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This replaces the Angelus during Paschaltide
Regina Coeli laetare. Alleluia.Oremus.
Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut, per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Quia quem meruisti portare. Alleluia.
Resurrexit sicut dixit. Alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum. Alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, virgo Maria. Alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere. Alleluia.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.Let us pray.
O God, Who through the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant us, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord.
For He Whom thou was made worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Hath risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to our God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. For the Lord hath risen indeed.
Today is the traditional feast of Mary, Help of Christians. The invocation Auxilium Christianorum
(Help of Christians) originated in the sixteenth century and was added to the Litany of Loreto by His Holiness Pope St. Pius V following the victorious Battle of Lepanto. This feast was instituted for May 24 by His Holiness Pope Pius VII. Though not a feast on the universal calendar it is celebrated at various places throughout the world where, for instance Mary, Help of Christians is the patronal feast of Australia and a double of the first class with an octave leading to the Queenship of Mary is celebrated with great splendor. This feast has also attained special celebrity since St. Don Bosco, founder of the Salesian Congregation, dedicated to Our Lady, Help of Christians, the mother church of his congregation at Turin. The Salesian Fathers have carried the devotion to their numerous establishments. In America it remains a traditional feast and the proper of the Mass is the Feria for the Fourth Sunday after Easter
On the twenty-fourth day of May the flower is the RED POPPY
with the corresponding Virtue being FERVOR
. The hairy-herbed red poppy, though coveted for its opium by those who reject its beauty and look to use it for the means of mammon, emits a milky juice that has been used for authentic medicinal purposes to heal the body. But it is the fervor of its elixir spiritually that drives the virtue of fervor to heal the soul and therein lies the true beauty of the Red Poppy offered to Our Lady in Mary's May. Only a week left to offer her a bouquet with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A Bishop Ambrose - whether he is the holy Doctor of the Church St. Ambrose - we do not know, but he has been granted by Heaven to communicate with St. Bridget and, to help her - and those of us who read here - to understand better he offers an allegory about a man, his wife and his housemaid, about how this adulterer symbolizes a wicked bishop while his wife symbolizes the Church and his housemaid the love of this world, and Bridget learns of the harsh sentence on those more attached to the world than to the Church. It is a lesson we can all meditate on and see how the conciliar church and those who call themselves 'bishops', yay, even 'popes' are so definitely the adulterer who love the housemaid more than Christ's Mystical Bride. This then is the message imparted to St. Bridget in her Prophesies and Revelations which we are privileged to bring our readers as inspiration and a wonderful examination of conscience for all of us as you'll see in Book Three, Chapter Six: Cheating the Church
On the twenty-third day of May the flower offered to Our Lady as Queen of the May is the BLUEBELL
with the corresponding Virtue being DESIRE FOR HEAVEN
. The delicate bell-shaped flower which grows on many continents and belongs both to the hyacinth and columbine genus, is symbolic of the church bells that clarion souls to come to Holy Mass or to pray the Angelus, or during Paschaltide the Regina Coeli
. The reason for prayer is not for socializing, but for turning our attention to God and the purpose of desiring things not of this earth, but of Heaven. The Bluebell's delicate shell chimes quietly in a whispy wind reminding us of God's call to focus on our end goal - our Desire for Heaven, possible only through adherence to all Christ has taught and established in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church He founded. It is a magnificent flower to offer to Mary whose entire life was focused on a Desire for Heaven and bringing God's children to that same goal. What a wonderful flower to offer her during her month of May with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
John Gregory provides the commentary for the Fourth Sunday after Easter from Father George Leo Haydock found in many Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. How ironic when false prophets and antipopes are trying to justify the Jews in their sin, that we have this wonderful Gospel of St. John the Evangelist on the truth. Our Lord foretold many times that the Jews would be a stubborn lot and indeed that has proven true for still today they brag about rejecting Him and expect faithful Catholics to tow their line rather than God's. More proof they answer to the prince of the world and not to the Son of God Who alone provides eternal happiness, re-emphasized so many times, especially in today's Gospel where Jesus promises He will always be with His children for He will not leave His apostles shorthanded. No, as promised, He will send His Spirit, the Holy Ghost which proves the Filioque
of the Creed as we see in today's commentary for the Fourth Sunday after Easter, often referred to as Cantate Sunday for the Introit to "Sing to the Lord..." Promise of the Paraclete
On the twenty-second day of May the flower offered to Our Lady as Queen of the May was the yellow BUTTERCUP
with the corresponding Virtue being OBEDIENCE
. We must always have obedience to God and we owe allegiance to man only when man's directive is in full harmony with the ordaining will of God. The Buttercup, with its five petals and small, humble appearance is a most fitting reminder of obedience for the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary are divided into three sets of five and begin with the Annunciation, which epitomizes obedience for Our Lady's fiat paved the way for the ultimate obedience to the Father with her Divine Son's Passion, Death and Resurrection so that salvation could be attained through the merits of Jesus Christ. What a wonderful flower to offer to the Blessed Mother in her month of May. Remember Our Lady this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Following up our State of the Soul Address in February, we have no choice but to ramp up the rhetoric again especially when today May 21 has been ballyhooed to death - pun intended - as Judgment Day and this is it, folks, no more tomorrow. How many false prophets have come and gone and still people are duped into believing He is there, or He is there in the field, or there in the desert or...well, just read what Our Lord says in St. Matthew 24 and you'll know no one knows the hour but the Father. One reason so many believe the false prophets today is because our own shepherds have not educated the faithful enough to realize Christ's meaning. The gist of this commentary is to light a fire under our bishops, pastors and priests to realize their sheep are wandering in a world gone mad and wondering when our traditional orators are going to orate, truly orate in feeding their flocks the substance of sustenance in returning sanity and sanctity. Enough with just defending our position. It's time for action. Only by our bishops, pastors and priests going on the offense and speaking out firmly can the ship be righted where up is up again and down is down where satan needs to go before the lunatics are totally in charge of the asylum and traditional Catholics are put in straight jackets because their shepherds were too timid to stand for the truth and shout it from the rooftops or because their voices were too weak, lacking emotion, conviction and heart. This, then, is a no-holds barred plea to our shepherds from the sheep. We are the sheep who want to baa, not boo.
For the twenty-first day of May the flower offered to Our Lady as Queen of the May is the bluish PERIWINKLE with the corresponding Virtue being PURITY OF INTENTION. It has been said the best intentions often go awry. One reason they do is because they may not be based on God's will. Through purity of intention, it is based on doing the Divine Will in all things. One reason the Periwinkle plant is associated with this is because the periwinkle is a trailing evergreen herb with solitary blue or white flowers, often also referred to as myrtle in the U.S. The trail of good intentions, if followed in a straight line toward Heaven will stretch further toward God; those intentions which are not cultivated and cropped by living a virtuous life, will scatter every which way and gather cockle and thistles, thus becoming refuse to be cast into the eternal fires (cf. St. Matthew 7: 19). Remember Our Lady this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In Griff Ruby's seventh eight-minute vignette of a sixteen-part YouTube Series "Sedevacantism - A Catholic Perspective", he illustrates how the doppeleganger church of Vatican II is not the Catholic Church but rather an organization that wandered off from Catholic teaching and many, because they had been weaned on obedience, followed until they could see something was seriously wrong. Such men as the late Fr. Gomar DePauw saw this immediately and determined to keep Catholicism alive becoming the father of the Traditional movement. Others came later, but in every case at some point they realized what they had been following was different from what they had learned. Something was seriously wrong and did what they could to return to the true Church, searching it out wherever it was and they were. That is one reason there are so many different communities and opinions within the movement, but still One in worship, Holy in resolve, Universal in the Faith, and Apostolic is keeping the Faith alive. He also assuages those who kept their faith by stop going to the conciliar services, many stayed home, others continued to attend out of obedience but realized at a point in their life that they could no longer belong to something that went against all they had learned. He summarizes that the Church still exists very visibly, albeit in the catacombs, with those who have followed the solid Catechism of Trent and kept the Faith, who stay with what they knew as Griff explains in Part Six: Remaining true to the tried and true
For the twentieth day of May the flower offered to Our Lady for Queen of the May is the popular GERANIUM
with the corresponding Virtue being ZEAL FOR SOULS
. Consider that the colorful Geraniums number over 100 million plants grown and sold throughout the world every year. Each colorful, hardy perennial plant, while often different in color and even design, still belongs to the Geranium family. Now consider that in souls - 100 million souls a year being converted! Talk about Zeal for Souls! That is what we should all have and what pleases Blessed Mary so much. We should consider a person's soul much more beautiful in God's sight than a Geranium and tend to cultivating souls by nourishing them perennially with the Truths and Traditions of the One, True Church. we encourage you during Mary's month to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Few would be willing to wade through the Hegelian ambiguity and double-speak of one Fr. Josef Ratzinger who poses as the bishop of Rome and isn't even a true bishop, let alone pope. Yet, Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey has undertaken the Herculean task, albeit what true Catholics should do in knowing the true Faith by examining the lies littered throughout conciliar releases. Thus, Tom has devoted a four-part series on exposing the vulture of rupture to warn and show where there is no 'rapture' for the resist and recognize crowd who have placed their hopes in a man who is a blatant heretic and apostate. Tom provides the evidence in Ratzinger's own words in the man's latest bandaid for his pet project Motu Mess introduced four years ago as a clever trap to divide the traditional movement and lure in his biggest catch - the SSPX led by Bishop Bernard Fellay who just can't seem to figure out that vultures don't make good pets. Tom disects Ratzinger's latest boondoggle Universae Ecclesiae
, which is a spawn of Summorum Pontificum
and proves once again that one way to know a liar is when a man cannot keep his story straight, and it is only too evident that despite the mask of being a 'traditionalist' - puhlease! the truth is the raptor Ratzigner and his gang of modernist marauders have tried to pick the flesh from the bones of Trent and all the truths and traditions passed down. What they have ended up with is indigestion and a foul smell from this false fowl regurgitated over and over and the truth is they cannot stomach being exposed for the predators of perdition they really are. Tom explains in his four part series As The Conciliar Fowler Lays More Snares
- Part One
, Part Two
, Part Three
, and Part Four
For the nineteenth day of May the flower offered to Our Lady for Queen of the May is the rugged HAWTHORN
with the corresponding Virtue being MORTIFICATION
. This is appropriate for mortification takes being able to withstand pain and pleasure. The red-fruited Hawthorn consisting of dense corymbs of pink-red flowers has stems and leaves which are densely covered with short wooly hairs and must bear up under cold and windy conditions. That is why it is found in evergreen country and the mountains where conditions are rough for a lot of wind helps the weather-worn Hawthorn to bloom.
How fitting that this coincides with the feast of Pope Saint Celestine V today for this holy monk before being elected, spent time in mortification among the Hawthorn flowers. He realized that mortification helps to toughen us in the face of temptation and the life of ease, allowing grace to blossom forth the aromatic myrrh of the Hawthorn. In fact, when elected the Catholic Encyclopedia
says "unseen bells rang peals of surpassing sweetness." And speaking of sweetness, we encourage you during Mary's month to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In the fifth chapter of Book Three, the Blessed Mother speaks again to her daughter in The Virgin imparts a nautical metaphor to the bride about the prayer of good persons for the people; rulers of the world and the Church compared to helmsmen, while pride and the rest of the vices are compared to storms, which bring to mind the conciliar charlatans that blew in off an ill tide. To navigate through this typhoon, one must set their compass for a haven, which is the passage into truth, and which can equate with those traditional chapels where there is no compromise with the false church and where they have realize they must be always anchored in faith, hope and charity and, by doing so, will always have true devotion to Mary as her divine Son wills it. Our Lady also addresses St. Bridget of Sweden's spiritual calling. As the world grows darker, we seek to provide readers the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. These lessons are invaluable in knowing our own hearts and judging the actions and words of those who have donned the purple garments of the episcopacy. Book Three, Chapter Five: Withstanding the Waves
We extend our heartiest congratulations to Father Martin Stepanich, a Franciscan priest who remained true to his calling, remained true to its holy founder St. Francis of Assisi and has battled the barbarians of heresy for a septuagesima in carrying on the true faith during an interminable interregnum, something he had no idea of when ordained on this date in 1941. His Holiness Pope Pius XII was just a few months from entering his third year of his nineteen years and 221 days of his papacy, one that would signal with his death the end of the Church as had been known since the time of Christ and supposedly set in stone with failsafe rules at Trent. Little did a young Fr. Martin realize when he took the Oath Against Modernism that he would have to truly live up to that oath and expose his own brethren. Little did anyone know except the enemies of Christ back then. Consider the United States was not even thinking of war, a war that would be considered the war to end all wars when the Japanese kamikases bombed the naval bases and ships at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Little did Fr. Martin realize from that point on man would be at war with God and few followed the path Fr. Martin chose - the narrow path that leads to God. We in the traditional movement should be eternally grateful for men like Fr. Martin Stepanich and extend our prayers and hopes that what he has sown over the years will take root for future generations in preserving the true faith. You can see more on Fr. Martin at The Godfather of the Traditional Movement
Today on the eighteenth day of May the flower is the delicate LAVENDER
which is mauve in its lavender-like hues with the corresponding Virtue being MODESTY
. This is appropriate for modesty is the cornerstone of chastity and purity. Nothing makes Our Lady happier than a pure heart and a pure heart begins with being pure in the flesh. What we wear governs how we think, where we place God in our lives. Like the Lavender, our souls are delicate and to be immodest in any way or not to practice custody of the eyes puts that delicateness in jeopardy. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost and we must strive to adorn these temples with layers of clothing that are pleasing to our Almighty Creator, not man. What also is pleasing to God is when we pay honor to His Blessed Mother this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In his sixth vignette, this one eight minutes or so, Griff Ruby focuses on his YouTube Series "Sedevacantism - A Catholic Perspective", the issue of identity and treats the serious result of the current Vatican's dis-identity with the true Catholic Church. Regarding Pharisees and even merely bad popes one must do as they say, even if one dare not do as they do as St. Peter tells us in Sunday's Epistle 1 Peter 2: 11-19 to "be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king as excelling, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evil-doers and for the praise of the good: for so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men." But in the case with the Modernist Vatican leadership one dare not even do as they say for what they say leads us away from the Faith and, ergo, away from God. Griff offers the anology of the Ford Motor Company which is is merely a company, an organization. So also the Modernist Churh of Vatican II is merely an organization, not the one and only Church Christ instituted upon the Rock of Peter because of Lumen Gentium as he has explained previously. Therefore said false church has as much authority as the Ford Motor Company, GM, Toyota, you name it. It is false worship and against the First Commandment. We must realize we are truly living in a time when even the elect, as Jesus says in St. Matthew, will be deceived. It is, as Griff explains in Part Six: Pretenders do deceive
On the seventeenth day of May the Virtue is FIDELITY IN LITTLE THINGS
with the corresponding Flower being the beautiful LILAC
. It is the little buds that group together in fidelity to the greater good God intended to emit the spring fragrance that is so pleasing to the olfactory senses. Lilacs grow in colder climes, meaning they go dormant - retreat, if you will, so that toughened in the rough weather they can blossom ever more magnificently. So also with us. The more trials we face, the more we grow in grace and the more we will be faithful in little things. Today is the feast of St. Paschal Baylon, the holy Franciscan Brother who had such a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and died in the odor of sanctity. The fragrance of the lilac should remind us of our goal in striving for sanctity through doing the little things God asks and one of those is to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Last week the great pretender Josef Ratzinger did exactly what we said back in the summer of 2007 he would do as he lured SSPXers and the 'resist and recognize' elect into his web of deceit. Many initially will think, 'oh, but with his latest statement the "pope" made it that the 'Latin Mass' would be available to all in every diocese and the 'bishops' couldn't prevent it.' Nice try, but that is the furthest from the rat's motives. No, enough time has evolved that there are very, very, very few true priests left in the conciliar structure considering anyone ordained after 1968 are not true priests, (the exception being traditional priests, but then they have been ordained in the true divinely ordained rite). Those who have been elevated in the conciliar church are merely presbyters since paul 6 dared to change a divinely ordained Sacrament, thus playing Henry VIII and making these men who wear the Roman collar nothing but ministers a la Anglican 'priests' whom His Holiness Pope Leo XIII made certain the world knew they were invalid in his encyclical Apostolicae Curae
that such orders were "absolutely null and utterly void." Anyone who caught a glimpse of the ballyhooed royal wedding could see the Anglican services are much more reverent than the Novus Ordo
but both are still invalid and that goes for the Motu Mess as well and those attempting to confect a sacrament...well, that is impossible because God deemed it so...and the barbarians of Vatican II have assured that it's not valid by their words and actions. A sow's ear is still part of a pig and B16's oinker stinks to high heaven and believe us, Heaven knows. Traditio points out several reasons why you want to stay as far away as possible from the animal farm that is the Motu. Heil Motu!
and Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey nails how devious Ratzinger is in his As the Conciliar Fowler Lays More Snares
For the sixteenth day of the month, the flower is the LILY OF THE VALLEY with the corresponding Virtue being PUNCTUALITY. The purity of the Lily of the Valley can be equated with the parable of the Five Virgins who were punctual and had their lamps lit when the Master came; whereas the other five foolish virgins were not punctual and because they were not, missed out on eternal bliss. That is why punctuality in all things is a virtue so that we will always live in the state of sanctifying grace and like the snow-white Lily of the Valley be ready when God decides to take us out of this Valley of Tears. It is a reminder of the Hail Holy Queen prayer to Our Lady whom we honor this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
To be a president or a college professor or a conciliar bishop doesn't mean you have to be smart, but rather quite dumb considering what one in such professions should know and convey. Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey files several essays exposing the charlatans posing as such by putting body and soul in great jeopardy; Obama with his polyanna narcissism in having no fear of divulging secrets to the enemy that put both our troops and nation in harm's way not to mention his stirring up class warfare and race-baiting whenever he can. Oh, he's made an art of that - the darker side of the art of politics as Tom explains. Then you have the tenured tenebrays [sic] who haven't seen the light in ages and yet are entrusted by clueless parents to mold their college-age children with leftist mush as they deprogram any semblance of the sensus Catholicus
they might have received while at home, which, as we see from the apathy so apparent, that is a stretch. Yes, dating back to Luther and the illegitimate Tudors, there are consequences to the causes that have effected so many as Tom confirms in three of his more recent articles True National Security Is a Joke to This Guy
and Open Letter to Pretended Catholic Scholars
and "Scholarship" in Conciliarism's Land of Oz
John Gregory has graciously provided Father George Leo Haydock's commentaries on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. The Third Sunday following Easter is often called Jubilation Sunday for the Introit "Jubiláte Deo" which means "Shout with joy to God" and Our Lord's words in the Gospel of St. John are indeed cause for joy for no matter how much we may suffer, no matter the travails, Jesus assures us, if we stay the course, obey the divine will and are ever faithful our sorrow will be turned to joy. When that is, only God knows for time to the Almighty is as if thousands of years are but a moment, even just a second as the Haydock Commentary pores over in today's commentary for the Third Sunday after Easter. In a little while...
For the fifteenth day of May, the flower offered to our Blessed Mother is the whispy MIMOSA with the corresponding Virtue being GENEROSITY. God loves a generous heart and one, who loves God and seeks to do His holy Will at all times, cannot help but be generous in all things, illustrated in the stamen of the Mimosa flower, fanning out in ray-like fashion to receive the graces God grants to those who are open to them and practice the cardinal virtues as well as the various virtues illustrated in this, Mary's special month for she is the Queen of the May. It is only natural that everyone would want to be generous to the Queen for that brings great favor from the King, Who is, of course, her divine Son Jesus Christ, to Whom we owe all allegiance, all fidelity, all our love and generosity. Let us pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Staying with the subject of the shepherds of souls we see Our Lady's revelations to St. Bridget of Sweden in revealing what God thinks of His bishops who revere themselves and riches more than the treasure of His precious souls. Mary speaks of the covetousness of bad bishops and explains in a long parable of the plight of of one bishop and the reward of a simple priest, a canon who never sought the episcopal cloth and only would have were it God's holy will. These are the kind of men needed today to be our shepherds, but instead, for the vast majority of Catholics they are stuck with the kind of men who will meet the same fate as the bishop in the Blessed Mother's parable to St. Bridget. Thank God for our traditional bishops and pray God they do not seek power and prestige over poverty and penance. If they seek the will of God, we will be indeed blessed and flourish; if they seek their own agenda, we will suffer the consequences. Which is your bishop? These lessons are invaluable in knowing our own hearts and judging the actions and words of those who have donned the purple garments of the episcopacy. Book Three, Chapter Four: The Penitent and the Prideful
For the fourteenth day of May, the flower offered to our Blessed Mother is the PASSION FLOWER with the corresponding Virtue being SACRIFICE. The greatest Sacrifice was the Passion of our Lord which was the greatest Sacrifice that resulted in the blossoming of souls through salvation for all who followed Christ's teachings? On this day let us remember also the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - same Sacrifice as that of the cross, for the victim is one and the same, namely, Christ our Lord, Who offered Himself, once only, a bloody Sacrifice on the altar of the cross. The bloody and unbloody victim are not two, but one Victim only, Whose Sacrifice is daily renewed in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass when the bread and wine are confected into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This continual Sacrifice is carried on in obedience to the command of our Lord: "Do this for a commemoration of Me." There is no bouquet more pleasing to His Blessed Mother than worthily assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where our souls should open wide like the Passion Flower to embrace our crosses sent so lovingly by the Almighty. Carrying our cross daily is what Sacrifice is all about so that grace will flower forth, so abundant in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint Robert Bellarmine, the holy Cardinal and Doctor of the Church is the feast in which Our Lady chose to begin her historic and vital apparitions to three children at the Cova in Portugal. This Italian saint was born on the feast of the founder of the Franciscans, but trained as a Jesuit and came through with flying colors in God's eyes in upholding the ideals of the Society as its founders had established. He was an extremely sharp polemist who was not afraid to take on the most vitrolic Protestant theologians and, because this master apologist never wavered from Catholic truth, he always won out in perpetuating the Counter Reformation of Trent. His fame, humility and sense of the sensus Catholicus won back countless souls who had wavered during the Reformation. But his wisdom was not employed only on the sheep, but the shepherds as well - the chief shepherds - for he was Theologian and Spiritual Counselor to no less than five Popes. He was the noted
Theologian to the Roman Pontiffs
For the thirteenth of May the flower was the LAUREL
blossom with the corresponding Virtue being LOVE OF DUTY
. What a perfect day for this for it was the love of duty to the Church and Christ's Vicar on earth that prompted St. Robert Bellarmine to become a Jesuit priest and then to utilize all his God-given talents for the greater honor and glory of God and His Holy Church. Likewise, Our Lady appeared near the Cova and a copse of trees where Laurel blossoms might be found and her message was to remind her children of our duty to pray and to obey her Divine Son. She instilled in the Fatima children and from them out to all mankind the importance of the Virtue of Love of Duty. We have a duty to spread and live all Our Lady imparted and which was officially approved as worthy of belief by Holy Mother Church as is the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In Griff Ruby's fifth seven-minute lecture on his YouTube Series "Sedevacantism - A Catholic Perspective", he emphasizes the fact that despite all the underlying problems in the Church, there are still those out there who cling to their Catholic Faith in every way they possibly can through the catechism, prayer life and the true Sacraments by truly valid priests. No they may not know all the nuances on why the conciliar popes cannot possibly be true Popes, or why those men who might be considered by the world as 'popes' had excommunicated themselves long ago through heresy and apostasy - not in anyone judging them - for the caveat is always brought up by non-sedevacantist enthusiasts that "a pope can be judged by no one" and indeed that is true. However, what those pundits fail to acknowledge is that these men of the Vatican II lineage are not popes and therefore must be judged and have been, not by Catholics today, but rather by the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church and, per St. Paul's words in Galatians 1: 8-10, "let them be anathema." That, for the uninformed means condemned. But it is the uninformed who Griff addresses today, sharing his own experiences that should encourage all to be patient with our fellow Catholics and work to understand and unite all who remain true to the Truths and Traditions of holy Mother Church and put aside the petty differences that divide. He explains in Part Five: Living the Catholic Sense (sensus Catholicus)
On the twelfth of May the flower offered to Our Lady is the tube-like HEATH-FLOWER
with the corresponding Virtue being RECOLLECTION
. The Heath-Flower comes from the Greek genus Epacris
- meaning "upon the hill" where it grows. Many believe they sprouted on Calvary but this has not been proven in such climes. Yet, it would be appropriate for the Virtue of Recollection is centered on the Sacrifice of Christ upon Golgotha where His Blessed Mother stood faithfully to the end. So also are we able to stand with her through recollection of the Mysteries of the Cross. Appropriately, today's feast of Sts. Nereus and Companions focuses on this beginning with the Introit Ecce oculi
- "Behold the eyes of the Lord are on them that fear Him, hoping in His mercy." As the Heath-flower hangs down like a religious' habit, so to speak, - such as a monk in a monastery - to remind one to put on the garments of God in humility and recollect, so also practicing the Virtue of Recollection prompts one to look within the soul and seek in all humility to think of spiritual rather than temporal things and one spiritual devotion that brings this home is The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
On the eleventh day of May and the flower offered to Our Lady is the beautiful PINK ROSE
with the corresponding Virtue being PRAYER
. How appropriate that outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most efficacious prayer is Mary
's Holy Rosary. The pink rose so magnificently expresses Our Lady's true femininity and divine motherhood. Her Rosary which she herself bestowed to St. Dominic
is a spiritual bouquet of roses we can offer daily to Heaven, a spiritual bouquet built upon the ancient prayers of the Psalter - 150 decades for the 150 Psalms of David
the Prophet. Even more special this year is that it falls on the Solemnity of her earthly chaste spouse St. Joseph and on the feast of the holy Apostles Sts. Philip and James. the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In light of this past Sunday's Gospel on the Good Shepherd, these revelations to St. Bridget of Sweden are most appropriate in the fact 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 begins with our shepherds and if we have good ones, there will be many fruits. In the third chapter of Book Three, the Blessed Mother speaks again to her daughter in giving her a complete explanation to the bishop on how he should exercise his episcopal office in order to give glory to God, and illustrates the double reward for having held the rank of bishop in a true way and a warning of the double disgrace for having held it in a false way, and how Jesus Christ and all the saints welcome a true and upright bishop, who strives for holiness in himself and his flock. Such an example are the three bishops we celebrate this week: St. Gregory Nazianzen, St. Antonius, and St. Robert Bellarmine. As the world grows darker, we seek to provide readers the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. These lessons are invaluable in knowing our own hearts and judging the actions and words of those who have donned the purple garments of the episcopacy. Book Three, Chapter Three: The work of a true shepherd is never done
Today is the tenth day of May and SWEETNESS
is the designated Virtue with the corresponding flower for Mary's bouquet being the delicate JASMINE
. On this Feast of Saint Antoninius it is appropriate that the Jasmine, a fragrant white or yellow flower, employed to flavor tea or in perfume, is the flower of the day since St. Antoninius, as the Archbishop of Firenze, sought to extinguish the noxious fumes of the false Renaissance with the love of truth and encouraging his flock to study and do penance whereby the sweetness of the fragrance of truth emanated through in souls being saved. Truly pure Sweetness! To enhance this sweetness, there are few things sweeter than the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In Griff Ruby's YouTube Series on "Sedevacantism - A Catholic Perspective", he presents the fourth in his lectures on the new office, the new religion in which all who followed one Giovanni Montini, posing as Paul VI, are popes of an entirely different religion. So if you want to call them "popes", go ahead, but know they are not Catholic Popes. That is because, even though they have hijacked the name "Catholic" and the trappings that go with it, they have NO jurisdiction under God as Sovereign Pontiffs of the Church founded by Jesus Christ. Since they do not have universal jurisdiction they do not have the protection of the Holy Ghost. That explains all the heresy and apostasy as they continue through the years to introduce new innovations in trying to stay in tune with what the world wants, not God. It is the obvious, logical answer to how God would allow Josef Ratzinger's "beatification" of Karol Wojtyla. A true pope would have been stopped by the Sanctifier, but since the conciliar antichrists are not true popes, let alone Catholic, they can do whatever they please and they do, acting like teenagers pushing the envelope. Eventually it will catch up with them. We can only hope and pray for that day. As we can see in Griff's fourth talk the conciliar church is a Paper Papecy [sic]
Today is the Feast of the holy Doctor of the Church and Bishop St. Gregory Nazianzen, the second of four holy Doctors honored this month. St. Gregory was another from the 4th century who also faced the intense persecutions and calumnies of the Arian bishops. Son of two saints - Saint Gregory Nazianzen the Elder and Saint Nonna - and the sibling of two others - Saint Caesarius and Saint Gorgonna - this Doctor of the Church teamed with another Doctor of the Church the holy Saint Basil to uphold true teaching in combating the heresies of his time. The holy bishop St. Gregory Nazianzen is considered the Church's Theologian. This Cappadocian shepherd also nurtured a young protege who would turn out pretty well himself, one Saint Jerome. St. Gregory is often called the
Administrator of Theology
For the ninth day of May the flower was the majestic MIGNONETTE
with the corresponding Virtue being the PRACTICE OF HIDDEN VIRTUES
. Appropriately it is the Feast Day of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, the holy Bishop and Doctor of the Church who was a vaunted defender of the Faith against the Arian heresy and practiced the Hidden Virtues in winning souls to the True Faith while traversing the rocky regions of Constantinople near the Mediterranean where the Mignonette blooms forth abundantly with its spikelike clusters of greenish or yellowish white flowers. The Mignonette emits an intense spicy fragrance, at first hidden from the nose's senses until closer to it, just as practicing Hidden Virtues may not be evident to all until they are exposed to the virtuous life of the person for "By their fruits you shall know them"
(St. Matthew 7: 20). We encourage you to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
For the eighth day of May and the Double Major Feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael the Archangel
the virtue is FAITH
and the greatest warrior in Heaven for defending the Faith is the noble winged general. The flower symbolized is the IRIS
which blooms in the Spring and we must spring forward with faith to uphold and spread the True Faith, being irises who bloom where they are planted. Just as the iris is so functional to the eye, we must be on our watch against the wiles and snared of the devil. Count on St. Michael the Archangel - Quis ut Deus
- He who is like God - to be our defense against satan who seeks the ruin of souls. It was the Archangel who first appeared to the Fatima children prior to Our Lady's first visit to the Cova 94 years ago this coming Friday. We urge you to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
John Gregory has graciously provided Father George Leo Haydock's commentaries on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. The Second Sunday following Easter is often referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday for the Gospel of St. John in which Christ proclaims that He is the Good Shepherd and He knows His sheep and they know Him. He identifies those who are not true shepherds for they will flee and leave the flock to fend for themselves, but not before they have weakened them further by not instilling sound doctrine and safeguards for their souls. Such is the state of the shepherds within the conciliar structure who are either lukewarm or lemmings who have an agenda to please man, not God. We know they are false shepherds from the chief shepherd the world considers as pope all the way down to the lowliest priest for there are so few true priests left thanks to the false shepherd Paul VI daring to alter what Christ established. As St. Paul says so clearly in Galatians 1: 8, if some one preach other than what is Catholic truth, let them be condemned, just as the dogmatic Council of Trent reaffirmed. We see so clearly Our Lord's words My Sheep know Me
John Gregory provides a sobering wake-up call for everyone of us in tracing the problems of society today to the world's decommissioning of motherhood. This weekend millions upon millions will celebrate Mother's Day, but we must also be honest with ourselves and God. What is there to celebrate when the true maternal purpose has been lost, where millions have forsaken their God-given role to nurture, and where many more millions wage war against civilization and true mothers by making their wombs the most dangerous terrorist cell possible? Never mind that Osama bin Laden is dead, a far greater threat remains for the greatest tragedy is the terror carried out both in the temples of the Holy Ghost and the terror preached in the new religion of Rome that teach tolerance and technology trump God's Law. He warns all to take heed as he asks from his heart what God is asking us to question with a sincere heart: "Mommy," Where Art Thou?
On the seventh day of May, the Feast of Saint Stanislaus Kostka
, Bishop and Martyr. The virtue is ATTACHMENT TO GOD
and is represented by the BINDWEED
which is truly not a weed, but a flower that is stately just as St. Stanislaus remained attached to God despite the pressure of his fellow Poles and even the King. He had only one King: Christ the King, ever remaining the loyal subject and attached always to God. It is most appropriate that this also falls on the First Saturday of Mary's month of May for there is no greater attachment to God than through His most Blessed Mother for Catholics realize to Jesus through Mary. This becomes a normal process if one has a fervent attachment to God and seeks to do His divine Will, one will always be joyful no matter what slings and arrows life and the devil fires at a soul. Mary will guide us to her divine Son and we see this in the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In Griff Ruby's YouTube Series on "Sedevacantism - A Catholic Perspective", he presents the third in his lectures on how one Giovanni Montini, posing as Paul VI, set himself - and all who would follow him - outside the Church where he had jurisdiciton over those who followed him, but not over true Catholics or holy Mother Church for in signing off on Lumen Gentium he became persona non grata in Heaven and earth by abdicating any claim he had to the throne of Peter. He only compounded his sin by leading countless souls out of the true Church and into a man-made church, all those souls his responsibility before God. Even though the world may well have regarded him, and those who have followed him, as pope of the Catholic Church, God does not and cannot for as we say in the daily Act of Faith, "we believe these and all the truths which the holy Catholic Church teaches because Thou has revealed them, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived." Griff explains in Part Three - The doppelganger church
On the sixth day of May, the Feast of Saint John Before the Latin Gate
is devoted to the virtue of HUMILITY and represented by the VIOLET. This is so appropriate considering the great humility of the beloved disciple who took Mary
as his Mother at her Divine Son Jesus
' dying request on the cross, to look after her and care for her. Humility is something so lacking in so many of us and so necessary for sanctity. The beloved disciple John possessed this virtue throughout his life and in his inspired words of Sacred Scripture. It was this humility which prompted God to choose him as Mary's protectress and also preserved him from the boiling oil and afforded him, through the Mercy of God, to be exiled to the Isle of Patmos where he received the final account of the final days in the Book of the Apocalypse and was the only Apostle not to die a martyr. The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
While this past Sunday the world blindly hailed "Mary's 'pope'", the true Pontiff who was truly "Mary's Pope" was His Holiness Pope St. Pius V, who not only upheld her divine Son's Church in the face of the rebellious reformation by codifying the infallible, doctrinal documents of the holy Council of Trent including the Immemorial Apostolic Mass of All Time with his landmark decrees Quo Primum and De Defectibus in assuring the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass would remain pure in every way for all time ("in perpetuity"), but called upon the Mother of God to defeat the Islamic threat upon Rome and all of Europe, this despite being terribly outmanned in the Battle of Lepanto. As we know, through Our Lady's intercession, Don Juan of Austria and his Christian warriors were victorious in turning back the superior Turkish armada and St. Pius dedicated October 7 to her as Our Lady of Victory, since established as a universal feast of Our Lady of the Rosary for that was the weapon the Sovereign Pontiff called all of the faithful to employ in Consueverunt Romani in evening the odds against the infidels. Today we celebrate his universal feast and are encouraged to remember that even when everyone think things are hopeless, impossible, we can take great hope in remembering Christ's words in St. Matthew 19: 26, St. Mark 10: 27, and St. Luke 18:27, "with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." So also in our time when things look so bleak and the Church St. Pius V so loved and protected is in eclipse. The darkness will pass and the Light will shine again. We have God's word on that. Quo Primum and De Defectibus and Consueverunt Romani
The VerbumQUO for today on the Feast of the holy and worthy Pope Saint Pius V is "ædificábo" which is "I will build" for the Latin future first conjugation singular of ædificáre. This verb fits perfectly with Pope St. Pius V for he, of all Popes, built what Christ had established 1525 years earlier by codifying the infallible dogmatic decrees of the Council of Trent and set in stone "in perpetuity" the continual Sacrifice with the Latin Mass, often called Tridentine Mass from the time of Trent, but known universally today as the Traditional Latin Mass with his infallible Papal Bull Quo Primum, assuring the bread and wine would be properly confected through his decree De defectibus. All that he did in building safeguards and preserving the Truths and Traditions is, in the face of all the conciliar church has tried to destroy, truly The True Reason for celebrating Cinco de Mayo
Through these revelations to St. Bridget of Sweden 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. In the second chapter of Book Three, the Blessed Mother speaks to her daughter of the opportune solution to the difficulties meeting the bishop on the narrow path. She imparts how patience is symbolized by clothing and the Ten Commandments by ten fingers, and the longing for eternity and the distaste for worldliness by two feet. The Virgin then tells her about three enemies to the bishop along his way in these soul-searching life-changing words imparted to the Swedish saint by our Lord and His Blessed Mother. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. As the world grows darker, we seek to provide readers the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. These lessons are invaluable in knowing our own hearts and judging the actions and words of those who have donned the purple garments of the episcopacy. Book Three, Chapter Two: Beware of the thorns along the Bishop's Path
On the fifth day of Mary's Month of May, the feast of the holy Sovereign Pontiff Pope Saint Pius V the flower contributing to the bouquet offered to the Blessed Mother is the MARGUERITE which represents SIMPLICITY so perfect for this holy saintly Shepherd who, through his infallible decree Quo Primum
, sought to make worship so simple with the infrangible Mass of all Ages - the Apostolic Latin Holy Sacrifice of the Mass set in stone by the dogmatic Council of Trent and codified by this holy Pope for all posterity. How simple can it be? This is the way it is as St. Pius laid out in following the infallible tenets of Trent, and all one needs do is follow those rules and rubrics. Simple! But it is the devil who complicates things and therein we can see his complicity in Vatican II and how Our Lady has wept so at so many who who have apostacized from her divine Son's Church. For the daily devotion in May see The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In Griff Ruby's YouTube Series on "Sedevacantism - A Catholic Perspective", he presents the second in his lectures how through the manipulation and innovation of "subsistet in" (thank you, Fr. Josef Ratzinger), they changed not only the boundaries but created a whole new organization and broke from the true vine, becoming just another broken branch left to wither and die no matter how long it will take the world to realize it is a bad tree destined for the fire. They can call themselves 'Catholic' but in 1964, by the official decree of Lumen Gentium those who did not reject this direction but went along with the overlap could not really call themselves Catholic any longer for they were not, any more than those who went along with Henry VIII call themselves Catholic. Griff explains in a seven minute video Part Two - Parallel Universe of a new church
On the fourth day of Mary's Month of May, the feast of Saint Monica
the bouquet offered were the delicate, colorful PANSIES which represent the virtue of THOUGHTS OF HEAVEN. Few exemplified this virtue better than Saint Monica who spent every hour of her day praying and sacrificing for the conversion of her son Augustine
. She constantly had thoughts of Heaven in her mind, heart and soul, praying so wholeheartedly for the spiritual welfare of her son who had gone astray. The pansies of persistence paid off as we know and Monica lived to see her son become a religious. All she had prayed for came true. So also with us if we offer Our Lady our pansies of heavenly thoughts, she will intercede before her divine Son and answer our prayers. For the daily devotion in May see The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Imitation of the Holy Cross
God all powerful, who has suffered on the tree of the Cross be with
Holy Cross of Jesus Christ have pity on us.
Holy Cross of Jesus Christ be our hope.
Holy Cross of Jesus Christ turn away from us all sharp weapons.
Holy Cross of Jesus Christ pour into us all good.
Holy Cross Of Jesus Christ turn away from us all evil.
Holy Cross of Jesus Christ make us well in the paths of salvation.
Holy Cross of Jesus Christ preserve us from all spiritual and temporal
Holy Cross of Jesus Christ may we adore Thee.
Holy Cross of Jesus Christ now and forever.
Jesus of Nazareth, Crucified, have pity on us, make the invisible fly
far from us now and for ever and ever. Amen.
(Holy Mary, Mother of God, St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel, and all ye Holy
Angels, protect us.)
This prayer is said to have been found under the Sepulchre where Jesus was buried. It
is believed to have been sent by the Holy See to the Emperor Charles V who was
going to war against his enemies. According to legend, some claim some amazing promises such as he who prays this prayer, or hears it read or carries it about
with him shall not die a sudden death. He shall not be burned or drowned
or poisoned, nor fall into the hands of his enemies, nor be vanquished
in battle. A mother who reads this prayer or hears it read or carries it
about her, will be happily delivered, and when the baby is
born, if this prayer be put on it's right side it will be preserved
from a number of accidents. He who carries this prayer about him shall
be preserved from epilepsy. If this prayer be put on a person in an epileptic
fit, he or she will be relieved if not cured. Our Lord has promised to
bless him who recites or procures this prayer for himself or others, and
to punish him who scoffs at it. He who reads this prayer daily shall be
warned of the approach of his death, three days, by a divine sign. (source: Catholic Prayers)
That is the VerbumQUO for this Double of the Second Class Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross Crucis is the Latin for "of the Cross", the singular possessive of the genitive and taken from today's Introit, Collect, Epistle, Secret and Communion for today's Proper of the Mass for the Finding of the True Cross Nos autem. The Holy Cross is the focal point of our lives for which we venerate and carry with us daily. As Christ showed that there can be no Resurrection without the Cross, there can be no Victory without the Cross for us. We must be willing to take up our cross and follow Him daily. Only then can we be assured of sharing in the triumph. This is illustrated in
By this Sign we will Conquer
Rarely in the holy Mother Church's liturgical calendar do we run into a more diverse week of propers adapted by various traditional camps as this first week after Easter Week. That is because this year Easter was so late that the second day of May, normally reserved exclusively for the holy Doctor of the Church St. Athanasius, Apostle of Tradition, bunches up with two other transferred feasts. First we have the Feast of St. Mark whose feast day is normally on April 25, but since it fell during Easter Week which takes all preference, it is moved to the first available day after Low Sunday, which is May 2 this year. This is celebrated by those chapels which do not accept the changes made by His Holiness Pope Pius XII because they were manipulated by the known Masonic progressive Anibale Bugnini. Those who do accept the changes, celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker for May 1 on May 2.
The normal feast of the holy widow St. Monica
, mother of the holy Doctor of the Church St. Augustine
is the "victim", if you will, of two more variables. Those not acknowledging Pius' changes celebrate the feast of the holy Apostles Sts. Philip and James
which normally falls on May 1, but because...well, we think you get it by now. Those who subscribe to the way it was when Pius died, celebrate the feast of St. Mark on this day. So what feasts should you celebrate? Follow the feast your traditional parish/chapel/priest establishes and say a prayer or two to those saints not formally acknowledged in the propers for that day. For uniformity, we have chosen to acknowledge the feasts that normally fall on that day, but provide the Propers for each of these feasts. Confused? Aren't we all? Oh, yes, we hear you. We do need a true Pope to straighten this all out...especially in light of the false popes - antichrist antipopes (is that strong enough) who have deceived so many souls and are responsible for those souls before God. Thank God and pass the plate if you have a true priest who celebrates any of the above feasts. They and those who have remained faithful to the Truths and Traditions of holy Mother Church are truly rare; a remnant, if you will. "...stand firm, and hold to the traditions you have learned..."
The second day of Mary's Month of May is the Feast of the first man honored as a Doctor of the Church. That would be Saint Athanasius, the holy Bishop who withstood the brunt of the greatest apostasy in the Church until this present day when The Great Apostasy has arrived. It is in looking to this holy Doctor that we can take great hope and courage to stay the course and fight for the Faith as he did sixteen centuries ago. It was this stauch defender of Catholic truth, this Alexandrian Bishop who persisted against the Arian heresies through numerous popes. He was banished by emperors and the Arians four times. But in the end the True Faith won out, thanks to the persevereance of men like Saint Athanasius. Against all odds this Alexandrian Bishop persisted against the Arian heresies through numerous popes and was banished by emperors and the Arians four times. But in the end the True Faith won out, thanks to the perseverance of men like Saint Athanasius to whom we call on for intercession today when the VaticantwoArians had usurped the True Church and eclipsed Her, driving true Catholics into hiding to practice their faith just as Athanasius was forced to do seventeen hundred years ago. The more things change, as we see in today's Gospel, the more they stay the same for God's infernal enemy is our enemy and we should not fear man, but he who can destroy the soul. St. Athanasius is an ideal example of staying the course for he remains the
Apostle of Tradition
As we wrote last week, the world grows darker and further from God's ordaining will, and if this isn't manifested today, well, we don't know what would wake people up more. The devil has lulled the masses to sleep. As they place their consciences in a comatose state and the Mideast edges closer to Armeggeddon, the idealists are agog over three false global icons, namely a new Princess of England, a man in the White House who is as narcissistic as they come, and a devious Hegelian in the Vatican who thinks with the stroke of a pen and pronouncement that he will legitimize the very agenda he helped engineer in destroying the true Church founded by Jesus Christ upon the Rock of Peter. Would God allow such a travesty as this or the "beatification" of a man who universally preached heresy, yet was known by the misnomer as "Mary's Pope" and "John Paul the Great"? Yes, God would allow such a travesty for St. Paul told us this in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 that "And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish : because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe a lie. That all may be judged, who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity." Can it get much worse than the aberration taking place in St. Peter's Square on this day known to the world as a great Soviet holiday. How ironic that the man who was a closet Communist in Poland is remembered on this day. How tragic that it comes on the first day of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Month of May in crowning her the Queen of the May. We can definitely attest, he was not 'Mary's Pope' nor anyone else's 'Pope' for he long ago had apostasized and excommunicated himself from the Church as a heretic. All we can do is offer a prayer for his soul this day and everyday for we have very, very grave doubts that he is in Heaven looking down on the extravaganza orchestrated by Josef Ratzinger and the lemmings holding up "Santa Subito" signs. At best we can hope Purgatory shelters Karol Woyjtyla and yet, how can we forget the haunting words of the holy Doctor of the Church St. Athanasius, whose feast we celebrate tomorrow: "The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of rotten bishops."
On the travesty that occurred in Rome on May 1, 2011 you can always find objection from this editor at Catholic PewPOINT and Griff Ruby's excellent essays in Straight Stuff as well as the specific links below from both sede and non-sedes for on this issue we are all united: John Paul II is far from being a saint...and we do mean far!
Articles on Sunday's Apostate Aberration by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey:And, less you think objection comes only from sedevacantist circles, note the following:
From Fr. Benedict Hughes, CMRI:
The Humanism of John Paul II by Mario Derksen:
Article from the web page of the late Abbe Georges de Nantes:
Article by John Vennari who has recently stated: "This is a move to beatify the Pope [sic]who promoted a Masonic-styled pan-religious ecumenism, who effectively told the Jews they have their own Covenant independent from Christ, who kissed the Koran, who glorified in rock'n'roll and pagan inculturatred liturgies, who appointed faithless and feckless bishops, whose official point-man for Protestants (Cardinal [sic] Kasper) publicly said Vatican II did away with the notion that non-Catholics need to convert, who presided over the worst clerical scandal in history, and whose consistent words and actions presented Vatican II as a radical discontinuity with Catholic Tradition. ...This will only serve to "hallow" all of those modernist words and acts of John Paul II, including the Assisi that Pope [sic] Benedict now wants to celebrate. “How can you find fault with Assisi when it was the program of ‘Blessed [sic] John Paul II’”? There is no logic or true Faith involved with this decision, only shallow sentiment at its worst that places beatifications on the same level as the Academy Awards."
Articles by Atila Sinke Guimaraes
It is appropriate in leading off Mary
's Month of May by honoring her chaste earthly spouse for Saint Joseph
is the Universal Patron of the Church. He is symbolized by the LILY and the designated virtue in offering Our Lady a beautiful spiritual bouquet is PURITY. No flower is more significant in identifying the Foster Father of Jesus
and chase Protector of Mary than the holy Joseph whose feast we celebrate and who is the symbol of purity,most always depicted by the pure Lily. Thus, as we noted, in some traditional chapels this feast is celebrated on the Third Wednesday after Easter (this year on May 11).
The beloved disciple Saint John the Evangelist
was granted the blessing of the vision of a woman crowned with twelve stars, clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet. According to expert commentators, most specifically the Haydock Commentary in the Douay-Rheims version, this woman is the Blessed Virgin Mary, with her virtues and her privileges, especially that of her divine maternity. Thus originated the Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
, which Saint John Calasanctius, Saint John Berchmans
and many other saints made it a practice to recite frequently, especially during Mary's Month of May.
In order to make this prayer more attractive, Saint Louis Marie de Montfort added to each Hail Mary one of the praises of the Blessed Virgin, with the invocation: "Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; rejoice a thousand times."
It is this prayer which St. Louis gave to his religious families (The Montfort Fathers and the Daughters of Wisdom) as their morning prayer. He also recommends it to all those who embrace the devotion of the holy and loving slavery of Jesus through Mary. We combine with this beautiful prayer at the very beginning the designated flower and virtue for the day throughout Mary's month for she is the Queen of the May. You can print it out so that you have a copy to pray each day at Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary Devotion
Father George Leo Haydock's commentaries on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament are provided by John Gregory. Though the first Sunday following Easter is called Low Sunday, in truth St. John the Evangelists leaves us with a spiritual high in both his Epistle and Gospel, emphasizing how faith conquers all and is the answer to believing in Christ the Lord. Those who believe not, are liars and in deep trouble if they do not believe the Three in One Who gave testimony and the physical testimony of Christ's two natures - Divine (the spirit) and human (water and blood) which lives on in the Sacred Deposit of the Faith through the spirit (inspired divine revelation), the water (Baptism) and the Blood (the Perpetual Holy Sacrifice of the Mass) For further discernment on this, Fr. Haydock provides more food for thought for as Catholics we go by faith, not feelings. That is why there are few lows when one goes on faith, but a constant confident high that is tempered by a steady keel provided by the sacramental life of the Church that enables us to believe and say the very same words the doubting Apostle said when he was at last convinced: My Lord, and my God. Dominus meus, et Deus meus. We see this is A Testament of Lasting Faith
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey completes his special series on Reflections of Salvation History with the Glorious Resurrection. In this special eight-part series on "A Reflection of Salvation History," first introduced to our readers back in 2003, and brought to you to enhance your contemplation for this holy season, Tom has taken us indeed from Eden to the empty tomb. He points out that, despite the hardships, the sacrifices, the insults, the scourging, the stripping, the nailing and hanging on the wood of the Cross, Christ proved for all time that it was worth it. Is it worth it to us? By our actions and fidelity to His teachings passed down through His Holy Church and carried out in the Sacraments, especially Baptism, Penance and the Holy Eucharist, we illustrate if we think so. If we are His loyal lambs, Christ the Lamb of God has guaranteed He will be loyal to us at our Particular Judgment. Nothing else matters for salvation is at stake. Alleluia. Tom explains in his seventh and final installment of his Holy Week series From Eden to the Empty Tomb The Resurrection
Through the kind assistance of John Gregory, we are able to provide our readers with the Haydock Commentaries for the Epistle and Gospel for the Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord 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 Easter Sunday As St. Paul asserts in one of the shortest epistles of the year, the old leaven, meaning the Old Testament, has been fulfilled. The old rites have been superseded by the new rite instituted by the Son of man on Maundy Thursday. Through the new unleavened Bread we receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ our Lord and become heirs of the kingdom of Heaven, Jew and Gentile alike who abide in Him and all He has taught through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Reason indeed to exclaim with great jubilation: Alleluia, alleluia for indeed it is time to The Rising of the Unleavened Bread
With this Easter Week issue we resume with the soul-searching life-changing words imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden by our Lord and His Blessed Mother. It is also important to realize that to "Fight 4 Your Faith" you need to understand the consequences if you don't. 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. As the world grows darker, we seek to provide readers the Light in how to apply It to our own lives so that we can truly live in and love Him alone. We begin Book Three with chapter one in which Our Lady issues the guideline of warnings and instructions to the bishop about how to eat and dress and pray, and about how he should behave before meals, at meals, and after meals, and likewise his sleep and how he should carry out the office of bishop always and everywhere. For he is a shepherd of souls and will be held to a higher account the higher he rises as we see in Book Three, Chapter One: A Bishop's Daily Duty
During this Easter Week we celebrate the feast of the holy Doctor of the Church St. Peter Canisius. This Dutch-born Jesuit priest played a key role in the landmark dogmatic and canonical Council of Trent and in debating the Protestant heresies while whirling through his native Netherlands and Germany, Austria, Bohemia and Poland. He was a great eloquent preacher sought by prince and pauper alike. He served as mediator between Holy Roman Emperors and Popes. He also founded the University of Fribourg in 1580. One of his most famous works was "Manuel of Catholics" and he is referred to as the "Second Apostle of Germany," giving way only to the great Saint Boniface as the "First Apostle of Germany." Because of his efforts, the counter-reformation was a resounding success in Bavaria. He was truly the Windmill of Wisdom
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