Spreading Errors Rather Rapidly
Thomas A. Droleskey
Pope Gregory XVI, writing in Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832, explained, citing Saint Augustine, that the death of the soul is worse than the freedom of error, a complete and total rebuke to anyone and everyone who contends that it is the mind of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour that the civil state has an obligation to permit blasphemies and heresies in the name of "civil" and "religious" liberty:
This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws -- in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty.
Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor. We are horrified to see what monstrous doctrines and prodigious errors are disseminated far and wide in countless books, pamphlets, and other writings which, though small in weight, are very great in malice. We are in tears at the abuse which proceeds from them over the face of the earth. Some are so carried away that they contentiously assert that the flock of errors arising from them is sufficiently compensated by the publication of some book which defends religion and truth. Every law condemns deliberately doing evil simply because there is some hope that good may result. Is there any sane man who would say poison ought to be distributed, sold publicly, stored, and even drunk because some antidote is available and those who use it may be snatched from death again and again?
The Church has always taken action to destroy the plague of bad books. This was true even in apostolic times for we read that the apostles themselves burned a large number of books. It may be enough to consult the laws of the fifth Council of the Lateran on this matter and the Constitution which Leo X published afterwards lest "that which has been discovered advantageous for the increase of the faith and the spread of useful arts be converted to the contrary use and work harm for the salvation of the faithful." This also was of great concern to the fathers of Trent, who applied a remedy against this great evil by publishing that wholesome decree concerning the Index of books which contain false doctrine. "We must fight valiantly," Clement XIII says in an encyclical letter about the banning of bad books, "as much as the matter itself demands and must exterminate the deadly poison of so many books; for never will the material for error be withdrawn, unless the criminal sources of depravity perish in flames." Thus it is evident that this Holy See has always striven, throughout the ages, to condemn and to remove suspect and harmful books. The teaching of those who reject the censure of books as too heavy and onerous a burden causes immense harm to the Catholic people and to this See. They are even so depraved as to affirm that it is contrary to the principles of law, and they deny the Church the right to decree and to maintain it.
Writing fifty-seven years before Pope Gregory XVI, Pope Pius VI made it clear in Inscrutabile, December 25, 1775, that bishops have a solemn obligation to expose and oppose error:
You yourselves, established as scouts in the house of Israel, see clearly the many victories claimed by a philosophy full of deceit. You see the ease with which it attracts to itself a great host of peoples, concealing its impiety with the honorable name of philosophy. Who could express in words or call to mind the wickedness of the tenets and evil madness which it imparts? While such men apparently intend to search out wisdom, "they fail because they do not search in the proper way. . . and they fall into errors which lead them astray from ordinary wisdom." They have come to such a height of impiety that they make out that God does not exist, or if He does that He is idle and uncaring, making no revelation to men. Consequently it is not surprising that they assert that everything holy and divine is the product of the minds of inexperienced men smitten with empty fear of the future and seduced by a vain hope of immortality. But those deceitful sages soften and conceal the wickedness of their doctrine with seductive words and statements; in this way, they attract and wretchedly ensnare many of the weak into rejecting their faith or allowing it to be greatly shaken. While they pursue a remarkable knowledge, they open their eyes to behold a false light which is worse than the very darkness. Naturally our enemy, desirous of harming us and skilled in doing so, just as he made use of the serpent to deceive the first human beings, has armed the tongues of those men with the poison of his deceitfulness in order to lead astray the minds of the faithful. The prophet prays that his soul may be delivered from such deceitful tongues. In this way these men by their speech "enter in lowliness, capture mildly, softly bind and kill in secret." This results in great moral corruption, in license of thought and speech, in arrogance and rashness in every enterprise.
When they have spread this darkness abroad and torn religion out of men's hearts, these accursed philosophers proceed to destroy the bonds of union among men, both those which unite them to their rulers, and those which urge them to their duty. They keep proclaiming that man is born free and subject to no one, that society accordingly is a crowd of foolish men who stupidly yield to priests who deceive them and to kings who oppress them, so that the harmony of priest and ruler is only a monstrous conspiracy against the innate liberty of man.
Everyone must understand that such ravings and others like them, concealed in many deceitful guises, cause greater ruin to public calm the longer their impious originators are unrestrained. They cause a serious loss of souls redeemed by Christ's blood wherever their teaching spreads, like a cancer; it forces its way into public academies, into the houses of the great, into the palaces of kings, and even enters the sanctuary, shocking as it is to say so.
Consequently, you who are the salt of the earth, guardians and shepherds of the Lord's flock, whose business it is to fight the battles of the Lord, arise and gird on your sword, which is the word of God, and expel this foul contagion from your lands. How long are we to ignore the common insult to faith and Church? Let the words of Bernard arouse us like a lament of the spouse of Christ: "Of old was it foretold and the time of fulfillment is now at hand: Behold, in peace is my sorrow most sorrowful. It was sorrowful first when the martyrs died; afterwards it was more sorrowful in the fight with the heretics and now it is most sorrowful in the conduct of the members of the household.... The Church is struck within and so in peace is my sorrow most sorrowful. But what peace? There is peace and there is no peace. There is peace from the pagans and peace from the heretics, but no peace from the children. At that time the voice will lament: Sons did I rear and exalt, but they despised me. They despised me and defiled me by a bad life, base gain, evil traffic, and business conducted in the dark." Who can hear these tearful complaints of our most holy mother without feeling a strong urge to devote all his energy and effort to the Church, as he has promised? Therefore cast out the old leaven, remove the evil from your midst. Forcefully and carefully banish poisonous books from the eyes of your flock, and at once courageously set apart those who have been infected, to prevent them harming the rest. The holy Pope Leo used to say, "We can rule those entrusted to us only by pursuing with zeal for the Lord's faith those who destroy and those who are destroyed and by cutting them off from sound minds with the utmost severity to prevent the plague spreading." In doing this We exhort and advise you to be all of one mind and in harmony as you strive for the same object, just as the Church has one faith, one baptism, and one spirit. As you are joined together in the hierarchy, so you should unite equally with virtue and desire.
The affair is of the greatest importance since it concerns the Catholic faith, the purity of the Church, the teaching of the saints, the peace of the empire, and the safety of nations. Since it concerns the entire body of the Church, it is a special concern of yours because you are called to share in Our pastoral concern, and the purity of the faith is particularly entrusted to your watchfulness. "Now therefore, Brothers, since you are overseers among God's people and their soul depends on you, raise their hearts to your utterance," that they may stand fast in faith and achieve the rest which is prepared for believers only. Beseech, accuse, correct, rebuke and fear not: for ill-judged silence leaves in their error those who could be taught, and this is most harmful both to them and to you who should have dispelled the error. The holy Church is powerfully refreshed in the truth as it struggles zealously for the truth. In this divine work you should not fear either the force or favor of your enemies. The bishop should not fear since the anointing of the Holy Spirit has strengthened him: the shepherd should not be afraid since the prince of pastors has taught him by his own example to despise life itself for the safety of his flock: the cowardice and depression of the hireling should not dwell in a bishop's heart. Our great predecessor Gregory, in instructing the heads of the churches, said with his usual excellence: "Often imprudent guides in their fear of losing human favor are afraid to speak the right freely. As the word of truth has it, they guard their flock not with a shepherd's zeal but as hirelings do, since they flee when the wolf approaches by hiding themselves in silence.... A shepherd fearing to speak the right is simply a man retreating by keeping silent." But if the wicked enemy of the human race, the better to frustrate your efforts, ever brings it about that a plague of epidemic proportions is hidden from the religious powers of the world, please do not be terrified but walk in God's house in harmony, with prayer, and in truth, the three arms of our service. Remember that when the people of Juda were defiled, the best means of purification was the public reading to all, from the least to the greatest, of the book of the law lately found by the priest Helcias in the Lord's temple; at once the whole people agreed to destroy the abominations and seal a covenant in the Lord's presence to follow after the Lord and observe His precepts, testimonies and ceremonies with their whole heart and soul." For the same reason Josaphat sent priests and Levites to bring the book of the law throughout the cities of Juda and to teach the people. The proclamation of the divine word has been entrusted to your faith by divine, not human, authority. So assemble your people and preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ. From that divine source and heavenly teaching draw draughts of true philosophy for your flock. Persuade them that subjects ought to keep faith and show obedience to those who by God's ordering lead and rule them. To those who are devoted to the ministry of the Church, give proofs of faith, continence, sobriety, knowledge, and liberality, that they may please Him to whom they have proved themselves and boast only of what is serious, moderate, and religious. But above all kindle in the minds of everyone that love for one another which Christ the Lord so often and so specifically praised. For this is the one sign of Christians and the bond of perfection.
Pope Pius VII, who was brought back to Rome on May 24, 1814, after five years of captivity at the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte as a result of the intercessory power of Our Lady Help of Christians, amplified these very points in Diu Satis, May 15, 1800:
Books which openly oppose the teaching of Christ are to be burned. Even more importantly, the eyes and minds of all must be kept from books, which do so more stealthily and deceitfully. To recognize such books, as St. Cyprian says in On the Unity of the Church, "there is not need of a long treatise and arguments: The sum of truth is a proof easy for faith: the Lord says to Peter, 'feed my sheep.'" So the sheep of Christ should consider safe and eat cheerfully the food to which Peter's voice and authority directs them; but despite any beauty and charm, they should shun as harmful and plague-ridden, what this voice forbids them. Those who do not comply are certainly not to be counted among the sheep of Christ.
In this case We cannot overlook, keep silent or act sluggishly. For unless this great license of thinking, speaking, writing, and reading is repressed, it will appear that the strategy and armies of wise kings and generals have relieved us for but a short time from this evil which has crushed us for so long. But so long as its stock and seed is not removed and destroyed (I shudder to say it but it must be said), it will spread abroad and be strengthened to reach over the whole world. To destroy it later or to rout it, legions, guards, watches, the armories of cities, and the defenses of empires will not be enough.
Is any one of Us not aroused by the words God speaks to Us through the prophet Ezechiel: "Son of man, I have given you as a guide to the house of Israel: and you shall hear a word from my mouth, and you shall proclaim to them from me. If when I say to the wicked, you shall die the death, you do not proclaim it to him....the wicked man shall die in his iniquity but I shall look for his blood from your hand.'' I confess this statement startles me and prevents me from being slothful and fearful in executing the demands of my office. I promise and swear that I will always be not only your helper and supporter, but your chief and leader.
Pope Pius VIII lent his voice during his short pontificate to the necessity of exposing and opposing errors, doing so in his first and only encyclical letter, Traditi Humilitati, May 24, 1829:
Although God may console Us with you, We are nonetheless sad. This is due to the numberless errors and the teachings of perverse doctrines which, no longer secretly and clandestinely but openly and vigorously, attack the Catholic faith. You know how evil men have raised the standard of revolt against religion through philosophy (of which they proclaim themselves doctors) and through empty fallacies devised according to natural reason. In the first place, the Roman See is assailed and the bonds of unity are, every day, being severed. The authority of the Church is weakened and the protectors of things sacred are snatched away and held in contempt. The holy precepts are despised, the celebration of divine offices is ridiculed, and the worship of God is cursed by the sinner. All things which concern religion are relegated to the fables of old women and the superstitions of priests. Truly lions have roared in Israel. With tears We say: "Truly they have conspired against the Lord and against His Christ." Truly the impious have said: "Raze it, raze it down to its foundations."
Among these heresies belongs that foul contrivance of the sophists of this age who do not admit any difference among the different professions of faith and who think that the portal of eternal salvation opens for all from any religion. They, therefore, label with the stigma of levity and stupidity those who, having abandoned the religion which they learned, embrace another of any kind, even Catholicism. This is certainly a monstrous impiety which assigns the same praise and the mark of the just and upright man to truth and to error, to virtue and to vice, to goodness and to turpitude. Indeed this deadly idea concerning the lack of difference among religions is refuted even by the light of natural reason. We are assured of this because the various religions do not often agree among themselves. If one is true, the other must be false; there can be no society of darkness with light. Against these experienced sophists the people must be taught that the profession of the Catholic faith is uniquely true, as the apostle proclaims: one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Jerome used to say it this way: he who eats the lamb outside this house will perish as did those during the flood who were not with Noah in the ark. Indeed, no other name than the name of Jesus is given to men, by which they may be saved. He who believes shall be saved; he who does not believe shall be condemned.
How sad it is, therefore, that many, although certainly not all, "priests" in indult communities recognized by the "Pontifical" Commission Ecclesia Dei of the counterfeit church of conciliarism believe that they have no (as in zero) responsibility to expose and oppose error. "People know all about these things," a "priest" noted to us nearly four months ago. No, they do. The "indult mentality" ("Just give us the 1962 Mass and we'll be quiet about everything else, promise, promise, promise") has resulted in an unprecedented silencing of Catholics in the face of error, thereby accustoming to accept heresy and blasphemy and sacrilege and error and novelty and innovation quite passively. This is the exact process by which those in Novus Ordo parishes have become accustomed to the errors of Modernity in the world and Modernism of the counterfeit church conciliarism, turning a blind eye and a deaf ear even to those errors and blasphemies and novelties and heresies not "officially" approved by conciliarism but which are standard fare for preaching in parish pulpits and teaching in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, seminaries, professional schools and theological "update" programs. Silence in the face of error leads to indifference to error. Indifference to error leads to the spiritual ruin for individual souls and social ruin for men and their nations, both domestically and internationally.
Our Lady told Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lucia dos Santos that "Russia would spread her errors throughout the world" if her Fatima requests were not heeded, causing wars and persecution of the Church." The errors of Russia are far more than the Marxism-Leninism of the Bolshevik brand of Communism. The errors of Russia start with the errors of Photius, the progenitor of what became the Greek Schism in 1054. These errors involve a rejection of Papal primacy, both spiritually and temporally, thus subordinating the schismatic and heretical Russian Orthodox Church to the interests of the czars (and, later, to the commissars). These errors involve an acceptance of divorce and remarriage, thus undermining the integrity of the family.
As errors mutate over the course of time, obviously, the rejection of Papal primacy (and papal infallibility) and the indissolubility of a ratified and consummated sacramental marriage would lead to the embrace of contraception, doing even further damage to the family. Bolshevism, which had the support of Talmudic financiers outside of Russia and much backing from indigenous followers of the Talmud in Russia, capitalized (pun very much intended) on these errors, making Moscow the seat of not only some of the chief theological errors opposed to the Divine Virtue of Faith but also the seat Bolshevik Orthodoxy, which has spread forth from 1917 to our present day to such an extent and in such clever ways that most people in the United States of America do not realize that naturalists in the camps of the false "opposites" known as "conservatives" and "liberals" have adopted many of the errors of Russia, chief among them being the separation of Church and State as the means by which the practice of religion is "privatized" while civil rulers exercise power in an amoral manner.
The Russian Federated Republic, the "successor" to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, is still steeped in the errors of Russian Orthodoxy and of Bolshevism, which are spreading throughout the world, as I noted in my article "Spreading Russia's Errors" in Volume 1 of Restoring Christ as the King of All Nations. Over three million preborn children are slaughtered surgically under cover of law in "free" Russia, where, it should be noted, that baby-killing-on-demand was authorized by Vladimir I. Lenin in 1918, providing another error that Russia was to spread throughout the world. Political opponents of current Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former head of the Soviet K.G.B., sometimes have rather sudden and very Kafkaesque demises, as happened with a former Russian official in London earlier this year. Russia's errors, both from Orthodoxy and Bolshevism, continue to be the foundation of political life there and the basis of public policy in most other parts of the world.
Obviously, the errors of Russian Orthodoxy helped to shape the nature of Russian government over the centuries, something that Greek Orthodoxy, finding itself immersed in the heart of Mohammedanism, could not do. Thus it is that Russian Orthodoxy helped to pave the way over the centuries for Protestantism and Freemasonry by means of its rejection of the Social Reign of Christ King as it must be exercised by the Catholic Church. The principle error of Modernity, the rejection of the Incarnation as an absolute necessity in the right ordering of men and their nations, had its antecedent roots in Russia. The errors of Russia influenced, albeit indirectly at times and through many filters, the ideas of the so-called Enlightenment in the West. And the failure of those anti-Incarnational and, at times, anti-Theistic ideas to resolve social problems, which have their remote cause in Original Sin and their proximate causes in the Actual Sins of men, made possible the rise of all manner of utopian theories. After all, if "heaven" is to be here on earth and men cannot resolve their problems by means of mere structural reform sanctioned by a majority of "reasonable men" (see Locke, John, Second Treatise on Civil Government), then men who do not realize that the state of nations depends upon the right ordering of souls according to the tenets contained in the Deposit of Faith entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church and in cooperation with the graces won for men by the shedding of every single drop of the Most Precious Blood of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, on the wood of the Holy Cross, will gravitate all too naturally to increasingly more utopian schemes of naturalism, including Bolshevism. The failure of Western liberalism, which had been influenced in many ways by the errors of Russia, to "improve" the lot of man helped to create a fertile seed ground for Bolshevism.
The spread of the errors of Orthodoxy, especially as regards the rejection of Papal primacy and thus the Social Reign Christ the King, came back to bite the Russian czars themselves a well-armed, well-financed and well-organized minority of Bolshevik cadres took advantage of the weakness caused by Imperial Russia's involvement in World War I to begin the process in 1917 of exacting total control over an empire that had expanded greatly in the Nineteenth Century, although it took a three year civil war between the Red Russians (the Bolsheviks) and the White Russians to solidify that power. One solidified, however, Bolshevism began to spread a whole litany of errors, many of which have been adapted in the "democratic" West. Consider some of the ways in which these errors have been spread:
1) Although private ownership has been retained in the West, nationalization of major industries began common after World War II in the United Kingdom, France, the countries of Scandinavia and elsewhere. True, national socialism, practiced in Italy and Germany and Japan before World War II (and Argentina after World War II) also featured nationalization of some industries. However, the practitioners of national socialism also permitted a degree of private ownership of major industries as long as those industries manufactured what the state dictated and sold their products according to the prices it, the state, established. Those Western countries, such as the United States, that did not nationalize major industries in peacetime began, however, even before World War II to confiscate private property, namely, the "wealth" of its citizens, by means of confiscatory taxation policies, most of which are absolutely unconstitutional under the terms of the Constitution of the United States of America, in order to redistribute income by means of government programs of social engineering. This confiscation of income, although not a strict abolition of private property as such, nevertheless limited the legitimate freedom of citizens and made their dependent upon the "largesse" of the civil state, making it more difficult for them to meet their own daily needs and, in man instances, forcing wives and mothers who wanted to stay at home with their children to go into the workplace simply to make income to pay these confiscatory taxes.
2) Private property in the West has also become heavily regulated since the dawn of Bolshevism in order to realize whatever goals the social engineers believed were necessary to pursue at any given moment, whether it be the displacement of citizens to facilitate "economic development" favorable to corporations whose executives donate heavily to candidates of both major political parties or to realize the goals of "environmentalists" and "animals rights" activists to limit the just use of one's own property in the defense of his family (from, say, bears and other predatory animals). One is a prisoner on his own property to the dictates of various statists, whose whims change from moment to moment.
3) Political power has been concentrated increasingly in the past ninety years or so in a duopoly called the "Republicrats," shall we say, career politicians who seek more and more to increase the size of the Federal budget and to make ever more future generations of Americans indentured servants of the government as these same career politicians enable the robber barons of the credit industry to charge usurious rates of interest to finance loans for automobiles and homes, thereby keeping large segments of the population even more indentured at almost every turn of their lives. This duopoly of power justifies almost every effort to increase surveillance of ordinary citizens, using the old shibboleth of "national security" to cower people in a "republican" system of government to surrender voluntarily what the Bolsheviks had to take from the Russians by armed force.
4) "Information" is manufactured by the government and disseminated for popular consumption and acceptance. Obviously, "Russia" did not invent this. However, Russian Orthodoxy's rejection of the Social Reign of Christ the King and its subordination of the schismatic and heretical Orthodox "church" paved the way Protestantism's and Freemasonry's embrace and promotion of this same error, thereby making the state to be a "demigod" beyond criticism and whose "information" must be accepted in the name of "patriotism." Thus it is, for example, that events such as the attacks on September 11, 2001, which even some former officials of the George W. Bush administration
testified before the "9/11 Commission" have not been explained adequately (such as how steel columnized towers could collapse merely because they had been hit by airplanes and why the government of the State of Israel had ordered all of their personnel out of the twin towers of the World Trade Center that day and why an Israeli film crew was positioned in New Jersey, directly across from the twin towers, at the exact moments that the planes hit each building) were used as a pretext for launching the "global war on terror" and for attacking Iraq, which had no role to play in those attacks whatsoever. It is been only in the last few months, as the body count of our citizens serving in Iraq has begun to rise once again, that the mask of this pretext has begun to be stripped away somewhat, not that this has deterred George W. Bush in the slightest from finding new pretexts ("al-Qaeda will follow us home if we leave" Iraq; al-Qaeda had no entree to Iraq prior to the American destabilization of that country!) to justify the pursuit of the American delusion of progress by means of "American civil liberty." This propaganda campaign could have been borrowed from the years of the Soviet's war in Afghanistan (1979 to 1989).
5) Any country that rejects the Social Reign of Christ the King, the linchpin of both Orthodoxy and Protestantism and all subsequent social revolutions, as it must be exercised by the Catholic Church must attack the rights of the family, seeking to destabilize the family so as to make more and more citizens dependent upon the state and its "experts" as to how to conduct their lives. Freemasonry's spirited push for the "liberalization" of existing divorce laws in the United States of America at the end of the Nineteenth Century, especially in North Dakota after it was granted statehood in 1889, was the logical consequence of Orthodoxy's and Protestantism's acceptance of divorce and remarriage. The later acceptance of contraception by Orthodoxy and by most, although not all, Protestant sects would further destabilize the family, mirroring Bolshevism's complete arrogation of the the rights of the family unto the civil state, which could accuse parents of "abuse" if their children were subjected to "counter-revolutionary" ideas. Something quite similar has been occurring in the United States and elsewhere in the West as home-schooling parents are carefully monitored for any signs of "bigotry" or "intolerance" that might "deform" their children, thus necessitating the intervention of the civil state to "rescue" the children from these "backward" parents. The state must thus carefully construct and enforce curricula of study, imposing said curricula with "religious: zeal.
6) Constant warfare must be waged against the true Church, the Catholic Church, founded by Our Lord upon the Rock of Saint Peter, the Pope, and brought to birth this very day, Pentecost Sunday, as the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity descended in tongues of flame upon the Apostles and our dear Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the same Upper Room in Jerusalem where Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ had institute the priesthood and the Eucharist some fifty-two days before. Some civil states in the West, most notably Canada, have imitated Bolshevism quite directly by waging relentless campaigns to silence Catholics about the truths of the Faith, especially as it relates to opposing baby-killing under cover of law and opposing the social promotion of perversion. More commonly, however, the civil state in the West, aping Bolshevism, permits the most aggressive and vile attacks upon Our Lord and Our Lady and the true Church in the nooks and crannies of popular culture, all in the name of a "false" civil freedom, the likes of which were condemned by Pope Gregory XVI in the passage from Mirari Vos cited at the beginning of this article. The constant warfare against the true Faith unites the naturalism of Bolshevism with the naturalism of the Western liberalism and pluralism and religious indifferentism that made possible its ascendancy in the first place.
This list of how the multifaceted and inter-related errors of Russia have influenced everyday life in the West is far, far from exhaustive. This partial listing is, however, indicative of the fact that the spirit of Orthodoxy and of Bolshevism continues to spread errors throughout the world. Any talk of the "conversion" of Russia is either delusional or an exercise in rank positivism. Even the talk of the "freedom" of the Catholic Church in Russia, whether of the conciliar Rome rite with its false bishops or of the Uniat rites that have true bishops who are, sadly, affiliated with the counterfeit church of conciliarsm, is much exaggerated. The conciliar Vatican has seen to it that this "freedom," which is limited in actual point in fact by many repressive measures on the part of the Russian government and the de facto praxis of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy, has been self-circumscribed by the conciliar "pontiffs," who have forbidden Catholics in Russia and the other countries that used to be "republics" of the former Soviet Union to engage in "proselytism" of their Orthodox countrymen, thereby betraying the very missionary work of the Church that began on this very day, Pentecost Sunday, when the first pope, Saint Peter, addressed the Jews gathered in Jerusalem from all over the Mediterranean, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles:
And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: What meaneth this? But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine. But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day:
But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know: This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it. For David saith concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved.
For this my heart hath been glad, and any tongue hath rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Ye men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David; that he died, and was buried; and his sepulchre is with us to this present day. Whereas therefore he was a prophet, and knew that God hath sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his throne.
Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For neither was he left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised again, whereof all we are witnesses. Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this which you see and hear. For David ascended not into heaven; but he himself said: The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.
Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation.
They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls. And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: many wonders also and signs were done by the apostles in Jerusalem, and there was great fear in all. And all they that believed, were together, and had all things common. Their possessions and goods they sold, and divided them to all, according as every one had need.
And continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart; Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord increased daily together such as should be saved.(Acts 2: 1-47)
The authentic patrimony of the Catholic Church, which always has sought with great urgency the unconditional conversion of all men and nations to her maternal bosom, means little to conciliarists, who feel free to dispense with the "past" as part of their Hegelian, Modernist view of the "evolution of dogma" (truths is perceived only in the mind and may not be what it is perceived to be; its objective dimensions may need, as Joseph Ratzinger noted in 1990, "further ramifications" as "historical circumstances" dictate). It is thus really not any news at all that the conciliar "archbishop of Moscow,"
Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, has said that:
"Our Lady of Fatima spoke of the conversion of Russia to God, she didn't say that it had to be exclusively Catholic.
"As the Catholic Church, we help our Orthodox brethren and we work together to continue and develop dialogue between us.
"Mary is just as present in the Orthodox Church as she is in the Catholic Church and, I would say, much more in Russia. Her image is a figure that is always pure for every Catholic and Orthodox for whom, without a doubt, her apparitions have ecumenical significance." (Zenit, May 25, 2007.)
The Mother of God does not want Russia to be exclusively Catholic? She looks favorably as people persist in the errors of Orthodoxy that reject, as noted in a partial listing above, Papal primacy, Papal infallibility, the doctrine that each person inherits Original Sin on his soul, the Filioque, Purgatory, the indissolubility of marriage (and the fact that no means may be taken to interfere with the transmission of life), and the doctrines of her own Immaculate Conception and bodily Assumption into Heaven? Our Lady thus believes that men can save their souls by persisting in errors condemned by the Catholic Church? Our Lady believes that false, heretical, schismatic churches are "safe havens" of salvation, as pleasing to God as the Catholic Church? To assert such a thing is to blaspheme the Mother of God by projecting onto her the false, heretical notions of conciliarism, making of her Fatima Message an exercise in an "ecumenism" that she rejects, wanting each of the children for whom her Divine Son gave up His life on the wood of the Holy Cross to be received into the one, true Church, the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation. Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz has affirmed the spread of Russia's errors into the very heart of the conciliarist ethos by daring to assert that Our Lady does not want the conversion of Russia to the Catholic Church, that she does not want the Russian Orthodox Church to abjure its errors and heresies, including the rejection of Marian doctrines. The Russian Orthodox Church may have iconography of Our Lady. It does not honor Our Lady truly because it rejects her Immaculate Conception and her bodily Assumption into Heaven. It does not use the power of the Most Holy Rosary she gave to Saint Dominic to convert heretics!
Indeed, Pope Pius XI, writing in Mortalium Animos, January 6, 1928, reminded Catholics that it is impossible to believe in "some" truths of the Faith while rejecting others. Every man and woman and child on the face of this earth is required to believe the totality of the Catholic Faith without one iota of dissent:
Besides this, in connection with things which must be believed, it is nowise licit to use that distinction which some have seen fit to introduce between those articles of faith which are fundamental and those which are not fundamental, as they say, as if the former are to be accepted by all, while the latter may be left to the free assent of the faithful: for the supernatural virtue of faith has a formal cause, namely the authority of God revealing, and this is patient of no such distinction. For this reason it is that all who are truly Christ's believe, for example, the Conception of the Mother of God without stain of original sin with the same faith as they believe the mystery of the August Trinity, and the Incarnation of our Lord just as they do the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff, according to the sense in which it was defined by the Ecumenical Council of the Vatican. Are these truths not equally certain, or not equally to be believed, because the Church has solemnly sanctioned and defined them, some in one age and some in another, even in those times immediately before our own? Has not God revealed them all? For the teaching authority of the Church, which in the divine wisdom was constituted on earth in order that revealed doctrines might remain intact for ever, and that they might be brought with ease and security to the knowledge of men, and which is daily exercised through the Roman Pontiff and the Bishops who are in communion with him, has also the office of defining, when it sees fit, any truth with solemn rites and decrees, whenever this is necessary either to oppose the errors or the attacks of heretics, or more clearly and in greater detail to stamp the minds of the faithful with the articles of sacred doctrine which have been explained. But in the use of this extraordinary teaching authority no newly invented matter is brought in, nor is anything new added to the number of those truths which are at least implicitly contained in the deposit of Revelation, divinely handed down to the Church: only those which are made clear which perhaps may still seem obscure to some, or that which some have previously called into question is declared to be of faith.
So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it. To the one true Church of Christ, we say, which is visible to all, and which is to remain, according to the will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it. During the lapse of centuries, the mystical Spouse of Christ has never been contaminated, nor can she ever in the future be contaminated, as Cyprian bears witness: "The Bride of Christ cannot be made false to her Spouse: she is incorrupt and modest. She knows but one dwelling, she guards the sanctity of the nuptial chamber chastely and modestly." The same holy Martyr with good reason marveled exceedingly that anyone could believe that "this unity in the Church which arises from a divine foundation, and which is knit together by heavenly sacraments, could be rent and torn asunder by the force of contrary wills." For since the mystical body of Christ, in the same manner as His physical body, is one, compacted and fitly joined together, it were foolish and out of place to say that the mystical body is made up of members which are disunited and scattered abroad: whosoever therefore is not united with the body is no member of it, neither is he in communion with Christ its head.
Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors. Did not the ancestors of those who are now entangled in the errors of Photius and the reformers, obey the Bishop of Rome, the chief shepherd of souls? Alas their children left the home of their fathers, but it did not fall to the ground and perish for ever, for it was supported by God. Let them therefore return to their common Father, who, forgetting the insults previously heaped on the Apostolic See, will receive them in the most loving fashion. For if, as they continually state, they long to be united with Us and ours, why do they not hasten to enter the Church, "the Mother and mistress of all Christ's faithful"? Let them hear Lactantius crying out: "The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship. This is the fount of truth, this the house of Faith, this the temple of God: if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation. Let none delude himself with obstinate wrangling. For life and salvation are here concerned, which will be lost and entirely destroyed, unless their interests are carefully and assiduously kept in mind."
Let, therefore, the separated children draw nigh to the Apostolic See, set up in the City which Peter and Paul, the Princes of the Apostles, consecrated by their blood; to that See, We repeat, which is "the root and womb whence the Church of God springs," not with the intention and the hope that "the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" will cast aside the integrity of the faith and tolerate their errors, but, on the contrary, that they themselves submit to its teaching and government. Would that it were Our happy lot to do that which so many of Our predecessors could not, to embrace with fatherly affection those children, whose unhappy separation from Us We now bewail. Would that God our Savior, "Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth," would hear us when We humbly beg that He would deign to recall all who stray to the unity of the Church! In this most important undertaking We ask and wish that others should ask the prayers of Blessed Mary the Virgin, Mother of divine grace, victorious over all heresies and Help of Christians, that She may implore for Us the speedy coming of the much hoped-for day, when all men shall hear the voice of Her divine Son, and shall be "careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
It is doubtful that
Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.has ever read Mortalium Animos, which called for the conversion of those steeped in the errors of Photius, that is those in the various schismatic and heretical Orthodox churches!
Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz .might assert, if confronted with these words of Pope Pius XI, that they "no longer apply," to which one would have to refer him immediately to these words of Pope Pius XII in Humani Generis, August 12, 1950, with which he is most likely equally unfamiliar:
Nor must it be thought that what is expounded in Encyclical Letters does not of itself demand consent, since in writing such Letters the Popes do not exercise the supreme power of their Teaching Authority. For these matters are taught with the ordinary teaching authority, of which it is true to say: "He who heareth you, heareth me"; and generally what is expounded and inculcated in Encyclical Letters already for other reasons appertains to Catholic doctrine. But if the Supreme Pontiffs in their official documents purposely pass judgment on a matter up to that time under dispute, it is obvious that that matter, according to the mind and will of the same Pontiffs, cannot be any longer considered a question open to discussion among theologians.
Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz must, therefore, believe that the Holy Ghost, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, a little doctrinal truth rejected by the Orthodox by the way, can contradict Himself. The Holy Ghost, the very Spirit of Truth, must will that past dogmatic pronouncements be forgotten or deconstructed, the height of logical absurdity and of actual blasphemy against God Himself. The Vatican Council, 1869-1870, put the matter very plainly:
Hence, that meaning of the sacred dogmata is ever to be maintained which has once been declared by Holy Mother Church, and there must never be an abandonment of this sense under the pretext or in the name of a more profound understanding.... If anyone says that it is possible that at some given time, given the advancement of knowledge, a sense may be assigned to the dogmata propounded by the Church which is different from that which the Church has always understood and understands: let him be anathema
One of the proofs of how the conciliarists have expelled themselves from the Catholic Church is that they reject the reiteration of the constant, perennial teaching of the Catholic Church contained in encyclical letters such as Mortalium Animos, thereby falling from the Faith, as Pope Leo XIII reminded Catholics in Satis Cognitum, June 29, 1896:
The Church, founded on these principles and mindful of her office, has done nothing with greater zeal and endeavour than she has displayed in guarding the integrity of the faith. Hence she regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own. The Arians, the Montanists, the Novatians, the Quartodecimans, the Eutychians, did not certainly reject all Catholic doctrine: they abandoned only a certain portion of it. Still who does not know that they were declared heretics and banished from the bosom of the Church? In like manner were condemned all authors of heretical tenets who followed them in subsequent ages. "There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition" (Auctor Tract. de Fide Orthodoxa contra Arianos).
The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium. Epiphanius, Augustine, Theodore :, drew up a long list of the heresies of their times. St. Augustine notes that other heresies may spring up, to a single one of which, should any one give his assent, he is by the very fact cut off from Catholic unity. "No one who merely disbelieves in all (these heresies) can for that reason regard himself as a Catholic or call himself one. For there may be or may arise some other heresies, which are not set out in this work of ours, and, if any one holds to one single one of these he is not a Catholic" (S. Augustinus, De Haeresibus, n. 88).
To refuse to seek with urgency the unconditional conversion of those who are outside of the Catholic Church, including the Orthodox, is to make a complete and total mockery of the work that Saint Peter and the other Apostles began on this day, Pentecost Sunday, when they were vivified by the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Ghost. It is to make a mockery of the work of Saint Patrick in Ireland and the work Saint Boniface in Germany and the work Saint Augustine of Canterbury in England and the work Saint Hyacinth in Central and Eastern Europe and the work Saint Dominic amongst the Albigenses and work of Saint Vincent Ferrer in the Iberian Peninsula amongst the Jews and Mohammedans and that of Saint Francis Xavier in the Far East and the work of Saints Francis de Sales and Peter Canisius amongst the Calvinists in Europe and the work of Saint Josaphat amongst the Orthodox in the Ukraine and the work of the North American Martyrs of Father Pierre Jean De Smet and Sister Rose Philippine Duchesne and Father Junipero Serra and the work of Saint Francis Solano and Saint Turibius and Saint Peter Claver, among so many others, in the New World.
As noted before, Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz's comments are not really new. There is nothing truly "new" about the repeated apostasies of the conciliarists. Indeed, one of his own lay employees in Russia said pretty much the same thing in early 2005, as I related in
The Conversion of Russia to the Catholic Faith, written, obviously, before I began to examine sedevacantism and to recognize its doctrinal validity and its applicability in our current ecclesiastical circumstances:
There is little need to write at length about the extent to which the spin-doctors at Zenit create and sustain an alternate universe in which the contradictions of one day's dispatches by those of the next day never blunt their zeal for spin-doctoring. The defined dogmas and papally condemned errors mean nothing to those who produce Zenit's daily reports. Anything that confirms the current Vatican line is to reported as though nothing before that very moment in salvation history was at all relevant.
One of the most current examples of this was to be found in a Zenit report of February 17, 2005:
MADRID, Spain, FEB. 16, 2005 ( Zenit.org ).- The Blessed Virgin's role in helping Russia hasn't gone unappreciated there, says a Catholic media official.
The Fatima shrine, for instance, is a "very special place for Russia, for Catholics as well as Orthodox, who are convinced that Our Lady contributed to convert the Russian people," said Victor Khroul, director of the Information Center of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia, in an interview with ZENIT.
Khroul said that "although I never knew Sister Lucia personally, I value very much her testimony and encouragement of the Russian people and we are very grateful to her as, thanks to her, many people have prayed for decades for the conversion of Russia."
Sister Maria Lucia, the last surviving visionary of the 1917 Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, died last Sunday at age 97.
Khroul, who is also editor of the Catholic weekly Svet Evangelia, said that when one speaks of "the conversion of Russia" one must understand that it means "the passing from non-belief to the Christian faith," and must not be confused with being or not being Catholic. ZE05021602
No one at Zenit raised any questions about Victor Khroul's nonsensical assertion that "'the conversion of Russia' means 'the passing from non-belief to the Christian faith,' and must not be confused with being or not being Catholic." Mr. Khroul's assertion is simply an effort to parrot the conciliarist commitment to the errors of "ecumenism." After all, the Holy See has discouraged members of Orthodox churches to convert to the true Church. Various cardinals and archbishops have said that Jews are saved by the Mosaic Covenant. Victor Khroul is merely following the Vatican party line, enunciated first and foremost by John Paul II, of discouraging "proselytism" among the Orthodox, especially in Russia.
Our Lady wants all people on the face of this earth to be formal members of the Catholic Church. It was for this reason that Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego in Guadalupe on December 9, 1531. It is for this reason that Our Lady appeared in Fatima for the first time on May 13, 1917, just one month and seven days after the entry of the United States of America into what we refer to now as World War I. Our Lady told Jacinta and Francisco Marto and their now deceased cousin, Lucia dos Santos, that she wanted them to pray and to do penance for sins, praying especially for the Holy Father, a personage who is not recognized as the Vicar of Christ on earth by the Orthodox. The consecration of Russia to her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart by a pope with all of the bishops of the world is meant to usher in the conversion of Russia and an era of peace.
Unless you think that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is compatible with legalized contraception, abortion, euthanasia and other evils, then the era of peace has arrived. And if you think that Our Lady was endorsing a religious indifferentism that had been condemned by pope after pope in the Nineteenth Century, then it is possible Our Lady does not want the Orthodox to convert. If, however, Our Lady meant at Fatima to effect in the entire world what had been effected in Latin America following her apparitions to Juan Diego, then it might be more than a little wise to consider the following papal condemnations of Mr. Khroul's remarks--and of the entire approach to ecumenism that began with John XXIII's "pontificate" in 1958. [Yes, I've done a little revising here, omitting a few references that conceded the legitimacy of the conciliar "pontiffs" and their actions.]
Russia's errors are, as noted earlier, being spread right in the heart of Rome during its conciliar captivity. We must counteract these errors by our unflagging fidelity to Our Lady's Fatima Message, praying as many Rosaries as our states-in-life permit, renewing our consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which many people do on the Feast of the Queenship of Our Lady, which is transferred this year to Monday, June 4, 2007, following the Octave of Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. We must have the same Apostolic zeal as the Apostles themselves, seeking to cooperate ever more fully with the graces made present in our souls by the working of the Holy Ghost, both by means of Sanctifying and Actual Grace, and that flow into our hearts and souls by His Spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mediatrix of All Graces.
Our souls were truly "born again" in Baptismal font when the flood waters of Baptism washed away Original Sin from our souls and introduced into them the very inner life of the Most Blessed Trinity by means of Sanctifying Grace. Our souls were strengthened when we received the Sacrament of Confirmation, being filled with the seven gifts (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord) and the twelve fruits (charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity)
of the Holy Ghost. We must ask Our Lady to help us cooperate more fully with these gifts and fruits so that we will know the Faith more surely and defend It more firmly, willing the true good (that is, the eternal salvation) of all others that is of the essence of charity, being especially diligent about praying for the conversion of the propagators of errors of Russia and those in the counterfeit church of conciliarism who aid and abet those errors by refusing to seek the conversion of those outside of the Catholic Church and who, among so many other things (especially the deformation of the souls of the young in institutions of conciliar "learning"), have deconstructed, distorted and perverted Our Lady's Fatima Message. We must spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer, accuse ourselves regularly in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance and seek to live penitentially so as to make reparation for our sins and those of the world world by offering our sacrifices to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
As the Very Reverend Andre Prevot wrote in Love, Peace and Joy: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus According to Saint Gertrude (published first in 1911 and republished by TAN Books and Publishers in 1984:
It may be said that never was the life of reparation more wanted than it is in our days, for never was God so publicly outraged, so fearlessly blasphemed.
Never has the ruin of souls been so complete, for the faith of the people is sapped to its foundations. Never has scandal been so widespread, for it has become national, nor so disastrous, for it attacks even childhood, our last hope. Now, more than ever, then, has Our need of souls who seriously and generously make reparation, and aid Him in atoning for these outrages against God, in saving souls who seriously form ruin, and in repairing these awful scandals.
Who will respond to the urgent need of the Heart of Jesus and His Church? Without doubt all souls of goodwill who love God and their neighbour, but particularly all eucharistic souls. The life of reparation is their especial portion, for the live always with Jesus in the Tabernacle, and He is the first object, the model and the means of our reparations.
He is in the Tabernacle the principal object of the life of atonement, for, as we have shown elsewhere, it is principally in the Holy Eucharist that Our Lord is most cruelly outraged. Profanation of the Eucharist is for man the most fearful of crimes, since by it he eats and drinks his own condemnation. It is through contempt or abandonment of the God of the Eucharist that nations forsake the sources of life, pass fatally into a kind of practical apostasy, and end, by losing their faith, in irreparable ruin (Father Prevot, 1984 TAN reprint, pp. 106-107.)
We can only bear good fruits of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, however, if we let the Gifts of the Holy Ghost take deep and abiding root in our souls, if our lives of prayer are prompt, assiduous, fervent, attentive, and unceasing, if we are intent on offering up everything that happens to us (all of our joys and sorrows, all of the events of daily living) to the Blessed Trinity through the Holy Ghost's spouse's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. We must work very hard to cooperate with the graces administered to us by the working of the Holy Ghost, making sure that we place no obstacles to His efforts to perfect us to love the Father through the Son in Spirit and in Truth as members of the true Church founded by the Son upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope.
Just as water, which gives hydration to living things, produces different effects in each living thing according to its own needs (a plant benefits from water differently than does a dog as each's organism has different ends appointed by their Creator, God Himself), so do the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross produce different effects in each of the souls to which they are administered. Each of our souls is unique, unrepeatable. Although each human being has been created to achieve the same end, the possession of the glory of the Beatific Vision of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for all eternity, each human being has a distinctive soul and thus has different ways of responding to the graces that are sent to it for its sanctification and salvation.
For example one person might be quite and reflective by nature, prone to deny oneself readily and to give way to others by following, say, the "Little Way" of the Little Flower, Saint Therese of Lisieux. Another person, perhaps one with a more outgoing personality, might need more graces to die to self in order to let Christ live in his soul more fully and more perfectly. In all instances, however, the graces sent to us by the Holy Ghost help us to fulfill the obligations imposed by our freely chosen state-in-life, helping us to be better husbands and wives and fathers and mothers and teachers and craftsmen and citizens according to our own individual needs. The grace of God, which flows to us through the hands of the spouse of the Holy Ghost, Our Lady, as she revealed to Saint Catherine Laboure, is meant to help perfect us in the accomplishment of our daily duties, which must be performed in light of our First Cause and our Last End.
The accomplishment of our Last End requires us to pray for an increase in the Gifts and the Fruits of the Holy Ghost in our souls. The Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost that we have been praying for the past nine days really says it all:
O Lord Jesus Christ / Who, before ascending into heaven / did promise to send the Holy Ghost / to finish Thy work / in the souls of Thine Apostles and Disciples / deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me / that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Thy grace and Thy love. / Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom / that I may despise the perishable things of this world / and aspire only after the things / that are eternal, / the Spirit of Counsel / that I may ever choose / the surest way of pleasing God / and gaining heaven, / the Spirit of Fortitude / that I may bear my cross with Thee / and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, / the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself / and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, / the Spirit of Piety / that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, / the Spirit of Fear of the Lord / that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him. / Mark me, dear Lord, / with the sign of Thy true disciples / and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. / Amen.
This prayer summarizes each of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost so very succinctly. We must be wise in order to love the things of Heaven and to hate the things of this passing world. We must choose after the surest way, the Catholic Church as she has presented herself traditionally, as the surest way to please God. We must be willing to bear our crosses with love, understanding that each cross has been sent to us to help us to give honor and glory to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and thus to be of some small benefit in the sanctification and salvation of our own souls. We must strive to get to know God and the Deposit of Faith that He has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church, being able to recognize and to flee from all errors, seeing in the lives of the saints our models for how to defend the Faith when it is threatened from without and denied from the ranks of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. We must love to attend to our prayers and the affairs of the interior life of the soul, not considering our spiritual life to be "burdensome" or, worse yet, distasteful. And, as noted above, we must despise sin as we are filled with such an abiding reverence for God that we want to take on additional penances and mortifications in order to do reparation for our past sins, understanding how they wounded Our Lord in His Sacred Humanity during His fearful Passion and Death and how they have contributed in no small measure to the wounding of the Church Militant here on earth.
One of the best agents of the Holy Ghost in our daily lives is our Guardian Angel. He beholds the very glory of the Beatific Vision as he ministers to us here in this mortal life. A good spiritual practice, therefore, is to ask our Guardian Angel to be an instrument of the Holy Ghost to enlighten our intellects and to strengthen our wills so that we will more worthily receive Sanctifying Grace, especially in Holy Communion and in the Sacrament of Penance, and more promptly respond to Actual Graces. Our Guardian Angels are special friends of the Holy Ghost. They see Him immediately and purely, desiring to help us to respond to the graces that He sends to us through the hands of Our Lady. In addition to praying our Angel of God prayer every morning and night, we should ask our Guardian Angels to help us to be more attentive to the demands of the interior life and the promptings of the Holy Ghost that are sent to us to move us along on the pathways of spiritual perfection.
The cessation of the spread of the errors of Russia, which are really the anti-Incarnational errors of Modernity in the world and the Hegelianism of Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarsm, depends in large measure upon our own daily willingness to let the Holy Ghost work in our souls to serve the Father through the Son in the midst of the circumstances, both personal and ecclesiastical, that have been chosen for us from all eternity to save our souls. What must matter to us first and foremost, therefore, is the sanctification and salvation of our own souls in cooperation with the graces sent to us by the working of the Holy Ghost, both sacramentally and actually, through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces, presuming never that we might not go to Hell for all eternity and despairing never of our salvation. A soul striving to make Christ its King and honoring Mary as its Queen will be able to plant a few seeds for the day when the Church herself will proclaim once against the Social Reign of Christ the King and of the Queenship of the Immaculata. A soul striving to make Christ its King and Mary as its Queen will be able to play some small role in planting the seeds for the day when Our Lady's Fatima Message will be fulfilled completely, thus ushering in the Reign of Mary Immaculate.
To this end, you see, we need the help of our soul's sweet guest, the Holy Ghost, Who wants us to be tender consecrated to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus so that we can make reparation for our our sins (and those of the whole world), planting at least a few seeds for the cessation of errors and the restoration of Catholic truth as the foundation of order and sanctity in the souls of all men and the lives of all nations without exception.
Vivat Christus Rex!
A blessed Pentecost to you all!
The Sequence for Pentecost: Veni, Sancti Spiritus (as found at:
Veni, Sancte Spiritus)
|Veni, Sacnti Spiritus
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.
|COME, Holy Ghost,
send down those beams,
which sweetly flow in silent streams
from Thy bright throne above.
|Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum
veni, lumen cordium.
|O come, Thou Father of the poor;
O come, Thou source of all our store,
come, fill our hearts with love.
dulcis hospes animae,
|O Thou, of comforters the best,
O Thou, the soul's delightful guest,
the pilgrim's sweet relief.
|In labore requies,
in aestu temperies
in fletu solatium.
|Rest art Thou in our toil, most sweet
refreshment in the noonday heat;
and solace in our grief.
|O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
|O blessed Light of life Thou art;
fill with Thy light the inmost heart
of those who hope in Thee.
|Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.
|Without Thy Godhead nothing can,
have any price or worth in man,
nothing can harmless be.
|Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.
|Lord, wash our sinful stains away,
refresh from heaven our barren clay,
our wounds and bruises heal.
|Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.
|To Thy sweet yoke our stiff necks bow,
warm with Thy fire our hearts of snow,
our wandering feet recall.
|Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibus,
|Grant to Thy faithful, dearest Lord,
whose only hope is Thy sure word,
the sevenfold gifts of grace.
|Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium,
|Grant us in life Thy grace that we,
in peace may die and ever be,
in joy before Thy face.
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.
Saint Philip Neri, pray for us.
Saint Augustine of Canterbury, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saints Monica, pray for us.
Saint Jude, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Antony of the Desert, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Bonaventure, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Saint Peter Damian, pray for us.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Monica, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
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Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
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Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us
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Father Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
Juan Diego, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.