Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the
Holy Rosary and other relevant
devotions, a recent publication by TAN Books entitled "The Secret of the
Holy Face: The Devotion Destined to Save Society" argues that the
reparation-oriented Holy Face devotion may be used to fight communism. Authored
by a Catholic priest (Fr. Lawrence Daniel Carney III), the book reflects on
Veronica's Veil, the Shroud of Turin, the Veil of Manoppello,
history, the writings of a French nun (Sister Mary of St. Peter), and more
to ultimately argue that...
"We need to
rally around the Arch-confraternity of the Holy Face established in perpetuity
by a former head of state, Pope Leo XIII, in 1885... [The alleged private
revelation of Sister Mary of St. Peter in the 1840s in which Jesus] exhorts us
to make reparation for blasphemy and how to save society from revolutionary men,
especially the communists."
The publication claims
"a blueprint of
how to evade a new world order, because God is punishing us with revolutionary
men. God, Who is the avenger of blasphemy, is showing us how to defeat these
The book, dedicated to
"Pope Leo XIII Who raised the Confraternity of the Holy Face To the rank of an
Archconfraternity To exist in perpetuity and for all countries Of the world,
wherever they may be...", claims that "the Holy Face Devotion was at the center
of some of the greatest miracle-working in Church history" and "was as
well-known as the Devotion to the
Sacred Heart" and states that "the Holy Face Devotion emanates from that of
His Sacred Heart, the one complementing the other."
It notes that...
Communism is a main thrust of this devotion, especially with regard to offenses
against the first three
commandments, for which man is called by Christ to make reparation — those
concerning idolatry, blasphemy, and irreverence. Indeed, Communism is
anti-human, anti-family, and anti-God, for it strikes at the very image of God
in man, corroding human dignity by destroying freedom and individual rights,
undermining the nuclear family, and stamping out religion... It is, in fact,
largely responsible for producing more Catholic martyrs since the nineteenth
century than all previous centuries combined. Its explicitly atheistic and
blasphemous foundation makes it an unprecedented affront to the Majesty of God.
Tragically, Communist thought has infiltrated almost every aspect of our modern
cultural and political world — as well as, quite arguably, the Catholic Church
It further states
"This is the
secret of the Holy Face; we have been told how to help save humanity from hell
on earth. It is a mystical combat of great proportions for our own salvation and
for a life of peace for our children and grandchildren. Let us enroll in this
spiritual militia. Take up [spiritual] arms and repair the affronts!"
A footnote in the
publication indicates that...
miracles took place at the hands of Venerable Leo DuPont whom Blessed Pope Pius
IX described as 'perhaps the greatest miracle worker in Church history.' The
miracles were directly tied to the Holy Face Devotion and were no doubt
instrumental in helping to show its credibility prior to approval for the whole
world by Pope Leo XIII." [Note that Leo/Léon Dupont has been called the "holy
man of Tours" (Catholic Dictionary) and "Apostle of the Holy Face"]
The book also notes
"On April 27,
1910, Pope Saint Pius X decreed that the Mass on the feast of the Sacred Face of
Our Lord Jesus Christ be called 'Humiliavit.'"
And it claims that...
Holy Face Chaplet...is a most
efficacious tool of spiritual warfare to defeat Communism, [which] includes saying the
Glory Be seven times in honor of the Seven Last Words of Christ, as well as the
Seven Sorrows of Mary (as well as other prayers)." [Note that the Holy Face
Chaplet should be prayed in addition to (NOT instead of) the Holy Rosary.]
details the requirements to join the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face (their
hope "is that this book will be used by God to encourage the enrollment of one
million members into the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face and the
Confraternity of the Holy Rosary") and states that...
to the Holy Face of Jesus is the mystical combat of our age and a foretaste of
the Beatific Vision, for gazing upon Him is what we shall do for all eternity.
The Archconfraternity of the Holy Face is the supernatural armament heaven has
given us to defeat the globalist elites. The system is in place, the stage is
set; we need to arise and engage in the battle by enrolling and living out the
devotion to the Rosary and the Holy Face of Jesus."
Note that St. Therese
of Lisieux (also called "St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face") had a
devotion to the Holy Face, as did St. Gertrude the Great and others. And of
course, another relevant
saint is St. Veronica (from the
Latin, meaning "true image"), who tradition says wiped Jesus' sacred face
during His Passion and in return received the miraculous imprint of His
countenance (see medal below).
For more detail
concerning the Holy Face Devotion with respect to defeating communism, you might consider the above referenced
publication (to purchase this book on Amazon.com in support of this site, please
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"[Communism is] the fatal plague which
insinuates itself into the very marrow of human society only to bring about its
ruin." (Pope Leo XIII)
"There would be today neither Socialism nor
Communism if the rulers of the nations had not scorned the teachings and
maternal warnings of the Church." (Pope Pius XI)
"Communism is intrinsically wrong, and no one
who would save Christian civilization may collaborate with it in any undertaking
whatsoever." (Pope Pius XI)
"Whether considered as a doctrine, or an
historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it remains truly Socialism...
cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its
concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth... [N]o one can
be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist." (Pope Pius XI)
"Eternal Father, turn away your anger from all
who are unsightly to You. Instead, look upon the face of Your Beloved Son, for
this is the face of He in which You are well pleased. We offer you His Holy
Face, covered with bloody bruises in reparation for the crimes of the world, in
order to appease Your just anger. Your Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon
Himself all the sins of His people that we might be spared and we now humbly beg
of you, Eternal Father, to grant mercy to us. Amen." (Holy Face/Reparation
"Domine Deus virtutem, converte nos: et ostende
faciem tuam et salvi erimus. Excita, Domine, potentiam tuam, et veni: ut salvos
facias nos." ["O Lord God of hosts, convert us: and show Thy face, and we shall
be saved. Stir up Thy might, O Lord, and come to save us."] (Gradual, cf. Ps.
"Exsurge, Domine, non praevaleat homo:
judicentur gentes in conspectu tuo. In convertendo inimicum meum retrorsum,
infirmabuntur, et peribunt a facie tua." ["Arise, O Lord, let no man be
strengthened; let the nations be judged in Thy sight. When my enemy shall be
turned back, they shall be weakened and perish before Thy face."] (Gradual, cf.
"Domine Jesu Christe,
cujus sacratissimus Vultus, in passione absconditus, sicut sol in sua virtute
relucet: concede propitius; ut tuis passionibus communicantes in terris, in
revelatione gloriae tuae gaudere valeamus in caelis. Qui vivis et regnas." ["O
Lord Jesus Christ, whose most holy Face, hidden away in thy passion, shineth
forth as the sun in its power: mercifully grant that, sharing thy sufferings on
earth, we may avail to rejoice at the unveiling of thy glory in heaven: who
livest and reignest."] (Collect, Feast of the Holy Face)
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