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Echoes of True Catholicism
Yesterday Dr. Marian Horvat shared 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 showed the analogy for our time in all of this in her special Holy Week column The Seven Last Words.
Precious Gift of our Faith
On Holy Thursday we completed a beautiful catechetical apologetic series on the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar on the true meaning of the Holy Sacrifice. The 265th installment concluded 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 concentrated on the immeasurable benefits of worthily receiving Jesus, truly present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity as we presented Graces from the Holy Eucharist
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 explained in the first section of Part Fourteen of Chapter Four The Rite of Peace.
"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
Mary, the Sorrowful Mother and Tabernacle of Christ, is always there for each one of us just as she was for her Divine Son at the foot of the Cross. Her Rosary is our most powerful weapon. Click on the Rosary button to recite the full Rosary in either English or Latin especially during this Paschal Triduum.
GOOD FRIDAY and HOLY SATURDAY
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. For the first seven, see FIRST SEVEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS. Before each station we pray:
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)
7. Jesus falls for the Second Time After every station, pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
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
8. Jesus comforts the Women of Jerusalem
MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your great compassion for others overwhelms me. I
feel petty and selfish when I think of You and the way You love. Help me
to pour out my love, that You might fill me with Your Love.
9. Jesus falls for the Third Time
MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your failing strength makes me see how helpless I
am. Without You, I can do nothing. Help me to rely on Your strength, to
see how much I need You.
10. Jesus is stripped of His garments
MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, seeing You so cruelly humiliated makes me realize
how I cling to my accomplishments, my possessions, my way. Help me to let
go of those things in my life that prevent me from growing closer to You
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross
MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, I can never doubt Your great love for me when I
see You crucified. Help me to see Your cross as the great sign of Your
love for me.
12. Jesus dies on the Cross
MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your broken and lifeless body calls me to deeper
faith. You chose death, even death on the cross. Help me to see my
crosses as ways of loving You.
13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross
MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, seeing Your body taken from the cross reminds me
how fearful I am of letting go of my own life. I am frightened when I
think of being unimportant, useless, and helpless. Help me to place my
life in Your hands.
14: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
Lord Jesus, when I see the great stone sealing Your tomb, I
feel alone and abandoned. Even though You sometimes seem distant or absent
in my life, help me always to believe in Your closeness and loving presence.
The Consecration of the Cross and Meditation of the Seven Last Words. For the Meditation for Good Friday, see Meditation for Good Friday
"Lumen Christi" - The Light of Christ has shed His grace over the souls in Limbo as we await His glorious Resurrection. For the Meditation for Holy Saturday, see The Significance and Beauty of the Easter Vigil
Today begins the Nine Day Novena for Divine Mercy
PASSION AND DEATH OF OUR LORD AND THE TIME IN THE TOMB