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New Years’ resolutions that really matter

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As we wrestle with ourselves over our new years’ resolutions, let’s not lose sight of those that really matter – growth in the knowledge and beauty of the Faith.

Week 1: On Sundays, explore related passages from Scripture for the liturgical day.
Take just 5 minutes each Sunday, open the Bible or collection of sermons, and find a passage to reflect on which corresponds to the day. This week’s feast of the Holy Family is rich for reflection. The Gospel is taken from Luke 2:42-52, dealing with the loss of Our Lord in the Temple. On the topic of Jesus and the doctors in the temple, one could read from the Psalms, 118:97-104. Or on the moral beauties of a united family, Exod. 20:12, Deut. 5:16; 26:16, Proverbs 17:6; 23:22-25; 30:17; 31:10-31.

Week 2: Practice Generosity
Beyond the precept of the Church that requires us to give of our fruits, generosity is more than money. Sometimes the greater generosity is that of time. This week, make one act of generous time that you ordinarily would not do. For husbands and fathers, perhaps go into work early, so you can leave a bit early in order to spend extra time with children. For mothers, perhaps it’s an unsolicited offer to help another mother watch her children for the afternoon or simply 15 minutes of meditation during the week in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Week 3: Practice Purity of Intention
This Third Sunday after Epiphany also coincides with the feast of St. Agnes, who is venerated for her purity. But purity can go beyond the mandates of the 6th and 9th commandment. Let us also reflect on our intentions during this week before we take an action – is this task, conversation, or recreation I am about to undertake done for the greater glory of God, or is it self-serving?

Week 4: Practice Silence
In Lamentations, and throughout scripture, the preference for us to be silent in prayer and meditation is a recurring theme; “It is good to wait with silence for the salvation of God” (Lam. 3:26) This week, make an effort once a day to allow another to speak, or to refrain from an idle comment. You may be surprised at the frequency this happens. St. Joseph is also a shining example throughout the Christmas gospels: be silent, allowing others to shine more than you.

Week 5: Practice Gratitude
This week make it a practice to find ordinary things throughout the day to be grateful for. It could be gratitude to another, say a coworker for a task they perform daily and it has become so routine we don’t offer anything beyond the mumbled “thanks.” Or it could be a small prayer of thanksgiving to God for the gifts of health, family, a Catholic education for your children, or stable employment. And as we come closer this Sexagesima Sunday to Lent, let us be especially grateful to Our Lord and his priests for the unbound mercy in the confessional.

Week 6: Say the Angelus
In churches and priories, the practice of saying the Angelus is common. In homes and our daily lives, it is less so. On this Quinquagesima Sunday, also the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, let us fall into the good habit of reciting the Angelus. At first, we can make it a habit to say it just once a day – maybe after we wake with our morning prayers. Then, add it to your lunchtime and dinner routine, so along with the Church, you can unite yourself to Our Blessed Mother three times each day.

 

 

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13 Our Fathers in honor of St. Francis of Paola

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It is piously believed that St. Francis of Paola recited 13 Our Fathers and Hail Marys in honor of Our Lord and His Apostles. A most worthy endeavor for us to take up. The following is from The Racolta:

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Pope Clement XII., in the Brief Coelestium munerum dispensatio of Dec. 2, 1738, granted –

i. A plenary indulgence to all the faithful who, upon thirteen Fridays continuously preceding the Feast of St. Francis of Paola (April 2), or at any other time of the year, shall, in honour of this Saint, being truly penitent, visit, after Confession and Communion, a church of the Minims, commonly called the Paolotti, either already erected or hereafter to be erected, and pray there for our Holy Mother Church; this Indulgence may be gained on any one of the said Fridays; and

ii. An indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines on all other Fridays.

Moreover, wherever there are not churches of the above named order, or where they are distant at least a mile from a person’s own dwelling, the same Clement XII. granted in these two cases, by a Brief Nuper editae of March 20, 1739, the same indulgences to the faithful as are mentioned above, conditional of course upon their previous Confession and Communion. In this Brief permission is given to visit any other church whatsoever dedicated to God in honour of St. Francis of Paola, or any altar existing in any church where there is a picture of this glorious Saint; and if none of these conditions can be complied with, the visit may be made to their own parish church.

This devotion originated with St. Francis himself, who practised it in honour of our Lord Jesus Christ and His twelve Apostles with this intent, on each of the thirteen Fridays he used to recite thirteen Pater noster’s and as many Ave Maria’s, and this devotion he promulgated by word of mouth and by letter to his own devout followers, as an efficacious means of obtaining from God the graces they desired, provided they were for the greater good of their souls.

Since the death of the Saint, which took place April 2, 1507, the day on which Good Friday fell in that year, this devotion has always been practised by the faithful throughout the whole Catholic world in honour of the holy Founder; and so it came at last to be approved by the said Clement XII., who granted the Indulgences above named, in order to animate good Christians to adopt it.

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.

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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.

Removed by the police for praying the rosary

 

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In Brussels Cathedral, in the midst of a celebration of the Portestant Revolt, these young Catholics prayed the rosary in reparation. The enemies of Our Lord and the the Church had these faithful young souls thrown out of the church. The fact that the revolutionary rebellion of Luther is extolled and celebrated is a great thorn in the side of Our Lord.  Millions of souls have been thrown from salvation due to the Protestant revolt. Those who know not Christ will be thrown to the pit of hell. Pray for the lost souls.

“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, “Ingruentium Malorum”, 1951 A.D.

Blessed are you, fellow soldiers, when they revile you and persecute you.

 

Treasury of the Church

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Our Lord has made the Church the dispenser of the mysteries of salvation.

“The only begotten Son of God … ‘made unto us from God, wisdom, justice, sanctification and redemption’ [1 Cor. 3], ‘… by His own blood entered once into the holies having obtained eternal redemption’ [Heb. 9:12]. ‘For not with corruptible things as gold or silver, but with the precious blood of His very (Son) … He has redeemed us’ [cf. 1 Pet. 1:18-19], who innocent, immolated on the altar of the Cross is known to have poured out not a little drop of blood, which however on account of union with the Word would have been sufficient for the redemption of the whole human race, but copiously as a kind of flowing stream, so that ‘from the soles of His feet even to the top of His Head no soundness was found in Him’ [Is. 1:6]. Therefore, how great a treasure did the good Father acquire from this for the Church militant, so that the mercy of so great an effusion was not rendered useless, vain or superfluous, wishing to lay up treasures for His sons, so that thus the Church is an infinite treasure to men, so that they who use it, become the friends of God [Wis. 7:14]. Indeed this treasure … through blessed Peter, the keeper of the keys of heaven and his successors, his vicars on earth, He has committed to be dispensed for the good of the faithful, both from proper and reasonable causes, now for the whole, now for partial remission of temporal punishment due to sins, in general as in particular (according as they know to be expedient with God), to be applied mercifully to those who truly repentant have confessed. Indeed, to the mass of this treasure the merits of the Blessed Mother of God and of all the elect from the first just even to the last, are known to give their help; concerning the consumption or the diminution of this there should be no fear at any time, because of the infinite merits of Christ…as well as for the reason that the more are brought to justification by its application, the greater is the increase of the merits themselves.” ~Clement VI, “Unigenitus Dei Filius”, 1343 A.D.)

Prayers for the Faithful of Cuba

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September has been quite a month for natural disasters. From hurricanes to earthquakes, many thousands have suffered the effects of the wrath of God for our many sins. We pray God’s mercy upon those grievously affected and upon those who have lost their lives.

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Cuba has been devastated by Hurricane Irma. We appeal to your charity to help our faithful on the island.

“Caritas Christi urget nos! The charity of Christ presseth us!,” as St. Paul the Apostle reminds us.

Cuba has been devastated by Hurricane Irma. The flood rains, the winds that took down everything in their way, the sea that flooded the lands have left apocalyptic ruins in their wake. Mudslides, flooding, lack of electricity and water, shortage of medicine and food: such is the aftermath of this hurricane that considerably worsened the lot of the Cuban people.

The Society of St. Pius X, spurred on by Christian charity, according to the teaching of St. Paul, wishes to help its parishes in Havana and Matanzas. So to all Catholics who can offer any help, please assist in easing the sufferings of our Cuban brothers.

If you wish to participate by buying clothing, food and medicine, please contact Fr. Pierre Mouroux, head of the mission on the island, as soon as possible: p.mouroux@fsspx.email

May God reward you for your charity and generosity!

Source: FSSPX.Actualidad – 9/19/2017