Manifesting Christ the King At All Times
Thomas A. Droleskey
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was
made manifest to the Gentiles today.
The Three Kings from the Orient
completed their journey of following the Star of Bethlehem to adore
the newborn King of Kings, presenting Him with gifts of gold, frankincense,
and myrrh. Men who possessed political power of this earth bowed down
to adore a mere Child, cognizant of the great gift that they had been
given to know that the Saviour had come to earth as a child.
Kings, who were baptized during the missionary activity of Saint Thomas
the Apostle, did not consider it beneath themselves to genuflect before
the One they had been given to know was their Lord and Saviour, quite
a distinct difference from the all-knowing, proud sophisticates in the
world of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo worship service who refuse to genuflect
before the King of Kings in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Yes, the Three Kings had the humility to recognize that they had been
made by God to know, to know, and to serve Him as He manifested Himself
to them in the very flesh on the day they appeared to present him with
the gifts that symbolized Our Lord as Priest, Prophet, and King.
for the New and Eternal High Priest
Saint Paul's Epistle
to the Hebrews spoke of Our Lord as the High Priest Who offered the
one Sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins on the wood of the Holy Cross.
His priesthood atones for the sins of all men, having superseded the
hereditary priesthood of the Levitical order of the Old Covenant. As
the Chief Priest and Victim of every Mass, the King of Kings Who offered
Himself up to the Father in Spirit and in Truth on Calvary makes it
possible for sinful men, having been regenerated in the baptismal font
and cleansed in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, to approach Him on their
knees at the Communion Rail to receive Him in Holy Communion.
Melchior, and Balthasar offered frankincense to the new High Priest,
Who beckons men in every age to re-present His Sacrifice of the Cross
as other Christs in His Holy Priesthood. The great feast of the Epiphany,
therefore, has special significance for Catholic priests, men who have
been given power by God the Holy Ghost to incarnate Our Lord under the appearances
of bread and wine and to give spiritual re-birth to souls held captive
by Original Sin and Mortal Sins committed after baptism.
wrote the following in His Epistle to the Hebrews:
every high priest taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things
that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for
sins: Who can have compassion on them that are ignorant and that err:
because he himself also is compassed with infirmity. And therefore he
ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. Neither
doth any man take the honour to himself, but he that is called by God,
as Aaron was. So Christ also did not glorify himself, that he might
be made a high priest: but he that said unto him: Thou art my Son, this
day have I begotten thee.
saith also in another place: Thou art a priest for ever, according to
the order of Melchisedech. Who in the days of his flesh, with a strong
cry and tears, offering up prayers and supplications to him that was
able to save him from death, was heard for his reverence. And whereas
indeed he was the Son of God, he learned obedience by the things which
he suffered: And being consummated, he became, to all that obey him,
the cause of eternal salvation. Called by God a high priest according
to the order of Melchisedech.
we have much to say, and hard to be intelligibly uttered: because you
are become weak to hear. (Heb. 5: 1-11)
are the obligations of priests to manifest Our Blessed Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ to make Him manifest in all of their words and actions. Priests must
be conscious of the fact that they, who are in the world to save souls
but are not of the world, are "on duty" twenty-four
hours day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. They are to spend themselves
tirelessly in behalf of souls, never counting the cost and never looking
for results, just content at all times to have the unmerited privilege
of offering the ineffable sacrifice of the altar for the honor and glory
of the Most Blessed Trinity and for the sanctification and salvation of souls. They are to present
themselves as a gift to the One Whose Gospel and Sacraments they have
been charged with making manifest to the sheep entrusted to their pastoral
care unto eternity.
of us in the laity do not share in the ordained priesthood of the High
Priest, we do have a share in what is called the "common"
priesthood of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The common priesthood
of the all of the faithful is different both in degree and in kind from
the sacerdotal priesthood of those who have been ordained in the likeness
of Christ the High Priest and Victim of the New and Eternal Covenant.
Nevertheless, we participate in the priesthood of Our Lord by offering
Him our prayers, sacrifices, penances, mortifications, acts of almsgiving
and charity, and the performance of the Spiritual and Corporal Works
of Mercy, uniting them to His offering of Himself to the Father in atonement
for our sins. Each Mass we attend permits us the opportunity to "collect" our prayers, if you will, and to unite them to the intentions of the
priest who is offering the Mass in persona Christi for the
particular intention (or intentions) for which he saying the Mass and
for the good of the whole Church, including the Church Suffering in
Those of us who are totally consecrated to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through Our Lady's Sorrowful
and Immaculate Heart exercise the common priesthood of the faithful
in a most excellent way by entrusting to her whatever merits we earn
during the course of a day and giving them to God through that same
Immaculate Heart as slaves who do not seek to direct how those merits
are used. This demonstrates our total trust in Our Lady, before whom
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar paid their homage at the Epiphany, as
we seek to make her Divine Son manifest in every aspect of our own lives.
To exercise the common priesthood of the lay faithful, you see, we must
rely upon Our Lady, who will help us to be co-redeemers with her Divine
Son. She will help us to be instruments of the sanctification of every
aspect of our daily living and to be thus better disposed to assist
at the Act of Adoration that is the Holy Mass with reverence and with
Our Lady saw
the gold being presented to her Divine Son by the Three Kings. She wants
our souls to be lined with gold as He manifests Himself to us during
Holy Mass. She wants us to remember that the first manifestation of
His miraculous power, which took place at the wedding feast of Cana,
was a foreshadowing of the Eucharist. Our Lady also wants us to remember
that it was upon her own request that her Divine Son first manifested
His the miraculous power of His Sacred Divinity, hidden behind the veil
of His Sacred Humanity. Why do we doubt her power to intercede for us
now in these days when belief in the Real Presence and in the sacrificial
nature of the Mass has been undermined by the whole ethos of conciliarism?
King of Kings
Kings from the Orient gave Our Lord gold in honor of His Kingly dignity.
This is why the vessels which hold His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity
during Holy Mass should be made of gold or be plated therewith. This
is not ostentatious display, as some Protestants and poorly formed (and
informed) Catholics might contend. No, this is what is due
the King of Kings in His Real Presence. Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar
saw fit to give gold to Our Lord when they adored Him. We are expected
to less then they? The Church must render unto her Divine Bridegroom
nothing other than that which was offered to Him on the first Epiphany,
signifying also that our souls must be golden pure in order to be fitting
receptacles for Him in Holy Communion which are better able therefore
to shine brilliantly His brightness into the darkness of a world steeped
in sin and in error.
XI wrote eloquently of the Universal Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ
in Quas Primas, issued on December 11, 1925:
has long been a common custom to give to Christ the metaphorical title
of "King," because of the high degree of perfection whereby
he excels all creatures. So he is said to reign "in the hearts
of men," both by reason of the keenness of his intellect and the
extent of his knowledge, and also because he is very truth, and it is
from him that truth must be obediently received by all mankind. He reigns,
too, in the wills of men, for in him the human will was perfectly and
entirely obedient to the Holy Will of God, and further by his grace
and inspiration he so subjects our free- will as to incite us to the
most noble endeavors. He is King of hearts, too, by reason of his "charity
which exceedeth all knowledge." And his mercy and kindness which
draw all men to him, for never has it been known, nor will it ever be,
that man be loved so much and so universally as Jesus Christ. But if
we ponder this matter more deeply, we cannot but see that the title
and the power of King belongs to Christ as man in the strict and proper
sense too. For it is only as man that he may be said to have received
from the Father "power and glory and a kingdom," since the
Word of God, as consubstantial with the Father, has all things in common
with him, and therefore has necessarily supreme and absolute dominion
over all things created.
we not read throughout the Scriptures that Christ is the King? He it
is that shall come out of Jacob to rule, who has been set by the Father
as king over Sion, his holy mount, and shall have the Gentiles for his
inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth for his possession. In
the nuptial hymn, where the future King of Israel is hailed as a most
rich and powerful monarch, we read: "Thy throne, O God, is for
ever and ever; the scepter of thy kingdom is a scepter of righteousness."
There are many similar passages, but there is one in which Christ is
even more clearly indicated. Here it is foretold that his kingdom will
have no limits, and will be enriched with justice and peace: "in
his days shall justice spring up, and abundance of peace...And he shall
rule from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth."
The testimony of the Prophets is even more abundant. That of Isaias
is well known: "For a child is born to us and a son is given to
us, and the government is upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor, God the mighty, the Father of the world to come,
the Prince of Peace. His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall
be no end of peace. He shall sit upon the throne of David and upon his
kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice,
from henceforth and for ever." With Isaias the other Prophets are
in agreement. So Jeremias foretells the "just seed" that shall
rest from the house of David -- the Son of David that shall reign as
king, "and shall be wise, and shall execute judgment and justice
in the earth." So, too, Daniel, who announces the kingdom that
the God of heaven shall found, "that shall never be destroyed,
and shall stand for ever." And again he says: "I beheld, therefore,
in the vision of the night, and, lo! one like the son of man came with
the clouds of heaven. And he came even to the Ancient of days: and they
presented him before him. And he gave him power and glory and a kingdom:
and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve him. His power is an
everlasting power that shall not be taken away, and his kingdom shall
not be destroyed." The prophecy of Zachary concerning the merciful
King "riding upon an ass and upon a colt the foal of an ass"
entering Jerusalem as "the just and savior," amid the acclamations
of the multitude, was recognized as fulfilled by the holy evangelists
This same doctrine of the Kingship of Christ which we have found in
the Old Testament is even more clearly taught and confirmed in the New.
The Archangel, announcing to the Virgin that she should bear a Son,
says that "the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David
his father, and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever; and of
his kingdom there shall be no end."
Christ himself speaks of his own kingly authority: in his last discourse,
speaking of the rewards and punishments that will be the eternal lot
of the just and the damned; in his reply to the Roman magistrate, who
asked him publicly whether he were a king or not; after his resurrection,
when giving to his Apostles the mission of teaching and baptizing all
nations, he took the opportunity to call himself king, confirming the
title publicly, and solemnly proclaimed that all power was given him
in heaven and on earth. These words can only be taken to indicate the
greatness of his power, the infinite extent of his kingdom. What wonder,
then, that he whom St. John calls the "prince of the kings of the
earth" appears in the Apostle's vision of the future as he who
"hath on his garment and on his thigh written 'King of kings and
Lord of lords!'." It is Christ whom the Father "hath appointed
heir of all things"; "for he must reign until at the end of
the world he hath put all his enemies under the feet of God and the
It was surely right, then, in view of the common teaching of the sacred
books, that the Catholic Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth,
destined to be spread among all men and all nations, should with every
token of veneration salute her Author and Founder in her annual liturgy
as King and Lord, and as King of Kings. And, in fact, she used these
titles, giving expression with wonderful variety of language to one
and the same concept, both in ancient psalmody and in the Sacramentaries.
She uses them daily now in the prayers publicly offered to God, and
in offering the Immaculate Victim. The perfect harmony of the Eastern
liturgies with our own in this continual praise of Christ the King shows
once more the truth of the axiom: Legem credendi lex statuit supplicandi.
The rule of faith is indicated by the law of our worship.
foundation of this power and dignity of Our Lord is rightly indicated
by Cyril of Alexandria. "Christ," he says, "has dominion
over all creatures, a dominion not seized by violence nor usurped, but
his by essence and by nature." His kingship is founded upon the
ineffable hypostatic union. From this it follows not only that Christ
is to be adored by angels and men, but that to him as man angels and
men are subject, and must recognize his empire; by reason of the hypostatic
union Christ has power over all creatures. But a thought that must give
us even greater joy and consolation is this that Christ is our King
by acquired, as well as by natural right, for he is our Redeemer. Would
that they who forget what they have cost their Savior might recall the
words: "You were not redeemed with corruptible things, but with
the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled."
We are no longer our own property, for Christ has purchased us "with
a great price"; our very bodies are the "members of Christ."
Let Us explain briefly the nature and meaning of this lordship of Christ.
It consists, We need scarcely say, in a threefold power which is essential
to lordship. This is sufficiently clear from the scriptural testimony
already adduced concerning the universal dominion of our Redeemer, and
moreover it is a dogma of faith that Jesus Christ was given to man,
not only as our Redeemer, but also as a law-giver, to whom obedience
is due. Not only do the gospels tell us that he made laws, but they
present him to us in the act of making them. Those who keep them show
their love for their Divine Master, and he promises that they shall
remain in his love. He claimed judicial power as received from his Father,
when the Jews accused him of breaking the Sabbath by the miraculous
cure of a sick man. "For neither doth the Father judge any man;
but hath given all judgment to the Son." In this power is included
the right of rewarding and punishing all men living, for this right
is inseparable from that of judging. Executive power, too, belongs to
Christ, for all must obey his commands; none may escape them, nor the
sanctions he has imposed. (Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas, December 11, 1925.)
Kings from the Orient knew simply what was expressed so eloquently by
Pope Pius XI. They knew that the King of Kings had manifested His guiding
star to them, symbolic of the fact that it would be His Holy Light that
would pierce through the darkness during the Easter vigil to announce,
as is sung in the Easter Exsultet, that the power of sin and eternal
death had been conquered forever.
The King of Love on Calvary, resting
as a Infant at the time he was adored by the Kings from the Orient,
must receive, therefore, the homage of the hearts of all men in this
world without fail. He must also receive the honor that is due Him from
nations, which is why Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the
King. And we know that one of the chief fruits of the Triumph of the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, which will be ushered by the proper consecration
of Russia to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart by a true pope with
all of the world's bishops, will be the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King. All of the false kings of our own day, including
the demigod of the United States Constitution, which has no place for
Christ the King or His true Church in its text, will be swept away just
as the aftermath of what remained of Montezuma's superstitions and diabolical
practices were swept away following Our Lady's apparitions to Saint
Juan Diego in 1531.
XI reiterated Our Lord's Social Kingship in Quas Primas:
the empire of our Redeemer embraces all men. To use the words of Our
immortal predecessor, Pope Leo XIII: "His empire includes not only
Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging
to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from
her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith;
so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus
Christ." Nor is there any difference in this matter between the
individual and the family or the State; for all men, whether collectively
or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In him is the salvation
of the individual, in him is the salvation of society. "Neither
is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven
given to men whereby we must be saved." He is the author of happiness
and true prosperity for every man and for every nation. "For a
nation is happy when its citizens are happy. What else is a nation but
a number of men living in concord?" If, therefore, the rulers of
nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the
prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty
of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ. What We said at the
beginning of Our Pontificate concerning the decline of public authority,
and the lack of respect for the same, is equally true at the present
day. "With God and Jesus Christ," we said, "excluded
from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man,
the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief
reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated.
The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it
has no longer a secure and solid foundation." (Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas, December 11, 1925)
One of our
own many duties as Catholics is to help to plant the seeds for the day
when all days will indeed make Our Lord manifest in every aspect of
their laws and popular culture. Everything is meant to be referred to
Christ the King and to Mary our Immaculate Queen. How do we do this?
Well, it is actually quite simple.
To be of some
small service in the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King
we must first let Him reign as the King of our own hearts. Not just
some part of our hearts. Not just some part of our hearts some of the time.
Our Lord is meant to reign as the King of the totality of our hearts,
consecrated as they must be to His Most Sacred Heart through the Immaculate
Heart of His Most Blessed Mother, at all times without even skipping
a beat. Those who permit Christ to reign as King over the totality of
their hearts at all times will be more ready to exercise their own role
as kings by governing themselves according to the Mind of Christ and
by loving with His Most Sacred Heart, of disciplining themselves in
the midst of temptation, of rooting out sloth and vice by cooperating
with the merits won for us by the shedding of every single drop of His
Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross, of forgiving others
as readily and as unconditionally as He forgives us in the Sacrament
of Penance, of helping Catholics who have gone astray to find their
way back into the fullness of the Faith Itself that has been under attack by the doctrinal and liturgical revolutionaries of conciliarism, and of helping
those outside of the Church to know of the true happiness that comes
only from adoring the King of Kings as He has made Himself manifest
solely through His true Church, founded upon the Rock of Peter, the
Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., reminded us in his The Light of the World that this feast today is indeed about the fact that kings of this earth paid homage to Christ the King, Who lay in His mean estate as a helpless, dependent baby:
The feat of the Epiphany is and should be a feast which is celebrated in honor of Christ the divine King. We pay our homage to Him by our prayers and by our celebration of the liturgy, which we share with the Church in heaven and on earth. We pay homage to Him by submitting our intelligence to faith, to His words, to His teachings, to His gospel, to His Church and its dogmas. And even if all others were to desert Him, yet we should remain true to Him and cry out with St. Peter, "Thou has the words of eternal life" (John 7:69). We honor Him by subjecting our wills to His ordinances and commands, to His sacraments, and to His Church. "He that hath My commandments and keepeth them; he it is that loveth Me" (John 14:21). "He that heareth you [the Church], heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me" (Luke 10:16). We pay homage to Him by subjecting ourselves to His operation in us. We honor Him by our resignation and subjection in afflictions and humiliations, by our inner purification and mortifications, and by the duties and obligations of our everyday life. We glorify Him by not attributing to ourselves, to our own good will, to our own efforts or strength, the good works which we perform. With the Apostle we humbly acknowledge, "For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to accomplish, according to His own good will" (Phil. 2:13). With grateful hearts we cry out, "Not to us, O lord, not to us; but to Thy name give glory" (Ps. 113:1) We honor Him by applying to our lives the admonition of the Epistle of today's Mass: by making our bodies and souls a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God. We glorify Him if we transform ourselves by His spirit and shape our lives according to the pattern He has given us, doing only that which is in accord with the will of God and is perfect and pleasing to Him, living in union with Holy Mother the Church.
Christ is King. That is the theme of the feast of Epiphany. "And we saw His glory, the glory as it were of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). This glory Christ has won through His victory on the cross. For this reason neither the Church nor the members of the mystical body can achieve glory without a sacrifice and a cross. "Ought not Christ to have suffered these thins and so to enter into His glory? (Luke 24:26).
Therefore we bring our bodies and all that we posses sand present them as an offering on the altar. With Stephen we share the passion of Christ, and thus we go to attain our glory in the Offertory, in the Consecration, and in Holy Communion.
We are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, on the altar. This we are to do not only at the time of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but at every hour of the day and in the ordinary affairs of everyday life. We must not be conformed to the manner of this world, but we must reform ourselves through the renewal of our spirit. We are thus to prove what is the good and the acceptable, the perfect will of God. We are to live in the consciousness that all of us together form one living organism, the body of Christ (in the community of the Church), and that we are members of one another and of Christ our Lord (Epistle). We live the life of the whole, the life of the community, the life of the mystical body of Christ. That is the Lord's command. "This is My commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12).
May Christ be King of my whole being, of my thoughts, my will, my affections and of my desires. May His will be done in all things. This is my ambition when I celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Him today. I consecrate myself to Him, and through Him and in Him I consecrate myself to the Father. (Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., The Light of the World, Volume I, B. Herder Book Company, St. Louis, Missouri, 1953, pp. 146-148.)
Even the likes of Barack Hussein Obama and Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., and Nancy Pelosi and George Walker Bush and John Boehner and Rand Paul and Christopher Christie and Andrew Mark Cuomo and Harry Reid and all other civil potentates must bend the knee as they adore and submit to Christ the King as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through His Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order.
Prophet Who is Proclaimed by His Father in Heaven
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was
honored by Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar as the Prophet. Myrrh was
given to Him as an Infant, signifying that His Body would taste the
bitter bangs of death so as destroy the power of sin and eternal death
forever. The death of Our Lord on the wood of the Holy Cross was the
very reason that He began His Public Ministry shortly after the symbolic
baptism He received from His cousin, Saint John the Baptist. It was
as Our Lord ascended from the waters of the Jordan River that a voice
proclaimed, "This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased."
(Mt. 3: 17)
That proclamation from God the Father came as Our Lord manifested
Himself to Saint John the Baptist and thus began the work of preaching
and teaching with the authority that none of the Prophets of the Old
Covenant had exhibited. Our Lord manifested Himself to be God, working
numerous prodigies (restoring sight to the blind, hearing to the death,
mobility to the paralyzed, raising the dead, expelling demons). And
though the Prophets of the Old Law had been dealt with harshly at times,
none of them endured the Passion that had been foretold of Our Lord
by Isaias in his Suffering Servant songs. The King of Kings Who had
proclaimed Himself to be the very fulfillment of all of the Prophets
of the Old Testament suffered precisely because the proclamation of
His Gospel required people to change their lives forever.
As Isaias noted:
believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? And
he shall grow up as a tender plant before him, and as a root out of
a thirsty ground: there is no beauty in him, nor comeliness: and we
have seen him, and there was no sightliness, that we should be desirous
of him: Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and
acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised,
whereupon we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our infirmities
and carried our sorrows: and we have thought him as it were a leper,
and as one struck by God and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded
for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of
our peace was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed.
we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his
own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was
offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he
shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb
before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth. He was taken away
from distress, and from judgment: who shall declare his generation?
because he is cut off out of the land of the living: for the wickedness
of my people have I struck him. And he shall give the ungodly for his
burial, and the rich for his death: because he hath done no iniquity,
neither was there deceit in his mouth. And the Lord was pleased to bruise
him in infirmity: if he shall lay down his life for sin, he shall see
a long-lived seed, and the will of the Lord shall be prosperous in his
his soul hath laboured, he shall see and be filled: by his knowledge
shall this my just servant justify many, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I distribute to him very many, and he shall divide the
spoils of the strong, because he hath delivered his soul unto death,
and was reputed with the wicked: and he hath borne the sins of many,
and hath prayed for the transgressors. (Isaias 53: 1-11)
feast of the Epiphany--which signifies His manifestations as God to
the Three Kings and in His baptism by Saint John and at the wedding
feast in Cana--is really made manifest to us over and over again in
the context of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is there that Our
Lord is made manifest to us God under the appearances of bread and wine,
that Adoration is given to the Father through Him in Spirit and in Truth,
that His Word is proclaimed to each generation, that we are able to
rise above the cares of this passing world to be better prepared for
the moment of our own Particular Judgments, when the veil that covers
the eyes of our souls at present will be stripped away and we will see
ourselves clearly in the plain light of the Eternal Daystar Himself,
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
commenting on Psalm 90 wrote:
has thus been kindled for us, in the midst of these toils and sorrows
of the night, like a lamp in the darkness, until day dawn, and the Day-star
arise in our hearts. For blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall
see God: then shall the righteous be filled with that blessing for which
they hunger and thirst now, while, walking in faith, they are absent
from the Lord. Hence are the words, "In Thy presence is fulness of joy:"
and, "Early in the morning they shall stand by, and shall look up:"
and as other translators have said it, "We shall be satisfied with Thy
mercy in the morning;" then they shall be satisfied. As he says elsewhere,
"I shall be satisfied, when Thy glory shall be revealed." So it is said,
"Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us:" and our Lord Himself
answereth, "I will manifest Myself to Zion;" and until this promise
is fulfilled, no blessing satisfies us, or ought to do so, lest our
longings should be arrested in their course, when they ought to be increased
until they gain their objects. "And we rejoiced and were glad all the
days of our life." Those days are days without end: they all exist together:
it is thus they satisfy us: for they give not way to days succeeding:
since there is nothing there which exists not yet because it has not
reached us, or ceases to exist because it has passed; all are together:
because there is one day only, which remains and passes not away: this
is eternity itself. These are the days respecting which it is written,
"What man is he that lusteth to live, and would fain see good days?"
These days in another passage are styled years: where unto God it is
said, "But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail:" for these
are not years that are accounted for nothing, or days that perish like
a shadow: but they are days which have a real existence, the number
of which he who thus spoke, "Lord, let me know mine end" (that is, after
reaching what term I shall remain unchanged, and have no further blessing
to crave), "and the number of my days, what it is" (what is, not what
is not): prayed to know. He distinguishes them from the days of this
life, of which he speaks as follows, "Behold, Thou hast made my days
as it were a span long," which are not, because they stand not, remain
not, but change in quick succession: nor is there a single hour in them
in which our being is not such, but that one part of it has already
passed, another is about to come, and none remains as it is. But those
years and days, in which we too shall never fail, but evermore be refreshed,
will never fail. Let our souls long earnestly for those days, let them
thirst ardently for them, that there we may be filled, be satisfied,
and say what we now say in anticipation, "We have been satisfied," etc.
"We have been comforted again now, after the time that Thou hast brought
us low, and for the years wherein we have seen evil".
now in days that are as yet evil, let us speak as follows. "Look upon
Thy servants, and upon Thy works" . For Thy servants themselves are
Thy works, not only inasmuch as they are men, but as Thy servants, that
is, obedient to Thy commands. For we are His workmanship, created not
merely in Adam, but in Christ Jesus, unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in them: "for it is God which worketh
in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure." "And direct their
sons:" that they may be right in heart, for to such God is bountiful;
for "God is bountiful to Israel, to those that are right in heart." . . .
let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us" ; whence the words,
"O Lord, the light of Thy countenance is marked upon us." And, "Make
Thou straight the works of our hands upon us:" that we may do them not
for hope of earthly reward: for then they are not straight, but crooked.
In many copies the Psalm goes thus far, but in some there is found an
additional verse at the end, as follows, "And make straight the work
of our hands." To these words the learned have prefixed a star, called
an asterisk, to show that they are found in the Hebrew, or in some other
Greek translations, but not in the Septuagint. The meaning of this verse,
if we are to expound it, appears to me this, that all our good works
are one work of love: for love is the fulfilling of the Law. For as
in the former verse he had said, "And the works of our hands make Thou
straight upon us," here he says "work," not works, as if anxious to
show, in the last verse, that all our works are one, that is, are directed
with a view to one work. For then are works righteous, when they are
directed to this one end: "for the end of the commandment is charity
out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned."
There is therefore one work, in which are all, "faith which worketh
by love:" whence our Lord's words in the Gospel, "This is the work of
God, that ye believe in Him whom He hath sent." Since, therefore, in
this Psalm, both old and new life, life both mortal and everlasting,
years that are counted for nought, and years that have the fulness of
loving-kindness and of true joy, that is, the penalty of the first and
the reign of the Second Man, are marked so very clearly; I imagine,
that the name of Moses, the man of God, became the title of the Psalm,
that pious and right-minded readers of the Scriptures might gain an
intimation that the Mosaic laws, in which God appears to promise only,
or nearly only, earthly rewards for good works, without doubt contains
under a veil some such hopes as this Psalm displays. But when any one
has passed over to Christ, the veil will be taken away: and his eyes
will be unveiled, that he may consider the wonderful things in the law
of God, by the gift of Him, to whom we pray, "Open Thou mine eyes, and
I shall see the wondrous things of Thy law.
Yes, Our Lord
is the fulfillment of the Prophets. He is the Prophet of the New and
Eternal Testament Who has entrusted His teaching to Holy Mother Church
for its safekeeping and infallible explication. We have the obligation
to make known His teaching in the midst of our own world today, doing
exactly what the Apostles themselves started to do as soon as God the Holy Ghost
had descended in tongues of flame upon them and Our Lady on Pentecost Sunday, that
is, to "Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove,
entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine." (2 Tim. 4: 2) Indeed,
we are living in times prophesied by Saint Paul to Saint Timothy in
that very Epistle, times in which Catholics, including those in the
hierarchy have "itching" ears and who refuse to accept everything
that has been handed down to them without one iota of change or dissent:
there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but,
according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the
truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour
in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be
sober. (2 Tim. 3: 5)
ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren,
that in all things you are mindful of me: and keep my ordinances as
I have delivered them to you. (1 Cor. 1-2)
Thus, we have
duties in our own days, when what has been delivered down to us from
the Apostles has been distorted and made ambiguous by the spiritual robber barons of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, to defend that which has
been handed down to us without any distortion or ambiguity.
the obligation to make manifest Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ exactly
as He has made Himself manifest throughout the ages, starting on the
We have the obligation to hold fast to the truths of the Catholic Faith and to her perennial form of worship in the Roman Rite at all times and in all places, even to the
point of ridicule and the loss of friends and prestige. So what? The
Apostles of the King of Kings were willing to give up their lives. The
millions of martyrs who followed them shed their own blood in defense of the Chief
Priest and Victim of every Mass. The Fathers and the Doctors of the
Church have proclaimed most excellently His precepts in the midst of
rampant heresies. We must not shrink from our own duties in these difficult
times. We must make Our Lord and the fullness of His truths manifest
in every aspect of our lives at all times.
and just man of the House of David, Saint Joseph, watched and marveled
as the Three Kings adored his foster-Child. He watches and marvels as
we adore Him in His Real Presence. He smiles approvingly as we pay homage
to his chaste spouse, Our Most Blessed Mother, and guides us gently
as we intercede with him in our own efforts to be as Christ-like as
he was in everything he did to fulfill God's will in us own life, thus
serving as a special patron and guardian in the midst of the shipwrecks
that the Church is experience in her human elements at present. We entrust
ourselves to Saint Joseph, therefore, to help us be ready to be
Christ to all who come looking for Him in us, to see others
with the eyes of Christ, to speak with the voice of Christ,
and to love with the Sacred Heart of Christ, leaning so readily
on the Immaculate Heart that warmed the life of the Holy Family of Nazareth
at all times.
Although the Star
of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings of the Orient to adore the
Infant Jesus is obscured from the vision of many men day, we continue
to beseech Our Lady and Saint Joseph that all men we come to see that
star shines in the Catholic Church, and that those in the Church's hierarchy
will come to realize that her star shines brightest when the fog of
Modernity in the world and Modernism in the Church is given no room
to breathe in her worship and in her proclamation of Gospel of the Priest,
Prophet, and King adored by the Gentiles for the first time on this
This is the
day upon which to give a few simple gifts to our children and to our
spouses. This day, the Twelfth Day of Christmas, is the day to continue
to wish others a Blessed and Merry Christmas. For Christ is being borne
to the Gentiles this day. May we rejoice with thanks and praise on this
glorious day, making haste to meet the Three Kings and the Holy Family
in the offering of the Mass of all ages, which is still kept on this
solemn day, January 6. May our worship this day and every day be but
a foretaste of the eternal glories of Heaven itself.
Feast of the Epiphany to you all.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, 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.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.