This note came attached to the establishment of a recurring donation/subscription. It is a lovely note, and a great point of departure for several important concepts. My insertions in red brackets, as is the established practice.
If I am lucky [Luck has nothing to do with it!] enough to make it to heaven you will merit greatly for it as well as for my family and those I convert [The Holy Ghost converts, but we understand what you mean]. We should be in your Mass intentions already but in case we are not, please add Son #1, Daughter #1, Daughter #2, Daughter #3, our miscarriages [SEE BELOW] and our yet to be born to your Mass intention list. My four year old knows to pray “for Ann Barnhardt, Supernerd and his wife and daughter… is his daughter still sick?” [Tiny Princess will always be “sick” while she lives here on earth, and there is no way to cure or undo her birth defects here on earth, but she does have better days and not-so-good days] every night. We are blessed in so many ways, including financially. If ever you are in need don’t hesitate to ask.
What a lovely note. Thank you so much to this beautiful family for their extremely munificent recurring donation. I am so grateful to all my benefactors and supporters, and only wish I could do more. My dream is to someday, after the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious restoration of Christendom, do what wealthy families and groups did before the Asteroid hit. I would love to build and decorate a side altar in a chapel in a glorious church and have the Holy Sacrifice offered there daily for all my benefactors and supporters who donated to me in these years while I was/am “poor”. But the kicker would be that I would set up multiple cameras and have this Mass live-streamed (and then available on demand for the rest of the day) so that everyone, all over the world, could watch it. I would also have the Propers of the Mass placed as subtitles on the screen, with the entire text of the Mass – every word – below the video pane in Latin and the user’s chosen vernacular language in translation. I would also add a daily short explanation of the day’s Mass or Saint. Hopefully this would then augment the viewers’ assisting IN PERSON at their own local Mass that day. But it is also quite an experience to assist at a Mass that one KNOWS is being offered for one’s self. Hardly anyone today gets to do that. I got to do it once, and it was the single best thing that has happened to me since I moved to the Van Down By the River. Hopefully I will be able to tell that story publicly someday, because it’s a duzy.
Now to the question of “praying for miscarried babies”.
This we cannot do, and hear me out.
FIRST: Read my piece “THE ONE ABOUT… Why Aborted Babies Don’t Go To Heaven”. The concepts overlap because both miscarried babies and aborted babies die in the womb without baptism.
Second: Babies who die unbaptized but are incapable of having personally committed any sin go to the Limbo of the Innocents. This is a domain of “natural happiness”, but is outside the Beatific Vision. They will never see God, but they are not in torment presumably because they are not AWARE of the fact that they are deprived of the Beatific Vision, which as we have discussed is actually the greatest torment of the damned – the knowledge that they could have seen God and been happy with Him forever, but never, ever will.
Third: ORIGINAL SIN is real, and a fact of human existence, and to deny this leads to damnation. No human being, not even the Blessed Virgin, is ENTITLED to the Beatific Vision. God owes nothing to anyone. His death on the Cross is 100% gratuitous love. There is not a whiff, shred or particle of “obligation” there. It is pure love. This includes babies, every one of which is conceived in a state of Original Sin. Cuteness, cuddliness, tinyness – none of these things have anything to do with it, and are the sentimental cudgels of our highly feminized, anti-rational culture.
Fourth: Love is a derivative of, or proceeds out of logic/reason/reality. Given this, God is STABLE, and thus we can know things about Him, and know that these things can never and will never change. One of the things we can know, because He told us explicitly, is that we MUST be baptized in order to remove the stain of Original Sin and thus ever hope to someday enter into the Beatific Vision – that is, dwelling inside God, pondering Him and loving Him from the inside. This STABILITY is yet another manifestation of God’s GOODNESS, and thus His love for us. When people start denying this stability, and try to paint God as arbitrary or capricious, what quickly happens is that you end up with what we discussed in the “Aborted Babies” piece, that murdering an unborn child quickly becomes the ultimate act of “mercy”.
Fifth: God is not a jerk and does not punish in eternal torment miscarried or murdered babies. In fact, with regards to the miscarried babies, what we must realize is that in many cases, the miscarriage happened as part of the Divine Providence as the best possible outcome for the person. We know this is a possibility because Our Lord said of Judas Iscariot that it would have been better for him to have NEVER BEEN BORN. Not never conceived, but never been BORN. This tells us that there is a domain for the unsaved but not guilty of personal sin (which means tiny children or the severely mentally retarded) that is NOT the fiery torments of hell.
Sixth: To pray for unbaptized children is, therefore, a species of blasphemy because it denies Our Lord’s salvific work on the Cross, the need for Baptism, the Great Commission, the Dogmas of Original Sin AND the Immaculate Conception. In other words, it utterly collapses the ENTIRE economy of salvation, and sows abject chaos. Remember, chaos is OF THE DEVIL. Stability and logical consistency are of God. Just as God created the physical universe with stable laws, so too is the Divine Economy stable and reliable. Antipope Bergoglio has already tried to sow instability, confusion and doubt into the sacrament of marriage, now causing countless people to suspect, fear or assume that their marriages might be invalid. Now Antipope Bergoglio has gone after the sacrament of Baptism, by sowing confusion about its necessity by publicly praying at the graves of unbaptized infants. What superficially appeared to be a “pious” and ”charitable” act was actually a satanic attack on Baptism, and thus humanity, and thus God Himself.
Seventh: While it is true that God is not limited by His own Sacraments, this can never be used as a way to DENY the Sacraments. What this twisting immediately points toward is the heresy of universal salvation and religious indifferentism. This then leads to total inversion, such as declaring proselytism (i.e. carrying out the Great Commission) to be sinful, and denying the existence of hell.
So you see, if we make a seemingly innocuous error in asking for prayers for miscarried children, we QUICKLY end up in heresies so vile that they can only be described as satanic.
Instead, we should thank God for all things in His Divine Providence, and thank Him for the comfort of knowing that those children who die unbaptized but without having committed a personal sin, while never achieving the Beatific Vision, will repose in natural happiness forever in the Limbo of the Innocents.
How Good, Loving, Merciful, Just and Rational God is. The depths of His Perfection are infinite. Everything about Him makes sense and is satisfying and consoling… if we will just take the time to learn about Him.
I hope this helps.