Thursday, December 25, 2008

Feast of the Nativity


In the year five thousand one hundred and ninety-nine from the creation of the world, when God in the beginning created heaven and earth;

In the year two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven from the flood;

In the year two thousand and fifteen from the birthday of Abraham;

In the year one thousand five hundred and ten from Moses and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;

In the year one thousand and thirty-two from the anointing of David as king;

In the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;

In the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

In the year seven hundred and fifty-two from the founding of the city of Rome;

In the forty-second year of the rule of Octavian Augustus;

In the sixth age of the world, when the whole world was at peace: [here the voice is raised:]

Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, being pleased to hallow the world by His most gracious coming, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost, and nine months having passed since His conception, having become Man, was born at Bethlehem in Juda of the Virgin Mary.

[All prostrate themselves: at the signal of the superior, they arise.]

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh. A tolum duplex feast of the first class.

On the same day, the birthday of St. Anastasia. In the reign of Diocletian, she suffered harsh and cruel imprisonment at the hands of her husband Publius, during which she was greatly consoled and comforted by Chrysogonus, a confessor of Christ. Next, she was subjected to a long imprisonment by Florius, prefect of Illyria. At last, on the island of Palmaria, she was fastened to posts with her hands and feet stretched apart, and a fire was enkindled about her. Thus she completed her martyrdom. There had been deported to this island with her two hundred men and seventy women, who gained their martyrdom by being killed in various ways. A memory.

At Barcelona in Spain, the birthday of St. Peter Nolasco, confessor, and founder of the Order of our Lady of Ransom for the Redemption of Captives. He was noted for his virtues and miracles. His feast is celebrated on January 28.

At Rome, in the cemetery of Apronianus, St. Eugenia, virgin. She was the daughter of St. Philip the martyr. In the time of the Emperor Galhenus, she showed many signs and virtues and added holy choirs of virgins to Christ. She suffered for a long time under Nicetus, prefect of the city, and at last her throat was cut with a sword.

At Nicomedia, the sufferings of several thousand holy martyrs who on Christmas day were assembled at Mass. The Emperor Diocletian ordered the doors of the church to be shut and a fire to be prepared around the building. A tripod with incense was set before the door. Then a herald proclaimed that they who desired to escape the fire should come out and offer incense to Jupiter. When the Christians unanimously declared they would gladly die for the sake of Christ, the church was set on fire and they were burned alive. Thus, they were held worthy to be born in Heaven on the very day on which Christ was pleased to be born on earth for the salvation of the world.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our Lady in Expectation


or possibly a pious communicant taking Our Lady in Expectation as a model. I have numerous devotional cards of Our Lady receiving Communion from St John.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Where the English went wrong!

Explained in a book by Cardinal Gasquet published in 1911.
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Call for the restoration of the Monarchy in the United Kingdom


The obsession with appeasing minorities now includes Roman Catholics, who are apparently pining away for want of being able to become King of England, or to marry into the Royal family. I should have thought there were more important issues as Britain sinks into the swamp, but never mind. If we overturn the Act of Settlement then it seems to make sense to go the whole hog, and restore the Stuart (Catholic) line to the throne, from which it was debarred in 1701. This, as my colleague Mandrake discloses today, means turning the Duke of Bavaria, a descendant of James II, into King Francis II. This would be but a small undertaking for a Government that has already brought Britain to its knees, and how we must look forward to it.
Cathcon not so many months ago went to a reception in the Bavarian Representation to the EU in Brussels. I was asked, what was my opinion of my queen. I said she is not my Queen, but my King is your Prince and pointed to a rather splendid portrait of Ludwig on the wall.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Latin Mass in Italy

Barbarians of the OUP brings shame to my University

Chinese bishop no stranger to persecution

Allegation that Vatican wants to kill homosexuals

Feast of St Daniel Stylites


Life and commentary

Just about the time of his holy departure from this life a man vexed with an unclean spirit suddenly cried aloud in the midst of the people, announcing the presence of the saints with the holy man, naming each one of them; and he said, 'There is great joy in heaven at this hour, for the holy angels have come to take the holy man with them, besides there are come, too, the honourable and glorious companies of prophets and apostles and martyrs and saints; they are tormenting me now, and to-morrow at the third hour they will drive me out of this tabernacle; when the holy man is going to his home in the heavens and his saintly corpse is being brought down, I shall come out.' And this did indeed happen. Our glorious father Daniel died at the third hour on the following day, a Saturday, December 11th in the second indiction (A.D. 493), and at the time of his death he worked a miracle in that the man with an unclean spirit was healed.
Our all-praiseworthy father Daniel bade adieu to his parents when he was twelve years old, then for twenty-five years he lived in a monastery; after that during five years he visited the fathers and from each learned what might serve his purpose, making his anthology from their teaching. At the time when the crown of his endurance began to be woven the Saint had completed his forty-second year, and at that age he came by divine guidance, as we have explained above, to this our imperial city. He dwelt in the church for nine years, standing on the capital of a column, thus training himself beforehand in the practice of that discipline which he was destined to bring to perfection. For he had learned from many divine revelations that his duty was to enter upon the way of life practised by the blessed and sainted Simeon.

For three and thirty years and three months he stood for varying periods on the three columns, as he changed from one to another, so that the whole span of his life was a little more than eighty-four years.

Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate

Now is the time.

Dancers armed with Knives Mass

Don't believe me! 1 min 50 into the video.

and no baptism is complete without a dance these days.

A Ballet Mass-

They are celebrating 100 years of the Sisters of Charity. At least the Passionist who recently dressed up and sang as Champagne Charlie in London to celebrate 150 years of the Passionists there left it until the social afterwards.

And in the meantime in Rio, the phenomenon of "Priest Superstar" which they think will combat insurgent protestantism- feed it more like.

A scene from the Marian Festival at Paray-le-Monial in August of this year.

And more hyperactive participation.

And this modern dance in Cathedral of Angers, they say this has something to do with the Cross of Christ.

You think you could get away from it all on pilgrimage- but no the Pilgrim Dancers will follow you.

Earlier liturgical dance nightmares given to you by Cathcon.

"I never expected such a backlash"

Cherie Blair's speech to students over views on birth control

Cardinal attacks the singer Madonna

for rousing impure thoughts

Madonna is causing 'crazy enthusiasm' and 'impure thoughts' on her first concert visit to Chile, a prominent retired cardinal complained on Wednesday, as he paused in a tribute to a late dictator to denounce the pop star.

Roman Catholic Cardinal Jorge Medina criticized the flamboyant singer during his homily at a Mass in honor of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet, who oversaw the deaths of some 3,200 dissidents during his 1973-1990 rule.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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No room in the Church

Vocations rise in the Holy Land

Arinze successor

Sors in Scotland

When people are spotted taking mobile phone calls in front of the Blessed Sacrament

You just know that Taize must be coming to Brussels at the end of the month.

"Little Ratzinger" is new Prefect for CDW

and a classic Cardinal Arinze quote:

"If you can find any document from Rome saying 'remove the altar rails', I will give you a turkey."

Rearrangement of the sanctuary- a pictorial history- which the parish seems to be proud of for some bizarre reason.

Feast of Our Lady of Loreto


Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (here with glorious illustrations)

Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.

Christe, audi nos.
Christe, exaudi nos.

Pater de caelis Deus, miserere nobis.
Fili redemptor mundi Deus, miserere nobis.
Spiritus Sancte Deus, miserere nobis.
Sancta Trinitas unus Deus, miserere nobis.

Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis.
Sancta Dei Genitrix, ora pro nobis.
Sancta Virgo virginum, ora pro nobis.
Mater Christi, ora pro nobis.
Mater divinae gratiae, ora pro nobis.
Mater purissima, ora pro nobis.
Mater castissima, ora pro nobis.
Mater inviolata, ora pro nobis.
Mater intemerata, ora pro nobis.
Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis.
Mater admirabilis, ora pro nobis.
Mater boni consilii, ora pro nobis.
Mater Creatoris, ora pro nobis.
Mater Salvatoris, ora pro nobis.
Virgo prudentissima, ora pro nobis.
Virgo veneranda, ora pro nobis.
Virgo praedicanda, ora pro nobis.
Virgo potens, ora pro nobis.
Virgo clemens, ora pro nobis.
Virgo fidelis, ora pro nobis.
Speculum justitiae, ora pro nobis.
Sedes sapientiae, ora pro nobis.
Causa nostrae laetitiae, ora pro nobis.
Vas spirituale, ora pro nobis.
Vas honorabile, ora pro nobis.
Vas insigne devotionis, ora pro nobis.
Rosa mystica, ora pro nobis.
Turris Davidica, ora pro nobis.
Turris eburnea, ora pro nobis.
Domus aurea, ora pro nobis.
Foederis arca, ora pro nobis.
Janua caeli, ora pro nobis.
Stella matutina, ora pro nobis.
Salus infirmorum, ora pro nobis.
Refugium peccatorum, ora pro nobis.
Consolatrix afflictionem, ora pro nobis.
Auxilium Christianorum, ora pro nobis.
Regina angelorum, ora pro nobis.
Regina patriarcharum, ora pro nobis.
Regina prophetarum, ora pro nobis.
Regina apostolorum, ora pro nobis.
Regina martyrum, ora pro nobis.
Regina confessorum, ora pro nobis.
Regina virginum, ora pro nobis.
Regina sanctorum omnium, ora pro nobis.
Regina sine labe originali concepta, ora pro nobis.
Regina sacratissimi Rosarii, ora pro nobis.
Regina pacis, ora pro nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: Parce nobis, Domine.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: Exaudi nos, Domine.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: Miserere nobis.

Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix,
Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.


Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui gloriosae Virginis Matris Mariae corpus et animam, ut dignum Filii tui habitaculum effici mereretur, Spiritu Sancto cooperante, praeparasti: da, ut cujus commemoratione laetamur, ejus pia intercessione ab instantibus malis, et a morte perpetua liberemur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Lord have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us
Holy Mother of God, pray for us
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us
Mother of Christ, pray for us
Mother of divine grace, pray for us
Mother most pure, pray for us
Mother most chaste, pray for us
Mother inviolate, pray for us
Mother undefiled, pray for us
Mother most amiable, pray for us
Mother most admirable, pray for us
Mother of good counsel, pray for us
Mother of our Creator, pray for us
Mother of our Redeemer, pray for us
Virgin most prudent, pray for us
Virgin most venerable, pray for us
Virgin most renowned, pray for us
Virgin most powerful, pray for us
Virgin most merciful, pray for us
Virgin most faithful, pray for us
Mirror of justice, pray for us
Seat of wisdom, pray for us
Cause of our joy, pray for us
Spritual vessel, pray for us
Vessel of honor, pray for us
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us
Mystical rose, pray for us
Tower of David, pray for us
Tower of ivory, pray for us
House of gold, pray for us
Ark of the covenant, pray for us
Gate of Heaven, pray for us
Morning Star, pray for us
Health of the sick, pray for us
Refuge of sinners, pray for us
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us
Help of Christians, pray for us
Queen of Angels, pray for us
Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us
Queen of Prophets, pray for us
Queen of Apostles, pray for us
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us
Queen of Confessors, pray for us
Queen of Virgins, pray for us
Queen of all Saints, pray for us
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us
Queen of peace, pray for us

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world: Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world: Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, most holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast prepared the body and soul of the blessed Mary, Virgin and Mother, to be a fitting receptacle for Thy Son, grant that we who rejoice in her commemoration may, by her loving intercession, be delivered from present evils and everlasting death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Vigilate- Keep watch for the Lord's Coming


William Byrd and Catholicism. In times of persecution, private devotions are vital to maintaining the Faith. The lack of private devotions in the modern church indicates that they would not survive such storms.

At the end of an unnecesscary journey

Parishioners feel pain of church closings

Parishioners at five Roman Catholic churches in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood understand what lies at the end of the journey that began when the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese announced in February that it would merge the congregations.

* St. Stephen’s will serve as the home church for the new parish, while St. Rochus will be part of what Bishop Joseph Adamec called the “parish complex,” but will no longer offer Mass.

* SS. Casimir & Emerich, Immaculate Conception and St. Columba are scheduled to close by July, when the merger is to be complete.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Spanish cardinal to head liturgy office


Pope Benedict XVI has named a Spanish cardinal to be the new head of the Vatican's office in charge of rules for celebrating the liturgy around the world.

Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera succeeds Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze who had held the job since 2002. Both men are considered to be conservatives.

The Vatican said in a statement Tuesday that the 76-year-old Arinze had resigned for reasons of age.

He is also known as "Little Ratzinger" and which leaves the way open for the much delayed document on the implementation of the Motu Proprio for the Latin Mass to be published.

Monday, December 08, 2008

O Mary conceived without original sin, pray for those who have recourse to thee.

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Thanks be to God, His Immaculate Mother and St Michael, Defender in the day of battle.

To Whom Much is Given: Surviving the Massacre in Mumbai

Sentimentalism of modernism

had already set in prior to the Council. A confirmation card of 1958- instead of educating children to the glories of the Mass, there was a determination to keep them as children. This probably had its origins in the traumas of the Second World War.

Many reckoned and still believe that at the Council the Church came of age- rather the reverse I suspect. Indeed one could see in the desire to return to the early Church a parallel with the desire to stay in one's own infancy.
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Ave Maria!


The Virgin by William Wordsworth

Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
With the least shade of thought to sin allied;
Woman! above all women glorified,
Our tainted nature's solitary boast;
Purer than foam on central ocean tost;
Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak strewn
With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon
Before her wane begins on heaven's blue coast;
Thy Image falls to earth. Yet some, I ween,
Not unforgiven the suppliant knee might bend,
As to a visible Power, in which did blend
All that was mixed and reconciled in Thee
Of mother's love with maiden purity,
Of high with low, celestial with terrene!

How not to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Linz in 2005

Feast of the Immaculate Conception


Feast of the Immaculate Conception


Tota pulchra es, Maria
et macula originalis non est in te.
Vestimentum tuum candidum quasi nix, et facies tua sicut sol.
Tota pulchra es, Maria,
et macula originalis non est in te.
Tu gloria Jerusalem, tu laetitia Israel, tu honorificentia populi nostri.
Tota pulchra es, Maria.

You are completely pure, Mary,
and the stain of original sin is not within you.
Your clothing is white like snow, and your face is like the sun.
You are completely pure, Mary,
and the stain of original sin is not within you.
You are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you are the honoured of our people.
You are completely pure, Mary

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Police Protection Mass

but the police have not noticed the three aliens who have infiltrated the congregation- look very carefully!

Feast of St Nicholas


Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit".
0 man of God, 0 faithful servant, 0 minister of the Lord, you are a chosen vessel filled with desire for God.
0 pillar and foundation of the Church, you are an heir of the Kingdom. 0 holy father Nicholas, pray to the Lord for us.

Friday, December 05, 2008

December-dedicated to the Immaculate Conception

The history of St Bernadette

Then on the Feast of the Annunciation, 25 March, Bernadette again experienced the 'irresistible urge' to go to the grotto. When she came with relatives, there were over a thousand people gathered there. The beautiful lady was already in the niche and waiting for her. The rosary and prayers were said, and during her ecstasy, the little visionary plucked up her courage and asked the beautiful visitor, once, twice, and then a third time:"Madame, will you be so kind as to tell me who you are?"

At the third entreaty, the Lady opened her arms and lowered them,letting the rosary slip down to her wrist, then she rejoined her hands, raised her eyes and delivered her secret:

"I am the Immaculate Conception"

As she went from the grotto, Bernadette kept repeating these words which she did not understand; they were but sounds to her. And when she came before the Abbé Peyramale, she burst out without any formality:

"I am the Immaculate Conception".

"What's that you say, you conceited little thing?"
"It is the Lady who has just said these words to me."
"Do you know what that means?"
"No, monsieur le Curé."
"I see you are still being deceived. How can you say things that you
don't understand?"
"All the way from the grotto, I have been repeating,

'I am the Immaculate Conception'."

The Abbé sent her away with no sign of emotion. Mme Ribette, owner of the grocery store, recalls that M. Peyramale came in that morning for some goods, and said to her: "Listen to what Bernadette Soubirous has just told me the Lady said to her

'I am the Immaculate Conception'.

I was so amazed that I felt myself stagger and I was on the point of falling."

The Bishop of Tarbes approved the Apparitions in 1862 after exhaustive investigations as to their authenticity:

"We judge that Mary the Immaculate, Mother of God, did truly appear to Bernadette Soubirous on 11 February 1858, and on subsequent days, to the number of 18 times in all, in the grotto of Massabielle, near the town of Lourdes."

Passionist closings

only sadness and regrets here.

Thirty or 40 years ago there were 600 men who were Passionists, he said. Now there are 155. Their average age is 75.Thirty or 40 years ago there were 600 men who were Passionists, he said. Now there are 155. Their average age is 75.

Blessed Dominic Barberi said if the Passionists ever stopped wearing the habit and started wearing shoes, he would not pray for them when he attained heaven.

Fridays- dedicated to the Passion of Christ


Dominican saints at the Passion.

The natural law matters- not personalism

and certainly not any conflation of the two! Times are changing!

Getting ready for female bishops


St Nicholas of the Diocese of Linz.

Feast of St Nicholas Tavelic


The long history of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land includes many martyrs, the first among whom are St. Nicholas Tavelic and companions. In 1335 the Friars Minor were at the 'coenaculum' and in 1342 Clement VI formally instituted the Custody of the Holy Land. The friars soon were officiating the 'coenaculum', the Holy Sepulchre and Bethlehem. In 1391 four friars died as martyrs, as Gerald Calvet of Aquitaine, Guardian of Mt. Zion, wrote and confirmed in a letter. Their names were Nicholas Tavelic, Adeodat of Rodez, Peter of Narbonne and Stephen of Cuneo. Tavelic was of Croatian origin, the son of a noble family of Dalmatia. He was probably born in 1340. After a period in the missions of Bosnia, as a Friar Minor, he was sent to the Holy Land Custody in 1383. After learning the Arab language, together with his companions, he decided to preach the Gospel to the Moslems of the holy city of Jerusalem. On 11 November 1391 the friars went to the temple mount, which was, and still is, a holy place to the Moslems. That day happened to be the Islamic festival of Bairam. The friars were expelled from the mosque, and taken to the house of the cadi or magistrate, where they preached the Gospel. After being mercilessly beaten they were thrown into prison. On 14 November they were taken out of prison to their place of execution, where they were massacred by the mob and their remains thrown into the fire.

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More prayerful bishops required.

Archbishop accuses Cardinal who could have been Pope of heresy

Schism among schismatics

Covering up rape- all in a days work at an abortion clinic.

Patriarch of All Russia, Alexy II dies


of your charity, pray for the repose of his soul.

Holy Smoke commentary

Thursday, December 04, 2008

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Pope urges banks to help

Bishop O'Donoghue takes tougher line than he ever did before.

Fit for Mission

Pope's book

Female Swiss guards

The Immaculate Conception- devotion for December

By one and the same decree God predestined Jesus and Mary, Jesus unto natural divine filiation, Mary to be the Mother of God, because Christ's eternal predestination includes all the circumstances which here and now attend His incarnation. Of these circumstances the most important is that signalized in the Nicene Creed: He was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of Mary the Virgin. To this one and the same decree testimony is borne by Pius IX in the bull Ineffabilis Deus: [831] This Virgin's privileges are primordial, given by that one and the same decree which willed that divine Wisdom be incarnate.

The parallelism is complete. Jesus was predestined, first [832] to divine filiation, secondly and consequently to the highest degree of glory and hence to that fullness of grace which belongs to the holy soul of the Word made flesh. Thus too, by the same decree, Mary was predestined first to the divine maternity, secondly and consequently to a very high degree of glory, and hence to that fullness of grace which belongs to the Mother of God, a fullness worthy of the grandeur of her mission, a mission which uniquely associated her with the redemptive work of her Son. [833].

Mary's predestination, further, again like that of Christ, depends, in the order of material causality, on the permission and prevision of Adam's fall, because, in the actual plan of Providence, if the first man had not sinned, were there no original sin to repair, Mary would not be the Mother of God. But where sin abounded, grace super-abounded. [834] The Fall was permitted in view of that great good which we see radiating from the redemptive Incarnation, [835] and Mary, predestined to be Mother of the Redeemer, is thereby predestined likewise to be the Mother of mercy.

Mary's predestination, like that of Christ, is absolutely gratuitous. By no title, either of justice (de condigno) or even of strict appropriateness (de congruo proprie): could she merit divine maternity. This is the common teaching, against Gabriel Biel. The principle underlying this doctrine runs thus: The source of merit cannot itself be merited. Now, in the actual economy of salvation, the Incarnation is the source of all grace, and of all merit, of Mary's graces and of our own.

Further, there is no proportion between merits in the order of created grace and the hypostatic order of uncreated grace. But divine maternity, though it terminates in the hypostatic order, in the person of the Word made flesh, is in itself a created grace. Hence, when we say that the Blessed Virgin merited to bear the Lord of all, we do not mean, says St. Thomas, [836] that she merited the Incarnation itself. What we do mean is this: By the grace given her she merited that degree of purity and sanctity which was demanded by her dignity as Mother of God. Can we therefore say that she merited the Incarnation, not indeed by justice (de condigno): nor even by strict appropriateness (de congruo stricte dicto): but at least by appropriateness in a wider sense (de congruo late dicto) ? St. Thomas [837] seems to say so, and is thus understood by many Thomists. The saint's words run thus: The Blessed Virgin did not merit the Incarnation, but, the Incarnation supposed, she merited, not de condigno but de congruo, that the Incarnation should be accomplished through her. This position is in full accord with two other positions: first that she merited our graces de congruo proprio, secondly that Christ merited our graces de condigno.

From Reality a synthesis of Thomistic Thought by one of the greatest of Thomists, Fr Garrigou-Lagrange.

Thursdays- devoted to the honour of the Blessed Sacrament


Feast of St Barbara

Here beginneth the Life of Saint Barbara. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

In the time that Maximian reigned there was a rich man, a paynim, which adored and worshipped the idols, which man was named Dioscorus. This Dioscorus had a young daughter which was named Barbara, for whom he did do make a high and strong tower in which he did do keep and close this Barbara, to the end that no man should see her because of her great beauty. Then came many princes unto the said Dioscorus for to treat with him for the marriage of his daughter, which went anon unto her and said: My daughter, certain princes be come to me which require me for to have thee in marriage, wherefore tell to me thine entent and what will ye have to do. Then Saint Barbara returned all angry towards her father and said: My father, I pray you that ye will not constrain me to marry, for thereto I have no will ne thought. After this he departed from her and went into the town where there was one making a cistern or a piscine, for he had many workmen to perform this work, and also he had tofore ordained how he should pay unto each of them their salary, and after this he departed thence and went into a far country where he long sojourned.

Then Saint Barbara, the ancille of our Lord Jesu Christ, descended from the tower for to come see the work of her father, and anon she perceived that there were but two windows only, that one against the south, and that other against the north, whereof she was much abashed and amarvelled, and demanded of the workmen why they had not made no more windows, and they answered that her father had so commanded and ordained. Then Saint Barbara said to them: Make me here another window; they answered: Dame, we fear and dread to anger your father, which commanded us to make no more ne we dare not therefore make no more. The blessed maid said: Do and make that I command you, and I shall content my father, and shall excuse you against him.

Then did they that she commanded to them, by of the manner that she enseigned and showed them. When the holy Saint Barbara walked and came unto the cistern, she made with her finger toward the orient, a cross with her thumb in the stone of marble, the which cross is there yet unto this day, which every man may see that cometh thither by devotion. And when she came unto the side whereas the water descended into the said cistern, she blessed it, and made the sign of the cross, and incontinent the water was hallowed, in which all they that were sick received health, if they had perfect belief in God and in the blessed maid. In this same cistern was this holy maid baptized of a holy man, and lived there a certain space of time, in taking only for her refection honeysuckles and locusts, following the holy precursor of our Lord, Saint John Baptist.

This cistern or piscine is semblable to the fountain of Siloe in which he that was born blind recovered there his sight. It is also like to the piscine named Robatyoa, in which the impotent by the word of God was made whole. These piscines or pecines be fountains perpetual in which all manner sick men, in whatsomever malady they were grieved or tormented, that went therein received fully their health. In this fountain is living water, and it is the water that the Samaritan required of our Lord to have of the holy piscine.

On a time this blessed maid went upon the tower, and there she beheld the idols to which her father sacrificed and worshipped, and suddenly she received the Holy Ghost and became marvellously subtle and clear in the love of Jesu Christ, for she was environed with the grace of God Almighty, of sovereign glory and pure chastity. This holy maid Barbara, adorned with faith, surmounted the devil, for when she beheld the idols she scratched them in their visages in despising them all, and saying: All they be made like unto you which have made you to err, and all them that have affiance in you, and then she went into the tower and worshipped our Lord. And when the work was full performed, her father returned from his voyage, and when he saw there three windows, he demanded of the workmen: Wherefore have ye made three windows? And they answered: Your daughter hath commanded so. Then he made his daughter to come afore him, and demanded her why she had do make three windows, and she answered to him, and said: I have done them to be made because three windows lighten all the world and all creatures, but two make darkness. Then her father took her and went down into the piscine, demanding her how three windows give more light than two. And Saint Barbara answered: These three fenestres or windows betoken clearly the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the which be three persons and one very God, on whom we ought to believe and worship. Then he being replenished with furor, incontinent drew his sword to have slain her, but the holy virgin made her prayer and then marvellously she was taken in a stone and borne into a mountain on which two shepherds kept their sheep, the which saw her fly. And then her father, which pursued after her, went unto the shepherds and demanded after her. And that one, which would have preserved her, said that he had not seen her, but that other, which was an evil man, showed and pointed her with his finger, whom the holy Saint Barbara cursed, and anon his sheep became locusts, and he consumed into a stone. And then her father took her by the hair and drew her down from the mountain and shut her fast in prison, and made her to be kept there by his servants unto the time that he had sent to the judge for to deliver her to the torments. And when the judge was advertised of the faith and belief of the maid he did her to be brought tofore him. Her father went with her, accompanied with his servants threatening her with his sword, and delivered her unto the judge, and conjured him, by the puissance of his gods that, he should torment her with horrible torments. Then sat the judge in judgment, and when he saw the great beauty of Saint Barbara, he said to her: Now choose whether ye will spare yourself and offer to the gods, or else die by cruel torments. Saint Barbara answered to him: I offer myself to my God, Jesu Christ, the which hath created heaven and earth and all other things, and fie on your devils, which have mouths and cannot speak, they have eyes, and cannot see, they have ears, and hear not, they have noses, and smell not, they have hands, and may not feel, and they have feet, and may not go, they that make them, be they made semblable to them, and all they that have fiance and belief in them. Then became the judge all wood and angry, and commanded to unclothe her and beat her with sinews of bulls, and frot her flesh with salt, and when she had long endured this, that her body was all bloody, the judge did do close her in a prison unto the time that he had deliberated of what torments he might make her die. And then at midnight descended a great light and clearness into the prison in which our Lord showed him to her, saying: Barbara, have confidence. and be firm and steadfast. for in heaven and in the earth thou shalt have great joy for thy passion, therefore, doubt not the judge, for I shall be with thee, and I shall deliver thee from all thy pains that any shall make thee suffer, and incontinent she was all whole. And then, when our Lord had said thus, he blessed her and remounted into heaven. Then Saint Barbara was greatly rejoiced by the great comfort of our Lord. And on the morn, the judge commanded that she should be brought tofore him, and when she was come he saw that her wounds appeared not but she was all whole, and he said to her: Behold, Barbara, the bounty of our gods, and how much they love thee, for they have healed thy wounds. Then the blessed Barbara, martyr of Jesu Christ, answered to the judge: Thy gods be semblable to thee, without entendment how may they heal my wounds. They may not help themselves. He that healed me is Jesu Christ, the Son of God, the which will not have thee because thy heart is so indurate and hard with the devils. Then the judge, replenished of ire, commanded that she should be hanged between two forked trees, and that they should break her reins with staves, and burn her sides with burning lamps, and after he made her strongly to be beaten, and hurted her head with a mallet. Then Saint Barbara beheld and looked upward to heaven, saying: Jesu Christ, that knowest the hearts of men, and knowest my thought, I beseech thee to Ieave me not. Then commanded the judge to the hangman that he should cut off with his sword her paps, and when they were cut off, the holy saint looked again towards heaven, saying: Jesu Christ, turn not thy visage from me. And when she had long endured this pain, the judge comnnanded that she should be led with beating through the streets, and the holy virgin the third time beheld the heaven, and said: Lord God, that coverest heaven with clouds, I pray thee to cover my body, to the end that it be not seen of the evil people.

And when she had made her prayer, our Lord came over her, and sent to her an angel which clad her with a white vestment, and the knights led her unto a town called Dallasion, and there the judge commanded to slay her with the sword. And then her father all araged took her out of the hands of the judge and led her up on a mountain, and Saint Barbara rejoiced her in hasting to receive the salary of her victory. And then when she was drawn thither she made her orison, saying: Lord Jesu Christ, which hast formed heaven and earth, I beseech thee to grant me thy grace and hear my prayer, that all they that have memory of thy name and my passion, I pray thee that thou wilt not remember their sins, for thou knowest our fragility. Then came there a voice down from heaven saying unto her: Come, my spouse Barbara, and rest in the chamber of God my Father, which is in heaven, and I grant to thee that thou hast required of me. And when this was said, she came to her father and received the end of her martyrdom with Saint Julian. But when her father descended from the mountain, a fire from heaven descended on him, and consumed him in such wise ehat there could not be found only ashes of all his body. This blessed virgin Saint Barbara received martyrdom with Saint Julian the second nones of December. A noble man called Valentine buried the bodies of these two martyrs, and laid them in a little town in which many miracles were showed in the louing and glory of God Almighty. And Saint Barbara, the holy martyr suffered passion in the time of Maximian, emperor of Rome, and Marcian the judge. Whom we pray and beseech to be our advocatrix unto Almighty God, that by her merits he bring us after this short and transitory life into his glory perdurable. Amen.

The rule of amateur theologians under threat

as St Thomas Aquinas begins the great return to his singular place of honour in Catholic theology.

Marian Antiphon for Lent from Oxford Dominicans


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

God forbid, St Dominic and St Thomas intercede for us!

Cherie Blair invited to Catholic University.

The sanctity of Pope Pius XII in the face of evil

by one who was there, the Secretary of Cardinal Tisserant.

The life of the Pope in pictures


15 secs in there is a picture of the displaced altar, which is the third picture in this Cathcon report.

When liturgical barbarians arrived in the Pope's home parish

Move the Church!

An Intriguing Solution to Northeast Church Closures and Southeast Church Construction

Latest Catholic video news!


Death of Communism in Cuba

Abortion tourism to the Czech Republic. No surprise in one of the most anti-Catholic countries in Europe. The Communists encouraged the elevation of Jan Hus as a national hero. Communism may be dead but belief in Jan Hus continues. Few believe in God.

Obama seeking support from Anglicans

Solitude and Communion. The Pope on virtual reality.

Parish at risk of excommunication

for all the right reasons.

Scenes of Parish life. Openess to all and everybody and everything. The death of Catholicism.

Liturgical excellence
Idiosyncratic reading of the Bible
Ballooning Congregration
Hands on Cross

Stealth Priestess

Pseud0-Native Spirituality

Its that cross again

Pagan goddess delivers human rights message

The Principal Altar!

Parish Christmas Card- the Nativity!

No respect for episcopal authority

See also more on their invalid baptisms - even the Anglicans (for the most part) manage to baptise validly and also the Buddha statue.

Direct action removing the statue.

Unam Sanctam on the statue.

Taizé comes to Brussels!

Cathcon can't wait for this joyous occasion.

Five days with tens of thousands of young adults from all over Europe and further afield…
… seeing the Church in a new light
– a leaven of communion in the human family.

Encountering a city
through people we meet…
… preparing a future of peace
beyond the barriers which separate us.

Praying together in song and silence…
… discovering the beauty of an inner life
and a communion with God .

Welcomed by families and churches
in Brussels and the surrounding area…
… seeking a meaning to life and living faith
in the midst of today’s challenges.

Beginning a “pilgrimage of trust”
in our own lives…

Epidemic of Liturgical Dancing breaks out in Italy


And worse!

This exhibition, I think, can claim some sort of tradition.

As they carry on outside!

United States- under the Patronage of Mary Immaculate

With enthusiastic acclaim and with unanimous approval and consent the Fathers [of the Council] have chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, as the Patroness of the United States of America; without, however, adding the obligation of hearing Mass and abstaining from servile work on the feast of the Conception of Blessed Mary. And, therefore, they decided that the Supreme Pontiff be humbly asked to transfer the solemnity, unless the feast fall on a Sunday, to the nearest Sunday, on which both private and solemn Masses may be celebrated of the feast thus transferred, and the vesper office of the same feast may be recited.

Shea tells us that it was 'to gratify a pious desire pervading the whole United States,' that 'the Fathers of the Council petitioned the Sovereign Pontiff to ratify their choice of the Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, as Patroness of the United States, and to transfer the solemnization of the feast to the following Sunday.'

Vigil of the Feast of St Francis Xavier


On Sancian, an island of China, the birthday of St. Francis Xavier, priest of the Society of Jesus, confessor, and Apostle of the Indies. He was famed for his conversion of the heathens, his supernatural gifts and miracles. Rich in merit and good works, he died in the Lord. The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius X, chose and appointed him the heavenly patron of the Society and the work for the Propagation of the Faith. By order of Pope Alexander VII, his feast is celebrated on December 3.

Bet the Bishops of the world

won't like opening the New Year's post from Rome