I will be taking a necessary summer break, and thus will, most likely, not be posting again until after August 2. I am keenly aware of what has been happening in the Church, such as the (disappointing) appointment of Archbishop Gerhard Müller as new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Bishop Fellay considering the reconciliation process as being “back to square one”; the convocation of the the General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X which is weighing momentous decisions.
I am really convinced that things will only get darker and more confused due to the diabolical disorientation emanating from the very top. Be wary of the less-than-orthodox in our hierarchy who put forth questionable doctrine, distort our Faith, and muddy the clarity of Truth. In order to be believed, they may first disarm the naive by claiming that we must put full trust in the Church. But before giving ear to them, remember that the Church has two components: that of the divine, and that of the purely human. Weigh everything they say, and if it measures up to Apostolic tradition – notice I did not say “living tradition” – that is a sign of the divine and infallible element of Holy Mother Church. That we can fully trust. God never changes; God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Any novelty, even if pronounced by an angel, a Prefect of the CDF, a bishop, or a pope will be but the human element, and that we must reject. In that case, it would only appear that Holy Mother Church is making a pronouncement, but in reality, it would only be the fallible, human element speaking.
Let’s pray for a stronger faith while lovingly performing our daily duty and making everything we do an act of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Never let a day go by without praying your rosary! I think of the rosary as my “eye-glasses” through which our Lady pours into me the graces needed to more clearly “see” the dangers which threaten my faith.
Since tomorrow is the 95 anniversary of the July 13 apparition at Fatima, it would be most opportune to recall and to meditate on the words of our Lady. It has been God’s good pleasure to tell His Church, that “only She can help you”. It is sad that 95 years later, so many Catholics still don’t believe this. Try as they may – dialogue, ecumenism, “New Evangelization”, (remember when “Renew” was the fad?) unapproved apparitions, Reform of the Reform – anything and everything other than what God has asked, will fail! He has asked for promulgation of the First Saturday devotions and the consecration of Russia!
The 13th of July, 1917 – From Sr. Lucia’s Memoirs
A few moments after arriving at the Cova da Iria, near the holm oak, where a large number of people were praying the Rosary, we saw the flash of light once more, and a moment later Our lady appeared on the holm oak.
“What do you want of me?” I asked.
“I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only she can help you.”
“I would like to ask you to tell us who you are, and to work a miracle so that everybody will believe that you are appearing to us.”
“Continue to come here every month. In October, I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe.”
Our Lady of Fatima, our Sweetness and our Hope!