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Our Lady's Two Kisses


As the Christmas season winds down and Epiphany season is shortly upon us, I want to share what Scripture scholar Cornelius a Lapide, a high frame of reference, says about what happened between Our Blessed Mother and the Infant Jesus after His birth.

First she kissed His feet because He was her God; then she kissed His cheek because He was her Son.

     Happy birthday Infant Jesus.



Roads to Happiness

TIA (from our Daily Mail),

Re: False Roads to Happiness

Excellent article.

     Thank you!



Suppressing the Creed

Dear TIA,

It is incredible! Italian Bishop Derio Olivero omits the Creed after the Gospel in his Mass not to offend non-Catholics present! Check here.

Are not the Bishops successors of the Apostles who all suffered martyrdom to not deny Christ?

But in this Conciliar Church the members of the Hierarchy, starting with the Pope who hides his Pectoral Cross (here and here), downplay the symbols of their office so as to offend no one.

The conclusion is quite simple: They apostatized from the True Faith.

     Keep up the good work.



Purgatory Ghost

TIA (from Facebook),

Re: Livingston Ghost

Being very familiar with this story, it was a favorite of my mother's, I am curious about the Pennsylvania address that you cite. These Lutherans came from Pennsylvania and settled in WV where the Catholic pastor visited to relieve them. Today that site is a retreat center called Priest's Field in Kearneysville, WV. I have been there many times - long before there was anything there but a few markers, an old wooden church, in a deserted field.

Included in this wonderful story is the Voice from Purgatory that taught the family their catechism. The Voice left a burned hand mark when asked if the fires of Purgatory were real. Also, this suffering person was responsible for putting the family's copy of the Book of Common Prayer in the chamber pot.


TIA responds:


Thank you for bringing your data to our attention. You are correct that the site of Priest's Field is near present day Middleway, West Virginia. At the time of the incident, however, Virginia was still being settled and West Virginia had not become its own State.

In the 1790s Adam Livingston moved to the area from Pennsylvania, where he had owned a great deal of land upon which he also experienced calamities. He resettled on 350 acres in the Virginia territory.

Dr. Horvat relied on the very well-written book by Daniel Sargent on the Prince-priest Demetrius Galitzin. It shows Fr. Galitzin's determination to remove Catholics from the influence of the Protestants and make a small village where they could practice the Faith without the harmful influence of the Protestant culture. The L:ivingston ghost incident was included in the book because Fr. Galiztin wrote a report after interviewing Adam Livingston  and many neigbors. However, Sargent was not clear on the location. Changes will be made soon in the article.


     TIA correspondence desk


Lutheranism Is Demonic

TIA (from Facebook),

Re: Livingston Ghost

Lutheranism is demonic. This is reflected in the true life accounts of a possessed young boy named “Robbie Mannheim” who in 1949 was inflicted by a demon possession after his Lutheran aunt passed away.

She dabbled in occultism by exposing her nephew to the diabolical ouija board (here and here). After her abrupt death, strange occurrences began emanating throughout the home of her nephew. And he too would be plagued by a diabolical possession.

This prompted his Catholic father and Lutheran mother to seek the aid of their local hospital but to no avail. Finally, after seeking the assistance of several parish priests, the boy was successfully exorcised, through the intercession of St. Michael, who commanded the demon to release the young boy of his diabolical hold upon his soul.

Sadly, this was not included in the gravely anti-Catholic1973 blockbuster cult film The Exorcist, which was loosely based on the true life accounts of the possessed young boy, who in the film was eventually transitioned into a girl.

The film has gone on to become a popular cult classic horror film. Aired during Halloween. It did not include the divine intervention of God’s mercy, through the aid of a Catholic exorcist priest. Who also relied upon the intercession of Saint Michael in successfully freeing a young possessed boy of a diabolical possession!



Illustrations in Articles

Dear Dir. Horvat,

I read today in "What People Are Commenting" a question concerning the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. You directed the person with the question here.

I then read this article as I realized, as I have so often, that I assume I know something but if someone were to ask me I would have to admit that I don't really know at all! After reading the Professor's explanation, I saw that I did, in some fashion, know but having never thought it through, could not have articulated what Mary's Triumph consisted of nor how her Immaculate Heart would achieve it. I thank the person who had the humility to ask. I am certain it is not only I who has benefited.

The article was accompanied by some beautiful pictures of paintings and statues. I would like to ask TIA, whenever possible, to add the name of the painter or perhaps the church where the statue is located.

I am particularly interested in the painting in the article about the feast day of the Immaculate Heart. I am always so pleased when you do give the name of the painter, etc. I would like to start collecting books of such glorious art works. We have been so blasted by our immoral culture from such young ages and have so much evil to counter that I think it would be beneficial to bathe our senses in the kinds of beauty you portray. It is a feast for the eyes.

May God bless you all for the education and illumination you afford your readers. You probably have no idea how much you enrich our lives.

     Yours sincerely


Dr. Horvat responds:

Dear D.M.G.,

We appreciate your praise of the beautiful commentary of Dr. Plinio on the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is like a light being turned on when we hear something articulated that was deep in our heads and then think, “That's it. That's the truth.” I often have the same sensation when I am reading the articles of Dr. Plinio, a great Catholic thinker and devotee of Our Lady.

It is a good suggestion to try to provide the names of the artists of beautiful paintings or statues. The first one in the article you mention is the famous statue depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary as described by Sister Lucy. The second is one of the many magnificent Coronation scenes painted by Fra Angelico; the third is a painting in Peterskirche in Vienna, Austria. Unfortunately I do not have information on the fourth lovely depiction of Our Lady. Perhaps one of our readers will recognize it and send the information.

I hope this will be of some help to you.


     Marian T. Horvat


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Posted January 16, 2020

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