Christ Carrying the Cross - MAINERI, Gian Francesco


There are some, perhaps, who are more repelled than attracted by the very name and nature of the devotion to the Precious Blood. The idea of blood easily suggests to them that some cruelty has been committed and that consequently some life is ebbing out. The life of the flesh is in the blood and to see blood flow fills us instinctively with horror. When Jesus promised to give us His flesh to eat and His blood to drink, we know that many therefore of his disciples hearing it, said:

This saying is hard, and who can hear it? But Jesus, knowing in himself, that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you?

It is the spirit that quickeneth. It is true, the devotion to the Precious Blood does remind us that pain was inflicted and that a life was sacrificed; but we must not forget also that it was divine Blood that was shed and that it was the Man-God Who suffered and laid down His life for us. Let us confess, too, with deep compunction, we sinners have been the cause of the blood-shedding and death. Is this not the underlying reason why this devotion contains this element of wholesome fear?

It was to wash away our sins that this adorable Blood was spilt, and in answer to the words of the prophet, Why then is thy apparel red?

We may reply with the beloved Apostle, because He loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. St. Bernard calls the Blood of the Passion the roses of divine love.

The devotion to the Precious Blood brings us face to face with two fundamental doctrines of our holy religion: fallen man in all his misery, shut out from Paradise and Heaven, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; and Jesus, the Son of the living God, restoring the child of perdition to the dignity of a child of God and heir of heaven. An angel with a flaming sword guards the entrance of Paradise lost; but Jesus in the crimson garment of His Blood, all aflame with love, reopens the gate of Heaven for us. Jesus Christ Himself showing us His five open wounds invites us to the fountains of salvation in the words:precious blood 1

Come to me, all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you, for My Blood is drink indeed.

The Church, the bride of the Lamb that was slain, teaches us in the holy sacrifice of the Mass and by her prayers what treasures, what power, the faithful will find in the divine and vivifying Blood of Christ. The chalice of benediction, which we bless, is it not the communication of the blood of Christ? Do we fully realize that we have the Blood of the God-Man on our altars every morning at Mass? Come then, ye sinners all, do not abandon hope nor lose courage; you are come to Jesus, the mediator of the New Testament, and to the sprinkling of blood which speaketh better than that of Abel. The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin Come, ye just and innocent all, and behold Jesus clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood, that your hearts might become more and more inflamed with the fire of love that is burning in every drop of the Blood dripping from the Cross. Come, ye fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, come, ye sick and poor and wretched, and draw new life and superabundant grace from the flowing fountains of your Saviour. Why then is Thy apparel red? Ah, my bleeding Love, I understand, because Thou art a Spouse of Blood and dost so love us unto death. Every pore of Thy sacred body must become an outlet for Thy love and every drop of Thy Blood must become a minister of Thy Sacred Heart to convey this love to all the world. Every morning during Mass we find the dew of Thy love in the chalice, which reminds us that Thou art with us in Thy crimson robe of love and will remain with us until the end of the world.


St John Gualbert. Fresco by Neri di Bicci, Santa Trinita in Florence

                              July 12

               SAINT JOHN GUALBERT


                                      The Liturgical Year

             Ven. Abbot Dom Prosper Guéranger, O.S.B.

Never, from the day when Simon Magus was baptized at Samaria, had hell seemed so near to conquering the Church, as at the period brought before us by today’s feast Rejected and anathematized by Peter, the new Simon had said to the princes, as the former had said to the Apostles: “Sell me this power, that upon whomsoever I shall lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.” And the princes, ready enough to supplant Peter and fill their coffers at the same time, had taken upon themselves to invest men of their own choice with the government of the churches; the bishops in their turn had sold to the highest bidders the various orders of the hierarchy; and sensuality, ever in the wake of covetousness, had filled the sanctuary with defilement.

The tenth century had witnessed the humiliation of the supreme Pontificate itself; early in the eleventh, simony was rife among the clergy. The work of salvation was going on in the silence of the cloister; but Peter Damian had not yet come forth from the desert; nor had Hugh of Cluny, Leo IX., and Hildebrand brought their united efforts to bear upon the evil. A single voice was heard to utter the cry of alarm and rouse the people from their lethargy: it was the voice of a monk, who had once been a valiant soldier, and to whom the crucifix had bowed its head in recognition of his generous forgiveness of an enemy.

John Gualbert, seeing simony introduced into his own monastery of San Miniato, left it and entered Florence, only to find the pastoral staff in the hands of a hireling. The zeal of God’s House was devouring his heart; and going into the public squares, he denounced the Bishop and his own Abbot, that thus he might at least deliver his own soul. At the sight of this monk confronting single handed the universal corruption, the multitude was for a moment seized with stupefaction; but soon surprise was turned into rage, and John with difficulty escaped death. From this day his special vocation was determined: the just, who had never despaired, hailed him as the avenger of Israel, and their hope was not to be confounded. But, like all who are chosen for a divine work, he was to spend a long time under the training of the Holy Spirit. The athlete had challenged the powers of this world; the holy war was declared: one would naturally have expected it to wage without ceasing until the enemy was entirely defeated. And yet, the chosen soldier of Christ hastened into solitude to “amend his life,” according to the truly Christian expression used in the foundation-charter of Vallombrosa. The promoters of the disorder, startled at the suddenness of the attack, and then seeing the aggressor as suddenly disappear, would laugh at the false alarm; but, cost what it might to the once brilliant soldier, he knew how to abide, in humility and submission, the hour of God’s good pleasure.

Little by little other souls, disgusted with the state of society, came to join him; and soon the army of prayer and penance spread throughout Tuscany. It was destined to extend over all Italy, and even to cross the mountains. Settimo, seven miles from Florence, and San Salvi at the gates of the city, were the strongholds whence the holy war was to recommence in 1063. Another simoniac, Peter of Favia, had purchased the succession to the episcopal see. John, with all his monks, was resolved rather to die than to witness in silence this new insult offered to the Church of God. His reception this time was to be very different from the former, for the fame of his sanctity and miracles had caused him to be looked upon by the people as an oracle. No sooner was his voice heard once more in Florence, than the whole flock was so stirred, that the unworthy pastor, seeing he could no longer dissemble, cast off his disguise and showed what he really was: a thief who had come only to rob and kill and destroy. By his orders a body of armed men descended upon San Salvi, set fire to the monastery, fell upon the brethren in the midst of the Night-Office, and put them all to the sword; each monk continuing to chant till he received the fatal stroke. John Gualbert, hearing at Vallombrosa of the martyrdom of his sons, intoned a canticle of triumph. Florence was seized with horror, and refused to communicate with the assassin bishop. Nevertheless four years had yet to elapse before deliverance could come; and the trials of St. John had scarcely begun.

St. Peter Damian, invested with full authority by the Sovereign Pontiff, had just arrived from the Eternal City. All expected that no quarter would be given to simony by its sworn enemy, and that peace would be restored to the afflicted Church. The very contrary took place. The greatest saints may be mistaken, and so become to one another the cause of sufferings by so much the more bitter as their will, being less subject to caprice than that of other men, remains more firmly set upon the course they have adopted for the interests of God and His Church. Perhaps the great bishop of Ostia did not sufficiently take into consideration the exceptional position in which the Florentines were placed by the notorious simony of Peter of Pavia, and the violent manner in which he put to death, without form of trial, all who dared to withstand him; Starting from the indisputable principle that inferiors have no right to depose their superiors, the legate reprehended the conduct of the monks, and of all who had separated themselves from the bishop. There was but one refuge for them, the Apostolic See, to which they fearlessly appealed; a proceeding which no one could call uncanonical. But there, says the historian, many who feared for themselves, rose up against them, declaring that these monks were worthy of death for having dared to attack the prelates of the Church; while Peter Damian severely reproached them before the whole Roman Council. The holy and glorious Pope Alexander II. took the monks under his own protection, and praised the uprightness of their intention. Yet he dared not comply with their request and proceed further, because the greater number of the bishops sided with Peter of Pavia; the archdeacon Hildebrand alone was entirely in favour of the Abbot of Vallombrosa.

Nevertheless the hour was at hand when God Himself would pronounce the judgment refused them by men. While overwhelmed with threats and treated as lambs amongst wolves, John Gualbert and his sons cried to heaven with the Psalmist: “Arise, O Lord, and help us; arise, why dost Thou sleep, O Lord; arise, O God, and judge our cause.” At Florence the storm continued to rage. St. Saviour’s at Settimo had become the refuge of such of the clergy as were banished from the town by the persecution; the holy founder, who was then residing in that monastery, multiplied in their behalf the resources of his charity.

At length the situation became so critical, that one day in Lent of the year 1067 the rest of the clergy and the whole population left the simoniac alone in his deserted palace, and fled to Settimo. Neither the length of the road, deep in mud from the rain, nor the rigorous fast observed by all, says the narrative written at that very time to the Sovereign Pontiff by the clergy and people of Florence, could stay the most delicate matrons, women about to become mothers, or even children. Evidently the Holy Ghost was actuating the crowd; they called for the judgment of God. John Gualbert, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, gave his consent to the trial; and in testimony of the truth of the accusation brought by him against the Bishop of Florence, Peter, one of his monks, since known as Peter Igneus, walked slowly before the eyes of the multitude through an immense fire, without receiving the smallest injury. Heaven had spoken: the Bishop was deposed by Rome, and ended his days a happy penitent in that very monastery of Settimo.

In 1073, the year in which his friend Hildebrand was raised to the Apostolic See, John was called to God. His influence against simony had reached far beyond Tuscany. The Republic of Florence ordered his feast to be kept as a holiday, and the following words were engraved upon his tomb-stone:


Let us read the notice which the Church consecrates to his blessed memory, though with a few differences of detail.

St. Gualbert and his brother’s murderer before the crucifix by Alessandro Pieroni

John Gualbert was born at Florence of a noble family. While, in compliance with his father’s wishes, he was following the career of arms, it happened that his only brother Hugh was slain by a kinsman. On Good Friday, John, at the head of an armed band, met the murderer alone and unarmed, in a spot where they could not avoid each other. Seeing death imminent, the murderer, with arms out stretched in the form of a cross, begged for mercy, and John, through reverence for the sacred sign, graciously spared him. Having thus changed his enemy into a brother, he went to pray in the church of San Miniato, which was near at hand; and as he was adoring the image of Christ crucified, he saw it bend its head towards him. John was deeply touched by this miracle, and determined thenceforward to fight for God alone, even against his father’s wish; so, on the spot he cut off his own hair and put on the monastic habit. Very soon his pious and religious manner of life shed abroad so great a lustre that he became to many a living rule and pattern of perfection. Hence on the death of the Abbot of the place he was unanimously chosen superior. But the servant of God, preferring obedience to superiority, and moreover being reserved by the divine Will for greater things, betook himself to Romuald who was then living in the desert of Camaldoli, and who, inspired by heaven, announced to him the institute he was to form; whereupon he laid the foundations of his Order under the Rule of St. Benedict at Vallombrosa.

Soon afterwards many, attracted by the renown of his sanctity, flocked to him from all sides. He received them into his society, and together with them he zealously devoted himself to rooting out heresy and simony, and propagating the Apostolic faith ; on account of which devotedness both he and his disciples suffered innumerable injuries. Thus, his enemies in their eagerness to destroy him and his brethren, suddenly at tacked the monastery of San Salvi by night, burned the church, demolished the buildings, and mortally wounded all the monks. The man of God, however, restored them all forthwith to health by a single sign of the Cross. Peter, one of his monks, miraculously walked unhurt through a huge blazing fire, and thus John obtained for himself and his sons the peace they so much desired. From that time forward every stain of simony disappeared from Tuscany; and faith, throughout all Italy, was restored to its former purity.

John built many entirely new monasteries, and restored many others both as to their material buildings and as to regular observance, strengthening them all with the bulwark of holy regulations. In order to feed the poor he sold the sacred vessels of the Altar. The elements were obedient to his will when he sought to check evil-doers; and the sign of the Cross was the sword he used whereby to conquer the devils. At length worn out by abstinence, watchings, fasting, prayer, maceration of the flesh and finally old age, he fell into a grievous malady, during which he repeated unceasingly those words of David: “My soul hath thirsted after the strong living God: when ” shall I come and appear before the face of God ?” When death drew near, calling together his disciples, he exhorted them to preserve fraternal union. Then he caused these words to be written on a paper which he wished should be buried with him: “I, John, believe and confess the faith which the holy Apostles preached, and the holy Fathers in the four Councils have confirmed.” At length having been honoured during three days with the gracious presence of Angels, in the seventy-eighth year of his age, he departed to the Lord at Passignano, where he is honoured with the highest veneration. He died in the year of salvation 1073 on the 4th of the Ides of July; and having become celebrated by in numerable miracles, was en rolled by Celestine III. in the number of the Saints.

O true disciple of the New Law, who didst know how to spare an enemy for the love of the Holy Cross! teach us to practise, as thou didst, the lessons conveyed by the instrument of our salvation, which will then become to us, as to thee, a weapon ever victorious over the powers of hell. Could we look upon the Cross, and then refuse to forgive our brother an injury, when God Himself not only forgets our heinous offences against His Sovereign Majesty, but even died upon the Tree to expiate them? The most generous pardon a creature can grant is but a feeble shadow of the pardon we daily obtain from our Father in heaven. Still, the Gospel which the Church sings in thy honour, may well teach us that the love of our enemies is the nearest resemblance we can have to our heavenly Father, and the sign that we are truly His children.

St. Michael and St. Gualbert by Andrea del Sarto WGA

Thou hadst, O John, this grand trait of resemblance. He who in virtue of His eternal generation is the true Son of God by nature, recognized in thee the mark of nobility which made thee His brother. When He bowed His sacred Head to thee, He saluted in thee the character of a child of God, which thou hadst just so beautifully maintained: a title a thousand times more glorious than those of thy noble ancestry.

What a powerful germ was the Holy Ghost planting at that moment in thy heart! And how richly does God recompense a single generous act! Thy sanctification, the glorious share thou didst take in the Church’s victory, the fecundity whereby thou livest still in the Order sprung from thee: all these choice graces for thy own soul and for so many others, hung upon that critical moment. Fate, or the Justice of God, as thy contemporaries would have said, had brought thy enemy within thy power: how wouldst thou treat him? He was deserving of death; and in those days every man was his own avenger. Hadst thou then inflicted due punishment upon him, thy reputation would have rather increased than diminished. Thou wouldst have obtained the esteem of thy comrades; but the only glory which is of any worth before God, indeed the only glory which lasts long even in the sight of men, would never have been thine. Who would have known thee at the present day? Who would have felt the admiration and gratitude with which thy very name now inspires the children of the Church?

The Son of God, seeing that thy dispositions were conformable to those of His Sacred Heart, filled thee with His own jealous love of the holy City for whose redemption He shed His Blood. O thou that wert zealous for the beauty of the Bride, watch over her still; deliver her from hirelings who would fain receive from men the right of holding the place of the Bride groom. In our days venality is less to be feared than compromise. Simony would take another form; there is not so much danger of bribery, as of fawning, paying homage, making advances, entering into implicit contracts; all which proceedings are as contrary to the holy Canons, as are pecuniary transactions. And after all, is the evil any the less for taking a milder form, if it enables princes to bind the Church again in fetters such as thou didst labour to break? Suffer not, O John Gualbert, such a misfortune, which would be the forerunner of terrible disasters. Continue to support with thy powerful arm the common Mother of men. Save thy fatherland a second time, even in spite of itself. Protect, in these sad times, the Order of which thou art the glory and the father; give it strength to outlive the confiscations and the cruelties it is suffering from that same Italy which once hailed thee as its deliverer. Obtain for Christians of every condition the courage required for the warfare in which all are bound to engage.

      Ss. Nabor and Felix, Martyrs

On this same day the whole Church unites in the solemn homage which Milan continues to pay, after a lapse of sixteen centuries, to two valiant witnesses of Christ. Our martyrs Felix and Nabor, says St. Ambrose, are the grain of mustard-seed mentioned in the Gospel. They possessed the good odour of faith, though it did not appear to men; persecution arose, they laid down their arms, and bowed their heads to the sword, and immediately the grace that was hidden within them was shed abroad even to the ends of the world; so that we can now in all truth say of them: Their sound has gone forth into all the earth.

Let us honour them and ask their intercession by the prayer which the Church addresses to God in commemoration of their glorious combat.


Grant, we beseech thee, Lord, that as the festival of thy holy Martyrs, Nabor and Felix, returns for us to celebrate, it may always be accompanied by their intercession. Through our Lord.

Praesta, quaesumus Domine: ut, sicut nos sanctorum Martyrum tuorum Naboris et Felicis natalítia celebranda non deserunt, ita jugiter suffragiis comitentur. Per Dominum.




Chalice of Blessed Pope Pius IX, given to him by the Passionists


       The Liturgical Year – Ven Abbot Dom Prosper Guéranger

Blessed Pope Pius IX had been driven out from Rome in November 1848 by the triumphant revolution; but the following year, just about this season, his power was re-established. Under the aegis of the apostles on June 28 and the two following days, the eldest daughter of the Church a former nickname for France, faithful to her past glories, swept the ramparts of the eternal city; and on July 2, Mary’s festival [the feast of the Visitation on the traditional calendar], the victory was completed. Not long after this, a twofold decree notified to the city and the world the Pontiff’s gratitude and the way in which he intended to perpetuate, in the sacred liturgy, the memory of these events.”

“On August 10, from Gaeta itself a town between Rome and Naples, the place of his exile in the evil day, Blessed Pope Pius IX, before returning to re-assume the governments of his States, addressing himself to the invisible head of the Church, confided her in a special manner to His divine care, by the institution of this day’s festival; reminding Him that it was for His Church that He had vouchsafed to shed all His precious Blood. Then, when the Pontiff re-entered his capital on 12 April 1850, when he was finally assured that the French would not interfere in his affairs, turning to Mary, just as Pope St. Pius V and Pope Pius VIII had done under other circumstances, the Vicar of Christ solemnly attributed the honor of the recent victory to her who is ever the help of Christians; for on the feast of her Visitation it had been gained; and he now decreed that this said feast of July 2 should be raised from the rite of double major to that of second class through the whole world This was a prelude to the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which the immortal Pontiff had already projected, whereby the crushing of the serpent’s head would be completed.”

Precious Blood of Jesus, save us!

Sanguis Christi, inebria me!


Prayer in Honor of the Precious Blood

O Precious Blood of Jesus, infinite Price of our redemption and both the drink and laver of our souls, You continually plead the cause of all people before the throne of Infinite Mercy. From the depths of my heart I adore You.  Jesus, insofar as I am able I want to make reparation for the insults and outrages which You receive from human beings, especially from those who blaspheme You and deny Your presence.

Who would not venerate the Blood of infinite value? Who does not feel inflamed with love for the Jesus Who shed It?  What would have become of me had I not been redeemed by this Divine Blood ?  Who has drained It all from the veins of my Savior?  Surely this was the work of Love! O Infinite Love, which has given us this saving Balm!  O Balm beyond all price, welling up from the foundation of Infinite Love!  Grant that every heart and every tongue may render You praise and thanks, now and forever!  Amen.

  Litany of the Most Precious Blood

     of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us. Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.


God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.


Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, Save us.

Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word or God, Save us.

Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, Save us.

Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in Agony, Save us.

Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, Save us.

Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, Save us.

Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, Save us.

Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, Save us.

Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, Save us.

Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, Save us.

Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, Save us.

Blood of Christ, victor over demons, Save us.

Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, Save us.

Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, Save us.

Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, Save us.

Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, Save us.

Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, Save us.

Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, Save us.

Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, Save us.

Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, Save us.

Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, Save us.

Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, Save us.

Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, Save us.

Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, Save us.

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.

Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.

And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

Let us pray

Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eleison Comments – Number CDLXVIII (468)

Eleison Comments

                        Country Advantages

        Cities and suburbs do harm to man,

     But pray to Almighty God he always can.

Since no human being was ever created by God on this earth for any other reason than to go to Heaven (I Tim. II, 4), then the goodness of God is at work all the time, in one form or another, more or less strongly, to attract all souls towards Heaven. And if a man begins to respond to that attraction, he is bound to realize sooner or later that the mass of souls surrounding him today are either unaware of that attraction or are positively resisting it. And the more serious he may become about getting to Heaven himself, the more seriously he must wonder what are the factors in the world around him which make so many souls careless of Heaven, or at least of getting there.

Some of these factors may be immediately apparent to him, like the recent advance of unnatural vice and its triumph in the worldwide legalization of same-sex “marriage.” Other factors he may need rather more time to appreciate because they are not so obviously opposed to virtue and because they soaked into the environment much longer ago, like living in cities or sub-cities, i.e., suburbs. Now only a fool would claim that every country-dweller is full of virtue while every city-dweller is full of vice. On the other hand country living is obviously closer to Nature than is city living, so that if Nature was created by God to be the indispensable carrier of that Supernature without which no soul can enter Heaven, then country-dwellers will, as such, be closer to God than city-dwellers, and a city-dweller wishing to get to Heaven must at least take stock of the fabric of his life in the city.

“Learn from your enemy,” said the Latins. Communism is one of the most terrible enemies ever of Catholicism, and two outstanding Communists are famous for their hatred of country-dwellers, or peasants. For Lenin (1870–1924), leader of the Russian Revolution in 1917, a major obstacle in the way of the godless Revolution was the old-fashioned peasant, rooted in the earth, profoundly aware of his nothingness as a creature surrounded by the mystery of Creation on which he depended, whereas the city-dweller living in an artificial and man-made world of factories, machines, and human robots, a world laden with various kinds of resentment (raging against the rain is an exercise in futility while “road rage” is growing all the time), was wholly apt for Revolution (here is why de Corte says modern politicians are constantly promising “change”).

For Antonio Gramsci (1860–1937), master of the Revolution’s key transition after Lenin and Stalin from “hard” Communism to “soft” Globalism, the peasantry represented likewise a redoubtable enemy which the Revolution had to overcome. With its “common sense” and its “natural order” the peasantry had been the foundation of a whole system of values that had to go. Religion, family, homeland, army, nature, culture, had to give way to a whole new way of thinking in accordance with a New World Order. To shift men away from their old mentality, their total culture was to be subverted no more by a violent assault upon their economics, but by a “march through the institutions,” all their institutions. The Revolution would remold their education, arts, entertainment, news, sports, etc., every feature of their culture in the broadest sense, to undermine the total way of life previously embodied in the peasantry. And Gramsci’s Revolution has so succeeded in overthrowing the old natural order that the farmers now working the land are so dependent on machines and the banksters that they are hardly peasants in the old sense any more.

But the Revolution today is such outright war on “everything that calls itself God” that there is no possible human way of reconstructing any peasantry to stand up to it. The best possible peasantry, merely as such, is not the solution. The problem is not merely cultural.

The real problem is our apostasy from God. The real solution starts with prayer, which the seemingly almighty Revolution is nevertheless powerless to stop.

Kyrie eleison.


rotten fruits


Novus Ordo Pervert Priest-in-training, 23, sentenced to 16 years in jail for trying to buy Mexican infants to rape using a Craigslist ad!!!

  • Joel Wright arrested in February en route to Mexico to meet a family

  • He had posted an ad on Craigslist offering $150 to babysit an infant

  • Told a responding mother in Tijuana that he wanted to rape the baby

  • She handed her account to federal agents, they caught him in San Diego

  • Former trainee priest Wright, 23, pleaded guilty in April to enticing a minor

  • Jailed for 15 years 8 months on Friday, attorney had asked for 10 months 

Ohio Pedophile priest-in-training who tried to travel to Mexico to have sex with infants has been sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Joel Wright, 23, pleaded guilty in April to attempted enticement of a minor, admitting he posted an ad to Craigslist seeking children as young as one year old to molest.

He offered any willing family $150 to babysit their child in 2014.

When a mother in Tijuana, Mexico, responded, he told her wanted to adopt and have sex with her baby. He added that he had bought an outfit for the child to wear and infant pain relief medication. (!!!)

In February 2016, Wright, a former student at Franciscan University, then traveled to meet the mother – who had alerted authorities and handed over her Craigslist account to federal agents.

When he landed in San Diego he was arrested. 

And on Friday, he was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison – a stretch from the 10-month sentence his attorney recommended.

Jailed: Joel Wright, 23, had been jailed for 16 years. He pleaded guilty in April to attempted enticement of a minor, admitting he posted an ad to Craigslist seeking children as young as one year old to molest 

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said Wright, who was born severely disabled and has a litany of health problems including blindness, accomplished many things in life but for whatever reason, over the past few years, pursued children, according to KSWB-TV. 

‘The circumstances of this case were unspeakable, but today’s sentence assures this individual won’t pose a threat to children any time in the near future,’ Dave Wright, a special ops agent for Homeland Security, told the LA Times after the sentencing.

Wright waived his right to a detention hearing and declined to seek bail after he was arrested in February, the Times of San Diego reported.

After the Tijuana mother reported Wright to Homeland Security investigators via CyberTipline in November last year, an agent took over her account.

Emailing back and forth with the undercover agent, Wright allegedly admitted that he sought to ‘buy’ children in Tijuana to commit sex acts against.

The complaint reveals horrifying details of Wright’s plans.

Absolutely Sickening!

In one email, Wright allegedly wrote that he hoped a child he believed he was about to rape would resist. ‘If she is angry at me she will be even more fun because she will probably try to get away and it is so much more fun when it is a bit of a struggle – what do you think?’ Wright allegedly wrote on December 6 last year. (!!)

Wright, who studied to be a priest at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, initially planned to travel to Mexico on December 11, but got cold feet, stayed home, and stopped emailing with the undercover agent.

But on December 28, he posted another Craigslist ad seeking a ‘female tour guide’ to help him navigate Tijuana.

‘Looking for a female who can help me when I visit and show me local attractions and good food along with places to have fun and introduce me to good people. Please respond with your email and contact information and a pic,’ the ad read.

The same person who originally reported Wright contacted the ad’s sender, and realized the would-be pedophile had resumed his malicious plans.

Again, undercover agents took over the communication.

After Wright wrote to the agent saying he had purchased a ticket to San Diego, the plan was set up to arrest him upon arrival in California.

This picture shows the Craigslist ad Wright allegedly posted on December 28, 2015

This picture shows the Craigslist ad Wright allegedly posted on December 28, 2015

Officers from Homeland Security arrest Wright in San Diego in February

Officers from Homeland Security arrest Wright in San Diego in February