FROM THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL— "Rhode Island’s Islamic community paused yesterday afternoon to mark a milestone: the purchase of a former Catholic school and adjacent gymnasium building to serve as an Islamic elementary and middle school.
The Islamic School of Rhode Island — the state’s first and only — had been renting space from Sacred Heart Church for the last five years. But, on Nov. 19, the Islamic School bought Sacred Heart’s Read More...
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I found this over at Purcell's Chicken Voluntary and could not resist posting it. It is so rare to find something so beautiful that truly gives glory to God. It makes me wonder how so many can resist the beauty of God and His Church.
"What influences the way Catholic children and adults think and feel about their faith has more to do with the entertainment they choose than anything else. Bad books and bad movies so quickly destroy the Catholic faith in youth, drive one’s children away from you and eventually destroy their souls.
"Old Dingledorf Square" is a collection of three Catholic Christmas stories in verse that teach adults and children to love their Catholic faith, appreciate and emulate the virtuous life, and learn detachment Read More...
From The Irish Times: IT IS “a myth” to say there is a continuing dearth of vocations to the Catholic priesthood in Ireland, the church’s national co-ordinator of diocesan vocations, Fr Paddy Rushe, has said.
Noting that 30 men entered seminaries to train as priests in Ireland last September, with 31 having done so in September 2007 and 30 in September 2006, he contrasted this with the situation at the beginning of the decade when, in 2000 for instance, 13 men entered. Of that number nine were ordained last year.
Of those entering in recent years, he expected that at least 18 would be ordained in each year. “The problem is that when people sign up, it takes six or seven years for them to be ready,” Fr Rushe said.
This meant that “we are only starting to see people emerge who signed up in 2001, which was a bad year for the Catholic Church as scandals broke and we were at the height of the Celtic Tiger”.
Should the numbers of seminarians continue to rise, he expected an influx of new priests to the Irish Catholic Church by 2014. Read More
"Among Catholic voters who attend Mass weekly, McCain won majority support: 54- 45%. Among those who do not attend weekly Mass, the margin for Obama was an overwhelming 61[%]...Thus Obama drew his support from inactive Catholics. And unfortunately, most American Catholics are inactive." Catholic Culture
Another word for "inactive" is apostasized Catholics. The above findings are in keeping with the words of Fr John Hardon: "ordinary Catholics will not survive this age." And the words of so many holy priests and saints that most Catholics will not be saved. We are living in the long prophesied age of apostasy:
"Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness Read More...
But what is the result of this separation? Today, we not only ignore God's commands, but we also deny God what He is due--worship in accordance with His will, and obedience to His Church. Liberty, which is based upon truth, has been replaced by license and licentiousness where the spirit of fornication and adultery dominates-- the product of which is the slaughter of innocents for the sake of convenience. The best we can do as a nation is to elect a leader who will confront the effect of our wicked and adulterous culture --and reduce abortions. There are, however, no electable leaders who perceive or understand the inherent failures of the notion of separation of Church and State.
But the the most lamentable part of an Obama victory is that it would be due to those who falsely claim to be Catholics but are instead "Americanists". We have all heard the mantra---"I consider myself a Catholic but the church has no right Read More...
From CNS: In [his] letter, posted on his Web site Oct. 20, Allam said he wanted to tell the pope of his concern for "the serious religious and ethical straying that has infiltrated and spread within the heart of the church."
He told the pope that it "is vital for the common good of the Catholic Church, the general interest of Christianity and of Western civilization itself" that the pope make a pronouncement in "a clear and binding way" on the question of whether Islam is a valid religion.
Allam told Pope Benedict he specifically objected to Cardinal Tauran telling a conference in August that Islam itself promotes peace but that "'some believers' have 'betrayed their faith,'" using it as a pretext for violence.
"The objective reality, I tell you with all sincerity and animated by a constructive intent, is exactly the opposite of what Cardinal Read More...
The criticism that Islamic tenets flout the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights came during a meeting of Spanish-speaking bishops at the three-week gathering, the report said.
The Catholic church, in its relations with Muslims, "should keep in mind their conception of marriage and the family, which does not accord women the rights contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights", said the spokesman, Julian Carron, quoting from a summary of the discussion.
For this reason, the bishops called on the church to exercise "caution" in its efforts at rapprochement with Islam, Carron said."
I can only hope and pray that this is a sign that the Church will not engage in "ecumania" and instead will hold fast to truth. In the words of St Francis of Assisi to the Sultan: "If you do not wish to believe we will commend your soul to God because we declare that if you die while holding to your law you will be lost; God will not accept your soul".
"Under the proposal, internet service providers and telecoms companies would hand over millions of phone and internet records to the Home Office, which would store them for at least 12 months so that the police and security services could access them. It is understood that more than £1bn has been earmarked for the database."
"The proposal emerged as part of plans to implement an EU directive developed after the 7 July bombings to bring uniformity to record-keeping. Since last October telecoms companies have been required to keep records of phone calls and text messages for 12 months. That requirement is to be extended to internet, email and voice-over-internet use and included in a Communications Data Bill."
Everything seems to be lining up in accordance with the prophecies of scripture and the saints. Terrorism and now the global economic crisis have provided our leaders with an unprecedented opportunity to centralize financial power and to keep watch over us. Nations are even taking an ownership interest in private banks.
According to St Malachi's prophecies there is to be only one more pope after Pope Benedict XVI...
"In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city (The Vatican) will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End."
If St Malachi's prophecies are accurate-- then time is very short because Pope Benedict will be 81 this year. We must watch, pray and offer penance to God.
"Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!" Matt 7:13-14
The bible also provides evidence of the few numbers of those who are saved: "In the time of Noah, the entire human race was submerged by the Deluge, and only eight people were saved in the Ark. Saint Peter Read More...
St. Padre Pio demonstrated the depth of his love and loyalty to the Church when he publicly praised and defended Pope Paul VI for his encyclical Humanae Vitae, “Of Human Life.” 1 Upon its release in the summer of 1968, a torrent of vilification and disobedience was unleashed upon the Pontiff from within the Church, as well as mockery and scorn from without. Such open rebellion against Peter’s successor was unprecedented, and yet he had done nothing more than his solemn duty to uphold the infallible, magisterial teaching of Catholicism against unnatural methods of birth control.
The likes of Fr. Hans Kung, Fr. Charles Curran, et. al., and the Canadian Bishops’ Winnipeg Statement, brazenly stood in opposition to the teachings of their own religion. Many did defend the document; but one great saint, a man Read More...
Since 1571 Europe and much of the world have forgotten their history, the Rosary, and indeed the faith. Radical and adversarial Islam is once again marching with hostile forces that are multiplying demographically across Europe in lightning speed, while a sterile and abortion-obsessed Europe commits suicide as it bows helplessly before its indefatigable assailants. Crippled before its arch enemy, post-Christian Europe can only limp along before these monolithic forces of evil because of Europe's own perilous weakness of no longer being unified in its faith, beliefs and culture.
There are different types of evil that plague the world- the worst being moral or spiritual evil. It includes all those who reject God as He truly reveals HIMSELF--through his son Jesus Christ. Since the followers of Islam reject Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation the religion of Islam poses a grave spiritual evil to not only its followers but to the world.
But evil is always in the last analysis a privation of good. For example, night is a privation of the light of day, while vice is a privation of God's goodness. Moreover, evil Read More...
"I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe. In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe? Patriots from around Europe risk their lives every day to prevent precisely this scenario form becoming a reality.
I must add that this could only be the case if America were to survive the current economic crisis which is now being postponed until a later date due to the bailout of the greedy. I would also add that the last best hope against the destruction of Western Civilization is the Catholic Church and not America.
"First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam..."
"The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome's ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago.
"But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see -- and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the Read More...
Excerpts from (Reuters)Kosovo - "Hundreds of Kosovar Albanians gather on Sundays to attend religious services in a still unfinished red-brick church in the Kosovo town of Klina.
"Turning away from the majority Muslim faith imposed by the Ottoman Turks centuries ago, these worshippers are part of a revival of Catholicism in the newly independent Balkan state.
"We have been living a dual life. In our homes we were Catholics but in public we were good Muslims," said Ismet Sopi. "We don't call this converting. It is the continuity of the family's belief."
"Sopi has commuted 40 km (25 miles) every Sunday from central Kosovo to Klina to attend a morning mass since he formally became a Roman Catholic five months ago. This September was the first holy Read More...
These Christian slaves were often freed by the payment of ransom money. The original Mercedarians travelled as merchants through Muslim territory, freeing many Christian slaves.
Prayers are traditionally said on this day by the Catholic Church to also rescue England from the heresy of Protestantism which keeps people from the one true faith and from the Mother of God. England was once known as Our Lady's Dowry.
Today we have an obvious need to invoke Our Lady of Ransom to release souls from modern errors including relativism which is the deadly fruit of the Reformation. We must also petition her to obtain from her Divine Son a return to the Catholic Faith by the inhabitants of the Western world who are once again threatened with Islamic jihad. She is the woman clothed with the sun that has been granted an enormously critical role in the battle against evil in this world. She is our merciful mother who will guide us to her Son and to a degree of holiness that is otherwise unobtainable.
The Opening Prayer (Collect) for this Feast Day of Our Lady of Ransom prays:
"O God, through the glorious Mother of Your Son You enriched the Church with a new religious congregation dedicated to freeing Christians from slavery among the heathens. We venerate Mary as the foundress of this institution and pray that she may also deliver us from our sins and the slavery of the devil through her own merits and intercession. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .
Hilaire Belloc on usury:
"Usury does not mean high interest. It means any interest, however low, demanded for an unproductive loan. It is not only immoral [on which account it has been condemned by every moral code-----Pagan-----Mohammedan-----or Catholic] but it is ultimately destructive of society. It has only been the rule of our commerce to take usury since the breakup of Europe following on the Reformation. Usury will destroy our society, but meanwhile there is no escape from it. We are coming near the end of its maleficent action, not through awaking to its evils but because it is reaching the end of its resources."
"Supposing a man comes to you and says: "There is a field next to mine which is a very good building site; if I put up a good little house on it I shall be able to let that house at a net profit-----all rates, taxes and repairs paid-of £100 a year. But I have no capital with which to build this house. The field will cost £50 and the house £950. Will you lend me £1,000, so that I can buy the field, put up the house, and enjoy this nice little income?" You would presumably Read More...
It is always fascinating when conversions seemingly come out of nowhere...
Excerpts from the Toledo Blade: "Mr. Eszterhas was diagnosed with throat cancer. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic removed 80 percent of his larynx, put a tracheotomy tube in his throat, and told him he must quit drinking and smoking immediately.
At age 56, after a lifetime of wild living, Mr. Eszterhas knew it would be a struggle to change his ways.
One hot summer day after his surgery, walking through his tree-lined neighborhood in Bainbridge Township, Mr. Eszterhas reached a breaking point.
"I was going crazy. I was jittery. I twitched. I trembled. I had no patience for anything. … Every single nerve ending was demanding a drink and a cigarette," he wrote.
He plopped down on a curb and cried. Sobbed, even. And for the first time since he was a child, he prayed: "Please God, help me."
Mr. Eszterhas was shocked by his own prayer.
"I couldn't believe I'd said Read More...
The Vatican's request to move the body of Cardinal Newman from his grave in Rednal to the Oratory Church is merely a step on the path to being declared a Blessed and ultimately a Saint. The Newman Cause for sainthood is now far advanced in Rome and it is anticipated that Pope Benedict XVI will issue a Decree declaring Newman as Blessed, sometime during December of this year.
Excerpt from Timesonline: "Peter Tatchell described the Vatican's order as "an act of religious desecration". He said: "Newman repeatedly made it clear that he wanted to be buried next to his life-long partner, Ambrose St John. No one gave the Pope permission to defy Newman's wishes. The re-burial has only one aim in mind: to cover up Newman's homosexuality and to disavow his love for another man. It is an act of shameless Read More...
Jesus indeed came to ransom the human race and made a general atonement for all sins by His bloody death upon the cross. The price was paid and accepted by the all-just God. But the merits of the redeeming Blood were to be applied to the individual soul through the Church which Christ established.
Jesus stated to the Apostle Peter: "thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven." (Matt., xvi. 18, 10)
Thus Jesus came to build a visible church--despite all those who want to do away with religion and the notion of "church" and simply be "spiritual". "They err in a matter of divine truth who imagine Read More...
"We are witnessing an unusual sight: a Roman Catholic solemn mass, celebrated according to an ancient Latin rite effectively outlawed 40 years ago. And it’s taking place in the 13th-century chapel of Merton college, Oxford, which has been Anglican for 400 years." Damian Thompson
The rest of this article is a must read. The quiet revolution that is sweeping across Catholicism is nothing short of miraculous and reveals God's mercy and love for His people.
While on the subject of the latin mass, I have re-posted an excellent video showing the transformation of an altar for latin mass. (also if you haven't seen this one --you really should!).
Finally, I highly recommend The Spirituality of the Ancient Liturgy Part I and The Spirituality of the Ancient Liturgy Part II, both by Father Chad Ripperger, F.S.S.P. which appeared in the Latin Mass Magazine.
Excerpt from France24: "Love your neighbour as you love yourself. Use a condom." That’s one of the slogans adopted by two Catholic youth groups who are taking advantage of the world AIDS conference in Mexico to distribute pamphlets and hang posters in subways and buses with their message.
The ads also include other quotes from the Bible's "Song of Solomon" Read More...
"I am Lucy, one of the young nuns raped by the Serbian soldiers. I am writing to you, Mother, after what happened to my sisters Tatiana, Sandria, and me.
Allow me not to go into the details of the act. There are some experiences in life so atrocious that you cannot tell them to anyone but God, in whose service I had consecrated my life nearly a year ago.
My drama is not so much the humiliation that I suffered as a woman, not the incurable offense committed against my vocation as a religious, but the difficulty of having to incorporate into my faith an event that certainly forms part of the mysterious will of Him whom I have always considered my Divine Spouse.
Only a few days before, I had read "Dialogues of Carmelites" and spontaneously I asked our Lord to grant me the Read More...
According to the late Fr John Hardon S.J., only those who would profess the following are Christian--"No one else is":
"I believe in my heart and openly profess that the bread and wine placed upon the altar are, by the mystery of the sacred prayer and the words of the Redeemer, substantially changed into the true and life-giving flesh and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord, and that after the consecration, there is present the true body of Christ which was born of the Virgin and offered up for the salvation of the world, hung on the cross and now sits at the right hand of the Father, and that there is present the true blood of Christ which flowed from his side. They are present not only by means of a sign and of the efficacy of the Sacrament, but also in the very reality and truth of their nature and substance." Composed by St Gregory VII for the profession of the heretic Berengarius in 1079.
Fr Hardon recommended that the above be memorized along with the following by all:
"Surely the word of Christ which could make out of nothing that which did not exist, can change things already in existence into what they were not. For it is no less extraordinary to give things new natures than to change their natures." St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan.
The devil never ceases in his mission to destroy the faith of the children of the God and steal them away from the Bride of Christ.
While on vacation my family attended mass at a "Catholic Church" where the priest had sadly lost his faith. He spoke of the many ways one can reach god --through Buddha, Hinduism etc., all the while lamenting the inability of the modern church to retain youth. As my husband stated he looked and spoke more like a wizard than a Catholic priest. I am convinced that this priest would rather see the Church go down in flames than acknowledge that the solution lies in a return to tradition, reverence and the latin mass.
Upon returning home we had some neighbors over who are deep into the SSPX. They asked us why we do not attend their church and instead attend the FSSP masses under the pope. No answer sufficed--they pointed out that the FSSP was forced to keep silent about the condition of the Church while the SSPX was free to criticize the Church. I asked them over and over, practically speaking, what would facilitate a return to the church? After much talk about the horrific condition of the church, and numerous quotations from apparitions and saints --they stated that it would take an eradication of modernism in the Church and a condemnation of Vatican II to return.
Despite these confusing times, I am so grateful to the Lord for His most comforting words that the gates of hell would not prevail against his Church. I will rest on the words of my Savior and cling to the rock which is the modern day ark.
Here is an excerpt of his July 8 post, “It’s a Frackin’ Cracker!”:
“Can anyone out there score me some consecrated communion wafers?” Myers continued by saying, “if any of you would be willing to do what it takes to get me some, or even one, and mail it to me, I’ll show you Read More...
"Few Catholics today know the story of Gabriel Garcia Moreno. This devout and holy man, blessed with a keen intellect and noble character, briefly reestablished the shining light of Christendom in a small corner of the New World during the nineteenth century. His contemporary, one Charles Darwin, had been at work in some islands in that same area of the globe, known as Ecuador, developing his false theory of species evolution that would become the philosophical bulwark of the godless societies of the future. In the meantime in the Old World, another contemporary, Blessed Pope Pius IX, was suffering through the forced seizure of the Papal territories, during the creation of a unified Italy.
"Garcia Moreno’s role in Catholic history is so significant that the Blessed Virgin Mary foretold his coming more than two centuries before his 1821 birth. During the Church-approved apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success, an unusually specific prophecy was given to a holy Conceptionist nun in Quito, Ecuador, on January 16, 1599. On that date, Our Lady revealed to Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres details of the life of a future president of the Republic of Ecuador – a country which did not even exist at the time. Our Lady of Good Success, whom the Archdiocese with the permission of Rome would crown Queen of Quito, spoke the following oracle:
“In the nineteenth century a truly Christian president will come, a man of character whom God our Lord will give the palm of martyrdom on the square adjoining this Convent of mine. He will consecrate the Republic to the Sacred...Read more
The Telegraph reports:
"European Union leaders and senior officials were today lavishing praise on Gordon Brown for keeping the Lisbon Treaty "very much alive" by ignoring Ireland's No vote to complete British ratification.
The Prime Minister has been held up as an EU role model after his refusal to suspend Parliament's approval of the Treaty after last week's Irish referendum rejection.
Britain's parliamentary approval of the EU Treaty, which received Royal Assent Read More...
Excerpts from TELEGRAPH: "George W Bush and Pope Benedict XVI have held an intimate meeting in Rome as rumours mounted in Italy that the president may follow in Tony Blair's footsteps and convert to Catholicism.
The two men spoke for half an hour in the 12th century Tower of St John, a private area in the Vatican gardens which is used by the pope for private reflection.
The usual protocol for heads-of-state is a meeting in the pope's library in the Apostolic Palace, but a spokesman for the Vatican said Benedict wanted to Read More...
Are people worse today than those who lived in previous generations?
It has always been my strong inclination to answer this in the affirmative --until I came across the following quote:
"If the West has now reached the point of internal disintegration, it is not because the people at large are, in essence, worse than in former times (human nature does not change); it is because they have been led to believe in errors (such as the belief that one has the right to do as one pleases) by a minority of "intellectuals who have been allowed to disseminate freely their pernicious ideas." Yves Dupont.
When you look around at the West today--so many sins that pervade our modern world can be attributed to our embrace of error. Today, the errors of materialism, hedonism, and secularism, just to mention a few, have multiplied at a staggering rate. Things that were unspeakable a generation ago have become a source of pride for many. From the Protestant Deformation which twisted and continues to alter truth for the convenience of man, to the modernism that has destroyed the faith of so many Catholics. The minds of many in the once Christian West have become severely afflicted with errors against God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Mary, and God's Grace.
The West is so steeped in error that it now finds truth itself to be intolerant and offensive. In fact most believe that tolerance, not truth, leads to freedom. But true liberty and freedom only derive from truth, which by its very nature is intolerant of error--and so must we also be.
How many souls are lost due to the prevalence of error?
Fr John Hardon, S. J. addressed this when he stated: 'virtually all of the Fathers of the Church agreed that ‘most of those living in any age will be lost’.
We must pray and offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God for the eradication of error and for holy priests who will fight with courage and vigor against the errors of our times.
I believe this to be true despite the abysmal shape of American culture. Our world has shrunk due to the internet and globalization, and now faces problems and questions which are unprecedented historically, and often involve the very survival of civilization as we know it. The world needs a voice to counter the lies of the culture of death and the religion of death--Islam.
No single Protestant denomination --no matter how large, no matter how influential-- can match the voice and authority that the Pope possesses when he speaks. No Protestant denomination no matter how orthodox or conservative in their interpretation of scripture, can match the ability to identify and enunciate the Truth as that of the Catholic Church-- which has made it her business to seek and decipher God's truths for 2007 years. It is indeed the only voice remaining in the wilderness that possesses the full truth and delivers it in all of its unpopularity. This is of course no accident since the Catholic Church is the only Church that possesses Jesus Himself --in the Eucharist.
From Mercator.net: In America, "[t]he Protestant market share is shrinking Read More...
Here is Rosalind Moss, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, giving testimony of her conversion on the Journey Home. I have always loved the way she so succinctly ties the old testament and the practices of Judaism with Catholicism. So many fail to see the connection between the old testament and all of the seemingly "useless" and "man-made" traditions in the Church. Rosalind Moss along with other Jewish converts to Catholicism reminds us of this connection.
Rosalind, 65, has recently founded an order of sisters in the Archdiocese of St Louis called Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope. She is working on designing a floor length habit and intends to go to the streets with a team of joy-filled sisters and share the good news.
The Vatican and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations. However, Archbishop El-Hashem said that moves towards diplomatic ties began after an unprecedented visit to the Vatican last November by King Abdullah. This would involve negotiations for the “authorisation of the building of Catholic churches” in Saudi Arabia, he said.
"But, speaking to the news agency Agence France-Presse, the Lebanese prelate, the Pope's envoy in the Gulf, added: "There are around three or four million Christians in Saudi Arabia, and we hope they will have churches."
At the Vatican, the Pope's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said: "If we manage to obtain authorisation for the construction of the first church, it will be an outcome of historic dimensions."
The opening last Friday of the Read More...
Here is Auxillary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Karaganda in Kazakhstan, who takes his vocation seriously. He has written a book with the purpose of re-introducing the Church to what takes place at the consecration and WHO we receive. He most importantly condemns the practice of Communion in the hand, and states that it was introduced against the laws of the Church.
Here is what Fr John Hardon had to say about Communion in the Hand: "Communion in the hand [came]...with the publication of the Dutch Catechism with nobody's permission except the bishops—in effect, in principle separated themselves from the Holy See. One country after another began then to ask for permission, which the Dutch Read More...
Since we are now in the midst of the 40-days of lent we may from time to time be tempted to succumb to sloth which can destroy one's spiritual opportunity to persevere toward a good and fruitful lent.
I recall a story about Fr. John Hardon, S.J. and his personal valet/bodyguard, Dan Burns, who travelled with him on numerous occasions. Mr. Burns once stated that "[Fr Hardon] took a vow in 1937 or so never to waste time, and I've never seen him waste time. The last motion picture he saw was in 1939."
According to Burns, just prior to the departure of a flight Fr Hardon went to confession. Upon his arrival at his destination he immediately stated to Burns that he needed to go to confession again. Burns mildly protested asking why it was necessary since he had just went to confession prior to the flight. Fr Hardon replied that he had wasted 15 minutes while on the plane.
This story among other things highlights the importance of avoiding sloth. Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins--which destroys charity in the heart and thus may lead to final impenitence and damnation. Sloth is the desire for ease and a reluctance to attend to duty. The slothful person is unwilling to do what God wants because of the effort it takes to do it. Thomas Aquinas said Sloth is "sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin good... [it] is evil in its effect, if it so oppresses man as to draw him away entirely from good deeds."
And from one of my favorite books, The Sinner's Guide, (not a "how-to" Read More...
From Telegraph.co.uk: "Dutch Catholics have re-branded the Lent fast as the "Christian Ramadan" in an attempt to appeal to young people who are more likely to know about Islam than Christianity.
The Catholic charity Vastenaktie, which collects for the Third World Read More...
"We ought to immolate to God the daily sacrifices of our tears, the daily offerings of His Flesh and Blood. For this Victim peculiarly preserves the soul from eternal death, as it renews to us in a mystery the death of the Only-Begotten; Who, although being risen from the dead He dies no more and death shall have no more dominion over Him, yet while in Himself He lives immortal and incorruptible, for us is immolated again in this mystery of the sacred oblation. For it is His body that is there taken, His flesh that it is divided for the salvation of the people, His blood that is poured, not as before into the hands of unbelievers, but into the mouths of the faithful. Hence let us estimate the importance of this sacrifice for us, which for our absolution ever imitates the Passion of the only-begotten Son. For what Christian can doubt that at the very hour of the offering, at the words of the priest, the heavens are opened, the choirs of angels are present in that mystery of Jesus Christ, the lowest things are knit with the highest, the earthly things are united with the heavenly, the visible and the invisible are made one." Pope St. Gregory the Great (6th cent)
Just a reminder of the infallible teaching of the Catholic Church at the Council of Florence in 1438:
"The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews, heretics, and schismatics can ever be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire 'which was prepared for the devil and his angels,' (Mat. 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this Ecclesiastical Body, that only those remaining within this unity can profit from the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and that they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, alms deeds and other works of Christian piety and duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his alms giving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved unless they abide within the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church."
Maybe if we took seriously these words and stopped explaining away and undermining this infallible and unchangeable teaching we would not be in the current state of mass apostasy from the Faith throughout the West.
From Manchestereveningnews: A hospital porter was quizzed by police after a row over a crucifix being covered in a prayer room has denied allegations of assault.
Joseph Protano, 54, was interviewed on suspicion of religiously aggravated assault at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury.
Mr Protano, a devout Catholic from Salford, was released without charge but was suspended four days after the incident and has now been at home for two weeks.
The row centres round a prayer room available to staff and visitors of all faiths at the hospital.
Mr Protano entered the room when three Muslims Read More...
From Dailymail: "The Pope has ordered his bishops to set up exorcism squads to tackle the rise of Satanism.
"Vatican chiefs are concerned at what they see as an increased interest in the occult.
"They have introduced courses for priests to combat what they call the most extreme form of "Godlessness."
"Each bishop is to be told to have in his diocese a number of priests trained to fight demonic Read More...
With statements such as the one made this past week by Rowan Williams, the leader of the Church of England, that Christmas is merely a legend-- is there any wonder why the death of this church is near? When the leaders of a church have lost their faith in the word of God, and invite homosexual leadership into its ranks --death is inevitable.
FROM Telegraph: "This means that the established Church has lost its place as the nation's most popular Christian denomination after more than four centuries of unrivalled influence following the Reformation.
"The statistics show that attendance at Anglican Sunday services has dropped by 20 per cent since Read More...
A good movie is a rare thing in our day. But I can recommend Bella as a quality Catholic film through and through. It is a rare thing today when the main character is truly a hero, does not challenge your notions of right and wrong, and yet remains interesting. The main character does not compromise his beliefs in the least bit. He is an inspiring and exemplary man in every respect. The story itself reveals how men can counter the culture of death and the lies of feminism by being truthful, honest and self-sacrificing gentlemen.
This movie also renewed my gratefulness for the infusion of Catholicism into our culture from immigrants from Mexico and Latin America. So many in America condemn their growing presence but they bring with them a deep unadulterated faith. This movie is a product of that faith. There are so few modern movies that we can enjoy today--go and enjoy this one before it disappears from the theaters.
One company called Wayne Enterprises, a California-based company, is marketing "holy water" for consumption. They claim the water is blessed in a warehouse by an Anglican or Roman Catholic priest. "Like a crucifix or a rosary, a bottle of Holy Drinking Water is a daily reminder to be kind to others" says Brian Germann, Wayne's CEO.
Another company called Spiritual Water uses purified municipal water which is sold with 10 different Christian labels. "The Virgin Mary bottle, for example, has the Hail Mary prayer Read More...
"The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.
"The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement."
"The 80-year-old Pope said the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind."
This comes on the heels of many environmentalists proclaiming the necessity of foregoing Read More...
"It would be a grave error...to say that Christ has no authority whatever in civil affairs, since, by virtue of the absolute empire over all creatures committed to him by the Father, all things are in his power...Thus the empire of our Redeemer embraces all men. To use the words of Our immortal predecessor, Pope Leo XIII: "His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ."
"...[A]ll men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In him is the salvation of the individual, in him is the salvation of society. "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved." He is the author of happiness and true prosperity for every man and for every nation. "For a nation is happy when its citizens are happy. What else is a nation but a number of men living in concord?"
"If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ..."With God and Jesus Christ excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has Read More...
Here is a very interesting article from the Times Online about Pope Benedict and his ambitious commitment to reform and liberation of the Latin liturgy. This, despite attempts from many bishops including those in England and Wales to halt the reform. It seems his pontificate is having a tremendous impact on many break-away groups including the conservative Traditional Anglican Communion.
"Two and a half years after the name "Josephum" came booming down from the balcony of St Peter's, making liberal Catholics weep with rage, Pope Benedict XVI is revealing his programme of reform. And it is breathtakingly ambitious.
The 80-year-old Pontiff is planning a purification of the Roman liturgy in which decades of trendy innovations will be swept away. This recovery of the sacred is intended to draw Catholics closer to the Orthodox and ultimately to heal the 1,000 year Great Schism. But it is also designed to attract vast numbers of conservative Anglicans, who will be offered the protection of the Holy Father if they covert en masse.
The liberal cardinals don't like the sound of it at all.
Ever since the shock of Benedict's election, they have been Read More...
"If anyone saith that matrimony is not truly and properly one of the seven sacraments of the evangelic law, instituted by the Lord ; but that it has been invented by men in the Church; and that it does not confer grace; let him be an anathema." Council of Trent
In man's search for religion and truth one would be wise to look for the religion that is a sign of contradiction in this world. (Luke 2:34) The Catholic Church today stands as the only religion that is a sign of contradiction since it is the only voice that consistently condemns all the world's favorite sins and takes the unpopular positions on the hot moral issues of the day. The vitriol that the enemies of Catholicism display is one of the greatest indicators that the Church is effective in its God given mission.
Yet one by one protestant churches have acquiesced to the world's ways. One of the most obviously destructive issues that protestants have conceded on is the acceptance of casual divorce and adulterous remarriage. On this matter, protestant denominations have ceased to follow Jesus' express words about adulterous remarriage...
"Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery." Mark 10:11-12
How can so many Protestant Churches miss the sinfulness of adulterous remarriage? How can so many churches overlook the clear teaching of Jesus--and permit those who are living in adultery to also act as ministers and leaders of churches? These same churches are also ready and willing to welcome fallen away Catholics who are living in adultery into their churches--with the deception that they are saved--despite their ongoing mortal sin. It is truly a spiritual blindness that has overtaken those who call themselves followers of Christ.
This blindness is the inevitable outcome of the protestant divorce from the the Bride of Christ--the Catholic Church. This divorce cut protestants off from the life of Christ because they have simultaneously rejected the Eucharist--which is Jesus.
"I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." John 6:53
As Fr. John Hardon S.J. used to say: "protestantism is a graceless old testament Christianity". Without grace and the living life of Christ one fails to be a contradiction to the world but instead becomes one with it.
The time has come to cease the talk that the Christian walk is easy, and that heaven awaits all despite their works. The time has come to stop compromising Christ's message for the sake of human respect-- because in the end anything less than the truth is not persuasive.
We must reveal the truth about the Christian life-- that it is a radical battle against self and the dominant culture in which martyrdom may be a real possibility. While we may not be asked to shed our blood, our witness Read More...
Betrayal Blasphemy and Sacrilege: San Francisco Catholic Archbishop George Niederauer Gives Communion to Blasphemous ‘Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’
"He who has dipped his hand into the dish with Me is the one who will betray Me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born." Matthew 26:23-25
FROM DAILYMAIL: "The Pope has again risked provoking the wrath of the Islamic world, by criticising its treatment of Christians.
Benedict XVI attacked Muslim nations where Christians are either persecuted or given the status of second-class citizens under the Shariah Islamic law.
He also defended the rights of Muslims to convert to Christianity, an act which Read More...
A relative of mine began attending the tapings of the show "The One True Faith" at St Michael's Media in Detroit and has truly enjoyed them. Here is a sampling of their work. They are committted to the Church and seem dedicated to re-evangelizing the fallen away.
The recent advice from a dissident cleric in the Netherlands who suggested that peace between Islam and Christianity could be obtained by calling our Lord and Savior "Allah", is not only futile but wicked. While this cleric seeks to compromise the Word of God to appease the violent and heretical, God's people are perishing for lack of knowledge of the power and value of Jesus' name. God does indeed care what we call Him
St Paul tells us that "Jesus" is "a name above all names".
And that "in the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend in Heaven, on earth and in Hell" (Phil.2:10).
Further "there is salvation in the Name of Jesus and...there is no salvation in any other name except that Name." (Acts 4:12.)
But why is Jesus name so powerful?
Because He is God made man. The incarnation is a mind-boggling concept that is unique to Christianity. That the Creator of Heaven and Earth would actually humble Himself to not only become one of us, but willingly sacrifice Himself to appease the Father for our transgressions is beyond comprehension without Read More...
Those tagged will share 5 things they love about Jesus and must tag 5 other bloggers. Those tagged must provide a link in the comments box here with their name so that others can read them.
I hardly find my thoughts on Jesus to be profound but here goes nevertheless--five things I love about Jesus:
1. I love Jesus because He blessed me with the most wonderful, holy, and saintly parents whose main goal for their children has always been to see them obtain heaven. I was further blessed by God with a wonderful husband who reveres truth and sacrifices his utmost for his family.
2. I love Jesus because His death gave me an opportunity to join Him for eternity in heaven and because He continues to offer Himself for me at every Mass. I love Him because He has given my children the richness and beauty of the Tridentine Mass which I was so sorely missing in my youth.
3. I love Jesus because He did not leave us alone when He ascended to Read More...
A new survey of more than 4000 adults reveals that the average American Catholic, or those who profess to be Catholic, have compromised with the culture to the point that many Catholics have lost their spiritual distinctiveness--and need I say--faith. Fr John Hardon used to say that ordinary Catholics would not survive this age--it appears his words are ringing true. The motu proprio could not have come at a better time-it will solidify the cultural distinctiveness that Catholics once possessed and revive true holiness and sanctification in our Church and our world. Meanwhile, read, grieve and pray...
The Barna Group "examined 97 different facets of the lives of Catholics, comparing them to national norms. The outcome is striking: Catholics are virtually indistinguishable from people aligned with other faith groups - except in the area of faith."
"Although the percentage of adults who describe themselves as Catholic has dropped Read More...
"With donations to the Church from around the world almost doubling and pilgrims pouring into Rome in ever-greater numbers, Vatican watchers are beginning to reassess the two-year-old pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI and noting a positive “Ratzinger effect”.
Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, head of economic affairs at the Holy See, said that the “remarkable increase” in both donations and numbers of pilgrims showed that there was “a symbiosis, a mutual sympathy between this Pope and Christian people everywhere”.
Presenting the Holy See’s annual budget yesterday, Cardinal Sebastiani noted that not only had it closed last year with a surplus of €2.4 million, partly thanks to diocesan donations, there had also been a “huge jump” in “Peter’s Pence”, the annual church collections given directly to the Pope to use for charity, from $60 million (£30 million) in 2005 to Read More...