Sunday, 11 November 2018

Mary's Miraculous Medal


An Unlikely Helper The extraordinary story begins on the night of July 18, 1830, when a mysterious child awakens Sister Catherine Laboure. The child leads her to the convent's chapel. There, Sister Catherine sees the Virgin Mary, sitting in a chair. She kneels beside Mary, and rests her hands in the Virgin's lap. The two speak for several hours. During the conversation, Mary promises she will return and give the young nun "a mission." The child leads Catherine back to her bed. Catherine hears the clock strike 2 a.m., July 19. A little more than four months later, Sister Catherine learns what Mary wants. 

 During her evening meditation on Nov. 27, 1830, Catherine has a vision of Mary standing in a position similar to the depiction on the medal. Later, the vision changes to include the inscription found on the front side of the medal. Mary speaks to Catherine, saying, "Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around their neck." Iconic Attraction It was as Mary said. The medal's effects were immediate. The first medals were made in 1832 and distributed throughout Paris. According to the Association of the Miraculous Medal, the blessings that Mary promised "began to shower down" on wearers of the medal. The devotion spread rapidly. In 1836, a Church investigation declared the apparitions to be genuine. Since Mary asked Catherine to have the medal struck, devotion to the Miraculous Medal has spread the world over, the image having achieved iconic stature. 

But what does the medal mean? In answering that, one discovers why it works. 

The Front Side 
• Mary stands on a globe, crushing a serpent beneath her feet. Describing the original vision, Catherine said the Blessed Mother appeared radiant as a sunrise, "in all her perfect beauty."
 • Rays shoot out from Mary's hands, which she told Catherine, "... symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them." 
• Words from the vision form an oval frame around Mary: "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." Seen as a matrix, the elements of the front design encapsulate major Marian tenets: Quality of Our Lady As Illustrated by the Medal 
• Mother Her open arms, the "recourse" we have in her 
• Immaculate The words, "conceived without sin" 
• Assumed into Heaven She stands on the globe 
• Mediatrix Rays from her hands symbolizing "graces" 
• Our Protection Crushes the serpent (Gn. 3:15

The Reverse Side 

• A cross-and-bar surmounts a large, bold "M" 
• 12 stars disperse around the perimeter 
• Two hearts are depicted underneath the "M," the left lapped with a crown of thorns, the right skewed by a sword. From each, a flame emanates from the top. Again, employing a grid analysis, we can see how the reverse-side design contains great symbolism reflecting major tenets of the Catholic faith. Design Element and its Catholic Meaning 
• The large letter "M" — Mary as Mother, Mediatrix. 
• Cross and bar — Jesus' cross of Redemption. 
• 12 stars — 12 Apostles, who formed the first Church. 
• Left Heart — The Sacred Heart, who died for our sins. 
• Right Heart — The Immaculate Heart, who intercedes for us. 
• Flames — The burning love Jesus and Mary have for us. The Association of the Miraculous Medal, in Perryville, Mo., notes that there is no superstition or magic connected with the Miraculous Medal, nor is it "a good luck charm." Rather, it is "a testimony to faith and the power of trusting prayer. Its greatest miracles are those of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith." ( Association of the Miraculous Medal, 1811 W. St. Joseph St., Perryville, MO, 63775).

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Bishop Schneider News

Apparently it has been reported that Bishop schneider told not to travel. From Fr. Z:-

Everyone knows that the plural of anecdote is “data”.

Something seems to be up.

First, Italian Vaticanista Marco Tosatti says that Francis, through the US Nuncio, is telling bishops not to invite Card. Burke to their dioceses, and if they can’t prevent his presence, not to attend the event.   HERE

Another story was circulating that the Holy See had forbidden the great Bp. Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary in Astana, to travel.   It seems, however, that they have only told him not to be outside of his diocese – except for necessary meetings of conferences, etc. – for more than the designated 30 days (can. 395 §2). HERE
The last thing they want is the circulation of certain ideas.

George Orwell wrote that some pigs are more equal than others.

It would be interesting to start a Bishop Watch effort. I wonder how many days bishops such as Card. Maradiaga or Cupich are outside their dioceses.
Some sharing options...

Cardinal Burke Latest

Very disturbing news, this source alleges:-


Monday, 5 November 2018

The Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society



  H/t from Rorate Coeli:-
This is our monthly reminder to please enroll Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. We now have 89 saying monthly and weekly traditional Latin Masses for the Souls.
Priests: The Souls still need more of you saying Mass for them! Please email me to offer your services. There's nothing special involved -- all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly TLM with the intention: "For the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society."

How to enroll souls: please email me at athanasiuscatholic@yahoo.com and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well.

Please consider forwarding this Society to your family and friends, announcing from the pulpit during Holy Mass or listing in your church bulletin. We need to spread the word and relieve more suffering souls.

Please pray for the enrolled Souls and the 89 holy priests saying Traditional Masses for the Society:

"For all the souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful departed rest in peace. Amen."
Then ...
Almighty and ever living God,
we ask Thy blessing upon the priests
who offer Masses for the Purgatorial Society.
Give them a greater awareness of the grace
that Thou dost pour out through the Sacraments,
and by their devout celebration of the Sacred Mysteries,
increase in them a love for Thee.
Give strength to Thy priests, O Shepherd of the flock;
when they are in doubt, give them the assurance of faith,
and in Thy goodness confirm them as heralds of Thy Truth
to all who seek to follow in Thy path.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal Priest,
Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity with the Holy Ghost,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Wednesday Latin Mass at St. Gregory's Church, Cheltenham, will take place on 7th Nov at 7pm in the Old Priory Hall - May be Discontinued


 
 

The regular first Wednesday Latin Mass at St. Gregory's Church, Cheltenham, will take place on 7th Nov at 7pm in the Old Priory Hall. 
 
Please note,  that sadly there has been a message that this Mass will be cancelled unless more people attend. Attendance has dropped since the Mass was moved to the Church Hall (there are no kneelers etc.); before this, attendance was c.20-40,which is very healthy for a weekday.

Hopefully the Mass will be back in the main Church in December (unless it has already been discontinued by then).

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Exactly 101 Years Ago at Fatima 70,000 People Saw One of the Greatest Miracles in History


Taken from:- h/t "206 Tours from Facebook" :-

Exactly 101 years ago, on Oct 13th, 1917, 70,000 people flocked to Fatima, many were unbelievers came hoping to see the Church humiliated. They all witnessed The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. It was one of the most extraordinary and breathtaking event of the 20th century, yet, until now, it is hardly known outside the Church. People came and endured terrible rainstorm. At noon, Our Lady appeared to the children, and after repeating her requests for the daily rosary, and promising that World War I would soon end. Then, while the three seers saw visions of the Holy Family, the crowd of at least 70,000 people were mesmerised as the Miracle of the Sun unfolded. Even non-believers couldn’t deny it, as this report, which appeared in the secular Lisbon paper O Dia, indicates: “The silver sun … was seen to whirl and turn in the circle of broken clouds. A cry went up from every mouth and the people fell on their knees on the muddy ground. … The light turned a beautiful blue as if it had come through the stained-glass windows of a cathedral and spread itself over the people who knelt with outstretched hands. The blue faded slowly and then the light seemed to pass through yellow glass. … People wept and prayed with uncovered heads in the presence of the miracle they had awaited. The seconds seemed like hours, so vivid were they.” Our Lady of Fatima pray for us

Monday, 8 October 2018

NLM Interview with Archbishop Sample: Why Young People Are Attracted to Traditional Liturgy

H/t to http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/:-


"NLM is pleased to present the following transcription of an interview conducted by Julian Kwasniewski with the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland, in connection with the Sacred Liturgy Conference in Salem, Oregon, June 27–30, 2018. Much of what his Excellency says is highly pertinent to the Youth Synod taking place at the Vatican this month. This interview is published here for the first time.



Celebrating a pontifical Mass in Rolduc
JK: How would you relate this experience of Eucharistic adoration to your episcopal motto: Vultum Christi Contemplari. What does your motto tell us about what you just said?

AS: I took my motto from the writings of St. John Paul II, who I consider my patron saint, quite honestly. I have no connection to him by name, but I really do consider him my patron saint now. He has been a great inspiration to me; I’m not sure I would be a priest today if it was not for him.

This idea of contemplating Christ’s face was something that John Paul II wrote a lot about. In Novo Millenio Ineunte, he recalls the scene in the Gospels where the Greeks come to Philip and they say, “We want to see Jesus.” The Holy Father picks up on that idea and says that this question, “we want to see Jesus,” is a question that is really in the heart of every person in the world today. Even if they don’t know it, they want to see the face of Jesus. He said they don’t want Christians just to talk about Christ — the world wants us to show them Christ. That’s our job: to let the light of Christ’s face shine before the generations of the new millennium. But, he goes on to say, our task would be hopelessly inadequate had we not first contemplated His face.

So he said we must contemplate the face of Christ. We must know Him intimately and deeply, we must cultivate that close personal relationship with the Lord, in order for us to show Him to the world. It’s very close to my own spirituality of prayer and being in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and just contemplating Christ’s presence in His Face. This is where my motto came from.

Later, in his last encyclical, Ecclesia Dei Eucharistia, John Paul II put it very bluntly: This is the task that I have set before the Church at the beginning of the new millennium, Vultum Christi contemplatri, to contemplate the face of Christ. And then he also speaks of the Marian dimension which he develops in his pastoral letter on the Rosary, that we contemplate the Face of Christ through Mary in the praying of the Rosary.

JK: Do you think the pope’s emphasis on contemplation is related to the problem of activism in our times?

AS: Yes. John Paul II is saying, “Church: This is your task. To first contemplate the face of Christ ourselves so that we may then let it shine before the nations.” Since we cannot give to the world what we do not have, we must first know Christ before we bring Him to others. For a Catholic in the world (not a contemplative religious), there must be a balance between contemplation and work, knowing Christ deeply and intimately, adoring him in prayer, in order for one to effectively carry on the apostolic works of the Church.


JK: It seems that many young people these days are rediscovering contemplation and an ability to give themselves joyfully to Christ through loving the Latin Mass and the old liturgical prayer of the Church.

AS: That’s a very good point, and it’s a point I made in the homily I gave at the Solemn Pontifical Mass at the National Shrine in Washington D.C. You know, the Church was filled with young people!

A lot of times, priests expect that if you go to a Traditional Latin Mass according to the 1962 missal, the church will be filled with grey hair, old people filled with nostalgia for days gone by, and that they have a sort of emotional attachment to the liturgy they grew up with.

But more and more, the majority of the people in the church at these masses are people who never lived during the time when this was the ordinary liturgy, that is, before the Council. If you are under a certain age (and that age is getting higher and higher), you never experienced this liturgy growing up. And yet young people — which is something Pope Benedict XVI said in his letter to the world’s bishops when he issued Summorum Pontificum — have discovered this [form] too, and have found it very spiritually nourishing and satisfying. They have come to love and appreciate it.

That is amazing to me: young people who have never experienced this growing up in the postconciliar Church, with the Ordinary Form (sometimes celebrated well, sometimes very poorly with all kinds of aberrations and abuses), have still discovered the Latin Mass and are attracted to it.

JK: What, in your view, accounts for that attraction?

AS: I would say its beauty, its solemnity, the sense of transcendence, of mystery. Not mystery in the sense of “Oh, we don’t know what’s going on,” but rather, that there is a mysterium tremendum celebrated here, a tremendous mystery. The liturgy in the old rite really conveys the essential nature and meaning of the Mass, which is to represent the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ which he offered on the Cross and now sacramentally, in an unbloody manner, in the Holy Mass.

I think young people are drawn to it because it feeds a spiritual need that they have. There is something to this form of the liturgy, in and of itself, that speaks to the heart of youth. Young people will continue to discover this, and they will be the ones who carry forward the Extraordinary Form when the older generation goes to their reward. Certainly this will be young people of your generation, but ... I’m 57. I was baptized in the old rite, but by the time I was aware and cognizant of Mass, we had already come to the new liturgy. So everybody younger than me has no experience really of this liturgy. Anyone under my age could be considered “young” in discovering this beautiful liturgy!


JK: Your Excellency, what would you say is the most important element of tradition for the Catholic youth to hold and cherish at this time?

AS: I think what young people need to do first is to discover — and many have — the Church’s tradition. Many young people have been deprived, in a certain way, of our Catholic heritage, of the great tradition which is ours in the Catholic Church. I know for myself I feel I was ... I don’t want to say cheated because that sounds like someone did it intentionally out of ill will for me ... but I feel like I was deprived of real teaching and appreciation and contact with my Catholic culture and my Catholic tradition and where we come from. I lived in and grew up in an age when there was this attitude that the Church had, in some way, hit a reset button at Vatican II, and that we could let go of all the past, as if the Church needed a new beginning and a fresh start.

You are far too young to have lived through that experience, and you are very blessed to live in the time that you do, because there was nothing like this for me when I was growing up. I grew up in a time when all of those things in the past had to be cast aside. Even something as simple as the Rosary, it was kind of discouraged — or if not discouraged, it was certainly not encouraged. I never saw Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction until I was a college student. I never knew such a thing existed. I grew up when there was a lot of experimentation with the Mass, always trying to make it “fresh and new.” There was a period of time growing up when you came to Mass on Sunday, and you just didn’t know what was going to happen next! The changes were coming so fast, and not just changes but experimentation and aberrations. So I was deprived of any contact with my tradition; I discovered it, on my own, as a college student.

JK: Was the liturgy the only area in which you felt deprived of contact with tradition, or are you speaking more broadly?

AS: In ‘tradition’ I would certainly also include the teachings of the Church that I never learned. I never understood what the Mass was — and I went to 12 years of Catholic school. If you has asked me what the Mass meant, I would probably have told you that it was a reenactment of the Last Supper, the last meal which Jesus shared with His disciples and in which He gave them His Body and Blood ... which is part of the truth. But the idea that the Mass was in any way a sacramental re-presentation of the paschal mystery, that Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary was made truly, sacramentally present at the altar — and that it is an altar, and not just a table! — that would have been a foreign idea to me.

So certainly part of the tradition is that young people need to be deeply in touch with the Faith, what we believe, what the Catechism teaches. Young people must not take it for granted that what they have received in education (whether in a Catholic school or a religious education program) is an adequate formation in the Faith. They need to really delve into the teachings of the Church, the Catechism, they need to read good, solid books and articles, and other media forms, whether internet or movies. So that is part of it.

But of course, a big part of our tradition is our liturgical tradition. It’s in our DNA — and that’s why many are attracted to the traditional forms of the liturgy — because it’s in our Catholic DNA. Young people need to acquaint themselves with the richer, deeper tradition. Vatican II did not hit a reset button. Although, perhaps, the tradition needed to be renewed and refreshed, it never was meant to be destroyed or cast aside.

Pontifical Mass at Rolduc

JK: Would you put sacred music into this category, too?

AS: The rich liturgical tradition of the Church includes her sacred music. We don’t have to have pop music at Mass. The first time I heard Gregorian chant was when I was a college student. I’d never heard of chant before. When I heard it in a music appreciation class at a secular university, I hadn’t a clue what it meant, but it instantly spoke to my heart—instantly. The first time I heard it I was moved, really moved. So there is this rich liturgical, sacred music tradition that we need to recapture, recover, that young people need to learn about.

Moreover, we should all have devotions in our life. Devotions extend what the liturgy begins. Things like the Rosary, the chaplet of Divine Mercy, Eucharistic Adoration, other devotions to the Blessed Virgin, having favorite saints, patron saints that you pray to, Stations of the Cross…All these rich parts of our Catholic devotional tradition feed the life of faith and extend what we experience in the sacred liturgy, but also lead us back to it.

JK: Do you have any additional advice for young traditional Catholics trying to recover their tradition? 

AS: I’d say there is a tendency sometimes to see these things — doctrine, liturgy, devotions — in opposition to things like works of charity, works of mercy. I would emphasize that we must not get to a place where all we are concerned about is being of right doctrine (orthodoxy), having right liturgy (orthopraxy), good sacred music, that we are doing all the right devotions. If we are not doing works of mercy, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, if we are not taking care of the poor and disadvantaged, then we are not living fully our Catholic faith. That’s part of our tradition too!

I think traditional-minded Catholics should not let, perhaps, the more liberal elements in the church co-opt the works of justice and mercy as being “something of the new Church.” Catholics have always been steeped in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The Church of the ages is the one that built hospitals and took care of the sick and the poor and the dying, built schools to educate poor children without opportunities.

The works of justice and mercy are also very much a part of our tradition, and I would caution young people not to get so focused on the other elements we spoke of that they forget that Jesus teaches us to love, to serve those who are in need. Remember the parable He gives us on the Last Judgment, when he separates the sheep from the goats. He does not separate them based on whether they are praying the traditional prayers or not. He separates them based on “when I was hungry did you feed me, when I was thirsty did you give me to drink, when I was homeless, did you shelter me, when I was sick and in prison did you visit me?” This is the basis of the judgment… it’s not an either/or!

This is a tendency I see: if you are a “progressive Catholic,” you are all about the social justice issues, taking care of the poor, working for justice and everything, but your liturgical worship tends to be a bit off and maybe you reject other moral teachings of the Church, while sometimes traditionally-minded Catholics are characterized as being all about the Mass, and right worship, right music, right devotions, the right vestments, orthodox teaching, and don’t care so much about the poor and works of mercy.

We’ve got to pull this together: it is not an either/or, it is a both/and in the Church. The works of mercy go back to the apostolic times, go back to the Acts of the Apostles; as St. Paul says, we must always take care of the poor. This is deeply traditional in our Church."

Archbishop Sample with prison inmates


Sunday, 7 October 2018

The Entire Story of the Apparitions of Our Lady (and the Angel) at Fatima




The video was produced in honour of This video is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima to the three little shepherd children.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Young Catholic Adults South West Event - Marian Devotions 13th October 2018


UPDATED - So...Did the Pope Carry the Satanic Stang at the Opening Mass of the Youth Synod?

UPDATED

Taken from:- https://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.com/


So...Did the Pope Carry the Satanic Stang at the Opening Mass of the Youth Synod?

Check out Susan's post and compare the pope's ferula (which differs from a bishop's crozier which is shaped like a shepherd's crook and is usually a ball with a cross) to the satanic stang. Hmmm....Sure looks like a stang doesn't it! Ann Barnhardt has a chilling article about the stang and the pope's use of it here. Of course the youth who gave it to the pope had a different explanation for it, (Surprise!) but that would be expected wouldn't it? The devil can appear as an angel of light. 


This papacy just gets more and more bizarre. Doesn't it seem reasonable that a pope looking at a staff being presented to him that looks like that would say, "What the h is that?" And "Stop horsing around with this stuff and go get me my proper ferula with the cross of Christ!"

And if he wondered about the item (which he certainly should), don't you think he'd ask one of his advisors what the symbolism of such a staff was? My first impression was that it was a divining rod which certainly has connections to divination and hidden, secret knowledge. 

How can anyone not be concerned about this? Pray and fast and stick close to your guardian angel.

See:- 
https://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.com/2018/10/sodid-pope-carry-satanic-stang-at.htm

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Fr. Z comments

"That stick as a witches stang thing isn’t going away....In my email come photos of the moment that young people gave that stick to Francis.Not the red, knotted string.   No, big deal?  Maybe not. The red string on the wrist is something from Wicca, in effect a form of Satanism.

I suppose it is possible to dismiss this.“But Father! But Father!”, you might be tempted to giggle, “It’s – ha! – just a little piece of string.  What are you?  Some sort of scaredy cat?  Not that I have anything against cats, mind you.  I’m not speciesist, like YOU.  That string…even it is did have to do with Wicca… what of it?  I’ll bet she saw some pop start wear it and that’s why she does too.  But even it she were into Wicca… so what?  All faiths are good and love is never wrong, right?   But you think that Wicca is wrong and that red strings are demonic and … and… that other thing… because YOU HATE VATICAN II!”
Friends.   It could be that this young skull full of mush had no idea that that Wiccan thing is a Wiccan thing.  Or, it could be just what it looks like.   A young person wearing a Wiccan symbol gave a staff that had a sort of Christian image on it while giving every impress that it is a satanic stang.

What alarms me is that he later used it at a Mass.

Is there no one near Francis who investigates things like this?  “Hey, that thing doesn’t look right to me.  Before something blows up, maybe we had better… what do young people say now?  Gaggle it?”

What is a stang? Wikipedia states :-

 
Credit: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/byathameandstang/2016/08/the-stang/


Stang

"The stang is a pronged wooden staff,[18] topped either with a naturally occurring fork or with antlers affixed.[19] The stang was among the ritual items used by Robert Cochrane,[20] while the term itself was likely popularized by his influence.[21]


  WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON IN THE VATICAN?




 

1962 "The Challenge" Franciscan Vocation Film Starring a Young Jack Nicolson


Monday, 24 September 2018

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest receives a new mission in the UK!





The ICKSP Facebook page announces the following:

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest receives a new mission in the UK!

The Right Rev. Mark Davies announced last week that he appoints Canon Smith, icrss, to celebrate week day Mass, hear confession and celebrate Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament at Shrewsbury Cathedral.

Canon Smith will be in charge of the celebration of Mass and Office at St Winefrides Shrewsbury, where we will reside with a Seminarian of the ICKSP.

Thank you, your Lordship!

We entrust this new foundation of the ICKSP to our Lady of Walsingham

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Archbishop Ganswein Endorses Rod Dreher and the Benedict Option


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Rod Dreher writes:-


"Hello from Rome, where there was something of an earthquake this morning.

The De Gasperi Foundation held an invitation-only conference in Rome’s House of Deputies this morning, to discuss The Benedict Option. I gave a talk, and then gave the floor to Archbishop Georg Gänswein. He is the prefect of the papal household, but more importantly, is the longtime personal secretary to Benedict XVI. I was extremely curious to know what he would have to say about my book, as I have not hidden the fact that Benedict XVI is “the second Benedict of The Benedict Option.”

What Monsignor Gänswein said was nothing short of astounding. An Italian journalist just texted me to say
I assure you that a lot of people in Rome and all over the Catholic world are stunned by those remarks. Exactly because it clearly means approval [of The Benedict Option] by BXVI …
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I will post an official translation of the entire text when it becomes available in English. Here are highlights from the Italian original, translated with Google and with the help of Italian-speaking friends:

1. It is “an act of Divine Providence” that we are having this conference today, on September 11, because the sex abuse scandal is the Catholic Church’s own 9/11.
2. No churches have been destroyed (so far) by terrorists, but symbolically, US churches (“all the churches of Pennsylvania, along with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington”) have “collapsed” because of the “mortal wounds” delivered to souls by “priests of the Catholic Church.”  [The basilica cite might be a reference to Cardinal Wuerl]
3. “I remember as if it were yesterday when on April 16, 2008, accompanying Pope Benedict XVI right in that National Shrine of the Catholic Church in the United States of America, he touchingly tried to shake the bishops convened from all the United States: he spoke bent over the ‘profound shame’ caused by ‘the sexual abuse of minors by priests’ and ‘the immense sorrow your communities have suffered when men of the Church have betrayed their priestly duties and duties with such grossly unethical behavior.’ But evidently in vain, as we see today. The lament of the Holy Father was not able to contain the evil, nor the formal assurances and the commitments in words of a large part of the hierarchy.”
4. Mons. Gänswein said that reading The Benedict Option, he thought a lot about the following words that Benedict XVI said on the flight back to Rome from Fatima on May 11, 2010:
“The Lord told us that the Church would always be suffering, in different ways, until the end of the world. […] As for the news that we can discover today (in this third secret of the Fatima message), there is also the fact that not only are the Pope and the Church attacked from outside, but the sufferings of the Church come from interior of the Church, from the sin that exists in the Church. This too has always been known, but today we see it in a truly terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside enemies, but arises from sin in the Church. “
5. Talking about the collapse of churchgoing in his home country, Germany, Mons. Gänswein contrasted that to the picture BXVI gave in these 2005 remarks to a meeting in Bari.  The pope talked about the arrest in the year 304 of a group of Christians as they prayed in church. The Emperor Diocletian had forbidden them from gathering on Sundays to celebrate the Eucharist, and to build churches. In the North African town of Abitene, 49 Christians were arrested during Sunday worship. They told their captors that they could not live without the Eucharist — and they were all martyred for their faith. Today, though, very few Catholics in Germany can bother to get out of bed on Sunday to go to mass.
6. Speaking in a frankly apocalyptic vein, BXVI’s secretary — think of that! — said these days make him think of the Bible’s warnings that in the Last Days, believers will see “the abomination of desolation in the holy place.” He said that he wonders, along with Cardinal Eijk of the Netherlands, if the Church is facing its final trial before the Second Coming.
7. Mons. Gänswein praised my coverage of the Catholic abuse scandal, saying that I am “a man who completely corresponds to the desires and tastes of Pope Francis, because no one else in Rome knows better than he that the crisis of the Church, in its core, is a crisis of the clergy. And so the time has come for the strong and determined laymen, especially in the new independent Catholic media, as embodied by Rod Dreher.”
8. He said that since his retirement, BXVI has considered himself to be an “old monk” spending all his time praying for the Church and the world. Mons. Gänswein offers as BXVI’s response the Pope Emeritus’s 2008 lecture to the Collège des Bernardins in Paris. The entire point of the Benedicine mission, the pope said, was “quarere Deum” — to search for God. Everything else followed from that.
Along those lines, the archbishop highlights The Benedict Option‘s claim that this general crisis of disbelief roiling the Christian world — not just the Catholic one — may actually save our souls by forcing us to draw nearer to God. Mons. Gänswein said, of the book:
…it does not contain a ready answer. In it you will not find an infallible recipe or a master key to reopen all those doors that until now were accessible to us but that are now slamming shut again. Between the first and the last cover you will find, however, an authentic example of what Pope Benedict said ten years ago about the Benedictine spirit of the beginnings. It is a real “Quaerere Deum”. It is that search for the true God of Isaac and of Jacob who, in Jesus Christ, has shown his human face.
9. Many people are saying today that the Church is finished, that she cannot recover, said Gänswein. However:
And this is the hour when Rod Dreher from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, presents his book near the tombs of the Apostles; and, in the midst of the eclipse of God who is terrifying all over the world, he comes among us and says: “The Church is not dead, but only sleeps and rests”.
And not only this: the Church “is young” also seems to tell us, and with that joy and freedom with which Benedict XVI said it in the Mass for the beginning of the Petrine ministry on April 24, 2005. Recalling once again the suffering and the death of Saint John Paul II of which he had been a collaborator for so many years, addressing each one of us in St Peter’s Square, said:
“It was precisely in the sad days of the Pope’s illness and death that this manifested itself in a marvelous way in our eyes: that the Church is alive. And the Church is young. It carries within itself the future of the world and therefore also shows each of us the path to the future. The Church is alive and we see it: we experience the joy that the Risen One has promised to his own. The Church is alive – she is alive, because Christ is alive, because he has truly risen. In pain, present on the face of the Holy Father on Easter days, we contemplated the mystery of the passion of Christ and together touched his wounds. But in all these days we have also been able, in a profound sense, to touch the Risen One. We have been given the opportunity to experience the joy that he promised, after a short period of darkness, as the fruit of his resurrection “.
10. His concluding lines:
Therefore I have to confess sincerely that I perceive this time of great crisis, one that is evident to everyone, mostly as a time of grace. In the end, we will be “set free” not by a specific effort, but by the “truth”, as the Lord assured us. Within this hope, I look at the recent accounts made by Rod Dreher for the “purification of the memory” requested by John Paul II; and hence, with gratitude, I read his “Benedict Option”, as a marvelous source of inspiration. In these last few weeks, nothing else has provided me as much consolation."
For the whole story see:-https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/benedict-xvi-ganswein-benedict-option/ .

Raise Money for a Charitable Cause in Malawi




"News from Sara Harvey-Craig (ex Clifton Diocese LMS Rep) in Malawi:-

Hi everyone! We're raising money for Dellifa because her mother is a widow, and she herself is fatherless, and the fees for attending any secondary school here in Malawi is totally out of reach for Dellifa's family. Dellifa lives with her mother and younger sister and older brother in the Ndirande shantytown.

Thankfully, primary school in Malawi is free but unfortunately secondary school - which is just 4 years of education, from age 13 to 17 - is not free. Apparently only 3% of Malawians make it to secondary school!

Why Dellifa? Well, you can't help everyone and remembering Mother Teresa's quote, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one"... we could say: "If you can't educate a hundred people, then educate just one"! And, well, Dellifa landed on our doorstep! Her mother is a maid who work locally, who also tries to make ends meet by babysitting and selling eggs, and we met Dellifa when her mother sold us eggs at our back door.

We know Dellifa to be a bright student who has exceptionally good English, due to the fact that she has had the opportunity to mix with Europeans from an early age because of her mother's employers. The alternative to going to secondary school for Dellifa would be to stay at home with her mother and acquire a maid's job, should a position materialise, but such jobs are hard to come by. Investing in her education, we believe, would bear much fruit.

The expenses for Dellifa to go to Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Girls' Secondary School is as follows:

£180 fees per term (3 terms per academic year)
£60 transport each term (that's 2 minibuses each way, every day)
£8 registration - one-off payment
£33 uniform - one-off payment until she grows out of it!

Therefore for the year it would cost around £761!

Dellifa's mother cried with joy when we said we had found at least 12 potential donors via Facebook so that she could send her daughter to school! She only earns £57 a month as a maid and has 4 children (2 of whom are grown up) and makes £1.50 an hour for occasional babysitting and a few pence from selling eggs... and so £761 to send 1 child to school for a year is simply not possible for her. She thanked God that her prayers had been answered!

Dellifa took the entrance exam for the school on Monday 10th September and she received her results the next day to say that she had got in! Term is due to start any day now and so funds would be most gratefully received as soon as possible!

Thank you all so much for making this all possible: a mother's dream for her daughter has come true!"

To donate goto:- https://www.gofundme.com/send-dellifa-williams-to-school.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Draft Timetable for Young Catholic Adults Douai Weekend 2018


Theme: Tell others the truth that sets you free (Pope Benedict XVI)

Timetable for Young Catholic Adults
Douai Weekend 2018


Friday 
5-6pm Arrival
7pm Supper
8pm-8.30pm Rosary (church) or Chant Workshop (conference room)
8:40 Sung Compline after Workshop (Dominican Rite)
9pm: Social


Saturday
8-8.40am Breakfast
8.45am-9.15am 1st Talk Canon Poucin -
“Truths of the Mass”
9:15-9:55am - Chant Workshop (conference room) followed by Schola rehearsal (church)
11am:  High Mass - Roman Rite in the Parish Church- Nativity of the BVM ( EF Gregorian Chant ) preceded by confessions
12.00pm: Marian Procession in honour of Our Lady of Fatima around the extensive grounds  of Douai Abbey, followed by enrolment into the Brown Scapular
1-2pm: Lunch
2-2.55pm: 2nd Talk –
“Promoting the Pro Life Message” (Presented by March for Life)
3-4pm: Chant workshop
[4-4.30pm: Chant rehearsal for Schola Gregoriana]
4.30-5.15pm 3rd Talk – Fr. Lew.
"Silence and the Mass

5:15-6pm: Free time
6-6.30pm: Vespers (Dominican Rite)
7pm-7:40pm Supper
7.45-8:30pm: Rosary, Adoration and Confessions
8.30pm: Social

Sunday
8-8.40am Breakfast
8.45-9am Pay remaining amount for your stay
9am-9:45am: Schola Gregoriana workshop (conference room)
10:30am: Sung Mass – 16th Sunday after Pentecost - Dominican Rite in the Parish Church ( EF Gregorian Chant)
11:30pm: Rosary
12-12:45-4th  Talk – Fr. Lew.
Christian Witness and Social Media.”
1pm: Lunch
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