Friday, January 6, 2017

Epiphany Monuments

The word "epiphany" means "manifestation."

On January 6th the Catholic Church celebrates in its Mass the Epiphany, which commemorates a triple manifestation of Christ:
(1) to the Magi - i.e. to the Gentiles;
(2) in His Baptism, when the Voice from Heaven declared, "This is my beloved Son;"
(3) in the miracle of changing water into wine at Cana.

Since the time of the Apostles, Christians in the Holy Land have marked the spots where these events took place. When they were able, the Christians built churches and other monuments at the locations. Even when war and various disasters leveled or ruined the structures, the Christians always built again on exact the same spot.


Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - Holy Land 
Built on the site of the stable where Christ was born

Cologne Cathedral - Germany
Where the relics of the three wise men are kept
The practice of building monuments in honor of the Faith holds true in Gentile lands too


Jordan River - Holy Land
At the spot where John baptized Christ
 The structure on the right is a church,
of necessity made of wood (i.e. easily rebuilt) due to frequent flooding

Cana of Galilee - Holy Land
Church at the site of the wedding where Christ performed His first miracle at the request of His mother

All photos by the author.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Modus Operandi

"Pray, Study, Act" is the method of operating for producing the best results in line with right faith and thought.

"Contemplate and give to others what one has contemplated" (Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Legrance in La Spiritualite dominicaine) is a motto that echos the same idea.

Or again: you cannot give what you have not got. Want to bring peace to the world? First, live in peace.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Church of Christ

The Church is "the guardian and teacher of the revealed word" (Dei Filius, Constitution of Vatican Council I, A.D. 1869-70).

The Church is the hierarchical, visible society established by Jesus Christ in which men and women come to the knowledge of the soul-saving truth. Its end is to bring about the salvation of souls by ensuring the transmission of the truths of faith that must be believed and professed for salvation.


"I believe that the Church, guardian and mistress of the revealed word, was instituted proximately and directly by the true and historical Christ."
- Oath Against the Errors of Modernism by Pope St. Pius X

Sunday, November 20, 2016

SSPX Confessions Extended



"For the Jubilee Year I had also granted that those faithful who, for various reasons, attend churches officiated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, can validly and licitly receive the sacramental absolution of their sins. For the pastoral benefit of these faithful, and trusting in the good will of their priests to strive with God’s help for the recovery of full communion in the Catholic Church, I have personally decided to extend this faculty beyond the Jubilee Year, until further provisions are made, lest anyone ever be deprived of the sacramental sign of reconciliation through the Church’s pardon..."

Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s Basilica, on 20 November, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, in the year 2016, the fourth of my Pontificate.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Love and Lies

"True love is not rigid," one reads in this article.

True love is exclusive. There is no more a plurality of fidelity in religion than there is in marriage. The man who loves truly says with all his heart, "I love you and will love only you and no one else forever."

Anything short of that is shallow sentiment, a waste of breath, a risible lie.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Militia Immaculatae

According to the Brief of Pope Pius XI dated December 18, 1926, the members of the Militia Immaculatae (M.I.) can obtain a plenary indulgence on the following days:
* the day of their enrollment in the M.I. (May 17, 2014),
* the anniversary of the founding of the M.I. (October 16),
* the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8),
*
the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25),
*
the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (February 11),
* the anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13),
*
the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), and
*
the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (November 27).

Besides the usual conditions for receiving a plenary indulgence (sacramental Confession within eight days, prayer for the intentions of the Popes,  freedom from attachment to sin), one must renew his promise to adhere to the Statutes of the M.I. and to keep them faithfully.

Act of Consecration to the Immaculata
O Immaculata, Queen of heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our Mother who loves us so much and to whom God has entrusted the entire kingdom of mercy!

I, N.N., an unworthy sinner, cast myself down at your feet and implore you with all my heart: deign to accept me utterly and entirely as your possession and your property. Do what you will with me, with all the faculties of my soul and my body, with my whole life, with my death and my eternity.

Dispose of me as it pleases you, so as to fulfill what is said of you: "She will crush the head of the serpent," and also: "Thou alone hast vanquished all heresies throughout the world."

Make me an instrument of your immaculate and merciful hands to serve you, so as to increase as much as possible your honor in so many tepid souls that have fallen away from the Faith and thus to extend the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For upon whatever place you enter, you implore the grace of conversion and sanctification, for all graces come to us from the Sacred Heart of Jesus only through your hands.

Grant me to praise thee, O most Blessed Virgin.

Give me strength against Thine enemies.

Aspiration of the Militia Immaculatae
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee, and for all who do not have recourse to thee, especially for the Freemasons and for those who are commended to they care.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Common in the Pedestrian Sense

Pioneer Institute is a Massachusetts research organization that turned its attention to Common Core to analyze the impact that program has on the quality of education for K-12.

See the 60-page write-up at http://pioneerinstitute.org/common_core/study-finds-common-core-incompatible-catholic-education/


The findings are not flattering. And the insights are equally application for all students, not just Bay Staters.


Literature
 * Study of literature, drama, and poetry are quantitatively reduced by more than half.
* Great literature, when it is included, is merely excerpted.


Math
* The
math standards don't prepare students for college-level coursework in science, engineering, and math.
* Good for community-college-level work.


The focus of Common Core is on elementary workforce preparation. Instead of reading about humans to learn about life, students now read a user manual. The curriculum's "informational texts" are a vocational ed formula for producing not just trained workers, but androids - or cyborgs, depending on your genre. The approach is "common" in the pedestrian sense.