On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION." Those words, uttered by the Mother of God herself to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in the Grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, France, on March 25, 1858, was a Heavenly ratification of the solemn, infallible proclamation of the doctrine of her Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, in the Bull Ineffabilis Deus.

"I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION."

Our Lady was conceived in the womb of her holy mother, Good Saint Anne, without any stain of Original or Actual Sin in anticipation of the merits that would be won by her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, on the wood of the Holy Cross. She, the Singular Vessel of Devotion, had the perfect integrity of Adam and Eve before their Fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden.

It is important, therefore, to get the doctrine of Original Sin right in order to understand the great miracle worked by God in the soul of the fairest flower of our race, Our Lady, from the very first moment of her Immaculate Conception. To get anything about the doctrine of Original Sin wrong leads to the efforts on the part of Modernists to deconstruct the doctrinal definitions of Original Sin and of the Immaculate Conception.

Alas, the Catholic Church, our Holy Mother on earth, our Mater and Magister, is as spotless as the Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary. Holy Mother Church does not deconstruct infallible dogmatic definitions. Holy Mother Church cannot do so, which is why we need to pray to Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces and our Immaculate Queen, to help us to make no concessions to the counterfeit church of conciliarism that has promulgated an abominable "liturgy" and whose officials feel feel to "reinterpret" dogmatic truths according to Modernist propositions that have been condemned by the authority of our spotless Mother on earth, Holy Mother Church.

Mindful of the effects of our own sins on our immortal souls and of our need to make reparation for them to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, may we make the Secret prayer for today's Holy Mass our own:

"Receive the saving Victim we offer to Thee, O Lord, on the solemn feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: and grant that, as we confess that by Thy prevenient grace she was kept free from every stain of sin; so, by her intercession, we may be delivered from all our offenses. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God."

A blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all! 

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

A blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.

[The long delay in completing my commentary about naturalism might get just a bit more delayed given all of the "breaking news" and the fact that my right hand is very swollen and features a truly pentitential, itchy rash. Although I thought that I knew the cause of it. I am not so sure now. In any event, I am grateful for the penance. However, the edema on the right hand does slow down the typing process a bit. This having been noted, however, the next article will be a thorough review of recent events, which longtime readers know that I endeavor to place in a supernatural perspective.]

Saints Nicholas and Ambrose: Two Saints Who Defended the Faith and Fought Heresy

Although work on the long, long article on the madness of naturalism should be completed by Monday or, at the latest, Tuesday, I offer the readers of this site a revised reflection on two saints who opposed heresy, Saint Nicholas of Myra and Saint Ambrose of Milan. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Nicholas of Myra, pray for us.

Saint Ambrose, pray for us.

Monsters of the Apocalypse

Well, nearly eight hours after I thought that I could have this article posted, I present to the vast readership of this website a commentary on the supposed “breakthrough” of gene-editing that has, a Red Chinese scientist claims, resulted in the birth of gene-edited twin baby girls.

This is a very long article. Those who read it, however, will understand why it took so long to produce. A few corrections (indenting Oliver Wendell Holmes's opinion in the case of Buck v. Bell and providing the source citation of Father Joseph Patrick Lavin's report on the pagan practices of killing baby girls in China before the Communist takeover on May 1, 1949) have been made.

It may take an equally long time, if not longer, to complete my next commentary, which will be on the madness taking place in the world of naturalism at this time. However, I do what I can as I am able to do so, and I thank the readers of this website for their patience.

Finally, Novus Ordo Watch has a critique of Antipope Emeritus Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI’s latest foray into heresy, although his belief that there the Catholic Church has “no mission to the Jews” is not at all new as Walter “Cardinal” Kasper said the same thing in 2008. Indeed, a Catholic writer, without naming me, denounced those who believed that Kasper spoke for his boss, “Pope Benedict XVI,” as guilty of a disgusting display of rash judgment. No, it was true then. It is true now. Ratzinger has removed all doubt, although I, for one, had no doubt at all in February of 2008 or at any time thereafter. See Many Acts of Evil Demand Many Acts of Reparation, Defending the Truth is Never Any Kind of Game and .

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Peter Chrysologus, pray for us.

Saint Barbara, pray for us.

Saint Francis Xavier, S.J.: A Catholic "Fundamentalist" Who Gave No Ground to False Religions

This article, which was  substantially revised and enlarged reflection two years ago, on the life and the tireless apostolic work of the great Jesuit missionary and one the original members of Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Company of Jesus, Saint Francis Xavier.

The title of the revised article reflects the disparaging term that Jorge Mario Bergoglio used to compare believing Catholics with modern-day faithful, believing Mohammedans who take the words of the blasphemous Koran seriously by committing acts of wanton murder against “infidels.” Saint Francis Xavier worked tirelessly for the conversion of those who belonged to false religions. Then again, he was a true Jesuit priest. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a lay Jesuit revolutionary masquerading as a “pope," a man who expelled himself from the bosom of the Catholic Church in his youth as he mocked the Immemorial Mass of Tradition and taught to disparage Catholic doctrine as being in opposition to the Gospel of Christ the King.

The long article on which I have been working for the past four days is nearing completion. The only thing left to do is to transcribe three prayers from The Raccolta and to format the text for publication on the Drupal platform on which this site exists. It is most likely the case that the work can be finished by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time today. God willing and Our Lady interceding, that is.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Francis Xavier, S.J., pray for us.

At the Beginning of Advent in 2018

This is a republished commentary about the Advent season that begins with First Vespers this evening, Saturday, December 1, 2018, the First Saturday of the month of December and the four hundred thirty-seventh anniversary of the martydom of Blessed Edmund Campion, S.J. (see ).

An original article on the monstrous gene-edited twins born in Red China will follow by Monday (at the latest). Rest assured that the madness of the mad, mad, mad, mad world of naturalism will be the subject of a very long and detailed commentary by the end of the coming week.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Campion, pray for us.

On the Last Day of the Year in 2018

This is a short reflection, published last in 2014, about this day, the last day of the liturgical year.

Another revised reflection will be published shortly, and an original article on the monstrous gene-edited twins born in Red China will follow by Monday (at the latest). Rest assured that the madness of the mad, mad, mad, mad world of naturalism will be the subject of a very long and detailed commentary by the end of the coming week.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Campion, pray for us.

In Ways That Baffle the Minds of Modern Men

Although not on the General Roman Calendar, today, Tuesday, November 27, 2018, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Although not observed universally on a mandatory basis, this feast is is nevertheless an important one to commemorate as this powerful sacramental is yet another sign of the love that pours out from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces, despite our own ingratitude and infidelities. [This feast is one that, traditionally, had been celebrated solemnly in the Diocese of Brooklyn, and it was within the boundaries of that diocese that I was born on Saturday, November 24, 1951, three days before this feast day that year.]

This reflection was written in 2010 and published in two parts. It was three years ago now that it was combined into one part and revised slightly in a few places.

An original article is in the process of being written while I work on the book project simultaneously.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us.

Saint Catherine Laboure, pray for us.

"They Have Eyes, But They Do Not See" The Abomination of Desolation

An attempt is being made to catch up with a few subjects upon which I was unable to write during the week that I was without a functioning notebook computer.

This particular commentary is a reaction to an interview that a “Monsignor” Nicola Bux gave on October 13, 2018, that has received additional attention since a news story appeared about it on November 15, 2018, the Feast of Saint Albert the Great.

There will be a few other articles in the next week as I endeavor to wrap up work on volume one of an anthology of my spiritual reflections.

Thank you for your patience.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, pray for us.

Pope Saint Clement Knew That No One Can Disobey a True Pope

Yes, I am in the midst of writing a new article. However, the clock struck midnight, meaning that I am going to have to resume work on it later today. 

In the place of a new article, though I offer you a very brief republished commentary on the work of Pope Saint Clement. 
 
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. 
 
Pope Saint Clement I, pray for us. 
 
Saint Felicity, pray for us.
 

Saint Cecilia: Model of Heroic Catholic Purity

Today is the Feast of Saint Cecilia, a heroic model of Catholic purity and of martyrdom for the Holy Faith.

Yes, the secular world celebrates a different “holy day” today. While we can always Catholicize such days, our first obligation is to live the liturgical life of the Catholic Church and not to be the prisoners of a secular calendar that has sought to replace Christmas Day with “thanksgiving day.” Every day is a Thanksgiving Day for a Catholic. (See the article below this one for a reflection on the secular thanksgiving day.

An original article should appear by Saturday, November 24, 2018. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. 

Saint Cecilia, pray for us.

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