On the Commemorated Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, S.J.

Today, Sunday, December 3, 2023, the First Sunday of Advent, is date of which the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, S.J., is celebrated. This feast, though, is reduced to a commemoration this year because the Sunday Mass takes precedence over it.

This article, which was substantially revised and enlarged reflection some years ago, on the life and the tireless apostolic work of the great Jesuit missionary and one the original members of Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Company of Jesus, Saint Francis Xavier.

The title of the revised article reflects the disparaging term that Jorge Mario Bergoglio used to compare believing Catholics with modern-day faithful, believing Mohammedans who take the words of the blasphemous Koran seriously by committing acts of wanton murder against “infidels.” Saint Francis Xavier worked tirelessly for the conversion of those who belonged to false religions. Then again, he was a true Jesuit priest. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is a lay Jesuit revolutionary masquerading as a “pope," a man who expelled himself from the bosom of the Catholic Church in his youth as he mocked the Immemorial Mass of Tradition and taught to disparage Catholic doctrine as being in opposition to the Gospel of Christ the King.

A Novena in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which begins today and ends on December 11, 2023, can be found in the appendix to this reflection.

Finally, I have learned about the death of Bishop Clarence Kelly, the founder of the Society of Saint Pius V, which is now called the Congregation of Saint Pius V.  

My late father's first cousins attended Mass offered in the garage of a house in New Hartford, New York, which is just south of Utica, New York, that was offered by then Father Clarence Kelly of the Society of Saint Pius X. His Excellency provided Holy Mass to untold numbers of Catholics who had come to the conclusion that the "new Mass" was either no Mass at all or, at the very least, a scandal to the faithful. It was under his leadership that "The  Nine" presented their concerns about some of the policies of the Society of Saint Pius X to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who promptly dismissed those concerns and, soon thereafter, dismissed The Nine themselves. 

I prayed for Bishop Kelly every day for a very long time, and will pray for the repose of his immortal soul now that he has died. Please pray for the respose of his immortal soul. 

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Francis Xavier, S.J., pray for us.

At the Beginning of Advent in 2023

This is a revised commentary about this holy season of Advent, which marks the beginning of a new ecclesiastical year that began with First Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent on Saturday, December 2, 2023. 

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us.

Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.

Henry Alfred Kissinger Worked Against the Interests of the Prince of Peace Throughout His Entire Life

[A brief update late on December 1, 2023: The naturalists keep dropping with proverbial flies, Kisiinger one day, Sandra Day O'Connor two days later. Well, I will have a very brief commentary about the pro-abortion jurist's career, which was as a public of the public record when the "pro-life" President Ronald Wilson Reagan nominated her to replace Associate Justice Potter Stewart, one of the seven justices who voted in the majority in the case of Roe v. Wade, January 22, 1973, on July 1, 1981. I, for one, was outraged at the time as her pro-abortion credentials were fully known to one and all. More in the next commentary.]

Henry Alfred Kissinger has died.

This brief commentary explains that his enduring legacy is one that, far from promoting true peace, helped to advance a militant global warfare against the binding precepts of the Divine and Natural Laws, thus furthering prideful man's warfare against the Prince of Peace and His true Church.

The cataract surgery on my right eye three days ago went very well, although I was very tired on Tuesday and had to see the surgeon again on Wednesday for a follow-up visit. The article that I have been working on since the before the surgery is nearing completion, and I thank you for your patience and understanding as I underwent the surgery at the same time as the penitential pain caused by my completely degenerated lumbar spine. I am working as I am able to do so. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Blessed Edmund Campion, pray for us.

"A Council of the Devil is Taking Place in Rome Now"

This article is very brief. Its intriguing title comes fron a quotation of what a Brazilian bishop, Bishop Jose Mauricio de Rocha, told the priests of his diocese when he had returned from the first session of the "Second" Vatican Council before it had ended.

There are several other comnentaries in the works. As the first of two cataract removal surgeries takes place tomorrow, Novenber 28, 2023, and requires my presence at an ambulatory surgery center by six o'clock in the morning, I will need to retire from work early today, the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and probably won't be able to get the next article completed until Thursday. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us.

Saint Catherine Laboure, pray for us.

In Ways That Continue to Baffle the Minds of Modern Men

The date of November 27 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, although not on the universal General Roman Calendar, can be celebrated if not otherwise impeded as was the case yesterday.

This is a republished reflection on the story of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal that was written originally in 2010 and revised substantially eight years ago. I offer today for those who would like to have a refresher course on the history of this feast, which, of course, centers on Our Lady as the Mediatrix of All Graces.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us.

Saint Catherine Laboure, pray for  us.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria Preferred Death Rather Adore Idols

As I have busy preparing the next original commentary, I simply forgot to republish my annual reflection about Saint Catherine of Alexandria, whose feast was yesterday, Saturday, November 25, 2023. 

The new commentary should appear in about twenty-four hours in addition to my annual reflection about Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Sylvseter the Abbot, pray for us.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, pray for us.

Saint Peter of Alexandria, pray for us.

Adherence to Masonic Principles Forms the Bedrock of Conciliar "Orthodoxy"

With apologies for the weeklong delay between the publication of original articles, I hereby present what has turned out to be a fairly lengthy commentary about the so-called Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith’s reiteration of the incompatibility between Catholic membership in Masonic lodges and the Catholic Faith. The only little problem with this is that the conciliar sect’s entire ethos is Judeo-Masonic from top to bottom.

I hope to have another original commentary to be posted in two or three days.

A republished reflection about Saint John of the Cross was posted a short while before this new commentary.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.

Saint Chrysogonus, pray for us.

On the Feast of Saint John of the Cross, Who Suffered Injustice with Patience and Gratitude

This reflection on the life of Saint John of the Cross was written for and published in To Live in Light of Eternity, Volume 6, and is being offered to readers of this site for the third time.

As today, November 24, 2023, is my seventy-second birthday, I ask prayers for the repose of the souls of my late parents, Dr. Albert Henry Martin Droleskey and Mrs. Norma Florence Red Fox Droleskey. Thank you.

Our Lady of he Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.

Sant Chrysogonus, pray for us.

Pope Saint Clement I: No One Can Disobey a True Pope Without Disobeying God Himself

This is a republished reflection about Pope Saint Clement that includes the following passage from Dom Prosper Gueranger's The Liturgical Year:

With only one exception, all of the documents which attest Clement's intervention in the affairs of distant churches have perished with time; but the one that remains shows us in full action the monarchical power of the bishop of Rome at that primitive epoch. The church of Corinth was disturbed with intestine quarrels caused by jealously against certain pastors. These divisions, the germ of which had appeared even in St. Paul's time, had destroyed all peace, and were causing scandal to the very pagans. The Corinthians at last felt the necessity of putting an end to a disorder which might be prejudicial to the extension of the Christian faith; and for this purpose it was requisite to seek assistance from outside. The apostle had all departed this life, except St. John, who was still the light of the Church. It was not great distance from Corinth to Ephesus where the apostle resided: yet it was not to Ephesus but to Rome that the church of Corinth turned. Clement examined the case referred to his judgment by that church, and sent to Corinth five commissaries to represent the Apostolic See. They were bearers of a letter, which St. Irenaeus calls potentissimas litteras. It was considered at the time so beautiful and so apostolic, that it was long read in many churches as a sort of continuation of the canonical Scriptures. Its tone is dignified but paternal, according to St. Peter's advice to pastors. There is nothing in it of a domineering spirit; but the grave and solemn language bespeaks the universal pastor, whom none can disobey without disobeying God Himself. These words so solemn and so firm wrought the desired effect: peace was re-established in the church of Corinth, and the messengers of the Roman Pontiff soon brought back the happy news. A century later, St. Dionysius, bishop of Corinth, expressed to Pope St. Soter the gratitude still felt by his flock towards Clement for the service he had rendered. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year.)

Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B,, understood that there was and can never be such thing as "resistance" to a true and legitimate Successor of Saint Peter.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Clement, pray for us.

Saint Felicity, pray for us.

Saint Cecilia: Valiant Model of Holy Purity and Unwavering Catholic Fidelity

This is a very brief, republished reflection on the heroic virtues of Saint Ceclia, whose feast is celebrated today, November 22, 2024.

Work is progressing on my next original commentary, which I expect to have published on Friday, November 24, 2023, the Feast of Saint John of theCross and the Commemoraion of Saint Chrysogonus. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Cecilia, pray for us.

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