And so we close the month of Mary. We began with the beautiful post – do you remember it? “The Canticle of Mary, Spouse of God“. In it, we celebrated our Immaculate Mother, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, whose perfect and pure obedience brought us our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The wisdom of the Liturgy places the Queenship of Mary at the close of May, to serve as a reminder that she truly reigns over the Church, despite the current apostasy.
Today, however, we also anticipate the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost,“The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee…” In the same way that Christ chose to enter into humanity through Mary, He chose her to preside over the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost. And so we see these two, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity and His Spouse, the Immaculate Virgin Mary are again united in a great work, the sanctification of the Church. As was before, so shall it be.
It is fitting that the very first Novena of the Church should be the Novena to the Holy Ghost which was initiated by Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Mother of the Church as she gathered the Apostles and Disciples in the Cenacle to prepare for the coming of the Paraclete as Jesus had promised. For Mary is not only Mother of the Savior, she is the Spouse of the Holy Ghost, And so we see that the Church is born of the love which God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost have for Man and this great love is the Holy Church, for we are born in love and it is by this great love that we are sustained.
Satan rejoices at our bitterness and dissension in these dark times. We do well to turn from all of it and renew our souls in the beauty of this great love of the Most Holy Trinity for the Blessed Mother and all her children, the Church. And so we offer this beautiful, loving meditation, this Novena of Love, Novena of the Holy Ghost.
At the Ascension of Our Lord, think how Mary felt, watching her beloved Son and Savior vanish from sight and knowing the long hard task before her. The “Mother of the Church” is not some hollow honorific, but has been earned in suffering which surpasses all telling. As she waited, with the Apostles and Disciples, for the promised coming of the Holy Ghost, her thoughts returned to the start, and she heard again the Angel’s message,
“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.” (Luke 1, 35)
And now, she, our true Mother, Mother of the Church, invites us to watch and pray with her for the coming of the Holy Ghost, the Love of God which prepares us to endure this last most intensive attack on the Church not only from enemies outside the Church but those most treacherous disciples of Judas occupying the seats of power within the Church. Continue reading “The First Novena, 2019”→
“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am, you also may be.” (John, 14, 2, 3)
Our reading for today, the Feast of the Ascension of Christ into Heaven is taken from Archbishop Fulton Sheen, in his “Life of Christ”.
His sacrifice being completed, as He was about to ascend to His Heavenly throne, He raised His hands bearing the imprint of nails. That gesture would be one of the last recollections the Apostles would have, save one. The hands were raised first to heaven and then pulled downward to earth as if to draw down its blessings on men. Pierced hands best distribute benediction.
In the Book of Leviticus, after the reading of the prophetical promise of the Messias, there came the high priestly benediction; so too, after showing that all prophecies were fulfilled in Him, He prepared to enter the heavenly sanctuary. Hands that held the sceptre of authority in heaven and on earth now gave the final blessing:
“And even as He blessed them He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven…” Luke 24:51 “And is seated now at the right Hand of God.” Mark 16:19 “So they bowed down to worship Him, And went back full of joy to Jerusalem, Where they spent their time continually In the temple, praising and blessing God.” Luke 24:52, 53
Had Christ remained on earth, sight would have taken the place of faith. In heaven, there will be no faith because His followers will see; there will be no hope, because they will possess; but there will be love for love endureth forever! His leave-taking of the earth combined the Cross and the Crown that governed the smallest detail of His life. The Ascension took place on Mount Olivet at the base of which is Bethany. He led His Apostles out through Bethany, which meant passing through Gethsemane and the very spot where He wept over Jerusalem.
Not as from a throne, but from a mountain elevated above the garden with the twisted olive trees crimsoned with His Blood, did He give the final manifestation of His Divine power! His heart was not embittered by His Cross, for the Ascension was the fruit of His Crucifixion. Continue reading “He Goes Before Us”→
“The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you.”
Today, we consider Francisco and Jacinta, the two youngest saints of Fatima. As we discussed in our earlier post, “The Promise”,
Francisco saw the Blessed Virgin perfectly, but did not hear Her words. He only understood the questions of Lúcia. As for Jacinta, who saw and heard everything, she never brought herself to speak to the apparition. Thus Lúcia was the only one to have the privilege of speaking with Her.” … “Young and quite small, the Queen of Heaven also came very close to (the) three children. For a pedestal She had chosen a little holm oak, about a metre high. ‘We were so close’, writes Lúcia , ‘that we found ourselves in the light surrounding Her, or rather emanating from Her, about a metre and a half away, more or less.’ (from Sister Lucia’s Fourth Memoir)
In 1916, St. Michael the Archangel, the Angel of Fatima had told the children, “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you”, but it was not until Our Lady began to appear that they perceived the true meaning of “designs of mercy”. By the time of Our Lady’s third visit, July 13, 1917, it was becoming clearer, and by then, Francisco could say emphatically, “What I want is to go to Heaven!” This eagerness for Heaven recalls St. Bernadette of Lourdes, who said of Our Lady, “She was so beautiful that after seeing Her once one would be willing to die to see Her again!”
Two readers forwarded the following from the newsletter of the Society of St. Pius X. “You may find in this some encouragement” one remarked. And so I have. Many of us have prayed ardently for. someone strong to take up the banner for the Immaculata and lead us in a renewed devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is so encouraging to find this occurring just as we have prayed so ardently for leadership to arise!
Dear members of the Society, dear readers,
With joy we inaugurate a new spiritual practice that will be dedicated especially to the Blessed Virgin. We will do this on May 13, the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima, and during this year when we will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the consecration of the Society of Saint Pius X to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, which Abp. Marcel Lefebvre performed in Ecône on December 8, 1984. This twofold commemoration, however must not remain a pious memory, a bit sentimental and pleasant, of course, but without any effect on our spiritual life.
The reason for the existence of this new practice is to reawaken our souls, to rekindle our fervor, and to remind us vividly of the total dependence of the Society of Saint Pius X on Our Lady.
I wish to encourage you to read and to meditate on this consecration. The words pronounced by our founder were well-aimed and still have a burning relevance: the errors denounced in them certainly have not disappeared. On the contrary, they have grown and multiplied like cancer cells; they have gained ground and seem to have invaded the whole public square. My intention is not to make a negative, discouraging observation, as though everything that has been done was of no use. No, the battle continues as long as it has not been won; the struggle to drive out the sickness continues as long as there is any life. And we will fight as long as it takes, with the same weapons: recourse to the Virgin Mary, especially to her Immaculate Heart, the refuge of sinners and of combatants. Continue reading “Lift up your hearts!”→
This Mother’s Day, let’s first of all honor Mary, whom Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us for our own Mother. The following post is loosely based on meditations from St. Alphonsus de Liguori’s “The Glories of Mary”.
In giving us Jesus, Mary gave us the true life; and by offering upon Calvary the life of her Son for our salvation, she then brought us forth into the life of divine grace. Thus, at two different times Mary became our spiritual mother; the first when she was found worthy of conceiving in her virginal womb the Son of God, our Savior, as St. Albert Magnus says.
St. Bernardine of Sienna more distinctly teaches us that when the most holy Virgin at the annunciation of the angel gave her consent to become mother of the eternal Word, which He awaited before making Himself her Son, she by this consent even from that time beseeched God with lively affection for our salvation; and she was so earnestly engaged in obtaining it, that from that time she has been our Mother.
Indeed, when in the Gospel we read that Mary brought forth her first-born Son, that refers to the fact that since Mary was and always remained an immaculate virgin, her other children are her spiritual children, that is to say, we are her children. Thus, as St. Alphonsus relates, “Our Lord revealed this to St. Gertrude who reading one day the passage of (St. Luke’s) Gospel was troubled, not knowing how to understand it, that Mary being mother of Jesus Christ alone, it could be said that He was her first-born. And God explained it to her, by telling her that Jesus was her first-born according to the flesh, but men were her second-born according to the spirit.”
Additionally, Mary brought us forth to grace when on Calvary, she offered to the eternal Father with so much sorrow of heart the life of her beloved Son for our salvation. Wherefore, St. Augustine asserts that, by her loving co-operation with Christ in the birth of the faithful into the life of grace, she became also by this co-operation the spiritual mother of us all. And then she in her sorrow brought us forth to eternal life; so that we may all call ourselves children of the Sorrowful Heart of Mary. Continue reading “On Mother’s Day, to Mary, 2019”→
Today, the first day of the Month of Mary, we honor St. Joseph the Worker. I’m anticipating the perfect opportunity this gives to the enemies of the Church to denigrate St. Joseph with the same old slurs and so will share with you some thoughts based on the work of of Edward Healy Thompson:
“… Christ was promised to Abraham as man, to David as his successor in his kingdom, but to Joseph under the name of Saviour; in order that we may be persuaded that, although Joseph had no share in the formation of the Body of Jesus neither did he place the crown upon His head, he nevertheless contributed to making Him the Saviour of all men, journeying and labouring and toiling along with Him, and supporting Him by the fruit of his toils for so many years. And thus (he says) he was the last of the Patriarchs to whom the Messias was promised, but in a more excellent manner than all.” (The Life and Glories of St. Joseph, Edward Healy Thompson, Aeterna Press, Kindle) Continue reading “St. Joseph the Worker, 2019”→
To start Mary’s month off right, we offer the following from Father Thaddeus with thanks to KIC’s Kindle Edition.
THE SPOUSE OF THE CANTICLE
“I will espouse thee to me in faith, and I will espouse thee to me for ever.” —Osee 2:20.
Solomon’s Canticle of Canticles, is said to be the greatest love story of all times, for it is the story of the Love of God for His Spouse. Of this, Cornelius a Lapide says that the word “Spouse” may be taken in four different senses:
The humanity of Christ,
The Blessed Virgin Mary
The just soul.
As regards its application to our Blessed Lady, he gives the following explanation: “This Canticle may be properly understood of Christ, and of the Blessed Virgin, who shines among the just, as the moon among the stars. The Incarnation of the Word, moreover, and consequently the Espousals of the Church, were performed in her and through her… Let us consider some of the characteristic traits of the Spouse, as found in passages applied to our Blessed Lady by the Church in her Offices. “Thou art all fair, 0 my love, and there is not a spot in thee” (Canticles 4:7). Mary is all fair, yea, the fairest, not only of all human creatures, but even if compared to the Angels. And there is in her no spot of either guilt or pain of sin, whether original, mortal, or venial. This is the sentiment of the whole Church, expressed by the Council of Trent.
Long before that time, St. Augustine, having said that all mankind, even the just, are subject to venial sin, adds: “Except the Blessed Virgin Mary, of whom there can be no question when we speak of sin, for the sake of the honour due to the Lord.” Hence the words: “Thou art all fair, and there is not a spot in thee,” are applied to Mary alone, by Rupertus, St. Ildefonse, and many others. “I am black but beautiful, 0 ye daughters of Jerusalem” (Canticles 1:4). Our Blessed Lady is a daughter of Adam, who sinned, and by his sin contaminated his whole posterity. Mary did not contract this general infection but, being a child of our common father, she appeared exteriorly black, meaning as the daughter of a sinner.
In herself, however, she was beautiful by the fullness of grace. The Blessed Virgin was black through her humility, which made her wish to appear like other women. She came to the Temple to be purified like other mothers. But interiorly she was most pure and clean, and her humility made her the more acceptable and beautiful in the eyes of God. This text may also be very aptly applied to our Blessed Lady at the time of the Passion of her Divine Son. She was then the Mother of Sorrows and, the Sun of Justice being darkened, so did Mary, the heavenly moon, also grow dim by the martyrdom of her soul.
In these words: “I am black,” we may thus see the Blessed Virgin depicted attired in mourning, contemplating the sufferings of Jesus Christ When our dear Saviour suffered and died, Mary suffered and, in a certain manner, died with Him, through the greatness of her love. She could then truly say, “I am black, I am darkened; my beloved Son suffers and is despised: I must suffer and be despised with Him.” “How beautiful art thou, and how comely, my dearest, in delights!” (Canticles 7:6)
There is in the whole creation nothing so beautiful, so comely, or so delightful as the Blessed Virgin Mary. Hence the Church sings in our Lady’s Office the following antiphon taken from this text: “Thou art all beautiful and sweet in thy delights, O holy Mother of God!” At the consideration of these words, Hailgrinus exclaims: “How beautiful art thou in thy Maternity, how comely in thy Virginity, how admirable in both united!” How great must have been the delights of the Blessed Virgin, when she embraced Jesus the Son of God; when she fed Him Who feeds the angels, for she was conscious of the Divine mysteries and of her privileges. She knew that she was the Mother of God, our Saviour, and this knowledge filled her soul with ineffable delights.
“When the king was at his repose, my spikenard sent forth the odor thereof” (Canticles 1:11). When the Son of God was yet in the bosom of His eternal Father, He smelt the sweet odor of the spikenard, or balsam of the nardus—plant, that is, of the humility of the Blessed Virgin, and attracted thereby, He descended from heaven. “Humility,” says Rupertus, “is the repose of the mind, and whosoever finds this virtue, finds rest of the soul. I (the Mother of God) sought this rest in all things, and the King, smelling the aromatic odor of this my spikenard, looked, and saw that He could rest in the stillness, that is, in the humility, of my heart. Then He descended from the eternal throne of His repose, and rested in my tabernacle; and, being the Lord of all things, He became the Son of His handmaid.”
The King of Glory took His repose in Mary in the Incarnation. And how often did He rest in her arms when a Child! “Sleep, Holy Babe, upon Thy Mother’s breast! Great Lord of earth, and sea, and sky, How sweet it is to see Thee lie In such a place of rest.” How pleasing must then have been the odor of her purity, her humility, and all her other virtues to the King of humility, the God of the humble! “I sought Him, whom my soul loveth: I sought Him, and found Him not. I will rise, and will go about the city: in the streets and the broad ways I will seek Him whom my soul loveth” (Canticles 3:1).
Rupertus and others apply these words to our Blessed Lady, when she had lost Jesus in Jerusalem. Great indeed, as St. Alphonsus remarks, must have been the grief of this afflicted Mother, who went about in every direction, asking with the Spouse in the Canticle: “Have you seen Him, whom my soul loveth?” (Canticles 3:3) But she could hear no tidings of Him. With how much more tenderness must Mary, oppressed with fatigue and grief in looking for her Son, and unable to find Him, had repeated what Ruben said of his brother Joseph: “‘The boy doth not appear, and whither shall I go?’” (Genesis 37:30) My Jesus doth not appear, and I know not what to do in order to find Him; but where shall I go without my treasure?”
What, asks St. Bonaventure, could avail the comfort which her friends and relations endeavored to give her? Can aught compensate for the loss of Jesus? The Blessed Virgin, finding her search fruitless, addressed herself to God, her constant refuge, and sole consolation, saying, “0 God, my Father, my eternal Lord, Thou didst grant me Thine own beloved Son; I, alas, have lost Him, and do not know where to find Him! O, restore Him to me again! Look on the greatness of my affliction! Return, 0 Jesus, to Thy Mother, or let me know where Thou art! My dearest Son, do not delay to come back to me, for Thou art my joy and all my hope, and without Thee I cannot live.”
Such must have been Mary’s sentiments when she had lost Jesus, and sought Him sorrowing, until at length she found the object of her desires, the Beloved of her soul. “Many waters cannot quench charity, neither can the floods drown it” (Canticles 8:7). By these “many waters,” we may understand the sorrows, tribulations, privations, and all the trials of this life. The Blessed Virgin has suffered more than the martyrs, of whom she is therefore the Queen. She suffered with her Divine Son, and on His account she died, as it were, with Him on the Cross; and the memory of His torments caused her during the remainder of her life the most intense grief. She also felt in her heart the sufferings of the disciples and faithful, of whom she was the most affectionate Mother. But all these afflictions, far from quenching her charity, rather fed and augmented it, to the end of her mortal life.
We also have to suffer, we also must be tried. Let our sufferings never extinguish our charity. Let us rather say with St Paul: “Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or danger? or persecution? or the sword? But all these things we overcome because of him that hath loved us” (Romans 8:35). If these are our sentiments, our souls shall, in imitation of our Blessed Lady, also be the spouses of our Lord. And if we are faithful to our heavenly Bridegroom now, we shall celebrate with Him an eternal marriage feast in a better life.
Rev. F.. Mary Thaddeus, “Foreshadowed: Considerations on the Types and Figures of Our Blessed Lady in the Old Testament, . KIC. Kindle Edition.
† 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! † O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse thee! † St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests. † St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!
The most useful message we can offer during this reign of the enemies of Christ is to return to the true message of Fatima. Now, when the Church is being assaulted by those within its highest ranks, even the vulgar man occupying the See of Peter, it seems that those who are faithful to tradition and devoted to Our Lady of Fatima are less in unity than ever before.
Today, we have a leadership void and the temptation arises for various persons to “step into the breach” as it were and set themselves up as leader. As you look around the web, everyone, it seems has become an instant expert, opining on canon law, Thomistic theology and deep questions about the practice of the faith. It can be confusing, even overwhelming to those of us simply trying to hold fast to the faith against such odds. My goal is only to call readers to return to the message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, from the Angel’s message on through the six appearances of Our Lady to the shepherd children and on through the locutions Sister Lùcia received and to help my readers practice the devotions requested by Our Lady of Fatima.
Right now, there is a “fog of war”, or perhaps, a “diabolical disorientation” which makes us uncertain and dispirited. As I talk with readers from various countries, I have yet to hear anyone report that they are energized by this crisis. All of us are severely challenged right now. How to proceed? Return to the simple things, for that is why Our Mother gave us her Rosary. She stole my heart when she asked Sister Lùcia for us to simply spend some time with her. Imagine! The great Mother of Our Saviour asking for a bit of our time! We are so blessed!
The rule in all this is always the rule of love. motivated by devotion to the glory of God, the honor of the Immaculata and the salvation of souls. If you do not discern those qualities in a writer, it is best to look elsewhere. Today, more than ever satan deceives so many by vain curiosity, and by promoting devotions which detract from the true devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Included in those essential devotions is devotion to Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal, which honors her Immaculate Conception and is a most potent sacramental.
The first resource and clearest summary is the three volumes by Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, The Whole Truth About Fatima, (Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3) which are still available online through archive.org. That site is rapidly removing true Catholic classics.
Often today there is criticism of those who emphasise “prayer and reparation” over the need for action. There should be a balance between them. To rush into action before obtaining a sound foundation in spiritual practice is to be defeated before starting. The true Message of Fatima is a call to the faithful to return to obedience and reparation. This obedience is required of each of us personally, and it requires humility, which is perhaps the most unpopular virtue today, even more disliked than purity.
Sin entered into the world through pride and disobedience. The Blessed Virgin Mary crushes the head of satan by her humble obedience to God’s will. In these latter days our loving Father sends her, His most precious creature, to offer devotion to her Immaculate Heart as our secure path back to Him. It is from Mary, from her purity, humility and obedience, that we learn how best to understand what God wills for us in these confusing times.
Once we have that strong foundation under us, then we are able to discern the appropriate actions to take. But it can only lead to disaster if we jump into hastily taken actions without being spiritually prepared, for this is a spiritual combat first of all. It is pride that makes us want to seek out action before we have humbled ourselves by penance and mental prayer. . When we children of Mary are sufficient in numbers, we will have a leader, for Our Lady always provides for her own. Our first task is obedient devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the way she requested, that is Rosary, First Saturdays, make of everything a reparation, and so on as we have often discussed. If we sacrifice and pray for her requests to be obeyed, we shall see her will, and we will obtain all that we pray for and more.
Much of today’s confusion comes from a severe lack of trust in the most Blessed Virgin. Like a drowning man who refuses the life preserver in order to flail uselessly until his strength is gone, many souls are in great danger because they cannot trust Mary — Mary who offers such simple things as the Rosary — for in this proud modern age we yearn to do “great things” for her. Paradoxically, the greatest things are often the smallest! And so, we kneel and pray, and trust her, and in that humility and obedience, especially that self-denial — yes, especially that! — there is much merit and we shall someday see how many souls are helped merely by spending a little time with her.
For the true way to conquer satan, look to this Immaculate Heart, think now, what makes it Immaculate? It is Immaculate because in that most pure heart, she never made any room at all for sin, she is eternally “full of grace”! Her Immaculate Heart alone among all creation has never had satan’s mark, sin. Therefore it alone has the fulness of grace and perfect obedience. Our Lord Himself gave her to us for our Mother as He was dying for love of us. She is our abiding evidence of His loving care for us. He is waiting until we learn to trust her to teach us, to lead us to Him. My task here is to remind that He is still waiting for us to discover the true message of Fatima, to examine the facts as they were revealed, that is, in the order which they were revealed.
To begin with the first:
The Angel of Peace
We show our obedience by heeding the requests of the Angel of Peace and Our Lady of the Rosary. From the beginning, the Angel’s instruction was:
Pray, pray a great deal! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices!”
Lucia then asked the Angel how they were to sacrifice themselves. “Offer up everything within your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended; and of supplication for the conversion of sinners….Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send you.”
So, in our action plan, the first steps are to, “Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices”, and to “accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send” us.
Readers, no other action you may choose to take will be of any avail without obeying this command. We cannot allow ourselves to get distracted by other devotions or the search for ever more knowledge. Although the ongoing trainwreck of this papacy is certainly fascinating we must maintain our focus on obedience to Our Lady’s requests. That, in itself is a very good sacrifice!
The Angel’s Message, Part II
The Angel appeared again in the Fall of the year 1916. We reviewed that visit in a previous post. The message this time was an extraordinary vision of the Most Blessed Sacrament with which the Angel demonstrated to the children the importance of offering adoration and reparation to the Most Holy Trinity.
The vision, and the actions and words of the Angel make a stunning affirmation of the foundational doctrines of our faith:
The Angel affirms the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
The Real presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the most Blessed Sacrament,
The absolute requirement for reparation to God for sacrileges, outrages and indifference which offend God,
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are united; that is, devotions to both Hearts is essential.
Lastly, the Angel affirms again that Jesus Christ is outraged by the ungratefulness of men towards His Precious, saving gift of His Body and Blood and we are called to make reparation for these crimes and console Him.
God willing, there will be two more summary installments; the next on Our Lady of the Rosary’s six visits between May 13 and October 13, 1917, to be followed by a summary of the apparitions to Sister Maria Lúcia. I hope they will provide a succinct, clear resource for you.
In closing, note please that the sequence is important. In short, the Angel’s visits set a context, warned of the problem: sacrilege, and prepared for Our Lady’s message. Note also that the reparative devotion of the First Saturdays is essential to obtaining the necessary grace for a humbled, contrite pope and bishops to consecrate Russia to the Immaculata as Our Lady requires.
Thank you for reading and for your prayers and encouragement. To those who have attempted to spread the message by sharing Return to Fatima with others, please do not feel disheartened. We must always give Our Good Lord thanks in all things!
God bless you all and Mary keep you close to her Immaculate Heart!
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.
“I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live.” (John 11, 25).
“Joy in truth: for only sincere and upright souls who seek the truth lovingly and still more, ‘do the truth’ can fully rejoice in the Resurrection. We are sincere when we recognize ourselves for what we are, with all our faults, deficiencies and need for conversion. From this knowledge of our miseries comes the sincere resolve to purify ourselves … in order to be renewed in the risen Christ.
“Truth, however, must be accomplished in charity — veritatem facientes in caritatem, doing the truth in charity. (Eph. 4, 15). Therefore the Postcommunion prayer that is placed on our lips is more timely than ever: ‘Pour forth upon us, O Lord, the Spirit of Thy love, to make us of one heart.’ Without unity and mutual charity there can be no real Paschal joy. (Divine Intimacy, p. 419-420).
On that first Easter morning, we see the penitent, Mary Magdalen, weeping and searching for the Master. She found His tomb empty and thus began her sorrowful efforts to find Him and tend lovingly to His Remains. Blinded by her tears and grief, she failed to recognise Him when He stood nearby. She was expecting death, but here was Life! He spoke but one word, her name, (for He knows His own by name) pronounced with such infinite mercy, she was transformed by joy. Like Peter at the Lord’s Transfiguration, she responded in a wholly human way. ‘Master!’ And yet her urge to clasp His refound humanity was gently rebuffed.
‘Noli me tangere.‘ Do not touch me yet! For He must go to His Father. And we too, must respond to this Passion, Death and Resurrection by following Him. With Him, we turn towards Our Father, rejoicing in truth and in love. We too have rolled away the stone of our past, our sins, our indifference; we too have seen the empty tomb. For now, we see the sepulchre in the great rock of the Church: it is empty! And pagans stand guard as once they did. We too, seek Him, weeping.
But He is risen! He goes to the Father.
And we go with Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
A brief explanation for readers who question the last three lines above, that is, “For now, we see the sepulchre in the great rock of the Church: it is empty! And pagans stand guard as once they did. We too, seek Him, weeping.”:
Please see in a previous post, (The Auto-demolition of the Church) the quotation from Pope Pius XII, “A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?'”
If you, like I do, feel somewhat challenged to rejoice when we see everywhere our dear Jesus so rejected despite His loving sacrifices, His generous mercies to us, let’s remind ourselves of Saint Therese the Little Flower and not let Him see our tears, but rejoice with Him as we commemorate His victory, and rejoice today, for we trust in Him Who is our only joy!
Beloved readers, I pray your Easter is blessed and peaceful. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes, and also, thank you for reading – and sharing! our posts.
† 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!
† O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!.
Sorry if I have given you too many posts, but could not let this most holy day pass without our most loved Good Friday post. Again from Father Groenings:
The Crucifixion and Death of the Savior
Today, we examine three events which occurred at the time of Our Lord’s Crucifixion. The miraculous sign of the total eclipse, the rending of the Temple veil and the earthquake. These thoughts are largely drawn from the writings of Father Groenings, S. J.
The Total Eclipse of the Sun
This eclipse of the sun was not a natural one. It was miraculous in every respect and that for these reasons: First it occurred at the time of the full moon. For this Friday was the day when, according to the Law, the Pasch should be celebrated, and this feast always occurred at the time of the full moon. Now, naturally, an eclipse of the sun can occur only at the time of the new moon, when the latter is between the sun and the earth.
Then, it was miraculous because it was total from the very beginning. Lastly, because it remained total for three hours. In an ordinary eclipse of the sun, the moon, in the beginning, covers only a part of the sun, then gradually more, until the darkness reaches its greatest height, whereupon it again gradually decreases.
This eclipse of the sun was, therefore, an extraordinary work of God, and the Holy Fathers freely apply to it the words of the prophet Amos, “And it shall come to pass in that day that the sun shall go down at mid-day, and I will make the earth dark in the day of light.”