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Monday, April 30, 2007

Called today (but everyone was out).

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Five years ago, I heard of one pharmaceutical company being accused of launching yesterday's products tomorrow.

Now the Catholic Church in England and Wales is seeking out yesterday's vocations tomorrow, as they launch a manga cartoon campaign.

Using Japanese cartoons is interculturation in reverse.

Incredible but true

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On TF1, a French TV station tonight, a man who can serve two masters. A priest who is also a model.

DIY Digital Altars

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from a "Catholic" broadcaster in the Netherlands.

As it says on Wikepedia
"KRO (Katholieke Radio Omroep): Catholic broadcaster. Has predominantly non-religious programming and tends to be liberal, emphasizing on emotion-driven programming."

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Looking for the Church Treasury in St Truiden, Belgium

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You will have to enter the sanctuary. When the moderns talk of the Eucharist as a transignification (rather than a transubstantiation) perhaps this is what they mean. Signification in the Sanctuary.

A significant step towards intercommunion

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As the announcement that "the major branches of Christianity in Germany and 11 other Churches and ecclesial communities will mutually recognize baptisms carried out in their denominations" is being seen on German TV tonight. One woman who was interviewed said that there was in any case no differences between the Catholic and protestant church services. A priest said that he would give the Sacraments to any protestant who believed as the Catholic Church believed. Litmus test for Catholic belief, Father? It is called CONVERSION.

While even I recognise that my twin brother who is an Anglican vicar can manage to carry out a baptism, this statement clears the way towards Catholic children being regularly permitted to be baptised and raised in protestant communities (guess what beliefs they will come out with) and protestant pastors turning up in Catholic Churches to perform baptisms. Just how welcome a Catholic priest would be performing baptisms in a northern German church does not need to be even guessed. Modern dialogue is a one way street.

Some protestant pastors will even manage to invalidate a baptism. Not easy but perfectly possible. Cardinal Lehmann will have managed to turn baptism into a Carnival.

Will he go unto the Altar?

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Priest's ordination card from 1956, even then in the question showing a certain sense of unease.

But I am fairly confident that this same priest was twelve years later, the young dynamic priest who was ripping out stained glass and the altar rails, replacing the pulpit (known as the Throne of Truth in French) with a nave altar and installing modern art from Marcel Nulens (example below) in his Church.



In memoriam l'abbé Pâquet 2001
Tous ceux qui l'ont connu ont éprouvé une réelle douleur à l'annonce du décès de l'abbé Jacques Paquet, qui fut curé de Bambois de 1968 à 1973.

Succédant au P. Cornet, ce jeune prêtre dynamique arriva au Bambois le 30 août 1968. Après l'abbé Cambier de vénérée mémoire, la paroisse de Bambois avait connu des prêtres extraordinaires :l'abbé Piérard et le P. Cornet ; l'abbé Pâquet ne le fut pas moins. D'un contact humain et franc, il avait le don de créer la relation. Dans son église, il entreprit d'audacieuses transformations : suppression des vitraux, le banc de communion, la chaire de vérité pour placer un autel (ceuvre de l'ébéniste L. Topet) face à l'assistance ; il fit repeindre tout l'édifice, électrifier les cloches, placer un splendide Christ en dinanderie (de Marcel Nulens)... II s'attacha aussi, bien sûr, à la vie paroissiale, suscitant un dynamisme nouveau dans la chorale, confiée à Jean Boccart et à de nombreuses manifestations religieuses.

Cinq ans plus tard, il fut nommé curé à Moignelée puis à Gilly et enfin aumônier à la clinique Saint-Luc à Bouge. Hélas, voici un an, un cancer se déclara. II est mort à Hanret jeudi dernier et ses funérailles ont eu lieu lundi. Durant sa maladie, il avait composé un fort beau texte « Mes rêves sont pour vous » et s'adresse à tous ses amis qui ont peuplé ses jours.

C'était un authentique homme de Dieu et un véritable ami de tous, joyeux et chaleureux.

His ordination card says "Priest for God and for mankind, my brothers".

Pray for the repose of his soul.

And here is the 1956 ordination card of Fr Paul Detienne SJ. The priest who was living in India at the time thought that it represented Our Lady Seat of Wisdom. This only goes to show that the problems of the Church pre-date the Second Vatican Council. He was in Bengal at the time, has subsequently been quite a successful author of spiritual works, and now lives in Brussels (as far as I am aware) where he continues dialogue rather than mission.

Interculturation, known to the British foreign office as going native, has been practiced by missionaries for years. It is just an exagerated anxiety to please which can been found throughout the contemporary Catholic priesthood.

Here Our Lady, Empress of China at Pentecost.



In contrast, to all of the above, the ordination card of a good and holy priest from 1906. I have no details about him other than that he dates the card, 28th Mary's Month and that he asks Our Lady, Queen of Priests to pray for him. Please pray for all these priests.

Before Cardinals Suenens and Danneels

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Catholicism was actually popular in Belgium. The National Eucharistic Congress 1930.


All Peoples shall serve him. From sea to sea shall he reign!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Feast of St Paul of the Cross

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who with Pope St Gregory the Great, I have taken as my heavenly patrons.

My apologies for the identity of the presenter.



Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Friday, April 27, 2007

All day and every day, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world

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A much younger Joseph Ratzinger

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on liturgical reform.

Watch this space for more information.

Converting sacred spaces

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as sponsored by EU money.

Inordinate self-love

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Turkish genocide denier

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stands for Christian democratic party in Vienna. Only symbolising that Catholicism is a busted flush in European politics. As I have said in another place, when the Catholic centre fails in European politics, sooner or later all hell breaks loose.

Originally published on 18 October 2006 by Die Presse in German

Vienna -- On Tuesday [ 17 October] afternoon, the statement was still on the homepage of the Austrian People's Party (OeVP) of Vienna, but was immediately removed when Die Presse inquired about it. The point at issue is an election campaign poster of Mustafa Iscel, OeVP District councilor of Favoriten, in Turkish that read: "When you do not want the genocide of the Armenians recognized -- vote OeVP!" Iscel ran as a candidate in the Nationalrat election on the list of the OeVP. He told Die Presse that he had produced the posters himself and offered them to be hung in Turkish coffee houses and restaurants, for example.

Many cbuntries would recognize the genocide without knowing anything about history, his complaint is. 'This is for historians to decide." For Iscel, however, current research is only "one-sided." "There were no mass killings. These were resettlements, because it was war, and people died of diseases and other adverse conditions."

Had no one in the OeVP asked for a translation or complained about the content? "No." The 36-year-ofd engineer, who has been working as district councilor since 2005, calling himself a "liberal conservative," believes to follow the party line: 'The OeVP prevented in 1999 that the issue was discussed in parliament."

The OeVP in Vienna is deeply embarrassed. OeVP Vienna branch managing director Norbert Walther is surprised, admitting, "I see the poster for the first time/' but also notes with relief: "It carries the federal logo." And how could it find its way onto the official homeppge? "This is the job of our media advisors."

Alfred Hoch, party chairman of the district of Favoriten, says: "This has not been agreed beforehand. I knew that Iscel had his own campaign poster; he showed it to me, and the layout was all right. I therefore assumed that what it says is what we can support." Hoch stressed that Iscel had been an excellent district councilor, always following the OeVP line, "He also financed the poster himself." He had not found it annoying that it was only in Turkish, "We
want to reach out to Turkish immigrants."

Only recently, three politicians of Turkish descent were struck from the list of candidates running in the parliamentary election in the Netherlands - because they had denied the genocide of the Armenians. For Tessa Hofmann, a German expert on Armenia, the case in Vienna is a novelty: "We have repeatedly had candidates who share such a conception of history. Yet we have never had a case where this was an election campaign promise."

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Text of Letter from the International Council of Christians and Jews to Cardinal Kasper

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29 March 2007

Dear Cardinal Kasper,

I write in the name of the ICCJ Executive concerning the current discussion within the Vatican of expanding use of the 1962 Catholic Missal. The Executive has very serious concerns about the impact of such an expansion firstly on Catholic-Jewish relations but also on Catholic- Muslim relations. Likewise we feel it would also cause harm to inter- Christian relations. As an organization with an ecumenical Christian membership inter-Christian tensions would negatively impact our work.

Though the 1962 Missal is devoid of the old "perfidious" language with respect to the Jews its prayers for the Jews, Muslims and other Christians are profoundly demeaning.

The expanded validation of such prayers will rightly challenge Catholic integrity in terms of the proclamations of the past four decades. Non- Catholics can rightly ask which is the normative view when two conflicting visions are supposedly legitimized. Saying that the missal of Pope Paul VI remains the normative text, while true, does not solve the problem in our judgment.

We urge your office to raise these concerns with the respective persons within the Vatican who will make the final decision on this matter.

Our warmest personal regards and prayers for Holy Week/Easter.

Sincerely,
Rev. Prof. Dr John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
President
Copies to:
Cardinal Arinze, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Cardinal Levada,
Cardinal Lehmann, Bishop Van Luyn

Chapel altar

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discovered inside bar:

"A wooden altar that graced the first Roman Catholic church in Derry Township has been discovered in the basement of a Hershey business.
Hershey-area historian Millie Landis-Coyle has been on the trail of the altar, as well as other artifacts, from St. Lucy’s Chapel for several years. "

Syncretism is a syn

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according to Dominus Jesus. But they haven't heard yet in the Church of the Beguins in Brussels, where they offer up in a "Meeting of Spirit and Music" a blend of klezmer, Buddhism, humanistic texts, Sufi and Byzantine chant.

Tridentine Mass for Dummies

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in the Royal Church of Brussels



Symbolic of the lamentable attitude of the Belgian ecclesiastical authorities to the Mass, it has been set up in a museum at the back of the Church.


The banner reads my house shall be a house of prayer


Close-up of the Mass, complete with altar


Veneration of the Blessed Sacrament is also a museum memory.

in the Royal Church of Brussels.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Cardinal desperate for money

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Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudule for hire.

A much-maligned Mass

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"Well, if they disliked the Apostolic Exhortation, they’ll hate the motu proprio. I can’t wait.":

Give us back the Tabernacle!

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Art gallery in Brussels uses tabernacle as decoration

On your bike!

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Or how a modern bishop sees the Rosary. A fahrad is a bicyle.

Within the booklet on the Rosary he calls it an "oldtimers prayer".

Some more pictures from the booklet. The only religious reference is a small chapel on a hill.

69000 Lost Shepherds

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The number of priests who have married since the Second Vatican Council.

11200 found their way back after separation or death. Just over a thousand priests a year are leaving to marry. About 200 will come back sooner or later.

The headline figure is dreadful but the number who come back is surprisingly high.

Ex-priests also more often than not marry ex-nuns. It should be drummed into nuns how wicked it would be to marry a runaway priest.

Like St John Nepomuk, consider your vocation. He decided to be ordained to substitute for a runaway priest.

Cardinal Danneels Dreamland

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Belgian bishops now want lay people to be paid by the State.

He who pays the piper pays the tune - but why on earth should the overtaxed, overspent, quasi-bankrupt Belgian economy have to pick up this tab.

All that makes Flanders great

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has she given us.



Or as I said in an interview on Flemish TV, if Flanders is no longer Catholic, what will become of Flanders?

Once Catholic Flanders.
"No country sends out a larger proportion of secular and regular missionaries, some of whom (like Father P.J. De Smet, the apostle of the American Indians) have attained a world-wide celebrity. Flanders may, indeed, be considered the bulwark of Catholicism in Belgium. The Socialists are well aware of this fact, but the Catholics realize it just as clearly, and their defence is equal to the enemy's attack. Every Flemish community has its parochial schools; the Catholic press is equal to its task; and the "Volk" of Ghent has been organized to counteract the evil influence of the Socialist "Voruit". "


Weeping Virgin Mary Statue Taken Off Market

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That will teach them to sell Church property!

Whatever the reality here, Our Lady is weeping for the daily desecrations.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The shape of things to come

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Once dead, now alive

Bishops of the world, take note
of this article from the ever-excellent Kreuz.net

A Church in a Dutch Diocese was going to be suppressed but then traditionalists set themselves to work.

The Fraternity of St Peters has been caring for the Church of St Agnes in Amsterdam since December 2006. The Fraternity came at the express with of the Parish Council. The priest of St Agnes, Fr F Braam is going into retirement in 2008. The Diocese could not find a successor. The Church was going to be closed.

It was for this reason that the Parish Council invited the Fraternity of St Peters for a six month trial period.

And it bore fruit- the Fraternity reports this in theApril edition of their monthly news. In as little as three months, the participation of the Faithful in the Masses has increased enormously. The number of confessions has grown “considerably”. The Fraternity had to find servers and children and youth are in the Church once again.

Father Braam wishes them much success.

Introducing the traditional liturgy has effected many changes “Many unknown Faithful from many areas arrive for the Sunday Mass”. The Church has been given a new life.

The members of the Parish Church are very satisfied with the arrival of the Fraternity.





A parishioners, Udit Kolster remembers how low the number of Faithful was at the Sunday Mass and how the life of the Church was almost extinguished. Then suddenly, a young father came and in a short space of time, the Church received a new lease of life.

The Church of St Agnes has become a place of a renewed and invigorated Faith for many.

“The profundity of the Tridentine Mass has attracted many newcomers and has led to many interesting conversations on the deepening of Faith”.

Some Faithful also stay after the Sunday Mass to drink a cup of coffee. The head of the Parish Council finds that the old Mass is completely integrated into the structure of the Church.

“Although a short time has passed, we can already say that the Parishioners of St Agnes are very happy about the developments”.

The Father can often be seen on his bicycle bringing the sick Holy Communion and next year they will offer Catechism for the children.

More photos.

Limbo: a new document breeds confusion

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from Catholic World News (CWN)

Last Friday, in a message to CWN subscribers, I warned that secular reporters were likely to provide sensational and inaccurate coverage of a new Church document on the fate of unbaptized infants. Sure enough, a much-traveled Associated Press story began: 'Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) has revised traditional Roman Catholic teaching on so- called 'limbo…''

Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

I receive an e-mail!

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Pastors: Act now or prepare for jail
Posted: April 24, 2007
By Janet Folger
© 2000 WorldNetDaily.com-->© 2007 - WorldNetDaily
I've already told you about how H.R. 1592 will destroy equal justice (setting up a victim hierarchy), set up a Gay Gestapo with unlimited funds and send grandma to jail for sharing her faith on the public sidewalk, as happened in Philadelphia. But what you may not know is how this bill scheduled for a vote in the House this week will come after pastors and all those who disagree with the homosexual agenda out loud. H.R. 1592 the so-called "hate crimes" bill isn't about hate. It isn't about "crimes" (there are already stiff penalties against crimes); it's about speech.

Forget theory. Let me give you a real-world example. Here's a question: Which is worse? Actions or words? Robbing someone or calling him a mean name? Which one deserves the greater penalty?

Before you answer, let's say the name was really mean, like being called "Four-eyes!" I played on the public school playground, used to wear glasses and have been victimized personally by such horrific verbal assaults. They hurt my feelings. And there ought to be stiff penalties for something like that. Stiff like 23 years behind bars? I don't think so. But the state of New Hampshire does.

I know what you're thinking. Can't be. We can't criminalize name calling. The public schools would be empty – with everyone behind bars until their 30s. Oh, I left something out. The mean name in New Hampshire isn't "Four-eyes," targeting the visually impaired; it isn't "Fatso," shamelessly targeting the lovers of cheesecake. The only people protected from mean names with a 23-year jail sentence are … homosexuals.

Robbing someone outside a convenience store is a Class-B felony in New Hampshire, which typically carries a sentence of three and a half to seven years in state prison along with a $4,000 fine. But according to Assistant County Attorney Roger Chadwick, if convicted of a "hate crime" (shouting an anti-homosexual name), the sentence becomes "enhanced" by 23-26 1/2 years – turning a three-year sentence into a 30-year sentence.

Oh, and it's not a hypothetical. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, John Guimond, 23, faced those charges. He was charged with stealing a cell phone from a homosexual man, 24, and his underage "male partner" (a statutory rape violation), after approaching them in a parking lot.

Stealing is a bad thing to do. But keep in mind, no weapon was used, no injury sustained. Just that mean name – something far, far worse. Think about it for a minute. If saying a mean anti-homosexual word adds an additional 23-26 ½ years to a sentence, and people live to around 80, that penalty is one-fourth of your life for the words you say. And while this was in addition to a robbery penalty, how much of a jump would it really be to penalize the speech "infraction" alone? And just what constitutes an "anti-gay epithet"? Would an "anti-gay epithet" be to say, "Homosexuality is a sin," or "Homosexuals should repent"? What if you informed someone that "Homosexuality is harmful to your health"? If I were you, I wouldn't try it in New Hampshire.
So, if speech turns a three-year sentence into a 30-year sentence for a state "hate crime" violation, just what might H.R. 1592 do on the federal level? As Rep. (and former Judge) Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, pointed out on the House Judiciary Subcommittee, if passed, H.R. 1592 is going to put pastors in prison. Pointing to Title 18 of the US Criminal Code, Section 2 (a):
(a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal. –18 USC Sec. 2
Pastor? Have you ever counseled from a biblical perspective or read from Roman 1? I Corinthians 6? Genesis 19? Leviticus 18 or 20? Then, if H.R. 1592 becomes law and someone who has attended your church, read your materials or heard your broadcast commits a crime – such as pushing away a cross-dresser's unwelcome advances – you are "punishable as a principal," as someone who "counsels" and "induces" the now-illegal belief that homosexual behavior is a sin.

Think this is a stretch? Think again. In 1998, I oversaw the national "Truth in Love" campaign, which expressed hope for change for those struggling in homosexuality – something for which I was accused of murder. Here's a sample of one of the full-page "Truth-in-Love" campaign ads that caused all the commotion. One ad pictured 850 ex-homosexuals with the headline, "We're standing for the truth that homosexuals can change." Brace yourself for "hateful," "bigoted" and "intolerant" speech said to be responsible for murder. (Note: If you're under 18, you may want to ask your parents before reading it.):

We believe every human being is precious to God and is entitled to respect. But when we see great suffering among homosexuals, it's an inherent Christian calling to show compassion and concern.

Wow. With words like "precious," "respect," "compassion" and "concern," you can understand why the city of San Francisco would be prompted to accuse us of murder:

It's not an exaggeration to say that there's a direct correlation between these acts of discrimination, like Matthew Shepard, such as when gays and lesbians are called sinful, and when major religious organizations say they can change if they try, and the horrible crimes committed against gays and lesbians.
– City of San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Oct. 19, 1998.

We now have a governmental body on record connecting speech and violence. It's not even violent speech. They are saying that the hopeful message that homosexuals can change is responsible for murder. That, my friend, is why the hate-crimes legislation is the most dangerous legislation in the country. It will lead to silencing our speech just as the city of San Francisco tried to do.

H.R. 1592 isn't about hate. It isn't about crime. It's about silencing our speech. But you don't care about speaking out on "issues" such as homosexuality? As I said in my book, "The Crimnalization of Christianity," if they can silence the truth, they WILL silence the Gospel. Look no further than Philadelphia where grandmothers were thrown in jail for the "hate crime" of sharing the Gospel.

Arlene Elshinnawy, a 75-year-old grandmother of three, held a sign before she was hauled off to jail: "Truth is hate to those who hate the truth." View her 30-second ad and help us tell her story while there is still time.

Or you can use your "right to remain silent." But the House vote on H.R. 1592 is scheduled this week. Use it much longer, and those are the words you'll hear before you're put in the jail cell next to grandma for the "hate crime" of sharing the Gospel.

Motu improprio?

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The Rome correspondent of The Times on the indult and limbo - and a couple of comments by yours truly.

Fr Greg Serwa

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clowning around since 1976.

Deacon Clown

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Meet Deacon Willibert Pauels
He does not hesitate to confuse the two roles
Should be no surprise when his boss Cardinal Meisner has similar tastes around Carnival time.

CAPTIONS ANYONE FOR THE LAST PICTURE?

Institute of Christ the King Latin Mass

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at the Chapel of Notre Dame du Bon Vouloir



How to get there!

Stealth priestess- naming names

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From the Kronika Novus Ordo: Ineke van de Par, Gertrudzie Geiger, Irmgard Lehner, Joke Litjens, Germie Kamsma-Kunst and Victorii Ries (some of these originally detected on the finely tuned ecclesiastical radar of Cathcon)

They would be ordained to the priesthood overnight.





For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world,

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and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?

Monday, April 23, 2007

"I will return"

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to quote General Macarthur on his ejection from the Philippines.


Above is a picture of Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP lecturing at the Angelicum in Rome. There are only two twentieth century theologians, Fr Garrigou-Lagrange and all the other theologians. By the time of the Second Vatican Council, he was too infirm to participate. His most famous pupil, on whose doctoral thesis he had written, "writes much, says very little" was there, opposing the condemnation of Communism in Gaudiem et Spes. Karol Wojtyla was his name. The Poles in exile took a rather different attitude.
Fr Garrigou-Lagrange's name was expunged from a dictionary of 20th century theologians of note. There was no charity in victory among the proponents of the so-called "new theology" whose work the Dominican had so eloquently warned about in his "New Theology Where is it going?" of 1947.

In the present circumstances, one is reminded of the Augustianian, Luis de Leon. He was arrested by the Inquisition during a lecture. Tradition has it that he began his lecture the first day after returning from four years' imprisonment with the words "As we were saying yesterday...."


Except since the 1965, forty long years have passed of penal servitude for the Church, imprisoned by the modern world, like Patty Hurst ever anxious to please their captors.

The day of liberation for the Latin Mass is at hand. But then the contest begins.

And Romano Amerio seems to have been rehabilitated before the great Dominican. But among the greats, there is no rivalry.

Commemoration of St George

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In the Second Collect, four hundred yards from the European Parliament

Feast of St George

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St George is honoured in the Catholic Church as one of the most illustrious martyrs of Christ. The Greeks have long distinguished him by the title of The Great Martyr, and keep his festival a holiday of obligation. There stood formerly in Constantinople five or six churches dedicated in his honour, the oldest of which was always said to have been built by Constantine the Great, who seems also to have been the founder of the church of St. George, which stood over his tomb in Palestine. Both these churches were certainly built under the first Christian emperors. In the middle of the sixth age, the Emperor Justinian erected a new church in honour of this saint at Bizanes, in Lesser Armenia: the Emperor Mauritius founded one in Constantinople. It is related in the life of St. Theodorus of Siceon that he served God a long while in a chapel which bore the name of St. George, had a particular devotion to this glorious martyr, and strongly recommended the same to Mauritius when he foretold him the empire. One of the churches of St. George in Constantinople, called Manganes, with a monastery adjoining, gave to the Hellespont the name of the Arm of St. George. To this day is St. George honoured as principal patron, or tutelar saint, by several Eastern nations, particularly the Georgians. The Byzantine historians relate several battles to have been gained, and other miracles wrought, through his intercession. From frequent pilgrimages to his church and tomb in Palestine, performed by those who visited the Holy Land, his veneration was much propagated over the West. St. Gregory of Tours mentions him as highly celebrated in France in the sixth century.1 St. Gregory the Great ordered an old church of St. George, which was fallen to decay, to be repaired.2 His office is found in the sacramentary of that pope and many others.3 St. Clotildis, wife of Clovis, the first Christian king of France, erected altars under his name; and the church of Chelles, built by her, was originally dedicated in his honour. The ancient life of Droctovaeus mentions, that certain relics of St. George were placed in the church of St. Vincent, now called St. Germaris, in Paris, when it was first consecrated. Fortunatus of Poitiers wrote an epigram on a church of St. George, in Mentz. The intercession of this saint was implored especially in battles and by warriors, as appears by several instances in the Byzantine history, and he is said to have been himself a great soldier. He is, at this day, the tutelar saint of the republic of Genoa; and was chosen by our ancestors in the same quality under our first Norman kings. The great national council, held at Oxford in 1222, commanded his feast to be kept a holiday of the lesser rank throughout all England.4 Under his name and ensign was instituted by our victorious king, Edward III, in 1330, the most noble Order of knighthood in Europe, consisting of twenty-five knights besides the sovereign. Its establishment is dated fifty years before the knights of St. Michael were instituted in France by Louis XI; eighty years before the Order of the Golden Fleece, established by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy; and one hundred and ninety years before the Order of St. Andrew was set up in Scotland by James V. The emperor Frederic IV instituted, in 1470, an Order of knights in honour of St. George; and an honourable military Order in Venice bears his name.5

The extraordinary devotion of all Christendom to this saint is an authentic proof how glorious his triumph and name have always been in the church. All his acts relate that he suffered under Diocletian at Nicomedia. Joseph Assemani6 shows, from the unanimous consent of all churches, that he was crowned on the 23rd of April. According to the account given us by Metaphrastes, he was born in Cappadocia, of noble Christian parents. After the death of his father he went with his mother into Palestine, she being a native of that country, and having there a considerable estate, which fell to her son George. He was strong and robust in body, and having embraced the profession of a soldier, was made a tribune, or colonel, in the army. By his courage and conduct he was soon preferred to higher stations by the Emperor Diocletian. When that prince waged war against the Christian religion, St. George laid aside the marks of his dignity, threw up his commission and posts, and complained to the emperor himself of his severities and bloody edicts. He was immediately cast into prison, and tried, first by promises, and afterwards put to the question and tortured with great cruelty; but nothing could shake his constancy. The next day he was led through the city and beheaded. Some think him to have been the same illustrious young man who tore down the edicts when they were first fixed up at Nicomedia, as Lactantius relates in his book, On the Death of the Persecutors, and Eusebius in his history.7 The reason why St. George has been regarded as the patron of military men is partly upon the score of his profession, and partly upon the credit of a relation of his appearing to the Christian army in the holy war, before the battle of Antioch. The success of this battle proving fortunate to the Christians, under Godfrey of Bouillon, made the name of St. George more famous in Europe and disposed the military men to implore more particularly his intercession. This devotion was confirmed, as it is said, by an apparition of St. George to our king, Richard I, in his expedition against the Saracens; which vision being declared to the troops, was to them a great encouragement, and they soon after defeated the enemy.8 St. George is usually painted on horseback and tilting at a dragon under his feet; but this representation is no more than an emblematical figure, purporting that by his faith and Christian fortitude he conquered the devil, called the dragon in the Apocalypse.

Though many dishonour the profession of arms by a licentiousness of manners, yet, to show us that perfect sanctity is attainable in all states, we find the names of more soldiers recorded in the Martyrologies than almost of any other profession. Every true disciple of Christ must be a martyr in the disposition of his heart, as he must be ready to lose all, and to suffer anything, rather than to offend God. Every good Christian is also a martyr, by the patience and courage with which he bears all trials. There is no virtue more necessary, nor of which the exercise ought to be more frequent, than patience. In this mortal life we have continually something to suffer from disappointments in affairs, from the severity of the seasons, from the injustice, caprice, peevishness, jealousy, or antipathy of others; and from ourselves, in pains either of mind or body. Even our own weaknesses and faults are to us subjects of patience. And as we have continually many burdens, both of our own and others, to bear, it is only in patience that we are to possess our souls. This affords us comfort in all our sufferings and maintains our souls in unshaken tranquillity and peace. This is true greatness of mind and the virtue of heroic souls. But, alas! every accident ruffles and disturbs us; and we are insupportable even to ourselves. What comfort should we find, what peace should we enjoy, what treasures of virtue should we heap up, what an harvest of merits should we reap, if we had learned the true spirit of Christian patience!

This is the martyrdom and the crown of every faithful disciple of Christ.

Endnotes
1. L. de Glor. Mart. c. 101.
2. L. 19, ep. 73, p. 1173, ed. Ben.
3. Not. Menardi in Sacram. S. Greg.
4. Conc. t. 11, p. 275.
5. See F. Honore, Hist. des Ordres de Chevaleried, t. 4. Also Ashmole's Order of the Garter; Anstis's Register; and Pott's Antiquities of Windsor and Hist. of this Order, 4to. 1749, with the MS. notes of Dr. Buswel, canon of Westminster.
6 Jos. Assemani in Calend. Univer. t. 6, p. 284. See Memoires de lAcademie des Inscript. t. 26 p. 436.
7 See the Acts of St. Anthimus and Comp.
8 See Dr. Heylin's History of St. George.

FROM THE GOLDEN LEGEND
Of S. George, Martyr, and first the interpretation of his name.
George is said of geos, which is as much to say as earth, and orge that is tilling. So George is to say as tilling the earth, that is his flesh. And S. Austin saith, in libro de Trinitate that, good earth is in the height of the mountains, in the temperance of the valleys, and in the plain of the fields. The first is good for herbs being green, the second to vines, and the third to wheat and corn. Thus the blessed George was high in despising low things, and therefore he had verdure in himself, he was attemperate by discretion, and therefore he had wine of gladness, and within he was plane of humility, and thereby put he forth wheat of good works. Or George may be said of gerar, that is holy, and of gyon, that is a wrestler, that is an holy wrestler, for he wrestled with the dragon. Or George is said of gero, that is a pilgrim, and gir, that is detrenched out, and ys, that is a councillor. He was a pilgrim in the sight of the world, and he was cut and detrenched by the crown of martyrdom, and he was a good councillor in preaching. And his legend is numbered among other scriptures apocryphal in the council of Nicene, because his martyrdom hath no certain relation. For in the calendar of Bede it is said that he suffered martyrdom in Persia in the city of Diaspolin, and in other places it is read that he resteth in the city of Diaspolin which tofore was called Lidda, which is by the city of Joppa or Japh. And in another place it is said that he suffered death under Diocletian and Maximian, which that time were emperors. And in another place under Diocletian emperor of Persia, being present seventy kings of his empire. And it is said here that he suffered death under Dacian the provost, then Diocletian and Maximian being emperors.

Here followeth the Life of S. George Martyr.
S. George was a knight and born in Cappadocia. On a time he came in to the province of Libya, to a city which is said Silene. And by this city was a stagne or a pond like a sea, wherein was a dragon which envenomed all the country. And on a time the people were assembled for to slay him, and when they saw him they fled. And when he came nigh the city he venomed the people with his breath, and therefore the people of the city gave to him every day two sheep for to feed him, because he should do no harm to the people, and when the sheep failed there was taken a man and a sheep. Then was an ordinance made in the town that there should be taken the children and young people of them of the town by lot, and every each one as it fell, were he gentle or poor, should be delivered when the lot fell on him or her. So it happed that many of them of the town were then delivered, insomuch that the lot fell upon the king's daughter, whereof the king was sorry, and said unto the people: For the love of the gods take gold and silver and all that I have, and let me have my daughter. They said: How sir! ye have made and ordained the law, and our children be now dead, and ye would do the contrary. Your daughter shall be given, or else we shall burn you and your house.

When the king saw he might no more do, he began to weep, and said to his daughter: Now shall I never see thine espousals. Then returned he to the people and demanded eight days' respite, and they granted it to him. And when the eight days were passed they came to him and said: Thou seest that the city perisheth: Then did the king do array his daughter like as she should be wedded, and embraced her, kissed her and gave her hls benediction, and after, led her to the place where the dragon was.

When she was there S. George passed by, and when he saw the lady he demanded the lady what she made there and she said: Go ye your way fair young man, that ye perish not also. Then said he: Tell to me what have ye and why weep ye, and doubt ye of nothing. When she saw that he would know, she said to him how she was delivered to the dragon. Then said S. George: Fair daughter, doubt ye no thing hereof for I shall help thee in the name of Jesu Christ. She said: For God's sake, good knight, go your way, and abide not with me, for ye may not deliver me. Thus as they spake together the dragon appeared and came running to them, and S. George was upon his horse, and drew out his sword and garnished him with the sign of the cross, and rode hardily against the dragon which came towards him, and smote him with his spear and hurt him sore and threw him to the ground. And after said to the maid: Deliver to me your girdle, and bind it about the neck of the dragon and be not afeard. When she had done so the dragon followed her as it had been a meek beast and debonair. Then she led him into the city, and the people fled by mountains and valleys, and said: Alas! alas! we shall be all dead. Then S. George said to them: Ne doubt ye no thing, without more, believe ye in God, Jesu Christ, and do ye to be baptized and I shall slay the dragon. Then the king was baptized and all his people, and S. George slew the dragon and smote off his head, and commanded that he should be thrown in the fields, and they took four carts with oxen that drew him out of the city.

Then were there well fifteen thousand men baptized, without women and children, and the king did do make a church there of our Lady and of S. George, in the which yet sourdeth a fountain of living water, which healeth sick people that drink thereof. After this the king offered to S. George as much money as there might be numbered, but he refused all and commanded that it should be given to poor people for God's sake; and enjoined the king four things, that is, that he should have charge of the churches, and that he should honour the priests and hear their service diligently, and that he should have pity on the poor people, and after, kissed the king and departed.

Now it happed that in the time of Diocletian and Maximian, which were emperors, was so great persecution of christian men that within a month were martyred well twenty-two thousand, and therefore they had so great dread that some renied and forsook God and did sacrifice to the idols. When S. George saw this, he left the habit of a knight and sold all that he had, and gave it to the poor, and took the habit of a christian man, and went into the middle of the paynims and began to cry: All the gods of the paynims and gentiles be devils, my God made the heavens and is very God. Then said the provost to him: Of what presumption cometh this to thee, that thou sayest that our gods be devils? And say to us what thou art and what is thy name. He answered anon and said: I am named George, I am a gentleman, a knight of Cappadocia, and have left all for to serve the God of heaven. Then the provost enforced himself to draw him unto his faith by fair words, and when he might not bring him thereto he did do raise him on a gibbet; and so much beat him with great staves and broches of iron, that his body was all tobroken in pieces. And after he did do take brands of iron and join them to his sides, and his bowels which then appeared he did do frot with salt, and so sent him into prison, but our Lord appeared to him the of same night with great light and comforted him much sweetly. And by this great consolation he took to him so good heart that he doubted no torment that they might make him suffer. Then, when Dacian the provost saw that he might not surmount him, he called his enchanter and said to him: I see that these christian people doubt not our torments. The enchanter bound himself, upon his head to be smitten off, if he overcame not his crafts. Then he did take strong venom and meddled it with wine, and made invocation of the names of his false gods, and gave it to S. George to drink. S. George took it and made the sign of the cross on it, and anon drank it without grieving him any thing. Then the enchanter made it more stronger than it was tofore of venom, and gave it him to drink, and it grieved him nothing. When the enchanter saw that, he kneeled down at the feet of S. George and prayed him that he would make him christian. And when Dacian knew that he was become christian he made to smite off his head. And after, on the morn, he made S. George to be set between two wheels, which were full of swords, sharp and cutting on both sides, but anon the wheels were broken and S. George escaped without hurt. And then commanded Dacian that they should put him in a caldron full of molten lead, and when S. George entered therein, by the virtue of our Lord it seemed that he was in a bath well at ease. Then Dacian seeing this began to assuage his ire, and to flatter him by fair words, and said to him: George, the patience of our gods is over great unto thee which hast blasphemed them, and done to them great despite, then fair, and right sweet son, I pray thee that thou return to our law and make sacrifice to the idols, and leave thy folly, and I shall enhance thee to great honour and worship. Then began S. George to smile, and said to him: Wherefore saidst thou not to me thus at the beginning? I am ready to do as thou sayest. Then was Dacian glad and made to cry over all the town that all the people should assemble for to see George make sacrifice which so much had striven there against. Then was the city arrayed and feast kept throughout all the town, and all came to the temple for to see him.

When S. George was on his knees, and they supposed that he would have worshipped the idols, he prayed our Lord God of heaven that he would destroy the temple and the idol in the honour of his name, for to make the people to be converted. And anon the fire descended from heaven and burnt the temple, and the idols, and their priests, and sith the earth opened and swallowed all the cinders and ashes that were left. Then Dacian made him to be brought tofore him, and said to him: What be the evil deeds that thou hast done and also great untruth? Then said to him S. George: Ah, sir, believe it not, but come with me and see how I shall sacrifice. Then said Dacian to him: I see well thy fraud and thy barat, thou wilt make the earth to swallow me, like as thou hast the temple and my gods. Then said S. George: O caitiff, tell me how may thy gods help thee when they may not help themselves! Then was Dacian so angry that he said to his wife: I shall die for anger if I may not surmount and overcome this man. Then said she to him: Evil and cruel tyrant! ne seest thou not the great virtue of the christian people? I said to thee well that thou shouldst not do to them any harm, for their God fighteth for them, and know thou well that I will become christian. Then was Dacian much abashed and said to her: Wilt thou be christian? Then he took her by the hair, and did do beat her cruelly. Then demanded she of S. George: What may I become because I am not christened? Then answered the blessed George: Doubt thee nothing, fair daughter, for thou shalt be baptized in thy blood. Then began she to worship our Lord Jesu Christ, and so she died and went to heaven. On the morn Dacian gave his sentence that S. George should be drawn through all the city, and after, his head should be smitten off. Then made he his prayer to our Lord that all they that desired any boon might get it of our Lord God in his name, and a voice came from heaven which said that it which he had desired was granted; and after he had made his orison his head was smitten off, about the year of our Lord two hundred and eighty-seven. When Dacian went homeward from the place where he was beheaded towards his palace, fire fell down from heaven upon him and burnt him and all his servants.

Gregory of Tours telleth that there were some that bare certain relics of S. George, and came into a certain oratory in a hospital, and on the morning when they should depart they could not move the door till they had left there part of their relics. It is also found in the history of Antioch, that when the christian men went over sea to conquer Jerusalem, that one, a right fair young man, appeared to a priest of the host and counselled him that he should bear with him a little of the relics of S. George. for he was conductor of the battle, and so he did so much that he had some. And when it was so that they had assieged Jerusalem and durst not mount ne go up on the walls for the quarrels and defence of the Saracens, they saw appertly S. George which had white arms with a red cross, that went up tofore them on the walls, and they followed him, and so was Jerusalem taken by his help. And between Jerusalem and port Jaffa, by a town called Ramys, is a chapel of S. George which is now desolate and uncovered, and therein dwell christian Greeks. And in the said chapel lieth the body of S. George, but not the head. And there lie his father and mother and his uncle, not in the chapel but under the wall of the chapel; and the keepers will not suffer pilgrims to come therein, but if they pay two ducats, and therefore come but few therein, but offer without the chapel at an altar. And there is seven years and seven lents of pardon; and the body of S. George lieth in the middle of the quire or choir of the said chapel, and in his tomb is an hole that a man may put in his hand. And when a Saracen, being mad, is brought thither, and if he put his head in the hole he shall anon be made perfectly whole, and have his wit again.

This blessed and holy martyr S. George is patron of this realm of England and the cry of men of war. In the worship of whom is founded the noble order of the garter, and also a noble college in the castle of Windsor by kings of England, in which college is the heart of S. George, which Sigismund, the emperor of Almayne, brought and gave for a great and a precious relique to King Harry the fifth. And also the said Sigismund was a brother of the said garter, and also there is a piece of his head, which college is nobly endowed to the honour and worship of Almighty God and his blessed martyr S. George. Then let us pray unto him that he be special protector and defender of this realm.

New Mass texts in English

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Can be found here for those interested.

Hallowed Ground

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Catholicism that lives not just through words but also images

From this blog- make a list and pray

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

O Jesus,
I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
For your unfaithful and tepid priests;
For your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.
For your tempted priests;
For your lonely and desolate priests;
For your young priests;
For your dying priests;
For the souls of your priests in Purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you the priest dearest to me;
The priest who baptized me;
The priests who absolved me from my sins;
The priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me
Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
The priests who taught and instructed me;
All the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially …).
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
And bless them abundantly in time and Eternity. Amen.
-St. Thérèse de Lisieux

New evangelisation

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This receptionist at the Jesuit run St Denis Student Centre in Paris is probably not the best evangelist that the Jesuits have had in their employ.

A tent and a ladder to get to heaven

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Modern Franciscans don't need Churches.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Passionist dancing

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Text provided for information purposes only- don't sing along.

Accidentally in love-Counting Crows

So she said what's the problem baby
What's the problem I don't know
Well maybe I'm in love (love)
Think about it every time
I think about it
Can't stop thinking 'bout it

How much longer will it take to cure this
Just to cure it cause I can't ignore it if it's love (love)
Makes me wanna turn around and face me but I don't know nothing 'bout love

Come on, come on
Turn a little faster
Come on, come on
The world will follow after
Come on, come on
Cause everybody's after love

So I said I'm a snowball running
Running down into the spring that's coming all this love
Melting under blue skies
Belting out sunlight
Shimmering love

Well baby I surrender
To the strawberry ice cream
Never ever end of all this love
Well I didn't mean to do it
But there's no escaping your love

These lines of lightning
Mean we're never alone,
Never alone, no, no

Come on, Come on
Move a little closer
Come on, Come on
I want to hear you whisper
Come on, Come on
Settle down inside my love

Come on, come on
Jump a little higher
Come on, come on
If you feel a little lighter
Come on, come on
We were once
Upon a time in love

We're accidentally in love
Accidentally in love [x7]

Accidentally

I'm In Love, I'm in Love,
I'm in Love, I'm in Love,
I'm in Love, I'm in Love,
Accidentally [x2]

Come on, come on
Spin a little tighter
Come on, come on
And the world's a little brighter
Come on, come on
Just get yourself inside her

Love ...I'm in love

IN CONTRAST
St Paul of the Cross sets forth an example to a lay penitent.

Short Regulation for Signora Maria Johanna Grazi:

1. In the morning let your first glance be to the Crucifix, your first sigh his wounds. Get dressed with holy thoughts, considering how Jesus was clothed after his scourging, and make the holy affections that devotion will suggest.

2. When you are dressed, prostrate yourself on the ground and adore God to thank him for benefits received with the usual prayers of a Christian.

3. Then make a half-hour of mental prayer, according to the rules which I gave you.

4. After your mental prayer sit down for a while to recall the lights you received, the affections and resolution you made, and especially the principal truth you used for meditation. Make a corsage of these and place it on the bosom of your soul in order to recall them during the day and to spiritually perfume your soul. For example, you have meditated on Jesus betrayed by Judas, then bound and led away by the cohort. So you form a summary of all the kicks the Jews give Jesus, the jerking with ropes, the drops of blood shed, the tears, the gasps, and so on, along with his infinite patience, he never opened his mouth, his kindliness toward Judas, etc. Then make a spiritual bouquet of these, as I said above.

Then during the day you can say: “O my soul, where have you left your Jesus? Ah! be amazed that you have left him with the Jews! Oh, how much suffering he endured for you! Oh, how many slaps they give him. Oh, how many blows! Ah, Jesus my Love! how can I see you so afflicted for love of me and not die of sorrow? Why do I not love you with the love of a seraph? Why have I not imitated your patience? Ah, dear Jesus! I wish to do that!”

I have given you these as examples. You can do the same for other mysteries, reviving your faith and putting yourself in the Presence of God.

5. Then go about your duties. Work without haste or strain; work with diligence, but with a peaceful heart and relaxed spirit, remaining in the Presence of God; work with your hands, but with your heart be busy with God.

6. Before your midday meal, if you can, put in a little spiritual reading and, if it is possible, withdraw to a quiet spot and spend a quarter of an hour alone with Jesus and do as he inspires you, making a recall of the morning’s meditation.

7. Go to your meal. Sit close to Jesus and Mary, and offer them some mouthfuls, for they are so poor. Present a pleasant appearance, but devoutly modest.

8. After the meal spend the time in a bit of recreation, if that is what your husband wishes. Remain in the company of the people with whom you had your meal.

9. After collation go to your work and continue until toward evening. When the 23 hour comes around, leave your work and close yourself off somewhere to make mental prayer until the 24 hour or a bit less.

10. After your prayer go about your household duties with a peaceful mind, thinking of God and with a holy, joyous, and modest countenance.

11. Take your evening meal as I suggested above and take it as a frugal meal, but eat what you need. I say frugal so that you will be more alert for prayer in the morning.

12. Then say your night prayers and those which you have decided upon as daily prayers. Before lying down read your meditation, if you can.

13. In undressing think how our poor Jesus was stripped of his garments before he extended himself on his bed, which was the altar of the cross. Make those affections that love inspires. Go to sleep with holy thoughts, but try to sleep so that you are more ready for prayer.

We will take up other exercises of penance in the confessional.

Ejaculatory prayers to be offered during the day:

“O Jesus, my love! would that you were never offended.”

“O my heart, break with sorrow!”

“Ah! Infinite Goodness, when will I love you! When will I be burnt up with love!”

“Ah! my dear Jesus, how much you suffered for me! and I do not love you? O my cruel heart, why do you not love Jesus who is your life, your supreme good?”

I have given you these prayers as examples. Use those where you feel more devotion, but use them with a peaceful spirit, gentle and relaxed, without strain of head or stomach, but gently. Thrust your heart often into the pure Heart of Jesus in the Sacrament. Greet Mary and Saint Joseph often as well as your guardian angel.

In dryness persevere in prayer and make use of ejaculatory prayers, especially acts of resignation to the Will of God. For example: “O dear Will of my God, be you forever blessed! O sweet Will! be forever fulfilled in me and by all. O dear Will of my God! how precious you are! How lovable! How holy! Ah! when, when will I be all transformed into the Holy Will?”

You can use these and others in temptations, in melancholy, etc., by kissing the Wounds of the Crucified. In temptations affirm that you wish to die rather than abandon God. In dryness affirm that before you would leave prayer and a spiritual life, you prefer to lose life itself.

Above all, I recommend the exercise of the holy virtues, that you conduct yourself with great respect and good grace and sweetness with your husband and all the household. Above all, show yourself all grace and courtesy with those who try your holy patience.

Love the promises you made to be all for God. Take them to heart, lock them there with the key of fidelity and holy love, and then give the key to Jesus.

Courage. Be faithful, humble, and persevering and you will sing the divine mercies in eternity. May the Lord grant this to you and me and to all. Amen.

Live Jesus! in whose Side I place you. Amen.

Your true servant in Jesus, Paul of the Holy Cross

Catholic Churches in Brooklyn

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23 of 142 closed.

Two days before St George's Day

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Closure of St George's Church announced. Diocesan authorities displaying their usual tact and discretion.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Stealth priestess spotted high in the Alps

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Broken cover into broad daylight


Father on the right side of the altar taking it easy,

and an interloper on the wrong side.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Did Cardinal Kasper manipulate Jewish opinion?

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in an attempt to stop the indult

Just where did the initiative come from for these concerns?

Claims that for over a thousand years that Catholicism was Marcionist are simply fantastic. Have they never heard of a breviary? About 30 psalms and old testament canticles a day. Rather fewer in modern breviaries but still.

The liturgy according to the father of modern liturgy, Odo Casel did not originate in the service of the Temple but in a Greek mystery cult. If you are looking for anti-semitism, he is a big candidate, especially as he was influenced by the arch anti-semite and father of modern biblical scholarship, Ernest Renan who denied Christ was Jewish.

Spot on comments from Rorate Caeli.

Further decoupling salvation and baptism

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is a dangerous game to play, especially with the souls of others.

In contrast among the Errors of the Synod of Pistoia condemned by Pope Pius VI in the Constitution, "Auctorem fidei," Aug. 28, 1794


The Punishment of Those Who Die with Original Sin Only

26. The doctrine which rejects as a Pelagian fable, that place of the lower regions (which the faithful generally designate by the name of the limbo of children) in which the souls of those departing with the sole guilt of original sin are punished with the punishment of the condemned, exclusive of the punishment of fire, just as if, by this very fact, that these who remove the punishment of fire introduced that middle place and state free of guilt and of punishment between the kingdom of God and eternal damnation, such as that about which the Pelagians idly talk,—false, rash, injurious to Catholic schools.

And Questiones atttibuted to St Thomas Aquinas after his death.

Can you hear me?

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A test for Cathcon Talks

Mixed Charismatic Community

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in Brussels, Belgium.

No good ever came of mixed or double monasteries throughout history. Most common cause of break-up, the female side thought that they knew better.

Strange that Cardinal Danneels encourages these ersatz forms of religious life but is hostile to the Latin Mass.

Cardinal Danneels creating a more human city.

Cardinal Meisner interculturates

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Source.

First he presided over a Carnival Mass in his Cathedral, now this. He is a a Conservative. He probably is when measured by the standards of the other German bishops.

Thanks to angelqueen.

Alien Invasion!

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Father Joe takes Cathcon seriously and writes it up so much better than I do. I put it down to a lifetime of preaching.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Former Jesuit Church now University Church of Paderborn

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Don't ask me what this is, apart from nothing to do with Catholicism.

Women Power Church

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An "art" installation in the Graz Diocesan Museum.

Vocations

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- Best Practice Guide

Please note Cathcon is deeply sceptical about Medjugorje and indeed any revelations that are published daily, weekly or monthly.

See also No Shepherds to Guide them.

Cathcon featured

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On Tradition in Action.

I receive an e-mail!

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“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood founder


Please forward this email to all your friends and family. Innocent lives depend on it. (Cathcon comments- use this link or the e-mail button at the bottom of this post).

Dear Chris,

This is most urgent. On April 24, the legislative assembly for Mexico City hopes to legalize abortion in one of the largest cities in the world.

You see, legislators from Mexico’s leftist parties expect to use the legalizationof abortion in their nation’s capital as a springboard to permit the brutal practice throughout the entire country.
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Despite the fact that most Mexicans are Catholic and oppose abortion, pro-abortion lawmakers and their allies are hard at work not only to legalize abortion, but to force the state to pay for abortions at state run health clinics.

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Thank you for helping me launch this massive petition, because if abortion continues destroying the family on which the future of society depends, and morality is not boldly defended, civilization will soon disintegrate.

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John E. Ritchie TFP Student Action Director
P.S. – Please forward this urgent message to as many of your friends or family members as possible – even to your entire address book. Urge them to help stop abortion in Mexico.
Also, pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in reparation for the sins of abortion, for the conversion of sinners, and for society’s return to God.

Late entry in world's smallest altar competition

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This time, somewhere near Graz

Shock, horror I prayed in Latin

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Undercover reporting from the Diocesan Sunday Newspaper in Brussels. He concludes that a reporter's life has to include reporting on distasteful matters. Next to it is a report of ecumenical progress in Switzerland to cheer readers up.