The Sanity of Sanctity|
How fitting that this year the Double of the First Class Solemnity of St. Joseph concludes Passion Week and so appropriately immediately follows the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Joseph's chaste protector. It also serves as the lead-in to Holy Week. Though Joseph had been called to Heaven well before that fateful week, he knew intuitively the sorrows Mary was going through, and what was in store for his foster-Son Jesus. Is it not reasonable to think that when Jesus was suffering and near collapse, one of the human factors that kept Him from faltering was the wise and loving counsel of His beloved protector Joseph. So also the saints down through the ages and we today can call on this great saint who, after the Blessed Mother, holds more veneration and titles than any other saint. Today, when Christ's Mystical Body is so battered and tortured, we call on the Patron of the universal Church in a special tribute of Devotions to Saint Joseph
On this feast of the holy Joseph, Patron of the Sick, Patron of a happy death, and Solace of the Afflicted, none is more persecuted than Terri Schiavo whose rights have been stripped from her in the same manner Christ was stripped of His garments as Gabriel Garnica so clearly compares in showing the parallels between Our Lord and Savior and one of His faithful, suffering children who, in her own way, is a victim soul, and whose body has been rendered totally a victim to the cruel agenda of the Euthanasiastics who are dead set on seeing her dead from the stubborn and very hostile judge to her estranged and strange husband who long ago abandoned his marriage vows in favor of the world, the flesh and the devil. And the devil is in control in directing those who insist on one man's fabrications as the cornerstone of their case to remove Terri's feeding tube. Gabriel lays out the comparisons between the Passion of Jesus and Terri's Passion
The Straight Stuff
Griff Ruby turns his attention this week to the poor in spirit for rich is their reward. Why? Drawing upon Christ's teaching and His Own actions, being born among the poorest, raised among the poor by a carpenter, always sympathetic to those who had little but gave much, and Who has sent His Sorrowful Mother over the centuries to the poor peasants such as Juan Diego, Bernadette Soubirous, the La Salette and Fatima visionaries; all poor but pure in heart. That is the key for those very poor in spirit, whom Our Lord referred to in His Sermon on the Mount on the Beatitudes. They are often those lacking this world's goods for they are saved from temptation into which most of the wealthy are plunged. That is another reason why seeking the spiritual riches of poverty voluntarily is a richness beyond compare; why many religious take the vow of poverty. This treasure of poverty is truly a blessing in disguise as Griff explains in his column Power and Spiritual Riches in Poverty
Editor Michael Cain impresses on readers the importance of the Feast of the Seven Sorrows in Friday of Passion Week as he takes the reader on a journey through Mary's life on earth, identifying each sword mystically piercing Her Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart. He poses the question: Why is Our Lady so sorrowful? Because She is a Mother and She continues to weep because so many do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Her Divine Son. Wouldn't you weep too? Cain illustrates how Our Lady was so perfectly in sync with the Divine Will that without this cooperation many souls might be even more lost considering the ravaging perpetuated by Her Divine Son's Adversary in these trying, troublesome times. We need to heed her strong motherly advice, meld our sorrows with Hers and do as she asks, take our cares, concerns, anxieties, worries and woes and lay them at the foot of the Cross to be washed in His Most Precious, Cleansing Blood. Cain explains in his meditative essay
Seven Sorrows of the Immaculate Heart
The Sanity of Sanctity
In honor of Saint Paddy's Day, we present today the sole story behind Saint Patrick's soul-saving mission for the Trinity. Tradtionally we strive to bring you on this feast this special diary compiled by the "Apostle of Ireland" himself, which delves into his mindset and heart, revealing to all the inate and unaldulterated pure and simple holiness of this determined cleric who dared to do great things for God and who single-handedly brought Catholicism to a pagan island in the 5th Century. Since that time the emerald isle remained one of the staunchest bastions of the Roman Catholic Faith in the world until just recently when, having no modern emulators of good St. Patrick left, satan slithered back into the Olde country through the divorce, abortion and relaxed disciplines of the Novus Ordo agendas. Prior to Vatican II, Ireland had provided more priests for America than any other country. Today they are a dying breed. Pray for a modern St. Patrick to rise up and drive the serpents of evil out, reconverting the Gaelic nation, and for that grace to rub off on America so that the Truths and Traditions can be restored and God once again returned as the Focal Point of lives everywhere. For St. Patrick's own inspirational, humble and revealing diary, we invite you to read the entire awe-filled Confessions of a Humble Apostle
Editor Michael Cain proves its no blarney - two editorials in one week. But he cannot pass up an editorial for St. Paddy's Day and this traditional day of wearin' o' the green on this good Bishop's Double Feast makes Cain see red for too many buffoons harm this saint's good name and purpose. March 17 annually brings out the best and worst of mankind. Those who are truly Irish in heart, who truly realize what the shamrock represents, who truly understand the infrangible truths of the Faith are embarrassed by the sad fact that this glorious day has been given over to driveling druids who use it as a license for debauchery and drunkenness. He points out the ironies and secularization of this feast like so many others which the world, the flesh and the devil have commandeered to suit mammon. By gorrah, Cain and Traditional Catholics are mad, and they didn't need whiskey or green beer to rile them up, just the disrespect shown to God that has them ready to swing the shillelaghs and drive the vipers out in much the same manner as a certain bishop did a millennium and a half ago. Cain explains in his editorial
A bit o' legend, a bit o' lore, and a lot o' the good olde faith!
Gabriel Garnica turns to Passiontide mode as he brings us an essay in this issue on the wicked and the foolish. It was the noble bard William Shakespeare who penned the words "something wicked this way comes" in his macabre melodrama Macbeth and we would be foolish to think those words are fiction for the crisis in today's world proves the Bard was on to something and we will be as well if we discern "to be or not to be" among those who relish wickedness or among those who practice virtue. The truly foolish would opt for the former, the fools for Christ would choose the latter. That, Gabriel points out, is what we need to be, fools for Him no matter what the world thinks or does. He shows how the axis as been turned to represent evil as good and virtue as evil. If we are alert, we will don the Highest Court's silks of the true fool for Christ and honor the King of kings no matter the ridicule, as Gabriel explains in his column The Wicked and the Foolish
Making Sense of Sensus Catholicus
Father James F. Wathen, the pioneering traditional author of The Great Sacrilege, presents a treatise this week on the Gospel of St. John, chapter 9 on the Pharisees and the Blind Man whom Jesus healed. Father magnificently shows how the Pharisees in this passage replicate the modern Pharisees who reject the Truths and Traditions of what always was taught in favor of the novelty of the times. He brings the scriptures to life with meditative thoughts that will only strengthen one's faith and one's resolve to continue the good fight in preserving and upholding the faith of our fathers. He illustrates how the Pharisees intimidated so many in Christ's time and why they hated Him so because He felt no compunction in exposing their hypocrisy. In Father's thoughts about the blind man's parents he shows how afraid even the blind man's flesh and blood were. Because of these heartless rulers, they feared expressing their overwhelming joy in their son's complete healing. He equates the same intimidation of the New Order rulers today who go out of their way to hunt down those who would dare follow what Christ taught and handed down through Divine Revelation and Tradition. Father explains in his brief commentary sent by Maria Hughes. The Man Born Blind
Editor Michael Cain equates the situation of these times, this month, this very day with the fall of the mighty Caesar 2049 years ago. Caesar and so many emperors before and after him, empires, kingdom and nations before and after have come and gone, but only one Ruler and one institution He established continues after two millennia. That would be Christ and His Mystical Bride which has been ravaged and raped by the enemies of the Church who come in all sizes and shapes of togas, all the better to conceal their daggered agendas until the time to strike from within and without in attempting to inflict the mortal wound to His holy Church. Though they have flailed and failed, they have still weakened the Church and society by not standing strong against the hideous crimes of today's society. Cain emphasizes the futility and folly in placing trust in man while neglecting what God wills, all because of political correctness and man's determined agenda to expunge God from the equation. The mighty Caesar is still referenced to this day, perpetuated in Sacred Scripture by Our Lord's words which tripped up the Scribes and Pharisees who sought to trap Christ. Today man is trapped because he has betrayed his Savior yet still expects to be saved. What pride! What gall! Cain explains in his editorial for the Ides of March
"Beware the 'Hideous' of March!"
Gabriel Garnica sounds the clarion of a dangerous substance that is deceiving the masses and turning our youth into hypochondriacs and worse. It is the mercury-based preservative Thimerosal and Gabriel points out how it has anesthetized the masses into believing it is helping. It is all part of the triangle of terror and, the sad part is that Thimerosal is just the tip of this iceberg that has contributed to the demise of America's health both physically and morally. Big business, government and lobbies are the suffocating triumverate that is plunging America into the abyss by positing evil as good through the horrendous sins of control through drugs, abortion and euthanasia. Gabriel hammers home the point in his column Mercury, Morals, and Murder
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
After an extended hiatus, we are delighted that Kevin Tierney has resumed his weekly comparisons of the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass within the long-standing one-year liturgical calendar and the please-everyone tolerant three-year cycle of the New Order. Because most of the time they do not correlate with each other, Kevin has quite a chore comparing the two. Therefore, he takes a different tack for Passion Sunday and it works beautifully for the Gospel for the Traditional Rite on Passion Sunday focuses on Christ revealing Who He truly is and the Jews refusing to believe Him. Pride and arrogance are powerful allies in preventing the light from shining through. Indeed, the visible purple folds that cover the crucifix and statues illustrate how faith is hidden from today's world for the world, the flesh and the devil have enshrouded the truth, refusing to believe the truths of the Faith Christ established and seeking to deceive just as the Scribes and Pharisees did. Kevin illustrates in his column how the treasure of the Traditional Rite so fully reveals the
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Passion Sunday, he emphasizes that there is only one High Priest: Jesus Christ. He always was, is and ever shall be and no amount of modern thought can change that fact. Father points out that there is only one sacrifice that appeases the Father and that is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - the Blood of the Lamb of God for when Christ came He abolished the Old Law and all animal sacrifices are no longer worthy. They are, as Father asserts "dead works" because they are lacking the faith. He assimilates the humanitarian bent of today's society and the modern post-conciliar church's yearning to please everyone but God. There is only one 'thing' which pleases the Almighty and that is the Sacrifice He deigned as worthy, for man by himself has nothing that could be recognized as fulfilling the price of that ultimate Sacrifice Our Lord offered for us and continues to offer through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for Roman Catholics only in the True Latin Mass. Father cites Sacred Scripture and reason in showing the fallacy of those who crusade for rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. That is the antithesis of the Social Kingship of Christ for that abomination will recognize globally the Antichrist. No one in their right mind wants to be part of that. So wake up, folks, and heed what Father is saying for it is what Holy Mother Church has taught for nearly 2000 years before the infiltration of the modernists as Father explains in Jesus Christ, Son of David, our Great High Priest
Living in Tradition
What better day than this Double Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great to introduce a new series which will seek to share with you edifying traditional sites and/or parishes and/or stories of conversions to Traditional Catholicism to enhance your faith. Tomorrow we begin Passiontide and we want to share a site that will 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. Also in this inaugural installment of this new series simply called "Living in Tradition", editor Michael Cain shares the fruits of how The Daily Catholic has grown and why the internet has become a cornucopia of information for discovering the undeniable Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church.
Basic Tradition in Black and White
Gabriel Garnica follows up his serious eight-part series on "The Selling of Sodomy" with a piece about something that didn't sell - the animated aberration Father of the Pride which thrived on vulgar humor and insults. Thank God the public still had some sense of pride left to not watch this 'den of iniquity' in their own dens. For Dreamworks, their own pride forced Pride on the masses and this rot was summarily rejected turning Dreamworks into Nightmaresville. He points out that though it didn't sell, the pride of its producers was so arrogant that they still wasted millions and, in the process, helped NBC land in the cellar in the almighty Nielsen ratings. That translates to dollars to industry wags so gripped by the world, the flesh and the devil. Though the devil is most pleased by the sleaze they've produced, even mammon is not happy with the results. Gabriel notes the hypocrisy of those behind this garbage animation for they comprise three of the biggest names in the industry, all three of whom attacked The Passion of The Christ for its violence and supposed anti-Semitism. No matter that the three are staunch Zionists who wouldn't accept a Christian-theme if it bit them on their hide. And that's what they should do: hide, embarrassed by the miserable fare they tried to foist on the public and embarrassed because their judgment wrings of hypocrisy. As Gabriel points out, whoever sired this swill at Dreamworks was a Father Without Pride
The Straight Stuff
Griff Ruby presents the fifth part of "What is your picture" as he completes his series in retracing where Modern Rome broke away from Eternal Rome with Lumen Gentium and its imminent impact that has resounded with the echo of heresy over the past 40 years, causing a dire time of emergency in the Church like no other ever experienced. In this issue he shows how the laws would apply if one were, for example, in the state of Kansas. One would have to adhere to the laws of that state. But, as Griff masterfully delineates on how Lumen Gentium dissolved the borders and opened the doors allowing a crisis in the Church, for indeed "you are not in Kansas anymore, Toto." Catholics everywhere have been caught up in the swirling tornadic troubles wrought by modernism. Clicking our heels and wishing that Modernists at the Vatican would anathematize Vatican II won't do it either. Traditional Catholics need the courage, heart and wisdom to be able to travel the narrow yellow brick road to Heaven amidst the gauntlet of obstacles the wizards and warlocks of the NO, who so freely accept the world, the flesh and the devil, throw at them. If Traditional Catholics are loyal to their baptismal vows and their particular Traditional Catholic clergy and bishops in union with all Holy Mother Church has taught and handed down from Peter through Pius XII, then great graces will flow and many fruits grow while the holy water of baptismal grace will melt the wicked ones who seek to deceive. Nowhere is that deception so manifest than in Lumen Gentium, which, as Griff points out, has backfired big time on them and has played right into the Traditionalists' hands if we only follow his sage advice in his fifth installment Exploring the ramifications of Lumen Gentium as to authority in the Church
Gabriel Garnica completes his multi-part series on "The Selling of Sodomy" in this issue in which he has, over the past week, rightly exposed the insidious agenda underfoot to corrupt America and the world, and ultimately souls, depriving them of Heaven because of their depravity. Gabriel wraps it up by expressing the five senses which can either bring us closer to Heaven or to perdition. It is our choice, basically making us pro-choice in the sense that we can choose good or evil. Speaking of evil it goes without saying that sodomy is evil. It, along with abortion, is one of the vile sins that cries to Heaven for vengeance. It must be stopped at all costs for the life and soul of civilization depends on it. Gabriel helps bring all to their senses in his closing installment Common Sense Means Using Our God-given Senses
Deprogramming Diabolic Disorientation
On the heels of Gabriel's 8-part series we wanted to bring you a sense of what is going on north of the border. Father Jean Violette, SSPX District Superior of Canada implores the faithful to wake up to the real agenda behind the "equal rights" issue. It has nothing to do with that, but everything to do with special privileges and condoning of sin by hindering those who see it for what it is: sin! Father points out how insidiously they are sneaking it past Canadians. To use a bit of slang: They're being hosed big-time. Father urges all not to cave to pressure but put on the pressure by letting Canadian voices be heard to preserve traditional family values and speak out against sin. He explains in his letter we've titled
The "Equal Rights" Canard of Canada
Making Sense of Sensus Catholicus
Father James F. Wathen, the pioneering traditional author of The Great Sacrilege, presents a treatise this week on the Gospel of St. John, chapter 8 on the Pharisees and the Adulterous Woman. Father shows so brilliantly how the Sanhedrin wanted to trap Christ and thought they had a failsafe way to paint Him into a corner and discredit Him publicly, such are the schemes of those wedded to satan. But Our Lord turned the tables, basically putting a mystical mirror before them to see their hideous selves in the presence of the very people they had themselves deceived. Jesus' penetrating eyes saw into their very souls and they knew it. They say there is no greater wrath than a woman scorned, but the Pharisees tried to scorn the woman publicly and it backfired big time on them. Thus the new wrath towards the Messias burnt even deeper and hotter in their black coal-sooted souls and they would do all in their power to gain revenge. Yet Our Lord's message spurned revenge and offered forgiveness to all. But never was Our Lord tolerant of the sin, only merciful to the sinner. Father Father explains in his brief commentary sent by Maria Hughes. The Woman Taken in Adultery
Gabriel Garnica nears the completion of his multi-part series on "The Selling of Sodomy" wherein he rightly exposes the insidious agenda underfoot to corrupt America and the world, ultimately souls, depriving them of Heaven because of their depravity. Gabriel brings to the fore today an excellent example of how they foist their contrivance on the public through public television. He offers the case of a supposedly innocent vehicle that reaches countless kids - Postcards from Buster to see how the sodomite agenda is being pushed on young, impressionistic minds. When they are called on the carpet for the obvious, they spew forth the party line of the need for tolerance and diversity, the buzz words of the homosexual movement. Gabriel exposes the hypocrisy and deviousness of those trying to defend the indefensible in his seventh installment of his hard-hitting series with the facitious question Why Stop Now?