Monthly Archives: October 2016

Earthquake shakes Norcia; Basilica of St. Benedict destroyed; Rome shaken

BREAKING: Earthquake destroys Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy

The Cathedral of St. Benedict:

http://aleteia.org/2016/10/30/breaking-earthquake-destroys-basilica-of-st-benedict-in-norcia-italy

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italy-earthquake-today-rome-vatican-tourism-safety-pope-francis-st-paul-basilica-a7387861.html

Surely there’s great symbolism behind this? Only God knows.  The Cathedral of St. Benedict, site of the birthplace of the great Father of Western Monasticism, was destroyed, but his statue was left standing.  The earthquake was felt in Rome and damaged the Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls, causing cracks to form in the ancient landmark of our holy religion.

A crack can clearly be seen 

This earthquake hit the morning of the Feast of Christ the King.  Christ the King who is dethroned and dishonored in the Church and will be all the more when the Pope travels to Lund, Sweden to explicitly endorse the false religion of Protestantism, placing it on par with the true Church of Jesus Christ.

Might this be a warning to the Pope, who is about to travel to Lund, Sweden to celebrate the Protestant Revolution and vindicate Martin Luther?

Readers, what are your throughts?

St. Benedict, pray for us and for the Pope, that his destructive path of heresy will be destroyed.

~Damsel of the Faith

Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christum imperat!

October 29th marks the glorious Solemnity of Christ the King.  Here is my post from last year:

https://damselofthefaith.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/christ-the-king/

Please give Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical on the Feast of Christ the King a read.  A very important Encyclical on the Social Kingship of Christ the King:

http://www.catholictradition.org/Encyclicals/primas.htm

Let us pray that Christ will once again be King over Society and dare we say, acknowledged as King within the Church, for He has been dethroned.

Viva Christo Rey!  Our Lord is our King and He rules over His Kingdom, the Catholic Church, forever and ever!

A Blessed Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King to all!

The following is a sermon from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre for the Feast of Christ the King, given October 28, 1979:

My dear brethren,

In the magnificent encyclical Quas Primas of His Holiness Pope Pius XI, instituting the Feast of Christ the King, the Pope explains why Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly King, and he gives two particular and profound reasons. There are indeed many scriptural proofs. We have just read the Gospel in which Our Lord Jesus Christ proclaims Himself King. There are many passages from the Psalms and in the New Testament which express this same quality of Our Lord Jesus Christ as King. But His Holiness Pius XI takes care to deepen our knowledge of the reasons of this royalty.

The first reason is what the Church calls the “hypostatic union,” the union of the Divine Person of Our Lord with His human nature. Our Lord is King because He is God. Indeed, there are not two persons in Our Lord, there is not one Divine Person and one human person. There is only one person—the Divine Person who directly assumed a human soul and a human body without passing by the intermediary of a human person. Consequently, when we speak of Jesus Christ, we say the Person of Jesus Christ. Now, this person of Jesus Christ is a Divine Person. Certainly, Jesus Christ is both God and man since He assumed a human soul and a human body. Thus, the human soul and the human body of Our Lord Jesus Christ have become so intimately united to God that they cannot be separated. It is the Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ which is entirely Divine and by His Person, His body and soul are “deified.”

Thus, Our Lord Jesus Christ as He presented Himself along the route of Palestine and even as He presented Himself as an infant in Bethlehem, is King. Not only does He possess the character of this royalty but also the Church teaches us that by this union of God with human nature, with a soul and with a body, which He assumed, Our Lord Jesus Christ is essentially, by nature—Saviour, Priest, and King. He cannot but be the Saviour, for He alone may say that He is God. He alone is able to say that He is the Priest, the Pontiff—He who truly makes the link between heaven and earth—and also He alone is able to say that He is the King. He is not king according to the kingships of this world, that is to say, over a given territory and limited to the earth, to men. Indeed, Our Lord is King not only of the earth but also of heaven. This is the first profound reason of the royalty of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of this we must be convinced in order to see Our Lord as King, our personal King. Our Lord Jesus Christ is our King.

But He is King for another reason as well. Pope Pius XI explains well that Our Lord Jesus Christ is King by conquest. By what conquest?

It is because Our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered all by His Blood, by His Cross and by Calvary.Regnavit a ligno Deus, God has reigned by the wood, i. e., by the Cross, Our Lord has conquered all souls, whomsoever they may be, by right—a strict right. All souls since they are created by God, even if they live for only a moment here on earth, are by right subjects of Our Lord Jesus Christ because He conquered them by His Blood. He wants to save them. He desires to redeem them all by His Blood, His Divine Blood, in order to lead them to heaven. Yes, Our Lord, by His Precious Blood and by His Cross, is by right Our King. This is the very reason why in the early centuries after the peace of Constantine, when the Christians were officially able to present the Cross in their churches, in their chapels and in other places of worship, they usually represented Our Lord Jesus Christ as a crowned King; crowned with the crown of Kings. Christ is surely our King and He is King by His Cross.

We must then consider the principles of this nature of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King, of this conquest which Jesus has made upon our hearts and our souls by His death upon the Cross. Is Our Lord Jesus Christ daily in practice, in all of our actions, in all of our thoughts, truly our King? Pope Pius XI continues in his encyclical to describe the manner in which Our Lord must be our King. He must be the King of our intellects and of our thoughts because He is the Truth (Veritas). Jesus Christ is the Truth because He is God.

Is then Our Lord Jesus Christ truly King of our thoughts? Is it He who truly orients all of our thoughts, our reflections, our intellectual life, in the life of our Faith? Is it truly Our Lord Jesus Christ Who is the light of our intellects? Is He King of our wills?

He is the Law. If the Tablets of the Law were found in the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament, they represented precisely Our Lord Jesus Christ Who today is found in our tabernacles. But today with a tremendous superiority have. we the Law in our tabernacles, in our “arks of the covenant.” It is no longer the cold stones of the Old Testament but rather it is Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself Who is the Law. The Word of God is the Law by Whom all has been made, in Whom all things have been created. He is the Law not only of souls, of minds, of wills but He is the Law of all nature. All the laws which we discover in nature come from Our Lord Jesus Christ-come from the Word of God. It suffices to consider that all creatures follow with incomparable fidelity the laws of God, that they follow physical laws, chemical laws and all the laws of vegetative nature, of animal nature. These laws are followed impeccably.

And we, too, must follow in a diligent manner, in a free manner, the laws of God inscribed in our hearts. It is precisely due to our liberty that we must attach ourselves to this law which is the path of our happiness, the way to eternal life.

Man has turned away from this law.

Our Lord Jesus Christ must then be—must again become—the King of our wills and we must conform our wills to His law, to His Law of love, to His law of charity, to the Commandments which He has given us and which He Himself told us encompass all other Commandments: To love God and to love one’s neighbors. Are not these two in fact one and the same Commandment? It is He Who tells us so. Do we then truly conform our wills to the law of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Is Jesus Christ truly King of our wills?

Finally, Jesus has to be, as Pope Pius XI tells us, the King of our hearts. Are our hearts trulyattached to Our Lord Jesus Christ? Are we conscious of the fact that Our Lord Jesus Christ is our ALL—Omnia in omnibus.Jesus Christ is all and in all things. It is He in ipso omnia constant as St. Paul says. In Him all is sustained, in Him we live, in Him we are and we act. It is this that St. Paul explains in his discourse to the Areopagite: In ipso vivimus, in ipso movemur, in ipso summus—He holds all in His hand.

We must then wonder what the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph must have thought. I believe that there is an admirable example for us. If we truly desire that Jesus Christ be our King we must try to imagine what Nazareth must have been. Jesus, Mary and Joseph. What must Mary have thought of Jesus? What must Joseph have thought of Jesus? It is incredible! It is a great mystery, an impenetrable mystery of the goodness, of the charity of God. To think that He permitted two creatures chosen by Him, to live with Him! For St. Joseph during thirty years, for the Blessed Virgin during thirty-three years, in the intimacy of Jesus, in the intimacy of He Who is God. It is He without whom neither Mary nor Joseph could speak, think, nor live. Mary bearing Jesus in her arms, bearing God in her arms! As the Gospel often says it was not she who was bearing Jesus but Jesus who was bearing her. For Jesus was much greater than she for He is God. Just think what must have been in the soul, will and heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary living with Jesus, seeing Him with His young companions, seeing Him working with St. Joseph.

We also have the joy to live with Our Lord.

Even under the delicate envelope of her body, the Blessed Virgin Mary adored the living God for she knew—she knew that the living God was in her home. She knew this through the Annunciation by the angel. And St. Joseph knew it perfectly as well.

We, too, know that we have the living Jesus in our tabernacles under the delicate Eucharistic species. Jesus is there! Not only do we have Him in our tabernacles, but moreover in a manner which I would say is almost more intimate than that of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph, when Our Lord gives Himself to us as our spiritual food.

Imagine, that truly in our bodies, in our hearts we bear Jesus—we bear God who sustains us, for without Him we would not be able to live nor exist nor say a single word nor even think a single thought. And we bear this God in the Holy Eucharist!

Let us ask Our Lord Jesus Christ when we receive Him in us that He be our King—that He may give us the thoughts of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph; that our wills be as theirs, submitted to His law; that He may grant us the affections of the hearts of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, these creatures whom He chose from all eternity to be His guardians, to be those with whom He was to live.

Ask them—ask Mary and Joseph—to help us live under the sweet Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ. One day, we hope that we shall be in that Kingdom and that we shall see Him in His splendour and in His glory as we say so often when we recite the Angelus ut per passionem ijus et crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur—in order that by His Passion and Cross we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.

Indeed, we also must pass now by the Passion and Cross of Jesus upon the earth in order that one day we be able to join in the glory of His Resurrection, this glory which illuminates heaven, which is heaven, for God is heaven. Thus Our Lord Jesus Christ is heaven. In Him we will live in the grace of God by the grace of God. If we have Him already as our King here on earth, then we shall have Him as our King for all eternity.

Beseech the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph today, not only for us, but for our families, for all those who surround us, that they may come to the light of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that they recognize evil, and also for those who do not obey Him or who withdraw themselves from Him. Have pity on all these souls who do not know the King of Love and of Glory, in whom we have the happiness to believe, in whom we have the happiness to love. Beseech Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph to convert all these souls to Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

 

Prayer to St. Raphael

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October 24th was the Feast of St. Raphael, Patron of Youth and happy/holy Marriages. This prayer is especially dear to me and I highly recommend it for its power and beauty.  St. Raphael is a powerful intercessor with God, for he is “the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord” (Tobias 12:15).  He is credited with healing the blind Tobit, as well as delivering Sarah, his son’s wife, from demons  May he deliver the Sacrament of Matrimony from those who stain and soil it with sin and uncleanness, and may he intercede for all Catholics today, that they would have happy and holy marriages, in imitation of Christ’s union with the Church.

O Glorious St. Raphael, Patron and Lover of the Young, I call upon thee and plead with thee for thy help. In all confidence I open my heart to thee, to beg thy guidance and assistance in the important task of planning my future. Obtain for me through thy intercession the light of God’s grace, so that I may decide wisely concerning the person who is to be my partner through life. O Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand to find each other. May all our movements be guided by thy light and transfigured by thy joy. As thou didst lead the young Tobias to Sara and opened up for him a new life of happiness with her in holy marriage, lead me to such a one whom in thine angelic wisdom thou dost judge best suited to be united with me in marriage.

St. Raphael, loving patron of those seeking a marriage partner, help me in this supreme decision of my life. Find for me as a helpmate in life that person whose character will reflect the traits of Jesus and Mary. May he(she) be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts and with chaste and unselfish love, we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body, as well as the children it may please God to entrust to our care.

St. Raphael, Angel of chaste courtship, bless our friendship and our love, that sin may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely that our future home may ever be most like the home of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Offer thy prayers to God for both of us and obtain the blessing of God upon our marriage, as thou wert the herald of blessing for the marriage of Tobias and Sara.

St. Raphael, friend of the young, be thou my friend, for I shall always be thine. I desire to ever invoke thee in my needs. To thy special care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future wife (husband). Direct me to the person with whom I can best cooperate in doing God’s Holy Will, with whom I can live in peace, love and harmony in this life and attain eternal joy in the next. Amen.

~Damsel of the Faith

The necessity and power of the Rosary

The importance and necessity of the Rosary has been reiterated throughout the centuries, since Our Lady gave the Rosary to St. Dominic.  In modern times, Our Lady came to Fatima as Our Lady of the Rosary, to plead with her children to pray her Psalter, for the peace and salvation of the world. The following praise of the Rosary by many Saints and Popes give us an idea of the importance of the rosary in the life of a Catholic:

“We do not hesitate to affirm again publicly that We put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which afflict our times. Not with force, not with arms, not with human power, but with Divine help obtained through the means of this prayer, strong like David with his sling, the Church undaunted shall be able to confront the infernal enemy, repeating to him the words of the young shepherd: ‘Thou comest to me with a sword, and a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of armies…and all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear, for this is his battle, and he will deliver you into our hands’” (I Kings 17, 45-47)”   ~Pope Pius XII

“Of all the prayers, the Rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces; of all it is the one most pleasing to Mary, the Virgin Most Holy.”   ~Pope St. Pius X

“I beg of you to beware of thinking of the Rosary as something of little importance – as do ignorant people and even several great but proud scholars. Far from being insignificant, the rosary is a priceless treasure which is inspired by God.”   ~St. Louis de Montfort

“To vocal prayer we must add mental prayer, which enlightens the mind, inflames the heart and disposes the soul to listen to the voice of Wisdom, to savor his delights and possess his treasures. For myself, I know of no better way of establishing the kingdom of God, Eternal Wisdom, than to unite vocal and mental prayer by saying the holy Rosary and meditating on its fifteen mysteries.”   ~St. Louis de Montfort

“Now, to appease the might of an outraged God and to bring that health of soul so needed by those who are sorely afflicted, there is nothing better than devout and persevering prayer, provided it be joined with a love for and practice of Christian life. And both of these, the spirit of prayer and the practice of Christian life, are best attained through the devotion of the Rosary of Mary.”   ~Pope Leo XIII

“The form of prayer We refer to has obtained the special name of ‘Rosary,’ as though it represented by its arrangement the sweetness of roses and the charm of a garland. This is most fitting for a method of venerating the Virgin, who is rightly styled the Mystical Rose of Paradise, and who, as Queen of the universe, shines therein with a crown of stars. So that by its very name it appears to foreshadow and be an augury of the joys and garlands of Heaven offered by her to those who are devoted to her. This appears clearly if we consider the nature of the Rosary of Our Lady.”   ~Pope Leo XIII

“We well know the Rosary’s powerful efficacy to obtain the maternal aid of the Virgin. By no means is there only one way to pray to obtain this aid. However, We consider the Holy Rosary the most convenient and most fruitful means, as is clearly suggested by the very origin of this practice, heavenly rather than human, and by its nature. What prayers are better adapted and more beautiful than the Lord’s prayer and the angelic salutation, which are the flowers with which this mystical crown is formed? With meditation of the Sacred Mysteries added to the vocal prayers, there emerges another very great advantage, so that all, even the most simple and least educated, have in this a prompt and easy way to nourish and preserve their own faith.”   ~Pope Pius XII

“Among the various supplications with which we successfully appeal to the Virgin Mother of God, the Holy Rosary without doubt occupies a special and distinct place. This prayer, which some call the Psalter of the Virgin or Breviary of the Gospel and of Christian life, was described and recommended by Our Predecessor of happy memory, Leo XIII, with these vigorous passages: ‘Very admirable is this crown interwoven with the angelic salutation which is interposed in the Sunday prayer, and unites with it the obligation of interior meditation. It is an excellent manner of prayer… and very useful for the attainment of immortal life’ (Acta Leonis, 1898, Vol. XVIII, pp. 154, 155). And this can well be deduced from the very flowers that form this mystic garland. What prayers in fact can be found more adaptable and holy? This first is that which our Divine Redeemer Himself pronounced when His disciples asked Him: ‘Lord, teach us to pray’ (Luke xi, 1); a very holy supplication which both offers us the way – as far as it is possible for us – to render glory to God, and also takes into account all the necessities of our body and soul. How can the Eternal Father, when prayed to with the very words of His Son, refuse to come to our aid? The other prayer is the Angelic Salutation, which begins with the eulogies of the Archangel Gabriel and of St. Elizabeth, and ends with that very pious supplication by which we beg the help of the Blessed Virgin now and at the hour of our death. To these invocations, said aloud, is added the contemplation of the sacred mysteries, through which they place, as it were, under our eyes the joys, sorrows and triumphs of Jesus Christ and of His Mother, so that we receive relief and comfort in our sorrows. Following those most holy examples, we ascend to the happiness of the heavenly country by steps of ever higher virtue.”   ~Pope Pius XI

But this title of the Rosary, this mode of prayer which seems to contain, as it were, a final pledge of affection, and to sum up in itself the honor due to Our Lady, has always been highly cherished and widely used in private and in public, in homes and in families, in the meetings of confraternities, at the dedication of shrines, and in solemn processions; for there has seemed to be no better means of conducting sacred solemnities, or of obtaining protection and favors.”   ~Pope Leo XIII

“The contemplation of these august mysteries, contemplated in their order, affords to faithful souls a wonderful confirmation of faith, protection against the disease of error, and increase of the strength of the soul. The soul and memory of him who thus prays, enlightened by faith, are drawn towards these mysteries by the sweetest devotion, are absorbed therein and are surprised before the work of the Redemption of mankind, achieved at such a price and by events so great. The soul is filled with gratitude and love before these proofs of Divine love; its hope becomes enlarged and its desire is increased for those things which Christ has prepared for such as have united themselves to Him in imitation of His example and in participation in His sufferings. The prayer is composed of words proceeding from God Himself, from the Archangel Gabriel, and from the Church; full of praise and of high desires; and it is renewed and continued in an order at once fixed and various; its fruits are ever new and sweet.”    ~Pope Leo XIII

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”   ~St. Louis de Montfort

“Our Lady wants all to wear the Scapular. The Scapular and the Rosary are inseparable.”   ~Sr. Lucy of Fatima

“May Mary, the Mother of God and of men, herself the authoress and teacher of the Rosary, procure for Us its happy fulfillment.”   ~Pope Leo XIII

“How grateful and magnificent a spectacle to see in the cities, and towns, and villages, on land and sea-wherever the Catholic faith has penetrated-many hundreds of thousands of pious people uniting their praises and prayers with one voice and heart at every moment of the day, saluting Mary, invoking Mary, hoping everything through Mary.”   ~Pope Leo XIII

“If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and of His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary. One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary – or he will get the gift of faith.”   ~Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“But there is no need to seek for examples of this power in a past age, since we have in the present a signal instance of it. In these times – so troublous (as we have said before) for the Church, and so heartrending for ourselves – set as We are by the Divine will at the helm, it is still given Us to note with admiration the great zeal and fervor with which Mary’s Rosary is honored and recited in every place and nation of the Catholic world. And this circumstance, which assuredly is to be attributed to the Divine action and direction upon men, rather than to the wisdom and efforts of individuals, strengthens and consoles Our heart, filling Us with great hope for the ultimate and most glorious triumph of the Church under the auspices of Mary.”   ~Pope Leo XIII

“It is impossible to meditate with devotion upon the mysteries of the Rosary and live in a state of sin.”
~St. John Vianney

“I have no better way of knowing if a man is for God than if he likes to say the Hail Mary and the Rosary.”   ~St. Louis de Montfort

~Damsel of the Faith

Damsel of the Faith celebrates 2nd Anniversary

 

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Dear friends and readers,

The Damsel has requested that I write a post for this day, being exactly two years since our blog featured its first entries.  We thank all of our dear readers very much for their support.  The Damsel and I fully intend to continue providing edifying articles and, of course, to continue spreading the TRUTH for many, many years to come.

Having followed this blog from the beginning, I have always greatly admired its true Catholic spirit.  Even though this apostolate is run on a blog format, it is actually intended to counteract the influence of typical blogs today.  Like most forms of media, the devil is obtaining an ever greater power over the Internet.  Lies, half-truths, and gossip consistently dominate.  Thank God, however, that there are still many sites that faithfully profess what is good and true.  As such, I have always appreciated the manner in which the Damsel writes about the crisis in the Church: with great firmness and strength, but with great charity and fairness.  I am very honored to have met her and to now have the privilege to assist her in her wonderful work for Tradition and the Church.

In our Sacred duty as Soldiers of Christ, let us remember these words of St. Augustine: “Do not despair, one of the thieves was saved. Do not presume, one of the thieves was damned.”  We must not despair!  Our Lord has promised us the victory!  It is assured to us!  Even though there may be a few difficult years ahead, God has meant that we live in this time for a reason- to fight for the restoration of His Kingship and become great saints! And He has given us so many graces, not the least including our faithful traditional Catholic Priests, Religious, and friends!  On the other hand, may we not presume!  Our Lord only promised that the gates of Hell would not prevail against the Church herself, not necessarily those Catholics who would lukewarmly trudge through this crisis.  Let us continue to fight the good fight for the restoration of the Church and of Christendom!

Thank you all for your continuing support! May God bless our readers!  Above all, keep the Faith!

~ Steven C., “The Knight of Tradition”

 

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Adultery and Holy Communion

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http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/09/for-record-pope-francis-confirms-amoris.html

Old news, yes, but ever relevant to the current crisis in the Church.

“And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.”  ~Matthew 19:9

What is the reason for receiving Holy Communion unworthily?  Obviously not to grow in holiness for those who persist in manifest grave sin cannot gain graces for themselves, much less gain the graces of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.  Holy Communion is meant to strengthen us in holiness, not restore it to us, whether we’re willing to strive for holiness or not.

“Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.”

False mercy. Disregard for the sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament. Lack of catechesis on the sin of adultery and it’s consequences upon society, namely, the breakdown and disintegration of the family. Sacrilege upon sacrilege. All of these are the true fruits of Amoris Laetitia.

Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin reaps judgment, in this world and the next. Catholics must be as holy and pure as humanly possible to approach Holy Communion. Take the example of the Blessed Virgin, who was preserved from any stain of sin to carry the God-Man into this world.  What does that make of us lowly, sinful creatures?  It is the greatest pride to handle the Blessed Sacrament in an unholy manner, especially by receiving him in a soul that is stained with the greatest of evils, mortal sin.  The perennial tradition of the Church has always been to treat Our Lord with the greatest reverence.  The problems in the Church stem from this lack of reverence and denigration of the sanctity of the Eucharist.

“If it is not becoming for anyone to approach any of the sacred functions except solemnly, certainly, the more the holiness and the divinity of this heavenly sacrament is understood by a Christian, the more diligently ought he to take heed lest he approach to receive it without great reverence and holiness, especially when we read in the Apostle those words full of terror: ‘He that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself not discerning the body of the Lord’ (1 Cor. 11:29). Therefore, the precept, ‘Let a man prove himself’ (1 Cor. 11:28), must be recalled to mind by him who wishes to communicate. Now ecclesiastical usage declares that this examination is necessary, that no one conscious of mortal sin, however contrite he may seem to himself, should approach the Holy Eucharist without a previous sacramental confession. This, the holy Synod has decreed, is always to be observed by all Christians, even by those priests on whom by their office it may be incumbent to celebrate, provided the recourses of a confessor be not lacking to them. But if in an urgent necessity a priest should celebrate without previous confession, let him confess as soon as possible.”  ~Council of Trent

This new religion that the Modernists have fashioned has its own set of rules.  Do as you please, without regard for God and His Laws.  Man is god.  Comfort and esteem is king. The Blessed Sacrament is an award to be given to anyone and everyone, a cookie, a candy, a prize, not the God of the Universe who created and sustains us.  When these things are considered, it’s quite frightening how deep the crisis has gotten and what the Pope is actually promoting to the Church as its current teaching in these statements.

And many Bishops follow the will of the Pope: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/10/archbishop-of-granada-adopts-buenos.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Additionally, Marriage is disgraced since adultery is implicitly approved, by approval of those in that state of sin to receive Holy Communion.  Excuses are found to permit adulterers to Holy Communion.  It used to be that those who wished to return to the practice of the Faith had to leave their sinful situation and amend their life.

Time to take a stand and defend the Blessed Sacrament, even from a Pope who knows not what he does.  If you don’t, you are a disgrace to the Church and to those Martyrs who died protecting the Blessed Sacrament from evil, especially St. Tarcisius, who I am fond of. Because of the magnitude of this crisis, we should strive for greater heroism and courage than even them.  To whom much has been given – the Faith and the knowledge of the truth of it – much will be required.

As an impetus remember this – In the Church of 2016, Catholics have to amend their state of being Catholic and get with the program of sacrilege and “solidarity,” while Our Lord is continuously scourged in His Mystical Body and in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

~Damsel of the Faith

The Vocation of the Brotherhood

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/2-new-brothers-take-their-vows-during-retreat

http://sspx.org/en/sspx-brothers-angels-of-our-communities

“Indeed, Archbishop Lefebvre called the brothers “the angels of our community”, not only because of the valuable services they provide in support of the priests’ apostolic activities, but also due to the holy and humble example they give to all around them.”

We congratulate these two Brothers of the Society of St. Pius X for taking their final vows and persevering in the Divine Call!  We also promise the several new postulants and novices our fervent prayers as they continue to discern God’s Holy Will!

The Vocation of the Brotherhood is very misunderstood in our modern world.  After all, we must be “independent” and “free-spirited”, of course!  It is true that this vocation is a direct contradiction of what we witness in the world today, however, compared to the selfish, utter bleakness surrounding these whims of modern man, the religious vocation is a joyous and peaceful one!

I am thus pleased to share with our readers this excerpt from the August 2003 issue of The Southern Sentinel by Fr. Peter Scott, SSPX.  Fr. Scott dismisses and corrects the notion that the Brotherhood makes one a “slave” of himself is simply a less perfect and glorious state than the Priesthood.  We must not doubt the importance of the Brotherhood in the Church.  After all, what would the priests themselves be without these “angels of the community”?  God calls an abundance of men to assist the Church in the duties entrusted to a religious Brother!

If our readers are interested in a listing of good Traditional Religious Communities, they can click here:

http://sspxasia.com/Documents/Society_of_Saint_Pius_X/Vocations/index.htm

Please note that this is a slightly older list, so everything might not necessarily be up-to-date and certain newer Communities might not be listed(e.g. the new Dominican House in Belgium).  We have actually featured one of these Communities in one of our previous posts, which we feature again here!

https://damselofthefaith.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/our-lady-of-guadalupe-monastery-celebrates-25-years/

http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/Society_of_Saint_Pius_X/Vocations/Mens-Communities/Chap-4a-Society-of-St-Pius-X-Brothers.htm

THE RELIGIOUS IS FREE

One of the reasons why young men shy away from a religious vocation is the feeling that the brother’s life is horribly constraining, that it is made up of unbearable restrictions, that it stands in the way of being able to do as one wants, that it prevents one from developing one’s personality, that it stifles all natural feelings, that it makes one into little better than a slave, that it takes all the fun out of life and gives very little in return.

Nothing, indeed, could be further from the truth. Far from hampering personal freedom, far from holding a man back in a state of puerile dependence, the religious state has the exact opposite objective, and truly accomplishes it. It is a state of perfection, in which a man commits himself to take the means necessary to strive for perfection every day. This is in fact what makes the religious free, free to make a total and perfect gift of himself, free from the obstacles of his own disordered attachments, free to love God, free to place the divine Honor, Glory and Holy Will over and above every created thing, free to make of himself “a sacrifice of perpetual praise to the divine majesty” (Brothers’ profession).

Indeed the religious who is not a priest has the ultimate freedom, for without the direct responsibility for others’ souls, he gives himself entirely to the striving for personal perfection, through the living of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. If the Church presumes the priest to be free, through his detachment and through his consecration to God, the religious actually takes the means to become so.

This is why the religious vocation is radically different from the priestly vocation, and why the religious is not at all to be considered as a man who does not have the aptitude for Seminary studies and who cannot become a priest. His is quite simply a different vocation. The priest is consecrated to the service of the Church, so that no man has a right to priestly ordination. This is why it is the first duty of the Seminary Rector to exclude from ordination any seminarian who does not have the requisite learning, piety and uprightness of life. However, every Catholic man has a right to the religious life, provided that he seeks it for the right reasons, and uses it to strive for perfection, has no impediments. Furthermore, if it is true that no religious can be lazy, some are more educated and others less so. There is absolutely nothing to stop a more educated Catholic, who is not called to the priesthood, applying to enter the religious life. Indeed, it would be a great blessing for the Brothers of the Society to receive as vocations men with academic degrees, for it would enable the Brothers to play an even more active role in the education of boys.


THE RELIGIOUS THINKS & MERITS FOR HIMSELF

By practicing obedience to the rule as to the will of God and to his superiors as to God’s representatives, the religious in no way loses his own will, nor do his acts become any less voluntary and meritworthy. Much to the contrary. For it is by his own generous sacrifice that he embraces the rule as the will of God, that he joyfully and generously sees in the commands of his superiors the manifestation of God’s plan of divine Providence of his life and activities. Indeed, just as the vow of poverty makes voluntary and meritworthy the religious’ state of possessing nothing of his own, so likewise does the vow of obedience make more willing and meritworthy everything that he does. The rule of life, including the divine office, prayers, meditation and common meals is embraced as the signified will of God, and the decisions of superiors as God’s will of good pleasure. However, in both cases the religious knows with absolute certainty the will of the Almighty, and this gives to his acts and duties a willingness impossible for those who are wandering uncertain, and often aimless, amongst the vagaries of the world.

Nor is there anything childish about the religious’ dependence. It is a whole and complete abandonment to the will of Almighty God. This is accomplished through the living of the vow of poverty, which is nothing less than the generous response to the invitation of our Divine Savior mentioned in the Brothers’ profession ceremony: “If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me” (Mt 19:21). Truly the religious life makes a man free.

Nor is it to be thought that the religious life somehow discourages a man from thinking for himself, or making his own decisions. Again, the truth is entirely the opposite. Obedience is not at all a blind virtue, and the religious learns to always consider the ultimate reasons for decisions and duties, as they fall into God’s plan. The religious is thus trained in the virtue of prudence, namely how to govern himself for heaven, and how to govern those for whom he is responsible. This requires the humble seeking of counsel both from his own spiritual director, and from his superiors; it requires the ability to make the right judgments as to how to overcome his faults, bad habits and disordered attachments, as well as to fulfill his duties; it requires, finally, follow-through, or the ability to execute both with respect to his own spiritual duties and with respect to his responsibilities for the apostolate and for the community. These are the three acts of prudence that the brother must be trained in, as a thinking man, without which he cannot be faithful to his vocation.


THE JOY OF THE RELIGIOUS

The practice of poverty and detachment, of willing and obedient submission, necessarily presupposes a community, in which the religious lives, along with superiors and fellow religious. A community is both a mortification, as is any family life, but also and especially a great treasure, for it is a supernatural family that shares its life together. The community is indeed an incomparable consolation for the religious who has vanquished his self-centeredness.

Archbishop Lefebvre had this to say about the brothers’ living of community life, when he wrote their rule: “Let the Brothers make efforts to manifest in the community their profoundly religious spirit, one of silence, of union with God, of fraternal charity, of zeal to give service to others, but without neglecting the service of God. May all those whom they approach, and all those in the midst of whom they live, be edified by their behavior, and never disedified. Let them be like the guardian angels of our communities.” (§20).

There is certainly nothing inhibiting in such an ideal, nor could there be anything sad, depressing or lonely about a community of men who share together the same magnanimity, who live side by side the absoluteness of self-sacrifice. Indeed, if natural family life is enjoyable and consoling, how much more is the supernatural family life that is open to the man who has willingly offered up the passing natural joys of this earth for the unchanging ones that will never perish. This is powerfully impressed upon the soul by the following counsel, also contained in the Brothers’ Rule, namely that the brothers “strive to understand the profoundly supernatural nature of this life…May they find in this conviction and in this reality, more heavenly than earthly, their unchangeable joy, their unceasing consolation, their steadfast serenity.” (§4 & 5).


MANLINESS IN THE RELIGIOUS

The modern world holds the mistaken idea that the man who is willing to make the vow of perpetual chastity is somehow lacking in virility, that he is less of a man, that he hates women, or is someone who finds it difficult to love, or who refuses to take the responsibility of supporting a family. Again, nothing could be further from the truth. Such a person, not a real man, could never be a candidate for the religious life. Furthermore, manliness is not just a prerequisite of the religious life, but the religious formation positively strives to develop and perfect it. Grace does not suppress nature, nor does the religious life suppress the manly desire to support, help and cherish the weak, especially the sick and the elderly, women and children. But it does purify it from all disordered or self-centered attachments, and it does encourage the elevation of the sensitivity by the appreciation of art, music and beauty, starting with the Liturgy and the Gregorian Chant, in which all the Brothers are trained.

Modern psychology uses the term sublimation, for what it describes as a psychological process, without understanding any of the reality, considering it to be but the substitution of one emotion or interest, in order to make up for the lack of another. However, in the etymological sense of tending towards the sublime, it is eminently true of the religious life. Far from suppressing natural feelings, life in community and the vow of chastity indeed elevate them to a much higher plane. They are not substituted for, but purified from the selfishness so easily inherent in purely human relationships. The religious is indeed indifferent with respect to himself, but he cannot afford to be with respect to others. He must have a true concern, affection and care for the members of his community, as for all souls with whom he enters into contact.

Thus a Brother is in no way unmoved by suffering and hardship. To the contrary, he is very familiar with it, thanks to his constant meditation on the Passion of Our Divine Savior. Without in any way denying the reality of human pain, he will constantly strive by his words and example to encourage others to sanctify it, by offering it up in reparation for their sins, and in union with our Divine Savior on the Cross. His human feelings find their perfection in their union with those of Our Lord. In this he learns to scrupulously avoid all particular friendship, destroying as it does any true community, and undermining his ability to imitate Our Lord, who loves all without exception, “who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim 2:4). Sublimation it is, if by this is meant the lifting of the natural affections to the sublime affections of God truly made man, the bearing in one’s heart if His own love of truth and beauty and of His hatred for the ugliness of sin.

However, it is especially in the formation of a sense of responsibility that this manliness consists: – responsibility for one’s own soul, for one’s spiritual family, for edifying one’s neighbor, and here in the Seminary for the edification of the priests and major and minor seminarians. This sense of responsibility is characterized in particular by the manly moral virtue of fortitude, manifest in the strength of character of the mortified religious. The brother constantly emulates the martyrs, who lived this virtue to perfection, for the religious life, a constant dying to oneself, according to the words of St. Paul “I die daily” (I Cor 15:31), is a ongoing martyrdom, as said St. Anthony of Egypt, disappointed when he could not endure the martyrdom of blood. This manly fortitude is manifest in his striving for perfection in the ordinary duties of state of every day.


WHO IS CALLED?

I think, then, that it is clear what kind of men God calls to the religious life. It is not the weak, inconstant, effeminate who cannot make a go of it in the world, who do not have the desire to marry and raise a family. No, God calls to the religious life strong, virile, responsible men; men whose feelings, convictions and passions are firm and unshakable, yet under control; men who would like to raise a family if it were the will of God; but men who would like much more to consecrate themselves to His service, to His honor and Glory if this is the will of God; men who would much prefer to joyfully and willingly “humbly ask for the favor of consecrating myself totally to God the Holy Trinity, to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to the Holy Church by the three vows of religion” (Brothers’ Profession). God is seeking for those truly prudent men who are willing to devote all the energy of their manhood to striving for perfection, to the practice of the holy virtue of religion.

Please pray that the Lord of the harvest might deign to send such men to us here at Holy Cross Seminary, that the glory of the religious life might continue to grown and shine in our midst, as the Church prays in the Votive Mass for religious vocations: “We beseech Thee, O Lord, to graciously look down upon Thy family and to always augment it with new offspring: that it might guide its sons to the sanctity after which they aspire, and that it might effectively bring about the salvation of others. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Yours faithfully in the Most Holy and religious Family,

Father Peter R. Scott


 

God bless the Brothers of the SSPX and keep them steadfast in their calling and in the Faith!

~Damsel of the Faith & Knight of Tradition