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A Blessed Thanksgiving

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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 my 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

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The physical fire of Purgatory

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As we near the end of the Month of All Souls, lest we become lukewarm in our prayers for them, read this powerful story of the reality of the pains and physical fires of Purgatory.

http://traditioninaction.org/religious/h152_Promise.htm

A Promise Fulfilled

by Gregory Johnson

A Dominican religious lived a holy life in his convent at Zamora, a city of the Kingdom of Leon. He was united in the bonds of a pious friendship with a Franciscan brother like himself, a man of great virtue.

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A Dominican and Franciscan make a deal

One day, when conversing together on the subject of eternity, they mutually promised that, if it pleased God, the first who died should appear to the other to give him some salutary advice. The Friar Minor died first and one day, while his Dominican friend was preparing the refectory, he appeared to him.

After saluting him with respect and affection, he told him that he was among the elect, but that before he could be admitted to the enjoyment of eternal happiness, there remained much to be suffered for an infinity of small faults of which he had not sufficiently repented during his life.

“Nothing on earth,” he added, “can give an idea of the torments which I endure, and of which God permits me to give you a visible proof.”

Saying these words, he placed his right hand upon the table of the refectory, and the mark remained impressed upon the charred wood as though it had been applied with a red-hot iron. Such was the lesson which the fervent deceased Franciscan gave to his living friend. It was of profit not only to him, but to all those who came to see the burnt mark, for this table became an object of piety which people came from all parts to look upon.

“It is still to be seen at Zamora” says Father Rossignoli, “at the time I write. To protect it the spot has been covered with a sheet of copper” It was preserved until the end of the last century. Since then it has been destroyed during the revolutions, like so many other religious memorials.

This instance, which happened in Spain, is related in the History of Saint Dominic by Ferdinand of Castile.

Adapted from The Dogma of Purgatory by F. X. Schouppe, SJ,
London: Burns & Oats, 1893, pp. 43-44
Posted November 18, 2017

 

SSPX restores St. Willibrord Church in the Netherlands

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The fruits of the Traditional Faith as kept by the SSPX are blooming in full fruition, evident in the story of this church preserved for what it was built for – the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/netherlands-sspx-restores-st-willibrords-utrecht-catholic-worship-33573

On November 12, 2017, the day after the feast of St. Martin, patron saint of the archdiocese of Utrecht, Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, reconciled the church of St. Willibrord.

The church is situated in the historic center of the city of Utrecht, and 600 faithful from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany were present. The ceremony began with the rite of reconciliation that the Roman Pontifical prescribes for restoring a sacred building to Catholic worship after it has been used for secular purposes. The bishop first blessed the “Gregorian water”, a mixture of water, wine, salt, and ashes, then sprinkled the interior walls and the ground in the form of a cross, in order to purify the church of its profane defilements.

In his sermon, Bishop Fellay reminded the faithful that the artistic beauty of this place of worship is a reflection of the divine beauty, of which the Christian soul is also an image. He went on to point out that this sacred building has now been restored to the traditional liturgy for which it was built and that “has never been abrogated”, as pope emeritus Benedict XVI declared in his Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum on July 7, 2007, although certain members of the hierarchy claimed it had been. The ceremony continued with a Pontifical High Mass celebrated from the faldstool, directed by the seminarians of Zaitzkofen, and enhanced by the magnificent sounds of the sumptuous organ and the baroque pieces that were sung most excellently and professionally.

After a luncheon attended by most of the faithful, the day drew to a close with Eucharistic adoration and the recitation of the rosary in this splendid church that is henceforth destined exclusively to the true worship of the one true Lord and Master of the universe.

The church was built in the 1870s, when the Catholic hierarchy was reestablished in the Netherlands. Nestled in the historic center of Utrecht, it is one of the city’s hidden treasures and one of the country’s most beautiful neo-Gothic churches. The Society of St. Pius X has just purchased this monumental jewel.

Richly decorated and perfectly preserved after a splendid interior restoration, the edifice offers a unique example of the spirit of medieval art from before Calvinist iconoclasm. The monumental organ – built by Michaël Maarschalkerweerd – is one of the building’s major attractions.

After the disaster of the Second Vatican Council, this jewel came close to being destroyed. It was saved thanks to the persistence of Fr. Winand Kotte and was classified as a historical monument and designated as a trial project for the preservation of the European architectural heritage.

By restoring true worship to an architectural jewel consecrated to St. Willibrord (657-739), the first bishop of Utrecht, apostle of Frisia and the Netherlands, where his feast is celebrated on November 7, the Society offers a concrete illustration of its holy Patron’s papal motto: omnia instaurare in Christo.

Source : FSSPX-News – 11/15/17

The oldest nun in the world

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Sister Andre epitomizes an incredible 113 years of love and fidelity to the Church. God bless her in her final years and reward her for her faithfulness.

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/france-oldest-nun-world-33514

As of this summer, Sister André is the oldest nun in the world. On October 20, 2017, when Honorine Rondello died in her 114th year, she also became the eldest French person, at 113 years. Born on February 11, 1904, to a Protestant family of Alès in the department of Le Gard, Lucile Randon converted to Catholicism and was baptized at age 19, in 1923.

After spending over 20 years as a governess and primary school teacher, in particular with the Peugot family of Versailles, she entered the congregation of the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul in 1944, aged 40. “I travelled little by little, following my path as a Catholic,” she told daily La Croix on October 25, 2017. She took the name of Sister André in honor of her older brother who was “like a father and a mother” to her.

Stationed at the hospital of Vichy, she served orphans and the elderly there for 28 years. She remembered experiencing “much joy” with the young boarders. “Some of them found out where I am and still come to see me.”

Nearly blind and confined to a wheelchair, she has been living since 2009 in a retirement home in Toulon, in the department of the Var. She tells how, “when my brothers died at 70,” she thought, “soon it will be my turn.” She concludes, “The good God guided me indeed.”

Another woman, Tava Colo, could claim to be even older. Born in Mayotte in 1902, she is 115. But this age is not formally proven since the French colony did not register births at the time.

Purgatory

We must alleviate the Souls in Purgatory from their sufferings, since we have the intercessory power with God to free them for heaven, where one day we hope to one day join them

Damsel of the Faith

During this Month of the Holy Souls, let us reflect on Purgatory and the great justice and mercy of God in providing such a place of purification for those saved:

Sermon by Fr. P.A. Sheehan D.D.:

THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

One of the most beautiful and divine doctrines of the Catholic Church, dear brethren, is that which is professed under the title of “Communion of Saints.” It is, as it were, a loving concession on the part of Almighty God that He suffers us to think of our friends, whom He has called into their rest. He is a jealous God; one condition He is forever insisting upon as necessary to our salvation–that is, that we should give Him our whole beings, every act we perform, every thought we think. But He knows what the human heart is, He who loved so tenderly the Mother who bore Him, and He…

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Archbishop Lefebvre’s youngest sister dies

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Without a doubt, Archbishop Lefebvre came from a saintly family, that fostered his vocation and molded him into the militant Archbishop that he became for the Church.

Pray for the repose of the soul of his sister.

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/archbishop-lefebvre%E2%80%99s-last-sister-has-passed-away-33381

On October 17, 2017, Mme Guy Toulemonde, née Marie-Thérèse Lefebvre, the youngest sister and goddaughter of the founder of the Society of St. Pius X, breathed her last.

She married Guy Toulemonde and left the country with him for Columbia, where their five children grew up. She was the last of Monsieur and Madame Lefebvre’s eight children, five of whom embraced the religious life.

She offered a moving testimony on her brother Marcel in the movie Archbishop Lefebvre – A Documentary.

Requiescat in pace.

The reality of Purgatory

Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory!

Damsel of the Faith

During this Month of the Holy Souls, I offer a sermon from Archbishop Lefebvre, given on November 1, 1978 in Econe, Switerzerland:

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

My dear friends and my dear brethren: The Church has the custom of associating the souls in Purgatory with the Feast of All Saints. In fact, from this evening (Vespers of All Souls Day), the Church asks us to pray for the souls in Purgatory and tomorrow the entire day is consecrated to them. The priests who will celebrate three Masses tomorrow, to beseech Our Lord to deliver the souls from Purgatory, may apply to each of their Masses a plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory. This is why, during these few moments, I would like to draw your attention to, and have you reflect upon, the reality of Purgatory and…

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