On the Second Day of Christmas: Saint Stephen Forgave and He Prayed

The shadow of the Holy Cross hung over the cave in Bethlehem even as the shepherds who had been called by angels from the nearby fields adored the Infant King alongside the Mother of God and her Most Chaste Spouse, Saint Joseph.

Holy Mother Church directs our attention to this fact today as we focus on the truth that the Birth of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Bethlehem on Christmas Day was to make possible our own spiritual rebirth in the Baptismal font and our birth unto eternal life at the moment of our deaths if we persist to the very end in states of Sanctifying Grace. The path to our salvation runs directly through the Holy Cross and it requires us to be willing to sacrifice riches and honors and pleasures and human respect and even our very lives to bear witness to Christ the King as He has revealed Himself to men exclusively through the Catholic Church that He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope.

Saint Stephen the Protomartyr was willing to lay down his life as he preached the Gospel of the Divine Redeemer in an attempt to convert the Jews who were listening to him and engaging him in disputation. He exhibited the Virtue of Fortitude as he proclaimed the Gospel in the midst of insults an threats. And Saint Stephen the Protomartyr exhibited the Virtue of Charity as he prayed for his executioners, one of whom was the fire-breathing anti-Catholic zealot named Saul of Tarsus.

Saint Stephen's prayers at the time of his martyrdom and from eternity thereafter won the conversion of Saul, who became the Apostle to the Gentiles, Saint Paul the Apostle. Saint Stephen wanted to effect the conversion of his executioners. He did not seek to reaffirm them in their act of murder or to reaffirm them in the practice of Judaism. Saint Stephen did not dismiss or denigrate the gravity of their crimes. He simply did not hold those crimes against his persecutors as he prayed for their conversion.

We must pray always for those who hate us, for those who calumniate us, for those who have done us some injury in the past, for those who have rejected us for one reason or another. Praying for and forgiving those from whom we are estranged is not an option for a Catholic. It is an obligation of the interior life imposed directly by the God-Man Himself in the Sermon on the Mount.

If He forgives us so readily in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, why are we so slow to forgive others who owe us but an infinitesimally small portion of what we owe Him for our own forgiven sins?

As the late Father John Hardon, S.J., noted in a 1996 conference in Sterling Heights, Michigan, at which I gave two presentations, "God permits us to sin so that we can forgive each other. Let me repeat myself here: God permit us to sin so that we can forgive each other."

A sinner who is contrite and thankful to God never withholds forgiveness from his fellow sinner. Saint Stephen teaches us that lesson today.

Are we going to learn it once and for all?

A continued merry and most blessed Christmas to you all.

[A new article should be ready for posting by tomorrow, the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist.]

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Stephen the Protomartyr, pray for us.

The Light Has Shone Through the Darkness

This is the last of four republished reflections on the Nativity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ this day, Christmas Day 2018, and it relies very heavily upon The New English Edition of The Mystical City of God.

A  blessed Christmas to you all.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saint Anastasia, pray for us.

With the Choirs of Angels, We Renew Our Hymn: Venite Adoremus!


Venite Adoremus!

Our Saviour has been born for us of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Midnight in piercing cold.

Venite Adoremus!

Surrounded by the host of Heavenly angels, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity Who was made Man in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, at the Annunciation nine months before is born for us this night. The long awaited Messiah comes as a helpless Infant, born in anonymity, poverty and humility. Bright radiant beams shine forth from His Holy Face, a Face that would be marred beyond all recognition by our sins as He walked on the Via Dolorosa on Good Friday to redeem us on the wood of the Holy Cross and thus make possible for us eternal life in Heaven in the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, Himself, the God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

Those bright beams that shone forth from the Newborn Baby Jesus this morning are meant to shine forth from our own souls as we grow in the graces that He won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.

There is no Holy Mass, where Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is born under the appearances of bread and wine every time a true bishop or a true priest utters the terrible words of Consecration, without this holy night. Just as Our Lord obeyed His Heavenly Father to become Man, so does He obey mere men when they, whose immortal souls have been conformed to His Priesthood and Victimhood, utter the words of Consecration over the mere elements of this earth, making Him Incarnate to feed our bodies and souls unto eternal life.

There is no regeneration of souls in the Baptismal font or in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance without this holy night.

There is no hope for mankind without this holy night. There is, as the first Pope, Saint Peter, teaches us, no "salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4: 12.)

Only Christ the King is God. None other.

Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. None other.

We gather around Our Lady, out of whose Virginal and Immaculate Womb the Newborn Babe passed as light through crystal this morning, and her Most Chaste Spouse, Good Saint Joseph, to adore Our Saviour, the very Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world, including yours and, most especially, mine!

May the Joyful Mysteries we continue to pray during this Octave of Christmas help us to be ever thankful for the great, incomparable gift that Our Lady gave to us this night as she brought forth her Divine Son so that He, Who stretched out His holy arms in the Crib this night, could stretch out this holy arms on the wood of the Cross to embrace all men to lift them up to the Heavenly Father in Spirit and in Truth.

On behalf of my wife Sharon and our daughter Lucy, I wish each of you a most Blessed and Joyous Christmas. This greeting is extended to all who access this site.

No matter the difficulties of the present moment as false ecclesiastical officials deny the Sacred Rights of the Social Reign of Christ the King and esteem the symbols of false religions that are hideous and loathsome in His sight, the peace of Christ the King that He has entrusted to the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother is something that a believing Catholic must will for everyone, praying fervently for all whom God's Holy Providence has placed in his path over the years, including those, of course, from whom various events have estranged us.

May each of us, united to the Merciful Heart of the Divine Redeemer that was formed out of us and is united yet to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, help us to pray for each other as we pray for the day with all Catholics will speak with one voce (una voce) and will think with but one mind, that of the Catholic Church, she who teaches the unchanging truths of the Immutable Triune God.

In addition, to this republished article for Christmas Day 2018, the following articles are reflections that have been written over the years. "Born to Give Birth to Us All "is a variation of a "homily" I wrote for a conciliar "bishop" thirty years ago and has gone through various redactions in The Wanderer, the printed pages of Christ or Chaos and on this website. Each of the reflections repeat similar themes, which is why I decided that any effort of mine to write a new article would produce something similar to these three.

None of my own poor articles, however, compares to the work of gifted authors who probe the depths of the Sacred Mysteries. Even none of the work of such gifted authors, though, captures the inexpressible joy and peace and glory of his holy night and season. That can be done only in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Venite Adoremus!

A blessed Christmas to you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Anastasia, pray for us.

Jorge the Enabler of Every Kind of 'Ism Except Catholicism

Most of the known world was under the control of the pagan Romans at the time of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’s Nativity 2018 years ago. Paganism is on the rise again, and Jorge Mario Bergoglio—and those who preceded him in the seat of the conciliar presidency—have enabled paganism and every other kind of ‘ism and except Catholicism with gleeful abandon.

Four people have responded to the appeal that I made two days ago for non-tax-deductible financial gifts. It would be terrific if a few more readers of this site who are able to provide such gifts can do so at this time. Thank you.

A republished reflection on this day, the Vigil of Christmas, can be found by scrolling below.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Make Haste Today, the Vigil of Christmas, The Lord Is Nigh

Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is nigh today. He comes to us in Midnight in piercing cold in Bethlehem.
Have we prepared to "make haste," that is, to flee from the world and its false attractions and promises and "saviours" to welcome Him in our hearts and souls by means of Holy Communion?
Have we asked His Most Blessed Mother, Who brought Him forth miraculously in the cave when there was no room for Him in the inn, to help us to make room for Him in the "inns" of our hearts and souls.
Have we asked the Patron of the Universal Church and the Protector of the Faithful, Good Saint Joseph, to protect and to guide us as we seek out His Divine foster-Son as He is born for us on Altars of Sacrifice in the Catholic catacombs?
Are we prepared to celebrate this Christmas with joy and with thanksgiving as the Word Who was made Flesh in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of God the Holy Ghost beckons us to adore Him in His Real Presence day in and day out?
Make haste, the Lord is nigh. Midnight is coming.
Are we ready?
Make haste.
Prepare well.
Our Saviour is to be born for us!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini: Missionary to Keep Catholics Catholic in the Americas

This is a very brief republished reflection on the heroic missionary work of the saint whose feast we celebrate today, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, a naturalized citizen of the United States who is the first and thus far only citizen of this country to be canonized by a true and legitimate Successor of Saint Peter.

Let me try to put it to you this way: Mother Cabrini’s insistence on the highest standards of personal modesty and her concern about Italian immigrants being converted by the materialistic and decadent ways of Protestant and Judeo-Masonic American culture, to say nothing of her love of mortifications and sufferings, would have earned her an “apostolic visitator” sent by Jorge Mario Bergoglio to “reform” her “Pelagian” ways if she lived at this time of apostasy and betrayal.

Work continues on my long commentary about the never-ending, head-spinning events in the world of naturalism that I plan to post by the Feast of Saint Stephen and the Second Day in the Octave of Christmas. The latest wrinkle in this madness is that the Federal government of the United States of America has "shutdown" partially. Is it too much to hope that this "partial shutdown" will last many months? Christmas is nearly here, after all.

Once again, I renew the invitation to those who have not provided a non-tax-deductible financial gift to do so at this time. Thank you. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.

Revised: Dominus Meus et Deus Meus

Today is the Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle.

Saint Thomas did not believe that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ had risen from the dead on Easter Sunday. Our Lord told the doubting Apostle to press his finger into His nail marks and to press his hand into His wounded side. Saint Thomas believed.

Along with the other Apostles, including the one who replaced Judas Iscariot, Saint Matthias, Saint Thomas became a bold proclaimer of the Catholic Faith, going to India, where he sacrificed his life for the Holy Faith. Saint Thomas the Apostle touched the flesh of the Risen Saviour with his own hands. He then went on to touch the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of that same Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with his own priestly hands as he uttered the words at Holy Mass that made the Messias incarnate under the appearances of bread and wine.

The very words Saint Thomas uttered after he had touched Our Lord on Low Sunday, Dominus meus et Deus meus, are what we pray every time a true priest utters these words at Holy Mass: "Hoc Est Enim Corpus Meum."

As we prepare the celebration of Christmas Day four days from now, we should ask Saint Thomas to help us reverence Our Lord in His Real Presence with greater fervor as we grow stronger in the Faith with every passing day, consecrated as we are to Our Lord through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Finally, although several people have been very good to respond to private solicitations for non-tax-deductible gifts this month to assist with various  expenses and to assist in making up a shortfall caused by the loss of two regular monthly donations, I do want to make an appeal to the general readership of this site for those who support its work and have the means to make a donation of their own to do so at this time. 

Many other websites put a dollar figure as a target for donors to meet. Most of those wesbites have vastly larger readerships than I do. It is enough for me, therefore, to ask those who can provide a non-tax-deductible gift as we approach Christmas to do so. Thank you for your consideration of this appeal.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Thomas the Apostle, pray for us.

Climate Change of a Permanent Nature Awaits Those Who Blaspheme the Mother of God

Jorge Mario Bergoglio said in his whatever-it-is thousandth interview since acceding to the presidency of the counterfeit church of conciliarism on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, that he was “worried” about the presence of homosexuals in the conciliar clergy.

Jorge is “worried” about a lot of things, of course, including the “rights of foreign nations to invade other nations without regard to just immigration laws, “global warming,” the Brazilian rain forest and where to go for pizza in Rome.

If the Argentine Apostate is so “worried” about homosexuals in his clergy, why does he appoint so many of them to serve in his conciliar hierarchy and why did he turn his fellow lay Jesuit revolutionary, “Father” James Martin, S.J., loose on the conciliar world?

I wonder if “Pope Francis” is worried about the blasphemous and sacrilegious “Rosary of Modern Sorrows” that his pal James Martin is promoting? I rather tend to doubt that he has any “worries” about this.

On the other hand, believing Catholics should be very concerned about the way in which the adversary uses veritable wolves in shepherds’ clothing to use the very instrument that Our Lady gave to Saint Dominic de Guzman to fight heresy, the Most Holy Rosary, as the means to promote sin and heresy on a global basis.

May God have mercy on us all as we seek to make reparation to Him for the offenses given to His Most Blessed Mother.

Finally, there is so much happening in the world of naturalism at this time that my long commentary about it may not be published until the Feast of Saint Stephen on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. I will, however, have another commentary posted on Red China’s crackdown on all religions, including the true religion, Catholicism, by Saturday, December 22, 2018, the Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Montezuma Ships Via Southwest

As the subject of this commentary is fresh in the news of recent days, I have decided to address the report of a human heart, which had vivisected from some anonymous human being after he was declared “brain dead,” that had been left onboard a Southwest Airline flight after it had landed in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, December 9, 2016, first after a week of dealing with some penitential health challenges that had sapped my energy an consumed my time.

Another article will follow by tomorrow, and my commentary on what is now an undisguised effort on the part of Robert Mueller to effect a coup against a president who was ill-prepared to deal with the machinations of the deep state will be published later this coming week.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Eusebius, pray for us.


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