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" 

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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) ** ** ** 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 <>


"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" <>




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" ( 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" (
(B) "Holy Rosary" by Fr. Chad Ripperger (
(C) "Rosary: A Spiritual Weapon" by Fr. Chad Ripperger (

(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" ( and "God's Saving Patterns on Display at Cana" (

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 Read "The Merit of a Mass" by Fr. Chad Ripperger and pray for him. Follow along with the readings via 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}

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Up next: a post on the Most Holy Rosary.

God bless and Mary keep you!

{1} 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) <>.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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