Holy Saturday: Anticipating the Glory of Our Lord's Easter Victory Over Sin and Eternal Death

Silence filled the earth in the forty hours between the death of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the wood of the Holy Cross yesterday, Good Friday, and His glorious Resurrection at dawn on Easter Sunday. Silence filled the earth as the God-Man went down into Limbo to announce the news of His Redemptive Act to the souls of the just who had awaited His Coming and His Sacrifice in atonement for the sins of all men from the beginning until the end of time.

Christ the King is the Light of the World. It is His light that is symbolized by the Easter fire that is lit at the beginning of the Easter Vigil. The Light of Christ breaks through the darkness of sin and eternal death, leading us by the fire of His bright, burning love as we continue our desert journey of life to the Promised Land of the New and Eternal Canaan made possible by His immolation on the wood of the Holy Cross yesterday, Good Friday. We must follow the Light of Christ as He, the New Moses, leads us as the first Moses led the Hebrew people as he followed a column of cloud during the day and a column of fire during the night, as we reminded once again during the Prophecies that are read during the Easter Vigil.

The Light of Christ, Our Crucified and Resurrected Saviour, will penetrate the souls of those who are baptized today and of those who are confirmed. It will penetrate the souls of those of us who were unable to receive Him in Holy Communion yesterday at the Mass of the Presanctified. It will penetrate the souls of those who are regenerated once again in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. The Light of Christ that is symbolized by the Paschal Candle is meant to permeate every aspect of our lives without any exception at any time for any reason.

The Light of Christ has indeed broken through the darkness of sin and eternal death. Our Lord is making manifest His Easter Victory over the power of sin and eternal death. A fifty day period of glorious celebration is about to break upon us. Although the Easter Vigil is a long ceremony, eternity is forever. We can certainly spend five hours basking in the glories of the Sacred Liturgy that are, after all, a foretaste of eternal glories, can we not? The rewards are truly Heavenly, rewards that we could not have unless the Co-Eternal and Co-Equal Son obeyed His Heavenly Father out of love for him and out of love for us so that we could have access to the treasures of His Most Sacred Heart here through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

A blessed Holy Saturday to you.

Good Friday: The Most Solemn Day of the Year (Revised and Expanded)

This is the day that our sins transcended time and played their significant parts in putting God to death. The greatest crime in the history of the world was committed this day, Deicide, and we were among the guilty parties putting God on trial and then subjecting Him to horrible and painful humiliations and scourgings before we nailed Him to the wood of the Holy Cross, upon which He paid back to His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father the debt of our sins.

Yes, there is no greater crime than Deicide. There is also no greater act of love in all of human history as Love Incarnate took upon Himself the guilt of our sins though He was guilty of nothing. It was out of love for His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father's Holy Will and His matchless love for us that He, Who had instituted the Priesthood and the Eucharist last evening at the Last Supper, that He subjected Himself to the hands of us sinful men, even going so far as to make excuses for us, His executioners, as He hung on the gibbet of the Holy Cross.

This great act of sacrificial, redemptive love of the God-Man, Who had become Incarnate in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of God the Holy Ghost, is re-presented in an unbloody manner on altars of Sacrifice by true bishops and true priests every day of the year except for today, Good Friday. Our focus today is on mourning for our sins and expressing our gratitude that we have been redeemed by the shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of Our Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as we ask Our Lady to help us to grow in a greater fervor for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as we grow more and more detached from even our Venial Sins and come to despise them as much as we despise any Mortal Sins that, God forbid, we may have committed.

This is a day of solemnity and sobriety, a day of total withdrawal from the world and its madness. We spend our time in church today as we keep Our Lord company at the Altar of Repose prior to noon and as we participate in the Mass of the Presanctified. Our sins put God to death. We helped to murder God in the very Flesh.

How does God repay us ungrateful and frequently lukewarm sinners? He gives us the true Church, born out of the Blood and Water that flowed forth from His wounded side when It was pierced by Saint Longinus's lance, making possible our regeneration in the Baptismal font and in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, making it possible for us therefore to receive His very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament in Holy Communion. And he give us His Blessed Mother, she who is our Co-Redemptrix, our Mediatrix and our Advocate, to be our Blessed Mother as He entrusts her to Saint John the Evangelist, whose fidelity to Our Lord on this day is meant to foreshadow our own fidelity by means of assisting at daily Mass frequently and of persevering until the point of our dying breaths in states of Sanctifying Grace by remaining a as close to Our Lady as he was.

Will we repay Our Divine Redeemer Who was nailed to the Cross this day with a true effort to amend our lives? Will we repay Our Divine Redeemer Who shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood this day with a greater effort to take seriously our consecration to His Most Sacred Heart through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary? Will we seek to live at all times in light of First and Last Things as we bear our own crosses with love and joy and gratitude?

Our Lady stands ready to help us to bring us to Calvary every day. Sure, we must make the same kind of effort as Saint Helena made to find the site of the True Cross in the Fourth Century as the Mass has indeed been taken away by spiritual robber barons. However, Our Lady does indeed stand ready to fortify us in our resolve never to return to the muck and the mire of a false church whose "pope" mocks the Holy Cross and makes of It an instrument of socialistic "justice" and Judeo-Masonic globalism.  

May we give thanks and praise to Our Lord through His Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart this day for the wondrous mystery of His love that has made possible our eternal salvation.

(This reflection has been revised and expanded.)

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

As Our Divine Redeemer's Passion Begins

This article, written in 2008 and revised over the years, is a reflection on the suffering that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ endured in the Garden of Gethsemane atop the Mount of Olives.

It is now the hour of darkness. Our Lord suffers in His Sacred Humanity as He contemplates the horror of coming into contact with the very antithesis of His Sacred Divinity, our sins. He sees all of the sins of  all men from the beginning until the end of time as He agonized in the Garden as the same three Apostles who accompanied Him to the top of Mount Thabor as He was Transfigured in glory before their very eyes, Saints Peter, James and John, fell fast asleep. May we stay awake and alert during this night as we keep Our Lord company in His Real Presence on the Altar of Repose (if at all possible in this time of apostasy and betrayal) as we render unto him acts of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation and petition through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

A reflection on Good Friday will be posted in about eight hours.

Finally, one way to keep Our Lord and His Most Blessed Mother company during these hours when He was betrayed, brought before the Jewish leaders for a mock trial and then imprisoned before being brought before Pontius Pilate is to read Chapters XII through XXIX of The New English Edition of the Mystical City of God: The Transfixion, Book Six: The Transfixion.

Please see the appendix in The Greatest Coup Plotters of Them All for Saint Robert Bellarmine's very long explication of Our Lord's Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Maundy Thursday: The Gifts of the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Priesthood Given Unto Mere Men

Today is Maundy Thursday, the beginning of the Paschal Triduum of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

This is the day on which Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Priesthood and the Eucharist at the Last Supper for our sanctification and salvation. Although Our Lord would enter deep into His Passion immediately after the completion of the Last Supper as He suffered His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, He wonderfully gave us the Holy Priesthood of the New Dispensation as He instituted the New and Eternal Covenant that He would ratify by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross tomorrow, Good Friday. We must express our gratitude to Him at all times for giving us the Priesthood so that we can have access on a daily basis to His own Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in Holy Communion, made present for us on altars of Sacrifice by true bishops and true priests in this time of apostasy and betrayal.

This is a day to keep watch with Our Lord in His Real Presence at the Altar of Repose, remembering most importantly to beg Our Lady to make more and more voluntary sacrifices to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son through her own Immaculate Heart for our sins and those of the whole world.

Finally, I am not going to post any commentary on the many fast breaking events in the world until during Easter Week. I will revise several other commentaries for the next few days, and as I noted two days ago, I will pay zero attention to the diabolical distraction represented by the release of the redacted Mueller Report. Our time and our heart belong entire to Our Lord and His Paschal Triduum as we keep ever close to Our Lady, who was with Him every step of the way as he participated the Queen of Martyrs in His Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday.

A most blessed Paschal Triduum to you all. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

A Reprise: Jorge Mario Bergoglio's Patron "Saint": Judas Iscariot

[This reprised commentary was published in a "filtered html" format, something that I did not notice until late in the day on Spy Wednesday. I apologize for the error.]

While there is no new commentary to offer you today, I am reposting an article from December 6, 2017, that discusses the Argentine Apostate’s loving embrace of Judas Iscariot, who sold out Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to the Jews for thirty pieces of silver. As today is Wednesday in Holy Week, also known as Spy Wednesday, a reprisal of the old commentary is very apropos, especially since it contains Father Maurice Meschler’s extended discussion of the betrayal of Our Lord by Judas Iscariot and a passage from The New English Edition of The Mystical City of God explaining how Our Lady tried to save the traitor from himself. (Yesterday’s original article contained the totality of Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Passion Sunday sermon about the sufferings of Our Lord during His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is found in the appendix, although three different sections were quoted in the body of the commentary itself.)

Finally, no matter how the tragic fire that devastated a large part of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, which houses so many important relics, including Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns, started, it was very edifying to see the prayers of so many French Catholics being shown on the internet. There can be no doubt that the earnest entreaties of those singing Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary helped to spare the cathedral named in honor of the Mother of God herself and supported the efforts of those, including a French presbyter, to save the Crown of Thorns, the tunic of Saint Louis IX, King of France, and countless numbers of relics.

May some of those courageous Catholics who gave such a witness to their complete abandonment to Our Lady come to realize that Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral must be saved again from any further contagion with the Protestant and Judeo-Masonic Novus Ordo conciliar service and the false religion it was meant to propagate.

Notre Dame de Paris, priex pour nos!

Pope Saint Anicetus, pray for us

The Greatest Coup Plotters of Them All

Although this commentary, which is very long, deals peripherally with the Mueller Report, whose redacted version will be released on Maundy Thursday (!) to serve as a gigantic distraction from the most solemn days of the whole—the Sacred Paschal Triduum of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, its principal focus is on how the modern world, aided and abetted by the conciliar revolutionaries, of course, continues to crown Our Lord anew with thorns mystically. Perhaps more to the point, though, is the fact that we continue to do so in our own daily lives by choosing Barabbas over Christ the King, making us the greatest and most dangerous coup-plotters of them all.

Brief note is made in this commentary to the fire that destroyed part of Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral yesterday, Monday in Holy Week, April 15, 2019. A commentary on this tragedy, which pales into insignificance when compared to the tragedy of the abomination of desolation that has taken place within the cathedral’s walls for the past five decades, will be published sometime in early May after two book projects are completed and made available for sale.

In the meantime, however, a brief summary of the horror that is the Protestant and Judo-Masonic Novus Ordo liturgical service can be found at: Making Revolutions Irreversible.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

As We Enter Holy Week in 2019: From Eden to Palm Sunday

This is Palm Sunday. We have now entered into the most solemn week of the year as we withdraw more and more from the world and its false allurements to unite ourselves as never before with the events of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’s Passion and Death prior to experiencing the glory of His Resurrection following the Mass on Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019, and on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, thus beginning a marvelous celebration of the Octave of Easter and the Easter season.

We need Our Lady’s help to keep and to intensify our Lenten penances this week. May our reliance upon the Most Sorrowful Mysteries of her Holy Rosary aid us in understanding what our sins did to her Divine Son and to her and how grateful we must be for being the unmerited beneficiaries of the Mercy won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross and for being given from that Cross so great and wonderful and perfect a mother as she, Our Blessed Mother, is to us by Our Divine Redeemer Himself.

"From Eden to Palm Sunday" is a substantial revision of a reflection that I wrote for the printed pages of Christ or Chaos in 1997. Given the vastness of the subject, this reflection is pitifully, woefully inadequate. The revised article is really a condensed version of what was gone into in greater detail in the Living in the Shadow of the Cross lecture program. About half of the lecture program dealt with material condensed in the current article. Obviously, Holy Week is not a time to watch this lecture program! However, it is there for those who are interested at some point during the months that follow.

To greet Christ the King this Palm Sunday and every day of our lives, we must not let anything get in the way of letting Him treat us according to the tender mercies of His Most Sacred Heart, remembering that nothing anyone does to us, says about us or causes us to suffer is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Him to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His fearful Passion and Death on the wood of the Holy Cross and that caused those Swords of Sorrow to be pierced through and through the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother.

Our fervor during this week of weeks must be genuine, and we must beg Our Lady, especially by meditating upon the Sorrowful Mysteries of her Most Holy Rosary, to help us persist in this fervor moment by moment, day by day, week in and week out, month after month, year after year until the time when we meet Christ the King, Our Crucified and Risen Saviour, at the moment of our Particular Judgment.

Although I had hoped to have an original article published by Saturday  morning, I am still working on its completion. Barring any further unforeseen developments, it should be posted on Monday in Holy Week, April 15, 2019. 

A blessed Palm Sunday to you all.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Saint Justin Martyr (whose feast is suppressed this year), pray for us.

Perpetually Lost in the Fog of His "New Theology"

The man who promised to retreat into obscurity is in the news yet again.

Yes, Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Antipope Emeritus Benedict XVI has released another missive that is filled with so many contradictions that time has permitted only a few aspects of the apostate's letter about the crisis of clerical abuse within his false religious sect. However, the aspects covered document the fact that the former presiding officer of the counterfeit church of conciliarism is at a less to understand that the loss of God in the "public square" is the direct, inevitable and inexorable consequence of the Protestant Revolution's overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King. It is incongruous for Ratzinger/Benedict to bemoan the "loss of God in the public square" without acknowledging what he is constitutionally incapable of admitting, namely, that the religiously indifferentist state leads to the triumph of practical atheism as the lowest common denominator. 

While I will leave it to others to comment about the implications of Ratzinger's missive on his frosty relationship with Jorge Mario Bergoglio, suffice it to say that the nonagenarian German "new theologian" considers himself the "brains" of the conciliar enterprise, a troublling belief if one stops to realize that hs mind is shaped by a lifelong warfare against the immutability of dogmatic truth, which is nothing other than warfare upon the very nature of God, His Divine Revelation and the very Divine Constitution of Holy Mother Church.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us,

On the Feast of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Passiontide (2019)

Unfathomable. Just unfathomable

Only a handful of genuine mystics and truly gifted spiritual masters have been able to comprehend the unfathomable mysteries of grief that overwhelmed the fairest creature of our race, Our Lady, as those Seven Swords of Sorrow were plunged through and through her Immaculate Heart. We sin so casually, so thoughtlessly, so repeatedly, rarely giving a moment’s worth of a meditation to how our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer unspeakable horrors during His Passion and Death, horrors that penetrated the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother as she, conceived without any stain of Original or Actual Sin, suffered in a perfect communion of Hearts with Him. It cannot be that way with us from this day forward.

We are on the cusp of Holy Week, ending now the first week in Passiontide, Passion Week. We must enter deep into the mysteries of our salvation, which was wrought for us by the perfect obedience of the Word made Flesh in Our Lady’s Virginal and Immaculate Womb to the Will of His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father. We must quit our sins once and for all, recognizing how they caused the God-Man and His Most Blessed Mother to suffer, how they wound our own souls, which have been purchased by the shedding of every single drop of the Divine Redeemer’s Most Precious Blood, and how they have brought great sorrow into the Heart out of which was formed Our Redeemer’s Most Sacred Heart.

No more sin.

No more joking about sin.

No more dismissiveness about the gravity of sin.

We must repent and amend our lives as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady brought forth her Divine Son painlessly and miraculously. She brought us forth in great pain as the adopted children of the Living God as she stood so valiantly by the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. She stands by the foot of her Divine Son’s Most Holy Cross in every true offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by a true bishop or a true priest. We must stand by her each day at Holy Mass as we make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world with every beat of our hearts, making sure as well to pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.

An original commentary, one dealing with several aspects of Antipope Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's new missive about his "thoughts" on the crisis of clerical abuse within his false religious sect will be published shortly,

A blessed Feast of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Passiontide to you all.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

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