A massacre of innocent human beings takes place every day here in the United States of America and around the world.
The Abortion Clock estimates that at the time of the rewriting of this paragraph at 2:35 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, :40 p.m., 1,438 innocent preborn children have been butchered by surgical means here in the United States of America this day and that 62,140 have been massacred surgically on a worldwide basis today.
Even more staggering is the fact that 703,772 innocent babies have been slaughtered surgically in the United States of America since January 1, 2017, and that 30,758,300 have been killed throughout the world this year by the abortionist’s suction-machine or scalpel or scissors or saline solution poisoning.
Here are some more sobering figures about the numbers of unseen victims of surgical abortions: 59,819,000 babies have been killed in the United States since January 22, 1973, and it is estimated that 1,470,401,000 innocent preborn human beings have been killed worldwide since 1980. No, that is not a typographical error. Close to one billion, five hundred million human beings have been slaughtered under cover of the civil law.
Who grieves for these innocent victims of the anti-Incarnational, Protestant and Judeo-Masonic world of Modernity?
Although there is understandable grief and outrage at the carnage wrought by an amoral millionaire ex-accountant and compulsive gambler, Stephen Craig Haddock, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Rosary Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Commemoration of Saint Remigius, every single commentator in the secular media who has authored commentaries on this very graphic tragedy has failed to come to grips with the simple fact that such wanton killing is but the logical consequence of a world populated by men who are at war with God by means of their unrepentant sins.
We are awash in the blood of the innocent here in the United States of America, a land where most younger married couples use abortifacient contraceptives and where the surgical execution of innocent children is accepted a “right” beyond question, at least in “most” cases, by large numbers of Americans, including a majority of Catholics!
Seven-in-ten white evangelical Protestants (70%) think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.
By contrast, 80% of religiously unaffiliated Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, as do two-thirds of white mainline Protestants (67%).
Black Protestants and Catholics are somewhat more divided. Among black Protestants, 55% say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 41% say it should be illegal. And, among Catholics, 53% say abortion should be legal in all or most cases and 44% say it should be illegal. (Fact Sheet: Public Opinion and Abortion.)
It is no wonder that we are all at risk of being killed by wanton killers as such killers are “respected” members of their communities and walk amongst us without any molestation by the civil law.
The insanity and madness of Modernity that is supposed to produce "happiness" in this mortal vale of tears winds up producing anxiety and fear and misery and sadness.
People do not know how to cope in the midst of their small crosses, no less the greater tragedies that might strike them or one of their loved ones without notice. All of the accumulated wealth and technology and other supposed "advancements" in daily living have provided no substitute for the love of the true God has He has revealed Himself to men exclusively through the true Church, the Catholic Church. Although fallen human nature has worked its vagaries throughout human history, including during the era of Christendom in the Middle Ages, it is far easier for people to "snap" when they live in a country where "everything goes," where every kind of vile image is displayed, where every manner of "opinion" is considered to contain within itself the possibility of being true, where most people have become so accustomed to the daily carnage of the preborn that it is considered "disordered" to give the matter any thought at all.
Meaning not to disparage or to minimize the horror of the massacre of fifty-nine human beings and the wounding of five hundred twenty-seven others, it must be pointed out, however, that many of those who sought to “party” on “The Strip” to listen to a genre of “music” that has long glorified lust, indecency, immodesty, infidelity and related vices were first and foremost victims of the moral anarchy of a world where Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is not publicly recognized as the King of all men and all nations and where His Most Blessed Mother is not honored as the Immaculate Queen of Heaven and of earth.
While recognizing full well that those who gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada, three days ago were seeking to have what they thought to be a “good time” and that many of them held responsible jobs and were loved by their relatives, friends and acquaintances, who are, of course, grieving those who died and praying for the recovery of those wounded, it is nevertheless a sad commentary on the state of the United States of America that so many thousands of people would gather to listen to a “music festival” in a city that has, no matter its deliberate appeal to families in the past two decades, long been billed unofficially as “sin city.”
Sadder still is the fact that most people in our religiously indifferentist United States of America, which is steeped in so many errors and diabolical lies, do not keep holy the Lord’s Day by assisting at true offerings of Holy Mass and that there is so little thought even among Catholics that there are special prayers to be prayed in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary on the first Sunday of October.
We are only nine days away from the one hundredth anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun. Yet it is that most Americans are oblivious to the fact of Our Lady’s Fatima apparitions, no less of the Message that she entrusted to Lucia dos Santos that is of such importance in this time of apostasy and betrayal. The average American is concerned about bread and circuses, not about preparing themselves for eternity by being totally consecrated to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and by praying as many Rosaries each day as one’s state-in-life permits.
Although I have purposely chosen not to view many of the photographs of the carnage or of those who survived, I have seen enough of them to know that a number of the “concert”-goers were dressed very indecently. A lot of them were shamelessly sporting tattoos all over their bodies. Although none of these victims of Modernity realize it, the plain fact of the matter is that such indecency and mutilation of one’s own body, which is, after all, supposed to be the temple of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, represents a descent into barbarism.
The descent into barbarism has been such that news stories now treat fornication and cohabitation of unmarried persons as so natural and ordinary those who travel in such a state are referred as “couples.” Some of these people attended the “Route 91 Harvest Festival. Even more tragic is the fact that that some of the young people have parents who have no understanding of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, something that is the rotten fruit of the explicit classroom instruction in matters pertaining to these commandments in America’s concentration camps and, of course, in Catholic schools that have been in control of the conciliar revolutionaries for over fifty years now. These poor, poor people have not the slightest clue as to how they—or the “country-western” music they so love—offend God in the objective order of things.
Much of so-called “country-western” music now is a combination of several genres, including the horror that always been and will always a profane noise called “rock music.” Much of it today, though, involves electric guitars and percussion instruments designed to agitate the senses and, in all too many instances, arouse the passions, noting that some of the contemporary performers are devoted to genre of patriotism that exalts American freedoms. I would dare venture to say, though, that there are not too many elegies of praise in behalf of Christ the King, His Blessed Mother and His true Church. Mind you, this is just an educated conjecture on my part.
Additionally, it is mind-boggling to me that anyone would want to go to Las Vegas who was not under some compulsion for reasons of personal business to do so as it is a sewer of sin and degradation. I have been there three times in my life (the first while changing planes at McCarran International Airport in 1994, the second while searching for what I thought was Holy Mass on a weekday when driving to southern California on a speaking tour in 1997, and the third when speaking at a parish associated with the Society of Saint Pius X on February 13, 2006), and I have desired to get out of that place of moral degradation as soon as possible. Although I rarely get physically ill, I have felt great oppression when in Las Vegas.
Every manner of moral licentiousness is permitted under cover of the civil law in Las Vegas, which owes the growth of its gambling industry to a Talmudic mobster and killer named Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, who died as violently as he lived. “The Strip” was born in murder, lust and greed, and it has prospered over the years because of the Jewish financiers who have always sought to cater to the basest human instincts, thus enabling and encouraging all manner sins that kill souls for all eternity just as surely as the unrelenting hail of Steven Paddock’s bullets killed and maimed his victims.
This is a point that cannot be emphasized enough as Las Vegas is a Judeo-Masonic paradise whose promotion and enabling of lust and avarice that make Bugsy Siegel’s “successors” in the casino business very wealthy is nothing other than diabolically inspired and maintained. No amount of efforts in the past two decades to turn Las Vegas into a “family friendly” environment can mask the fact that it is legal for women to sell themselves there or that incentives to sins against Holy Purity are to be found throughout this city of decadence and excess.
Sin is no laughing matter.
While it is one thing to sin and to be sorry as one seeks out the ineffable mercy of the Divine Redeemer in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, it is quite another to sin unrepentantly and worse yet to exalt in one’s sins while celebrating them publicly with the full protection of the civil law.
It is not for nothing that the very Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, inspired these words to be written by King David and by Saint Paul the Apostle:
 Justice exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable. (Proverbs 14: 34.)
So do you also reckon, that you are dead to sin, but alive unto God, in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Let no sin therefore reign in your mortal body, so as to obey the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of iniquity unto sin; but present yourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of justice unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not under the law, but under grace.  What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
 Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are whom you obey, whether it be of sin unto death, or of obedience unto justice.  But thanks be to God, that you were the servants of sin, but have obeyed from the heart, unto that form of doctrine, into which you have been delivered.  Being then freed from sin, we have been made servants of justice. I speak an human thing, because of the infirmity of your flesh. For as you have yielded your members to serve uncleanness and iniquity, unto iniquity; so now yield your members to serve justice, unto sanctification.  For when you were the servants of sin, you were free men to justice.
 What fruit therefore had you then in those things, of which you are now ashamed? For the end of them is death.  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end life everlasting.  For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6: 11-23.)
Indeed, the fact that Steven Paddock was himself a man who had no discernible religious or political convictions speaks volumes about the depths to which societies must sink when men live according to the desires of the flesh and do not want to know anything about the eternal joys for which Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shed every single drop of His Most Blessed Blood to make possible for us and for which Our Lady, she who is the Queen of Martyrs, suffered our sins plunged Swords of Sorrow deep into her Immaculate Heart.
Although the following passage from Pope Leo XIII’s Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885, has been used a lot on this site, it is very appropriate to use it once again as the twisted man named Steven Paddock’s demonic actions, which might very well have been an indicator actual diabolical possession, are proof of the practical atheism that must triumph when men and their nations eschew the true religion and embrace religious indifferentism:
To hold, therefore, that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads in the end to the rejection of all religion in both theory and practice. And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name. Men who really believe in the existence of God must, in order to be consistent with themselves and to avoid absurd conclusions, understand that differing modes of divine worship involving dissimilarity and conflict even on most important points cannot all be equally probable, equally good, and equally acceptable to God.
So, too, the liberty of thinking, and of publishing, whatsoever each one likes, without any hindrance, is not in itself an advantage over which society can wisely rejoice. On the contrary, it is the fountain-head and origin of many evils. Liberty is a power perfecting man, and hence should have truth and goodness for its object. But the character of goodness and truth cannot be changed at option. These remain ever one and the same, and are no less unchangeable than nature itself. If the mind assents to false opinions, and the will chooses and follows after what is wrong, neither can attain its native fullness, but both must fall from their native dignity into an abyss of corruption. Whatever, therefore, is opposed to virtue and truth may not rightly be brought temptingly before the eye of man, much less sanctioned by the favor and protection of the law. A well-spent life is the only way to heaven, whither all are bound, and on this account the State is acting against the laws and dictates of nature whenever it permits the license of opinion and of action to lead minds astray from truth and souls away from the practice of virtue. To exclude the Church, founded by God Himself, from the business of life, from the making of laws, from the education of youth, from domestic society is a grave and fatal error. A State from which religion is banished can never be well regulated; and already perhaps more than is desirable is known of the nature and tendency of the so-called civil philosophy of life and morals. The Church of Christ is the true and sole teacher of virtue and guardian of morals. She it is who preserves in their purity the principles from which duties flow, and, by setting forth most urgent reasons for virtuous life, bids us not only to turn away from wicked deeds, but even to curb all movements of the mind that are opposed to reason, even though they be not carried out in action. (Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885.)
This having been noted, of course, we must offer our prayers for the repose of the souls of the victims and for the consolation of their family members and friends. Indeed, the suffering of those who survived the shootings and of those who have lost children or relatives or friends is something we must keep very much in our prayers to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
One of the great tragedies of our religiously indifferentist country of pluralism is that so few people understand that they must be prepared to face the moment of their Particular Judgments at any time. This lack of understanding has been fueled by conciliarism's rejection of what it calls disparagingly as "proselytism," that is, the effort to win converts to the true Faith, thereby reaffirming lost souls throughout their lives, preparing them not one whit to face death on any given day.
How many of those killed on Sunday evening, October 1, 2017, were wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal?
How many Catholics ever tried to encourage them to do so?
Perhaps more to the point, how many Catholics born in the last thirty to forty years have ever thought about preparing their children for eternity, no less to do what they could to help their non-Catholic friends to convert to the true Faith?
Quite to the contrary, of course, the “opening to the world” produced by the “Second” Vatican Council, whose ethos was incorporated into the ever-changeable and ever-changing Protestant and Judeo-Masonic Novus Ordo liturgical service, has robbed more recent generations of Catholics of any semblance of the sensus Catholicus while simultaneously convincing a lot of older Catholics to forget about penance and personal self-restraint to “enjoy the party.” Indeed, “Pope Francis” is all about the “party” (see Jorge Says Party Hearty, part one, Jorge Says Party Hearty, part two, Jorge Says Party Hearty, part three).
This is one of the many ways in which the twin evils of pluralism and conciliarsm meet to produce tragic results in the lives and the deaths of people who rarely give a thought to First and Last Things as entrusted solely by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to His Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order.
Without for a single moment minimizing the horror of the massacre that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, three days ago or to disparage the sorrow and grief of the relatives of those who have lost husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and friends and neighbors of those killed and wounded in and classmates of those killed in this tragedy, the bloodshed in Las Vegas is but a small glimpse into the innocent blood that is shed every day under cover of law by the calculated killers who make large amount of money while enjoying the favor and protection of the civil law.
Such killers are to be found not only in abortuaries and other places where babies are killed under the cover of the civil law. They are to be found in hospitals and hospices where carefully trained medical personnel put “qualified” patients into “palliative care” (see ) to put them on a pathway to death, and they are to be found in pharmacies all across the nation that dispense abortifacient contraceptives and even the human pesticide itself, RU-486, or its equivalents.
A nation that tolerates this butchery as babies are vacuumed, burned, sliced, diced and carved up in their mothers' wombs is not "civilized." It is an outlaw nation that will spawn all manner of seemingly "random" acts of violence that are actually the rotten fruit of believing that men can know social order without submitting themselves, both personally and socially, to the Deposit of Faith that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity made Man in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of the Holy Ghost. And it is important to point out that this nation, founded by men who believed that it was not necessary to recognize the true Church as the official religion of the civil state and that it was not necessary for men to have belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace to pursue virtue (no less sanctifying and thus save their immortal souls as members of the one, true Church, the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation).
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of the Las Vegas massacre, however, is that so few people will be praying for the repose of the souls of those killed. Most will be presumed to be in Heaven, but this is not so. The Protestant and Modernist revolutions have convinced most people that the only thing that matters is to be a “good person,” and that this is the only requirement to know eternal bliss. We are beginning to witness the secular “canonization” of those killed, which is, if you will recall, exactly what happened after the events of September 11, 2001.
Quite to the contrary, Saint Leonard of Port Maurice explained that relatively few people save their souls:
Woe to you who command others! If so many are damned by your fault, what will happen to you? If few out of those who are first in the Church of God are saved, what will happen to you? Take all states, both sexes, every condition: husbands, wives, widows, young women, young men, soldiers, merchants, craftsmen, rich and poor, noble and plebian. What are we to say about all these people who are living so badly? The following narrative from Saint Vincent Ferrer will show you what you may think about it. He relates that an archdeacon in Lyons gave up his charge and retreated into a desert place to do penance, and that he died the same day and hour as Saint Bernard. After his death, he appeared to his bishop and said to him, "Know, Monsignor, that at the very hour I passed away, thirty-three thousand people also died. Out of this number, Bernard and myself went up to heaven without delay, three went to purgatory, and all the others fell into Hell."
Our chronicles relate an even more dreadful happening. One of our brothers, well-known for his doctrine and holiness, was preaching in Germany. He represented the ugliness of the sin of impurity so forcefully that a woman fell dead of sorrow in front of everyone. Then, coming back to life, she said, "When I was presented before the Tribunal of God, sixty thousand people arrived at the same time from all parts of the world; out of that number, three were saved by going to Purgatory, and all the rest were damned."
O abyss of the judgments of God! Out of thirty thousand, only five were saved! And out of sixty thousand, only three went to heaven! You sinners who are listening to me, in what category will you be numbered?... What do you say?... What do you think?...
I see almost all of you lowering your heads, filled with astonishment and horror. But let us lay our stupor aside, and instead of flattering ourselves, let us try to draw some profit from our fear.
Is it not true that there are two roads which lead to heaven: innocence and repentance? Now, if I show you that very few take either one of these two roads, as rational people you will conclude that very few are saved. And to mention proofs: in what age, employment or condition will you find that the number of the wicked is not a hundred times greater than that of the good, and about which one might say, "The good are so rare and the wicked are so great in number"? We could say of our times what Salvianus said of his: it is easier to find a countless multitude of sinners immersed in all sorts of iniquities than a few innocent men. How many servants are totally honest and faithful in their duties? How many merchants are fair and equitable in their commerce; how many craftsmen exact and truthful; how many salesmen disinterested and sincere? How many men of law do not forsake equity? How many soldiers do not tread upon innocence; how many masters do not unjustly withhold the salary of those who serve them, or do not seek to dominate their inferiors? Everywhere, the good are rare and the wicked great in number. Who does not know that today there is so much libertinage among mature men, liberty among young girls, vanity among women, licentiousness in the nobility, corruption in the middle class, dissolution in the people, impudence among the poor, that one could say what David said of his times: "All alike have gone astray... there is not even one who does good, not even one." (Saint Leonard of Port Maurice, The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved.)
These are words that should terrify each one of us, especially in these terrible times when we could be killed without so much as a moment’s notice. The spiritually lax do not enter the Kingdom of God. We must pray to Our Lady every day to help us to save our souls as it is far easier to go to Hell for all eternity than it is to go to Heaven. Protestants and the conciliar revolutionaries preach the exact opposite.
The religion of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice and of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori is not that of the sappy indifferentism of Protestantism and of the universal salvationists in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, which is composed of “hierarchs” who make light of the gravity of sin and whose very fabricated liturgy makes no reference to Hell, to the possibility of losing one’s soul for all eternity or to a God Who judges souls. The conciliar religion is all about human self-congratulations designed to propagate fables that tickle the itching ears of men so as to earn the applause of “the world.”
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori taught that God wants sinners to quit their sins now, not at some point the future, reminding his hearers that God does not command the impossible, meaning that all of the supernatural helps are available for a repentant Catholic to quit his sins and to seek to do penance for them, especially by making reparation for his own sins and those of the whole world as a consecrated slave of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary:
4. You say:” I cannot at present resist this passion." Behold the third delusion of the devil, by which he makes you believe that at present you have not strength to overcome certain temptations. But St. Paul tells us that God is faithful, and that he never permits us to be tempted above our strength. "And God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tempted above that which you are able." (1 Cor. x. 13.) I ask, if you are not now able to resist the temptation, how can you expect to resist it hereafter? If you yield to it, the Devil will become stronger, and you shall become weaker; and if you be not now able to extinguish this flame of passion, how can you hope to be able to extinguish it when it shall have grown more violent? You say: "God will give me his aid." But this aid God is ready to give at present if you ask it. Why then do you not implore his assistance? Perhaps you expect that, without now taking the trouble of invoking his aid, you will receive from him increased helps and graces, after you shall have multiplied the number of your sins? Perhaps you doubt the veracity of God, who has promised to give whatever we ask of him?” Ask, “he says,” and it shall be given you." (Matt. vii. 7.) God cannot violate his promises.” God is not as man, that he should lie, nor as the son of man, that he should be changed. Hath he said, then, and will he not do ?" (Num. xxiii. 19.) Have recourse to him, and he will give you the strength necessary to resist the temptation. God commands you to resist it, and you say: “I have not strength." Does God, then, command impossibilities? No; the Council of Trent has declared that ” God does not command impossibilities; but, by his commands, he admonishes you to do what you can, and to ask what you cannot do; and he assists, that you may be able to do it." (Sess. 6. c. xiii.) When you see that you have not sufficient strength to resist temptation with the ordinary assistance of God, ask of him the additional help which you require, and he will give it to you; and thus you shall be able to conquer all temptations, however violent they may be. ("The Delusions of Sinners: Sermon for Quinquagesima Sunday," as found in Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, The Sermons of Saint Alphonsus Liguori For All the Sundays of the Year, republished by TAN Books and Publishers in 1982, pp. 119-120.)
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori’s sermon for the First Sunday of Lent is a discourse about the number of sins beyond which God will not grant forgiveness. The conciliar revolutionaries have taught Catholics to emulate Martin Luther’s sin of Presumption by presuming that unrepentant sinners do not have to be exhorted to reform their lives, that it is enough for them to know that they are loved by God and “welcomed” by what is thought to be the “Catholic community” without any mention of their spiritually suicidal behavior that is an incentive to others to follow them in leading lives of licentiousness. The founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer offered some sobering words concerning such a recklessly false notion of God and His forgiveness:
8. O folly of sinners! If you purchase a house, you spare no pains to get all the securities necessary to guard against the loss of your money; if you take medicine, you are careful to assure yourself that it cannot injure you; if you pass over a river, you cautiously avoid all danger of falling into it; and for a transitory enjoyment, for the gratification of revenge, for a beastly pleasure, which lasts but a moment, you risk your eternal salvation, saying: "I will go to confession after I commit this sin." And when, I ask, are you to go to confession? You say: “On tomorrow." But who promises you tomorrow? Who assures you that you shall have time for confession, and that God will not deprive you of life, as he has deprived so many others, in the act of sin? “Diem tenes,” says St. Augustine, “qui horam non tenes.” You cannot be certain of living for another hour, and you say: “I will go to confession tomorrow.” Listen to the words of St. Gregory: “He who has promised pardon to penitents, has not promised tomorrow to sinners.” (Hom. xii. in Evan). God has promised pardon to all who repent; but he has not promised to wait till tomorrow for those who insult him. Perhaps God will give you time for repentance, perhaps he will not. But, should he not give it, what shall become of your soul? In the meantime, for the sake of a miserable pleasure, you lose the grace of God, and expose yourself to the danger of being lost for ever.
9. Would you, for such transient enjoyments, risk your money, your honour, your possessions, your liberty, and your life? No, you would not. How then does it happen that, for a miserable gratification, you lose your soul, heaven, and God? Tell me: do you believe that heaven, hell, eternity, are truths of faith? Do you believe that, if you die in sin, you are lost for ever? Oh! what temerity, what folly is it, to condemn yourself voluntarily to an eternity of torments with the hope of afterwards reversing the sentence of your condemnation! "Nemo," says St. Augustine, “sub spe salutis vultæ grotare.” No one can be found so foolish as to take poison with the hope of preventing its deadly effects by adopting the ordinary remedies. And you will condemn yourself to hell, saying that you expect to be afterwards preserved from it. Folly! which, in conformity with the divine threats, has brought, and brings every day, so many to hell. “Thou hast trusted in thy wickedness, and evil shall come upon thee, and thou shalt not know the rising thereof.” (Isa. xlvii. 10, 11.) You have sinned, trusting rashly in the divine mercy: the punishment of your guilt shall fall suddenly upon you, and you shall not know from whence it comes. What do you say? What resolution do you make? If, after this sermon, you do not firmly resolve to give yourself to God, I weep over you, and regard you as lost. ("On The Number of Sins Beyond Which God Will Not Forgive: Sermon for the First Sunday of Lent," as found in Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, The Sermons of Saint Alphonsus Liguori For All the Sundays of the Year, republished by TAN Books and Publishers in 1982. The entire texs of the sermons for Quinquagesima Sunday and the First Sunday of Lent are found in the appendices below.)
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori addressed his sermon to Catholics who attended Holy Mass. Those who lived during the years of his priesthood in the Eighteenth Century were well-instructed in the Catholic Faith, which is why the great bishop and doctor could ask, “Tell me: do you believe that heaven, hell, eternity, are truths of faith? Do you believe that, if you die in sin, you are lost for ever?”
It is pretty difficult for non-practicing Catholics in the conciliar structures who have committed themselves to lives of unrepentant sin to answer Saint Alphonsus’s question in the affirmative when men such as Jorge Mario Bergolio and his fellow revolutionaries tell them that the path to Heaven is wide open for them as they, the conciliar revolutionaries, deny the existence of Hell and almost every single other truth of the Catholic Faith, sometimes in its entirety and at other times by means of obfuscation or by the invocation of the Modernist principle of dogmatic evolution.
Thus it is that the terrible tragedy in Las Vegas should prompt believing Catholics to eschew the world and its false allurements, remembering that each compromise we make with the “world” and its immodesty and indecency and so-called "music" leads us away from Our Lord and thus from saving our souls by means of the graces He won for us by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross during His Passion and Death on Good Friday and that come into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
Today is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, whose life was summarized as follows in the readings for Matins in today’s Divine Office:
Francis was born at Assisi in Umbria, in the year of our Lord 11 82. From his early youth he followed the example of his father, Peter Bernardone, and busied himself with merchandise. It befell one day that, contrary to his usage, he had thrust from him a beggar, who cried for money for Christ's sake, when, being cut to the heart with regret, he gave him large alms, and promised to God from that day forth never to deny to any that asked of him. He fell after this into a grievous sickness, and from the time that he was healed thereof, he gave himself more earnestly to works of love for his neighbour. At length he became fain in this sort to be perfect, even as the Lord hath said in the Gospel, Matth. xix. 21, and gave to the poor whatsoever he had. His father would not have it so, and brought him before the Bishop of Assisi, that he might renounce all right to any inheritance. He cheerfully gave up all to his father, even to his clothes, telling them that now he should be able with more utter dependence to say Our Father, Who art in heaven.
Upon the 24th day of February, in the year 1209,) he heard read the words of the Gospel Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes. Matth. x. 9, 10. Thereupon he determined that that should be his rule of living. He took off his shoes, and contented himself with one coat. When he had gathered twelve comrades, he founded the Order of Friars Minor. He went to Rome in the (same) year, to get from the Apostolic See a confirmation of his Order. When he came Pope Innocent III. thrust him away. Thereafter he dreamt that he saw the Church of the most Holy Saviour falling, and whom he had cast forth bearing it up with his shoulders. He bade therefore that he should be sought for and brought again before him, welcomed him kindly, and approved all the Rule which he had established. Francis therefore sent his Friars into all quarters of the world to preach the Gospel of Christ. He himself was fain to find some occasion of martyrdom, and therefore made a voyage into Syria, in the year 1219, but the Sultan treated him with the greatest kindness, offering him many gifts, and, since he could do no good, he returned again to Italy.
Towards the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (in the year 1224), when there had already been built many houses of Friars of his Order, he withdrew himself into a most secret place upon Mount Alverno, and began to fast for forty days in honour of the holy Archangel Michael. Upon the Feast-day of the Uplifting of the Holy Cross, (as he was praying upon the side of the mountain,) he saw a vision of a crucified Seraph, which left in his hands and feet holes with nails therein, and in his side a great wound. Holy BuonaVentura hath left it in writing that he once heard Pope Alexander IV., when preaching, testify that he had himself seen these marks. It was a sign of such love of Christ toward him as stirred up the great wonder of all men. Two years thereafter he fell sick unto death, and was fain to be carried into the Church of St Mary-of-the-Angels, that he might give up the breath of life in the same place where God had breathed into him the breath of the life of grace. Being there (laid on the earth, sprinkled with ashes, and covered with an old habit,) he exhorted the Friars to be poor and lowly, and to cleave to the faith of the Holy Church of Rome. (He then caused the Gospel of St John to be read from the words Now before the feast of the Passover to the end,) after which he began to recite the 141st Psalm: I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and in uttering the words, the righteous wait for me, till Thou deal bountifully with me, he gave up the ghost. It was the 4th day of October, in the year 1226. He was famous for miracles, and Pope Gregory IX. added his name to the list of the Saints. (Matins, The Divine Office, Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.)
We need to renounce the world and its false attractions just as Saint Francis of Assisi did over eight centuries ago by imitating his desire for penance and mortification as adorers of Our Lord in His Real Presence who fly unto Him through His Most Blessed Mother.
Remember, this is the time of Antichrist, who has many figures walking abroad amid the lords of Modernity in the world and the lords of Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. We must simply endeavor to remain faithful to the very end as figures such as Stephen Craig Haddock walk amongst us every day.
These words from the book that inspired fourteen year-old Therese Martin, whose feast day was yesterday, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, to seek admission the Carmel of Lisieux are rather pertinent:
However, it would not be correct to conclude from this testimony that there will be none of the elect left on earth, and that the Son of God will not fail to keep the promise made to His Church, when He sid, Propter electos, dies breviabuntur ("because of the elect, the days will be shortened"). Moreover, St. John, in his [Apocalypse] adds, "And he [the beast] will be worshiped by those who dwell upon the earth whose names are not written in the book of life."
St. Augustine tells us that, in the reign of the Antichrist, thee will be multitudes of martyrs who will display a heroic constancy, and also a number, more or less large, of confessors who will manage to escape into caves and high or sheer mountains, and God will see to it that these sanctuaries shall elude the vigilance and investigations of the persecutors, and will not permit the Devil to point them out them.
Daniel tells us that, at the time of when this terrible persecution breaks out, the abomination of desolation will openly sit enthroned in the holy place. "The king shall do s he pleases," says Daniel. "He shall exalt himself and make himself greater than any god; he shall utter dreadful blasphemies against the God of god . . . He shall have no regard for the gods of his ancestors . . . for no good shall he have regard."
In other words, once the man of sin has cowed the human once by his threats and entangled it in the meshes of his lies and wiles, he will observe no restraint, show his hand, and act openly. He will not permit anyone to worship or invoke any other god than himself, and will proclaim himself sole lord of heaven and earth. Wherever he is not present in person, men will be obliged to pay homage to his image or statue. Et elevabitur, mangifcabitur adversus ominem Deum. He will tolerate neither the Mosaic religion, nor natural religion itself. He will persecute with equal thoroughness Jews, schismatics, heretics, deists, and every sect that recognizes the existence of a supreme being and the immortality of the life to come. Yet God, in His wisdom, will draw good from evil. The horrible tempest that His justice has allowed to be unleashed upon the earth will result in the disappearance of false religions. Along with Judaism, it will abolish the remains of Mohammedans, idolatrous superstitious, and every religion hostile to the Church.
It will dead the finishing blow to the sects of darkness. Freemasonry, Carbonarism, Illuminism, and all subversive societies will vanish in the vortex of wickedness which will be their work, and which they had prepared for centuries in the belief that it would be their definitive, supreme triumph. They will have assisted unintentionally in the establishment of the reign of unity foretold by our Lord: "There one flock then, and one shepherd."
The triumph of the wicked one will be of short duration, but the consolations that follow will be universal, abundant, proportionate to the extent of the tribulations to the Church will have suffered.
However, the final consummation will not come yet, as it is written:
And when the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and loud voices in heaven cried out; the voices of angels and of virgins, together with the voices of confessors and holy martyrs, will hail Christ with praise and acclamations, giving thanks for His victory over the Antichrist, and for the extermination of the wicked. All men, now become worshipers of one and the same God, all professing the same faith, united in the same adoration, sharing the same table, will exclaim in chorus: "The kingdom of this world now belongs our Lord and to his Anointed One . . . We praise you, O Lord God Almighty, who is and who was and who are to come; because You have assumed your great power, and You have begun Your reign. (Father Charles Arminjon, The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life, translated by Susan Conroy and Peter McEnerny. Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2008, pp. 67-68.)
Our weapon in these times has to be Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary.
Pray the Rosary.
Pray the Rosary.
Pray the Rosary.
We must enfold ourselves into the love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as we make reparation for our own many sins, which are so responsible for the worsening of the state of the Church Militant on earth and of the world-at-large, as we seek to restore all things in Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen.
The enemies of Christ the King within in our souls and in the world-at-large will be defeated by Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary and the fulfillment of her Fatima Message when it is within the Providence of God to restore a true and legitimate Successor to the Throne of Saint Peter.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady, Mother of God, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.