St. Abercius Marcellus Oct 22

This epitaph was written by St. Abercius.

1074“The citizen of a chosen city, this [monument] I made [while] living, that there I might have in time a resting-place of my body, [I] being by name Abercius, the disciple of a holy shepherd who feeds flocks of sheep [both] on mountains and on plains, who has great eyes that see everywhere. For this [shepherd] taught me [that the] book [of life] is worthy of belief. And to Rome he sent me to contemplate majesty, and to see a queen golden-robed and golden-sandalled; there also I saw a people bearing a shining mark. And I saw the land of Syria and all [its] cities Nisibis [I saw] when I passed over Euphrates. But everywhere I had brethren. I had Paul. . . . Faith everywhere led me forward, and everywhere provided as my food a fish of exceeding great size, and perfect, which a holy virgin drew with her hands from a fountain and this it [faith] ever gives to its friends to eat, it having wine of great virtue, and giving it mingled with bread. These things I, Abercius, having been a witness [of them] told to be written here. Verily I was passing through my seventy-second year. He that discerneth these things, every fellow-believer [namely], let him pray for Abercius. And no one shall put another grave over my grave; but if he do, then shall he pay to the treasury of [the] Romans two thousand pieces of gold and to my good native city of Hieropolis one thousand pieces of gold.”

228_AberciusTempleSt. Abercius Smashing Roman gods With Rod Given Him By The Angels

The inscription bears witness of no slight value to the importance of the Church of Rome in the second century. A mere glance at the text allows us to note: (1) The evidence of baptism which marks the Christian people with its dazzling seal; (2) The spread of Christianity, whose members Abercius meets with everywhere; (3) The receiving of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and of Mary, in the Eucharist, (4) under the species of Bread and Wine.

The subject of it may be identified with a writer named Abercius Marcellus, author of a work against the Montanists, some fragments of which have been preserved by Eusebius. As the treatise in question was written about the year 193, the epitaph may be assigned to the last years of the second, or to the beginning of the third, century. The writer was bishop of a little town, the name of which is wrongly given in the Life, since he belongs to Hieropolis in Phrygia Salutaris, and not to Hierapolis in Phrygia Pacatiensis. The proof of this fact given by Duchesne is all that could be wished for. The text of the inscription itself is of the greatest possible importance in connection with the symbolism of the early Church. The poem of sixteen verses which forms the epitaph shows plainly that the language used is one not understood by all; Let the brother who shall understand this pray for Abercius. The bishop’s journey to Rome is merely mentioned, but on his way home he gives us the principal stages of his itinerary. He passed along the Syrian coast and, possibly, came to Antioch, thence to Nisibis, after-having traversed the whole of Syria, while his return to Hieropolis may have been by way of Edessa. The allusion to St. Paul the Apostle, which a gap in the text renders indecipherable, may originally have told how the traveller followed on his way back to his country the stages of St. Paul’s third missionary journey, namely: Issus, Tarsus, Derbe, Iconium, Antioch in Pisidia, and Apamea Cibotus, which would bring him into the heart of Phrygia.

All Hell Breaking Lose For Homosexual “Marriages” In USA

Friday, Arizona started giving out “marriage” licenses to homosexual couples.

“Effective immediately, the clerks of Arizona county superior courts cannot deny a marriage license to any otherwise eligible licensees on the grounds that the license permits a marriage between persons of the same sex.”  Tom Horne Attorney General.

“The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that substantially identical provisions of Nevada and Idaho law that prohibit same-sex marriages are invalid because they deny same-sex couples equal protection of the law, the right to which is guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States,” Sedwick wrote in his brief ruling. “This court is bound by decisions of the Court of Appeals.”  USA Today

A Presbyterian minister from Tempe Arizona was going right down to the courthouse to “marry” homosexual couples.  Is he christian?  Has he never read the Bible’s prohibition of homosexual sex?

HitchingPostHistoric1In Coeur d’Alene Idaho, Donald and Evelyn Knapp were told that if they do not “marry” homosexual couples at their chapel, they will face 120 days in jail and up to $1000 per day for not performing these “marriages”.  They have been married for 47 years.

Prayer To Mary, Undoer Of Knots

Some kind person left many copies of the Prayer to Mary, “Undoer of knots” in our Blessed Sacrament chapel.  It is so wonderful that people are so good as to make copies to help other people overcome their sufferings too.  I am sure God and Mary will answer their prayers because of their small act of love for others.

What are these knots?
There are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, pornography, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.”  Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots

Here is the prayer:maryknotsPrayer to Mary, “Undoer of knots”

Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in you heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.

You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound up by the Knots.

Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.

No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care.  In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.

Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot… I beg you to undo it for the glory of god, once and for all.  You are my hope.

O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.

Hear my plea

Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge.

virgin21“Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it”.  St. Irenaeus

St. Hilarion, Abbot Oct. 21

1021_hilarionSt. Hilarion was the founder of anchoritic life in Palestine; born at Tabatha, south of Gaza, Palestine, about 291; died in the island of Cyprus about 371. The chief source of information regarding him is the biography written by St. Jerome (P.L. XXIII, 29-54). In the introduction St. Jerome mentions a letter from St. Epiphanius, Archbishop of Salamis, in regard to the life of St. Hilarion whom Epiphanius had known personally during the hermit’s later years.

St. Hilarion was the son of pagan parents. The date of his birth is ascertained from the statement of St. Jerome (Vita, c. xxv), that St. Hilarion, at the death of St.Anthony (356), was 65 years old. As a boy St. Hilarion’s parents sent him to Alexandria to be educated in its schools. Here he became a Christian, and at the age of fifteen, attracted by the renown of the anchorite, St. Anthony, he retired to the desert. After two months of personal intercourse with the great “Father of Anchorites”, St. Hilarion resolved to devote himself to the ascetic life of a hermit. He returned home, divided his fortune among the poor, and then withdrew to a little hut in the desert of Majuma, near Gaza, where he led a life similar to that of St. Anthony.

His clothing consisted of a hair shirt, an upper garment of skins, and a short shepherd’s cloak; he fasted rigorously, not partaking of his frugal meal until after sunset, and supported himself by weaving baskets. The greater part of his time was devoted to religious exercises. Miraculous cures and exorcisms of demons which he performed spread his fame in the surrounding country, so that in 329 numerous disciples assembled round him. Many heathens were converted, and people came to seek his help and counsel in such great numbers that he could hardly find time to perform his religious duties. This induced him to bid farewell to his disciples and to return to Egypt about the year 360.

Here he visited the places where St. Anthony had lived and the spot where he had died. On the journey thither, he met Dracontius and Philor, two bishops banished by the Emperor Constantius. St. Hilarion then went to dwell at Bruchium, near Alexandria, but hearing that Julian the Apostate had ordered his arrest, he retired to an oasis in the Libyan desert. Later on he journeyed to Sicily and for a long time lived as a hermit near the promontory of Pachinum. His disciple, Hesychius, who had long sought him, discovered him here and soon St. Hilarion saw himself again surrounded by disciples desirous of following his holy example.

Leaving Sicily, he went to Epidaurus in Dalmatia, where, on the occasion of a great earthquake (366), he rendered valuable assistance to the inhabitants. Finally he went to Cyprus and there, in a lonely cave in the interior of the island, he spent his last years. It was during his sojourn in Cyprus that he became acquainted with St. Epiphanius, Archbishop of Salamis. Before his death, which took place at the age of eighty, St. Hilarion bequeathed his only possession, his poor and scanty clothing, to his faithful disciple, Hesychius. His body was buried near the town of Paphos, but Hesychius secretly took it away and carried it to Majuma where the saint had lived so long. St. Hilarion was greatly honored as the founder of anchoritic life in Palestine. His feast falls on 21 October. The attempts of Israel and of other historians to relegate Hilarion to the realm of imagination have completely failed; there can be no doubt as to the historical fact of his life and the truth of its chief features.  1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

Reality Check That In The End Our Bodies Are Nothing More Than Worm’s Food

Soon, much sooner than we realize, we too will be among the dead bodies lying in the cemetery.  Our bodies will be nothing more than food for the worms.  For this reason we stay humble and confessed.

old-photo-funeral-procession This is also true for all the powerful people in the Church and in Government.  Like ourselves they will soon be gone. The Holy Psalms of David often repeat this absolute reality.  “We are here today, gone tomorrow and very soon after, forever forgotten“.

3funeraAnd I passed by, and lo, he was not: and I sought him and his place was not found.  Keep innocence, and behold justice: for there are remnants for the peaceable man.  But the unjust shall be destroyed together: the remnants of the wicked shall perish.  But the salvation of the just is from the Lord, and he is their protector in the time of trouble.  And the Lord will help them and deliver them: and he will rescue them from the wicked, and save them, because they have hoped in him.”  Psalm 36: 36-40.

funeral“Number not thyself among the multitude of the disorderly.  Remember wrath, for it will not tarry long.  Humble thy spirit very much: for the vengeance on the flesh of the ungodly is fire and worms.”  Eccl. 7:17-19

King Herod, “King of the of the Jews”, abused his God given power to have the Apostle St. James beheaded and St. Peter imprisoned.  But all that worldly power was absolutely of no help when he was struck dead by God.

And upon a day appointed, Herod being arrayed in kingly apparel, sat in the judgment seat, and made an oration to them.  And the people made acclamation, saying: It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.  And forthwith an angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given the honour to God: and being eaten up by worms, he gave up the ghost. But the word of the Lord increased and multiplied.”  Acts 12: 21-24

I asked a young man yesterday: “How long do people remember people after they have died?”  His answer was 2 months.

Bl. Miguel Pro 19Padre Pro Dying Like Jesus On The Cross For Christ The King

We die, everyone starts calling relatives and friends to let them know.  Then comes the funeral.  After the funeral and gathering, the memory of us very very quickly fades from our family and friends lives as they go on with life.

Padre Pro Execution034-1Lius Segura Vilchis Being Executed Nov. 23, 1927 For Attempt To Bomb Alvaro Obregon

The psalms also say it well: “We are like grass that grows in the morning and that withers and dies in the evening.”

Bl. Miguel Pro 29Humberto Pro Being Executed For Christ The King, (He Was Sick And Had A Blanket). 

So, what is important to remember, is that we are but created creatures who will die some day for sure.  I always like to say that the statistics are still the same: 100% of all people still die.

Bl. Miguel Pro 26Pres. Calles Watched 40,000 Thousand People Accompany Padre Pro’s Body, 20,000 More Waited At The Cemetery.  His Sacrificed Life For Jesus Will Never Be Forgotten

Since this is the truth, we need to give our all to God today.  All we have is today.   As that terrible moment of death rushes toward us, as we rush toward it, we need to live without fear of man, only fear of God’s judgement.   Of course we know of His great love for us too.  We believe that Jesus died on the cross out of love to save us.

St. John Cantius Oct. 20

3953St. John was born at Kenty, (whence the surname Cantius), a town in the diocese of Cracow. His parents Stanislaus and Anna, were devout honorable people. From his very infancy John gave promise of the greatest virtue by the sweetness and innocence of his way. After his ordination to the priesthood he redoubled his efforts to the Christian perfection. He administered the parish of Olkusz for several years with notable success, and then returned to teaching. Part of the time left him from this occupation he gave to the salvation of his neighbor, especially through preaching, and the rest to prayer. He came four times to the Apostolic See traveling on foot and carrying his own baggage, both to honor the Apostolic See, and as he said, “to save himself from the punishments of purgatory”, by the indulgences offered there daily. He watchfully preserved a virginal purity, and before his death he had abstained from meat for about thirty-five years. On Christmas Eve he went to the heavenly reward. He was enrolled among the Saints by Pope Clement XIII, and is honored as one of the primary Patrons of Poland and Lithuania.  1960 Roman Breviaryst-john-cantius-8

He made one pilgrimage to Jerusalem with the desire of becoming a martyr among the Turks.  He died Dec. 24, 1473. Catholic Encyclopedia

painting-of-saint-john-cantius-high-altarAlthough St. John Cantius is not that well know, he is one of the very very rare saints to have the Prime, Lauds and Vesper’s hymns specifically written for his saint’s day.

Prime

Long fasting hath thy body tamed,
With many cruel stripes it bleeds,
Though innocence exemption claimed
For thee from penitential deeds

Then let us follow in the path
Of John, our father and our guide;
Who follows him, his spirit hath
The power to curb all carnal pride.

In winter’s frost thy loving care
Provides a garment for the poor;
For those who want thou dost prepare
Of meat and drink a copious store.

O thou who never didst deny
thine aid unto the suppliant’s prayer,
Hear Christendom’s and Poland’s cry,
And save thy country from despair.

Now let us chant in glad refrain
Unto the Triune God our praise:
O may the prayers of John obtain
Blest joys for us in endless days.
Amen.

Lauds

When thou dost pray thy mighty prayer,
Disorders flee, and plagues abate,
And bodies, wasting in disease,
Regain at once their healthful state.

When phthisis, fevers, ulcers dire,
Have brought men to their latest breath,
When they are mourned as victims doomed,
Thou tak’st them from the jaws of death.

Thou pray’st; and goods, which down the stream
Are hurried on at headlong pace,
Drawn by the mighty hand of God,
Float upwards, and their source retrace.

Do thou, who canst such wonders work,
Now from thy throne in heaven deign
To listen to our suppliant prayers,
That we may answering help obtain.

O Trinity forever One,
O Unity forever Trine,
That we may gain eternal joys,
To Cantius‘ prayer thine ear incline.
Amen.

Vespers

O glory of the Polish race,
O splendour of the priestly band,
Whose lore did thy lyceum grace,
John, father of the fatherland.

The law of the supernal will
Thou teachest both in word and deed;
Knowledge is naught—we must fulfill
In works, not barren words, our creed!

On foot to apostolic Rome
thy pilgrim spirit joyful hied;
Oh, to our everlasting home
The path declare, the footstep guide!

Again, in Sion’s holy street,
Anew thou wet’st with tearful flood
The pathway of the Saviour’s feet
Erst wet with His redeeming blood.

O sweet and bitter wounds of Christ,
Deep in our hearts imprinted stay,
That the blest fruit the sacrificed
Redeemer gained, be ours for aye!

Progressive Modernist Liberal Catholics Will “Crash And Burn” Someday

In the Gospel from the Latin Mass for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, Jesus talks about everyone being invited into His wonderful Son’s wedding feast.  I take this as the Holy Catholic Church.  Those in the Catholic Church, but without the proper wedding garment, eventually will “crash and burn”. “Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

hellGod invites everyone to become a member of the Catholic Church and enjoy the wedding feast.  But Jesus also says that “many are called, but few are chosen“.  I take this as that many who have been invited will eventually “crash and burn” and only a few are chosen to stay faithful to the Church’s teachings.

Many who were invited chose not enter the Church because of their love for the world, “their farm and business”.

The Jewish religious leaders would not enter either.  Instead they decided to “lay hands on His servants” the prophets and have them put to death, including Jesus, the King’s Son.  In the year 70, these progressive Jewish church leaders “crashed and burned” when the Romans killed them and burned down their city Jerusalem.

Destruction of Jerusalem by Ercole de' RobertiThe King is still goes on inviting us to the wedding feast.

“At that time, Jesus spoke to the chief priests and the Pharisees in parables, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son. And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage, and they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold I have prepared my dinner; my beeves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the marriage. But they neglected: and went their, ways, one to his farm, and another to his mer­chandise: and the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. But when the king had heard, of it; he was angry: and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they, that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together, all that they found, both bad and good; and the marriage was filled with guests. And the king went in to fee the guests; and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment: and he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having on a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” St. Matthew 22:1-14

soulI also see the wedding garment as what is in the soul of each Catholic.

The wedding garment in the soul should be:

1) Jesus’ presence in our souls along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

2) Sanctifying Grace.

3) Love for God and neighbor.

4) Purity of heart.  (Absence of sexual sins and other sins).

5) Humility.  (No pride).

6) Obedience of God and proper authority. (No rebelliousness against God like the devil).

Everyday, we have to decide if we want to stay inside the King’s wedding by staying faithful to Jesus and His Catholic Church.  If we do, we are so blessed because we have a safe place to belong with God as our protector.

Many children, when they be come teenagers, decide to leave the family because they do not want keep on their families wedding garment of obeying their parents rules.  They would rather make their own family of Gang members, or party goers or druggies, or homosexuals.  But these “families” do not last and eventually when things get bad, they eventually “crash and burn”.

Prodigal_Son_CHS_cathedralThe “Prodigal Son” learned this when he finally “crashed and burned” after using all his father’s wealth on sex and partying.  His new “family of partiers” abandoned him once his money was gone.  Now his new family became the pigs he took care of.  He longed to eat pig’s food, but not even that was offered to him.  He finally comes to his senses and returns back home to be a servant in His True Father’s home.  Once again he experiences the love and companionship of his true family.

Many of us traditional Catholics have already been outside the King’s wedding feast.  We have already seen “the exterior darkness”, “the weeping and gnashing of teeth“.  Yes it is hard to be a true Catholic and obey all of God’s rules.  But it sure beats “crashing and burning”.

Liberal Catholicism only leads to sin, which leads to suffering and suffering for those around us.  Let us humble ourselves and again put on the wedding garment of holiness and return back to the Bible and Church.  Then, once again, we will feel the security of Our Father’s loving home.

Finally Cardinal Burke, And Other Brave Bishops, Stood Up To Pope At Synod

Ever since progressive Pope Francis was elected, there has been an deafening silence on the part of orthodox cardinals and bishops.  They would always find a way of explaining away the pope’s comments and actions that were undermining the Catholic faith.  It seemed that no one wanted to break rank or file and look bad by criticizing the super popular pope.

banners-SINODO--ENWe may want to say, that what finally happened Thursday at the Synod, was a miracle.  The pope and his powerful friends have been in charge of manipulating the data gathered by the questionnaires from dioceses all over the world.  They had the power over who was invited to speak and what information was to be let out to the press.  But finally, somehow the orthodox cardinals and bishops spoke up and were heard.

An example of what happened is what Cardinal Burke said in an interview, (who has been ousted from the Supreme Tribunal by the pope).   In this statement, he is playing it safe by not naming Pope Francis, but is clearly referring to him.

BurkeTreviso4Cardinal Burke Offering The Traditional Latin Mass

The pope, more than anyone else as the pastor of the universal church, is bound to serve the truth, “The pope is not free to change the church’s teachings with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the insolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the faith.”

Why are the cardinals and bishops so afraid to say such an obvious truth that has been know by Catholics from the beginning.  But it just shows the toxic environment in the Vatican that we are living under.

2010-burke-cardinalHere is what Cardinal Burke said about his demotion: “I very much have enjoyed and have been happy to give this service, so it is a disappointment to leave it.  On the other hand, in the church as priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given. And so I trust, by accepting this assignment, I trust that God will bless me, and that’s what’s in the end most important.”

Our prayers must be for those orthodox cardinals and bishops to stick together and to stop the purging of them by the current administration under the support of the pope.  But, as we see in the case of Cardinal Burke, he is out.  What can be done, nothing.  But the power of God is still operative and we may be in for some surprises.

As a liberal Catholic, before my conversion, I was privy to much of the manipulation behind the scenes in dioceses to get rid of or silence orthodox priests and religious.  I have seen it first hand ever since.  The progressives do have almost all the power at every level in the Catholic Church (parishes, dioceses and bishops conferences).

They have their power here and now, in this world.  They get their way for a short time, (in comparison to eternity).  But after death, God has His way.  There is no manipulation of God.