This second edition for September highlights two feasts at the apex of the month - the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is the Ides of Sorrow for this month of Our Sorrowful Mother. Thus the entire week is devoted to focusing on each of the Seven Sorrows as well as accompanying prayers for each sword that pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart over the plight of her divine Son Jesus. In addition, John Gregory bookends the week by providing the Haydock Commentary for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost and his reflection on the Second Glorious Mystery as we focus on the Ascension for the twelfth Saturday in the Fifteen Saturday Rosary Crusade for the conversion of souls and saving our country from godlessness, which is so evident today, especially in light of the fight by the Marxist Demoncrats to keep God out of the party platform. It only confirms that any Catholic who dares to vote for a Democrat will demonstrably affirm their own apostasy since the Dems blatantly promote abominable sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance. To condone that by voting for such a candidate is a mortal sin! Keep that in mind when you go to both the ballot box and the confessional.

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The Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost the Mass reminds us that, having received the Holy Ghost at the Feast of Pentecost and Jesus in Holy Communion, our souls and bodies should be moved by the ...More

Commememoration of the holy confessor St. Peter Claver, who was known as Slave of the Blacks and the Slave of the Slaves. He was born after the Council of Trent in 1581 at Verdu, Catalonia. He was a farmer's son who studied at the University of Barcelona and became a Jesuit at the age of 20. Becoming a priest, he was greatly influenced by Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez to become a missionary in ...More

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To enhance each Sunday's Epistle and Gospel we present this special feature provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. For the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost we first see St. Paul's epistle to the Galatians in which he affirms that no one can fool God, man yes, but not God. He will not be mocked. This is exactly what is happening today and yet so many still want signs, the kind Our Lord works in St. Luke 7 in raising the dead son, healing the blind and deaf and still, the very multitudes who clamored for more, mocked God by being the same who abandoned Him at the hour of His Passion. Oh, man is a fickle lot and it does have consequences as to his actions. God is Not Mocked

We begin today the Seven Dolors of Our Sorrowful Mother leading to the feast which is the signature feast of this month's dedication. Each day we feature one of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary along with the Prayers for that Sorrow. We start with the First Dolor of Simeon's Prophecy. Mary took the infant Jesus to the temple, according to the law of Moses, presenting Him for the circumcision of all male Jews, as well as for her own purification according to the law, even though she was and remained always inviolate. While in the temple, Simeon approached the Holy Family. He beheld the infant and knew, through the Holy Ghost, that this was truly the fulfillment of God's covenant with His people. And he uttered the words of the Canticle of Simeon, which Holy Mother Church prays every night in Compline, "Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace; because my eyes have seen Thy salvation, " Then, after praising God for the Messiah, Simeon turns to Mary, so modest, so humble, and prophesies to her in these words, which must have started her deep contemplation of ...More on The Prophecy of Simeon

Born at Sant' Angelo, near Fermo, in the March of Ancona, around the year 1246, Saint Nicholas Tolentino was devote to the devout life. He is often depicted in the black habit of ...More

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We continue today with the second of the Seven Dolors of Our Sorrowful Mother with terrifying Flight into Egypt. Think about it and how Joseph's trust is such an understatement here. Flee into a totally pagan country? To the very land out of which Almighty God had brought the nation of Israel after a long captivity? But Mary did not complain. She did not grump. She did not ask Joseph if he was sure it was an angel that had told him to flee. Mary trusted totally in God, and knew God worked in her husband in this manner. She respected the hierarchical structure of the family as God so deigned. Together they fled to Egypt confident God would protect them, not knowing how long they would be there in this foreign land which must have seemed endless months, until the angel once again came to Joseph and told him it was now safe to return to Nazareth, for Herod was dead. Joyous news to be sure, but news that meant ...More on The Flight into Egypt

This is Feria Day on this 11th Anniversary of the 9/11 Tragedy in which we remember in three articles from eleven years ago in the lower right for this day. In the Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost the Mass reminds us ...More

Commemoration of holy martyrs Sts. Protus and Hyacinth (not to be confused with the St. Hyacinth of August 17). They were both Martyrs during ...More

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When Jesus was twelve, they journeyed to Jerusalem to have Jesus presented in the Temple again. But this was also another sorrow for our Blessed Mother. We cannot conceive of the most tender love, pure love, which Mary possessed in her heart for Jesus, the Son of God. Her pure heart sought only the Will of God, so Her consternation must have been great when she realized, with Joseph, that young Jesus was not in the caravan which was returning to Nazareth. With what haste must they have turned around, frantically returning to Jerusalem. It would be comparable for someone from a tiny rural town today to have their child lost in the midst of a city like Lost Angeles, Chicago, or New York, to name a few metropolises. Where do you look? To whom do you go? What do you say? They searched everywhere for Jesus, the Son of God, and couldn't find Him. Imagine what many of the people might have remarked. "How could you be so negligent as to lose your son? Serves you right for being neglectful. You'll probably never find him now. It's the way of life here in Jerusalem. He could have been ...More on The Search for the Child Jesus

On this 11th Anniversary of the tragic 9/11 events, we bring you three articles written a few days after the attack and before we realized the truth that the Chair of Peter was truly vacant and that the counterfeit church of conciliarism had helped spur the collapse of morals and morale:

This feast originally instituted by Pope Innocent XI in memory of the great victory won over the Turks before the walls of Vienna (September 13, 1683), was fixed for this date under Pope St. Pius X It was Pope Innocent XII who had ordered that it should be kept on the Sunday within the Octave of ...More

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On this feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, it was her divine Son Who must have uttered her name through blood drenched lips, gasping for air and water for the fourth Dolor also coincides with the Fourth Station of the Cross as we transfer from Our Lord's childhood to His adult years and those things she pondered in her heart had to come gushing forth as she wept when she heard her divine Son had been arrested and, through the Sanhedrin's kangaroo court, so quickly condemned through the political manipulation of Caiphas and the spineless Pontius Pilate. Rather than hiding as the Apostles did, she faced His Passion with strength and stood there on the Via Dolorosa waiting for Him as the entourage of Roman soldiers and frenzied Jews surrounding this tortured Man Who lugged the heavy wood that would be His execution tree. As He trundled into her view on the rugged pebbled way, she knew that to fulfill Her role as Mother of God, Mediatrix of all Graces and Co-Redemptrix of the world, Mary, with a pure and tender heart that loved as Her Son loved, bravely but sorrowfully met her Divine Son on His way to Calvary. Never was this more brilliantly illustrated than ...More on The Meeting with Her Divine Son on the Via Dolorosa

In the Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost the Mass reminds us that having received the Holy Ghost at the Feast of Pentecost and Jesus in Holy Communion, our souls and bodies should be moved by the Spirit and entirely obedient to the operation of ...More

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The Fifth Sword that so pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart had to be the cruelest for there she stood on Calvary with Saint John and the other holy women, specifically Saint Mary Magdalen, at the foot of Her Son's rugged Cross, and waited with Him through three long hours of bitterest agony, while He slowly died of a broken heart over the many souls who would reject Him, and reject salvation. His physical agony was very real. His death was very real, but the pain both He and His Mother bore was was a very spiritual pain as well, for both knew that they must never waver in their absolute obedience to God's Will. Jesus gave us His Mother while He hung in bitterest agony on the Cross. He knew that we, weak and fallible, need a Mother's tender care to help us through the terrible sufferings of our exile here on earth. Mary is ever ready to help us to bear our crosses for love of her Divine Son. She is our intercessor before Christ Who cannot refuse His Own Mother. That is why she ...More on Standing at the Foot of the Cross at the Crucifixion

In the Latin Roman Rite this feast is celebrated on September 14th each year to celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on which Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, died. Historians record that the true cross was unearthed by the Empress Saint Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine the Great in the year 326. With Constantine as emperor his mother had the funds and the visa so-to-speak to conduct an extensive expedition for the true cross for it was the sign of the cross in the sky that enabled her son to be victorious - "In hoc signo vinces." Though she was nearly 80 years old her mission was to uncover Christ's cross so that all the world could give it the reverence and veneration it deserved. On arriving in Jerusalem there was no ...More

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The crux of our faith rests on the Holy Cross for without Christ's ultimate sacrifice on the Cross there would be no Resurrection, no salvation. Thus we bring you the etimology of the word in a special feature to help the faithful focus on the message Holy Mother Church conveys in the liturgy of the Proper of the Holy Mass so the faithful can better understand the magnificent correlation of Sacred Scripture. It is also our hope that in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and derivative more will be attuned to hearing Latin read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. No Triumph Without the Cross

The Sixth Sword that pierced Mary's heart is forever etched in the famed statuary The Pieta. Before capturing that moment, the Mother of God stood weeping at the foot of Her Son's Cross, and watched as He breathed forth His last agonizing breath, and gave up His soul to His Almighty Father. She watched as the soldier thrust a lance through His side, piercing His Most Sacred and Merciful Heart. She winced in physical pain for Her Son could no longer feel pain. He was dead. Thus the full physical pain mystically transferred to her who bore the brunt for the sake of souls around her and those to come in all future generations. She watched as the nails were pulled and yanked from His gnarled hands and brittle wrists, now smaller than her own, and His bloody, blackened and mud-caked feet. It must have seemed like an eternity as the lifeless body was lowered to the ground where Mary sat, waiting to cradle the ...More on Taking Christ down from the Cross and being laid in Mary's Arms

The Church commemorates by two Feasts the martyrdom suffered by Our Lady, one of two feasts devoted to this same devotion in union with the Passion of Her Divine Son Jesus and His Holy Cross. The First Feast, kept on Passion Friday before Palm Sunday especially commemorates "the Compassion of Mary;" while the second, kept today on September 15, the devotion to the Seven Sorrows. This feast commemorates the seven sorrows (Seven Dolors) of the Blessed Mother of God which are documented in Sacred Scripture beginning with the prophecy of Simeon (cf. Luke 2:34), the flight into Egypt (cf. Matthew 2:13), losing the child Jesus in Jerusalem (cf. Luke 2: 46), meeting her Divine Son on the way to Calvary, the Crucifixion, the Pieta, and laying Jesus in the Sepulchre (cf. Luke 23: 49-56). This feast was first introduced by Saint Anselm and various Benedictines in the 11th Century which took on steam in the following century but did not get promoted universally until the 14th and ...More

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The VerbumQUO for the Feast of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary is "Stabat Mater" meaning "The Mother stood" or "The Mother was standing" and is the well-known 13th century Gregorian Chant Hymn, taken from the Sequence Stabat Mater for the second of two feasts in the liturgical year for Our Lady of Sorrows; the September observance being the greater Double Feast of the Seven Sorrows with A Mother's Love that Knows No Bounds

This is the signature feast for the month of September dedicated to Our Sorrowful Mother. In Passion Week this feast precedes Holy Week and the Triumph of the Cross, but this month it is that triumph, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross which immediately precedes this Double of the Second Class Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tradition says that Mary, meeting her Divine Son Jesus bearing His cross, fell under the weight of her anguish. Upon the place of this awful meeting a chapel was raised, which took the name of St. Mary of the Spasm, and a feast was celebrated under the same name for several centuries. At the provincial Council of Cologne in 1413, to rebuke the audacity of the Hussites, who had laid sacrilegious hands upon the images of Jesus Christ crucified and His Holy Mother, was instituted the feast of the Commemoration of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and its celebration was fixed for the Friday of Passion Week. This Feast, substituted for that of the Spasm, or rather blended with it, was eagerly accepted by the faithful. To represent the anguish of Mary, painters ...More on Stabat Mater Dolorosa

The Seventh Sword that pierced Mary's heart was what she might have thought, in her own human nature, the last she would ever see of her beloved Son for Then came the moment that meant for the Mother of God a physical separation from Her Divine Son as His body was hastily, but reverently placed in the tomb, and with the help of the holy women and St. John, she returned to the House of the Last Supper, to wait and watch in prayerful supplication to the Father, for the moment of her Divine Son's Resurrection from the Dead. The apostles were dispersed, devastated by the events of that past week when their emotions ebbed and flowed and fear took over. Mary, alone, had to remain steadfast in her faith. She could not and would not waver in her faith even for a ...More on The Burial of her divine Son

John Gregory presents a reflection on the Second Glorious Mystery as he shares how Our Lord has gone to prepare a place for us, and thus the effects of the Ascension remain an on-going mystery for Christ continues to prepare for us at the Father's right hand and in that wondrous news is extended the greatest hope to all for where Christ has gone He waits for us to follow in a place of everlasting happiness for those who are obedient to His teachings and cooperate with the divine Will. Just as Jesus left instructions for His Apostles, He has left us inerrant instructions that, if we follow fully, will assure us of being with Him forever as we see in The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension

We urge you to click the Rosary banner below for the Twelfth Saturday in the 15-week Rosary Crusade organized by Bishop Robert McKenna, O.P. to do our part for the salvation of souls by bringing souls to the true Catholic Faith and Sacraments, for the welfare of our country, and for our own special intentions as we all strive for holiness in our role as members of the Church Militant. On this Twelfth Saturday of the Fifteen Week Rosary Crusade, we focus on the virtue of hope.

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