Wednesday, May 31, 2017

AN INVINCIBLE FAITH IN JESUS



AN INVINCIBLE FAITH IN JESUS
by Mark Mallett

Michigan Farm Can't Sell Blueberries at Farmer's Market, Unless They Affirm Gay Marriage



City: You Can't Sell Blueberries Unless You Affirm Gay Marriage 
 by Todd Starnes

FSSP Politics and Culture

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Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter who wish to discuss Politics and Culture.

The same rules apply here that apply in other forums. This is not an all purpose Politics and Culture forum.

It is for those devoted to the traditions of the Church."

FSSP- Politics and Culture Forum

EWTN T-Shirt

Yes, PLEASE!!!  
Bright Pink, please!

Blessed Mother Mary Collage

Hail Mary Full of Grace

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Of Mountains, Deserts and Angels – Mother Angelica on Suffering, Burnout and Faith

Mother Angelica

Of Mountains, Deserts and Angels – Mother Angelica on Suffering, Burnout and Faith

"A decade after writing her books, Mother Angelica was on a different divinely inspired mission. That a media empire began with a cloistered nun in rural Alabama sounds a joke of sorts..."

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"Following the Annunciation in which the angel Gabriel came to Mary and pronounced she would become the mother of our Lord, Mary traveled from Galilee to Judea to visit her cousin Elizabeth, an elderly woman, who after a lifetime with a barren womb had conceived a child. Elizabeth, whose pregnancy also followed a message from …"

Man of Our Lady



Man of Our Lady

"Jesus loved Mary, so those who love Jesus are moved to love Mary. He didn’t love her as someone who just happened to be his mother on earth (lucky her, we might say). God chose her from the beginning, to be his own mother when he came into the world, bringing “grace and truth… through Jesus Christ” (Jn 1:17)."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kept in God's Grace

Mary’s Prayer



Mary’s Prayer:

"Presence of God – O Mary, faithful adorer of God, show me how to make my life a continual prayer.

 MEDITATION

In order to have even a slight understanding of Mary’s prayer, we must try to penetrate the sanctuary of her intimate union with God. No one has ever lived in closer intimacy …"

The Marian Option

The Marian Option

The Marian Option

"I had been looking forward to reading this book for months. I was in the middle of another book when the Marian Option arrived last week; but once I read the first chapter, I couldn’t put it down. The title of course brings to mind Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option. Gress is quick to explain that the Marian …"

St. Joan of Arc


Joan Up

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"Be prepared to do battle, for you are surrounded by enemies that never rest.." Imitation of Christ+

Asked about her mission she replied: "I was born for this! " Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us!

"Je me attens a Dieu, mon Createur, de tout; je layme (l'ayme) de tout mon cuer"

"I place my trust in God, my Creator, in all things; I love Him with all my heart."
 ~ Saint Joan of Arc

I am so hoping to move to North Idaho and become a member of St. Joan of Arc FSSP Catholic Chapel, in Coeur d'Alene now, but relocating to a new and larger sanctuary in Post Falls, Idaho. It is a fast growing Latin Mass community!   http://www.stjoanarc.com/

Monday, May 29, 2017

Abandoning Latin Changed Liturgical Music … for the Worse



Abandoning Latin Changed Liturgical Music … for the Worse - Crisis Magazine

"After 35 years as a liturgical musician, it’s amazing how little I really know about the liturgical music of the Roman Rite. Then again, what should I expect when my earliest memories of music at Mass tend to involve now-forgotten attempts to make Ray Repp tunes, guitar-group versions of Beatles songs, social-justice-pop-folk songs, and patently …"

God is Real, Christianity is True, and Everything You Do Matters


God is Real, Christianity is True, and Everything You Do Matters 

We can experience a touch of the infinite now, before we go on to the true Infinite. All we have to do is, in the words of Scripture, “Cease striving and know that I am God.”

Sunday, May 28, 2017

FSSP to Gain Major Apostolate


FSSP to Gain Major Apostolate

Open Letter to Melania Trump, by Fr. Richard Heilman

Open Letter to Melania Trump
OPEN LETTER TO MELANIA TRUMP 

by Fr. Richard Heilman

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord

BenvenutoTisiDaGarofaloAscensionOfChristWGA08474 for post on the Ascension of Our Lord: Forty Days after Easter

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD: FORTY DAYS AFTER EASTER

(from "Divinie Intimacy")

On the Ascension of the Lord



On the Ascension of the Lord

ON THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD* A Homily of St Leo the Great I.

 The events recorded as happening after the Resurrection were intended to convince us of its truth. Since the blessed and glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, whereby the Divine power in three days raised the true Temple of God, which …

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saint Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Chapel, Idaho

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Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary Mass and Procession

Click link above to view 32 more photos of this beautiful and sacred event in Coeur  d'Alene, Idaho, at
St Joan of Arc FSSP Idaho.

This vibrant, active FSSP Chapel is out growing its present home, and with no room to expand they are planning to move to nearby Post Falls, Idaho.

This may be my next move, also!  I would relocate to Post Falls, Idaho just to have an opportunity to be a part of this magnificent FSSP community of traditional Catholics!

http://www.stjoanarc.com/

FSSP Chant Album Tops the Charts

FSSP Chant Album Tops the Charts

FSSP Chant Album Tops the Charts

"The album features Requiem chant from traditional priestly order..."

How to Start Living Heaven Right Now



How to Start Living Heaven Right Now

"The Ascension contains a promise. The challenge is choosing to accept it."

Brother Silas Henderson, SDS

RATIONALISM, AND THE DEATH OF MYSTERY



RATIONALISM, AND THE DEATH OF MYSTERY
by Mark Mallett


 Thy Will Be Mine

Friday, May 26, 2017

Behold Your Mother



Behold Your Mother—in Images (including the oldest known image)

Advice for Fighting the Devil

Félix Joseph Barrias (1822-1907), “The Temptation of Christ by the Devil”
19 Points of Advice for Fighting the Devil
"St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil..."
by Patti Armstrong

Scripture Speaks: The Ascension of Our Lord



Scripture Speaks: The Ascension of Our Lord

"Ascension Sunday presents a paradox:  Jesus leaves His apostles for Heaven, but He assures them He is always with them.  What kind of departure was this? Gospel (Read Mt 28:16-20) Today’s Gospel records the end of Jesus’ forty days of post-Resurrection appearances and teaching.  The account of what actually happened during those days is quite …"

Solemnity of the Ascension



Solemnity of the Ascension:

" But the Ascension is not just about charity. It is also a feast of hope. Yes, there is something in it for us. He goes to prepare a place for us (Jn. 14:2). We will also one day wear crowns made of gold instead of thorns."

Why Do Catholics Have a Devotion to Mary?

Why Do Catholics Have a Devotion to Mary?

Why Do Catholics Have a Devotion to Mary?

"In our relationship with Mary, she helps give new life to our souls, prays for us, and provides us with what we need to grow in grace. In return, she deserves our honor and love, just as our earthly mothers do. She deserves our devotion."

St. Philip Neri



St. Philip Neri:

"The Italian priest St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) greatly contributed to the spiritual reformation of the Church in the sixteenth century. He was born in Florence to a wealthy family, and after receiving a good education, was apprenticed to a relative with a flourishing business which Philip was intended to inherit. However, after having a mystical …"

Thursday, May 25, 2017

From Mary We Learn...

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"From Mary we learn to surrender to God's Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!" 
~ St. John Paul II

The Ascension and Our Journey Home

The Ascension and Our Journey Home

The Ascension and Our Journey Home

"The Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord oftentimes is an understated event in the Church’s liturgical year. We profess the reality of this historical and supernatural event each Sunday as we profess the Creed. It is a significant event, in fact, it is the climax before He sends the Paraclete. In returning to the …"



Thy Will Be Mine

How the Lord Works Wonders in the Midst of His People

How the Lord Works Wonders in the Midst of His People

How the Lord Works Wonders in the Midst of His People:

"In the book of Exodus, the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Before all your people I will perform wonders, such as have not been performed in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people, among whom you live, shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that …"

Why Holy Water?



Why Holy Water?

"Q: A Protestant friend came with me to Mass last Sunday and asked about the Holy Water fonts and why we make the sign of the cross with it when we enter and leave the Church. What answer would you give to her? Traditionally, we have placed fonts of holy water near the entrances of …"

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Mother Who Knows When to Show Up

Our Lady of Meritxell: A Mother Who Knows When to Show Up

A Mother Who Knows When to Show Up

"From Our Lady of Meritxell, I learn again about the importance of forgiveness. I think of the Child in her arms, whipped and tortured, crucified and buried. He embraced His persecutors with hands scarred by nail holes. I think of the certainty Mary must have had in her infinite faith, though she certainly grieved. What joy did she feel at the resurrection? Was she really surprised, this mother of His and mine?"

Confounding the World



Confounding the World

"The Lord our God defies our assumptions. Jesus Christ and his saints just don’t act right. What I mean is, they don’t respond to things the way the world thinks they will – or should. What happens in Philippi is a good example (Acts 16:16-34). If you and I were unjustly locked in prison and, …"

Carry Your Scars With Dignity & Honor

Carry Your Scars With Dignity & Honor

Carry Your Scars With Dignity & Honor

"I was a junior in high school when I got my first major scar. It was during AP chemistry class, and I was fiddling around with my unknown substance, trying to determine its anion and cation properties. All at once, I received an inspiration and grabbed the pipette my lab partner and I shared, dipping …"

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Christ Must Be the Center of a Catholic Education


Christ Must Be the Center of a Catholic Education

 “What greater work is there than training the mind and forming the habits of the young?"
~ St. John Chrysostom

Thy Will Be Mine

Balancing Tenderness and Toughness (with the help of Proverbs)

Balancing Tenderness and Toughness

Balancing Tenderness and Toughness (with the help of Proverbs)

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

"Love in any context, but especially in a family, will alternate between tenderness and toughness. The ancient Israelites recognized that love does not look like the saccharine romances (they were blessed not to know about artificial sugar) that are sold in pop culture. Love is not merely a feeling that comes and goes, making us feel …"

The Fatima Files: New Books Outline Fascinating History



The Fatima Files: New Books Outline Fascinating History
Special Marian book roundup

Learning to Stand Firm in the Faith



Learning to Stand Firm in the Faith

“Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” —1 Corinthians 16:13-14 What is the virtue of faith? It is a theological virtue that unites us with God in whom we believe, in who He is, in what He says through the Word of …"

The Language of the Spirit-Filled

The Language of the Spirit-Filled

The Language of the Spirit-Filled

"We have received the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation. We have God’s Spirit being poured into our hearts in prayer and in the sacraments. But are we really thinking and speaking the language of those who are Spirit-filled? What does this language sound like? First, are we people who say with …"

Monday, May 22, 2017

Benedict Option Is Really the Augustine Option



Benedict Option Is Really the Augustine Option - Crisis Magazine

"The Benedict Option isn’t what you think it is. Adorning the cover of Rod Dreher’s much-discussed new book is what appears to be an ancient monastery, clutching a mountaintop. Below is a blue lake, cropped by scraps of land. A mist broods over it. Rising above the mist, the monastery seems aloft, almost cloud-borne, the …"

We Are Travelers



We Are Travelers:

" Memorial Day weekend approaches. And with it will come the beginning of the summer vacation season. According to one survey, close to half of all Americans took a long-distance vacation in the summer of 2014, traveling an average of nearly 300 miles from home. They went to beaches and big cities, lakes and resorts.

 But …"

New Fatima Resources for the 100th Anniversary

New Fatima Resources for the 100th Anniversary

New Fatima Resources for the 100th Anniversary:

" The Catholic Church greeted May 13, 2017 with great celebration as Pope Francis traveled to Fatima for the 100th anniversary of Mary’s first apparition in 1917.  My hope is that we will celebrate Fatima throughout the following six months since Mary appeared also on the 13th of June, July, September and October.  In August the …"

St. Rita of Cascia



St. Rita of Cascia

"In 1381, St. Rita was born in Spoleto, Italy, to elderly parents who were such examples of Christian charity that they were known as “Peacemakers of Jesus Christ.” As devout as they were, however, they seem to have been somewhat misguided when they insisted on St. Rita’s marriage, at the age of 12, to a …"

From Despair to Hope: Job’s Extraordinary Journey

From Despair to Hope: Job’s Extraordinary Journey

From Despair to Hope: Job’s Extraordinary Journey

"The Book of Job seems the least likely of any in the Old Testament to be hopeful. Sure, it ultimately ends happily, but it’s the titular character’s existential angst and his sheer, unending misery that dominates. From the beginning, the mood is one of despair and gloom. After a series of calamities strikes him and …"

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Abolish Ordinary Time



Abolish Ordinary Time - Crisis Magazine

"With Ascension and Pentecost looming, and with their passage an end to the Paschal season, it’s time to reconsider and abolish Ordinary Time. As dramatically drastic as this may sound, it would not be a move without precedent. For centuries, for most of Church history in fact, there was no Ordinary Time on the Catholic …"

The Apostle of the Rockies: Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ



The Apostle of the Rockies: Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ

"Every year on the Feast of the Assumption, Catholics of native descent hold a powwow at Idaho’s oldest building, Sacred Heart Mission in Cataldo. For more than 150 years the Coeur d’Alenes have handed down the story of the Jesuit missionary who healed their chief’s daughter and brought the gospel to their people. This annual …"

St. Bernardine of Siena (Priest)



St. Bernardine of Siena (Priest)

"The Italian priest St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444) was known for his preaching and his popularity with ordinary people. As a young man, he cared for an elderly woman on her deathbed; she constantly pronounced the name “Jesus” with great devotion. Bernardine was profoundly affected, and decided to make the name of Jesus the theme …"

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Supreme Gift (John 14:13-21)



 The Supreme Gift (John 14:13-21)

“The spiritual building up of the body of Christ is brought about by love…” – St. Fulgentius of Ruspe John 14:13-21: ‘Whatever you ask for in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it. If you …