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In honor of the Double of the Second Class Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tradition In Action shares an excellent essay on this feast as the late Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira provides a meditation on how Our Lady is beyond compare and why this feast is so special in the life of the Church. One such aspect of interest is that on her feast days it is said she visits Purgatory to welcome countless souls into Heaven with God's blessing. Another reason we need to keep the holy souls in our prayers for someday, when our time as members of the Church Militant are completed, we may need this during our time in the Church Suffering before Blessed Mary comes to escort us into membership in the Church Triumphant. The professor shows the necessity of the Communion of Saints through the Queen of Saints in his short commentary on
The Nativity of Our Lady
The Sanity of Sanctity
Need a little extra devotional prayer to add to your daily Rosary? What follows is a litany to all of the saints whose feast days are celebrated in the month of September. Many of these saints are little-known and often are not, for that reason, invoked in our prayers. Thanks to Jacob Michael, readers can add this short litany to your daily Rosary, having the benefit of invoking the prayers of some of these lesser-known saints for the rest of the month.
Litany of September Saints
For the most recent articles see below
For all articles in August, see August Issue
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, he points to the fact that we cannot put our hopes or trust in man for, as evident from the actions of the post-conciliar church in sync with the world, the things of God come secondary to the things of man. It is a barometer today that Catholics were not shocked by the heretical words uttered by John Paul II in mid-August in upholding the Masonic Creed of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. So dumbed down have so many become that error can be trumpeted as truth and few blink. Today's Gospel warns against serving mammon for Jesus clearly states "No man can serve two masters" and those who try, well, pray for them and pray for the Social Kingship of Christ to materialize in God's time as we are encouraged to seek a devout life devoid of the thorns and thistles growing up on unstable ground that threaten to choke the life out of the modern church and society. We have Christ's promise that those who build their house upon the rock and believe in Him, keeping His commandments, shall not perish. Father leaves us with this strong ray of faith, hope and love in his sermon today. "God so loved the world..."
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
Kevin Tierney points out how the Traditional Latin Mass this week emphasizes man's total dependence on God and follows the logical conclusion that if we cooperate with God He will provide all we need in order to attain eternal happiness with Him. Kevin laments if only the Novus Ordo were as succinct and clear. But alas, that is not possible with such a synthetic concoction as the NOM, which only clouds the mind more with the abrasive New American Bible translations that gut Sacred Scripture of so much in inordinately focusing on man. He explains in his column for the first Sunday of September
Is it really out of the Ordinary to be dependent on God?
In Living our Faith
This Labor Day weekend we launch a revised series originally laid out in our Appreciating the Precious Gift of Our Faith series. This time, we want to emphasize the practical aspect of our Faith from a totally Traditional Catholic perspective so Catholics, so confused by the bafflegab and ambiguity of the compromising post-conciliar church can better understand what the Catholic Faith truly teaches and what it forbids. Thus in keeping with the spirit of this weekend we begin this work Ora et Labora with the basic tenet of Catholic catechesis Why Did God Make You?
Deprogramming Diabolic Disorientation
William Kennedy, author of "Lucifer's Lodge", provides a brief essay in which he effectively debunks the heresies inherent in the blasphemous trash book by Dan Brown called "The Da Vinci Code" which questions the blood lineage of Jesus Christ and the heresy that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. It is rubbish and Bill identifies why. Brown's anti-Catholic work needs to be exposed for what it is: FICTION, with not a shred of truth to the Modernist author's premises. William clearly identifies and refutes two of the chief premises which Brown bases everything else. A house built upon sand cannot stand and Bill Kennedy exposes the rotting beams holding up the house of cards known as The Da Vinci Code in his short essay
The Da Vinci Code: Debunked and Junked!
Jacob Michael offers some sobering thoughts in tweaking the consciences of Traditional Catholics everywhere to consider what this 'business' of salvation truly entails. On this Feast of St. Pius X, he points out that we need to focus less on the juicy news and more on the pulp of prayer and penance in helping restore all things in Christ. He urges all to focus on if we're doing enough to keep ourselves on the straight and narrow and not worry about all the wreckage going on in the Novus Ordo establishment. It's inevitable it is going to happen and rather than looking for the carnage as ambulance chasers, let us put our minds to knowing and practicing our Faith so when the collapse does occur, we can be their with the net to help save souls, primarily our own by offering whatever we do for the greater honor and glory of God and for the souls in Purgatory. That's the essence of being a member of the Church Militant as he explains in his column Assisting in the Restoration
Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Catharine Lamb follows in the same vein as Jacob as she comes to the conclusion that nothing is going to get done while the present regime reigns for the Chair of Peter is Sede-vacation - since the pope is seldom there and when he is, well who knows what he is going to say. No anathemas have been pronounced, discipline is a thing of the past, and collegiality has taken over. If we allow these overwhelming situations to depress us it won't help our own spirituality and therefore only through prayer and penance can we expect the abbeys, seminaries and convents to be teeming with vocations again. It won't happen in the Novus Ordo no matter what novelty they come up with. Catharine advises we chalk that up and move on. It's time we're resigned to the fact that we need to know our Faith and seek to improve our own prayer life in the Traditional Latin Mass and other devotions so Catholic before the abandonment of the Faith by the Modernists. She points this out in her column
The Sanity of Sanctity
In honor of the holy Pontiff Pope St. Pius X, the only Pope to be canonized since Pope Saint Pius V, we provide a detailed essay on his life and accomplishments for during his reign all was right within the Church. True outside and plotting were the Modernists, Masons and Communists, but due to his strong pontificate they didn't dare show their heads. One would have thought his strong decrees including the Oath Against Modernism and his encyclical on the dangers of Modernism Pascendi Dominici Gregis would have been enough to stave off what he referred to Modernism as the "Mother of all heresies," but then who would have thought Quo Primum would ever be tinkered with either. Nearly a century later we must remember the wisdom of this holy Pope and do all we can to restore all things in Christ. That begins with each one of us doing our small part. His life helps inspire us as you'll see in The Pope of the Blessed Sacrament
On Gabriel's Clarion
Gabriel Garnica weighs in on the sad plight of France. This once mighty fortress of the Faith has practically lost all semblance of the sensus Catholicus. To make matters worse, the pope of modern Rome travels to one of the most holy of Marian Shrines and proclaims for all the world to hear the Masonic Creed of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and Tolerance. To compound the anathema, he did so on the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX's proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. While Gabriel laments how far France has fallen, in reading between the lines we can see how far the papacy has plumetted since men named Pius ruled the Primacy of Peter with respect and Fear of the Lord. This, sadly, has been lost on the modern popes who prize placating man above pleasing God. Gabriel lays out the facts in his column France is Falling!
Echoes of True Catholicism
The Olympics are over, though few paid much attention to all the commercial hype. For that we are thankful and many, including the editor, didn't watch any of it at all. Neither did Dr. Marian Therese Horvat and she gives an indication why by broaching a subject few talk about, but is part of the core of masculinizing women today: Sports and the short shorts they wear. Marian points out the immodesty inherent both in apparel and activities that have deteriorated to brutal combat where all femininity is removed and the absurd and obscene take over. An example is the photo above taken from TIA of women in tight, tight leotards - yes, they are covered but it wouldn't look like it from the photo above - who marched for the Pope in 1984 to his thunderous approval! The book, published by Marian and Atila Sinke Guimarães, Previews of the New Papacy, has hundreds of pictures that show the laxity in the Papacy today. This is not as it should be nor as it was just a short several decades ago. Marian bases her argument not on just her personal opinion, but on the words of vigilant popes - yes, we did have such before Vatican II allowed for the demasculization of men and defeminization of women. Today women wear leotards and suggestive wear while taking part in Papal Masses no less, so we shouldn't be surprised that the modern Vatican saw fit to place more importance on establishing a special Sports commission for the brotherhood of man rather than cleaning up the charlatans in wolves' clothing who pose as bishops, scandalizing so many and causing countless Catholics to lose their Faith and disuading anyone from converting to the True Faith. Marian shares the wisdom of Holy Fathers Pius XI and Pius XII in her column on decency in how one should comport oneself and finishes with the solid words of the Angelic Doctor. She explains the perennial moral teaching of the Church in her article
Women in Sports: Natural and Unnatural Challenges to Purity
The Fatima File
John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News, provides the latest volley in exposing the lies coming from the Modernist humanists. He is one of the chief journalists who has been at the forefront in exposing the unCatholic skimble-skamble coming from the Rector of Fatima in trying to cover-up the inevitable - an interfaith shrine at the Cova where the ugly heresy of ecumenism will be celebrated much to Our Lady's chagrin. In his signature piece appearing this month in CFN, he documents on film the facts that prove Monsignor Guerra, the Shrine Rector, is either living on another planet or is lying. You be the judge. Also, with this undeniable proof, surely Father Robert Fox of the Fatima Apostolate has to see how he himself has been deceived and come clean himself, beginning with an apology to Traditional Catholics for not abandoning Our Lady's plea when all others have. John dots the i's and crosses the t's in getting to the crux of the matter in his excellent article, which, because of its length, we are carrying only this article today so readers can take their time reading his insight and facts. As Jack Webb used to say, "Just the facts, sir." Well, that's what Vennari provides in Shrine Rector Attempts to Justify Hindu Prayer Service at Fatima
Editor Michael Cain gets personal in entreating John Paul II in an open letter to prove his mettle and asking him to walk the walk. Cain points out that this pontiff has talked the talk, but not followed up with any authority; something in his capacity he must do. Cain relates his own miraculous healing at Lourdes and prays that the Holy Father will experience the same kind of spiritual healing that will take away the scales of prejudice against Tradition and prompt him to turn Holy Mother Church around by finally admitting before God and man that the experiment of Vatican II has proven to be a horrendous mistake and to continue on that path would not only be folly, it will lead to perdition. It would take a man truly of God to do that and Cain is throwing down the gauntlet to see if this Pope is truly "Mary's Pope" by respectfully, but rightfully asking him to
Prove Totus Tuus To Us
Father Lawrence Smith illustrates why he is such a prolific writer as he contributes a cornucopia of food for thought that will make every person examine their own conscience to discover their own level of sanity in this sanitarium of dimentia called earth. He examines the demise of society and the craziness of those who write the unwritten rules that seem to dominate in a topsy-turvy world that Christ said we should never be of, but only in. Even being in this world can be a taxing exercise in futility if we are not centered in Christ and the unchangeable teachings of His Church. Father lays out the symptoms and maladies of a civilization lacking in common sense from his perspective as an inmate of Prison Earth. He presents an essay on the uncommonness of commen sense with an honest assessment for the stout of heart that one will want to read twice, three times even more. He nails the maladies in Bad News For Modern Man
The Agony of Aggiornamento
Kathy Willett Redle completes her three-part essay on the ill-effects of Dignitatis Humanae, which, of course, is the Vatican II document on Religious Liberty. Kathy devoted this treatise to respectfully challenge Novus Ordinarian priest Fr. Brian Harrison to acknowledge the barren fruits of the Vatican II tree in order that he can partake in the rich and grace-filled fruits harvested through the good tree of the Traditional Latin Mass. Kathy shows clearly why "by their fruits you shall know them" as she cites the reasons and contradictions that prove Religious Liberty is anathema. She illustrates the stark contrast between Popes Pius XI and Pius XII with that of Paul VI. She summarizes in Part Three of Truth is stranger than Fiction!
"Father, forgive them..."
With our Mid-Summer Hiatus issue, Kevin takes a break from his weekly Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi comparisons of the Propers to expound on one of the problems that only compounds the problem: The drivel that drives Deal Hudson and his magazine Crisis - that self-absorbed publication battling with Envoy for most outrageous Novus OrdinArian malaprop propping up the New Order from a "conservative perspective". Kevin takes on George Sim Johnston, but the buck stops at the top and, like any publication, the contributing writers reflect the essence of what the publication says and therein lies the crisis with Crisis. It would seem Deal is not dealing with it but characters such as Michael Moore would love it for indeed Johnston's piece reads more like "Fahrenheit V2" as you'll see in Kevin's commentary How to Deal with the Crisis at Crisis
Gabriel Garnica continues his multi-part series "PRIMER FOR THE PRELATES" as he continues to expose the Democratic Platform and those pushing the agenda of the Party of Death. Not that the Republicans are pure, but next to the donkey-clad ones, well, let's just say the pachyderms aren't publicans. Gabriel lists the disses so prominent in the DNC and illustrates how each dis further disturbs the sensibilities of the faithful and certainly disgusts God. It's time to dis the disses as Gabriel outlines in his fourth installment Dis is what dem Dems are all about!
Hope on the Horizon
In this issue Doug Giles, author of 'Ruling in Babylon' and syndicated columnist whose columns appear in Townhall.com and on his clashradio.com site, lays out ten reasons why pastors, priests and, yes, the United States Bishops, have been so timid and unvigilant. He points out why they have not lead their flocks in ways Our Lord wishes, but have kowtowed to the politically correct creed to placate man and political parties. Doug unabashedly sends a wake-up call for them to remember why they were called in the first place as he explains candidly in his column Pastors, Priests, and Politics
Hot off The Remnant pages, editor Michael Matt reports yet another Traditional priest suspended by a New Order bishop. Just last month Fr. Stephen Zigrang was suspended illegally by Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza despite the fact Fr. Zigrang is one of the few orthodox Catholic priests left in Houston and it is documented that Fiorenza refused to discipline a known sodomite priest Fr. David Holley because, in the words of the ex-head of the USCCB, "with our shortage of priests, I am willing to risk incardinating him," but not a real Catholic priest who dared to bring the truth to the flocks! Now it is happening again, this time north of the border in Toronto. But this time there could be repercussions for the priest in question is Father Stephen Somerville, a retired priest who also just happens to be one of the priests Mel Gibson trusts to say Holy Mass for him on the set of The Passion of The Christ. Maybe, just maybe this will get Mel's attention of something that has long been needed and which we specifically addressed in our open letter to Mel Turn the mirage into a Miracle! in which we petitioned Mel to set up a fund for priests to leave the exile of the NOM and return home to Tradition without worrying about insurance and pension funds. This is something which a few other groups, including Brian Kopp, have recently been promoting as well. It is long overdue to make clear every priest has a universal celebret to say in Latin the Immemorial Mass of Tradition. Matt provides the correspondence, including the flip-flop doublespeak of Monsignor Perl and the utter nonsense of Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic - the epitomé of the Pharisee in the Gospel for the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost vs. the humble Publican in Fr. Somerville. Matt's compilation shows how much the Novus OrdinArian bigwigs hate the SSPX for being, oh...would you say, so CATHOLIC!?! Read it for yourself for truly, as St. John Fisher proclaimed in the 16th Century, "The fort is betrayed even of them that should have defended it" and his cohort in martyrdom St. Thomas More's words, "I do not care if I have against me all the Bishops: I have with me the saints and all the Doctors of the Church." Amen! Read Mel Gibson's Chaplain Suspended
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Kevin Tierney points out how the fullness of the Heavenly virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity can only be attained through the divine rite. He shows how this is so clearly absolute in the Traditional Latin Mass and so maddingly ambiguous in the synthetic man-made Novus Ordo that it reeks of modernism. Omissions and denials permeate the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - another novelty of the New Order expanded into the innovation of a three year cycle to further dilute and pollute. Kevin exposes the stark differences between the Church's total truths of the Traditional Latin Mass and the vulgar vernacular Novus Ordo that make it as evident as black and white. He explains in his column for the final Sunday of August
The Fullness of the Heavenly Virtues are not Ordinary
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Because Father Louis Campbell has been on vacation, we present his sermon from last year on the Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost in which he exposed the heresies so rampant today regarding the contradiction to Catholic Doctrine on the completion of the Old Testament. The Church has always taught that the Old Covenant was fulfilled and replaced with the New Testament beginning with Christ. Yet the new dogma, which is espoused in direct confrontation to St. Paul's warnings of 'anathema,' is that "the perfidious Jews" - as was always the prayer for them on Good Friday - can continue in their mistaken, heretical and damned ways despite Christ's confirmation in Mark 16: 15-16 that those who do not believe and are not baptized will not be saved. No, those who reject the Sacraments, who reject Christ will "be condemned." One could not say it any clearer, yet the Vatican II progressives seek to obliterate everything that went before 1960 and ally themselves with those who do not believe, while turning their wrath on those within the bosom of Christ who stand by the dogma "Extra Ecclesia Nulla Salus" as Father points out in his sermon "Who then can be saved?"
The Sanity of Sanctity
Father Lawrence Smith provides inspiration and encouragement in his sermon for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Filling in for the vacationing Fr. Louis Campbell, Father Smith avers the goodness and dependability of a Mom - a Heavenly Mom who will not only always be there for us, but will lead us safely to her Divine Son. He points out that to just being Catholic is not enough to those who truly love their Heavenly Mother; we must strive for sanctity by doing what her Son tells us. In everything we know - because She is our Mom - we can trust her to steer us right. Father illustrates in his sermon Like Mother, Like Sons!
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
Kevin Tierney illustrates how the omissions in the Novus Ordo give rise to the canine canard that, though it's a dog-eat-dog world, Satan really isn't that relevant and therefore St. Michael, the Heavenly Choirs and Saints have very little to do in fighting for our Salvation. This is especially evident in the liturgy for the Double of the First Class Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, which naturally supersedes the 11th Sunday After Pentecost. So much of the reverence and meaning of the propitiatory sacrifice and the why of the set liturgy has been cast to the dogs in the Novus Ordo. Kevin points out just a few obvious ones in his comparison of the propers for the Assumption in The Ecumenical Tail Wagging the Dogma
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Since the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost is superseded by the Double of the Second Class Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Father Louis Campbell's sermon could deal with almost anything under the moon. But it is the moon in which he focuses for in the Heavenly lunar light he refound the foundation of his faith thanks to Our Lady and came to his senses as he shares an eventful evening he experienced; one that woke him to the reality of how much the evil one has succeeded in convincing the vast majority that devotion to Mary is no longer necessary - so 'medieval' in playing right into the Vatican 2 agenda. Seeing clearly for the first time in a long while, Father realized that the devil's deceit could not hold up in the brilliant light of the Mother of God's Immaculate Heart. Indeed, what Father, and so many others, had been programmed to consider foul could only be seen as fair for Mary is "Fair as the Moon"
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, he focuses on the Publican and Pharisee in today's Gospel, illustrating how the Publican best is represented in these times by the humble Traditional Catholic who seeks to please God no matter the sacrifice; while sacrifice is the farthest thing from the mind of today's Pharisees - Modernists all - who have disregarded God's signs and guide posts thinking they have a better roadmap than the Almighty. Foolish travelers, the haughty will fall just as the scriptures foretell the devil will fall while the those who humble themselves in emulating the Mother of God and calling upon her intercession will be assured of not missing the sure signs for they will follow the bright Star God has placed for our help - Stella Maris - Star of the Sea, safely guiding us to the refuge of her Son's Sacred Heart and her Immaculate Heart. It is and has long been the Catholic way of
Taking the High Road to Heaven .
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