Why Day Off For Thanksgiving From Abe Lincoln

Cristo_crocifissoWashington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

St. Catherine Laboure Nov. 28

stcatherinelaboure“St Catherine Labouré was born on the 2nd of May 1806 at Fainles-Moutiers, a picturesque village of Burgundy, France.  She was the ninth child in a happy family of eleven.  God made known the choice of this soul by marking her at an early age with the seal of suffering, for when she was only nine years old she lost her mother.

Saint Catherine Labouré responded to the divine call by entering the Community of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris.  Here, during the first months of her novitiate, she was favored with a number of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, who confided to her the mission of having the Miraculous Medal made.

Until shortly before her death Saint Catherine kept a strict silence concerning these apparitions, speaking of them only to her confessor, according to the instructions of Our Lady.

During 46 years Saint Catherine witnessed the wonders and miracles wrought through the Medal.  During all this time, carefully guarding her secret of the apparitions, she humbly performed her commonplace duties, devoting herself especially to the care of the infirmed men of Enghien, a suburb of Paris.  For this she is called the patroness of seniors.

St Catherine LabouréSt Catherine Labouré On the 31st of December 1876, Saint Catherine left this earth for heaven, to contemplate there her Immaculate Queen whose love and beauty had captured her heart on earth.

Her body was exhumed 57 years later and found in perfect condition.  Even death respected her who had enjoyed the extraordinary privilege of resting her hands on the knees of the Blessed Virgin for more than two hours during one of the apparitions. Saint Catherine was canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 27, 1947.

cat1The simplicity of Saint Catherine’s life endears her to everyone.  She became a saint by doing her commonplace duties well, for God. This “Saint of Ordinary People” has the secret of sanctity for us all.

Lord, here I am, give me what You will.’  If He gives me something, I am very pleased and I thank Him. If He gives me nothing, I still thank Him because I do not deserve anything.  And then again, I tell Him all that passes through my mind; I recount my pains and my joys and … I listen.  If you listen to Him, He will speak to you also, because with the good God it is necessary to speak and to listen.  He will always speak to you if you go to Him simply and sincerely.’

St Catherine Labouré

Taken from Central Association For the Miraculous Medal

St. Francis Catholic Kitchen, 32 Years Later

Presently, I am here in Aptos, Calif. where I lived most of my life.  Since I moved to Phoenix, I have not been able to do youth retreats and help out at the St. Francis Catholic Kitchen in Santa Cruz, Calif.  I started this kitchen 32 years ago and ran it for 9 years.  For me, this was a crucible that really taught me a lot about sin, people and life.

IMG_3122When I started the kitchen in 1982, I purposely named it St. Francis Catholic Kitchen.  I put in the name St. Francis, because he followed Jesus’ call to “sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor.”  Jesus, all the saints, St. Francis, Mother Theresa and Dorothy Day, inspired me to give up my wealth and found the Kitchen.  I put in Catholic because I wanted my community, Aptos and Santa Cruz, to know what Catholics believe and how they help the poor.  I was strongly told to not put the word “Catholic” in the Kitchen’s name because it would not be “ecumenical”.  It was very hard to resist the pressure, but since it was all my effort, my money and my idea, I put in its name “Catholic”.   Ever since, people have kept trying to remove “Catholic” from it.

When I started the homeless shelter, I purposely called it “Jesus, Mary and Joseph Home”.  I gave it this name to let people know that what we were doing was CATHOLIC.

So today we were blessed to be able to go to this kitchen and help feed the poor.IMG_3136We began the meal by praying with the poor.

IMG_3168All poverty comes from SIN.  I have spent much of my adult life helping the poor.  And I see over and over that SIN causes POVERTY.  Here are a few sins that cause poverty.

  1. Greed.  Greed causes everyone to amass as much money and possessions as possible, even when it is gained at the expense of paying low wages, charging interest and high rents.  Corporations are only interested in one thing; profit.  They push all the small businesses out of business because they can not compete with such huge corporations that can pay low wages and sell at a cheaper priceIMG_3164
  2. Alcohol.  Most people in Third World Countries suffer from poverty from the dad being a drunkard and not working to take care of his family.  Low productivity comes from people who drink and then go to work with a hang over.  IMG_3145
  3. Drugs.  Many people are homeless and do not work because they are on drugs.  It also causes society to be dysfunctional as many people become apathetic from drug use.  IMG_3148
  4. Laziness.  Many people are lazy and do not want to work hard.
  5. Selfishness.  The more we are selfish, the less we care about working together to help each other out.
  6. Divorce.  Two houses for one family causes more expenses and single parent families are poorer than married people.  Child support, lawyer fees and child visit rights all cost a lot of money too.
  7. Corruption. Serious corruption in Governments and On Wall Street.IMG_3182

Thanks-giving, Things To Be Thankful To God For

Here is a list of things to reflect on a Day of THANKSGIVING.

st_JohnofMatha_CARRE_O_DE_MIRANDA_JuanLife.  The mare thing that we are alive is such a wonderful gift from God.  You could have been murdered in your mothers womb.

tumblr_mw0u5fVXvC1r6mdnjo1_500Faith.  Many people do not have faith that God exists and is helping us every second of our life.

Supernatural Life.  Beyond the mere human existence, we have also been, and are being given, supernatural grace from God through the Holy Sacraments.  So we want to be grateful for having been baptized into the Holy Catholic Church, to be able to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and to be forgiven and given graces to sin no more.  Just think of all the people that have never even heard about Jesus, or live in places where there is no priests, Holy Latin Mass or Confessions.

Divine Laws.  As traditional Catholics we have knowledge of what is right and wrong revealed to us by God.  God is Love.  His laws are from this love to help protect us from the devil, evil and actions that will hurt our souls and bodies.

The Bible.  How many times have we received guidance, encouragement and faith from reading the word of God.

MARYBABYJESUSWITHANGELSMUSICFamily.  Even if your family is not perfect, at least we know who are family is and receive love and security from them.  How many people there will be eating alone on Thanksgiving and at Christmas.

Education.  What a great thing good knowledge is.  The things we have learned.  The history we know.  The facts we have memorized.

Wisdom.   How blessed we are to have Catholic wisdom and to be able to learn from the old people.  The book of Wisdom, Ecclesiatis and Proverbs are full of divine wisdom.

Health.  You can have wealth, fame and intelligence.  But without health, it is hard to enjoy it.

Wealth.  Everything essentially comes from God, all that we have inherited or have worked to obtain, is a gift from God.  How many people are living in the streets, are working and barely surviving.  When you live God’s way, you will see that money and things just come to you.

Marriage.  If you are happily married, you are one in a thousand.  So thank God you are happily married.

Parents.  Many children are living with a single parent.  Many have never met their dad.  Many have lost their parent or parents to heart attacks, accidents, murders or drug overdoses.  To have a dad and a mom is a great gift from God.

Brothers and sisters.  How many children live lonely lives because they have no siblings.   More and more children live in loneliness because their parents would not accept the gift of more children or they murdered them in the womb.

Grandparents.  Grandparents are very special.  We thank God we have or had grandparents.

Grand children.  What joy it is to have little grandchildren.

Master Francke_Hamburg, Kunsthalle_ca. 1430Vision.  Many people are blind or going blind.  To see peoples faces, nature and to be able to read.

Speech.  Many people have stuttering problems or simple can not speak because they can not hear.

Hearing.  To hear people speak, a bird sing, music and laughter.

communism_doesn't_workFreedom.  How many people live in communist countries like China, Vietnam, Cuba and North Korea and do not have freedom of speech.  How many are in force labor camps.  How many are in jail or prison all over the world.  35 million are slaves.  Many are sex slaves.

Latin Mass.  But most of all we are thankful to be traditional Catholics and to be able to suffer for sharing Catholic truth with others.  As traditional priests, we are able to offer the Latin Mass which gives God the greatest honor possible and crushes evil all over the world.

Miraculous Medal Nov. 27

“Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal was the first great step toward the re-Marianization of the nineteenth century, preparing the great movement of souls that culminated with the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.MM9

On November 27, 1830, Our Lady appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré in Paris and revealed to her the design of the Miraculous Medal. Its first great miracle was the deathbed conversion of a bishop who had sworn allegiance to the French Revolution.
The Miraculous Medal shows an image of Our Lady of Grace with her hands emitting rays of light, just as she appeared to Saint Catherine. This devotion to Our Lady of Grace on the medal marked a true renewal of devotion to Our Lady in Europe.
Devotion to Our Lady had been deeply eroded by Jansenism, which, although in great decline at the time, was replaced with more radical forms of Revolution, so that devotion to Our Lady left much to be desired. We can say that the Miraculous Medal was the first major step toward the ‘re-Marianization’ of the nineteenth century, preparing the great movement of souls that would culminate with the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

With the use of the Miraculous Medal, extraordinary graces spread throughout the Church. It became a common custom to wear a Miraculous Medal around one’s neck or to place it on the chest of an impenitent patient while making the novenas and prayers prescribed by Our Lady. It seemed almost certain that the person would convert as a result. Through this devotion, Our Lady began to dispense many other graces to the world.
Moreover, this devotion is linked to two other very important devotions, which the Jansenists had attempted to bury: the devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

This animosity was very evident in the case of Bishop Scipion de’ Ricci of Prato and Pistoia, a man of the Enlightenment and Jansenist who combated devotion to the Sacred Heart and who also sought to bring about democratic reforms in the Church at the Synod of Pistoia (He was condemned by Pius VI in 1794). There was also the rejection of this devotion to the Sacred Heart by the House of Bourbon, which did not spread this devotion as it should have before the Revolution. On the back of the medal, Our Lady decided to place a letter M which stands for her holy name, and below this letter one sees the hearts of Jesus and Mary, linking these three highly significant devotions so hated by the Jansenists.

Not only did this devotion help defeat Jansenist sentiments, it also helped give rise to a colossal ultramontane movement in the philosophical, political and social fields. The results were a great nineteenth century movement devoted to Our Lady, the definition of papal infallibility, and the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Indeed, this all gave rise to a Counter-Revolution led by Blessed Pius IX and continued by Saint Pius X.

Because of its important role in Church history, this devotion retains all its relevance for Catholics today. In view of these past graces and consolations, it should be cultivated with great fervor.”
The following text is taken from an informal lecture given by Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira.

Preparing Well For Thanksgiving, Not ThanksPigging

If you want to have a Happy Thanksgiving, and all the days of your life, BE GRATEFUL.  To get things right, we need to remember that we were given these holidays off to GIVE THANKS TO GOD for all we have received from Him.  Go back to work if you do not want to give thanks to God.First-Catholic-ThanksgivingFirst Thanksgiving In The Americas

10 ways in which to spending Thanksgiving the right way.

  1. Go to Holy Latin Mass to Give God Thanks.  Eucharist means thanksgiving.
  2. Pray before eating.
  3. Invite a lonely or poor person to enjoy the day with your family.
  4. Bring some food ot a place that is serving the poor.
  5. Invite someone with whom you have been having problems with lately.
  6. Do not over eat, that is the sin of gluttony.
  7. NO TV or Sports on.
  8. Enjoy your family and people you will be with.
  9. Be friendly to everyone you meet that day.
  10. Thank God you are a traditional Catholic.

God, Love, Family and Friends are what are important.  Use Thanksgiving Day so as to enjoy and share all of these with others.

 

All Will Be Taken Away From You At Your Death.

11_26_silvesterSt. Sylvester Abbot came from a rich Noble family.  He was a holy child and young man.  But everything change when a another young noble man who had been his neighbor, died.  VanitasHe went to his funeral and saw his decaying corpse of this handsome rich man.   It was then that he completely gave up his life and everything for God.  He said; “I am what this man was; what he is, I shall be”.

ImageThis saying probably came from wise saying from before.  I have heard it this way.  An old man told a young man; “As you are now, I once was, As I am now you someday will be”.

PFA188045Let us meditate everyday on the Last 5 Things; Death, Judgement, Heaven, Purgatory or Hell.

St Sylvester Gozzolini, Abbot

iuFounder of the Sylvestrines, b. of the noble family of the Gozzolini at Osimo, 1177; d. 26 Nov., 1267. He was sent to study jurisprudence at Bologna and Padua, but, feeling within himself a call to the ecclesiastical state, abandoned the study of law for that of theology and Holy Scripture, giving long hours daily to prayer. On his return home we are told that his father, angered at his change of purpose, refused to speak to him for ten years. Sylvester now accepted a canonry at Osimo and devoted himself to pastoral work with such zeal as to arouse the hostility of his bishop, whom he had respectfully rebuked for the scandals caused by the prelate’s irregular life. The saint was threatened with the loss of his canonry, but decided to leave the world on seeing the decaying corpse of one who had formerly been noted for great beauty. In 1227 he retired to a desert place about thirty miles from Osimo and lived there in the utmost poverty until he was recognized by the owner of the land, a certain nobleman named Conrad, who offered him a better site for his hermitage. From this spot he was driven by damp and next established himself at Grotta Fucile, where he eventually built a monastery of his order. In this place his penances were most severe, for he lived on raw herbs and water and slept on the bare ground. Disciples flocked to him seeking his direction, and it became necessary to choose a rule. According to the legend the various founders appeared to him in a vision, each begging him to adopt his rule. St. Sylvester chose for his followers that of St. Benedict and built his first monastery on Monte Fano, where, like another St. Benedict, he had first to destroy the remains of a pagan temple. In 1247 he obtained from Innocent IV, at Lyons, a bull confirming his order, and before his death founded a number of monasteries. An account of his miracles and of the growth of his cultus will be found in Bolzonetti. His body was disinterred and placed in a shrine (1275-85) and is still honoured in the church of Monte Fano. Clement IV first recognized the title of blessed popularly bestowed on Sylvester, who was inscribed as a saint in the Roman Martyrology by order of Clement VIII (1598). His office and Mass were extended to the Universal Church by Leo XIII. His feast is kept on 26 November.  1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

While Rome Burns, Pope And Bishops Attack The Latin Mass And Traditional Orders

With so many serious problems in the world today, any sane person has to ask;

“why are the powerful people in the Catholic Church trying to destroy traditional orders, priests and purposely stopping the offering of the Latin Mass?”

Rome burningLet us go over some of the real problems they should be contending with right now.

  1. China just said it could put the electric grid of the USA out of existence.
  2. 13,000 Catholics and Christians recently killed by muslims in Nigeria.
  3. The Ebola outbreak.
  4. Catholics and other Christians being tortured and murdered in muslim countries.
  5. Millions of babies being murdered in their mothers wombs.
  6. Dangerous and powerful drug cartels moving from Mexico, to all over the world.
  7. The Church mortally bleeding of her members to other religions and atheism.
  8. ISIS promising to march into Rome and use St. Peter’s as a stable.
  9. 35 million people are slaves.
  10. Millions in forced work camps in China and North Korea.
  11. Drug and alcohol abuse totally out of hand.
  12. Children being sexually and physically abuse by their step dads.
  13. Sex slave industry thriving.
  14. Most Catholic men addicted to pornography.
  15. Huge national and international debts.
  16. Sexually transmitted diseases that can not be cured, like herpes. (1 in 4 youth.)
  17. Governments dictating to the Catholic Church in Obamacare.
  18. Homosexuals will soon shut down the Catholic Church for not marrying them.
  19. Prisons can not be built fast enough.  1% of all Americans are incarcerated.
  20. Freedom of religion is rapidly being taken away.

So with these being just a few of the problems in the world, why on earth does the pope and the bishops pick on traditional Catholics?

The perfect example is the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate.  They “were” the fastest growing religious order with young serious vocations.  They truly live the vow of poverty.  And at the same time all other orders are making plans to shut down parishes, schools, seminaries and convents.  And yet the pope and the bishops have nothing better to do than to destroy them.

Franciscanos InmaculadaI cannot say I understand why.  First we need to remind ourselves that they are progressives, which means they believe that morals, religion and all other things are always evolving and changing.  Besides this, here are a few theories I have.  You are welcome to add to them.

  1. The modernist progressives want to be loved by the world so they go along with the new modern morals and beliefs to be in good standing with the media, the wealthy, the popular, the youth and other like minded Catholics.
  2. They agree with most other Catholics who no longer believe what the Church teaches on contraceptives, right to life, homosexual marriage, divorce and premarital sex.  So they agree with this new popular progressive way of looking at “faith”.
  3. They believe God is all love, mercy and no justice.  They believe He accepts everyone no matter what they are doing because He is love.
  4. They are afraid of the feminist and allow them to run the Church. (feminist nuns).
  5. Many of them are feminists too.
  6. They allow feminist to influence their governance and way of thinking.  Remember, feminists are extremely opposed to traditional Catholic concepts such as; only men being priests, men being in charge of the Church and family, Catholic pro-life beliefs, homosexual sin, (many feminist are lesbians) and God being described in male terms in the Bible.
  7. Some bishops and priests believe in immoral behavior because they are actually living these immoral lives, like being involved in homosexual activity.   From that perspective they see traditional Catholics as opposed to what they consider good and normal.
  8. Misplaced compassion for atheist, feminists, homosexuals and divorced people.
  9. Traditional Catholics, cardinals, bishops, religious and priests are seen as a threat to their ever changing progressive morals and have to be silenced and destroyed.
  10. Everything involved around the Holy Latin Mass and Sacraments are hierarchal, and that smacks of authority, especially coming from God and not man.
  11. They do not believe in talking about the devil, hell or purgatory because they do not want to believe in a Just God.  They just believe in talking about heaven.

11_09_26_wymyn_bishopsSo we can get a glimpse of what is going on in the Vatican, chancelleries, religious orders, “Catholic” universities and parishes all over the world.

The solution is to pray, pray, pray.  They are only instruments to be used and discarded by the devil.  He is the one behind all rebellion against God and His laws. Then you can:

  1. Keep on speaking the truth: “immoral behavior causes much suffering”.
  2. Remind them that you are very hurt how the vatican and bishops allowed bishops and priests to sexually abuse and even rape young men and children.  That happened because those homosexuals believed in progressive morals that allows them to be sexually fulfilled.
  3. Remind them of the billions of dollars lost from the church from the sex abuse law suits. If these progressive bishops had done something to stop it, we would still have most of the money and land we have lost to these law suits.

Then show them the fact that almost all the young vocations are coming from traditional Catholic families and orders.

Crucifixion, illustration from the Missal of Master Pancratino, c. 1430 (vellum)Show them that most Catholic children are being born in traditional Catholics.  Catholic Europe is dying fast because there is such a low birth rate.

Remind them that they are all old and going to die.  Most feminist priests and nuns are very old.  What will happen when they die.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and have God on our side.  Sooner or later He will prevail.  “Our help in in the Name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”

 

St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin, Martyr Nov. 25

Catherine of Alexandria_RAFFAELLO SanzioSt. Catherine was a noble virgin of Alexandria Egypt who united a zeal tor the liberal arts with an ardent faith. When she saw many Christians given up to torture by Maximin, she went to him and strongly stated the necessity of faith in Christ for salvation. Wondering at her wisdom, the tyrant commanded her to be held, and, assembling the most learned men from all sides, he tried to persuade her to turn to the worship of idols. But the opposite happened; many of those men were convinced by Catherine’s wise reasoning and embraced the faith of Christ and did not hesitate to die for it. Because of this, Maximim tried promises first and then threats to win Catherine from her conviction; but, when nothing succeeded, he had her beheaded with an axe.