Saint Luke, a native of Antioch, was converted by St. Paul, and accompanied him on many of his journeys. St. Luke is best known as the historian of the New Testament. He is far and away the most prolific writer among the evangelists and Paul himself. Luke was meticulous in gathering information from the lips of the apostles and could very well be the patron of reporters considering his prowess for exacting facts. He
wrote, as he tells, all things in order. The Acts of the Apostles were written as a sequel to his Gospel. Luke is represented by the calf or ox, the sacrificial animal, because his Gospel begins with the account of Zachary, the priest, the father of John the Baptist. This man of medicine is called a painter as well for a painting of the Virgin in St. Mary Major at Rome is ascribed to him traced to being discovered by the Empress Eudoxia in Jerusalem, which she sent to Constantinople. it is certain that St. Luke was an artist, at least to the extent that his graphic descriptions of the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Shepherds. Presentation, the Shepherd and lost sheep, etc., have become the inspiring and favorite themes of Christian painters. He died the death of a martyr, and was buried at Thebes in Boeotia.
His relics were brought to Constantinople in 357. For more on today's saint, see Saint Luke the Evangelist
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A System Based on Lies Still Produces Liars 10-14
King of the Day and Queen of All Ages 10-13
Our Lady Does Not Act on Her Own 10-13
A New Fatima For A New Religion 10-13
So Much Confusion, So Little Time 10-12
The Work of Columbus 10-12
Distracting Us With More Side Shows Part Three 10-10
Distracting Us With More Side Shows Part Two 10-8
Distracting Us With More Side Shows Part One 10-6
The Cost of "Recognition" Keeps Getting Higher and Higher 10-4
Without Fear of God 10-1
Memo to Andrew Cuomo 9-29
Gatekeepers of the Mainstream Part One 9-26
Gatekeepers of the Mainstream Part One 9-25
Can a True Pope Change the Fifth Commandment? 9-24
What's The First Commandment Got To Do With Anything? 9-23
Days Three and Four of the Conciliar Circus in the United Kingdom Part Two 9-21
Days Three and Four of the Conciliar Circus in the United Kingdom Part One 9-20
Day Two of the Conciliar Circus in the United Kingdom Part Two 9-19
Day Two of the Conciliar Circus in the United Kingdom Part One 9-18
Generic Christianity Is Not Good Enough for God 9-17
Calling Cesar Romero, Calling Cesar Romero, Part Two 9-16
Calling Cesar Romero, Calling Cesar Romero, Part One 9-15
Deflecting Reality with Emotionalism 9-14
Combustible Material Stay Back Five Hundred Feet This Truck Carries Naturalism 9-11
Caring Not for Homegrown Terrorism 9-9
Enough to Make Our Heads Spin 9-8
Coming Soon: Vacancies in Local Chancery Offices 9-7
Taking Catholics for Fools
Two Different Caesars, Same Old Spin 9-4
Apostasy Continues to Have Consequences 9-2
Witness Against Benedict XVI: The Oath Against Modernism 9-1
On Friday the Feast of St. Bridget of Sweden, we introduced a new feature in bringing you each day a chapter a day for meditation on the wondrous, Church-approved, plethora of prophesies revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden in the fourteenth century which, as you reflect on Our Lord's words to her, you will realize they hold even truer in our very time today. Thanks to the resources of Catholic-Saints.net we are able to provide this for you. The only difference is that we are parcelling it out to a chapter each day so readers can meditate on the contents of each short chapter and not be overwhelmed by too much. Today in the Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden Jesus confirms what His Blessed Mother imparted in Chapter Ten to St. Bridget about His Own suffering in
Prayer to St. Joseph during October
We also encouraged our readers to intensify their spiritual life and strive toward holiness, by beginning on St. Bridget's feastday, the One Year Devotion of the Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget in expiation for the number of lashes and scourges Jesus received during His terrible Passion. As the world grows darker, we provide the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. If we strive to do that, we will have all we need and, as He has promised, we will have it in abundance. Isn't it time to soul-stretch and exercise those prayers? You can find them at Promises and Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden
During October we can also call upon the foster father of Jesus and Mary's chaste earthly spouse Saint Joseph with the following special prayer, prayed after recitation of the holy Rosary:
To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wilt look down with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood and wilt succor us in our need by thy power and strength.
Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen offspring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Fathher, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under thy patronage, that, following thine example and strengthened by thy help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.
The Fatima Prayers
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee; and I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee.
(repeat the above 3 times then bow your head in reciting the following:)
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in tabernacles throughout the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in unison with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
O Most Holy Trinity, I addore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament!
O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the conversion of poor sinners.
To assist all in striving toward holiness, click on the Confessional to your right to review your transgressions through a thorough Examination of Conscience
Because the feast of the holy Evangelist St. Luke John Gregory provides the Haydock Commentary for the Epistle and Gospel for the Double of the Second Class Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, one of the authors of the Gospels and to whom the Acts of the Apostles are attributed. The focus is on evangelizing and the manner in which Our Lord followed the same procedure as Moses did for the twelve tribes in assigning disciples to each of the twelve apostles for a total of 72 in all and instructed them to trust in God's providence and express true charity through their work for the Lord and expect charity in return for their labors, for Jesus says "a laborer is worth his hire", indicating the need for those who work in the harvest for souls to be taken care of in the proper way of anyone else who would provide a service. Perhaps, until Pentecost, few of those disciples and even the Apostles realized what Christ meant when He said, "The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He send laborers into His harvest. Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves." Later, as we know in St. John 21: 15-16, Jesus tells His Apostles, especially Peter to "Feed My lambs." His reference to lambs is significant for He is the Lamb of God Who has sent His
"Lambs Among Wolves"
This special feature is provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. With the type so small in most bibles, we publish it here in larger type in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass, with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock. For the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Fr. Haydock provides a few commentaries, but the key is not in the commentaries but in the Scriptures themselves for St. Paul's words to the Ephesians are some of the most beautiful imagery he has employed in his epistles. In addition, today's Gospel is so applicable to the very situation going on today in Washington, Wall Street and throughout every home in America and the prospect that thought failure has been rewarded, those whose debts have been forgiven with a bailout are not passing that same mercy on to the common man. Even more pertinent is that few are realizing this whole crisis doesn't amount to a hill of beans in God's eyes if our hearts are not pure and therein the final verse from our Lord says it all: "So also shall My heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts." John provides the short commentary for Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost "Unless you see signs and wonders"
Over three centuries ago Jesus chose a devout nun to provide us with a divine promise if we follow devotions to His Most Sacred Heart. He explained to her the parameters of the Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart and instructed her on how to pray during Holy Hour. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque was born at Verosvres in the diocese of Autun on July 22, 1647. When only three years old she already had the greatest fear of the smallest sin. Indeed, the very word "sin" frightened her exceedingly. And
before she was quite four years of age, without anyone suggesting them to her, she clearly pronounced the words, "O my God, I consecrate my purity to Thee, for my whole life: I vow to Thee perpetual chastity." Even as a mere tot she loved Jesus and Mary above all things; and as soon as she had learned to say the rosary, she recited it every day. Some time after she had made her First Holy Communion, God sent her a grievous sickness that lasted four years. Then Margaret had recourse to Our Lady. She promised that if
that dear Mother would cure her she would become a Sister. Scarcely had she uttered the words, when she was cured. After some hesitation she entered the Order of the Visitation of Paray-le-Monial at the age of twenty-three. The Sacred Heart of Jesus manifested Himself to her several times; through her He willed to make this devotion known to the world. She died October 7,1690. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XV on Ascension Thursday, May 13, 1920. Pope Pius XI extended her feast to the whole Church on June 28, 1929. For more, see St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and Suffering For The Love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Ides of October bring us the feast of the holy religious Spaniard St. Teresa of Avila who founded the Discalced Carmelites. It was this obedient, but feisty nun who would not compromise or cut corners in striving to fulfill the reforms of Trent in blotting out laxity and returning to the roots of monasticism and Catholic truth. She traveled throughout her beloved land establishing religious houses despite tremendous opposition from within her own ranks and her superiors. Were it not for a few wise superiors, she might never have succeeded. But she had the faith and trust in God to carry out her God-given mission even though it took a great toll on her health and eventually her life. She died on the cusp of the Julian and Gregorian calendar. The last day of the Julian calendar was Thursday, October 4 in 1582 and this was followed immediately by the first day of the Gregorian calendar which was Friday, October 15, 1582 and that is why her feast is celebrated on October 15. To this day her body remains incorrupt. For more on this inspiring saint, see Saint Teresa of Avila
Chilean Miners being rescued one by one Foreman of the 33, Luis Urzua, the last out President Sebastián Piñera
Also see Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's inspiring piece,
Another October 13 Miracle
The men to the left are the 33 miners miraculously rescued on Wednesday, October 13 exactly 69 days since they were trapped over 2000 feet beneath the desert floor in a Chilean mine. As the days waned on and they clung to hope through prayer and common sense, they became known throughout Chile and the world as the "angels of the bicentennial" and indeed the angels played a role, real angels assisting Our Lady in carrying out the Miracle of the Sons 93 years to the day of the Miracle of the Sun. There was a reason for the miracle at Fatima and Mary's messages. To this day we have not responded as she asked. Soon it will be too late. Editor Michael Cain shares the prophetic words of a priest from 1935 who foresaw our very time of 2010. If we don't start making expiation soon for our public sins, it definitely will be too late. We have much work to do and we cannot sit on our laurels or cower in the shadows. It's face time, not on face book but in the public square where all Catholics are called to pray the holy Rosary this coming Saturday, October 16. Calling the Church Militant to arms. Cain lays it out in Soul Rescue by Expiation begins at High Noon!
As we close within seven years of the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions, we are reminded all the more of the dismal failure to obey the Blessed Virgin Mary's request imparted to three innocent Portugal peasant children to alert the Church of the dangers ahead and how to stave off this disaster. Her Rosary was the chief answer and only a handful remain true to that today. In fact, the Rosary is the one link to conciliar Catholics that gives us hope they will be given the grace to truly see they are in a no-win situation in the conciliar church.
Because the true popes from Pope Benedict XV through Pius XII did not heed Our Lady's plea, Russia was not consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. Consequently, Russia's errors have indeed spread where communism permeates nearly every country today, including the U.S.A. Abortion and sexual perversity originated behind the Iron Curtain. The Mother of God knew but man thought that's all superstitious. Well, so much for those thinkers. Despite the shell game played by the conciLIARS in 2000 with the ridiculous version of the Third Secret, we know from testimonies that the essence of it is about the Great Apostasy. There is much conjecture over a version that was released recently which supposedly bears the fingerprint of the real Sister Lucia. If so, then the last three sentences of the one-page purported message could be the clue:
"The cathedral of Rome must be destroyed and a new one built in Fatima. If 69 weeks after this order is announced, Rome continues its abomination, the city will be destroyed. Our Lady told us that this is written,[in] Daniel 9:24-25 and Matthew 21:42-44."
Consider that from the death of Papa Pacelli on October 9, 1958 through the tainted Conclave of October 1958 and the very controversial election of Angelo Roncalli and then his so-called impromptu announcement to hold a council until February 8, 1960 when Modern Rome put out a press release that the Third Secret would not be released in a devious effort to cast doubt on what had already been fully approved and twist Fatima to the Modernists' agenda: it was exactly "69 weeks." Could it that Rome has already been destroyed by conciliarism? Just a thought considering there are no other answers readily available. The best answer?
The path to perdition is wide and paved with good intentions. If one were to realize how ugly sin is, they'd never sin. However, the devil is crafty and devious and so he seeks to twist everything, trying to portray sin as allowable and something that is no big deal. Did he not try the same in the Garden of Eden? Why would he change strategy since? Sadly, in these very times when the Great Apostasy is so prevalent, lucifer has been able to make so many things sacrilegious and blasphemous today amidst an apathetic society that fails to take heed of God's Laws and the consequences of sin. Because of that the vast majority have disregarded St. Paul's stern warning in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10 and bought into the "operation of error" and "consented to iniquity." They have rationalized their consciences into thinking God is an all-loving while totally missing the point that the Omniscient One is also equally all-just and He will judge each and every soul both in our particular judgment and the final judgment. As most go about their lives stubbornly clinging to their own wills and rejecting God's will, they're oblivious to the fact that one can never enter Heaven in the state of mortal sin. Without putting on the armor of God and being in the state of sanctifying grace, we are puddy in the devil's hands and dead meat. Literally! In step fourteen of this series we treat Mortal Sin and the Occasions of this deadly sin and something we must avoid or else it will be the Sure-fire Way to Hell
We all know satan apes God and he did exactly that with the heretical council known as Vatican II. What better way to fool the faithful than opening on a feast day that acknowledged the dogma of Mary's divine Maternity? That's exactly what the antipope John XXIII did, and it closed on another of her important feast days in 1965, her Immaculate Conception. It was deception that allowed Vatican II and deception that has followed ever since. Christ said it so clearly in St. Matthew 7: 15-21, and St. Paul warned in Galatians 1: 8-10, 2 Thessalonians 2:5-11, and 2 Timothy 4: 2-5, as well as the beloved disciple's words in 1 John 2: 15-22 and the Apocalypse, Chapter 17: 1-24 in revealing the fate of the false church. These are but a few sources from divine revelation that have foretold the Great Apostasy. We didn't even mention Our Lord's words in Chapters 24 and 25 of St. Matthew. Add to this Catholic tradition and the warnings by saints and Our Lady in numerous Church-approved apparitions such as at Quito in the 17th century, La Salette in the 19th century and Fatima in the 20th century. We are now in the 21st century and can readily see how this is the very time foretold - the time of the Great Apostasy. It began 48 years ago today and continues to ravage souls. To see how a bad tree cannot stand but is destined for the everlasting fires, we recommend checking out Novus Ordo Watch
, as well as Tradition in Action
which, though they insist they are not sedevacantist, what they publish proves time and again that the conciliar popes could not possibly be true popes. Two of the best to illustrate how the counterfeit church of conciliarism is collapsing and why all Catholics need to flee the false church of Apocalypse 17 are Traditio
and, of course, Dr.Thomas A. Droleskey's magnificent articles at Christ or chaos
. The latter two have pinpointed in their most recent posts several egregious heresies by the last two conciliar antipopes, all made possible by their succeeding conciliar antipopes or, as St. John says, "antichrists."