There are many devotions we can practice throughout the day, but one of the most efficacious of these, besides the holy Rosary, is the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary which Karl D. Keller is anxious to share with all. There are various versions - long ones and short ones - dedicated to Our Lady and it is the intention here to share the approved devotion with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from over a century ago with readers. Here Karl presents the the fifth hour of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Sext, which means "six" and is actually the halfway point of the day at the height of the sun at noon. Every three hours an office is said and thus, despite the nomenclature of six, this is the actually known as the "Fifth Hour" and said at noon which marks 12 hours since Matins and until Matins. The sun is at its highest and, before lunch, we take time to say the Angelus and then immediately follow with the Office of Sext, the third of the four short offices called "The Little Hours" and yet it is called
Sext - the Fifth Hour
Thanks to Traditional Catholic Sermons we are able to bring you an eleven minute sermon by Bishop Daniel Dolan for the feast of Pope St. Gregory VII, who was the holy monk Hildebrand. He chose the name Gregory after Pope St. Gregory the Great and set out to tackle reforms for the clergy in re-establishing celibacy and rid the Church of simony as well as taking on the biggest obstacle of his time - lay investiture in his battles with Emperor Henry IV, a life long antagonist who finally submitted to Gregory at Canossa, but three years later Henry marched into Rome and Gregory was forced to flee to the Benedictine Monastery in Monte Cassino. Though he restored respect and the dignity of the Papacy, he died in exile at Salerno, never receiving the accolades he deserved until after his death. His Excellency fills us in on today's saint Pope St. Gregory VII
Today is Day Four in preparation for the First Class Feast of Corpus Christi, a special day set aside for acknowledging the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, i.e., the TRUE PRESENCE, Which is possible only when a true priest confects the bread and wine in a canonized apostolic Mass of All Ages - the Traditional Latin Mass, known throughout the ages as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and not to be confused with the newfangled man-made Novus Ordo rite which, and those who are not aware please be seated when you read this - CANNOT confect the True Presence in the Blessed Sacrament! Pray that more men, who thought they were actual priests, will realize this and contact a traditional bishop to correct this grave error. There should be a mad exodus of conservative Novus Ordo presbyters with the Public Heresy proclaimed by Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis that all are redeemed, totally nullifying the Dogma that Outside the Church there is no Salvation (Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus). We'd all best pray harder and now is a good time with this Novena in preparation for Corpus Christi
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today on this last day within the Octave of Pentecost on the eve of Trinity Sunday we focus on the virtue of Fear of the Lord, a gift today's saint Pope St. Gregory VII had an abundance of from the time he was the holy monk Hildebrand. This virtue of holy fear is so well reflected in what Blessed Mother imparts to her children for she is the Mirror of Justice and realizes that while God is all merciful, He is also all just and those who assume they can skate into Heaven are in for a big surprise. If we want to reflect the graces available to us we need to remain in the state of grace and protect our souls by praying daily her Holy Rosary and contemplating on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the twenty-fifth day of May the flower offered to Our Lady as Queen of the May is the DAFFODIL with the corresponding Virtue being DEVOTION TO MARY. The lovely yellow or white daffodil signals the fullness of Spring just as Our Lady's fulfillment of God's holy Will signaled the fullness of redemption through her Divine Son. Because She is the Living Tabernacle for the Son of God, it is only natural that we show her the very same respect Christ did and shower her with prayers of intercession and with spiritual daffodils in thanksgiving for what was the true "New Springtime" the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the One Who conquered sin and death for us. One way to honor her, beside her holy Rosary, is the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today is the traditional feast of Mary, Help of Christians. The invocation Auxilium Christianorum (Help of Christians) originated in the sixteenth century and was added to the Litany of Loreto by His Holiness Pope St. Pius V following the victorious Battle of Lepanto. This feast was instituted for May 24 by His Holiness Pope Pius VII. Though not a feast on the universal calendar it is celebrated at various places throughout the world where, for instance Mary, Help of Christians is the patronal feast of Australia and a double of the first class with an octave leading to the Queenship of Mary is celebrated with great splendor. This feast has also attained special celebrity since St. Don Bosco, founder of the Salesian Congregation, dedicated to Our Lady, Help of Christians, the mother church of his congregation at Turin. The Salesian Fathers have carried the devotion to their numerous establishments. Piety is synonymous with Our Lady and the saints and it is the focus today for Friday in Pentecost Week; for while Auxilium Christianorum remains a traditional feast, in America today we observe Ember Friday with the Mass Repleatur os meum
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, in the aftermath of the devastation in Oklahoma and the shocking (or maybe not so shocking considering who he is) public heresy by the lay faux pope that you don't have to be Catholic, don't even have to be a Christian to be saved we call upon the Blessed Mother to come to the aid of the faithful for she is Mary, Help of Christians, a title we honor her with today on the traditional feast of that wonderful moniker. Look to her for help always and show your commitment by praying daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the twenty-fourth day of May the flower is the RED POPPY with the corresponding Virtue being FERVOR. The hairy-herbed red poppy, though coveted for its opium by those who reject its beauty and look to use it for the means of mammon, emits a milky juice that has been used for authentic medicinal purposes to heal the body. But it is the fervor of its elixir spiritually that drives the virtue of fervor to heal the soul and therein lies the true beauty of the Red Poppy offered to Our Lady in Mary's May. Only a week left to offer her a bouquet with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In tribute to both Tim and his dear daughter Maria we republish here what is both a tribute by Maria's father Timothy A. Duff and a reminder that, amid all the sorrow, life goes on and that we had best heed Our Lady's warning at Fatima. In this case, the good died young, but each of us will have to account for our lives. Tim graced these pages for a few years with his feature Fiat Voluntas Dei in which he wrote on The Mystical City of God among other inspirational pieces. This piece was first published on Christ or chaos a few days ago and we run it here in honor of Maria and in respect for Tim and Eileen and their family. Maria died at the tender age of 16 from Pompe Disease on Saturday, May 11 and was buried on May 14 in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Harrison, Ohio following a Requiem Mass at St. Gertrude the Great. She had been on a feeding tube since 1999 and suffered greatly over her short lifetime in dealing with this debilitating disease that attacked her muscles and her heart, as well as her respiratory system. We extend our deepest condolences to the entire family and assure them of our prayers for the repose of the soul of Maria and her older brother Joseph, who died of the same affliction in 1993. May the Duff family and all who mourn the death of their children be consoled in the knowledge of Our Lord's loving words: "Suffer the little children to come to Me, and forbid them not: for such is the kingdom of God." Following is Tim's words on
Maria: An Image of An Angel and of the Devil
Following up on part two of John Gregory's series on the Mystical Body of Christ, it is necessary now to identify who can be considered within the Church and it may not be as narrow as some might think such as Feeneyites, yet not as wide as others such as Modernists have proffered via the reforms of Vatican II. To realize who is eligible to be included in the visible Church, let us turn to the brilliant, late esteemed theologian Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton to guide us on not jumping to conclusions and realizing that the wisdom imparted by the holy cardinal St. Robert Bellarmine and his masterful piece-de-resistance titled De ecclesia militante still holds true despite the dangers of Modernists and those who would venture towards that kind of thinking, in particular a Father Charles Journet who objected to St. Bellarmine's assessment. Monsignor Fenton exposes the dangers in Fr. Journet's 'Concept of the Church'. for as the esteemed theologian points out: desire and blood definitely do come into play as to membership and, therefore, passengers on the Ark of Salvation.
Membership In and Visibility of the Church
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, in the aftermath of the devastation in Oklahoma we call upon Mary as Comforter of the afflicted for those who lost loved ones or their homes are truly afflicted and we encourage all to pray for them and do what you can temporally to help. She is always there to guide us to her divine Son and comfort us as we carry our cross, which we never know what that might be, it is how we willingly carry it that counts. We, with our fallen human nature, are all afflicted and it is a comfort to know she is there for us always. Therefore, let us all pray daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the twenty-third day of May the flower offered to Our Lady as Queen of the May is the BLUEBELL with the corresponding Virtue being DESIRE FOR HEAVEN. The delicate bell-shaped flower which grows on many continents and belongs both to the hyacinth and columbine genus, is symbolic of the church bells that clarion souls to come to Holy Mass or to pray the Angelus
, or during Paschaltide the Regina Coeli
. The reason for prayer is not for socializing, but for turning our attention to God and the purpose of desiring things not of this earth, but of Heaven. The Bluebell's delicate shell chimes quietly in a whispy wind reminding us of God's call to focus on our end goal - our Desire for Heaven, possible only through adherence to all Christ has taught and established in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church He founded. It is a magnificent flower to offer to Mary whose entire life was focused on a Desire for Heaven and bringing God's children to that same goal. What a wonderful flower to offer her during her month of May with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In Book Four of Chapter Forty of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, Christ assures the bride that a woman who was very sick would not die. When she did, Bridget was confused but Our Lord assured her that those who die in the temporal sense do not die in the eternal sense for one's death can indeed save one from a fate worse than death, which would be eternal damnation. It gives us pause to contemplate on this in the aftermath of the terrible devastation in Oklahoma and, considering the total annihilation of a community, only 24 died. That is indeed providential and why suffering is part and parcel in our journey toward Heaven for Jesus tells Bridget why He makes it difficult because there is merit in a Christian death and in what way a person dies well or badly does not always indicate how one lived for the true friends of God should not be troubled if they see God's servants dying a harsh bodily death. Pray for the repose of their soul at all times for we should not assume one went straight to Heaven since
Heading to Heaven is Hard
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on this Ember Wednesday we look to the Blessed Virgin for her guidance as we honor her as Mother of Good Counsel for both the virtues of Knowledge and Counsel are important if we are to navigate safely to Heaven's shore through the obstacles of the world, the flesh and the devil. What better compass than the true faith and to pray daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the twenty-second day of May the flower offered to Our Lady as Queen of the May was the yellow BUTTERCUP with the corresponding Virtue being OBEDIENCE. We must always have obedience to God and we owe allegiance to man only when man's directive is in full harmony with the ordaining will of God. The Buttercup, with its five petals and small, humble appearance is a most fitting reminder of obedience for the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary are divided into three sets of five and begin with the Annunciation, which epitomizes obedience for Our Lady's fiat paved the way for the ultimate obedience to the Father with her Divine Son's Passion, Death and Resurrection so that salvation could be attained through the merits of Jesus Christ. What a wonderful flower to offer to the Blessed Mother in her month of May. Remember Our Lady this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Griff Ruby completes this eight part series in which he points out that throughout the history of the Church there have been heresies and schisms, and yet, when doom and gloomers predicted the end of the Church as they knew it, indubitably She recovered and went on to even greater glory. Today also, when we are in the midst of such a great apostasy as to raise legitimate questions as to whether this might indeed be that final one of Biblical prophecy, there are those within the camps of non-sedevacantists and home-aloners who are the clarions of claptrap crying out that there are either no true bishops and priests left or that we have to be tolerant of the CONciLIAR clergy in the sense of "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." True, there is a small segment of naive ones who may not know, but their teachers knew and if the pupils truly took their faith seriously, they would research to truly know their Faith. Few do. What all of these who warn that the sky is falling or that they must be tolerant or that they must retreat to their homes fail to remember or realize are Christ's words in St. Matthew 28: 20. And never forget, that He started His Church with only eleven men. Surely there are eleven true Bishops who have the power and authority to replicate what they did. Why? Because the same Holy Ghost is still with them!
"I am with you all days"
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today during Octave time of Pentecost when we continue to celebrate the birthday of the Church we focus on the virtue of counsel in the Mass and look to the Blessed Virgin for such as we honor her as Virgin most powerful and renew our pledge to pray daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the twenty-first day of May the flower offered to Our Lady as Queen of the May is the bluish PERIWINKLE with the corresponding Virtue being PURITY OF INTENTION. It has been said the best intentions often go awry. One reason they do is because they may not be based on God's will. Through purity of intention, it is based on doing the Divine Will in all things. One reason the Periwinkle plant is associated with this is because the periwinkle is a trailing evergreen herb with solitary blue or white flowers, often also referred to as myrtle in the U.S. The trail of good intentions, if followed in a straight line toward Heaven will stretch further toward God; those intentions which are not cultivated and cropped by living a virtuous life, will scatter every which way and gather cockle and thistles, thus becoming refuse to be cast into the eternal fires (cf. St. Matthew 7: 19). Remember Our Lady this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We have two sermons to bring you from Bishop Daniel Dolan. Since yesterday was Pentecost Sunday and we were unable to celebrate the feast of a holy Pope, Bishop Daniel Dolan provides a seven-minute sermon on a saint who, in the late middle ages, urged the cardinals to elect a pope since the Church had been without one for 21 months (and you thought that was a long interregnum in a time of sede vacante?!!!) and, lo and behold, the conclave turned around and elected this humble hermit who really didn't want to be the Sovereign Pontiff. He was truly a humble pope, nothing like the faux layman 'pope' Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis. Unlike the latter, Celestine was greatly persecuted for his humility, by his successor no less for politics ruled the roost even back then. The more things change, the more they stay the same. We need more holy men of the caliber of Pope St. Peter Celestine and today is the feast of the holy confessor of Siena Bernardine and His Excellency offers another seven minute sermon to the children on processions as promoted by St. Bernardine for he was a great preacher and many would follow him everywhere. He used the metaphor of the donkey to illustrate the procession of life to urge his flock to be wise and make amends for prudence pays off and we learn from our mistakes, especially from sins we might have committed as he cautions us to learn also from the practical wisdom of St. Bernardine of Siena
Bishop Richard Williamson, who has been traveling the world to encourage the new SSPX of the Strict Observance, a breakaway from CONciLIAR-leaning Bishop Fellay's agenda, takes time to answer a question in his Eleison Comment #305 from Saturday, May 18 in which he addresses a question many Protestants often ask out of ignorance rather than logic and that is: why God would condemn someone to hell? That question often trips Catholics up who are not up to snuff, so to speak, on their Faith and knowing the dogmatic truth that Outside the Church there is no salvation. His Excellency offers reasons why it's not wrong to ask such bewildering questions for even saints struggled with that. But on a practical matter if we listen to the logic of Bishop Williamson's remarks we'll see how simple it is to field that question with ease for while God is all-merciful, He is also all-just and never forget that man has a free will and freely chooses to sin. Without an acute conscience, man can rationalize himself right into Eternal Damnation?--!
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on this Monday in the Week of Pentecost on the feast of the holy confessor St. Bernardine of Siena, we honor Our Lady as Mystical Rose so fair and renew our pledge to pray daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the twentieth day of May the flower offered to Our Lady for Queen of the May is the popular GERANIUM with the corresponding Virtue being ZEAL FOR SOULS. Consider that the colorful Geraniums number over 100 million plants grown and sold throughout the world every year. Each colorful, hardy perennial plant, while often different in color and even design, still belongs to the Geranium family. Now consider that in souls - 100 million souls a year being converted! Talk about Zeal for Souls! That is what we should all have and what pleases Blessed Mary so much. We should consider a person's soul much more beautiful in God's sight than a Geranium and tend to cultivating souls by nourishing them perennially with the Truths and Traditions of the One, True Church. Let us all increase our zeal for souls and pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
John Gregory provides the commentary for Pentecost Sunday from Father George Leo Haydock found in many Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. Christ makes good on His Promise. He has sent His Spirit, the Paraclete, and, Deo gratias, things will never be the same again for His holy Church is officially off and running in fulfilling His command to His disciples to preach the Gospel to all. Peace He has given them to spread not as the world perceives it even today when humanism is trumpeted from the highest echelons of the conciliarists. We must return to what our Lord taught and what His chosen apostles preached without compromise. Peace is only possible when grace flows. Only then can the Sanctifier reach souls. When God withdraws His graces and blessings, corruption and corrosion follow and all man-made institutions will crumble because they are not of divine design. "He will send in My name"
Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, Rector of St. Joseph's Minor Seminary in Rathdrum, Idaho at the City of Mary presents an eleven minute sermon recorded two years ago and made available through Traditional Catholic Sermons for the glorious feast of Pentecost and why the Church is one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic as he applies a practical approach to answer Protestant arguments that is actually so simple that just as a net brings in bad fish with the good, there is nothing wrong with the net, just the fish. God does not take away free will and the Catholic Faith is based upon the truths and traditions, not upon human beings as Father explains in his sermon on the spotless Mystical Body of Christ for outside the Church there is darkness. We can overcome it with the light of faith and trust in the Holy Ghost Pentecost and the Four Marks of the Church
Following John Gregory meditation on the Second Glorious Mystery just over a week ago, he returns with inspiration for the Solemnity of the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles in a meditation of the Third Glorious Mystery. Fifty days after our Lord Jesus Christ conquered death and ten days after He bodily ascended into Heaven, He made good on His promise to send His Spirit. The Holy Ghost came with a rush of grace and inspiration, transforming the formerly apprehensive Apostles into men of virtuous courage who were now ready to fully take up the command Christ had given them. The charism of the Church was born that day and the Faith spread rapidly with three thousand on the first day. A glorious day it was! John provides reflections on The Third Glorious Mystery: Pentecost
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on this Birthday of the Church we take a certain latitude in calling her Holy Mother of the Church for though that title is not included in the official Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (aka Litany of Loreto), she truly is as the spouse of the Holy Ghost and mother of the divine Son and daughter of the Father as we have been praying over the past nine days in the Novena to the Holy Ghost. This Pentecost let us recommit to praying daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the nineteenth day of May the flower offered to Our Lady for Queen of the May is the rugged HAWTHORN
with the corresponding Virtue being MORTIFICATION
. This is appropriate for mortification takes being able to withstand pain and pleasure. The red-fruited Hawthorn consisting of dense corymbs of pink-red flowers has stems and leaves which are densely covered with short wooly hairs and must bear up under cold and windy conditions. That is why it is found in evergreen country and the mountains where conditions are rough for a lot of wind helps the weather-worn Hawthorn to bloom.
How fitting that this coincides with the feast of Pope Saint Celestine V today for this holy monk before being elected, spent time in mortification among the Hawthorn flowers. He realized that mortification helps to toughen us in the face of temptation and the life of ease, allowing grace to blossom forth the aromatic myrrh of the Hawthorn. In fact, when elected the Catholic Encyclopedia
says "unseen bells rang peals of surpassing sweetness." And speaking of sweetness, we encourage you during Mary's month to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today for the ninth and final day of this Novena to the Holy Ghost we focus on the Fruits of the Holy Ghost. These provide grace to perform good works under the inspiration of the Advocate. They contribute to pleasing not only God, but ourselves and our fellow man. These fruits enable us to be more virtuous in our lives by practicing charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency and chastity. We dare say had more followed this Counsel, having the Gift of Wisdom through the Gifts of Knowledge and Understanding with the Gift of Fortitude for having a true Holy Fear via the Gift of the Fear of the Lord they would long to practice and acquire the Gift of Piety. Tomorrow we celebrate the arrival of the Sanctifier. Let us all strive to seek these seven Gifts He so generously bestows.Ninth and Final Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on this last day of the oldest Novena in the Church - this to the Holy Ghost, The Blessed Virgin's divine Spouse and thus we honor her as Mother most chaste as we make an Act of Consecration to the Sanctifier while continuing to pray the Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
Today on the eighteenth day of May the flower is the delicate LAVENDER which is mauve in its lavender-like hues with the corresponding Virtue being MODESTY. This is appropriate for modesty is the cornerstone of chastity and purity. Nothing makes Our Lady happier than a pure heart and a pure heart begins with being pure in the flesh. What we wear governs how we think, where we place God in our lives. Like the Lavender, our souls are delicate and to be immodest in any way or not to practice custody of the eyes puts that delicateness in jeopardy. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost and we must strive to adorn these temples with layers of clothing that are pleasing to our Almighty Creator, not man. What also is pleasing to God is when we pay honor to His Blessed Mother this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wisdom is the Gift of the Holy Ghost highlighted today. It follows Knowledge, Understanding, and Counsel in the line of combining mind and soul. This Novena is the oldest in the Church and it was with great wisdom that it was established as a devotion for all Catholics. The Gift of Wisdom enhances all the virtues and in these dire, dark times we all need to strengthen our faith against the wiles of the principalities of perdition. We need hope to forge on and persevere so that we will keep the faith, and, though charity towards others has been twisted to mean entitlement or redistribution among a generation who feel they are owed and this is mistakenly taken as charity, true charity requires the wisdom of giving because Christ asks us to give out of love for Him, not out of guilt or because we're pressured. With these Gifts of the Holy Ghost we are able to more clearly see the narrow path - the wise path - that alone leads to eternal life by turning our back on the world, the flesh and the devil.Eighth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
There are many devotions we can practice throughout the day, but one of the most efficacious of these, besides the holy Rosary, is the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary which Karl D. Keller is anxious to share with all. There are various versions - long ones and short ones - dedicated to Our Lady and it is the intention here to share the approved devotion with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from over a century ago with readers. Here Karl presents the fourth hour of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Terce, which is actually the "Third Hour" from its name. Confused? The Church has a method to Her madness, so to speak, for 9 a.m. is considered the third hour with Prime being the first hour and Sext, which follows Terce is considered the Sixth hour. Still confused? Trust in God. Terce is actually the second of the four short offices that are often called "The Little Hours" throughout the day. Terce is most often said following breakfast before the work day begins in earnest. As always, one may say it at the appointed time or all of it at once continually with the other hours in succession. Karl provides inspiration for
Terce - the Third Hour
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today on this feast of the holy and humble Franciscan lay brother St. Pascal Baylon we honor Mary as Seat of Wisdom for she always imparts wisdom to her children if only we would take her wise advice. What could be more wise than to do as she asks and pray often, if not daily, her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the seventeenth day of May the Virtue is FIDELITY IN LITTLE THINGS with the corresponding Flower being the beautiful LILAC. It is the little buds that group together in fidelity to the greater good God intended to emit the spring fragrance that is so pleasing to the olfactory senses. Lilacs grow in colder climes, meaning they go dormant - retreat, if you will, so that toughened in the rough weather they can blossom ever more magnificently. So also with us. The more trials we face, the more we grow in grace and the more we will be faithful in little things. Today is the feast of St. Paschal Baylon, the holy Franciscan Brother who had such a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and died in the odor of sanctity. The fragrance of the lilac should remind us of our goal in striving for sanctity through doing the little things God asks and one of those is to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Counsel is the Gift of the Holy Ghost highlighted today. It follows Knowledge and Understanding in a natural progression of applying those two attributes to be able to convey common sense in full accord with the divine Will in whatever we do in life while always remembering to take our God-given role of passing on the truths of the Faith to others seriously. We will be held accountable before the eternal Judge for how we conducted our lives and Counsel helps us as a moral compass, so to speak, in navigating through life. It truly is a Gift we should all strive for, especially Traditional Catholics who have such a massive mission to enlighten those plunged in the darkness of the conciliar church and worldly values.Seventh Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
Following up part one of this series, John Gregory points out that it is time to further explore the wisdom of the brilliant late esteemed theologian Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton as he delineates the definitive definitions of who comprise the Mystical Body of Christ. He provides three such definitions and explains the sources and logic for such, dating back to 1602 in the clarification stemming from the counter-reformation that includes three basic types of definitions of the one and only true Church. First of all is the Communion of Saints, comprising the Church Triumphant, Church Suffering and Church Militant all joined to God through His divine Son; then the Church Militant in reference to both the Old and New Testament, and finally the Church Militant in respect to the New Covenant in the actual existence of Christ's visible Church. He emphasizes that this society, if you will, comes exclusively through the grace of God's calling one to true worship in anticipation of someday joining the saints in experiencing the Beatific Vision - our ultimate goal as John shares with the
Definitive Definitions of the Mystical Body of Christ
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on the Octave Day of the Ascension we honor Mary with the title of Tower of Ivory for she is as pure as the white and a tower of strength for all her children just as she was for the Apostles who didn't understand why her divine Son must leave them for they did not understand His Spirit at the time. They had Mary with them, just as we do today when we pray her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the sixteenth day of the month, the flower is the LILY OF THE VALLEY with the corresponding Virtue being PUNCTUALITY. The purity of the Lily of the Valley can be equated with the parable of the Five Virgins who were punctual and had their lamps lit when the Master came; whereas the other five foolish virgins were not punctual and because they were not, missed out on eternal bliss. That is why punctuality in all things is a virtue so that we will always live in the state of sanctifying grace and like the snow-white Lily of the Valley be ready when God decides to take us out of this Valley of Tears. It is a reminder of the Hail Holy Queen prayer to Our Lady whom we honor this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Understanding is the Gift of the Holy Ghost highlighted today. Just as one would require the Gift of Knowledge as we showed yesterday, so one would want the Gift of Understanding to comprehend how the robber barons have infiltrated and usurped holy Mother Church; how the whore of Babylon tries to take the place of the Mystical Bride. It cannot last for through Understanding we know God will not allow it to continue and we realize that the Church, being the Mystical Bride of Christ, cannot err. Since those who pose as leaders of a church called 'Catholic' have erred and done so grievously and quite possibly intentionally, we know it is not Catholic. Through the Gift of Understanding we know why and we know what is truly Catholic and flee from anything that is not. Through the Gift of Understanding we can comprehend true teaching and alert others to beware of the wolves among the sheep and why the sheep have scattered for the hirelings care not for souls. This has been proven over the past fifty years and counting. The Gift of Understanding will enable us to know how to combat this apostasy in being faithful to Christ and His Church. Sixth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
Timothy Duff shows that we all need to have a green thumb to cultivate our own spiritual gardens. God provides us all the tools necessary to tend to our soul. He has given us the Truths and Traditions of His Church and the Sacraments, all contained in the Sacred Deposit of Faith. If we are serious about salvation we will realize tending to souls - whether it is our own or others - is a full-time job of pulling out the weeds of vice and cultivating fruitful virtues through Son-light and showers of grace so that we can bear good fruit and be worthy of the Harvester gathering our soul up when the time comes for Him to separate the wheat from the chaff. Tim explains this metaphor in detail and how it correlates with Sacred Scripture in a piece first published in 1996. Time to get down and dirty with the business of cultivating souls as we bring you a masterful essay Tim first wrote eighteen years ago and we republish it here, titled
Garden of the Soul
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on the feast of St. John Baptist de la Salle, we honor Mary with the title of Virgin most prudent for that is the theme of the epistle today as we continue during this time within the Octave of the Ascension and strive to say daily Our Lady's Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the fifteenth day - the Ides of May - the flower offered to our Blessed Mother is the whispy MIMOSA with the corresponding Virtue being GENEROSITY. God loves a generous heart and one, who loves God and seeks to do His holy Will at all times, cannot help but be generous in all things, illustrated in the stamen of the Mimosa flower, fanning out in ray-like fashion to receive the graces God grants to those who are open to them and practice the cardinal virtues as well as the various virtues illustrated in this, Mary's special month for she is the Queen of the May. It is only natural that everyone would want to be generous to the Queen for that brings great favor from the King, Who is, of course, her divine Son Jesus Christ, to Whom we owe all allegiance, all fidelity, all our love and generosity. Let us pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fortitude is the Gift of the Holy Ghost highlighted today and it is through perseverance that we can realize our heavenly reward, but only in striving to do God's holy will in all things. Fortitude fortifies us not to worry about what will happen to our physical well being or material things and never to put merit into the approval of man but always in the approval of the Holy Trinity for that is all that really counts. All the rest don't amount to a hill of beans. Yet to sustain ourselves we need beans and other nourishment so that we can physically carry out whatever mission God appoints for each person's spiritual welfare. Fortitude enables us to accept our crosses and whatever sufferings God chooses for His children and not to question. That isn't easy. That is why the Gift of Fortitude is so vital. Fifth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
In establishing just where the true Church exists in these times and by whose authority, Griff Ruby points out that one only needs to go through the process of deduction to realize there is only one answer and that is those who have upheld the faith and continue to administer the true sacraments. Ergo, in narrowing down the choices there is only one that qualifies as the teaching Church (Ecclesia docens) and that would be the Traditional Bishops and Priests who carry out the mission Christ gave to His Apostles. If those who still question this syllogism are intellectually honest then let them identify by name anyone with a superior claim on our conscience and obedience, or else let them admit they cannot refute or deny this. If, however, they are afraid to admit the truth because it would somehow greatly impugn either their own agenda or comfort zone, then what more could be said? There will always be those who deny the elephant in the room, so to speak, but will cry the loudest when being stomped on by the apostate mastedons. Don't say you were not warned. The only question remaining is why the Traditional Bishops and Priests have not taken the bull elephant by the horns since they are the only ones qualified to corral the beast once and for all by coming together to build up Christ's Church.
That is the crux of Griff's seventh installment
The "Traditional Movement" is the Church
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today we want to acknowledge her as the title above says - "most amiable" for after all who would be so patient as our loving Blessed Mother. Should we not repay her by doing as she asks and daily take up the beads to pray her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the fourteenth day of May, the flower offered to our Blessed Mother is the PASSION FLOWER with the corresponding Virtue being SACRIFICE. The greatest Sacrifice was the Passion of our Lord which was the greatest Sacrifice that resulted in the blossoming of souls through salvation for all who followed Christ's teachings/ On this day let us remember also the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - same Sacrifice as that of the cross, for the victim is one and the same, namely, Christ our Lord, Who offered Himself, once only, a bloody Sacrifice on the altar of the cross. The bloody and unbloody victim are not two, but one Victim only, Whose Sacrifice is daily renewed in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass when the bread and wine are confected into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This continual Sacrifice is carried on in obedience to the command of our Lord: "Haec quotiescumque feceritis, in Mei memoriam facietis." - As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me."
There is no bouquet more pleasing to His Blessed Mother than worthily assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where our souls should open wide like the Passion Flower to embrace our crosses sent so lovingly by the Almighty. Carrying our cross daily is what Sacrifice is all about so that grace will flower forth, so abundant in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fortitude is the Gift of the Holy Ghost highlighted today and it is through perseverance that we can realize our heavenly reward, but only in striving to do God's holy will in all things. Fortitude fortifies us not to worry about what will happen to our physical well being or material things and never to put merit into the approval of man but always in the approval of the Holy Trinity for that is all that really counts. All the rest don't amount to a hill of beans. Yet to sustain ourselves we need beans and other nourishment so that we can physically carry out whatever mission God appoints for each person's spiritual welfare. Fortitude enables us to accept our crosses and whatever sufferings God chooses for His children and not to question. That isn't easy. That is why the Gift of Fortitude is so vital. Fourth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
Saint Robert Bellarmine, the holy Cardinal and Doctor of the Church is the feast in which Our Lady chose to begin her historic and vital apparitions to three children at the Cova in Portugal. This Italian saint was born on the feast of the founder of the Franciscans, but trained as a Jesuit and came through with flying colors in God's eyes in upholding the ideals of the Society as its founders had established. He was an extremely sharp polemist who was not afraid to take on the most vitrolic Protestant theologians and, because this master apologist never wavered from Catholic truth, he always won out in perpetuating the Counter Reformation of Trent. His fame, humility and sense of the sensus Catholicus won back countless souls who had wavered during the Reformation. But his wisdom was not employed only on the sheep, but the shepherds as well - the chief shepherds - for he was Theologian and Spiritual Counselor to no less than five Popes. He was the noted
Theologian to the Roman Pontiffs
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on this observance of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and 96th Anniversary of the First Apparition at Fatima, we are encouraged to do what she asked the children: to pray her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the thirteenth of May the flower was the LAUREL
blossom with the corresponding Virtue being LOVE OF DUTY
. What a perfect day for this for it was the love of duty to the Church and Christ's Vicar on earth that prompted St. Robert Bellarmine to become a Jesuit priest and then to utilize all his God-given talents for the greater honor and glory of God and His Holy Church. Likewise, Our Lady appeared near the Cova and a copse of trees where Laurel blossoms might be found and her message was to remind her children of our duty to pray and to obey her Divine Son. She instilled in the Fatima children and from them out to all mankind the importance of the Virtue of Love of Duty. We have a duty to spread and live all Our Lady imparted and which was officially approved as worthy of belief by Holy Mother Church as is the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We can begin to work on this cure by praying her Holy Rosary each and every day - especially during her Month of May - and, if your state in life permits, all fifteen decades as a spiritual bouquet that will pay tremendous dividends both spiritually and temporally for those of good will. We also remind you to pray the Regina Coeli during Paschaltide.
Piety is the Gift of the Holy Ghost highlighted today and it gives one to pause and consider that if more people had piety there would be less wars, less hate, less animosity towards our fellow man and many, many more converts for man would, just through his piety, respect all that God has created. There'd be no need for ecological matters, politicians, even lawyers. Man would be in harmony with the will of God, but then who are we kidding. Few even respect the virtue of piety let alone ask it of the Sanctifier. That is one reason why our world is in such turmoil today because of the chaos in the world for the devil steers man away from humility and consequently away from God. That is why piety is so pertinent in loving God and respecting all He has deigned for the welfare of man's salvation as we see in the Third Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
In the Haydock Commentary provided by John Gregory for the Sunday after the Ascension, what is pointed out is that in all things Christ must be honored and defended even if it means being persecuted for believing in Him. Our Lord conveys these final words to His disciples, foretelling of a time when the Jews and unbelievers would greatly harass and even kill them. Every apostle except for St. John suffered martyrdom. When Jesus speaks of His followers "being put out of the synagogues" what do you think they'd have to say about Mr. Bergolio the unFrancis' schmoozing and giving credence to Caiaphas and all the faithless Jews since who persist in their error? What does he do just as his predecessors did but not only participate, thus publicly giving scandal through his persistent heresy, but proclaims that the Jews do not need to be converted. But then what's new? Proselytizing has gone the way of the dodo bird in the CONciLIAR church. In fact, these apostate 'popes' have done it so much that few recognize the apostasy in their midst. We need only read what our Lord says about it in today's Gospel. Yes, Lord, we remember that You did tell us this too would come. Perhaps we never realized how bad it would be with so many duped into actually believing these men posing as 'popes' could ever represent You. St. Paul says today "in all things God may be honored through Jesus Christ", not man. "They have not known the Father, nor Me"
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on Mother's Day we honor her as the first Mother - Mother of the Son of God and our heavenly Mother whom we can go to at any time and loves to hear from us if just to say hi, but she loves it when we pray her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the twelfth of May the flower offered to Our Lady is the tube-like HEATH-FLOWER with the corresponding Virtue being RECOLLECTION. The Heath-Flower comes from the Greek genus Epacris - meaning "upon the hill" where it grows. Many believe they sprouted on Calvary but this has not been proven in such climes. Yet, it would be appropriate for the Virtue of Recollection is centered on the Sacrifice of Christ upon Golgotha where His Blessed Mother stood faithfully to the end. So also are we able to stand with her through recollection of the Mysteries of the Cross. Appropriately, today's feast of Sts. Nereus and Companions focuses on this beginning with the Introit Ecce oculi - "Behold the eyes of the Lord are on them that fear Him, hoping in His mercy." As the Heath-flower hangs down like a religious' habit, so to speak, - such as a monk in a monastery - to remind one to put on the garments of God in humility and recollect, so also practicing the Virtue of Recollection prompts one to look within the soul and seek in all humility to think of spiritual rather than temporal things and one spiritual devotion that brings this home is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fear of the Lord seems to be forgotten in so many today who go about their lives without fearing what the Lord will do because of their hardened hearts and devil-may-care attitude that they can do whatever they want. Oh, will they be surprised. Let us pray it will not be too late when they realize the devil doesn't care because he already has them in his grip, but God does and if they do not develop a Holy Fear they will when they stand before their Judge and hear their sentence. Talk about fear! That is why to be truly Catholic one must fear the Lord not for the punishments He may dole to those who do not follow His divine will, but for fear of offending Him. That is where love comes into play for if we truly love God, we will care how He feels and do everything we can to alleviate the wrath of the Almighty Whose cup by now is running over with the offenses against Him and His Natural Laws. Let us pray the Holy Ghost will soften the hardened hearts, warm the cold dones, and bring them to the realization of how having a Holy Fear is a true gift of the Holy Ghost as we pray the Second Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today we honor her as Queen of Apostles in recognizing the feast of Sts. Philip and James the Lesser, a feast established by Pope Pius XII transferred from May 1. In many traditional chapels where they still observe May 1 as the feast of these two Apostles, today is recognized as a ferial day. Whichever, all are encouraged to pray daily the Holy Rosary andcontemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the eleventh day of May and the flower offered to Our Lady is the beautiful PINK ROSE with the corresponding Virtue being PRAYER. How appropriate that outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most efficacious prayer is Mary's Holy Rosary. The pink rose so magnificently expresses Our Lady's true femininity and divine motherhood. Her Rosary which she herself bestowed to St. Dominic is a spiritual bouquet of roses we can offer daily to Heaven, a spiritual bouquet built upon the ancient prayers of the Psalter - 150 decades for the 150 Psalms of David the Prophet. Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today we begin the oldest novena of the Church, the Novena to the Holy Ghost and if ever we needed the Advocate's help it is now in 2012 when souls and hearts have hardened and grown lukewarm in their comfort zones, which surely can't be pleasing to the Sanctifier. In the face of this ennui to the spiritual crisis that has caused so much destruction to body and soul since the death of the last true Pope on October 9, 1958, we ask when will we wake up from this free fall and grab the parachute God offers? If only we would reach out and make the effort to save not only our own souls but those of our fellow man, we'd see a tremendous change in attitude and conversions. It is what Christ commands us to do and that command begins with the only ones who have the jurisdiction and authority to provide the true sacraments to souls - the traditional bishops who hold the key to returning sanity and sanctity. Let us pray the Holy Ghost will touch them and move them to set aside their petty differences and be the apostles we need them to be, that God needs them to be. Let us dedicate this nine day Novena to our true shepherds with the First Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
There are many devotions we can practice throughout the day, but one of the most efficacious of these, besides the holy Rosary, is the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary which Karl D. Keller is anxious to share with all. There are various versions - long ones and short ones - dedicated to Our Lady and it is the intention here to share the approved devotion with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from over a century ago with readers. Here Karl presents the third hour of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Prime, which means "First" or "earliest hour of daylight." Like Lauds, Prime is much shorter than Matins and can be said at the appointed hour of 6 a.m. just after waking before daily Mass as the sun rises on the eastern horizon. As always, one may say it at the appointed time or all it once continually with the other hours in succession. Karl provides inspiration for Prime
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today we honor her as Virgin most merciful and we pray that she, along with her divine Son, will be merciful in the face of the antipathy of her children and the all-out revolution against God and His Laws. That is why it is so important for the faithful few to pray without ceasing, especially her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
Today is the tenth day of May and SWEETNESS is the designated Virtue with the corresponding flower for Mary's bouquet being the delicate JASMINE. On this Feast of Saint Antoninius it is appropriate that the Jasmine, a fragrant white or yellow flower, employed to flavor tea or in perfume, is the flower of the day since St. Antoninius, as the Archbishop of Firenze, sought to extinguish the noxious fumes of the false Renaissance with the love of truth and encouraging his flock to study and do penance whereby the sweetness of the fragrance of truth emanated through in souls being saved. Truly pure Sweetness! To enhance this sweetness, there are few things sweeter than the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In the Haydock Commentary for the Solemnity of the Ascension the Epistle and Gospel comprise the first words of the Acts of the Apostles and the last words of St. Mark all treated with the cogent comprehensive Haydock Catholic Commentary provided by John Gregory. The Lord has completed His work on earth. He has entrusted to His hand-chosen band of disciples, hardly saints at the time of His Ascension, His Spirit - the Holy Ghost. Within days they will be transformed and given the grace, gifts and fruits to carry out His command in St. Mark to preach the gospel to every creature and to assure them that if they believe and are baptized they will be saved. He leaves the dire warning so ignored today, that if they do not they will be condemned. Stronger words Christ did not speak. The sad fact is that so few have heeded His failsafe words. Failsafe Words
Forty days after rising from the dead, the Son of God returns to the Father as He said He would, but He has promised His Spirit would be with His disciples until the consummation of the world. That assurance we have in ten days when we celebrate the birthday of His Holy Church on Pentecost. Today we celebrate His glorious Ascension into Heaven where He remains until He returns as He promised.
As we discussed last week, when that will be no one knows, but He has given us the signs that the time is near from His discourse in the Gospel of St. Matthew and indeed much of what He foretold has come to pass including the "abomination of desolation" which we can clearly see is the abominable Novus Ordo 'missae'
, which is also in lockstep with the New World Order (novus ordo seclorum
) that will adopt satan as their leader once all are under his control. No wonder Jesus said aloud His curiosity of whether there will be any faith left when the Son of man returns. Food for thought as we celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation where, following the Gospel, the Paschal candle is extinguished and then removed. For those not able to get to Holy Mass today or not having the true Mass available to them, we invite you to pray at home and provide the missal for this day at Ascension of Our Lord
and we encourage you to read Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's inspiring piece for this Solemnity with Baptize All Men, Teach All Nations
John Gregory provides inspiration for the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven in a meditation of the Second Glorious Mystery. The Son of God has gone to prepare a place for us, and thus the effects of the Ascension remain an on-going mystery for Christ continues to prepare for us at the Father's right hand and in that wondrous news is extended the greatest hope to all for where Christ has gone He waits for us to follow in a place of everlasting happiness for those who are obedient to His teachings and cooperate with the divine Will. Just as Jesus left instructions for His Apostles, He has left us inerrant instructions that, if we follow fully, will assure us of being with Him forever. John provides reflections on The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension
Today is the Feast of the holy Doctor of the Church and Bishop St. Gregory Nazianzen, the second of four holy Doctors honored this month. St. Gregory was another from the 4th century who also faced the intense persecutions and calumnies of the Arian bishops. Son of two saints - Saint Gregory Nazianzen the Elder and Saint Nonna - and the sibling of two others - Saint Caesarius and Saint Gorgonna - this Doctor of the Church teamed with another Doctor of the Church the holy Saint Basil to uphold true teaching in combating the heresies of his time. The holy bishop St. Gregory Nazianzen is considered the Church's Theologian. This Cappadocian shepherd also nurtured a young protege who would turn out pretty well himself, one Saint Jerome. St. Gregory is often called the
Administrator of Theology
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on the glorious Ascension of her divine Son into Heaven, we honor Mary with the title of House of God for she was the tabernacle for the most valuable person who ever lived and now He was returning to the Father at the true House of Gold and House of God, but Mary knew her work was not yet done and neither is ours. Let's help that labor by daily praying the Holy Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the ninth day of May the flower was the majestic MIGNONETTE with the corresponding Virtue being the PRACTICE OF HIDDEN VIRTUES. Appropriately it is the Feast Day of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, the holy Bishop and Doctor of the Church who was a vaunted defender of the Faith against the Arian heresy and practiced the Hidden Virtues in winning souls to the True Faith while traversing the rocky regions of Constantinople near the Mediterranean where the Mignonette blooms forth abundantly with its spikelike clusters of greenish or yellowish white flowers. The Mignonette emits an intense spicy fragrance, at first hidden from the nose's senses until closer to it, just as practicing Hidden Virtues may not be evident to all until they are exposed to the virtuous life of the person for "By their fruits you shall know them" (St. Matthew 7: 20). We encourage you to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
There are a couple of feasts of St. Michael in the Liturgy. Very ancient is the commemoration of the dedication of the celebrated Lombard sanctuary on Sant' Angelo on Monte Gargano in Apulia, near the ancient Sipontum. There is a tradition that St. Michael appeared on this mountain and requested that a church be erected to him and all the angels. In the Old and the New Testament St. Michael, in the struggle against the Evil One, is always depicted as the invincible champion of God. The mystery of iniquity which, according to St. Paul, shall be boldly revealed in the last ages of the world and which has already begun its work of perversion, meets at present with an obstacle which hinders its full development. This obstacle is usually said to be the protection of St. Michael. St. Michael is appointed by God Himself to be the protector and defender of the Church. After the protective duty conferred on St. Joseph, there is no work on earth of such great importance and sublimity as that entrusted to St. Michael. For the full prayer composed by Pope Leo III see Complete Prayer to Saint Michael
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today we honor her as Queen of Angels to commemorate this feast of the Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel. When Mary was assumed into Heaven she was crowned Queen of Heaven, ruling over both angels and saints, and it was St. Michael who first appeared to the children at Fatima preceding her appearances there in which she encouraged all to pray daily her Holy Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the eighth day of May and the Double Major Feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael the Archangel the virtue is FAITH and the greatest warrior in Heaven for defending the Faith is the noble winged general. The flower symbolized is the IRIS which blooms in the Spring and we must spring forward with faith to uphold and spread the True Faith, being irises who bloom where they are planted. Just as the iris is so functional to the eye, we must be on our watch against the wiles and snared of the devil. Count on St. Michael the Archangel - Quis ut Deus - He who is like God - to be our defense against satan who seeks the ruin of souls. Honor Our Lady on this day with the devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In his sixth installment, Griff Ruby brings up the fact that if Paul VI was ever an authentic pope then his last "official act" in that role was the signing off of Lumen Gentium, for by that act he formally abdicated from the Catholic Papal role. Furthermore, through that heresy-inducing document, he invited the rest of the hierarchy to follow him into apostasy with the formation of his man-made Œconomia nova as something distinct from that divine institution prior to Vatican II that has always been the Mystical Body of Christ and the real Roman Catholic Church, but now only within mere portions of which portions of the Body of Christ could "subsist." Yet, also within this same resignation document, he delegated to every prelate an implied papal consent for all instances of episcopal consecration, thus crushing any argument in these times as to denying the legitimacy of the validity and right of jurisdiction to the traditional bishops, who alone legally carry on the mission of the Church as The True Visible Hierarchy of the Church
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May. Keep in mind that through Mary we are more resolute in cooperating with her divine Son in all things for she is the Gate of Heaven. Now let's all thank her by praying daily her Holy Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the seventh day of May, the Feast of Saint Stanislaus Kostka, Bishop and Martyr. The virtue is ATTACHMENT TO GOD and is represented by the BINDWEED which is truly not a weed, but a flower that is stately just as St. Stanislaus remained attached to God despite the pressure of his fellow Poles and even the King. He had only one King: Christ the King, ever remaining the loyal subject and attached always to God. It is most appropriate that this also falls on the First Saturday of Mary's month of May for there is no greater attachment to God than through His most Blessed Mother for Catholics realize to Jesus through Mary. This becomes a normal process if one has a fervent attachment to God and seeks to do His divine Will, one will always be joyful no matter what slings and arrows life and the devil fires at a soul.
Mary will guide us to her divine Son and we see this in the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
John Gregory points out that there are those who would choose to pick and choose the saints and theologians that they could approximate their quotes to somehow prove their point while ignoring what the Church has already settled with an air-tight fait accompli as far as argumentive discernment is concerned. Here the wisdom of the esteemed late theologian Fr. Joseph Clifford Fenton puts it in perspective in reinforcing the infallible words of His Holiness Pope Pius XII in his encyclical Mystici Corporis issued seventy years ago this coming feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. It is an affirmation that despite the Great Apostasy, Peter and his predecessors still watch over Christ's Church for She is the Mystical Body of Christ and therefore, as an institution promised divine protection, holy Mother Church is spotless and cannot err de fide because Christ confirmed that He will always be with His Church - and the only one - until the consummation of the world. John shares Fr. Fenton's wisdom On the Mystical Body of Christ
On the sixth day of May we celebrate the feast of Saint John Before the Latin Gate is devoted to the virtue of HUMILITY and represented by the VIOLET. This is so appropriate considering the great humility of the beloved disciple who took Mary as his Mother at her Divine Son Jesus' dying request on the cross, to look after her and care for her. Humility is something so lacking in so many of us and so necessary for sanctity. The beloved disciple John possessed this virtue throughout his life and in his inspired words of Sacred Scripture. It was this humility which prompted God to choose him as Mary's protectress and also preserved him from the boiling oil and afforded him, through the Mercy of God, to be exiled to the Isle of Patmos where he received the final account of the final days in the Book of the Apocalypse and was the only Apostle not to die a martyr. For the daily devotion in May see The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In the Haydock Commentary for the Fifth Sunday after Easter from Father George Leo Haydock found in many Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament and provided here by John Gregory, we see in the Epistle by St. James only the penitent man who heeds God's law and will shall not fear. For God knows a man's heart. One can never hide from God and it's important to realize that as great as the Corporal Works of Mercy might be, they are hollow if the Spiritual Works of Mercy are not applied. To work out one's salvation in fear and trembling, one cannot be passive, but rather active for the good of souls as God so wills and in the Gospel our Lord reaffirms His divinity in His discourse with His apostles in reminding them that He must return to the Father Who sent Him. But He encourages them that they shall know great joy and anything they ask of the Father in Christ's name, it will be granted. Quite a promise that has been fulfilled ever since to all who comply with all He asks. Through Christ our Lord
While we have today two CONciLIAR clowns posing as 'pope', it brings home the stark difference between a true Pontiff who was truly holy and humble without shouting it to the world and who not only upheld her divine Son's Church in the face of the rebellious reformation by codifying the infallible, doctrinal documents of the holy Council of Trent including the Immemorial Apostolic Mass of All Time with his landmark decrees Quo Primum and De Defectibus in assuring the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass would remain pure in every way for all time ("in perpetuity"), but also called upon the Mother of God to defeat the Islamic threat upon Rome and all of Europe, this despite being terribly outmanned in the Battle of Lepanto. As we know, through Our Lady's intercession, Don Juan of Austria and his Christian warriors were victorious in turning back the superior Turkish armada and St. Pius dedicated October 7 to her as Our Lady of Victory, since established as a universal feast of Our Lady of the Rosary for that was the weapon the Sovereign Pontiff called all of the faithful to employ in Consueverunt Romani in evening the odds against the infidels. Today we celebrate his universal feast and are encouraged to remember that even when everyone think things are hopeless, and, yes, impossible, we can take great hope in remembering Christ's words in St. Matthew 19: 26, St. Mark 10: 27, and St. Luke 18:27, "with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." So also in our time when things look so bleak and the Church St. Pius V so loved and protected is in eclipse. The darkness will pass and the Light will shine again. We have God's word on that with Quo Primum and De Defectibus and Consueverunt Romani
for today on the Feast of the holy and worthy Pope Saint Pius V
which is "I will build" for the Latin future first conjugation singular of ædificáre
. This verb fits perfectly with Pope St. Pius V for he, of all Popes, built what Christ had established 1525 years earlier by codifying the infallible dogmatic decrees of the Council of Trent and set in stone "in perpetuity" the continual Sacrifice with the Latin Mass, often called Tridentine Mass from the time of Trent, but known universally today as the Traditional Latin Mass with his infallible Papal Bull Quo Primum
, assuring the bread and wine would be properly confected through his decree De defectibus
. All that he did in building safeguards and preserving the Truths and Traditions is, in the face of all the conciliar church has tried to destroy, truly The True Reason for celebrating Cinco de Mayo
Each day we shall feature a title and salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May for she is truly the Mother of Divine Grace. We encourage all to pray daily the Holy Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the fifth day of Mary's Month of May, the feast of the holy Sovereign Pontiff Pope Saint Pius V the flower contributing to the bouquet offered to the Blessed Mother is the MARGUERITE which represents SIMPLICITY so perfect for this holy saintly Shepherd who, through his infallible decree Quo Primum
, sought to make worship so simple with the infrangible Mass of all Ages - the Apostolic Latin Holy Sacrifice of the Mass set in stone by the dogmatic Council of Trent and codified by this holy Pope for all posterity. How simple can it be? This is the way it is as St. Pius laid out in following the infallible tenets of Trent, and all one needs do is follow those rules and rubrics. Simple! But it is the devil who complicates things and therein we can see his complicity in Vatican II and how Our Lady has wept so at so many who who have apostacized from her divine Son's Church. For the daily devotion in May see The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We will keep you abreast of funeral arrangements for Patrick Henry Omlor
in Perth, Australia. At last word traditional priest Fr. Julian Gilchrist
, a dedicated true priest whose mission is all of Australia and New Zealand, will officiate Patrick's Requiem but it may not be for another week or so. Patrick passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 81 on the feast of St. Athanasius
. Patrick, our modern-day apostle of Tradition had been adminstered the Sacrament of Extreme Unction and, true to his devotion to St. Joseph
, had a happy death. Patrick was married to Mary Victoria for 57 years and they are the exemplary of a good Catholic family, sirering seven sons and three daughters. He was one of the first laymen to recognize that something was seriously wrong with what was going on at the Second Vatican Council and so, instead of just going on blind obedience and going along with the vast majority of sheeple, he began researching the causes and effects and exposing the Robber Barons who were undermining the very foundation of Christ
's Church. He shared this with the world in his signature work "The Robber Church"
and Questioning the Validity of the Masses Using The New All-English Canon
. In June 2005 Patrick was inducted into the Tower of Trent Hall of Honor and we share this with you again, updating it as a tribute to this giant of the traditional movement with The Valiant Pioneer
Each day we shall feature a title and salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May for she is truly the Mother of Divine Grace. We encourage all to pray daily the Holy Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the fourth day of Mary's Month of May, the feast of Saint Monica the bouquet offered were the delicate, colorful PANSIES which represent the virtue of THOUGHTS OF HEAVEN. Few exemplified this virtue better than Saint Monica who spent every hour of her day praying and sacrificing for the conversion of her son Augustine. She constantly had thoughts of Heaven in her mind, heart and soul, praying so wholeheartedly for the spiritual welfare of her son who had gone astray. The pansies of persistence paid off as we know and Monica lived to see her son become a religious. All she had prayed for came true. So also with us if we offer Our Lady our pansies of heavenly thoughts, she will intercede before her divine Son and answer our prayers. For the daily devotion in May see For the daily devotion in May see The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
IMITATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
This short litany prayer is said to have been found under the Sepulchre where Jesus was buried. It
is believed to have been sent by the Holy See to the Emperor Charles V who was
going to war against his enemies.
According to legend, some claim some amazing promises such as he who prays this prayer, or hears it read or carries it about
with him shall not die a sudden death. He shall not be burned or drowned
or poisoned, nor fall into the hands of his enemies, nor be vanquished
in battle. A mother who reads this prayer or hears it read or carries it
about her, will be happily delivered, and when the baby is
born, if this prayer be put on it's right side it will be preserved
from a number of accidents. He who carries this prayer about him shall
be preserved from epilepsy. If this prayer be put on a person in an epileptic
fit, he or she will be relieved if not cured. Our Lord has promised to
bless him who recites or procures this prayer for himself or others, and
to punish him who scoffs at it. He who reads this prayer daily shall be
warned of the approach of his death, three days, by a divine sign. (source: Catholic Prayers)
- God all powerful, who has suffered on the tree of the Cross be with
- Holy Cross of Jesus Christ have pity on us.
- Holy Cross of Jesus Christ be our hope.
- Holy Cross of Jesus Christ turn away from us all sharp weapons.
- Holy Cross of Jesus Christ pour into us all good.
- Holy Cross Of Jesus Christ turn away from us all evil.
- Holy Cross of Jesus Christ make us well in the paths of salvation.
- Holy Cross of Jesus Christ preserve us from all spiritual and temporal
- Holy Cross of Jesus Christ may we adore Thee.
- Holy Cross of Jesus Christ now and forever.
- Jesus of Nazareth, Crucified, have pity on us, make the invisible fly
far from us now and for ever and ever. Amen.
- (Holy Mary, Mother of God, St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel, and all ye Holy
Angels, protect us.)
That is the VerbumQUO
for this Double of the Second Class Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross Crucis
is the Latin for "of the Cross", the singular possessive of the genitive and taken from today's Introit, Collect, Epistle, Secret and Communion for today's Proper of the Mass for the Finding of the True Cross Nos autem
. The Holy Cross is the focal point of our lives for which we venerate and carry with us daily. As Christ showed that there can be no Resurrection without the Cross, there can be no Victory without the Cross for us. We must be willing to take up our cross and follow Him daily. Only then can we be assured of sharing in the triumph. This is illustrated in
By this Sign we will Conquer
Each day we shall feature a title and salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May for she is truly the Mother of Divine Grace. We encourage all to pray daily the Holy Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On the third day of Mary's Month of May, the MYOSOTIS was presented to represent THANKSGIVING. This bluebell-like flower is most appropriate for the feast of the Finding of the True Cross for some say it was the only thing that bloomed on Calvary after the Crucifixion of our Lord
and Savior. If we should offer thanksgiving for anything, it is for the ultimate Sacrifice of the Cross in which we are saved and which is re-enacted daily in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For the daily devotion in May see The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The second day of Mary's Month of May is the Feast of the first man honored as a Doctor of the Church. That would be Saint Athanasius, the holy Bishop who withstood the brunt of the greatest apostasy in the Church until this present day when The Great Apostasy has arrived. It is in looking to this holy Doctor that we can take great hope and courage to stay the course and fight for the Faith as he did sixteen centuries ago. It was this stauch defender of Catholic truth, this Alexandrian Bishop who persisted against the Arian heresies through numerous popes. He was banished by emperors and the Arians four times. But in the end the True Faith won out, thanks to the persevereance of men like Saint Athanasius. St. Athanasius is an ideal example of staying the course for he remains the
Apostle of Tradition
Bishop Donald Sanborn presents a 24-minute sermon on tdoay's saint and the perseverance and trials of the holy Doctor of the Church St. Athanasius where he tells us of the similarities between this Patriarch of Alexandria's time and our own time and, conversely he provides the dissimilarities in the difference of the popes in his time and 'popes' today as His Excellency says that the pope is the principal of unity of the Church just as Christ is. You know who is Catholic by who is united to the Pope, whereas if the 'pope' is a heretic and the source of heresy, one must resist and rely on the true head of the Church: Jesus Christ. That is the lesson the Bishop provides in sharing the life of St. Athanasius
Each day we shall feature a title and salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May for she is truly the Mother of Divine Grace. We encourage all to pray daily the Holy Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On the second day of Mary's Month of May, a ROSE was presented to represent LOVE OF GOD. No one loves God more than His Blessed Mother Mary who humbly became the Living Tabernacle of the Holy of Holies. Mary is associated with the rose because it is one of the most beautiful flowers of all and her special prayer - the Rosary - is a bouquet of spiritual roses that we can offer her each day for her to take to the Holy Trinity in intercession for us as her Heavenly Mother who loves us so much.
For the daily devotion in May see The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
While the title above honors the holy Apostles Sts. Philip and James, it is also appropriate in leading off Mary's Month of May by honoring her chaste earthly spouse for Saint Joseph is the Universal Patron of the Church. He is symbolized by the LILY and the designated virtue in offering Our Lady a beautiful spiritual bouquet is PURITY. No flower is more significant in identifying the Foster Father of Jesus and chaste Protector of Mary than the holy Joseph whose feast is always the symbol of purity, most always depicted by the pure Lily. Thus, as we noted, in some traditional chapels this feast is celebrated on the Third Wednesday after Easter. Speaking of that, those observing the liturgical calendar approved by Pope Pius XII observe that Solemnity on May 1 with the very same Propers of the Mass and celebrate the feast of the holy Apostles Sts. Philip and James on May 11. While those who still observe the liturgy as it was at the time of Pope St. Pius X celebrate the latter feast today. We offer both Propers to our readers as well as the beautiful devotion below, prayed throughout May.
The beloved disciple Saint John the Evangelist was granted the blessing of the vision of a woman crowned with twelve stars, clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet. According to expert commentators, most specifically the Haydock Commentary in the Douay-Rheims version, this woman is the Blessed Virgin Mary, with her virtues and her privileges, especially that of her divine maternity.Thus originated the Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which Saint John Calasanctius, Saint John Berchmans and many other saints made it a practice to recite frequently, especially during Mary's Month of May.
In order to make this prayer more attractive, Saint Louis Marie de Montfort (whose feast we just observed last Sunday) added to each Hail Mary one of the praises of the Blessed Virgin, with the invocation: "Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; rejoice a thousand times."
It is this prayer which St. Louis gave to his religious families (The Montfort Fathers and the Daughters of Wisdom) as their morning prayer. He also recommends it to all those who embrace the devotion of the holy and loving slavery of Jesus through Mary. We combine with this beautiful prayer at the very beginning the designated flower and virtue for the day throughout Mary's month for she is the Queen of the May. You can print it out so that you have a copy to pray each day at Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary Devotion
PAPAL PROOF OF WHAT THE CHURCH TRULY TEACHES
For those who truly want to delve deeper into what the Faith teaches and what past Sovereign Pontiffs have decreed, we recommend for your vital reading to better KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH, pertinent Papal decrees which put to the lie what is being promulgated today by the Vatican II church. We strongly encourage you to read these to understand how today the modern church is in Apostasy when compared to what had always been taught by Holy Mother Church and enforced and warned as most grievous by previous Pontiffs as you'll see in CREDO & CULTURE
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