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  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Eastern CatholicismEastern Catholicism 9 hours ago

    This underscores the value of communion with Rome—albeit NOT ‘control’ by Rome.

  • Fr. Paschal\’s homily for Tuesday, October 16.

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 14 hours, 47 minutes ago

    #OurLadyofTheRosary #Rosary #devotio #pinterest

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 14 hours, 49 minutes ago

    #OurLadyofTheRosary #Rosary #devotio #pinterest

  • “…it’s important that in the dialogue internal to the Church, there be no false suggestions that everything is up for debate. To talk, for example, of dialogue about persons with same-sex attraction without making clear that the teaching will not change because it cannot change, would be the quickest way to convince wavering young people that the Church, like pandering politicians, says one thing and does another. The bishops have a demanding challenge in front of them this week in seeking to insert language into the final document that is both properly welcoming and properly Catholic. And that makes clear the truth that, when it comes to love of God, it’s all or nothing.” #Synod #Youth

  • Yet another example of why faithful Catholics must uphold the Patristic faith—not a fabricated “moral unanimity”, voted upon by a synod, in a Church that defines dogma via Councils & ‘ex cathedra’ definitions, “conformable with Sacred Scripture and Apostolic Traditions” (‘Pastor aeternus’, Vatican Council I).

  • “…Archbishop Gänswein said that he regretted how only 9.8 percent of #German Catholics go to Mass on Sunday… given the collapse of the Church in Germany, it is rather surprising how influential German prelates are with the present Pontificate. What amazes me is that pretty much everyone recognises that this is about money. In Germany, about 70% of church revenues come from church tax (Kirchensteuer)… Understanding this helps one to see why the German Church is so keen not to alienate anyone on moral, or any other grounds…in the year of 2016, only one new seminarian entered the diocesan seminary of Munich (where Marx presides as Archbishop) what more can you say except Mt 7:15-20…Now we at least know who is on who’s side. As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Jos 24:15).”

  • “Faithful Catholics are understandably distressed over the scandalous revelations about our church. #Sexual #abuse of minors, sexual harassment of seminarians, cover-ups by bishops are all part of the mix, not to mention financial malfeasance for good measure. People may wonder, “What can I do about all this?” I offer my Three and a Half-Step plan for reforming the Church…My plan is for ordinary people, without such specialized knowledge…Here are the three full steps: Pray. Learn. Speak out. Let me explain each one in turn…you will make a difference…Together we can reform our beloved Church.”

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 10 hours ago

    #OurLadyofTheRosary #Rosary #devotio #pinterest

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 10 hours ago

    #OurLadyofTheRosary #Rosary #devotio #pinterest

  • Fr. Laurent Larroque\’s homily for Monday, October 15.

  • Miriam Westen posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 1 day, 16 hours ago

  • Interviews with Catholic and non-Catholic Christian fiction authors! I’ve collected all of my blog interviews over the past three years in one place.

  • “…Francis wants to reform the Church, but is betting precisely on persons from whom he should first of all free himself if he truly wants a renovated and purified Church.” Article’s prelate list omits Archbishop Vincenzo #Paglia , recently appointed by Pope Francis as president of the Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Paglia paid an artist to paint a blasphemous homoerotic mural in his cathedral church in 2007. The mural includes an image of the archbishop himself. Article’s title reads “Can’t Get Rid Of”. Of course, as pope he CAN—if he wants to. “St. Michael the archangel, defend us in battle…”

  • “…it is of critical importance that #Ouellet does not deny #Vigano ‘s central claim: that Cardinal #McCarrick was put under some form of restriction by Pope Benedict because of reports of his scandalous behavior. Nor does he deny that Francis was informed about them. Instead, he seeks to downplay the significance…Viganò has already lost everything: his good name, his sense of safety, his ability to live in his own country. Yet he persists. What does he gain by this? Why would he do this if it weren’t true?…Why would a man at the end of his life, who could have lived quietly in retirement…expose himself to vicious public attacks and ridicule for nothing but a lie?…”

  • Fr. Miguel\’s homily for Sunday, October 14.

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Latin MassLatin Mass 2 days, 9 hours ago

    Sunday October 14 seminarians of St. John Fisher Seminary, Stamford, Connecticut USA—future priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport—visited St. Mary Church Norwalk, Connecticut, graciously serving at the 9:30 AM Solemn Traditional #Latin Mass. Fr. Paul Check, their rector, was the celebrant. **Photo album: **AND** Fr. Check’s sermon: “…And what is the love of God? To live for Christ, and for His image in others, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls…the human heart is made to bind itself in promises or vows to what is virtuous and holy, so that it will not live for itself but for another, and thus find happiness…”

  • I notice that Epistles in the #Latin ‘Extraordinary Form’ Mass, chosen over 1,500 years ago, seem increasingly relevant. Today’s: “Brethren: Be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of His power. Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace in all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one…” Ephesians 6: 10-17 (21st Sun. after Pentecost)

  • Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Wis 7:7-11

    I prayed, and prudence was given me;
    I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
    I preferred her to scepter and throne,
    and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
    nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
    because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
    and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
    Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
    and I chose to have her rather than the light,
    because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
    Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
    and countless riches at her hands.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

    R. (14) Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
    Teach us to number our days aright,
    that we may gain wisdom of heart.
    Return, O LORD! How long?
    Have pity on your servants!
    R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
    Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
    that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
    Make us glad, for the days when you afflicted us,
    for the years when we saw evil.
    R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
    Let your work be seen by your servants
    and your glory by their children;
    and may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
    prosper the work of…[Read more]

  • \”No one can make excuses, because anyone can love God; and he does not ask the soul for more than to love him, because he loves the soul, and it is his love.\”
    — Blessed Angela of Foligno

  • \”The vow of poverty is a generous renunciation and detachment from the heavy burden of temporal things. It is an alleviation of the spirit, it is a relief afforded to human infirmity, the liberty of a noble heart to strive after eternal and spiritual blessings. It is a satiety and abundance, in which the thirst after earthly treasures is allayed, and a sovereignty and ownership, in which a most noble enjoyment of all riches is established. All this, my daughter, and many other blessings are contained in voluntary poverty, and all this the sons of the world are ignorant and deprived of, precisely because they are lovers of earthly riches and enemies of this holy and opulent poverty.\”
    — Ven. Mary of Agreda, p. 85
    The Mystical City of God

  • \”We know that we are God’s children, and that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.\”

    1 John 5:19-20

  • Morning Offering Prayer
    O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.

    Pope St. Callistus I (d. 223 A.D.) was a Roman by birth and a Christian slave. He was the servant of a fellow Christian serving in the Roman imperial household. He was entrusted with the task of managing his master’s wealth, which he used to operate a bank into which many Christians invested their money. When the bank failed due to unpaid loans, Callistus fled the city in fear of retribution. He was soon caught, and in punishment was sentenced to hard slave labor in the Sardinian mines. He eventually obtained his freedom when he and the other Christian slaves working in the mines were released, or perhaps ransomed, with special pardon from the Emperor. Callistus was later recalled to Rome by Pope Zephyrinus to serve as his deacon, top adviser, and the caretaker of the important Christian cemetery along the Appian Way. This cemetary, which now bears Callistus’ name, contains the relics of many martyrs. As the Holy Father’s adviser, St. Callistus drew the ire of Tertullian and St. Hippolytus of Rome who were his constant theological opponents. When Pope Zephyrinus died, Callistus was elected to the Chair of St. Peter in 217 A.D. As pope, St. Callistus was known for his leniency and forgiveness. He upheld the teaching of the Church that grave sins…[Read more]

  • “Our fondest wish is that the official Church will stop considering Tradition as a burden or a set of outmoded old things, but rather as the only possible way to regenerate herself…not in a purely theoretical way, but in a truly supernatural manner…This will protect us from two contrasting dangers that often reinforce each other, namely: a pessimistic or defeatist lethargy and a kind of arid intellectualism…We must also have a growing concern for the education of children…before the spirit of the world can seduce and ravish them…if we do not manage to transmit what we have received, that is the sign that we are not sufficiently convinced of it…”

  • Fr. Mark\’s homily for Saturday, October 13.

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