I’ve Begun the Socci Book on the Question of Benedict’s Abdication

Thanks to the little drama over Dr. Kwasniewski’s review– and subsequent, brow-beaten, backpedalled editing of that review–of Antonio Socci’s book, “The Secret of Benedict XVI, I have ordered and have now begun to read this book.

One-and-a-half chapters in, I’m hooked.

More to come.

Feast of the Queenship of Mary

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;

vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.

Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae.

Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes

in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia ergo, advocata nostra,

illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.

Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,

nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.

O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.

R. Ut digni efficamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus. Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui gloriosae Virginis Matris Mariae corpus et animam, ut dignum Filii tui habitaculum effici mereretur, Spiritu Sancto cooperante, praeparasti, da, ut cuius commemoratione laetamur; eius pia intercessione, ab instantibus malis et a morte perpetua liberemur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Oh, the Irony!

…Of the supporters of the killing of little babies in the womb– those of “Planned Parenthood” and those of the City government– adopting the tactic of Operation Rescue and protesting opponents of their cause by entering a state building and refusing to leave.

For years, the abortionists have fought to keep protesters far enough away to prevent a dip in their gruesome business.  And the Board of Aldermen, that passed that execrable anti-freedom of speech regulation to shield the baby butchers from having to deal with protestors.

These people have no shame, obviously, but they moreover have no knowledge of history and a defective irony meter.

I pray they repent before it is too late. With God, nothing is impossible.  But murder and lust blinds their eyes and hardens their hearts.

Flos Carmeli

O beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, Splendor of Heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a Pure Virgin, assist me in this necessity.  O Star of the Sea, help and protect me!  Show me that Thou art my Mother.

O Mary, Conceived without sin,

Pray for us who have recourse to thee!

Mother and Ornament of Carmel, Pray for us!
Virgin, Flower of Carmel, Pray for us!
Patroness of all who wear the Scapular, Pray for us!
Hope of all who die wearing the Scapular, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Friend of the Sacred Heart, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Chaste Spouse of Mary, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Our Patron, Pray for us!

O sweet Heart of Mary, Be our Salvation!