January 2013 (features.htm)

John Gregory has provided Father Leo George Haydock's cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. The commentary for Double of the Second Class Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord is very brief, repeating the Epistle of the First Mass on Christmas at midnight and only one verse in the Gospel of St. Luke, but it is in that very commentary that we understand the wisdom of why Our Lady obeyed the Jewish Law and why God allowed it. Obedience to the Law

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. For more, see Day Eight on the True Meaning


This special feature, provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible, With the type so small in most bibles, we publish it here in larger type in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass provided by John Gregory with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. The commentary for the Double of the Second Class Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is, like the Circumcision, very brief, this time repeating the Gospel with the Epistle from Acts in those familiar words written by St. Paul that there is "no other name under Heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved" which immediately narrows it down to the only way to be saved is through Christ and His true Church, not the man-made counterfeit church of conciliarism. No other Name

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. For more, see Day Nine on the True Meaning


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 at the Most Holy Name of Jesus every head should bow for He alone is our Sovereign King to Whom we owe obedience above man. For more, see Day Ten on the True Meaning


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 For more, see Day Eleven on the True Meaning


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 anticipation 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 more, see Day Twelve on the True Meaning


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 MMXIII is for the 2013. Below that write G for Gaspar, then a plus sign (+) then 20 and another plus sign (+) then M for Melchior followed by another plus sign (+) then 13 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. What better gift could we give Him than to receive the gift He gives us when we worthily receive Him at Holy Communion?

This special feature, provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible, With the type so small in most bibles, we publish it here in larger type in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass provided by John Gregory with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. The commentary for the Double of the First Class Feast of the Epiphany shows the fullfillment of the Prophet Isaias that "Gentiles shall walk in Thy light, and kings in the brightness of Thy rising" while "bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the Lord." This is carried out, as we see, in the Gospel of St. Matthew that they were indeed non-Jewish kings from the East, who honored the newborn King with gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh


In Book Four, Chapter Twenty-Five of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, we see where the Blessed Mother admonishes the daughter about how a person should not pay attention to carnal desires but should nourish the body on a moderate diet of necessities, and about how a person should stand by his or her body but not in the body. That way they will not be prey to the temptations of lust, but understand God's reason for one's existence and receive Him as the Bridegroom in a spiritual way that will pave the way to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Pleasing the Bridegroom


In Book Four, Chapter Twenty-Six of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, the Blessed Virgin Mary lovingly admonishes the daughter about which virtuous acts merit eternal life and which do not, and what great merit there is in obedience whether as a loving bride for the Bridegroom, or a mother for her child, or a tree that blooms with fresh-smelling flowers before bearing its many fruits, or a clean glass ready to receive the liquid that will be poured into it. See It's all in the Preparation


In Book Four, Chapter Twenty-Seven of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, the Virgin Mary complains to the daughter about a man of counterfeit devotion, comparing him to a poorly armed squire in a physical battle, and how sincerity transfers to simpering and striving to put on a show when it is so obvious the man's intentions are of a coward just by the way be transports himself as a clueless mercenary. Actions speak louder than words


In Book Four, there are four short chapters encompasing Chapters Twenty-Eight through Thirty-One in the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden where the Mother of God continues with descriptions of three kinds of hardship, symbolized by three kinds of bread and the three kinds of devils and what they represent and how to oppose these demons. She shows the virgin bride how the precious and beautiful things of the world do not harm God's servants, even though they make use of them as long as they are used in God's honor and no effort goes unrewarded regardless of the results when effort and obedience to God's will are paramount in a soul's heart. We offer the medium of the internet today and those within the remnant who continue the fight for souls as an example of this. Hardships, Demons and God's Servants


In Book Four, Chapter Thirty-Two of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden the Mother of God tells the faithful virgin bride of Mary's infinite mercy toward sinners and toward those who praise and honor her and this is explained by both the Holy Ghost and her divine Son Jesus in assuaging a man's nightmare temptations by the devil in prompting the man to doubt the Holy Trinity. It is conveyed to Bridget that Christ assured him that He is pleased by both those in poor health and good health as long as they are devoted to God. Trust in The Triune Divinity


In Book Four, Chapter Thirty-Three of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden we see the bride's letter written to a high anonymous cleric to whom she writes about the state of the Church in her time of how the Romans' earlier consolation, devotion, and good order among both clerics and lay people has deteriorated and so sadly been turned into desolation, disorder and abomination. It could very well have been written today except the popes of her time, for the most part, were true Successors of Peter, unlike these times when all she feared has tragically come to pass both materially and spiritually in this time of the Great Apostasy. The Rise and Fall of the Roman Catholic Church


   In this Holy Family Week edition, we felt it would be important to ask that question. Of course, the answer can be found in two words: Vatican Two! Because of the robber barons who stole in during the first part of the twentieth century and ideologies advanced in contradiction to the truths and traditions of Holy Mother Church, the family unit was not only weakened and eventually split apart, but the devil used his Hegelian hammer to shatter Faith and Family, leaving it in pieces with no peace. He had another tool as well to poke the family unit with: the three tips of his pitchfork - divorce, contraception and abortion. Instead of emulating the Holy Family, man, as the graphic above left illustrates, in his pursuit to reach God's glass ceiling in the same manner Adam and Eve felt they could do more than what was allowed, instead of reaching God, they have been shattered and smashed to smithereens through legislation and laxity and a 50-year legacy of apostasy as we explain in Restoring the sensus Catholicus of Family


We begin the new year with the Haydock Commentary for Holy Family Sunday provided by John Gregory. For this First Sunday after Epiphany, and still Within the Octave, the focus is on the love of God and God's love for us shown so beautifully in the fifth Joyful Mystery of the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. Here we see the obedience He gave to His earthly parents in exhibiting the kind of humility expected of each of His children in obedience to God and the rightful superiors God places in our care asking us to have charity in our hearts as we can see from St. Paul's epistle in bearing with one another in love for charity is the paramount virtue and these virtues are exalted in both Epistle and Gospel in And He was subject to them


Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, Rector of St. Joseph's Minor Seminary in Rathdrum, Idaho at the City of Mary presents a 15 minute sermon on how we can better shield the family from the occasion of sin as Father encourages consecrating the family to the Sacred Heart for the family is the keystone to society. If we look at the world today we can see that the family unit has been sabotaged through all the technology available today and we need to curb such influences to protect the sanctity of the home and the indissolubility of Catholic marriage. It is a war today against the forces of evil which needed to dumb down and chip away until souls were numb to what offends God, a trick the devil is wont to do. While a surprisingly amount of those in the CONciLIAR church realize this, they refuse to leave and return to the true tenets of Catholicism because that would mean giving up the very things they have grown comfortable with, the very things that have served to destroy the family unit. Father explains in his sermon Let Our Families Be Like The Holy Family


For those who truly desire to emulate the Holy Family, the best way to prepare your home is to have it consecrated with the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. With the lack of churches and chapels where the True Presence can only be found via confection by true priests in the Traditional Latin Mass, one finds it far and few between places where one can adore the Blessed Sacrament. The next best thing then is to set a room or place aside in the home where the family can gather for the Rosary and to spend a holy hour in the home, taking seriously Christ's words when He asked His Apostles in St. Mark 14: 27, "Couldst thou not watch one hour with Me?" Well, can we? We have the opportunity by requesting a true priest to enthrone our homes and thereby, receiving efficacious graces while making reparation for our own sins and those of so many other sinners, most of whom, have no clue how much they offend the Holy Family in so many ways. For more, see Enthronement in the Home


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 who preceded him (St. Athanasius, St. Ephrem and St. Cyril of Jerusalem), stood by the axiom: One cannot serve God by employing the philosophy that one should 'go along to get along.' That false belief is, sadly, something so prevalent in today's society of lemmings. 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 as you'll see he was the Laborer of God

From time to time we like to highlight excellent features that tie in with the feast days and we're pleased to present Dr. Marian Therese Horvat's piece on the origins of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. As many know, at one time Dr. Horvat wrote regularly for this publication before she and Atila established their own site at Tradition in Action. Marian traces the roots to the Battle of New Orleans and the miraculous events that surrounded a fire at the Ursuline Convent in the French Quarters of the Big Easy. Our Lady's intercession also played a role in the city not falling into England's hands as the Bishop of New Orleans, like St. Pius V did regarding Lepanto, urged the faithful to pray to the Blessed Mother to come to their prompt help, hence prompt succor. Just what happened and what we should all ask Our Lady to intercede for in times of chastisement and natural disasters is the crux of Marian's piece titled Our Lady of Prompt Succor, a Patroness for Americans


With Lent not far away, we've decided to bring you an examination of conscience primer focusing on each of the Seven Deadly Sins. We lead off with Paul Koskoski's insightful points on the sin of Pride in which he illustrates how one can so easily offend God through the sin of pride, dating back to the very first sinnner - lucifer who was banished forever from Heaven with the rest of the fallen angels for the sin of pride, and, in the manner of 'misery loves company' managed to slither into the Garden of Eden to establish from henceforth for all generations: Original Sin. Many blame it on our first parents, but considering what they were up against with the sly serpent and his insidious methods would we have been able to resist his wiles and snares? Oh, we might say 'yes', but we must also be careful not to be too prideful for that is the downfall of all who do not seek the antidote to pride, humility, true humility as the Blessed Virgin Mary and many saints exhibited and as we must emulate in order to overcome the devil's devious deceits. Pride Goeth Before the Fall


One of the most bitter of rotten fruits as result of the laxity promoted by Vatican II was the rise of the sodomy syndrome in which the devil was able to maneuver a great number of the populace - read useful idiots - to accept the perverted and ugly sin of sodomy as not only acceptable in today's society, but welcomed and encouraged. Fr. Benedict Hughes, CMRI, editor of The Reign of Mary, has cordially submitted past articles for our readers of great interest in a series we are dubbing "Pastoral Pearls" for we all need pastoral direction in these times when the only semblance of order and right is the Traditional Catholic Church in the face of a world growing darker as sin intensifies with vice being encouraged, while virtue is scoffed at, isolated and ridiculed. We all know this disorder cannot last, especially in a time and peoples that are far worse than Sodom and Gomorrah ever were. As every true Catholic knows, sodomy is an aberration of all God deigns and there will be consequences, if not already with AIDS, because His Order of Natural Law has been gravely infected by unnatural laws that go against the very grain of nature and the Supernatural Law. So many forget the causes and effects of Sodom and Gomorrah in Old Testament times. The causes were sins agains the flesh in every manner conceivable and the effects were total destruction. In other words, you don't mess with God. Descent to Sodom


On this first day of the Church Unity Octave, we bring you the wisdom of the venerable renowned Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger. We are in that season of the ecclesiastical year which is devoted to honoring the Incarnation and Birth of the Son of God, and the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: it behooves us to remember, especially on this present Feast, that it is to the See of St. Peter that we owe the preservation of these dogmas, which are the very basis of our holy religion. Our Holy Mother Church, centered in Rome, not only taught them to us when She sent us the saintly missionaries who evangelized our countries; but, moreover, when heresy attempted to throw its mists and clouds over these high Mysteries, it was Rome that secured the triumph for truth by Her sovereign decisions. At Ephesus, when Nestorius was condemned, and the dogma which he assailed was solemnly proclaimed, that is, that the Divine Nature and the Human Nature which are in Christ make but one Person, and that Mary is consequently the true Mother of God, the Fathers of that General Council thus spoke: Church Unity Octave

Every year, from the feast of St Peter's Chair at Rome on January 18 to the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25, we observe a special week of prayer for the conversion of non-Catholics to the Faith. For more, see Church Unity Octave Week


In Book Four, Chapter Thirty-Four of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden she is given a vision about various punishments being prepared for a certain soul as yet alive in body, and how all these kinds of pending punishments, if his soul should be converted before death, could and would be converted into the greatest honor and glory. As St. Peter writes in Sacred Scripture that "the devil goeth about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" and here we see how good works and faith can rescue one from the teeth of the lethal beast into the loving arms of God as we see in Out of the mouth of the beast

Every year, from the feast of St Peter's Chair at Rome on January 18 to the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25, we observe a special week of prayer for the conversion of non-Catholics to the Faith. For more, see Church Unity Octave Week


Each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation we feature the Haydock Commentary provided by John Gregory as compiled by Father George Leo Haydock and found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. With the type so small in most bibles, we publish it here in larger type in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass. For the Second Sunday after Epiphany, the topic is love and miracles with the Wedding Feast of Cana in which Christ performed His first public miracle and the Haydock Commentary treats the whys and wherefores of the loving relationship between Mother and Son and His willingness to honor her by changing water into wine, a precursor to the transubstantiation of the wine into the Blood of Christ at the Consecration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most loving gift He could bestow to His children whom St. Paul entreats in his epistle to love one another as our Lord loves us. The First Miracle


Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, Rector of St. Joseph's Minor Seminary in Rathdrum, Idaho at the City of Mary presents his 20 minute sermon from the Second Sunday after Epiphany given last year in which he shares why Catholics should develop a devotion to Mary for it through her that Jesus can say no to whatever we ask if it is pleasing to God. Father also points out that the first miracle was tied in to the holy Sacrament of Marriage for that is the keystone of God's plan for salvation in perpetuating the Faith and populating Heaven. When marriage breaks down, so also does society as we can see today where divorce and same-sex unions destroy the very fabric of all God intended. Father explains in his sermon Our Lady's Intercession and Marriage


There are still some who are under the impression that the Week for Christian Unity, which lasts from the Double Major Feast of St. Peter's Chair at Rome on January 18th until the Double Major Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th, is a concoction of the Vatican II church. Au contraire, for it had been in vogue prior to Vatican II for true oecumenism - conversion, if you will and the antiphon prayer we pray daily illustrates this because it definitely does not call for dialogue but rather conversion to the True Faith by those outside the Faith. For more, see Church Unity Octave Week


As we pray in the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: "Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolotry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God." Also, pray for Fr. Josef Ratzinger and the rest of the conciliar apostates that they will be converted and realize there is only one true Faith with the fruits of what you see above of what Christ offers through the only Church He established on earth. Pray for the collapse of the counterfeit church of conciliarism and the scandalous acts committed over the past 50 years such as top representatives of that false institution giving credence to false religions by entering their mosques and/or kissing the Koran. This is outright apostasy of the enth degree. See Day Three of Church Unity Octave


St. Thomas a Kempis composed several prayers in his life including three prayers that carry an Indulgence of 300 days as well as the following: 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. For the three special prayers, see Prayers to Saint Agnes


In His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson's most recent Eleison Comment from this past Saturday he shares his observations from his trips in Europe and the United States and what lies ahead as he forms the Resistance to Bishop Fellay's determination to reconcile with the robber barons of Vatican II. He speaks of how as much as Fellay and company tried to hide it, the mask finally came off this past year and hopefully more will recognize it and flee for there is no comfort in the climes of conciliarism. If the Society caves it will collapse. As bittersweet as that may be to His Excellency, it may be just what God has in mind. His Excellency lays out the difference of Two Journies



As we pray in the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: "Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd," so also, pray for Fr. Josef Ratzinger and the rest of the conciliar apostates that they will be converted and realize there is only one true Faith with the fruits of the holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul and what Christ offers through the only Church He established on earth. Pray for the collapse of the counterfeit church of conciliarism and the scandalous acts committed over the past 50 years such as vulgarizing those Eastern churches that were in union with Eternal Rome and are now in cahoots with Modernist Rome. Compromise is not and never has been in Christ's lexicon. See Day Four of Church Unity Octave


How appropriate that commiserating the devastating Roe vs. Wade decision falls during a string of eight consecutive days commemorating holy martyrs of the Church from Friday's feast of St. Peter through this Saturday's feast of St. Polycarp with the actual date of the 'Supreme' Court's ruling being the feast of the holy martyrs Sts. Vincent and Anastasius today. The point being that, though the Church does not recognize unborn babies as baptized, we can hope they will fall into the same category as the Holy Innocents who were also not baptized by water but by Baptism of Blood, something the Church has always taught. This year, with all the puffed-up outrage over the killing of twenty-some children at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, we can see the utter hypocrisy of pro-abortionists trying to make a case for saving the children. It's all a smoke-screen to kill more by not only banning guns but by banning free speech and silencing those who speak out against the sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance. We must speak for the silent ones and do so from the rooftops as the authors below have done.

To commiserate the 40th Anniversary of the abominable Roe vs. Wade decision, we present sixteen gems from the past by a former writer Gabriel Garnica, who contributed columns to the DailyCatholic on the horrendous Holocaust in the Womb that continues unabated. While Republican and Democrat (or should that be Demoncrat?!) politicians and ConciLIAR potentates may pause to give lip service, in truth no one is doing anything. All words and no action and the murders continue. The best way to show that the names may change regarding those in charge, it is still the same ol' same ol' stall and shuffle. It's all about the money and it's all about being totally shackled to satan. Those assisting are the devil's delight. Gabriel explained in his columns below that ran from 2004 to 2007:



As we pray in the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: "Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger," so also, pray for Fr. Josef Ratzinger and the rest of the conciliar apostates that they will be converted and realize what they have created with Vatican II is not Catholic, but rather Protestant in every way except name. Pray they will truly understand there is only one true Faith with the fruits of what you see above the icon of Sts. Peter and Paul of what Christ offers through the only Church He established on earth. Pray for the collapse of the counterfeit church of conciliarism and the scandalous acts committed over the past 50 years such as compromising and accepting Martin Luther who was wrong then and is still wrong now. The infallible tenets of the Council of Trent affirmed that. See Day Five of Church Unity Octave


We continue with Paul Kokoski's primer on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins or Capital Sins as we focus today on Lust. Let's face it, we would not have Roe vs. Wade and billions of unborn slaughtered in the womb were it not for lust. If one were not lustful, one would have waited until one were married to enjoy the pleasures God gave only to those who have committed themselves for life and blessed by God. But with the revolution of the sixties, triggered by the Vatican II church's relaxation of disciplines and the introduction of relativism and other heresies that would result in the Great Apostasy and the breakdown of morals where the me generation would conveniently forget love of neighbor meant wanting to convert their fellow man but rather meant shacking up, with no thoughts of virginity and chastity. Remember "Make love, not war"? Well, both "love" and war have consequences. We've seen the consequences of war over the past century and into the early part of this millennium and we've seen the war on the womb with countless children slaughtered before they could breathe. The consequences of copulation for the unmarried was pregnancy. If one was not already on the slippery slope to hell by taking contraception, well the next step was abortion. Yes, lust has been, as Our Lady said at Fatima, the main reason hell is being populated at such a rapid rate rather than the original purpose of populating Heaven. The Nature of Lust



As we pray in the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: "Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger," so also, pray for Fr. Josef Ratzinger and the rest of the conciliar apostates that they will be converted and realize what they have created with Vatican II is not Catholic, but rather Protestant in every way except name. Pray they will truly understand there is only one true Faith with the fruits of what you see above the icon of Sts. Peter and Paul of what Christ offers through the only Church He established on earth. Pray for the collapse of the counterfeit church of conciliarism and the scandalous acts committed over the past 50 years such as compromising and accepting Martin Luther who was wrong then and is still wrong now. The infallible tenets of the Council of Trent affirmed that. See Day Six of Church Unity Octave


This week we observe Church Unity Octave that all may be one. This doesn't mean a One World Religion in the sense that everyone compromise to get along, but rather bringing souls into the true fold which, by Christ's Own admission is the narrow path, but one that alone leads to Heaven. Thus this week is a reminder of what we are all called to do: Convert non-Catholics (yes, those in the Vatican II church, too) to the true Faith Christ established and commanded us to go into the world and do just that from the Apostles on: Preach the Gospel. But to preach it we must live it, otherwise our efforts will fall upon loose soil and be washed away into the sea of obscurity. That is why we must be anchored to the Rock of Peter as passed down from Our Lord's time through His Holiness Pope Pius XII. After that, well, what was that about the sea of obscurity? Lex orandi, lex credendi is often bandied about, but Traditional Catholics realize it very much is true. That is why if one does not live their Faith uncompromisingly, they will not believe it and they will sink beneath the surface, drowing in denial. The question arises about the remnant Church. Where is someone to lead and set the example that will move millions to realize the lie and repent? To do so, God needs more spiritual Jack Bauer's to spark the Counter Conciliar Unit and defuse the time bombs the robber barons have set over the past 45 years that have annihilated so many souls. While we celebrate 24 years of publishing, we need to remind all that we need to use the 24 hours in a day for there are not enough hours left before we will all have to stand before the divine Judge to account for our stewardship. What kind of a performance report will we be able to provide Him. Can we save the day? That depends on how much you care. As for us, the clock is ticking. We're ready to lock, load, and fire!



As we pray in the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: "Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.," so also, pray for all those trapped in the counterfeit church of conciliarism who have so disrespected the integrity of the Holy Eucharist and do not realize they are not receiving Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity at Communion time because their presbyters (all who were installed as 'priests' after 1978) cannot confect the Sacrament any more than any of our readers could and this goes for 90% of the Novus Ordo clergy all the way to cardinals and bishops'. A truly tragic state of affairs. Pray for them and their clergy to realize the grave error they have swallowed by adhering to the false tenets of Vatican II and recognizing a man as pope who isn't even a true bishop. Without the true Blessed Sacrament, countless Catholics will "die of wretchedness and hunger." See Day Seven of Church Unity Octave


Today we conclude the Week of the Chair of Unity Octave and once again we call upon the renowned and eminent venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger to put this Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in perspective with inspiration and reflection on the importance of this Feast in which we have provided 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. 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! Reflections on the Close of Church Unity Octave Week



As we complete the week of Church Unity Octave this year, let us continue to pray and offer reparation that all may be one, not in a one world religion, but together in the one true Faith, the only Church Christ instituted upon earth and which we know the counterfeit church of conciliarism is not that Faith for, as we pray daily in the Act of Faith, "We believe these and all the truths which the holy Catholic Church teaches because Thou hast revealed them Who canst deceive nor be deceived." That says it all. Those who have been deceived need to realize that. Pray they will receive the grace to return. See Day Eight and Final Day of Church Unity Octave


Keeping the above in mind, we leave the eight-day period of prayers for the Chair of Unity Octave intentions behind while beginning a nine-day Novena leading up to the traditional feast of Our Lady of Good Success which coincides with Candlemass and the Feast of the Purification. This year we celebrate the 401st Anniversary of the Blessed Mother's messages and visits to a humble Conceptionist nun in Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres. True to the prophesies imparted to her, these messages would be forgotten and little known until the time they pertained to which are our times, folks. We encourage you to purchase the fascinating books Dr. Marian Therese Horvat has compiled on Our Lady of Good Success, the messages and messenger of Quito, Ecuador and see that Our Lady foretold all that is unfolding today. In light of that, we encourage all to devote the next nine days to praying the Novena to Our Lady of Good Success either the Long Version of the Novena with an Imprimatur each day or the shorter Nine-Day Short Novena.


Tomorrow we begin the penitential season with the Time of Septuagesima when we focus on penance and mortification in preparation for Lent two and a half weeks later when Catholics are urged to emulate Our Lord's example of 40 days in the desert that leads to His Passion and Death on Good Friday before His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Thus, Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI chooses to focus on one thing no man can avoid: Death as he wrote in volume 95 of Reign of Mary. We should not put off plans for what will become of us or our loved ones off, but face that reality and plan accordingly by securing burial plots for true Catholics must realize, outside of a disaster or plague, cremation is wrong. Burial is and has always been the sole means of disposing of one's body and so Father takes us through the history of this practice and how cremation has crept back in and been accepted by the false church that started with Vatican II. Traditional Catholics must know that to even consider having one's body incinerated is a grave error and do all in their power to make funeral plans in advance, beginning with being buried in a Catholic cemetery if possible, and if that is not possible in today's age when there are so few true Catholic churches and cemeteries left, then at least a true priest to bless the grave and conduct a Requiem for the deceased. Though the body will decay in the ground, unless one is so holy that it will remain incorrupt as it has for several saints, burial is the best way from preserving it from being defiled for we are promised in the Apostles' Creed our bodies will be resurrected. It would be a shame if were burnt to a crisp and unrecognizable even to God! Father explains in Cremation? Not for Catholics!


Thanks to John Gregory we can provide you the Haydock Commentary for Septuagesima Sunday which focuses on the essence of what Christ illustrates in His parables in St. Matthew's Gospel regarding the laborers in the field and how He compares it to Heaven and the hours of the day to times of man's life from infancy to manhood to middle age to old age to the last days of man's life in addition to equating the hours to the time from Adam to Noah to Abraham to Christ and to the end of days. In the Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, the Apostle of the Gentiles likens life to a race for the purpose of winning the prize which is Heaven. In order to do so he must condition his soul through prayer and sacrifice and gain nourishment from the Holy Eucharist, foreshadowed by manna from Heaven in the Old Covenant. As many fall short in the race and achieving their just reward, so also our Lord concludes His Gospel parable by reminding that many are called, but few are chosen as you can see in By the sweat of man's brow


The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger, who someday when a true Pope is reinstated as head of Christ's holy Church, will be considered for the honor of Doctor of the Church for his fidelity and magnificent opus The Liturgical Year, provides reflection on the Epistle and Gospel for Septuagesima Sunday, with the former reminding us that if we are willing to run the race and do all we're asked, we can be assured of being nourished and refreshed by God and will finishs the race with the laurel being everlasting life in Heaven. He also points to the fact Jesus was foretelling to the Jews in the Gospel that the New Covenant will replace the Old and those who are not willing to work for it will not finish though those who give their best, including Gentiles, will have the opportunity of obtaining the prize. Racing for a Heavenly Prize

Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, Rector of St. Joseph's Minor Seminary in Rathdrum, Idaho at the City of Mary presents his 16 minute sermon for Septuagesima Sunday in which he shares the reason for this short two and a half week preparation for Lent in explaining that Septuagesima means seventy days before Easter and the parable of the vineyard and the laborers who came during the day. The lesson here is that each receives the grace at various times in life and no one is deprived if they are worthy, that is in the state of sanctifying grace. Those who harbor envy block grace. Rather than envying others we should realize the gifts God has bestowed on each of us and use those as He deigns for His honor and glory, and be aware the devil will do all he can to stir up feelings of unfairness, but how can it be unfair when God has given us everything? Pray and perform and be on guard against the seven deadly sins. Labor is part of our life and we should toil joyfully in His vineyard. Father explains in his sermon Laboring for the Lord


Oh, to have the caliber of saints like the holy Doctor of the Church St. John Chrysostom 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 ...More on The Golden Voice of Truth


The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the second day of Septuagesima on the very same problem man faces today confronted the first parents, specifically here Eve. And when we doubt God and think we have a better idea, then things are sure to go awry even if you've been set up with everything your little heart could desire in the Garden of Paradise. Open rebellion is what the demonic serpent suggested to her and has continued to encourage every generation since and this is exactly what is happening throughout the world in 2011 from Egypt to Tunisia to Libya to Yemen to Bahrain to Madison to Columbus to who knows where next, all because man thinks he has the right to rebell against the Natural Law with no regard for the consequences. Abbe Gueranger explains in Rebel at your own risk


We continue with Paul Kokoski's primer on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins or Capital Sins as we focus today on Anger. It is the trigger that can shoot us out of control if we do not curb our feelings. Yes, we may become angry at times and at times it can indeed be righteous anger as Christ Himself displayed in driving the money lenders out of the Temple. We can righteously become angry over unjust laws that the holy Cardinal of Trent St. Robert Bellarmine called "No laws at all", but it is in how we react that tells volumes. Do we respond or do we react. Responding allows us to size up the situation and allow our anger to simmer so that we will give a right response, whereas reacting is a spur of the moment flaring up that can result in great consequences depending on the circumstances. Regardless, anger seldom settles anything and cooler heads most often sleep better at night. It does no good to dwell on things of the past that might prompt anger and regret. The best thing is to learn from our experiences and carefully guard not falling into a fit of anger again. Because it only festers regret and worse, hate and if one has hate in his heart, then one must fear something no one wants to encounter: Final Anger which would be the wrath of God since Anger Begets Hate


In His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson's Eleison Comments from Saturday, January 26, he points out the skimble-skamble of progressives, liberals - basically Modernists whom His Holiness Pope St. Pius X condemned as heresy in alerting all Catholics to know the enemy. Unfortunately, the enemy has not been stopped. That is why His Excellency delineates for these clueless leftists what the term "liberal" truly means and through syllogism exposes these supposedly humanistic ideals as anti-God, definitely anti-Catholic and he warns that if the Society, of which he was so rudely exiled from, thinks they can improve a rotting institution that has been in the lead in fostering Modernism, than they are heading for what is "intrinsically suicidal." He explains in Liberalism - Blasphemy


The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the third day of Septuagesima on the dilemma Eve faced and failed. Once she took a bite of the shiny red apple from the forbidden tree, she realized the devil was a deceiver. It's a trait he has had ever since he fell from Heaven and continues that very same deceit to this day, in fact he's ramped up his deceit where he's deceived so many with the "operation of error" as St. Paul describes the Great Apostasy to "believe a lie." Unfortunately Eve did and we've suffered with original sin ever since for there are consequences to disobeying God. Wouldn't you think that by 2011 we would have realized that and learned? Sadly, no and we see the effects as the Abbot writes in The bite that bit mankind


    The story of St. Francis de Sales is encouragement for our times for just as God raised up many heroes following the Protestant Revolution, so too today He will do the same if we adhere to our faith and pray. In the devastation that followed the Reformation, this holy man became a key component for restoring Catholic truth as a warrior for the Word in being a major force in spreading 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 Patron Saint of the Catholic Press


The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the fourth day of Septuagesima as he provides the reason why holy Mother Church in her wisdom has established the penitential season in pre-Lent with the Time of Septuagesima as he gives a brief history of this short two and a half week season comprised of Septuagesima week, Sexagesima week and Quingagesima week which in the midst of that week falls Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It is a preparation for really getting down to the business of fasting and penance in anticipation of the holiest week of the year as the Abbot explains in Why Septuagesima?


We continue with Paul Kokoski's primer on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins or Capital Sins as we focus today on Sloth. Laziness begets sloth because man does not realize God established a work ethic so that man would not only earn his wages by the sweat of his brow, but earn the opportunity of sharing eternal life with his Creator by being vigilant in his spiritual life of prayer, penance and reparation. Those who are lukewarm do not have the fire in their belly to accomplish whatever talents and goals God deigns for them and by their laziness, they forfeit not only the opportunity to gain a higher place in Heaven, but the possibility that such a destination will never be reached because of the slothful ways one lives. It would be wise if those couch-slouchers would get off their rear ends and on their knees in asking the good Lord and Our Lady for help in motivating them to stay busy and active for the welfare of their own souls and those of others. Expecting others to do the work while they slump on the sofa will have its consequences sooner or later. You don't want to waste time wondering, but get busy now for it's not just an axiom that idleness is indeed the devil's workshop. The Man of Sloth Never Succeeds


The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the fifth day of Septuagesima as he shows the hope for man in the Mercy of God by promising He will send a redeemer - a second Adam through a second Eve to atone for the sin of the first parents that not only exiled them from the Garden of Eden, consigned to work from the sweat of their brow, but also consigned all those who came after to be born with their Original Sin on their souls for man would... God's Promise of the Second Eve


In honor of today's saint, 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 piece by Fr. Eugene Brown 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. St. John Bosco's Journey into Hell



a realistic depiction of the great battle in St. John Bosco's dream of the crisis that would come upon Holy Mother Church. It was painted by Matthew R. Brooks and used here with his permission, but not for reproduction.

For today's feast we harken back eight years to when Gabriel Garnica penned a piece on St. John Bosco and pinpointed the problems we face today. Gone today are the pillars for raising responsible adults: respect and discipline. Instead we are crippled with the crutches of disrespect and irresponsibility, leaning on excuse after excuse why something can't be done instead of trusting in God that it can be accomplished. Faith is a key ingredient missing in today's society. In fact, the kind of faith St. John Bosco instilled is practically a lost art today. As the Faith has been lost for the most part, so also the True Admiral of the Barque of Peter has been imprisoned by the mutineering conciliar scalliwags for over 50 years. But heavenly help, through prayer and penance, is on the way. We shall persevere. Fear not, for the Two Salvific Pillars are in view. Fight on for the True Faith! We need to heed John Bosco and Tough Love

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