Monthly Archives: November 2016

The mystery of Advent

Let us prepare for the Birth of Our Lord. I hope everyone has a blessed, happy and holy Advent!

Damsel of the Faith & Knight of Tradition

Taken from The Liturgical Year by Fr. Gueranger:

We find that this mystery of the Coming, or Advent, of Jesus is at once simple and threefold. It is simple, for it is the one same Son of God that is coming; it is threefold, because he comes at three different times and in three different ways. “In the first Coming,” says St. Bernard, “He comes in the flesh and in weakness; in the second, He comes in spirit and in power; in the third, He comes in glory and in majesty; and the second Coming is the means whereby we pass from the first to the third (Fifth Sermon for Advent).”

This, then, is the mystery of Advent. Let us now listen to the explanation of this threefold visit of Christ, given to us by Peter of Blois, in his third Sermon de Adventu: “There are three Comings of our…

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An example of Bishop Fellay’s saintliness

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Bishop Fellay is such a saintly bishop and priest. Despite the pain of a broken foot, he keeps up his good cheer and is a saintly example of joyful suffering to all of the Faithful.  Read this story of a true shepherd of souls:

http://www.onepeterfive.com/bishop-bernard-fellays-authentic-catholic-witness/

On 4 November, 2016 – the day of the opening ceremony of the new seminary of the Society of St. Pius X in Dillwyn, Virginia – three little children were blessed to be confirmed by His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay. Everything surrounding this little ceremony – with some twenty priests, seminarians and different family members gathered around – turned an otherwise small event into something very big and holy. Each individual who was present there will no doubt count it as one of the great blessings of his life.

As with so many such blessings, it started with a cross. The confirmations were to start in the evening, at 6:30 pm, after the long opening ceremony for the seminary. The small group of families, sponsors, and seminarians was gathered around in the provisional chapel of the seminary (which shall one day be replaced by a larger, more beautiful church adjacent to the seminary) when suddenly a seminarian walked up the aisle, stood in front of the faithful, and told them that Bishop Fellay just had had an accident, and that he had injured his foot. Some medical experts were just then examining him, the seminarian said. We were to wait another thirty minutes in order to be further instructed. As it turned out, we waited an hour or so, not knowing whether the ceremony would take place at all.

It was around eight o’clock in the evening that the seminarian came one last time (after several updates) into the chapel. Since the bishop could not walk, we were invited upstairs to the private chambers of His Excellency so that he could help the Little Ones become Christian Soldiers. When all had gathered in a modest little room, Bishop Fellay came in to greet us. Nobody who was in that room is likely to forget what happened next: Bishop Fellay came in, with his as yet untreated foot – which turned out to have been seriously broken – on crutches, and with a big smile on his face! After first apologizing for the “inconvenience” (!) his injury had caused, Fellay then suddenly said, with an even bigger smile: “This is a very good sign! It is a very good sign, because it shows that the devil is very angry that these little children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation!”

The faithful present were astonished. How was it that this holy man smiled through the pain of a broken foot and yet rejoiced over obstacles put into his way? (One lady present said later that she had once had a broken foot; she confessed that she was not able to sleep all night because of how much it hurt.) And how was it that he ignored his suffering and did not allow such obstacles to hinder him from performing what might have otherwise be seen as only a small ceremony for just three children?

It was not much later that we were given a little more insight into Bishop Fellay’s deeply rooted conviction and principles. As soon as he was able to perform the ceremony – he had to be seated carefully – his eyes lit up even more. He completely focused his attention on the little children, looking only into their eyes – and quite intensely so – in order to explain to them the greatness of the Sacrament of Confirmation. His eyes were radiant and glowing when he explained to the children with words they could understand what they were about to receive. The warmth of his gaze toward the little ones was touching, as were his smile and tone of voice. It was quite a witness to us adults, seeing how a man of his stature paid no heed whatsoever to the adults around him, and how he gave his best to prepare the hearts of the little ones for the sacrament, and in a language that they might understand. Bishop Fellay had no prepared remarks, yet he cheerfully and with great concentration spoke for about twenty minutes or so, in what was for him a foreign language, and all without any sign of rushing or impatience. He was fully present for the children, acting as a supreme pastor for their souls.

Thankfully, I was able to record most of what His Excellency said. I received permission to make use of the transcript I have produced of those remarks in order to spread to as many Catholics as possible the radiant depiction of this channel of grace and a glimpse of the abundant graces we received that night in a bare room, in the twilight.  The words speak for themselves and will bring us all back to the foundations of our beloved Faith. Here now the transcript which I have produced to the best of my ability:

For the rest:  http://www.onepeterfive.com/bishop-bernard-fellays-authentic-catholic-witness/

~Damsel of the Faith

Thanksgiving Greetings

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September 8, 1565.

This date marked the first Holy Mass offered on American soil in St. Augustine, Florida, accompanied by a Feast held by the Native Americans and the Spanish settlers.

Here are some good articles on the true history of the first Catholic Thanksgiving:

https://churchpop.com/2016/11/21/the-miraculous-forgotten-catholic-hero-of-the-first-thanksgiving/

http://www.traditioninaction.org/History/B_005_Onate_Thanksgiving.html

A Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers! Let us give thanks to God today for our Catholic Faith, our family, friends, freedoms, talents, possessions, both material and spiritual, and everything good we possess in our lives.

~Damsel of the Faith & Knight of Tradition

 

The Great Day of Judgment

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Today is the final Sunday in the Liturgical Year, the Last Sunday After Pentecost, wherein we meditate upon our own Particular Judgment, as well as the General Judgment.  My SSPX Parish had the great honor of welcoming this morning, Fr. Jurgen Wegner, the SSPX District Superior, who gave an excellent sermon on this topic. Simple but powerful, all the same.  Father captures our attention with his devotion to the Church and the salvation of souls, encourages us to meditate on our own Judgment, the horror of our sins and the reality of the General Judgment, where all our great and small sins will be revealed to the world. God bless Fr. Wegner!

“Oh, what a day that will be, and how great when it comes, dearest brethren! When the Lord begins to survey His people and to recognize by examining with divine knowledge the merits of each individual! To cast into hell evildoers, and to condemn our persecutors to the eternal fire and punishing flame! And indeed, to present to us the reward of faith and devotion! What will be that glory, and how great the joy of being admitted to the sight of God! To be so honored as to receive the joy of eternal light and salvation in the presence of Christ the Lord, your God! To greet Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the patriarchs, apostles, prophets, and martyrs! To rejoice with the just and with the friends of God in the Kingdom of heaven, in the delight of the immortality that will be given! To receive there what eye has not seen nor ear heard, what has entered into the heart of man!”   ~St. Cyprian of Carthage, 253 A.D.

~Damsel of the Faith

Errors of Vatican II

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In order to obtain a proper perspective on this great crisis in the Church, it is necessary to know precisely its root cause.  The root cause is thus: Modernist errors being promoted “underground” since St. Pius X’s pontificate quickly gained acceptance or submission throughout virtually the entire Church as a result of the ambiguities and errors of the Second Vatican Council, the main fruit of which was the New mass.

This can be easily confused, however, because of the common “conservative”(but not fully traditional) Catholic mindset.  The “conservative” position essentially proposes that although there are some worrisome statements and ideas spreading in the Church, even now with the aid of Pope Francis himself(or maybe not), Vatican II and the New mass are fine as long as they are both interpreted correctly.  At most, there might be a few ambiguous sentences here and there, but a Catholic should simply interpret them correctly.  After all, how could the Holy Ghost have allowed error?  Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI are recognized as shining examples of orthodoxy; if only the Bishops under them would not have been so liberal.

Surely, dear readers, this may be a good start for a Catholic on the beginning of his journey towards Tradition, but he has not quite arrived at the full truth.  The fact of the matter is that Vatican II was convened as a “pastoral” Council, not a dogmatic one.  It has no binding, dogmatic force in itself.  The Holy Ghost does not necessarily protect such a Council from error, especially if he is shunned by many of its participants.  Modernist, Freemasonic errors were in fact proposed by “progressive” clergy and, in the end, included in the Council documents.  Every priest, bishop, and cardinal in the world was subsequently under heavy pressure to accept these documents with most of them unfortunately accepting or at least keeping silent.  In reality, there were only a few clergy who openly confronted this revolution. Many put themselves under the guidance and training of Abp. Lefebvre, who would form the Society of St. Pius X and establish many traditional monasteries and convents.  Others would remain faithful inside the diocesan structures, although often having to perform their priestly duties in a more “independent” manner.  All of these brave priests and bishops were constantly under attack for their providential stand.  May God bless, reward, and love them forever!

This perspective is also relevant since there are many traditional-leaning Orders in the Church who offer the Traditional Mass and more substantial doctrine, but had to accept all of Vatican II and the New Mass to be received “in full communion with Rome”.  On paper, the priests in these Orders cannot protest these errors and must remain, at least for the most part, silent on them.

Pope Francis had this to say about one of these Orders on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary:

By way of the celebration of the sacred Mysteries according to the extraordinary form of the Roman rite and the orientations of the Constitution on the Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, as well as by passing on the apostolic faith as it is presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, may they contribute, in fidelity to the living Tradition of the Church, to a better comprehension and implementation of the Second Vatican Council.”

I wish to make clear that the good intentions of these Orders should not be called into question. They do much good work and may God reward them abundantly.  However, it was not correct of them to agree to accept the entire Council and the New mass, since on paper they are recorded as agreeing with error and an illicit rite.  Doctrine is greater than this perceived obedience.  They are very close to the whole truth, though, and God is currently building a solid foundation in the Church for a great restoration, so let us pray that they simply take that final step in the journey to Tradition! 

For an examination of Vatican II’s errors, this is an excellent article: http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/SiSiNoNo/2003_January/errors_of_vatican_II.htm

Provided below are two charts from sspx.org.  The first chart briefly summarizes some of the main errors of Vatican II, while the second summarizes teachings that are liberal in their method and were easily interpreted as error after the Council.  We hope they will prove useful for our readers!

May God bless our dear readers,

Steven C., “The Knight of Tradition”

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Man is the only creature on earth that God has wanted for its own sake” (Gaudium et Spes, §24),

The Lord hath made all things for Himself (Prov. 16),

and “all things on earth should be ordained to man” (§12).

…to help him save his soul.

Moreover, “by His incarnation the Son of God has in a certain way united Himself with each man” (§22),

God assumed an individual nature (e.g., Dz. 114),

so “Human nature… has been raised in us also to a dignity beyond compare” (§22),

…a little less than the angels…”(Ps. 8:6)

and because of “sublime dignity of the human person” (§26),

Only he who lives well is worthy (Apoc. 3:4).

his “rights and duties are universal and inviolate” (§26); including:

He who buries his talent will be stripped of it

The Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom…” (Dignitatis Humanae, §2),

Contrary condemned statement:  “Liberty of conscience and of worship is the proper right of every man…” (Pius IX, Quanta Cura)

“…all men should be immune from coercion on the part of …every human power so that, within due limits, nobody is forced to act against his convictions nor is anyone to be restrained from acting in accordance with his convictions…” (§2),

Contrary condemned statement:  “…the best condition of society is the one in which there is no acknowledgment by the government of the duty of restraining… offenders of the Catholic religion, except insofar as the public peace demands” (Pius IX, Quanta Cura).

This right of the human person to religious freedom must be given such recognition in the constitutional order of society as will make it a civil right” (§2), 

Contrary condemned statement:  “Liberty of conscience and of worship … should be proclaimed and asserted by law in every correctly established society…” (Pius IX, Quanta Cura)

“…the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using (separated churches) as means of salvation” (Unitatis Redintegratio, §3), and so, 

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ecumenical action should be encouraged so that … Catholics might cooperate with their separated brethren …by a common profession before the nations of faith in God and in Jesus Christ…”  (Ad Gentes, §115). principle 7

Why, even concerning non-Christian religions: “The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is good and holy in these religions.  She has a high regard for the manner of life and conduct…” (Nostra Aetate, §2),

All the gods of the Gentiles are devils.” Ps. 95. “… beware lest thou have a mind to imitate the abominations of those nations” (Dt. 18:9).

Now, episcopal consecration confers, together with the office of sanctifying, the duty also of teaching and ruling…” (§21).

This (episcopal) dignity, in fact, depends immediately on God as to the power of orders, and on the Apostolic See as to the power of jurisdiction…” (Deesemus Nos, Pius VI).

 

Conciliar teaching How interpreted by Rome[1]
The liturgy of the word is stressed (Sacrosanctum Concilium, §9),[2] and the banquet aspect (§10), as well as active participation (§§11,14), and therefore the vernacular (§§36,54). The New Mass (cf. question 5).
Catholics should pray with Protestants (Unitatis Redintegratio, §§4,8). Eucharistic hospitality (cf. question 8).
The Church of Christ subsists in (not is) the Catholic Church (Lumen Gentium, §8), It is also in “separated Churches” (Ut Unum Sint, §11).[3]
which has separated brethren in separated “Churches” (Unitatis Redintegratio, §3), All the baptized are in Christ’s Church (Ut Unum Sint, §42).
which ought to be as sisters (Unitatis Redintegratio, §14). And so there is no need to convert, e.g., the Orthodox.[4]
Seminarians should take into account modern philosophy, progress in science (Optatam Totius, §15), Secular university studies and abandoning Thomism.
psychology, and sociology (§20). Open spirituality and subjective morality.
Marriage and married love equated (Gaudium et Spes, §§48,50). Annulments fiasco (cf. question 8).
The Church renounces privileges civil authorities grant her (§76). Catholic religion no longer to be the religion of any States.
Wish for a world authority (§82). Full support for UN
Rite and formula of penance are to be revised (Sacrosanctum Concilium §72). Face to face confessions and General Absolutions.[5]
Extreme Unction should be an Anointing of the Sick (§§73,75). New matter, form and subject (i.e.,the sick, not just those in danger of death).
Table footnotes1 How Rome’s guidelines are further interpreted as seen in the parishes is a whole other story.

2 The documents of Vatican II are referred to by their introductory Latin words, or by the initials of these.

Ut Unum Sint, Pope John Paul II, May 25, 1995.

Cf., The Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which forbade mutual “proselytizing.” Balamand, Lebanon, June 17-24, 1993.

5 Does this affect the “substance of the sacraments” over which the Church has no power?  (Cf., Pius XII, quoted in principle 5)

BREAKING: Cardinals demand Pope make “formal act of correction”

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https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-if-pope-wont-clarify-his-serious-error-cardinals-must-make-a

It seems that these four courageous prelates are on the way to declaring the Pope a formal heretic, using the proper canonical procedures.  This is a historic development for our times.  It’s nice to see actions being taken for the Church, for the good of souls led astray by this Pope, who advocates and abets immorality in the Church, going so far as to commit sacrilege against the Blessed Sacrament.  May this heresy be banished from the Church and the Mystical Bride be restored to her fullness very soon.

We need a Pope to preserve and teach the Catholic Faith:

“To preserve forever in his Church the unity and doctrine of this faith, Christ chose one of his apostles, Peter, whom he appointed the Prince of his Apostles, his Vicar on earth, and impregnable foundation and head of his Church. Surpassing all others with every dignity of extraordinary authority, power and jurisdiction, he was to feed the Lord’s flock, strengthen his brothers, rule and govern the universal Church. Christ not only desired that his Church remain as one and immaculate to the end of the world, and that its unity in faith, doctrine and form of government remain inviolate. He also willed that the fullness of dignity, power and jurisdiction, integrity and stability of faith given to Peter be handed down in its entirety to the Roman Pontiffs, the successors of this same Peter, who have been placed on this Chair of Peter in Rome, and to whom has been divinely committed the supreme care of the Lord’s entire flock and the supreme rule of the Universal Church.”   ~Pope Pius IX, “Amantissimus”, 1862

~Damsel of the Faith

Rigid Catholicism

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The Pope is at it again. Once again he insults us for our faithfulness to Catholic truth and tradition.  The youth love the Traditional Latin Mass because they are tired of the worthless, Protestant drivel that is spoon fed to the masses at the Novus Ordo.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-blasts-rigid-young-catholics-who-like-the-latin-mass

“I always try to understand what is behind those individuals who are too young to have lived the pre-Conciliar liturgy, and who want it nonetheless. I have at times found myself in front of people who are too rigid, an attitude of rigidity. And I ask myself: how come so much rigidity? You dig, you dig, this rigidity always hides something: insecurity, at times perhaps something else…”

Rigidity in the Faith is a sure sign of Catholicism.  Christ said that he would spit the lukewarm out of his mouth.

“Pope Benedict accomplished a just and magnanimous gesture [translator’s note: the motu proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’] to reach out to a certain mindset of some groups and persons who felt nostalgia and were distancing themselves. But it is an exception. That is why one speaks of an ‘extraordinary’ rite. The ordinary in the Church is not this. It is necessary to approach with magnanimity those attached to a certain form of prayer. But the ordinary is not this. Vatican II and Sacrosanctum Concilium must go on as they are. To speak of a ‘reform of the reform’ is an error.”

THE Mass is not an extraordinary occurrence.  It’s the reason for the world’s existence. It’s the re-presentation of the greatest act of history, Christ’s death on the cross to redeem us. I despise this scornful attitude towards Catholics.  What they do to us they do to the Catholics and Saints of the past 2,000 years, before the Church was corrupted by those trying to change Her for their wicked designs.

We want Truth. Goodness. Beauty. Faithfulness. Authenticity.

We’re working out our salvation in fear and trembling.

Now that’s rigid.

~Damsel of the Faith

As I read these unfortunate words from the Holy Father, I cannot help but think about the experiences I have had as a young person with this mass.  Now, I have not attended a New mass in fulfilling the Sundayobligation since 1997, but having a large extended family, I have oftentimes passively attended weddings or funerals for which the New mass is offered.

Just this past week, I passively attended a New mass for the funeral of a relative.  Despite the conservative surroundings that can often be present(the young priest, for one, preached an almost unusually conservative sermon compared to many we hear today), the entire atmosphere was strikingly unfulfilling. The wake was quite dreadful, being essentially a “meet and greet” for almost everyone involved.  The whole church echoed with excitement as a football stadium would, and several people came to me to exchange jubilant greetings and even start a conversation.  Absolutely no one was on their knees with the body of the deceased lying a few feet away.  As for the service itself, the priest was again fine and even almost conservative, but everything else was severely lacking in holiness.  The “hymns” were a catastrophe, with the equivalent of a young “country star” singing “Bible” music off-tune.  Every single person received what is putatively Our Lord in the hand and many particularly enjoyed the “Sign of Peace” and raising their arms up during the prayers.

I have been to New masses both more conservative and more “open” than this, but the reaction from myself and my siblings is largely the same.  This mass does not lift up our minds and hearts as the Mass should, but leaves us strangely bored and unfulfilled.  Even if Our Lord may be present in correctly said New masses, the entire service is simply bland and protestantized.  There is no life to it.  It is easy to see how young people can so often leave or reject something so bland, ambiguous, lifeless.  Young people, and really all people want truth, beauty, life!  And this is the norm for Pope Francis.

Nonetheless, we must pray for the Pope.  It is curious to hear him utter such words about the Traditional Mass, and then oftentimes show seemingly honest goodwill towards many affiliated with the fight for Tradition(Fr. Gruner, conservative and traditional journalists and writers, the Society of St. Pius X, etc.).  Does this Pope have a special “sympathetic” side when it comes to reaching out to those in the “peripheries”, even to the point where it contradicts his own principles? God may only know.  The Modernist mind is a very confused one indeed.  Hopefully the recent appeals from the more orthodox bishops and cardinals will help the Pope see the errors of his statements, although he has not responded as of yet.  Pray much for the Holy Father!

~Steven C., “Knight of Tradition”