Today is the Double Feast of the the holy Doctor of the Church Saint Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. We provide a profile on him as well as today's daily bouquet of the MIGNONET flower for the Queen of the May to represent the Practice of Hidden Virtues. Right now one who is doing just that in her suffering is Cyndi who continues to show she's a fighter but totally resolved to the divine Will. Your continued prayers are so appreciated for her recovery.
As a quick recap: She was admitted to Holy Family Hospital late on Thursday night after suffering several T.I.A. strokes. She was diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis which is a deterioration of the muscles. Not strong enough to fight off various infections, she contracted pneumonia and Sunday afternoon Father Gerard McKee, CMRI administered the Sacrament of Extreme Unction. She is now in ICU and these days are critical as she is once again on an incubator; the same crisis she underwent three years ago when she was in ICU in Missouri for nearly two weeks. God has a reason for this suffering and she willingly offers it all up in reparation. As her husband, I ask only for your prayers more for her family to cope with this lastest setback than for her for she is at total peace of mind and soul in the state of Sanctifying Grace. Nothing could make me happier on the spiritual plain, but on that unpredictable roller-coaster of this temporal turf, my own human fallen nature struggles with what she is going through. In order to spend more time in prayer and expiation myself while I fight off a case of Bronchitis, we are paring back the issue for this week and will keep you abreast. In the meantime we will continue to bring you the daily Propers of the Mass and the Daily Bouquet. In addition, there are several excellent articles we recommend for your reading below.
In keeping with Christ's assurance in Matthew 7: 19 that "Every tree that yieldeth not good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire" the disintegration of the Protestant-Masonic-Pagan man-made church is inevitable. The collapse of this synthetic pan-christian religion spawned from Vatican II, which has usurped the True Roman Catholic Church, is evident from the news reports below, the feature articles to the right beneath the Propers of the Mass. These features and our Credo page should be for all stunning of the realization of what has been peddled by the conciliar church of Vatican II is not Catholic and contradicts what the True Church truly teaches as you'll find on our CREDO & CULTURE Page, and especially in the infrangible Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the true Liturgy for each day of the Church's liturgical year, which we provide daily for readers with the Ordinary and Proper of each Mass in both Latin and English so Catholics may truly continue to practice their Faith and truly KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH! Tried and True! Tridentine True! Accept no substitutes. Say No! to the NO!
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Two years after we went all out to promote a film - The Passion of The Christ, we're doing just the opposite this year by imploring all Traditional Catholics to support the Boycott of the fiendish film due out this Spring called The DaVinci Code for it is full of blasphemous deceit. It misconstrues so many things Catholic, and is all built on false premises. The only way for Hollywood to hear is to hit them in the wallet. Stay away and tell others to do the same: Make Ron Howard's latest a booming bust!
We began our 17th year of publishing with our tenth on the internet, which originated with our publishing the monthly Catholic-Internet Network for nearly two years before debuting The Daily Catholic on November 1, 1997. And, speaking of looking back, we were proud to have shared a sample of some of the best articles of 2005: Sixty of them!
Daily Propers for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass from the Third Sunday after Easter through the Fourth Sunday after Easter in Eastertide
We are proud to be able to provide for our readers the exact Proper and Ordinary of each day's Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Latin and English for the Traditional Calendar.
This prayer replaces the Angelus during Paschaltide
Regina Coeli laetare. Alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare. Alleluia.
Resurrexit sicut dixit. Alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum. Alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, virgo Maria. Alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere. Alleluia.
Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut, per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.To PRINT this prayer out, see Regina Coeli
For He Whom thou was made worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Hath risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to our God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. For the Lord hath risen indeed. Alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, Who through the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant us, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Doctors of the Church
Today's Doctor of the Church Saint Gregory Nazianzen, the fifth in a chronological list of the holy scholars of the Church, was another from the 4th century who also faced the intense persecutions and calumnies of the Arian bishops. Son of two saints - Saint Gregory Nazianzen the Elder and Saint Nonna - and the sibling of two others - Saint Caesarius and Saint Gorgonna - this Doctor of the Church teamed with another Doctor of the Church - Saint Basil - to uphold true teaching. He is considered the Church's Theologian. This Cappadocian bishop also nurtured a young protege who would turn out pretty well himself, one Saint Jerome. St. Gregory is often called the Administrator of Theology
QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. F.X. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. For today, the ninth day of May, the flower is the majestic MIGNONETTE with the corresponding Virtue being the PRACTICE OF HIDDEN VIRTUES. Appropriately it is the Feast Day of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, the holy Bishop and Doctor of the Church who was a vaunted defender of the Faith against the Arian heresy and practiced the Hidden Virtues in winning souls to the True Faith while traversing the rocky regions of Constantinople near the Mediterranean where the Mignonette blooms forth abundantly with its spikelike clusters of greenish or yellowish white flowers. Thus The Mignonet represents the Practice of Hidden Virtues
QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. F.X. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. Today is the eighth day of May and the Double Major Feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael the Archangel. The virtue is FAITH and the greatest warrior in Heaven for defending the Faith is the noble winged general. The flower symbolized today is the IRIS which blooms in the Spring and we must spring forward with faith to uphold and spread the True Faith, being irises who bloom where they are planted. The Iris focuses on the Virtue of Faith
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Third Sunday after Easter, he takes the opportunity to note on this first Sunday in Mary's month of May how much Our Lady cherishes processions - from her Queen of the May processions to especially those processions where the Most Blessed Sacrament is carried in reverent fashion just as the Ark of the Covenant was carried in procession in the times of the Old Testament. Father shows how the Blessed Virgin Mary was well versed in Scripture and Jewish Law and had a deep reverence for the holy Ark of the Covenant. So also today she encourages her children to have the deepest respect and adoration for her divine Son present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the monstrance carried aloft in procession. No wonder Catholics have such a love for Our Lady for they extend their love and awe just as the Israelites properly did before they veered and were scattered. We'd be wise to learn from bible history and remain in God's good graces; never taking the Blessed Sacrament for granted or reducing it to a mere cookie which anyone can touch in their hands. It's all about reverence and respect because God demands it and Our Lady is the ideal to emulate. Woe to those who dare diminish her role or mock her or her divine Son as society does today. They, too, will be scattered and exiled. Father explains in his sermon
Why Our Lady Loves Processions
QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. F.X. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. Today, the seventh day of May is not only the Third Sunday after Easter, but also the Feast of Saint Stanislaus Kostka, Bishop and Martyr. The virtue is ATTACHMENT TO GOD and is represented by the BINDWEED which is truly not a weed, but a flower that is stately just as St. Stanislaus remained attached to God despite the pressure of his fellow Poles and even the King. He had only one King: Christ the King, ever remaining the loyal subject and attached always to God. The Bindweed binds us to the virtue of Attachment to God
Gabriel Garnica illustrates how the devil is in panic mode as is obvious with the rotten and poisonous fruit of the vile play "Mary, Like a Virgin", playing during Our Lady's Month in the Big Apple at Dillon's Lounge Off-Broadway where the crowds gather to see filth and blasphemy as the path to hell grows wider by the day. In this Month of Mary, those who have sold their souls seek to mock the Most Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary by participating in by their attendance or lack of protest a scurrilous, flippant, sacrilegious play which portrays Our Lady as a modernist woman, played by a perverted drag-queen no less. Nothing like making God madder! Over 500 Traditional Catholics have stood against this blasphemous play while the rest of the world blithely laughs it off in their lukewarm state of infernal ennui and blindness. As Gabriel points out, it is just more evidence of society's complicity with the devil in staging another vile depiction that shows so clearly just how agitated and base the devil is in mocking the Woman, the very Immaculate one who will crush his head. Gabriel explains in his column Blasphemous Filth Proves Satan is Desperate!
QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. F.X. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. Today, the sixth day of Mary's Month of May, the feast of Saint John Before the Latin Gate, the flower offered is a bouquet of VIOLETS which represent the Virtue of HUMILITY, something so lacking in so many of us and so necessary for sanctity. The beloved disciple John possessed this virtue throughout his life and in his inspired words of Sacred Scripture. It was this humility which preserved him from the boiling oil and afforded him, through the Mercy of God, to be exiled to the Isle of Patmos where he received the final account of the final days in the Book of the Apocalypse. The Violet represents the Virtue of Humility
Editor Michael Cain presents a daily VerbumQUO in Latin in hopes that, in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and etimology, more will be attuned to hearing Latin read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. The VerbumQUO for today on the Feast of the holy and worthy Pope Saint Pius V is "ædificábo" which is "I will build" for the Latin future first conjugation singular of ædificáre. This verb fits perfectly with Pope St. Pius V for he, of all Popes, built what Christ had established 1533 years earlier by codifying the infallible dogmatic decrees of the Council of Trent and set in stone "in perpetuity" the continual Sacrifice with the Latin Mass, often called Tridentine Mass from the time of Trent, but known universally today as the Traditional Latin Mass with his infallible Papal Bull Quo Primum, assuring the bread and wine would be properly confected through his decree De defectibus Cain explains in
The True Reason for celebrating Cinco de Mayo
QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. F.X. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. Today, the fifth day of Mary's Month of May, the feast of the holy Sovereign Pontiff Pope Saint Pius V, the flower contributed to the bouquet offering for the Blessed Mother is the MARGUERITE, which represents SIMPLICITY; so perfect for this holy saintly Shepherd who, through his infallible decree Quo Primum, sought to make worship so simple with the infrangible Mass of all Ages - the Apostolic Latin Holy Sacrifice of the Mass set in stone by the dogmatic Council of Trent and codified by this holy Pope for all posterity. How simple can it be? This is the way it is as St. Pius laid out in following the infallible tenets of Trent, and all one needs do is follow those rules and rubrics. Simple! Few Vicars of Christ had a deeper appreciation of Our Lady than Pius V. The Marguerite makes it all so simple
Making Sense of sensus Catholicus
Father James F. Wathen presents a reflection this week on how Christ provided in His words recorded in the Gospel of Saint John 14, what one might call, a crash-course for His Apostles in refreshing them on His divinity and how He would be with them always before He would leave them and ascend into Heaven and then send His Spirit - the Holy Ghost - on Pentecost. Our Lord sought to remind His Apostles on the key points He had taught to them and His followers during that time of His public ministry before most had abandoned Him at the time of his trial and crucifixion except for John himself, His Blessed Mother and Mary Magdalene. Now those who had fled from the cross believe, but will they believe by faith or feeling. If by faith, then what they impart to others will have great fruits; if by feeling, they will flee at the slightest hint of persecution. Christ prepared well these men of faith. Father, who celebrated yesterday his 48th anniversary as a validly ordained priest, presents his insight and reflections in Christ refreshes the Apostles
Editor Michael Cain presents a daily VerbumQUO in Latin in hopes that, in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and etimology, more will be attuned to hearing Latin read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. The VerbumQUO today is "desoláta" which is the Latin adjective for "desolate", a state that St. Monica found herself in since she herself was helpless to help her stubborn son. Thus, in such a state, she turned to God, persevering through constant prayer for the son she had brought into this world. So great was her love that all she asked was his salvation. Through her steady perseverance Saint Augustine went on to become not just a convert, but the staunch stalwart of the Faith, the great Bishop and Doctor of the Church, effecting countless conversions that were planted by the humble seeds of holy desolation in his mother who trusted in God's love and mercy. Cain explains in
The Fruits of Perseverance
QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. F.X. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. Today, the fourth day of Mary's Month of May, the feast of Saint Monica, that offered is the delicate bouquet of colorful PANSIES which represent the virtue of THOUGHTS OF HEAVEN. Few exemplified this virtue better than Saint Monica The pansies of persistence paid off as we know and Monica lived to see her son become a religious. All she had prayed for came true. So also with us if we offer Our Lady our pansies of heavenly thoughts, she will intercede before her divine Son and answer our prayers.
The Pansy represents the Virtue of Thoughts of Heaven
Gabriel Garnica examines the sure words of reliable, holy Sovereign Pontiffs who encouraged Catholics to stand up against error, to speak out, to uphold the tenets of the True Faith no matter the odds. Today, we can see the vast majority have failed to heed what St. Pius V said that "ALL the evils of the world are due to lukewarm Catholics." Powerful and so true because had the Church been vigilant, the reforms of Vatican II would never have seen the light of day and today the vast majority, because of their lukewarmness, are wallowing in the muck of the New Order which also gave license to the revolution of the sixties, the corruption of morals and values throughout the past 40 years, and the terrorism of body and soul today. Unfortunately, the echo of ennui and disinterest reverberates through souls - an eerie siren of the lukewarm of which the Lord has promised in Apocalpyse 3: 16, that He would vomit from His mouth. Thus, faithful Catholics today, in compliance with the holy Popes of the past, have the unenviable but necessary task today of Disposing of Lukewarm Sewage
Editor Michael Cain presents a daily VerbumQUO in Latin in hopes that, in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and etimology, more will be attuned to hearing Latin read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. The VerbumQUO today is Crucis, which is the Latin for "of the Cross", the singular possessive of the genitive and taken from today's Introit, Collect, Epistle, Secret and Communion for today's Proper of the Mass for the Finding of the True Cross Nos autem. The Holy Cross is the focal point of our lives for which we venerate and carry with us daily. As Christ showed that there can be no Resurrection without the Cross, there can be no Victory without the Cross for us. We must be willing to take up our cross and follow Him daily. Only then can we be assured of sharing in the triumph. Cain explains in
By this Sign we will Conquer
QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. F.X. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. Today, the third day of Mary's Month of May, a MYOSOTIS is presented to represent GIVING THANKS. The Greek word for thanksgiving is eucharistia from which we get the Latin eucharistus from which derives the English "Eucharist" and it is through the Holy Eucharist confected in the Canon of the True Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - the Traditional Latin Mass - where we receive Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Nothing can be greater and should prompt an abundance of thanksgiving prayers following our reception of Holy Communion, which, when received worthily, builds up an abundance of graces within our souls, united with Christ and the countless angels adoring Him with us at every valid Mass. Nothing pleases Our Lady more for
The Myosotis represents the Virtue of Giving Thanks
The STRAIGHT STUFF
Griff Ruby returns with an interesting likelihood that God could effect for after all, "with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Many have said the only solution to the current crisis in the Church today is divine intervention. What if God chose to send His Holiness Pope Pius XII back to earth to find out for himself the truth of Saint Paul's words in Galatians 1: 8-10 and how the Church he left had been eclipsed? Griff presents just such a scenario and how even he was lied to. Just as Christ says in today's Gospel "If they have called the good man of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household?" so also any Traditional Catholic - whether he be the least or Pope Pius XII - will be considered an enemy of God's enemies. Griff gives us food for thought in his piece
The Resurrection of Pope Pius XII
Editor Michael Cain presents a daily VerbumQUO in Latin in hopes that, in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and etimology, more will be attuned to hearing Latin read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. The VerbumQUO today is persecutiónem, which is the Latin for "persecution", taken from today's Epistle, and a perfect reminder of what today's saint whose feast we celebrate - Saint Athanasius - underwent to keep the Faith when seemingly all others had abandoned it for Arianism. So also today Traditional Catholics are persecuted in so many ways, deprived of the venues to practice their faith, they are forced into the "catacombs" to preserve the True Faith. In Athanasius they can take solace for he was the
The Godfather of Dry Martyrs
QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. F.X. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. Today, the second day of Mary's Month of May, a ROSE is presented to represent LOVE OF GOD. No one loves God more than His Blessed Mother Mary who humbly became the Living Tabernacle of the Holy of Holies. Mary is associated with the rose because it is one of the most beautiful flowers of all and her special prayer - the Rosary - is a bouquet of spiritual roses that we can offer her each day for her to take to the Holy Trinity in intercession for us as her Heavenly Mother who loves us so much.
The Rose represents the Love of God
Doctors of the Church
In honor of the feast of Saint Athanasius, the holy Bishop and Doctor of the Church, we bring you a "Gems from the Past" on the first to be proclaimed a "Doctor of the Church." Against all odds this Alexandrian Bishop persisted against the Arian heresies through numerous popes and was banished by emperors and the Arians four times. But in the end the True Faith won out, thanks to the perseverance of men like Saint Athanasius to whom we call on for intercession today when the VaticantwoArians had usurped the True Church and eclipsed Her, driving true Catholics into hiding to practice their faith just as Athanasius was forced to do seventeen hundred years ago. The more things change, as we see in today's Gospel, the more they stay the same for God's infernal enemy is our enemy and we should not fear man, but he who can destroy the soul. St. Athanasius is an ideal example of staying the course for he remains the
Apostle of Tradition
On this Solemnity of St. Joseph we resume our series VerbumQUO as editor Michael Cain selects a specific word from the Proper of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which best captures the essence of the feast or specific attribute of the saint of the day. Besides pure and holy, there is no better description of the foster-father of Jesus and chaste spouse of Our Lady than "protector" and that is what Cain focuses on as he shares inspiring insights from the magnificent Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger that bring holy Joseph alive in our hearts. Cain explains in
Go to Joseph!
QUEEN OF THE MAY
One of the traditional devotions during Mary's Month of May is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is an ancient prayer said by more than a few saints and was mandated by the holy St.Louis Marie de Montfort to those in his orders. It is a prayer said for each day of May. Along with this prayer there is another tradition that can be found in Fr. F.X. Lasance's book on Our Lady and that is to offer each day in May to the Blessed Virgin a different flower which corresponds to a particular virtue for each day. Today, the First Day of Mary's Month of May on the Feast of Mary's earthly spouse it is most appropriate that the flower is the LILY and the designated virtue: PURITY. No flower is more significant in identifying the Foster-Father of Jesus and chase Protector of Mary than the holy Joseph whose feast we celebrate and who is the symbol of purity, most always depicted by the pure Lily for the Little Crown and Queen of the May see
The Lily represents the virtue of Purity
It has been four years since the false shepherds in red met in Rome and claimed to be cleaning their own houses. But as time has gone more and more we can see how they reek of rot and decay as the conciliar church rightly continues to crumble. Four years ago to the day, James Bendell of Roman Catholic Faithful at www.rcf.org wrote a prophetic article on these pages in exposing the charade they have been posturing. Four years later his words are even more on the target as we provide the opportunity for you to read again Bendell's piece which isa study in Orwellian Newspeak in translating the Text of the Cardinals' Communiqué in
Reading Between the Lines
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Second Sunday after Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, he identifies the difference between a true shepherd as Christ exemplified and as His saints and holy popes of the past personified and today's leaders who seek to smother Catholic truth by crowding the synthetic conciliar church with their pomposity, spewing forth tomes of opinions that contradict infrangible dogmas and solid doctrines. The sheep have indeed been scattered by the mercenaries of Modernism and Father shows in Sacred Scripture how this applies to our very times and the eclipse of the True Church founded by Christ. Jesus said "By their fruits you shall know them" and considering the rotting, bitter fruits of Vatican II we know them only too well as each day they betray their true intentions to further scatter the sheep in their attempt to refashion a humanistic religion as man perceives and conceives, not as God has fashioned for the everlasting good of the soul. Just by this fact, as Father points out, heresies of every kind - capped by the mother of all heresies: Modernism - have raised their ugly heads and closed their ears and hearts to
The Voice of the Shepherd
Doctors of the Church
In honor of the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, we bring you a "Gems from the Past" on the second woman elevated to the status of Doctor of the Church. After Saint Teresa of Jesus from the Spanish area of Avila, came the wise Italian religious St. Catherine of Siena, whom God rose up in the fourteenth century during the time of the Avignon Popes. She was given the mystical gift of the stigmata, not visible to the world until her death. Not fearing what man would think of her, she cared only for what God willed. Spurred on by this heavenly wisdom and fortitude, she convinced the Sovereign Pontiff to end the Babylon Exile in Avignon, France and fought against the Great Schism that began after the death of the Pope she talked into returning to Rome. She was a close counselor to several popes and worked many miracles throughout her life, helping all no matter their walk in life or their state of life or health. Even today she remains powerful in helping us through these tumultous times when the Church has been eclipsed. That is why Saint Catherine of Siena is considered the
Powerful and Prayerful Persuader
Doctors of the Church
In honor of the feast of Saint Peter Canisius, the Dutch-born Jesuit priest who played a key role in the landmark Council of Trent and played a vital role in debating the Protestant heresies throughout Europe, we present a profile on this holy Doctor as part of our "Gems from the Past" that highlights why he was given his unique moniker while whirling through his native Netherlands and Germany, Austria, Bohemia and Poland in saving souls. He was a great eloquent preacher sought by prince and pauper alike. He served as mediator between Holy Roman Emperors and Popes. He also founded the University of Fribourg in 1580. One of his most famous works was "Manuel of Catholics" and he is referred to as the "Second Apostle of Germany," giving way only to the great Saint Boniface as the "First Apostle of Germany." Because of his efforts, the counter-reformation was a resounding success in Bavaria. St. Peter Canisius was Windmill of Wisdom.
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Low Sunday, he calls for a halt to the blasphemy that rocks the thunderous echoes of Heaven as the most vaunted God-Man is blasphemed and derided, reduced to a simple sinner. What callous calibration Satan has maneuvered to turn so many to deny God, to lambast Him and His Blessed Mother. On this Low Sunday mankind has indeed reached a new low and Father asks how low can man stoop before the wrath of the Father is unleashed. We are long overdue for such a punishment considering man's neglect of the will of God, and it will not go well for anyone who does not rally to be obedient to His ordaining will through prayer and sacrifice, through standing up to the dastardly and blatant attacks against our Creator and sole Reason for being. If we don't act now, we may rue the day which may not be far off when we will stand before our Judge and be declared guilty for our lukewarmness, guilty on all counts of not practicing our Faith when it was needed most. Enough is enough and it has reached that point. Declare now and declare strongly on the side of St. Michael or get out of the way. No man can serve two masters. It's God's way or the highway. The Word has spoken. It's that simple as Father points out emphatically in his sermon
The Just Anger of God
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Easter Sunday, he points to the Paschal Mystery as the great antithesis to the world. which cannot comprehend the mind or heart of the devout believer who forges on against all odds, against the very same type of persecutors who railed against the God-Man some 2000 years ago. Today, in a world now gone mad, so many are mesmerized by the man of perdition who desperately infuses the poison of hate masked as humanities and vanities that man cannot do without. Sin is in, Virtue vitiated; cause is carried on the mantra that superstition is passé ; the new understanding of man holds sway and those, who do not subscribe, are then fair game to be mocked and ridiculed. Such is the crux of the Cross which unbelievers cannot fathom. Even today in the world and the conciliar church, He comes unto His Own, and His Own know Him not - as the beloved disciple, an eyewitness to history and the Paschal Mystery, attests. Should we be surprised? The blasphemers intensify and multiply and few raise up protest, lest they be accused of being a Christian. History repeats itself in so many ways; lukewarmness, so abhorred in Apocalypse 3: 16, surfaces en masse, and only those who burn with trust and believe with Faith, who embrace the Light of the world - Jesus Christ yesterday, today and forever - are protected by the shield of grace which sheds its light symbolically in the Paschal Candle. Let us go forth into the light with the courage of our convictions, as Father encourages with his sermon
"When Christ, your life, shall appear"
Making Sense of sensus Catholicus
We present a beautiful insight from Father James F. Wathen sent by Maria Hughes earlier this week. For three hours or more, Christ was in communication with His Father, praying and offering everything He suffered as a prayer while undergoing the most ignominious torture known to man. This was all necessary for the Lamb of God to offer Himself as the immolated, pure, holy and spotless Victim in order to merit for us everlasting life by completing the first Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by the chief High Priest, once and for all. This Mass of the God-Man was brought to a conclusion on Calvary. In the continual sacrifice of the Mass, the validly consecrated priest, as the alter Christus, prays silently during the Canon of the Mass, re-enacting the holy sacrifice on Calvary in an unbloody manner. He speaks aloud only seven times from the Sanctus through his own consuming of the Body and Blood of Christ; thus imitating the number of times Christ spoke from the Cross. Father shares his inspiration in The Seven Words From The Cross
Faithful To Tradition
John Gregory presents appropriately the final Sorrowful Mystery today. We have arrived at Calvary. Three hours remain. From the sixth hour to the ninth hour Jesus Christ, the King of kings, the Lord and Savior, Redeemer and Messias, hung in abject humility upon a tree, mocked and derided as the few faithful stood near. After three hours they would all know that this man was the Son of God. Many would not admit it. Pride would not let them. But for those who were sincere, such as the good thief and the centurion; they had to be honest with themselves. So also we must be honest with ourselves as we stand with His Blessed Mother, the beloved disciple, and Mary Magdalene. For this is the moment of truth. John shares his meditation in The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ
"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"
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 today's magnificent liturgy practiced for so many centuries by Holy Mother Church. She explains in - The Mandatum of Love
For this Holy Week we bring you a redux of Gabriel Garnica features from last year on certain reflections for Holy Week in which he focused 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
Today, Wednesday in Holy Week, also known as Spy Wednesday, editor Michael Cain has chosen as the VerbumQUO for today the two Latin words genu flectátur which comprise the English word "genuflect" in contemplating on the outward sign of reverence extended by Catholics whenever they come into the house of God or are assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Cain takes the reader through the highlights of the Holy Mass to illustrate how reverence and humility play such a pivotal part of the holy sacrifice offered by the priest and the number of times he himself genuflects to Almighty God during the Mass. It is a far cry, as Cain points out, from the novelties of the Novus Ordo which have basically eliminated any need to kneel for the proud have no need to bow down! Oh, but they do! And yet in the conciliar rite, there is nothing to bow to! Oh, how they need the Holy Sacrifice to cleanse them of the false worship they have been swallowed up in which is so suffocating souls. Cain explains in
Every Knee Must Bend!
"Fiat Voluntas Dei"
On this Tuesday in Holy Week when the evangelist Saint Mark chronicles the deviousness of Judas in the Passion Reading, Timothy Duff asks about another betrayer who has been given a certain status by the apparatchiks he installed to reward him with an honor that he is surely not deserving of, not in the least. Tim shows that any consideration is as much an aberration than giving credence that Judas was only being obedient to what Christ wanted him to do as the gnostics wrote in the infamous Gospel of Judas. Either way both Judas and John Paul II were guilty of betrayal. On this day when the True Church honors the orthodox giant of the Faith Saint Leo the Great, the holy Doctor of the Church, it is an insult to every person who professes to be Catholic to even think of the possibility of Karol Wojtyla even being considered for one second as holy and worthy of even the slightest consideration of canonization. Only to those who embrace the Church of Darkness does such insanity make sense, for it is satan's will to destroy what God established once and for all. Tim doesn't mince words in documenting this fact in his short, but poignant piece
Was John Paul II a "Saint"?
Today, Tuesday in Holy Week, editor Michael Cain has decided to emphasize what the Gospel Passion Reading of Mark covers and what is front and center the primary means of worship and grace-giving for every Catholic: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, focusing today's VerbumQUO on the very word sacrificium "sacrifice" actually taken from the Ordinary of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and said by the priest, acting as the alter Christus, seven times during the Holy Mass, replicating the number of times our Lord spoke from the Cross. The emphasis on sacrifice and the spotless Victim, pure Victim, holy Victim, spotless Victim were installed by the great Pontiff - whose feast day is today - St. Leo the Great, though not celebrated because of Holy Week superseding normal feasts this most solemn of weeks. Cain explains in
Without the sacrifice of the spotless Victim, there is no Mass! Period!
Doctors of the Church
Today is the Feast of the holy Doctor of the Church and Roman Pontiff Saint Leo the Great. The feast is not celebrated this year because Tuesday in Holy Week takes precedence. Nevertheless, the day cannot pass without honoring this phenomenal saint who was vigilant and masterful in all he did from staving off the Arian heresy, to reinstating solid doctrine when the Robbers Council sought to undermine the Faith, to miraculously stopping the "Scourge of God" Attila the Hun in his tracks at the gates of Rome. He was the only Vicar of Christ to convene two major ecumenical councils. Considered the "Codifier of Orthodoxy", he is best remembered as the "Defender of Rome" Such was the fifth century spiritual giant St. Leo the Great
Defender of Rome and Codifier of Orthodoxy
We begin Holy Week with a "Gems from the Past" by Gabriel Garnica on reflections for Holy Week beginning with an aftermath meditation of Palm Sunday.
The Palms have been distributed in the sacramental nature intended, but we should not place too much significance on them as Gabriel Garnica pointed out a year ago for Monday in Holy Week. We repeat it here as he examines the properties and symbolism, proving the temporary status of the palm which more readily replicates the whole concept of the New Order - the conciliar church - 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
Editor Michael Cain has chosen for today's The VerbumQUO for Monday in Holy Week, chosen by editor Michael Cain, is "expúgna" which is the Latin demonstrative verb for "overthrow" or "expunge" taken from today's Introit for Monday in Holy Week - Judica, Domine in which the Psalmist David cries out to the Lord to "overthrow them that fight against me." What martyr has not prayed this plea while still praying for their persecutors' conversion? They know love and forgiveness will overthrow our fiercest enemy and expunge sin from their souls. Cain, with the help of the venerable Dom Prosper Gueranger's words from The Liturgical Year, illustrates how we can expunge our own sins and pray for those who do not love God, do not believe, do not trust and do not adore Him. We can be the expungers who will erase their unbelief through prayer, penance and our good example. Cain explains in
Weapons of Love
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Palm Sunday, he revisits the passage of Isaias in which the holy prophet foretells the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, the promised Messias. Father shows that just as the children of Israel proclaimed their hosannas, they proved to be hollow, for when push came to shove, they denied His deity and joined in the chorus documented in Matthew 27: 22, "His blood be upon us, and upon our children." So also today, despite the fact our Lord bore theirs and our iniquities, He is lauded today as a man of the world Who really didn't even exist as His modern persecutors, egged on by His everlasting adversary satan, spew lie after lie about their theories and hypotheses that seek to undermine the very message He sends us in the sacred ceremonies we observe today and throughout Holy Week. These modern liars and blasphemers, like the perfidious Jewish leaders of our Lord's time, plot and scheme to eliminate Him from our memories by skewering the truth and posturing fables that ridicule the sacrosanct and reduce the God-Man, the Savior of the world, to nothing less than a desperate figure whose paramount fear is that man will discover He is a fraud. Oh, what blasphemy! And yet with the rash of material raising its ugly head in these very times from the "Gospel of Judas" to The DaVinci Code to The Jesus Papers to what not, atheism and the evil one meet to seek revenge that will never be theirs. Father explains in his sermon for Palm Sunday.
"He shall bear their iniquities"
Editor Michael Cain has chosen for today's VerbumQUO for Palm Sunday the Latin noun "ramos" which is the Latin plural noun for "branches", taken from several of the passages for today's ceremonies for Palm Sunday; for it was the branches of palms and olive that are symbolic of this day and divide the Old and the New, with the former fulfilled in all that would unfold in this coming Holy Week, as the new branches would sprout more buds and fruit, and the old, and insincere, wither away. There is both joy and sorrow; the joy of the hosannas that will soon turn to utter sorrow, not only for the cruel treatment of our Lord that would culminate with the crucifixion of the Messias, but in today's attitude that Christ is irrelevant for modern-advanced-man as the heresies of old raise their ugly heads with even more vehemence than ever before. Even the beautiful words of today's Proper do not deter the hard-hearted and obdurate souls who seek to eliminate His triumph for they have forfeited to the horns of the unicorn as Cain explains in
Hosannas hooked on the horns of dilemma
Gabriel Garnica tackles the whole issue of immigration and the latest Pied-Piper of Perdition who comes cloaked in red and roars out from LA with political polemics that have lost the salt of salvation and care only for temporal rewards. For him, who has sold out to mammon, we can only pray; for the immigrants he should be speaking out for are the defenseless, innocent unborn who conciliar potentate Roger Mahony cannot be bothered with. Neither can he be concerned for the spiritual welfare of the faithful of Southern California who have been so betrayed by this comforter of sodomites, perverts, powerful Democrats, and Hollywood honchos. By his actions and words, it is no doubt he is a definite enemy of Tradition; ergo an adversary to Christ and His Church. Gabriel explains in his column
The Ultimate Immigrants
The VerbumQUO for today is "hora" the Latin noun for "hour", taken from today's Gospel of St. John 12 for Saturday in Passion Week. The hour is near; this is so as Jesus announces: "The hour is come that the Son of Man should be glorified." Tomorrow Hosannas; hosannas which will turn to hisses as the week labors on. It is time to watch with Him for we know not the day nor the hour. Editor Michael Cain explains the significance, with help from the venerable Dom Prosper Gueranger, in seeing the blueprint laid out for the coming week in
To spend each day at least one hour with Thee
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 VerbumQUO for today is "Stabat Mater" meaning "The Mother stood" or or "The Mother was standing" and is the well-known 13th century Gregorian Chant Hymn, taken from today's Sequence Stabat Mater for the first of two feasts in the liturgical year for Our Lady of Sorrows; today being the greater double Feast of the Seven Dolors. It is the appropriate portal to the liturgy from here to Good Friday for Mary leads the way on the path that must wind up Calvary to reach the Door of Redemption. To His Blessed and Sorrowful Mother, Christ has given the key to open that Portal. Let Mary lead us and show us the combination that unlocks the door, possible only by the ultimate Sacrifice of the Cross. Cain shares the insight of the venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger and the holy Doctor of the Church St. Benedict in illustrating today's VerbumQUO in
A Mother's Love that Knows No Bounds
Echoes of True Catholicism
On this Feast of the Seven Dolors, we present an eye-opening piece by
Dr. Marian Therese Horvat filed two days ago on Tradition in Action which brings into vivid question the whole Fatima facade that has been perpetrated on the public by the conciliar church and must cause the Blessed Mother so much more sorrow. What Marian reveals that there could very well have been two Sister Lucys and questions should resound on what happened to the original Sister Lucy. It brings to mind her own words: "diabolical disorientation"; and one can sense the devil in the data Marian provides as well as pictures which should leave plenty, plenty of doubt if that was really the real Sister Lucia Santos who passed away last year. The fact that we have been desensitized to think the Sr. Lucia photographed for the public is really the same person, has only added to the scheme, but Marian's deductions, photographs, and questions should raise many more questions just as we wrote on these pages last year in Only Heaven Knows. So also only Heaven knows, but hopefully, because the lies from the modern Vatican do not add up, Marian's revelations and very logical conclusions should prompt some kind of investigation. Yet, considering the ones doing the investigating most probably will be the very foxes that invaded the henhouse, don't look for much honesty from modern Rome. After all, we haven't seen it in well over 40 years. Despite carrots that recently bear the facade of traditionalism, it's only orange coloring and the raw truth is that the rest of the carrot is rotten. The facts are that the progressivists have no intention of giving up their lair. But Marian's article should definitely rustle their fur as you'll see in her column at Tradition In Action: Two Sister Lucys of Fatima?