Traditional Catholic Morning And Evening Offering

Start your day off right on your knees offering all your life, your day and actions to God with a Morning Offering.  Then end it off again on your knees with the Evening Offering and Examination of Conscience.

Way of Salvation_ANDREA DA FIRENZEMorning Offering

“Lord Jesus Christ, in union with that divine intention wherewith on earth Thou didst offer to God Thy praises through Thy Most Sacred Heart, and dost now offer them in the Sacrament of the Eucharist everywhere on earth even to the end of time, I most gladly offer Thee throughout this entire day, all my thoughts and intentions, all my affections and desires, all my words and deeds, in imitation of the most sacred Heart of the blessed and ever Virgin Mary Immaculate. Amen.” 

Latin version:
“Domine Iesu Christe, in unione illius divinae intentionis, quia in terris per sanctissimum Cor tuum laudes Deo persolvisti et nunc in Eucharistiae Sacramento ubique terrarum persolvis usque ad consummationem saeculi, ego per hanc diem integram, ad imitationem sanctissimi Cordis beatae Mariae semper Virginis immaculatae, tibi libentissime offero omnes meos intentiones et cogitationes, omnes meos affectus et desideria, omnia mea opera et verba. Amen.”

Another Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You the prayers, works, joys and suffering of this day, for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, and for our Holy Mother, the Catholic Church.  Amen.

EliasEvening Offering and Examination of Conscience

ADORATION AND INVOCATION

MOST Sacred and Divine Heart of Jesus! convinced of my unworthiness, I prostrate myself before Thee to do Thee homage, to adore, love, and praise Thee as much as is in my power. O Jesus, my most sincere Friend! I expose to Thee all my wants, I discover to Thee all my miseries, my weakness, my tepidity and sloth—–in a word, all the wounds of my soul, and fervently implore Thee to let Thyself be moved to pity by them, and that Thou wouldst come to my aid according to the magnitude of Thy mercies.

(Examine your conscience.)

ACT OF CONTRITION

O SACRED HEART of my Jesus! by that ardent love which consumed thee on the Cross, a Victim of love and of suffering, and induced Thee to continue this sacrifice on our altars to the end of time, I, Thy miserable, sinful child, beseech Thee to grant me pardon for all the sins and outrages which I committed against Thee, for all ingratitude and infidelity of which I was guilty, and for my forgetfulness of Thee. Pardon all the sins of my life. I hate them, because Thou dost hate them; I detest them, because Thou dost detest them. For love of Thee I am sorry for having committed them, and should feel the greatest compunction for them even if there were neither Heaven nor Hell, solely because they offended Thee, Who art infinite goodness and worthy to be loved above all things. I would rather die a thousand times than offend Thee again, Whom I love above my life.

COMMENDATION TO THE SACRED HEART

O MOST amiable Heart of Jesus! let me, my relations, and friends, and all that have commended themselves to my prayer, and for whom I am bound to pray, experience Thy most powerful aid. Assist them individually in their necessities. O Heart full of mercies! convert all hardened hearts, console the Souls in Purgatory, be a refuge of the dying, the consolation of all distressed and suffering. Above all, be the refuge of my soul at the hour of death, and receive it into the bosom of Thy mercy.

In it I sleep securely and rest in peace. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

PRAYER

MOST sacred Heart! I select Thee as my resting-place, that Thou mayst be my strength in combat, my support in weakness, my light and guide in darkness, the expiation of my faults, and the sanctification of my intentions and actions, which I unite with Thine. Amen.

Clare_Man IlluminationWe are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to offer every part of our lives to Jesus through Mary.

St. Catherine of Siena said:

“The only cause of my life and death is my zeal for the Church of God, which devours and consumes me. Accept, O Lord, the sacrifice of my life for the Mystical Body of Thy holy Church.”

10 Traditional Catholic Practices To Get Out Of Habitual Sin Especially Of The Flesh

We all know that we are weak.  Our enemies: the demons, the flesh and the world are at our sides continuously.  So, we need help to stay in God’s grace and out of sin.  Here are 10 suggestions to practice to stop sinning, stay out of sin and to grow in holiness.

Tuy_Vision1) Prayer.  Pray anyway and anyhow that will keep you from sinning.  All day long, we attempt to shoot arrows of communications with God no matter if we are working, eating, driving, sitting, kneeling or talking.  It is a constant attempt to keep all we do in union with God.  We also need to develop a habit of prayer that automatically comes into action as soon as we are being tempted.

2) Mortification of the body.  Instead of always giving what the body wants, food, rest, comfort, music, sweets, pleasure, we need to have some mortification of what it wants every day in small ways.  Fasting and abstinence are important disciplines that train the will to say no to the body and yes to God.

3) Availing to God’s Graces.  Frequent confessions and Holy Communion give graces and strength to weak souls and wills.  In confession be very humble, sorrowful and honest as to the gravity of your sins even if it is embarrassing to say.  Never hold anything back.

4) Devotion to the Virgin Mary.  Mary is the mediatrix of all graces coming from God.  If we run to her in times of temptation, “No one has ever invoked her in his necessity without being heard” (St. Bernard).  She is virginal purity and wants to help us stay pure.  Say Hail Marys until the strong temptation passes.  It may literally take hundreds a day, but it is worth it.

Dormation of the Blessed Virgin Mary_KONRAD von Soest5) Avoid the Occasion of Sin.  What ever leads up to the sinning must be avoided like the plague.  The time, the way and the place are all to be cautiously considered and avoided if they lead to sinning.  Anyone who talks about sin, shows sin or encourages sin is your enemy, not your friend.  St. Jerome said: “Remember that a woman (Eve) drove out the inhabitants of paradise, and that you are not holier than David, stronger than Samson, or wiser than Solomon, who all fell by evil intercourse.”

6) Custody of the Eyes.  Pious Job made a covenant with his eyes that he would not so much as look at a virgin.  Our eyes lead to thoughts that then can lead to actions.  Look away from what will cause lust.

7) Keep busy.  Many saints made vows to never live in idleness.  That is a great idea and allows one to do great things with one’s life.  “Idle hands are the devils workshop”.

8) Hell.  Remember the consequences of past sins and the possibility of being damned forever for these sins.  Meditate on the reality of death, judgement, heaven or hell.  Go over in detail the torture of hell for the instantaneous pleasures obtained through sin.

9) Avoid Depression.  Remember how sad the separation from God feels after sinning.  Remember the guilt the shame and sadness caused by these sins.  Would you like the whole world to be watching you sin?  God, Mary, your guarding angel are watching every detail.  And in the second coming of Jesus, all will be made public.

10) Help other people to stop sinning.  As we try to save our own souls with God’s help, we must also live to save others souls.  It is easier to live a good life if we are helping others live holier lives to.  Be prophets today to tell people sin is still sin and they offend and crucify Our Lord.

May God, Mary and all the saints be our example of a pure and holy life.  We are so fortunate to be traditional Catholics and to have all this help from God to live pure lives.

Pornography Is A Worse Virus Than Ebola, Consuming Catholic Souls And Anyone It Comes In Contact With

We pray for all of those who are suffering from sickness and death as a result of the Ebola virus.  It seems to be centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  I read that a Mexican woman had the symptoms: “sore throat, headaches, muscle aches and fever”.  As much as we need to be cautious about this real danger, these symptoms are common to all flues.

Dangerous-virusEbola Virus

I received a email from a woman in Liberia Africa, where the Ebola virus is a danger.  She told me that because of this danger, the churches are not allowing people to receive Jesus on the tongue.  This same tactic took place in my diocese when the Mexican Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza) scare took place.  All parishes were advised to only give Holy Communion in the hand.  Many priests used this as an opportunity to stop giving Holy Communion on the tongue indefinitely.

Dr. William Close, who wrote the book “Ebola”, said: “We have no protection from this disease, we cannot be isolationist in our thinking any more.  The world is a small community of nations that when one coughs, nobody sleeps.”  On my part, I am very very leery of virus panics.  When I was young I remember hearing all about the real danger of the return of the Bubonic Plague.  There is always a plague scare going on.  Thanks be to God, so far, in my 65 years of life, I have yet to see a plague like those that killed millions of people.

But I am hearing everyday about the extremely evil plague of pornography spreading everywhere and infecting and killing souls of children, young, middle age and old men.  It just gets worse and worse everyday.  Even women are beginning to be infected with this deadly virus too.

F002_PopesInHellWith the common ownership of the “smart phone”, it is so easy to access pornography.  In your own privacy, when no one knows or watching, you just go on line and access any sexual pictures or videos you may desire to watch.

Non Catholic studies are saying that pornography acts exactly like drugs on the mind.  It quickly causes you to be wanting it more and more and to consume more and more of your time on it.

I am purposely not calling it an “addiction” because our society justifies whatever one is “addicted” to, and it is therefore no longer considered sin.   The word “addiction” basically means you have little or no control over your actions, like getting drunk, using drugs or seeing pornography.  Therefore there is no responsibility or guilt or sin involved.

demonsIf this is so, then all people in prison should be let out right now.  Each one of them can justify their actions by saying they had no control over their actions and should not be punished for something they no longer have control over, like murdering, raping and stealing.

No, each one of us still has the ultimate responsibility over every one of our actions and will be punished or rewarded for these actions, good or bad, by God.  Here we can justify everything.  But when we go before the Just God for Judgement, our opinion will have no value whatsoever.

Yes, I understand that when we are repeatedly sinning, called habitual sin, it is much harder to stop and change.  The same is with all sins.  But nonetheless, that in no way justifies or takes away the guilt for every time we repeat the sin.

I strongly believe that there are thousands of demons attached to the pornography images and videos.  So when a priest, dad or youth opens one of the sites, these legions of demons come into their soul and will continue to work on them day and night.  They will not only effect those who go on these sites, but these demons will also contaminate the parishes, homes and families of those who are accessing these legions of demons.

archangel-michael-superI can only surmise that this happens, because the demons are on the people being photographed, those photographing them and all those who are putting them on the internet.  And these terrible demons of fornication, lust and adultery are very strong.

So we need to honestly call a spade a spade and say that pornography is a terrible sin that is destroying the youth by taking their innocence and sexual purity away.  It is perverting all who see these images and destroying the sacredness of sex and marriages.

If someone is in the habitual sin of looking at pornography and (what usually accompanies it), masterbation, then they are no longer free to contract marriage or become priest.  We will never know how many young boys have had their vocation to the priesthood destroyed and lost by starting to look at pornography and masterbating.  Once you get into these sins, it takes a long time to be able to be free from the danger of falling into these sins again.

So we need to pray a great deal, never start looking at these images in the first place and keep sexually pure.    We need to talk about this to boys in an un explicit way like, do not see bad things or do bad things.  With young men we need to be a little more explicit and with greater warning.  Many older brothers, family members and “friends” show pornography to boys and take their innocence away.  Beware of these people.

You can not know how many wonderful altar boys who start seeing pornography and masterbating, stop serving, and even to the point of stop believing in God, so as to not have to deal with this interior conflict and guilt of these habitual sins.

If anyone reading this is in these habitual sins, please go to confession every opportunity you have, once, twice three times a week till you are out of the danger of sinning again.  Pray Hail Marys every time you are tempted.

Virgin Showing the Man of Sorrows_MEMLING, HansFor the love of God, the Church, yourself, your family and society, do absolutely anything and everything you can to break out of this terrible enslavement to the devil and your flesh.  If you have a smart phone, destroy it and get an ordinary phone that only can texts and make calls.  Have no internet access.  What did Jesus say: “If you eyes, hands, feet cause you to sin, pluck it out, cut it off, rather than to end up in hell with all your eyes, hands and feet.

We need God’s help, grace to get out of sin and into a life of sanctity.  Going to Holy Mass and receiving Holy Communion is also important.  But never never ever ever receive Holy Communion after seeing pornography or having committed any sexual sin.  Remember what St. John Vianney said: “When you do this, you are sacrificing Jesus in the Holy Host, to the devil at his feet.”

May God and Mary and all the saints help us live sexually pure lives that are pleasing to God.  We are so fortunate to be traditional Catholics and know that theses habitual sins are worse than the deadly virus of Ebola.

Pope Benedict On Apostolic Continuity Of Sacred Liturgy And Organic Growth

I am using Pope Benedict’s words from his book: “The Spirit Of The Liturgy”, because if you, or I, or any traditional Catholic, would say these things, we would be written off as evil heretics.  But when it comes right from the pope, it is harder to call these truths, evil.

Pope Benedict XVI Baptism of the LordI am also sharing these to help everyone see that changes in Sacred liturgy since Vatican II have not been organic, but newly made.  Pope St. Pius V, in his bull Quam Primus, ordered all Roman Rite Catholics to use only the one ancient Gregorian Mass, except for those who were offering an rite in use for the last 200 years.  He allowed all rites that had been extremely slowly organically developed from the Apostolic traditions and were still being used.

Benediction_Transalpine RedemptoristsPope Benedict says that no new liturgy can be created, even by a pope.  “The authority of the pope is not unlimited: it is at the service of Sacred Tradition.  Still less is any kind of general “freedom” of manufacture, degenerating into spontaneous improvisation, compatible with the essence of faith and liturgy.  The greatness of the liturgy depends on its unspontaneity.”

He says this is the case because all the different ancient rites of the Church, (Latin and Byzantine), came out of and still “adhere to the form that has developed in the apostolic Tradition“.   “The Church allows for different patterns of liturgy and includes living development, but it equally excludes spontaneous improvisation.”

Benedicto XVIWe as Catholics know that the Bible was divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit but written down by mere men.  For this reason he says “the Divine Liturgy has been fashioned, in a way similar to Scripture, by human beings and their capacities.  But it contains essential exposition of the biblical legacy that goes beyond the limits of the individual rites, and thus it shares in the authority of the Church’s faith in its fundamental form.”

Man is not the author of the Bible, the Catholic faith or the Holy Sacraments.  God is the author working through the teaching authority of the Holy Spirit.  “The authority of the liturgy can certainly be compared with that of the great confessions of faith of the early Church.  Like these, it developed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn 16:13).”

The pope seems to think that the reformation would “have run a different course if Luther had been able to see the analogous binding force of the great liturgical traditions, and its understanding of sacrificial presence and of man’s participation in the vicarious action of the Logos.”

Pope Benedict XVILuther’s idea of Sola Scriptura never was the foundation of the Church or its liturgy.  “This makes it all the more absurd that a not insignificant number of people today are trying to construct the liturgy afresh on the basis of sola scriptura.  In these reconstructions they identify Scripture with the prevailing exegetical opinions.  It is a house built on sand and remains totally empty, however much human artistry may adorn it.  Only respect for the liturgy’s fundamental unspontaniety and pre-existence identity can give us what we hope for: the feast in which the great reality comes to us that we ourselves do not manufacture but receive as a gift.”

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, founded the Holy Catholic Church and left to the Apostles His words later written down into what is now called the Bible.  He also gave us the deposit of faith handed down through Apostolic Tradition.  For this reason we need to remember that the liturgy also forms part of the Apostolic Tradition.  “the various ritual families grew out of the “apostolic sees”, central places of the apostolic Tradition, and that this connection with apostolic origins is essential to what defines them.  From this it follows that there can be no question of creating totally new rites.”

1392447_247743422048045_1739588693_nMay we continue to raise our voices and repeat what Pope Benedict has said: LITURGY CAN ONLY ORGANICALLY DEVELOP SLOWLY OVER CENTURIES AND NEVER EVER CAN BE CREATED BY POPES, BISHOPS, RELIGIOUS, PRIEST OR LAITY.

 

The Sins Of Adultery, Fornication And Lascivious Dancing and Dress, Led To The Murder Of St. John The Baptist And More (Thomas)

King Herod, Herodias, along with many other men and women, allowed their sexual passions to kill their souls and murder other people.  This incident, sexual sins leading to murder, has been constantly repeated through out the history of mankind and especially today with the murder of millions on innocent pre-born babies by abortion.

St. John the Baptist is a great example to us how, we too need to be today, in the world and in the Church, “voices in the desert”.  We must condemn SIN, no matter if it will cost us imprisonment and loosing our heads, (literally or by being kicked out of our parishes, dioceses and families).

St. John the Baptist was a MAN and stood up to the powerful King Herod to condemn him for living in adultery with his brothers wife.  We need to “act manfully” and condemn all Catholics and others who are committing sins.  (Of course we must always do it in humility and charity, remembering we are sinners too.)

John the Baptist_preaching of_BACICCIOIn stead of going along with the secular culture, we need to oppose it.  Right now, some of the most heated and dangerous subjects to speak against are:

1) Homosexual sex and “marriage”.

2) Killing pre-born babies, (that are usually conceived in fornication or adultery).

3) Birth control pills, implants, IUD’s and sterilization.

4) Re-marrying after a Sacramental Catholic marriage.  Also the marriage of non-catholics.

5) Women dressing immodestly and in sexually provocative ways.

6) Divorced and remarried Catholics, homosexuals living in sin, Catholics who are using birth control, and yet want to be welcomed to Holy Communion while living in sin. It is no longer called “sin”, but just a “mistake” or “orientation”.

John the Baptist_beheading_ALGARDI, AlessandroSt. John the Baptist was imprisoned and murdered for manfully standing up against immoral actions, (that Catholics used to be called sins).  King Herod and his brother’s wife and daughter had the power to silenced him by cutting off his head so that he could no longer speak the truth to them or about them.

797px-Puvis_de_Chavannes_Pierre-Cécile_-_The_Beheading_of_St_John_the_Baptist_-_c._1869Their “powerful” kingdom and pleasurable sexual life only lasted for a time.  After that, they were condemned by God to the prison of hell and its burning flames for all eternity.

By contrast, John the Baptist lost his life for being a prophet of God, but was rewarded with an eternity filled with pleasures beyond compare to passing sensual pleasures.

The same thing happened when King Henry VIII wanted sexual pleasure and a male heir to the throne of England.  He also silenced St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher by chopping off their heads, (and many many more English martyrs), just for having said that adultery, (remarrying after a valid Catholic wedding), was evil.  774px-Sir_Thomas_More_and_Bishop_John_FisherThey lost their heads, life and all worldly glory and possession to gain eternity with God.

moremaddoxSex is sacred and wonderful when it is between a man and woman, married for the first time in the Sacrament of marriage, to have as many children as God is so good to bless them with.  Today, for most couples, after the one or two children they decide to have, all other children are considered curses.  The fact is that a child is the greatest created thing God could ever give to two people.

When there is pornography, masterbation, premarital sex, adultery, sex is for pleasure only.   And if, by any chance, a child should be conceived, the child is called “a problem” to be eliminated by the murder of abortion.  It is not something new, immoral sex can lead to murder.  One sin leads to another.  Even if it is what we consider a “small” sin, it can lead to a worst sin.

We see this when people sin by smoking marijuana.  That then leads to using harder drugs.  That in turn supports carteles who torture, rape and murder.   Then we have robberies to support the habit, forge checks, destroyed lives and families and that could end up with inprisionment.

We traditional Catholics are so blessed to be living sexually moral lives that lead to the appreciation of the great gift of sex and every child it brings with it.  It helps us avoid all that leads to an immoral life and what could eventually lead to murder.

Herod, Herodias, her daughter, each one sinned in their own way.  Herod lived with his brothers wife and had St. John murdered by his power as king.  Herodias had hatred for St. John, left her true husband, lived with King Herod and used her daughter to get St. John murdered.  Her daughter sinned by being immodestly dressed and dancing sexually to please the king and his guest.  She was also ambitious and told her mother what the king had said.  She helped kill St. John by getting what the king had promised her for dancing sexually, the head of St. John.

the-head-of-saint-john-the-baptistEach one of us are tempted, in many ways, everyday.  Us, traditional Catholic men, and all other men, are especially tempted sexually.  Reflecting on the cost of sexual sins, (divorce, illegitimate children, single mothers, child support, hatred, drama), through out history, helps us believe Jesus’ loving rules on sexuality.  God is love, and for this reason His laws are loving laws for our good and the good of others.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to be able to read the Bible, reflect on history and study the lives of the saints.

 

Bishop Schneider Says Traditional Catholics Are Not “Extremest”, But Rather The Hope For The Future

Bishop Schneider had an interview published in the June 6th 2014 CatholicHerald.co.uk, “We Are In The Fourth Great Crisis Of The Church“.  If you have the time please read the whole great article.  Here I have attempted to only highlight the main points in the article.

schneiderIn his interview he said we are in the fourth great crisis of the Church.  This is spearheaded by the liberals in the Church who are collaborating with, what he calls, the “new paganism” and this is actually driving the Catholic Church towards a split.  In this collaboration, we see something like what happened with the fourth-century Arian heresy in which “a large part of the Church hierarchy was implicated”.

The root and cause of this crisis he says is “the “banal” and casual treatment of the Blessed Sacrament by clergy, including some of those in positions of authority, and the laity, who are going along with secular society.  

“The Eucharist is at the heart of the Church,” he said. “When the heart is weak, the whole body is weak.”  He strongly believes that receiving Holy Communion in hand contributes gradually to the loss of the belief in the Real Presence and in transubstantiation.  

It seems that the majority of the clergy and the bishops are content with this modern use of Communion in hand… For me this is incredible. How is this possible, when Jesus is present in the little Hosts?  There is the grievous fact of the loss of the Eucharistic fragments. And the fragments of the consecrated Host are crushed by feet. This is horrible! Our God, in our churches, is trampled by feet!  It is time that the bishops (should) raise their voices for the Eucharistic Jesus who has no voice to defend himself.  Here is an attack on the Most Holy, an attack on the Eucharistic faith.”

vaticanIIHe acknowledges that we have been in this crisis for the last 50 years, (Since Vatican II), with great confusion over doctrine and liturgy.  An example of this “confusion” is clear in the preparation of the Extraordinary Synod coming up this October in Rome:

“I think this issue of the reception of Holy Communion by the remarried will blow up and show the real crisis in the Church. The real crisis of the Church is anthropocentrism and the forgetting of Christo-centrism….  This is the deepest evil: 1) man, or the clergy, putting themselves in the centre when they are celebrating liturgy, (in some churches God, in the tabernacle, is put in a corner, while the priest takes centre stage), and 2) when clergy change the revealed truth of God, for instance, concerning the Sixth Commandment and human sexuality.”  (In this he is referring to homosexuals and divorced people living together or in a second marriage.)

He is very critical of trying to change Catholic pastoral practices, (like giving communion to people living in sin and then calling it mercy).  “This is a kind of sophism.  It is comparable to a doctor who gives a diabetic patient sugar, although he knows it will kill him.”

He says: “Unfortunately there were … members of the clergy and even bishops who put grains of incense in front of the statue of the emperor or of a pagan idol or who delivered the books of the Holy Scripture to be burned. Such collaborationist Christians and clerics were called in those times thurificati or traitors.  We also have those who collaborate, or are traitors of the Faith today”. Laurence_Martyrdom of_CAMPI, AntonioSt Lawrence’s Martyrdom

As a consequence of liberal clergy and laity, he see a split coming eventually.  “I can presume that such a separation will affect each level of Catholics: lay people and even not excluding the high clergy.”

He hopes that this split will eventually lead to a renewal of the Church in a traditional way.   The present “anthropocentric” [man-centred] clerical system will collapse. “This liberal clerical edifice will crash down because they have no roots and no fruits.”   There are hardly any vocations in any of the ordinary dioceses or religious orders.

Bishop Schneider warns that “traditional Catholics may, for a time, be persecuted or discriminated against, even at the behest of those who have “power in the exterior structures of the Church”.  All of us traditional Catholics are already badly persecuted by the people in power in the Church.  Each one of us can tell our own story.

schneiderIn the end, he says “The Supreme Magisterium” will restate clear doctrinal statement, and no longer will go along with neo-pagan world and ideas.  The lack of clarity in the documents of Vatican II has led to this confusion.

When asked if, as a bishop, it is difficult to speak out against what is happening in the Church, he said; “It is quite insignificant to be popular or unpopular. For every member of the clergy, their first interest should be to be popular in the eyes of God and not in the eyes of today or of the powerful. Jesus said a warning: ‘Woe to you when people speak well of you.’”  

He went on: “Popularity is false… Great saints of the Church, such as Thomas More and John Fisher, rejected popularity… those today who are worried about the popularity of the mass media and public opinion… will be remembered as cowards and not as heroes of the Faith.”Thomas More_Frick_1527

Many “Catholics” who go along with the pagan world, are considered “good” Catholics, while “those who are faithful to the Catholic faith or those who are promoting the glory of Christ in the liturgy, are labelled extremists”.

He also brought up the issue of the poor, which for the liberals seems to trump over morals or sacred liturgy.    We see this when so many Catholics voted for a president who is for murdering of the unborn babies.  They justified this because he is “supposedly” for the poor.  Bishop Schneider contradicts this idea: “This is erroneous. The first commandment which Christ gave us was to adore God alone. Liturgy is not a meeting of friends. It is our first task to adore and glorify God in the liturgy and also in our manner of life. From a true adoration and love of God grows love for the poor and our neighbour. It is a consequence.”

He ends by saying that the traditional Catholics “have kept the purity of their faith and they represent the true power of the Church in the eyes of God and not those who are in administration.”

He ends on a positive note: “I am not worried about the future. The Church is Christ’s Church and He is the real head of the Church, the Pope is only the vicar of Christ. The soul of the Church is the Holy Spirit and He is powerful.”  

Andrew_martyrdom_MURILLO_Bartolom_EstebanSo all of you traditional Catholic bishops, priests, religious and people reading this, you are the ones that Bishop Schneider has said will keep the Catholic faith pure and continuing.  After most of the other bishops, religious, priests, and other “Catholics” continuously put you down, know that God is listening and at least there is one bishop who acknowledges the precious value you have for God’s Catholic Church.  Thank you for your heroic virtues of standing strong while everything seems to be collapsing around us and no one in the Church seems to care.  God and Mary do.

St. Augustine, Great Sinner Turned Great Saint

Many years ago when I was a cafeteria, progressive Catholic, I was blessed to read St. Augustine’s “Confessions”.  I would encourage everyone, who has not read it, to do so.  It is a short book, his autobiography.  When reading it, his poetical form of writing, was some what of a challenge for me to get through.   But in reality, it is just him praying and musing over how God’s grace, mercy and love had been working on him to save him all through his life, and how glad he was for that.

augustinWhen I got to the part where, after studying and being part of all sorts of religions, he finally converts to Catholicism, I remember saying; “who am I to be so judgmental of the Catholic Church”.  I realized that I was young, not nearly as educated as St. Augustine, and yet being the judge of God’s Church’s teachings.  From that day forward, instead of resisting the Church’s traditional teachings, I began to love Mother Church and Her teachings and morals.

St. Augustine was influenced by:

1) His mother’s prayers and example, (St. Monica).

2) Reading the biography of St. Antony of the Desert which motivated him to want to give up his sensual relations with his concubine and live a life of prayer.  But, as much as he wanted, he was able to give up this because he was, as he called it, “chained” to sin.  “How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour put an end to my sins?”

3) A miracle of hearing a child’s voice singing and telling him to pick up, (Tolle Lege, Tolle Lege), the Bible and read:  “Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.”  

“No further would I read”, he wrote later, “nor had I any need; instantly at the end  of this sentence, a clear light flooded my heart and all the darkness of doubt vanished away.”

4) Talking and praying with St. Ambrose of Milan on the difficult theological questions he had.

Here are some great quotes from this great saint.

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“I should not believe the Gospel except as moved by the authority of the Catholic Church.”(St. Augustine, Against the Epistle of Manichaeus Called Fundamental, 5,6)

“That Bread which you see on the altar, having been sanctified by the word of God IS THE BODY OF CHRIST. That chalice, or rather, what is in that chalice, having been sanctified by the word of God, IS THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. Through that bread and wine the Lord Christ willed to commend HIS BODY AND BLOOD, WHICH HE POURED OUT FOR US UNTO THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.” (St. Augustine, Sermons 227)

“It was not the visible sun, but its invisible Creator who consecrated this day for us, when the Virgin Mother, fertile of womb and integral in her virginity, brought him forth, made visible for us, by whom, when he was invisible, she too was created. A Virgin conceiving, a Virgin bearing, a Virgin pregnant, a Virgin bringing forth, a Virgin perpetual. Why do you wonder at this, O man?” (Sermons 186:1 [A.D. 411])

220px-Saint_Augustine_by_Philippe_de_Champaigne“Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point. ”

“To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.”

“Love is the beauty of the soul.”

“Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked. ”

“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.”

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”

“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. ”

“Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.”

Augustine_Teaching in Rome_GOZZOLI, BenozzoPRAYERS OF ST. AUGUSTINE

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

EVER ANCIENT, EVER NEW

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.

11_06_19_Augustine_Trinity_GimignanoPainting of the Child Jesus Explaining to St. Augustine That He Could Not Understand All Mysteries.

St. Augustine was only one man.  St. Monica was only one woman.  St. Ambrose was only one man too.  But each had their important role in maintaining the traditions of the Catholic Church which was being bombarded by heretics and barbarians in there time.  May we be those few people willing to live and die for traditional Catholic truth.

We are so blessed to have the great examples of the traditional saints to live and share traditional Catholic faith today.

If There Was A Traditional Catholic Car, This Is What It Would Look Like

Let us remember that God ultimately is behind every single minute thing that is happening in the Catholic Church and in the world at this time in history.  And He is going to bring something great out of it all.

photoSo with that in mind, I want to relax a little and allow you to enjoy a beautiful traditional car that was parked on the street near my new house.  Traditional, the classical has such powerful attraction to it.

photoIf this mere car has such beauty and class, just think of the traditional classical sacred rites and art of the Holy Catholic Church.

photoAll we have to do is expose them to people and God will draw them to Himself through their great holiness and beauty.

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So let us thank God for the gift that the designer of this car had to produce such traditional beauty.photoBut above all, let us thank God for being the designer behind the Mass of all Ages.photo

Which is far more grander and powerful than anything ever created by man.184061034_da5d9400f7_b

Pope Benedict On The Divine Byzantine And Roman Liturgy And The New Mass

Traditional Catholics experience exclusion, belittlement, condemnation, and verbal abuse everyday, just because they question Pope Paul VI and Bugnini’s production of the Novus Ordo Mass, (The truth of the matter is in the exact translation: New Mass).

1391581_249805458508508_314505848_nTherefore to deflect some of the names we are called, the treatment we receive and condemnation, it is very wise to use the Church’s documents, popes encyclicals, saint’s own words.  For this reason I want to spend a few days on Pope Benedict’s actual words about liturgy.

In his book, “The Spirit of The Liturgy”, (Part Four, Liturgical Form), Pope Benedict defines “Rite” or “Ritus” by using the pagan definition of the second century.  The Roman jurist, Pomponius Festus defines it as an “approved practice in the administration of sacrifice“.  Pagans and Christians alike seek the right way to  adore God, (gods), please God, (gods) and honor God, (gods).

He goes on to explain that for christians, the word “Orthodoxy” really means “true splendor“, or the right way to glorify and adore God.  And in this right way, one can encounter God.  And this “rite” way begins with the incarnation, (God takes on human nature in Mary’s womb), then through the sacrifice on the cross, to the resurrection.   This is liturgy.

Byzantine Catholic ChurchHe then touches on the many different Catholic rites that are all greatly valued by the Church:

1) Syro-Malakar rite that came out of Syria and is still practiced in parts of India, (From the Apostle James missionary work).

2) The Maronite rite, the Chaldean rites, (which is practiced in Iraq and other parts of the Mid East).

3) The Syro-Malabar rite brought India by Apostle Thomas).

4) The Coptic and Ethiopian rites, Armenian rite, (from the Apostle Bartholomew and Thaddeus)

5) The rite of St. Mark developed in Alexandria.

6) The Byzantine rite of St. John Chrysostom in Asia Minor, Jerusalem, Slavic, Greek and Russian area of the world.

7) The Roman rites of Rome; African, Gallican (France), Celtic, (Ireland and Scotland) and Mozarabican, (Spain).

All these rites came from Christ, through the Apostles’ missionary work, to the various parts of the world.  “They are forms of the apostolic Tradition and of its unfolding in the great places of Tradition.”

Here are some very important texts in his book, (pages 165-66), which all of us traditional Catholics need to get out to the whole Catholic world.

“They, (the rites) elude control by any individual, local community, or regional Church.  Un-spontaneity is of their essence.  In these rites I discover that something is approaching me here that I did not produce myself, that I am entering into something greater than myself, which ultimately derives from divine revelation.  That is why the Christian East calls the liturgy the “Divine Liturgy”, expressing thereby the liturgy’s independence from human control.”

969410_251769464978774_2054355770_nLiturgy is “as an organic growth, not as a specially contrived production.   … not a piece of technical equipment, something manufactured, but to a plant, something organic that grows and whose laws of growth determine the possibilities of further development.”

“With the Petrine authority, the pope more and more clearly took over responsibility for liturgical legislation, thus providing a juridical authority for the continuing formation of liturgy.”

563709_249629065192814_2114727913_nAfter the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council.  Eventually, the ideal of the giveness of the liturgy, the fact the one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the west.  In fact the First Vatican Council had in no way defined the pope as an absolute monarch.  On the contrary, it represented him as the guarantor of obedience to the reveal Word.  The Pope’s authority is bound to the Tradition of faith, and that also applies to the Liturgy.  Even the pope can only be a humble servant of its (Liturgy), lawful development and abiding integrity and identity.

Pope Benedict is talking about the wrongful way that the Novus Ordo Mass was created.  My there be holy, honest and healthy discussion of his comments in the Church today.  Let us pray and work for this.  I will continue on his book later.

Traditional Latin MassWe are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have respect for what God left us, the Sacrifice of the Holy Latin Mass and other ancient rites that have there roots from Jesus and the Holy Apostles.

St. King Louis IX And Traditional Catholic Christendom

Catholic Christendom is hierarchal.  This is what has been lost since the French Revolution.  Instead of putting God first, we have replaced Him with “ME”.  My morals, my life, my beliefs and my democratic or republican government.

Christ KingThe Divine order is this.  God is head over all: popes, cardinals, bishops, religious, priests, emperors, kings, queens, all those in charge of governing society, parents and teachers.  All authority comes from above, God, because He is the author of all created reality.  Without Him having created us and nature, without Him holding all of creation in existence, there would be absolutely NOTHING.  We need to be obedient and grateful to God for our existence and all that we have and enjoy.  For this reason we must obey Him.

But the French Revolution turn this upside down, and we are living with our heads below our bodies, (standing on our heads) and it is not working.

French-RevolutionThis week, a man whom I had confessed and to whom I gave the Latin Extreme Unction, died.  They called to have the funeral here at the parish.  When they were told that they could not have a viewing in the church, they got very upset and threatened to called the diocese.

I am not sure what exactly happened, except that the funeral has been moved to the Basilica downtown.  I am guessing, that maybe the diocese, instead of telling the people to accept the rules at St. Catherine, may have helped them have the viewing at this other parish.  No matter what, in most places, the church has become a place to please people.  The church wants to keep people happy and avoid conflicts and law suits.

St. King Louis IX was not like that.  He respected Church authority, because, he was a holy, humble Catholic king.  He knew very well that his kingship was nothing more than an office given him by God to serve Him.  Therefore, everything he did was to please God and enforce God’s rules with justice.  He very well knew that upon his death he would have to give a strict account of every action he had taken under this very serious office of kingship.

384px-Saint_Louis_en_tenue_royaleBecause of this, he was very charitable to the all, especially to the poor, whom he would serve at his table and eat what they left over.  He would wash their feet and help the lepers.  He knew that the blessing of peace came through the poor.  He also built many hospitals.  Under his kingship, he built the great famous and beautiful  “Sainte Chappelle”.

He had a playful humor, courage, common sense, graciousness, and kindness.

As a child, his holy mother Queen Blanche, told him; “I would rather see you dead at my feet, than guilty of a mortal sin”.  From then on, he was very guarded against all temptations.  He accomplished this by prayer, fasting and penance, (like wearing a hair shirt), that none of his subjects knew about.

490px-Saint_Louis_roi_de_France_remettant_la_regence_a_sa_mere_Blanche_de_Castille_par_Joseph-Marie_VienHe believed in Christendom to the point of leading two Crusades.  1248 and 1270.  He was captured in the first one and later, after making a treaty, was released.  He set many Catholics, in the East, free from their enslavement to the muslims and converted many of the infidels.  On his second Crusade against the Saracens, he died of the plague in Tunis.   As he died, he prayed; “I will worship toward they holy temple and praise Thy Name.”

The whole concept of governments being elected by people and doing what the electorates demand is against Christendom and against God.  Morals and laws are not created by man, but by God.

The Church has changed to accept that Her role as merely a spiritual leader that tries to influence government by giving it moral advice.  That has not worked and is wrong.  The more the Church officials have given power over to The State, less and less influence the Church has had.  We can see this now with the Church here in the USA being told to pay for insurance that pays for the murdering of the unborn, sterilization of men and women and birth control, (Human Health Mandate).

French-Revolution1Government has to be subordinate to God’s laws and the authority of the Catholic Church.  The Church has lost all Her authority because She started practicing the heresy of separation of State and Church.  That is not Catholic and it does not work.  And that is why the government is now dictating to the Church in many areas of its practices and agencies.  When well the pope and bishops learn?

It will not be long before the State forces us to break God’s commandment and bless homosexual unions in Catholic churches.   Some bishops, religious and priests are in favor of homosexual unions, so it will be acceptable to them in this area of the governments mandates.  But they will eventually loose all their independence to the government, as happened under socialist governments before, and they will not be happy about that.  But it will be too late.  Sad to say, it is already too late.  Our Church leaders have already given over the keys to God’s Kingdom to His enemy.

The freemasons have infiltrated many governments of the world where the Church use to have influence and some say in the Government.   They did this by rebellions and then replacing Catholic influenced governments with masonic governments, (Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mexico, just to name a few).  That is called “filibuster”.   The star is a masonic symbol, (a pentagram).  Why do you think Texas is now the “Lone Star” state?  The masons put the star onto the US flag.

Padre David UribePadre David Uribe Gave His Life For Christ The King On April 12, 1927

So we traditional Catholics will pray, expose the truth, and above all, put our wills, lives and possessions at the disposal of Christ Our King.  We will continue to talk about Christendom even when we are ridiculed for being simplistic and old fashioned.

St. King Louis of France was a true Catholic and believed and practiced the rules of Christendom.  God rewarded him on earth and forever in Heaven.  It was not easy for him then, and it will be much harder for us now.  But, we still have the same God, “Who made heaven and earth”, and do not forget, we are on His side and He is on our side.