IN TODAY'S ISSUE:|
"Feed My sheep"
In today's issue it's time to give equal time to young men in the same manner young women were addressed young in Letter to Alison a few weeks ago. In the same vein we impart the same sage wisdom in entreating all young Catholic men to preserve their virtue and chastity. Be proud to be a virgin for God is proud of them, and, basically, that's all that counts as is explained in a caring, common sense letter to young men: Be Emulators of Saint Joseph
Pro Life Prescriptions
Today Dr. Frank Joseph takes Secretary of State Colin Powell to task for his irresponsible remarks to impressionable youth in response to a question from a young Catholic woman on MTV last week when he blatantly promoted promiscuity by advocating condoms as a way of stopping disease instead of the proven method for both body and soul - abstinence. He, and those who believe this false pied piper, failed to realize Our Lord's resounding warning "fear not them that kill the body, and cannot kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell" Because the vast majority of today's society profess their gospel as the way of the flesh, countless souls are plunged into the abyss of relativism thinking they can have their condoms and salvation too. With friends like Powell, satan doesn't need any more help as Dr. Frank points out in his column Powell's Pugnacity for Promoting Promiscuity
Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
Chris Ferrara points out in today's issue the ridiculousness of the charges against Traditionalists who seek to uphold the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church and recognize the Pope as the successor of Peter, while the accusers ignore the aberrations and outright rebellion of a schismatic group in China. Thanks to Michael J. Matt of The Remnant we share Chris Ferrara's excellent syllogisms which first appeared in a recent edition of The Remnant as we present part two of his article A Tale of Two Schisms
For Lent Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen talks about suffering and the reasons why God allows it. He points that our threshold of pain increases as we are given the resolve to persist, but that pleasures wane the more they are abused, as he illustrates, "our souls were made to hold the ocean of perfection, so they quickly become weary when we settle only for a cupful of the ocean of life" Those who understand that and accept suffering in the context God allows will also find graces as the great prelate explains in God intended that all pain have its completion on earth.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:|
In Tuesday's issue we brought you an excellent article by Peter Miller, editor of www.Seattle Catholic.com on the Church Militant and our role in recognizing the intensive spiritual warfare our enemy is waging on all sides. He pointed out that if we follow the example of Christ and His saints, we will not flinch. He shared how we must be courageous in the face of tremendous odds against us. It isn't easy, the rewards in this world none, but the prize of a Heavenly victory serves to overshadow any temporal deficiencies we might have for we know we are on the winning side. Let's roll! Peter explained in True Soldiers in the Church Militant .
Tuesday we focused on part one of a two-part interview with the Church's chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth who did not mince words in describing the situation today in the Church, especially in the Vatican itself for he acknowledges that satan has indeed penetrated the hallowed halls and infected countless souls by his insidious campaign to corrupt Holy Mother Church. Though Fr. Amorth pointed out in a candid conversation first published in 30 Days last June that Christ has assured us"the gates of hell shall not prevail against it", the devil is trying and for Fr. Amorth and others conferred with the very grave responsibility of performing exorcism often times their own hands are being tied as you could see in a very candid and revealing interview conducted by Stefano Maria Paci in part one of The smoke of satan in the house of the Lord
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In episode one of Chapter Seven in Part II - "The Smoldering" - Swiss Guard Riage Benziger tends to the stricken Roman Pontiff stowed away in the ancient fortress of Castel Sant'Angelo overlooking the Tiber while Cardinal Macelli gathers the Vatican staff to announce the approximate time of arrival for the coffins and then bluntly declares the end of a long tradition in not sealing the Papal chambers after the death of a Pope. Much to Sister Bridie and Msgr Navarro's chagrin, they can see the deviousness at work and take steps to counter it.
First Vatican Council
Many consider the First Vatican Council as the longest ever because, in truth, it has never been closed. Convened by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1869 with 803 of the hierarchy present from the universal Church, it only had four sessions, all reaffirming the course of Trent. In the Fourth Session on July 18, 1870 the Council affirmed the dogma of infallibility of the Sovereign Pontiff. For the full, simple, concise documents of the twentieth Ecumenical Council, [only 21 printed pages], see FIRST VATICAN COUNCIL
Monday editor Michael Cain continued his series on the analogy of the Mystical Body of Christ with the sorrowful mysteries, focusing on the third sorrowful mystery - the Crowning of Thorns. He equated this ignominous humiliation of the Body of Christ with the establishment of the New Mass by Paul VI as a further humiliation of the Mystical Body, mocking the propitiatory sacrifice the Holy Mass was created for, boldly straying from the mandate of Trent and the holy Pontiff St. Pius V. For over thirty years the thorns have dug deep into the skull of the Mystical Body, weakening her resolve because of the repeated mocking of the King as the people gather around Him and celebrate themselves in buildings that have been morphed into more of resemblance of a Masonic temple than the House of God; because they have ignored Who truly is the King worthy of all respect and reverence; and because they focus on man, emphasizing humanistic social action and communitarianism as Cain explained in part four of the Sorrowful Mysteries: Introibo ad altare Dei; non ad altare hominis! I will go in unto the altar of God; not to the altar of man!
Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
In Monday's issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es offered several examples of how the post-conciliar church keeps kicking around progressive, experimental and outlandish ecumenical ideas, which are in no way Catholic, like a soccer ball despite the fact so many bishops - particularly Cardinal Bernard Law - continue to hang on by a thread - the thread of more liberal laws in the United States which, in truth, allow the abuses to continue regardless of media-spin assurances that measures are being taken to correct things. Atila gave a "Bird's Eye View" in his column Abuse on the loose!
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
The First Vatican Council
"If anyone says that it is possible that at some time, given the advancement of knowledge, a sense may be assigned to the dogmas propounded by the Church which is different from that which the Church has understood and understands, let him be anathema."
3rd Session, Chapter 4, P. 3, On faith and reason
Prayer for the Second Wednesday in Lent
Favorably regard Thy people, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and grant that they whom Thou commandest to abstain from carnal food, may also cease from hurtful vices. 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.
From the Collect for today's Holy Mass
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For the Stations of the Cross, see Way of the Cross
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Liturgy of the Saints|
MONDAY, February 25:
Holy Season of Lent. Historical feast of Saint Walburga, Abbess who died in 779 and Saint Tarasius, Bishop who died in 806.
TUESDAY, February 26:
Historical feast of Saint Alexander, Bishop of Alexandria who died in 326, and Saint Porphyrius, Bishop who died in 420.
WEDNESDAY, February 27:
Traditional Feast of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Cleric and Patron Saint of Clerics who died in 1862. Historical feast of Saint Leander, Bishop who died in 600.
THURSDAY, February 28:
Historical feasts of Saint Romanus, Abbot who died in 460 and Pope Saint Hilary, the 46th successor of Peter elected in 461 and died in 468.
FRIDAY, March 1:
Day of Abstinence. First Friday - Historical feasts of Saint Albinus, Bishop who died in 549, and Saint David, King of Wales who died in 601. He is the Patron Saint of Wales and of Newborns.
SATURDAY, March 2:
First Saturday - Historical feast of Blessed Charles the Good, Patron of Crusaders who was martyred in 1124 during the Crusades.
SUNDAY, March 3:
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT. In the new the feast of Saint Katherine Drexel, Virgin and Foundress from Philadelphia who died in 1955. Historical feast of Saint Cunegunda, Empress and Patroness of Lithuania who died in 1040. For reflections on the Third Sunday of Lent, see Fr. Cusick's reflections