The Sword of Sorrow

Today is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, always the humble handmaid of the Lord who humbled herself this day, the last day of Christmastide, which ends after Holy Mass this morning, by submitting to the rituals of the law although she was not in need of such a ritualistic purification because of her Perpetual Virginity. This is the day that Our Lady presented her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in the same Temple where He would be found twelve years later answering questions of the rabbis, the same Temple whose curtain would be torn in two from top to bottom as He breathed His last on the wood of the Holy Cross to redeem us, thereby signifying the permanent end of the Old Covenant and the supersession of Judaism by Catholicism as the true religion.

The aged Simeon, who waited patiently every day in the Temple for the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to him, that he would not die before his eyes had seen and his arms had beheld the Messiah, sent the first Sword of Sorrow plunging through Our Lady's Sorrowful and and Immaculate Heart when he prophesied that the Child he beheld would be destined for the rise and for the fall of man, a sign to be opposed, a Sign of Contradiction.

We must never fear to be signs of contradiction in our own lives in imitation of the THE Sign of Contradiction, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as He hung on the wood of the Holy Cross to redeem us as he was mocked and reviled by the very people from whose stock He had taken His Sacred Humanity. We must be willing to suffer all manner of calumny and humiliation for the many times that we have preferred human respect to fidelity to Our Lord, for the many times we have refused to call upon Our Lady's maternal intercession, for the many times we have refused to "take sides," especially in our day by refusing to reject conciliarism and its ravenous wolves once and for all. Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us! Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and Protector of the Faithful, pray for us.

Preparing for Lenten Penances

Today is Septuagesima Sunday. Lent begins in but seventeen days. Easter is exactly nine weeks way. It is time to start our preparations for Lent, time to start thinking about the penances we are going to undertake starting on Ash Wednesday in order to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world as we prepare to enter deep into the mysteries of the Paschal Triduum of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The purple vestments representing a penitential season of Holy Mother Church make their reappearance today to remind us that we must be deadly serious about the business of making the best Lent of our lives as we do not know whether this Lent will be our last one on the face of this earth--or whether we will even live to see the end of this particular Lent! Let us use this time well as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.

Lacking unlimited high-speed internet service, I am totally dependent upon the availability of an internet connection to conduct research for my articles and then to post them. This is why this republished reflection on Septuagesima Sunday is being posted so late in the day. A revised reflection on the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary should be posted by tomorrow morning, February 2, 2015. Thank you for your patience.

Symbiotic Figures of Antichrist

The reigning caesar sent Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, to use Jorge Mario Bergoglio's forthcoming "encyclical letter" on global climate change as a prop to "get action going," meaning to impose more and more regulations upon ordinary citizens to "save" the planet while working overtime to promote evils under the cover of the civil law that ruin souls for all eternity. Ah, Jorge is pretty much in the same business of offending God and causing havoc with the remnants of even a corrupted version of Catholic doctrine in his false religious sect as his counterparts in the world of Modernity. What business is that? The symbiotic business of pantheism.

Today is Septuagesima Sunday and the Commemoration of Saint Ignatius of Antioch (and the Commemoration of Saint Brigid of Kildare in some places). A republished reflection will be posted later on today, Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us.

Saint Brigid of Kildare pray for us.

Zealous for Souls Until the Very End

Commemoration of Saint Ignatius of Antioch and, at least in some places, the commemoration of Saint Brigid of Kildare), the Mass today in those venues that follow the unreformed calendar of Pope Saint Pius X is that of the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany and the Commemoration of Saint John Bosco. Venues that follow the calendar in place upon the death of Pope Pius XII on October 9, 1958, celebrate the Feast of Saint John Bosco.

One way or the other, however, today, January 31, 2015, is the one hundred twenty-seventh anniversary of Saint John Bosco’s death. This great father and teacher of young, who always such compassion for the poor and the suffering, holds a very special place in our own family. We pray a nightly Novena to Saint John Bosco, remembering the intentions of each of those who support this site now as well as many of those who did so at one time.

Today’s article is a brief reflection on the life of this remarkable saint, visionary, miracle-worker and indefatigable teacher, a priest who could read souls and, if he had to so, bribe sinners to go to Confession.

Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.

Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

is a revised and expanded version of an older article about the late Father Richard Peter McBrien, who died on Sunday, January 25, 2015, the Third Sunday after the Epiphany and the Commemoration of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle. The nature of the current platform on which this site exists is such, however, that articles are listed according to the order in which their first draft is saved, not according to when they are published, which is why this brief update notice is being placed. The link to the article can be found above and below the commentary published yesterday, .

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us.

Mutilating All Truth

The hour is late/early.

Suffice it for the moment to state that this commentary deals with the “private” meeting that Jorge Mario Bergoglio had on Saturday, January 24, 2015, the Feast of Saint Timothy, with a gender-mutilated woman, who believes herself to be a “man,” and her “fiancée,” a woman! Got all that?

This commentary is relatively short. However, it does contain a lot of information, including a 2003 “doctrinal note” issued by the conciliar Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, headed at the time by Joseph “Cardinal” Ratzinger, forbade any recognition be accorded surgical procedures that are used in an effort to “change” the gender that God has given to a particular person. Yes, there are times when there is a bit of space between Ratzinger and Bergoglio. In this instance, though, there is no space between Bergoglio and one of his chief nemeses in the conciliar structures, Raymond Leo “Cardinal” Burke.

Word reached me shortly after Midnight of the death of Mrs. Rose Marie Condit, the matriarch of the famous Condit family of Cincinnati, Ohio, and environs. Mrs. Condit died on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the age of eighty-four.

Mrs. Condit, who was married to the eminent Catholic attorney, Mr. James Condit, Sr., one of the most charitable Catholics one will ever meet, and had eleven children, sixty-one grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. That is quite a legacy.

On behalf of Sharon and Lucy, I want to express by deepest and most heartfelt condolences to a man I have been privileged to know since 1994, Jim Condit, Sr., and his entire family as we assure them of our prayers for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Rose Marie Condit and for them all in this time of sorrow. Please join us in pray for the repose of Mrs. Condit’s immortal soul and for the needs of her family at this time. She was a remarkable witness to the Catholic Faith.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Model of Conversion: Saint Paul

The Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle was commemorated yesterday, Sunday, January 25, 2015, the Third Sunday after the Epiphany. Suffice it to say that Jorge Mario Bergoglio would be reprimanding Christ the King for seeking the conversion of a faithful Jewish persecutor of Catholics, Saul of Tarsus, rather than engaging in a “dialogue” to “discover” what he believed.

A link is provided above in the text of today’s commentary to a rather extensive review, published on August 11, 2008, of the apostate career of the then sixty-two year-old Father Richard P. McBrien, who died yesterday, January 25, 2015, just twenty-four days after the death of the man he had invited to discourse at the University of Notre Dame in favor of the surgical execution of children as a legally protect “right” that Catholics should not seek to overturn, Mario Matthew Cuomo. McBrien even ran afoul of the “National Conference of Catholic Bishops,” something that is far hard to do so, because of his egregious book, “Catholicism.”

Father McBrien, who supported women's "ordination" to the conciliar "priesthood," caused great scandal when he provided theological cover to pro-abort politicians on a telecast of the American Broadcasting Company's Nightline program on May 15, 1989, following the telecast of the made-for-television motion picture Roe v. Wade. McBrien’s horrific remarks scandalized a Protestant "minister” who appeared on the program with him. The “minister” said the following to (and this is a paraphrase):

"Father, and I will call you that because that is your title, I don't think that Jesus is going to say to all of those politicians who support the killing of babies "well done, good and faithful servant" when they stand before Him next to a pile of dead babies as they are being judged by Him."
Little hope can be held out for this reprobate, who died publicly unrepentant of his support for heresy and evil.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint Polycarp, pray for us.

In the Face of the Daily Slaughter of the Innocent Preborn

Today’s article, prepared to commemorate the forty-second anniversary of the decisions of the Supreme Court in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, contains an excerpt from an allocution given by Pope Pius XII that reminded Catholics they are never to support a single, solitary exception to the inviolability of innocent human life. Within the allocution is a moving story about a mother who sacrificed her own life in 1905 rather than to kill the child in her womb. The mother’s prayers from eternity won the daughter to whom she gave life shortly before she, the mother, died to the religious life. This is the sort of sacrifice that is foreign to the mind of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

We pray in reparation today for the ongoing chemical and surgical slaughter of the preborn in the United States of America and around the world.

We pray for the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Our Lady, Immaculate Queen, as the fruit of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary that is, as noted yesterday, so reviled by so many revolutionaries in the counterfeit church of conciliarism.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Saints Vincent and Anastasius, pray for us.


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