To all who think fasting went out with Vatican II: "Get a Life!"|
...as in "spiritual life!" That's what Lent is about, conditioning our spiritual muscles so we can better endure the Cross and prepare properly for eternal life!
In her inspirational column today, Cyndi Cain shares inspiration on the essence of fasting and abstinence. It isn't something just to give up, but to enthusiastically embrace and condition ourselves through mortification that we will be stronger when the time comes to truly stand for Christ and His One True Church. We have become spoiled by the modern conveniences and our souls are flabby and out of shape. It's time to get in shape. That is why Lent is important, to remind us that daily we must take up our Cross if we are to truly follow Him, if we truly love Him. For her column Instead of Live Truly Fast, why not Fast and Truly Live! see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING
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Dietrich Von Hildebrand, who Pope Pius XII called the "20th Century Doctor of the Church," questioned 35 years ago why the Mass of All Ages was deconstructed. He was right then, and, as we have seen since, he is right now!
Today we present a short essay The Case for the Latin Mass by the noted and respected theologian, the late Dietrich Von Hildebrand, who in 1966 could already see the barren fruit the Novus Ordo would produce and begged for the Church to rethink the drastic changes that were made. This was only a year after Second Vatican Council had closed. Now, 35 years later we can see he was dead on in his assessment. Why have so many bishops resisted his wisdom and continued pell mell down a road that leads away from Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church? Twelve years after Hildebrand's sage advice, Pope John Paul II published his motu proprio "Ecclesia Dei" and the commission of the same name, instructing his bishops to make readily available to their flocks the Latin Mass. Yet so many have resisted and, in so doing, have alienated many of the faithful who wallow in the confusion of a Novus Ordo that in no way resembles the intent of Vatican II and in no way whatsoever resembles the Mass of All Ages - the Tridentine Mass. Just yesterday we ran the news that the Holy See and SSPX are working feverishly in reconciling this. Key to it all is that the Mass of All Ages will not and cannot be compromised. For more, see, Exspectans exspectavibus Ecclesia Dei
Bishop Weigand: We implore you to call California Governor Gray Davis to task for his unyielding pro-abortion stance.
Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Democratic Governor from California Governor Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis, Jr.. We call on him to repent and for his shepherd in Sacramento Bishop William K. Weigand to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if he will not hear even the Church. We beg of the Bishops, to stand up for the Roman Catholic Church, to exact the discipline all Catholics are expected to follow. By Davis' pro-abortion record during his term as Governor and before that as Lieutenant Governor he has been one of the major players in turning the golden state away from God by showing a disdain for Catholic doctrine and a willing accomplice to satan. We implore him to amend his ways, to turn away from embracing the pro-abort stance with no mercy for the lives of millions of unborn. For another betrayer who seeks to perpetuate the culture of death and slay the innocents, see HEROD'S HEROES
Why is Cardinal Mahony deconstructing LA's Church?
"If you want holy priests, you need holy bishops!"
We continue today with this series introduced yesterday in hopes of further alerting loyal Catholics to the travesties going on inside the Church and exposing the charlatans who are taking our beloved Church in a direction away from Rome, away from Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. This is the second of a two-part installment by Robert Kumpel on what exactly is going on inside the Archdiocese of Los Angeles under the direction of Cardinal Roger Mahony. Is what the cardinal doing good for the Roman Catholic Church? You decide. See, "Father, forgive them..."
Day One in the Holy Land: Jordan and Mount Nebo
On this day one year ago Pope John Paul II arrived in Jordan on the first day of his historic "Jubilee Journey" in retracing salvation history from Abraham to Paul. The Pope venerated Moses' tomb and then journeyed to the top of Mt. Nebo where the Pontiff looked out on the Promised Land as Moses did. See, JUBILEE MEMORIES
Pope ordains nine new bishops
Nine more bishops were added to the Episcopal ranks Monday when Pope John Paul II ordained them in St. Peter's Basilica on the Feast of Saint Joseph. They reflected a small mosaic of the universal Church, coming from Slovakia, the Ukraine,Kazakhstan, the Caribbean, Pompeii and within the Curia. For more, see News from ROME
Ecumenical battle ensuing in protesting USF's Privett and his anti-Vatican tactics
The backlash against Father Steven A. Privett, SJ, president of the Jesuit University of San Francisco and a known leftist, is gaining steam in ecumenical circles who are rallying behind the plight of the St. Ignatius Institute, an orthodox loyal department that Privett axed shortly after becoming the new prez. Jewish and Protestant educators joined in publishing a full page ad in Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle supporting the conservative St. Ignatius Institute. Privett's action is a direct assault on Ex Corde Ecclesiae. For more, see USA News
Pulitzer Prize Pro Life Writer says don't write off the tactics abortionists will go to force the culture of death on all
He comes from Clinton country but he's no friend of Slick Willy or his morals or lack thereof. He is Paul Greenberg, nationally syndicated columnist who has greatly agitated abortionists by his frank and honest exposure of the tactics pro-aborts are taking in forcing the culture of death agenda on all of society. They're even streamlining it so abortuaries won't be necessary. The RU-486 death pill will take care of that for both child and mother.
For more, see Pro Life News
Anglicans want their cake and eat it, too, with request to be allowed to receive Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.
Let's hope Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, will nip the Anglican request in the bud before his document on other denominations receiving Holy Communion gets out of hand. It was meant for emergencies, not a carte blanche for others to receive Our Lord, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. If they don't believe, they don't receive!
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Today and tomorrow are devoted to the Lenten Liturgy. For these liturgies, see Daily LITURGY
"So also My Heavenly Father will do to you, if you do not each forgive your brothers from your hearts." Matthew 18: 35
TUESDAY, March 20:
First Reading: Daniel 3: 25, 34-43
Psalms: Psalm 25: 4-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18: 21-35
The Voice of the Disciple
Therefore ought thou to dispose thyself for this by an ever fresh renewal of thy mind, and to weigh with attentive consideration of the great mystery of thy salvation.
And as often as thou says or hears Mass, it ought to seem to thee as great, as new and as delightful, as if Christ that same day first descending into the womb of the Virgin had been made man, or hanging on the cross, was suffering and dying for the salvation of men.
From Book IV, Chapter II of "Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis.
Death of the Pope who crusaded to convince a great Crusader
Today is the 810th commemoration of the death of Pope Clement III, 174th successor of Peter in 1191. This Roman-born Supreme Pontiff's reign was only four years but in this short time he was able to bring peace to Rome after sixty years of exile by previous Popes. It was Clement who encouraged Richard the Lion-hearted, the monarch of England, to lead the Third Crusade. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see Daily TIME CAPSULES in Church History
No mystery as to why we have missed the Mystery
"When minds abandon their concern about final destiny, they substitute for the mystery of what happens after death, the mystery of how someone was murdered. But mystery there must be."
March 20, 2001 volume 12, no. 79