Friday, August 16, 2019

Saint Francis Dixit

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the imposible.”

Saint Francis of Assisi


Monday, August 12, 2019


"The good of our soul is more important than that of our body; and we have to prefer the spiritual welfare of our neighbor to our bodily comforts. . . If a certain kind of dress constitutes a grave and proximate occasion of sin, and endangers the salvation of your soul and others, it is your duty to give it up... O Christian mothers, if you knew what a future of anxieties and perils, of ill-guarded shame you prepare for your sons and daughters, imprudently getting them accustomed to live scantily dressed and making them lose the sense of modesty, you would be ashamed of yourselves and you would dread the harm you are making of yourselves, the harm which you are causing these children, whom Heaven has entrusted to you to be brought up as Christians."

Pius XII to Catholic Young Women's Groups of Italy.


Friday, August 9, 2019

Chesterton Dixit

"Right is right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong about it."


Monday, August 5, 2019

Taken from the Catechism of Saint Pius X: The Way to Assist at Mass

15 Q. What is required in order to assist at Holy Mass well and profitably? 

A. To assist at Holy Mass well and profitably two things are necessary: (1) Modesty of person and (2) Devotion of heart. 

16 Q. In what does modesty of person consist? 

A. Modesty of person consists especially in being modestly dressed, in observing silence and recollection and, as far as possible, in remaining kneeling, except during the time of the two Gospels which are heard standing. 

17 Q. In hearing Holy Mass which is the best way to practice true devotion? 

A. In hearing Holy Mass the best way to practice true devotion is the following: 

(1) From the very beginning to unite our intention with that of the priest, offering the Holy Sacrifice to God for the ends for which it was instituted. 
(2) To accompany the priest in each prayer and action of the Sacrifice. 
(3) To meditate on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ and to heartily detest our sins, which have been the cause of them. 
(4) To go to Communion, or at least to make a spiritual Communion while the priest communicates. 

18 Q. What is spiritual Communion? 

A. Spiritual Communion is a great desire to be united sacramentally with Jesus Christ. saying, for example: "My Lord Jesus Christ, I desire with my whole heart to be united with Thee now and forever;" and then make the same acts that are to be made before and after sacramental Communion. 

19 Q. Does the recitation of the Rosary or other prayers during Mass prevent us from hearing it with profit? 

A. The recitation of the Rosary and other prayers during Mass does not prevent us from hearing it with profit, provided we try as far as possible to ollow the parts of the Holy Sacrifice. 

20 Q. Is it advisable to pray for others while assisting at Mass? 

A. Yes it is advisable to pray for others while assisting at Mass; nay more, the time of Holy Mass is the most suitable of all times to pray for the living and the dead. 

21 Q. What should we do after Mass? 

A. After Mass we should give God thanks for having allowed us to assist at this great Sacrifice, and we should ask pardon for all the faults we may have committed while assisting at it.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

A General Rule for Distinguishing the Truth of the Catholic Faith from the Falsehood of Heretical Pravity

I have often then inquired earnestly and attentively of very many men eminent for sanctity and learning, how and by what sure and so to speak universal rule I may be able to distinguish the truth of Catholic faith from the falsehood of heretical pravity; and I have always, and in almost every instance, received an answer to this effect: That whether I or any one else should wish to detect the frauds and avoid the snares of heretics as they rise, and to continue sound and complete in the Catholic faith, we must, the Lord helping, fortify our own belief in two ways; first, by the authority of the Divine Law, and then, by the Tradition of the Catholic Church.

Therefore, it is very necessary, on account of so great intricacies of such various error, that the rule for the right understanding of the prophets and apostles should be framed in accordance with the standard of Ecclesiastical and Catholic interpretation.

Moreover, in the Catholic Church itself, all possible care must be taken, that we hold that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all. For that is truly and in the strictest sense Catholic, which, as the name itself and the reason of the thing declare, comprehends all universally. This rule we shall observe if we follow universality, antiquity, consent. We shall follow universality if we confess that one faith to be true, which the whole Church throughout the world confesses; antiquity, if we in no wise depart from those interpretations which it is manifest were notoriously held by our holy ancestors and fathers; consent, in like manner, if in antiquity itself we adhere to the consentient definitions and determinations of all, or at the least of almost all priests and doctors.


What then will a Catholic Christian do, if a small portion of the Church have cut itself off from the communion of the universal faith?

-What, surely, but prefer the soundness of the whole body to the unsoundness of a pestilent and corrupt member.

What, if some novel contagion seek to infect not merely an insignificant portion of the Church, but the whole?

-Then it will be his care to cleave to antiquity, which at this day cannot possibly be seduced by any fraud of novelty.

But what, if in antiquity itself there be found error on the part of two or three men, or at any rate of a city or even of a province?

-Then it will be his care by all means, to prefer the decrees, if such there be, of an ancient General Council to the rashness and ignorance of a few.

But what, if some error should spring up on which no such decree is found to bear?

-Then he must collate and consult and interrogate the opinions of the ancients, of those, namely, who, though living in various times and places, yet continuing in the communion and faith of the one Catholic Church, stand forth acknowledged and approved authorities: and whatsoever he shall ascertain to have been held, written, taught, not by one or two of these only, but by all, equally, with one consent, openly, frequently, persistently, that he must understand that he himself also is to believe without any doubt or hesitation.

Saint Vincent of Lerins


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Friendship of the World

"All its compliments are false pretenses with which it deceives and entices the reckless. Although now it will show itself to you as a friend, in the time of need you will find it an enemy. In the greatest anguish it will leave you alone, and in the fire of tribulation you will know how vain is the glory of the world, for you will have nothing then. The friendship that the world shows you is deceitful, and although now it shows you a cheerful face and you may be prosperous and rich, the hour is near when you will be left without all these things that you love. "

Friar Diego de San Cristóbal, 'Tratado de la vanidad del mundo', Vol. 1, 1908, pp. 374.


Sunday, July 28, 2019


"Now, a woman's function, a woman’s way, a woman’s natural bent is motherhood. Every woman is called to be a mother: mother in the physical sense, or in a more spiritual and more exalted, yet real none the les.”

-H.H. Pius XII, excerpts from “Questa grande”, dated October 21, 1945. Address to the Delegates of the Catholic Women's Associations of Italy.


Friday, July 26, 2019

If We Are Like Sheep, We Overcome; but if We Turn into Wolves, We Are Overcome

"Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves." (Mt. 10:16)

As long as we are sheep, we overcome and, though surrounded by countless wolves, we emerge victorious; but if we turn into wolves, we are overcome, for we love the shepherd’s help. He, after all, feeds the sheep not wolves, and will abandon you if you do not let him show his power in you.

What he says is this: “Do not be upset that, as I send you out among the wolves, I bid you be as sheep and doves. I could have managed things quite differently and sent you, not to suffer evil nor to yield like sheep to the wolves, but to be fiercer than lions. But the way I have chosen is right. It will bring you greater praise and at the same time manifest my power”. That is what he told Paul: My grace is enough for you, for in weakness my power is made perfect. “I intend”, he says, “to deal in the same way with you”. For, when he says, I am sending you out like sheep, he implies: “But do not therefore lose heart, for I know and am certain that no one will be able to overcome you”.

The Lord, however, does want them to contribute something, lest everything seem to be the work of grace, and they seem to win their reward without deserving it. Therefore he adds: You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves. But, they may object, what good is our cleverness amid so many dangers? How can we be clever when tossed about by so many waves? However great the cleverness of the sheep as he stands among the wolves – so many wolves! – what can it accomplish? However great the innocence of the dove, what good does it do him, with so many hawks swooping upon him? To all this I say: Cleverness and innocence admittedly do these irrational creatures no good, but they can help you greatly.

What cleverness is the Lord requiring here? The cleverness of a snake. A snake will surrender everything and will put up no great resistance even if its body is being cut in pieces, provided it can save its head. So you, the Lord is saying, must surrender everything but your faith: money, body, even life itself. For faith is the head and the root; keep that, and though you lose all else, you will get it back in abundance. The Lord therefore counselled the disciples to be not simply clever or innocent; rather he joined the two qualities so that they become a genuine virtue. He insisted on the cleverness of the snake so that deadly wounds might be avoided, and he insisted on the innocence of the dove so that revenge might not be taken on those who injure or lay traps for you. Cleverness is useless without innocence.

Do not believe that this precept is beyond your power. More than anyone else, the Lord knows the true natures of created things; he knows that moderation, not a fierce defense, beats back a fierce attack.

Saint John Chrysostom


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Don’t Think You Know Betther than God What is Better for You and When Should it Happen

Pray, ask, insist, over and over, don't give up. If God considers it convenient, he will grant it to you in a timely manner, but don't believe that you know perfectly what is best and when it should happen. Don’t try to compete with He who who knows everything. Surrender with confidence to His Will. And Bless Him always. He loves you sweetly and watches over you.

If through prayer we could get what we ask for right away, piety would become a business. Sometimes God allows everything to get dark, without solution, because then He will shine with an unexpected solution.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Devotion to Mary, Sign of Salvation

"God revealed to Saint Catherine of Siena, 'in His goodness, and on account of the Incarnate Word, He had granted to Mary, who was His Mother, that no one, not even a sinner, who devoutly recommends himself to her should ever become the prey of Hell.'"

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, The Glories of Mary, Ch. VIII, 1

Friday, July 19, 2019

Unless Your Justice Abound More Than That of the Scribes and Pharisees, You Shall Not Enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 5:20)

If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath anything against thee; Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother, and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

In You

"For my heart cannot rest or be fully content until, rising above all gifts and every created thing, it rests in You."

Imitation of Christ, III, 21, 2


Friday, July 12, 2019

Tolerant to Error?

"There is no other subject on which the average mind is so much confused as the subject of tolerance and intolerance. Tolerance applies only to persons, but never to principles. Intolerance applies only to principles, but never to persons. We must be tolerant to persons because they are human; we must be intolerant about principles because they are divine. We must be tolerant to the erring, because ignorance may have led them astray; but we must be intolerant to the error, because Truth is not our making, but God's..."

Bishop Fulton J Sheen


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Saint Jerome Dixit: Same Causes Produce the Same Effects

“Do you want to correct yourself of your faults? Anticipate and avoid the occasions in which you have succumbed; if you do not do this, the same causes will produce the same effects. Examine your life and you will see that the occasions and the dangerous companies are the ones that, every day, make you relapse into the same sins. A pilot does not approach but trembling to the place where before he was shipwrecked; a convalescent does not even dare to touch the fruit that made him sick; only the sinner looks for the occasions that have lost him. What need is there to go to such a part, where each day it is necessary to overcome or perish?”

Saint Jerome


Monday, July 8, 2019


"Freedom, Sancho, is one of the most precious gifts that heaven has bestowed upon men; no treasures that the earth holds buried or the sea conceals can compare with it; for freedom, as for honour, life may and should be ventured; and on the other hand, captivity is the greatest evil that can fall to the lot of man".

Don Quiote of la Mancha, Part II, Chapter 58

Painting by Edward John Gregory (1850-1909)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Prayer that Padre Pio Used to Recite

Padre Pio de Pietrelcina had a favorite prayer that used to recite for all those who requested his prayers. Every day many people, either in person or by letter, asked Padre Pio to pray for a specific intention, and most of the times this intention was miraculously answered by God.

Below is the prayer that Padre Pio said each time he wanted to intercede for someone. Actually, it is a prayer wrote by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and is commonly called the "Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus". She was a saint who lived in the seventeenth century and during her life received multiple visions of Jesus.

Let’s pray it with the same devotion as Padre Pio.

I. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of... (here name your request)

Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be to the Father...

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of… (here name your request)

Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be To the Father...

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of... (here name your request)

Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be to the Father...

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.

St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

About Modesty

"For modesty foresees threatening danger, forbids us to expose ourselves to risks, demands the avoidance of those occasions which the imprudent do not shun. It does not like impure or loose talk, it shrinks from the slightest immodesty, it carefully avoids suspect familiarity with persons of the other sex, since it brings the soul to show due reverence to the body, as being a member of Christ (1 Cor. 6:15) and the temple of the Holy Spirit".

- H. H. Pius XII, Encyclical Sacra virginitas.

Monday, July 1, 2019

"...God Alone is Enough"

Let nothing upset you,
Let nothing deter you,
Everything passes,
God never changes.

Empowers everything;
Who has God lacks nothing:
God alone is enough.

Raise your thought,
Toward heaven,
Let nothing distress you,
Let nothing upset you.

Follow Jesus Christ
With stout heart,
And come what may,
Let nothing deter you.

Do you see the glory of the world?
It is an empty show;
Nothing is stable,
Everything passes.
Aspire for the heavenly,
Which lasts forever;

Faithful and rich in promises
God never changes.
Love it as much as it deserves,
The immense good;
But no love is solid
Without patience.

Let trust and lively faith
Keep your soul,
Whoever believes and hopes
Reaches all.
Harassed from hell,
Who has God,
Although he sees it,
Mocks its fury.

Desertions may befall him,
Crosses, misfortunes;
God being his treasure,
Nothing is amiss.
Go, then, goods of the world;
Go, such vanities,
Although everything may be lost,
God alone is enough.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Monday, June 24, 2019

Catholics Must Not Be Dumb Dogs, but Brave Guardians

Let's be like stones that cry out against lukewarmness and coward silences. As Saint Anthony Mary Claret said:

"Ah, my Mother, I cannot still my voice on such occasions. No, I shall not be silent, even if I knewi meant that I should be cut to pieces. I shall shout, cry out, lift up my voice to heaven and earth to remedy so great an evil. I shall not be silent, and when my voice is hoarse or mute from all my crying I shall lift up my hands to heaven, make my hair stand on end, and stamp my feet upon the ground tom up for my lack of speech... Perhaps you will say that they, sick madmen that they are, will not listen to the one who wishes to heal them and would rather despise me and persecute me to the death. It matters not".

Thursday, June 20, 2019


Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that Thy Faithful, calling upon the Name of the Virgin Mary and rejoicing in her protection, may, by her motherly intercession, be delivered from the evils of the earth and advance to the eternal happiness of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Sin of Calumny

Do not believe anything you are not completely sure it is true. Calumny is a grave sin against the Law of God and against the good reputation of our neighbor. Those who commit this sin are obliged to repair the harm caused, but since calumnies tend to spread like wildfire, it is very difficult to fully repair the damage. How many souls have to purge this sin before seeing God, and how many others are eternally condemned for not having repented of the calumnies they spread!

On many occasions, over time, the falsity of the calumny is proved and it becomes like thrown mud: the sun rises, and the mud dries and falls. What remains is the terrible fame and reputation of those who maliciously uttered them. Spreading them is an evil and a vile act. A true Catholic will never use a mean so vile and contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ, his Master, who preached that the love between Catholics was the genuine hallmark of His true Apostles.

For the love of God and of their neighbor, Christians should never fabricate calumnies, nor take for granted or spread assumptions –rash judgments- against third parties. Neither believe nor repeat the things that others say without even knowing if they are true. The calumniator always has a fertile imagination, let us not fall into their traps. If it is a grave sin to spread, without necessity, the sins and flaws of our neighbor, imagine how grave it is to spread calumnies. We must repair the harm we caused with tlhem if we want to be forgiven by God.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Vanity is searching for transitory riches and  your hope in them.

Vanity is to seek honour and social advancement.

Vanity is following the desires of the flesh and desiring that for which you must later be severely punished.

Vanity is to desire a long life and to have little concern for a good life.

Vanity is to only see the present life and not to provide for the future.

Vanity is to love that which passes quickly and not hasten towards that where eternal joy is to be found.

Thomas Kempis
The Imitation of Christ


Monday, June 10, 2019

The Heart of Jesus that Has Loved Us so Much Tells Us

Come to Me, all you who are exhausted by labors and crushed with sorrows; only in Me will you find true consolation in this life and eternal happiness after your death, for I am Love.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Let’s not Forget that the Month of June is Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The promotion of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is due to Saint Margaret Mary of Alacoque, to whom Jesus appeared saying these words: "Behold this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love. In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt they have for me in this sacrament of love.”

Our Lord made to Saint Margaret Mary of Alacoque the following promises for all the devotees of His Sacred Heart:

1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their homes.
3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
5. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
6. Sinners will find in my Heart the source and an infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
9. I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart.
12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

There are three conditions to obtain these Graces:

1. Receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months and without interruption.
2. To have the intention of honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of obtaining the grace of final perseverance.
3. Offer each Holy Communion as an act of reparation for the offenses committed against the Blessed Sacrament.

Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Saint Margaret Mary

I (N.), give and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person, my life, my actions, my pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being save to honor, love, and glorify the Sacred Heart. It is my unchanging intention to be all His and to do all for love of Him. I renounce at the same time with all my heart whatever can displease Him.

I, therefore, take You, O Sacred Heart, for the only object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for the faults of my life, and the secure refuge at the hour of my death.

Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away from me the punishment of His just anger. O Heart of love, I put my confidence in You, because I fear everything from my own sinfulness and weakness. I hope for all things from Your mercy and generosity.

Destroy in me all that can displease or resist Your holy Will. Let Your pure love impress You so deeply upon my heart that I may never forget You or be separated from You. May my name, by your loving kindness, be written In You, because in You I desire to place all my happiness and all my glory in living and dying in very bondage to you.


Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

"We Shall Have within Us the Strength of the Paraclete"

"One thing alone I know,—that according to our need, so will be our strength. One thing I am sure of, that the more the enemy rages against us, so much the more will the Saints in Heaven plead for us; the more fearful are our trials from the world, the more present to us will be our Mother Mary, and our good Patrons and Angel Guardians; the more malicious are the devices of men against us, the louder cry of supplication will ascend from the bosom of the whole Church to God for us. We shall not be left orphans; we shall have within us the strength of the Paraclete, promised to the Church and to every member of it."


Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, took part today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in the act of consecration of Brazil to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The event was held at 2:00 pm at the Planalto Palace, with the participation of several Catholic leaders and religious associations such as “Marian Congregation”, among others.

The ceremony was planned and promoted by Deputy Eros Biondini (PROS MG).

When the Blessed Virgin appeared in Fatima (Portugal), in 1917, she urged that this gesture be made in order to obtain the blessings of the Almighty, prevent communism from spreading and achieve peace.

The hashtag #OrePeloBrasil has been, since yesterday, one of the most popular trending topics.

No doubt this act will bring many blessings to that country.

On the link below you can watch the video of the ceremony:


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Blessed Wounds

The most incredible thing of all is that it was not enough for Him to endure the worst sufferings and wounds, but that, after having risen, after having prevented His body from decaying, He kept in it His wounds and scars. And He appears with them before the angels, He considers them as an adornment and He rejoices in showing what tremendous suffering He has endured.

Of His body He did not keep anything else, because His body is spiritual, weightless and subtle, free of all corporal affliction; but He has not rejected His scars at all, He has not erased His wounds. On the contrary, He wanted to preserve them because of His love of man, because thanks to them He has been able to find the lost sheep, and with those wounds He has won over us.

What other love can be equal to that one? What object has been loved by man to that extreme? Has there ever been such a tender mother, or such an affectionate father? Or who has ever had such a great love that, in the name of that love, accepts to be wounded by the one he loves, and not only does he endures it, not only does he keep loving the ungrateful one, but he puts his wounds above all?


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Saint Peter of Verona Dixit

"All saints die a holy death, because they have lived holy lives; the wicked persevere in their wickedness at the moment of death because they have persevered in it during their lives. Do you want to know how you will die? Look at how you live your life”.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Leo XIII dixit

"We exhort and urge everyone to insist piously and assiduously on the habit of praying the Rosary daily".

H.H. Leo XIII, Encyclical Salutaris ille spiritus, December 25, 1883.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

A few beautiful words from Cardinal Pie on motherhood

“Let us remember these words of Christ: ‘And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.’ Every Catholic mother should say these same words.

Only God knows the influence that the sanctity of a mother has on the soul of her children. Almost all the great saints have had very pious mothers. The first grace that is given to a man is to have a mother according to the heart of God.

Dear mothers, your motherhood does not end until you have formed Jesus Christ in the heart of your children. Baptism is only a seed and the baptized is nothing but a newborn. After planting the seed, it is necessary to make it grow. That is your mission, and you will not be able to carry it out unless you yourselves are holy.”


Thursday, May 9, 2019


At the Athos Monastery in Greece, a beehive installed in an empty church and began to create a hive with honey cells on a sacred icon. They covered it almost completely, preserving uniquely and exactly, the part where the Blessed Virgin is represented. Something to think about…


Friday, May 3, 2019


Sometimes, one of the qualities of genius is the "Gift of Prophecy."

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


What is God?

- Say, what is God, oh beautiful lights?
Order! - The stars answered me.

- Say, what is God, oh beautiful flowers?
- Beauty! - The roses answered me.

- Say, what is God, oh Blessed Mother. And, looking at the Crucifix, she said:
- Love is God. A love purer than the light of day.

Fr. Leonardo Castellani


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Those Who Refuse to Come Out of the Manure Pile, Will Probably Die in it

"To sin is terrible, but much more terrible, is to reject the graces that God sends us to repent and give us his forgiveness."

Saint John Mary Vianney


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

“Only Animals Act that Way”: Cardinal Ranjith

By INFOVATICANA / April 22, 2019
(Religion in Freedom) - Following the attacks that have caused 207 dead and 500 wounded in Sri Lanka, with explosions in three churches and three hotels, the archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith (secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship between 2005 and 2009 addressed the government and society in a very calm but firm way: "It is a sad day for all of us. I condemn, as much as I am capable, this act that has caused so much death and suffering to the people. I would also like to ask the government for a rigorous and impartial investigation to find out who is behind this act, and punish them without mercy, because only animals act like that. And I ask all the people of Sri Lanka not to take justice into their own hands and maintain peace and harmony in the nation."

Last Easter Sunday, a wave of terrorist attacks devastated the island of Sri Lanka, with Catholics being one of its main targets. There were explosions in six different places: three churches, two Catholic and one Evangelical, and three luxury hotels. Subsequently, there were more attacks in other parts of the country. The number of deaths is devastating. The figure to date is 207 dead and 450 injured.

According to different news agencies, the bombs exploded at around 8:45 am local time, both in the three hotels in Colombo and in three churches where the Resurrection of Christ was being celebrated.

At least 62 people died in one of the explosions, which occurred in the church of Saint Sebastian, in the city of Negombo, north of the capital, as confirmed by official sources. Another 27 people died in the Evangelical Church of Sion, in Batticaloa (Eastern province of the country). The third explosion occurred in Saint Anthony's church in the Kotahena district of the capital, Colombo, and left 49 dead.

The emergency services in Sri Lanka said that the churches were full of faithful at that time. In the church of Saint Sebastian, in Negombo, a spokesman told Reuters that there were at least fifty people dead.

The attackers chose their objectives with special care. The church of Saint Anthony in Colombo is one of the most emblematic buildings in Sri Lanka. A national sanctuary that tens of thousands of people attend to during the commemoration of the saint to whom it is dedicated, Saint Anthony of Padua.

The police have asked citizens for calm. "Please remain calm and inside your houses. There are many victims, including foreigners”, Sri Lankan Minister for Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Harsha de Silva, said on Twitter, after visiting several of the sites attacked.

De Silva reported that a Crisis Cabinet had been called and he spoke emotionally after the "horrible scenes" he had seen. "I've seen amputated limbs spread all over the place. Emergency teams are deployed in full at all points. (...) We have taken many victims to the hospital, we hope we can save many lives", he said through his Twitter account.

In Sri Lanka, the Christian population represents 7%, while Buddhists account for 70%, Hindus for 15% and Muslims 11%.