Of Critics and Comfort

The following post is simply a bit of housekeeping to clarify stray items that keep coming up in correspondence. Once again, I regret that I am unable to respond to each of you personally as often as you request.  Thank you for your patience about this.

Recently, when we appended a prayer to St. Joseph recommended by a reader, we began to receive requests for adding prayers to the “most chaste heart of St. Joseph”. Readers, that is a false devotion. We will not ever endorse and I strongly encourage those who follow this devotion to seek help from a true Catholic priest.  Penance and reparation under guidance is the most effective remedy for temptation to false apparitions.

Next issue is the growing disagreement among Catholic writers. My own position has changed a bit over time. Father Malachi Martin once wrote that his views on self defense changed over time and he came to believe that if he were attacked, he would not kill  in self defense because the criminal may not have time to repent and would therefore spend eternity in hell. My own views are similar.  In time, I have come to believe that defense of the truth does not always require extermination of the transgressor.

Speaking for myself, it  is not necessary to publicly name people I may disagree with on some points. My readers are able to discern for themselves where the truth lies. In my sidebar, there are blogs with varying opinions. I do not agree with everything that those sources say, but find their sites useful. Among those sites, I doubt that there is one that  even agrees with me or that I concur with 100%.  I have posted on Cardinal Burke’s call for the Pope to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That is definitely not a ringing endorsement of Cardinal Burke, who is a Conciliar prelate after all. It is simply  appreciation that a prelate of the Church has actually publicly asked for the Consecration to be done. I am not holding my breath until a Cardinal or Bishop comes along who measures up to  Archbishop Lefebvre. To my knowledge there is no such person extant.

None of us who write for blogs are Bishops or Cardinals. Our Lord designed the Church and the world in a hierarchical manner and I am on the bottom, the base. There’s a need for a base.  Somebody’s got to be the lowest after all! Although I do my best to always speak the truth,  readers must discern for themselves, and   my readers have taught me more than I have given them.   Lifesite News, the Remnant, the Fatima Center, Rorate, all of them provide valuable resources for readers who are able to  use them with caution as all sites should be used.  We have much more to gain by reading them with discernment than by attacking them. I do not think that is for the good of souls, rather it impoverishes us all.

NOTE: As of 4p.m., Friday, August 4, a reader offered me a perfect example to fit with what we have been saying. The Canadian Conference of Catholic (Conciliar) Bishops issued this statement:

“The Bishops of Canada are invited to consecrate the country to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Each Bishop is invited to consecrate his individual diocese or eparchy on 1 July 2017 or at another date thereabouts that might better suit the local pastoral situation. Similarly, a Bishop may choose to invite pastors to consecrate their specific parish or mission as part of the celebrations marking the anniversary of Confederation.

Later in the year, all the Bishops of Canada will be invited to participate jointly in the consecration of the country to the Blessed Mother following the celebration of the Holy Eucharist during the CCCB Plenary Assembly in September 2017.”

The same reader, whose blog is linked in our sidebar, also noted that Father Daniel Couture, the SSPX District Superior for Canada has also called for the Consecration by by Society priests.  Now, I am just going to allow myself to be delighted that this has been done. No criticism.

And now, let’s revisit a post I did some time ago, that seems to be more relevant that ever. This is what we need to focus on!

Comfort?

A reader remarked to me recently that he finds little comfort today, and that it seems to be most lacking in the Church. As we commiserated over the situation, I recalled a post from long ago, “Cold Comfort at Calvary”. I looked up it up, it was from Fall, 2014 when we were all stunned nearly speechless under the blows of this Most Merciful® Pope and reread:

“There is simply no way that this can be happening if the Pope and his Prelates practiced the Faith. If they prayed the Rosary daily as Our Lady asked, even only a 5 decade rosary,

It is impossible to pray those mysteries and not grow in the love of Jesus, impossible not to grasp His suffering at our sins, especially at our indifference to His sweet and merciful love for us. It is impossible to avoid feeling a deep contrition for our sins and a deep commitment to reforming our lives and making reparation for our sins and the sins of others. …

All of this miserable mess of Pope Francis’ making could have been averted had only Our Lady of Fatima’s commands been heeded. And this will not end until we do, one way or another, learn to obey and turn from our complacency to repentance.”

Reality?

What we were only just discovering in 2014 has by 2017 become a dreary litany of sleazy tributes to fornicators, adulterers, sodomites, abortionists, terrorists and heretics. This man who picks his nose in public, speaks of coprophagia, and never misses an opportunity to attack faithful Catholics has no discernible faith. What shall we do? We do as all true Catholics have always done. Hold fast the faith, and now, at this time, we look to the Immaculata, the Woman who stands unwavering at the foot of His Cross.

Knowing our weakness, we turn to her for comfort, for strength. Where do we seek her? According to many devout Catholics today, she is to be found in a plethora of devotions, many of them innocuous in themselves, but all of them distracting from this Woman who came to call us to her, to take comfort in the strength of her perfect purity, unflinching obedience, unfailing love.  Today, she walks the bloody stones of Calvary’s path, never taking her eyes off Him, except to gaze pleadingly at her children, “Come, abide with Us, here is true mercy. This is what mercy really looks like. Come, be still, and know.”

Dry Wood

Crucify Him! His blood be upon us!

And so, we see Him; He struggles painfully to regain His footing. See He has fallen again. The women weep and watch. His blood-dimmed eyes meet theirs; He says,

“Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?” (Luke 23, 28-31)

Indeed, what shall be done in this time of utterly dead, dry wood? We look to the Apocalypse, when the stars fall from heaven and the winter figs are shaken from the tree, “they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of Him that sits upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?” (Apoc. 6)

Where are we to seek comfort at this time, the time of the dry wood? There is no other place – although He falls, and we fall with Him, we must be here, now, in this place, struggling to stand with this cross. At times, we must first regain our footing by kneeling. It is in the Rosary that we draw strength from the Immaculate. The entire grace, strength and life of the most Holy Trinity pours forth from her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, through this Rosary. Here. Now. We are so blessed to realize we have no words, we are mute in this roaring silence that ‘whelms us over, washes us in this most pure and perfect tide. “Full of grace … the Lord … with thee  … blessed art thou … blessed is the fruit …. Jesus … pray for us …. death “.

Death and Life

Here is Death. A death like no other. We thought we knew life, thought we knew death. Yet in this profound Death, Life pours forth. As Eve was born from Adam’s side, the bride of Christ is born from the opening in Love’s side. And Love begets Love. He Who gives His Life for His Bride is begetting Her anew., even as it appears to the world that They both have been vanquished at last. For, “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

We are here, witnesses to the the sacrilege, witnesses to the outrage. Witnesses to the Love which surpasses all others. We will not turn aside.

Abide in His love. Return to Fatima.

Please, pray the Rosary and confound Satan and all who serve him!

~ by evensong at returntofatima.org for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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

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A Miracle for Thomas

[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!

“Bring hither thy hand and put it into My side, and be not faithless, but believing.”

 

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.

Continue reading “A Miracle for Thomas”

What now?

When asked if it was possible for the Cardinals to elect a heretical Pope, Father Malachi Martin responded,

Yes, we could have an apostate as Pope. In that case, we would be into something terrible. We would be into something which is nightmarish. It would test the faith of the greatest saint. … Your faith would be battered to pieces. If that happens, they (The Kingdom of Darkness) would have the prize and everything would have to go underground. We are, indeed, on our way to becoming, as Paul VI described in his misery, an infinitesimally small part of humanity. (Fr. Malachi Martin)

In another quote,  Fr. Martin expanded on his prophecy about this pope:

Roman Catholics will then have the spectacle of a pope validly elected who cuts the entire visible body of the Church loose from the traditional unity and the papacy-oriented apostolic structure that the Church has hitherto always believed and taught was divinely established. The shudder that will shake the Roman Catholic body in that day will be the shudder of its death agony. … Many will accept the new regime. Many will resist. All will be fragmented. There will be no one on earth to hold the fractionating members of the visible Roman Catholic body together as a living compact organization.”

Admittedly, there are creditable doubts about the validity of Pope  Francis’s papacy, nevertheless, he is the current occupant. And he continues in his stated mission to make a mess of the Church. This past Thursday, this Pope of Affliction continued to prove that he is, in tragic fact, the Apostate Pope foretold by Fr. Martin those many years ago. At a recent address in St. John Lateran, the Bishop of Rome once again struck at the roots of the Church’s doctrine.

The Pope of Irreversible Change
The Pope of Irreversible Change

When asked about the “crisis in marriage”, Bergoglio responded with an anecdote about a young man who wanted to become a priest “but only for 10 years”, stating that, “it’s the culture of the provisional”. He then went on, “It’s provisional, and because of this the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null. Because they say “yes, for the rest of my life!” but they don’t know what they are saying.” He then added, “I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity,…”

Note how he skillfully worked in doubts about the validity of Holy Orders while also undercutting the validity of Sacramental marriage! Clever, no? Although even Fox news has noticed that the Pope is doing incalculable harm to the Church and should be made to resign, the great number of catholics prefer to deny the obvious. I heard them described once as “those who gather butterflies on Mount Calvary”. Right at the scene of the crucifixion of the Bride of Christ, they are following illusions, intently ignoring the Passion of the Church. In an earlier post, we wrote of this,

“Since the vast majority of Catholics do not respond to the Chastisement of the faith, nor now, even the open and outright apostasy of the faith in this post-synodal Church of Mercy®, the “New Church” instituted by Pope Francis, God will most likely allow the final stages of the Chastisement. This will be the Chastisement of the material world, with immense suffering and in which the few survivors will envy the dead. But it will take most men by surprise because, since they refuse to follow the command of Our Lady for penance and prayer, their intellects and spirits are darkened. …”

This is the time foretold in the Apocalypse, as Sister Lucia warned us and many approved prophecies before her. The “great dragon, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan” will be cast out of the Church. As Malachi Martin warned us, this malignant force which currently controls the Vatican cannot be dislodged by human means. It is supernatural and draws its immense strength from the Lord of this World. In nearly 100 years, faithless and lukewarm catholics have failed to obey the warnings of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother, thus giving free rein to the evil entrenched in the Vatican.

What now? Two thoughts on this from two holy women:

From Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora:

Behold, my daughter, such great ungodliness.” Blessed Elizabeth then saw “apostates brazenly trying to rip her most holy Son from her arms. Confronted with such an outrage, the Mother of God ceased to ask mercy for the world, and instead requested justice from the Eternal Father. Clothed in His inexorable Justice and full of indignation, He turned to the world. At that moment all nature went into convulsions, the world lost its normal order and was filled with the most terrible calamity imaginable. This will be something so deplorable and atrocious that it will reduce the world to the ultimate depths of desolation.”

From St. Hildegard von Bingen:

Before the Comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scoured with want and famine. The great nation (*) in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent by an earthquake, storm and tidal waves will be devastated. It will be divided, and in great part submerged. That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea, and lose its colonies in the east through a Tiger and a Lion.

The Comet by its tremendous pressure, will force much out of the ocean and flood many countries, causing much want and many plagues. [After the] great Comet, the great nation (*) will be devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing much want and plagues. The ocean will also flood many other countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many destroyed. All sea coast cities will be fearful and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease. For in none of these cities does a person live according to the laws of God. “Peace will return to Europe when the white flower again takes possession of the throne of France.” [St. Hildegard von Bingen]

*Many believe this refers to USA.

Although there is no chance any longer of stopping or even mitigating the culmination of the Chastisement, we must return vigorously to the true message of Fatima. Right now, we must resolve to pray at a minimum, one Rosary a day for the specific intention of reparation for the blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the Consecration of Russia. Our Lord told us that the Pope would do it, “but it will be late”. He also cautioned us to pray very much for the Pope. Once the current occupant is cleansed from the See of Peter, we may hope for the promised Holy Pope who will consecrate Russia and restore the Faith. but there will be much bloodshed and violence in the interim.

Jesus asked that we honor the Image of His Sacred Heart!

As a footnote, I have lost many readers through my opposition to the “Divine Mercy” devotion. For those who remain, I urge you to use Our Lady’s Rosary only for that use which she asked for, and to always keep in mind that Our Lord Jesus Christ requested that the image of His Sacred Heart be the object of devotion.

Therefore, to waste our time with novel devotions to a heartless image is a great offense to Him. Our Lady of Fatima warned us to stop offending Him. She repeated this at Akita, after the official Church attempted to silence her message at Fatima. She emphasized her warning by stating that fire would fall from the sky and the survivors would envy the dead.

Readers, I do not see how any of this could possibly be made any more clear. Catholics have become willfully blind and will follow one another to destruction. We must pray the Rosary, we must fast, do penance and beseech heaven right now for mercy. We are at Golgotha and the Church is in Her Passion. This is not the time to go wandering around in search of other “revelations”, other devotions which contradict the true devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

For information on the Message of Fatima and the requisite devotions, please se our post: The Message of Fatima. Thank you.

Please, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in the Church and in our lives.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

St. Joseph, protect our families.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

 

~ by evensong, for love of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

From time to time, new readers search my archives and discover old posts they had not been aware of. This is a mixed blessing. While some contact me to let me know they are delighted, slightly more often, readers are puzzled or even put off entirely. One particularly contentious subject has been my adamant dismissal of devotion to “the Divine Mercy”. This has caused some readers to reject my writing entirely and while it is a shame to lose a friend, for such my readers are, it cannot be helped.

However, since an explanation has been requested, here is a brief note.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come! Thy will be done!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come! Thy will be done!

In His approved revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Our Lord specifically asked for devotion to the image of His Sacred Heart.

In the words of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque herself:

“One day, on the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, after Holy Communion, the Heart of Jesus was represented to me as on a throne, formed of fire and flames, shedding rays on every side and brighter than the sun. The wound which He received upon the Cross was clearly visible; a crown of thorns encircled the Sacred Heart, and it was surmounted by a cross.

“Our divine Savior gave me to understand that those instruments of the Passion signified that the source of all His sufferings had been the boundless love of His Heart for men; that all those torments and insults had been placed before Him, from the first moment of His Incarnation; and that the Cross was, so to say, planted in His Heart, from that moment. And then, from that same moment, He accepted all the sorrows and humiliations which His sacred humanity was to suffer during the course of His mortal life, together with all the outrages to which He was to expose Himself to the end of time for the love of mankind by dwelling amongst them in the Blessed Sacrament.”

“My Savior assured me that He took a singular pleasure in seeing the interior sentiments of His Heart honored under the figure of this heart of flesh in the manner in which it had been represented to me, environed with flames, crowned with thorns, and surmounted by a cross.

He said that He wished that this representation should be publicly exposed in order to touch the insensible hearts of men.

“He promised me, at the same time, that He would shed in abundance the treasures of graces with which His Heart is filled upon the hearts of those who honored Him; and that, wherever this image should be exposed for particular veneration, it should draw down upon the spot every kind of blessing.”

After having so poignantly requested devotion to this Sacred Image of His Heart, why would He then return and ask for devotion to an image of Him which omits His Heart?

Vilnius Image of Divine Mercy

Our Lord Jesus Christ explained to Sister Lucia of Fatima that He desires to see devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary placed alongside of devotion to His Most Sacred Heart. Yet today, many believe that after telling Sister Lucia that, He then appeared to Sister Faustina and demanded devotion to an image (supposedly of Him)  without the heart. What happened to make Our Lord decide to contradict His own words asking for the image of His Heart to be honored?

Our Lord said clearly that He intended that the image of His Heart be displayed so that it would “Touch the insensible hearts of men”. When, precisely, did Our Lord rescind that request in His apparitions to Sister Faustina? Until someone provides proof that my Lord Jesus Christ no longer requires devotion to the image of His Sacred Heart, I will honor Him in the way that He has already, over many centuries, requested and approved of with so many miracles.

How is eliminating the image of the Sacred Heart an improvement? Why is it more edifying to remove the image of Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart?

It seems to me that this strange heartless devotion fits in very well with the rest of the conciliar changes that have denuded the Church of its beauty and grace. I believe that it hurts Our Lord very much for us to forsake the cherished and proven devotion to the Image of His Sacred Heart, which yielded so much beautiful spiritual fruit, so many saints, so many martyrs for this empty, asinine image.

Can you imagine the brave martyrs of the Vendee placing that strange image on their breasts to inspire them as they defend the Faith with their lives? How ludicrous!

Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother, Pray for Us Now and at the Hour of Our Death. Amen.

I cannot give you some deep theological discourse, only my simple, very practical explanation that the Divine Mercy devotion does not seem, to me, to be any improvement, to offer any additional edification over the current Sacred and Immaculate Hearts devotions which have given us such a profusion of graces and numerous saints and martyrs. Time is short, for me, every minute counts, and I cannot waste my time on what is at best, a doubtfully beneficial devotion.

Please understand that I am not casting aspersions on Sister Faustina, nor am I denying that others seem to have benefitted from the Divine Mercy devotion. That is for the experts and today, everyone who has a blog seems to feel certain that they are not just experts, but better qualified experts than everyone else. I only share my own impressions, and that is that the Divine Mercy devotion is a poor substitute, an obstacle really, to my devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Joseph and the Holy Family. Those beautiful devotions are so ingrained in me that no one who knows me can picture me without them. If you find the Divine Mercy devotion helpful, please do not let me scandalize you!

But I will still have to say, why do you pray the Chaplet, when Our Lady asked us for Rosaries? Why do you revere this strange image of Jesus, without His Sacred Heart, without the thorns, without the flames, without the cross? How is that better for you? And do you not see how now, Pope Francis is making use of this same “mercy” which is not the Sacred Heart’s mercy, to change the Church, to lead it away from true mercy, which is always based on Divine Justice? If you doubt me, read closely the words of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, which show the basis of mercy is justice.

To those who ask me to cite references, please look it up for yourself. Please do not think me rude.  I have learned that any reader can easily ask a question, it takes just a moment of their time, but then I must spend hours, sometimes days, researching, tracking down what they ask for. So, look it up.

The Sacred Heart devotion is a rich source of true Catholic dogma of the faith. I have seen nothing comparable in D. M. devotion. It was forced through by John Paul II. Who kissed the Koran. Who gave us Assisi. Who added on mysteries to Our Lady’s rosary which she did not ask for while ignoring what she did ask for.

One thing we do not have is time; we must make the best use of what time we have. Please – Pray the Rosary for love of the  Immaculate Heart of Mary!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may ever love Thee, more and more.

This post updated 10 February, 2017.

 

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, our King!

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