Taking Advice From the Fuller Brush Man
Thomas A. Droleskey
My late mother, Norma Florence Red Fox Droleskey, was never properly catechized in the Faith. Adopted as an infant by a vaudevillian performer who claimed, falsely, to be a Sioux Indian chieftain, my mother led a rather itinerant existence throughout much of her early childhood and into her adolescence before her father-by-adoption, "Chief" William Red Fox, settled in Corpus Christi, Texas, which is where he would spend the remaining forty years of his life and where my mother's (and father's) mortal remains are buried. My poor mother just never understood the Faith, something that was a source of much friction between us as she could not make the distinction between the bad example given by those in ecclesiastical office (and by prominent Catholics--the Kennedys, Francis Albert Sinatra, et al.--who were given favors by those in ecclesiastical office despite their scandalous lives) and the truths of the Holy Faith, none of which depend upon the behavior of sinful human beings for their objective validity.
My mother did, however, have many good natural instincts, most of which were purely visceral but based nonetheless on a reasonably good insight into human nature on the level of pure naturalism. She always disliked Peter Edward Rose from the first time she saw him play for the Cincinnati Reds in 1963. "That man is a stinker," my mother said. "He'd probably cheat and lie as soon as look at you." Not a bad observation as it turned out seven years after her death in 1982 when the stories of Pete Rose's betting on baseball games while he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds broke and resulted in his being banned permanently from Major League Baseball by then Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamotti on August 24, 1989.
My mother, who took me to Holy Mass at Saint Aloysius Church in Great Neck, New York, with my younger brother even though she really did not understand the Faith, also had a visceral dislike for "The Fuller Brush Man," who was none other than the Baptist "preacher" known as Billy Graham. Graham, who sold Fuller brushes door to door in the late-1930s at one point, was viewed by mother as a charlatan for creating his own church. No, my mother may not have understand the true Faith. She was rather adamant in her ignorance about the Faith. However, she was no friend of Protestantism or its false "preachers" either.
All of this comes to mind as much has been made in the last few weeks that President-elect Barack Hussein Obama "reached out" on at least three occasions to Gene Robinson, an Episcopalian "priest" whose open admission of his being steeped in unrepentant sins of perversity against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments became a cause celebre in 2003 when he was "elected" by his fellow heretics and schismatics to be a "bishop" in the Episcopal sect. Some have decried Obama's judgment in seeking the advice of one steeped in unnatural vice against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, contrasting Obama's outreach to Gene Robinson with the days when presidents consulted Billy Graham, the Fuller Brush Man, for spiritual advice.
To be sure, it is most telling that Barack Hussein Obama has sought advice from a man steeped in unrepentant sins of perversity against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. It is certain clearly that the new President-elect of the United States of America, who spent time in a Mohammedan school in Indonesia in his childhood and who may not even be a native-born citizen of the United States of America and thus disqualified from entering into the office to which he has been elected (see
Lawsuit Challenging Obama's Citizenship and the much more thorough PHILIP J. BERG v. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA - Complaint), is clueless about First and Last Things. Indeed, Obama has provided us with direct evidence about his ignorance any rudimentary understanding about Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and what caused Him to suffer during His Passion and Death to redeem us, namely, our own sins (See an interview Obama gave in 2004 to Chicago Sun-Times reporter Cathleen Falsani that demonstrates Obama's ignorance and his support for the "Reverend" Jeremiah Wright. This material was in the public domain and the campaign of United States Senator John Sidney McCain III chose not to use any of it at all, most likely because the naturalists and unbelievers in McCain's camp couldn't find too much of alarming nature in the Obama interview. How can thorough-going naturalists and unbelievers, men and women who are steeped in the desire to acquire political power as an ultimate end, criticize others who are naturalists and unbelievers?)
President-elect Barack Hussein Obama is indeed going to be taking advice from a wide variety of people with egregious beliefs. He is assembling a Cabinet of first-class no-goodniks who will continue the steady advance of moral evils under cover of law and participate actively in the surrender of American sovereignty that have been accomplished by the outgoing administration of President George Walker Bush, who has given us more socialism and statism than "pro-life" "conservatives" care to even know anything about, no less admit openly (see Dick Morris's scathing, withering and very accurate critique of Bush as a socialist, BUSH’S LEGACY: EUROPEAN SOCIALISM).
As I have noted so frequently on this website, the statist and American exceptionalist policies of George Walker Bush made Barack Hussein Obama electable. The naturalists of the "right" in public office mouth rhetoric designed to mollify sleepy-eyed "conservative" "believers in the naturalistic, religiously indifferentist and semi-Pelagian American constitutional regime while governing from the "left," making the election of an open "leftist" all but inevitable. And thus it must ever be in a system of one falsehood after another where everyone in public life is absolutely convinced that it is not necessary for men to subordinate themselves at all times, whether acting individually or collectively with others in the institutions of civil governance, to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for their infallible explication and eternal safekeeping. This is the one thing that unites the "right" and the "left" and the "center" in this country of naturalism and it is why "things" will never improve as a result of the farce that is electoral politics.
Even the fact of Obama's "outreach" to the unrepentant practitioner of perversity, Gene Robinson, is but a logical result of the falsehoods engendered by the Protestant Revolt's overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King that was cemented in place by the rise of Judeo-Masonry and given concrete expression in the "religious liberty" guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. A country where no religion is seen as the one and only true religion--and where irreligion is as good as any religion at all--must degenerate over the course of time to the point where it is next-to-impossible to oppose the promotion of unnatural behavior in violation of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. "Who are you to tell me what I can do with my life?" is a common refrain uttered by people who are the stepchildren of pluralism's celebration of "diversity." If no religion is admitted by the civil state as the true religion, then it will be impossible for any kind of "interdenominational" consensus to be built to retard by naturalistic means the advance of evils in society under cover of law and in every aspect of popular culture.
Furthermore, Barack Hussein Obama's "outreach" to Gene Robinson is not a "break" with the presidential "tradition" of consulting with the Fuller Brush Man, Billy Graham. Not at all. It is but a logical extension of this "tradition" as Billy Graham is a firm dissenter from articles contained in the Deposit of Faith, starting with his rejection that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ founded His true Church, the Catholic Church, upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, and endowed her alone with the mission to teach infallibly and to safeguard the integrity of the Deposit of Faith, which consists of Sacred Scripture and Apostolic or Sacred Tradition. Billy Graham rejects this truth. Who has he been to offer any advice to anyone, presidents or peasants, on anything pertaining to Divine Revelation?
Indeed, Billy Graham is a moral relativist who has created his own quasi-magisterium, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, to offer "advice" on religious and moral matters to the poor souls out there who are being buffeted by the currents of Modernity in the world and/or who have been cast ashore on the shoals of Modernity by the Modernists in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association peddles lies about salvation and and how to "confess" one's sins directly to God. It offers "advice" on moral issues that mixes truth with error. No one needs to wonder that the late Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II had such a warm personal relationship with The Fuller Brush Man, Billy Graham, as conciliarism itself mixes together truth and error. And this warm, fuzzy relationship between Graham, who turned ninety years of age on November 7, 2008, and Wojtyla/John Paul II existed even though he, Graham, has taken countless numbers of souls out of the true Church, especially during the conciliar era, by means of his "crusades" across the world.
How is it possible, therefore, for otherwise right-thinking Catholics to praise Billy Graham in comparison to Gene Robinson when both men are but products of the Protestant Revolt as they exhibit that revolution's characteristics in differing ways? Billy Graham has taken souls away from the sacraments. I have relatives who have been taken out of the Church and/or reaffirmed in their decision to leave Holy Mother Church as a result of "Billy Graham Crusades." While we must pray for Billy Graham's conversion to the Catholic Church before he dies lest he face Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at the moment of his Particular Judgment with the consequences of the wreckage of souls wrought by his "preaching" falsehoods about Him and His Gospel, it is wrong for any Catholic to praise Billy Graham as being a better "representative" of Christianity than Gene Robinson as both are steeped in errors that emanate from the devil and can lead souls to Hell for all eternity.
The "conservative" Billy Graham was in the vanguard of "evangelical" support for birth control as early as 1959. Consider this excerpt from a Time magazine article of December 21, 1959:
Baptist Evangelist Billy Graham agreed. Birth control, he said, is one of the ways of coping with the "terrifying and tragic" problem of overpopulation; there is nothing in Scripture that prohibits its responsible use, and most Americans practice it, "whether they are Protestants or Roman Catholics. (The Birth-Control Debate - TIME, December 21, 1959.)
Contraception is a grave evil. Over and above the fact that most forms of contraception kill a living human being, contraception is of its very nature a rejection of the absolute Sovereignty of God over the sanctity and fecundity of marriage. God wants human beings to populate this earth so that their immortal souls can be regenerated in the Baptismal font and thereafter give Him honor and glory as members of the Catholic Church as they seek to work out their salvation in fear and in trembling, offering their prayers and sufferings and sacrifices to Him through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother. "Overpopulation" was a myth of population imperialists in the 1950s and it remains a myth today. Most of the "developed" countries in the world are seeing their indigenous populations die off as a result of contraception and abortion.
Billy Graham, The Fuller Brush Man, even admits that it is "possible" to take the life of an innocent preborn baby in his mother's womb in certain hard cases. There are not exceptions to the Fifth Commandment's absolute prohibition against the direct, intentional taking of any innocent human life at any time from the first moment of conception through all subsequent stages until natural death. A Protestant who rejects the fact that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted the teaching of the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law to the infallible teaching authority of the Catholic Church has to make things up as he goes along, attempting to "find" Scriptural passages that justify his individualistic embrace of theological and moral relativism.
Consider the advice that is found in the The Billy Graham Christian Worker's Handbook
Billy Graham writes: "We should accept abortion in these cases: rape or incest or if the delivery of the child is a threat to a mother's life." (p. 19, The Billy Graham Christian Worker's Handbook, copyright 1997 edition)
Graham also noted the following in the 2001 printing of the 1996 edition of The Billy Graham Christian Worker's Handbook:
Even sincere Christians may differ on whether or not abortion is ever justified, especially in difficult situations such as rape or incest, or when tests reveal that the unborn child has severe abnormalities. (The Billy Graham Christian Worker's Handbook, p. 21)
Although Graham rarely speaks about any "controversial" moral issues in public and has praised effusively pro-aborts such as the Clintons, his quasi-magisterium, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, sought to "clarify" these statements in an e-mail that is sent to people who inquire about The Fuller Brush Man's views on abortion:
Thank you for contacting us. Please accept our sincere apology for the long delay in answering, due to the great volume of e-mail received. We appreciate the opportunity to respond to your message.
You shared with us your concern about a statement made in the CHRISTIAN WORKER'S HANDBOOK. Let us clarify that the current edition reads: "Even sincere Christians may differ on whether or not abortion is ever justified, especially in difficult situations such as rape or incest, or when tests reveal that the unborn child has severe abnormalities."
In his "My Answer" column, Mr. Graham has stated: "I am opposed to abortion, except possibly in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is at stake. I oppose the casual approach to abortion that is so common today, and I believe it is one of the most serious sins of the modern world in the eyes of God." Please note the word "possibly" in Mr. Graham's statement. This is not a recommendation, but a recognition that under certain very limited situations, it might be necessary. You may want to read the portion of Mr. Graham's book STORM WARNING entitled "The Abortion Holocaust." It deals more extensively with his perspective. In the book, he notes, "The Bible makes it clear that God sees the unborn infant not as a piece of superfluous tissue, but as a person created by Him for life." Mr. Graham strongly opposes "abortion on demand" and was instrumental in the founding of the ministry of Care Net, the largest evangelical network of crisis pregnancy centers. Their ministry seeks to provide the most accessible and effective abortion alternatives possible.
Mr. Graham believes that the spiritual condition of man is at the root of the abortion issue. Until man's spiritual condition is changed by the power of Jesus Christ, we will not find a full solution to this problem. It is sin that produces the problem of most unwanted pregnancies, as well as all the other disorders which plague the human race. It is also sin which produces the misbelief that women have a "right" to take the lives of unborn babies.
Life is sacred, and we must seek to protect all human life: the unborn, the child, the adult, and the aged. Several Bible passages tell of the sacredness of life and speak to the subject of abortion. They include Exodus 20:13, 21:22, 23:7; Job 10:8-12; Psalms 22:10, 51:5, 127:3, 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:1-2, 49:5; Jeremiah 1:4-5. All expectant mothers who face difficult issues should prayerfully consider the teaching of Scripture and competent Christian medical and pastoral counsel.
We hope these thoughts provide clarification.
Lori A. Perz
Christian Guidance Department
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
God has not appointed Billy Graham to be an interpreter of the Deposit of Faith. Billy Graham's "views" about the possible permissibility of surgical baby-killing in some instances are irrelevant. Indeed, those views are from the devil himself as it is only he, the devil, who wants human beings to think that there is ever a circumstance in which an innocent human being may be put to death as a result of an intentional, directly willed act to take his life. While it is very nice that Billy Graham opposes "abortion on demand," he has no right from God to support surgical or chemical abortions under any conditions for any reason whatsoever.
Alas, the Protestant Revolt against the Divine Plan that God Himself instituted to effect man's return to Him through the Catholic Church is of the devil from begriming to end. Protestantism is a revolt against the Divine foundation and maintenance of the Catholic Church and her hierarchical nature. Protestantism is a revolt against the sacramental system established by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as it has been given exclusively by Him to His Catholic Church. Protestantism is a rejection of the Catholic theology of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and to reject the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is to do the work of the devil himself.
What I wrote about nineteen months ago is relevant yet again:
This is how the matter is put in the American preface to The Hidden Treasure: Holy Mass, by Saint Leonard of Port Maurice:
"Where there is no Mass," writes one of the Fathers of the English Oratory, "there is no Christianity." The reason is plain. Christ's life was one of sacrifice--not merely of the figurative sacrifice of praise and prayer, but one of outward act, of suffering and of death. His religion must be like Himself: it must be the continuation of the divine human life that He led upon earth, representing and perpetuating, by some sacred rite, the sacrifice that began in the womb of Mary and ended upon the cross of Calvary. That rite is the holy Mass. Do we always realize it as such? Does the conviction sink deep into us, when offering, or assisting at the adorable sacrifice, that Jesus is re-enacting, in our presence, the mysteries of His life and death?
The altar of the Mass is the holy house of Nazareth, the city of Bethlehem, the Egyptian place of exile, the hill of Calvary, the garden-tomb in which Our Saviour's corpse reposed, and the Mount of Olives from which He ascended. The Passion, it is true, is that which is primarily represented and continued in the holy Mass; yet the prayers and rites of the sacrifice refer, at times, to other mysteries. Thus the dropping of a part of the sacred host into the chalice, before the Agnus Dei, represents the reunion of Christ's soul with His body and blood on the morning of the Resurrection. For a description of the many and beautiful analogies between the eucharistic life of Our Lord and His sacred Infancy, we refer the reader to Father Faber's Treatise on the Blessed Sacrament.
The Mass is truly a "hidden treasure," and, alas, our cold, dead faith allows it to remain so. If we valued it as we ought, we would hurry every morning to the church, ceaseless of the snows of winter and the heats of summer, in order to get a share of the riches of this treasure.
The saints knew the value of one Mass: that it was a dark day in their calendar on which they were deprived of the happy privilege of saying or hearing Mass. Although St. Francis de Sales was overburdened with apostolic work on the Mission of the Chablais, he made it a point never to miss his daily Mass. In order to keep his holy resolution, he had frequently to cross the river Drance, to the village of Marin, in which there was a Catholic church. It happened, in the winter of 1596, that a great freshet carried away a portion of the bridge over the stream, and the passengers were, in consequence, compelled to cross on a plank laid over those arches of the broken structure that had withstood the waters. Heavy falls of snow, followed by severe frosts, made this board very slippery, so that it became dangerous to attempt passing on on it; but St. Francis was not be deterred, for despite the remonstration of his friends, he made the perilous journey every morning, creeping over the icy plank on his hands and feet, thus daily risking his life rather than lose Mass.
Dear Christian reader! beg this glorious saint to obtain for you and me some portion of his burning love for the most holy and adorable sacrifice of the altar.
No, no one who disbelieves in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass practices true Christianity, which is, of course, Catholicism. No baptized Catholic who disbelieves that the Mass is indeed the unbloody re-presentation of the Sacrifice of the Son to the Father in Spirit and in Truth on the wood of the Holy Cross is a Catholic in good standing. We have seen, therefore, a convergence of the dark forces of Protestantism and of Modernism, the former of which which has helped to create and the latter of which has joined the former to sustain a world that can only degenerate over the course of time because of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King and disbelief in the necessity of men and their nations to gather around the Sacrifice of the Cross every day in Holy Mass. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the chief means by which the souls of men are sanctified. It is thus the chief means by which nations can know any semblance of social order as individual men seek to live in this live as befits citizens of Heaven mindful that every one of their actions has an eternal dimension and must be subordinated to the Deposit of Faith that Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church.
Do not be tempted to praise The Fuller Brush Man, Billy Graham, because Gene Robinson is steeped in unrepentant sins of perversity. Billy Graham is steeped in the sins of Protestantism's revolution against the true Church--and thus against God Himself--and has promoted various sins in the name of "fidelity" to Sacred Scripture. Both men, Graham and Robinson, are but different sides of the same demonic coin that deludes people into believing that they can truly know, love and serve God by any means other than the Catholic Church. Have we gotten so used to the "dumbing down" of the term "pro-life" in the political realm that we accept theological frauds as "good Christians" men who believe in the taking of innocent human life in certain "hard cases"?
Today is the great Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady is dishonored, if not blasphemed, in most of Protestantism. Today's great feast will thus go unnoticed by most people, including most Catholics, in the world this day. We know, however, that to dishonor the Blessed Mother is dishonor her Divine Son. It cannot be this way with us. We must honor Our Lady as we pray to her, especially by means of her Most Holy Rosary, that she will present us to her Divine Son at the moment of our deaths.
Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., wrote the following about the history of this great feast day in his The Liturgical Year, teaching us that the King of France, Charles V, understood that nations must give public honor and glory to the Mother of God:
The East had been celebrating for seven centuries at least the entrance of the Mother of God into the temple of Jerusalem, when in 1372 Gregory XI permitted it to be kept for the first time by the Roman court at Avignon. Mary in return broke the chains of captivity that had bound the Papacy for seventy years; and soon the successor of St. Peter returned to Rome. The feast of the Visitation, as we saw on July 2, was in like manner inserted into the Western calendar to commemorate the re-establishment of unity after the schism which followed the exile.
In 1373, following the example of the Sovereign Pontiff, Charles V of France introduced the feast of the Presentation into the chapel of his palace. By letters dated November 10, 1374, the masters and students of the college of Navarre, he expressed his desire that it should be celebrated throughout the kingdom: "Charles, by the grace of God king of the Franks, to our dearly beloved: health in Him who ceases not to honour His Mother on earth. Among other objects of our solicitude, of our daily care and diligent meditation, that which rightly occupies our first thoughts is, that the blessed Virgin and most Holy Empress be honoured by us with very great love and praise as becomes the veneration due to her. For it is our duty to glorify her; and we, who raise the eyes of our soul to her on high, know what an incomparable protectress she is to all, how powerful a mediatrix with her blessed Son, for those who honour her with a pure heart. . . . Wherefore, wishing to excite our faithful people to solemnize the said feast, as we ourselves propose to do by God's assistance every year of our life, we send this Office to your devotion, in order to increase your joy."
Such was the language of princes in those days. Now just at the very time the wise and pious king, following up the work begun at Bretigny by our Lady of Chartres, rescued France from its from its fallen and dismembered condition. In the State, then, as well as in the Church, at this moment so critical for both our Lady in her Presentation commanded the storm, and the smile of the infant Mary dispersed the clouds.
Imagine if we had such rulers today as France had in the glories of Christendom! Public honor and glory given to the Mother of God on her feast days.
That would be something worth praising!
Dom Gueranger explained the mystical significance of this day:
Through the graceful infant now mounting the temple steps He takes possession of that temple whose priests will hereafter disown Him; for this child whom the temple welcomes to-day is His 'throne.' Already His fragrance precedes and announces Him in the Mother in whose bosom He is to be 'anointed with the oil of gladness' as the Christ among His brethren; already the angels hail her as the Queen whose fruitful virginity will give birth to all those consecrated souls who keep for the divine Spouse the 'myrrh' and the incense of their holocausts, those 'daughters of kings' who are to form her court of honour.
But our Lady's Presentation also opens new horizons before the Church. On the Cycle of the saints, which is not so precisely limited as that of the Time, the mystery of Mary's sojourn in the sanctuary of the Old Covenant is our best preparation for the approaching season of Advent. Mary, led to the temple in order to prepare in retirement, humility, and love for her incomparable destiny, had also the mission of perfecting at the foot of the figurative altar the prayer of the human race, of itself ineffectual to draw down the Saviour from heaven. She was, as St. Bernardine of Siena says, the happy completion of all the waiting and the supplication for the coming of the Son of God; in her, as in their culminating-point, all the desires of the saints who had preceded her found their consummation and their term.
Through her wonderful understanding of the Scriptures, and her conformity, daily and hourly, to the minutest teachings and prescriptions of the Mosaic ritual, Mary everywhere found and adored the Messias hidden under the letter; she united herself to Him, immolated herself with Him in each of the many victims sacrificed before her eyes; and thus she rendered to the God of Sinai the homage hitherto vainly expected of the Law understood, practised, and made to fructify in all the fullness that beseemed its divine Legislator. Then could Jehovah truly say: 'As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and return no more thither, but soak the earth and water it, and make it to spring: . . . so shall My word be. . . it shall not return to Me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please.
Supplying thus for the deficiencies of the Gentiles as well as of the Synagogue, Mary behold in the bride of the Canticle of the Church of the future. In our name she addressed her supplications to Him whom she recognized as the Bridegroom, without, however, knowing that He was to be her own Son. Such yearnings of love, coming from her, were sufficient to obtain from the divine Word pardon for the infidelities of the past and the immorality into which the wandering world was plunging deeper and deeper. How well did this ark of the New Covenant replace that of the Jews, which had perished with the first temple! It was for her, though he knew it not, that Herod the Gentile and continued the construction of the second temple after it had remained desolate since the time of Zorobabel; for the temple, like the tabernacle before it, was but the home of the ark destined to be God's throne; but greater was the glory of the second temple which sheltered the reality, than of the first which contained but the figure.
We must never look to anyone for "advice" on First or Last Things who cannot make these words of Dom Prosper Gueranger his own, who cannot make his own this prayer uttered by the great Benedictine of the Nineteenth Century:
'Congratulate me, all ye that love the Lord, because when I was a little one I pleased the Most High.' Such is the invitation thou addressed to us, O Mary, in the Office chanted in thy honour; and on what feast couldst thou do so more appropriately?
When, even more little in thy humility than by thy tender age, thou didst mount, in thy sweet purity, the steps of the temple, all heaven must have owned that it was henceforth just for the Most High to take His delight in our earth. Having hitherto lived in retirement with thy blessed parents, this was thy first public act; it showed thee for a moment to the eyes of men, only to withdraw thee immediately into deeper obscurity. But as thou wast officially offered and presented to the Lord, He Himself doubtless, surrounded by the princes of His court, presented thee not less solemnly to those noble spirits as their Queen. In the fullness of the new light that then burst upon them, they understood at once thy incomparable greatness, the majesty of the temple where Jehovah was receiving a homage superior to that of their nine choirs, and the august prerogative of the Old Testament to have thee for its daughter, and to perfect, by its teachings and guidance during those twelve years, the formation of the Mother of God.
Holy Church, however, declares that we can imitate thee, O Mary, in this mystery of thy Presentation, as in all others. Deign to bless especially those privileged souls who, by the grace of their vocation, are even here below dwellers in the house of the Lord; may they be like that fruitful olive enriched by the holy Spirit, to which St. John Damascene compares thee. But is not every Christian, by reason of his Baptism, an indweller and a member of the Church. God's true sanctuary, prefigured by that of Moriah? May we through thy intercession, follow thee so closely in thy Presentation even here in the land of shadows, that we may deserve to be presented after thee to the Most High in the temple of His glory.
We must offer up our prayers and our sacrifices and humiliations and mortifications and penances to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit, so that every human being on the face of this earth, including Barack Hussein Obama and Gene Robinson and Billy Graham, will recognize in the Mother of God the Singular Vessel of Devotion without whose intercession we cannot get to Heaven.
A blessed Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all!
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Gertrude the Great, pray for us.
Saint Felix of Valois, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints