No, we have not gone loco and become climatic ecomaniacs. Rather, in this one week of Time after Epiphany when the Sunday vestments are green before we begin the Time of Septuagesima next week and purple/violet rules until Easter Sunday, we say go green for that reason and one more important reason that segues so perfectly into the purpose of this Church Unity Octave Week when we pray for the conversion of those outside the true Church. By the way, that includes praying for conciliar Catholics who have bought into the Apostate Vatican II church. What few realize is that Our Lady has given us the means to expedite conversions, yes, even the most unexpected and difficult ones by passing out blessed Green Scapulars and praying "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us (or mention the person by name if you'd like), now and at the hour of our death" for each person you've given a Green Scapular to either knowingly or slipped into their possession unknowingly. That last part can be tricky but if you're really committed to bringing more souls into the fold of the only true Church founded by Jesus Christ, you'll find ways. You know, where there's a will, there's a way! Then leave it to the Mother of God to do the rest. It's been proven to work. Why not try it? You'll like it and so will God, His Angels and His Saints. After all, it's not about converting everyone at once, but rather one soul at a time. For more on the history, effectiveness and importance of this powerful emerald cloth, see The Green Scapular and Conversions


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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 do not actually correspond with the period they indicate. Man, victim of the sin of Adam and of his own sins, is justly afflicted; groans and sorrows encompass him. The holy Church calls us together today in order that we may hear from her lips the sad history of the fall of our first parents. This awful event implies the ...More

Hail Mary Most Holy, Beloved Daughter of God the Father
Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to this request
(name your request)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...
Saint Michael, pray for us.

Hail Mary Most Holy, Admirable Mother of God the Son
Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to this request
(name your request)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...
Saint Gabriel, pray for us.

Hail Mary Most Holy, Most Faithful Spouse of the Holy Ghost
Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to this request
(name your request)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...
Saint Raphael, pray for us.

Hail Mary Most Holy, Temple and Sacrarium of the Most Holy Trinity.
St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael,
pray for us.

Our Lady of Good Success, thou who art the all-powerful intercessor before the Most Holy Trinity, deign to hear and answer my request, so long as it contributes to the salvation of my soul and the glory and exaltation of Holy Mother Church.
Hail Holy Queen...

  • Our Lady of Good Success website dedicated to her
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  • 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

    Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, Rector of St. Joseph's Minor Seminary in Rathdrum, Idaho at the City of Mary presents his 16 minute sermon for Septuagesima Sunday in which he shares the reason for this short two and a half week preparation for Lent in explaining that Septuagesima means seventy days before Easter and the parable of the vineyard and the laborers who came during the day. The lesson here is that each receives the grace at various times in life and no one is deprived if they are worthy, that is in the state of sanctifying grace. Those who harbor envy block grace. Rather than envying others we should realize the gifts God has bestowed on each of us and use those as He deigns for His honor and glory, and be aware the devil will do all he can to stir up feelings of unfairness, but how can it be unfair when God has given us everything? Pray and perform and be on guard against the seven deadly sins. Labor is part of our life and we should toil joyfully in His vineyard. Father explains in his sermon Laboring for the Lord


    Oh, to have the caliber of saints like the holy Doctor of the Church St. John Chrysostom the Golden Voiced Orator today to combat the heresies of Modernism and to bring souls back from the abyss just as he did in the early Church. The holy Doctor of the Church Saint John Chrysostom was a great orator who studied under one of Greece's famed orators and ultimately became one of the greatest orators himself, laboring for Christ and His Church in the century in which Constantine had declared Rome a Christian state and Christianity began to flourish, thanks in large part to John. He was duly recognized by Pope St. Pius X as Patron of Preachers. Like the other Doctors of the ...More on The Golden Voice of Truth

    Jesus has manifested His divinity by healing both souls and bodies. Saint Peter Nolasco, impelled by this example of divine charity and by a heavenly inspiration (Collect) of which St. Raymund of Penafort was the instrument, spent all the money he possessed (Gospel) in delivering Christians from the captivity in which their bodies languished among the infidels and their souls were exposed to great dangers. The Order of Our Lady of Ransom, founded with this object, shows how the Kingship of Jesus extends to both the natural and supernatural world. By a special wow the religious bound themselves to become prisoners of the pagans, if necessary for the deliverance of their ...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


    We continue with Paul Kokoski's primer on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins or Capital Sins as we focus today on Anger. It is the trigger that can shoot us out of control if we do not curb our feelings. Yes, we may become angry at times and at times it can indeed be righteous anger as Christ Himself displayed in driving the money lenders out of the Temple. We can righteously become angry over unjust laws that the holy Cardinal of Trent St. Robert Bellarmine called "No laws at all", but it is in how we react that tells volumes. Do we respond or do we react. Responding allows us to size up the situation and allow our anger to simmer so that we will give a right response, whereas reacting is a spur of the moment flaring up that can result in great consequences depending on the circumstances. Regardless, anger seldom settles anything and cooler heads most often sleep better at night. It does no good to dwell on things of the past that might prompt anger and regret. The best thing is to learn from our experiences and carefully guard not falling into a fit of anger again. Because it only festers regret and worse, hate and if one has hate in his heart, then one must fear something no one wants to encounter: Final Anger which would be the wrath of God since Anger can beget Hate

    This Doctor of the Church was born in France, yet reached every corner of the world with his works and influence. His piety, zeal and energy caught the eye of no less than the Pope himself who made him one of the youngest bishops to rule the See of Geneva. Along with another saint, he founded the Visitandines. He was known for his gentleness and meekness, and his holiness so well known that he was the first person to be beatified in the new St. Peter's ...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


        The story of St. Francis de Sales is encouragement for our times for just as God raised up many heroes following the Protestant Revolution, so too today He will do the same if we adhere to our faith and pray. In the devastation that followed the Reformation, this holy man became a key component for restoring Catholic truth as a warrior for the Word in being a major force in spreading the counter-reformation of Trent. He was born in France, yet reached every corner of the world with his works and influence. His piety, zeal and energy caught the eye of no less than the Pope himself who made him one of the youngest bishops to rule the See of Geneva. Along with another holy religious - St. Jane de Chantal, he founded the Visitandines. He was known for his gentleness and meekness, and his holiness so well known that he was the first person to be beatified in the new St. Peter's Basilica. In 1923 His Holiness Pope Pius XI proclaimed this meek warrior of the word as Patron Saint of the Catholic Press

    Saint Martina, a Roman virgin, 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 both her parents while she was still very young, and for love of Christ she distributed all she inherited to the poor, that she might be more free to hasten towards martyrdom, during the persecution which had recently begun. Under the emperor Alexander Severus she was discovered in a church one day by three officers of a search party, and commanded to follow them to a temple of Apollo. She cheerfully agreed, saying she would ...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


    We continue with Paul Kokoski's primer on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins or Capital Sins as we focus today on Sloth. Laziness begets sloth because man does not realize God established a work ethic so that man would not only earn his wages by the sweat of his brow, but earn the opportunity of sharing eternal life with his Creator by being vigilant in his spiritual life of prayer, penance and reparation. Those who are lukewarm do not have the fire in their belly to accomplish whatever talents and goals God deigns for them and by their laziness, they forfeit not only the opportunity to gain a higher place in Heaven, but the possibility that such a destination will never be reached because of the slothful ways one lives. It would be wise if those couch-slouchers would get off their rear ends and on their knees in asking the good Lord and Our Lady for help in motivating them to stay busy and active for the welfare of their own souls and those of others. Expecting others to do the work while they slump on the sofa will have its consequences sooner or later. You don't want to waste time wondering, but get busy now for it's not just an axiom that idleness is indeed the devil's workshop. The Man of Sloth Never Succeeds

    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 Saint, 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 father died, Margaret Bosco and her three sons found it harder than ever to support themselves, and while John was still a small boy he had to join his brothers in the farm work. Although his life was hard, he was a happy, imaginative child. Even as a boy, John found innocent fun compatible with religion. To amuse his friends he learned how to juggle and walk a tightrope; but he would entertain them only on condition that each performance begin and end with a prayer. As he grew older, John began to think of becoming a priest, but poverty and ...More


    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


    In honor of today's saint, 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 piece by Fr. Eugene Brown 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. St. John Bosco's Journey into Hell



    a realistic depiction of the great battle in St. John Bosco's dream of the crisis that would come upon Holy Mother Church. It was painted by Matthew R. Brooks and used here with his permission, but not for reproduction.

    For today's feast we harken back eight years to when Gabriel Garnica penned a piece on St. John Bosco and pinpointed the problems we face today. Gone today are the pillars for raising responsible adults: respect and discipline. Instead we are crippled with the crutches of disrespect and irresponsibility, leaning on excuse after excuse why something can't be done instead of trusting in God that it can be accomplished. Faith is a key ingredient missing in today's society. In fact, the kind of faith St. John Bosco instilled is practically a lost art today. As the Faith has been lost for the most part, so also the True Admiral of the Barque of Peter has been imprisoned by the mutineering conciliar scalliwags for over 50 years. But heavenly help, through prayer and penance, is on the way. We shall persevere. Fear not, for the Two Salvific Pillars are in view. Fight on for the True Faith! We need to heed John Bosco and Tough Love

    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." The holy Bishop and Martyr St. Ignatius of Antioch 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 ...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


    On this last day before the end of Christmastide we begin a new month that appropriately falls on First Friday with devotion to the Sacred Heart as St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received from Our Lord in passing on the Promises of the Sacred Heart for He chose a devout nun to provide us with a divine promise if we follow devotions to His Most Sacred Heart. He explained to her the parameters of the Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart and instructed her on how to pray during Holy Hour and observe nine consecutive First Fridays in receiving Holy Communion. First Friday Devotions are a good habit to acquire and the more you pray them, the more you'll be comforted in His Most Sacred Heart and gladden His holy Mother's Most Immaculate Heart. See First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart

    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 the liturgy on this day: Jesus is taken to the Temple "to present Him to the Lord." So the Lord come to His Temple, and is met by the aged Simeon with joy and recognition. The procession on this day is one of the most picturesque features of the Western liturgy. The blessing and distribution of candles, to be carried lighted in procession, preceded the Mass today - a symbolic presentation of the truth proclaimed in the Canticle of Simeon: Our Lord is the "Light for the revelation of the Gentiles." The anthems sung during this procession, eastern in origin, well express the joy and gladness of this happy festival, and the honor and praise we give to our Blessed ...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


    Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, Rector of St. Joseph's Minor Seminary in Rathdrum, Idaho at the City of Mary presents a 14 minute sermon for the feast of Candlemas and the Purification where he explains how Christ symbolizes the blessed candle and the wick is the Light of the world as Our Lord so said and how Mary's obedience bore great fruit by being subject to the law and to hide herself in great humility, but Simeon was given the grace of prophesy and knew that her heart would be pierced seven times. Father completes his sermon by emphasizing Mary's purity and we should remember her virtues for she is Mother Most Pure. We should reflect on this when praying the Fourth Joyful Mystery on this last feast of Christ's childhood. Father explains in his sermon The Purification

    How perfect is it that we celebrate three occasions of the Blessed Virgin Mary on this day. Besides this being the feast of the Purification, today is also the traditional observance of Our Lady of Good Success as we complete the nine day novena to her as you'll see to the left. This year we celebrate the 402nd Anniversary of the Blessed Mother's messages and visits to a humble Conceptionist nun in Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres. True to the prophesies imparted to her, these messages would be forgotten and little known until the time they pertained to which are now our times. We encourage you to purchase the fascinating books Dr. Marian Therese Horvat has compiled on Our Lady of Good Success, the messages and messenger of Quito, Ecuador and see that Our Lady foretold all that is unfolding today. And finally, it is the First Saturday of February and you are encouraged to honor Our Lady with the Devotions to her Immaculate Heart as you'll find at First Saturday Devotions


    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

    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 do not actually correspond with the period they indicate. 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

    Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, Rector of St. Joseph's Minor Seminary in Rathdrum, Idaho at the City of Mary presents his 16 minute sermon for Sexagesima Sunday in which he reminds us of the importance of today's gospel about the sower and planting seed on solid soil or on rock or sand. On the latter two, the good seed is blown to the winds whereas the solid, fertile soil will take hold. Yet we must be careful of the weeds that represent things of the world. We must weed out the weeds and thorns and nurture our spiritual life through prayer and penance in order to bear good fruit. Every seed planted is good seed but if it is not nourished, it will wither and die or be choked out by the cockle. The sower is Jesus Christ and is spread by those assigned by the true Church to preach the word of God. Father emphasizes the value of missionaries in the past who went out into the fields of the world to plant in souls the true seed of eternal life. Father explains in his sermon Practice Virtues


       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 a lamb. Her son indeed led a dissolute life in his youth. But Jesus exerted His redeeming power over him and Andrew entered the Carmelite order and soon became its head in Tuscany (Communion). Having thus turned to good use the talents with which God had favored him, he rose to a still higher dignity (Gospel) and as bishop of Fiesole he had a share in the priesthood of Christ, and accomplished His work of reconciling souls with God. Thus having been sent to Bologna as legate by Urban V, he succeeded by his great prudence in ...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

    . Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr (Collect), was born in Sicily of noble parentage, but she estimated that for her the highest nobility would be to belong to Jesus, Whom she took as her Spouse (Gospel). Endowed with remarkable beauty, she had to resist the solicitations of the governor Quinitanus, who, unable to attain his end by persuasion, had recourse to violence. Her breast was torn by his order, but was healed on the following night, by the apostle St. Peter, who appeared to her in her prison (Communion). Then the body of the saint was rolled on pieces of broken pottery and on burning coals, and when she was brought back to her cell, she expired while praying. This happened at Catana in 251, during the persecution of the emperor Decius. God almighty, by granting the victory of martyrdom to ...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


    We continue with Paul Kokoski's primer on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins or Capital Sins as we focus today on Envy. The Angelic Doctor of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas said it best for the opposite of charity is envy. He worte in his Summa Theologica "Charity rejoices in our neighbor's goods, while envy grieves over it." We see today in the progressive administrations of Europe and now America how the leaders play on envy to push through their socialistic collective agendas. What poor man, not rooted in the faith, is going to object to receiving rewards his richer neighbor has honestly earned? It's called redistribution and it's based on the deadly sin of envy. Besides charity, which a great majority of those who have made honest livings are for the most part quite charitable with their wealth, what we as Catholics should do to offset the inclination to envy is to seek to emulate others. If someone is more successful, bless them and strive to be like them as long as they walk in God's ways. If not, seek first to convert them and if not, then move on to better examples for those who live by envy will die as desperate and miserable dogs. Why dogs? Because they have been dogged by envy that prevents them from being the pure breds God created where they could have been man's best friend. But because of envy they seek to devour their neighbor like a demonic pit-bull for The Envious Man is a Miserable Cur

    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 ...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 More for Sexagesima Wednesday

    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 zealous aroused such enmity against him that he applied for, and was readily granted, permission to retire to Venice, where he placed himself under the direction of a hermit named Marinus and lived a life of extraordinary severity giving himself up in prayer and meditation ...More


    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 Paul Kokoski's primer on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins or Capital Sins as we focus today on Avarice, also known as Greed. Contrary to fictional character Gordon Gekko from the film Wall Street, greed is not good. Why? Because we all know that it is not money that leads us to ruin, but the love of money. Greed causes man to horde, to cheat, to store up riches on this earth that won't lead to a hill of beans in Heaven. How can we forget Our Lord's pertinent words from St. Matthew 16: 26 and St. Mark 8: 36 that should echo in the ears and hearts of every man? "For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?" Yet so few remember and by their neglect store up great riches during this fleeting time on earth only to realize it won't buy them eternal paradise, while those who seek after poverty will be, as Jesus promises in the Beatitudes Christ expressed to the multitudes on the mount in St. Matthew 5: 3. "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven." We should seek after detachment from the things of the world, contempt of riches, and love of poverty. Always remember, Greed is NOT Good!

    Today is the Feast of Saint John of Malta who 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 ...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

    While today is the feast of the holy Doctor of the Church St. Cyril of Alexander who was the Defender of Theotokos, there is a commemoration as well of St. Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr, whose Mass would be Missa "Loquebar". However St. Cyril takes preference and thus there are commemorations of St. Apollonia at the Collect, Secret and Postcommunion. St. Appolonia was 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 ...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


    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"

    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 he was waiting with the just men of the Old Law for Jesus to come and deliver them after His Passion. When the three weeks of the Septuagesima Season were added to Lent, Quinquagesima became the Sunday on which the liturgy is devoted to Abraham, so that in the lessons and responses for today the whole history of the Patriarch is described. With the desire of forming a people who should be specially His own in the midst of the idolatrous nations of the world (Gradual and Tract), almighty God chose Abraham as its ...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

    Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, Rector of St. Joseph's Minor Seminary in Rathdrum, Idaho at the City of Mary presents his 10 minute sermon for Quinquagesima Sunday in which he emphasizes our need to prepare for Lent that officially begins in just a few days on Ash Wednesday and cautions not to embark on too rigid a schedule where we could become greatly discouraged and give up. Rather we should choose the kind of penance that will best curb our worst appetites of pleasure of all five senses. He reminds us that penance draws down God's mercy and a conduit for obtaining God's graces in controlling our fallen human nature. That is why sacrifice of penance is so important as God asks us to do Penance, Please


    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. 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. 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 her virginal love. She exhorts to penance the unfortunate children of Eve who have not been like herself preserved from sin. On the day of the Annunciation she declared her name to us, to manifest that it is on account of the Incarnation (Collect) that God has vouchsafed ...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 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 a golden rose", all symbolic of her virginal love. She exhorts to penance the unfortunate children of Eve who have not been like herself preserved from sin. On the day of the Annunciation she declared her name to us, to manifest that it is on account of the Incarnation (Collect) that God has vouchsafed to her "not to be tainted with the original stain." (Tract). Remembering that Mary is "the ark of the new covenant" (Epistle), let us go with confidence to her who "full of grace' (Offertory) visits our earth to multiply in us the gifts of More on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

    There were seven concilors of Florence who founded the Servants of Mary or Servites in 1233. The best known were Saint Buonfiglio dei Monaldi and Saint Alessio de' Falconieri, who served as a lay brother all his life.The other five were also from influential families in Florence and were all members of the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through this association, they grew spiritually and longed for something more. Thus, under the direction and advice of their bishop, the majority became priests, forming the Servants of Mary or Servites. They adopted the Rule of Saint Augustine, wore black cassocks and strove to emulate the mendicant friars like the Franciscans and Dominicans. Their Order was officially approved by Pope Innocent IV ...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


    We continue with Paul Kokoski's primer on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins or Capital Sins as we focus today on Gluttony, the perfect topic as we head into Lent. Fasting and Penance, self-mortification are important to curb our appetites and in this day and age food and drink seem to take on a pagan Dionysian and Bacchanalian lifestyle where the emphasis is to live to eat rather than eat to live. In this age of instant gratification, restraint and prudence seem to take a backseat and it is no shock that many are obese not only because of what they consume, but because of a laxity of self-discipline where to say no to seconds, or to imbibe too much isn't even a second thought. Their lust for the taste must be fed no matter the cost. When gluttony was listed as one of the deadly sins back millenniums ago, most gained their sustenance from the soil, livestock and waters, but today not only is agriculture a dying trade, but fast food has overwhelmed society and God only knows what harmful chemicals have been inserted to either make it last longer or mask the taste. Regardless, man has lost his way moreso today than ever before by not trusting in God to provide from the fruit of the earth and instead throwing caution to the wind and when things don't go the way they want, turn to the bottle for solice. That of course leads to the dark descending road that, if not checked, leads to the abyss. Only by recognizing the problem and then making reparation through prayer, moderaton and mortification through fasting and penance to protect our souls and our bodies, which are, after all, temples of the Holy Ghost. We must remember that a Food Fast Beats Fast-Food

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