Workin' on 'Knee-mail'!
When all else fails, fall on your knees and pray. Never give up hope for prayer is more powerful than we can imagine and if we think we can do it by ourselves, then we're already defeated. Let's face it. Only God can extricate His One True Church from the mired mess satan has created!
"Make no mistake, what has occurred over the past 40 years - yay, some say 60 years, even 80 years - cannot be the work of man solely for man is not that smart, could not have devised such a battle plan to systematically destroy the Faith. No, it is the work, pure and simple, of lucifer and his minions. St. Paul verifies this often, specifically in Ephesians 6: 10-18 where he provides the anti-venom to the powers of darkness. The problem is that man today embraces the darkness, being only too accommodating of the beast. And none of us are immune from the wiles of mammon. I know I fight daily with my own personal demons in trying to be a good husband, father and Authentic Roman Catholic (ARC). Without the armor of God, and girding myself with truth I would be ever more vulnerable to the lure of the world, the flesh and the devil. It is a constant struggle that causes me to be ever more vigilant in guarding my own soul and each in my own immediate family."
This month is dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with His actual feast celebrated on June 27th. From that most sacred of Hearts ran the blood of redemption which, when lanced by the centurion, poured forth blood and water as a fountain of mercy for every generation. The Twelve Promises given by Our Lord to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque are indeed a tremendous ray of hope and confirmation of that ineffable font promised by the Son of God if we have a sincere heart and intention. We complete the series on this with the Eleventh Promise and the entire part on the Twelfth Promise in this issue. The lesson of these Twelve Promises is the ultimate, unconditional love Christ bestows on us even when we are not truly deserving of such bountiful blessings, even when we forget His ultimate sacrifice on Calvary, which is re-enacted at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, most assuredly in the indefectible Traditional Latin Mass, which has served Roman Catholics for 2000 years as the steady ship on the turbulent seas of this fleeting life. If we faithfully serve Jesus Christ, present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity on the altar, and remain in the state of Sanctifying Grace, we can be assured we will be safely anchored between the pillars of the Holy Eucharist and Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; thereby meriting - through Our Lord - safe passage to everlasting life. The Daily Catholic is committed to defending the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church in order that the faithful may KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH and share such a precious gift with others through conversion, not compromise!
Pope St. Adrian II decreed that "The first requirement of salvation is to keep the standard of the True Faith."
Yet, for forty years this first requirement has been abandoned in favor of placating man, not God. The ramparts of Holy Mother Church have been ransacked and pummelled, the turrets turned in a worldly direction, the treasure of the great Deposit of the Faith greatly diminished; the liturgical legates seized and ransomed for finite goals as the Infinite is forgotten in a desert of deceit. Like the Holy City of Jerusalem a millennium ago, the infidels have captured her and hold her ransom under the sign of the new religion formed by a conciliar Church, which for over 40 years has slowly but steadily been deconstructing the truths and absolutes. We can see daily in the scandals and statements coming out of almost every diocese and even the Vatican itself that the conciliar Church of modern Rome has slowly but surely ebbed more and more away from Eternal Rome toward the Protestantization of our beloved Church in liturgy and belief until a pan-Christian ecumenism - a "globalization of solidarity" - will be complete and we will all be one in the one-world religion of the prince of darkness. The truth is that we have been wandering without a true Catholic compass for 40 years; flailing in the surging seas of ambiguity and novelty. The result: a mounting casualty list of countless souls lost in the depths of sin and lukewarmness.
Despite the obvious shipwrecks, the modernists in Rome today - the very ones Pope Pius IX, Leo XIII, and especially Pope Saint Pius X, as well as Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII warned against - continue to push the barge of barnacle-covered baggage that has so erased the wake of Truth and Tradition as taught for nearly 2000 years. Indeed, Catholics who truly knew their Faith prior to the 1960's would not recognize what passes as Catholicism-lite today. We came to that stark realization during the Jubilee Year. Indeed, it prompted us to begin the Summer Hiatus issues to allow us time to study, pray and research. We have continued that recent tradition each year and this year is no exception. We finally realized that it wasn't just our nostalgic yearning for the good ol' days, but a hunger for the absolutes that were being so blurred and rationalized. That is why we have endeavored to provide proof that all that was passed down and observed before Vatican II must be adhered to today in deference to the modernism of the new faith formed in the sixties when man replaced God with the destruction of true Catholicism. They struck at the heart of our Faith by ransacking the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Tridentine rite. To return to what Pope St. Pius V decreed infallibly in his Papal Bull Quo Primum and what must be said "in perpetuity" seems more and more difficult as more of the sheep are dumbed down and caught up in the innovations and novelties of the fruitless "Civilization of Love" and "New Springtime" of ecumenical syncretism - something previous Pontiffs condemned.
If what was taught and observed was right for nearly 2000 years and produced countless saints and the means to salvation, then it is still right and just and therefore must be faithfully adhered to today and always. To many this may seem an impossible dream, but consider Our Lord's affirming words "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19: 26). Let us follow the wisdom of Saint Ignatius Loyola, "Pray as if everything depends on God, and work as if everything depends on us." The time has come to right the wrongs. Every Catholic has the moral responsibility to know their Faith and to fight - yes, we are the Church Militant - to recapture the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ and built on the Rock of the Petrine Primacy. It was the great Saint Augustine who said, "Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it, and right is right even if nobody is doing it."
So how do we know we are right? Two reasons: First, because what so many Sovereign Pontiffs had condemned as anathema, the Vatican II popes have contradicted and become the apostates that holy saints warned against. Secondly, because prior to Vatican II, the four indelible marks of the Church were intact and in full effect: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. With so much dissension and veering from the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church the church of Vatican II is no longer 'One'; the barren fruits stemming from Vatican II along with the shocking scandals and lowering of the moral virtue bar give solid evidence the church of Vatican II is no longer 'Holy'; because, except in the Remnant Church, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been abandoned in favor of a Protestant service that seeks to de-mystify the Mystery of Faith, thus eliminating the "universal language of the Church" - Latin and therefore the church of Vatican II is no longer 'Catholic' or 'Universal' for it has adopted the course of those who vainly sought to build the Tower of Babel; and finally, because of the modernist, progressive agendas and the insidious infiltration of the satanic, Masonic and Communist operatives within the Church, the bishops have, by their refusal to uphold the Faith and place their flock as their top priority, abdicated their apostolic succession and made this well known with their assertion that it is not necessary to become Catholic anymore. Therefore, the church of Vatican II is no longer 'Apostolic.'
Pope St. Felix III stated clearly what we must do: "Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it; and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than to encourage them." With that charge, are we to stand idly by when we see what has happened to our beloved Church? Saint John Fisher said that "He who goes about to take the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass from the Church plots no less a calamnity than if he tried to snatch the sun from the universe."
Yes, these are frightening times but we can take heart from the "Apostle of Tradition" Saint Athanasius who, in the time of the Arian heresy - which pales in comparison to the heresies abounding today - stated, "They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in this struggle - the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? Even if Catholics who remain faithful to the Traditions are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ."
We reiterate what the sanctified Pontiff St. Adrian II decreed: "The first requirement of salvation is to keep the standard of the True Faith." Yes, we have no other alternative but to heed his holy wisdom.
As we have emphasized so often, the mission of The Daily Catholic is primarily to provide content in all phases of Catholic living so readers can KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH. The Daily Catholic is in full accordance with the infallible and perennial Magisterium of the Church and obedient to the Primacy of Peter. This publication is dedicated to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. In addition, all can be assured what they read in these pages is solid and trustworthy and in full accord with the Doctrines, Dogmas and Traditions of the One True Faith taught for 20 centuries. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for their continued prayers and support in our on-going apostolate of reaching out to souls for Christ and His Church in responding to His call in Saint Mark 16: 15-16.
"Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be condemned."
One way to navigate the whole world in these days is the world-wide-web, and we endeavor to convey safe sailing with The Daily Catholic by always keeping the bearings of the Two Pillars in our sights. For indeed, they serve as guiding beacons to steer all safely over the seas of the confusion that swirls around all today. We use this imagery from the vision given to Saint John Bosco and the pertinent messages he received specifically for our times. His vision, along with visions imparted to Saint Alphonsus Liguori and Leo XIII, to name a few, as well as the revealing prophecies of Our Lady from the 17th century in Ecuador to the 19th century in France to the 20th century in Portugal, all portend to the great apostasy in the Church. This is not a figment of someone's imagination, but a very serious reality that no one can deny.
Many have warned and described these dark times we find ourselves in today. A good description is the following.
Can you decipher which Traditionalist wrote these words?
"The doctrines of Godliness are overturned; the rules of the Church are in confusion; the ambition of the unprincipled seizes upon places of authority; and the chief seat is now openly proposed as a reward for impiety; so that he whose blasphemies are the more shocking, is more eligible for the oversight of the people. Priestly gravity has perished; there are none left to feed the Lord's flock with knowledge; ambitious men are ever spending, in purposes of self-indulgence and bribery, possessions which they hold in trust for the poor. The accurate observation of the canons are no more; there is no restraint upon sin. Unbelievers laugh at what they see, and the weak are unsettled; faith is doubtful, ignorance is poured over their souls, because the adulterators of the word in wickedness imitate the truth. Religious people keep silence, but every blaspheming tongue is let loose. Sacred things are profaned; those of the laity who are sound in faith avoid the places of worship, as schools of impiety, and raise their hands in solitude with groans and tears to the Lord in Heaven."
Sounds like whoever wrote that has a true bead on the crisis in the Church today and there would not seem there is much hope on the horizon. It could have been written by any one of the excellent Traditional Catholic writers today who write for The Remnant, Catholic Family News, Latin Mass Magazine, or a Traditional website. It even sounds like something Bishop Fulton J. Sheen might have said, foreseeing the dark clouds; possibly even Cardinal John Henry Newman; quite possibly Pope Pius XII, even Leo XIII or St. Pius X in auguring to these times. But no, it wasn't even Father Moderator on the Tradito.com web site. It was none of these obvious sources. That statement above was written over sixteen hundred years ago in the 4th Century by the holy Doctor of the Church Saint Basil the Great in his 92nd Epistle. He was, of course, referring to the Arian heresy that spread like wildfire and destroyed the faith of so many. So also today we face the same situation but amidst all the malaise that affects us, we have the promise by Christ that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16: 20). St. Basil could only hope and pray that the Church would survive in 372. We know it did, we know she flourished and reached wonderful, awe-inspiring heights.
That is our hope. We know our beloved Church will recover from this current coma. We must have the faith of those who persevered throughout the history of the Church. Despite all odds men like St. Athanasius, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis Xavier, St. Teresa, St. John Marie Vianney and tons of other saints never gave up. They had the faith of a mustard seed and moved mountains, literally. Just as fortunes of faith ebbed and flowed in Old Testament times and New Testament times up to this third millennium, we are currently in a valley as we strive to climb back to the heights. It is a slow, and painful journey, but one we must take or be swamped by the magma of modernist lava that is suffocating the faith today. We look to our captain, the man who should be our guide, our shepherd to lead souls out of this gibberish gorge of Vatican Two-speak. But for a quarter of a century now he's been too busy making sure everyone is getting along ecumenically rather than care about the spiritual welfare of so many thrashing and sinking in the quicksand of the lowlands. His humanist agenda flies in the face of those humble shepherds in the Primacy of Peter who preceded him prior to the very Council that plunged millions and millions of laity and hierarchy alike headlong into the canyons of carelessness, the dales of desolation, the pits of pantheism, the ravines of rationalism, the arroyos of apostasy, the gutters of godlessness, the trenches of temporal trends, the crevasses of corruption, the ditches of dissension, the moats of modernism, the sewers of schism, and the hollows of heresies.
Make no mistake, what has occurred over the past 40 years - yay, some say 60 years, even 80 years - cannot be the work of man solely for man is not that smart, could not have devised such a battle plan to systematically destroy the Faith. No, it is the work, pure and simple, of lucifer and his minions. St. Paul verifies this often, specifically in Ephesians 6: 10-18 where he provides the anti-venom to the powers of darkness. The problem is that man today embraces the darkness, being only too accommodating of the beast. And none of us are immune from the wiles of mammon. I know I fight daily with my own personal demons in trying to be a good husband, father and Authentic Roman Catholic (ARC). Without the armor of God, and girding myself with truth I would be ever more vulnerable to the lure of the world, the flesh and the devil. It is a constant struggle that causes me to be ever more vigilant in guarding my own soul and each in my own immediate family
We all realize we have to account before God for every action we are responsible for when we stand before Him naked, so to speak, with nothing to hide at our Particular Judgment. The thought of that should be enough to spur all of us on to retreat in even more ardent prayer and penance. Yet, few of us, if any, live a monastic life today. We are all confronted with the consequences of the world, the flesh and the devil. None of us are immune to the powerful force of the evil powers which have been launched on civilization in these times and foretold by so many prophets, saints and Pope Leo XIII in his vision.
Indeed, the more we strive to uphold the Truths and Traditions the more we become prime targets of those who, knowingly or unknowingly through ignorance of the Faith, are out to destroy Holy Mother Church. We all know the church of Vatican II is no friend to Authentic Roman Catholicism practiced by Traditional Catholics and we should all be used to being a dart board by now. Truth be known, we all have bruises from the slings and arrows hurled at us. Do we consider them impediments or necessary , fruitful scourges that help make reparation for the blasphemies hurled at Our Lord, His Blessed Mother, and His Mystical Bride? How often do we say, "why me, Lord?" instead of saying, "why not me, Lord?" We should treat every cross, every challenge to uphold His truths and the persecutions that might ensue from proclaiming Him to the world as a true badge of honor, encircled in grace.
That latter sometimes is the only thing that motivates us to keep going, that gives us a hint of how the early Christians must have felt and what motivated them to keep going, to sacrifice their very lives for Christ. When we receive a letter that so and so has returned to the Latin Mass, that trumps all the kudos or financial rewards we could receive. Yet, as you all well know, that doesn't put bread on the table, nor pay the utilities, or mounting debts. With only 24 hours in a day, there is so much anyone can do.
Therefore, the dilemma arises. Where do the priorities lie? Again, I go back to what Our Lord tells us so clearly in Matthew 19: 26, "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Therefore, prayer must come first. For us, that right now is the Rosary and offering each moment of the day for His honor and glory. We, as many of our readers, are deprived of the Sacraments, not only on a daily basis, but often weekly as well. That is why the Holy Rosary, reading of the Proper of each day's Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and making a spiritual communion is paramount to perpetuating the True Faith. After prayer and observing the Traditional customs of the Church such as fasting and abstinence on Fridays and Ember Days, a strict adherence to the Ten Commandments is paramount. With that in mind, a practice of the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and the Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance, the foundation of all moral virtues. By practicing these virtues it enables us to all pray for the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Ghost. This greatly enhances discernment and assurance of living in Sanctifying Grace.
These Gifts of the Sanctifier are vital for all of us for none of us can continue as committed Authentic Roman Catholics - no matter our walk in life - without the graces of Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Piety, Counsel, Fear of the Lord, and Fortitude. These give rise to accept and practice the Twelve Fruits and carry on our work with Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Benignity, Goodness, Long-suffering (oh, how we can all relate to that!), Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continency, and Chastity. Indeed, had the hierarchy practiced what they preached - or were supposed to preach - there would be no scandals today, no destruction of the True Faith and the Barque of Peter would not be smothered by the barnacles of blasphemy.
The chief weapon against all of this is, of course, a constant prayer life. That is emphasized in our 287th installment of our on-going catechetical series "Appreciating the Precious Gift of Our Faith" with Prayer. To repeat St. Ignatius' counsel, it is vital that we, "pray as if all depended on God: work as if all depended on self." With that established, all else falls into place.
We would love to have all the time in the world to proselytize the Faith, but every person who ever strove to live in the Divine Will had to refuel at the pumps of the prie-dieu. Also, many of us are not able to retreat into a monastic mode. The necessary demands of life and family must take priority. So also with myself and immediate family for in order to have the time and means to carry out our ministry, I must put bread on the table. Our present financial situation is such that, despite my age, I must seek employment outside the home in order to pay the bills. This means I must put The Daily Catholic on hiatus for the time being. With summer here this will not be as devastating since traditionally we have pared down during the summers. Though I had intended to introduce some new features and series - especially with so much happening throughout the world at this very moment - because I will not presently be able to follow up and stay current, we have decided not to debut these at this time. That is not to say we won't initiate them at a time yet to be determined, for we have no idea what the future holds. We leave that in God's hands for when He closes doors, He always opens others.
This summer, however, I won't have the luxury of spending much time writing or e-mailing. Indeed, I think everyone can agree, e-mail takes up way too much of everyone's time. It is truly a necessary evil, but it is amazing how much more work I accomplish on days when I don't open my e-mail. It is also amazing how much more work I can accomplish when I have my 'knee-mail' open constantly, placing a greater emphasis on improving my prayer life. So if you try to reach me during this summer hiatus, be patient, because, hopefully, I'll be workin' on 'knee-mail'!
Michael Cain, editor