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They say that peeling an onion makes one cry. Can you imagine how Our Lady weeps on how few truly follow what her divine Son wills? There's a cure for that and it begins by peeling back the onion that conceals why you have, until now, remained lukewarm, asleep to the truths and traditions of holy Mother Church because it conflicted with your life. Yes, it may prompt you to shed a few tears but that is cathartic when you realize how much you still have to do in so little time left. Yes, it could be a drastic change for you, but consider how drastic the alternative could be when you comprehend Our Lord's words in the Book of Apocalypse: "because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of My mouth." No time like the present to make a difference and unless you escape your comfort zone and take up your cross, the onion will only rot away and with it your odds of making Heaven. Isn't it time to peel away the layers of complacency and wake up to the sweet smell of sanctity that can be achieved when you really apply yourself the way God expects? Editor Michael Cain presents a heartfelt plea and a reminder to all to Escape from your comfort zone

   Please continue to pray for Fr. Martin Stepanich, OFM, the oldest traditional priest and one of the last true theologians who was admitted to a hospital. It should be no surprise considering his health and age for he is 96 and one of the true treasures that spans 70 years as a truly committed Catholic priest who, born in the second year of Pope Benedict XV's 7 year reign, was ordained six months before America entered World War II while Pope Pius XII was just heading into his second year of a 19 plus year reign. Please pray for this dedicated man of God who has been a benchmark for all, especially sedevacantists, in fostering and protecting the holy Faith against the heresies of Vatican II and the Great Apostasy.

On the Feast of Corpus Christi we launched a DailyCatholic Twitter page. Thanks to the help of David, webmaster of NihilInnovetur.com and editor for our Twitter page, we hope to reach more souls through this newest technology that prior to now we have avoided. However, in an effort to reach beyond the choir, if you will, and to provide inspiration with short prayers and ejaculations, facts, links, etc., we have launched out into the deep of social networking and ask guidance from the Holy Ghost to navigate others to the beacon we offer DailyCatholic readers.

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This is the last Sunday after Epiphany this year as we enter the Time of Septuagesima next week with a commemoration of Saint Francis de Sales as well. The theme of the Fourth Sunday is that Jesus calms the winds and the sea as we see in today's Gospel as He rules the ungovernable forces in nature; the fury of the sea and the violence of the winds. He manifests in this act His Divinity and the Church takes a portion from St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, where ... More

In this very time when the world has crossed the threshold of the order of the soul, we must realize that the only One Who can bring peace and calm is Jesus Christ, and only by proclaiming Him as our Sovereign King. The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany's liturgy brings this into focus. In addition John Gregory provides the Haydock Commentary which illustrates the literal and spiritual discernment of the Gospel on the significance of the ship - the Barque as His Church and that He foretold we would have terrible storms trying to shipwreck souls. But if we place our trust in Him as our Supreme Admiral, our souls cannot be capsized, even if... More

   Saint Francis de Sales, whose Double Feast holy Mother Church celebrates on January 29 was raised up by God in the aftermath of the Protestant Revolution as a key component for restoring Catholic truth with the counter-reformation of Trent. He was born in France, yet reached every corner of the world with... More

Today is the feast of Saint Martina, a Roman virgin, who was the child of a noble Christian consul, of whom it was said that he was extremely merciful towards the poor, and very zealous for faith in the Most Holy Trinity. His daughter lost... More

John Gregory continues his series on the Sermon on the Mount as found in the Gospel of St. Matthew. Part ten deals with the golden rule and the generosity of God for all we need do is ask and we shall receive. Jesus reminds us that we should trust totally in the Father Who provides for all our needs and if we have doubt, Christ illustrates the ridiculousness of such mistrust with the metaphor of giving one bread and not a stone or a serpent instead of a fish. Here our Lord has done all He can to convince the multitudes how easy it really is for if they would only live by the law of the prophets the loving Father will give them whatever good things they so request. ... More

Saint John Bosco accomplished what many people considered an impossibility; he walked through the streets of Turin, Italy, looking for the dirtiest, roughest urchins he could find, then made good men of them. His extraordinary success can be summed up in the words of his patron Francis de Sales: "The measure of his love was that he loved without measure." John's knowledge of poverty was firsthand. He was born in 1815 in the village of Becchi in the Piedmont district of northern Italy, and reared on his parents' small farm. When his... More

In honor of the saint whose feast falls on the final day of January, we bring you the frightening omen of St. John Bosco's vivid dream in which a guide - an angel - took him on a journey into hell which, just as the children of Fatima have confirmed, defies description. In fact, St. John Bosco's guide confirms this that Christ Himself couldn't even speak more in detail of the most horrible place ever created. This is must reading for every parent, teacher and especially sons and daughters and every novus ordo 'priest' who counsels teens that what they're doing isn't so bad, not to worry about it. Au contraire! They should be very, very concerned and St. John Bosco shows very clearly and starkly how serious everyone should take their actions and inactions for by not being obedient to their parents, superiors and authorities they are paving the way to hell, a path paved with good intentions unfulfilled. St. John proves Hell is very real! and a word to the wise should be sufficient never to forget the images he paints in words. We bring you a wake-up call by Fr. Eugene Brown who provides a startling, conscience-checking, life-changing insight into... More

Today is the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr. This Bishop of Antioch, like St. Polycarp, was a disciple of... More

We begin the month of February celebrating a holy Bishop who willingly gave his life for Christ at the hands of the voracious lions, aware of St. Peter's words in his First Epistle, chapter five, verse 8: "Be sober and watch: because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour." St. Ignatius would not give into the devil and gave his flesh to the big cats employed by cruel Roman Emperor Trajan rather than sinning in the flesh by compromising with the pagans. A lesson we should all learn from today when modern Rome so liberally gives in to satan's agenda to please man with no regard for what God not only thinks, but demands. St. Ignatius is invoked among the fifteen martyrs in the Nobis quoque peccatoribus in the Canon of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. For his... More

The Feast of Candlemas, which derives its origin from the local observance of Jerusalem, marks the end of the Feasts included in the Christmas cycle of the liturgy. It is perhaps the most ancient festival of Our Lady. It commemorate, however, not only the obedience of the Blessed Virgin to the Mosaic Law in going to Jerusalem forty days after the birth of her Child and making the accustomed offerings, but also the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, and the meeting of the Infant Jesus with the old man Simeon - the Occursus Domini, as the Feast was anciently termed. This is the principal theme of... More

We have arrived at the end of the joyous time of Christmastide, the demarcation point being the feast of the Purification of Mary coupled with the feast of Candlemas in which beeswax candles are blessed to be used throughout the year. It is one of three public blessings that take place throughout the liturgical year with the other happening later this year with Ashes on Ash Wednesday and Palms on Palm Sunday. We present not only the Proper for the Mass, but also the motive for the blessing of the candles and inspiration on the wisdom of holy Mother Church in establishing this feast, brought to you by the renowned Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger for this feast in which he admits it is our Savior Who is this day offered in the Temple; but this offering is the consequence of our Lady's Purification. The honor thus paid by the Church to the Mother tends in reality to the greater glory of her Divine Son, for He is the Author and the End of all those prerogatives which we revere and honor in Mary. In harmony with this feast we have Candlemas in which the beeswax candles are blessed, representing the purity of the virginal flesh of the Divine Infant made possible by Mary's fiat to God. The wick of the candle represents what is within Christ's soul in order to light the flame of His Divinity. Taken from The Liturgical Year we present excerpts for the Feast of the Purification and Candlemas

John Gregory provides a comprehensive reflection/meditation and study on the Presentation of the Child Jesus and the Purification of His Blessed Mother in the Temple and a renewed perspective of Mary's role in salvation in how her life parallels her holy obedience to all God has asked. Though her divine Child would be submissive to her as an obedient, loving Son for the next 30 years, it was here, Forty days after His birth that Mary followed the letter of the Jewish Law not only to present Him to the Jews as the Messiah, so recognized by Simeon, but also for Mary to obediently go through the rite of purification in the eyes of man - though she already was the purest vessel ever created by the Almighty, free of original sin. In a sense, for the rest of us born with Original Sin, her submission was the precursor for the Sacrament of Penance. The Fourth Joyful Mystery

Though this is the last Feria day after Epiphany, February 3 is the feast of the holy bishop and martyr St. Blaise who was elected... More

   O Glorious Saint Blaise, who by thy martyrdom didst leave to the Church a precious witness to the faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend, without human respect, both by word and example, the truth of that same faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times. Thou who didst miraculously restore a little child when it was at the point of death by reason on an affliction of the throat, grant us thy mighty protection in like misfortunes; and, above all, obtain for us the grace of Christian mortification together with a faithful observance of the precepts of the Church, which may keep us from offending Almighty God. Amen.
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St. Andrew, of the noble family of Corsini, was born at Florence, and from his birth was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin. His mother dreamed that she had given birth to a wolf which, on entering into the Carmelite church, was suddenly changed into... More

   In chapter twenty-eight of Book Three of the Prophecies and Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden the Blessed Mother instructs the bride about knowing how to love and about four cities where four loves are found and of which of these is properly called perfect love. That would be the fourth city and to reach that utopiapolis one needs to have love, not in the sense the world judges but in what God expects and that love must be ordered, pure, true and perfect. Every soul must... More

The three Sundays preceding Ash Wednesday are called SEPTUAGESIMA, SEXAGESIMA and QUINQUAGESIMA, which mean, respectively, the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth day, that is, before Easter. They are mere names to correspond with the name of Lent (Quadragesima in Latin: fortieth); obviously they... More

There is a commemoration of St. Agatha, virgin and martyr in today's Holy Mass for the feast is superseded by Septuagesima Sunday. "Oh, St. Agatha, who withstood the unwelcome advances from unwanted suitors, and suffered pain and torture for your devotion to Our Lord, we celebrate your faith, dignity and martyrdom. Protect us against rape and other violations, guard us against breast cancer and other afflictions of women, and inspire us to overcome adversity. Oh St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr, mercifully grant that we who venerate your sacrifice, may receive your intercession. Amen. St. Agatha

Thanks to John Gregory we can provide you the Haydock Commentary for Septuagesima Sunday which focuses on 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

Like the divine Sower who will be mentioned in the Gospel of Sexagesima Sunday, Saint Titus the well-beloved disciple of St. Paul "endured the fatigues of numerous and distant voyages on land and sea to go and sow the divine word among nations of different countries speaking different tongues". Wherefore the Church declares that "God had adorned him with the virtues of an apostle" (Collect), and that he was one of the "husbandmen whom the Master of the harvest had sent to gather it in" (Gospel). Employed by St. Paul in important circumstances, he landed with him in Crete and was... More

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

St. Romuald was born at Ravenna, in Italy around the year 950. In his youth Romuald indulged in the usual thoughtless and even vicious life of a tenth-century noble, yet felt greatly drawn to the life of a hermit. At the age of twenty, struck with horror because his father had killed an enemy in a duel, he fled to the Abbey of San Apollinare-in-Classe. There, after some hesitation, he entered the Abbey, finding the faith. San Apollinare had recently been reformed by St. Maieul of Cluny, but still was not strict enough in its observance to satisfy Romuald. His injudicious correction of the less... More

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

Saint John of Malta was born in Provence and from his earliest childhood distinguished himself by his charity to the poor. Ordained a priest in Paris, he, at his first Mass, had a vision in which God commanded him to establish the Order of the Holy Trinity for the ransoming of captives and, with St. Felix Valois approached Pope Innocent III, who gave his approbation to the new institution commanded by God. Thanks to... More

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

This Cyril, whose feast we celebrate on February 9, was born in Alexandria, Egypt in the year 370 AD. Cyril was the nephew of the Patriarch of Alexandria - Theophilus and, under his influence, rose to prominence while unfortunately being prejudiced against Saint John Chrysostom. Present at the synod of 403, Cyril was among those who deposed the golden throated Doctor. From that time on Cyril advanced, succeeding in 412 his uncle as Patriarch of Alexandria. Shortly after his appointment he realized the traps that had been set and could more readily... More

There is also a commemoration of St. Appolonia, a virgin from Alexandria two centuries before St. Cyril. She was arrested during a bloody persecution of the Christians in 249. After having her teeth broken and torn out, she joyfully threw herself under the impulsion of the Spirit of God, into the fire prepared for her. There, while her frail body was consumed on earth, her very pure soul was borne into glory in Heaven. Because of her torture, she is invoked as the Patron Saint of Dentists.

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... More from Thursday in Septuagesima Week

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. 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... More on "Defender of Theotokos"

The foundress of the Benedictine Nuns - Saint Scholastica, whose feast has always been celebrated on February 10th, was Saint Benedict's twin sister. Both were born in 480 near Umbria and Sabina in Norcia, Italy. Close from birth, both dedicated themselves to God from an early age. When Benedict went off to become a monk, Scholastica became a nun. When Benedict built Subiaco, Scholastica was at a monastery nearby also establishing convents for Benedictine nuns. She later followed her brother to Montecassino where she entered a monastery at Piumarola, Italy. It was there she died in 543 at the age of 67 with Benedict by her side. After a short visit with his sister, Benedict had intended to leave, but ... More

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... More on Friday in Septuagesima Week

John Gregory shares a small part of the life of Saint Scholastica as a model of faith at least the size of a mustard seed. You may recall our Lord telling His Apostles that if they only had the faith the size of a mustard seed they would be able to move mountains. Many times... More

From February 11 to July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary came down eighteen times from heaven (Introit), and showed herself to Saint Bernadette Soubirous (Collect), in the cave of the rock at Massabielle (Gradual). On March 25, she said to the little shepherdess of 14 years of age: "I am the Immaculate Conception." Today's feast therefore recalls Mary's triumph over the serpent (Tract) which the Septuagesimal liturgy has in mind. 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" (Epistle), 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... More

See also Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's inspiration for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: "Penance, Penance, Penance! Pray to God for Sinners"

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... More on Saturday in Septuagesima Week

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... More on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

For forty days and forty nights rain fell on the earth, while the ark floated on the waters which rose above the mountain tops and covered them; and in this whirlpool all men were carried away 'like stubble' (Gradual); only Noah and his companions in the ark remaining alive. Then God remembered them and at length the rain ceased. After some time, Noah opened the window of the ark and set free a dove, which returned with a fresh olive leaf and Noe understood that the waters no longer covered the earth. And God told him, 'Go out of the ark, thou and thy wife, thy sons and the wives of thy sons with thee' (Communion). And the rainbow appeared as a sign of... More

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... More

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... More

"The just wrath of the Creator drowned the guilty world in the vengeful waters of the flood, only Noah being saved in the ark. But then the admirable power of love laved the world in blood." It was the wood of the ark which saved the human race and it is that of the Cross which in its turn, saves the world. 'Thou alone,' says the Church, speaking of the Cross, 'hast been found worthy to be, for this shipwrecked world, the ark which brings safely into port.'... More

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 More for Sexagesima Monday

Today is a Feria Day on Sexagesima Tuesday with the liturgy for the previous Sunday and purple vestments...More

There is a commemoration of the the holy priest and martyr St. Valentine. The story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II, and the Christian was... More

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. More for Sexagesima Tuesday

Today is a Feria Day on Sexagesima Wednesday with the liturgy for the previous Sunday and purple vestments. We are one week from Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent ...More

There is a commemoration of the the holy martyrs St. Faustinus and Jovita as well today. They were martyred for the true Faith in 121. More

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 Wednesday in Sexagesima Week

We continue with the propers from Sexagesima Sunday as we edge nearer to Lent. 'The just wrath of the Creator drowned the guilty world in the vengeful waters of the flood, only Noah being saved in the ark. But then the admirable power of love laved the world in blood. It was the wood of the ark which saved the human race and it is that of the Cross which in its turn, saves the world. 'Thou alone,' says the Church, speaking of the Cross, 'hast been found worthy to be, for this shipwrecked world, the ark which brings safely into port...

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

We continue with the propers from Sexagesima Sunday as we edge nearer to Lent. The open door in the side of the ark by which those enter who are to escape from the Flood, and who represent the Church, are as is explained in the liturgy, a type of the mystery of redemption; for on the Cross our Lord had His sacred side open and from this gate of life, went forth the sacraments, giving true life to souls. Indeed the blood and water which flow from thence are symbols of the Eucharist and of Holy Baptism... More

The venerated Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger speaks on how God chastises the world by the deluge; but He is faithful to the promise made to our first parents, that the head of the serpent should be crushed. The human race has to be preserved, therefore, until the time shall come for the fulfillment of this promise. The Ark gives shelter to the just Noah, and to his family. The angry waters reach even to the tops of the highest mountains; but the frail yet safe vessel rides peacefully on the waves. When the day fixed by God shall come, they that dwell in this Ark shall once more tread the... More on Friday in Sexagesima Week

Today is the last observation of the Blessed Mother on Saturday until May 12th this year as we transition from the joyful into the sorrowful stage to the glorious after Easter. The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was predestined from all eternity for the role of co-redemptrix (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about... More

The venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger completes his reflections for Sexagesima Week in properly recognizing Our Lady who, though a daughter of Eve, was, by the special mercy of God, preserved from the stain of original sin. Let us end this week with a like act of veneration and love towards this Immaculate Queen of Heaven. We, even the most saintly among us, have not only been stained with original sin; we have our actual sins to grieve over and do penance for. This should give us a higher appreciation of her, the one single member of the human family who never committed the slightest sin. Let us turn towards her, and give... More on Saturday in Sexagesima Week

Adam, Noah and Abraham were types of Christ in the paschal mystery, a fact which we have already shown to be true in the case of the first two, in our notes on Septuagesima and Sexagesima Sunday. That it is true of Abraham also, we shall see today. In the Ambrosian Liturgy, Passion Sunday was called 'Abraham's Sunday' and the 'Response of Abraham' was read in the Office for that day; in the Roman Liturgy also, he is still the subject of the Gospel for Passion Sunday. 'Abraham your father,' says our Lord, 'rejoiced that he might see my day, he saw it and was glad... Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am.' God had indeed promised Abraham that the Messias should descend from him, and he was overwhelmed with great joy, when by faith he contemplated beforehand the day of the Redeemer’s coming. Again, when this was fulfilled, he still contemplated it with a fresh joy in Limbo, where... More

The Haydock Commentary for Quinquagesima Sunday and provided by John Gregory 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... More

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... More

"The just wrath of the Creator drowned the guilty world in the vengeful waters of the flood, only Noah being saved in the ark. But then the admirable power of love laved the world in blood." It was the wood of the ark which saved the human race and it is that of the Cross which in its turn, saves the world. "Thou alone," says the Church, speaking of the Cross, "hast been found worthy to be, for this shipwrecked world, the ark which brings safely into..." More

The venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for Quinquagesima Monday on in which the life of a faithful Christian, like that of the patriarch Abraham, is neither more nor less than a courageous journeying onwards to the place destined for him by his Creator. He must put aside everything that could impede his progress, nor must he look back. This is, undoubtedly, hard doctrine; but if we reflect, for a moment, on the dangers which surround fallen man during his earthly pilgrimage, and on what our own sad experience has taught us, we shall not think it hard or strange, that... More for Quinquagesima Monday

Today is Shrove Tuesday when we prepare to turn inward to do maintenance on our soul for that alone is what will survive and how we spend our Lents can go far as to where we will spend eternity... More

The venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger completes his reflection in the Time of Septuagesima on this Shrove Tuesday with the steady advice that the fundamental rule of Christian life is, as almost every page of the Gospel tells us, that we should live out of the world, separate ourselves from the world, hate the world. The world is that ungodly land which Abraham, our sublime model, is commanded by God to quit. It is that Babylon of our exile and captivity, where we are beset with dangers. The beloved disciple cries out to us: 'Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not... More for Shrove Tuesday

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