Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ricordando Tanfani e Bertarelli: Gran Bei Paramenti!

Papal tailoring and also goldsmiths - Via Santa Chiara, 39.  Sadly, now closed.  Any Italians want to re-start this historic sartoria pontificia?

The Way It's Done

Coquitlam, British Columbia. 

Speak Out

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Nisi Dominus

Vancouver, British Columbia.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Are You An Atheist?

In a mother's womb were two babies. One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?" The other replies, "Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later." "Nonsense," says the other. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?" "I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths." The other says, "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short." "I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here," the other replies. "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere." "Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us." "Mother??" You believe in mother? Where is she now?"  "She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world." "I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist." To which the other replied, "Sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her." I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality....

Be Brave!

2013 Canadian National Pro-Life Conference on Prince Edward Island

See the fabled autumn colors on Prince Edward Island.

Have you ever been to a national pro-life conference?  Probably not.

No lie - it is a must see experience.  Wish I could make it mandatory for all who still care.  It is of extreme importance to attend these events and be confirmed in the faith.    

Help spread the word and make generous donations online: http://www.lifecanada.org/.

Keep the ball rolling.  We win.  

Begin to pray for the success of this conference. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Catholic Prelate Attacked by Mad Dog Activists

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, our hero.

I fear we will be seeing a lot more of this stuff in the future.

We are seeing more and more manifestations of the demonic.  

The Church is a glorious city set atop a hill, always under siege, but never taken. 

Ephesians 6...

"Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.  For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness..."



Are We Returning to This?

St. Mark the Evangelist, pray for us!

Rogation Days

Rome Quotes

"Roma è Roma, non c'è niente da fare! Quanto sei bella Roma!"

Visit the Tombs of the Holy Apostles

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Christian Martyr: Martin of Boston in School

From the Internet:

"This is Martin, 8. He died in the Boston bombing yesterday. He was at the finish line with his family, waiting for his dad to cross. His mother and little sister were catastrophically injured. He was the student of our dear friend, Rachel Moo. His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin's words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example."

Christian Martyr: Martin of Boston at Church

 From the Internet:

"PRAY FOR BOSTON: 8-yr old Martin Richard, who died in the attack the day after receiving his First Holy Communion symbolizes our pain and yet at the same time our hope: his 1st Communion banner, with the dove of peace, the Holy Spirit, and the Eucharistic Chalice and Bread, makes us pray to the Risen Lord, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, in Whom we place our final hope."

Christian Martyr: Martin of Boston on the Street

From the Internet:

"To those who have posted anything resembling sympathy for the 19 year old terror suspect ('brainwashed' by his brother?), this pic should horrify you into reality. It appears to show little Martin, about to be killed, standing right next to the backpack bomb that a smirking Tsarnaev in the white cap has just placed next to the boy and his mother and sister (who were both horribly injured). Think about the kind of evil it took to intentionally place a bomb at the feet of this beautiful young family. I am sickened."

Pray for World Peace (And the Triumph of Christianity)

Image from the Internet. 

Rome Quotes

“No one can live without delight, and that is why a man deprived of spiritual joy goes over to carnal pleasure.”

-St. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica, II-II, Q. 35, Art. 4, ad. 2.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Introducing: The Canon Law Centre

Great news.

This thing is an answer to prayer.

I highly recommend this initiative.

Check out their new site and help spread the word.

Travis, the canon lawyer behind this new effort, is an old friend from Rome. 

See here:  http://www.canonlawcentre.com/.

"The Canon Law Centre is a charitable organization which provides a wide array of professional canonical services including consultation, research, and advocacy within the system of Roman Catholic canon law. From answering simple questions pertaining to ecclesiastical discipline to representing individuals or groups in formal administrative or judicial processes, the Canon Law Centre is committed to providing the highest quality counsel and advocacy in all matters pertaining to Church law."

Victim of the Sword of Islam

At Cordova in Spain, the holy martyr Perfectus the Priest, who was killed by the Moors for holding forth against the Mahomedan religion. The place of his death, which was in the year 850, is still called the Field of Truth.

Quartodecimo Kalendas Maii. Luna septima. Cordubae in Hispania, sancti Perfecti, presbyteri et Martyris, qui a Mauris, eo quod inueheretur in Mahumetis sectam et firmiter Christi fidem profiteretur, gladio trucidatus est.

Thanks, Rodolfo.

New Vatican Stamps

Be a Nun in the USA


Liturgical Abuse

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Long Live Pope Francis!

Yours truly had the feeling that a pope from South America would be elected this time around.

Many are complaining, still.

Don't like it?  Tough luck.  And buck up.  

When John Paul II passed on, the quick conclave was looking for doctrinal continuity.  Pope Benedict's papacy was focused on reinforcing Catholicism's identity.

This time around, the focus was on the shift of demographics toward the Southern Hemisphere.  A new world pope emerged.



It was their turn.  This is their moment.  They need this.  The Lord has decided. 

If you thought Cardinal Pacelli would emerge from the conclave as pope then you were wrong.  He died in 1958.

19 of the cardinals voting in the conclave came from Spanish-speaking countries and they got their man, a South American.  Italy's 28 voting-age cardinals got their man, an Italian.  Everyone was happy. 

The kingmaker blogs were wrong.  A dark-horse candidate was elected.  No one had heard of him.  Many never gave him a chance.   

I have always said it is in poor taste to speak poorly of a pope, living or deceased.  We must be responsible.  And respectful.  And Catholic. 

The Holy Ghost does not get it wrong.  77 cardinals - minimum, inspired by the Holy Spirit, cast their prayerful vote and this is the result.  

Pope Francis was born of a generation of priests from South America which was formed by the zeal and devotion and example of Dom Helder Camara of Brazil.  This is his style.  The style of Dom Helder.  South America has miles and miles of slums.  Catholic countries!  Poverty like we do not see in North America.

Every pope has his style.  Soon enough there will be a new pope.  Enjoy each papacy.  Pray, fast, and do penance.

And long live the pope.

Victim of the Sword of Islam

Know of Patriarch Gregory V.

Rare Video of Pope Benedict XV


Pray the Hail Mary with Pope Leo


The Modern World

Leo on Heretics

Glory of Catholic China: Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei

Star Wars in Latin

Sunday, April 14, 2013

What the Koukoulion Looks Like

Consistory of 1965.

Koukoulion seen on Ukranian prelate Josyf Cardinal Slipyj.

Thanks, Alexander! 

Rome Quotes

"Estrema Romanita'...finche' moro."

-Un Cardinale Romano

American Saint: Happy 90th Birthday, Mother!

Do Battle for the Church

One Word: Burke

Image from Facebook.