The Majesty of The Trinity and The Dire State of The Church
By The Hermits, May 23 2016 10:03AM
I think that it is very easy, too easy to become despondent in these terrible times. We look to the World and see that madness and badness prevail. If sixty years ago we were told that people would be having sex changes (a pure delusion anyway as the chromosones do not change!), and there would be homoexual marriages and people would be marrying animals (There is at least one occasion where this happened when an Israeli woman married her pet dolphin.) and scientists would want to put all the intelligence of a person onto a machine and, so to speak, put the person’s intellect and soul into a machine, or robot we would be utterly disbelieving at such maniacal rubbish. Then we now know of these vast concentration camps in the U.S., which are being prepared for various groups of untrainable people, who appear to be Christians, and other undesirables.
Added to all this Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea in her very fine talk, given at the Rome Life Forum on May 7th , convincingly points out that the Western World has been devastated by Cultural Marxism for some time now, and the main proponent for this has been the notorious Frankfurt School. Dr. Cerea has this to say about the Frankfurt School:
The Frankfurt School started in Frankfurt, Germany, but later metastasized to the U.S.A. It I also known a the “Critical School”, or “Critical Theory”, and it leads directly from Lenin to the present “gay rights” and to “gender ideologies, from Georg Lukacs, through Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and many others, to…Judith Butler’ gender ideology.
The authors of the Frankfurt School concentrate their effort on the destruction of Western culture – by just criticizing, “unmasking”, discrediting, deconstructing every piece of it, but without proposing any explicit utopian in replacement; they just respond to the call of their founder, Georg Lukacs: “Who will save us from Western Civilization?”
As Lukcacs was Jew, I suppose his hatred was directed not only against the Christian West but against his own Jewish heritage, from which of course Christianity sprang. Though I think Dr. Cernea, in her article, has not taken into account Russia’s conversion, which she does not seem to believe has begun, the core of her talk is utterly correct. One cannot thank her enough for it.
Terrible indeed, though the times are, God is in charge of his Church and ultimately all will be for his greater glory. Again and again we must reflect on one great truth, which I go on about relentlessly; God did not have to create us. The Trinity is perfect in itself. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are blissfully happy with each other, if one can use such terminology. However, the Trinity, in a mighty outpouring of love, decided to create the angelic hosts, the Universe, and then finally Man. The Trinity intended Man to share in the glory of God, and when Man sinned sent the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus Christ to save Man, and share his glory with all the redeemed.
Christ is THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. Unfortunately, with the best of intentions, Pius IX by declaring the Infallibility of the Papacy a dogma inaugurated what is being described by some as papolatry. This was bound to happen. So we must always remind ourselves that we are part of the mystical body of Christ, The Church, and that Christ’s very blood flows through our veins, which is true because we receive Christ’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in Communion. That is why it is of the greatest importance that one day all Christians who are not Catholic, Orthodox, or belonging to the Oriental Churches, may receive Communion. Unity will come about, I believe, through the direct action of God. I cannot see it happening through endless meetings and commissions. Certainly the recent lunacy in the Catholic Church would only lead to false unity.
The Trinity dwells in each baptized Christian, through baptism, and this is a stupendous truth that is rarely taught. There is endless rubbish taught about the Holy Spirit, which seems in the Charismatic way of things, simply to do with healing, as if the main task of the Spirit to sanctify is of little importance, and where Christ is there simply to make life nice for us. It is time that we read the Gospels and see what Christ demands, namely that we take up our Cross and follow him to Calvary.
The Glory of the Trinity, should be before our eyes daily, for this is the highest truth of our Faith. Nowhere does one have a better glimpse of The Trinity than in the Gospel of John from Chapter 14 to 17. There one will begin to understand the depths and the heights of this the most supreme truth of all.
Our Lady is the Mirror of the Trinity, and in these troubled times let us take on the message of Fatima and remember that one of Lucia’s great visions was of the Trinity, and the Fatima prayer to the Trinity is of great importance in these times. Here it is:
Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity
"Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners."
*This prayer was taught by an Angel named the Angel of Peace to the children at Fatima. The Angel knelt down beside them and made them repeat three times as quoted above, both before and after he/she gave the Sacred Host and Precious Blood of Christ to them. The Angel said, "Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful people! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God." (Ibid., pp.64-65)
And to give us more hope in these truly tragic times here is an article by Father Brian Harrison who recently wrote it for that excellent website OnePeterfive :
Alice von Hildebrand sheds New Light on Fatima
Introductory commentary by Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
Owing to a lack of clarity and specificity in Chapter 8 of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia(AL), mutually contradictory views are circulating as to what it means for Catholics living publicly in objectively sinful relationships. Has the present Holy Father broken with his predecessors, who never permitted any of these folks to receive Holy Communion? Some say Yes, some say No. The distinguished German Catholic philosopher Robert Spaemann, a friend of Pope Benedict XVI, has not hesitated to affirm in a recent interview that with the promulgation of AL, “chaos [has been] raised to a principle by the stroke of a pen”, and that “the consequences are already foreseeable: uncertainty and confusion, from the bishops’ conferences to the small parishes in the middle of nowhere.”
This critical situation invites further reflection on the message of Our Lady of Fatima, as we begin this Friday (May 13, 2016), the 100th year since her first appearance to the Portuguese shepherd children. Back in 1980 the one surviving visionary, Sister Lucy, wrote an important letter to Monsignor (now Cardinal) Carlo Caffarra. After Pope John Paul asked him to begin a new Pontifical Institute for studies on marriage and the family, Caffarra wrote to Sister Lucy, simply requesting her prayers for this venture. He has recently made known his surprise at receiving “a very long letter with her signature. . . . In it we find written: ‘The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, for this is the decisive issue.’ And then she concluded: ‘however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.’”
This reassurance is encouraging, because fifteen years after Sister Lucia wrote that letter, Cardinal Luigi Ciappi (1909-1996), personal theological adviser to five popes, made a stunning disclosure about that part of the Fatima secret that the Vatican has never released (and which is evidently referenced by the enigmatic word “etc.” in the published part of Our Lady’s message). His Eminence, one of the few persons who had seen the complete secret, wrote in a 1995 letter to Professor Baumgartner of Salzburg: “In the Third Secret it is predicted, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.”
Such a shocking prophecy would explain why Sister Lucy herself confessed to being traumatized by it, why Pope John XXIII decided not to publish it on schedule in 1960, and why Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani of the Holy Office, in answer to a reporter’s question, stated acidly that the Third Secret had been relegated “to the bottom of the Vatican archives – and that’s where it deserves to stay!” (A priest who as a young man was living in Rome in 1960 has told me he distinctly recalls reading these words of the cardinal in a newspaper report.) As the Church’s top doctrinal watchdog, Ottaviani might well have judged that such an appalling message might unsettle the faith of many Catholics in the See of Peter, the ‘Rock’ on whom Christ built his Church.
The foregoing observations should help to set in their context the following testimony from Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, whom I have been privileged to know for about twenty years. It provides clear corroboration of what Cardinal Ciappi said about the secret, but was made known to her and her late husband, the renowned philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand, a full thirty years before Ciappi wrote his letter to the Austrian professor. In a private email at the beginning of May Dr. von Hildebrand told me about this 1965 conversation in Florence. I asked her whether she would allow this to be made known to a wider audience, and after consulting with her spiritual director, she replied that he had given her permission to do so. (Msgr. Mario Boehm, whose testimony she records here, was a leading member of the editorial staff of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano during the 1930s and 1940s, when the editor-in-chief was Count Giuseppe Dalla Torre. Boehm retained high-level contacts in Rome after his retirement.)
Dr. von Hildebrand added that it would be good for this account to be accompanied here by that of another similar conversation she and her husband had in the 1960s with the former communist agent Bella Dodd. I personally find these testimonies linked to the Fatima message deeply consoling at this time of increasing confusion and profoundly disturbing change emanating from the highest levels of Church authority. For they indicate that Heaven has not only foreseen this great crisis, but has forewarned us, in order to reassure Catholics that, whatever may happen in the immediate future, Christ is still the unassailable Head of his Church, and that the Immaculate Heart of his most holy Mother, Queen of the Holy Rosary, who to Satan is as “terrible as an army set in battle array”, will triumph in the end.
Dr. von Hildebrand, in her 90s, now finds some difficulty in writing by computer, so I have slightly edited her original email for greater clarity. She has approved the following version and graciously given her permission for it to be posted on the OnePeterFive website:
(email to Fr. Brian Harrison dated May 6, 2016):
I think the following two conversations, which I recall very well from the 1960s, are of particular interest now, in these deeply troubled times half a century later. For they apparently corroborate Cardinal Ciappi’s testimony that part of Our Lady’s Fatima secret was the shocking prediction that the great apostasy in the Church would begin “at the top.”
The first conversation was In June 1965. We were in Florence in the house where my husband was born, and where I spent my first sabbatical. My husband invited a priest named Msgr. Mario Boehm, whom he had met in Rome shortly after his conversion, and who had been one of the top editors of L’Osservatore Romano for many years. The topic of Fatima came up. My husband raised the question, “Why was the third secret of Fatima not revealed?” For the Holy Virgin had said it should be shared with the faithful in 1960.
Don Mario: It was not revealed because of its content. My husband: What was so fearful about it? Msgr. Boehm (as a well-trained Italian) did not say that he had read it, but intimated that the content was fearful: “infiltration of the Church to the very top”. It shattered us but confirmed my husband’s fear that the way Vatican II was interpreted was going to expose the Church to terrible dangers. Alas, this fear was well founded.
The second conversation is one with Bella Dodd that I have already spoken about on previous occasions. We met her in the Fall of 1965 and she visited us here at New Rochelle, NY, where I still live, either in 1966 or 1967. She had been an ardent communist from her student days at Hunter College – a hotbed of communism. (That is why I was systematically persecuted there, as recounted in my book, Memoirs of a Happy Failure.) Bella had sown the seeds of this diabolical philosophy at Hunter, but converted in 1952 under the guidance of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Let me repeat the conversation between her and my husband:
DvH: I fear the Church has been infiltrated.
Bella: You fear it, dear Professor; I know it! When I was an ardent communist I was working in close contact with four cardinals in the Vatican working for us; and they are still very active today.
DvH: Who are they? My nephew Dieter Sattler is a German stationed at the Holy See.
But Bella, who was under the spiritual guidance of Archbishop Sheen, declined to give him this information.
The only recourse we have now is prayer, and the firm conviction that the gates of hell shall not prevail. St. Matthew ch. XXIV has warned us.
In union of ardent prayers.
I am, dear Father, respectfully yours in Christ,
Alice von Hildebrand