Due to unforeseen circumstances with a glitch that has frozen several of our files and won't allow us to defrag or scan disk, these and other time-consuming necessities impel The DAILY CATHOLIC be down during the week of May 13-19 for maintenance. God has a reason and the best one we can think of is that this is a time of preparation for Pentecost Sunday. As such we ask you to pray and to observe the Novena to the Holy Ghost that in these dire times the Sanctifier will move us all in the direction Our Lord so desires for His Mystical Body and alert us all to and protect us all from the wiles and snares of the devil who "goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he might devour." Hopefully we will get things fixed and return on Monday, May 20th with our regular rotation of issues. You will not miss any articles or columns, they will just be delayed a week. This will also give you the opportunity to catch up on any material you might have missed this past week and if you would like to check the Archives for previous articles, columns and series just go to Ports o' Call 2002. Thank you for your patience and understanding. May you have a blessed and grace-filled fruitful Pentecost.
Michael Cain, Editor
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST
Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
With this prayer say 7 Our Fathers, 7 Hail Mary's and 7 Glory Be's daily from the Friday after Ascension Thursday to Pentecost Sunday
The Rosary of Mary is our most powerful weapon. See Holy Rosary to recite the full Rosary in either English or Latin.
For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
PREPARATION FOR PENTECOST
"Pray without ceasing. In all things give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all. Extinguish not the Spirit. Despise not prophecies. But prove all things: hold that which is good. From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves. And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you in all things; that your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Thessalonians 5: 17
REVIEW OF LAST WEEK'S ISSUES:
85th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima's first apparition.
On Friday Mario Derksen continued his series on the The Humanism of John Paul II with his 6th installment in which he provided the second part of his rebuttal to the arguments advanced by a FSSP priest who praised the Pope's Assisi fiasco. The Mass of All Ages that sustained and nourished saints and sinners for two millennia has been suppressed in favor of different confessions praying in their own traditions to false gods in direct violation of the First Commandment: "I am the Lord Thy God, thou shalt not have strange gods before Me!" as Mario explained in part six in his column Assisi Revisited: Responding to a Defense (II)
Christ or chaos
In this past weekend's issue Dr. Thomas Droleskey continued his popular series on G.I.R.M. Warfare when he analyzed paragraph 95 and then 96 which is actually redundant and just as ambiguous as 95 in intimidating the faithful into believing the claptrap of community solidarity. If someone would dare to focus on Christ at Mass, the sole purpose for being there, the Stalinist liturgists could accuse them of divisiveness as Tom pointed out in his 46th installment, Rigid Ridiculousnes.
The Fatima FILE
In Friday's issue we continued a chronological account of the cover-up by Modern Rome as documented by Father Paul Kramer and brought to you through the good graces and permission of John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News. We presented the time frame from 1984 through 1990 in part three of Chronology of a Cover-Up
Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
In Thursday's issue we took a break from our catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance to honor the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven. This glorious feast celebrates Christ's last appearance on earth, the time of His humanity had ended as He was reunited with the Father fulfilling His saving grace for us by the mysteries of the Passion and Resurrection united with that of the Ascension. Ten days later His promise of leaving His Spirit would be fulfilled on Pentecost Sunday as an assurance of His promise to be with His Church for all time as you could see in The Ascension.
Echoes of True Catholicism
Thursday Dr. Marian Therese Horvat returned with her regular weekly column after giving up her slot the past three weeks to bring you the blockbuster review of the heretical Jewish Document released by the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Dr. Horvat shared powerful advice pointing out that while the Heavenly Father has given us excellent advice in the Ten Commandments, seeing that those laws are kept is part of the duties of a parent. Too often too many are concerned about what other people might think, while not ever considering what God thinks. Big mistake! as she explained in her column A Father's Good Advice to a Daughter
Christ or Chaos
Thursday Dr. Thomas Droleskey completed a two-part column on why peace cannot be achieved in the Holy Land. There will be no world peace until the world - all men of God accept Christ the King as their Sovereign King and that means both Jew and Arab renouncing their false beliefs and accepting Jesus as the Divine Messiah. Until they do, all attempts to have a lasting truce will be in vain as Tom emphasized in the second part of his column There Will Never Be Peace Without Christ and His Church
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 could see in Thursday's issue when Father focused on Chapter Five with Part One of The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI, Missale Romanum
Pro Life Prescriptions
On Wednesday Dr. Frank Joseph pointed to a pending case that will go before the Supreme Court which all will be watching closely. It deals with the legality of whether pro-aborts can use the RICO statute against pro-life organizations. If the Supreme Court were to rule in the pro-aborts' favor, then, as Frank points out, that would open the floodgates for any one to be accused of anything under RICO statutes. It would be a Pandora's Box that could never be closed, especially in God's book. Dr. Joseph explained in his column Racketeering: The pro-aborts' latest racket!
Wednesday Gary Morella brought to light the lie that the problem of sexual abuse is not a problem of homosexuality. As he rightly points out, it most definitely is and takes it even further in refuting the back-pedaling weak-kneed cardinals and bishops who refuse to even admit that To Say That You Are A “Gay” Catholic Is To Admit That You Are Not A Catholic.
In Wednesday's issue we brought you a short essay by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on why man is so special to God and how as creatures created by Him, we become His children and heirs of Heaven. It is not because of our nature but by the graces of the Triune Divinity that we are gifted with partaking of God's Divine Nature as Bishop Sheen briefly explained in It's the Nature of God's Will!
Christ or Chaos
On Tuesday Dr. Thomas Droleskey began a two-part column on why peace cannot be achieved in the Holy Land. There will be no world peace until the world - all men of God accept Christ the King as their Sovereign King and that means both Jew and Arab renouncing their false beliefs and accepting Jesus as the Divine Messiah. Until they do, all attempts to have a lasting truce will be in vain as Tom emphasized in the first part of his column There Will Never Be Peace Without Christ and His Church
Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Tuesday Catharine Lamb illustrated the difference between authentic and counterfeit. A true Masterpiece such as the Tridentine Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is priceless and its value only increases. Something made of plastic - an artificial substance - such as the Novus Ordo, will soon lose its novelty and eventually be discarded and destroyed as Catharine pointed out in her column Masterpiece or Plastic?
Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
In Tuesday's issue we looked back just over a year ago and read in retrospect Bishop Richard Williamson's words on the talks in Rome and how he could see then Modern Rome was not being forthright and open with the faithful in talks with Bishop Bernard Fellay and the SSPX. In light of the events that have happened since his words ring truer than ever as you could see in The Truth Will Prevail .
White Smoke, Black Fire!
Today we continue with the fifth episode of chapter seven in Part III - "The Shadowing" as Pat rendezvous with Karel Shenneker in St. Peter's Square, apprehensive about telling her of her mother's gruesome death and that of her uncle Fasif's demise the night before as well. Shadows are everywhere and, to be cautious Karel commits Pat to a cloak and dagger tour while Fr. Niki Andriopoulos goes in search of an old friend to analyze the strange substance he peeled off the inside of the coffin during his clandestine trip to Rome from Iraq the night before.
Defending Catholic Truth and Tradition
In Monday's issue we brought you the final part - the seventh installment of a series by Atila Sinke Guimarăes, with Dr. Marian Therese Horvat assisting in translating and editing an orthodox, traditional, true Roman Catholic response in seven installments to the flawed document "The Hebrew People in its Holy Scriptures and the Christian Bible" issued late last year by the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Commission. It created quite a stir with a horror story in the New York Times in late January. Guess what? Those horror stories are true! Monday Atila looked at Ratzinger's Preface and then gave his own Conclusion to the document in his final installment of an essay that should truly alarm you regarding the Changes in Doctrine and New Anathemas
On Monday editor Michael Cain asked "Who do you trust?" Is it those promise breakers in the hierarchy who speak with forked tongue and lead souls closer to perdition in formulating a false religion, one with its roots in the Masonic and Kabalist creed with Communistic consequences or do you trust those remnant voices who stand with St. Athanasius contra mundum in preserving the True Faith? The answer is obviously the latter, but those who stubbornly continue to march in lockstep with the post-conciliar agenda can't see the forest through the trees - the bad trees planted by Vatican II as he revealed in a hard-hitting piece Our Trust Has Been Betrayed!
Doctors of the Church
Monday's Doctor of the Church was another from the 4th century who also faced the intense persecutions and calumnies of the Arian bishops and suffered greatly, never complaining and living a life of austerity while his fellow Arian bishops lived high on the hog. Like his good life-long friend and fellow Doctor of the Church St. Gregory Nazianzen, he,too, came from holy stock and had two brothers who became bishops, a father, mother and sister who became saints. This Bishop of Caesarea, considered the "Orator of Orthodoxy" who we featured as the sixth on the chronological list was Saint Basil the Great
LITURGY OF THE SAINTS
MONDAY, May 13:
Traditional Feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, Cardinal and Doctor of the Church who died in 1621. Historical feast of Saint Andrew Hubert Fournet, Priest who died in 1834.
TUESDAY, May 14:
Traditional Feast of Saint Boniface, Archbishop and Missionary who was martyred in 755. He is considered the "Apostle of Germany." In the new, the feast of Saint Matthias, the Apostle who replaced Judas. He was martyred in 65.
WEDNESDAY, May 15:
Traditional feast of Saint John Baptist de la Salle, Religious Founder who died in 1719. In the new, feast of Saint Isidore the Farmer who died in 1170. Historical feast of Saint Dymphna, Virgin who was martyred in the 7th century. She is the Patron Saint of the Mentally ill.
THURSDAY, May 16:
Traditional Feast of Saint Ubaldus, Bishop who died in 1160. In the new, feast of Saint John Nepomucene, Priest who was
martyred in 1393. He is Patron Saint of Confessors. Historical feast of Saint Brendan, Abbot who died in 578. He is Patron Saint of Sailors, and feast of Saint Simon Stock, Monk who was given the scapular. He died in 1265.
FRIDAY, May 17:
Traditional Feasts of Saint Paschal Baylon, Religious who was martyred in 1592. He is the Patron Saint of the Holy Eucharist.
SATURDAY, May 18:
Vigil of Pentecost. Day of Fast and Partial Abstinence. Traditional Feast of Saint Venantius of Camerino who was martyred in 257. In the new, feast of Pope Saint John I, who was martyred in 526. Historical feast of Saint Eric, King of Sweden and Patron Saint of Sweden who was martyred in 1160.
SUNDAY, May 19:
PENTECOST SUNDAY Celebrating the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles. Birthday of the Church. Traditional Feast of Saint Pudentiana, Virgin who died in 160 and Pope Saint Peter Celestine V who died in 1296. Historical feast of Saint Yves, Priest who died in 1303. He is the Patron Saint of Lawyers.
For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections
MONDAY, May 20:
Universal Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena, Franciscan Friar who died in 1444. He is considered the Patron Saint of Advertisers, Promoters and Public Relations Professionals.