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Great St. Joseph

 

I love this beautiful hymn to St. Joseph; it’s one of my favorites.

 

Great Saint Joseph, son of David,
Fosterfather of our Lord,
Spouse of Mary, ever virgin,
Keeping o’er them watch and ward:
In the stable thou didst guard them
With a father’s loving care;
Thou by God’s command didst save them
From the cruel Herod’s snare.

 

Three long days, in grief, in anguish,
With that mother sweet and mild,
Mary Virgin, didst thou wander,
Seeking her beloved Child.
In the temple thou didst find Him:
Oh, what joy then filled thy heart!
In thy sorrows, in thy gladness,
Grant us, Joseph, to have part.

 

Clasped in Jesus’ arms and Mary’s,
When death gently came at last,
Thy pure spirit, sweetly sighing,
From its earthly dwelling passed.
Dear Saint Joseph, by that passing
May our death be like to thine,
And with Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
May our souls forever shine.

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The Sacrament of Holy Orders (5): Prayers of St. Therese of Lisieux for Priests

My Patroness, St. Therese had a great love, admiration & respect for the Priesthood, as evidenced in these beautiful prayers she penned.

https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/sacrament-holy-orders-5-prayers-st-therese-lisieux-priests-45212

Prayer of St. Therese of the Child Jesus to obtain priests through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Priesthood:

O Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ the High Priest, Mother of priests throughout the whole world, you have a special love for priests because they are the living image of your Only Son. You helped Jesus throughout your entire earthly life, and you continue to help Him in Heaven.

We beseech thee to pray for priests! ‘Pray to the heavenly Father that He send laborers into His harvest.’ Pray that we may always have priests to give us the sacraments, explain the Gospel of Christ to us, and teach us to become true children of God! O Virgin Mary, ask God the Father thyself for the priests we so sorely need; and since thy heart has all power over Him, obtain for us, O Mary, priests who are saints! Amen.

Prayer of St. Therese of the Child Jesus to Christ the High Priest:

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Thy Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Thy Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let Thy holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in Heaven and their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders: Dignity and Excellence (3)

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What a great evil it is for a priest, consecrated in the image of God to be his representative & vicar to the people, to abuse his sacred office.  It’s truly the horror or horrors & the deepest betrayal.

The dignity of the priesthood is very great for the priest is the minister of Christ and the dispenser of the divine mysteries. As the mediator between God and men, he has power over the Real Body of Christ and over His Mystical Body, that dispense the divine goods to lead men to eternal life.

“Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God.” (I Cor. 4:1)

“For Christ therefore we are ambassadors, God as it were exhorting by us…” (II Cor. 5:20)

The holy Curé d’Ars used to say, “Oh, how great is a priest!” He esteemed that “it is the priest who continues the work of Redemption on earth,” and that consequently, the sanctification of souls and parishes depends on him: “A good pastor, a pastor according to God’s heart, is the greatest treasure that God can grant a parish, and one of the most precious gifts of divine mercy.”

“When you see a priest, think of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Because of this excellence and dignity, it is a grave sin to despise or insult priests. Through them, the contempt and insults touch Jesus Christ Himself, who said to His Apostles: “He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth Him who sent me” (Lk. 10:16).

Preparation and Call from God

By reason of its divine mission and the spiritual powers attached to it, the Catholic priesthood requires a serious preparation and the practice of virtue, as well as a great zeal in following Christ, the priest’s model.

“But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labors, in watchings, in fastings” (II Cor. 6:4-5).

For this reason only those who, having been called by God and tried by the ecclesiastic superiors, intend to work for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, are to be admitted to the dignity of the priesthood: “Neither doth any man take the honor to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was” (Heb. 5:4).

The United States Is the Leading Country for the Religiously Unaffiliated

Image result for america ungodly“I say to you, that he will quickly revenge them. But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth?”  ~Luke 18:8

“Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”  ~2 Thess 2:3

Lawlessness rules because the people do not know God or His Church.

https://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/united-states-leading-country-religiously-unaffiliated-44556

In God we trust… How much longer will the American Congress be able to leave this national motto adopted in 1956 on its bills? One cannot help wondering after the publication of a wide-reaching survey showing that 2019 may be the year that sees the “religiously unaffiliated” become the largest religious group of all.

According to the results of this study by the Pew Research Center on the year 2016, “atheist, agnostic or religiously unaffiliated” Americans represent almost a quarter of the total population of the United States: 22%, compared to 15% in 1998 and 8% in 1990.

The numbers of the “religiously unaffiliated” are even higher than those of the traditional Protestant groups (10% of the population) and the Catholics (23% of the population), and in 2019 they may outnumber the Evangelicals (25% of Americans), a confession that has been on the decline for the past 20 years.

The generation effect has an important impact on this wave of secularization. Denis Lacorne, research director for the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po in Paris, summed it up for the magazine Le Point on January 19, 2019, with the following phrase: “The younger you are, the less religion you have.” According to the Public Religion Research Institute, 40% of the 18 to 29 age group are religiously unaffiliated, which is four times more than in the 1980’s.

The survey also shows that, at least at first, the immigrant population is more strongly influenced by their original religion, but that their Faith wears away with the second or third generation; if this phenomenon proves true with the “convergence between the United States and Europe” mentioned by Denis Lacorne, the Submission described by the bestselling author Michel Houellebecq very well may become a reality.

Bishop to retire with SSPX?

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2019/01/papally-approved-unexpectedly-new.html

A development worth watching. Any bishop that would take a bold move to stand with the Catholic Faith is worthy of adulation in today’s Church.
SSPX school Institut Sancta Maria, Wangs, Switzerland

A New Bishop for the SSPX

It has been several months that Bp. [Vitus] Huonder, bishop of Chur (Switzerland), indicated his will to live out his retirement with the Society of Saint Pius X. This time, it’s official. Bp. Huonder, considered a conservative, is not only a friend of the SSPX, but close to Pope Francis, who had refused his resignation in 2017 [See Rorate’s post from the time.]. In other words, one can live out one’s retirement with the SSPX as with any other religious congregation! According to our information, Bp. Huonder would live in retirement in a school kept by the Society in Switzerland. In short, an example of this “statute by installments” enjoyed by the Society. With the agreement of the Pope of the peripheries. There it is, an additional evidence of the regularization of the SSPX. [Monde & Vie, January 17, 2019, n. 965, p. 19]

 

Pagan Nations

A new breed of bishop for the 19th century

“There is reason to fear that when God permits men or nations to prosper to the extent of their desires, it is a mark of his disfavor.”  ~Archbishop John Hughes, First Archbishop of New York

Why?

Because the nations are not Catholic.

“The goal of the Catholic Church is to convert all pagan nations & Protestant nations.  There is no secrecy in this; it is the commission of God to His One True Church.  Everyone should know that we have for our mission to convert the world, including the inhabitants of the United States: the people of the cities, the peoples of the country, the officers of the Navy and the marines, the commanders of the Army, the Legislature, the Senate, the Cabinet, the President and all.”  ~~Archbishop John Hughes, First Archbishop of New York

 

 

 

The Depth of My Anger

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The following article demonstrates the internal & external war that has been waged all these decades on any priest adhering to the Faith as it has always been believed
& practiced.  Taken from The Remnant, September 15th Edition.

 

The Depth of My Anger After Decades of Effete Bishops

by Fr. Richard Heilman

On May 1 of this year, I was looking down on the gray, lifeless body of my uncle, Fr. Donald Murray. He was my Godfather too.

When I was growing up, my uncle would show up for family gatherings. He was full of life and had an amazing sense of humor. It’s no wonder that, when I emerged from my parents’ basement on June 24, 1981, I would shock them with the news that I wanted to enter seminary … virtually no one was entering seminary then, and I had given no indication this was coming. Of course, I couldn’t wait to tell my uncle, who was my childhood hero.

Fast forward to May 27, 1988, and that amazing image of my uncle praying over me at my priesthood ordination. I’ll never forget that day.

We still gathered at my parents house for family gatherings. My uncle and I would share war stories from the front lines of parish life. You know? I have never had one day when I questioned my call to priesthood. I love being a priest!

As the years wore on, I began to recognize a “need” in the Church. Something was gnawing at me, and I couldn’t shake it. I felt as though Catholicism, all around me, had become weak and watered down. I began to think about my early childhood years, and even imagined the Church in my uncle’s early childhood years. Back then, God, Church and Parish were “our life.” We took our faith seriously. We were more than homo sapiens, we were children of God. Our whole lives revolved around faith and church.

But, that seemed to change, in “modern times.” Church was reduced to an inconvenient obligation, in the midst of everything else that was “more important” in our lives. Following Church teaching became “optional,” as our conscience became our god. I knew this was different than “it used to be.” And, in my bones, I knew we had drifted away from our “essence”: our raison dêtre; our reason for being.

Then, on February 2, 1998, while I was on my 10th-anniversary sabbatical studying in Rome, I attended my first Papal Mass. I won’t go into the whole story here (you can read about it HERE), but I was changed. From that day forward, it became my “everything” to help souls to enter into the “Divine Life.” I knew that couldn’t happen unless I began by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a way that truly pointed to the transcendent, to the majesty of God.

Over the years that followed, I became more dedicated to reverent Masses, excessive availability of Confession and Adoration, teaching about the beautiful devotions of our faith, especially a devotion to the Blessed Mother. I fell more deeply in love with God and more deeply in love with the rich treasury of our Catholic faith.

But, here was the devastating part of that change in me. It offended my uncle, my godfather and the inspiration for my priesthood. He became distant from me, and only had time for the “liberal” priests of our diocese. At my 25th anniversary – it had become so bad by then – I was actually surprised he showed up. He was cold and distant from me, and managed to utter one comment, just before he concelebrated the Mass with me (that was offered ad orientem): “I’ll try to endure this,” he said. You can only imagine how deeply that cut into my heart.

You see? I became the enemy. My crime? I fell in love with the “whole” of our Catholic faith, not just what seemed to be allowed after 1965. My love for reverence and the Sacraments and devotions and the Blessed Mother and the teachings of the Church was considered “divisive” … I was “the problem” in the Church today, in his eyes, and in the eyes of all who seemed to “hate” everything the Church was, prior to 1965. “We don’t want to go back,” they would say with a terrifying scowl on their faces. It was tough to take, my uncle seeming to “hate me,” but I couldn’t water down or protestantize my priesthood in order to gain esteem in his eyes. All I could do is suffer the loss of my godfather, the priest, the inspiration for my priesthood.

As I looked down on my godfather’s gray, lifeless body, knowing we had been separated for 20 years before that day, I blamed you, bishops! It was your effete, weak, compromising with the world “leadership” that emboldened all of the Fr. Don Murrays of the world to hate me … to hate us. You are the ones that guarded your gay, radical priests, while you chastised anyone who dared to actually love the rich treasury of our Catholic faith or challenged our people to strive to become saints.

Unlike the mighty bishops who came before you, you are the ones who never believed our people were capable of growing; of living a superior life in God’s good graces. Do you believe in grace at all? For you, living a life of virtue is an unrealistic goal; certainly not anything anyone is capable of living. Your weak, effete “leadership” has made “us” the enemy because we actually believe we are capable of living as our ancestors once did … lives totally dedicated to God and His way, not just the way of the world. You blame us for dividing the Church, when all the while we are trying to live in union with the Church as it was for 1965 years.

My uncle, by way of his living will, gave all of the roles at his funeral to his liberal priest friends. I was “allowed” to do the graveside services, because we needed to travel to Chicago for the burial. My uncle disinvited the strongest bishop in the country — my Bishop Morlino. I was mortified.

Well, I will go to my grave believing I tried to be the best priest I could be, challenging myself and all in my charge to strive for holiness; to love the rich treasury of our faith … even if that mission meant being separated (and maybe hated) by you and my uncle, my godfather, my inspiration, Fr. Don Murray … whom you incited and emboldened to hate me.

I pray God uses my anger for good. Because there is a whole lot there, for having to endure the weak, effete bishops over these past 50 years. This has got to change!

“Listen, you do-nothing superiors of clerics and priests. Listen, and even though you feel sure of yourselves, tremble at the thought that you are partners in the guilt of others; those, I mean, who wink at the sins of their subjects that need correction and who by ill-considered silence allow them license to sin. Listen, I say, and be shrewd enough to understand that all of you alike are deserving of death, that is, not only those who do such things, but also they who approve those who practice them.” — St. Peter Damian