Each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation we feature the Haydock Commentary provided by John Gregory as compiled by Father George Leo Haydock and found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. With the type so small in most bibles, we publish it here in larger type in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass. For the Second Sunday after Epiphany, the topic is love and miracles with the Wedding Feast of Cana in which Christ performed His first public miracle and the Haydock Commentary treats the whys and wherefores of the loving relationship between Mother and Son and His willingness to honor her by changing water into wine, a precursor to the transubstantiation of the wine into the Blood of Christ at the Consecration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most loving gift He could bestow to His children whom St. Paul entreats in his epistle to love one another as our Lord loves us. The First Miracle
Though the feast is not universally celebrated in the Traditional Propers of the Mass, January 15 is the traditional feast of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Dr. Marian Therese Horvat provides an excellent article on this feast and how intricately it is tied to the United States, especially New Orleans and the amazing miracle Our Lady interceded for in the Battle of New Orleans in 1812 and General Andrew Jackson's acknowledgement of such. Of course, that was back when there was respect and awe for God's Justice and Mercy, not to mention respect for Catholic truth. Fast forward to modern times and the fact the statue of Our Lady wept in 1972. Could it be she wept because of what was happening to her divine Son's Mystical Bride or that within one year human sacrifice would return to the new world in the senseless slaughter of the unborn with Roe v. Wade? Either way she knew God was not happy and could stay His hand only so long. Perhaps she knew that the "Big Easy" was about to run into hard times for the sinful debauchery of Mardi Gras. Can anyone say "Katrina"? Marian lays out the history of Our Lady's title and the valiant efforts of the Ursuline nuns who went above and beyond the call of duty in answering Heaven's call and how Heaven responded in 1812. She explains in Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
a Patroness for Americans
This is the first Doctor of the Church in the calendar year. This holy Bishop and Doctor of the Church Saint Hilary of Poitiers was another from the fourth century who, like the three great Doctors who preceded him (St. Athanasius, St. Ephrem and St. Cyril of Jerusalem), stood by the axiom: One cannot serve God by employing the philosophy that one should 'go along to get along.' That false belief is, sadly, something so prevalent in today's society of lemmings. Unlike the one whose name sounds so similar, there are no similarities to the character of St. Hilary with Hillary Clinton. The former is a saint, the latter...well, you fill in the blanks, but keep it clean. Back to the true Hilary. He was both greatly persecuted by the Arians and ostracized by many within the Church because of false information. Hmm, sound familiar? Every Traditional Catholic can relate to that. This first Doctor, of what is today France - eldest Daughter of the Church - was known for his great labors in the fields of God from Gaul to Ilyria. Born the same year as his colleague Doctor and Bishop of Jerusalem St. Cyril, he labored tirelessly for the True Faith and was called the Laborer for God
While most conservative Americans have as their goal to assure Barack Hussein Obama is not reelected because of the dangerous path he has already started the country on down the yellow brick road of Communism through his class warfare rhetoric and appointments, those who cling to the Constitution would be well warned to be careful who they tout as Dr. Droleskey illustrates that the lesser of two evils doesn't always work. Despite the fact the Kenyan feasts on the abortion plank, there is no assurance Mitt Romney and the other naturalists the GOP is offering won't do the same thing. What we need to do is cling to the true Faith and not worry about the conciliarists because we have the true Faith and that, in itself should be the greatest consolation in this time of upheaval and prompt every traditional Catholic to want the same for others. Tom explains in his article with a title almost as long as this intro: Attention! Attention! Calling All Lemmings! Calling All Lemmings! Drink Your Naturalist Kool-Aid Before Following The Lead Lemming Over the Cliff and Into the Abyss
As a special treat for this Feast of the Holy Family, we bring you inspiration from the late Father James F. Wathen, pioneering traditional author of The Great Sacrilege who passed away just over five years ago on November 6, 2006. This piece was first published here in 203 and to show the measure of the man, though he was dying of cancer, he left us these priceless gems of wisdom for husbands and wives, for young men and women in the single life, and for children as well. In each, he provides solid Catholicity of how each must respond in order to have their state in life blessed and become fruitful in the eyes of God, and then in the eyes of the world which, as he points out, is often a paradox for living as a true Catholic is a contradiction to the world. His encouraging words give hope that more will take his solid advice and apply it to their lives so that a generation of true Catholics can be generated for tomorrow. He also includes the Litany of Humility. These words are his lasting gift we bring you during this week following the feast of the holiest of families, Jesus' Own in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph, titled, Thoughts to Sustain Catholic Families"
The conciliar madness is spinning out of control. While Benedict XVI is waxing that homosexuality will be the bain of civilization in a rare show of actual Catholic teaching, his appointed "Archbishop" in the windy city is blowing wind with an apology to a militant sodomite group who pressured Francis "Cardinal" George into apologizing for his equating flaunting sodomites to the Ku Klux Klan. Sin is sin and to apologize to sinners is to condone their sins. Christ and St. Paul preached love of sinners, never condoning and never apologizing. But then the conciliar mindset is so saturated in apostasy and political correctness that it has no rhyme nor reason, let alone no substance as Dr. Droleskey explains in Maybe Saint Paul Should Apologize, Too, "Cardinal" George?
We resume the Prophesies and Revelations imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden with an eyeopening chapter that answers the question often asked by non-Catholics: how could a good God allow evil? In this lesson God provides the answers when St. Bridget, praying for infidels, asks Jesus Christ, Who replies in a way that should provide a guideline for all Catholics to answer this query for God is glorified through the evil of evil men, although not by their own power and volition. The Son of God illustrates this for her by means of an allegory in which a maiden represents the Church or the soul and her nine brothers represent the nine orders of angels, the king represents Christ, while His three sons represent the three states of mankind. He explains in Chapter Twenty-Four of Book Three Why God allows evil
The countdown has begun in leading up to October 11 this year when the Modernists will celebrate the golden (not) anniversary of the beginning of the revolution known as Vatican II. Such celebration is akin, as Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey points out, to toasting the fiftieth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution to name just one aberration in history. Needless to say, the Bolsheviks have seemingly won as Our Lady warned at Fatima in light of all the destruction the counterfeit church of conciliarism has wrought over the past half a century. Tom shows that apostasy is nothing to celebrate, especially in Heaven where all souls hope to end up, but if apostasy continues then we all know the direction souls are heading for no apostate or heretic will enter everlasting life on the upside. Tom explains in his article Celebrating Half A Century of Apostasy
Griff Ruby returns for the new year by finishing up what he began last fall but we were unable to bring you because of our computer problems. Better late than never and this third part is packed with valuable virtues that will help everyone. Living our Faith is what every real Christian work is all about. We are not climbing some ladder to Heaven on our own strength or will, but accepting the hand upwards that only God can extend to us. We must receive that hand, and having received it, clasp it firmly as God works with us to draw us upwards out of being mired in our sins. We shall stand alone at our Particular Judgment and how we lived on this earth will determine the nature of where we end up. The will of God in our lives is our sanctification, by which alone we are befitted for Heaven. Is there any other way? Griff explains in Part Three of
Earning our Salvation or Living our Faith?
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