Republished: Three Easter Sermons of Father Francis X. Weninger, S. J.

Although I will republish my own Easter Sunday reflection shortly, I thought that it would be a useful service to the relatively few people who access this site regularly to publish each of Father Francis X. Weninger’s sermons for Easter Sunday.

Alleluia! Christ the King is Risen today! Alleluia!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

A Reflection for Holy Saturday, April 16, 2022: Anticipating the Glory of Our Lord's Easter Victory

Silence filled the earth in the forty hours between the death of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the wood of the Holy Cross yesterday, Good Friday, and His glorious Resurrection at dawn on Easter Sunday. Silence filled the earth as the God-Man went down into Limbo to announce the news of His Redemptive Act to the souls of the just who had awaited His Coming and His Sacrifice in atonement for the sins of all men from the beginning until the end of time.

Christ the King is the Light of the World. It is His light that is symbolized by the Easter fire that is lit at the beginning of the Easter Vigil. The Light of Christ breaks through the darkness of sin and eternal death, leading us by the fire of His bright, burning love as we continue our desert journey of life to the Promised Land of the New and Eternal Canaan made possible by His immolation on the wood of the Holy Cross yesterday, Good Friday. We must follow the Light of Christ as He, the New Moses, leads us as the first Moses led the Hebrew people as he followed a column of cloud during the day and a column of fire during the night, as we reminded once again during the Prophecies that are read during the Easter Vigil.

The Light of Christ, Our Crucified and Resurrected Saviour, will penetrate the souls of those who are baptized today and of those who are confirmed. It will penetrate the souls of those of us who were unable to receive Him in Holy Communion yesterday at the Mass of the Presanctified. It will penetrate the souls of those who are regenerated once again in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. The Light of Christ that is symbolized by the Paschal Candle is meant to permeate every aspect of our lives without any exception at any time for any reason.

The Light of Christ has indeed broken through the darkness of sin and eternal death. Our Lord is making manifest His Easter Victory over the power of sin and eternal death. A fifty day period of glorious celebration is about to break upon us. Although the Easter Vigil is a long ceremony, eternity is forever. We can certainly spend five hours basking in the glories of the Sacred Liturgy that are, after all, a foretaste of eternal glories, can we not?

The rewards are truly Heavenly, rewards that we could not have unless the Co-Eternal and Co-Equal Son obeyed His Heavenly Father out of love for him and out of love for us so that we could have access to the treasures of His Most Sacred Heart here through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

A blessed Holy Saturday to you.

A Good Friday/Holy Saturday Morning Devotion: Hour of Mary in Desolation from Behold Thy Mother: A Servite Manual of Prayers

These devotions to Our Lady in her desolation are found in Behold Thy Mother: A Servite Manual of Prayers, Chiefly in Honor Our Lady's Sorrows. They are to be prayed betweeen 3:00 p.m. today, Good Friday, and 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Holy Saturday.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Father Francis X. Weninger's Third Sermon for Good Friday (Republished)

My own reflection on Good Friday has been republished below. I am also offering anyone who accesses this site today, Good Friday, April 15, 2021 the third sermon given by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, S.J., nearly one hundred forty years ago. His is the superior reflection! (Father Weninger's first sermon for Good Friday is found is appended at the end of Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the Biggest Fool of Them All).

Three other reflections have been reposted since the morning of Maundy Thursday:

Our Divine Redeemer Has Entered Into His Passion

Republished: Saint Robert Bellarmine, S. J., On Our Lord's Agony in the Garden

The Most Solemn Day of the Year in 2022: Good Friday

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Hail, O Holy Cross, our own glorious and precious hope.

Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs and Mother of Sorrows, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us.

The Most Solemn Day of the Year in 2022: Good Friday

This is the day that our sins transcended time and played their significant parts in putting God to death. The greatest crime in the history of the world was committed this day, Deicide, and we were among the guilty parties putting God on trial and then subjecting Him to horrible and painful humiliations and scourgings before we nailed Him to the wood of the Holy Cross, upon which He paid back to His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father the debt of our sins.

Yes, there is no greater crime than Deicide. There is also no greater act of love in all of human history as Love Incarnate took upon Himself the guilt of our sins though He was guilty of nothing. It was out of love for His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father's Holy Will and His matchless love for us that He, Who had instituted the Priesthood and the Eucharist last evening at the Last Supper, that He subjected Himself to the hands of us sinful men, even going so far as to make excuses for us, His executioners, as He hung on the gibbet of the Holy Cross.

This great act of sacrificial, redemptive love of the God-Man, Who had become Incarnate in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of God the Holy Ghost, is re-presented in an unbloody manner on altars of Sacrifice by true bishops and true priests every day of the year except for today, Good Friday. Our focus today is on mourning for our sins and expressing our gratitude that we have been redeemed by the shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of Our Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as we ask Our Lady to help us to grow in a greater fervor for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as we grow more and more detached from even our Venial Sins and come to despise them as much as we despise any Mortal Sins that, God forbid, we may have committed.

This is a day of solemnity and sobriety, a day of total withdrawal from the world and its madness. We spend our time in church today as we keep Our Lord company at the Altar of Repose prior to noon and as we participate in the Mass of the Presanctified. Our sins put God to death. We helped to murder God in the very Flesh.

How does God repay us ungrateful and frequently lukewarm sinners? He gives us the true Church, born out of the Blood and Water that flowed forth from His wounded side when It was pierced by Saint Longinus's lance, making possible our regeneration in the Baptismal font and in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, making it possible for us therefore to receive His very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament in Holy Communion. And he give us His Blessed Mother, she who is our Co-Redemptrix, our Mediatrix and our Advocate, to be our Blessed Mother as He entrusts her to Saint John the Evangelist, whose fidelity to Our Lord on this day is meant to foreshadow our own fidelity by means of assisting at daily Mass frequently and of persevering until the point of our dying breaths in states of Sanctifying Grace by remaining a as close to Our Lady as he was.

Will we repay Our Divine Redeemer Who was nailed to the Cross this day with a true effort to amend our lives? Will we repay Our Divine Redeemer Who shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood this day with a greater effort to take seriously our consecration to His Most Sacred Heart through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary? Will we seek to live at all times in light of First and Last Things as we bear our own crosses with love and joy and gratitude?

Our Lady stands ready to help us to bring us to Calvary every day. Sure, we must make the same kind of effort as Saint Helena made to find the site of the True Cross in the Fourth Century as the Mass has indeed been taken away by spiritual robber barons. However, Our Lady does indeed stand ready to fortify us in our resolve never to return to the muck and the mire of a false church whose "pope" mocks the Holy Cross and makes of It an instrument of socialistic "justice" and Judeo-Masonic globalism.  

May we give thanks and praise to Our Lord through His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart this day for the wondrous mystery of His love that has made possible our eternal salvation.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Republished: Saint Robert Bellarmine, S. J., On Our Lord's Agony in the Garden

Saint Robert Bellarmine's sermon on Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Agony in the Garden was published as an appendix in an article on this site on Passion Sunday this year. 

As Saint Robert Bellarmine's sermon is so penetrating that no Catholic heart can fail to be pierced with remorse for his own sins and his gratitude to Our Lord for undertaking the events that unfolded once in time and are now being commemorated with Holy Mother Church's most solemn liturgical rites. 

Mindful that many of those who read these articles may not have access to those beautiful ceremonies where they live in this time of apostasy and betrayal, I thought that it would be useful service to those who view this site to publish Saint Robert Bellarmine's sermon to assist in their devotional lives during these days of days.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Saint Robert Bellarmine, S. J., pray for us.

Our Divine Redeemer Has Entered Into His Passion

This article, written in 2008 and revised over the years, is a reflection on the suffering that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ endured in the Garden of Gethsemane atop the Mount of Olives.

It is now the hour of darkness. Our Lord suffers in His Sacred Humanity as He contemplates the horror of coming into contact with the very antithesis of His Sacred Divinity, our sins. He sees all of the sins of  all men from the beginning until the end of time as He agonized in the Garden as the same three Apostles who accompanied Him to the top of Mount Thabor as He was Transfigured in glory before their very eyes, Saints Peter, James and John, fell fast asleep. May we stay awake and alert during this night as we keep Our Lord company in His Real Presence on the Altar of Repose (if at all possible in this time of apostasy and betrayal) as we render unto him acts of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation and petition through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

A reflection on Good Friday will be posted in about twelve hours.

Finally, one way to keep Our Lord and His Most Blessed Mother company during these hours when He was betrayed, brought before the Jewish leaders for a mock trial and then imprisoned before being brought before Pontius Pilate is to read Chapters XII through XXIX of The New English Edition of the Mystical City of God: The Transfixion, Book Six: The Transfixion.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

A Maundy Thursday Sermon by Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J.

Today is Maundy Thursday.

The Paschal Triduum of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection actually began with the Office of Tenebrae yesterday evening, and it will end on Easter Sunday.

These are the holiest days are the zenith of Holy Mother Church’s liturgical year. This is the day on which Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Priesthood and the Eucharist at the Last Supper for our sanctification and salvation. Although Our Lord would enter deep into His Passion immediately after the completion of the Last Supper as He suffered His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, He wonderfully gave us the Holy Priesthood of the New Dispensation as He instituted the New and Eternal Covenant that He would ratify by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross tomorrow, Good Friday. We must express our gratitude to Him at all times for giving us the Priesthood so that we can have access on a daily basis to His own Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in Holy Communion, made present for us on altars of Sacrifice by true bishops and true priests in this time of apostasy and betrayal.

This is a day to keep watch with Our Lord in His Real Presence at the Altar of Repose, remembering most importantly to beg Our Lady to make more and more voluntary sacrifices to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son through her own Immaculate Heart for our sins and those of the whole world.

Additionally, though, I am providing those who access this site with a sermon written by Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J., who was an Austrian missionary to the United States of America in the Nineteenth Century after the revolutions that shook Central Europe in 1848.

Father Weninger was a fearless defender of the Holy Faith and a prolific writer. One of his most important books was Protestantism and Infidelity.

The Catholic Encyclopedia describes his work as follows:

Jesuit missionary and author, born at Wildhaus, Styria, Austria, 31 October, 1805; died at Cincinnati, Ohio, 29 June, 1888. When already a priest and doctor of theology, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1832 and in 1841 was sent to Innsbruck, where he taught theology, history, and Hebrew. As the Revolution of 1848 impeded his further usefulness at home, he left Europe and went to the United States. During his forty years he visited almost every state of the Union, preaching to vast multitudes in English, French, or German, as best suited the nationality of his hearers. In the year 1854 alone he delivered nearly a thousand sermons, and in 1864 he preached about forty-five missions. His zeal also prompted Father Weninger to win souls with the pen and he published forty works in German, Sixteen in English, eight in French, three in Latin. Among his principal works are: "Manual of the Catholic Religion" (Ratisbon, 1858); "Easter in Heaven" (Cincinnati, 1862); "Sermons" (Mainz, 1881-86). (Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J.)

Omitted from this list, however, is Father Weninger’s Protestantism and Infidelity, which is a superb critique of Protestantism’s complete infidelity to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Sacred Deposit of Faith.

As Our time and our heart belong entire to Our Lord and His Paschal Triduum as we keep ever close to Our Lady, who was with Him every step of the way as he participated the Queen of Martyrs in His Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday, I will not post any orginal article until Easter Monday or Easter Tuesday. Republished reflections, such as the one published a short while ago (scroll below), will be posted throughout the Triduum, including two early this evening of Maundy Thursday. 

A most blessed Paschal Triduum to you all. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

A Reflection for Maundy Thursday (2022)

Today is Maundy Thursday

We entered the Paschal  Triduum of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ last evening with the praying of the Office of Tenebrae.

This is the day on which Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Priesthood and the Eucharist at the Last Supper for our sanctification and salvation. Although Our Lord would enter deep into His Passion immediately after the completion of the Last Supper as He suffered His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, He wonderfully gave us the Holy Priesthood of the New Dispensation as He instituted the New and Eternal Covenant that He would ratify by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross tomorrow, Good Friday. We must express our gratitude to Him at all times for giving us the Priesthood so that we can have access on a daily basis to His own Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in Holy Communion, made present for us on altars of Sacrifice by true bishops and true priests in this time of apostasy and betrayal.

This is a day to keep watch with Our Lord in His Real Presence at the Altar of Repose, remembering most importantly to beg Our Lady to make more and more voluntary sacrifices to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son through her own Immaculate Heart for our sins and those of the whole world.

Our time and our heart belong entire to Our Lord and His Paschal Triduum as we keep ever close to Our Lady, who was with Him every step of the way as she participated as the Queen of Martyrs in His Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday.

A sermon by Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J., for this day will republished shortly, and two other posts will follow this evening on the Passion of Our Lord. Thank you

A most blessed Paschal Triduum to you all. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Revised: Conciliarism's Patron Saint: Judas Iscariot

As today is Wednesday of Holy Week, which is commonly known as Spy Wednesday, I thought it appropriate to republish an commentary about the conciliar fascination with the salvation of the traitor named Judas Iscariot. 

The Office of Tenebrae this evening commences the Paschal Triduum of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection, May Our Lady send us all the graces we need to retreat from the world and its distractions so that we can be focused solely on all that her Divine Son's sufferings that our sins, having transcended time, imposed upon His Sacred Humanity. Indeed, it was the fearful thought of coming into contact with sin, which is the very antithesis of His Sacred Divinity, that caused Our Lord to sweat droplets of His Most Precious Blood in His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemani. Our Lord did all of this in perfect obedience to His Co-Equal, Co-Eternal God the Father and out of the ineffable love for us stupid, self-centered, ungrateful and erring sinners from the depths of His Most Sacred Heart, which Itself was formed out of the Immaulate Heart of Mary that would be pierced through and through with the sword of suffering that had been prophesied by the aged Simon in the Temple at her Purification. 

Additionally, of course, we must remember that Our Lady suffered a martyrdom of her most pure soul as she shared perfectly in the sufferings of her Divine Son, which was the subject of yesterday's republished commentary on this website: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the Biggest Fool of Them All.

Dom Prosper Guranger's reflection on Wednesday of Holy Week, which concentrates on Our Blessed Lord and Saviour's love for us sinful creatures, is appended below, and appended below that is a tribute to the great son of Spain, Saint Hermegild, written by Pope Saint Gregory the Great, who counted Saint Leander as one of his closest friends. Saint Hermegild refused communion with heretics and he refused to take Holy Communion from heretics. Herein lies a lesson for us all.  (All feasts, including tomorrow's of Saint Justin Martyr, are suppressed because of the Paschal Triduum and the first three days of the Easter Octave, thereafter being commemorated rather than celebrated through Low Sunday.)

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

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