What better day to introduce a new series than on this Double Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great who was the launcher of so many traditions held so precious today from the solidification of the basic form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to the melodious, angelic tones of notes that came to be known in honor of him - Gregorian Chant. To this holy and mighty Roman Pontiff many of Catholic traditions can be attributed. The essence of tradition is something of treasure handed down over the generations and preserved in the same essence and meaning originally intended.
Thus, in these times when tradition is held up for ridicule, when many would sooner trash tradition than follow it, it is imperative that we not only uphold all the traditions passed on, but live them. In addition, in order to do this, it is also important that we can share with you resources available whether they be in devotions, information or places where the True Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated. On the latter, the best source for this remains the Yellow Book, which is a compilation by Father M.E. Morrison of all the known legitimate Tried and True - Tridentine True Masses in the United States and Canada. This can be accessed at Official Catholic Directory of Traditional Masses.
With that in mind, it gives me great pleasure to kick off this series by informing you of an edifying site that will enhance your faith. Tomorrow we begin Passiontide and we want to share a site that we believe will greatly complement what you are receiving here on The Daily Catholic liturgically as well as helping you discover further treasures of the Sacred Deposit of the Faith for it offers a wealth of devotions and spirituality in its simplicity in announcing the infrangible truths of Christ and His Church.
The site is TraditionalCatholic.net and operated by John Anthony Marie Papa. Benedictus Qui venit in nomine Domini - "Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord" - is the motto beneath the beautiful black and white illustration of the wheat and the grapes framing the IHS as the signatory logo for TraditionalCatholic.net. In addition, there are many more Papal Encyclicals and Decrees of the pre-Vatican II Popes than we have carried thus far. It is a fact that one site - such as The Daily Catholic - cannot provide everything to all people and therefore we are only too happy to share other sites among the Church Miltant to inform and win souls for the Lord in the great Communion of Saints.
What makes TraditionalCatholic.net really useful is the Douay-Rheims Version of the Latin Vulgate Bible on line. The daily saints are a special treat as well, which webmaster Papa has compiled for each day of the year. John has taken some of the lithographs from the various missals and brought them to life with crisp black and white illustrations that contribute to the edification of the Faith interspersed throughout various pages with magnificent holy cards and paintings especially in the sections on Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. Also he has provided some excellent prayers to good St. Joseph and now is a perfect time for the Novena to St. Joseph begun on Thursday leading up to the Double of the First Class Solemnity of Jesus' foster father next Saturday.
TraditionalCatholic.net is easy to access and reference, and a totally Traditional Catholic site that we can heartily endorse as we all strive to work together for the honor and glory of God and the salvation of souls. TraditionalCatholic.net
We invite our readers to submit information and photos of your traditional parish and a bit about your pastor and why your chapel is such a source of grace. We want to share these oases of grace in this vast and suffocating desert of the Novus Ordo so others can find the refreshing font of the True Faith. Please send us your information, photos and whatever you would like to share about your parish and we can share it with all. Also, if you have a story to tell of your conversion to Traditional Catholicism, readers would be reinforced by your words for every single one of us has a story to tell that will encourage others to keep up the struggle to resist the modernists and preserve the True Faith. Our motto since going entirely traditional has been, KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH. If one doesn't know the faith, it is very easy for them to lose it, or fall into mediocrity so visually warned of in Apocalypse 3: 15 to the lukewarm church of Laodocia, especially within the Novus Ordo establishment. That is why we publish The Daily Catholic.
Over the years The Daily Catholic has steadily been growing. As you can see we have been in publication for 16 years, though it wasn't always called The Daily Catholic and not until 2001 did it truly become a fully traditional publication. For seven years from 1990 to 1997 we published a tabloid which averaged 40,000 monthly and then quarterly. Because of print and second-class postage costs, not to mention color separations, we realized the future was not in print but through that new medium which was just beginning to mushroom in the early nineties - that new kid on block: the world-wide web.
It took us a few years to finally convert and learn the html ropes, but in 1996 we transferred our focus to the internet and on November 1, 1997 began the first Catholic daily newsmagazine format of any kind. Since that time we have endeavored to reach as many souls as possible in striving to fulfill Christ's charge in Matthew 28: 19-20 and Mark 16: 15-16. These truly are the times when one can literally "go out into the world and preach the gospel to every creature" in a matter of seconds.The internet is truly a gift from God that is greatly helping the traditional movement for before the immediacy of the web, few could know what Holy Mother Church has always taught, what previous reliable Popes, Fathers, Saints and Doctors of the Church decreed and preached, and how what is going on today in the post-conciliar church was condemned by the infallible, perennial Living Magisterium of Holy Mother Church. Prior to the world-wide web, only by word of mouth or having at their disposal an immense library with volumes of works out of print or very rare books or essays was one able to see what was really going on. Indeed the modernists sought to suppress as much as they could, but the internet has created a new renaissance, providing these treasures to God's children; some confused, some skeptical, some impatient, some anxious, but so many among a growing international audience hungry for answers to fully know the truths of our Faith.
To give you an idea of the reach, we track daily stats here at The Daily Catholic. We have kept them since going on the net. We have seen a steady progress through the years. After reaching one million hits in 2000, we saw it drop off when we launched our whole new Traditional Catholic direction in 2001. It took a few years for word to get around about The Daily Catholic, but once we were discovered our readers have returned again and again to where we just completed the month of February - 28 days no less - and finished the month only 86,423 hits shy of three million hits for the month in reaching over 130 countries worldwide. Somehow, someway what we have been publishing is making an impact. We are most grateful to God, and to our readers for sticking with us and for those who have recently discovered us.
Thank you. I, your editor, pledge, with the help of God's grace, to continue the excellence we have produced over the past 16 years and which, to this day, still remains a labor of love for this editor. Again, we charge nothing for anything on The Daily Catholic but it is costly to run as the pages expand. At last count there are over 25,000 accessible pages on The Daily Catholic over the past four years. Older files have been expunged, but those were from our "blind times" when we were of the conservative Novus Ordo bent.
Forgive us for not seeing the light sooner, but all in God's time, and that is why we must remain patient with others as we await their epiphanies.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you again that no one receives a salary nor are any of our contributing writers paid a penny, just reciprocation of prayers and we strive to promote their sites, books and tapes. I ask if you can find it in your heart to contribute what you can to help The Daily Catholic maintain its excellence and reach more souls for every laborer is worth his due as St. Paul affirms. Lent is a time of giving alms and after your traditional chapel, please remember The Daily Catholic. If you do not have a traditional chapel, hopefully what you find on the pages of The Daily Catholic will sustain you until you can either relocate or a traditional chapel or traditional priest would become available. The last thing you want to do is give to a Novus Ordo parish or cause, especially any diocese because you know very well how every single diocese has misused funds for the destruction of the True Faith through scandal, fraud and deception. Without the support of one particularly generous and loyal family who pledges monthly, and a few other regular donors, donations are sparse. But is that fair to the few supporting us when so many are profiting spiritually and information-wise from The Daily Catholic? I ask you, as we head into Passiontide, to please remember The Daily Catholic in your prayers and pocketbook. Your donations are the only means that sustains The Daily Catholic and permits us to publish daily. I ask again please donate what you can by going to Please Help and may God bless you abundantly for your generosity.
One of the major points we try to emphasize here at The Daily Catholic is that we are traditional in every way. All of our writers are traditional though several come from differing viewpoints, some posit the position of SSPX, some believe the chair could be empty, some express independent traditionalism, but all adhere to the infallible, perennial Living Magisterium of the Church from St.Peter through Pope Pius XII. We want to be able to give you all points of view without taking a specific editorial position. Just as a major newspaper should remain objective, their editorials and articles can be subjective. It helps sharpen the mind and helps all see the truth. So also here at The Daily Catholic we want to provide as many reliable outlets to you as possible to help you better understand the Truths and Tradition of Holy Mother Church and help explain these most unusual times when never in the history of the Church has there been such a crisis of magnifying proportions and so much at stake.
With that in mind, we are open to all feedback and suggestions of other sites, parishes and conversion stories you would like to see featured in this series. May you have a grace-filled Passiontide and Easter Triduum leading up to the glorious Resurrection. For, as Griff Ruby encouraged so aptly in his colum yesterday: "The Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church has already occured; let the Restoration begin."
vol 16, no. 71
LIVING IN TRADITION