Update on Current Penances

Although I no longer write the series of travelogues that were a feature on this site about ten years ago, suffice it to say that penance is indeed better than ever. We are very grateful for the penances that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus sees fit to sends us as they are the means by which we can make a bit of satisfaction for our sins. Deo gratias!

Confirmations of a Different Sort

[Update on Friday evening, July 6, 2018: I am sorry for the delay in pubishing my next article, which is indeed being written and may turn out as long as the one published on Monday, July 2, 2018, the Feast of the Vistitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Commmemoration of Saints Processus and Martinian . I hope to be able to complete the article for posting on Monday, July 10, 2018.

[It has, however, been within the Providence of God for an anti-Catholic bigot to issue a direct threat against our lives, mine in particular. Law enforcement officials are taking the threat very seriously. Please pray for us. 

[Finally, it has been six or seven months since I last made a general appeal to the few remaining readers on this site for non-tax-deductible financial gifts. Necessity compels me to do so now. Although I am not under any delusion as to the response to this appeal, I do appreciate whatever consideration those who are favorably disposed to my work can give to this request. Thank you. Viva Cristo Rey! Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe!]

This commentary, which deals with the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony McLeod Kennedy along with related issues, turned out to be much longer and more detailed than I had planned. However, I decided to give this topic the “full treatment” as I write for the long-term in the belief that such commentaries will help readers in the future once the agitations of the moment have passed.

A blessed Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saints Processus and Martinian, pray for us.

On the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Magnificat

[A very long original commentary will be posted moments after this revised reflection is published.]

Today is the magnificent feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin, Saint Elizabeth, and her preborn Divine Son’s preborn Precursor, Saint John the Baptist.

This date, July 2, marks the end of the period of Our Lady’s Visitation, which began on April 2, lasting until the day after the octave day of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. Our Lady’s perfect Charity for her cousin and her Divine Son’s Precursor should prompt us to perform the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy at all times, making sure as well to proclaim the Holy Name of Mary, she whom all generations are duty bound to call blessed, as the Mother of God who made possible our salvation by her perfect fiat to the will of God the Father at the Annunciation and who is the Queen of Heaven and on earth, the very Immaculate Conception who prays for us now and at the hour of our deaths.

A blessed Feast of the Visitation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saints Processus and Martinian, pray for us.

The Laver of Redemption: The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

This is a revised reflection that is offered to the readers of this site today, the Feast of the Most Precious Blood Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Most Precious Blood of Jesus is our laver of redemption, as our own sins, each and every single one of them, caused It to be shed during the events of Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

It was the thought of coming into contact with the horror of our sins, 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 Gethsemane.

It was our sins that caused the Most Precious Blood of Jesus to be shed so terribly during His cruel scourging at the Pillar.

It was our sins that caused the Most Precious Blood of Jesus to be shed as He was crowned with thorns to mock His Sacred Kingship over men and their nations.

It was our sins that caused the Most Precious Blood of Jesus to continue to be shed from the scourging and the crowning as He walked up the steps to be judged by the Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate. Droplets of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus are still venerated by pilgrims as proceed on their knees up the Sancta Scala in Rome right across from the Basilica di San Giovanni Laterano.

It was our sins that caused the Most Precious Blood to be shed as Our Lord’s hands and knees were crucified. It was our sins that caused the Most Precious Blood of Jesus to be shed unto Its last drop as He hung on the gibbet of the Holy Holy Cross for three hours, flowing in a torrent as Our Lord’s wounded side was pierced with the lance of Saint Longinus.

What is It that is poured out onto our souls when they are Absolved by a true priest in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance?

The Most Precious Blood of Jesus.

The Most Precious Blood of Jesus strengthens us when we receive It worthily in Holy Communion.

It was the shedding of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus on the wood of the Holy Cross that ratified the New and Eternal Covenant He inaugurated at the Last Supper, thereby obliterating forever the old sacrifices of the blood of bulls and goats and lambs in Temple worship, thus superseding he Old Covenant of the Jews.

We must celebrate this great Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, which was pumped through Our Divine Redeemer’s Sacred Body by His Most Sacred Heart, the very font of Mercy, with gratitude that we, sinners who caused It to be shed in torrents under the most unspeakably cruel conditions, are bathed unto our redemption by Its merits.

May we never take the Most Precious Blood of Jesus for granted.

The next original article, which deals with issues related to the retirement of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony McLeod Kennedy, is almost ready for publication. I am sorry for the delay in getting the next commentary completed. 

A blessed Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ to you all!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Experts in Dismissing Papal Primacy

This is an additional revised commentary for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, focusing on how the conciliar revolutionaries are ever seeking to find new ways to dismiss papal primacy.

Work continues on my little "send-off" to Anthony MacLeod Kennedy.

Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

A Reminder: True Popes Never Need to "Convert" to the Catholic Faith

Today's republished article is a  revised version of a commentary published on July 3, 2016, at a time when the quite boring spectacle "will they or won't they" formally "reconcile" with the counterfeit church of conciliarism was in the news again. 

Oh, who are the "they"? 

Who else? 

The Society of Saint Pius X, whose leaders still continue on their march to oblivion by seeking to "reconcile" with a "pope" who is no pope at all but a figure of Antichrist and thus an enemy of the sanctification and salvation of souls and thus of all social order.

I will, though, have a new reflection on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul for your consideration by Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at the latest, and hope that my sendoff to the pro-abortion, pro-perversity Anthony MacLeod Kennedy will be published late this afternoon.

A blessed Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul to you all.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Total Marian Consecration (2018)

Although I am writing a very brief commentary on the devolution of a country that has been divided so needlessly by the errors of Modernity from its inception nearly two hundred forty-two years ago into a form of open warfare waged by latter-day fascists against those who do not bow down at the altar of the “left’s” omnipotence and infallibility (spoiler hint about my commentary: we have been baptized to bear witness and thus to suffer for the Catholic Faith, not for any warring party in the devil’s distractions of naturalist battles), I did think it appropriate to revise a reflection on Total Marian Consecration. 

No matter the troubles of the moment, we must always rest in the peace that comes from trusting entirely in the loving care of Our Lady, who desires us to be consecrated to her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.

We must rise above the conflicts of the moment to remember that Our Lady is the Treasurer of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The world must descend into conflict and chaos when men and their nations do not submit to the sweet yoke of the Social Reign of Christ the King and are not tenderly devoted to Our Lady.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.

Councils from the Netherworld

This commentary was meant to be prepared before the Argentine Apostate went to Geneva four days ago to address the pro-abortion, pro-perversity World Council of Churches, which was funded seventy years ago by the Rockefeller Foundation as a means of promoting One World Government and One World Religion.  

Rather than waste time on the recent bilge, though, this commentary backgrounds a bit of background about the World Council of Churches and the conciliar “popes’” praise of it.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint William the Abbot, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist: Everything that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is not

This very brief follow-up to today's other revised reflection ("He Shall Be Called John") based on prayers found in The Raccolta in honor of Saint John the Baptist, the last of the Old Testament Prophets. Readers will see that these beautiful prayers explain the holy mission of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour’s Precursor and Cousin and explain everything that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an Anti-Saint John the Baptist, if you will, is not.

An original commentary should be published tomorrow, the Feast of Saint William the Abbot.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

He Shall Be Called John

This is a republished reflection on the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, which is also the Commemoration of the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Today's great feast, coming as it does six months, one day prior to Christmas Day, is only one of three in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church that commemorates a physical birth (or Nativity). Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Nativity in Bethlehem in celebrated on Christmas Day, December 25. Our Lady Nativity is celebrated on September 8. And Our Lord's Precursor, the son of Saint Elizabeth, Saint John the Baptist, is privileged to have his own Nativity celebrated this very day. This is a tremendous feast day in the life of the Catholic Church. 

Saint John the Baptist, the last of the Old Testament prophets, prepared the way for the coming of Our Lord prior to the assumption of His Public Ministry. Freed from Original Sin in the womb of his mother, Saint Elizabeth, who was Saint Anne's cousin, at the moment of Our Lady's Visitation, Saint John the Baptist preached fearlessly to convert sinners from their sinful ways and to prepare them to accept his Cousin, God Incarnate, as their Redeemer. He also knew that he had to decrease in stature in the world as Our Lord increased following His symbolic baptism in the Jordan River, during which, of course, God the Father sent a dove, symbolizing God the Holy Ghost, spoke to tell us in no uncertain terms, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3: 17), a proclamation that would God the Father repeated at Our Lord's Transfiguration (Matthew 17: 5).

Saint John the Baptist fearlessly proclaimed the truth. He lost his head for doing so. In like manner, of course, we must proclaim the truth, doing so out of fidelity to Our Lord as He has revealed Himself to His true Church, and in true Charity for the eternal good of others, recognizing at all times that we are but weak vessels of clay, full of faults and failings, who must make much reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our sins.

It is not easy to speak truth to those in power. Saint John the Baptist knew this.

Those in power, such as King Herod the Tetrarch, who was married illicitly to his brother's wife even though his brother was still very much alive, frequently believe themselves to be beyond criticism and that each of their decisions are binding upon the consciences of all others, a power that Our Lord has given exclusively to true popes, who can indeed bind our consciences.

Those in civil power, however, tend to think of themselves as demigods whose musings on this or that subject carry great significance. No matter who the President of the United States of America is, for example, it is invariably the case that some sort variation of one false, naturalistic presupposition after another is supposed to be accepted by the populace as the foundation for the common good domestically and for peace internationally. These "demigods" can't possibly be wrong, of course. They believe that their shallow words and empty and sometimes contradictory statements are received from on high (actually, their words and actions come from below!) and anyone who dares to dissent from them is suspect of being a "domestic terrorist."

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

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