This has been a hard week for our nation. Followers of Christ may be tempted to lose hope, despair even, as the death knell of Western civilization tolls loudly throughout the land. What are we to do, living in a time when Truth is turned on its head, when men call good evil, and evil good? We know that God is unchanging, His Truth is unchanging, but we live in a culture that believes truth is about as stable as shifting sand, that’s more like quicksand under our feet. Our task is to keep our feet planted firmly on the Rock, Who is Christ, and remain faithful in all things, especially remaining faithful to the teaching of the Church, and faithful to His Vicar, the Pope, and the Bishops in union with him. Continue reading
On yesterday’s show we were joined by Dr. David Delaney, doctor of systematic theology and director of the Mother of the Americas Institute. Our topic was everyone’s not-so-favorite subject: persecution and suffering. But not just that, because the two essentials for enduring any kind of suffering are joy and hope. The focus was on Robert P. George’s address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast last week. You can find the full text of the address here, or the video here (his address begins at 15:10 in the video). These are weighty words that deserve to be read and taken to heart.
Also, on a previous episode we promised to give you the link for listening to MP3s of Fr. Mitch Pacwa’s talks on Divine Mercy which he gave here in San Antonio during the Divine Mercy SA Weekend. Those talks will be available here. Although I did not see them yet, there are lots of other great talks by Father you should check out.
Today marks the feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, to whom Our Lord appeared in the 17th century. Although devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus had already been revealed to St. Gertrude centuries before, it is almost always thought of in conjunction with today’s saint.
This devotion to the Sacred Heart is not something that belongs to the past. Like Our Lord Himself, it is outside of time, and it is still quite relevant today. Most interesting is the devotion in connection with religious persecution.
What are we talking about?
On June 17, 1689 Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary saying that He wanted the King of France (Louis XIV) to consecrate himself and the nation to “my adorable Heart. It wants to triumph over his and, through him, over the hearts of the great ones of the earth. It wants to reign in his palace, be painted on his standards, and engraved on his arms, so that they may be victorious over all his enemies. It wants to bring low these proud and stubborn heads and make him triumphant over all the enemies of holy Church.”
Regrettably for France, and the rest of the world, Louis XIV did not consecrate his kingdom to Our Lord’s Sacred Heart. Nor did his son. Nor did his grandson – until it was too late. Exactly 100 years to the day that our Lord gave this message to St. Margaret Mary, the National Assembly stripped Louis XVI of his power. Less than four years later he met his fate at the guillotine. The night before his execution he consecrated France to the Sacred Heart, but the enemies of the Church were already well on their way to triumph.
How different might things have been if Our Lord’s request had been heeded. Despite the lack of confidence those three kings apparently had in Our Lord, there have been many faithful who have painted the Sacred Heart on their standards and engraved It on their arms. The Vendean army in France, the Cristeros in Mexico, and the Catholic Carlists during the Spanish Civil War, all wore badges of the Sacred Heart of Jesus into battle.
As many in America grow more and more intolerant of Christianity let us entrust ourselves and our beloved nation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. During our time in this vale of tears we must hold fast to the promise He made to St. Margaret Mary: “Fear nothing, I will reign in spite of my enemies.”