Category Archives: Our Lady

100th Anniversary of the first Apparition of the Mother of God at Fatima

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100 years since the Virgin proclaimed the greatness of our Faith and the importance of her Angelic Salutation of the Rosary. 100 years since she warned us to return to her Son in repentance so as to avoid the chastisements that would come, as a result of failing to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. To this day, they have failed to heed her warning and have reaped the results – two world wars, Communism with the host of evils that have resulted, and persecution of the Church by the Modernists that have attacked every aspect of the Church.

To describe this day in a Dickensonian manner: “It was the most beautiful of anniversaries and the most dire of anniversaries”.

What a true honor it should be for every Catholic to witness such a milestone in the history of the Church and the world.  Certainly we should give this day great honor and celebrate with appropriate jubilation.  However, we must not imitate the example of those clergy and laymen who wish to confine Fatima to a status of irrelevancy and unimportance.  At Fatima, Our Lady has given us the Message specifically meant for our times.  Catholics living in our age are called to foster a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to live a life of sacrifice, like she asked for at Fatima. In doing our part, hopefully we can help to hasten the coming peace, when the Pope and Bishops finally open Our Lady and consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.

Our sacrifice need not be unpleasant, rather it should be a cross of joy!  If not taken with love, it is no sacrifice at all.  Although we may have much to suffer, Our Lady has assured us that “the grace of God will be your comfort”.  We will save so many souls by our sacrifices!  The great sacrifice in our day is definitely the fact that faithful Catholics are so thoroughly spurned by not only the world, but also most of the hierarchy in the Church.  We also hear constantly of wars and rumors of wars, as Our Lady predicted.  Finally, the Blessed Mother could not be accurate in stating that Russia will spread her errors across the entire world.  This exactly has happened.  Communism is not primarily based off of physical protection, but atheistic materialism.  Who could not deny that the entire West has fallen prey to this evil?  Just consider, for example, the candidate France has chosen to lead them.  Alas, the Eldest Daughter of the Church!

Despite this grave situation, we must nevertheless possess a great Hope.  Our Lady is our last hope in these times. The triumph of the Immaculate Heart is fast approaching!  We must remain faithful to our 5 decades daily and our First Saturday devotion.  Be sure to ask your traditional pastor for permission to fulfill the First Saturday conditions on Sunday if your chapel does not offer Mass on Saturday or if you are unable to attend on this day. Our Lord and Our Lady have permitted this so that all Catholics, even in these difficult times, may practice this devotion.  We can save so many souls if we just make use of the means God gives us. Above all, we must beg Heaven for the Holy Father to finally consecrate Russia with the world’s bishops.  But let us be assured; Tradition continues to grow and the great restoration is approaching!  

We both wish to express our appreciation to our pastor for the beautiful Rosary procession he has planned for tomorrow in commemoration of this anniversary.  We also commend those in Tradition who will be appropriately acknowledging the height of this day.  I wish to highlight one particular example for the edification of our readers.  On this day, Bp. Bernard Fellay will be traveling to the Philippines to consecrate a new church for St. Bernard’s Noviciate in Iloilo.  After 15 years of celebrating Mass in a garage, the Noviciate has built a magnificently beautiful building to honor the Blessed Sacrament.  A couple of photos will follow this post. 

A short poem in honor of Our Lady (with thanks to Fr. Alain Lorans, SSPX): 

Mary Immaculate, Star of the morning,
Chosen before the creation began,
Chosen to bring, for Thy bridal adorning,
Woe to the serpent and rescue to man.

Sinners, we honor Thy sinless perfection;
Fallen and weak, for Thy pity we plead;
Grant us the shield of Thy Sovereign protection,
Measure Thine aid by the depth of our need.

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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima, ora pro nobis!

~Damsel of the Faith & Knight of Tradition

Our Lady is not appearing in Medjugorje

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The Bishop has spoken. Once again, Bishop Ratko Peric of the Diocese of Mostar Dustar of Crotia has condemned the apparitions in Medjugorje, to the complete disregard of the supporters of this farce.  The obvious diabolical workings of Medjugorje are obvious to see, for those who have the authentic Faith. From the apparitions’s heresy of religious indifferentism to her “accidental” appearing under the guise of a demon, it is plain to see that these are not the fruits of a true apparition.  This entire affair can be summed up in one sentence: Satan or an angel of his is appearing in Medjugorje.

And now for the article, taken from SSPX.org

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/not-real-apparitions-medjugorje-28400

“On February 26, 2017, Ratko Perić, Bishop of Mostar-Duvno and Trebinje-Mrkan, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, published a letter on the subject of the Marian apparitions that have allegedly occurred in Medjugorje since 1981.

This detailed, precise clarification appeared in Italian on the diocesan website. Meanwhile Pope Francis appointed, on February 11 (the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes), a “special envoy from the Holy See” for the shrine in Medjugorje: Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warszawa-Praga (Poland).

His mission, between now and next summer, is “to gain and in-depth knowledge about the pastoral situation of this institution and above all about the needs of the faithful who travel to it on pilgrimage and, based on it, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future.”

Bishop Perić mentions all the investigations conducted until now on the “Medjugorje phenomenon”: Mostar Diocesan Commission (1982-1984), the Expanded Commission (1984-1986), the Commission of the Episcopal Conference in Zagreb (1987-1990), the Commission of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican (2010-2014), and the evaluation by the same Congregation (2014-2016). “We believe that everything has been placed into the hands of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.” The position of the Curia in Mostar, Bishop Ratko Perić explains, has been clear and determined throughout this period: “This is not about real apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” He concludes his long letter by recalling the statement made by Bishop Pavao Žanić, Bishop of Mostar-Duvno from 1980 to 1993, in Medjugorje on July 25, 1987, so as to be able to declare that “Our Lady has not appeared in Medjugorje!”

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, declared on March 3 on the website of the Italian television network TGCom24 that “some have exaggerated the importance of these phenomena, as though they were almost a dogma.” And he recalled that “even if the Church makes a declaration in favor of these sorts of events, no Catholic is obliged to go there or to believe in them.”

In 2010, the historian Yves Chiron wrote a very well-documented study on Medjugorje (published by Via Romana) in which he presented for the first time in French the text of the conference given by Bishop Perić in 2004, in which the Bishop of Mostar analyzed the facts, emphasized the contradictions and recalled the judgment: “constat de non supernaturalitate” [“it is clearly not supernatural”].

Sources: cath.ch / imedia / radiovatican / md-tm – DICI no. 351 dated March 17, 2017

On a personal note, today is my Birthday. I am thankful that half of my 20 years have been in service to God and the Church as a Catholic.

~Damsel of the Faith

The great Sign of Revelation is appearing in the heavens

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“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.”  ~Revelation 12:1-2

A little known astronomical event of great importance began on November 20, 2016. Jupiter “the King planet” enters the body of the constellation Virgo (the virgin). Jupiter spends the next 9 ½ months within the “womb” of the constellation, Virgo, the time a baby spends in its mother’s womb. Jupiter will exit Virgo on September 23 of this year. At this time, the sun will be aligned with Virgo, alluding to the “Woman clothed with the sun” the moon will literally be beneath her feet. Twelve stars will be above her head, comprised of the nine stars of the constellation Leo, in addition to the planets Mercury, Venus & Mars.

This has never happened before in the history of mankind. Could this be the sign of Revelation? This is happening at a crucial year, being the centennial of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, the Woman with power over the heavens & the earth.

The Son of God foretold…

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves…”   ~Luke 21:25

What are you thoughts?

~Damsel of the Faith

 

The Triumph of Our Lady cometh

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The triumph of the Immaculate Heart will result as an act of providence, for the beginning of the Age of Mary, where she will be exalted and glorified by all mankind, who will each and every one become a fervent Catholic. Then will she have completed what she was sent by God to this Earth to do – show herself as our loving Mother, pleading for souls, so as to save us from the pit of hell and take us to the glory of Heaven. Please God, let this restoration happen soon.

“According to my reading of history, the epochs in which Faith is the strongest, piety the most robust, and the church wins her grandest victories, whether in individuals or in nations, are precisely those in which devotion to Our Lady, or the worship of her virtue, is the most diffused, the most vigorous and flourishing.”  ~Dr. Orestes Browning

~Damsel of the Faith

Happy New Year 2017!

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From Steven and I here at Damsel of the Faith blog, we wish all of our readers a happy and holy New Year! As my pastor reminded me today, Happy 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, as well. Let us continue to pray that the Consecration of Russia happens soon, for it is very late and God is much offended with the state of the Church and the world.

Give thanks to God for all the blessing received this past year. Te Deum Laudamus!

“It would be a monstrous ingratitude to receive daily many blessings of the Divine goodness, and not to acknowledge your gratitude, if not in deeds, at any rate, in words and canticles. Besides that, if this gratitude is due to Him, it is no less advantageous to ourselves. God has no need of us, but we have every need of Him. The thanksgiving which we offer to Him adds nothing to what He is, but it helps us to love Him more, and to repose a greater confidence in Him. For if the remembrance of benefits we have received from men induces us to love them more, there can be no doubt that, meditating on the graces which Almighty God has showered upon us, we should naturally feel more desire to love Him, more prompt to obey Him.” ~St. John Chrysostom

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Our Sorrowful Mother

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Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Below is a beautiful meditation on Our Sorrowful Mother. Our Lady of Sorrows is also the Patronal Feast Day of my SSPX chapel, Our Lady of Sorrows in Baton Rouge, La. Let us make reparation to Our Lady of Sorrows for the outrages and sacrileges committed against Her Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart.

Our Lady of Sorrows, ora pro nobis!

 

Reflection on Our Sorrowful Mother

by Rev. Frederick A. Reuter

Darkness had come down over the hills of Judea, and, in the gloom, hills and valley were one. It was the last day of the unredeemed world; the morrow would be the dawn of the first day of the world redeemed by the Death of Christ Our Lord.

Upon one of those hills stood a sorrowing Mother. It was the evening of her sorrow, near its end. The morning began in the long ago, when in the Temple the prophet had told that Mother of a coming sorrow that would pierce her heart as a sword. It grew in intensity in the hurried, anxious flight into Egypt, when fear broke into that stainless heart lest ruffian hands should steal away the Life that had just begun.

hat sorrow changed its tone to grief again, in the weary, aching search of the three days’ loss in Jerusalem; and again the parting of the Son from His Mother, and her meeting Him cross-laden, seemed to her more than she could bear. But this was not all. It surpasses human words to tell all that Mother suffered. One cannot hope to tell the whole story. But one can always look upon the sweet, sorrowful face of the Mother, think of who she was, think of her Son, gaze upon His dead body, all covered with His precious blood, and then answer what it teaches one’s heart of her sorrow. One begins to look upon the face of that Mother, to mourn with her and for one’s sins; to ask the grace to know the depth of the bitterness that welled up in Mary’s heart.

The very meaning of the name of Mary is “sea of bitterness.” How truly this word tells the story of that Mother’s life. The bitterness of the Passion of Christ, ” great as the sea,” was in the heart of Mary from that first dread prophecy. The shadow of the Cross hung its gloom over that bright life, which one would say should have been free from sorrow’s lightest touch. She had a mother’s heart in all its yearning’s for the joy of her Son, and its finest fibers were wrung in response to the beating pulses of His pain. The first pang came with the Circumcision, and increased till the spear opened His side at the crucifixion, till it could increase no more, for the measure of its woe was full; and in that fullness there was no kind of bitterness that she had not tasted. The neglect and the insults at Bethlehem, the inconvenience and fear of the flight were there; and before this, the grief after the Annunciation, when Joseph was “minded to put her away,” a sorrow that she bore in silence alone, and such an intensely painful sorrow to her immaculate Heart; the parting and the Agony and the Passion and the scenes of Calvary –all these tell us of that “sea of bitterness” in Mary’s name.

All this brings her inexpressibly near to us in sympathy. In our trials, and desolation and darkness, we do not realize how near to us she is until we have meditated upon this meaning of her name. In Mary the faculty of sympathy is developed to such a degree that she cannot but feel for each one of our woes. Sympathy would come from the very perfection of that heart, formed with such care and quickened by the greatest graces of God. Mary’s heart is the heart of a Mother ever inclining to comfort her little ones in their distress. For, as among the Greeks, that mercy might temper justice, no one was allowed to be a judge, who was not also a father; so in a much greater degree, will a mother’s justice be tempered by mercy. Besides being a mother, her Son’s sorrows developed still more that character of her soul; and as His sorrows were born for us, even apart from her special relation to us, our sorrows must make a deeper impression on her. When we remember, moreover, that we have been entrusted to her as to our Mother, we understand more fully the meaning of the words of the Salve Regina, that she is a “Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,” and in our sorrow we send up to her a cry of mourning from this vale of tears, that she who was immersed in bitterness may turn her eyes of mercy upon our needs.

Sorrows come home to every human heart; sorrows that are sweet and merciful; sorrows that set the heart against the pitiless world, or seek to make it rebellious against God’s providence; or, again, sorrows that paralyze the heart’s energies, and deaden it to all that is joyful in, life. But, over all these sorrows comes the calm, peaceful glance of the Mother of Sorrows, helping us to sanctify every pang, and to bear all in patience through love for our dear Saviour, her Son.

When the morning of her sorrow had grown into noon, and the evening came, the fullest weight of grief was upon her. The Cross is laid upon Him, and He is brought to Calvary. His Mother meets Him on the way. Their eyes meet. Dimly, through the tears and blood that obscure His sight, Our Lord discerns His Mother’s face, and His glance carried strength to her soul. He summons her, His well- beloved, to ratify the oblation made at Nazareth in the hour of the Incarnation, when she consented to become the Mother of the Man of Sorrows; the oblation made solemnly in the Temple on the day of His Presentation, and renewed again and again as the time of the Passion drew near: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.” At every stage of His Redemption she is His handmaid, waiting upon Him always, His fellow-worker on whose sympathy and absolute fidelity He can rely. No cry of pain escapes her. To bring Him the only comfort in her power–the assurance that she accepts with Him every jot and tittle of the Father’s will; that she does not grudge one pang; that she is ready for more, for the consummation of the Sacrifice, for Calvary–this is her one thought. She cannot speak. Her heart would break with a word to Him. But her eyes, her quivering lips, her clasped hands speak for her. It is but for a moment that the Son and the Mother meet.

“When they have come to the place where they are to crucify Him, she, in her love, is near; as they stretch Him upon the Cross, she hears the dull thud of the hammer as it falls upon the nail that is to pierce His right hand, and the cruel sound it makes as it forces the nail through His sacred Flesh.

Did not that nail drive its way through her own heart? And then comes the nailing of the left hand, and another wound in her heart, and then the strokes that fasten the feet of her Son to the wood of the Cross. The Cross is lifted up, and sinks into the place prepared for it. She hears the sound, and knows that it is increasing the pains in His hands and feet. ”Oh, all you that pass by the way, attend and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow.”

As Mary stands there at the foot of the Cross and looks up to that face–that beautiful face of her Infant of Bethlehem–there comes to her heart the contrast of the joy of that first Christmas and the sorrow of this Good Friday. That little one had grown up beside her, had called her lovingly by the name of mother; and from the gloom of Calvary her heart goes back to the home at Nazareth, and the crib of Bethlehem, and it seems as if her heart is broken. This is the realization of Simeon’s prophecy; the sword has pierced her heart, indeed.

But when a mother sees her son grow up, and when his life is full of the promise of manhood, in all the glory of his youth he is suddenly taken away from her, who will measure the desolation and the darkness and the sadness that sweep over her life? Her hopes are broken, her dreams scattered, her soul crushed. In the night of her grief, it seems to her that there is nothing in life worth living for. She is alone, and the great sorrowing love welling up in her heart has not whereon to put itself. If this be true of a mother’s love for her child, where was there a mother with such a child as Jesus? Where a mother with such great, strong, tender love as the Blessed Virgin Mary had for her Son? And unless we know who Jesus was, unless we understand His infinite holiness His tenderness, His goodness, His divine amiability and His own love for that Mother; unless we can penetrate into the mysteries of that beautiful heart of Mary, we can never fully understand the sorrow of that afternoon on Calvary. As she stood gazing upward there, she heard Him speak. But, oh, how, changed that voice from long ago; She heard Him speak the word “Mother.” And after those other words were spoken, as she was looking up, she saw those eyes close, and heard that last word, and Jesus, her Son, was dead.

The desolation and the sorrow, and the grief and the resignation of the Mother of Jesus! He was dead! “The most beautiful of the sons of men.” Now there was no comeliness in Him. He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, one wound from the crown of His head to the soles of His feet. He was wounded for our iniquities, and by His bruises we are healed. When they lift that Body from the Cross, and place it in the arms of His heart-broken Mother; when in her grief she clasps her arms about Him to forget all the world and be alone with Him in spirit, truly we ask: “Was there ever a sorrow like that sorrow?” Can we enter deeper into that mystery of sorrow?

There is indeed a deeper depth: but it is enough With these pictures and memories before us, we should let the thought of them sink deep into our hearts. We naturally feel disposed to sympathy with that Mother, and sorrow for the sufferings of Jesu Christ; sorrow and love and sympathy in union with the hearts of Jesus and Mary. There is no better means of offering the reparation in which, as Associates in the Apostleship of Prayer, we are all engaged. The very day of the Feast of Mary’s Sorrows, which is kept in September, is our own day for Communions of Reparation. Although a day commemorative of mourning, it still goes by the name of Feast. Feast of the Seven Sorrows, the Church terms it, and so dear is that Feast that the Calendar offers it to our celebration twice a year. It is rightly dear to the Church, and justly named Feast. Mary’s Sorrows were a cause of our joy.

Nativity of Our Lady

Happy Birthday to Our Lady, the pure, holy, spotless and Immaculate Mother of God!

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Here is a meditation for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Fr. Francis Xavier Weinger, 1876.  Happy Birthday to Our Lady, the pure, holy, spotless and Immaculate Mother of God!

“What an one, think ye, shall this child be?”–Luke i, 66.

When St. John, the precursor of our Lord, first saw the light of day, and when his father’s tongue was loosed, as he wrote the name of the child, people wondered and said: “What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.”

This child was to be the forerunner of our Lord, of Him who is to be the Saviour of the world, to prepare for Him a way by which to enter the hearts of the children of men. Had the neighbors, when they first saw the child, but known his high vocation, they…

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