Monday, November 5, 2012

Theology of the Chapel Veil

Found this here. A short and simple explanation on veiling:

Even before the second half of the 20th century, which is when chapel veils sharply dropped in popularity, many women wore chapel veils simply because it was tradition, without understanding why it was tradition. However, traditions are not formed arbitrarily.

First, for a woman to veil herself when attending Mass or participating in Eucharistic Adoration is an act of modesty. In doing so she shows that she understands the role of woman in God’s plan. Covering her hair does not mean a woman is ashamed of her feminine beauty, but that she is covering her physical glory so that God may be glorified instead. She shows her reverence for and surrender to God’s will by doing so. It is also a way of imitating Mary, our role model for chastity and purity.

Furthermore, it is a testament to the role of woman as a life-bearing vessel. The chalice which holds the Blood is veiled until the offertory, and the tabernacle veiled between Masses. The chalice and the tabernacle hold the Eucharist, they contain Life itself. Similarly, woman was created with the privilege of bearing human life.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Life of St. John Vianney

There are 4 parts to this video.
St. John Marie Vianney, pray for our priests and all who are seeking their vocation in life.

St. John Vianney on Purgatory

"I come to tell you that they suffer in Purgatory, that they weep, and that they demand with urgent cries the help of your prayers and your good works. I seem to hear them crying from the depths of those fires which devour them: "Tell our loved ones, tell our children, tell all our relatives how great the evils are which they are making us suffer. We throw ourselves at their feet to implore the help of their prayers. Ah! Tell them that since we have been separated from them, we have been here burning in the flames!"

"Yet how quickly we could empty purgatory if we but really wished to."

"Consider then...the magnitude of these sufferings which the souls in Purgatory endure; and the means which we have of mitigating them: our prayers, our good works, and, above all, the holy sacrifice of the Mass."

"The Church, to which Jesus Christ promised the guidance of the Holy Ghost and which, consequently, can neither be mistaken herself nor mislead us, teaches us about Purgatory in a very clear and positive manner. It is certain, very certain, that there is a place where the souls of the just complete the expiation of their sins before being admitted to the glory of Paradise, which is assured them."

"The fire of Purgatory is the same as the fire of Hell; the difference between them is that the fire of Purgatory is not everlasting."

"How dearly we shall pay for all those faults that we look upon as nothing at all, like those little lies that we tell to amuse ourselves, those little scandals, the despising of the graces which God gives us at every moment, those little murmurings in the difficulties that He sends us!"

"What years of Purgatory will there be for those Christians who have no difficulty at all in deferring their prayers to another time on the excuse of having to do some pressing work! If we really desired the happiness of possessing God, we should avoid the little faults as well as the big ones, since separation from God is so frightful a torment to all these poor souls!"

"We must say many prayers for the souls of the faithful departed, for one must be so pure to enter heaven."


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Experiment: Communion in the Hand

The first few minutes of this video shows how much particles fall onto our hands when the Host is placed on them.

My.... I shudder to think how much of Christ I have 'dropped' in the past...

Jesus is on the Floor

Let us renew our holy fear of ever allowing willful or unwillful desecration of the Eucharist.

Comments from kolbe1019:

"Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord." - 1 Cor. 11:27

(From the Council of Trent)
Canon 1: If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as in a sign, or figure or force, let him be anathema.

Canon 2: If anyone says that in the sacred and, holy sacrament of the Eucharist the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and denies that wonderful and singular change of the whole substance of the bread into the body and the whole substance of the wine into the blood, the appearances only of bread and wine remaining, which change the Catholic Church most aptly calls transubstantiation, let him be anathema.

Canon 3: If anyone denies that in the venerable sacrament of the Eucharist the whole Christ is contained under each form and under every part of each form when separated,let him be anathema.

Canon 4: If anyone says that after the consecration is completed, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ are not in the admirable sacrament of the Eucharist, but are there only , while being taken and not before or after, and that in the hosts or CONSECRATED PARTICLES which are reserved or which remain after communion, the true body of the Lord does not remain, let him be anathema.

Canon 6: If anyone says that in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is not to be adored with the worship of latria . . . let him be anathema.

See the rest of the Canons of the Council of Trent on the Most Holy Eucharist. As you can see what we believe is very clear.

(ANATHEMA... Does it mean what you think it means? I include the following not to condemn and nor does the Church condemn, but to show the severity of the situation on this matter.)

"Wherefore in the name of God the All-powerful, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of the Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and of all the saints, in virtue of the power which has been given us of binding and loosing in Heaven and on earth, we deprive N-- himself and all his accomplices and all his abettors of the Communion of the Body and Blood of Our Lord, we separate him from the society of all Christians, we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth, we declare him excommunicated and anathematized and we judge him condemned to eternal fire with Satan and his angels and all the reprobate, so long as he will not burst the fetters of the demon, do penance and satisfy the Church; we deliver him to Satan to mortify his body, that his soul may be saved on the day of judgement."

(The Church has ALWAYS believed in the Eucharist...From the Early Church)

"This food we call the Eucharist, of which no one is allowed to partake except one who believes that the things we teach are true, and has received the washing for forgiveness of sins and for rebirth, and who lives as Christ handed down to us. For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God's Word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus."- Justin Martyr's First ApologyCh. 66, inter A.D. 148-155.

"They do not admit that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, the flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in His graciousness, raised from the dead." -Ignatius of Antioch's Letter to the Smyrnaeans paragraph 6. circa 80-110 A.D.

If you have a problem with all of this... I am sorry, but your problem is with God. He instituted the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith. Safe guarding this Sacred Mystery should be the first thing on the minds and hearts of every Catholic. How can we recognize Christ in his distressing disguise of the poor if we cannot recognize him in his humble disguise of the host?

Monday, June 25, 2012


'If we not risk anything for God we will never do anything great for Him.' - St Louis de Monfort

Ritus Narcissus

Here's a good post by Fr. Paul Scalia of what we sing in Mass today and the issues they post:
    1. The Cult of Conceit - Why Are We Singing to Each Other?
    2. The Confused Dialogue - Why Are We Singing God's Part?

      Monday, June 18, 2012

      First cloistered Benedictine monastery inaugurated in Indonesia

      .- The first cloistered Benedictine monastery has been inaugurated in Indonesia, in the western city of Kupang. The monastery is the result of ten years of work by Indonesians and some Italian young people from the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie di Orte, in Viterbo, Italy.

      Father Mauro Pace, pastor of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Orte, Italy, who also participated in the project, explained that in Orte, “We have had a Benedictine monastery for 300 years.  A nun from this monastery visited Indonesia and saw there was great interest there.”

      “There were many young girls who wanted to experience religious life,” he went on.  “Therefore, this collaboration began between the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie di Orte and Indonesia.”

      “In the last twelve or thirteen years,” the Italian priest said, “some thirty girls have come and the Bishop of Kupang suggested the idea of having a Benedictine presence in Indonesia, where this type of spirituality does not exist.”

      Sunday, June 3, 2012

      Abuse of Divine Mercy

      Sermon by St. Alphonsus Liguori
      "Take care of Him." Luke x. 35
      In this day’s gospel we read, that a certain man fell into the hands of robbers, who, after having taken his money, wounded him, and left him half dead. A Samaritan who passed by, saw him, and taking pity on him, bound up his wounds, brought him to an inn, and left him to the care of the host, saying: "Take care of him." These words I this day address to those, if there be any such among you, who, though their souls are wounded by sin, instead of attending to the care of them, continually aggravate the wounds by new sins, and thus abuse the mercy of God, who preserves their lives, that they may repent, and not be lost forever. I say to you: Brethren, take care of your souls, which are in a very bad state; have compassion on them. "Have pity on thy own soul (Eccl. xxx. 24)." Your souls are sick, and what is worse they are near the eternal death of hell; for he who abuses to excess the divine mercy, is on the point of being abandoned by the mercy of God. This shall be the subject of the present discourse.

      St. Augustine says that the devil deludes Christians in two ways "by despair and hope." After a person has committed sin, the enemy, by placing before his eyes the rigour of divine justice, tempts him to despair of the mercy of God. But, before he sins, the devil by representing to him the divine mercy, labours to make him fearless of the chastisement due to sin. Hence the saint gives the following advice: "After sin, hope for mercy; before sin, fear justice." If, after sin, you despair of God’s pardon, you offend him by a new and more grievous sin. Have recourse to His mercy, and He will pardon you. But, before sin, fear God’s justice, and trust not to His mercy; for, they who abuse the mercy of God to offend him, do not deserve to be treated with mercy. Abulensis says, that the man who offends justice may have recourse to mercy; but to whom can they have recourse, who offend and provoke mercy against themselves?

      Tuesday, April 10, 2012

      He is Risen!

      The disciples Peter and John came running to the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection:
      Eugene Burnand (1898) Musee d'Orsay, Paris
      Beautiful music for Easter here.

      Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia! He is risen as he said, Alleluia!

      Tuesday, February 14, 2012

      Shakespeare's Quote

      Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs,
      Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes,
      Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers' tears.
      What is it else? A madness most discreet,
      A choking gall and a preserving sweet.
      ~ William Shakespeare

      Happy Valentine's Day!