It is the very nature of light to shine, and healthy eyes welcome light.

From the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus demanded essential belief in Himself as God’s Son and as mankind’s Redeemer. He is the light of the world. It is the very nature of light to shine. And healthy eyes welcome light. But God does not force open the eyes that are blinded by contentment with self and with this world. Jesus chose to let His light shine on all men through His invisible Holy Spirit. Neither continent nor ocean, neither race nor class, is any hindrance to His mighty but gentle coming. He asks only integrity of life and a believing heart.

Well said! Choose the light! All is visible for those with eyes to see.

It’s Pentecost Monday, and we continue with the Sequence. There are some truly cringe-worthy Anglicanised versions of the Latin, but I am settling on this as one of the better ones. Blessed Octave, y’all!

Come Thou Holy Spirit, come,
And from Thy celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine.
Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come, Thou source of all our store,
Come, within our bosoms shrine,

Thou of Comforters the best,
Thou the soul’s delightful guest,
Sweet refreshment here below.
In our labor rest most sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.
Where Thou art not, man hath nought,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew,
On our dryness pour Thy dew,
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.

On Thy faithful who adore,
And confess Thee evermore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts descend.
Give them virtue’s sure reward,
Give them Thy salvation, Lord,
Give them joys that never end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Pentecost: “We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”

Happy Pentecost. Veni, Sancte Spíritus, et emítte cǽlitus, lucis tuæ rádium.

Gospel: John 14:23-31. At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: If anyone love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me, does not keep My words. And the word that you have heard is not Mine, but the Father’s Who sent Me. These things I have spoken to you while yet dwelling with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your mind whatever I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, or be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I go away and I am coming to you.’ If you loved Me, you would indeed rejoice that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that when it has come to pass you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the prince of the world is coming and in Me he has nothing. But he comes that the world may know that I love the Father, and that I do as the Father has commanded Me.

God is in charge. Demonstrate your love for Him; keep His commandments, and He will dwell within you. Keep His commandments, and you have nothing to worry about. Your cooperation with the graces He is offering to you is how this gets done. He’s got this, you just need to reciprocate the love. Those graces are bespoke: tailored specifically to your needs, to your weaknesses, so that you might learn to use them as a weapon against iniquity. He is handing you a sword.

Pentecost is the Third Glorious Mystery. Fruit of the Mystery: ZEAL.

I am reminded of the First Epistle to Timothy. Saint Paul had left Timothy at Ephesus because of the widespread misrepresentation of the Gospel, and other misdeeds related to bad teachers. Here is how his letter ends: (1Tim 6:13-21)

I charge thee before God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate, a good confession, That thou keep the commandment without spot, blameless, unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, Which in his times he shall shew who is the Blessed and only Mighty, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, and inhabiteth light inaccessible, whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and empire everlasting. Amen. Charge the rich of this world not to be highminded, nor to trust in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living God, (who giveth us abundantly all things to enjoy,) To do good, to be rich in good works, to give easily, to communicate to others, To lay up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the true life. O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding the profane novelties of words, and oppositions of knowledge falsely so called. Which some promising, have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

Happy feast!

“The light of Your light, through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit”

The Vigil of Pentecost is a proper Class I Feast.

Collect: Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that the brightness of Your glory may shine upon us, and that the light of Your light may, through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, strengthen the minds of those who are reborn through Your grace.

Gospel : John 14:15-21. At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate to dwell with you forever, the Spirit of truth Whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you shall know Him, because He will dwell with you, and be in you. I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world no longer sees Me. But you see Me, for I live and you shall live. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. But he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.

So beautiful. He loves us so much.

Following is what they took away in 1955, at the same time they ruined Holy Week. The Vigil used to closely resemble the Easter Vigil; prophesies, baptisms, etc:
   The Vigil of Pentecost resembles that of Easter. The Mass for Pentecost, formerly celebrated during the night, has, like the Mass of Easter, since been anticipated. There are six prophecies preceding the Mass, interspersed with Prayers and Tracts; formerly the catechumens, who had not been baptized at Easter, received the Sacrament on Whitsunday. The baptismal font is blessed, too and the Litany is sung, as on Holy Saturday. It seems as though this Vigil were modeled on that of Easter. As on Holy Saturday, a vigil was kept during’ the night of Pentecost Saturday to prepare for Baptism. The prayers following the, prophecies, however, and the composition of the Mass show us that the chief object of this solemnity is to celebrate the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles gathered together in the cenacle. The term Whitsunday is an allusion to the white vestments of the neophytes. The feast of Whitsun is as ancient as that of Easter, and the Saturday following begins the liturgical season called Season After Pentecost.

   On this Saturday before Whitsunday the ceremonies are similar to those on Holy Saturday. The holy water font is blessed and the Litany of the Saints sung exactly as on Holy Saturday; afterwards the clergy change their purple or violet­hued vestments for others of red, assigned to Masses of the Holy Ghost, in allusion to the fiery tongues of Pentecost. As on Holy Saturday, the Introit is omitted from the high Mass of Whitsun-Eve and the church bells are rung at the Gloria in excelsis.

   Before high Mass the officiating priest, attended by his deacon and subdeacon, vested in violet chasubles, the altar­candles remaining unlighted, reads six prophecies of those which on Holy Saturday. At the end of each he chants a Prayer. But after the word Oremus (“Let us pray”) the deacon does not say Flectamus genua (“Let us kneel”).

   Peter is the leader around whom gathers the little flock of Sion on this first Christian Pentecost, and he inaugurates today his pontifical primacy when he announces for the first time the Gospel message to the representatives of the various nations, without distinction of race or nationality, of country or State.

   On this day Christ, risen from the grave and seated at the right hand of the Father, communicates His own divine life to the members of His Mystical Body through the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. So the Church having attained its full development, now first appears before the world.

   To appreciate the Introit it should be heard with the majestic and joyful melody which the ancient Gregorian music has allotted to it.

   The Sequence, Veni, Sancte Spiritus, attributed to Innocent III, replaced under St. Pius V an older one of great beauty. This Sequence is repeated daily throughout the Octave.

   The Holy Ghost descends in power to vindicate the innocence of Jesus by filling the Church with such surpassing sanctity that it becomes, as it were, a fire prefiguring the final judgment on the enemies of God. The faithful kneel at the Invocation of the Holy Spirit, Who at the last day requires the restoration of the Christian soul to the body which has been His mystical temple.

Barnhardt Podcast #112: Emitte lucem tuam et veritatem tuam

“Send forth Thy light and Thy truth” (From Psalm 42, prayers at the foot of the altar)

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In this episode, Mark Docherty and Ann are joined by special guest Dr. Edmund Mazza, PhD, scholar, professor, author, and as of this week, central figure in the question of who is the one true pope of the One True Church. ICYMI, Dr. Mazza was interviewed by Dr. Taylor Marshall on his YouTube podcast on 27 May, where Dr. Mazza laid out his thesis regarding the defective resignation of the papacy by Pope Benedict XVI (long may he reign). Supporting evidence includes the +Ganswein speech at the Greg in 2016 (h/t Don Scotus and the Immaculate Conception), Benedict’s last General Audience 27 Feb 2013, Benedict’s Declaratio, Seewald book interview 2017, +Miller book/dissertation, St Peter’s transfer of the Holy See from Antioch to Rome, the Prophecy of Malachi, etc etc. We ran out of time, so Part Two of this episode is Coming Soon!

Links, Reading, and Video:

Collect for the Feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury:

O God, Who by the preaching and miracles of blessed Augustine, Thy Confessor and Bishop, didst vouchsafe to illumine the English people with the light of the true faith: grant that, through his intercession, the hearts of those who have gone astray may return to the unity of Thy truth and that we may be of one mind in doing Thy will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God for ever and ever. Amen.

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A headline can be factually true, and yet still be a massive lie. Surely a learned art, taught deep in the bowels of Alinsky U.

The illustrious totally non-biased non-partisan harbinger and arbiter of troof: PEW RESEARCH CENTER <blue check mark>

How many people do you think clicked through to the graph, to find out the real story?

Never forget how much they hate you.

New England Journal of Medicine says wearing masks in public is stupid


A virus is so small, it sails right through cloth masks, not to mention around the sides of masks, not to mention into your eyes. The only good a mask can do, if you are highly symptomatic, is to stop your own cootie boogies from flying out of your face onto other people. Which is why sick people should stay home.

Here is the straight skinny, from an article first published last month, that is miraculously still available online. Thank you, Michael Klompas, M.D., M.P.H., Charles A. Morris, M.D., M.P.H., Julia Sinclair, M.B.A., Madelyn Pearson, D.N.P., R.N., and Erica S. Shenoy, M.D., Ph.D.

“We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”

Well, that didn’t take long.

Within hours of of yesterday’s cross-post from Fred Martinez, the Open Letter to Taylor Marshall, the following interview took place between Marshall and Dr. Edmund Mazza, a new and prominent adherent of the Benedict is Pope position. His position is nuanced, and contains elements which are new to the argument. The video is almost two hours, but it is well worth your time. I took notes, and will be publishing a timestamped copy of this when I have time. Much more to come.

Professor Mazza’s full thesis can be found here: