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From Emperor Rockefeller to Emperor Cuomo II: An Empire State of Executing the Innocent

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, represents the first anniversary of what could very well turn out to be the last time I spend a part of a day in my native state, the State of New York. We had returned there in June of last year for the fiftieth anniversary reunion of the Oyster Bay High School graduating class of 1969 (see Only One Reunion Matters) and found ourselves there around this time a year ago en route back to Texas after having a brief trip to Connecticut. Given all that has happened in the eight months as State of New York Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo, far surpassing the fascistic, self-righteous tendencies of his ever pompous and arrogant father, the late Governor Mario Matthew Cuomo (see It Is Still A Terrible Thing to Fall into the Hands of the Living God), it is very unlikely that we are going to return back to the state where I was born and spent just under three-fifths of my life as it stands now. I have no intention of dealing with “border checks” as though living under the oppressive rule of the Stasi secret police in the so-called German Democratic Republic (GDR, otherwise known as East Germany from 1949-1990).

My native state was in the vanguard of promoting the killing of the innocent preborn under cover of the civil law. Although not the first state in the United States of America to have done so, the Empire State of New York quickly became the baby-killing capital of the world after the New York State Legislature passed a bill on April 10, 1970, that repealed an 1830 prohibiting baby-killing and permitted the slaughter of the innocent preborn up through the twenty-fourth week of their development within their mothers’ wombs. This monstrous effort, which was spearheaded by a Democratic Assemblyman named Albert Blumenthal, was made possible by the votes of several Catholic legislators, one of whom, a Republican State Senator Thomas Laverne of Rochester, New York, said that he would not be “dictated” by his church while State Senator Edward Speno of East Meadow, Long Island, New York, and a member of Saint Raphael the Archangel Church there, heralded his “independence” in voting for the bill. Another Catholic, New York State Senate Majority Leader at the time, Earle Brydges, however, openly wept at the baby-killing bill was passed:

ALBANY, April 10—The State Senate, after more than two hours of quiet but emotional debate, voted 31 to 26 today to accept an Assembly bill that strikes the state’s 140‐year‐old abortion law from the books.

Cardinal Cooke issued an appeal on behalf of the Roman Catholic bishops of the state for Governor Rockefeller to veto the bill, but the Governor said in New York that he would sign the bill tomorrow morning.

Today’s vote successfully ended a bitter and tenacious campaign begun in 1966 by a Manhattan Democrat Assemblyman, Albert H. Blumenthal, to reform the law passed in 1830 that permits an abortion only to save a woman’s life.

The new law makes an abortions a matter between a woman and her doctor up to the 24th week of pregnancy. After the 24th week, the new law would allow an abortion only when necessary to save the woman’s life. However, abortions generally are per formed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Today’s vote added New York to a growing list of states caught up in a national wave of abortion reform, beginning with a 1967 Colorado reform law, and is considered a key to possible reform in other states.

Emotions continued to run high in the Senate debate today, but they did not reach the depth and scope of the eight‐ hour session on March 18 when the Senate passed an even more liberal version of the reform bill—one without the 24‐week time limit added in the Assembly. The vote today was identical to that of March 18.

Senate Majority Leader Earl W. Brydges, a Niagara Falls Republican whose opposition to reform in past years prevented consideration of such a bill, openly wept as the bill passed.

Mr. Brydges, whose craggy features and gritty voice gen erally reflect complete control, rose to end debate on the bill by reading from what he de scribed as “The Dairy of an Unborn Child.”

He began to read of a child on the day of conception when—“it is already determ ined even that I will love flowers.” His voice broke and television lights reflected from the tears on his cheeks.

I’m sorry, Mr. President,” he stammered, “I try to keep myself under control…I can not read it all, sir, but I want to read the final entry in this diary, dated Dec. 28 and it says, ‘Today, my parents killed me.’” He dropped to his seat, trembling.

Debate Lacks Conviction

Except for two of the 13 other speeches, debate lacked any of the conviction that words would sway votes.

Fighting to the end, Senator James H. Donovan, Oneida County Republican, pointed an accusing finger at his colleagues and said:

“Your hands will reach into the womb with the doctor and you are going to kill, K‐I‐L‐L, when you pass this law. I urge you in God’s name not to do this … Instead, kill this bill and you will please the people of New York. What’s more, you will please God.”

Senator Thomas Laverne, Rochester Republican, who like Mr. Donovan is a Roman Catholic and has been under pressure from his church not to vote for the bill, responded angrily to the religious tone of Mr. Donovan’s argument.

“How dare anyone say because I believe this way everyone else should believe this way,” Mr. Laverne said. “I have been told I am obviously not a good Catholic … Even that I am a phony … But many do not support the church on this issue, 60 per cent of the Catholics in my district don’t agree with the church on this issue.”

“I don’t think,” he concluded, “I have the right to force my morality on anyone else.”

The new law, which will take effect July 1, has raised a number of hopes and fears, all of which have been expressed during the three major debates during this session.

Primarily, supporters hope the law will end the illegal abortion business that has resulted in the death or mutilation of the women involved. These same sponsors, however, warn against what they call “probably unrealizable” hopes that the new law will cause a major reduction in welfare caseloads—especially in aid to dependent children. (Final Approval of Baby-Killing Law Voted in Albany; Rockefeller to Sign.)

This report from fifty years ago—that’s right, half a century ago—signified the fact that a few Catholic legislators, having been formed and immersed from the cradle in the myth of “majority rule” and the old shibboleth of “imposing morality upon others,” thereby demonstrating that even baptized and confirmed Catholics believed that it was within the provenance of men, whether acting individually or collectively with others in human institutions of civil governance, to dispense with the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law, thus opening up the path to “permitting” every manner of licentiousness, up to and including perversity and the killing of those after birth under the pretexts of a variety of myths that make gods out of mere men and have turned the Hippocratic Oath on its head.

The New York Times report of April 10, 1970, also demonstrated that the lies about large numbers of women being mutilated and/or killed by illegal abortionists in “back alleys” had taken hold in the minds of those who simply wanted to give full expression to the moral anarchy that was let loose in the 1960s four hundred years after the lustful, lecherous, bigamous, adulterous drunkard and glutton named King Henry VIII began the English revolution against the Holy Faith so that he would be able to satisfy his own carnal desires with the “blessing” and support of the bishops who followed him into apostasy.

Alas, the campaign to decriminalize baby-killing in the 1960s was based on a pack of lies and appeals of an emotional and/or utilitarian nature (baby-killing was a “medical” issue, not a moral one; inflating the numbers of women killed by “illegal abortions;” painted the Catholic Church as the “enemy” of women) that a reformed baby-killer, the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, exposed in the 1980s:

In the mid-1960s, with the sexual revolution roaring after Alfred Kinsey’s fraudulent but influential “scientific” studies of sex and sexuality in America, Hugh Hefner’s aggressive campaign to legitimize pornography and, perhaps above all, the wide distribution of the anovulant birth control pill, [Bernard] Nathanson became a leader in the movement to overturn laws prohibiting abortion. He co-founded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), which later became the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and is now NARAL Pro-Choice America. Its goal was to remove the cultural stigma on abortion, eliminate all meaningful legal restraints on it, and make it as widely available as possible across the nation and, indeed, the globe.

To achieve these goals, Nathanson would later reveal, he and fellow abortion crusaders pursued dubious and in some cases straightforwardly dishonest strategies.

First, they promoted the idea that abortion is a medical issue, not a moral one. This required persuading people of the rather obvious falsehood that a normal pregnancy is a natural and healthy condition if the mother wants her baby, and a disease if she does not. The point of medicine, to maintain and restore health, had to be recast as giving health care consumers what they happen to want; and the Hippocratic Oath’s explicit prohibition of abortion had to be removed. In the end, Nathanson and his collaborators succeeded in selling this propaganda to a small but extraordinarily powerful group of men: in the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade, seven Supreme Court justices led by Harry Blackmun, former counsel to the American Medical Association, invalidated virtually all state laws providing meaningful protection for unborn children on the ground that abortion is a “private choice” to be made by women and their doctors.

Second, Nathanson and his friends lied—relentlessly and spectacularly—about the number of women who died each year from illegal abortions. Their pitch to voters, lawmakers, and judges was that women are going to seek abortion in roughly equal numbers whether it is lawful or not. The only effect of outlawing it, they claimed, is to limit pregnant women to unqualified and often uncaring practitioners, “back alley butchers.” So, Nathanson and others insisted, laws against abortion are worse than futile: they do not save fetal lives; they only cost women’s lives.

Now some women did die from unlawful abortions, though factors other than legalization, especially the development of antibiotics such as penicillin, are mainly responsible for reducing the rate and number of maternal deaths. And of course, the number of unborn babies whose lives were taken shot up dramatically after Nathanson and his colleagues achieved their goals; and they achieved them, in part, by claiming that the number of illegal abortions was more than ten times higher than it actually was.

Third, the early advocates of abortion deliberately exploited anti-Catholic animus among liberal elites and (in those days) many ordinary Protestants to depict opposition to abortion as a “religious dogma” that the Catholic hierarchy sought to impose on others in violation of their freedom and the separation of church and state. Nathanson and his friends recognized that their movement needed an enemy—a widely suspected institution that they could make the public face of their opposition; a minority, but one large and potent enough for its detractors to fear.

Despite the undeniable historical fact that prohibitions of abortion were rooted in English common law and reinforced and expanded by statutes enacted across the United States by overwhelmingly Protestant majorities in the 19th century, Nathanson and other abortion movement leaders decided that the Catholic Church was perfect for the role of freedom-smothering oppressor. Its male priesthood and authority structure would make it easy for them to depict the Church’s opposition to abortion as misogyny, for which concern to protect unborn babies was a mere pretext. The Church’s real motive, they insisted, was to restrict women’s freedom in order to hold them in positions of subservience.

Fourth, the abortion movement sought to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike by promoting feticide as a way of fighting poverty. Why are so many people poor? It’s because they have more children than they can afford to care for. What’s the solution? Abortion. Why do we have to spend so much money on welfare? It’s because poor, mainly minority, women are burdening the taxpayer with too many babies. The solution? Abortion. Initially, Nathanson himself believed that legal abortion and its public funding would reduce out-of-wedlock childbearing and poverty, though (as he later admitted) he continued to promote this falsehood after the sheer weight of evidence forced him to disbelieve it.

Within a year after Roe v. Wade, however, Nathanson began to have moral doubts about the cause to which he had been so single-mindedly devoted. In a widely noticed 1974 essay in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, he revealed his growing doubts about the “pro-choice” dogma that abortion was merely the removal of an “undifferentiated mass of cells,” and not the killing of a developing human being. Referring to abortions that he had supervised or performed, he confessed to an “increasing certainty that I had in fact presided over 60,000 deaths.”

Still, he was not ready to abandon support for legal abortion. It was, he continued to insist, necessary to prevent the bad consequences of illegal abortions. But he was moving from viewing abortion itself as a legitimate solution to a woman’s personal problem, to seeing it as an evil that should be discouraged, even if for practical reasons it had to be tolerated. Over the next several years, while continuing to perform abortions for what he regarded as legitimate “health” reasons, Nathanson would be moved still further toward the pro-life position by the emergence of new technologies, especially fetoscopy and ultrasound, that made it increasingly difficult, and finally impossible, to deny that abortion is the deliberate killing of a unique human being—a child in the womb.

By 1980, the weight of evidence in favor of the pro-life position had overwhelmed Nathanson and driven him out of the practice of abortion. He had come to regard the procedure as unjustified homicide and refused to perform it. Soon he was dedicating himself to the fight against abortion and revealing to the world the lies he and his abortion movement colleagues had told to break down public opposition. (The Public Discourse.)

The American Life League had published its own summary of how Nathanson and Lader helped to form the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the lies they told to “reform” existing legislation that criminalized the surgical execution of the innocent preborn:

Historically, every revolution has to have its villain … Now, in our case, it makes little sense to lead a campaign only against unjust laws, even though that’s what we really are doing. We have to narrow the focus, identify those unjust laws with a person or a group of people … There’s always been one group of people in this country associated with reactionary politics, behind-the-scenes manipulations, socially backward ideas. You know who I mean, Bernie … the Catholic hierarchy. That’s a small enough group to come down on, and anonymous enough so that no names ever have to be mentioned …

National Abortion Rights Action League co-founder Larry Lader.[1]

Anti-Life Philosophy.

We have been nice, pleasant too long. We can be restrained no longer  Right to Lifers have a total lack of respect for human life. We can no longer move restrainedly, sit on our apathy and hope Rome will burn.                                                       

Early History of the NARAL.

Above all, society must grasp the grim relationship between unwanted children and the violent rebellion of minority groups.


The most powerful philosophical push for abortion was generated by an elite cadre during the heady 1960s, when authority was being challenged or ignored everywhere, and when the Neoliberal agenda seemed to be advancing almost everywhere against, at best, scattered and disorganized opposition.

One of the most effective organizations pushing for abortion law reform or repeal was the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), which is now known as the National Abortion Rights Action League.

NARAL: Bigoted to the Core.

Whatever else may be said about them, the leaders of NARAL had their priorities right when the group was first organized. Bernard Nathanson, Bill Baird, Larry Lader, and other pro-abortion activists defined their mission, identified their enemy, and set up a strategic framework within which to operate.

Nathanson summarized the beginnings of NARAL in a 1980 speech;

I want to take you back some twelve years to 1968 at which time I, and later Betty Friedan and Carol Grietzer, organized a political action group known as the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. We organized it as a tight, well-structured, and dynamic little cadre. It was the right time. Feminism was on the move, the Vietnam War was raging, authority was being destroyed everywhere and, very important to all of us here, there was no organization of those opposed to abortion.

There was only silence from the opposition. We fed a line of deceit, of dishonesty, of fabrication of statistics and figures; we coddled, caressed, and stroked the press. We cadged money from various sources and we, in one short year, succeeded in striking down the abortion laws of New York State and in one fell swoop established the city of New York as the abortion capital of the world. We were calling ourselves pro-abortionists and pro-choice. In fact what we were were abortifiers; those who like abortion.[4]

The most critical action taken by the early leaders of NARAL was their correct identification of their natural enemies the Catholic and Fundamentalist churches. The utter contempt that the NARAL leaders held for any view other than their own is graphically displayed in Figure 62-1. The members of the NARAL committee agreed that the Pope was “running our country” and that Catholics would “stop at no ends to reach their goals,” even if such actions included outright terrorism.


NOTE: These summaries are exact quotes transcribed by a secretary for the minutes of the May 12, 1972 meeting of the executive board of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, later the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). All quotes below are copied verbatim from the Minutes.

Lawrence Lader, Chairman, NARAL Executive Committee

(1) Stated Billy Graham and the Pope running our country.
(4) Catholics trying to overthrow the most humanitarian legislation of our time.
(7) [Catholic] Priests went into assembly and terrorized [Texas] legislators.
(10) Stressed that he [Lader] uses every opportunity  Television appearances, radio interviews, newspapers to criticize the way the Catholic Church uses its tax free monies, etc.

Hon. Lorraine Beebe, former State Senator, Michigan
(1) Stressed financial strength of the Catholic Church.
(2) We have been nice, pleasant too long. We can be restrained no longer  Right to Lifers have a total lack of respect for human life. “We can no longer move restrainedly, sit on our apathy and hope Rome will burn.”
(3) Catholics waged a smear campaign against me when they learned I had had a therapeutic abortion. They made threatening calls, threw eggs at my house. Had signs  ‘A vote for Beebe is a vote against the Pope.’
(4) The catholics will stop at no ends to reach their goals.

Lawrence Lader— I share Mrs. Beebe’s attitude, “I don’t care if we have a Belfast and Dublin here in the U.S. we must have a direct conflict with the Catholic Church.”

Reverend Robert T. Cobb— Associate Executive Director, N.Y. Council of Churches.
Rev. Cobb made a very dramatic entrance  ripping off his collar and asking “who are you afraid of”  when you thought I was a Catholic Priest you looked stunned. You should not be afraid of a church that condemns but does not forgive. “Protestants have been bought by the Roman Catholic Church.” He proceeded to knock ecumenism and state[d] that if the Churches go to Rome he will go walking on his hands.
(5) A good Roman Catholic Liberal can be valuable.

William Baird, Director, Parent’s Aid Society
(1) Single Greatest Threat to Women  Roman Catholic Church
(3) In attacking Catholic Church  concentrate on separation of church and state.

Summary —
(3) Their [NARAL] attack will be concentrated  even to court cases  against then [sic] Catholic Church and trying to make people believe that Pope is trying to run the country, and that the Catholic Church is trying to take over Protestant Churches.

“At this point we had to leave  It was after 5 … I was getting a bit nervous  the anti-catholic, anti-Right to Life feeling in that room was close to violent.”

The two people who contributed most to the framework of early NARAL strategy were Bernard Nathanson and Larry Lader. In his book Aborting America, Dr. Nathanson describes part of a 1969 conversation he had with fellow abortophile Larry Lader; “Historically, every revolution has to have its villain … Now, in our case, it makes little sense to lead a campaign only against unjust laws, even though that’s what we really are doing. We have to narrow the focus, identify those unjust laws with a person or a group of people … There’s always been one group of people in this country associated with reactionary politics, behind-the-scenes manipulations, socially backward ideas. You know who I mean, Bernie … the Catholic hierarchy. That’s a small enough group to come down on, and anonymous enough so that no names ever have to be mentioned … “[1]  (The Formation of the National Abortion Rights Action League.)

Lies once told with emotional appeals and manufactured statistics become embedded in the psyches of large numbers people. This is how the surgical execution of the innocent preborn child was promoted with abandon in the 1960s as illegal baby-killers were lionized for their “heroism” in defending the “women’s rights.” The lies kept being repeated and repeated until jurists, legislators and executives (presidents, governors, mayors, county executives, town supervisors, borough presidents, city/county managers, administrative apparatchiks) began to repeat them on their own without any fear of contradiction. The lies told by the likes of Dr. Nathanson, Lawrence Lader, William Baird, et al. in the 1960s are still invoked whenever some pro-abortion politician or candidate public office tries to win votes and/or attempts to raise funds off of the fears of a return to “back alley” abortionists whenever it is opportune to raise the specter of a reversal of the decisions rendered by the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, January 22, 1973, decisions that were judicial fiats that built upon and expanded the manufactured myth of “penumbras” emanating from the Bill of Rights that were “discovered” by a majority of the justices of the Supreme Court  of the United States of America in the case of Griswold v. Connecticut, June 7, 1965, which struck down a long-unenforced Connecticut statue banning the sales of contraceptives to married couples.

Obviously, the State of New York is not alone in executing the innocent from the moment of conception through all subsequent stages while prohibiting the execution of those adjudged guilty of heinous crimes after the exhaustion of the due process of law. However, the State of New York has had—and continues to have—politicians of both major organized crime families of naturalism who have supported the chemical and surgical execution of the innocent preborn, the medical industry’s manufactured, profit-making myth of “brain death” as well as all manner of moral perversity in violation of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. New York State has had six consecutive governors (Hugh Leo CareyMario Matthew CuomoGeorge Elmer PatakiElliot SpitzerDavid Patterson, and Andrew Mario Cuomo—each of these hyperlinks will take readers to articles on this site about these men) who support these evils. And, in truth, there have been eight consecutive governors who have played a role in facilitating the surgical execution of children as the completely pro-abortion, pro-population control, pro-everything bad Governor Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller made sure that he was not in Albany, New York, fifty years ago after the State Legislature passed the baby-killing bill on April 9, 1970, leaving it to his Catholic lieutenant governor, Malcolm Wilson (who became governor in his own right after Rockefeller resigned the governorship on December 17, 1973, to establish a foundation that he hoped to serve as a launching bad for a presidential bid in 1976) to sign a bill that he, Wilson, opposed but dutifully signed out of loyalty to Nelson Rockefeller and not to Christ the King, something that was the nadir of a Wilson’s political life as he was personally devoted to Our Lady and spoke at a dinner in honor of Our Lady of Fatima in Schenectady, New York, October 13, 1974, as he was running for election to a full time against then United States Representative Hugh Leo Carey (D-Brooklyn, New York). Additionally, each Mayor of the City of New in the past fifty years (John Vliet Lindsay, Abraham Beame, Edward Irving Koch, the recently deceased David N. Dinkins, Rudolph William Giuliani—see No Room for Christ at Saint Patrick’sNo One Speaks for Christ the KingCommon Ground for Rudy and BennyA Creature of Their Own MakingWe Must Never Betray the Cause of Christ the KingPublic Scandal Is Never A Private Matter (2009), and March of the Midget Naturalist, Michael Rubens “Nanny State” Bloomberg, and Warren Wilhelm, Jr./Warren de Blasio Wilhelm/Bill de Blasio) has been a rabid supporter of all things evil.

Things are so bad in the state of birth sixty-nine years, four days ago that legislators in the State Legislature actually stood on their desks while cheering and applauding after they had passed a bill on January 23, 2019, the Feast of Saint Raymond of Pennafort and the Commemoration of Saint Emerentiana, that  “strengthened” New York’s  existing pro-death laws by assuring that baby-killers could continue to kill babies in the later stages of the development in their mothers’ wombs for the “health of the mother” even when the babies are in their mothers’ birth canals and/or are “unable” to survive after an attempted abortion because they are said to suffer from various physical deformities and/or illnesses whose “quality of life” is not deemed by “medical professionals” to be worth living as part of the state’s “health code:

On Tuesday, coincidentally the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the New York State Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act, and it was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The law, which is likely the most expansive abortion bill in the country, allows late-term abortion until the baby’s due date if it meets certain requirements. Not only is this kind of legal protection of late-term abortion an affront to the humanity of the unborn and the dignity of society, but New York celebrated it publicly, as if it had just won the Super Bowl.

When the bill passed, video shows the assembly chamber erupting into cheers, with politicians and audience members applauding the bill as if it were a victorious symbol of strength.

That night, One World Trade Center lit up in the color pink to honor the passage of the bill. Imagine, a beacon of capitalism, shining not to showcase freedom and prosperity but the “liberty” marking the path toward infanticide.

Cuomo says One World Trade Center’s 408-foot spire, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany will be lit in pink tonight to celebrate passage of Reproductive Health Act

— Joseph Spector (@GannettAlbany) January 23, 2019

Of course, Planned Parenthood applauded the passage of the bill with words of affirmation and an emoji.

This. Is. Huge.@NYGovCuomo JUST signed the Reproductive Health Act into law — a big win towards securing safe, legal abortion & access to contraception for all!

Can’t wait to see other states follow New York’s lead to protect our health and rights. ?

— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) January 23, 2019

Two of the most heinous parts of the bill describe the new parameters of abortion: if “the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy” and second, and this is the worst qualifier, “or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” The wording of that second phrase is so comprehensive, even in legal lingo, protecting the patient’s health could mean almost anything.

This new bill ensures that New York remains the most progressive of all the states in pushing forward “reproductive rights” (an absurd term for baby-killing). Per the CDC, about one in three unborn babies are aborted in New York City. Statistics also show more black babies are aborted than born alive in New York City.

Still, New Yorkers not only fail to be discouraged by this news, they also celebrate it.

To be clear, this is not the passage of abortion rights, but the permission to commit infanticide and call it by another name — an eight-pound baby can survive outside the womb with very little medical aid. Late-term abortion procedures are ghoulish and graphic: The Lozier Institute reports that “Abortions performed after 20 weeks gestation, when not done by induction of labor (which leads to fetal death due to prematurity), are most commonly performed by dilation and evacuation (D & E) procedures. These particularly gruesome surgical techniques involve crushing, dismemberment and removal of a fetal body from a woman’s uterus, mere weeks before, or even after, the fetus reaches a developmental age of potential viability outside the mother.”

Did the State Assembly and Senate know this and still applaud, or are we to assume somehow in the age of information they are willfully ignorant of the procedure?

With thousands of families waiting to adopt, passage of a bill that allows and celebrates abortion of this magnitude is disgusting. The reaction to this bill demonstrates that politicians in New York have overlooked the dignity and sanctity of the least in our society to further their own progressive self-interests. (Disgusting: New York Not Only Legalized Late-Term Abortions but Celebrated it like it won the Super Bowl.)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Reproductive Health Act passed in the New York State Senate and Assembly on Tuesday.

When it passed, the gallery erupted into cheers for about 20 seconds. After it died down, some protesters screamed out as well.

The bill protects abortion rights in the state’s health law as opposed to penal codes. It allows for late-term abortions after 24 weeks if the mother’s life is at risk or if the fetus is nonviable.

This has been a goal of the legislature now that the Senate is no longer Republican controlled. Similar bills had failed in the past.

The previous law was passed in 1970, three years before Roe v Wade. NEWS10 ABC has been told this is an update to the outdated law.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Tuesday evening and reaction continues to pour in.

“If we as a New York State don’t value life in the womb does your life matter, does my life matter?” Liz Joy with the Republican Women of Schenectady County says the law will mean more late term abortions.

Emma Corbett with Planned Parenthood says 89-percent of abortions happen before the 12 week mark. The new law maintains abortions are legal up to 24 weeks and after in rare and circumstantial cases.

“Often, when we look at late term abortions, it’s often a very wanted pregnancy, some other health crisis or extenuating health circumstances come up where that care needs to be administered. To kind of look at these isolate incidences as thoughh they’re going to become the norm is really inaccurate and not something that we’re seeing at our health centers,” she said

The New York State Catholic Conference saying, “Let us all pray for the conversion of heart for those who celebrate this tragic moment in the history of our state. And we pray in a special way for the lives that will be lost, and for the women of our state who are made less safe under this law.” (NY Lawmakers Cheer Upon Passing Monstrous Baby-Killing Law.)

Members of the New York State Senate stood up and cheered upon passing a bill crafted by agents of the devil and his demons who dwell in the lowest reaches of hell. They cheered. They applauded.

That’s right. Elected officials, including not a few Catholics who are in “good standing” within the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, cheered for a bill that permits the vivisection of living human beings in the birth canal up to the moment of birth.

Although each abortion is infanticide, a point lost on many Americans who can themselves “pro-life” as the killing of a preborn child at any stage of his development is the same crime morally as his killing on the day of birth or at any time thereafter, it is nonetheless quite a telling commentary that Catholics in public life have become so shameless as to cheer evil in the name under the slogan of “reproductive rights” that is used to mask the reality that each surgical abortion kills a living human being. After all, why is it necessary to kill an innocent child in the womb if he, a distinct human being with his own rational, immortal soul and a unique DNA, is not alive?

It is not necessary to kill a person who is not alive. The only way to do this is to dehumanize the innocent child and to glorify his execution as an exercise of “women’s rights” and “reproductive health care.” There is no such thing as “potential” life, and the fact of one’s humanity comes from his creation in his mother’s womb, not from the recognition or lack thereof afforded him by the civil law.

It was thus galling to see Andrew Mark Cuomo earlier this year talk about his desire to “save” even one life from the Wuhan/China/Chinese/Covid-19/Coronavirus as he has the blood of the innocent preborn dripping on his corrupt hands, and he is responsible for placing many thousands of nursing home residents at risk by sending patients who had been diagnosed as having the virus into nursing homes even though the elderly and those with underlying conditions are more vulnerable to death from the virus, whose overall survival rate even including the elderly and those with “co-morbidities” is 98.2%. Figlio di Sfachim has even had the unmitigated gall to congratulate himself for his fascistic “leadership” abilities, although a former aide has called him out for the characteristics that have “endeared” the Cuomos to so many for so long: outright thuggery (see This Is Who Andrew Mark Cuomo Really Is).

Another Set of Anti-Life Lies

Well, it was in 1968 that another set of lies began to be propagated to advance the killing of human beings under the myth of “brain death” that was manufactured an “ethics” at Harvard Medical College in 1968 to provide an ex post facto rationalization for the killing of Denise Darvall by Dr. Christian Barnard on December 3, 1967. Here is some background information as provided by Mrs. Randy Engel in an article published ten years ago:

Enter South African surgeon Christian Barnard who had received part of his post graduate medical studies in the United States at the University of Minnesota. It was here that he first met Dr. Norman Shumway, who did much of the pioneering research leading up to the first human heart transplant. Barnard performed the first kidney transplant in South Africa in October 1967, but his primary interest was cardiac surgery. He wanted to do a human heart transplant.

In November 1967, Barnard found a 54-year-old patient by the name of Louis Washkansky who agreed to participate in the medical experiment as a heart recipient.

One month later, on December 3, 1967, the father of Denise Darvall, a young woman who was seriously injured in a car accident that killed her mother, gave his permission to have his daughter’s heart excised and transplanted to Mr. Washkansky. That same day, the world’s first human heart transplant operation took place. Bernard was assisted by his brother, Marius. The operation lasted 9 hours and employed a team of 30 medical personnel.

The immediate problem facing Barnard was that, although Denise’s brain was damaged, her heart was healthy and beating, indicating she was still alive by traditional whole body standards. So what would make her heart stop so that it could be legally excised? Barnard later told reporters that he had waited for her heart to stop naturally before cutting it out, but this was a lie. It was not until 40 years later that the public learned the truth.

At Marius’s urging, after his brother had cleaved open the chest cavity, Christian had injected a concentrated dose of potassium to paralyze Denise’s heart, thus rendering her “technically” dead. (2) Everything had already been prepared so Bernard proceeded to quickly cut the major vessels, cool the heart and sew it into the recipient. Denise was alive before her heart was excised. She was truly dead after it was cut out of her body.

Three days after the Barnard murder, not to be outdone by a doctor in South Africa, Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz, a surgeon at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn cut a beating heart out of a live 3-day-old baby and transplanted into an 18-day-old baby with heart disease. At the end of the day both babies were dead.

The controversy following the Kantrowitz killings was instrumental in the formation of the Harvard Medical School ad hoc Committee to study “brain death” as the new criteria for death.

The obvious conundrum facing transplantation surgeons was that organs taken from cadavers do not recover from the period of ischemia (loss of blood supply to organs) following true death. After circulation and respiration has stopped, within 4 to 5 minutes the heart and liver are not suitable for transplantation. For kidneys the time is about 30 minutes.

Equally clear was the realization that in order to continue unpaired vital organ transplantation it would be necessary to redefine death, that is, to establish a new criterion for death that would legally permit the extraction of vital organs from living human beings. Such a redefinition would permit transplantation surgeons to kill with legal immunity.

In August 1968, the Journal of the American Medical Association published “A Definition of Irreversible Coma: Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Brain Death.” (3) No authors were listed. (4)

The Harvard Committee cited two reasons for establishing “brain death” as the new criteria for death. The first was the problems surrounding the use of resuscitation and other supportive measures to extend the life of severely injured persons. The second reason was “obsolete criteria for the definition of death can lead to controversy in obtaining organs for transplantation.”

It should also be noted that the criteria of “brain death” did not originate or develop by way of application of the scientific method of observation and hypothesis followed by verification. The Committee presented no substantiating data either from scientific research or case studies of individual patients. The Committee did not determine if irreversible coma was an appropriate criterion for death. Rather, its mission was to see that it was established as a new criterion for death. In short, the report was made to fit the already arrived at conclusions. (Don’t Give Your Vital Organs – Part I.)

Dr. Paul Byrne wrote to me a decade ago with the following comment after I had been denounced as a slanderer because I had written that Devise Darvall was killed by Dr. Christian Barnard and his brother, Dr. Marius Barnard:

The focus on the Doctors Barnard ought to be: 1) Denise Darvall was living when she was taken into the operating room, 2) Denise Darvall became dead (killed) by what the Doctors Barnard did to her.

The doctors in this United States were not going to be outdone by doctors in South Africa. Therefore, three days later the second heart transplantation was done in Brooklyn. New York, famous not only for its baseball team, but also because Dr. Kantrowitz cut the beating heart out of a 3 day old baby (supposedly, mentally retarded), then put the heart into an 18 day old baby (supposedly mentally normal). At the end of all this, both babies were dead. Incidentally, Dr. Kantrowitz never did another heart transplant. Don’t you think he knew what he did?

It was illegal and immoral to take these hearts. So how to make cutting out beating hearts moral and legal? Set up a Committee at a prestigious university. Voila! The Harvard Committee. The report of the Harvard Committee, “A definition of Irreversible Coma” was published in JAMA in 1968. That report has no basic science studies or patient data or references to such; the only reference was to Pope Pius XII, who stated (but not included in JAMA), “But considerations of a general nature allow us to believe that human life continues for as long as its vital functions—distinguished from the simple life of organs—manifest themselves spontaneously or with the help of artificial processes.”

Vital functions are temperature (not the temperature of the environment that quickly occurs after true death), heart rate, blood pressure (circulation) and respiration.]

Truth will never change. No doctor can make a lie become the truth.

This is correct.

Truth will never change.

No doctor make a lie become the truth, and no court has any standing before God, the Author of  Life, to use a doctor’s lies to declare them to be the truth in a positivistic ipse dixit (legalese for “if we say it is so, it is so; if we say it is wo even without proof or in contravention of facts, it is dogma”).

Just as the lies about abortion told by the troika of Bernard Nathanson, Lawrence Lader, and Bill Baird, the lies invented that “ethics” committee at Harvard Medical  School in 1968 became the foundation of state legislative efforts to permit doctors to declare living human beings “brain dead,” something that would be a boon to the burgeoning, profit-making industry of human vivisection for purposes of stealing vital bodily organs for transplantation in the bodies of others.

In the State of New York, however, which is the focus of this commentary, the judges of the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, decided on their own in the case of People v. Eulo, October 30, 1984, to define “brain death” as true death by relying upon the lie invented by that “ethics” committee at Harvard Medical School in 1968.

The New York Times report on the case revolved around two men in different and  unrelated cases who had been convicted on manslaughter charges. The defendants’ lawyers pleaded with the court that “brain death” is not true death, thus their clients could be charged with manslaughter because the victims were killed by the doctors who vivisected their vital bodily organs, not them. The judges on the New York State Court of Appeals rejected that argument, established “brain death” as a legal standard and said that by doing so the way would be paved for more organ “donations” for “live-saving” transplantation surgeries:

New York State’s highest court ruled yesterday that a person may be deemed legally dead when the brain has ceased to function, even if the heartbeat and breathing are being maintained by artificial means.

The decision, by the State Court of Appeals, marks the court’s most extensive attempt to define the moment and mechanism of death in light of recent medical advances. With it, New York joins 37 other states that by statute or court decision have expanded the traditional definition of death – that is, when the heart and lungs stop functioning – to include the functioning of the brain.

The court’s unanimous decision, written by Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke, upheld manslaughter convictions in two shotgun deaths. It was hailed by law enforcement officials, who said it helped clarify the law and would encourage organ transplants.

Two Were Deemed ‘Brain Dead’

Hospital administrators and doctors expressed support for the ruling and said it would permit hospitals to establish clear policies on the use of life-support systems. (Page B28.)

In both of the cases before the court, physicians treating the wounded individuals, both shot in the head, determined they were ”brain dead,” even though their hearts’ continued to beat and they could breathe with the aid of respirators. Once this decision was reached, various organs were removed for transplants and the respirators were disconnected.

Lawyers for the defendants in the cases argued that under the traditional definition of death in New York – a definition made by physicians but never explicitly outlined by the courts or the Legislature – neither victim was technically dead when the organs were removed. The transplants, not the shootings, were the cause of death, they argued, so the defendants could not be convicted of homicide. ”Ordinarily, death will be determined according to the traditional criteria of irreversible cardio-respiratory repose,” Judge Cooke wrote. ”When, however, the respiratory and circulatory functions are maintained by mechanical means, their significance, as signs of life, is at best ambiguous.”

Under such circumstances, he continued, ”death may nevertheless be deemed to occur when, according to accepted medical practice, it is determined that the entire brain’s function has irreversibly ceased.”

The court did not lay out detailed scientific standards for what constitutes brain death, though it repeatedly cited a set of criteria developed in recent years at Harvard Medical School. These include lack of responsiveness to painful stimuli; the absence of spontaneous movement, breathing and reflex action; and the use of electroencephalographs, which chart changes in electric charges in the brain.

The court did not address what role family members could play in decisions to disconnect patients from life- support systems.

The Harvard criteria, Judge Cooke stressed, are objective and scientific. In upholding the notion of brain death, he wrote, the court in no way meant to address the panoply of complicated moral concerns surrounding a patient’s ”right to die.”

”This court will make no judgment as to what is for another an unacceptable quality of life,” he wrote. Decision Is Hailed

District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman of Brooklyn, whose office argued one of the cases involved in yesterday’s ruling, called it a ”landmark decision.”

”By taking into account modern scientific advances,” she said, ”the Court of Appeals has recognized that brain death is death in New York State. The decision makes clear that a killer can be prosecuted for homicide when his victim is declared brain dead and the organs are subsequently removed for transplant, and also clarifies the legality of removing organs in such circumstances.”

To change the legal definition of death in New York, defense lawyers countered, was a matter more appropriate for legislative than judicial action. The New York Legislature has repeatedly considered adopting a brain- death standard, but the matter has never got out of committee.

”The court is not in as good a position to discern the will of the public as is the Legislature,” said David Samel of the New York Legal Aid Society, who represented one of the defendants. ”The Legislature can hold hearings, can find out what leaders of legal, medical, religious communities feel about the issue, and can look to the experience of sister states.” Safeguarding the Patient

District Attorney John J. Santucci of Queens, who has advocated legislative action to define brain death, called the decision ”a major advance” but said it did not go far enough.

”What the top court’s ruling does not address is the question of establishing safeguards to assure the accuracy of the brain-death determination and to preclude any improper influences in reaching that determination,” he said in a statement.

The defendant in the Brooklyn case, Robert Bonilla, confessed to shooting a small-time marijuana dealer, Orlando Miranda, also known as ”The Little Man,” in February 1979, after Mr. Miranda had given him a ”bad look.” The defendant in the other case, John W. Eulo, shot his girlfriend in the head after an argument at a volunteer firemen’s fair in Suffolk County in July 1981.

Both victims quickly fell into comas and were placed on respirators. Shortly thereafter, doctors performed a number of tests on each to ascertain the extent of brain damage. In each case, stimuli were applied and yielded no reaction, and electroencephelograms were flat, indicating no activity in the parts of the brain tested.

Because of these tests, each patient was declared ”brain dead,” although their hearts remained beating. With the approval of their families, organs were removed and the respirators were disconnected. Each defendant was found guilty of manslaughter. ‘Opposite of Life’

While a person’s death has many important legal consequences, notably in family and testamentary law, Judge Cooke noted, the law has never really defined death or the precise moment when it occurs. On one previous occasion, for instance, the Court of Appeals defined death simply as ”the opposite of life.”

The law initially accepted the traditional medical definition of death – that is, the ”irreversible cessation of cardiac and respiratory functions.” But as medical technology changed, Judge Cooke wrote, it has become clear that such vital signs are not always ”independent indicia of life” and can be, when a dead body is attached to a machine, ”demonstrably false.”

In the 1970’s, partly to aid the transplantation of organs, which deteriorate quickly once breathing ceases, many state legislatures began amending their laws to incorporate definitions of brain death. Elsewhere, the change was made by court decision.

The New York State Legislature’s failure to enact a brain-death statute, Judge Cooke wrote, did not preclude the court from stepping in.

”Advances in medical science have caused a focus on the issues of when a jury may find criminal responsibility for homicide, of when physicians may transfer donated organs, and of when a person’s body may be accorded the dignity of final repose,” he declared. ”It is incumbent upon this court to instill certainty and uniformity in these important areas.” (New York’s Highest Court Rules Life Ends when the Brain “Dies.” The text of People v. Eulo, October 30, 1984, can be found at People v. Eulo. A New York State Task Force on Life and the Law endorsed the 1980 model state legislature Uniform Determination of Death Act two years after the decision of the New York State Court of Appeals in the case of People v. Eulo See New York State Regulations: Task Force Report on Determination of Death.)

One can see in this court decision from thirty-six years ago all the arguments that are still being advanced today, including by fully believing Catholics, about the medical industry’s completely manufactured myth of “brain death” and the “quality of life” standard that “compassionate” “professionals” use in a “team effort” to judge whether a patient is a candidate for “palliative care”/hospice, thus expediting the patient’s death according to a schedule that is agreed upon by patient and/or his family/health care proxies in consultation with and under the emotionally manipulative “guidance” of the “team” of “professionals” who are trained to break down any signs of resistance to the “inevitable.”

The killing of innocent human beings under the pretext of “brain death” in the State of New York has become as much an institutionalized evil under the cover of civil law as the chemical and surgical execution of the innocent preborn and is considered as standard a medical “practice” by doctors and hospital administrators as procedures such colonoscopies.

It was thirty years after the decision of the New York State Court of Appeals that the Frederick family attempted to prevent their brother Michael from being declared “brain dead” after he slumped and fell to the floor at the age of sixty while watching television, a case in which Dr. Paul Byrne was involved and about which he wrote as follows:

Michael, 60 years old, had just finished eating. Michael and his family were watching television when Michael suddenly slumped and fell to the floor. His family called 911. The emergency medical team resuscitated Michael. On the way to the hospital, a pulse was detected. Medications to support blood pressure were used during the resuscitation.

A diagnosis of mental illness was made many years earlier. Michael had no known physical illness prior to his collapse. Michael lived with his mother and sisters. They were Catholic and lived in accord with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Michael did not use tobacco or drink alcohol. Michael took 2 medications for his mental illness. Both affect the brain; one of them “increases risk of death.”

On admission to hospital, Michael was breathing, but unresponsive. He was anemic (Hemoglobin 8) and his white blood cells showed many young forms (occurs with infection). On admission, his temperature was normal, but the next morning was elevated to 103 degrees (occurs with infection).

One consultant wrote, “There has apparently been some discussion back-and-forth between the hospitalist team, the intensivist, and the organ donor people as to how to properly manage him.” In less than 24 hours after admission to hospital the neurology consultant wrote, “Limited neurological examination. The patient is unresponsive. Pupils are fixed. Absent corneal reflex bilaterally. Absent doll’s eyes. No purposeful movements of the extremities noted. No movements of extremities to noxious stimuli. Reflexes are absent throughout. Toes are mute. IMPRESSION:… clinically, the patient is brain-dead status post cardiac arrest, likely with severe anoxic damage to the brain. May consider, do not resuscitate.”

EEG showed “intermittently fast background activity of very low amplitude. Anteriorly also record consist of an irregular fast activity of small amplitude. No focal slowing or frank epileptiform features noted throughout the recording.”

Sodium was abnormally elevated to 157 mEq/L; repeat was 162. Two days after admission he was determined to be “brain dead” per neurology. During an apnea test, no breathing was observed.

No blood levels of drugs that were prescribed or any other drugs were obtained. No cause of collapse of Michael was overtly considered other than statements that Michael had suffered from lack of oxygen and that Michael was “brain dead.” It didn’t matter that there was brain wave activity and that his heart was beating 100,000 times per day and that circulation and respiration were occurring with support from the ventilator.

Michael’s relatives were assured that the determination of “brain death” was done in accordance with the hospital policy of certification of death by neurological criteria, which is patterned after, and consistent with, the New York State Department of Health and New York State Task Force on Life & the Law, “Guidelines for Determining Brain Death,” published November 2011. In this document “brain death” is defined as “irreversible loss of all function of the brain. The three essential findings are coma, absence of brainstem reflexes and apnea.” It was determined by a neurologist, an intensivist, and a hospitalist that there were no “confounding clinical circumstances.” Under New York State law, Michael was determined to be “brain-dead” and was legally dead.

A Catholic priest who is Chairman of the Ethics Committee at the hospital volunteered that the hospital operated in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Bishops. This man was legally “brain dead” and ventilator support of the vital activity of respiration would be stopped at a precise hour and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), which was already in place over the objection of the relatives, would be carried out. The ventilator was then taken away at the precise hour, even though Michael’s relatives strongly objected. Prior to removal of the ventilator Michael’s heart was beating; blood pressure was normal. Michael had respiration supported by a ventilator that pushed air in. Michael had to push the air out before the ventilator could push the air in again. A ventilator can push air into a cadaver, also known as a corpse, but quickly after death, the air will not and cannot come out of a cadaver.

Michael was judged to be “brain dead” shortly after arrival at the hospital, which Michael’s relatives and the general public expect to be a healing center. In the hospital Michael was sentenced without a trial to true death. How was true death imposed on Michael? The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) includes “irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain.” Note that the word “functions” is plural.

The statute in New York includes “total and irreversible cessation of brain function.” Thus, the statute has reduced the plural “functions” to the singular “function.” The brain has many functions; absence of any function as determined by the three doctors in the New York Hospital meant absence of “all function.” Thus, the statute and Rules do not protect the life of the patient.

The Rules and Regulation call for providing “reasonable accommodation of a Surrogate Decision-maker’s religious or moral objections to use of the brain death standard to determine death.” Michael’s mother and sisters pleaded with the administrator of the hospital not to take away the ventilator, but the judgment had been made; nothing could be done to stop the removal of the ventilator. It was the hospital’s decision that they had provided “reasonable accommodation” to Michael’s family’s religious and moral objections to the “brain death” criteria used by the hospital. They had a Catholic priest, the Ethics Committee, and it was stated that they were operating in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Bishops. It was also stated that they had a judge who agreed with what they were doing and they would give no more time to Michael, not even one more hour or one more day!

Prior to 1968, ventilators were in use but there was no controversy. Patients died on ventilators. So how did all these issues that involve taking organs and stopping ventilators come about? The goal of medical practice used to be that a living person would not be declared dead. Until the advent of mechanical ventilators and other complex life supporting therapies, the mistake of judging a dead person as alive was practically impossible. Prior to these developments and the desire to do vital organ transplantation, medicine made every effort to judge the moment of death in the direction of preserving human life from a death-dealing mistake.

“Brain death” did not originate or develop by way of application of the scientific method. “Brain death” began with the appointment of the Harvard Committee to consider the issues. The results of their work were in the “Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Brain Death.” [1] The first words of this report are as follows: “Our primary purpose is to define irreversible coma as a new criterion for death.” Only persons who are alive can be in a coma, whether reversible or not. Was this the hubris of a few academicians or was it simply a surrender to fear of legal chastisement regarding perceived economic and utilitarian needs in 1968, especially the desire to get healthy living vital organs for transplantation? It seems that a predetermined agenda existed from the onset. There were no patient data and no references to basic scientific studies. In fact, there was only one reference, which was to Pope Pius XII. [2] While there was a reference to and a quotation from this Allocution of Pope Pius XII, they neglected to include the following: “But considerations of a general nature allow us to believe that human life continues for as long as its vital functions – distinguished from the simple life of organs – manifest themselves spontaneously or even with the help of artificial processes.”

The primary purpose of the Committee was not to determine IF irreversible coma was an appropriate criterion for death but to see to it that IT WAS established as a “new criterion for death.” With an agenda like that at the outset, the data could be made to fit the already arrived at conclusions. There was a serious lack of scientific method in the origination and development of “brain death.”This has continued to the present time where there is no consensus as to which of the myriad of sets of criteria to use and criteria for “brain death” are not evidence based.

“Brain death” is not true death. Rather it is observing cessation of functioning of the brain, which is then translated into “brain death.” The primary reason for the origination and propagation of “brain death” was and is the desire to obtain vital organs for transplantation. It can now be ascertained that a validly applied scientific method, sound reasoning, and available medical technology were not utilized in developing the new way of determination of death called “brain death” for the simple reason that death is the absence of life. Life and true death cannot and do not exist at the same time in the same person.

When a person has a head injury or, as in this case, sudden collapse, explainable or not, quickly the possibility of getting organs for transplantation is entertained. In Michael’s case no attempt was made to get his organs. Why not? No reason was apparent to indicate that Michael’s organs would not be suitable for transplantation. Was it related to mental illness? “Discussion with the organ donor people did occur.” Quickly it was determined that Michael was “brain dead” and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) was considered and later carried out over the objection of Michael’s relatives.

Michael’s mother and sisters wanted Michael to be treated. Why wouldn’t they? They took care of Michael during his entire life. When Michael collapsed, they called 911 expecting to get help for Michael. Paramedics responded. During transport the pulse returned. At the hospital Michael was said to be “brain dead” based on absence of brain stem reflexes and no visual observation of breathing. The fact that Michael had electrical activity in his cerebral cortex, the largest part of his brain, meant nothing to the doctors who said all they needed was absence of the brain stem reflexes that they had tested and a positive apnea test (positive meaning that he did not show breathing efforts at that time sufficient for observers to see). I add that for these doctors at this New York hospital, they had all they needed to discontinue care! Yet, these doctors, quick to evaluate for “brain death,” did not do basic diagnostic tests to rule out infection, identify causes of the metabolic derangements of his electrolytes nor did they test for the presence of obvious drugs or toxins as the reason for his sudden collapse. They did not provide basic supportive care more than 48 hours. Once they determined that he was not an organ donor, they seemed not only to want a “do not resuscitate order” in the event of another collapse, they were intent on withdrawing life-sustaining ventilator support making another collapse, anoxic events and death almost inevitable. They refused family wishes to continue to treat the patient and even denied them time to make transfer arrangements so that their loved one might have a chance at life at a different institution with different doctors. Michael, an innocent person, was effectively executed without trial in a New York hospital. (See: for information on how to protect and preserve your life.)

One will note the role played by a supposedly Catholic priest in this execution. So much for the conciliarspeak of “solidarity” with the “poor and the suffering,” including the mentally ill. The counterfeit church of conciliarism has made its “official reconciliation” with each of the anti-Incarnational errors of Modernity, including the “progress” made by the medical industry. A false church based on false premises accepts the very false premises of separation of Church and State and “religious liberty” that the made the triumph of the contemporary Aztec body-snatchers inevitable.

Obviously, insurance companies already pay for the execution of the innocent preborn by chemical and surgical means and by means of the starvation and dehydration of living human beings and by the vivisection of living human beings for their vital body members and in cases such as Michael’s above that was described so poignantly by Dr. Byrne. These killings have increased under ObamaDeathCare.

The “ethics panels” established by ObamaDeathCare have institutionalized the rationing of healthcare to those over a certain age who are suffering from cancer or who need some kind of major surgery, such as coronary surgery, even more than had been the case prior to its becoming operational on October 1, 2013, as “health maintenance organizations” and  insurers continued to make their own life and death decisions that were shifted to government-authorized “ethics panels.”

A Congressional supporter of ObamaDeathCare admitted that this was so nearly ten years ago despite all of the Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro’s administration’s false assurances to the public that all discussion of “death panels” was simply an effort of the alarmists within the false opposite of the naturalist “right” to turn back Barack Hussein Obama/ Barack Soetoro’s signature legislative achievement. Acting according  to their standard modus operandi, officials within the administration of the forty-fourth president, a truly lawless Caesar who had no regard for the laws of God nor those of men, including those constitutional provisions that supposedly governed his discharge of executive powers of the office of President of the United States of America and even of the provisions of his own ObamaDeathCare law, which he felt free to suspend or waive without legislative authorization, moved quietly to bring the death panels to life on January 1, 2011 without telling the “people” that they were doing so:

WASHINGTON — When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.

The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.

Under the rule, doctors can provide information to patients on how to prepare an “advance directive,” stating how aggressively they wish to be treated if they are so sick that they cannot make health care decisions for themselves.

While the new law does not mention advance care planning, the Obama administration has been able to achieve its policy goal through the regulation-writing process, a strategy that could become more prevalent in the next two years as the president deals with a strengthened Republican opposition in Congress. (Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir.)

Several Democratic members of Congress, led by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, had urged the administration to cover end-of-life planning as a service offered under the Medicare wellness benefit. A national organization of hospice care providers made the same recommendation.

Mr. Blumenauer, the author of the original end-of-life proposal, praised the rule as “a step in the right direction.”

“It will give people more control over the care they receive,” Mr. Blumenauer said in an interview. “It means that doctors and patients can have these conversations in the normal course of business, as part of our health care routine, not as something put off until we are forced to do it.”

After learning of the administration’s decision, Mr. Blumenauer’s office celebrated “a quiet victory,” but urged supporters not to crow about it.

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

Moreover, the e-mail said: “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’ — e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”

The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.

In the interview, Mr. Blumenauer said, “Lies can go viral if people use them for political purposes.” (Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir.)

Yes, don’t tell the people, right?

Some “patient protection,” huh?

Michael Frederick received no “patient protection” in the Empire State of killing innocent human beings under cover of the civil law, and neither did his sister Sharon, who had tried to save him seven years ago, after she suffered a stroke while praying Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary over the phone with a friend and was declared “brain dead” just four days later, engendering a court battle by her health care proxies before a judge decided that Sharon Frederick’s handwritten declaration of “I believe in life support” did not mean that she had wanted to be on life support. In other words, the judge could not believe that anyone would want to sustain his life after suffering a stroke.

Once again, it was Dr. Paul Byrne who was involved in the case and tried to be of assistance to Sharon as he had tried in the case of her brother Michael seven years previously:

On October 29, 2013, I wrote about an execution in a New York Hospital. Michael (not his name by baptism), suddenly collapsed. His family called 911. The emergency medical team resuscitated Michael. On the way to the hospital, a pulse was detected. Medications to support blood pressure were used during the resuscitation. On admission to hospital, Michael was breathing, but unresponsive, His temperature was normal, but the next morning was elevated to 103 degrees (occurs with infection).

In less than 24 hours after admission to hospital, the neurology consultant wrote, “The patient is unresponsive. Pupils are fixed. Absent corneal reflex bilaterally. Absent doll’s eyes. No purposeful movements of the extremities noted. No movements of extremities to noxious stimuli. Reflexes are absent throughout. Toes are mute. IMPRESSION:… clinically, the patient is brain-dead status post cardiac arrest, likely with severe anoxic damage to the brain. May consider, do not resuscitate.”

EEG showed electrical activity. Two days after admission he was determined to be “brain dead” per neurology. During an apnea test, no breathing was observed.

It didn’t matter that there was brain wave activity and that his heart was beating 100,000 times per day and that circulation and respiration were occurring with support from the ventilator.

Michael’s relatives were assured that the determination of “brain death” was done in accordance with the hospital policy of certification of death by neurological criteria, which is patterned after, and consistent with, the New York State Department of Health and New York State Task Force on Life & the Law “Guidelines for Determining Brain Death,” published November 2011. In this document “brain death” is defined as “irreversible loss of all function of the brain, including the brain stem. The three essential findings are coma, absence of brainstem reflexes and apnea.” It was determined by a neurologist, an intensivist, and a hospitalist that there were no “confounding clinical circumstances.” Under New York State law, Michael was determined to be “brain-dead” and was legally dead.

A Catholic priest, chairman of the Ethics Committee at the hospital, volunteered that the hospital operated in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services of the United States Catholic Conferences of Bishops. This man was legally “brain dead” and ventilator support of the vital activity of respiration would be stopped at a precise hour and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), which was already in place over the objection of the relatives, would be carried out. The ventilator was then taken away at the precise hour, even though Michael’s relatives strongly objected. Prior to removal of the ventilator, Michael’s heart was beating; blood pressure was normal. Michael had respiration supported by a ventilator that pushed air in. Michael had to exhale the air out before the ventilator could push the air in again. A ventilator can push air into a cadaver, also known as a corpse, but quickly after death, the air will not and cannot come out of a cadaver.

True death was imposed on Michael. The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) includes “irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brainstem.” Note that the word “functions” is plural. The Guidelines in New York, however, include “total and irreversible loss of all brain function, including the brainstem.” Thus, in New York the singular “function” is stated, instead of the plural “functions.” The brain has many functions, but what is the single function that is all brain function in New York? There is no single function of the entire brain. (Emphasis mine.)

The NY rules and regulations call for providing “reasonable accommodation of a surrogate decision-maker’s religious or moral objections to use of the brain death standard to determine death.” Michael’s mother and sisters pleaded with the administrator of the hospital not to take away the ventilator, but the judgment had been made; nothing could be done to stop the removal of the ventilator. It was the hospital’s decision that they had provided “reasonable accommodation” to Michael’s family’s religious and moral objections to the “brain death” criteria used by the hospital. They had a Catholic priest, the Ethics Committee, and it was stated that they were operating in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services of the United States Catholic Conferences of Bishops. It was also stated that they had a judge who agreed with what they were doing and they would give no more time to Michael, not even one more hour or one more day!

Now, to recent events: Sharon, after the experience with her brother, Michael, in her own handwriting wrote this advanced directive: “I am a Pro-Life Traditional Catholic, I opt out of any organ or tissue donation, I believe in life support; request Catholic Priests for Absolution and Sacraments. If permanently incompetent/disabled, Christian home services or Catholic religious sister nursing home. I want the rosary, brown scapular, miraculous medal with me. I do not believe in euthanasia; in the event of my death my proxies can claim my body for Christian burial. (Signature) Sharon, September 3, 2019.”

One year later, on September 17, 2020, Sharon was praying the Rosary on the telephone with her friend, who noticed slurring of Sharon’s speech. Sharon collapsed; 911 was called. Sharon had a brain hemorrhage, commonly known as a stroke.

Soon after admission to hospital she was said to be “brain dead.” Sharon was in coma. EEG twice had electrical activity. Scans of her head showed circulation to part of her brain twice. Her First and Second Powers of Attorney directed that the procedure of the apnea test was not to be done. Nevertheless, it was done anyway. During this procedure the life-supporting ventilator was stopped for 7 minutes. Carbon dioxide increased to 56 (normal is 40); breathing was not observed. There was absence of brainstem reflexes including pupillary and corneal reflexes, no cough, no gag, no eye movement when ice water was put into her ear canal. Sharon was declared “brain dead” by neurological criteria on September 21, 2020.

Sharon designated a First Heath Care Proxy and Second Heath Care Proxy. Both expressed strongly, multiple times that Sharon believed in life support and directed that life support be continued. They petitioned the NY Supreme Court for help. The case was dismissed; the Court noted: “The first is that in her handwritten notes…she was very clear in the breadth and depth of her religious faith, and she very clearly said…I believe in life support. What she didn’t say is that I want life support” . . . [Emphasis mine]The Court continued: “I was more taken by the printed words…I wish to follow the moral teachings of the Catholic church and to receive all the obligatory care my religion teaches we have a duty to accept. However, I also know that death need not be resisted by every means and that I have the right to refuse medical treatment that is excessively burdensome or would only prolong my death and delay my being taken to God. Those are powerful words coming from – although they’re preprinted for her, they’re powerful words coming from a devout Catholic who says that she believes in life support, but, at the same time, she accepts the principles and teachings of her church with regard to the limitations on what is required for her to be mindful of and in compliance with the teachings that she holds so dear. As a result of that, I found it was – I wasn’t able to reach a specific conclusion as to what her intentions were.”

With that, the Court dismissed the petition from the Heath Care Proxies. Then, a petition was made to Federal Court, but there also the petition was dismissed.

After the experience with her brother Sharon in her own handwriting wrote that she believed in life support. She wrote on a preprinted form obtained from the Diocese of Syracuse, with reference to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services of the United States Catholic Conferences of Bishops and A Catholic Guide to End of Life Decisions, the National Catholic Bioethics Center..

The Health Care Proxies were following the handwritten directions of Sharon who believed in life support. The preprinted words of her directions included, “When patients act with a free and informed consent, they may use advanced medical techniques that are experimental and involve risk—but they are never obligated to do so. Whether to accept such treatments rests entirely within the discretion of the patient or his/her medical proxy.”

The Court chose to use one part of the preprinted pages, but not this part, and the Court stated that Sharon wrote “I believe in life support,” not I want life support. (Emphasis mine.)

First, Sharon’s brother had death imposed, then Sharon wrote in her own words that she believed in life support and designated Health Care Proxies to speak for her. Sharon did what she could; the health Care Proxies did what they could, but the medical and legal systems decided that Sharon was “brain dead” on September 21, 2020 when she was 63 years of age. Sharon’s 64th birthday was October 10, 2020 while she was in the hospital. Then, on November 10, 2020 the life-supporting ventilator was taken away by the doctors after petition by the healthcare proxy to continue life-support was dismissed by the Court.

Sharon became truly dead as manifest by change in color to pale and blue, no exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the tissues, no heartbeat, and no circulation and all vital functions, consequent thereon. Sharon no longer was alive. Her life had ended. The nurse called the proxy to tell her that Sharon had passed at 7:00 pm on November 10, 2020.

What is all this? Sharon witnessed death imposed on her brother as life support was taken away from him. She wrote that she wanted life support. She designated Health Care Proxies to speak for her. But what happened? Life support and Sharon’s life were taken away. The medical and legal systems did not protect the life of Sharon or her brother. How and why?

Prior to 1968 ventilators were in use but there was no controversy. Some patients improved on a ventilator and some died on a ventilator. The goal of medical practice was obvious – to preserve and protect the life and health of the patient and not to declare that a living person is dead when he/she is still alive.

“Brain death” did not originate or develop by way of application of the scientific method. “Brain death” began with the appointment of the Harvard Committee to consider the issues. The results of their work were published in the 1968 “Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Brain Death.” [1] The first words of this report are as follows: “Our primary purpose is to define irreversible coma as a new criterion for death.” The primary purpose of the Committee was not to determine IF irreversible coma was an appropriate criterion for death but to see to it that IT WAS established as a “new criterion for death.” With an agenda like that at the outset, the data could be made to fit the already arrived at conclusions. There was a serious lack of scientific method in the origination and development of “brain death.”

Only persons who are alive can be in a coma, whether reversible or not. Was this the hubris of a few academicians or was it simply a surrender to fear of legal chastisement regarding perceived economic and utilitarian needs in 1968, especially the desire to get healthy living vital organs for transplantation? It seems that a predetermined agenda existed from the onset. There were no patient data and no references to basic scientific studies. In fact, there was only one reference, which was to Pope Pius XII. [2] While there was a reference to and a quotation from this Allocution of Pope Pius XII, they neglected to include the following: “But considerations of a general nature allow us to believe that human life continues for as long as its vital functions – distinguished from the simple life of organs – manifest themselves spontaneously or even with the help of artificial processes.”

“Brain death” is not true death. Rather it is observing cessation of functioning of the brain, which is then translated into “brain death.” The primary reason for the origination and propagation of “brain death” was and is the desire to obtain vital organs for transplantation and to stop ventilators and life-supporting treatments and care. A validly applied scientific method, sound reasoning, and available medical technology were not utilized in developing the new way of determination of death called “brain death.” Death is the absence of life. Life and true death cannot and do not exist at the same time in the same person.

When a person has a head injury or, as in Sharon’s case, sudden collapse due to a stroke, the possibility of getting organs for transplantation is entertained. Sharon had opted out of any organ or tissue donation.

First, Michael collapsed and his sister, Sharon, and their mother fought for him to have treatment including the ventilator continued. They lost. The medical and legal system effectively executed Michael and, more recently, his sister.

Second, Sharon, aware of what happened to her brother, Michael, wrote a life-supporting directive, and designated health care proxies. It made no difference as her life-support was cut off and she, too, was effectively executed – both in the same hospital.

The medical and legal systems in this NY hospital did not protect the life of this brother and sister. The issues are not limited to this hospital or the state of NY.

The medical and legal systems have been implemented to get vital unimpaired organs and to turn off ventilators from patients labeled as “brain dead” but who are still alive. (Execution Again in a New York Hospital.)

No one’s life is safe any longer, which is why one should pray for the grace of a good, happy and holy death at home as it is the case that most, although certainly not all, hospitals in the United States of America are staffed by medical personnel who do not view human beings as patients to be treated but as cases to be brought to conclusion as quickly as possible. This is the only logical outcome when physicians are trained in medical schools/colleges by professors who do not view the world through the eyes of the true Faith and thus do not see human beings as made in the image and likeness of the Most Blessed Trinity and are to be treated with the same compassion, love, and professional competence that they would render unto the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in the very flesh.

Similarly, lawyers who are not trained in truly Catholic law schools/colleges by professors who have an abiding commitment to the pursuit of justice (to render unto each that which is his due) according to the mind of Our Divine Judge, Christ the King, and with humble spirit of respect for and submission to the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law will come to view the law as a tool to be exploited for ideological ends of one sort or another and to be completely respectful of and submissive to the judgments and “scientific” “truths” invented by the utilitarians in white coats with medical degrees and hospital admitting privileges.

It is thus no wonder that the judge in Sharon Frederick’s case could not believe that she really wanted to have life support continued even though she said that she believed in it and that each of her two health care proxies testified to her clear intentions in this regard. The judge could not seem to understand why anyone would want to have his life sustained after suffering a stroke because he had absolutely no understanding of the theology of redemptive suffering nor of the simple fact that one who is disabled, no matter how long the duration of the disability, is a source of grace to others so that they can repay a part of the debt they owe to God for their own sins by going out of themselves to serve those who cannot serve themselves, to give the compassion of the Divine Redeemer Who had taught us the parable of the Good Samaritan for precisely this purpose.

Although longtime readers of this website may find it redundant, I think that it is useful once again to review the prophetic words of Bishop Clemens von Galen that were denunciations of the Nazi eugenics program but apply very much to our situation today, especially since both Michael and Sharon were victims of death panels of the sort that existed in Nazi Germany:

We must expect, therefore, that the poor defenceless patients are, sooner or later, going to be killed. Why? Not because they have committed any offence justifying their death, not because, for example, they have attacked a nurse or attendant, who would be entitled in legitimate self-defence to meet violence with violence. In such a case the use of violence leading to death is permitted and may be called for, as it is in the case of killing an armed enemy.

No: these unfortunate patients are to die, not for some such reason as this but because in the judgment of some official body, on the decision of some committee, they have become “unworthy to live,” because they are classed as “unproductive members of the national community”.

The judgment is that they can no longer produce any goods: they are like an old piece of machinery which no longer works, like an old horse which has become incurably lame, like a cow which no longer gives any milk. What happens to an old piece of machinery? It is thrown on the scrap heap. What happens to a lame horse, an unproductive cow?

I will not pursue the comparison to the end, so fearful is its appropriateness and its illuminating power.

But we are not here concerned with pieces of machinery; we are not dealing with horses and cows, whose sole function is to serve mankind, to produce goods for mankind. They may be broken up; they may be slaughtered when they no longer perform this function.

No: We are concerned with men and women, our fellow creatures, our brothers and sisters! Poor human beings, ill human beings, they are unproductive, if you will. But does that mean that they have lost the right to live? Have you, have I, the right to live only so long as we are productive, so long as we are recognised by others as productive?

If the principle that men is entitled to kill his unproductive fellow-man is established and applied, then woe betide all of us when we become aged and infirm! If it is legitimate to kill unproductive members of the community, woe betide the disabled who have sacrificed their health or their limbs in the productive process! If unproductive men and women can be disposed of by violent means, woe betide our brave soldiers who return home with major disabilities as cripples, as invalids! If it is once admitted that men have the right to kill “unproductive” fellow-men even though it is at present applied only to poor and defenceless mentally ill patients ” then the way is open for the murder of all unproductive men and women: the incurably ill, the handicapped who are unable to work, those disabled in industry or war. The way is open, indeed, for the murder of all of us when we become old and infirm and therefore unproductive. Then it will require only a secret order to be issued that the procedure which has been tried and tested with the mentally ill should be extended to other “unproductive” persons, that it should also be applied to those suffering from incurable tuberculosis, the aged and infirm, persons disabled in industry, soldiers with disabling injuries!

Then no man will be safe: some committee or other will be able to put him on the list of “unproductive” persons, who in their judgment have become “unworthy to live”. And there will be no police to protect him, no court to avenge his murder and bring his murderers to justice.

Who could then have any confidence in a doctor? He might report a patient as unproductive and then be given instructions to kill him! It does not bear thinking of, the moral depravity, the universal mistrust which will spread even in the bosom of the family, if this terrible doctrine is tolerated, accepted and put into practice. Woe betide mankind, woe betide our German people, if the divine commandment, “Thou shalt not kill”, which the Lord proclaimed on Sinai amid thunder and lightning, which God our Creator wrote into man’s conscience from the beginning, if this commandment is not merely violated but the violation is tolerated and remains unpunished! (Three Sermons of Bishop Clemens von Galen.)

These words were spoken at the height of the Nazi regime’s enforcement of Adolf Hitler’s 1935 Nuremburg Laws, which institutionalized the sort of eugenic social engineering that had been envisioned—and was in use on a de facto basis—in Germany’s Weimar Republic between 1919 and 1933 and in which, interestingly enough, Jewish eugenicists played an active role:

Support for eugenics came from a remarkable array of the ruling elite and the walls of the exhibition are lined with quotes in support of the movement. President Coolidge stated that “racial considerations” were “too grave to be brushed aside for any sentimental reasons.” Squiers notes, “The people who saw themselves as uniquely fit to exert control wanted to exert it.”

The second half of Squiers’ exhibition heads to Germany, where Galton’s ideas fed a centuries-old notion of the purity and virtue of the German “Volk.” In the aftermath of World War I, the Weimar Republic employed a number of German and Jewish eugenicists to create a genetic blueprint for rebuilding a devastated Germany. Copies of slides used in a lecture identify degenerates: “Three Idiots,” “Paranoid Alcoholic” and a young woman labeled “Good-natured manic state.” (Eugenics in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany: A Photographic Exhibit.)

There is no safe refuge. One is not even safe when one has explicit advance care directives as did Sharon Frederick but were not “good enough” for a judge who could not believe that she wanted what she said she believed in, namely life support, and thus sentenced her to an unjust death. This happens many times during a day here in the United States of America and elsewhere in the “civilized” world, and most of cases such as Sharon’s never make the news because there is no one tell our medical emperors that they have no clothes. A system based on the lie that men can know social order and authentic justice without Christ the King and His true Church results in everyone’s life being put a risk to the arbitrary whims of civil potentates who are, whether or not they realize it, playing God, Whom they meet when they die at their Particular Judgment and have to render an account to Him for the innocents they consigned to cruel and unjust deaths under the pretext of a life, “brain death, invented out of whole cloth.

One lie begets other lies. “Brain death” is a lie from beginning to end.

The lie of the Protestant Revolution has resulted in the proliferation of Protestant sects numbering as many as thirty-three thousand, producing irreligion in its wake as a logical consequence.

The lie of “civil liberty” without the Social Reign of Christ the King as It must be exercised by His true Church, the Catholic Church has resulted in the lie of the monster civil state of Modernity that is now being used by God as a chastisement upon us for refusing to take seriously Holy Mother Church’s Social Teaching.

The lie of “religious liberty” has led people to believe that the path to social order and personal salvation can be found in any religion or in no religion at all.

The lie of “public education” has led to a taxpayer-subsidized machine to program their captives to be steeped in one ideologically-laden slogan after another to make them willing servants of the monster civil state and to participate merrily in neo-barbaric practices that were eradicated in Europe in during the First Millennium and in most parts of the Americas in the second half of the Second Millennium by the missionary work of the Catholic Church.

The lie of contraception and “family planning” led to increases in the rates of marital infidelity, the abandonment of spouses and children, the proliferation children with stepmothers and stepfathers and step-siblings, leaving many children rootless and without any sense of being loved unto eternity that each person craves for whether or not he realizes it.

The lie of contraception led steadily to the acceptance of eugenic sterilization and then sterilization for any reasons and, ultimately, to the acceptance of surgical baby-killing on demand.

The lies of contraception and explicit instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments broke down the natural psychological resistance of children to matters that are age inappropriate, robbing them of their innocence and purity, turning them into hedonists as they have grown older, leading eventually to the widespread acceptance of the sins that destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha with fire and brimstone.

The lies that were told by Fathers Annibale Bugnini, C.M., and Ferdinando Antonelli, O.F.M., in the 1950s gave us unprecedented and most radical changes in the Holy Week ceremonies that started to accustom Catholics to ceaseless change as an ordinary feature of the liturgical life of the Catholic Church, climaxing in the Trojan Horse that was the Protestant and Judeo Masonic Novus Ordo liturgical abomination that, no matter how many times the conciliarists to “fix it,” will always be an instrument of innovation and experimentation as it was designed to be precisely that from the moment Bugnini and Antonelli began their plans for the “Mass of the Future.”

Thus it is that the lie of “brain death” has accustomed most people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, into accepting uncritically the representations made by a medical industry that endorses the violation of the Sovereignty of God over the sanctity and fecundity of marriage and of the violation of the surgical dismemberment of the innocent preborn and that is in league with the pharmaceutical industry to use us a walking guinea pigs for drugs designed to keep us dependent on them as the “high priests and priestesses” of “modern medicine.”

When did the lie of “brain death” originate? At the beginning:

[1] Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise? [2] And the woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: [3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die. [4] And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death. [5] For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil. (Genesis 3: 1-5.)

It is very easy to be deceived.

It is very easy to be deceived by the lie of how “special” we are, of how we are “not like others.”

It is very easy to be deceived by others and to let human respect get in the way of a firm defense of the truth when necessity compels such a defense lest souls be imperiled.

It is very easy to be deceived by the prevailing trends in what passes for popular culture, to give unto the “high priests and high priestesses” of banking, commerce, industry, education, law, entertainment, social science, politics, law, government, news and information and medicine the status of near-infallibility as even Catholics have been convinced to live as naturalists without regard for anything supernatural whatsoever.

Do not believe the false prophets. Do not follow the priests and presbyters who have swallowed the falsehoods of the false prophets of the medical industry hook, line and sinkers. Suffer for the truth without compromise as consecrated slaves of Christ the King through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Immaculate Queen, no matter what you might have to suffer in this passing, mortal vale of tears.

Never sign up to be an “organ donor.”

Tell your family members that they must never sign up to be “organ donors”–or, if they have, to rescind the “permission” that they have given to be unwitting accomplices and accessories in their own execution by means of being dissected alive.

Do not delay. Do not follow their false prophets in the world or the priests/presbyters who proselytize in their behalf.

Relying Upon Our Lady, Her Miraculous Medal and Her Most Holy Rosary

Although we are at the nonexistent “mercy” of the merciless, we must remember that we are in the loving hands of Our Lady, who has given us her Miraculous Medal to protect us from the scourge of contagion and to fortify our faith in times such as these.

Father Jean-Marie Aladel (1800-1865) was the confessor of Saint Catherine Laboure, whose feast is commemorated today, the anticipated Vigil of Saint Andrew the Apostle, and was specifically chosen by Our Lady to promote the Miraculous Medal of Grace that she had given to Sant Catherine Laboure. Father Aladel published a book that provided of summary of the facts about the story of the Miraculous Medal, including some true, documented Miraculous Medal stories based upon letters that were sent to him. These stories attest to the power of Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal, which would display publicly to let one and all know of our trust in Mary Immaculate and her loving care.

Here are a few stories, mostly from France and one, the cure of a Naples jurist, from the Papal States:

“I have mentioned to you the cure wrought by the Miraculous Medal upon a person aged fifty years; the fact is incontestable. Rosalie Morvilliers, the recipient of this favor, had never been free from suffering since her seventh year; an affection of the nerves caused almost constant palpitations of the heart and severe headaches, which, however, did not hinder her performing some slight work without aggravating the malady. But about five years ago, she was afflicted by an unmistakable attack of epilepsy, which threw her family into the greatest consternation. Henceforth, she was obliged to keep her bed, and saw no one but her most intimate friends; the very sight of a face that was not familiar was sufficient to throw her into dreadful convulsions for several hours.

Independent of any external cause, these paroxysms usually came on three times a day, and so violent were they, that it was with great difficulty she could be kept in her room; she uttered most rightful cries, her features were horribly distorted, her mouth covered with foam, and, indeed, according to the testimony of those who usually witnessed the attacks, it was some time before she regained consciousness.

“Such was her condition when some one gave her a Miraculous Medal, he received it with the greatest confidence, and immediately applied it to that part of her head where the pain was most acute; the pain disappeared immediately. From that moment she felt urged to make a novena in honor of the Immaculate Conception for the cure of her epilepsy. But diffidence in mentioning the matter to her director made her defer the execution of this pious design six weeks. At length, she yielded to her desires, saying she felt fully persuaded that this novena would ensure her recovery through the Blessed Virgin s intercession, and her confidence was not misplaced. The cure immediately began the novena, engaging in it the sodality of the Holy Family. Whilst at Mass on the morning of the last day, the 17th of Mary’s month, the patient was seized with the most violent attack possible, the worst she had ever had, although during the novena, the paroxysms had increased in intensity. Suddenly it ceases. A number of persons begin to pray and recite the chaplet; the patient, regarding them with a smile, gently falls asleep. A few minutes after, she opens her eyes and exclaims: I am cured! I am cured! The Blessed Virgin has just cured me of epilepsy! Oh! how good she is, how powerful! It seems to me as if there had just been a general revolution throughout my body. I feel confident, my friends, that this disease has been banished from my system for ever.

“It was very easy for the assistants to believe that some extraordinary change had really been wrought in her, for her countenance presented not the slightest vestige of the attack. She now desired to communicate, arid oh! with what transports of faith, gratitude and love she received the good God!

“The noise of this cure soon reached the neighboring villages. How beautiful yet, Monsieur, is the simplicity of the faith in these rural districts! Henceforth, every one wished to wear the medal.

“This event took place on the 17th of May, at nine o clock in the morning. Since that time the patient has not felt the slightest symptom of epilepsy. She leaves her room, walks about the garden, and receives visitors indiscriminately, without experiencing any ill effects. However, the Blessed Virgin did not cure all her infirmities; she still has the nervous affection that existed before, the epileptic attacks, but I should observe that as the novena was made solely for the cure of epilepsy, the Blessed Virgin has obtained all that was asked of her.

“This, Monsieur, is the exact statement. Some, no doubt, would attribute the cure to natural causes; as for ourselves, we, like the patient, feel convinced that it was owing to Mary s powerful intercession. The cure agrees with us, and so do all who glory in the truths of religion.

Honored, then, be the power and goodness of Mary conceived without sin! ”

This account was sent me by the cure of Boulogne, February 8, 1836.

Another cure:

“In my parish, a young man named Gaetan U, aged twenty-seven years, was leading a life of criminal intimacy with a woman. Several years after abandoning his mother and brother, that he might be under no restraint in his shameless course, he was prostrated by a serious pulmonary attack. M. Jean Pulioli, an excellent physician, undertook the case; but the violence the disease overcame his skill, and the patient (still in the house of the bad character with whom he lived,) was reduced to such a deplorable state of exhaustion, that he could not move himself. From the beginning of his sickness he had insisted that he would not be worried by a priest. But the disease making very rapid progress, the doctor believed it his duty to warn a priest of his condition. My chaplain went immediately to see him, and earnestly entreated him to put an end to this scandalous state of affairs by marrying the woman, but all in vain. I then paid him a visit, and besides remarking in him neither any intention of marrying her nor of separating from her, I perceived from the excuses he gave, that his soul was enshrouded in impenetrable indifference. Having uselessly exhausted all efforts to effect a change, I concluded it would be better to leave him awhile to quiet and serious reflection, and return later to know his decision. I urged him to seek the mediation of that refuge of sinners, the Blessed Virgin, and slipping the Miraculous Medal under his pillow, I left. There was no necessity for my returning to learn his decision, he sent his mother for me, with whom he had become reconciled in the meantime; after informing me of the very just reasons he had for not marrying the woman, he asked me if I would not request her to leave, a commission I willingly accepted. She consented, and immediately abandoned the house. The sick man s peace and joy at this were indescribable; when I showed him the medal, he kissed it most fervently and impulsively, notwithstanding his state of exhaustion. Then, with every mark of sincere repentance, he confessed, received the Holy Viaticum and Extreme Unction, for we expected each moment he would breathe his last. This occurred January 19, 1836. Interiorly, he enjoyed unspeakable peace, a favor he always attributed to the Blessed Virgin. From this time he began to improve, and in a few days his health was completely re-established. He continues to persevere in his good resolutions, and full of the tenderest affection for his celestial Benefactress, he still reverently wears the medal I gave him, often kissing it with truly filial love.

“Monsieur, I was a witness of the above-mentioned fact; I send it to you, not only with the permission of the newly converted and cured, but at his request, and I hope that the knowledge will redound to the honor and glory of the Omnipotent God, who, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, has wrought this double miracle.

” I subjoin the certificate of the physician who attests the disease and its cure.”

The cure of man near death

” There are still in existence here some families who, persistently recognizing in the present clergy only a purely civil power, hold themselves utterly aloof, live in a state of schism, and comply with none of the duties of religion.

“One of these miserable creatures was afflicted with a virulent cancer on the side of his face, which for a Jong time had been eating away the flesh. The malady increasing, I believed it my duty to visit him and offer the consolations of my ministry. I saw him several times, he was suffering greatly; the esophagus was exposed, the right side of his emaciated face presented only a deep sore, the eye, starting from its socket, hung suspended over a terrible disfigured mouth; his tongue caused him acute pain; his condition was pitiable indeed, especially as he seemed determined to die impenitent.

He was a rough, blunt man, who wanted to hear nothing about priests or Sacraments. In vain was he reminded of our Lord’s bountiful kindness and the rigors of His justice, nothing touched him; to all expostulations his invariable reply was: “ God’s mercy is great, I will confess to God, the Blessed Virgin, to St. Barbara and the good Saints. He was the counterpart of those men to whom Jesus Christ said: in peccato vestro moriemini -you shall die in your sin.

“His relations and numerous friends endeavored both by prayers and entreaties to snatch him from perdition, but on the other side visited daily and sustained by his old associates in impiety, he persisted in dying as he had lived, in schism.

In the meantime, I was obliged to be absent several days. This period was for him one of Divine mercy.

A lady of the parish made a last attempt to recall him to God, by bringing him one of those medals of the Immaculate Conception called miraculous. She sent it to him with the request to wear it and put all his confidence in the Blessed Virgin. The sick man took the medal, kissed it respectfully, and put it under his pillow.

In giving it to him, his daughter had taken care to acquaint him with its origin and advantages, at the same time urging him, as usual, to make his confession.

“Leave me in peace,” was the wretched father’s reply, and she could say no more. Next day, a neighboring priest was sent for to administer Extreme Unction to another person in the parish. He and l came, and forgetting, as it were, the one for whom he had been sent, he thought only of the cancerous patient. “”I felt, he afterwards told me, an inexplicable and irresistible desire to visit him, I could not have returned without seeing him. He asks some one to announce his arrival to the sick man; this person speaks to the latter, and urges him to confess. The priest of P. is here, she adds, and would like to see you, if you have no objection, Well, yes, let him come. The priest went to him immediately; at first there was a slight air of resistance about the patient, but it vanished, the hour of grace had come, he confessed with every indication of true repentance, and received Extreme Unction with an indescribable peace and joy, that never faltered during the four remaining days of his life. The Holy Viaticum could not be administered because he was not able to swallow.

At noon, on the 18th of last May, the month consecrated to Mary, he died, aged seventy-eight.

“Except his former companions in irreligion, this conversion was a subject of rejoicing to the parish, and doubtless it will rejoice all the servants of Mary who hear of it. May this example, among thousands, inspire sinners with great confidence in the Blessed Virgin, propagate devotion to her, and multiply the medal styled miraculous!

I have thought it a duty to give these few details, for the purpose of making known the truly visible effects of the protection of the Mother of God, and the ever impenetrable springs of grace in regard to man.

“I have the honor to be, Monsieur, with great esteem, &c.”

The Cure of a Civil Judge in Naples

The judge of the civil tribunal of Naples, M. Joseph Cocchia, seriously debilitated by a chronic disease of the bowels, was afflicted with most violent pains, accompanied by a spasmodic sensation that, continually increasing, banished sleep and appetite, and perceptibly diminished his frame. This was followed by a bilious gastric fever, long and obstinate, of fifty days duration.

When freed from the fever, the sick man found himself in a frightful state of emaciation and exhaustion; signs of inflammation in the bowels, and such extreme irritation that the least jolt induced fever, made skillful physicians fear lest these were the symptoms of an incurable malady still more deplorable. Whilst in this pitiable condition, there reached the sick man’s ears accounts of the prodigies Divine mercy had wrought in favor of those who wore the medal; he eagerly asked for one, and received it with faith ; henceforth, he had no longer any need of medical assistance, for he recovered the strength and perfect health he now enjoys.

Here are some remarkable stories that were related to Father Aladel in letters he received from those of the Congregation of the Mission working in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Saint Louis, Missouri. These stories of Protestant and Freemasonic conversions are quite inspirational:


New Orleans (United States), 1865.

Among the patients at the great Charity hospital, New Orleans, was a very prominent Free Mason. His hatred of religion was displayed in a thousand ways; not only did he interdict the Sister who nursed him any allusion to his salvation, but he even habitually repaid by harsh and injurious words her kindness and attention to his physical sufferings. If others ventured to mention the subject of religion to him, they were received with jeers and banters. Several times was he at the point of death, and yet, sad to relate, his dispositions remained the same. At last, when the Sister saw that he had but a few hours to live, she stealthily slipped a Miraculous Medal under his bolster, and said interiorly to the Blessed Virgin: “My dear Mother, you know I have spared no effort to touch this poor man’s heart, but in vain; now I abandon him to you, it is you who must save him; I leave him entirely in your hands, and shall try to divest myself of all anxiety concerning him.”

That evening, in making her rounds, she glances at him and learns from the infirmarian that ever since her (the Sister’s) last visit, he had been very cairn and apparently absorbed in thought. On inquiring of the patient himself how he felt, she was astonished at his polite answer, but remembering that she had entrusted him entirely to the Blessed Virgin’s care, she did not venture a word about his soul, and bidding him good night, she left the room.

About nine o clock, he called the infirmarian, and asked for a priest; knowing his former bitterness, the infirmarian thought it a joke and treated it accordingly; the patient repeated his request, but with no better success. Then he began to weep and cry aloud for a priest; all the other patients were mute with astonishment, and the infirmarian unable to resist such entreaties went for the chaplain and the Sister. The dying man requested Baptism, which was administered immediately, as well as Extreme Unction, and before morning he had rendered his account to the Sovereign Judge. His body was interred with Masonic rites, but his soul, thanks to the powerful protection of Mary Immaculate, had been carried by angels to the bosom of its God.


New Orleans (United States).

At the same hospital in New Orleans, a Sister for a long time had vainly endeavored to convince a Protestant of the most essential truths of religion, that he might receive Baptism, but he was deaf to all her persuasions. One day she showed him a Miraculous Medal, and related its origin. He appeared to listen somewhat attentively, but when she offered it to him, ” Take it away,” said he, in a tone of great contempt, ” this Virgin is no more than any other woman.” “1 am going to leave it on your table,” was the Sister’s reply, “I am sure you will reflect on my words.” He said nothing, but to put it out of sight, placed his bible over it.

Every day, under the pretext of arranging and dusting his room, the Sister assured herself that the medal was still there. Several days elapsed, during which the patient grew worse; one night, whilst lying awake racked with suffering, he perceived a brilliant light around his bed, though the rest of the room was enveloped in darkness. Greatly astonished, he succeeded, in spite of his weakness, in rising and turning up the gas, to discover if possible, the cause of this mysterious light. Finding none, he returned to bed, and a few minutes after, he perceived that the luminous rays escaped from the medal. He then took it in his hands, and kept it there the remainder of the night.

As soon as the Sisters rising bell rang (which was four o clock), he called the infirmarian, and begged him to tell the Sister he desired Baptism. The chaplain was immediately informed. ” Impossible! ” he exclaimed, for having had frequent conversations with the sick man, he was well aware of his sentiments, and could scarcely believe him in earnest. Nevertheless, he obeyed the summons, and finding the patient really disposed to profit by his ministry, he administered the Last Sacraments, and shortly after receiving which the poor man died, blessing God and the Blessed Virgin for the graces bestowed upon him.


New Orleans, (United States).

A poor young Protestant girl, brought to our hospital to be treated for a grave malady, had so great a horror of our holy religion, that at the very sight of a Catholic near her, she acted like one possessed. The presence of a Sister was especially irritating, and one day she even went so far as to spit in the Sister’s face, but the latter, nothing dismayed, and ever hoping that the God of all mercy would change this wolf into a lamb, continued her kind attentions, the more disrespectful her patient, the more gentle and considerate the Sister. The latter was at last inspired with the thought of slipping a Miraculous Medal between the two mattresses; she acted upon the inspiration, and the following night the Immaculate Mary’s image became an instrument of salvation and happiness to a guilty soul. Pitching and tossing upon her bed by reason of a high fever, the patient, in some unaccountable manner, found the medal, and the Sister’s astonishment next morning at seeing her clasping it in her hands, and covering it with kisses, was second only to that she experienced on perceiving the wonderful transformation grace had wrought in this poor creature’s soul. A supernatural light had revealed to her the sad state of her conscience; her criminal life filled her with horror, and, penetrated with regret for the past, she sighed only for holy Baptism. After the necessary instruction, she was baptized; and, during the remainder of her sickness, which was long and tedious, her patience and fervor never faltered. She persevered in these edifying sentiments, until a happy death placed the seal upon the graces she had received through the intercession of Mary Immaculate.


New Orleans (United States).

A Protestant gentleman had spent four years at the hospital, sometimes in one hall, sometimes another. As his malady had not been very serious, no one had considered it necessary to speak to him concerning his soul.

However, when his condition became more aggravated, the Sister, after invoking the Blessed Virgin s assistance, told him the physician considered his case dangerous, and she thought he ought to receive Baptism, without which no one could be saved. He listened attentively, then turning to her, said: “Sister, if I were to ask you to become a Protestant, would you comply with my request?” “No,” was the decided answer. “Well, then,” he continued, “rest assured that it is just as useless for you to attempt persuading me to become a Catholic.”

In spite of this positive refusal, she let no occasion pass without enlightening him, were it ever so little, upon some of the truths of religion. One day, showing him a Miraculous Medal, she told him he would confer a great favor on her by reciting the little invocation: “O Mary! conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!” “What, Sister! a Catholic prayer! that is impossible, I cannot! ” She said no more, but slipped the medal under his pillow, and there it remained untouched for several days, during which time she redoubled her attentions to the physical necessities of the poor patient, who gradually grew weaker. At last, one evening she said to him: “Well, Henry, are you not going to do what I asked you?” “Yes, Sister, I most earnestly desire to become a Catholic.” The chaplain was called immediately; he had barely time to administer Baptism and Extreme Unction, before the dying man’s regenerated soul was carried by angels to the abode of the blessed.


St. Louis (United States), 1865.

A young man, a Methodist, arrived at the hospital in an extremely weak condition. The physician at once pronounced his case hopeless, and said he had but a few days to live. Consequently, the Sister s first care was for his soul. Questioning him, she soon learned that he believed neither in the efficacy nor necessity of Baptism, and all her efforts to induce him to receive this Sacrament were unavailing. He had no desire for any conversation on the subject, and his invariable reply to all her arguments was: “I believe in Jesus, that suffices; I am sure of being saved.” The Sister redoubled her prayers, for in them lay her only hope, and time was precious. A good priest visited him every day; once, after a much longer visit than usual, he told the Sister on leaving the room it was impossible to do anything with that man, unless God wrought a miracle in his favor, and they must entreat Him to do so.

The poor man persisted, indeed, in refusing all spiritual succor, though receiving gratefully the attentions bestowed upon his body. His strength diminished day by day, and he calmly awaited death; one thought alone disquieted him, that of never seeing his mother and dying afar from her. Perceiving himself on the brink of the grave, he called one of his companions whom he begged to be with him at that fearful moment, and write the particulars of it to his mother. Whilst he made this request, the Sister slipped a Miraculous Medal under his pillow, confidently believing that Mary would not let this soul entrusted to her perish; yet he was already in his agony. Two Sisters watched beside his bed till midnight, when obliged to retire, they left him in charge of an infirmarian and the young man who had promised to be with him at the hour of death. Apparently he had not more than half an hour to live, so next morning when the infirmarian came to meet the Sister, she was prepared for news of the patient s death, but to her astonishment the infirmarian exclaimed: “Come Sister, come see him, he is restored to life!”

He then told her that the patient, to all appearances, had been dead an hour; that the friend and himself had rendered all the last duties to the body, having washed and dressed and prepared it for the grave; then the young man went to bed, and he alone remained with the corpse. After watching near it some time, he approached to bandage the jaws, but what was his fright whilst thus engaged, to see the dead man open his eyes!

The Sister heard no more, but eagerly hastened to the spot, and found the man still breathing. With a great effort he said: “Oh! what a blessing that you have come! ” In reply, she exhorted him to receive Baptism, and told him that he was indebted to the Blessed Virgin for this prolongation of his life. ” I wish to be baptized,” said he, and when the Sister replied that the priest would come, ” Ob! that will be too late! ” was his pitiful answer. The other patients now joined their entreaties to his, and the Sister, after reciting aloud the acts of faith, hope, charity and contrition, which the dying man endeavored to repeat, with hands clasped and eyes raised to Heaven, baptized him. Whilst the regenerating waters flowed upon his soul, transports of love and thanksgiving escaped his lips. Half an hour later, he closed his eyes, never to open them here below. All that the infirmarian related of his first death, was confirmed in the most positive manner, by the Protestant friend who had assisted in preparing him for the grave.


M. F. Paul de Magistris, aged seven years, was attacked about the middle of November, 1835, by a bilious gastric fever, which, by reason of accompanying circumstances, threatened to shorten his life. After three weeks illness, his nervous system was also attacked, and he became a prey to a state of profound drowsiness that resulted in the loss of reason and speech. His afflicted parents, seeing the obstinacy of the disease, notwithstanding all efforts of medical skill to the contrary, considered the case hopeless, and their child lost to them. On the evening of January 9th, the cure administered Extreme Unction, believing, as did all the assistants, that the little sufferer had but a few hours to live. A young person, who came to the house, having mentioned the Miraculous Medal brought from France by the priests of the Congregation of the Mission, it was immediately procured, and, with confidence in its healing powers, applied to the child, whilst all present knelt around his bed and recited the Ave Maris Stella. Scarcely had they finished, ere he was considered out of danger.

With renewed confidence in the medal, it was resolved to begin a novena in honor of the Blessed Virgin. During its progress, the disease diminished perceptibly, and the child has now entirely recovered. His parents, as well as other persons of credit and veracity, among them the attendant physician, attest that, having witnessed his deplorable condition, they feel convinced his recovery was a miracle, resulting from the application of the medal. February 22, 1836.  (Father Jean-Marie Aladael, The Miraculous Medal, published in the United States of America in 1880.­)

One will note in these stories quite a contrast between how the Sisters of Charity sought the good of souls as well as the bodies of the hospitalized as to opposed to the utilitarian “quality of life” standard employed by the merchants of death in white coats and black robes today who dispense with innocent life from conception through all subsequent stages as they see fit and with perfect legal impunity.

One will also that great confidence the Sisters placed in Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal, which is why we must pray to Our Lady to renew our own confidence in it and to pledge to distribute blessed Miraculous Medals to those we meet while offering them words of consolation and as we seek to inspire them to trust fully in Our Lady and the power of the Miraculous Medal.

We must pray to Our Lady to keep us from being deceived by the myths of modern medicine, which is why we must be assiduous in praying as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits.

We must always raise the standard of Christ the King as we exhort one and all to recognize that Our King, Who awaits in tabernacles for our acts of love and thanksgiving and reparation and petition, must reign over each man and each nation and that His Most Blessed Mother, Our Lady, she who is our Immaculate Queen, is to be honored publicly by each man and each nation, including by the government of the United States of America, in order to know what it is to be blessed abundantly by the true God of Divine Revelation.

May each Rosary we pray this day and every day, especially during this season of Advent as the new liturgical year has begun, help to plant seeds for this as we seek to serve Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as His consecrated slave through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for the day when men are united by the truths of the Catholic Faith and shape public life in accord with that which redounds to the good  of souls, not to the arbitrary whims of “professionals” who have dispensed with immutable truth and are ready to make short work of us all.

Viva Cristo Rey!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.Our Lady of the Rosary,

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Andrew the Apostle, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.

Saint Saturninus, pray for us.

Saint Andrew the Apostle, pray for us.

A True Catholic Rendezvous: A Personal Reminiscence of the Late +William C. Koneazny, R.I.P.

[2014 Preface: As noted on the introductory page, this reminiscence was written in 2004 after the death of +William C. Koneazny. It was republished five years ago on the fifth anniversary of his death. It is my privilege to republish it yet again ten years to the day after the death of this legendary figure, a man who cooperated with the graces to accept the true state of Holy Mother Church in this time of apostasy and betrayal no matter what it cost him in terms of human respect. Please pray for the soul of this gregarious Catholic gentleman, whose larger than life presence is missed so much by his widow, his children and grandchildren.]

News of the death of William C. Koneazny reached me late on the evening of June 16, 2004. He had died around the time of the Angelus earlier that morning, according to an e-mail sent to Richard and Silvana Cowden-Guido by his daughter, Mrs. Jean Koneazny Pollock. There was a Solemn High Requiem Mass for this indescribable apostle of the Catholic Faith at the former Saint Patrick Church in Falls Village, Connecticut, on Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. As one who met Bill Koneazny and his remarkable family nearly eighteen years ago, I want to renew on this fifth anniversary of Bill’s death an assurance to his devoted widow, Mrs. Eloise Koneazny, and to his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren (as well as the rest of his family members) that we pray for his soul every day. And I also want to take this opportunity to revisit a few reminiscences of a remarkable Catholic man, William C. Koneazny, who was 77 years of age at the time of his death.

The Providence of God leads us to meet many people in the course of our lifetimes. As the late Father John A. Hardon, S.J., noted frequently, “There is no such thing as a coincidence. Everything happens within the Providence of God.” I was led to meet Bill and Eloise Koneazny and their clan back when I was running for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the Right to Life Party line in the summer of 1986.

Jean Pollock, who ran what was called the “Summer Catholic Rendezvous” at the Canaan Valley Sporting Club in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in an area where the border between northwestern Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts meanders and weaves in an almost incomprehensible manner, called me to ask my running mate, Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon, and/or me to speak at their Summer Rendezvous. Mrs. Marjorie Garvey, who helped to put out The Parents’ Guide to Opus Dei, had recommended that Jean contact me.

Well, Mr. Dillon, who died on August 15, 2010, was unavailable. Thus, Jean had to settle for me. I can say in all truth that my agreeing to speak at the Rendezvous in the summer of 1986 helped to set me on the path to correct the errors of my Americanist ways and thus become an advocate of the Social Reign of Christ the King. As you will discover below, Bill Koneazny himself played a major role in my “conversion” in this regard.

Mrs. Pollock gave me meticulous directions to the Canaan Valley Sporting Club. Although I made a wrong turn or two on the mountain roads that were on the final leg of my journey from Long Island to Sheffield, Massachusetts, I made it there late on a Friday afternoon. The children of Jean Pollock and her husband Patrick were holding down the fort at the dilapidating structure that was the sporting club. Little did I realize that those six children, who ranged in age at that time from eleven to one (God blessed them with four more siblings), had been exposed all throughout their lives to some of the most influential Catholics, men and women who had participated in the phenomenon (and there is no other word to describe it) known as the Catholic Rendezvous, both in Sheffield and at the Ragamont Inn in Salisbury, Connecticut, in November of each year.

The Catholic Rendezvous was organized by Bill and Eloise Koneazny in the early 1970s to gather together a variety of Catholic speakers for a combination of talks, spiritual devotions, debates and discussions, all interspersed with a considerable amount of the consumption of adult beverages and the smoking of oversized cigars, neither of which interested me in the slightest. That, however, did not deter me from enjoying the camaraderie of the Rendezvous.

The Rendezvous was an outgrowth of Triumph magazine, which had been started by the late Brent Bozell in 1964 when he broke with his brother-in-law, William F. Buckley, Jr., over the secular conservative thrust of National Review. The late Brent Bozell, the father of the Brent Bozell who is known as the “conservative” bird dog of the “mainstream” media, came to understand the necessity of promoting the triumph of the Social Reign of Christ the King as the only way to retard the evils of modernity.

Among some of the writers of Triumph apart from Mr. Bozell who were recruited to participate in the Rendezvous in the early days were Warren Carroll, who founded Christendom College in 1977, Garry Potter, and Donald D’Elia, a professor of history at the State University of New York College at New Paltz (and a prominent figure in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists). Among those who would participate as the years wore on were Richard Cowden-Guido, Father James LeBar (the chief exorcist of the Archdiocese of New York), the late Dr. William A. Marra, and a whole host of others whose names I simply cannot recall at this point.

My own participation in the Rendezvous came relatively late in the phenomenon’s life. Many of the Rendezvousers were early participants in Operation Rescue. Some of them were brutalized in the police riot that took place in West Hartford, Connecticut, in June of 1989. The Rendezvous was an eclectic mix of sometimes quite eccentric personalities. Each Rendezvous had enough combustible material to ignite heated conversations about First and Last Things, to say nothing about the state of the Church and the world. And it spawned a few imitations. Garry Potter had a Washington Catholic Rendezvous in February of 1987.

Most of the participants in the Rendezvous were earnest “conservative” Catholics who were devoted to the Social Reign of Christ the King but who had yet to come to realize the importance of restoring the Traditional Latin Mass. Nonetheless, contacts were made there that helped many of us to find our way to tradition. The late Dr. Marra helped the Koneaznys find their way back to Tradition, just as he had helped me, along with Bill Koneazny, to come to understand the incompatibility of the American founding with the Faith. The Rendezvous thus brought together a variety of disparate souls who came to profit from the interchanges provided thereby.

I met Bill Koneazny and his wife Eloise late that Friday afternoon in July of 1986. He was sitting in a plastic chair on the veranda of the Canaan Valley Sporting Club, bedecked in a large shirt that he wore outside of his pants and festooned with a straw Panama hat. A cigar, which I came to realize was an ubiquitous feature of his, was being puffed quite merrily as he shook my hand. He began speaking about his early days in the tree and pest business, describing also his days as a stand-up comedian in some of the local establishments in western Massachusetts. I had no idea, however, of the Catholic profundity of this man until the next morning, although I discovered the piety of the home in which his wife and he lived later that evening. They had created a very impressive outdoor Way of Cross that led to a stone shrine in honor of Our Lady. “These are serious Catholics,” I thought to myself at the time. I learned just how serious by the following morning.

Jean Pollock had asked me to give a talk to the young people gathered for the Summer (or Youth) Rendezvous about the sin of “human respect.” The first part of the talk centered on the obligations we have to be soldiers in the Army of Christ and to resist peer pressure and popularity in order to stand fast in defense of the Holy Faith. I would not change a word of the first part of that talk. The second part, however, centered on how we had the opportunity under the framework of the American Constitution to speak as Catholics and to restore once again the primacy of God’s laws over human law as the foundation of the administration of justice. I not only would change everything about the second part of that talk; I am embarrassed by the fact that I gave it.

Bill Koneazny really stuck it to me immediately after I had completed my talk. As he took a puff on his cigar in the big plastic arm chair, he barked, “The Constitution is evil. It does not mention Christ.” I “defended” the Constitution by saying that it at least gave us the opportunity to compete in the marketplace of ideas, that we could use its framework to plant the seeds for the Catholicization of the country. I was quite wrong, of course, which is why I recognize only too well the arguments made by those who think me daft nowadays for my criticism of the American founding as antithetical to the Catholic Faith.

Bill Koneazny was unimpressed with my response. Speaking quite directly to a candidate for the second highest office in the State of New York, Bill said, “Politics is a sideshow.” I was not ready at that time to accept his comments. However, I filed them away. By the grace of our dear Blessed Mother I came to recognize the Catholic wisdom she had imparted upon William C. Koneazny and his brilliant ability to speak truth in a direct and forceful manner between puffs on a cigar. He was right, I was wrong.

Bill and Eloise Koneazny spent a great deal of money funding the food and the drinks served at the Rendezvous, to say nothing of paying for the expenses of the speakers. They cooked up many of the meals for the rendezvouers, especially during the summer rendezvous, and served their guests. They demonstrated both humility and graciousness, sprinkled with a lot of good humor, in the process.

Indeed, Bill was an expert chef. He and Eloise had their own catering business, an enterprise that would bring them into the homes of people who found themselves exposed to the Koneaznys’ apostolic efforts. And Bill and Eloise would venture down the 120 miles or so from the Berkshire Mountains to New York City once or twice a year, staying at Howard Johnson’s hotel on the west side of Manhattan, affording them a good location from which to witness to the Catholic Faith to street walkers and drug dealers. Bill used these occasions to swagger into bars with his panama hat and walking stick, shouting out, “Listen up, everyone. Belly on up to the bar. We’re talking about God and the Catholic Church. Drinks are on the house.” Bill, who was a very good apologist for the Faith, took on all comers. God uses each man’s strengths to try to reach other’s souls. Bill Koneazny’s strength was that he was a showman who used his naturally gregarious bent for the sake of bringing souls into the true Church (or bringing the fallen away back into the Church).

Bill and Eloise’s generosity extended to the speakers they imported for the Rendezvous. They put up some of the speakers in their home, nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires in Sheffield, Massachusetts, although they spent a few months every year in a winter home in Picayune, Mississippi. I spent a few nights at their home in Sheffield back in July of 1986, sharing a bedroom with Dr. Don D’Elia. A typical Rendezvous moment occurred the first evening of my stay there.

Don D’Elia has worn hearing aids for years. He stored his hearing aids in a drawer of a bureau in the bedroom we were sharing in the Koneazny house that weekend in 1986. I heard a strange sort of buzzing sound emanating from the direction of the bureau, not knowing it was the sound of Don’s hearing aids. Don was sound asleep in his bed, stone cold deaf as he snored up a storm. Well, as one who treasures the opportunity to sleep, I was determined to stop the noise. So, I pounded on the bureau. The noise stopped.

We found out the next morning that I had killed Don D’Elia’s hearing aids. “I think I killed Don D’Elia’s hearing aids,” I announced the next morning at breakfast. Bill and Eloise just roared when the story was recounted. Indeed, Bill, who had been, as mentioned before, a professional comic and story-teller, was full of personal vignettes that had occurred over the years at the Rendezvous. And his broad sense of humor, which could range from the earthy to the dry, usually manifested itself in multifaceted ways during the course of any given Rendezvous.

One of the examples of Bill Koneazny’s dry humor occurred at the end of the “winter” Rendezvous at the Ragamont Inn in November of 1989. He posted a typewritten “schedule” for the final day, a Sunday, of the Rendezvous. It went something like this:

9:00 a.m. Rosary

9:30 a.m. Holy Mass

10:45 a.m. Brunch

12:00 noon Final talk

1:30 p.m. Everyone leaves the Ragamont Inn to return home

4:00 p.m. Farley Clinton speaks

If you don’t catch that one, I am sorry, folks. Bill was having some fun at the expense of Farley Clinton, who has been for some years now the Rome correspondent for The Wanderer, who was not present at that Rendezvous. Bill was also able to poke fun at himself, especially when he moderated Catholic trivia games. And he was not above trying bring a bit of levity to events that were a little pretentious, as he did at a fund-raiser for Christendom College in New York City in the 1980s. The precise nature of Bill’s prank is probably best not to publish here. Suffice it to say, however, that it brought down the house. And there was the time in 1987 during the youth Rendezvous that a large spider was lowering itself right next to where Ann Cillus, who heads the Padre Pio Society in Canada, was speaking. Mrs. Cillus was a little unnerved by the arachnid. Bill Koneazny was unfazed. He took the spider by its web, put it in his mouth and ate it with delight. “Could have used a bit more pepper,” he said as Mrs. Cillus tried to control a scream of surprise. Bill just licked his chops as Mrs. Cillus tried to regain her composure.

Above and beyond all that Bill Koneazny sought to do for the Church–and above and beyond the burlesque nature of the personality he used to good effect in public settings, though, he and his wife were first and foremost Catholic parents who were concerned about getting their children home to Heaven. Each of their four children (Jean, Joan, Jennifer and James, all “J’s in honor of Our Lord) continued on their parents’ apostolic efforts in their own way, welcoming their own children quite generously and training them, the Koneazys’ grandchildren, to be apostles for Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen.

Bill Koneazny was man known to do great penances. He once announced that he was going to go on a strict bread and water fast throughout the forty days of Lent. I was very impressed when he said to this to me. He then deadpanned. “Yes, I am going to drink nothing other than beer during the entirety of Lent. What’s beer but bread and water compressed into a can?”

Although quite the jokester in public, Bill Koneazny was deadly serious about the salvation of his immortal soul, especially about prayer and real acts of penance and mortification. His daughter Jean Pollock told me in a phone conversation five days before he died that he prayed the Thirty Days’ Novena to Saint Joseph every day of his adult life. Bill Koneazny, although he had gone to the Novus Ordo for over twenty years before the late Bill Marra brought him back to Tradition, was not influenced by the new religion into thinking that he had his salvation assured for him. He worked out his salvation in fear and in trembling, spending countless hidden hours in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and to the Mother of God.

As a man of consummate faith and complete acceptance of the will of God, Bill Koneazny gave remarkable witness to others when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2003. After having been given the initial news, Bill went back for a follow-up examination. He brought some flowers for the nurse who had been attending him. Quite surprised, she said, “No patient’s ever given me flowers before.” Bill told her, “No one’s ever given me cancer before.” By the grace of our dear Blessed Mother, Bill Koneazny, who would frequently sing in a very loud voice “Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria” as he walked through the corridors of the Canaan Valley Sporting Club or the Ragamont Inn during a Rendezvous, was intent on demonstrating that a Catholic accepts the news of a terminal illness with faith in the will of God, being grateful for the opportunity to prepare for a happy and holy death.

Bill Koneazny has now encountered his true Catholic rendezvous. It can be said that the Rendezvous events he sponsored over the course of twenty years (the last one was in Kingston, New York in 1994, I believe) were really something of a foretaste of the Last Day, when all of the souls of the just will be rejoicing forever in the glory of the Beatific Vision.

Well, Bill has had his rendezvous with the Divine Master he loved so completely and served so well throughout his seventy-seven years of life. He would be the first one to implore his family and his many hundreds upon hundreds of friends and acquaintances to pray for the repose of his immortal soul and to have Masses offered for him ceaselessly, to say nothing of remembering him in their daily Rosaries. The legacy of Catholic apostolic zeal and fervor he imparted upon his children and grandchildren will include Masses offered for his immortal soul when his great grandchildren are having children or have entered the religious life.

What I did not note five years ago in the original posting of this article was that the late William C. Koneazny, the man who helped to steer me away from there heresy of Americanism, was also light years ahead of me about the simple truth that those who defect from the Faith expel themselves from the Church and thus cannot hold ecclesiastical office legitimately. Bill’s prayers from eternity, I am sure, helped us to find our way to the truth about our ecclesiastical situation. It was through the Koneaznys and the Pollocks that we met Father Joseph Collins in 2003, and it was through Father Collins that we met Father Denis McMahon, who brought my late father-in-law, Mr. John Collins, back to the Faith one month before he died in 2007 after having been away from It for over seventy years. We owe Bill a great deal.

Bill Koneazny was sent many graces by Our Lady in his life. He did not waste them. He is still working for us from eternity as his dear widow, Mrs. Eloise Koneazny, has Masses offered for his immortal soul on the sixteenth of each and every month and as his friends, including us, remember his immortal soul in our prayers every single day without fail.

Once again, in behalf of my wife Sharon and our daughter Lucy Mary Norma, I want to assure Mrs. Koneazny and her children and their spouses and their own children of our prayers for Bill Koneazny’s immortal soul each day, including this fifth anniversary of his death. The little church in Falls Village was indeed bursting at the seams five years ago when Father Joseph Collins, who is the pastor of Saint Michael’s Chuch in Glenmont, New York, offered Bill’s Requiem Mass, which itself was a testament to the affection that so many people continue to have for a giant of a Catholic apostle who had such love for Our Lord, Our Lady, Saint Joseph and all of the angels and the saints.

I have quoted Bill Koneazny several times on this site over the years. His daughter Jean told me of her late father’s unshakeable Faith in Our Lady’s Fatima Message. Bill knew full well that Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart would triumph in the end. As he told his children, “Our Lady will come and throw the bums out!”


Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei.

Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Anima ejus et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen.


Father Louis J. Campbell: Sermon for Trinity Sunday

[Publisher-editor’s note: Father Louis J. Campbell, who was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on September 3, 1961, and has been the pastor of Saint Jude Shrine in Stafford, Texas, since 2001, has been gracious enough to give his permission for me to post his powerful sermon for Trinity Sunday on this site. I am grateful to Father Campbell for permitting me to do so. Please pray for Father Campbell and his assistant priest, who was ordained in 1958, for the work they do so tirelessly in behalf of souls during this time of apostasy and betrayal.]

Trinity Sunday, June 15, 2014

Facing the Bitter Truth

by Father Louis J. Campbell

Before He ascended to the Father, the command of our Lord Jesus Christ was to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…” (Mt.28:19). He made no exceptions, like “Don’t make disciples of the Ephesians,” or “Don’t bother with the Philippians,” or “Don’t preach the Gospel to the Jews, they have their own covenant.”  

But what passes for the Church in these times has chosen not to preach the Gospel to the Jews. They say, with John Paul II, that the Jewish covenant with God has never been revoked. Only a false church could disobey Our Lord’s direct command to preach the Gospel to all nations. The True Church could never disobey in such an essential matter. But the conciliar church is no longer obedient to our Lord. It now obeys the instructions of its new master, Talmudic Judaism. 

On his recent visit to Middle East locations, “Francis I” Bergoglio prayed at the Wailing Wall and visited the Yad Vashev Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, where he quoted the words, “A great evil has befallen us, such as never happened under the heavens.” This was like the kiss of Judas. No atrocity, not even the so-called Holocaust, can be compared IN ANY WAY with the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. History is full of horrible atrocities, mass killings and genocides, but the killing of Jesus Christ, True God and True Man, was an infinitely greater atrocity than any of them. To kill other human beings is homicide. To kill the Son of God is deicide.

So why do Jews consider their “Holocaust” – their claim that six million Jews died in the gas chambers at Auschwitz and other locations – such an unspeakable atrocity? What about the seven to eleven million Ukrainians who died of forced starvation under Josef Stalin and his comrades in the early 1930’s? This is seldom brought to our attention. It’s not your “Holocaust” movie of the month. And what about the estimated twenty to sixty million Christians and others who were liquidated under Communism in the Soviet Union? 

The real point about the Holocaust is not the number who died. It’s that those who died were Jews. According to the holy book of apostate Judaism, The Talmud, to strike a Jew is to attack God. They believe their “Holocaust” was deicide! Other human beings are of an inferior species. To kill them is a much lesser evil. The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ was the execution of a criminal, because He was a mere man claiming to be God, and was thereby guilty of blasphemy. Those who believe that Jesus Christ is God are also guilty of blasphemy, and they, too, should be executed.  

How can Francis befriend those who follow The Talmud, which assigns Jesus Christ to Hell, and portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary as a woman of low moral character? Well, he doesn’t want to judge. Since the beginning of the Christian era, the Jews of The Talmud, which was written and compiled by the Jews who refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah, have sought to overcome and destroy the Catholic Church. One of their most effective methods is to infiltrate the Church, planting secret Jews in positions of influence and power within the Church. There they can carry out their work of destroying Catholicism. Consider the cadre of Jewish false clergy at Vatican II, who managed to push through the document, Nostra Aetate, which has been the source of so much damage to the Catholic Church.

According to the book written at the beginning of Vatican II, The Plot Against the Church: ⃰

“The highest aim of the Jewish Fifth Column in the clergy has always been to gain control of the papacy and to place a secret Jew on the chair of St. Peter. For this would make it possible for it to use the Church for the revolutionary. Imperialist plans of the Synagogue and to cause harm to our religion.” (Maurice Pinay, The Plot Against The Church,192)

It is difficult for us to face the bitter truth, but the evidence is there, right before our eyes. At least two of the conciliar “popes” were of Jewish ancestry. All of them frequently entertained Jewish delegations like those from B’nai B’rith, the Jewish Masonic organization. “Francis I” Bergoglio entertains and prays with his Jewish friends in his Vatican quarters. His close friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, was with him on his recent visit to Israel. Back in Argentina, Francis had a history of taking part in religious ceremonies in the synagogue with the local rabbis, wearing his yarmulke and lighting the Menorah. Surely, behind his back, his Jewish friends are congratulating themselves on what they think is their successful conquest of the Catholic Church. The church of Vatican II has become a satellite of Talmudic Judaism.

What the Catholic Church struggled against since the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the group of disciples praying with them in the Upper Room, has become stark reality. The Catholic Church as it was, has been virtually destroyed by the Synagogue of Satan, as Our Lord called it. The heresy of Ecumenism is eating away at what remains, and the flock of Christ is tossed in the storms of heresy and doubt.

But we must remember this – although our Mother Church is for a time eclipsed by the false church, we are not without a Mother. As she was present at Pentecost, so the Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary is with us now, sheltering us in her Immaculate Heart, and waging war against our enemy, the devil. By the grace of her Divine Son she will crush all heresies, and prepare us for His coming on the clouds of Heaven. Hear these wise words of St. Paul:

“We beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together unto him, not to be hastily shaken from your right mind, nor terrified, whether by spirit, or by utterance… Let no one deceive you in any way, for the day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition… For the mystery of iniquity is already at work; provided only that he who is at present restraining it, does still restrain, until he is gotten out of the way. And then the wicked one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of his mouth and will destroy with the brightness of his coming. And his coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all wicked deception to those who are perishing. For they have not received the love of truth that they might be saved. Therefore God sends them a misleading influence that they may believe falsehood, that all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have preferred wickedness.  

“But we, brethren beloved of God, are bound to give thanks to God always for you, because God has chosen you as first-fruits unto salvation through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth… So then, brethren, stand firm, and hold the teachings that you have learned, whether by word or by letter of ours. And may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and has given us through grace everlasting consolation and good hope, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word” (2Thess.2:1,2a,3;7-13;15-17).


Antichrist and His Anti-Pentecost

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day on which the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity descended in tongues of flame upon Our Lady, the Queen of the Apostles, and the Apostles themselves and those others who had been gathered in prayer in the Cenacle following Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’s Ascension to His Co-Eternal and Co-Equal God the Father in Heaven.

Vivified by the Seven Gifts and Twelve Fruits of God the Holy Ghost, our first pope, Saint Peter, exercised the true gift of tongues as he spoke in his native Aramaic and was understood in the various languages of the Jews who had gathered in Jerusalem from all over the Mediterranean. The first papal Urbi et Orbi address was an exhortation to those Jews to convert to the true Faith:

Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day:

But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will shew wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord come.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know: This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it. For David saith concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved.

For this my heart hath been glad, and any tongue hath rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Ye men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David; that he died, and was buried; and his sepulchre is with us to this present day. Whereas therefore he was a prophet, and knew that God hath sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his throne.

Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For neither was he left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised again, whereof all we are witnesses. Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this which you see and hear. For David ascended not into heaven; but he himself said: The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.

Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation.

They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls. And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: many wonders also and signs were done by the apostles in Jerusalem, and there was great fear in all. And all they that believed, were together, and had all things common. Their possessions and goods they sold, and divided them to all, according as every one had need. (Acts 2: 14-41.)

Saint Peter, the first pope, preached the Gospel to the Jews. Three thousand of them were baptized as they left the religion that had been superseded fifty-one days before as Our Lord took His last breath on the wood of the Holy Cross and the curtain in the Temple was torn in down from top to bottom as the earth beneath it quaked.

Yes, the first pope, Saint Peter, sought to convert his fellow Jews.

An Antipope, “Pope Francis,” recognizes the Talmudic version of Judaism as a religion that enjoys the favor of the true God of Divine Revelation, the Most Blessed Trinity, even though the Talmudists deny the existence of the Most Blessed Trinity and, of course, the Sacred Divinity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who is blasphemed in their diabolically inspired book, the Talmud. Jorge Mario Bergoglio has prayed from the Talmud within the walls of the Vatican with Talmudic rabbis, including his pro-abortion, pro-perversity co-author, Abraham Skorka. 

The current Antipope is thus making this day an Anti-Pentecost Sunday by permitting a Talmudic Zionist, Shimon Peres, to pray to his false gods in full violation of the binding precepts of the First Commandment.

In contrast to the sermon of the fist pope, Antipope Bergoglio, is permitting the grounds of the Vatican Garden that have been traversed by true popes who sought to convert all non-Catholics to the true Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order, to be the den of prayers inspired by the devil that are hideous in the sight of the Most Blessed Trinity.

This is the Talmudic prayer to be offered to the devil today inside the walls of the Occupied Vatican on the West Bank of the Tiber River:

Prayer from the Yom Kippur
(Day of Atonement) service
Your servant David said before you: “Who may discern errors? Cleanse me from hidden faults”. Cleanse us, O Lord our God from all our transgressions, purify us from our impurity and cast pure water on us and purify us, as is written by Your prophets: “I will cast clean water upon you, and you shall be cleansed from all your impurities and from all your contamination I will purify you”. And it is said: “Take words with you and return to the Lord; say to him, “Take away all guilt; accept that which is good, and we will offer up the fruit of our lips.” You are merciful, accepting those who turn back to You, and with regard to repentance You promised from the beginning , and with regard to repentance, our eyes look hopefully to You. And out of Your love or us, O Lord our God, who loved Israel Your people in Your mercy, and in Your compassion with which, You had compassion on the children of Your covenant, You granted us forgiveness of sin and the pardon of transgression and the atonement of iniquity.
Brief musical interlude.
(in Hebrew)
Prayer of Nahman of Breslav
Lord of Peace,
Divine Ruler, to whom peace belongs!
Maker of Peace,
Creator of all things!
May it be Your will to put an end to war
and bloodshed in the world,
and to spread a great and wonderful peace over the whole world,
so that nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.
Help us and save us all,
Let us merit to cling tightly to the virtue of peace.
Let there be a truly great peace
between every person and his fellow,
and between husband and wife,
and let there be no division among people not even in the heart.
Let every person love peace and pursue peace
Always in truth and integrity
Let us never cling to division
Not even when it comes to those who do not agree with us.
Let us never shame any person on earth,
great or small
And may we merit to truly keep the commandment
to “love your neighbor as yourself,”
with an entire heart, body, soul and possessions.
And let what is written be fulfilled in us:
“I will grant peace in the land,
and you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid;
I will remove dangerous animals from the land,
and no sword shall go through your land.”
God who is peace, bless us with peace!
Prayer for Peace from the Daily Service
Grant peace,
goodness, blessing, grace, lovingkindness, and mercy;
on us and all your people Israel and on the world.
Bless us all as one by the light
of Your countenance our Father.
For by the light of Your countenance,
You have given us O Lord our God,
a Torah of Life, loving kindness,
and righteousness and blessing
and mercy and life and peace.
May it be Your will to bless us all with Your Peace.
Jewish musical meditation. (As found atFull text of Pentecost Sunday’s “Invocation for Peace.)
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ visited destruction upon the Jews for their refusal to listen to the preaching of the Apostles. He gave them a time of mercy following His Crucifixion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven and the beginning of Holy Mother Church’s missionary work on this very day in the year 33 A.D. As He Himself had prophesied, the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. The pagan Romans, to whom they turned Our Lord over to be Crucified, were used by God as the instruments to disperse most of them throughout the regions of the known world. The Jewish religion is dead. It is false. It is loathe by the true God of Divine Revelation.
The work of Saint Peter is thus contradicted yet again by an Anti-Peter, Jorge Mario Begoglio/Francis, who believes in and practices the reverse of what The Fisherman did on this day, Pentecost Sunday by reaffirming Jews in their false religion and by communicating to the whole world that their prayers are pleasing to God. He is a hideous apostate, an unrepentant blasphemer and a heretic with a lying tongue.
Such a man cannot be a true and legitimate Successor of Saint Peter.
There is no need to recount the ways in which each of the conciliar “popes,” starting with “Saint John XXIII,” have sought to appease the Talmudists. We are simply witnessing the natural unfolding of the falsehoods of concilarism itself, of which Bergoglio is merely the supreme expression. I see no need to repeat what I did in a recent two-part series that has been read by very few people (Led By Thoroughly False Spirits, part one and Led by Thoroughly False Spirits, part two.)
Although no less blasphemous and offensive to the Most Blessed Trinity than the prayers offered by the Talmudists, the recitation of prayers from the blasphemous Koran within the confines of the Vatican in its conciliar captivity is but a logical progression from these actions, images and words:

Indeed, such subtlety [Paul VI’s removal of his tiara] seemed designed to bear a very special sort of fruit. So did Paul’s visit one year later to the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he told delegates:

“We are conscious that you are the interpreters of all that is paramount in human wisdom. We would almost say: of its sacred character. For your concern is first and foremost with the life of man, and man’s life is sacred: no one may dare to interfere with it.”

Presumably “no one” does not included God. Paul’s performance at the United Nations, an organization long viewed with suspicion by the Church for the obvious reasons, sent many a Catholic reeling. So did papal act just two months later, when Paul gave back to the Muslims the Standard of Lepanto. The history of the flag was venerable. It was taken from a Turkish admiral during a great naval battle in 1571. While Pope St. Pius V fasted and prayed the Rosary, an out-numbered Christian fleet defeated a much larger Moslem navy, thus saving Christendom from the infidel. In honor of the miraculous victory, Pius V instituted the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary to commemorate Her intercession.

In one dramatic act Paul renounced not only a remarkable Christian victory, but the prayers and sacrifices of a great Pope and saint. Worse, he appeared to be rejecting the intercession of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary–again. “The wars of religion are finished for good.” Paul told the Turks by way of explanation. Their immediate response was not recorded, but the rise of militant Islam in the last three decades indicates that yet another of Pope Paul’s prophecies has gone awry. (Mark Fellows, Fatima in Twilight, Marmion Publications, 2003, p. 193.)

Pope kisses Koran
May 14, 1999 (see the story at: Wojtyla kisses the Koran.)

Dear friends,

At this time I wish to express my respect for the Muslim representatives present here. Through you I send my cordial greetings to the entire Muslim community throughout Ghana.

During my recent visit to Turkey I had the occasion to speak special words of friendship for my Islamic brothers and sisters. My words were the expression of a contact that was fostered by the Second Vatican Council, and that found an important reference in the memorable Message to Africa of Paul VI in 1967. On that occasion he stated: “We also wish to express our esteem for all the followers of Islam living in Africa, who have principles in common with Christianity, which give us glad hope of an effective dialogue. Meanwhile, we express our wish that Muslims and Christians live as neighbours mutual respect will be constantly present in social life also, and common action to promote the acceptance and the defence of man’s fundamental rights”

Yes, mutual respect based on mutual understanding and directed to the joint service of humanity is a great contribution to the world.

Hence today I renew my own sentiments of esteem and those of the whole Catholic Church for the Muslims of Ghana and of all Africa, praying that the Almighty and Merciful God will grant peace and brotherhood to all the members of the human family. And may the harmony of creation and the great cause of human dignity be advanced through our fraternal solidarity and friendship. (To the Muslim Leaders of Ghana, Accra, May 8, 1980.)

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Ratzinger at the Blue Mosque, Istabul, Turkey, November 30, 2006. The German Apostate took off his shoes and assumed the Mohammedan prayer position as he was directed by his infidel host to turn in the direction of Mecca. Do you think that Ratzinger, who is in need conversion to the Faith himself, was praying for the Musims to convert?

Places of worship, like this splendid Al-Hussein Bin Talal mosque named after the revered late King, stand out like jewels across the earth’s surface. From the ancient to the modern, the magnificent to the humble, they all point to the divine, to the Transcendent One, to the Almighty. And through the centuries these sanctuaries have drawn men and women into their sacred space to pause, to pray, to acknowledge the presence of the Almighty, and to recognize that we are all his creatures. (Speech to Muslim religious leaders, members of the Diplomatic Corps and Rectors of universities in Jordan in front of the mosque al-Hussein bin Talal in Amman)

Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI entering the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 12, 2009. Note that the false “pontiff emeritus” had taken off his shoes once again.

The following prayer to be uttered today, Pentecost Sunday, which is being proffered by Mahmoud Abbas, is thus but a logical plank in the building of Antichrist’s own One World Ecumenical Church:

Praise be to God, who created the heavens and the earth, made darkness and light, brought everything out of nothing, created us as the best part of creation, formed us in the best of forms, bestowing on us hearing, sight, intelligence, and heart. Blessed be God, best of creators.
Oh God, to you all praise, O Lord, to you all praise, O Creator of the heavens and the earth, O You who know the unknown and the manifest, O Lord of everything and its sovereign, we testify that there is no god but You alone and You have no partner, we seek refuge in You from the evil in ourselves and the evil of Satan, his partners, his godlessness and his whispering, and we seek refuge in You from godlessness and want, and we seek refuge in You so that we do not bring evil upon ourselves or bring it upon anyone else.
O God, to You all praise, much praise, good and blessed, we praise You for all the grace bestowed upon us, seen and unseen, in religion or in the world, for Your graces cannot be counted or calculated, and we ask You, our Lord, that they last forever, be preserved and blessed, and that they might help us to remember You, thank You and worship You better, until we worship You, remember You and thank You as You desire, and to You all praise, O Lord, as befits the splendor of Your face and the greatness of Your power.
O God, You are all able and we are unable, You possess all and we have nothing, You know all and we know nothing, You know hidden things, we praise You, we thank You for all that You have showered upon us and all You have done so well for us in religion and in this world, to You praise, our Lord, in first things and in the hereafter, to You praise in good times and bad, to You praise until You are gratified and to You praise when You are satisfied, to You praise after satisfaction, there is no power and no strength but in You.
Brief musical interlude.
(in Arabic)
O God, our Lord and our God there is no god but You, You created us and we are Your servants, and we are committed to You as best we can, we take our refuge in You from the evil we have done, we return to You by the grace You bestow on us, and we return from our transgressions and our sins, forgive us, for there is no one who forgives sins except You.
O God, our Lord, God whose name is sanctified in the heavens, Your command is in the heavens and on earth, as Your mercy is in the heavens, so let Your mercy be manifest on earth, forgive us our transgressions and our sins, You are the Lord of those who are good, pour down upon us Your mercy, Your pardon, Your goodness and Your healing, Most Merciful of the merciful.
O God, inspire us to tell the truth, to do good, to instruct in virtue, to put an end to what is forbidden, seeking Your generous face, O Master of splendor and honor, so that we do only good for the good of all, all people, removing injustice from the oppressed, so that we may receive Your mercy which encompasses all things, and help us, O Lord, to do right with what is right, in matters of justice and charity, and put an end to indecency, all that is forbidden, evil, injustice and aggression.
O God, we seek refuge in You from going astray or being led astray, from slipping or causing others to slip, from doing wrong or suffering wrong, from committing aggression or having aggression committed against us, forgive us for whatever sins we have committed in all of this, O Most Merciful of the merciful, for our hope is in Your mercy, and we fear Your retribution, do not put us among the unjust violent ones, O Lord of the worlds, help us to come to the assistance of the unjustly oppressed, so that we are granted in this Your mercy, Your pardon and Your satisfaction.
Brief musical interlude.
(in Arabic)
Praise to God, merciful, compassionate, king, holy, peace, faith, sovereign, precious, mighty, proud, creator, maker, former.
O God, You are peace, and peace is from You, and to You peace returns, You are blessed and You are glorified, O Master of splendor and honor, inspire us, O Lord, with peace and reveal to us peace and make us dwellers in the realm of peace, among those who do not live in fear or sorrow.
O God, we seek refuge in You from injustice and oppression, from illegitimate aggression, and we ask You, our Lord, to make us rightly guided, not going astray nor leading astray, believing in You and trusting in You, guide us, O Lord, to the most preferred of words, guide us, O Lord, to the most perfect of acts, guide us, O Lord, to the best of morals, for no one can guide to this except You, and You are able to do all things.
O God, make us, O Lord, keys to all that is good, locks to all that is evil, we ask of You what is good and proper, that You provide us with safety, peace, security and faith, for us and for our peoples, our families, our fathers and mothers, our sons and daughters, and for all humanity and all nations, and all creatures in Your great creation, give us, O Lord, in this world good, and in the Hereafter good, and protect us from the torment of the fire.
O God, bring about peace in the land of peace, O Master of splendor and honor, and remove injustice against the oppressed in this land, feed its people who hunger, and secure them against fear, and keep them from evil and evil doers, from unjust aggressors, O Lord of the Worlds.
Muslim musical meditation. (As found atFull text of Pentecost Sunday’s “Invocation for Peace.)
The words below, preached by Blessed Pope Urban II on November 27, 1095, stand in contrast to the Antipope Bergoglio who is making a mockery of Pentecost Sunday with a “prayer service” that is Anti-Pentecost to the core of its sacrilegious being:

“If among the churches scattered about over the whole world some, because of persons or location, deserve reverence above others (for persons, I say, since greater privileges are accorded to apostolic sees; for places, indeed, since the same dignity which is accorded to persons is also shown to regal cities, such as Constantinople), we owe most to that church from which we received the grace of redemption and the source of all Christianity. If what the Lord says namely, ‘Salvation is from the Jews,’ accords with the truth, and it is true that the Lord has left us Sabaoth as seed, that we may not become like Sodom and Gomorrah, and our seed is Christ, in whom is the salvation and benediction of all peoples, then, indeed, the very land and city in which He dwelt and suffered is, by witnesses of the Scriptures, holy. If this land is spoken of in the sacred writings of the prophets as the inheritance and the holy temple of God before ever the Lord walked about in it, or was revealed, what sanctity, what reverence has it not acquired since God in His majesty was there clothed in the flesh, nourished, grew up, and in bodily form there walked about, or was carried about; and, to compress in fitting brevity all that might be told in a long series of words, since there the blood of the Son of God, more holy than heaven and earth, was poured forth, and His body, its quivering members dead, rested in the tomb. What veneration do we think it deserves? If, when the Lord had but just been crucified and the city was still held by the Jews, it was called holy by the evangelist when he says, ‘Many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised; and coming forth out of the tombs after His resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared unto many,’ and by the prophet Isaiah when be says, ‘It shall be His glorious sepulchre,’ then, surely, with this sanctity placed upon it by God the Sanctifier Himself, no evil that may befall it can destroy it, and in the same way glory is indivisibly fixed to His Sepulchre. Most beloved brethren, if you reverence the source of that holiness and I . you cherish these shrines which are the marks of His footprints on earth, if you seek (the way), God leading you, God fighting in your behalf, you should strive with your utmost efforts to cleanse the Holy City and the glory of the Sepulchre, now polluted by the concourse of the Gentiles, as much as is in their power.

“If in olden times the Maccabees attained to the highest praise of piety because they fought for the ceremonies and the Temple, it is also justly granted you, Christian soldiers, to defend their liberty of your country by armed endeavor. If you, likewise, consider that the abode of the holy apostles and any other saints should be striven for with such effort, why do you refuse to rescue the Cross, the Blood, the Tomb? Why do you refuse to visit them, to spend the price of your lives in rescuing them? You have thus far waged unjust wars, at one time and another; you have brandished mad weapons to your mutual destruction, for no other reason than covetousness and pride, as a result of which you have deserved eternal death and sure damnation. We now hold out to you wars which contain the glorious reward of martyrdom, which will retain that title of praise now and forever.

“Let us suppose, for the moment, that Christ was not dead and buried, and had never lived any length of time in Jerusalem. Surely, if all this were lacking, this fact alone ought still to arouse you to go to the aid of the land and city — the fact that ‘Out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem!’ If all that there is of Christian preaching has flowed from the fountain of Jerusalem, its streams, whithersoever spread out over the whole world, encircle the hearts of the Catholic multitude, that they may consider wisely what they owe such a well-watered fountain. If rivers return to the place whence they have issued only to flow forth again, according to the saying of Solomon, it ought to seem glorious to you to be able to apply a new cleansing to this place, whence it is certain that you received the cleansing of baptism and the witness of your faith.

“And you ought, furthermore, to consider with the utmost deliberation, if by your labors, God working through you, it should occur that the Mother of churches should flourish anew to the worship of Christianity, whether, perchance, He may not wish other regions of the East to be restored to the faith against the approaching time of the Antichrist. For it is clear that Antichrist is to do battle not with the Jews, not with the Gentiles; but, according to the etymology of his name, He will attack Christians. And if Antichrist finds there no Christians (just as at present when scarcely any dwell there), no one will be there to oppose him, or whom he may rightly overcome. According to Daniel and Jerome, the interpreter of Daniel, he is to fix his tents on the Mount of Olives; and it is certain, for the apostle teaches it, that he will sit at Jerusalem in the Temple of the Lord, as though he were God. And according to the same prophet, he will first kill three kings of Egypt, Africa, and Ethiopia, without doubt for their Christian faith: This, indeed, could not at all be done unless Christianity was established where now is paganism. If, therefore, you are zealous in the practice of holy battles, in order that, just as you have received the seed of knowledge of God from Jerusalem, you may in the same way restore the borrowed grace, so that through you the Catholic name may be advanced to oppose the perfidy of the Antichrist and the Antichristians then, who can not conjecture that God, who has exceeded the hope of all, will consume, in the abundance of your courage and through you as the spark, such a thicket of paganism as to include within His law Egypt, Africa, and Ethiopia, which have withdrawn from the communion of our belief? And the man of sin, the son of perdition, will find some to oppose him. Behold, the Gospel cries out, ‘Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.’ ‘Times of the Gentiles’ can be understood in two ways: Either that they have ruled over the Christians at their pleasure, and have gladly frequented the sloughs of all baseness for the satisfaction of their lusts, and in all this have had no obstacle (for they who have everything according to their wish are said to have their time; there is that saying: ‘My time is not yet come, but your time is always ready,’ whence the lustful are wont to say ‘you are having your time’). Or, again, ‘the times of the Gentiles’ are the fulness of time for those Gentiles who shall have entered secretly before Israel shall be saved.  These times, most beloved brothers, will now, forsooth, be fulfilled, provided the might of the pagans be repulsed through You, with the cooperation of God. With the end of the world already near, even though the Gentiles fail to be converted to the Lord (since according to the apostle there must be a withdrawal from the faith), it is first necessary, according to their prophecy, that the Christian sway be renewed in those regions either through you, or others, whom it shall please God to send before the coming of Antichrist, so that the head of all evil, who is to occupy there the throne of the kingdom, shall find some support of the faith to fight against him.

“Consider, therefore, that the Almighty has provided you, perhaps, for this purpose, that through you He may restore Jerusalem from such debasement. Ponder, I beg you, how full of joy and delight our hearts will be when we shall see the Holy City restored with your little help, and the prophet’s, nay divine, words fulfilled in our times. Let your memory be moved by what the Lord Himself says to the Church: ‘I will bring thy seed from the East and gather thee from the West.’ God has already brought our, seed from the East, since in a double way that region of the East has given the first beginnings of the Church to us. But from the West He will also gather it, provided He repairs the wrongs of 1 Jerusalem through those who have begun the witness of the final faith, that is the people of the West. With God’s assistance, we think this can be done through you.

“If neither the words of the Scriptures arouse you, nor our admonitions penetrate your minds, at least let the great suffering of those who desired to go to the holy places stir you up. Think of those who made the pilgrimage across the sea! Even if they were more wealthy, consider what taxes, what violence they underwent, since they were forced to make payments and tributes almost every mile, to purchase release at every gate of the city, at the entrance of the churches and temples, at every side journey from place to place: also, if any accusation whatsoever were made against them, they were compelled to purchase their release; but if they refused to pay money, the prefects of the Gentiles, according to their custom, urged them fiercely with blows. What shall we say of those who took up the journey without anything more than trust in their barren poverty, since they seemed to have nothing except their bodies to lose? They not only demanded money of them, which is not an unendurable punishment, but also examined the callouses of their heels, cutting them open and folding the skin back, lest, perchance, they had sewed something there. Their unspeakable cruelty was carried on even to the point of giving them scammony to drink until they vomited, or even burst their bowels, because they thought the wretches had swallowed gold or silver; or, horrible to say, they cut their bowels open with a sword and, spreading out the folds of the intestines, with frightful mutilation disclosed whatever nature held there in secret. Remember, I pray, the thousands who have perished vile deaths, and strive for the holy places from which the beginnings of your faith have come. Before you engage in His battles, believe without question that Christ will be your standard-bearer and inseparable forerunner.

The most excellent man concluded his oration and by the power of the blessed Peter. absolved all who vowed to go and confirmed those acts with apostolic blessing. He instituted a sign well suited to so honorable a profession by making the figure of the Cross, the stigma of the Lord’s Passion, the emblem of the soldiery, or rather, of what was to be the soldiery of God. This, made of any kind of cloth, he ordered to be sewed upon the shirts, cloaks, and byrra of those who were about to go. He commanded that if anyone, after receiving this emblem, or after taking openly this vow, should shrink from his good intent through base change of heart, or any affection for his parents, he should be regarded an outlaw forever, unless he repented and again undertook whatever of his pledge he had omitted. Furthermore, the Pope condemned with a fearful anathema all those who dared to molest the wives, children, and possessions of these who were going on this journey for God. . . .  (Guibert de Nogent: Historia quae dicitur Gesta Dei per Francos.)

Jorge Mario Bergoglio does the work of Antichrist.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a true son of a false religion whose herald he has been chosen by the devil to be, makes of this day, Pentecost Sunday, a day of Anti-Pentecost, a day that must become for us a time of sorrow and reparation.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a figure of Antichrist, a man whose beliefs, words and actions are contrary to Christ the King as He has revealed Himself to be exclusively through His Catholic Church.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, much like Giovanni Eugenio Antonio Maria Montini/Paul the Sick before him, makes a mockery of Pope Saint Pius V’s call to use Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary to support the outnumbered Christian fleet as they fought the Mohammedans from Turkey in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571:

We have already met with the names of several Pontiffs on the Paschal Calendar. They form a brilliant constellation around our Risen Jesus, who, during the period between his Resurrection and Ascension, gave to Peter, their predecessor, the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Anicetus, Soter, Caius, Cletus and Marcellinus, held in their hands the palm of martyrdom: Leo was the only one who did not shed his blood in the cause of his divine Master. To-day there comes before us a holy Pope who governed the Church in these latter times; he is worthy to stand amidst the Easter group of Pontiffs. Like Leo, Pius V was zealous in combating heresy; like Leo, he saved his people form the barbarian yoke.

The whole life of Pius V was a combat. His pontificate fell during those troubled times when Protestantism was leading whole countries into apostasy. Italy was not a prey that could be taken by violence: artifice was therefore used, in order to undermine the Apostolic See and thus develop the whole Christian world in the darkness of heresy. Pius defend the Peninsula with untiring devotedness from the danger that threatened her. Even before he was raised to the Papal Throne he frequently exposed his life by his zeal in opposing the preaching of false doctrines. Like Peter the Martyr, he braved every danger and was the dread of the emissaries of heresy. When seated on the Chair of Peter, he kept the innovators in check by fear, roused the sovereigns of Italy to energy and by measures of moderate severity drove back beyond the Alps the torrent that would have swept Christianity from Europe had not the Southern States thus opposed it. From that time forward, Protestantism has never made any further progress: it has been wearing itself out by doctrinal anarchy. We repeat it: this heresy would have laid all Europe waste, had it not been for the vigilance of the pastor who animated the defenders of truth to resist it where it already existed, and who set himself as a wall against its invasion in the country where he himself was the master.

Another enemy, taking advantage of the confusion caused in the West by Protestantism, organized an expedition against Europe. Italy was to be its first prey. The Ottoman fleet started from the Bosphorus. This again would have meant the ruin of Christendom but for the energy of the Roman Pontiff, our Saint. he gave the alarm, and called the Christian Princes to arms. Germany and France, torn by domestic factions that had been caused by heresy, turned a deaf ear to the call. Spain alone, together with Venice and the little Papal fleet, answered the summons of the Pontiff. The Cross and the Crescent were soon face to face in the Gulf of Lepanto. The prayers of Pius V decided the victory in favor of the Christians, whose forces were much inferior to those of the Turks. We shall return to this important event when we come to the Feast of the Rosary in October. But we omit to mention to-day the prediction uttered by the holy Pope, on the evening of the great day of October 7, 1571. The battle between the Christian and Turkish fleets lasted from six o’clock in the morning till late in the afternoon. Towards evening, the Pontiff suddenly looked up towards heaven, and gazed upon it in silence for a few seconds. Then turning to his attendants, he exclaimed: ‘Let us give thanks to God! The Christians have gained the victory!’ The news soon arrived at Rome; and thus, Europe once more owed her salvation to a Pope! The defeat at Lepanto was a blow from which the Ottoman Empire has never recovered: its fall dates from that glorious day. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year.)

The apostates who occupy the Vatican at this time have now welcomed into the Vatican Garden itself the very people who were defeated by Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary in the Battle of Lepanto and at the Gates of Vienna on September 12, 1683. What was unthinkable has become commonplace. What is blasphemous is applauded by Catholics and non-Catholics alike as advancing “peace.”

If you do not want to see this for it is, I am afraid that you will never do so.

How long can believing Catholics can continue to claim that a man who openly violates the First Commandment within the very walls of the Vatican is a true and legitimate Successor of Saint Peter who is being completely faithful to the tenets of his false religion, conciliarism?

This day, Pentecost Sunday, which should fill us with such great joy, is now a day of sadness and reparation, which is why we need to pray extra Rosaries this day and to pledge our heart’s oblation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as the consecrated slaves of His Most Blessed Mother’s Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, pray for us.

May 19, 2014, Article

May 19, 2014, Feast of Saint Peter Celestine (Pope Saint Celestine V) and the Commemoration of Saint Pudentiana:

How Can Any Believing Catholic Accept Apostates as Catholics, part one was posted in the overnight hours early this morning. A clear indication of such a late-night/early-morning posting is the absence of an introduction to the article. Be advised that the absence of an introduction is meant to convey that I was too spent to do anything other than post an article by itself and to update the Articles Archive page before getting a few hours of sleep.

Today’s commentary deals with the continued celebration of the profane, the ugly, the indecent, the immodest, the perverse and the impure by the lords of conciliarism. That which is based on ugliness of doctrine and liturgy must wind up celebrating ugliness in the world.

Part two should appear by tomorrow morning.

Saint Peter Celestine (Pope Saint Celestine V), pray for us.

Saint Pudentiana, pray for us.

May 1, 2014, Article

May 1, 2014, the Feast of Saints Philip and James:

Purity of Thought? wraps up this site’s commentary on the recent “canonizations” of Angel Roncalli/John XXIII and Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, focusing on the latter’s record as an enabler of clerical abusers. The record is far, far different than that presented cursorily at a press conference in Rome six days ago now by Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who served as “Saint John Paul II’s” personal spinmeister from 1984 until the “saint’s” death on April 1 (or 2), 2005, continuing in that capacity until July 11, 2006, under Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. This article should not be read by those who do not want to read stories of clerical abuse.

A very scholarly article about the nature of canonization and the infallibility attached to it has been published on the Novus Ordo Watch Wire website. Please see: The “Canonization of John Paul II: A Catholic Perspective.

Finally, three friends of longstanding sent non-tax-deductible gifts last night. We need a few more (this is a understatement) to join their ranks–and sooner rather than later. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saints Philip and James, pray for us,

Holy Saturday Reflection

April 19, 2014, Holy Saturday:

Silence filled the earth in the forty hours between the death of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the wood of the Holy Cross yesterday, Good Friday, and His glorious Resurrection at dawn on Easter Sunday. Silence filled the earth as the God-Man went down into Limbo to announce the news of His Redemptive Act to the souls of the just who had awaited His Coming and His Sacrifice in atonement for the sins of all men from the beginning until the end of time.

Given the state of the Church Militant on earth during this time of papal vacancy, some Catholics, including ourselves, will be anticipating Our Lord’s Resurrection this morning. Others will be doing so this evening, No matter when the Easter Vigil is offered, however, we spend the first hours of this day (from Midnight until the Easter Vigil) continuing our prayers of gratitude as we mourn the death of Our Divine Redeemer by means of our sins.

Christ the King is the Light of the World. It is His light that is symbolized by the Easter fire that is lit at the beginning of the Easter Vigil. The Light of Christ breaks through the darkness of sin and eternal death, leading us by the fire of His bright, burning love as we continue our desert journey of life to the Promised Land of the New and Eternal Canaan made possible by His immolation on the wood of the Holy Cross yesterday, Good Friday. We must follow the Light of Christ  as He, the New Moses, leads us as the first Moses led the Hebrew people as he followed a column of cloud during the day and a column of fire during the night, as we reminded once again during the Prophecies that are read during the Easter Vigil.

The Light of Christ, Our Crucified and Resurrected Saviour, will penetrate the souls of those who are baptized today and of those who are confirmed. It will penetrate the souls of those of us who were unable to receive Him in Holy Communion yesterday at the Mass of the Presanctified. It will penetrate the souls of those who are regenerated once again in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. The Light of Christ that is symbolized by the Paschal Candle is meant to permeate every aspect of our lives without any exception at any time for any reason.

The Light of Christ has indeed broken through the darkness of sin and eternal death. Our Lord is making manifest His Easter Victory over the power of sin and eternal death. A fifty day period of glorious celebration is about to break upon us. Although the Easter Vigil is a long ceremony, eternity is forever. We can certainly spend five hours basking in the glories of the Sacred Liturgy that are, after all, a foretaste of eternal glories, can we not? The rewards are truly Heavenly, rewards that we could not have unless the Co-Eternal and Co-Equal Son obeyed His Heavenly Father out of love for him and out of love for us so that we could have access to the treasures of His Most Sacred Heart here through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

It is frstill too early to use the forbidden “A——a/” word that we have not heard since Septuagesima Sunday. However, it is not too early to look forward to its use prior to the proclamation of the Gospel during the Easter Vigil Mass.

A blessed Holy Saturday to you.

For those unable to get to a true offering of Holy Mass today, here is a listing of the services that will take place at Saint Jude Shrine in Stafford, Texas, for tonight and tomorrow:

Remaining Broadcast Schedule:

  • Holy Saturday, April 19: Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm CT (9:00 pm ET / 01:00 GMT April 20)
  • Easter Sunday, April 20: Holy Mass at 10:00 am CT (11:00 am ET / 15:00 GMT)

As found at: Novus Ordo Watch Wire.

Part two of Jorge’s Just Naturally a Naturalist should be posted by Monday, It will include discussions of Jorge’s “homily” on Good Friday yesterday and his naturalistic Way of the Cross last night.



A Day of Anticipation After A Night of Waiting

And after these things, Joseph of Arimathea (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews) besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave leave. He came, therefore, and took away the Body of Jesus.

And Nicodemus also came, (he who at the first came to Jesus by night,) bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight.

They took therefore the Body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths, with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Now there was in the place where he was crucified, a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein no man had been laid. There, therefore, because of the parasceve of the Jews, they laid Jesus, because the sepulchre was night at hand. (Jn. 19:38-42)

Joseph of Arimathea besought Pilate secretly for the Body of Our Lord after It has been taken down from the wood of the Holy Cross. It was placed in a new tomb that he had hewn out of stone. Our Lady prepared the Body of her Divine Son for burial in Joseph’s tomb. The One known as the Son of Joseph of Nazareth, the carpenter, was buried in a tomb given to him by Joseph of Arimathea, who watched as Our Lady, who had wrapped her newborn Babe in swaddling clothes, wrapped the same Son’s lifeless, dead body in the burial shroud that covered Him for forty hours. Born in a cave, buried in a cave. Born in poverty, died in ignominy. Born amidst the stench of barn animals in Bethlehem to die amidst the stench of the blood and excrement of Golgotha. And now, buried in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb, the world believed, mistakenly of course, that they were done with Him forever.

Father Frederick Faber’s reflection on the Seventh Dolor of Our Lady, the Burial of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Jesus Christ, contained in The The Foot of the Cross (published originally in England in 1857 under the title of The Dolors of Mary) is quite appropriate for this day of anticipating after a night of keeping watch at the sealed tomb:

Since there are so many resemblances between the seventh dolor and the third, it is not surprising that they should in some respect teach the same lessons. We learn form this last sorrow that there is no darkness like the darkness of a world without Jesus, such as Mary’s world was on that fearful night. It is darker than the darkness of Calvary; for that is a darkness which cheers, refreshes, and inspires. Jesus is there. He is the very heart of that darkness. He is felt more plainly than if He were seen. He is heard more distinctly because all is so dark about Him, and other sounds are hushed by the gloom. It is like being in the cloud with God, as tried souls often are. It is truly a darkness, and brings with it the pain of darkness; yet there is hardly a loving soul on earth to whom such darkness would not be more welcome far than light. But the darkness of the absence of Jesus is, at it were, a participation in the most grievous pain of hell. If it is by our own fault, then it is the greatest of sorrows. If it is a trial from God, then it is the greatest of sufferings. In either case we must not let the light of the world tempt us out of the darkness. In such a gloom it is indeed dreadful to abide; but the consequences of leaving it by our self-will are more dreadful still. It is not safe there to think of creatures. We must think of God only. It is the sanctuary of “God Alone,” the motto of saints and of the saintly. We must deal only with the supernatural and leave Him who brought us there, whether for chastisement or fervor, to take us out when it shall be His will. Meanwhile we should unite ourselves to the dispositions in which Mary endured her seventh dolor, and this will bring us into closer union with God.

One more lesson still she teaches. She did her work in the world, as it were, with all her heart; and yet her heart was not there, but in the tomb with Jesus. This is the grand work which sorrow does for all of us. It entombs us in the will of God. It buries our love, together with our sorrow, in the Blessed Sacrament. Sorrow is, as it were, the missionary of the Divine will. It is the prince of the apostles. The Church is built upon it. The gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Our Lord is with it always to the end. It is sorrow that digs the grave of self, and blesses it, and burns incense in it, and buries self therein, and fills it up, and makes the flowers grow upon the tomb. The great secret of holiness is never to have our hearts in our own breasts, but living and beating in the Heart of Jesus; and this can rarely be accomplished except through the operation of sanctified sorrow. Happy, therefore, is  he who has a sorrow at all hours to sanctify!

We have now brought our Blessed Mother to the threshold of those mysterious fifteen years which followed her dolors and the Ascension of our Lord. She began with fifteen years without Him, and so in like manner she ended without Him. Only as in the first fifteen years the image of the Messias was engraven upon her heart, and the shadow of His coming lay over all her growths in holiness, so in the last fifteen years he dwelt bodily within her in the unconsumed Blessed Sacrament, from Communion to Communion, and was the living fountain of all those nameless and unimaginable growths in holiness which, during that time, went on within her soul. The destiny of the Mother of God was a destiny of unutterable sorrow, exhausting at once the possibilities of woe and the capabilities of the creature. This might be expected, since it was by sorrow, shame and the Passion that the Incarnate God came to save the world. The dolors of our Blessed Lady, therefore, are inseparable from her divine Maternity. They ate not accidents of her life, one way out of many ways in which God might have chosen to sanctify her. They were inevitable to her as Mother of God, of God who took flesh and to die. Thus, rightly considered, Mary’s dolor are Mary’s self. Her first fifteen years, commencing with the Immaculate Conception, were a preparation for her dolors. Her last fifteen years, commencing with the descent of the Holy Ghost, were the maturity of her dolors. During them her sea of sorrow settled till it became a clear, profound, translucent depth of unmingled love, whose last act of taking the tranquil plenitude of possession of its glorious victim was the dislodging of her soul from her body, by the most marvellous and beautiful death which creature could ever die. Such an edifice of sorrow as the Divine Motherhood was to bring along with it could not rest on foundations less broad and deep than the immeasurable graces of her last fifteen years. What, then, must have been the grandeur of the graces which came upon that edifice when it was completed, and were its domes and towers, and pinnacles? We have often wondered what could be done to Mary, in the way of sanctification, at the descent of the Holy Ghost? What was left to do? In what direction was she to grow? The mere fact of the delaying of the Assumption meant something; and what could it have meant but increase of holiness and multiplication of grace? It she was kept on earth to nurse the Infant Church, as she had nursed the Infant Saviour, to be herself a living Bethlehem, with the Blessed Sacrament forever in her, and her queenship of the apostles and external ministry of Bethlehem to the childhood of the Church, still, untold and incalculable augmentations of grace and merit are implied in the very office, as well as in the fact that it was God’s Mother who fulfilled the office. It was her dolors which opened out in her soul fresh abysses for eager grace to fill. It was the dolors which rendered her capable of that other new creation of grace in the descent of the Holy Ghost. His graces are absolutely inexhaustible: her capacities of grace are practically inexhaustible, to our limited comprehension. Her martyrdom prepared her for those ineffable augmentations of grace and merit which were compressed into her last fifteen years. Thus her dolors are, at it were, the centre of her holiness. They reveal Mary to us as she was in herself more than any other of her mysteries. Indeed, they are hardly to be called mysteries; they are more than that: they are her life, her self, her maternity. They enable us to understand her holiness. They help us to see that what theologians say of the momentary accumulation of her merits is not to incredible as it often seems to those who have not loved and meditated their way into Mary’s greatness. There is nothing about Mary which units in itself so Mary of Mary’s part in the Incarnation, of her own peculiar personal holiness, and of her similitude to God, as the system of her dolors. They are at once the plainest and the completest as well as the most tender an pathetic revelation of the Mother of God.As her first fifteen years were secret, so were her last fifteen; but over the marvellous processes of grace, which fill them both lies the shadow of her dolors, the shadow of a coming time in the one case, the shadow of of a lofty mountainous past in the other. He who would learn Mary must enter into her broken heart to do so. It is the “dolorous Mother” who illuminates the Immaculate Conception on the one side and the fair pomp of the Assumption on the other.

Look once more at the great Mother, as she leaves the garden of the sepulchre. Eve going forth from Eden was not more sorrow-laden, and bore with her into the unpeopled earth a heart less broken and less desolate. That woe-worn woman is the strength of the Church, the queen of the apostles, the true mother of all that outspread the world, over which the blue mantle of darkness is falling fast and silently. Sleep on, tired world! sleep on, beneath the paschal moon and the stars that are brightening as it sets; they mother’s heart watches and waits for thee! (Father Frederick Faber, The Foot of the Cross, published originally in England in 1857 under the title of The Dolors of Mary, republished by TAN Books and Publishers, pp. 363-367.)

We have now to speak of our compassion with Mary as an imitation of her Compassion with Jesus, or, in other words, of our compassion with her as itself a worship of Jesus and a true compassion with Him. First of all, devotion to our Blessed Lady is most acceptable to our Lord Himself. We quoted in the first chapter His revelation to the Blessed Veronica of Binasaco, in which He told her that tears shed over His Mother’s sorrows were more precious in His sight than tears shed in memory of His own. We may perhaps venture to explain this as teaching us, what appears to be certainly true in itself, that devotion to the seven dolors brings with it by a kind of necessity devotion to the Passion, whereas devotion to the Passion does not seem so necessarily to include devotion to the dolors. Devotion to the Passion, in which the right place and participation are not assigned to Mary, is not a scriptural devotion; and in many ways, it would be out of place to enter upon here, it betokens an imperfect and unworthy view of the Passion itself. Yet it is not uncommon to meet with this partial devotion, and it rather tends to keep devotion to the Dolors at arms’-length than to lead to it. It is based upon that untheological mistake, which some deceive themselves into thinking a theological nicety and a controversial felicity, namely, a sort of jealous, ignorant accuracy in keeping Jesus and Mary apart, and not letting one intrude on the sphere of the other, as if to speak as slightingly as they dare of the Mother of God would make truth more attractive in the eyes of a misbelieving world, to which the incredible abasement of Jesus in His Sacrament is already a far greater stumbling-block than the incredible exaltation of His Mother. On the other hand, we see that devotion to the dolors brings with it  as its invariable practical result a deep, tender, accurate, minute and reverential devotion to the Passion. Again, we may venture to read in our Lord’s words a loving intent ot have reparation made to Mary for her Compassion, just a her Compassion was the grand reparation of His Passion. By inspiring saints and religious orders with this devotion, and sending forth His mighty grace and efficacious blessing to accompany it, He repays her for the beautiful reparation of her Compassion. But whatever other meanings there may be in this revelation to the Blessed Veronica, and although its force as a revelation was, as in all private revelations, intended for herself, it proves at least as much as this, that the devotion to our Lady’s dolors is one of peculiar acceptableness in the eyes of our Blessed Saviour.

This devotion has also a remarkable connection with great interior holiness. This is proved by experience. Neither is it to be wondered at. For it is a devotion which naturally makes us unworldly, because we live and breathe in an atmosphere of sorrow. It brings out the unreality of worldly joys. It sobers our thoughts. It keeps them close to Jesus Christ, and to Him crucified. It communicates to our souls the spirit of the Cross, and the enviable gift of love of suffering full often begins in a prayerful familiarity with the sorrows of our Blessed Mother. More than most devotions it tends to supernaturalize the mind, because it keeps us in a sphere of heavenly beauty, whose look and odor gradually pass upon ourselves. It is a sphere in which the most wonderful divine operations mingle with the common woes and sorrows of a suffering world, and so it expresses that union of self-abasement and self-oblivion in which all the greater graces of the spiritual life take root. Moreover, the prevailing ideas to which it weds our minds are just those which are the most solid and essential in any preserving endeavors after holiness. For it unites us to an abiding sorrow for sin, sin over which Mary sorrowed, sin of our own which was actually present and influential in both those sorrows, wronging at once the Mother and the Son. It equally unites us to the perpetual sense of needing grace, of absolute dependence upon grace, and of that ready abundance of grace on which our filial confidence reposes. It is all stained with the Precious Blood; and thus it puts us into the very depths of our Saviour’s Sacred Heart. There is no soul which worldliness finds it harder to attack than one which is entrenched within the dolors of our Blessed Lady. There is nothing which the world can graft itself upon in that devotion. There is nothing congenial to the spirit and way of the world in it, nothing even which the world  can falsify for its own ends or fraudulently divert for its own purposes. Moreover, it was in the dolors that the grandeurs of Mary’s sanctity were fabricated, and fabricated out of materials which in their degree are common to every one of us her sons and daughters. It is hard to live in the bosom of great examples and be uninfluenced by them. The lessons which the dolors teach us are wanted at almost every turn of life, and are most appropriate to be the very seasons when grace is wont to be most active in us; and they are imparted with such loving tenderness, with such pathetic simplicity, and in the midst of such countless similitudes between our sinless Mother and our sinful selves, that it is difficult to conceive of a school in which so much heavenly wisdom is taught so winningly as in the Compassion of Mary.

Furthermore, this devotion to the dolors of Mary is reckoned by theologians among the signs of predestination. Certainly a special attraction of grace is a sweet prophecy of our final perseverance; and it is by a special attention of grace that we addict ourselves to this devotion. Perhaps our Lord’s revelation to St. John the Evangelist, cited in the first chapter, of the four graces which it was His blessed will to attach to this devotion, one of which concerned the gift of perfect contrition before death, may have led to its being included in the catalogue of signs of predestination. For sorrow for sin is well-nigh the queen of graces, enclosing as it does within itself the grace and more than the grace of sacraments. Contrition is nearest of kin to perseverance, and the promise of our Lady’s assistance at the hour of death is not far removed from an assurance of our salvation. Cartagena says, “A man may put before himself, as the most assured sign of predestination, the fact that he has had compassion for this most afflicted Mother; for the ancients tell us that it was conceded to the Blessed Virgin by Christ the Lord, that whoever should revolve in his mind her maternal dolors might be sure of impetrating any favor which concerned the salvation of his soul, and especially the grace of true penance for his sins before death.”

Thus also devotion to the dolors is one of the best preparations for death, not only because of the precise graces promised to it in the hour of death, but also because it concerns our Lady’s ministry to our Lord at the hour of His blessed death. Hence there is a congruity between this devotion and death. And, after all, what should life be but a preparation for death? And what graces should more attract our humility than those which promise us their succor in that tremendous hour? Alas! it is not for such as we are to look forward to death with triumph, or even with impatience. We are not saints. Triumph therefore would be unseemly in us, and impatience is surely premature. It is enough for us, in our low attainments, to be content to die, and to fear bravely that which are are contented to endure. Fine words are easy, and love is very profuse of them, when we are not tempted, and when God is flooding us with that inward sweetness which gives us such a facility in prayer. But when we are tempted, we grow silent; and when to our temptation is added spiritual dryness, querulousness and peevishness are added to our silence. We are soon prostrated; and we learn thereby the good lesson of our own real inward misery and helplessness. But if dryness and temptation brings such changes, what will death bring? It will bring such an unutterable, speechless, terrified, agonizing necessity of grace as it is appalling to think of when we bend our thoughts seriously to it. What will a devotion be worth to us, then, which has two special deathbed promises attached to it! Gold and pearls could not reckon its price. But the devotion must have been a lifetime devotion in order legally to inherit the deathbed promises. (Father Frederick Faber, The Foot of the Cross, published originally in England in 1857 under the title of The Dolors of Mary, republished by TAN Books and Publishers, pp, 394-398.)

Our Lady had to walk away from the tomb where the Sacred Body of her Divine Son had been laid to rest. She was without her Son for the first time since the Incarnation. She kept a vigilant watch in prayer. So must we. At all times! We must beseech her to never imitate the fear of the Jews that Joseph of Arimathea and the Eleven Apostles had during the forty hours of her Divine Son’s burial. We must proclaim our Faith in Christ the King openly and unabashedly as we make no concessions at all to the ethos of conciliarism or to the nonexistent legitimacy of its false shepherds.

Indeed, Joseph of Arimathea, who assisted Our Lady at the burial of her Divine Son in the new tomb that he had hewn out of stone, was very much afraid of the Jews who had served as the human instruments of how our own sins put the God-Man to death. So were the Apostles themselves, who hid in fright during the forty hours between the death of Our Lord and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. We must be patient this day, maintaining a vigilance in prayer, as we recall the fact that all of the souls of the just who had died before Our Lord re-opened the Gates of Heaven by His Redemptive Act on Calvary had waited many, many years for Him to bring them out of their limbo following His Passion and Death. We must be patient as we await the glories of the Easter Season, and as we await Our Lord coming for us when we breathe our last here in this vale of tears.

An ancient Holy Saturday sermon describes Our Lord’s descent into the place where all of the souls of the just awaited His rescue following His Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross:

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all”. Christ answered him: “And with your spirit”. He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light”.

I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

The Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich explained much the same thing in her The Dolorous Passion of the Christ:

When Jesus, after uttering a loud cry, expired, I saw his heavenly soul under the form of a bright meteor pierce the earth at the foot of the Cross, accompanied by the angel Gabriel and many other angels. His Divine nature continued untied to his soul as well as to his body, which still remained hanging upon the Cross, but I cannot explain how this way, although I saw it plainly in my own mind. The place into which the soul of Jesus entered was divided into three parts, which appeared to me like three worlds; and I felt that they were round, and that each division was separated from the other by a hemisphere.

I beheld a bright and beautiful space opposite to Limbo; it was enamelled with flowers, delicious breezes wafted through it; and many souls were placed there before being admitted into Heaven after their deliverance from Purgatory. Limbo, the place where the souls were waiting for the Redemption, was divided into different compartments, and encompassed by a thick foggy atmosphere. Our Lord appeared radiant with light and surrounded by angels, who conducted him triumphantly between two of these compartments; the one on the left containing the patriarchs who lived before the time of Abraham, and that on the right those who lived between the days of Abraham and St. John Baptist. These soul did not at first recognise Jesus but were filled nevertheless with sensations of joy and hope. There was not a spot in those narrow confines which did not, as it were, dilate with feelings of happiness. The passage of Jesus might be compared to the wafting of a breath of air, to a sudden flash of light, or to a shower of vivifying dew, but it was swift as a whirlwind. After passing through the two compartments, he reached a dark spot in which Adam and Eve were standing; he spoke to them, they prostrated and adore him in a perfect ecstasy of joy, and they immediately joined the band of angels, and accompanied our Lord to the compartment on the left, which contained the patriarchs who lived before Abraham. This compartment was a species of Purgatory, and a few evil spirits were wandering about among the souls and endeavouring to fill them with anxiety and alarm. The entrance through the species of door was closed, but the angels rapped, and I thought I heard them say, ‘Open these doors.’ When Jesus entered in triumph the demons dispersed, crying out at the same time, ‘What is there between thee and us? What art thou come to do here? Wilt thou crucify us likewise?’ The angels hunted them away, having first chained them. The poor souls confined in the place had only a slight presentiment and vague idea of the presence of Jesus; but the moment he told them that it was he himself, they burst out in acclamations of joy, and welcomed him with hymns of rapture and delight. The soul of our Lord then wended its way to the right, towards that part which really constituted Limbo; and there he met the soul of the good thief which angels were carrying to Abraham’s bosom, as also that of the bad thief being dragged by the demons into Hell. Our Lord addressed a few words to both, and then entered Abraham’s bosom, accompanied by numerous angels and holy souls, and also by those demons who had been chained and expelled from the compartment.

This locality appeared to me more elevated than the surrounding parts; and I can only describe my sensations on entering it, by comparing them to those of a person coming suddenly into the interior of a church, after having been for some time in the burial vaults. The demons, who were strongly chained, were extremely loath to enter, and resisted to the utmost of their power but the angels compelled them to go forward. All the just who had lived before the time of Christ were assembled there; the patriarchs, Moses, the judges, and the kings on the left-hand side; and on the right side, the prophets, and the ancestors of our Lord, as also his near relations, such as Joachim, Anna, Joseph, Zacaharias, Elizabeth, and John. There were no demons in this place, and the only discomfort that had been felt by those placed there was a longing desire for the accomplishment of the promise; and when our Lord entered they saluted him with joyful hymns of gratitude and thanksgiving for its fulfillment, they prostrated and adored him, and the evil spirits who had been dragged into Abraham’s bosom when our Lord entered were compelled to confess with shame that they were vanquished. Many of these holy souls were ordered by our Lord to return to earth, re-enter their own bodies, and thus render a solemn and impressive testimony to the truth. It was at this moment that so many dead persons left their tombs in Jerusalem; I regard ed them less in the light of dead persons risen again than as corpses put in motion by a divine power, and which, after having fulfilled the mission entrusted to them, were laid aside in the same manner as the insignia of office are taken off by a clerk when he has executed the orders of his superiors.

The Apostles were hiding in fright as Our Lord descended to rescue the souls of the just. Like Apostles before us, we are to hide ourselves from the world, so to speak, as we, who have been blessed with the gift of the true Faith, anticipate the Holy Saturday Mass, whether it is offered in the morning (as it was traditionally from the Eleventh Century until 1951–and is still offered thusly in some traditional Catholic venues–or in the evening with a Mass that ends early on Easter Sunday morning in most cases. For Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the new Moses, has led us through the night of slavery to sin to the beginning of an eternal day, the day of the Resurrection, Easter. He is the Light of the world. That is why a fire is lit in the traditional rite outside of Catholic churches this day, Holy Saturday. That is why an Easter Vigil candle will be lit in every sanctuary in every Catholic church this day–and will remain lit for the next fifty days. The Light Who is Jesus Christ wants us to understand that the Easter Vigil is held to commemorate the fact that the powers of sin and death were destroyed forever. This is the night that is to give us hope in the midst of our darkest trial.

The spirit exhibited by Our Lady as she awaited the Resurrection of her Divine Son ought to characterize each of our spirits as we await the changing of the vestments from purple to the white or gold marking the beginning of the Easter season in the Easter Vigil.

The fullness of wisdom in the soul of our great Queen and Lady amid all her sorrows permitted no defect or remissness in noticing and attending to all the duties of each occasion and at all times. By this heavenly foresight She met her obligations and practiced the highest and most eminent of all the virtues. As I have said, the Queen retired, after the burial of Christ, to the house of the Cenacle. Remaining in the hall of the last Supper in the company of saint John, the Marys, and the other women who had followed Christ from Galilee, She spoke to them and the Apostle, thanking them in profound humility and abundant tears for persevering with Her up to this time throughout the Passion of her beloved Son and promising them in his name the reward of having followed Him with so much constancy and devotion. At the same time She offered Herself as a servant and as a friend to those holy women. All of them with Saint John acknowledged this great favor, kissed her hands and asked for her blessing. They also begged her to take some rest and some bodily refreshment. But the Queen answered: “My rest and my consolation shall be to see my Son and Lord arisen your wants according to your necessities, while I retire alone with my Son.”

744. Thereupon She retired with saint John and being with him alone, She fell upon her knees and said: “Do thou not forget the words which my Son spoke to us on the Cross. He condescended to call thee my son, and me thy mother. Thou art my master, art priest of the Most High; and on account of this dignity, it is meet that I obey thee in all that I am to do; and from this hour I wish that thou order and command me in all things, remembering that I shall always be thy servant and that all my joy shall be to serve thee as such until my death.” This the Lady said with many tears. And among many other things, the Apostle said : “My Mistress and Mother of the Redeemer and Lord, I am the one who should be subject to thy authority, for the name of a son implies devotion and subjection to his mother. He that has made me priest, has made Thee his Mother and was subject to thy authority, though He was the Creator of the universe (Luke 2, 51). It is reasonable that I should likewise be so, and that I labor with all my powers to make myself worthy of the office He has conferred upon me, to serve Thee as thy son, for which I would desire to be rather an angel than a creature of earth”  This answer of the Apostle was most appropriate; but it did not avail to overcome the humility of the Mother of virtues, who answered: “My son John, my consolation shall be to obey thee as my superior, since such thou art. In this life I must always have a superior, to whom I can render my will in obedience: for this purpose thou art the minister of the Most High, and as my son thou owest me this as a consolation in my solitude.” “Let then thy will be done, my Mother,” said saint John, “for m this lies my own security.” Without further answer the heavenly Mother then asked permission to remain alone in meditating on the mysteries of her divine Son; and She asked him also to provide some refreshment for the holy women, who had accompanied Her, and that he assist them and console them. She reserved only the Marys, because they wished to persevere in their fast until they should see the Lord arisen; and She asked saint John to allow them to fulfill their pious desire. (The Venerable Mary of Agreda, The Mystical City of God, Volume III: The Transfixion, pp. 714-716.)

Our Lady prayed through the dark forty hours of her Divine Son’s burial following His death on the wood of the Holy Cross to redeem us. We must do the same as we see the lighted Easter Candle for the year 2010 held high as the priest chants Lumen Christi, the Light of Christ. We must follow this Light always, never extinguishing it by means of a deliberate Mortal Sin.

As Dom Prosper Gueranger noted in The Liturgical Year:

It is fitting, therefore, that this fire which is to provide light for the Paschal candle, as well as for those that are upon the altar, should receive a special blessing, and be triumphantly shown to the faithful. All the lamps in the church have been extinguished. Formerly, the faithful used to put out the fires in their houses, before going to the church; they lighted them on their return, with light taken from the blessed fire, which they received as a symbol of our Lord’s Resurrection. Let us not here omit to notice, that the putting out of all the lights in the church is a symbol of the abrogation of the old Law, which ended with the rending of the veil of the temple; and that the new fire represents the preaching of the new Law, whereby our Lord Jesus Christ, the light of the world, fulfilled all the figures of the ancient Covenant.

Each day is a re-creation of salvation history. We arise in the morning, symbolic of God’s creation of the world at the beginning of time. We go about our business during the course of the day, symbolic of the “hidden years” Our Lord spent in Nazareth before He assumed His Public Ministry. We eat and drink to feed our bodies, symbolic of the nourishment we receive from the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. And we go to bed at night, symbolic of the fact that our bodies will one day be put to rest in the dust of the earth. We go through this routine day in and day out. In fact, the routine can dull our senses, leaving those who lack an interior life of prayer and total consecration to Our Blessed Mother’s Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart positively hopeless about the meaning of human existence.

Even faithful Catholics can let the difficulties, both ecclesiastical and civil, that exist in our times discourage them. We can thus lose sight of the fact that God has not abandoned His Church collectively or us individually, that we are being led by a column of fire to our true home, Heaven, through the midst of our desert journey here on the face of this earth. Just as our spiritual ancestors, the Hebrews, were guided in their desert journey by a column of fire to light their way to the Promised Land of Canaan, so are we being led by the fire, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Whose burning love desires to illumine and warm our path on the rocky road that leads to the narrow gate of eternal life. This day, Holy Saturday, reminds us quite particularly to be patient in the midst of our sufferings and difficulties, understanding that Our Lady uses absolutely everything we give as her consecrated slaves in ways that may only become manifest to us in eternity. Holy Saturday is really a simile for the “forty hours” of life, if you will, in which we are called to have complete and total childlike trust in Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, realizing that the graces won for us on Calvary are more than sufficient to handle whatever crosses we are asked to bear in our own lives and in the larger life of the Church and the world.

Yes, we wake, work, eat and drink, sleep. But, please God it is His holy will for us to rise the next morning after going to sleep the previous evening, we shall repeat the pattern all over again, giving all to Our Lady from the moment we arise until the moment we go to sleep. The ancient liturgy of the Easter Vigil reminds us that each morning is not only symbolic of the creation of the world; it is symbolic of mankind’s re-creation on the Holy Cross. It is symbolic of the fact that our bodies will rise up incorrupt and glorious on the Last Day to be reunited with our souls if we cooperate with Our Lord’s Easter victory over sin and death that we anticipate this evening with rightful jubilation. Our Lord wants to take each one of us through the Gates of Heaven that He had reopened on Good Friday.

The price of admission through those Gates has been paid by the shedding of Our Lord’s Most Precious Blood. The price of admission through those Gates has been paid as well by the piercing of Our Lady’s Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. She, who was given to us to be our Mother by her Divine Son as he hung on the Cross, wants each one of us to rise from our tombs as her Son did. But we can only avail ourselves of admission if, signed by the Blood of the Passover Lamb Who is Our Lord, we follow the column of the cloud of fire which He wants to ignite anew each day in the life of each person through the Church born of the Blood and Water which poured forth from His Wounded Side. It is by following the One Whose five wounds are configured on the new Easter Candle that we will be prepared to celebrate Easter Sunday at dawn with gratitude and a renewed determination to cooperate with the graces won for us on Calvary to scale the heights of sanctity and to plant seeds for the restoration of His Social Kingship in the world and of authentic Tradition within the Church.

We have had a day of waiting. We now have a day of anticipation. We are within a few hours of a period of fifty glorious days of jubilant celebration, proclaiming with renewed Faith, Hope, and Charity the word that signifies Our Lord is Risen! Let us hold high the Light of Christ–Lumen Christi–in every aspect of our daily lives.

We must keep this day one of reflective watching at Our Lord’s tomb as we anticipate the joy that is proclaimed in the Easter Exsultet today, parts of which proclaim:

Let now the heavenly troops of angels rejoice: let the divine mysteries by joyfully celebrated: and let a sacred trumpet proclaim the victory of so great a King. Let the earth also be filled with joy, being illumined with such resplendent rays: and let it be sensible that the darkness, which overspread the whole world, is chased away by the splendour of our eternal King. Let our mother, the Church, be also glad, finding herself adorned with the rays of so great a light: and let this temple resound with the joyful acclamations of the people. Wherefore, beloved brethren, you who are now present at the admirable brightness of this holy light, I beseech you to invoke with me the mercy of almighty God. That He who has been pleased, above my desert, to admit me into the number of His levites, will, by an infusion of His light upon me, enable me to celebrate the praises of this candle. . . .

It is truly right and just that with all of the ardor of our hearts and minds, and through the agency of our voices, we should proclaim the invisible almighty Father, and His only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who paid the debt of Adam for us to His eternal Father, and with His Precious Blood washed away the penalty of Original Sin. This is the paschal feast in which the true lamb is slain, whose blood hallowed the doorposts of the the faithful. This is the night on which your brought our forefathers, the children of Israel, in the flight from Egypt, dry-shod through the Red Sea. This is the night in which the light of the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin. This is the night which at this hour restores to grace and unites in holiness throughout the world those who believe in Christ, separating them from worldly vice and the darkness of sin. This is the night in which Christ burst the bonds of death and arose victorious from the grave. For life itself, without redemption, would be of no avail to us.

O how admirable is Thy goodness towards us! O how inestimable is Thy love! Thou hast delivered up Thy Son to redeem a slave. O truly necessary sin of Adam, which the death of Christ has blotted out! O happy fault, that merited such and so great a Redeemer! It is of this night that Scripture says: “And the night shall be as bright as day. And the night shall light up my joy.” The holiness of this night banishes wickedness and washes away sin., and restores innocence to the fallen. It puts to flight hatred, brings peace and humbles pride.

The Easter Exsultet is followed by the reading of the Twelve Prophecies. This summary of the history of salvation provides us with much food for meditation as we reflect on how God prepared to enter the world personally in the flesh in Our Lady’s Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of the Holy Ghost so as to redeem us on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday.

The Prophecies in the Easter Vigil Mass are followed by the blessing of the Holy Water in the baptismal font and, if there are candidates, the administration of baptism and confirmation.

New children are added to the Church today. Just as Our Lady give birth to us in great pain as the adopted sons and daughters of the living God as she suffered in perfect communion with her Divine Son as he hung on the gibbet of the Holy Cross, so is it the case today that countless numbers of people are regenerated in the bath of baptism offered by Holy Mother Church in the Mass that is offered this morning or tonight. Those baptized will be confirmed immediately thereafter. Others will be confirmed as soldiers in the Army of Christ that is the Catholic Church.

Dom Prosper Gueranger noted the following in The Liturgical Year about this aspect of today’s Mass:

We have the explanation of this given us by the great apostle: the water of Baptism is the tomb, in which we are buried together with Christ; and, together with Him, we rise again to life: the death we had suffered, was the death of sin; the life we are henceforth to live, is the life of grace. Thus is the mystery of Jesus’ Resurrection repeated, with all its fulness, in them that are baptized. But before the baptized comes from the font, a sacred rite is performed over him, which completes his resemblance with Christ. While Jesus was yet standing in the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Ghost descended upon Him in the form of a Dove: and before the neophyte comes forth from the font, a priest anoints his head with the chrism, which is a gift received from the holy Spirit. This anointing expresses the kingly and priestly character that resides in the Christian, for by his union with Jesus Christ, his Head, he partakes, in some degree, of the royalty and the priesthood of this divine Mediator. Thus loaded with honours by the divine Word and the Holy Ghost, and adopted by the eternal Father, who sees him a member of His own Son, the neophyte comes up from the font by the steps of the side opposite to that by which he descended, beautiful in grace and spotless as the flocks of which the Canticle speaks such praises. The sponsor is ready to receive him from the font: he stretches out his hand to help him to mount the steps, and covers his shoulders with a cloth.

However, those of us who assist at Mass today must continue to wait–until after the Easter Vigil Mass in the morning or in the evening–for the glories of the Easter season to begin. We continue to grieve, therefore, until the conclusion of the Easter Vigil Mass today for what our sins did to Our Lord on the wood of the Holy Cross–and for what they caused Our Lady to suffer in her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.

May we also, though, look forward to Easter Sunday tomorrow by ceaselessly giving thanks to Our Lord and Our Lady for the unmerited gift of our Redemption, being ever ready to cooperate with the graces won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross so that we will know an unending Easter Sunday of glory in Paradise.

Keep watch this day. A tomb is about to open in Jerusalem. The One Who was put to death by evil men acting as our agents is about to rise from the dead on His own power and to pass through the rock that sealed His tomb as miraculously as He passed through His Blessed Mother’s Virginal and Immaculate Womb at His Nativity in Bethlehem.

Keep watch. We do not know the day or the hour when He is going to ask us to make a rendering of our own lives at the moment of our Particular Judgments.

Keep watch. The time of salvation is at hand:

And that knowing the season; that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences. (Romans 13: 11-14.)

Ave Maria, gratiae plena, benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.