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    That is the theme of Sexagesima. As we reach the sixtieth day before Easter in liturgical terms, it is important to realize, as Jesus tells us, that only seed planted upon good ground will bear good fruit. Those sowing seeds on rocky ground or sand will fall away for they are not nourished with truth, and only the truth will set you free to mix Gospels, so to speak, in also adding that a bad tree cannot bear good fruit and it is, after all, by their fruit you shall know them. Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI provides fertile soil with his sermon "Practice Virtues". Also throughout this week, the renowned Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger offers reflections each day for Sexagesima Week beginning on Sunday from his benchmark tome The Liturgical Year on true Catholicism and the traditional liturgy. We are also reminded that if we are caught up in the world, the flesh and the devil, we can be readily assured that rocky ground will be barren when it comes time for the harvest. If we do not KNOW our Faith, the true Faith and practice it, we will be like those on the sand, such as those Catholics in their comfort zone of the CONciLIAR church who don't want to take the extra effort to truly connect the dots, afraid of realizing their fruits will be fruitless unless they reach out for the good ground, yet knowing this, still remain in the sand, committing the sin of presumption that God will still save them at the harvest, while they remain on shifting soil afraid to dig deeper for they are not truly rooted in the Faith, or don't want to acknowledge they've chosen the wrong place to plant.

   The feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary usually officially signals the end of Christmastide, but this year we navigated the shortest time after Epiphany, observing only one Sunday before the Time of Septuagesima which has always been the gateway to the Lenten Season. This week we begin the feast of St. John Bosco to finish off January on Sexagesima Sunday, then begin February with the feast of St. Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr before Tuesday's feast of the Purification on Candlemas with an inspirational reflection by the renowned Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger from his masterpiece tome The Liturgical Year. The transition between the time honoring the infant Savior Jesus (Christmastide) towards the time of His public ministry (Time after Epiphany, Septuagesima and Lent) leading to His Passion and Death (Holy Week)is symbolized in the candles blessed on Candlemas as Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI explains so beautifully in his sermon for The Purification.

   Wednesday is the day of blessing of throats, although in most traditional chapels it is included after Sunday Mass on either Sexagesima or Quinquagesima Sunday. The feast of St. Blaise signals the start of the Novena in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes and the holy visionary at the grotto St. Bernadette Soubirous and we refer you to the Novena Prayers at Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals, which is an excellent traditional Catholic site with so many devotional prayers and information that we heartily recommend you peruse this site for all the orthodox gems they offer for enhancing one's spiritual life. We can use all the aids and knowledge possible to maintain the true Faith in the face of the aggressive Great Apostasy that has eclipsed the true Church of Christ. That is why trust in Our Lady's words in reaffirming Catholic truth are so vital and we have decided to focus on two special features to keep all on the straight and narrow. Friday is the First Friday of February, followed by First Saturday on February 6th.

    We then reach the stretch run into Lent with the short week of Quinquagesima as we all prepare for the penitential season beginning on Ash Wednesday this week. We see in Sunday's Gospel that the blind man had such faith in Jesus that he knew he would be healed and he was for as Our Lord told him, "thy faith hath made thee whole". That is what we need to have, that belief and faith that God can heal anything, not necessarily physically, but spiritually and all we need do is ask and He will be there. Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI helps us prepare for Lent with his sermon for Quinquagesima Sunday on Penance as we all need to keep in mind the words we shall hear in just a few short days,"Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris" - "Remember, man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return".

    Throughout these ten days leading to Ash WednesdaySeptuagesima Week we present reflections by Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger for each day in addition to sermons by Bishop Daniel Dolan and Fr. Benedict Hughes, CMRI. In addition, we begin Book Four of The Prophesies and Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden that will be continued after the Paschal Edition in late April.

    The three videos below illustrate the best arguments for sedevacantism in proving the Chair of Peter remains vacant. This may, of course, contradict what you've heard from those who trip over themselves to Recognize and Resist the current occupant in Rome - the very one who relishes his reputation as the "humble one". Don't believe it. The devil deceives and he's done a good job of getting a vast majority to "believe lying" (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:10). To better understand why the Chair of Peter has been vacant since the death of Pope Pius XII of happy memory, we again provide two videos from Fr. Anthony Cekada titled "Why Do Traditionalists Fear Sedevacantism?" and The Pope Speaks! YOU Decide!. The other one to the right above is from NovusOrdoWatch.org with "True or False Popes" Have the Gates of Hell Prevailed? that will hopefully remove the veil of doubt and help those who fear such a situation to connect the dots and realize the only reconciliation to the Great Apostasy today is that the gates of hell have prevailed against the CONciLIAR church but can never prevail against the true Church instituted by Jesus Christ upon the Rock of Peter. (cf. St. Matthew 16: 18)

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Michael Cain, editor, DailyCatholic

This is the second Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday as we are now ten days away from Lent. ...More

Saint John Bosco accomplished what many people considered an impossibility; he walked through the streets of Turin, Italy, looking for the dirtiest, roughest urchins he could find, then made good men of them. His extraordinary success can be summed up in the words of his patron 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 ...More

Also listen to Bishop Daniel Dolan's Sermon on St. John Bosco

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. Man must not forget that the Divine Sower expects good fruit for he plants in all the Seeds of Faith


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


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


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

We begin the month of February on this and eve of the Purification tomorrow, by 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 ...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 that Death is never to be forgotten!


As we begin Book Four of The Revelations and Prophesies of St. Bridget of Sweden, she is visited by a man arrayed in the unashamed nude garment as God intended before the fall of Adam. This man is the holy St. John the Evangelist, the beloved son and protector of the Blessed Mother whom was given to him to take care of by Christ on the cross as John himself recorded Jesus saying "Woman, behold thy son" and to John "Behold thy mother." St. John now relates to the bride of how the Scriptures are priceless and then tells her of a certain king whose scrupulous ways make him a traitor and robber. The description can be applied to those who would be king today and we ask you to take that in any way you wish as you read the Apostle's words to the bride that to gain Salvation and love said king should scorn riches and honors for the sake of God. This is explained in How An Unjust King betrays Christ the King

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, ...More

February 2 is the traditional feast of Our Lady's Approved Apparition in Quito, Ecuador to Mother Mariana de Jesus.


Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI provides a sermon, via Traditional Catholic Sermons, on The Purification

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 in eight days later 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


As we complete the Novena today to the Mother of God via her request at Quito, Ecuador to Mother Mariana, it is important to note there is a controversy over the exact title of Our Lady as we bring you an article by Karl D. Keller in which he wants the faithful to know that, contrary to what you might have believed, there is a misnomer in the title of the apparition in Quito, Ecuador that prior to now has been known as "Our Lady of Good Success". But, according to Karl, the title is misleading for the Blessed Virgin Mary herself has foretold what the title truly means, just as she imparted to Mother Mariana in the 17th Century of a time about the 20th and early 21st Century in which we are currently living now. The Spanish translation shows that what Our Lady is pointing to is a Great Event and what would be a greater event than Mary's Immaculate Heart triumphing so that a greater triumph - that of her divine Son's return can be realized. But she needs our help to effect this - our prayers, Rosaries, dedication to the true Church in this time of the Great Apostasy, and we are encouraged to pray her Little Office to keep us ever vigilant as Karl Keller explains in his mission to spread the word on the true meaning of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso as Our Lady of the Great Event


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

Today is the feast of the holy Bishop and Martyr Saint Blaise and the focus is on him as this is the day of the blessing of the throats. In consequence of his having saved the life of a child who was dying, choked by a bone which had stuck in his throat, the Church recognizes his "prerogative for healing all diseases of the throat". She blesses two candles to this effect and asks God for all those, whose necks the candles shall touch, that they may be delivered from throat disease or from any other ill through the merits of this holy martyr's passion.

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Also listen to Bishop Daniel Dolan's Sermon on St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr

First Day of Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes

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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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 us to remember If we do not obey God, Justice replaces Mercy

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 ...More

Also more from Butler's "The Lives of the Saints" on St. Andrew Corsini

Second Day of Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes

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. See Our time is ripe for retribution


In part two of Book Four we see through the bride's eyes St. Bridget's amazing and remarkable vision and God's explanation of the inhuman beasts and what these unusual anomolies symbolize. According to the explanation, the baptized are symbolized by an animal, the heathen by a fish, and God's friends by three crowds of people: the first crowd represent those who have accommodated themselves to the world while yet remaining faithful, the second represent those who willingly give up their worldly possessions, and the third crowd, the smallest of the three, are those who are willing to give their life for their Creator. To fulfill God's will one must be willing to not only sacrifice, but to suffer and, yes, to die for love of Him no matter the odds, no matter the measures they must go as is illustrated in the obstacles these strange creatures present in God seeks the heart of the heathen

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 ...More

Also listen to Bishop Daniel Dolan's Sermon on St. Agatha and St. Francis de Sales

Third Day of Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes

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... Ark of Salvation


In Chapter Three of Book Four we find a wonderful conversation between God and the bride St. Bridget of Sweden by way of question and answer. It concerns the king and his hereditary rights and those of his successors in the kingdom, and also how some territories should be reclaimed by the successors in the kingdom and some not. The subtext here is rich in interpreting exactly what happened after the death of Pope Pius XII and God's rationale for why it has continued through such an interminable interregnum for only when a rightful heir to the throne of Peter appears can the kingdom be restored. In the meantime, as God attests, 'The mighty will move from their seats and those that walk upon the earth shall be exalted.' Truly, as we have seen over the past fifty years, "people will be afflicted, discord will arise, the sons shall pass their days in sorrow, and their kingdoms will no longer be kingdoms." A Kingdom Usurped

Like the divine Sower who will be mentioned in the Gospel of Sexagesima Sunday,Saint Titus the well-beloved disciple of St. Paul "endured the fatigues of numerous and distant voyages on land and sea to go and sow the divine word among nations of different countries speaking different tongues". Wherefore the Church declares that "God had adorned him with the virtues of an apostle" (Collect), and that he was one of the "husbandmen whom the Master of the harvest had sent to gather it in" (Gospel). Employed by St. Paul in important circumstances, he landed with him in Crete and was made by the apostle, bishop of the island (Introit), Epistle, Offertory)... It is also the Feast of Saint Dorothy, Virgin and Martyr who died for her Faith in 311 with commemorations at the Collect, Secret and Postcommunion from the Mass "Me expectaverunt". For feast of St. Titus see the Holy Mass of Statuit ei Dominus

Also listen to Bishop Daniel Dolan's Sermon on Sts. Titus and Dorothy

Fourth Day of Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes

On this feast of St. Titus, who was mentored by the great St. Paul, he took the Apostle of the Gentiles' words to heart, especially the epistle that St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians when he urged all to "Know you not that they run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may obtain" (1 Cor 9: 24). Little would he realize - or care = that nearly 2000 some years later that prize tomorrow is the Lombardi Trophy which will be hoisted by either the winning Panthers or Broncos in Santa Clara, California. How ironic that it was Saint Clare, the model of unworldliness, who hoisted the true Prize - the Blessed Sacrament in the ciborium - to fend off the marauders of Frederic II. The contrast of what will occur on Super Sunday and what true Catholics should reflect on and follow comprises John Gregory's point on what is more important to the soul in Your choice: A Super Bowl Title or Saint Titus. Choose Wisely!


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


In Chapter Four of Book Four we read of God's words to the bride about two spirits, good and bad; and about the remarkable and useful struggle in the mind of a certain lady arising from the inspirations of the good spirit and from the temptations of the evil spirit; and about what choice should be made in these matters. It tells us much about developing a mindset of realizing how fleeting the temporal pleasures are compared to the everlasting treasure of Heaven. Anything worth achieving is never going to be easy, though that is the direction the bad spirit leads one's thinking to take the easiest and fastest way. The fact is that only by being humble and thinking of the end in itself can one realize the right means to utilize while understanding that pride can be so devious in creeping in if we do not curb our appetites and learn to never take God for granted. Tempering Temptation

This is the last Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday as we are now on the home stretch to Lent. ...More


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 ...More

Also listen to Bishop Daniel Dolan's Sermon on St. Romuald

Fifth Day of Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes

The venerable Benedictine Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger presents a reflection for Quinquagesima Sunday in which he reflects on the vocatoin of Abraham, the father and model for all future believers. He was the hand-chosen one by God to lead God's people out of idolatry to a set order of things that in the Old Covenant was Judaism as the prophets told of the coming of a Messiah Who would redeem mankind and once that Redeemer had come, the Jews themselves did not recognize Him. For Jesus' coming and His establishment of the Catholic Church upon the Rock of Peter superseded Judaism and established His one true Church for all time, for this was the seed of Abraham as Gueranger explains the lesson of Genesis 12. 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. Man must not forget that the Divine Sower expects good fruit for he plants in all the God chose Abraham


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 proved worthy to Our Lord when He said, "Thy Faith hath made thee whole"


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, Penance

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

Also read Professor Plinio Correêa de Oliveira's reflection on St. John of Matha

Sixth Day of Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes

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, of the question all should ask themselves: When God calls, will we respond?


In Chapter Five of Book Four St. Bridget receives heavenly visits from two saints who helped fashion the structure of the Church, St. Peter and St. Paul. In this chapter it is Peter who speaks first and the first Vicar of Christ tells her how he desired the salvation of peoples and what he did when he denied Our Lord thrice. He could have given up like Judas, but through the grace of God he repented and ran to the Divine, realizing his nothingness. In doing so, he also realized nothing compares to love of God. This is something he addresses to soothe St. Bridget on the situation in Rome during her time, and foretells of great miracles yet to be fulfilled in the city of Rome. This could very well give us encouragement in our time as well that Modernist Rome's snakes will turn into lambs and a true Pope will again reign in Rome sometime in the future. When? Only in God's time will we know. The Sweetness of Bittersweet.

Today, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the feast of the holy Doctor of the Church St. Cyril of Alexandria He manifests in this act His Divinity and the Church takes a portion from St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans. It is also the feast of Saint 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 Spirit of God, into the fire prepared for her. There, while her frail body was consumed on earth, her very pure soul was borne into glory in Heaven. Because of her torture, she is invoked as the Patron Saint of Dentists. See the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass In medio Ecclesiae

Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI provides a sermon, via Traditional Catholic Sermons, on how to Avoid Unnecessary Occasions of Sin

Seventh Day of Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes


Watch for our special Lenten Edition that will go online on the night of Shrove Tuesday.

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. This 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 Third Ecumenical Council - the Council of Ephesus; a manifestation taht the last shall be first for this man who was once deposed, was invited to represent the Sovereign Pontiff at the council of Ephesus. He stood tall when all about him were caving to heresy, mainly because of his sincere unyielding devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, honoring her as Christ asks us to honor His Mother. Like the Prodigal Son, he repented of having taken part in the persecution of St. John Chrysostom and made amends, joining with the golden voice in condemning the heresies of Arianism and Nestorianism. Saint Cyril was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII in 1883 when His Holiness also extended his feast to the universal Church for this holy Doctor who was the indefatigable Defender of Theotokos


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. That is why the renowned Abbe warns all to Flee from the things that hinder salvation


Throughout the last two books recorded by St. Bridget of Sweden, this mystical saint has been blessed by God with heavenly visits by various saints. In Chapter Six of Book Four she is addressed by the Apostle of the Gentiles St. Paul who tells the bride the noble story about how he was called by God through the prayers of Saint Stephen, the proto-martyr of the Church whom Paul himself made the order for Stephen's execution. Yet, as Paul tells it, it was through Stephen's prayers for Paul and Paul's own heart in having a sort of pity for Stephen and the Christians that was the spark that allowed God to make this wolf of a man, persecutor of His disciples, into a lamb and one of the fiercest defenders of Christ and the Church He established. Paul became a lamb whose evangelistic roar in spreading the truth was similar to a lion. St. Stephen's Saving Grace


Ash Wednesday is, from a liturgical point of view, one of the most important days of the year. In the first place this day opens the liturgical season of Lent, which formerly began with the First Sunday and comprised only thirty-six days. The addition of Wednesday and the three following days brought the number to forty, which is that of Our Lord's fast in the desert. In the Old Law ashes were generally a symbolic expression of grief, mourning, or repentance. In the Early Church the use of ashes ...More

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To fortify why the CONciLIAR church is the false church, see key Papal Decrees that preceded it in pre-Vatican Two times by true Popes who solidly condemned the V2 false 'popes' who have spit in Heaven's Face. God will not be mocked. See for yourself what the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church has decreed:

  • Papal Coronation Oath Pope Agatho
  • Unam Sanctam Pope Boniface VIII
  • Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio Pope Paul IV
  • Quo Primum Pope St. Pius V
  • De Defectibus Pope St. Pius V
  • Satis Cognitum Pope Leo XIII
  • Apostolicae Curae Pope Leo XIII
  • Lamentabili Sane Pope St. Pius X
  • Pascendi Dominici Gregis Pope St. Pius X
  • Oath Against Modernism Pope St. Pius X
  • Mortalium Animos Pope Pius XI
  • Humani Generis Pope Pius XII
  • Sacramentum Ordinis Pope Pius XII

    If the above Papal Decrees have not convinced you, then for more evidence that the Chair is VACANT and that Vatican Two and all that has followed is Anathema sit as St. Paul asserts in Galatians 1: 8-9, see these on-line books and sources:

  • Answering Objections of the Sedevacantist Position
  • John 23 - Anathema sit Fr. Louis Villa
  • NikitaRoncalli Franco Bellegrandi
  • The Robber Church Patrick Henry Omlor
  • Is the Pope Catholic? Hutton Gibson
  • Paul VI...Beatified? Fr. Louis Villa
  • The Enemy is Here - Vol. I Hutton Gibson
  • The Enemy is Still Here - Vol. II Hutton Gibson
  • The Enemy is Still Here - Vol. III
  • John Paul 2 - Anathema sit Fr. Luis Villa
  • Heresies of John Paul 2 Documented by previous True Popes & Scriptures
  • Fr. Sylvester Berry in 1921: "Satan will Persecute the Papacy" Novus Ordo Watch
  • Fr. Sylvester Berry warned in 1927: "Satan will set up a False Church Novus Ordo Watch
  • Syllogism of Sedevacantism Michael Cain
  • The Chair is Still Empty Gregorius
  • When the Shepherd Is Struck: The Papacy and Sedevacantist "Disunity" Mario Derksen
  • Sedevacantism: A Quick Primer Fr. Anthony Cekada
  • Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen in 1948: "Satan will set up a Counter-Church which will be the Ape of the Catholic Church" Novus Ordo Watch
  • Why Sedevacantism? Fr. Anthony Cekada and a plethora of other evidence provided by NovusOrdoWatch.org
  • What You Need To Know About Jorge Mario Bergoglio Novus Ordo Watch
  • Conspiracy! Meet Six High-Profile Traditional Catholic Conspiracy Nuts Novus Ordo Watch
  • Continuously Denying The Catholic Faith Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey
  • Trying to Put Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey
  • Compare and Contrast Plethora of links by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey
  • Freemasons and the Conciliar church by John Kenneth Weiskittel
  • Papacy and Freemasonry Msgr. Jouin
  • Francis' Heresy regarding the Jews Novus Ordo Watch
  • Francis' Heresy about Faith without Works Novus Ordo Watch
  • The "Bad Popes" Argument fails everytime Novus Ordo Watch
  • Pope Leo XIII Quashes Popular "Recognize-and-Resist" Position Novus Ordo Watch
  • Numerous Popes before V2 warned of the Freemason Plot against the Church Novus Ordo Watch
  • Is the question of the pope: "Just an opinion"? Bishop Donald Sanborn
  • Null and Void: Why "Pope" Francis is Not a Valid Priest and Not a Valid Bishop Novus Ordo Watch
  • The "Canonization" of John Paul II: Decision Time for Traditionalists Novus Ordo Watch

    by Mario Derksen

  • Secrets of LaSalette
  • Bishop Mark Pivarunas,CMRI on a true vocation
  • Bishop Donald Sanborn on The Pendulating Papacy
  • Fr. Julian Larrabee on Missions of Nigeria
  • Fr. Michael Oswalt on why he left the V2 to become a true priest
  • Bishop Donald Sanborn's 2013 London Conference on the SSPX
  • Fr. Anthony Cekada on invalidity of 1968 Episcopal Consecrations
  • Fr. Julian Larrabee with Mass for Immaculate Conception
  • Bishop Daniel Dolan's Sermon for the Immaculate Conception
  • End of Mass Recession as it should be
  • Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament
  • Bishop Williamson on Globalism in 2010
  • Bishop Williamson's 2009 interview - Part I
  • Bishop Williamson's 2009 interview - Part II
  • Bishop Williamson 2013 talk on division in the Church
  • Mass in the Vatican with Pope Pius XII (Italian)
  • Pastor Angelicus Pius XII (Italian)
  • Life of Pius XII (Italian)
  • Last Years of Pius XII (Italian)
  • The SSPX, "Resistance," and Sedevacantism Bishop Donald Sanborn
  • 'Pope' Francis and Sedevacantism Bishop Mark Pivarunas, CMRI

    The links above and below provide almost daily updates. The two above can be trusted totally, while we urge a mild caution on the two below because of their refusal to admit Francis is a false pope.

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    Hail Mary Most Holy, Temple and Sacrarium of the Most Holy Trinity.
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    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.
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    When One Cannot physically assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we provide additional prayers that can be supplemented with the ORDINARY OF THE HOLY MASS and the PROPER OF THE DAY to enable you to better prepare yourself at home. Of course, this never replaces actually being there, but it is much better than attending the Novus Ordo services. Therefore we have gleaned from The Key of Heaven prayers to say at home. It is very comforting to know that the Holy Mass is offered for us even when we are not actually present. But to enjoy the benefits which it procures, we must by a SPIRITUAL COMMUNION become partakers of the altar from which we are temporarily banished. Here we provide prayers in preparation for fulfilling assistance in absentia in addition to the ORDINARY OF THE HOLY MASS and PROPER OF THE DAY. PRAYERS IN ABSENTIA



    Prayer Before the Crucifix

    Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst fix deep within my heart lively sentiments of Faith, Hope and Charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, whilst with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious Wounds; having before my eyes the words which David in prophesy spoke concerning Thee, O Good Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."

    Plenary Indulgence, Condition:
    • Confession
    • Communion
    • One Our Father
    • One Hail Mary
    • One Glory be...
    Pope Pius IX, July 31, 1858


    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.


    The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.

    Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

    Hail Mary...

    And the Word was made flesh. And dwelt among us.

    Hail Mary...

    Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    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.

    Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructis ventris tui, Jesus.

    Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

    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.

    Oremus.
    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.

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    Pray for the Dearly Departed Souls
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