Dear Friends and Benefactors,
The Catholic Church, - Mother, Bride and Mystical Body of Christ, - is undergoing Her bitter Passion. One of the titles used by the Catholic Church for the Virgin Mary is Co-Redemptrix. By "Coredemption" we mean Mary's unique sharing in the payment of the price of our Redemption: through, with, in, and under Christ, our only Saviour and Redeemer.
Ireland, with her official acceptance of abortion and the profane “World Meeting of Families” held in Dublin last month in support of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), has her full share in increasing the sorrows of the Immaculate Heart of Mary this year.
At La Salette, Our Lady wept bitterly over the sins of mankind. How much more bitter and abundant must be the tears she is shedding today. Indeed, in Hobbs, New Mexico, a solid bronze life size statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was recently found to be weeping tears of olive oil with the scent of chrism. It is as though she were telling us how those anointed and consecrated to God, (namely every baptized Catholic, but especially the clergy), are grieving her Immaculate Heart.
Mary is the Mother of the Church, but in a mysterious way she is also a figure of the Catholic Church Herself. So we may well picture the Church weeping bitterly, her heart likewise pierced by seven swords. These seven swords traditionally represent the seven sorrows Our Lady suffered during the physical passion of her Divine Son when He was on earth. Today they can be seen to represent the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church which have all been profaned and attacked by modernists.
Can we witness the sufferings of Holy Mother Church today unmoved? Can we picture to ourselves the tears of Mary without mingling our own tears with hers?
In proportion to the measure in which the Mass has come to be regarded as a meal rather than a Sacrifice, the Passion of the Church has progressed. As members of the Mystical Body of a Crucified Lord, we must have a personal share in the sufferings of the Passion. We ourselves must become living sacrifices, the living sacrificial Mass which has, as it were, been forced down into the Catacombs once more. ‘For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow His steps’. 1 Pet. 2:21
Many of the early Christians were privileged to share in the Passion by their bloody martyrdom. The opportunity to lay down one’s life for Christ by the shedding of blood is given to very few people today. But the opportunity for a white martyrdom presents itself to every Catholic who is willing to make the Faith the centre of their life.
We find ourselves in a world which is opposed to all that is hard and entails suffering; a world which loves comfort and ease, promoting the worship of self rather than of God. Therefore merely to keep the Faith today, in all its fullness, is to stand with Mary at the foot of the Cross and share in the Passion as she did that first Good Friday – a martyrdom of soul rather than of body. It means to step out of the mainstream and being scorned by the crowd. It means arming ourselves with the courage of Saint Veronica, who, in stepping out from the crowd, dared to show her love for the Truth more than for her own life. Love for the Truth means being persecuted by those who are filled with the spirit of a world opposed to suffering and self-denial; a world which condemns Christ and His teaching:
“If any man will come after Me let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matt.16:24
How often we Catholics have been privileged to assist at Mass and to see the Sacrifice of Calvary renewed before our very eyes! But how are we affected by it? Are we merely present, looking on indifferently with the rest of the crowd? Do we return to our homes on Sunday feeling justified that we have fulfilled our obligation and given God His share of the week? Do the scandals which we hear of more and more frequently move us to pity for the souls concerned and for the outrage they give Almighty God? Have we grown indifferent to the words of Our Lady of Fatima: “Many souls go to Hell because there is no one to pray and sacrifice for them” ? Or does the Mass become for us a living reality in which we participate – not in the modern idea of participation with Eucharistic ministers etc., but by standing beneath the cross with Mary and taking into our arms – nay, our heart, the crucified Mystical Body of Christ?
Ah, who could not be wounded in the depths of one’s inmost being at the countless blasphemies and outrages which so grievously wound Our dear Lord today? Are we not filled with sorrow at the multitudes of souls being led astray by false teachings under the name of ‘Catholic’? Are we prompted to make reparation, to pray and to do all we can to save souls?
Dear friends, these are very serious questions to ponder and ask yourselves. If you are comfortable where you are, if you are among the crowd of onlookers, now is the time to come forward, to stand beneath the Cross and to suffer with the Church in Her bitter Passion. She, the Bride of Christ is beaten, bloodied and forsaken… and She needs us.
Very soon – soon that is, in the light of eternity – the Resurrection shall come as Our Lady of Fatima has promised. “In the end, my Immaculate Heart shall triumph.” We, who have not forsaken Her in this Hour of Her bitter Passion, shall share in Her glory.