Month: September 2014

Islamic State urges attacks on Canadian citizens !!!

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Islamic State urges attacks on Canadian citizens in

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Posted on September 22, 2014 by SunriseMarian

The Associated Press
Published Monday, Sep. 22 2014, 8:54 AM EDT
Last updated Monday, Sep. 22 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

The Islamic extremist group ISIS, that has occupied parts of Iraq and Syria has issued a new threat against western countries including Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
In an audio recording distributed on social media, Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant urges supporters to kill westerners from countries who have joined efforts in northern Iraq, whether military or civilian.

The Canadian government has not said whether it views the recording as authentic, but France appears to be treating it as such, as is SITE, a Washington think-tank that analyzes terrorist groups.
The group represents a threat not just to the Middle East, but the world, said Jason MacDonald, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office.
“We will continue to work with allies to push back against this threat,” MacDonald said in an email.
“Like our allies we will not be cowed by threats while innocent children, women, men and religious minorities live in fear of these terrorists.”
The Harper government has taken a hard line on IS. Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird likened the fight against the al-Qaida splinter group to the struggles against communism and fascism.
Canada is also sending 69 special forces personnel who will serve as advisers to Iraqi forces battling IS militants.
Responding to al-Adnani’s statement, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he is confident in the country’s security.
“France is not afraid because it is prepared to respond to their threats,” he said.
The IS statement was released in Arabic by the group’s media arm, Al-Furqan, and appeared on militant sites used by the group. The Associated Press reported the speaker sounded like that of previous recordings attributed to al-Adnani.
The 42-minute audio statement was released online late Sunday. In it, al-Adnani said the coalition would not be able to defeat the jihadis. He called on Muslims everywhere to kill anyone whose country takes part in the attack.
“Oh, believer, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons and troops of the tyrants. Strike their police, security and intelligence members,” al-Adnani said.
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that joined a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be.”
A transcript, distributed on social media late Sunday night, also seemed to accuse countries like Canada and Australia of meddling in affairs that are none of their business.
“What threat do you pose to the distant place of Australia for it to send its legions towards you? What does Canada have anything to do with you?”
A Public Safety Canada report last month said some 130 individuals were suspected of terror-related activities abroad at the beginning of 2014, including about 30 people with Canadian connections suspected of terror activities in Syria.
The Canadian government has said it has begun revoking the passports of those it suspects of wanting to go abroad to join terrorist groups.
IS’s reach on social media also makes them a potential threat on Canadian soil, suggested Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former Canadian intelligence officer who now heads up an Ottawa cybersecurity company.
“They have been capable (of recruiting) young people without speaking directly to them face to face,” he noted.
“If they’ve been capable through the media — through the Internet — to reach them, I wouldn’t be surprised that they convince some of these people that instead of travelling to the Middle East, to stay here and simply attack us here.”
With files from The Associated Press.

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ps   this is important information and needs to be shared! These ISIS types are here in our midst on Canadian soil, not just over in Iraq and Syria. We need to call our elected officials and demand something be done to protect our children from being beheaded here! Don’t think for a minute that this won’t happen, it happened last year in England in broad daylight to Lee Rigby! This isn’t just a regional or terrorist problem, this is a religious problem! Please drop the political correctness with Islam, it is what it is! The attacks are inevitable, they will happen. However, our police and intelligence could do much more to minimize the damage that is likely to occur .

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Lee Rigby’s killer doing an interview and quoting passages from the “holy” Koran. Yes, that is Lee Rigby’s blood!

 

May Almighty God have Mercy on us all!

Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us!

In JM+JT,

Lee

 

Canadian Catechists Reading List Begins…

What’s on Lee’s Shelf  ???

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     I have to be honest, I am not sure exactly how to organize this section of the site. So, after discussing this section of the site tonight with a friend, I figured I would just start. Well, here goes! To begin, I will just share what is on my nightstand. These are the books that are must haves for this Marian Catechist and lover of the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church and all She has to offer! Now, I have to warn you, I actually have a relatively small nightstand, but I have acquired quite a few ” must have within hand reach” books. Sometimes I think my wife thinks I’m nuts! I always tell her that their are much worse things I could be doing, and she shakes her head and tends to agree. I will link to these books to online Catholic Bookstores that I am familiar with mostly. However please also shop at your local Catholic Bookstores. We have an excellent one here in Niagara Region in Ontario Canada called Branches Catholic Bookstore and we are now also in relationship with Catholic Chapter House. These are two excellent resources, with a store front and online store!

      I guess you could say I have a wide variety of topics looking at my side table. And Yes, that is a kindle on top of the official  Catechism of the Catholic Church  which has a tremendous library with all of St Augustines works and all of St John Chrystosoms works also! Those two awesome Saints and Doctors of the Church alone could fill an entire wall with their masterpieces! No, I have not read all their work, it would take a few lifetimes probably. I always have close at hand The Catechism of the Council of Trent, my personal Favourite.The Catechism of the Council of Trent – compiled under the direction of St. Charles Borromeo and recognized as the most authoritative Catholic catechism. Leo XIII recommended two books– the Summa and this Catechism–for all seminarians! Pope Benedict 16th, as a Cardinal, called it the most important Catholic Catechism. Originally designed to supply parish priest with an official book of instruction, it has been used extensively by the laity as a steadying guide in our confused age. New typesetting and beautiful hardbound cover.

  S0, also on my table I have the  Three Ages of the Interior Life  Volume 1, by Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., was born in 1877 and is held as one of the greatest Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. He focused his writings against the error of Modernism, which denied the objective truth of Divine revelation, as well as on apologetics, including philosophy. In total, he authored over five hundred books and articles, and wrote as a thorough Thomist. Among Father Garrigou-Lagrange’s numerous works are The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Christian Perfection and Contemplation, Christ the Savior, and God, His Existence and Nature. He died in 1964.  This author I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.This particular book is a masterpiece in displaying how Catholic doctrine and spirituality are perfectly complimentary to one another, and have no need to be separated one from the other!

     I also have a  Douay Rheims translation of Holy Scripture. This is my favourite English translation, because it is true to the Latin Vulgate and not so corrupted like other Catholic translations. Just because a Bible has the name Catholic on it, does not mean it is a good , faithful translation. The best test I have found is to go to Luke , Chapter 1 verse 28, it should read “[28] And the angel being come in, said unto her:  Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:  blessed art thou among women”  If the ” Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” is not in your Bible you are best to get rid of that translation asap! Those exact words need to be in your translation of the Bible, if they aren’t, please get a new Bible and don’t give that one away either. We don’t need to be spreading error. You can burn it if you like, bury it or hide it real good!

    On the Catechetical front, well right next to me actually I have the COMMENTARY ON THE GENERAL DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS  Most Rev. Raymond Leo Burke  From the Forward:In accord with the directives of the Apostolic See, MarianCatechists employ a twofold vademecum in their apostolate:the Catechism of the Catholic Church for doctrine and the General Directory for Catechesis for catechetical method.

 Also, The Advanced Catholic Catechism Course Manual and Workbook and  the BASIC CATHOLIC CATECHISM COURSE  and  by Father John Anthony Hardon S.J.  Revised and Updated by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke  If you have been waiting to study the Faith, this is the perfect time to  start.

Next, THE QUESTION AND ANSWER CATHOLIC CATECHISM  Father John A. Hardon S.J.  A perfect way for modern Catholics to address the issues of faith, this straightforward catechism  provides precise answers to more than 1,700  questions about Church teachings, rituals, and religious practice. This Catechism presents the essentials of the Catholic Faith in a manner that is easy to use and spiritually sound.

   The next Catechism was compiled and written by Servant of God Father John Hardon S.J  and is simply called The Catholic Catechism “This volume is intended to meet a widely felt need for an up-to-date and concise source book on the principal teachings of the Catholic Church. Since the close of the Second Vatican Council, there has been such an accumulation of ecclesiastical constitutions and decrees and so many changes they introduced in Catholic practice that few people have been able to keep up with all that has happened… A parallel purpose of this volume is to offer those who use it a handy guidebook of the Catholic tradition, whether formally documented in ecclesiastical sources or implicitly accepted by the faithful under the aegis of the Church’s hierarchial leaders.”The method followed in presenting the Church’s doctrine is a combination of history and logic. Doctrines are placed into a historical framework by tracing their origins to the Old and New Testaments and placing their development within the context of persons, places, and times. The doctrine thus becomes more intelligible because it is viewed in the setting of its vital growth over the centuries.

“The intended reading audience of this Catholic catechism are all those priests, religious and laity, and above all parents and teachers, who are looking for a concise statement of the faith they profess, the conduct they practice, and the worship they give to the Lord.”

–From The Catholic Catechism by John A. Hardon, S.J.

   Right now, Sept 19/14  I am in the middle of reading two books. To be honest, I am always reading and re-reading Catechetical and Doctrinal material, but I wanted to read something a little lighter and spiritual. So, I am reading The Fire Within, by Thomas Dubay  .This book is the fruit of Fr. Dubay’s many years of study and experience in spiritual direction and in it he synthesizes the teachings on prayer of the two great doctors of the Church on prayer–St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila–and the teaching of Sacred Scripture.

But the teaching that Fr. Dubay synthesized is not collected from Teresa and John for contemplatives alone. It is meant for every Christian and is based on the Gospel imperative of personal prayer and the call to holiness. All the major elements of these great teachers are ordered, commented on and put in the context of their scriptural foundations. Here is an outstanding book on prayer and the spiritual life written by one of the best spiritual directors and retreat masters of our time, and based on the writings of the Church’s two greatest mystical doctors.

The second book is by a great Saint that I have an interest in. He is especially relevant in our time because of the huge disconnect between Church and state in the western world as of late. The book is written by St Thomas More and is called  A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation . Here in modern English is More’s examination of the comfort of God in times of difficulty. Written in the Tower of London while More was awaiting execution for refusing to betray his faith, this book is a fictional dialogue between a young man, Vincent, and his mortally ill uncle. Vincent is afraid that an impending Muslim invasion will force him to betray his faith or die a martyr. More shows how all suffering can be beneficial if you respond to it properly.

On the philosophical side, I have History of Philosophy Volume II  Augustine to Scotus by Frederick Copleston S.J  Surveys schools of Western thought from the Patristic period and St. Augustine through the Carolingian renaissance, St. Bonaventure and St. Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus. I have also read and studied History of Philosophy Volume I Greece and Rome . Progress of philosophical thinking among the Greeks, leading to a dual climax in the work of Plato and Aristotle, demanding a synthesis by the Neo-Platonists. Both of these books I highly recommend to those who are interested in Philosophy. Especially those who are interested in St Thomas and his writings. These were an excellent primer to a better understanding of St Thomas, his theology and his writings on all matters. I am just a beginner, but  I have to say, I learned a lot from these two volumes on the study of wisdom and the history of philosophy and the development of it. I wasn’t familiar with some of the words and phrases of the philosophical language. So, I just looked them up on wiki or google and would write out short definitions in these two volumes and refer back to them. Before I knew it these words were second nature and part of my vocabulary! Words like dialectic, epistemology, rhetoric, exemplarism, aliquid… look them up 🙂  one is in latin!  See you soon. I have many more books to add to the list, and on my side table, but I’m getting tired. You should see the basement and bookshelves and desk, oh my!!!   🙂

May Almighty God Bless us and keep us safe from the World, the devil and ourselves

In   JM+JT,

Lee

 

How Do We Practice What We Learn?

Fifth  Article of the Apostle’s Creed continued…

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; the third day He rose again from the dead

  In this post I am going to be not so much catechizing on What we believe, but more on how we put what we believe into practice. So, how we can practice and grow in our faith. It is of course an excellent practice to learn as much as one can about our beautiful Catholic Faith, but we must put this knowledge and faith into practice, to truly grow into a deeper more fruitful relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! All Catechesis, must be Christ-centered!!!

   Being a member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate demands that we not just grow in our doctrinal and catechetical learning, but also spiritually. We need to have a balance of doctrinal and spiritual development, that balances ones complete make up as a  Marian Catechist and as a member of the Church Militant on earth. I believe it can become a temptation at times to believe because we are learning about God, that we are getting to know God in a better way. I have to say that this is not always true. In fact, many of the so-called brightest theologians and scripture exegetes have turned out to be heretics, apostates and in some cases even atheists! One that immediately comes to mind is Martin Luther and John Calvin, their are many , many more. In fact, they are in our midst today ,and not just an anomaly of the distant past.

    We can actually put into practice what we learn in the  Articles of the Apostle’s Creed. How you say? Certainly, on Sundays and our Holy Days of obligation we attend Mass faithfully. Even more, if at all possible, we should be attending Holy Mass as often as possible, not just limited to the Holy Days of obligation. Their are other pious practices that will help us to grower closer to our Lord and His Holy Mother. The daily praying of the Holy Rosary is actually praying, and meditating on  the Gospel itself! Another practice that Marian Catechists do is to pray the daily Angelus  at least two times a day.

   Traditionally, Wednesdays were a day to especially honour St Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus and the chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I can tell you from personal experience, that St Joseph’s intercessory ability is awesome! He has helped me in many tough situations. Please build a strong relationship with this most great Saint, second only to Mary the Mother of God (Theotokos) . Here is a link to an ancient prayer to St Joseph  that I choose to say everyday, it can also be used as a 9 day Novena prayer. Once again, prayers to St Joseph are very powerful and always answered! This is what my patroness Saint, Teresa of Jesus says of St Joseph, “I know by experience,” says St. Teresa of Avila, “that the glorious St. Joseph assists us generally in all necessities. I never asked him for anything which he did not obtain for me.”

    So on Fridays, in commemoration of  Jesus’ Passion and Death on the Cross, we are obliged to perform some act of penance or mortification. Ouchhh!!! Did you say mortify? Yes, I did! This does not mean, nor do I  suggest that you whip or flag yourself half to death. Some people still may do this, but any penance or mortification should also be discussed with one’s spiritual advisor! I am only touching on a couple suggestions. This can be as simple as abstaining from meat, or having a computer fast for that day. It is meant to help unite yourself with our Lord and His Passion and death. A small token to add to the Mystical Body in Heaven and Earth. It also helps us to aquire virtue, especially in temperance. Practicing penance and mortification helps by bringing our unruly passions into check through practice. Remember, we “practice our Faith”. I have to admit, I have a sweet tooth! It is a tough one for me, but its easier when I offer it up to our Blessed Lord ! It helps to bring that particular passion into check.

   Of Course, we cannot forget the day dedicated to our Lady, Saturday. Saturday is the day that we honour the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We honour our Lady, whose Faith remained unshaken on that Holy Saturday, and never faltered. She had Faith and Hope that Her most Holy Son, Jesus Christ would indeed rise from the dead, as He said He would. In honour of Her, we can light a votive candle for Our Lady’s intentions, or honour her by just spending a little more time meditating on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. For those who have a devotion to our Blessed Mother, I might suggest the book  True Devotion to Mary by St Louis Marie de Monfort . This book is a masterpiece of Marian devotion and is a favourite of mine and was a favourite of St John Paul II. His papal motto “Totus Tuus”, meaning, all yours, was borrowed from St Louis de Monfort!

     Til next time,

                  may Almighty God Bless us, and protect us from the World, the devil, and ourselves!!!

        In  JMJ,

                Lee

What is Catechesis ?

What is Catechesis?

Catechism

 Is Catechesis important?

     A couple of  questions have been asked already and I haven’t even begun this post. The answers to these questions may be obvious to some, but for others they are very important ; especially if you claim the name “Catholic” or are just interested in the Church at all. It is so important to know what it is to be Catholic and what we as Catholics actually  believe. The best way to learn is through what we call  “catechesis“. The word “ catechesis ” actually means to impart knowledge, or to teach by imparting knowledge. The traditional way of imparting knowledge is through a question and answer format, originally done through word of mouth by first Christ and than the Apostles. As the Apostle to the Gentiles St Paul said to the Romans in the 10 th Chapter of his Epistle “[17] Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ.” 

  Now, for those who may not know, we as Catholics did not just make-up catechesis and catechisms. In fact, catechesis takes its roots from Judaism. The Hebrews taught catechesis in the home where the father would primarily teach the Jewish religion to his children. The Hebrews also taught religion in school. Thirdly, the Hebrews would learn about their faith in the synagogues and the Temple by the priests and Levites and rabbi’s. Now, does any of this sound familiar? We still have a similar system today ; however, we need to look at the order again. Where we as Catholics are failing, yes I said failing, is in teaching or  catechizing our children in the home ; especially the fathers! It is vitally important for parents to be THE PRIMARY EDUCATORS of CATHOLIC EDUCATION to their children. As the child grows, so do the lessons on catechesis. A child’s understanding of their faith must grow in keeping with their secular education. Otherwise the faith, as we have all seen from the emptying Churches, will certainly be abandoned as a remnant of their childhood.

   Where do we find the teachings of the Church? I thought you would never ask… Here on this website is a good beginning, but I would suggest that every family own at least one good Church approved Catechism. My favourite Catechism is The Catechism of the Council of Trent . It is easy to read and very straight forward, and it leaves no room for ambiguity or confusion. Some catechisms do lead to confusion, so stick with the good ones, I will list a few here.Please don’t just go and buy any book that says catechism on it, some of them are just downright terrible. Any books at the Marian Catechist store are very good especially if authored by our founder, Servant of God Father John Hardon. He actually has a question and answer Catholic Catechism that is excellent to start with, and can be kept in your pocket or lunch box to be read on breaks or lunch… wink, wink! Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine by Archbishop Michael Sheehan is also an excellent Catechism and gets into more intermediate Catechesis. It is a great read and re-read, mine is highlighted from front to back! The one that my wife reads, but I would also highly recommend, especially for those that aren’t big on reading is My Catholic Faith . This is especially good to use with children and converts to the religion, it is a wonderful Catechism. Of course, last but not least is the official Catechism of the Catholic Church . It can also be found online at the Vatican website here  http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM. Some of these books are not available on the Branches website yet, but we do have them at the store, so please come in and take a look!!!

    Why is Catechesis so important in these times? Once again, glad you asked. Because the younger generation hasn’t been properly catechized at home first, at school second , or at Church in many instances. The flock has scattered, and is leaving or has left the Church en-masse! That being said their are still small faithful pockets where Catechesis thrives, but we need much more of that. That is where the lay catechist comes in, like you and I. I can’t and I won’t get into exactly how things went very wrong in many places throughout the world, especially here in Canada and catechesis changed from God centred to self centered, but somewhere that shift did indeed happen. Now, we must focus on the solution ; what we need to do together is get back down to the Truth of Jesus Christ and His One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church!!! As our International director at the Marian Catechist Apostolate His Eminence  Cardinal Raymond Burke says, “ catechesis is a school of faith that is a deepening of Christian life in all its aspects: knowledge , prayer and worship, and witness.”  Cardinal Burke  also states , ” the object of catechesis, communion with our Lord Jesus Christ, and, therefore to present the Catholic faith in it entirety, especially the entire truth of the mystery of Christ.”  Did the Cardinal say the entire truth? I think he did say the entire truth! I couldn’t have stated it better myself. We need the Truth and the whole uncorrupted Truth, not just the teachings on heaven. The World needs the Truth, it is starving for the Truth. The world thinks that Oprah Winfrey is a spiritual teacher, come on people! People are seeking for the truth in all the wrong places, we have it right here in the Catholic Church. We need to share the Truth with others and be that arrow or sign pointing to Jesus Christ and His One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church!!!

      ….. So please, parents and fathers of young children, it is never to early to start catechizing your children. Secondly, for those of you who are teachers, it is vitally important when teaching the Catholic Faith to children or students of any age , that your teaching is sound and faithful. Thirdly I will address the Pastors……… please know your faith inside and out, all of it, so that you can properly hand it on to the next generation of future catechists and maybe a future parent, priest, bishop or who knows, maybe oneday we will have a Pope from Canada :-).

   If you have any questions about the Church and Her teachings on Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition, please leave a comment or send me an email. One more thing, don’t forget to subscribe to www.canadiancatechist.com  .

  What Jesus teaches us in the 5th Chapter of St Matthew is the Truth. Here is some great Catechesis from the Master Catechist Himself. Here are a few verses that I hope will  inspire you like they do to me. So get out there and share your faith with the world ! “[13] You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. [14] You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. [15] Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.

[16] So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven”

May God Bless us and protect us from the world , the devil and ourselves,

In JM+JT,

Lee