Making Sense of Sensus Catholicus
Because of a glitch in our e-mails, we've just received Father James F. Wathen's touching story of Christmas 60 years ago and it is a recollection we should all recall and cherish, preserving the traditions that have, by and large, been shelved by the conciliar church and cast into oblivion. We must hold fast to the Faith and Tradition, and Father gives us all a glimpse of the awe and majesty of a time not too long ago when everything centered on the Lord and the seeds for his vocation were nurtured by his faithful shepherd during a Pontifical High Mass. The Bishop warned him then about the candle. He could get burned. Ever since Fr. Wathen has been warning Catholics everywhere as a loyal priest of how they can get burned if they do not realize and truly know their Faith. In a tribute to Father and gratitude for his knowing the common sense of the Bishop's remark, we have fashioned a graphic above which hopefully will trigger more fond memories of that time for Father during these painful days of his dry martyrdom. Father shares his memories in his nostalgic Christmas piece which, because it occurred in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Owensboro, Kentucky, and because we are putting this on line on the First Martyr's Feast, we present here Father's piece sent to us by Maria Hughes, entitled A Christmas Recollection
Keeping with our tradition of bringing you our joint Christmas Message, we present on this Christmas paradox of this night, this Silent Night in which there is so much noise and clatter from the wheat and chaff mucking up hearts and souls today that no one can hear the Silent Night and why it is a Holy Night. Michael and Cyndi express their gratitude to the readers throughout 2005 and may the Light of Christ fill our readers with grace and glad-tidings on this Holy Night and all the year through. May we all strive, with our Lord's help, to be ever more fruitful in His vineyard in waking the echoes of the lukewarm. May we all gain our fuel from the unchangeable, perfect Prayer offered daily on traditional Catholic altars - the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven, the Propitiatory Sacrifice of the Traditional Latin Mass. They share their message in asking
Why is the silence so deafening?
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Double of the First Class Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, he relates the scriptural promise of the Messias - the longed-for event which comes to a joyful, glorious and majestic awe-filled crescendo with the Incarnation of the Word in today's Masses and which is recalled with love and devotion at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass when, on the creche of the paten and chalice, Christ is "born" anew in our hearts at the miraculous words of the Canon with the Transubstantiation and Major Elevation. Just as He first appeared in the humble hovel of a cold barn, today He continues to welcome us by taking abode in the cold, human hearts of those who are repentant through the graces of the Sacrament of Penance and, like the shepherds on that Holy Night, approach the God-man with fear and trembling at this Awe-struck Divine Mystery. Yet there are those in the world who want to deny this omnipotence, to de-deify the Triune Divinity and make gods of themselves because of their itchy ears who, because they will not believe in something so magnificent and vital, will fall for anything. They, sadly, are unaware of the power of this night and the awesome miracle performed every day of the year through
The Mystery of His Presence
Twelve Days of Christmas
Today through January 5th we countdown the 12 Days of Christmas. While the commercial world crassly stuffs the Christmas decorations on the back shelf until next year and forgets the true meaning of Christmas, Holy Mother Church celebrates Christmastide leading to the Feast of the Epiphany. In days of olde England and the French Revolution when the song 12 Days of Christmas represented a secret code, if you will, of the basic catechism for each day represents an article of the Apostle's Creed. As customary this time of the year, we present the meaning of this with
12 Days of Christmas
Miters that Matter
Bringing readers the meaning of the Christmas Liturgy as Holy Mother Church has always intended it is what His Excellency Bishop Mark Pivarunas highlights for the perennial Christmas message of Christ's Birth, first penned by him on the Nativity of Our Lord in 1994. The well-thought out and inspired, well-planned Liturgy of Holy Mother Church serves as the source of the salvation of countless souls providing many graces, many vocations, many conversions. The three Holy Sacrifices of the Mass celebrated on Christmas, the only day priests are permitted to say three Masses, epitomizes the purpose of Christ's birth humanly, spiritually and eternally. His Excellency explains the infallible, Living Magisterium's wisdom and beautiful, inerrant meaning of the liturgical season with his essay on
The Liturgy of Christmas
For his Christmas article, Gabriel Garnica has chosen an heroic act from nearly two weeks ago in the Bronx to illustrate the true meaning of Christmas. A simple, instinctive life-saving act by a man who believed and responded made it possible for an instant, heartfelt prayer of a desperate mother to come true. Her infant son was saved because God chose to place at the right time and place as a providential instrument a man by the name of Felix Vasquez to preserve the infant, thus fulfilling this man's unknown fiat just as Our Lady said 'yes' to God when she had no idea how it would all turn out. While we are so thankful for Mary's fiat, we should also be thankful for Felix's quick-thinking and concern for the safety of an innocent child. Too many today are only concerned with themselves and not the innocent. Abortion is their answer. Christmas is the antithesis of this and though it came early, Tracinda Fox could not have received a better Christmas gift...because she believed enough to "let go of the branch" to do what Abraham was willing to do to his son Isaac because He loved God more. In an emergency, Tracinda prayed and put her trust in God. As he waited the split-second to catch her child, Felix prayed that he would have the strength to catch her child. Simple faith saved all three. We should all catch the love and concern of these two "everymen" who we can all relate to. Gabriel explains in
The Christmas Catch
It's been a few years since we brought you a special traditional take on Clement Moore's popular poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' in parodying the conciliar church and the ridiculous,tragic and outrageous wreckovation of Holy Mother Church that has occurred over the past 40-plus years. With apologies to Mr. Moore, this was first penned in 2001 by M.C. Siena and became a staple of our Christmas issue up until last year. We revise it this year but not for our Christmas issue. We have published a record number of issues this year and this year we are spreading various contributing writers' Christmas articles throughout several articles. Therefore we are running this in our Christmas Eve issue since tomorrow's issue will serve exclusively as The Daily Catholic's Christmas Card to our readers replete with Fr. Louis Campbell's Christmas sermon. The message in this parody should hit home and rouse countless Catholics from their long winter's night sleep. So, supposedly the mice are not stirring but let's hope hearts will be stirred into stopping the madness and the clutter as you'll see in 'Twas the Night of the Clutter!.
Faithful to Tradition
John Gregory continues his series on the Joyful Mysteries leading up to Christmastide. Today he arrives at the great Mystery of Christ's incarnation - the Nativity of the promised Messiah. John provides insight from various reliable sources to enhance the meditation on the Third Joyful Mystery and better prepare ourselves for the Holy Night while giving all a greater appreciation of Mary's role in salvation and how, through the Nativity of her Divine Son, and in cooperation with the chosen Joseph, She cooperated with God's call to bear all things in love, silence and obedience to God in all things for His greater honor and glory. For John's inspiring meditation, see The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Making Sense of Sensus Catholicus
Father James F. Wathen, the pioneering traditional author of The Great Sacrilege, fresh from a check-up at St. Mary's Hospital, begins our meditative preparation for Christmas on this sixth day of the O Antiphons - the King of the Gentiles - by focusing on the Mother of God, Mary Most Holy. Refined in the kiln of God's eternal Will and polished by Mary's fiat, the immaculate one chosen by the Almighty was truly the Domus Aurea for the King of kings. No tabernacle more pure, more radiating than the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mirror of justice, Seat of wisdom, cause of our joy, Singular vessel of devotion, Mystical Rose, Tower of David, Ark of the Covenant, Gate of Heaven, Morning Star, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comfort of the afflicted, and Help of Christians. As Father illustrates, Mary worth her weight in graces is truly the foundation God the Father provided from and for all time for the Cornerstone - His only-begotten Son, the Divine Son of Mary, House of Gold