Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque: A Chosen Soul of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Do you think that you have sufferings from family members or associates?

The saint whose feast is celebrated today, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, was favored with visions of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in her childhood, and he believed this to have been a normal experience that any child might have. Even as a child, therefore, this favored child of Our Lord's was blessed with tremendous sufferings from a pair of domineering paternal aunts, who persecuted her and her mother after her father's death. This early childhood suffering, which was accompanied by a physical affliction that left her bedridden for four years, was just a preparation for the suffering that Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque endured to spread public devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at the specific request of Our Lord Himself.

The hearts of men had grown cold because of Jansenism when Our Lord revealed the secrets of His Most Sacred Heart to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque in the Visitation Convent in Paray le Monial, France, between December of 1673 and June of 1685. We cannot let our own love for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus grow cold in our hearts. We must forgive as we are forgiven, and we must remember the high price of infidelity that France paid for the refusal of King Louis XIV to consecrate the whole of France, and not just Paris, to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (as is related in an appendix to this article).

As noted several days ago, original articles will resume on this site next week. Thank you.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, an intimate of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and a faithful client of Our Lady through her Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.

After the Fact: "Canonizing" the Montinian "Paradigm Shift"

As noted yesterday, circumstances prevent the writing of new articles at this point.

However, as the “canonizations” of Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini/Paul VI and Oscar Romero are now accomplished facts, I am republishing a very long and comprehensive review of Montini’s infamous record of apostasy, heresy, blasphemy and sacrilege. This commentary, which was written eight months ago, should suffice for the moment as there is really nothing new to say about the perverted “pontiff’s” revolutionary program that continues to be responsible for the slaughter of souls that has served to enable the triumph of Modernity’s own advancement of Antichrist’s warfare all theological and moral truth in the civil realm.

Insofar as the “canonization” of Oscar Romero is concerned, I want to point readers to an article that was published on this site in 2015: "The Church That Flowed From The 'Second' Vatican Council. Both of the articles being republished today have been included in an anthology published earlier this year: Vanquished by Our Lady: Comrade Bergoglio.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.

 

The Queen of the Most Heavenly Rosary Does Not Act on Her Own

This is a reflection on the anniversary of the one hundred first and final apparition of Our Lady in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal, as the Miracle of the Sun occurred and she, clothed in the garment of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, proclaimed herself to be Our Lady of the Rosary. We need to heed Our Lady's Fatima Message as it is nothing other than Heaven's own Peace Plan.

As this site is in hiatus mode until the week of October 22, 2018, to afford my family some time with relatives and friends, I will be reposting several articles in the coming week. However, it will be impossible to write new articles for the next nine days. This is why that I have not commented thus far on the brazen little demon from Argentina's use of an occult symbol in the place of a processional cross during the travesty called the "youth synod." I will do upon my return to the computer full-time. There has been, though, an important analysis that has been published at False Pontiff Uses Sorcerer's Staffs

Finally, news reached me on Thursday afternoon of the death of that valorous Catholic gentleman and defender of the truth in this time of apostasy and betrayal, Mr. Michael Cain, the publisher of The Daily Catholic website. Mr. Cain, who was a good friend of mine for nearly eighteen years, died on the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, October 11, 2018, at the age of seventy-five after a very long battle with lung cancer. One of the articles that I will write during the week of October 22 will be a tribute to the friend of faithful Catholics, Mr. Michael Cain, whose immortal soul is now in my prayers on a daily basis along with those of his father, Lowell Cain, his brother, Gerard Cain, and his first wife, Cyndi Cain, who died several years ago, and his second wife, Carol Cain, who died last year. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

 

Saint Edward the Confessor, pray for us.

Pope Saint Callistus I, pray for us.

On the Day [After] A Heavenly King Yielded to Our Heavenly Queen

Yesterday, Saturday, October 13, 2018, is the one hundreth first anniversary of Our Lady's final apparition to Jacinta and Francisco Marto and their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal. It is no accident that that Our Heavenly Queen of the Most Holy Rosary chose to appear on October 13, which is the semi-double of one the great exemplars of the Social Reign of Christ the King: Saint Edward the Confessor.

As this site is in hiatus mode until the week of October 22, 2018, to afford my family some time with relatives and friends, I will be reposting several articles in the coming week. However, it will be impossible to write new articles for the next nine days. This is why that I have not commented thus far on the brazen little demon from Argentina's use of an occult symbol in the place of a processional cross during the travesty called the "youth synod." I will do upon my return to the computer full-time. There has been, though, an important analysis that has been published at False Pontiff Uses Sorcerer's Staffs

Finally, news reached me on Thursday afternoon of the death of that valorous Catholic gentleman and defender of the truth in this time of apostasy and betrayal, Mr. Michael Cain, the publisher of The Daily Catholic website. Mr. Cain, who was a good friend of mine for nearly eighteen years, died on the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, October 11, 2018, at the age of seventy-five after a very long battle with lung cancer. One of the articles that I will write during the week of October 22 will be a tribute to the friend of faithful Catholics, Mr. Michael Cain, whose immortal soul is now in my prayers on a daily basis along with those of his father, Lowell Cain, his brother, Gerard Cain, and his first wife, Cyndi Cain, who died several years ago, and his second wife, Carol Cain, who died last year. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Saint Edward the Confessor, pray for us.

On the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 2018: Theotokos

Today is the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.) declared Our Lady to be the Mother of God. This is a doctrine that that the devil particularly hates, which is why he has raised up all manner of Protestant sects to attack it with a fury, requiring us to defend the doctrine of the Divine Maternity of Our Lady with all of the graces that she sees fit to send us through her loving hands as the Mediatrix of All Graces.

As Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., explained in The Light of the World, Volume II:

"Fifteen hundred years have passed since Nestorius, a Patriarch of Constantinople, launched the heresy which taught that the person of Christ was different from the person of the Son of God. Nestorius asserted that Mary did not conceive nor bring forth the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, but only the man Christ. According to his teaching she was not the Mother of God, not a God-bearer, but only the mother of a mere man, in whom God dwelt only as in a temple.

A few years later after the beginning of the Nestorian heresy, a council was assembled at Ephesus (431 A.D.), which proclaimed that Mary had given birth to Jesus, who was, at one and the same time, God and man, having two natures but one person. God does not live in Him merely as in a temple, but the man Jesus is at the same time God. Mary is mother, not only of the humanity of Christ, but of the Son of God also. She is the Mother of God. The people of Ephesus awaited the decision of the council hall were opened and the decision was made known, the people greeted the Fathers with great rejoicing and accompanied them to their dwellings with flaming torches, crying out: 'Mary is the bearer of God; Mary is the Mother of God.' 

Today, fifteen hundred years later, we make the same joyful confession. "Mary is the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. The Gospel recounts an incident of His childhood during which He first refers to His divine origin. When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem to offer sacrifice. 'When they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents knew it not.' They believed Him to be in the company of relatives. But they were mistaken. After a long and anxious search they found Him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors of the law. 'And His mother said to Him: Son, why hast Thou done to so us? Behold Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.' This rebuke shows the concern of a mother who has borne suffering with love. But Jesus meekly answers: 'Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?' He refers to His Heavenly Father, for He is Son of God. He was conceived, not by the power of man, but by the power of God (Offertory). When the angel had first brought the message to Mary, she had answered: Behold the handmaid of Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1: 38). And at her word, the only-begotten Son of God was made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mother. We pray tribute to this mystery at the Communion, when we confess, 'Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the eternal Father.' Blessed art thou, O holy Mother of God, who wert united to the Son of God in a most intimate union when thou didst bear Him in thy womb. "Mary provided the body for the Son of God, and he in return Christ filled the soul of Mary with the fullness of His spirit. Mary became wholly absorbed in Him and became like Him. She became united to Him in a most intimate union. 'Alleluia, alleluia. Virgin Mother of God, He whom the whole world cannot contain, enclosed Himself in thy womb, being made man, Alleluia.' 'Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.' " 'As the vine, I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches' (Epistle). The blossoms on this vine are the precious virtues of faith and humility which the Virgin exhibited when she received the message of the angel. She was resolute in her attachment to her virginity: "I know not man" (Luke 1: 34). Yet she is obedient to the will of God and speaks her fiat: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1: 38). "My flowers are the fruit of honor and riches," Christ the Lord. "There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse," Mary, who is sprung from the house of David; "and a flower shall rise up out of his root," Christ, the Son of Mary (Gradual). Humanity and divinity are united in this one person. 'Come over to me, all yet that desire me, and be filled with my fruits' (Epistle). Mary does not keep her child for herself; she bequeaths Him to us when He is born at Bethlehem, when He is offered in the Temple, and when He offers Himself up on the cross. She gives Him to us again daily in Holy Communion. Mary has borne Christ for us. Together with her Divine Son, she has given us salvation and an abundance of grace. She stands even today at the throne of God as our advocate and or all-powerful intercessor, armed with irresistible intercessory power, the mother of all those who are in the state of sanctifying grace. "We renew our faith in the mystery of Mary's divine motherhood. 'Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.' God is thy child, having taken His humanity from thy flesh. " 'Come over to me . . . and be filled with my fruits,' for it is Christ Jesus whom I give you. He was first given to us when we were reborn through baptism: He is given to us today at Mass and Holy Communion: 'Hath He not also with Him given us all things?' (Rom. 8: 32.) Since Mary has given us all things through Christ, we today express our gratitude to her." (Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., The Light of the World, Volume II, B. Herder Book Company, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1954, pp. 440-442.) 

The length of the article posted three days ago has set back other projects. However, there will be an original article on this site at some point in the next few days. Thank you.

A blessed Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us

George Soros's Latest Sideshow

Whew!

This took a whole lot longer than I had anticipated. However, I gave the Brett Michael Kavanaugh circus the “full treatment,” thereby vindicating yet again the observation made by the late Dr. Ronald Stout, who was one of the readers of my doctoral dissertation at the then-named Graduate School of Public Affairs at the then-named State University of New York at Albany, in 1975 that I came from the “shoot until nothing moves school” of writing. Dr. Stout, who was a Catholic a very fine professor, was correct, and this long commentary demonstrates the acuteness of his judgment forty-three years ago.

This commentary, believe it or not, has been expanded in several places about twenty-one hours after its posting. A few typographical errors have been corrected as well.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Bridget of Sweden pray for us.

Given From Heaven Above: The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We must never tire of reminding our fellow Catholics that Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary is, after the perfect prayer, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most powerful prayer we have to make reparation for our own sins and those of the whole world as we seek the conversion of all men to the true Faith, the Catholic Faith, before they die and to fight the heresies of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism.

We must promote the Rosary and pray it with fervor and devotion. Our Lady implored us at Fatima to pray the Rosary daily. How can we refuse her?

My wrap-up commentary on L'Affaire Kavanaugh is nearing completion after the entirety of yesterday afternoon and evening was spent on it. There is just enough more to do, however, that it is unwise to try to complete well after Midnight on the Feast of the Holy Rosary and the Commemoration of the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (and of Pope Saint Mark I and of Saint Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus and Apeleuis).

A blessed Feast of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary to you all.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Mark I, pray for us. 

Saints Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus, and Apuleius, pray for us.

From July 17, 2018: Don't Place Your Bets on Brett

There are times when inability to complete an article with alacrity is beneficial. This is especially the case with the sideshow distraction that has been the knock-down, drag-out donnybrook of the confirmation of Judge Brett Michael Kavanaugh to replace the tired Anthony McLeod Kennedy as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. So much has seemed to occur in the past three months on this matter that it has been easy for most of those immersed in the blow-by-blow accounts of the “24/7” news cycle to become distracted the fact that Brett Michael Kavanaugh is a creature of the Washington, District of Columbia, establishment and is a legal positivist to the core of his being.

Indeed, the pro-abortion, pro-sodomite Susan Collins, the senior senator from the State of Maine and a “Catholic” in good standing within the structure of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, summarized Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy very well yesterday by stating he, Kavanaugh, respects “precedent.” He does. Kavanaugh is no threat to Roe v. Wade. Otherwise, of course. Senator Susan Collins would not have announced her support for this confirmation.

More will be said about this in the next commentary that I expect to complete for posting on the Feast of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For the moment, though, I ask readers of this site to reread Confirmations of a Different Sort, as well as today’s republished  commentary, which was posted on July 17, 2018, about Kavanaugh specifically.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Bruno, pray for us.

Saint Francis of Assisi: From Riches to Lady Poverty

Today, October 4, 2018, is the Feast of the Seraphic Saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, who was born as Giovanni di Bernardone in 1182 (some say 1181).

This article is a poor way to pay tribute to the follower of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gave up earthly riches to embrace Lady Poverty, earning himself eternal riches in the process, eternal riches that helped to save the Church Militant on earth from falling down at a time of great clerical corruption. It is my hope, however, that this poor tribute to Saint Francis, a saint of profound Eucharistic piety and deep, tender devotion to the Mother of God who rejoiced in the midst of trials and sufferings and insults and even the rejection of his own father and brother, will provide some food for meditation about the glorious life of this joyful saint of prayer and penance.

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

A blessed feast day to our friends to all Franciscans, including those of the Third Order.

My next commentary may need another two full days to complete. Although some of the moving parts of the Brett Kavanaugh distraction will be discussed, it is not possible for this writer to comment about such side shows without examining root causes as divisions in the United States of America are nothing new. Thank you for your patience.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face: Holiness Unalloyed

Marie-Frances Therese Martin was born to the holiest of parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, who endeavored to shield their children as much as possible from the influences of the world.

The sacrifices made by Louis and Zelie Martin produced five vocations to the consecrated religious life. Zelie Martin's prayers from eternity after her death assisted her husband as he raised one canonized saint and four other daughters who served Holy Mother Church as brides of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The simplicity and love of the Little Flower teaches each of us to pursue holiness as befits redeemed creatures, seeking the things of Heaven in this life so that we may spend our Heaven doing good here on earth. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face was raised in a family that stressed the importance of withdrawing from the world. Louis and Zelie Martin were very protective of their daughters, making sure to instill within them a firm commitment to the Virtue of Modesty.

Indeed, Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, Marie-Frances Celine Martin, was shocked at the immodesty that had overtaken France with the Allied bombing of Normandy forced the cloistered Carmelites of the Carmel out of their cloister and into the world in June of 1944. She noted this in a letter to Mother Agnes Mary that was dated July 7, 1944:

"After fifty years of eremetical living, to find myself all of a sudden uprooted and thrown into the midst of the world, with veil raised, is a true martyrdom for a recluse like me. It seems to me as if we're in a station where everybody is crowding around and intermingling. We sleep fully clothed on benches; we take our meals in haste, standing up in the dark; we look with astonishment and grief at the feminine styles stripped of all dignity." (As quoted in Celine: Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, Sister and Witness of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, by Father Stephane-Joseph Piat, O.F.M., p. 130.)

What would Saint Therese and Sister Genevieve say today about the feminine attire that is considered "modest" and "acceptable" in Catholic chapels all across the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide where some version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition is offered or simulated?

They would not have been approving, and that is because their holy parents taught them Catholic right from wordily wrong.

Why is this so difficult for many traditionally-minded Catholic parents to understand, accept and abide by today?

Work on the next original commentary for this site is ongoing. As noted previously, it could take up to two days for the article to be completed. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Therese of Lisieux, pray for us!

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