Archbishop Lefebvre on the Priesthood

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The great Archbishop Lefebvre founded the Society of St. Pius X for the Catholic Priesthood, during the most catastrophic crisis in Church history.  He knew that without holy priests, souls could not be saved.  In these sermons, we read the words of a great saint, with a great love for the True Church, who wanted nothing more than to pass on what he had received, for the salvation of souls.

“Now, the cleric, that is, he who intends to participate in the Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, engages himself to holiness by his very function. It is no more the matter of a promise made in front of God, in front of Heaven, in front of the Elect of Heaven, in front of the Church, to profess holiness, but his very function is one of holiness because he participates in the Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. To be a priest and not to search for holiness is a contradiction in terms. The priest must essentially be holy because of his function, because of the Order that he receives. Every admonition the bishop gives on the occasion of each ordination recalls this exigency. You, my very dear friends, who received the Orders of Lector and Porter yesterday, you remember well that the bishop told you: you must give the example by your life; you must sanctify the faithful by the example of your life, not only by your words, not only by your functions, but by the example of your life. And the same is true of every ordination, and much more by the priestly ordination. This is very important; it is a very profound commitment.”

http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/Archbishop-Lefebvre/Archbishop_Lefebvre_and_the_Vatican/1988-02-02.htm

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Merry Christmas!

A Blessed, Happy & Holy Christmas to each and every one of you!

Damsel of the Faith

“And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped…

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Christmas Eve

Our Infant King cometh! Happy Christmas Eve!

Damsel of the Faith

Christmas Eve
Saint Joseph goes to Bethlehem with His Holy Spouse

by St. Alphonsus de Liguori


Ascendit autem et Joseph . . . ut profittretur
cutit Maria desponsata sibi uxore preegnantt.

“And Joseph also went up . . . to be enrolled with Mary
his espoused wife, who was with child.”–St. Luke, ii. 4.

God had decreed that His Son should be born not in the house of Joseph, but in a cavern and stable of beasts, in the poorest and most painful way that a child can be born; and therefore He caused Caesar to publish an edict, by which people were commanded to go and enroll themselves, every one in his own city whence he drew his origin.

When Joseph heard this order, he was much agitated as to whether he should take with him or leave behind the Virgin Mother, as she was now so near childbirth…

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Remember the Christeros

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These brave, courageous Catholic men are the epitome of Catholic militancy. No greater love is there than to lay down your life in defense of Christ’s Church. Amen.

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/district-mexico-pays-homage-cristero-hero-34475

On November 23, 2017, the District of Mexico of the SSPX commemorated the 90th anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr. Miguel Agustin Pro, a martyred Cristero priest.

The ceremony began fittingly with the recitation of the rosary in the church of the Holy Family, where lie the remains of the courageous Mexican priest who died in 1927 for unfailingly confessing the Catholic Faith that was being attacked in Mexico by the Freemason government of Plutarco Elías Calles.

The faithful then set out on a pilgrimate by foot, reciting a second rosary, to the very place where the priest was martyred 90 years ago.

Upon their arrival at the former police station where Fr. Pro was shot, the priests and faithful recited a third rosary, after the example of the priest and martyr who so loved this prayer.

The saga of the Cristeros saw many courageous Christians lay down their lives to show their complete loyalty to Christ the King, renouncing the vanities of this world and preferring death in their fight against the laws attacking the freedom of the Catholic Church.

Born of a Virgin

God was born of a Virgin. Miracle of miracles yet so many reject this sacred truth.

Damsel of the Faith

It is dogma that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, who remained as such before, during and after the Birth of Christ.  To those who think differently or outright reject this sacred truth, do you not think that God is all powerful and can do as he wishes?  If He can create the world from nothing, do you not think that he can allow a child to born from a virgin in the most miraculous manner?

Here is a beautiful meditation from Pope St. Leo I:

“Therefore, when the time came, dearly beloved, which had been fore-ordained for men’s redemption, there enters these lower parts of the world, the Son of God, descending from His heavenly throne and yet not quitting His Father’s glory, begotten in a new order, by a new nativity. In a new order, because being invisible in His own nature He became visible in ours…

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Poland to begin phasing out Sunday shopping

 

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The rest of the world would do well to follow the example of Poland, which has retained much of the Catholic faith and devotion.

Remember the words of Our Lady of LaSalette:

If my people do not wish to submit themselves, I am forced to let go off the hand of my Son. It is so heavy and weighs me down so much I can no longer keep hold of it.

I have suffered all of the time for the rest of you! If I do not wish my Son to abandon you, I must take it upon myself to pray for this continually. And the rest of you think little of this. In vain you will pray, in vain you will act, you will never be able to make up for the troubles I have taken over for the rest of you.

I gave you six days to work, I kept the seventh for myself, and no one wishes to grant it to me. This is what weighs down the arm of my Son so much.

An excerpt from the article:

Poland lawmakers voted last week to reclaim Sunday as a day of rest by phasing out Sunday shopping by 2020.

The bill, which was presented by trade unions, had the support of the ruling “Law and Justice” (PiS) party government. According to Nasz Dziennik (“Our Daily”), 254 delegates voted for the bill, 156 were against it, and 23 abstained. Relatively more left-wing parties as “Civil Platform” (PO), “Modern” and the “Union of European Democrats” opposed the bill.

The bill is expected to be passed by the Polish Senate and then signed into law by President Duda.

Poland is one of the last remaining European countries that is managing to keep its Catholic identity amidst constant pressures from the EU and neighboring countries to have it jettison its moral fiber. The country continues to reject abortion and homosexual “marriage”.

The Catholic faith, following the Bible, teaches that Sunday is a day of rest since God rested on the seventh day after creation. Sunday, historically the “first day” of the week, became the Catholic “seventh day” and day of rest after the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday.

The cessation of Sunday trade will not affect all businesses and will be carried out gradually. From 1 March to 31 December 2018, stores will still be open on the first and final Sundays of each month. In 2019, shops will be trading on the last Sunday of the month. Finally, in 2020, most shops will be closed on all but eight Sundays.

The symbolism of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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https://aleteia.org/2017/12/12/the-hidden-symbolism-of-our-lady-of-guadalupes-image/

With Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast a Day just past on the 12th let us reflect upon her coming to the Mexican people amd study the rich symbolism behind that most blessed tilma.

The famous image is steeped in spiritual symbols.

When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego and imprinted her image on his tilma, a cactus-fiber mantle, she did so recognizing the local beliefs of the Aztec people. This led to an image of Our Lady that is full of symbols that were meant to teach the Aztec people who she was and highlight her closeness to the local population.

Face and Hair – Instead of the typical “white” Madonna, Our Lady of Guadalupe appears with the complexion of the indigenous people. More specifically she is a mestizo, a combination of Mexican and Spanish, indicating that she is for all people. Her eyes are cast downwards, indicating to them that she was not a god and symbolizing humility. The gaze is also one of compassion and motherly tenderness. Her hair is loose, indicating that she was a virgin maiden.

Mantle and Tunic – The lady wears a rose-tinted tunic with four-petaled flowers imprinted on it, symbolizing the earth and the four seasons. The rose color may point to the dawn, symbolizing a new era. Around her mantle is a bluish-turquoise cloak with stars upon it. This is the color of both royalty and the heavens above. She may not be a god, but she is certainly from heaven.

Ribbon – The black ribbon around her belly indicates that she is with child. Some believe that her appearance gives evidence that she is about to give birth.

Hands – She is pictured in prayer, showing again that she is not a god, but praying to someone else who is. Her knee is slightly bent which could indicate a prayerful dance.

Medallion – A circle medallion is around her neck that is engraved with a cross. This symbolized her consecration to Jesus Christ.

Sun – Behind the lady are the rays of a sun. This meant she was greater than their Aztec sun god.

Moon – Similarly, she stands upon the moon, showing her superiority to the Aztec moon god and that she is greater than the night.

Angel – It was believed that angels took the Aztecs’ sacrifices to their gods. In this case, the lady is the sacrifice given and stands as the perfection of all sacrifices. Also, only royalty were lifted on shoulders, so it again points to her place in the heavenly court. The angel also has wings that are similar to an eagle’s wings in Aztec iconography.

All of this symbolism has an added dimension when viewed in light of Scripture. She is clearly the woman from the book of Revelation.

And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. (Revelation 12:1-2)
Later on in that chapter it even reads, “But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness” (Revelation 12:14).

For the people of Mexico, this image was ground-breaking in symbolism and spoke directly to their culture while teaching them multiple Christian truths.