A Convergence of Dark Forces
Thomas A. Droleskey
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice: Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it unto them. For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity: so that they are inexcusable.
Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God, or given thanks; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened. For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of fourfooted beasts, and of creeping things. Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them. (Romans 1: 18-32)
The fury of those steeped unrepentantly in perverse sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments knows no limits. Having rebelled against God by persisting unrepentantly in sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, those steeped in perversity must seek to silence anyone who criticizes them, not wanting anyone to disturb their consciences lest they be forced to consider the necessity of reforming their lives in cooperation with the ineffable graces won for the many by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. Indeed, those who dist rub the consciences of those steeped quite shamelessly in perverse sins must be denounced by all manner of slogans ("intolerant," "judgmental," "bigoted," "hateful," "violent") and by the force of law in those places that have degenerated to the point where perverse sins are actually celebrated publicly and "mainstream" into every aspect of popular culture.
Thus it is that the Homosexual Collective (which includes practicing homosexuals and lesbians and their supporters, many of whom are engaged in unrepentant acts of natural vice against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, including contraception and abortion) is seeking to use the levers of the law in one country after another, including the United States of America, to make it a "hate crime" to criticize the sin of Sodom and the sin of lesbianism. A bill, "The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, H.R. 1592, has been introduced into the United States House of Representatives by Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. This bill has once again engendered the convergence of some very dark forces. Let me explain.
As is usually, although not always, the case when bills of this nature are introduced in Congress and in state and local legislatures, evangelical and fundamentalist Protestant "ministers" come to the forefront in opposition. Lacking leadership from the false bishops of the counterfeit church of conciliarism that most Catholics believe is the Catholic Church, "conservative" and even some traditionally-minded Catholics leap onto the bandwagons of these Protestant ministers, placing the proverbial cart before the horse as they attempt to treat a symptom without addressing root causes. That is, as noted in yesterday's commentary, The "Fruit" of "Reconciling" with the "Principles of 1789," the rise of various social evils under cover of law and in practically every aspect of popular culture is the direct result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the humanistic, naturalistic, anti-Incarnational forces of the Renaissance and as a direct result of the Protestant Revolt itself. Protestants are incapable of seeing that the very evils they seek to oppose are the result of their own variety of false religions, none of which--and let me repeat this for the sake of emphasis, none of which--is Christian in an way, shape or form. No one can know Who Our Lord is except through His one true Church He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope.
This is how the matter is put in the American preface to The Hidden Treasure: Holy Mass, by Saint Leonard of Port Maurice:
"Where there is no Mass," writes one of the Fathers of the English Oratory, "there is no Christianity." The reason is plain. Christ's life was one of sacrifice--not merely of the figurative sacrifice of praise and prayer, but one of outward act, of suffering and of death. His religion must be like Himself: it must be the continuation of the divine human life that He led upon earth, representing and perpetuating, by some sacred rite, the sacrifice that began in the womb of Mary and ended upon the cross of Calvary. That rite is the holy Mass. Do we always realize it as such? Does the conviction sink deep into us, when offering, or assisting at the adorable sacrifice, that Jesus is re-enacting, in our presence, the mysteries of His life and death?
The altar of the Mass is the holy house of Nazareth, the city of Bethlehem, the Egyptian place of exile, the hill of Calvary, the garden-tomb in which Our Saviour's corpse reposed, and the Mount of Olives from which He ascended. The Passion, it is true, is that which is primarily represented and continued in the holy Mass; yet the prayers and rites of the sacrifice refer, at times, to other mysteries. Thus the dropping of a part of the sacred host into the chalice, before the Agnus Dei,represents the reunion of Christ's soul with His body and blood on the morning of the Resurrection. For a description of the many and beautiful analogies between the eucharistic life of Our Lord and His sacred Infancy, we refer the reader to Father Faber's Treatise on the Blessed Sacrament.
The Mass is truly a "hidden treasure," and, alas, our cold, dead faith allows it to remain so. If we valued it as we ought, we would hurry every morning to the church, ceaseless of the snows of winter and the heats of summer, in order to get a share of the riches of this treasure.
The saints knew the value of one Mass: that it was a dark day in their calendar on which they were deprived of the happy privilege of saying or hearing Mass. Although St. Francis de Sales was overburdened with apostolic work on the Mission of the Chablais, he made it a point never to miss his daily Mass. In order to keep his holy resolution, he had frequently to cross the river Drance, to the village of Marin, in which there was a Catholic church. It happened, in the winter of 1596, that a great freshet carried away a portion of the bridge over the stream, and the passengers were, in consequence, compelled to cross on a plank laid over those arches of the broken structure that had withstood the waters. Heavy falls of snow, followed by severe frosts, made this board very slippery, so that it became dangerous to attempt passing on on it; but St. Francis was not be deterred, for despite the remonstration of his friends, he made the perilous journey every morning, creeping over the icy plank on his hands and feet, thus daily risking his life rather than lose Mass.
Dear Christian reader! beg this glorious saint to obtain for you and me some portion of his burning love for the most holy and adorable sacrifice of the altar.
No, no one who disbelieves in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass practices true Christianity, which is, of course, Catholicism. No baptized Catholic who disbelieves that the Mass is indeed the unbloody re-presentation of the Sacrifice of the Son to the Father in Spirit and in Truth on the wood of the Holy Cross is a Catholic in good standing. We have seen, therefore, a convergence of the dark forces of Protestantism and of Modernism, the former of which which has helped to create and the latter of which has joined the former to sustain a world that can only degenerate over the course of time because of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King and disbelief in the necessity of men and their nations to gather around the Sacrifice of the Cross every day in Holy Mass. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the chief means by which the souls of men are sanctified. It is thus the chief means by which nations can know any semblance of social order as individual men seek to live in this live as befits citizens of Heaven mindful that every one of their actions has an eternal dimension and must be subordinated to the Deposit of Faith that Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church.
The adversary has so arranged things in the anti-Incarnational world of Modernity that many believing Catholics must look to the "leadership" provided by members of false religious sects and their related political advocacy groups, having created an entity known as the One World Church, of which the counterfeit church of conciliarism is a constituent part, and filling the ranks of the counterfeit church of conciliarism with "clergy" so steeped in unrepentant acts of perversity that such things as H.R. 1592, far from being pieces of legislation to be opposed and denounced, are endorsed, even if tacitly, as "advances" in the direction of "full legal protection" for the "underprivileged" and "persecuted" "minority" represented by their fellow practicing perverts. The blithe conciliarist acceptance of and/or diffidence toward "hate crimes" legislation is the logical consequence of over two decades of support for "civil rights" legislation that accord practicing perverts a special status concerning employment and housing. After all, how can practicing perverts who have paid out hundreds of millions of dollars donated to them under the false pretenses that they are "bishops" of the Catholic Church refuse to support legislation that affords a "preferential preference" or "option" for themselves and their like-minded brethren?
Many state conferences of "Catholic bishops," that is, the false bishops of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, have endorsed such "civil rights" legislation. Additionally, the leaders of some conciliar entities have supported the imposing of "special" criminal penalties upon those found guilty of engaging in violent assaults against practicing perverts, heedless of the fact that such violent assaults are wrong of their immoral nature and equally heedless of the fact that the only deterrent to violent assaults upon any human being, including the innocent preborn, is adherence to the totality of the Catholic Faith, which teaches us to hate sin while we pray for and seek to perform the Spiritual Works of Mercy in behalf of the conversion of the sinner. No one can say He loves Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Most Blessed Mother while he persists in unrepentant Mortal Sins, whether natural or perversely unnatural, and/or promotes those sins under cover of law and in every aspect of popular culture.
How can we say we love that Our Lord and His Most Blessed Mother while we seek to base human identity on sinful behavior? How can we say that we love Our Lord while we promote the very thing, namely, sin, that caused Him to suffer unspeakable horrors in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death and that wounds His Mystical Body today? How can we say that we love the Blessed Virgin Mary while we promote the very thing, namely, sin, that caused Seven Swords of Sorrow to be thrust through and through her Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. It is the height of all hypocrisy and absurdity to claim that one has "compassion" for others while encouraging them to persist in their sins and seeking to use the cover of civil law to make sinful behavior beyond public criticism.
Authentic Christian compassion is that shown by Our Lord to Saint Mary Magdalene when she was caught in the act of adultery
And Jesus went unto mount Olivet. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him, and sitting down he taught them. And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst, And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery. Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?
And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground. When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground. But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst. Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?
Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more. (Jn. 8: 1-11)
Our Lord understood the weakness that caused Saint Mary Magdalene to commit the sin of adultery, proscribed by the Sixth Commandment. He did not condemn her for sinning. Neither did He reaffirm her in the commission of her sins. He told her to reform her life, to "Go, and now sin no more," which is what He tells us through the lips of an alter Christus in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. We must hate our sins and seek to reform our lives in cooperate with the graces Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross by the shedding of His Most Precious Blood, performing the particular penance assigned to us by a priest as the condition for the Absolution we receive in any particular confession we make and then resolving to live penitentially as the consecrated slaves of Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for our sins and those of the whole world.
The perverse "bishops" of conciliarism, aided and abetted by the "perverse" members of their clergy, some of whom are legitimate priests,will have none of this. "Christian compassion" for these enemies of the Cross of the Divine Redeemer is nothing other than empty sentimentality, pure emotionalism that seeks to reaffirm themselves and others in the continuous, unrepentant commission of sins, whether natural or unnatural, and the promotion of these sins under cover of law and in every aspect of popular culture. There has been, as far as I can tell from a review of the press releases on the website of the United States Conference of [Conciliar] Bishops, no statement denouncing H.R. 1592. How can there be? Most of the conciliar bishops are in league with the Homosexual Collective, subject the young souls that have been entrusted to their fraudulent "Catholic" schools with all manner of propaganda in behalf of "respect" for "diversity" and "compassion" for "alternative lifestyles." Many have documented this, including Mrs. Randy Engel in The Rite of Sodomy. Thus it is that false Christians, Protestants, are left to publicly oppose H.R. 1592 because false Catholics, that is, conciliar bishops and priests, make it appear by their silence as though such a bill is actually in the service of "human dignity."
Alas, the Protestant "ministers" opposing H.R. 1592 do not, as mentioned above, realize that it is Protestantism itself that has spawned a world capable of endorsing perversion under cover of law and protecting and promoting it in ever aspect of popular culture. As much as they are right to seek to oppose the evils of the day, these Protestant "ministers" do not understand that a society that does not subordinate itself to the Catholic Church in everything that pertains to the good of souls has no (as in zero, zip, zilch, nada, the doughnut hole) defense against the devil's continued onslaughts against the souls for whom Our Lord died on the wood of the Holy Cross and for whom He makes Himself present by the power of the Holy Ghost under the appearances of bread and wine on altars of sacrifice in every offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Indeed, these Protestant ministers are incapable of effectively opposing any of these social evils because they manifestly reject as part of their false religious sects the twin foundations of social order, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, she who is the very Mother of God, as she was proclaimed to be infallibly by the Council of Ephesus. All efforts to oppose social evils absent the Mass and the Rosary (and the Miraculous Medal, the Brown Scapular and the Green Scapular) will come to nothing, which is why evil is advancing with ever increasing strides of boldness here and around the world.
Not to be overlooked in this advance of evil is the fact that those believing Catholics who as of yet have not made the break with the conciliar structures, including "conservative" Novus Ordo Catholics and indultarians, are just as incapable as Protestant "ministers" of opposing the evils of the day because they lack true bishops, true priests (in most instances) and a valid Mass. This makes them almost as powerless as the Protestant ministers in opposing various social evils of the day, admitting that many of these Catholics are deeply devoted to Our Lady, which can give us the hope that one day they will respond to the graces that flow into their hearts of souls through her most loving hands as the Mediatrix of All Graces to reject conciliarism en toto, including the Novus Ordo Missae and conciliarism's "reconciliation" with the "principles of 1789," becoming champions of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen in the Catholic catacombs where no concessions are made to conciliarism or to the "legitimacy" of the conciliar shepherds. Until that time, however, their well-intentioned efforts to oppose various social evils of the day will come to nothing as it is not founded in an effort to restore the true Catholic Faith before it was corrupted by the band of the devil's miscreants that had making making such mischief within the Church in the centuries prior to their being unleashed by Angelo Roncalli in advance of the "Second" Vatican Council.
A lack of understanding of all this leads believing Catholics in the conciliar structures and well-meaning but sincerely wrong-headed Protestants to look to some "electoral" solution, thinking that the "right" candidate can prevent hate crimes legislation from advancing in this country. To whom can they turn? To a candidate who opposes all abortions, whether chemical and surgical, at all times without any exceptions as he opposes the madness of the New World Order's crusade of endless war (Iraq at present, Iran to follow in short order) as the "final solution" to the world's problems? To a candidate who recognizes that Catholicism and Catholicism alone is the only solution to the problems of men in their own individual lives and to the advance of social evils domestically and internationally?
Once again, this is where the devil traps well-meaning people into thinking that there is, as noted in yesterday's commentary, some inter-denominational or non-denominational "shortcut" by which to circumvent the advance of various social evils. This is but an illusion of the devil, who wants us to be in the semi-Pelagian heresy that we are, more or less, self-redemptive and can on our own, without submitting to the Deposit of Faith as entrusted to and taught infallibly by the Catholic Church and without relying upon the Sanctifying Graces made present in the world only by the working of the Holy Ghost in the Catholic Church, create the "better" world" and "solve" or at least "retard" various social evils. Evils are advancing in the world because billions of people do not believe in the Mass or True Devotion to Mary and through her to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Nearly a billion more, those in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, to have access to a true Mass and robbed of the graces they need to see the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith and to conform their wills to that Faith in every one of their actions.
Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort, who was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1947, suffered terribly at the hands of the Jansenists in the early Eighteenth Century in France who did not believe in devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus or to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Saint Louis de Montfort, who founded the the Company of Mary for men and Daughters of Wisdom for women, wrote that we must not be fooled by the false spirits of the world. We must adhere only to the Eternal Wisdom that God has entrusted to men through His Catholic Church:
There are several kinds of Wisdom. First there is true and false wisdom. True wisdom is fondness of truth, without guile of dissimulation. False wisdom is fondness of falsehood, disguised under the appearance of truth. This false wisdom is the wisdom of the world, which, according to the Holy Spirit, is threefold "Earthly, sensual and devilish wisdom" (Jas. 3: 15). True wisdom is natural and supernatural. Natural wisdom is knowledge, in an eminent degree, of natural things in their principles; supernatural wisdom is knowledge of supernatural and divine things in their origin.
But we must be aware of being mistaken in our choice, for there are several kinds of wisdom. There is the Wisdom of God--the only true Wisdom, that deserves to be loved as a great treasure. There is also the wisdom of the corrupt world, which must be condemned and detested as evil and pernicious. Moreover, there is the wisdom of the philosophers, which we must despise wen it is not true philosophy and because it is often dangerous to salvation.
So far, following the advice of St. Paul, we have spoken of the Wisdom of God to chosen souls, but lest they should be deceived by the false luster of worldly wisdom, let us expose its deceit and malice. The wisdom of the world is that of which it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise" (1 Cor. 1: 19) according to the world. "The wisdom of the flesh is an enemy to God.... This is not the wisdom descending from above but earthly, sensual, devilish" (Rom. 8: 7, Jas. 3: 15).
This worldly wisdom consists in the exact compliance with the maxims and fashions of the world; in a continuous trend toward greatness and esteem. It is a secret and unceasing pursuit of pleasures and personal interests, not in a gross and open manner, so as to cause scandal, but in a secret, deceitful and scheming fashion. Otherwise, it would not be what the world calls wisdom, but rank licentiousness.
Those who process according to the wisdom of the world, are those who know how to manage well their affairs and to arrange things to their temporal advantage, without appearing to do so;
--who know the art of deceiving and how to cleverly cheat without it being noticed; who say or do one thing and have another in mind;
--who are thoroughly acquainted with the way and the flattery of the world;
--who know how to please everybody, in order to reach their goal, not troubling much about the honor and interests of God;
--who make a secret, but deadly, fusion of truth with untruth; of the Gospel with the world; of virtue with vice; of Jesus Christ with Satan;
--who wish to pass for honest people, but not as religious men; who despise and corrupt or readily condemn every religious practice which does not conform to their own.
In short, the worldly-wise are those, who being guided only by their human senses and reason, seek only to appear as Christian and honest folk, without troubling much to please God, or to do penance for the sins which they have committed against His divine Majesty. The worlding bases his conduct upon his honor, upon what people say, upon convention, upon good cheer, upon personal interest, upon refined manners, upon witty jokes. These are the seven innocent incentives, so he thinks, upon which he can rely, so that hey may lead an easy life. He has virtues of his own, for which is canonized by the world. These are manliness, finesse, diplomacy, tact, gallantry, politeness and sprightliness. He considers as serious sins such traits as lack of feeling, silliness, dullness and sanctimoniousness.
The Ten Commandments of the Worldly Man:
1. Thou shalt be well acquainted with the world.
2. Thou shalt appear to be an honest man.
3. Thou shalt be successful in business.
4. Thou shalt kept what is thine.
5. Thou shalt get on in the world.
6. Thou shalt make friends.
7. Thou shalt be a society man.
8. Thou shalt make merry.
9. Thou shalt not be a killjoy.
10. Thou shalt avoid singularity, dullness and an air of piety.
Never was the world so corrupt as it is now, because it was never so astute, so wise in its own conceit and so cunning. It is so skillful in deceiving the soul seeking perfection, that it makes use of truth to foster untruth, of virtue to authorize vice and it even distorts the meaning of Christ's own truths, to give authority to its own maxims. "The number of those who are fools, according to God, is infinite" (Eccles. 1: 15)
The earthly wisdom, spoken of by St. James, is an excessive striving for worldly goods. The worldly-wise make a secret profession of this type of wisdom when they allow themselves to become attached to their earthly possessions; when they strive to become rich; when they go to law and bring useless actions against others, in order to acquire or to keep temporal goods; when their every thought, word and deed is mainly directed toward obtaining or retaining something temporal. As to working out their eternal salvation and making use of the means to do so--such as reception of the Sacraments and prayer--they accomplish these duties only carelessly, in a very offhanded manner, once in a while and for the sake of appearances.
Sensual wisdom is a lustful desire for pleasures, The worldly-wise make a profession of it, when they seek only the satisfaction of the senses; when they are inordinately fond of entertainment; when they sun whatever mortifies and inconveniences the body, such as fasting and other austerities; when they continually think of eating, drinking, playing, laughing, amusing themselves and having an agreeable time; when they eagerly seek after soft beds, merry games, sumptuous feasts and fashionable society.
Then, after having unscrupulously indulged in all these pleasures--perhaps without displeasing the world or injuring their health--they look for the "least scrupulous" confessor (such is the name they give to those easy going confessors who shirk their duty) that they may receive from him, at little cost, the peaceful sanction of their soft and effeminate life, and a plenary indulgence for all their sins. I say, at little cost, for these, sensually wise, want, as penance, the recitation of only a few prayers, or the giving of an alms, because they dislike what afflicts the body.
Devilish wisdom consists in an unlawful striving for human esteem and honors. This is the wisdom which the worldly-wise profess when they aim, although not openly, at greatness, honors, dignities and high positions; when they wish to be seen, esteemed, praised and applauded by men; when in their studies, their works, their endeavors their words and their actions, they seek only the good opinion and praise of men, so that they may be looked upon as pious people, as men of learning, as great leaders, as clever lawyers, as people of boundless and distinguished merit, or deserving of high consideration; while they cannot bear an insult, or a rebuke; or they cover up their faults and make a show of their fine qualities.
With Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, we must detest and condemn these three kinds of false wisdom if we wish to acquire the true one, which does not seek its own interest, which is not found on this earth, nor in the heart of those who lead a comfortable life, but which abhors all that which is great and high in the estimation of men.
To come to the perfect possession of Divine Wisdom, we must accept and follow His teaching. We must begin renouncing ourselves and keeping the great commandments of loving God and our neighbor. We must renounce the flesh, the world and its temporal goods. Above all we must renounce our self-will. To do this, we must humbly pray, we must do penance and suffer persecution. For all this we need the help of Divine Wisdom, Who invites us to go to Him.
With His help we need not fear, provided we be clean of heart. To succeed we must persevere and not look back; we must walk in the light and act according to the teachings of Divine Wisdom; we must be vigilant and avoid the maxims of the false prophets; we must not fear what may be done to our body and reputation, but only be solicitous about the kingdom of God, which we can only enter by the narrow gate. Therefore, we must keep in mind the Eight Beatitudes and we must be thankful to God for having taught us these heavenly truths. (St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion: Consecration to Mary, Complete Five-Week Preparation, compiled by Father Helmuts Libietus, Angelus Press, 1998, pp. 31-36, taken from Saint Louis de Montfort's book, The Love of Eternal Wisdom.)
Yes, we must do penance and be willing to suffer persecution. Perhaps H.R. 1592, although a truly detestable bill that is indeed designed to silence opposition to the promotion of perverse sins in the United States of America, is that veritable blessing in disguise. Although no right-thinking Catholic wants to see the passage of this bill, it could, if passed, be the means by which many of us save our souls by paying back the large debt we owe for our own sins against each of God's Ten Commandments. Perhaps our willingness to do penance and to suffer persecution for continuing to speak out against the evils of the day as members of the one, true Church, the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation, will help to plant the seeds for the restoration of the Church and for the restoration of Christendom in the world as the fruit of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Pope Pius XI put the matter this way in Quas Primas, December 11, 1925:
History, in fact, tells us that in the course of ages these festivals have been instituted one after another according as the needs or the advantage of the people of Christ seemed to demand: as when they needed strength to face a common danger, when they were attacked by insidious heresies, when they needed to be urged to the pious consideration of some mystery of faith or of some divine blessing. Thus in the earliest days of the Christian era, when the people of Christ were suffering cruel persecution, the cult of the martyrs was begun in order, says St. Augustine, "that the feasts of the martyrs might incite men to martyrdom." The liturgical honors paid to confessors, virgins and widows produced wonderful results in an increased zest for virtue, necessary even in times of peace. But more fruitful still were the feasts instituted in honor of the Blessed Virgin. As a result of these men grew not only in their devotion to the Mother of God as an ever-present advocate, but also in their love of her as a mother bequeathed to them by their Redeemer. Not least among the blessings which have resulted from the public and legitimate honor paid to the Blessed Virgin and the saints is the perfect and perpetual immunity of the Church from error and heresy. We may well admire in this the admirable wisdom of the Providence of God, who, ever bringing good out of evil, has from time to time suffered the faith and piety of men to grow weak, and allowed Catholic truth to be attacked by false doctrines, but always with the result that truth has afterwards shone out with greater splendor, and that men's faith, aroused from its lethargy, has shown itself more vigorous than before.
The feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen was kept on Tuesday, April 24. Saint Fidelis gave us his life to convert the disciples of the heretic Ulrich Zwingli and the heretic John Calvin. He should be invoked in our very fervent prayers and efforts to seek the conversion of Protestants well-disposed to moral truth but who do understand that theirs is a false religion that lacks the bastion of Divine Revelation, Holy Mother Church, and lacks the means for their own sanctification and salvation. The account of his life found in the old Catholic Encyclopedia should indeed inspire each of us:
From the beginning of his apostolic career he was untiring in his efforts to convert heretics nor did he confine his efforts in this direction to the pulpit, but also used his pen. He wrote many pamphlets against Calvinism and Zwinglianism though he would never put his name to his writings. Unfortunately these publications have long been lost. Fidelis was still guardian of the community at Feldkirch when in 1621 he was appointed to undertake a mission in the country of the Grisons with the purpose of bringing back that district to the Catholic Faith. The people there had almost all gone over to Calvinism, owing partly to the ignorance of the priests and their lack of zeal. In 1614 the Bishop of Coire had requested the Capuchins to undertake missions amongst the heretics in his diocese, but it was not until 1621 that the general of the order was able to send friars there. In that year Father Ignatius of sergamo was commissioned with several other friars to place himself at the disposal of this bishop for missionary work, and a similar commission was given to Fidelis who however still remained guardian of Feldkirche. Before setting out on this mission Fidelis was appointed by authority of the papal nuncio to reform the Benedictine monastery at Pfafers. He entered upon his new labours in the true apostolic spirit. Since he first entered the order he had constantly prayed, as he confided to a fellow-friar, for two favours: one, that he might never fall into mortat sin; the other, that he might die for the Faith. In this Spirit he now set out, ready to give his life in preaching the Faith. He took with him his crucifix, Bible, Breviary, and the book of the rule of his order; for the rest, he went in absolute poverty, trusting to Divine Providence for his daily sustenance. He arrived in Mayenfeld in time for Advent and began at once preaching and catechizing; often preaching in several places the same day. His coming aroused strong opposition and he was frequently threatened and insulted. He not only preached in the Catholic churches and in the public streets, but occasionally in the conventicles of the heretics. At Zizers one of the principal centres of his activity, he held conferences with the magistrates and chief townsmen, often far into the night. They resulted in the conversion of Rudolph de Salis, the most influential man in the town, whose public recantation was followed by many conversions.
Throught the winter Fidelis laboured indefatigably and with such success that the heretic preachers were seriously alarmed and set themselves to inflame the people against him by representing that his mission was political rather than religious and that he was preparing the way for the subjugation of the country by the Austrians. During the Lent of 1622 he preached with especial fervour. At Easter he returned to Feldkirch to attend a chapter of the order and settle some affairs of his community. By this time the Congregation of the Propaganda had been established in Rome, and Fidelis was formally constituted by the Congregation, superior of the mission in the Grisons. He had, however, a presentiment that his laborers would shortly be brought to a close by a martyr's death. Preaching a farewell sermon at Feldkirch he said as much. On re-entering the country of the Grisons he was met everywhere with the cry: "Death to the Capuchins!" On 24 April, being then at Grusch, he made his confession and afterwards celebrated Mass and preached. Then he set out for Sevis. On the way his companions noticed that he was particularly cheerful. At Sevis he entered the church and began to preach, but was interrupted by a sudden tumult both within and without the church. Several Austrian soldiers who were guarding the doors of the church were killed and Fidelis himself was struck. A Calvinist present offered to lead him to a place of security. Fidelis thanked the man but said his life was in the hands of God. 0utside the church he was surrounded by a crowd led by the preachers who offered to save his life if he would apostatize. Fidelis replied: "I came to extirpate heresy, not to embrace it", whereupon he was struck down. He was the first martyr of the Congregation of Propaganda. His body was afterwards taken to Feldkirch and buried in the church of his order, except his head and left arm, which were placed in the cathedral at Coire. He was beatified in 1729, and canonized in 1745. St. Fidelis is usually represented in art with a crucifix and with a wound in the head; his emblem is a bludgeon. His feast is kept on 24 April. CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
"I came to extirpate heresy, not to embrace it." What a way to die, huh? What a contrast with Joseph Ratzinger, who wrote in Principles of Catholic Theology:
As a result, none of the maximum solutions offers any real hope of unity. In any event, church unity is not a political problem that can be solved by means of compromise or the weighing of what is regarded as possible or acceptable. What is at stake here is unity of belief, that is, the question of truth, which cannot be the object of political maneuvering. As long as and to the extent that the maximum solution must be regarded as a requirement of truth itself, just so long and to just that extent there will be no other recourse than simply to strive to convert one's partner in the debate. In other words, the claim of truth ought not to be raised where there is not a compelling and indisputable reason for doing so. We may not interpret as truth that which is, in reality, a historical development with a more or less close relationship to truth. Whenever, then, the weight of truth and its incontrovertibility are involved, they must be met by a corresponding sincerity that avoids laying claim to truth prematurely and is ready to search for the inner fullness of truth with the eyes of love. (pp. 197-198)
The "claim of truth ought not to be raised where there is not a compelling and indisputable reason for doing so"? A "sincerity that avoids laying claim to truth prematurely is ready to search for the inner fullness of truth with the eyes of love"? The Catholic Church does not have to "search for truth." She alone is the sole possessor and teacher of Divine Truth. Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen knew this. The fact that the conciliarists reject proselytism demonstrates the extent to which they are willing to leave souls unequipped to understand or to deal with the problems of the world, caused remotely by Original Sin and proximately by our own Actual Sins and the devil's multifaceted revolutions against the Social Reign of Christ the King.
Saint Peter Canisius, whom we celebrate this very day, Friday, April 27, 2007, was equally fervent in his proclamation of the the truths of the Catholic Faith to the ancestors of today's Protestants heretics who do not understand that it is the Protestant rejection of the Catholic Church and of the Social Reign of Christ the King that has created the public, social promotion of evils they recognize as abhorrent and aberrant but cannot oppose effectively because they lack the Mass and the Rosary. The Catholic Encyclopedia says this about today's great saint:
With apostolic zeal he loved the Society of Jesus; the day of his admission to the order he called his second birthday. Obedience to his superiors was his first rule. As a superior he cared with parental love for the necessities of his subordinates. Shortly before his death he declared that he had never regretted becoming a Jesuit, and recalled the abuses which the opponents of the Church had heaped upon his order and his person. Johann Wigand wrote a vile pamphlet against his "Catechism"; Flacius Illyricus, Johann Gnypheus, and Paul Scheidlich wrote books against it; Melanchthon declared that he defended errors wilfully; Chemnitz called him a cynic; the satirist Fischart scoffed at him; Andreæ Dathen, Gallus, Hesshusen, Osiander, Platzius, Roding, Vergerio, and others wrote vigorous attacks against him; at Prague the Hussites threw stones into the church where he was saying Mass; at Berne he was derided by a Protestant mob. At Easter, 1568, he was obliged to preach in the Cathedral of Würzburg in order to disprove the rumour that he had become a Protestant. Unembittered by all this, he said, "the more our opponents calumniate us, the more we must love them". He requested Catholic authors to advocate the truth with modesty and dignity without scoffing or ridicule. The names of Luther and Melanchthon were never mentioned in his "Catechism". His love for the German people is characteristic; he urged the brothers of the order to practise German diligently, and he liked to hear the German national hymns sung. At his desire St. Ignatius decreed that all the members of the order should offer monthly Masses and prayers for the welfare of Germany and the North. Ever the faithful advocate of the Germans at the Holy See, he obtained clemency for them in questions of ecclesiastical censures, and permission to give extraordinary absolutions and to dispense from the law of fasting. He also wished the Index to be modified that German confessors might be authorized to permit the reading of some books, but in his sermons he warned the faithful to abstain from reading such books without permission. While he was rector of the University of Ingolstadt, a resolution was passed forbidding the use of Protestant textbooks and, at his request, the Duke of Bavaria forbade the importation of books opposed to religion and morals. At Cologne he requested the town council to forbid the printing or sale of books hostile to the Faith or immoral, and in the Tyrol had Archduke Ferdinand II suppress such books. He also advised Bishop Urban of Gurk, the court preacher of Ferdinand I, not to read so many Protestant books, but to study instead the Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers. At Nimwegen he searched the libraries of his friends, and burned all heretical books. In the midst of all these cares Canisius remained essentially a man of prayer; he was an ardent advocate of the Rosary and its sodalities. He was also one of the precursors of the modern devotion of the Sacred Heart.
During his lifetime his "Catechism" appeared in more than 200 editions in at least twelve languages. It was one of the works which influenced St. Aloysius Gonzaga to enter the Society of Jesus; it converted, among others, Count Palatine Wolfgang Wilhelm of Neuburg; and as late as the eighteenth century in many places the words "Canisi" and catechism were synonymous. It remained the foundation and pattern for the catechisms printed later. His preaching also had great influence; in 1560 the clergy of the cathedral of Augsburg testified that by his sermons nine hundred persons had been brought back to the Church, and in May, 1562, it was reported the Easter communicants numbered one thousand more than in former years. Canisius induced some of the prominent Fuggers to return to the Church, and converted the leader of the Augsburg Anabaptists. In 1537 the Catholic clergy had been banished from Augsburg by the city council; but after the preaching of Canisius public processions were held, monasteries gained novices, people crowded to the jubilee indulgence, pilgrimages were revived, and frequent Communion again became the rule. After the elections of 1562 there were eighteen Protestants and twenty-seven Catholics on the city council. He received the approbation of Pius IV by a special Brief in 1561. Great services were rendered by Canisius to the Church through the extension of the Society of Jesus; the difficulties were great: lack of novices, insufficient education of some of the younger members, poverty, plague, animosity of the Protestants, jealousy on the part of fellow-Catholics, the interference of princes and city councils. Notwithstanding all this, Canisius introduced the order into Bavaria, Bohemia, Swabia, the Tyrol, and Hungary, and prepared the way in Alsace, the Palatinate, Hesse, and Poland. Even opponents admit that to the Jesuits principally is due the credit of saving a large part of Germany from religious innovation. In this work Canisius was the leader. In many respects Canisius was the product of an age which believed in strange miracles, put witches to death, and had recourse to force against the adherents of another faiih; but notwithstanding all this, Johannes Janssen does not hesitate to declare that Canisius was the most prominent and most influential Catholic reformer of the sixteenth century (Geschichte des deutschen Volkes, 15th and 16th editions, IV, p. 406). "Canisius more than any other man", writes A. Chroust, "saved for the Church of Rome the Catholic Germany of today" (Deutsche Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, new series, II, 106). It has often been declared that Canisius in many ways resembles St. Boniface, and he is therefore called the second Apostle of Germany. The Protestant professor of theology, Paul Drews, says: "It must be admitted that, from the standpoint of Rome, he deserves the title of Apostle of Germany" ("Petrus Canisius", Halle, 1892, p. 103).CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Blessed Peter Canisius
To defeat "hate crimes" legislation in this country we must seek to defeat the devil by seeking the conversion of all men and all nations, including the United States of America, by using the spiritual weapons of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary. She promised us that her Immaculate Heart would triumph in the end. One of the fruits of her triumph will be the restoration of the fullness of the Mass of all ages and the vanquishing of all traces of heresy, including conciliarism, as nations are restored or converted to the Catholic Faith, including the Catholic States of America.
Father Frederick Faber noted, as quoted above, that there is no Christianity where there is no Mass. He went on to write:
'Where there is no Mass, there is no Christianity, Where there is no Christianity, there a Christian can find no pleasure." (William Strang, Pastoral Theology, Benziger, 1897, p. 149.)
We can find no pleasure in a land where the Mass has, for the most part, been taken away, having been replaced in heretical sects by false worship services and replaced in the conciliarist sect by a service that apes the beliefs of Protestants and Freemasons. We must, therefore, try to plant the seeds for the flowering of a land where every man can take great pleasure in the ease with which he can assist at the Immemorial Mass of the ages, the joy that is to be found from publicly expressing his love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, the peace and security that is to be found from subordinating all things at all times to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary as members of the Catholic Church. Te convergence of the dark forces of the present moment will be wiped away. There will be the convergence at that point of a union of hearts, each of which will exclaim with joy:
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
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The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.