So Rare To Find A Champion Of Christ The King
Thomas A. Droleskey
Pope Saint Pius X, writing in Singulari Quadam, September 24, 1912, explained that Catholics have an obligation to scrutinize everything in public life according to the teaching of Holy Mother Church. Although His Holiness was writing at the time specifically about labor organizations, his exhortation, as he made clear in his encyclical letter, applies to the entirety of the social order:
Accordingly, We first of all declare that all Catholics have a sacred and inviolable duty, both in private and public life, to obey and firmly adhere to and fearlessly profess the principles of Christian truth enunciated by the teaching office of the Catholic Church. In particular We mean those principles which Our Predecessor has most wisely laid down in the encyclical letter "Rerum Novarum." We know that the Bishops of Prussia followed these most faithfully in their deliberations at the Fulda Congress of 1900. You yourselves have summarized the fundamental ideas of these principles in your communications regarding this question.
These are fundamental principles: No matter what the Christian does, even in the realm of temporal goods, he cannot ignore the supernatural good. Rather, according to the dictates of Christian philosophy, he must order all things to the ultimate end, namely, the Highest Good. All his actions, insofar as they are morally either good or bad (that is to say, whether they agree or disagree with the natural and divine law), are subject to the judgment and judicial office of the Church. All who glory in the name of Christian, either individually or collectively, if they wish to remain true to their vocation, may not foster enmities and dissensions between the classes of civil society. On the contrary, they must promote mutual concord and charity. The social question and its associated controversies, such as the nature and duration of labor, the wages to be paid, and workingmen's strikes, are not simply economic in character. Therefore they cannot be numbered among those which can be settled apart from ecclesiastical authority. "The precise opposite is the truth. It is first of all moral and religious, and for that reason its solution is to be expected mainly from the moral law and the pronouncements of religion."
One of the most glaringly laughable aspects of an electoral campaign in the United States of America is the spectacle of naturalists of the false opposites of the "left" and the "right" trying to discuss the "issues" of the day from a purely naturalistic perspective. We do not rely upon Protestant or naturalistic "commentators" to "guide" us concerning the issues of the day. We need to view ourselves and everything that happens to us through the eyes of the true Faith without any exception whatsoever.
There is no naturalistic, interdenominational, nondenominational, philosophical, legal or constitutional way to retard a single evil. Indeed, evils must continue to spread in a world where men and their nations do not submit themselves to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to His Catholic Church for their eternal safekeeping and infallible explication. To believe otherwise is to succumb to this or that "urgent" appeal by various naturalistic organizations that exist to feed off of the fears of even believing Catholics in order to line their own coffers to pursue endeavors that have zero chance of coming to fruition.
One of these insane efforts that is afoot at this time seeks to impeach Barack Hussein Obama. Can any rational, sane human being name sixty-seven United States Senators who would vote to convict Obama if he was impeached by the members of the United States House of Representatives, mindful that the Democratic Party controls the House by a margin of 257 to 178 Republicans? Name the the forty House Democrats who would have to defect in the House of Representatives to impeach Obama. Name those sixty-seven senators who would vote to convict him, mindful of the fact that there are now fifty-eight Democrats (and two Independents who vote with the Democrats) in the United States Senate. Name them. You can't. There would be no effort to impeach and convict Barack Hussein Obama even if there were sixty Republicans in the United States Senate at this time. Why? Can you imagine the gutless, spineless wonders in the Republican Party wanting to go on record to vote to impeach and then convict the first black President of the United States of America?
Why is it so hard for even Catholics to think rationally, to assess the actual reality of our political situation without falling prey to massive fund-raising schemes that are based in intellectual fraud. No amount of money is going to get Barack Hussein Obama impeached even if the Republican Party regains control of both Houses of the Congress of the United States of America in the 2010 midterm Congressional elections. Yet there will be people who gladly give their money to this insane cause that has no chance to succeed while those of us who attempt to defend the Social Reign of Christ the King are considered to "unrealistic" or "idealistic" dreamers who are out of touch with the real world and deserving of no financial support whatsoever. Why is it that those who claim to be "realistic" are so blind to the actual facts of political life in the United States of America time and time and time again as they fall prey to one fraudulent fund-raising scheme after another in an well-intentioned but always futile effort to roll yet another boulder up a hill, refusing to learn that they are modern day
Sisyphuses who have their schemes crushed over and over again?
Similarly, all manner of funds were raised to oppose the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Authorization Act, signed into law by Barack Hussein Obama on Thursday, October 29, 2009, because it contained the so-called "hate crimes" provision within it that can be used to criminalize the speech of those who oppose perverse acts in violation of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments if it can be proved that said speech contribute to violence against those steeped in unrepentant acts of perversity. Yes, the "hate crimes" provision that is now yet another unjust law in a nation of unjust laws is designed to be used as a wedge to stop all criticism of perversity. This is undoubtedly its intention. What rational end, however, was accomplished by all of the fundraising, much of it done by Protestant organizations, to oppose a bill that was guaranteed of passage by both Houses of Congress and being signed into law by Caesar Obamus?
Indeed, forty-four Republicans joined two hundred thirty-seven Democrats in the House (Vote Details) to vote in favor of a Congressionally-sponsored effort to make fascism the law of the land in this country as those of us who are loyal to the truths of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as they have been entrusted to and explicated by Holy Mother Church are considered to be people who incite "hate" that can result in violence against those steeped in sins against nature. Ten Republicans out of thirty-eight voting in the United States Senate joined fifty-eight Democrats to support this hideous piece of legislation.
What good did all of the fundraising accomplish? Do you think that some future "conservative" Republican President is going to be able to get Congress to repeal this legislation? Think again. Did the "conservative" statist, George Walker Bush, work to repeal the "Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances" Act? Did Bush the Lesser use his plenary executive authority as head of the Executive Branch of the government of the United States of America to direct the Food and Drug Administration to rescind its authorization for the marketing of the human pesticide, RU-486? And while, yes, Bush the Lesser threatened to veto legislation containing the hate crimes provision, no future Republican president is going to attempt to seek the reversal of it now that it is the law of the land. Naturalism begets more naturalism.
No naturalist of the "right" is going to be able to withstand the sentimentality of naturalists of the "left"as expressed by the fascist-in-charge, Caesar Obamas, on October 29, 2009:
So today I'm pleased to say that we have proved that change is possible. It may not come quickly, or all at once, but if you push hard enough, it does come eventually.
Now, speaking of that, there is one more long-awaited change contained within this legislation that I'll be talking about a little more later today. After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we've passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray, or who they are. (Applause.)
I promised Judy Shepard, when she saw me in the Oval Office, that this day would come, and I'm glad that she and her husband Dennis could join us for this event. I'm also honored to have the family of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who fought so hard for this legislation. And Vicki and Patrick, Kara, everybody who's here, I just want you all to know how proud we are of the work that Ted did to help this day -- make this day possible. So -- and thank you for joining us here today. (Applause.)
So, with that, I'm going to sign this piece of legislation. Thank you all for doing a great job. All right. (Remarks by the President at the Signing of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010)
A limited civil government that respects the integrity of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law is only possible in the properly ordered Catholic state, where citizens would be possessed of the sensus Catholicus and would not look to "government" for the "solutions" to problems that have their remote cause in Original Sin and their proximate causes in our own Actual Sins. Individual issues that arise would be examined by Catholics in light of First and Last Things as they made honest efforts to apply the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law in the concrete circumstances in which they find themselves. Catholics can disagree about the application of principles. They are not free to disagree about the fact that the Faith governs all of our actions, both personal and social, at all times.
Pope Leo XIII made it abundantly clear in Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890, that those who search for merely "natural' solutions to the problems of man search in vain:
The Church, it is certain, at no time and in no particular is deserted by God; hence, there is no reason why she should be alarmed at the wickedness of men; but in the case of nations falling away from Christian virtue there is not a like ground of assurance, "for sin maketh nations miserable." If every bygone age has experienced the force of this truth, wherefore should not our own? There are, in truth, very many signs which proclaim that just punishments are already menacing, and the condition of modern States tends to confirm this belief, since we perceive many of them in sad plight from intestine disorders, and not one entirely exempt. But, should those leagued together in wickedness hurry onward in the road they have boldly chosen, should they increase in influence and power in proportion as they make headway in their evil purposes and crafty schemes, there will be ground to fear lest the very foundations nature has laid for States to rest upon be utterly destroyed. Nor can such misgivings be removed by any mere human effort, especially as a vast number of men, having rejected the Christian faith, are on that account justly incurring the penalty of their pride, since blinded by their passions they search in vain for truth, laying hold on the false for the true, and thinking themselves wise when they call "evil good, and good evil," and "put darkness in the place of light, and light in the place of darkness." It is therefore necessary that God come to the rescue, and that, mindful of His mercy, He turn an eye of compassion on human society. (Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890.)
We do not organize nations around the false principles of naturalism. We do not restore "order" in nations by the false principles of naturalism. Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
To wit, a Catholic possessed of the sensus Catholicus would have an understanding of the following basic truths, thereby eliminating most of the "issues" that are raised in the course of elections by naturalists who want to "solve" problems caused by the overthrow of Christendom:
The civil state has an obligation to recognize the true Church and to accord her the favor and the protection of the laws.
There are limits that have been revealed positively by God and that exist in the nature of things (the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law) that bind the consciences of all men in all circumstances in all places at all times.
No one, whether acting individually or collectively with others in the institutions of civil governance, may defy the laws of God as they have been entrusted to the infallible teaching authority of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church possesses the Divine right to interpose herself with the civil authorities as last resort when the good of souls demands her motherly intervention following the exhausting of her Indirect Power of teaching, preaching and exhortation.
Each man on the the face of the earth has a solemn obligation to submit himself to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on all that pertains to the good of souls, accepting humbly and in a spirit of docility the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has revealed to us exclusively through the Catholic Church.
Social order depends upon order within the state of the individual souls of men.
Order within the individual souls of men depend upon their having belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace thus being equipped to see the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith and to act according to the Mind of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as He has discharged It exclusively in the Catholic Church.
All of the problems of the world, bar none, are caused by Original Sin and the Actual Sins of men.
The only way to "reform" societies is for men to reform their souls in cooperation with Sanctifying Grace.
The family is the basic unit of society and as such its members (father, mother, children) have an obligation to perform the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy for each other and to provide, as far as is humanly possible, for the spiritual and temporal care of close relatives (grandparents, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins) when they are unable to do so.
The virtues are to be cultivated within the family unit as worldliness is eschewed and as parents and children live here on this earth in light of their Last End, the possession of the Beatific Vision of Father, Son and Holy Ghost in Heaven for all eternity.
Each home should be enthroned to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary as each member within it is totally consecrated to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through that same Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
As far as is humanly possible in this era of apostasy and betrayal when the availability of true offerings of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass have been limited to a relative handful of locations, families must endeavor to assist at Holy Mass on a daily basis and to spend time as a family, at least on a weekly basis, before Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. This is an antidote to worldliness and to naturalism.
Each family must pray at least one set of mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary every day.
Each family must read about the lives of the saints, preferably in conjunction with the Mass of the day.
Each family must be content to live in accord with the Virtue of Modesty, dressing and speaking as befits redeemed creatures, careful to avoid any degree of participation in cultural fashions or activities contrary to the good of our souls or those of others.
Parents must welcome as many children as God sees fit to send them, refusing to do anything to prevent the conception of children or to conceive children by artificial means if God has seen fit not to bestow upon them any (or with a particular number of) children.
Husbands and wives must understand that a Sacramentally valid, ratified and consummated marriage is indissoluble, and that there is no problem within the family that is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer during His Passion and Death and that caused those Seven Swords of Sorrow to be thrust through and through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother.
Similarly, children must be taught there there is no cross (rejection by friends, a failing grade in a class, ridicule, ostracism, sickness, the death of a parent or other close relative, financial setbacks) that is the equal of what our sins caused Our Lord to suffer as He redeemed us, understanding as well that each cross we are asked to bear has been fashioned for us by the very hand of God Himself for all eternity for His greater honor and glory and for our sanctification and salvation.
Families, in conjunction with Our Lady's Fatima Message, must seek to make reparation for their own sins and those of the whole world, seeking to live in joy as they embrace voluntarily more and more penances to help convert sinners in this life and to come to the aid of the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory.
It is essential for families to get themselves to the Sacred Tribunal of Penance on a weekly basis.
Families must not immerse themselves in the consumer mentality that is abroad in our land, being content with a sufficiency of the means of this world and making certain to give back unto God the first fruits of whatever material benefits He has bestowed upon them.
- Parents must understand that they are the principal educators of their children, cooperating with their legitimate pastors and legitimate, truly Catholic schools to help them to be educated in all things, sacred and profane, in light of the Holy Faith.
Those in the civil government must understand that their first obligation is to foster those conditions within their jurisdictions that will be conducive for the sanctification and salvation of the souls of their fellow citizens, seeking to root out those things that are grievously sinful and thus pose a grave, if not fatal, threat to souls and to the commonwealth.
The civil government must pursue the common temporal good in light of man's Last End, doing nothing to interfere with the sanctification and salvation of its citizens.
Although very few Catholics understand and accept these truths, there have been exemplars of Christ the King in the United States of America, some of whom have served at the state and local levels of government. One of these exemplars of the Social Reign of Christ the King was the late Judge Robert McOsker, who died on Friday, October 23, 2009, after spending most of the past thirty-three months in a coma as he suffered the debilitating consequences of the latter stages of multiple sclerosis.
I was honored to have met Judge McOsker and his wife Joanne, who was the face of Catholic pro-life in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for over thirty years before she came to recognize that those who defect from the Faith cannot hold ecclesiastical office in the Catholic Church legitimately, at the Catholic Rendezvous at the Ragamont Inn in Salisbury, Connecticut, in the Fall of 1986. Like most of the others at the Rendezvous, Bob and Joanne were full of Catholic zeal and were delightfully joyful. They were also very humble. One would have never known that Bob McOsker was a prominent judge in Rhode Island who was a zealous defender of Christ the King as he meted out justice according to the Mind of the King of Kings. One would not have known that Joanne McOsker, so full of energy to defend the Faith and to provide tangible, temporal assistance to expectant mothers so that they could bring their children to life rather than to kill them at an abortuary, was the heart and soul of the pro-life movement in Rhode Island.
Bob, a native of Rhode Island, was born on December 14, 1929. His life was summarized on the website of the funeral home where Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, offered his Requiem Mass on Wednesday, October 28, 2009:
Judge McOsker graduated from Providence College and received his law degree from Boston University in 1952. He was a Providence City Councilman from the 9th Ward from 1955 to 1966, later served as City Solicitor for the city of Providence from 1967 to 1973. While City Solicitor he received an award from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers honoring his efforts to stop pornography. In 1968 he was appointed as the First President of the Rhode Island Association of City and Town Solicitors. In 1973 he was appointed as an Associate Justice to the Rhode Island District Court and served until 1986.
He was a great advocate for the Right to Life along with his wife and a strong supporter of Catholics for Life, the Little Flower Home and the Mother of Life Center. (Judge Robert McOsker)
Judge Robert McOsker was a Catholic from his head to his toes. He courageously defended the Faith in public life, something that is almost unheard of in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations today as most Catholics, each of whom is in perfectly "good standing" in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, in public life there are out-and-out pro-aborts. No amount of criticism or opposition could deter Judge Robert McOsker from pursuing the truth in public life and as a private citizen after he retired from the bench in 1986. He applied most scrupulously the tenets of justice with absolute impartiality from the bench, using his laser-sharp insights of the Faith to serve as an advocate of Christ the King in all that he said and wrote.
At the heart of all that he did, however, Bob was tenderly devoted to the Mother of God. Confined to a wheel chair but still as sharp as a tack, Bob grabbed my wife Sharon by the arm after I had given a lecture on the Social Reign of Christ the King at the Mother of Life Center in Providence on Wednesday, January 17, 2007. Looking up at Sharon, squeezing her hand with one of his own hands, holding up the Rosary in another, saying, "Remember," pausing for effect, "pray your Rosary!" What better advice can be given by a Catholic? "Remember. . . . pray your Rosary"?
It is so rare to find a true champion of Christ the King in public life. Judge Robert J. McOsker was one of those champions. He was never lost in the details of public policy. He understood that Catholicism was indeed the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
We were privileged to know him in life. We were so grateful to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus and His Most Blessed Mother to have been able to be present at his Requiem Mass, which was offered with such exquisite perfection by Father Benedict Hughes, who is a zealous pastor of souls. And his dear, loving wife Joanne, who was by Bob's bedside day in and day out these past three years as she went about a thousand other projects in defense of the Catholic Faith, had the consolation of having a true priest offer a true Requiem Mass.
The conciliar revolutionaries have rejected the necessity of restoring the Social Reign of Christ the King, content to endorse what Pope Saint Pius X called a "thesis absolutely false," the separation of Church and State. It is these same conciliar revolutionaries who have dared to tamper with the Sacred Liturgy, replacing the Requiem Mass of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, replete with its black vestments signifying the sobriety of death and the Particular Judgment, with the "Mass of Christian Burial," "celebrated" with white vestments that presume a "happy recap," to quote the late original Mets' broadcaster Bob Murphy (it's hard to believe that it's been over five years since Bob Murphy died!), for a deceased Catholic.
One of Judge McOsker's relatives, a conciliar priest who will not be otherwise identified, told Mrs. Joanne McOsker that he would say a Novus Ordo "Mass" next week for a distant relative who had died, boasting that "I will be the priest in white," somewhat joking at the fact that Bob's Requiem Mass was offered by a priest in the liturgical color specified from time immemorial by the Catholic Church: black.
Perhaps this relative of the late Judge Robert J. McOsker ought to consider the following passage from Pope Pius XII's Mediator Dei, November 20, 1947, to consider that the "priest in black," Father Benedict Hughes, three days ago was obeying the Catholic Church and not revolutionaries who have robbed Catholics of the sensus Catholicus to such an extent that most do not even bat an eyelash over voting for pro-aborts who support special privileges for those steeped in perverse acts against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments:
Assuredly it is a wise and most laudable thing to return in spirit and affection to the sources of the sacred liturgy. For research in this field of study, by tracing it back to its origins, contributes valuable assistance towards a more thorough and careful investigation of the significance of feast-days, and of the meaning of the texts and sacred ceremonies employed on their occasion. But it is neither wise nor laudable to reduce everything to antiquity by every possible device. Thus, to cite some instances, one would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.
Although the conciliar revolutionaries have aided and abetted the lords of Modernity with their Modernist precepts that have needlessly divided families and engendered the most harsh and bitter feelings among the closest of relatives and friends, the final victory belongs to Christ the King through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As Christ the King champion public official, the late Judge Robert J. McOsker told Sharon nearly three years ago now, "Remember . . . . pray your Rosary."
This is the last day of the month of October in the year of Our Lord 2009. Every day of every month is a good day to pray our Rosaries, as many of them as our states-in-life permit, wouldn't you agree?'
We need a King, we need THE King, Christ the King, to lead us out of the darkness of the forests of naturalism so that we will be able to see the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith and will not be in histrionics every four or eight years as this or that "worst ever" boogeyman and his "hold your nose" opponent view for power in our Judeo-Masonic system of falsehoods that continues to degenerate right before our very eyes. There is no other solution. None.
Pope Leo XIII, writing in Annum Sacram, May 25, 1899, explained that Our King is indeed King of all men and nations even if they do not understand or accept his His Kinship over them:
This world-wide and solemn testimony of allegiance and piety is especially appropriate to Jesus Christ, who is the Head and Supreme Lord of the race. His empire extends not only over Catholic nations and those who, having been duly washed in the waters of holy baptism, belong of right to the Church, although erroneous opinions keep them astray, or dissent from her teaching cuts them off from her care; it comprises also all those who are deprived of the Christian faith, so that the whole human race is most truly under the power of Jesus Christ. For He who is the Only-begotten Son of God the Father, having the same substance with Him and being the brightness of His glory and the figure of His substance (Hebrews i., 3) necessarily has everything in common with the Father, and therefore sovereign power over all things. This is why the Son of God thus speaks of Himself through the Prophet: "But I am appointed king by him over Sion, his holy mountain. . . The Lord said to me, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me and I will give thee the Gentiles for thy inheritance and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession" (Psalm, ii.). By these words He declares that He has power from God over the whole Church, which is signified by Mount Sion, and also over the rest of the world to its uttermost ends. On what foundation this sovereign power rests is made sufficiently plain by the words, "Thou art My Son." For by the very fact that He is the Son of the King of all, He is also the heir of all His Father's power: hence the words - "I will give thee the Gentiles for thy inheritance," which are similar to those used by Paul the Apostle, "whom he hath appointed heir of all things" (Hebrews i., 2).
But we should now give most special consideration to the declarations made by Jesus Christ, not through the Apostles or the Prophets but by His own words. To the Roman Governor who asked Him, "Art thou a king then?" He answered unhesitatingly, "Thou sayest that I am a king" John xviii. 37).And the greatness of this power and the boundlessness of His kingdom is still more clearly declared in these words to the Apostles: "All power is given to me in heaven and on earth" (Matthew xxviii., 18). If then all power has been given to Christ it follows of necessity that His empire must be supreme, absolute and independent of the will of any other, so that none is either equal or like unto it: and since it has been given in heaven and on earth it ought to have heaven and earth obedient to it. And verily he has acted on this extraordinary and peculiar right when He commanded His Apostles to preach His doctrine over the earth, to gather all men together into the one body of the Church by the baptism of salvation, and to bind them by laws, which no one could reject without risking his eternal salvation.
But this is not all. Christ reigns not only by natural right as the Son of God, but also by a right that He has acquired. For He it was who snatched us "from the power of darkness" (Colossians i., 13), and "gave Himself for the redemption of all" (I Timothy ii., 6). Therefore not only Catholics, and those who have duly received Christian baptism, but also all men, individually and collectively, have become to Him "a purchased people" (I Peter ii., 9). St. Augustine's words are therefore to the point when he says: "You ask what price He paid? See what He gave and you will understand how much He paid. The price was the blood of Christ. What could cost so much but the whole world, and all its people? The great price He paid was paid for all" (T. 120 on St. John).
How it comes about that infidels themselves are subject to the power and dominion of Jesus Christ is clearly shown by St. Thomas, who gives us the reason and its explanation. For having put the question whether His judicial power extends to all men, and having stated that judicial authority flows naturally from royal authority, he concludes decisively as follows: "All things are subject to Christ as far as His power is concerned, although they are not all subject to Him in the exercise of that power" (3a., p., q. 59, a. 4). This sovereign power of Christ over men is exercised by truth, justice, and above all, by charity.
To this twofold ground of His power and domination He graciously allows us, if we think fit, to add voluntary consecration. Jesus Christ, our God and our Redeemer, is rich in the fullest and perfect possession of all things: we, on the other hand, are so poor and needy that we have nothing of our own to offer Him as a gift. But yet, in His infinite goodness and love, He in no way objects to our giving and consecrating to Him what is already His, as if it were really our own; nay, far from refusing such an offering, He positively desires it and asks for it: "My son, give me thy heart." We are, therefore, able to be pleasing to Him by the good will and the affection of our soul. For by consecrating ourselves to Him we not only declare our open and free acknowledgment and acceptance of His authority over us, but we also testify that if what we offer as a gift were really our own, we would still offer it with our whole heart. We also beg of Him that He would vouchsafe to receive it from us, though clearly His own. Such is the efficacy of the act of which We speak, such is the meaning underlying Our words.
And since there is in the Sacred Heart a symbol and a sensible image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love one another, therefore is it fit and proper that we should consecrate ourselves to His most Sacred Heart - an act which is nothing else than an offering and a binding of oneself to Jesus Christ, seeing that whatever honor, veneration and love is given to this divine Heart is really and truly given to Christ Himself.
Pope Pius XI, writing in Quas Primas, December 11, 1925, put the matter this way:
The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God. If all these truths are presented to the faithful for their consideration, they will prove a powerful incentive to perfection. It is Our fervent desire, Venerable Brethren, that those who are without the fold may seek after and accept the sweet yoke of Christ, and that we, who by the mercy of God are of the household of the faith, may bear that yoke, not as a burden but with joy, with love, with devotion; that having lived our lives in accordance with the laws of God's kingdom, we may receive full measure of good fruit, and counted by Christ good and faithful servants, we may be rendered partakers of eternal bliss and glory with him in his heavenly kingdom.
Christ the King must reign in our minds, not naturalism of the "left" or naturalism of the "right."
This is why we must fulfill that part of Our Lady's Fatima Message that we are able to fulfill, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world, being willing to suffer gladly anything and everything that we are asked to suffer for the restoration of the Church Militant on earth and for the restoration of Christendom in the world. Our Lady wants to protect us in the folds of her mantle in these troubling times. Will we let her? Will we run to her as we renew daily our total consecration to her Divine Son through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart? Bob McOsker, who was so very devoted to Our Lady's Fatima Message, did so in his own life even as he suffered in a wheel chair for many years accepting his suffering for the good of souls as the client of Our Lady. Why can't we?
These words of Pope Leo XIII, contained in Sapientiae Christianae and quoted above, should give us cause before we continue to rush into the insanity of listening the naturalist babblers babble on and on about "issues" that they do not understand clearly or fully because they believe in one naturalist falsehood after another:
Nor can such misgivings be removed by any mere human effort, especially as a vast number of men, having rejected the Christian faith, are on that account justly incurring the penalty of their pride, since blinded by their passions they search in vain for truth, laying hold on the false for the true, and thinking themselves wise when they call "evil good, and good evil," and "put darkness in the place of light, and light in the place of darkness." It is therefore necessary that God come to the rescue, and that, mindful of His mercy, He turn an eye of compassion on human society.
With full confidence in Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, may we rise above the histrionics, the silliness, the emotionalism and the naturalism to pray and to work for the restoration of the Catholic City as the fruit of the triumph of that same Immaculate Heart. We may not see the results with our own earthly eyes. Please God and by the intercession of Our Lady that we die in states of Sanctifying Grace, may it be our privilege to see the results from eternity, where those who have won the only election that matters, God's favor for all eternity, will praise and glorify Christ the King forever in Heaven.
Bob McOsker was one of the great champions of Christ the King in our own lives. As we pray for the repose of his immortal soul, my friends, it is not inappropriate to pray to him (as even the Poor Souls in Purgatory who can't help themselves can intercede for us) that we may be as zealous and faithful as he was throughout his distinguished life of service to the Catholic Church through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
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.