The religion of the rights of man

“The viiolent destruction of the monarchy itself, which was nothing but a visible reminder of the relationship between God and man, is itself a clue to wider intentions”

Vexillum Immaculatae

May 25, 2016                                                                                                                                             The Memorial of Pope Saint Gregory VII

It is hard to underestimate the change that occurred in the outlook of the human race at the end of the eighteenth century.  Prior to that moment, for all of recorded history, the divine had been at the center of human existence.  Even if cultures or peoples of bygone eras had ignorant or mistaken notions of who God is never in their wildest dreams would they have ever even thought…

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Haurietis Aquas: You shall draw water joyfully from the wellsprings of salvation


“Are you afflicted? Do your enemies persecute you? Does the remembrance of your past sins trouble you?  Do you feel your heart agitated by disquiet, by fear, or by passions? Come! Throw yourself into my arms.  Enter into My Heart.  I am the asylum and refuge of holy souls, and a place of shelter where your soul is in perfect security..” Cor Christi asylum perfugii in tentationibus and tribulationibus   (Blosi Consol of the Faithful Soul)       

“In this adorable Heart”, says St. Peter Damian, “we find all the weapons necessary for our defense, all the remedies suited to the cure of our diseases, all the most powerful aids against the assaults of our enemies, all the sweetest consolations to alleviate our sufferings, all the purest delights to fill our souls with joy.”

“The Sacred Heart of Jesus” says the devout Lanspergius, “is not only the seat of all…

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Pope Benedict XVI: “Our Handling of the Eucharist Can Only Arouse Concern” Essay: Church and Scandal of Sexual Abuse

Midst the delicacy and ingenuity of his language we find what Pope Benedict XVI offers us.
“Our handling of the Eucharist can only arouse concern” writes Pope Benedict XVI in his essay ‘ The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse:’

“The Second Vatican Council was rightly focused on returning this Sacrament of the Presence of the Body and Blood of Christ, of the Presence of His Person, of His Passion, Death and Resurrection, to the center of Christian life and to being strong.

The very existence of the Church is undermined.

In part, this has really come about, and we should be most grateful to the Lord for it, and yet a rather different attitude is prevalent.

What predominates is not a new reverence for the presence of Christ’s death and resurrection, but a way of dealing with Him … that destroys the greatness of His mystery.”

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Is the “very existence” of the Church threatened by downplaying the existence of her mystery and her supernatural aspect?

Don Federico Botoli, whose book, ‘La Distribuzione della Comunione sulla mano’ “The Distribution of Communion in the Hand”, which he wrote for his doctoral dissertation in Canon Law, was interviewed by the website One Peter Five about this matter:
The key document relative to the distribution of Holy Communion in the hand is the instruction of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship ‘Memoriale Domini’ (May 29, 1969), issued at the direction of Paul VI; can you tell us how this document originated and what directives it contained?

“The document originated because in the years immediately following Vatican II, the practice of receiving Communion in the hand became widespread in many countries; This was obviously a liturgical abuse, which put its roots down in those countries where there was already doctrinal problems regarding the Holy Eucharist: Belgium, Holland, France, and Germany; The Holy See, not succeeding in stopping this abuse, decided to consult all the bishops on this question. The decision of Paul VI already allows us to understand the importance of the argument. I say this, because some would maintain that this whole question is only of marginal importance.

OP5: And what resulted from this consultation?

DFB: The majority of bishops expressed their opposition to the introduction of this practice.  M.D. acknowledged the outcome of the consultation and confirmed that the universal norm for receiving Communion is precisely that of receiving it directly on the tongue. At the same time, (Memoriale Dei) consented that the Bishops conference of those places in which the abuse was already occurring would be able to request an indult for Communion in the hand, if the bishops were able to achieve a vote of a two thirds majority in favor of requesting it.

OP5: M.D. thus confirmed that the two ways of receiving the Eucharist are not on the same level?

Absolutely; In my book, I examine the entire text of the instruction, which when read, clearly is understood to say that the traditional and universal discipline of the Church is that of Communion on the tongue, because “it is based on a centuries-old tradition.It expresses and signifies the reverent respect of the faithful towards the Holy Eucharist Furthermore “it avoids the danger of profaning the Eucharistic species Communion on the tongue is recommended in Memorial Domine. Communion on the hand is permitted, provided that certain precautions are observed such as checking to see if any fragments of the Host remain in the palm of the hand.”

Have we ever seen the priest or the Eucharistic Minister checking for fragments of the host in the palm of the hands of the recipient of the Host?

St. Thomas Aquinas writes: “out of reverence towards this Sacrament, nothing touches it but what is consecrated.Tthe corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest’s hands, for touching this Sacrament. Hence, it is not lawful for anyone else to touch it except from necessity, for instance, if if were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of urgency.” (Summa Theologiae, III, 8

  • In continuity with the teaching of his Predecessor, starting with the Solemnity of Corpus Christ in the year 2008, the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, began to distribute to the faithful the Body of Christ by placing it directly on the tongue of the faithful as they remain kneeling.
    In the year 2000, the then Cardinal Ratzinger, in ‘The Spirit of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press 2000 p.90) assured that “Communion only reaches true depth when it is supported and surrounded by adoration” For this reason Cardinal Ratzinger maintained that the “practice of kneeling for Holy Communion has in its favor a centuries-old tradition, and it is a particularly expressive sign of adoration, completely appropriate in light of the true, real and substantial presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the consecrated species”
    Pope Benedict also cites the Desert Fathers, in ‘The Spirit of the Liturgy’ speaking of “a story that comes from the sayings of the Desert Fathers, according to which the devil was compelled by God to show himself to a certain Abba Apollo; He looked black and ugly , with frightening thin limbs, but, most strikingly he had no knees. The inability to kneel is seen as the very essence of the diabolical.”

    In his essay ‘The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse’ Pope Emeritus further cements his concern for the essence of what Communion in the hand while standing is: “The Eucharist is devalued into a mere ceremonial gesture when it is taken for granted and when courtesy requires Him to be offered at family celebrations or on occasions such as weddings and funerals to all those invited for family reasons. Therefore, when thinking about what action is required first and foremost …

    “It is rather obvious that we do not need another Church of our own design. Rather, what is required first and foremost is the renewal of the Faith in the Reality of Jesus Christ given to us in the Blessed Sacrament.”

    Is Benedict XVI referring to Vatican II as producing ‘another Church of our own design’ ?

    Is he saying that Communion in the hand is wrong?

  • Vatican II Was An Evil Council

    “Evil always implies the absence of some good … but,  the absence of a good that properly belongs to a species … ”  St. Thomas Aquinas


    This article is an attempt to generate interest in reading the unknown treasures which lie hidden in the original schemas of Vatican II, which have recently come to the light of day, after years in the Vatican dust bin … having been cast aside by the Council Fathers to be replace by their own more ‘modern’ view, and that of the Protestant Ministers (Periti) who  worked with them.

    They are easy to read, unlike their replacement Vatican II documents.  They are clear and the point is made within seconds of reading.  They are bright, direct, and, relevant.  If they had been used … particularly the one ‘On Chastity, Marriage, the Family and Virginity’, which I intend to focus on, we might not have waded into this sorrowful diabolical state we are in at present …  with our families and the children of the world.  


    In the years leading up to the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII entrusted the preparation of the documents that would be discussed by the Council to a Preparatory Commission.

    This Preparatory Commission was headed by the Venerable Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani.

    This Preparatory Commission drafted a total of nine schemas on a variety of topics, and they were rejected by the Council Fathers as excessively rigid, condemnatory in tone, and too Scholastic in their style.  They were filed away deep in the proverbial Vatican ‘dust bin’

      Until recently, we in the English speaking world had no way to assess the alleged integrity of the words cast upon Ottaviani’s original schemas.  We simply had to take the words of the Council Fathers and Protestant Ministers who acted as Periti, in planning our fate. 

    Thankfully, however, in 2012 a priest of Marquette University, Father Joseph A. Komonchak, laboriously translated five of the nine schemas into English.  We are happy to link Father Komonchak’s excellent translations below:


    On October 30, the day after his seventy-second birthday, Cardinal Ottaviani addressed the Council to protest against  drastic changes which were being suggested for the Mass:

    “Are we seeking to stir up wonder, or perhaps scandal, among the Christian people by introducing changes in so venerable a rite, that has been approved for so many centuries and is now so familiar?  The rite of Holy Mass should not be treated as if it were a piece of cloth to be refashioned according to the whim of each generation”  Speaking without a text, because of his partial blindness, he exceeded the ten-minute time limit which all had been requested to observe.  Cardinal Tisserant, Dean of the Council Presidents, showed his watch to Cardinal Alfrink, who was presiding that morning.  When Cardinal Ottaviani reached fifteen minutes, Cardinal Alfrink rang the warning bell.  But the speaker was so engrossed in his topic that he did not notice the bell, or purposely ignored it.  At a signal from Cardinal Alfrink, a technician switched off the microphone.  After confirming the fact by tapping the instrument, Cardinal Ottaviani stumbled back to his seat in humiliation.  The most powerful Cardinal in the Roman Curia had been silenced, and the Council Fathers clapped with glee.                                                             





    CHAPTER 1:  INTRODUCTORY REMARKS ON THE SEXES                                                         ” God alone is the absolute lord of man’s life and of its integrity, particularly with respect to what makes man naturally capable of and associates him with God in the propagation of human life.  Attempts to change one’s sex, therefore, when this is sufficiently determined, are wicked;  nor is it allowed, in order to save the health of the whole man, to mutilate his genital organs or to render them infertile, if there are other ways to provide for his health.  Nor in any case is or can there be a right to transplant into the human body the sexual organs of animals which produce the germinative cells of their own genus, or vice-versa, nor also to try to unite the human germ cells of each sex in a laboratory, even if this is done without violating modesty and chastity and solely for the sake of scientific progress.”

    CHAPTER TWO:  THE CHASTITY OF THE UNMARRIED:                                                             “…by Divine ordination, revealed also in the law of nature, man has a healthy sexual power.  The right to exercise it is obtained only in a legitimate marriage and indeed within morally prescribed limits.  An unmarried man, therefore, has a serious duty to refrain from actions which alone or with others, of their nature constitute perfect or imperfect use of his power.”

    “Even the unmarried, if they humbly beg for, and are helped by, God’s grace, are able to maintain chastity, as the Sacred Council of Trent already declared, and the Church has always taught.”


    “The worst is to maintain that the most shameful love for persons of the same sex is the prerogative of a higher culture.”

    “Finally the Sacred Synod rejects as harmful the errors that maintain that the Church by its teaching on chastity and modesty  harms a healthy and vigorous education of the young.  These views are directly aimed at God, since God Himself says through the Apostle:  “Immorality or any impurity … must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones”



    Here, dear friend, I will leave you.  Hopefully you have received enough of an impression of ‘what could have been’ had this subject been broached at the Council, and accepted … our children would have been taught about sin and its eternal consequences … about the supernatural beliefs of the Catholic Church, such as hell.

    Hopefully, you will be intrigued to continue examining these documents in depth.
















    Notre Dame Burns! A Minor Prelude to God’s Chastisement?

    “Fire will fall from the sky”  Sr. Agnes Katsuko  Akita Japan:   Approved as reliable and worthy of belief by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger June 1988

    France, the “eldest daughter of the Church” was the first Catholic Christian Kingdom of the New Testament, ruled by Clovis, a convert to Christianity in 496.  He was baptized by Saint Remigius and brought the Frankish chieftains together under a King … a historical feat of its’ own. France remained Catholic Christian until ….

    His Most Christian Majesty King Louis XVI by the grace of God King of France and Navarre … was beheaded by the political machinations of freemasonry as the main goal of the French Revolution , after a cruel imprisonment separated from his family … his monarchy toppled …  he was not the man whom history paints as weak.  From the scaffold he absolved the French people of any responsibility for the regicide, which he knew to be the work of a powerful Jacobin minority.

    To lead into the story of what France had lost with the execution of King Louis XVI, I quote words from King Louis XVI which give a gist of his political leanings … giving a snapshot of the man  he really was … and why France has been singled out by God … along with Russia … raising again the question of whether or not the burning of Notre Dame could be a prelude to a chastisement from a Just God. It certainly has the attention of the world and with good cause.

    His Most Christian Majesty King Louis XVI speaks:

    “Religion should be the only politics of Kings.  Where there is religion, no other politics is necessary.  I shall not rule according to inclination, but according to duty, and I shall insist that the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Religion continue to be the religion of the state.

    To know God and make Him known, such is my wish.

    These two words comprise all the craft of government.”   King Louis XVI

    “The secret movers of the French Revolution had sworn to overturn the Throne and the Altar upon the Tomb of Jacques de Molay.  When Louis XVI was executed, half the work was done; and thenceforward the Army of the Temple was to direct all its efforts against the Pope.”  Albert Pike  American Attorney, soldier, writer, freemason                                          Solange Hertz   Utopia Nowhere

    And so it continues to this day.  But  … back to the theory of a chastisement.

    Two hundred years before the French Revolution, a French Visitation nun, now St. Margaret Mary Alocoque had received a request from the Sacred Heart of Jesus that France be consecrated to that same Sacred Heart with promises of peace.  It was during the reign of King Louis XIV The Sun King. “He will save France totally and revive holy religion in her”

    Jesus asked for a national consecration.  He asked that the emblem of the Sacred Heart be placed upon the tri colors of the flag of France.  King Louis XIV knew of the Sacred Heart.  The devotion had been preached to the French royal family by St. John Eudes even before the revelations destined for Louis XIV from St. Margaret Mary.  The Sacred Heart was popular with the French people therefore.  The Sacred Heart badge had become the official insignia of a heroic popular resistance to the final overthrow of the monarchy in the Vendee.  Queen Marie Antoinette carried one.

    King Louis XIV failed to consecrate the country formally and nationally.  (The entire story can be found within the grouped above titles on this website using the toggle switches.  He never received the message of St. Margaret Mary, who had sent it to his confessor.

    King Louis XV failed to consecrate.

    King Louis XVI failed to consecrate, although he wrote a Consecration which was found in his prison cell after his death.

    ‘The tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud’ by Raymond Jonas tells us of another failure of the eldest daughter of the Church to listen to God …  although Claire Ferchaud spent her entire life promoting the devotion.  Her mission did result in Ferdinand Foch, commander in chief of the Allied armies on the Western front WWI, consecrated his armies to the Sacred Heart in a private ceremony in July of 1918.     The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War:  Raymond Jonas

    Sister Lucy of Fatima received a message at Tuy on June 13, 1929 which ties Fatima to the Sacred Heart and harbingers a doomsday for the world,  of which we experience the edges today, with the Collapsing of the Catholic Church and the entrance of the False eclipsing church which Our Lady of LaSalette warned of:  “The true Church will be eclipsed”

    How so?

    On June 13, 1929, a shocking tie to France was given at Rianjo to Sister Lucie, the seer of Fatima:    “Make it known to my ministers that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of my request, they will follow him into misfortune.”


    What Does God Want for Peace to Come to earth?

    We know He wants France to be consecrated to the Sacred Heart.

    We know He wants Russia to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    We know that Russia, the largest land mass on the earth, will be converted to Christianity once the Consecration has been done properly.  It will be a stupendous miracle for the eyes of the world

    Why These Two Consecrations?

    Jesus Addresses This Subject Explicitly:

    Lucy:  “I have spoken to Our Lord about the subject, and not too long ago I asked Him why He would not convert Russia without the Holy Father making that Consecration?”

    Jesus:  “Because I want My whole Church to acknowledge that Consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that it may extend its cult later on, and put the Devotion to My Mother’s Immaculate Heart beside the Devotion to My Sacred Heart.”


    The world quakes and her crust cracks and becomes saturated with the blood of the innocent … babies … martyrs for Christianity …  because of lack of love for her Creator … Who has been forgotten …  not because of ‘climate change.’ 

     Laudato Si, the encyclical of the Pope, addresses the changing climate of the world!

    No mention of God, or the messages of Our Lady … Nothing for the soul !!









    The Arrest of the Lord as Seen in Vision by Bl. Anna Catherine Emmerich

    It was now half past eleven o’clock … three hundred men were stationed at the gates in in the streets of Ophel.  An orange moon rose higher into an inky sky, wisps of black cloud passing over its surface … harbingers of danger.   Judas went forward with twenty soldiers, followed at some distance by four common executioners … “

    “They wore helmets, and from their doublets hung leathern straps around their hips just like the Romans … it was the Temple guard.”  They are the ones who paid Judas.  It was feared that he would run off in the blackness of the night and they would not capture Jesus.

    They carried swords, and, spears, and one lantern.

    Jesus took some steps toward the band and said in a loud, distinct voice:  “Whom seek ye?”  The leaders answered:  “Jesus of Nazareth,” whereupon Jesus replied:  “I am He”  But scarcely had He uttered the words when, as if suddenly attacked by convulsions, they crowded back and fell to the ground one upon another.  They writhed on the ground as if struck with epilepsy.”

    Jesus bade them to arise.

    Then Jesus addressed them:

    “Ye are come out with spears and clubs to apprehend Me as if I were a murderer.  I have daily taught among you in the Temple, and ye dared not lay hands upon me;  but this is your hour.

    It is the hour of darkness.”


    Two Churches Prophesied Bl. Anna Catherine Emmerich d.1824

    Blessed Anna was a mystic and stigmatist.  She suffered horribly for a lifetime.  She was Beatified in 2004

    March 22, 1820                                                                                                                                     ” I saw very clearly the aberrations on the countless sins of men.  I saw the folly and wickedness of their actions, against all truth and all reasons.  Priests were among them, and I gladly endured my suffering so that they may return to a better mind”

    April 12, 1820                                                                                                                                        “I had another vision of the great tribulation, it seems to me that a concession was demanded from the clergy which could not be granted.  I saw many older priests, especially one, who wept bitterly.  A few younger ones were also weeping.  But others, and the lukewarm among them, readily did what was demanded.

    It was as if the people were splitting into two camps.

    I saw how baleful (harmful) would be the consequences of this false church.  I saw it increase in size;  heretics of every kind came into the city (Rome).  The local clergy grew lukewarm and I saw a great darkness.

    Then the vision seemed to extend on every side.  Whole Catholic communities were being oppressed, harassed, confined, and deprived of their freedom.  I saw many churches closed down, great miseries everywhere, wars and bloodshed.  A wild and ignorant mob took violent action.  But it did not last long.

    Once more I saw that the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect.  But I saw also that help was coming when distress had reached its peak.

    I saw the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread her mantle over it.

    July 1820

    I saw the Holy Father surrounded by traitors and in great distress about the Church.  He had visions and apparitions in his hour of greatest need.  I saw many good pious Bishops;  but they were weak and wavering, their cowardice often got the upper hand …  Then I saw darkness spreading around and people no longer seeking the true Church.

    August to October 1820

    I see more martyrs, not now but in the future … I saw the secret sect relentlessly undermining the true Church.  Near them I saw a horrible beast coming up from the sea.  All over the world, good and devout people … especially the clergy …were harassed , oppressed and put into prison.  I had the feeling that they would become martyrs one day.

    When the Church had been for the most part destroyed, and when only the sanctuary and altar were still standing, I saw the wreckers enter the Church with the Beast.  There he met a Woman of noble carriage who seemed to be with child because she was walking slowly.

    At this sight, the enemies were terrorized, and the Beast could not take but another step forward.  It projected its neck towards the Woman as if to devour her.

    The Woman turned about and bowed down towards the altar, her head touching the ground.  Thereupon, I saw the Beast taking to flight towards the sea again, and the enemies were fleeing in the greatest confusion.

    Then I saw in the great distance a great legion approaching.

    In the foreground I saw a man on a white horse.

    Prisoners were set free and joined the legion.

    Then I saw the Church was promptly rebuilt and she was more magnificent than ever before ……”


    How blessed we Catholics are to have Truth … to have the knowledge that there is a supernatural life.  God has given us copious graces of messages from Heaven.  “At the present time theologians, interested in other topics, are not teaching us much about grace and the supernatural.”  Father Kenneth Baker, S.J.  Grace Does Not Destroy Human Freedom     (Worcester Free Press)

    Always Our Lady is there waiting for you to ask,

     Help is there in her immaculate hands from which magnificent graces flow ….. She offers hope for the heart in these perilous times.  Seek her.


    The Agony in The Garden From the Visions of Stigmatist Blessed Anna Catherine Emmerich

    “The Garden of Olives was separated by a road from that of Gethsemani and was higher up the mountain.  It was open, being surrounded by only a rampart of earth.”

    It was about nine o’clock when Jesus reached Gethsemani with the disciples.  Darkness had fallen upon the earth, but the moon was lighting up the sky.  Jesus was very sad.  He announced to the Apostles the approach of danger, and they became uneasy.  Jesus bade eight of them to remain in the Garden of Gethsemani, where there was a kind of summerhouse built of branches and foliage.

    ‘” Remain here, while I go to My own place to pray.’ ” He said,

    He took Peter, John, and James the Greater with Him, crossed the road and went on for a few minutes, until he reached the Garden of Olives farther up the mountain.

    John asked him, who had always consoled them, how could he be so dejected. ‘ “My soul is sorrowful even unto death”  He glanced around and on all sides saw anguish and temptation gathering about Him like dense clouds filled with frightful pictures. It was at that moment He said to the three Apostles:  “Remain here and watch with Me.  Pray lest ye enter into temptaton!”

    He turned to the left from the Apostles and plunged down into a grotto formed by an overhanging rock.  The Apostles remained in a hollow to the right above.

    When Jesus left the Apostles, I saw a great number of frightful figures surrounding Him in an ever narrowing circle.  His sorrow and anguish increased.  He prayed.  I saw the awful visions following Him into the grotto, and becoming ever more and more distinct.  Ah! it was as if that narrow cave encompassed the horrible, the agonizing vision of all the sins, with their delights and their punishments, committed from the Fall of our first parents till the end of the world.

    It was here on Mount Olivet that Adam and Eve, driven from Paradise, had first descended upon the inhospitable earth, and in that very grotto had they in fear and alarm bewailed their misery.

    Jesus fell on His face, calling upon God in unspeakable sorrow and anguish.  He saw in countless forms all the sins of the world with their innate hideousness.

    From that point in the heavens in which the sun appears between ten and eleven in the morning, a narrow path of light streamed toward Jesus, and on it I saw a file of angels coming down to Him.  They imparted to Him fresh strength and vigor.

    The rest of the grotto was filled with the frightful and horrible visions of sin, and with the evil spirits mocking and tempting.  From the cloud of temptations that encircled Jesus, I saw a stream flow toward myself, and in it were shown me, to my great consternation, all my defects of omission and commision.  I struggled and prayed with Him, and with Him I turned to the consoling angels,

    I saw the grotto around Him filled with frightful figures.  I saw the sins, the wickedness, the vices, the torments, the ingratitude of men torturing and crushing Him, and the horror of death and the terror that he was to experience.

    He prayed imploringly:  ”” Abba, Father, if it be be possible, remove this chalice from Me!  My Father, all things are possible to Thee.  Take this chalice from Me!!”‘  Then recovering Himself, He added:  “But not what I will, but what Thou wilt.”

    I saw pressing around Him and assailing Him under the form of the most hideous specters.  Wringing His hands, He swayed from side to side, and the sweat of agony covered Him.  He trembled and shuddered.  He arose, but His trembling knees could scarcely support Him.  His countenance was quite disfigured and almost unrecognizable.  His lips were white, and His hair stood on end.

    It was about half past ten o’clock when He staggered to His feet and, bathed in sweat and often falling, tottered rather than walked to where the three disciples were awaiting Him.  He ascended to the left of the grotto and up to a terrace upon which they were resting near one another.  Exhausted with fatigue, sorrow, and anxiety under temptation, they had fallen asleep.  Jesus went to them like a man overwhelmed with sorrow whom terror drives to the company of friends, and also like a faithful shepherdwho, though himself trembling to the utmost, looks after his herd which he knows to be in danger.

    When He found the Apostles sleeping, He clasped His hands and, sinking down by them from grief and exhaustion, He said:  “Simon, sleepest thou?”  At these words, they awoke and raised Him up.  He said:

    “What!  Could ye not watch one hour with Me?”

    The Apostles were at a loss what to think.  He who had always appeared surrounded by the light so well known to them … they would not have recognized Him as Jesus.  John said to Him: “Master!  What has befallen Thee?  Shall I call the other disciples?  Shall we take to flight?  Jesus answered:  “Were I to live, teach and work miracles for thirty three years longer, it would not suffice for the accomplishment of what I have to fulfill before this time tomorrow.  Do not call the Eight!  I have left them where they are, because they could not see Me in this suffering state without being scandalized at Me.  They would fall into temptation, forget many things that I have said to them, and lose confidence in Me.

    But you who have seen the Son of Man transfigured, may also see Him in this hour of darkness and complete dereliction of soul;  nevertheless watch and pray, lest ye fall into temptation, for the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

    When Jesus went back into the grotto He cast Himself face downward on the ground, His arms extended, and prayed to His Heavenly Father.  And now began for His soul a new struggle, which lasted three quarters of an hour.

    Angels came and showed Him in a long series of visions and in all its’ extent what He would have to endure for the atonement of sin.

    They showed the beauty and excellence of man, the image of God, before the  Fall, along with his deformity and corruption after the Fall.

    They showed how every sin originates from that first sin;  they pointed out the essence and signification of concupiscence, its terrible effects upon the powers of the soul, as well as upon the physical well-being of man;  also the essence and signification of all the sufferings entailed as chastisements by that same lusting after pleasure.

    All these tortures and afflictions which Jesus perceived interiorly

    Before the soul of the Lord there passed in review all the future suffering , and the sight filled Him with such horror that a bloody sweat started from the pores of His sacred Body.

    He saw the future sufferings of His Apostles, disciples, and friends, and the small number of the primitive Church.  As her numbers increased, He saw heresies and schisms entering her fold, and the sin of Adam repeated by pride and disobedience in all forms of vanity. The tepidity, the malice, the wickedness of innumerable Christians;  the manifold lies.

    He saw the deceptive subtlety of all proud teachers;  the sacrilegious crimes  of all wicked priests with their frightful consequences, the abomination of desolation in the Kingdom of God upon earth.

    The scandals of the ages down to our own day and evento the end of the world, I saw pass before Jesus’ soul in an immense succession of visions.

    I saw all forms of error, proud fallacies, mad fanaticism,

    false prophecies, obstinate heresies, all kinds of wickedness.  The apostates, the self righteous,

    the teachers of error,

    and the pretended reformers.

    They tore and divided the seamless robe of the Church.

    Jesus saw them abandoning His wounded Bride like cowardly, faithless children who forsake their mother in the dead of night at the approach of the thieves and murderers to whom they themselves had opened the door.

    They built upon the sand perishable huts of all kinds, without altar or sacrifice, the roofs surmounted by weathercocks, according to which their doctrines were ever changing;  consequently they were ever in opposition to one another.

    The sweat poured from Him in a stream of heavy drops of blood to the ground.

    At that moment, the moon and the stars appeared suddenly to draw nearer to the earth, and I felt in that same moment that the night became brighter.  I noticed on the moon what I had not seen before.  It looked quite different.

    It appeared to be much larger.  In its’ center, I saw a dark spot.  It looked like a flat disc lying before it.

    In the center of this disc, there appeared to be an opening through which streamed light to the moon not yet full.  The dark spot was like a mountain, and all around the moon was a circle of light of beautiful colors.

    Jesus said that He was going to die.  In another hour, His enemies would seize Him, drag Him before the courts of justice, abuse Him, deride Him, scourge Him, and put Him to death in the most horrible manner.  He begged them to console His Mother.  The Apostles kept silence, not knowing what to reply.  They were so filled with grief and consternation at His words and appearance that they know not what to say.

    It was quarter past eleven.  I saw the Blessed Virgin overwhelmed with sorrow and anguish in the house of Mary Marcus.  She was with Magdalene and Mary Marcus in a garden adjoining the house.  She had sunk on her knees on a stone slab.

    She felt only the sufferings of her Divine Son.

    Again I saw Jesus praying.  And now the abyss opened before Him and, as if on a pathway of light, He saw a long flight of steps leading down to Limbo.  There He beheld Adam and Eve, all the Patriarchs and Prophets, the just of the Old Law, His Mother’s parents, and John the Baptist.  They were filled with longing so intense … awaiting His coming into that nether world …  that at the sight of them His loving Heart grew strong and courageous.

    His death was to open Heaven to these languishing captives!  He was to deliver them from prison!  It was for Him they were sighing!

    The angels then pointed out to Him the multitudes of future saints who, joining their labors to the merits of His Passion, would through Him be united to the Heavenly Father.  All passed before the Lord  … all adorned with their sufferings and good works.  Then did He behold the hidden and inexhaustible streams of salvation and sanctification that were to spring from the death that awaited Him as Redeemer of mankind.

    The angels and the visions disappeared, and the bloody sweat poured from Him more copiously than before.

    I saw it soaking His yellowish garment and moistening the earth around.

    It was now dark in the grotto …



    Jesus Walks to the Mount of Olives with The Eleven Apostles

    “Such a sight exhausts beyond the power of words to say…”  Anna Catherine Emmerich 

    “When Jesus left the Coenaculum with the Eleven, His soul was already troubled and His sadness on the increase.  He led the Eleven to the Mount of Olives by the infrequented path through the Valley of Josaphat.  As they left the house, I saw the moon, which was not yet quite full, rising above the mountain.

    While walking in the Valley of Josaphat with the Apostles, the Lord said that he would one day return hither, though not poor and powerless as He then was, to judge the world.

    Then would men tremble with fear and cry out:  ‘ “Ye mountains cover us! ‘”

    But the disciples understood Him not.  They thought, as several times before during the evening, that from weakness and exhaustion He was wandering in speech.  Sometimes they walked on, at others stood still talking to Him.  He said to them:

    ‘ ” All you shall be scandalized in Me this night.  For it is written:  I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be dispersed.  But after I shall be risen again.  I will go before you into Galilee. ‘ ”

    Peter exclaimed:  ‘ “Although all should be scandalized in Thee, I will never be scandalized in Thee! ‘ ”  The Lord replied:  ‘ “Amen, I say to thee that in this night before the cock crow, thou wilt deny Me thrice.’ ”

    ‘ “Yea, though I should die with Thee, I will not deny Thee. ‘ ”  Peter replied.  And so said all the others.

    They walked and paused alternately, and Jesus’ sadness continued to increase.  The Apostles tried to dissipate it be human arguments, assuring Him that just the opposite of what He dreaded would take place.  But finding their efforts vain and fruitless, they grew weary, and began already to doubt and fall into temptation.

    They crossed the brook Cedron, but not by the bridge over which later on Jesus was led bound, for they had taken a byway.

    Gethsemani on Mount Olivet, whither they were going, was in a direct line one half hour from the Coenaculum.  It was fifteen minutes from the Coenaculum to the valley of Josaphat, and the same distance from the latter to Gethsemani.

    The Garden of Olives was higher up the mountain.  It was about nine o’clock when Jesus reached Gethsemani with the disciples.

    Darkness had fallen upon the earth, but the moon was lighting up the sky.  Jesus was very sad.  He announced to the Apostles the approach of danger, and they became uneasy.

    Jesus bade eight of them to remain in the Garden of Gethsemani, where they was a summerhouse built of branches and foliage.  ‘ ”  Remain here while I go to pray in my own place..’ ”

    He took Peter, John, and James the Greater with Him, crossed the road and went on for a few minutes, until He reached the Garden of Olives farther up the mountain.  He was inexpressibly sad, for He felt His approaching agony and temptation.