by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
Saint Pius X in his Encyclical on True Devotion to Our Lady, taught an important truth which is lost on all those who pride themselves on being devoted to the Mother of God, but fail to examine their consciences in faith: namely, if you do not keep the commandments of God, it is in vain you say your rosaries, and kiss your statues, and wear bracelets of consecration.**
Some are even go godless, that they set themselves up, in their own human prudence, to judge the works of God, and decide who is and who is not in the Church, who is and who is not faithful, etc..
This is the very spirit of Satan, not of the Blessed Ever-Virgin.
We should note well that Our Lady, to all who would want to truly be devoted to Her, left the entire Gospel condensed into a single word: Do whatsoever He tells you!
Notice that She did NOT address Herself to unbelievers. She did not say, “Repent and Believe!”, and did Her Son from the first moment of His public ministry.
And this is important, because it means that Our Lady does not address the godless and those without faith. She does not recognize them as Her children or servants.
Our Lady, after she was rebuked by the Child Jesus in the Temple, asking, “How did you search for Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” never said another word, than the word, I just quoted, when She uttered at Cana. That was the very summary of Her life of meditation on God.
To Our Lady, therefore, there can be no question that we must accept and believe with all our mind and hear, that Her Son, said and taught, “Simon, Simon, Satan has sought to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith might not fail; and when you are converted, confirm your brethren”.
Thus, if you want to be Our Lady’s child, but doubt that the prayer of Her Son is efficacious, what can you hope for, from Her? But silence and consternation.
Because you are godless and faithless.
Again, when Her Son said and taught, saying to Peter, “Whatsoever you bind upon earth, shall be bound in Heaven; and whatsoever you loose upon earth, shall be loosed in Heaven,” She gave full faith and submission to the judgement of Her Son, and never doubted a moment that after Peter would deny Him three times, that he would repent and convert.
Indeed, according to the Fathers and Saints, after Peter’s sin, Saint John brought him to the house of Our Lady in Jerusalem (the Church of the Dormition, today), and She accepted him.
So the godless who do not accept that Saint Peter gave to the Faithful of Rome the authority to choose their bishop, upon which choice Her Son would confer the Petrine Munus, have and shall have no part in the Kingdom of Heaven with Our Lady, and Our Lady hears nothing of their prayers, because they are godless and faithless, because judging by carnal wisdom, and being entirely ignorant of canon law and ecclesiastical right, and apostolic tradition — or worse rejecting it so that they can persist in a sect, whereby they exalt themselves as better than all others — they are calling Her Son impotent in prayer or faithless to His promises.
This is a horrible sacrilege of blasphemy, since the very Name of God is Hesed, that is, FAITHFUL LOVE.
So to all the atheists who say 15 decades of the Rosary and have statues of Our Lady in their homes, and marian braclets on their wrists, know that when you deny the words of God, in your pride you will be forced to deny the works of God. And then God will wipe you from the Book of Life. And Our Lady will not intercede for you, because you have by your words and deeds entirely denied Her too.
It has been 2 weeks since Pope Francis was elected in the juridically valid manner of apostolic right, and no one in the world has found anything to convict him for heresy, or blasphemy. And since we all know the man Bergoglio after 10 years of observation, we know that for the man, that is impossible, but for God, all things are possible.
** “17. For to be right and good, worship of the Mother of God ought to spring from the heart; acts of the body have here neither utility nor value if the acts of the soul have no part in them. Now these latter can only have one object, which is that we should fully carry out what the divine Son of Mary commands. For if true love alone has the power to unite the wills of men, it is of the first necessity that we should have one will with Mary to serve Jesus our Lord. What this most prudent Virgin said to the servants at the marriage feast of Cana she addresses also to us: “Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye” (John ii., 5). Now here is the word of Jesus Christ: “If you would enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. xix., 17). Let them each one fully convince himself of this, that if his piety towards the Blessed Virgin does not hinder him from sinning, or does not move his will to amend an evil life, it is a piety deceptive and Iying, wanting as it is in proper effect and its natural fruit.” (Ad Diem illum laetissimum, Feb. 2, 1904 A. D.)
2 thoughts on “True Devotion to Our Lady”
I agree. I call it judgement for clicks, now, as I watch the journalists beat down a priest based on speculation alone. Saint Vianney says we are to shun uncharitable words and say good things when a person is spoken about poorly in his or her absence. Too many in Catholic media are using sensationalism to get clicks because they depend on advertising. Online Catholic media is in as poor shape as secular media, in my opinion. This is why I appreciate your sincere authentic blog. Agree or disagree on points, you remain sincere.
Words of Wisdom.