Still more disturbing pics of the satanic cross of Bergoglio/Bernardin

Backstory here:

Tell me, what do you see here:

Is that a sheep, or Spuds Mackenzie?

And again, the hideous face of the “Christ-figure.” Who would choose to wear this as a most loving gesture toward our Lord? Who would look at this and think to themselves, “oh, how beautiful.”

Miss B. posted this next one. It is the face as shown upside down, as the wearer would see it:

Nothing like having a demon staring back at you as you go about your daily business.

Seen in finer detail, it gets even worse. It seems the demon has a serpent slithering from its nose:

Super creepy, right?

One last thing. Isn’t it disturbing that this cross, when worn against white, appears quite black? It was very distinctive that night on the Loggia eight years ago, even bathed in bright light. So dark, in fact, that commentators immediately speculated it was made from iron.

But I’m sure this is all just coincidental.

That time God led God into the desert to be tempted… “but it shall not come nigh thee”

Today is the First Sunday in Lent. The first line in the Gospel is the first verse of Matthew chapter four:

At that time, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil.

“Tunc Jesus ductus est in desertum a Spiritu, ut tentaretur a diabolo.”

That’s right. God the Holy Ghost led God the Son into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Jesus was human in every way except sin; yes, He was really tempted. That is the plain meaning of the words. This is why, when we pray to God the Father in the Lord’s Prayer, “Lead us not into temptation…” IT IS NOT A MISTRANSLATION OR MISTAKE IN ANY WAY.

What this also tells us is that to be tempted does not mean to sin. There is no sin in the temptation. That part isn’t your fault, as long as it is unwanted, even if it is borne out of your own past actions. Why does God permit temptation? So that we might harness and conquer, in order to grow in holiness. Temptation isn’t going away, folks. So you better learn how to deal with it like a warrior. You are in a holy war, whether you like it or not.

“Having therefore a great high priest that hath passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God: let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest, who can not have compassion on our infirmities: but one tempted in all things like as we are, without sin. Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace: that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in seasonable aid.” Hebrews 4:14-16

When in the confessional, we vow to “sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.” This means to battle temptation of course, but not just in some passive way. He expects you to act: if necessary retreat, flee, get out of your present physical location, take a walk, even if you feel you’ve partially given in, just STOP. In the meantime, set aside time to make better habits. You know yourself, so you know exactly the things that are holding you back. Beg for graces, pray to your Guardian Angel, run to your Mother.

The beginning of understanding comes in the Tract, from Psalm 90. Blessed Sunday, everyone.

TRACT Ps. 90:1-7; 11-16 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall abide in the protection of the God of heaven.
. He shall say to the Lord, “You are my support and my refuge; my God, in You I trust.”
V. For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from the sharp word.
V. He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust.
V. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.
V. Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil.
V. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.
V. For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.
V. In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
V. Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk: and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon.
V. Because he hoped in me I will deliver him: I will protect him because he hath known my name.
. He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation,
V. I will deliver him, and I will glorify him. I will fill him with length of days; and I will shew him my salvation.

Aldo Maria Valli: “Rome is without a pope.” But he can’t figure out how on earth this could have happened.

It is so infuriating to read these things. This is going to be a headline tomorrow, “Valli says there is no pope in Rome.” But then he immediately backs down and says he only means it metaphorically. Maybe. Wink wink. Then he goes on to list innumerable heresies of Antipope Bergoglio, a very good list indeed, and suggests the heresies are why there is no metaphor pope. At the end, he talks about Bergoglio removing the title Vicar of Christ from the pontifical yearbook, relegating it to something from the past, and how this is perhaps some sort of indication that Bergoglio has detached/separated himself from it… Even if that were the case, Aldo, then Bergoglio would not be the Vicar of Christ, the essential ontology of a true successor of St. Peter, right?

He closes with the classic, “oh well, nothing we can do, it’s in God’s hands, it’s useless.”

Pope Benedict’s name is mentioned only once in this longish essay, and only to assert that he really resigned. I guess it was just a totally normal resignation, and there is no way, no indication, no clues, no evidence, that something is amiss. Eight years of obvious non-pope activity not withstanding.

Following is the google algo translation from the Italian. Link to original at the end:

20 February 2021

“Rome is without pope. The thesis I intend to support is summed up in these four words. When I say Rome I am not referring only to the city of which the pope is bishop. I say Rome to say world, to say actual reality.

Although the pope is physically there, in reality he is not there because he is not the pope. There is, but he does not carry out his task as successor of Peter and vicar of Christ. There is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, there is no Pietro.

Who is the pope? The definitions, depending on whether you want to privilege the historical, theological or pastoral aspect, can be different. But, essentially, the pope is Peter’s successor. And what were the tasks assigned by Jesus to the apostle Peter? On the one hand, “feed my sheep” (Jn 21:17); on the other hand, “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mt 16:19).

This is what the pope must do. But today there is no one who does this task. “And you, once converted, confirm your brothers in the faith” (Lk 22:32). So says Jesus to Peter. But today Peter does not feed his sheep and does not confirm them in the faith. Why? Someone answers: because Bergoglio does not speak of God, but only of migrants, ecology, economy, social issues. It is not so. In reality Bergoglio also speaks of God, but from the whole of his preaching a God emerges who is not the God of the Bible, but an adulterated God, a God, I would say, weakened or, better still, adapted. To what? To man and his claim to be justified in living as if sin did not exist.

Bergoglio has certainly placed social issues at the center of his teaching and, with occasional exceptions, appears prey to the same obsessions as a culture dominated by politically correct, but I believe that this is not the profound reason why Rome is without pope. Even if we want to privilege social issues, we can still have an authentically Christian and Catholic perspective. The question, with Bergoglio, is another, namely that the theological perspective is deviated. And for a very specific reason: because the God Bergoglio speaks of is oriented not to forgive, but to exculpate.

In Amoris Laetitia we read that the “Church must accompany her most fragile children with care and concern”. I’m sorry, but that’s not the case. The Church must convert sinners.

Also in Amoris Laetitia we read that “the Church does not fail to value the constructive elements in those situations that do not yet correspond or no longer correspond to her teaching on marriage”. I’m sorry, but these are ambiguous words. In situations that do not correspond to his teaching there will also be “constructive elements” (but, then, in what sense?), However the Church does not have the task of enhancing these elements, but of converting to the divine love to which one adheres by observing the commandments.

In Amoris laetitia we also read that people’s conscience “can recognize not only that a situation does not objectively respond to the general proposal of the Gospel; he can also recognize with sincerity and honesty what for the moment is the generous response that can be offered to God, and discover with a certain moral certainty that this is the gift that God himself is asking for amid the concrete complexity of limits, although not is still fully the objective ideal “. Ambiguity again. First: there is no “general proposal” of the Gospel, to which one can more or less adhere. There is the Gospel with its very precise contents, there are the commandments with their cogency. Second: God can never, ever ask to live in sin. Third: no one can claim to have “a certain moral security” about what God “is demanding in the midst of the concrete complexity of limits.” These smoky expressions have only one meaning: to legitimize moral relativism and make fun of divine commandments.

This God committed more than anything else to exonerating man, this God in search of mitigating circumstances, this God who refrains from commanding and prefers to understand, this God who “is close to us like a mother who sings the lullaby”, this God who he is not a judge but he is “closeness”, this God who speaks of human “frailty” and not of sin, this God bent to the logic of “pastoral accompaniment” is a caricature of the God of the Bible. Because God, the God of the Bible, is patient, but not lax; it is loving, but not permissive; he is thoughtful, but not accommodating. In a word, he is father in the fullest and most authentic sense of the term.

The perspective assumed by Bergoglio appears instead to be that of the world: which often does not completely reject the idea of ​​God, but rejects the features less in tune with the rampant permissiveness. The world does not want a true father, loving to the extent that he is also judgmental, but a friend; or better still, a fellow traveler who lets things happen and says “who am I to judge?”.

I have written other times that, with Bergoglio, a vision triumphs that overturns the real one: it is the vision according to which God has no rights, but only duties. He has no right to receive a worthy worship, nor to not be mocked. But he has a duty to forgive. On the contrary, according to this view, man has no duties, but only rights. He has the right to be forgiven, but not the duty to convert. As if there could be a duty of God to forgive and a human right to be forgiven.

This is why Bergoglio, portrayed as the pope of mercy, seems to me the least merciful pope imaginable. In fact, he neglects the first and fundamental form of mercy which belongs to him and to him alone: ​​to preach the divine law and, in so doing, to point out to human creatures, from the height of supreme authority, the way to salvation and eternal life.

If Bergoglio conceived a “god” of this kind – which I deliberately indicate with a lowercase, since it is not the One and Triune God we adore – it is because for Bergoglio there is no fault for which man must ask for forgiveness, nor personal neither collective, nor original nor current. But if there is no fault, there is no Redemption either; and without the need for Redemption, the Incarnation makes no sense, much less the saving work of the one Ark of salvation which is the Holy Church. One wonders if that “god” is not rather the simia Dei, Satan, who pushes us towards damnation just when he denies that the sins and vices with which he tempts us can kill our soul and condemn us to eternal loss of the Supreme Good.

Rome is therefore without pope. But if in Guido Morselli’s Vatican dystopia (the novel entitled Rome without a pope) he was physically so, because that imaginary pope had gone to live in Zagarolo, today Rome is without a pope in a much more profound and radical way.

I already feel the objection: but how can you say that Rome is without pope when Francis is everywhere? It is on TV and in the newspapers. It has been on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stones, even Forbes and Vanity Fair. It’s on the sites and in countless books. He is interviewed by everyone, even by the Gazzetta dello sport. Perhaps never has a pope been so present and so popular. I answer: all true, but it is Bergoglio, it is not Pietro.

It is certainly not forbidden for the Vicar of Christ to deal with the things of the world, quite the contrary. Christian faith is incarnate faith and the God of Christians is God who becomes man, who becomes history, therefore Christianity shuns the excesses of spiritualism. But it is one thing to be in the world and quite another to become like the world. By speaking as the world speaks, and by reasoning as the world reasons, Bergoglio made Peter evaporate and put himself in the foreground.

I repeat: the world, our world born of the revolution of 1968, does not want a real father. The world prefers mate. The teaching of the father, if he is a true father, is tiring, because it points the way to freedom in responsibility. It is much more convenient to have someone next to you who just keep you company, without indicating anything. And Bergoglio does just that: he shows a God who is not a father, but a companion. It is no coincidence that Bergoglio’s “outgoing church”, like all modernism, likes the verb “to accompany”. It is a church companion on the road, which justifies everything (through a distorted concept of discernment) and, in the end, relativizes everything.

The proof lies in the success that Bergoglio collects among the distant, who feel confirmed in their distance, while the neighbors, bewildered and perplexed, do not feel at all confirmed in the faith.

Jesus is quite explicit in this matter. “Woe, when all men speak well of you” (Lk 6:26). “Blessed are you when men hate you and when they banish you and insult you and despise your name as infamous because of the Son of man” (Lk 6:22).

Every now and again a rumor comes to the fore that even Bergoglio, like Benedict XVI, would think of resigning. I don’t think he has anything like this planned, but the problem is something else. The problem is that Bergoglio became the protagonist, in fact, of a process of dismissal from Peter’s duties.

I have already written elsewhere that Bergoglio has now become the chaplain of the United Nations, and I believe that this choice is of unprecedented gravity. However, even more serious than his adherence to the UN agenda and to politically correct is that he has given up talking to us about the God of the Bible and that the God at the center of his preaching is a God who excuses, not who forgives.

The crisis of the father figure and the crisis of the papacy go hand in hand. Just as the father, rejected and dismantled, was transformed into a generic companion devoid of any claim to indicate a way, in the same way the pope stopped being the bearer and interpreter of the objective divine law and preferred to become a simple companion.

Peter thus evaporated just when we most needed him to show us God as an all-round father: a loving father not because he is neutral, but because he is judgmental; merciful not because he was permissive, but because he was committed to showing the way to true good; compassionate not because he is relativist, but because he is eager to show the way to salvation.

I observe that the protagonism in which the Bergoglian ego indulges is not new, but goes back in large part to the new conciliar, anthropocentric approach, starting from which popes, bishops and clerics have placed themselves before their sacred ministry, their will to that of the Church, their own opinions on Catholic orthodoxy, their own liturgical extravagances on the sacredness of the rite.

This personalization of the papacy has become explicit since the Vicar of Christ, wanting to present himself as “one like us”, renounced the plural humilitatis with which he proved to speak not in a personal capacity, but together with all his predecessors and the same Spirit Holy. Let us think about it: that sacred We, which made Pius IX tremble in proclaiming the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and Saint Pius X in condemning modernism, could never have been used to support the idolatrous cult of the pachamama, nor to formulate the ambiguities of Amoris laetitia. or the indifferentism of all Brothers.

Regarding the process of personalization of the papacy (to which the advent and development of the mass media have made an important contribution), it should be remembered that there was a time when, at least up to Pius XII inclusive, the faithful did not care who the Pope, because in any case they knew that whoever he was would always teach the same doctrine and condemn the same errors. In applauding the pope they applauded not so much the one who was on the holy throne at that moment, but the papacy, the sacred kingship of the Vicar of Christ, the voice of the Supreme Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Bergoglio, who does not like to present himself as the successor of the prince of the apostles and, in the Pontifical Yearbook, has made the appellative Vicar of Christ overshadowed, implicitly separates himself from the authority that Our Lord has conferred on Peter and his successors . And this is not a mere canonical question. It is a reality whose consequences are very serious for the papacy.

When will Peter return? How long will Rome remain without pope? It is useless to question ourselves. God’s designs are mysterious. We can only pray to Heavenly Father by saying, “Your will be done, not ours. And have mercy on us sinners ”.”

Aldo Maria Valli

Unbearable: Wilderness Rule #1, look before you sit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska woman had the scare of a lifetime when using an outhouse in the backcountry and she was attacked by a bear, from below.

“I got out there and sat down on the toilet and immediately something bit my butt right as I sat down,” Shannon Stevens told The Associated Press on Thursday. “I jumped up and I screamed when it happened.”

Her brother Eric heard the screaming and went out to the outhouse, about 150 feet away… There, he found Shannon tending to her wound. They at first thought she had been bitten by a squirrel or a mink, or something small.

Erik brought his headlamp with him to see what it was: “I opened the toilet seat and there’s just a bear face just right there at the level of the toilet seat, just looking right back up through the hole, right at me,” he said. “I just shut the lid as fast as I could. I said, ‘There’s a bear down there, we got to get out of here now'”…

“I expect it’s probably not that bad of a little den in the winter,” Shannon said.

Visibility: God is not a jerk, the signs are literally everywhere, WAKE UP

Miss B. has been writing about the satanic pectoral cross that is being used by Antipope Bergoglio as he rules over the anti-church. Closer inspection of said cross reveals more interesting details by the day.

It is the same cross used by the satanic pedo sodo Cardinal Bernardin back in the 1970s-90s, and this hardly seems a coincidence. It was Bernardin who ritualistically raped an 11 year old girl, known as “Agnes,” at a satanic black mass conducted by his bishop John Russell inside St. Mary’s church in Greenville, South Carolina in 1957. Agnes’ story, including her polygraph test results, can be found in Randy Engel’s The Rite of Sodomy, beginning on page 910.

Six years later, just six days into the pontificate of Pope Paul VI of odious memory, another black mass was conducted for the enthronement of Satan at the Vatican, inside the Pauline Chapel, on the Feast of SS Peter and Paul, 29 June 1963. It is at this event where Malachi Martin uses creative license to place Agnes’ rape in Windswept House. This black mass/enthronement was, at the time, the crowning achievement of the Sodo-Masonic infiltration, where they intended and “prayed for” the true Catholic Church to be subsumed by the anti-church, as the “Universal Church of Man” (Windswept House, beginning on page 16).

It makes one wonder if the events in Greenville were in fact an enthronement of Satan in the United States of America. The timing seems about right, doesn’t it? Bernardin went on to become a bishop at the age of 38, head of the USCCB, and finally Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago in 1982. He ruled the American Church and hand picked practically every bishop until his death in 1996.

Fast-forward to 2019-21. Moloch-worshiping “catholic” faux POTUS in DC, subject of Cardinal Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who himself was personally chosen and consecrated a bishop at the age of 36 at the hands of Bernardin. Arch-heretic antipope squatting on the Chair of St. Peter. Lies and blasphemies on a daily basis. Diabolical inversion of truth regarding all manner of the moral law. Pachamama enthroned… demon worship inside St. Peter’s and on the high altar itself. Then shortly thereafter, the true and pure unblemished sacrifice was taken away altogether; there has not been Mass said on that altar – the pope’s altar – in nearly a year. Do you think that too might be a visible sign of something being very, very wrong?

I am mirroring, below, all three posts from Miss B. regarding the pectoral cross, with permission. I only have two items to add to the backward/inverted leg/foot demon motif: Scroll down to the image of the full cross. First, take a look at the “sheep” on the far left of the cross. I smell bacon. Second, turn the image upside down. Look at the tunic, below the belt. Is that a hand grasping a phallus?

Folks, read it all. Click the links. It’s all out in the open.

The Satanic Bernardin-Bergoglio Pectoral Cross: “Why are the feet facing different directions?” Because the figure isn’t Christ… it is the ANTICHRIST

Now THIS is extremely creepy.

An eagle-eyed reader sent a very short email regarding the posts on the Bernardin-Bergoglio super-creepy pectoral cross. “Why are the feet facing different directions?”

I made the Scooby-Doo inquisitive noise and pulled up my picture and zoomed in on the legs and feet of the figure, and sure enough, absolutely no mistake, the leg on our left is facing backward – you can clearly see the musculature of the calf shows that the view is from the rear, you can see the anatomy of the knee is from the rear, and the foot itself is the view of the Achilles’ tendon and heel. The leg and foot on our right is clearly front-facing, as it should be.

So I start looking up “backward leg or foot” and… guys, it’s NEVER good. It is a UNIVERSAL motif of the demonic. As in, inversion, mirror images, the sowing of confusion, deception, leading people astray, especially children, oftentimes to ritual death. Just a few of the demonic “backwards leg/foot” entries include:

Tata Duende (Mayan demon, child kidnapper)

Churel (South Asian demon, vampiric, hunts young men especially)

Pichal Peri (Himalayan demon)

Curupira (Brazilian demon)

Bhoots (Indian demon-ghosts)

Ciguapa (Dominican Republic demon)

Again, the common linkage with the motif of one or both legs/feet being reversed is that of DECEPTION and leading victims astray by confusion. Is the demon coming or going? Which way is it facing? The demon has a superficial initial appearance of normalcy, but is actually an inversion or MIRROR IMAGE.

If this isn’t apropos of the Bergoglian Antipapacy and the Antichurch of which he is the public face, I don’t know what is.

So now we not only see why the Bernardin-Bergoglio “pectoral cross” has a figure with a reversed leg and foot, but we also see the significance to the Luciferian cabal of usurpers at war with Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.

The figure on the Bernardin-Bergoglio pectoral cross isn’t Christ. It is the ANTICHRIST.

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More Photo Evidence on the Satanist Cardinal Bernardin, His Creepy Pectoral Cross That Antipope Bergoglio Also Wears, and the Satanic Grand Orient

Original post here.

Now, add:

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Remember Antipope Bergoglio’s creepy pectoral Cross? Well, it’s EXACTLY the same Cross worn by the Satanist pedophile rapist, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Okay. Bernardin was the American satanist who was shot straight to the top of the American church and decided who was elevated to the episcopacy in the US from the late 1960s until his death in ARSH 1996.

Bernardin was the man depicted in the opening chapter of Malachi Martin’s “Windswept House” who co-presided with Bishop John Russell over the black Mass in South Carolina that was performed concurrently with a black Mass in the Pauline Chapel inside the Vatican to “enthrone satan” in the late 1950s. The child who was raped in the South Carolina black Mass, “Agnes”, corresponded with me in ARSH 2014 and confirmed that Bernardin co-presided over the South Carolina black Mass and raped her at the “consecration” equivalent. Agnes’ father was a satanist in South Carolina and provided her to the coven and was present when she was ritually raped.

Bernardin has been recruited by satanists out of the gay bar scene in Charleston when he was a pre-med undergrad at USC. The satanists placed him into seminary and saw to it that he shot straight to the top of the American church. Bernardin was made a bishop at age 38, and at age 40 was the head of the US bishops’ conference, a position of power which he retained until his death, and his coven of protégées still control to this day.

Bernardin was a key supporter of Saul Alinsky, and Bernardin paid for Barack Obama (Barry Soetoro) to be brought to Chicago and be trained in Alinskyism.

Read my piece from ARSH 2012, “The Bernardin-Alinsky-Obama Nexus” here.

Antipope Bergoglio has worn a creepy pectoral Cross with Christ (?) depicted with arms crossed since his elevation in Buenos Aires. On the left is Bergoglio before usurping the Petrine See, and on the right is after the usurpation, with a new silver version of the same Cross:

It is thought that this is actually a satanic icon, rooted in “Osiris”, and that the odd “dove” at the top is actually a goat head with horns, stylized so as to be claimed to be “a dove”. The face of the man looks like an evil death mask.

Not coincidentally, in December of ARSH 2019, a Pachamama worship ritual was performed at a televised Vatican “Christmas concert”, led by an Amazonian witch. These were the last days before the global putsch of the Covid political religion and the global interdict of the Catholic Church. This screen cap is literally of the Pachamama worship ritual inside the Paul VI hall inside the Vatican:

But here’s the new info, sent in by an eagle-eyed reader. This pectoral cross that Antipope Bergoglio wears is EXACTLY the same as that worn by the Satanist Cardinal Bernardin:

Interestingly, Wilton Gregory, the black sodomite hand-picked by the faggot Cardinal Donald Wuerl, himself a protégée of Uncle Ted McCarrick, to replace Wuerl in Washington DC, was Bernardin’s protégée (and assumed sodomy partner.) Here is a picture of the known satanist and child rapist Bernardin consecrating Wilton Gregory a Bishop at age 36, on Halloween ARSH 1983, and a picture of Gregory serving Bernardin’s Mass. You can see the edge of Bernardin’s pectoral Cross. Given Wilton Gregory’s flaming homosexuality and intimate connection with Bernardin, it is not at all unreasonable to suspect Wilton Gregory of being connected to Satanism. Which makes him just perfect to be the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington DC.

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Words to live by: “The lesson to learn is a complete and unbounded trust in the guiding hand of Providence”

Total abandonment to the Divine Providence is the most uplifting, fulfilling, stress-relieving thing you can do for yourself. “For my yoke is sweet, and my burden light.” (Matt 11:30)

God is in control, whether or not what anyone thinks. God is in control, so why not just hand it over? Your straining against the yoke is literally the stupidest thing you can do. Resolve to conform your will to His, and then turn it over to Him. He loves you with infinite love, a depth of love impossible to comprehend until we reside inside of it, within the Beatific Vision, God willing.

Everything happening to you and all around you was foreseen by God before He created the universe, and permitted by Him in the present, for your benefit. God exists outside of time, so the metaphor is imperfect, but as the old soap opera says, “Like sands through the hourglass…” Recognize that all the events through the course of your life, all your joys and sorrows, were BY DESIGN. Remember that two sparrows are sold for a farthing, yet the Father knows when one falls, and all the hairs of your head have been numbered. Our free will, the choices we make, are known to God ahead of time, and He constantly and lovingly provides the necessary tools for us to choose wisely (in other words, to love Him back) so that we can be with Him forever. Many times these tools are difficult to bear, but bearing them well, it is precisely in their difficulty that we obtain further graces. God will never give you a burden too great; they are always custom made. Everyone who makes it to Heaven gets there by harnessing suffering, responding to grace, and pressing forward.

Total abandonment to the Divine Providence is not passive; it becomes a sort of bearing. It does NOT mean throwing up your hands, saying there is nothing we can do, being tempted to hopelessness, despair, loss of faith, nor even worse, scandalizing others into these temptations. Total abandonment is an act of the will, so it starts with you. There is always something you can do, and your rightly ordered actions will be rewarded. This can also be viewed from the perspective of fraternal charity, and helping others on their path towards sanctification. It’s that idea of, “secure your own mask first, before helping others.”

Your role, first and foremost: Stay close to the sacraments, daily Mass if at all possible, frequent confession. Daily Rosary is a must. Have you started honing your Adoration skills? Have you begun the transformative shift to contemplative prayer before the Blessed Sacrament? You shouldn’t be the one doing all the talking; still yourself, surrender, and listen. Have you begun to yearn for His presence anytime you are away? Have you reached the point where you really just don’t want to leave the chapel, and feel torn in tending to the needs of the world?

If any of this sounds unfamiliar, now you have some Lent goals.

Memento Mori means “Remember you die.” It serves us well to be ever mindful of this ancient formula. While those lost to worldly folly use it to justify all manner of bad behavior, YOLO style, the Catholic sense is quite the opposite. Essentially we need to be spiritual preppers, because we know not the hour nor the day. Don’t be one of those poor virgins who didn’t bring enough oil. You need to live your life like death is seconds away. You need to treat every confession and every Holy Communion like it might be your last. Try practicing memento mori in combination with total abandonment to the Divine Providence. You may be surprised its effect on everyday behavior.

Blessed Lent, everyone. 38 days to go… make the most of it.

Vanitas, Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1671

“What are these wounds in the midst of Thy hands?”

“With these I was wounded in the house of them that loved Me.”

Thus reads the Lesson for the Votive Mass of Our Lord’s Passion, traditionally heard on feria Fridays. It is also a good way to start Lent, helping to remind us of all those times we have wounded our Lord, even though we profess to love him. The prophet is referencing Israel, but you may as well insert yourself there.

God had already picked out your cross for you before the beginning of time. Before He created the universe, He knew exactly your trajectory, your choices, your needs. Taking up your cross isn’t the end, it’s only the beginning, but it is a glorious beginning on the road to victory, a victory which has already been won for us if we only choose wisely. The very fact that you were born into the world at this particular point in linear time is a gift, and a real chance to be a saint… a great saint. Such requires action, not lamentation. It’s time to man up. Everything happening in your life right now is permitted so that you might be more open to receive divine grace, and wield it for good.

Suffering is a tool. Temptation is a tool. Lent is a tool. Do not waste these things; use them as weapons to draw yourself closer to God.

Blessed Lent, everyone.

Introducing St. Luke’s Gallery Website for a Greater Understanding and Appreciation of Sacred Art

Folks, check it out. From a long-time reader and frequent commentator on this blog, Andrew Dunn:

Philadelphia, PA, U.S. – Andrew Dunn, a lay Catholic, is proud to introduce St. Luke’s Gallery ( The purpose of this website is to share an appreciation of sacred art and encourage visitors to look at art in general, in a new perspective.

“With so much of the world locked down, there are more people than ever spending time on their computers, tablets and smart-phones,” Dunn stated. “Unfortunately, much of what’s online is designed to provoke us, scandalize us, and in the case of most social media, dumb us down. St. Luke’s Gallery has therefore been created to bring some positivity to the faithful with an educational series of presentations, defining sacred art and showing some examples from the Roman and Eastern Catholic perspective.”

Five video posts have been created (Introduction to Sacred Art; The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner; The Adoration of the Magi by Giorgione; St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus by Guido Reni; and The Icon of Our Lady of Vladimir by unknown) with more to come.

Coming back to the purpose of a website focusing only on sacred artwork, Dunn continues: “The web is saturated with sites about the Catholic Faith as well as current events involving the Catholic Church. There’s really nothing that I could add to either of those topics that isn’t already being handled by other websites. What’s missing though is a greater focus on the incredible gift of artwork we have been receiving since the early days of the Church and continuing to this day. After the Second Vatican Council, the Church in many cases followed a tragic path of abstract modernism in its architecture and artwork. I want St. Luke’s Gallery to help re-educate the faithful about the importance of good, reverent artwork for personal catechism and meditation.”

In addition to, Dunn has set up channels on BitChuteVimeoRumble and YouTube. St. Luke’s Gallery would not be possible without the support of Supernerd Media (
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“Christ came with a two-edged sword to separate truth from error”

“Christ came with a two-edged sword to separate truth from error. Division is what he brought and it is a good thing when it clearly identifies and divides good from evil. An evil administration sits in the White House and they will use executive orders and ram through legislation to guarantee they never lose another election. As we begin Lent on Wednesday let us work for unity among all truth tellers as we rise up against those who call good evil and evil good. We must always speak the truth in love, but speak the truth we must. Lord, give us the courage never to shrink from doing our duty beginning in our own families. And help us to have eyes wide open to see the good you are bringing out of this evil situation!”

Amen, Mary Ann. That’s the name of this blog: non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium

Look toward Lent. Prepare yourself, and help others prepare. It is a great opportunity; don’t miss it.

“Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men. For they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And you shall be brought before governors, and before kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles… The brother also shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the son: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and shall put them to death. And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved… Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.And a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for me, shall find it.” Matt 10: 16-18, 21-22, 32-39