A Heavenly Mission: Conversion
Thomas A. Droleskey
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas and of the unborn. Our Lady had appeared first to Saint Juan Diego as he was on his way to the Immemorial Mass of the ages on December 9, 1531, 475 years ago now. It was on this date, December 12, 1531, that Our Lady left the miraculous impression of herself on Juan Diego's tilma. The humble convert to the Faith, who was a widower at age fifty-five, did not realize that the image of Our Lady had been left on his tilma until he presented the Castilian roses that Our Lady had caused to grow miraculously on Tepeyac Hill to Bishop Juan de Zumarraga. The news of the miraculous events spread rapidly, resulting in the conversion of over nine million indigenous peoples in the Americas out of their heathen, superstitious, barbaric practices and beliefs to an embrace of the true Faith, Catholicism.
Although secular historians are at a loss to explain the sudden decline of the barbaric Aztec religion, which specialized in sacrificing human beings, after 1531, we know that it was Our Lady's appearance on Tepeyac Hill and the impression of her beautiful image on Saint Juan Diego's tilma that brought about the end of the Aztec superstitions and the rise of Mexico as Our Lady's country. It is precisely because Mexico is so dear to Our Lady that Freemasons, inspired by the events of the American and French Revolutions, sought to attack Mexico's Catholic roots with such violence from 1821 thereafter, with a particularly violent outbreak of persecutions taking place in the second and third decades of the Twentieth Century. The devil, whose head has been crushed by the heel of Our Lady, desires to attack any country that dares to rid itself of beliefs that do his bidding by means of barbarism and superstition and to enthrone the New Eve, who made possible her Divine Son's victory over Him on the wood of the Holy Cross, as its Queen. The devil does not want people to convert to Catholicism. He does not want countries to confess Catholicism as their state religion. He does not want people to have access to, belief in and cooperation with the sacraments that Our Lord has entrusted solely to His true Church for the sanctification and salvation of all men until His Second Coming at the end of time. In short, it is the devil himself who does not want the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Mary Immaculate as Queen of all men and of all nations.
Our Lady sought the conversion of the peoples of the Americas when she appeared to Juan Diego. The conciliar church, headed today by one of its chief architects, Benedict XVI, discourages, if not forbids, what is called disparagingly as "proselytism." As Father Edmund Castronovo, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, New York, noted when offering the Mass of the ages at the Shrine of Our Lady of the North American Martyrs in September of 1999 (which was in my "indult" days), the very pagan practices and beliefs that the North American Martyrs sought to eliminate have been embraced by Modernists in the Church and incorporated in many instances into the context of the Novus Ordo Missae, under the aegis of "inculturation of the Gospel," and in so-called "para-liturgical" spectacles. Indeed. The North American Martyrs (Sts. Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, John Lalonde, John de Brebeuf, Gregory Lalamont, Noel Chabanel, Anthony Daniel, Charles Garnier) sought to convert the Indians of the northern part of North America from the same sort of barbarism that was practiced at the time of Our Lady's apparition to Saint Juan Diego by the Indians of Central and South America. Insidiously, however, the very practices that the North American Martyrs and such great missionaries as Fathers Pierre-Jean DeSmet, S.J., and Junipero Serra, O.F.M., sought to replace with the true Faith have been embraced with relish by bishops and priests and nuns and all manner of lay "experts" in the sordid wake of the Second Vatican Council's "opening up to the world."
This is also true in Latin America, where the very horrific practices of the Aztecs and others, including the Mayans, such as the "blessing" of the four winds and the "purification" of priests with ashes offered to the pagan gods, have been incorporated even into the conciliar papal extravaganza Masses and prayer services, as happened when the late John Paul II was "purified" with an urn of ashes in Mexico in 2002 and when people costumed in the scanty attire of the Aztecs danced their pagan dances prior to the beginning of a Papal Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Given the fact that John Paul II's Master of Ceremonies, Archbishop Piero Marini, an acolyte of the late Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, said in 2003 that he used John Paul II's Masses as the means to establish precedents for conciliar bishops around the world, one can only conclude that those in the conciliar "papal" household itself desired to disparage Our Lady of Guadalupe's Divinely appointed mission to eradicate the horror of everything to do with the false religion of the Aztecs by deliberately and willfully rehabilitating beliefs that are completely and totally alien to the honor of Our Lady and thus the sanctification and salvation of human souls. Tell me that this is not diabolical to its rotten core.
Undeterred by all of the assaults against her honor, however, millions upon millions of pilgrims flock to Mexico City each year to show their love for Our Lady and to venerate her miraculous image. They do so even though there are all manner of pagan sounds spectacles that take place all too frequently within their earshot as they are moved on a "moving sidewalk" past the image itself. It appears as though the conciliar officials just cannot pass up on too many opportunities to commit sacrileges in places honoring apparitions of Our Lady. The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico must be filled with demonic distractions. So must the Chapel of the Apparitions in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, which featured Hindus worshiping their false gods on May 5, 2004, and attempts to interrupt pilgrims from the Society of Saint Pius X as they were praying the Rosary to make reparation for that particular abomination in August of 2005. Nevertheless, Catholic people of simple and humble Faith continue to flock to Mexico City to venerate the all-holy Virgin of Guadalupe, persisting in the Faith of their fathers and steadfastly ignoring efforts by the doctrinal and liturgical revolutionaries to undermine what they were taught as children and know to be true.
As I have noted in many commentaries in the past few years, we must invoke the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe to help us to fulfill her timeless desire to convert the peoples of the Americas to the true Faith and to convert the nations of the Americas to a full and uncompromised confession of the Catholic Faith as their official religion. We must never flag in our commitment to this Heavenly mission given us from the Mother of God Himself. Our Lady has made it clear in Guadalupe and in Fatima that she wants the conversion of men and nations to Catholicism. A nation that is confessionally Catholic would prohibit the evils that are being promoted under cover of law and in every aspect of our popular culture today. A confessionally Catholic nation would punish malefactors who dared to put into question the truths of the Faith publicly or to engage in blasphemous assaults upon the Holy Name of Jesus and the honor due His Blessed Mother and all of the angels and the saints.
Pope Pius XI put it this way in 1925 in his encyclical letter that instituted the Feast of Christ the King, Quas Primas:
If We ordain that the whole Catholic world shall revere Christ as King, We shall minister to the need of the present day, and at the same time provide an excellent remedy for the plague which now infects society. We refer to the plague of anti-clericalism, its errors and impious activities. This evil spirit, as you are well aware, Venerable Brethren, has not come into being in one day; it has long lurked beneath the surface. The empire of Christ over all nations was rejected. The right which the Church has from Christ himself, to teach mankind, to make laws, to govern peoples in all that pertains to their eternal salvation, that right was denied. Then gradually the religion of Christ came to be likened to false religions and to be placed ignominiously on the same level with them. It was then put under the power of the state and tolerated more or less at the whim of princes and rulers. Some men went even further, and wished to set up in the place of God's religion a natural religion consisting in some instinctive affection of the heart. There were even some nations who thought they could dispense with God, and that their religion should consist in impiety and the neglect of God. The rebellion of individuals and states against the authority of Christ has produced deplorable consequences. We lamented these in the Encyclical Ubi arcano; we lament them today: the seeds of discord sown far and wide; those bitter enmities and rivalries between nations, which still hinder so much the cause of peace; that insatiable greed which is so often hidden under a pretense of public spirit and patriotism, and gives rise to so many private quarrels; a blind and immoderate selfishness, making men seek nothing but their own comfort and advantage, and measure everything by these; no peace in the home, because men have forgotten or neglect their duty; the unity and stability of the family undermined; society in a word, shaken to its foundations and on the way to ruin. We firmly hope, however, that the feast of the Kingship of Christ, which in future will be yearly observed, may hasten the return of society to our loving Savior. It would be the duty of Catholics to do all they can to bring about this happy result. Many of these, however, have neither the station in society nor the authority which should belong to those who bear the torch of truth. This state of things may perhaps be attributed to a certain slowness and timidity in good people, who are reluctant to engage in conflict or oppose but a weak resistance; thus the enemies of the Church become bolder in their attacks. But if the faithful were generally to understand that it behooves them ever to fight courageously under the banner of Christ their King, then, fired with apostolic zeal, they would strive to win over to their Lord those hearts that are bitter and estranged from him, and would valiantly defend his rights.
Moreover, the annual and universal celebration of the feast of the Kingship of Christ will draw attention to the evils which anticlericalism has brought upon society in drawing men away from Christ, and will also do much to remedy them. While nations insult the beloved name of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we must all the more loudly proclaim his kingly dignity and power, all the more universally affirm his rights.
The goal explicated by Pope Pius XI in Quas Primas is synonymous with the goal of Our Lady of Guadalupe: "to hasten the return of society ot our loving Savior." Pope Pius XI noted that it is the "duty of all Catholics to do all they can to bring about this happy result," ruing the fact that some refuse to do so out of slowness and timidity, making the enemies of the Church bolder. Truth to be told, there are Catholics, including those who go to the Immemorial Mass of Tradition, who extol the "virtues" of the modern State, serving as apologists for the Protestants and Masons who rejected the Social Reign of Christ the King at the beginning of the United States of America, men who wittingly set the stage for the overthrow of that Social Reign in Mexico and elsewhere in Catholic America.
No one who serves as an apologist for American "civil liberty," which is a means by which the devil enslaves people to the Judeo-Masonic Americanist ethos of religious indifferentism and cultural pluralism, can consider himself a son of Our Lady. Our Lady wants the conversion of all men and all nations to the Catholic Church without any exception. She wants every aspect of national culture subordinated to the Catholic Faith without exception. She wants all men and their nations to give her the honor that is her due as the Mother of God. Anyone who contends otherwise is such as much culpable for offenses being committed against Our Lady in the world today as are the Modernists in the Church who seek to resuscitate the pagan, barbaric religions that Our Lady meant to eradicate once and for all when she appeared to Saint Juan Diego.
Indeed, numerous popes (Benedict XIV, Leo XIII, St. Pius X, Pius XI, Pius XII) have honored Our Lady of Guadalupe precisely because of the role she meant to play in the conversion of the Americas, resulting in the rise of a thriving Catholic civilization in Mexico and Peru within a century of her apparition--and a thriving Catholic civilization Central and South America (as well as parts of North America within two hundred years of her apparition. Think of the saints produced within Peru within 150 years of Our Lady's apparition to Juan Diego: Saint Rose of Lima, Blessed Martin de Porres, Saint Turibius de
Alfonso Mongrovejo, Saint Francis Solano (who converted over 9,000 Indians in one sermon!), and Blessed John de Massias, who admitted to his superior that his prayers had gotten over one million souls out of Purgatory. Each of these great saints sought to bring more and more souls into the Catholic Church by means of their prayers and penances and their solicitude for the temporal needs of the indigenous peoples who were being, in many instances, repressed by some of the Spanish conquistadors. They would be succeeded by countless other holy souls, including Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in Ecuador and the message entrusted to her by Our Lady of Good Success, a message which served as the inspiration for that great champion of Christ the King in the Nineteenth Cenutry, Gabriel Garcia Moreno.
In the midst of the confusion of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the conciliar church, we must cling to Our Lady. Always. Without a moment's doubt. There is nothing that can shake the Faith of a believing Catholic. Nothing. God has known from all eternity that the events of our days would take place. His grace is sufficient for us to deal with the crosses we are asked to bear. He sends us crosses not to shake our Faith but to strengthen it as we offer up our crosses and sacrifices and prayers and penances to Him through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart as her consecrated slaves. We must cling to Our Lady of Guadalupe with total trust, understanding the following words of Catholic truth contained in the afore-quoted Quas Primas:
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.
No, we never grow discouraged in the midst of the troubles that beset us personally, civilly or ecclesiastically. We remain steadfast in the Faith of our fathers as we render unto God the worship He taught the Apostles to offer. We renew our total consecration to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, we pray devoutly her Most Holy Rosary every day, we spend time on our knees before her Divine Son's Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, we accuse ourselves weekly in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, we try to imitate the virtues exhibited by the vast array of saints celebrated in the Roman Martyrology. We just never grow discouraged or the least bit disheartened in the midst of troubles. We know that each trouble and each pain is meant to effect our more perfect union with the Blessed Trinity through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Indeed, we should rejoice in the midst of difficulties, recognizing that each difficulty is a means of our sanctification unto a happy, holy, sacramentally provided-for death.
Celebrating this great feast with joy, may we ask Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness and the Empress of the Americas, that the scourge of Modernity in the world and its ally of conciliarism in the Modernist church be wiped away as miraculously as her apparition 475 years ago brought about the conversion of over nine million souls. We pray that her Fatima Message be fulfilled in its entirety. And to this end we must remain ceaseless in our prayers and in our total trust in the woman who made possible our salvation by her perfect fiat to the Father's will at the Annunciation.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint Rene Goupil, pray for us.
Saint John Lalonde, pray for us.
Saint Gregory Lalamont, pray for us.
Saint Noel Chabanel, pray for us.
Saint Charles Garnier, pray for us.
Saint Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
Saint John DeBrebeuf, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint Turibius de de
Alfonso Mongrovejo, pray for us.
Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us.
Saint Peter Claver, pray for us.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Blessed Martin de Porres, pray for us.
Blessed John de Massias, pray for us.
Blessed Rose Philippine Duchesne, pray for us.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Father Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Father Junipero Serra, pray for us.
Father Pierre Jean De Smet, pray for us.
Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
Juan Diego, pray for us.
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.