As is a tradition at The Daily Catholic, we bring you, on behalf of all of our contributing writers, a joint message from both the editor and his bride in salutation to all our readers around the world. At this time of year too many fix their focus on the present and presents without realizing the True Presence of the greatest Present we have been given. Presently most poo-pah such a gift as superstitious, radical and extreme with no visible substance. Oh, if only they knew! We turn the tables on the masters of Madison Avenue and Master Card, whose clever advertising campaign for more than a decade is well known and has been one of the biggest contributors to the crass mercenary nature of the season in urging the masses to spend without realizing the masses are nothing without the Mass. Yet so few realize that for they have fallen victim, yes, even the elect as Christ warns in St. Matthew 24, to the programming of political correctness. We intend to turn this modern rubbish on its ear by providing for those who will accept it, take good care of it, and apply it in their daily lives, A Present that is Priceless!
"Qui legit, intelligat"
For Father Louis Campbell's sermons during Christmastide we present seven of them from the archives of his excellent sermons over the past five years. His words are concise and as timeless for they comprise the infrangible truths of the patrimony of the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church.
Twelve Days of Christmas
Beginning on December 26 through January 6th we countdown the 12 Days of Christmas. While the commercial world crassly stuffs the Christmas decorations on the back shelf until next year and forgets the true meaning of Christmas, Holy Mother Church celebrates Christmastide leading to the Feast of the Epiphany. In days of olde England and the French Revolution when the song 12 Days of Christmas represented a secret code, if you will, of the basic catechism for each day represents an article of the Apostle's Creed. As customary this time of the year, we present the meaning of this with
12 Days of Christmas
"Qui legit, intelligat"
For Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we bring you his excellent one from last year in which he underscored the importance of this final Sunday of preparation for the Coming of the Lord. In other words, if we are not ready yet, we may never be ready for the joy of Christmas does not come from exterior trappings but from the interior grace of the Holy Ghost Who alone can provide true Joy. Those seeking it elsewhere had best beware for the axe is being laid to the roots of the tree that yields no fruit. A barren tree is hardly the kind of present we want to present to the Divine Savior on His birthday, and yet, over the last forty-plus years that is all He has received - barren fruit from a gnarled, worldly tree that begs to be cut down and cast into the fire. God will not allow this fruitless tree to grow much more for it has already swallowed up so many souls in its barren bark, casting them into darkness. The only way to see the Light is to take the axe to the roots of that tree - that conciliar tree and our worldly passions that tie our roots to Christ and His Love in knots and prevail us from knowing true Joy, and that very Love which surpasses all understanding. Father explains in his sermon.
The Axe at the Root of the Trees
In anticipation of the miraculous birth of our Savior this year, Gabriel Garnica puts in perspective how man has gone off track in these modernist times by relying on self rather than God. That very fact also gives credence as to how and why Christ has been taken out of Christmas. Thanks to the lukewarm conciliar church, countless souls have been programmed to forget that in this era of initials and acronyms as identifiable nouns from NOM to SUV to GPS, they have only to remember one: IHS, standing for the Holy Name of Jesus Who, as the God-Man, relied on the cooperation of one chosen from all time by God to be free of all sin so that Emmanuel would have a fitting, perfect and pure Tabernacle for nine months before "the moment when the Son of God was born of the Most Pure Blessed Virgin Mary at midnight, in Bethlehem in the piercing cold." In that hour we should all readjust our GPS systems to reflect the true meaning: God Positioning Souls. If we choose to obey and work with Him rather than against Him, then, just as He guided the Magi by the Star of Bethlehem, so also He will navigate us safely through to our ultimate destination of Heaven. If we decide we know better and go it alone in the darkness of the world, the flesh and the devil, by insisting that it's a woman's right to choose, then we also will suffer the inevitable consequences: Getting lost...as in forever! Gabriel gets to the point in his excellent Christmas article,
A Woman's Night To Choose
"Qui legit, intelligat"
For Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, we've gone back three years ago to share his sermon in which he highlighted the reasons for rejoicing. Gaudete Sunday is termed thus for it is taken from the first word "Rejoice" in today's Introit from Philippians 4: 4-6. Father points out the great joy those in the state of grace and striving for sanctity experience for Christ is our strength and He is pure joy. Thus it is irrefutable: Forget the blondes, it is the Saints who have more fun! And why not, for their joy is spiritual joy, "a peace which surpasseth all understanding." In the counterfeit conciliar church today this peace is so misunderstood, looking to humanistic means to find that which is spiritual and only of and from God. Because of the misdirection since Vatican II, this peace and joy are something found so lacking in today's society. Father illustrated through passages of Sacred Scripture not only this joy, but the utter void of joy and inner peace in those who reject God's love here on this temporal earth and for eternity as he explained in his sermon
"The Joy of the Lord is our Strength"
The Straight Stuff
As a follow-up to his last article on "Invisibilism", Griff Ruby continues his series on solutions as he begins to lay out the path that Traditional Catholics need to realize in seeking to restore the Oneness of holy Mother Church, which, though still intact in the True Church now in the catacombs, is blurred from so many because of the divisiveness of various factions within the Traditional movement. In order to bring unity, Griff proposes a necessary course that begins with true oecumenism as opposed to the false ecumenism of Vatican II and the conciliar church. And the Journey toward full alignment with the perennial and infallible Magisterium of the Church inevitably returns to True Catholicism when one realizes there needs to be unity of Traditional Catholics in all things holy Mother Church has always taught and realize the conciliar church is not even on the radar as far as accordance with Catholic truth. The ecumenism of Vatican II is heretical, whereas the goal of Traditional oecumenism is necessary to unite the flocks in preparing for a true Vicar of Christ to come as Griff points out in his column Trad-Oecumenism
"Qui legit, intelligat"
As a special treat for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we bring you Father Louis Campbell's sermon from two years ago in which he emphasized the need to seek the City of God as St. Augustine so brilliantly wrote in his masterful work of the same name. Father pointed out the how God gives us a wonderful glimpse of that City through His Most Blessed Virgin Mother Mary and illustrates this with the significance of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe when the Blessed Mother conveyed the message of hope and love to a humble peasant worker Juan Diego and gave evidence of how great the City of God could be with the miracle of the tilma and the conversion of nine million souls and the ultimate end of human sacrifice by the Aztec nation as collectively they turned their backs on the city of man. If ever it was vital to do the same it is in these times when what the pagan Aztecs and Mayans did pale in comparison to the vile abomination of abortion where human souls are sacrificed to the gods of convenience. The city of man leads only to peril and ruin as the holy Archbishop of Hippo asserts. It is a strange conundrum that the conciliar church boasts of a "New Springtime" when, in reality, it is a path in the city of man, not of God, and leads only to the autumn of dissipation of souls and the winter of discontent and ruin. We see this ruin and apostasy so prevalent today in the aftermath of the blatant heresy and scandal of Joseph Ratzinger's actions in Turkey. Be not surprised by anything the conciliarists do for they subscribe to the city of man, lock, stock and barrel whereas true Catholics must always be
Rejoicing in the City of God
Symphony of Suffering
For the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we bring you a rare article by Cyndi Cain, who shares the urgency of listening to God and His primary emissary - His Most Blessed Mother Mary. Now more than ever before. One of Mary's most powerful messages came on this day 475 years ago on Tepeyac Hill in Guadalupe, Mexico. The purpose was to inform the New World, then ruled by the Aztec Empire, to embrace the New Faith being brought to them by the Spanish missionaries as well as stop the barbaric practice of human sacrifice, a custom long observed by the pagan culture. Just as the Father chose for His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ to be born in a humble, poor stable, so also He chose a humble peasant to be the clarion for the means of salvation that would take the New World by storm for the Faith and end the human sacrifice by the Aztec nation at the same time defections were going on in the Old World due to the damaging Protestant Reformation. Cyndi points out that Our Lady's mission is still not done, for a far worse human sacrifice has not only visited our earth and our country in the horrible holocaust of the womb - abortion. She asks all to prepare for the birth of the Messiah by doing all in our power to help prepare for the births of 4,000 daily who are denied the right to life through abortion. Each of us can do our part to fulfill Our Lady's plea by offering our prayers and encouraging others of the vital importance of the Sanctity of Life and by using this Advent in prayer, penance and fasting for the reparation of many souls and the conversion of the hard-hearted. She asks through tears to all, especially the lukewarm, if they know
The Difference Between Childlike and Childish.
Despite the superficial reviews you may have heard from your neighborhood conciliar curmudgeons or Protestant praisers of The Nativity Story, read Gabriel Garnica's piece which, combined with Dr. Thomas Droleskey's "Easy for Blasphemers to Endorse Blasphemy", should give you a clear picture of why Catholics cannot in any way condone or want to see the much hyped supposed answer to Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ. Despite the staged enthusiasm for a religious piece, it leaves Catholic truth in pieces. The devil was dancing in Paul VI Hall on December 1 when The Nativity Story premiered before 7000 clueless conciliarists who gave it their rousing endorsement even though the film is full of heresy and blasphemy. But then what conciliarist can identify heresy or blasphemy anymore? That is because they are imbued with heretical ideas and practices, and therefore have no problem with a highly offensive Protestantized film that insults the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, and, by doing so, offends God Himself as Gabriel explains in his column The Antithesis of Catholic Truth: The Nativity Story
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We've chosen for Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent one he gave in 2003 which is even more pertinent today even. He makes it very clear that only in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is salvation possible by citing Sacred Scripture and the Athanasian Creed. Yet what we have heard from the conciliar church of Vatican II sounds nothing like the dogma Extra Ecclesiam nullam salus for we are told by the ecumaniacal Vaticanistas that Christians, Jews and Muslims worship the same God and there is no need to proselytize as the current secretary of state of the conciliar church "Cardinal" Tarcisio Bertone just bleated publicly in cowtowing to Alexy II and the Communists of Russia. Interesting, that it is the same Bertone who was complicit in fabricating the Third Secret of Fatima. Just more proof that the One who is to come is not Christ Who they await, but the head of the New One World Order, One World Religion...and we all know who that will be. Can you say antichrist?! Anyone who subscribes to universalism and indifferentism is not only on their way to paving his way, but sins gravely against the Faith and that goes from Joseph Ratzinger on down. How dare the Modernist church undermine Catholic doctrine. We must pray for these apostates and pray that God will increase and strengthen our beliefs, our Faith so that we will properly be prepared our Savior Jesus Christ,
The One Who is to Come
With Christmas commercials blaring sales ads for every kind of high tech television from the minature Dick Tracy watch type to mega-large screen theater systems worth thousands of dollars, the temptation to get a TV set is enticing. Denise Trias hopes to allay those urges by going the other way and not even thinking of upgrading, let alone even watching. It's been called many things from the boob-tube to hypnotizer, from the shrine of the couch potato to the electronic babysitter. Whether it is HDTV, digital, cable, dish or plain ol' antenna, most consider it a necessity and in that faux pas state does the tabernacle of satan reign supreme in practically every home. That is the sad reality of how a culture, a nation, a civilization has been conquered by the prince of darkness for mankind, including Traditional Catholics, have become slaves to The Golden Calf in the Living Room
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For Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception we chose his sermon from three years ago in which he highlighted what Pope Pius IX emphasized in proclaiming the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Father also reminds us that Mary is always there for us no matter what our need for she is in every way a mother. But she is the purest of mothers and the filth and obscenities that permeate society today so greatly offend her, her Divine Son and the Heavenly Father. She is the last line of defense before the Lord unleashes his just wrath on those who insist on following the prince of the world. Rather than taking the low road, Father encourages all to follow Our Lady. She stands as the Morning Star reflecting the grace from God onto us if only we accept it and follow her example of purity and obedience to God's will. That is
The High Road to Heaven
The Straight Stuff
Griff Ruby tackles the very crux of the problem so evident in the conciliar church that many cannot see it: Invisibilism. He points out that if Modernism is "the synthesis of all heresies," and it most definitely is, then Invisibilism is "the heresy behind all heresies." This is because the visible Church, as She was for nearly 2000 years, is no longer visible to the vast majority. In her stead has come the eclipse by the conciliar church of Her infrangible dogmas and doctrines, not to mention the very essence of Catholic worship - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the patrimony of holy Mother Church. Thanks to the heresy of Invisibilism these have been slowly, and not so slowly, but surely erased from the memories of several generations. In these dark times, when all looks the darkest, there truly is hope by remembering what Christ Himself promised: He would be with us until the end of the world, but He also counts on us to do our part for the salvation of souls and the restoration of holy Mother Church. Griff explained in the first of a series on the problems and solutions with his piece on the heresy of Invisibilism
Doctors of the Church
Thursday, December 7th, a day of fast and abstinence in preparation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, is the feast of the holy bishop and Doctor of the Church
Saint Ambrose. He is the seventh in the chronological line of noted and revered Doctors of the Church. He was the first to migrate from the north, the Rhineland area of Trier and settled in Milan, Italy where he cast away a lucrative career as a lawyer and politician to accept the people's acclaim as their Bishop. He ruled in holiness and justice and was responsible for converting and nurturing Saint Augustine among many other lesser known saints. With the wisdom granted to the Archbishop of Alexandria, Ambrose fought vigorously against the Arian heresy towards the end of the 4th century. Saint Ambrose, this valiant bishop who stood for the true Faith in the face of apostate colleagues, let nothing faze him for he was appointed by God as a Converter of Saints
Doctors of the Church
The thirteenth Doctor in this chronological series on the Doctors of the Church is Saint Peter Chrysologus whose feast day is December 4th. He was born at the turn of the 5th Century and, like his predecessor colleagues in the great academy of Doctors, strove with his every breath and magnificent oratory skills to uphold and preserve the Sacred fidei depositum . He dauntlessly combated the damaging heresy of Monophysism and saved many souls from this error as Archbishop of Ravenna where he emphasized a strict discipline against laxity in all things. So great was his eloquence in conveying the Faith in all its beauty and simplicity that Saint Peter Chrysologus is remembered, even though few of his sermons have survived the annals of history, as the Doctor of Homilies.
Christ or chaos
While we carry Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's articles on a specific link on these pages daily, we wanted to bring to your attention four of his most recent. One is how we can best prepare for the Nativity during this Advent with his piece Anticipating Advent (2006). Another lists all the Novus Ordo conciliar "bishops" in the United States and shows that there really are only ten men who were validly consecrated and they are, for the most part, retired and long ago sold out to the conciliar heresies, meaning the only valid bishops are those who can trace true consecrations back to the successors of the Apostles and the only ones with valid consecrations who have remained loyal to holy Mother Church are the traditional bishops. He provides the evidence in his cogent piece, Thank You, John Paul II. Dovetailing from that are two articles that prove the conciliar popes cannot possibly be Catholic for they have publicly apostasized from the true Faith by pandering to pagans as the pictures above bear out and as Tom compares in When Praying with Baal and His Friends is Considered A Gesture of "Fraternity" Finally, in commemoration of the 425th anniversary of the martyrdom of the holy, dauntless Jesuit Father Edmund Campion on December 1, Tom presents a piece on Campion as in Champion and the parallel of what happened in England to exactly what has happened in the conciliar church. In lieu of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the hatchet men at the top are named John Paul II and Benedict XVI who have either forgotten or purposely dismissed the specific marching orders of our Lord Himself for the primary mission of the Church, carried out so faithfully until 1959. Tom explains in his poignant piece A Champion for all Ages. The best way to sum up what Tom has written is to call it Catholic Champions and Conciliar Chumps
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In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the First Sunday of Advent we go back one year when he clearly showed how man-made religions have forsaken what God commanded and what Christ established with His only One, True Church. Father pointed out the meaning of Advent and the why of it - in perfect union and preparation for the coming of the Messiah Who would establish the New Covenant. Today, just as in the time of Moses, men have decided they know better and have carved idols, worshipping what they wanted, not what God demanded. From the First Commandment alone we can see how the conciliarists have gravely violated this precept by adding to the graven image of the golden calf for they have not only acknowledged false religions, but encouraged them as well. Father documented this travesty. He also showed the clear, concise words of Pope St. Pius X in his masterful encyclical Pascendi that warned of how one could tell if one is a modernist or not. Sadly, we can see today His Holiness' very omens being carried out to extremes for idols are being carved out of every ambiguity and relativism postured by the church of Vatican II where they find justification for good being evil and vice being considered virtuous by those very offenders of God's Laws. Father explained in his sermon
"You shall not carve idols"
The Sanity of Sanctity
Need some impetus to prepare for Christmas during December? What we provide is a litany to all of the saints whose feast days are celebrated in the month of December. Many of these saints are little-known and often are not, for that reason, invoked in our prayers. While there are several Advent feria days in this month along with a few Ember Day Propers, almost each day is dedicated to one or more saints historically and acknowledged in the traditional calendars. If you add this short litany to your daily Rosary, you will have the benefit of invoking the prayers of some of these lesser-known saints for December and better prepare to offer a worthy gift to the Christ Child on Christmas morn. Litany of the December Saints
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