Republished: Saint Francis of Assisi: From Riches to Lady Poverty

Today, October 4, 2017, is the Feast of the Seraphic Saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, who was born as Giovanni di Bernardone in 1182 (some say 1181).

This 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.

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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

My commentary on the Las Vegas massacre is nearing completion. It is my expectation to have it posted this afternoon, and it is possible that a bit more might be known by then about the tool of the devil named Stephen Craig Haddock, who methodically rained down a torrent of bullets in a city that has prospered because of the promotion, enabling and profting off of sins of lust and avarice. Violence against God by means of unrepentant sins results in violence against human beings. 

Once again, pray for the deceased and for the recovery and conversion of the wounded and of the family members of all affected.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

Revised and Expanded: Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face: Holiness Unalloyed

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?

Work has commenced on a commentary about the terrible tragedy that unfolded in Las Vegas, Nevada, that I only learned about early Monday morning upon arising. Sufice it to say for the moment that I have always despised Las Vegas and the open promotion of sin, including vices that are fully protected by the cover of the civil law, to be found there. It is, quite sadly, that a city whose gambling industry became famous when the notorious Mafia hitman and racketeer named Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel decided to bankroll The Flamingo hotel and casino has been the scene of such terrible bloodshed. Las Vegas rose to prominence out of the desert as a result of the bloodlust and greed of a murdering gangster, and it is prominent in the news today because of the bloodlust of a man who was most likely as possessed by the adversary as was Bugsy Siegel himself.

Pray for the victims and their relatives. Pray for those who have wounded. 

Above all, pray to Our Lady always to remain in a state of Sanctifying Grace as even though Las Vegas is indeed a city of sin--and is known as "sin city," such mindless violence can occur at any time and in any place.

Indeed, do you realize that in the space of the seventy-two minutes that it took for fifty-nine people to be killed and five hundred twenty-seven more to be wounded 126 innocent preborn human beings were killed in abortuaries by surgical means. Countless numbers of others were dispatched in hospitals under the aegis of the medical industry's manufactured, profit-making myth of "brain death" and in hospices, where innocent human beings are killed off after having been put on a "pathway" to a "death with dignity."

We live in a land awash in the blood of the innocent.

May God have mercy on us all.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Therese of Lisieux, pray for us!

A "Correction" In Need of A Correction, part three of a series

Although it is certainly the case that Jorge Mario Bergoglio's Amoris Laetitia is a stunning piece of heresy, it is nevertheless baffling that the authors of the most recent "correction" issued by "conservative" Catholics within the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism have not issued any "corrections" on the false "pontiff's" false ecclesiology and the offenses he has given to the First and Second Commandments by esteeming the symbols of false religions, which he asserts have the means to help build the "better world" and to "protect the environment." 

Ah, but to this, of course, the "correctors" would have to condemn conciliarism itself as odious to God as even their beloved "Pope Benedict XVI," however much he may differ with his successor on a few matters, offended God greatly by promulgating doctrines contrary to the received teaching of the Catholic Church, starting with the very immutable nature of dogma (the subject of part one of this series). Joseph Alois Ratzinger was also a first-class violator of the First and Second Commandments in his own apostate right?

Why just the Sixth and Ninth Commandments and not the First and the Second?

The concluding part of this series, part four, will follow in a few days. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-People's Republic of California) is next on the to-do list, followed by part three of my series on Jorge Mario Bergoglio's address to the Italian Liturgical Council on August 24, 2017, the Feast of Saint Bartholomew.

A reflection on today's feast of Our Holy Guardian Angels was published a short while ago. Scroll below.

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

Our Holy Guardian Angels, pray for us, defend us, protect us.

Revised and Expanded: Putting the Love of God Beyond All Else

This a revised and expanded 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 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?

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

The next part of the series on the "Correction" is nearing completion. here might be an original commentary published tomorrow. The past week has been filled with family duties, which take precedence over all else.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Jerome, pray for us.

On The Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel

Today is the Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel.

We need Saint Michael's intercession more now than ever before. We need his help in our own daily battles with the forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil. And, of course, we need his help with to remain faithful to the true Faith without making any concessions at all to conciliarism or its false officials who blaspheme God so regularly, so boldly, so repeatedly and with a chorus of bobble heads making excuses for them in their sins against the First and Second Commandments, which are just as important as the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. 

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

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us and keep us!

A "Correction" In Need of A Correction, part two of a series

Part two of the series on the “Correction” issued by some “conservative” scholars about the heresies contained in Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s Amoris Laetitia, March 19, 2016, was delayed by a setback in my recovery from the back injury that was incurred ten weeks ago now. It is my hope to have part three published by tomorrow, the Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Wenceslaus, pray for us.

On the Feast of Saint Wenceslaus: A King Who Prostrated Himself Before THE King

Today is the feast of the great Saint Wenceslaus, King of Bohemia, who was murdered by his own brother, who hated the fact that that he, King Wenceslaus, was everything that he, Boleslaus, hated, namely, pious and devoted, a servant of Christ the King, a just ruler who ruled to advance the common temporal good in light of man's Last End. Boleslaus hated the fact that his brother, our dear saint, loved the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and baked the Eucharistic bread with his own hands. This should give us pause for reflection in our own circumstances today when so many of our own relatives and one-time friends and acquaintances might hate us simply for being Catholic, no less Catholics who try, despite our sins and failings, to adhere to everything taught by Holy Mother Church from time immemorial. Saint Wenceslaus was a king who was prostrate before THE King, Christ the King, in life who adores him in Heaven face to face. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Wenceslaus, pray for us.

Republished: We Can Do No Less Than The North American Martyrs

Today, Monday, September 26, 2016, is the Feast of the North American Martyrs, the eight Jesuits who gave up their lives for the Holy Faith in what are now parts of Canada and upstate New York between 1642 and 1649, and the Commemoration of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian.

This brief reflection speaks volumes about the contrast between the life and martyrdom of the eight men killed between 1642 and 1649 and the conciliar "saints". Each of the North American Martyr (Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, Jean Lalande, Gabriel Lalemant, Noel Chabanel, Anthony Daniel, Charles Garnier, and John de Brebeuf) shed their blood to Catholicize the upper reaches of North America. They were not interested in "inculturating" the Catholic liturgy with the pagan superstitions and barbaric practices of the Iroquois. They were concerned only about attempting to convert the heathens to the true Faith and to plant the seeds for the conversion of the land in which their noble missionary work had taken them.

Can we do any less than they?

We must seek to "keep it Catholic" at all times as we seek to plant the seeds for the conversion of this nation to become the Catholic States of America.

Although it was my intention to have part two of the series about the "Correction" that was issued to "Pope Francis" by "conservative" Catholic scholars ready for publication today, the work on my part one and a full day of attending to family errands make it impossible for me to do so. However, I will be back at the computer pretty much all day today, Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Finally, I learned last night, Monday, September 25, 2017, that our dear friend, Father Thomas Dignan, who had been the assistant pastor of Saint Jude Shrine in Stafford,, Texas, since his arrival there in 2004, died last night at 7:30 p.m., Central Daylight Saving Time. While we are greatly saddened by this news as we spent much time visiting with Father Dignan over the past eleven years whenever we made trips to the Houston, Texas, area (and during the times in 2007, 2009, and 2011 our former residence on wheels, the motor home, was parked at a campground in Sugar Land, Texas, for extended periods of time), we are nevertheless grateful to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for taking Father Dignan unto Himself after over sixty years of uncompromisingly zealous priestly service. He was eighty-seven years of age, and was ordained as as a priest for the Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota, in 1957.

In addition to his priestly zeal, including his great devotion, as you noted, to Holy Mass and to the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, Father Dignan was one of the most mechanically able priests I have ever met. We never ceased to be amazed at how Father Dignan, dressed his overalls, could be seen working on the roof of the Shrine or carrying one or more two-by-four pieces of lumber around the property. Yes, much like the One to Whom He had been conformed when He was orained to the priesthood, he loved working with wood. Indeed, he was a very skilled carpenter, and we have been told that his collection of tools was very impressive. 
 
Above all else, of course, Father Dignan had a great zeal for the work of the Legion of Mary, which he replicated in the Houston area to the very best of his priestly ability, especially by going to hospitals and nursing homes throughout the Houston area. I am confident that Our Lady gave him all of her motherly assistance at the hour of his death, although, presuming the state of no soul after death, we will continue to pray for the repose of his immortal soul as we did shortly after receiving Father Campbell's e-mail before we commenced our Night Prayers last evening.
 
We may be poor materially, but we are very rich to have known Father Dignan and to know Father Campbell, no less to have had our sins forgiven and to have been fed with the very Bread of Life Himself from his priestly hands and of those of Father Louis J.Campbell, who has been the pastor of Saint Jude Shrine since 2002.
 
Father Dignan's quiet humility and his priestly dignity were truly inspirational. He was not concerned about empire-building or turf wars. He was concerned only about the honor and glory of God and the good of souls. He was one of the very finest priests I have ever known. Indeed, he was a gentle priest who showed kindness to everyone without fail.
 
I will endeavor to write a short personal reminiscence of Father Dignan in a day or two.
 
Please remember Father Dignan's immortal soul in your prayers, especially to the Mother of God through her Most Holy Rosary, and by having the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered by a true priest for the repose of his immortal soul. 
 
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Our Lady of the North American Martyrs, pray for us.

Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us!

Saint Rene Goupil, S,J.,  pray for us.

Saint John Lalande, S,J., pray for us.

Saint Gabriel Lalemant, S.J., pray for us.

Saint Noel Chabanel, S.J., pray for us.

Saint Charles Garnier, S.J., pray for us.

Saint Anthony Daniel, S.J.,  pray for us.

Saint John De Brebeuf, S.J., pray for us.

Saints Cyprian and Justina, pray for us.

 

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