Today is the Feast Day of the Most Holy Name of Mary. This feast was made obligatory throughout the Church by Pope Innocent XI in honor of the victory of King John Sobieski of Poland over the Turks at Vienna. This feast is the yearly thanksgiving for the deliverance of Christian Europe. I can’t think of a more timely feast for our era, when Christian Europe seems to be almost dead. Hey, even the scraped-clean wasteland of the new calendar retained this feast, so you know it’s a big deal. The post title is taken from the Gradual of today’s Mass.
Feasts like this, or the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on October 7, show that with Mary no cause is impossible. Our Lord has so ordained it that every grace we have or could ever receive comes from Mary’s intercession and through her hands. Like many of you, I think, I believe the Fatima prophecy has yet to fully play out. And the only way to save us from the mess we have ourselves created is the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for which we should daily pray.
Thoughts like this at Mass this morning had me thinking about what I hope is a momentous meeting between Bishop Fellay of the SSPX and Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Holy Office this coming Wednesday. The SSPX is famous for its Rosary crusades, and I can only pray that Mary brings this irregular situation to a just end. I can certainly understand why the Society would have reason to distrust many in the Curia, but in the end the Church is Peter, and Peter the Church. I pray that Pope Benedict just takes action on his own and grants the SSPX its own ordinariate or personal prelature. I mean, really, he doesn’t need their permission. He could simply grant faculties and then expect them to obey his authority. There would not need to be any “vote” or “agreement” that the Society accept this term or that. They would simply be a Catholic society of apostolic life. At that point, if the Society priests are not under the jurisdiction of whatever modernist bishops are out there, and hence not subject to persecution by them, they would either conduct their affairs as any Catholic order would or else the only prelate they would disobey would be the Pope. And then we would know what the lay of the land really is. I realize I am too naive, but really, can’t we just cut to the chase here?
The Transalpine Redemptorists have a post about the upcoming movie about the Cristeros, called Cristiada. You may have seen this already, but the trailer is there. It looks really good.
On another front, if you are a homeschooler looking to add order to your life, a friend of mine has developed this planning software that you may find useful. Disclaimer: we don’t use this ourselves, because my lovely wife is a paper and pencil person. And, like every other Catholic enterprise mentioned here, I receive no money for telling you about it.
Have a great Monday.