John Gregory has completed the meditations for the Joyful and Sorrowful Mysteries. Now, in conjunction with the Fifteen Saturdays Rosary Crusade first encouraged by Bishop Robert McKenna, O.P. several years ago for conversion of souls and to turn our country back to God, which, with each passing day begins an ever more massive task, John begins the Glorious Mysteries with heartfelt meditation on the First Glorious Mystery. There can be no better meditation on the Resurrection of Our Lord and what followed up to His Ascension that what is gleaned from Sacred Scripture, primarily the holy Gospels of the Four Evangelists. What is remarkable as John presents all four is how each account so readily strengthens the other. Thus we commence the last five weeks leading to the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary with The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection
The Sixth Sword that pierced Mary's heart is forever etched in the famed statuary The Pieta
. Before capturing that moment, the Mother of God stood weeping at the foot of Her Son's Cross, and watched as He breathed forth His last agonizing breath, and gave up His soul to His Almighty Father. She watched as the soldier thrust a lance through His side, piercing His Most Sacred and Merciful Heart. She winced in physical pain
for Her Son could no longer feel pain. He was dead. Thus the full physical pain mystically transferred to her who bore the brunt for the sake of souls around her and those to come in all future generations. She watched as the nails were pulled and yanked from His gnarled hands and brittle wrists, now smaller than her own, and His bloody, blackened and mud-caked feet. It must have seemed like an eternity as the lifeless body was lowered to the ground where Mary sat, waiting to cradle the ...More on Taking Christ down from the Cross and being laid in Mary's Arms
The crux of our faith rests on the Holy Cross for without Christ's ultimate sacrifice on the Cross there would be no Resurrection, no salvation. Thus we bring you the etimology of the word in a special feature to help the faithful focus on the message Holy Mother Church conveys in the liturgy of the Proper of the Holy Mass so the faithful can better understand the magnificent correlation of Sacred Scripture. It is also our hope that in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and derivative more will be attuned to hearing Latin read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. No Triumph Without the Cross
The Fifth Sword that so pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart had to be the cruelest for there she stood on Calvary with Saint John and the other holy women, specifically Saint Mary Magdalen, at the foot of Her Son's rugged Cross, and waited with Him through three long hours of bitterest agony, while He slowly died of a broken heart over the many souls who would reject Him, and reject salvation. His physical agony was very real. His death was very real, but the pain both He and His Mother bore was was a very spiritual pain as well, for both knew that they must never waver in their absolute obedience to God's Will. Jesus gave us His Mother while He hung in bitterest agony on the Cross. He knew that we, weak and fallible, need a Mother's tender care to help us through the terrible sufferings of our exile here on earth. Mary is ever ready to help us to bear our crosses for love of her Divine Son. She is our intercessor before Christ Who cannot refuse His Own Mother. That is why she ...More on Standing at the Foot of the Cross at the Crucifixion
Because of the theme, we combine Chapters Forty-Eight and Forty-Nine of Book Four on the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden where we equate the monarchial person to the head of the Church and to veer from his duties to the Faith and the souls entrusted will have dire consequences as Our Lord relates a tale of a king and how he should work to increase God's honor and love for souls, and about his sentencing, if he fails to do so. Then, St. Bridget is given a symbolic vision of the Church, the explanation of the metaphor of doors, which concern the moderation and attitude that a true pope ought to maintain regarding his own person and regarding the authentic hierarchy of Holy Mother Church, and especially about the attitude of humility. You shall see that when following God's will, His Church has the protection of the Holy Ghost; when veering from the Faith as has happend over the last fifty-plus years, those shepherds in wolves clothing shall be dealt with harshly as is just and right by the divine Judge.
The dangers of a door (papacy) off its hinges
On this feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, it was her divine Son Who must have uttered her name through blood drenched lips, gasping for air and water for the fourth Dolor also coincides with the Fourth Station of the Cross as we transfer from Our Lord's childhood to His adult years and those things she pondered in her heart had to come gushing forth as she wept when she heard her divine Son had been arrested and, through the Sanhedrin's kangaroo court, so quickly condemned through the political manipulation of Caiphas and the spineless Pontius Pilate. Rather than hiding as the Apostles did, she faced His Passion with strength and stood there on the Via Dolorosa
waiting for Him as the entourage of Roman soldiers and frenzied Jews surrounding this tortured Man Who lugged the heavy wood that would be His execution tree. As He trundled into her view on the rugged pebbled way, she knew that to fulfill Her role as Mother of God, Mediatrix of all Graces and Co-Redemptrix of the world, Mary, with a pure and tender heart that loved as Her Son loved, bravely but sorrowfully met her Divine Son on His way to Calvary. Never was this more brilliantly illustrated than ...More on The Meeting with Her Divine Son on the Via Dolorosa
In Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton's list of eight documents on salvation, in his work "The Catholic Church and Salvation"
he applies Pope Eugene IV's landmark Cantate Domino
towards the end of the Council of Florence.
It is well to remember that the teaching of Cantate Domino
is not that men must actually become members of the Church in order to attain to eternal salvation. The document insists that pagans, Jews, heretics, and schismatics will not be saved unless, before the end of their lives they are joined (aggregate
) to the one true Church.
It is Catholic doctrine now, and it was Catholic doctrine when Cantate Domino
was written, that a man who is in the Church in the sense that he sincerely, even though only implicitly, desires to live within it, is in a position to be saved if he should die before he is able to attain membership in the Church. John shares part six: The Decree for the Jacobites Cantate Domino
When Jesus was twelve, they journeyed to Jerusalem to have Jesus presented in the Temple again. But this was also another sorrow for our Blessed Mother. We cannot conceive of the most tender love, pure love, which Mary possessed in her heart for Jesus, the Son of God. Her pure heart sought only the Will of God, so Her consternation must have been great when she realized, with Joseph, that young Jesus was not in the caravan which was returning to Nazareth. With what haste must they have turned around, frantically returning to Jerusalem. It would be comparable for someone from a tiny rural town today to have their child lost in the midst of a city like Lost Angeles, Chicago, or New York, to name a few metropolises. Where do you look? To whom do you go? What do you say? They searched everywhere for Jesus, the Son of God, and couldn't find Him. Imagine what many of the people might have remarked. "How could you be so negligent as to lose your son? Serves you right for being neglectful. You'll probably never find him now. It's the way of life here in Jerusalem. He could have been ...More on The Search for the Child Jesus
On this 12th Anniversary of the tragic 9/11 events, we bring you three articles written a few days after the attack and before we realized the truth that the Chair of Peter was truly vacant and that the counterfeit church of conciliarism had helped spur the collapse of morals and morale:
The Mass is well underway, the sincere faithful in the state of grace have been cleansed of venial sin
. Now comes the Word. While the CONciLIAR church has placed way too much on the Word in sacrificing the sacrifical aspect of the Mass, they might like to know that holy Mother Church in all her wisdom over the first 2000 years, already had in place the key elements of Sacred Scripture with additional prayers to complement the epistles and gospels. First food for thought, then food for the soul. After fasting the necessary duration before Holy Mass, we should be hungry for both. In this step we have gleaned much from the out-of-print book The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church
published in 1907 by Benziger Brothers during the pontificate of the holy Pope St. Pius X. You can see the tone and purity of the Holy Sacrifice, well before progressivism took over in the attempt to suffocate and starve the faithful of the true Faith's true means of worship. Food for thought to prepare the soul
We continue today with the second of the Seven Dolors of Our Sorrowful Mother with terrifying Flight into Egypt. Think about it and how Joseph's trust is such an understatement here. Flee into a totally pagan country? To the very land out of which Almighty God had brought the nation of Israel after a long captivity? But Mary did not complain. She did not grump. She did not ask Joseph if he was sure it was an angel that had told him to flee. Mary trusted totally in God, and knew God worked in her husband in this manner. She respected the hierarchical structure of the family as God so deigned. Together they fled to Egypt confident God would protect them, not knowing how long they would be there in this foreign land which must have seemed endless months, until the angel once again came to Joseph and told him it was now safe to return to Nazareth, for Herod was dead. Joyous news to be sure, but news that meant ...More on The Flight into Egypt
We begin today the Seven Dolors of Our Sorrowful Mother leading to the feast which is the signature feast of this month's dedication. Each day we feature one of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary along with the Prayers for that Sorrow. We start with the First Dolor of Simeon's Prophecy. Mary took the infant Jesus to the temple, according to the law of Moses, presenting Him for the circumcision of all male Jews, as well as for her own purification according to the law, even though she was and remained always inviolate. While in the temple, Simeon approached the Holy Family. He beheld the infant and knew, through the Holy Ghost, that this was truly the fulfillment of God's covenant with His people. And he uttered the words of the Canticle of Simeon, which Holy Mother Church prays every night in Compline, "Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace; because my eyes have seen Thy salvation, "
Then, after praising God for the Messiah, Simeon turns to Mary, so modest, so humble, and prophesies to her in these words, which must have started her deep contemplation of ...More on The Prophecy of Simeon
When you think about it, the Nativity of the Son of God would not have been possible without a prior nativity. So many miss out on the significance of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary for she was conceived in her mother Saint Anne's womb as immaculate, without the stain of Original Sin. But then why wouldn't the Father prepare the most pure tabernacle for His only-begotten Son? Makes perfect sense that she would be the most perfect being possible. And if Christ honored His Mother with recognition of such respect and love, should any of God's children ever do less? We didn't think so. To put this in greater perspective we bring you a short essay composed a few years ago by the late Denise Michelle. In a tribute to this "Catholic Mom" and our Heavenly Mom we present The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
To enhance each Sunday's Epistle and Gospel we present this special feature provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. For the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost we have first St. Paul's epistle to the Ephesians in which he expands on a measure that cannot be measured, the breadth and width and length and depth of Christ's Love, true Charity for man. In the Gospel recorded by St. Luke, Our Lord provides the parable of the wedding feast to show that whomever exalts himself shall be humbled and he who humbles himself before God, shall be exalted.
The Last shall be First
On this tenth Saturday in the Fifteen Saturdays Rosary Crusade, John Gregory shares a reflection as we stand with Christ hanging on the wood of the Cross. Three hours remain. From the sixth hour to the ninth hour Jesus Christ, the King of kings, the Lord and Savior, Redeemer and Messias, hung in abject humility upon a tree, mocked and derided as the few faithful stood near. After three hours they would all know that this man was the Son of God. Many would not admit it. Pride would not let them. But for those who were sincere, such as the good thief and the centurion; they had to be honest with themselves. So also we must be honest with ourselves as we stand with His Blessed Mother, the beloved disciple, and Mary Magdalene. For this is the moment of truth as John contemplates on the The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ
In Chapter Forty-Seven of Book Four on the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden we see Our Lord's words to the bride about how we ought to beware of temptations from the devil, and his description of the devil as an enemy of the state. Christ admonishes not to be like a goat who is hard-hearted, nor the ram who butts his way into trouble, but to stand still and be still, to hold one's tongue and to quietly take shelter beneath the protective wings of God in the metaphor of a mother hen for His power and wisdom are represented as wings, His mercy as feathers, and the people as chickens who need to be protected from the feral foxes and beasts who roam about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Knock the devil out with a feather
Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton gets to the heart of salvation in his work "The Catholic Church and Salvation"
by showing how Pope Boniface VIII's infallible decree Unam Sanctam
left no doubt as to the only means to Heaven as John Gregory resumes his series. John points out that moreover, it was proved that justification, the actual transfer of a man from the state of original or mortal sin into the state of sanctifying grace, is possible only in Our Lord. Here the dogma of the Catholic Church's necessity for the attainment of eternal salvation and for the remission of sin manifests itself as the clear and accurate statement of the meaning actually conveyed in the scriptural expression "in Christ Jesus."
Neither justification nor glorification-that is, neither the remission of our sins nor the attainment of the Beatific Vision-is possible except "in Christ Jesus." And the Church, in the divinely inspired epistles of St. Paul, is represented precisely though metaphorically as "the body of Christ." To be "in Christ Jesus," then, is to be "within" the Mystical Body of Christ, Our Lord's one and only true Church or kingdom. And, just as justification and glorification are absolutely impossible other than "in Christ Jesus," they are likewise absolutely impossible "outside" His Mystical Body, which is the Church...the true Church from Christ through Pope Pius XII. John shares part five: The Dogmatic Decree on Salvation: Unam Sanctam
Pope Saint Pius X, holy 257th successor of Peter, is often referred to as the "Pope of the Holy Eucharist" for it was this very saintly Pontiff who decreed that all children over the age of seven would be eligible to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. Besides advocating frequent reception of the Eucharist, he called for a codification of Canon Law and founded the Biblical Institute of Rome. He also pressed for more Gregorian chant in Church liturgy as opposed to the growing influx of concert-style liturgical music. In addition, he called for a more adequate translation of the Latin Vulgate Bible and issued a Catechism that all Catholic faithful could relate to and ...More on Pope St. Piux X
Also, see his three most landmark decrees by clicking the respective graphics below:
Editor Michael Cain shares an S.O.S. with readers regarding his wife and soulmate Cyndi Cain who is fighting for her life right now in Scripps-Mercy Hospital where she has been for over a week with an infection that has puzzled all the doctors despite taking many cultures, scans and bloodwork.
For reasons only known to the good Lord, they cannot elevate her blood oxygen or blood pressure and that complicates the other ailments that have long affected her such as her severe fibromyalgia and headaches. Adding to that is her susceptiblity to pneumonia which grew worse once she was in the hospital a while, and, well, you get the picture. It is so serious this time that he has decided to re-introduce "Cyndi's Angels" in hopes readers will respond in kind to help her in her time of need. He explains in Give what you can; God will do the rest
To enhance each Sunday's Epistle and Gospel we present this special feature provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. For the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost we first see St. Paul's epistle to the Galatians in which he affirms that no one can fool God, man yes, but not God. He will not be mocked. This is exactly what is happening today and yet so many still want signs, the kind Our Lord works in St. Luke 7 in raising the dead son, healing the blind and deaf and still, the very multitudes who clamored for more, mocked God by being the same who abandoned Him at the hour of His Passion. Oh, man is a fickle lot and it does have consequences as to his actions. God is Not Mocked
We resume our series from July 31 that was discontinued during the Annual Summer Hiatus Edition in August. It will be featured for each day this month until completed on the differences between the true Mass and the false mass that is now called by many the 'eucharistic celebration'. We also encourage you to see three videos on how the True Mass is, as Fr. Frederick Faber said, "the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven", and the 'New Mass' fabricated by Paul the Sick altered the divinely-ordained Mass of All Ages and therefore is no more than a Protestant-Masonic, even pagan rite that has no graces for it is totally invalid and utterly void. Don't take our word for it. See for yourself both below each day and at Excellent Explanation of the Traditional Latin Mass
This is the forty-sixth of 62 reasons which were submitted by the Priests of Campos and endorsed by the late great Bishop Castro de Mayer. Reason number forty-six: Because along with the New Mass goes also a new catechism, a new morality, new prayers, new Code of Canon law, new calendar, -- in a word, a NEW CHURCH, a complete revolution from the old. "The liturgical reform ... do not be deceived, this is where the revolution begins." (Msgr. Dwyer, Archbishop of Birmingham, spokesman of Episcopal Synod)