Thursday, 18 January 2018

"The Most Beautiful Thing This Side Of Heaven" - Fr. Faber.



Illustration: PINTEREST


The following Text and this Illustration: CATHOLICISM PURE AND SIMPLE


It is the Mass, that Cardinal Newman,
the leader of The Oxford Movement into
The Church, said that he could attend
forever, and not be tired.

Father Faber, Priest of The Brompton Oratory in the last Century, described The Mass as: "The most beautiful thing this side of Heaven”, and he continued:

“It came forth out of the grand mind of The Church,
and lifted us out of Earth and out of self, and wrapped
us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than Angelic Liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with the Celestial charming, so that our very senses seemed to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste, and touch beyond what Earth can give”.

Father Adrian Fortescue, a great English Liturgical historian, has said that
The Mass of The Roman Rite is the
most Venerable Rite in Christendom.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Our Lady Of Good Success: The Revelation Of 21 January 1610.



Statue of Our Lady of Good Success,
Quito, Ecuador.
Illustration: ONE PETER FIVE


The following two paragraphs are from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

In 1577, five Conceptionist Sisters travelled from Spain to Quito, Ecuador, to start the first Convent.

Mariana de Jésus Torres, one of the Nuns, is said to have seen The Blessed Mother. On 2 February 1599, as Mariana was Praying, The Blessed Mother appeared to her and commanded a statue be made to her likeness.


Statue of Our Lady of Good Success,
Quito, Ecuador.
Photo: 11 November 20006.
Source: Original image is found in http://www.ourladyofgoodsuccess.com/
Used with permission to the web author.
Author: Mark j.
(Wikipedia)

The following Text is from ONE PETER FIVE,
unless otherwise stated.


"As for The Sacrament of Matrimony,
which symbolises the union of Christ
with His Church, it will be attacked
and deeply profaned.

"Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children, born without the Blessing of The Church.

"The Catholic spirit will rapidly decay; the precious light of Faith will gradually be extinguished until there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs.

"Added to this, will be the effects of secular education, which will be one reason for the death of Priestly and Religious Vocations.


"The Sacrament of Holy Orders will
be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for
in this Sacrament, The Church of God and even God, Himself, is scorned and despised, since
He is represented in His Priests.

"The Devil will try to persecute the Ministers
of The Lord in every possible way; he
will labour with cruel and subtle astuteness
to deviate them from the spirit of their
Vocation and will corrupt many of them.

"These depraved Priests, who will scandalise the Christian people, will make the hatred
of bad Catholics and the enemies of The
Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church
fall upon all Priests.


"This apparent triumph of Satan will
bring enormous suffering to the good Pastors
of The Church, the many good Priests,and
The Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ
on Earth, who, a prisoner in The Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of his God and Lord, beseeching Light, Sanctity and Perfection for all The Clergy of the World, of whom he is King and Father.

"Further, in these unhappy times, there
will be unbridled luxury, which will ensnare
the rest into sin, and conquer innumerable frivolous Souls who will be lost. Innocence
will almost no longer be found in children,
nor modesty in women.

"In this supreme moment of need
of The Church, the one who should speak
will fall silent !


"You will see this from Heaven, my beloved daughter, where you can no longer suffer,
but your daughters and successors will suffer, those beloved Souls already known to you
who will placate The Divine Ire.

"They will have recourse to Me
under the invocation of Our Lady of Good Success, whose statue I ask, and command,
that you have made for the consolation and preservation of My Convent and of The Faithful Souls of that time, an epoch when there will be a great Devotion to Me, for I am Queen of Heaven under many invocations.

"This Devotion will be the shield,
between Divine Justice and the
prevaricating World, to prevent the release
of God’s formidable punishment that
this guilty Earth deserves.


"During that epoch, The Church will find herself attacked by terrible hordes of the Masonic sect, and this poor Ecuadorian land will be agonising because of the corruption of customs, unbridled luxury, the impious Press, and secular education.

"The Vices of Impurity, Blasphemy,
and Sacrilege, will dominate in this time
of depraved desolation, and that one who should speak out will be silent".

The story of Our Lady of Good Success can be read on WIKIPEDIA

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Time After Epiphany. From 14 January To Septuagesima Sunday.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.


Places mentioned in The Liturgy of this Season,
where Our Lord gave proofs of His Divinity,
with The Apostles, who gave testimony of this Divinity, 
and whose Feasts occur in  the same Season.
Illustration: UNA VOCE OF ORANGE COUNTY
Artist: Rene de Cramer.
"Copyright Brunelmar/Ghent/Belgium".
Used with Permission.


LITURGICAL NOTE.

The Time After Epiphany begins on the day following The Octave Day of The Feast (14 January), and lasts, so far as The Temporal Cycle is concerned, until Septuagesima, and, in The Sanctoral Cycle, until The Purification (2 February).

While Christmas and The Epiphany, always falling on 25 December and 6 January, respectively, make The Christmas Cycle to a large extent fixed in character, The Easter Cycle, since it is essentially dependent on The Paschal Moon, is of necessity moveable.

Further, when Easter, which can fall between 22 March and 25 April, occurs early, The Ninth Sunday preceding it, i.e., Septuagesima, encroaches on The Time After Epiphany, which, normally including five Sundays, is in this way sometimes reduced to one or two Sundays.


Green, the emblem of hope, is the colour of Vestments for The Time After Epiphany, as also for The Time After Pentecost. It is, in fact, the ruling colour in Nature. Saint Paul says that he that plougheth should plough in hope of gathering the fruits of his labour, and in the same way in this Time After Epiphany, the field of The Church, sown with The Doctrine and The Mighty Works of Our Lord, abounds with fresh shoots giving promise of a rich harvest.

An echo of Christmastide, this Season has, for it characteristic note, a Holy Joy; that of having, in The Person of Christ, a God, "mighty in work and word". For us, also, there is the joy of sharing in His Kingdom on Earth, while confidently hoping that, at His Return, He will give us a place for all Eternity in His Kingdom in Heaven.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

"Ultima In Mortis Hora". A Benedictine Chant To The Blessed Virgin Mary.



The De La Salle Hymnal: for Catholic Schools and Choirs (1913), p.92.
Illustration: HYMNARY.ORG



Yo-Yo Ma and the Monks of Saint Vincent
"Ultima in mortis hora".
Available on YouTube at


The following Text is from FR. Z's BLOG

The chant in question is called “The Ultima”, from the more complete “Ultima in hora mortis”.

This is something from the Benedictine Tradition. It is a Chant, to The Blessed Virgin, invoking her as a good Mother and Queen of Heaven, to help Souls to a good death and to take care of them, afterwards.


You can find it online, for example, HERE

The American Cassinese Benedictines have a version, which includes three languages. HERE

The Text seems to be cobbled up from lines taken from a Sequence, written by a Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne, Germany, at the time of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s Proclamation of The Dogma of The Immaculate Conception. Hence, it is not an ancient Text, but it reflects the piety and Faith of millennia of Christian experience of Mary and of death.

Usually, the first part is sung, and it has been set for four voices, etc.


Ultima in mortis hora,
Filium pro nobis ora,
Bonam mortem impetra,
Virgo, Mater Domina.

In the last hour/moment of death,
Pray to Your Son for us,
obtain (for us) a good death,
O Virgin, Mother Lady.


We should contemplate death often and Pray for a good death.

Last night, I blessed Epiphany Water, which Rite includes The Litany of Saints, during which we Pray to be saved from a sudden and unprovided death, that is, death with the the Sacraments, the chance to make a good Confession.

Baring extraordinary Graces, I think people die as they have lived. Habits get baked into over the years. We have to develop habits of dying while we are still living, so that when we die, we die as well as possible. Death is a great Mystery, but we can ready ourselves, much as Soldiers – and we belong to The Church Militant – ready for the struggle through constant and long drills.


AND . . .

As Fr. Z often extols us to so do . . .

GO TO CONFESSION !!!

"You know not the day, nor the hour . . ."

Friday, 12 January 2018

Saint Bernard Of Corleone (1605-1667). Feast Day, Today, 12 January.


This Article was generated by interest
in a Post by VICTIMAE PASCHALI LAUDES


English: Saint Bernard of Corleone.
Polski: Święty Bernard Corleone.
Date: Unknown.
This File: 20 October 2008.
User: Tomasz Wachowski.
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"Paradise ! Paradise ! Paradise !

O, Blessed are the Disciplines,

Blissful the Night-Watches !

Blessed the Penances,

the Self-Will sacrificed !

O, the Blessing of Fasting,

and Acts of Obedience !

How great is the
Blessing of Religious Life
well lived ! "

Last words of Saint Bernard of Corleone.




The Monastic Life.
Iona Abbey,
Scotland.
Image: SHUTTERSTOCK

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Bernard of Corleone, O.F.M. Cap., is a Catholic Saint, who was born in the Town of Corleone, in The Kingdom of Sicily, on 6 February 1605. His name was Filippo Latino, before becoming a Friar. His father was a Shoemaker, and Bernard learned this trade. After the death of his father, he became a Soldier and took up Fencing, becoming skilled in the art.

While in the Army, he displayed a fiery temper and was quick to challenge men to a duel. His only fault, in the words of two witnesses at his Beatification process, was that "he was quick to draw his Sword at the slightest provocation." His life was not noted for its moral content and he had quite a reputation.

Though not particularly Devout, he would defend old people and other helpless and defenseless persons against violence. He frequently made visits to a local Crucifix, and provided that a Lamp be kept burning before it. He was a Devotee of Saint Francis of Assisi.


The Monastic Life.
Illustration: DICCON BEWES

In 1624, when Filippo was nineteen, he became involved in a duel, which cost his opponent his arm. This incident was witnessed by many, and caused an uproar, and Filippo was nicknamed "the Finest Blade in Sicily". To escape from the man's avengers, he sought refuge with The Capuchin Franciscans.

While staying with the Friars, Bernard began to reflect on his past life and to repent of his life of anger and violence. He appealed for admission to The Capuchins as a Lay Brother, and on 13 December 1632, he entered their Novitiate. His Devotion became very severe: Seven times a day he scourged himself, drawing blood; His sleep was limited to three hours a night on a narrow board, with a block of wood under his head; He Fasted for the most part on bread and water. If other food was given to him, he would place the food in his mouth, to whet his appetite, and then take it out, without consuming it.


During his entire Religious Life, he would wear the most-worn Habits available in The Friary and slept in the most uncomfortable Cell in The House. One result of this, was that he suffered from rheumatism for much of his later life. He worked long hours during the day, and had a special concern for the sick, growing into a man known for his gentleness and compassion.

Bernard had a strong Devotion to The Blessed Virgin Mary, and encouraged others in this Devotion. His biographers claim that Mary appeared to him and placed Jesus, as an Infant, in his arms. It is also claimed that She gave him knowledge of the day of his death, four months in advance. He died at Palermo, Sicily, on 12 January 1667, a few weeks short of his Sixty-Second Birthday.

His Funeral Procession was extensive, due to his fame as a Holy Man. Numerous Miracles reportedly occurring at his Grave, and recorded by historians of The Church, promoted the cause of his Beatification by Pope Clement XIII in 1767, and Canonisation by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2001.
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