Today’s article is a slight revision and republication of a very brief and wholly inadequate reflection on the life of the great mystic, stigmatist and spiritual directress of souls, Saint Catherine of Siena, T.O.P., whose feast day is the day after that of the Protomartyr of the Order of Preachers, Saint Peter of Verona (Saint Peter Martyr). Saint Catherine was calumniated during her life, and she was blamed for having precipitated the Great Western Schism by convincing Pope Gregory XI to return to return to Rome in 1378. She suffered all such calumny with joy.
What’s our excuse for grumbling and/or murmuring about our crosses and the state of chaos in which we live in this time of apostasy and betrayal? Remember, everything thing that happens to us has been ordained by the hand of God Himself with exquisite perfection. Saint Catherine of Siena never lost an opportunity to suffer well. Indeed, she begged to suffer more and more for love of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So should we.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Catherine of Siena, T.O.P., pray for us.
I learned late last night of the death of the Reverend Nicholas Gruner, who died suddenly from a heart attack at the Fatima Center in Canada. This news both shocks and saddens me as I knew him personally and spoke at three of his conferences (1996 in Rome; 1998 at a former place of employment, Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois; and in 2004 in southern California) and two Catholic Family News conferences (2004 and 2005) at which he, of course, spoke. I had also spoken with him on the telephone a number of times I had the opportunity also to be in his company for dinner several times. It thus that I am personally moved by this news.
Readers of this site know full well where I stand on the state of the Church Militant in this time of apostasy, including having come to understand that the conciliar “popes” have been figures of Antichrist and that the conciliar rite of episcopal “consecration” is invalid, meaning that there have not been true popes, including the current apostate, to perform a valid consecration of Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart with all of the world’s bishops (there are only a handful of elderly true bishops in the conciliar church, although most of the bishops of the Oriental Rites are true bishops). Such a consecration needs to be done, and it will be done once a true pope is restored to the Throne of Saint Peter in God's good time.
This having been noted, though, I am very indebted to the late Reverend Nicholas Gruner for a scholarly presentation he gave in Rome in 1996 that convinced me that “Pope John Paul II” had not fulfilled Our Lady’s Fatima Message in 1984 with the “consecration” that he had attempted. Reverend Gruner laid out the facts, which were very compelling to one who was as of yet nine and one-half years away from coming to realize that Karol Wojtyla was a false claimant to the Throne of Saint Peter and that nothing he did or attempted to do carried any kind of true papal authority. Gruner’s talks about the Fatima children were very inspirational, including one that he had given in Rome on the sufferings of Jacinta Marto from the Spanish influenza that would take her young life. I was helped to understand more of Our Lady’s Fatima Message and of the suppression of the Third Secret of Fatima.
The death of the Reverend Nicholas Gruner reminds us of these words contained in the First Epistle of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians:
 But of the times and moments, brethren, you need not, that we should write to you;  For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, peace and security; then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.  But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  For all you are the children of light, and children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
 Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch, and be sober.  For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunk, are drunk in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us unto wrath, but unto the purchasing of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who died for us; that, whether we watch or sleep, we may live together with him. (Thessalonians 5: 1-10.)
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself said:
 Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25: 13)
May Our Lady pray for each us now and at the very hour of our 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.
Given a few unexpected penitential experiences yesterday while running errands for the family, the next action-filled, much-anticipated by the multitudes original article for this site will not appear until tomorrow. I am sorry. Flat tires sometimes inhibit speedy travel to and from one's destinations. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you! Save souls! Penance is better than ever in 2015!