Sunday, March 30, 2014

First Annual International Pro-Life Leaders Meeting in Rome: May 3rd, 2014

Yours truly has been asked to advertise for this interesting event.

The day after this event will be the annual March for Life in Rome.  

Here is the link to register:

Thanks and God bless!

Nine Ways of Being Accessory to Another's Sin

1. By counsel,
2. By command,
3. By consent,
4. By provocation,
5. By praise or flattery,
6. By concealment,
7. By partaking,
8. By silence,
9. By defense of the ill done.

Lenten Devotions: Via Crucis

Be sure to try to get the Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent at your parish.

As a boy I watched my father go, and my grandfathers.  It was an inspiration which still drives me today.    

A great way to participate in the season of Lent. 

I have fond memories of my childhood, hearing the Stabat Mater played on the organ while praying The Way of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori. 

Teach the same to your kids :

Lace Trim on a Surplice

The Seal of a Religious Institute

 Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI).

Vancouver, Canada. 

Church of St. Augustine.

Parish Music Booklets

Not all sacred music is liturgical.

A great way to teach parishioners how to sing liturgical hymns, from the pew. 

Teaching Kids About Love and Life

Seen at a Catholic school in Canada. 

Serra International

Since my college years, my favorite line in the Gospels has been when Christ has looked upon men and had "compassion" on them.

We need pastors who will do that today.  Lay as well as religious leaders.  

From Mark 6:34...  "He saw a great crowd and He had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd."

In 1935, a group of faithful in Seattle decided to form an organization to promote and foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life.   They chose Fr. Junipero Serra as their patron.

Today, Serra has grown internationally.  Get involved.  Support them.

Pope John Paul II designated the Serra organization as the lay vocations arm of the Church.

Serrans are lay Catholics - men and women of all ages and walks of life.

Lenten Wisdom

Image from the Internet. 

St. Pio, Pray for Us!

Image from the Internet. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rome's Annual March for Life: May 4, 2014

One of the most positive developments in recent years has been the creation of this annual event.  Each year it grows.  See you there. 

For details:

Abbiamo bisogno di riconfermare il valore fondamentale della vita.  Spero di esserci!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Catholic Singles: Join us in ITALY - September 2014!

For details, see here: 

Limited seating.  Book soon.

This is YOUR opportunity.  Don't miss it!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pope Boniface IV at the Pantheon

The one who converted the Pantheon into a Christian church.  It was the first instance at Rome of the transformation of a pagan temple into a place of Christian worship.

Urban College Students

Interesting Blog on Liturgy from Poland

See here:

Thanks, Richard!

Quiz: Can You Name This?

 Let us know what you think, esteemed readers. 

Images from The Philippi Collection

Vote: And Participate in the Political Process

Cardinal Burke on Divorce & Remarrage- EWTN World Over with Raymond Arroyo

A Catholic Intellectual Comments on New Film Pompeii

See here for his interesting analysis:

The glory of Pompeii, with its port in the Bay of Naples.

This film captured my imagination, years before it was even made.

Walking the streets of Pompeii, while gazing upon Mt. Vesuvius,  so many times I remember enjoying the thrill of historical association which is the charm of Pompeii.

The lust those people had for the blood of the arena, reminds one of the lust that modern youth now have for UFC ultimate fighting or goofy video games.  

"With the exception of Seneca, not one of the writers of antiquity, not even the kindly Horace and the gentle Pliny, condemned the degradation of the amphitheatre, and the world had to wait for Christianity before men had the courage and the decency to close such places."

 -H.V. Morton (A Traveller in Rome, p. 162). 

Pope John XXIII - Reflection

Monday, March 17, 2014

Orwell on the Future

Makes one think of legal human abortion.  

Follow the money.  And the blood. 

Subscribe to the LifeCanada Magazine

Leading the way toward a culture of life.

A publication of LifeCanada.

Support the good guys.  I am asking all to subscribe.

Are Pro-Choice Activists Incapable of Rational Debate?

Felix Dies Sancti Patricii!

Rome Quotes

"The neglect of your daily duties to serve God better is not the Will of God." 

-Counsels and Maxims

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Santita', Vi Prego Molto

Grazie Santo Padre.  Stiamo aspettando.  Saluti da questa parte. 

Fr. Pontifex - Count The Cost

Catholic Mexico: "Cardinal Roncalli Served My Mass"

"A saint was my altar boy."

It was a great honor to meet the great Monsignor Pedro López-Gallo.

Ordained priest in 1951, he worked for many years in the Vatican.

Monsignor was telling me that in the summer of 1958, he celebrated Low Mass in the Cardinal's Palace in Venice.

He arrived at 7 am and the sister let him in.  He vested for Mass.  He began the prayers at the foot of the altar: "Introibo ad altare Dei."  The response came from the altar server on his left, the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice.   

Four months later, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, Patriarch of the See of Venice, was elected Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. 

They had also flown in an airplane together to Lourdes.  And the monsignor once drove in a car with Pope Paul, who asked him to pray the rosary with him. 

You can read his inspirational  online bio here:

Right Reverend Monsignor Pedro López-Gallo, PA, JUD, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico on June 27, 1927, the 6th of 12 children.  At a very young age he was influenced in his priestly vocation by the religious persecution happening in Mexico.  At the tender age of 10, he left for Spain to enter the seminary.  After 12 years, he returned to Mexico and was ordained on December 22, 1951.

In 1952 he went to Rome to study theology at the faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas.  At the request of His Holiness Pope Pius XII, he remained in Rome and studied for Vatican Diplomatic Service. His studies in Canon Law and Civil Law led him to work in the various tribunals at the Vatican over the next 25 years.  During this time, he served as Private Secretary to Cardinal Eugène Tisserant, Dean of the College of Cardinals, travelling with him all over the world.  He accompanied Pope Paul VI on his travels to various countries, and was named a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness Pope John Paul II in September 1990, and Apostolic Prelate in 2001.

Monsignor Gallo was Episcopal  Vicar of the Archdiocese of Vancouver from 1986-1990. He is co-Adjutor Prior of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, of which he, himself, has been a member for 40 years, Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, and is one of the pastors responsible for St. Thomas Aquinas High School.  He speaks and writes in several languages and his articles are published in the Studia Canonica, Monitor Ecclesiasticus and in the B.C. Catholic weekly newspaper.

In 1978, Monsignor Gallo was called by the late Archbishop James Carney to work in the Regional Tribunal of Vancouver, first as Vice-Officialis, and then as Judicial Vicar in 1983.  In 1986, the shortage of priests led him to St. Pius X parish where he continues to be pastor.  Monsignor Gallo was indefatigable in his mission to construct a parish elementary school, which finally opened in 1996, and the ‘Gate of Heaven’ Columbarium which was dedicated and blessed in 2007.  His love of beauty is evident in the many works of art which grace the parish property, both inside the church and around the grounds, such as the grotto featuring Michelangelo’s Pieta, the Ecological Christ, the Baptismal Font, and the Altar of Repose flanked by two sculpted heavenly angels.

Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter: Ordination in Canada

Ember Saturday ordination in Lent.

With great joy we attended the ordination of Fr. Michael Shier at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Rosary in Vancouver, Canada. 

It is wonderful to see such "displaced Catholics" being welcomed into the fold with great paternal solicitude.

Pope Benedict has shown us how to resolve the conundrum.  Let us hope for a similar solution with the SSPX.   

Iosephum Ratzinger...Qui Sibi Nomen Imposuit...BENEDICTVM XVI!

Miss me yet?

Knights of Columbus Ribbons

Sports in Catholic Schools

Yours truly always enjoys watching the Olympics. 

As well as high school and college sports. 

I myself have given up watching professional sports, as the players too often exhibit a poor sportsmanship which sets a bad standard and example. 

Never be a poor winner and never be a poor loser.   

Christians Reaching Out: Crisis Pregnancy Centre

Support your nearest crisis pregnancy centre. 

Women are in need.

This is an urgent need.  

Get involved.

Art of Stained Glass Windows

Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, Canada. 

What Cardinals Drink

The good stuff. 

Catholic Culture: the Sword

Zubco Spain Stainless Knights of Columbus sword. 

A symbol of leadership.  Protect, defend, serve.

In the older Roman Pontifical, there was included a blessing of swords by prelates.

New St. John Paul II Window in Vancouver

Cathedral of the Holy Rosary in Vancouver, Canada. 

Inscription for Your Church Bells: in Latin

Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, Canada. 

Catholic School Motto: in Latin

Christian Stickers on Your Car

Catholic Culture: the Veil

From Regina Magazine: 

"Traditional art and the veiling by Christian women in the Presence on the Altar are strongly interconnected in Christian history."

See here.  

Teaching the Faith to Kids

Sometimes youth are asking for more. 

When they do, tell them about Juventutem:

Support The New St. Thomas Institute

Watch the short welcome video here:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

John McCloskey, Archbishop of New York: First American Cardinal Ever Created (By Blessed Pius IX on 15th March 1875)

Eminentissimus ac Reuerendissimus Dominus Dominus Ioannes S.R.E. tituli Sanctae Mariae supra Minervam presbyter cardinalis McCloskey, statunitensis, archiepiscopus metropolitanus Neo-Eboracensis, primus fuit americanus praelatus ad sacram purpuram promotus ex creatione Sanctitatis beati Pii Papae Noni in consistorio idibus martii anno salutis millesimo octingentesimo septuagesimo quinto habitu cum fuerit in sexagesimo sexto aetatis suae.

Thanks, Rodolfo!

Anniversary of Election of Pope Francis: in Latin

Anniversarium electionis in Romanum Pontificem Georgii Marii S.R.E. tituli Sancti Roberti Bellarmini ad forum Hungariae presbyteris cardinalis Bergoglio, archiepiscopi metropolitani Bonaërensis et ordinarii pro fidelibus rituum orientalium in Argentina, qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum, Romae, tertio idus martii anno salutis bimillesimo tertiodecimo, aetatis suae septuagesimo septimo.

Thanks, Francisco!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Pope Francis Image

Image from Vesti Papali on Facebook.