Appreciating the Precious Gift of our Faith|
Today 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 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'll see in The Ascension.
Echoes of True Catholicism
Today Dr. Marian Therese Horvat returns 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 shares 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
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
The Wit & Wisdom of one of Catholicism's Great Traditionalists G. K. Chesterton
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
In each issue we will feature a special prayer to enhance your Catholic devotions
Salutis humanae Hymn for the Ascension
Of man's Salvation source, O Lord!
from the Saint Andrew Daily Missal for the Vespers on Ascension Thursday
Jesus, delight for hearts to prove
The ransomed world's Creative Word,
And chaste light of all souls that love.
What wond'rous mercy conquered Thee
Our sins upon Thyself to bear,
That guiltless dying on the Tree,
Our souls from death's jaws Thou might'st tear?
Bursting the chaos of the grave
From captives Thou dost loose their chain;
And conquering death in triumph brave,
Dost at the Father's right hand reign.
Let mercy urge Thee, by Thy grace
In full our losses to restore;
And granting us to see Thy face,
Enrich us with Thy blest light's store.
Thou guide to Heaven, and Thou the way!Amen.
Be Thou the goal where our hearts tend
Be Thou our joy 'mid tears; we pray,
Be Thou our life's sweet prize and end.
For more on St. Gregory Nazianzen, see Saint Gregory Nazianzen
For prayers posted thus far, see Devotions and Reflections
The Rosary of Mary is our most powerful weapon. See Holy Rosary to recite the full Rosary in either English or Latin.
Traditional InsightsLITURGY OF THE SAINTS
On Friday Mario Derksen will continue with his series on the The Humanism of John Paul II with his 6th installment in which he provides 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 explains in part six in his column Assisi Revisited: Responding to a Defense (II) For the first part last week, see Assisi Revisited: Responding to a Defene (I)
Christ or chaos
In Friday's issue Dr. Thomas Droleskey continues his popular series on G.I.R.M. Warfare when he analyzes 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 points out in his 46th installment, Rigid Ridiculousnes. For Tom's installment last week, see The Rise and Fall of the Permanent Deaconate.
The Fatima FILE
On Friday we continue 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. Friday we present the time frame from 1984 through 1990 in part three of Chronology of a Cover-Up For last week's segment from Vatican II through 1983, see part two of Chronology of a Cover-Up.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED SO FAR THIS WEEK:
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
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:
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.
SATURDAY, May 11:
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