Blessed Blessed Easter to all! More will be posted during this Easter week. God bless!
GOOD FRIDAY - The Scars
We are here – Good Friday – the day Jesus dies for all of us! This is big yet have we really internalize the true meaning of this. It is such a mystery! We still have trouble understanding suffering – even after the cross. Many forget the words of Jesus to his disciples: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matt. 16:24
Archbishop Fulton Sheen would constantly repeat words related to the scars of Christ and how we too are called to the same in order to receive the victory. Below are paraphrased words taken from a talk he did in the 1940’s on his radio show (The Catholic Hour dated April 21, 1946 when he was a Monsignor). Enjoy!
What do the scars of Jesus teach us? They teach us that life is a struggle: that our condition of a final resurrection is exactly the same as His; that unless there is a cross in our lives, there will never be an empty tomb; unless there is a Good Friday, there will never be an Easter Sunday; unless there is a crown of thorns, there will never be the halo of light; and unless we suffer with Him, we shall not rise with Him.
The scars are not only reminders that life is a warfare, but they are also pledges of victory in that war. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress: but have confidence, I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 By this He means that He has overcome evil in principle. Evil will never be able to be stronger than it was on that particular day, for the worst thing that evil can do is not to ruin cities and to wage wars and to drop atomic bombs against the good and the living. The worst thing that evil can do is to kill God. Having been defeated in that, in its strongest moment, when evil wore its greatest armor, evil can never be victorious again!
Jesus’ scars and His victory over evil do not give us immunity from: pain, sorrow, disappointments, crucifixion and death. What He offers is not immunity from evil in the physical world, but immunity from sin in our souls. The final conquest of physical evil will come in the resurrection of the just. What He does teach us is to bear the worst this life has to offer with courage and serenity and to regard all of its trials as a share in His own Passion which will transfigure some of life’s greatest pains into the richest gains of the spiritual life.
With St. Paul, we can cry out: “Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation: Or distress? Or famine? Or nakedness? Or danger? Or Persecution? Or the sword….but in all these things we overcome because of Him that hath loved us! For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things to come, nor might, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus Our Lord” Romans 8:35-39
If He, our Leader, wore scars, then must we His soldiers be prepared on the day of the great Judgement when He comes to judge the living and the dead, to show Him the scars we won in His Cause and in His Name. To each of us He will say, “Show Me your hands and your side.” Woe then unto us who come down Calvary with hands unscarred and white without blood!
May we not complain or drag our cross. May we embrace it for His sake and for the sake of the Church which is suffering and losing souls to Hell. May we fight the good fight and keep hope for a final victory. This life is short and the next eternal – do not squander grace.
May Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother of God and Mother of us all – pray for us and guide us to the Cross. May we remember that without Mary we will not make it to the foot of the Cross. May we not run in fear but stand bravely with Her under the foot of the Cross.
"We adore O Christ and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross You have Redeemed the world!
God bless your Good Friday with many graces!
HOLY THURSDAY - GIFTS OF LOVE
We are now entering into what the Church calls “the holy triduum”. These are the three days with all of its mysteries that we have been preparing for all of Lent. It is here! How fast time flies – it is a reminder of how fleeting life truly is and how our entire lives should be one big Lent preparing for our own life, death and resurrection. In the liturgical rites of Holy Thursday, the Church helps us to relive the last parting hours of our sweet Jesus in the Upper Room, the hours of great love and importance in giving us Himself in the Holy Eucharist, the great gift of the priesthood and at last -- his agony in the garden before He is arrested. I do not cover them in this article – in that order.
This is one of my favorite days of the year as it shows Jesus’ immense love for us and it also reveals, quite pathetically, mankind’s lack of appreciation and love as well. Notice, that on Easter Sunday, it is packed with people – everyone wants Easter Sunday but no one wants to stay up on Holy Thursday till midnight and be with Him “for one hour”. It is usually a handful of people.
I was privileged to read as a teenager, St. Alphonsus’ great works of “The Glories of Mary” and “The Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ". I realized Jesus wants us to be with Him at this time on Holy Thursday evening. (St. Margaret Mary honored every Thursday night of the entire year with Reparation) Since then, by the grace of God, I have honored this time from the Holy Mass till Midnight on Holy Thursday – to be with Jesus in His agony – to pray with Him. If we were truly lovers of our Lord and Master, we would all be there on Holy Thursday not only at the service but during the time of Adoration between the Mass and Midnight, when Our Lord is in His Agony in the Garden. His own apostles fell asleep and one of his apostles betrayed him. It is the time when His entire Passion and Death are presented to Him and He views all of our sins and sees how little His sufferings would help poor mankind for the sole reason ------ they will reject and spurn His love. He suffered enough to save us all – but MANY will be lost for the sole reason – MANY will REJECT HIS LOVE! Don’t you want to be with Jesus at this moment? Don’t you want to console His aching Sacred Heart? There is no measure of time with God. We can be like St. Mary Magdalen and offer our constant love and adoration. We can be like St. John and tend to the sorrows of Our Lady all the way to the cross. We can be like St. Veronica who wipes His face by offering our love and reparation as He Himself asked for in the Golden Arrow Prayer. And most of all, we can be imitators of our dear Queen and Mother who was always present to Jesus with Her prayers.
Another great gift is the gift of the Holy Eucharist which also demands our reparation as we have learned at the apparitions of Fatima. Jesus gives of Himself, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist. He did not have to do this. He gives Himself in an unbloody way at Mass but does He suffer any less?? NO – absolutely NOT. He makes Himself vulnerable – as a little white host FOR CENTURIES – to be loved yes by some but He is subjected to MANY MANY SACRILEGES by priest and people alike! We all know what those are – I do not want to list them here. May we pray the Fatima Reparation Prayers today especially! May we pray them always to console the Hearts of Jesus and Mary! (These can be found on this website)
Finally, we cannot forget the great gift of the priesthood. Today more than any time in history is the priesthood scorned, mocked and scandalized! POOR POOR JESUS!! We have many Judases and for those dear priests who are faithful – they are suffering as Our Lord and Master. If we all knew what a priest truly is – we would have greater reverence and we would encourage our boys to beg Jesus to call them there and to at least offer their lives and to ask if it truly is God’s Will for them – but no – Satan has caused such havoc to the priesthood that many would never dare recommend this to their sons. POOR POOR JESUS!
What is a priest? A priest walks in “persona Christi” – he is another Christ! He brings us Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. He brings us the sacraments that we all need – Baptism, Penance, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders and Extreme Unction. Without a priest we would not have Jesus truly present in the Eucharist – they are inseparable!
There are many things to be upset about that came about during the Second Vatican Council but this is truly despicable – the loss of love for the priesthood. To raise the people up and to lower the priest was intentional by the ecclesiastical Freemasons who infiltrated the Church. Look at the New Mass and the loss of vocations and try to tell me differently.
In conclusion – we need to make Reparation, Reparation, Reparation! May we spend time today with our sweet Jesus in His Agony in the Garden. May we watch with open eyes and open hearts to the sacrileges that have caused such sadness to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. May we offer ourselves, as the saints of old to love Him with our whole heart, mind and soul!
My God, My God, how I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament! Thank you Jesus for Your love for us – we are sorry for lack of love in return. Give us the grace to love You always and then do with us as You will.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Mother of priests – pray for us!!
LIVING PALM SUNDAY
Blessed Palm Sunday to all! The liturgy of Palm Sunday is a solemn introduction into the great days of Holy Week, getting our hearts ready for the deep mysteries as well as to the subsequent joy and glory of Easter. With the blessing of the palms, we start with the triumphant entry into Jerusalem where the great sacrificial act is to be accomplished and then in the Mass we go through the Passion and Death of Jesus.
From the hand of the Church we receive the blessed palm branch and join the ranks of procession holding the palm in our hands. By this acceptance of the blessed palm we agree to be martyrs of Christ, to bear witness to Christ in word and dead, above all to share in His Passion. In this procession, we are joining the ranks of the followers of Christ to suffering and to battle. Jesus suffered alone; now, we who are His members, are to suffer and battle with Him but with the joyous consciousness of victory! For He is our victorious King and our own suffering and death are the only passages leading toward the never-ending joy of Easter - Heaven!
We are not just spectators reminiscing history, we are participators – ready and willing to take up our own cross and follow Him! We embrace all the sacrifices that God wills to allow us to offer Him. We walk this life with greatness of strength, with the light of faith, with the happiness of hope - with hearts that beat with the warmth of love for God and for souls. It is the life of one who honestly looks at the Truth, strongly works out the good, sweetly comforts the sad, and mercifully lifts up the fallen. It is the life of one who, heart and soul, is devoted to Our Redeemer and King. It is one who is a living Revelation of light, and a living lesson of love; who is a very Christ again in the world – A Christian!
Yes, the life of a Christian is a life of sacrifice but it is done with a true sense of happiness. There is always peaceful and triumphant rest when the victory of virtue has been nobly won. Most importantly, the life of sacrifice brings us nearer and makes us dearer to the Heart of Jesus Christ which is love itself.
May we spend this Holy Week looking upon those bleeding wounds, the nails, the thorns, His Sorrowful Mother – the Cross! Oh, let us look upon the Lamb of God! May we behold His Heart pierced to let His love and blood flow forth for us. May we learn the story of Love and imitate Him by denying everything that may hinder us from the Cross and from sacrifice so that we too experience the Resurrection!
May we come to the end of our journey on earth and say, “It is consummated”. Our sacrifice too will be one day completed and there will be that great rapturous moment when we experience the boundless, eternal Love of Jesus – the One Who loved us first and loves us most!
Have a Blessed Holy Week through the prayers and intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows!
Today is the Feast of the Sorrowful Mother which is also September 15th - after the Exultation of the Cross. Today is the Friday of Passion week and it falls just before Holy Week ! This is a great mystery to meditate on. Our Lady suffered so much from the time of the Annunciation and it continues until the end of our time - when sin is no more!
We do not meditate enough of the pains and sorrows of our good Queen and Mother. I will quote from the book "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ" written by Anne Catherine Emmerich. This is taken from Chapter 51 - The Embalming of the Body of Jesus.
"The Blessed Virgin seated herself upon a large cloth spread on the ground, with her right knee, which was slightly raised, and her back resting against some mantles, rolled together so as to from a species of cushion. No precaution had been neglected which could in any way facilitate to her—the Mother of Sorrows—in her deep affliction of soul, the mournful but most sacred duty which she was about to fulfill in regard to the body of her beloved Son. The adorable head of Jesus rested upon Mary’s knee, and his body was stretched upon a sheet. The Blessed Virgin was overwhelmed with sorrow and love. Once more, and for the last time, did she hold in her arms the body of her most beloved Son, to whom she had been unable to give any testimony of love during the long hours of his martyrdom. And she gazed upon his wounds and fondly embraced his blood-stained cheeks, while Magdalen pressed her face upon his feet.
......Magdalen did not leave the body of Jesus; but John gave continual assistance to the Blessed Virgin, and went to and fro from the men to the women, lending aid to both parties. The women had with them some large leathern bottles and a vase filled with water standing upon a coal fire. They gave the Blessed Virgin and Magdalen, according as they required, vases filled with clear water, and sponges, which they afterwards squeezed in the leathern bottles. (Notice the care of the Precious Blood - it is recounted that the angels took all of this away so that it would not remain to be trampled underfoot - as well as the Precious Blood along the Way of Calvary)
The courage and firmness of Mary remained unshaken even in the midst of her inexpressible anguish It was absolutely impossible for her to leave the body of her Son in the awful state to which it had been reduced by his sufferings, and therefore she began with indefatigable earnestness to wash and purify it from the traces of the outrages to which it had been exposed
(This account is of His Face and Head - She did this for His entire Body before the Burial and then walked away with the relics of three nails and a crown of thorns). With the utmost care she drew off the crown of thorns, opening it behind, and then cutting off one by one the thorns which had sunk deep into the head of Jesus, in order that she might not widen the wounds. The crown was placed by the side of the nails, and then Mary drew out the thorns which had remained in the skin with a species of rounded pincers, and sorrowfully showed them to her friends. These thorns were placed with the crown, but still some of them must have been preserved separately. The divine face of our Saviour was scarcely recognizable, so disfigured was it by the wounds with which it was covered. The beard and hair were matted together with blood. Mary washed the head and face, and passed damp sponges over the hair to remove the congealed blood. As she proceeded in her pious office, the extent of the awful cruelty which had been exercised upon Jesus became more and more apparent, and caused in her soul emotions of compassion and tenderness which increased as she passed from one wound to another. She washed the wounds of the head, the eyes filled with blood, the nostrils, and the ears, with a sponge and a small piece of linen spread over the fingers of her right hand; and then she purified, in the same manner, the half-opened mouth, the tongue, the teeth, and the lips. She divided what remained of our Lord’s hair into three parts, a part falling over each temple, and the third over the back of his head; and when she had disentangled the front hair and smoothed it, she passed it behind his ears."
COMMENT: This is very precious - the care and love given to Our Lord by Our Lady, Mary Magdalen and the men and women who stayed to help prepare His Sacred Body for burial. I recommend this book to increase your love during this time of Christ's Passion and Death.
Our Lady of Sorrows - pray for us.
(PS - the following article was also written today as well as the one under "Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary" - March 25 will be postponed until April 9th because of this Solemn Season of Easter.)
Wow - what a bold title! There may have always been controversy about Mary's role in the Church as Mother of God - but none like we see today. March 25th is the Feast of the Annunciation but falls on Palm Sunday and therefore will not be celebrated until April 9th because of the days of Easter. I have written an article under "Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary" - please read. I wanted to post here as well because this title of Our Lady (Mother of God) is the most scrutinized by Protestant and now sadly, by Catholics as well. How are we to call Mary the Mother of God. Yes, we all understand that She gave birth to Jesus on Christmas Day but no mother knows who they are giving birth to! Right? Here is where the difference lies. As stated in my other article, She was conceived without original sin. This was for the sole purpose of being immaculately pure for God. This is where our feeble minds get lost - especially at a time when lost sheep are trying to be "equal to God". And at a time when we are told we can receive God in our hands at Holy Communion. We have lost our sense of the "Sacred".
God could never be born of a woman who was "for an instant" the slave of the devil in sin. That is enough to meditate on. She is pure - plain and simple! She is not only pure - She is holy. "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of Your Womb - Jesus!" Her Will is always - always in union with the Will of the Trinity. WOW - that is hard to comprehend. This makes Her a tremendous model for us to follow. Yes, She has more grace than all of us but all things are possibly with God and we are called to be perfect. God's Treasure Box is loaded. He has enough grace to make all of us saints - but we choose not to go there. We will have to answer for this when we stand before Him. Do you want to die in spiritual infancy? We can climb the mountain here but we must give up all that takes us away from God in order to make room. We can not love God and mammon at the same time. (Please use the "I Want to See God" blog under Formation to help you with this as well as seek a good Spiritual Advisor.)
Let us make this Holy Week - holy! Let us meditate on the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Did you know that according to those who were told by Our Lady (Anne Catherine Emmerich and Mother Mary Agreda) that since Mary was at the Foot of the Cross - She never missed a day doing the Stations of the Cross. She walked the way (which took an hour) and honored the spots where His Precious Blood fell for us. What a sweet and tender Mother! May we live in imitation of Her!
Thank you O Most Blessed Trinity for such a dear and tender Mother! Thank you Mary for saying YES to God for all the sufferings that You had to endure in being the Mother of God and the Mother of All. May God richly bless You and may we long for the day to see You in Heaven adorned as Queen of Heaven and Earth!!!
(Please go to the "Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary" to read more of Her)
Feast of St. Joseph - March 19th
Today is the great feast of St. Joseph! As stated on the other blog for Our Lady under Formation, it is worthwhile to repeat here the words of Our Lady --Also, below these great words is a little homily taken from the book - The Life and Glories of St. Joseph to express his greatness on this feast! St. Joseph pray for us!
The following are very important words of Our Blessed Mother, Herself, to Ven. Mary of Agreda reported in her famous book Mystical City of God:
“The whole human race has much undervalued the privileges and prerogatives conceded to my blessed spouse and they do not realize what his intercession with God is able to do. I assure you, my dear child, that he is a greatly favored personage in the divine presence and has immense power to stay the arms of the divine vengeance.
I desire that you be very thankful to Divine Goodness for vouchsafing you so much light and knowledge regarding this mystery, and also for the favor which I am making you by revealing this. From now on, during the rest of your mortal life, see that you advance in devotion and in hearty love for my spouse, and that you thank the Lord for having thus favored him with such high privileges and for having given me such great joy in the knowledge of all his excellences.
In all your necessities you must avail yourself of his intercession. You should encourage many to venerate him and see that your own religious daughters distinguish themselves in their devotion to him. Whatever my spouse asks of the Lord in Heaven is granted upon the earth, and on his intercession depend many and extraordinary favors for men, if they do not make themselves unworthy of receiving them.
All these privileges were to be a reward for the amiable perfection of this wonderful Saint and for his great virtues; for the divine clemency is favorably drawn forth by them and looks upon Saint Joseph with generous liberality, ready to shower down its marvelous mercies upon all those who avail themselves of his intercession. “
Have a blessed St. Joseph Feast Day! Thank you Heavenly Father for this great gift of St. Joseph! St. Joseph pray for us!!
Today is Passion Sunday which marks the last two weeks before Easter (Passiontide). Pope Paul VI (soon to be saint) during the time of the Second Vatican Council, combined Palm Sunday with the word Passion Sunday which lessened the time of Passiontide and did away with the cloaking of images in purple. (An exercise of heroic virtue at a time of rampant sin?). But we who choose to be Pre-Vatican II because of its errors and break from Tradition, honor this Sunday as Passion Sunday which starts Passiontide and we cloak our images in purple to remind us of this solemn time to help us focus on the Passion of Jesus. Therefore, I have posted the following sufferings of Jesus that we can meditate on. I also recommend the Dolorous Passion of Anne Catherine Emmerich as well. May we not neglect to always meditate on the Passion of our dear Savior Jesus Christ throughout the year but especially during these two weeks before Easter. Why? - to increase our love and gratitude and to offer more reparation for the rampant sin around us. May we help bring to Jesus many souls for His Glory!
Also, this will help us to increase our mortifications until the day of Easter by reading these accounts of Jesus Passion remembering that these were allowed by God for all the crimes and sins of the world. The following seems a bit excessive but in the light that they were endured for the salvation of mankind – we can read these with great remorse for our sins and know that we too can offer sacrifices in union with the Passion of Christ for the sins we see all around us – especially in the Church which is wounding the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
The following were revealed to a pious God-loving Sister Mary Magdalen of the Sancta Clara Order, Franciscan, who lived, died and was beatified in Rome. (PLEASE NOTE: This is not the Sr. Magdalena of the Cross (who is not beatified) from the 1500's who made a pact with the devil - Pope Clement XII approved this devotion in the 1700's and therefore this does not pertain to her )
Jesus fulfilled the wish of this sister who desired ardently to know something about the secret tortures which He endured the night before His death.
“The Jews considered Me as the most wretched man living on earth so that is why”:
“Anyone who daily offers Me, with love, one of these sufferings and says with fervor the following prayer, will be rewarded with eternal glory on the day of judgement.”
“My Lord and My God, it is my unchangeable will to honor You in these FIFTEEN SECRET TORMENTS when You shed Your Precious Blood: As many times as there are grains of sand around the seas, as grains of wheat in the fields, as blades of grass in the meadows, as fruit in the orchards, as leaves on the trees, as flowers in the gardens, as stars in the sky, as angels in Heaven, as creatures on earth, so many thousands of times may You be glorified, praised and honored. O most love-worthy Lord Jesus Christ – Your Holiest Heart, Your Precious Blood, Your Divine Sacrifice for mankind, the Holiest Sacrament of the Altar. The Most Holy Virgin Mary, the nine glorious choirs of Angels and the Blessed Phalanx of the Saints, from myself and everyone, now and forever, and in the eternal ages.”
“My God, My God, how I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament on the altar!”
Holy Mother Mary help us to stand at the foot of the cross with You so that we too may give our love, gratitude and reparation! Our Lady of Sorrows - pray for us!
Laetare Sunday – REJOICE – GOD LOVES YOU!
This Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent and is called Laetare Sunday and is taken from the first word found in the Introit. It is mid-Lent and the Church suspends the manifestations of sorrow and sadness to concentrate on the upcoming Easter joy – a little break of refreshment! The consoling words of the Introit: “Laetare – Rejoice O Jerusalem…Rejoice with joy, you have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled with the abundance of your consolation. I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: we shall go into the house of the Lord.”
This Sunday in Tradition is sometimes called – “Sunday of the Rose” or “Sunday of the Five Loaves”. The “Sunday of the Rose” has an interesting history. The Pope on this day would solemnly bless a golden rose with Holy Chrism and lay it on the altar and later officially give it to a prince, a Catholic personage or a city, with the intention of paying a special honor. I am not sure if this continues as I could not find anything on the internet only in this old book titled, “An Introduction to the Liturgical Year”, dated 1946.
For this article, we will concentrate on the title, “Sunday of the Five Loaves”. This is the Gospel of the day for those going to a Tridentine Latin Mass. This is very beautiful as it is in the precepts of the Church that we are to at least receive Communion once during the year especially during the Easter season. There was a time in Church history that we did not receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist as often as we do today.
I cannot express the love of Jesus as St. Alphonsus can, therefore, I have found a Youtube presentation of a sermon of St. Alphonsus which is worth listening to. From this sermon, we can see that Jesus gave us Himself just before His Passion on Holy Thursday. Therefore, it is advantageous for us to meditate on His immense love of giving us not only Himself on the Cross but Himself in the Holy Eucharist – in a special way during this Lenten time as well as during the Easter season.
Have a blessed Laetare Sunday and may God bless your Lent!!
The last few articles have been about Modernism and trouble in the Church. These seem out of place for Lent but indeed they are not. These are the very sufferings found in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and it is best to understand them. Mention was made of the Freemasons. I thought that for those who do not know much about the efforts that the Freemasons have made against the Church of Jesus Christ -here is a bit of information. Of course this does not exclude Communism - they both work under Satan and are working to destroy the Catholic Church and the social Kingship of Jesus Christ. Our Lady of Fatima came to Portugal at a time when the Freemasons were causing trouble everywhere - even Portugal. She warned of the errors of Russia which was the birthplace of Communism; and how they would spread throughout the world if we did not turn back to God and pray the Rosary for world peace.
I realize we are coming up on Laetare Sunday in four days and I will post something before then as this is not "joyful" news. May we continue our Lenten practices and acts of Reparation. I hope that these past few articles have been an inspiration to be Church Militant and that it gives us a spirit of wanting to console the Hearts of Jesus and Mary with our acts of Reparation - especially the Reparation Prayers of Fatima.
We will start with Pope Leo XIII who wrote (as previously mentioned in an article) an encyclical against Freemasonry. Here is a bit of history to help with your understanding of the diligence of the enemy and the awareness that we must be Church Militant. How can a soldier do battle if he does not know his enemy?
Pope Leo XIII states in , Dall’Alto (# 2), Oct. 15, 1890: “It is needless now to put the Masonic sects upon their trial. They are already judged; their ends, their means, their doctrines, and their action, are all known with indisputable certainty. Possessed by the spirit of Satan, whose instrument they are, they burn like him with a deadly and implacable hatred of Jesus Christ and of His work; and they endeavor by every means to overthrow and fetter it.”1
Pope Leo XIII, In Ipso (# 1), March 3, 1891: “Nevertheless, it grieves us to think that the enemies of the Church, joined in most wicked conspiracy, scheme to weaken and even, if possible, utterly wipe out that wondrous edifice which God Himself has erected as a refuge for the human race.”2
It’s a well known fact that Communists and Freemasons made organized efforts to infiltrate the Catholic Church. They sent large numbers of their own men into the priesthood hoping to weaken and attack her by moving these men to high positions.
Mrs. Bella Dodd spent most of her life in the Communist Party of America and was Attorney General designate had the Party won the White House. After her defection, she revealed that one of her jobs as a Communist agent was to encourage young radicals (not always card-carrying Communists) to enter Catholic seminaries. She said that before she had left the Party in the U.S. she had encouraged almost 1,100 young radicals to infiltrate the seminaries and religious orders. She was only one Communist - we can be sure there were more!
Brother Joseph Natale, was present at one of Bella Dodd’s lectures in the early 1950’s. He stated:
“I listened to that woman for four hours and she had my hair standing on end. Everything she said has been fulfilled to the letter. You would think she was the world’s greatest prophet, but she was no prophet. She was merely exposing the step-by-step battle plan of Communist subversion of the Catholic Church. She explained that of all the world’s religions, the Catholic Church was the only one feared by the Communists, for it was its only effective opponent.”3
Bella Dodd converted to Catholicism at the end of her life. Speaking as an ex-Communist, she said: “In the 1930’s, we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within.” The idea was for these men to be ordained, and then climb the ladder of influence and authority as monsignors and bishops. Back then, she said: “Right now they are in the highest places in the Church. They are working to bring about change in order that the Catholic Church would not be effective against Communism.” She also said that these changes would be so drastic that “you will not recognize the Catholic Church.” (This was 10 to 12 years before Vatican II!!)
Brother Joseph went on relating what Bella Dodd had said: “The whole idea was to destroy, not the institution of the Church, but rather the Faith of the people, and even use the institution of the Church, if possible, to destroy the Faith through the promotion of a pseudo-religion: something that resembled Catholicism but was not the real thing. Once the Faith was destroyed, she explained that there would be a guilt complex introduced into the Church… to label the ‘Church of the past’ as being oppressive, authoritarian, full of prejudices, arrogant in claiming to be the sole possessor of truth, and responsible for the divisions of religious bodies throughout the centuries. This would be necessary in order to shame Church leaders into an ‘openness to the world,’ and to a more flexible attitude toward all religions and philosophies. The Communists would then exploit this openness in order to undermine the Church.”4
Freemasons made similar attempts to infiltrate the Catholic Church and elevate their own to the highest levels. The Luciferian secret society, the Carbonari, known as the Alta Vendita, (found under Latin Mass on this website) wrote a set of Permanent Instructions, or Code of Rules, which appeared in Italy in 1818. It stated:
“… It becomes the duty of the secret societies to make the first advance to the Church, and to the pope, with the object of conquering both. The work for which we gird ourselves is not the work of a day, nor of a month, nor a year. It may last for many years, perhaps a century… What we must ask for, what we should look for and wait for, as the Jews wait for the Messiah, is a pope according to our wants. We require a pope for ourselves, if such a pope were possible. With such a one we shall march more securely to the storming of the Church, than with all the little books of our French and English brothers.”5
The same Freemasonic document made this striking prediction:
“In a hundred years time… bishops and priests will think they are marching behind the banner of the keys of Peter, when in fact they will be following our flag… The reforms will have to be brought about in the name of obedience.”6
These organizations and the individuals who belong to them are agents which the Devil uses to attack the true Church of Christ. Ephesians 6:12- “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in high places.”
On April 3, 1844, a leader of the AltaVendita named Nubius wrote a letter to another highly-placed mason. The letter spoke again about the plan to infiltrate the Catholic Church, and the attempt to insert a masonic “pope,” who would promote the religion of Freemasonry. “Now then, in order to ensure a pope in the required proportions, we must first of all prepare a generation worthy of the kingdom of which we dream… Let the clergy move forward under your banner (the masonic banner) always believing they are advancing under the banner of the apostolic keys. Cast your net like Simon Bar Jonas; spread it to the bottom of sacristies, seminaries, and convents … You will have finished a revolution dressed in the pope’s triple crown and cape, carrying the cross and the flag, a revolution that will need only a small stimulus to set fire to the four corners of the earth.”7
Freemason Eliph Levi said in 1862: “A day will come when the pope… will declare that all the excommunications are lifted and all the anathemas are retracted, when all the Christians will be united within the Church, when the Jews and Moslems will be blessed and called back to her . . . she will permit all sects to approach her by degrees and will embrace all mankind in the communion of her love and prayers. Then, Protestants will no longer exist. Against what will they be able to protest? The sovereign pontiff will then be truly king of the religious world, and he will do whatever he wishes with all the nations of the earth.”8
An apostate priest and former canon-lawyer,9 named Fr. Roca (1830-1893), after being excommunicated said: “The papacy will fall; it will die under the hallowed knife which the fathers of the last council will forge.”10 Roca also said: “You must have a new dogma, a new religion, a new ministry, and new rituals that very closely resemble those of the surrendered Church. The divine cult directed by the liturgy, ceremonial, ritual and regulations of the Roman Catholic Church will shortly undergo transformation at an ecumenical council."
Let us be aware of these facts and be diligent to oppose all forms of a united One World Church - there is only one Church and that is the Roman Catholic Church instituted by Christ Himself. Unless it have the four marks - One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic ------- it can not be the Church!
Our Lady of Fatima and Good St. Joseph - pray for us and the entire Church!
1 The Papal Encyclicals, by Claudia Carlen, Raleigh: The Pierian Press, 1990, Vol. 2 (1878-1903), p. 226.
2 The Papal Encyclicals, Vol. 2 (1878-1903), p. 237.
3 Statements of Bro. Joseph Natale relating what former Communist Bella Dodd said.
4 Statements of Bro. Joseph Natale relating what former Communist Bella Dodd said.
5 The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita.
6 The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita.
7 NUBIUS, Secret Instructions on the Conquest of the Church, in Emmanuel Barbier, Les infiltrations maconiques dans i’Eglise, Paris/Brussels: Desclee de Brouwer, 1901, p.5).part of this also in Piers Compton, The Broken Cross, Cranbrook, Western Australia: Veritas Pub. Co. Ptd Ltd, 1984, p. 15-16.
8 Dr. Rama Coomaraswamy, The Destruction of the Christian Tradition, p. 133.
9 Piers Compton, The Broken Cross, Cranbrook, Western Australia: Veritas Pub. Co. Ptd Ltd, 1984, p. 42.
10 Dr. Rudolf Graber, Athanasius and the Church of Our Time. 11 Piers Compton, The Broken Cross, p. 42
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!