Saint John Damascene Protected the Images That Last for All Eternity

Although this is Tuesday in Holy Week, the Feast of Saint John Damascene is commemorated today.  

The great saint whose feast we celebrate today, Saint John Damascene, fought the iconoclasts in his day. And while many, although far from all, of our Catholic churches are now in the hands of the conciliar iconoclasts, we can festoon our homes with images of Our Lord and Our Lady and Saint Joseph and other saints as we use these images to remind us of we are united to the saints represented in these images by means of the Communion of Saints and that we hope to share Heaven with them for all eternity in the glory of the Beatific Vision. 

Today is, of course, our daughter Lucy’s sixteenth birthday and the tenth anniversary of her First Holy Communion. The years have just flown by. I look at our daughter and see a tall girl a who stands around five feet, seven inches tall. How did this happen? 

We are very blessed to have our dear daughter, who is being taught by a mother possessed of a pure love of the Holy Catholic Faith and a deep, tender devotion to the Mother of God. I give thanks every day and night for the blessings represented by my family. Deo gratias! Please do pray for Lucy Mary Therese Norma Droleskey on her birthday today. Thank you. 

Finally, I did make a good deal of progess with the next original article for this site, which I hope to have posted by tomorrow, Spy Wednesday, which is an apt day to post the commentary as it deals yet again with that personal disciple of Judas Isacriot named Jorge Mario Bergoglio. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us. 

Saint John Damascene, pray for us.

As We Enter Holy Week, 2018: 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, March 31, 2018, and on Easter Sunday, 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 is gone into in greater detail in the Living in the Shadow of the Cross lecture program. About half of the lecture program deals 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.

A new article on some of the events of this past week, including the president's meltdown in the face of being blamed for a government shutdown if he vetoed the budget-busting spending plan that had been passed by Congress early on March 22, 2018, the Feast of Saint Isidore the Farmer and the Commemoration of Thusday in Passion Week, will be published before Spy Wednesday. I want to be as detailed as possible, a task that requires time. However, I will not publish the commentary until Easter Monday if I cannot complete it by Wednesday. 

A blessed Palm Sunday to you all.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

On the Feast of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Passiontide, 2018

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.

By the way, Vanquished by Our Lady: Comrade Bergoglio, which is now up to a whopping total of five copies sold (another runaway best seller, obviously), is now available in its Kindle version.

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

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

A Mutual Alliance in Behalf of Spiritual and Physical Death: Jorge Mario Bergoglio and George Soros

This is my long commentary on Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s address in support of palliative care that was given on November 16, 2017. This is not light reading. However, I know that there are a few readers of this site who may find it useful.  

A few typographical errors, including one describing the courageous Dr. Paul Byrne as "compromising" when I meant to write uncompromising (have you noticed that there are a few times, oh, say, here and there, that I think faster than I type?), have been corrected. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Saint Isidore the Farmer, pray for us.

Saint Maria de la Cabeza, pray for us.

Saint Benedict of Nursia: Foe of The False Idols Adored by the Conciliar "Popes"

This is a substantially revised reflection that contrasts the work of Saint Benedict of Nursia, whose feast is today, which is also the fifty-sixth anniversary of my Confirmation at the hands of Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg, the founding Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, at Saint Aloysius Church, Great Neck, New York, with that of the two most recent conciliar “popes.”

Much time has been spent to give attention to Bergoglio’s denial of the commission that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ gave to the Eleven on Ascension Thursday to convert all men to the true Faith. Saint Benedict of Nursia, the father of western Monasticism and thus of Europe itself, had an intolerance for such teaching. So should we. 

My long commentary about Bergoglio's address on "palliative" was completed about twenty minutes before this posting. It has been sent out for vetting. Thank you for your patience.

Finally, the omniscient overlords at Google locked me out of my e-mail account after I had forgotten my password last week even though I had entered all the right information to establish my identity. I apologize to correspondents. I received access only late last night. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. 
 
Saint Benedict of Nursia, pray for us.

Saint Joseph: The Just and Quiet Man of the House of David

Today, of course, is the great Feast of Saint Joseph, the Chaste Spouse of Our Lady, the just and silent man of the House of David. Saint Joseph denied himself his biological fatherhood in order to serve as the ever-virginal spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the most loving foster-father to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

In him, Saint Joseph, is to be found every virtue for a husband and father to imitate: patience, charity, forbearance in all difficulties, fortitude, perseverance, temperance, and total self-abnegation. Those of us who are husbands and fathers must learn to be more silent, to learn to be more loving, to learn to be more patient, to learn to be more meek, to learn to be ever-ready to worker harder and harder at our life's work so as to help our wives and our children to live as redeemed creatures here below in order to know eternal happiness hereafter in Heaven. Saint Joseph is the model of home life and the patron of artisans, the protector of widows and orphans, the patron of those who are in danger of death. May we invoke his patronage each day after we invoke that of his Most Chaste Spouse, Our Lady, and never be slow to turn to him in our spiritual and temporal needs:

"O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O thou Saint Joseph, do assist me by thy powerful intercession, and obtain for me from thy divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee, and Jesus asleep in thy arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me. Amen!"

I was making superb progress on completing my long-delayed commentary about Bergoglio's address on "palliative care" four months ago until late last night when I did something that I rarely do any longer because I lack the time. However, I did find the following address by Mr. Andrew Emmans that was linked on the Novus Ordo Watch Wire website: From Protestant Pastor to Sedevacantist that I highly recommend. The talk is both humorous and riveting. Please do send a link to your relatives and friends and priests/presbyters who are as of yet convinced that the counterfeit church of conciliarism is the Catholic Church and that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is "Pope Francis," remembering to pray as well for Mr. Emmans and his family. (Work on my commentary will resume later today.)

Speaking of links, Vanquished by Our Lady: Comrade Bergoglio, will take you to my latest book, which the same relatives and friends and priests/presbyters might find of interest.

A blessed Feast of Saint Joseph to you all!  (A commemoration of the Mass of Monday in Passionweek this made at Holy Mass today.)

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Passiontide Reflections

[Although it took almost an entire day after I received notification that my new book, Vanquished by Our Lady: Comrade Bergoglio, to show up on Amazon, it is now available. It is my goal to produced thematic anthologies chronicling the Argentine Apostate's first five years as the univesal public face of apostasy.

The current volume focuses on Jorge's "preferential option," shall we say, for leftism and leftists of all stripes, including Communist thugs and murderers themselves. The next volume will focus a new church for a new religion.

[Please purchase a copy of the new book now, and feel free to buy some for your relatives, friends and acquaintances who may as yet be attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism.]

One of the recurring themes in my writing is the obligation each of us has as a Catholic to forgive others as we have been forgiven so freely and so readily by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ acting through an alter Christus in the Sacred Tribunal Penance. There is nothing that anyone can do to us, say about us or cause us to suffer, whether emotionally or physically, that is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused the God-Man to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death as the Fourth through Seven Swords of Sorrow pierced the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother. If He forgives us recidivist sinners, steeped in the spiritual mediocrity of lukewarmness, so readily and so frequently, who are we to hesitate for a moment to forgive others anything and everything, whether real or imagined or exaggerated, that they have have said about us or done to us?

Our Lord entered His Passion so as to redeem us and thus to make it possible for us to know His forgiveness, first in the Baptismal font and then in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance (and, for our Venial Sins, every time a priest administers Absolution following the recitation of the Confiteor in the offering of Holy Mass). We must make good use of this Passiontide to be more forgiving as we seek out the mercy of the Divine Redeemer through the ministrations of a true priest acting in persona Christi in the confesional.

As a sinner who has been forgiven much in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, I have no energy at all (Deo gratias!) for nursing petty grudges and stewing in my juices about the judgments of others. Our sins imposed an unjust judgment on God in the very Flesh. It is good for us to suffer humiliation and rejection and calumny and scorn and derision. Very good for us. The more we suffer with love and gratitude is the more that we can unite ourselves to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. And even if we are the victims of real injustices and calumnies, so what?

So what?

Everything gets revealed on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead. Each of the just will be reconciled one to the other at that time. That happy reconciliation then can only take place, however, if we forgive others from our hearts in the here and now of this passing, mortal vale of tears!

Let’s make this the best Passiontide of our lives, grateful to Almighty God that He has brought us to the beginning of yet another Passiontide, uncertain though we may be as to we will live to see Easter Sunday in this passing, mortal vale of tears just thirteen days from now on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Today, March 18, is also the the thirty-sixth anniversary of the death of of my late mother, Norma Florence Red Fox Droleskey, who died at 9:20 p.m., Central time at Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, on this date in 1982 of stomach and esophageal cancer, which had been diagnosed on January 29, 1982. I ask for your prayers for the repose of my late mother's immortal soul. Eternal rest grant unto Norma Droleskey, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

As God's Providence would have it, today is also the eleventh anniversary of the death of Father Daniel Johnson, who had such great zeal for souls, and the tenth anniversary of the death of Mrs. Theresa Colgan, the mother of my former student and good friend, Lieutenant Spencer Colgan. In the words of Father Johnson, "Don't think I'll be in Heaven immediately after my death. Pray for me!" Indeed, Father Johnson we are praying for you every day. We are also praying for Mrs. Colgan's immortal soul. I ask that you join us in our prayers for these two souls on this anniversary of their deaths.

By the way, my new book is published, whatever that means, but is not yet visible on Amazon. I will let you know when that changes. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you. Save souls!

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, pray for us.

Republished: Saint Patrick: Apostle to the Emerald Isle

This is a slightly revised tribute to our glorious Saint Patrick, Bishop and Confessor, whose work in behalf of the conversion of the Irish clans from paganism stands in very sharp contrast to the obeisance that has been paid by the conciliar “popes” and their “bishops” to every false religion and pagan superstition imaginable. It was to wipe out paganism that Saint Patrick spent his life as a missionary to the Emerald Isle, that land of Saints and Scholars which has fallen back into paganism in no small measure because of the false doctrines and sacramental barrenness of the liturgical rites of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Saint Patrick stands ready to convert each one of us away from our own sins if only we beg his intercession to help make us saints, especially now as we enter into Passiontide with first vespers this evenving.

We are privileged to have a relic of Saint Patrick that is venerated each night before sleep. This relic was given to us most unexpectedly by a reader some years ago now, perhaps as long as ten years ago. Please be assured that we will include the intentions of each one of our readers in mind as venerate this relic of Saint Patrick this evening.

I am still awaiting final approval of my new book. In the meantime, though, I did a lot of additional work yesterday on my review of Bergoglio's address about "palliative care" was delivered four months ago. It will sent out for vetting, however, before it can be published. Thank you.

A blessed Feast of Saint Patrick to you all! 

Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.

Saint Patrick, pray for us.

March 16, 2018, Update

This entire week has been spent editing and then atttemping to upload the content of an anthology of seven articles that document Jorge Mario Bergoglio's "preferential option," shall we say, for leftists and leftism of all stripes, something that has been a hallmark of his masquerade party as "Pope Francis" that is now five years old.   The text is being "reviewed" at this time. It is my hope that it will be available for purchase later today. 

Projects such as this one will be undertaken throughout the remainder of this year. However, I will still write original commentaries as time permits. Two such commenataries will be written over the weekend.

Thanks, as always, for your patience.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Gregory the Great Gave Advice to Shepherds and to Us All

Today, Monday, March 12, 2018, is the Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great. A slightly revised version of a reflection on Pope Saint Gregory the Great that was written in 2010 is offered to the readership today in a slightly revised form. May we pray to the illustrious Pope Saint Gregory the Great for the restoration of a true pope on the Throne of Saint Peter.

Tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of the election of the sixth in the current line of antipopes. It is my hope to have a project to commemorate this tragic anniversary ready by tomorrow. Realistically, however, it may not appear for a day or two more.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Gregory the Great, pray for us.

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