From 'Mementoes of the Martyrs' : "...which provoked a Frenchman who was there to comment on the strange ways of the English, "those who are for the pope are hanged, those who are against him are burned:"                                               Saint John-Paul II wrote: "The fact that one can die for the faith shows that other demands of the faith can also be met."                                                 Cardinal Müller says, “For the real danger to today’s humanity is the greenhouse gases of sin and the global warming of unbelief and the decay of morality when no one knows and teaches the difference between good and evil.”                                                  St Catherine of Siena said, “We've had enough exhortations to be silent. Cry out with a thousand tongues - I see the world is rotten because of silence.”                                                  Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”                                                Brethren, Wake up!


A Happy Feast to all our friends across the Pond. What a joy this month is, with its succession of great Marian feasts, beginning for us in the Order, of course, on the 2rd December, with Our Lady "Causa nostrae Laetitia", the bringer of our Holy Joy, Who comes to us in His fullness at Christmas.

Please today pray the Rosary of Reparation called for by our Cardinal Patronus, Raymond Cardinal Burke, in yesterday's post HERE.

Have no fear, they forces of evil will be conquered, but we must each play our part.

O MARIA sine labe concepta, ora pro nobis, qui confugimus ad te!


The Cardinal Patronus of our Order has, in an interview with French television on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, called on all Catholics to pray a Rosary tomorrow, 12th December, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Americas, in reparation for the diabolical acts carried out in Rome during the Amazon Synod. The Cardinal calls for the dark forces unleashed by these acts to be vanquished. It is our duty, as soldiers of Christ fighting under the sign of the Cross, to rise to this challenge.

His Eminence said, "Something very grave happened during the special assembly of the Bishops’ Synod for the Amazon region. An idol was introduced into St Peter's Basilica – the figure of a demonic force... Therefore reparation is necessary and also prayers, so that the diabolical forces that entered with this idol are vanquished by the grace of God, by Christ who wants St Peter's Basilica to be purified of the sacrilegious act that took place during the Synod."

"All should pray and make this act of reparation for the scandal that was caused, especially because God was offended by this act... I want to encourage you in every way to go ahead with this initiative."

Again, this pious work is one of the charisms of the Order of Malta, Tuitio Fidei, and all should find time to pray for this intention tomorrow. We respond through love of God, we respond through love of His Holy Church, and we respond through love of our Order, and attachment to its spiritual encouragement. We are encouraged to offer five Decades of the Holy Rosary, in company with many thousands of people around the world. A great army of prayer for Christ and His Holy Mother.
O Most Holy Virgin, and Our Mother, we listen with grief to the complaints of your Immaculate Heart surrounded with the thorns placed therein at every moment by the blasphemies and ingratitude of ungrateful humanity. We are moved by the ardent desire of loving you as Our Mother and of promising a true devotion to Your Immaculate Heart. 
We therefore kneel before You to manifest the sorrow we feel for the grievances that people cause You, and to atone by our prayers and sacrifices for the offenses with which they return your love. Obtain for them and for us the pardon of so many sins. Hasten the conversion of sinners that they may love Jesus Christ and cease to offend the Lord, already so much offended. Turn you eyes of mercy toward us, that we may love God with all our heart on earth and enjoy Him forever in Heaven.  (From devotions to Our Lady of Fatima's apparition to Sister Lucia.)
An image of idolatrous evil unleashed in the heart of the Church.
Pray for these poor souls who were tricked into doing this wickedness.
Our Lady conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.


In all the bustle of daily life it is easy to forget or overlook that a group of exorcists have called for tomorrow to be kept as Fast Day in reparation from some of the events at the Amazon Synod which we have covered elsewhere (HERE and HERE). Here is a very fruitful work of Tuitio Fidei which all healthy members of the Order, Companions and Friends can offer for the good of the whole Church.

This means omitting one full meal, and taking only a small meal or snack to keep you energy up.  You may drink whatever you wish, even unto the finest vintages. It is, obviously, anyway a Friday and thus a day of abstinence from meat.

We are encouraged, if we are are able, to fast on bread and water, that is, only sufficient bread to sustain you as you go about your normal activities, and abstaining from all other more pleasurable food. Having said that, it is perfectly legitimate for it to be nice bread, fasting is not an exercise in making life unpleasant, but an act of prayer and adoration. It is the joy of offering, not the degree of hardship, which is supernaturally efficacious.

For a full explanation and suitable prayers to the Sacred Heart, see Fr Z's article HERE, and the LIFESITE News article HERE.

Finally, a picture to remind you why you would want to do this.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Our Lady conceived without original sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.


We have been asked to support the appeal by the Benedictine monks of the Monastère Saint-Benoît in La Garde-Freinet in the South of France, of whom our dear friend and erstwhile liturgical collaborator Dom Alcuin Reid is Prior; the buildings they are seeking to buy were once a Commandery of our own Order. This we are overjoyed to do, and firmly encourage all members of the Order and Companions to help in whatever way they can, small, or large. See the appeal notice below.  For GiftAid information, please email HERE.  To make a simple donation, click HERE. To donate with JustGiving, click HERE.  

One of their young English monks is receiving his first minor Orders this month, on 21st December, Dom Ildephonse Swithinbank - please pray for him.

Please pray also for our friend Monseigneur Dominique Rey, bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, who will ordain Dom Ildephonse, and for all the vocations he encourages.

Please visit the Monastery's website HERE.  They are also very happy to receive you, with customary Benedictine hospitality, should you wish to visit in person.

Above all, please pray for this young community. Make it yours.