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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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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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December – dedicated to the Divine Infancy

 

J.M.J.

 

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS

(From the book “Could You Explain Catholic Practices?”
by Rev. Charles J. Mullaly, S.J. – 1937)


Advent is a season of penance, and of preparation by the Faithful
for the spiritual joy of Christmas. It is a time when the Church admonishes
us to lift our hearts to God and to trust in Him who is to free us from our
sins. As Advent is a season of penance, the color of the vestments used at
its seasonal Masses is violet and the altar is not decorated with flowers,


except on the third Sunday which is called Gaudete, or “Rejoice Sunday,”
because the Introit of the Mass of that day reminds us of the near approach
of our Lord’s birth: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Let
your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh.” During this season of
penance, as in Lent, the solemn celebration of marriage, that is, with
Nuptial Mass, etc., is forbidden.


We should strive ever to emphasize the fact that Christmas is the
Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The greeting cards we send
at the holy season should be a manifestation of our Catholic Faith, an aid
to our friends to enter into the spirit of the holy season, and a reminder
to them that we are praying that they may know Christ more intimately and
love Him more ardently. Your cards to non-Christian friends may be a means
of causing them to make inquiries in regard to the real meaning of
Christmas.


Christmas derives its name, “Christ’s Mass,” from the Mass offered in
honor of the Birth of Christ. Its early English form was written as
“Christes Maesse,” and in the course of the change of the English language
it eventually became Christmas. In the earliest days of the Church this
feast did not exist. Greater stress was placed on the Feast of the


Epiphany, because it commemorates the day on which our Saviour was made
known to the Gentiles, when the Wise Men came to adore Him. The Feast of
the Nativity came gradually into existence in the fourth century. Its first
mention is made by the great Christian writer, Clement of Alexandria, about
the year 200, and shows that it was celebrated on May 20. About the year
300, the Latin Church began to observe it on December 25, because an
ancient tradition assigns that day as the probable date of the Birth of our
Savior.


Love of the Babe of Bethlehem, who was born to redeem us, caused
Catholics, in centuries long gone by, to introduce into our churches a
representation of the crib, the Divine Babe, The Blessed Mother, St.
Joseph, and the Shepherds. St. Francis of Assisi deserves the credit of
making this practice very popular. His zeal prompted him to place at
Graccio a representation of the cave of Bethlehem. His plan permitted the
Faithful vividly to grasp the story of Bethlehem and to realize the poverty
and suffering of our Saviour in the bleak, cold stable where He was born.
The plan has spread to churches in all parts of the world.


On  the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, it is customary to put the
statues of the Wise Men beside the crib. In the early Church, this feast
was celebrated with great solemnity because it was the day on which our
Saviour was made known to those who were not of Israel. In the fourth
century, the Feast of the Nativity came into its own and was given first
importance, though in many Catholic countries the custom exists of giving
all  Christmas presents on the Feast of Epiphany, since on that day the
Wise Men brought gifts to our Saviour.


The Christmas tree is of recent origin. It represents for us the Tree
of the Cross. Bethlehem and Calvary are ever associated together in our
Christian thoughts, for Christ was born to die on the Tree of Ignominy and
thus redeem a sinful world. The lights placed upon the Christmas tree have
for us a symbolical meaning. They portray the Light of the World, Jesus
Christ.


Our modern Santa Claus, a crude, ridiculous figure, can be traced
back to that gentle lover of children–St. Nicholas. This Saint’s feast is
celebrated on December 6, and parents and friends gave children presents on
that day. The Dutch settlers in New York brought this custom with them to
the New World, and the giving of presents on December 6 and on Christmas
Day became somewhat confused. St. Nicholas was contracted into “Santa
Claus” and, with the increasing pagan idea of the Yuletide, became the
rollicking, bewhiskered figure so alien to the true Christmas spirit.
Let our children look to the Christ Child for their Christmas


presents. There is no need of deception here, and of shattering childish
faith. The Christ Child exists; He loves the little ones and He wishes them
to love Him. We have no use in a Catholic home for the fraudulent Santa
Claus and the pagan Christmas he now symbolizes. Let the Feast of the
Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ be for young and old a day of spiritual
joy and of close union with the Saviour whom we love.

 

PRAYER TO THE INFANT JESUS

Come to me, O Divine Savior, vouchsafe to be born in my heart.
Grant that, taught by Thine example, and assisted by Thy grace, I may
be poor in spirit and humble of heart. Keep me chaste and obedient.
I wish to live but for Thee. O Mary, my Advocate and Mother, obtain
by thy prayers forgiveness of my past offences and holy perseverance
unto death. St. Joseph, do thou also pray for me, that I may become
daily more pleasing to Jesus.

Amen.

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J.M.J.

Relief of the Holy Souls — For whom are we to Pray? — Great Sinners —
Father Ravignan and General Exelmans — The Widow in Mourning and the
Venerable Cure d Ars — St. Catherine of St. Augustine and the Sinner Dead
in a Grotto

 

Taken from the book “Purgatory Explained” by Fr. Schouppe, S.J. – Part II,
Chapter XXXIII (TAN Books).

Father Ravignan, an illustrious and holy preacher of the Society of Jesus,
also cherished great hope for the welfare of sinners carried away by a
sudden death,

when otherwise they had borne no hatred in the heart for the
things of God.

He lived to speak of the supreme moment, and it seems to
have been his opinion that many sinners are converted in their last
moments, and are reconciled to God without being able to give any exterior
sign thereof. In certain deaths there are mysteries of Mercy where the eye
of man sees nothing but strokes of Justice.

As a last glimmer of light, God
sometimes reveals Himself to those souls whose greatest misfortune has been
to ignore Him ; and the last sigh,

understood by Him who penetrates hearts,
may be a groan that calls for pardon ; that is to say, an act of perfect
contrition. General Exelmans, a relative of this good father, was suddenly
carried to the tomb by an accident,

and unfortunately he had not been
faithful in the practice of his religion. He had promised that he would one
day make his confession, but had not had the opportunity to do so. Father
Ravignan, who, for a long time had prayed and procured prayers for him, was
filled with consternation when he heard of such a death. The same day, a
person accustomed to receive supernatural communications thought he heard
an interior voice, which said to him,

“Who then knows the extent of God’s
mercy? Who knows the depth of the ocean, or how much water is contained
therein? Much will be forgiven to those who have sinned through ignorance.”

The biographer from whom we borrow this incident, Father de Ponlevoy, goes
on to say, “Christians, placed under the law of Hope no less than under the
law of Faith and Charity, we must continually lift ourselves up from the
depths of our sufferings to the thought of the infinite goodness of God. No
limit to the grace of God is placed here below;

while there remains a spark
of life there is nothing which it cannot effect in the soul. Therefore we
must ever hope and petition God with humble persistency. We know not to
what a degree we may be heard.

Great saints and doctors have gone to great
lengths in extolling the powerful efficacy of prayer for the dear departed,
how unhappy soever their end may have been. We shall one day know the
unspeakable marvels of Divine Mercy. We should never cease to implore it
with the greatest confidence.”

The following is an incident which our readers may have seen in the Petit
Messager du Coeur de Marie, November 1880. A Religious, preaching a mission
to the ladies at Nancy, had reminded them in a conference that we must
never despair of the salvation of a soul,

and that sometimes actions of the
least importance in the eyes of man are rewarded by God at the hour of
death. When he was about to leave the church, a lady dressed in mourning
approached him and said, “Father, you just recommended to us confidence and
hope; what has just happened to me fully justifies your words. I had a
husband who was most kind and affectionate,

and who although otherwise
leading an irreproachable life, entirely neglected the practice of his
religion. My prayers and exhortations remained without effect. During the
month of May which preceded his death, I had erected in my room, as I was
accustomed to do, a little altar of the Blessed virgin, and decorated it
with flowers, which I renewed from time to time.

My husband passed the
Sunday in the country, and each time he returned he brought me some
flowers, which he himself had plucked, and with these I used to adorn my
oratory. Did he notice this? Did he do this to give me pleasure, or was it
through a sentiment of piety towards the Blessed Virgin? I know not, but he
never failed to bring me the flowers.

“In the beginning of the following month he died suddenly, without having
had time to receive the consolations of religion. I was inconsolable,
especially as I say all my hopes of his return to God vanish. In
consequence of my grief, my health became completely shattered, and my
family urged me to make a tour in the south.

As I had to pass through
Lyons, I desired to see the Cure d Ars. I therefore wrote to him asking an
audience, and recommending to his prayers my husband, who had died
suddenly. I gave him no further details.

“Arrived at Ars, scarcely had I entered the venerable Cure’s room than, to
my great astonishment, he addressed me in these words: ‘Madame, you are
disconsolate; but have you forgotten those bouquets of flowers which were
brought to you each Sunday of the month of May?’

 

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It is impossible to
express my astonishment on hearing M. Vianney remind me of a circumstance
that I had not mentioned to any one, and which he could know only by
revelation. He continued, ‘God has had mercy on him who honoured His Holy
Mother. At the moment of his death your husband repented; his soul is in
purgatory; our prayers and good works will obtain his deliverance.'”

We read in the Life of a holy Religious, Sister Catherine of St. Augustine,
that in the place where she lived there was a woman named Mary, who in her
youth had given herself up to a very disorderly life, and as age brought no
amendment, but, on the contrary,

she grew more obstinate in vice, the
inhabitants, no longer willing to tolerate the scandal she gave, drove her
from the city. She found no other asylum than a grotto in the forest,
where, after a few months, she died without the assistance of the
Sacraments.

Her body was interred in a field, as though it were something
contagious.

Sister Catherine, who was accustomed to recommend to God the souls of all
those of whose death she heard, thought not of praying for this one,
judging, as did every one else, that she was surely damned.

Four months later the servant of God heard a voice saying, “Sister
Catherine, how unfortunate I am!

You recommend to God the souls of all; I
am the only one upon whom you take no pity!” “Who then are you?” replied
the sister. “I am poor Mary, who died in the grotto.” “What! Mary, are you
saved?” “Yes, by the Divine Mercy I am.

At the point of death, terrified by
the remembrance of my crimes, and seeing myself abandoned by all, I called
upon the Blessed Virgin.

 

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In her tender goodness she heard me, and obtained
for me the grace of perfect contrition, with a desire of confessing, had it
been in my power to do so.

I thus recovered the grace of God and escaped
Hell. But I was obliged to go to Purgatory, where I suffer terribly. My
time will be shortened, and I shall soon be liberated,

if a few Masses are
offered for me. Oh! have them celebrated for me, dear sister, and I shall
ever remember you before Jesus and Mary.”

Sister Catherine hastened to fulfill this request, and after a few days the
soul again appeared, brilliant as a star, and returning thanks for her
charity.

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November: Dedicated to The Holy Souls

 

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

The importance of All Souls Day was made clear by Pope Benedict XV
(1914-22), when he granted all priests the privilege of celebrating three
Masses on All Souls Day:
One for the faithful departed;
One for the priest’s intentions;
One for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Only on a handful of other very important feast days are priests allowed
to celebrate more than two Masses.

While All Souls Day is now paired with All Saints Day, which celebrates
all of the faithful who are in Heaven, it originally was celebrated in the
Easter season, around Pentecost Sunday (and still is in the Eastern
Catholic Churches). By the tenth century, the celebration had been moved to
October; and sometime between 998 and 1030, St. Odilo of Cluny decreed that
it should be celebrated on November 2 in all of the monasteries of his
Benedictine congregation.

Over the next two centuries, other Benedictines and the Carthusians
began to celebrate it in their monasteries as well, and soon it spread to
the entire Church.

On All Souls Day, we not only remember the dead, but we apply our
efforts, through prayer, almsgiving, and the Mass, to their release from
Purgatory. There are two plenary indulgences attached to All Souls Day, one
for visiting a church and another for visiting a cemetery. (The plenary
indulgence for visiting a cemetery can also be obtained every day from
November 1-8, and, as a partial indulgence, on any day of the year.) While
the actions are performed by the living, the merits of the indulgences are
applicable only to the souls in Purgatory.

Praying for the dead is a Christian obligation. In the modern world,
when many have come to doubt the Church’s teaching on Purgatory, the need
for such prayers has only increased. The Church devotes the month of
November to prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and participation in
the Mass of All Souls Day is a good way to begin the month.

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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.

Six General rules for obtaining a plenary indulgence:
1. State of grace at least when performing the indulgenced act.
2. Complete detachment from sin, even venial sin.
3. Confession (20 days before or after the indulgenced act).
4. Communion (20 days before or after the indulgenced act).
5. Prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
6. Indulgenced act: a special good work with special conditions of place
and time.

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.

The Apostolic Penitentiary guide for indulgences:
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. 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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In Time of Sickness ………….

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From Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine’s
The Church’s Year

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

The Introit of the Mass is an humble prayer, by which we acknowledge that
we are punished for our disobedience:
INTROIT All that thou hast done to us, O Lord, thou hast done in true,
judgment: because we have sinned against thee, and have not obeyed thy
commandments: but give glory to thy name, and deal with us according to the
multitude of thy mercy. (Dan. III. 28.) Blessed are the undefiled in the
way: who walk in the law of the Lord. (Fs. CXVIII.). Glory etc.

COLLECT Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, in Thy mercy to Thy faithful pardon
and peace; that they may both be cleansed from all their offences, and
serve Thee with a quiet mind. Thro’.

EPISTLE (Ephes. V. 15-21.) Brethren, See how you walk circumspectly, not as
unwise, but as wise redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Wherefore, become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury: but be ye filled with the
Holy Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual

 
canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord: giving
thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God
and the Father; being subject one to another in the fear of Christ.

How may we redeem time?

By employing every moment to gain eternal goods, even should we lose
temporal advantages thereby; by letting no opportunity pass without
endeavoring to do good, to labor and, suffer for love of God, to improve
our lives, and increase in, virtue.

Do you wish to know, says the pious Cornelius a Lapide, how precious time
is: Ask the damned, for these know it from experience. Come, rich man, from
the abyss of hell, tell us what you would give for one year, one day, one
hour of time! I would, he says, give a whole world, all pleasures, all

 
treasures, and bear all torments. O, if only one moment were granted me to
have contrition for my sins, to obtain forgiveness of my crimes, I would
purchase this moment with every labor, with any penance, with all
punishments, torments and tortures which men ever suffered in purgatory or
in hell, even if they lasted hundreds, yes, thousands of millions of years!

 
O precious moment upon which all eternity depends! O, how many moments did
you, my dear Christian, neglect, in which you could have served God, could
have done good for love of Him, and gained eternal happiness by them, and
you have lost these precious moments. Remember, with one moment of time, if
you employ it well, you can purchase eternal happiness, but with all
eternity you cannot purchase one moment of time!

 

ASPIRATION Most bountiful God and Lord! I am heartily sorry, that I have so
carelessly employed the time which Thou bast given me for my salvation. In
order to supply what I have neglected, as far as I am able, I offer to Thee
all that I have done or suffered from the first use of my reason, as if I
had really to do and suffer it still; and I offer it in union with all the
works and sufferings of our Saviour, and beg fervently, that Thou wilt
supply, through His infinite merits, my defects, and be pleased with all my
actions and sufferings.

Be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury!

[On the vice of drunkenness see the third Sunday after Pentecost. Here we
will speak only of those who make others drunk by encouragement.] The
Persian King Assuerus expressly forbade that any one should be urged to
drink at his great banquet. (Esth. I. 8.) This heathen who knew from the
light of reason, that it is immoral to lead others to intemperance, will

 

 
one day rise in judgment against those Christians who, enlightened by the
light of faith, would not recognize and avoid this vice. Therefore the
Prophet Isaias (V. 22.) pronounces woe to those who are mighty in drinking
and know how to intoxicate others; and St. Augustine admonishes us, by no
means to consider those as friends, who by their fellowship in drinking
would make us enemies of God.

 

GOSPEL (John IV. 46-53.) At that time, There was a certain ruler whose son
was sick at Capharnaum. He having heard that Jesus was come from Judea into
Galilee, went to him, and prayed him to come down, and heal his son; for he
was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him: Unless you see
signs and wonders, you believe not. The ruler with to him: Lord, come down
before my son die. Jesus saith to him: Go thy way, thy son liveth.

 

The man  believed the word which Jesus said to him, and went his way. And as he was
going down, his servants met him, and they brought word, saying that his
son lived. He asked therefore of them the hour wherein he grew better. And
they said to him: Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. The
father therefore, knew that it was at the same hour that Jesus said to him:
Thy son liveth: and himself believed. and his whole house.

INSTRUCTIONS
I.God permitted the son of the ruler to become sick that he might ask
Christ for the health of his son, and thus obtain true faith and eternal
happiness. In like manner, God generally seeks to lead sinners to Himself,
inasmuch as He brings manifold evils and misfortunes either upon the sinner
himself or on his children, property, etc. Hence David said: It is good for
me that thou hast humbled me, that I may learn thy justifications, (Ps.
CXVIII. 71.) and therefore he also asked God to fill the faces of sinners
with shame, that they should seek His name. (Ps. LXXXII. 17.) This happened
to those of whom David says: Their infirmities were multiplied: afterwards
they hastened in returning to God. (Ps. XV. 4.) O would we only do the
same! When God sends us failure of crops, inundations, hail-storms, dearth,
war, etc., He wishes nothing else than that we abandon sin and return to
Him. But what do we? Instead of hastening to God, we take refuge in
superstition, or we murmur against Him, find fault with or even blaspheme
His sacred regulations; instead of removing our sins by sincere penance, we
continually commit new ones, by murmuring and impatience, by hatred and
enmity, by rash judgments, as if the injustice and malice of others were
the cause of our misfortune. What will become of us if neither the benefits
nor the punishments of God make us better?

II. Christ said to this ruler: Unless you see signs and wonders, you
believe not. This was a reprimand for his imperfect faith; for if he had
truly believed Christ to be the Son of God, he would not have asked Him to
come to his house, but, like the centurion, would have believed Him able,
though absent, to heal His son. (Matt. VIII.) Many Christians deserve the
same rebuke from Christ, because they lose nearly all faith and confidence
in God, when He does not immediately help them in their troubles, as they
wish. He proves to us how displeasing such a want of confidence is to Him
by withdrawing His assistance and protection from the fickle and
distrustful. (Ecclus. II. 15.)

II. How much may not the example of the father of a family accomplish! This
ruler had no sooner received the faith, than his whole household was
converted and believed in Christ. Fathers and mothers by their good
example, by their piety, frequent reception of the Sacraments, by their
meekness, temperance, modesty and other virtues, may accomplish
incalculable good among their children and domestics.

CONSOLATION IN SICKNESS

There was a certain ruler whose son was sick. (John IV. 16.)
As a consolation in sickness, you should consider that God sends you this
affliction for the welfare of’ your soul, that you may know your sins; or
if you be innocent, to practice patience, humility, charity, etc., and
increase your merits. Therefore a holy father said to one of his
companions, who complained, because he was sick: “My son! if you are gold,
then you will be proved by sickness, but if you are mixed with dross, then
you will be purified.” “Many are vicious in health,” says St. Augustine,
“who would be virtuous in sickness;” and St. Bernard says: “It is better to
arrive at salvation through sickness, than to have health and be damned.”

It is also a powerful means of consolation in sickness, to represent to
ourselves the suffering Redeemer, who had no soundness from the top of His
head to the sole of His foot, and contemplating whom St. Bonaventure used
to cry out: “O Lord, I do not wish to live without sickness, since I see
Thee wounded so much.”

When sick, we should carefully examine, whether we possess any ill-gotten
goods, or have any other secret sin on our conscience; and if we are
conscious of any, we should quickly free ourselves from it by a contrite,
sincere confession, and by restoring the things belonging to others. Sins
are very often the cause of disease, and God does not bless the medicine
unless the sickness effects its object, that is, the sinners amendment.
Still less can we expect help, but rather temporal and eternal misfortune,
if we have recourse to superstition, and spells, as the King Ochozias
experienced, who was punished with death, because in sickness he had
recourse to the idol Beelzebub. (IV Kings I.)

PRAYER O Jesus, Thou true physician of souls, who dost wound and heal us,
yea, dost even permit sorrows and adversities to visit us that our souls
may have health, grant us the grace to use every bodily pain according to
Thy merciful designs for the promotion of our salvation.

INSTRUCTION ON CARE OF THE SICK

Come down before my son die. (John IV. 49.)
All who have the charge of sick persons, should be like this father, that
is, they should first of all endeavor to call upon Jesus to come in the
most holy Sacrament, before the sick person is unable to receive Him. The
devil seeks to hinder nothing more than this. He excites the imagination of
the sick person, making him believe that he can live longer, that he will
certainly get well again, in order to ruin him easier afterwards, because
he defers his conversion. Those contribute to this end who through fear of
frightening the sick person or of annoying him, fail to call the priest at
the right time. This is cruel love, which deprives the sick person of the
salvation of his soul and eternal happiness, and brings with it a terrible
responsibility. Where there is question of eternity, no carefulness can be
too great. We should, therefore, choose the safest side, because the
suffering may easily increase and finally make the sick person unable to
attend to the affairs of his soul. We should, therefore, not conceal from
him the danger in which he is, and if he has still the use of his reason,
should call in the priest that he may receive the Last Sacraments. He will
not die sooner on that account, but rather derive the greatest benefit
therefrom, since his conscience will be cleansed from sin, which may be the
cause of his sickness, and perhaps, he may regain his health, or at least
be strengthened by the newly received grace of God, to bear his pains with
greater patience and to die far easier, securer, and more consoled. We
should also endeavor to encourage the sick person to resignation, and a
childlike confidence in God, should pray with him to strengthen him against
desponding thoughts, and the temptations of the devil; we should present
him a crucifix to kiss; repeat the holy names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
and other consolatory ejaculations, such as are found in prayer-books;
should sign him with the sign of the cross; sprinkle him with holy water,
and above all pray for a happy death. We should not weep and lament, by
which death is only made harder for him, nor should we hold useless, idle
and worldly conversations with him which will prevent him from thinking of
God and the salvation of his soul, and from preparing himself for the last
dangerous struggle. Finally, we should by no means suffer in his presence
persons who have given him occasions of committing sin, because they would
be obstacles to his sincere conversion.
There is truly no greater work of charity than to assist our neighbor to a
happy death.

The above is taken from “The Church’s Year” by Fr. Leonard Goffine –
available online at http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/The_Church_Year/.


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October – dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary

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J.M.J.

THE WEIGHT OF THE ROSARY AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF GOD

An excerpt from Saint Louis de Montfort’s “The Secret of the Rosary”
(Published by TAN Books)


“Whatever you do, do not be like a certain pious but stubborn lady in
Rome, so often mentioned when speaking about the Rosary.
She was so devout and so fervent that she put to shame by her holy
life even the strictest religious in the Church.


“Having decided to ask Saint Dominic’s advice about her spiritual
life, she asked him to hear her confession.


For penance he gave her one whole Rosary to say and advised her to say
it every day. She said that she had no time to say it, excusing
herself on the grounds that she made the Stations of Rome every day,
that she wore sackcloth and a hair shirt, that she carried out so many
other penances and fasted so much.


Saint Dominic urged her repeatedly to take his advice and say the
Rosary, but she would not hear of it. She left the confessional,
horrified at the tactics of this new spiritual director who had tried
so hard to persuade her to take on a devotion that was not at all to
her liking.


“Later on, when she was in prayer, she fell into ecstasy and had a
vision of her soul appearing before Our Lord’s Judgment Seat. Saint
Michael put all her penances and other prayers onto one tray of the
scales and all her sins and imperfections onto the other tray. The
tray of her good works was greatly outweighed by the tray with her
sins and imperfections.


“Filled with terror she cried for mercy, imploring the Blessed Virgin
Mary’s help. Her gracious Advocate took the one and only Rosary that
she had said for her penance and dropped it onto the tray of her good
works. This one Rosary was so heavy that it weighed more than all her
sins as well as all her good works. Our Lady then reproved her for
refusing to follow the counsel of her servant Dominic and for not
saying the Rosary every day.


“As soon as she came to she rushed and threw herself at Saint
Dominic’s feet, and told him all that had happened. She begged his
forgiveness for her unbelief and promised to say the Rosary faithfully
every day. By this means she arose to Christian perfection and finally
to the glory of everlasting life.

 
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power, the value and the importance of this devotion of the Most Holy
Rosary when it is said together with meditation on the mysteries.”
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September, the month dedicated to Our Mother of Sorrows

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September, the month dedicated to Our Mother of Sorrows
J.M.J. From “Victories of the Martyrs” By St. Alphonsus Liguori
 
Mary is the queen of Martyrs, for her Martyrdom was longer and greater than that of all the Martyrs. Who can ever have a heart so
hard that it will not melt on hearing the most lamentable event that once occurred in the world? There was a noble and
holy mother who had an only son. This son was the most amiable that can be imagined – innocent, virtuous,
beautiful, who loved his mother most tenderly; so much so that he had never caused her the least displeasure,
but had ever shown her all respect, obedience, and affection; hence this mother had placed her affections on earth in this son.
 
Hear, then, what happened. This son, through envy, was falsely accused by his enemies; and though the judge knew, and himself confessed,
that he was innocent, yet, that he might not offend his enemies, he condemned him to the ignominious death that they demanded.
This poor mother had to suffer the grief of seeing that amiable and beloved son unjustly snatched from her in the flower of his age by a barbarous death; for, by dint of torments and
 
drained of all his blood, he was made to die on an infamous gibbet in a public place of execution, and this before her own eyes.
Devout souls, what say you? Is not this event, and is not this unhappy mother, worthy of compassion? You already understand of whom I speak.
This son, so cruelly executed, was our loving Redeemer Jesus; and this mother was the Blessed Virgin Mary; who, for the love she bore us, was willing to see him
 
sacrificed to divine justice by the barbarity of men. This great torment which Mary endured for us – a torment that was more than a thousand deaths – deserves both
our compassion and our gratitude. If we can make no other return for so much love, at least let us give a few moments this day to consider the greatness of the sufferings
by which Mary became the Queen of martyrs; for the sufferings of her great martyrdom exceeded those of all the martyrs; being,
 
in the first place, the longest in point of duration; and in the second place, the greatest in point of intensity.————————- The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Seven Promises to
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– I have obtained (this grace) from my divine son that those who propagate this devotion to my sorrows will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.
 
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Countdown to D.C. Conference

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Subject:Countdown to D.C. Conference

The Fatima Network

COUNTDOWN TO D.C. CONFERENCE

NOW IS THE TIME TO SIGN UP!

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.

September may seem a long time from now, however for planning purposes the deadline for our conference arrangements is fast approaching. We need to know how many rooms to book, how many meals to arrange, how many to expect at the talks.

So please, let us know now if you intend to come. And PLEASE DO COME! We need a show of force in D.C. We have to demonstrate to the Pope, the Congress, the world’s media who will be gathered, that Fatima is the answer – THE ONLY ANSWER – to the violence that is engulfing the world. There will be no peace without obedience to the Queen of Peace!

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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