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Monday, 6 July 2015
"It is impossible for anyone who leads an impure life not to grow weak in the Faith"
St, John Chrysostom, Sermon 1. De Verbis Apost.
Today, the Church celebrates the virgin-martyr, St. Maria Goretti. Surrounded as we are, by a world drowning in filth and licentious sin, we would do well to meditate upon her life. Today, while most in the world - including Catholics - are off indulging in impurity, we should resolve to commit even more strongly to Christian purity. While most of the world - including Catholics - are compromising (at minimum) with indecency - we should even more strongly oppose indecency. Today, while most of the world - including Catholics - approve of fornication and other sexual sins - we should even more strongly repeat the words of our saint: "no, it is a sin, you will go to hell". Yes, hell exists and unrepentant sinners go there.
A teacher of purity for our times:
St. Maria truly is a teacher by her life. Consider her incredible maturity! Maria, even as a young girl was able to help raise the family after her father's death. She may not have had an "education", not superficially glanced through - under duress - a copy of a Shakespeare play, or studied elementary calculus, nor spent 12 years studying "sex education", or wear grossly immodest short skirts and tight tops to "Catholic" high school, exposing herself to all and sundry; nor indulge in foolishness, and filthy, suggestive language, as do so, so many "Catholic" school girls...
"Catholic" school girls, and indeed young women, would do well to take Maria as their model, instead of females who, not a few years ago, would cause a harlot to blush with shame. Such has our "civilization" changed. They would do well to re-educate themselves in the way of holy virginity and purity.
A prophet of purity for our times:
Our saint came from a time and place when "peasant common sense" still was a reality, not the virtual reality cesspool that out youth dwell in today. Maria was therefore able to assist in raising the family with a maturity that would shame the vast majority of women of today, even three times her age! No, we have not "progressed" as a society, but regressed dramatically. Therefore, it was still in this Catholic Italian milieu (albeit already undermined by decades of masonic attacks against the Church) that Maria was taught and developed her precious Faith. The praying (note praying, not just "mindless babbling" as Pere Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene warns us about!) of the Rosary fortified Maria's purity, and prepared her for martyrdom.
She realized how special and holy was her virginity. Her preservation of her virginity, even unto death, is a profound rebuke to the first and second sexual revolutions (the "Roaring Twenties" and "Swinging Sixties", respectively). Maria's refusal to engage in fornication, incongruous to our sexually obsessed world, remains a direct challenge to the wave of impurity and immorality that surrounds us.
Maria's decision to die for virginity and purity is a direct challenge to Catholics: do we really believe in the beauty of virginity and purity? If we do, we need to prove it. It is not enough to merely abstain from fornicating; but to deal with the small sins and imperfections. If a Catholic wages spiritual warfare against the small sins, the big ones will take care of themselves, so to speak. If a school girl refuses to dress immodestly, speak vulgarly, her behaviour will naturally change; she will be a truly beautiful virgin. If a school boy refuses to go along with other school boys in looking at pornography, in responding to the sexual provocations of the girls, he may well be mocked, but he will shine as an example of holy purity. Great will the reward in Heaven be for the youth who retain their virtue.
St. Maria's life is a challenge to what today is considered "normal" and "decent", when in fact it is abnormal and indecent. It is time for Catholics to start to behave like Catholics.
St. Maria Goretti, pray for us.
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Pope Leo XIII predicted the collapse of the West ~ "liberty" without Jesus Christ is "delusive, perverse and misleading..."
"...the very notion of civilization is a fiction if it rest not on the abiding principles of truth and the unchanging laws of virtue and justice"
Pope Leo XIII
Pope Leo XIII, who unmasked the poison of Americanism that has led the nations of the "West" to the very brink of moral ruin, also in many encyclicals identified and provided the remedy for the evils afflicting Society: Jesus Christ and His Church. This remedy, the only remedy, has been if not ignored, openly opposed. The Pope in Libertas, Tamesti, Immortale Dei and other encyclicals, exposed the false jurisprudence of the "Enlightenment" and the false political theories that gave birth the revolution (e.g. French, American etc.).
6. Furthermore, that kind of civilization which conflicts with the doctrines and laws of holy Church is nothing but a worthless imitation and meaningless name. Of this those peoples on whom the Gospel light has never shown afford ample proof, since in their mode of life a shadowy semblance only of civilization is discoverable, while its true and solid blessings have never been possessed. Undoubtedly, that cannot by any means be accounted the perfection of civilized life which sets all legitimate authority boldly at defiance; nor can that be regarded as liberty which, shamefully and by the vilest means, spreading false principles, and freely indulging the sensual gratification of lustful desires, claims impunity for all crime and misdemeanor, and thwarts the goodly influence of the worthiest citizens of whatsoever class. Delusive, perverse, and misleading as are these principles, they cannot possibly have any inherent power to perfect the human race and fill it with blessing, for "sin maketh nations miserable." Such principles, as a matter of course, must hurry nations, corrupted in mind and heart, into every kind of infamy, weaken all right order, and thus, sooner or later, bring the standing and peace of the State to the very brink of ruin.
7. Again, if We consider the achievements of the see of Rome, what can be more wicked than to deny how much and how well the Roman bishops have served civilized society at large? For Our predecessors, to provide for the peoples' good, encountered struggles of every kind, endured to the utmost burdensome toils, and never hesitated to expose themselves to most dangerous trials. With eyes fixed on heaven, they neither bowed down their head before the threats of the wicked, nor allowed themselves to be led by flattery or bribes into unworthy compliance. This apostolic chair it was that gathered and held together the crumbling remains of the old order of things; this was the kindly light by whose help the culture of Christian times shone far and wide; this was an anchor or safety in the fierce storms by which the human race has been convulsed; this was the sacred bond of union that linked together nations distant in region and differing in character; in short, this was a common center from which was sought instruction in faith and religion, no less than guidance and advice for the maintenance of peace and the functions of practical life. In very truth it is the glory of the supreme Pontiffs that they steadfastly set themselves up as a wall and a bulwark to save human society from falling back into its former superstition and barbarism.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
A Letter of thanks and support from Mary Wagner for the Rosary Bouquet:"...whenever someone tells me they are praying...for the women in here, it warms my heart..."
|The Mother of God over the Vanier Centre for Women |
in Milton, Ontario
June 28th, 2015
A few weeks ago, my friend Jack proposed to readers the offering of a Spiritual Bouquet for my sisters-in-green, here at Vanier. I want to thank everyone who is praying for us. Whenever someone tells me they are praying, not only for me, Linda and the babies and their mothers, but also for the women here, it warms my heart a great deal. We all need prayer.
The need here is special in that many of the women do not have ties with a healthy family or even, sometimes, with one person. Most are open to hearing about God, to some form of prayer or reading the word of God, but they lack the connection on the outside with someone who is seeking to live for God; they do not have a spiritual guide. Who is praying for them?
In your prayers, please remember that often enough women arrive who are pregnant. The temptation to abort is great under these circumstances.
Just as the cloistered prayer of so many sisters and brothers interceding on our behalf throughout the world rises up to God, who showers down graces as He sees fit, so will the graces from your prayers penetrate these walls and enter the hearts of many women here. Please continue to pray for us and please encourage others to as well! Thank-you!
God bless you, Mary
To join the Rosary Bouquet, please visit Rosary Bouquet for the Sisters of Vanier
To join the Rosary Bouquet, please visit Rosary Bouquet for the Sisters of Vanier
|Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass in London|
Today, is a perfect day to implore Our Blessed Saviour that once again His Precious Blood may descend on the nation of Canada, a nation once with great hope, but a nation that has been utterly seduced by "the world, the flesh and the devil".
Dropped from the Roman Calender in 1969, this beautiful Feast day is still retained as a Votive Mass. It was used by His Holiness, Pope Benedict, during his Apostolic Journey to Scotland and England in 2010. The Holy Father celebrated this Mass in Westninster Cathedral, a place of worship most dear to my heart. In fact, the most beautiful Novus ordo Mass I ever attended was the Feast of St. Peter and Paul in that Cathedral in 1997.
The Eucharistic sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Christ embraces in turn the mystery of our Lord’s continuing passion in the members of his Mystical Body, the Church in every age. Here the great crucifix which towers above us serves as a reminder that Christ, our eternal high priest, daily unites our own sacrifices, our own sufferings, our own needs, hopes and aspirations, to the infinite merits of his sacrifice. Through him, with him, and in him, we lift up our own bodies as a sacrifice holy and acceptable to God (cf. Rom 12:1). In this sense we are caught up in his eternal oblation, completing, as Saint Paul says, in our flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, the Church (cf. Col 1:24). In the life of the Church, in her trials and tribulations, Christ continues, in the stark phrase of Pascal, to be in agony until the end of the world (Pensées, 553, éd. Brunschvicg).
We see this aspect of the mystery of Christ’s precious blood represented, most eloquently, by the martyrs of every age, who drank from the cup which Christ himself drank, and whose own blood, shed in union with his sacrifice, gives new life to the Church. It is also reflected in our brothers and sisters throughout the world who even now are suffering discrimination and persecution for their Christian faith. Yet it is also present, often hidden in the suffering of all those individual Christians who daily unite their sacrifices to those of the Lord for the sanctification of the Church and the redemption of the world. My thoughts go in a special way to all those who are spiritually united with this Eucharistic celebration, and in particular the sick, the elderly, the handicapped and those who suffer mentally and spiritually.
(Pope Benedict XVI, September 18, 2010)
Today, may we somberly recall from whence we came, and to where we are going. I wish all readers a most blessed Feast Day. In your charity, please keep poor, apostate Canada, in your prayers.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
On this very day, in 2003, our now sainted Pope John Paul II wrote:
Forgetfulness of God led to the abandonment of man”. It is therefore “no wonder that in this context a vast field has opened for the unrestrained development of nihilism in philosophy, of relativism in values and morality, and of pragmatism – and even a cynical hedonism – in daily life.”
We are witnessing the emergence of a new culture, largely influenced by the mass media, whose content and character are often in conflict with the Gospel and the dignity of the human person. This culture is also marked by an widespread and growing religious agnosticism, connected to a more profound moral and legal relativism rooted in confusion regarding the truth about man as the basis of the inalienable rights of all human beings. At times the signs of a weakening of hope are evident in disturbing forms of what might be called a “culture of death".
The evil that is the "gay pride parade" is indeed a manifestation of this cynical hedonism, a culture of death.
Spiritual support and fellowship for Catholic men and women with same-sex attractions.
Chapter: Newman Centre
Chapter: Toronto, Ontario
Contact: Fr. Kevin Belgrave
Phone: (416) 928-5094 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is the feast day of the great early Church father, St. Irenaeus of Lyon. Our saint heard the Faith being taught by St. Polycarp, who, in turn was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. Irenaeus was a lover of doctrine and truth. Let us always cling to this! God is Love, yes. But God is also Truth. There can be no true love, without knowing God, His truth and Jesus Christ.
"Christ, who was called the Son of God before the ages, was manifested in the fullness of time, in order that He might cleanse us through His blood, who were under the power of sin, presenting us as pure sons to His Father, if we yield ourselves obediently to the chastisement of the Spirit. And in the end of time He shall come to do away with all evil, and to reconcile all things, in order that there may be an end of all impurities".
Saturday, 27 June 2015
For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son...
The poor, tragic homosexuals are claiming that they "love". Let us ask: what is "love"? "God is love" (1 Jn 4:8). God is. Here, we have the basic Mosaic proclamation of God - [I am , who am. God is Being]. St. John develops this: God is Love; Being is Love. Not was, not will : but IS.
The primary, simple, eternal act of God is Love. This then, is the secret inner life of the Holy Trinity. Man, created in God' s image and likeness is called to imitate this love: primarily through caritas. Sacred Scripture mentions "faith, hope, and love [caritas], and the greatest of these is love" (1 Cor 13:13). Why? Because without love, one cannot have faith, nor hope. And love is a gift of the Holy Spirit. True love, and by extension, true faith and hope cannot be found outside the Catholic Church. "Charity cannot be possessed except in the unity of the Church" (St. Augustine Sermo 265, 9, 11 (PL 38, 1223)). Why is this? Because Jesus Christ is Charity; and the Church is His Mystical Body; hence, to possess charity, one must belong to Christ's Body.
Further, love is in the Will. It is an act of the Will: it is NOT emotion. Emotion may be an effect, but never the cause of true love. True love, then, being in conformity with the Holy Ghost can only be for the perfection of the person, for his final end (which is Heaven). The greatest love between persons is then a spiritual love which unites souls. We catch a picture of this unity when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. It was an outpouring of God's love. Therefore, true love between persons is always primarily focused on God; and then the giving of oneself for the good of the other person, which is his or her final destiny in Heaven.
From this, we can begin to gather the perversity of what is claimed to be "love" by persons who self-identify with same-sex attractions. In fact, what they claim as "love" is in reality hatred, it is destructive: of the other, and of themselves. Let us pray for these poor, deluded souls, in need of conversion (as we all are) to the liberating truth about Our Blessed Lord. May His Blood that He shed for them, be poured out upon them as a balm of repentance and conversion. I say therefore, to each and every homosexual: may the peace of Christ be with you.