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The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima — May 13, 2016

The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

from Fr. Z’s blog(http://wdtprs.com/blog/2016/05/13-may-2016-99th-anniversary-of-1st-apparition-of-our-lady-of-fatima/)

13 May 2016 – 99th anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

Today, Friday 13 May 2016, is the 99th anniversary of the Our Lady’s first appearance to the three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal.  Next year: 100.  Portentous, given what’s going on in the Church these days.

I, for one, am not entirely convinced that we have seen every part of the so-called Third Secret. It’s controversial, I know.  Antonio Socci’s book on the so-called “Fourth Secret of Fatima” is in English now (UK HERE).  Alas, I don’t think that Tossati’s book (which is better) is in English.

You might want to check 1 Peter 5 today, for an entry about Sr. Lucia’s statements that speaks of the “final battle”.

‘The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, for this is the decisive issue.’ And then she concluded: ‘however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.’”

Whether or not what we see swirling about “the family”, tearing at it, transmogrifying it, there is a “battle” going on. The final? Who knows. But one thing is sure. If the Enemy succeeds in destroying the core concept of family as intended by God in the minds and hearts of enough people, it’s game over over for an orderly, sane society. TEOTWAWKI.

Renew your own lives with the Sacrament of Penance: examine your consciences and GO TO CONFESSION.

Find strength in your daily recitation of the Most Holy Rosary.

Consciously join your cares to those of the Sacrifice of the Altar.

Make good Communions.

 

P.S.: Pray and make sacrifices for the Pope to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with all the world’s Bishops.  Many Catholic priests, newspapers, and online articles are lying when they tell you the 1984 Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by John Paul II was approved by Our Lady and Sister Lucia.  It was not.  Our Lady asked for Russia to be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart, not the world.

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Immaculate Conception — December 9, 2015

Immaculate Conception

The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception is that the Blessed Virgin is conceived without the stain of Original Sin from St. Anne’s womb due to the foreseen merits of Jesus Christ, Her Divine Son.  What a beautiful Dogma!  It is my favorite!  Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!La Inmaculada Concepcion.jpg

The Beautiful Lady — December 5, 2015

The Beautiful Lady

As two little children went up to play

On top of a mountain,

They fell asleep

Like Angels on clouds,

With their cows several feet away.

As they awoke from their slumber,

They saw a beautiful Lady,

Wearing a Crucifix,

With a hammer on the right, pincers on the left,

Covered in roses,

From Head to Toe!

She wore a garland of roses

To cover Her hair

And was dressed like a little French Shepherdress.

The Beautiful Lady,

Covering Her Face with Her Hands,

Hides the exquisite diamond like tears sliding down from beneath Her Eyes.

She came to tell Her children great news!

Her Apocalypse is here!

This beautiful Lady

Still undergoes Her martyrdom,

Even after Her Assumption!

O beautiful Lady,

Who shed Her gentle tears for Jesus and now sheds them for the Church,

I cherish Thee!

America and France belong to Our Lady! — December 2, 2015

America and France belong to Our Lady!

The Immaculate Conception is Patroness of the United States of America!

     May 13, 1846 at the First Council of Baltimore, Maryland, USA

(from EWTN: http://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/LANDMARY.htm)

“With enthusiastic acclaim and with unanimous approval and consent, the Fathers[of the council] have chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, as the Patroness of the United States of America”

The Immaculate Conception by Francisco de Zurbaran

Our Lady of the Assumption is Patroness of France!

(from http://en.mariedenazareth.com/qui-est-marie/louis-xiii-consecrates-france-our-lady-assumption):

“On February 10, 1638, French King Louis XIII, to thank (in advance!) the Virgin Mary on behalf of himself and his kingdom for the birth of a royal heir–the future Louis XIV–and to prove his absolute trust, made a vow of consecration of his person, his family and France to Our Lady of the Assumption. This vow was published as a royal edict and reads as follows (unabridged):

“God who raises kings to their throne of greatness, not being content with imparting us with the spirit befitting all earthly princes for the conduct of their people, wished to take such special care of our person and State that we cannot consider the happiness of our reign without discerning as many wonderful marks of his goodness as there were perilous accidents.

When we entered the government of this crown, the weakness of our age gave license to a few ill spirits to trouble its tranquility; but this divine hand so forcefully supported the justice of our cause that the same day witnessed the beginning and the end of those pernicious designs. On several other occasions, men’s artifice and the devil’s malice had caused and fomented divisions that were no less dangerous for our crown than prejudicial to the rest of our house, and it pleased God to divert evil from it with as much sweetness as justice. The heretical rebellion also had formed a party in the State, with no other aim than to divide our authority, so God used us to crush its pride, and permitted that we could rebuild his holy altars in all the places where the violence of that unjust party had removed them.
When we set about to protect our allies he gave such happy successes to our arms that in the sight of all of Europe, against the hope of all, we reestablished them in the possession of the States of which they had been deprived. If the greatest forces of this crown’s enemies banded together to plot its ruin, He confounded their ambitious plans to show all nations that, since it was his providence which founded this State, his bounty is preserving it and his power defends it.

Taking the most holy and glorious Virgin as the special protectress of our kingdom, we consecrate in a particular way our person, our State, our crown and our subjects

So many evident graces have been received that we do not want to differ our gratitude or to wait for a peace which will come from the same hand who issued them and which we desire ardently, to share its fruits with the peoples we are committed to serve ; thus, bowing at the foot of his divine majesty whom we adore in three persons, before the Blessed Virgin and the sacred cross, where we venerate the accomplishment of the mysteries of our redemption through the life and death of the Son of God in our flesh, we felt compelled to consecrate ourselves to the greatness of God through his Son who lowered himself to us, and to his Son raised up to him by his mother; in whose protection we place in particular our person, State, crown and all our subjects, to obtain thereby the protection of the Holy Trinity, through his intercession and that of the whole heavenly court by his authority and example, since our hands are not pure enough to present our offering to Purity itself, we trust that the hands that were worthy to carry him will make them agreeable hosts; and it seems reasonable to think that she who mediated to obtain for us these benefits will mediate on our behalf to give thanks to God.

To this end, we have declared and we declare that, taking the very holy and glorious Virgin Mary as special protectress of our kingdom, we particularly consecrate to her our own Self, the State, our Crown and our subjects, entreating her to inspire in us a holy conduct and to so diligently defend this kingdom against the endeavors of all its enemies that, whether it suffers the plague of war or enjoys the sweetness of the peace we implore from God from the depth of our heart, it may never depart from the path of grace leading to the path to glory. And so that posterity does not fail to follow our will in the matter, as a monument and immortal sign of the present consecration that we are making, we shall build anew the great altar of the Cathedral of Paris with an image of the Virgin holding in her arms her precious Son descended from the Cross and representing us at the foot of the Son and the Mother as offering to them our crown and our scepter.

We notify the Lord Archbishop of Paris and nevertheless order him that every year, on the feast of the Assumption, he should commemorate our present declaration at High Mass, which will be said in his cathedral church, and that after that day’s vespers, a procession should be made within the said church, which will be attended by all the sovereign companies and corps de ville, with the same ceremonials which are observed for the most solemn general processions. We also wish this to be done in all the churches, both in parishes as well as in monasteries of the said town and suburbs, and in all the towns, market towns and villages of the said diocese of Paris.

We similarly exhort the archbishops and bishops of our Kingdom, and nevertheless order them, to have the same solemn celebrations in their Episcopal churches, and others of their dioceses, being understood that at the said ceremony the members of parliament and other sovereign companies, and the principal officers of the towns should be present, and to notify all the people to have a special devotion to the Virgin, on that day to implore her protection, so that, under so powerful a patron, our Kingdom will be protected from all the wiles of our enemies and enjoy a good and lasting peace, that God will be served and revered in such a holy way that we and our subjects may happily reach the final end for which we have all been created, such is our wish.”
Given in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the tenth day of February, in the year of grace one thousand six hundred and thirty eight and the 28th of our Reign.

Signed: Louis” ”

The Assumption of Our Lady

Mary, Queen of Martyrs — November 30, 2015

Mary, Queen of Martyrs

(from http://copiosa.org/liguori/liguori_dolors.htm)

Mary, Queen of Martyrs

The Four Church Fathers (Roman and Byzantine Catholic) and the Virgin of Seven Sorrows, with Saints and Martyrs –  by GUARDI, Francesco – from Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna

Guardi depicts the Seven (7) Swords-of-Sorrow which would pierce Mary’s Heart (Soul), as predicted by Simeon, during the Presentation-of Jesus in the Temple, shortly after His Birth. These Seven Swords-of-Sorrow are:

1 – The Prophecy of Simeon – (Luke 2:34-35) or the Circumcision of Christ.
2 – The Flight into Egypt – (Matthew 2:13)
3 – The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple – (Luke 2:43-45)
4 – Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary.
5 – Jesus Dies on the Cross – (John 19:25)
6 – Mary Receives the Body of Jesus in Her Arms – (Matthew 27:57-59)
7 – The Body of Jesus Is Placed in the Tomb – (John 19:40-42)

The Seven Swords also have a ‘Martial’ Significance, symbolized by Guardi in his use-of the distant Watch-Tower, situated between the sitting/kneeling Church Fathers. Mary’s identification with the Shulamite in the Song of Songs allowed for the application of such Titles as Tower of David (SS 4:4) and Tower of Ivory (SS 7:5) to her. Both of these Titles, portray Mary as a ‘Powerful Fortress’.

“Thy Neck is as the Tower of David, which is built with Bulwarks: a Thousand Bucklers hang upon it, all the Armor of Valiant Men” – Song of Songs 4:4Jesus and Mary, both, Died-from the many Wounds-of Combat.

“Ah, cease not, O Advocate-of-Sinners, to-Assist my Afflicted Soul, in the midst-of the Combats, in which it will have to-Engage, on its Great Passage from-Time, to-Eternity”.

Mary was the Queen-of Martyrs, for her Martyrdom was Longer and Greater, than that of all the Martyrs.

Mary, Queen of Martyrs

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Who can ever have a Heart so-Hard, that it will not Melt, on-hearing the most Lamentable Event, which once occurred-in the World? There was a Noble and Holy Mother, who had an only Son. This Son was the most Amiable that can be Imagined — Innocent, Virtuous, Beautiful, Who Loved His Mother most-Tenderly; so-much-so that He had never caused her the Least Displeasure, but, had ever shown her all Respect, Obedience, and Affection; hence, this Mother had Placed-all her Affections on-Earth, in this Son. Hear, then, what Happened. This Son, through Envy, was Falsely Accused-by His Enemies; and though the Judge ‘Knew’, and himself ‘Confessed’, that He was Innocent, yet, that he might not Offend His Enemies, he Condemned Him to the Ignominious Death, that they had Demanded. This Poor Mother had to Suffer the Grief of-Seeing that Amiable and Beloved Son, Unjustly Snatched-from her, in the Flower-of His Age, by a Barbarous Death; for, by Dint-of Torments, and Drained-of all His Blood, He was made to Die on an Infamous Gibbet, in a Public Place-of Execution, and this before her own Eyes.

Devout Souls, what say you? Is not this Event, and is not this Unhappy Mother, Worthy-of Compassion. You already Understand, of Whom I speak. This Son, so-Cruelly Executed, was our Loving Redeemer, Jesus; and this Mother, was the Blessed Virgin Mary; who, for the Love she Bore us, was Willing to-see Him Sacrificed-to Divine Justice, by the Barbarity-of Men. This Great Torment, then, which Mary Endured-for us – a Torment which was more-than a Thousand Deaths, Deserves both our Compassion and our Gratitude. If we can make no-other Return, for so-much Love, at-least let us give a Few Moments this Day, to-consider the Greatness-of the Sufferings, by-which Mary became the Queen of Martyrs; for the Sufferings of her Great Martyrdom, exceeded those-of all the Martyrs; being, in the First (1st) Place, the Longest, in Point-of Duration; and, in the Second (2nd) Place, the Greatest, in Point-of Intensity.

Comparison of the Suffering-of Mary, vs. Martyrs

**** * Location-of Suffering
* Intensity-of Suffering
Love-of
God causes
Duration-of
Suffering
Mary * Soul (Heart)
* Almost Infinite (∞)
↑ Increase-of
Suffering
Lasted for
a Life-time
Martyr * Body
* Great
↓ Decrease-of
Suffering
Short – Ends
with Death

First (1st) Point ─ As Jesus is called the King-of-Sorrows and the King-of-Martyrs, because He Suffered during His Life, more-than all other Martyrs; so also is Mary with-Reason, called the Queen-of-Martyrs, having Merited this Title-by Suffering the most Cruel Martyrdom possible, after that-of her Son. Hence, with Reason, was she called-by Richard of-Saint-Lawrence, “the Martyr of martyrs“; and of her can the Words-of Isaiah with all Truth be said, “He will Crown thee with a Crown of Tribulation“; that is to say, that that Suffering itself, which exceeded the Suffering-of all the other Martyrs ‘United’, was the Crown by which she was Shown-to-be the Queen-of-Martyrs. That Mary was a True Martyr cannot be Doubted, as Denis-the-Carthusian, Pelbart, Catharinus, and others prove; for it is an Undoubted Opinion, that Suffering, Sufficient-to Cause Death, is Martyrdom, even though Death does not Ensue-from it. Saint John the Evangelist is Revered-as a Martyr, though he did not Die, in the Caldron-of Boiling Oil, but he came-out more-Vigorous, than he went-in. Saint Thomas says, “that to have the Glory-of Martyrdom, it is Sufficient-to Exercise Obedience, in its Highest Degree, that is to say, to be Obedient unto Death“. “Mary was a Martyr“, says Saint Bernard, “not by the Sword-of the Executioner, but by Bitter Sorrow-of Heart“. If her Body was not Wounded-by the Hand-of the Executioner, her Blessed Heart was Transfixed-by a Sword-of-Grief, at the Passion-of her Son; Grief which was Sufficient-to have Caused her Death, not Once (100), but a Thousand (103) Times. From this we shall see that Mary was not-only a Real Martyr, but that her Martyrdom, Surpassed all-others; for it was Longer-than that of all others, and her Whole Life may be said to have-been a Prolonged-Death.

The Passion of Jesus“, as Saint Bernard says, “commenced-with His Birth“. So also did Mary, in all-things, Like-unto her Son, Endure her Martyrdom throughout her Life. Amongst other Significations-of the Name-of Mary, as Blessed Albert-the-Great asserts, is that of a “Bitter-Sea“. Hence, to her is applicable the Text-of Jeremiah: “Great as the Sea, is thy Destruction“. For, as the Sea is all Bitter and Salt, so-also was the Life-of Mary always Full-of Bitterness, at the Sight-of the Passion-of the Redeemer, which was ever Present-to her Mind. “There can be no-Doubt, that, Enlightened-by the Holy Ghost, in a Far Higher Degree than all the Prophets, she, far better than they, Understood the Predictions Recorded-by them in the Sacred Scriptures, concerning the Messiah“. This is Precisely-what the Angel Revealed-to Saint Bridget; and he also added, “that the Blessed Virgin, even before she became His Mother, Knowing how much the Incarnate Word was to-Suffer for the Salvation-of Men, and Compassionating this Innocent Savior, Who was to be so-Cruelly, put-to Death, for Crimes not His own, even then began her Great Martyrdom“.

Her Grief was Immeasurably-increased when she became the Mother-of the Savior; so that at the Sad Sight-of the many Torments which were to be Endured-by her Poor Son, she indeed Suffered a Long Martyrdom, a Martyrdom which Lasted her Whole Life. This was Signified-with Great Exactitude, to Saint Bridget, in a Vision which she had in-Rome, in the Church-of Saint Mary-Major, where the Blessed Virgin, with Saint Simeon, and an Angel, bearing a very Long Sword, Reddened-with Blood, appeared-to her, Denoting-thereby the Long and Bitter Grief, which Transpierced the Heart-of Mary, during her Whole Life. When the above-named Rupert, supposes Mary, thus Speaking:

Redeemed Souls, and my Beloved Children, do not Pity me Only-for the Hour in-which I Beheld my Dear Jesus, Expiring-before my Eyes; for the Sword-of Sorrow, Predicted-by Simeon, Pierced my Soul during the Whole-of my Life: when I was giving Suck-to my Son, when I was Warming Him in my Arms, I already Foresaw the Bitter Death that awaited Him. Consider, then, what Long and Bitter Sorrows, I must have Endured.

Wherefore Mary might well say, in the Words-of David, “My Life is Wasted with-Grief, and my Years in-Sighs“. “My Sorrow is continually before me“. “My Whole Life was spent in-Sorrow and in-Tears; for my Sorrow, which was Compassion-for my Beloved Son, never Departed-from before my Eyes, as I always Foresaw the Sufferings and Death, which He was One Day to-Endure“. The Divine Mother herself, Revealed-to Saint Bridget, that “even after the Death and Ascension-of her Son, whether she Ate, or Worked, the Remembrance-of His Passion was ‘Ever’, Deeply Impressed-on her Mind, and Fresh-in her Tender Heart“. Hence Tauler says, “that the most Blessed Virgin spent her Whole Life in-Continual Sorrow“; for her Heart was always Occupied with-Sadness, and with-Suffering.

Therefore, Time, which usually Mitigates the Sorrows-of the Afflicted, did not Relieve Mary; nay, even it Increased her Sorrow; for, as Jesus, on the one-hand, Advanced-in Age, and always appeared more-and-more Beautiful and Amiable; so also, on the other-hand, the Time-of His Death always Drew-nearer, and Grief always Increased, in the Heart-of Mary, at the Thought-of having to Lose Him on-Earth. So that, in the words Addressed-by the Angel to Saint Bridget: “As the Rose Grows-up amongst Thorns, so the Mother-of-God Advanced-in Years, in the Midst-of Sufferings; and as the Thorns increase-with the Growth-of the Rose, so also did the Thorns-of her Sorrows, increase-in Mary, the Chosen Rose-of the Lord, as she Advanced-in Age; and so much the more-Deeply did they Pierce her Heart“. Having now considered the Length-of this Sorrow, in Point-of Duration, let us Pass-to the Second (2nd) Point – its Greatness, in Point-of Intensity.

Second (2nd) Point. Ah, Mary was not only Queen-of-Martyrs, because her Martyrdom was Longer-than that of all-others, but also because it was the Greatest-of all Martyrdoms. Who, however, can Measure its Greatness? Jeremiah seems unable to find anyone, with whom he can Compare this Mother-of-Sorrows, when he considers her Great Sufferings, at the Death-of her Son. “To what shall I compare thee or to what shall I liken thee, O Daughter-of Jerusalem … for Great as the Sea, is thy Destruction: who shall Heal thee? Wherefore Cardinal Hugo, in a Commentary-on these Words, says, “O Blessed Virgin, as the Sea in Bitterness, exceeds all other Bitterness, so does thy Grief, exceed all other Grief“. Hence, Saint Anselm asserts, that “had not God, by a Special Miracle, Preserved the Life-of Mary in-each, Moment-of her Life, her Grief was such, that it would have Caused her Death“. Saint Bernadine-of-Sienna, goes so-far-as to Say, “that the Grief-of Mary was so Great that, were it Divided amongst all Men, it would Suffice-to cause their Immediate Death“.

But let us consider the Reasons, for-which Mary’s Martyrdom was Greater-than that of all Martyrs. In the First (1st) Place, we must remember that the Martyrs endured their Torments, which were the Effect-of ‘Fire’ and other ‘Material Agencies’, in their Bodies; Mary Suffered hers in her Soul, as Saint Simeon foretold: “And my own Soul, a Sword shall Pierce“. As if the Holy Old Man had said: “O most Sacred Virgin, the Bodies of other Martyrs, will be Torn-with Iron, but thou wilt be Transfixed, and Martyred in thy Soul, by the Passion of thine own Son“. Now, as the Soul is more Noble than the Body, so-much Greater were Mary’s Sufferings, than those of ‘All’ the Martyrs, as Jesus Christ Himself said to Saint Catherine-of-Sienna: “Between the Sufferings of the Soul, and those of the Body, there is no comparison“. Whence the Holy-Abbot Arnold-of-Chartres says, “that whoever had been Present-on Mount Calvary, to Witness the Great Sacrifice-of the Immaculate Lamb, would there have beheld Two Great Altars, the One in the Body-of Jesus, the other in the Heart-of Mary; for, on that Mount, at the same-time that the Son Sacrificed His Body by-Death, Mary Sacrificed her Soul by-Compassion“.

Moreover, says Saint Antoninus, “while other Martyrs Suffered by-Sacrificing their own Lives, the Blessed Virgin Suffered by-Sacrificing her Son’s Life, a Life that she Loved far-more-than her own; so that she not only Suffered-in her Soul, all that her Son Endured-in His Body, but moreover, the Sight-of her Son’s Torments, brought more-Grief to her Heart, than if she had Endured them all in her own Person“. No one can Doubt-that Mary Suffered in her Heart, all the Outrages which she saw Inflicted-on her Beloved Jesus. Any one can Understand-that the Sufferings-of Children, are also those of their Mothers, who Witness them. Saint Augustine, considering the Anguish, endured-by the Mother-of the Maccabees, in Witnessing the Tortures-of her Sons, says, “She, seeing their Sufferings, Suffered-in each one; because she Loved them all, she Endured-in her Soul, what they Endured-in their Flesh“. Thus also, did Mary Suffer all those Torments, Scourges, Thorns, Nails, and the Cross, which Tortured the Innocent Flesh-of Jesus, all entered at-the-same Time, into the Heart-of this Blessed Virgin, to-complete her Martyrdom. “He Suffered-in the Flesh, and she in her Heart“, writes that Blessed Amadeus. “So much so“, says Saint Lawrence-Justinian, “that the Heart of Mary became, as it were, a Mirror-of the Passion-of the Son, in which might be seen, Faithfully Reflected, the Spitting, the Blows and Wounds, and all that Jesus Suffered“. Saint Bonaventure also remarks that “those Wounds –which were Scattered-over the Body-of our Lord, were all United in the Single Heart-of Mary“.

Thus was our Blessed Lady, through the Compassion-of her Loving Heart for her Son, Scourged, Crowned-with Thorns, Insulted, and Nailed-to the Cross. Whence the same Saint, considering Mary on Mount Calvary, Present-at the Death-of her Son, Questions her in these Words: “O Lady, tell me, where didst thou stand? Was it only at the Foot-of the Cross? Ah, much-more than this, thou wast on the Cross itself, Crucified with thy Son“. Richard of-Saint-Lawrence, on the Words-of the Redeemer, Spoken-by Isaiah the Prophet, “I have Trodden the Wine-Press alone, and of the Gentiles, there is not a Man with Me“, says, “It is True, O Lord, that in the Work of Human Redemption, Thou didst Suffer ‘Alone’, and that there was not a Man, who Sufficiently Pitied Thee; but there was a Woman with Thee, and she was Thine own Mother; she Suffered-in her Heart, all that Thou didst Endure-in Thy Body“.

But all this is saying too-Little, of Mary’s Sorrows, since, as I have already Observed, she Suffered-more, in Witnessing the Sufferings-of her Beloved Jesus, than-if she had herself Endured-all the Outrages and Death of her Son. Erasmus, speaking-of Parents in-General, says, that “they are more-Cruelly Tormented-by their Children’s Sufferings, than by their Own“. This is not always True, but in Mary, it evidently was so; for it is certain that she Loved her Son and His Life, beyond-all comparison, more-than herself or a Thousand Lives-of her own. Therefore Blessed Amadeus Rightly-affirms, that “the Afflicted Mother, at the Sorrowful Sight of the Torments of her Beloved Jesus, Suffered far more than she would have done, had she herself endured His Whole Passion“. The Reason is Evident, for, as Saint Bernard says, “the Soul is more where it Loves, than where it Lives“. Our Lord Himself had already said the same thing: “Where our Treasure is, there also is our Heart“. If Mary, then, by Love, Lived-more in her Son than in herself, she must have Endured far-Greater Torments in the Sufferings and Death of her Son, than she would have done, had the most Cruel Death in the World, been Inflicted-upon her.

Here we must Reflect-on another Circumstance, which Rendered the Martyrdom-of Mary, beyond-all Comparison, Greater-than the Torments-of all the Martyrs: it is, that, in the Passion-of Jesus, she Suffered much, and she Suffered, moreover, without the least-Alleviation. The Martyrs Suffered under the Torments Inflicted-on them by Tyrants; but the Love of Jesus, Rendered their Pains, Sweet and Agreeable. A Saint Vincent, was Tortured-on a Rack, Torn-with Pincers, Burnt-with Red-Hot Iron Plates; but, as Saint Augustine remarks, “it seemed as if it was ‘One’ who Suffered, and ‘Another’ who Spoke“. The Saint addressed the Tyrant with such Energy and Contempt-for his Torments, that it seemed as-if ‘One’ Vincent Suffered and ‘Another’ Spoke; so Greatly did God Strengthen him, with the Sweetness-of His Love, in the midst-of all he Endured.

A Saint Boniface, had his Body Torn-with Iron Hooks; Sharp-Pointed Reeds were Thrust-between his Nails and Flesh; melted-Lead was Poured-into his Mouth; and in the midst-of all, he could not Tire saying, “I give Thee Thanks, O Lord Jesus Christ“. A Saint Mark and a Saint Marcellinus, were Bound-to a Stake, their feet Pierced-with Nails; and when the Tyrant addressed them, saying, “Wretches, see to what a State you are Reduced; Save yourselves from these Torments“, they answered: “Of what Pains, of what Torments dost thou Speak? We never Enjoyed so Luxurious a Banquet, as in the Present Moment, in which we Joyfully Suffer-for the Love-of Jesus Christ“. A Saint Lawrence, Suffered; but when Roasting-on the Gridiron, “the ‘Interior-Flame’ of Love“, says Saint Leo, “was more-Powerful in-Consoling his Soul, than the ‘Flame-Without’, in Torturing his Body“. Hence, Love Tendered him so-Courageous, that he ‘Mocked’ the Tyrant, saying, “If thou Desirest to Feed-on my Flesh, a Part is Sufficiently Roasted; Turn it, and Eat“. But how, in the Midst-of so-many Torments, in that Prolonged-Death, could the Saint thus Rejoice? “Ah!” replies Saint Augustine, “Inebriated with the Wine-of Divine Love, he felt neither Torments nor Death“.

So that, the more the Holy Martyrs Loved Jesus, the less did they ‘Feel’ their Torments and Death; and the Sight-alone, of the Sufferings-of a Crucified God, was sufficient-to Console them. But, was our Suffering Mother also Consoled-by Love-for her Son, and the Sight-of His Torments? Ah, No!!!; for this very Son, Who Suffered, was the Whole Cause-of them, and the Love she bore Him, was her ‘Only’ and most-Cruel Executioner; for Mary’s Whole Martyrdom, consisted-in Beholding and Pitying her Innocent and Beloved Son, Who Suffered so much. Hence, the Greater was her Love for Him, the more Bitter and Inconsolable was her Grief. “Great as the Sea, is thy Destruction; who shall Heal thee“? Ah, Queen-of-Heaven, Love hath Mitigated the Sufferings-of other Martyrs, and Healed their Wounds; but who hath ever Soothed thy Bitter Grief? Who hath ever Healed, the too-Cruel Wounds of thy HeartWho shall Heal thee“, since that very Son Who could give thee Consolation was, by His Sufferings, the only Cause-of thine, and the Love which thou didst bear Him, was the whole Ingredient-of thy Martyrdom. So that, as other Martyrs, as Diez remarks, are all Represented-with the Instruments-of their Sufferings — a Saint Paul with a ‘Sword’, a Saint Andrew with a ‘Cross’, a Saint Lawrence with a ‘Gridiron’ — Mary is Represented-with her Dead Son, in her arms; for Jesus Himself, and He alone, was the Instrument-of her Martyrdom, by Reason-of the Love she bore Him. Richard of-Saint-Victor, confirms in a few-words, all that I have now said: “In other Martyrs, the Greatness of their Love, Soothed the Pains of their Martyrdom; but in the Blessed Virgin, the Greater-was her Love, the Greater-were her Sufferings, the more-Cruel was her Martyrdom“.

It is Certain that, the more we Love a Thing, the Greater is the Pain we ‘Feel’, in Losing it. We are more-Afflicted at the Loss-of a Brother, than at that-of a Beast-of-Burden; we are more Grieved-at the Loss-of a Son, than at that of a Friend. Now, Cornelius-a-Lapide says, “that to Understand the Greatness-of Mary’s Grief, at the Death of her Son, we must Understand the Greatness-of the Love, she bore Him“. But who can ever Measure, that Love? Blessed Amadeus says that “in the Heart of Mary, were United Two kinds-of Love, for her Jesus — Supernatural Love, by which she Loved Him as her God, and Natural Love, by which she Loved Him as her Son“. So that, these Two (2) Loves, became One (1); but so-Immense a Love, that William-of-Paris even says that the Blessed Virgin, “Loved Him as-much-as it was Possible, for a Pure Creature to Love Him“. Hence, Richard of-Saint-Victor affirms that, “as there was no Love like her Love, so there was no-Sorrow, like her Sorrow“. And if the Love-of Mary towards her Son was Immense, Immense also, must have been her Grief in Losing Him, by Death. “Where there is the Greatest Love“, says Blessed Albert-the-Great, “there also is the Greatest Grief“.

Let us now Imagine-to ourselves, the Divine Mother Standing-near her Son, Expiring-on the Cross, and Justly applying-to herself the Words-of Jeremiah, thus addressing us: “O all ye that Pass-by the Way, Attend and See, if there be any Sorrow like-to my Sorrow. O you who Spend your Lives upon Earth, and Pity me not, Stop awhile to Look at me, now that I Behold this Beloved Son, Dying-before my Eyes; and then see if, amongst all those who are Afflicted and Tormented, a Sorrow is to be found like unto my Sorrow“. “No, O most Suffering of all mothers“, replies Saint Bonaventure, “no more Bitter Grief than thine can be found; for no Son more Dear than thine, can be found“. Ah, “there never was a more Amiable Son in the World, than Jesus“, says Richard of-Saint-Lawrence; “nor has there ever been a mother, who more Tenderly Loved her Son, than Mary! But since there never has been in the World, a Love like-unto Mary’s Love, how can any Sorrow be found like-unto Mary’s Sorrow“?

Therefore, Saint Ildephonsus did not hesitate to assert, “to say that Mary’s Sorrows were Greater than all the Torments-of the Martyrs, United, was to say too Little“. And Saint Anselm adds, that “the most Cruel Tortures, Inflicted-on the Holy Martyrs, were Trifling, or as Nothing, in Comparison-with the Martyrdom-of Mary“. Saint Basil-of-Seleucia also writes, “that as the Sun, exceeds all the other Planets in-Splendor, so did Mary’s Sufferings, exceed those of all the other Martyrs“. A Learned Author, concludes with a Beautiful Sentiment. He says that, so-Great was the Sorrow-of this Tender Mother, in the Passion-of Jesus, that she alone, Compassionated-in a Degree, by-any-means Adequate-to its Merits, the Death-of a God, made Man.

But here, Saint Bonaventure, Addressing this Blessed Virgin, says, “And why, O Lady, didst thou also go, to Sacrifice thyself on Calvary? Was not a Crucified God, sufficient-to Redeem us, that thou, His Mother, wouldst also go to be Crucified with Him“? Indeed, the Death-of Jesus was more-than-Enough, to Save the World, and an Infinity (∞)-of Worlds; but this Good Mother, for the Love she bore us, Wished also to-Help the Cause-of our Salvation, with the Merits-of her Sufferings, which she Offered-for us, on Calvary.

Therefore, Blessed Albert-the-Great says, “that as we are under Great Obligations-to Jesus, for His Passion Endured-for our Love, so also are we under Great Obligations-to Mary, for the Martyrdom which she Voluntarily Suffered-for our Salvation, in the Death-of her Son“. I say Voluntarily, since, as Saint Agnes revealed-to Saint Bridget, “our Compassionate and Benign Mother was Satisfied, rather-to Endure any Torment, than-that our Souls should not be Redeemed, and be left-in their former State-of-Perdition“. And, indeed, we may say that Mary’s only Relief-in the Midst-of her Great Sorrow-in the Passion-of her Son, was to-See the Lost World Redeemed-by His Death, and Men, who were His Enemies, Reconciled-with God. “While Grieving, she Rejoiced“, says Simon-of-Cassia, “that a Sacrifice was Offered-for the Redemption-of all, by which He Who was Angry, was Appeased“.

So Great a Love, on the Part-of Mary, Deserves our Gratitude, and that Gratitude should be Shown, by at-least Meditating-upon and Pitying her, in her Sorrow. But she Complained-to Saint Bridget, that very-Few did so, and that the Greater Part-of the World, lived-in Forgetfulness-of them: “I look around at all who are on Earth, to see if by-chance, there are any who Pity me, and Meditate-upon my Sorrows; and I find that there are very few. Therefore, my Daughter, though I am Forgotten-by many, at least do Thou, not Forget me; consider my Anguish, and Imitate, as-far-as thou canst, my Grief“.

To Understand, how Pleasing it is to the Blessed Virgin, that we should-Remember her Dolors, we need only know that, in the Year 1239, she appeared-to Seven (7) Devout Clients-of hers (who were afterwards Founders-of the Religious Order of the ‘Servants-of-Mary’ – ‘Servites’), with a Black Garment in her hand, and Desired them, if they Wished-to Please her, Often-to Meditate-on her Sorrows: for this purpose, (and to remind them of her Sorrows) she expressed her Desire, that in-Future, they should wear that Mourning Dress. Jesus Christ Himself, Revealed-to the Blessed Veronica-da-Binasco, that He is, as-it-were, more-Pleased in-seeing His Mother ‘Compassionated’, than Himself; for thus He addressed her: “My daughter, Tears shed-for My Passion are Dear-to Me; but as I Love My Mother Mary, with an Immense Love, the Meditation-of the Torments, which she Endured-at My Death, is even more-Agreeable to Me“.

Wherefore, the Graces promised-by Jesus, to those who are Devoted-to the Dolors-of Mary, are very Great. Pelbert relates that it was Revealed-to Saint Elizabeth, that after the Assumption-of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven, Saint John-the-Evangelist, desired-to see her again. The Favor was Granted him; his Dear Mother appeared-to him, and with her, Jesus Christ also appeared; the Saint then heard Mary ask her Son to-Grant some Special Grace to all those who are Devoted-to her Dolors. Jesus Promised her Four (4) Principal Ones:

First, that those, who before Death, Invoke the Divine Mother, in the Name-of her Sorrows, should obtain True Repentance-of all their Sins.

Second, that He would Protect all, who have this Devotion in their Tribulations, and that He would Protect them, especially-at the Hour-of Death.

Third, that He would Impress-upon their Minds, the Remembrance-of His Passion, and that they should have their Reward-for it, in Heaven.

Fourth, that He would Commit such Devout Clients, to the Hands-of Mary, with the Power-to Dispose-of them, in whatever Manner she might Please, and to Obtain for them, all the Graces she might Desire.

In Proof-of this, let us see in the following-Example, how Greatly, Devotion-to the Dolors-of Mary, Aids-in Obtaining Eternal (∞) Salvation.

 

– End of Liguori Sermon –

 

Example

In the Revelations-of Saint Bridget, we read that there was a Rich Man, as Noble by-Birth, as he was Vile and Sinful in his Habits. He had given himself, by an Express-Compact, as a Slave-to the Devil; and for Sixty (60) Successive Years, had-Served him, Leading such-a-Life as may be Imagined, and never Approaching the Sacraments. Now, this Prince was Dying; and Jesus Christ, to show him Mercy, commanded Saint Bridget to tell her Confessor, to Go and Visit him, and Exhort him to-Confess his Sins. The Confessor went, and the Sick Man said that he did not-Require Confession, as he had often-Approached the Sacrament-of-Penance. The Priest went a Second (2nd) Time; but this Poor Slave of-Hell, Persevered-in his Obstinate Determination, not to Confess. Jesus again told the Saint to-Desire the Confessor to-Return. He did so; and on this Third (3rd) Occasion, told the Sick Man, the Revelation made-to the Saint, and that he had Returned so-many Times, because Our Lord, Who Wished-to Show him Mercy, had so-Ordered. On Hearing this, the Dying Man was ‘Touched’, and began-to Weep: “But how“, he exclaimed, “can I be Saved; I, who for Sixty Years have Served the Devil as his Slave, and have my Soul Burdened-with Innumerable Sins“? “My son“, answered the Father, Encouraging him, “doubt not; if you Repent-of them, on the Part-of God, I Promise you Pardon“. Then, Gaining Confidence, he said to the Confessor, “Father, I Looked-upon myself as-Lost, and already Despaired-of Salvation; but now I feel a Sorrow-for my Sins, which gives me Confidence; and since God has not yet Abandoned me, I will make my Confession“. In fact, he made his Confession, Four (4) Times on that Day, with the Greatest Marks-of Sorrow, and on the Following Morning, Received the Holy Communion. On the Sixth (6th) Day, Contrite and Resigned, he Died. After his Death, Jesus Christ again Spoke-to Saint Bridget, and told her that, that- Sinner was Saved; that he was then in-Purgatory, and that he Owed his Salvation to the Intercession-of the Blessed Virgin, His Mother; for the Deceased, although he had Led so-Wicked a-Life, had nevertheless always Preserved Devotion-to her Dolors, and whenever he Thought-of them, Pitied her.

 

 

 

O Dear Queen Of Martyrs —

O Dear Queen Of Martyrs

O lowly Virgin Mary,

Poor and innocent,

Thou conceived of Thy holy Son,

Through impregnation by Thy Holy Spouse!

His Fire burns in Thee,

Brighter than the sun!

Spotless than the lily,

Yet undergoes the test at the temple!

Sweet Virginity subjected to crude scrutiny!

Bloodless Virgin-Martyr!

At and since the birth, life, and death

Of Her Son and God!

Pondering the Infant in Her Arms,

Reaches its fulfillment at the piercing

Of Her Heart!

At the sight of Her Son’s lifeless Body!

O Virgin,

Whose Love burns,

Ne’er dying out!

Let It be the food that feeds Thy children,

Freely adopted by Thee!

 

Counterrevolutionary – A Victim of Divine Love —

Counterrevolutionary – A Victim of Divine Love

By nature, a counterrevolutionary is a Victim of Divine Love.  He offers one’s self to God through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ so as to be a very martyr of His Love and to allow Him to conquer his heart and the world’s through His Love.

Devotions of a Counterrevolutionary

  1. Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

A counterrevolutionary must have a deep love for Jesus Christ through His Most Sacred Heart, who loved the whole world and gave Himself up for its salvation.  Any prayers, whether long or short, unitive(as in consecration) or reparative(including the First Nine Fridays) can be used.

2. Devotion to the Most Immaculate Heart of Mary

A counterrevolutionary must have a deep love for Mary through three main devotions: Total Consecration to Our Lady, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, and the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  One becomes a slave, servant, and prisoner of Jesus Christ by becoming a slave, servant, and prisoner of Our Lady.  Since our Divine Savior subjugated Himself to Our Lady in His earthly life, we poor sinners should, in imitation of Him, subjugate ourselves to the Heavenly Queen.

3. An Act of Oblation As A Victim of Divine Love

God’s will to have Our Lady raise up a militia of Saints as foretold by St. Louis Marie Grignon De Montfort, is reflected in the last words of St. Therese’s Autobiography, “Story of a Soul”: ” I ENTREAT THEE TO LET THY DIVINE EYES REST UPON A VAST NUMBER OF LITTLE SOULS, I ENTREAT THEE TO CHOOSE, IN THIS WORLD, A LEGION OF LITTLE VICTIMS OF THY LOVE.”  Therefore, counterrevolutionaries who desire to bring about the Reign of Christ the King by the Sacred Heart through the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, should offer one’s self as a Victim of Divine Love according to St. Therese’s Act of Oblation As A Victim of Divine Love.

4. Sacramental Life

A counterrevolutionary must have recourse to the Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Confession.  In the case of the Eucharist, one must receive Our Lord often, except if one has committed a mortal sin.  In regards to Confession, one is obligated to go once a year.  However, many can go once a month or even once a week to Confession.  One must go to the Sacrament of Divine Mercy in order to receive the Sacrament of Divine Love.

5. Act of Perfect Contrition

A counterrevolutionary must develop the habit of making acts of perfect contrition in order to offer one’s self to God in love, trust, abandonment, and humility, to be forgiven by God for one’s sins, to receive one’s sanctifying grace back by the Merciful Love, to satisfy Divine Love, and to make God happy.

6. Discernment of Spirits

A counterrevolutionary must discern whether the origin of a thought, idea, philosophy, or different types of movements come from the Holy Spirit through the teachings of the Catholic Church or not.  Thoughts, ideas, philosophies, and movements that reject the Catholic Church are contrary to the Holy Spirit and must be rejected by a counterrevolutionary.  On the contrary, thoughts, ideas, philosophies, and movements that uphold the Catholic Church and value her are of the Holy Spirit and must be embraced by a counterrevolutionary.  By the grace of God, one can discern through reading Sacred Scripture, works of theology and asceticism, autobiographies, and correspondences of distinguished ascetics, according to New Advent: Catholic Encyclopedia.

7. Good Catholic French Devotional and History Books

What I have discovered is that since God’s revelation to the world is Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, God speaks to us through both means.  If Sacred Scripture is accurate in regards to faith and morals, it is accurate in regards to history and science.  Likewise, if Sacred Tradition is accurate in regards to faith and morals, it is accurate in regards to history and science.  Since both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition are true and accurate, then what they both tell us about science and history is accurate as well.  Therefore, if one wishes to know the truth about our history, one must look to the Catholic Church for answers.  Even more so, one must gather books that are at least before 1958 or that speak about the Faith in a traditional and orthodox manner.  One book that I would like to recommend is Les 150 Points De La Phalange(The 150 Points of the Phalange).  It can be found online at http://crc-internet.org/our-doctrine/150-points-phalange/ . I was currently reading this book and I haven’t finished reading it.  I may add my thoughts on this book if I need to.

Here are the 7 important tools of the counterrevolutionary.  I hope these tools may inspire you to love God with all of one’s being, to make Him known and loved by others, and to be filled with many holy desires to serve Him, Our Lady, and the Church, for the conversion and salvation of sinners.