The Thirteenth Century is well known as the "Century of the Saints" for God raised up so many notable holy men and women during the 1200's as we can see from Sts. Francis, Anthony of Padua, Dominic, Simon Stock, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, and so many more including St. John of Matha whose feast we celebrated earlier this week. Add to this list the Seven Servite Founders, whose feast we celebrate on February 12. These seven men, led by Sts. Alessio de' Falconieri and Buonfiglio dei Monaldi left the world and followed the promptings of the Mother of God to found an order that would be dedicated to Our Lady's Seven Sorrows as the Servants of Mary, known as the Servites. For more on the fruits of the Seven, see Feast of the Seven Holy Servite Founders


        For the past few chapters the Blessed Mother of God has been counseling St. Bridget and today she finishes by lamenting on how few her friends are and how it saddened her so. Then she turns it over to her divine Son Who speaks to the bride with parables again, this time as flowers budding forth on a magnficent tree and the need for St. Bridget to keep three houses in which she will find all that is necessary for her temporal well-being in order to enhance her spiritual well-being. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. We should learn from chapter twenty-three of Book Two with Structures for blossoming


With every passing day souls are weakening, vulnerable to the roaring lion who is satan, going about the world seeking the ruin of souls and devouring whomever he might because man has become so pliable to the platitudes of the world, the flesh and the devil. Because of explosive current events and because stagnant is not the answer, editor Michael Cain chose the day of healing on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes to ask the true bishops to heal the hurts which begins by burying the hatchets. If they can't do that, there won't be any trees to preen because they will have fallen. For them to continue to hesitate over petty prejudices will make it too late. We can't afford to wait and, before the heavenly Throne, we must try to bring the true successors of the Apostles together sooner rather than later; then let God do the rest. This is, if you will, an Open Letter to the Traditional Bishops, a plea to do all they can to save souls by coming together. If they don't do it now, when? That is the crux of the matter of what Cain urges in this 2011 State of the Soul Address


        How fitting that Our Lady's visit to St. Bridget in chapter twenty-three of the Revelations and Prophecies imparted to this holy mystic and virgin of Sweden would fall on the same day as we celebrate Our Lady's visit to another virgin, St. Bernadette Soubirous at the Grotto above the River Gave. In both the Blessed Mother imparted words of wisdom and humility that serves as a blueprint for eternal happiness. To St. Bridget she explained how humility is likened to a cloak, and how the characteristics of true humility and its wonderful fruits protect one from the wind, rain and hail of distraction, interference and temptation. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. We should learn from chapter twenty-three of Book Two with Take shelter in humility


No, the above headline has nothing to do with the song of the 50's but rather a song for the ages in carrying out the two greatest Commandments. In these last days before we enter the penitential season, love is in the air. And, no, we are not referring to the commercialization of the feast of the holy martyr St. Valentine, but rather a reminder of how much God loves us that the Father sent His only-begotten Son that we might have life everlasting and have it abundantly as Christ affirmed in St. John 10: 10. It has often been said that love begins in the heart, and it does but in a way few are willing to recognize for that heart, which miraculously is the core of life fashioned by God to pump blood to our mortal bodies will cease once the blood stops flowing and the flesh withers and dies. But how we lived while that heart was working is the key to whether the real core of our lives - the soul - lives on in eternal bliss or is relegated to the abyss of hell to forever suffer. Therefore, the Infinite established two great commandments for finite man to follow, to love God first and foremost, and then to love ourselves and our fellow man because of our love for Him. Jesus said it so clearly that one cannot love Him if one does not keep His Commandments. Yet so few realize this fact and therein lies the biggest obstacle to true love which is so simply laid out in step twenty-seven That Virtue Called Love


   No, the headline above has nothing to do with the movie of the same name, but today we've been programmed to think so because so many have subscribed to placing importance in things that are unimportant in the overall picture of salvation. It is something Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey addressed in his article posted yesterday at Still Nothing Super About the Super Bowl. Lost in the coal of many ideas that have fueled the destruction of the faith and family values, is the diamond he included that we want to highlight here so all will realize what a treasure he has provided in which a concerned Catholic mother puts to pen how her mission in life is to do all in her power to get her offspring to Heaven. No greater love does a mother have than to give her life for her children and most mothers do, but too often the world trumps the maternal wisdom learned at a mother's knee, those times when children learned to pray, to turn to Jesus and His Immaculate Mother and to learn their Baltimore catechism, to understand the concept of First and Last Things, so that they could pass on the holy Faith to their children. Today, that progression is, if you will, a lost art, for satan has so oversaturated minds and hearts, that to adhere to the solid principles taught in their youth is today a conflict with their daily life if they have succumbed to the world, the flesh and the devil. Thanks to Vatican II and the failure of the Church to be the guardian of souls, too many children have and therein the following letter, taken as an excerpt from Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's excellent perspective on how the world has made the Super Bowl the Mecca of modernism and worship at its altar, should not only be a tremendous wake-up call, but also serve as a blueprint for every parent to utilize in doing all in their power to win their children back from the abyss. See A Heartfelt Letter from a Concerned Catholic Mom


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    Most recent pertinent articles from Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey at Christ or chaos:

  • American Pots Lecturing Egyptian Pots As Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey reminds all, no amount of naturalistic solutions is going to simmer the chaotic cauldron boiling over in Egypt and other hot spots in the Middle East, especially the hypocritical hypotheses advanced by the likes of Obama and Hillary Clinton who, we don't need to remind you, are the epitome of promoters of murder in the womb - a crime far worse than overthrowing a corrupt government which our own has become, by the way. Tom points out the great saints who God raised in the very land Christ lived in fulfillment of the Scriptures and the sad state the Holy Land and Egypt have fallen into because of their rejection of the Holy Trinity and the one True and only Church Jesus instituted for all to cling to, to believe and be baptized as He asserted in St. Mark 16: 15-16 for those who do not shall be condemned. Pray for the clueless souls throughout the world who put so much importance on their physical needs and so very little on the state of their soul. 1-30

    Also see Tom's latest in this same vein, Not Interested in "Assisi III" 2-2



    Evidence from other sites that the "operation of error" St. Paul refers to is the counterfeit church of conciliarism:

    If Ratzinger has his way, another Vatican II time bomb, one he helped plant, is about to explode soon and that would be handing out the Novus Ordo cookie and kool-aid to Protestants. Now Traditional Catholics know said 'sacraments' are not true Sacraments, but the 95% out there still duped by the "operation of error" don't realize this and will be puddy in the hands of the Modernists towards a One World Religion which Benedict xvi is heading toward, ever since his periti days in the early sixties. Stay tuned and pray more will be given the grace to see what's really going on in the Morphing of the Mess


    From Traditio we see that the SSPX's Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay is finally beginning to feel the heat and see the truth of our Lord's words about Mammon. Ratzinger and all he represents would be Mammon and we doubt His Excellency wants to give in to Mammon...at least we hope and pray he wont', though the last year has looked very much like he might considering the fallout within the Society beginning with Bishop Richard Williamson, no doubt under pressure from Modernist Rome and his hedgefunder Maximilian Krah who has squandered SSPX funds and caused many to call for Fellay's resignation. Perhaps this heat is causing the recent signs that Bishop Fellay is flip-flopping once again




    The Fatima Prayers
    My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee; and I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee.
    (repeat the above 3 times then bow your head in reciting the following:)

        O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in tabernacles throughout the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in unison with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

        O Most Holy Trinity, I addore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament!

        O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the conversion of poor sinners.

  • Today on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we turn to the Virgin Mother for healing of hearts and souls. Like the woman St. John saw "clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars over her heart", the Virgin of Lourdes "is clothed in a robe and veil as white as snow, she wears a blue girdle and on her bare feet rests a golden rose", all symbolic of her virginal love. She exhorts to penance the unfortunate children of Eve who have not been like herself preserved from sin. On the day of the Annunciation she declared her name to us, to manifest that it is on account of the Incarnation that God has vouchsafed to her "not to be tainted with the original stain." Remembering that Mary is "the ark of the new covenant", let us go with confidence to her who "full of grace' visits our earth to multiply in us the gifts of her riches and provide the healing salve for our sins. Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes


          Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. The glorious Virgin's doctrinal teaching to her daughter about spiritual and temporal wisdom and about which of them one ought to imitate, and how spiritual wisdom leads a person to everlasting consolation no matter how steep the mountain, how difficult the struggle or how dark the exterior for it is what is beneath, inside, that proves the victor whereas temporal wisdom, no matter how easy the road may seem nor how bright the surface facade, leads to eternal damnation as seen in chapter twenty-two of Book Two with Wisdom of the Spirit or of the Flesh?


    Often overshadowed by her more famous brother St. Benedict, good St. Scholastica had a way of dealing with the head of great Order he founded. The well-known story of St. Scholastica, knowing she was going to die soon but not able to put in proper words to her brother, called upon God to open the floodgates in response to her prayers with rain when it was as clear as the stars outside. The torrents prevented Benedict from returning to his monastery and for the next three days they remained together, speaking of things of Heaven and the subsequent sight of the dove lifting toward Heaven upon her death. John Gregory provides insight into this for her feast, calling upon the account of Pope St. Gregory VII, the Benedictine monk Hildebrand, as recorded in The Liturgical Year by the Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger. For the Feast of St. Scholastica see, God's Dove of Love: St. Scholastica


          In chapter twenty-one we discover the words of the glorious Virgin to her daughter on how Christ was taken down from the cross as she confides her own bitterness and sweetness at the passion of her Son in a verbal Pieta of Mary's inner feelings. Then our Lady illustrates how the soul is symbolized by a virgin and the love of the world and the love of God by two youths, and finally the qualities the soul should have as a virgin. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. As always Mary leads us to Jesus and does so in chapter twenty of Book Two through her The Guiding Light for Virgins


    The good holy Doctor of the Church St. Cyril of Alexandria would be so saddened to see the total upheaval of his beloved Alexandria today, but then that very cataclysm began two centuries after his death and the Muslim curse remains there today, threatening to expand globally. This He was the Patriarch of Egypt. He is known for defending "Theotokos" - the dogma of Mary as Mother of God. As many bishops in the early centuries, he was used and duped by the Arian prelates, but the Holy Ghost won out and rather than caving to the heretics, this Doctor became one of holy Mother Church's staunchest defenders and presided over the Third Ecumenical Council - the Council of Ephesus; a manifestation taht the last shall be first for this man who was once deposed, was invited to represent the Sovereign Pontiff at the council of Ephesus. He stood tall when all about him were caving to heresy, mainly because of his sincere unyielding devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, honoring her as Christ asks us to honor His Mother. Like the Prodigal Son, he repented of having taken part in the persecution of St. John Chrysostom and made amends, joining with the golden voice in condemning the heresies of Arianism and Nestorianism. Saint Cyril was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII in 1883 when His Holiness also extended his feast to the universal Church. Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria and Defender of Theotokos


          Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. In chapter twenty we see God's grievance concerning three men now going around in the world, and how, from the start, God established three estates, namely those of the clergy, the defenders, and the laborers; and the punishment prepared for the thankless and the glory given to the thankful. Which are we? We can begin to understand in The Key to Three Key Estates


    Today, when the Muslim curse is spreading like wildfire and we begin to realize with every passing hour that it is the chastisement God has chosen for Christian nations because of their own infidelity to Him, we pray to holy celestials such as St. John of Matha to deliver us and to help ransom souls from the world, the flesh and the devil. Just as he ransomed so many from the infidels in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, so also today we have the same opportunity but we must act before it is too late. A letter from a concerned Catholic mother is found below posted by Dr. Droleskey that will give us an inkling of what, outside outside of prayer and penance, we must do. For today's Mass, see Feast of St. John of Matha


          Some chapters are long, some extremely short. Chapter eighteen today falls into the latter yet is packed with inspiration. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. In the nineteenth chapter Christ speaks of the benefits of the bees and likens His holy Church to a beehive with both good and bad bees as in good and bad Christians, for the latter are needed to test and prove the formers' virtues and pave the path for their salvation that in their good works they will move the bad bees to convert. His Blessed Mother also reinforces her divine Son's words to the bride about how God speaks to his friends through his preachers and through sufferings for the cloud is forming and the wind will sweep those away who are not anchored in virtue and the holy Faith. To Bee or not to bee


    It was Pope Clement VIII who established February 7th as the feast of St. Romuald, the holy Abbot and founder of the Camoleelus branch of the Benedictine Order whose body remains incorrupt today. Astounded by the sinful actions of those near to him at an earlier age, he shunned the world to take up life as a hermit, but he would not stay in one place very long for he was called by God to establish a group of men dressed in white who would pray for the world he shunned. He realized this in a vision, similar to Jacob's in the Old Testament, where he saw these men in white robes ascending Heaven on a stairway like a ladder into the celestial clouds. He was one of those saints who foretold the day and place of his death and was allowed to live to ripe old age. For more as well as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in his honor, see Feast of St. Romuald


          Some chapters are long, some extremely short. Chapter eighteen today falls into the latter yet is packed with inspiration. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. In Christ's words to the bride in chapter eighteen Christ speaks of three wonderful things He has for the bride, and how the sight of angels is too beautiful and that of devils too ugly for human nature to bear. Then He tells her why He has condescended to come as a guest to a widow like her as you'll see in chapter eighteen of Book Two of the Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget: A shock to the frail human system if too much is revealed


    In the Haydock Commentary provided to us by John Gregory for the Gospel and Epistle for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Father George Leo Haydock illustrates in St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians the essence of why holy Mother Church had, until Vatican II, so wisely and prudently guarded Sacred Scripture for fear of misinterpretation which led, as we know to Protestantism and heretical sects that today number over 33,000. While the remnant true Church Christ instituted has been whittled to but a few, God, in His mercy, will not separate the wheat from the chaff until that time when He will judge by placing the good wheat in His barn (Heaven) and the rest of the cockle, bundled into hell as Jesus relates via His parable in St. Matthew 13. Then many will realize that not all those who say 'Lord, Lord' will enter His kingdom, but only those who have done His holy will as Christ affirmed in St. Matthew 7 in assuring us we would know them by their fruits and the bad trees would be cast into the eternal fire as explained in the Haydock Commentary for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany


    February 6th is the feast of Sts. Titus and St. Dorothy and they are commemorated in low Masses for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany this year. St. Titus was a holy bishop who was groomed by St. Paul himself and accompanied the Apostle of the Gentiles in important circumstances, including landing with him in Crete where St. Titus was made by the apostle, bishop of the island. It was there that he received from his master a letter included in the New Testament, the Epistle to Titus. He died at the age of 95 in the year 105 A.D. Roughly two hundred some years later another holy person gave her life to preserve her purity and in the process wrought a miracle to convert her torturer. That was, of course, St. Dorothy of Caesarea, Virgin and Martyr. For the Propers of this commemoration, see Feasts of St. Titus and St. Dorothy


          It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. In Christ's words to the bride in chapter seventeen He conveys how God's divinity can truly be named virtue, and speaks of the manifold downfall of humankind instigated by the devil. He then imparts the wisdom of the manifold remedy to aid humankind that was given and provided for through Him. He speaks of a place of temporary punishment and purification, namely Purgatory and He reminds us through St. Bridget that man forgets God's word and deeds and must be reminded again and again or suffer the seduction of satan as you'll see in chapter sixteen of Book Two of the Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget: God is Virtue


       While press wags are consumed with the worldly matters of Charlie Sheen as he continues his life-long tendency to self destruct in the eye of the devil, there is another Sheen whose reputation may not be what we thought it was. We speak of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, whose name was so revered that young Charlie's father Martin Sheen took His Excellency's last name as a stage name in honor of the late prelate known to millions for his television show "Life is Worth Living." But what we see from the bishop's own words, documented by Patrick Odou, should cause all to realize how easily one can be duped by the Modernists for there is proof that he caved to ecumenism in his later years. Thus, might we have cause to pause and place him high on our list of souls to pray for considering his actions following Vatican II when he did not resist but went along to get along, and did so enthusiastically. Just the fact of knowing how radically progressive Martin Sheen is and how Charlie has fallen away reveals the bitter fruits of Vatican II and what Bishop Sheen tried to sow in later years. If that well known bishop, once considered by conservatives as the epitome of Catholicism, can be turned, then we must realize anyone can be if we do not truly know our Faith in order to Keep our Faith. While we're at it, we should add Charlie and his dad to our prayer list that they will repent and return to the true Faith because Patrick recently popped the balloon in exposing the dead air resulting from Bishop Sheen's folly, in his essay Fulton Sheen, an Ardent Ecumenist


         As you can see we have resumed bringing you a chapter a day at least until Lent and the purpose of that is to prepare for Lent with the soul-searching life-changing words imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden by our Lord and His Blessed Mother. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. As the world grows darker, we seek to provide readers the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. In chapter sixteen, our Lord explains to St. Bridget why He speaks with her rather than with others better than she. He then informs her of four sets of threes: three things commanded, three forbidden, three permitted, and three recommended to the bride by Christ; in short, a most excellent lesson even if it is shorter than usual in the Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget - Book Two, Chapter Sixteen: Short but sweet times Three


    When Christ addressed the SRO crowd gathering on the mount to hear Him, few expected the message coming from His mouth for it was not to encourage overthrowing the Roman Empire, it was not how to deal with the Scribes and Pharisees, nor was it about how to increase one's coffers but rather a message that rang home to a few then and still rings true for a few in this day when materialism and naturalism have crowded out the nobility of being poor in spirit. So many misunderstand today that Christ was the first revolutionary and they mistakenly use Him as a model to advance their socialistic, Marxist causes. Heaven cannot be happy nor is the Almighty, along with the Church Triumphant pleased with His appointed ones who abuse their responsibilities by not carrying them out and misrepresenting the Eight Beatitudes Jesus gave in order that all might have the opportunity to achieve everlasting life. In order to do so, one must humiliate himself and be childlike in submission to his Creator in all things, including adherence to all His holy Church has taught and held sacred without veering one iota from Catholic truth. As St. Paul reminds us, only by standing firm and holding to tradition can one be assured of being blessed and inheriting the kingdom of Heaven so simply put in step twenty-six: Blessed are they who...


         With Christmastide behind us, and having left chapter fourteen on line so that all will have read it by now, we prepare for Lent by resuming daily chapters of the soul-searching life-changing words imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden by our Lord and His Blessed Mother. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. As the world grows darker, we seek to provide readers the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. In chapter fifteen Jesus illustrates the ardent love He showed us in bearing so many sufferings for us from His birth to His death, in addition to warning how the path to hell has now been made wide and the way to paradise so very narrow in chapter fifteen, Book Two: Man's choice: Heaven or Hell?


       O Glorious Saint Blaise, who by thy martyrdom didst leave to the Church a precious witness to the faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend, without human respect, both by word and example, the truth of that same faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times. Thou who didst miraculously restore a little child when it was at the point of death by reason on an affliction of the throat, grant us thy mighty protection in like misfortunes; and, above all, obtain for us the grace of Christian mortification together with a faithful observance of the precepts of the Church, which may keep us from offending Almighty God. Amen.
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    We have arrived at the end of the joyous time of Christmastide, the demarcation point being the feast of the Purification of Mary coupled with the feast of Candlemas in which beeswax candles are blessed to be used throughout the year. It is one of three public blessings that take place throughout the liturgical year with the other happening later this year with Ashes on Ash Wednesday and Palms on Palm Sunday. We present not only the Proper for the Mass, but also the motive for the blessing of the candles and inspiration on the wisdom of holy Mother Church in establishing this feast, brought to you by the renowned Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger for this feast in which he admits it is our Savior Who is this day offered in the Temple; but this offering is the consequence of our Lady's Purification. The honor thus paid by the Church to the Mother tends in reality to the greater glory of her Divine Son, for He is the Author and the End of all those prerogatives which we revere and honor in Mary. In harmony with this feast we have Candlemas in which the beeswax candles are blessed, representing the purity of the virginal flesh of the Divine Infant made possible by Mary's fiat to God. The wick of the candle represents what is within Christ's soul in order to light the flame of His Divinity. Taken from The Liturgical Year we present excerpts for the Feast of the Purification and Candlemas


    John Gregory provides a comprehensive reflection/meditation and study on the Presentation of the Child Jesus and the Purification of His Blessed Mother in the Temple and a renewed perspective of Mary's role in salvation in how her life parallels her holy obedience to all God has asked. Though her divine Child would be submissive to her as an obedient, loving Son for the next 30 years, it was here, Forty days after His birth that Mary followed the letter of the Jewish Law not only to present Him to the Jews as the Messiah, so recognized by Simeon, but also for Mary to obediently go through the rite of purification in the eyes of man - though she already was the purest vessel ever created by the Almighty, free of original sin. In a sense, for the rest of us born with Original Sin, her submission was the precursor for the Sacrament of Penance. The Fourth Joyful Mystery


        On the feast of the Purification we conclude the nine-day Novena on this day earmarked as the traditional observance of honoring Our Lady of Good Success and this year it is even more significant since we celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Blessed Mother's messages and visits to a humble Conceptionist nun in Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres. True to the prophesies imparted to her, these messages would be forgotten and little known until the time they pertained to which are our times, folks. We encourage you to purchase the fascinating books Dr. Marian Therese Horvat has compiled on Our Lady of Good Success, the messages and messenger of Quito, Ecuador and see that Our Lady foretold all that is unfolding today. In light of that, we encourage all to not use only this nine day period to pray the Novena to Our Lady of Good Success, but also other times during the year in asking her intercession for whatever endeavor you ask as long as it it is accordance with God's ordaining will. Four centuries have passed and most of what Mother Mariana received pertained to our very time as we can see the prophesies playing out right before our eyes. Do we have to be knocked over the head to realize the clock is ticking? Are we going to heed Our Lady's words? Time will tell. See Our Lady of Good Success and the Purification and Why the Statue of Our Lady of Good Success is Dressed


    We begin the month of February celebrating a holy Bishop who willingly gave his life for Christ at the hands of the voracious lions, aware of St. Peter's words in his First Epistle, chapter five, verse 8: "Be sober and watch: because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour." St. Ignatius would not give into the devil and gave his flesh to the big cats employed by cruel Roman Emperor Trajan rather than sinning in the flesh by compromising with the pagans. A lesson we should all learn from today when modern Rome so liberally gives in to satan's agenda to please man with no regard for what God not only thinks, but demands. St. Ignatius is invoked among the fifteen martyrs in the Nobis quoque peccatoribus in the Canon of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For his feast, see Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch


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