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My Conditional Confirmation

 

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As promised, here are a few pictures from my conditional Confirmation that took place tlast Sunday. It was a very moving & blessed event. Bishop Tissier de Mallerias is just a humble, holy, extraordinary man & I can say that it is an honor to be in his presence

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Largest drop in Church attendance in decades

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Perhaps the reason for this decline is the Church’s failure to teach the Catholic Faith. How can these Modernists remedy this situation when they hate everything the Church has ever taught & stood for? There is a long road ahead. If we stay faithful, we can do our small parts to aid in the restoration.

https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/united-states-sees-largest-drop-church-attendance-decades-38548

A recent Gallup poll revealed that during Pope Francis’ pontificate, which began in 2013, the Catholic Church in the United States experienced the largest decline in weekly attendance in decades.

The poll revealed that “between 2014 and 2017, 39% of (American) Catholics said that they had attended Mass in the last seven days”, a “lower level than the 45% of respondents from 2005 to 2008”, and a veritable “collapse from the 75% response in 1955”.  Weekly participation in the Mass, by dropping six points since the close of Benedict XVI’s papacy, marks the largest decline since the 1970’s. It had stabilized in the mid-2000’s.  In contrast, Gallup noted that Protestant attendance has remained constant for ten years.

In detail: the greatest drop in Mass attendance between the pontificates of Benedict XVI and Francis occurred among Catholics aged 50-59, from 46% to 31%–a 15% decrease.  The only increase in weekly attendance was observed among Catholics aged 30-39, moving from 40% to 43%.

The population of young adults – aged 21 to 29 years old –had shown a slight increase in Mass attendance under Benedict XVI from 2005 to 2008, with 29%, which fell to 25% between 2014-2017.  According to this survey, young adult Protestants were more likely to attend services weekly, with 36% as opposed to 25% for Catholics.

 

Keeping the Old Mass

The following excerpt is from an interview Bishop Tissier de Mallerais gave to the SSPX’s french website last year. He speaks of that pivotal moment in Church history when Archbishop Lefebvre, himself & his fellow seminarians decided to not compromise the Faith & the Mass. God bless them!

I had the great honor of meeting His Excellency this past Sunday & receiving my conditional Confirmation from his hands. If I had to describe him in one word it would be humble. He’s very humble, kind, gracious & his devotion to the Church is apparent. Pictures will be forthcoming.

I remember that on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent in 1969, two months after my entry into Archbishop Lefebvre’s seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland, our founder called us together for a special spiritual conference, we his nine first seminarians, and told us gravely:

Tomorrow the Novus Ordo Missae becomes effective, the new mass instituted by Pope Paul VI, in all the parishes of Fribourg, Switzerland, France, and everywhere. What are we going to do?”

After a moment of silence, with his small, almost timid voice, he added:

We are going to keep the Old Mass, aren’t we?”

Those are the historic words with which Archbishop Lefebvre saved the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Of course, we were all of his opinion, and he did not need to ask us. We had all lived through the stages of the liturgical revolution since the year 1960: the altars turned around to say the Mass “facing the people”, the suppression of the psalm Judica me and the Last Gospel, parts of the Mass said out loud in the vernacular, the canon read out loud and in the vernacular, the words of the consecration changed, what was left to change? Paul VI created 3 new Eucharistic prayers and codified all the reforms and imposed them, but without imposing them as he should, canonically.

And the contents of this “New Order of the Mass” were made known to us by the Ottaviani Intervention that been approved by Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci, writing to Paul VI that this new Mass “abandons in detail and overall the Catholic theology of the Mass as it figures in the decree of the Council of Trent, which gave a definitive response to the Protestant reformers.” I quote from memory and not precisely, but that is what they said.

And it was only in June 1972 that Archbishop Lefebvre summarized for his seminarians the extrinsic and intrinsic reasons that made him deny the goodness of the new rite, the legitimacy of its promulgation, and its so-called obligation by Pope Paul VI. It was a 2-page, typed text, short, concise, complete, luminous, definitive, a stance from which there was no going back, that required our adherence. We gave it with full satisfaction, with relief. On November 28, 1969, it was simply a private “Yes” to the Mass of all time; in June 1972, it was a public and argued “No” to the New Mass.

Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord

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Imperative for the life of a Catholic is a fervent devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Heart that lived and died for mankind. This Divine Heart that so loves man is reviled and persecuted in return, causing his heart to continuesly grieve for the state of the world that abandoned Him, His Law and the Church. A prime example of this in our day is June hailed as “Pride” Month by the sodomites who engage in their despicable revelry at their parades by mocking the natural law. Penance and reparation. These two save the world. Consecrating ourselves, our families, our parishes give a sweet balm to the Heart of Jesus, who still sees Faith on the earth in the hearts of those devoted to offering the greatest love, worship and reparation to His Most Sacred Heart.

~Damsel of the Faith

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine Altar (outside a church or oratory say: in Thy presence). We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united to Thee, behold, each one of us this day freely dedicates himself to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Many, indeed, have never known Thee; many, too, despising Thy precepts have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal sons who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they perish of wretchedness and hunger. Be Thou King of those whom heresy holds in error or discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one fold and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who even now sit in the shadow of idolatry or Islam, and refuse not Thou to bring them into the light of Thy kingdom. Look, finally. with eyes of pity upon the children of that race, which was for so long a time Thy chosen people: and let Thy Blood, which was once invoked upon them in vengeance, now descend upon them also in a cleansing flood of redemption and eternal life. Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; unto all nations give an ordered tranquillity; bring it to pass that from pole to pole the earth may resound with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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A sermon from St. Bonaventure:

“That the Church might be formed from the side of Christ as He slept on the cross, and the Scripture be fulfilled which says: They shall look on Him whom they pierced; it was permitted by divine ordinance that one of the soldiers should pierce that sacred side, opening it with a lance, in so far as, when the blood and water gushed forth, the price of our salvation might be poured out, as if issuing from the hidden fountain, as it were, of the Heart, and might give power to the sacraments of the Church to bestow the life of grace, and, moreover, might be as a saving drink of living waters, bubbling up to life eternal, for those who were already living in Christ. Arise, then, O soul beloved of Christ, do not stop your watching, place thy lips there, and drink the waters from the saving fountains.

Since for a single time we have found our way to that most sweet Heart of the Lord Jesus, and it is good for us to be here, let us not easily be torn away from it. O how good and pleasant it is, to dwell in this Heart. Thy Heart, O most dear Jesus, is the good treasure, the pearl of great price, which we find by digging in the field of Thy body. Who would cast aside this pearl? Yes, rather I will give all my pearls, I will exchange for it all my thoughts and affections and I will purchase It for myself, turning all my thoughts to the Heart of the good Jesus, and without fail It will support me. Therefore, O most sweet Jesus, finding this Heart that is Thine and mine, I will pray to Thee, my God: admit my prayers into the shrine of hearkening: and even more draw me altogether into Thy Heart.

For to this end was Thy side pierced, that an entry might be open to us. To this end was Thy Heart wounded, that in it we might be able to dwell secure from alarms from without. And it was wounded none the less on this account that, through the visible wound, we might see the invisible wound of love. How could this ardor be better shown, than by His allowing, not only His body, but even His very Heart itself, to be wounded by a lance? And so, the wound in His flesh shows forth the wound in His spirit. Who does not love that Heart, so deeply wounded? Who would not return love for love to One so greatly loving? Who would not embrace One so pure? And so still abiding in the flesh, let us, in so far as we are able, return love for love to That which loves us, embrace our wounded One, Whose hands and feet, side and Heart, have been pierced by wicked husbandmen; and let us pray that He may deign to bind our hearts, still hard and impenitent, with the chain of His love, and wound them with the dart thereof.”

Sodomy condemned

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With the Pope’s latest comments stating that sodomites were born with the wretched disorder as well as this Blessed Month of the Sacred Heart being the annually touted “Pride” month, I thought it would do well to reiterate Scripture & the Church’s teaching on this sin that cries to Heaven for vengeance.

“I will therefore admonish you, though ye once knew all things, that Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, did afterwards destroy them that believed not:

 And the angels who kept not their principality, but forsook their own habitation, he hath reserved under darkness in everlasting chains, unto the judgment of the great day.

As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighbouring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.”  ~Jude 1: 5-7

“A thing is said to be natural, if it agrees with nature, and unnatural, if it disagrees.”   ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“Certain special sins are said to be against nature; thus contrary to sexual intercourse, which is natural to all animals, is unisexual lust, which has received the special name of the unnatural crime.”   ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“Wherefore just as in speculative matters the most grievous and shameful error is that which is about things the knowledge of which is naturally bestowed on man, so in matters of action it is most grave and shameful to act against things as determined by nature. Therefore, since by the unnatural vices man transgresses that which has been determined by nature with regard to the use of venereal actions, it follows that in this matter this sin is gravest of all [sins belonging to lust]…Just as the ordering of right reason proceeds from man, so the order of nature is from God Himself: wherefore in sins contrary to nature, whereby the very order of nature is violated, an injury is done to God, the Author of nature. Hence Augustine says (Confessiones iii,8): ‘Those foul offenses that are against nature should be everywhere and at all times detested and punished, such as were those of the people of Sodom, which should all nations commit, they should all stand guilty of the same crime, by the law of God which hath not so made men that they should so abuse one another. For even that very intercourse which should be between God and us is violated, when that same nature, of which He is the Author, is polluted by the perversity of lust.'”   ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“But if thou scoffest at hearing of hell and believest not that fire, remember Sodom. For we have seen, surely we have seen, even in this present life, a semblance of hell. For since many would utterly disbelieve the things to come after the resurrection, hearing now of an unquenchable fire, God brings them to a right mind by things present. For such is the burning of Sodom, and that conflagration!… Consider how great is that sin, to have forced hell to appear even before its time!… For that rain was unwonted, for the intercourse was contrary to nature, and it deluged the land, since lust had done so with their souls. Wherefore also the rain was the opposite of the customary rain. Now not only did it fail to stir up the womb of the earth to the production of fruits, but made it even useless for the reception of seed. For such was also the intercourse of the men, making a body of this sort more worthless than the very land of Sodom. And what is there more detestable than a man who hath pandered himself, or what more execrable?”  ~St. John Chrysostom

“Those offences which be contrary to nature are everywhere and at all times to be held in detestation and punished; such were those of the Sodomites, which should all nations commit, they should all be held guilty of the same crime by the divine law, which hath not so made men that they should in that way abuse one another. For even that fellowship which should be between God and us is violated, when that same nature of which He is author is polluted by the perversity of lust.”  ~St. Augustine

“Sacred Scripture itself confirms that sulfur evokes the stench of the flesh, as it speaks of the rain of fire and sulfur poured upon Sodom by the Lord. He had decided to punish Sodom for the crimes of the flesh, and the very type of punishment he chose emphasized the shame of that crime. For sulfur stinks, and fire burns. So it was just that Sodomites, burning with perverse desires arising from the flesh like stench, should perish by fire and sulfur so that through this just punishment they would realize the evil they had committed, led by a perverse desire.”  ~St. Gregory the Great

“Truly, this vice is never to be compared with any other vice because it surpasses the enormity of all vices.… It defiles everything, stains everything, pollutes everything. And as for itself, it permits nothing pure, nothing clean, nothing other than filth.…

The miserable flesh burns with the heat of lust; the cold mind trembles with the rancor of suspicion; and in the heart of the miserable man chaos boils like Tartarus [Hell]…. In fact, after this most poisonous serpent once sinks its fangs into the unhappy soul, sense is snatched away, memory is borne off, the sharpness of the mind is obscured. It becomes unmindful of God and even forgetful of itself. This plague undermines the foundation of faith, weakens the strength of hope, destroys the bond of charity; it takes away justice, subverts fortitude, banishes temperance, blunts the keenness of prudence.

And what more should I say since it expels the whole host of the virtues from the chamber of the human heart and introduces every barbarous vice as if the bolts of the doors were pulled out.”  ~St. Peter Damien

Feast of Corpus Christi

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A slice of a brilliant moon, representing the life of the Church, was darkened, signifying the absence of a Feast to honor the Body and Blood of Christ. This was seen in a vision by the Norbentine nun responsible for the establishment of this Feast, St. Julianna of Liege. The Bull, establishing the Feast, was written in 1264 by Pope Urban IV, which I post below. This Feast was instituted for the universal Church, by the great hand of the good God through His Vicar, as a reminder to us to worship the ever present reality that is the presence of God in a visible form, the form of bread and wine. We would need to be exhorted to have a great love and an understanding as far as our human minds are capable of this great mystery that daily is oblated upon the altar of sacrifice, for the Blessed Sacrament would come under vicious attack in the near future after the institution of this holy Feast, firstly by the Protesants, who like those disciples who walked away from Our Lord at the mere mention of eating His Body; secondly, by those heretics within the Church from all time that denigrated the Blessed Sacrament; in modern times, by those Modernists, who having known what the Holy Eucharist is, have rejected it outright and encourage others to commit sacrilege against His Precious Body by receiving Him in the hand, not telling the truth about receiving in the state of mortal sin, by relegating the Holy Mass to a meal of bread.

As we celebrate this great Feast, let us make reparation for the crimes and sacrileges committed against the Blessed Sacrament throughout all time, especially in these modern times.

~Damsel of the Faith

The Bull:

Let us give all praise, honor and glory to the Most Blessed Sacrament today and forever!

About to pass from this world to the Father, our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ, since the time of his Passion was at hand, instituted the great and wonderful Sacrament of his Body and Blood, bestowing his Body as food and his Blood as drink. For, as often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we announce the death of the Lord. Indeed, at the institution of this Sacrament, he himself said to the Apostles: Do this in memory of me: so that for us the special and outstanding memorial of his love would be this venerable Sacrament; a memorial in which we attain the corporeal Presence of the Saviour himself.

Other things which we remember we embrace spiritually and mentally: we do not thereby obtain their real presence. However, in this sacramental commemoration, Jesus Christ is present with us in his proper substance, although under another form. As he was about to ascend into heaven, he said to the Apostles and their helpers, I will be with you all days even unto the consummation of the world. He comforted them with a gracious promise that he would remain and would be with them even by his corporeal presence. Therefore he gave himself as nourishment, so that, since man fell by means of the food of the death-giving tree; man is raised up by means of the food of the life-giving tree. Eating wounded us, and eating healed us. Thus the Saviour says, My Flesh is real food. This bread is taken but truly not consumed, because it is not transformed into the eater. Rather, if it is worthily received, the recipient is conformed to it.

We should celebrate continuously the memory of this memorial, because the more frequently his gift and favour are looked upon, so much the more firmly are they kept in memory. Therefore, although this memorial Sacrament is frequented in the daily solemnities of the Mass, we nevertheless think suitable and worthy that, at least once a year – especially to confound the lack of faith and the infamy of heretics – a more solemn and honourable memory of this Sacrament be held. This is so because on Holy Thursday, the day on which the Lord himself instituted this Sacrament, the universal Church, occupied with the reconciliation of penitents, blessing the chrism, fulfilling the Commandments about the washing of the feet and many other such things, is not sufficiently free to celebrate so great a Sacrament.

Moreover we know that, while we were constituted in a lesser office, it was divinely revealed to certain Catholics that a feast of this kind should be celebrated generally throughout the Church. Therefore, to strengthen and exalt the Catholic Faith, we decree that, besides the daily memory that the Church makes of this Sacrament, there be celebrated a more solemn and special annual memorial. Then let the hearts and mouths of all break forth in hymns of saving joy; then let faith sing, hope dance, charity exult, devotion applaud, the choir be jubilant, and purity delight. Then let each one with willing spirit and prompt will come together, laudably fulfilling his duties, celebrating the Solemnity of so great a Feast.

~The Papal Bull Transiturus by Pope Urban IV for the establishment of the feast of Corpus Christi

I end with renditions of St. Thomas Aquinas’ famous hymns of poetic eloquence, Pange Lingue and O Salutaris Hostia, as well as the propers for the Feast of Corpus Christi:

St. Joan of Arc, my Heroine

Today is the Feast of my heroine, St. Joan of Arc. Her story and life can be found here:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08409c.htm

I strive to follow her courageous and heroic example in doing my small part to fight the spiritual foes of our time, the Modernists who have infiltrated our Holy Church to destroy Her.

A Book Analysis I wrote on the “Personal Recollections of St. Joan of Arc” by Mark Twain:

In the story Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by Mark Twain, St. Joan, the heroine of the story, is granted the God-given mission of restoring the king of her country, France, to his rightful throne and saving France from the English.  St. Joan of Arc, great military leader of the French, was a simple, peasant girl who was called and guided by the Saints of God to lead the armies of France against the English during the Hundred Years War.  Easily obtaining the acclaim of all of France as a military heroine, she succeeded in victory, but it cost her martyrdom by being burned at the stake as a heretic.  Throughout the story, she never ceases to be a brave, courageous, religious and militant girl with the strength of a true soldier of extraordinary strength and fearlessness.  Throughout the story, St. Joan of Arc demonstrates the traits of simplicity, courage and piety.

As a peasant girl growing up in Domremy, Joan’s life was one of simplicity.  For example, her parents were simple laborers.  She helped them like any normal girl of her time, tending to her father’s animals.  In her childhood, she was light-hearted and even believed in fairies.  She was a bashful girl and was so easily embarrassed in the presence of strangers that she was nicknamed Bashful.  Compare this to her combat in war and one sees the simplicity of Joan of Arc before her transformation into a soldier.  She, who was not able to read, understood the complex arts of war, only through the grace and help of God.   She was simple in modesty of voice and manners. The simplicity of St. Joan of Arc proves that even the simplest peasant girl can confound the proud and do great things.

In addition to her simplicity, St. Joan of Arc was given extraordinary courage which was required of her to be victorious over the enemies of France.  First and foremost, her courage was seen in accepting the call of the Saints to lead the armies of France.  St. Joan knew that God was calling her and did not hesitate to obey Him, despite her simplicity, littleness and  ignorance of the ways of war.  Throughout the story, her courage proves that she is forgetful of herself and was only concerned about the preservation of her people, the king and her country. Once, she led an assault and made the Duke stand out of the way when cannon-balls were flying to save his life.  This proves that she was courageous because she did not fear for her own life, but instead put her own life at risk to save another.  Every battle of St. Joan required much courage.  Finally, her courage was shown most admirably when she was condemned, tortured and shamed at her trial.  She who was the heroine of France was humiliated to the level of a heretic and traitor.  Her courage won her the martyr’s crown.  Truly, courage was her greatest trait that saved her country and won her reward, martyrdom.

St. Joan’s simplicity and courage was joined with her Catholic piety which was demonstrated throughout her short life as a peasant and leader of the armies of France.  For example, her respect for the priesthood was shown when she stood with a reverent attitude, with her head down in reverence before great church dignitaries.  They stood before her as no friends, but wanted to hear the message that she had for the King alone.  Secondly, she obeyed the will of God for her, to lead the armies of France to victory.  She exhibited a submission to the will of God.  Her army was guided by God to victory.  Once, she rode to the cathedral to give thanks to God with the people following her example.  All throughout her life, she was nurtured in her Catholic faith and it alone gave her strength to accomplish the difficult tasks that God handed her.  Her Catholic piety was demonstrated in the banner that she carried into battle, depicting an image of Jesus and Mary.  Catholic piety or love of God and the Church was her primary strength, especially in her mission of saving France.

In conclusion, St. Joan is proven to be consistently courageous, simple and pious.  The extraordinary work required of her to save France and the Dauphin required extraordinary courage which God so generously endowed her with.  St. Joan’s simplicity kept her humble so as not to glory in her mission, which was extraordinary as it was great.  Most of all, her Catholic piety shown throughout the story proves her great love of God and the Church, which gave her the strength to fight to the death.  St. Joan of Arc is a witness of what a true, militant Catholic should be, for she displayed the Church Militant in action.

Personal Recollections of St. Joan of Arc, by Mark Twain, presents the theme that Christian warfare, driven by prayer and courage, is a duty for any good Catholic.  The main character, Joan, is a young peasant girl with a deep devotion to Christ and the Church who was called upon by God for a mission that required extraordinary courage.  Through internal conspiracies and fierce battles, she proved herself to be a courageous leader, endowed by God with wisdom and piety beyond her years.   She fought like any true soldier and her life is symbolic of the Church Militant.  Whether it was the victory at Patay or her final trial, her perseverance and courage was her crowning glory throughout the book.  Fueled by prayer as she was wont to do before every battle, God gave her the victory, just as He will a faithful Catholic with a similar devotion to God and prayer that she had.  She stood by her country and Faith, even at the cost of her life.   The matter of Christian warfare applies to a Catholic’s everyday life, for Christian warfare is to fight sin that comes from the world, the flesh and the devil with courage, grace and utmost devotion, just as Joan fought literal battles with the same.  Her example and virtues can be imitated by all.  For a young girl, she proves that the small do confound the proud, for humility is preferable over pride.  The last proof of her courage was in her martyrdom at the hands of her enemies.  This story encourages the practice of the virtues of prayer and courage, especially pertaining to the spiritual life and the dangers one has to face as a member of the Church Militant.


Let us ask the intercession of St. Joan of Arc that she would help us in the Church Militant to fight against sin, the principalities of this world, evil in the Church, innovation and error, the Modernists, and finally the deadly synthesis of all heresies itself, Modernism.

St. Joan of Arc, ora pro nobis!

~Damsel of the Faith

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