What You Can Do To Keep Traditional Catholic Holy Week HOLY

As the name states, “Holy Week”, this is a very important time of the year for us Catholics to keep holy.  Many graces are being offered to us in this holy time as we relive the Glory, Passion, Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Palm Sunday.  This day we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to exclamations of “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord”.

ottawa palm sunday vJesusentersjerusalem_HAYDON, Benjamin RobertWe start Holy Week with the reading of the Gospel of Jesus entering into Jerusalem and the blessing of the Palms, everyone receives one while 1) genuflecting and 2) kissing the priests hand and 3) kissing the Blessed Palm.  Then we join in with the solemn procession with the blessed palms, out in public, to remind them and us of the kingly entrance our Messiah Jesus made to start His passion.  This is followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the passion of Jesus according to St. Matthew being read.

Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Try to make the daily Latin mass.

Santi di Tito -Vision of St. Thomas Aquinas 1593, San Marco, FirenzeHoly Thursday.  On the night before Jesus died, He celebrated the Last Supper, (The Jewish Passover Meal) with His disciples.  His apostle Judas leaves to betray Jesus.  Then after singing the Psalms, Jesus left with them to the Garden of Gethsemani where He would pray and go through His agony to the point of sweating blood.  It was here that the betrayer Judas brought the guards to arrest Him.  He was then brought before Caiphas the high priest, scribes and ancients so that they could come up with (false) evidence to have Him put to death.  Here they spit in His face, buffeted Him and ridiculed Him.

GiottoLastSupperMake every effort to go the the Mass of the Last Supper where the apostles have their feet washed and Jesus gives us His Body and Blood and the Passover Lamb in the New Covenant.  The Mass ends with the procession of the Holy Eucharist to the Altar of Repose where we adore Jesus truly present in the Host.  We try to at least watch one hour with Jesus in His agony.

Good Friday.  Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate to be condemned to death.  Even though Pilate proclaimed Him innocent, he turned Him over to the guards to be scourged. He was then condemned to death by crucifixion by the Jewish leaders and the crowds.  They said, “Let the blood of Him be on us and on our children”.  He carried the cross to Calvary.  After three hours of torture, He died on the cross.  Then He was buried.

Cross_Jesus Meets Veronica_CALIARI, CarloIn union with Jesus Passion, we fast with two meals and abstain from all meat.  Try to not work or do anything from 12 pm till after the passion ceremony.  Be sure to go to the 3 pm ceremony.  It is not the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  There you can relive Jesus’ passion as the Gospel of St John is read.  Then you can, with great reverence, kiss the crucifix asking Jesus to forgive you for crucifying Him.  Then you can humbly receive Holy Communion.

Holy Saturday.  This day we keep by morning the death of Jesus as if we were really present at His tomb.  We do the least activities possible, (only what is necessary to celebrate the Joyful Easter the next day).  Try to avoid stores and superficial activities.  For those who can, go to the Easter Vigil Solemn High Latin Mass that evening.  It is one of the most beautiful masses of the whole year.  It is very long with the 1) Blessing of the New Fire, 2) Blessing of the Paschal Candle, 3) Procession and singing of the Exultet, 4) Listening to the 5 Lessons from the Prophets, 5) Praying the Litanies, 6) Blessing the Baptismal Water, 7) Renewal of you Baptismal Promises, 8) First Solemn Mass of Easter.

Burial of Christ_DUCCIO di BuoninsegnaEaster.  Jesus was tortured to death and was in the tomb from Friday afternoon till early Sunday morning when He rose from the dead.  This is the day to rejoice and be glad.  Dress in you very best for Jesus.  Go early to Holy Latin Mass if you did not go to the Vigil mass the night before.  And if you did, go to mass again.  Reflect on the great Victory Jesus won for us over the devil, death and enslavement to sin.  We are free children of God.  Spend time eating slowly with friends and family.  Especially invite those who are alone and have no one to celebrate this great feast with.  Spend so time in prayer and if possible some time meditating and talking with Jesus Resurrected in the Blessed Sacrament.  The greatest miracle ever to happen in the history of Mankind is Jesus resurrection from the dead after all the Jews, soldiers and disciples witnessed him in the grave from Friday till Sunday Morning.  This is why we are followers of Jesus.

Jesus Appearing to the Three Marys_LA HIRE, Laurent deLet us make every effort to leave the world, television, Facebook, computer, shopping and talking to enter into God’s holy time.  This week is time to spend a lot of time everyday at church.  We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and know that Jesus suffered, died and rose to forgive our sins and give us a new life in Him.

Traditional Catholic Palm Sunday Gospel To Print Up To Be Read Along With Latin

Here is the Passion of Christ read on Palm Sunday from the Gospel of St. Matthew 26: 36-75; 27: 1-52. so if you would like, you can print it up and have available for the people to read along while the priest is reading the Gospel in Latin.   You just need to copy it and put it into a word document and print it and photocopy as many as people will be coming to Palm Sunday Latin Mass.

Passion_HOLBEIN, Hans the YoungerTHE PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL OF SAINT MATTHEW (26: 36-75,  27:1-52)

At that time, Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani. And he said to his disciples: “Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad. Then he saith to them: “My soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay you here and watch with me.” And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying and saying: “My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as thou wilt.”

And he cometh to his disciples and findeth them asleep. And he saith to Peter: “What? Could you not watch one hour with me? Watch ye: and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying: “My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done.” And he cometh again and findeth them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them, he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word. Then he cometh to his disciples and said to them: “Sleep ye now and take your rest. Behold the hour is at hand: and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise: let us go. Behold he is at hand that will betray me.”

As he yet spoke, behold Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the ancients of the people. And he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying: “Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he. Hold him fast.” And forthwith coming to Jesus, he said: “Hail, Rabbi.” And he kissed him. And Jesus said to him: “Friend, whereto art thou come?” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and held him. And behold one of them that were with Jesus, stretching forth his hand, drew out his sword: and striking the servant of the high priest, cut off his ear. Then Jesus saith to him: “Put up again thy sword into its place: for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot ask my Father, and he will give me presently more than twelve legions of angels? How then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that so it must be done?”

In that same hour, Jesus said to the multitudes: “You are come out, as it were to a robber, with swords and clubs to apprehend me. I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple: and you laid not hands on me.” Now all this was done that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then the disciples, all leaving him, fled. But they holding Jesus led him to Caiphas the high priest, where the scribes and the ancients were assembled.

And Peter followed him afar off, even to the court of the high priest, And going in, he sat with the servants, that he might see the end. And the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death. And they found not, whereas many false witnesses had come in. And last of all there came two false witnesses: And they said: “This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God and after three days to rebuild it.” And the high priest rising up, said to him: “Answerest thou nothing to the things which these witness against thee?” But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest said to him: “I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us if thou be the Christ the Son of God.” Jesus saith to him: “Thou hast said it. Nevertheless I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest rent his garments, saying: “He hath blasphemed: What further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard the blasphemy. What think you?” But they answering, said: “He is guilty of death.

Then did they spit in his face and buffeted him. And others struck his face with the palms of their hands, Saying: “Prophesy unto us, O Christ. Who is he that struck thee?” But Peter sat without in the court. And there came to him a servant maid, saying: “Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied before them all, saying: “I know not what thou sayest.” And as he went out of the gate, another maid saw him; and she saith to them that were there: “This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied with an oath: “I know not the man.” And after a little while, they came that stood by and said to Peter: “Surely thou also art one of them. For even thy speech doth discover thee.” Then he began to curse and to swear that he knew not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus which he had said: Before the cock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice. And going forth, he wept bitterly.

And when morning was come, all the chief priests and ancients of the people took counsel against Jesus, that they might put him to death. And they brought him bound and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he was condemned, repenting himself, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and ancients, Saying: “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.” But they said: “What is that to us? Look thou to it.” And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed and went and hanged himself with an halter.

But the chief priests having taken the pieces of silver, said: “It is not lawful to put them into the corbona, because it is the price of blood.” And after they had consulted together, they bought with them the potter’s field, to be a burying place for strangers. For this cause that field was called Haceldama, that is, the field of blood, even to this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying: And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was prized, whom they prized of the children of Israel. And they gave them unto the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed to me.

And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying: “Art thou the king of the Jews?” Jesus saith to him: “Thou sayest it.” And when he was accused by the chief priests and ancients, he answered nothing. Then Pilate saith to him: “Dost not thou hear how great testimonies they allege against thee?” And he answered him to never a word, so that the governor wondered exceedingly.

Now upon the solemn day the governor was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, whom they would. And he had then a notorious prisoner that was called Barabbas. They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: “Whom will you that I release to You: Barabbas, or Jesus that is called Christ?” For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. And as he was sitting in the place of judgment, his wife sent to him, saying: “Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.” But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people that they should ask Barabbas and make Jesus away.

And the governor answering, said to them: “Whether will you of the two to be released unto you?” But they said: “Barabbas.” Pilate saith to them: “What shall I do then with Jesus that is called Christ?” They say all: “Let him be crucified.” The governor said to them: “Why, what evil hath he done?” But they cried out the more, saying: “Let him be crucified.”

And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: “I am innocent of the blood of this just man. Look you to it.” And the whole people answering, said: “His blood be upon us and upon our children.”

Then he released to them Barabbas: and having scourged Jesus, delivered him unto them to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor, taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band. And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: “Hail, King of the Jews.” And spitting upon him, they took the reed and struck his head. And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him and put on him his own garments and led him away to crucify him.

And going out, they found a man of Cyrene, named Simon: him they forced to take up his cross.

And they came to the place that is called Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary. And they gave him wine to drink mingled with gall. And when he had tasted, he would not drink. And after they had crucified him, they divided his garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: They divided my garments among them; and upon my vesture they cast lots. And they sat and watched him. And they put over his head his cause written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Then were crucified with him two thieves: one on the right hand and one on the left. And they that passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, And saying: “Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God and in three days dost rebuild it: save thy own self. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients, mocking said: “He saved others: himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross: and we will believe him. He trusted in God: let him now deliver him if he will have him. For he said: I am the Son of God.” And the selfsame thing the thieves also that were crucified with him reproached him with.

Now from the sixth hour, there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: “Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani?” That is, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” And some that stood there and heard said: “This man calleth Elias.” And immediately one of them running took a sponge and filled it with vinegar and put it on a reed and gave him to drink. And the others said: “Let be. Let us see whether Elias will come to deliver him.” And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom: and the earth quaked and the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose, And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city and appeared to many.

Human (Sex) Trafficking is caused by Sin, Drugs, False Religion (muslim), Poverty

Human sex trafficking is a terrible problem to be contended with and stopped.  But many liberals are against it while not condemning the sins that cause it.  So I want to condemn human sex trafficking and the sins that contribute to it.

Islamic-Apartheid-300x207Here in the United States, I would have to say that, the main cause of human trafficking is getting young women and other women on drugs and then controlling them to be used as prostitutes.  I see this here in Phoenix.  I think it should be called, Human and Sex Industry Trafficking.  Some thing very important to know, is that the drug meth, is used to heighten sexual pleasure.  So drug and sex abuse go hand in hand.

As pornography viewing has grown in unheard of numbers, men want to indulge in what they have viewed and abuse women as sex objects.  This also comes from the regular movies and rap songs about sex.

In the Third World, I would assume that much human and sex trafficking comes from muslim kidnapping and from recruiting poor girls and women into the trafficking.  Poor girls and women are promised a wonderful life in an other place or country.  Once they go, they are held and used and abused.

So as we look at this terrible crime against children, women and some men, we need to realize that it again comes from sin.

1) The sin of the false muslim religion.  The muslim religion was begun by a man who abused women.  If you study the history of muslim wars, upon conquering a place, they would systematically rape boys, girls, men and women.  They would keep the boys and men to be slaves, and the girls and women were put into their harems.  Even today, in many place in the world, the military abuse and rape captive women, (more than likely children too?).

Lucifer_Becomes_Satan2) Sexual sins.   All sexual sins contribute to sexual exploitation.  That is why sex is only to be, as God meant it to be, between a married man and woman to bring into the world and Church, new children.  The sins of men watching pornography and women dressing so immodestly also contributes to the horrible objectification of women seen as sex objects to be used.

3) The sin of drug abuse.  Recreational drug use is also a huge contributor to human sex trafficking.  So many people justify the use of marijuana.  This drug does lead to the use of other drugs.  All drugs, other than prescribed by a doctor, (and not the abuse of pain medication), cause crime and a morally weak society.

4) The sin of greed.  Greed and wars keeps people in poverty.  When people are greedy, they always want more and more.  All of God’s gifts are for everyone, not just the few rich.  They need to share and pay fair wages.  Many people get rich from causing wars and selling arms to keep them going.

Lent Index 16On April 10, 2014, Catholic World News did a report on Human Trafficking in Pakistan.

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – Each year about a thousand girls belonging to Christian and Hindu religious minorities are kidnapped, converted and forced into Islamic marriage: this is the disconcerting phenomenon that occurs in the Pakistani society. A new Report sent to Fides Agency, prepared by the “Solidarity and Peace Movement” – coalition of NGOs, associations and institutions including the “Justice and Peace” Commission of the Pakistani Bishops – confirms the figures released in recent years by Fides Agency: an estimated 700 cases per year involve Christian women, 300 Hindu girls. And if these are the officially reported cases, “the true extent of the problem is probably much bigger, since many cases are not reported”, explains the Report, sent to Fides, titled: “Forced marriages and forced conversions in the Christian community of Pakistan”.
The text illustrates exemplary cases of Christian women especially in Punjab and of Hindu women in Sindh. We are talking about girls between 12 and 25 years of age, from poor families and low social classes. The few cases, because very often complaints are not filed for fear of threats, that come to court, the girls who are intimidated and abused, claim to have converted and married freely, and the case is closed. “Under the custody of the kidnapper, she may suffer sexual violence, forced prostitution, domestic abuse and beatings, if not human trafficking”, notes the text.”  Read Here.

image0088Wikipedia has a comment on human slavery and trafficking: See Source Here.

According to the U.S. State Department:

Saudi Arabia is a destination for men and women from South and East Asia and East Africa trafficked for the purpose of labor exploitation, and for children from Yemen, Afghanistan, and Africa trafficking for forced begging. Hundreds of thousands of low-skilled workers from India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Kenya migrate voluntarily to Saudi Arabia; some fall into conditions of involuntary servitude, suffering from physical and sexual abuse, non-payment or delayed payment of wages, the withholding of travel documents, restrictions on their freedom of movement and non-consensual contract alterations. The Government of Saudi Arabia does not comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.[143]   

We as traditional Catholics abhor any abuse of boys, girls, men and women.  We ask God’s forgiveness for our sins in the Catholic Church.  We pray and work to protect everyone from these sins that cry out to God for vengeance.  But we also condemn all sins that contribute to human sexual trafficking.  It is so sad what is happening in the world to girls, boys, women and men because people will not obey God’s Divine Laws.  We commit ourselves to try to obey God’s laws and pray for the conversion of those who do not.

Bishop Jugis Comments on Charlotte Catholic High School North Carolina

In first statement Charlotte’s bishop expresses ‘shock’ over ‘lack of charity’

040914-bishop-jugis-croiser2CHARLOTTE — In a statement issued today, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called the controversy over a recent presentation on human sexuality at Charlotte Catholic High School “a difficult time” that has caused everyone “a great deal of pain.”

The all-school assembly March 21 featured a presentation by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican from Nashville, Tenn., and a frequent speaker in the Diocese of Charlotte. Sister Jane spoke on “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” which explained Catholic teaching about gender using Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Sister Jane’s March 21 address to students, which was arranged by Father Matthew Kauth, the school’s chaplain, was based on a series of instructional videos she created for Aquinas College in Nashville where she is an associate professor. She has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

Sister Jane spent about half of her hour-long talk on homosexuality, including attributing a correlation between the decline of fatherhood in America and the rise in homosexuality. That drew the ire of students and parents over the past three weeks, boiling over in a meeting April 2 at the high school with more than 900 parents present.

In his statement, Bishop Jugis said, “I am shocked to hear the disturbing reports of a lack of charity and respect at the parents’ meeting, and outside the meeting in conversations and in social media. There simply is no room in the Catholic Church for such displays of uncharitableness and disrespect. If we have failed in this regard let us make amends to God and neighbor. Even when we disagree, that disagreement should be expressed respectfully in love.”

Bishop Jugis also emphasized in his statement, “All of our Catholic schools are committed to hold and teach the Catholic faith in its fullness and with integrity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains an explanation of our faith and is accessible to all.”

Bishop Jugis’ full statement, issued April 9, follows:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The past few weeks have been very difficult for Charlotte Catholic High School. We have all experienced a great deal of pain. During this difficult time I want to express my support and encouragement for all the parents, students, staff and faculty at the high school. We must move forward toward healing with charity, the hallmark of our Christian life.

Different viewpoints regarding Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel’s presentation to students on March 21, 2014, have been discussed in a variety of venues.

At the parent meeting on April 2, 2014, many expressed concern about the lack of advanced communication with parents regarding the subject matter of the assembly. Apologies were made at the meeting for that lack of advanced communication.

The content of the Church’s moral teaching was not raised as a matter of contention at the parent meeting. All of our Catholic schools are committed to hold and teach the Catholic faith in its fullness and with integrity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains an explanation of our faith and is accessible to all.

During this difficult time I support the continued work of Fr. Matthew Kauth, the chaplain; Mrs. Angela Montague and Mr. Steve Carpenter, the assistant principals; and Mr. Randy Belk, the dean of students; and all they are doing for our Charlotte Catholic High School students. All of us are indebted to them.

I am shocked to hear the disturbing reports of a lack of charity and respect at the parents’ meeting, and outside the meeting in conversations and in social media. There simply is no room in the Catholic Church for such displays of uncharitableness and disrespect. If we have failed in this regard let us make amends to God and neighbor. Even when we disagree, that disagreement should be expressed respectfully in love.

We ask the Lord Jesus Christ for His mercy and His healing as we approach the celebrations of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection. Please be assured of our continued dedication to the mission to teach and live the truth of the Catholic faith at our Charlotte Catholic High School.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis

Bishop of Charlotte  Updated: April 9, 2014

Definition of Homo-fascism and Silencing of Sister Jane Laurel

One of my friends emailed me this definition of Homo-fascism.  How sad to say it is so true.  We can see this in the Charlotte Catholic High School drama for their chaplain, Fr. Matthew Kauth and in the action taken by Aquinas College to discipline Sr. Jane Laurel.
christianslionsHo⦁mo⦁fasc⦁ism,  |  hō mō faSH izǝm   noun.
a way of organizing a society in which 
homosexualists impose their agenda with which
no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal
to the contrary without being subjected to severe
consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines,
public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free
speech rights. loss of employment, and having 
the word “hate” attached to you in some form.
Nonetheless, we continue to love them.  But we love God above all things and obey His Laws no matter what the consequences.  After all, we are in for the eternal long run.  All things here are passing.

040214-sister-jane2Dominican nun at heart of Charlotte Catholic controversy takes leave from teaching

Sister Jane Dominic Laurel withdraws from all speaking engagements, takes leave from teaching at Aquinas College

CHARLOTTE — The Dominican sister who gave a presentation on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School that sparked controversy among students and parents last month is taking a sabbatical from teaching and cancelling her other speaking engagements.

The presentation March 21 by Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel of Nashville, Tenn., entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” drew the ire of hundreds of students and parents over the past two weeks, and their emotions boiled over during a parents meeting with school and diocesan leaders Wednesday night.

Sister Jane has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and her presentation at Charlotte Catholic was based on a series of instructional videos she created for Aquinas College in Nashville where she is an associate professor. She gave similar talks to youths and parents at St. Mark Church in Huntersville on March 23 and gave a related talk at Charlotte Catholic High School last fall.

In an April 4 statement, the president of Aquinas College defended the school’s curriculum and Sister Jane’s credentials as a theologian, but acknowledged that the portion of Sister Jane’s presentation of social science data about the alleged causes of same-sex attraction – which prompted many of the concerns from parents and students – was outside the scope of her academic background.

Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith’s statement reads, in full:

“The events around the recent talk by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P. in Charlotte, NC have produced a great deal of speculation from many sides. Among the commentators, there are few who were actually present to hear the talk, which was not recorded.

“It is the firm belief of Aquinas College that all men and women are created in God’s image and likeness and are made with a capacity to love and be loved. The College supports the Catholic Church’s teachings which are open to the diverse needs and desires of all, which must be considered in light of eternal truths.

“We support and affirm that every man and woman, regardless of his or her state in life, deserve respect, and that the health of any culture is gauged according to the capacity of its members to uphold their own beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others. The College’s patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, was known for his ability to thoughtfully consider all things and retain what is true, regardless of the source of that truth.

“We believe it is our privilege to bring the best aspects of our faith tradition to bear on the moral and cultural questions of the present age. In her presentation, Sister Jane Dominic spoke clearly on matters of faith and morals. Her deviation into realms of sociology and anthropology was beyond the scope of her expertise. Sister is a trained theologian from a Pontifical University and has the credentials to contribute to scholarly bodies of work. This she has done in the past with distinction. The unfortunate events at Charlotte Catholic High School are not representative of the quality of Sister’s academic contributions or the positive influence that she has had on her students. The students at Charlotte Catholic were unprepared, as were their parents, for the topic that Sister was asked to deliver. The consequence was a complete misrepresentation of the school’s intention to bring a message that would enlighten and bring freedom and peace.

“There are no words that are able to reverse the harm that has been caused by these comments. The community of Aquinas College is saddened by this extreme outcome and wishes to reiterate that this is not something the College condones or desires to create. There is division where there should be unity. The events and discussions that have transpired over the last two weeks reflect that there is something in this that surpasses an ordinary high school assembly.

Sister Jane Dominic has cancelled her speaking engagements and, at her request, is preparing to begin a sabbatical from teaching at Aquinas College. It is our sincere hope that the community of Charlotte Catholic High School will soon begin a process of healing and renewal, and that all who have been affected by this event will be drawn into profound reconciliation as we approach this great season that commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Among the speaking dates she has cancelled, Sister Jane has withdrawn from speaking at the 2014 Diocesan Youth Conference at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville in May.

— Patricia L. Guilfoyle, editor

Latin Mass Homily By Fr. Brankin, St Odilo Church, Berwyn, Illinois

In Ecclesia Dei bulletin was this homily by Fr. Brankin.  I asked his permission to reprinted.  He was so kind as to allow me to do this.

Septuagesma Season2Latin MassThe Homily

For those who are just arriving  at  our 9:30  Mass,   may I mention that we have with us today many men from Mundelein Seminary—seminarians from all over the country. Mundelein was the womb of my priesthood as well.

I am honored to be able to celebrate this Mass this morning—with you and these seminarians. It is a very special Mass—certainly because of their presence and precisely because of their presence we are celebrating the Solemn High form of Mass—which if the truth be told is the  Source Mass for all Masses—Latin or English—Extraordinary or Ordinary.

This is the Mass with  the Priest Deacon and Subdeacon all circling around the mysteries of God at the altar.  In all cases, it is good to be here.

I just saw the other day that Julian Assange—you know the Wiki-leaks guy– went on a tear against the Catholic Church. He accused Her of being one of those huge worldly entities whose only concern is control of its subjects.

First he accused the Church of using the confessional in order to spy on people. well, if any one of us has ever been to confession and  we remember what we told the priest—and anonymously as well—we would be hard-pressed to understand how we were being spied upon.  But confession has always been the bug-a-boo of the anti-Catholics.

Where he became really unglued was his accusation that the Catholic Church celebrated a ritual—the Mass—which no one was able to understand.  He said that this was a classic control technique of the powerful over the powerless.  I thought how interesting that a presumably educated  journalist would think  that even a vernacular series of prayers—which is what we have had for forty five years– is impossible to understand.

His case might have been more plausible were he simply talking about the Latin Mass—prescinding from the fact that  even if the Mass were still in Latin we  have missals and worship aids and translations and 2000 years worth of explanation and theology.

Then it dawned on me–  the problem for moderns like Julian Assange is not so much the form of the Mass as it is the Mass itself. The neuralgic point  is  neither the language of the Mass —nor the whispering—nor the way the priest is turned.  The problem for them is the Mass—at least insofar as the Mass is a mystical moment in the Presence of God.

Moderns do not accept that there is a God with whom we can converse—and Who converses with us–  which is the point of the Mass.  Indeed, moderns do not accept the reality of the supernatural. Their universe is here and now and only that which can be put under a microscope.

And so when Catholics say that—by means of the Mass  they are in touch with another level of reality—the modern world balks and scoffs.

The modern world would accept the Mass  as a piece of vernacular prose about this world and these concerns. It might accept the priest as the ever-bubbly Master of ceremonies—the co-ordinator  of your emotions. The modern world would accept that the Mass is a sort of line by line exposition of ideas and concepts about effective living– to which we give or withhold assent.

But it will never accept that what we are doing—Extraordinary or Ordinary– as the  vehicle meant to carry our souls—through the soul of the priest–  to the heart of God. Because the modern world is pretty small and has no room for such things as souls and hearts and heavens—let alone God.

Toussaint-Vepres-07That is why the Mass— particularly in the Extraordinary Form— is an affront to modernity because it proclaims at every turn and with every syllable that there is communication on a deeper level than ever could be achieved with words or digits or cyphers in space. The Mass – even though it uses words– is essentially wordless. And the moderns cannot make heads or tails out of that.

The Mass—so well highlighted by this Solemn High Ceremony–  teaches without books and without lessons without screens and PowerPoints.  It teaches by means of Presence and Beauty and sight and sound. And what does it teach? Love. And could anyone say that love needs words and paragraphs and punctuation to be  understood?

I often will tell my students that as important as is the knowledge of the catechism —as crucial as is learning the facts of their faith —it is not the ultimate goal of anything. Because Satan knows and understands even more than they will ever know and understand.  Satan doesn’t even believe it is all true—he knows it is all true—because he was there from the beginning.

Satan’s problem is that he doesn’t love any of it—He hates it—both God and creation.  The words of a catechism – as important as they are–  are only the barest beginning. If the Mass begins as a teaching moment, it must still be more. The Mass must not be content with content—the Mass  must lead to love, for  Love is ultimate. Love is the Source and Love is the goal. And Love is of God.

And that is why the words of the Mass are  the conduit of hearts.  the Mass eschews  typical ways of learning and understanding and communicating, and uses ritual and music and sense.

We have always heard that it is the Mass that matters. Not the sermons, not the homilies, nor even the readings or  hymns—not any of  the peripheral business to which we have all become so accustomed for the last forty-five years.

The Mass is the ensemble of a thousand individual elements taken together—seen as a whole—appreciated as one moment—and gathered together in an intuitive surprise.

Only a modern deconstructs such things into their component parts and thinks he has solved the whole.

The  modern will never understand how this Mass—every Mass—any Mass– is the center point of the universe. It is the sacrifice on a cross– of the God made man. What more is there? What more could there be than to know that  everything in life—is simply a prelude to the moment where  God out of love  once and for all died for us—and at every mass –out of love –sacrifices Himself again.

SacerdosAlterChristus 2And in the immolation of the oblation we recall that sacrifice really, truly and substantially

Why is it important to maintain the Extraordinary form? Because it is the clearest most effective response to the modern world in all of its gray dull plastic humdrum.

Yes, you will see today– during this Solemn High Mass–  something that is so very old—that it reaches back even beyond  Charlemagne to Gregory the Great—Ambrose and Augustine— Constantine– and you will sense and see here the first piecing together of lectionaries and sacramentaries –the stammerings of the various Bishops’ first  Eucharistic prayers—the final resolution of the inchoate  words and postures from the First Century.

But you will see more than that— in the incomprehensible Latin Mass– in its very incomprehensibility!– you will see the Unseen– with the eyes of the heart, and be moved to love.

Fr. Anthony Brankin, Pastor  St. Odilo Catholic Church,  National Shrine for the Poor Souls 2244 East Avenue, Berwyn, Illinois 60402

Priests and Laity: Prepare For Traditional Catholic Palm Sunday And Holy Week

This is a very busy time for priests.  Many confessions.  So Palm Sunday will be here very quickly.  With Palm Sunday, we officially begin the Solemn Holy Week.  Priests and Laity alike, please begin to prepare and plan time for the Holy Rites that will make up Holy Week.

Purple_Low MassThis is called Holy Week because it is the holiest time of the year.  Every Catholic should set aside everything that is not absolutely necessary, to make time to participate in all the Holy Week Events.

For us priests who are learning to do the Tridentine Rites and still are in a Novus Ordo parish, there is alway much more to learn and do.  And on top of all the other events in the parish, there are the very important Traditional rites to get ready for.  So I wish to help with a simple list that is not at all comprehensive.  And this list is for priests offering the masses and rites by themselves (Low Mass) and that will not be doing Solemn High Masses.

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You will need to schedule the altar boys and set up time to practice with them.

Palm Sunday.

Have Palms, Holy Water and Incense ready in the Sanctuary.

Blessing of the Palms.  In a red cope the Celebrant prays:

C. Dominus vobiscum.   R. Et cum spiritu tuo.  Oremus: Benedic quaesimus, Domine, his palm arum, ramos: et praestas; ut, quod populous thus in tui venerationem hodierna die corpora liter gait, hoc spiritualiter summa devotion perficiat, de hoste victoriam reportando, et opus misericordiae sumopere diligendo. Per Dominun ….

Then he puts incense in the thurible, the sprinkles the palms with Holy Water 3 X and then incenses them 3 X.  The priest then gives out the palms to the altar boys first and then the faithful.  When they receive the palms, they are to genuflect and kiss both the palm and the hand of the priest.

The Palm Sunday Procession.  Then comes the procession.  The order is 1) Thurifer carrying the thurible precedes.  2) Altar boys with Processional Cross and two lighted candles follow.  3) The priest.  4) The People follow carrying their palms.  The procession should be outside of church and songs and psalms being sung if possible.  The procession is a very important part of the Palm Sunday Liturgy.

When the priest and people arrive back in Church, he says or sings from the altar, facing the people:

C. Dominus vobiscum.   R. Et cum spiritu tuo.  Oremus: Domine Jesu Christe, Rex ac Redemptor nosher, in cujus honorem, his ramos gestantes, solemnes laudes decantavimus: concede propitious: ut, quocumque hi rami deportati fuerint, obi tuae benedictions gratis descendat, et, quavis daemonum iniquitate gel illusione profligata, dextera tea protegat, quod redemit. Qui vivis …. 

The priest then proceeds to the sedilia and takes off the red cope and puts on Purple vestments.

There are no prayers at the foot of the altar.  There is no Last Gospel.

The rest of the Holy Week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) are normal days except for the long gospels (passion narratives) on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Vestments are violet.

But Holy Thursday begins the Triduum with the Mass of the Last Supper with washing of the feet, procession to the altar of repose after mass and stripping of the main altar.  This Holy Mass should not begin before 5 pm and no latter than 8 pm.  The vestments are white or gold.

CrucifixionJesusChristmormon1The Good Friday should be celebrated at 3 pm.  It consist of: 1) prostration of the priest wearing only a black stole, 2) readings and the Passion of St. John, 3) the great intercessions, 4) Adoration of the cross, 5) distribution of the Holy Communion reserved in the altar of repose , (there is no Holy Mass on Good Friday), 6) Returning the Eucharist to altar of repose and altar stripped of corporal with no ceremony.

Remember that Good Friday is a day of Fasting (1 full meal and 2 small meals with no food in-between) and Abstinence, (no meat, only fish).

Some parishes will have the traditional Holy Saturday night vigil.  Then there is Easter Sunday.

Each One Of You, With God’s Help, Can Do Great Things

In the Book of the Prophet Daniel, we read the wonderful miracle of Daniel being in the lion’s den for 7 days without being consumed by the hungry lions.  Because he resisted the pagan god Bel by destroying the idol, the people pressured the king to have him killed by the lions.  But God miraculously saved him from the lions and also sent the prophet Habacuc to bring him food all the way from Israel to Babylonia.   And to prove that it was a miracle, as soon as the king repented and released Daniel, he put those who demanded his death into the lion’s den, and immediately they were consumed.  Daniel 14: 27-42.

daniel_lions_den1christianslionsOne young man willing to stand up against the Babylonian nation.  God does His miracles and in the end the true God is acknowledged and glorified by the king.  Daniel felt very hungry and alone in the lion’s den.  But God showed him that He was with him in his trials and sufferings.  God came through in the end.

As each one of us struggles against the tidal wave of the government’s accepting of immoral acts, the Church becoming more and more progressive and society becoming riddled with crime, we can get discouraged.  Listen up!  This discouragement is from the devil.  Do not pay attention to the devil and his minions.  God is a billion times greater.

Our parish received a letter from the president of Ecclesia Dei (USA), Mary Kraychy.  She is stepping down from her position to give over her leadership to a younger couple, Roger and Priscilla McCaffrey.

tumblr_mhcjq6LDCY1r9hvc8o1_500I want to thank Mrs. Kraychy and Ecclesia Dei for all their work they have done to preserve the Latin Mass here in the United States.  Seven years ago, when I was a new comer to the Holy Latin Mass, I ordered their little red (Latin/English) and white books (Latin/Spanish) for the people to have when I would offer the Holy Latin Mass.  This little book would convert many people in my parish, just because when they would read the prayers, they were immediately struck with the profound beauty and sacredness of these prayers.

I want to encourage everyone to give these little books out free of charge.  The cost of $7 is well worth the conversion of one soul.  You can call: (847) 727-7151 to order some.  They also have a booklet for the Holy Latin Mass for the Dead (Requiem Mass).  If you have planned a Requiem Mass for your funeral, or helping someone have a Requiem Mass, it is great to have these books available.

Easter_Holy Sacrifice25 years ago, Ecclesia Dei had no idea that some day their booklets would be so much in demand today.  A few of them worked to keep the Holy Latin Mass alive when in 1988 Pope John Paul II gave the Indult “Ecclesia Dei” for people still attached to the Tridentine Mass to have this Holy Mass offered for them.

At that time in Chicago, they were not allowed to have the Latin Mass in a parish, or on Sundays, only adults could assist, and each name, address and parish had to be submitted to the Chancery Office.  And they went ahead and formed Ecclesia Dei.

I have read marxist, communist, feminist, secularist and homosexual agendas.  One of their axioms is to work for their cause over the long run.  They keep on working, one change, one victory at a time.  They work to change values, word meanings, structures, the media and perceptions little by little.  They are in it for the long hall.

We, who love God, the Holy Catholic Church and the saving of souls, need to be willing to pray and work for as long as God so deems it necessary.  It presently appears that everything is going against us in the Church and in society.  But, as written in the Bible, God always raises up a few good men and women to do what pleases Him.  And He will support these people in the long run.  Miracle have happened, are happening right now and will happen in the future.

Let us never ever forget we have God on our side.  We want to thank all of you who went before us and kept the traditional Catholic torch burning.  Now it is our turn to do what each one of us can do to keep extending the Kingdom of Jesu Christ and the preservation of His Divine Mystery (The Sacrament of the Holy Latin Mass).

We love the Holy Latin Mass because we know that it is so pleasing to God.  But we also love and offer the Mass because it is the most powerful weapon against the devil, modernism and evil rebellious movements.  So, we have the most powerful spiritual weapons, let us continue praying and working for the restoration of the Mystical Body of Christ.

communism_is_evilAs the old civil rights song goes: We Shall Overcome Some Day.  But we in the christian rights say: The Holy Latin Mass Will Overcome Some Day.  Meanwhile we pray and work for repentance, reformation, renewal and restoration of The One, Holy, Apostolic, Catholic Church.  It is so wonderful to be part of the traditional Catholic Church, but it is our difficult responsibility to restore it.  God will overcome some day.

10 Ways To Make A Good Traditional Catholic Confession

Making a good or bad confession can depend on where you will spend your eternity, Heaven or Hell.  So here is a list of suggestions to help you make a good, sincere Confession.

Confession1) Examination of Conscience.  Before planning on going to confession, it is of utmost importance to find a Traditional  Examination of Conscience.  Then, take time and quietly and prayerfully go over the examination of Conscience.  Write down all the sins you have committed.  Take this with you.  Here is a good examination of conscience: communityofhopeinc.org

2) Sincere Contrition.  We need to work on truly being contrite for having sinned against God.  That means we see that we were guilty of breaking God’s loving laws.  We take full responsibility for having disobeyed God.  We need to be very careful to not let any excuses cover over our sins.  Many people always have a reason for why they sinned.  So what, you still broke God’s law and are guilty.  Grow up and take responsibility for your actions.  Do not blame it on circumstances or other people.  They will not be there when you are judged; just you and God.

3) Deep Sorrow.  Once we are contrite and have taken responsibility for having sinned, we also need to work on a true and deep sorrow for having done the sin.  This means meditating on the pains we caused for Jesus and the harm we have done to ourselves and to others when we sinned.  The monks use to have a cry room.  It was not for babies who cried.  It was a room where they went and cried for having been so sinful and having crucified Jesus and hurt others.  This is true sorrow.

penance4) Firm Resolution to Sin No More.  So, we are contrite, we are sorry, but now we need to do something about these easily worked up feelings.  It is one thing to say I am sorry to someone after I have been caught or feel guilty.  But it takes much more effort to stop doing what I have done against them.  This is something that has to be diligently worked on.  Before going to confess, be sure you have a firm resolution to change your way of living and especially in the area of your life that is displeasing to God.

5) Concrete Plans to Avoid the Occasion of Sin.  If the internet is causing you to sin, you need to be willing to give up using the internet.  If a person is tempting you to sin, (a few examples: to have sex, use drugs, drinking or gambling), that person has to be avoided.  Many so called friends or family members are really instruments of the devil to get us to sin.  Jesus says it is better to pluck out an eye, cut off a hand, or a foot rather than to be thrown into hell for all eternity.  What ever it is that is causing you to sin, get rid of it (or the friendship).

6) Love for God and Fear of God’s Judgement.  We should want to make a good confession because we love God.  When we work on a loving friendship with God, we want to love Him, not hurt Him.  So in our prayer life, working on true love of God, can really help us to please Him rather than to shun His loving life that is sustaining our souls.  But if you can not stop sinning out of love, at least do it for fear of God’s judgement and damnation.  Fear is better than remaining in a state of sin.  When you have fear of God, you will clean up your soul in confession, even when it may be embarrassing.  The devil always helps us forget about embarrassment when we are in the act of sinning.  But as soon as we are in the line to confess, he makes sure to fill us back up with embarrassment so that we become afraid to confess or tell all the details of our shameful sins.

7) Do not Withhold Sins.  A confession is not valid when we purposely withhold a sin because we are afraid to confess it.  If, on the other hand, you forget to confess it by accident, your confession is still valid.  Get every serious sin out.  Start with the most embarrassing sins first.  The rest will be much easier.  You will be eternally happy you had the humility and guts to confess the most serious sins.  You will feel a weight lifted of your shoulders and you soul as well.  If you forget by accident, confess the sins the next time.

jesus-christ-crucified 8) Be Aware That God is Very Merciful.  When approaching the confessional, keep in mind that you are not approaching a mere man (the priest).  No, you are approaching the God of Mercy and forgiveness.  The priest is just His instrument like a telephone.  You talk to God through the priest and God talks to you through the priest.  But it is the Precious Blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross, that forgives your sins.  But that depends on you being totally honest, truly sorry and have firm resolution to sin no more.

9) Confess Sins of Omission As Well.  Many times we think that a sin is breaking one of God’s laws.  But there are many sins of omission.  This means not doing what we should have done.  And example would be when parents failed to educate their children well in the Catholic Faith.  When we have failed to help at church.  When we have failed to help the poor.

10) Humility, Humility, and more Humility.  Of all things that will help us to make a sincere, complete, sorrowful confession, it would have to be staying humble.  The devil will try his best to keep you in pride so that you can not make a good confession.  Before going to confession, reflect on Jesus’ and Mary’s humility.  If we shove pride out of our souls and minds and let humility in, it will be so much easier to confess those shameful sins and be ready to stop sinning.

Prodigal_Son_Return_of_MURILLO_Bartolom_EstebanGod pours out graces on those who are sincerely sorry and honest through the great Sacrament of Confession.  So we wake up to the reality that our souls are starving and not even able to eat pig’s slop, we get up, and walk back to Our Father’s house and pour out our soul in Confession.  We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and have God’s divine mercy so close to us in Holy Confession.

God’s Laws Do Not Depend on Popular Votes of Approval or Disapproval

Since the French Revolution, revolting from God’s ways has been the norm for governments and people.  Before the French Revolution, Emperors and Empresses, Kings and Queens received from God, via the Catholic Church, authority to rule.  They were bound to rule by obeying God’s Rules.

Le_Serment_du_Jeu_de_paumeThere were good Catholic popes, bishops emperors and kings.  There were also bad popes, bishops, emperors and kings who abused the authority God had given them to rule.  But each one of them, at death, have had to give a detailed account of how they had used the divine authority they had been lent to rule.  This was a very, very serious day of judgement by God because of the immense effect they had on the Catholic Church and the people in their Kingdoms that they governed while they lived.

Christ the KingEveryone of us, who has some sort of authority, will have to give a strict account to God as to how we used His authority for the good or the bad.  I as a priest will have to give an account of how I used my priestly authority over the parishioners under my care.  I will have to give an account of all the money, buildings and programs that I have had under my care while I was an associate pastor and as pastor.

ChristtheKing1Each on of you, bishops, religious and priests reading this, will also have to give an account of how you used your God given authority over God’s flock.  For us who have been vigilant in guiding God’s flock to heaven, there will be a reward.  For each one of us who have been lazy, there will be punishment.  But each one of us who has abused our God given authority to persecute holy priests and people, or mislead our people by telling them not to worry about sin, the devil and eternal damnation, it will be one horrible awakening into eternal chastisement.  “The road to Hell is paved with skulls of bishops and priests”.

Each husband will give an account of how he ruled over his wife and children.  Each parent will have to give an account of the way they have raised their children.  Each teacher, each principle, each government leader.

kingcrownEach Emperor, King, Empress, Queen, and those under their orders, will also be rewarded or terribly chastised for how they did or did not implement God’s rules on their subjects.  They will also have to give a detailed account on how they spent God’s money and treated God’s people placed under their care.

I am totally in favor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.  He is the head of the pope, cardinals, bishops, priests and religious.  The Church is head of the Emperors and Kings and those subject to their authority.  Under this system, when the Holy Roman Empire existed, there was all sort of great Christian growth as well as cultural growth.  The great cathedrals, universities, hospitals, buildings, art, all over the world, was created in this divinely ordered society where God was the center of government and society.  His divinely revealed laws were the laws that men lived by even though people broke them.

800px-Kathedrale_Bourges_v2This didn’t just start under the great Catholic Emperor Constantine.  We can see it under the rule of the Judges of the Old Testament, who ruled by God’s authority, inforced His laws and guided by His wisdom.   Under this divine system these judges/prophets were able to guide the Jewish people into a flourishing society.

Under King David we see the great development and peace of Israel.  When King Solomon ruled on the throne of his father King David, he did not asked for riches or a long life, but for divine wisdom.  When he was faithful to The True God and lived by His wisdom, he built the great Temple and palace and had wealth unknown before his time.

But when he became overcome by his lust and all his wives, he succumbed to allowing his wives to bring into God’s kingdom the abomination of worshipping of devil gods.  From then on the kingdom of Israel went down and was eventually divided.

And so his-story (King Saul, King Solomon and all the other Kings who abused God’s authority) goes on through out time.

Jesus, when He showed his Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1671, gave an important message to King Louis XIV of France.  He was told to consecrate France to Jesus’ Sacred Heart and there would be great success in all his battles and in France.  He was also instructed to put the Sacred Heart on the flag of France to remind everyone that  France belong to God, not the king.  King Louis XIV never did what Jesus asked.  King Louis XV also failed to comply with what Jesus asked for.

447px-Marie_Antoinette_at_the_Temple_TowerQueenMarie-AntoinetteRevolutionaryTribunal-1024x769When King Louis XVI came to rule, again, he did not obey Jesus’ request.  After France financed the American Revolt against Britain, they ended up deep in debt.  So, to try to resolve the problem, King Louis XVI called together the Estate General.  From there, the other Estates were formed to try to solve the financial crisis.  The 1st. Estate consisted of clergy.  The 2nd. consisted of Nobles.  The 3rd. consisted of mostly bourgeois lawyers and other representatives.

This is when democracy took power away from the king.  No longer was it God, from above, who was giving authority through the His Church, to the kings and queens.  Now, through democratic voting, authority was given to the leaders from below.  What ever was the desire of the people who had the most power.  Man became god.

From this democracy came the “Reign of Terror” in France where thousands and thousands of bishops, priests, religious and lay people were put to death by the guillotine.  King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette lost their kingdom and heads.  Blood flowed so profusely in Paris that people could not stand the stench.  It literally saturated the soil and would squish up when walking on the soil around where they were daily killed.

louis-executionSo when we think of voting on what is or is not moral, sanctioning what is or is not popular, we are giving into the authority of people and not the Divine Revealed Laws of God.

The consequences of this is evident every time you watch the news.  Murders, raping, stealing and wars.  And yet everyone, Catholics and non alike, want to judge what is and what is not moral by democratic decision.  When will we wake up to reality.  We are selfish. We want pleasure.  We are greedy.  We will steal and kill to get our drugs.  We will use and then discard our sex partners.  We will kill unborn babies, up to 9 months, because it is lawful and convenient.  People say it is good to blow up innocent people for political reasons.  Cartoon child pornography is ok because of freedom of speech.

Mass During French-Indian War_St Peter Church_Brownsville_PA_stained glassWake up, open you closed mind, society is leading itself  into self destruction.  It is not too late to humbly recognize what simple common sense is telling us: the world is going to hell.  Now let us admit that popular opinion has led us to where we are; wars, drugs, violence, crime and broken families everywhere.

God created us.  Jesus died for us.  Let us humbly submit to His divine loving laws while we still have somewhat of a chance to survive.  Let us give Jesus His due and obey Him as our King and resubmit society under Him and His laws.  It is so good to be a traditional Catholic and believe in the Kingdom of Christ the King.  And Mary is our Queen too.