Clarity Has Its Advantages
Thomas A. Droleskey
The true Faith, the Catholic Faith, produces clarity of mind and purity of heart in souls that attempt to cooperate with the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces. Sanctifying Grace enlightens the mind and strengthens the will, purifying the heart as well. Conversely, of course, each one of our Actual Sins darkens the intellect and weakens the will, staining our hearts and inclining us to sin all the more readily as our consciences are anesthetized, if not deadened, over the course of time.
Clarity of mind and purity of heart should be cherished by us as Catholics in order that we can see ourselves and our faults clearly in light of the demands of personal sanctity and in order that we can see the world clearly in light of the true Faith. Being in a state of Sanctifying Grace is not a guarantor that we will see ourselves or the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith. It is, however, a necessary precondition for doing so.
Many conciliarists do not cherish clarity. Indeed, some reject clarity or "crystal-clear" logic as representative of too "simplistic" a view of the Faith and the world. Such a view is held, of course, by none other than Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI himself:
The cultural interests pursued at the seminary of Freising were joined to the study of a theology infected by existentialism, beginning with the writings of Romano Guardini. Among the authors preferred by Ratzinger was the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. Ratzinger loved St. Augustine, but never St. Thomas Aquinas: "By contrast, I had difficulties in penetrating the thought of Thomas Aquinas, whose crystal-clear logic seemed to be too closed in on itself, too impersonal and ready-made" (op. cit., p.44). This aversion was mainly due to the professor of philosophy at the seminary, who "presented us with a rigid, neo-scholastic Thomism that was simply too far afield from my own questions" (ibid.). According to Cardinal Ratzinger, whose current opinions appear unchanged from those he held as a seminarian, the thought of Aquinas was "too closed in on itself, too impersonal and ready-made," and was unable to respond to the personal questions of the faithful. This opinion is enunciated by a prince of the Church whose function it is to safeguard the purity of the doctrine of the Faith! Why, then, should anyone be surprised at the current disastrous crisis of Catholicism, or seek to attribute it to the world, when those who should be the defenders of the Faith, and hence of genuine Catholic thought, are like sewers drinking in the filth, or like gardeners who cut down a tree they are supposed to be nurturing? What can it mean to stigmatize St. Thomas as having a "too impersonal and ready-made" logic? Is logic "personal"? These assertions reveal, in the person who makes them, a typically Protestant, pietist attitude, like that found in those who seek the rule of faith in personal interior sentiment.
In the two years Ratzinger spent at the diocesan seminary of Freising, he studied literature, music, modern philosophy, and he felt drawn towards the new existentialist and modernist theologies. He did not like St. Thomas Aquinas. The formation described does not correspond to the exclusively Catholic formation that is necessary to one called to be a priest, even taking into account the extenuating circumstances of the time, that is, anti-Christian Nazism, the war and defeat, and the secularization of studies within seminaries. It seems that His Eminence, with all due respect, gave too much place to profane culture, with its "openness" to everything, and its critical attitude...Joseph Ratzinger loved the professors who asked many questions, but disliked those who defended dogma with the crystal-clear logic of St. Thomas. This attitude would seem to us to match his manner of understanding Catholic liturgy. He tells us that from childhood he was always attracted to the liturgical movement and was sympathetic towards it. One can see that for him, the liturgy was a matter of feeling, a lived experience, an aesthetically pleasing "Erlebnis," but fundamentally irrational (op. cit. passim.). (The Memories of a Destructive Mind: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's Milestones.)
Doctrinal statements containing clear anathemas of Modernist propositions must be considered "obsolete," at least in "the particulars they contain," if their language is considered to be irrelevant to the "needs" of the mythical entity known as "modern man," thus forcing Ratzinger/Benedict to propose his absurd "hermeneutics of continuity in discontinuity" that has never been proposed by any true pope in the history of the Catholic Church. Indeed, just the opposite has been true as The Oath Against Modernism that was instituted by Pope Saint Pius X on September 1, 1910,
"The purpose of this is, then, not that dogma may be tailored according to what seems better and more suited to the culture of each age; rather, that the absolute and immutable truth preached by the apostles from the beginning may never be believed to be different, may never be understood in any other way."
Not all Modernists, of course, are created "equal." Some are more "progressive," more "daring" than others. Ratzinger/Benedict, for example, desires to obfuscate Catholic teaching with the condemned approach of the New Theology, using Catholic terms in a neo-Modernist sense, contending all the while that there has been no "break" or "rupture" with the Tradition of the Catholic Church. Others are so bold as to simply deny outright articles contained in the Deposit of Faith without any degree of hesitation or obfuscation. One of these,
Carlo Maria "Cardinal" Martini, the retired conciliar "archbishop" of Milan (an appointee of the late Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II), has published a book in which he expresses his support for contraception, adding to his legerdemain of support for giving what purports to be Holy Communion in the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service to divorced Catholics who have no conciliar decree of nullity and his support for ordaining women to the diaconate.
Progressives such as Martini (and others around the world, especially in the conciliar "hierarchy" in the United States of America such as the late John "Cardinal" Dearden and the late Joseph "Cardinal" Bernardin and the late John Raymond McGann and the late Francis Mugavero and the very much alive Roger "Cardinal" Mahony and "Archbishop" George Niederauer and the retired, disgraced likes of Rembert G. Weakland, Daniel Leo Ryan, J. Keith Symons Patrick Ziemann, et al.) are easy to criticize and oppose as they are honest to enough to speak in plain terms about their multiple defections from the Catholic Faith.
"Conservatives" in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism are committed to the liturgical revolution represented by the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. They are full-throated in their support for false ecumenism and religious liberty and episcopal collegiality. They issue elegies of praise in behalf of the work of the "Second" Vatican Council and of the initiatives of the conciliar "pontiffs." Each and every single one of them undermines the innocence and the purity of the young by means of explicit classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments in full violation of Pope Pius XI's absolute prohibition against such instruction.
Some, such as the late John "Cardinal" O'Connor and Theodore "Cardinal" McCarrick, apostatized during their time in power. O'Connor said in 1999 that "God is smiling" on the conversion of a Baptized Catholic, Stephen Dubner, to Talmudic Judaism. McCarrick raised his hand in the Mohammedan prayer salute and invoked the name of the false god of "Allah" as the King Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was visiting at the Catholic University of America on September 13, 2005.
Just as an aside, the communications office of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. took down McCarrick's remarks soon after some of us began to criticize the now retired "archbishop." Here are those remarks, which are contained in
Thou Shalt Not Have Strange Gods Before Me (I also did a follow-up article, Denying Christ by Omission and Commission)
A few months ago, when I was privileged to pray for you on another occasion in this capital city, I asked Allah, the compassionate and merciful Lord of all the world, to bless you and to help you make your country a bridge across which all nations might walk in unity, fellowship and love. As I listened to your words today, I believe my prayer is being answered.
Indeed, the Amman Message of November of last year is a blueprint and a challenge not only to the great world of Islam, but to the whole human race. Your thoughtful leadership is a stirring invitation to all of us, especially to the people of the Book, the family of Abraham, who share so much and who are called to be brothers and sisters in God’s one human family.
You have taken to heart the words of Pope Benedict XVI when he addressed the Muslim leaders gathered with him in Germany last month and invited them all to join him in eliminating from all hearts any trace of rancor, in resisting every form of intolerance and in opposing every manifestation of violence. As you quoted in your splendid talk to us today, Pope Benedict called his listeners, in this way, to turn back the way of cruel fanaticism that endangers the lives of so many people and hinders progress for world peace.
Your Majesty’s call and that of the Holy Father are in so many ways the same. May Allah, the merciful and compassionate, continue to guide your steps along this noble path. May He guide and protect you, your family and your beloved country and may peace and justice come to all lands and all peoples through your efforts, your vision and your courage.
In the name of Allah, the merciful and compassionate God, we pray. Amen.
What makes it difficult for many Catholics to see that these "conservatives" are really revolutionaries, although perhaps not quite as "progressive" as the likes of Carlo Maria Martini or the late Jan "Cardinal" Willebrands or Leo "Cardinal" Suenens, is that some of the "conservative" prelates of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, will go to an abortuary to pray Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary or they will show some openness to offering/simulating the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition or they will make some comment critical of a Democrat Party politician who supports surgical baby-killing under cover of law. This is seen as "enough" by many well-meaning Catholics, including yours truly for quite a long period of time, to "prove" that these "conservatives (such as the late John "Cardinal" O'Connor or "Bishop" Fabian Bruskewitz or "Archbishop" Charles Chaput or "Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke.
What applies to the "conservative" bishops applies as well to the allegedly "conservative" "popes," men who only look "conservative" in comparison to the the more radical "progressives" in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Many of the radical "progressives" have openly criticized Giovanni Montini/Paul VI, the man who gave us the abomination called the Novus Ordo service, for issuing Humanae Vitae, which is a document fraught with problems even as it reaffirmed the prohibition against contraceptive devices and pills. Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II came in for criticism from these radical "progressives" for supporting Humanae Vitae and reaffirming the inadmissibility of women to priestly ordination. Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI has come in for stringing criticism from his "left" flank for issuing Summorum Pontificum on July 7, 2007, making him appear to so many to be a steadfast support of the Faith.
The truth is, of course, that Montini was a thorough revolutionary. Wojtyla was one of the singularly most "progressive" voices among the bishops who participated in the "Second" Vatican Council. Ratzinger served as a peritus during that council and is using his false "pontificate" at the present time as the means of cementing his own "vision" of the work of the council in full accord with the New Theology of the late Father Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, et al, telling us in his own words that he is the same now in all essential things as he has ever been:
I've been taken apart various times: in my first phase as professor and in the intermediate phase, during my first phase as Cardinal and in the successive phase. Now comes a new division. Of course circumstances and situations and even people influence you because you take on different responsibilities. Let's say that my basic personality and even my basic vision have grown, but in everything that is essential I have remained identical. I'm happy that certain aspects that weren't noticed at first are now coming into the open. Interview with Bayerische Rundfunk (ARD), ZDF, Deutsche Welle and Vatican Radio
The "conservatives" or the alleged "traditionalists" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism only appear to be "conservative" or "traditional" in comparison to the radical "progressives," which is exactly the case in the realm of electoral politics in the United States of America. Alas, so few people see this clearly, if at all.
When you think about it, ladies and gentlemen, the inability or unwillingness to "see" that there is little distinction between the "progressives" and the "conservatives" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism is very similar to inability or unwillingness of so many Catholics to "see" clearly that there is little distinction between the naturalists of the false opposite of the "left" and the naturalists of the false opposite of the "right" in the realm of the absolute and utter farce of our Judeo-Masonic electoral system. Some, such as the de facto President-elect of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, are deemed to be more "radical" in their naturalism while others, such as the recently defeated John Sidney McCain III, are deemed to be more "conservative" in their naturalism.
Indeed, not a few commentators are calling Barack Hussein Obama the most rabidly pro-abortion candidate ever elected to the Presidency of the United States of America. This is hyperbole worthy of the master of hyperbole, the late thirty-seventh President of the United States of America, Richard Milhous Nixon. Obama is certainly rabidly pro-abortion. More so than William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, who issued Executive Orders on January 22, 1993, to restore Federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research and to authorize the United States Food and Drug Administration to begin tests for purposes of making a decision to market the human pesticide, RU-486?
One can say truthfully that Barack Hussein Obama is as rabidly pro-abortion as was (and remains) the forty-second President of the United States of America, William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, but certainly no more so. Clinton was so committed to vetoing the partial ban on partial-birth abortions that he lied about the number of babies killed by this method of execution even after many had attempted to correct him. Anyone who can state with a straight face that the man who gave us Joycelyn Elders as Surgeon-General of the United States of America and who tried to give us Henry Foster as her successor--and who gave us the pro-aborts Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court of the United States of America (with the support of all but several Republican senators)--and who promoted and signed into law the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Bill is less pro-abortion than Barack Hussein Obama has a very, very short and selective memory. Mind you, this is not to indemnify Obama or to minimize the evil that he will do, only to point out that hyperbole does not serve the interests of truth.
The devil gets us so wrapped up in the illusion presented to us by "false opposites" ("conservatives" and/or "traditionalists" versus radical "progressives" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, the "left" and the "right" in the realm of American electoral politics) that it is almost impossible for most people to take a step back from the emotion and irrationality that prevails in a system of naturalism and suffers from the after-effects of the illogic and incoherency of Protestantism to consider that evils, sometimes most egregious ones, must get advanced as long as Catholic truth is not accepted as the absolute, singular foundation of personal and social order.
As pro-abortion as the forty-second President of the United States of America was in office and remains as one of three (soon-to-be four) living former presidents, a defensible case can be made that the most pro-abortion President of the United States of America up to this point has been the forty-third President, George Walker Bush.
Yes, President George Walker Bush has requested--and Congress has granted--increased funding each year for the chemical assassination of children domestically, by means of Title X "family planning" services, and internationally, by means of international "family planning" programs. Millions of children have been killed as a result of this funding by means of chemical abortifacients. Do the lives of these children executed in the past eight years matter? Are we to ignore the fact of their executions simply because the outgoing President of the United States of America calls himself "pro-life as he funds the chemical assassinations of children by means of "family planning" programs and as he supports as a matter of principle the surgical execution of children in certain "hard" cases?
To our utter shame as Catholics, a Protestant in Mississippi wrote the following three years ago when President George Walker Bush requested an increase in funding for domestic and international "family planning" services for a fifth straight year:
I'm sure many of you have seen this, but at the bottom of this message is a press release containing some real, hard evidence that not only has our Republican, "pro-life" president betrayed his pro-life constituency ( and the unborn babies) by increasing the tax money used to fund America's largest abortion provider -- Planned Parenthood -- for the fifth consecutive year, but Mississippi's "pro-life", Republican
Congressional delegation was an accessory to this crime against God & man. ** See press release below for more details and facts **
1) Pres. Bush, in the third debate last fall, stated that abortions had not and would not be paid for with taxpayer money. The FACT is that indirect funding of child-killing ( taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood and others ) was increased every year during Bush's first term . In 2001 more was given than in any budget during pro-abort Bill Clinton's eight years. The country's largest abortion provider was given over A BILLION DOLLARS during the first four years of solid "pro-life", conservative Republican rule. Funding was increased again this year -- to nearly $ 300 million.
This means : a) Pres. Bush lied; or b) he has, for five consecutive years, signed over millions and billions of dollars confiscated from his pro-life constituency to a massive anti-Christ, child killing organisation without knowing what was in the budget. There are no other options.
2) The Republican controlled Congress & Senate, once again voted overwhelmingly for this bill. Before you try to blame Democrats a large majority of Republican members of both houses voted for this for this increase -- see exact numbers below. ( in fact, more Democrats voted against expanding the Federal Budget -- for whatever reason -- than Republicans).
3) If my fellow Mississippians try to say this is mostly because Yankee/ Left Coast liberal "RINO's" or just generally more libertarian or social liberal/ fiscal conservative Republicans -- here's the grim results from our Mississippi "Conservative" delegation : Both Republican Senators -- Lott & Cochran -- voted to increase the funding for abortion through Title X funding of Planned Murderhood. Likewise, in the House Ultra-Liberal Democrat Benny Thompson (Dist 2) was joined by "conservative", "pro-life" Republicans Roger Wicker ( Dist 1) and Chip Pickering (Dist 3) in increasing funding for the promotion & practice of child-murder. Only Democrat Gene Taylor ( Dist 4) voted against this funding.
4) Hypocrisy from Pro-Life "Leadership": When the Clinton Administration gave money to Planned Parenthood the leadership of the Religious Right howled. Had Kerry won and the Democrats gained control of Congress and increased Federal Funding for abortion, you can bet the airwaves, mail outs, and e-mail list of these folks would have been white hot with fundraising efforts (err, I mean "Alerts"). When Bush and the GOP do it we get silence -- save for the cheerleading we get when the "culture of life" is mentioned in a speech. Of course, if blaspheming Christ by repeatedly saying Christians and Muslims worship "the same god"; claiming American was built on "the Koran"; and having the most pro-Sodomite Administration in history does not make these folks stop gushing, I don't know why I would expect yet another funding increase for baby-killing to do so . . . at least we have a "place at the table". (Bush Signs Title X Funding Increase for 2005; although the author, who sees the facts of our situation clearly enough, urges support for the Constitution Party, he does not understand that the Constitution is the proximate source of our problems as it is founded on the belief that men do not need to believe in and submit to the Deposit of Faith as Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted It exclusively to the Catholic Church for its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication. We must pray for the conversion of non-Catholics who see certain facts of the political order clearly but who do not understand that the policies they criticize are the direct result of the Protestant Revolt itself.)
Another Protestant, a man named Steve Lefemine, provided facts about John Sidney McCain III's own support for the funding of domestic and international "family planning" services, including abortifacient contraceptives:
Pro-Abort John McCain voted HHS funds for Title X and Medicaid - funding Planned Parenthood, selected surgical abortion, chemical abortion, [sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments], and usurpation of parental authority:
HR 3010 - HHS Appropriations Bill included:
- Tens of millions of federal dollars for Planned Parenthood (Title X and Medicaid)
- Selected Medicaid surgical abortions (rape, incest, "life" of mother)
- Title X and Medicaid chemical birth control abortions
- Title X and Medicaid birth control for unmarried adults (singles) with which to [commit sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments]
- Title X and Medicaid birth control for unmarried adolescents, even if their parents object to the federal government giving their minor child hormonal drugs and devices with which to [commit sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments].
How many Catholics understand these facts and recognize the evil represented by them? Shame on us for our complacency and wishful thinking as we have obscured our vision with myths and fairy-tales.
Stop the hyperbole, ladies and gentleman. Although Barack Hussein Obama may indeed become the most pro-abortion President of the United States of America by the time he has left office, the same could be said of John Sidney McCain III, who would have continued to increase the funding of domestic and international "family planning" programs, by the time he left the White House if he had won the election twelve days ago now. Babies have been killed with your taxpayer dollars with the full support of the supposedly "pro-life" administration. Wake up from your slumber, please. Much evil has been done under the guise of the slogans of "conservatism" and "pro-life."
If there is, therefore, a temporal "silver lining" in addition to the supernatural silver lining of chastisement represented by the election of a man trained in Marxism, Barack Hussein Obama, to the Presidency of the United States of America, it is that the self-imposed blindness that has kept so many Catholics from seeing or admitting the evils that have been done by the outgoing administration (including the devastation wreaked on thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians in the perverse name of "building democracy") will be lifted, at least as long as Obama, certainly a figure of Antichrist, and his Catholic pro-abort stooge, Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., are in office. It is my hope, however, that this new burst of clarity of vision that seems to come along in a Democrat's administration but disappears during a Republican administration will be accompanied by a willingness to see just how many Republicans in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate will enable the soon-to-be President Obama's policies.
Our political system is a farce. We do not have a two-party system as most people believe. We have a one-party monopoly which is divided between two warring factions of naturalists, each of which believes that it is not necessary for men and their nations to confess the Social Reign of Christ the King in order to be able to pursue the common temporal good in light of man's Last End: the possession of the glory of the Beatific Vision of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for all eternity in Heaven. The differences that exist between these factions are matters of degree, not of kind. Most of the adherents of both factions of our one party monopoly can stand by quite contently as evils such as contraception, which deny the Sovereignty of God over the sanctity and fecundity of marriage in all instances and which kills babies in most instances, are promoted under cover of law and with your own tax dollars.
We must see the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith, the true Faith, my friends, not the false religion of the counterfeit church of conciliarism that has made its diabolical "reconciliation" with the "principles of 1789" and sees the modern, religiously indifferentist civil state as a "protection" of "religious liberty" rather than an attack upon the rights of Christ the King.
Saint Gertrude the Great, whose feast we celebrate today (and we are privileged to be at Saint Gertrude the Great Church for the glories of the Forty Hours' devotion that will conclude this evening at 7:00 p.m., Eastern time; live video simulcast streaming at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at St. Gertrude the Great at those times), was given to see clearly the mysteries of love contained in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We could profit form partaking of the clarity with which Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ endowed her during her lifetime over seven hundred years ago now:
Now, as the end of time approaches, He says to us what He once announced by the beloved Apostle of His Sacred Heart [Saint Gertrude the Great]: "Let him who thirsts for happiness, grace, and peace, come to My Divine Heart, their source, and draw from it 'gratis' whatsoever he will. My merciful Heart, which desires before the end of time to glorify itself by a supreme manifestation, and to love men to the utmost bounds of affection, has arranged all for this end.
"Let these languid souls come only to Me, confide in My goodness, and abandon themselves to My love. Let them be at rest in the meekness of My Heart, unite themselves to My humility and obedience, and they will no longer feel the weight of My yoke through the abundant consolation with which I will favor them. Come, then, without fear or delay, and abandon yourselves lovingly and for ever unto Me." (Father Andre Prevot, Love, Peace and Joy: Devotion to the Sacred Heart According to St. Gertrude, published originally in 1911.)
Let us repose in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as we approach this Font of Mercy and of Love through the Heart out of which It was formed, the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us accept the chastisement of the moment, a chastisement each of us deserves most richly because of our sins, and use it as a means of making reparation for our sins and those of the whole world by defending the Catholic Faith without any compromises with the naturalists of the false opposites of the "left" or of the "right." Let us proclaim Catholicism as the one and only foundation of personal and social order as we pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit, seeking only to plant a few seeds as we give honor and glory to the Most Holy Trinity through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Saint Gertrude the Great will teach us humility as we approach the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. She will teach us to have gratitude for the graces that we have received as seek to imitate the meekness with which the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus bears with our offenses, our ingratitude, our lukewarmness, our inconstancy. She will teach us to imitate the mercy of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as we extend to others the same forgiveness that is given to us so freely in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance by an alter Christus acting in persona Christi.
Although we see dimly here in this life because of our fallen estate and the damage that we have done to our souls by means of our sins, our goal in life to see God clearly in Heaven. Saint Gertrude the Great will help us to see Him more clearly in this life if we place our trust in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus that beats in unison with the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Saint Gertrude will teach us most especially to spend time with Our Beloved in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. We receive infused graces from spending time with Our Eucharistic King. These infused graces will enlighten the mind and strengthen the will as our hearts are purified more and more to desire only the possession of the Most Blessed Trinity for all eternity in Heaven. Eucharistic piety is, of course, a very foretaste of the glories of Heaven itself.
Saint Gertrude adored Our Lord in His Real Presence in these words:
Hail, Most Glorious Body, a most precious Blood of my Lord Jesus Christ, here truly present beneath these sacramental species; I adore Thee with all that devotion and awe wherewith the nine choirs of angels worship and adore thee. I prostrate myself before Thee in the spirit of humility, believing and professing that Thou, my Lord and my God, are herein most truly contained.
Hail, most glorious Body of Jesus Christ my Saviour, true Victim immolated upon the cross. I adore Thee in union with that adoration with which Thy Humanity adored Thy Godhead, and I give Thee thanks with all the love of all thy creatures, that Thou dost deign to remain hidden in this tabernacle for our salvation.
Hail, compassionate Jesus, Word of the Father, Brightness of His glory, Ocean of pity, Salvation of the world, most august and sacred Victim. Hail, Jesus Christ, Splendour of the Father, Prince of Peace, Gate of Heaven, True Bread, Son of the Virgin, Shrineof the Godhead.
I most firmly believe that Thou, my God, are here present, and that Thou are looing out upon me from behind the veil of the sacrament, and dost behold all the most secret recesses of my heart. I believe that under this species of bread are contained not only Thy Flesh and Thy Blood, but also Thy Divinity and Thy Humanity. And although this mystery surpasses my understanding, I nevertheless believe it so firmly that I am ready to give my life and my blood in defense of its truth.
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Whose Most Sacred Heart beats with such burning love for us in every tabernacle of a Catholic church served by a true bishop or a true priest, told us not to fear:
The disciple is not above the master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the goodman of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household?
Therefore fear them not. For nothing is covered that shall not be revealed: nor hid, that shall not be known. That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light: and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops. And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mt. 10: 24-28.)
Should we not believe Him? Fear not. He is with us. His Most Sacred Heart beats us for us, pouring out upon us rivers of Mercy. The Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother pleads with Him for us. There is nothing to fear from seeing the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith as we live in the shadow of the Cross as we keep Him company before His Real Presence while shielding ourselves with the Brown Scapular and using the weapon of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary to help all men to see the world so clearly through the eyes of the true Faith that they will never hesitate, even if their very lives are threatened, to exclaim:
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Gertrude the Great, pray for us.
Saint Albert the Great, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints