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FOOD FOR THOUGHT – COMMUNION IN THE HAND . . . WHY?

April, dedicated to the Holy Eucharist

Our Lady of the Rosary Library

April, the month dedicated to the Holy Eucharist
J.M.J.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – COMMUNION IN THE HAND . . . WHY?

‘Out of reverence towards this Sacrament, nothing touches it but what is
consecrated.’  –St. Thomas Aquinas

(Taken from http://olrl.org/new_mass/whycinh.shtml)

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Have you noticed a change in the way the Catholic Church receives and administers
Holy Communion from the way it once was?

– Do you remember when Catholics always knelt for Holy Communion?
– Do you remember when Catholics received Holy Communion on the tongue only?
– Do you remember when only the priest administered Holy Communion?

– Do you remember our priests and sisters teaching us it was sacrilegious for anyone
but the priest to touch the Sacred Host?

– Do you remember when tabernacles were always on the center of the altar as the
primary focal point?
– Why has kneeling for Holy Communion disappeared?

– Why are tabernacles disappearing from the center of the Churches and placed on the
side?

– Why are people receiving Communion in the hand?
– Why are there lay-ministers of the Eucharist?
– Why were these things changed?

– If things were changed for the sake of “modern times” and “modern men”, has it
resulted in record crowds of “modern men” flocking into the Churches to pray and
receive the Sacraments?

– Do we have record turnouts in our seminaries, monasteries, and convents?
– Has the introduction of these new things increased the amount of vocations in the
Church?

– Has the introduction of these new things increased the amount of converts coming
into the Church?

– Was there a “vocation crisis” before these essential and fundamental things were
changed?

– In the rubrics of the Old Rite of Mass, why was there such precaution taken against
the desecration of the Sacred Species?

– Why did the priest wash his fingers after administering Holy Communion?
– Why did the priest scrape the corporal with the paten so as not to allow even the
slightest minute particle to fall to the ground and be desecrated?

– Why when Holy Communion was dropped, the Host was covered and left on the floor
until after Mass, where the priest would then remove it, and then carefully clean the
area where the Sacred Host lay?

– Why did these rubrics disappear?

– Was there more faith in the Real Presence before the “renewal?”
– Was there a deeper and greater understanding and appreciation of the Blessed
Sacrament as really and truly being the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity  of Jesus
Christ under the appearance of bread and wine?

– Were the old rubrics simply “over scrupulous?”
– Did the old rubrics and strict laws safeguarding reverence, dignity, and holiness,
not express the Catholic Faith regarding the Blessed Sacrament properly?
– Do we now understand and believe in it in a different manner, and this is therefore
manifested by the actions of first the clergy, then the laity?

– Are we afraid to adore the Sacred Host?
– Are we ashamed to adore the Sacred Host?

– Is it any coincidence that Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament began to fade away
more and more with the introduction of Communion in the hand and lay ministers of the
Eucharist?

– Has Catholic teaching changed regarding TRANSUBSTANTIATION, that is, the changing
of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ during
the Sacrifice of the Mass?

– If the teaching has not changed, why has attitude, spirit, rubrics and practice
changed?

– Where did Communion in the hand come from since it is nowhere proposed or even
mentioned in the documents of Vatican II?

– Why did it still come about on a worldwide scale even after Pope Paul VI in his
1969 letter to the Bishops, “Memoriale Domini” stated “This method, ‘on the tongue’
must be retained?”

– If it is supposed to be “optional”, why are the little children in most parochial
schools taught no other way than receiving in the hand as “this is the way it is
done?”

– Why is there a new attitude of “anyone can handle it?”

– Have we created a “vicious circle” or a “cause and effect” situation where radical
changes are introduced, vocations drop as a result, and then more changes such as
“lay ministers of the Eucharist” are introduced appealing to their need because of
the “vocation crisis?”

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The results of Communion in the hand and the Novus Ordo have caused a major crisis in
the Catholic Church. The New York Times reported that when Catholics were asked, in a
Times-CBS news poll, what best describes their belief about what happens to the bread
and wine at Mass, most chose the answer that the bread and wine are “symbolic
reminders of Christ” over the answer that they are “changed into the Body and Blood
of Christ”. The official Church teaching, which we must believe in order to be saved,
is this: “The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration
and endures as long as the Eucharist species subsist. Christ is present whole and
entire in each of the species and the whole and entire in each of their parts, in
such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ.”

What is the solution to this terrible loss of faith? We must return to the
traditional teachings of the Church and to the Traditional Latin Mass as codified by
Pope St. Pius V, who declared, by virtue of his apostolic authority, was to last in
perpetuity and never at a future date could it be revoked or amended legally. The way
we worship is the way we believe (lex orandis, lex credendi). To locate a Traditional
Latin Mass in your area, email library@olrl.org.

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Septuagesima Season

Our Lady of the Rosary Library

 

Septuagesima Sunday
J.M.J.

SEASON OF SEPTUAGESIMA
From “The St. Andrew Daily Missal” (1937)

The Septuagesima season always begins with the ninth week before
Easter and includes three Sundays called respectively Septuagesima,
Sexagesima and Quinquagesima. These names which were borrowed from the
numeral system of the time, denote a series of decades working back from
the commencement of Lent, which is known in Latin as Quadragesima.


Easter is a movable feast and can be kept, according to the year in
which it occurs, between March 22 and April 25. When it falls early the
Septuagesima season encroaches on the time after Epiphany, some Sundays of
which are then kept between the twenty-third and the last Sunday after
Pentecost.
This liturgical period is a prelude to Lent and a remote preparation
for Easter. It serves as a time of transition for the soul, which must pass
from Christmas joys to the stern penance of the sacred forty days. Even if
the fast is not yet of obligation, the colour of the vestments worn is
already violet. As during Advent, the recital of the Gloria in excelsis is
suspended, since this hymn which celebrated Christ’s birth in our mortal
flesh, is reserved to extol Him when born in His undying body, i.e. when He
rises from the tomb. “Born once of the Virgin, thou art now reborn from
the sepulcre,” will then be the cry of the Church. Again the Martyrology
introduces Septuagesima Sunday as that on which “we lay aside the song of
the Lord which is Alleluia.” “How, said the people of Israel, “shall
we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?”
This “strange land” is for the people of Christ, the world, which
is a place of exile, while the Alleluia, the chant St. John heard in
heaven, will begin again in the liturgy at Paschaltide, which represents
the future life. In the Easter festivities we shall hail our Lord, the
conqueror of Satan, who while freeing us from the bondage of sin, will
re-open to us the heavenly kingdom. The season of Lent which lasts for
forty days (Quadragesima) and that of Septuagesima which is made up of the
following periods of ten days (Quinquagesima, Sexagesima and Septuagesima)
may well be taken as representing the seventy years passed by Israel in
exile under the harsh captivity of the Babylonians. The chant of Alleluia
is silent during this period in which the spirit and very name remind us so
strongly, that we are “poor banished children… mourning and weeping in
this vale of tears” (Salve Regina).
The Season of Septuagesima ends in the Temporal Cycle on Ash Wednesday.
In the Sanctoral Cycle its extreme limit is March 10, that is, when Easter
falls on April 25.


Sincerely in Christ,
Our Lady of the Rosary Library
“Pray and work for souls”
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Education and the TV — — Talk Given by the Dominican Teaching Sisters — —

 


Talk Given by the Dominican Teaching Sisters


This is a talk given by the Dominican Teaching Sisters of Post Falls, Idaho. In the first part of this talk they point out the importance of a good education and the faults (sins) of their students which frustrate the learning process and the serious consequences of these unchecked vices later in life. The Sisters site the causes of the problems and give parents and teachers the remedies.

 

The second part gives emphasis to the influence of television and how to best combat its effect on children as well as young adults.

The conclusion offers guidelines which can aid parents in combating the permissiveness of today’s society. Stressed is the importance of co-operation between teacher and parent.

 

Dear Parents of Our Students:

 

It is very important for us to meet with you, after these first two months of school, to clarify certain points; and this clarification is necessary in order to pursue the work which must be accomplished both by you, parents, and by us, the school: this work is the education of your children. There are many topics which would be interesting to think over together . . . We shall attack them later this year, in future meetings, and also as the years go by. Examples of these future topics are our teaching itself, the work we demand from your children, authority and discipline, and the specific mission of the woman. It is indeed necessary that we be aware of the woman’s specific vocation of being wife and mother, and of all that is involved with this mission; from the virtues which must be developed, to proper feminine dress, which is not at all without importance. On the contrary, feminine dress works toward the sanctification of women, no matter what our modern world thinks. Our modern world tries fiercely to make a woman fall into sin, to make of her a vulgar object of lust, to steal her maternal instinct, to make her lose the idea of her sacred and noble work of being a mother, bearer of life . . . I think I will speak in January of the feminine mission. We have had to choose amongst all these topics, and one of them seemed to have absolute priority over the others, perhaps because it is the vastest and it embraces all the others: Thus we have chosen to speak to you today about the education of your children.

 

Being Dominican teaching sisters, our task consists in teaching your children, not only in enriching their intelligence with a large quantity of intellectual knowledge, but also in educating them by and through teaching. To educate (in Latin e ducere = ducere ex = to lead out of) is to lead children out of ignorance, and out of weakness, out of their bad inclination. And I truly mean “to lead,” which means to exercise authority, an authority willed by God, delegated by God, first to parents, and second to teachers, for the purpose of educating them. To neglect using this authority is a sin of betrayal. Your sacred duty and our sacred duty is to educate the children entrusted to us by God, which means to exercise this power and authority which are ours through the will and the grace of God. This authority is given us in order to deliver our children, to free them from the bonds of their ignorance and weakness, from the tyranny of their passions, and to attach them to the True, the Good, the Beautiful.

 

When a child comes into the world, he is far from being a man, an adult. A child does not possess the rational knowledge of Good, Truth, Beauty; he has no inborn ideas. The mind of a young child is a page on which nothing has yet been written, but on which will be marked all the images and ideas of what he will encounter hour after hour, from cradle to grave.

 

The soul of a child is new, completely receptive, and impressionable. So everything presented to him in the home, everything proposed to the awakening of his mind and his memory, will mean for him either security, peace, order, beauty, or slovenliness, carelessness, disorder. Everything which happens in the sight of a child, everything he hears, everything he receives will lead him either to virtue or to vice, either to grandeur or to meanness, either to the awareness of his duty or to cowardice.

 

Thus, what will this child become? Everything depends upon the education he receives. Everything depends on what is taught and demanded by those (parents and teachers) who have received the sacred mission of educating him, the mission of making an adult of him, a true adult, that is to say, someone capable of always choosing what is Good, someone who is always ready to act in accordance with what he knows to be right. For man is a free creature, which means that he can choose, that he has power over the choice he makes, and, consequently, he has the responsibility for his decisions. Unlike creatures without reason, (plants, birds, stars) that do automatically and blindly what is good for them, spiritual creatures (angels and men) have received this mysterious power to choose. And this power to choose is given to us not for what is pleasing, for what we like, but for what is good. This freedom of choice is the freedom of a creature; it is at the service of the end for which we have been created: that is, to know, love and serve God, in this world in order to be happy with Him forever in the next. It is not an absolute freedom: we are not free in order to be free, and to do all we want, we are free to deliver ourselves, from our passions, from our lusts, from evil and sin, from ignorance and error . . . and to become a true child of God. A free man is he who makes his decisions according to that for which he is made and who accordingly frees himself from that for which he is not made. A free man is he who is freed from all that is contrary to his vocation of being a child of God, of being an heir with Christ, a citizen of Heaven.

 

We can never insist enough: “It is not sufficient for man to exist and to act instinctively for him to be good. Man is not an animal. He is endowed with a faculty, a light: his intelligence; thus he is free, that is, he has the ability to take care of himself, and he has power over his will and his passions. He will be good only if he consents to it and if he wills it. What will make him good is the good use, the right use of his freedom according to the divine law, the natural law, and the revealed law.” (R.P. Calmel)

 

But there is yet another truth very important to remember, as soon as we wish to speak of education: Our human nature, the nature of every man who comes into this world since original sin, except the most Blessed Virgin Mary, is no longer an intact, balance nature, subject to God. The human nature which all of us, except Our Lady, have inherited from Adam, is a wounded nature, a corrupted, a fallen nature,“whose will is no longer directed towards God, but is self-centered, and consequently, selfish; a nature whose tendencies and passions are no longer adapted to reason, but are carnal and opaque, permeated with the selfishness of the will.” (R.P. Calmel)

 

St. Thomas Aquinas writes: “Through the sin of our first parents, all the powers of the soul are left destitute of their proper order, whereby they are naturally directed to virtue. This destitution is called a wounding of nature.

 

“First, in so far as the reason, where prudence resides, is deprived of its order to the true, there is the wound of ignorance.

 

“Second, in so far as the will is deprived of its order to the good, there is the wound of malice.

 

“Third, in so far as the sensitive appetite is deprived of its order to the arduous, there is the wound of weakness.

 

“Fourth, in so far as it is deprived of its order to the delectable moderated by reason, there is the wound of concupiscence.”

 

St. Thomas adds: “These four wounds, ignorance, malice, weakness and concupiscence are afflicted on the whole of human nature only as a result of our first parents’ sin. But since the inclination to the good of virtue is diminished in each individual on account of actual sin, these four wounds are also the result of other sins, in so far as, through sin, the reason is obscured, especially in practical matters, the will hardened to evil, good actions become more difficult, and concupiscence more impetuous.”

 

And this wounded nature is redeemed by Christ. Thus, since original sin, grace is not only elevating but also healing. We are redeemed in Christ, healed by his wounds, and called to sanctity by our conformity to Christ crucified, offered in sacrifice. To resume, grace makes our human nature partake in the Divine Nature, and it is thus elevating; and since our human nature is wounded, it is also healing.

 

Since human nature is wounded in every man, in all our children, cute as they may be, education must strive to heal, to rectify, to purify the tendencies of their nature, with the grace of Jesus Christ, with authority that dares to command, and with the use of punishment when they refuse to obey. Baptism cleanses us from original sin, but leaves in us the four wounds of ignorance, malice, weakness, and concupiscence. The grace that it gives us makes us children of God in Christ Jesus, and through Christ Jesus. This grace conforms us to Christ, by demanding that we die on the cross of daily mortification in order to live a new life. St. Paul tells us: “Do you not know that all we who have been baptized into Christ Jesus, have been baptized into His death? For we know that our old self has been crucified with Him, in order that the body of sin may be destroyed.” These words are very strong: “in order that the body of sin may be destroyed, that we may no longer be slaves to sin.” (Roman 6:2-6) And also: “If you have risen with Christ (through Baptism) seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3) This death of which St. Paul speaks in so many of his Epistles, is nothing other than the most necessary Christian mortification, the putting to death of our evil tendencies, our pride, of our selfishness, of our laziness, of our sensuality. This death is nothing other than the daily renunciation that Our Lord demands from those who want to be saved. “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Let him deny himself each day, from the cradle, early childhood, to the grave.

 

We are not aware enough that, since original sin, we are off course, and that our natural tendencies are bad. All of our children are inclined to evil, through their wounded nature. Therefore, the work of education, if it is to be intelligent and fruitful, must take account of this state of their nature. And it will consist not only in shedding light, in showing the way, but it will also have to teach the renunciation of all the evil tendencies of the nature, the rectification of their original misdirection, so that little by little their reason, enlightened by Faith, govern their passions; so that little by little they learn always to choose the Good.

 

A first concrete conclusion stands out: The desires of our children are not naturally good. On the contrary, let us remember the four words of their souls: ignorance, malice, weakness, concupiscence.

 

Their passions are lawless, bestial, their desires push them to sin.

 

It would be stupid and criminal to try always to satisfy them.

 

We are guilty if we obey all the desires the children express, all the wishes they pronounce, from cookies all day long to all the whims of their selfishness or vanity.

 

In permitting them to govern us, instead of our being firm enough to govern them, we make of them monsters of selfishness, of laziness and of sensuality. And this is very serious.

 

By letting them make up their own minds, instead of our having the courage to command them, we bind them more and more to the slavery of their passions. And instead of helping them to conquer their freedom, instead of teaching them to choose the Good, thinking we are satisfying their lusts, in reality we develop them, for our flesh is made in such a way that the more it has, the more it wants.

 

You, parents, have received from God the mission of educating your children. So you first have the duty of harmonizing the education you give to them with the end for which you have received them from God. And, before God, you will answer for the exercise, of the lack of exercise, of the authority He has given you to be the guides, the fathers, the teachers, of your children.

 

Now, what do we see – too often – with many of our students –

 

We wish to speak to you of several problems, for we must bring to light certain inadequacies in their education, in order better to unite our efforts towards their sanctity.

 

It seems to us there are six aspects to point out.

 

First. The unbelievable greed of almost all our children.

 

If the food prepared for them does not please them, they make critical remarks about it, they refuse to eat it, sometimes by lying, claiming they are not hungry. But the next day they return triumphant: “Mom won’t give me any more of that.” On one hand they are impolite and ungrateful towards their parents or towards us to complain of what they have been given; and on the other hand, they are gluttonous, capricious, whimsical, and rebellious to desire to eat only what they like.

 

If they feel like having candy or cookies, they have only to ask for them, to receive them. But we must not satisfy their animal instinct!

 

They eat much too much sugar, and it is bad for their health. If they had two or three cookies a day, we could let it go . . . but how many do some of them eat every day? If you yourselves do not wisely govern your children’s eating habits, never will your children learn to eat correctly.

If they are thirsty, they find it normal to go drink immediately, even during classes. What do they do at home? We do not know. But our children are not animals. We must teach them to control, to master their hunger and thirst. We must not permit them to eat between meals, each time a cookie or a piece of candy tempts them.

 

Second. Their astonishing capriciousness.

 

If one or another does want to come to school, she refuses, or has a temper tantrum until Mom gives in: “All right, get back in the car and we’ll go home.” A stomachache or a headache or a little cold is not a reason to miss school. There are too many absences for insufficient causes, and it is easy to see that many illnesses have a direct relation to tests or quizzes.

 

Third. Customary selfishness.

 

It is difficult to awaken their generosity. The small amount of household help that we ask of them . . . They try to avoid it or come dragging their feet, and they do not see anything wrong in this attitude.

 

It seems that they are not used to thinking of others or to helping out. They would have initiative or ideas of ways to help if they were more charitable and generous.

 

And amongst themselves, there is a lack of Christian charity. They do not forget themselves to think of others. They want what they want for themselves. If another girl pleases them, they are friendly with her, but if she does not please them, they reject her, they treat her like dirt, seemingly without feeling any guilt.

 

Fourth. An insufficient understanding of their duty of state.

 

They do not feel obliged to do their work seriously. Often their school work is poorly done, their lessons are only half-learned, and their writing is sloppy. They are lethargic, lacking energy and will, before the efforts demanded. And what shall we say of weekends . . . On Monday mornings, it seems as if they have just had a month’s vacation. Some of them are exhausted instead of being rested and ready to work. Look back at their weekend occupations. They need time to sleep, to study, to read; they need to walk or ride bicycles, and to help around the house.

 

Fifth. Their lack of the spirit of making efforts, of the spirit of sacrifice, of renunciation.

 

Our children are too often the slaves of their selfishness, of their sensibility, of their sensuality, we must call it by its name, for their greed is nothing else.

 

Therefore, when we try to encourage them to make efforts, to make sacrifices in order to save souls, they stare wide-eyed, as if we were speaking a new language. But it is the language of their Baptism, of our Baptism. A Catholic cannot save himself without helping others, by his daily prayers and his daily sacrifices, for the conversion of sinners. All Catholics must be missionaries by their prayers and mortification for the salvation of souls.

 

Sixth. The undeniable presence of the spirit of vanity.

 

Many are the examples. For instance, there is no need for our children to change skirts every day, other than to exhibit their wardrobe. They grow their nails as witches, then polish them. They wear make-up, when they are only eleven years old. And what is that if it is not worship of the body, worship of the flesh? The consequences are weighty: “If you live according to the flesh, you will die,” writes St. Paul.

 

If we do not react, you and we, you with us, you before us, if we let our children give into the instinct of their capricious passions, we are preparing catastrophes.

 

When we always give our children what food they desire or prefer, we develop their sensuality. And later, in adolescence, they will not be able to defend themselves in temptations against purity. Their selfish, greedy, sensual flesh will demand to be satisfied in its lower instincts; and, having never learned to fight against these bodily appetites, the adolescents will be defeated during the strong attacks of the flesh.

 

If we obey our children, if we let them do what they want, if we satisfy their desires, we encourage their selfishness. By demanding of them no efforts and no sacrifices, we are preparing great falls. We are lying to children when we give them the illusion that life is easy, and that pleasure is the goal of life. And we do not develop in them the good qualities of energy, of perseverance in effort, of forgetting themselves to think of others. These qualities are indispensable to a Christian life. How will today’s selfish girls be tomorrow’s heroic family mothers? For mothers and fathers must be heroic in order to remain faithful to God amidst the paganism in which we live. The Sacrament of Marriage can never make up for education that has been a failure. Future spouses must learn, from their earliest age, to practice these humble domestic virtues in which consists the sanctity of the woman: self-renouncement, sacrifice, dedication, submission, obedience, purity, unremitting work.

 

And how could vocations flourish in our families, if the children do not see the virtues of Our Lord shining at home, in a very concrete way;

 

if we do not teach them to imitate Our Lord Jesus Christ, by the renunciation of their desires, of their self-love, and of their own will?

 

Our prayers are worth nothing if they do not lead us to imitate Our Lord, His virtues, His absolute dedication to the Glory of the Father and the salvation of His brothers!

 

Through the weakness of giving into our children, we work toward the destruction of their personality. And we can never make up for this harm done, or only at the price of great heroism, so great that only a few succeed. But most of these destroyed personalities became indecisive people, victims of their contradictory passions; they have nervous breakdowns, or complexes; they are incapable of making decisions . . . An education that is too weak has shut the door to grandeur, nobleness, magnanimity, holiness . . . .

 

Unless the dream models are TV stars?

 

I am sure that your answer is, “Oh, no Mother, never!” Well, never? Then why do so many of your daughters spend so many hours in front of the television set? Do you think that it is harmless?

 

Television is deadly poison for their soul, and that is the most serious point.

 

Television is deadly poison for their world, and that is very serious.

 

Television is deadly poison for their studies, and that is very serious.

 

Television is deadly poison for your family life, and that is very serious.

 


TELEVISION:

Deadly poison for their soul

 

Often one television program is enough to push a youth into mortal sin. By letting your children sit in front of the television, you run the nearly certain risk of killing the supernatural life in their souls. There is no such thing as a harmless television program. Impurity, ugliness and vulgarity strike their eyes, their senses, their imagination and soil their souls. It cannot be avoided.

 

None of you would dream of risking your children’s lives, for instance, by setting them in the middle of the highway at night, all ready to be run over. Setting them in front of the television is worse yet. (And the same danger is true of listening to the radio, rock music and modern music.) You endanger the supernatural life of your children which is infinitely more precious than their bodily life. What a responsibility before God!

 

TELEVISION:

Deadly poison for their mind

 

Watching television requires no intellectual effort whatsoever. In front of a television people are passive, that is, they receive what is presented without making any effort to think. They are comfortably and lazily seated on the sofa, with a little snack on the TV table, why not? And like this, everything is at hand, and they swallow and swallow all that the television pours out, without their mind’s having the time, or even the possibility, to react. The pictures strike the imagination and leave their trace on the mind, where they destroy any personal life, any personal thought or reaction. And television creates millions of people who do not think, who are no longer themselves. They are all alike, all blinded by the illusion that they are knowledgeable. And thus, news replaces culture; public opinion dispenses people from thinking for themselves and replaces God’s judgment; even the stupidity of television shows does not awaken the apathy, the listlessness of their brains under anesthesia.

 

But personal reflection is so important. It is necessary to our supernatural life. We shall not be saved automatically. We cannot be saved without conquering our liberty of judgment and of choice, without making all our decisions in favor of Good, whatever be the obstacles and traps which come from the world, the devil, or our own lusts. Television prevents us from attaining this interior liberty of judgment, without which we can never truly be human persons.

 

TELEVISION:

Deadly poison for their studies

 

Ask an intellectual effort of children who watch television . . . you will obtain no response. These children have, firstly, an inability to concentrate, and inability to be attentive, which comes directly from television. They are unstable, superficial, incapable of maintaining an intellectual effort, and intellectual reasoning. In addition, they have lost their liking for this sort of work – it is so arduous! With television, we just turn it on and . . . the whole world is before our eyes! These television watchers are full of illusion thinking they know so much.

 

What is more, their interests become as superficial as the programs they watch. This is why some children, even some only ten or twelve years old, are so worried about how they look; this is why they wear make-up etc. Certain twelve-year-olds look like sixteen-year-olds. It is a shame that they lose the innocence and the simplicity of their age.

 

And when this artificial world of television, this world of sin, of ugliness and of stupidity has captured their intelligences and their hearts, irreparable harm has been done. Their intelligences and their hearts remain untouched by the language of the Faith and of education. And all your efforts, all our efforts are made sterile.

 

Do not think that attending Sunday Mass is enough to save your children. But refer everything to this Mass, to Jesus Christ and to His love. If you do not, there is a lie in your life. It has always been necessary for Christians to cut themselves off from the world: “You are in the world, but you are no longer of the world,” Jesus tells us. This means that your behavior must be different from the world’s.

 

It would be too long to quote St. Paul, but reread his Epistles. In all of them he enjoins his faithful to abandon their pagan customs and to put on the Christian way of living. And he goes into detail. He does not tell them, “It is good enough if you go to Mass on Sunday and say your morning and night prayers.” He tells them all to overturn their idols; this is the other side of adhering to God. And all the missionaries after him always overturned the idols in order to install a Christian city.

 

Today’s idols are no longer Zeus or Venus. Today’s idols are television, singers, sports stars, rock music, movies, . . . We are to be as firm towards these idols as the first Christians were toward their false gods. “No alliance is possible between the light and the darkness.” None.

 

TELEVISION:

Deadly poison for your family life

 

Your homes must be sanctuaries where God is honored, loved, served, where the parents watch vigilantly over the education of their children.

 

What is television doing in the middle? It is breaking family life. It is keeping the father or the mother from talking, rectifying, advising, encouraging. The television is the stranger who has the place of honor in the home, the place that belongs to God, the place that belongs to the parents.

 

And there is no more family life, no more home where the flame is burning, from where it lights and warms all those who come near. You have simply people next to each other, separated, in fact, instead of being united; for the bond of unity is lacking, it is ruptured by the presence of television, which dictates its programs, its opinions, its lies. Well? What is the conclusion? It is easy. Get rid of the television. Throw it into the garbage. That is where it belongs. Do it this evening. Do not wait until tomorrow; your courage might fail. Tonight while your children are sleeping, without asking their opinion, of course!

 

And you will be surprised to see how much time you will then have to enjoy your family life and to look after each other. You will be surprised to see how fast the level of your conversations will go up, to see how docile your children will become to your authority. Family prayer, morning and night, family rosary, will take back their place of honor. Soon you will fell how much this new beginning of a natural life will pacify each and every one, will solder them to each other. The artificiality of a life which goes on in front of the television kills the personality of everyone in the family, and the result is mediocrity, laziness, slavery to fashion, and always impurity in one way or another.

 


Catholic parents, you must not be accomplices of such an undertaking of dehumanization and of dechristianization.

 

Do not renounce educating your children.

 

“To educate your children,” wrote Rev. Fr. de Chivré, “is to secure them with the means of attaining the full exercise of their spiritual lives as baptized Catholics, of making the most of their natural lives, and of facilitating their future lives.” Thus one can understand the importance of the language in conversations, in readings, in warnings, in scoldings, in encouragements and in corrections coming from the parents. The education of a child’s interior life is the only things that will arm him against the false appearances of the world. Helping him become accustomed to the truth, attracted to what is simple, energetic in the faithful accomplishment of his duties, proud in upholding moral values, aware of the presence of God, of an interior voice . . . teaching him to bear the arms of a Catholic who is baptized, who is confirmed . . . all these things galvanize the undecided frailty of teenagers and forge their characters.

 

And their duty belongs primarily to parents: the heart of a father and the heart of a mother, constantly burning with flames which are conducive to the awakening of the soul, the conscience, the reason, the heart, and the sensitivity of children.

 

“The home is a church in which dwells the True Presence. Not just anybody may come in; not just anything may be said, no unfitting or vulgar tunes may be sung. The home is like a tabernacle; one enters to be grasped by a need for respect, to be stolen over by a certain depth, to be sheltered from intellectual and moral degradation.

 

“It is the parents who have the responsibility, before the school, of teaching their children to live and to love what is Good and what is True. And it is precisely because childhood is characterized by both a lack of sufficient reason and an excess of anarchistic and unreasonable desires that intelligent imperatives are needed from parents, and intelligent refusals must be pronounced by parents when the need arises.

 

“To educate a child is to dare to choose for him, in order to deliver him from his ignorance, his weakness, and his personal inclinations. It is to dare to choose in accordance with what one knows to be Christian, that is, Christ like.”

 

To give commands is to love, precisely, with due measure and mild firmness.

 

In the realm of your children’s physical life, we do not hesitate to impose the necessary treatments to safeguard their health. And in the all-important realm of their conscience and knowledge, could we stand by and allow just anything to be said, or anything to be done? If we no longer dare to ask, no longer want to instruct, or decide no longer to allow or forbid, we annul and abandon our teaching functions.

 

It would also make all of our labor fruitless . . . We can obtain nothing from your children if you yourselves do not have the same requirements in their education. Children must learn the same truths and contemplate the same examples to follow at home and at school. If the case were to be the opposite we would be obliged, God forbid, to send away the children whose parents would educate them in a different direction: an atmosphere of carelessness, permissiveness, or liberal ideas in the intellectual, moral, and religious domains.

 

So, for the love of your children, be courageous enough to take heroic steps, of which only the first steps are hard, then the others come easier . . . .

 

  • Eliminate all the candy and cookies throughout the day. Save them for feast days and holidays, and even then in moderate quantity.
  • Require that your children eat everything at meals without choosing, and without making comments which reflect their likes or dislikes.
  • Establish a set time for studies in the evening, with calm, quiet surroundings. Supervise their work and insist on neatness and perfection.
  • Punish them severely when their work is bad, and take measures until it changes and improves.
  • Take a concrete interest in their schoolwork. Follow it closely. Without your help in this area we will have a hard time truly captivating their interest.
  • Send them to school, even if they have a headache or a stomach-ache.
  • Require that your girls help around the house.
  • Demand of them true Christian generosity towards you, first, then toward their brothers and sisters. (This is a sacred and religious duty.)
  • Insist upon physical efforts: walking, hikes, bicycle riding, etc. They are too lax, weak and wanting in energy! . . . no physical or moral vitality!
  • Throw out the makeup, the fingernail polish and the rest, for all of this develops the worship of the body to the detriment of the soul, the worship of one’s own person instead of the worship of Jesus Christ and dedication to one’s duties.

Whatever the causes may be, whatever weaknesses we may have or mistakes we may have made in the area of education, we must take courage and remain confident; for we have the graces to accomplish this work well, and where necessary, to correct and improve our methods of education.

 

Everything is possible as soon as the family and the school have decided to work together, in the same direction, with the same firmness. It is never too late to do something well or to make resolutions. We must have Faith!

 

Don’t give up! It will be easier than you think. Youth is made for heroism. The more you ask of a youth, the happier you will make him; for you are giving him a true moral, intellectual and spiritual value.

 

At the origin of all great saints, there were almost always saintly mothers and fathers. Look at St. Pius X, St. John Bosco, Archbishop Lefebvre . . . Prayer, work, sacrifice, poverty . . . these were the conditions in which they lived . . . walking in the traces of the model which we all must follow: the Holy Family at Nazareth. If Our Lord felt it necessary to spend 30 years of His life hidden, in humble and laborious circumstances, it was to teach us what our Christian homes must be like. Let us live up to His expectations, and glorify Him by putting all of our zealous energies to work, in order to live in imitation of the Holy Family.

 

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J.M.J.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
From “The Saint Andrew Daily Missal” (1937)

 

At Christmas Jesus will be born in our hearts, for at that time the
anniversary of His birth will be celebrated. He refuses nothing, to the
prayer of the Church, His spouse, and thus He will grant to our souls the
same graces which He gave the shepherds and the wise Kings.

 

Christ will come again also, at the end of all time, to “condemn the guilty
to the flames, and to call the just with a loving voice to heaven” (Hymn
for Matins).

 

The whole of to-day’s mass is a preparation for this double Advent of mercy
and justice. Some parts of it can be applied equally to either (e.g., the
Introit, Collect, Gradual, Alleluia), while others refer to our Divine
Redeemer’s lowly birth, and others again, (e.g. the Epistle and Gospel), to
His coming in the splendour of His power and majesty.

 

The same welcome will
be given to us by our Lord when He comes to judge us, as we give to Him now
when coming to redeem us. Let us prepare for the Christmas feast by holy
prayers and aspirations and by reforming our lives, that we may be ready
for that last great assize upon which depends the fate of our soul for all
eternity. And all this with confidence, for those “who wait upon the Lord
will never be confounded” (Introit ; Gradual ; Offertory).

 

In former times, on this First Sunday of Advent, all the people of Rome
made the station at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, to assist at the solemn
mass which the Pope celebrated, surrounded by his clergy. This particular
Church was chosen because it is Mary who gave us Jesus and because relics
of the crib in which the Blessed Mother placed her Divine Child are
preserved in this Church.

 

Every parish priest says Mass for the people of his parish.

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CHRISTMAS NOVENA
Prayer to Obtain Favors

Hail and blessed be the hour
And moment in which the Son of God
Was born of the most pure Virgin Mary,
At midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, O my God,
To hear my prayer and grant my desires,
Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
And of His Blessed Mother. Amen

– To be recited fifteen times a day from the Feast
of St. Andrew (Nov. 30) until Christmas.


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Martyrs of Compiegne

 

 

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July, the month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood
J.M.J.


 

THE SIXTEEN CARMELITE MARTYRS OF COMPIEGNE


        The French Revolution reveals the titanic struggle between good and evil.
During the terror, over 40,000 Frenchmen were executed just for holding
fast to the Catholic Faith and objecting to the worst excesses of the
Committee of Public Safety. The blood lost in the years of 1792-1794
staggers the imagination even in the retelling and the campaign against the
Church was as diabolical as it was cruel.


        Contemplative religious communities had been among the first targets of
the fury of the French Revolution against the Catholic Church. Less than a
year from May 1789 when the Revolution began with the meeting of the
Estates-General, these communities had been required by law to disband. But
many of them continued in being, in hiding. Among these were the community
of the Carmelite nuns of Compiegne, in northeastern France not far from
Paris — the fifty-third convent in France of the Carmelite sisters who
followed the reform of  St. Teresa of Avila, founded in 1641, noted


throughout its history for fidelity and fervor. Their convent was raided in
August 1790, all the property of the sisters was seized by the government,
and they were forced to discard their habits and leave their house. They
divided into four groups which found lodging in four different houses all
near the same church in Compiegne, and for several years they were to a
large extent able to continue their religious life in secret. But the
intensified surveillance and searches of the “Great Terror” revealed their
secret, and in June 1794 most of them were arrested and imprisoned.


        They had expected this; indeed, they had prayed for it. At some time
during the summer of 1792, very likely just after the events of August 10
of that year that marked the descent into the true deeps of the Revolution,
their prioress, Madeleine Lidoine, whose name in religion was Teresa in
honor of the founder of their order, by all accounts a charming


perceptive, and highly intelligent woman, had foreseen much of what was to
come. At Easter of 1792, she told her community that, while looking through
the archives she had found the account of a dream a Carmelite had in 1693.
In that dream, the Sister saw the whole Community, with the exception of 2
or 3 Sisters, in glory and called to follow the Lamb. In the mind of the
Prioress, this meant martyrdom and might well be a prophetic announcement
of their fate.


        Mother Teresa had said to her sisters: “Having meditated much on this
subject, I have thought of making an act of consecration by which the
Community would offer itself as a sacrifice to appease the anger of God, so
that the divine peace of His Dear Son would be brought into the world,
returned to the Church and the state.” The sisters discussed her proposal
and all agreed to it but the two oldest, who were hesitant. But when the
news of the September massacres came, mingling glorious martyrdom with
apostasy, these two sisters made their choice, joining their commitment to
that of the rest of the community. All made their offering; it was to be
accepted.


        After their lodgings were invaded again in June, their devotional objects
shattered and their tabernacle trampled underfoot by a Revolutionary who
told them that their place of worship should be transformed into a dog
kennel, the Carmelite sisters were taken to the Conciergerie prison, where
so many of the leading victims of the guillotine had been held during their
last days on earth. There they composed a canticle for their martyrdom, to
be sung to the familiar tune of the Marseillaise. The original still
exists, written in pencil and given to one of their fellow prisoners, a lay
woman who survived.


Give over our hearts to joy, the day of glory has arrived,
Far from us all weakness, seeing the standard come;
We prepare for the victory, we all march to the true conquest,
Under the flag of the dying God we run, we all seek the glory;
Rekindle our ardor, our bodies are the Lord’s,
We climb, we climb the scaffold and give ourselves back to the Victor.
O happiness ever desired for Catholics of France, To follow the wondrous
road


Already marked out so often by the martyrs toward their suffering,
After Jesus with the King, we show our faith to Christians,
We adore a God of justice; as the fervent priest, the constant faithful,
Seal, seal with all their blood faith in the dying God….


Holy Virgin, our model, August queen of martyrs, deign to strengthen our
zeal
And purify our desires, protect France even yet, help; us mount to Heaven,
Make us feel even in these places, the effects of your power. Sustain your
children,


Submissive, obedient, dying, dying with Jesus and in our King believing.
        On July 17 the sixteen sisters were brought before Fouquier-Tinville. All
cases were now being disposed of within twenty-four hours as Robespierre
had wished; theirs was no exception. They were charged with having received
arms for the emigres; their prioress, Sister Teresa, answered by holding up
a crucifix. “Here are the only arms that we have ever had in our house.”


They were charged with possessing an altar-cloth with designs honoring the
old monarchy (perhaps the fleur-de-lis) and were asked  to deny any
attachment to the royal family. Sister Teresa responded: “If that is a
crime, we are all guilty of it; you can never tear out of our hearts the
attachment for Louis XVI and his family. Your laws cannot prohibit feeling;


they cannot extend their empire to the affections of the soul; God alone
has the right to judge them.” They were charged with corresponding with
priests forced to leave the country because they would not take the
constitutional oath; they freely admitted this. Finally they were charged
with the catchall indictment by which any serious Catholic in France could
be guillotined during the Terror: “fanaticism.” Sister Henriette, who had
been Gabrielle de Croissy, challenged Fouguier-Tinvile to his face:


“Citizen, it is your duty to respond to the request of one condemned; I
call upon you to answer us and to tell us just what you mean by the word
‘fanatic.'” “I mean,” snapped the Public Prosecutor of the Terror, “your
attachment to your childish beliefs and your silly religious practices.”
“Let us rejoice, my dear Mother and Sisters, in the joy of the Lord,” said
Sister Henriette, “that we shall die for our holy religion, our faith, our
confidence in the Holy Roman Catholic Church.”


        While in prison, they asked and were granted permission to wash their
clothes. As they had only one set of lay clothes, they put on their
religious habit and set to the task. Providentially, the revolutionaries
picked that “wash day” for their transfer to Paris. As their clothes were
soaking wet, the Carmelites left for Paris wearing their “outlawed”
religious habit. They celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in
prison, wondering whether they would die that day.


        It was only the next day they went to the guillotine. The journey in the
carts took more than an hour. All the way the Carmelite sisters sang: the
“Miserere,” “Salve Regina,” and “Te Deum.” Beholding them, a total silence
fell on the raucous, brutal crowd, most of them cheapened and hardened by
day after day of the spectacle of public slaughter. At the foot of the
towering killing machine, their eyes raised to Heaven, the sisters sang
“Veni Creator Spiritus.” One by one, they renewed their religious vows.
They pardoned their executioners. One observer cried out: “Look at them and
see if they do not have the air of angels! By my faith, if these women did
not all go straight to Paradise, then no one is there!”


        Sister Teresa, their prioress, requested and obtained permission to go
last under the knife. The youngest, Sister Constance, went first. She
climbed the steps of the guillotine “With the air of a queen going to
receive her crown,” singing Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, “all peoples
praise the Lord.” She placed her head in the position for death without

the executioner to touch her. Each sister followed her example,
those remaining singing likewise with each, until only the prioress was
left, holding in her hand a small figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The
killing of each martyr required about two minutes. It was about eight
o’clock in the evening, still bright at midsummer. During the whole time
the profound silence of the crowd about the guillotine endured unbroken.


        Two years before when the horror began, the Carmelite community at
Compiegne had offered itself as a holocaust, that peace might be restored
to France and the Church. The return of full peace was still twenty-one
years in the future. But the Reign of Terror had only ten days left to run.
Years of war, oppression and persecution were yet to come, but the mass
official killing in the public squares of Paris was about to end. The Cross
had vanquished the guillotine.

        These sixteen holy Carmelite nuns have all been beatified by our Holy
Father, the Pope, [Pope St. Pius X, 27 May 1906] which is the last step
before canonization. Blessed Carmelites of Compiegne,

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Countdown to D.C. Conference

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The Pope is coming to Washington, D.C.! So is Our Lady’s Apostolate. We will be there –along with you, we hope – for this historic event from Sept. 22-24.

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We will be taking this message to the steps of the Capitol Building. We have a permit to march. Will you hang back, or will you seize this opportunity to stand with Our Lady’s Apostolate in offering the world the only help it can receive at this time?

It’s either world peace, or “the annihilation of nations.” We have a choice. And you have a chance to make a difference. This DC event was very important to our dear Father Gruner. Let’s stand together! We await your answer to this call to action. Please visitwww.savewashingtondc.com to view the conference schedule.


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St. Paul of the Cross – pray for us

 

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J.M.J.ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS (1694-1775) – Feast Day: April 28

 

FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATION OF DISCALCED CLERKS OF THE HOLY CROSS AND

PASSION OF OUR LORD, USUALLY CALLED PASSIONISTS

 

The lives of the saints are great sermons. They preach the Gospel by their

deeds and their preaching’s are perpetuated by their history. The note of

sanctity in the Catholic Church gets its fullest expression in their

characters. The life of St. Paul of the Cross fits the above description

perfectly. His personal sanctity was of the highest order, for his was a

long life of heroic self-abnegation blessed with the choicest favors of

heaven.

 

The gift of miracles has never ceased to show its presence in the

Church. St. Paul of the Cross, who was born in Ovada in Northern Italy on

January 3, 1694, wrought stupendous miracles – not only in Italy, and not

only in his lifetime, but in England, in Ireland and in America after his

death. Proofs, natural and supernatural, of this great fact are so abundant

in his life that it is difficult to choose which ones to record.

 

The childhood of St. Paul had everything in it which could mold a future

saint. His parents, pious and simple, were content with their lot and had

rather see their children free from sin than raised to honors and riches.

The father read the lives of the saints to his children and perpetually

cautioned them against two things, gambling and the bearing of arms. The

mother took great care to make them admire the beauty of modesty.

 

She kept

them away from society until they were grown up and had them all instructed

in their catechism. It is very refreshing to go back in spirit to this holy

household; the father and mother were models of virtue and the children so

fervent that they were obliged to be watched lest they might injure their

health by the severity of their penances or the length of their prayers.

 

Donna Anna, the mother of sixteen children, had her failings like all

mothers, but we are told by her son that her most angry exclamation was:

“May the Lord make saints of you all.”

 

After Father Paul became a priest, he dealt with his family’s spiritual

needs without limit but he chose not to better their material well-being

even though they were approaching real poverty. They were above absolute

want and that was enough for him. Here is an extract from one of his

letters to his family: “Believe me my dear brothers and sisters, you are

 

the most fortunate people in the world; poor in this life, but rich in a

faith which will make you rich indeed in heaven. Do you know why God leaves

you to contend against so many trials and miseries? In order that you may

thereby receive your eternal salvation. Brief and transitory is the day of

suffering, but long and lasting is the day of eternal joy. Courage then,

God will never abandon you, and you shall always have what is necessary.”

St. Paul always celebrated Holy Mass with great fervor. To the end of his

 

life, he had the gift of tears and his humility made him continually repeat

mentally to himself as he approached the altar: “The hour cometh, and now

is, when the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of a sinner.”

 

Often at the mysterious parts of the sacrifice his face was seen to glow

with heavenly beauty. He was often raised aloft in the air while

contemplating his Incarnate God as he lay open the Corporal and he was

often again enveloped in a strange but livid cloud.

His devotion to the Passion of Jesus would not be complete without its

counterpart – devotion to the Dolors of the Blessed Virgin. He had a

 

tremendous devotion to Our Blessed Lady. He began everything with her

blessing. Nearly all his greatest favors were received on her feasts and he

was blessed with many surprising visions of her glory. He never pronounced

the name of Mary without bowing his head or taking off his cap. The mystery

of her life which had the greatest attraction for him was her sufferings at

 

the foot of the Cross. He used to say, “Whoever goes to our crucified Lord

will find His Mother with Him; where the Son is, there is the Mother.”

During the last months of his life, he was troubled with some scruples

about the confessions he had heard. The Blessed Virgin, with the infant

Jesus in her arms, appeared surrounded by rays of glory. The saint cast

himself upon his knees and our Lady said to him: “Son, ask me for graces.”

 

St. Paul asked for the salvation of his soul. Mary answered: “Be in Peace;

the grace is granted.” Rosa Calabresi, a witness to this vision, was

deprived of sense and feeling with wonder and reverence. When she came to

her senses, she saw the saint, raised about five feet from the pavement in

 

the air. He was about an hour in this position. In this vision, the Blessed

Virgin foretold him the day and hour of his death. Such was the great

reward he received for his devotion of the Cross of the Son of God and

Dolors of His Mother.

 

This will give the reader some idea of the daily routine of St. Paul and

his confreres: They were clothed in a simple tunic of course black cloth.

They used no better food than legumes and herbs, except fish occasionally

when they received it in alms. They fasted every day except on Sundays and

the principal feasts and they ate meat only three times a year: Christmas,

 

Easter and the Assumption. After a few hours of sleep, they arose at

midnight to chant matins, after which they made an hour’s meditation, and

four times a week, took the discipline (self imposed scourge).

St. Paul had a close friendly relationship with Pope Clement XIV. When the

Pope first met him he was struck by his simplicity, sincerity and

 

straightforwardness. In all the marks of respect which he received in the

Vatican, it only made him the more reverent in the presence of the Vicar of

Christ. The Pope used to ask his blessing sometimes and he could scarcely

conceive it possible that he was in real earnest. The Pope’s confessor had

a stroke of paralysis and fears were entertained of his recovery. Saint

Paul was sent for, blessed him and he recovered perfectly and speedily.

 

St. Paul was kind and gentle in invoking the power of Our Lord to aid those

in need and for those who persecuted him. But all did not respond to his

warnings that were in habitual sin or those who were working against his

apostolate. There are several examples of this in his life such as the one

in Viterbo where an old woman, who bore hatred against her neighbor, who

refused to forgive her neighbor even after much effort by our saint to have

 

a change of heart. He finally threatened her by merely saying God would

punish her. In a few days she became suddenly ill, no priest could be found

to attend to her and in a few minutes she was one of the most hideous and

deformed corpse that the neighbor ever laid eyes upon.

 

A few examples of great miracles that St. Paul worked throughout his

priestly life need to be mentioned. He had the gift of perceiving a stench

from souls infested with the sin of impurity and would often walk up to a

friend and say; “Brother you have committed such a sin; go to Confession at

once.” Certain individuals, who were not present at his sermons, heard him

distinctly even though they were a mile or more away. He restored life to a

child who had died falling out of a window. St. Paul often had visions of

souls in Purgatory. A priest friend of his had some small failings which

 

St. Paul tried to correct without success. After his death, the priest

appeared to him the night he died and told him that he was condemned to

Purgatory for the faults that St. Paul had tried to correct. “Oh, how I

suffer,” said the priest, “it seems a thousand years since I passed from

this temporal existence,” though he had been dead only fifteen minutes. The

power that Our Dear Savior gave St. Paul to convert hardened sinners was

tremendous. In a mission he was giving, the captain of a band of smugglers,

 

armed to the teeth, came with his gang of ruffians to hear the saint. It

was enough; he threw aside his arms, and himself and all of his followers

became so penitent that they were the edification of the town. The leader

led the life of a saint for fifteen years and then died in peace with God

and man and fortified by all of the rites of the Church.

 

In Gaeta, the mother of the local archbishop had the privilege of a talk

with St. Paul. He told her at parting to prepare herself, for that on the

next feast of St. Joseph, she would die. Her death came about just as our

saint had predicted.

 

The effectiveness of St. Paul’s preaching was tremendous. Don G. Paci, a

Canon of the Church, was asked by our saint to hold the cross on the

platform on which he was speaking. The Canon gave testimony that he heard a

voice as of a prompter and he observed that every word Fr. Paul spoke, he

had heard already. The Canon concluded that the voice was supernatural as

 

there was no other explanation of where it came from. Divine it must have

been, for no human words could produce such effects. There was not one

present who did not weep abundantly. The words of the missionary would have

softened the heart of a flint.

 

In Arlena, a poor woman was very deaf and wished to hear the mission

sermons. In following the saint one night, she applied his habit to her ear

and recovered her hearing perfectly. In another miracle, he cured a

malignant cancer by making the Sign of the Cross upon it with the oil of

the lamp before the Blessed Sacrament. In a year of great scarcity of corn,

 

a charitable lady, who every year supported many poor, told St. Paul that

she must omit her charity this year because her granary was almost empty.

Our saint told her: “Give the usual alms and even more and God will

multiply your store.” She obeyed him strictly. With only 30 quarts of grain

at the time of his visit, they used it themselves and gave larger alms and

at the end of several months, found exactly the quantity of grain they had

in the beginning.

 

Once he passed by a plowman who was cursing and swearing at a yoke of oxen

which were not sufficiently obedient to his wishes. The saint reproved him

and said that cursing could not improve either man or beast. The man was

not in the humor for being preached to at the time, so he took up a gun

which lay beside him and pointed it at him. The saint raised his Crucifix

and said, “Since you will not obey the voice of God, nor respect His Image,

let us see if these poor beasts will not.” The oxen fell on their knees

immediately, with such an effect that the blasphemer dropped his gun and

reformed his evil habits.

 

There is no doubt of St. Paul’s being always spotless in purity. His maxims

on the point of treating with the opposite sex deserves attention. “As long

as our bones are covered with skin, there is reason to be afraid.” He

states that many persons, advanced in years, even though meritorious in

most walks of life, have fallen into sins for want of caution. Beautiful

and practical were the rules laid down for the custody of this virtue. His

advise to priests and religious was: Let your conversation  with ladies be

 

brief and stiff. One fruit seen everywhere the saint had been was that his

penitents could be distinguished from their companions by their modesty in

dress and deportment. He performed miracles more than once to save female

modesty from the surgeon’s knife and many were deprived of his friendship

because they would not come up to his standards of decorum.

At a mission given in Orbetello, our saint preached strongly against the

immodest dress that even occurred in the church. His sermons had great

effect with the exception of a French woman who resented his restrictions

on her vanity so that she resolved to defy the saint. She planted herself

in

church under the missionary’s eyes. The saint said not a word. He gave one

reproving look at her and in a moment her face, hands and arms became as

black as charcoal. All were horrified. Grace did its work, she repented. By

the prayers of the saint, in a few days she recovered her former color

but such was the effect of the incident, that about 40 of the most

 

respectable ladies in the town dressed henceforward almost in the garb of

as many (traditional) nuns.

 

On his missions he preached with great force and caution upon impurity. He

gave practical lectures for raising children to have a love and admiration

for chastity imprinted on their minds while they were still tender and

capable of receiving good impressions. He strove to abolish the destructive

practice of company-keeping and he inveighed against the evil of scandalous

tongues of older people, who by obscene language or impure jokes, kill

daily innumerable souls.

 

The Hand of God was always with him and demonstrated to his own age and to

all succeeding ones how acceptable in His sight was a soul which loved Him

so much and suffered so much for the glory of His Holy Name. St. Paul died

on the 18th of October, 1775, at the age of 81 years. His life teaches us

how to live and his death animates us to a holy death. The body, after

 

death, was found to be as flexible as when he was alive; a fragrant odor

emitted from it and the Sacred Name of Jesus was found engraved over his

heart.

 

This article was taken from the book on St. Paul of the Cross by Rev. Fr.

Pius A Sp. Sancto, a Passionist, published in 1867.

 

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November – dedicated to the Poor Souls

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November, the month dedicated to the Poor Souls
J.M.J.

 

 

Q.  What benefits can flow from a visit to a Catholic cemetery?

A.  It must first be recalled that a Catholic cemetery is a holy place,

being consecrated ground, especially blessed by the Church to receive the
bodies, temples of the Holy Ghost, that will rise up to meet Our Lord, the
Supreme Judge, on the last day. It is for this reason that it was always
considered obligatory for the bodies of faithful Catholics to be buried in
Catholic cemeteries (Canon 1205, 1 of the 1917 Code).

A visit to a cemetery is consequently an act of religion, as is the special
care of the cemetery and of the tombs of those who are buried there. It
inspires a Catholic with reverence, awe for God’s judgments, respect for
the souls of those whose bodies are buried there, with an awareness of the
brevity of this earthly life, and of the union of the Church militant with
the Church suffering in the mystical body of Christ.

 

Special graces are
consequently attached to silent and prayerful visits to cemeteries. It can
easily be understood why Church law prescribes that each parish have its
own cemetery (Canon 1208), and why it is the traditional custom for it to
be physically adjoining the parish.


However, if Catholics love to visit cemeteries, it is especially out of a
motive of charity. We long to assist the suffering souls in purgatory by
our prayers, sacrifices, and Masses, given that we are united as members of
the same mystical body. A physical visit to a cemetery is a great help in
inciting us to this duty of charity.

 

It is for this reason that the Church
has generously enriched with her indulgences visits to cemeteries. During
the eight days from November 1-8, any of the faithful can, simply by
visiting a cemetery and praying for the poor souls, obtain a plenary
indulgence, applicable to the poor souls in purgatory, under the usual
conditions.[*] At other times of the year this is a partial indulgence. The
gaining of a plenary indulgence does not mean that one soul is freed from
Purgatory, but that the power of the Church’s suffrages is added to the
personal prayers and applied to the poor souls, by manner of intercession.
How could we refuse to take advantage of the unlocking of the Church’s
treasury, which simply depends on our visits and prayers.


Let us consequently be generous and regular with our visits to Catholic
cemeteries, and let us never pass one by without stopping to recite a short
prayer for the poor souls there, or at least reciting such a prayer as we
go by.
Q&A by Fr. Scott
(
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* An indulgence can either be partial or plenary. It is partial if it
removes only part of the temporal punishment due to sin, or plenary if it
removes all punishment.

To be able to gain an indulgence, one must have the intention to gain them,
and perform the works at the time and in the manner prescribed.
The traditional conditions to attain a Plenary Indulgence:
A Plenary Indulgence can be gained only one per day. The faithful must be
in the state of grace and these three conditions must accompany the
prescribed act:

– the faithful must receive the sacrament of confession, either eight days
before or after the pious act is performed

– receive Holy Communion on that day
– recite prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and
one Hail Mary is the minimum, but any other additional prayers may be
added).


All attachment to sin, even venial sin, must be absent. If one’s
disposition is less than perfect or if some of the above conditions are not
fulfilled, the indulgence becomes partial.
In 2000 the Apostolic Penitentiary relaxed the conditions for confession
and communion:


In order to obtain a plenary indulgence (only one per day), the faithful
must, in addition to being in the state of grace: have the interior
disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin; — have
sacramentally confessed their sins; — receive the Holy Eucharist; pray for
the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.


It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and
especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take
place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is
sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within
several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the
Pope’s intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an “Our
Father” and a “Hail Mary” are suggested. One sacramental Confession
suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and
a separate prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions are required for each
plenary indulgence.


Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls A partial indulgence can be obtained
by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the
prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a
cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are
applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.


A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also
granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on All
Souls Day [November 3 this year]. In visiting the church or oratory, it is
required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.


A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be
obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This can be
prayed all year, but especially during the month of November:
Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis).
Requiescat (-ant) in pace. Amen.


Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon
them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen.

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December – dedicated to the Divine Infancy

December, the month dedicated to the Divine Infancy J.M.J.

From “The Liturgical Year” by Dom Gueranger O.S.B.

Volume 1 Advent – Chapter The Fifth

On Hearing Mass During The Time Of Advent

There is no exercise which is more pleasing to God, or more meritorious, or which has greater influence in infusing solid piety into the soul, than the assisting at the holy sacrifice of the Mass.

If this be true at all the various seasons of the Christian year, it is so, in a very special manner, during the holy time of Advent. The faithful, therefore, should make every effort in order to enjoy this precious blessing, even on those days when they are not obliged to it by the precept of the Church.

With what gratitude ought they to assist at that divine sacrifice, for which the world had been longing for four thousand years! God has granted them to be born after the fulfilment of that stupendous and merciful oblation, and would not put them in the generations of men who died before they could partake of its reality and its riches!

This notwithstanding, they must earnestly unite with the Church in praying for the coming of the Redeemer, so to pay their share of that great debt which God had put upon all, whether living before or after the fulfilment of the mystery of the Incarnation. Let them think of this in assisting at the holy sacrifice.

Let them also remember that this great sacrifice, which perpetuates on this earth even to the end of time, though in an unbloody manner, the real oblation of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, has this for its express aim: to prepare the souls of the faithful for the mysterious coming of God, who redeemed our souls only that He might take possession of them. It not only prepares, it even effects this glorious advent.

Let them, in the third place, lovingly profit by the presence of, and intimacy with, Jesus, to which this hidden yet saving mystery admits them; that so, when He comes in that other way, whereby He will judge the world in terrible majesty, He may recognize them as His friends, and even then, when mercy shall give place to justice, again save them.

We shall now endeavour to embody these sentiments in our explanation of the mysteries of the holy Mass, and initiate the faithful into these divine secrets; not, indeed, by indiscreetly presuming to translate the sacred formulae, but by suggesting such acts, as will enable those who hear Mass to enter into the ceremonies and sentiments of the Church and of the priest.

The faithful, in assisting at Mass during Advent, should first know whether it is going to be said according to the Advent rite, or in honour of the blessed Virgin, or of a saint, or, finally, for the dead. The colour of the vestments worn by the priest will tell them all this. Purple is used, if the Mass be of Advent; white or red, if of our Lady or of the saints; and black, if for the dead. If the priest be vested in purple, the faithful must excite within themselves the spirit of penance which the Church would signify by this colour. They should do the same, no matter what may be the colour of the vestments; for in every Mass during Advent, with the exception of Masses for the dead, the priest is obliged, even on the greatest feasts, to make a commemoration of Advent three separate times, and thus to make use of the same expressions of repentance and sorrow as he would in a Mass proper to the time of Advent.

On the Sundays, if the Mass at which they assist be the parochial, or, as it is often called, the public Mass, two solemn rites precede it, which are full of instruction and blessing: the Asperges, or sprinkling of the holy water, and the procession.

During the Asperges, let them ask for that purity of heart, which is necessary for having a share in the twofold coming of Jesus Christ; and in receiving the holy water, the sprinkling of which prepares us for assisting worthily at the great sacrifice, wherein is poured forth, not a figurative water, but the very Blood of the Lamb, they should think of that baptism of water, by means of which St. John the Baptist prepared the Jews for that other Baptism, which the power and mercy of the Redeemer were afterwards to give to mankind.

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NOVENA IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas.

Her feast day is December 12.

First Day – Dearest Lady of Guadalupe, fruitful Mother of holiness, teach me your ways of gentleness and strength. Hear my humble prayer offered with heartfelt confidence to beg this favor…… Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Second Day – O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to you under the glorious Aztec title of Guadalupe. Obtain for me a lively faith to do your Son’s holy will always: May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Third Day – O Mary, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my pathway. Obtain for me the strength to be a true imitator of you. This I ask you, my dear Mother. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Fourth Day – Dearest Mother of Guadalupe, I beg you for a fortified will to imitate your divine Son’s charity, to always seek the good of others in need. Grant me this, I humbly ask of you. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Fifth Day – O most holy Mother, I beg you to obtain for me pardon of all my sins, abundant graces to serve your Son more faithfully from now on, and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in heaven. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Sixth Day – Mary, Mother of vocations, multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be light and warmth for the world, safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send us many priests and religious. This we ask of you, O Mother. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Seventh Day – O Lady of Guadalupe, we beg you that parents live a holy life and educate their children in a Christian manner; that children obey and follow the directions of their parents; that all members of the family pray and worship together. This we ask of you, O Mother. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Eighth Day – With my heart full of the most sincere veneration, I prostrate myself before you, O Mother, to ask you to obtain for me the grace to fulfill the duties of my state in life with faithfulness and constancy. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Ninth Day – O God, You have been pleased to bestow upon us unceasing favors by having placed us under the special protection of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Grant us, your humble servants, who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

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THE KEEPING OF ADVENT

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The ever beautiful Season of Advent is almost here. As always, certain preparations must be made so that all will be in perfect readiness for the Feast of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The strategic importance of the home must be brought into full focus. The home must be a reliable and humble copy of the wondrous House of Nazareth.

First of all, in the family circle, the father is the patriarch. In the absence of the father, the mother is the matriarch. In normal conditions, the father and mother together must strive to raise Christian (CATHOLIC) living in our day to its highest and noblest expression. In so doing, the parents have to do something about the tastes of the family circle. Today the tastes of the people have gone out of control, so much so that the ordinary tastes of today’s society demand that both father and mother go out to earn the required number of dollars to make possible the countless demands of the average household of today. In such conditions, both the father and the mother are drawn away from the children, with the consequent result that the children become ever more deprived, self-centered, independent, uneducated, immoral, and totally unmindful of CONSEQUENCES. Without any authoritative constraint, they grow addicted to the amoral inducements of the street! The parents of today have abdicated their authority.

From the very beginning it must be kept in mind by everyone that the father of the family, being the patriarch, receives his authority from God Himself. The father of the family holds the place of Christ in the family, and is always first in the structure of the family. The mother’s place is also most important in the structure, and her support of the authority of the father gives proper example to the children, thereby giving Christian expression to life in the world of our day. Let the father know that he must give an account in the dread judgment of God of his teaching and his example. Let the father also know that whatever lack of profit God shall find in his children, will be laid to his blame. On the other hand he will be held blameless, if he gave all a “shepherd’s care” to his restless and unruly children and took all pains to correct their corrupt manners.

In the House of Nazareth, even though Mary was the mother of Jesus, Whom she knew to be God, she was subject to the authority of Joseph, her husband. The two working together in harmony governed the Child Jesus, Who “went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them.” In the matter of preparing the house and the family circle, let not the father play a passive role, ignoring everything about it. He must be central!

There are many wonderful Advent customs, too any to speak of. We advocate only a few of them, such as the Advent Wreath, Blessed Wheat, and the St. Nicholas Celebration. We suggest that good observance of just a few customs is far better that crowding many customs into poor and sloppy, disinterested and boring observances.

Last year we introduced another wonderful family custom, perhaps new to some of us. This is the custom of Blessing Bread on the Fourth Sunday of Advent. A day or two before the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the mother herself bakes a loaf of bread. It remains unsliced. After it has cooled, she, together with the children, wraps the loaf in attractive paper or cloth. A Christmassy look about the wrapping is quite appropriate. On the Fourth Sunday of Advent (this year it falls on December 24, which gives the occasion added solemnity and importance), the bread is brought to the Church and placed on the table provided for it. The Celebrant will then bless the bread after the 10:00 AM Mass.

The blessed bread is then taken home. After all are seated at the dinner table, before beginning the main meal, the mother herself presents the loaf of bread to the father, who, following the instructions which will be attached to the Bulletin for the First Sunday of Advent, places his father’s blessing on the bread. He unwraps the unsliced loaf, and breaking off pieces of it, personally hands a piece to each member of his family, beginning with the mother, and then to each of his children, beginning with the eldest down to the youngest. After the bread has been distributed, the father stands, and with his right hand extended, blesses his family. Wherever the circumstances permit, it is most appropriate and very wonderful to have friends and relatives over for the ceremony and dinner. Bread is given in the same manner to the visitors, but after the family members have each received their piece. The father, in his own home and at his own table, always sits at the head of the table. (Continued on page two)


If ever good Christian order is to be restored to Christian living, it has to begin in the family, and it has to be lived as intended by God himself. Just as His plan was perfectly lived out and clearly understood in the House of Nazareth, so must His plan be clearly understood and lived out as perfectly as possible within the household of every one of us. Let us never allow the distorted mentality of the world to deform family living in our own homes. The husband and the wife – the father and the mother – each working together and understanding the Will of the Supreme God, will thus give physical and spiritual growth to the children God has given them, and they will raise Christian living in their household to its highest and noblest expression, in spite of the rampant evil and Godlessness of our day.

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Thanksgiving should not be looked upon as a purely worldly, commercialistic occasion. Many see it as no more than “Turkey Day,” or “Football Day.” It is, indeed, a day for right and proper celebration, of joy and fun, but it is primarily a day set aside to give profound thanksgiving to Almighty God for all the blessings and protections He has given us over the past year. Special prayer should be offered to God for the welfare of countless thousands of our brothers and sisters who have suffered grievously both on the battlefield and on the streets of the world. God must be at the center of this day in particular, and our gratitude for His blessings on us must be profound, and our celebration must be profound and prudent!

Because of the many leftovers of the Thanksgiving meal, the day after Thanksgiving, a Friday, by long established Church custom is NOT a day of fast or abstinence, and meat of any form may be freely eaten on that day. Let us live according to the mind of our true Church and not live by our own standards. Let us not be more Catholic than the right reason and correct judgment and humility called for by that Catholic Church which we profess to be faithful to.

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Let not our devotion be complicated. Let our piety be real and unfeigned, and not kept in the safe keeping of our prayer books. As for our Faith, the quality of it must always be totally firm and correct – admitting of no exaggeration, no fantastic imaginings; nor accepting as correct whatever hearsay “doctrine” comes our way. Correct doctrine has already and long since been spelled our clearly and handed down to us by sources that simply cannot be brought into doubt by anybody. In all things, indeed, we must go straight as an arrow to God – and our approach to Him in every case must be set upon the path of love. It is holy simplicity that engenders an effortless approach to the divine, and enables us to endure all trials and suffering that the Love of God asks of us.