Sorry I have been so busy that I have not put that much on this website lately. We are inching closer to May and this will be the first May that I get to write for Our Lady! This is exciting! Mary is the best kept secret in the Catholic Church! Why do I say this? Mary is the surest road to God and to Heaven - the quickest way to Jesus! Today is the Feast of St. Louis deMontfort! We love you, St. Louis deMontfort, and thank God for you!! The saints tell us that a devotion to Mary is a sign of predestination. We do not believe in predestination so what does this mean? This means that even if you give Our Lady a minute of your time each day (and I hope more than that) - She will PRAY FOR YOU! Wow - the Mother of God --- wants to pray for ME! Yes, and She will be at our side at the hour of our death when Satan tries to snatch our soul from God in the most fierce way!! When we seek her help --SHE WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN - plain and simple. Why and how does She have this "power". She has no power - the power is from God - Only God can judge a soul BUT since Mary has said YES and has given HER ALL - God does not refuse Our Queen and Mother. She softens His Judgement against us.
Bishop Sheen used the little story of how Peter is opening the gates of Heaven to those who are Judged to enter Heaven and somehow souls sneak in. God asked Peter - how is this happening. Peter answers, "It seems that when I close the door - Your Mother seems to let them in through the window." Of course, Our Lady never goes against the Will of God. Her Will is in perfect harmony with God - always was! She is able to pray for us and plead our cause before the throne of God. She works on us during our life to prepare our souls - to wake us up - to alarm us when danger is near. She is always attentive and always at work for us. Don't you want Her at work with your soul. Do you not know that the devil never sleeps and wants your soul and mine! WE ARE IN A DAILY BATTLE!
Why are the majority of priests not teaching this? Why are the priests who consecrate their priesthood, parish or orders not even mentioning her. No, I do not mean once or twice a year ---- I mean DAILY. What would it take to add one sentence at the end of each homily with an invocation or even a Hail Mary in her honor? I have only known two priests who would do this and they would never speak without finishing a thought or even beginning in her honor. "Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us!" This would be a beautiful way to end each homily and the people would probably only remember this as they walked away. (sorry to say - our brains just do not retain each homily but they do remember short invocations!) It may even instill a habit among their parishioners to hear this constantly and hopefully the parishioners will also invoke her name!
According to St. Bernard, "When you want to offer anything to God, take care to offer it by the most agreeable and worthy hands of Mary, unless you wish to have it rejected." Whatever our work is, its value is marvelously increased by having been done in union with Mary. By doing all through Mary, one entirely abandons his own will and feels assured that one's actions, prayers and sacrifices must be pleasing and acceptable to God, since being at the disposal of Mary, they are sure to be disposed to His greatest honor and glory. Thus one enters into the sublimity of her intentions which are so pure that She gives more glory to God by the least of her actions than St. Lawrence by his cruel martyrdom on his gridiron or even all the saints with all their heroic actions put together. A humility is acquired with this practice that submits to Mary and trusts that Mary will offer all to God for them - in their place. Therefore, we glorify God in a higher degree - is this not what we want?
To conclude - We will quote St. Louis deMontfort who spoke of the "Secret of Mary". He says: "As there are secrets of nature, to do in a short time, at little cost, and with facility, natural operations; so also, in like manner, there are secrets in the order of grace, to do in a short time, with sweetness and facility, supernatural operations, such as emptying ourselves of self, filling ourselves with God, and becoming perfect. As the essence of this devotions belongs to the interior, which it ought to form, it will not be equally comprehended by everybody. Some will enter into its inward spirit; but they will only mount one step. Who will mount to the second step? Who will get as far as the third? Lastly, who will advance so as to make this devotion his habitual state? He alone to whom the spirit of Jesus shall have revealed the secret, the faultlessly faithful soul He shall conduct from grace to grace, from light to light, until he arrives at the transformation of himself into Jesus Christ, and to the plenitude of grace on earth and of glory in Heaven". .... "If I knew that my guilty blood could serve in engraving upon any one's heart the truths which I am writing in honor of my true Mother and sovereign Mistress, I would use my blood instead of ink to form the letters."
Mary, Mother of us all - lead us to Your Son and give us the graces to be His saints on earth so as to glorify Him here and in Heaven for all eternity. We love you- Queen and Mother - pray for us!
St. Louis deMontfort - pray for us!
We quoted from Archbishop Fulton Sheen for the past few articles and I mentioned that he made it known to us that his knowledge for writing and speaking came from God through his Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. He did a Holy Hour each day! Can you imagine if every priest did this - we would have amazingly holy priests! And what about the laity - we can at least do an hour each week. Here is an article about Mary's love for Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. She, of course, being the closest to Jesus in time and eternity, filled with a very profound love for Jesus in the Eucharist. Here are some thoughts taken from the writings of Mother Mary Potter who started an order in England in the late 1800's called - Little Company of Mary. Her spiritual director was Father Frederick Faber who I quote at the end of this article. Let us begin -
Never has a saint thirsted for Holy Communion as Mary has. Her adoration was profound, interior and intimate. It was the gift of Her entire self. She offered Her whole self to the service of love of the Eucharistic God. For love lays down no conditions, makes no reservations; it thinks no longer of self, lives no longer for self; it is a stranger to itself and lives only for the God which it loves. After the Last Supper, everything in Mary was directed to the Blessed Sacrament as Its center and end. A current of grace and love established itself between the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary. These Hearts were like two flames blended into one. No creature ever appreciated or understood this wonderful Sacrament as Mary has. No one’s preparation for Communion ever came so near to being what it should be as Mary’s. Why? Mary in Her profound humility understood Her unworthiness to receive Her God in this marvelous mystery of His love. It was because of this true knowledge of Her own nothingness before God that allowed Mary to become the delight of His Heart. This is the secret of Mary that we can all learn from.
As children of Mary, let us ask Her to teach us how to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Let us first ask for profound humility. Let us ask for the virtues of profound faith, hope and love and for the grace to turn our thoughts more to God in the course of our day -- especially at Mass and during the reception of Holy Communion. If we approach this Sacrament of Love with Mary, we will experience His Presence among us at all times, Jesus will restore to us the joys of Paradise. He desires to speak familiarly with us and desires our constant love.
Why do we not please Jesus more when we go to Holy Communion? It is because we do not go as Mary did. We are bent on putting ourselves first; we think too much of ourselves. Unlike Mary, we go as prideful people not remembering our humble position before Him. We should go to Communion like Mary, losing the thought of ourselves in Jesus. If we wish to make the most perfect Communion with our Lord and Savior, then let us go with Mary. Let us be humble and forgetful of self. If we trust ourselves to our Mother, She will make our Communions glorious to God, pleasing and fruitful. It is the thought of the joy of God, when Jesus is with us at that time, when our Father in Heaven looks down upon us and sees not us but Jesus in us. This is achieved when Jesus sees His Mother, through the power of the Holy Spirit, present in a soul that belongs to Her. He comes and gives it His choicest favors.
Sweet Mother Mary, prepare us for Holy Communion, by obtaining for us the fitting dispositions. We will resolve that as often as we are allowed to do so, to go often to this Heavenly Banquet with Your assistance in order to please the Triune God.
“Jesus Veiled! Let us kneel down before Him in adoring awe, while our Mother teaches us His beauty, and His sweetness, and His goodness, and His nearness. God is so infinite that when we think we know Him - we shall not know the half, and when we speak of Him - we shall stammer as children do, and when our hearts are hot with love of Him, they will be cold in comparison of the love which is His due… but with Mary’s help we will hunger for more and draw closer to His Eucharistic Heart.” (From The Blessed Sacrament by Fr. Faber)
It is still the Easter Season but it looks as though the world is ripe for war. I know we have had little flickers of a possible world war in the past few years but this does not look good for the world. I am not one to bother myself too much with the politics because most of it is put before us as false flags so that the Deep State can do what they want. In the end it does not matter how it is perpetrated -- God allows it to happen for a reason -- we have turned away from Him and this is how he brings us back - it is history - Sad to say!
At Fatima in 1917 which was during the First World War, she stated that if people continued to offend God and did not pray for peace (The Rosary) that a Second and worse world war would break out --- and sadly it did with great suffering and loss of life.
Our Lady came back to us in Akita Japan to a Sister Agnes Sasagawa on June 6, 1973. Why Japan? Japan was the only one to receive a nuclear bomb. She came with a very serious warning for the world and Rome has approved it. The then Cardinal Ratzinger called this message an extension of the message of Fatima.
Here is a bit of it: The third message on October 13, 1973, the actual anniversary of the final visions and miracle of Fatima is as follows: "As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their Confreres. The Church and altars will be vandalized. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
"The demon will rage especially against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will no longer be pardon for them."
With these messages, we can only add that our current Pope has issued a new Exhortation named "Gaudete et Exsultate". With this Exhortation, the sex scandals, the scandals outside the Church which consists of blatant Satan worship, we can only see that the world if overflowing with sin and Our Lady can no longer hold back the arm of God. Punishment looks imminent.
There are comments on this new encyclical by The Remnant to make your reading easier - it has already been analyzed in light of Tradition.
After reading this and after listening to the news about the trouble between Russia, Syria and the United States - I felt a little alarmed! The warnings that Our Blessed Mother has been giving us are to be taken seriously. We are to Love God above all things and to Love our Neighbor as ourselves. May we take these commandments seriously and pray our Rosary with more sincerity and love. Begin today to pray for peace and place yourselves and your families in the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary - the only safe place at the moment!
May Our Lady watch over us and protect us from harm. Holy Mother -pray for us!
St Thomas on the Horizontal – Are We Also There?
Today – the Gospel talks about St. Thomas and his doubts. We are all guilty of this. God’s Love which put Him on the Cross and made Him Rise on Easter Sunday is so great and such a mystery that it literally is mind-boggling. Many saints who have contemplated this love – claim that God loved us to folly. This is a great meditation for this time of Easter Season. What is love – do we really know? We hear that Jesus’ love is one we are to all imitate. Can we? Are we willing to give our lives? Do we give on a daily basis what is expected of us in our daily duty – to our spouse, our children, our neighbor – most importantly to our God!
Again, we will turn to Archbishop Fulton Sheen on love. I have never read anything remotely more beautiful than his words! – How those of us who love this man would love to just once sit and have tea with him and chat for four hours. He had incredible knowledge – yet where did this knowledge come from? He claims it is his daily Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament. It is the knowledge of the Triune God penetrating his brain while before the Blessed Sacrament. We now have the answer – are we too going to soak up these rays of eternal warmth and love in our visits to the Blessed Sacrament! Let us make an Easter resolution.
Here are some words from “Three to Get Married” by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. It is a book about marriage but it is filled with knowledge for man – to understand --- love. Enjoy!
“The only really progressive thing in all the universe is love. And yet that which God made to bloom and blossom and flower through time and into eternity is that which is most often nipped in the bud. Perhaps that is the reason why artists always picture love as a little cupid who never grows up. Armed with only a bow and arrow in an atomic universe, the poor little angel has hardly a chance. St. Paul speaks of faith and hope disappearing in heaven, but love remaining forever! Yet that one thing that mortals want to be eternal is that which they most quickly choke before it has begun to walk. If a man came from Mars and had never heard of the greatest event in history, which was the birth of the Divine Love in the person of Jesus Christ, he probably could guess the rest of the story and predict His Crucifixion! All he would need to do would be to look at the way even the best of human loves are divorced, denied, mutilated, bartered and stunted.
But if love be what the heart wants above all things else, why does it not grow in love? It is because most hearts want love like a serpent, not like a bird. They want love on the same plane as the flesh, and not a love which wings its way from earth to mountain peak and then is lost in the sky. They want a love that, like Cupid, does not grow; not a love which dies in order to ascend, like the Risen Christ, Who accepts defeat and conquers it by Love. They want the impossible: repetition without satiety, which no human body can give. The refusal to surrender the horizontal for the vertical, because it demands sacrifice, condemns the heart to mediocrity and staleness. Love is no bargain., It appears so attractive, like the precious violin advertised at a low price, but one discovers that after one has it without much effort it is useless unless one disciplines himself to its use. The cross is a far better picture of what love really is than Cupid. The latter’s darts are shot in the dark in a moment when the heart least suspects it; but the cross is something one sees on the roadway of life a long time ahead, and the invitation to carry it to a resurrection of love is frightening, indeed. That is why the Sacred Heart has so few lovers. They want that cross streamlined, without Him, Who said: “If any man has a mind to come my way, let him renounce self, and take up his cross daily, and follow me”. (Luke 9:23)
Victory through the Cross
Yesterday, we took some words of wisdom from Archbishop Fulton Sheen on despair and doubts. Today, we are going to look at how “uncomfortable” events can lead to a spiritual renaissance. Below is another talk of his that touches on this subject. No one can say it like Archbishop Fulton Sheen. May he rest in peace and may he continue to pray for America and all Catholics!-- Enjoy!
Below is taken from the book: “Lenten and Easter Inspirations” by Archbishop Fulton Sheen:
“It was not when the Apostles saw Christ in the transient glory of Transfiguration, but in the ignominy of a tortured man on the Cross, that they were closest to their victory. Our Divine Lord Himself, speaking of wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, and distress of nations, makes the forecast of these calamities the very motive of hope: “But when these things begin to come to pass, look up and lift your heads, because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:28)
The reason moments of catastrophe may be the eves of spiritual victory is because it is in those moments of defeat that man’s pride is most humbled, and his soul thus prepared for the help of God. Israel received her greatest prophets in the hour when all hope seemed gone. The prodigal son was closest to his greatest joy when his substance had been wasted. It was only when Peter had labored all the night and taken nothing that he was given the miraculous draught of fishes. And in the spiritual life, “The dark night of the soul”, the purification of the senses by mortification, is the prelude to the rapturous joys of the spirit. I believe we are now in such an age, of which Isaias spoke: “I will give thee the treasures of darkness”, (Isaias 45:3) Darkness may be creative, for it is there that God plants his seeds to grow and his bulbs to flower. It is at night that the sheep which are scattered are gathered into the unity of the sheepfold, when the children come home to their mother, and the soul back again to God. Daylight deceives us, but as we awake at night, we get a new sense of values: Darkness seems to tell the awful truth. As the psalmist put it: “Day to day uttereth speech, and night to night showeth knowledge”, (Psalm 18:3) Night has its wonders, as well as day; darkness is not final except to those who are without God.
We are all quite perplexed today with what is happening in the world and especially in our Church. It seems as though God has abandoned us. The reality is - we have abandoned Him - He never abandons us. Our pride has kept us from Him and therefore - we see misery everywhere. We are disheartened and sad over the loss of so many souls and so many peoples faith being tested.
Many of you know that there is a Rosary Rally being organized for October 7th, 2018 to beg Our Blessed Mother to help us (See link below). This is a great sign and we must keep the Faith and turn to Her during this time of great fear when many are running from the cross just as they did 2000 years ago. Let us remember that when we are in the company of Mary, we will stand with Her at the Foot of the Cross. She will pray for our humility and strength to be associated with Our Crucified Lord!
May we turn always to Our Blessed Mother who is humility. May we ask Her for this gift of humility so that we may always find God in all things no matter how contrary or confusing it may seem at the time. May we ask for the gift of Her surrender and Her trust in God that surpasses all doubts and fears of the present and the future. Our Lord and Savior won the victory through the Cross, may we humbly and confidently pick up our own and follow Him. Our Lady of Victory – pray for us!
Despair and Doubts
I had hoped to post more for Easter week but the days slipped away from me. I felt this writing of Bishop Fulton Sheen was pertinent for today as we are so filled with doubts and not enough trust in God's Goodness and Mercy. God is God and yet we find ourselves distressed and upset over so many things. We need to remember that He is truly in control and that there is a reason for everything. I will post another tomorrow that talks more about the light that comes after the darkness.
Here is the article written many years ago by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. It is of course as relevant today as it was then. God is the same yesterday, today and always.
The Words of Archbishop Fulton Sheen (taken from Lenten & Easter Inspirations - a collection of articles, 1967):
Easter Afternoon, when Our Blessed Lord becomes the fellow traveler of His Disciples on the way to Emmaus, He finds them also downcast with despair because they had hopes that it was He who would have redeemed Israel, but now it is three days since He is dead.
Seven days later Thomas the Apostle, still refusing to believe the good news, says that he will not believe until he can put his fingers into His hands and his hand into His Side. In that moment Our Lord appears: “Put in thy finger hither and see My Hands and bring hither thy hand and put it into My Side and be not faithless, but believe.” Apparently the one thing that the Apostles and lovers of Our Blessed Lord were not expecting was His Resurrection from the dead and when He appeared in their midst, He said, to rebuke their fears, “Why are you troubled and why do doubts arise in your hearts?”
Well indeed may Our Lord say the same to us: “Why are you troubled in heart, despairing and cast down? Are you seeking security, rather than the happiness of the Resurrection?” Too often, we are like those who, taking an ocean journey, are more concerned with the life belts than with the cabin; or, traveling by air, are more interested with the parachute than the beauty of God’s sky; or traveling the highway, are less happy about the ride than looking for first-aid stations. Rather with St. Paul should we say: “If Christ is not risen, then we are all men most miserable.” Shall we believe that God reserves all the mourning for His sons and all the joys for His enemies? Are we condemned to hang our harps upon the willows and sing nothing but doleful dirges, while the children of Satan are to laugh with gladness of heart?
No, rather we have received not the spirit of bondage to fear but the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry out: “Father!” Fear not! Realize that He Who went into that grave is Truth Itself and Truth crushed to earth will rise again. Dostoevsky tells us the story of two men looking at a painting by Holbein, the Taking of Christ from the Cross. One said: “I like looking at that picture.” The other said, “Some people’s faith has been ruined by that picture.” And right he was! That picture would ruin the faith of a materialist, an atheist, a Communist, and all who believe that there is nothing after this life. If there is no Resurrection, but Christ is dead, one cannot believe either in the Goodness of God or the Goodness of man. But if He Who took the worst the world had to offer and conquered it, then evil shall never be victorious again.
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!