27th October – Feast of Christ the King!editor
We are reflecting upon, and discussing, the shocking state of the Church on various threads; We have noted that Our Lord, Christ the King, is being abused and insulted at the highest levels in His Church today. The human element in the Church is all but obscuring the divine. Let us, therefore, use this Feast Day thread as a small means of reparation, as well as celebration. Take a few minutes to share your favourite hymns and prayers, devotions, novenas, pilgrimages etc. as a means of reminding ourselves that, despite the scandalous outward appearances, Christ is remaining true to His promise to be with His Church right to the end: “…And behold, I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” (Matt 28:20)
Real faith is required of us today – we cannot merely, as some put it, “cling to a tribal identity”. Perhaps a short extract from the life of St Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, will point us towards the attitude of soul which we might most profitably embrace at this time – the saint is writing (to her Superior) about the affliction of her “dark night of the soul”:
From the time of my childhood I felt that one day I should be set free from this land of darkness. I believed it, not only because I had been told so by others, but my heart’s most secret and deepest longings assured me that there was in store for me another and more beautiful country—an abiding dwelling-place. I was like Christopher Columbus, whose genius anticipated the discovery of the New World. And suddenly the mists about me have penetrated my very soul and have enveloped me so completely that I cannot even picture to myself this promised country . . . all has faded away. When my heart, weary of the surrounding darkness, tries to find some rest in the thought of a life to come, my anguish increases. It seems to me that out of the darkness I hear the mocking voice of the unbeliever: “You dream of a land of light and fragrance, you dream that the Creator of these wonders will be yours for ever, you think one day to escape from these mists where you now languish. Nay, rejoice in death, which will give you, not what you hope for, but a night darker still, the night of utter nothingness!”
Dear Mother, this description of what I suffer is as far removed from reality as the first rough outline is from the model, but I fear that to write more were to blaspheme . . . even now I may have said too much. May God forgive me! He knows that I try to live by Faith, though it does not afford me the least consolation. I have made more acts of Faith in this last year than during all the rest of my life. (Chapter IX, The Story of a Soul).
Maybe we should compete with this great saint and Doctor of the Church, in making many acts of Faith, not just on this beautiful Feast, but every day throughout the worsening crisis in the Church. Here’s one – if you have a favourite, please share:
An Act of Faith…
O MY GOD, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy Divine Son became Man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen.
It is difficult to wish bloggers a “happy Feast” today, because of the insults being hurled at Our Lord by the Pope himself. Thanks to our blogger John, who, on another thread, posted the link below to an Open Letter written by Bishop Athanasius Schneider on the subject of the idolatry – “a new golden calf” – which has, shockingly, marked the Amazon Synod throughout. Statues of a pagan goddess have been/are being venerated within the Vatican itself. Some brave young men took the statues and threw them in the River Tiber. Incredibly, here’s the Pope’s response: Pope Francis informed synod participants that the statues have been recovered from the Tiber and said they may be displayed at the closing Mass of the Synod on Sunday, Oct. 27. I have copied the link to post here, on this beautiful Feast to reinforce my call, in the introduction, for acts of faith and perseverence as this dreadful crisis accelerates under this horrendous pope.
It is horrifying to note that, on this very Feast of Christ the King, the Pope himself plans to cap all the previous insults he has hurled at Our Lord by displaying pagan images during the closing Synod Mass.
Catholics who continue to defend attending the new Mass should really pause now, for thought. This new Mass was created for the express purpose of removing all obstacles to Protestants, to please Protestants, and we have now reached the quite logical point where it must be adapted further to accommodate pagan beliefs and culture. And in case anyone needs reminding, this sort of liturgical abuse (to put it mildly) is not an occasional aberration. It is now quite some years since we reported that one of our Glasgow school chaplains had permitted Muslim pupils to read from the Qu’ran during Mass. On reading our reports, he retorted that he would do so again. Well, he won’t – he has since been called to his judgment. Pray for him today…
On this great Feast of Christ the King, we, at Catholic Truth, urge those of you who are still attending the novus ordo – that “new order of Mass” designed to please Protestants and now having pagan elements included – to seize the moment, reflect on the fact that the “faith” you are practising right now is NOT the Faith of our Fathers but a new Faith – as the Pope has made very clear during this synod.
Take the time to view this video, which shows a young priest offering the traditional Latin Mass, the Mass which we all attended until 1969. See if you can spot any place where an image of a pagan goddess might fit in… Let me save you the trouble, for the answer is nowhere. As one elderly priest (now deceased) once said to me, “The prayers of the [old] Mass are like hedges, protecting the dogma.” There is no such protection in the new Mass which its architects and proponents described as a “work in progress” – i.e. ever-changing. I, for one, need no further convincing of the truth of that observation.
That is truly shocking, if the Pope puts pagan symbols on display at the Synodal closing Mass. There are no words to describe what this pope is doing. Bishop Schneider is right to say the use of the pagan goddess is “a new golden calf”.
The problem with asking everyone to attend the old Mass instead of the local Mass is not just that sometimes there is no old Mass within a reasonable distance but people will say that they can get to a “reverent” new Mass where the priest is quite orthodox and doesn’t allow liturgical abuses (nobody thinks of Communion in the hand and altar girls/extraordinary ministers as abuses any more!)
Seeing that beautiful traditional Mass offered by the young priest does underline the difference between the old and new, and I think it’s right to say that we’ve ended up where we are, because the new Mass was introduced.
Saying all that, I wish bloggers a very happy Feast of Christ the King.
The Koran ( as we should in my opinion use English) is to me a most certainly step too far to be read by a Catholic at anytime. I personally see Islam as a Filthy Ideology of which I definitely have nothing in common with. Just as a side note Ed I have not Paid The Rotten To The Core Homosexual. Muslim Luvin ,Catholic Hating BBC any License Fee this year .I now watch NO Rotten BBC Programs nor do I watch any Live TV . The thought of even a Penny of Mine going to the Likes of Catholic Hater Stephen Fry was keeping me awake at night . As for this Sinnod . I personally thought that they threw the wrong Objects into The Tiber . I will leave it to your Imagination about my Imagination as I don’t want another Yellow Card . Some of the reasons for what was thrown into the Tiber have gone really OTT explaining that they aren’t Pagan . Also do you know where if on any Internet site we can find out what this Little Shindig cost . It’s just a few weeks since Francis was talking about Money being the Devils Dung . Well for someone who hates it he doesn’t mind spreading it about. As for the outcome we know that was decided well before the start anyhow. As you state we mustn’t upset those Rigid Protestants.
ALWAYS PROTECT US
Always protect us, dear Virgin Mary,
While we are striving through our lives,
And be our hope when death comes unwary,
Be our salvation in evil plight.
We bring to you, dear Mother,
Our hearts in pure offering,
2x – We worship God, He is our Father,
We worship God, He is our King!
Our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia has a pilgrimage on the Sunday closest to the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God (October 1). This hymn is in honor of Her Holy Protection.
Lovely prayer. Thank you!
Petrus and his wife have a lovely new daughter – Lucy Maria. Petrus writes:
Thanks be to God baby Lucy Maria arrived at 01.28 this morning!
So, on this beautiful Feast of Christ the King, Petrus family has a new daughter, a third sister for their three boys, bringing the total number of children to six! Thanks be to God!
Welcome, Lucy Maria!
Congratulations to Petrus and Mrs Petrus on the birth of their baby daughter. What a lovely name – Lucy Maria is a very pretty name. I wish her every blessing as she sets out on her path in this life.
Congratualtions to Petrus and his wife.
Lucy Maria – what a beautiful name! I wonder if Lucy is after Sister Lucy of Fatima?
My sincere best wishes for the new baby. Congratulations to mum and dad!
Congratulations & best wishes to Petrus & family. May the patronesses of Lucy Maria and her Guardian Angel always protect her.
Many and blessed years!
Mnohaya i blahaya lita!
Ad multos et beatos annos! (Apologies if my Latin is incorrect.)
St. Paul makes it quite clear what these false deities truly represent when he calls the gods of the Gentiles “demons”. That, in fact, is what Pope Francis permits when he enourages these horrible images to be placed in Catholic chapels, he encourages resepct for demons. Who could ever have imagined such a betrayal of Christ the King by his Commander-in-Chief, the Pope. It really is shocking and yet so many in the hierarchy will continue to defer to such heresy rather than confront this Pope head on about his destructive agenda.
While the anti-Christ has yet to arrive, it certainly seems that the spirit of the anti-Christ has sacked Rome. I hope those who have been comfortably asleep since Vatican II and the novus ordo are now awake. Sleepers, Awake!
Apparently there is also going on, in Rome, a Paix Liturgique conference and Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage. Fr. Z has is there and has some posts about it, including beautiful photos of a Christ the King procession and Traditional Mass.
Post from yesterday: https://wdtprs.com/2019/10/rome-day-24-talk-walk-and-balk/
And check out the post from today, with pictures of the procession and Mass, entitled “Witnessing, Witnesses and Wonder.”
Two religions, side-by-side, each completely opposed to the other, and one of them waiting to be crushed under Our Lady’s heel…
Well said. Let’s hope we don’t have too long to wait for that “crush” to be manifest for all the world to see.
Happy Feast day to one and all.
Happy Feast day everyone. And congratulations to Petrus and his wife and welcome to Lucy Maria born on this Feast of Christ the King.
And just what punishments will happen now in the aftermath of this terrible Synod.
Thank you for that link – it is very interesting indeed. As in “I’m trembling just thinking about the implications…”
The Rorate Caeli article mentioned this also:
“The ancient cardinals, since the 16th century, had always refused to elect a Jesuit to the throne of Peter. The 2013 conclave broke this taboo…”
WHY was it “taboo” to elect a Jesuit to the throne of Peter?
That would make a great article in itself.
A very good question indeed. I assume the “taboo” is associated with the suppression of the Jesuits which began in the 17th century for complex reasons which – it seems fair to say – boil down to the fact that they had become politically and economically driven. Ring a bell? An article on the topic would, indeed, be useful, however, as you say, so I’ll see what we can organise in that regard.
Happy Feast to everyone!
Thanks to everyone for their good wishes. Lucy is doing very well. Yes, she is named after Sr Lucy of Fatima and Our Blessed Lady.
Petrus, that’s great news about being named after Sr Lucy of Fatima and Our Lady. She will also be able to call on the intercession of Saint Lucy, who is one of the saints named in the Canon of the Mass.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Feast Day thread, which I will now close.
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