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St. Athanasius, Pope St. Pius X, Archbishop Lefebvre and today’s crisis (Pt. 2)

Part I on this post here: https://damselofthefaith.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/st-athanasius-pope-st-pius-x-archbishop-lefebvre-and-todays-crisis/

“I make an urgent appeal to the earth. I call on the true disciples of the living God who reigns in Heaven; I call on the true followers of Christ made man, the only true Saviour of men; I call on my children, the true faithful, those who have given themselves to me so that I may lead them to my Divine Son, those whom I carry in my arms, so to speak, those who have lived on my spirit. Finally, I call on the Apostles of the Last Days, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in scorn for the world and for themselves, in poverty and in humility, in scorn and in silence, in prayer and in mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world.  It is time they came out and filled the world with light. Go and reveal yourselves to be my cherished children. I am at your side and within you, provided that your faith is the light which shines upon you in these unhappy days.  May your zeal make you famished for the glory and the honour of Jesus Christ. Fight, children of light, you, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times, the end of all ends.”

The famous words of the Mother of God at LaSalette speak to us today.   She forewarned us of the Passion and eclipse of the Church that we are currently living through.

She warned us because She loves us.  Not one facet of the Church has not been touched and altered, not one. This has led to the loss of Faith, also known as the eclipse of the Church.  The true Faith has been eclipsed by the enemies of the Church who do not want the light of the truth to shine upon the world so that it might be saved.  What is one to do?  Our Lady of LaSalette calls upon us to fight, as is our duty, for we are the Church Militant, doing battle for our souls, most importantly. However, we are also to do battle for the True Faith and to guard and protect that Faith, for in all times there must be valiant soldiers and warriors to fight against the current revolution leading souls to perdition. Today’s revolution is that of Modernism and two such warriors of God were Pope St. Pius X and Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who both followed in the footsteps of St. Athanasius.

Those who have the True Faith are those “cherished children” and “Apostles of the Latter Days” that Our Lady spoke of.  We are those of Prophecy, those called to do great things for the Church, to suffer during Her most bitter Passion and to usher in the long awaited restoration of the Church.

It is our duty to fight against Modernism.  Our Lord’s Church is and always will be the same.  Our Lord placed a barrier between the things of the world and the things of God.  Those who are friends of the world are enemies of God and are no friends of the Church.  Hear the words of the great Pope, St. Pius X on this most pernicious of errors:

“The true friends of the people are neither the revolutionaries nor the innovators. They are the traditionalists.” -Letter on the Sillon, August 25, 1910

Indeed, for it is the traditionalists who hold the Faith, whole and entire.  Either you are fully Catholic or you are not. There is no middle ground, as Pope Benedict XV said:

“The nature of the Catholic Faith is such that nothing can be added to it, nothing taken away.  Either it is held in its entirety, or it is rejected totally.  This is the Catholic Faith, which unless a man believes faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.” 

If one is truly Catholic, one will assent to and believe everything the Church teaches in her doctrines and dogmas including all the traditions, disciplines, laws, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the True Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass.  Hear St. Vincent of Lerins:

“Now in the Catholic Church itself we take the greatest care to hold that which has been believed everywhere, always and by all. That is truly and properly ‘Catholic,’ as is shown by the very force and meaning of the word, which comprehends everything almost universally. We shall hold to this rule if we follow universality, antiquity, and consent. We shall follow universality if we acknowledge that one Faith to be true which the whole Church throughout the world confesses; antiquity if we in no wise depart from those interpretations which it is clear that our ancestors and fathers proclaimed; consent, if in antiquity itself, we keep following the definitions and opinions of all, or certainly nearly all, Bishops and Doctors alike.

What then will the Catholic Christian do, if a small part of the Church has cut itself off from the communion of the universal Faith? The answer is sure. He will prefer the healthiness of the whole body to the morbid and corrupt limb.

But what if some novel contagions try to infect the whole Church, and not merely a tiny part of it? Then he will take care to cleave to antiquity, which cannot now be led astray by any deceit of novelty.

What if in antiquity itself two or three men, or it may be a city, or even a whole province be detected in error? Then he will take the greatest care to prefer the decrees of the ancient General Councils, if there are such, to the irresponsible ignorance of a few men.

But what if some error arises regarding which nothing of this sort is to be found? Then he must do his best to compare the opinions of the Fathers and inquire their meaning, provided always that, though they belonged to diverse times and places, they yet continued in the faith and communion of the one Catholic Church; and let them be teachers approved and outstanding. And whatever he shall find to have been held, approved and taught, not by one or two only but by all equally and with one consent, openly, frequently, and persistently, let him take this as to be held by him without the slightest hesitation.”

How is one to fight this revolution?  By cleaving to the True Faith and helping as many souls as possible to do the same.  Either the Church was right in Her teaching and practice for 1,500 years or She was wrong.  If She was wrong, Our Lord would be a deceiver and a liar, for the gates of hell would have long ago prevailed against the Church.  Did the Church suddenly finally figure out who She was 50 years ago?  Indeed not and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.  Satan decided to infiltrate the Church as never before, causing chaos and confusion, doubt, despair, pain and destruction.  The Master of lies is behind Modernism and He is behind the falling away from the Faith.  He robbed Catholics of their religion and thinks he can do damage control.  We will win in the end, for we are the counter-revolution doing battle against the revolution, for the restoration of the Church.

We are fighting against the enemy within the Church.  Modernism is the enemy within the Church.

“Henceforth the enemy of the Church is no longer outside the Church; he is now within.”  ~Encyclical Esupremi apostolatus, October 4, 1903

“One of the primary obligations assigned by Christ to the office committed to Us of feeding the Lord’s flock is that of guarding with the greatest vigilance the Deposit of Faith delivered to the Saints, rejecting the profane novelties of words, and the gainsaying of knowledge falsely so-called…. We may no longer keep silent [against the Modernists], lest we should seem to fail in our essential duty.” ~Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907, Sec. 1

We must not approve of the actions of the Modernists.  We must condemn all that harms the Faith and the good of the Church, for the sake of souls.  The Modernists do not have the good of the Church in mind.  They seek her destruction.  Pope St. Pius X has said it.

25-Card-Sarto-Procession-Venice-1890s“The partisans of errors are to be sought not only among the Church’s open enemies; but, what is to be most dreaded and deplored, in her very bosom, and are the more mischievous the less they keep in the open. We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, and what is much more sad, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church.”  ~Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

“Modernists vent all their bitterness and hatred on Catholics who zealously fight the battles of the church. There is no species of insult which they do not heap upon them, but their usual course is to charge them with ignorance or obstinacy. When an adversary rises up against them with an erudition and force that renders them redoubtable, they seek to make a conspiracy of silence around him to nullify the effects of his attack.”   ~Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

Indeed, they do vent their hatred upon us because we are Catholic.  Today, there is no conspiracy of silence.  The battle is out in the open and it is fierce.  During this Pontificate, we have seen the ongoing dismantling of a thriving Catholic Religious Order, the Franciscans of the Immaculate, as one example.  We are seen as the harsh, rigid fanatics today.  All we do is practice the Faith as it has always been practiced.  The problem is that the Church has been overtaken by those who are not Catholic.  Why do we continue to be hated?  Because the Modernists know they have little time left. They can think the victory is theirs but the victory lies with Our Lord Jesus Christ and his instruments of restoration, whoever that may be that still clings to antiquity and the Catholic Faith of 2,000 years.

“For Catholics, nothing will remove the authority of the Second Council of Nicaea, where it condemns those who dare, after the impious fashion of heretics to deride ecclesiastical traditions, to invent novelties of some kind or to endeavor by malice or craft to overthrow any one of the legitimate traditions of the Catholic Church.”   ~Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

No one can remove the authority of any Council of the Church.  They can be ignored, but at one’s own peril.

This Council of Nicea stated:

“If anyone rejects any written or unwritten Tradition of the Church, let him be anathema.”

“They lay the ax not to the branches and shoots, but to the very root, that is, to the faith and its deepest fibers. And once having struck at this root of immortality, they proceed to diffuse poison through the whole tree so that there is no part of the Catholic truth which they leave untouched, none that they do not strive to corrupt. Further, none is more skillful, none more astute than they, in the employment of a thousand noxious devices, for they play the double part of rationalist and Catholic, and this so craftily that they easily lead the unwary into error; and as audacity is their chief characteristic, there is no conclusion of any kind from which they shrink or which they do not thrust forward with pertinacity and assurance.”   ~Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

A tactic of the Modernists is to teach both error and truth to cover up their evil.  Discarding tradition and inventing novelties has been the defining element of the Modernists. They work swiftly and cunningly, all the while convincing those ignorant sheep that they are doing what is best for the Church and requiring their obedience but the great Archbishop Lefebvre one said:

“Blind obedience is an oxymoron, and no one is exempt from responsibility for having obeyed men rather than God. It is too easy to say, “As for me, I’m obeying. If he’s mistaken, then I’ll be mistaken with him. I prefer to be wrong with the pope than to be right against the pope!” This should be construed as “I prefer to be against our Lord Jesus Christ with the pope than to be with our Lord Jesus Christ against the pope!” Incredible! We are for our Lord Jesus Christ and, consequently, insofar as the pope is truly the Vicar of Christ and acts as the Vicar of Christ and gives us the light of Christ, we are, of course, ready to close our eyes and follow him everywhere. But since this light is no longer that of our Lord Jesus Christ and they are leading us towards new horizons explicitly called new–they do not make a secret of it; everything is new: new code of canon law, new missal…new ecclesiology–that’s no longer any good at all….The resistance must be public if the evil is public and an object of scandal, according to St. Thomas.”  ~Archbishop Lefebvre

“Satan’s masterstroke is to have succeeded in sowing disobedience to all Tradition through obedience.”  ~Archbishop Lefebvre

The sin of pride is behind Modernism.

“But it is pride which exercises an incomparably greater sway over the soul to blind it and plunge it into error, and pride sits in Modernism as in its own house, finding sustenance everywhere in its doctrines and an occasion to flaunt itself in all its aspects. It is pride which fills Modernists with that confidence in themselves and leads them to hold themselves up as the rule for all, pride which puffs them up with that vainglory which allows them to regard themselves as the sole possessors of knowledge, and makes them say, inflated with presumption, We are not as the rest of men, and which, to make them really not as other men, leads them to embrace all kinds of the most absurd novelties; it is pride which rouses in them the spirit of disobedience and causes them to demand a compromise between authority and liberty; it is pride that makes of them the reformers of others, while they forget to reform themselves, and which begets their absolute want of respect for authority, not excepting the supreme authority. No, truly, there is no road which leads so directly and so quickly to Modernism as pride. When a Catholic laymen or a priest forgets that precept of the Christian life which obliges us to renounce ourselves if we would follow Jesus Christ and neglects to tear pride from his heart, ah! but he is a fully ripe subject for the errors of Modernism. Hence, Venerable Brethren, it will be your first duty to thwart such proud men, to employ them only in the lowest and obscurest offices; the higher they try to rise, the lower let them be placed, so that their lowly position may deprive them of the power of causing damage. Sound your young clerics, too, most carefully, by yourselves and by the directors of your seminaries, and when you find the spirit of pride among any of them reject them without compunction from the priesthood. Would to God that this had always been done with the proper vigilance and constancy.”   ~Encyclical Letter Pascendi Dominici Gregis, September 8, 1907

The first sin of mankind was pride.  No surprise that it should be the driving force behind the destruction of the Church.  A cleric is to live for Our Lord and His Church and to set aside his life and opinions.  What matters is what the Church teaches, for the teachings of the Church are the teachings of Christ.  If you reject one teaching of the Church in your obstinacy, you reject Christ.  If you reject the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Traditional Mass, you reject Christ, for it is Christ who has given us that Mass for our sanctification.  It would not be the Mass of the Church, if that were not true. The Church has not been wrong for 1,950.  Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre understood thus clearly and founded a society for the preservation of the Catholic Priesthood so the Catholic Mass would be saved, that souls would be saved from the destruction of Modernism.  Where would the Church be without Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre?  The Traditional Latin Mass would no longer exist. There would be no Diocesan Indult, if it were not for the Archbishop’s work.  One day, he will be acknowledged as a hero and venerated as a saint for preserving the Catholic Mass and Priesthood. The Archbishop took his episcopal duty seriously.  As a Bishop, his duty was to pass on the True Faith he had received and he did so honorably.  Additionally, he demonstrated heroic virtue in fighting against the revolution, Modernism, in his life work, example and sermons.

Pope St. Pius X and Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, ora pro nobis and intercede for us in our continuing fight against the synthesis of all heresies, Modernism, until one day we can say the enemy has been vanquished, the sun arises, the altars are restored, the Te Deum is sung from St. Peters at the coronation of the Angelic Pope flanked by his Great Monarch and the Church is returned to her former glory of making saints and saving souls, her one and only mission given to her by Her Master and Founder, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

~Damsel of the Faith

St. Athanasius, Pope St. Pius X, Archbishop Lefebvre and today’s crisis (Pt. 1)

During the time of the Arian heresy, St. Athansius fought for and defended the Church of God, when the vast majority of the Catholic world, including the clergy, succumbed to the heresy of Arianism, the denial of the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We can find a parallel in today’s crisis, but today is much worse than at the time of the Arian heresy. Today, the Catholic world, including most of the clergy, have succumbed to the heresy of Modernism. Modernism is the synthesis of all heresies that exist.  Nothing can be worse than the dreaded heresy of Modernism.  Pope St. Pius X and Archbishop Lefebvre were two modern day St. Athanasius, for they were both prophets of God and both warned us of this Modernist heresy and the current crisis inflicting the Church.

Just as at the time of the Arian heresy, Arians occupied the churches with their heresies so also today do the Modernists occupy the churches.  The following letter of St. Athanasius to his flock could have been written yesterday:

“May God console you! … What saddens you … is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way …

“You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day.

Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray.  Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.

This reminds us of Archbishop Lefebvre, who I believe carried on the work of Pope St. Pius X.  I believe it was Providence that convinced the Archbishop to name his Society after Pope St. Pius X. Archbishop Lefebvre encouraged Catholics to remain faithful to the True Faith, no matter what. Repeatedly, he condemned the direction the Church was taking, despite the hatred and persecution that came his way from all sides.  This man will be honored and recognized as a hero when this crisis has done the last of its evil work, for the Archbishop will be recognized as the defender of the Church and the Mass during the greatest crisis in Her history.  Here are a few quotes of his:

“We know now with whom we have to deal. We know perfectly well that we are dealing with a “diabolical hand” which is located at Rome, and which is demanding, by obedience, the destruction of the Church! And this is why we have the right and the duty to refuse this obedience… I believe that I have the right to ask these gentlemen who present themselves in offices which were occupied by Cardinals… “Are you with the Catholic Church?” “Are you the Catholic Church?” “With whom am I dealing?” If I am dealing with someone who has a pact with Masonry, have I the right to speak with such a person? Have I the duty to listen to them and to obey them?” (Archbishop Lefebvre, 1978, Ordination Sermon, “Apologia Pro Marcel Lefebvre”, Vol. 2, p.209, Michael Davies)

“I shall not give the Church’s destroyers an easy conscience by handing over to them what belongs only to God, to the Faithful, to the Church of all time. (1976)

We believe and accept our faith as the only true faith in the world. All this confusion ends up in compromises, which destroy the Church’s doctrines, for the misfortune of mankind and the church alike.” (Archbishop Lefebvre, interview, 1978)

I have preached and done what the Church has always taught. I have never changed what the Church said in the Council of Trent and at the First Vatican Council. So who has changed? It is the enemy, as Pope St. Pius X said, the enemy who is working within the Church because he wants the Church to be finished with her tradition.” (Archbishop Lefebvre, Homily, Venice, April 7, 1980)

We therefore choose to keep it and we cannot be mistaken in clinging to what the Church has taught for two thousand years. The crisis is profound, cleverly organized and directed, and by this token one can truly believe that the master mind is not a man but Satan himself. For it is a master-stroke of Satan to get Catholics to disobey the whole of Tradition in the name of obedience […] St. Thomas Aquinas, to whom we must always refer, goes so far in the “Summa Theological” as to ask whether the “fraternal correction” prescribed by Our Lord can be exercised towards our superiors. After having made all the appropriate distinctions he replies: “One can exercise fraternal correction towards superiors when it is a matter of faith.” (Archbishop Lefebvre, “Open Letter to Confused Catholics”, 1986)

You are working to dechristianize society and the Church, and we are working to Christianize them.” (Archbishop Lefebvre to Cardinal Ratzinger, 1987)

In the Church there is no law or jurisdiction which can impose on a Christian the diminution of his faith. All the faithful can and should resist what interferes with their faith… If they are faced with an order putting their faith in danger of corruption, there is an overriding duty to disobey… It is because we judge that our faith is endangered by the post-conciliar reforms and tendencies, that we have the duty to disobey and keep Tradition. Let us add this, that the greatest service we can render to the Church and to the successor of Peter is to reject the reformed and liberal church… I am not of that religion, I do not accept that new religion. It is a liberal, modernist religion. Christians are divided… priests no longer know what to do; either they obey blindly what their superiors impose on them, and lose to some degree the faith, or they resist, but with the feeling of separating themselves from the Pope. Two religions confront each other; we are in a dramatic situation, it is impossible to avoid a choice.” (Archbishop Lefebvre, 1986, “Open Letter to Confused Catholics”)

We are not of this new religion! We do not accept this new religion! We are of the religion of all time; we are of the Catholic religion. We are not of this “universal religion” as they call it today – this is not the Catholic religion any more. We are not of this liberal, modernist religion which has its own worship, its own priests, its own faith, its own catechisms, its own “ecumenical” Bible. We cannot accept these things. They are contrary to our Faith. It is an immense, immense pain for us, to think that we are in difficulty with Rome because of our faith! We are in a truly dramatic situation. We have to choose an appearance of disobedience – for the Holy Father cannot ask us to abandon our faith; it is impossible, impossible! We choose not to abandon our faith, for in that we cannot go wrong.” (Archbishop Lefebvre, Ordination Sermon, June 29, 1976)

 

On the Modernists, he states:

“So we are to be excommunicated by Modernists, by people who have been condemned by previous popes.  So what can that really do?  We are condemned by men who are themselves condemned…” ( Archbishop Lefebvre, Press conference, Ecône, June 15 1988)

The Archbishop cried out from he depths of his heart and soul because he cared about the souls of the Church and the world.  His one goal was the salvation of souls and for this reason and this reason alone, he adhered to the True Faith and the True Mass.

What is Modernism exactly?  It is nothing more than Protestantism and Naturalism in the Church. The Modernists seek to reinterpret the teachings of the Catholic Church in light of 19th century historical and philosophical ideas, especially those on the freedom of conscience.  The Modernists seek to reinterpret Catholic teachings according to personal religious experience and the current spirit of the age.  This heresy characterizes a break with the Catholic past.  After all, who was it that robbed Catholics of their Sacred Faith, encompassed in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the disciplines, traditions, all that made the Church and Christendom so great? It was the Modernists.  The Modernists believed that they could fashion the Church into their image, hence the term “Church of Man” that we hear so often.  The Church of Man is not the Church of God. We could say that the “Church of Man” is a church within the Church, for they both work for opposing aims. The True Church of God cares about only one thing – the salvation of souls.  The “Church of Man” works to make the earth a paradise and it is all fashioned on naturalist ideas, on heresies (as demonstrated in the “Descent of the Modernists” chart.  We can see that Modernism leads to Atheism).  We were not made for this world. Modernism seeks to make man comfortable here, to make man “feel good” about themselves. The Modernists seek to change Catholic doctrine so it will please modern man.  We saw this clearly at the recent Synod.  The overall teaching of Modernism is that dogma can evolve over time, which means that the Church can change and “get with the times.”  The Church is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Truth doesn’t change.  Our Lord is the Truth and He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  The same can be said of His Church for He and His Church are one.

A Modernist believes that the expression of dogma/doctrine can change.  For example, with the recent Synod we heard much talk of allowing people in mortal sin to commit sacrilege, but at the same time, we heard that the doctrine would not change.  If we alter the expression, we alter the substance.  This is the goal of the Modernists.  They just do it subtly and slyly.

Pope St. Pius X said: “Attempting to reconcile our Faith with the modern mentality leads not only to weakening of that Faith, but to its total destruction.”

Pope St. Pius X outed the Modernists. This was a hallmark of his pontificate.  He foresaw the incalculable damage the Modernists would do if given free rein and he did all in his power to condemn them.  It is as clear as day that Our Lord allowed them to do that very incalculable damage to his Church, for the Modernists reconciled the Faith with the modern mentality, claiming that this was the best for the Church. I say, by their fruits you will know them! The fruits of their work are bitter, bitter for the world and for the Church.  Whole nations have apostasied from the True Faith and offered their incense to their own gods, instead of worshiping Our Lord Jesus Christ and remaining faithful to the Catholic Faith of 2,000 years.

Pope St. Pius X, another St. Athansius of our time, cried out that the wolf was entering the sheepfold ready to devour all in its path.

Returning to the apostasy, on that subject Pope Pius X had this to say:

“Who can fail to see that society is at the present time, more than in any past age, suffering from a terrible and deep-rooted malady which, developing every day and eating into its inmost being, is dragging it to destruction? You understand, Venerable Brethren, what this disease is—apostasy from God… When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the ‘Son of Perdition’ [Antichrist] of whom the Apostle speaks.

If he questioned whether the Antichrist was in the world in his day, what would he say today, seeing the fruits of the Modernism he tried so hard to banish from the Church?

“They want them [the Modernists] to be treated with oil, soap, and caresses. But they should be beaten with fists. In a duel, you don’t count or measure the blows, you strike as you can. War is not made with charity: it is a struggle, a duel. If Our Lord were not terrible, He would not have given an example in this too. See how he treated the Philistines, the sowers of error, the wolves in sheep’s clothing, the traders: He scourged them with whips!”

One can see the similarities between these three great men of the Church, for they all fought during their times against the heresies of their times, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls. Indeed, the world woke up to find itself Arian.  Today, the Church woke up to find itself Modernist.

The wolf must no longer be allowed to lead souls to perdition.

Pray for the conversion of the Modernists to the True Faith, while they still have time to repent, for when they face the Just Judge they will not be “treated with oil, soap and caresses” because the Just Judge will ask then – “What have you done to My Church, my priests and bishops?”

Part II of this post here: https://damselofthefaith.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/st-athanasius-pope-st-pius-x-archbishop-lefebvre-and-todays-crisis-pt-2/

~Damsel of the Faith