We are nine days away from the Double of the First Class Feast of Corpus Christi and the beginning of prayers in preparation for celebrating the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, Which is possible only when a true priest confects the bread and wine in a canonized apostolic Mass of All Ages - the Traditional Latin Mass, known throughout the ages as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and not to be confused with the newfangled man-made Novus Ordo rite which, and those who are not aware please be seated when you read this - CANNOT confect the True Presence in the Blessed Sacrament! Pray that more men, who thought they were actual priests, will realize this and contact a traditional bishop to correct this grave error. Begin your prayers with this Novena in preparation for Corpus Christi
- Resurrection Reality Check by NovusOrdoWatch in their "No Rupture with the Past" Update provides beaucoup evidence that the CONciLIAR cabal is complicit in Denying the Bodily Resurrection of Christ
- In her sixth installment Dr. Carol Byrne shows how deep into the communist mindset one Giovani Montini was as the tutor to Giorgio La Pira, A Catholic Communist, in already setting in motion the Great Apostasy way back in the 20's and 30's in Italy as she gets to The Roots of La Pira's Revolutionary Agenda
- There are a plethora of titles attributed to the new man in Rome and Dr. Droleskey seems to nail each one and, while they are not complementary, they are totally true as he documents, specifically in Francis The Manichean
- Alienated by Church Doctrine? Oh, we can't have that, you poor "gay" folk. We must be tolerant and take a "conciliatory approach" as Traditio reports that New York's clownish 'cardinal' Timothy Dolan has Thrown in the Moral Towel
With friends like this, who needs enemies?
- Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey takes the synthetic syncretist Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis to task for his "plastic pabulum" in his article Don't Worry, Jorge, We Don't Take You Seriously As Any Kind Of Catholic
- As NovusOrdoWatch brings to the fore, Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis would be wise (if that's possible!) to see what real humility is by reading the words penned by Pope St. Pius X's Secretary of State Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val: The Litany of Humility
- CONciLIAR sewer now putrifying Africa as Traditio reports sex abuse in Uganda. Contest is on as to who has the most scandals: Obama or the CONciLIAR cabal as word leaks out on Newchurch's Next Scandal Brewing
- Isn't it interesting as Elaine Jordan writes that The Moors Could Not Destroy Our Lady's Image, but, as Traditio reports, Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis is doing everything he can to destroy Our Lady's message at LaSalette and Fatima as well as Quito where what the CONciLIAR cabal is doing was foretold Our Lady of Fatima weeps over Apostasy
In Book Four of Chapter Forty of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, Christ assures the bride that a woman who was very sick would not die. When she did, Bridget was confused but Our Lord assured her that those who die in the temporal sense do not die in the eternal sense for one's death can indeed save one from a fate worse than death, which would be eternal damnation. It gives us pause to contemplate on this in the aftermath of the terrible devastation in Oklahoma and, considering the total annihilation of a community, only 24 died. That is indeed providential and why suffering is part and parcel in our journey toward Heaven for Jesus tells Bridget why He makes it difficult because there is merit in a Christian death and in what way a person dies well or badly does not always indicate how one lived for the true friends of God should not be troubled if they see God's servants dying a harsh bodily death. Pray for the repose of their soul at all times for we should not assume one went straight to Heaven since
Heading to Heaven is Hard
Today is Ember Wednesday within the Octave of Pentecost and the Mass bears a festival character; at one time the Ember fast was postponed for a few weeks. Pope St. Gregory VII re-established the Ember Days in their proper place, but the festal tone of the Office was retained. The contrast between today's fast and the Gospel lesson in which Jesus offers Himself as the bread of eternal life is very opportune. Man does not live by bread alone, but has an absolute need of the Word of God, without Whom this earthly existence is as a day without light, an empty pretence of life, a gloomy image of death. For today's Mass see Deus, dum egregrederis.
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on this Ember Wednesday we look to the Blessed Virgin for her guidance as we honor her as Mother of Good Counsel for both the virtues of Knowledge and Counsel are important if we are to navigate safely to Heaven's shore through the obstacles of the world, the flesh and the devil. What better compass than the true faith and to pray daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived of the Holy Ghost. (Hail Mary)
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to Thy word. (Hail Mary)
V. And the Word was made flesh.
And dwelt among us.(Hail Mary)
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
V.Let us pray.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae.
Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.
Ecce ancilla Domini.
Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum. (Ave Maria)
Et Verbum caro factum est.
Et habitavit in nobis. (Ave Maria)
Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.
Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
Gratiam tuam, quaesumus Domine, mentibus nostris infunde: ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem ejus et crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lord have mercy on us,Let us pray.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, * pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, *
Holy, Virgin of virgins, *
Mother of Christ, *
Mother of divine grace, *
Mother most pure, *
Mother most chaste, *
Mother inviolate, *
Mother undefiled, *
Mother most amiable, *
Mother most admirable, *
Mother of good counsel, *
Mother of our Creator, *
Mother of our Savior, *
Virgin most prudent, *
Virgin most venerable, *
Virgin most renowned, *
Virgin most powerful, *
Virgin most merciful, *
Virgin most faithful, *
Mirror of justice, *
Seat of wisdom, *
Cause of our joy, *
Spiritual vessel, *
Vessel of honor, *
Singular vessel of devotion, *
Mystical rose, *
Tower of David, *
Tower of ivory, *
House of gold, *
Ark of the covenant, *
Gate of Heaven, *
Morning star, *
Health of the sick, *
Refuge of sinners, *
Comforter of the afflicted, *
Help of Christians, *
Queen of angels, *
Queen of patriarchs, *
Queen of prophets, *
Queen of Apostles, *
Queen of martyrs, *
Queen of confessors, *
Queen of virgins, *
Queen of all saints, *
Queen conceived without original sin, *
Queen assumed into Heaven, *
Queen of the most holy Rosary, *
Queen of peace, *
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
Grant unto us, Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, at all times to enjoy health of soul and body; and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary, ever virgin, when freed from the sorrows of this present life, to enter into that joy which hath no end. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Fatima Prayers
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee; and I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee.
(repeat the above 3 times then bow your head in reciting the following:)
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in tabernacles throughout the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in unison with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament!
O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the conversion of poor sinners.
Prayers to the Holy Ghost|
V. Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy Love. Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost
R. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us Pray:
O God, Who hast instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost, grant that by the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen. (From The Roman Missal)
O Holy Spirit, sweet Guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever abide in Thee.
O Holy Advocate, Spirit of truth, come into our hearts, shed the brightness of Thy light upon the nations that they may please Thee in the unity of faith.
O Holy Sanctifier, Creator, mercifully assist Thy Catholic Church, and by Thy heavenly power strengthen and establish her against the assaults of all her enemies. By Thy love and grace renew the spirit of Thy servants whom Thou hast anointed, that in Thee they may glorify the Father and His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From The Raccolta)
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body, to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant tha tI may always watch for Thy light, and listen to Thy voice, and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee, by Thy compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holdng the pierced feet of Jesus, and looking at His five wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood, and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, "Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth." Amen.
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Griff Ruby completes this eight part series in which he points out that throughout the history of the Church there have been heresies and schisms, and yet, when doom and gloomers predicted the end of the Church as they knew it, indubitably She recovered and went on to even greater glory. Today also, when we are in the midst of such a great apostasy as to raise legitimate questions as to whether this might indeed be that final one of Biblical prophecy, there are those within the camps of non-sedevacantists and home-aloners who are the clarions of claptrap crying out that there are either no true bishops and priests left or that we have to be tolerant of the CONciLIAR clergy in the sense of "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." True, there is a small segment of naive ones who may not know, but their teachers knew and if the pupils truly took their faith seriously, they would research to truly know their Faith. Few do. What all of these who warn that the sky is falling or that they must be tolerant or that they must retreat to their homes fail to remember or realize are Christ's words in St. Matthew 28: 20. And never forget, that He started His Church with only eleven men. Surely there are eleven true Bishops who have the power and authority to replicate what they did. Why? Because the same Holy Ghost is still with them!
"I am with you all days"
Today is Double of the First Class feast of Pentecost Tuesday. This is the last of the first class observances for this week. However, during the Octave of Pentecost the Church celebrates more especially the glories of the grace of the Holy Ghost and His secret work of sanctification in the Mystical Body of Christ. Thus today she repeats in the verse for the Communion the words of Our Lord: "The Spirit Who proceedeth from the Father, He shall glorify Me," and this glorification consists chiefly in our sanctification and in the growth of the Kingdom of God in our souls. Counsel is the Gift for today's feast in the Mass of Accipite.
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today during Octave time of Pentecost when we continue to celebrate the birthday of the Church we focus on the virtue of counsel in the Mass and look to the Blessed Virgin for such as we honor her as Virgin most powerful and renew our pledge to pray daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the twenty-first day of May the flower offered to Our Lady as Queen of the May is the bluish PERIWINKLE with the corresponding Virtue being PURITY OF INTENTION. It has been said the best intentions often go awry. One reason they do is because they may not be based on God's will. Through purity of intention, it is based on doing the Divine Will in all things. One reason the Periwinkle plant is associated with this is because the periwinkle is a trailing evergreen herb with solitary blue or white flowers, often also referred to as myrtle in the U.S. The trail of good intentions, if followed in a straight line toward Heaven will stretch further toward God; those intentions which are not cultivated and cropped by living a virtuous life, will scatter every which way and gather cockle and thistles, thus becoming refuse to be cast into the eternal fires (cf. St. Matthew 7: 19). Remember Our Lady this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today is Double of the First Class feast of Pentecost Monday where the liturgy recalls the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles; and the Church extends the commemoration of it over eight days Originally the feast of Pentecost brought to an end in Rome the fifty days of the Easter celebrations and introduced the fast of the Ember Days of the summer quarter. Afterwards it became customary to continue the festivity for two more days, the Monday and the Tuesday, and, finally, after the time of Pope St. Leo the Great it was extended like the Octave of Easter through the entire week. Understanding is the Gift for today's feast in the Mass of Cibavit eos.
There is also a commemoration when applicable for the feast of the holy confessor St. Bernadine of Siena.
We have two sermons to bring you from Bishop Daniel Dolan. Since yesterday was Pentecost Sunday and we were unable to celebrate the feast of a holy Pope, Bishop Daniel Dolan provides a seven-minute sermon on a saint who, in the late middle ages, urged the cardinals to elect a pope since the Church had been without one for 21 months (and you thought that was a long interregnum in a time of sede vacante?!!!) and, lo and behold, the conclave turned around and elected this humble hermit who really didn't want to be the Sovereign Pontiff. He was truly a humble pope, nothing like the faux layman 'pope' Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis. Unlike the latter, Celestine was greatly persecuted for his humility, by his successor no less for politics ruled the roost even back then. The more things change, the more they stay the same. We need more holy men of the caliber of Pope St. Peter Celestine and today is the feast of the holy confessor of Siena Bernardine and His Excellency offers another seven minute sermon to the children on processions as promoted by St. Bernardine for he was a great preacher and many would follow him everywhere. He used the metaphor of the donkey to illustrate the procession of life to urge his flock to be wise and make amends for prudence pays off and we learn from our mistakes, especially from sins we might have committed as he cautions us to learn also from the practical wisdom of St. Bernardine of Siena
Bishop Richard Williamson, who has been traveling the world to encourage the new SSPX of the Strict Observance, a breakaway from CONciLIAR-leaning Bishop Fellay's agenda, takes time to answer a question in his Eleison Comment #305 from Saturday, May 18 in which he addresses a question many Protestants often ask out of ignorance rather than logic and that is: why God would condemn someone to hell? That question often trips Catholics up who are not up to snuff, so to speak, on their Faith and knowing the dogmatic truth that Outside the Church there is no salvation. His Excellency offers reasons why it's not wrong to ask such bewildering questions for even saints struggled with that. But on a practical matter if we listen to the logic of Bishop Williamson's remarks we'll see how simple it is to field that question with ease for while God is all-merciful, He is also all-just and never forget that man has a free will and freely chooses to sin. Without an acute conscience, man can rationalize himself right into Eternal Damnation?--!
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on this Monday in the Week of Pentecost on the feast of the holy confessor St. Bernardine of Siena, we honor Our Lady as Mystical Rose so fair and renew our pledge to pray daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the twentieth day of May the flower offered to Our Lady for Queen of the May is the popular GERANIUM with the corresponding Virtue being ZEAL FOR SOULS. Consider that the colorful Geraniums number over 100 million plants grown and sold throughout the world every year. Each colorful, hardy perennial plant, while often different in color and even design, still belongs to the Geranium family. Now consider that in souls - 100 million souls a year being converted! Talk about Zeal for Souls! That is what we should all have and what pleases Blessed Mary so much. We should consider a person's soul much more beautiful in God's sight than a Geranium and tend to cultivating souls by nourishing them perennially with the Truths and Traditions of the One, True Church. Let us all increase our zeal for souls and pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
John Gregory provides the commentary for Pentecost Sunday from Father George Leo Haydock found in many Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. Christ makes good on His Promise. He has sent His Spirit, the Paraclete, and, Deo gratias, things will never be the same again for His holy Church is officially off and running in fulfilling His command to His disciples to preach the Gospel to all. Peace He has given them to spread not as the world perceives it even today when humanism is trumpeted from the highest echelons of the conciliarists. We must return to what our Lord taught and what His chosen apostles preached without compromise. Peace is only possible when grace flows. Only then can the Sanctifier reach souls. When God withdraws His graces and blessings, corruption and corrosion follow and all man-made institutions will crumble because they are not of divine design. "He will send in My name"
Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, Rector of St. Joseph's Minor Seminary in Rathdrum, Idaho at the City of Mary presents an eleven minute sermon recorded two years ago and made available through Traditional Catholic Sermons for the glorious feast of Pentecost and why the Church is one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic as he applies a practical approach to answer Protestant arguments that is actually so simple that just as a net brings in bad fish with the good, there is nothing wrong with the net, just the fish. God does not take away free will and the Catholic Faith is based upon the truths and traditions, not upon human beings as Father explains in his sermon on the spotless Mystical Body of Christ for outside the Church there is darkness. We can overcome it with the light of faith and trust in the Holy Ghost Pentecost and the Four Marks of the Church
Following John Gregory meditation on the Second Glorious Mystery just over a week ago, he returns with inspiration for the Solemnity of the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles in a meditation of the Third Glorious Mystery. Fifty days after our Lord Jesus Christ conquered death and ten days after He bodily ascended into Heaven, He made good on His promise to send His Spirit. The Holy Ghost came with a rush of grace and inspiration, transforming the formerly apprehensive Apostles into men of virtuous courage who were now ready to fully take up the command Christ had given them. The charism of the Church was born that day and the Faith spread rapidly with three thousand on the first day. A glorious day it was! John provides reflections on The Third Glorious Mystery: Pentecost
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on this Birthday of the Church we take a certain latitude in calling her Holy Mother of the Church for though that title is not included in the official Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (aka Litany of Loreto), she truly is as the spouse of the Holy Ghost and mother of the divine Son and daughter of the Father as we have been praying over the past nine days in the Novena to the Holy Ghost. This Pentecost let us recommit to praying daily her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the nineteenth day of May the flower offered to Our Lady for Queen of the May is the rugged HAWTHORN
with the corresponding Virtue being MORTIFICATION
. This is appropriate for mortification takes being able to withstand pain and pleasure. The red-fruited Hawthorn consisting of dense corymbs of pink-red flowers has stems and leaves which are densely covered with short wooly hairs and must bear up under cold and windy conditions. That is why it is found in evergreen country and the mountains where conditions are rough for a lot of wind helps the weather-worn Hawthorn to bloom.
How fitting that this coincides with the feast of Pope Saint Celestine V today for this holy monk before being elected, spent time in mortification among the Hawthorn flowers. He realized that mortification helps to toughen us in the face of temptation and the life of ease, allowing grace to blossom forth the aromatic myrrh of the Hawthorn. In fact, when elected the Catholic Encyclopedia
says "unseen bells rang peals of surpassing sweetness." And speaking of sweetness, we encourage you during Mary's month to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today for the ninth and final day of this Novena to the Holy Ghost we focus on the Fruits of the Holy Ghost. These provide grace to perform good works under the inspiration of the Advocate. They contribute to pleasing not only God, but ourselves and our fellow man. These fruits enable us to be more virtuous in our lives by practicing charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency and chastity. We dare say had more followed this Counsel, having the Gift of Wisdom through the Gifts of Knowledge and Understanding with the Gift of Fortitude for having a true Holy Fear via the Gift of the Fear of the Lord they would long to practice and acquire the Gift of Piety. Tomorrow we celebrate the arrival of the Sanctifier. Let us all strive to seek these seven Gifts He so generously bestows.Ninth and Final Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on this last day of the oldest Novena in the Church - this to the Holy Ghost, The Blessed Virgin's divine Spouse and thus we honor her as Mother most chaste as we make an Act of Consecration to the Sanctifier while continuing to pray the Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
Today on the eighteenth day of May the flower is the delicate LAVENDER which is mauve in its lavender-like hues with the corresponding Virtue being MODESTY. This is appropriate for modesty is the cornerstone of chastity and purity. Nothing makes Our Lady happier than a pure heart and a pure heart begins with being pure in the flesh. What we wear governs how we think, where we place God in our lives. Like the Lavender, our souls are delicate and to be immodest in any way or not to practice custody of the eyes puts that delicateness in jeopardy. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost and we must strive to adorn these temples with layers of clothing that are pleasing to our Almighty Creator, not man. What also is pleasing to God is when we pay honor to His Blessed Mother this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wisdom is the Gift of the Holy Ghost highlighted today. It follows Knowledge, Understanding, and Counsel in the line of combining mind and soul. This Novena is the oldest in the Church and it was with great wisdom that it was established as a devotion for all Catholics. The Gift of Wisdom enhances all the virtues and in these dire, dark times we all need to strengthen our faith against the wiles of the principalities of perdition. We need hope to forge on and persevere so that we will keep the faith, and, though charity towards others has been twisted to mean entitlement or redistribution among a generation who feel they are owed and this is mistakenly taken as charity, true charity requires the wisdom of giving because Christ asks us to give out of love for Him, not out of guilt or because we're pressured. With these Gifts of the Holy Ghost we are able to more clearly see the narrow path - the wise path - that alone leads to eternal life by turning our back on the world, the flesh and the devil.Eighth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
There are many devotions we can practice throughout the day, but one of the most efficacious of these, besides the holy Rosary, is the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary which Karl D. Keller is anxious to share with all. There are various versions - long ones and short ones - dedicated to Our Lady and it is the intention here to share the approved devotion with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from over a century ago with readers. Here Karl presents the fourth hour of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Terce, which is actually the "Third Hour" from its name. Confused? The Church has a method to Her madness, so to speak, for 9 a.m. is considered the third hour with Prime being the first hour and Sext, which follows Terce is considered the Sixth hour. Still confused? Trust in God. Terce is actually the second of the four short offices that are often called "The Little Hours" throughout the day. Terce is most often said following breakfast before the work day begins in earnest. As always, one may say it at the appointed time or all of it at once continually with the other hours in succession. Karl provides inspiration for
Terce - the Third Hour
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today on this feast of the holy and humble Franciscan lay brother St. Pascal Baylon we honor Mary as Seat of Wisdom for she always imparts wisdom to her children if only we would take her wise advice. What could be more wise than to do as she asks and pray often, if not daily, her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
On the seventeenth day of May the Virtue is FIDELITY IN LITTLE THINGS with the corresponding Flower being the beautiful LILAC. It is the little buds that group together in fidelity to the greater good God intended to emit the spring fragrance that is so pleasing to the olfactory senses. Lilacs grow in colder climes, meaning they go dormant - retreat, if you will, so that toughened in the rough weather they can blossom ever more magnificently. So also with us. The more trials we face, the more we grow in grace and the more we will be faithful in little things. Today is the feast of St. Paschal Baylon, the holy Franciscan Brother who had such a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and died in the odor of sanctity. The fragrance of the lilac should remind us of our goal in striving for sanctity through doing the little things God asks and one of those is to pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Counsel is the Gift of the Holy Ghost highlighted today. It follows Knowledge and Understanding in a natural progression of applying those two attributes to be able to convey common sense in full accord with the divine Will in whatever we do in life while always remembering to take our God-given role of passing on the truths of the Faith to others seriously. We will be held accountable before the eternal Judge for how we conducted our lives and Counsel helps us as a moral compass, so to speak, in navigating through life. It truly is a Gift we should all strive for, especially Traditional Catholics who have such a massive mission to enlighten those plunged in the darkness of the conciliar church and worldly values.Seventh Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
Following up part one of this series, John Gregory points out that it is time to further explore the wisdom of the brilliant late esteemed theologian Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton as he delineates the definitive definitions of who comprise the Mystical Body of Christ. He provides three such definitions and explains the sources and logic for such, dating back to 1602 in the clarification stemming from the counter-reformation that includes three basic types of definitions of the one and only true Church. First of all is the Communion of Saints, comprising the Church Triumphant, Church Suffering and Church Militant all joined to God through His divine Son; then the Church Militant in reference to both the Old and New Testament, and finally the Church Militant in respect to the New Covenant in the actual existence of Christ's visible Church. He emphasizes that this society, if you will, comes exclusively through the grace of God's calling one to true worship in anticipation of someday joining the saints in experiencing the Beatific Vision - our ultimate goal as John shares with the
Definitive Definitions of the Mystical Body of Christ
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on the Octave Day of the Ascension we honor Mary with the title of Tower of Ivory for she is as pure as the white and a tower of strength for all her children just as she was for the Apostles who didn't understand why her divine Son must leave them for they did not understand His Spirit at the time. They had Mary with them, just as we do today when we pray her Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the sixteenth day of the month, the flower is the LILY OF THE VALLEY with the corresponding Virtue being PUNCTUALITY. The purity of the Lily of the Valley can be equated with the parable of the Five Virgins who were punctual and had their lamps lit when the Master came; whereas the other five foolish virgins were not punctual and because they were not, missed out on eternal bliss. That is why punctuality in all things is a virtue so that we will always live in the state of sanctifying grace and like the snow-white Lily of the Valley be ready when God decides to take us out of this Valley of Tears. It is a reminder of the Hail Holy Queen prayer to Our Lady whom we honor this month with the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Understanding is the Gift of the Holy Ghost highlighted today. Just as one would require the Gift of Knowledge as we showed yesterday, so one would want the Gift of Understanding to comprehend how the robber barons have infiltrated and usurped holy Mother Church; how the whore of Babylon tries to take the place of the Mystical Bride. It cannot last for through Understanding we know God will not allow it to continue and we realize that the Church, being the Mystical Bride of Christ, cannot err. Since those who pose as leaders of a church called 'Catholic' have erred and done so grievously and quite possibly intentionally, we know it is not Catholic. Through the Gift of Understanding we know why and we know what is truly Catholic and flee from anything that is not. Through the Gift of Understanding we can comprehend true teaching and alert others to beware of the wolves among the sheep and why the sheep have scattered for the hirelings care not for souls. This has been proven over the past fifty years and counting. The Gift of Understanding will enable us to know how to combat this apostasy in being faithful to Christ and His Church. Sixth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
Timothy Duff shows that we all need to have a green thumb to cultivate our own spiritual gardens. God provides us all the tools necessary to tend to our soul. He has given us the Truths and Traditions of His Church and the Sacraments, all contained in the Sacred Deposit of Faith. If we are serious about salvation we will realize tending to souls - whether it is our own or others - is a full-time job of pulling out the weeds of vice and cultivating fruitful virtues through Son-light and showers of grace so that we can bear good fruit and be worthy of the Harvester gathering our soul up when the time comes for Him to separate the wheat from the chaff. Tim explains this metaphor in detail and how it correlates with Sacred Scripture in a piece first published in 1996. Time to get down and dirty with the business of cultivating souls as we bring you a masterful essay Tim first wrote eighteen years ago and we republish it here, titled
Garden of the Soul
Each day we feature a title and/or salutation to Our Lady in celebration of Mary's month of May and today, on the feast of St. John Baptist de la Salle, we honor Mary with the title of Virgin most prudent for that is the theme of the epistle today as we continue during this time within the Octave of the Ascension and strive to say daily Our Lady's Holy Rosary and contemplate on the magnificent titles she is known by in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Fatima Prayers.
For the fifteenth day - the Ides of May - the flower offered to our Blessed Mother is the whispy MIMOSA with the corresponding Virtue being GENEROSITY. God loves a generous heart and one, who loves God and seeks to do His holy Will at all times, cannot help but be generous in all things, illustrated in the stamen of the Mimosa flower, fanning out in ray-like fashion to receive the graces God grants to those who are open to them and practice the cardinal virtues as well as the various virtues illustrated in this, Mary's special month for she is the Queen of the May. It is only natural that everyone would want to be generous to the Queen for that brings great favor from the King, Who is, of course, her divine Son Jesus Christ, to Whom we owe all allegiance, all fidelity, all our love and generosity. Let us pray the Devotion of The Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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- See latest NovusOrdoWatch News Digest for May 18 for interesting pieces found Only in the Novus Ordo
- Catholic Truth? Do you really think the CONciLIAR cabal even cares any more? See Dr. Droleskey's piece on a real piece Kurt Koch who conveys that the Jews have nothing to worry about. Showing Us The Value Of A Conciliar "Consecration"
- Another scandal in Minnesota on the heels of approving queer unions. This is fast becoming the state of 10,000 Lakes going south to where they could use that water if they could quench themselves in hellfire. Of course they can't. So wouldn't it make sense to repent now? Not the CONciLIAR clowns in charge as another scam turns out to be a sham as Traditio reports: Embarrased by Embezzlement? Never the V2 faux 'popes'
- For Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis Fatima is just a phone call away. Why bother? See Dr. Thomas Droleskey's Phoning it in
- Social Media is the death of decency and cursive writing as Margaret Galitzin explains in The U.S. Says Goodbye to Cursive Writing
- Pardon Dr. Droleskey if he's had too much tryptophan from all the turkeys who are more like chickens who have come home to roost in apostasy as he points out on NY's Tim Dolan & Gov. Cuomo in Talking Turkeys
- Traditio reports Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis wants Brazil to pony up 60 million dollars for his Junket to Corrupt Junkies at World Youth Day
- Truth is so elusive when lies rule the day as Dr. Droleskey shows how we have not truly realized why things are so corrupt today in the USA. Read part two of his essay to understand the cause and effects of our lawless land Having Developed An Immunity To Truth - Part Two
- NovusOrdoWatch points us to a new work by John Lane Concerning A SSPX Dossier on Sedevacantism, but it is not the first refutation of the same SSPX book for Griff Ruby masterfully and thoroughly refuted Fr. Boulet's work three years ago in fourteen installments. These links can be found at In Conclusion - A Real Solution to a False Problem
- How do you tell if the head man in Rome and the head man in the White House are lying? Their lips move! Dr. Droleskey details in part one of Having Developed An Immunity To Truth
- Lyle J. Arnold Jr. presents a piece on a modern day Herod who, thank God, was convicted of his barbarous and murderous deeds. Kermit Gosnell’s Slaying of the Innocents
- NovusOrdoWatch provides a great retort to Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis and his Modernist Gobbledygook at its Finest - NOT!
- As if two false popes aren't enough, John Paul 2 look-alike surfaces eight years after death and is immediately arrested as the spin in Rome might be It's a Bogus Ordo "Miracle"!
- Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis Copts a feel for Monophysites as he receives heretics' award. Why not. Just like misery loves company, so, too, apostates love company. unFrancis Copts Out
- Want to promote a cause? Just hold a CONization. That's what Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis did Sunday in surpassing JP2's 500. Record broken, but it's a broken record to true Catholics
- Tribute to Patrick Henry Omlor, a true pioneer of Tradition Trailblazer for Truth and Tradition
- Traditio reports: Pedophilie protector and perverted faux 'cardinal' Roger the Dodger Mahony flaunts his demonic defiance in the face of Bergoglio as proof UnFrancis proves he's a toothless paper tiger
- Voris is voracious in his hypocrisy as NovusOrdoWatch exposes his shallow shilling for Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis as a conservative. Oh, true Catholics beg to differ. Voris is a shameful sham shunning truth as we see with an overwhelming amount of proof provided to show how the Voris Virus veers off the Vortex
- We used to say we could trust our cardinals, bishops, priests and especially the Pope. After Vatican II, we could not say that anymore. But as for the truths and traditions of holy Mother Church, there is no "we used to say" as Dr. Droleskey documents in taking NY's clown prince Timothy Dolan to the woodshed in his piece Memo To Timothy Michael Dolan: Catholics Never Say "We Used To Say"
- NovusOrdoWatch alerts all to Michael O'Halloran's excellent piece in Christian Order on whether Catholics should "respect" false religions. The answer is a resounding "NO!" as we see in Continuity or Contradiction?
- One of the last things Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis would be is logical and that is what Dr. Droleskey addresses in Francis The Logician
- Modernist CONciLIAR nuns have none of the virtues or sincerity of the pre-Vatican sisters who inspired so many. But of course, as Traditio reports, the latter cared about souls, whereas the former it's all political See Nuns in the Clink
- Mr. Nasty (aka Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey) takes Mr. Bergoglio the unFrancis to school in his quirky, but dead-on polemics Francis Takes Us To Ding Dong School Of Apostasy
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