The Face of Martyrs

During the liturgical year, we are first presented with Jesus, working His first miracle while still hidden in Mary’s immaculate womb. And then we meet Him helpless, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. And now, in Lent, we approach Him as He strides towards His Passion and death. Always, we seek His face, we seek to gaze into His eyes and try to understand this God-Man Who has loved us even unto death, and loves us still in this, the Passion of His Mystical Body.

And now, during the Passion and yes, I will say it! The death of His Mystical Body, for this is a death to all appearances, a death from which the Church will rise victorious, but nevertheless a death. Now during these days, we seek His face all the more, confused as we are, distracted and disheartened by our unfaithful leaders. Where is the face of Jesus today?

The Passion and Death of the Mystical Body of Christ
The Passion and Death of the Mystical Body of Christ

Once again, the incomparable blog, Rorate shows us with this post from Antonio Socci.

by Antonio Socci
Libero
February 18, 2015

THE POPE SHOULD HAVE THE 300 CHRISTIANS AND THEIR BISHOP IN TRIPOLI EVACUATED TO SAVE THEM FROM BEING SLAUGHTERED

We need to look at those 21 young Christians in the face. Rather than deny Christ they underwent martyrdom in Libya and before having their throat cut by ISIS – in reading their lips (which was done) – they were continuously pronouncing the name of Jesus. Like the martyrs of old.

THE NAME OF JESUS

Their Bishop says: “That name whispered at the last instant was akin to the sealing of their martyrdom.” Coptic Christians are strong people, tempered by 1400 centuries of Islamic persecutions. They are heirs to that St. Athanasius of Alessandria, who saved the true Catholic Faith from the Arian heresy, held by most of the bishops [at that time]. They are tough Christians, not like the spineless, tepid-Catholics we are here in the West.

Here’s what real strength is: it’s not what hates and kills the defenseless (even children) and crucifies those who have a different faith, rapes the women – waving a black flag, faces hidden.

The real strength is the one of the defenseless who accept even martyrdom rather than deny their own dignity – that is to say, their faith – giving witness to the wonders of “ the Beautiful Love” as an ancient definition of the Son of God names Him.

The Face of Jesus in the Face of Martyrs
The Face of Jesus in the Face of Martyrs

A wonderful testimony. These are the true martyrs: the Christians. Not those who go around slaughtering defenseless innocents.

This is the glory of Christians: to follow a God who saved the world by having Himself killed, not by killing others, like all the leaders, ringleaders and ideologues (or revolutionaries) of this world [have done] and that are so exalted in history books.

THE LESSON

This is a great lesson to the West drunk with being “politically correct”, like the disastrous Obama who does his best not to mention even the word “Islam” and “Muslims” when speaking about the massacres In North Iraq, Paris and Libya over these past months. A nihilistic West which is ashamed of its Christian roots and never misses a chance to show contempt for them.

It’s a painful lesson, ultimately, and most of all, for the Church: for a Church that is no longer a witness to the ardent fire of the Faith.

It’s a painful lesson for the Church of Bergoglio, who defines the Christian proclamation and proselytism as “solemn nonsense” – while men and women are giving their lives for Christ; for the Church of Bergoglio , who makes an act of adoration in a Mosque – while Christians are being persecuted and massacred in the entire Muslim world, and who follows the dominant ideology of Obama, by carefully avoiding the pronunciation of the word “Islam” except in laudatory terms. (On the other hand, his spokesman in Buenos Aires attacked Benedict XVI for his discourse on Islam at Regensburg).

Furthermore and most of all, a Pope Bergoglio, who says that the great emergency at present for the Church is not the Faith, but the environment; then, the acceptance of the new (type) of couple and Communion for the divorced and remarried.

It’s all a bit like Benigni’s film where they say that the real, big problem in Palermo [center of the Mafia] – “is the traffic.”

The situation is such, that soon we will have the Bergoglian encyclical on ecology and the merits of differentiated rubbish, in place of a loving cry to God in this world with no faith and hope. We will have an appeal against pollution instead of a condemnation of the anti-Christian hatred now spread all over the entire planet. (In any case, even at his installation Mass, he spoke about the environment and also in his speech to the Expo 2015 in Milan – instead of speaking about Christ).

Pope Francis Giving Support to Christian Martyrs
Pope Francis Giving Support to Christian Martyrs

It ‘s Pope Bergoglio who receives and addresses the Social Centers of the Leoncavallo type, but not the Christians who are heroically and peacefully fighting as witnesses of salvation, suffering the contempt and accusations of the world.

It’s Pope Bergoglio who chooses new cardinals on the basis of his own ideology (and shows that if he wants to he can even decide to make a cardinal – like the Bishop of Ancona, for example) instead of giving the red hat– a sign of martyrdom – to those Bishops in these precise days, who are concretely and heroically living with their threatened communities and truly risking their lives with them.

SAVE THOSE CHRISTIANS

This is the situation of the Bishop of Tripoli, Father Martinelli, the Bishop, (practically the only one at the time, but with the support of Benedict XVI) who protested every day against the war in 2011, explaining that Pandora’s Box would be opened, which then unfailingly happened. A tragedy for which we must thank the “Nobel Peace Prize” – of Obama and Sarkozy.

Further – while today, in Italy and abroad, those who applaud that war feign ignorance (an example -Maurizio Belpietro and “Libero” yesterday), while today Libya risks becoming a base for ISIS, Bishop Martinelli has decided to stay there, exposing himself to death: “I saw the decapitated heads – he relates – and thought to myself that I could end up like that. And if God wills that I end up having my head cut off, then so be it […] Being able to give witness is a precious thing. I thank Our Lord for allowing me to do it, even with martyrdom. I don’t know where this road will take me. If it brings me death, I will say that God has chosen this for me…I will not budge from here. And I’m not afraid.”

He doesn’t want to abandon his small community made up of around three hundred Philippine workers who are understandably terrified. The Bishop is the only Italian left in Tripoli, with some non-Italian nuns and religious.

Up until yesterday evening, no telephone call had arrived from Pope Bergoglio, usually so lavish in his phone calls (he even called [Radical Party leader Marco] Pannella, as well as his friend [Repubblica founder Eugenio] Scalfari, several times). Perhaps, seeing the pressure of the media, he’ll call him before long.

Still, facts are needed more than words.

I’d like to propose something to the Pope. With the help of the Italian government, the Vatican could ask for a humanitarian bridge, a lightening rescue operation for the Christians left there with their Bishop. There are only three hundred of them and they’re risking their lives for their faith. The Vatican could give hospitality to them and then they’ll decide whether to return to the Philippines.

This is something possible. Why not do it?

This is my plea to Pope Bergoglio – to save an entire Christian community and their pastor from being slaughtered. This would really be something worthy of the Holy See. Not that climate of witch hunts and purges that have been circulating in the Vatican establishment for some time now against those “great cardinals” (Ratzinger) who, in fidelity to the Church, dared oppose Kasper in the Synod last October. It would indeed, be incredible if the Vatican devoted itself to purges while Christians are being martyred all over the world.

[Rorate translation by Contributor Francesca Romana]

The emphasis above was my doing. Mea culpa, but so important! Please share Rorate’s post and let’s hope the Pope will respond. Yes, I can see him heroically rushing to their aid, can’t you?

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil.

Mary, help of Christians, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

~ evensong ~

Holiness, a Mark of the True Church

The Synod continues and Pope Francis’s revolution continues apace, and so it goes. More than ever before prayer and penance are needed!

As the Synod unfolds, a few things come to mind. On another blog in a discussion on the possibility of Bergoglio changing Church teaching, a commenter remarked :

Can Bergoglio change Church teaching? The following analogy may provide a useful approach to answering this question.

In 1967, the British Parliament decriminalized buggery, but the legislation applied to England and Wales only, not Scotland. In Scotland, meanwhile, the Lord Advocate (roughly equivalent to the Attorney General) had instructed that there should be no prosecutions for buggery. The question is: did the Lord Advocate’s instruction change the law in Scotland – even though it was not legislation?

The answer to this question depends on the definition of “law”, about which there is no universal agreement. If, however, you take legal philosopher John Austin’s definition – “the command of a sovereign, backed by the threat of a sanction” – then the answer would of course be, “Yes”. The Lord Advocate had removed the threat of a sanction.

By removing the threat of a sanction, therefore, Bergoglio would be changing Church teaching, at least on this interpretation.

As a postscript to the above, the Catholic Encyclopedia makes the following remark under “Sanctity (Mark of the Church)”. A mark of the Church, of course, is a means by which the true Church is objectively identified:
“Her vindication of the indissolubility of marriage in the face of a licentious world affords the most conspicuous instance of this. She alone maintains in its integrity her Master’s teaching on marriage.”

When reading that I was so overwhelmed with nostalgia! The above quote about the sanctity of the Church from the Catholic Encyclopedia speaks volumes to what we have lost.

The true Church is Holy, that is how we know that she is the true Church. In today’s confusion, many are disheartened about the perceived lack of holiness in the Church. It distresses them to hear that pope Bergoglio has dismissed homosexuality flippantly, that he has called faithful Catholics pelagians and hardheaded and accused them of “obsessing” over abortion, contraception and sodomy (although he refuses to call it by its correct name).

In refusing to judge homosexuals, Pope Francis is refusing to follow Christ, Whose priest and Vicar he is supposed to be. This is a true lack of charity, because the sinner needs the Gospel preached, needs the truth to be told and needs to have their sins forgiven. The Church’s constant teaching all these years is that sodomy is a sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. And just think of the actively homosexual priests who are not only engaging in such a horrendous mortal sin, but are also breaking their solemn vow of chastity and to compound matters, they celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass unworthily, blaspheming Our Lord and Savior and scandalizing His flock.

To all those who are confused and disheartened over the state of the Church today, Be of good heart, look for the holiness. That is where our sins are forgiven. That is where our souls are healed. Many Catholics today are misled into thinking that the priests of the Society of St. Pius X are not able to administer the sacraments, that their Masses are not valid and so on. Often, self-styled experts presume to pass judgement on those of us who attend SSPX Chapels, decreeing that we are schismatics. To them I say, look at the signs — where do you find holiness? where do you find fidelity to the unchanging dogma and tradition of the Faith?

Can your sins be forgiven if the only sin your priest believes in is the sin of intolerance? Can you find nourishment and peace for your soul in an environment that places social justice in place of total devotion to Jesus Christ, His Passion, Death and Resurrection? Hell is a reality, Jesus spoke of it often, yet the modernist Church ignores this reality.

It’s a shame that Pope Francis will not honestly and courageously confront the sins that shackle people today – he misses the opportunity to free them of their sins. His modernism blinds him to the needs of sinners and causes him to eschew ‘judgmentalism’. Our Lord’s words, “Be of good heart, son, your sins are forgiven you” is a beautiful encouragement for all of us today. Don’t be confused by the so-called canon law experts, who are like the pharisees of Jesus time. They parse the canon law, ignoring the constant teaching of the Church’s traditional magisterium. They rejected Him then, and they war against the small remnant of the Church that is sustaining the Faith today. Seek out the holiness, seek the priest that will preach — and live! — the true word of God. If he doesn’t preach Jesus crucified, he is not true to the Faith, and not holy either..

It is said that God only gives us the quality of priests we deserve, so we must strive to deserve better. To this end, let’s renew our rosaries and our fasting. If we do this thing right, we may all become lean, mean praying machines! (And spiritual warriors par excellence!)

Our Lady of Fatima pray for us!

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us now and at the hour of our death!

~ posted by evensong ~

Corpus Christi

Today. the Thursday following Trinity Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ.

The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ Our Savior
Corpus Christi

In the Gospel of John we read:

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is My flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us His flesh to eat?

“Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed: and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me and I live by the Father; so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna and are dead. He that eateth this bread shall live for ever.

“Many therefore of His disciples hearing it, said: This saying is hard and who can hear it? But Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you? If then you shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that did not believe, and who he was that would betray Him.

“And He said: Therefore did I say to you, that no man can come to Me unless it be given him by My Father. After this many of His disciples went back; and walked no more with Him. Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away? And Simon Peter answered Him: Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have known that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God.” John 6, 51-70.

To those not of the Catholic faith these teachings are indeed hard. Martin Luther, who began the protestant revolt against the truth, founded his man-made religion on “faith alone, scripture alone”. And now today it has continued to devolve to the point where people can actually call themselves “Bible Christians” without actually embracing the truths of the Bible.

As Jesus said, “No man can come to Me, unless it be given to him by the Father.” Although Luther perverted this truth into “only believe”, we know that it actually refers to the preceding verses in which Jesus states the truth of His abiding presence with us in the Holy Eucharist, to nourish and strengthen us with His Body and Blood until we abide with Him forever in Heaven. On this feast of Corpus Christi pray for our loved ones who “walk no more with Him” and reject  this hard saying.

The Holy Eucharist, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, Savior
The Holy Eucharist, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, Savior

In the unchanging words of the one true Mass of the Church, at the consecration we read:

“Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all things to make blessed, approved, ratified, reasonable and acceptable, that it may become for us the Body and Blood of Thy most beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Who the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands and with His eyes lifted up to heaven, unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed, broke, and gave It to His disciples, saying,: Take all of you and eat of this.

FOR THIS IS MY BODY

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands, also giving thanks to Thee, He blessed and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and drink ye all of this.

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD  OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT: THE MYSTERY OF FAITH: WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

As often as ye shall do these things, ye shall do them in memory of Me.”

The rubrics for the Consecration specify that the priest, after pronouncing the words of Consecration, kneels to adore the Sacred Host and then arises to elevate It for the adoration of all. Again, after Consecrating the wine into the Blood of our Lord, the priest kneels to adore, then rises to elevate the chalice for all to adore.

How often have you seen our humble Pope Francis adore the Eucharist in this way? Note: Kneeling to receive a “blessing” from a heretic does not count.

In the Fall of the year 1916, the Angel of Fatima appeared to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. He held a chalice in his hand, over which was suspended a Host from which drops of Precious Blood fell into the chalice. The angel left the chalice and Host suspended in the air and led the children to prostrate themselves in adoration before It.

This is the prayer he taught them to pray, the prayer the Church has ignored for nearly 97 years:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages, and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. Through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

We need to pray this prayer, the Forgotten Prayer of Fatima, in reparation for the lack of devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament, Our Lord’s Sacrament of Love.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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St. Joseph, Patron of Families

Today is the feast day of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Devotion to St. Joseph has grown over the centuries. St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite reformer, mystic and doctor of the Church was especially devoted to St. Joseph. From her Autobiography we read of St. Joseph,  “I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him.”

At the last apparition of Fatima, on October 13, 1917, St. Joseph appeared holding the Child Jesus, who blessed the crowds. This was an emphatic indication of the importance of St. Joseph in these turbulent times.  Continue reading “St. Joseph, Patron of Families”

Thoughts on the First Joyful Mystery

The Rosary is a beautiful prayer composed by the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in honor of the most beloved daughter, mother and spouse of the Most High Trinity, and is meant to be a sure path to lead us through the darkness of this life. We often hear how much Our Lady loves for us to pray her Rosary, but not enough is said about how much Our Lord Jesus Christ loves for us to pray the Rosary. Do people understand, really understand that we could never pray our Rosaries attentively without Our Dear Lord’s help? And when we prepare to pray it, we must understand that of ourselves, we are completely unable to pray worthily to Mary, the Mother of God. It is only through Jesus, who loves both Mary and ourselves and wants to see us united in His love, only through Him that we can pray her Rosary worthily.

But once you grasp that simple fact; surrender all attempts to pray well on your own, and beg Him, of His infinite mercy to abide with you and assist you as you attempt to honor His dear Mother, He will open the treasures of this incomparable prayer for you. You will be delighted as He unfolds the Rosary for you, for it is an exquisite album filled with His loving memories. With it, He will show you how He desires you to approach Him, how to best serve Him and what plans He has for you.

The very first thing you will notice, once you understand the Rosary from this perspective, is that Our Lord Jesus Christ introduces us to His Mother at the very beginning. When someone loves you, they want you to meet, and love, those who matter the most to them, for love always unites good to good! In the First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation, Our Lord introduces us to His beloved Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. He paints us a picture of her, so that we can appreciate her beauty and virtue. Let’s see what He tells us.

“And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’ s name was Mary.  And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.

Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

 And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1, 26-38)

Now, the very first thing He tells us about Mary is that she is pure and innocent, a virgin. At the same time, He tells us that God the Father sent His angel Gabriel, who stands before the throne of God, to Mary. Gabriel’s name means Power of God and he is only mentioned by name in Daniel (in the Old Testament) and in Luke. Note the respect that Gabriel shows to Mary, referring to her as “full of grace” and “blessed among women”. He also states that “the Lord is with thee”, all of which confirm the purity of Mary and her fullness of grace.

After Gabriel tells her that she is to become the Mother of Jesus, Mary speaks her first words. “How shall this be done, because I know not man?” Now, Jesus is showing us with what beautiful virtues His Mother is arrayed. Her purity, far from being a negative thing, merely the absence of sexual activity, is a powerful affirmation of God. Mary’s virginity, like her Immaculate Conception is the indwelling of God’s grace and mercy. Whereas Eve, the first ‘Woman’, withdrew herself from her Creator in order to seek her own good, Mary, the ‘Woman’ of the New Testament, yielded herself totally to God, allowing Him to fill her with His life, thus, she is ‘full of grace’. The virtues shown by this simple verse are Mary’s perfect love of God,  her total consecration to Him, her purity, and her perseverance in keeping her vow.

Gabriel explained that the Incarnation of the Son of God would be accomplished by the power of God through the Holy Ghost. Mary then said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word.” With this verse, Our Lord shows us Mary’s humility and obedience, two of the most essential virtues. I call them ‘working virtues’ because you really cannot get through a day without them if you are intent on living close to Jesus and Mary. You must always beg Our Lord for an increase in these because it is a constant war to keep them. They are most hateful to the devil and he strives mightily to strip us of them.

So, Our Lord Jesus Christ has painted us an incredibly beautiful picture here, portraying His Mother so that we can see her beauty, her excellent virtues and her unique stature before the Holy Trinity. By showing her to us in this way, He sets out the virtues He wants us to acquire and the means He intends us to use. “Here is My Mother”, He is saying. “I give her to you. See, we shall have the same Mother!  She will be your example of the necessary virtues and she will teach you how to grow in them and advance toward union with Me, so that we can rejoice together in Heaven.”

If you will take a moment before beginning your rosary to put yourself in His presence and acknowledge your wretched unworthiness to pray fittingly to Our Blessed Mother, and ask His help so that together you can honor and love her, He will draw close and teach you and you will have the peace that only comes from truly being a child of Mary. He so wants to bring us to her, and she so wants to bring us to Him! Only ask and you will be astonished at the profligacy with which these two Sacred Hearts pour out their blessings on you!

O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee and of our Virgin Mother, I offer these prayers, in reparation for my sins, the sins of my family, the sins of the Church and for the conversion of sinners. I beg the reign of Thy Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in my heart, my life, my family and the Church. My Jesus, grant that I may love Thee always and then do with me what Thou will. Amen.

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

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Perspective on Chastisement

Italian historian Roberto de Mattei helps us put our current situation in perspective. I’m currently reading his latest book, “The Second Vatican Council (an unwritten story)” and so this article immediately grabbed my attention.

Professor de Mattei points out, “History never repeats itself exactly but the past helps us to understand the present. In the 16th century, the Catholic Church went through an unprecedented crisis. Humanism, with its immoral hedonism, had infected the Roman Curia and even the Pontiffs themselves. Against this corruption there emerged Martin Luther’s Protestant pseudo-reform…”  Continue reading “Perspective on Chastisement”

Holy Thursday: Our Lord’s Litany of 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: that whatsoever 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:

1. Above all else, love is emphasized. And what kind of love? Obedient love, “Keep My commandments.”
2. What commandment, in particular? “That you love one another, as I have loved you.”
3. 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.”
4. 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 to Sister Lucia of Fatima, the one true Church is being torn apart by dissent. Even the dissenters cannot agree among themselves. 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, then as always, is to offer the small sacrifices of our daily lives in prayerful adoration and reparation. Please consider beginning each day with an act of consecration to the Sorrowful and 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.

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