Echoes of True Catholicism
Tomorrow Dr. Marian Therese Horvat will address a seemingly harmless issue for all parents. However, before you race down to your neighborhood video store to rent the newly released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone you should read what's really behind all the hype. Dr. Marian will explain in her column Harry Potter and the Problem of Good and Evil. For her column last week, see Rewriting History to Serve the Gay Agenda
Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
Thursday we continue our catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance with the means to purging our souls of both mortal and venial sins. That tool is the sacramental confession, created for us that we might confess our sins, do penance and amend our life. By admitting our faults to Christ through His representatives on earth - the alter Christus the priest, we can be assured of forgiveness if we make a firm purpose of amendment as you'll see the means in How to Make a Good Confession. For last week's installment, see Sacramental Confession.
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 focuses on Chapter Five with Part Three of The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI, Missale Romanum For the full series to date, see Chapters
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Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Tuesday Catharine Lamb reminded the reader how much has been lost with the loss of Latin. Lex orandi, lex credendi. With the exodus of the official language of the Church out also went reverence and spiritual discipline. A structured, purposeful direction was abandoned. In place of unity of the universal Church there is now division everywhere, created by the confusion of the wholesale changes wrought by the sorry reforms of Vatican II, reforms that fostered a slothful attitude towards the sacred and profound as Catharine explained in her column From Latin to Lazy.
In Tuesday's issue we presented the second part of a two part eye-opening, excellent essay by Christopher A. Ferrara that first appeared in The Remnant and was reproduced here through the gracious cooperation of editor Michael Matt. Ferrara, who has been on the frontlines and seen it all up close and personal, weighed in on why the increased pressure on Traditionalists by Modern Rome as he brought us an account of what really went on during the emergency synod of American Cardinals at the Vatican last month and what should be done in part two of Pulling the Plug
Christ or chaos
In Tuesday's issue we brought you a piece by Dr. Thomas Droleskey on a subject he is truly expert in, for when he is not devoting his time to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, he is at the Mets games - a familiar fixture for years as the "Lone Ranger." He has written an entertaining and faith-based book on this experience titled "There's No Cure for This Condition" which you can read more about at Chartres Communications. He weighed in on the recent controversy over rumors of Mike Piazza being gay after irresponsible remarks by Mets manager Bobby Valentine. Tom took issue with him in his column Bobby V is Not a Theologian!
White Smoke, Black Fire!
We continued with the seventh episode of chapter seven in Part III - "The Shadowing." Pat prepares for his evening rendezvous with Karel on the Via Magdalena in tracking down the Legion of the Basilisk, while Swiss Guard Riage Benziger saves his strength to find help later in the evening when he can make it to the main gate and confide in one he trusts as the suspense built further in Episode Seven.
On Monday editor Michael Cain illustrated how the domino effect is toppling the post-conciliar Church and the momentum is picking up with the revelations of the modernists' darling Archbishop Rembert Weakland's sodomy tendencies. The American Church is coming apart at the seams and yet the USCCB continues to ignore the pleas for help, to snub their noses at accredited Catholic organizations whose input would truly help. Instead they have gone into bunker mentality while all around them alien forces of the satanic nature abound. In a comparison to the final episode of the X-Files, Cain showed how the facts can be more bizarre than fiction in his editorial Until the Domino effect completes its sordid run, the Dominus effect won't be effective!
On the BattleLine
In Monday's issue Atila Sinke Guimar„es pointed out how we should be indignant instead of tolerant of the "appalling sin" and no amount of rationalization or excuses can justify the grave offense against God and Catholic doctrine for the sin of sodomy that seems so rampant in the post-conciliar Church today, especially here in the United States. He relied on St. Peter Damian's arguments to reveal the vile vice pedophilia is and that there is precedent for dealing with this problem as Pope Saint Gregory VII proved the clergy could be cleaned up. So also today the same measures are needed as he explained in his column The Modernist Spin on Sodomy
Monday was Memorial Day in the U.S., a time when we honored those who fell in battle over the two centuries this nation has existed. But that dates back only to 1776. The Roman Catholic Church has existed for 2000 years and there is plenty to remember, plenty of fallen heroes to memorialize. They're called saints. Unlike all other entities, only the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Christ has survived and will continue to survive no matter what the ramparts of hell throw at the True Church. We presented an anonymous essay, sent to us by www.WhyDoCatholics.com, that so well illustrates how faithful Catholics feel and believe. As the Church Militant we cannot shy away from the battle just when it is heating up. It's part and parcel of being Catholic, of carrying the Cross daily as you could see in the article "An Apology for Our Day" which we titled Bring it on!!!
Doctors of the Church
Monday's Doctor of the Church was born into a wealthy family and used those riches to receive the finest education at the hands of the world's greatest professors in Rome and then employed that wealth of knowledge for Christ's holy Church. He amassed all of the Scriptures and translated them into the Latin tongue, all wrapped up in the magnificent Latin Vulgate. This masterful Doctor, the "Father of the Mother Tongue" who we featured as the eighth on the chronological list was Saint Jerome
"God will strike in an unprecedented way.
Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His wrath upon them, and no one will be able to escape so many afflictions together. The chiefs, the leaders of the people of God have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has bedimmed their intelligence. They have become wandering stars which the old devil will drag along with his tail to make them perish. God will allow the old serpent to cause divisions among those who reign in every society and in every family. Physical and moral agonies will be suffered."
Today in Church History
Election of the Pope who discovered the daughter of Peter |
Today is the 1,245th anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Paul I in 757 as the 93rd successor of Peter. His pontificate was marked by encouraging a deeper union with the Greek Church. He discovered the remains of Saint Petronilla who, according to tradition, was the daughter of the first Pope Saint Peter the Apostle. He was instrumental in freeing many from debtors' prison and sought to find a deeper union with the Church in Greece. Pope St. Paul's pontificate lasted just over a full decade. He died on June 28, 767.
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
Prayer for the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi
O God, the lover of chastity, Who didst inflame the blessed Virgin, Mary Magdalen, with love for Thee and didst adorn her with Heavenly gifts; grant that as we honor her on this festal day, so we may follow her in purity and love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one world without end. Amen.
From the Collect for today's Mass
For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
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LITURGY OF SAINTS
WEDNESDAY, May 29:
THURSDAY, May 30:
Traditional Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, Virgin who died in 1607. Historical feast of Saint Maximinus of Trier, Bishop who died in the 4th Century.
TRADITIONAL FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI. Feast of Saint Joan of Arc, Virgin and Patroness of France who was martyred in 1431. Traditional Feast of Pope Saint Felix I who was martyred in 274. Historical feast of Saint Ferdinand III, King of Spain who died in 1252.
FRIDAY, May 31:
Traditional Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Traditional Feast of Saint Petronilla, Virgin who died in the first century. In the new the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Saint Elizabeth.
SATURDAY, June 1:
Traditional Feast of Saint Angela Merici, Virgin who died in 1540. She was the Foundress of the Ursuline Order of Nuns. In the new, the feast of Saint Justin, who was martyred in 165. He is the Patron Saint of Lecturers.
SUNDAY, June 2:
Traditionally the Second Sunday after Pentecost in the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Feast of Saint Marcellinus, Priest and Saint Peter, Exorcist who were both martyred in 304.
Traditional Feast of Saint Erasmus, Bishop who was martyred in 303. In the new, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Historical feast of Saint Blandina, who was martyred in 177.
For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections