Every new day of our lives is an opportunity for us to start “fresh,” if you will, as we give thanks to God for keeping us alive for another day to give Him honor and glory through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary as we adore Him in true offerings of the Holy Sacrifice Mass and as we petition Him for what we need, both spiritually and temporally. We must approach each day as though it is the very last day of our lives, the day on which we will meet Christ the King as Our Judge at the moment of our Particular Judgments, trying to pursue excellence in all we do as redeemed creatures, keeping in mind at all times the greater honor and glory of God and the need to help others to see His impress in our souls as we treat them as we would treat Him in the very Flesh.
We measure the passing of time in many ways. Seconds. Minutes. Hours. Days. Weeks. Months. Years. Decades. Centuries. The most accurate measure of how long we have been alive is days as we are day older with each passing day. No one is just, say, to pick a random age and date, sixty-five years old from Tuesday, November 24, 2015, to Thursday, November 24, 2016. I didn’t just “turn” sixty-five years of age thirty-nine days ago now. My sixty-fifth birthday was commemorated on the 23,743rd day of my life thirty-seven days ago, that is, on Thursday, November 24, 2016. We age with ever passing day. We make decisions each day that draw us closer to God or move us farther away from Him as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through His true Church. We must be quite conscious of all of this throughout the course of every day that God, in His ineffable Mercy, keeps us alive to know, to love, and to serve Him as members of the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order.
God’s Mercy to us erring sinners is such that He keeps alive for a certain length of years so that we can learn from our past mistakes and to make reparation for our sins as we grow in fervor for our love of Him and offer to Him through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary our prayers and penances and sacrifices and mortifications and our efforts to fulfill as perfectly as possible the duties of our freely chosen states-in-life. The beginning of a new calendar year, coming this time thirty-two days after the beginning of the current liturgical year, is a great grace sent to us by God to reflect on the Mercies that He has extended to us as we live out our days in time in this passing, mortal vale of tears and to thank Him for those tender Mercies and to entreat Him for more as we grow in sorrow for our sins and grow in appreciation for His kindness to us.
A soul that approaches Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as His consecrated slave through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary surrenders all of his liberty to Him through His Most Blessed Mother, counting it as a joy to give unto the Immaculate Heart whatever merits he earns as a resulted of his prayers and indulgenced actions and all sufferings and humiliations endured. A soul consecrated to the Divine Redeemer through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary offers freely the graces He received in his worthy receptions of Holy Communion to that Immaculate Heart to be disposed of as she sees fit. A soul consecrated to Our Lord through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary expresses gratitude for every consolation and for every cross given unto him. We must recognize that each consolation and every cross is a sign of God’s great love and mercy for us as He gives us consolations to give us encouragement in this vale of tears and as He gives us crosses to unite us more fully to His Holy Cross so that we can help to pay back the debt of what we owe for our own forgive sins, help to convert hardened sinners alive on the face of this earth and to help to release the Poor Souls in the Church Suffering in Purgatory.
A soul who lives in the conscious awareness of his Total Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary does not live in fear of the exigencies of the moment in his personal life. He maintains an equanimity in the midst of personal travails, seeing each as coming from the hand of God and understanding without a moment’s hesitation that the graces He won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces, are sufficient to prosper under each cross, recognizing as well that absolutely nothing we suffer in this life is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Him to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death.
A soul who lives in the consciousness awareness of his Total Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary does not live in fear of the exigencies of the moment in the life of the Church Militant on earth or the world. He maintains an equanimity in the midst of these travails, hoping and praying that his own acts of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary will help to plant a few seeds for the Resurrection of the Mystical Body of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ upon earth and for the restoration of Christendom in the world.
Holy Mother Church has faced periods of heresy before in her life. While this period is perhaps the most treacherous, she will endure the storm. All we need to do is to make sure that we don’t associate with the heretics or accord them any recognition whatsoever as we cleave to true bishops and true priests in the catacombs who make no concessions to conciliarism whatsoever and offer no legitimacy at all to the counterfeit church’s false “shepherds” who blaspheme God repeatedly as they deny articles contained in the Deposit of Faith and refuse to seek with urgency the unconditional conversion of non-Catholics to the true Church while they, at the same time, esteem the symbols of those false religions and praise their nonexistent “ability” to contribute to the “betterment” of the world. The Catholic Church cannot give us defective liturgies or false doctrines or ambiguity in her teaching. We just need to be at peace as we thank Our Lord and His Most Blessed Mother for the graces of letting us have access to true bishops and true priests who are not “una cum” the heretics and blasphemers, true bishops and true priests who sacrifice themselves to the point of exhaustion to provide us with the Sacraments, access to which most Catholics today simply do not possess.
We must remember also that Holy Mother Church has dealt with thousands upon thousands of civil potentates who have sought to destroy her by various means. She is still here. They are, each of them, dead. Some converted and repented of their crimes before they died. Others did not. It is no different today. Today’s civil potentates who are the enemies of Holy Mother Church and the souls for whom Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross will die one day. We pray for their conversion before they die. We will forgive them right readily if they persecute us for our refusal to obey unjust laws and because we criticize them and their defiance of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen. Even the “white” or “dry” martyrdom that comes with such persecution can wipe away much of the debt that we owe God for our forgiven sins and our general attachment to our Venial Sins. We must not be fearful. God is more powerful than any civil potentate is at war with Him and His Holy Church….Read more »