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On Wednesday we focused on the meetings of the U.S. Cardinals with the Pope and key Curial representatives who met in the Apostolic Palace Tuesday and Wednesday. Though it seems the case, we would hope John Paul II will not rely on foxes to guard the henhouses or wolves to tend to the sheep. Modern Rome must learn from Eternal Rome and not cave to more "new" experimental novelties that only make it worse. Editor Michael Cain weighed in on the futility of it all if stern action is not taken immediately and changes made tout de suite. For his commentary, see 'Not a Crisis of Faith?' You've got to be kidding!
Pro Life Prescriptions
Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph showed how society is putrified by books that justify the most abominable sins of lust imaginable all for the purpose of exploitation of innocence for the instant gratifications of the perverse.But then what should we expect from a society that has become comfortable with human sacrifice? He relates the unbelievable responses of the irresponsible Dr. Jocelyn Elders in approving such trash that Bill O'Reilly, a Catholic, soundly condemned and rebuffed on his show The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News. Dr. Joseph explained in his column Wrestling with Satan's Book of Pedophilia
In Wednesday's issue we brought you a short essay by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on breaking free from our self-imposed prison from inside or outside. It's our free will as he explained in Time: A prison or a novitiate for eternity?
Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
Tuesday, we presented a piece by Bishop Richard Williamson on the "Closet Catholicism" of William Shakespeare on the 438th anniversary of the birth of the Bard in 1564 and the 386th commemoration of his death in 1616, both at Stratford-on-the-Avon. This literary genius gave the world the God-given treasures of great literature for generations to come. Shakespeare was torn by the torment of the Reformation; his heart and soul were aligned with Rome while his life and political needs were tied to the Church of England and its rulers. This is evident as Bishop Williamson gave insight into the Catholicity of this greatest of English writers. In "Hamlet" he found a microcosm of what the great poet faced, what modern man faces today, and, in a sense, what faithful Catholics echo in the refrain of Richard III's words "O call back yesterday, bid time return" as the Bishop explained in Hamlet - Alien amidst apostates.
On Tuesday we presented the second of an excellent three-part commentary by Michael Matt, editor of The Remnant, who has given us permission to bring this insightful piece to our readers. In it he dissected how what might look good on the surface, such as the "Campos Compromise," is, in effect, a web of deceit in which those who are willing to compromise could very well be engulfed by the insatiable Modernists who are bent on auto-demolition in their relentless effort to eradicate Traditional Catholicism and its Heavenly liturgies. He explained in part two of Vatican II: Weapon of Mass Destruction
White Smoke, Black Fire!
Tuesday we continued with the third episode of chapter seven in Part III - "The Shadowing" as Cardinal Macelli and Cardinal Vendhem plot the Legion of the Basilisk's next move within the hallowed halls of St. Peter's as Father Niki finds shelter in a flat on the other side of Rome, a plain hovel provided by Dr. Makuta Ogidi.
Defending Catholic Truth and Tradition
Monday we continued with the third installment of a series by Atila Sinke Guimar„es, with Dr. Marian Therese Horvat assisting in translation and editing an orthodox, traditional, true Roman Catholic response in seven installments to the flawed document "The Hebrew People..." by the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Commission. It created quite a stir with a horror story in the New York Times in late January. Guess what? Those horror stories are true! Atila critiqued part one of the document, pointing out Imprecise Language and Suspicious Texts in the third installment of an essay that should truly alarm you regarding the Changes in Doctrine and New Anathemas
Monday editor Michael Cain borrowed from Shakespeare to illustrate how his tragic figure of Hamlet portends ill-winds ahead for those who do not act swiftly, do not come clean and purify their houses thoroughly for they are parties to the slaughter of all that is holy. He cited the meeting between the Pope and Cardinals this week as a crucial crossroads. There can be no delay, no compromises, no stay of sentences. The offenders and pretenders must go as he emphasized in his commentary O holy Mother Church, Thy honor they besmirch!
Doctors of the Church
Monday's Doctor of the Church was another from the fourth century who encountered great rebellion and persecution from the Arian bishops. He was the first Doctor chronologically of what is today France, eldest Daughter of the Church. Born in 315 and died at the age of only 53, he was the Aquitaine Bishop - the Laborer for God - Saint Hilary of Poitiers.
Today in Church History
Birth of a saintly ruler whose staff would be the Holy Cross
"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types - the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins."
On this date 788 years ago in 1214 Saint Louis IX was born to King Louis VIII and his holy mother Blanche of Castile. Young Louis would become the King of France at the age of 12 and rule for 44 years, going down as one of the greatest monarchs ever. He played a key role in the affairs of Holy Mother Church during the turbulent thirteenth century and died from typhus in Tunisia on August 24, 1270 during the Crusades with his son at his side as he muttered his last breath, "I will enter your house; I will worship at your holy temple" these words from Psalm 5: 8 and the last words he spoke before expiring were "Into Thy hands I commend my soul."
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
Legacy of the "Lion of Scripture" Saint Mark: Imparting Christ's parting words in his account of the Life of the Savior
"Go ye into the whole world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned."
Mark 16: 15-16
For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
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LITURGY OF SAINTS
THURSDAY, April 25:
Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist. Patron Saint of Notaries. Also Traditionally it is the Feast of The Greater Litanies.
FRIDAY, April 26:
Traditional Feasts of Our Lady of Good Counsel and the Martyred Popes Saint Cletus in 88 and Saint Marcellinus in 304. Historical feast of Saint Alda (Aldobrandesca), Widow who died in 1309.
SATURDAY, April 27:
Feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church who died in 1579. Historical feast of Saint Zita of Lucca, Virgin who died in 1278. She is the Patron Saint of Domestic Workers.
SUNDAY, April 28:
Fourth Sunday after Easter. In the new the feast of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, Priest, Founder of the Montfort Fathers. He died in 1716. Traditional Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest who died in 1775.
For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections