Mary is the Immaculate Conception

Who is the Holy Spirit? The flowering of the love of the Father and the Son. If the fruit of created love is a created conception, then the fruit of divine Love, that prototype of all created love, is necessarily a divine “conception.” The Holy Spirit is, therefore, the “uncreated, eternal conception,” the prototype of all the conceptions that multiply life throughout the whole universe.

The Father begets; the Son is begotten; the Spirit is the “conception” that springs from their love. There we have the intimate life of the three Persons by which they can be distinguished one from another. But they are united in the oneness of their Nature, of their divine existence.

The Spirit is, then this thrice holy “conception,” this infinitely holy, Immaculate Conception…

The creature most completely filled with this love, filled with God himself, was the Immaculata, who never contracted the slightest stain of sin, who never departed in the least from God’s will. United to the Holy Spirit as his spouse, she is one with God in an incomparably more perfect way than can be predicated of any other creature.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe (reflections written on February 17, 1941)

Saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941)

Source: Mary is the Immaculate Conception

In August 1917 at Fatima, Our Lady came to the appointed date but did not appear

On August 13th, the day the fourth apparition was to take place, the seers could not go to Cova da Iria, as they had been abducted by the mayor of Vila Nova de Ourém, who wanted to force the secret from them. The children held fast.

At Cova da Iria, thunder followed by lightning was heard at the usual time. The spectators noticed a small white cloud that hovered over the holm oak for a few minutes. Phenomena of coloration were observed on the faces of the people, the clothing, the trees, and the ground. Our Lady had certainly come, but she had not found the seers.

On August 19th, at about four o’clock in the afternoon, Lucia was with Francisco and another cousin at Valinhos, a property belonging to one of her uncles, when the atmospheric changes that preceded the apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria began to occur: a sudden cooling of the temperature and a waning of the sun. Feeling that something supernatural was approaching and enveloping them, Lucia sent for Jacinta, who arrived in time to see Our Lady appear.

On that day Our Lady said: “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifice for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them… I want you to continue to go to Cova da Iria on the thirteenth of each month and to continue to pray the Rosary every day. On the last month, I will perform the miracle for all to believe…” Becoming sadder, she recommended anew the practice of mortification, saying lastly, “Pray, pray much, and make sacrifice for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them.”

Antonio A. Borelli

Adapted from TPF

Our Lady of Fatima (or Our Lady of the Rosary)

Source: In August 1917 at Fatima, Our Lady came to the appointed date but did not appear


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the problem Sen. Kamala Harris will have with Catholics:

Once Catholic voters learn more about Kamala Harris’ positions on an array of moral issues, Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick will have a hard time winning them over.

To begin with, Harris has tainted herself with the brush of anti-Catholicism. In 2018, she sought to stop a Trump nominee for a seat on the federal bench simply because he was Catholic. In doing so, she invoked a religious test for the bench, a patently unconstitutional act.

Here is how I characterized the Catholic League’s effort to help the nominee for a federal district job; my remarks were published in the Catholic League’s “2019 Year in Review.”We were among the first to come to bat for [Brian] Buescher, and our effort paid off. After much haggling, he was seated on the court in August [2019].”

The day after Christmas, 2018, I unloaded on Harris for questioning the suitability of Buescher for the job. His offense? His affiliation with the Knights of Columbus. She objected to his membership in the Knights because it is pro-life. Of course it is—it is a Catholic entity. In short, her real target was the Catholic Church.

Her craving for abortion rights is so strong that in 2019 she bludgeoned pro-life activist David Daleiden for his undercover video work showing how abortion operatives harvest and sell aborted fetal organs. Unlike the American people, the vast majority of whom want restrictions on abortion, Harris insists there should be none. She led the fight against a 20-week abortion ban.

Last September, following a Democratic presidential candidate debate, Harris criticized ABC panelists for not asking about abortion. The debate, she said, “was three hours long and not one question about abortion or reproductive rights.” She is so pro-abortion that in 2015, in her capacity as California’s Attorney General, she sought to cripple crisis pregnancy centers with draconian regulations. She was sued and lost in the Supreme Court three years later.

Catholics will be delighted to know that Harris is a co-sponsor of “The Equality Act,” legislation that would effectively gut Catholic hospitals. As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said, it would put freedom of speech, belief, and thought “at risk,” thus vitiating conscience rights. It would also disable the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, making mince meat out of religious liberty.

Harris’ passion for gay rights led her to become the keynote speaker at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign dinner, the prominent homosexual entity. She thrilled the crowd, saying, “Together we’ll fight when Planned Parenthood clinics are being threatened to shut down.” The audience was ecstatic when she boasted that she “felt patriotic when on Valentine’s weekend in 2004, I performed marriages of gay couples at San Francisco Hall.”

What about men who think they are women, and vice versa? She’s fine with that. Do they belong in the military? Sure. What about biological males who think they are girls competing against real girls in girls’ sports? She loves it.

Harris’ persona is something to keep an eye on. She will fight to the end of the earth to keep black kids trapped in public schools, denying them the same school choice options she has exercised. Yet her stepchildren attended an elite private school in Los Angeles, Wildwood School, that costs about $44,000 a year. She made sure not to stick them in a public school.

If this shows her classist streak, her penchant for believing any sexual allegation made against men shows her sexist side. When Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Harris said about Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations, “I believe her.” That was before Kavanaugh testified. A year later, after Ford’s tale was blown wide open, Harris tweeted that Kavanaugh “lied.”

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is another man whom Harris smeared. When he was charged with sexual assault, she immediately labeled it a “credible account.” The accusation died on the vine. He still has his job.

More seriously, when her running mate was charged with sexual assault last year, Harris said of his accusers, “I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.” She has never taken that back. Does she still believe Biden is a predator? If she hasn’t changed her mind, what does that make her?

Finally, Harris supports reparations for African Americans. That would not include her: her father is Jamaican and her mother was born in India. So she wouldn’t get a dime. But she would have to fork up lots of cash. Why? As her father disclosed—he is a Stanford University professor—one of her ancestors, Hamilton Brown, was a slave owner.

In fairness, then, if the average American has to pay X amount for slavery, Harris should at least have to pay 10X. Isn’t this what redistributive justice is all about? Catholics need to know.


The most extensive synthesis of Marian doctrine ever elaborated

By a decree signed on February 11, 2018—the 160th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes—Pope Francis established the liturgical memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, and inserted it in the Roman calendar. The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments explained that this decision was taken “considering the importance of the mystery of the spiritual motherhood of the Blessed Virgin who, in waiting for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (cf. Acts 1:14), has never ceased to take maternal care of the pilgrim Church.” Cardinal Robert Sarah also believes that “the promotion of this devotion can foster among pastors, religious and the faithful the growth of a maternal sense of the Church and of true Marian devotion.

The term “Mater Ecclesiae” had already been used by Saint Paul VI on November 21, 1964, when he promulgated the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, whose Chapter VIII, entirely dedicated to the Virgin Mary, explores her role in the mystery of Christ and the Church. Pope Paul VI, who had a deep devotion to the Mother of God, saw in Lumen Gentium “the most extensive synthesis of Marian doctrine ever elaborated by an ecumenical council, with a view to manifesting the face of the holy Church, to which Our Lady is intimately associated.”

Vatican News


Source: The most extensive synthesis of Marian doctrine ever elaborated

The Blessed Virgin wept over the scandals of the French Court

In the Basilica of Cléry, the statue of the Virgin and Child dates from the 17th century and was restored in 1875.

A touching miracle took place on Pentecost Monday, 26th May 1670, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Cléry, in central France. Town records claim that the statue of the Madonna wept on Pentecost Monday, exactly 350 years ago, as stated in 1926 by Canon Lucien Millet, then senior priest of the Basilica of Our Lady of Cléry, in a small book written in honor of this shrine built in 1280 after the miraculous discovery of a statue of the Blessed Virgin by peasants.

The author devotes a large part of the book to “the miracle of tears,” quoting the 1882 testimony of Marie-Thérèse Bonamy whose grandfather saw the Blessed Virgin “blush, become pale, and cry.”

41 testimonies were gathered in the course of an investigation initiated by the religious authorities immediately after the occurrence, which is described as follows: “The miracle took place from about 4:00 to 7:00 pm; during the span of at least two hours, the statue of the Madonna and Child came to life, changing complexion several times, from a death-like pallor to a very vivid redness, becoming covered with sweat and shedding tears.”

The author adds: “In order that the certainty of the fact may be better established, God allowed a skeptic to express his unbelief publicly: “This man was a squire, chief of the guards of the Duke of Orleans. He was trying to explain the phenomenon by the reverberation of the sun, when he saw the statue of the Madonna and Child come to life, change color, and tears flow from their eyes. Surprised and moved, he knelt down to pray, hiding behind the altar to weep to avoid being seen,” Canon Millet wrote.

The miracle took place in the royal church of Cléry, during the reign of Louis XIV. Since the king was the first canon of the collegiate church, he was informed of the miracle. According to Canon Millet, “King Louis XIV had many reasons to think that the Blessed Virgin had wept over the scandals of the Court.” Regretfully, the author adds that “the king, too blinded by his passions, and too intoxicated by his pride, took little heed of the Mother’s tears and the Son’s warnings.”

Adapted from: Larep


Source: The Blessed Virgin wept over the scandals of the French Court


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Black Lives Matter:

One of the greatest threats to the health and safety of black Americans today is not the police. It is Black Lives Matter. The facts are incontrovertible.

Crime is a serious problem in many black inner-city neighborhoods, and that is why a recent Gallup survey found that most blacks—81 percent—want the police to spend the same amount of time (61 percent) or more time (20 percent) in their area. If most blacks thought the cops were the enemy, they would not want a police presence where they live.

Why is Black Lives Matter such a threat to the health and safety of black people? Because it wants to eliminate the police force and empty the prisons. If this were to happen, blacks would suffer the most.

On the website of Black Lives Matter there is a petition calling for “a national defunding of police.” While others are also calling to defund the police, Black Lives Matter is front and center.

Patrisse Cullors is one of the three founders of Black Lives Matter; she is also its most prominent spokesperson. She recently told Newsweek that “Policing and incarceration are part of a continuum,” and that her organization is committed to “getting rid of both systems.” She added that “When we’re thinking about defunding police, we need to be thinking about defunding the mass incarceration state.”

On its website, Black Lives Matter lists “prison abolition” as one of its objectives. In June, Black Lives Matter Chicago said this goal was urgent. “We say #DefundThePolice and #DefundDepOfCorrections because they work in tandem. The rise of mass incarceration occurred alongside the rise of militarized and mass policing. They must be abolished as a system.”

Chicago, of course, is where black lives matter the least: black-on-black shootings are routine, especially on weekends. Most Chicagoan blacks, like blacks everywhere, are peaceful, which explains why they want more arrests and more incarcerations, not less. So why is Black Lives Matter doing everything it can to subvert the aspirations of black people?

One reason why we have gotten to this absurd stage is because of the white “allies” of Black Lives Matter. To be specific, legions of young affluent white men and women have been intellectually seduced by their ideologically corrupt professors. They sincerely believe that the cops are the enemy and the prisons are evil. They need a reality check.

In truth, it is they, along with Black Lives Matter, who are the greatest threat to the health and safety of black people.

If we get rid of the police and the prisons, Black Lives Matter officials will be unaffected, as will their white allies; they live in comfortable neighborhoods. It will be innocent black men, women and children who will pay the price for their insanity. It doesn’t get any more perverse than this. Indeed, the Klan could not improve on their agenda.