Holy Saturday: Anticipating The Glories of Our Lord's Resurrection

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.

It is still too early to use the forbidden "A------a" word that we have not heard since Septuagesima Sunday. However, it is not too early to look forward to its use in the Easter Exsultet during the Easter Vigil.

 

A blessed Holy Saturday to you.

Good Friday: The Most Solemn Day of the Year

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 help us to make whatever sacrifices we need to make to assist exclusively at Masses offered by true bishops and true priests who make no concessions to conciliarism or to the nonexistent legitimacy of its false shepherds who cater to the ancient enemies of the Faith and who promote one falsehood after another.

Will we let Our Lady lead us to these true offerings of Holy Mass so that we can be ready to die at any time and thus to enjoy an unending Easter Sunday of glory in Heaven?

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.

Enter the Passion in 2017

This article, written in 2008, 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 as we render unto him acts of adoration and thanksgiving and reparation and petition through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Maundy Thursday: Novi et Aeterni Testamenti

Today is Maundy Thursday, the beginning of the Paschal Triduum of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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. Finally, although I will have a new Good Friday reflection tomorrow to accompany an older one, I am not going to post any commentary on the many fast breaking events in the world until Easter Monday (by which point my commentary on Judas Bergoglio will have been completed). 

A most blessed Paschal Triduum to you all. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

[A few more links were added to Tuesday's article, Jerusalem Belongs to Christ the King and His True Church, part two, to buttress points made in my commentary about the power exercised by the Kushners and the ways in which the president is being misled by the intelligence community that has sought to discredit him for the better part of the last year.]

Jerusalem Belongs to Christ the King and His True Church, part two

It took four full days and into the overnight/early hours of today, Tuesday of Holy Week and the Commemoration of Pope Saint Leo the Great, to complete this article. 

Those who take the time to read it, a chore that may, I understand, have to wait because of the nature of this most solemn week of the year, will understand why it took so long to complete. I thank you for your patience.

I hope, energy permitting, to be able to have another original article by tomorrow morning, Spy Wednesday. The working title for that commentary is "Judas Bergoglio." 

This commentary was expanded a bit around thirteen and one-half hours after it was posted.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Pope Saint Leo the Great, pray for us.

As We Enter Holy Week: From Eden to Palm Sunday

This is Palm Sunday. We have now entered into the most solemn week of the year as we withdraw more and more from the world and its false allurements to unite ourselves as never before with the events of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’s Passion and Death prior to experiencing the glory of His Resurrection following the Mass on Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017, and on Easter Sunday, thus beginning a marvelous celebration of the Octave of Easter and the Easter season.

We need Our Lady’s help to keep and to intensify our Lenten penances this week. May our reliance upon the Most Sorrowful Mysteries of her Holy Rosary aid us in understanding what our sins did to her Divine Son and to her and how grateful we must be for being the unmerited beneficiaries of the Mercy won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross and for being given from that Cross so great and wonderful and perfect a mother as she, Our Blessed Mother, is to us by Our Divine Redeemer Himself.

"From Eden to Palm Sunday" is a substantial revision of a reflection that I wrote for the printed pages of Christ or Chaos in 1997. Given the vastness of the subject, this reflection is pitifully, woefully inadequate. The revised article is really a condensed version of what is gone into in greater detail in the Living in the Shadow of the Cross lecture program. About half of the lecture program deals with material condensed in the current article. Obviously, Holy Week is not a time to watch this lecture program! However, it is there for those who are interested at some point during the months that follow.

To greet Christ the King this Palm Sunday and every day of our lives, we must not let anything get in the way of letting Him treat us according to the tender mercies of His Most Sacred Heart, remembering that nothing anyone does to us, says about us or causes us to suffer is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Him to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His fearful Passion and Death on the wood of the Holy Cross and that caused those Swords of Sorrow to be pierced through and through the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother.

Our fervor during this week of weeks must be genuine, and we must beg Our Lady, especially by meditating upon the Sorrowful Mysteries of her Most Holy Rosary, to help us persist in this fervor moment by moment, day by day, week in and week out, month after month, year after year until the time when we meet Christ the King, Our Crucified and Risen Saviour, at the moment of our Particular Judgment.

All day yesterday, Saturday of Passion Week, was spent working on "Jerusalmen Belongs to Chirst the King and His true Churh. The commentary is nearing its completion at long last. As we are able to travel in an old pickup truck because our minivan's brakes have given out entirely and sufficient funds for repairs are simply not to be had (we paid two other bills this week courtesy of the generosity of three donors who gave non-tax-exempt financial gifts), there will be plenty of time today to complete the article. Thanks for your patience.

A blessed Palm Sunday to you all.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Reflections on the Royal Road to Victory: The Via Crucis

As you may have noticed, I am no longer able to "rush" articles through to completion. Thoroughness requires care and time. The latter commodity, time, is my enemy, especially it is no longer possible to do "all-nighters" any longer. 

I am, though, making progess on the concluding part of "Jerusalem Belongs to Christ the King and His true Church," which covers, among other things, President Donald John Trump's decision to launch a Tomahawk Cruise missle attack upon a Syrian air base from which the "intelligence community" concludes that the Sarin nerve gas attack on innocent Syrians was launched. Whether true or not, however, the predicates of just military action were not met, but it is no wonder that the president is being hailed by a first-class moral monster, Benjamin Netanayhu, a true enemy of the Cross of the Divine Redeemer, is praising President Trump's actions. Just another da in the "global war on terror?"

Anyhow, I will be up for another three hous if I write anything elese. Suffice it to say for the moment that the devil is mocking Holy Week with the Syrian conflict, which keeps the attention of many people, including Catholics, on Our Lord's Passion, Death and Resurrection to temporal matters that are the direct consequence of His being rejected by His own people on Good Friday.

The current posting contains a few reflections for your consideration on the Way of the Cross that might be useful during Holy Week. A few other reflecions will be republished later today as I continue work on the next article.

Thank you.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

 

The Feast of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Passiontide, 2017

Unfathomable. Just unfathomable

Only a handful of genuine mystics and truly gifted spiritual masters have been able to comprehend the unfathomable mysteries of grief that overwhelmed the fairest creature of our race, Our Lady, as those Seven Swords of Sorrow were plunged through and through her Immaculate Heart. We sin so casually, so thoughtlessly, so repeatedly, rarely giving a moment’s worth of a meditation to how our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer unspeakable horrors during His Passion and Death, horrors that penetrated the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother as she, conceived without any stain of Original or Actual Sin, suffered in a perfect communion of Hearts with Him. It cannot be that way with us from this day forward.

We are on the cusp of Holy Week, ending now the first week in Passiontide, Passion Week. We must enter deep into the mysteries of our salvation, which was wrought for us by the perfect obedience of the Word made Flesh in Our Lady’s Virginal and Immaculate Womb to the Will of His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father. We must quit our sins once and for all, recognizing how they caused the God-Man and His Most Blessed Mother to suffer, how they wound our own souls, which have been purchased by the shedding of every single drop of the Divine Redeemer’s Most Precious Blood, and how they have brought great sorrow into the Heart out of which was formed Our Redeemer’s Most Sacred Heart.

No more sin.

No more joking about sin.

No more dismissiveness about the gravity of sin.

We must repent and amend our lives as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady brought forth her Divine Son painlessly and miraculously. She brought us forth in great pain as the adopted children of the Living God as she stood so valiantly by the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. She stands by the foot of her Divine Son’s Most Holy Cross in every true offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by a true bishop or a true priest. We must stand by her each day at Holy Mass as we make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world with every beat of our hearts, making sure as well to pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.

Finally, please be assured that the concluding part of "Jerusalem Belongs to Christ the King and His true Church is progessing well. It is particularly providential that there has been a delay as President Donald John Trump's newfound desire to involve the military forces of the United States of America in direct air strikes against Syrian military bases proves yet another almost every American president does the bidding of the war-mongering Talmudists of Tel-Aviv.  For Trump to believe the propaganda about the culpabiity of Syrian President Bashir Assad that is emanating from the same "deep state" intelligence agencies that targeted him during the campaign and whose agents are still leaking raw intelligence data about him to friendly, if not paid and bought for, members of the mainslime media (most likely at the direction of former President Barack Hussin Obama/Barry Soetoro) is t oshow the extent to which he is the captive of the State of Israel. 

The irony is quite stark: the man who campaigned against more American involvement in Middle East has involved the armed forces of the United State of America more deeply in th Syrian mess that serves the purposes of the Zionists quite nicely, Whether Russian Preident Vladimir Putin, whose country Syria's chief patron and protector, will stand by as Americn forces attack a sovereign nation to effect "regime change" is quite questionable. The man who ran against "regime change" wars is now waging one.

There are many who believe that my political commentaries are not "realistic." Quite to the contrary, thery are very realistic as they are founded in Catholic realism, which teaches us that nothing good comes from naturalism.

Why is this lesson so hard to understand and to accept?

Anyhow, I am working on the next article, It will be as hard-hiting as part one of "Jerusalem Belongs to Christ the King and His true Church."

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Saint Vincent Ferrer Sought to Convert Non-Catholics, Not "Dialogue" With Them

This is a revised version of an article that was written in 2011 to contrast the zeal of Saint Vincent Ferrer for the conversion of Jews and Mohammedans with his antitheses in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, who do not believe that they have a mission from God to seek with urgency the conversion of the souls of any non-Catholics, including adherents of the Talmud and the Koran.

Although I would not have thought it possible six years ago when this article was written originally, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is even more of antithesis of Saint Vincent Ferrer than was Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI before him, not that the German Modernist by the way of the “new theology” was any slouch in this regard. It’s just that the Argentine Apostate has exceeded everything that has gone before him in the past fifty-eight years, and he’s still at his work of destruction.

News reached me late yesterday afternoon that my former colleague and friend, Mr. Joseph John Vennari, who was the editor of Catholic Family News for nearly twenty-two years, died yesterday, April 4, 2017, the Feast of Saint Isidore of Seville and the Commemoration of Tuesday in Passion Week.

Although Mr. Vennari’s death was not a surprise as he had announced that he had colon cancer that he was not expected to survive, we are nevertheless saddened to learn of his death. Sharon and Lucy join me in expressing our deepest condolences to his widow, Mrs. Susan Vennari, and their three children, Elizabeth, Benedict and Philomena while assuring them of our prayers for them and for the repose of their husband and father’s immortal soul.

John Vennari, apart from being one of the finest researchers I have known, was a gracious Catholic gentleman. Even though our contact was very limited in the past eleven since I came to realize the actual state of the Church Militant in this time of apostasy and betrayal, a conclusion with which Mr. Vennari vehemently disagreed, he was unfailingly courteous, kind and amiable the few times that I e-mail him. It was always a pleasure to be in his company and we well remember the last time we saw him together with his lovely family at the Catholic Family News conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, in late-October of 2005.

Mr. Vennari was given a great grace of the time to prepare for his death. This is something for which we must pray every day. A terminal disease is really a blessing as it gives one time to prepare for the terrible moment of the Particular Judgment.

As is very well known, Joseph John Vennari was very devoted to Our Lady. We pray that Our Lady, whose Fatima Message he sought to champion as he exposed the errors of Russia, was indeed his Advocate at the hour of death and that her prayers will console his family at this time of grief. I prayed for Mr. Vennari and his family every day for over two decades. Those prayers will continue after his death.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Finally, today, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, is the fourth anniversary of the death of Mrs. Melissa Kunkel, the late first wife of Mr. Thomas Kunkel of Sharonville, Ohio, and the mother of twelve loving children to whom she was so very devoted. Please join us in remembering the repose of this devout Catholic woman’s immortal soul. 

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.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Vincent Ferrer, O. P., pray for us.

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