No doubt you've been inundated by the feel-good humanistic pap that has been spread over the last week during the latest American Idol, one Fr. Joseph Ratzinger whose ballyhooed "Goodwill Rainbow Tour" (read into that anything you want in a reference to the same type of pabulum Evita Perone posed several decades ago)is getting rave reviews from those who have no respect for Christ or His holy Church. Yes, folks, the papolotry is in full swing. As expected BeneRatz, doing his best impression of Al Gore, followed his apostate predecessors Giovanni Montini and Karol Wojtyla in worshipping at the demonic altar of the United Nations, not to mention more syncretism in the sin-agog. Oh, it's misspelled? Consider Catholic truth that to participate in a non-Catholic service was always, is always, and will always be a sin. You've heard the propaganda, now read the truth of the disaster that it truly was before God as Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey has documented in the following:
We are also pleased to inform readers that Tom has finally been able to work out the glitches that delayed his audio/video lectures on line. You can now find out more at
Christ or Chaos Store Instructions. We can't recommend this enough and know that the more senses one uses such as sight and sound, the more of an impact his words should have on the faithful, especially those who have had such a difficult time connecting the dots.
During this second half of April, the magical misdirection skills of
simulation and dissimulation continue to be used with Benedict XVI's
visit to New York. It is all part of the performance to misdirect
souls, and the counterfeit church of conciliarism has done a magnificent job
of diverting eyes and hearts to itself and away from the One, Holy, Catholic
and Apostolic Church. This upcoming visit brings to mind another magic act
performed in New York a few decades ago by an accomplished magician David
Copperfield when, with great fanfare, he made the Statue of Liberty
disappear. But did it really? Of course not, and therein is the rub as Griff
Ruby not only shows how it was done, but parallels how the church of
conciliarism did and continues to do the same thing. Through ruse,
simulation and dissimulation, the modernists, conciliarists, and ecumenists
over the past half century have garnered high marks for their stage presence
when performing their tricks - dirty tricks, if you will, but dismal marks
when it comes to upholding the True Faith. In fact, considering their
totally-lack-of-good-fruit track record over a nearly 50-year period, many
knowledgeable Catholics have despaired of the Church, thinking it hopelessly
ruined and beyond the pale, and even doubting God's protection. Yet all
along the real Church has quietly continued in the background, dissimulating
the rightful authority She holds, neither falling into error nor ceasing to
exist. So while the media distracts and hypes Ratzinger's visit, watch how
the vast majority will be suckered in by the simulation that he's a Catholic
pope. The plaudits alone should be warning enough that he is not of Christ
per our Lord's Own words. And now before this country is inundated with
bizarre ecumaniacal papolotry, take a few minutes and read Griff's
magnificent explanation of why and how we're in the situation we're in, and
more importantly, what that situation really is. It's not what most people
think! How was the true nature of our situation so effectively concealed?
All it took was a
Sleight of Hand
This prayer replaces the Angelus during Paschaltide
Regina Coeli laetare. Alleluia.Oremus.
Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut, per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Quia quem meruisti portare. Alleluia.
Resurrexit sicut dixit. Alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum. Alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, virgo Maria. Alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere. Alleluia.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.Let us pray.
O God, Who through the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant us, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
For He Whom thou was made worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Hath risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to our God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. For the Lord hath risen indeed. Alleluia.
To PRINT this prayer out, see Regina Coeli
Forty days and nights are completed, the forty hours our Lord spent in the tomb are history. Now, truly His Story can and must be told
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey completes his excellent eight-part series on a Reflection of Salvation History for death has been conquered - From Eden to the Empty Tomb - indeed for the tomb is empty. He has risen as He said, Alleluia. Our Lord's human nature stilled in His physical body willingly lain in rest for 40 hours; while His divine nature was active, entering the abode of the bosom of Abraham to assure those who had been dead from Adam to Dismas that Heaven awaited. Tom points out that Jesus was showing us how we must be patient - bearing our crosses patiently for we cannot be His disciples if we do not willingly take up our crosses daily and follow Him to our own Calvary to which ever degree God so deems so that we will have a strong case when we stand before the Supreme Judge on our own Day of Judgment. Tom reasserts that our work in the vineyard continues until we are laid to rest. We, like St. Augustine, should be restless for that day and realize our hearts are restless until they rest in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, Who is risen from the dead as He said. Alleluia. In keeping with the short epistle and Gospel for today, Tom presents a very short essay compared to his regular articles withResurrexi, et Adhuc Tecum Sum, Alleluia
Believing takes faith, Faith in founded on belief in all the Son of God imparted to man through the only Church He founded. Believe it!
John Gregory provides meditation for the Resurrection which begins the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary in corresponding with this time of Paschaltide. For the First Glorious Mystery, the best meditation to inspire on the Resurrection of Our Lord and what followed up to His Ascension can be gleaned from Sacred Scripture and the holy Gospels of the Four Evangelists. What is remarkable is how the four accounts so readily strengthen each other. John takes the Gospels from the Resurrection and the aftermath of Christ's activity and we can see all He imparted capsulized in His messages, "Blessed are they who have not seen and believe," "Feed My sheep," and "Follow Me" as well as His charge to go out into the world and convert, not compromise, every creature. Those who believe and are baptized into the Church He founded and are obedient to all He taught and handed down, will be saved, those who think they have a better idea are in for a big surprise and it won't be Heaven. John chronicles the time from tomb to the eve of the Ascension with
The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of the Lord
There is no more glorious day in the Liturgical Year than the Solemnity of the Resurrection when the Old Covenant is completly fulfilled, fully paving the way for the New Covenant through the perpetual Holy Sacrifice
Editor Michael Cain provides a short meditation for the First Class Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord and all the glory it should be accorded. Jesus Christ has, as He promised, conquered death once and for all. We are given everlasting hope for He has indeed risen as He said, Alleluia. The season of Paschaltide is replete with Alleluias in this glorious season of celebration in the Church. There is no happier time of the year. This is the true "New Springtime" which Christ established, not man and the New Order church. This follows what the True Church has always considered as the established "Civilization of Love" - Good Friday - for "no greater love doth one have than to lay down one's life for another." Abraham's Bosom has been emptied. The flowers return to the altar, white is the festive color (though gold vestments are permitted for Easter Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, all first class feasts) as Cain shares a short meditation on The Most Glorious of Mysteries
The Most Glorious of Mysteries
It's all about priorities in adding up the benefits of embracing the wood of the Cross so we, like St. Thomas, can embrace His wounds and be engulfed forever in His Most Sacred and Merciful Heart
We provide an excellent Easter article from Gabriel Garnica first run here three years ago. He points out that the numbers add up. 40 days and nights, one hour in the Garden, three hours on the cross, 40 hours in the tomb. From five wounds to four fools to three crosses to two occasions in which Our Lord's silence spoke volumes to today where first things are first. The Cross and Resurrection are One for you cannot have one without the other. There can be no Resurrection without the Cross. Likewise, what worth would the Cross be without the Resurrection? Gabriel points this out in his reflection, noting the distance between Jerusalem and Calvary were much further than between the summit and the sepulchre. This is to represent that our travails, our crosses are not the short-cut, but the well-earned merit badges of grace made possible through the Merits of Jesus Christ's ultimate Sacrifice. Gabriel explains in his Easter refelction First Things First
First Things First
Why would the Jews ever have looked a gift horse in the mouth and said 'no'? That is a question for the ages. Will we cave to temporal trivials like the original children of Abraham did or be true to Christ as the spiritual children of Abraham?
We continue with this special feature provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. We publish it here in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass, with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock. since we celebrate Easter throughout the week, it is an opportunity to reflect on both Easter Sunday, the greatest of all Sabbaths, and then Low Sunday. For the Resurrection we understand how the old leaven, meaning the Old Testament, has been fulfilled. The old rites have been superseded by the new rite instituted by the Son of man on Maundy Thursday. Through the new unleavened Bread we receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ our Lord and become heirs of the kingdom of Heaven, Jew and Gentile alike who abide in Him and all He has taught through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Reason indeed to exclaim with great jubilation: Alleluia, alleluia in The Rising of the Unleavened Bread and for Low Sunday we find the essence of believing. As Catholics we go by faith, not feelings. That is why there are few lows when one goes on faith, but a constant confident high that is tempered by a steady keel provided by the sacramental life of the Church that enables us to believe and say the very same words the doubting Apostle said when he was at last convinced: My Lord, and my God. Dominus meus, et Deus meus. John shares Fr. Haydock's poignant words in A Testament of Lasting Faith
In observance of Holy Week, we are specifically bringing you tried and true inspirational and devotional material to help you better participate, learn more of the traditions and sacred rubrics of holy Mother Church, and grow in grace. This includes the sound words of the venerable Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger in poignant excerpts for Holy Week from The Liturgical Year, and the first seven installments of Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's magnificent eight-part series for Holy Week: "From Eden to the Empty Tomb", which he first presented to The Daily Catholic readers back in 2003. We also provide meditations and devotions for each day, incorporated in the VerbumQUOs from Palm Sunday to Wednesday in Holy Week and special Meditations on each day of the Easter Triduum. In addition to furnishing the full traditional liturgy of Holy Week, we have linked the Gospel Passion accounts of all four of the Evangelists in both Latin and English below. We also provide what may very well be the last University of Virtue lesson from Cyndi Cain. For her finale she has chosen to address almsgiving. Gabriel Garnica exposes the blasphemy that will air this week on the notorious BBC in the pathetic attempt to once again justify Judas and his ilk.
For Holy Week we also strongly encourage you, if you possibly can get there, to attend only a Traditional Latin Rite Holy Week Service this week and realize there are many graces to be gained by spending time in Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament at the Reposition Altar during the Holy Thursday night-Good Friday day-and-night-watch and being in His presence Holy Saturday morning up to commencement of the Easter Vigil. There are also several fruitful blessings for those who devote three hours of prayer on Good Friday and plenary indulgences for those able to attend, make a good confession and receive Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday and/or Easter Sunday. We pray you'll persevere through those grueling hours when our Savior was scourged, mocked, derided, blasphemed, spit upon, nailed to, and hung upon the gibbet. When you get tired, or restless during the long ceremonies of the Easter Triduum, just remember what He endured for the sins of each one of us in order to merit - through His ultimate Sacrifice of Love - everlasting life for those who do His will.
Stay the course and stand fast to tradition. If the Traditional Rite is not available to you, by all means stay home and pray. Do not, we repeat, do not attend a Novus Ordo service for that is akin to attending a Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist or Presbyterian service...for they are all Protestant, and, ergo, not Christian for they have rejected, knowingly or unknowingly, Christ's True Church which He founded and only that particular Church - upon the Rock of Peter (cf. St. Matthew 16: 18-19). We also have Galatians 1: 8-10 to verify this truth. If you do not have a pre-Vatican II Daily Missal, fear not, for you have the full pre-conciliar true Roman Catholic traditional liturgy which we faithfully provide to the faithful for both the Ordinary and Propers of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for every day of the year!
We at The Daily Catholic will not be updating this issue until Easter Sunday so that we may devote our time to participating in the Holy Week rubrics. Finally, though it pains us to say it, we are disappointed that hearts have become so indifferent. For though hits and visits are ahead of projections and surpassing past years, donations are down! way down! Perhaps readers do not understand their Lenten duty includes tithing. We have to admit we wonder, save for a few loyal benefactors who have always been there to help, who else can help? Have you benefited spiritually from anything you've read on these pages? Has it helped you better understand what the true Roman Catholic Church stands for? Has it helped you to increase your Faith? We get so many e-mails testifying to that, but so few contributions. Please pray on the percentage of what it is worth to you. After all, you can't take it with you! We know many other traditional non-profits, orders, churches and chapels across the country who reject the heresies of the Vatican II church are in the same boat as we are so one can only deduce there is a lukewarmness within the traditional movement; for more people are coming to the truth but thinking erroneously that priests, religious and lay disciples (all dedicated to carrying out Christ's command in St. Matthew 28: 20, St. Mark 16: 15-16, and St. John 21: 15-17) can operate on mere kudos! St. Luke records in chapter 10: 7, the Master's words,"...for the laborer is worthy of his hire" and St. Paul reinforces this in 1 Timothy 5: 18, "For the Scripture saith: Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And: The laborer is worthy of his hire." The oxen are pretty lean today, especially in practically every traditional non-profit for each needs funds to maintain their apostolates and we can assure you if they preach the truths and traditions of Holy Mother Church, they will not abuse contributions and are in great need of your charity and, before God and man, are deserving of it. Think about it and remember these sober words in St. Matthew 25: 40, "as long as you did it to one of these, My least brethren, you did it to Me." Have you been as generous as you can be considering all God has gifted you with? Think and pray whether you have truly done all you can to promulgate and preserve the truths and traditions of Holy Mother Church, and help those laborers working in His vineyard.
Michael Cain, editor
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How will we ever repay Christ for the Ransom He paid for us? We can't, but He doesn't expect anything more than to love Him and obey all He taught and passed down through His holy Church.
We continue with the reflections by the wise and holy abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger on the Liturgical Time of the Penitential Season. We have reached the "apogee" - the very vertex of the penitential season of Lent when the humanity of Jesus Christ takes its toll, coming to the surface in sustaining the most brutal beating one could encounter; thus proving His unyielding, everlasting Love for us by His undertaking for us the burden of our sins and, only through His merits, making it possible that we might someday be in Paradise with Him. It begins on Palm Sunday in the streets of Jerusalem in celebratory anticipation and will climax on those very same streets less than a week later when their "Hero" is no longer fanned with palmfrons and hosannas, but spat upon and held in contempt for He failed to provide the instant gratification the people sought for they saw not with the light of faith, but of futility and fascination in someone they thought could make their lives easier, rid the Romans and call off the letter-of-the-law Sanhedrin. How many that day had regrets, saying: "if only we had known..."? We cannot make such excuses or regrets, for truly we know He was [is] the Son of God! His reflections will hopefully wake many to realizing the treasure of sacrifice, self-mortification and penance in building the spiritual muscle to bulk up the numbers in restoring holy Mother Church to her former glory. Abbe Gueranger provides the inspiration. Reflections for Holy Week
Thanks to Traditional Catholic Sermons, we're able to bring you audio reflections/sermons during Holy Week, all by His Excellency Bishop Donald Sanborn. Since Holy Week is such a solemn time when we must focus on the spiritual and walk with our Lord the Way of Calvary, the meditative talks by Bishop Sanborn provide an excellent opportunity to join more fully with Christ and make Holy Week truly a holy time. We have provided above the links to the three most solemn days, known as the Sacred Triduum with all the Propers pertinent for the day in both Latin and English so, if you do not have a Traditional chapel you can get to that offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and all the rubrics of this week, you have the next best thing in observing this most solemn time and be prepared to truly celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord either at the Gloria at midnight leading into Easter Sunday or the following morning.
It seems every non-profit wants a piece of the pie. But what is the real goal of many? To stay in business by setting a high budget that includes a comfortable built-in salary for executive directors and other salaried personnel, or to do what Christ asked His disciples to do in spreading the Faith in trusting in His Providence to receive just rumuneration for their labors? The latter obviously, and that's where the lambs are separated from the goats, where a widow's mite is appreciated because it came from the heart.
Cyndi Cain presents one of her final lessons, this one on the virtue of Charity, most specifically Almsgiving. She points out that Traditional Catholics can adopt the bunker-down-in-the-catacombs approach where few conversions will result as you hide your talents under a bushel basket, or you can use your time, talents and treasures to shout from the rooftops the infrangible truths of your Catholic Faith in convincing countless Catholics trapped in the counterfeit church of conciliarism that there is indeed freedom. Is that not every Traditional Catholic's goal? To save souls through "the conversion of sinners, and for the freedom and exaltation of our holy Mother the Church." But the fewer who give of their wealth, the fewer will know these truths and remain shackled to the false church, poor sinners who are all the poorer without grace because you didn't respond when the grace was available. She asks you to examine your conscience on just how generous you've been with the gifts God has given you in her lesson
Giving from the Heart and More
This year a holy Doctor of the Church gives way to the rubrics of Holy Week, but is forever remembered as the Sanctifier's Catechist
Normally on March 18 we would celebrate the feast of the holy Bishop and Doctor of the Church Saint Cyril of Jerusalem from the fourth century. However his feast, as well as Saint Patrick on Monday, Saint Cuthbert on Thursday, Saint Benedict on Friday and Saint Isidore on Saturday are superseded during Holy Week. Cyril was both greatly persecuted by the Arians and ostracized by many within the Church because of false information spread about this sainted man. For 35 years he was the bishop of Jerusalem and foretold the earthquake that would destroy the rebuilt temple in the Holy City. He is best known for his clear, precise and no-nonsense catechesis that set the pattern for catechisms to come, including the Catechism of Trent. For his inspired scholastic and theologicalical works he is known as the Catechist of the Holy Ghost
Wouldn't it be refreshing if the media, specifically the BBC, announced "and now for something completely different" and then told the truth?!!
Gabriel Garnica was hoping to be able to devote time to the sacredness of Holy Week until he learned of another vile rotomontade of revisionism that tries to justify the killing of Christ. Well that was too much for Gabriel to keep silent on as he writes a brief refutation of these temerarious attempts to further distort the Gospels. Rather than turning back to the Truth in this holiest of seasons, the media is notoriously known for turning their back on the Truth. Nay, they go even further by turning to the devil to concoct the most vicious lies possible against our Lord and the Sacred Deposit of the Faith. With all the other outrages, sacrileges and indifference that permeate the media and the clueless couch potatoes this time of year, the latest blasphemy comes from the BBC, long a liberal bastion of tolerance and diversity for all things not Catholic. When it comes to the beliefs of the only Faith Jesus Christ established, it's open season. The BBC is famous for producing the crazed group known as Monty Python who have squeezed morality out of the equation. Wouldn't it be refreshing if, for once, writers, producers and networks told the truth? But that would entirely be something completely different. Gabriel won't let them get away with this nonsense as he files his column,
Turning their back on the Truth
Thanks to Traditional Catholic Sermons, we're able to bring you a virtual mini-retreat conducted by His Excellency Bishop Daniel Dolan. Since most of our readers do not have the opportunity of a traditional retreat during Lent or even a day of Recollection, we wanted to provide the next best thing. In fact, on these pages you have all the tools necessary to make a fruitful retreat except for the Sacraments themselves. But you can make an examination of conscience, pray the Rosary, follow the Ordinary and Propers of each Mass and say the Stations of the Cross during this Passion Week when our efforts intensify as we turn down the stretch toward Holy Week. Just click on the buttons below to go to each meditative talk.
The four swords on the right side of our Most Sorrowful Mother's Immaculate Heart dig deeper when we fail to heed her divine Son
We had hoped to be able to bring you the next installment of the editor's editorial on the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery and Cyndi's next Lesson in her University of Virtue series, but the inspiration has been halted for reasons only the Holy Ghost knows. Thus, other than Dr. Droleskey's latest article on the Scandalous Home School Ruling, we've decided to devote the rest of this week and next week to focusing on devotional material and meditations for Passion Week and Holy Week so that readers can concentrate on the purpose of this most solemn penitential time. We will be linking Tom's excellent series he'll be updating: "A Reflection on Salvation History" first run on these pages several years back. Below we bring you a redacted piece, which has become a constant for Friday in Passion Week in commemorating the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by taking the reader on a journey through our Lady's life on earth, identifying each sword mystically piercing Her Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart. We must ask: Why is Our Lady so sorrowful? Because She is a Mother and She continues to weep because so many do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Her Divine Son. Wouldn't you weep too? We illustrate how Our Lady was so perfectly in sync with the Divine Will that without this cooperation many souls might be even more lost considering the ravaging perpetuated by Her Divine Son's adversary in these trying, troublesome times. We need to heed her strong motherly advice, meld our sorrows with Hers and do as she asks, take our cares, concerns, anxieties, worries and woes and lay them at the foot of the Cross to be washed in His Most Precious, Cleansing Blood. as we explain in the meditative essay Seven Sorrows of the Immaculate Heart
Do we have the passion to undertake Passion Week with all the fervor possible? Reading Dom Prosper's words should fire us up to give it our all!
We continue with the reflections by the wise and holy abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger on the Liturgical Time of the Penitential Season. We have now arrived at the time of Passion Week. Just as the holy Abbot provided the History, Mystery, Practice and Joy of Septuagesima and of Lent, so today we provide his reflections on Passiontide as he explains the History, Mystery and Practice of Passiontide. Our Lenten fasting and penance are but two weeks from completion. The incline now becomes much steeper and only those truly committed and contrite will persevere to Calvary. Now is the time to take up the shield of Faith to fend off the devil who will do all he can to distract us from our appointed goal. It means we must intensify our sufferings, self-mortifications and prayers. The more we can compassionate our Lord and His Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Mother, the more we can share in the joy and fruits of the Resurrection and totally disappoint and demoralize the devil. His reflections will hopefully wake many to realizing the treasure of sacrifice, self-mortification and penance in building the spiritual muscle to bulk up the numbers in restoring holy Mother Church to her former glory. Abbe Gueranger provides the inspiration. The Passion of Lent
The Lasting Impressions tatooed on the minds of millions is that the counterfeit church of conciliarism is Catholic because it calls itself Catholic. If one truly knows their Faith they will realize instantly that it can't possibly be Catholic!
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey illustrates how scandal has weighed down so many souls over the past 50 years. Not that that many Catholics today are scandalized but that's because the great majority, thanks to the manifesto of Vatican II, don't know their Faith. And one who does not know his Faith is a weak link and when you have weak links, well you know the results. Therefore no one in their right mind wants weak links, and yet, that seems like all there is in the counterfeit church of conciliarism today thanks to the papolotry of dumbed down souls who think it's progress when a man they consider their pope does something no Catholic in their right mind would ever think of doing under pain of mortal sin and even excommunication. But those two things are forgotten intentionally today (unless targeting Traditional Catholics, especially sedevacantist Catholics or, as Gerry Matatics calls "Consistent Catholics") so that fewer see the scandal of kissing the Koran, lobbying for lifting the excommunication of Martin Luther, telling the Jews they don't have to worry about redemption, relegating the Church as a servant to the satanic UN, encouraging universal salvation, recognizing enemies of Christ as worthy and false religions as having good fruit. You know the list and you know what has been perpetrated on the faithful over the last half century is not Catholic. The problem is the vast majority do not realize it. They do not realize they are aiding and abetting the enemy whenever they fail to fully defend the Sacred Deposit of Faith. Tom explains in his piece, Lasting Impressions
The comparisons between the High Priests of Christ's time with the conciliar cabal of our time is uncanny as the Modernist high priests go about doing what they darn well please with no respect for what was handed down from Him Who, before Abraham, is Ego sum. Instead they cave to the very men Christ remonstrated.
We continue with this special feature provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. We publish it here in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass, with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock. John has urged that we put this online at least by Saturday so readers can properly prepare for the Sunday Mass. On Passion Sunday (Fifth Sunday of Lent) we enter into the Time of Passiontide where, with Christ we hide ourselves from the world and contemplate all He has taught; something most of the Jews of His time and our time as well refuse to do. They do not want to hear Christ for He is the truth and it contradicts the false assumptions they have forged on many that they are following the precepts given to the children of Abraham. If that were true they would have accepted Christ as He tells them in the Gospel for Passion Sunday that before Abraham was, He is. Rather than praying on that, and truly knowing the prophecies of the Old Testament, the High Priests launch blasphemies against our Lord and are worthy of the castigation given them by Christ: Synagogue of Satan. For further discernment by Saints and Doctors of the Church, Fr. Haydock provides more food for thought in his commentary as John shows. The Blood of the Lamb has forever replaced the blood of goats
The benchmark for knowledge was provided by St. Thomas Aquinas with his Summa Theologica, which he intended to be the sum of all known learning, arranged according to the best method, and subordinate to the dictates of holy Mother Church.
In honor of the Double Feast of the holy Doctor of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas on the First Friday of March, we bring you a brief profile of the man who quite possibly has had more influence on Catholic theology than any saint. Ironic when we realize this holy man was once regarded by his teacher as stupid. Dubbed the "dumb ox," he became the most brilliant scholar in the history of the Church. Few saints were more revered than this learned Dominican who contributed so much to Holy Mother Church in writings and songs. He is best known for the great tome on theology "Summa Theologica", which incorporates three parts covering the entire teaching of the Church in regards Faith and Morals. He also penned the awe-inspiring Benediction hymns of "O Salutaris Hostia" and "Tantum Ergo." His life spanned less than half a century yet his teachings have had more impact than any other saint. The holy St. Thomas is forever known as the The Angelic Doctor
The way of the Cross runs both ways. Either we are wending our way towards Calvary or the pull of the world, the flesh and the devil draws us down and out of the protective shadow of the Cross.
Gabriel Garnica returns with a timely short article as we near Passion Week. He points out how the Via Crucis goes both ways, it leads up to Calvary and it leads down away from Calvary. He asks which direction we will take not only as Lent intensifies, but in this time when persecution increases against those who will not compromise to the world. He reminds us that one can't hold a mirror and a cross in the same hand. If you choose the mirror you are looking at yourself and regretting what you could be; if you are looking at the Cross, you are looking at others and Christ's love is reflecting back to you and through you, often glowing greater when you suffer for Him. We can look at the Cross as either a burden and a curse that curtails our spiritual growth, or we can view it and cling to it as an invaluable life raft we cannot do without. That is the lesson learned in his column,
The Triple Value of Suffering
Since there have been no good fruits - nada, none, zilch, zero - from the counterfeit church of conciliarism, why should we expect that to change. A bad fruit is a bad fruit, sour and poisonous at that. Be forewarned.
In a follow-up to his article last week High Church, Low Church, Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey weighs in on why Catholics should not be shocked or surprised when state after state, diocese after diocese, the conciliar 'bishops' speak out of both sides of the mouth and say nothing in truly trying to protect the unborn babies or working toward legislation to outlaw abortion. Yet, if you really hear what these bozos are saying it speaks volumes as to their total abandonment of the Catholic Faith. He points out, "Despite the well-meaning Catholics today to do what many of us did in the past, all of the complaints made to the conciliarists in Rome about the 'bad' 'bishops' in this or that country, including the United States of America, will come to just as much now as in the past: nothing. Conciliarism is the problem, not 'bad' bishops, who have been appointed by the conciliar 'popes' and who have been maintained in their positions despite exceeding even the very flexible boundaries of 'acceptable' beliefs its counterfeit church sanctions 'officially.' There is no more gain to be had by fighting the 'bad' bishops by this or that petition drive than there is to fight the 'bad' politicians by various naturalistic means as each of these 'bad' categories of people are the logical fruit of a world which denies the Social Reign of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen." Tom advises that we forego such fruitless efforts and turn to prayer as the answer, focuing all our attention on Christ and take our place next to Mary at the foot of the Cross where we should be this Lent and always as Tom shares in his somewhat brief article, Care Not for the Rights of Christ the King, Care Not for the Babies
Any gardner worth their salt knows you must tend to the garden with care in order to harvest good fruit and take great care not to bruise the fruit. So also with souls in praying for the grace to ripen their hearts and utilizing the best way of discernment in separating the true wheat from the conciliar chaff in order to save as many souls as possible from the fire.
Griff Ruby files an interesting scenario of the proper way to intiate encouragement toward those presbyters who want to do right by holy Mother Church but have been hindered by lack of courage or intimidation or ignorance of what Catholicism truly is. Griff files a few theoretical letters that are plausible in planting the seeds of hope. Griff points out in these speculative correspondences how it is so vital to sift the wheat from the chaff amongst traditional-leaning 'priests' ordained in the Novus Ordo rite, that the proper traditional chain of command be observed in order for true shepherds to discern whether these 'priests', who would express an interest, are sincere or Trojan Horses ready to sabotage. Careful scrutiny and trust in the Holy Ghost will ferret out the "Twinkie-toes" if the proper impetus is given in doing all we can to help rescue souls from the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Griff poses the possibilities in his piece, A Grave Risk
In medio jejúnii nostri we pause and rejoice for a day for we have reached the half-way point in Lent and can take joy that we have stayed the course. Today, take time to recollect and recommit to make this the most fruitful Lent ever so that we can truly rejoice.
In the midst of the Season of Lent holy Mother Church provides us an oasis of joy with Laetare Sunday heading into the Fourth Week of Lent. Because of the spiritual importance of the Liturgical Season of Lent, we bring you excerpts focusing this week on the Joy of Lent as expressed on Laetare Sunday and throughout the week (the excerpts for this week are taken from Volume 5, pages 313-386). We have thus turned to the most traditional and practical Catholic source available, none other than the inspired and motivating words of the esteemed Abbot of Solesmes Dom Prosper Louis Pascal Gueranger, renowned for his masterful work The Liturgical Year, which is often considered the Summa for the Church's Liturgy in History, Mystery and Practice. It is in those areas that we feel it is important to address in order to help readers live as better Catholics in knowing, living, and applying their Faith to the fullest and giving to Christ and His Blessed Mother all that they can. Few capture the essence as this humble but brilliant abbot who is known simply as "the Gardener of the Canticles of Eternity." His reflections will hopefully wake many to realizing the treasure of sacrifice, self-mortification and penance in building the spiritual muscle to bulk up the numbers in restoring holy Mother Church to her former glory. The Joy of Lent
Why would the Jews ever have looked a gift horse in the mouth and said 'no'? That is a question for the ages. Will we cave to temporal trivials like the original children of Abraham did or be true to Christ as the spiritual children of Abraham?
We continue with this special feature provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. We publish it here in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass, with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock. John has urged that we put this online at least by Saturday so readers can properly prepare for the Sunday Mass. For the Fourth Sunday of Lent we can see the joy of the fulfillment of the Messias expressed from Isaias, Rejoice, O Jerusalem, hence this Sunday is better known as Laetare Sunday. This is illustrated in the Epistle where the promise of the Messias is carried out through Isaac representing the new testament which the Jews would spurn, squandering their heritage. This is reminded in today's Gospel when, amidst the joy of the miracle of the loaves, Christ realized the Jews looked at Him not as the promised Messias for heavenly purposes, but a temporal king. Then as well as now they still do not realize or accept that Jerusalem is not the physical city, but the celestial city of Heaven, expressed so well by Fr. Haydock as John shows. You who were barren, are now full of joy