January 2011 (jan2011.htm)

In honor of the saint whose feast falls on the final day of January, we bring you the frightening omen of St. John Bosco's vivid dream in which a guide - an angel - took him on a journey into hell which, just as the children of Fatima have confirmed, defies description. In fact, St. John Bosco's guide confirms this that Christ Himself couldn't even speak more in detail of the most horrible place ever created. This is must reading for every parent, teacher and especially sons and daughters and every novus ordo 'priest' who counsels teens that what they're doing isn't so bad, not to worry about it. Au contraire! They should be very, very concerned and St. John Bosco shows very clearly and starkly how serious everyone should take their actions and inactions for by not being obedient to their parents, superiors and authorities they are paving the way to hell, a path paved with good intentions unfulfilled. St. John proves Hell is very real! and a word to the wise should be sufficient never to forget the images he paints in words. We bring you a wake-up call by Fr. Eugene Brown who provides a startling, conscience-checking, life-changing insight into St. John Bosco's Journey into Hell

In this very time when the storms are swirling in the Mid East with uprisings in Egypt, Yemen and Iran and when blizzards are lashing the east coast and the world has crossed the threshold of the order of the soul, we must realize that the only One Who can bring peace and calm is Jesus Christ, and only by proclaiming Him as our Sovereign King. The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany's liturgy brings this into focus. In addition to the full proper, John Gregory has provided the Haydock Commentary for the Epistle and Gospel in which Father Haydock illustrates the literal and spiritual discernment of the Gospel on the significance of the ship - the Barque as His Church and that He foretold we would have terrible storms trying to shipwreck souls. But if we place our trust in Him as our Supreme Admiral, our souls cannot be capsized, even if there be mutiny on board and false commodores come forth to try to take the ship's wheel and steer it in a direction St. Paul has identified as anathema. We need only to remember that God can calm the seas (the world) and cast those who contradict His teachings into the sea with a millstone around their necks as scandal mongers. There are countless analogies and imagery of maritime in describing the Church He founded upon the Rock of Peter with the Haydock Commentary for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

   Saint Francis de Sales, whose Double Feast holy Mother Church celebrate on January 29 was raised up by God in the aftermath of the Protestant Revolution as a key component for restoring Catholic truth with the counter-reformation of Trent. He was born in France, yet reached every corner of the world with his works and influence. His piety, zeal and energy caught the eye of no less than the Pope himself who made him one of the youngest bishops to rule the See of Geneva. Along with another holy religious - St. Jane de Chantal, he founded the Visitandines. He was known for his gentleness and meekness, and his holiness so well known that he was the first person to be beatified in the new St. Peter's Basilica. In 1923 His Holiness Pope Pius XI proclaimed this meek warrior of the word as the Patron Saint of the Catholic Press

Because last week was dedicated to the Chair of Unity Octave we did not run the next installment of Catholicism Made Simple, but return today to resume weekly publishing of this feature. We've been paralleling the liturgical season with the Birth of Jesus, His early years and Hidden life. In step twenty-five we focus on Christ's Public Life. After spending 30 years with his holy and Immaculate Mother Mary and taking care of her after His stepfather Joseph's peaceful death, the Son of God knew His time had come to go forth. It was His Own Mother who may well have rushed His fame by beseeching Him to perform His first miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana. Even though He had not intended to do so, the persuasion of His Mother out of compassion for the bride and groom illustrated something Catholics realize all too well and bemoan the fact Protestants do not for Mary is the answer to reaching Jesus for He cannot say no to His Mother. Possessing the divine nature, Jesus could very well have gone forth and converted all by one miracle and all would be satisfied, but using His second nature as man He was like any man except for the capability of sinning and chose to follow the human path in teaching God's truths by preserving free will, giving man the choice between Christ or chaos. Because of this He employed parables that all might understand at their level of understanding and still have the capability to think for themselves and choose. Why did Christ only spend one tenth of His life in public? That is a question we may never know until the end of time, but we do know that He left us an example that after God, family comes first and it could be the crux of why the world is in the shape it is today because we have abandoned such wisdom, opening the door to His adversary. We'd be wise to reread the Gospels often to truly realize what a treasure has been left to us as you can see in Time to Begin

    Oh, to have the caliber of saints like the Golden Voiced Orator today to combat the heresies of Modernism and to bring souls back from the abyss just as he did in the early Church. The holy Doctor of the Church Saint John Chrysostom was a great orator who studied under one of Greece's famed orators and ultimately became one of the greatest orators himself, laboring for Christ and His Church in the century in which Constantine had declared Rome a Christian state and Christianity began to flourish, thanks in large part to John. He was duly recognized by Pope St. Pius X as Patron of Preachers. Like the other Doctors of the fourth and fifth century, he combatted the damaging heresy of Arianism and was harassed for his orthodoxy. Like St. Jerome, he employed the wealth of his family to further his own studies before turning his talents to bring souls to Our Lord. This masterful Doctor, the "Golden-throated Orator" is Saint John Chrysostom who was known far and wide as The Golden Voice of Truth

Just as we need holy, courageous men like St. John above, we also need men like St. Hilary and the other brave stalwarts who stood against the Arians. So also today as the great deceiver Joseph Ratzinger lures those who should know better away from what they had previously defended, we must man the ramparts and fight with fewer, but fight we must and be willing to be martyrs for the holy Faith and its Founder, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Patricius Anthony files a reminder of this as he sounds the clarion to be ready in Traditional Catholicism's Real Enemy

   On January 25 we concluded the Week of the Chair of Unity Octave and completed it by calling upon the renowned and eminent venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger to put this Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in perspective provided by his inspirational Exerpts from The Liturgical Year on the feast. In our present time the crisis has grown far more worse than in Gueranger's time. Therefore, hopefully this past week the prayers offered for conversion will reach Heaven and the Holy Trinity will respond in kind by touching hardened and prejudiced hearts to bring to a reality Christ's call "that all may be one." But as much as many are content to wait for a miracle, God expects us to do our part and that is to urge the true traditional bishops to realize they must lead the charge. Let us pray that God will knock them off their respective horses long enough for them to realize they alone have the power and duty to return the True Faith to the masses for they are the true successors of the Apostles as Mario Derksen has certainly proven in his 100 page pdf Open Letter to Bishop Kelly with not a doubt that the charlatans posing in scarlet and purple in the conciliar church today cannot be true bishops, and ergo not authentic successors of the Apostles. The problem is that if the true Traditional Bishops do nothing, then the true Faith will mean nothing to the generations to come. It's now or never, Your Excellencies. Please, for the sake of souls do something to unite the Remnant Church!

January 23rd is the feast of St. Raymond of Penafort, but is superseded this year by the Third Sunday after Epiphany. He is the patron of Canon Lawyers for he was a brilliant lawyer and teacher. At forty-seven, he decided to become a Dominican Friar, in part, to learn humility, which he lacked. Raymond feared no one. When the immoral King James ordered him to stay with him, Raymond is said to have taken his cape, laid it on the water and sailed back to Barcelona. He became General of the Dominican Order, Archbishop of Tarragona and confessor to the pope, who ordered him to gather into one work all scattered decrees of the popes and councils and all church laws. He stood strong for the true Faith, gathering the Sovereign Pontiffs decrees so all would know the Faith. In the same way we should read the encyclicals and decrees of past true, reliable Popes and see how what they wrote under the guidance of the Holy Ghost has condemned all that has been perpetrated on Catholics over the past half century thanks to the heretical council of Vatican II. Pray for those trapped in the counterfeit church of conciLIARism to receive the grace to emulate St. Raymond and use the cape of Catholic truth to escape across the turbulent waves of Modernism to the safe harbor of where the true Church still exists...in the catacombs. For more on this valiant saint, see St. Raymond of Penafort

       Again in just the span of less than two weeks we have reached a milestone in numerology regarding The DailyCatholic. Just as we highlighted 11.11.11 so also we have reached, as Vin Scully would say, "duces across the board". We realize it is not important in the full scope of things but we do find it interesting that it would fall on the day we commisserate the 38th anniversary of the devastating Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision which made murder legal in the United States. Ever since then we have been paying for our sins and all that has befallen this land can be traced to that time when our nation rejected God's Laws to establish man-made law for the sake of convenience with no regard for the welfare of the everlasting soul, not to mention the souls of those who never had the chance to breathe. Ironic also that this anniversary coincides each year with the fifth day of praying for a particular group, today for the conversion of Protestants; for the system that would allow the slaughter in the womb could only come from a country founded on Protestant principle which is in error from the outset because those professing such have eschewed Catholic truth, and thus, the Church Christ founded...the only one He founded.

    O sweet Saint Agnes, I earnestly implore thy compassion and commend myself to thy prayers. O noble virgin, thou didst despise all earthly things and prefer the love of Christ to the glory of the world. Death was welcome to thee, and the holy angels were waiting for thy soul to convey it into the joys of Paradise, where, adorned with the martyr's palm, thou didst arrive at the nuptials of the heavenly Spouse. I too seek Him; deign to intercede for me that He may grant me health of mind and body, restrain the temptations of the devil, extinguish the desires of the flesh, give me time for true repentance and amendment of life, grant me the remission of all my sins, together with grace to make a good end and a happy death. Amen.
Composed by Thomas a Kempis

    The above applies not just to those outside the true Faith during this official Church Unity Octave Week when we pray that "all may be one" under the true Catholic Church. Unfortunately even the church, which 98% look upon as 'Catholic', is not and, in fact, Modern Rome has shown itself to be much more Protestant than sects that followed the advice of Martin Luther and Henry VIII in defying Rome nearly half a millennium ago. The church of Vatican II, Newchurch, the conciliar church, whatever you want to call Modernist Rome, it is not Catholic, evident by the antipopes - many will say antichrists - who have usurped the authority of Peter and the Apostles.

    But the authority lives on in the true bishops who bring the true sacraments to the remnant flock; those who have resisted all that has come out of Vatican II. Most of those bishops are true shepherds through the heroic decision of a Vietnamese priest, consecrated with the blessings and consent of His Holiness Pope Pius XI to carry on the work of the Apostles as a true successor to them. This priest, who was, of course, His Excellency Bishop Pierre Martin Ngo-dinh-Thuc, became a shepherd to his people. Little did he or his flocks know that their homeland was on the cusp of war, to be laid waste by hostiles from afar and near. Little could he have imagined that he and his flocks would be betrayed by Washington D.C. and the Vatican, that his brother would be assassinated. His life would fill volumes. Over the years he became a man of whom much controversy has erupted within the Traditional Catholic movement over his validity, licitness, jurisdiction, etc. Was he conflicted over Vatican II? Who wasn't? Was he pressured by various groups within and without the Vatican? Oh, indeed.

    But Bishop Thuc was true to our Lord's charge in St. John 21: 16, to "Feed My Sheep." Yet there are those who castigate the bishop and those who trace their succession to him and ultimately the Apostles. In demeaning these Thuc Bishops, it has only served to greatly confuse even more souls. One particular offender is the founder of the Society of St. Pius V Bishop Clarence Kelly who has long railed against Bishop Thuc and the Thuc Bishops, the very ones who are laboring in the vineyard today. At last, we have a breakthrough and we are proud to announce that one of The DailyCatholic alumni, if you will, Mario Derksen has focused on getting the facts and ending the doubts and lies about Bishop Thuc and a majority of the traditional bishops today. In total candor and integrity, Mario is publishing an Open Letter to Bishop Kelly, filed at a new website, ThucBishops.com to clarify the confusion and challenge the bishops to move on and unite for the salvation of souls. That is truly a wake-up call to those in doubt. Doubt no longer as you read the documented thesis of Mr. Derksen. It is 100 pages of airtight documentation refuting Kelly's claims. We strongly urge you to read it, but set some time aside so you can digest it better and understand where the problems lie and how they can be solved so that doubts can be put aside and with an assurance of doing the right thing, we can all unite within the Traditional movement for the greater honor and glory of God in our collective effort to add more souls to the remnant church presently in eclipse. This extensively researched thesis by Mario should help bring more light to the subject and allow more to see where the True Church truly is and work towards that unity we all desire for Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

    (Official Octave Prayer)

    ANTIPHON: "That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, in Me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou has sent Me." (John 17: 21)

      V. I say unto thee that thou art Peter
      R. And upon this Rock I will build My Church.

    Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, Who saidst unto Thine Apostles: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church, and vouchsafe to grant unto Her that peace and unity which are agreeable to Thy Will. Who livest and reignest God forever and ever. Amen.

      An indulgence of 300 days during the octave of prayers for the unity of the Church, from the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter in Rome to the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. A Plenary Indulgence on the usual conditions at the end of the devout exercise.

Congratulations to
Rev. Mr. Brendan Legg
on his Ordination to the Diaconate
Rev. Mr. Michael Oswalt
on receiving the Order of Subdiaconate
on Sunday, January 16 at the 8 a.m. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
at Mt. St. Michael's
by His Excellency Bishop Mark Pivarunas.

       No, we have not joined the eco-revolution and do not subscribe to global warming, which has lost all credibility this winter with all the snow and storms throughout the U.S. And in Northeast Australia terrible floods afflict the good citizens there. We make a big deal about six people killed in Arizona and forget the hundreds dying and thousand displaced down under, or 500 plus killed in mudslides north of Rio in Brazil, or the 36,000 plus ruthlessly executed by the deadly drug cartels in Mexico this past year. In fact, scan the globe and you can see all that is happening has nothing to do with global warming but something else which we have been touting for a long time. It's "global WARNING" for God cannot be happy with the way mankind has decided that modern society has a better idea than the Almighty and doesn't need God. Me thinks they'll find out soon enough the fatal folly of that thinking.

        When we say "Think Green" we are referring to two points; one, we return to the green vestments for the Time after Epiphany which this year is extended for six weeks, making it the longest period possible for this liturgical season, considering Septuagesima does not fall until the 20th of February; and two, green is a sign of hope and a new start even though spring is a few months away. In today's Gospel we see the first sign of Christ's public miracles at the Wedding Feast of Cana where His Blessed Mother, with compassion for all, gently asks her divine Son to make an exception even though He may not be ready to perform such wonders yet. Yet, you know He cannot say no to His Mother. That gives all hope that we should continue to ask Mary's intercession in all things for she brings us always closer to Him in advising "Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye."

Though the feast is not universally celebrated in the Traditional Propers of the Mass, January 15 is the traditional feast of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Dr. Marian Therese Horvat provides an excellent article on this feast and how intricately it is tied to the United States, especially New Orleans and the amazing miracle Our Lady interceded for in the Battle of New Orleans in 1812 and General Andrew Jackson's acknowledgement of such. Of course, that was back when there was respect and awe for God's Justice and Mercy, not to mention respect for Catholic truth. Fast forward to modern times and the fact the statue of Our Lady wept in 1972. Could it be she wept because of what was happening to her divine Son's Mystical Bride or that within one year human sacrifice would return to the new world in the senseless slaughter of the unborn with Roe v. Wade? Either way she knew God was not happy and could stay His hand only so long. Perhaps she knew that the "Big Easy" was about to run into hard times for the sinful debauchery of Mardi Gras. Can anyone say "Katrina"? Marian lays out the history of Our Lady's title and the valiant efforts of the Ursuline nuns who went above and beyond the call of duty in answering Heaven's call and how Heaven responded in 1812. She explains in Our Lady of Prompt Succor, a Patroness for Americans

This is the first Doctor of the Church in the calendar year. This holy Bishop and Doctor of the Church Saint Hilary of Poitiers was another from the fourth century who, like the three great Doctors - St. Athanasius, St. Ephrem and St. Cyril of Jerusalem - who proceeded him. Unlike the one whose name sounds so similar, there are no similarities to the character of St. Hilary with Hillary Clinton. The former is a saint, the latter...well, you fill in the blanks, but keep it clean. Back to the true Hilary. He was both greatly persecuted by the Arians and ostracized by many within the Church because of false information. Hmm, sound familiar? Every Traditional Catholic can relate to that. This first Doctor, of what is today France - eldest Daughter of the Church - was known for his great labors in the fields of God from Gaul to Ilyria. Born the same year as his colleague Doctor and Bishop of Jerusalem St. Cyril, he labored tirelessly for the True Faith and is appropriately known as the Laborer for God

With this issue we resume our Catholicism Made Simple Series as we pick up after the Nativity, Epiphany and Flight into Egypt. From that point on there is a gap until Jesus is twelve years old. Then after a brief initial encounter with the Scribes and Pharisees as a signal of where He was destined to challenge the hypocrites, the Scriptures merely say He returned with Mary and Joseph and was obedient to them. That's it. He doesn't surface again in divine Revelation until He ventures forth to fast for 40 days and nights in the desert, followed by the Temptation and subsequently His ringing rejection, Vade, Satanas!; something that should be on our lips in fending off the devil who, as St. Peter relates, "goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he might devour." As protection against the devil, our Lord led by example, submitting to His cousin the Baptist to be baptized in the Jordan. Thus, the question always arises: So what do we know of those hidden years? The revelations to Venerable Maria Agreda, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. John of God as well as St. Bridget among many saints without even counting other private, yet highly speculative disclosures, such as Poem of the Man-God, give us a hint, but only a hint for it was a time of formation to prepare the greatest Preacher of all time for His three-year ministry that has forever had an impact on civilization. God chose this time to be private, a testimony that the family came first and the importance of living the Fourth Commandment. Quite a change from today's topsy-turvy priorities that have so skewered the family unit, dedication to the divine will, virtue and morality. Thus, we look back on The Hidden Years

Editor Michael Cain weighs in with his first editorial for 2011 on the terrible tragedy in Tucson and what's really the cause. Anyone who might have been asleep since the 50's and awoke in this time, would think they were in a parallel universe, and, indeed, they would be right for what was right then is wrong today and what was sinfully wrong then is now nonchalantly accepted and encouraged under protection of law. Not only that, but the elimination of God and His Divine Laws and holy Church are at the top of the liberals' to-do list with no regard for the consequences that such an agenda will result in the loss of Heaven and the righteous anger of the Holy Trinity for truly, God will be avenged. If we're on His side then we had better dig in because it's going to be a brutal war against the wages of sin in trying to save souls with the most powerful weapon we have: our holy Faith and Mary's Rosary. The more we use it, the more we'll realize the fleeting futility of all the empty rhetoric in the aftermath of the Tucson crisis where pundits and progressives are pouncing on the chance to never let a good crisis go to waste. While they attempt to skewer the facts, they need to realize they and any other sinners who persist in their sins are In the Crosshairs of God's Wrath

    As the world grows darker, we provide through the revelations to St. Bridget the mind of God and the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. In a time when the whole world is off its moral axis, we can keep our own equilibrium through prayer, the sacraments and the meditative inspiration of these prophecies and revelations.It is vital to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand you will be ridiculed, isolated and persecuted just as Christ was. We must be uncompromising knights girded with the shield, helmut and sword of Faith as Jesus Christ refers to in the investiture He shares with the bride in chapter seven. Here He compares His divine nature to a crown and uses Peter and Paul to symbolize the clerical and the lay state, then relates of that hierarchy the ways of dealing with enemies, and the qualities that His favored, unique and true, noble knights in the world should have. Those who do not He will know for God knows all as we see in Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget - Book Two, Chapter Seven    also:

   We have all lost a member of the traditional family with the death on Friday evening at 7 p.m. of Abbot Leonard Giardina, O.S.B., founder of Christ the King Abbey in Cullman, Alabama where before his body is buried the mutineers are already plotting how they will throw out all those who are not in lockstep with the apostate leader of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Because the barbarians are already in the citadel in Cullman, they rushed together a quick Requiem Low Mass for the Abbot on Monday, January 10 even though it was so soon after his death Friday night. We urge again those who have donated to the Abbey in the past to ask for a refund if, indeed, the conciliar diocese takes over at the behest of the Abbot's betrayers - Judases all. For more on the Abbot's influence, see We have lost a pioneer of the Traditional Catholic Movement and Out to Steal an Abbey

    Incline Thine ear, O Lord, unto our prayers, wherein we humbly pray Thee to show Thy mercy upon the soul of Thy servant, Abbot Leonard Giardina, whom Thou hast commanded to pass out of this world, that Thou wouldst place him in the region of peace and light, and bid him be a partaker with Thy Saints. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

You might call today's issue, "aces across the board" as renowned great play-by-play voice of the Dodgers Vince Scully is credited with that very term when the count on the batter is one ball, one strike, one out. Here it would be the first inning in a 1-1 tie, with a man on base, one out, one ball, one strike, one run in for full house aces across the board: 11.11.11 or it could very well be that this mathmatical equation won't return until 2111 and then it would be 11.11.111 which can truly boggle the mind, though what boggles one's cranium more is whether such a time will ever come considering the eschatological signs we see today. One thing's for sure, none of us who are reading this today will ever see this in our lifetime. So, without delving further into onethology, let us focus on the Trinity in this issue by asking Their Forgiveness for trivializing so many things in life, even, if you will, an obsession with numbers!

In continuing ways you can "Fight 4 Your Faith" one of the keys is making reparation and seeking to amend our lives. That is why saying a good Act of Contrition is not only for the Confessional but also should become part of your daily prayer life, at least once a day or said three times a day in conjunction with the Angelus at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. For many the Act of Contrition is an excellent way to end the day and make a good examination of conscience in preparing for the next day while reviewing the day that has ended. While there are several versions, we provide below the standard Act of Contrition learned by most Catholics:

    O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.

    In order to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to prepare well each day and that begins with making a Morning Offering. We provide the traditional prayer below and encourage you see what the morning prayer consists in encompassing the four elements of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Adoration, Reparation, Thanksgiving and Petition as well as other aspects. You can see more by going to Tradition in Action for morning prayers

      Most Holy and Adorable Trinity, One God in Three Persons, I praise Thee and give Thee thanks for all the favors Thou has bestowed upon me. Thy goodness has preserved me until now, I offer Thee my whole being and in particular, all my thoughts, words, and deeds, together with all the trials I may undergo this day. Give them Thy blessing. May Thy divine Love animate them and may they serve Thy greater glory. I make this morning offering in union with the Divine intentions of Jesus Christ Who offers himself daily in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and in union with Mary, His Virgin Mother and our Mother, who was always the faithful handmaid of the Lord.

      Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost...

The eight maids a-milking represent the Eight Beatitudes preached by Jesus Christ on His sermon on the mount and which Catholics, no matter how persecuted, could practice good deeds through the Beatitudes and gain great consolation and courage from these. It exemplifies the Christian attitude He called for in the Two Great Commandments, to love God with all our might and, secondly, because we love Him, to love our neighbors as ourselves. On this first day of the year we celebrate the human nature of Christ as He, through His obedient, holy Mother Mary and foster father St. Joseph, shed the first drop of His Most Precious Blood with His Circumcision which would be shed 33 years later to the very last drop on the cross for us. No greater love can anyone have than He would give His Own life for others - us, so that we could, through His merits, attain everlasting life. There is no better New Year's Resolution to hold to than that. Lost in the shuffle this year is the fact that this holy day of obligation is also the opportunity for First Saturday Devotions and an excellent way to jump start 2011. For the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for this Solemnity, see Solemnity of the Circumcision

The nine ladies dancing is not about partying but rather the Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit as described in Galatians 5: 22 - "But the fruit of the Spirit is: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, modesty and continency." These fruits helped Catholics to practice the virtues and remind fellow Catholics how to stay out of harm's way as far as their souls were concerned. This is excellent advice as we honor the holiest of names, Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, for, as St. Paul proclaims in today's Introit and Epistle respectfully, "In the name of Jesus let every knee bow of those that are in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth; and let every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father" and "For there is no other name under Heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved." For today's Holy Mass, see Double of the Second Class Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

The ten lords a-leaping symbolize the Law of God - the Ten Commandments. It was not a leap to obey the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai for the Protestants, who were persecuting the Catholics of those times and countries, also believed in the Ten Commandments, but the reference to "lords" was in reference to the rich and powerful for they were the ones who could change the laws that governed persecution and curtailment of the Catholic Faith. Yet it was the "lords" who were lax in obeying God's laws and Catholics wanted to remind their fellow Catholics that no matter how wealthy or spoiled the princes were, faith and perseverance was more important by reminding them of the law of ages and that Jesus shed the very first of His blood for us on the Circumcision and would go on to shed every drop on the Cross to redeem those who keep His Commandments. On this Octave Day of the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, we are reminded of the fidelity of the beloved disciple and both his Gospel, Epistles and a book very much coming into focus today: the Apocalypse. For today's Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, see Feria of the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday or Octave Day of the Feast of St. John, Apostle

The eleven pipers piping stood for the Eleven Faithful Apostles who stuck with Jesus when seemingly all others had abandoned Him. They were referred to as "pipers" for they indeed were sent out to all corners to spread the Gospel as Our Lord had commanded and, like the "Pied Piper of Hamlin" they attracted many to the One, True Faith. It was a way for Catholics to remind their fellow faithful to keep this in mind during the hard times for all but Saint John were persecuted and martyred for the faith. If they remained faithful to their Faith and to Jesus, they, too, would one day enjoy the same rewards of Heavenly bliss, continuing to adore, obey and honor Him always as we do today in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Feria of the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday

The twelve drummers drumming represented the Twelve Points or Articles of Belief in the APOSTLES' CREED. It's interesting that Catholics chose drummers for their symbolism for to keep reminding each other of the twelve points of the solid creed known as the Apostles' Creed for this was their profession of faith and there was a constant need to keep hammering home this point or should we say "bang the drum" so fellow Catholics would get the "beat" and get into a rhythm of their religion, encouraged by all Jesus promised and professed in the Creed. Today we observe the Vigil of the Epiphany, in anticipatin of the day traditionally accepted of when the three Magi from the East arrived about a year after Christ was born, bringing Him regal gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myhrr. For the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, see Vigil of the Epiphany of Our Lord

It is a tradition to take blessed chalk and mark the top frame of the front door of your home with the letters you see above. The Roman Numeral MMXI is for the 2011. Below that write C for Caspar, then a plus sign (+) then 20 and another plus sign (+) then M for Melchior followed by another plus sign (+) then 11 and finally another plus sign (+) and B for Balthazar. For Traditional Catholics, the Feast of the Epiphany is also the day of gifts rather than Christmas day in emulating the three wisemen in exchanging gifts after twelve days of celebrating Christmastide. Today's Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, though not a holy day of obligation in the United States, is nevertheless a First Class Feast and there is no better way to celebrate this day than by assisting at Holy Mass. If you cannot do so, see Double of the First Class Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord

While the Twelve Days of Christmas are over, we remain in Christmastide as the season is a joyous one. Today is the First Friday of the New Year and the day after feasting and modest gift-giving, we turn back to the importance of fast and abstinence for only by spiritual exercise and self-sacrifice can we grow in strength in our spiritual life and build on the graces received in the holy Sacraments, specifically the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist. The First Friday Devotions put us in that frame of mind, at least on Fridays in preparation for the Septuagesima and Lenten season ahead. Yet the mood remains festive for we are immediately Within the Octave of the Epiphany of Our Lord

Eight days into the New Year, we return to rejoicing in this time immediately following Epiphany. While the First Saturday of the month was observed on the Feast of the Circumcision, today we can also honor the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday with the liturgy of this Votive Mass or we can observe the joyous time of celebration Within the Octave of the Epiphany in anticipation of tomorrow's Mass of the Holy Family which begins the final week of White Vestments before we move into the Time after Epiphany and the traditional Green Vestments of the Season, still in Christmastide until the Feast of the Presentation and Purification of Mary. For now we remain Within the Octave of the Epiphany of Our Lord

While we will resume publishing on Sunday, January 9, here is a preview of what we will be celebrating. After all, it would not be right to honor Our Lord's Birth, Circumcision and the mission statement of the Epiphany that He had come for all men if we were not to take time to recognize the cooperation of the Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary and her chaste spouse St. Joseph. With the Child Jesus, they are truly the Holy Family, one that every family should emulate in word, thought and deed. In a few days we will celebrate on the Octave Day of the Epiphany the Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord which signaled the beginnings of His public life. Yet the Holy Family represents His private life so perfectly and thus Holy Mother Church has set aside a special day to contemplate the perfect family. In today's world, society would not accept Their "old-fashioned" values, but if we don't accept and adopt them, then we could very well be swallowed up in the chasm satan is preparing for those he has seduced. One of the best barometers whenever one is doing anything is to ask oneself: Would the Holy Family approve? Would They watch that television program with you? Would They read that magazine or book or web page with you? Would They condone you where you go or what you are doing? If the answer is no, then think before you act. What better moral compass than Jesus, Mary and Joseph? Then let us joyfully celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family

Those who remember Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey witty book, "There's No Cure for This Condition" will relish his follow-up which is more applicable today toward keeping our bodies and souls fit. See what methods Tom used to lose over 97 pounds in less than a year. As he says, if he can do it, anyone can. What are his secrets? We would think millions would want to know in this multi-billion dollar industry of diet and weight watchers who charge exhorbitant amounts to look good while what really counts is what's on the inside - the soul. Tom covers both and does so as a tremendous bargain for your pocketbook: less than a cup of coffee or a gallon of gas. Download Kindle for free on your PC and then order Tom's book for only $3.99. What a deal! You'll chortle and be inspired at the same time as you journey with Tom and experience the trials and triumphs during his "bootcamp" to lose weight. An inspiration for all, especially Traditional Catholics who can identify with all that Tom goes through as he continues A Catholic Man's Lifelong Battle of the Bulge and why he had to write There is No Shortcut to Cure This Condition

With so many unable to access the Traditional Latin Mass, you now have the opportunity to at least inspire your perseverance in keeping the Faith by the edification of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You can now order a fantastic DVD on the Traditional Latin Mass with subtitles for both the Latin and English of a beautiful Low Mass said by Fr. Benedict Hughes, CMRI on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel on the altar of St. Joseph's in Wayne, Michigan where Fr. Francisco Radecki, CMRI is the pastor and head of St. Joseph Media. The packet also includes a Latin Mass Little Missal booklet of the Ordinary of the Mass in both Latin and English. The DVD also has BONUS material on the meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the sacred vessels, vestments and liturgical explanations. A must have for all Catholics. Send them to your friends and family. Give this as a gift to all your conciliar friends so they can see what they are missing out on. To make this available to as many as possible, the price has been lowered to only $23.00. Don't pass up this offer. Catch a minute and a half sample at The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on DVD Offer

If you want to read a book that traces the history of the Church and effectively puts the lie to the blasphemies in not only The Da Vinci Code series but in the bigger scandal known as the conciLIAR church of Vatican II, then we cannot recommend strongly enough the excellent book by Fathers Dominic and Francisco Radecki, CMRI entitled Tumultuous Times. Reading this clear, uncompromising masterpiece will easily enable you to refute whatever Da Vinci Code enthusiasts will twist, as well as debunk all the novelties and innovations and heresies that have evolved from Vatican II. The Da Vinci Code is bad, but the false, One World Order conciliar church is worst. Far worse! These two traditional Catholic priests lay out the history of the Church through all the Councils and devote the second part of the book to showing the vast difference between the True Catholic Church and the conciliar church of Vatican II. At $25. plus shipping, a must Read for every Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Next to Bishop Lavoire Morrow's My Catholic Faith this is the most thorough, yet simply put work on the Catholic Faith for all ages. Tumultuous Times

In the thirteenth century, Christ asked a simple Friar from Assisi to 'Rebuild My Church;' today Our Lord has used many other vehicles for conveying the same thing. Griff Ruby's magnificent book, available for as low as $26.95, is an excellent practical instrument to begin understanding the traditional movement and the process of rebuilding so that the tree will once again grow stronger, taller and fuller, bearing abundant fruits for the greater honor and glory of God and the salvation of countless souls. You are all familiar with the excellent logic of Griff Ruby, now see how he puts it all together in his magnificent opus, The Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church

Call it Dante's Inferno meets Screwtape Letters with a generous dab of St. John Bosco and you have an eye-opening realization how powerful the prince of darkness is and why we can never take him for granted and need the protection of God's graces and His holy angels and archangels as well as Mary our Immaculate Queen to defend us against the wiles of satan and his demon minions who will do anything to deceive. A journey with Peregrine should open everyone's eyes to better protect their souls. Pre-Vatican II cradle Catholic Mary Ann Panevska offers a terrifying insight into the beast and instills enough fear to make everyone a better Catholic for only $10. via Amazon. The Story of Satan & A Visit to Hell

In his latest book, Ecclesia, Atila Sinke Guimaraes analyzes every aspect of the conciliar church arrives at this simple and decisive conclusion: This conciliar tree that gives such bad fruits must be cut down. Vatican II is a null and void Council that should be set aside by history and all repealed in a return to throwing all the robber barons out. Eye-opening documentation in Volume XI of his extensive and excellent Eli, Eli Sabacthani Collection that has been many years in the making. Only $20. plus shipping for Ecclesia

Finally, might we suggest a few other outlets where your dollar would be well-spent in the efforts of salvation of souls. You could take out for yourself or give to others a gift subscription to Reign of Mary, a quarterly magazine published by the CMRI for $16 for an annual subscription. Or you might want to subscribe to the only monthly print publication for sedevacantists, The Four Marks for $40. a year. And if you really want to know your Faith and intensify your zeal, and can afford it after you've made whatever donations you deem fair and equitable between you and God, then we have an idea you'll be thrilled beyond imagination of the magnificent work of Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger's Fifteen Volume The Liturgical Year. It is a treasure you will truly treasure with the fifteen hard-cover books, with sturdy binding and gold leaf for the amazing price of $165. plus shipping from St. Bonaventure Press out of Montana. We recommend it highly. The Liturgical Year 15-Volume Set

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        For those who truly want to delve deeper into what the Faith teaches and what past Sovereign Pontiffs have decreed, we recommend for your vital reading to better KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH, pertinent Papal decrees which put to the lie what is being promulgated today by the Vatican II church. We strongly encourage you to read these to understand how today the modern church is in Apostasy when compared to what had always been taught by Holy Mother Church and enforced and warned as most grievous by previous Pontiffs as you'll see in CREDO & CULTURE

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