Echoes of True Catholicism
On Maundy Thursday Dr. Marian Horvat will share a beautiful, inspirational and very thought-provoking essay on the seven last words pronounced from the Cross by our Lord and Savior and how, through her full co-redemptrix role His Blessed Mother ruled the demons, commanding them to stay and watch the victory of her Divine Son over death - giving them a taste of their final demise as well. Marian will show the analogy for our time in all of this in her special Holy Week column The Seven Last Words. For Dr. Marian's column last week, see 'Be Sober and Watch: Vigilance in Symbols
Precious Gift of our Faith
On Holy Thursday we will complete a beautiful catechetical apologetic series on the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar on the true meaning of the Holy Sacrifice. The 265th installment concludes an enthralling, truly inspiring and enlightening understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass gleaned from My Catholic Faith and presented as it was taught for centuries. We concentrate on the immeasurable benefits of worthily receiving Jesus, truly present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity as we present Graces from the Holy Eucharist For last week's 264th installment, see Dispostions of Holy Communion.
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'll see in Thursday's issue when Father addresses the whole facade behind the over-exaggerated Rite of Peace that has become an excuse to elevate the social instead of the Immolated Lamb as Father will explain in the first section of Part Fourteen of Chapter Four The Rite of Peace. For part thirteen, see The Purpose of Archaism.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:|
In Tuesday's issue we focused on an excellent essay by Ervan Park, courtesy of Peter Miller, editor of www.Seattle Catholic.com, in an on-going series he is writing in "The Fruit Inspector Chronicles." Tuesday we brought you Park's take on one of the bad fruits of Vatican II - the documents and probably the worst one is Sacrosanctum Concilium which left it wide open for "time bombs" to be exploded everywhere in further evidence of the desire to destroy. Park pointed this out in his article we've titled Time Bombs in the Liturgy.
Tuesday we continued focusing on a most recent, revealing article by Mark Fellows on the origins of the novelties of interreligious dialogue and how it contradicts what the Church had always taught. This article first ran in Catholic Family News, and we have received permission from editor John Vennari to reprint it here as we presented Mark Fellows' second part "Interreligious Utopianism?" from his article Man With A Mission.
The Sanity of Sanctity
All the negative publicity and perversion coming to light today is just more evidence of the fallout of the "bad fruits" over the past 40 years whereby "grave scandal is caused", as the Holy Father affirmed in his Letter to the Priests for Holy Thursday, "with the result that a dark shadow of suspicion is cast over all the other fine priests who perform their ministry with honesty and integrity and often with heroic self-sacrifice." One of those "fine priests" is Father Richard Perozich, pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in San Diego and leader of the Diocese's "Courage" & "Encourage" groups. He wrote an honest essay on the Clergy and Sexuality for his parish bulletin and, as balance against all the priest-bashing going on both in the Church and in the secular sector today, we shared his article A Simple Plea to Pray for Priests.
White Smoke, Black Fire!
In episode five of Chapter Seven in Part II - "The Smoldering" - The Legion of the Basilisk has tasted blood once again. Now it is time to go after greater prey, none other than Fasif himself as Fr. Niki Andriopoulos arrives too late, watching in horror the devastation of Fasif's palatial estate and finding the dying Elias, he can do nothing but bless him and flee the holocaust with guerillas hot in pursuit.
We continued with pertinent Papal Decrees. The third was from the time of the Protestant Reformation by Pope Leo X, elevated to the throne of Peter on this day 489 years ago. Seven years into his pontificate, as the revolt grew, he issued on June 20, 1520 his strong Papal Bull condemning the errors of the rebelling Augustinian monk Martin Luther and his followers. For this Papal Bull condemning Protestantism and Martin Luther's errors, see Exsurge Domine
Monday editor Michael Cain completed his series on the analogy of the Mystical Body of Christ with the sorrowful mysteries. The Jews cried out 'Crucify Him! Crucify Him!' Alas, in these times the world and post-conciliar church do it all over again as they seek to justify the Jews' rationalization, allow worldy error and satanic filth to seep into and saturate homes, parishes and chanceries, thus defiling so many souls as Our Lady foretold at LaSalette. So many seem oblivious to Christ's words in Matthew 18: 7, "Wo to that man by whom the scandal cometh." The Mystical Body of Christ thirsts for truths in saving souls and is given the vinegar of ecumenism and humanism as he explained in his commentary Today's shepherds do know what they do!.
On the BattleLine
In Monday's issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es weighed in on his perspective of the problems with returning the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan to the Russian "Orthodox" Church. He also equated the situation of the Campos compromise of the Fraternity of Saint Jean Marie Vianney with modern Rome as akin to the fox and the chicken making temporary peace. No matter how well-intentioned the chicken may think the fox may be, the latter is just waiting until his hunger moves him to change his mind and then dinner will be more readily available. So also the Campos contingent who could get fried by the concordat as Atila pointed out in his column A slap in the two-faces of Modern Rome
Wednesday in Holy Week
LITURGY OF SAINTS FOR HOLY WEEK
WEDNESDAY, March 27:
Wednesday in Holy Week. Traditional Feast of Saint John Damascene, Doctor of the Church who died in 749. Historical feast of Saint Rupert of Salzburg, Bishop who died in 720.
HOLY THURSDAY, March 28:
Traditional Feast of Saint John of Capistrano, Priest and Doctor of the Church who died in 1456. He is Patron Saint of Jurists. Historical feast of Saint Guntramnus, King who died in 592. He is Patron Saint of repentant murderers and those suffering a divorce.
GOOD FRIDAY, March 29:
Solemn Day of Fast and Abstinence. Historical feasts of Saint Joseph of Arimathea, Patron of Funeral Directors, and Saint Gladys, Mother of Saint Cadoc.
HOLY SATURDAY, March 30:
Easter Vigil. Historical feasts of Saint Quironus of Neus who was martyred in 117 and Saint John Climacus, Abbot who died in 605.
For reflections on Holy Week, see Fr. Cusick's reflections
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions. This week we bring you one station a day to meditate on with the last seven being brought to you on Good Friday.
6. Veronica wipes the Holy Face of Jesus
We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast
redeemed the world. (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)
MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, at times I am afraid to reach out to others. I do
nothing when I should act; I say nothing when I should speak out. Give me
a deeper and more courageous faith. Help me to trust that You are with me.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Meditation for Today
Today's meditation continues with Judas Iscariot and how, despite all His Master had taught, despite the love He showed to His disciple, the traitorous one gave it all up for the instant gratification of thirty pieces of silver. When we give in to the world's ways, when we blame everyone but ourselves we are contributing to the purse that betrayed Christ. We make ourselves no better than the Iscariot. Let us not be the ones whom like Judas said "Surely it is not I, Rabbi" and then hear the fateful words of Jesus confirming our worst fear: "It is you who have said it" (Matthew 26: 25). For the Meditation for Wednesday in Holy Week, see What price is it worth to jeopardize Eternal Life?
Today in Church History
Vespers for the Verdi Pope
Today is the 717th commemoration of the death of French-born Pope Martin IV in 1285. He was the 189th successor of Peter, noted for the uprising of the Sicilian Vespers outbreak during his regime which prompted Giuseppe Verdi to compose an opera about the event. He was elected on February 22, 1281. During his four year pontificate he strove to unite in the bonds of charity the kings and lords of the time.