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The Verbumquo for today is "constantia", the Latin noun for "stability which is one of the great virtuous qualities exemplified by
Saint Casimir, who, as king of Poland and royal apostle of Holy Mother Church, held the most precious gift of Faith as his greatest treasure.
Editor, The Daily Catholic
This series was launched during penitential season to highlight one word from the Proper of the day's Mass that carries significance. Taking the Latin Verbum and Quotidianum, which mean respectively "Word" and "Daily", we we have coined the word "Verbumquo" by contracting quotidianum to quo and running it together as VerbumQUO for this feature series, thus "The Daily Word," as in the sum of the message, the 'quotient', if you will. It is also our hope that in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and etimology more will be attuned to hearing the word read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. Hopefully in this Time of Septuagesima and Lent we can gain a higher appreciation and contemplation on how the Daily Proper of the Holy Mass applies in our lives in alignment with the will of Christ and His Blessed Immaculate Mother and His Mystical Bride, His Holy Roman Catholic Church.
ust as we began this week with Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
, a young saint who exhibited great virtue and generosity in his early adult years before being taken home, so also today's saint Saint Casimir
, King and Patron Saint of Poland, who, like the noble ruler of France Saint Louis IX
shared his wealth and stood strong against the heretics, clinging to the Truths and Traditions handed down, adhering to all Holy Mother Church taught. That is true stability or strength. This virtue is exclaimed in today's Collect for the Mass for St. Casimir.
Deus, Qui inter regales delicas, et mundi illecebras sanctum Casimirum virtute constantiae roborasti : quaesumus : ut ejus intercessione fideles tui terrene despicant, et ad caelestia simper aspirant.
O God, Who amidst the delights of royalty and the blandishments of the world, didst strengthen holy Casimir with the virtue of constancy, grant, we beseech Thee, that by his intercession Thy faithful may despise earthly things, and ever aspire to those of Heaven.
In this week when we are bombarded by American Idol and the upcoming Academy Awards, we have the perfect antidote in today's Proper and the example of holy Casimir, who rejected the trappings of wealth surrounding him and shared with the poor. He sought to focus not on the distractions of the world as we are today, especially with the tabernacle of satan - the television. Such a modern contraption, naturally, was not available in Casimir's time, nor in the noted Benedictine Abbot Dom Gueranger's time either, but note what the latter wrote about today's feast and temptations:
"The world has not smiled on us as it did on Casimir; but much we have loved it! If we have gone so far as to make it our idol, we must now break what we have adored, and give our service to the sovereign Lord, Who alone has a right to it. When we read the lives of the saints, and find that persons who were in the ordinary walks of life practiced extraordinary virtues, we are inclined to think that they were not exposed to great temptations, or that thee misfortunes they met with in the world made them give themselves up unreservedly to God's service. Such interpretations of the actions of the saints are shallow and false, for they ignore this great fact, that there is no condition or state, however humble, in which man has not to combat the evil inclinations of his heart, and that corrupt nature alone is strong enough to lead him to sin. But in such a saint as Casimir we have no difficulty in recognizing that all his Christian energy was from God, and not from any natural source; and we rightly conclude that we, who have the same good God, may well hope that this season of spiritual regeneration will change and better us."
We can see that saints are no different than any of us except for the fact that they are trying to be better, striving for holiness by seeking to do God's will above all else. That is the difference between saint and sinner. God's will or our own stubborn will. Do we put more stock in who will be eliminated from American Idol or will be cast off the island on Survivor or who will win a worthless piece of sculpture at the Oscars for something that greatly displeases God, than spending some time before the Blessed Sacrament and praying daily the Holy Rosary, saying our daily prayers of the Act of Faith, Hope and Charity and taking our Lenten requirements of prayer, fasting and alsdeeds seriously? If it is the latter, then we have much further to go and are not as stable as we should be. If it is the former we are on our way, but cannot assume we will not be tempted or obstacles not thrown in our path. On the contrary, expect more action from the devil because one is practicing stability, one is dedicated to holding strong the Faith. The abbot continues:
"Casimir preferred death to sin. But is not every Christian bound to be thus minded every hour of the day? And yet, such is the infatuation produced by the pleasures or advantages of this present life, that we every day see men plunging themselves into sin, which is the death of the soul; and this, not for the sake of saving the life of the body, but for a vile and transient gratification, which is oftentimes contrary to their temporal interests. What stronger proof could there be than this, of the sad effects produced in us by original sin? The examples of the saints are given us a light to lead us in the right path, let us follow it, and we shall be saved. Besides, we have a powerful aid in their merits and intercession: let us take courage at the thought that these friends of God have a most affectionate compassion for us their brethren, who are surrounded by so many and great dangers."
The Abbot's words should put an end to the idea poised today by the modernists that the saints were one-dimensional and did not have the problems we do today. Rubbish. The devil is ingenious and he'll use whatever is available at the time to tempt someeone away from God whether that person was a poor person of 300 A.D., a medieval lord in the 12th century or someone living now in the third millennium. And guess what, those who cave to the devil all end up in the same place no matter what time continuum one is from. That is why today's Gospel for the Mass of St. Casimir - Os justi - Holy Mother Church, again in her wisdom, gives us the Gospel of Saint Luke 12: 35-40 and those who watch and wait, ready for the master when He comes. In order to persevere, one must have stability - constantiam.
From the root of constantia we get the Latin verb constare to stand firm and from that we get the popular and stable English word "constant", an adjective that conveys stability and which Webster's defines as follows:
"constant" - adj "[From Latin constans, -antis, present participle of constare to stand firm, be consistent, from con + stare to stand.] 1. Firm or steadfast; resolute; also, faithful. 2. Fixed or invariable; uniform. 3. Continually recurring, regular. 4. Obs. Confident, positive. - Synonym See, FAITHFUL; CONTINUAL. 5. Anything invariable or not subject to change. 6. Math. A magnitude that is supposed not to change its value in a certain discussion or stage of investigation - opp. to variable - constantly, adv. constancy, Noun 1. Steadfastedness or firmness of mind; fidelity. 2. Freedom from change, stability."
Now we can clearly see that everything above refers to the Roman Catholic Church from Saint Peter through Pope Pius XII and is the direct antonym of everything that has occurred in modern Rome since Vatican II. More manifest evidence that the conciliar church cannot be Catholic, cannot stand firm, cannot have firmness of mind, is changeable and inconsistent and very, very unstable. Don't you find it interesting that we have two heroes of Poland in St. Casimir and Karol Wojtyla who, as John Paul II exhibted none of the virtues or qualities of Casimir and has ruled over a totally different church of modern Rome than the Eternal Rome Casimir was faithful to, for what has gone on in modern Rome can be called nothing less than the antithesis of stability.
While the conciliar church has abandoned the wise one-year cycle where Holy Mother Church ingrains in us the lesson the saints, such as Casimir, learned for centuries and applied. Evidently, according to the luminaries of the modern church, that is now passť. Not! The Abbot Gueranger concludes his thoughts on this feast with the following:
"When shall we be made to understand that penance is a debt we owe to God, a dept of expiation for the sins we have committed against Him? Thou didst prefer deeath to sin; obtain for us a fear of sin, that greatest of all evils that can befall us, because it is an evil which strikes at God Himself. Pray for us during this holy season, which is intended as a preparation for penance; impress our minds with the truths now put before us. The Christian world is honoring thee today: repay its homage by the blessing. Poland, thy fatherland, once the bulwark of the Church, which kept back the invasion of schism, heresy, and infidelity, beseeches thy prayers."
Asking St. Casimir to intercede for us is what we all need to do and stop this nonsense of trying to ask for miracles from a man who was anything but a saint and who is responsible, gravely responsible to Poland and the rest of the world, for the void of saints today, no matter how many he tried to make. We can see the invasion of schism, heresy, and infidelity has invaded not only Poland, but all of Europe and now North America with Canada in free-fall and most of the United States close behind. Will we accept these unstable happenings, these variables that ebb and flo with the times and the mood, or will we, as faithful Authentic Roman Catholics, march in lockstep with St. Casimir?Reject modernism, turn away from those who lure you away from the True Faith, and stand firm for Tradition!
Michael Cain, editor, The Daily Catholic