Our Lady of Sorrows on Friday and Fatima controversy boundaries

Our Lady of Sorrows on Friday and Fatima controversy boundaries

+St. Vincent Ferrer+

Friday we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast, according to Dom Gueranger, was consecrated by the Church in a special manner to the Sorrowful Mother under various titles beginning in 1423. That it was the intent of the usurpers to deprive us of this liturgical devotion to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary is seen by the fact that John 23 downgraded it to a commemoration only along with the feasts of St. George, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Alexius, Sts. Cyriacus, Largus and Smaragdus, the Impression of the Stigmata of St. Francis, Sts. Eustace and Companions, Our Lady of Ransom, St. Thomas a Becket and St. Sylvester. Feasts actually abolished include those of St. Philomena, St. Christopher, St. Barbara, St. Ursula, St. Nicholas, The Finding of the Holy Cross, St. John Before the Latin Gate, The Apparition of St. Michael, and St. Peter’s Chains. Twenty more saints were removed by Benedict 16, just in case those believing him to be any better than his predecessors might be reading this.

This is precisely why the prayer society is one of reparation. We wish all to consider the Friday during Passion Week in Lent, Feast of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin — the compassion of Mary in union with her Son’s martyrdom — as the official anniversary of the establishment of this prayer society. On this feast day, we ask members to pray for the cessation of all ceremonies that falsely claim to celebrate the Continual Sacrifice offered by our Lord on the Cross, a sacrifice the Blessed Mother shared with Him. These ceremonies not only wound the Sacred Hearts deeply but lead souls astray. We pray for the conversion of those celebrating them and those attending them. Please see the prayer society checklist for April at the end of this blog. All prayer commitments are voluntary.

Update on Material-Formal debate

A reasonably well-researched and brief article has been presented by a Sedevacantist “cleric” from St. Gertrude the Great explaining why the church and seminary there do not accept Guerard des Lauriers’ material-formal theory. The author proves his point, although he cites modern works in some places. In this article the following statement is made:

“…Since the Thesis holds that Bergoglio and his bishops receive legal designation to maintain the apostolicity from the part of the Church, then the only logical conclusion would be that we, the Traditional Bishops and priests, have not received legal designation… That the traditional clergy is illegal, that is, outside the true Church and true apostolicity… is a position which is defended by the Novus Ordo and the R&R position; but it must be rejected by the Sedevacantists… One cannot see these differences among the traditional clergy as something one can just express his opinion about, like a debate about the working of God’s grace in a soul. These questions pertain to where is the true Church of Christ, which obviously affects the salvation of souls… While it is true that one can err in good faith where the true Church is, no one can remain in the state of doubt about it.”

But it is not this false thesis itself which holds Traditionalists are outside the Church and true apostolicity, but the constant teachings of popes and councils. And it is true, this cannot be and must not be something that is relegated to a matter of opinion. If no one may remain in doubt about where the true Church is, as this Traditionalist rightly states, then the next article that must be presented is a believable, provable CATHOLIC documentation of Traditionalists’ ability to operate minus a true pope, which is the real elephant in the room everyone is ignoring. And please, leave Cekada out of the proofs and quotes and stick to solid papal, conciliar and Church-approved sources in any such presentation. The article excerpted above proves they have the ability on some level to conduct research. But unless they prove their case without resorting to epikeia and other fallacies of operation, they are what their opponents claim — headed for total discreditation and dissolution, just as the material formal crowd itself is headed, and that is inevitable in any case. Because If they honestly and diligently investigate, they will discover that the very lack of integrity they decry in the Novus Ordo and R&R types is lacking in their own justification for operating outside the papacy.

Either the R&R, Novus Ordo and Sedevacantist sects accept ALL true Church teaching as this recent article states or they will accept the “holy pope” and “great monarch” now waiting in the wings, soon to be handed to them by Bergoglio and company. As Henry Cardinal Manning so aptly warns: “Whosoever shall fall on this stone [the Rock that is St. Peter] shall be broken, but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Matt. 21:44).

What in the world… The Fatima controversy

Even before writing my last blog on the actual legitimacy of the Fatima apparitions, several secular works questioned the apparitions from a non-Catholic standpoint making blasphemous, claims, basing conclusions on sketchy information and generally trashing devotion to Mary and belief in miracles. While I have doubts myself about just how far the entire affair was compromised, I do believe Our Lady appeared to the children. Exactly what she said and what has been added or subtracted over the years I do not know. And now the Church and the world is in such a state of chaos we will NEVER know the truth, and that is something we simply have to live with. I have never been big on private revelations although I did write a book on Fatima in 2012. Even in that book I expressed reservations. I personally believe the use of dates and numbers at Fatima speaks volumes, and I explained this in that work. There is a way to interpret the clues the Blessed Mother left in her apparitions in a totally Catholic manner, aside from the messages, that tells us all we need to know about what she came to warn us about, including the contents of the Third Secret. The fact that no one ever delved into the spiritual side of the apparitions is why we find ourselves in the midst of this debate today.

Who do we trust regarding revisionist history on Fatima — Protestants? Novus Ordo authors? Sci-fi enthusiasts? If we can’t trace it back somehow through trustworthy channels existing at least pre-1959 is it even reliable? Are there anytruly trustworthy channels, since it appears to have been corrupted and redirected secretly from within the Church itself? We can only speculate on all these things, really, and that goes for either side, pro or con. Given a fake sister Lucy (and this has been proven from several different sources; the best researched of these can be found at https://diesilli.com/blog/) and the fact that the Vatican called in all Sr. Lucia’s handwritten notes, along with the Third Secret in 1957, something was definitely up. And we know what was going on in the Vatican in the 1950s, as demonstrated in The Phantom Church in Rome. More research is necessary to establish the facts as far as this can be done and is underway. And until we have a better idea of what we are looking at, it is probably imprudent to proceed any further. So why the big stir in the first place?

Well yes, the last blog has caused some of that stir, but someone had to point out how Fatima was manipulated all those years to help accomplish Vatican 2. Felix Morlion was the force behind religious liberty and was working in concert with John Courtney Murray to pave the way for Vatican 2. He also was the one responsible for instilling liberation theology sympathies among the clergy in Central and South America, as the hatchet man for John 23rd and Paul 6. This should help document the subversion of the Church, not cause an overreaction that entirely trashes the apparitions. Nor should people reading how Fatima has been propagandized be tempted to adopt a Manichaean attitude towards the apparitions, assuming that because the what they see proceeding from Fatima today is being used so successfully for evil it must be evil in itself. This is the same type of thinking that prompts people to believe that guns, not the people who use them to maim or kill others, are evil in themselves, so guns must be banned. The contents of the Third Secret should be clear whether it has been released or not; we have it on the word of Holy Scripture. All the markers are there. And this is what the Church expects us to resort to in determining the truth, not apparitions.

First came the great revolt — the cardinals posit an invalid election exactly as anticipated in Pope Paul IV’s 1559 bull Cum ex Apostolatus Officio, which calls the usurpation of the Holy See by a heretic the arrival of the Abomination of Desolation. Once he who withhold is taken out of the way as St. Paul predicts (the papacy), the bishops would complete the revolt at Vatican 2. Then the Man of Sin is revealed for what he truly is, the counterfeit church is set up and the Holy Sacrifice is officially taken away. What more do people want? That should be enough for anyone, coming as it does from an infallible papal document as well as several places in Holy Scripture. But people refuse to see things for what they really are because they are afraid to believe we live in the very last days. Private prophecies and revelations allow them to interpret events privately, something not allowed in Holy Scripture and regarding papal decrees. They then can customize and adjust these events to suit the times and their own personal tastes. And they can speculate endlessly about the contents of the Third Secret, since it was never released, all the while ignoring the fact that we don’t need to know it — we are living it!

Those subverting the Church knew Fatima was a useful distraction, which is why we have Traditionalism today. It kept the fires of hope burning, telling Catholics that this was merely a temporary situation — eventually the “clans would be united” and a true pope could be elected, when this is no longer possible. As pointed out in the last blog, the “holy pope” everyone is expecting and restoration Traditionalists are awaiting can only be a creation of the counterfeit church, no matter how orthodox he may appear to be. And many will settle for that rather than accept the fact that Antichrist has already come and only God Himself can resolve — or end, once and for all — this incredibly painful trial. The Fatima messages were compromised to perpetuate that false hope as well — peace in the end no matter how we behaved or what else might happen; no need for a sufficient number of the faithful practicing prayer and penance and no need to figure out what was really going on in the Church. Do what you please; it will all work out in the end because that promise of Russia’s conversion and the subsequent peace was unconditional. This kept people focused on political developments, private revelations and prophecies to help shore up that hope because they felt it was all they had left.

It also fostered an unhealthy, cultistic attitude toward the apparitions that verged on Mariolatry, obfuscating the need to obey papal and conciliar teachings. This is why people like Schuckardt and Gruner were so successful. To be anti-Fatima was very nearly made the equivalent of being anti-Catholic; to belong to Traditionalist or conservative Novus Ordo sects and be accepted one had to go along with their devotions to get along. Even if they secretly harbored grave doubts, there are those who would not openly admit that Fatima was used as a propaganda tool by those who later set up the Novus Ordo. And this they do simply to appear to be part of the herd and avoid persecution. This is how, as Henry Cardinal Manning so well explains, the Incarnation and its earthly manifestation, the papacy, was driven from the face of the earth, setting the stage for Vatican 2. Perhaps papal obedience should have been part of the Fatima message as it was in Our Lady’s message to the children at La Salette. Who knows; maybe it was.

Knowing how and why Fatima was perverted is necessary to avoid the traps laid by the usurpers and their push to establish a worldwide religion in conjunction with the New World Order. They cannot be allowed to use Our Lady to make it appear her messages confirm their diabolical agenda. But with or without accepting Fatima as true, we are still tasked to save our own souls and that depends on accepting all the Church teaches up to the death of Pope Pius XII, not resorting to private revelations and prophecies to help figure out what’s going on in the world. We cannot be attacking each other over these apparitions which are not necessary for salvation. This is just another snare laid by the enemy to divide us even further. Yes, I know Fatima is approved by the Church but what exactly does such approval mean? Does it bind us for belief even when it is once realized that new doubts have arisen? The pronouncements of the Church should clear up any questions on this matter.

Concerning both Lourdes and La Salette, Pope St. Pius X wrote, in his encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis: “These apparitions or revelations have neither been approved nor condemned by the Holy See, which has simply allowed them to be believed on purely human faith, in the traditions which they relate, corroborated by testimony and documents worthy of credence. Anyone who follows this rule has no cause to fear.” St. Thomas Aquinas tells us human faith is an opinion strengthened by proofs, or certitude, which requires that the intellect firmly adhere to a given object. The Church allows belief in these apparitions on human faith arising from moral certitude as defined by the Council of Trent and Pope Benedict XIV. Pope Benedict XIV writes: “While there must not and cannot be given an assent of Catholic faith, there may, however, be given an assent of human faith following the rules of prudence and according to which these revelations are probable and piously credible,” (De Servorum Dei Beati…, 1747).

The following is taken from Rev. Michael Walsh, B.D., B.A., The Apparition At Knock – A Survey Of Facts And Evidence, 2nd ed. St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam, 1959. Pp 10-14. Chapter IV – Catholic Teaching: “In 1877 the [Sacred] Congregation of Rites was asked whether it approved the apparitions at Lourdes and La Salette. The reply was: “Such apparitions are neither approved nor reproved or condemned by the Holy See; they are simply authorised as pious beliefs on purely human faith, according to a tradition which has been confirmed by suitable testimonies and evidences.” (A.S.S., 11. 1877). As Walsh further notes: “Accounts of visions or apparitions are not to be accepted without serious examination… In general it can be said that until such time as a decision has been made by competent authority, two extremes are to be avoided in regard to reported revelations and apparitions. One is the credulous mentality which accepts all such stories uncritically. The other is the frame of mind which automatically rejects them. Neither attitude is scientific. Care must be taken to find the truth.”

Probable opinions are defined by theologians as those that are well founded either by the weight of the authority favoring it or the weight of the testimony and evidence supporting the opinion itself. Catholics may freely prefer any other opinion for any good reason (paraphrased from Rev. Sixtus Cartechini’s The Value of Theological Notes and the Criteria for discerning Them. This is also the teaching of St. Alphonsus Liguori and the theologians.) This is not to be confused with being unable to use a probable opinion where the sacraments or one’s eternal salvation is at stake. Fatima is not a sacrament; it does not involve the established rights of a third party nor is it necessary for our eternal salvation. A probable opinion can be used then to determine other matters not related to these three exceptions and this includes the matter of Fatima. So what well-founded evidence and testimony are we bound, as Catholics, to consider?

According to the Fatima Center website, “With the knowledge and consent of Pope Pius XI, on October 13, 1930, Bishop da Silva of Leiria (the diocese in which Fatima is contained) announced the results of the official inquiry of Fatima in a pastoral letter on the apparitions. This official approval contained these important paragraphs: “In virtue of considerations made known, and others which for reason of brevity we omit; humbly invoking the Divine Spirit and placing ourselves under the protection of the most Holy Virgin, and after hearing the opinions of our reverend advisors in this diocese, we hereby declare worthy of belief the visions of the shepherd children in the Cova da Iria, parish of Fatima, in this diocese, from the 13th May to 13th October, 1917 [and] permit officially the cult of Our Lady of Fatima.”

Pope Pius XII indicated his acceptance of the Fatima apparitions with his two consecrations, but he never officially approved the complete content of the messages per se, even though he had received photocopies of all of them from Sr. Lucia. He did the same with La Salette in 1946 (Acta Apostolica Sedis [AAS]; 38, 1946; 155), commenting that the investigation of the apparition of Our Lady at La Salette was “a canonical process that proved favorable.” But this does not embrace the controversial La Salette message and its many versions. The same is true of Fatima. We can believe in the apparitions then without believing necessarily in the exact particulars of the messages. And we certainly have every right to withhold judgment concerning these messages whenever there is undisputed proof, which there is in the case of Fatima, that they may have been wrongfully conveyed, or were possibly coerced, doctored, manipulated, or are being deliberately misinterpreted to fit a given political agenda. If Pope Pius XII appears to have had his doubts, no one can blame us for entertaining doubts of our own.

 So we are free to disregard Fatima entirely if we have any serious doubts whatsoever that it is true. What we cannot and must not do, in the interests of charity, is condemn each other for believing either pro or con that Fatima is true or false. The Blessed Mother has so much to mourn for in these evil times, and we add this to her sorrows? In the interests of charity and peace among the few of us who are left, there must be no condemnation either way — to believe or disbelieve; no insistence that anyone order their conscience either way; this is precisely what Traditionalists do to retain their followers. Peaceful toleration of both beliefs must prevail until a true pope can advise further on the matter, should we ever see one.

Chaos is such a useful tool in creating dissension and disunity. We daily see the results. We have our Lord, we have the teachings of his vicars on earth, we have the Blessed Mother in all her many lovely manifestations. Why do we need anything more?

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Prayer Society Intention for April: Devotion to the Eucharist by refusing to dishonor it

(Compiled by Victoria Rodriguez)

St. Vincent Ferrer

🔲 Fast/Ab

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

 6 Wednesday

🔲 Fast

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

7 Thursday

🔲 Fast

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

 8 Friday

Seven Sorrows of the BVM

🔲 Fast/Ab

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

🔲 Spiritual Mass and Mortification for the intentions of the Society

🔲 Celebrate with special devotion the Feast of the Sorrowful Heart

🔲 Renew consecrations to SH and SIH to promote their interests and intentions

9 Saturday dedicated to Our Lady

🔲 Fast

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Berthe Petit’s Consecration

🔲 Holy Rosary  

10 Palm Sunday  

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

11 Holy Monday

St. Leo I

🔲 Fast

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary  

12 Holy Tuesday

🔲 Fast

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary    

13 Holy Wednesday

St. Hermenegild

🔲 Fast

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary  

14 MAUNDY THURSDAY

🔲 Fast

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary   

15 GOOD FRIDAY

🔲 Fast/Ab

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

🔲 Spiritual Mass and Mortification for the intentions of the Society

16 HOLY SATURDAY

🔲 Fast/Ab Until Noon

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Berthe Petit’s Consecration

🔲 Holy Rosary  

17 EASTER SUNDAY 

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

18 EASTER MONDAY   

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

19 EASTER TUESDAY   

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

20 Easter Wednesday 

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

21 Easter Thursday

St. Anselm

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

 22 Easter Friday 

Sts. Soter & Caius

🔲 Ab

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

🔲 Spiritual Mass and Mortification for the intentions of the Society

23 Saturday dedicated to Our Lady

Easter Saturday

St. George  

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Berthe Petit’s Consecration

🔲 Holy Rosary  

24 Low Sunday

St. Fidelis 

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

25 Monday

  1. MARK, Ev

🔲 The Greater Litanies

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

26 Tuesday

Sts. Cletus & Marcellinus

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

27 Wednesday

St. Peter Canisius

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

28 Thursday

St. Paul of the Cross. and St. Vitalis

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

29 Friday

St. Peter of Verona

🔲 Ab

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Devotion to the SIH

🔲 Holy Rosary

🔲 Spiritual Mass and Mortification for the intentions of the Society

30 Saturday dedicated to Our Lady

St. Catherine of Siena

🔲 Morning Offering in reparation for our sins

🔲 Consecration by Pope Pius XII

🔲 Berthe Petit’s Consecration

🔲 Holy Rosary  

Prayers to be Practiced in Common 

▪︎Spiritual Mass in union with all of the Sacrifices of the Mass ever offered throughout the world, preceded by the Perfect Act of Contrition and followed by Spiritual Communion.

▪︎Devotion to the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, in favor of the many thousands of persons who die every day.

▪︎Devotion to the souls in Purgatory.

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Join Our New Prayer Society Dedicated to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary!

Society for Reparation to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary

(Content compiled from various sources)

Introduction

At this present time in the history of mankind, nothing is more necessary than to discover the means to turn the world back to the God they have forsaken and the Church they have all but forgotten as it once existed on this earth. Renewed calls for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary brought the following comment from one young woman: “Russia must be converted? But no, we ALL must convert!” And no truer words were ever spoken. The time for the prayer and penance needed to convert Russia has long since passed. Had the conditions Our Lady laid down for that consecration been met, Russia would not now be a threat and the Church would not lie in ruins. Catholics long ago failed in their duty and it is left to those of us who remain to at least try to do what we can to comply with what our Lord Himself told one victim soul over 100 years ago would be “…the last help I shall give before the end of time.” That help was universal consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The name of the victim soul was Berthe Petit, a Belgian Franciscan tertiary born in 1870. She began receiving messages from Our Lord and Our Lady even as a young child and in 1911 one of these messages, received on September 12, 1912, foretold the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. This took place on June 28, 1914, igniting World War I. Already in February of 1910, before the war began, Berthe was told by our Lord that her mission would be the consecration of the world to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. As early as 1911, Cardinal Mercier, impressed with Mlle. Petit, contacted Pope St. Pius X regarding her revelations. The Pope approved Cardinal Mercier’s initial 100 days indulgence to the ejaculation “O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to thee,” telling him that Mlle. Petit would have to content herself with that for the present. In 1951, Cardinal Van Rooey increased the indulgence to 200 days. After Abbe Decorsant, a priest Mlle. Petit met at Lourdes sent her revelation from our Lord requesting the recitation of the ejaculation to Pope Benedict XV, “O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us,” the pope granted it an indulgence of 100 days. (The indulgence was later increased to 300 days by Cardinal Griffin in 1947.)

Through Cardinal Vanutelli, Pope Benedict XV issued the following recommendation to bishops worldwide: “Let us raise our prayers now more ardently and frequently than ever towards Him who holds in His hands the fate of the nations; and let us all confidently implore the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of Mary, sweet mother of Jesus and our Mother, that by her powerful intercession she may obtain from her divine Son the rapid cessation of the war and the return of peace and tranquility.” During World War I, Cardinal Bourne took up the devotion in earnest and consecrated England to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1916. “Each time these public devotions were performed in England, the British armies swept forward to unexpected victories” (all from Fr. Duffner’s biography of Berthe Petit).

Later during the war, the prayer written by Mlle. Petit (see below) would be recommended by Cardinal Bourne for public recitation to bring about the end of the war. But as the children learned at Fatima, that war would not bring peace. The second Fatima secret predicting World War II remained unknown to the world until 1941, when Sr. Lucia’s bishop permitted her to release it. Berthe was told in 1919 that the peace of 1918 would not last and another war would occur because her requests were not heard. Attempts to make the Vatican aware of her revelations so they might be examined were met by silence according to Fr. Duffner. As we know today, the heavily politicized coverage of the Fatima apparitions as a weapon against Communism, detracting from the spiritual content of Our Lady’s message, was widespread. Sr. Lucia’s unreported death in 1949 resulting in the substitution of an imposter Sr. Lucia speaks of a conspiracy to forever bury the third secret of Fatima. But we know it today, if we read between the lines of the two secrets already revealed; and we definitely know that it was meant to be revealed before 1960.

During World War II, following the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Pope Pius XII in 1942, the Allies experienced several successes that would mark the turning point of the war. Victories in Great Britain, the Solomon Islands in the Pacific, and the fall of Stalingrad followed. But was Pope Pius XII’s consecration the only one that prompted these victories? Fr. Duffner reports that already in 1940, Great Britain saw a totally unexpected aerial victory that saved the country from invasion by sea, Hitler’s proposed Operation Sea Lion. The battle took place on Sunday September 15, 1940, feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. According to one report, a total of 1,100 Luftwaffe and 600 British warplanes battled in the skies over London, in the German attempt to ultimately destroy the Royal Air Force. This date is still celebrated in Britain as the Battle of Britain Day. While Britain suffered from night raids during the war after this battle, her mainland was never breached. Clearly Our Lady manifested her power that day, since already that country had been consecrated to her Sorrowful Heart.

There have been other consecrations since Pope Pius XII’s consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart that mention Our Lady’s Sorrowful Heart — of the United States, and different countries, as late as 2006 — but this cannot and does not constitute a universal consecration. And in these consecrations, at least as reported online, no mention is made of our Lord’s apparitions to Berthe Petit. Where the Fatima consecration focused specifically on the pope consecrating Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Lord specified to Mme. Petit in 1922 that it would not be time yet for the consecration of the world to her Sorrowful Heart, telling her: “My apostle will arise at the appointed hour when the horrible cataclysm which is coming will have overthrown the machinations of men and their deplorable statecraft. It is not at the present time that my wish concerning the glory of My Mother will be accomplished. A period of waiting is still necessary for the work to grow in greatness.”

Our Lord made other references to the political forces who believe they alone control world events, telling her at different times: “I curse the arrogant people who slight me and who persecute the true faith using the while My name and authority. Any nation that prepares its military forces in advance to hurl them unjustly upon the choicest portion of God’s flock… I shall break and chastise…” (1914).

“Time will prove that peace established without Me and without [the Holy Father] who speaks in my name has no stability. The nation which is considered to be vanquished [Germany] but whose forces are only momentarily diminished will remain a menace for your country and likewise for France. Confusion and terror will steadily spread through every nation. Because this peace is not Mine, wars will be rekindled on every side, civil war and racial war. What would have been so noble, so true, so beautiful, so lasting in its fulfillment is consequently delayed… Humanity is advancing towards a frightful scourge which will divide the nations more and more. It will reduce human schemes to nothingness; it will break the pride of the powers that be; it will show that nothing subsists without Me and that I remain the only master of the destinies of nations” (1919). “The spirit of evil does not cease to incite and to goad the pride of any nation which lives only on the thought of revenge and domination” (1934).

All can see the truth of everything Christ confided to his chosen soul Berthe Petit. It has all culminated today in everything we see around us and will continue to escalate until men finally turn to God once more. Or, if this is not His plan, then that at least certain souls prepare themselves for what may well be His Second Coming.

Our Lord Asks for Universal Consecration

Both before and after the beginning of the two wars, Our Lord left no doubt what he wished Berthe Petit to accomplish for His mother in His name. Our Lord told Mlle. Petit in 1910: “The world must be consecrated to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of my Mother as it is to Mine. Fear nothing, no matter what obstacle or suffering you may encounter. Your only object must be the accomplishment of my will.”

And on September 8, 1911: “The heart of my Mother has the right to be called sorrowful and I wish this title placed before that of Immaculate because she has won it herself. The Church has defined in the case of My Mother what I Myself had ordained — her Immaculate Conception. This right which my mother has to a title of justice is now according to My express wish to be known and universally accepted. She has earned it by her identification with My sorrows, by her sufferings, by her sacrifices and her immolation on Calvary endured in perfect correspondence with my grace for the salvation of mankind. In her co-redemption lies the nobility of My mother, and for this reason I asked that the invocation which I’ve demanded be approved and spread throughout the whole Church.”

“This devotion to the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of My Mother will restore faith and hope to broken hearts and to ruined families: it will help to repair the destruction: it will sweeten sorrow. It will be a new strength for My Church bringing souls not only to confidence in My heart but also to abandonment to the sorrowful heart of My Mother…”

“To adopt this devotion and to spread it is to accomplish My will and to respond to the wishes of My Heart because by prayer and by the consecration made to this Heart graces of light will be obtained. They will gradually bring souls to the full knowledge of our united Hearts which have been wounded by the same wound, the inexhaustible source of all good for humanity and the glory of which is now and ever will be the happiness of the elect for eternity… Let this prayer be uttered by every soul: Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of Mary, pray for us… May [it] spread as a refreshing and purifying balm of reparation that will appease My anger.”

Our Lady’s Messages to Mlle. Petit

The majority of the messages received by Mlle. Petit came from our Lord, but she also received several messages from Our Lady. The most significant of these are recorded below.

“I have called myself the Immaculate Conception. To you I call myself Mother of the Sorrowful Heart. This title willed by my Son is dear to me above all others. According as it is spread everywhere, there will be granted graces of mercy, spiritual renewal and salvation” (1912).

“It is with an unshakable resolve that my Son wills souls to have recourse to my sorrowful heart. With my heart overflowing with tenderness, I am awaiting this gesture on the part of souls, that I may reiterate to the heart of my Son whatever shall be confided to my own heart and thus obtain graces of salvation for all” (1914).

“My daughter, let your soul bless my Son for the choice He has made of you in the accomplishment of His express wish. Events have occurred, preparations are made which are the assailable foundations for the cause which you serve. The work will attain its end and this with the amplitude willed by God. The way which leads to this result is arid, devoid of repose, at times even painful as you labor to comply with my requests. But have confidence; strife will come to an end and my Son will triumph. See how humanity is crushed by sorrow while evil is diabolically making progress. There have been catastrophes; there will be more. But what are they? Merely a beginning — a feeble image of the dreadful calamities predicted to you by my Son” (1922).

The Final Hour

“My wishes for the heart of My mother will be accomplished… It will come to pass when the hour of despair will strike; an hour towards which everything is moving in response to the supplication which will ascend to the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of My Mother. I will manifest My power by a miraculous intervention which will impress everyone. The whole of Christendom will bow before this triumph which I, as Son, have determined for My Mother” (1924). “It is hearts that must be changed. This will be accomplished only by the devotion proclaimed, explained, preached and recommended everywhere.
Recourse to my Mother under this tile I wish for her universally is the last help I shall give before the end of time.”

Finally, Our Lord told Mlle. Petit in 1941: “By confident consecration to My mother the devotion to My heart will be strengthened and, as it were, completed. This devotion, this consecration will be, according to My promise, a renovation for my Church; a renewed strength for Christianity which is too often wavering; a source of signal graces for souls who thereby will be more deeply penetrated with love and confidence. The clear light to be granted through recourse to My mother will bring about above all the conversion of a multitude of straying and simple souls. The pity of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of My mother will implore mercy from them from My heart.” His last message to His chosen soul is thought to have been given the year of her death, 1943: “In the hour of triumph it will be seen that I alone have inspired in My chosen instruments a devotion similar to that with which My Heart is honored. It is as a Son that I have conceived this devotion in honor of My Mother. IT IS AS GOD THAT I IMPOSE IT.”

The Need to Comply with Our Lord’s Command

We see in the messages above to Berthe Petit several recurring themes that need to be expanded upon here. While this is said to be the last devotion given to the world before the end of time, today it is a devotion that has no society dedicated it to it that can be readily discovered and few advocating on its behalf. Once Fatima dominated the world’s imagination with its miracle and secrets — its many controversies, political and otherwise — Mlle. Petit’s revelations seemed to sink into the background, there to be forgotten. True, her messages were never approved by Rome. But a thorough examination of the many wartime related events foretold to Berthe by our Lord is striking enough to prove their authenticity. As Rev. R. Gerald Culleton notes in his The Prophets and Our Times, “All true prophecy is from God, for His glory and the sake of the ‘elect.’ As it becomes fulfilled it establishes its own divine origin and the reliability of the documents which convey it.”

And it seems this can be said of those revelations received by Berthe Petit.

It is pointless to contest anything conveyed to this victim soul because everything that is said above has either taken place or can be seen as looming in the very near future. The one thing missing is the universal consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Yet how is it now possible that this could happen? Our Lord mentions an apostle who “will rise at the appointed hour.” The apostle Jesus mentions cannot be Cardinal Bourne, for it is used in future tense in 1922 and Cardinal Bourne had already fulfilled his role as apostle in Great Britain during World War I. Our Lord never makes reference in His messages that this consecration will be made by His Vicar, something that is very telling. He and His Mother refer to certain “souls” and “chosen instruments.” Our Lord makes it very clear that this devotion, if carried out by these certain souls will bring about the desired result and promises to allow a miraculous intervention on behalf of His Mother. The victory will be hers.

We have seen that not enough souls fulfilled the Fatima requests and that not all the bishops of the world could be bothered to join Pope Pius XII in consecrating Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart as she requested. We also see the tragic results. It is time, then, to make reparation to Our Lady’s Sorrowful Heart by doing all we can to participate in this Society and promote this devotion, begging her to intercede for us and avert the world cataclysm that surely is approaching. And we also must beg our Lord to send us the apostle who will finally accomplish the universal consecration, announcing it ourselves as a group in the meantime, on behalf of this sin-laden world. For if we do not do this, we must ask ourselves at this late date, who will? This is the command of Christ, as He indicates more than once in these messages. Even if there were doubts about the messages received by Mlle. Petit, would it not be better to fulfill this request than to ignore it? Haven’t our Lord and His Blessed Mother been neglected and ignored enough?

It should be mentioned here that there are other messages attributed to Our Lord and Our Lady, also not approved by Rome, that seem to convey the same message, and both of them were received either shortly before or after Berthe Petit passed away. They are considered here only because as with Mlle. Petit’s messages, they seem to speak to us in a way that was not appreciated before. However, they should be taken with caution and need not be credited as worthy of belief.

Twentieth Century Marian Prophecies

Heede, November 1937-1945
“Men do not listen to My voice. They harden their hearts; they resist My grace. They do not wish to have anything to do with My Mercy, My Love, My merits. Mankind is worse than before the deluge. Mankind is suffocating in sin. Hatred and greed rule their hearts. This is the work of the devil. They live in great darkness. Through the wounds that bled, Mercy will again gain victory over justice. My faithful souls should not be asleep now like the disciples on Mt. Olivet. They should pray without ceasing and gain all they can for themselves and for others.

“This generation deserves to be annihilated but I desire to show myself as merciful. Tremendous things are in preparation; it will be terrible as never before since the foundation of the world. All those, who in these grave times have suffered so much, are martyrs and form the seed for the renovation of the Church. They were privileged to participate in My captivity, in My scourging, in My crown of thorns, and My Way of the Cross.

“With a few faithful I will build up My kingdom. As a flash of lightning this Kingdom will come … much faster than mankind will realize. I will give them a special light. For some this light will be a blessing; for others, darkness. The light will come like the Star that showed the way to the wise men. Mankind will experience My love and My power. My beloved, the hour comes closer. Pray without ceasing!

(Another version of this last paragraph):
“I am coming! I am at the door! My love has planned this action before the creation of the world… The world lies in dense darkness. This generation would deserve to be wiped out; but I wish to show Myself merciful… I am coming Myself and I will manifest My will… The things that will come shall surpass by far what happened. The Mother of God, My mother, and the Angels will take part in it. Hell by now believes itself certain of victory, but I will take it away… I am coming, and with Me, peace shall come. I will build My Kingdom with a small number of elect. This Kingdom will come suddenly, sooner than what one thinks. I will make My light shine, which to some will be blessing and to others darkness. Humanity will recognize My love and My power.”

Marienfried, Germany, 1946
“I am the powerful Mediatrix of Graces. As the world can find mercy only through the sacrifice of the Son with the Father, so can you only find favor with the Son through my intercession. Christ is so unknown because I am not known. Because the nations rejected His Son, the Father poured out His cup of wrath upon them. It is true that the world was consecrated to my Immaculate Heart, but this consecration has become a fearful responsibility for many men. I demand that the world live this consecration.

“I am the sign of the Living God. I place my Sign on the foreheads of my children (those who consecrate themselves to my Immaculate Heart). The star (Lucifer) will persecute the Sign. But my Sign will conquer the star. Have unreserved confidence in my Immaculate Heart! Believe that I am able to do everything with my Son. Substitute my Immaculate Heart in place of your sinful hearts. Then it will be I who will draw the power of God, and the love of the Father will renew the fullness of Christ in you. Fulfill my request so that Christ may reign as the King of Peace.

“The world will have to drain the cup of wrath to the dregs because of the countless sins through which His Heart is offended. The Star of the infernal regions will rage more violently than ever and will cause frightful destruction, because he knows that his time is short, and because he sees that already many have gathered around my sign. Over these he has no spiritual power, although he will kill the bodies of many; but through these sacrifices, my power to lead the remnant host to victory will increase.

“Pray, make sacrifices for sinners. Offer yourselves and your works to the Father through me, and put yourselves at my disposal without reserve. Pray the Rosary. Pray not so much for external things — weightier things are at stake in these times. EXPECT NO SIGNS OR WONDERS; I shall be active as the powerful Mediatrix in secret. … The devil has power over all people who do not trust in my Heart. Wherever people substitute my Immaculate Heart for their sinful hearts, the devil has no power. But he will persecute my children. They will be despised, but he can do them no harm.

“I have already given many signs and spoken often to the world, but people have not taken them seriously… I urge my people to fulfill my wishes quickly, because today more than ever such fulfillment of my will is necessary for God’s greater honor and glory. The Father pronounces a dreadful woe upon all who refuse to obey His Will.”

Our Lady of Syracuse

There were no messages involved in this 1953 event, where an image of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary shed tears for three days in Syracuse, Italy. The tears were determined by a commission of scientists to be genuine human tears. Miracles were later attributed to the intercession of the Weeping Madonna. Was this not a manifestation of Our Lady’s power and the compassion of her Sorrowful Heart? Pope Pius XII commented during a radio address in 1954, on learning the tears were human: “We acknowledge the unanimous declaration of the Episcopal Conference held in Sicily on the reality of that event. Will men understand the mysterious language of those tears?” Characteristic of the Church’s practice to treat private revelations with reticence, the popes were slow to fully endorse our Lord’s urgent request to consecrate the world to His Mother’s Sorrowful Heart. However, Pope Benedict XV did make mention of it to the bishops. And as will be seen below, Pope Pius XII at least does include her in his prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart.

Will You Watch One Hour?

These messages all indicate that the powers of darkness will be at their highest point and that therefore the recourse to Our Lady, particularly under the title of her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, will be of the utmost importance. It also warns us that disobedience to the will of God will be severely punished but obedience will be rewarded with the triumph of His Mother. It is impossible to deny that as stated above, things are worse today than they were at the time of the Flood in Noe’s day. By sheer numbers, given the world’s population, this can be seen to be true. Will you watch one hour with our Lord and His Mother each day? Will you join in this last attempt to appease the Divine wrath, already so much inflamed against man? We ask only three commitments from members:

1) Reparation to the Sacred Heart and to Mary’s Sorrowful Heart for our sins;
2) The daily intention to promote this devotion and accomplish the universal consecration; and
3) Prayers for the sending of the special apostle to lead us, mentioned by our Lord.

Below, the purpose and goals of Our Sorrowful Mother’s Society will be explained.

Purpose of this Society

(Adapted from the Manual of the Apostleship of Prayer, 1864)

The Society for Reparation to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary is founded on this fundamental truth — but one that is too often forgotten by Christians — that, besides the apostleship of preaching which formed the occupation of our Divine Lord the last three years of his public life, which his ministers later exercised in His name, there is another apostleship far more meritorious in itself, and from which the apostleship of the Word draws all its efficacy. Our Divine Savior consecrated the first thirty years of His mortal life exclusively to this apostleship of prayer. He continues it in his glorified life in Heaven, and in his life of sacrifice in the heavenly Tabernacle. This was the apostleship of the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, and all that innumerable multitude of souls hidden indeed from the eyes of men, but powerful with God, who have not done less for the defense of the Church or the salvation of souls, than all the doctors have by their writings, or all preachers by their eloquence.

The work of the Society for Reparation to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, therefore, calls on all Christians to unite together in this hidden life, in this Divine apostleship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. It invites them to appropriate to themselves the intentions of these two hearts, transfixed in sorrow, and to pray with them for all the objects of their prayers; for the greater glory of God, for the conversion of sinners, for the advancement of the just, and the triumph of the Church. It invites them to lift themselves above those material interests, those passing events, which absorb and consume all the activity of their immortal souls, to take an active part in the struggles of the Church, in the labors of Her ministers, and in the great work of our Lord, the salvation of souls. It will induce them to devote themselves, from other motives than those of mere politicians to the regeneration of the entire world, which has fallen into utter ruin since the death of Pope Pius XII. Finally, it will direct their thoughts to far-off lands, and will show them that it depends upon them for light and grace to fall on many nations now sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death.

For it is impossible for us to doubt but that the promises of Jesus Christ Himself to prayers offered in His name to God the Father, will be fully realized when and where we ask for what he Himself commands us to ask; that is, the sanctification of his Father’s name, the consecration of the world to His Sorrowful Mother, the entire spread of his reign on Earth, the perfect fulfilment of His will, the bread of truth and of grace for so many souls who are expiring of hunger, and the deliverance from evil of all our brethren as well as of ourselves. Though we cannot be certain of obtaining what we ask, when we forget ourselves in order to plead
for others, since we cannot compel them to receive the proffered grace, yet we may be sure the grace will be offered to them in proportion to the fervor, confidence, and perseverance of our prayers, This consoling certainty is still greater when we unite our prayers with those of our brethren. Then we have in some sort a right to call on our Divine Lord to fulfil his promise of listening to two or three gathered together in his name. We will point out below the conditions, the accomplishment of which insures to us the advantages offered by this Society. These conditions are very simple, and that there is no state of life in which they may not be practiced without difficulty.

But if the Society of Reparation does not of itself impose any particular practice, there is no practice whatever that it does not seek to animate with its spirit, and which in that way will not greatly increase in merit. If it does not impose any obligation, it proposes a great perfection, and renders the means of acquiring it easier. There is no good work, whether of piety or of mortification, nor of charity, either spiritual or corporal; there is no duty of our state of life, or even lawful recreation, which, animated by the intentions of the Society, is not of the Sacred Heart itself and the Sorrowful Heart of Mary, and does not become in itself an apostolic work, and thus acquire the power of saving souls; no exercise of piety performed, thus will not increase in merit and in efficacy, if it is united with the noble and touching motives that this Society offers to us.

To glorify God, to render the precious blood of Jesus Christ and the sorrows of His Blessed Mother fruitful, to assuage the Agony of his Heart, and crown His most ardent desires; to defend the Church, our Mother, against Her enemies; to save souls, to close Hell, and open Heaven and most especially, to fulfill the requests of Our Lord that His Sorrowful Mother be universally recognized. There is no fault that we shall not avoid more easily, and no defect that we may not sooner overcome, if we allow this Society to remind us habitually that we are depriving ourselves of great merit, and that these faults and defects are the cause of many unhappy souls losing those graces which perhaps may save them, and without which they may be lost.

If, then, we would gather to their full extent the advantages of this Society of Reparation to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, we must make it the work of our whole lives, we must clothe ourselves in it as in a garment which we shall never change, we must make it our daily bread, and we must inhale and respire it as we do the air itself. Since the intentions of the Society are no other than those of the Sacred Heart and the Sorrowful Heart of His Mother, to practice them in this way would be to fulfil in its perfection the great precept of the apostle — “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” — and the Mother of Sorrows.

Prayers to be Practiced in Common

The first devotion is the recitation of the spiritual Mass in union with all of the Sacrifices of the Mass ever offered throughout the world, preceded by the Perfect Act of Contrition and followed by Spiritual Communion. We thereby offer ourselves as a living sacrifice in union with and commemoration of Christ’s sufferings and death on the Cross as shared by His Blessed Mother at the foot of the Cross.

The second devotion which we earnestly recommend to the Society for Reparation is devotion to the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, in favor of the many thousands of persons who die every day. Of all the souls to whose salvation this Society devotes itself, none certainly ought to interest us more dearly than those whose eternal destiny will be fixed irrevocably in a few moments. By adopting this devotion to the agonizing Heart and the Sorrowful Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are only exercising our apostleship in the most efficacious way. A wonderful help to prayer and understanding state of the dying and their need for our prayers, Mother Mary Potter’s Devotion to the Dying, is available online.

A third devotion that ought to be equally dear to us is devotion to the souls in Purgatory. It is true that these souls, being no longer in danger of losing Heaven, cannot be, strictly speaking, the object of this Society. But how can we be indifferent to their sufferings? Besides, if they no longer afford employment for our zeal, they may become our most powerful assistants. Already in Purgatory, they can unite their prayers to ours, and such prayers cannot fail to be pleasing to God. But it is especially after they have entered heaven by our suffrages, that they feel themselves, as it were, obliged by gratitude to use all their influence in favor of our society of reparation. The associates will, therefore, apply to the souls in Purgatory all the indulgences they are able to gain; but they must make it a condition with those souls whose torments they thus abridge, that they will hereafter unite with them to obtain the conversion of sinners and the triumph of the Church.

1. For each day, Society members are to: a) make their Morning Offering beginning with: “O Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary…” including in their intentions reparation to the Sacred Heart and Mary’s Sorrowful Heart for our sins, the intent to accomplish the universal consecration, and the sending of the apostle mentioned by our Lord; b) recite the Consecration formula provided below by Pope Pius XII; c) make any devotion of choice to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary from the Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother booklet; d) pray the Rosary.

2. For each week. They will offer their spiritual Mass on Friday especially for the intentions of the Society mentioned in (1) and may impose on themselves this day some mortification with the same intention. On Saturday, they also are encouraged to recite Berthe Petit’s Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

3. For each month. They will observe the First Friday Devotions in a particular manner to renew in themselves the spirit of the Society, to examine and correct in themselves all that may place any obstacle in the way of the union of their heart with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. On this day they will fix on the works that they intend to do in the course of the month for the different intentions of the Society, unless they prefer giving all their works to the Heart of our Lord, leaving to Him the application of them as He pleases. The same applies to the First Saturday Devotions in honor of Our Lady.

4. For each year. They will celebrate with special devotion the Feasts of the Sacred Heart, and the two feasts of Our Lady’s Dolors (on the Friday in Passion Week and September 15). On these days they may renew either in private or in common their consecrations of this Divine Heart, and of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin, with an earnest resolution to labor as much as possible to promote their interests and intentions. (End of Apostleship of Prayer Manual adaptation)

Acts of Consecration

Solemn Act of Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary

(Written at the request of Francis Cardinal Bourne by Berthe Petit)

O Lord Jesus, Who on Calvary and in the Holy Eucharist has shown Thyself to us as the God of Love and Mercy; kneeling humbly at Thy feet we adore Thee and beg once more for Thy forgiveness and Thy divine pity.

And remembering that by Thine own act on Calvary, the human race, represented by Thy beloved disciple John, gained a Mother in the Virgin of Sorrows, we desire to honor the sufferings and woes of our Mother’s Heart by devoting ourselves to it in solemn Consecration.

It is but just O Mary, that our souls should strive henceforth to venerate thee with special homage under the title of thy Sorrowful Heart, a title won by sharing in the whole Passion of thy Son and thus co-operating in the work of our redemption – a title due to thee in justice, and dear, we believe, to Jesus and to thine own Heart, torn by the wound in His.

We consecrate therefore, O Mary, to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart ourselves, our families, our country and those who are fighting for its honor. Have pity on us; see our tribulations, and the anguish of our hearts in the midst of the mourning and calamities that lay waste the world. Deign, O Mother of God, to obtain mercy for us that, being converted and purified by sorrow, and made strong in faith, we may henceforth be devoted servants of Jesus Christ and His Church, for whose triumph we pray.

O Mary Immaculate, we promise to be faithful clients of thy Sorrowful Heart. Intercede for us, we beseech thee, with thy Son that, at the cry of thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, His divine Power may speedily bring to pass the triumph of right and justice. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have pity on us.
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us and save us.

Pope Pius XII’s Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of thy Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to thee, all the people of our country and all the world.

Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as thou dost wish to accomplish thy designs in the world.

O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.

We come with confidence to thee, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed thine own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes thy shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with thy rule, triumph in every heart and home. Amen.

Various Prayers for These Times

To Avert the Anger of God
O Mother of Sorrows, who from thy very infancy didst most ardently wish that the time of the redemption of mankind might be hastened, and who, when become the Mother of God, didst with admirable heroism offer for death thine only Son and thyself with Him, that the reign of sin might be destroyed; look down, we entreat thee, on this miserable world, and see how prevalent iniquity is everywhere, and how many unfortunate souls are bound with the chains of sin. The flood of infidelity, blasphemy, and immorality is rising daily, and seems as if it would submerge the whole world. How dreadful are the chastisements we may fear! How terrible the divine vengeance will be! How awful to bear the wrath with which thy Jesus will be moved against those who insult and reject Him!

O most blessed Virgin, have compassion on us, intercede for us; do not forsake thy mission of reconciliation, but show that thou art still most anxious to save sinners. Stand in the sight of thy divine Son to speak good for them, and to turn away His indignation from them. Remind Him that for them He Himself shed His most precious Blood to the last drop, and ended His life in the most excruciating torments; remind Him of the anguish, the desolation, the agony of thine Immaculate Heart.

Will He resist thy prayers, thy supplications, thy sighs? No! He will be moved to mercy, and in the excess of His love will pour down the abundance of His graces to soften the hearts of hardened sinners. Then, filled with sorrow, will thy shed tears of compunction and return to their Lord; then iniquity will cease, faith, and religion, and purity will flourish again, and a canticle of praise to the God of mercies, and of gratitude to thee, our most loving Mother, will be raised from all parts of the earth. Amen.

For the Conversion of Sinners
O most afflicted Mother, how much thou didst suffer at the foot of the cross, what burning tears thou didst shed for the salvation of mankind and the conversion of sinners! For them thou didst offer thyself to torments and to death in union with our loving Redeemer. We then, with unbounded confidence, call upon thee in behalf of poor sinners. By the most precious Blood of Jesus shed to the last drop, by thine own bitter tears, by the sword which pierced thy soul, implore for them grace that may touch their hearts and bring them to true repentance.

Remember, O sorrowful Virgin, that the first words of Jesus on the cross were to implore forgiveness for His executioners – that is, all sinners – and to promise Paradise to the penitent Thief. Pray, then, the Eternal father to forgive them, and to move their hearts to compunction. Remember that with His dying voice Jesus gave us to thee to be thy sons, and thee to us to be our Mother; and that he cried out, “I thirst,” to manifest how much He was consumed with the thirst of souls. Listen, O sorrowful Mother, listen to the voice of thy dying Son: show thyself a mother to poor sinners though they have been ungrateful sons: do not permit them to perish forever, but quench the thirst of Jesus, by bringing them back to Him.

Pray for sinners, O Mary, offer for them thy tears and sorrows, and lead them all to the loving Heart of thy dying Son. Amen.

Prayers for the Dying
I. O most holy Virgin, by the sorrow which transfixed thy heart, when holy Simeon foretold the affliction thou wast to endure at the death of thy Divine Son, intercede for this person, now at the point of death, that his (her) heart may be pierced with true contrition.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.
II. O most gracious Virgin, by the sorrow thou didst endure, when, to save thy Son Jesus from the persecution of Herod, thou wast forced to fly with Him into Egypt, deliver this soul from the snares of the infernal foe.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.
III. O most afflicted Virgin, by the sorrow thou didst feel at losing thy son Jesus, beg that this soul may not be lost, but may dwell forever with Him in heaven.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.
IV. O most distressed Virgin, by the sorrow thou didst feel at seeing thy Son Jesus carrying on His bruised shoulders His heavy cross, obtain for this departing soul grace to bear patiently, for the love of thy dear Son, the cross of his (her) sufferings.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.
V. O inconsolable Virgin, by the unspeakable sorrow thou didst experience at seeing thy Son Jesus crucified between two thieves, pray for this soul, that sorrow for his (her) sins may pierce his (her) heart, as the nails pierced the hands and feet of our divine Lord, and the spear His sacred side.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.
VI. O most desolate Virgin, by the sorrow thou didst feel in receiving into thine arms the dead body of thy Son Jesus, pray that this departing soul may be received into eternal glory of heaven.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.
VII. O Virgin most sorrowful, by the desolation thou didst feel, when, having accompanied thy son to the sepulchre, thou hadst to part with Him, have pity of this soul, and accompany it in the great journey to eternity.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.
V. Pray for him (her), most sorrowful Virgin.
R. That he (she) may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, that the most blessed Virgin Mary thy Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced with the sword of sorrow in the hour of Thy Passion, may intercede before the throne of Thy mercy for this Thy servant, now and at the hour of his(her) death. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.
V. May the sorrowful Virgin Mary.
R. Bless us with her loving Child.

For the Faithful in their Last Agony
O most holy Mary, by that fear and trembling which overwhelmed thine heart, when thou didst hear that thy beloved Son and our Lord Jesus Christ had been taken by His enemies, abandoned by His disciples, and led to Caiphas and Pilate, help, we implore thee, the soul of this person in its last struggle, that he (she) may have a true sorrow and contrition for his (her) past sins. Comfort and strengthen him (her), that he (she) may not fear at the coming of the common enemy, nor tremble at the sight of his (her) severe Judge, angry for his (her) sins, but may rather see Him, appeased
by thy powerful prayers, show him(her) a merciful countenance. Amen. Hail Mary.

For the Faithful Departed
O most Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother, I turn to thee in supplication, and by the sword which pierced thy sorrowful heart, when thou didst behold thy beloved Son Jesus Christ bow down His head and give up the ghost, I pray and beseech thee to succor the holy souls in Purgatory, and particularly those for whom I now pray, N. N. Mother of Sorrows, Queen of Martyrs, for the love of thy divine Son, whose precious Blood was shed for us, help us with thy powerful intercession, who are danger not only of falling into Purgatory, but of losing our souls forever in hell. O Mary, Mother of grace, Mother of mercy, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Eternal Father, through the most precious Blood of Jesus and the Sorrows of Mary, have pity upon the holy souls in Purgatory. Amen.

Dear Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest.

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

We beseech Thee, therefore, assist the souls still suffering in purgatory, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

(These various prayers were taken from Behold Thy Mother, the manual of the Servite Order. The full set of these prayers and a history of the Servites is available at the following link: http://www.staugustinechapel.org/Library/books_pdf/Behold_Thy_Mother_Servite_Manual.pdf)

About the Origins of this Society

On September 15, 2006, a chapel constructed by Larry and Teresa Benns and their family members in La Garita, Colorado was dedicated to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary using the consecration formula written by Berthe Petit above. The Benns family used this for their private devotions for the next 14 years. Larry Benns constructed the altar and canopy for the chapel, also the lighted frames for the pictures on the left below.

In September of 2020 the Benns family relocated to South Dakota and reconstructed the chapel in their new residence. It was once again consecrated to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary on September 15, 2021 using Berthe Petit’s consecration prayer.

Larry Benns passed away on March 1, 2021. Please pray for the repose of his soul.

Prayer Apostolate

Victoria Rodriguez and Teresa Benns met online in 2014. Victoria later constructed a beautiful website dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Apostles of the End Times, which unfortunately had to be taken down after being attacked by Traditionalists. On 2018, she contributed the artwork for the front and back covers of T. Stanfill Benns’ The Phantom Church in Rome. But she continued to look for ways to realize her heartfelt desire to found a prayer apostolate dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Until recently, however, she knew of few willing to participate as members. Victoria wrote in 2015:

“Eventually, I would love that we could meet on Saturday nights through the Internet and pray together the Holy Rosary for this intention. Even if we are a small group, praying as a Church, for our Church. The internet is so wonderful because everyone could meet at the same time on Saturday night on a Google hangout to say the Holy Rosary. I have done it before! Like you said, many of us are willing to pray together and this is where we should start… Without prayer, we could easily be fooled into believe that victories are being won through our own merit and talents. Prayer and action go hand in hand. We just need the weapons (prayer and action) and the army willing to fight the good fight. This is where we should start. I am willing and ready to start working on this and especially, to start our prayer crusade! I hope to find a strong group of True Catholics who want to join me in my quest to become an Apostle of the End of Times.”

May all of us become true apostles in these trying times!

Society for Reparation to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Join us in the Prophet Elias Prayer Challenge!

+May all enjoy a holy Lent+

As we approach the somber days of Lent, let us use this time productively to ask our readers to join together in 40 days of prayer to seek a solution to this ever-deepening crisis that has ripped our beloved Church to shreds and threatens to engulf the world. A new schism looms regarding Francis and his New World Order affiliations, and internal rifts are running rampant among Traditionalist groups.

Traditionalists viciously attack each other and anyone daring to question their stance on social media platforms, scandalizing anyone not Catholic who might be reading their content. And this even with their so-called priests looking on. (To see a refutation of claims made against this site and read about the latest controversy surrounding the material-formal “thesis” among the CMRI sect, visit https://www.keepandshare.com/doc18/25524/cmri-clergy-accusations-pdf-351k?dn=y&dnad=y and https://www.keepandshare.com/doc18/25525/cmri-material-formal-flap-pdf-204k?dn=y&dnad=y).

God will not be mocked forever, and His honor and glory demand we do all in our power to offend Him no more. Prayer is the only answer to this disaster and one man, one glorious prophet seems to be the very saint who can best address every problem we are currently facing. We need answers, and we need them quickly. We can only hope that 40 days will give us enough time to pray fervently and sincerely for those answers and receive them. And that time period itself actually comes into play where the holy Prophet Elias is concerned. For Elias spent 40 days in the desert, roughly the time-span of Lent itself. What was he doing there? Fleeing from the evil queen Jezebel, who he feared would take his life, after challenging and defeating the false prophets on Mt. Carmel who were deceiving the Chosen People. And so here we stand, garbed in our scapulars, begging him to assist us in these times that, as Christ Himself warned us, would be like no other.

The Carmelite Order celebrates St. Elias’ feast day on July 20. We read the following from Carmel, Its History, Spirit, and Saints (P.J. Kennedy & Sons, New York, 1927; pgs. 240-42): “The Holy Prophet is invoked against pestilence, to avert public calamities, to restore peace of soul, [also against drought, floods and famines — Ed.] and to draw down the blessings of God on those aspiring to perfection, as is proved in innumerable cases among the Saints and Blessed of Carmel. He is also called upon to avert wars and a remarkable instance is given when Roger of Sicily had to sustain terrible combats against the Saracens. So immediate was the answer of his prayers, that the pious Count built a Church and Monastery in honor of Elijah and presented it to the Carmelites. Many churches, altars, and statues have been erected in his name; states and cities have chosen him for Patron.

“This devotion is proper to these latter times when the crimes of men are such as to weary the Divine patience and draw down calamities upon the human race. It is well to seek the charitable aid of him “who has been chosen to appease the wrath of God’ ” (Ecclesiasticus). Then, too, each day brings us nearer the time when he will come among us with the last message of mercy and forgiveness, ere he sheds his blood for the Lord ‘in whose sight he stands.’”

Blessed Elias’ primary mission was the destruction of false sacrifices and the false priesthood of those offering them. He is to come again during the last three and a half years of Antichrist’s reign to convert the Jewish people, to guide the Church and to preach penance according to Catholic scriptural commentators. Secondary, then, was his mission to open the eyes of Israel’s faithful, and alert them to the gravity of their errors and the deception of these evil men.  Pope Clement VIII declared that the conversion of sinners is one aspect of Elias’ mission, perpetuated by the Carmelites. And how could this be otherwise when, as the Carmelites have long held, the little cloud seen by Elias floating over the Mediterranean Sea in the form of a foot prefigured the coming of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of the Messiah, refuge of sinners. She appeared at Fatima to beg the children to pray and make sacrifices for sinners. And during the sixth Fatima vision, the Miracle of the Sun, she appeared as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Sorrows.  If we wish to obtain the conversion of sinners and to stay the prospects of war, St. Elias is truly our patron — for he has been venerated for centuries in that country and is even the patron of Russia’s Air Force! https://orthochristian.com/140879.html

We read from another Orthodox website: “The Prophet Elias was in essence the first monk and the first dedicated to virginity in the Old Testament. A great faster, he walked barefoot, wore a rough mantle of camel’s hair, which was very coarse, uncomfortable, irritated the skin and resembled a hairshirt worn by Christian ascetics. He wore a leather girdle around his waist (like Orthodox monks) and carried a staff in his hand (like bishops) as a symbol of his special spiritual authority.

“And St. Elias said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant, thrown down Thine altars, and slain Thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away (3 Kings 19:10). This is precisely what we often say nowadays: “O Lord, look, Your children have abandoned Your churches, they have been languishing in vices and debauchery, they are greedy for gain and seek only pleasures, bending the knee to demons in sects!” And, like the apostles, we want to exclaim: Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them (Lk. 9:54). And we will certainly hear the meek answer: “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Lk. 9:55-56). The Lord answered the same to St. Elias.

“Let us bear in mind these words of our Savior: I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled! (Lk. 12:49). This fire is the Divine zeal that induces us to overcome our laziness, neglect, pride, and all other things that stand between us and Christ. And may the Lord help us scorch all the impediments caused by our enemy, our foe, by this Divine fire. Amen.” And on these texts we will comment at greater length below.

Prayer to St. Elias (from Carmel, Its History, Spirit, and Saints)

Holy Prophet of God Elias, intercede for us and for the salvation of all.

V: Pray for us, O holy Father Elias.
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that we who believe that the Blessed Elias Thy Prophet and our Father was wonderfully carried up in a fiery chariot, may by his intercession be raised to the desire of heavenly things and rejoice in the society of Thy saints. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

And to this prayer we add the following, based on Kings 19:10 and the Gospel of St. John:

O blessed Elias, come deliver us in person we beg thee, if it be God’s appointed time for thy appearance! But if it is not yet that time, with great confidence, we humbly and desperately beseech thee to intercede with us before God to chastise and disperse those among us who, as in your day, have:

  • slain the prophets — impugned the authority of all true popes and the obedience owed them;
  • forsaken His covenant — sinned against the first, third, seventh and eighth Commandments; ignored, violated and misconstrued the Sacred Canons and papal laws;
  • thrown down His altars — set up the abomination in the Novus Ordo and on the false altars of Traditionalists, (bread and priest idols).

Let these men of Baal no longer delude God’s people; force them to admit their ministry is not certainly valid; beg God to send them the Holy Ghost, fire of love for the brethren and the light of truth, that they might repent and do penance. And if they refuse, or provide insufficient proofs, continuing to deceive the elect, beseech Almighty God to send down His fire from heaven as a sign, that we, who wish only to love and serve Him, might know the truth. In the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us!

Sts. Teresa of Avila and Therese of Liseux, pray for us!

From Holy Scripture, Haydock commentary

For more on the verses describing Elias’ mission, we turn to the commentary of Rev. Leo Haydock on Chapter 18 of Kings:

Verse 17: (The ineffectual King Ahab reproached Elias saying) “Art thou he that troublest Israel?” Haydock comments: “Thus the wicked esteem those disturbers of the public repose, who will not suffer them to go on in their wickedness unmolested, Thus the Jews complain of Christ. Such a war is better than a false peace… Elias strove by easy means to make the people open their eyes and return to their God.”

Verse 18: And Elias said to Ahab: “I have not troubled Israel, but thou and thy father’s house, who have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and followed Baalim.” Haydock comments: “Your impiety has brought on this scourge. I only denounced it, (Salien).”

Verse 19: “Gather unto me all Israel, unto Mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal… and of the groves… [worshippers of the goddess Astarte].” Haydock comments: “[These prophets] imitated the lives of the true prophets to delude the people.”

Verse 21: Elias called to the people: “How long do you halt between two sides? If the Lord be God, follow Him; but if Baal then follow him.” Haydock comments: “Sides: adoring sometimes God, at other times the devil… [as do] those indifferent to religion. They wished to unite the service of both…as some, at present, assert that many religions may be pleasing to Heaven” (and here we see ecumenism). Haydock notes that Elias called down fire from Heaven to light his altar, despite the fact its trenches — where the fire was supposed to burn — were filled with water. This exemplifies Elias’ complete confidence that God would work a miracle, which of course He did, by lighting Elias’ altar of sacrifice. Haydock then goes on to quote Salien as follows: “[The prophets of Baal] might otherwise have brought down fire, as they will do in the days of Antichrist.”

Why does Salien say this? Because, as we read in Apocalypse 13:13, regarding the false prophet: “And he did great signs, so that he made even fire to come down from Heaven.” Rev. H.B. Kramer comments in his The Book of Destiny that the only biblical figure in history to do this was Elias. As Salien says, this time it will be the prophets of Baal who bring down the fire, and certainly Roncalli, in introducing his 1959 missalettes in English stating “all men” in the consecration, and in instituting his 1962 missal, brought fire down from heaven to light Baal’s altars, effectively replacing Pope St. Pius V’s Roman Missal even before Montini introduced the Novus Ordo Missae.

Verse 24: “Call ye on the names of your gods and I shall call on the name of my Lord, and the god that shall answer by fire, let him be God.” Haydock comments: “He does not order them to invoke idols, but challenges them to PROVE their divinity, if they can. God has given this proof of fire repeatedly… He will restrain the devil’s power to confirm the truth.”

Verse 40: After Elias had wrought his miracle, he told the people: “Take the prophets of Baal and let not one of them escape. And when they had taken them, Elias brought them down to the torrent of Cison and killed them there.” Haydock comments: It was at “the unanimity of the people’s cry” that the prophets of Baal were killed, “…by God’s inspiration, as impostors who had deluded the people, and were worthy of death.”

In his comments on Kings 19:12, “For the children of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant, they have thrown down Thy altars and have slain the prophets,” Haydock explains: “They neglected circumcision and almost the whole law.”

To convert, not destroy

And yet, when Elias complains to God that it was only his zeal for Him that prompted his condemnations of the priests and that now he is alone and afraid, (Kings 18:10, 12), God showed him, Haydock notes, that there were two laws, one of terror and one of mildness. He thus encouraged Elias to temper his zeal, bear patiently with the people and instead of terrifying them, bring them to their senses by gentle means. This is reflected in the article from the Orthodox site above, where Christ is quoted as telling His apostles that He came not to destroy sinners, but to save them.

At the same time, our Lord also told His Apostles to walk away from those who would not listen, and the time for walking away has long since passed. We have been patient long enough. And so today, we issue this challenge to Traditionalists, in the name of the Prophet Elias, to PROVE, once and for all, that they are valid bishops and priests, according to Church law and infallible papal teaching; and we ask that it be met forthwith.

We wish no one to be destroyed, but with St. Elias, neither do we any longer wish to “be witness to the miseries of [the] people, and the war they [a]re waging against God and his servants…” (Kings 19:4), as Haydock says. All we desire is the destruction of deception, disunity, dissension and distrust that reigns among those Traditionalist sects today that God intended to be His elect. Whatever means are now necessary to end this heartbreaking insult to our Lord and His Holy Church, we leave to God the Father and this Holy Prophet, still standing alive in His presence. We ask those reading this blog to copy these prayers and pray and fast with us daily through Lent, begging Our Lord, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Elias, also the Carmelite Saints Teresa and Therese, that despite our unworthiness and many transgressions, our prayers will be heard.

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Our Place in Apocalyptic Time

Our Place in Apocalyptic Time

+St. Catherine of Siena+

 Introduction

Those who refuse to believe that the catacomb Catholic position could possibly be tenable frequently point to the course of the fulfillment of prophecy regarding the end times as justification for their rejection of this position. The commonly held belief, and we ourselves have not discounted it as possible, is that the papacy will be restored once Antichrist is defeated and the Church will triumph, if only briefly, prior to the Second Coming. But while Traditionalists base this on the totally false premise that we still have valid clergy who can provide the Mass and Sacraments, stay-at-home Catholics struggle to understand how the Church could ever be restored without a miracle directly from God; and, given the facts, they have every right to do so. Do we deserve such a miracle? No, although this does not mean that a merciful God would not grant us one if it was for His own glorification and that of the Church. Is such a thing likely? Certain Scripture passages seem to hint that it could happen, but God has kept the manner in which He intends to deal with these things a secret.

This is such a complicated and splintered subject, covering such a vast expanse of considerations, that any attempt to do it any justice would fail even if it ran to scores of pages. Yet there are some practical and to our mind unaddressed points and views that have not been considered when trying to piece together the entire puzzle of how everything we are seeing now relates to what Scriptural commentators and scholars have predicted for these times. Some would include here the private revelations of various saints and seers, but many of these seem only to further confuse and obscure any real appreciation of eschatology from a scriptural standpoint. The only exception to this is a scant few private revelations which seem to be in closer harmony with what is now occurring and those apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, which consistently recommend, prayer, penance and sacrifice. If we descend into the quagmire of attempting to make everything fit according to the vagaries of even the private revelation of the saints, we would be doing readers a disservice. Instead, while the Scriptures and teachings of certain theologians and commentators will be consulted, we will attempt to rely primarily on the few teachings provided by the popes on this matter, and what we ourselves now see before us.

The secrets of God and Antichrist’s reign

In surveying Holy Scripture alone, are we able to determine if these things have been fulfilled in our day? Well according to the commentators on Holy Scripture themselves, that depends. Rev. Hugh Pope, in his The Catholic Student’s Aids to the Bible, (Vol. 5, 1937) writes: “For the original hearers or pre-Christian readers of the prophecies of Isaias or Jeremias only one thing was certain: namely, that being divinely inspired prophecies, the things foretold would infallibly come to pass. But the time, place and manner of their fulfillment was hidden from them… To Christian readers or to non-Christian enquirers a flood of enlightenment regarding the prophecies was forthcoming in the New Testament fulfillment of the said prophecies… Since, then, the ultimate goal of the Apocalypse is the last things, full light will not be thrown on this prophetical book till those last things have received their ultimate fulfillment.” Rev. P. Huchede concurs, writing, “The events connected with the end of the world will alone remove the mystery in which the sacred text is at present enveloped.” Rev. E. S. Berry believes these prophecies “shall be understood in due time according to the needs of the Church” (The Apocalypse of St. John). But Berry emphasizes that the sealed book spoken of in Daniel 12: 4 and also the sealed book of the seven thunders in Apocalypse symbolizes that these prophecies would only be known when God chooses for them to be known. And it is clear that there is much we cannot and do not yet know about our current situation.

Everyone presumes that Antichrist will reign only three years and a half, and while this is designated as probable by some commentators and certain by others, it is misleading. No one has ever given a numerical value to the full term of Antichrist’s ENTIRE reign. St. Irenaeus teaches that “when this Antichrist shall have devastated all things in this world, he will reign for three years and six months…”  Huchede says that it is not known how long it will take Antichrist to achieve the conquest of the world, although he assumes this will be a rapid process. Still, presumption must yield to fact. Gradualism was applied to good effect for decades prior to and long after Antichrist’s reign and acceptance as a true pope. Clearly the process of bringing about the level of devastation necessary for Antichrist to reign universally — not just in the Church but over the entire world — necessarily required an extended period of time, a process we have all witnessed firsthand.

If the Sacrifice was not to be abolished decades before the system of Antichrist matured sufficiently to assume full power, why did St. Thomas Aquinas envision a time when the world would think it had won because it continued to exist following Antichrist’s death? “Although men be terrified by the signs appearing about the judgment day, yet before those signs begin to appear, the wicked will think themselves to be in peace and security after the death of Antichrist and before the coming of Christ, seeing that the world is not at once destroyed as they thought hitherto,” (Summa Sup., 73:1). He doesn’t set a time limit for this occurrence. He couldn’t have made this statement believing that the Sacrifice could still exist after Antichrist’s death, knowing it was predicted to end at the time of his coming. It seems God would need to allow a relatively lengthy amount of time to elapse in order to put these wicked ones at ease and grant them the necessary time to perpetuate Antichrist’s system.

God’s time is not our time. And not all commentators agree that the three years and a half are to be interpreted literally. Rev. William G. Heidt O.S.B. tells us in his Book of the Apocalypse: “…three and a half years, 1,260 days, 42 months… [is] a proverbial number for a time of misfortune. Because of this proverbial usage the figures in question simply denote a period of distress, a period that may actually be quite short or one that could extend from Pentecost to the Parousia [Second Coming]. The emphasis is on misfortune, suffering, persecution, not on chronological duration.” Rev. Hugh Pope also writes: “St. John is not writing a continuous history of the Church’s future in chronological order…. There is no succession of time…” There is a notable absence of what Pope refers to as the “time note.” And he refers to a work by St. Methodius that was long ago lost which interprets the Apocalypse in purely allegorical (not literal) fashion, which means the three years and a half would be symbolic, not actual. Given what is said above about the exact fulfillment of these things it appears that none of this will really be known until the actual time the event occurs.

Some point out that there are problems with this opinion because it does not take into account the fact that the commentators teach the Mass will only be suspended for the three-and-a-half-year period during which Antichrist and also Enoch and Elias will make their appearance. But this is not really a problem that cannot be explained. Antichrist personally is the one designated to abolish the Sacrifice, no one else. Traditionalists unanimously agree that it was indeed abolished or abrogated by Paul 6 in April 1969. But few will tell you Paul 6 was Antichrist, although the Mass could not have been abrogated by anyone else. Witness the prefiguration of this in the Old Testament with the Jewish Antichrist Antiochus, aided by “the false high priest Menelaus…who obtained his position by usurpation and bribery” (Catholic Bible Dictionary, Rev. Bernard O’Reilly, L.D.). Menelaus was the equivalent of the false prophet in Ch. 13 of Apocalypse. Rev. Haydock says St. Jerome, the ultimate biblical authority, accommodated the person of Antiochus and applied him to Antichrist. Haydock notes Antiochus was “first despised and not received for king… [He] had no title to the crown, which he procured by cunning.” And as seen below, the title of Antichrist could refer to a king who reigns during an interregnum (Catholic Encyclopedia). The distinction must be made between Antichrist and his system and allowance must be given for the fact that while commentators assume the Man of Sin will rise rapidly to power, this has not been true in our case, however true it was in Jewish times. Nor has it ever been made clear by the commentators why they believe that the three and a half years equally applies to both the Jewish Antichrist and the Man of Sin.

Antichrist’s universal reign

Once Antichrist’s system has totally fulfilled its purpose and paved the way for the creation of a world government, then the final three-and-a-half-year period mentioned in the Apocalypse and in Daniel might possibly commence, and that could take place at any time now. It could come at the end of an extended reign of Antichrist, accomplished by those perpetuating his system. How can this be? We know from the article on Antichrist in the Catholic Encyclopedia that “one might interpret antichristos as denoting one resembling Christ in appearance and power,” which would lead us directly to Pope Paul IV’s definition of him as a man appearing to be the vicar of Christ but reigning only as a usurper. The encyclopedia article also says anti could refer to a king reigning during an interregnum or a hostile god and notes some believed Antichrist would overthrow the pope and usurp his see. It wasn’t just Paul 6 who fit this description, but each one of his successors as well. Chapter 13, verse 3 of Apocalypse refers to paganism revived in the opinion of several commentators, but it also could refer to the death and “rebirth” of succeeding usurper pontiffs. We know from Church teaching that each successor of St. Peter possesses exactly the same powers as St. Peter possessed, although they are not identical to St. Peter himself who first received the keys. If Antichrist strives to resemble Christ Himself as closely as possible, having received his keys from his father Satan, then the Father of Lies will likewise make certain that each successor of his appointed satanic pontiff will be vested with precisely the same title and powers as Antichrist himself. Could this transfer of power from Satan have been referred to by St. John?

“And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit.  And he opened the bottomless pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit” (Apocalypse 9: 1-2). It was Paul 6 himself who commented that the “smoke of Satan” had entered the Church. Being who he was, was he simply stating a fact? Berry says the star falling from heaven in this verse could be “any priest or bishop of the Church who becomes a leader of heresy… But in this case the star refers to some particular person whose revolt from the Church will lead directly to the reign of Antichrist.”  The false prophet, who we believe to have been Angelo Roncalli (John 23), was most likely this falling star, for his appointment of Montini as cardinal, one of his first acts following his usurpation of the Holy See, led directly to Montini’s “papacy.” This is something that needs to be better understood because many have raised the objection that Roncalli and Montini could not have been the false prophet/Antichrist duo simply because Apocalypse says that these two men will be thrown alive into the lake of fire when Antichrist’s system is defeated. Roncalli and Montini created an entirely new religion over the span of a little over 10 years. This religious system survives until this day. What is destroyed in the end is not just these two men but their entire system, which passes on in all its fullness to each usurper and his personal false prophet (whatever person engineered his election or advancement or acted/acts as his personal assistant or secretary).

Think of it this way. If we said that the papacy itself was to be thrown alive into this same fire, as some Protestants believe, we would not limit that deliverance just to St. Peter and St. Paul, for example, for these are the men which it appears the false prophet and Antichrist are aping. We would include all popes from beginning to end, for this would be necessary to abolish the entire line of popes. It is no different with the system of Antichrist and the Satanic pontiffs. Whoever is reigning in Antichrist’s “see” at that time is the representative of the system he and the false prophet founded; they are all clones of the original — one and the same. They have continued the same teaching and furthered it, they have maintained and amplified the connections it takes to build this system and these connections go deep into the slimy underbelly of politics and high finance. Antichrist’s diabolical system financially influences world political interests in ways not completely known or understood. Various Vatican financial scandals, the dealings revealed by exposés regarding the Knights of Malta and other works, give us some idea of these connections. Vatican political dealings have been clearly leftist since the 1960s.

Doctrinal points regarding the Man of Sin

If we approach the problem from a doctrinal standpoint, Henry Cardinal Manning states that it was the unanimous opinion of the Fathers that the Holy Sacrifice would cease, and when the early Fathers speak on a subject regarding Holy Scripture, the Vatican Council teaches that this is to be considered a rule of faith. It also is certain according to nearly all Scripture scholars that Antichrist will be a specific individual. And Holy Scripture says he will cause the Sacrifice to cease. The infallible Scripture interpretation of Pope Paul IV in Cum ex Apostolatus Officio regarding the abomination of desolation has already been mentioned but bears repeating: Antichrist, which commentators equate with the abomination, will be a heretic invalidly elected pope and can be removed at any time. The pages on this website have been devoted to demonstrating that while Traditionalists may argue the Sacrifice has not ceased it most certainly cannot be said to continue at the hands of men whose orders are questionably valid and who therefore lack apostolic succession. They are simply the false prophets and false christs foretold in Holy Scripture. It is hard to see how the current situation is not the very one spoken of in Apocalypse 17, where the Babylonish whore rules from Rome, counterfeiting the sacrifice and sacraments as well as all of the rest of her operations; Antichrist continues to rule by proxy, spreading massive delusion with the aid of the operation of error; those keeping the faith have retired to the desert in the company of the Holy Ghost and Our Lady, which symbolizes a place of contemplation and the inability to receive the Sacraments.

Meanwhile, things continue to deteriorate at a rapid pace on the world stage, but lovers of solitude sheltered by Our Lady are not disturbed by this. For they know all this was preceded by what St. Paul prophesied — the mass exodus of bishops and priests from the Church, the Great Apostasy, at the time of the false Vatican 2 council, precisely when the Man of Sin was revealed to the world. We have seen these prophecies play out; what we cannot do is fit all of it to St. John’s vision of the Apocalypse.  And this is not surprising, since God did not intend for us to know all the details of these things in advance. The important parts — the Great Apostasy, the cessation of the Sacrifice and the identification of the Man of Sin — he has given to us because we must know such things to save our souls. If there is to be a literal three-and a-half-year period and a reign of terror by those directing world government, in conjunction with a new world religion (a false pope playing out the role of high priest, while some political figure is set up, who, aided and abetted financially by Rome acts out the role of Antichrist) it will necessarily be accompanied by the coming of Enoch and Elias. This is another controversial point in question, and many have been asking for some time now, where are these two witnesses?

Where are Enoch and Elias?

Here we have a problem that has not been satisfactorily addressed, in this author’s estimation. We have a wide range of opinions on their appearance. St. Robert Bellarmine’s comments on this subject are important for many reasons.

“For it must be known that in the divine letters the Holy Ghost to have given as six sure signs concerning the coming of the antichrist: two which precede himself, namely: 1) the preaching of the gospel in the whole world and 2) the devastation of the Roman Empire; 3) the contemporaneous men (two witnesses) which it is to be seen prophesied Enoch (also called Henoch) and Elias (also called Elijah); 4) the greatest and last persecution and 5) that the public sacrifice (of the mass) shall completely cease; the two following signs 6) surely the death of the antichrist after three and a half years (after his rise to power) and the end of the world, none of which signs have we seen at this time. “The third demonstration arises from the coming of Enoch and Elias who live even now and shall live until they come to oppose Antichrist himself and to preserve the elect in the faith of Christ, and in the end shall convert the Jews and it is certain that this has not yet been fulfilled. But it is easily seen that… this is not a childish fantasy but a most true concept that Enoch and Elias shall personally return and it is also seen that the contrary concept (that they will not personally return) is either absolutely heretical or a serious error very close to heretical. The sixth demonstration arises from the last sign, that follows antichrist which shall be the consummation of the world. After antichrist at once comes the last Judgement … the future reign of antichrist shall be 1,290 days duration. Matthew 24: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached to the whole world and then shall come the consummation.” (Liber Tertius, p. 434-435). So according to St. Bellarmine, there will be no peace.

To summarize the above, the Gospel must be preached throughout the entire world, which, given the Church’s missionary efforts in her final days seems to have been achieved. However, Enoch and Elias renew this effort. Some would disagree, but commentators who were writing in the late 1800s or early 1900s could not have anticipated radio and television or increased access to remote areas. Next, it appears, comes the destruction of Rome. This must follow her already accomplished spiritual destruction. We will forgive St. Bellarmine for placing the cessation of the Mass before Enoch and Elias’ coming, for he does not indicate that these signs will take place in the order given. The order that seems to make sense for us is the following: 1) the preaching of the gospel in the whole world and 2) the devastation of the Roman Empire; 3) the greatest and last persecution 4) that the public sacrifice (of the mass) shall completely cease; the two following signs 5) the contemporaneous men (two witnesses) which it is to be seen prophesied Enoch (also called Henoch) and Elias (also called Elijah); and 6) the death of the antichrist after three and a half years (after his rise to power).”

So if we fit this to our own times, it is possible these two prophets could appear in the near future. At least according to Bellarmine, St. Ephraem, St. Hippolytus and others. One commentator (Ratton) claims they have already come, (before the destruction of the Jewish Temple in A.D. 70). Rev Leo Haydock comments that “…Allowing it a received opinion that Henoch and Elias are again to come before the day of judgment, yet it is not the constant doctrine of the ancient fathers, that by these two witnesses in this place of the Apocalypse, must be understood Henoch and Elias. St. Cyprian expounds it of two sorts of martyrs for the Catholic faith; to wit, they who suffer death, and others who only suffered imprisonment, loss of goods, and the like. Others expound it of the testimonies concerning Christ and his Church, of which some are in the Old Testament, some in the New. To these we must join all those interpreters who expound all the visions and predictions in the Apocalypse, till the 20th chapter, of the persecutions raised by the Jews: or by the heathens against the Church, which have already happened …Two witnesses. It is commonly understood of Henoch and Elias. (Challoner).” Another commentator suggests that the witnesses were Pope Pius IX and Pope St. Pius X, who warned in one of his first encyclicals that Antichrist already had been born in 1903. So no one is united in their views on this interpretation

A brief peace, or the consummation?

Given the current political situation both here and abroad, it would seem that we are closer to the realization of a worldwide government and religion than at any other time in history. The times are approaching when everything may utterly collapse. As out there as this may sound, the only hope of the peace everyone seems to expect could be the arrival of Enoch and Elias, designated to battle Antichrist and his system. We cannot discount Fatima, La Salette and other indicators of this peace, but they certainly cannot be considered in the same light as the theologians, the popes and Holy Scripture itself. Holy Scripture tells us these two prophets will be two candlesticks and olive trees in Apoc. 11: 4, possessing the gift of miracles, and the symbolism used in Apocalypse to describe them indicates they could possibly be vested with episcopal orders. Rev. James L. Meagher, D.D. (How Christ Said the First Mass, 1906) explains that the removal of the candlesticks in Apoc. 2: 5, refers to the Jewish Holy of Holies, “emblematic of Christ the Light of His Church…[and] also foretold the bishop, light of his diocese… The Son of God told John, His beloved Apostle to write to the seven churches of Asia that if they did not do penance he would remove their candlesticks — that is, their bishops.” Commenting on this same verse, Rev. E. S. Berry also mentions a candlestick and its removal, which he says refers to a particular Church. According to Berry, bishops are referred to as stars or angels in Apocalypse, but by extension the removal of an entire church would also mean removal of its bishop.

Since olive oil is used to consecrate bishops, one must wonder if this has any significance regarding their episcopal status. Miracles alone would prove their jurisdiction. Berry calls them “apostles” and Rev. Robert Eaton says in his The Apocalypse of St. John (1930) that the “olive trees and candlesticks (verse 4) speak of the priesthood and kingship of Our Lord.” In his The Book of Destiny, Rev. H.B. Kramer notes: “The olive tree is the symbol of God’s mercy and the oil is the threefold office of prophet, priest and king.”  These two men may appear when Antichrist’s system begins its complete and universal reign which could then last for three years and a half. The commentators say these two witnesses will “restore all things.” Kramer refers Apoc.11:3 to the prophecy of Zacharias 4:14, making Jesus son of Josedech and Zorababel types of the two witnesses. Following the Babylon Captivity, “these two restored the theocracy.” During the Babylonian Captivity, the Jews were held captive anywhere form 48-70 years. In October of 2021, the Church will have been held captive by the Roman usurpers for 63 years.

Three scenarios are possible here if these two witnesses are to come at this time. First, Enoch and Elias will come to restore the papacy and convert the Jews. Physical Rome will probably be destroyed, having already been decimated spiritually, and Antichrist will proceed to Jerusalem. Antichrist and his system win a monumental battle in Jerusalem, seizes the two witnesses and puts them to death. The witnesses rise after three days and finally enter heaven. Eventually Antichrist and his entire army are destroyed by the Archangel St. Michael or some other entity and are literally thrown into a lake of fire. A literal three days of darkness might ensue and the brief period of peace and restoration of the Church would follow. Or, after Antichrist’s system is defeated, the end could come immediately. Commentators simply do not agree. If those commentators who believe that the two witnesses will not come in person are correct, and this does not seem to be the case, the end could come at any time. But given the fact that there is no other valid way to restore the papacy other than by a true bishop(s) who would create other bishops to canonically elect a true pope, only the arrival of Enoch and Elias could result in the peace so many are anticipating.

What are Catholics to believe?

First of all, it seems only logical to conclude that we are to pray and watch; to read and understand. These are the repeated messages for the end times in Apocalypse and the Gospels and Epistles regarding the Last Days. The focus should be on our own spiritual lives and the preparation we must all make to remain Catholic in a world gone mad. Prayer and penance are the only remedies for what we face today. We will know Enoch and Elias when they come for as champions of the law, they will be no friends of the Traditionalists and will preach consistent with those dogmas of faith that existed prior to the death of Pope Pius XII. They will also likely cast some reproaches at the lukewarm among stay-at-home Catholics. No one can be certain how these prophecies of the Apocalypse will be fulfilled; it is God’s secret alone. That is why we are told to pray and watch, for He did give us certain indicators of the more significant events, enumerated above by St. Bellarmine. Before leaving this subject, we add a few pages written by one commentator about the two witnesses and what it means to really be a witness. These excerpts are taken from The Apocalypse Explained, written by H.M. Feret in 1958. They are a reminder that when these two great men arrive, they will necessarily create a following and will expect to be joined by those who keep the true faith of Christ. We are not meant to be led by them, but to lead with them. Catholics who for years have been awaiting a savior on a white horse may be surprised to learn here that they were intended all along to be the army that leads that charge to victory.

 

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As the spiral downward inexorably continues, those now belatedly understanding where all this is heading are beginning to panic. In the face of the inescapable they are forgetting that Holy Scripture encourages us to avoid this very reaction and to remain calm and trust in God; to distrust the false Christs and prophets, political and clerical alike, and to refuse to give in to the terror they are attempting to instill in us. In the process even Catholics who should know better have forgotten how we are to measure and interpret these times and the traps we must avoiding order to assure our eternal salvation.

One of these traps is the tendency to assign to passages of the Apocalypse an interpretation that is not seated in the spiritual realm but is more suggestive, instead, of the literal opinion of that book common to Protestants. Rev. Hugh Pope, O.P., S.T.M, D.S.S.cr, (a one-time professor of New Testament exegesis at the Collegio Angelico in Rome) made some very astute observations on the various methods used by commentators to interpret the Apocalypse. In his The Catholic Student’s Aids to the Bible, Vol. 5, he writes:

“The Apocalypse must be judged from the standpoint of prophecy…The interpretation, then, of the Apocalypse must be governed by the rules which hold good in the interpretation of all prophecy. For the original hearers…of the prophecies of Isaias or Jeremias, only one thing was certain, namely that, being divinely inspired prophecies, the things foretold would infallibly come to pass… Since, then, the ultimate goal of the Apocalypse is the last things, full light will not be thrown on this prophetic book till those last things have received their ultimate fulfillment.” Pope explained that the attitudes of commentators “has led to much harmful interpretation of the Apocalypse.” And indeed it has, even among Catholic commentators. Rev. R. Gerald Culleton says much the same: “All true prophecy is from God, for His glory and the sake of the ‘elect.’  As it becomes fulfilled it establishes its own divine origin and the reliability of the documents which convey it,” (The Reign of Antichrist, 1951). And nearly all Catholic commentators agree that the Apocalypse is to be taken in the spiritual, not the literal sense. The literal sense is not entirely excluded, but the spiritual sense must be primary. As Pope Leo XIII cautions in Providentissimus Deus:

“The sacred writings are wrapped in a certain religious obscurity and no one can enter into their interior without a guide.” He goes on to quote from the Vatican Council which reminds Catholics that “the true sense of Holy Scripture is that held by our Holy Mother the Church, whose place it is to judge the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures… no one is permitted to interpret Holy Scripture against such sense or also against the unanimous agreement of the Fathers.” While some may believe this author has done this in holding Paul 6 as Antichrist, read the disclaimer on the opening page of this website: all written here is subject to the judgment of a future Pope, should we ever be fortunate enough to see one. I have done my best to align everything written on these topics with the comments of approved Scripture scholars and theologians, also any available papal documents. We are given a certain leeway in these times because we have no true pontiff or hierarchy to appeal to.

Can we deny that apocalyptic prophecy has been fulfilled in our day? Many do; the only thing we are saying here is that wherever we observe that several approved Church authors have opined on a Scriptural passage, unless it is directly contradicted by what we see before us, we must follow their opinions rather than holding our own as Protestants are wont to do. I will give an example of one such opinion circulating on the Internet which some true Catholics now hold. It reads like this: The current COVID-19 vaccines, because at least some of them have been developed using aborted fetal material, are the mark of the beast. Now of course if Catholics know or even suspect certain vaccines have been developed using aborted fetal material, they are bound not to receive them on moral grounds, and there is a basis for this supposition. On the other hand, if it could be shown to be relatively certain that other vaccines were not developed in this manner and there is a serious reason for receiving one, there would be no sin in doing so.

The problem with the vaccine from aborted tissue and the claim that it is the mark of the beast is that many now living today as Catholics probably received vaccines decades ago, either as young adults or children, that already were contaminated with fetal tissue (see https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-ingredients/fetal-tissues). At that time no one knew of this contamination. So if this line of thinking is followed and such a vaccination is the mark, those receiving it would merit eternal damnation. But how could such people merit damnation if they did not know the vaccine contained fetal tissue? Of course if one received a vaccination knowing the tissue was there and intending to do so for material and social gain, then that would merit damnation as a serious sin unless they truly repented and made amendment. And while the suspect vaccines are certainly one of many tools in the arsenal maintained by those operating under Antichrist’s remaining system, and so indirectly are a product of that system, they cannot be said to correspond with the spiritual meaning of the mark of the beast.

The commentators tell us the true nature of the mark, although all do not comment on its actual components or meaning. Fr. E. S. Berry (The Apocalypse of St. John) and H. B. Kramer (The Book of Destiny) indicate the mark is a hellish form of Baptism and intimate the mark on the hand could be false Holy Orders. Fathers Berry, Arminjon (The End of the Present World and Mysteries of the Future Life), Huchede (History of Antichrist) also Abp. Sheen describe an entire counterfeit church or religion in opposition to the true Church, which means that church would have its own rites. Catholics receive Baptism on their foreheads and most Catholics know that during the ordination ceremony, priests are anointed on their hands (thumbs and index fingers) which touch the Sacred Host, giving the power to transform the bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood. But it is the bishops who are the primary pastors of the Church, not the priests, and the only valid episcopal rite of the Church below shows what relevance this reference to hands and forehead really holds regarding apostolic succession.

Laying on of the Hands

“Then the Consecrator and the assistant bishops (all wearing mitres) touch with both hands the head of the one to be consecrated (who is still kneeling) saying: “Receive the Holy Ghost.” (In the NO rite, this action is done in silence.) He makes the Sign of the Cross on the cloth crown of the mitre, and then anoints the rest of the crown while saying: “May thy head be anointed and consecrated by heavenly benediction in the pontifical order. “May thy head be anointed and consecrated by heavenly benediction in the pontifical order. And making with his right hand, the sign of the cross three times over the head of the Elect, he says:

“In the name of the + Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy + Ghost. R. Amen. V. Peace be with thee. R. And with thy spirit.” [From the above wording it is clear that the Bishop-elect’s head is actually being anointed now and that the Consecrator is actually blessing him in this moment using the Pontifical blessing of a bishop.]

“While Ps. 132 is being sung, the Bishop-elect has one long strip of cloth placed on his neck. The Consecrator sits down and wearing his mitre anoints the hands of the Bishop-elect who is kneeling before the Consecrator. The hands are anointed in the form of a cross. The Consecrator dips his thumb in the oil and draws two lines from the thumb of the right hand to the

index finger of the left hand and from the thumb of the left hand to the index finger of the right hand. (See https://www.hrcac.org.uk/Comparison-of-Old-and-New-Consecration-Rites-2.pdf).

All of the above must be taken in the spiritual sense in which it is intended. The reference to this mark of the beast in Apocalypse is spiritual. The sea beast in Apocalypse Chap. 13 institutes new sacraments to “replace” the old. This is the Man of Sin, Antichrist in person. There is nothing that says that the successors of Antichrist might not also promote some identification sign that must be received on the hand or forehead that would mark citizens in a way that could determine whether they buy or sell, but this is only a material extenuation of the spiritual reality. Christ teaches us in Matthew 10:28: “And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell.” We should fear only that which will certainly kill our souls — the falsification of the Church established by Christ and the Sacraments He instituted. The political remnants of Antichrist’s system can definitely kill our bodies, but we cannot lose sight of the true spiritual meaning of this mark and hope to save our souls. It is the key to everything we must believe and all we must do to persevere unto the end.

Antichrist did not come to destroy political empires, although in the course of his mission these also were destroyed. His sole target was the Church. Rome was the location of his throne and his successors yet rule there to carry out his agenda. This is the Lawless One and his system; there are two entities. Spiritual meanings cannot propose new doctrine, only illuminate doctrines already existing. Everyone knows that the pope was considered by the world to be the enemy of everything Protestant, pagan and especially Masonic. That Satan, and ultimately his “son,” Antichrist, would consider him his foremost enemy and covet his throne has been demonstrated time and time again throughout history, beginning with Simon Magus and antipopes classified by the Church as antichrists throughout history. That in consequence he would set out to also destroy any possibility that the papacy could revive itself is only a given. Hence we have the NO sacraments and the mark.

Much more could be said on this topic, and God willing, will be said in the weeks to come. For those who seek them out, the texts of Holy Scripture comfort God’s people consumed with fear in these times. Christ has never abandoned us; He is with us now more surely than ever before. No one knows what might happen over the next several days, weeks or months, but we all should pray for each other, put our spiritual affairs in order and thank God for the many blessings He has granted us in being able to live in this country and freely practice our faith all these years. Pray, watch, and make reparation for the many evils that have been perpetrated under the guise of good. Place your trust in Jesus’ Sacred Heart alone.

 

 

 

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