Sunday, April 30, 2017

Should This Blog Continue?

Dear Friends:

I think I am ending this blog.  It has been 10 years.   

People are interested in on the hour news, perhaps not so much in random Catholic pics and miscellanea. 

Remember, what was done, was done for you.  There is much work to be done.

In our own generation we have witnessed a radical shift in culture.  In previous generations, everything was looked at from the experience of Christianity.  I have tried to reflect that in this blog.

In olden days, everyone had to contend with the Catholic religion.  Unfortunately, that world is rapidly disappearing.  With increasing momentum, a new yet antiquated force is pressing in and displacing Christian culture from the world.  This force is paganism.  

I somehow feel called to pray more.  Civilization seems to be sliding off the edge.  We will need to spend more time in prayer and fasting.     

John 1:41: "He findeth first his brother Simon, and saith to him: We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ."

Let us pray!

JPSonnen 

Rome Quotes

"But in an age in which everything tends toward dissolution in every form and pattern, accompanied by the enthusiastic applause of our contemporaries, it seems to us that the far shrewder term is conservare instead of reform in the sense of refashioning.  But the position to be defined is almost hopeless!"

-Richard Seewald

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Mission Main Theme (Morricone Conducts), ENNIO MORRICONE.

Future Pope

In the obscurity of poverty stricken post-war Poland.  

Pope St. John Paul II the Great. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

July 2, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy visits Pope Paul VI in the Vati...

Benedict XVI drinks beer on his 90th birthday

Announcing: FSSP Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Join us in the Holy Land!

Allow us to guide you, on a Traditional Catholic pilgrimage, in the footsteps of Jesus!

Daily Mass in the EF.

Optimal dates have been selected for ideal weather: Nov 26 - Dec 9, 2017.

For more information, see here: 

Ben Carson Drops Truth Bomb About Planned Parenthood

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wojtyla and Ratzinger Are the True Moral Theologians of Our Day


Just One of Those Days


Familiaris Consortio: Read It!

84. Daily experience unfortunately shows that people who have obtained a divorce usually intend to enter into a new union, obviously not with a Catholic religious ceremony. Since this is an evil that, like the others, is affecting more and more Catholics as well, the problem must be faced with resolution and without delay. The Synod Fathers studied it expressly. The Church, which was set up to lead to salvation all people and especially the baptized, cannot abandon to their own devices those who have been previously bound by sacramental marriage and who have attempted a second marriage. The Church will therefore make untiring efforts to put at their disposal her means of salvation.

Pastors must know that, for the sake of truth, they are obliged to exercise careful discernment of situations. There is in fact a difference between those who have sincerely tried to save their first marriage and have been unjustly abandoned, and those who through their own grave fault have destroyed a canonically valid marriage. Finally, there are those who have entered into a second union for the sake of the children's upbringing, and who are sometimes subjectively certain in conscience that their previous and irreparably destroyed marriage had never been valid.

Together with the Synod, I earnestly call upon pastors and the whole community of the faithful to help the divorced, and with solicitous care to make sure that they do not consider themselves as separated from the Church, for as baptized persons they can, and indeed must, share in her life. They should be encouraged to listen to the word of God, to attend the Sacrifice of the Mass, to persevere in prayer, to contribute to works of charity and to community efforts in favor of justice, to bring up their children in the Christian faith, to cultivate the spirit and practice of penance and thus implore, day by day, God's grace. Let the Church pray for them, encourage them and show herself a merciful mother, and thus sustain them in faith and hope.

However, the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church's teaching about the indissolubility of marriage.

Reconciliation in the sacrament of Penance which would open the way to the Eucharist, can only be granted to those who, repenting of having broken the sign of the Covenant and of fidelity to Christ, are sincerely ready to undertake a way of life that is no longer in contradiction to the indissolubility of marriage. This means, in practice, that when, for serious reasons, such as for example the children's upbringing, a man and a woman cannot satisfy the obligation to separate, they "take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples."

Similarly, the respect due to the sacrament of Matrimony, to the couples themselves and their families, and also to the community of the faithful, forbids any pastor, for whatever reason or pretext even of a pastoral nature, to perform ceremonies of any kind for divorced people who remarry. Such ceremonies would give the impression of the celebration of a new sacramentally valid marriage, and would thus lead people into error concerning the indissolubility of a validly contracted marriage.
By acting in this way, the Church professes her own fidelity to Christ and to His truth. At the same time she shows motherly concern for these children of hers, especially those who, through no fault of their own, have been abandoned by their legitimate partner.

With firm confidence she believes that those who have rejected the Lord's command and are still living in this state will be able to obtain from God the grace of conversion and salvation, provided that they have persevered in prayer, penance and charity.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Billy Graham at the Garden Tomb, 1960

Catholic Church Architecture Part 4 of 10: The Classical Tradition

10th Anniversary of the Passing of America's Greatest Church Musician of the XXth Century: Rev. Dr. Mons. R.J. Schuler, PhD

See here for more info from the excellent NLM blog:

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2017/04/mass-in-honor-of-msgr-schuler-at-st.html#.WPaX-KK1uUk

Many thanks to Italo-American liturgical scholar par excellence, Mr. Gregory di Pippo, for this post.

He received his doctorate in musicology from the University of Rochester, NY.  

Sacred Music in Canada (Adoramus Te/We Adore Thee)

Amazing Grace: Christian Faith and Forgiveness

Adoramus Te (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

Miss Connie's 99th Birthday Wish Come True

Good Friday in Paris

Last Living Person from the 1800s: Catholic Lady Emma Morano Passes Away at Age 117

Emma Morano, Catholic Lady from Italy, Dies At Age 117: A.D. 1899 - 2017

The last person born in the nineteenth century has passed away.

May her memory be eternal!

She was born and baptized during the reign of Leo XIII, of holy, happy and glorious memory.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39610937

Happy 90th Birthday to Pope Benedict the Humble!

Easter Sunday Anno Domini 2017. 

Syriac Catholic Bishop on Syria

Descent of the Blessed Fire 2017: Holy Fire Jerusalem

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tenebrae in Canada






One of the holiest experiences on the planet earth.  Tenebrae on Good Friday!

At the very end, one last lit candle remains.  Then, the haunting strepitus noise and recessional in silent darkness. 

The strepitus is a harsh sound indicating the closing of the tomb and subsequent earthquake at the time of Christ’s death.  The noise is made by the slamming the Liber Usualis books on the kneelers in the sanctuary. 

I feel very blessed to have experienced this beautiful liturgical prayer in my parish (Sts. Joachim and Ann in Canada).  Hats off to the very generous pastor, Fr. Bill Ashley!  

Good Friday Reproaches by Tomás Luis de Victoria in Canada

Good Friday in Canada







Good Friday, April 14, 2017: Church of Sts. Joachim and Ann in Aldergrove, Canada.

Glorious tradition of liturgical music of the Roman rite at its best. The surest way to the soul is through music. That is why the devil has labored with such gusto to swamp Catholic liturgical music in recent years.

So refreshing to attend services at Sts. Joachim and Ann where you can hear the splendor and genius of the music of the Roman rite - as the Church in Her wisdom has bequeathed it to us. This music was not written to be heard in a concert hall, but to be heard and felt in the context of the Church's living liturgical life.

Thank you to all who sang. And to the pastor. Your efforts are for the greater glory of God and the sanctification of men. Your reward will be in heaven. God bless you all!