On the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord (2020)

Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was made manifest on Christmas Day to the handful of Jewish people, including the shepherds in the field who were sent to adore Him by the angels who had announced the following:

And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will. And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us. And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2: 6-20.)

Today's feast, the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, known colloquially in Ireland as "Little Christmas" and in many other places as Three Kings' Day, celebrates Our Lord's manifestation to the whole world through the Gentiles.

Indeed, the Offertory for today's Mass explains that all kings shall adore Christ King and that all nations shall serve Him:

"The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts: and all kings of the earth shall adore Him: all nations shall serve Him."

The United States of America is no exception to this. We must pray for the day when the leaders of this country, founded on the falsehoods of Protestantism and Judeo-Masonry that are so hateful to Our King, will adore Him as their King and the day when this nation will serve Him as it acknowledges His Social Kingship over it by submitting in all that pertains to the good of souls to the authority of the Catholic Church that He Himself founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope.

We are suffering at the hands of statists today because the men of Modernity who believed that they had no obligation to offer public worship to Christ the King through His true Church set us on a course that can result only in the triumph of the civil state over the King of Kings Who was made manifest to Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar on this day.

We must make Him manifest in our own lives at at all times, never fearing to suffer in behalf of the truths of the Holy Faith or to suffer in the cause of justice when souls are placed into jeopardy needlessly even by some of our own true shepherds.

An original article will be posted in a few moments. 

A blessed Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord to you all!

On the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord (2020)

Update on the Feast  of the Holy Name of Jesus: A reflection on the Most Holy Name of Jesus should be published by tomorrow, the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. At present, however, I am working on an commentary about another death panel case in the State of Texas. As could be expected, the conciliar conference of "bishops" in Texas is on the side of the death panels. It is my hope to complete this article early this evening, January 5, 2020.

A blessed Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus to you all!

January 1, 2020 posting:


A blessed New Year 2020 of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to you! (By the way, the new decade starts on January 1, 2021, not January 1, 2020. Then again, who pays any attention to me?)

This is a republished reflection for today's feast, the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which begins the the month of January, the month of Holy Name of Jesus. 

Now, I have been busy the past few days dealing with the superb penance imposed by my recent concussion by praying to overcome the bugs and the glitches that prevented me from uploading my new book, To Live in Light of Eternity, Volume 1, to Amazon print-on-demand. I was finally successful in meeting all the necessary technical specifications only yesterday, the Feast of Pope Saint Sylvester I, but have to wait for seventy-two hours for the "review" of the submitted manuscript before it will appear online. I still have twenty-eight copies from the original run that can be ordered as indicated on the page linked above.

The book is NOW available in a Kindle edition at To Live in the Light of Eternity, Volume 1, and in an Amazon print-on-demand To Live in Light of Eternity, Volume 1.

Thank you for your consideration. 

The effort to complete the Amazon process was made as I am running out of the initial run of the one hundred copies that I had printed, and I simply can't make the out of pocket expense to pay for another run at the printer's.

Additionally, there has been popular demand* for the book to made avilable as an "e-book" and to be marketed in such a way that the identity of purchasers will not be known to me. As I am willing to take into consideration the concerns of the reading public, of course, the new book will appear, if approved, in a print-on-demand and as a Kindle veersion on Amazon.

(*--"Popular demand" means the following in the context of this website: Precisely one (1) inquirer wrote to ask if I had any plans to make the book available in an electronic format. One inquiry constitutes "popular demand" when one considers the ranking of this website! I have someone out there has a sense of humor.)

Although I am proceeding to work on volume two of To Live in the Light of Eternity and on another book project, I am also trying to complete three original articles for this site. I thank you for your patience.

Once again, a blessed New Year of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ 2020 to you all.

Our Lady, Mother of God, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

The Holy Innocents Died in the Place of the Infant Christ the King

Today, the Fourth Day within the Octave of Christmas, is the Feast the Holy Innocents, the children who were put to death at the orders of the jealous titular King of Judea who had been installed by the Roman occupiers to pacify resistance to their unjust occupation of the Holy Land.

King Herod the Great, whose sons Herod and Philip were no less corrupt and violent than he was, wanted to kill the Baby King Whom he thought to be a threat to his own political suzerainty, such as it was as a puppet ruler under the Roman occupiers. It meant nothing to him to wipe out so many innocent children in his quest to kill the Baby King, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who was born in Bethlehem to save, his, Herod the Great's, own immortal soul by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross.

There have been imitators of Herod the Great throughout history who have sought to put to death the followers of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in an insane effort to wipe the Faith off of the face of this earth. The names of these imitators are legion. Their likes are to be found in our own midst today as politicians of both major organized crime families of naturalism in the United States of America, the Democrat Party and the Republican Party, believe that a just social order can be established and maintained while innocent preborn human beings are slaughtered under cover of law and while the Sovereignty of Christ the King is denied in favor of the sovereignty of men and their false, naturalistic, semi-Pelagian and anti-Incarnational ideas.

That having been noted, however, it is important to point out that the Holy Innocents are honored as saints because they died in the place of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as a political potentate drunk with his own self-importance sought to kill the Newborn Baby King with a furious rage. The slaughter of the innocent preborn today, as horrible as it is and as deserving of our attention especially by means of praying Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary and by means of sidewalk counseling, is different in that the children being killed today are not being targeted specifically in the place of Our Lord.

Unlike the speculative conclusions offered by the "International Theological Commission" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism in 2007, the Catholic Church has never held out "hope" that the souls of unbaptized infants go to Heaven, which is why the crime of the killing of the preborn is so monstrous as it kills the souls of those involved in the execution and denies the slaughtered babies the glory of the Beatific Vision. The Holy Innocents are saints because they were targeted quite specifically because of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and thus shed their blood on His account.

We need to invoke the intercession of the Holy Innocents today and every day to stop the shedding of the blood of the innocent under cover of law, praying to them especially that Catholics blinded by the allure of various naturalistic "strategies" to end the social evils of the day will be reminded of this truth stated by Pope Saint Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:

For there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)

Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ must reign as King of men and nations, my friends. Accept no naturalistic substitutes from the "Herods" of this world and their enablers in the counterfeit church of conciliarism who reject the Social Reign of the Newborn King, Our Divine Redeemer Whom Herod the Great sought to kill.

It is my hope to be able to resume work on my next original article today, Saturday, December 28, 2019. I have been busy the past two days sending out copies of To Live in Light of Eternity, Volume 1. Thirty-two copies remain. Get yours while they last. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

The Holy Innocents, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist: The Disciple Whom Our Lord Loved

Saint John the Evangelist, a son of Zebedee, was the youngest of the twelve Apostles. He was a virgin, a man who offered to His Divine Master, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, pure love in a heart that was not sullied by the world, the flesh and the devil.

This youngest Apostle with the purest heart was permitted to lean on Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's chest, wherein beat His Most Sacred Heart, at the Last Supper. And it was this purity of heart possessed by Saint John the Evangelist that led him to be present at the foot of the Holy Cross and to be given the singular privilege by Our Divine Redeemer of caring for His own Most Blessed Mother until the time of her death and bodily Assumption into Heaven.

Despite what the now retired Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI contended blasphemously in his Jesus of Nazareth book concerning the "disputed" nature of the human authorship of the Fourth Gospel, Saint John the Evangelist is indeed the human author of the Fourth Gospel and of his epistles and the Book of the Apocalypse.

Saint John is the Evangelist of the Incarnation of the Word whose Gospel provides us with Scriptural proofs for the doctrine of the Eucharist and for the Sacrament of Penance. And the Charity preached by Saint John the Evangelist was no exercise in empty sentimentality. For it was Saint John himself who wrote:

"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God. And every one that loveth him who begot, loveth him also who is born of him. In this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not heavy. " (1 John 5: 1-3.)

This reflection has been revised and expanded in several places over the years.

The next original article for this site should be published at some point tomorrow, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. An effort will be made to finalize the article on the morning and early afternoon today before having to take Chase, our beagle, to the veterinarian to be euthanized as he is in the final stages of dying from a sarcoma that is the result of a rabies vaccination in January of 2014. Although I will write a reflection about the role of animals in the lives of those who choose to have them as pets at some point in the next week, suffice it for the moment that animals have mortal, not immortal souls, and that we give thanks to the good God for giving them to us and we give to thanks to Him for the time we have with them after they are dead. All things work for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity if we accept the events of our lives with perfect equanimity and acceptance of the Divine Will without hesitation or complaint. Deo gratias!

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us to remain faithful to the Catholic Faith.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

On the Second Day of Christmas: Saint Stephen the Protomartyr Prayed and Offered Forgiveness

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.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Stephen the Protomartyr, pray for us.

Make Haste Today, Christmas Eve, the Lord is Nigh

The publication of To Live in Light of Eternity, Volume 1, signifies a gradual reduction of republished reflections on various feast days. Although I will have a selected number of such reflections during Christmastide and Paschaltide, my time is being spent, at least for the most part, in producing anthologies of much of the work that has been published on this site since February 20, 2004.

This having been noted, I do want to republish this current reflection on the Vigil of Christmas/Christmas Eve, especially since the adversary has used the ongoing coup against President Donald John Trump to distract so many Catholics from making a proper preparation for our annual celebration of the Nativity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. While we cannot live under a rock, of course, we can be somewhat detached from the daily bombardment of “news” and “commentary” during times when our focus should be on prayer, fasting, Scripture reading and spiritual reading. 

I will have a bit more to say on the coup in a week or so. However, I chose to make At the Point of No Return as Captain Kangaroo Holds Court  my definitive statement on the situation facing us ten days before the beginning of Advent so as to avoid being dragged into the mud of another naturalist side show. 

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.

A Special Place in the Very Depths of Hell Awaits Jorge Mario Bergoglio

A number of things, including book projects, a case of the flu two weeks ago and, now, a mild concussion, have prevented me from completing two articles upon which I am working at this time.

As it was only two days ago that I learned about Jorge Mario Bergoglio's latest blasphemy of Our Lady, I did want to take a bit of time to complement the excellent analysis on this matter that was posted at  Novus Ordo Watch

(I have just learned that Bergoglio quoted the late heretic, Carlo Maria "Cardinal" Martini, S.J., as saying that the Catholic Church is "two  hundred years out of date." All right. There is more work to do before returning to those two other articles!)

Finally, a special page has been created to explain how to purchase To Live in Light of Eternity, Volume 1.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.

Lame Excuses Never Die

What is this brief commentary about?

Well, a very prominent apostate who makes oodles and oodles babbling about his purely naturalistic “insights” twenty hours a week (fifteen on radio, five on television, whatever that is) has pronounced his “faith” stronger than ever since leaving the Catholic Church.

Although I have written about this commentators truly hollow understanding of Catholicism before, most notably in Let Truth Ring in the Ears of Hollow Men in 2007, this is an entirely new commentary, one that is perhaps even inferior to the one posted on March 15, 2007.

Remember, To Live in the Light of Eternity, Volume 1, is available for purchase. Scroll down for details. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Eusebius, pray for us.


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