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"Feed My sheep"
In Wednesday's issue we addressed something almost everyone encounters in church and that is quirks and behavior that are not always in harmony with being considerate Catholics. In a serious, yet humorous way, we shared some perspectives and observations in Ecclesial Etiquette.
Pro Life Prescriptions
Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph equated the blackballing of the Senate Judiciary Committee against Judge Charles Pickering in the same light as Jesus before Caiphas and the Sanhedrin where a small band of pompous deciders rule biasly against innocent men. Dr. Frank pointed out that most on this modern Sanhedrin court consist of Democrats - today's pharisees who on the outside might try to appear righteous but inwardly are rotting sepulchres. No Catholic can be associated with this kind of hypocrisy and still consider themselves Catholic as he explained in his column The Sanhedrin of Sin!
"Father, forgive them for they know not what they do"
The Boston Archdiocese's official publication The Pilot opened a whole new can of worms with their challenging of the celibacy rule in trying to protect their beleagured prelate Cardinal Law and the coffers these modern bishops so treasure. In presenting the editorial from the editor of The Pilot we accompanied it with sound comments by Gary Morella that put into perspective the progressive program Boston and many other dioceses are trying to ramrod through in totally Protestantizing the Roman Catholic Church. Though satan is trying, he will not prevail as Gary explained in Those reeling from the scandals are putting a false face on the reasons.
In Wednesday's issue Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen shared the wisdom of Saint Thomas Aquinas, misunderstood as a 'dumb ox' who became one of the brightest lights to ever live and provide a most excellent example of the Fruits of Celibacy as he explained in The "Dumb Ox" and the Fruits of Celibacy.
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
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
Meditation for Today
The fruit of the vine becomes the fruits of Redemption, made possible by Christ's death, a death which totally made it possible for every one of God's children to be redeemed. The only difference between the Sacrifice of the Cross and the Sacrifice of the Mass is that on the former Jesus physically shed His Blood, while in the latter there is no physical shedding of blood nor physical death because Christ has already been immolated once. By His death He gained for us the merit and, through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, applies to us that merit and reward of His Bloody Death through the unbloody oblation of His Body and Blood during Mass. It is very similar to what one would see on video tape. What was taped happened at the moment it was being filmed. When it is being played over and over, no matter how many times, it is a re-enactment of the event. Though it cannot happen again, we are reliving it as though it were. So also the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Jesus continues to offer Himself as a Sacrifice in order to unite us with Him, to give us a gift worthy to be offered to God (cf. Mal 1:11), "a clean oblation" and allow us the opportunity to share in the merits of His eternal sacrifice on the Cross. The fruits of attending Mass worthily and in the state of grace are that He not only answers our heartfelt prayers, but we gain even more of the merits of Christ for our souls as well as gaining temporal blessings. For the Meditation for Holy Thursday in Holy Week, see Why the HOLY EUCHARIST is the BLESSED Sacrament!
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.
7. Jesus falls for the Second Time
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, failure and disappointment sometimes lead me to
despair. I hide behind my pride and self-pity, withdrawing from You and
others. Give me the hope I need and help me never to be afraid to begin
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
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.
For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections |
For Stations of the Cross, see WAY OF THE CROSS
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