May is Mary’s Month, and as such, especially dear to her children.
“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because He hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done great things to me; and holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation to generations unto them that fear Him. He hath shewed strength in His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away. He hath helped Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy: As He spoke unto our fathers, to Abraham and his seed for ever.” [Luke 1, 46-55]
We begin the month of Mary with a brief meditation on the Magnificat, her hymn of praise to God. For those who do not recite the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is a good practice to add the Magnificat to their devotions during Our Lady’s month of May.
Considering Mary’s Magnificat, her beautiful hymn of praise to God, gives us insight into the Visitation, the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Luke’s Gospel tells us that “when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.” [Luke 1, 41-45]
Note that Elizabeth “was filled with the Holy Ghost” when she said, “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” This means that Elizabeth’s praise of Mary was inspired by the Holy Ghost, the same Holy Ghost, referred to earlier in Luke 1, 35, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee.” Thus, Mary is the most holy and pure Spouse of the Holy Ghost, a truth sadly overlooked by protestants and modernists.
“The lethal wound festering in the very body of the holy church”, is a reference to priestly impurity; a pungent description written by St. Peter Damien († 1072) in his monumental work, “The Book of Gomorrah“.
A reader pointed out that it has been a very long while since we had an update on Pope Francis and the clerical pederasty crisis. As it happens, I had been about to post the following, but noticed that several excellent blogs have bested me, most notably Mr. Atila Guimaraes at Tradition in Action. I hope you’ll read his articles if you have missed them. One article recounted how a notorious priest abuser, Fr. Inzoli, was defrocked under Pope Benedict XVI, but was “mercifully” reinstated by Pope Francis. Of course, the man went on to offend more and now has met with civil sanctions. Isn’t it strange how selective Bergoglian mercy is? Never hampered by rigidity!
And so, belatedly, we offer our post on the progress of “Zero Tolerance” in the Bergoglian Church.
Thank heavens for our good and humble Pope Francis who early on in his ministry as the Vicar of Christ on earth assured us,
“I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil that some priests – quite a few in number, (although) obviously not compared to the number of all priests – to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” he told members of the International Catholic Child Bureau.
“The church is aware of this … personal, moral damage carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and to the sanctions that must be imposed.
“On the contrary, we have to be even stronger. Because you cannot interfere with children,” (Reuters, April 11, 2014)
Catholics all over the world rejoiced that at last, we had a “zero tolerance pope” as he himself proclaimed on May 26, 2014; although several of us crabby old trads took a more jaundiced view, noting his deep affection for his dear friend Msgr. Ricca.
And so, we were aware of the Pope’s favoritism towards priests who were openly supportive of homosexuals in the consecrated life. The list is long, from Ricca, to Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe (who has compared sodomy to the Blessed Sacrament), to Bishop “Tucho – Heal Me with Your Mouth” Fernandez, here, his friend who helped him write Amoris laetitia. And then there’s Cardinal de Kesel, who is in a class all by himself, but we will deal with him later.
For now, let’s let Anne Barrett Doyle of Bishop Accountability fill us in on the most egregious example of Pope Francis ignoring and allowing priestly sex abuse of deaf children in their care. According to Doyle’s article here, Pope Francis ignored pleas from several deaf persons who had been abused at the Antonio Provolo Institute (for education and care of deaf children) in Verona, Italy in 2014.
The abusers in what has tragically become a modern tradition, were simply transferred to Argentina, where they happily set up shop and proceeded to do what they do best, abuse the bodies and souls of those poor children who are entrusted to them.
Argentine authorities arrested this week Father Nicola Corradi, S.M., an Italian priest reported to the Vatican in 2008 or 2009 and again in 2014 by deaf survivors in Verona, Italy. Now 82, Corradi is accused of a range of more recent abuses in Argentina, including forcing hearing-impaired children, ages 10-12, to have oral sex with each other. The alleged crimes occurred at the Antonio Provolo Institute for Deaf Children in the Mendoza province of Argentina.
Authorities charged Corradi, and four other adults, including Rev. Horacio Hugo Corbacho S.M., of molesting eight children at the school. Since the arrest, a total of around 60 children have been identified as possible victims.
In May 2014, an Italian survivors’ group issued a public plea (see 1, 2 and 3) to Pope Francis to bring to justice Corradi and 15 or so other reported child molesters who had worked at Istituto Provolo, a school for deaf children in Verona, Italy. The survivors’ plea to the Pope included the alarming news that Corradi and three other alleged Verona abusers were currently working at the order’s two schools for deaf children in Argentina (one in La Plata and the other in Mendoza).
As Supreme Shepherd, Francis sets the standard, and so the abuse flares again. For those of you who read us regularly, the foregoing comes as no surprise. In Nov., 2015 we wrote about Pope Francis’s promotion of Archbishop de Kesel in “Appallingly Clear“. But since that post was written, Pope Francis has made him Cardinal de Kesel.
Strange as it may seem, in spite of all the violence and destruction wrought by the relentless islamicization of the West and even of recent violent attacks, we see the Bishop of Rome continuing to defy logic. Note the Vatican’s logo for the Pope’s latest adventure into Egypt.
And so we’ll have yet another photo-op assuring persecuted Christians that despite what they are experiencing, islam is really a religion of peace. Sandro Magister’s column yesterday (see here) is well worth reading. Citing data from the Pew Research Center, Magister concludes that the population of Egypt is, in fact thoroughly radicalized. Some figures from his article are relevant to this latest papal trek into fantasyland:
♦ 75 percent of the Egyptian population maintains that sharia – meaning the system of law derived from the Quran and the Sunnah – is the revealed word of God.
♦ 74 percent want sharia to be the law of the state.
♦ 74 percent want sharia to be applied not only to Muslims, but also to non-Muslims.
♦ 95 want religious judges to decide in disputes over family and property.
♦ 70 percent are in favor of corporal punishment for crimes like theft.
♦ 81 percent are in favor of stoning for those who commit adultery.
♦ 86 percent are in favor of the death penalty for those who leave Islam. (English translation by Matthew Sherry, Ballwin, Missouri, U.S.A.)
To Magister’s data, we add one citation of our own, which was just offered by a reader: From the secular site The Religion of Peace.com, the following figures of Islamic attacks on Christians in Egypt in just this month, April: 48 killed, 130 injured for the love of Allah.
It is our position that islam is part and parcel of the “errors of Russia” and that it is supported by the very person, Vladimir Putin, whom useful idiots in the west trumpet as a “Christian leader”. We will post more soon on the Putin-islam connection but for now…
As the muslim invasion of Europe and America continues towards the islamification of the West, let’s look at the reality of islam in the light of the Fatima prophecy of the Errors of Russia.
A question was asked of me recently, “Where does islam fit in with the ‘errors of Russia’ “? If, by the errors of Russia, we understand a totalitarian, soul-destroying regime, then, islam fits the bill quite nicely. In fact, Islam and Marxism (dialectical materialism) have much in common.
“Bolshevism combines the characteristics of the French Revolution with those of the rise of Islam… Those who accept Bolshevism become impervious to scientific evidence, and commit intellectual suicide. Even if all the doctrines of Bolshevism were true, this would still be the case, since no unbiased examination of them is tolerated…Among religions, Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Mohammedanism [Islam] rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation. Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of this world.” [Jules Monnerot in “Sociology and Psychology of Communism” quoted by Dr. Andrew Bostom]
In his essay, Dr. Bostom quotes Monnerot to the effect that both Communism and Islam share two major characteristics, conversion and subversion. Both demand total submission and both work tirelessly, undeterred by any adversity, in order to subvert whatever culture impedes the progress of their anti-Christian goal.
Today, we follow up on our earlier post about the words of Our Lady of Fatima. In that post, “Words, just words“, we noted that,
On her second visit (June 13, 1917), Our Lady told the little shepherds,
“Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” … “I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.” … Our Lady extended her right hand and in front of her palm was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. In Lúcia’s words, “We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary outraged by the sins of humanity and seeking reparation.”
And then, the following month, after showing them the the vision of Hell, Our Lady said:
You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish throughout the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I request, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse war will break out in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you, that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father.
To prevent this I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.
If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, she will be converted, and some time of peace will be given to the world.”
“On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to her, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.
At the same time, the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”
Then the Most Holy Virgin said: “Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”
In this revelation, Our Lady of the Rosary as Mediatrix of Graces, promises the supremely valuable gift of God’s grace, that is, the gift of final perseverance, without which other gifts are worthless, “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matt 16, 26).
Frère Michel continues, “the first fruit of the Communion of Reparation is the salvation of the one practicing it. Let us place no limits on the divine mercy, but keep to the letter of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise: whoever fulfills all the conditions set down can be sure of obtaining at the moment of death at least – and this even after miserable lapses back into a state of grave sin – the graces necessary to obtain the pardon of God, and to be preserved from eternal chastisement.”
The devotion of First Saturdays was not at all new, but was given a new emphasis by the Blessed Virgin. Previously, there had existed the practice of devoting Saturdays to Mary. For instance, “The Fifteen Saturdays in honor of the Most Holy Rosary”, a popular devotion of the Rosary Confraternities to receive the Sacraments and perform pious works on each of fifteen consecutive Saturdays in honor of the Fifteen Mysteries of Our Lady’s Rosary. Pope Leo XIII enriched this devotion with generous plenary indulgences.
[NOTE: As of 8:00 am, This post has been updated with material inadvertently omitted in the previous version.]
Flesh and Blood, truly risen, Alleluia!
In today’s Gospel, we read of “Doubting Thomas”. When Jesus rose from the tomb, He passed through the great stone which had been placed before it. Only afterward was the stone rolled back by the Angel in order that His followers might see the truth – that the Lord is truly risen! That evening, Jesus passed through the doors of the Upper Room and appeared in the midst of the Apostles. demonstrating to them that He was truly risen in living flesh, showing them His hands and feet.
Now Thomas was not present at this remarkable event and doubted very much. “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And so here we are, eight days later, in the same Upper Room, doors again closed “for fear of the Jews”, but this time, Thomas is with them.
Again, Jesus passed through the closed doors and appeared in their midst. After bidding them “Peace”, Our Lord generously said to the Doubter, “Put in thy finger hither, and see My hands, and bring hither thy hand and put it into My side, and be not faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus replied, “Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen and have believed.”
Thus, we celebrate today the Octave of the Resurrection, the fact of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ in living flesh and blood. This fact of the living flesh of Jesus Christ is a stumbling block to the Modernists who now occupy the Church. To these usurpers of the faith and those who blindly stumble after them, we offer the following words of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque regarding devotion to the fact of the Resurrected Body and Blood of Christ, that is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Some encouraging news from Sandro Magister; not the false “happy news” that prevails in some quarters, but a solid development which shows that intelligent, effective affirmation of the faith is strengthening and resistance is growing to the Lavender agenda of the occupiers.
In today’s post, (Here) Magister covers the conference given by six well-known, respected lay scholars from as many different countries to bring Catholic clarity to the diabolical confusion of Amoris Laetitia. The scholars are:
Anna Silvas from Australia, Claudio Pierantonio of Chile, Jürgen Liminski from Germany, Douglas Farrow from Canada, Jean Paul Messina from Cameroon, Thibaud Collin from France. And one after the other, over the span of one day took stock of the crisis that the document of Pope Francis has produced in the Church, one year after its publication.
Magister offers the complete text of these important talks, so trust you will find the article useful.
I will post more as I am able, but recovery is slow.
Thank you all for your prayers and concern, and for continuing to visit the site, despite the paucity of posts. All are in my prayers,
Video of John Vennari’s funeral, sent by a kind reader for those who may not have seen it yet .
There is a subtle message in Father Purdy’s homily regarding John’s insistence on remaining as lucid as possible in order to complete the work of his salvation. This modern false mercy which insists on palliating the patient presents an often insurmountable obstacle to the important work necessary to prepare one’s soul for the moment of death.
John Vennari was an immensely strong and determined man who fought to remain lucid and work out his salvation. In that, he teaches us all an essential message in our daily lives, and not just for our time of dying. Every action we take to mitigate our own pain reduces the merit of grace we earn for ourselves and for all sinners.
From the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Office for the Dead:
Ant: Let every spirit praise the Lord. V: I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me: R: Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord. Ant: I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he be dead shall live, and every one that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.
May John’s soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
“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!
Update, April 18, 2017. 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?'”
†Remember, pray the rosary and confound the devil and those who serve him!
~ by evensong for love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin; Give me strength against thine enemies!
With His first Word from the Cross, Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. Thus, He begins His crucifixion emphasizing the merciful aspect of God, our Heavenly Father. In the second Word, He rewarded Dismas, the repentant thief. Then, with the third Word, He entrusted His Mother to John, and thus to us, and entrusts us to her. We take note that this Word alone binds every follower of Christ to defend the honor of the most Blessed Virgin Mary. Think for yourselves the dismal situation today, in this bitter passion of the Church.
After these first three Words, comes the fourth, which breaks upon us like a storm at dawn, when the sun’s light is withdrawn and the lightning illumines the torrents of rain and the wind-whipped trees.
“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
At this very hour, at this very Word, the darkness of the eclipse began to ease. In Father Groenings’ words, it “marked a turning point in which error’s shadow was to recede before truth, and the day of salvation was to begin.
My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?
How are we to understand such a complaint? Is Christ doubting His Father? Modernists have implied such. What is the truth?
In the first place, we note that while His first Word from the Cross was from the Son of God to His Father, this fourth Word is from Christ the Son of Man to God. Again, we turn to Father Groenings:
The abandonment by God of Christ’s human nature was not a separation of the latter from the second Person of God. For the union of the second Person of the Godhead with Christ’s human nature was and is inseparable. If this union had been dissolved at the death of Christ, then not God, but a mere man would have died for us, and our redemption would not be accomplished.
Neither was the abandonment by God of the human nature in Christ a withdrawal of grace. On the contrary, the plenitude of grace at all times existing in Christ effected that fortitude which bore Him up on the cross as it had done in the Garden of Olives. The abandonment, finally, did not consist in depriving the soul of Christ for a time of the direct vision of God. Christ rather complained, not only that God refused to preserve His human nature from impending death, but also that He abandoned it to suffering without the least solace whatever.
For His human nature might have been relieved in a twofold way;
First, through a direct action on all that contributed to make it suffer: sparing Him the sensible pain of the thorns, the nails and the scourges, and the interior pain of the mockery and humiliations of the crucifixion.
Secondly, God could have filled the soul of Christ with such consolation that He would not have felt external pain. This was done for many of the martyrs, who rejoiced even as they endured torture for Christ.
However, nothing of the kind happened, On the contrary, God abandoned the soul of Christ to repugnance, to fear, to sadness and to the excruciating knowledge that His Passion would be useless to so many human beings. God even allowed Satan whose hour was at hand, to use this time of sufferings to cruelly torture the Soul of Christ. Indeed, the only assistance God gave was to allow Christ’s human nature the strength to sustain it in order to prolong His suffering.
This was the object and the cause of Christ’s plaintive reproach. And we know that Christ gave the full consent of His Will to this abandonment.
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.
The Litany of His Love
John, Ch. 13, v. 1. “… Jesus knowing that His hour was come, that He should pass out of this world to the Father:having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them unto the end.” v. 14-15. “If then I being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example,that as I have done to you, so you do also.” v. 34-35. “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another.”
John, Ch. 14, v.6. “Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.” v. 14-15.“If you shall ask Me anything in My name, that I will do. If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
v. 21. “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth Me. And he that loveth Me, shall be loved of My Father: and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” v. 23-24. “Jesus answered, and said to him:If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him.He that loveth Me not, keepeth not My words. And the word which you have heard, is not Mine; but the Father’s who sent Me. v. 27.“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.”
John, Ch. 15, v. 5.“I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.” v. 7.“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you.” v. 9-10.“As the Father hath loved Me, I also have loved you. Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love;as I also have kept My Father’s commandments, and do abide in His love.” v. 12-14.“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. You are My friends, if you do the things that I command you.” v. 16.“You have not chosen Me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: thatwhatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.” v. 17.“These things I command you, that you love one another.”
John, Ch. 16, v. 23-24. “… Amen, amen I say to you:if you ask the Father anything in My name,He will give it you.Hitherto you have not asked anything in My name. Ask, and you shall receive; that your joy may be full.” v. 27.“For the Father Himself loveth you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God.”
John, Ch. 17, v. 11. “… Holy Father, keep them in Thy name whom Thou has given Me;that they may be one, as We also are.” v. 21. “That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, in Me, and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.”
These words spoken by Our Lord on the night when He instituted His sacred priesthood and the Holy Eucharist, His sacrament of love, are a most important testament to us. They represent His most emphatic teachings. In studying them prayerfully, some points stand out:
Above all else, love is emphasized. And what kind of love? Obedient love, “Keep My commandments.”
What commandment, in particular? “That you love one another, as I have loved you.
How does Christ define the love He has for us? “Greater love than this, no man has, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He adds, “You are My friends if you do the things that I command you.”
How are we, weak as we are, to do this? Repeatedly, He urges us to “Ask”, that is, pray.
Above all, pray with love, love of God overflowing into love of neighbor.
Don’t have that love? Then, pray for it! We have Our Saviour’s word that, “If you ask Me anything in My name, that I will do.” .. “Ask and you shall receive that your joy may be made full.”
We live in times of great upheaval, turmoil and despair. As our Blessed Mother predicted, the one true Church is being torn apart by dissent and diabolical disorientation. Pope Francis, Cardinals Marx, Kasper and Danneels: never have so many enemies of Christ nested in the very bosom of the Church. However, St. Catherine of Siena, in her Dialogues recounts that when she spoke to Our Lord about abuses of the clergy and the Church hierarchy, she was told to love the sinners, do penance and pray for them.
The remedy is to offer the small sacrifices of our daily lives in prayerful adoration and reparation. In this endeavor, Our Lady of the Rosary, Mediatrix of Grace will guide and sustain us as we learn to say “Yes!” in all the trials of our lives. Through her rosary, we learn to pour out our hearts, responding love for Love, in imitation of her pure and pure and perfect love for Love Himself.
And so we begin each day with consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We will not have peace until the reign of Mary’s Immaculate Heart is established. And this cannot happen until we take it upon ourselves to live His Litany of Love as He intended us to do.
† Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all 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.
† Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
† 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!
~ by evensong, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!