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  • GOOD FRIDAY      March 25, 2005      Volume 16, no. 84
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    Brief Meditations on the Final Seven Words

    Original painting used with permission, copyrite 1995-2000 Matthew Brooks

      1. "Father, forgive them; they do not know what they do." (Luke 23: 34)
      We pray that we, too, might be forgiven; and that we might also forgive all who offend us.

      2. "Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23: 43)
      We pray that our faith, hope and love may encourage us to be faithful so we might reach our true home - Heaven!

      3. "Woman, behold thy son; son behold thy Mother." (John 19: 26)
      We pray that we might honor Your Holy Mother and seek her aid in every aspect of our lives.

      4. "Eli, Eli, Lamma sabbacthani?" "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27: 46)
      We pray that we might have the courage to be faithful to You even when we do not feel You near us. That we might understand with what grief the lukewarm souls caused You to suffer such grievous torment.

      5. "I thirst." (John 19: 28)
      We pray that we might thirst only for You, and realize the Infinite Love which thirsted for souls.

      6. "It is consummated." (John 19: 30)
      We pray that we might come to the end of our earthly lives with the peace of having lived and died only for You.

      7. "Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit." (Luke 23: 46)
      We pray that we might be obedient until the final moment, entrusting our souls to Your care with perfect confidence and love.


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    Walk with the Blessed Virgin Mary and assimilate what she felt as she watched her Divine Son suffer so for our sins. She is not bitter; rather she lives Christ's call to love our enemies, but never to give into their wiles. Just as she was with Christ every step of the way, she is with us always, guiding us as we recall the moving words of the...
    Stabat Mater

        Stabat Mater dolorosa,
        Juxta crucem lacrimosa,
        Dum pendebat Filius.

        Cujus animam gemendtem,
        Constristatam et dolentem,
        Pertransivit gladius.

        O quam tristis et afflicta
        Fuit illa benedicta
        Mater Unigeniti!

        Quae maerebat, et dolebat,
        Pia Mater dum videbat
        Nati poenas inclyti.

        Quis est homo; qui non fieret,
        Matrem Christi si videret
        In tanto supplicio?

        Quis non posset contristari,
        Christi Matrem contemplari
        Dolentem cum Filio?

        Pro peccatis suae gentis
        Vidit Jesum in tormentis
        Et flagellis subditum.

        Vidit suum dulcem natum
        Moriendo desolatum,
        Dum emfsit spiritum.

        Eia Mater, fons amoris,
        Me sentire vim doloris
        Fac, ut tecum lugeam.

        Fac ut ardeat cor meum
        In amando Christum Deum,
        Ut sibi complaceam.

        Sancta Mater, istud agas,
        Crucifixi fige plagas
        Cordi meo valide.

        Tui nati vulnerati,
        Tam dignati pro me pati,
        Poenas mecum divide.

        Fac me tecum pie flere,
        Crucifixo condolere,
        Donec ego vixero.

        Juxta crucem tecum stare,
        Et me tibi sociare
        In planctu desidero.

        Virgo Virginum praeclara,
        Mihi jam non sis amara:
        Fac me tecum plangere.

        Fac ut portem Christi mortem,
        Passionis fac consortem,
        Et plagas recolere.

        Fac me plagis vulnerari
        Fac me cruce inebriari,
        Et cruore Filii.

        Flammis ne urar succensus.
        Per te, Virgo, sim defenses,
        In die jucidii.

        Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
        Da per Matrem me venire
        Ad palmam victoriae.

        Quando corpus morietur,
        Fac ut animae donetur
        Paradisi gloria. Amen.


      At the cross her station keeping,
      Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
      Close to Jesus to the last.

      Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
      All his bitter anguish bearing,
      Now at length the sword had pass'd.

      Oh, how sad and sore distress'd
      Was that Mother, highly blest
      Of the sole-begotten One!

      Christ above in torment hangs;
      She beneath beholds the pangs
      of her dying glorious Son.

      Is there one who would not weep
      Whelmi'd in miseries so deep
      Christ's dear Mother to behold.

      Can the human heart refrain
      From partaking in her pain,
      in that Mother's pain untold?

      Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defil'd,
      She beheld her tender Child:
      All with bloody scourges rent.

      For the sins of His own nation,
      Saw Him hang in desolation,
      Till His spirit forth He sent.

      O thou Mother! Font of love!
      Touch my spirit from above;
      Make my heart with thine accord.

      Make me feel as thou hast felt;
      Make my soul to glow and melt
      With the love of Christ our Lord.

      Holy Mother! Pierce me through;
      In my heart each wound renew
      Of my Savior crucified.

      Let me share with thee His pain,
      Who for all my sins was slain,
      Who for me in torments died.

      Let me mingle tears with thee,
      Mourning Him who mounr'd for me,
      All the days that I may life.

      By the cross with thee to stay,
      There with thee to weep and pray,
      Is all I ask of thee to give.

      Virgin of all virgins best,
      Listen to my fond request:
      Let me share thy grief divine.

      Let me, to my latest breath,
      in my body bear the death
      Of that dying Son of thine.

      Wounded with His every wound,
      steep my soul till it hath swoon'd
      In His very blood away.

      Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
      Lest in flames I burn and die,
      In His awful Judgment day.

      Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
      Be Thy Mother my defense,
      Be Thy cross my victory.

      While my body here decays,
      May my soul Thy goodness praise,
      Safe in Paradise with Thee. Amen.

    With the Easter Triduum upon us, we reprise Father Lawrence Smith's series of poetic reflections of the Way of the Cross which he composed for readers of The Daily Catholic last year in order to enhance our meditation along with a pertinent scriptural reading to read and contemplate in making this Paschal Triduum ever more meaningful with Via Crucis - Poetic Reflections


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    The Church Law of Fast and Abstinence for the US

    (Adopted by the hierarchy of the United States, November 1958)

    On Abstinence:

      Everyone over 7 years of age is bound to observe the law of abstinence. Complete abstinence is to be observed on Fridays, Ash Wednesday, Holy Saturday and the Vigils of the Immaculate Conception and Christmas. On days of complete abstinence, meat and soup or gravy made from meat may not be used at all. Partial abstinence is to be observed on Ember Wednesdays and Saturdays and the vigil of Pentecost. On days of partial abstinence meat and soup or gravy made from meat may be taken only once a day at the principal meal.

    On Fast:

       Everyone over 21 and under 59 years of age is bound to observe the law of fast. The days of fast are all the days in Lent, except Sundays. On days of fast only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength may be taken according to each one's need, but together they should not equal another full meal. Meat may be taken at the principal meal on a day of fast except on days of complete abstinence. Eating between meals is not permitted but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. In doubt concerning fast or abstinence, a parish priest or confessor should be consulted.

    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    Jacob Michael completes his five-part reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries in helping us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob asks us to stand with Christ's Blessed Mother and His beloved disciple and the few others who braved the scourning of others to stand uncompromisingly with Him to the bitter end. The pain He suffered was bitter as Jacob describes through medical and historical facts that make it all the more remarkable He could survive for three hours on the Tree of Salvation...and all for us! Yet we can't spend one hour with Him? Perhaps we need to get our perspectives in order so that He will recognize us when we knock and say "Lord?" Few there are who want to hear,"I do not recognize you, begone." Thanks to His crucifixion, He opened that door, but we must be willing to go through it on His terms, His Divine Will as Jacob delivers a most inspiring meditation for Good Friday on The Crucifixion of Our Lord
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica continues his countdown in his series of reflections for Holy Week. From five wounds to four fools to three crosses. For Good Friday, Gabriel focuses on the meaning of the three crosses atop Calvary, lonely spires reaching to the Heavenly skies but only two felt that glow; the other, that of the Bad Thief was rooted in the soil of Gehenna for he refused reconciliation with the Son of God, despite the urging of his counterpart on the other cross - the Good Thief known as Dismas. Gabriel points out the dismal direction one will most surely take if they do not make amends and seek the loving forgiveness of God, as he explains in his special reflection Perfection, Redemption, and Perdition
    From Eden to the Empty Tomb
    In keeping with the season we continue a special retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey in 2003 for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. We also encourage you to catch up on his most recent articles at his own site, specifically articles on the moral questions of the Terri Schindler-Shiavo case at Christ or chaos. For Good Friday he reflects on the everlasting impact of the wood - the wood of the manger, the feeding trough of life became the wood of the Cross - the feeding trough of everlasting life. Tom asks if we will stand with Him, walk with Him, suffer the scorn and scourgings, be nailed with Him to the Cross. Or will we cave to the crowd and join them in rejecting the One True God? How we respond could determine if we truly understand the glory of the Resurrection which awaits. Tom reflects in Part Five Behold the Cross - Ecce lignum crucis
    "Qui legit, intelligat"
    We bring you a retro column from Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Maundy Thursday's Evening Mass in which he emphasizes importance of the priesthood on the institution of Holy Orders by the Divine Priest and the vital necessity for priests to be as pure and worthy of the call of Melchizedech that, one ordained through the most noble of Sacraments in the carrying out of Christ's charge in Mark 16: 15-16, could fulfill and increase the number of saved souls through his exemplary sacerdotal behavior. This is carried out by virtue of his vow to preserve the Sacred Traditions and Doctrines of Christ's Church and, most vital, the administration of the most Sublime Sacrament in being the alter Christus where he is the only instrument able to carry out the necessary Transubstantiation to offer to the Father the True Presence of Jesus in the unbloody propitiatory Sacrifice of the Mass. Yes, there is nothing more sublime or necessary for Catholics. The world has never understood the sacerdotal nature of the priesthood, but in its ignorance it has greatly misrepresented this most sacred vocation in which the essence is to work counterproductive to worldly goals. The very fact that the priesthood has been so viciously attacked by satan through the unprecedented assaulting of the human vulnerabilities of so many priests and their bishops who have become lax and caused grave scandals makes the road for good, dedicated priests all the more difficult. The true Church needs men who can assimilate their suffering with Christ on the road to Calvary. Why are priests so precious and priceless to the faithful and the preservation of the True Faith? Contrary to the relaxed and, often times anathematical norms of Vatican II, only truly consecrated priests can offer, on behalf of Christ, the cup of salvation containing His Most Precious Body and Blood. Father explains in his sermon "I will take up the cup of salvation"
    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    Jacob Michael continues to apply Divine Revelation in his reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries this week to help us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob focuses on the trek up Calvary - the Via Dolorosa - "Way of Sorrows" and how much more difficult it really was for Our Lord than anyone can imagine considering His thoroughly battered condition and the weight and balance of the beam. Jacob points out that Christ did not carry His cross alone, but allowed Simon the Cyrenian to help. So also He invites us to share our cross with Him and to share the crosses of others for if we can share the pain, we will also share in the great gain of grace. This means aiding His Mystical Body which surely needs help today as She struggles under the burden of modernism and other heresies. Jacob delivers a most inspiring meditation for Maundy Thursday on The Carrying of the Cross
    From Eden to the Empty Tomb
    In keeping with the season we continue a special retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey in 2003 for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. Today on the 1,972nd anniversary of the Institution of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, Tom reflects on how "Holy Thursday is the time to enter deep into the mystery of God's love." Tom emphasizes the need to wait and watch with Christ, truly present when the bread and wine are validly confected into the Body and Blood of Christ, Soul and Divinity. Just as His Own apostles failed the test to stand with Him, so also do we time and time again no matter how good our intentions. Dr. Droleskey invites us to resolve to stick it out this time, stay with Him through the blood and guts, so to speak, so that we can truly share in the triumph of the Cross at the Dawn of Pachaltide. Tom reflects on Part Four Maundy Thursday
    Traditional Thoughts
    Editor Michael Cain continues his reflections for Holy Week as we enter the Easter Triduum and its great, divinely-ordained purpose which Holy Mother Church places so much significance and reverence on. Despite constant Vatican II and post-Vatican II documents trying to justify change in the Holy Sacrifice, the fact that the modern Church has abandoned the infallible command of Pope St. Pius V is one reason why so few Catholics believe in the True Presence today. There are many others because they have lost sight of the propitiatory nature of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Editor Michael Cain presents a short reflection on one of the most significant feasts of the Church in Why the Holy Eucharist is the Blessed Sacrament
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Because his reflection last year for Holy Thursday was so powerful, we repeat Gabriel Garnica's magnificent piece on the True Presence of the Holy Eucharist in which he calls all Catholics to come to the defense of the Saving Victim - O Salutaris Hostia for the Bread of Angels Panis Angelicus is under heavy assault in every way as the New Order seeks to totally Protestanize the infrangible belief in the Real Presence in so many ways. Gabriel cites two saints who hungered for the Heavenly Manna and had a fire in their heart and soul to do all they could to preserve the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. On this day when we celebrate the institution of this most wonderful Sacrament to which we bend our knee in deep adoring Tantum ergo Sacramentum we can take time just to say thank you to Jesus for this most wonderful gift He gave us for time immemorial - His immemorial Mass in which we are privileged to re-enact His propitiatory Sacrifice on the altar in an unbloody manner. What joy should fill every Catholic heart and soul. We should never want to leave His side if we truly believe He is present in the holy Tabernacle. Gabriel explains further in his reflection The Real Presence and the New Order
    Shears and Tears of a Lamb
    As a retro treat, we bring you Catharine Lamb's excellent piece from last year at this time in which she helps us prepare for the beginning of the Easter Triduum by giving us a better perspective of the symbolism and meaning of the rituals of Maundy Thursday and why it is called such, for Maundy means Mandatum which translates to 'Commandment' and this Christ gave us with the institution of the Blessed Sacrament gifting those worthy of His graces His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Catharine also gives us some insight into the Office of Tenebrae and where it originated and its beautiful meaning and customs kept alive from the monks keeping Christ company overnight to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the side chapel for the faithful to keep watch. Catharine takes us through tomorrow's magnificent liturgy practiced for so many centuries by Holy Mother Church. She explains in - The Mandatum of Love
    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    We continue to rerun Jacob Michael's excellent reflection on the Sorrowful Mysteries for Holy Week in which he continues to apply Divine Revelation in his reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries to help us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob hopes to give each reader a better grasp of their own life and put it all in perspective. Indeed the force with which the soldiers plunged the cruel thorn-plated helmet into Christ's sacred skull would doom any man to immediate, indescribable pain and horror. Yet Christ did not give up, He did not say "Enough!" He merely remained silent as his torturers mocked and derided Him further. Talk about harassment and persecution. Think about what He went through for us the next time we feel put upon. Jacob shares some astounding medical and historical facts that make the crowning of thorns all the more horrible in scope as he provides a most inspiring meditation for Wednesday of Holy Week on The Crowning of Thorns
    Traditional Thoughts
    Wednesday in Holy Week features the Passion Reading from St. Luke's Gospel. Following up yesterday's Passion Reading of St. Mark and the reflection on these pages editor Michael Cain reminds how Judas is again one of the main players - the major culprit in betraying Christ. From Christ's time on anyone turning their backs on Our Lord or deviating from their Catholic Faith have been considered "Judases" and more so today as Cain details. Just as God gave Judas a free will, so we also have been bestowed. How we use it will determine our future. What price is it worth? There is no temporal treasure that compares with what Our Lord has promised to those who are faithful to Him and His True Church. We ask today, how many are being truly faithful in a short reflection for Wednesday in Holy Week on The Kiss of Death
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Yesterday Gabriel Garnica spoke of the five wounds. Today he continues the countdown in his series of reflections for Holy Week by sounding the clarion about the four fools, who were the most despicable jokers, all lurking and ready to pounce on Christ in the trickiest of fashions, but not taking responsibility for their dastardly deeds. Gabriel identifies the four fools as key enablers of the sorrowful Passion, equating each of these fools with a profession today and then asking us to reflect in the mirror our own actions and if we in any way personify those bad traits, to make amends for them so that, through grace and self-mortification, the faithful follower of Christ will not fall for the joker unless he falls for the folly of the four fools as Gabriel explains in his reflection Four Fools
    Traditional Thoughts
    For Tuesday in Holy Week, the Passion of St. Mark is read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is the longest of the Passion accounts, taking up two full chapters with 118 verses. Editor Michael Cain provides a brief reflection on the emphasis Mark places on two apostles - Peter and Judas. Cain shows the fine line between these two men who, despite their similarities and faults, are today on opposite ends of the spectrum - one forever praised and emulated as the first Pope and keeper of the Keys, the other forever defiled and abhorred as the unrepentant sinner. Cain shows that it is a humble contrite heart that made the difference and God extends to us today that same mercy in His refreshing Font of Divine Mercy - the Confessional through the Sacrament of Penance where, once Judases, we become Peters. Cain also points out the irony of those who consider Traditional Catholics "Judases" for not going along with the heretical novelties and instead standing by what Our Lord taught and passed on to Peter. In truth the real Judases are those who have turned their backs on the Truths and Traditions by embracing a false and new religion and synthetic Masonic-Pagan rite. They have betrayed Christ and the Primacy of Peter. Cain explains in his reflection The Tale of Two Apostles who denied Christ
    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    We continue to rerun Jacob Michael's excellent reflection on the Sorrowful Mysteries for Holy Week in which he employs Divine Revelation to help us all better understand the scope of this week, and the unimaginable Love God has for us that He would send His only-begotten Son to die for us so that we might live. Jacob hopes to give each reader a better grasp of their own life and put it all in perspective. Indeed Christ's terrible scourging at the Pillar, so brilliantly and vividly portrayed by Mel Gibson in his masterpiece film, is really only a hint of what Our Lord suffered. And what He suffered were the lashes of our sins - from the most inconspicuous venial sin to the most deliberate and vile mortal sin. They are all offensive to God and need to be atoned for since God operates in "Trinity Time" not linear time. Jacob reminds us to reflect on this scourging and realize every time we sin or have sinned it is another deep bruise in the precious Body of Christ as he shares a most inspiring meditation for Tuesday of Holy Week on The Scourging at the Pillar
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica continues his series of reflections for Holy Week and today focuses on the Five Wounds of Christ and, just as the Sorrowful Mother suffered with Her Divine Son, true Catholics cannot help but feel the pains of the five sacred wounds if they are truly Catholic. Gabriel points out that this entails the free will to willingly embrace the Cross and share in the pain of suffering - redemptive suffering - through assimilation of what Jesus went through to a far greater extent on our human part. Gabriel identifies the correlation of each major wound with what Catholics should consider as outrage against their Lord and Savior. Gabriel takes us through the wounds in his reflective column The Five Sacred Wounds We Face
    Christ or chaos
    This series, first submitted by Dr. Droleskey in 2003 for The Daily Catholic, is an excellent way to complement your Holy Week contemplation. That is why we annually run this magnificent meditation for your reflection each Holy Week. Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey provides his third reflection on Salvation History covering the time of the arrival of the Messias and the fulfillment of all foretold in the Old Covenant, thus placing a perfect ending to the Old in establishing the New Covenant. Tom emphasizes that by emulating Christ's life and adhering to His teachings, we, as His loyal followers, are called to be a sign of contradiction. Jesus told us through Holy Writ that if they so viciously persecute, calumniate, and attack Him, how is it only evident that they will do the same to those faithful to His teachings. Tom shows throughout Our Lord's life that He invited man to either join or reject Him, but never compromised. Today we present the next installment from "Eden to the Empty Tomb" in Part Three A Hidden Life, A Public Ministry
    Gabriel's Clarion
    In this issue Gabriel Garnica begins a series of reflections for Holy Week beginning with an aftermath meditation of Palm Sunday. The Palms have been distributed in the sacramental nature intended, but too much significance shouldn't be placed on them as Gabriel Garnica points out in his column for Monday in Holy Week. He examines the properties and symbolism and proves the the temporary status of the palm, more readily replicating the whole concept of the New Order and the emotional superficiality of the palm's purpose vs. the Traditional stability of the wood which has survived the test of time in all stages from fresh bark, to sturdy beams, to petrified wood to the trunk of the Cross on which hung the Savior of the world. Gabriel provides contemplation on which property has more meaning in our life in his column The Palm and The Wood
    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    So popular last year, we rerun Jacob Michael's excellent reflection based on Holy Writ as he uses Divine Revelation to help us all better understand the scope of this week, and the unimaginable Love God has for us that He would send His only-begotten Son to die for us so that we might live. What Jacob hopes to accomplish in his series, which are basically the Sorrowful Mysteries in "Five Days of Sorrow," is to give us all a better grasp of our own lives and put it all in perspective for every drop of His Precious Blood from those first tears in Gethsemani to the last on Golgatha had a definite, specific purpose in atonement for our sins. Jacob confirms that indeed Christ did shed tears of blood in the Garden and what those tears meant as well as the necessary comfort of the angel as he shares a most inspiring meditation for Monday of Holy Week on The Agony in the Garden
    Christ or chaos
    Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey provides his second reflection on Salvation History covering the time-frame from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. This series, first submitted by Dr. Droleskey in 2003 for The Daily Catholic, is an excellent way to complement your Holy Week contemplation. That is why we annually run this magnificent meditation for your reflection each Holy Week. In his second part Tom points out how the Old Testament was laying the ground work for the Coming of the Messiah, providing a blueprint which the Jews would recognize when He came. But over time they veered far from God so that when He did come, few acknowledged the Son of God. He parallels those times with today when society mirrors the same morose. Tom explains second of seven installments from "Eden to the Empty Tomb" with Part Two From Our Father-In-Faith To The Incarnation
    Traditional Thoughts
    Editor Michael Cain provides a brief reflection on the Proper of today's Holy Mass for Monday in Holy Week. He focuses on the journey of one of the Apostles - the one who would betray his Master: Judas Iscariot. The evangelist John illustrates in today's Gospel how he himself viewed one of his own colleagues - "he that was about to betray Him." This account at Lazarus' house after he was raised from the dead by Our Lord shows how Judas looked at the temporal treasures, which Cain equates to a drop of water compared to the everlasting ocean of treasures in eternity. John re-emphasizes this when he enforces the fact that Judas cared not for the poor, "but because he was a thief." Strong words and the beloved disciple reveals here that Christ knows exactly what is going on, even foretelling His death. Cain explains in his reflection Worldly Riches are a mere drop in the Ocean of Heavenly Riches
    "Qui legit, intelligat"
    In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Palm Sunday, he emphasizes the importance of suffering, not for the sake of suffering itself but for the cleansing effect it has on the soul and for reparation of the sins of so many. He magnificently shows how Holy Writ has reinforced this and points to our own suffering today in this time when so many have sold out to the world, the flesh, and the devil. Specifically he refers to the suffering of Terri Schiavo and the cruel punishment inflicted upon her and her family, especially right now as they undergo their own harsh, but necessary earthly passion inflicted by those who abhor any kind of pain; by those who eschew suffering as a weakness, when in truth it is a strength the world will never know. It is a strength that gains so much grace through the melding of the sacraments, prayer and the self-discipline of our senses in building resistance to caving to the easy way. Pain and penance, when accepted for the Will of God, forge a beautiful soul that can withstand the scourges of satan no matter where the flagellations may come from. Father provides an inspiring prayer by the holy Doctor of the Church St. Alphonsus Liguori to bring this point home in his sermon The Refining Fire of Suffering
    Christ or chaos
    Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey begins a special series in which he presents from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday a reflection on Salvation History, beginning from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. This series, first submitted by Dr. Droleskey in 2003 for The Daily Catholic, is an excellent way to complement your Holy Week contemplation. That is why we annually run this magnificent meditation for your reflection each Holy Week. In his first part Tom traces the history of salvation from the fall of our first parents and the subsequent trials of God's people in the Old Testament in waiting for the Messiah. Tom provides the details in his first of seven installments from "Eden to the Empty Tomb" with Part One Life and Death Were Put Before Adam and Eve
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
    Kevin Tierney provides a comprehensive comparison illustrating the obvious difference in rites for the Blessing of the Palms, Procession, Mass and Passion Reading of the Gospel. His documentation shows the vast gulch between what was always the norm and what today is passed off as Catholic in the Novus Ordo. Because our readership is growing and many may not have profited from Kevin's comparison of the Traditional Latin Rite with the Novus Ordo from Palm Sunday last year, we run it here again in his series "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 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. Today he takes the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for the Beautiful ceremony of the Blessing of the Palms, Procession and Holy Mass and compares it to the abbreviated form adopted in the Novus Ordo whereby once again he points out the omissions that on the surface may not seem like much of a difference, but in content and intent are huge in one, the Traditional Rite of the Immemorial Mass being totally Catholic, and two, the New Order Rite expressing a Protestant mentality in so many ways. Kevin identifies the differences in The Disciplines of Passiontide: Palm Sunday
    Pro-Life Prescriptions
    After a long hiatus, Dr. Frank Joseph returns, weighing in on the travesty of the Terri Schiavo case for the crux of the matter is at the very essence of his subject matter column "Pro-Life Prescriptions." He asks where were the missing-in-action Democrats as Republicans go above and beyond the call of duty to live and act as pro-lifers for the sake of one person, proving the worth that even one person is worth it all for Terri Schiavo is made in the image and likeness of God. Judge Greer, Michael Schiavo, George Felos and pro-abort Democrats and those pushing euthanasia so hard don't want to hear that. They have railroaded Terri, defying writs of Habeas Corpus and other legal measures to stop the unjust justices who have trampled on the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Terri Schiavo is being treated worse than a violent criminal. The liberals rant and rave over abuse of terrorists, but turn their head the other way when it comes to the innocent. Whether it's abortion or euthanasia, it's still downright murder and there's a price to pay for killing. God said so! Frank emphasizes this in his column Dead People Tell No Tales!
    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
    Gabriel's Clarion
    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

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    Schindler Family and Friends of Terri Schiavo Pulling Out All Stops to Save Terri in face of Outright Attempted Murder by Adulterous 'Husband' and Hostile Judge

    "There will be hell to pay for Judge George Greer's disregard for God's Laws and the Constitition." That is the refrain of angry Americans upon learning that Greer stubbornly defied U.S. Congress, Medical experts and Constitutionalists in sticking with his pre-meditated intent to allow Terri Schiavo to be killed by her estranged husband who wants her dead as soon as possible. Despite the hypocritical stance that he loves his wife and "wants her to die with dignity" (the mantra of those pushing for the legalization of Euthanasia) the truth of the matter is that the last thing Michael wants is for Terri to recover for if she could speak she would finger Michael as the reason she has been incapacitated for the past 15 years from his physical abuse. It would make a great Hollywood mystery thriller if it weren't true life and playing out before our very eyes in a tragedy with great repercussions if the Authorities don't do something to stop this madness. Ora et Labora is what every Catholic must do. Work and Pray. Work as if everything depends on you, and pray as if everything depends on God. The Holy Rosary is a great weapon in this cause and invoking St. Joseph on his feast day is ideal. As far as working toward saving her life, we point you to a site which provides phone numbers to key people who can make the difference whether Terri lives or dies and whether America goes the way of Nazi Germany or stands as the Home of the Free. and/or Terri'

       EyeOpeners is a new feature in 2005 to keep our readers informed. We provide you with articles from all over the world so you can see the Revolution for yourself and we add our own brief commentary when it fits the situation in order to magnify for the reader the problems that grow more evident each day. Click on the bar below to take you to our News & Information page.
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      For those who truly want to delve deeper into what the Faith teaches and what past Sovereign Pontiffs have decreed, we recommend for your vital reading to better KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH, pertinent Papal decrees which put to the lie what is being promulgated today by the Vatican II church. We strongly encourage you to read these to understand how today the modern church is in Apostasy when compared to what had always been taught by Holy Mother Church and enforced and warned as most grievous by previous Pontiffs as you'll see in CREDO & CULTURE


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    The 2005 Nominations are now open for the Second Annual Good, Bad and the UGLIES Recognition

    We purposely opened the voting for this year's nominees for our prestigious TOWER OF TRENT Trophies and induction into the "Tower of Trent Hall of Honor" on the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas on Monday. Readers will have four weeks in which they can nominate the person of their choice who would be a worthy recipient.

    • The Tower of Trent Nominations will close on the Feast of Pope St. Leo the Great on Monday, April 11. Those worthy recipients will be announced beginning again this year on the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, also the 88th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima as well as the historical feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday, May 13.
    • For the IgNOMinious gNOMes Awards, the voting for the sorriest ecclesiastics will extend from March 7 to Tax Deadline Day on April 15 and be announced again on Monday, May 2 - the feast of St. Athanasius, who stood against the apostates.
    • Finally,for the UGLIES Awards nominees this year, voting will extend until April Fools Day, Friday, April 1, and be announced on April 27, the Feast of St. Peter Canisius, the holy Doctor of the Church who would not stand for the nonsense of today's fools.
    To get an idea of what or who you are voting for, we provide last year's awardees below. To submit your nomination/nominees for 2005 in all three categories, send the names to GOOD, BAD, and UGLIES
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       With Lent in full swing, we don't need to tell you that almsgiving is one way Catholics can fullfill their Lenten duty, along with prayer, fasting and penance. Our Lord sheds tears because so many souls still do not know the Truth and are wallowing in the desert of desertion, devastation and destruction. Because of that the light of Tradition grows dimmer as the weather patterns and natural disasters grow stronger. With your donations to The Daily Catholic and Our Lady's intercession, you can help to save souls, brighten the path to Tradition, and dry a tear or two from Jesus' holy face, lest those of you, who have the Truth and have been blessed with the means to help, might have to try to explain your selfishness at your Particular Judgment. Think and pray over it as we ask you to remember this apostolate for charitable giving during this time when the dollar is stretched tight with donations to help the victims of the Tsunami, which must take priority. But if you have anything left over, we greatly appreciate any donation you can make for almsgiving is one of the practices for Lent. We count on the generosity of our readers to keep up the integrity of this publication and keep it free of all advertising and banners in providing our readers worldwide with the foundations for the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. If you can give of your love and bounty we would be most grateful.

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    When it comes to all these ungodly laws being passed by liberal judges because of the lobbying and intimidation of a small minority out to do away with the natural and supernatural order, it is wise to keep in mind the following:

    "Unjust laws are, properly speaking, NO LAWS!"
    His Eminence Saint Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church

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