WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:|
Tuesday 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 fourth and final part of his excellent article A Brief Defense of Traditionalism.
In Tuesday's issue we focused on the controversial buzz about a Vatican document released in November that just recently came to the attention of the public on "The Jewish People and the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Bible." John Vennari weighed in on its repercussions first published in the February issue of Catholic Family News and has given us permission to reprint his commentary. We have also acquired the document in Italian and have passed it on to Atila Guimar„es in order to truly know what is in this confusing document. We presented the condensed story with comments by Gary Morella within the New York Times article followed by John's commentary in Contradiction of Divine Revelation?
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In the eighth episode of Chapter Six in Part II - "The Smoldering" Fasif gives Pat his marching orders as he prepares the American reporter for what he will encounter when he rendezvous in Rome with Fasif's niece Karel Shenneker in staving off the next suspected assault by the nefarious Legion of the Basilisk.
Council of Trent
The greatest and longest of all the major ecumenical councils was convened by Pope Paul III on December 13, 1545 in the mouintain village of Trent in northern Italy. There were 25 major sessions that spanned eighteen years under five popes - Pope Julius III, Marcellus II, Paul IV and Pope Pius IV who closed the last session on December 4, 1563 with Pius IV issuing a Papal Bull on February 7, 1564 confirming all that was declared at Trent. Pope Saint Pius V completed the commission of Trent, reforming the Roman Missal with his De Defectibus and Quo Primum. The Council issued the most dogmatic and reformatory decrees ever, specifically on the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacraments plus reinstating traditions always held 'Catholic.' Trent was the ideal Counter-Reformation to the Protestant Reformation where Protestantism was condemned as anathema along with Martin Luther and other reformers who had bolted the Church. Moral discipline was emphasized and reinforced in order that Holy Mother Church regain the respect and authority intended for the Church Christ founded and passed down through His infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church, preserving the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church in the Sacred Deposit of the Faith. For an overview to the full documents of the nineteenth Ecumenical Council see COUNCIL OF TRENT
On Monday editor Michael Cain continued his series on the analogy of the Mystical Body of Christ with the sorrowful mysteries, staying with the second sorrowful mystery - the Scourging at the Pillar as he illustrated offenses that occurred just the past few weeks which clearly show the Mystical Body of Christ being thrashed unmercifully by those within the Church who would scandalize for the sake of political correctness or some other humanistic reason. In doing so they scandalize and contribute to the endless scourging as he powerfully explained in part three of the series on the Sorrowful Mysteries: The longer the scourging continues, the greater the consequences!
Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
In Monday's issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es recalled an article he wrote a few years ago in which he expressed fears that the Vatican was caving to the liberal ideas of men like Cardinal Martini, Cardinal KŲnig and Archbishop John Quinn. In light of Martini's announced retirement on turning 75 last week, Atila revisited this issue about the possibility of another Council to further the progressivists' agenda. Even with the retirement of older cardinals, the possibility still remains very plausible considering the ecumenical advancements made by this regime as Atila explained in his column A New Council, an Old Yearning
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
"If anyone denies that the Body and Blood, together with the Soul and Divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained in the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, but says that Christ is present in the sacrament only as a symbol or figure, or by His power: let him be condemned."
The Council of Trent
"If anyone says that in the Mass a true and real sacrifice is not offered to God, or that the act of offering is nothing else than Christ being given to us to eat, let him be anathema." The Council of Trent
Prayer over the Faithful for Ember Wednesday in Lent
Let us pray. Bow down your heads before God. Enlight our minds, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with the light of Thy brightness: that we may be able to see what we ought to do, and have strength to do what is right. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, One God world without end. Amen.
For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
For the Stations of the Cross, see Way of the Cross
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Liturgy of the Saints|
MONDAY, February 18:
Traditional Feast of Saint Simeon, Bishop and Patriarch of Jerusalem and first cousin of Christ. He was martyred in 112. Traditional Feast of Saint Bernardette Soubirous, Virgin and Visionary of Lourdes who died in 1879. Her body is still incorrupt. Historical feast of Saint Flavian, Bishop who was martyred in 449
TUESDAY, February 19:
Historical feast of Saint Gabinus, who died in 296. He was the brother of Pope Saint Caius, and nephew of the evil emperor Diocletian. Also the Historical feast of Saint Conrad of Piacenza, Hermit who died in 1351. He is the saint the faithful invoke for the cure from hernias.
WEDNESDAY, February 20:
Ember Wednesday in Lent - Day of Fast and Partial Abstinence. Historical feast of Saint Eucherius, Bishop who died in 743 and Saint Amata, Religious who died in 1250. She was the niece of Saint Clare of Assisi.
THURSDAY, February 21:
In the new liturgy the feast of Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 1072. Also the historical feast of Saint Peter Mavimenus who died in 743.
FRIDAY, February 22:
Ember Friday - Day of Fast and Abstinence. Feast of The Chair of Saint Peter
SATURDAY, February 23:
Ember Saturday - Day of Fast and Partial Abstinence. Traditional Feast of Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 1072. In the new it is the feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop who was martyred in 166. He is the saint the faithful ask intercession for when they have earaches.
SUNDAY, February 24:
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT. Traditional Feast of Saint Matthias, the Apostle who replaced judas iscariot and was martyred in 65 A.D. Also historical feast of Saint Ethelbert, king of Kent who died in 616. For reflections on the Second Sunday of Lent, see Fr. Cusick's reflections