Saturday, September 24, 2022

SPEECH GIVEN BY ANACLETO GONZÁLEZ FLORES, MEXICAN MARTYR:


 “Many Catholics are unaware of the seriousness and especially of the causes of the disaster; they overlook the fact that the three great enemies, Protestantism, Freemasonry, and Revolution, work tirelessly and with an alarming and well-organized program of action.

These three enemies are defeating Catholicism on all fronts, at all hours and in all possible ways. They fight in the streets, in the squares, in the press, in the workshops, in the factories, in the homes. In the case of a generalized battle, they have their sword drawn and their battalions deployed everywhere. This is a fact. Christ does not reign in the streets, in the schools, in the Parliaments, in books, in universities, in the public and social life of the countries. Who reigns there is the devil. In all those environments you can see the smoke of Satan.

And what do we do? We content ourselves with praying, going to church, practicing some works of mercy, as if that were enough "to counteract all the vast conjuration of God's enemies." We have left them everything else, the streets, the press, the teaching at various levels of education. In none of these places have they encountered serious opposition. And if sometimes we have acted, we have done it so poorly, so weakly, that it can be said that we have not fought at all. We have sung in churches but we have not announced God in schools, in squares, in Parliaments, and so, we have cornered Christ out of fear.

Reducing Catholicism to a secret prayer, to a grievous complaint, to trembling and fright before public authorities when they kill the national soul and destroy everything before everyone’s eyes, is not only cowardice and excusable disorientation, but also a religious, public and social historical crime, which deserves all execrations.

...Souls suffer from spiritual anemia. We have become beggars, renouncing ownership of our destinies. We have been evicted from everywhere, and we have abandoned everything.

So far, almost all Catholics have done nothing but ask God to do, to work, to accomplish, to do something or everything for the fate of the Church in our countries. And that's why we have only prayed, waiting for God to work. And all this under the mask of a so called "prudence". We need the imprudence of Christian boldness.

Moreover, there are many Catholics who dare to call imprudent those who know how to assert their rights before their persecutors. It is necessary that this situation of isolation, estrangement, national dispersion, ends once and for all, and that as soon as possible we think in a serious way that we are all Catholics of our country, not a lot of particles without union, but an immense body that has one program, one head, one thought, one organizing flag to face all persecutors."


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

THE SACREDNESS OF THE TRADITIONAL MASS


 At the moment of the Consecration, a great surge of adoration rises up toward God. Its prelude is the Gloria and the Sanctus, whose beauty is enhanced on certain days by gregorian chant, the most exalted, simplest, and purest of all religious chants . . . But when the moment of the double Consecration arrives, all is silent. This silence tells in its won way what music cannot express.

Father Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.


Monday, September 19, 2022

CHARITY

 

Let us not forget that in the evening of life, we will be judged according to the measure of love. Of love for God and of our neighbor. It will all depend on how much you loved, fulfilled, gave yourself and helped. Do not close your hand, help the neighbor who needs it.

Mark 12:28-31: 

“And there came one of the scribes that had heard them reasoning together, and seeing that he had answered them well, asked him which was the first commandment of all. And Jesus answered him: The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord thy God is one God. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment. And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”


Saturday, September 17, 2022

SEPTEMBER 14TH, THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS


O holy Cross, you have been the only one worthy of carrying the King and Lord of heaven and earth.

O wonderful Cross, on whose branches hung the treasure and the redemption of captive men, through you the world is redeemed by the blood of the Lord.

Hail, O Cross, consecrated by the body of Christ, whose members, like precious jewels, adorn your wooden beams. Through you, the world is redeemed by the blood of the Lord. 


Thursday, September 15, 2022

THE DANGERS IN COURSTHIP!


Courtship is in serious danger when the couple begin to advance in caresses or kisses, when physical pleasure becomes an important part of the "demonstration of love" that they have for each other. Passion blinds reason and kills love.

Young people, you must take care of each other's purity, which is the most beautiful thing you have. Do not give in to sin, do not forget that premarital sexual relations leave deep wounds in your soul, in the love you have for each other, and in your courtship, the stain of sin is difficult to erase. Sexual relations between people who are not bound together by the bond of a valid marriage are always contrary to the will of God and constitute a grave offense against God.

Repeat together firmly like Saint Maria Goretti, the martyr of purity: "It is better to die a thousand times than to commit one mortal sin!”


Monday, September 12, 2022

SOMETHING TO MEDITATE


What would you say of someone who, condemned to death went out to execution mockingly, laughing, looking about on every side, thinking of shows, celebrations and entertainments? And you, are you too not on your way to death? And where do your thoughts turn? Meditate on those tombs of your relatives and friends, whose sentence has already been carried out.

Preparation for Death, Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori


Saturday, September 10, 2022

GOD DOES NOT ALLOW TRIALS THAT WE CANNOT OVERCOME NOR DICTATES IMPOSSIBLE COMMANDMENTS TO FULFILL


If even a mule-driver knows how much his mule can carry and does not try to kill it by overloading it, and if the potter knows how long the clay should bake to be suitable for use and does not leave it longer in the kiln than is necessary, then it would show very little appreciation of God to venture to think that He who is wisdom itself and loves us with an infinite love would load our backs with too heavy a burden or leave us longer than is necessary in the fire of tribulation. We can be quite sure that the fire will not last longer or be hotter than is NECESSARY to bake our clay to the right point.

Father Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure (1656).

Thursday, September 8, 2022

THE BEAUTY OF HUMAN LIFE


She is Anabelle Raelynne Danison, she passed away at 8 weeks gestation due to natural causes and her parents wanted to show the beauty of intrauterine human life. At this age, many babies already lose their lives due to abortion.

At 8 weeks the baby already has the eyelids, the nose and the upper lip formed. It already has a heartbeat. The body measures between 12 and 17 mm. Through the translucent skin you can see the skeleton which is currently made up of cartilage. The liver is also fully functional.

From this moment the baby feeds exclusively through the umbilical cord. The wonder of the human being…

Share this if you believe in the right to life of this and all children.


Sunday, September 4, 2022

THERE ISN’T ANOTHER GOSPEL


Galatians - 1,6: 

I wonder that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel.

7 Which is not another: only there are some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema.

9 As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.



Wednesday, August 31, 2022

LEO XIII DIXIT


 Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical letter Libertas praestantissimum, 20/06/1888 :

“Justice forbids, and reason itself forbids, the State to be godless; or to adopt a line of action which would end in godlessness-namely, to treat the various religions (as they call them) alike, and to bestow upon them promiscuously equal rights and privileges. Since, then, the profession of one religion is necessary in the State, that religion must be professed which alone is true, and which can be recognized without difficulty, especially in Catholic States, because the marks of truth are, as it were, engravers upon it. This religion, therefore, the rulers of the State must preserve and protect.”


Saturday, August 27, 2022

ABOUT HERESY


“The crowning disloyalty to God is heresy. It is the sin of sins, the very loathsomest of things which God looks down upon in this malignant world. Yet how little do we understand of its excessive hatefulness!...

We look at it, and are calm. We touch it and do not shudder. We mix with it, and have no fear. We see it touch holy things, and we have no sense of sacrilege...

Our charity is untruthful, because it is not severe; and it is unpersuasive, because it is untruthful. Where there is no hatred of heresy, there is no holiness.”

F. Faber, The Precious Blood, 1868.


Thursday, August 25, 2022

GO INTO THE ETERNAL FIRE


"Hell is a reality, gentlemen. Christ Himself has said it. It matters little that non-believers deny it. Despite their denial, its existence is a terrible reality. But it is convenient that we go a little further and try to discover what is in it. The Catechism, that little book that contains a wonderful summary of Catholic doctrine, tells us that hell is "the sum of all evils, without any good". A wonderful definition. But there is another one, even more profound: the one that Our Lord Himself gave us in the Gospel. It is the same sentence that He will pronounce on the Day of the Final Judgment: "Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire." This terrible formula contains a marvelous summary of the whole theology of hell."

Father Royo Marín


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

URGENT PRAYER


Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


Friday, August 19, 2022

MODESTY SHOULD BE TAUGHT SINCE CHILDHOOD. THOSE WHO DID NOT ACQUIRE THIS VIRTUE THEN, WILL HARDLY PRACTICE IT AS TEENAGERS OR ADULTS


TO CHRISTIAN PARENTS

“The good of our soul is more important than the good 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 only you knew the future distress, peril and ill-restrained shame that you prepare for your sons and daughters by imprudently accustoming them to live barely clothed, and permitting them to lose the sense of modesty, you would be ashamed of yourselves, and of the harm done to the little ones entrusted to you by Heaven to be reared in a Christian dignity and culture."

Pius XII to the Groups of Young Catholic Women of Italy


Friday, August 12, 2022

THE ANGELS GO TO MASS WITH US


There they are, all the angelic choirs, from the highest seraphim to the guardian angels, to worship God.

The most important part of the Mass is the Consecration, when the host and the wine are transformed into the true Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you think that the Blessed Sacrament is there alone, in the hands of the priest?

Of course not.

The Sacrifice of the Mass is assisted by the Holy Ghost and, at the moment of consecration, myriads of angels are there to adore God. There they are, all the angelic choirs, from the highest seraphim to the guardian angels.

Where God is, the holy angels are also.

Consider this when going to Mass: we are before God, in His real presence, and we adore Him together with all His holy angels.

We are the Church, the assembly of the children of God, the Kingdom of God!

Blessed be God in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.


Monday, August 8, 2022

BEING LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD


Epistle (Rom. 8, 12-17)

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh.  For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die: but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live. For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear: but you have received the spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry: Abba (Father).

For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit that we are the sons of God. And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.


Saturday, August 6, 2022

HIDDEN ROOTS


An Argentine poet, many years ago, wrote a poem to express what he had discovered: what we suffered for, what we cried for, what we lost, it only makes sense if it led us to good goals, to encounters, to undying loves.


Here is his poem:


“If to regain what I regained,

I first had to lose what I lost;

If to achieve what I achieved,

I had to endure what I endured;


If to be in love now

First I had to be hurt,

I consider what I suffered well suffered,

I consider what I wept for as well wept for.


Because in the end I came to see

That we do not really enjoy what we enjoyed

Unless we have suffered for it.


For in the end I realized

That the blossoms on the tree

Draw life from what lies buried beneath”.


(Francisco Luis Bernárdez, "Soneto", in "Cielo de Tierra", Buenos Aires 1937).


Yes, we have experienced it more than once. The things that made us suffer or cry acquire their importance if we discover that they brought us closer to a love or to a greater good.

In Christian words, it is worth to suffer everything in order to grow in love for God and for our neighbor.

Then, like the poet, we discover that the flowers of the tree obtain their life from the hidden roots. Or, as Christ teaches in the Gospel, we recognize that the kernel of wheat that dies produces many seeds... (cf. Jn 12:24).


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

PRAYER TO OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL


"Holy Angel, beloved of God, who after having taken me, by divine disposition, under your blessed custody, you never cease to defend me, enlighten me and direct me: I venerate you as my protector, I love you as my custodian; I submit to your direction and I give myself to you, to be governed by you. For the love of Jesus Christ I beg you, that when I am ungrateful to you and stubbornly deaf to your inspirations, do not abandon me despite this; on the contrary, put me soon on the straight path, if I have strayed from it; teach me, if I am ignorant; lift me up, if I have fallen; help me, if I am in danger and lead me to Heaven to possess eternal happiness. Amen." 

Saint John Berchmans


Sunday, July 31, 2022

TRUE LOVE


"True love grows with difficulties; false love extinguishes. From experience we know that when we endure difficult tests for someone we love, love does not collapse, but it grows. Torrential waters (that is, abundant tribulations) were not able to quench charity (Cant 8, 7). And so, the saints, who endure setbacks for God, strengthen their love with it; it is like an artist, who becomes more attached to the work that costs him the most".

Saint Thomas Aquinas


Friday, July 29, 2022

TRUE DEAD FAITH


Neither Tradition nor Traditionalism is dead faith.

The word of God tells us what true dead faith is: "For even as the body without the spirit is dead: so also faith without works is dead." (James 2:26).

This is what the Word of God teaches us: Whoever does not comply with God’s commandments, even if he believes, because of mortal sin his faith is dead, and if he dies without sanctifying grace, he will perish eternally.

Tradition is not the adoration of ashes, but the PRESERVATION and passing on of the fire.

On Traditionalists, Saint Pius X says:

“The true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries, nor innovators: they are traditionalists.” So traditionalism is not what former Protestant pastor Jaroslav Pelikan said: "the dead faith of the living", and who was recently quoted in the papal trip to Canada.

The following words of Pius XII make it very clear:

“Tradition is something very different from a simple attachment to a bygone past; it is the very opposite of a reaction mistrustful of all healthy progress. Etymologically, the word is synonymous with advancement and marching forward, synonymous but not identical… Tradition also signifies a forward march, but a continuous march as well, a movement both brisk and tranquil… By virtue of tradition, the youth, enlightened and guided by the experience of the elders, moves forward with a surer step, and the elders can confidently pass on the plow to stronger hands, to continue the furrow already begun. As the word itself indicates, Tradition is a gift handed down from one generation to another; it is the torch that one runner passes to the hands of the next at each relay, without the race slowing down or coming to a halt. Tradition and progress complement each other so harmoniously that, just as Tradition without progress would be a contradiction in terms, so also progress without Tradition would be a reckless enterprise, a leap into darkness”.

(Pius XII, Speech to the Roman Nobility and Patriarchate, "L'Osservatore Romano", January 20, 1944).


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

THE TREASURES OF THE HOLY MASS


Oh, what priceless jewels of grace, and virtue! Oh, what excellent gifts does not the holy Mass obtain for us! In the first place, it obtains for us all the spiritual graces and all the goods needful for the soul; as, for example, true sorrow and repentance for sins, victory over temptations, no matter whence they come, whether from evil associations with bad companions, or from the internal promptings of our own rebellious nature. Yes, the holy Mass obtains for us all those aids of grace which we need in order to be able to arise from the slough of sin, to stand erect, and walk onward in the ways of God. It likewise obtains for us innumerable holy inspirations and internal impulses, which dispose us to skake off tepidity, and stimulate us to work out our salvation with a fervour more ardent, with will more prompt, and intention purer and more meritorious. All these aids are accompanied by an inestimable treasure; and, indeed, they are the most efficacious means of obtaining from God the grace of final perseverance, and also a moral certainty of eternal beatitude in the life to come, so far as that certainty is vouchsafed to man during his mortal pilgrimage. 

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice – The Hidden Treasure of the Holy Sacrifice of the Holy Mass


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST IN PRAYER, AND GRATITUDE FOR THE BENEFITS RECEIVED THROUGH IT


I. Only after twenty years of supplications and mortifications, Saint Anne was heard. Do not be discouraged if God does not immediately grant you what you ask for: persevere in prayer; you will get what you ask for, as long as you ask for good things and ask with humility and confidence. “You delay listening, oh Lord, in order to teach us how to ask; You pretend not to hear, so that we persevere” (Saint Anselm). 

II. An angel came to announce to Saint Anne that her prayer had been accepted, and she believed without hesitation. Our Lord himself said that whatever we ask in His name, it will be granted to us (if it is convenient for your soul); and you still doubt it! God can and wants to grant you the graces that you ask for as long as they are good for you; He does not lack the power or the will for this, since He is omnipotent and wants more eagerly to give us the gift of His mercy than we ourselves want to have it. Therefore, pray, but do it with unshakeable faith; ask for what you want for the merits of Jesus Christ. Is it not true that you turn to God only after you have exhausted all worldly means?

III. Saint Anne, grateful for the favor that Heaven had granted her offered to God in the Temple her daughter that He had given her. Have you been grateful for the graces that you have received from Him? Perhaps you have forgotten them, perhaps you have misused them to offend God your benefactor? He who does not appreciate the benefits he has received, is not worthy of receiving new benefits (Saint Bernard).

IV. Pray and ask not only for you. Pray for your neighbor, for your family, for the poor, for the sick and for all those in need. Pray for the Church, for the rulers, for all the children conceived, for the souls of the faithful departed, in short, for everyone. God greatly appreciates the prayers of those who pray not only for themselves.

FRUITS:

Let’s ask as fruits of this meditation: perseverance and trust in prayer, and gratitude for the benefits received through it.

PRAYER

O God, who deigned to grant Saint Anne the grace to give the world the Mother of Your Only Begotten Son, by Your mercy, may the intercession of the one who gave birth to the Mother of our Redeemer help us obtain the fruits of this meditation. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Monday, July 18, 2022

THE TEMPTATION by Saint John Mary Vianney


"It is most unfortunate for ourselves if we do not know that we are tempted in almost all our actions, at one time by pride, by vanity, by the good opinion which we think people should have of us, at another by jealousy, by hatred and by revenge. At other times, the Devil comes to us with the foulest and most impure images. You see that even in our prayers he distracts us and turns our minds this way and that. If we wish to hunt these temptations away, we must, as St. Anthony tells us, make use of the same weapons. When we are tempted by pride, we must immediately humble and abase ourselves before God. If we are tempted against the holy virtue of purity, we must try to mortify our bodies and all our senses and to be ever more vigilant of ourselves. If our temptation consists in a distaste for prayers, we must say even more prayers, with greater attention, and the more the Devil prompts us to give them up, the more we must increase their number. The temptations we must fear most are those of which we are not conscious."

Saint John Mary Vianney


Thursday, July 14, 2022

YOUR IMMORTAL SOUL IS WORTH MORE THAN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE


All the money, possessions, houses, mountains, oceans, animals, all of creation itself has much less value than’ your immortal soul, just your own immortal soul! Your immortal soul has infinite value. Nobody in the world can fully plumb the depths of the value of just ONE immortal soul.

How do we know this?   Jesus articulates this with luminous clarity: “What would it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his life in the process? What can a man give in exchange for his immortal soul? (Mk. 8:36)

St. Ignatius of Loyola launched that Biblical passage like a fiery arrow at the young, proud, and self-reliant Francis Xavier, challenging the future patron of the missions to make the Spiritual Exercises.  Xavier made the Spiritual Exercises which transformed his life.

However, it was that fiery and piercing arrow from the mouth and Sacred Heart of Jesus the Lord that broke down the resistance of Xavier— “What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul in the process?”

The angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, reiterates the same message. Aquinas affirms that everything in the created world is not equal to just one immortal soul!

For a moment enter into a natural contemplation on the beauty of nature.  The beautiful blue skies, the pure white clouds, the multi-colored leaves blooming in autumn, the white snowcapped mountains, the brilliant and bright rainbow– a beautiful arc crossing the horizon, the powerful and eternal waves crashing against the shore, the majestic eagle soaring into the heights, and the sky painted with a multitude of lights sparkling to the eyes delight—- all of these natural phenomena are a mere glimmer of the majestic beauty and greatness of one immortal soul!  One immortal soul far transcends in greatness every natural beauty that the naked eye can contemplate! For that reason, once Saint Catherine of Siena was granted a vision of one soul in the state of grace and she fell to her knees in ecstasy stunned by its glaring beauty!

Another powerful proof to capture the infinite value of one immortal soul is the apostolic zeal that motivated the saints in their work, sacrifices, sufferings, and their deaths!  Following are few examples of the saints and their insatiable hunger for salvation of immoral souls….

Why did the CURE OF ARS (St. John Marie Vianney) spend from 13-18 hours in the confessional day and night, in the cold of winter and the blistering humidity and heat of the summer confessing sinners? Why? Why? Why? For one simple reason: love for God and love for what God loves most the salvation of immortal souls! Why would he eat two or three potatoes a day, sleep three hours at night battle constantly with the devil, scourge himself to the shedding of blood and weep copious tears? One simple reason—the love of God and love for immortal souls!  The patron of Parish priests knew keenly the value of a soul reconciled to God through the Blood of Christ applied in every absolution!

Again, you tell me why PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA, willingly accepted the stigmata in 1918, while absorbed in prayer. His hands and feet were pierced through like his Beloved crucified Lord and Savior.  Padre Pio’s side was pierced, like that of Jesus’ pierced on Good Friday by the lance and blood and water came gushing forth.  Jesus promised this modern saint that he would bear this stigmata for fifty long years and then at the end of his life it would disappear.  Why did Padre Pio accept this excruciating pain of the stigmata? Once asked if it hurt, the saint responded dryly that it was no decoration!   Padre Pio suffered the stigmata to imitate his beloved Savior, the Crucified Lord, but also to repair for sins and for the

conversion of sinners.  In other words, St. Pio willingly bore this suffering for the salvation of immortal souls! He paid a dear price!

Still more why did the THREE LITTLE SHEPHERD OF FATIMA—Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta willingly accepted constant sacrifices that entailed great suffering, even though they were mere children?  Why? Why? Why? The response is the same: their love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and for love of what Jesus and Mary love most in this world— immortal souls!!!!   The list of the sacrifices that these children underwent at such a tender young age staggers the imagination and shows the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of generous souls.

JACINTA. Let us just take the sacrifices of Jacinta Marto, the youngest of the three seers at Fatima. What radically transformed the three of the children, but especially Jacinta, was the graphic vision of hell, on July 13, 1917! Seeing souls being tossed about without any equilibrium like waves at sea, hearing their desperate cries never to be relieved, seeing hideous animals transpiercing the souls(the devils) causing the souls eternal torment provoked in the little Jacinta a profound conversion of heart and life! Little Jacinta, small in stature but a giant in love for souls, was ready to offer all she had for the salvation of immortal souls!

In concrete Jacinta did the following!  She sacrificed dancing that she loved. Eating? Her favorite delight were the sweet grapes of the Portuguese hillsides, these she sacrificed and replaced with eating bitter berries and nuts. With her two cousins she wore a rough rope around her waist that caused her discomfort during the day. She would pray with her forehead to the ground, a penitential posture, repeating the prayers that the Angel taught her earlier in 1916. Rosaries? Before they would skip over the Rosary, by saying simply “Ave Maria” 50 times, so as to obey their parent’s wish. However, after the vision of Hell, the three children, but especially Jacinta, prayed the whole Rosary and many times. In fact, the little “Victim soul” never wearied of praying Rosaries.  Why? To save souls from the reality of Hell and bring them safely home to heaven!

One on occasion, on a blistering summer day, the three of the children were dying of thirst, and Lucia fetched water with a pitcher from a neighbor. But both Jacinta a Francisco implored Lucia to pour the water into the ground so that they could suffer thirst! Why? Once again for the salvation of immortal souls.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS. Finally, the Word of God teaches us most poignantly the value of souls related to the Precious Blood that Jesus shed for all of us and each one of us individually on Calvary that first Good Friday.

“Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like gold or silver, but with the  PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST as of a spotless unblemished lamb. (I Peter 1:17-19).

In sum, your individual soul was saved by the Precious Blood that Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ shed for you on Calvary that first Good Friday. Indeed, if you were the only person created in the whole universe, Jesus would have shed every drop of His most Precious Blood for your immortal soul. How precious and valuable indeed you are and your soul is in the eyes of Almighty God!!!!

FATHER EDWARD BROOM, OMV


Friday, July 8, 2022

THE STORY OF THE DEVIL AND THE THREE MONKS


The devil appeared to three monks and said to them: “if I gave you power to change something from the past, what would you change?”

The first of them, with great apostolic fervor, replied: “I would prevent you from making Adam and Eve fall into sin so that humanity could not turn away from God.”

The second, a man full of mercy, said to him: “I would prevent you from turning away from God.”

The third of them was the simplest and, instead of responding to the tempter, he got on his knees, made the sign of the cross and prayed saying: “Lord, free me from the temptation of what could be and was not”.

The devil, giving a raucous cry and shuddering with pain, vanished.

The other two, surprised, said to him: “Brother, why have you responded like this?”

He replied: “First: we must NEVER dialogue with the devil. Second: NOBODY in the world has the power to change the past. Third: Satan’s INTEREST was not to prove our virtue, but to trap us in the PAST, so that we neglect the present, the only time in which God gives us His grace and we can cooperate with Him to fulfill His will. Of all the demons, the one that catches the most men and prevents them from being happy is that of WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN AND WAS NOT. 

The past is left to the mercy of God and the future to his Providence. Only the present is in our hands.


Monday, July 4, 2022

ADVICE TO KEEP THE FAITH


"An unfortunate time of revolt and dissension in the Church of Jesus Christ is on the way. O my children, do not let yourselves be misled by any innovations! Stay together and hold fast. Stay on the same way, the same paths as your pious ancestors. That is how you will resist the attacks, tempests and storms that are going to rise up with violence."

Saint Nicholas of Flüe.

Nicholas of Flüe, or Bruder Klaus (Brother Klaus), as he is known in his homeland, was born in Sachseln, in the Swiss canton of Obwalden, in 1417, and died in 1487. He was canonized by Pius XII in May 1947.


Saturday, July 2, 2022

LIFE BEGINS FOR THOSE WHO DIE IN SANCTIFYING GRACE


If you habitually live in the state of sanctifying grace, is expected that you will end your earthly life in this way and, for this reason, begin to live true life eternally.


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

VOX POPULI, VOX DEI?


"When they say that 'vox populi, vox Dei' and that the majority is always right, let us remember that dishonest majority that shouted: «Crucify him». When demagogues want something, they say that «the people want it». It is almost always a lie. But even if it were true, that is not all. The people may want bad things and good things: depending on how they are guided."

Leonardo Castellani, The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Passion Sunday






Monday, June 27, 2022

FIGHT UNFAIR LAWS


By Father Tomás Agustín Beroch

Today (June 24, 2022) is a day of grace. Not only Roe vs. Wade was overturned on the day of the Sacred Heart, but also on the day of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, who recognized the presence of the Lord since He was in the womb. As Elizabeth said: " The moment that the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy. " (Lk 1; 44).

This is an example for countries like Argentina and wherever abortion has been approved. That a law exists does not mean that it is a just law; and not only that: we must fight it until it is eradicated forever. Abortion, no matter how lawful it is on paper, is always murder and cannot be approved in any case.

I always encourage mothers who have had an abortion and have repented of their sin to trust in the mercy of God who can always forgive us no matter how great our faults. If a woman had an abortion and repented, may she know that God's mercy endures forever and that Jesus Christ asks her to fight for the defense of human life from conception to death from now on. But there is no sin that God cannot forgive, however great it may be.

May today be remembered as a clear message from God: YOU CAN FIGHT UNFAIR LAWS LIKE THE ABORTION LAW, because the Lord does what He wants, and no one mocks the Lord. Although everything seems lost in our countries, let us never lose hope. Here in the United States, it took 49 years to overturn this unjust law. Now the different states will be able to freely decide what to do, and there are 26 states that are aiming at the absolute elimination of abortion. It is a miracle, but we should not be surprised, since God is the one who decides, not the politicians or the powerful (although it seems otherwise, God is and will be the one who moves the threads of history).

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For his mercy endures forever" (Ps 136; 1).


Saturday, June 25, 2022

GREAT TRIUMPH OF LIFE



Life won! The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned the famous Roe vs. Wade ruling, returning to the US Constitution its original nature of defending life. This is a decision that will surely impact many Latin American constitutions.

Providentially, on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Roe v Wade has been overturned, in a ruling that clearly indicates that, beyond the slogans, the "supposed right to abortion IS NOT constitutional." And so, Clarence Thomas, Judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, stated: "The purported right to abortion is not a form of liberty." Meanwhile, Judge Samuel Alito wrote in the decision: “Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

THE NECESSARY REAL PRESENCE OF CHRIST IN THE EUCHARIST


 Absence is the pain of friendship, its torment. Distance weakens and, if it is too prolonged, ends the firmest friendship by putting it to death. 

If Our Lord is away from us, removed from us, our love for Him will undergo the dissolving effect of absence. 

It is in the nature of man’s love to require, in order to live, the presence of the object loved.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard


Monday, June 20, 2022

PADRE PIO TEACHES US HOW OUR BEHAVIOR SHOULD BE IN CHURCH AND DURING THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

A letter from Padre Pio to Annita Rodote, Pietrelcina, July 25, 1915.

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina teaches us how to hear Mass:

“The Divine Master calls the church the ho use of prayer. In order to avoid irreverence and imperfections I exhort you in the Lord to: 

Enter the church in silence and with great respect, considering yourself unworthy to appear before the Lord's Majesty.  Amongst other pious considerations, remember that our soul is the temple of God and, as such, we must keep it pure and spotless before God and his angels. 

Let us blush for having given access to the devil and his snares many times (with his enticements to the world, his pomp, his calling to the flesh) by not being able to keep our hearts pure and our bodies chaste; for having allowed our enemies to insinuate themselves into our hearts, thus desecrating the temple of God which we became through holy Baptism.  

Then take holy water and make the sign of the cross carefully and slowly. 

As soon as you are before God in the Blessed Sacrament, devoutly genuflect. Once you have found your place, kneel down and render the tribute of your presence and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Confide all your needs to him along with those of others. Speak to him with filial abandonment, give free rein to your heart and give him complete freedom to work in you as he thinks best.

When assisting at Holy Mass and the sacred functions, be very composed when standing up, kneeling down, and sitting, and carry out every religious act with the greatest devotion. Be modest in your glances; don't turn your head here and there to see who enters and leaves. Don't laugh, out of reverence for this holy place and also out of respect for those who are near you.  Try not to speak to anybody, except when charity or strict necessity requests this.  

If you pray with others, say the words of the prayer distinctly, observe the pauses well and never hurry. 

In short, behave in such a way that all present are edified by it and, through you, are urged to glorify and love the heavenly Father.  

On leaving the church, you should be recollected and calm. Firstly, take your leave of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament; ask his forgiveness for the shortcomings committed in his divine presence and do not leave him without asking for and having received his paternal blessing.  

Once you are outside the church, be as every follower of the Nazarene should be. Above all, be extremely modest in everything, as this is the virtue, which, more than any other, reveals the affections of the heart.  Nothing represents an object more faithfully or clearly than a mirror.  In the same way, nothing more widely represents the good or bad qualities of a soul than the greater or lesser regulation of the exterior, as when one appears more or less modest. 

You must be modest in speech, modest in laughter, modest in your bearing, modest in walking. All this must be practiced, not out of vanity in order to display one's self, nor out of hypocrisy in order to appear to be good to the eyes of others, but rather, for the internal virtue of modesty, which regulates the external workings of the body.  


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

CHRISTOPHOBIA IN NIGERIA: MORE THAN 50 FAITHFUL MURDERED IN A CATHOLIC CHURCH



An attack, for which no group has claimed responsibility, took place during the Mass for the Feast of Pentecost in the Church of St. Francis, located in the town of Owo, in the state of Ondo, in the southwest of the country, less than 200 kilometers from Lagos.

The attackers, numbering at least five, were armed with weapons and explosives. After detonating a bomb near the altar, they methodically fired on the panicking worshipers trying to get out of the building.

The first report made in the morning on Monday, June 6, indicated that there were 21 dead, including several children. Later on Monday evening, several Nigerian newspapers announced a much heavier toll: at least 50 people had died in this massacre. There are also around 50 injured, some of them in serious condition.

The attack hit a state that has hitherto been spared the violence that has been taking place in the country. There have been no less than four attacks since Saturday June 4, with deaths and mass kidnappings in regions further north.

The Owo attack is undoubtedly linked to a political context, as well as a religious one. The ruling party, the APC (All Progressives Congress, or Congress of Progressives) must hold primaries for the presidential election of 2023, to succeed Muhammadu Buhari, who must step down after two terms.

Security is one of the greatest challenges in this country, which is – by far – the most populous in Africa and which is also the largest economy on the continent. In addition, tensions continue to grow on the one hand between the mainly Muslim states of the north, which have established Sharia law, and the mainly Christian states of the south.

The army has been fighting a jihadist war in the Northeast, which has dragged on for twelve years; they must fight against gangs of looters and kidnappers who terrorize the North West; and finally they must pacify the Southeast theater of separatist movements.

Sources: Le Monde/Blueprint/Le Figaro – SFPX.Actualités. Imagen:  © Rahaman a Yusuf

Friday, June 10, 2022

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Oh Jesus, eternal Shepherd of souls, deign to look with merciful eyes at this your beloved flock. Lord, we need a greater number of priests. Give us Vocations, give us holy Priests. We ask you this through the intercession of your Immaculate Mother, Mary Most Holy of Guadalupe. Oh Jesus, give us Priestly and Religious Vocations according to your Heart. Amen.

Lord, give us priests.

Lord, give us holy priests.

Lord, give us many holy priests who are faithful to the doctrine of the Church.

Lord, give us many and holy religious vocations.

Amen.


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

THEY WERE FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST



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