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State of the Soul Address

Michael Cain, editor

God is waiting for our Valentine

Cyndi Cain

What Should Traditional Catholics Do?
John Gregory

A Heartfelt Letter from a Concerned Catholic Mom

Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey

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American Pots Lecturing Egyptian Pots

Accepting Evil With Ease
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey

    We have decided to provide one issue for Lent that will afford our readers everything they need to make a productive and fruitful Lent. We are doing so for several reasons. First, the majority of our readers do not have access to the true Sacraments for they do not have a Traditional Latin Mass near them nor do they access to a true Roman Catholic priest and therefore we strive to provide the full liturgy in both Latin and English for all of Lent plus the feast days for saints still celebrated during Lent.

    Secondly, you will find all the rules for fast and abstinence during Lent, a comprehensive Examination of Conscience for preparing for the Sacrament of Penance, and the Stations of the Cross according to the method of that indomitable holy Doctor of the Church St. Alphonsus Liguori.

    Thirdly, we want to provide readers inspiration with links to sources that we challenge anyone to provide more thorough spiritual reading than the Douay-Rheims Bible, St. Bridget of Sweden's first two books from her Revelations and Prophecies she received which should be a wake-up call for everyone of us in striving to become better Catholics, and excerpts throughout the holy season of Lent by the incomparable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger as taken from his 15 volume masterpiece The Liturgical Year, as well as the Haydock Commentaries for each Sunday's Epistle and Gospel sent to us by John Gregory who also offers thorough meditation on each of the Five Sorrowful Mysteries that should enhance your appreciation in saying the holy Rosary. And to enhance the daily liturgy, on many days we will focus on one word from the daily Proper of the Mass that sums up the essence of that day which we have called the VerbumQUO of the day. In addition, we will link the inspirational articles of Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey for feasts that fall during Lent including his benchmark work "From Eden to the Tomb" during Holy Week.

   All of the above should enable you to make this Lent the best you can, short of being able to attend the Holy Sacrifice of he Mass - the Traditional Latin Mass - every day.

   There is also another three-fold reason for publishing one special Lenten edition over the next six weeks, for one, it will give this editor and family time to work on improving our own spiritual life; two, I will have the time to take care of my bride Cyndi who will be hospitalized to undergo extensive and drastic oral surgery later this month from which it will take most of Lent to recover (what better time for penance and suffering than Lent!). Your prayers for her are encouraged for she has endured much suffering over the years and been a most willing victim in offering it all to God for His greater honor and glory and in reparation for sins, hers, mine and yours. Three, it will give us a break from all the distractions presently flooding all mediums that portend the devil is most active this year, moreso than ever and we do mean ever! That includes the current financial crunch everyone in the world is feeling, especially here in the United States, more specifically California, and we are no different; in fact, it is hitting us harder for as expenses go up - way up - donations have dropped off and all we can do is implore your charity and mercy to remember The DailyCatholic in your duty of Almsgiving during Lent. As we have said so many times, without you, this publication, which has been on-line since 1996, ceases to exist. We need help and you, our readers, are the only ones we can turn to. We do so with great gratitude for whatever you can contribute. May you have a blessed and grace-filled Lent. Ecce lignum crucis. In quo Salus mundi pepéndit.

    Yours in the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,
Michael Cain, editor

With Lent here what better time to deal with the subject of death and the greatest consolation of grace a Catholic can receive with the Last Sacrament, the Sacrament of Extreme Unction which has been so twisted by the modern conciliar church that it barely resembles, if at all, the true purpose and immense benefits that are accrued by receiving this Last Sacrament before meeting our Maker at our Particular Judgment. As St. Paul said, "Death, where is thy sting?" and indeed, when one is back in the state of Sanctifying Grace and ready to die the fear of death melts away. There is so much consolation in that and yet, the conciliar newchurch has seen fit to eliminate this with a hybrid version called 'sacrament' of the Sick which is stripped of so much, including being a valid sacrament. When it's a question of dying, one wants to be sure they're receiving the real thing because one's eternal life is at stake. That is why we believe the best subject to cover on this Shrove Tuesday is to deal with the first of the Four Last Things: Death and why how we prepare for that goes a long way on how the other three Last Things go as we address Death and the Last Sacrament of Extreme Unction

Lent is not only for prayer, penance, almsgiving and self-mortification, but also to share our holy Faith in all its fullness with others. Yes, call it proselytization or evangelization if you will, that's what the Apostles, Fathers, Saints, Doctors and true Popes always called it because Christ said just that in the Gospel of St. Mark and St. Matthew to go into the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. After completing his thorough 14-part series, Griff Ruby took some well-deserved time off, but fear not, for he returns to reinforce that the tenets on which Jesus built His one, true and only Church upon the Rock of Peter and the very truths handed down through the evangelic traditions are found in every Catechism, a compilation of the truths and traditions we must follow and passed down and approved by the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church. If we are to proselytze the holy Faith especially to those who have been dumbed down by VaticanTwo-speak, they need to understand the uncompromising truths of the Catechism that all were taught before the Apostasy, words which leave no room for innovation, novelty or placating man, but rather fulfilling God's holy Will. If we cling to Catholic truth, we might wake up a few asleep in their Novus Ordo community comfort zones. Converting Catholics to true Catholicism. If we can do that, we can say we really accomplished something during Lent as Griff conveys what we should look for and accept no substitues by Just Following The Catechism.

With Lent just two days away, the venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection asking us to consider that if man's path to Heaven on earth entails sacrifice, will we respond to God's grace? He reminds us that one cannot avoid sin if one does not practice virtue to stay the hand of the devil who goes about like a roaring lion and without the armor of God and we must use our Lent as a spiritual bootcamp to withstand the enemy as he explains in his reflection for Quinquagesima Monday

The benchmark for knowledge was provided by St. Thomas Aquinas with his Summa Theologica, which he intended to be the sum of all known learning, arranged according to the best method, and subordinate to the dictates of holy Mother Church. On March 7 we celebrate his feast. Ironic when we realize this holy man was once regarded by his teacher as stupid. Dubbed the "dumb ox," this learned Dominican became the most brilliant scholar in the history of the Church. His great "Summa" tome on theology, which incorporates three parts covering the entire teaching of the Church in regards Faith and Morals is the benchmark for Catholic truth. He's also known for his inspirational hymns, having penned the awe-inspiring Benediction hymns of "O Salutaris Hostia" and "Tantum Ergo." His life spanned less than half a century yet his teachings have had more impact than any other saint. The holy St. Thomas is forever known as The Angelic Doctor

Through the kind assistance of John Gregory, we are able to provide our readers with the Haydock Commentaries for the Epistle and Gospel for Quinquagesima Sunday to complement the Propers of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In Father George Leo Haydock's commentaries on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament for Quinquagesima Sunday he deals with both charity and faith. The epistle focuses on St. Paul's words to the Corinthians that works without charity, true charity rooted in love of God, is empty as "a tinkling cymbal." It was charity that prompted Our Lord to recognize the blind man when the crowd and authorities sought to be uncharitable in preventing him from "disturbing" the Master. But the man's faith drove him to persevere and it was such that touched Jesus to heal Him for he knew the hearts of all men and knew the faith of the blind man who saw better than all the rest in the crowd. Haydock Commentary for Quinquagesima Sunday

The venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for Sexagesima Sunday in which he reminds us that the seed of Faith which God has planted in us can only grow if we nourish it for a hardened heart will not be able to sustain the thorns that will choke out God's love and His graces. God does not stifle this, man does. By not assuring that our love and faith grow, we are letting God down for as the divine Sower He expects a great harvest and if our field is barren, then we will have to make an account for what we have yielded at our Particular Judgment. On the other hand, if we have tended our heart with care as He directs, it will yield one-hundred fold fruits as the Abbot explains in his reflection for Quinquagesima Sunday

One month ago Dr. Marian Therese Horvat was on pilgrimage to Quito, Ecuador for the 400th Anniversary of the dedication of the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Good Success commemorating her appearances to the visionary Maria de Jesus Torres in which the Mother of God imparted messages that pertain much more to our time than any time ever. Marian has recently published some installments as an accounting of her trip and the amazing transformation of the statue that she witnessed leading up to the feast on February 2 on the feast of the Purification of Mary and the traditional feast of Our Lady of Good Success. What better day to bring this to you than on the First Saturday of the following month for what Mary asked at Fatima was merely a fulfillment of what she asked at Quito.

March 4 this year is both First Friday and the feast of the holy confessor, king and patron of Poland St. Casimir and during this penitential season we want to resume highlighting, when we can, one word from the Proper of the day's Mass that carries significance. Taking the Latin Verbum and Quotidianum, which mean respectively "Word" and "Daily", we we have coined the word "Verbumquo" by contracting quotidianum to quo and running it together as VerbumQUO for this feature series, thus "The Daily Word," as in the sum of the message, the 'quotient', if you will. Like the noble ruler of France St.Louis IX, St. Casimir shared his wealth and stood strong against the heretics, clinging to the Truths and Traditions handed down, adhering to all holy Mother Church taught. That is true stability or strength. This virtue is exclaimed in today's Collect for the Mass for St. Casimir.

With Lent just around the corner, what better time to remind all true Catholics of their obligation for works of mercy? One of the requests by holy Mother Church during Lent is to place an emphasis on almsgiving in which one gives of their riches to share with others, not out of a socialistic mindset, but rathere out of a scriptural reason to love our neighbor because of our love for God. We are cautioned to be prudent in giving to government or political organizations, unions and expensively organized 'charities' that employ thousands and we cannot be sure our donations will go for the cause for which we wanted to give. That is why, especially within the traditional movement, we remember our own, and give what we can to do our part in perpetuating the holy Faith as it was always taught from the time of Christ through the death of the last true Pope on October 9, 1958. If the Faith is important to you, you, too, will realize how important almsgiving is during Lent and ask yourself what you can do to strengthen that Faith by giving to your chapel, your true priests and bishops and to publications who do not compromise one iota with the counterfeit church of conciliarism. If you do not, someday all of these that you might take for granite could be gone and then what would you have? Look at the world today and ask yourself if you can afford to be tight with the riches God bestowed on you. Obligation to Do Works

For Thursday in Sexagesima Week, Dom Prosper Gueranger reminds us of history and never has this been more pertinent than this very year where throughout the Muslim world we are seeing more hate being stirred for insurrection and taking over America by establishing Shariah Law. Why has it come to this? Look at what has happened to our beloved holy Mother Church over the past 50 years and how that coincided with the total collapse of morals and ethics in the U.S. and the world and we're ripe for the same fate as the Jews, the Romans, and those throughout the annals who turned away from God. The Abbot puts it in perspective for for Sexagesima Thursday

In his short reflection prayer for the mid point of Sexagesima week, the venerable Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger reminds us that just as God took just so much before saying 'enough!' so also in our time we must realize there are limits to His Mercy and if we do not obey His divine Laws then we must be aware that His infinite Mercy will be replaced by His infinite Justice and if those persist in sin they will feel the wrath of His Justice. All the more reason to fast and do penance and turn our attention fully to His divine Will as Dom Prosper urges for Sexagesima Wednesday

Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey points to the barren springtime promised by Vatican II and its apparatchiks. Instead, we have nothing as the world becomes a boiling cauldron day by day. What does it all boil down to? Tom tells us: "We are eyewitnesses to the effects that the Protestant Revolution and Modernity have done to men and their nations. We are eyewitnesses of a spirit of apostasy and betrayal from men who consider themselves to be the officials of the Catholic Church that is breathtakingly staggering in its boldness and its scope. We must intensify our own acts of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially by praying as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits." No better advice we could take as we prepare for the time of Lent. Socialized Nihilism

Following up on the train of thought the venerable Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger first reflected on last week, he wonders how ever any of us survived over the ages after the great flood of Noah's time. He attributes it to God's grace and wonders again at how many just men there are that God would hold back His hand and stay the same kind of punishment He unleashed back in that time when all mocked God and laughed at His chosen messenger for building a massive ark. Today that Ark is Christ's Church which well after the death of the holy Benedictine Abbot, thanks to Vatican II, has been compromised by His adversary. We wonder with Gueranger on how long we can prevent the floodgates of Heaven. Sexagesima Tuesday

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    Most recent pertinent articles from Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey at Christ or chaos:
  • With Zeal for Falsehood   Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey warns that because Catholics did not resist Vatican II when they should have, now they reap the bitter fruits as Catholics have grown lapse allowing the apostasy to grow out of control and enable the march of the Muslims into every facet of our lives because of their false zeal. But at least the infidels are hot or cold, not lukewarm like so many who are too comfortable in their comfort zones because they don't want to stand for something. You know the rest as outlined in the Book of the Apocalypse 3: 15-16 to the Church of Laodicia. It's true: if one doesn't stand for something, he'll fall for anything. Welcome to reality.

  • Lightweights Each   Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey dons his poly psy cap and gives us a rundown of the usual suspects for the GOP which provides little hope against the corrupt progressivist Obama machine funded by George Soros. None would restore the Kingship of Christ and therein all is futile if one puts their hope in answers coming from politicians. Aint' gonna happen. Tom's piece is a mirrored piece of what he wrote with
  • No One Speaks for Christ the King

  • Nothing Stable, Nothing Secure   Tom deals with the insane rationale of Ratzinger's "hermeneutic of continuity and discontinuity"

  • Not Interested in "Assisi III"   Tom on why another syncretic get-together at Assisi is not being received as enthusiastically as Ratzinger may have thought, but when you realize the agenda, what else would one think.

  • American Pots Lecturing Egyptian Pots As Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey reminds all, no amount of naturalistic solutions is going to simmer the chaotic cauldron boiling over in Egypt and other hot spots in the Middle East, especially the hypocritical hypotheses advanced by the likes of Obama and Hillary Clinton who, we don't need to remind you, are the epitome of promoters of murder in the womb - a crime far worse than overthrowing a corrupt government which our own has become, by the way. Tom points out the great saints who God raised in the very land Christ lived in fulfillment of the Scriptures and the sad state the Holy Land and Egypt have fallen into because of their rejection of the Holy Trinity and the one True and only Church Jesus instituted for all to cling to, to believe and be baptized as He asserted in St. Mark 16: 15-16 for those who do not shall be condemned. Pray for the clueless souls throughout the world who put so much importance on their physical needs and so very little on the state of their soul.

    Evidence from other sites that the "operation of error" St. Paul refers to is the counterfeit church of conciliarism:

    Clergy Celebacy: Boiling Water in Germany Atila Sinke Guimaraes reveals a protest letter from 1970 signed by Joseph Ratzinger and his heretical cohorts Karl Rahner, Walter Kasper and Kurt Lehman, all extremely radical progressivists which, as Atila points out, that called for the end of celibacy in the priesthood. But the priesthood had already been savaged by Paul VI two years prior when Montini changed the sacrament, thus making it, as Pope Leo XIII decreed, "totally null and absolutely void." Atila wonders if Ratzinger claims he has not changed, then we must believe that the wolf will use his teeth to chew up the ages-old tradition of celibacy in the religious life - albeit that has been watered down so much to be hardly recognizable and now that water is boiling over, ready to scorch souls.

    Daily evidence of the conciliar corruption Over the last week Traditio has just skimmed the surface of the boiling cauldron of poison in the progressive church of Modernist Rome, while capsulizing the problems inherent in the false church of Vatican II from a Protestant Minister passing out 'communion' at a Novus Ordo service (wait, isn't that an oxymoron?!), to huge sums of money missing that can be traced to New York's grand poobah potentate Timothy Dolan, to facts proving the conciliar church is schismatic, if not worse, and that glaring, blatant apostates like Pelosi continue to get a pass in passing putrid pabulum to the public. Yes, the Newchurch is truly a melting pot of rancid, poisonous mush direct from the sinful sewers of synods where these schemes were plotted in alliance with the father of lies.

    If Ratzinger has his way, another Vatican II time bomb, one he helped plant, is about to explode soon and that would be handing out the Novus Ordo cookie and kool-aid to Protestants. Now Traditional Catholics know said 'sacraments' are not true Sacraments, but the 95% out there still duped by the "operation of error" don't realize this and will be puddy in the hands of the Modernists towards a One World Religion which Benedict xvi is heading toward, ever since his periti days in the early sixties. Stay tuned and pray more will be given the grace to see what's really going on in the Morphing of the Mess

    From Traditio we see that the SSPX's Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay is finally beginning to feel the heat and see the truth of our Lord's words about Mammon. Ratzinger and all he represents would be Mammon and we doubt His Excellency wants to give in to Mammon...at least we hope and pray he wont', though the last year has looked very much like he might considering the fallout within the Society beginning with Bishop Richard Williamson, no doubt under pressure from Modernist Rome and his hedgefunder Maximilian Krah who has squandered SSPX funds and caused many to call for Fellay's resignation. Perhaps this heat is causing the recent signs that Bishop Fellay is flip-flopping once again

    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.

  • John Gregory joins the chorus of those trying to wake the thunders and roust Traditional Catholics from their stupor. The same goes for the shepherds who we have urged numerous times to set aside their differences and come together for the sake of souls. So far all has been met with lukewarm silence. John does his best to urge both clergy and laity on and provides a formula for the bishops to follow. It's not as difficult as it seems but the more they procrastinate, the more difficult do they make it, not only for converting conciliar Catholics back to the truths and traditions of holy Mother Church, but in keeping their congregations from being disillusioned and opting to become home-aloners. That is the sad truth for it is the bishops who are allowing the division by their stubbornness to come together. John provides a solution if only the bishops would respond to the question: What should Traditional Catholics Do?.

    The venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for Sexagesima Monday on death and why man can't seem to understand that no matter how much he might accomplish on this earth, it will always end in death. That is why holy Mother Church emphasizes during this penitential time that we must always be mindful and keep it foremost in our minds for if we do always focus on the Final Four Things beginning with Death, then Judgment, then Heaven or hell. We are reminded by the Abbot of this lesson from the Old Testament which is utilized much during this time and it is for a reason: to keep us on our toes so when they put the toe tag on us we will be confident standing before the eternal Judge. Gueranger illustrates this in his reflection for Sexagesima Monday

    Through the gracious effort of John Gregory, we can provide you the Haydock Commentaries for the Epistle and Gospel for Sexagesima Sunday to complement the Propers of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In Father George Leo Haydock's commentaries on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament for Sexagesima Sunday he addresses the importance of our having our roots firmly implanted in the fertile soil of the Faith. Our Lord illustrates that those not firmly nurtured will fall away when temptation and the sirens of the world, the flesh and the devil lure them from the straight and narrow path. St. Paul in his epistle reminds us that no one is immune from temptation for satan assailed him greatly, but with the assurance from the Lord that "My grace is sufficient for thee." Haydock Commentary for Sexagesima Sunday

    The venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for Sexagesima Sunday in which he reminds us that the seed of Faith which God has planted in us can only grow if we nourish it for a hardened heart will not be able to sustain the thorns that will choke out God's love and His graces. God does not stifle this, man does. By not assuring that our love and faith grow, we are letting God down for as the divine Sower He expects a great harvest and if our field is barren, then we will have to make an account for what we have yielded at our Particular Judgment. On the other hand, if we have tended our heart with care as He directs, it will yield one-hundred fold fruits as the Abbot explains in his reflection for Sexagesima Sunday

    While Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey points out that there should never have been a need to have a bill called "Defense of the Marriage Act" the fact that Barack Hussein Obama, the grand 'Imam' of the White House, has issued his own fatwa against America by doing all he can to destroy the country from within. While he is actively stirring up hate among the jihadists, Communists and the socialist unions to foment violence and anger for revolt in definite class warfare for the purpose of "fundamentally transforming" the U.S. into either a Communist country or a western Caliphate, too many have remained silent so concerned over temporal treasures such as money and oil. His forcing the military to accept sodomites into their ranks and to foist them on the battle field only stirs the cauldron of hatred the Islamists have against our western morals of corruption. Tom documents what true Popes warned of for we truly sow what we reap as he describes in his piece Accepting Evil with Ease

    The venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the seventh day of Septuagesima week as he illustrates how God has provided the Ark of Salvation in the Church Christ founded, the only one He established on earth, which will, if we are faithful, carry us safely across the sea of life. Dom Prosper shows how through the ages the Ark was always there to provide a refuge from the deluge of sin and damnation washing over the world. Without mentioning the two pillars as seen by St. John Bosco, because it hadn't happened yet in the Abbot's life, he refers to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to Christ, present in the Holy Eucharist in bringing us to Heaven's harbor. He explains in his reflection for Saturday in Septuagesima Week

    Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey has an unbelievable piece - well, considering it's the statement of a conciliar potentate, maybe not that unbelieveable - but nevertheless it defies human decency and the well being of souls with such assinine remarks that "we don't know all the facts" when the facts are so evident and cause great scandal. Tom's article should wake up a few more from novus ordo circles lurking out there and remind them of what if holy men had followed the course of the apostates. It's all about pleasing man, not God. Call it politics if you will, it's called scandal and apostasy in God's book as Tom points out in Memo to Howard Hubbard: Public Scandal is Never a Private Matter

    We state above that the times have really changed for the worst, especially when you compare today's little known saint who could very well be the patron saint of music with apologies to St. Cecilia. That would be St. Mechtilde, the holy virgin who lived during the 13th Century, the century of saints. She was also a mystic and, though we do not often recommend Wikipedia for a source, the material on her even surpasses the Catholic Encyclopedia for giving one a better scope of what this holy woman accomplished and the magnificent material produced by Saint Mechtilde

    The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the sixth day of Septuagesima as he provides the rational for holy Mother Church cherishing the number seven as a number favored by Heaven. We see this in the Scriptures and in the Sacraments as well as the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Septuagesima refers to seventy as in seventy days before Easter and how in the early Church Lent lasted 70 days. Though reduced to 40 days beginning with Ash Wednesday midway through Quinquagesima Week earlier in the second millennium, we still consider the time of Septuagesima as penitential time and Dom Prosper illustrates how this applies for those who want to capitalize on the advantages Lent fasting and penance can do for the soul by also conditioning the body to resist temptation. He explains in his reflection for Friday in Septuagesima Week

    Well-respected international analyst Toby Westerman puts in perspective why what is happening throughout the Mid East has turned into a cauldron boiling over right now because Americans can't seem to grasp that tribal cultures, especially those who embrace Islam, won't accept democracy - as if that were the best form of governing - because it is diametrically opposed to fundamental Islamism which is growing by leaps and bounds as the Arab populace are being programmed to hate America as the devil and the more we agitate, the more they riot and employ violence. The 'experts' in the Pentagon and White House have wagged the dog once too often and what they began with the Shah of Iran back in the 60's and in eliminating Saddam is totally backfiring because it has only led to more resentment and the annihilation of Christians in a purge to produce only Muslims, buoyed on by the ever dangerous growing Shiite Muslim Brotherhood which could be far more of a threat than Al Quaeda ever was. Toby explains in his latest piece posted at Tradition in Action. Bit by Our Own Dog - The Appearance of Terrorist 'Democracy'

    This particular issue's theme has to be mercy as in mercy for Catholics to end this interminable interregnum, to shake the thunders in waking the lukewarm and the faithful from their stupor in seeing how so few receive mercy evident in the world events today and in the Church. On the former, Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey files a poignant article on the hypocrisy of the U.S. Government as long as they encourage 'mercy killing' from the womb to the tomb and we are now reaping what we sow his article Blood Flows Freely in America and Libya

    In the latter above regarding the Church, well what we've published all these years should say it loud and clear. As an example, holy Mother Church has always assigned the feast of St. Matthias on February 24 and still does. However, the conciliar church of Vatican II can add good St. Matthias to the list of novelty changes they made thanks to the antipope paul vi in 1969 when he moved the feast of the apostle who replaced Judas Escariot to after Easter in May because so often St. Matthias' feast falls during Lent. So, it would still be celebrated just as are the feasts of major saints during Lent in February and in March with the feasts Sts. Casimir, Thomas Aquinas, Gregory the Great, Patrick, Cyril of Jerusalem, Joseph, Benedict, Isidore, Gabriel the Archangel, John Damascene; and in April Sts. Francis of Paola, Isidore the holy Doctor, Vincent Ferrer, and Pope Leo the Great leading up to Holy Week; all of these saints the true Church founded by Christ will celebrate this year. So the feeble excuse given by the Modernist Montini and his like-wise Modernist successors is merely more facade trappings to dumb down the masses in order to destroy true Catholicism. Yes, what the robber barons have done since the death of His Holiness Pope Pius XII is try to destroy what St. Matthias and his eleven other fellow Apostles and St. Paul and all the disciples that followed throughout the centuries planted. Beware of the Modernists and wolves in sheep's clothing. For the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for his feast, see Feast of the holy Apostle St. Matthias

    The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the fifth day of Septuagesima as he shows the hope for man in the Mercy of God by promising He will send a redeemer - a second Adam through a second Eve to atone for the sin of the first parents that not only exiled them from the Garden of Eden, consigned to work from the sweat of their brow, but also consigned all those who came after to be born with their Original Sin on their souls for man would carry the burden of fallen human nature originating from that event. Perhaps those in the time of the Old Covenant could not appreciate God's words that the woman would crush the serpent's head but we can in retrospect see the great role the Mother of God is playing and will continue to play until she crushes satan's skull but good. Dom Prosper explains in Thursday in Septuagesima Week

    Throughout the world there are times, more frequent recently such as the terrible riots in the Mid East and the earthquakes in New Zealand, when people come together to help their neighbor. This then is a simple blueprint of how to treat and help our neighbor both body and soul. Too often works of mercy become a humanistic endeavor where one feels obligated to help out of peer pressure or because it's the thing to do and one will gain some temporal reward either financially or in praise or out of pity and so they become philanthropic without realizing it doesn't amount to a hill of beans when push comes to shove except that the recipient may have gained temporal relief of some kind. Too many fail to realize for something to truly be a work of mercy and gain merit in Heaven it must be done out of love for our neighbor because of our love for God first and foremost. Without God as the Keystone of all we do, all is futile. That is why the corporal works of mercy cannot stand on their own without the spiritual works of mercy. Yet, both are vital in our cooperation with salvation for ourselves and our neighbor as we can see in The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

    The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the fourth day of Septuagesima as he provides the reason why holy Mother Church in her wisdom has established the penitential season in pre-Lent with the Time of Septuagesima as he gives a brief history of this short two and a half week season comprised of Septuagesima week, Sexagesima week and Quingagesima week which in the midst of that week falls Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It is a preparation for really getting down to the business of fasting and penance in anticipation of the holiest week of the year as the Abbot explains in Wednesday in Septuagesima Week

    The holy Bishop and Doctor of the Church Saint Peter Damian lived during the reign of sixteen pontiffs - some antipopes, no less. He was the first Doctor in over three centuries - a time when the Church sank into laxity and corruption, especially in the disciplines and when simony was rampant in ecclesial circles. It was truly the "Dark Ages" and into this darkness God sent a guiding light to reform His Holy Church early in the second millennium. This holy monk counseled seven popes. He was the first Doctor to be made a cardinal and he strove for sanctity by constantly denying himself any of the pleasures that could lead one to sin for in all things he always practiced what he preached for St. Peter Damian was truly Guiding Light in the Dark Ages

    The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the third day of Septuagesima on the dilemma Eve faced and failed. Once she took a bite of the shiny red apple from the forbidden tree, she realized the devil was a deceiver. It's a trait he has had ever since he fell from Heaven and continues that very same deceit to this day, in fact he's ramped up his deceit where he's deceived so many with the "operation of error" as St. Paul describes the Great Apostasy to "believe a lie." Unfortunately Eve did and we've suffered with original sin ever since for there are consequences to disobeying God. Wouldn't you think that by 2011 we would have realized that and learned? Sadly, no and we see the effects as the Abbot writes in Tuesday in Septuagesima Week

    Many believe St. Peter first established the Church entrusted to him by Christ Himself in Rome, but it was really Antioch which around the time of Christ's death was the capital of the East, not Jerusalem as many might think. It was there that three years after our Lord ascended into Heaven Simon Bar Jona, the man Jesus called Petrus, set up shop, so to speak, in Antioch as the first diocese and from there spread out to the world. It was there as Primate of Antioch that he was imprisoned in Jerusalem by Herod, then through Heaven's intervention, he fled his jailors. Realizing they would assume he would return to Antioch, he threw them off by escaping to Rome and, as we know, the rest is history. For today's Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and more on this feast, see Feast of St. Peter's Chair at Antioch

    The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for the second day of Septuagesima on the very same problem man faces today confronted the first parents, specifically here Eve. And when we doubt God and think we have a better idea, then things are sure to go awry even if you've been set up with everything your little heart could desire in the Garden of Paradise. Open rebellion is what the demonic serpent suggested to her and has continued to encourage every generation since and this is exactly what is happening throughout the world in 2011 from Egypt to Tunisia to Libya to Yemen to Bahrain to Madison to Columbus to who knows where next, all because man thinks he has the right to rebell against the Natural Law with no regard for the consequences. Abbe Gueranger explains in Monday in Septuagesima Week

    Now that Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey is recovering he has resumed writing and we must bring to your attention that while many despots are being toppled, two remain and most probably are the very causes that nail the problems with Church and State, the former referring to the madness of Joseph Ratzinger who is following form in further fundamentally transforming Catholicism into something that even Protestants may not recognize as their own. It only gets more bizarre with news that he is going to gut his much ballyhooed 'Motu Mess' sprung on the world in 2007 in a not so veiled attempt to lure semi-traditionalists away from their roots and deceive those who had previously been strong resisters. As was pointed out in assessing the first two years in our No to Motu, maybe someday they'll see they've been truly duped. We can only pray they will return to their former stance and join the increasing chorus of those insisting with the Church that a heretic cannot be a pope and therefore we are truly in unprecedented times with the current interminable interregnum that now is well over 50 years and counting. Tom lays it out in his article, The Better Mousetrap
    As for the latter, the State, we can see the madness of one Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetero, Community Organizer and Union puppet who, despite the will of the masses, stubbornly has dug in and called in the union thugs to try to muscle out free speech, common sense and demonize the Tea Party while hypocritically saying nothing against Islam terrorists. He is carrying through on his threat to fundamentally transform America by recruiting union thugs to drag out gullible young students to do their dirty work in swelling the numbers and cramming the halls of the capitol buildings from Madison to Columbus and beyond with the Lucifer-inspired Saul Alinksy tactics made fashionable today by the Clower-Piven strategy carried out by Obama's own Organizing for America, composed of the most vicious goons recruiting the clueless youth already so brainwashed in the indoctrination camps called public schools. Tom gets to the meat of the matter that it's either Christ or chaos. Don't say we weren't warned. Rank and File Union Thuggery a la Obama/Alinksy

    Through the gracious effort of John Gregory, we can provide you the Haydock Commentaries for the Epistle and Gospel for Septuagesima Sunday to complement the Propers of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Father Haydock provides in his commentaries the essence of what Christ illustrates in His parables in St. Matthew's Gospel regarding the laborers in the field and how He compares it to Heaven and the hours of the day to times of man's life from infancy to manhood to middle age to old age to the last days of man's life in addition to equating the hours to the time from Adam to Noah to Abraham to Christ and to the end of days. In the Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, the Apostle of the Gentiles likens life to a race for the purpose of winning the prize which is Heaven. In order to do so he must condition his soul through prayer and sacrifice and gain nourishment from the Holy Eucharist, foreshadowed by manna from Heaven in the Old Covenant. As many fall short in the race and achieving their just reward, so also our Lord concludes His Gospel parable by reminding that many are called, but few are chosen as you can see in Haydock Commentary for Septuagesima Sunday

    The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger, who someday when a true Pope is reinstated as head of Christ's holy Church, will be considered for the honor of Doctor of the Church for his fidelity and magnificent opus The Liturgical Year, provides reflection on the Epistle and Gospel for Septuagesima Sunday, with the former reminding us that if we are willing to run the race and do all we're asked, we can be assured of being nourished and refreshed by God and will finishs the race with the laurel being everlasting life in Heaven. He also points to the fact Jesus was foretelling to the Jews in the Gospel that the New Covenant will replace the Old and those who are not willing to work for it will not finish though those who give their best, including Gentiles, will have the opportunity of obtaining the prize. Reflections for Septuagesima Sunday

          As we complete the Second Book of these revelations to St. Bridget, we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. In the final chapter of Book Two, the Blessed Mother entreats her Son for His bride and for another holy person. Then we see how the Mother's entreaty is received by Christ, and on certainty regarding the truth or falsity of a person's holiness in this life. And though he was not specifically referring to men like Karol Wojtyla in His last few paragraphs to St. Bridget, what our Lord says in the final paragraph nails the man called John Paul II and the insanity and sacrilege of his upcoming beatification to satisfy the world and justify that which is abhorred by God. Consider these words; "Therefore, it is not right for such food to be lifted up before wolves, whose greed is never sated, whose lust for pleasure flees from the herbs of virtue and thirsts for rotten meat," as Jesus affirms in chapter thirty. Those blinded by their own love are unworthy to see the Light

    In the shadow of the Time of Septuagesima, just a few days off, let us review the second part of the Great Commandment to love one another as God has loved us. This entails loving our neighbor which does not mean only the one next door or across the street, but in the sense of all who we come in contact with, treating them always with the love of God; yes, even our enemies. Here comes into play one of the biggest bugaboos that often are used against those striving to do God's holy Will. Enemies of Christ will accuse Christians of being intolerant if they do as St. Paul entreats us to do in 2 Timothy 4: 2 to "Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, entreat, rebuke with all patience and doctrine." If we do that we will always express love for our neighbor as well as our enemies, turning their attacks into honey to salve our own hearts and soften theirs. The greatest result is that it will please the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts and that is what is most important in the overall scope of things as we can see in step twenty-eight Loving Friend and Foe

    Few realize that the shortest month of the year provides the most martyrs with twelve days dedicated to either as the feast or commemoration or the historical feast of a martyr. Appropriate then that red would be the color in February and especially this year when the Time of Septuagesima starts as late as possible. What we provide is a litany to all of the saints whose feast days are celebrated in the month of February. Many of these saints are little-known and often are not, for that reason, invoked in our prayers. While there are several feria days in this month, almost each day is dedicated to one or more saints historically and acknowledged in the traditional calendars. If you add this short litany to your daily Rosary, you will have the benefit of invoking the prayers of some of these lesser-known Saints honored in February

       Today is the final day of the Time after Epiphany, and what the Church might call "Samedi Gras" for "Mardi Gras" is held on Shrove Tuesday, yet that is within penitential Time of Septuagesima. Therefore, a truer celebration would be Saturday before Septuagesim for the time to bring out the King cakes for today is appropriately celebrated with the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, and as today's Introit from the Sedelius says, "Hail, holy Mother, thou who didst bring forth the King who rules Heaven and earth for ever and ever." Truly worth celebrating! Mary is the holy living Tabernacle who protected the Living Bread and was with her divine Son through it all, even to the death on the cross where shortly before He expired, bequeathed His Mother to St. John and therefore His Church as we see in the Gospel for the Mass. We end the season with remembrance of His crucifixion and we begin tomorrow the season building up to that moment, climaxed by Christ the King's glorious Resurrection. In essence then, today is the Church's "Mardi Gras" which we would call "Samedi Gras" when there is no need to fast so enjoy the cake as well as the flowers that remain on the altar and the Gloria at holy Mass. Tomorrow the flowers disappear and holy Mother Church, in her wisdom, deigns for her true priests to don purple vestments as the solemn time begins. Albeit, it is not Lent yet, but this next two and a half weeks are a primer for prayer, penance, making reparation and giving alms, leading to Ash Wednesday when we all get down to serious business. But for today, enjoy and celebrate for tomorrow we die to ourselves for Christ our Sovereign King. Today's Holy Sacrifice of the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary

          Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. As we near the end of Book Two, it's important to realize the divine Will and apply it to our lives and mission as Our Lady's disciples of the Last Days in perpetuating the holy Faith no matter the obstacles. In chapter twenty-nine, St. Bridget is visited by the one crying in the wilderness who knows well of what he speaks. That would be St. John the Baptist and he comes to admonish the bride through a parable in which God is symbolized by a magpie, the soul by its chicks, the body by its nest, worldly pleasures by wild animals, pride by birds of prey, worldly mirth by a snare. Indeed there is much to learn before taking flight. God's Natural Radar for Our Flight Plan to Heaven

          In chapter twenty-eight we see Christ's words to the bride about His unchanging nature and how His words are accomplished, even if they are not immediately followed by deeds; and how our will should be wholly entrusted to God's will for with man most is impossible, but with God, as Christ affirms, all things are possible. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. As we near the end of Book Two, it's important to realize the divine Will and apply it to our lives and mission as Our Lady's disciples of the Last Days in perpetuating the holy Faith no matter the obstacles. Christ reminds us to stay the course for Christ cannot deceive nor be deceived

          Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. In chapter twenty-seven, Christ instructs the bride about the instruments in the third house, and how such instruments symbolize good thoughts, disciplined senses, and true confession. There is also given an excellent explanation of all these things in general and why it is vital to secure the locks of these houses with a key only to God so that He may come as He wishes to visit a soul and comfort that soul who can therefore, by heeding Heaven's designs, ward off the world, the flesh, and the devil when they would dare try to invade any of the three houses God has planned for those striving to fulfill the divine will. We see this in Tools of Spiritual Security

          Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. In chapter twenty-six, we see this in the Virgin's advice to her daughter on how we can apply the Passion of Christ in our daily lives, revealing the last words of the holy St. Lawrence. Then Christ speaks to St. Bridget once more, this time about the clothes that should be kept in the second house, and how these clothes - specifically linens, leathers and silk denote respectively the peace of God, the peace of one's neighbor, and the works of mercy and pure abstinence. They serve as a reminder to meditate on the Passion of Christ and realize how much we offend Him when we sin in any fashion. If He was strict with His saints and those who love Him, how much more strict will He be with those who hurt Him so by sinning? We get an inkling in Book Two with Gird yourselves accordingly

    On the feast of St. Valentine, Cyndi Cain returned after a long hiatus to convey a lesson of love, God's love and how we need to repay Him. But we cannot do so hiding in the shadows. The holy martyr St. Valentine did not cower in the shadows or shy away from persecution for he knew he had Christ with him. Therefore he feared nothing. Because of this he was able to bring comfort and unity to his flock, unifying many in matrimony to assure the holy Faith would continue. Today the true shepherds seem hesitant, afraid to put their hearts into unifying the traditional movement, and in so doing, they are not only losing souls but also wasting precious time as they dilly-dally over petty things that divide us instead of shining the light on what unites us and allowing that to garner the most weight for the welfare of the salvation of souls. The longer they stay in the shadows, the more the darkness engulfs the world. They have the light. We need to give them the spark. God expects us to emerge victorious. We cannot be if we do not have courageous shepherds leading the charge. Cyndi explained in God is waiting for our Valentine

    The holy priest and martyr St. Valentine has forever been legendized. While his merits have been mostly forgotten, his name lives on in the commercialization of the secular sector in turning his feast into a multi-billion dollar industry all in the name of "love." The love he spread was nothing like what is circulated today unless the Sacrament of Matrimony is involved and if we do not fight 'gay-marriage' then we have surrendered to the pagans which St. Valentine and those he counciled and married never did. Surrender? "Never," they would shout, "give me death rather than offending the Lord." Think about it as you chomp down on that Hershey's chocolate kiss.

    And speaking of kisses, do you know how the custom of using 'X's for kisses on letters came about? It grew out of medieval legal practices. In order to indicate good faith and honesty in those days, the sign St. Andrew - a cross- was placed after the signature on all important documents. Thereafter, contracts and agreements were not considered binding until each signer added St Andrew's cross after his name. Then he was also required to kiss the document to further guarantee faithful performance of his obligations. The cross was drawn hurriedly and often it was tilted and looked much like the letter "X". Over the centuries, the origin of the ceremony was forgotten. But people still associated the "X" with the kiss instead of the pledge of good faith, and the custom has continued into modern times. It's a shame that the pledge of good faith has been forgotten. Remember the pledge of good faith when you sniff a fresh rose this week, hug your kids and don't forget to do something for your loving spouse in appreciation for their cooperation in God's plan for you and for your children. Our children are the future of the Church in carrying on the True Faith. To do that they must carry on the mission of loving God, keeping His Commandments and populating Heaven all through love and marriage, the holy Sarament of Matrimony. It is the backbone of civilization for without those two key components, chaos reigns.

          As we near the end of Book Two of the Propehesies and Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden, we see that Christ continues the metaphor of the provisions for the three houses, and how bread stands for a good will, drink for holy forethought, and meats for divine wisdom, as He explains how there is no divine wisdom in erudition but only in the heart and in a good life through prayer and good works, always remembering the First and Last Things, the very purpose of why we are here. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. We should learn from chapter twenty-five of Book Two with Divine wisdom for the righteous soul

    Through the gracious effort of John Gregory, we can provide you the Haydock Commentaries for the Epistle and Gospel for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany to complement the Propers of the Mass. Father Haydock provides in his commentaries the essence of what Christ illustrates in His parables in St. Matthew's Gospel of the mustard seed and the leavened bread to signify the growth of grace by those who seek the kingdom of Heaven by adhering to God's holy will. This is referenced in St. Paul's Epistle to the Thessalonians wherein the Apostle speaks of the profit garnered through faith, works, charity with patience and a labor of love. The mustard seed planted in the Holy Land by our Lord has spread its branches to every corner of the world, fulfilling the prophesies of the Old Testament prophets that the Messias will utter in parables things hidden from the foundation of the world as we see in the Haydock Commentary for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

          For the past few chapters the Blessed Mother of God has been counseling St. Bridget and today she finishes by lamenting on how few her friends are and how it saddened her so. Then she turns it over to her divine Son Who speaks to the bride with parables again, this time as flowers budding forth on a magnficent tree and the need for St. Bridget to keep three houses in which she will find all that is necessary for her temporal well-being in order to enhance her spiritual well-being. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. We should learn from chapter twenty-three of Book Two with Structures for blossoming

    The Thirteenth Century is well known as the "Century of the Saints" for God raised up so many notable holy men and women during the 1200's as we can see from Sts. Francis, Anthony of Padua, Dominic, Simon Stock, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, and so many more including St. John of Matha whose feast we celebrated earlier this week. Add to this list the Seven Servite Founders, whose feast we celebrate on February 12. These seven men, led by Sts. Alessio de' Falconieri and Buonfiglio dei Monaldi left the world and followed the promptings of the Mother of God to found an order that would be dedicated to Our Lady's Seven Sorrows as the Servants of Mary, known as the Servites. For more on the fruits of the Seven, see Feast of the Seven Holy Servite Founders

    With every passing day souls are weakening, vulnerable to the roaring lion who is satan, going about the world seeking the ruin of souls and devouring whomever he might because man has become so pliable to the platitudes of the world, the flesh and the devil. Because of explosive current events and because stagnant is not the answer, editor Michael Cain chose the day of healing on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes to ask the true bishops to heal the hurts which begins by burying the hatchets. If they can't do that, there won't be any trees to preen because they will have fallen. For them to continue to hesitate over petty prejudices will make it too late. We can't afford to wait and, before the heavenly Throne, we must try to bring the true successors of the Apostles together sooner rather than later; then let God do the rest. This is, if you will, an Open Letter to the Traditional Bishops, a plea to do all they can to save souls by coming together. If they don't do it now, when? That is the crux of the matter of what Cain urges in this 2011 State of the Soul Address

          How fitting that Our Lady's visit to St. Bridget in chapter twenty-three of the Revelations and Prophecies imparted to this holy mystic and virgin of Sweden would fall on the same day as we celebrate Our Lady's visit to another virgin, St. Bernadette Soubirous at the Grotto above the River Gave. In both the Blessed Mother imparted words of wisdom and humility that serves as a blueprint for eternal happiness. To St. Bridget she explained how humility is likened to a cloak, and how the characteristics of true humility and its wonderful fruits protect one from the wind, rain and hail of distraction, interference and temptation. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate Mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. We should learn from chapter twenty-three of Book Two with Take shelter in humility

    Today on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we turn to the Virgin Mother for healing of hearts and souls. Like the woman St. John saw "clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars over her heart", the Virgin of Lourdes "is clothed in a robe and veil as white as snow, she wears a blue girdle and on her bare feet rests a golden rose", all symbolic of her virginal love. She exhorts to penance the unfortunate children of Eve who have not been like herself preserved from sin. On the day of the Annunciation she declared her name to us, to manifest that it is on account of the Incarnation that God has vouchsafed to her "not to be tainted with the original stain." Remembering that Mary is "the ark of the new covenant", let us go with confidence to her who "full of grace' visits our earth to multiply in us the gifts of her riches and provide the healing salve for our sins. Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

          Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. The glorious Virgin's doctrinal teaching to her daughter about spiritual and temporal wisdom and about which of them one ought to imitate, and how spiritual wisdom leads a person to everlasting consolation no matter how steep the mountain, how difficult the struggle or how dark the exterior for it is what is beneath, inside, that proves the victor whereas temporal wisdom, no matter how easy the road may seem nor how bright the surface facade, leads to eternal damnation as seen in chapter twenty-two of Book Two with Wisdom of the Spirit or of the Flesh?

    No, the above headline has nothing to do with the song of the 50's but rather a song for the ages in carrying out the two greatest Commandments. In these last days before we enter the penitential season, love is in the air. And, no, we are not referring to the commercialization of the feast of the holy martyr St. Valentine, but rather a reminder of how much God loves us that the Father sent His only-begotten Son that we might have life everlasting and have it abundantly as Christ affirmed in St. John 10: 10. It has often been said that love begins in the heart, and it does but in a way few are willing to recognize for that heart, which miraculously is the core of life fashioned by God to pump blood to our mortal bodies will cease once the blood stops flowing and the flesh withers and dies. But how we lived while that heart was working is the key to whether the real core of our lives - the soul - lives on in eternal bliss or is relegated to the abyss of hell to forever suffer. Therefore, the Infinite established two great commandments for finite man to follow, to love God first and foremost, and then to love ourselves and our fellow man because of our love for Him. Jesus said it so clearly that one cannot love Him if one does not keep His Commandments. Yet so few realize this fact and therein lies the biggest obstacle to true love which is so simply laid out in step twenty-seven That Virtue Called Love

    Often overshadowed by her more famous brother St. Benedict, good St. Scholastica had a way of dealing with the head of great Order he founded. The well-known story of St. Scholastica, knowing she was going to die soon but not able to put in proper words to her brother, called upon God to open the floodgates in response to her prayers with rain when it was as clear as the stars outside. The torrents prevented Benedict from returning to his monastery and for the next three days they remained together, speaking of things of Heaven and the subsequent sight of the dove lifting toward Heaven upon her death. John Gregory provides insight into this for her feast, calling upon the account of Pope St. Gregory VII, the Benedictine monk Hildebrand, as recorded in The Liturgical Year by the Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger. For the Feast of St. Scholastica see, God's Dove of Love: St. Scholastica

          In chapter twenty-one we discover the words of the glorious Virgin to her daughter on how Christ was taken down from the cross as she confides her own bitterness and sweetness at the passion of her Son in a verbal Pieta of Mary's inner feelings. Then our Lady illustrates how the soul is symbolized by a virgin and the love of the world and the love of God by two youths, and finally the qualities the soul should have as a virgin. Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and His Most Immaculate mother and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. As always Mary leads us to Jesus and does so in chapter twenty of Book Two through her The Guiding Light for Virgins

    The good holy Doctor of the Church St. Cyril of Alexandria would be so saddened to see the total upheaval of his beloved Alexandria today, but then that very cataclysm began two centuries after his death and the Muslim curse remains there today, threatening to expand globally. This He was the Patriarch of Egypt. He is known for defending "Theotokos" - the dogma of Mary as Mother of God. As many bishops in the early centuries, he was used and duped by the Arian prelates, but the Holy Ghost won out and rather than caving to the heretics, this Doctor became one of holy Mother Church's staunchest defenders and presided over the Third Ecumenical Council - the Council of Ephesus; a manifestation taht the last shall be first for this man who was once deposed, was invited to represent the Sovereign Pontiff at the council of Ephesus. He stood tall when all about him were caving to heresy, mainly because of his sincere unyielding devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, honoring her as Christ asks us to honor His Mother. Like the Prodigal Son, he repented of having taken part in the persecution of St. John Chrysostom and made amends, joining with the golden voice in condemning the heresies of Arianism and Nestorianism. Saint Cyril was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII in 1883 when His Holiness also extended his feast to the universal Church. Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria and Defender of Theotokos

          Through these revelations to St. Bridget we see clearer than ever the mind of God and what we need to do to not only assure our own salvation, but win souls for Him in sharing Heaven. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. In chapter twenty we see God's grievance concerning three men now going around in the world, and how, from the start, God established three estates, namely those of the clergy, the defenders, and the laborers; and the punishment prepared for the thankless and the glory given to the thankful. Which are we? We can begin to understand in The Key to Three Key Estates

       No, the headline above has nothing to do with the movie of the same name, but today we've been programmed to think so because so many have subscribed to placing importance in things that are unimportant in the overall picture of salvation. It is something Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey addressed in his article posted yesterday at Still Nothing Super About the Super Bowl. Lost in the coal of many ideas that have fueled the destruction of the faith and family values, is the diamond he included that we want to highlight here so all will realize what a treasure he has provided in which a concerned Catholic mother puts to pen how her mission in life is to do all in her power to get her offspring to Heaven. No greater love does a mother have than to give her life for her children and most mothers do, but too often the world trumps the maternal wisdom learned at a mother's knee, those times when children learned to pray, to turn to Jesus and His Immaculate Mother and to learn their Baltimore catechism, to understand the concept of First and Last Things, so that they could pass on the holy Faith to their children. Today, that progression is, if you will, a lost art, for satan has so oversaturated minds and hearts, that to adhere to the solid principles taught in their youth is today a conflict with their daily life if they have succumbed to the world, the flesh and the devil. Thanks to Vatican II and the failure of the Church to be the guardian of souls, too many children have and therein the following letter, taken as an excerpt from Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's excellent perspective on how the world has made the Super Bowl the Mecca of modernism and worship at its altar, should not only be a tremendous wake-up call, but also serve as a blueprint for every parent to utilize in doing all in their power to win their children back from the abyss. See A Heartfelt Letter from a Concerned Catholic Mom

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