IN TODAY'S ISSUE:|
"Feed My sheep"
In today's issue we address the Cardinals, Bishops and Pastors in a respectful, but frank appeal to get their act together in alerting them, as if they didn't know, of satan's powerful influence. Indeed, it would seem to the faithful that the prince of the world has these men of the cloth on a string, moving them like puppets of perdition. That has to stop immediately and it will only when these shepherds realize the only way to halt the slide into hell is by returning to the Truths and Traditions that has sustained Holy Mother Church for 2 millennia as we implore in An Open Letter to the Cardinals, Bishops and Priests
Pro Life Prescriptions
Today Dr. Frank Joseph points 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 explains in his column Racketeering: The pro-aborts' latest racket!
In this issue Gary Morella brings 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 today's issue we bring 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 explains in It's the Nature of God's Will!
Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith
Thursday we take 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 which was fulfilled. Ten days later His promise of leaving His Spirit would be fulfilled for He would be with His Church for all time as you'll see in The Ascension. For last week's installment on the Sacrament of Penance, see Purpose of Amendment
Echoes of True Catholicism
Dr. Marian Therese Horvat will return 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. Thursday Dr. Horvat will share 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 explains in her column A Father's Good Advice to a Daughter For her last column, see Votive Candles, Fire, and the Love of God.
Christ or Chaos
Thursday Dr. Thomas Droleskey will complete 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 emphasizes 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'll see in Thursday's issue when Father focuses on Chapter Five with Part One of The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI, Missale Romanum For last week's installment, see The Language of the "New Mass".
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:|
Christ or Chaos
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
In Tuesday's issue 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
You'll note for the past two days and today leading up to tomorrow's glorious Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord that we are in what the True Church calls "Rogation Days" - derived from the Latin word, Rogare - "to ask." As the Saint Andrew Daily Missal explains: It originated from the situation in the Diocese of Vienne in Dauphiny in the fifth century and the public calamities that afflicted it. Not unlike the public calamities lashing at the Barque of Peter today. Saint Mamertus instituted a solemn penitential procession on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the Ascension. Under an order of the Council of Orleans in 511 the devotion spread to all of France and in 816 Pope Leo III introduced it in Rome and soon after it became a general observance throughout the universal Church.
The Litany of the Saints and the Psalms and Collects are sung in procession on these days of supplication; hence the term "Rogations" applied to them. The object of these devotions is to appease the anger of God and avert the scourges of His justice and to draw down the blessings of God on the fruits of the earth. Violet or purple vestments are used as a token of penance and the pascal candle is left unlighted.
Today in Church History
Birth of the "Second Apostle of Germany" |
On this day 481 years ago in 1521 A.D. the Doctor of the Church Saint Peter Canisius was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He went on to become a Jesuit in 1543 and ordained three years later and became renowned for his oratorian skills in preaching the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church in the face of fierce opposition by the Protestant resisters. He took part in the Council of Trent and, because of his fervor and skill, was sent by Jesuit founder Saint Ignatius of Loyola himself into the mouth of Protestant resistance in Bavaria where he convinced Duke IV to fight the growing Protestant revolt. Due largely to Peter's efforts, southern Germany survived the Protestant assault. For that, St. Peter Canisius is considered the "Second Apostle of Germany." He was both canonized and proclaimed a Doctor by Pope Pius XI in 1925.
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
Salutation to Saint Michael the Archangel
Alleluia, alleluia. Holy Archangel Michael, defend us in battle; that we may not perish in the dreadful judgment. Alleluia. The sea was shaken, and the earth trembled when the Archangel Michael came down from Heaven. Alleluia.
From the Alleluia for the Mass honoring the feast of the Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel on Monte Gorgano in southern Italy in 525.
For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
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LITURGY OF SAINTS
WEDNESDAY, May 8:|
Rogation Day. Vigil of the Ascension. Traditional feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael the Archangel in 525 and the historical feast of Saint Desideratu, Bishop of Bourges who died in 550.
THURSDAY, May 9:
SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD - Holy Day of Obligation. Traditional Feast of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who died in 389. Historical feast of Saint Pachomius, Abbot and Founder of Christian Monasticism. He died in 348.
FRIDAY, May 10:
SATURDAY, May 11:
Traditional Feasts of Saint Antonius, Archbishop of Firenze who died in 1459 and the traditional feast of Saints Gordian and Epimachus who were both martyred in 362. In the new, the feast of Blesssed Father Damien of Molokai, Priest who died in 1889. Historical feast of Saint Solange, Virgin who was martyred in 880. She is the saint invoked during time of drought.
Traditional Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles and Martyrs.Traditional feast of Our Lady, Queen of Apostles on the Saturday following the Ascension. Historical feasts of Blesed Ladislaus of Gleiniow, Franciscan who died in 1505 and Saint Francis di Giorlamo, Priest and Apostle of Naples who died in 1716.
SUNDAY, May 12: MOTHER'S DAY
Sunday after the Ascension. In the new the 7th Sunday of Easter. Feast of Saints Nereus, Achilleus and Pancras who were martyred in the 1st century. Traditional feast of Saint Domitilla, Virgin who died in the 2nd century. Historical feast of Blessed Imelda Lambertini, Virgin who died in 1333. She is Patron of First Communicants.
For reflections on the Sunday Liturgy, see Fr. Cusick's reflections