faith. As St. John states in the Apocalypse, the locusts cannot harm those whose faith is strong, that is green, living things, (souls remaining in the state of grace) but only those whose faith has grown lukewarm, that is Laodiceans, to whom Our Lord says,

“…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. … 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.”

This is the time of winnowing as we noted in our post, “Cardinal Manning on Bergoglio’s Reformation“,

“These are times of sifting. Our Divine Lord is standing in the Church: “His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His (own) and He will gather the grain into His barn, and will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” It is a time of trial, when “some of the learned shall fall,” and those only shall be saved who are steadfast to the end.

With each new assault on the Faith, many faithful Catholics are outraged and angered and as the predations of this papacy continue, many lose faith. We must not lose faith! Let your outrage be the impetus for renewing your consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Please reread Our Lord’s message to the Laodiceans above. Now is the time to open our hearts to the necessary chastisement!  When God chastens us, the proper response is repentance in humility and obedience – not belligerent revolt. If we accept this spiritual chastisement as the merciful work of Our Lord; accepting it as Sister Josefa Menendez accepted the Crown of Thorns offered her by Our Lord Himself, we too shall be victorious over this deluge of sin and misery. For after the Passion and Death, there will come the glorious Resurrection.

Pope Francis and his Lavender Mafia have been allowed to obscure the true Nativity with their disgusting mockery, but we the faithful children of Mary see the Nativity as it is, for it is imprinted on our hearts.

And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call His name JESUS. For He shall save His people from their sins.

 

Remember always, “Pray the Rosary and confound satan and all his works and pomps”.

“Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima to Father Fuentes)

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

“By thy pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain for me the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe, and the whole world.” (Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us this prayer;  it is  an essential part of the Fatima Message.)

Our Lady of the Rosary, help of Christians, Victorious over all heresies, lead us to victory!

~ by evensong and peregrine, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, Queen of our hearts.

V: Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin!
R: Give me strength against thine enemies!

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The Coming of Christ Our Savior

The Coming of Christ our Savior

And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness. (Isaias 11)

 

Archbishop Fulton Sheen, in his Life of Christ, asserts that if God were to send His Son as Savior of the world, the least He would do is to announce His birth and the details surrounding His birth; after all, even auto makers announce their new models and diplomats, when arriving in a country, provide papers, produced beforehand that announce their coming.

We know of numerous prophecies in the centuries before Christ’s birth, prophecies of many other cultures which foretold of the coming of Christ. For instance:

  • Tacitus speaking of the ancient Roman prophecies said, “The East was to prevail and from Judea was to come the Master and Ruler of the world.”
  • From the Chinese Annals of the Celestial Empire: “In the 24th year of Tchao-Wang of the Dynasty of the Tcheou, on the 8th day of the 4th moon, a light appeared in the Southwest which illumined the king’s palace. The monarch, struck by its splendor, interrogated the sages. They showed him books in which this prodigy signified the appearance of the great Saint of the West whose religion was to be introduced into their country.”
  • From the ancient Greeks, Aeschylus, 6 centuries before Christ wrote, “Look not for any end to this curse until God appears, to accept upon His head the pangs of thy own sins vicarious.”
  • Virgil, in his Fourth Eclogue speaks of their ancient prophecies that a King would come whom they must recognize in order to be saved, and wrote of “a chaste woman, smiling on her Infant Boy, with whom the iron age would pass away.”

And yet, we know nothing of the mother of Buddha or Confucius. The false prophets, such as Joseph Smith of the Mormons, or Mohammed for his false god, Allah, have had to take recourse in an after-the-fact myth of revelation. They just arrived and demanded, “Here I am, believe me.” But the Old Testament is replete with numerous, detailed prophecies predicting the events surrounding Christ’s birth.

The Archbishop recounts that the the Bible of the Alexandrian Jews, the Septuagint predicts the Virgin Birth, the sufferings of Christ and His everlasting reign. Abp. Sheen states that Christ’s coming is distinguished from all other claimants by three facts:

  • First, He was expected; we have numerous proofs from other cultures around the world that indicate a longing for a redeemer to as Aeschylus said, unloose man from the “primal eldest curse”.
  • Second, At His appearance, He made such an impact that He split history in two, dividing it into two periods, that before His coming and that after it. The Jewish and Roman civilizations were changed from that time on. (Of course, now, with satan firmly in charge, the world is fiercely working to change that, which plays into another prophecy, for another time.)
  • Third, is that unlike every false savior, who came into the world to live, Jesus Christ came in order to die for our sins. Indeed, what is missing from the false christs is the true concept of sin, much as with today’s Modernists – is it any wonder that they show such ecumenical fervor for these false faiths and such disdain for faithful Christians?

As we look upon the helpless Infant born into poverty in a nondescript village in an insignificant country, we understand that truly, God reveals Himself  only  to the pure of heart, not to the proud, and wicked and worldly Herod, Sanhedrin, Roman rulers, or even to the other members of the house of David gathered in the town, but only to the shepherds who kept watch in silence and prayer, and therefore heard the Angel, “For unto you is born this day a Saviour Who is Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2, 11).

Let’s use this remaining time to prepare the way for the coming of our Saviour with prayer. If we seek Him with the purity of our hearts, He will come to us, in the dark quiet of the night of our soul and with His most Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, this Holy Family will be our family, a never-failing haven from the betrayal of this sad and lost world.   Although He could have come to us in power and glory,  He comes to us as a Child so that we may hold Him lovingly to our hearts, and to remind us that we too, must be children of this Immaculate Mother.

  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 Precious Blood of Jesus, save us, save our priests.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come – Viva Cristo Rey!
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
  Remember, pray the rosary and confound satan!

[This post originally from 2015 by evensong. Updated and reposted by peregrine, December 20, 2017.]

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

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