Greetings in Jesus and Mary...
So sorry everyone for being away from postings! Happy Feast Day! I am finally just 3 days away from completely moving to our new residence. I am so grateful to God that we decided to do this now because my husband and I are not getting younger!
One of the reasons I wanted to move to a secluded area is to finally give myself more completely to prayer. I have had a busy life and sneaking in prayer time is the only thing that gave me strength through all of it.... but I always wanted more.
We drove up yesterday in two separate cars with the last of our items and I prayed during the three hour trip...and cried....not because I was moving but because the previous chapter in my life that is now closing seems to be greatly attacked by Satan. My children bring me to tears. I thought... I could stay closer to them...they have needs. It suddenly came to me that it was the feast day of St. Jane de Chantal. She was a mother who left to be a contemplative and I suddenly knew this is where God wants me now. He wants prayer. (I once wanted to be a Visitation (which she co-founded with St. Francis de Sales) before marriage...so this hit me even harder!)
Well - finally to our title....I went looking for a video to share with my adult children on Our Lady for this day as they too live busy lives. In today's world, if one does not pray or turn to Mary.... it is easy to just completely give up on God....
The video below is a message for all of us. I found it very good for myself as I want to help spread the "Church's best kept secret - Mary". These youngsters are awesome! I hardly ever say the word awesome; but I am so very thrilled to see the Holy Spirit alive in these youths. Please listen to it once and then go back to it another time because what they have to say is GREATLY needed.
I hope you enjoy the video. May the Reign of the Immaculate Heart come....May She send forth the graces of Her Flame of Love to all of mankind!
Greetings in Jesus and Mary...
There is another Novena to follow the Novena I posted below this article. They are both for the same reasons....to beg Our Lady to intercede for us in healing the Church and in preserving the Latin Mass.
It seems that Pope Francis caught wind of the pushback on his command to abrogate the Latin Mass which he has no right to do. We should not be shocked because he is a globalist who is only acting like a tyrannical globalist mandating things that will be against the laws of God and the Church. Story in the link below.
May we pray for Our Lady's intervention. We have not seen the Reign of Her Immaculate Heart. May we pray for that, a restoration of the Catholic Church and for God to intervene in restoring all things in Christ!
Here is a request from Fr. Fullerton, US District Superior of SSPX for this Novena...taken from the SSPX website dated Aug. 7th....
"Dear Friends and Benefactors,
When I wrote earlier this year, I encouraged you to set aside the month of June to make reparations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the sins that plague our world. I was encouraged by the dedication you showed to this call. Even when innumerable ills beleaguer both the Church and society, the Catholic Faith, revealed to us by Our Lord Jesus Christ, remains a beacon of hope.
Our Blessed Mother is another beacon of hope, consolation, and joy, whose glorious Assumption into Heaven we celebrate on August 15. While May is generally regarded as the “Month of Mary,” August presents another opportunity to show special devotion to the Queen of Heaven. The traditional Octave of the Assumption culminates on August 22 with the Feast of the Immaculate Heart, a time when Catholics reflect on the immense love Our Lady holds for the entire human race. With this love in mind, I encourage you to look to Mary in August with renewed fervency.
The recent promulgation of the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes by Pope Francis has sown confusion, anxiety, and division throughout the Catholic world. Although this document does not affect the Society of Saint Pius X’s apostolate, guided as it is by the heroic witness of its founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, it comes as a serious blow to the restoration of Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, its contents are being leveraged by some unscrupulous souls to perpetuate the falsehood that the traditional Latin Mass, what the Archbishop called “the great prayer of the Church,” can be abrogated at will. While Pope Benedict XVI’s effort to make the traditional Mass freely available was imperfect, it marked an important step toward turning the Church away from the liberalizing forces that have assaulted her for more than half a century.
Accordingly, I am asking you to use the period from the Vigil of the Assumption (August 14) to the Feast of the Immaculate Heart (August 22) to join in praying a special novena asking the Blessed Virgin Mary for the following intentions:
As always, please keep the Society of Saint Pius X in your prayers. Pray that Our Lady continues to protect our apostolate. Rest assured, our priests and religious, I included, will continue to pray for you."
In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Fr. John Fullerton
U.S. District Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X
Greetings in Jesus and Mary:
The text below was just posted on the "Rorate Caeli" site. Because of its importance, I am posting it here as well. Our Lady is the one to run to in this mess. She is appointed by God to crush the head of the serpent. May we all pray for the Reign of Her Immaculate Heart so that the Reign of the Sacred Heart will take place in the hearts of all men worldwide!
Also, I am putting a link below to help re-ignite our love for the Latin Mass. I had posted this a couple of years ago. I find it inspiring and it gives a clear picture of the true meaning of the Mass.
Below is taken from "Rorate Caeli"......
"As endorsed by several fellow Catholic blogs and pages, we urge you to get your Traditional Latin Mass community to join this global effort. This is very important! We can only win this generational battle through prayer and through the intercession of the Victorious Mother.
The Holy Catholic Church is in an unprecedented worldwide crisis. The only hope for the Faithful is a Divine intervention, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Two priests who wish to remain anonymous - one a Diocesan, the other a Religious, both of whom offer exclusively the Traditional Mass - propose a world wide consecration to the Immaculate Heart by all TLM communities on 15 August, 2021, the feast of Our Lady’s Assumption.
They hope that many Cardinals and Bishops will also associate
themselves with this entrustment.
May the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumph and reign!"
Greetings in Jesus and Mary:
I found this article on "The Libertarian Institute" written by Sheldon Richman who is executive editor to this site. I found it of interest because we are being led into this "new religion" with demands placed on us by the "experts" to do things which are truly not scientifically correct but we are asked to believe in science. In fact, almost everything that we have been mandated to do is against public health and common sense. Unfortunately...there are people who would rather place their trust in science over God....where is the faith of people?? You would think that after the stupidity of the masks and lockdowns that people with any common sense would realize that these experimental injections are a red flag....but no...many RAN to get it! Sad - so sad.
This information is critical to know because we have a Pope that is more "science" than he is Catholic. The science this author is talking about actually explains our current Pope's views. His views on climate change, homosexuality, contraception, injections etc. are all based on the modern day science "experts" and unfortunately fit into the agenda that is planned for our future by the globalist elites.
May we pray for our Church, family and friends to turn back to God and prayer and trust in His Divine Providence while seeking and understand REAL science...
Here is Sheldon Richman's article, written July 30, 2021....
"The popular slogan today is “Believe in science.” It’s often used as a weapon against people who reject not science in principle but rather one or another prominent scientific proposition, whether it be about the COVID-19 vaccine, climate change, nutrition (low-fat versus low-carb eating), to mention a few. My purpose here is not to defend or deny any particular scientific position but to question the model of science that the loudest self-declared believers in science seem to work from. Their model makes science seem almost identical to what they mean by, and attack as, religion. If that’s the case, we ought not to listen to them when they lecture the rest of us about heeding science.
The clearest problem with the admonition to “believe in science” is that it is of no help whatsoever when well-credentialed scientists–that is, bona fide experts–are found on both (or all) sides of a given empirical question. Dominant parts of the intelligentsia may prefer we not know this, but dissenting experts exist on many scientific questions that some blithely pronounce as “settled” by a “consensus,” that is, beyond debate. This is true regarding the precise nature and likely consequences of climate change and aspects of the coronavirus and its vaccine. Without real evidence, credentialed mavericks are often maligned as having been corrupted by industry, with the tacit faith that scientists who voice the established position are pure and incorruptible. It’s as though the quest for government money could not in itself bias scientific research. Moreover, no one, not even scientists, are immune from group-think and confirmation bias.
So the “believe the science” chorus gives the credentialed mavericks no notice unless it’s to defame them. Apparently, under the believers’ model of science, truth comes down from a secular Mount Sinai (Mount Science?) thanks to a set of anointed scientists, and those declarations are not to be questioned. The dissenters can be ignored because they are outside the elect. How did the elect achieve its exalted station? Often, but not always, it was through the political process: for example, appointment to a government agency or the awarding of prestigious grants. It may be that a scientist simply has won the adoration of the progressive intelligentsia because his or her views align easily with a particular policy agenda.
But that’s not science; it’s religion, or at least it’s the stereotype of religion that the “science believers” oppose in the name of enlightenment. What it yields is dogma and, in effect, accusations of heresy.
In real science no elect and no Mount Science exists. Real science is a rough-and-tumble process of hypothesizing, public testing, attempted replication, theory formation, dissent and rebuttal, refutation (perhaps), revision (perhaps), and confirmation (perhaps). It’s an unending process, as it obviously must be. Who knows what’s around the next corner? No empirical question can be declared settled by consensus once and for all, even if with time a theory has withstood enough competent challenges to warrant a high degree of confidence. (In a world of scarce resources, including time, not all questions can be pursued, so choices must be made.) The institutional power to declare matters settled by consensus opens the door to all kinds of mischief that violate the spirit of science and potentially harm the public financially and otherwise.
The weird thing is that “believers in science” sometimes show that they understand science correctly. Some celebrity atheists, for example, use a correct model of science when they insist to religious people that we can never achieve “absolute truth,” by which they mean infallibility is beyond reach. But they soon forget this principle when it comes to their pet scientific propositions. Then suddenly they sound like the people they were attacking in the previous hour.
Another problem with the dogmatic “believers in science” is that they assume that proper government policy, which is a normative matter, flows seamlessly from “the science,” which is a positive matter. If one knows the science, then one knows what everyone ought to do–or so the scientific dogmatists think. It’s as though scientists were uniquely qualified by virtue of their expertise to prescribe the best public-policy response.
But that is utterly false. Public policy is about moral judgment, trade-offs, and the justifiable use of coercion. Natural scientists are neither uniquely knowledgeable about those matters nor uniquely capable of making the right decisions for everyone. When medical scientists advised a lockdown of economic activity because of the pandemic, they were not speaking as scientists but as moralists (in scientists’ clothing). What are their special qualifications for that role? How could those scientists possibly have taken into account all of the serious consequences of a lockdown–psychological, domestic, social, economic, etc.–for the diverse individual human beings who would be subject to the policy? What qualifies natural scientists to decide that people who need screening for cancer or heart disease must wait indefinitely while people with an officially designated disease need not? (Politicians issue the formal prohibitions, but their scientific advisers provide apparent credibility.)
Here’s the relevant distinction: while we ought to favor science, we ought to reject scientism, the mistaken belief that the only questions worth asking are those amenable to the methods of the natural sciences and therefore all questions must either be recast appropriately or dismissed as gibberish. F. A. Hayek, in The Counter-Revolution of Science, defined scientism as the “slavish imitation of the method and language of Science.”
I like how the philosopher Gilbert Ryle put it in The Concept of Mind: “Physicists may one day have found the answers to all physical questions, but not all questions are physical questions. The laws they have found and will find may, in one sense of the metaphorical verb, govern everything that happens, but they do not ordain everything that happens. Indeed they do not ordain anything that happens. Laws of nature are not fiats.”
“How should we live?” is not one of those questions which natural scientists are specially qualified to answer, but it is certainly worth asking. Likewise, “What risks should you or I take or avoid?” There is a world of difference between a medical expert’s saying, “Vaccine X is generally safe and effective” and “Vaccination should be mandatory.” (One of the great critics of scientism was Thomas Szasz, M.D., who devoted his life to battling the medical profession’s, and especially psychiatry’s, crusade to recast moral issues as medical issues and thereby control people in the name of disinterested science.)
Most people are unqualified to judge most scientific conclusions, but they are qualified to live their lives reasonably. I’m highly confident the earth is a sphere and that a water molecule is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. But I do not know how to confirm those propositions. So we all need to rely on scientific and medical authorities–not in the sense of power but in the sense of expertise and reputation. (Even authorities in one area rely on authorities in others.)
But we must also remember that those authorities’ empirical claims are defeasible; that is, they are in principle open to rebuttal and perhaps refutation, that is, the scientific process. Aside from the indispensable and self-validating axioms of logic, all claims are open in this sense. That process is what gets us to the truth. As John Stuart Mill pointed out in On Liberty, even a dissenter who holds a demonstrably wrong view on a question might know something important on that very question that has been overlooked. To our peril do we shut people up or shout them down as heretics. That’s dogma, not science."
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!