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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