I received a letter today from a woman over in England who is very disappointed at the direction this blog has taken and that she was “shocked and saddened” I did not remind readers during Lent that… we were in Lent. I would NEVER reveal this person’s identity out of respect for her privacy and prudence; I would have actually rather have sent a private snail mail letter back in reply, but international mail is extremely hard for me to send with my stamps.com account. So, I want to take a moment to not only reply to this lady, but critics in general and also answer a few questions about WHY my posts were what they were this Lent.
This post has nothing to do with defending my name; honestly, I am learning by the day that this blog has nothing to do with me, but I am posting what I am in defense of the Catholic Church, Our Lady, the Papacy and The Blessed Trinity… in short, I am defending the Truth (capital T). When Our Lord was asked a question by one of the Pharisees, Our Lord answered it, and for simply proclaiming the truth He was struck down, the Second Person asked:
If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the evil; but if well, why strikest thou me? John 18:23
These bullet points below are being used because I want to encourage readers that this is what those on the side of Our Lady in this upcoming battle are going to face, and you are not alone:
- Calling Bergoglio “Bergoglio” is disrespectful. Actually, it is disrespectful to turn our backs on Pope Benedict XVI and deny the Divinity of Christ in not praying for Benedict by name at the Te Igitur. Jorge Bergoglio’s name is just that: Jorge Bergoglio. I pray for him as a bishop, but not in the role as Holy Father. If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the evil; but if well, why strikest thou me?
- You are negative, lost and are not Catholic anymore. Have I denied any of the teachings of the Church? Denied her dogmas? Rejected her sacred ornaments? I am sorry if what I say does not sound “nice” or positive, but the current state of the world is negative at this point. The best way I can actually show my love for neighbor is to sound the alarm. Afterall, charity is the fulfillment of the Law. If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the evil; but if well, why strikest thou me?
- Our Lady must not be pleased with you. I am the first to say that Our Lady knows my faults and heaven alone knows why on earth She sticks by a miserable wretch like me. Oftentimes I go to write, and I know it’s Her simply asking me to be the pen and to say the things She desires to be written- though they be uncomfortable or political. Lucia was silenced for speaking the truth and suffered merely by putting pen to paper; Our Lady was/is also silenced by the Vatican. Despite me failing Her as a daughter miserably and on a daily basis, I have only spoken up about Pope Benedict XVI because I love Our Lady with all my heart, and I want others out there to know they are not alone in this battle; I also desperately want them to see the truth for what it is.
- “Politics do not mix”. Actually, wrong. As Father Chad Ripperger stated “traditionally speaking” there is no separation between Church and State. In Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s recent interview, when he too was asked the same question about why he is so involved in politics, this was his reply to the below question:
Among some Catholics there is an objection, addressed to you, which sounds more or less like this: “Monsignor Viganò is now dealing too much with politics and economics, moving away from his field of action, which should be the most strictly religious and therefore theological, doctrinal and pastoral”. How do you respond to this criticism?
“But what do they know about my pastoral activity? With the strength that the Lord grants me, I carry out an intense pastoral and doctrinal activity, which represents my main commitment; together with the spiritual and material support of priests and faithful from all over the world – a priestly action that does not make the news, also because I do not have the habit of taking the troupe with me … On the other hand, those who today attack me because I speak of politics or health emergency, yesterday attacked me because I denounced corruption in the Church, the deviations of the Council and the reformed liturgy.
The “sectoralization” of skills is an excellent tool with which the adversary decides, motu proprio, what his interlocutor is authorized to say, when he can do it, what titles he must have to pronounce himself. Who decided that a bishop cannot intervene in politics? Secularists and, among Catholics, those who curiously let bishops and ultra-progressive clerics rant, who go into deliquio if Bergoglio speaks against Trump or in favor of Trudeau, but tear their clothes if a bishop does not please the system or does not follow the unified network narrative of single thought.
It does not seem to me that Saint Ambrose – who also came from the public administration and who was acclaimed bishop when he was still a layman – ever had scruples to intervene in political matters. Since a bishop is a shepherd, and among the sheep of the Flock that the Lord has assigned to him there are humble people and powerful people, there are subjects and rulers, men and women, honest and delinquent citizens: they are all sheep to be led to pastures and to be protected from wolves.
It seems to me that in my interventions I have always and only pursued the mission that the Lord has entrusted to me as successor of the Apostles, working for the salvation of souls at an hour when humanity is falling into the abyss without anyone sounding the alarm for the imminent danger.”
That last paragraph of Vigano’s is my new favorite quote from him, and I have it coined on our blog home page. I very much admired Vigano for saying, “and what do they know of my Pastoral activity?” That resonated with myself as well because only Our Lady and God alone know my heart and interior; if I am being obedient to Them, what else matters? But the truth is, Our Lord’s Passion ultimately happened due to politics. Our Lord permitted it for the salvation of the human race, and as He told Pilate- he had NO power over Him except that which was given from above. For extra proof of the politics with Pilate read the below article; it is chilling:
The Third Fatima Secret is so political that it is still kept sequestered in the walls of the Vatican today. “Politics do not mix”; well, they are mixing as we speak!
I want to briefly speak about why I posted what I did this Lent before concluding this already lengthy blog post. Many other blogs and books can be used during the Lenton season for reflection; I consider Lent a very personal and hidden act of love for Christ and Mary. If I did not post specifically about Lent but chose to speak about the crisis and upcoming battle with Our Lady and the Serpent, this does not reflect my personal Lenton penances and reflections. Just as Vigano said, “what do they know of my Pastoral activity”? The many posts this Lent published were actually sent to me by none other than my fellow readers and followers to this site! I merely pieced them all together and saw none other than Our Lady’s Hand directing everything that needed to be posted these past 40 days because the salvation of souls depends upon it.
A dear friend recently wished me Happy Easter and said this:
“There is a stillness at the eye of the storm, and it is one that we do not know how to deal with because collectively we have never been here before. The only way is Jesus as He told us and as we heard so often in these weeks of the passion, Tenebrae, the octave. Although He is Risen, we are still in Easter Saturday in some way, waiting, watching to see what is to come, what God has in store for us all. His promises, for certain. It is the time to surrender completely to His will (for those who have not).”
“For those who have not”. In a profound sense, this is what this Lent and even Easter Octave is all about. The Passion of the Church is not a positive thing, it is negative and painful, but the final Resurrection is our goal. I believe it was Our Lady Herself who wanted this blog during Lent to prepare (which is what Lent is all about- preparation) souls (myself included), educate, enlighten and strengthen them because we will never be able to stare evil in the face, recognize it and in turn reject it if we do not know what is lurking nearby. Especially during those 1,260 days…
Our Lord said, “I am the Good Shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know Me.” We come to know the familiar sound and ways of that Shepherd by learning to recognize that Sweet Voice the moment we hear it. It is the same when it comes to hearing the voice of the evil one and learning to instantly reject it. This Lent Our Lord spoke up for His Mother, the Church and His Divinity in a few different ways through Our Lady’s site. From putting the puzzle pieces together with Our Lady’s Fatima Secret contents from Malichi Martin, Father Gruner and Father Kramer.
From identifying the “sign” from the book of the Apocalypse and its direct link to the Coronavirus and how to protect ourselves by staying away from the vaccines, which, Vigano calls a “satanic baptism”. And lastly, from having the eyes to see, the ears to hear and will to understand WHO the one and only Holy Father is in this moment in time, and that is Pope Benedict XVI. Because as I said in my Benedict Video, the only way we will be able to keep charity alive in our hearts during the trial of Matthew 24 is to keep our faith planted on a firm rock. Listening to one voice: Pope Benedict XVI and attending exclusively and without compromise the Traditional Latin Mass. Remember, the bride of the Lamb CANNOT and DOES NOT have two voices. Did not Our Lady say at Akita that the Church would be filled with those who accept compromise?
I have been exceedingly blessed to have only had to count on one hand the hate mail I have received out of the dozens of love and support; the people Our Lady has connected me with through here and Etsy truly show me what the communion of saints must be like in heaven: the Church’ one foundation. Our Lord said to His Apostles that those who did not receive them to simply “kick up the dust”. To that woman in England, you are right, Our Lord is nothing but love itself and it was that very same love which led Him and His apostles to red martyrdom because they united that love to truth and unfortunately, like Pilate many ask: “what is truth?” and even when it is staring one right in the face ( literally for Pilate) people still choose to reject the stone that is later used as the chief corner stone holding up the entire building.
Being able to take criticism is a beautiful lesson for we Catholics, because it shows us our own progress in the spiritual life. It also shows us how to remain in union with God during adversity. In our Lord’s time He invited those to follow Him, but He never forced. In this era of technology, all one has to do is click the unfollow button to Mary’s Secretary and that is completely fine. Even if the whole world is against you for speaking the truth, just as Our Lord heard the crowds say, “crucify Him”; this is a powerful reminder when He told Pilate:
My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence.
If we are being embraced left and right, even by our fellow Catholics, we might be doing something wrong. Take comfort because if the world, and those in the Church, persecute you this means that you have a whole host of angels, the saints, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost and the Blessed Virgin Mary calling out YOUR name to never doubt yourself or look back. Remember Lot’s wife! We have a battle to fight and as Lucia said, we must now choose sides. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
AVE MARIA ET LAUDETUR CHRISTUS JESUS!