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Divine Mercy Johannine Comma Trent distraction reposing Blessed Sacrament

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This was 6:00 AM Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Redeemer church in Andrews on Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s just the positioning of the monstrance of course, but a couple of the jewels just to either side of the Most Blessed Sacrament are reflecting bluish/white and red light. The paintings similar to the original always have those colors switched around.

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Such a distraction. Perhaps I especially look at the Sacred Host as the Heart of Jesus in that, after Benediction, after the Divine Praises, I make it a practice to recite a certain prayer which begins — “May the Heart of Jesus…” At that point I’m very close to the monstrance and looking intently at the Most Blessed Sacrament while walking around the altar to do the reposition. Of course, at that moment, the rays would be switched around again, wouldn’t they? Such a distraction. Red represents blood, of course. Water, represents baptism, of course. From 1 John 2: 5-8. Note the “Johannine Comma” between hyphens…

“Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is the truth. There are three witnesses — in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these Three are One. And three they are which give testimony upon the earth — the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree.”

The self-congratulatory sophisticates hold that those words infamously called the Johannine Comma are said to be inauthentically interpolated. They are, then, of course,  weaponized for debates on the Most Holy Trinity. Pfft. People should grow up and take a look a the first dogmatic decree of the 4th Session of Trent, April 8, 1546, and then take a hard look at the MSS evidence and honestly ask about possibilities. The Catholic Church wins, as always. Don’t mess with Mother Church.

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Hating Divine Mercy Chaplet unites ultratraditionalismists and liberals

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To be just is to be merciful. To be merciful is to be just. Mercy is potential part of the virtue of justice, as Aquinas says in his Commentary on the Sentences.

Filthy liberal priests hate Divine Mercy Sunday. They won’t have anything to do with it, rebelling against Holy Hours, devotions, Confessions. “Why do that?” they ask. “There’s no such thing as sin anyway,” they say. I have personally witnessed this around the world.

But then, unexpectedly (though opposites attract), ultra-tradition-al-ism-ists get into the attack mercy game as they want to be “tough” and “heroes” over against all that wimpy and way too saccharine and sugary mercy rubbish, which, because it is mercy, must necessarily manipulate and reject justice, which is what they stand for, you know, being “tough” and “heroes” and all that. And gullible multitudes follow them.

This latter crowd ever so condescendingly and with such aloof finesse and sophistication attack canonized saints and particular devotions. Surely you’ve heard, for instance, the rejection of the saccharine Divine Mercy Chaplet with all of its sugary prayers. Ever sooo sweet and therefore ever sooo to be rejected by those who are serious in their spiritual lives. But let’s just look at that for a moment:


The Sign of the Cross: Let’s see: the Most Holy Trinity; the ultra violent instrument of torture and death, the cross. Bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine, I guess.

The Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Apostles Creed: All of these, bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine, I guess.

Decade prayer: Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. — So, this description of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, of sin and redemption, of our Lord’s obedience to the Father, is to be damned as bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine? I don’t get it.

On the 10 Small Beads: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. “For the sake of” is an explication of… wait for it… JUSTICE. The same for the Decade prayer above. Mercy is founded on justice. So, all this talk of justice is bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine? I don’t get it.

Conclusion: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. For those who don’t know, this prayer recalls a part of the ferocious reproaches (the Improperia) on Good Friday during the Veneration of the Cross. That part reaches back to time immemorial and is called the Trisagion:

  • Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us!
  • Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortalis, miserere nobis.
  •  Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς 

All these prayers go to the very heart of all that is Catholic, all that is Christian, all that is of Tradition. It all slams us to our knees in the reality that we are sinners directly on our way to hell if not for Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living God. But that’s all bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine? I don’t get it.

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Rejoicing in Rainbows?

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I always rejoice when I see a rainbow because I love how nature works, including natural law. This double-rainbow was seen the other night with a good sized group of young priests over at the parish church where we were. Some of them had suffered in the seminary or in their priesthood from the lavender mafia, as it is called. All of them were happy to see the symbol that the castigation is over and the promise of good things to come has arrived. None of them thinks of God’s promise of goodness symbolized by the rainbow as a symbol of continued sin, but instead find such an interpretation of self-congratulation for sin to be disgusting, blasphemous. All would agree with this:

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For myself, in this year of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, of Our Lady of the Rosary, of graces and mercy, I think of another splash of light across the otherwise threatening skies:

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And with much emphasis on Divine Mercy we recall this light coming from the Heart of our Lord and Savior:

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As a priest who hears confessions, I don’t care what sin it is that people confess. We’ve all crucified the Son of the Living God with original sin and whatever other sin, right? I only care that people turn away from sin by turning to our Lord and His Divine Mercy. I rejoice in that Divine Mercy for all who want it, who want to be on their way to heaven. I know that His Mercy is a sign that the castigation is almost over, with the clouds dissipating, with the floods receding, with the promise of goodness and kindness to come. So, I hope I haven’t made the LGBTQetc crowd too upset. That’s not my intention. I’m just saying that mercy is for everyone who wants it. Is that a bad thing to say?

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