Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Best Catholic Sermons (English): Sensus Fidelium, Regina Prophetarum

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Where the Pope Is, There Is the Church

A wonderful quote from "To the clergy [LAVidomosti, Mor-Pastoral'ni, 52]" in Fr. Peter Galadza, The Theological and Liturgical Work of Andrei Sheptytsky (1865-1944), Ottawa: Saint Paul University Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, 2004, 167 n. 255.

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How Beautiful Jesus Is

"How beautiful Jesus is." These are the last words of the Servant of God Friar Jean-Thierry of the Child Jesus and of the Passion (Carmelite Friar Jean-Thierry Ebogo, 1982-2006; http://www.jeanthierryebogo.org/englese.pdf). May he pray for us, and may we pray for his canonization! Call on him for favors; he will be quick to hear.

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Real Love Is Demanding

Real love is demanding. I would fail in my mission if I did not clearly tell you so. For it was Jesus—our Jesus Himself—who said: "You are My friends if you do what I command you" (Jn 15:14). Love demands effort and a personal commitment to the will of God. It means discipline and sacrifice, but it also means joy and human fulfillment.
Pope St. John Paul II, Homily in Boston on October 1, 1979


The Angel of the Judgment

And I saw another angel flying through the midst of heaven, having the eternal gospel, to preach unto them that sit upon the earth, and over every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and people: saying with a loud voice: "Fear the Lord, and give him honor, because the hour of his judgment is come; and adore ye him, that made heaven and earth, the sea, and the fountains of waters" (Revelation 14:6-7).

Who is the Angel of the Judgment in the Apocalypse (Revelation) of St. John? It is none other than St. Vincent Ferrer. How do we know? The saint identified himself as such and proved it by a well-attested miracle in front of many people at "the Dominican Convent of St. Stephen": the resurrection of a dead woman who said he was telling the truth, then died again. The identification is confirmed by "the bull of Canonization ... St. Louis Bertrand ...," the iconography of the saint, "the Breviary office," and the work of St. Vincent Ferrer in preaching the Gospel all over Europe and converting tens of thousands of Jews (St. Vincent Ferrer averted the General Judgment which he had conditionally prophesied would soon occur). On these points, see Fr. Stanislaus M. Hogan, O.P., Saint Vincent Ferrer, O.P. (New York: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1911), 48-57 (http://bit.ly/2jnucVn).

đŸ“·: Andrea Procaccini, "St. Vincent Ferrer" (http://bit.ly/2BVqH0m)

Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas, pray for us!

More information about the miracles of Our Lady of Guadalupe via Sensus Fidelium: https://youtu.be/6cFWWOH185Q

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Monday, December 11, 2017

We Need Help!

Our need of divine help is as great today as when the great Dominic introduced the use of the Rosary of Mary as a balm for the wounds of his contemporaries.
Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical "Supremi Apostolatus Officio" §7

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Rosary: Going Deeper

Want to enrich your Rosary meditations? Take a look at these three treasures available online:

(1) St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Methods for Saying the Rosary (http://www.montfort.org/content/uploads/pdf/PDF_EN_30_1.pdf)
I pray with the Fourth Method, pages 8-14

(2) St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Glories of Mary (http://bit.ly/2iBZWdj)

(3) Venerable Mary of Jesus of Ágreda, The Mystical City of God (http://saintsbooks.net/BooksList.html#Ven.%20Mary%20of%20Agreda)
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Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us! 

A friend, Soul of a Carmelite, recommended that I use the free version of the Canva app to make Catholic picture quotes. I invite you to do the same; set the whole world on fire! The background image is from John Everett Millais, "Joan of Arc" (http://bit.ly/2iJZjdP).

Immaculate Conception: Scriptural Support

Hoping you and yours had a blessed Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception yesterday. These verses are already found in a different post on St. Louis de Montfort's Fourth Method of praying the Rosary, but here they are in a different format. "Oh pure and immaculate queen, save me, deliver me from eternal damnation" (St. John of Damascus).

Scripture Verses Supporting the Immaculate Conception selected from St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Glories of Mary, "On the Immaculate Conception of Mary" (New York: P. J. Kennedy & Sons, 1888), 337-371 (http://bit.ly/2iBZWdj)

*Genesis 3:15: "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel."

*Psalm 45:5-6: The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful: the most High hath sanctified his own tabernacle. God is in the midst thereof, it shall not be moved: God will help it in the morning early.

*Psalm 86:1-3,5: The foundations thereof are in the holy mountains: The Lord loveth the gates of Zion above all the tabernacles of Jacob. Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God. ... And the Highest himself hath founded her.

*Psalm 92:5: ... holiness becometh thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.

*Proverbs 9:1: Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven pillars.

*Songs 2:2: As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

*Songs 4:7: Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee.

*Songs 4:12: My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up.

*Songs 6:9-10: One is my dove, my perfect one is but one, she is the only one of her mother, the chosen of her that bore her. The daughters saw her, and declared her most blessed: the queens and concubines, and they praised her. Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?

*Wisdom 1:4: For wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sins.

*Luke 1:28: And the angel being come in, said unto her: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."

*Hebrews 7:26: For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens...
Pay close attention to the Dogmatic Definition of the Immaculate Conception from the Bull Ineffabilis Deus of Blessed Pope Pius IX (1854):

Wherefore, in humility and fasting, we unceasingly offered our private prayers as well as the public prayers of the Church to God the Father through his Son, that he would deign to direct and strengthen our mind by the power of the Holy Spirit. In like manner did we implore the help of the entire heavenly host as we ardently invoked the Paraclete. Accordingly, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, for the honor of the Holy and undivided Trinity, for the glory and adornment of the Virgin Mother of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith, and for the furtherance of the Catholic religion, by the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own: We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.

[Declaramus, pronuntiamus et definimus doctrinam quae tenet beatissimam Virginem Mariam in primo instanti suae conceptionis fuisse singulari Omnipotentis Dei gratia et privilegio, intuitu meritorum Christi Jesu Salvatoris humani generis, ab omni originalis culpae labe praeservatam immunem, esse a Deo revelatam, atque idcirco ab omnibus fidelibus firmiter constanterque credendam.]

Hence, if anyone shall dare -- which God forbid! -- to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should dare to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he thinks in his heart.


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Saint Nicholas of Myra and Russia

"Greetings from Saint Nicholas."

Happy Feast of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra and Wonderworker (270-343). Today let us pray to St. Nicholas for the return of Russia to the Catholic Church.
Thirty years after the rupture between the Eastern and Western Churches, Pope Urban II decided to have the body of St. Nicholas removed from Myra in order to prevent desecration at the hands of the Mohammedan invaders of Asia Minor. He had it transferred to Bari in Italy where it was placed with solemn ceremonial in a specially constructed sepulchre on May 9, 1089, on which day the Holy Father instituted the special Feast of the translation of the relics of the famous Saint. This Feast was introduced into Russia by the Metropolitan Efrem but it was rejected by the Greeks. In a synod held at Bari in 1089, at which the institution of the Feast of St. Nicholas was considered, one of the participants was a Russian bishop, and in 1091, the Pope sent a delegation to Russia with the relics of the Saint. The festival thus inaugurated is still observed with great reverence and solemnity in Russia, and the relics of St. Nicholas are still held in veneration by the Russian people. The sending of sacred gifts by the Holy See to Russia, together with the ready acceptance of the feast by the latter indicates clearly that Rome did not regard the Russian Church as schismatical or heretical, and it further indicates that Russia entertained no hostile attitude towards the Western Church.
Fr. Joseph B. Koncevicius, Russia's Attitude Towards Union With Rome (9th-16th Centuries) (Cleveland: John T. Zubal, Inc., 1983), 40-41

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Pope Saint John Paul II

 St. John Paul II, pray for us.

A number of writers have objected to the canonization of St. John Paul II, going so far as to deny its validity: not only that he should not have been canonized, but that he could not have been canonized. I have prayed to Our Lady and St. John Paul II and consulted many friends for help with this. This post will sketch an answer. First, the objections. Second, an unsatisfactory answer sometimes proposed. Third, a satisfactory answer from a friend, which I will develop.

One: Objections
First, the objections may be summarized under the following five heads; there is some overlap between them.

1st Argument:
Major: A person who is canonized must exercise to a heroic degree the virtues of faith, hope, charity, prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude, as "proved by common repute for sanctity and by conclusive arguments."
Minor: Pope John Paul II did not exercise to a heroic degree the virtues of faith, hope, charity, prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude, as "proved by common repute for sanctity and by conclusive arguments."
Conclusion: Therefore, Pope John Paul II could not have been canonized.

Proof of the Major: Fr. Camillo Beccari, S.J., "Beatification and Canonization," The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 2 (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907) <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02364b.htm>.
Proof of the Minor: (there are many other examples, and a good number of these can be found at {1}):

· Ecumenism:
* 5/25/1982 preaching in the Anglican Canterbury Cathedral
* 11/20/1994 concelebration of the Lutheran "supper" with Lutheran "Archbishop" Verman
* 2/25/2000 Ecumenical Mass in Cairo
* giving pectoral crosses to Anglicans George Carey and Rowan Williams, who are not validly ordained
* 10/4/2002 Ecumenical Vespers for the Lutheran Bishops of St. Peter's Basilica

· Relations with non-Christian religions that give the impression that "all religions are more or less good and praiseworthy" (cf. Pope Pius XI, Encylical "Mortalium Animos" §2):
* 8/9/1985 active participation in animist rituals in the Togo forest
* 4/13/1986 visit to the synagogue of Rome
* 2/5/1986 receiving the ashes of Shiva in Madras
* 10/27/1986 and 1/24/2002 meetings of Assisi including Buddhists placing a Buddha statue on the tabernacle and Buddhist books on the altar and praying that all "reach the state of Buddha"
* 5/14/1999 Quran kissing in Iraq
* 3/21/2000 prayer for Saint John the Baptist to protect Islam
* 3/26/2000 praying at the Western Wall

· Catholic Liturgy:
* 5/8/1984 a topless woman reading an epistle and semi-nude women receiving communion in New Guinea
* 1987-2005 many other irregularities via Piero Marini, Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations
* 7/11/1992 permission for altar girls
* 8/1/2002 pagan ceremonies at the beatification of Blessed Juan Bautista and Jacinto de los Ángeles, who were martyred by pagan Indians

· Administration
* unwarranted prayers for forgiveness for the past practice of the Church
* appointment of many liberal bishops and cardinals
* insufficient response to the sexual abuse crisis (mild treatment of Archbishop Weakland and Cardinal Law)
* 11/2004 public ceremony at the Vatican in honor of Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, despite ongoing accusations

· Piety, Tradition
* 10/16/2002 added five Luminous Mysteries to the Most Holy Rosary (Encyclical Rosarium Virginis Mariae §21, §38)

· Modesty
* Numerous examples of immodestly dressed men and women dancing and performing acrobatics in the presence of the pope
* World Youth Days with many near occasions of sin for young men and women

2nd Argument:
Major: Canonization necessarily means that the canonized person deserves to be imitated in the way he has fulfilled his duties in his state of life.
Minor: Pope John Paul II is not worthy of being imitated in the way he exercised his duties in his state of life.
Conclusion: Therefore, Pope John Paul II should not have been canonized. It is impossible to propose the imitation of John Paul the man, not John Paul the pope. It is impossible to canonize a pope despite his execution of his pontificate, not because of it. 

Proof of the Minor: No other canonized pope would have done what John Paul did. See the examples above (1st Argument, Proof of the Minor).

3rd Argument:
Major: A person whose writings contain things contrary to faith and morals should not be canonized, according to the law of the Church.
Minor: The writings of Pope John Paul II contain things contrary to faith and morals.
Conclusion: Therefore, Pope John Paul II should not have been canonized.

Proof of the Major: Divinis Perfectionis Magister 1, paragraph 2.3
Proof of the Minor:
*10/16/1979 Encyclical Catechesi Tradendae §32 on the Holy Ghost using non-Catholic communities as a means of salvation
* 5/5/1995 Encylical Ut Unum Sint:
- §15, §48, §84 on non-Catholics being saints [cf. Tertio Millennio Adveniente §37] and §60 approving the 1993 Balamand Declaration
- *§21 encouraging common prayer
- *§46 saying non-Catholics can, in exceptional cases, receive Holy Communion (cf. 1983 Code of Canon Law §844.2)
* 1992 promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with ambiguities and possible errors
* 6/29/1995 Common Declaration §2 with Patriarch Bartholomew on the Orthodox Church as Sister Church, also responsible for the one Church of God
* 5/12/1996 Joint Declaration encouraging Common Prayer with Anglicans

4th Argument:
Major: For a canonization to be valid, there must be, as it were, valid material, form and intention.
Minor: In the case of Pope John Paul II, there was valid form and valid intention, but there is no valid matter.
Conclusion: Therefore, the canonization of Pope John Paul II is not valid.

Proof of the Minor: In addition to the many scandals against faith and morals in both public writings and in the actions of Pope John Paul, the new process of canonization is fallible because the bishops and their assistants and the cardinal prefect and his assistants are not protected from error regarding the life of the candidate, a process in which the pope himself is no longer involved [Divinis Perfectionis Magister, 2, 3].

5th Argument:
Major: A doubtful canonization is not a canonization.
Minor: There is enough evidence to question the validity of the canonization of Pope John Paul II.
Conclusion: Therefore, the canonization of John Paul II is not a valid canonization.

Two: Unsatisfactory Answer
Second, the answer is sometimes proposed that the canonization is for the private holiness of St. John Paul II, not for his papacy (cf. the conclusion to 2nd argument, above). For example: "Still, behind the Pope there was the man. A deeply religious, pious, spiritual, sincere, kind man of God. A man whose mistakes were certainly never made in bad faith and whose first desire was to protect the Church and to win new souls to Christ. A man in front of whose deep spirituality and pious nature most of us (and certainly yours truly) must hang their head in shame. A man of whom you can criticise everything, but not the pure heart and the honesty of his intentions. Whenever Catholics criticise the many mistakes of his pontificate (as they, if you ask me, should do far more often and much more vocally in order to avoid another pontificate like his to be ever repeated), they should remember – and should remind the enemies of the Church – of the purest of hearts behind those mistakes and of the example which John Paul II continues to give as a saintly man."{2}

Three: Satisfactory Answer
Third, I will cite a satisfactory answer from a friend. We are bound to uphold the infallibility of canonizations, including ones done under the new procedure.  Let the reader consult Fr. Frederick William Faber, Congr. Orat., An Essay on Beatification, Canonization, and the Process of the Congregation of Rites (London: Richardson and Son, 1848), 121-137. A friend says:
The case of John Paul II is difficult, because he really did some things which are difficult to justify.
Some ideas: All these criticisms are not necessarily valid; one must examine each case.
Certain saints have committed sins before their conversion (for example St. Paul). The Church does not canonize everything *in* the life of the person. ...

"The question is whether, at least from a certain point in his life, the person has practiced, in the usual way, 'heroic' virtues, i.e. worthy of being given as an example to Christians. If there are acts whose goodness is more doubtful, it seems to me that the judgment of canonization implies this: it *is not certain* that these acts constitute sins and, although this was the case for some [acts], they *do no not certainly prove* the absence of contrary virtues. Even a virtuous man can sometimes act against virtue.

In my humble opinion, the judgment of canonization declares infallibly:

1. That the subject is in Heaven.
2. That he practiced certain heroic virtues, without excluding any specific fault.

What does not seem to me infallible, however, is the opportuneness, i.e., the prudent and useful character for the Christian people, to canonize this or that person. On this point, there may be some canonizations, not erroneous in themselves, but inopportune. In this way, an era can appear to show extremely little concern for certain problems that arise through people's lives."
What follows is a brief development of my friend's points. In what, then, did the heroic virtue of St. John Paul consist? I propose that this Pope who, we should remember, did much good (this son of Mary did much for the defense of human life and marriage and family life and the end of communism, and, I submit, planted more good seeds than some give him credit for), was heroically virtuous in offering up his poor health and suffering to God in the last few years of his papacy, during which, based on his speeches and writings, he evidently had a growing sense of the need to return to doctrinal and liturgical sanity. This heroic suffering, which served to glorify God, convert sinners, and expiate the grave faults of St. John Paul II's papacy enumerated above, is worthy of imitation by Catholics.

Friday, May 26, 2017

My Dominican Vocation

God has given me a vocation to the Dominican life so that I can best live out these gifts of His: a burning apostolic and missionary zeal to "praise God, bless Him, and preach Him everywhere" speaking "only with God or about God" and to "live, defend, and propagate the faith in the atmosphere of the Church" by means of the celebration of the Sacraments especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, love of contemplative silence, purity and detachment "from all evil," "continual prayer and immolation," manly strength founded in the certainty "of the redemptive power of the Cross," inextinguishable joy flowing from my "adoption by grace into the very Family of the Trinity," fierce loyalty even unto martyrdom to the Catholic Church especially the pope and bishops and religious superiors, an intense love of Our Lady and her Most Holy Rosary, an ardent longing to imitate the lives of the Dominican saints, and an insatiable desire for the study of truth (cf. Fr. M. M. Philipon, O.P., "The Dominican Soul" https://www.ewtn.com/library/PRIESTS/OP-SOUL.TXT). 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ascension Thursday 2017

Happy Ascension Thursday 2017! Today is a Holy Day of Obligation - go to Mass!

Tonight 6pm at Holy Innocents in NYC ** "God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet" (Psalm 46:6) ** Ecclesiadei.org/masses.cfm ** MassTimes.org ** flyer by ejtm83

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Pentecost Sunday is June 4, 2017.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Defending Baptism of Desire

Denzinger 796: In these words a description of the justification of a sinner is given as being a translation from that state in which man is born a child of the first Adam to the state of grace and of the "adoption of the sons" [Rom. 8:15] of God through the second Adam, Jesus Christ, our Savior; and this translation after the promulgation of the Gospel cannot be effected except through the laver of regeneration [can. 5 de bapt.], or a desire for it, as it is written: "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" [John 3:5].
How do we know that baptism of desire is true and not up for debate? That is, how can we be certain that an adult can make an act of Catholic faith and hope and perfect contrition with the desire for the sacrament of baptism and be prevented by sudden death from receiving the sacrament, yet still be saved? How do we know that it is wrong to say, as Fr. Leonard Feeney, S.J. did, that no adult who is not baptized with water (even if he is justified by the desire thereof, informed by perfect contrition, and suddenly dies) can go to Heaven.{1}

{1} For example, it is hard to interpret these quotes from Bread of Life in any other way:
  • It is now: Baptism of Water, or damnation! If you do not desire that Water, you cannot be justified. And if you do not get it, you cannot be saved.
  • If you do not receive Baptism of Water, you cannot be saved, whether you were guilty or not guilty for not having received it. If it was not your fault that you did not receive it, then you just do not go to Heaven. You are lacking something required for Heaven. You did not add your own positive rejection of the requirement so as to give you a positive deficiency. Yours is a permanent lack of something required for eternal salvation.
  • He will then say, "Well, cannot you be justified in the New Testament without Baptism?" The answer to this is, "Suppose you can?" He will then say, "If you die in the state of justification, without yet being baptized, are you not saved?" You must answer him, "No, you are not. That is your reasoning in the matter. That is not Christ’s statement." And if he persists in saying, "Well, where does one go who dies in the state of justification which has been achieved without Baptism?" — insist that he does not go to Heaven. And if he goes on to yell at you angrily, "Where are you going to send him — to Hell?", say: "No, I am not going to send him to Hell because I am not the judge of the living and the dead. I am going to say what Christ said, ‘He cannot go into Heaven unless he is baptized by water.’"

Sedevacantism is Heretical

Coming soon

Thanks be to God, several authors have already written very well against sedevacantism - I will cite them in this post:

Ryan Grant
Fr. Michael Mary, F.SS.R.
John Salza
Br. André Marie, M.I.C.M.

A priest quoted a saint to the effect that one doesn't have to read innumerable authors on something, just the best ones.


Sedevacantism Is Heretical
First, a prayer for the Holy Father Pope Francis.
+ O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful, look down favorably upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast been pleased to appoint pastor over Thy Church; grant, we beseech Thee, that he may benefit both by word and example those over whom he is set, and thus attain unto life eternal, together with the flock committed to his care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Who livest and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. +
Cf. Francis Patrick Cardinal Moran, The Catholic Prayer Book and Manual of Meditation (Dublin: Browne and Nolan, Nassau-Street, 1883), 500 <https://ia802701.us.archive.org/14/items/TheCatholicPrayerBookAndManual/TheCatholicPrayerBookAndManual.pdf>


"By their fruits you shall know them" Matthew 7:16

The Catholic Church produces "prophets ... holy men ... workers of heavenly wonders,"* confessors, and martyrs in every generation. Where are the sedevacantist prophets, saints, miracle workers, confessors, martyrs?** Where are the sedevacantist Marian apparitions and stigmata?

*Girolamo Savonarola, The Triumph of the Cross, trans. Fr. John Procter, O.P. (London: Sands & Co., 1901), 197 <

**Cf. Fr. Michael Mary, F.SS.R., "Note to Lost Sheep" <http://papastronsay.blogspot.com/2009/05/note-to-lost-sheep.html>




Fr. E. Sylvester Berry on defining Catholicity
Gates of Hell

Papal Elections
Sedevacantist Antipopes

Canon Law1917 Code

Previous Crises in the Church
Great Western Schism

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Amoris Laetitia

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Dearly beloved,

Happy Palm Sunday! Wishing you and yours a blessed Holy Week and Easter.

Pray for the victims of today's bombings in Tanta and Alexandria, if you will, but do not invoke them as martyrs: "No one, whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church" (dogma defined by Pope Eugene IV in the bull "Cantate Domino" in Denzinger 714). It may be that before these Copts died they were able to make an act of Catholic faith, hope, and perfect contrition and thus die in God's friendship; but if they died as they lived (as Coptic Orthodox), they were outside the Church and could not be saved.

Pray the Rosary for peace!

"Pray a great deal for the Holy Father," said Our Lord to Sr. Lucia. Are you offering your prayers at Mass and your daily Rosaries and Lenten penances for the Holy Father Pope Francis?
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Different bishops propose different interpretations of Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia," and four cardinals felt it their duty to ask "yes or no" questions (five dubia) of the Holy Father regarding the proper interpretation of Amoris Laetitia -- His Holiness has yet to answer. Let us pray that His Holiness does answer, because seemingly if no answer comes then certain bishops and priests and laity will think it is OK for someone who habitually fornicates with no purpose of amendment to receive Holy Communion (take the case of a Catholic man who was validly married and then civilly divorced and "remarried" and has intercourse with the new woman -- objectively, no matter what the conscience of this man says, his relations with the new woman were acts of fornication, and his priest is bound in justice and charity to tell him to cease having relations with the new woman and resolve to live a good Catholic life before he can receive absolution and Holy Communion).

There is an excellent "The Road to the Dubia" series of sermons hosted on Sensus Fidelium - subscribe today to this outstanding channel. Rather than waste your time filtering through tons of articles and forums on "Amoris Laetitia," give these sermons a listen, especially "The Road to the Dubia: The Dubia" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDMXLcn5zcg). Remember the priest in your prayers.

This sermon provides excellent food for thought. This priest, very faithful, cautious, and balanced, justly rebukes sedevacantist heretics and those who say that the Holy Father can already at this stage "be judged guilty of the canonical crime of heresy" and, towards the end, draws on St. Robert Bellarmine and Fr. Pietro Ballerini to succinctly explain the traditionally acknowledged possibility of a formally heretical pope (one who obstinately teaches heresy as a private doctor without binding the Church to it, not the impossible scenario of a pope binding the whole Church to an erroneous teaching).

How might such a case play out? Let us draw from the sermon and from John of St. Thomas, O.P.

If there were a pope who publicly made a materially heretical statement (one denying a dogma), "the Cardinals, or the Roman clergy, or the Roman Synod" could determine that the statement is heretical and proceed to do the following as per Matthew 18:15-17, Galatians 2:11-14, and Titus 3:10-11:
(1) private correction; if the Pope ignores this, then-->
(2) a first formal public correction; if the Pope ignores this, then-->
(3) a second formal public correction; if the Pope ignores this, then-->

the clergy, assembled in an "imperfect general council" could issue a declaratory sentence that the pope "is guilty of the canonical crime of heresy" and has been deposed "immediately" and "authoritatively" by "Christ the Lord" and must be avoided by the faithful; the Church, properly speaking, is not judging the Pope ("the first see is judged by no one" 1983 Canon 1404), but acting "ministerially" and "dispositively" in pronouncing the Pope to have been judged and deposed by Christ and no longer to be followed by Catholics (John of St. Thomas, O.P. qtd. in Robert Siscoe and John Salza). At every stage before then, the pope is still the pope and to treat the pope as an antipope would be a schismatic act; if one were to die in that schismatic state without repentance, he would be damned forever: "we declare, say, define, and proclaim to every human creature that they by necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff" (dogma defined by Pope Boniface VIII in Unam Sanctam in Denzinger 469).

"Neither do I wish to be obstinate in my opinions, but if I have written anything erroneous ... I submit all to the judgment and correction of the Holy Roman Church" (St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.).

Sanctus Ioannes Paulus Secundus, ora pro nobis peccatoribus!

Next: the absurdities of the sedevacantist heresy.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Luminous Mysteries?

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Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii, ora pro nobis! Gratias tibi, Domina mea et Advocata mea!

Sancte Dominice, ora pro nobis. Beate Alane de Rupe, ora pro nobis. Sancte Pie Quinte, ora pro nobis.

This post is written with love and respect for Pope St. John Paul II and St. George Preca. Ora pro nobis!

Q. Whether one ought to pray the Luminous Mysteries during the Rosary?
A. In the negative.

Dear brothers and sisters, Our Lady wants us to cling to the traditional fifteen mysteries when praying her Rosary. Listen to these sermons hosted by Sensus Fidelium:

(A) "Traditional vs New Rosary" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCUV8OuOi5M)
(B) "Holy Rosary" by Fr. Chad Ripperger (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLk_3Pvby5Y)
(C) "Rosary: A Spiritual Weapon" by Fr. Chad Ripperger (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRQBaYfD1Go)

(D) Read, re-read, and share The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis de Montfort.

From the above works we gather "God's saving patterns"/types{1}:
  1. When Our Lady gave the Rosary (her Psalter) directly to St. Dominic in 1214 and revived the Rosary through Bl. Alan de La Roche, how many Mysteries did she have them preach? Fifteen, not twenty. (A)(B)
  2. How many mysteries did Catholics pray for 788 years (1214-2002)? Fifteen, not twenty.
  3. How many psalms are in the Psalter? 150, not 200.
  4. How many promises of the Rosary? Fifteen, not twenty. (A)
  5. How many persons in the Blessed Trinity? Three, not four. (D)
  6. How many parts of the Church? Three (Militant, Suffering, Triumphant), not four. (D)
  7. How many sets of mysteries in Philippians 2:7-9? Three, not four. (A)
  8. How many stages in the spiritual life? Three (purgative, illuminative, unitive), not four. (D)
  9. How many stages of the day? Three ("get up ..., rest at noon, ... go to bed at night"). (A)
  10. How many times is the Angelus prayed daily? Three, not four. (A)
  11. How many days did Our Lady of Lourdes spend with St. Bernadette? Fifteen, not twenty. (A)
  12. On First Saturday's, how many minutes company do we give Our Lady of Fatima and and how many mysteries of the Rosary do we meditate upon? Fifteen, not twenty. (A)
  13. What is a five-decade Rosary in Portugal, where "the dogma of the faith will always be preserved"? Our Lady of Fatima said um terço, not um quarto. (A)
  14. How many fish did the Apostles catch in John 21:11? 153, not 203. (C)
  15. What is the traditional weekly five-decade rhythm? Birth-death-resurrection-birth-death-resurrection until Sunday's mysteries depending on the liturgical season, not birth-death-resurrection-birth-ministry-death-birth-resurrection. (A)
Is it good to meditate on Our Lord's Baptism, His Institution of Holy Matrimony at the Wedding of Cana, His Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, His Transfiguration, and His Institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper? Yes, but don't make them additional decades in Our Lady's Psalter.

Up next: Amoris Laetitia by Pope Francis.

Pray for me, a sinner.

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{1} An expression used by a priest with many excellent sermons to his credit, e.g., "God's Saving Patterns in the Holy Family" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvgfCoH4Tp0) and "God's Saving Patterns on Display at Cana" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_90E36zy8UA).

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Latin Mass

Dear friends,

Deo volente, this the start of weekly updates here. Pray very much for me, "the worst of all" sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), and for my intentions -- please have Masses said if you can. Pray very much for the Holy Father Pope Francis.

"Come and see" (John 1:39).

Praying you will attend a Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) on Sundays and invite Catholic and non-Catholic friends/acquaintances/strangers, especially the homeless and others who have no one to pray and offer sacrifices for them. Don't be shy; "go into the main crossroads and invite everyone you can find to come to the wedding" (Matthew 22:9). Dress modestly and abide by the rules on reception of Holy Communion; trust in God and turn your cell phones off (make emergency arrangements beforehand so that you can "keep watch for one hour" (Mark 14:37)).

As Fr. Jason Barrone says{1}, the first time you will be confused, the second time you will be intrigued, and the third time you will be hooked. Go to Ecclesiadei.org/masses.cfm. Read "The Merit of a Mass" by Fr. Chad Ripperger and pray for him. Follow along with the readings via latinliturgy.com/id18.html. Ask Our Lady and virtuous friends how you can help your priest begin offering a Latin Mass on Sundays at your parish if he does not already, and how you can help him celebrate the Ordinary Form with more reverence in the meantime (e.g., ad orientem, no female altar servers and readers and Eucharistic ministers, the priest being the only one to give out Holy Communion, the servers wearing proper vestments, etc.)

The restoration of the traditional Latin Mass "is a work of the Holy" Ghost, it "cannot be stopped"!{2}

Do kindly consider helping me advance along the path to the priesthood with your financial support (gofundme.com/huysman). Thank you!

Up next: a post on the Most Holy Rosary.

God bless and Mary keep you!

{1} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbu7FrUxMV0 44:15-45:34 on the excellent Sensus Fidelium Youtube channel; subscribe today!
{2} His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C. qtd. in "Bishop Schneider warns against ‘a mentality of radical relativism being created inside the Church’," Lifesite News (1/13/2007) <https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-schneider-warns-against-a-mentality-of-radical-relativism-being-crea>.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Please Help!

My dear friends, I am praying you will find it in your heart to donate to gofundme.com/huysman and spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your blogs, and at your parishes.

Please let me know how I can be of service. Is there specific content you are hoping to see on this blog? Any prayer requests? Email me at thebananarepublican[at]gmail[dot]com.

Thank you! Stay close to the Sacraments and to Our Lady.

May God bless you and yours, and may St. Raphael the Archangel and St. Rita intercede for you daily.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Works of Fr. Martin Jugie, A.A. (1878-1954)

Dear readers,

Forgive me for my lack of activity on this blog, especially my lack of zeal in cleaning up so many of my posts which I wrote with great pride, no charity, and (to borrow an expression I've heard Dr. Taylor Marshall use in one of his excellent lessons) "spiritual bad breath." Pray for me and please be patient as I make revisions!

For access to works of Fr. Martin Jugie, A.A. (1878-1954) which I have been busy digitizing, email me at thebananarepublican(at)gmail(dot)com.

                                                                                           A sinner
                                                                                       Slave of Our Lady of Pochaev

Sunday, May 01, 2016

May: The Month of Mary

Brothers and sisters, have you consecrated yourself to Our Blessed Mother? "Do not put it off day after day" [Sir 5:7] because "now is the day of salvation" [2 Cor 2:6].
O Immaculate, Queen of Heaven and Earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, to whom there has been confided by God the whole order of Mercy: I prostrate myself before Thee, poor sinner that I am, and I supplicate Thee humbly to accept my entire being as your property and possession, and to do with me and with all the faculties of my soul and body, with my entire life, my death and my eternity, whatsoever may please Thee. Do with me as Thou would, so as to realize what is written of Thee: “She shall crush your head;” and again: “Through Thee alone have all the heresies of the world been vanquished.” May I be in Thy immaculate and most merciful hands a docile instrument to make Thee known and loved by so many tepid and mislead souls, and thus advance in the greatest manner possible the most holy Kingdom of Jesus Christ. For in truth, where Thou hast gained entrance, Thou dost obtain the grace of the conversion and sanctification of souls, since all the graces, passing through Thy hands, gush upon all of us from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.1
Our Lady of Pochaev2, St. Joseph the Worker, Sts. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Louis de Montfort, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

1 http://catholicgo.org/act-of-unlimited-consecration-to-the-immaculate-by-st-maximilian-maria-kolbe-o-f-m-conv/
2 More information to follow on this title of Our Lady, based on Hieronymus Strzelecki, O.S.B.M., Epitome historico de Origine, Antiquitate, de praesertim de celebratissimo Opere coronationis Thaumaturgae in Poczajoviensi Monte (1775) <https://books.google.com/books?id=VqhhAAAAcAAJ>. Pope Clement XIV of Rome (1769-1774) crowned the holy icon in recognition of its miracles in 1773 and the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg celebrates this crowning on May 1 <https://web.archive.org/web/20131205193558/http://www.archeparchy.ca/liturgy/calendar.htm>.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Perpetual Mass Enrollment

Christ is risen!
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments" [Matthew 22:37-40].
My brothers and sisters,

There is no greater favor you can do for someone, living or deceased, than to have the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ offered for them in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Put together a list of everyone you know and give it to a priest and have him offer Mass for all those on the list.

"Many souls go to Hell because they have no one to pray for them or make sacrifices for them," Our Lady told us at FĂĄtima. Let us never cease to beg our Eucharistic Lord to give us the strength to be the ones praying and offering sacrifices for everyone we know, living and deceased--may He enable us to have Mass said for every single person we know before we die.

Some options for perpetual mass enrollment are below:

Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius


Congregation of the Holy Cross

Write to:
Dominican Friars' Guilds
141 East 65th Street
New York, NY  10065

Franciscan Friars of the Atonement

Missionaries of the Holy Family

Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary




Take your friends and enemies to Mass, pray the Rosary with them and for them, and perform the spiritual and corporal works of mercy with them and for them.

                                                                                                      Thank you,

                                                                                           A sinner
                                                                                       Slave of Our Lady of Pochaev

Updated 10/15/2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Innocenzo Venchi, O.P. on Savonarola's Beatification Cause (1996)

Feel free to email me anytime thebananarepublican[at]gmail[dot]com - pray for me, a sinner, and forgive me, all you readers with comments which I have not yet published and answered.

Amateur translation of Innocenzo Venchi, O.P. "Iniziative dell'Ordine Domenicano per promuovere la causa di beatificazione del Ven. fra Girolamo Savonarola O.P.," Studi Savonaroliani Verso il V centenario ed. Gian Carlo Garfagnini (Florence, 1996), 93–97.

When done, will post here advising of completion.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Nobody's Perfect

Only God is perfect in that He loves Himself as much as He can be loved; only the saints in Heaven are perfect in that they love God as much as they as creatures can love Him: their love always tends toward God "as much as it can." But Christ would not command us to be perfect if it were not possible to be perfect in this life in some sense: there are people in this world who are perfect because they follow Matthew 5:48 by cooperating with God's grace to remove everything (mortal sin) from their affections contrary to love, and everything that would prevent their "mind's affections from tending wholly to God," even though (excepting our Lord and our Lady and Sts. Joseph and John the Baptist{2}) their affections might not always in fact tend to God.

Notes & References
{1} St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, II:II, q. 184, art. 2, resp. <http://www.newadvent.org/summa/3184.htm#article2>.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Popes, Saints, and Scholars on Savonarola

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I wish you a very Merry Christmas. May our Lord and our God bring you ever closer to Him as you celebrate His Nativity this year, and may He grant you and your family many more years to celebrate this sublime mystery together. Below I will present the statements of Popes (canonized or not), Saints/Blesseds/Venerables/Servants of God, and scholars on the Servant of God Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498),{1} with citations of primary sources when possible, as is customary here. How else is the reader supposed to accept an attribution as genuine? Let this blog be a sanctuary from the poisoned well of spurious or specious quotations from the popes, saints, and Fathers, which would carry great authority if only they were independently verifiable by the reader.

As often as possible, I will demonstrate biases of these sources. E.g., "Catholic,""Orthodox who was a disciple of Savonarola but upon Savonarola's death left the Catholic Church and composed writings against her," "Lutheran," "Modernist tendencies," "lifelong disciple of Savonarola," etc.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Calixtines (G. Bareille)

This is a very rough translation of the article "Calixtines" by G. Bareille in the 1905 Dictionnaire de thĂ©ologie catholique 2:1364-1369 (Paris: Letouzey et AnĂ©, 1905), pages 679-681 of the PDF <https://ia800301.us.archive.org/21/items/dictionnairedet02pt1vaca/dictionnairedet02pt1vaca.pdf>. Holy Mother Church teaches in its Catechism, "1390 Since Christ is sacramentally present under each of the species, communion under the species of bread alone makes it possible to receive all the fruit of Eucharistic grace. For pastoral reasons this manner of receiving communion has been legitimately established as the most common form in the Latin rite. But 'the sign of communion is more complete when given under both kinds, since in that form the sign of the Eucharistic meal appears more clearly.'222 This is the usual form of receiving communion in the Eastern rites. 222General Instruction of the Roman Missal 240."  The Servant of God Fr. John A. S. A. Hardon, S.J. observed, "Not all Calixtines, however, were heretics. They could be Catholics who took advantage of the Church's concession to receive the chalice but also believed that Holy Communion under both forms was not necessary for salvation." In that sense, you or I could be considered Calixtines because of our habit of receiving the Most Precious Blood of Christ when we attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

To Bareille, who was Professor of Patrology at the Catholic University of Toulouse, Eternal Memory!

This name, taken from the Latin word calix, used to describe, among supporters of John Huss, who in the fifteenth century, reducing the minimum of their claims to four articles, vindicated especially the use of the chalice or communion under both species for the laity. Communion sub utraque was not unknown in Christian practice, see COMMUNION UNDER BOTH SPECIES [Vol. 3, col. ####; PDF ###-###], but the Church had long prohibited it because of its disadvantages. Huss himself, at least in its early days, had not thought to resume this use without the express consent of the Church. But some of his supporters, under the inspiration of Jacobel, vindicated the right to practice it. And the Council of Constance, faithful to the prescriptions of the past sages and suspecting moreover, not without reason, that this innovation masked some dogmatic error on the real presence, condemned in its thirteenth general session, June 15, 1415. [Gian Domenico] Mansi [Catholic], t . XXVII, col. 726-728 [PDF ###]; Hardouin, t. VIII, col. 380-382; [Karl Josef von] Hefele [Catholic], Histoire des conciles, French trans. Paris, 1876, t. X, p. 477-478. But neither the Archbishop of Prague or the king of Bohemia, Wenceslas could enforce the decree of the council. Jacobel composed a violent diatribe against the Fathers of Constance he called "the doctors of the use." And Huss, changing of attitude that prisoner, hastened to write to his disciple Haulick, who had replaced the flesh in Bethlehem, not oppose the use of the chalice, not to fight Jacobel, and his friend Christian to adjure Bohemian nobility of having to defend a use which the council had to ban contrary to the teaching of the Gospel and the primitive tradition. The execution of Huss, which occurred on the following July 6, aroused the indignation of supporters of the chalice and excited a bloody revolt in Bohemia. Despite the intervention of the Bishop of Leitomysl, who was powerless to avert the storm, the nobility sent a protest to the council, notifying its refusal to obey. The use of the chalice was maintained and widespread; it became a rallying sign, the symbol of Calixtines.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Savonarola: Heretic or Saint? (Gundolf Gieraths, O.P.)

A rough translation of Gundolf Gieraths, O.P., "3. Ketzer oder Heiliger?," Savonarola: Ketzer oder Heiliger? (Freiburg im Bresau: Herder, 1961), 39-59.