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Full Steam Ahead into 2022 Under the Mantle of Our Lady

Catholic Week in Review (Back in the Saddle Edition!)

Well, 2021 is now in the history books and 2022 has already roared onto center stage.  You may have noticed that we did not have a newsletter last week.  This is because on Monday, January 3, a massive snowstorm brought down over 600 power poles, knocking out power to over 400,000 residences, including ours.  Not only was the power out, but utility repair trucks couldn’t even get through to the downed lines because the roads were littered with thousands of trees that had come down during the storm.

After a very cold six days, power was finally restored to us on Sunday, January 9. It was impossible to work, and my focus was entirely on maintaining things in our home.  That said, we’re back in the saddle and ready to face the portents of civil and spiritual collapse looming before us. 

The news of late has been grimly focused upon the illness that came upon the world at the end of 2019, and whose origins are from a country in Central Asia (I’m trying to avoid spam filters).  Whether the news is about mandatory injections, travel limitations, business restrictions, hearings in the House of Representatives, or Supreme Court decisions … this is the topic of the day, and apparently no one is really allowed to talk about it.

On social media, any discussion of these topics, if they fall outside of the approved talking points, will cause you to be censored or silenced as state approved “fact checkers” closely monitor everyone’s activities to ensure we are all on the same state-approved page.

It’s a sad commentary on the state of things if I can lose power for a week and see that nothing in the news had changed from Monday morning all the way through Sunday, when the power finally came back on. 

Meanwhile, in Rome, the assaults on the Traditions of our faith are increasing with bold audacity.  Pope Francis had recently written letters praising a condemned organization and its foundress, New Ways Ministry and Sr. Jeanine Grammick.  This was done, ostensibly, in response to reports about New Ways Ministry being included as a “resource” on the Synod on Synodality website, removed when it was discovered that the organization had been condemned by the USCCB, and then restored with apologies to the LGBT community.

In addition to this, there are rumors swirling about the Vatican that another blow to the Traditional Latin Mass is coming on Ash Wednesday in the form of a follow-up to Traditionis Custodes.  This letter allegedly is aimed at the Ecclesia Dei communities, such as the Fraternal Society of St. Peter and the Institute of Christ the King.  As this is still only a rumor, we will see what transpires when the time comes, but given the current trajectory of things this rumor is certainly not unfounded.

Given the state of things in the world and in our Church, it is easy to be down about things.  Inflation reports indicate that the economy is on a collision course with a massive iceberg, the shelves at grocery stores are beginning to resemble Venezuela, various countries around the world are lobbing threats at each other, illegal immigrants are crossing the border with impunity, and mad-men in Rome appear to be desperate to destroy the Faith.

But we have not been left weaponless in the struggles before us.  We’ve just not coordinated our offense in a cohesive manner.  Our Lady gave us THE weapon against such times, The Holy Rosary.  This is the weapon that smashed the Albigensian heresy, that brought about the Victory at Lepanto, and that rolled back Communism on several occasions.

On May 13, 1955 - the 38th anniversary of Fatima - the leaders of the Soviet Union withdrew from Austria without any kind of struggle, even while Hungary, Yugoslavia, and other countries revolted against their Communist captors and failed.  The reason for this is that in 1945, after the Soviets took control of that country at the end of World War II 700,000 Austrians committed to praying the daily Rosary for deliverance from Communism.

In 1964, Communists took total control over Brazil, and in response hundreds of thousands and then millions of Brazilians held a series of Rosary processions that forced the Communist leadership to flee the country.

On the very night that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev infamously pounded his shoe on a podium declaring that he would “bury” the west, October 12, 1960, one million pilgrims gathered at the Cova da Iria in Fatima Portugal to pray and do penance for the conversion of Russia.  That very same night, shortly after Khrushchev’s speech, he suddenly canceled all his appointments without explanation, packed up and went back to Moscow.  The reason for his sudden departure was related directly to his bold speech at the UN – his nuclear scientists had just finished an experimental thermo-nuclear missile capable of unprecedented destruction.  But that very night, as they were testing the missile, something went wrong, and as these scientists went outside to check what was wrong with their experiment, the thing exploded, killing Russia’s top 300 nuclear scientists, and setting their weapons program back about 20 years.

Last month, we celebrated the birth of Light Himself as He entered the world through the love of His Virgin Mother.  This light was signified by a star that radiated above His place of birth and a chorus of angels announcing His arrival.  This happened in the middle of the night, while a wicked king plotted His murder.

No matter how dark things get, whether it’s a week without power, the collapse of a once-great nation, or the mutinous suppression of the Traditional Latin Mass, the Light of Our Lord will not be extinguished, and Our Lady is prepared to aid us, should we ask it of her.  And ask, we must!

This year, our intention is to organize Rosary processions throughout the United States, asking Our Lady to deliver us from the present darkness in our society and in our Church.  But before we can even approach her in the Heavenly Court, we must first acknowledge that what we are undergoing is a punishment for sin (divorce, contraception, abortion, sodomy, avarice, etc), ask forgiveness, and do penance. Over the next couple of months, I will be working with a few other organizations on the planning and preparations we will need for these processions, but if we are to see the promised Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, we have got to bring her to the fight … and as history shows us, Rosary processions are a blueprint for success.

Please pray for us as we put our plans together, and please join us in asking Our Lady to show us the way forward.

It’s been almost 2 years since the USCCB has provided an updated list of organizations receiving grant money from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  As you can see here, the most recent grants list provided was for July 2019 – July 2020.  This is unacceptable!  Please help us force the CCHD to disclose the organizations they are funding by contacting your bishop, the CCHD National Staff, your diocesan CCHD director, and the Grant Specialist for your region demanding to know 1) Why the grants list is 2 years behind, and 2) when the most current grants lists will be published?  And those grants lists should include July 2020 – July 2021 and July 2021 – July 2022 since cash disbursements for the current year have already been made.

Contact information is below:

Click here for the contact information for your bishop.

Click here for the name and email address of your diocesan CCHD director.

Ralph McCloud, CCHD Director 202-541-3367
Lydia Jiles, Grants Administrator 202-541-3210
Juan Aranda, Grants Specialist for Area D 202-541-3370
Main Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3210
Fax Number . . . . . . . . . . 202-541-3329
Main Email . . . . . . . . . .

Grant Specialists
Area A   Ian Mitchell   202-541-3371
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont
Area B   Gene Giannotta   202-541-3211
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin
Area C   Randy Keesler   202-541-3369
Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee , Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia
Area D   Juan Aranda   202-541-3370
Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas
Area E   Sean Wendlinder   202-541-3212
Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

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As always, please pray for the Church, for our bishops, priests, deacons, and for Lepanto's mission as we continue to unearth the truth and "restore all things to Christ." (Col. 1:20)

Christus Vincit!

Michael Hichborn
Lepanto Insititute