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  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 2 hours, 27 minutes ago

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  • “…The present moment calls for the Church to seek the full answer…The American bishops must agree to petition the Holy See to investigate every diocese in this country to uncover sexual abuse, and to uncover financial malfeasance and the misuse of authority to protect clerical criminals from the consequences of their depredations. The Holy See should prosecute anyone found to have participated in these canonical crimes. A Roman appointed investigator should hire as many competent lay people with relevant expertise as is needed to carry out this huge task…”

  • St. Stephen of Hungary


    ” ‘Pay back what you owe,’ he demanded.” —Matthew 18:28

    Jesus commands us to forgive people from our hearts (Mt 18:35). In the context of today’s parable, that means we must, in our hearts, consider the account paid off. The books have been balanced and the slate wiped clean.
    How can we determine if we’ve forgiven others from our hearts? If we continue to look for some kind of reward or return from those who hurt us, we have not truly forgiven from our hearts. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you have not closed the books yet on the account:
    If the spouse who has hurt you so much is praised in public, are you inwardly angry and looking for justice?
    Are you disturbed if those who damaged your reputation are honored by your co-workers, respected by your fellow parishioners, or successful in their projects?
    Do you find yourself dreaming about the other person being shamefully exposed and yourself fully vindicated?
    Do you “keep score” of old wounds? (see 1 Cor 13:5)
    Jesus forgave from His heart. His immediate reward for this was to be publicly mocked, humiliated, and brutalized. He had so much love and forgiveness for us that He refused to count the cost of forgiving us from the heart. He silently bore our punishment, a…[Read more]

  • Son, listen to your father’s instruction

    From admonitions to his son
    Saint Stephen
    [ 975 – 1038 A.D. ]

    However, dearest son, even now in our kingdom the Church is proclaimed as young and newly planted; and for that reason she needs more prudent and trustworthy guardians lest a benefit which the divine mercy bestowed on us undeservedly should be destroyed and annihilated through your idleness, indolence or neglect.My dearest son, if you desire to honour the royal crown, I advise, I counsel, I urge you above all things to maintain the Catholic and apostolic faith with such diligence and care that you may be an example for all those placed under you by God and that all the clergy may rightly call you a man of true Christian profession. Failing to do this, you may be sure that you will not be called a Christian or a son of the Church. Indeed, in the royal palace – after the faith itself – the Church holds second place, first propagated as she was by our head, Christ; then transplanted, firmly constituted and spread through the whole world by his members, the apostles and holy fathers. And though she always produced fresh offspring, nevertheless in certain places she is regarded as ancient.
    My beloved son, delight of my heart, hope of your posterity, I pray, I c…[Read more]

  • Saint Stephen of Hungary

    Saint Stephen of Hungary

  • Fr. Miguel\’s homily for Sunday, August 12.

  • Alleluia. #Mary is taken up into heaven, the angelic host rejoices. Alleluia.

  • No surprise here. The 1960s is when leaders of the Catholic Church decided to “modernize” the Church—particularly its liturgy—thereby losing its most visible self-identifier. Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi: “The worst periods of abuse stretched from the 1960s to the 1980s…the vast majority of victims were males”. The 2002 ‘Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People’ is useless in dealing with perverted bishops–because only the pope can discipline a bishop. “Pope Francis is facing pressure from Chile, Honduras, Australia, France and elsewhere to act decisively.” However until there is a pope who is not completely dismissive of liturgical tradition—the Church’s most visible self-identifier—don’t expect things to change anytime soon.

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    • Failing to see correlation or connection to modernizing the church, however that is meant. Clearly alcoholic pastors too drunk to recognize predatory associates was part of the worldly culture in Ozzie and Harriet’s Peyton Place. Dodging the bullet to make sure the diocese had money for liver surgery is part of #clericalism. But career priests are older than the extraordinary form. So where is the Latin mass reputation for pastors with halitosis from gin and vodka an improvement or step toward needed corrections in abusive incidence?
      Short form: non-sequit…, uh,… hic! …tor

      I grew up in PA and could smell addicted priests breath from the third pew in. Latin liturgy had not preserved the state of grace of those clergy. Make a clear and realistic assessment of mass order change in relation to the horror of clerical abuse and my reaction would be different. The power of editing can make the good old days seem a wee bit better than the reality of that time.

      • I’m not suggesting that the Church was sinless before the 1960s. However, the most dramatic thing to change in the Church in the 1960s was the Mass. And it was at this same time that priests and religious began leaving in droves, seminaries contracted and closed, Mass attendance began to plummet–and seminaries became gay men’s clubs. I witnessed this change. I remember when “the changes” (as we called them) began: parish priests disappeared, then a few year later we’d hear that they married (a woman!) and now had children. When I was a teen (late 1960s), we had seminarians (from St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore–one of the more notorious homosexual-fostering hangouts) who would come and give week-long retreats. Being teens, we simply snickered and were amused by their blatant erotic overtures towards male students (including me). Looking back, it’s now quite obvious to see this as the beginning of the massive perversion that quickly became normalized at that time. So it is no surprise to me that the majority of sex-abusers are men who were ordained at that time. Virtually EVERY criminal investigation into clerical sexual abuse points to the 1960s.

  • “…In the Catholic faith, and this in continuity with the Judaic tradition, ‘the sacred space of the celebration surrounding the altar was always very circumscribed and reserved, in forms that varied considerably depending on the place.’…In the Paleo-Christian age, the choir was generally hidden by a veil. At the beginning of the 4th century, this was replaced in certain places by a balustrade called the cancellum, the chancel…This sort of structure marks the limit between sacred space and that granted to the faithful, and also to highlight the performance of the Mass and other rituals…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Latin MassLatin Mass 1 day, 3 hours ago

    The opening Mass at St. Mary Church, the new #FSSP apostolate in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, will take place on Sunday, September 9th, 2018, at 11:00 am. The Mass will be a Solemn High Traditional #Latin Mass #TLM celebrated by the newly-appointed pastor of St. Mary, Fr. Carl Gismondi, FSSP. If you are in the Philadelphia area, we encourage you to visit this beautiful church and attend its first Mass as a quasi-parish entrusted to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
    Sunday, September 9th, 2018, 11:00 am, St. Mary Parish, 140 W. Hector St., Conshohocken, Pennsylvania USA.

  • The Feast of the Assumption



    “He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places.” —Luke 1:52

    August 6 and 9 are the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. August 9 is the feast of St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), who was martyred in a concentration camp. Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was starved almost to death in a concentration camp and eventually martyred by lethal injection. Our recollections during the last few days have been sobering. They could even be depressing when we admit that the spirit of violence, injustice, and human degradation continues to be present in the world today.
    When Pope Pius XII considered the atrocities of the first half of the twentieth century, he knew that “despite the increase of sin, grace has far surpassed it” (Rm 5:20). He knew that there was hope because Jesus is Lord and has saved us from our sins and conquered death. Pope Pius XII knew that death had been swallowed up in the victory of Christ (1 Cor 15:54).
    The Pope, in consultation with the bishops of the world, decided to express the hope we have in the risen Christ by officially proclaiming that Mary was taken body and soul into h…[Read more]

  • Your body is holy and glorious

    The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Thus St John Damascene, who is the greatest exponent of this tradition, compares the bodily Assumption of the revered Mother of God with her other gifts and privileges: It was right that she who had kept her virginity unimpaired through the process of giving birth should have kept her body without decay through death. It was right that she who had given her Creator, as a child, a place at her breast should be given a place in the dwelling-place of her God. It was right that the bride espoused by the Father should dwell in the heavenly bridal chamber. It was right that she who had gazed on her Son on the cross, her heart pierced at that moment by the sword of sorrow that she had escaped at his birth, should now gaze on him seated with his Father. It was right that the Mother of God should possess what belongs to her Son and to be honoured by every creature as the God’s Mother and handmaid.In their sermons and speeches on the feast day of the Assumption of the Mother of God, the holy fathers and the great doctors of the church were speaking of something that the faithful already knew and accepted: all they did was to bring it out into the open, to e…[Read more]

  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of Eucharistic AdorationEucharistic Adoration 1 day, 13 hours ago

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  • Stacy A. posted an update in the group Group logo of DevotionsDevotions 1 day, 13 hours ago

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  • Fr. Paschal\’s homily for Tuesday, August 14.

  • Dominic Sinya Longwe posted an update 2 days ago

    Greetings to all! Once more, am back, after along pause. I still love Awestruck.

  • I remember well in 1970 we were told that the new lectionary ‘restored the original pattern of 3 readings at Sunday Mass’. Original pattern?? “Did the Roman Rite anciently have three readings, which were later cut back to two? The corollary question which inevitably rises from this is, ‘Does the three-reading system of the post-Conciliar (1970) lectionary represent a return to the ancient practice of the Church?’…The short answer…is No. Like so much of the post-Conciliar reform, the (completely unsubstantiated!) theory derives in no small part from the close proximity of the Roman Rite to the Ambrosian…the(completely unsubstantiated!) assumption was made that the Roman Rite originally also had a Prophecy, followed by Gradual, Epistle, Alleluia and Gospel…The (formerly) definitive formulation of the theory was made by Msgr. Louis Duchesne in the (1898) book ‘The Origins of Christian Worship: A Study of the Latin Liturgy before Charlemagne’…His conclusions were almost universally accepted. We find him cited repeatedly…there is not a single liturgical manuscript of any kind which refers in any way to a putative system of three readings in the Roman Rite…”

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    • How did the congregation become familiar with the Scripture located in the Old Testament?

      • First, we must remember that, until the Protestant Reformation—and the 1969-1970 creation of the ‘Ordinary Form’ Roman Rite—the PRIMARY purpose of the Scripture passages during Mass was quite different than what we are routinely told today. “The goal of liturgy is NOT to make us familiar with Scripture in the manner of a Bible study—which, of course, ought to be taking place outside of Mass—but to give us the right formation of mind with regard to the realities of our faith. The fundamental elements of faith need to be inculcated week after week, day after day… The liturgical purpose of reading the (Old Testament) Prophets, for example, is to point to Christ and the Church in a clear and definite way. To accomplish this purpose, it is more than sufficient to select the most striking and instructive passages and to use them consistently”
        This is particularly true at the annual Easter Vigil—but only if ALL of the Old Testament readings for the Easter Vigil (preferably the ancient pre-1955 arrangement) are used.
        “When it comes to biblical readings, the old (pre-1969-70) rite operates on two admirable principles: first, that passages are chosen NOT for their own sake (to ‘get t…[Read more]

  • St. Maximillian Kolbe

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