The Odyssey begins for the Vicar of Christ! |
It is likely that even Homer in his Illyiad didn't face the obstacles that Pope John Paul II will this weekend...and beyond.
In our commentary today we begin a three-part series that will conclude on Sunday. It coincides with the final leg of the Pope's "Jubilee Journey" which will take him today to Athens, Greece. He thus becomes the first Sovereign Pontiff since Pope Constantine in 710 to set foot on Grecian soil. In the first part of our editorial we examine the factors that have dulled our consciences today to what is truly right and what is truly wrong. As Bishop Fulton Sheen says below, "conscience first shouts; then, after repeated chokings it becomes so weak it can only whisper; finally, it's voice is stifled altogether." We show how we have been manipulated by politically correct renditions of how we should view history, view our Faith. Sadly, it does not compute with all the Church has taught over 20 centuries. Thus, we pose the question to you: who is right? It is either the modernists, motivated by the masonic mission to destroy the Church and who would have us believe the Church was the abuser and has admitted such by the Holy Father's public apologies. Or it is the blood of countless martyrs that have suffered the slings and arrows over the years at the hands of those who opposed Jesus Christ and His teachings? Today we are being told to believe the former for those who died for their Faith were fools. Are we going to buy that? And if not, then what of the first question? It is a riddle for our age that all loyal Catholics must come to grips with for the sake of their Faith. For Only the Rock of Peter can move the stone! - part one of How close are we? see CATHOLIC PewPOINT
The modern plagues are merely a repeat of mans' sins that God can no longer tolerate
" Certainly, human nature is what it is — fallen, weak, imperfect. In a Catholicized world there would still be people who would act wrongly when confronted with problems they would prefer to ignore. However, the general tenor of the world would be different. People would be more disposed to do what is right for love of God — and for love of neighbor as a manifestation of a love for God through His true Church."
In today's issue Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D. takes a break from his fascinating, logical, factual and frank treatise on ferreting out the doublespeak and contradictions contained in the General Instruction to the Roman Missal (GIRM) in his series "The Germs of GIRM." He resumes his regular Friday columns today calling attention to the modern plagues, most recently "mad cow" disease and "foot and mouth" disease and the inherent dangers which he documents first-hand from his experiences with his father, a meat inspector. Dr. Tom attributes the plagues to both a lack of Faith and the deadly sin of Sloth in which, through laziness and the endeavor to cut corners for temporal expediency, the sin of sloth has contributed to jeopardizing not only others physically, but weakened the spiritual resolve. For his column, The Plagues of the 21st Century see CHRIST or chaos
Why our Mamas are so special to all of us.
In her column today, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto gets a jump starrt on Mother's Day by reminding all that May is a special month to remember our Mothers - both our earthly ones and our Heavenly one - the Blessed Mother of God. Often times it was our earthly Moms who first introduced us to our Heavenly Mom. How appropriate and she encourages us all to say thanks with a bouquet of prayers and a few flowers won't hurt either. For her column May belongs to our Mothers see Getting to the Heart of the Matter.
Archbishop Raymond Boland: We implore you to call Missouri Congresswoman Karen McCarthy to task for her unyielding pro-abort stance.
Today's "Herod's Hero" is the Democratic Representative in the United States House from Missouri's 5th District, the Honorable Karen McCarthy. There's nothing honorable about how she, as a 'Catholic,' has promoted the culture of death. We call on her to repent and for her bishop in Kansas City Bishop Raymond J. Boland along with McCarthy's shepherd in Washington D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to issue the ultimatum of the "Bell, Book, and Candle" if she 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 McCarthy's merciless 100% pro-abortion record during her four terms in the House, she has turned away from God by showing a disdain for Catholic doctrine and being willing accomplices to satan. We implore her to amend her 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
Easter Weekday and Feast of Saint Monica
Today, the First Friday of May, we return to Easter Weekday in the Novus Ordo and celebrate within the Octave in the Traditional Liturgy the Feast of Saint Monica, devoted Mother of Saint Augustine. She first converted her pagan husband, then, by her tears and unceasing prayers for her son she saw his conversion. For today and tomorrow's liturgies, see DAILY LITURGY
"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood, abides in Me and I in him. As the living Father has sent Me, and as I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me. This is the bread of Heaven; not as your fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread shall live forever." John 6: 57-59
Prayers of St. Monica
O God, the Comforter of those who mourn and the Salvation of all who hope in Thee, Who didst mercifully regard the loving tears of Blessed Monica by willing the conversion of Augustine, her son, grant us, through their united intercession, grace to deplore our sins and so to find Thy pardon and favor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
Vatican spokesman downplays peril of Papal Trip today
Nerves of steel! That's what it has to be as the Holy Father ventures into territory that no Pope has traversed in 1, 291 years. Quite possibly John Paul II has an inkling of how Christ must have felt as He stood before the mob with Pilate on that fateful Good Friday. Not that the Greeks are going to crucify the Vicar of Christ, but they already have verbally. Yet Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls keeps a stiff upper lip in assuring reporters the Vatican is not that concerned. We would like to share that optimism, but the mood of the Greeks has been quite inflamatory and we pray for the Pontiff's safety. It only takes one crackpot and there are plenty in both Greece and Syria, hotbeds of terrorism where the true Faith is greatly limited. Yet the Holy Father remains calm. Are he and Navarro-Valls expecting the same hosannahs the Pope has received everywhere else he's gone. We have great fear it won't be that way on this final leg of his "Jubilee Journey." For more, see Vatican on valium?
Pope was saved from certain death in the Siberia by the intellectual curiosity of a Soviet soldier
Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire saved the Roman Pontiff
A fascinating true story came to the surface this week when it was revealed that the Holy Father and his fellow 18 Polish seminarians were saved from a fate worse than death in 1945 when a Soviet soldier befriended young Karol Wojtyola because of his thirst to know the truth about the Roman Empire and for the grateful Pole's mastery of the Latin language. Recently they touched bases and both were grateful for the long life. For more, see Saved from Siberia by the Hammer and Sickle
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The Borgia Pope tried to bull his way into history by setting a line of demarcation that would be challenged
On this date 508 years ago in 1493, the Borgia Pontiff Pope Alexander VI, a Spanish native, sought to give Spain the advantage in order to win their favor as well as soften the wrath from the Spanish court against his own immoral behavior. Thus Alexander took it upon himself to set a line of demarcation 100 leagues west of the Azores between Spanish and Portuguese interests of exploration. Since it naturally favored Spain, the Portuguese representatives demanded that it be altered. It would take a year, but it finally was a year later at the Treaty of Tordesillas. For other Time Capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see TIME CAPSULES
The dulling of conscience!
"The inner workings of the mind are quite different in the good doing wrong and the evil doing evil. In the latter, a hardening process sets in. Conscience first shouts; then, after repeated chokings it becomes so weak it can only whisper; finally, its voice is stifled altogether. Since such people willed to have no moral law except of their own making, God leaves them alone. It is terrible for the soul when God pursues it and drives it to perfection; but it is more terrible still when He leaves the soul to its own conceits."