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Ask Father Purdy: Why Do You Say Buen Suceso Instead Of Good Success?

Vox Catholica

Buen Suceso Miraculous Statue

Mariana de Jesus Torres y Berrichoa was born in 1563 of pious parents. When 13 years old, she entered the Royal Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Quito, Ecuador. With 12 other women, including her aunt, Mother Maria de Jesus Taboada, Mariana was the youngest of the founding mothers of this convent of Franciscan Conceptionists. In 1577, Mariana entered the novitiate and in 1579 she professed.

At a young age, Mariana was privileged to receive special favors from God. She received the first of many locutions at the age of seven. At her first communion she went into ecstasy, during which she was betrothed to the child Jesus. By nine years old, she began what is called prayer of quiet.[i] As a novice, her director considered himself unworthy to direct her. At her profession, she went into ecstasy, during which she was espoused to our Lord.

During the years of her life, she was guided by Our Lord and His Holy Mother in the spiritual life. Our Lord himself gave her various penances to perform and sufferings for her to offer. He also directed the topics of her silent prayer. By the end of her days she possessed an extraordinary degree of holiness.

Perhaps one of the most pertinent aspects of Mother Mariana’s life for us today – She was requested by Our Lord to be a victim soul, particularly for the crisis of the 20th century. These dialogues of Our Lord, as well as Our Lady, are the first given to the Church explaining Her condition during the 20th century. These dialogues are also the lengthiest and the clearest, describing particular elements of this crisis. Mother Mariana is requested to take an intimate role in the perseverance and preservation of the Church of this time by her state as victim.

In 1594, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Mother Mariana under the title of Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification. She commanded Mother Mariana to have a statue made according to the features of the apparition. Completed miraculously by the angels and St. Francis in 1611, this statue depicts the Mother of God with the Divine Infant in her left arm, with crozier and keys in her right hand. Shortly after completion, and as mandated by Our Lady, the statue was consecrated with sacred chrism, (as ritually done with bishops, abbots and abbesses) and she was installed as the Mother Abbess of the monastery. From this place, she promised to reside until the end of the world; from this place she would oversee and protect in a special manner all the affairs of the monastery.

With the fabrication of my image, not only you or my monastery do I look upon with favor, but also this nation and all the people in general through the centuries. This, my monastery, being a support, will be salvation for many souls, because I will draw them out of the abyss of sins in which they find themselves. God will be glorified in them. How many secret conversions there will be![ii]

This is the only monastery in the world in which the Mother of God has installed herself formally as Abbess. It is the only monastery in which she has promised to exercise a significant role. The monastery is affectionately known as the house of Our Lady.

The Value of Monastic Life

Monastic life, the life of the secluded consecrated soul, plays such an important role in the affairs of the men. This fact is surely undervalued or overlooked. There is a beautiful quotation taken from the Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Chautard:

No one in this world knows the reason for the conversion of pagans at the very ends of the earth, for the heroic endurance of Christians under persecution, for the heavenly joy of martyred missionaries. All this is bound up with the prayer of some humble, cloistered nun. Her fingers play upon the keyboard of divine forgiveness and of the eternal lights. Her silent and lonely soul presides over the salvation of souls and the conquests of the Church.[iii]

The Mother of God also stresses this same point when speaking to Mother Mariana.

Woe to the world if there were no Monasteries and Convents! Mortals do not understand their worth, for if they understood, they would spend their assets by multiplying them because in these is found the remedy to all physical and moral evils [iv]...no one on the face of the earth realizes whence comes the salvation of souls, the conversion of sinners, the dissipation of great scourges, the production and fertility of the fields, the end of pestilences, of wars, and of the good harmony among nations and all this comes from the prayers that rise from the monasteries and convents. [v]

Mother Mariana

Mother Mariana served as Abbess of the Monastery for seven terms. Mystical experiences are scattered through the life of this spouse of Christ. Admittedly, there is very little known of this saintly religious. Why have we never heard of her? Why is this the case?

In response to this, let us simply state: If the Mother of God wishes to keep something secret – She can do it! It has been 100 years since the apparitions of Fatima, and today we still speak of ‘the Third Secret’. This means there is still something hidden and unknown.

Upon signing the sworn testimony of the miraculous events of the completion of the Statue, Mother Mariana explained to the bishop why she would remain unknown.

This (document) and other precious treasures, my successors for fear of losing them, will hide in a cupboard here in my Convent during those public tumults of wars when this Colony tries to become a free republic, because they will not have the light to understand that nothing, nobody can do harm to my Convent. On the one hand, Your Excellency, this will be suitable because my life should come to light in the 20th century, and the rest when the Minors return, unless the humble do violence to heaven to find these (hidden documents and treasures) to guard as precious treasures in this my Convent; for without this intention, no human means will be sufficient to find them.

The bishop then asked: “Why does your Reverence say that your life will be written and will be known in the 20th century?” Mother Mariana replied to the bishop:

Because my person and name are inseparable from the Apparition of the Most Holy Virgin of Buen Suceso, and this should be known to certify the truth during those times of much decay of the faith. It is not convenient at the present time to reveal anything because of the inclination of the people to idolatry. [vi]

Victim for the 20th Century

What does it mean to be a victim? It is the offering of oneself for some supernatural motive, so that by their own merits and sacrifices they may contribute to the application of the merits of the redemption. By their offering, the victim lends to Christ a new humanity in which He can renew the mystery of redemption. In the Theology of Christian Perfection, Fr. Antonio Marin states:

The Lord is wont to accept this heroic offering, and He leads these victims to a terrifying martyrdom of body and soul. Only with the help of extraordinary graces can they support for any length of time the incredible sufferings and pains; they always terminate on the height of Calvary, totally transformed into Christ crucified.[vii]

Mother Mariana was very familiar with suffering. During an apparition of Jesus in agony, His Virgin Mother requested Mariana to be a victim for the 20th century.

Amidst the darkness of the church, I saw the main altar clearly, as if in full day, and while I was kneeling, the Tabernacle suddenly opened and I saw Christ of the form that was in Golgotha and the Most Holy Virgin, at His feet, St. John and St. Magdalene whose tears were falling like pearls.

The Holy Christ was without the wound on the side and He began to agonize...and she heard a voice, that of the Eternal Father saying, ‘these punishments are for the 20th century’. She saw three swords over the head of the Holy Christ; on each was written ‘I will punish heresy, blasphemy, and impurity’; then she learned all that was going to happen in that century. Directing her words to her, the Most Holy Virgin said, ‘My daughter, will you sacrifice yourself for this people?’ To which she replied, ‘My will is ready’. Immediately the swords withdrew from the Holy Christ and plunged into the heart of Mother Mariana, who fell dead from the violence of the pain. [viii]

This indeed was the occasion of the first death of Mother Mariana.

The Sufferings of Mother Mariana

At the profession of Mother Mariana, Jesus spoke to her:

“My spouse, I desire for you a life of immolation. Your life will be a continuous martyrdom.” With this Our Lord promised her a life of suffering. This indeed is the greatest sign of affection. With suffering, the victim is permitted to unite both body and soul to God. Within the soul, the acts of submission, humility, and obedience cause a profound union with Jesus on the cross who “humbled himself, becoming obedient, even to the death of the cross.” [ix] The interior movements of the soul are the very center of every sacrifice. Moreover, in body, those who suffer are permitted to share in exterior likeness to that of Christ. “He who does not take up his cross daily and follow me, is not worthy of me.” [x] Let us not believe for a moment that Jesus refers only to interior suffering.

Mariana would become intimate with Christ in His suffering.

Here, Our Lord made known to her all tribulations, temptations, and persecutions of all kinds that she was to suffer, preserving her only from the temptations against the virtue of purity. He told her that she will suffer terrible persecutions from creatures, even from the just and good. She learned of the spiritual desolations, the abandonment by God, and the absences of her Beloved, in short, the prolonged and cruel martyrdom of her life of crucified love. Humbled and with profound abjection, she responded to her Lover willingly and with gratitude, ‘I accept the sufferings like a precious gift that You give me. I offer myself to imitate your life, but as a miserable creature, even if my will is ready, I fear that my nature will waver, and I beg You to assist me with Your grace’. [xi] 

These sufferings certainly became true during the life of Mother Mariana. The voluntary penances and sufferings she inflicted upon herself were remarkable. These aside, the sufferings that Mariana experienced from without, those inflicted upon her by Our Lord himself, and what Divine Providence disposed her too suffer at the hands of others – herein lies the true martyrdom. To grow in holiness in these moments requires a complete conformity to the Divine Will – It is required that one willfully embrace those things that are opposed to one’s will. 

Mariana’s life was characterized with this willful and loving embrace to what inflicted the most suffering. Jesus thus sanctified His spouse by giving to her what was His lot. 

One example of this kind of suffering was a mystical intimate accompaniment with Jesus during His Passion. She was given to share in His sufferings and afflictions. This was both interior and exterior. Jesus would take from her all spiritual consolation and leave her abandoned, as He also was abandoned by His Father. For those who love more, this abandonment is much more acute. Exteriorly her body also was given to suffer, particularly by the stigmata. Aside from being noticed by fellow sisters on a couple occasions, these wounds were not visible but nonetheless perceived in her body.

You will spend only a few years in this land of tears [xii] during which you will accompany me in some of the principal parts of my dolorous Passion until you deliver your soul to My hands just as I delivered mine in the hands of My Eternal Father. Unite yourself to my Sorrowful Heart and in the company of my Most Holy Mother and yours, bear these tribulations and carry with courage and steadiness the cross that I put on your shoulders during these years. [xiii] 

Another significant suffering and cause of great humiliation was the persecution and imprisonment led by a rebellious faction of sisters. Usually at this point, one questions – imprisonment? Within the confines of the convent there was a certain austere quarter provided for those who were disobedient or for those who continually failed in their duties. This was similar to what is called solitary confinement. Mariana was imprisoned four times by the influence of the rebellious faction of sisters. The turmoil within the convent lasted almost 10 years. These things happened by false accusations against her. Nevertheless, Mariana offered this persecution in union with her Divine Spouse. 

A last example of Mariana’s suffering [xiv] was the request of Our Lord for her to suffer five years the pains of hell for the salvation of the most unjust of the rebellious sisters.

It is not your life, nor your health, not even the prison that I desire of you, my beloved Mariana, but the suffering of the pains of hell for the period of five consecutive years with the pain of loss that the soul of your poor sister would have suffered for all eternity. I designate to you five years in memory of the five main wounds of my afflicted humanity during my Passion. Understand - during all this time I will absent Myself from your material eyes and I will not give you the least consolation nor alleviate your sufferings, just as the soul of your poor sister would not have had in the dark prison of hell. It is certain that I will be with you interiorly, strengthening you, otherwise neither you nor any holy mortal would be able to tolerate such pains for one minute. Do you accept my request? [xv] 

After the good death of the rebellious sister, Mother Mariana embraced this punishment. She suffered the pain of loss and the pain of sense. There is no need of extra words to describe this suffering. 

The Miraculous Statue 

In her humility, Mother Mariana always considered herself unfit to direct her fellow sisters. Our Lady would provide the answer. 

…and at an indication of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael came before the throne of the Divine Majesty, prepared and ready for some sublime mission. I did not understand what God commanded them, but I saw their profound reverence. They then presented themselves before the throne of the Queen of Heaven. Recognizing her superior to them, Michael said: ‘Mary Most Holy, Daughter of the God the Father’; Raphael said: ‘Mary Most Holy, Mother of God the Son’; Gabriel said: ‘Mary Most Holy, Most Pure Spouse of the Holy Ghost’. Inviting the Angelic militia, they all sang together: Mary Most Holy, Temple and Sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity. 

In an instant, with the speed of a bolt of lightning, appeared the August Trinity in the choir where the carved image was and They illuminated it with celestial radiance. At this moment appeared my Seraphic Father so beautiful, from his wounds celestial rays shot forth… (St. Francis) accompanied by the three archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, followed by the Angelic militia, approached the image made by Señor Francisco del Castillo and in an instant they worked on it again. I did not have the light to understand how this instantaneous work happened, but it looked as beautiful just as Your Excellency saw it. Right after, my Seraphic Father took off his white cord that he wore on his waist, girding with it the waist of the Most Holy Image saying lovingly and reverently: ‘My Lady, I entrust to your maternal love my sons and daughters of the three Orders which I founded and spread throughout the world. I entrust today and forever this my Convent founded under my care’. 

After the girding with the cord, my seraphic Father withdrew while the Image was completely illuminated as if it were in the middle of the sun. The Most Holy Trinity looked at it with pleasure, the Archangels sang Salve Sancta Parens and the Queen of Heaven in the middle of these joys, approached the Image and entered into it just like the rays of the sun penetrate beautiful crystals. At this moment, the sanctified Image took on life and sang the Magnificat. [xvi] 

Mother Mariana would often resort to Our Lady for advice, as well as courage and consolation in difficult matters. The miraculous statue would often speak with Mariana. 

The 20th Century 

There are two significant apparitions that deal at length with the topic of the 20th century. The first was on January 21, 1610. In this apparition, Our Lady of Buen Suceso gives details concerning the Sacraments during this grave period of crisis. This is of particular interest. We see these words being lived today! Imagine the horror this information would provoke during the age in which she lived! 

I make it known to you that at the end of the 19th century until a little after the half of the 20th century, in what is today the Colony and will then be Republic of Ecuador, the passions will overflow and there will be a total corruption of customs because of the almost total reign of Satan in the masonic sects which principally will strive to corrupt the childhood to maintain the general corruption! Woe to the children of this time! They will receive the sacrament of Baptism with difficulty; Confirmation will be the same; The sacrament of Penance only when they remain in Catholic schools, in which the devil will put all efforts to destroy them using authorized persons. 

The sacrament of Communion will be the same way. But, oh, how I regret to manifest to you that there will be many and great sacrileges, public and also secret, profaning the Holy Eucharist! How often during this period they, the enemies of Jesus Christ instigated by the devil, will rob the Consecrated Hosts in the cities, only to profane the Eucharistic species! My Most Holy Son will be seen fallen on the floor and trampled by filthy feet. 

…and in this my Convent, there will be faithful souls, fervent spouses and lovers who will make reparation with loving tenderness, suffering from seeing (Him)so hated by their ungrateful brethren, those sinners who will seem to have no human heart. The astute devil will attempt to impede this, putting ideas of despair in the imagination of my suffering daughters, to make them lose the merit. 

But in those times they will already know you and also the favors that I have dispensed to you. How I love the happy inhabitants of this sacred enclosure! This knowledge together with the love and cult to my sacred image, which I strictly order you today to have made as you see me. Put me upon the Abbess’s chair, so that from there I will govern and rule my daughters and sustain my convent against the fierce determination that Satan will have to destroy it, availing of good and bad men. 

By this time, in this poor country which will lack the Christian spirit, the Sacrament of Extreme Unction will be little respected. Many people will die not receiving it, because of the neglect of families, because of misconceived affection towards the sick, and also because of some who oppose the Catholic Church, instigated by the accursed devil, depriving the souls of many innumerable graces, consolations, and strength to make the big leap from time to eternity. Some will also die without receiving it by the just and secret punishments of God. 

The sacrament of Matrimony which represents the union of Christ with the Church will be attacked and profaned in the full extent of the word. The rule of Masonry will establish its laws to extinguish it, facilitating all to live immorally and propagating the procreation of illegitimate children; without the blessing of the Church, the Christian spirit will rapidly decline, extinguishing the precious light of the faith until it reaches an almost total and general corruption of customs. This, together with secular education, will be the reason for dwindling of priestly and religious vocations. 

The sacrament of Holy Orders will be mocked, oppressed, and despised because they (masonic sects) oppress and violate the Church of God, and God Himself in his priests. Then the devil will endeavor to persecute the ministers of Our Lord in all ways and will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their sublime vocation, making them degenerate into debauchery. Scandalizing the Christian people many times, they (the bad priests) will draw upon all the priests the hatred of the bad Christians and of the enemies of the Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church. 

With this apparent triumph of Satan, they will draw immense sufferings on the good pastors of the Church, and on the great majority of good priests, and the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on earth who is prisoner in his Vatican will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of God and his Lord begging for light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the whole world, of whom he is king and father. 

Moreover, in these ill-fated times, there will be unrestrained lust which will captivate countless frivolous souls who will be lost for being the snare of sin for the others. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor any sense of shame in women. 

In this supreme necessity of the Church, he, who at the time should have spoken, will be silent. [xvii] 

On February 2, 1634 Mother Mariana was praying in the upper choir in the middle of the night, as was her custom. She saw the sanctuary lamp go out leaving the main altar completely dark. She thought to go and rekindle the lamp, but when attempting to move, she was unable. Then Our Lady of Buen Suceso appeared and lit the Tabernacle lamp. The Blessed Virgin then spoke to Mother Mariana. 

Loss of Faith and Propagation of Heresies 

…the lamp that burns before the Prisoner of Love and that you saw extinguished has many meanings. The first is that at the end of the 19th century and will continue to a large part of the 20th century, various heresies will spread in these lands, then already a Free Republic. The precious light of the faith will be extinguished in the souls by the almost total corruption of customs; in this time there will be great physical and moral calamities, public and private. 

The small number of souls, in whom will be preserved hidden the treasure of the Faith and of the virtues, will suffer a cruel and unspeakable as well as prolonged martyrdom. Many of them will descend to the grave from the violence of the suffering and will be counted as martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the Church and for the Country. 

In order to be freed from the slavery of these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my Most Holy Son will destine for this restoration will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and much confidence in God. To put to test this Faith and confidence of the just, there will come moments in which everything will seem lost and paralyzed, and then will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration. 

An Era of Sensuality and Impurity 

The third reason why the lamp was extinguished is in these times there will be an atmosphere filled with the spirit of impurity which, like a filthy ocean will flow through the streets and squares and public places with an appalling liberty so that there will be almost no virgin souls in the world. 

The delicate flower of virginity, like a flower that is timid and threatened with complete destruction, will shine far, taking refuge in the cloisters. It will find suitable land to grow, develop, and live, its fragrance being the delight of my Most Holy Son and the lightning rod that holds back the Divine wrath, without which, it would be necessary to rain fire from heaven to purify these lands. 

The Corruption of Innocence 

The fourth reason why the lamp was extinguished is that the sect, having seized all social classes, will have so much subtlety to introduce itself into domestic households that, ruining childhood, the devil will glory in preying the exquisite delicacy of the hearts of the children. 

In those ill-fated times, childlike innocence will barely be found. In this way, vocations to the priesthood will be lost, which will be a true calamity. 

The religious communities will remain to sustain the Church and to work with valiant and selfless determination in the salvation of souls. It is because at this time the regular observance will shine in the communities; there will be holy ministers of the altar, hidden and beautiful souls in whom my Most Holy Son and I will take delight, with the exquisite flowers and fruits of heroic sanctity. Against these ministers, impiety will wage a cruel war and fill them with vituperations, calumnies, and vexations to impede the fulfillment of their ministry; but they, like most firm columns, will remain steadfast, confronting everything with the spirit of humility and sacrifice, with which they will be clothed, in virtue of the infinite merits of my Most Holy Son who loves them like the most delicate fibers of His Most Holy and Tender Heart. 

Crisis in the Clergy 

In those times, in the secular clergy there will be much to desire because the priests will neglect their sacred duty. Losing the divine compass, they will stray from the path charted by God in the priestly ministry, becoming fond of money and striving to obtain it to excess; and since this Church will suffer the dark night of the lack of a Prelate and father who watches over with paternal love, with gentleness, strength, sound judgment, and prudence, many of them will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger. 

Pray insistently, clamor without tiring and weep with bitter tears in the secrecy of your heart, asking our Celestial Father that for the love of the Eucharistic Heart of my Most Holy Son, for this Precious Blood poured out with so much generosity, and for the profound bitterness and sorrows of His bitter passion and death, that he be compassionate to his ministers and put an end as soon as possible to these so ill-fated times, sending to this Church the Prelate who must restore the spirit of Her priests. 

…With divine gentleness, he will guide the consecrated souls to the divine service in the cloisters without making heavy to them the yoke of our Lord. 

To have the prelate and father soon, they (those consecrated souls) will counterbalance the tepidity of all the souls consecrated to God in the priestly and religious state. This is the precise cause of the accursed Satan taking possession of these lands, who will obtain it all by means of so many foreign faithless people, which like a black cloud will obscure the clear sky of the then republic consecrated to the Most Sacred Heart of My Divine Son. 

Introduced by these faithless people are all the vices; because of them are all types of chastisements – among them pestilence, famine, and conflicts among themselves and other nations – losing a considerable number of souls so dear to Jesus and me because of apostasy. 

To dissipate these black clouds which prevent the possession of the clear day of liberty of the Church, there will be a formidable and frightful war in which blood of their own and strangers, of secular and regular priests, and also of religious will flow. This night will be most horrible because to mankind, evil will seem to be triumphant. 

Then is the coming of my hour, when I, in an amazing way, will dethrone the proud Satan, crushing him under my feet and chaining him in the infernal abyss, finally freeing the Church and country from his cruel tyranny. 

Indifference to the Oppressed Church 

The fifth motive why the lamp was extinguished is for that negligence of the persons who, possessing great wealth, will see with indifference the Church oppressed, virtue persecuted, the evil triumphant, without piously using their riches in the destruction of evil and the restoration of the faith. It is also for the indifference of the people in allowing that, little by little, the Name of God is erased, adhering to the spirit of evil, delivering themselves with liberty to the vices and passions. [xviii]

Hope 

Since I need courageous souls in all times to save My Church and the prevaricating world, that is to say, (the) souls for whom I suffered so much these unheard of sorrows - and since so many are lost, I desire that that you, as a good spouse, assist me. [xix] 

Mother Mariana offered her life as a pleasing sacrifice for the Church of the 20th century. Our Lord alone knows what she has merited by her cooperation and sacrifice. It is not unreasonable to assert that she is connected with the perseverance of the Church during this time. Perhaps the work of tradition and the preservation of the Church is also due to her sacrifice? Perhaps the person and work of Archbishop Lefebvre was instigated and birthed through her? God knows! 

There is yet another good reflection to make. Our Lady told Mariana:

Calamitous times will befall our Convent in the 20th century for having neglected the formation of the religious in the novitiate. We from heaven will watch over our beloved Convent so that this will not come to an end. There will also be during this time, souls very hidden who in the secrecy of their prayer and holy life will lament the moral and material state of the Convent and their prayers and penances will be the support of the agonizing Community during this time. You, for your part, do violence to God so that this distressing period will be cut short for our young ones (the novices). [xx] Our Lord also told Mariana: I love this Convent because it is the foundation and property of My Immaculate Mother and mine. I also love it because you have lived in it; I will see you living here in all the centuries and in ill-fated times, I will sustain it. [xxi] 

These themes are repeated on other occasions – the preservation of the convent; the presence of at least one or two hidden saintly religious; the predilection of this convent by Christ and His Holy Mother. This repetition must have a reason; it is clear this convent has a significant role to play. 

Moreover, the title of Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification is linked to the 20th century. In an apparition of Our Lady, she told Mariana:

...these beautiful tunics are also for the secular and regular priests and lay people of both sexes, who, loving my Most Holy Son and myself with simple and upright hearts, love this Convent of our predilection. Ignoring criticism and ridicule, they work for its preservation and strive in propagating my devotion under the consoling invocation of Buen Suceso de la Purification which will be, in the almost total corruption of the twentieth century, the support and safeguard of the faith. 

The devotion to Our Lady under this title will mark the beginning of her time, the time of restoration and triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Maybe the work of Tradition, those religious communities who will sustain the Church, is to spark this devotion? If so, let us help! 


Sources:

i This is a type of mystical contemplation in which the soul experiences an intimate awareness of God’s presence and fills the soul and body with an ineffable sweetness. 

ii Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Primero. Cap. 30. Independent translation. 

iii Chautard; The Soul of the Apostolate 

iv Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Segundo. Cap. 5. 

v Idem 

vi Idem. Tomo Primero, Cap. 33. 

vii Marin, Antonio Royo; The Theology of Christian Perfection 

viii Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Primero, Cap. 10. 

ix Phil. 2:8 

x Mt. 10:38  

xi Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Primero, Cap. 6. 

xii The year was 1619. Mariana died in 1634. 

xiii Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 1. 

xiv There are 750 pages of details concerning many events, sufferings, trials, etc. I list only a few which have particular importance as they someone define the others. 

xv Pereira, Manuel Sousa; Vida Admirable de la Rda. Madre Mariana de Jesus Torres. Tomo Primero, Cap.25 

xvi Idem. Tomo Primero, Cap. 33 

xvii Idem. Tomo Primero, Cap. 29 

xviii Idem. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 8 

xix Idem. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 1 

xx Idem. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 1 

xxi Idem. Tomo Segundo, Cap. 2  

Buen Suceso Pilgrimage: Questions and Answers

Vox Catholica

Some weeks ago there was a video produced about the crisis in the church in connection with the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Quito, Ecuador. The video concluded with the encouragement to attend the pilgrimage in Quito beginning January 24. A follow up video was put together on the logistics of the pilgrimage. Below are also the links advertising the pilgrimage on sspx.org. Please take the time to read the brochure as it does contain all the information necessary for making this trip.

Wishing all of you a prayer filled month of the Holy Rosary.

In Christ,
Fr. Adam Purdy

Fr. Marc Vernoy: A Crisis of Fatherhood

Vox Catholica

On August 29th, Fr. Marc Vernoy wrote an open letter to the priests and Bishops in the state of Florida. In this video Father Vernoy discusses why he wrote the letter, and explains why he believes a crisis in Fatherhood is one of the key reasons the Catholic Church and society at large is suffering so terribly today. Below is the transcript of our short interview.


I finished a letter that I sent to the Floridian priests after all the scandals, especially in the United States, regarding the abuse crisis. I finished this letter on August 29th, the Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, who offered his life for the sanctity of marriage, family, society. And the crisis is attacking the sanctity of the Church. It’s absolutely terrible.

This letter was sent… I received several answers, especially from bishops. Very positive answers. Bishops from Florida. Priests also. I had conversations on the phone. I had contact via email. I think it was quite fruitful, and I hope it helps many priests, because this letter… I had to write it. There was no option in my heart.

I think many priests today are suffering in their hearts. Bleeding. It’s bleeding. We suffer deeply for all these victims. Children, but also young adults and even adults. Victims of homosexual predators. We suffer for Holy Mother the Church. She is devastated. Her beauty, her dignity is attacked. Deeply attacked. We suffer for all you faithful priests, who are also victims of this terrible crisis. We suffer for all these many scandalized souls. Faithful, who are in doubt, or people who are on their journey to the Catholic Church, and their journey to the Mystical Body of Christ, who stopped their journey because of all these scandals. Our heart is bleeding.

It’s bleeding also because many have lost hope, because they have no more vision. Many have lost peace, because of this great confusion. We are living in evil times, and in evil times there is always a grace to take. A great grace. Our Lord Jesus Christ has prepared a great grace for all of us. Absolutely all of us. A grace of enlightenment that will guide us to holiness. But, we need to know first, we need to know the very deep reasons of all these scandals. The very deep reasons of today’s disaster. And the real cause is in the crisis of fatherhood. The vanishing of father hood. Especially since the 60s. It affected the whole society. It affected the whole Catholic Church, especially in the western world. It affected our families. It’s affecting our business. Its affecting everything. Fathers disappeared.

A lot of men, they don’t want to have any responsibility. Then, they give up their fatherhood, and giving up their fatherhood they also give up their masculinity. It’s just a consequence of not willing to be a father… of not fulfilling your own identity, your own being.

The crisis in the Church then is a crisis of fatherhood, and we know all the consequences today. We have this abuse crisis, we have this crisis of the spreading of homosexuality with is a consequence of the absence of the father. We have as a consequence also… we have lost any kind of trust, any kind of confidence. Everything is falling apart and there is no more unity in the body, because the head is not accountable.

The answer to the crisis, I gave in the letter some directions, but I think the very deep thing is really to be a father. A real father, with a fatherly heart. A paternal heart. We need to practice a loving authority. We need to give to our people, to our children the vision. The big picture that God wants us to give to all people. And this will give hope. This will give peace and joy, and the Church will recover. And we will work hard, and faithfully, and with great hope for the reformation, the needed reformation, of our church. You can still read this letter on our website: www.sspxflorida.com and also if you have any questions we are available and you can contact us via email.

Twitter: The New Arbiter of Orthodoxy in the Catholic Church

James Austin

The Catholic Church has been in a Crisis for some time now. Ever since Vatican II and the new doctrine of “Collegiality” the Church has been split into two factions: Conservative and Progressive. While this dialectical mode of policy making has been common within the world of politics for hundreds of years, it is truly Revolutionary within the Church.

Vatican II

No longer does the practice and teaching of the Church stem from the unchanging and immutable Deposit of Faith. It has been replaced by the Hegelian dialectic of Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis. By the de-throning of Christ the King and the elevating of the “consensus of Bishops” as a teaching authority, the Papacy has effectively lost it’s ability to govern the Church as a sovereign Monarch would govern his nation.

To further the confusion, according to Vatican II, progress comes about through the contemplation of the Faith by believers “who ponder these things in their hearts,” and then demand changes of the pastors and bishops of the Church, effectively inverting the hierarchy of Church governance away from those ministers ordained by God to Teach, Sanctify and Govern.

With this mindset from Vatican II, and the current mindset of the 2018 Synod on the Youth, some have said that this is an opportunity for the laity to make it known to the sacred pastors of the Church that we want Tradition back and to do away with the novelties of Modernism and heterodoxy. But there is a serious problem with this.

In the modern age, the public square has moved away from the Real World, and into the Digital World of Facebook, Twitter, Google and other Big Tech companies. With this has come the serious prospect of the loss of our voice on these platforms, under the guise of “Hate Speech.”

I regret to relate here that I have become a victim of this kind of censorship, a Digital Martyr if you will, and I have only been Tweeting for less than a week.

Father James Martin S.J.

The hammer came down on @TheVoxCatholica, after two tweets were sent to the Progressive Homosexualist priest Father James Martin S.J. who is actively leading souls to hell and attempting to completely up-root the Churches affirmation of Natural Law with regard to Marriage and human sexuality.

The trouble started after Archbishop Chaput warned the church about using terms like “LGBT” in their official paperwork. This clearly sent father Martin over the edge and prompted this Tweet:

In response to this ABSURDITY, I Tweeted the following to Father Martin:

 
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James Martin Tweet 2
 

Because of these Tweets, Father Martin promptly “blocked” me from viewing his Twitter feed:

Within minutes of being Blocked by Father Martin, Twitter appointed it’s self the moral arbiter of Orthodoxy within the Catholic Church has decided that my Tweets violated Twitter TOS for “Hateful Conduct.” Now, dear fellow faithful Catholics, what is truly hateful? A Catholic asking a priest to stop leading souls to hell by teaching error and heterodoxy, or a Catholic priest sending people to hell by confirming them in their belief that it is ok to commit “Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance?”

Hateful Conduct

I appealed my temporary suspension with Twitter with the following letter:

I have been accused of violating the “hateful conduct” clause of the Twitter TOS for content that does not legitimately meet this criteria. I simply quote Tweeted one Tweet, and Tweeted at a public figure who is a priest in the Catholic Church and is actively promoting sin and heterodoxy which is dangerous to the eternal souls of Christians everywhere. I did not disparage Fr. Martin based on his sexuality, race etc., and as a Catholic it is my right to criticize things harmful to the faithful under the code of Canon law Section 212. By suspending my account, especially during the 2018 Synod on the Youth, Twitter is interfering in the internal affairs of the Catholic Religion. If father Martin wants to block me, that’s fine - but the views expressed by me in these tweets is the basic orthodox teaching of the Catholic Church and I hope you reinstate my account as soon as possible.

Of course, Twitter did not respond to my appeal, and I was forced to delete my “hateful” Tweets to reinstate my account.

What does this mean? Well, If Pope Francis comes out with a Relatio that is as deficient of Catholic Theology as the Instrumentum Laboris for the 2018 Synod, it's going to be game over for us, at least on the internet. Twitter and other Big Tech firms will be able to suspend accounts, for calling out priests and bishops who are leading souls to hell. This isn't about bigotry or "hate speech." This is about the salvation of souls. Twitter and BigTech could decide to prevent “Catholic Twitter” from speaking the truth, discouraging sin, and letting the leaders of the Church know what we need as faithful Catholics…

The Vox Catholica is not the only Twitter account under fire for “Hate Speech.” Nick Donnelly, a Deacon in England has also been suspended and reported for similar sentiments.

With BigTech and the Fake News Media promoting Sin that Cries to Heaven for Vengeance, as soon as it looks like the Catholic Church has "officially" changed it's stance on the subject, anyone caught protesting this will be labelled and silenced, not only on the internet, but also by groups like the SPLC and other ACTUAL hate groups. We will all become Brian McCall. We will all be at risk of losing our Livelihoods, our reputation etc.

And to complicate the problem even more, what if America adopted some sort of Social Credit program like China? God Forbid the day, when in order to qualify for Tax Exemption, it will be necessary to not just tolerate the terrible sin and perversion of sodomy, but promote it and "celebrate" that sin inside of our Churches… Or else.

Kyrie Eleison...

#HimToo: Brian McCall & Brett Kavanaugh - Baseless Accusations Destroy Lives

James Austin

Over the past year, we have seen an increase in the practice of Doxxing, De-Platforming, Social Media suspensions, firings and forced resignations, at the behest of violent Marxists, Leftists, Feminists, and all other stripes of anti-Christian zombies with little more than an allegation, in an effort to advance an agenda of social degeneration, progressivism, un-fettered immigration and homosexualism.

Controversial Radio Host Alex Jones

Controversial Radio Host Alex Jones

It wasn’t until the Alex Jones case, wherein the inflammatory radio host was de-platformed overnight by Apple, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Periscope etc., that people started to take notice of the looming danger of politicized censorship.

Jones, of course, was not the first to be de-platformed. The first serious de-platforming took place when a prominent neo-Nazi website called the Daily Stormer, ran by the infamous Andrew Anglin, was taken down after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, due to the neglect of the Charlottesville Police Department. Shortly thereafter, there was a purge of “right-wing,” “nazi,” “white supremacists” (aka. mostly run of the mill conservatives) from the internet, and a serious pursuit to identify and persecute participants with taxpayer dollars by PBS and the liberal website Pro-Publica. These efforts have led to firings, students being kicked out of schools, de-platforming and recently 4 men being arrested for their involvement in the Virginia rally-turned-riot.

All these cases of censorship, doxxing, and de-platforming came about at the mere accusation of those ever present buzzwords in our current society of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, nazism, fascism, white supremacism, bigotry or whatever else is in style that particular week. Some of the accusations may have been true, some may have been false, but either way, this set the precedent for two notable cases that we are seeing un-fold before our eyes this week.

Those would be the cases of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the former Associate Dean at the Oklahoma University Law Department, Brian McCall.

Dr. Brian McCall

Dr. Brian McCall

While these two cases of McCall and Kavanaugh are at face value seemingly un-related, there is a deep vein of misandry and hatred of Truth and Justice lurking just below the surface that will become apparent.

The big story here is the case of Dr. Brian McCall. A noted scholar, lawyer, professor, associate dean, and acclaimed Catholic journalist and speaker, Dr. McCall is the last person anyone in the Traditionalist world would have expected to be attacked, ridiculed, slandered and ultimately forced to resign from his job, but those who hate truth will stop at nothing to remove anything and anyone which lays bare their own nakedness and degeneracy.

The First Story

On September 9th, a Oklahoma University Journalism School student named Drew Hutchinson published an article titled “Endowed OU law professor found connected to anti-Semitic publication.” The article went on to defame Dr. McCall’s good name and ultimately take away his livelihood by conjecture, insinuation and defamation by implication.

One claim by Drew Hutchinson in the article stated:

McCall contributed to TradCatKnight Radio, a traditionalist Catholic podcast, on July 15. David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was a guest on the same episode and made derogatory remarks about Jews.


This claim is demonstrably false. While it is true that both Brian McCall and David Duke were both invited as guests on TradCatKnight radio, they were featured on totally different podcast episodes.

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While I’m absolutely NOT a David Duke apologist, the idea that Brian McCall is some sort of a KKK bigot because he was invited to speak on a podcast that also featured Duke, is absurd. (Pro-Tip: David Duke is absolute kryptonite and effectively ruins anything he becomes associated with. Period. The man could donate money to an orphanage for poor African-American children, and within a week that orphanage would be shut down. Believe me.)

McCall and Duke spoke about completely different topics, and it is frankly a mystery to me why a protestant like Duke would be invited on a purportedly Catholic podcast that deals primarily with visions, prophecy and end-times predictions.

The article admits:

McCall made no anti-Semitic remarks but instead spoke about aspects of traditionalist Catholic beliefs.

But due to this guilt by association, implication and accusation, McCall is never-the-less branded an Anti-Semite by the young journalist wannabee as well as the thoroughly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center.

In another instance of guilt by association, Drew Hutchinson tries to make the claim that the brilliant Catholic Apologist, John Vennari (RIP), was some sort of a raging Anti-Semite who peddled in “really crazy conspiracies about Jews.” The only evidence for the claim was a passing mention of a book published by John Vennari, most likely the recently re-published “Permanant Instruction of the Alta Vendita,” an outline of how an Italian Lodge of Freemasons planned on infiltrating and subverting the Church, and a reference to how Mr. Vennari had said Judaism is a "part of the Kingdom of Satan."

Both of these accusations came with absolutely no footnotes, links, supporting documentation or anything substantiating the claim that John Vennari or Dr. Brian McCall were actually prejudiced towards Jews because they were born Jewish. Furthermore, Judaism, as traditionally spoken about by the Catholic Church, references a theological system of behavior and/or a religion that rejects Jesus Christ as the Son of God, something which as a belief system, or a behavior is willfully chosen and adhered to by the group in question, unlike something like race. At the rate we are going, the Bible will soon be condemned as Anti-Semitic hate speech.

In the article, McCall protested numerous times his innocence of these unsubstantiated claims of bigotry and prejudice, much like Brett Kavanaugh, and absolutely nobody gave McCall a fair hearing.

Liberals Take A Second Pass

In a follow up article on September 30th, titled “OU law professor, associate dean expresses homophobic, sexist views in 2014 book,” Hutchinson groundlessly blasted Dr. McCall for his totally valid and deeply-held religious beliefs, which are supposedly protected by the 1st Amendment, and accused him of sexism and homophobia.

Frankly the article speaks for it’s self, and Dr. McCall’s book (which you should go buy right now) “To Build the City of God: Living as Catholics in a Secular Age” outlines incredibly poignant issues for the Catholic living in the “current year.”

The issues addressed were women’s modesty, a Man’s authority over his home, union of Church and State, arguments for Traditional marriage based on the Natural Law, as well as many other topics that are frankly benign to Traditional Catholics. What I find interesting is that the vitriol and hatred for Traditional life is so intense in modern academia, Hutchinson only needed to basically state the basic teaching of the Church (not McCall’s) to whip up a frenzy over the fact that this kind of a “backwards thinking, white privileged, misogynistic, homophobic man” was an Associate Dean of the Oklahoma University School of Law.

Troubled Fake News Wannabee

Drew Hutchinson - Journalism Student @OU

So who exactly is this Drew Hutchinson girl, that effectively forced Dr. McCall to remove himself from his highly lauded career as Associate Dean of the School of Law at OU?

According to her website, Miss. Hutchinson has a history of “mental health” issues, “emotional instability,” anxiety problems, suffers from feelings of loneliness (no doubt due to her recent “terrible breakup”), lives with “turbulence and restlessness,” seeks “power,” and “loves to be in charge.” She even stated that her own mother had concerns over her mental health, and would have enrolled her in “Clown College” to make her happy. (Just in case she tries to delete this article, it is archived here.)

While, I’ve seen first hand how devastating a mental illness can be, and wish no ill towards those suffering from such diseases, young Miss. Hutchinson seems to be suffering from pathologies that come from the adherence to modern Feminism, Leftist Ideology and possibly even Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Miss. Hutchinson is clearly using Dr. McCall as her scapegoat and whipping post for her own rebellion and personal problems. For a social justice warrior, who seems to frequently lament the in-justice of the “gender-gap” in STEM fields, she has committed one of the gravest of all injustices: the bearing of false witness against one’s neighbor. And to add insult to injury, without thinking about the women and girls dependent on Dr. McCalls income from the University, she recklessly put their well being in danger. Clearly an act of oppression of women.

The Kavanaugh Connection

As we have seen, Dr. McCall has been groundlessly accused of the modern litany of sins against Social Justice, with absolutely no proof, which has now cost this courageous man his job as Associate Dean at the University of Oklahoma. This mirrors, in a way, the national drama we have seen playing out with the un-just and unfounded accusations of sexual impropriety directed at Brett Kavanaugh.

Nominee to the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh

Nominee to the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh, an honorable (albeit liberal) man with a long history of upstanding service towards his country, a man who with the grace of God could put an end to the daily Holocaust of innocent babies murdered at the hands of abortionists, reflects a certain amount of God’s Justice towards the hordes of disgusting, disgruntled, pink-hat wearing, perpetually outraged, Marxist-Feminazi-God-Hating-Liberals. This group of filth absolutely cannot risk anyone standing up for anything good and holy in our nations supreme court, and have concocted an ever-changing, un-corroborated, thoroughly discredited story about how Judge Kavanaugh drugged and gang-raped women in High-School and College and has some how gone un-detected at the highest levels of government for the past 35 years.

These accusations are losing steam, as Liberals and Democrats scramble to block this man’s appointment, but at Oaklahoma University, in an effort to rally support for the leftist’s agenda to perpetuate abortion and sex without consequences, our young “journalist” Drew Hutchinson breathlessly live-Tweeted The Gender + Equality Center’s “Take Back the Night event to take a stand against sexual violence,” an event clearly geared at discrediting the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.

Clearly for “journalists” like Drew Hutchinson, feelings matter more than evidence and the truth.

Please say a prayer for young Miss. Hutchinson, as well as the un-justly attacked Dr. Brian McCall, and don’t forget that any one of us could be next!

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Update 10/4/18 10:38 PM:

Since Publication of this article Drew Huchinson has revised her April 21st article “Benefits of Switching Majors” sourced above. In the original blog entry, Drew includes indecent photos of herself, reproduced in this blog, as well as several paragraphs referencing relationship problems and “mental health” issues. It is not my intent to poke fun at or persecute individuals suffering from such problems at all. That being said, Miss. Huchinson quietly revised her article, deleting several paragraphs quoted in this article, most likely in an effort to frame me as someone intent on smearing young college students with a political ideology I disagree with. This is far from the truth.

Luckily, I archived her old un-edited post before I published this article. You can view her original blog entry by clicking here. You can view her newly “revised” blog entry by clicking here. By comparing these articles one can see clearly that Miss. Huchinson is trying to hide the truth and maybe regrets her honesty. I do feel sorry for her, and seriously urge you to pray for her, and all souls in need of conversion.

What Miss. Huchinson did with her “journalistic endeavor” was more akin to radical activism, not journalism. Had she interviewed Dr. McCall, his students, his co-workers et. al. I’m sure she would have found that his personal religious beliefs did not prejudice or affect the behavior of Dr. McCall in the workplace, as the statement on the situation from Dean Harroz clearly stated.


Auriesville Pilgrimage Recap: Pictures, Sermons, and District Superior's Comments on Crisis

James Austin

The weekend of September 7-9 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the Society of Saint Pius X's pilgrimage to Auriesville, NY, to the site of the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs. It was in Auriesville that three of the eight North American Martyrs, St. René Goupil, St. Isaac Jogues, and St. John de Lalande were martyred, and where St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born and grew up. Around 500 faithful came from the Northeast area to honor the martyrs of Auriesville through this event.    

The pilgrimage began on Friday night with Mass, a campfire, and sung Compline. On Saturday morning pilgrims gathered for a pep talk and a blessing by Fr. Richard Boyle before beginning the ten-mile walk. A life-size statue of our Lady of Fatima, carried by the men and boys of Christ the King parish in Ridgefield, CT, accompanied the faithful on this year’s pilgrimage. The statue was preceded by the boys of Blessed Virgin Mary Academy in Warners, NY, who led the pilgrimage with a large wooden cross. Following the statue came the girls of the academy, who livened the spirit of the pilgrimage by singing chants and hymns along the way.

The midday talk, given by Fr. Steven Soos, highlighted the 25th anniversary of the SSPX's pilgrimage, touched on the message of Our Lady of Fatima, and the crisis unfolding in the Catholic Church.

Upon reaching the shrine, the triumphant but weary pilgrims consummated the pilgrimage with a procession and a solemn high Mass in the shrine. There, the SSPX District Superior of the United States, Fr. Jurgen Wegner, preached about the lessons we can draw from the past and how to apply it to the troubled time in which we live.

Notably, Fr. Wegner made his first public statement on the now unfolding Cardinal McCarrick scandal as well as the Pennsylvania Attorney General's report. Fr. Wegner Stated:

...What can we learn in this troubled period of the church, after this report of the grand jury? After this scandal of Cardinal McCarrick, which reveal sins, weaknesses, in Christian souls, in priests, in bishops, in cardinals... Which are scandalous! Which every Christian has to condemn. But we have to make sure that it will not happen, again. That it will not happen in our circles."

While many left after the Te Deum marking the end of Mass to make the long drive home, others chose to camp overnight in order to attend  the Sunday Mass which officially closed the pilgrimage.

Check out the Photos of this year's pilgrimage below!

SSPX Ordinations 2018 - Bishop Tissier Sermon & Photo Gallery

Vox Catholica

On Friday, June 22nd, 2018, the Catholic Church welcomed 7 new priests, ordained by Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais of the Society of Saint Pius at their new Seminary in Dillwyn, Virginia.

Those seven new priests are:

  • Fr. Thomas Buschmann
  • Fr. Samuel Fabula
  • Fr. John Graziano
  • Fr. Michael Sheahan
  • Fr. Thomas Tamm
  • Fr. Nicolas McManus
  • Fr. Thomas O’Hart

Below are photographs of their ordination, as well as photos from the first masses of Fr. Sheahan, Fr. Fabula and Father O'Hart. 

Tommy Robinson's Speech Against Islam at "Day For Freedom" Event

James Austin

The Islam problem is getting worse and worse in Europe as each day goes by. Native Germans are now a minority in the town of Frankfurt, where for the first time in history, they are outnumbered by predominantly Islamic migrants. London, which is now a majority non-English city has the highest crime rates in the world, surpassing even New York City. And parts of France, Sweeden, England and Germany have all been turned in to Islamic No-Go-Zones.

In the United Kingdom, one man who has been speaking out against this Islamic invasion of Europe is Tommy Robinson, who was recently banned from Twitter under new 'hate speech' directives issued by U.K. Counter-Terrorism.

In a reaction against the banning of not only Tommy Robinson, but also popular Twitter accounts like Sargon of Akkad and Milo, the detention of Catholic and Identitarian Activists Brittany Pettibone and Martin Sellner, and the detention and interrogation of Lauren Southern, an event was held in Whitehall, Central London to combat against censorship, and for citizens to exercise their rights to free speech.

Of all the speeches given today, Tommy Robinson's speech was head and shoulders above the rest, because he wasn't just speaking about the "value" of classically liberal ideals. He was using his right to speak the truth about this foreign, dangerous ideology that will eventually overthrow Europe and turn it into a Caliphate.

Here is a transcript of Tommy's speech today and the "Day for Freedom" event:

“The people of this country have been silenced for 20 to 30 years with the tag of “racist”. They have managed to silence people so they’re too scared to speak up when they see things that are wrong. They’re too scared to tell the truth and identify problems with an ideology and a religion in our country because they’re worried about being called racist.

"They've now realized that that tag is dead. No one cares anymore about being labelled as a racist. So they’ve now introduced their new term “Hate Speech”. What is hate speech?

Violent "Anti-Fascist" demonstrators spark violence outside of free-speech demonstration in Whitehall.

Violent "Anti-Fascist" demonstrators spark violence outside of free-speech demonstration in Whitehall.

"There’s a 16 year old boy somewhere in here, and I’ll interview him next week, he went to speakers corner and he debated Ali Dawah. And he stated facts about Islam. He was visited last week by counterterrorism officials as part of the “Prevent Strategy”. His mother was in pieces, crying, scared, worried… The justification the police give for visiting him… They asked him questions like “would you kill for your ideology”. There’s another man up in Birmingham who this has happened to. The reason the police give for visiting him, is that they don’t like his opinions on Islam.

"This is currently what our country is facing. When you hear statistics, and they say that 30% of all prevent strategy is now non-Muslims. This is all from counter-terrorism. For telling the truth, for identifying facts […] This boy in the north of England had a mental breakdown because of the visits from Prevent, because he said that Islam was a fascist, violent ideology.

"These are scare tactics, and I tell you what, it works[…] So one boy tells the truth about Islam at Speakers Corner, and then everyone else sees that counter terrorism visited him. That has an effect. People become scared. People are terrified to identify and speak openly and honestly.

"We’ve just seen that my Twitter account was removed for “hate”. The “hate”… All the things that they suspended me for, I said that 90% of grooming gang convictions are Muslim men. That is a fact. that is not hate. 20% of them are named Mohammed. But what they removed my Twitter account for, is for saying that Islam promotes killing people. It does! 100 verses in the koran are incitement to kill! Again, it was a fact. Now when we see the news reports (this is where we can’t be fooled) our government… There’s been 10,000 Twitter accounts closed at the request of the government for hate. There’s been 140 Twitter accounts closed for terrorism.

"Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization has a Twitter account. Hezbollah, a recognized terrorist organization has a Twitter account. This is not about rules or regulations, or breaching those rules. This is about silencing and stopping. Silencing people like me. Milo has had his Twitter account closed. Sargon has had his Twitter account closed. Where we’re heading in a few years time, Facebook, Google, YouTube will all remove our views.”

A massive crowd gathers to hear Tommy Robinson speak at "A Day For Freedom" Event in Whitehall London.

“Now, the country I thought I lived in, prior to 2009, and the freedoms I thought we had, and the learning curve I’ve gone on since 2009; we live in a post-free speech era. There’s no pretending it. We don’t have free speech. Everyone talks about free speech. We have no right to free speech in the U.K.. Do anyone really feel free saying their opinions? Do you feel free with your bosses at work? Most people have to hide the fact that they come to these demonstrations! That’s not freedom! We should be free to criticize whatever we want. We’re being lied to, we’re being deceived. 

"When you go back through British history, when you go back through British world leaders, when you go back through our clergy, our military leaders, our politicians, Sir William Gladstone, Winston Churchill; they always told the truth about Islam!

"The truth that Islam is a war-like religion. That it’s fascist, that it’s violent. Only in the last 30, 40 years are we being fed a lie. Look at the term “Islam is a religion of peace”. You try and find that in the history books, you won’t find that term. That was brought out after September 11th, when George Bush lied to the world.

"Never before have people been deceived so bad. We’ve let an ideology into our countries, to gain control of towns and cities, to infiltrate our government, to run as mayors in our capitol city! All under the guise and the lie. They’re taking our children to mosques. The education system is lying. And when it turns, because it will turn, it will turn in Europe, it will turn in England and it will turn so quickly, everyone will finally be able to speak openly and honestly. Everyone will identify the problem with it.”

“We know what people think. We know people are aware of the problem, but no one says it. And if I say one message to everyone, it’s start small. Everyone tell the truth. Speak openly, speak honestly. Speak about Islam.”

Tommy has written a book, decoding the Qu'ran, and exposing this murderous ideology for what it is. Pick up a copy online at Amazon!

Gaudete et Exultate: Pope Francis and the Death of the West

James Austin

Authors Note: Be sure to check out the links provided in this article! There is a wealth of videos and archival information just on the the other side of those hyperlinks!  ~ James

Information Overload and the Memory Hole

The past few months in the U.S. and abroad have flown by at almost supersonic speeds. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s because of the incredible number of developments in world politics and religion, coupled with the overwhelming tidal wave of information inundating us in our media-saturated world. According to Quora, a popular Q&A website, the average daily edition of The New York Times is around 150,000 words. It’s twice that number on Sundays. Now, if you can read 300 words per minute and don’t need to eat, drink, get up to stretch, etc., you could finish that Sunday newspaper in roughly 16.7 hours. It would take 2.7 days to read all The New York Times papers published in a week. Now, add to that every other newspaper, television show, talk radio show, news blog, Twitter, and books coming out every week, and it becomes immediately clear how serious our hyperactive, gluttonous information consumption problem is.

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The sheer volume and frequency of distractions, dings, updates, notifications and disruptions in the modern world has literally re-wired our brains and given rise to the phenomenon of the “Memory Hole”. The Memory Hole is defined as “an imaginary place where inconvenient or unpleasant information is put and quickly forgotten.”

Some things over the past few months that have been thrown down the Memory Hole include:

An incident at YouTube, where a woman (resettled in the U.S. as a refugee), disgruntled with YouTube’s practices of limiting the reach of certain posts, shot and wounded 3 YouTube staffers before killing herself.

The detention of Brittany Pettibone, a young Traditional Catholic and Identitarian activist, along with Martin Sellner; and a few days later, the detention and interrogation of Lauren Southern under the “Article 7 Terrorism Act” in the United Kingdom for handing out satirical flyers that said “Allah is a gay god,” which is tantamount to the enforcement of Islamic blasphemy laws in the U.K.

The rise of the #120db movement in Europe, started by victims of rape (some as young as 11 and 12 years old) who have been assaulted by migrants. This issue barely even made a blip on the radar in the States, no doubt, because the narrative has been deemed “Islamophobic” and thus counter-productive to the leftist push for migrant resettlement.

And last but not least, of course, the Pope’s scandalous comments to Italian reporter Eugenio Scalfari – now dubbed “HellGate” – have likewise been thrown down the Memory Hole, after about 24 hours of discussion in the mainstream media. All of these stories are going to be critical to understanding and framing our discussion on some comments made in the Pope’s latest “Apostolic Exhortation” (whatever that means, these days) Gaudete et Exultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”) on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.

Hell Does Exist, But Only for People Like Me 

There is obviously a truckload of problems with this new exhortation (Christopher Ferrara recently exposed a number of them), but there are two paragraphs, in particular, that caught my eye (and raised my blood pressure to dangerous levels): Paragraphs 102 and 115.

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Only two weeks have gone by since Pope Francis “allegedly” (I use this term quite loosely, in light of certain evidence) stated that Hell doesn’t exist, and that the souls of the damned just “disappear” and dissolve into oblivion. And now, apparently by some new “revelation” (from the infamous “God of Surprises”), Pope Francis has reversed course, deciding that Hell does exist, but only for people like me (a traditionalist, “neo-Pelagian”, “xenophobic”, “hate-filled” “Islamophobe”). Here is the applicable paragraph from Gaudete et Exultate:

115. Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped… The result is a dangerous dichotomy, since things can be said there that would be unacceptable in public discourse, and people look to compensate for their own discontent by lashing out at others. It is striking that at times, in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or lying, and ruthlessly vilify others. Here we see how the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze (cf. Jam. 3:6). 

If people like Chris Ferrara, Steve Skojec, Matt Gaspers, etc. are going to Hell for speaking the truth, at least I’ll be in good company.

Of particular interest is the phrase “unacceptable in public discourse,” which is tantamount to saying “politically incorrect speech.” Political Correctness is, of course, a Marxist tool, a defensive measure, and the counterpart to Critical Theory, the offensive tool of Cultural Marxism. Both of these tools – Political Correctness and Critical Theory – were developed by rabid anti-Catholics at the behest of Vladimir Lenin, under the watchful eye of György Lukács and the Frankfurt School of Marxist philosophers.

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The kind of speech Pope Francis believes is “unacceptable in public discourse” includes things like “Allah is a gay god,” “Europe should not become Islamic,” “Muslim rape and grooming gangs are a problem,” and of course, “The Pope is promoting heresy”. Mind you, we have professors running around the country like Dr. Tat siong Benny Liew, the Chair of New Testament Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts (a Jesuit School), who actively claims that Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, was a "gay, genderfluid drag king who…" (the rest is too obscene to reprint). I mean, I cringe even just retyping that grotesque headline from Pink News. And yet, the Pope remains silent on Professor Liew, not to mention on the notorious heretic and homosexualist Fr. James Martin, S.J.

So, are Brittany Pettibone, Martin Sellner, and Lauren Southern going to Hell for essentially taking the same headline and running a social experiment on the streets of London, replacing Jesus with Allah? In Pope Francis’ world, definitely. It’s interesting to note that this trio was only able to conduct their experiment for a few minutes before Muslims on the streets of London became so irate that the police told Southern to shut down their booth and pack up their materials; otherwise, their safety could not be guaranteed. On the first Easter Sunday, the Apostles were in hiding for “fear of the Jews” (John 20:19). Today, we are being told to hide for fear of the Muslims.

The Migrant Crisis

Returning to the Pope’s exhortation, the migrant crisis is specifically mentioned in paragraph 102:

102. We often hear it said that, with respect to relativism and the flaws of our present world, the situation of migrants, for example, is a lesser issue. Some Catholics consider it a secondary issue compared to the “grave” bioethical questions. That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian, for whom the only proper attitude is to stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children. Can we not realize that this is exactly what Jesus demands of us, when He tells us that in welcoming the stranger we welcome Him (cf. Matt. 25:35)? Saint Benedict did so readily, and though it might have “complicated” the life of his monks, he ordered that all guests who knocked at the monastery door be welcomed “like Christ”, with a gesture of veneration; the poor and pilgrims were to be met with “the greatest care and solicitude”.

This paragraph, for me, is one of the most offensive and ignorant things the Pope has ever stated, and yes, for me this surpasses “HellGate”.

By some incredibly false line of reasoning, the Pope tries to draw an equivalence between ending abortion and accepting migrants in our Western countries to the point of “veneration”. This is something any sane Catholic must reject out of hand, as the sin of abortion (i.e. murder) cries to Heaven for vengeance, whereas the national defense of a country against foreign invaders (with whom Catholics have been at war for over a millennia) is not only a right but a duty of civil authorities. Protecting our sons and daughters from rape gangs (whose members, at least in the U.K., overwhelmingly share Middle-Eastern/migrant backgrounds) is not an act of hatred or violence, but an act of love for our children. If rejecting such migrants would mean a substantial drop in these and other heinous crimes (e.g. murders, stabbings, acid attacks, bombings), it seems a “no-brainer” to keep them out. These things are not minor “complications” in any way comparable to the “complications” the monks at St. Benedict’s monastery had to deal with.

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When we allow these Muslim migrants into our Western countries, we are inviting not our “brothers and sisters” (as the Pope would have us believe), but an invading force of anti-Christian hoards, who worship a false “god” (ultimately, the devil – see Psalm 95:5) and ever more rapidly erode the Christian roots of our already decaying cultures.

To say that Jesus “demands of us” a warm reception and veneration of these Islamic migrants (whose stated goal is to turn Europe into a caliphate) is tantamount to blasphemy.

We must reject these suicidal notions of “tolerance” being propagated by the radical Left, including even the current Pope. We must defend our divinely revealed Catholic Faith. We must protect our countries from being subdued by these foreign invaders. And finally, we must not forget that a good defense requires a strong offense, which means once again Christianizing our countries and actively fighting for the Social Kingship of Christ in all of our affairs.

Do not allow this self-described “revolutionary” Pope to continue aiding in the brainwashing of our real Christian brothers and sisters, and do not be afraid to take a stand for God and Country. Failure to do so will result in Western Civilization itself being thrown down the Memory Hole.

Video: Marion Le Pen, Right-Wing Heart-Throb Breaks CPAC 2018

James Austin

Every year, Conservatives™ from all over the world travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in an event called CPAC (short for Conservative™ Political Action Conference), where speakers develop and expound their political ideologies, in the wake of current events. CPAC has hosted notable speeches from Right Wing powerhouses such as Andrew Breitbart in 2012Ann CoulterNigel Farage (Leader of UKIP), and less Right Wing and more of a wildcard, President Donald Trump, who really entered into political discourse at CPAC in 2013.

Now I do need to make a little side-note before we continue any further. You may have noticed the Trademark symbol next to the word "conservative," and believe me, I have a good reason for this. You see, Conservatism™ is a very specific brand of political ideology. It's not actually Conservative. At its core, it is actually Liberalism.

Conservatives™ today are yesterday's liberals. Conservatives™ fight for "freedom of speech," "freedom of the press," "individual liberties," and "freedom of conscience"; they are generally ok with letting gay people get "married" because they don't want to be called bigots; they're strong supporters of the modern state of Israel; they regard the Constitution as a "sacred text"; and voting is a "sacrament".

These, of course, are not Conservative values, in the original sense of the word. You see, the Progressive/Conservative dialectic really started at the Estates General of 1789 in France: the beginning of the French Revolution. Those on the left wing of the room wanted a constitutional monarchy and eventually the deposition of the King, those on the right wing of the room wanted to preserve France's Catholic Monarchy. So at the outset, being a "Right Winger" meant advocating for a Catholic Monarchy wherein the State is wed to the Church.... Sign me up!

But in America, our founding principles were liberal. Therefore, anyone who seeks to conserve those liberal principles are, for lack of a better word, Liberal Conservatives. I'm sure that a case could be made for calling them "Liberalists" but, ultimately, any political system where error is given license via "Freedom of Speech," is a system bound to collapse in on itself, because it has effectively rendered itself defenseless against ideological subversion. 

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Ben Shapiro, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John McCain etc. are all Conservatives™. (Some in the list are also neo-Cons, but neo-Conservatism is still built on the liberal building block of American Conservatism™.)

With that understanding in mind, let's go back to CPAC 2018.

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Marion Le Pen, the youngest MP in modern history, niece of Marine Le Pen, granddaughter of Jean Marie Le Pen, and executive board member of the National Front (a French political party) didn't just make waves for being the most beautiful conservative woman in the room,she absolutely decimated the boundaries between Conservatives™ and real Right-Wing'ers.

She starts off her speech with the most disingenuous "hello fellow Conservatives™" that I've ever heard in my life, and proceeds to woo her American audience with talk of the American Revolution, and all the typical "freedom speak." Now here is where I want to begin making distinctions. The Le Pen family is Catholic. Catholics understand the difference between freedom and license. When young Miss Le Pen speaks of "Freedom of Speech" and "Liberty of Conscience", these are decidedly Catholic values. Not the same Freedom of Speech, which is really license, that allows people to blaspheme and spread false doctrines and errors, but a freedom of Truth. Freedom for what is Good and Right. Since American conservatives really have never thought about these "catch phrases" from a Catholic perspective, they eat it up, and Marion Le Pen succeeds in camouflaging herself as a Conservative™.

As she continues her speech, she drops some serious truth bombs:

"Without nation, and without family the limits of the common good, natural law, and collective morality disappears, as the reign of egoism continues.
"France is in process of passing from the eldest daughter of the Catholic Church to the little niece of Islam, the terrorism is only the tip of the iceberg ...
"Today even children have now become merchandise . . . we hear now in the public debate: “We have the right to order children in a catalogue, we have the right to rent a woman’s womb, we have the right to deprive a child of a mother or father.”  No you don’t. A child is not a right. Is this the freedom we want? No, we don’t want an atomized world, of individualism, without gender, without father, without mother, and without nation."

I almost got misty-eyed when I saw this speech for the first time, but for all of the truth in her speech, for all of her passion, this speech has gone almost completely un-noticed by Conservatives™ and Traditionalists alike. As a matter of fact, it seems like the only people who were paying attention were our enemies (the Left-Wing, Lying Press):

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And, of course, all of the above have the "obligatory" paragraph about how the Le Pen family is a bigoted, xenophobic, homophobic, RACIST, ANTI-SEMITIC group of "Far-Right" haters!

If there's one thing I've learned in all my research, there is no such thing as being "too Far-Right."

Please watch Marion Le Pen's speech below, and make sure you have a box of Kleenex near you. The real fight for Christendom hasn't even begun yet.

The Chains of Calumny and Detraction

Allie Reis

“The tongue of the scandalmonger is like the worm which gnaws at the good fruit, that is, the best actions that people do, and tries to turn them all to bad account. The tongue of the scandalmonger is a grub which taints the most beautiful of the flowers and upon them leaves behind it the disgusting trace of its own slime.”

This quote is from St. John Marie Vianney when he was speaking about those who spread rumors and gossip about their neighbor. Such gossip can be defined by two words, calumny and detraction. The sins of calumny and detraction are very harmful to the soul, and are so easily committed in our modern world. But what are the exact definitions of calumny and detraction?

In the Catholic Encyclopedia, calumny is defined as: “Any form of ruse or fraud employed to deceive another, particularly in judicial proceedings. In its more commonly accepted signification it means the unjust damaging of the good name of another by imputing to him a crime or fault of which he is not guilty.”

And detraction is defined as, “The unjust damaging of another's good name by the revelation of some fault or crime of which that other is really guilty or at any rate is seriously believed to be guilty by the defamer.”

In other words, calumny is when you tell others lies about your neighbor's reputation, and detraction is when you use something the person is guilty of to harm their reputation.

St. John Marie Vianney compares such sins to when worms gnaw at fruit. The reason for this is because when we gossip, we are harming the part of our neighbor that can be very difficult to heal – their name. Every person has a right to their reputation and good name, and as Catholics we should always be aware of what we say of others and how we treat them. Each soul we come across is a reflection of God, and an opportunity to either offer up an act of love to Him or betray Him. Let us then focus on what we can do to fight these vices and grow in holiness.

Charity as a Beautiful Virtue

Though charity can be difficult at times, especially if our neighbor is testing our patience, it is a beautiful virtue that will help us grow in sanctity. St. Albert the Great says: "It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for ‘God is Charity’.” (1 John 4:8)

Because God is love, and created us all out of infinite love, He desires us to also love one another and help each other reach eternal happiness in Heaven. Our neighbors do have their faults, but so do we. And every time we are charitable to them, and offer up the times when it is difficult, God will take our acts of love and use them to draw us closer to His Sacred Heart as well as help us grow in virtue.

Charity towards our neighbor helps us with patience, humility, and many other virtue. In times of difficulty let us pray for the grace of charity and humility, so that no matter who we come into contact with we will be able to see a beautiful creation of God and treat them as God’s wills us to treat them.

Being Watchful

When we are trying to do our best to grow in charity, it is important to be watchful in what we say, how we act, and the way we associate with others. It is one thing to be careful with speaking negatively against someone, but another thing when those around us are speaking uncharitably. St. Francis de Sales says: “When you hear ill of anyone, refute the accusation if you can in justice do so; if not, apologize for the accused on account of his intentions … and thus gently check the conversation, and if you can, mention something else favorable to the accused.”

St. Francis de Sales has a great perspective on when we hear someone being spoken of poorly. Mentioning a kind remark, or even managing to change the conversation is extremely helpful, and will always help in protecting someone’s name. If we love our neighbor as ourselves, we should burn with the desire to protect their reputation just as we would with our own. It may not be easy at times, especially if we do not get along with someone, but the more difficult the act is, the greater God will help us.

When It Happens to Us

Even if we try our best to be kind and generous, a time may come when someone will desire to tarnish our reputation. They may bring up the past or make up a false story entirely, but let this not dishearten us. We should pray that God gives us a perfect balance of being able to defend our reputation, as well as being humble if we have been given this cross.

Our Lord Himself, who was perfect in every way was spat upon and crucified! If others are putting us down and we feel the weight of our crosses on our shoulders, Jesus will be waiting to strengthen and support us in our pursuit for sanctity. When God gives us a particular cross to carry, He never makes us carry our crosses alone. In fact if we did not have God helping us, we would not be able to walk even the shortest distance.

St. Ignatius of Loyola once said: “If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials, it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain. Do you want to become a great saint? Ask God to send you many sufferings. The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity of the Savior used to finish His sacrifice. All the pleasures of the world are nothing compared with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to Jesus Christ. That is, hard and painful things endured for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ.”

Every moment of suffering in our lives is an opportunity for holiness, merit, and offering of love to the Most High. Our time on earth is short, and if we are going through hard times it is simply a sign that God wants us to be great saints.

So when people attack our name and reputation, let us defend ourselves tactfully, offer up all that we can, as well as always keep in mind to surround ourselves with people who will lift us up rather than pull us down. If we place ourselves in the hands of those who do not care for us and our well-being, it will be much more difficult to live a life of peace in the presence of God. On the contrary, time well spent in Catholic company, with those who are walking the narrow path with us, will be much more beneficial to our well-being and spiritual lives.

Let us always pray for the grace of humility and discernment when situations are difficult. God will give us all the inspiration we need if we pray for the grace and depend on His infinite and eternal love.

The Devil's Many Masks

Allie Reis

Recently I heard a talk from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen about the devil, and all the ways he hurts and deceives us. We can get so caught up in life and the distractions around us, that the presence of the devil begins to fall behind shadows.

Archbishop Sheen begins his talk by first explaining how the devil tries to convince us that he does not exist:

“Very few people believe in the devil these days, which suits the devil very well. He is always helping to circulate the news of his own death. The essence of God is existence, and He defines Himself as: 'I am Who am.' The essence of the devil is the lie, and he defines himself as: 'I am who am not.' Satan has very little trouble with those who do not believe in him; they are already on his side.”

He will first try to convince us that he does not exist. He first whispers in the ears of modern thinkers: "The spiritual cannot possibly exist! Never mind some evil being who is plotting your destruction. Think logically, believe what you see alone and all shall be well." He convinces them that the only beliefs they should have are in things visible, and to eliminate the spiritual. This may be fine for a time to the modern mind, but the human soul cannot live off of material things forever. The reason for this is because the soul and mind are not material and need more sustenance than what the material world offers. Once these people realize there is more to live than materialism, the devil will return and whisper, "Well if I do exist, I'm not that bad at all! If there is a guy with horns and a pitch fork tail, it's a pretty funny concept that should not be taken seriously."

Fulton Sheen goes on to give three characteristics of the demonic, to help us understand what to look for: "Our Blessed Lord one time went into the land of the Gerasens… and He found in this land a young man possessed of the devil. (Luke 8: 26-40). The Gospel mentions three characteristics of this young man. First, he was nude. Secondly, he was violent and aggressive. They could not even keep him in chains. And thirdly, his mind was split, schizophrenic. Our Lord said to him, 'What is your name?' He said, ‘My name is Legion.’” Archbishop Sheen explained that impurity, violence, and a destruction of inner peace are all characteristics of the devil.

We can see all of these traits in our modern world today. Firstly, we have impurity all around us these days – whether it be in advertisements, in the way people dress, in popular music, etc.  Then, there is the trait of violence, which can also be found all around us, especially in entertainment for the young. Finally, we have the absence of peace. Without peace, we cannot function. It helps keeps us motivated and focused, it keeps our eyes raised to Heaven. If the devil can take away our peace, fill our minds with violent and upsetting thoughts, as well as corrupt our flesh with sins of lust, it will be easier to drag us down to hell.

These things may appeal to our fallen human nature at the beginning, but our soul in grace turns away from the things of the devil. Pray always for the grace of modesty, humility, and peace of soul. The devil may have the power to tempt us, but he will never have enough power to drag us to hell without our consent. A soul goes to hell, always because a decision has been made, not because they were tricked or broke innocently under pressure. God allows temptation from the devil mainly to strengthen and test our souls. After all, if we were never put to the test and have opportunities to prove our love for God, the love we have for Him would grow dull and weak. We must choose to use temptations for His greater glory and the salvation of our souls.

If we begin fighting against the devil and become aware of his temptations, he will try especially at this time to prove he’s a nice guy. ‘It’s in your nature, you know you want to commit this sin,’ he whispers to us, reminding us of the sins we struggle with the most. He pretends that he’s your friend, that he wants you to obtain all that you desire on this earth.

If we do happen to commit a certain sin, he immediately turns on us and tries to convince us there is no hope. “How could you sin again, after God has forgiven you so many times? Surely there is no way He can forgive you again.” The devil may seem to be your friend while he tempts you, but will show his true colors – of his wish for you to burn in hell – after you’ve fallen from the state of grace. Our Lord, on the other hand, has the opposite approach. When we are being tempted, He encourages us with His grace, to stay faithful in order to gain strength and prove our love and fidelity to Him. After we fall, He calls us back to His side, opening His arms in mercy to us. If we have true contrition, He assures us that His mercy can cure all injury and weakness.

Therefore, we must be very aware of the reality in which we live. We do not just live in a material world, but rather live on a spiritual battlefield, fighting for eternal life. This may be easy to forget at times, especially when we are young, but if we are confident in God and His Providence, He will protect us even when we forget. Follow the Commandments, receive the Sacraments, fulfill your daily duty, and all shall be well. Winning this spiritual battle does not necessarily mean we have to be praying at all times, or being constantly aware of the devil’s presence, but simply following our beloved Shepherd on the narrow path.

Let us then pray for the grace to be aware of the spiritual, and have that balance between worldly duties in this world, and spiritual duties. The devil may be smarter than us, and hate us to our very core, but we have God, Our Lady, and all the Angels and Saints on our side to defend us. What is satan, compared to the infinite power and goodness of God? The devil’s power is but a drop of water compared to the oceans of God’s love. We need not fear, or watch in anxiety, but fight bravely with the sword of St. Michael, all throughout our lives in order to defeat the enemy. We were put on this earth to fight for Christ in peace and joy, because it is fighting and proving our love for the Heavenly Father that will make us truly happy.

Answers to Arguments against Modesty

Allie Reis

If we find ourselves being attacked from all angles when we defend modesty and purity with our actions and principles, there is a reason for this. Our modern world has been so plagued with immodesty that any remnant of tradition and good morals needs to be snuffed out according to the modern man. Especially for the young, these new ideas of “body positivity” and “self-expression” are meant to destroy their appreciation of modesty and grow their desire to dress improperly. How then should we defend our rights and duty to dress modestly when these arguments come up?

We should first be clearly confident in our mind that modesty is the right thing to do. If we are doubting, for example, wearing skirts all the time, and deep down have a desire to wear skinny jeans, how are we ever going to properly defend the virtue of modesty? Modesty is a beautiful virtue where we set guidelines concerning proper dress, action, and speech, in order to be respectful to God, ourselves, and our neighbour. Once this beauty is established in our minds, it will be much easier to defend when we are being questioned about our choices. Below are a few common arguments that can be easily worked out if we have the confidence and knowledge we need.

“It’s my choice, and if people don’t like it they don’t have to look.”

This argument has become stronger and stronger as feminist ideas poison our world more every day. They argue that it is their choice to dress however they want, and if men have a problem with it, they simply need to stop looking and objectifying women. What feminists don’t realize is that they are the ones who are objectifying themselves. Immodesty takes away the beauty and sacredness of the human body, and makes it into an object for lust. If this is the “empowering” choice they want to make, how are they doing a service to women?

If we ever come across this argument, we should use the beauty of modesty as a counter. When we dress modestly it is far more empowering because we are not only showing a respect towards ourselves, but to those around us. We are choosing not to show our bodies, because as humans with eternal souls, we are so much more than that!

Also, the idea that people can look away is a very uncharitable argument. Do we also ask people to look away when we are committing other sins, like theft or murder? We should take into consideration the effect we have on others, especially if we are a young girl around men. They are not objectifying us if they feel tempted towards us, it is simply a natural trait that humans follow. And because it is natural and can be a temptation, we should be considerate of this and show our beauty through modesty rather than by showing too much. Modesty does not mean not beautiful, it simply means dressing properly and appropriately in order bring out natural beauty in the best of ways. Those who are against such principles should be distant from us in order for us not to be influenced in a poor way.

St. Francis de Sales once said: “Frequent not the company of immodest persons, especially if they be also impudent, as is generally the case; . . . these corrupted souls and infected hearts scarcely speak to any, either of the same or a different sex, without causing them to fall in some degree from purity; they have poison in their eyes and in their breath, like basilisks. On the contrary, keep company with the chaste and virtuous; often meditate upon and read holy things; for the word of God is chaste, and makes those also chaste that delight in it.” Let us then not be deceived by arguments that try to blanket the things that harm us as liberty, for it will only lead us to unhappiness and emptiness in our heart.

“I need to follow fashion trends, and modesty takes away from my style.”

If we think that modesty will take away from our style, we need to rethink what modesty is. Modesty is not defined by overly long skirts and baggy sweaters that hide our figure completely. It is not the absence of color or expression, but really the true definition of beauty and style.

Coleen Hammond, in her book Dressing with Dignity, speaks of the effect of modesty and how it brings out the best in ourselves and others:

 “In the past, I have found that when I am dressed in a neat, modest and feminine manner, men will hold doors for me, help me find things in the store, and offer to carry the items to the car for me. However, if I run to the store dressed in my ‘work clothes’, I am treated as ‘just another one of the guys’. No one holds the door for me. No one helps me find what I need. No one offers to carry the wood to the car for me. So, before going to get the saw blade, I put on a nicer dress, a quick coat of mascara, and fixed my hair. Guess what? The guy at the hardware store helped me find the saw blade. Not that I was fishing for his help or was trying to manipulate him, but more that it feels good to be able to help bring out the best in someone else. Isn’t it nice to see men who still have a sense of chivalry and treat women with respect.”

The idea that modesty takes away from your fashion or style is then simply ridiculous. Is it easier to be fashionable with short shorts rather than a skirt? Let us then defend our ability to be creative and fashionable when people argue that we can have no sense of style with modesty. Through modesty we return the value of beauty to ourselves, and this form of beauty can easily be built around our fashion style and preferences of color, material of fabric, etc. Nothing is stopping us from being fashionable; all we must do is set guidelines for ourselves and all will fall into place.

“I will wear a skirt for church, but the rest of the time does not matter.”

Many traditional Catholics can fall into this error of modesty. They believe that they should be modest in church and around their fellow Traditional Catholics, but as soon as they go back into the real world they no longer need to dress the same way. If we begin thinking this way, perseverance in the Faith will be extremely hard, if not impossible. Because as we grow older and begin making decisions on our own, modesty will begin to become farther and farther away, until one day it disappears completely.

As Catholics we need to decide what side we are on: the side of modesty, or the side of immodesty. There is no middle ground where God says it is ok to dress in revealing clothes in this circumstance, but not in that one. When we begin thinking this way, other aspects of our Faith fall into the danger of being compromised as well. Perhaps impurity will be okay sometimes, or drunkenness occasionally is permissible – we will begin finding ourselves in a variety of pitfalls that will compromise our Faith. As Catholics we must be firm in our beliefs in principles, or there is no point at all.

These few arguments are just the beginning to what we will hear by worldly people when we decide to be modest. Yet we should not be afraid of such questions, but see them as opportunities to stand up for the Faith and deepen our confidence in our principles and standards. Asking questions is part of life, and should not be something we run away from. If we ask ourselves these tough questions, it will deepen our confidence and prepare us for when others wonder about our way of life. If we pray for this confidence, modesty will turn into a life-changing virtue, rather than a burden.

With St. Padre Pio, let us pray for this confidence in God’s holy ways:

“O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Thy Divine Mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Thy Church. Help us to love Thee with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath Thy Cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our crosses that lead to heavenly glory. May we receive Thee with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow Thee to act in us as Thou desirest for Thy greater glory. O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer find favor before the Divine Majesty of Thy heavenly Father. Amen.”

Video Games: A Good Form of Entertainment or Unnecessary Distraction?

Allie Reis

As Traditional Catholics, topics like video games may seem unimportant until they begin affecting those around us. We may be a parent who is struggling with children playing too much, or a spouse whose significant other has become too distracted and is neglecting their duty of state, or even recognize that we personally struggle with an addiction to video games. In any case, small topics like this should be discussed on occasion in order for us to have material to use and think about when a temptation or struggle like this crosses our path.

Our world is doing a very good job with filling our lives with distractions, that if we do not educate ourselves and set boundaries and lines when it comes to things such as modern technology, modern fashion and the like, it will become far too overwhelming and seem impossible to be a Catholic. But it is not impossible at all. In fact, our times offer us the greatest opportunity to fight for the Faith and become the greatest of saints. If God has placed us in this time of the world and this situation, He knows we can become very holy and merit great rewards in the here and now. Let us then take a look at the issue of video games, and what we can do if those around us are struggling

A first point that has to be taken into consideration is what kind of video games are being played. If these games involve anything unnecessarily violent, impure, or promote any other kind of sin, such games should be avoided entirely. This may seem harsh to those who play such games, but how will we resist sin if we are constantly looking at it and becoming desensitized?

Pope Pius XII in his 1954 encyclical Sacra Virginitas on holy virginity, speaks about the occasion of sin: " On this point it should be noted, as indeed the Fathers and Doctors of the Church teach, that we can more easily struggle against and repress the wiles of evil and the enticements of the passions if we do not struggle directly against them, but rather flee from them as best we may. For the preserving of chastity, according to the teaching of Jerome, flight is more effective than open warfare: ‘Therefore I flee, lest I be overcome.’ Flight must be understood in this sense, that not only do we diligently avoid occasion of sin, but especially that in struggles of this kind we lift our minds and hearts to God...."

We can tell ourselves as much as we want to, that even if great amounts of violence and impurity are always in front of us that we will not be affected, but this is only what the devil wants us to think. Before we know it, the impurity online, on the television, and all around us won’t seem like such a big deal anymore and it will become much easier to sin. So  regarding whether we should play video games with questionable themes, it is better to avoid them and protect our eternal souls, rather than put them in danger and become unfeeling when we see sin and corruption.

Once it has been determined that the video games we are playing do not have bad content, we should ask ourselves if they are taking us away from our duty. In this article I will not condemn video games altogether, since at the end of the day playing games on a screen is not a sin. Also when you treat something that is not necessarily evil and condemn it, people who are struggling will not find the encouragement and comfort they need to break such a habit. Therefore, if we find the games we are playing are not making us sin or putting us in the occasion of sin, we should look at how much time it is taking up in our lives and if it is distracting us from our daily duty.

If we are saying our daily prayers, doing our duty of state (whether we are a student and are studying properly, or a mother taking care of her children and the house, or a father making his wages to support his family), and having a bit of time to play games as a form of entertainment and relaxation, then there is no evil in such an act. All things should be done in moderation and common sense, and if this is your intention when playing video games, God is not going to look at it as one of your faults.

To give a contrast, St. Anthony the Abbot says: “The devil dreads fasting, prayer, humility, and good works: he is not able even to stop my mouth which speak(s) against him. The illusions of the devil soon vanish, especially if a man arms himself with the Sign of the Cross. The devils tremble at the Sign of the Cross of our Lord, by which He triumphed over and disarmed them.” If we are doing things like fasting, saying our prayers, and doing our best to follow God’s Will, video games are not an evil. As long as we follow the will of God we need not worry or be anxious, but trust that God will take care of us and take us to Heaven.

Finally, if we are going to use video games as a form of entertainment, let us take time to reflect on other hobbies we could get involved with, instead of gaming. Hobbies such as drawing, reading, or playing a sport, all these things not only relax us but help us grow and strengthen our minds and bodies. Video games may be satisfying in the moment, but between what they do to our eyes as well as our minds, perhaps we can spend time in a better way. We should always try to use our time wisely, and considering how video games can be very addicting, it is usually best to try and distance yourself from them as much as you can. After all, we do not have much time here on earth, and would not want to waste the precious time God gives us.

Therefore, if we find ourselves struggling with wasting time, especially with video games, let us pray to God that He will make His Will known and help us find good ways to relax and spend our days. It may seem like God has no time to be prayed to about something like video games, but if we place absolutely everything in His hands, we will find the happiness and peace we are looking for.

As St. Francis de Sales prayed:

“Lord, I am Thine, and I must belong to no one but Thee. My soul is Thine, and must live only by Thee. My will is Thine, and must love only for Thee. I must love Thee as my first Cause, since I am from You. I must love Thee as my end and rest, since I am for Thee. I must love Thee more than my own being, since my being subsists by Thee. I must love Thee more than myself, since I am all Thine and all in Thine. Amen.”

The Saints did not keep a part of themselves for God and a part of themselves for the world, but rather gave all to our heavenly Father in order to reach perfection. At the sound of this, the young might think the path to perfection is too strict and boring; but when the same young people feel empty because they have sat in front of a screen all day and have gotten nothing done, the path to perfection won’t seem so dreary. God did not create us for dreariness; rather He created us to love Him and in turn will give us bliss in this life and the life to come.

Drugs, Guns, Fake News and "Christian Supremacy": The School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

James Austin

As I was driving through the frozen tundra of South Dakota this past Valentine's Day, the Rush Limbaugh Show, was interrupted with breaking news: 14 young men and women at a high school in Parkland, Florida, lost their lives at the hands of yet another deranged school shooter.

The same, tired, cyclical argument began again immediately on radio talk shows, and the regular alphabet soup of television channels, and probably continues as you're reading this. "We need gun control to prevent school shootings." "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." "Thoughts and prayers don't save lives, banning guns will!" "Muh' Second Ammendment!" "...If you don’t agree we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill." "What about people who like to hunt?" "Hunters don't need assault rifles!"

Blah, blah, blah. Automatic weapons. Semi-automatic weapons. Handguns. Bump-Stocks. 30 round magazines. Legislation. The NRA. The talking points are endless, but every one of them skirts the real issues.

The (Tranquilized) Elephant In The Room

If you watch television news, or read the newspapers, you will have missed that the perpetrators of 38 of the most recent school shootings were on psychotropic drugs (i.e. anti-depressants like Prozac and Zoloft, anxiolytics like Valium, Klonopin and other benzodiazepines, or stimulants like Vyvanse, Ritalin and Adderall). Even culprits older in age like Stephen Paddock, the man who fired on a crowd of concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, was found with anti-anxiety drugs in his system.

Do drugs cause mass shootings? Obviously, not in all cases. But take a look at these side-effects:

  • Hostility

  • Irritability

  • Use of extreme physical or emotional force

  • Thoughts of killing oneself

  • Homicidal ideation

With every mass shooting that occurs (apart from what is known to be Islamic Terrorism) the connection with psychotropic drugs becomes more and more pronounced. A full list of drugs for which homicidal ideation is a side effect can be accessed here.

I AM NOT TELLING YOU TO STOP TAKING YOUR MEDS! But, two aspects of this problem cannot go without comment.

First of all: We live in a society of immediate gratification. Hard work means nothing to someone who glorifies Ariana Grande, and made a small fortune in the cryptocurrency market. Physical labor is frowned upon, while Hollywood and the music industry turn degenerates into rappers and demi-gods. And, since marriage has been all but destroyed by divorce, contraception, homosexuality and sex-ed, waiting for "the one" has been replaced by an app where you can swipe right for casual sexual encounters, practically on-demand.

Why spend generations building a grand cathedral, when you can build one on Minecraft (a video game) in less than a week? Why spend time learning your grammar, when you can just use spell check? Why take the time to continually prune away your vices, develop your virtues, and spend time refining yourself spiritually and emotionally, when you can just pop a few happy pills and forget about your problems?

Drugs don't cause emotional instability. Irreligion, decadent culture, and broken families do. Drugs merely suppress the symptoms... for a time. Until they stop working, and the emotions boil over and, like an atomic bomb, level relationships and/or the lives of innocent bystanders close enough to ground-zero.

This unhealthy, drug addled, "quick fix" is just one of the many fires burning in the collapsing building that was once Western Civilization, and this fire is being fueled by gasoline being poured by all our politicians arm in arm with Big Pharma.

According to OpenSecrets.org, there are 1,274 (Update December 2018: 1,407) registered lobbyists working for the major pharmaceutical companies, being shared by the 535 members of Congress that write the laws that govern their industry. That's 2.38 lobbyists assigned to each member of Congress. But, in my (award-winning) research, interviews, and dealings with people and groups advocating for pharmaceutical reform, the total number is actually closer to 8,560 lobbyists in Washington D.C.. That's 16 people advocating on behalf of Big Pharma, for each and every member of congress. And there's a lot of money spilling out of the drug companies, and into the pockets of our representatives.

Now, do you see why the powers that be want to keep the debate firmly fixed on guns?

Just like these poor people suffering from emotional distress, that use (prescription) drugs as a crutch instead of taking the time to deal with their problems, Congress sits idly by placating their lust for power by taking Big Pharma's money, to help ensure that they have enough resources to win re-election the next time around.

Mark my words: Congress will never willingly work to reform our current disaster of a medical industry, and this will result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of more people. Whether it's from a mass shooting, facilitated by psychotropic drugs, or the tens of thousands of people dying from an opiate addiction which began with a prescription for OxyContin (a drug made legal, because a Jewish pharmaceutical mogul lied on their patent), there is definitely blood on the hands of the Washington D.C. political class.

Fake News Strikes Again

At the first available opportunity, I pulled over on the frozen highway (don't text and drive) and I feverishly checked the Drudge Report to satiate my need for more information, when I was confronted with this:

I sat back in the drivers' seat in horror, imagining the reports I would no doubt be watching later on CNN and MSNBC, as Don Lemon and Rachel Maddow blame "literally" ALL white people for this horrible atrocity.

More digging around on the web, revealed that Nikolas Cruz (the Valentine's Day shooter) was allegedly a member of a White Nationalist group called "Republic of Florida," and that he had taken part in military training with these alleged supremacists.

According to the Independent

"A representative of the Republic of Florida named Jacob Jered initially told multiple outlets that suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member, though later in the day Mr Jereb undercut his previous claim with a statement saying there had been a misunderstanding due to his group having multiple people with the same first name."

It turns out, however, that this was all just a steaming pile of Fake News. What really happened, according to websites like FMShooter.com and Politico, is this: The SPLC and the ADL were tricked into believing a "prank" created on a website called 4-Chan, where an anonymous post stated that the shooter was a member of this "Republic of Florida" group, and tricked Jacob Jered (leader of Republic of Florida) into confirming the shooter's membership. It's long, and complicated, but in the end these radical Leftist groups (the ADL and the SPLC) told their media cohorts to run the story without getting sufficient confirmation, in an effort to prove a point, and create a political narrative that white people are evil, that guns are bad, and ultimately that if the President does not take away the right to bear arms, he's a dirty, racist, white supremacist.

This Fake News traveled around the world thousands of times over, being blogged and re-blogged, tweeted, and posted everywhere, before retractions were made, that nobody noticed anyway. Mission Accomplished.

The Real "Supremacy" The Left Wants To Demonize

As I continued my investigation into the Parkland shooting, I headed to Twitter, to see what the conventional wisdom of the internet was at the time, and I checked the trending topics.

Obviously, the hashtag #GunReformNow was the number 1 trending topic. Even Nostradamus could have predicted that one, but #2 trending on Twitter was the word "Christian." I wasn't sure what this was about so I clicked on it.

What followed was a barrage of Tweets about Joy Behar (co-host of The View) calling Christians, specifically Mike Pence, mentally ill for believing that he can talk to God. Or that God can talk to him. Or something like that. This specific incident is worthy of its own article, but this isn't what I'm really trying to get to, and believe me, I'm going to bring all of these (seemingly) disparate elements together for you in just a moment.

Amongst the deluge of Tweets bickering about Joy Behar's anti-"Christian" bigotry, I came across a Tweet from @AmericanAthiest, a verified account representing an organization fighting for freedom from religion called American Athiests. The tweet, which I have embedded below, confirms a suspicion I've held for the past 5 months.

Did you catch that? The Left is now using the term "Christian Supremacist" as a derogatory term against the religious Right. Do not doubt me: All this talk of "White Supremacists," "Nazis" and "Fascists" were all just euphemisms for what the Left really wants to say: Christian Supremacist.

I started to realize that this pejorative labeling of Right Wingers was really about attacking anything at all that smacked of Christianity during the Roy Moore senate run in Alabama. Moore, for all his faults, was branded as an enemy of the Left, not because he allegedly had some sexual misconduct in his past, but because he advocated for Christianity (albeit Protestant) above all. 

Take, for example, this article from the Revolutionary Communist Party of America. The article titled "Goose Stepping Towards Fascism: Roy Moore and the Advance of Christian Theocracy," states:

"... the candidacy of Roy Moore, who has effectively been endorsed by Trump, is a new, major and deadly serious offensive by Christian fascists."

Now if you look at the policies and positions of Judge Moore, you'll find that he was seeking to allow the Christian religion back into the public school system, to uphold the 10 Commandments in our courts and laws, and to preserve traditional marriage here in the states, instead of this LGBTXYZ mess that we currently have. There is nothing "fascist" about that, but the Left overplayed their hand, they showed us their cards, and we should be paying close attention.

A priest I know once said that the soft persecution of Liberalism always turns bloody in the end, and I believe he is right. The Left and the Media are doing their darnedest to conflate anyone on the political right with "Supremacism," they are radicalizing our youth, who are joining violent communist organizations like Antifa, to "bash the fash" and one day they will come for us. For Catholics, for Protestant "Christians", for anyone that does not get on board with Critical Gender Theory, Critical Race Theory, Islam, gun control, or anybody who believes that Jesus Christ is God. We need to get ahead of this. We need to be prepared. We need to keep our eyes open. The Left won't care about distinctions, nuance or truth. They care about domination.

And with that, I will now leave you with the article that sparked the labeling of Todd Starnes, a Fox News contributor, as a "Christian Supremacist." 

If this piece is enough to provoke the ire of the Left, imagine what they think of the dogmas of our faith? "Extra ecclesiam, nulla salus est."

Another American high school has been turned into a killing field. And the nation wonders why. What has happened to our country?

Well, I’m going to answer that question for you. And the answer may leave you a bit unsettled because the answer is politically incorrect.

You see – I believe there is a God — but I also believe there is a Devil. And I see his hand at work in our country. And I have no doubt that he is smiling at the chaos and the carnage that has scarred the land of the free.

We’ve raised a generation to believe that truth is relative – that there is no right or wrong.

And the Devil smiled.

They kicked God out of the public marketplace, banned Bibles and prayer in school.

And the Devil smiled.

Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered in the name of choice.

And the Devil smiled.

The traditional family has been redefined, broken homes raising broken kids.

And the Devil smiled.

We’ve taught a generation there are no consequences for bad behavior — no personal responsibility.

And the Devil smiled.

Our movies and music and games glorify violence and gore. Relationships have been poisoned by pornography.

And the Devil smiled.

What’s happening across America is about wickedness – a war with the forces of darkness – good versus evil.

The politicians and pundits would have you believe this is not about God – it’s about politics and mental illness and gun control.

And the Devil smiled.

The Cross of Patience

Allie Reis

We have all heard the saying, “Patience is a virtue.” It is either said in a moment of spiritual discussion or at the worst time when we feel impatience building in our souls. Patience can be extremely hard to master, since it involves a mix of many of the other virtues. Patience involves humility, conformity to God’s will, charity if involving others, and many other virtues depending on the circumstance. What we must realize is that to master patience we must trust completely in God and the strength He can give us, as well as have an understanding with ourselves. We may fall, or become impatient unnecessarily, but the best way to build up a virtue is to be humble and always learn from our mistakes. Our Lord will be there for us no matter what, and is eagerly waiting for us to start our journey to virtue.

Patience is especially difficult now in our modern world because we are so used to being satisfied right away with our smart phones, Internet, and "likes" on social media. But patience always comes with time, and if we trust in God and have confidence in His grace, we will be able to grow in every virtue we need to become saints.

Frequent prayer as well as taking time to visit Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament will especially help. St. John Bosco once said: “Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to give you few graces? Visit Him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.” If we put our trust in God, He will return the favor.

The first point to work on when trying to master patience is humility. Just like pride is the source of all vice, humility is at the heart of every virtue. St. Thomas of Villanova speaks of this: “Humility is the mother of many virtues because from it obedience, fear, reverence, patience, modesty, meekness and peace are born. He who is humble easily obeys everyone, fears to offend anyone, is at peace with everyone, is kind with all.”

Firstly, we need to turn to God with humility if we are ever going to be patient. In the moment, a situation that can stir up impatience can be extremely difficult to deal with, but if we turn our eyes to God, we are brought out of the world and into His heavenly arms. The restrictions of our life on earth will then seem insignificant to the eternal love our eyes are now fixed upon. Such situations will be easier to offer up, and with time such acts of love will bring us great joy. Saying this, it makes more sense when we hear the saying from St. Francis de Sales: “The highest point of humility consists in not merely acknowledging one's abjection, but in taking pleasure therein, not from any want of breadth or courage, but to give the more glory to God's Divine Majesty, and to esteem one's neighbour more highly than one's self.”

When we hear the saints talking about things like abjection, it can often be discouraging to us. But growth in humility will show that through looking down on ourselves, we are really looking down on our fallen human nature and the faults that come along with it. Humility frees us from the faults we obtained through Adam and Eve, and lifts us up to Divine perfection.

The second part of this patient humility is having a perfect understanding of our faults and failings. A remembrance of our faults should neither discourage nor worry us, but be an opportunity to offer up everything we have gone through to Our Lord, as a plea for help and prayer for His assistance. In moments where we have been impatient, we should simply be aware of what we should improve on, and move on. Being impatient with ourselves to be patient will not help in the least! By this humility, we will grow in patience with ourselves constantly, even when we are struggling.

Another point to take into consideration is that the moments we are struggling to be patient will be part of the past before we know it. Keeping Heaven forever before our eyes will help with this, as well as the hope that God will not give us any suffering that is too great for us.

St. Ignatius says: “If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials, it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain. Do you want to become a great saint? Ask God to send you many sufferings. The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity of the Savior used to finish His sacrifice. All the pleasures of the world are nothing compared with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to Jesus Christ. That is, hard and painful things endured for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ.”

When we die and hopefully go to Heaven, all the merit we have gained while on earth will determine on which level in Heaven we will be (of course, all those in Heaven enjoy the Beatific Vision, but those who were especially close to God will receive even greater rewards). Are we not then willing to go through any kind of suffering here on earth in order to store up  greater treasures in Heaven? We only have a limited time on earth, so if we feel impatient or are struggling with a situation, we must remember it is a perfect opportunity to sanctify ourselves and merit infinite and eternal rewards in Heaven.

Finally, in times of impatience we should find ways, especially if it involves impatience with our neighbor, to improve the situation. For example, if someone annoys us on a regular basis, instead of feeling uncharitable and impatient towards them, we should take the time to see Our Blessed Lord in their eyes and care for Him through them. Every person who crosses our path in our lifetime is an opportunity to comfort Our Lord in His Passion, and offer up acts of love for His glory and honor.

St. John of Avila knew of such charity and spoke of the merit we will receive if we live patiently for Christ: “Dear brothers and sisters, I pray God may open your eyes and let you see what hidden treasures He bestows on us in the trials from which the world thinks only to flee. Shame turns into honor when we seek God's glory. Present affliction becomes the source of heavenly glory. To those who suffer wounds in fighting His battles God opens His arms in loving, tender friendship. That is why He (Christ) tells us that if we want to join Him, we shall travel the way He took. It is surely not right that the Son of God should go His way on the path of shame while the sons of men walk the way of worldly honor: ‘The disciple is not above his teacher, nor the servant greater than his master’.”

If we knew the consolations and glory we will receive in Heaven for taking care of our neighbor in the Name of Christ, nothing would be too much for us. One reason why things can be so difficult on earth, is impatient longing for Heaven.

We can also subconsciously place all our hopes and dreams in the hands of the world. No wonder we hate to suffer if we think this is all we have! And yet this is only the beginning. If we choose to see Our Lord in the eyes of those around us, and use every opportunity as a stepping stone to our real home, acts of patience will be consoling rather than difficult.

Obama's Presidential Portrait: Telling Us What We Already Knew

James Austin

This past Monday, former (thank God) President Obama unveiled his portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., and for the first time I feel like we're getting a little bit of honesty from our former President.

Now, I'm no art critic, but since the New York Times asked for the public’s opinion, I'll gladly give mine.

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First up in my list of observations is the obvious departure from "tradition" that Obama's portrait represents. Instead of portraying the president as a regal figure, a leader, or a dignified human being, this portrait has the former President bizarrely posed in front of a wall of greenery. The artist (who we'll get to in a minute) has said in interviews that the shrubbery represents the President's native origins: Hawaii, Kenya and Chicago... This "interpretation" is not the first thing that came to my mind, but maybe I'm not sophisticated enough to make the connection. Frankly, I thought it was marijuana, which may have been more appropriate for this president anyway.

The portrait is going to stick out like a sore thumb at the National Portrait Gallery, much like Obama's presidency itself, and I'm half tempted to buy a plane ticket to Washington, just to see how tacky it looks next to the scores of portraits made by good artists. 

This brings me to my second observation, that the President chose the artist, Kehinde Wiley, to make a statement, a statement that I'm picking up loud and clear: "To heck with you, whitey!" The artist has actually been quoted talking about this as a message interwoven in his artwork. In an interview with New York Magazine, he said "It’s sort of a play on the ‘kill whitey’ thing..."

Kehinde Wiley is known for his rejection of "White Supremacist" artwork a.k.a. artwork depicting "white men" such as Jesus, the saints, Napoleon etc.), by taking these portraits and replacing them with black men instead. What's more is his particular anti-Catholic and anti-Christian bent, which much of his artwork portrays.

Wiley's work is frequently blasphemous, replacing the Our Lord, Our Lady and Saint Ursula, and others with random black people he pulls in from the streets to model for him.

So what does this mean for us? Well, this really just confirms what we already knew about Barrack Hussein Obama: he hates us. Europeans, Christians, Catholics, straight cisgendered white males are all the scum of society for Obama, and the Greater Left for that matter.

We constantly hear about the rise in racism, homophobia, transphobia, hate groups, the Alt-Right, etc. here in America, but we never confront the cause of it: the ideologies brought to us by the Frankfurt school (namely Critical Race Theory and Critical Gender Theory) and the people who have injected them into the mainstream, such as Saul Alinsky, Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama.

As Catholics, we cannot just laugh at the ridiculousness of the Left anymore. We cannot shy away from identifying the very real racism against whites, being spread by groups like Black Lives Matter, Antifa and the greater Democratic Party. We cannot turn a blind eye to the destruction of Western Civilization any longer, because we are on the brink. 

When a former president of the United States flaunts his anti-White racism and anti-Catholic bias, by choosing an artist who frequently depicts black women holding the severed heads of white women, who replaces our Blessed Mother (the Bearer of the Divinity) with a random black person, we need to wake up. We cannot allow these Cultural Marxists to continue the destruction of our country from within.

In Times of Temptation

Allie Reis

“Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue and a promise by God that you will be successful, if only you stand fast,” St. Philip Neri tells us.

Temptations can be extremely difficult at times and disheartening, especially if we are trying to better ourselves and become holier. But there is no need to ever feel anxious about temptations, we simply need to remember their purpose and how to treat them. God gives us temptations in order to test us and help strengthen and perfect our souls in virtue and goodness. We should then pray for the grace to see the greater good that comes from temptations, trust always in the love and power of God, learn to run away from temptations in the moment, and lean on the power of the Angels and Saints to assist us.

God’s Loving Plan

God never intended us to have to go through temptation; yet since Adam and Eve chose to eat the apple in the Garden of Eden, we have to build ourselves back up in order to reach perfection. God knows very well of our weaknesses, and is very careful to only allow temptations that we can handle and fight. If it seems at times that the temptations we are experiencing are unbearable and undefeatable, it is usually because we have put ourselves in the occasion of sin.

Occasion of sin is when we put ourselves in a dangerous position where sin is usually the outcome. If we continue to place ourselves in these situations and ask God why He is not giving us the strength to fight, it is because we have already gone halfway ourselves. We should then be careful not to place ourselves in the occasion of sin, and will soon realize the loving care that God gives to us when we choose Him over sin. Our God waits in anticipation for us to enter a church to visit Him, after He has waited days, weeks, or even years to see us. Would He not also listen to our pleas when we cry out for help?

Temptation is precisely the opportunity for us to turn our eyes to God and grow our love for Him. In order to prove this, let us imagine our lives without any temptations at all. We live our lives and go through our days without once being tested by a temptation. We may think of God from time to time, but this would be very easy for us. Our souls would never have the opportunity to grow because we proved our love to God; rather, we would simply be stuck in a state of indifference. Therefore, when we are being tempted, let us not dwell on our weaknesses or become saddened that God would allow such a thing, but look to God immediately and offer a prayer of love to let Him know we are still thinking of Him.

Temptations Consuming Us  

Oftentimes, especially if we are scrupulous, temptations can turn into an obsession we are terrified about. At every turn we worry there is going to be a temptation, and when the temptation comes we dwell on it in fear and feel we have no way to get over it. What we do not realize is that the devil is tempting us in a very different manner than we think.

For example, we have an improper image in our heads. We have worried all day that an image would pop into our heads, and here it is. Now that it is here, we become paralyzed and panicked. You may think the devil wants you to fall into impurity, when really he wants you to become anxious and not turn to God. Anxiety is such a peril for the soul, because it robs us of all hope and trust in Christ. In these moments, do not acknowledge the temptation or the strength you may or may not have to fight it. Simply refuse and move on. If a temptation is simplified in the moment and is refused in calmness, temptations will no longer control our lives.

There is a fantastic quote from St. Francis de Sales about this: “The beginning of all temptation lies in a wavering mind and little trust in God, for as a rudderless ship is driven hither and yon by waves, so a careless and irresolute man is tempted in many ways. Fire tempers iron and temptation steels the just. Often we do not know what we can stand, but temptation shows us what we are. Above all, we must be especially alert against the beginnings of temptation, for the enemy is more easily conquered if he is refused admittance to the mind and is met beyond the threshold when he knocks.”

Temptations are best fought in simplicity and at a fast pace. Let us always trust in God and turn to Him immediately when we feel in danger. This way we will grow in perfection and gain great merit for fighting bravely for Christ.

The Saints and Angels Wait

St. Alphonsus tells us: “Our prayers are so dear to God, that He has appointed the Angels to present them to Him as soon as they come forth from our mouths. 'The Angels,' says St. Hilary, 'preside over the prayers of the faithful, and offer them daily to God.' This is that smoke of the incense, which are the prayers of Saints, which St. John saw ascending to God from the hands of the Angels (Apoc. 8:3); and which he saw in another place represented by golden phials full of sweet odors, very acceptable to God.”

The Saints and Angels are our dearest friends and know very well of the trials of temptations. The more we trust the Angels and Saints, the more they will give to us. Does a close friend give us all of their love when we are constantly doubting them and their love for us? If we find this confidence difficult, prayer for the grace of confidence can mend this. The saints struggled greatly with temptations, even Our Blessed Lord allowed the devil to tempt Him. And why did He do this? To set an example for us and merit all the strength we will ever need to defeat temptations. The devil may be very powerful, but what is his power to legions of angels and myriads of saints?

He is completely powerless over us if we place our trust in the saints and angels, and ask for their protection.

Let us then always trust in God and not be paralyzed by anxiety because of temptations, and especially always remember Our Blessed Mother. St. Bernard of Clairvaux once said when speaking of difficulties: “In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not Her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of Her prayer, neglect not to walk in Her footsteps. With Her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking Her, you shall never lose heart; so long as She is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while She holds your hand, you cannot fall; under Her protection you have nothing to fear; if She walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if She shows you favor, you shall reach the goal."

Mary crushes the head of the devil, and protects us more lovingly than any mother on earth. She knows too well of our struggles and sufferings, and will be there at all times to help us.

Prayer in Times of Temptation                                           

Behold me, O my God, at Thy feet! I do not deserve mercy, but O my Redeemer, the Blood which Thou didst shed for me encourages me and obliges me to hope for it. How often I have offended Thee, repented, and yet have I again fallen into the same sin. O my God, I wish to amend, and in order to be faithful to Thee, I will place all my confidence in Thee. I will, whenever I am tempted, instantly have recourse to Thee. Until now, I have trusted in my own promises and resolutions and have neglected to recommend myself to Thee in my temptations. This has been the cause of my repeated failures. From this day forward, be Thou, O Lord, my Strength, and thus shall I be able to do all things, for “I can do all these things in Him Who strengtheneth me.” Amen.

Video & Pictures: A Pilgrim’s Perspective in Quito, Ecuador

James Austin

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When you think of a pilgrimage, there are many images and places that come to mind. The Camino de Santiago, Chartres, Fatima, and Lourdes in Europe, and Auriesville and Starkenburg in the U.S. all come to mind; but there is another pilgrimage which has become an annual tradition especially among the faithful attending chapels of the Society of Saint Pius X, and for good reason: Quito, Ecuador.

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It was over 400 years ago when the Mother of God appeared to Mother Mariana de Jesús (Torres) of the Conceptionist Franciscan Nuns of the Royal Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, in Quito. Our Lady came with troubling messages concerning our own times, which as prophesied by Our Lady Herself, went widely unnoticed until recently. But now, we should and must certainly pay attention to these messages.

Our Lady’s apparitions in Quito were the first in a series of apparitions (including La Salette, Fatima and Akita) warning of a crisis of the Faith, a crisis within the Church, and a crisis in the social and political orders.

The Meaning Behind the Name

If you’ve ever been to the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in France, you’ll know that the focus has been taken off of Our Lady’s warnings, and the aspects of “love” and “forgiveness” have been exaggerated.

It is the same way with Fatima. Between Pope John XXIII calling the three children seers “prophets of doom” and the obfuscation of the Third Secret, the true message of Our Lady of Fatima has been carefully controlled by certain people and groups of people who wish to use the words of the Mother of God for their purposes, and not for Heaven’s.

In this manner, the message of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de la Purificación, "Our Lady of Good Success of the Purification," has also been hidden and obfuscated partly due to parties that do not want to see the Church painted in a negative light, and partly because of a “lost in translation” kind of error.

The title “Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso” has been shortened in English to Our Lady of “Good Success,” but this is actually an error. The word “suceso” does not translate directly to “success” in English, but is closer to the word “event.” But “Our Lady of the Good Event” begs the question “what event?” And here lies part of the true meaning of Our Lady’s message.

The Purification was the moment in which Our Lady was shown the true nature of Her Divine Son’s mission on earth: to be sacrificed for the sins of mankind, purifying them in His Precious Blood. Just as the blood of one turtle dove washed the other allowing it to go free and symbolically fly to Heaven, Our Lord’s Blood frees us from our sins, through Baptism and the Sacraments, to fly from our chains of bondage to Heaven. It was at this moment that Our Lady began to suffer the wounds of Her Son’s Passion and Crucifixion, a sword piercing Her heart; a sword of sacrifice and suffering that She would carry with Her until the day of Her Assumption into Heaven.

It is this sense of sacrifice and Divine victimhood that has been lost in the priesthood and the religious life since Vatican II. The Mass is no longer considered the sacrifice of Our Lord, renewed and re-presented on the altar, but a meal between friends, presided over by a priest who is scarcely needed more than the laity. This fundamental change of the very nature of the priesthood has been a huge contributing factor to the loss of vocations in the Conciliar Church. The priest has had his raison d’être taken away from him, and without this self-sacrifice, there is less and less grace being poured down from Heaven on the Church and the faithful.

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A second sense of sacrifice that has been lost, but which can be renewed by Our Lady of “Buen Suceso de la Purificación,” is the sacrifice of the religious life: men and women who give their souls and their lives to the service of God on earth, to pray, suffer, and work for the fulfillment of God’s Will. Since the “New Church” is all about peace, love and joy, the virtues of long-suffering, penance, and submission to the Will of God have been lost and replaced with fruitless platitudes, and an erroneous understanding of why mankind exists at all.

Our Lady of “Buen Suceso” wishes to renew these truths, and purify God’s Holy Church with the true Sacrifice of the Mass, and the sacrifice of the individual renouncing himself, through the religious life. This is made especially clear when Our Lady told Mother Mariana that She Herself will be the Abbess of the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, in a sense takeing the religious name “Our Lady of Good Success of the Purification.” It isn’t a title like “Our Lady of Fatima” or “Our Lady of La Salette.” Rather, “Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de la Purificación” is essentially a religious name; and without souls dedicated to the religious life and to prayer, the restoration of the Church will never occur.

The True Message

When Our Lady appeared to Mother Mariana, She told her of the almost-total destruction of the Faith and the Catholic Church in the 20th Century:

“Unbridled passions will give way to a total corruption of customs because satan will reign through the Masonic sects, targeting the children in particular to ensure general corruption.”
“Unhappy, the children of those times! Seldom will they receive the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. As for the sacrament of Penance, they will confess only while attending Catholic schools, which the devil will do his utmost to destroy by means of persons in authority.”
“The same will occur with Holy Communion. Oh, how it hurts me to tell you that there will be many and enormous public and hidden sacrileges!”
“In those times, the sacrament of Extreme Unction will be largely ignored.… Many will die without receiving it, being thereby deprived of innumerable graces, consolation, and strength in the great leap from time to eternity.”
“The Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with the Church, will be thoroughly attacked and profaned. Masonry, then reigning, will implement iniquitous laws aimed at extinguishing this sacrament. They will make it easy for all to live in sin, thus multiplying the birth of illegitimate children without the Church’s blessing….”
“Secular education will contribute to a scarcity of priestly and religious vocations.”
“The holy Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this both the Church and God Himself are oppressed and reviled, since He is represented by His priests.”
“The devil will work to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every way, working with baneful cunning to destroy the spirit of their vocation and corrupting many. Those who will thus scandalize the Christian flock will bring upon all priests the hatred of bad Christians and the enemies of the One, Holy, Roman Catholic, and Apostolic Church. This apparent triumph of satan will cause enormous suffering to the good Pastors of the Church… and to the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on earth who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of God Our Lord, asking for light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, to whom he is king and father.”
“Unhappy times will come wherein those who should fearlessly defend the rights of the Church will instead, blinded despite the light, give their hand to the Church’s enemies and do their bidding. But when [evil] seems triumphant and when authority abuses its power, committing all manner of injustice and oppressing the weak, their ruin shall be near. They will fall and crash to the ground.”
“At the end of the 19th century and throughout a great part of the 20th, many heresies will be propagated in these lands.…”
“The small number of souls who will secretly safeguard the treasure of Faith and virtues will suffer a cruel, unspeakable, and long martyrdom. Many will descend to their graves through the violence of suffering and will be counted among the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the country and the Church.”
“To be delivered from the slavery of these heresies, those whom the merciful love of My Son has destined for this restoration will need great will-power, perseverance, courage, and confidence in God. To try the faith and trust of these just ones, there will be times when all will seem lost and paralyzed. It will then be the happy beginning of the complete restoration….”
“In those times the atmosphere will be saturated with the spirit of impurity which, like a filthy sea, will engulf the streets and public places with incredible license.… Innocence will scarcely be found in children, or modesty in women.”
“There shall be scarcely any virgin souls in the world. The delicate flower of virginity will seek refuge in the cloisters.… Without virginity, fire from heaven will be needed to purify these lands.”... 
“Sects, having permeated all social classes, will find ways of introducing themselves into the very heart of homes to corrupt the innocence of children. The children’s hearts will be dainty morsels to regale the devil.…”
“Religious communities will remain to sustain the Church and work with courage for the salvation of souls.… The secular clergy will fall far short of what is expected of them because they will not pursue their sacred duty. Losing the Divine compass, they will stray from the way of priestly ministry mapped out for them by God and will become devoted to money, seeking it too earnestly.”
“Pray constantly, implore tirelessly, and weep bitter tears in the seclusion of your heart, beseeching the Eucharistic Heart of My most holy Son to take pity on His ministers and to end as soon as possible these unhappy times by sending to His Church the Prelate who shall restore the spirit of her priests.”
“In those times in the secular clergy there will be much to desire. Because the priests will neglect their sacred duty, losing the Divine compass, they will stray from the path charted by God in the priestly ministry, becoming fond of money and striving to obtain it to excess. And, since the Church will suffer the dark night of the lack of a prelate and father who watches over with paternal love, with gentleness, strength, sound judgement and prudence, many of them will lose their spirit, putting their souls in great danger.”

When reading what Our Lady told Mother Mariana over 400 years ago, the vivid imagery of things like the changing of all of the Sacraments after Vatican II, the Spotlight scandalthe sacrilegious distribution of Holy Communion at “Mega Masses” (and “regular” Masses for that matter), the exodus of vocations from the Church, the propagation of homosexualism and “gay marriage” within the church (e.g. Fr. James Martin, S.J.) immediately comes to mind. The list is non-stop, and the accuracy with which Our Lady describes these things makes it almost seem as though it would have been impossible for anyone to write these things so long before they actually happened.

Who, in the 16th and 17th centuries could have possibly predicted these things, other than Our Lady?

Our Response to Our Lady’s Apparitions

Father Adam Purdy, the Society of St. Pius X priest behind the organization of their pilgrimage to Quito, sees a solution within these almost apocalyptic messages to Mother Mariana.

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“I think She lists a program. You can look at it from the side of all of these evils. For example, She goes through all the Sacraments. We know that all the Sacraments after Vatican II have been changed. She lists all the Sacraments and the destruction that’s going to happen to them; so we can see the side of devastation, but if you flip it around, it’s actually telling you what needs to be done to restore.”
“So, Baptism is not going to be given, and Confirmation neither. Well, the ministers of the Church better start teaching and providing for that. And the Holy Eucharist being profaned – this has to stop, which is why the whole scenario of the “New Mass” needs to stop. And we see this loss of the priestly spirit. What would Archbishop Lefebvre say? It’s time to restore the priestly spirit!”
“It’s only going to happen when young men go to the seminary… And young men are only going to go to the seminary when they are the fruits of a solid Catholic upbringing, from solid Catholic parents, parents who possess good spiritual lives, and a kind of culture that supports them, which is the work of a mission.”
“You know when the Jesuits came to these countries in South America, they didn’t come to [just distribute] the Holy Eucharist. They came to establish Catholic civilization from the ground up. From the dirt. Right from the ground up. To create a whole Catholic way of life.”
“And this is the program. The Sacrament of Matrimony. We need to teach of the glories of the married state, the responsibilities of the married state. The graces, and the means of sanctification contained within the married state. We have to teach how offensive to God all these other things are… All these unnatural things.”
“It’s a program that She’s putting before our eyes, if we’re looking at these things rightly. And all of us who have this kind of awareness of what’s going on, we must really bend ourselves to put into this program… A program in which we will go forth and multiply, and make all things new again.”

A Warm Reception

This program that Our Lady presents to us, also hinges on the prayers of souls devoted entirely to God in the religious orders. She told Mother Mariana that it is these good and holy souls that counterbalance the priests and religious who are not faithfully discharging their duties.

It is true that we need to be open to the call of God for ourselves (or, if married, our children) to enter the priesthood and religious life as Traditional Catholics, but it would be an error to say that those who enter religious life within the framework of the Novus Ordo are not doing so for the love of God. I believe most of them are; they are just lacking in a solid, traditional Catholic formation. Just as people convert to the true Faith of God in the secular world every day, it is possible for the priest and religious to convert to Tradition, to understand the errors and the heresies with which they were surrounded for so long. Monsignor James Byrnes, Father David Phillipson and Father James McLucas are well-known examples of this transition.

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During our pilgrimage in Quito, we began every morning by processing through the streets of the thoroughly-Catholic city, carrying a statue of Our Lady to the religious houses all throughout the city’s historic center (Augustinian, Carmelite, Dominican, Jesuit, Mercedarian, etc.) The response I observed on the part of the religious (priests, brother and sisters) was most encouraging. They received Our Lady, as well as the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X, with a warmth, joy, and gratitude, that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

For example, when I was with an SSPX priest and a group of Traditional Catholics at Paray-le-Monial in France, we were actually thrown out of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart where Father was preparing to offer Mass. Just a few years ago, in Auriesville, New York, the Jesuits called the police on the Society’s pilgrimage led by Bishop Bernard Fellay, and we were forbidden to have Mass (or even process as a group) within the Coliseum of the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs.

But in Quito, there was nothing but love, appreciation, and admiration for the priests and laity keeping the True Faith of Jesus Christ alive, in this time of near-universal corruption.

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Is it possible that this small spark of faith could reignite the flame of Catholicism in Ecuador, a country consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by its saintly President in 1874? God knows, but we cannot stop trying and praying. We cannot stop promoting the message of Our Lady of “Buen Suceso.”

It is impossible to give what we do not have. And, without pride or a sense of superiority, it is safe to say that we have the Catholic Faith and we can give the Faith as it was given to us, to those disposed to receive it. From what I saw in Quito over the past week, they are hungry and ready for it.