SUNDAY: Semi-Double Feast of the First Sunday of Advent and St. Elygius, Bishop and St. Edmund Campion, Confessor and Martyr.
MONDAY: Traditional Feast of St. Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr
TUESDAY: Double Major Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Confessor and Missionary
WEDNESDAY: Traditional Double Feast of St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, and St. Barbara,Virgin and Martyrr
THURSDAY: Advent Feria and Traditional Feast of St. Sabbas, Abbot of Palestine
FRIDAY: FIRST FRIDAY - Double Feast of St. Nicholas, Bishop
SATURDAY: FIRST SATURDAY - Double Feast of St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, and the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception.
For the Sanctoral Cycle and Proper of the Season for the First Week of Advent, see Proper of the Saints and Season
FEATURED IN THIS FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT ISSUE:
"Qui legit, intelligat"
For the First Sunday of Advent, Father Louis Campbell illustrates the difference between dialogue for truth and dialogue for consensus. He laments that it is the latter to which the Vatican II church has turned to over the past 40 years and the results have been catastrophic. If we look to the world for answers the questions, rationalization and excuses will overwhelm us in relativistic rot; if we look to Christ, our Savior, our All, for answers we will find them with all the clarity of the Truth of a fresh flowing spring that forever nourishes and sustains us in the oasis of Truth. The choice is ours: an oasis of Truth or a desert littered in despair. Father encourages the former in his sermon
Come, Lord Jesus!.
Editor Michael Cain picks up where he left off last week. He shares comments from readers who weigh in with their perception of the "abomination of desolation". Through it all one thing stands perfectly clear and that is that the modern Church has done nothing to curtail the slide toward perdition. Obedience blinds them to the truths of their Faith. By defending disobedience to the modernists we do not encourage anarchy and disorder in the Church, but rather point out who the ones are who are disobedient to God. Obedience must always be to the Faith! That is the key point of his column
Faith trumps obedience every time!.
Christ or chaos
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey points out pertinent incidences that show how so many have forgotten that God needs to be in our lives at all times. No wonder there is so much confusion, so much turmoil within and outside the Church in society today. We have become so secular that we have forgotten God. Tom explains in his column What does God have to do with it? .
Doctors of the Church
The eighteenth Doctor in this chronological series on the Doctors of the Church lived during the reign of sixteen pontiffs - some antipopes, no less. He was the first Doctor in over three centuries - a time when the Church sank into laxity and corruption, especially in the disciplines and simony was rampant. It was truly the "Dark Ages" and into this darkness God sent a guiding light to reform His Holy Church early in the second millennium. This holy monk counseled seven popes. He was the first Doctor to be made a cardinal. He was Saint Peter Damian.
White Smoke, Black Fire!
Gleaned from the daily headlines and Sacred Scripture, "White Smoke, Black Fire!" deals with how the followers of the Anti-Christ, through political cunning, compromise and media manipulation, try to wrest control from within the Vatican after a horrific holocaust of terror at the birthplace of Abraham. As the world tries to recover, evening has descended on the fourth night of November we focus on a meeting between editor Victor Van Wess and Pat's fiance Corrine Morelli as they realize the Basilisk is growing stronger. . Chapter Nine, Episode Two
Pro Life Prescriptions
With the latest scuttlebutt about Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi claiming to be a conservative Catholic, it is time to set the record straight. Dr. Frank Joseph implores Archbishop William Levanda of San Francisco to do just that in no uncertain terms in an open letter to him. By Pelosi's actions she is a scandal to the Church. By Archbishop William Levada's inactions of carrying out the necessary disciplines of Canon Law regarding formal excommunication of those who legislate for abortion, he is a scandal to the Church. Will he listen even to the Church? Frank asks in his column Can we afford more scandal?
The late, great Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen makes it so simple that we have dubbed this series: "SIMPLY SHEEN". He indicates that if we sit back on our fannies and just wait for Jesus to come, we could be waiting an awfully, awfully long time - possibly forever. For, as he points out, God has left the first move up to us. We need to come to Him for God does not move, we either turn and walk further away or we run to Him. The latter is what Our Lord so dearly wants, but, because of free will, He will not force or coerce us. That is why we cannot afford to let Him pass us by. Remember Jesus said, "Knock and it shall be opened to you.". But we have to knock first before the gate of His Heart is opened to us as the Bishop explains in Don't pass by without knocking! .
The Sanity of Sanctity
In this issue Sharon Droleskey, Tom's better half, takes time from her motherly duties of bringing up their little one Lucy Mary Norma, to share with readers a hunger that dwells within every faithful Catholic. She entreats all not to sit still and let them ravage our Traditions, not to let them diminish the Faith. And yet she encourages all to bear patiently for therein is the grace to carry our cross. She shares a few personal experiences she had which only those who understand what is more important than life itself will truly comprehend in her simple question: Who wants to be a Saint?
Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
In this issue we continue with our catechesis series from My Catholic Faith. We treat the Last Sacraments which include Confession, Holy Viaticum and Extreme Unction. Sadly, to many those terms are foreign for so much has been diluted of the divine sacraments established by Our Lord to sustain His Mystical Body. There are two kinds of death - a good death and a bad death. We never, ever want the latter as is explained in the 281st installment: The Last Sacraments .
Echoes of True Catholicism
Dr. Marian Therese Horvat completes the third of her three-part essay on the Rapture. After pointing out what is behind the corporate enterprise that is spreading this heresy through the phenomenology of the "Left Behind" series, Marian showed the errors of those who misinterpret the meaning of the Reign of 1000 years, the Millenarian viewpoint that is flawed, and the fundamental misunderstanding of the Scriptures by those not rooted in Catholic thought. She expands in this issue on the Rapture's correlation in Sacred Scripture and what the Church has always taught about the End Times in Part Three of The Rapture Virus .
The Germs of G.I.R.M.
In this issue we bring you part sixty of Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey's well-received, thought-provoking series on G.I.R.M. warfare as he continues analyzing and commenting on the ambiguity and errors in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and the ICEL operatives who have contributed to promulgating this atrocity. He focuses on paragraphs 152 through 159 and how respect for the True Presence of the Blessed Sacrament has so been lost. He warns against the sacrileges which, in effect, can cause one to be excommunicated latae sententiae for abuses against the Divine. Tom comments in Self-communication can lead to self-excommunication!
The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart
We continue the excellent work by Father Joseph McDonnell, S.J.. Catholic Family News has given us permission to reprint following their publishing of it. It is a beautiful meditation and commentary that should encourage more devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as we continue with Part Sixteen and the Tenth Promise - "I Will Give to Priests the Power to Touch the Most Hardened Hearts." It is most fitting we present this on this joyous Traditional Feast of Saint Margaret Mary - "Apostle of Devotion to the Sacred Heart" and pray that the priests will be touched and practice the power to soften hearts so dormant because of the relaxation of doctrine. The Tenth Promise - part two
Both Atila's On the BattleLine! column and Mario Derksen's Traditional Insight series will return next week along with much, much more in the Second Week of Advent Issue - celebrating the Immaculate Conception.
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