Jesus Did NOT Ask the Saints to Pray for HIM

January 30, 2009

 

Q. If Jesus, who is our ultimate example of how to live a holy life, NEVER asked a saint to pray for Him, why would we, as Christians, be encouraged to do so? In fact, no holy person of the Bible is mentioned to have done this?

A. This is true, however, I can’t think of a time He ever asked anyone to pray for Him. So we can’t take this to mean we should therefore never pray for one another. Especially since James specifically tells us to pray for one another. We do know that Jesus would go off and pray all night at times. What we do not know is what He actually said. And we know that all that Jesus said and did is not written down in scripture or else the whole world could not contain the books as as John says in his gospel. Jn 21:25

If you haven’t already read it you might want to see my post, “Why do Catholics pray to Mary?”


Blessed Bronislaw Markiewicz, January 30

January 30, 2009

blessed-bronislaw-markiewicz-jan-30Bronislaw Markiewicz

Pruchnik, Poland, July 13, 1842-Pawlikowice, January 29, 1912

He was the sixth of the eleven children of John Markiewicz, City Mayor, and Marianna Gryziecka, was born on the 13th of July 1842 in Pruchnik, Poland, in the present day Archdiocese of Przemyśl dei Latini. In his family home, he received a solid religious formation. Nonetheless, during his secondary studies in Przemyśl he experienced a certain wavering in the faith due, in large part, to the strong anti-religious atmosphere which dominated the school. However, he succeeded in overcoming this in a relatively short period, once again finding peace and serenity. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament, January 29

January 29, 2009

blessed-boleslava-maria-lament-jan-29 Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament

Lowicz, Poland, July 3, 1862 – Bialystok, Poland, January 29, 1946

Blessed Mary Boleslava Polish Lament, virgin, grasping the signs of the times, founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family, to promote Christian unity, to help and the last to form Christian female youth.

Roman Martyrology: In the city of Bialystok in Poland, Blessed Mary Boleslava Lament, virgin, in the midst of political upheaval founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family to promote Christian unity, help the poor and train the girls to Christian life.
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Pray for Mor Gabriel, the oldest Christian Monastery

January 29, 2009

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Mor Gabriel is under fire from Turkish Muslims who want its land. Their current excuse is proselytizm; this, in a country that wants to join the European Union but doesn’t feel the need to allow religious freedom.

I’m praying for the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel.


Why Do You Refer to Christians as “Protestants”?

January 28, 2009


Q. I consider myself a Christian but you seem to refer to non Catholics as Protestants. Why?

A. Well, because Christian refers to followers of Jesus Christ. There are three major groups of Christians:

  1. Catholic Christians-Founded by Jesus Christ
  2. Eastern Orthodox Christians-Break away the result of schism 1000′s
  3. Protestant Christians-Break away the result of the Luther’s Reformation 1500′s

All Christians have the majority of their beliefs in common with each other. But, of course, there are differences. The differences between Catholics and Orthodox are very few. The primary difference would be that the Orthodox Churches reject the Primacy of the authority of the Pope.

All the various denominations of churches resulting from protests against the Catholic Church in the 1500′s are called Protestants. At first there were Lutherans, then Presbyterians and Baptists. These have continued to split and multiply, until today there are over 40,000 different denominations born of the Protestant Reformation. Although Catholics and Protestant share many of their beliefs in common they have many more differences between them than between Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Most Protestant denominations have carried forward the traditions begun by Luther, Calvin, and Henry VIII in opposition to Catholic doctrine. For this reason, it is easier, when addressing these difference to speak about Protestant beliefs rather than Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, or Calvary Chapel, etc. beliefs.


Blessed Julien Maunoir, January 28

January 28, 2009

blessed-julien-maunoir-jan-28 Blessed Julien Maunoir

Saint-George de Reintembault, France, October 1, 1606 – Plévin, France, January 28, 1683

Patronage: Brittany

Roman Martyrology:  In the village of Plévin in Brittany in France, Blessed Julien Maunoir, priest of the Society of Jesus, that both in towns and villages as in cities of this province to forty-two years he devoted himself entirely to the missions to the people.

Blessed Julien Maunoir is considered the ‘apostle of Brittany’, the historical region of France, for the extraordinary work missionary who played well for forty-two years. Born on October 1, 1606 in Saint-George de Reintembault fifth of seven children of a small trader of fabrics. The venerable Le Nobletz Michele (1577-1652), a popular missionary mysteriously learned of her birth and that in him God had prepared a help and a successor. Julien’s first teachers were his parents, usually happy to share with the poor the proceeds of their work. The favorite game of Julien was to bring together the partners, siding two by two in order of procession, and to repeat their prayers and songs learned in church. A priest of the parish, noting his attitude, uncommon in his peers, taught the him the basics of Latin and allowed him to attend a college of Rennes, the Jesuits between 1620 and 1625. Julien did not let himself be influenced by bad company and persuaded some of the companions of Mary congregation to burn the books perverse, not to attend the inns and to moderate the passion for the game. Hearing of businesses Jesuit missionary in China, Japan, America, and the thought that many souls are lost for lack of apostles, he meditated finally enter into the religious life. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius, January 27

January 27, 2009

blessed-jurgis-matulaitis-matulevicius-jan-27Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius

Lugine (Lithuania), April 13, 1871 – Kaunas, January 27, 1927

Roman Martyrology: At Kaunas in Lithuania, Blessed Jurgis Matulewicz, Bishop of Vilnius and then apostolic nuncio in Lithuania, founder of the Congregation of Marian Clerics and the Congregation of the Poor Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis or Matulewicz was a fine weaver of fate in the small Church of Lithuania, in a historical period where Lithuania experienced membership in Poland, Russia and even independence.

Jurgis was born in the village Matulaitis Lithuanian Lugine April 13, 1971, the last of the eight children of Andrew and Ursula Matulaitis. At age ten he was orphaned of both parents and his older brother John became his guardian. After after elementary school he was put to work in the countryside. In 18 years, in 1889, he followed the brother John Matulewicz to Poland, where the family name changed from Matulaitis in Matulewicz.

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Deep In History Conference 2009, Columbus, OH – Mark Your Calendars!

January 27, 2009

Deep In History Conference 2009 – Mark Your Calendars!

Since the Deep in History Conferences began we have journeyed together from the time of the Early Fathers to the beginning of the Catholic Church here in North America. October 23rd 2009 marks a new beginning in our journey to the past as the Deep in History Conference turns to the theme of the History of Catholic Doctrine.
Once again the focus of these weekends is to assist both Catholics and non-Catholics in their understanding what it means to be Deep in History, Deep in Scripture and Deep in Christ. In 2009, we will begin on the “rock” looking to understand the question of Authority: The Pillar and Bulwark. Read the rest of this entry »

78 YEARS LATER: Monday, Jan. 26, 1931 – TIME on Birth Control

January 26, 2009

Monday, Jan. 26, 1931
Birth Control

 

The American Birth Control League invited 30 Protestant Episcopal bishops to its convention in Manhattan last week. Not one bishop appeared, although their Triennial General Convention at Denver next September is certain to consider birth control in echo to the last Lambeth Conference of bishops of and affiliated with the Church of England, which discreetly approved the movement (TIME, July 14 & Aug. 25). Nonetheless there were several preachers of various denominations among the 200 delegates who attended the convention. Also-present were a few doctors. Conspicuously absent were women who revel in tales of their own childbearing, women too prudish to discuss procreation in any manner, Catholic women obedient to the Pope’s denunciation of any hindrance to conception (TIME, Jan. 19). Last week’s meeting lacked the vigor of previous conventions. Some speakers interpreted the Pope’s denunciatory encyclical as favorable to birth control. “It paves the way for the inevitable fight over what is one of the most important biological findings in history”—Professor Julian Sorell Huxley of London. Other speakers and a formal resolution politely denounced the recent White House Conference on Child Health & Protection (TIME, Dec. 1) for not mentioning birth control at all. Dr. Ira Solomon Wile of Manhattan called the White House Conference “a total, a complete and excellently devised demonstration of an ostrich policy. This is unjust to the ostrich, however, as it does not bury its head quite so deeply.” Otherwise the birth controllers were placid. They reiterated an old boast that their movement has been endorsed by various sectional conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Congregational Churches of Connecticut, the Universalist “General Convention, the American Unitarian Association, the Lambeth Conference. During ten years of formal organization Birth Control has developed an American League, state leagues in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; local groups in California. Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Maryland. North Carolina and Ohio; a Committee for Federal Legislation on Birth Control: and 58 big-city clinics for contraceptive advice.


Blessed Michał Kozal, January 26

January 26, 2009

blessed-michal-kozal-jan-26Blessed Michal Kozal

Nowy Folwark (Poland), September 25, 1893 – Dachau (Germany), January 26, 1943

Roman Martyrology: At Monaco of Bavaria in Germany, Blessed Michael Kozal, Auxiliary Bishop of Włocławek and martyr: to have assumed the defense of faith and freedom of the Church under the Nazi regime nefasto with unconquerable endurance was pushed to three years in the field of extermination of the prison at Dachau until his life was crowned with martyrdom.
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Blessed Teresa Grillo Michel, January 25

January 25, 2009

blessed-blessed-teresa-grillo-michel-jan-25Blessed Teresa Grillo Michel

Spinetta Marengo, Alexandria, September 25, 1855 – Alexandria, January 25, 1944

Founder of the Little Sisters of Divine Providence. The opera began to have houses in different places in Piedmont, soon developed in the regions of Veneto, Lombardy, Liguria, in Puglia and Lucania. From June 13, 1900 the Institute was expanded in Brazil since 1927 and, upon request of the Blessed Don Luigi Orione, founded houses in Argentina. Without sparing, Teresa inspired and encouraged the sisters with her prompt and charismatic presence in the community. Six times she crossed the ocean to reach Latin America, where at her request flourished with many foundations kindergartens, orphanages, schools, hospitals and shelters for the elderly. The sixth trip she made in 1928 at the age of 73 years. On June 8, 1942, the Holy See granted approval to the Congregation of the Little Sisters of Divine Providence. Blessed Teresa Grillo died in Alexandria on January 25, 1944 at the age of 88 years.
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All Have Sinned Except Mary?

January 24, 2009

Q. So, despite the fact that scripture says, “All have sinned” Catholics reject that scripture and say instead, “All have sinned, except Mary?”

A. Not exactly. We would say “All have sinned except Jesus and Mary.” If Christians accept the fact that Jesus was sinless and that He was fully Human then the statement “All have sinned” has at least one exception that all Christians agree upon. Therefore, if there is one exception (Jesus) then why can there not be another exception? Mary. There are examples in Scripture of seeming absolutes, such as all, no one or every, that just do not mean ABSOLUTELY all, no one or every, with NO EXCEPTIONS.

For instance”

John 3:32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.

Here is John the Baptist talking about Jesus. Is it true that no one receives his testimony? Of course not. This is a hyperbolic use of “no one”. John accepted His testimony and we know the apostles and many others accepted it.

Mark 14:53-64 states “all” the Sanhedrin assembled for Christ’s trial, that the “whole council” sought for testimony against Him and they “all condemned him to death.”

But we know there were exceptions to the “whole” and the “all,” such as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Again, this verbiage indicates a majority of the Sanhedrin or all of its members who were actually in attendance at the trial—but not literally every single person who composed this Jewish council.

Romans 3:10-11 None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks for God.

In its immediate context, we see Paul is reproving Jews who thought mere physical lineage from Abraham ensured their place in God’s family by quoting from Psalm 14:1. But when we look to all of Sacred Scripture, we find Paul’s use of “no one” in his argument could not possibly mean every single human being, or Scripture would be contradicting itself!

Exceptions to the “none” and “no one” in Romans 3 are God’s faithful people as revealed by numerous OT passages. These state some certainly did obey the command to “seek for God.” They are even called “the righteous” in several places, including this exact same Psalm in verse 5! Thus, even the phrase, “none is righteous,” has scriptural exceptions, meaning neither the “none” nor the “no one” of Romans 3:10-11 should be interpreted as encompassing absolutely every single person.

Thus, “all have sinned” in Romans 3:23 does not have to mean every single human being who has ever lived has sinned. Even Martin Luther believed in the Immaculate Conception of Mary long before it was officially defined as a dogma of the Church. See what Luther said HERE.

It is also interesting that even though the Eastern Orthodox Churches broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 11th century, they have always and continue to teach Mary’s lifelong sinlessness. This fact adds to the credibility and antiquity of this Catholic doctrine.

If you question this doctrine you really have to ask yourself:

Could God have created Mary without a sin nature?”

Of course He could.

“Theoretically, could Mary, without the defect of original sin have resisted the temptation to sin throughout her whole life with the grace of God?”

Of course.

But is this historically accurate? Well, all existing Christian Churches hold the Immaculate Conception to be true up to and including the reformer, Martin Luther. So WHO and by WHAT authority did this belief get thrown out?


Blessed Marie Poussepin, January 24

January 24, 2009

blessed-marie-poussepin-jan-24Blessed Marie Poussepin

Dourdan, 1653 – Sainville, 1744

Born in Dourdan (Essonne) from a family deeply committed Christian and works of charity, following the failure of her father, she courageously took over the father’s factory, transforming it into a pilot plant, aimed more at social good than profit. In 1691 she entered the Dominican Third Order, which appreciated her spirit of contemplation and apostolic purpose. Realizing that God and Saint Dominic called her to a different lifestyle, she left the factory with her brother and moved to Jainville, where poverty and ignorance were higher. Here she founded a community-type female Dominican Order, not cloistered and open to works of charity: the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the presentation of the s. Virgin. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Giovanni Infante, January 23

January 23, 2009

blessed-giovanni-infante-jan-23 Blessed Giovanni Infante

January 23

In the second voyage of Christopher Columbus would have been three Mercedarian fathers, such as Blessed John Infante with the Blessed John Solórzano and the Venerable George of Seville. First in South America Blessed John Infante offered, with great faith, the host immaculate, the cup of blessing el’incruento sacrifice to God.

The Order celebrates him on January 23.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Immaculate Conception

January 22, 2009


Q. Where in Scripture does it teach the Immaculate Conception of Mary?

A. The Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is not clearly taught in Scripture in a way that would satisfy a skeptic. But, to be honest, neither is the Doctrine of the Trinity. I know, because I spent hours trying to discover it, in order to show a friend who was a Jehovah’s Witness.

What we do find in Scripture are oblique comments that only make sense if the underlying doctrine that gave rise to the comments are known.

For instance, Jesus instructs his disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in Matthew 28. This verse is cited when arguing for the Trinity. But does it unequivocally teach the Doctrine of the Trinity? No. But if you can understand that this verse rests upon and takes for granted that the listeners have already been instructed in the Doctrine of the Trinity thus no further explanation is necessary. Why else is name singular unless it denotes a trinitarian God-Father, Son & Holy Spirit?

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:41-42)

Elizabeth declared both Jesus and Mary “blessed”. Sinless perhaps? Some kind of equality there.

But this verse is very soft evidence of the underlying theology of the Immaculate Conception.

THE ANNUNCIATION

A stronger implication of the doctrine is found in the greeting to Mary from the angel in Luke 1:28:

“Hail! Full of Grace!”

The Greek word, chairo means “hail” or “rejoice.” Every other use of this verb hail/chairo in the New Testament, that is followed by a noun, declares the title of the person being saluted. For example, in Matthew 26:49, Judas greets Jesus with “Hail! Master!” Similarly, in Matthew 27:29 soldiers mockingly bow before Jesus saying, “Hail! King of the Jews!” “Master” and “King of the Jews” are being uses as titles of Christ, just like “Jesus Christ.”

So, the phrase, Full Of Grace, which follows the angel’s “Hail!,” is her title. It is “Full of Grace.” This might seem like an odd name, but in OT days God often had people named with strange titles to reveal some truth. For example, in Isaiah 7:3 we find that one of Isaiah’s sons was named “A Remnant Shall Return.”

The title given to Mary is a form of the Greek word, “charitoo,” which means “to endow with grace,” “highly favored.” We see this title, given to Mary by the angel Gabriel as evidence for the truthfulness of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. “Kecharitomene” is the actual Greek word translated in various versions of the Bible as “full of grace,” “O favored one,” etc. This Greek word literally means “having been highly favored” or “having been full of grace” (Luke 1:28).

The phrase, “full of grace,” doesn’t jump out as a reason to consider Mary something unique—one who from conception was without sin!

But, as Origen commented, in the second century, the angel’s greeting was an expression never before used to address someone. Even Mary was puzzled by such an unusual salutation (Luke 1:29).

So, many might be convinced that the Angel was calling Mary by a new name but wasn’t it merely a new name to express the honor of her upcoming state of blessedness as the mother of the Messiah?

No, because kecharitomene is a perfect passive participle. This means that Mary was filled with grace in the past and this fullness of grace continues to the present. Therefore this fullness of grace is not new. It will not begin with the Incarnation and is not due to her maternity alone.

So, the angel’s words were a declaration of existing fact, not a prophecy of a future event. Rather than the title “You are about to be full of grace” kecharitomene would mean “You have been and still are full of grace”.

The Angel’s greeting reveals the unstated and universally accepted fact that Mary had been given the fullness of God’s grace in her past before the angel’s announcement—way in her past, from the time of her conception. Mary was created by God without the defect of Original Sin. She was created in the Fullness of Grace, The Fullness of Humanity just as Adam and Eve had been created.

Whereas, Adam and Eve disobeyed God, Mary obeyed God throughout her whole life. And, if you were God, entirely HOLY and you could create your mother in which to dwell in the incarnation would you choose a sinful woman or an immaculate one?


Blessed Giuseppe Nascimbeni, January 22

January 22, 2009

blessed-giuseppe-nascimbeni-jan-21Blessed Giuseppe Nascimbeni

Torri del Benaco, Verona, March 22, 1851 – Castelletto di Brenzone, Verona, January 21, 1922

Roman Martyrology: In Castelletto del Garda in Veneto, Blessed Joseph Nascimbeni, priest, founder of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family.

A pearl of a priest and a pastor treasure: this is in a nutshell the activities and mission of Don Giuseppe Nascimbeni proclaimed Read the rest of this entry »


Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe, January 21

January 21, 2009

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Saint Alban Bartholomew Roe

Bury St. Edmond’s 1580-Tyburn, January 21, 1642

Missionary and martyr, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Alban is believed to have been born in Bury St. Edmund’s, England, about 1580. He converted to Catholicism and went to the English College at Douai, where he was dismissed for an infraction of discipline. In 1612 he became an ordained Benedictine at Dieulouard, France. From there he was sent to England. In 1615 he was arrested and banished. In 1618 he returned to England and was imprisoned again. This imprisonment lasted until 1623, when the Spanish ambassador obtained his release. In 1625, once again having returned to England to care for Catholics, Alban was arrested for the last time. For seventeen years he remained in prison and was then tried and condemned. Alban was sentenced with Thomas Reynolds, another English martyr. They were hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn on January 21, 1642.

Alban Bartholomew Roe was declared venerable on December 8, 1921 by Pope Pius XI and beatified on December 15 of the same year. Blessed Alban Roe was canonized on October 25, 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales whose feast day is October 25.

Source:  Catholic Online


Wounded as a Child…Healed as an Adult

January 20, 2009

John was somewhere between 50 and 60 when I met him. It was hard to tell, because he was a recovering alcoholic, and the boozing had ravaged his body. He had come back to Catholicism after many years .

John grew up a working-class Irish kid in one of NYC’s boroughs.

John was ruined, morally, spiritually and psychologically by abuse during his childhood.

An interesting thing happened to John not long before I left New York and lost touch with him. He’d heard that Father Zlatko Sudac, a Croatian priest was coming to town, a young man with a reputation as a mystic and a stigmatist. John went to see him on his last night leading a prayer service at a Catholic parish in the city. John hung at the very back and stayed quiet, observing. Toward the end, there was a long line of parishioners who wanted to receive Father Sudac’s blessing. John decided that he should too. As I recall his story, he was one of the last in line. He hadn’t talked to anybody there, and to his knowledge, no one at that parish knew him.

As he knelt and received the priest’s blessing, Father Sudac, who spoke no English, whispered something to his interpreter. The interpreter leaned over and whispered to John, “Father says to tell you that the Virgin says she was with you every time you were abused and suffered along with you. You were not alone.”

Fr. Zlatco Sudac

When John told me that story, he started crying. He didn’t cry because he thought, “If you were there, why didn’t you stop it?” He cried because he was now convinced that he had not suffered alone. God, and the Virgin Mary, had seen what happened. That was enough for John. He had begun to heal.

An interview with Fr. Zlatko Sudac–>Here


Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, January 20

January 20, 2009

blessed-cyprian-michael-iwene-tansi-jan-20Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

Igboezunu, 1903-January 20, 1964, Leicester

Nigeria’s first blessed, was beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 22, 1998 at Onitsha. He was born in 1903, in Igboezunu in southern Nigeria in the Igbo tribe, the actors in the 1967-70 civil war of Biafra. Iwene (this is the first name) was sent to school by the missionaries, who were in Nigeria since 1890. At nine years was christened with the name of Michael. Overcoming the opposition of parents in 1925, he entered the seminary at Igbarian, becoming a priest in 1937 in the Cathedral of Onitsha. Appointed parish priest in Dunukofia, he engaged in a vast work of evangelization, allowing many to overcome superstition and perceived injustices in the name of religion. From 1945 to 1949 he was pastor at Aguleri. Following the desire of the bishop of the diocese have a monastic Tanso father went to England, entering in 1950 nell’abbazia Trappist Mount St. Bernard. In 1952 he was admitted to the novitiate, becoming one Cipriano issuing in 1956 his perpetual vows. In 1964, when traveling to Cameroon to lead the new monastic community, he was struck by an aortic aneurysm on January 20 that brought him to the hospital death of Leicester.

Roman Martyrology: In the monastery of Mount Saint Bernard in Leicester in England, blessed Cipriano (Michael) Iwene Tanso, Cistercian priest was born in the region of Onitsha in Nigeria, yet the child professed, against the wishes of the family, the Christian faith and was ordained a priest, with great zeal, he devoted himself to the pastoral care, as long as made monk deserved the crown of his holy life with a holy death.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Dalai Lama loves George Bush

January 19, 2009

dalai-lama1and says you can’t tackle terrorists with non-violence.  I hope someone comes up with a jihad-prevention plan that re-educates Muslims so they believe in freedom of religion for all and end subjugation of women.


Cause for Canonization of Bishop Frederic Baraga, Servant of God

January 19, 2009

baraga_2Bishop Frederic Baraga

June 29, 1797, Dobrnič, Slovenia-January 19, 1868, Marquette, MI

Priest, missionary, grammarian, author.

His miracles have been documented and presented to the Congregation of Saints.

Bishop Baraga’s Cross

Cause for Canonization

Biography

Author


Overcoming Hardships

January 19, 2009

Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre, January 19

January 19, 2009

blessed-marcelo-spinola-y-maestre-jan-19Blessed Marcelo Spínola y Maestre

S. Fernando (Cadiz), January 14, 1835 – Sevilla, January 19, 1906

Born on the island of San Fernando (Cadiz province) in Spain, January 14, 1835, from the noble families Spinola y Maestre. In 1855, he obtained a degree in law, which leads him to become a lawyer. In this capacity Marcello stands out for his free assistance to the poor. He abandoned the profession, entered the seminary in Seville and was ordained a priest in 1864. For 15 years he was chaplain at Sanlucar de Barramela and parish priest of San Lorenzo in Seville. He was also spiritual adviser of some local confraternities. In 1879 he became canon of the cathedral and in 1881 he was elected Auxiliary Bishop of Seville, ultimately as a bishop in the diocese of Chur. He founded the Congregation of ‘Conceptionists Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.’ In 1886 the diocese was transferred to the most important of Malaga where people began to call him the “holy bishop.” In 1896, he was archbishop of Seville, where, by sharing the hardships of the poor, he was referred to as ‘the archbishop beggar.’ In 1905 he became a cardinal. He died in Seville in 1906. He was beatified in 1987.

Roman Martyrology: In Seville in Spain, Blessed Marcello Spínola y Maestre, Bishop, founded circles of workers to support social development, fought in defense of truth and justice and opened his house to the needy. Read the rest of this entry »


Concotions of the Devil?

January 18, 2009

Q. I’ve been reading about the Catholic Church and its stand on “outside the Church there is no salvation” I just read a website from the Society of St. Pius X, South Africa and this is what it said:

Q. Can a good Protestant or a good Pagan save his soul?

SSPX- NO, absolutely not! It is not because he is a good pagan, or a “good” protestant, that he saves his soul, but that he is a Catholic without knowing it. Neither can anyone save his soul in virtue of any other religion but in the Catholic faith alone. All other churches are concoctions of the devil.

A. First let me state that the Society of St. Pius X is currently separated from the Catholic Church and does not speak for the Church. So, what one of their members says does not necessarily reflect on the Catholic Church but we do have much in common.

The situation is much too complex to paint with such a broad brush and dismiss all Protestant churches as “concoctions of the Devil”. However, we do believe:

1. That Jesus Christ founded One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church and only one Church to bring salvation to mankind through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

2. We also believe that the Roman Catholic Church is that same church founded by Jesus on Peter.

3. And we do believe that the Devil is our supreme enemy in a spiritual warfare. God wants everyone to be in Heaven with Him and Satan wants everyone in Hell with him. So, there is a constant war for the soul of each human being during earthly life.

Obviously, Our Enemy could further his goal by splitting people off from the One Church with the Truth, the Whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth and encourage them to move away from a faith that will save their souls. So, in this sense the division of the Christian faith is a result of the success of Our Enemy but God is able to work in and through these ecclesial communities, as our Holy Father said in July 2007, for the salvation of souls.
From the verses below we see that Jesus wanted one Church and He only
founded One Church. We are to be a part of the One Body of Christ

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

John 17:1-3 “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.…11 Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one….

21-23 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

So, we do believe, that the Catholic Church is a sacrament of salvation for the world and all people. All who are saved are saved by grace through Jesus Christ and through His Church, even if they are not Catholic. Saying that they are Catholic but don’t know it is a humorous way of saying this but I don’t think it is actually theologically correct. God has always chosen to work through people whether they are individuals or a great race as in the Israelites. See my post No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church.

Q. What gives the Catholic Church or any church the right to say, “All other churches are concoctions of the devil”?

A. The Catholic Church does not say this. That was on the SSPX site. They are separated, in schism, from the Catholic Church. The Pope just released a statement on other churches. It is only two pages long. Please read it HERE.

Q. I used to be Catholic until about 16 years old, now 58. I was taught by my mother, of all people, that the Catholic Church is good at making up false doctrine. She gave me good insight about the Catholic Church and all its false doctrine.

A. Well, if one is not a believing Christian, Catholic or Protestant, all doctrine would appear to be “made up” and “false”. But, this view of Church doctrine is dismissive and intellectually inaccurate. Your mother may not have been well taught or she may have lacked faith despite being born into the Catholic Faith. I would be interested in which doctrines she characterized as false and made up.


Blessed Beatrice d’Este, January 18

January 18, 2009

blessed-beatrice-deste-jan-18Blessed Beatrice d’Este

Ferrara, 1230 – January 18, 1262

Roman Martyrology: At Ferrara, Blessed Beatrice d’Este, a nun, who, at the death of her husband, having renounced the kingdom of this world, consecrated to God in a monastery she founded under the Rule of Saint Benedict.

The little biographical information we have received from the nuns, from the will of her father, from the short biography of a Paduan monk, almost contemporary, from a mention in Chronica parva ferrariensis and the biography of a nun Ferrara (Monastery of St. Antonio Abate , Land of the privileges of the century. XVI and other copy of the century. XV in Bibl. Ariostea fund Antonelli, No. 503). 1 Bollandisti merely steps to bring various authors (Padovano, Signa, Benedictine Martyrology) and a miracle of 1628. Read the rest of this entry »


Condom Protection is OVERRATED

January 17, 2009


The following discussion comes from the comment section on What Scripture Condemns Contraception?

WHO (World Health Organization): Condoms are the only contraceptive method proven to reduce the risk of all sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. They can be used as a dual-purpose method, both for prevention of pregnancy and protection against STIs.

BFHU:Condoms are the only contraceptive method proven to reduce the risk of all sexually transmitted infections

Right there we have an overstatement of fact that leads to a false sense of security. Condoms don’t do a thing to protect from HPV , Herpes or any STI that is spread by skin to skin contact in the genital area b/c it is spread by skin contact that is not necessarily covered by a condom. HPV can cause cervical, penile, and anal cancer and infertility. That is pretty serious.

WHO: Prevention of pregnancy

Estimated pregnancy rates during perfect use of condoms, that is for those who report using the method exactly as it should be used (correctly) and at every act of intercourse (consistently), is 3 percent at 12 months.

BFHU: And we KNOW everyone does not use condoms PERFECTLY. Can we in good conscience promote a method of public safety that we know good and well is so very open to user error?

WHO: The most frequently cited condom effectiveness rate is for typical use, which includes perfect and imperfect use (i.e. not used at every act of intercourse, or used incorrectly). The pregnancy rate during typical use can be much higher (10-14%) than for perfect use, but this is due primarily to inconsistent and incorrect use, not to condom failure. Condom failure – the device breaking or slipping off completely during intercourse – is uncommon.

BFHU:

As they state the pregnancy rate is 10-14 % with typical use. This is what we really have to base public policy on b/c it is more realistic than perfect use. Now, think about this. A woman can get pregnant only one day out of the month but she can be infected with HIV or STI’s EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE MONTH. What does that do to the 10-14% statistic? I don’t know scientifically  but it has to increase the chance of getting infected.

Is the condom really a responsible recommendation to African and third world villagers? Or is the condom promoted by people who don’t really care about the lives of these children, moms and dads in the third world. What they care most about is the big picture–decreasing STI’s and the population of the world. They are callous towards the precious lives of these individual and powerless people b/c they are only focusing on the big picture

The UN answer to the poor in countries during famine and food shortages is: We will give you food but FIRST you need to use homonal birth control.

The poor answer: “Please, we love our babies. Our families make us rich. We just need food to feed them.”

UN: No, use the pill and abort if you want food from us.

The WHO is politically aligned in my mind with the UN. Maybe I am wrong…..

WHO: Disease prevention

Laboratory studies have found that viruses (including HIV) do not pass through intact latex condoms even when devices are stretched or stressed.

BFHU: There is a statement but what are the ref. to back it up? Has this study been repeated many times with the same result? What was the methodology. Even if it is true we KNOW that condoms do break. I still think it is IRRESPONSIBLE to promote this and only care about the overall reduction in infection rates and not concern oneself with protecting every single person. This is a utilitarian approach to the problem. It is not a loving approach.

WHO: In Thailand, the promotion by the government of 100% condom use by commercial sex workers led to a dramatic increase in the use of condoms (from 14% in 1990 to 94% in 1994); an equally dramatic decline in the nation-wide numbers of bacterial STD cases (from 410,406 cases in 1997 to 27,362 cases in 1994); and reduced HIV prevalence in Thai soldiers.

BFHU: Again, clearly we are looking at a utilitarian approach once again. Maybe that is the best governments can do but Churches and the faithful must love and care about every individual. We are NOT free to be utilitarian. Also, sex workers and soldiers would be more motivated to use condoms under such risky situations than the common populace. So, these stats do not accurately represent what happens with typical use in the general population.

WHO: The most convincing data on the effectiveness of condoms in preventing HIV infection has been generated by prospective studies undertaken on serodiscordant couples, when one partner is infected with HIV and the other is not. These studies show that, with consistent condom use, the HIV infection rate among uninfected partners was less than 1 percent per year. Also, in situations where one partner is definitely infected, inconsistent condom use can be as risky as not using condoms at all.

BFHU: These studies done where one partner was infected have been pretty successful but again they are HIGHLY MOTIVATED. They KNOW they are dealing with a deadly disease. The typical user can tend to downplay the risk in any given situation and use condoms inconsistently. And as your quote said, this can be as risky as not using condoms at all.

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Wycliffe: In my comment above I did not single out the Catholic church, the abstinence argument is more forceful from the evangelical right wing Protestant U.S (and U.K to a certain extent) churches.

BFHU: Well, the Catholic Church feels just as strongly. All contraception use in sex is condemned. This ban is NOT lifted in this case.

Wycliffe: Not convinced that abstinence as the only moral choice;

BFHU: I am.

Wycliffe: For this depends on too many things for there to be a dogmatic answer, take the following examples biblically that is:

1.The text does not mean what it appears to say…
2.The text means what it says but is wrong…
3.The text means what it says, but needs interpretation depending upon context…
4.The text,means what it says but can be made personal…..
5. The text means what it says and must be interpreted literally….

This of course goes on and on and I only use as an example of how moral decisions are made when reading scripture, not withstanding secular reason, experience, culture, biology, science….

BFHU: You are putting up a smokescreen now. Give examples of each of your points above. Our elder brothers in the faith, the Jews and all Christians condemned contraception until 1930. I trust the ancient and transcendent faith of the Jews and the Christians. I trust this culture not at all.

For the record this commenter never responded to my request for clarity and documentation of the above assertions.

Readers may find my post Who Said this About the Evils of Contraception interesting.


Happy 7th Anniversary To The Children Of Mary

January 17, 2009

Children of Mary -

An Emerging Semi-contemplative Community of Sisters to tell the world WE LOVE OUR EUCHARISTIC LORD AND THAT OUR EUCHARISTIC LORD THIRSTS TO BE LOVED BY ALL!

The Children of Mary is a semi-contemplative community of Sisters forming in the diocese of Columbus, Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »


Paglia Takes on GLBT Orthodoxies on the Origin of Homosexuality

January 17, 2009

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Every so often I have to catch up on what Camille Paglia is saying.  I certainly don’t always agree with her, but her writing is rich,  thought provoking and usually breaks through the liberal/conservative impasse in a creative way.  She is courageous, bold and tough minded as well as sharp tongued.

I recommend the first half of this month’s column on Salon.com.  She, by the way, is the only author I find worth the read over there.  Herself a post-Christian lesbian, she takes on the GLBT orthdoxies this month.

There has been a lot of discussion (though not much lately) of whether homosexuality is inborn or caused by outside factors. Whatever happened to the Electra and Oedipus complexes of Freud, of which so much was heard when I was in college way back when? And what do you think?

This is from a hetero male happily married to a hetero female. The question is one of intellectual curiosity.

Henry Delahunt
Shreveport, La.

Yes, the intellectual climate of the 1950s and ’60s, during which I was educated, was saturated with Freud, even at the level of stand-up comedy (as in Lenny Bruce or Mike Nichols and Elaine May). I loved it! But the Freudian style of lacerating self-examination would pass from the scene after the politicized ’60s, which promoted a new worldview where everyone is a victim of oppressive external power.

In clinical psychology, pharmaceutical intervention became the norm. Long-term Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood memories, began to seem too protracted and expensive. Practical, short-term help with current problems was now sought. Freud was also turned into a cartoon sexist by feminist philistines like Gloria Steinem, who dismissed his entire body of work merely because of a few passages they didn’t like. French poststructuralist readings of Freud became a campus fad in the ’70s and ’80s but sank in a sludge of their own gobbledygook.

After the American Psychiatric Association, responding to activist pressure, removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1973, psychological inquiries into homosexuality slowly became verboten. To even ask about the origins of homosexuality was automatically dubbed homophobic by gay studies proponents in the ’80s and ’90s. Weirdly, despite the rigid social constructionist bias that permeated the entire left, gay activists in and out of academe now leapt on the slightest evidence that could suggest a biological cause of homosexuality. The very useful Freudian concept of “family romance” (typified by the Oedipus and Electra complexes) is almost completely gone. Yet the intricate family dynamic of every single gay person I’ve ever known seems to have played some kind of role in his or her developing sexual orientation.

The widespread desire to find a biological basis for homosexuality seems to me very misconceived. It will inevitably lead to claims that gays are developmentally defective at the prenatal level. I myself believe (as I argued in “No Law in the Arena” in “Vamps & Tramps”)  that everyone is born with a potential for bisexual responsiveness and that exclusive homosexuality is an adaptation to specific social conditions. When a gay adult claims to have been gay since early childhood, what he or she is actually remembering is the sense of being different for some reason, which in boys often registers as shyness or super-sensitivity, leading to a failure to bond with bumptious peers. This disjunction, with all its painfully stifled longings, becomes overt homosexuality much later on. But retrospective psychohistory is out these days, and the only game in town is pin the tail on the oppressor.


Google wants California’s Proposition 8 Repealed

January 17, 2009

Google wants Proposition 8 repealed on the grounds that it impedes Google’s ability to hire and retain employees. Ironic since they’ve just had a big layoff.

Law isn’t about commerce per se; it isn’t like gays are going to leave California in droves because of this, just get nastier, as exhibited by boycotts, insults and threats to those who have a different opinion.

I hope the courts don’t buy into the gay agenda.


Saint Jenaro Sánchez Delgadillo, January 17

January 17, 2009

saint-jenaro-sanchez-delgadillo-jan-17Saint Jenaro Sánchez Delgadillo

September 19, 1886-January 17, 1927

He was born in Zapopan, Jalisco (Archdiocese of Guadalajara) on September 19, 1876. He was vicar of Tamazulita, the parish of Tecolotlán, Jalisco (diocese of Autlán): his pastor praised his faithful obedience and admired his rectitude, his zeal, his eloquence in preaching, and accepted with pleasure the image of the father Jenaro when asked for a good preparation to receive the sacraments. The soldiers and some settlers while it identified some faithful with his friends, went to the fields. All were to be released while the Father Jenaro was run on a hill near Tecolotlán on a tree and prepared the gallows. Father Jenaro placed in front of the platoon, with heroic serenity proffered the following words: “Paesani, impiccheranno me, I forgive them, that my Father God forgive them and that always live Christ the King.” The executioners took the rope so hard that the head of the martyr beat violently on a branch of the tree. Shortly after he died in that same night, January 17, 1927. The hatred of the soldiers returned at dawn and continued down the corpse did, they shot shot him on the shoulder and went through almost a stab in the now inert body of the witness of Christ.

Roman Martyrology: In the city of Tocolatlán in Mexico, Saint Gennaro Sánchez Delgadillo, a priest and martyr during the Mexican persecution.

Canonized by Pope John Paul II, May 21, 2000

Source: Santi e Beati, Vatican


The Catholic Church Kills 3rd Worlders With HIV & Dogmatism

January 16, 2009


Q. According to the New York Times sexual repression caused by the right wing American churches Catholic and Protestant has stopped, through pressure groups, condom provision to 16 countries and reduced 13 others, including some with the highest rates of AIDS infection.The influence of Christian view of sinfulness of sex outside marriage, the U.S government has required that one-third of it’s AIDS prevention funds allocated to Africa be squandered on teaching abstinence rather than condom use. Millions WILL die due to this religious dogmatism.
How would you answer this question?

A. The NYT is a left wing propaganda machine and a news organization barely at all.Many of the men in Africa who have AIDS think that if they have sex with a virgin they will be cured. So will they use a condom? Will rapists use a condom? Many who spread the AIDS Virus do so primarily because they have the contraceptive mentality that permeates Western culture which approves and encourages the goal of sexual pleasure stripped of its procreative meaning of total self-giving love. So pleasure seekers are reluctant to use condoms b/c they reduce the pleasure.

JPII’s Theology of the Body portrays the sexual union of a husband, wife and child as an image of the HOLY TRINITY! Putting a barrier between lovers destroys the beauty of love. Can you imagine one of the persons of the Holy Trinity rejecting the creative power of one of the other persons???? That is precisely what happens with contracepted sex–rejection of the fertility of the beloved. That is NOT Total Self-Giving Love it is total self-getting love & pleasure.

Abstinence works. Uganda promotes this and has for some time and they have reduced their AIDS problem. Don’t have the stats on hand but click HERE for the story. Abstinence does work.

To hand out condoms as a preventative for AIDS is absolutely IRRESPONSIBLE. Your give people a false sense of security that may very well lead to their death and the death of those they infect and on, ad infinitum. Condoms break and slip. Condoms have very small pores or holes that are 50-500 times larger than the HIV virus but much, much smaller than sperm. Click HERE. Due to the layers of latex these pores are not aligned all the time, so the openings to HIV are reduced BUT THEY ARE THERE.

Would you jump out of an airplane with a parachute that had a 15 % chance of not opening? Condom protection against AIDS has an 15% failure rate for vaginal sex and only of 50% chance of protecting against AIDS with anal sex. A room full of sex experts were at a conference and were asked if they would use a condom in order to have sex with someone they knew had AIDS. NONE were willing to risk their lives for the momentary pleasure of sex with someone who had a deadly disease. Would you? I wouldn’t.

So, responsible, caring and truly loving people will only promote abstinence to protect against AIDS and STI’s . It is the only moral choice. I don’t want blood on my head. Do you?


One Year Ago Today: Death Of Father Rey Roda

January 16, 2009

For the repose of the soul of the priestly servant of God, Father Rey Roda, victim of Muslim terror.

TAWI-TAWI, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 16, 2008) – Abu Sayyaf militants raided a convent in the remote southern Philippine island of Tawi-Tawi and killed a Catholic missionary during a kidnapping attempt, officials said on Wednesday. Fr. Rey Roda, of the congregation of Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Juana María Condesa Lluch, January 16

January 16, 2009

blessed-juana-maria-condesa-lluch-jan-16Blessed Juana María Condesa Lluch

Valencia, Spain, March 30, 1862 – January 16, 1916

Born in Valencia in 1862 into a wealthy family, since she was young she took to heart the plight of women workers, who she saw from her coach. At twenty-two, overcoming the resistance of the bishop who felt too young for that task, she opened a home for young workers. It was the embryo of what would become the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception of the Worker. She died January 16, 1916.

Roman Martyrology: At Valencia in Spain, Blessed Juana Maria Condesa Lluch, virgin reminder that the spirit of charity and sacrifice is dedicated to assisting in humble laboriousness the poor, children and young workers, for whose protection and education she founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception protect Worker.
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Saint Francisco Fernandez de Capillas, Protomartyr of China, January 15

January 15, 2009

saint-francisco-fernandez-de-capillas-jan-15Saint Francisco Fernandez de Capillas, Protomartyr of China

Baquerin dos Campos (Valencia), August 14, 1607 – Fogan (China), January 15, 1648

Francis Fernandez de Capillas is protomartyr of missionaries in China, the glory and pride of the Dominicans.

Born in Baquerin dos Campos, in the diocese of Valencia on August 14, 1607, at 17 he entered the Order of Preachers, wearing the dress in the convent of S. Paul in Valladolid; yet a deacon he left to do missionary work in the Philippines, landing in Manila. Read the rest of this entry »


Dominican Mission to Pakistan

January 15, 2009

Click to watch a vintage documentary.

From Ordo Praedicatorum.


Symbolism of Water-That Catholic Show

January 14, 2009

That Catholic Show – Water, Water Everywhere


Servant of God Devasahayam

January 14, 2009


Birth and Boyhood:
The Servant of God Devasahayam was born in 1712. By birth he was a Hindu. and his name was Neelam (Nilam), also expanded as Nilakandan. He belonged to the royal Nair caste and therefore he is also pupularly known as Devasahayam Pillai. As a boy, he learnt Sanskrit and had traditional training in martial arts.

Youth and Marriage:
Nilam was brought up as a devout Hindu. Besides Tamil and Malayalam, the languages of people, he also trained himself in archery, Varmasastra and the use of weapons of war. He was made an official at royal court at Padmanabhapuram. He was respected for the sincerity of his person and firmness of mind, which made him dear to his colleagues and to the King Marthanda Varma. He married Bargaviammal of Mekkod, a neighbouring village.

Conversion and Baptism:
In performing his duties as a palace official, Neelam Pillai came in contact with a Catholic officer, Eustachius Benedictus De Lannoy, a Dutch military officer, arrested by King Marthandavarma after the Dutch were defeated at war at the Port of Colachel in 1741.

At a particular stage of their relationship Nilakanda Pillai was found to be extremely unhappy and saddened. When De Lannoy enquired about the reasons for his sadness he narrated a series of tragedies that had overtaken his family. His bulls had died one after another and crops had failed, which meant tremendous financial loss for him and there was no way out of his sadness.

On hearing all this, De Lannoy narrated to him the Old Testament story of Job and demonstrated how God tested the faith of a good man through sufferings. Finding De Lannoy’s explanation reasonable and convincing, Nilakanda Pillai expressed his desire to become a Christian and requested De Lannoy to instruct him for baptism. De Lannoy sent him to Vadakkankulam, a hamlet outside the limits of the Kingdom of Travancore, with a letter to Fr. Giovanni Baptista Buttari,, a Jesuit Missionary, requesting him to baptize Nilakandan.

Fearing that Baptism would spell suffering and persecution, Fr. Buttari hesitated for some time to baptize him. Fr. Buttari examined his past life in order to instruct him and to test the maturity of his decision and the depth of his conviction in the Catholic faith.

This instruction continued for nine months. Finally, moved by the persistence of Nilakanda Pillai he baptized him at the church of the Holy Family, Vadakkankulam on 14 May 1745. At baptism the Servant of God was given the name “Devasahayam” which is a Tamil rendering of the biblical name Lazar, which means “God has helped”.

Life after Baptism:
Having joined the Catholic community, Devasahayam himself started exhorting others to receive Baptism and even converted some to Christian faith, one of them being his own wife who took the name “Gnanapu” which is a Tamil rendering of “Theresa”.

In his personal life, the neophyte Devasahayam mixed and mingled with people of all statuses and castes. Because of his newly found faith he disregarded caste distinction, threw away the symbols of his “high” caste, ate and lived with people of “low” birth and came to the palace-office as a “polluted” person. Noticing the marked changes in Devasahayam because of his Christian life, the high caste people accused him of the crime of betrayal and contempt of religious practices and of insult of gods, of the Brahmins and the royal throne.

Tested for faith:
Some Brahmins and court officials tried their best to woo the Servant of God back from his newly won Christian faith. But the Servant of God showed great fortitude in expressing firmness of faith and even daringly declared that he was willing to be tortured or even to be put to death for Christ.

Persecuted for faith:
The King, having been incited against Christians, arrested Devasahayam on 23 Feb. 1749 and put him in a very narrow prison. Soon condemned to death by the King, he was tortured in several ways. He was paraded to many towns and villages, both hands bound behind his back, seated on a buffalo facing backward, garlanded with Erukku flowers as a symbol of shame.

Some Miraculous events:
The Servant of God was brought through a small place called Puliurkurichy where overcome by thirst he planted his elbow on a rock, which gave forth water which he could drink. This rock continues to give water even today and People visit this fountain in large numbers.

Through Puliurkurichy the soldiers brought him to Peruvilai and detained him there for about 7 months tied to a neem tree. It is there that Devasahayam became friendly with the soldiers and was helped to meet the Catholic priests. He received Holy Communion from these priests. Thanks to Devasahayam’s prayer, the jailor (executioner) who was without child for a long time obtained a child.

From Peruvilai he was taken to the prison at Aralvaimozhi where the condemned criminals were sent for death by the King. It was on the border between the kingdoms of Madurai and Travancore.

His life during years of torture:
During the years of his arrest and torture, the Servant of God led a life worthy of a candidate for martyrdom. Every morning and night he spent certain time for contemplative prayer, and often during the day he turned to God in moments of brief prayer. He spent time also in reading books on lives of saints, and when people were around, he read them aloud for people to hear. He fasted on all Fridays and Saturdays in honour of the death of Christ and of Mary, the Mother of God.

When a priest visited him, usually at the dead of night, he confessed his sins and received holy Eucharist with utmost devotion. The priests were impressed by the joy and consolation that the Servant of God experienced.

Killed for Faith:
Devasahayam had to be killed quickly and secretly because Catholics started visiting the Servant of God in large numbers. The Government officials kept secret the place and the date of his execution for fears of popular unrest. Finally a little before the midnight of January 14, 1752 they took him to the place of execution. As he was totally exhausted and was unable to walk he was carried to the nearby hill called Kattadimalai. There he knelt and prayed for a while intensely. The marks left by his knees and elbows can still be seen today. Then he was shot dead by the soldiers with five leaden bullets, at midnight between 14 and 15 January 1752.

Burial:
His body was thrown in between rocks and left there to be eaten by wild animals. His mortal remains were discovered by the Christians and buried in front of the main altar in the most important church of St. Francis Xavier, which is the present Cathedral of the Diocese of Kottar. While laypersons are not usually buried within a church, it is significant that the Servant of God lies buried in a most revered church, a fact that attests to the regard that the faithful and the clergy had towards his sanctity and towards the greatness of his martyrdom.

Devotion to the Servant of God
Ever since the death of the Servant of God, a lot of people, irrespective of caste or religion, started to visit the place of his death and prayed to him for favours. Soon a small church was constructed at Kattadimalai and was dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, in remembrance of his heroic death for Faith. The life of Devasahayam is being acted out in dramas, sung out in Villupattu and narrated in folklore. Thus the message of his life and death and devotion to him spread throughout Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Considering the Servant of God as a saint, several people began to name themselves as Devasahayam and this practice continues to this day.

SOURCE: http://www.martyrdevasagayam.org/History.html


Blessed Guillermo de Sanjulia, January 14

January 14, 2009

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Blessed Guillermo de Sanjulia

January 14

Blessed Guillermo de Sanjulia, was called to be part of Mercedario by the Blessed Virgin Mary. Day and night he was delighted with holy meditations, led many in the flock of the infidels and called Lord of the defects from many women lost. Finally, having known his passion, reading psalms and spiritual hymns, he died peacefully in the name of the Trinity, with these words: Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He was buried in the church of the Priory of Barcelona.

The Order celebrates him on January 14.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Blessed Emil Szramek, January 13

January 13, 2009

blessed-emil-szramek-jan-13Blessed Emil Szramek

Slaskie, September 29, 1887- January 13, 1942, Dachau

Emil Szramek was born in Tworkov, around Slaskie in Poland, September 29, 1887. Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Katowice, he was a pastor there. For defending the Christian doctrine before the Nazi invaders, he was arrested on April 8, 1940 and deported to the inhumane concentration camp at Dachau, in Bavaria. Here he died from torture on January 13,1942.

On June 13, 1999, Pope John Paul II raised to the altars far 108 victims of the Nazi persecution, including the Blessed Emilio Szramek, who is therefore now celebrated on his anniversary of martyrdom.

Roman Martyrology: In the prison camp at Dachau near Monaco of Bavaria in Germany, Emilio Szramek blessed, priest and martyr: of Polish origin, during the war, was brutally deported in that field and died under torture for defending the faith of Christ before his persecutors.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Why Do Catholics Have Priests?

January 12, 2009


That Catholic Show – You Are A Priest Forever


Blessed Antoine Fournier, January 12

January 12, 2009

blessed-antoine-fournier-jan-12Blessed Antoine Fournier

Poitevin, France, January 26, 1736 – Avrille, France, January 12, 1794

Antoine Fournier was born in La Poitevin, in the French department of Maine-et-Loire, on January 26, 1736. Laico married and father of the family, worked as a craftsman, and in particular as a master of art. He was shot for his loyalty to the Church on January 12, 1794 at Avrille.

Pope John Paul II beatified Antoine Fournier on February 19, 1984 together with a group of 99 martyrs of the Diocese of Angers, headed by the priest William Repin, victims of that persecution.

Roman Martyrology: For Avrille at Angers in France, Blessed Antonio Fournier, martyr: craftsman, was shot at the time of the French Revolution, for his loyalty to the Church.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Blessed Franciszek Rogaczewski, January 11

January 11, 2009

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Blessed Franciszek Rogaczewski

Lipinki, Poland, December 23, 1892 –Zaspa Gdansk, Poland, January 11, 1940

Franciszek Rogaczewski was born in Lipinki in Kujawsko-Pomorskie region in Poland, December 23, 1892. In 1918 he received the Order of Priests becoming a priest of the Archdiocese of Gdansk. He was a pastor in this city and then in parish of Christ the King in Paris.

Returning to his homeland occupied by the Nazi regime, on September 1, 1939 he was arrested and accused of being Christian. Imprisoned and tortured, he was finally shot on January 11, 1940 near Gdansk.

On June 13, 1999, Pope John Paul II raised to the altars 108 victims of the Nazi persecution, including Blessed Francis Rogaczewski, who is therefore now celebrated on the anniversary of his martyrdom.

Roman Martyrology: At Gdansk in Poland, Blessed Francesco Rogaczewski, priest and martyr who, during the German occupation of Poland by an atheist regime, was executed for his faith.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


Mass: Memorial or Sacrifice?

January 10, 2009


Q. I’d like to comment on your “anamnesis” article, if I may. The word may indeed always be used in a “sacrificial” context, but this in no way makes communion / the Lord’s Supper –a SACRIFICE. The reason for the “sacrificial” context is simply because Jesus wanted us to “remember” Him by looking BACK to His work /sacrifice on the cross. OF COURSE it has sacrificial overtones!But what do you do with verses like

Hebrews 10:18-“Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”

The penalty for sin has already been paid in full. The sacrifices offered today are of our total selves, our obedience, our praise and thanksgiving. THAT type of “sacrifice” is acceptable. But there is no more sacrifice to offer for SIN (as the RCC views the Eucharist).

A. You make a good point and if one is confined to scripture alone it cannot be proven one way or the other. However, historically the mass WAS referred to as a sacrifice in the very earliest writings before the Bible was even canonized. Therefore, the same Church that called the mass a sacrifice decided which books would be canonized and closed the canon of Scripture. If one accepts the canon of scripture how can one exclude the Faith as practiced by the very same Church that defined the canon?

But of course the sacrifice of the mass is not another sacrifice, as clearly stated by John Chrysostom in 403AD. Our masses are Re-Presentations of that ONE Sacrifice.That Once and for all sacrifice.

The Didache

“Assemble on the Lord’s day, and break bread and offer the Eucharist; but first make confession of your faults, so that your sacrifice may be a pure one. Anyone who has a difference with his fellow is not to take part with you until he has been reconciled, so as to avoid any profanation of your sacrifice [Matt. 5:23–24]. For this is the offering of which the Lord has said, ‘Everywhere and always bring me a sacrifice that is undefiled, for I am a great king, says the Lord, and my name is the wonder of nations’ [Mal. 1:11, 14]” (Didache 14 [A.D. 70]).
Pope Clement I

“Our sin will not be small if we eject from the episcopate those who blamelessly and holily have offered its sacrifices. (Letter to the Corinthians 44:4–5 [A.D. 80]).

Ignatius of Antioch

“Make certain, therefore, that you all observe one common Eucharist; for there is but one Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, and but one cup of union with his Blood, and one single altar of sacrifice—even as there is also but one bishop, with his clergy and my own fellow servitors, the deacons. This will ensure that all your doings are in full accord with the will of God” (Letter to the Philadelphians 4 [A.D. 110]).

Justin Martyr

“God speaks by the mouth of Malachi, one of the twelve [minor prophets], as I said before, about the sacrifices at that time presented by you: ‘I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord, and I will not accept your sacrifices at your hands; for from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, my name has been glorified among the Gentiles, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering, for my name is great among the Gentiles . . . [Mal. 1:10–11]. He then speaks of those Gentiles, namely us [Christians] who in every place offer sacrifices to him, that is, the bread of the Eucharist and also the cup of the Eucharist” (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 41 [A.D. 155]).
Irenaeus

“He took from among creation that which is bread, and gave thanks, saying, ‘This is my body.’ The cup likewise, which is from among the creation to which we belong, he confessed to be his blood. He taught the new sacrifice of the new covenant, of which Malachi, one of the twelve [minor] prophets, had signified beforehand: ‘You do not do my will, says the Lord Almighty, and I will not accept a sacrifice at your hands. For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is glorified among the Gentiles, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure sacrifice; for great is my name among the Gentiles, says the Lord Almighty’ [Mal. 1:10–11]. By these words he makes it plain that the former people will cease to make offerings to God; but that in every place sacrifice will be offered to him, and indeed, a pure one, for his name is glorified among the Gentiles” (Against Heresies 4:17:5 [A.D. 189]).

Serapion

“Accept therewith our hallowing too, as we say, ‘Holy, holy, holy Lord Sabaoth, heaven and earth is full of your glory.’ Heaven is full, and full is the earth, with your magnificent glory, Lord of virtues. Full also is this sacrifice, with your strength and your communion; for to you we offer this living sacrifice, this unbloody oblation” (Prayer of the Eucharistic Sacrifice 13:12–16 [A.D. 350]).

Cyril of Jerusalem

“Then, having sanctified ourselves by these spiritual hymns, we beseech the merciful God to send forth his Holy Spirit upon the gifts lying before him, that he may make the bread the Body of Christ and the wine the Blood of Christ, for whatsoever the Holy Spirit has touched is surely sanctified and changed. Then, upon the completion of the spiritual sacrifice, the bloodless worship, over that propitiatory victim we call upon God for the common peace of the churches, for the welfare of the world, for kings, for soldiers and allies, for the sick, for the afflicted; and in summary, we all pray and offer this sacrifice for all who are in need” (Catechetical Lectures 23:7–8 [A.D. 350]).

Ambrose of Milan

“We saw the prince of priests coming to us, we saw and heard him offering his blood for us. We follow, inasmuch as we are able, being priests, and we offer the sacrifice on behalf of the people. Even if we are of but little merit, still, in the sacrifice, we are honorable. Even if Christ is not now seen as the one who offers the sacrifice, nevertheless it is he himself that is offered in sacrifice here on Earth when the body of Christ is offered. Indeed, to offer himself he is made visible in us, he whose word makes holy the sacrifice that is offered” (Commentaries on Twelve Psalms of David 38:25 [A.D. 389]).

John Chrysostom

“When you see the Lord immolated and lying upon the altar, and the priest bent over that sacrifice praying, and all the people empurpled by that precious blood, can you think that you are still among men and on earth? Or are you not lifted up to heaven?” (The Priesthood 3:4:177 [A.D. 387]).

“Reverence, therefore, reverence this table, of which we are all communicants! Christ, slain for us, the sacrificial victim who is placed thereon!” (Homilies on Romans 8:8 [A.D. 391]).

“‘The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not communion of the blood of Christ?’ Very trustworthy and awesomely does he [Paul] say it. For what he is saying is this: What is in the cup is that which flowed from his side, and we partake of it. He called it a cup of blessing because when we hold it in our hands that is how we praise him in song, wondering and astonished at his indescribable gift, blessing him because of his having poured out this very gift so that we might not remain in error; and not only for his having poured it out, but also for his sharing it with all of us. ‘If therefore you desire blood,’ he [the Lord] says, ‘do not redden the platform of idols with the slaughter of dumb beasts, but my altar of sacrifice with my blood.’ What is more awesome than this? What, pray tell, more tenderly loving?” (Homilies on First Corinthians 24:1(3) [A.D. 392]).

“In ancient times, because men were very imperfect, God did not scorn to receive the blood which they were offering . . . to draw them away from those idols; and this very thing again was because of his indescribable, tender affection. But now he has transferred the priestly action to what is most awesome and magnificent. He has changed the sacrifice itself, and instead of the butchering of dumb beasts, he commands the offering up of himself” (ibid., 24:2).

“What then? Do we not offer daily? Yes, we offer, but making remembrance of his death; and this remembrance is one and not many. How is it one and not many? Because this sacrifice is offered once, like that in the Holy of Holies. This sacrifice is a type of that, and this remembrance a type of that. We offer always the same, not one sheep now and another tomorrow, but the same thing always. Thus there is one sacrifice. By this reasoning, since the sacrifice is offered everywhere, are there, then, a multiplicity of Christs? By no means! Christ is one everywhere. He is complete here, complete there, one body. And just as he is one body and not many though offered everywhere, so too is there one sacrifice” (Homilies on Hebrews 17:3(6) [A.D. 403]).

Fulgentius of Ruspe

“Hold most firmly and never doubt in the least that the only-begotten God the Word himself became flesh [and] offered himself in an odor of sweetness as a sacrifice and victim to God on our behalf; to whom . . . in the time of the Old Testament animals were sacrificed by the patriarchs and prophets and priests; and to whom now, I mean in the time of the New Testament . . . the holy Catholic Church does not cease in faith and love to offer throughout all the lands of the world a sacrifice of bread and wine. In those former sacrifices what would be given us in the future was signified figuratively, but in this sacrifice which has now been given us is shown plainly. In those former sacrifices it was fore-announced that the Son of God would be killed for the impious, but in the present sacrifice it is announced that he has been killed for the impious” (The Rule of Faith 62 [A.D. 524]).For more see Catholic Answers at catholic.com


If God is Good….

January 10, 2009


God is certainly good. He gave humanity free will and they abused their freedom by disobedience to the Law of God. This caused the fall of man and nature. From this disharmony, evil (absence of good) was introduced. Evil is permitted, because without evil being a real possibility people would not have real freedom. Childhood deformity, diseases, and all kinds of disabilities are a result of the disharmony of nature caused by Man’s fall. But, God knows that He can draw greater good from all kinds of suffering in the end.

In His wisdom God may permit a child to be born deformed who with health and strength would fling itself into the pleasures of sin and end up in eternal loss. Would it not be a mercy for some, apparently sane people, to have been born with great defects in order to save them from Hell? People, whether mentally or bodily deformed, do not spend the whole of their lives in misery and suffering. They too can experience joy and love, laughter and compassion. Likewise, we must remember that our souls are eternal, and all will be rectified either in this life or the next.

Again, an intellectually or psychologically damaged child/adult cannot sin, and so what appears to us as a life not worth living will, after a mere 80 years or so, yield to the joy of eternal happiness in Heaven. These days we have convinced ourselves that the merciful thing to do is to snuff out the lives of helpless human beings through abortion/euthanasia. But, in the process we can send ourselves to Hell by committing this grave sin.

We might say, “If God be good, why did He allow His Son to go through excruciating torture?” Sin is the real evil, not suffering. Earthly suffering will only last as long as this life. But, SIN is capable of landing a person in Hell where suffering will be longer than an earthly life. The suffering of Hell will last eternally.

The miseries of this world have driven thousands into the loving arms of God. So, if only for this reason we can discern an indication of God’s goodness in allowing suffering in order to give eternal life in Heaven with Him.

A baby born without eyes grows up. Click HERE

A child born without the ability to walk is overjoyed when carried on Dad’s shoulders in a local race. So Dad begins to enter races carrying his son. Then he moves on to Triatholons. See video HERE. See story HERE


Trampling On The Grave Of A Man, Before It Has Even Been Dug

January 10, 2009

No fan or regular reader of the Crunchy Con Man, Rod Dreher… It was brought to my attention that on this the day of Father Richard John Neuhaus’ death, he felt compelled to commit a few swipes to pixels.

Those with the stomach and low blood pressure to bother may check it out at Richard John Neuhaus, Damon Linker, and me . )

In this swipe & smear piece where Dreher takes opportunity to further reflect on his hobby-horse – the priestly sex scandals… Well the hobby horse, ever inching its way across the blogosphere carpet, arrives just in time to rock across the as-yet unburied body of the very recently late and much beloved convert priest.

I hope the ratings are worth it.

From the above-linked post, Dreher tells us…

I tell you this story not to speak ill of Father Neuhaus,

… But then goes on to offer unverifiable (and now somewhat retracted) comments about interchanges that the now-dead priest can neither deny, affirm, corrabarate or correct.  

Had a priest of Neuhaus’s immense gifts and stature spoken out on behalf of Catholic victims and their families earlier, or at least not have stood up for them when he ought to have been calling them out, who knows how much good might have been done, and suffering might have been avoided?

If he had troubled to put himself in the position of Catholic mothers and fathers instead of the high-ranking churchmen who were his usual milieu, maybe it would have changed his views.

Gee, Rod, no incongruency at all in noting that you are not out to speak ill of the dead (before his body has been committed to the ground) before criticizing him in this highly emotive way.

Then again, that could be said of me. You too. We are all broken, and in need of mercy.

On that point, it would not hurt you to beg your readers’ prayers for the repose of the soul of His priestly servant again. 

Know this, Mr. Dreher. If God should ordain that I outlive you, and if anyone is reading my likely still insignificant writings on this my little patch of new media… Well, I will at least wait for you to be comitted back to the ashes from which we all came, your soul to be prayed for, and your family and friends to be consoled before declaring it open season on your legacy and character.

That is by far the minimum of Christian Charity.

Pray for Mr. Dreher.

Pray first for the blessed repose of His priestly servant, Father Richard.


Blessed Anna de los Angeles, January 10

January 10, 2009

blessed-anna-de-los-angeles-jan-10-b Blessed  Anna de los Angeles

Arequipa, 1602 – January 10, 1686

Blessed  Anna de los Angeles spent almost seventy years at the Dominican monastery in Arequipa, Peru. Wholly dedicated to God, she was like an angel of good advice for her people. She died January 10, 1686 and was beatified on February 2, 1985. Her remains lie in Arequipa, in the monastery of St. Catherine of Siena.

Roman Martyrology: For Arequipa in Peru, Blessed Anna de los Angeles Monteagudo, virgin of the Order of Preachers, that with the gift of the Board and with the prophecy worked generously for the good of the whole city.

Anna Monteagudo Ponce de León was born in Arequipa, Peru in 1602 from Spanish Sebastiàn Monteagudo de la Jara and a woman of Arequipa, Francisca Ponce de León. At the age of three, her parents entrusted her to the Dominican monastery of Santa Caterina, for her education. She returned home at 14, and, after a year spent with her family, in 1618, wanted to return to the monastery, despite her father’s opposition, to make the novitiate, with the name of Anna de lo Angeles.

In the monastery until 1632, she exercised the offices of sacristan, then, until 1645, the Mistress of Novices, and until 1647 the Prioress. She was also exemplary in prayer and charity, both inside and outside the monastery, prodigandosi on the board and the missionary spirit, with great mercy even to the souls in purgatory. She was faithful to conventual observances, with constancy, maturity and balance. After ten years of illness, during which she became paralyzed and blind, she died January 10, 1686, at the age of 84 years. Even in life she enjoyed a reputation for holiness. Pope John Paul II beatified her on February 2, 1985, during his trip to Peru.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


January 9: Blessed Tommaso Reggio

January 9, 2009

Blessed Tommaso Reggio, 1818 – 1901 Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Józef Pawłowski, January 9 Polish New Martyr

January 9, 2009

blessed-jozef-pawlowski-jan-8Blessed Józef Pawłowski

+ Dachau, Germany, January 9, 1942

On January 9 we commemorate the anniversary of the martyrdom of Polish priest, Joszef Pawlowski , victim of terror in Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, beatified by their compatriot Pope John Paul II on June 1999, together with 107 companions, including a fellow priest.

Joszef Pawlowski, was born in Proszowice, around Swietokrzyskie Poland, August 12, 1890 and was a priest from the Diocese of Kielce and rector of the seminary. He was arrested on February 1941 by the Gestapo, deported to the camp at Dachau, where he was hanged the following January 9.

SOURCE: Santi e Beati


If Peter Was the First Pope….

January 8, 2009


Q. If Jesus was making Peter His Prime Minister in the Church then why did He call Peter  “Satan” a few verses later?
A. Peter was still very human, subject to sin, and the influence of Our Enemy. Because, Peter, in trying to dissuade Jesus from the cross, came under the influence of Satan and tempted Jesus not to take up His cross, Jesus clearly perceived the true source of Peter’s seemingly compassionate words and denounces Satan and his influence on Peter.

“Get behind me Satan”. He was addressing Satan not calling Peter “Satan”. Then, speaking to Peter, Jesus says,
You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

This was Peter’s first lesson in learning how to discern the difference between the voice of Satan and the Voice of Christ.


Meanwhile, in New Orleans…

January 8, 2009

statue_at_metairie_cemeteryFormer parishioners followed the example of their New England brethren and occupied closed churches. In this case, the Archdiocese waited only a few months before having them evicted but meanwhile, charges have been dropped.

The population of New Orleans, greatly reduced after Katrina, has increased, but not to pre-Katrina levels.

Pray for the return of Catholics to their parishes, so churches may be reopened.


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