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THE O ANTIPHONS

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THE O ANTIPHONS

As her final phase of preparation for Christmas, the Church recites or chants the  O Antiphons  during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. The  O Antiphons  express the Church’s longing for and expectation of the Messiah, and her startled wonderment at the fullness of grace which the Christ-Child is about to bestow on the world.

Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one — Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia — the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” In these words, the Lord Jesus, for whose coming we prepare in Advent and to whom we address these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us. The O Antiphons not only bring intensity to our Advent preparations, but they bring our preparations to a joyful conclusion.

Dec. 17 – O Sapientia: O Wisdom (Eccl 24: 5), you came forth from the mouth of the Most High (Sir 24: 30) and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly (Wis 8: 1). Come, and teach us the way of prudence (Isa 40: 14).

 

Dec. 18 – O Adonai: O Adonai or O Lord and Ruler (Exod 6: 13) of the house of Israel (Matt 2: 6), you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush (Exod 3: 2); on Mount Sinai, you gave him your Law (Exod 20). Come, and with outstretched arm, redeem us (Jer 32: 21).

 

Dec. 19 – O Radix Jesse: O Root of Jesse, you stand for the ensign of all mankind (Isa 11: 10); before you, kings shall keep silence and, to you, all nations shall have recourse (Isa 52: 15). Come, and save us, and do not delay (Hab 2: 3).

 

Dec. 20 – O Clavis David: O Key of David (Apoc 3: 7), Scepter of the House of Israel, you open and no man closes; you close and no man opens (Isa 22: 22). Come, and deliver him from the chains of prison who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death (Ps 107: 10).

 

Dec. 21 – O Oriens: O Rising Dawn (Zac 6: 12), Radiance of the Light eternal (Hab 3: 4) and Sun of Justice (Mal 3: 20), come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death (Ps 107: 10; Lk 1: 78).

 

Dec. 22 – O Rex Gentium: O King of the Gentiles (Hag 2: 8), Desired of all, you are the cornerstone that binds two into one (Eph 2: 20). Come, and save poor man whom you fashion out of clay (Gen 2: 7).

 

Dec. 23 – O Emmanuel: O Emmanuel (Isa 7: 14; 8: 8), our King and Lawgiver (Gen 49:10; cf. Ezek 21: 32), the Expected of the nations and their Savior (Isa 33: 22), come, and save us, O Lord our God.

   In  JM+JT,

           Lee

Ezekiel Watchmen!

Prophet Ezekiel

In the last few months I have found myself reading the Great Prophet Ezekiel. I find his writings very mysterious, and at times hard to understand. One thing that I have learned from studying Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition is that the WORD written down by Ezekiel inspired by God, can have many meanings. For instance, Ezekiel could have been writing to his Hebrew brothers and sisters, or perhaps the to Babylonians who had captured him and brought him a way from his home, OR maybe, just maybe, he could have been writing this for us.

To make it even more confusing, the Great Prophet Ezekiel very well could have been writing for all of the above. That is the amazing characteristic of Holy Scripture, it can have so many layers and depths to it. The WORD can speak to the individual in a very personal and intimate way, and He can also speak to a group or country in a different way. In fact, the WORD speaks to us all, and at all times, we just need to listen, or read.

God is AMAZING!

Here is a passage from the Great Prophet Ezekiel 34:1-15…

[1] And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: [2] Son of man, prophesy concerning the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the shepherds of Israel, that fed themselves: should not the flocks be fed by the shepherds? [3] You ate the milk, and you clothed yourselves with the wool, and you killed that which was fat: but my flock you did not feed. [4] The weak you have not strengthened, and that which was sick you have not healed, that which was broken you have not bound up, and that which was driven away you have not brought again, neither have you sought that which was lost: but you ruled over them with rigour, and with a high hand. [5] And my sheep were scattered, because there was no shepherd: and they became the prey of all the beasts of the field, and were scattered.

[2] Shepherds: That is, princes, magistrates, chief priests, and scribes.

[6] My sheep have wandered in every mountain, and in every high hill: and my flocks were scattered upon the face of the earth, and there was none that sought them, there was none, I say, that sought them. [7] Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: [8] As I live, saith the Lord God, forasmuch as my flocks have been made a spoil, and my sheep are become a prey to all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd: for my shepherds did not seek after my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flocks: [9] Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: [10] Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself come upon the shepherds, I will require my flock at their hand, and I will cause them to cease from feeding the flock any more, neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more: and I will deliver my flock from their mouth, and it shall no more be meat for them.

[11] For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself will seek my sheep, and will visit them. [12] As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered, so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. [13] And I will bring them out from the peoples, and will gather them out of the countries, and will bring them to their own land: and I will feed them in the mountains of Israel, by the rivers, and in all the habitations of the land. [14] I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel: there shall they rest on the green grass, and be fed in fat pastures upon the mountains of Israel. [15] I will feed my sheep: and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.

[16] I will seek that which was lost: and that which was driven away, I will bring again: and I will bind up that which was broken, and I will strengthen that which was weak, and that which was fat and strong I will preserve: and I will feed them in judgment. [17] And as for you, O my flocks, thus saith the Lord God: Behold I judge between cattle and cattle, of rams and of he goats.

 

In JM+JT,

Lee

Laudem Gloriae!

The Twelfth Article of the Apostles’ Creed

Life Everlasting

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The Twelfth Article of the Apostles’ Creed

Before I try and give a short catechesis on The Twelfth Article of the Apostles’ Creed  I want to let my readers know that I have been having my own struggles about the direction that many in the hierarchy have been trying to steer Christ’s Ship. I know that many are in the same Boat as I am, and at times, I admit that I have been looking at the height of the waves and watching the storm instead of holding on to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. I have had to be careful about reading too much of the Catholic news and blogs, and it has helped greatly! One thing that pains me greatly is the confusion and scandal that this current pope has caused with real faithful Catholics. It is not right. I could go on and on about the damage that he has done, but I won’t, that is not my job here, I’m going to share with you the  ENTIRETY of TRUTH  with CHARITY and CLARITY, the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST! My job and vocation is to be a loving husband to my wife, a loving father to my four beautiful children, and an arrow to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. That’s right, an arrow. Everything I say and do should be like an arrow sign directing souls to Christ and His Church. I think we are all called to be  “arrows”  in a sense.

The first question in many real catechisms goes something like this: What is the purpose of life, or why are we born? The answer is: to praise (to know), reverence (love), and serve God. That’s it folks, the answer to the timeless question is answered on the first page of a grade one catechism. So how  better to praise (know), reverence (love), and serve God than to be a sign post, or an arrow pointing to God? Yes, I admit, that sometimes the arrow has pointed in different directions, even to myself, but it’s supposed to ALWAYS be pointed towards Christ and HIS Church!     BE AN ARROW!

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 Now comes the important stuff, The Twelfth Article of The Apostles’ Creed, Life Everlasting. One of the most important elements to try and get through to my readers is the idea of everlasting or eternal life. Jesus says it best here in the Gospel of St John Chapter 17:1-3 here “[1] These things Jesus spoke, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said: Father, the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee. [2] As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he may give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. [3] Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. ”  WOW!  EVERYTHING we NEED to know about eternal life is written in these three verses! Please take some time to meditate on these three verses. From our baptism to Eternal Life, life everlasting, that’s what this life, our life should be all about. Reaching the goal of spending ETERNITY with God.

This is our hope and the promise that Jesus has given us! It is why we get baptized to begin with. It all is supposed to come full circle; that we begin with God in baptism and that we end up with God in Eternal Life!

This is some more from Holy Scripture taken from the Book of Revelation Chapter 21: 3-4  ” [3] And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people; and God himself with them shall be their God. [4] And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away. ”   

These are amazing promises! We will see God vis a vis, face to face, with no creature in between, as He really is! Also known as the Beatific Vision, seeing God face to face. All of this is great, BUT, it comes with a condition. We must cooperate with the graces He gives throughout our lives to the best of our ability, and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ through His Church. Of course we have free will, and God respects the gift that He has given us. If we “choose” to not die in a state of grace, then our souls will be lost forever, they will descend into the pits of hell and be tormented forever.

He brings us into His life with baptism, and leads us to eternal life with the help of His Sacraments and those that dispense those sacraments, the Catholic priests.  Where sacraments are dispensed, there are the priests!

This was just a very short catechesis on the Twelfth Article of the Apostles’ Creed, Life Everlasting, more will follow at some time, if God wills it!

ps     Please pray for priests everywhere

Please pray for the Pope

     May  Almighty God protect us from the world, the devil, the heretics, and ourselves!

        In  JM+JT,

                 Lee

Via Dolorosa: Meditations on the Via Crucis

 Via Dolorosa: Meditations on the Via Crucis

Way of the cross Florian Kolfhaus

by Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus

  I would really like to introduce my readers to  Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus  who serves at the Secretariat of State’s Section for the Relation with States at the Holy See (Vatican). He has a Ph.D in Dogmatic Theology (my kind of teacher) and a Licentiate in Canon Law . His resume goes on and on, and he fulfils so many diplomatic functions at the Holy See ; it’s truly remarkable. He speaks on the radio regularly in Europe, puts on retreats, and has been seen at Steubenville and on EWTN. However, under all of these very impressive titles, degrees, and important positions,  I have found a truly humble servant who loves Our Lord, and has a very special relationship with Our Lady. He has chosen to share some of his beautiful meditations and writings with us right here at Canadian Catechist, and we are very honoured and blessed to be in this  position ; thank you so much Monsignor!  His very profound way of sharing his beautiful spirituality cannot be hidden under a basket. I knew when he sent me his writings and meditations that they would be really great, but I wasn’t expecting for my soul to be touched in the way it was. I am vey pleased to share this with you !

This Lent I have chosen to read Monsignor’s book and it can be found here: Via Dolorosa: Meditations on the Via Crucis

However, Monsignor’s latest book, which I have read, is also masterpiece on Our Lady and the Holy Rosary and it is called :  The School of Mary: Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary, it was just released last week and can be found here: http://www.amazon.ca/The-School-Mary-Meditations-Mysteries/dp/1621381625 

   I suggest you pray before reading the meditation below. You can pray a Hail Mary prayer, the Our Father, Glory be, or the Come Holy Ghost prayer! I just suggest that you pray before reading Holy Scripture or spiritual reading in order to open your heart and mind to the voice of God.

  From Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus’s book :  Via Dolorosa: Meditations on the Via Crucis  published by Gracewing

Certainly, there are many ways that lead to God. The greatness and goodness of God can be seen in His creation. His mercy shines in the person of Jesus of whom the Gospels speaks. The Lord Himself speaks to us through His word, through His Church, and through our conscience. But man can indeed ignore all of that. On the subject of error and sin, C.S. Lewis writes, “Its victims seem to see it the least, the more they have fallen into it. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Suffering that renders us speechless by its injustice burns everything away that is not God. He who suffers then, when no man can help any longer, can only reach out for God. He who suffers experiences in suffering that he is a creature who has not created himself and cannot redeem himself. Indeed, even rebellion, how a good God can allow such pain, is no longer a philosophical question in the hour of need, but a call for a saving hand, which can pull us from the abyss. They say, “Necessity teaches prayer.” And indeed, God is so humble that He does not reproach us when we go to Him, when no one else can help us anymore, when we see no way out, when He is, so to speak, the last choice and there is no other remaining. Oftentimes, we must pass along the painful road to find God, to discover that all the other ways in life were dead-ends.

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Demons suffer without loving. Angels love without suffering. We men live in this world to suffer and to love. That is our mission. Of course, suffering can lead us to bitterness; suffering without love is hell – in the truest sense of the word. But to suffer and to love are nevertheless a power which can bring heaven down to earth. Suffering and loving means overcoming evil from within, because an evil – suffering – is turned into good. Suffering and choosing to love is to defeat evil with good, to defeat the devastating power of sin and its consequence of death and pain in the world, and to transform it into grace and blessing. The lover who is stricken by the weight of suffering takes on evil and transforms it. He takes it upon His shoulder and goes forward, always in the grace of Christ. He goes up to Golgotha, transforming the cross from a punishment into a sign of life. The bare wooden beams on which the sentenced person is tortured to death become an altar on which the Lamb is slaughtered and sheds His blood for the salvation of the world. Christ did not die the death of a convicted criminal on Calvary, as it may have seemed, but suffered with a human and divine love to the point of sacrificing His life. He is the Lord who handed Himself over to the enemy in order to make His life a sacrifice and to make the corrupter of mankind – in accordance with the Divine plan – the servant of salvation. Victor quia victima. He is the victor because He became the victim, for “the Lamb is stronger than the dragon” (Pope Benedict XVI, December 22, 2005). The devil’s anger nailed the body of Christ to the Cross and pulled His human soul down to the edge of the abyss, where the Lord, who was close to despair, was not even sure about the closeness of the Father: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” But precisely in this way Jesus has won, and the one who thought to govern Him through pain and fear has lost his battle. In a certain sense, Jesus defeated the devil with his own weapons – or better put – by His love He reversed the blow of the sword and forced the blade into the demon himself. In the deepest moment of His anguish, Jesus loved not only God, but also us sinners – we who do not deserve that kind of love – and He pulled us from the abyss and redeemed us. The fire of His love turned the giving of Himself on the Cross into a sacrifice that reconciled God and men. In this fire, Christ offered His own body and blood to the Father in order to bring about everlasting salvation. In this sacrificial flame that still burns on our altars, His love, which He brought to fulfillment on the Cross, shines forth. We are capable of suffering and loving Christ on earth, and that indeed is the great dignity of the baptized, of which – as some mystics have said – even the spirits in heaven are jealous. We can participate in His sacrifice, as unbelievable as this seems, and add what His suffering lacks in order to complete the power of His grace (cf. Col 1:24). Indeed, He wants us to suffer, to love, and to stand with Him on Golgotha: not as people convicted by an unpleasant fate, but as priests and kings, whose toils and sufferings God accepts as worthy offerings, because they come from people in love. All of this naturally remains a mystery; the more pain and fear darken the eye, the more impenetrable and obscure the mystery seems. To love in these moments – even without feeling it or being aware of one’s own love – disarms evil, which has already become weakened from striking a loving soul. This battle, in which our defeats are turned into victories by grace, can only be fought by the One who has taken all of our life’s burdens upon His shoulders. Only the One who has become a believer in love can be a suffering lover. Everyone who, at the end of the painful road, is asked how he could have climbed this steep path and why he did not remain on the ground after so many falls, since everything seems useless, will answer with St. John: “Credidimus Caritati – we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16).

  1. Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry His cross.

V.: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You

A.: Because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world

Everything goes black. I stumble and trip. One of the soldiers clutches me and holds me up cursing in order to keep me from falling. It is not pity, no. Even my executioners, who made a game of striking and humiliating me at the Praetorium, want to finish it. I cannot go any further. Only the sheer strength of the Roman, who will not release his grip of my arm, supports me. He holds me like an animal. He spits at me, disgusted by my wounds. If it were his decision, he would exterminate this piece of filth here and now. Why this big scene for a simple Jewish criminal? He yells to his comrades to fetch a man from the crowd to help Me. They bring a stranger to my side under the wooden beam, one who has given up on protesting against it. He does not bow voluntarily under My cross; he curses this day, the Romans, and Me. We are like two oxen yoked under the same plough. I sense his bitterness, his pain, and his anger. It is unjust to make him carry the cross. But is it not the same for Me? He is innocent. Am I not innocent as well? The soldiers push us further. The weight on my neck has become lighter, while it rests heavily on his. Eventually, he will throw down the cross and go his own way; I will be nailed to it. He will live; I will die. I alone hold the whole universe on My shoulders but could not carry this cross alone. I need him. I need you! Who told you that you must do it by yourself? When my strength fades, how could I expect you not to be crushed under the cross’ weight? He accompanies Me for a short while, and with these steps he shares not only My burden, but also My lot. Does he know how much he is helping Me? Does he know how much it means to Me, that he goes along this Way of the Cross? Where are My friends, the ones who should understand what I am doing here and help Me? A stranger comforts Me more than they do, because he is present and shares My pain. He is moved neither by faith nor by piety, for neither love nor pity he is by My side, and yet he helps Me. He helps Me despite being forced. Would you carry My cross if you had not been forced to carry it? Would you be so close if sheer violence had not cast you under the same yoke? Trust Me, I do not want to see you suffer, but still, you ease my burden. You scream, you curse and rebel, that all of this be loaded upon your shoulders, and at the end you are silent, full of defiance and bitterness. But still you have helped Me more than any of My friends. Do you think that you have no other choice? I turn My head and seek a gaze, I seek your gaze. There is only a hand’s length between our faces, shoulder-to-shoulder we carry the same weight. Now you are closer to Me than anyone else. There was only one moment, but he sees and understands. His muscles flex and his step follows My struggling steps. Would we have become friends if it were not for this cross? Suddenly, everything changes: it is no longer the blows of the soldiers that urge him on, but his pity; not violence, but love. You are clinging to my cross. You cannot throw it down, as much as you convulse against it. I plead with you, let it be done to you. I need your help, and I yearn for your love. Despairingly, you ask, “Why me?”, and wish that everything had happened differently. You would not remain a spectator by the wayside like so many, but go with Me. I would not have been able to endure it if you had turned and gone your own way. If I were to tell you that it was election and not damnation, would you believe me in this instant? Believe me, I did not want your pain, but it has to be so, in order for you to be with me. Why do you not turn your head and look at Me? Do you not realize that you are closer to Me than ever before? I know how hard it is. If you could only fathom that you were not a victim of blind fate, but chosen and loved. Trust me: when you are at the end and look back, you will understand it all.

More to follow soon ! Please get yourself a copy of this beautiful book at your nearest Catholic Bookstore or right  here . I am sure Branches Catholic Bookstore  will have these stocked soon!

In JM+JT,

Lee

ps   It is important that we pray for and support the faithful, solid, and orthodox priests that stand up for our Faith and Church through these crazy times. This is one of the reasons why I am suggesting Monsignor Florian’s books. They are faithful and orthodox. We need to support these priests in any way we can, and one way is to share and purchase their books.

THE O ANTIPHONS

THE O ANTIPHONS

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THE O ANTIPHONS

As her final phase of preparation for Christmas, the Church recites or chants the  O Antiphons  during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. The  O Antiphons  express the Church’s longing for and expectation of the Messiah, and her startled wonderment at the fullness of grace which the Christ-Child is about to bestow on the world.

Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one — Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia — the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” In these words, the Lord Jesus, for whose coming we prepare in Advent and to whom we address these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us. The O Antiphons not only bring intensity to our Advent preparations, but they bring our preparations to a joyful conclusion.

Dec. 17 – O Sapientia: O Wisdom (Eccl 24: 5), you came forth from the mouth of the Most High (Sir 24: 30) and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly (Wis 8: 1). Come, and teach us the way of prudence (Isa 40: 14).

 

Dec. 18 – O Adonai: O Adonai or O Lord and Ruler (Exod 6: 13) of the house of Israel (Matt 2: 6), you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush (Exod 3: 2); on Mount Sinai, you gave him your Law (Exod 20). Come, and with outstretched arm, redeem us (Jer 32: 21).

 

Dec. 19 – O Radix Jesse: O Root of Jesse, you stand for the ensign of all mankind (Isa 11: 10); before you, kings shall keep silence and, to you, all nations shall have recourse (Isa 52: 15). Come, and save us, and do not delay (Hab 2: 3).

 

Dec. 20 – O Clavis David: O Key of David (Apoc 3: 7), Scepter of the House of Israel, you open and no man closes; you close and no man opens (Isa 22: 22). Come, and deliver him from the chains of prison who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death (Ps 107: 10).

 

Dec. 21 – O Oriens: O Rising Dawn (Zac 6: 12), Radiance of the Light eternal (Hab 3: 4) and Sun of Justice (Mal 3: 20), come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death (Ps 107: 10; Lk 1: 78).

 

Dec. 22 – O Rex Gentium: O King of the Gentiles (Hag 2: 8), Desired of all, you are the cornerstone that binds two into one (Eph 2: 20). Come, and save poor man whom you fashion out of clay (Gen 2: 7).

 

Dec. 23 – O Emmanuel: O Emmanuel (Isa 7: 14; 8: 8), our King and Lawgiver (Gen 49:10; cf. Ezek 21: 32), the Expected of the nations and their Savior (Isa 33: 22), come, and save us, O Lord our God.

   In  JM+JT,

           Lee

Prayer and Penance

Prayer and Penance

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   The surprising thing to many is that I haven’t had much to say lately. Yes, I have been very busy at finishing my semester at Ryerson University in Toronto this is true. I have also been a busy father to my children, and a husband to my wife. Like many of you I am sure, the recent events in the World, and the Church, have taken a bit of hold on me. It was even suggested to me by a very holy priest that their are times that require silence. This is one of those times. Not silent as in not doing anything, but silent as in prayer and penance.

I have been recently reading a book by a Russian Catholic lady named Catherine Doherty called “Welcome Pilgrim”. I haven’t finished it yet so I cannot give a solid recommendation for it, but so far it is wonderfully spiritual and Catholic. I needed something a little lighter to read to help give me a little lift in spirits, so far this book has been the medicine that my soul required.

Catherine said that she was taught by her parents from a very young age that one should ALWAYS have two hands lifted to God, one hand with prayer, and the other hand with penance. How beautiful. Talk about keeping it simple and true. Sometimes I could get a little congested with all the doctrinal material that I read and be to concerned about what I know about God. What’s most important is having a relationship with God, knowing God. Yes, of course as a catechist I have to know about God, but I also have to know God as well. It can be a subtle trap set by the devil. I’m much more aware of it now and pray for the proper balance of knowing about God and having an intimate relationship with him.

My dear friend and priest Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus from the Vatican always states that “Theology is best learned on ones knees“. This is so true. When praying the Rosary so many of my theological questions have been answered by thoughts and inspirations. I don’t mean that all of a sudden some voice speaks in my ear, but the answer to a question seems to be answered at times. I believe this can happen for anyone who prays the Rosary. You should try it!

Back to prayer and penance. For this Advent Season I am going to try and willingly take a posture of prayer and penance with both arms lifted up to God. I ask that my readers please join me in this posture and encourage their friends and family to do the same. Let us praise, reverence, and serve God. We can attend an extra Mass throughout the week, fill the food bins for the needy, say an extra decade of the Rosary, and the list goes on. There are so many Novenas that can be said, just Google Catholic Novenas. Once again, please join me in lifting up our arms to God in this time of Advent in prayer and penance.

One more thing before I go. As far as Confession is concerned, why not go every couple of weeks? You don’t have to be in mortal sin to go to Confession, you can go to receive the graces and confess any venial sins. Usually when in the confessional I will ask the priest for forgiveness for the sins that I do not even know that I have committed. It is a good habit to go to Confession a couple of times a month, and so many graces are received from just going.

  May Almighty God protect us from the World, the devil, the heretics, and ourselves!

        In  JM+JT,

                   Lee

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus Mary and Joseph!

Trust in Jesus!

Jesus focus on me not the storm

Jesus I Trust in Thee !

 It is so important for us to understand that God has specifically hand picked us to be here right now to fight in this fight. What fight you might ask? The fight for the salvation of souls! I have been trying to temper my comments and posts about certain problems that are raging inside God’s Holy Church, but I can stay silent no more. It has not been easy to remain silent, but as I continue to watch the evil weave its way to the top of the mortal hierarchy something needs to be said. We must not waver from the TRUTH that has been taught by JESUS for 2,ooo years. Communion for adulterers living in sin can NEVER be allowed. This is the TRUTH period. Is it politically correct? Who cares? This is about souls, not feelings and sentimentality. This is about that really long time called ETERNITY!

Catholics please wake up and stand up like the Apostles and Martyrs did and are doing over in the Middle East! We NEED Saints right now! God has chosen us to be potential Saints, what are we waiting for? Let’s call evil what it is when we see it, even if it is coming from the Pope himself. Yes, even if the Pope goes against Jesus and His Church we will have to call it what it is. Let’s pray that Pope Francis doesn’t go against Jesus and His Church. EVERYTHING seems to indicate that the Pope is going to allow adulterers living in sin to receive Our Lord in the Eucharist. Yes, I said it, because this where everything seems to be pointing. I HOPE that I am wrong, I really do, but we must prepare for this now. How do we prepare? By continually learning Our Faith from Holy Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.

   May Almighty God protect us from the World, the devil, the heretics, and ourselves!

        In  JM+JT,

                Lee

What About Papal Infallibility?

What About Papal Infallibility?

Pope Pius X on Dogma changes

Pope St Pius X pray for us!

   It is important for people, especially the faithful, to realize that it is only under the strictest conditions that the Pope can actually speak infallibly, and that Pope Francis HAS NOT spoken infallibly on any issues and probably won’t. This does not mean that we should not listen to him, because we should. We should try and  listen with an obedient disposition, but also realize because he speaks so often and off the cuff that he may err at times. This is why the press office of the Vatican has so often had to give clarifications.

 It is also very important to understand that Bishops can and will make statements and possibly even teach heresy. We have seen this lately, especially in Germany! The faithful are NOT bound to follow ANY teaching that is contrary to an already established Dogma of the Faith. In fact, it would be a sin against Faith were the faithful to follow a new teaching that they knew was erroneous. As Catholics we have a responsibility to do our homework and find out what the Church actually teaches ; claiming ignorance is not really an option.

I’m going to get straight to the point. Dogma CANNOT change. All of this synod hoo-haa can do nothing to change what GOD HAS ALREADY REVEALED! God is immutable, He cannot change, and neither can the Truth become something contrary to what it is. Here is an example : someone wants you to believe that a chair is actually a chandelier, and that person has convinced many people in the room with fancy words and tricky philosophies that the chair has somehow evolved into a chandelier. But you know that chandeliers hang from the ceiling and give off light, and you still see people sitting their bottoms on chairs, not chandeliers. This  doesn’t mean that the chair is a chandelier. The chair is still a chair even if everyone in the room is now saying that the chair is a chandelier. The Truth is the Truth!

 So here goes, I’m going to type it now! Even if the Pope were to try and change the teaching, it wouldn’t, and couldn’t be changed ! There, I said it. The Pope is supposed to be a guardian and protector of the Faith, that is it! If the Pope teaches something contrary to the “constant and very firm”  teaching of Jesus Christ through His Church, then we CANNOT follow that teaching, WE MUST STAY FAITHFUL TO CHRIST!

We need to pray for the Pope and the Bishops, especially the Bishops that are spewing heresy ; they NEED our prayers!

Here is a good article written by Father Parochus from the site What’s Up With the Synod? Give it a look

No, the Church is not infallible because the Pope is infallible. It’s the other way around.

One of the more upsetting results of this Synodal chaos is the division it is creating between believing and sincere Catholics. Sadly, one of the more dire results of the last 50 years of non-catechesis has been a grave defect in the knowledge of most of the faithful on the limits and nature of papal infallibility.

Today I received the following note from a friend:
“I am now arguing with my pro-life friends about the petition. They see any lack of papal obedience as shocking and scandalous. Grrrrrrr. Have you written about it? What can I send them to show how wrong they are.”

I recommended that she google the terms “papolatry,” that is gaining wide use recently, and the newer and perhaps somewhat more technical term “hypermontanism”. I added, “Ultramontanism = Good. Hypermontanism = Bad.”

In the interests of our charitable duty to instruct the ignorant, WUWTS offers the following brief explanation of the traditional understanding of papal infallibility, from a bona fide member of the clergy. …HJMW

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Crash Course in the Church’s Infallibility.

The Church is not infallible because the Pope is infallible.

It is the other way around.

The pope is infallible because the Church is infallible.

Jesus the Divine Teacher continues to teach in this world the “message of truth”, which he originally gave to the Apostles and through them to the world. This is the Deposit of Faith and Morals. It contains primarily supernatural knowledge about God and how to get to Heaven to see and rejoice in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit forever. This revealed treasure also contains a crystal-clear reaffirmation of the Natural Law of right and wrong, “the observance of which is also necessary for eternal salvation”(Humane vitae). If I turn my back on God the Creator I can’t get to Heaven.

In her constant and very firm teaching the Church is protected by Christ. She will not betray Him or His teaching. She is infallible.

The Pope has the keys. He can even command us what to think. Or rather, he can bindingly declare what Christ has taught, and therefore what God has said, and requires that we believe. But Christ will NOT let His Church be bound into error. So…

When the Successor of Peter, teaching on a matter of Faith and Morals, AS Successor of Peter , binds the universal Church to believe or to absolutely and “definitively ” hold a particular truth, he shares in the infallibility of the Church.

We are only required to believe that the Pope is infallible when all the above conditions are fulfilled. We are very safe in following the teaching of Pope Saint Pius X, in his Catechismo maggiore, that the pope is infallible “only” (soltanto) under those conditions.

From the “Catechismo magiore” of Pope Saint Pius X:

199. Quando è il Papa infallibile?Il Papa è infallibile allora soltanto che nella sua qualità di Pastore e Maestro du tutti i cristiani, in virtù della suprema sua apostolica autorità, definisce una dottrina intorno alla fede o ai custumi da ternersi da tutta la Chiesa.

“soltanto” = “only,” as in, “at no other time or in no other way”.

This means it is impossible for the pope to *bindingly* contradict the constant and very firm teaching of the Church.

But by ambiguity, implication, association, action, or in other ways, the pope can sow doubt. As unfortunately we have been seeing these days.

end of article.

In JM+JT,

Lee

 

ROSARY CRUSADE on OCTOBER 7 !

Rosary Crusade

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         Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7

 This October 7 in the year 2015 AD we will be setting out once again on a ROSARY CRUSADE ! I believe that the times that we are now living in are perhaps some of the darkest times in the history of the World! Over 42 MILLION OF GOD’S CHILDREN A YEAR killed in abortions ; there are only 319 million people living in the U.S. I don’t think that there could possibly be a time in the history of the World where there were more corrupt governments than there are right now. How could any civilized person ever watch those Planned Parenthood videos and defend that demonic organization? It’s just lie after lie after lie!

Right now as I type this a Christian genocide is taking place at the hands of muslims all around the World, especially in the Middle East. A Christian dies for their Faith EVERY 5 MINUTES! Christians are being crucified, chopped up, raped, sodomized, enslaved, and tortured just for being Christian! Muslims are doing this to our Christian brothers and sisters and many of the World’s leaders are turning a blind eye, especially in the United States. Instead, islam is being held up by some leaders as being a peaceful religion. IT IS NOT!  “Mohammed and his little helpers” only bring death ; JESUS BRINGS LIFE!

 Moving on to the Church now ; the abuses are absolutely staggering! Liturgical abuse, doctrinal abuse, spiritual abuses left and right, the list goes on. We have Bishop against Bishop, and Cardinal versus Cardinal. The pillar of civilization itself, the family, is being attacked by Bishops and Cardinals within our very Church’s Walls! The same men who should be defending the family and God’s Revealed Truth are trying to tear it down! We aren’t talking about just a few Bishops, Cardinals, and priests, but MANY ; almost ENTIRE BISHOPS CONFERENCES are trying to destroy the Church under the guise of tolerance and mercy. The Radical Homosexual machine has bashed through the gates of the Church and has entered into it’s very heart like a cancer. No human power can turn back what has happened. Satan and his demons are running rampant! Without God, we are doomed!

But there is HOPE! We have very powerful weapons at our disposal. We have God’s Word! We have Mighty Angels that are fighting for us, and with us, right now! We have an Army of Saints that hear our prayers and are fighting along side of us! We have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacraments of the Church! We have amazing Sacramentals (Holy Water, Brown Scapular, Crucifixes, Blessed Objects) given to us by Our Lord and Our Mother! Don’t forget, we have each other; WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER! We have Our Blessed Mother, and the  MOST POWERFUL ROSARY!  We have JESUS’ WORD ; in John 14, [18] He said, “I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.” We have to TRUST in JESUS! We trust in you Jesus! We KNOW that Jesus has already won the war, but we are here on Earth to do battle right now! God has chosen us for these very times. We are called to be Saints!

We MUST pray and fast for a turn around in this World! We are praying this Rosary Crusade for an END to ALL ABORTION ; we are praying this Rosary Crusade for PEACE in the WORLD, especially the Middle East ; we are praying this Rosary Crusade for the SYNOD on the FAMILYJOIN US! We will be praying the ROSARY CRUSADE between Noon and 3 pm on OCTOBER 7 ; please post on Facebook, Twitter, EVERYWHERE! WE NEED SPIRITUAL WARRIORS TO JOIN US IN OUR CRUSADE!

Here is a short excerpt from TFP Student Action on the history of October 7 and the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Victory at Lepanto :

“Pope Pius V, a Dominican prelate before his elevation, did what Catholics have always done in times of acute danger: fly into the arms of the most powerful Mother of God. As a follower of Saint Dominic, he knew the most effective means of imploring her help was through the recitation of the Holy Rosary. He ordered all monasteries and convents in Rome to increase their prayers for the impending battle and organized rosary processions in which he, as sick as he was, participated.

As the Christian fleet sailed toward the great clash of cultures (The Cross and the crescent), Mass was celebrated and the rosary recited daily on each vessel. This heartfelt request for divine assistance resulted in a crushing defeat of the Ottomans(muslims) at Lepanto that ended their dominance in the Mediterranean.

To celebrate Our Lady’s intercession, the Church has designated October 7 as the Feast of the Holy Rosary and Saint Pius V added Help of Christians (Auxilium Christianorum) to the Litany of Our Lady (Loreto). Similar acknowledgement to the Blessed Virgin’s intercession through the rosary were made when John Sobieski forced the Turks to lift the Siege of Vienna in 1683 and after the victory of Prince Eugene of Savoy at Temesvar in his successful campaign to remove the Ottomans from Europe in the next century.

While the din of battle gradually diminished at the bloody waters off Lepanto, Saint Pius V was going over accounts in the papal apartments with Bartolo Busotti, his treasurer. Suddenly, he arose with his face radiant with joy and announced, “Let us go and thank God, for this moment our fleet has defeated the Turks.” Human agency brought news to Rome two weeks later.”

Interesting note:  Andrea Doria, one of the three principal admirals of the fleet had an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in his cabin!

See you on the battlefield!!!

In JM+JT,

Lee

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us!

Our Lady of Guadalupe pray for us!

Our Lady of Victory pray for us!

Our Lady of the Rosary pray for us!

 

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