by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | AUGUST 18, 2014
A document released by the U.S. Army details preparations for “full scale riots” within the United States during which troops may be forced to engage in a “lethal response” to deal with unruly crowds of demonstrators.
The appearance of the document amidst growing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, with the National Guard now being called in to deal with the disorder, is an ominous coincidence.
The 132-page document, titled U.S. Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33: Civil Disturbances (PDF), was written in April 2014 and recently obtained by Public Intelligence. Please Click here to continue reading.
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“Do we actually believe that we know better than the collective towering genius of Catholic philosophers and theologians of the past 2000 years? How did we become so proud and arrogant that we question these extraordinary men and women without hesitation or investigation? What is our basis for our position? Is it simply that we find the teaching of the Church inconvenient? If we had keen minds and keen spirits, if we were truth-seekers, we would genuinely ask, ‘why does the Church teach what she teaches about…?’…. We should not ask this question with sarcastic, cynical, and even dissmissive tone that many ask it with today in academic circles. They ask it as if the question itself were an answer. We should ask this question with the greatest confidence. We should ask it knowing that before too long, the fruits of thousands of years of great practical, intellectual, and spiritual…
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Is there a formula that we can use to determine the morality or immorality of human acts? As a matter of fact, there is! To determine the moral goodness of a human act, three components are essential: (1) the object of the act; (2) the intention of the person performing the act; and (3) the circumstance surrounding it. It should be noted that all three of these conditions – or qualities – must be “good,” in order for the act, as a whole, to be objectively “good” and “morally praiseworthy.” For example, a politician who decides to devote a portion of his time to a worthy cause is certainly performing what, at least on the surface, appears to be a commendable, laudable human act. With the above axioms in mind, we may state that, thus far, the act itself is objectively good. Yet, if we learn that his sole intention in performing this action is to win over the voters, and the circumstance is such that one or more major local news affiliates will be broadcasting from that very spot, thereby providing the budding politician with ample opportunities for free exposure, it’s not difficult to see that this act, as a whole, isn’t “good.” The act itself may be good, yet the selfish intention and self-serving circumstance render the entire act immoral.
Moreover, another fundamental and often misunderstood truth regarding Christian morality is the distinction between mortal sin and venial sin. Most know that mortal sin is a grave extremely serious violation of God’s divine law of love, whether it is a sin against love of God, neighbor or self. Yet, in order for any sin to be mortal, three conditions must be met: (1) the “object,” or the “act” itself must be gravely, or very seriously evil, such as acts of murder, rape and/or adultery – all of which are intrinsically, or inherently evil; (2) the person must possess a full knowledge of the grave sinfulness and evil of the action; finally, (3) the person must act with full consent of the will, in full freedom; which is to say, s/he must not be acting out of habit, fear, any extreme emotion or psychological duress, external coercion, or the threat of ongoing and/or future hardship and/or suffering. Each of these latter psychological conditions or frames of mind are addressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as serious impediments to the full exercise of freedom of will; and, for that reason, can significantly, if not completely, mitigate the guilt. The sole impediment to knowledge is ignorance. Yet, to exonerate one’s self on the grounds of ignorance, particularly when one has had ample opportunity to become informed and has intentionally avoided doing so, only serves to compound the sin as one of double malice.
Thus, for a human act to be mortally sinful unto spiritual death (so serious that it would cause the Spirit of God in our soul, or sanctifying grace, to flee and depart from our souls, leaving us spiritually lifeless and utterly vulnerable to the prompt action of Satan), the three conditions that must be met are (1) Grave matter; (2) Full knowledge and (3) Full consent of the will.
That said, it is still a requirement of every Christian to participate in the life-long process of informing and enhancing one’s conscience. By remaining faithful to the marvelous practices of daily Eucharist, the praying of the Holy Rosary and the patient acceptance of the sufferings that God chooses for us, we participate with Our Lord, through Our Lady in the ongoing work of Redemption, which is carried out and renewed at every Holy Mass.
by Jay Brunelle
In a recent broadcast of Infowars.com, alternative/truth-media journalist, Alex Jones, highlights some of the significant accusations brought against two of the most notorious political figures in U.S. history. The first was King George III, of Great Britain, who had been in control of the political activity in the American Colonies, from a distance – or, from “across the pond,” as they say – throughout that period of time leading up to and immediately preceding the Revolutionary War. The second figure Jones refers to is Richard Nixon, who, as most are aware, was impeached for his numerous illegal activities, all of which stemmed from a radical misuse and abuse of his Presidential authority and privilege.
Interestingly, many of the accusations made against King George, used to justify an official “Declaration of Independence” from British rule by the colonists, as well as the numerous accusations brought to bear against Mr. Nixon’s abuse of the office of the Presidency bear a striking resemblance to the extraordinarily broad, seemingly unlimited nature of what Mr. Obama believes to be within the scope of his power as Commander-in-Chief. One has only to view the extraordinary sweeping legislation that has been signed into law by Mr. Obama, through any of his “Executive Orders.”
Obama supporters, however, are quick to state that Mr. Obama has issued fewer “Executive Orders” than many previous presidents, which is true. Yet, the issue has far less to do with quantity of Executive Orders and infinitely more to do with the qualitative nature of what, precisely, is contained in any given Order, which has, indeed, been signed into law. In fact, it would only take one astounding Executive Order, whereby the President claims, either for himself, or for various other branches of government, virtually unlimited power, which is precisely what Obama has done in his Executive Order known as the National Defense Resource Preparedness Act (NDRPA).
In essence, this Executive Order has placed us, as American Citizens, under what Alex Jones has referred to as a “soft-form” of peace-time “Martial Law,” and this is no exaggeration. The Order grants unbelievably and amazingly sweeping, totalitarian, dictatorial power to the president, and to every major branch of government. Moreover, it contains provisions for “continuity of government,” should Washington, or the President, no longer be capable of acting according to the “business-as-usual” schedule. In other words, this Order, which is already the law of the land (at least for the remainder of Mr. Barak Obama’s tenure as Commander-in-Chief), grants totalitarian, Police-State power to the Military, to suspend the Constitution, and to literally “police” American civilians on American soil.
This Executive Order is the single most un-American, unpatriotic, sickening, dictatorial action ever to have been taken by an American President. Thus, I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE every single reader of this post to click on the above White House link, and to read just how unbelievable this Executive Order is. Please, send the link to everyone you know.
They want us to surrender every last ounce of liberty we may possibly have (which, at this point, is none) in exchange for their “Security.” Don’t buy it. Reminds me of a great quote by Ben Franklin: “Any nation that would surrender a little liberty for a little security deserves neither, and will lose both.” Something to think about…
I have reproduced below a copy of the Declaration of Independence. I encourage you to read carefully the accusations brought against King George III of Britain, and to compare these to the strikingly similar actions taken by President Obama throughout the duration of what can only be described as the single most dictatorial and duplicitous Presidency ever to have existed in this nation’s history. Moreover, I ask you to read carefully what the Founding Fathers encourage the Republic to do “when a long train of abuses and usurpations [by a corrupt government]…evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism,” which surely is the situation at hand. Indeed, according to the shapers and framers of our beloved, yet fast-fading Constitution of these United States of America – arguably the most successful government ever to have existed in the history of humanity – “it is [the people's] right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security,” if and/or when any government should become a hinderance, or a threat to its citizens inalienable, God-given rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As you shall read in this very document, “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” These strong and bold words, not to be taken lightly, are taken directly from our own “Declaration of Independence.” The Government, as it currently exists and is established, must understand and respect the truths contained in its own foundational documents; moreover, our elected politicians – from the Mayor, to the Governor, to the President – must clearly comprehend that any and every power that they may justly possess is derived solely “from the consent of the governed.”
It is possible that you’re still not convinced of the threat posed by Mr. Obama; that you think this author is just another “raving lunatic” with a blog. If that’s your belief, well, as a staunch supporter of the First Amendment, I support fully your rights to believe and to speak what you will. However, It is my firmly held conviction that “REX-84″ will – must – change your mind about Obama’s plans for the United States. What is “REX-84?” According to Wikipedia:
“Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was a classified “scenario and drill” developed by the United States federal government to suspend the United States Constitution, declare martial law, place military commanders in charge of state and local governments, and detain large numbers of American citizens who are deemed to be “national security threats”, in the event that the President declares a “State of National Emergency“. The plan states, events causing such a declaration would be widespread U.S. opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad, such as if the United States were to directly invade Central America. To combat what the government perceived as “subversive activities”, the plan also authorized the military to direct ordered movements of civilian populations at state and regional levels.
“Rex 84 was written by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, who was both National Security Council White House Aide, and NSC liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and John Brinkerhoff, the deputy director of “national preparedness” programs for the FEMA. They patterned the plan on a 1970 report written by FEMA chief Louis Giuffrida, at the Army War College, which proposed the detention of up to 21 million “American Negroes”, if there were a black militant uprising in the United States. Existence of a master military contingency plan (of which REX-84 was a part), “Garden Plot” and a similar earlier exercise, “Lantern Spike”, were originally revealed by journalist Ron Ridenhour, who summarized his findings in an article in CounterSpy. ” (cf.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_84) Rex-84 is real, and is in the process of being implemented
I highly encourage you, regardless of your political affiliation, to read through the below reproduced Declaration of Independence, simply to see, for yourself, just how amazingly far we have strayed from the purpose, goal and vision of this once great nation, particularly in light of your reading of the National Defense Resource Preparedness Act. Only we can take our country back. ONLY YOU CAN TAKE IT BACK.
After reading the Declaration of Independence, please view the below-inserted videos, which will lead you to a petition to support the immediate Impeachment of Barack Obama. This is no joke, folks. Now is the time to act. If good American citizens, such as yourself, don’t stand up against the evils of this Presidential Administration by demanding the Impeachment of Mr. Obama, you can be absolutely assured of the continued and complete economic, social, political and moral demise of this country. The man who occupies the Oval Office is an avowed Socialist who, in truth, despises the United States of America, and is intentionally driving us into the ground. Let’s all work together to prevent Mr. Obama from utterly destroying what remains of the United States of America.
May God Bless You, and May God Bless the United States of America.
Jayson M. Brunelle, M.Ed., CAGS
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long-established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
by Jayson M. Brunelle
In what follows, this author shall attempt to provide a deeper analysis of just how and why Mary, the Mother of Christ, is indeed the Mediatrix of every grace, and that nothing of the vast treasury of God’s Grace – which may be defined as the unmerited gift of participation in God’s own divine, Trinitarian and Family Life, through, with and in Jesus Christ – reaches humanity except through the willed intercession and consent of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
More specifically, it shall be the task of this author to explain this unique Maternal role of the Blessed Virgin in light of her spousal union with the Holy Spirit. For Mary, not unlike most women in most cultures, assumes the “family name” and “mission” of her spouse. In the case of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she too assumes the titles and mission of her Divine Spouse, the Holy Spirit of God, Who is chiefly the “Advocate” and the “Unifying and Binding Principle” as the very “Love of God,” Who, as explained by St. Maximilian Kolbe, must be understood to be the “Un-created Immaculate Conception,” Who is the divine fruit of that perfect reciprocity of love between the Father and the Son.
I Divine Revelation and Mariology
Before delving into the theology of the Holy Spirit and His Spousal relationship with Mary, however, I would be doing the reader a great disservice were I not to proceed according to the traditional theological exposition of some truth (or rather, a series of truths) to which both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, the twin-fold source of God’s Divine Revelation, attest. Moreover, considering the logical, philosophical reality that an effect cannot be greater than it’s cause, and furthermore, considering that the most holy and divine Word of God, that is, the Sacred Canon of individual books, letters, and other writings that comprise the Two Testaments of Holy Scripture could not possibly be what Christians the world over believe and adamantly claim them to be – namely, both “Inspired and Inerrant” – had not their sources – the Biblical authors and the Churchmen who identified and “canonized” the texts, themselves been “Inspired” and prevented from teaching any error regarding anything and everything which pertains to faith and morality.
The faith that all Christians have in the “Inspired and Inerrant” nature and essence of Sacred Scripture makes absolutely no sense whatever without additionally believing in and attesting to the truth and reality of the existence of an equally inspired “Sacred, Living, Oral Tradition,” which made it possible for the Roman Catholic Bishops to be guided by that Same Spirit of Divine Authorship, in determining which of the multiple texts, letters, books and sundry other writings would, indeed, be incorporated into the Sacred Canon of Inspired and Inerrant Scriptural texts “Inspired.” Would it not take Inspiration to know, discern and identify Inspiration?
A proper understanding of the twin-fold source of Divine Revelation as being equally comprised of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition is of paramount importance in the study and comprehension of Mariology, for, many of the sacred “Truths, Dogmas and Doctrines” regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary, while present in a seminal form in Sacred Scripture, are not nearly as fleshed out as, say, the parables of Christ, or other essential elements of the faith. Now, I’m fully aware that the statement I have just made will be read and filtered with great suspicion and skepticism by numerous of my beloved Protestant Brethren, and I can appreciate that. My only response is what I’ve already stated above regarding the equality of dignity possessed by Sacred Tradition, pointing out that an effect (such as an “Inspired” Scripture) cannot be greater than its cause (an uninspired Church).
II Sacred Tradition
Dr. Mark Miravalle, Full Professor of Theology and Mariology at Franciscan University, and recognized the world over as one of the leading authorities within the field of Mariology, has made tremendous contributions to the literature in this, his field of expertise. Additionally, Miravalle, a consummate scholar, is one of those exceedingly rare theologians who, in truth, “does Theology on his knees,” under Mary’s Immaculate Mantle.
Having been so blessed by Our Lord and Our Lady as to have studied under Miravalle, during my tenure at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, I have witnessed his genuine piety and deep humility, the latter being a character trait that is almost never possessed by anyone in academia, as most are so full of themselves. It is evident that Miravalle is living the life of a saint through his earnest efforts at living his Total Consecration to Jesus, through Mary. There is no question in this author’s mind that if Our Lady were to ask anything whatsoever of him, he would never deny her. Indeed, I don’t believe I have ever met anyone other than Dr. Miravalle who was so profoundly in love with our Mother Mary.
Alas, I digress… The reason for my musings on Dr. Miravalle have to do with the fact that he has done the Church and the world a great service in writing, with such lucidity and depth of comprehension, on this very topic of Mary’s Maternal Mediation, specifically, to save the rest of us the time and effort of having to pour over pages of papal encyclicals, mottus propios, Wednesday Audiences, Papal Anguleses, and so on and so forth. In a small booklet of no more than 42 pages that he wrote for the Marian Movement of Priests, he lists all of the instances when Popes of the 20th Century have referred to Mary as “Mediatrix.” This list is no small feat, and speaks to the consistency and repetition necessary to raise a certain teaching of the faith to the level of official Catholic “doctrine,” to which all the faithful must give full assent of intellect and will, as a divinely revealed truth, contained in the “Deposit of the Faith.” Let us take a look at this impressive display of repetition and consistency in Extraordinary Magisterial teaching:
- Benedict XIV: “Our Lady is like a celestial stream through which the flow of all graces and gifts reach the soul of all wretched mortals” (Pope Benedict XVI, Op Omnia, v. 16, ed., Prati, 1846, p. 428.
- Pius VII: “Dispensatrix of all graces (Pope Pius VII, Ampliatio privilegiorum ecclesiae B. M. Virginis ab angelo salutatae in coenobio Fratrum Ordinis Servorum B.V.M. Floretiae, AD., 1806; in J. Bourasse, Summa aurea…, V. 7. Paris, 1862, col. 546).
- Pius IX: “For God has committed to Mary the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her [are] obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation” (Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Letter, Ubi Primum, 1849).
- Pius IX: “With her only-begotton Son, [Mary is] the most powerful Mediatrix and Reconciler of the world (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854).
- Leo XIII: “…through whom [Christ] has chosen to be the dispenser of all heavenly graces (Pope Leo XIII, Jucunda semper, 1883).
- Leo XIII: “It is right to say that nothing at all of the immense treasury of every grace which the Lord accumulated – for “grace and truth come from Jesus Christ” (Jn 1:17) – nothing is imparted to us except through Mary… (Pope Leo XIII, Octobri Mense, 1891).
- St. Pius X: “[Mary is the] dispensatrix of all the gifts aquired by the death of the Redeemer” (Pope St. Pius X, Ad diem illum, AAS 36, 1904, p. 453).
- St. Pius X: “…she became most worthily the reparatrix of the lost world’ and dispensatrix of all the gifts that our Savior purchased for us by his death and his blood” (Pope St. Pius X, Ad diem illum, 1904;cf., Eadmer, De Eccellentia Virginis Mariae, c.9).
- St. Pius X: “For she is the neck of our Head by which He communicates to His Mystical Body all spiritual gifts” (Pope St. Pius X, Pope St. Pius X, Ad diem illum, 1904).
- Benedict XV: “For with her suffering and dying Son, Mary endured suffering and almost death…. One can truly affirm that together with Christ she has redeemed the human race…For this reason, every kind of grace we receive from the treasury of the redemption is ministered as it were through the hands of the same sorrowful Virgin…” (Pope Benedict XV, Apostolic Letter, Inter Sodalicia, AAS 10, 1918, p. 182; Mass and Office of Mediatrix of All Graces approved 1921).
- Pius XI: “…the Virgin who is treasurer of all graces with God….” (Pope Pius XI, Apostolic Letter, Cognitum sane, AAS 18, p. 213.
- Pius XI: “…We know that all things are imparted to us from God, the greatest and best, through the hands of the Mother of God.” (Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Letter, Ingravescentibus malis, AAS 29, 1937, p. 380).
- Pius XII: “…it is the will of God that we obtain all favors through Mary; let everyone hasten to have recourse to Mary.” (Pope Pius XII, Superiore anno, AAS 32 1940, p. 145).
- Pius XII: “She teaches us all virtues; she gives us Her Son and with Him all the help we need, for God wished for us to have everything through Mary.” (Pope Pius XII, Mediator Dei, 1947).
- Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 62: “Taken up to heaven, she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth, surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led into their blessed home. Therefore, the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.” (Lumen Gentium, Para. 62).
- St. John Paul II: “Thus there is mediation: Mary places herself between her Son and mankind in the reality of its wants, needs and sufferings. She puts herself “in the middle”, that is to say, she acts as a mediatrix not as an outsider, but in her position as Mother. She knows that, as such, she can point out to her Son the needs of mankind and in fact, she “has the right” to do so.” (Pope St. John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater, 1987, no. 21).
This impressive display of consistency and repetition in the Papal teachings of the past 150 years leads Miravalle to make the following statement in the aforementioned booklet: “We must thereby keep in mind that the role of Our Lady as Mediatrix of Grace is anything but a new doctrine, but rather constitutes the consistent doctrinal teaching of the Papal Magisterium.”
III Sacred Scripture
(To Be Cont’d…)
IV Two, In Becoming One, Become Three
Divine Revelation, via it’s twin-fold source of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (with the latter being a “living” Tradition that is guided by the Spirit Himself) makes known to us that the Spirit is both the “Advocate” and the “Love of God.” As the “Love of God,” the Holy Spirit is, as it were, the “divine fruit” of the love that exists, from all eternity, between the First Two Persons of the Holy Trinity; namely, the Father and the Son. Thus, while the Father eternally begets the Son, and as the Son inherits the fullness of everything that the Father is and has, including the absolute fullness of His divinity, the Son experiences the most perfect, profound and metaphysically intense love for His Father – a Divine love that is perfectly reciprocated by the Father for the Son. It may be stated that the divine love between the Father and the Son is so ontologically perfect and fecund, that it gives rise to a new, Third Divine Person, Who can be said to be the divine personification of the love between the two aforementioned Divine Persons. Continue Reading
It is with great joy that I announce to my readers that President Faust of Harvard, in response to the grave warnings of both the Archdiocese of Boston and numerous other Catholic organizations, Marian Apostolate of the Laity among them, finally took measures to ensure that a student-group that had been planning to host a re-enactment of a Satanic Black Mass (the very essence and purpose of which is to ceremoniously revile and blaspheme the Catholic Mass in general, and to desecrate a consecrated Eucharistic host, in particular) would not proceed according to students’ plans. It has been reported that Dr. Faust, through the crash course she unexpectedly received on Magisterial teaching regarding the centrality of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist as the “source and summit” of the whole of Christian life and all ecclesial, missionary and charitable activity through, with, in and by the Catholic Church, came to an awareness of precisely how horrifically denigrating the ritual would be to Catholics, whose celebration of the liturgy and the worship of the Real Presence – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – of Jesus Christ is the focal point of our faith.
It is the conviction of this author that Our Lady of Fatima, who is the Mother of the Blessed Sacrament, and whose feast we celebrate this day, is responsible for effecting this necessary conversion in the heart of President Faust. For, not only did Faust cancel the event, she additionally participated in the Eucharistic Holy Hour of Reparation in atonement for the impending Black Mass.
I must be honest in stating that I genuinely did not expect such an outcome, and this, I believe, speaks to the all powerful, never-failing intercession of Mary Immaculate.
Below is the “Open Letter” to Dr. Faust, which I sent to her email:
The following letter has been sent to Dr. Faust, President of Harvard University:
Dear Dr. Faust,
As I was going through today’s news, I discovered that a student group at Harvard will be hosting a Satanic Black Mass.
While I understand that those who are arranging this event are stating that their intention is purely “educational,” it’s difficult for me to believe that a woman of your stature and intelligence would not be capable of seeing through the absolute double-standard that is being applied here. For, as others have rightly pointed out, we all know that you, as president of Harvard, would never permit an “educational” celebration of the merits of the Third Reich, or an “educational” satire on the Prophet Mohammed and the Islamic faith, or an “educational” Ku Klux Klan cross-burning and “negro-lynching.”
How, then, can you possibly justify permitting your students to host and participate in a Black Mass, the very definition of which is to decidedly and ritualistically mock and egregiously blaspheme the single most sacred, sacramental rite of the Catholic Christian faith; namely, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the ensuing desecration of the Holy Eucharist, which, according to Catholic teaching, is nothing short of the True Presence of Christ our Lord – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity?
I would believe that any president of any college/university would possess the common sense necessary to harshly condemn such intolerance, bigotry, prejudice, vice, hatred, etc. Indeed, it is beyond my comprehension and sensibilities that you, Dr. Faust, of all college presidents, are supporting this most heinous attack on Catholicism!
How eerily and strangely appropriate, indeed, is your name; for, not unlike Goethe’s Faust, you too are a highly successful scholar making a pact with the Devil, in permitting this grave evil to transpire.
It is not simply my hope, but the hope of so many Catholics who are affiliated with Harvard that you will reconsider permitting this event to take place.
Please be assured of my prayers for you and your loved ones.
May God have mercy on your soul.
Jayson M. Brunelle, M.Ed., CAGS, Founder, Marian Apostolate of the Laity
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” -Reinhold Niebuhr