Gabriel Garnica sounds the clarion loud and clear as to the incomparable excellence of 'The Passion of The Christ'. It is not a movie, it is an experience, a meditation that engulfs you in love and mercy. Those who know and love Christ do not see the blood, they see the redemptive love. They do not see the hate of the Sanhedrin or the mobs, they see the love of forgiveness from the Cross. They do not see the grime and dirt, but the fertile soil of Faith. In sharing two unforgettable scenes, Gabriel points to a brief flashback scene in the tranquil home of Nazareth where Jesus is fashioning a wooden table. The height puzzles Our Lady and Our Lord points and demonstrates how it will work with an imaginary chair. Our Lady mimics Him in such motherly love and sport, quipping "It will never catch on." It was a lighter moment that said volumes about the Light of the world and the Mother who ignited that Eternal Flame through her total fiat. What else could this film then be, but A Masterpiece!
A Chronicle of Catholic Tradition
The ninth chapter of our series on the history of Holy Mother Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
deals with the eleven holy pontiffs who guided Holy Mother Church through the Second Century, a
century known for the Christian Apologists, those learned men who staunchly defended the faith in
their writings and preachings, refuting the unfounded calumnies uttered by the pagans and atheists
against the persecuted Church and her members. Most notably were two giants among them: Saint Polycarp and Saint Irenaeus. Mounting persecutions claimed the lives of
countless martyrs at the hands of Roman Emperors Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and
Septimus Severus, but the blood of these martyrs sowed the seeds of Christianity as the Church
spread the Doctrine of the Living God and the Holy Sacrifice of the New Jerusalem to Asia, Africa, Spain, France, the Rhine Countries and Britain, not to mention gaining a strong foothold in the seat of the Church -
Italy, and more specifically - Rome where the Popes dug in for the long haul, fueled by the Sanctifier's flame. Holiness filters down from the Holy Successors of Peter
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
The Daily Catholic was delighted to introduce yet another bright young and zealous Traditional luminary in Wednesday's issue with the debut of Kevin M. Tierney, an associate of contributing author Jacob Michael, in a series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi" which, of course, translated means roughly how one prays is how one believes. As you can see the differences between the two liturgies are as clear as black and white. One, the Latin Mass is full and reverent, the Novus Ordo sterile and bland. It needs innovation and novelty to spice things up. The Latin Mass merely depends on the Divine. This series will compare the Propers of the synthetic Novus Ordo with the absolute Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass to show all that the NOM comes up far, far inferior, if not worse. Many might place the blame on the venom of the vernacular, but we all know what vipers injected this poison. It must be sucked out and spit out forever. Hopefully this series will give readers motivation to expedite that process in the counter-revolution dedicated to taking back the Mystical Body of Christ for Christ! INTRODUCTION - Some Initial Objections
On the BattleLine
In his latest 'Bird's Eye View of the News' Atila Sinke Guimar„es burrowed beneath the rhetoric to show readers the real agenda whether it is to expose the milquetoast approach by the Cardinal of Chicago Francis George in dismissing valid criticism of the Church's handling of the scandal of clergy abuse and covering it up, or the cavalier attitude of Cardinal Ratzinger in his subterfuge ways of changing the face of the Church, an agenda fostered by the progressivist theologian Cardinal Yves Congar, or the spineless surrender by Cardinal Murphy O'Connor that Britain may very well be without priests in less than fifteen years. Ah c'est la vie, c'est la guerre. And it is la guerre - war that we must wage in stopping the madness by exposing these charlatans on the battleline and their insipid curriculum of chaos within the Church. Atila documented this in his column From a Shout to a Whisper - Changing the Face of the Church
We presented the second wave of testimonies from readers sent to us with seven more heartfelt affirmations of how it affected each person's heart. As we said in prior issues, we've heard from most of the liberal 'Scribes and Pharisees' who are ruing the fact Mel's movie brought in the largest returns ever for an independent film. Maybe they need to add a little salt and pepper to their stewed crow. Now it's time to continue hearing from you. Thus we published more feedback from our readers on their take on 'The Passion of The Christ', including comments from Fr. James Wathen, Gary Morella and Michael H. Pierce in a feature we call the voice of the people, which, translated into Latin, is
Vox Populi Part Two.
With the phenomenal success of Mel Gibson's masterpiece 'The Passion of The Christ' editor Michael Cain invokes Mel to consider what the next step could effect. He invites Mel to invest in the greatest and most valuable stock there is: Traditional Catholics and help put flesh on the bones of truth. That flesh is the undeniable truths of the True Catholic Church, a far different cry to what is being passed off as Catholic today. Mel's movie is separating the wheat from the chaff and now hopefully he'll have the opportunity to give back by reinforcing the flanks with five possibilities that Cain poses on behalf of the Traditional movement and bringing back a wider availability of the Traditional Latin Mass which re-enacts the Passion in an unbloody manner daily in the True Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He delineates in his Open Letter to Mel Gibson titled Turn the mirage into a Miracle!
Gabriel Garnica sounds the clarion loud and clear. Listen to your heart and act as a responsible parent when it comes to deciding if your child should see 'The Passion of The Christ' Gabriel is sick and tired of others offering their advice to parents for free (that's about all it's worth) and the covey of psychologists who have been consulted as "experts." Gabriel's advice is leave it in the parents' hands and to flee from Freud and fly to your Faith, get off the couch and come see Christ for the Crucifixion is not an event for the timid but an experience that showed the depths of His love for us. Gabriel gives some very succinct reasoning, asking if this movie is so violent, why did Our Lady show the children at Fatima a glimpse of hell? Talk about violence there could be nothing more violent or scary than that. Gabriel shows the hypocrisy of those who would scare children away. The truth is they're afraid to go, not because of the violence, but because they don't want to admit the violence going on within their souls. Gabriel explains in his column Children and The Passion
We've heard from all the so-called experts from Andy Rooney to Frank Rich, from Abe Foxman to the New York Times and Newsweek and all the other liberal 'Scribes and Pharisees' who don't want Mel's film to succeed. They've got to be grinding their teeth today. Alleluia! Now it's time to hear from you. Beginning today we publish feedback from our readers on their take on 'The Passion of The Christ' in a feature we call the voice of the people, which, translated into Latin, is
Vox Populi Part One.
FAITH ON FILM
With all the celebrating that went on at the Academy Awards, one wonders if the Academy truly realized what a Catholic film they honored in lauding the Oscars to 'The Lord of the Rings - Return of the King' Sunday night. We would expect they didn't or else they would have retracted their vote considering the vitriolity against Mel Gibson and his totally faith-filled and faithful film 'The Passion of The Christ'. Father Angelo Van Der Putten weighed in with a very insightful analogy of just how Catholic J.R.R. Tolkien was and how he conveyed that Faith through the characters he created. This was a follow-up to our two pieces done in January and in Monday's issue which was the perfect time to share with you Father's insights in
A Catholic 'Ring'er to the Core of Middle Earth!
"Father, forgive them..."
Doug Giles provided a witty piece on what is behind all the vicious attacks against Mel Gibson from the Scribes and Pharisees of the liberal elites. It has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, nothing to do with too much violence, but everything to do with upsetting their apple cart and their amoral comfort zone where anything goes as long as they set the rules which are obviously biased against any chance of winning back America for Christ. No wonder they're so furious with Mel. One within the establishment has dared the impossible - and succeeded! Truly, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do" or do they!? Doug nailed it in his column
The Passion Police
Christ or chaos
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey pointed out that
The Bennett Report should be the straw to break the cantankerous camel's back and wake the populace to the fact that they are being led to the slaughter by wolves in shepherds' clothing. The Bennett Report is so called since the chair of the committee on ferreting out the sordid details of the child abuse (read sodomy) by the clergy was attorney Robert Bennett who inherited the position when former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating resigned, calling the bishops an organized crime syndicate. The shocking figures revealed in the report bear that out. Tom deduces that the only hope of regaining trust and righting the spiritual ship is to return to Tradition. It's the only safe port as he asserted in his column
Nothing Should Ever Shake Our Faith
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the First Sunday of Lent, he illustrated how Jesus set the example for all of us in fulfilling the Scriptures, and fending off the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, especially the devil. The gospel dwells on the temptation of Christ in the desert by the evil one. Just as Mel Gibson so masterfully depicted evil as the androgynous being that takes many forms, so also we must be aware of how we can detect this evil entity before it strikes, weakening us. Humble prayer and penance are a great potion, and truly knowing our Faith is vital for our very spiritual survival because there are Scribes and Pharisees in today's church of Vatican II who deny Christ and His Word, caving to the wiles of the devil, taking many with them. We must heed St. Paul's counsel that when all else fails, hold fast to Tradition. That is the wisdom of nearly 2000 years of Church teaching. We would be wise to follow it during this parched time of
The Church's Temptation in the Desert
"Quid dicit Scriptura?"
Though many are eagerly anticipating the second installment by Jacob Michael on the Mother of God's specific mission as Mediatrix of all graces and the Wedding Feast at Cana, he has delayed that just momentarily so that he could address something most important, especially on the First Sunday of Lent. He answered many who had written him about the whole rationale for Lent. Is it really necessary they ask. Unequivocally he answered with an emphatic 'YES!' and proceeded to show how Christ Himself righted that which went unfulfilled in the Old Covenant in His purpose for establishing the New and Everlasting Covenant. As St. Paul counsels in "putting on the armor of God," to prepare by "having thy feet shod with the readiness of the Gospel of Peace." To better describe what Lent is all about, he titled his column Sackcloth, Ashes and the Sandles of Readiness
In his continuing marathon of articles on 'The Passion of The Christ', Gabriel Garnica cited a specific film defending a guilty Jewish family which is up for an Oscar that is - surprise, surprise - heartily endorsed by the very ones who are the most vicious attackers of Mel. The hypocrisy is so obvious that it oozes onto the ogres of Hollywood and the celluloid critics and critters of the filfth industry. Gabriel showed how their integrity has totally been compromised while Mel's integrity will stand for the test of time as he explained in Can You Say Double Standard?
Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Catharine Lamb resumed her feature on the Canon of the Mass and those who are honored. She began the saints invoked in the Nobis quoque peccatoribus after the Consecration. These saints have been abandoned by the New Order for the very words "To us also, Thy sinful servants," which are the only audible words spoken in the Canon of the Mass per the rubrics and celebret set in stone by Trent and Pope Saint Pius V, have been eliminated just as the idea of being a sinner has been downplayed so that all will feel better about themselves. Catharine has a shock for those who have bought into this 'all is love' hype: they're in for a shock when they stand before their Maker at their Particular Judgment. The first two forgotten saints who are so vital in emulating their holy actions are St. John the Baptist and St. Stephen, the Precursor and the First Martyr of the Church respectively. Catharine explained in Part One of Saints forever canonized in the Canon of the Mass - Abandoned Saints to sustain Thy Sinful Servants
While editor Michael Cain is no Roger Ebert or Michael Medved, he does know truth when he sees it and Friday he weighed in with a heartfelt review of Mel Gibson's masterpiece 'The Passion of The Christ' as to how profound an experience this was. It was all he expected and more, so much more. Yes, it was violent, but could the Scourging at the pillar, the Crowning of thorns, the Way of the Cross and the Crucifixion be anything less? Any hints of anti-Semitism fade into oblivion unless one is a hardened anti-Semite or is looking to create a crisis where there isn't any. If anything, this film clearly is anti-Vatican Two and anti-Secularist! Hip, Hip, Hooray! Cain rails at the New York Times for seeking to damage Gibson and his film by slandering it as "an assault on the spirit." Cain picked up on that theme as the title for his editorial The Salt of The Spirit!
In his continuing marathon of articles on 'The Passion of The Christ', Gabriel Garnica had to chuckle at how the elitist media and self-serving Zionists who tried to foist an anti-Semitic label on the movie to keep movie-goers away, are now looking like fools. Isn't it ironic that those rants have only fueled a box office bonanza that could make it a runaway hit. Despite the attempts to blacklist Mel Gibson, the talented genius director, in the true Christian sense of loving one's enemies, should send the same ol' idiots Abe Foxman, Marvin Hier, Frank Rich, Andy Rooney and company a thank you note as he laughs all the way to the bank while winning over souls. Gabriel appropriately titled his column Isn't it ironic?
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