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The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima — May 13, 2016

The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

from Fr. Z’s blog(http://wdtprs.com/blog/2016/05/13-may-2016-99th-anniversary-of-1st-apparition-of-our-lady-of-fatima/)

13 May 2016 – 99th anniversary of 1st apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

Today, Friday 13 May 2016, is the 99th anniversary of the Our Lady’s first appearance to the three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal.  Next year: 100.  Portentous, given what’s going on in the Church these days.

I, for one, am not entirely convinced that we have seen every part of the so-called Third Secret. It’s controversial, I know.  Antonio Socci’s book on the so-called “Fourth Secret of Fatima” is in English now (UK HERE).  Alas, I don’t think that Tossati’s book (which is better) is in English.

You might want to check 1 Peter 5 today, for an entry about Sr. Lucia’s statements that speaks of the “final battle”.

‘The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, for this is the decisive issue.’ And then she concluded: ‘however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.’”

Whether or not what we see swirling about “the family”, tearing at it, transmogrifying it, there is a “battle” going on. The final? Who knows. But one thing is sure. If the Enemy succeeds in destroying the core concept of family as intended by God in the minds and hearts of enough people, it’s game over over for an orderly, sane society. TEOTWAWKI.

Renew your own lives with the Sacrament of Penance: examine your consciences and GO TO CONFESSION.

Find strength in your daily recitation of the Most Holy Rosary.

Consciously join your cares to those of the Sacrifice of the Altar.

Make good Communions.

 

P.S.: Pray and make sacrifices for the Pope to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with all the world’s Bishops.  Many Catholic priests, newspapers, and online articles are lying when they tell you the 1984 Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by John Paul II was approved by Our Lady and Sister Lucia.  It was not.  Our Lady asked for Russia to be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart, not the world.

Divine Mercy Himself — April 3, 2016
The Confraternity of Jesus, King of Love — March 20, 2016

The Confraternity of Jesus, King of Love

Origin of the Devotion

The devotion to Jesus, King of Love began on August 17th, 1922, when Our Lord manifested Himself to Yvonne Beauvais, a young French woman sojourning in the monastery of the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus at Malestroit in Brittany, France.  Addressing Yvonne, Jesus said: Morning and evening say, O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy loving mercy.

On March 18, 1927, Yvonne Beauvais entered the community of Malestroit, and on September 29, 1931, she pronounced her perpetual vows as Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus. After a life of extraordinary love and of great sufferings accepted in faith, the King of Love called Mother Yvonne-Aimée to Himself on February 3, 1951.

The Little Invocation Spreads

At first, the Little Invocation to Jesus, King of Love spread by word of mouth. Then, simple bookmarks appeared, bearing the text of the invocation with an image of the Sacred Heart.  In 1932 the Bishop of Vannes, France, approved the invocation for his diocese. The following year, Pope Pius XI indulgenced the prayer for the Augustinian Canonesses of the Mercy of Jesus, for their sick and for those hospitalized under their care. Pope Pius XII renewed the favour and, on December 6, 1958, Blessed John XXIII extended it to the universal Church.

In 1940, during the dark hours of World War II, Mother Yvonne-Aimée designed a medal and an image to make the Little Invocation even better known and loved. She chose to depict Our Lord as a lovable little boy of two or three years of age.

His expression is compassionate and tender; He is completely approachable. The crown signifies His kingship; the olive branch, the gifts of healing and of peace that He offers; with His other hand He points to His Heart overflowing with tender mercy.

Its Healing Grace

The devotion to Jesus, King of Love is especially consoling to adults having suffered from some trauma in childhood such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.

The Child King is not threatening. The child living inside the emotionally wounded adult can accept the embrace of the little King of Love. One traumatized in childhood can allow the Little King to come close and absorb into the innocence of His Divine Childhood the shattered innocence that continues to cause fear, shame, and an inability to keep oneself safe.

At the same time, Jesus, King of Love restores to souls the innocence that was lost in childhood, or stolen, or cruelly defiled.

At Silverstream Priory

On August 6, 2012, Silverstream Priory was consecrated to Jesus, King of Love; His statue was placed in the monastic oratory.

As more and more people became attracted to the image of Jesus, King of Love, and learned to pray the Little Invocation, the monks were inspired to offer them the spiritual benefits of a Confraternity.

What is a Confraternity?

It is a family of souls who recognize each other as brothers and sisters graced by God with the same spiritual affinity, and who seek to share with one another the powerful support that comes from union in prayer.

Why a Confraternity?

There is comfort in knowing that one is not praying alone. Sacred Scripture says that a brother that is helped by his brother, is like a strong city (Proverbs 18:19). The fact that other souls are praying the Little Invocation throughout the day and even in the night is a source of strength in moments of weakness, and of hope in times of suffering.

Our Lord’s own words can be applied to the prayer that unites members of the Confraternity: I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven. For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them(Matthew 18:19-20).

What are the Obligations of a Member?

There are no obligations apart from the recitation of the Little Invocation morning and evening each day, and the wearing of the medal of the King of Love, or the keeping of it on one’s person. The only bond between members is the confidence they share in Jesus, King of Love. There are no meetings.

What are the Benefits?

The principal benefit of membership in the Confraternity is one’s spiritual union with an international family of childlike souls of all ages who pray the Little Invocation daily for themselves and for each other.

Holy Mass is offered for the living and deceased members of the Confraternity on the first Wednesday of the month, as well as on five other days:

  • January 3, Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite);
  • January 19, Feast of the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple;
  • January 23, Feast of the Espousals of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
  • February 2, Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple; and
  • February 3, the anniversary of the death of Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus.

New members will receive a blessed medal and image of Jesus, King of Love, as well as a booklet containing the story of the devotion’s origin, instruction on how to pray the Little Invocation, a biography of Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus, and a treasury of prayers to Jesus, King of Love.

Who may join?

Membership is open to all those who desire to respond to the tender invitation of Jesus, King of Love to place their trust in the merciful goodness of His Heart. The Confraternity is, therefore, open to men, women, and children of all ages.

  • Parents may enroll children as soon as they are able to say the invocation: O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy loving mercy.
  • The Confraternity reaches out to men and women who have suffered physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as children, and, by means of the Little Invocation, intercedes for their healing and restoration to wholeness and to peace of heart.
  • The Confraternity reaches out to men and women currently struggling with deeply rooted patterns of sin, emotional pain, anxiety, addiction, and loneliness.
  • The Confraternity reaches out to the sick, the chronically ill, and the elderly, offering them the image of the King of Love, and inviting them to say the Little Invocation.
  • The Confraternity reaches out to those who find daily prayer difficult, and by proposing the Little Invocation to them, seeks to make them familiar with the divine friendship of the King of Love.

How does one join the Confraternity?

One joins the Confraternity by applying in writing to its Secretariat at Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland.

Silverstream Priory’s bookstore also distributes hand-carved wood statues of the King of Love in various sizes, as well as medals and images of the King of Love.

The Top 10 Secrets to Happiness — February 23, 2016
The Child Jesus of the Crucifixion of Pichincha — December 27, 2015

The Child Jesus of the Crucifixion of Pichincha

Christ Child Crucified of Pichincha

Dear Child Jesus of Pichincha, I humbly kneel before Thee, worn and disillusioned by the world and all its empty pleasures and promises. I have left the warmth and joy of Thy house to eat husks with the swine.
I beseech Thee to purify my heart and restore my innocence. I humbly beseech Thy Loving and Gracious Heart to forgive, and even forget, my past and to grant me the grace to begin anew. I beg not only for my restoration, but for that of the world, and above all, for that of our beloved Holy Catholic Church, which is so beleaguered and persecuted.
Through the infinite merits of Thy Holy Childhood, I feel confident that my prayer will be answered.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…(from Orbis Catholicus)

O Heart of the Crucified Jesus, I love Thee!

O Heart of the Child Jesus, I love Thee!

O Heart of the Child Jesus Crucified, I love Thee!

The Basic Laws of the Bourbon Dynasty — December 21, 2015

The Basic Laws of the Bourbon Dynasty

(from Royaute.com: http://www.royaute.org/page2.html)

They regulate the succession to the Crown of France: customary rules released gradually to solve serious practical situations, they ensure the continuity of the lineage and the state and thereby guarantee civil peace. Not to be written, they have not less force and were always observed.

The succession to the Crown is hereditary from male to male by order of primogeniture;

The Crown is unavailable in France: the reigning king can not change the order of succession, he can not abdicate or disinherit or deterred a Prince of the blood;

– Succession is instant: “The King is dead, long live the King”;

The King of France must be Catholic, born of a Catholic marriage, canonically valid. However, subjects have no obligation to embrace the Catholic faith.

 

The Divine Right of Kings by Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet — December 20, 2015

The Divine Right of Kings by Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet

Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet

The Divine Right of Kings(For original, click here.)


IT IS GOD who establishes kings. He caused Saul and David to be anointed by Samuel; He vested royalty in the House of David, and ordered him to cause Solomon, his son, to reign in his place. . .

Princes thus act as ministers of God and His lieutenants on earth. It is through them that He rules…. This is why we have seen that the royal throne is not the throne of a man, but the throne of God himself. “Jehovah hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of Jehovah over Israel.” (I Chronicles 28: 5) And again: “Then Solomon sat on the throne of Jehovah.” (Ibid., 29:33) . . .

It appears from this that the person of kings is sacred, and to move against them is sacrilege. God causes them to be anointed by the prophets with a sacred unction, as He caused the pontiffs and His altars to be anointed.

But even without the external application of this unction, they are sacred in their office, as being the representatives of the divine majesty, sent by His providence for the execution of His designs….

There is something religious in the respect which one renders the prince. Service of God and respect for kings are things united. St. Peter groups these two duties together: “Fear God. Honor the king.” (I Peter 2:17)

Thus God has placed in princes something divine. “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalm LXXXII:6) It is God himself who causes David to speak thus….

It is the spirit of Christianity to cause kings to be revered with a type of religion, which Tertullian aptly calls “the religion of the second majesty.”

This second majesty is but a token of the first, the divine, which, for the good of things human, has caused a certain part of its lustre to be imparted to kings.

Since their power comes from on high, kings should not believe that they are its masters and may use it as they wish; they should exercise it with fear and restraint as a thing which has come to them from God, and for which God will demand an account…. Kings should tremble when using the power that God gives them, and remember how horrible is the sacrilege of using for evil a power that comes from God.

We have seen kings seated on the throne of the Lord, having in hand the sword which God himself placed in their hands. What profanation and audacity of unjust kings to sit in the throne of God in order to publish decrees against His laws and to use the sword which He has placed in their hands to do violence and to massacre His children.

Therefore let them respect their power, since it is not theirs but the power of God, and must be used holily and religiously. . . . That is, they should govern as God governs, in a manner at once noble, disinterested, benevolent, in a word, divine….

God, who created all men from the same earth and equally placed His image and likeness in their souls, did not establish distinctions among them so that some might be proud and others slaves and wretches. He made some great only for the protection of the small; He gave His power to kings only to ensure the public welfare and to be the support of the people…. Thus princes should understand that their true glory is not for themselves, and that the public good which they procure is a sufficiently worthy recompense on earth, while awaiting the eternal rewards which God has reserved for them….

Princes are gods and participate somehow in divine independence…. There is only God who may judge over their judgments and their persons…. The prince may correct himself when he knows that he has done evil, but against his authority there is no remedy other than his own authority….

Thus kings like all others are subject to the equity of the laws because they should be just and because they owe to the people the example of preserving justice, but they are not subject to the penalties of the laws. Or, as in theology, they are subject to the laws not as regards their coactive power but only their directive power….

What is there that a wise prince cannot effect? Under him wars are successful, peace is established, justice reigns, the laws govern, religion flourishes, commerce and navigation enrich the land, and the earth itself seems to bring forth fruit more willingly. Such are the effects of wisdom….

I do not call majesty the pomp which surrounds kings, nor the exterior lustre which dazzles the vulgar. This is but the reflection of majesty, not majesty itself.

Majesty is the image of the greatness of God in the prince.

God is infinite; God is all. The prince as prince is not regarded as an individual; he is a public personage. All the state is in him; the will of the entire people is contained in his. As all perfection and virtue are united in God, all the power of individuals is united in the person of the prince. What greatness that a single man contains so much!

The power of God makes itself felt in an instant from one end of the world to the other; royal power acts similarly through all the realm. It keeps the whole realm in order, as God keeps the world.

Let God withdraw His hand, and the world will fall into nothing; let authority cease in the realm, and all will be in confusion.

Consider the king in his council- chamber. From there are sent the orders which unite the efforts of magistrates and captains, citizens and soldiers, provinces and armies on land and sea. It is the image of God, who, seated on His throne in the highest heavens, causes nature to function. . . . We see a small part, but the essence is impenetrable. Thus it is with the secrets of the prince.

The designs of the prince become known only through their execution. Similarly are manifest the counsels of God: to them no man may penetrate except those whom God admits.

As the power of God extends everywhere, magnificence accompanies it. There is no part of the universe in which the unmistakable evidences of His goodness do not appear. Behold the order, the justice and the tranquility in all the realm: it is the natural effect of the authority of the prince….

In a word, gather together the great and glorious things which we have said concerning the royal authority. Behold an immense people united in a single person; behold this sacred, paternal and absolute power; behold the secret intelligence which governs all bodies in the state, contained within a single head: you behold the image of God in kings, and you understand the idea of royal majesty….

Something indescribably divine is attached to the prince and inspires fear in the people. However, let not this cause the king to forget his own nature…. You are gods, that is, you have in your authority and you carry on your forehead a divine quality. You are the children of the Most High; it is He who established your power for the good of humanity. But, O gods of flesh and blood, O gods of mud and dust, you will die like men; you will fall like all the great. Greatness divides men but briefly; a common fate finally renders them all equal.

Therefore O kings! Exercise your power boldly, for it is divine and beneficial to humanity, but exercise it with humility. It is given to you from without. Ultimately it leaves you frail; it leaves you mortal; it leaves you sinners and demands from you a greater final reckoning before God. . . .

There is among men a type of government that is called arbitrary, but it is not found among us, nor in properly constituted states.

Four characteristics are associated with this type of government. First, its subjects are born slaves, that is, in true bondage, and among them there are no free persons. Second, nothing is possessed as property since all belongs to the prince, and there is no right of inheritance, even from father to son. Third, the prince has the right to dispose freely not only of his subjects’ goods but even of their lives, as would be done with slaves. Finally, there is no law other than his will.

This is what is called arbitrary power. I do not wish to inquire whether it is lawful or unlawful. There are peoples and great empires that are satisfied with it, and it is not for us to disturb them concerning their form of government. It is sufficient for us to say that this type of government is barbarous and odious. These four characteristics are very far removed from our customs, and for this reason arbitrary government does not exist among us.

There is a great difference between a government that is absolute and one that is arbitrary. It is absolute by reason of constraint, there being no power capable of coercing the sovereign who in this sense is independent of all human authority. But it does not follow from this that the government is arbitrary. Because, although anything is permitted to the judgment of God and to a government called arbitrary, it is certain that states have laws against which anything that is done is of no right. And there is always available a means of redress on other occasions and in other times, so that each remains legitimate possessor of his property, no one being able to believe that he may ever possess anything in security contrary to the laws, whose vigilance and action against injustices and violences is immortal…. And it is in this that a government called legitimate is opposed by its nature to arbitrary government….

Government is established in order to free all men from every oppression and violence, as has often been stated. And it is this that creates the state of perfect liberty, there being in essence nothing less free than anarchy, which destroys all legitimate rights among men, and knows no law but that of force.

Source: William F. Church, ed., The Greatness of Louis XIV: Myth or Reality? Boston, 1959, 5-7.


God’s Love Letter… And Battle Plan! — December 12, 2015
Our Lady of Guadalupe —

Our Lady of Guadalupe

(from Our Lady of The Rosary.org website)

J.M.J.

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Feast day: December 12
(Taken from http://olrl.org/prophecy/ladyofg.shtml)

THE STORY

“And the land was polluted with blood,” by idolaters who sacrificed their
sons and daughters to devils. (Ps. 105:38) Such was Mexico when Hernando
Cortes arrived there in 1519. Some ten million native Nahuatl Indians
formed a vast confederation of tribes at this time. These tribes were
dominated by the powerful Aztecs who, for all their intelligence, industry,
and valor, were equally barbaric, enslaved by an extravagant system of
idolatry which placated its numerous gods with gruesome orgies of human
sacrifice and cannibalism. For centuries torrents of blood literally flowed
from the temple pyramids, with as many as 20,000 humans being sacrificed in
one day.

Cortes came and liberated the Nahuatls from their slavery to Satan, but
because of the corruption of the Spanish rulers and because of the Aztec’s
attachment to polygamy and other pagan practices, very few converted to
Catholicism in the first decade of Spanish rule. The saintly Juan de
Zumarraga, Mexico’s first bishop, could do little to convert the Aztecs,
but he remained confident in the unfailing help of the Queen of Heaven, to
whom he entrusted the future of New Spain.

Juan Diego, a simple and God-fearing man, was one of the few converts in
the first 10 years. For 6 years he had devoutly practiced the Faith,
walking 6 miles every morning to Mass. On Saturday, December 9, 1531, he
began his usual pre-dawn journey. As he reached the hill known as Tepeyac,
he heard a very wonderful music descending from the top of the hill. It
sounded like the sweetest melody of singing birds. Suddenly the singing
stopped and a gentle woman’s voice was heard from above the mount saying,
“Juanito, Juan Dieguito.” When he reached the summit, he saw a Lady
standing there who told him to come near. He marveled greatly at her
superhuman grandeur. Her garments were shining like the sun and the cliff
where she rested her feet was pierced with glitter.

The Lady thus spoke to him: “Know and understand well, you the most humble
of my sons, that I am the ever Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for
Whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and earth. I
wish that a temple be erected here quickly, so I may therein exhibit and
give all my love, compassion, help and protection, because I am your
merciful mother… Go to the bishop of Mexico and say to him that I
manifest my great desire, that here a temple be built to me.”

Juan went directly to the bishop and gave him the message. Fray Zumarraga,
however, did not seem to believe him and dismissed him after listening to
his story. When Juan Diego returned to Tepeyac hill, the Lady appeared
again and told him to “go again tomorrow and see the bishop … and again
tell him that I, in person, the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of God, sent
you.”

Juan visited the bishop’s house again the next day and repeated the story.
This time the bishop listened more attentively and then asked Juan to bring
some sign as a proof of the story. Our Lady told Juan that she would give
him a sign for the bishop on the following morning. He failed to return the
next day, however, because his uncle Juan Bernardino was gravely ill and by
night time asked Juan to summon a priest the next day.

On Tuesday, Juan climbed Tepeyac from a different angle to prevent the Lady
from seeing him and deterring his journey to get the priest. She approached
him from that side of the hill, however, and, on hearing his mission,
replied, “Do not fear this nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I, your
Mother, not here? Are you not under my protection? Do not be afflicted by
the illness of your uncle; he is now cured.”

Juan Bernardino related later that at that very hour a beautiful Lady
appeared to him, calling herself “she who crushes the serpent” (see Gen.
3:15). Juan Bernardino felt a profound peace come over his soul and through
his limbs a healing wave seemed to roll, filling him with strength and
cooling his burning fever. He was cured.

After reassuring Juan Diego, Our Lady told him to gather the flowers at the
top of the hill and give them to the bishop for a sign. But how could this
be? Flowers in December, the month in which all vegetation is destroyed by
freezing? Flowers on a hilltop full of crags, thorns, and thistles?
Reaching the top of the hill, Juan was amazed to find many varieties of
exquisite roses of Castella (in Spain), hitherto unknown to Mexico. He
placed the flowers in his tilma, a coarsely woven cloak of cactus fibers,
and set out for the bishop’s house.

When Juan Diego reached the bishop’s house and was finally admitted, he
unfolded the tilma, revealing the gorgeous, sweet scented flowers. Suddenly
there appeared on the face of the tilma a precious Image of the Ever-Virgin
Holy Mary, Mother of God. The bishop and all others present fell to their
knees upon seeing the miraculous image…

THE IMAGE

The Image of Our Lady that appeared on the tilma, which can still be seen
in Mexico City today, is truly miraculous and has been the wonder of
scientists for hundreds of years. All, after exhaustive investigation with
sophisticated analytic detectors, have concluded that the work is beyond
the power of men to produce.

They were unable to find any trace of paint residue or dye of any sort on
the Image. What produced the colors on Juan Diego’s cloak or how they were
applied remains a total mystery of science. The Image still retains its
original colors, even though it was unprotected by any covering during the
first 100 years of veneration. The bluish-green color of Our Lady’s mantle
is unique. It seems to be made of an unearthly shade that as yet no artist
has been able exactly to match. Moreover, a painter would be incredibly
foolish to choose an Indian’s tilma to work on and even more to paint right
over the center seam of the cloak. And had the Virgin not turned ever so
slightly to the right, the stitch would have divided her face. Just as
astonishing is the fact that only the seam still holds the tilma together.
The law of gravity does not allow a single flimsy cotton thread to bind two
heavier materials of cloth for more than ten years, much less four hundred
and fifty! In addition, the coarse weave of the tilma was utilized by the
Artist in such a precise manner as to give depth to the face of the Image.

Infrared radiation photography confirmed, besides the lack of paint and
brush strokes, no corrections, no underlying sketch, no sizing used to
render the surface smooth, no varnish covering the image to protect its
surface. According to specialists of the Kodak Corporation in Mexico, the
Image bears more resemblance to a color photograph than anything else.
Study of photographic enlargements of Our Lady’s face have revealed the
image of a bearded man, clearly identifiable in the eyes. Rigorous
investigations by leading oculists found not only the image of the bearded
man but all the optical imaging qualities of a normal human eye, such as
light reflection, image positioning and distortion on the cornea.

The Virgin’s mantle is covered with stars which stunningly and accurately
map out various constellations as might be seen in the Mexican sky. Even
more remarkably, this “star map” on the mantle is in reverse: providing a
view of the constellations from beyond them, as would be seen looking
through them towards the earth. The constellations are consistent with what
astronomers believe was in the sky above Mexico City the day the Image was
formed, December 12, 1531. The colors of the tunic and mantle are important
ones in the Aztec hierarchical structure, ones typically reserved for the
emperor.

Recent gynecological studies have also identified signs of pregnancy in the
image and a special flower, the Quincunx, over the place where the heart of
the unborn child would be. This flower is the Aztec symbol of the Lord of
the Universe.

The great majority of the miraculous aspects of the Image were not
discovered until the 20th century, when the technology and archaeology made
the discoveries possible. This is 400 years from the creation of the Image.

THE RESULT

When Bishop Zumarraga saw the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, he
commanded that a church be built on Tepeyac hill as Our Lady requested.
Thousands of Aztec Indians were present at the translation of the Image to
the new chapel. They chanted, “The Virgin is one of us. Our pure Mother,
Our Sovereign Lady, is one of us!” In a transport of enthusiasm, one group
of young warriors took their bows and sent a pretty volley of arrows
through the air. Unfortunately, one of the shafts struck and killed one of
the spectators. The poor native was picked up by his sorrowing friends and
carried into the chapel, where they placed him at the feet of Our Lady of
Guadalupe. While everyone together prayed for a miracle, suddenly the dead
man opened his eyes and rose up fully recovered!

The Bishop placed Juan Diego in charge of the new chapel and the recipient
of the apparitions spent the remainder of his life explaining the message
and the meaning of the visions to the pilgrims who came there. There
already existed good means of communication in that vast country and news
of the wonderful events were soon common knowledge everywhere. From 1531
until the present day, a continuous stream of pilgrims has flowed through
the doors of the church on Tepeyac hill. It is estimated now that as many
as twenty million pilgrims come to see the miraculous tilma every year.

In explaining the apparitions to the pilgrims, Juan laid great stress on
the fact that the Mother of the True God has chosen to come to the site of
the temple of the pagan mother-goddess Tonantzin to signify that
Christianity was to replace the Aztec religion. This startling fact made
such an impact on the Mexicans, that for years after the apparitions they
referred to the sacred image as the picture of Tonantzin (“Our Mother”) or
Teonantzin (“God’s Mother”).

Until 1531, the Sacrament of Baptism had been administered most to infants,
as the overwhelming majority of Aztec adults had resisted the advances of
the missionaries. However, as the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe began to
spread throughout the country, great numbers of all ages and classes began
to long for a new moral code based on the example of the Mother of the
‘white man’s god’, who could now only be the Mother of the True God, their
“clean Mother”, and who had captivated their minds and hearts with her
radiant purity, virtue and love.

As a result, the few missionaries in the country were soon increasingly
engaged in preaching, instructing and baptizing. The trickle of conversions
soon became a river, and that river a flood which is perhaps unprecedented
in the history of Christianity. 5,000,000 Catholics were lost to the Church
due to the Protestant Revolt in Europe at this time but their numbers were
more than replaced in a few years by over 9,000,000 Aztec converts (out of
10 million).

A famous Mexican preacher of the 19th century expressed this tidal wave of
conversions as follows:
“It is true that immediately after the conquest (of Cortes), some apostolic
men, some zealous missionaries, mild, gentle conquerors who were disposed
to shed no blood but their own, ardently devoted themselves to the
conversion of the Indians. However, these valiant men, because of their
fewness, because of the difficulty of learning various languages, and of
the vast extent of our territory, obtained, in spite of their heroic
efforts, but few and limited results.

“But scarcely had the Most Holy Virgin of Guadalupe appeared and taken
possession of this her inheritance, when the Catholic Faith spread with the
rapidity of light from the rising sun, through the wide extent and beyond
the bounds of the ancient empire of Mexico. Innumerable multitudes from
every tribe, every district, every race, in this immense country . . . who
were grossly superstitious, who were ruled by the instincts of cruelty,
oppressed by every form of violence, and utterly degraded, returned upon
themselves at the credible announcement of the admirably portentous
apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe, recognized their natural dignity,
forgot their misfortunes, put off their instinctive ferocity, and, unable
to resist such sweet and tender invitations, came in crowds to cast their
grateful hearts at the feet of so loving a Mother, and to mingle their
tears of emotion with the regeneration of the waters of Baptism.”

The missionaries were all but overwhelmed by the endless multitudes
clamoring for instruction and Baptism. Almost everywhere they traveled,
entire families would come running out of their village, entreating them
with signs to come and pour the water on their heads. When the numbers grew
too numerous to cope with individually, the missionaries formed the men and
women into two columns behind a cross-bearer. As they filed past the first
priest, he briefly imposed on each the Oil of Catechumens. Holding lighted
candles and singing a hymn, they would then converge on a second priest who
stood beside the baptismal font. The columns would slowly wind back to the
first priest where, with hands joined, husbands and wives would pronounce
their marriage vows together, receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Several trustworthy contemporary writers note that one missionary, a
Flemish Franciscan named Peter of Ghent, baptized with his own hands over
1,000,000 Mexicans! “Who will not recognize the Spirit of God in moving so
many millions to enter the kingdom of Christ,” wrote Fr. Anticoli, S.J.,
“and when we consider that there occurred no portent or other supernatural
event … to attract such multitudes, other than the apparitions of the
Virgin, we may state with assurance that it was the Vision of the Queen of
the Apostles that called the Indians to the Faith.”

CONCLUSION

The miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe is an unquestionable display of God’s
love and mercy for the Mexican and American people. As She converted the
hearts of the Aztec Indians, so let Her convert our modern, worldly hearts
to turn to Her and Her Son. Let us ask her help to restore modesty and
decency and especially to bring about the end of the modern sacrifice of
innocent humans to the altar of self-love, abortion. Foster devotion to
this Noble Virgin and Mother in your own life and the lives of others.

Contemplating her, remember the following words of a prayer composed by
Pope Pius XII, in which he declares the Virgin of Guadalupe the Empress of
all the Americas: “For we are certain, that as long as you are recognized
as Queen and Mother, Mexico and America will be safe.”

Immaculate Conception — December 9, 2015

Immaculate Conception

The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception is that the Blessed Virgin is conceived without the stain of Original Sin from St. Anne’s womb due to the foreseen merits of Jesus Christ, Her Divine Son.  What a beautiful Dogma!  It is my favorite!  Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!La Inmaculada Concepcion.jpg