Feast of the Solemnity of the Bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
Thou... hast prevented our ruin in the presence of God (Jdt. 13.15, from the Epistle of today's Feast)
Holy Church teaches us in her Spiritual Theology that the devil leads us to our spiritual ruin by conspiracy. Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, the devil "has not ceased to attack the children of Adam or to lay snares for them" (The Very Reverend A. Tanquerey, S.S., D.D., in his classic The Spiritual Life). The Eternal Word of Truth reveals it: They will shoot at him... resolute in wickedness. They have talked of hiding snares; they have said: Who shall see them? (Ps. 63.6). However, the evil one can not act directly on our intellect and will - man's highest spiritual faculties which "God has kept... as a sanctuary for Himself, [a sanctuary where] God alone can enter there and touch the mainspring of the will without doing violence to it" (ibid.). What the devil generally does is to conspire with the world and the disordered passions (as the reckless lust for pleasure, sensible goods, and the marked proneness to pride) of our fallen nature - an assault from without and... from within.
They have plotted against Me (Ps. 139.9).
To destroy the Son of man, the devil conspired with the Jews - elected by God to be His vessel in spreading the hope of redemption and salvation in the Blood of the Divine Lamb Jesus Christ. Say ye not: a conspiracy: for all that this people speaketh is a conspiracy (Is. 8.12). A conspiracy is found among the men of Juda, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem (Jer. 11.9). There is a conspiracy of prophets in the midst thereof (Ezech. 22.25). And the Pharisees, going out, made a consultation against Him, how they might destroy Him (Mt. 12.14). And they consulted together, that by subtlety they might apprehend Jesus, and put Him to death (Mt. 26.4). And the Pharisees going out, immediately made a consultation with the Herodians, how they might destroy Him (Mk. 3.6). Hence, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ refers to them and their generation* as the Synagogue of Satan (Apoc. 2.9; 3.9).
* His blood be upon us and our children (Mt. 27.25).
They have taken a malicious counsel against Thy people**, and have consulted against Thy saints. They have said: Come and let us destroy them, so that they be not a nation... (Ps. 82.4,5). Against the Apostle Paul: the Jews consulted together to kill him (Ac. 9.23). And against the Church, Satan devised "crypto-Jewry" (Cecil Roth, the celebrated contemporary Jewish historian, in his The History of the Marranos, Buenos Aires: Editorial Israel, 1946): False brethren unawares brought in who came in privately... that they might bring us into servitude [to confine the Church to a subordinate position to the Synagogue] (Gal. 2.4). Certain men... secretly entered in... ungodly men, turning the grace of God into riotousness, and denying the Only Sovereign Ruler and Our Lord Jesus Christ (Jude 4).
** The persecution of the Church is the persecution of its Head, the Lord Jesus Christ (cf., Ac. 9.1-5).
The most destructive turn of this "crypto-Jewry" was when it assumed this face of the so-called Jewish "Fifth Column" in the bosom of Christianity: the mock-clergy. This was revealed by a letter of instruction sent by the secret leader of international Jews from his seat in Constantinople to the Jews in France at the end of the 15th century: ".... Beloved brother [Chamor Rabino de Arles] in Moses, we have received your letter, in which you report of your anxieties of soul and the misfortune which you must bear. We suffer this sorrow with you. The advice of the Grand Rabbis and Satraps of our laws runs as follows: You say that the King of France compels you to become Christians. Well then, do his will, but preserve the law of Moses in your hearts. You say that they wish to seize your goods with violence. Let you children become merchants, so that through trade they may rob the Christians of their property. You say that there is a striving after your life. Let your sons become doctors and chemists, so that they can take life from the Christians without having to fear punishment. You say that your synagogues are destroyed. Let your sons become priests and abbots, so that they can destroy the Christian Church [cf., our post "The Neo-Catholic Scandals and The Year 1929"]. You say that you are oppressed in other ways. Let your sons become lawyers or notaries or undertake some other profession which has usually to do with public affairs. Thus you will rule the Christians, you will gain control of their land and avenge yourselves upon them. Follow the commands which we give you and experience will so teach you that, although you are now downtrodden, you attain the high point of power. Signed V.S.S.V.E.F. Prince of the Jews of Constantinople to the leader of Casleo, 1489" (in The Plot Against the Church, published by the "Syndicate of Cardinals" - as referred to by a "distinguished Hierarch of Masonry", Mr. Martin Luiz Guzman, in his weekly Tiempo, N. 1119, Vol. XIII, p. 60, published in Mexico City on 14 October 1963 - of the Roman Curia under the pseudonym "Maurice Pinay" - and distributed to the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council as a last attempt to save the Council from the modern "Judaizers"). This Jewish "Fifth Column" succeeded in seizing the Holy See when the Cardinal Jew Pierleoni sat on the Chair of Peter as Pope Anacletus II until his death. However, God raised St. Bernard and St. Norbert to help free the Church from Jewry which was finally dealt a severe blow by the exiled legitimate Roman Pontiff, Pope Innocent II, when he called the Second Lateran Council (declaring that the acts of Anacletus were illegal and deposing all the priests, bishops, and cardinals of Anacletus) and constantly purged the clergy of the Jewish mock-clergy until it came to a point when it was already impossible for the Synagogue of Satan to infiltrate the hierarchy.
The Synagogue of course did not stop in plotting to inflict ruin on Christ's Church. According to Joshua Jehuda, considered to be an important contemporary 'spiritual' leader of the Synagogue: "... Three breaches have been opened," that is, three attempts "to amend the suffocating, paralyzing effects of Christian theology." "The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the [Masonic] 1789 Revolution [also known as the French Revolution]," says Jehuda, "constitute three attempts to rectify Christian mentality by bringing into tune with the progressive development of reason and science... and as when dogmatic Christianity relaxes, the Jews gradually free themselves from control" (L'Antisemitisme, Miroir du Monde [British Museum reserve], 1958, pp. 170-2). In the document Alta Vendita (the "Masonic blueprint for the subversion of the Catholic Church"), ordered by the Holy See to be published, the Synagogue of Satan takes up again the assault of Jewish "Fifth Column" infiltration of the clergy (cf., our post, "A Perilous 'Catholic' Voyage").
As in Fatima, Portugal the Great Sign in heaven (Apoc 12.1, from the Introit of today's Mass) warned us of the red dragon's assault (cf., our post, "The Great Secret of Fatima"), so did the Holy Church warned us, by Pope Clement XII (In eminenti, 1738), by Pope Benedict XIV (who confirmed and renewed Pope Clement XII's Apostolic Constitution in Providas, 1751), by Pope Pius VII (Ecclesiam a Jesu Christo, 1821), by Pope Leo XII (which put together all the acts and decrees of former Roman Pontiffs on this last subject and ratified and confirmed them "forever" in his Quo graviora, 1825), by Pope Pius VIII (Traditi, 1829), by Pope Gregory XVI (Mirari vos, 1832), many times over by Pope Pius IX (Qui pluribus, 1846, etc.), and Pope Leo XIII (Humanum genus, 1884; Custodi, 1892) on the Synagogue's secret assault in the form of Freemasonry. Regrettably, as the Great Sign in heaven was ignored in Her warnings by no less than the hierarchy, so was also the Holy Church in her warnings, decrees, and ex cathedra repeated condemnation of Freemasonry and its principles (cf., "On Vatican II 'Religious Liberty'"). Therefore, the kings of the earth stood up , and the princes met together, against the Lord and against His Christ. Let us break their bonds asunder: and let us cast away their yoke from us (Ps. 2.2-3: 2 Thess. 2.3); and they that hate Thee have made their boasts, in the midst of Thy solemnity... they have defiled the dwelling place of Thy name on the earth (Ps. 73.4,7) [cf., "The Catholic Sanctuary (II)" redesigned according to the inner style of a Masonic Lodge].
But "... let us raise Our eyes and hands to the Most Holy Virgin, who alone crushes all heresies [cf., Gen. 3.15: Ipsa conteret (She shall crush)], and is Our greatest reliance and the whole reason of Our hope... that She... may show Her power over these evil sects, in which is revived the contumacious spirit of the demon, together with his unsubdued perfidy and deceit" (Popes Gregory XVI in his Mirari vos and Leo XIII in his Humanum genus).
And the dragon was angry against the Woman: and went to make war with the rest of Her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Apoc. 12.17).
Behold, I will make them [of the Synagogue of Satan] to come and adore before thy feet. And they shall know that I have loved thee (Apoc. 3.9).
A blessed Feast to all!