"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

Additional sermon within on why the Popes have not consecrated Russia... 


As the octave of the Nativity of Our Lady ends, the consideration of her suffering would not normally come to the mind of the faithful. But if someone would ask about the future of this child, we would recall that before being proclaimed blessed by all nations, Mary would suffer with her Son for the salvation of the world.


The voice of the liturgy invites us to consider her sorrow: “Ó all ye who pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.” This applies to her.

The sorrow of Our Lady is a work of God. He was the One who destined her to be the Mother of His Son. Therefore, He indissolubly united her to the Person, life, mysteries and sufferings of Jesus in order to make her His faithful companion in the work of Redemption. Suffering has to be a great gift, because God gave it to His Son and to the creature He loves more than any other after Him, Our Lady. He gave it as a most precious gift.

For Mary the suffering did not start at Calvary, but with Jesus, “that incommodious child,” as Bossuet called Him, because wherever He went, He entered with His Cross and with His thorns which He distributes to those He loves.

The prophecy of the aged Simeon, the flight into Egypt, the loss of the Divine Child in Jerusalem, to see her Son carrying the Cross, His Crucifixion, the taking down from the Cross, and the burial of Jesus: these are the seven mysteries into which are grouped the almost infinite sufferings which made Our Lady the Queen of Martyrs, the first and loveliest rose in the garden of the Spouse.

Above all, this solemn day shows us Mary on Calvary, and reminds us of that supreme sorrow among all the sorrows that ran through the life of Our Lady. The Church gave this feast the title of Seven Sorrows because this number expresses the idea of totality and universality.

To understand the extent and intensity of the suffering of Our Lady, we need to understand the extent and intensity of her love for Jesus, because her love increased her suffering. Nature and grace concurred to produce in Mary’s heart profound impressions. Nothing is stronger by nature than the love a mother has for her son, and by grace the love one has for God.

Comments of Prof. Plinio:

There are so many excellent thoughts in this selection by D. Guéranger that I could be tempted to prolong these comments. I will not do so, but will just select some ideas that he offers us.

The first is that since God loved His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an infinite love and loved Our Lady with a lesser love, but still greater than His love for any other creature, He reserved for them His highest gifts. For this reason He gave them that vastness of crosses represented by the number seven. Seven sorrows is understood as all sorrows. Our Lady could be called the Lady of all sorrows because she suffered everything.

All generations call her blessed, but all generations also could call her sorrowful.

If this is so, we should understand better that when sorrow enters our lives it is a proof of the love God has for us. We should also realize that if sorrow does not enter our lives, we do not have this proof of His love for us. Therefore, we should not complain when sufferings come to us – nervous problems, difficulties in our apostolate, misunderstandings with our friends, problems at home, poor health, business troubles. We should accept these things as normal, as a proof of the love of Divine Providence for us.

When I see a person without maturity, stability, rationality, elevation of spirit, I think: He is lacking suffering. These qualities only come with suffering - much suffering.

If we receive such trials, certainly we should pray for them to end. But to the measure that they remain, we should thank God and Our Lady.

I would also like to stress those extraordinary words of Bossuet who called Our Lord: “that incommodious child.” All those who follow Our Lord are incommodious. When you give a good counsel, offer a good example, ask for a sacrifice, the face of the person you are addressing will let you know that he considers you bothersome. It would be easier and more pleasant to tell a joke, to tease a bit, and close the matter with a pat on the back, dispensing the person from his duties.

Sometimes we have to command. How easy it would be to command if we did not have to ask a subordinate to take things seriously, to see reality at its most profound depths and in its most elevated aspect. How simple it would be if we did not have to ask him to face his own spiritual life without cowardice and keep careful watch over his defects. All this causes bother. The burden of being incommodious is one of the heaviest weights we have to carry.

Maintaining joyful resignation in face of the annoyance we cause because we represent Catholic duty, and having the courage to be incommodious in every circumstance is the path we are called to take in order to follow Our Lord.

These are the virtues that on the day of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady we should ask her to give us.

Sermon for the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sept. 2013)

by Monsignor Patrick Perez

I just returned from speaking at Father Gruner’s conference. The first thing I want to do is to thank those of you who prayed me there and back safely. That was much appreciated.
Because of being gone all week, I didn’t have time to prepare a proper sermon. But I just want to say a few words to you. The conference was a good one; I think one of the best ones they have had so far. I wanted to apprise you of the fact that it doesn’t seem that my conference is to be found on line. I only can speculate as to why, but I think that my speculation is probably pretty good. I guess I kind of let the Novus Ordo have it so much that Father Gruner was afraid if he posted it on line he would lose his Novus Ordo support, which is fairly considerable. So they haven’t posted it as yet. The other possibility is that maybe they are editing it. In any case, I am considering giving the talk here in the parish maybe in a few weeks when the dust settles.
I’ll give you a little foretaste. Father wanted me to speak on theological and philosophical reasons why the popes since Pius XII have not consecrated Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. What I went on to prove in the course of the talk is that first of all – remember, I told you that the Church is firmly in the grip of modernism so I told them what modernism was and what the chief teachings of modernism were and what the previous popes, Pius IX, Pius X specifically, had condemned as errors. So they knew what modernism was at this point. And then I showed them that these errors appear in the Vatican II documents as positive teachings of the Church all of a sudden. Pius IX and Pius X condemned things that the bishops now wrote into the documents of the Church. Even Cardinal Ratzinger (when he was Cardinal Ratzinger) said that the Vatican II documents, particularly Gaudium et Spes, were a counter syllabus, the Syllabus being the first really big condemnation of the error of modernism. Even Ratzinger said, Yeah, now it is a document of the Church. It was condemned in the Syllabus of Errors.
From there I went on to show that the popes since Pius XII have been modernists. As I was getting to this point, (there were a few Novus Ordo bishops and Novus Ordo priests in attendance), and there started to be a little rumble when they saw where I was going. By the time I got to the point where I was just pointing out facts mostly (some of it my opinion) of things they don’t want known – for example, John XXIII who is up for canonization was removed from two teaching positions for being a modernist. He was removed from his position as teacher of theology at the Seminary of Bergamo, later he was removed from the Lateran University, and then he became pope, and now up for canonization. That was kind of interesting.
When I got to the present pope – Well, picture, if you will, a one-quart Mason jar filled with hornets. You screw on the top really tight and you shake them up and then you put your hand right on the jar so that they think they can get to you to sting you but they can’t. So they’re just bashing themselves against each other in the glass and getting more and more angry and frustrated. Well, that’s what these Novus Ordo types were doing by this point.
And I said, Well, let’s just look at what this pope has done so far and I named a few of the things. I said specifically you can see on line at the Mass he did in Brazil, the last Mass there. And I said from this we can deduce that the current pope either doesn’t know or doesn’t believe the teaching of the Church about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I said he was a modernist, too, basically.
I don’t want to give away any punch lines, but one of the other tenets of modernism is that they don’t believe in objective truth. They don’t believe, for example, that the Mother of God actually comes and appears to people. This is one of the beliefs of modernism. What they believe is that it’s all sentiment. And you see how sentimental the recent popes – and even this pope is extremely sentimental – but what they believe is that it is a kind of sentiment that comes from the inside of you, and then you believe that you have seen the Mother of God and she told you to do things like consecrate Russia. The conclusion was that the modern popes, including the current one, haven’t consecrated Russia because they don’t believe that the Mother of God said it, although that was the mortal end of things. Not only did I tell them about modernism, but I told them about the modernist Mass; they need to get out of there and find the true Mass, the traditional Latin Mass.
Anyway, I was the, as far as I know, the only speaker to get a standing ovation — (Monsignor laughing) – which even made them more mad. I don’t know what the level beyond hornets just bashing each other and trying to sting somebody, but they were there in any case. One of the speakers who speaks at every conference came up to me afterwards because they had a series of compromised candidates, like Chris Ferrara that is mostly Novus Ordo and part traditional. She was being very, very frustrated. She is a very learned and good woman. She came up to me and said, “Monsignor, you saved the conference”.
In any case, even if they don’t ever put it on line, these bishops and priests of the left persuasion have heard maybe for the first time ever – and one of them is a really good friend of the current pope, as a matter of fact, a bishop from Argentina. This may be the first time they’ve ever head someone tell them that. So it would have been all worth it for that. We were dangerously close to Niagara Falls so wherever I went after that, I was holding on to something. (Monsignor laughing)
I should tell you; I know you’ve all heard the expression of being “to the right of the John Birch Society”. Well after my lecture another of the speakers approached me to shake my hand and to say just that. I said, Well, thank you very much John.” It was John McManus, the head of the John Birch Society. (Monsignor laughing)
I do thank you. You know, you don’t really want to pat yourself on the back but I felt that this talk really exceeded my self, meaning that – You know, I have been praying constantly. I did a Novena to the Holy Ghost before this and praying constantly that what He wanted said would be said, and I really felt that it was. And I really had the idea that a lot of it wasn’t coming from just me and my talk at the time. And I have to attribute it – it’s the Holy Ghost but not to my own prayers, but to yours for me.
At the first opportunity – first opportunity means when it is cool enough to stand in the hall over there and talk for an hour – but if they are not going to post this, I would like you to have the same conference. So we’ll be happy to do that. And thank you once again for all your prayers.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen


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