Theotokos: On the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

day is the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.) declared Our Lady to be the Mother of God. This is a doctrine that that the devil particularly hates, which is why he has raised up all manner of Protestant sects to attack it with a fury, requiring us to defend the doctrine of the Divine Maternity of Our Lady with all of the graces that she sees fit to send us through her loving hands as the Mediatrix of All Graces.

As Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., explained in The Light of the World, Volume II:

"Fifteen hundred years have passed since Nestorius, a Patriarch of Constantinople, launched the heresy which taught that the person of Christ was different from the person of the Son of God. Nestorius asserted that Mary did not conceive nor bring forth the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, but only the man Christ. According to his teaching she was not the Mother of God, not a God-bearer, but only the mother of a mere man, in whom God dwelt only as in a temple.

A few years later after the beginning of the Nestorian heresy, a council was assembled at Ephesus (431 A.D.), which proclaimed that Mary had given birth to Jesus, who was, at one and the same time, God and man, having two natures but one person. God does not live in Him merely as in a temple, but the man Jesus is at the same time God. Mary is mother, not only of the humanity of Christ, but of the Son of God also. She is the Mother of God. The people of Ephesus awaited the decision of the council hall were opened and the decision was made known, the people greeted the Fathers with great rejoicing and accompanied them to their dwellings with flaming torches, crying out: 'Mary is the bearer of God; Mary is the Mother of God.' 

Today, fifteen hundred years later, we make the same joyful confession. "Mary is the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. The Gospel recounts an incident of His childhood during which He first refers to His divine origin. When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem to offer sacrifice. 'When they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents knew it not.' They believed Him to be in the company of relatives. But they were mistaken. After a long and anxious search they found Him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors of the law. 'And His mother said to Him: Son, why hast Thou done to so us? Behold Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.' This rebuke shows the concern of a mother who has borne suffering with love. But Jesus meekly answers: 'Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?' He refers to His Heavenly Father, for He is Son of God. He was conceived, not by the power of man, but by the power of God (Offertory). When the angel had first brought the message to Mary, she had answered: Behold the handmaid of Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1: 38). And at her word, the only-begotten Son of God was made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mother. We pray tribute to this mystery at the Communion, when we confess, 'Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the eternal Father.' Blessed art thou, O holy Mother of God, who wert united to the Son of God in a most intimate union when thou didst bear Him in thy womb. "Mary provided the body for the Son of God, and he in return Christ filled the soul of Mary with the fullness of His spirit. Mary became wholly absorbed in Him and became like Him. She became united to Him in a most intimate union. 'Alleluia, alleluia. Virgin Mother of God, He whom the whole world cannot contain, enclosed Himself in thy womb, being made man, Alleluia.' 'Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.' " 'As the vine, I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches' (Epistle). The blossoms on this vine are the precious virtues of faith and humility which the Virgin exhibited when she received the message of the angel. She was resolute in her attachment to her virginity: "I know not man" (Luke 1: 34). Yet she is obedient to the will of God and speaks her fiat: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1: 38). "My flowers are the fruit of honor and riches," Christ the Lord. "There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse," Mary, who is sprung from the house of David; "and a flower shall rise up out of his root," Christ, the Son of Mary (Gradual). Humanity and divinity are united in this one person. 'Come over to me, all yet that desire me, and be filled with my fruits' (Epistle). Mary does not keep her child for herself; she bequeaths Him to us when He is born at Bethlehem, when He is offered in the Temple, and when He offers Himself up on the cross. She gives Him to us again daily in Holy Communion. Mary has borne Christ for us. Together with her Divine Son, she has given us salvation and an abundance of grace. She stands even today at the throne of God as our advocate and or all-powerful intercessor, armed with irresistible intercessory power, the mother of all those who are in the state of sanctifying grace. "We renew our faith in the mystery of Mary's divine motherhood. 'Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.' God is thy child, having taken His humanity from thy flesh. " 'Come over to me . . . and be filled with my fruits,' for it is Christ Jesus whom I give you. He was first given to us when we were reborn through baptism: He is given to us today at Mass and Holy Communion: 'Hath He not also with Him given us all things?' (Rom. 8: 32.) Since Mary has given us all things through Christ, we today express our gratitude to her." (Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., The Light of the World, Volume II, B. Herder Book Company, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1954, pp. 440-442.) 

I will have a follow-up to Monday's article by tomorrow, Thursday, October 12, 2023. The commentary on Laudate Deum will take a bit longer to complete.

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

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us

Benedictus Qui Venit in Nomine Domini, Hosanna in Excelsis

Although I will have a commentary about Laudate Deum in a few days, I decided that it would be useful to prepare a commentary about the tragic events that took place in Israel on Saturday, October 7, 2023, that are but the inevitable consequences of what happens when adhere to false religions, no less false religions that deny the Sacred Divinity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and, quite indeed, blaspheme Him and His Most Blessed Mother in their respective “holy books.”

May God have mercy on us all.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John Leonard, pray for us.

Saints Dionysius, Rusticus, and Eleutherius pray for us.

Live by the Hermeneutic of Continuity, Die by the Hermeneutic of Continuity, part two

Five conciliar “cardinals (Raymond Leo Burke, Walter Brandmuller, Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, Juan Sandoval Iniguez, and Robert Sarah) sent a series of dubia on July 11, 2023, to the man they believe is a true and legitimate Successor of Saint Peter, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (aka “Pope Francis”), who responded almost immediately, prompting the putative “cardinals” to send another set of dubia on August 21, 2023, seeking clarification because the answers Bergoglio gave to their original questions were either ambiguous or unsatisfactory. In doing this, however, Raymond Leo Burke, for example, has said that “the dubia were not meant as an attack on ‘Pope Francis’”, and by extension, therefore, not an attack on the legitimacy of the decrees of the “Second” Vatican Council, the “magisterium of the conciliar “popes,” the orthodoxy of the conciliar sect’s 1983 code of canon law, the misnamed Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the entire panoply of exercises that constitute the conciliar doctrine of false ecumenism (interreligious prayer services and “blessings,” joint conferences trying to identify the “keys to peace, etc.).

Rather than to attempt to offer my own set of dubia to the five conciliar “cardinals” as I had thought about doing within the context of this commentary, I think it far more useful to remind the readers of this website that, no matter Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s multiple defections from the Catholic Faith and his embrace of every Communist and hence globalist prescription for “solving” problems that have Original Sin as their remote cause and our own Actual Sins as their proximate cause, we are only witnessing the manifestation of the perfection of the errors inherent in the conciliar enterprise.

My commentary on Laudate Deum should appear by Monday, October 9, 2023, the Feast of Saint John Leonard and the Commemorations of Saints Dionysius, Rusticus, and Eleutherius.

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

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Mark, pray for us.

Saints Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus, and Apuleius, pray for us.

Saints Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus, and Apuleius, pray for us.

On the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2023)

We must never tire of reminding our fellow Catholics that Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary is, after the perfect prayer, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most powerful prayer we have to make reparation for our own sins and those of the whole world as we seek the conversion of all men to the true Faith, the Catholic Faith, before they die and to fight the heresies of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism.

We must promote the Rosary and pray it with fervor and devotion. Our Lady implored us at Fatima to pray the Rosary daily. How can we refuse her?

The next original article will be posted within a few minutes. 

Thank you.

A blessed Feast of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary to you all.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Mark I, pray for us. 

Saints Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus, and Apuleius, pray for us.

Yesterday's Dissenters, Today's "Doctrinal" Enforcers, part two

This is a brief series of translations from the conciliarspeak of Jorge Mario Bergoglio's opening address to the "synod" on "synodality" that is taking palce at this time.

None of this can come from the Catholic Church.

Two other related articles are being written: one with have a few dubia for the authors of the newest dubia addressed to the Argentine Apostate; the other will deal with Laudate Deum.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Placidus and his Companions, pray for us,

On the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Who Went From Riches to Holy Poverty

Today, Wednesday, October 4, 2023, is the Feast of the Seraphic Saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, who was born as Giovanni di Bernardone in 1182 (some say 1181).

This revised article is a poor way to pay tribute to the follower of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gave up earthly riches to embrace Lady Poverty, earning himself eternal riches in the process, eternal riches that helped to save the Church Militant on earth from falling down at a time of great clerical corruption. It is my hope, however, that this poor tribute to Saint Francis, a saint of profound Eucharistic piety and deep, tender devotion to the Mother of God who rejoiced in the midst of trials and sufferings and insults and even the rejection of his own father and brother, will provide some food for meditation about the glorious life of this joyful saint of prayer and penance.

I have been busy with medical appointments week. However, as I only one scheduled for this morning, I do hope to make more progress on my next orignal article upon my return home. I have two other appointmens on Thursday, including one to set the date for the first of two cataract removl surgeries. Penance is better than ever in 2023.

Oh, I forgot that Senor Jorge is going to issue that sequel to Laudato'Si today. I have plenty of material ready to use once I review its text, but I will complete my current series before tackling that project.

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

A blessed feast day to our friends to all Franciscans, including those of the Third Order.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

On the Feast of the Little Flower: Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face

Marie-Frances Therese Martin was born to the holiest of parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, who endeavored to shield their children as much as possible from the influences of the world.

The sacrifices made by Louis and Zelie Martin produced five vocations to the consecrated religious life. Zelie Martin's prayers from eternity after her death assisted her husband as he raised one canonized saint and four other daughters who served Holy Mother Church as brides of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The simplicity and love of the Little Flower teaches each of us to pursue holiness as befits redeemed creatures, seeking the things of Heaven in this life so that we may spend our Heaven doing good here on earth. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face was raised in a family that stressed the importance of withdrawing from the world. Louis and Zelie Martin were very protective of their daughters, making sure to instill within them a firm commitment to the Virtue of Modesty.

Indeed, Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, Marie-Frances Celine Martin, was shocked at the immodesty that had overtaken France with the Allied bombing of Normandy forced the cloistered Carmelites of the Carmel out of their cloister and into the world in June of 1944. She noted this in a letter to Mother Agnes Mary that was dated July 7, 1944:

"After fifty years of eremetical living, to find myself all of a sudden uprooted and thrown into the midst of the world, with veil raised, is a true martyrdom for a recluse like me. It seems to me as if we're in a station where everybody is crowding around and intermingling. We sleep fully clothed on benches; we take our meals in haste, standing up in the dark; we look with astonishment and grief at the feminine styles stripped of all dignity." (As quoted in Celine: Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, Sister and Witness of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, by Father Stephane-Joseph Piat, O.F.M., p. 130.)

What would Saint Therese and Sister Genevieve say today about the feminine attire that is considered "modest" and "acceptable" in Catholic chapels all across the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide where some version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition is offered or simulated?

They would not have been approving, and that is because their holy parents taught them Catholic right from wordily wrong.

Why is this so difficult for many traditionally-minded Catholic parents to understand, accept and abide by today?

The public release of the latest dubia sent to Jorge Mario Bergoglio by five conciliar "cardinals," including Raynond Leo Burke, who defended his support for a man who attempted to become a wonan by chemical and surgical means (see Bishop Takes Queen, necessitates taking a bit more time than I planned for the completion of part two of my current series.

Finally, I ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of the late Juan Carlos Araneta, who died yesterday morning at Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, Please pray also for the consolation of his family at this time. 

Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen..

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Therese of Lisieux, pray for us

Live by the Hermeneutic of Continuity, Die by the Hermeneutic of Continuity, part one

Jorge Mario Bergoglio's "synod on synodality" has begun. 

As has been noted in the past, the fix is in, the cooks are cooked, the system has been rigged and booby-trapped to produce pre-determined results as happened sixty years ago during the "Second" Vatican Council. The whole thing is a charade as it is based in the belief that Holy Mother Church must conform the teaching entrusted to her by her Divine Founder, Invisible Head, and Mystical Spouse, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to the "needs" of the "people" rather than exhorting the faithful to conform their own lives to the immutable precepts of the Divine and Natural Laws.

To accomplish this, course, Senor Jorge's handpicked synodal "leaders" must dispense with antipapal teaching just as readily as his five immediate predecessors on the conciliar seat of apostasy have disposed of the true teaching of the Catholic Church in oder to tickle the itching ears of those who want their consciences anesthetized with "sweet nothings" so that they can continue sinning grievously with "papal" impunity.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Our Holy Guardian Angels, pray for us.

On the Feast of Our Holy Guardian Angels (2023)

This reflection on our Holy Guardian Angels is brief. Our devotion to and reliance upon our Guardian Angels, however, must be lifelong1

The next original article will be published shortly.

Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us.

Our Holy Guardian Angels, pray for us.

Saint Jerome Put Love of God Before All Else

This is a  reflection on the life and the work of Saint Jerome, the great great Dalmatian who put the love of God above all else. Consider just one quotation from the work of this prolific writer and translator of the Bible into the Latin Vulgate:

"It is a smaller sin to follow evil which you think is good, than not to venture to defend what you know for certain is good. If we cannot endure threats, injustice, poverty, how shall we overcome the flames of Babylon? Let us not lose by hollow peace what we have preserved by war. I should be sorry to allow my fears to teach me faithlessness, when Christ has put the true faith in the power of my choice." (Saint Jerome, Prologue to the Treatise Against the Pelagians.)

How many traditionally-minded Catholics who are as of yet attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism who know for certain that it is not good to praise false religions or to enter places of false worship or to treat the "clergy" of false religions as having a mission from the true God of Divine Revelation to serve and save souls refuse to do what is good, that is, to defend the honor and glory and majesty God and His Sacred Deposit Faith in order to indemnify the author of long-since repealed Summorum Pontificum, Antipope Emeritus Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, whose successor, Jorge Mario Bergoglios, has laid bare for all the world to see that he is "worried" by those who "want to return to the past"?

We must always defend what we know to be true as servants of the greater honor and glory of God.

Saint Jerome did.

What's our excuse?

I ask for your prayers for my dear wife, Sharon, who turns but a mere sixty years of age of age today. Thank you.

Finally, this is the first anniversary of the death of Rebecca Lynn Adams Dupree, the daughter of longtime readers of this site, Michael and Sandra Adams, in Amman, Jordan. Please remember Mrs. Dupree's immortal soul and the needs of her parents, two brothers and sister today. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Jerome, pray for us.


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