Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces
(Traditional Teresian Carmelite Calendar)
Last Sunday, the ninth after Pentecost, Holy Church prays that God help her children to "ask such things as please [Him]" (Collect of the Mass) for many, too often, ask rather such things as please themselves. But it pleased God to have loved us for all eternity, I have loved thee with an everlasting love (Jer. 31.3-DRV), and so He made "our heart... restless until it rests in [Him]" (St. Augustine). After our Original Fall, it still pleased God to draw us back to Him, therefore have I drawn thee, taking pity on thee (Jer. 31.3), by a most powerful expression only true love - a love that is divine - knows and is capable of: the greatest sacrifice on the Cross. And even after the Cross, when it seems to be not enough still, for evils without number have surrounded [us], [our] iniquities have overtaken [us], and [we were] not able to see: they are multiplied above the hairs of [our] head and [our] heart hath forsaken [us] (Ps. 39.12) due to our fault in letting ourselves be drawn away and got preoccupied with money to collect earthly goods and possessions, to eat and drink, to be merry; with earthly fame and honors; and, with earthly pleasures - God was pleased still to give us for our last "life-line" to our salvation, 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 [not the 'Lord' in the macrocosm of the pan-religious New World Order referred to by Pope John Paul II in our post "Our 'Great Reversal'", and not the 'Christ' in the microcosm of both the 'Reformed Bible-only-Christianity' - which contradicts Christ by claiming His indefectible Church to have been prevailed over already by the gates of hell degenerating into 'idolatry' and 'Popery' - and the counterfeit-Catholicism, cf., our post "The Year 1929", the Neo-Catholicism of Vatican II; cf., the pseudo-Christ of the New 'Catholic theology': "Ultimate Delusion of Vatican II 'Catholicism'" and in the Neo-Catholic 'Gospel' of 'universal salvationism' proclaimed by Pope Francis but in his capacity of a fallible Conciliar figure-head Pope or 'theologist', not in the capacity of the Sovereign Pontiff speaking "ex cathedra" or from the Chair of the Truth "in virtue of OUR Apostolic authority"] (Apoc. 12.21; cf., our post The Great Sign in Heaven):
In me is all hope of life and virtue.
In me is all grace of the way and of the truth
He who finds me, finds Life and
draws salvation from the Lord