IN TODAY'S ISSUE:|
"Feed My sheep"
With Mardi Gras celebrations so prevalent this coming weekend leading up to Shrove Tuesday, we wanted to share thoughts and mellow insights on matters of faith and morals; essential elements the hierarchy since Vatican II has failed to emphasize, and therein is a major problem in the immorality that has permeated society. Therefore we provide a pledge of chastity for both young women and for young men to help remind them their bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost in Pledges of Chastity.
FOCUS on Cover-up and Corruption: Sin can never be covered up!
Following up the above - to show the dangers if we do not take the Pledge of Chastity seriously - we share a story from ZENIT in our FOCUS section that comes out of Boston concerning the problems haunting Bernard Cardinal Law which ties in with the monster the post-conciliar church has created. Because Vatican II officials let down their guard, because they were not staunch guardians of virtue, they allowed unfavorable elements to slip through the cracks and gain access to souls in compromised seminaries, liberal parishes and infested chanceries. Should we be surprised that what is happening in Boston is merely the tip of the iceberg? It all comes down to stressing holiness, not administration or fund-raising talents in the caliber of what a priest should be. Temptations abound all around. It is those who strive for sanctity who will avoid the snares and when they see others, correct them in all Christian love. We can see the alternative does not work in Child Sexual Abuse: The Church´s Days of Reckoning.
Pro Life Prescriptions
Today Dr. Frank Joseph cites how the 'talking heads' of cable TV are taking the pro-aborts to task on the definition of a child in the womb. They insist on calling it a 'fetus' but media movers and shakers like Chris Matthews, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity are taking the ball tossed by the Bush administration on recognizing legally the Unborn child in the womb as having rights and applying a full court press on the leaders of NOW, Planned Barrenhood and that ilk. The latter are fumbling argument after argument with a cheshire grin so transparent even Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum know their days are numbered as Dr. Joseph points out in his column Have the pro-aborts been Bush-whacked?
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen continues in this issue on his treatise on the very topic so greatly twisted and misunderstood today: Tolerance! He shows the between 'love' and 'like' and who, indeed, our neighbor really is. One we must do, the other is not necessary in order to love with a divine love as he points out in It's likely we won't like everyone, but we must love them!
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:|
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 second part of his excellent article A Brief Defense of Traditionalism.
Symphony of Suffering
Tuesday Cyndi Cain pleaded directly to John Paul II in lovingly expressing her very grave concerns about the direction he is taking the Church. It is a loving, but candid plea to the Pope to realize the great scandal he is causing by his determination to stress ecumenism at the cost of eroding the True Faith. She shared her letter with the readers in Yet another Open Letter to the Holy Father.
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In the fifth episode of Chapter Six in Part II - "The Smoldering" Pat learns of the Legion's main target - the Church of Rome and how they were successful in penetrating the inner sanctum with so many diversions that even the most devout didn't have a clue. Such is the cunning and power of the unearthly Legion of the Basilisk.
Council of Florence
Though it was called the Council of Florence, it began in Basel (or Basle), Switzerland, called by Pope Martin V. But Martin V did not live to open it. Instead his successor Blessed Pope Eugene IV opened it and met open resistance from many of the bishops. Therefore he dissolved the Council, moving to Ferrara, Italy in 1438 because of the schismatic bishops who elected the antipope Felix V. In 1439 the bubonic plague forced the entire Council to move again, this time to Florence where it was closed eight years later in 1447 by the Eugene IV. Though the Greek Church agreed to accept Filioque, it was shortlived for the infidels conquered Constantinople six years after the Council closed and, demoralized, the Eastern Church stuck to their stubborn agenda. The most stunning aspect of this Council was that Papal Authority triumphed over conciliar authority. Pope Eugene IV, backed by the Council proclaimed infallible the dogma of no salvation for anyone outside the Church in his noted Papal Bull Cantate Domino. For the full documents (Twelve sections) of the seventeenth Ecumenical Council see COUNCIL OF FLORENCE
In Monday's issue editor Michael Cain began a series on the analogy of the Mystical Body of Christ with the sorrowful mysteries. He focused on the first sorrowful mystery - the Agony in the Garden - and how it correlates with the time from the Protestant Reformation up to Vatican II. He illustrated how Christ saw all the evil and subterfuge while weeping at Olivet, but His humanity and resolve to love us unconditionally even to giving His Own life was buoyed by the goodness and fruits His lambs produced during this 400+ year interval as Cain pointed out in part one of the Sorrowful Mysteries: Silence of the lambs
Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
In Monday's issue Atila Sinke Guimarães completed his multi-part series on The Ideal of the Universal Republic Blessed by the Conciliar Pontiffs first carried in Catholic Family News on the alarming trend of the post-conciliar pontiffs to cater to the idea of a Universal Republic. Atila illustrates how incredibly John Paul II has perpetuated all that his conciliar predecessors called for and more in advancing the Masonic ideal by applauding and empowering the UN in many ways that directly contradict what previous Sovereign Pontiffs condemned. Atila pointed this out in part four John Paul II's part in this Agenda
"But in reality beneath these enticing words and blandishments [of ecumenism] lies hid a most grave error, by which the foundations of the Catholic faith are completely destroyed."
Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos #4.
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
Today in Church History
Election of Pope Pius XI
80 years ago today Cardinal Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti had to resign his post as Archbishop of Milan for he had been chosen by his fellow College of Cardinals as the 259th successor of Peter. He took the name Pope Pius XI and besides signing the Lateran Treaty with Benito Mussolini in 1929 which essentially made Vatican City State a sovereign nation, he canonized Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and Saint Bernadette as well as proclaiming Saint John of the Cross, Saint Albert the Great, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and Saint Peter Canisius Doctors of the Church. His pontificate lasted seventeen years bridging two wars. One of the lasting documents he passed down was Mortalium Animos which firmly condemned ecumenism.
CATHOLIC CHUCKLESBrotherly love
Two siblings were fighting over the last piece of pizza. Each wanted the one remaining slice of pepperoni. Their animated arguing brought their parents into the fray. They saw it as an excellent opportunity to share a spiritual lesson with their sons.
The mother said, "Now, boys, if Jesus was sitting at this table, He would say, 'Let my brother have the last piece of pizza.' "
The two brothers looked at each other and the older one smiled at his younger brother, "Okay, you be Jesus."
Prayer Before the Crucifix
Look down upon me, O good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment; the while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee, my good Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."
Indulgence of ten years; a plenary indulgence if recited after devout reception of Holy Communion, Raccolta 201)
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Liturgy of the Saints|
MONDAY, February 4:
Traditional Feast of Saint Andrew Corsini, Bishop who died in 1373. Historical feast of Saint Veronica of the Veil, the holy woman who dried the face of Jesus
TUESDAY, February 5:
Feast of Saint Agatha, Virgin who was martyred in 251. Patroness of Nurses.
WEDNESDAY, February 6:
Traditional Feast of Saint Titus, Bishop who died in 96 and Saint Dorothy, Virgin who was martyred in 311 under Diocletian. She is Patroness of Florists. In the new it is the feast of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs in 1597.
THURSDAY, February 7:
Traditional Feast of Saint Romuald, Abbot who died in 1027. Historical feast of Saint Richard of Lucca, King and Father of Saints Wallburga, Willibald and Winibald
FRIDAY, February 8:
Traditional Feast of Saint John of Matha, Priest who died in 1213. In the new liturgy it is the feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest and Religious Founder who died in 1537. He is considered the Patron of Orphans and Abandoned Children.
SATURDAY, February 9:
Traditional Feasts of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 444 and Saint Apollonia, Virgin who was martyred in 249. She is considered the Patron Saint of Dentists. Historical feast of Saint Nicephorus, who was martyred in 260.
SUNDAY, February 10:
Traditionally Quinquagesima Sunday; the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time in the new. Also the Feast of Saint Scholastica, Virgin and Religious Foundress. This twin of Saint Benedict died in 543. She is considered the Patroness of Convulsive Children. For reflections on Quinquagesima Sunday, see Fr. Cusick's reflections