Michael Voris has published the first volume of The Vortex, a compendium of his most trenchant and popular scripts over the last near-decade of this viral Catholic series, revised, updated and arranged according to theme. Below is an excerpt from the first chapter.
Regardless of all the mayhem, insanity, and theological lunacy that enjoy such prominence in the Church these days and has had a corrosive effect on society in general, two things must always be borne in mind.
First, none of this is happening without Our Blessed Lord's permission. However mysterious, and yes, perhaps even frustrating, the divine will may be at times, God is in control. This does not excuse those who still hold the Faith from confronting the situation, just as surely as it did not excuse the likes of St. Teresa of Avila or St. Ignatius from confronting the dire situation of their day—although the challenges today admittedly seem monumental compared to those of the past, owing largely to the world of media and communication that allow error and dissent to spread in an instant.
Second, always keep in mind the promise given to Simon Peter by Our Blessed Lord: The gates of Hell will not prevail. Hell will be unable to resist forever against the onslaught of the glory of the Faith, even when the attack against Hell has been seemingly reduced by earthly standards to little more than a whisper.
This Church, the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded on Blessed Peter, is the repository of the Divine in all its fullness, Heaven on earth. Its teachings reveal the reality of existence, our destiny, and future glory. So fight, yes. Be aware of the ugliness of spiritual war, without a doubt. But, while bearing in mind those realities, always also hold in mind the glories of the Faith. The Church has buried every one of Her enemies.
Originally aired February 1, 2011
The poet Emily Dickinson, contemplating her beloved, elegantly stammered a response to the question "How do I love thee?" vainly attempting to "count the ways," fully aware that such questions never have adequate answers.
What is the Catholic Church? Why do we so love and defend Her? Why do we produce episode after episode of the Vortex, exposing the "lies and falsehoods" of Her enemies, both within and without? Why are we so willing to fight and suffer for our Beloved?
The Catholic Church, the Bride of Christ, is magnificent. It stands, splendorous, like a great and noble city, a sparkling jewel. The Bride of Christ, loved from all eternity in the bosom of the Holy Trinity, presaged by Israel with the Father, purchased with the Blood of the Son, brought into visible reality and time by the Spirit, Her destiny is now eternity. What existed from all time in the mind of the Father will be alive forever in His heart, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Catholic Church soars to the heavens in the depth of Her teachings, possesses infinity in a finite tabernacle, and glories, even now, with the saints and angels in Heaven as She lifts up Her heart in the eucharistic Sacrifice. The Bride of Christ, raised up from the dust of the earth through the waters of baptism, in perpetual virginity through Her everlasting espousal to Christ, lives and moves and has Her being in the Divine Majesty. She is the delight of the Lord of Lords, the Bride of the King of Kings. When She speaks, Her honeyed voice is truth and goodness and beauty. When She breathes, it is the air of the courts of Heaven, the intoxicating fragrance of love.
Our Blessed Lord would prepare nothing less than perfection for His Bride, just as He prepared nothing less than perfection for His Mother. The Catholic Church, the Bride of Christ, is worth fighting for. Her sons are summoned to defend Her honor, Her daughters to proclaim Her beauty. There is nothing more noble to which man can aspire than to sit in Her courts and muse on Her truth.
The deepest reality of love that God could offer to man, His very humanity and divinity in the form of bread, means that the very DNA of God Himself joins to our DNA, literally transforming us into Christ. The Catholic Church, the Bride of Christ, is one with Christ, Her spouse. Through the reality of the Holy Eucharist, the very Blood of Christ flows through our veins. His Flesh becomes our flesh. We are prepared by slowly being transformed for our heavenly home.
The Catholic Church makes it possible for us to respond to the impossible command that Our Blessed Lord gave to each of us: "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt 5:48). When the Apostles heard such words from their Master, they were struck with awe and asked, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus answered, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:26–27).
The Catholic Church exists so that Almighty God may love us into eternity with Him.
So many people do not see the Church in this manner, a cause of continual sadness for those of us who do. It is what motivates and energizes us to pray, and preach, and sacrifice. The greatest gift this side of eternity has been handed to those baptized into the Catholic faith. Freely we have been given, now freely we must give.
The Catholic Church, the Bride of Christ, is the door to eternal life. She is wedded to Christ Himself as a wife is to her husband: The two have become one flesh, the same flesh (Genesis 2:24). When Our Lord says of Himself "I am the door" (John 10:9), He refers also to His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He identifies with Her so closely and so freely that He made no distinction between the Church and Himself when he confronted Saul on the road to Damascus and said, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" (Acts 22:7).
One Lord, one faith, one baptism. It is all contained in the Catholic Church, fully and completely. This is Truth worth fighting for, the reason for everything that we do.
Originally aired November 5, 2012
When it comes to martyrdom of Catholics, it's almost always at the hands of the State. Yes, there have occasionally been cases in history of individuals or small groups that were not state-sponsored killing of Catholics, but those are exceptions.
Almost without fail, it is the State that brings to bear its power to try and crush the Church. Such has been the case throughout history, from Caesar on down to Elizabeth I of England to the French revolutionaries to Stalin to Mao Tse Tung and so forth. When we look at the French Revolution, much has been written and made about one particular set of martyrdoms involving the sixteen Carmelite nuns from Compiègne, north of Paris.
Their convent had been raided in August 1790 and all their property seized. The nuns were forced to leave their home and don lay clothes. Even as they scattered, they met secretly in community over the next few years, continuing their life of prayer together. In 1794, they were discovered, and most of the nuns were taken to prison on accusations of treason.
Unbeknownst to their persecutors, two years earlier, all the nuns had made an act of consecration to God, offering themselves as victims to satisfy God's justice. The prioress, Mother Teresa of St. Augustine, had proffered the idea.
"Having meditated much on this subject, I have thought of making an act of consecration by which the Community would offer itself as a sacrifice to appease the anger of God, so that the divine peace of His Dear Son would be brought into the world, returned to the Church and the state," she had said to them.
All the sisters, including two who were initially hesitant, agreed, and made the act of consecration. Two years later, God would accept their sacrifice.
The Carmelites were marched off to the guillotine on July 17, 1794, only a day after the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, where they were each beheaded under the direction and orders of the Committee for Public Safety. As they were lined up for execution, they began to sing the beautiful Latin hymn Veni Creator, the same hymn they had sung as they took their vows years earlier.
Sister Constance, the youngest, was the first to die, then the lay sisters and externs, and so on, ending with the prioress, Mother Teresa—the very one who had proposed the act of consecration.
Unlike most public executions, which were loud, raucous affairs, witnesses say an eerie silence reigned throughout as the nuns were brought in the cart and marched up the scaffold, one by one. According to one eyewitness, the nuns looked radiant, as if it were their wedding day. Each knelt before the prioress and received her blessing before turning toward the guillotine, the instrument that would lead them to eternal glory.
Their bodies were dumped in a mass grave in Paris where more than a thousand other bodies were deposited, and as a result, first-class relics of the sisters have been impossible to positively identify.
Ten days later, Maximilien Robespierre, architect of the Reign of Terror, was executed on the exact same spot, bringing the French Revolution to an end.
The willing immolation of the Carmelite nuns had been accepted by Our Lord as a sacrifice pleasing to him, along with that of thousands of Catholic martyrs who died for the Faith during the Revolution.
Their heroic witness stands as an enduring testament to us all.
Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne, pray for us.