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  • “…many have praised the tell-it-like-it-is Dr. #Peterson as a forceful voice in defense of order and even conservatism…The existential obsession with Being with a capital B and other such concepts sought to replace God and morals…Postmodernism is the next step in the process of the West’s intellectual and moral decay. Just as modernity undermined the Church’s supernatural order, so postmodernity denies the naturalistic positions defended by these modern thinkers. Hence, the politically correct denial of reality that Dr. Peterson attacks so well has its origins in much of the thinking he professes…(vs) Peterson is refreshing in how seriously he takes Christian texts and the role they played in the formation of Western civilization. He has chastised atheists like Sam Harris who believe we can develop our own morality without reference to God…”

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  • WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW…

    “Many came to believe in the Lord.” —Acts 9:42

    We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8). Therefore, we must have faith. Moreover, the Lord wants us to have great and growing faith (see Mt 15:27ff). Consequently, we should pray: Lord, “increase our faith” (Lk 17:5) and “I have faith; help my lack of faith” (Mk 9:24, NJB).
    Jesus so much wants our faith to grow that he challenges us and may even shake our faith (Jn 6:61). To deepen our faith, He will use sickness, healing, death, miracles (see Acts 9:33-42), sorrows, joys, our vocations, work, etc. When Jesus comes again, will He find faith on this earth? (Lk 18:8) Jesus is doing everything possible to make sure that faith will be abounding when He returns.
    Therefore, pray for greater faith. Learn and live God’s Word, for “faith comes through hearing, and hearing by God’s word” (Rm 10:17, our transl). Finally, be willing to suffer for your faith. In this way your faith will deepen (see 1 Pt 1:6-7). What the world needs is men and women of great faith!

    Prayer: Father, give me faith to move mountain ranges (see Mt 17:20).
    Promise: “We have come to believe; we are convinced that You are God’s Holy One.” —Jn 6:69
    Praise: Archbishop St. Anselm stood up to the king for what he…[Read more]

  • Christ gave his own body for the life of all men

    From a commentary on the gospel of John
    by
    Saint Cyril of Alexandria
    [278 – 444 A.D. ]

    And so, speaking as a spotless victim offering himself for us to God the Father, Christ says in one of the psalms: You desired no sacrifices or offerings, but you have prepared a body for me. You took no pleasure in holocausts or sin offerings. Then I said, “Behold, I am coming.” He was crucified for all, desiring his one death for all to give all of us life in him. It was impossible for him to be conquered by death; nor could he who by his very nature is life be subject to corruption. Yet we know that Christ offered his flesh for the life of the world from his own prayer, Holy Father, protect them, and from his words, For their sake I consecrate myself. By saying that he consecrates himself he means that he offers himself to God as a spotless and sweet-smelling sacrifice. According to the law, anything offered upon the altar was consecrated and considered holy. So Christ gave his own body for the life of all, and makes it the channel through which life flows once more into us. How he does this I will explain to the best of my ability.“I am dying for all men,” says the Lord. “I am dying to give them life through myself and to re…[Read more]

  • Because the Vatican’s Synod on #Young People #Synod2018 portends to be a massive disappointment—aging Boomers trying to get #GenX -ers #Millennials and #PostMillennials to be just like Boomers—some #youngAdults in Connecticut decided to organize their own CATHOLIC #Youth Conference “A Sign of Contradiction: Catholic Identity in the Modern World”. In keeping with that theme, it will conclude with a Solemn Traditional #Latin Mass #TLM and procession. The speakers will be #YOUNG recently-ordained priests.

  • \”Let your word be corrected before arriving on the tongue.\”
    –Saint Ambrose

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  • The photos at this link actually are of an Ordinary Form Mass (aka 1969 Novus Ordo Missae.New Order of Mass) recently celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Much of the singing was in #Latin . If all Ordinary Form Masses had been celebrated like this since the 1960s there would not have been such a rupture in the ‘hermeneutic of continuity’–and consequently not such a rupture in Faith, catechesis and morals. ‘Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi’.

  • If this doesn\’t describe social media…

    \”An old man who wished to visit Saint Anthony accompanied two brothers who were also going to pay him a visit. When they were on the ship which was to transport them, the brothers conversed for a long time on many frivolous subjects. On their arrival Saint Anthony said to them: \’Was this old man a good companion on your voyage?\’ \’Excellent,\’ they replied; then addressing himself to the old man, Saint Anthony asked: \’Were these brothers good companions on your trip?\’ \’Without doubt they are good,\’ said he, \’but their house has no door: who wishes may enter, and it is often an ass.\’\”
    –Treatise on Preaching, Blessed Humbert of Romans

  • The church of the Holy Rosary in the Bronx, New York, USA will have a Traditional #Latin Missa cantata (in the Extraordinary Form) on April 29th, the Fourth Sunday after Easter, starting at 1 pm, with music by Vincent d’Indy and Cristobál de Morales, in addition to the proper #Gregorian chant for the day. (More parishes need to be having such Masses EVERY Sunday and as a principal mid-MORNING Sunday Mass–not snuck in on the afternoon. It’s been over 10 years since #SummorumPontificum ! )

  • Fr. Joseph\’s homily for Friday, April 20.

  • Please join me in praying this chaplet every day in reparation for abuses of the Blessed Sacrament. This chaplet may be prayed at any time.

    http://prayers-i-love.blogspot.com/2016/03/chaplet-of-adorable-sacrament.html

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 day ago

    “…The best kind of deductive system would be one in which all propositions in the system are deduced from a single axiom. I think we can do something like this with the American cultural belief system often called #secularHumanism ; or called, when considered as a political belief system, ultra- #liberalism or #progressivism . That’s what I propose to do here. I will attempt to deduce all the beliefs of secular humanism (progressivism, ultra-liberalism) from a single axiom, the axiom of #personalFreedom …”

  • @rhosedwilkins Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another\’s weaknesses and grow from each other\’s strengths. Help us to forgive one another\’s failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.

    May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to You through our love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection. Amen.

  • Our pastor, Fr. Louis Marx, died suddenly this past week. Please pray for the repose of his soul.

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  • I BELIEVE IN THE GREAT MYSTERY

    “Let Me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” —John 6:53

    When we receive Holy Communion, we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus. This is a great mystery. Like the Jews of Jesus’ day, we cannot understand how He can “give us His flesh to eat” (Jn 6:52). Nevertheless, we believe Jesus’ revelation of the Eucharist because:
    The Lord has given us the gift of faith.
    It is clear that Jesus meant to be taken literally when He said: “This is My Body” and “This is My Blood” (Mt 26:26-28).
    Jesus is the Truth (Jn 14:6).
    Jesus is the all-powerful God, as evidenced by His Resurrection from the dead.
    The early Church Fathers clearly taught that we literally receive Jesus’ Body and Blood in Holy Communion.
    The Church, which is “the pillar and bulwark of truth” (1 Tm 3:15), has clearly and universally taught that in Holy Communion we receive “the body and blood…soul and divinity” of Jesus (see Catechism, 1374).
    Therefore, let us center our life on our eucharistic Lord. Let us live for Mass and eucharistic worship. Let us die for our eucharistic Lord, if we are so privileged. “Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore. O make us love Thee more and more.”…[Read more]

  • The cross of Christ gives life to the human race

    From a sermon
    by
    Saint Ephrem, deacon
    [ 306 – 373 A.D. ]

    Death slew him by means of the body which he had assumed, but that same body proved to be the weapon with which he conquered death. Concealed beneath the cloak of his manhood, his godhead engaged death in combat; but in slaying our Lord, death itself was slain. It was able to kill natural human life, but was itself killed by the life that is above the nature of man.Death trampled our Lord underfoot, but he in his turn treated death as a highroad for his own feet. He submitted to it, enduring it willingly, because by this means he would be able to destroy death in spite of itself. Death had its own way when our Lord went out from Jerusalem carrying his cross; but when by a loud cry from that cross he summoned the dead from the underworld, death was powerless to prevent it.
    Death could not devour our Lord unless he possessed a body, neither could hell swallow him up unless he bore our flesh; and so he came in search of a chariot in which to ride to the underworld. This chariot was the body which he received from the Virgin; in it he invaded death’s fortress, broke open its strong-room and scattered all its treasure.
    At length he came upon Eve, the mother o…[Read more]

  • Saint Conrad of Parzham

    Saint Conrad of Parzham

  • The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir, known as the “Pope’s choir,” will head to the United States this summer for an eight-city concert tour. This is the choir’s first nationwide tour and will include stops in Atlanta, New York City, St. Louis, Detroit, Miami, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles July 3-July 23…Known officially as the Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, the choir is comprised of 20 professional singers from around the world, as well as a treble section made up of 35 boys aged 9-13 called the Pueri Cantores. With a 1,500-year history, the Sistine Chapel Choir is believed to be the oldest active choir in the world…

  • “…What about secular populations who are not interested in listening to intellectual or inspirational material, including discussions about religion? Clearly, these “nones” are not religious but, additionally, they are not particularly intellectually motivated to stand against religion either. Consequently, apologists are left befuddled with no counterarguments to rebut or unpack. Introducing apathetic populations to theological or philosophical reasoning would require out-of-shape people to run on an inclined treadmill: a difficult means of motivation. Therefore, we can direct our attention toward persuading apathetic “nones” more effectively by having them first walk on a downhill treadmill before gradually running on an incline. In other words, we need to meet them “where they are” and strengthen them subtly and patiently…Rather than shunning the worldly, circumstantial, and practical, we can know and use these elements as a way to establish common ground and forward the conversation toward more transcendental philosophical and religious reasoning…”

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  • Christopher Schaefer mentioned Maria in a public message 1 day, 12 hours ago

    @m123 Welcome back, Maria!

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Latin MassLatin Mass 1 day, 12 hours ago

    “The story has been told many times and in many quarters how Mons. Annibale Bugnini, the secretary of the committee for implementing (Vatican II’s) Sacrosanctum Concilium, would “sell” the items in his program for radical changes to the liturgy, changes that were neither asked for, nor even distantly imagined by the Fathers of Vatican II. He would tell Pope Paul VI that the proposed changes were strongly recommended by the expert (or supposedly so) liturgical scholars, while telling the scholars (or at least the more sober among them, those who needed reassurance) that the Pope himself insisted on such changes…No one will be surprised to read that Paul VI himself expressed grave reservations and disappointment about some of these changes, although he himself had approved them, and, heroically exercising the virtues of Prudence and Fortitude, did nothing to correct them. Here are just a couple of example…”

  • Fr. Mark\’s homily for Thursday, April 19.

  • Please pray for my 18 year old son, Sean, that he may find a righteous way on his path in life and that his heart, and his parents,may be filled with love and compassion and virtue. Please pray for him to give his best to God in all he does each and every day. Please pray that I may be a better father to him and for my wife to have strength in guiding him to manhood. Thank you.

  • Please join me in praying this chaplet every day in reparation for abuses of the Blessed Sacrament. This chaplet may be prayed at any time.

    http://prayers-i-love.blogspot.com/2016/03/chaplet-of-adorable-sacrament.html

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  • FULL-PHIL-MENT

    “The Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go and catch up with that carriage.’ Philip ran ahead and heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah. He said to him, ‘Do you really grasp what you are reading?’ ‘How can I,’ the man replied, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ ” —Acts 8:29-31

    Before we recognize the risen Christ, we need our hearts to burn as the Scriptures are interpreted for us (Lk 24:32). Jesus interprets the Scriptures for us not only by calling us to read the Bible but also by sending into our lives people like the deacon Philip to explain the Bible (see Acts 8:31). No matter how intelligent and educated we may be, we cannot understand well some major revelations in the Scriptures, for the Lord hides things from the learned and the clever (Lk 10:21). The Lord has set up His Body, the Church, so that even the most learned will need the less learned in order to sufficiently understand the Scriptures (see 1 Cor 12:20-21; see also Acts 18:24-28). Therefore, we need:
    the Church,
    Christian community, and
    humility and docility.
    The Lord has graciously sent many Philips into my life in order to make me a Philip for you so that you will be Philips for others. “The things which you have heard from me through many witnesses you must hand on to t…[Read more]

  • The Eucharist, pledge of our resurrection

    From the treatise Against Heresies
    by
    Saint Irenaeus, bishop
    [ 130 – 202 ]

    We are his members and we are nourished by creatures, which is his gift to us, for it is he who causes the sun to rise and the rain to fall. He declared that the chalice, which comes from his creation, was his blood, and he makes it the nourishment of our blood. He affirmed that the bread, which comes from his creation, was his body, and he makes it the nourishment of our body. When the chalice we mix and the bread we bake receive the word of God, the eucharistic elements become the body and blood of Christ, by which our bodies live and grow. How then can it be said that flesh belonging to the Lord’s own body and nourished by his body and blood is incapable of receiving God’s gift of eternal life? Saint Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians that we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones. He is not speaking of some spiritual and incorporeal kind of man, for spirits do not have flesh and bones. He is speaking of a real human body composed of flesh, sinews and bones, nourished by the chalice of Christ’s blood and receiving growth from the bread which is his body.If our flesh is not saved, then the Lord has not redeemed us with his blood…[Read more]

  • Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

    Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

  • Kristi Kille
    jerin george
    Lindsey Todd
    and
    Chirs Lant
    joined The Share-Care-Prayer Club this week.
    Welcome, and God bless you!

  • Fr. John Paul talks about meeting with Pope Francis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkN144_w3Yg

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