WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED OVER THE PAST WEEK:|
Echoes of True Catholicism
Thursday Dr. Marian Horvat pointed out the vast graveyard of vocations in the post-conciliar church. Last week an article was circulated that showed statistics for 173 dioceses in the U.S. taken a few years back that indicated the ratio of priests to Catholics. The best was in Fargo, North Dakota where there were 2,025 Catholics for every priest and seminarians (which in reality is devastating) to the worst in Hartford, Connecticut where there was a shocking one priest or seminarian for every 371,479 Catholics. Dr. Horvat explained how this terrible decline has extended to both men and women religious in her column The Crisis in Vocations: The Bitter Harvest of Vatican II
Precious Gift of our Faith
In Thursday's issue we continued a beautiful catechetical apologetic series taken from The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church on the true meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The 259th installment continued an enthralling, truly inspiring and enlightening understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass like you never realized before. After you read this, you will clamor for the return of the Mass of All Ages for only in the Tridentine Rite is its fullness realized. You will see the Mass as it was always intended and why the Council of Trent in their infallible wisdom settled on this most perfect propitiatory sacrifice to uniquely and purposely represent every aspect of Christ as we presented part two of The Perfect Plan of the Mass
The Great Sacrilege
Father James F. Wathen, O.S.J. has granted permission to publish his entire work which was first published by Tan Books in 1972, and which we urge you to read for everything he wrote back then is backed by the solid depositum fidei - the Sacred Deposit of the Faith and still holds true. It takes up where the Ottaviani Intervention left off as you saw in yesterday's issue when Father gets down to the serious violations perpetrated on the faithful, explaining in Part Eight of Chapter Four - "Haec Quotiescumque..."
"Feed My sheep"
In Ash Wednesday's issue we shared a letter written a few years ago to a younger cousin Alison who was graduating from high school. We dare say many of her age would appreciate receiving such a great, loving present than her older cousin's sage advice which puts 'saving oneself for marriage' so beautifully that this letter should be shared with every teen for everything written is absolute, true and the way every Catholic single must live in order to reap the blessings God gives so abundantly as you can see in A Letter to Alison
Pro Life Prescriptions
In Wednesday's issue Dr. Frank Joseph lauded a priest who, unlike the bishops, is not only afraid to get down in the trenches of praying in front of abortuaries, but sacrificing himself for the cause. Dr. Joseph pointed out that Father Norman Weslin, founder of the Lambs of Christ in New York offered himself as a sacrificial victim in order to bring to the attention of all the plight of the unborn as pointed out in Dr. Frank's column A Lamb who is not afraid
Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
The fallout of the compromise by the Priestly Union of Saint Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney in Campos, Brazil has had repercussions. The latest lament comes from their most staunch ally, Dr. David Allen White, PhD, author of the definitive book The Mouth of the Lion on the glorious triumphs of this Traditionalist priestly fraternity established by Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer. Thanks to Michael J. Matt of The Remnant we shared White's letter in the Ash Wednesday issue which first appeared in the January 31st edition of The Remnant. An Open Letter to the Priests of Campos
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen continued in our Ash Wednesday issue on his treatise on the very topic so greatly twisted and misunderstood today: Tolerance! He delineates between loving yourself and not loving about yourself, showing how we do so when we see in us and others the image and likeness of God, but when we do not love those qualities it usually means we see the ruination of that very image. Just another way of saying Love the sinner, hate the sin!
In Tuesday's issue we continued a special series on what Traditionalism truly is - Roman Catholicism. Peter Miller, editor of the www.Seattle Catholic.com, shares a simple, concise response to 'conservatives' who see their beloved Church collapsing everywhere but continue to keep their heads in the sand, refusing to see the obvious. Peter shows the distinctions between 'traditionalist' and 'conservative' and clears up misconceptions that hopefully will better alert neo-Catholics to the true path they need to follow and to dispell the many myths about Traditionalism as we presented the third part of his excellent article A Brief Defense of Traditionalism.
The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart
On Tuesday we continued with the excellent work by Father Joseph McDonnell, S.J. first written during the Pontificate of Pope Saint Pius X and which, now out of print, 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 with Part Nine - Meditation on the Fifth Promise.
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In the seventh episode of Chapter Six in Part II - "The Smoldering" Pat is shocked how deeply Satan and his disciples in the Legion of the Basilisk have infiltrated the Church as Fasif and Niki relate a horror story no one could have imagined. But there is an Achilles heel that might be the lynchpin for nailing the enemy, but that same fault is regarded by the Legion as their strongest asset. Something has to give. Who will blink first?
Fifth Lateran Council
Despite Blessed Pope Eugene IV's Papal Bull Cantate Domino that no one could be saved unless he remain in unity with the Catholic Church, problems abounded less than a century later. Thus Pope Julius II trying to recoup the scandals caused by previous pontiffs, specifically the Borgia Pope - Alexander VI, called the 18th Ecumenical Council, returning to the Lateran for the Fifth there in 1512. When Julius died, his successor Pope Leo X carried on the Council. No doctrine was proclaimed with all decrees primarily disciplinary in trying to stem the tide of Martin Luther and others who were outwardly rebelling against the Church. Though the idea of a Crusade against the Turks was brought up, the problems with the growing Protestant Reformation occupied the agenda. The Council reaffirmed the superiority of the Pope over conciliar powers. For the full documents of the seventeenth Ecumenical Council see FIFTH LATERAN COUNCIL
In Monday's issue editor Michael Cain continued his series on the analogy of the Mystical Body of Christ with the sorrowful mysteries. He focused on the second sorrowful mystery - the Scourging at the Pillar - and how it correlates with the Second Vatican Council where the lashes of progressive reform and compromise were snapped with a fury, every year stinging deeper as more scourgers have gathered around the Pillar and proceeded to further decimate the Mystical Body unmercifully with the whips of worldliness. Though they have tried to excuse and extemporize the flagellation as nothing more than a few flesh wounds, it truly has gone much deeper as the precious Blood sorrowfully and scandalously has blanketed the secular stone floor of every ism and vice possible as Cain explained in part two of the Sorrowful Mysteries: The kind of rot that smells to high Heaven!
Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
Monday Atila Sinke Guimar„es pointed out how America has been mesmerized and anesthetized by the platitudes of Islamism where in truth the terrorists of September 11th were only following the Koran. Yet another false religion is given credence by those who know better. He also asked what was a Roman Catholic cardinal doing pitching a German airlines in ads and have you seen the new euro coin distributed at the Vatican? John Paul II's image is on it and he's looking to the left. There's nothing funny in that, though he is endorsing being caricatured for a cartoon series. Atila wondered what is next in his column Weeds in the 'garden'
"The world has heard enough of the so-called 'rights of man.' Let it hear something of the rights of God."
Pope Leo XIII
Encyclical Tametsi, #13, November 1, 1900
Today in Church History
Election of Two Popes who left their mark on Church History |
On February 15th two Popes were elected, one 857 years ago in 1145 when Blessed Pope Eugene III became the 167th successor of Peter and was remembered for dispatching a Crusade and completing the College of Cardinals during his 8-year papacy in which he also successfully closed the Council of Florence which began at Basle in Switzerland. He also began construction of the Papal Palace at the Vatican. He passed on to his Heavenly reward on July 8, 1153. Also on this date in 1775 the Sacred Conclave chose 227 years ago,as the 250th in the line of Peter, Pope Pius VI whose 24 year pontificate was frought with contending with the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte, which led to being arrested and humiliated by the little general. The Pope was force to pay the French despot tremendous sums from the Church coffers as well as surrender priceless works of art. It marked the first penetration of the Holy See by those who championed the cause of "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity."
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
Prayer for Any Necessity
Show us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, in Thy clemency, Thine unspeakable mercy, that Thou mayest both cleanse us from all our sins, and deliver us from the punishments which they have deserved. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Taken for the Collect for the Holy Mass for Any Necessity
Fridays are the day for the Stations of the Cross, see Way of the Cross
For past prayers posted thus far, see Prayers and Devotions
The Rosary of Mary is our most powerful weapon. Click on the Rosary button to recite the full Rosary in either English or Latin.
Liturgy of the Saints|
MONDAY, February 11:
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
TUESDAY, February 12:
Shrove Tuesday: Traditional Feast of the Seven Founders of the Order of Servites. Historical feast of Saint Saturnius and Companions who were martyred in 303 under the evil Diocletian
WEDNESDAY, February 13:
ASH WEDNESDAY: Day of Fast and Abstinence. Historical Feast of Saint Polyeucte, Roman officer who died in 259 and Saint Catherine de Ricci, Virgin, visionary and Florentine Dominican nun who died in 1589.
THURSDAY, February 14:
Traditional Feast of Saint Valentine, Priest who was martyred in 269. He is Patron Saint of Lovers. Historical feast of Saint John Camillo, bishop who died in 600. In the new liturgy the feast of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, Bishop. They are considered the patron saints of Eastern Europe.
FRIDAY, February 15:
Day of Abstinence. Traditional Feast of Saint Faustinus and Saint Jovita, both martyred in 121. In the new the feast of Saint Claude de la Colombiere, Priest and spiritual director to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. He died in 1682.
SATURDAY, February 16:
Historical Feasts of Saint Onesimus, Bishop who was martyred in 95 A.D. and Saint Juliana who was martyred by Diocletian in 305.
SUNDAY, February 17:
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT For reflections on the First Sunday of Lent, see Fr. Cusick's reflections