A Meditation for Holy Week: Enter ye in at the narrow gate ...

A Meditation for Holy Week

“Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat”. Matthew 7:13 The doctrine of these two verses needs no commentary, but deserve serious attention. Unfortunately, the world has all but forgotten why Christ even died on the Cross, so maybe Lent is the time to get it right. The truth is that Christ’s Sacrifice didn’t actually *earn our salvation, since salvation is gained by merit. “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his[…]

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Divine Mercy Cult

The Cult of the Divine Mercy

Pope Pius XII put the writings of Sr. Faustina on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum [Index of Forbidden Books]. That meant that he considered that their content would lead Catholics astray or in the wrong direction. Next, came other prohibitions made by Pope John XXIII. Twice in his pontificate, the Holy Office issued condemnations of the Divine Mercy writings. Cardinal Ottaviani, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was responsible for the suppression of the Divine Mercy devotion. Given the information he had at the time, his suppression was well founded. The Holy Office declared that[…]

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Holy Face of Jesus

Holy Face Devotion – Devotion for Our Times: Acts of Reparation for Insults and Blasphemies

This Salutary Reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus is a Divine Work, Destined to Save Modern Society. — Pope Pius IX Devotion to the Holy Face of Christ is of ancient origin, reaching back to the fourth century and before. From the 12th century on, the devotion began to revolve around the Veil of Veronica, held to be the cloth Veronica gave to Our Lord to wipe His face during the carrying of the Cross. Popularity of the devotion grew enormously with St. Therese of the Child Jesus making known her devotion to the Holy Face, with an Archconfraternity[…]

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Holy Face Chaplet Beads

How to Pray the Holy Face Chaplet for the Triumph of His Holy Church

This Salutary Reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus is a Divine Work, Destined to Save Modern Society. — Pope Pius IX The Chaplet of the Holy Face comes from Sr. Mary of St. Peter, a Holy Carmelite Nun of Tours, France, given to her by our Lord November 15, 1843. The chaplet is said for the “Triumph of His Holy Church, and the downfall of her enemies.” It is well to recite daily to obtain this. The chaplet of the Holy Face has for its object the honouring of the five senses of our Lord Jesus Christ. This chaplet is composed[…]

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Saints Cyprian and Justina of Antioch

Saint Cyprian and Saint Justina, Martyrs

Saints Cyprian and Justina are venerated in the Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church, who in 304, during the persecution of Diocletian, suffered martyrdom at Nicomedia (modern-day İzmit, Turkey) on September 26. The Life of Sts. Cyprian and Justina gives one of the fullest accounts in Christian literature of sorcery and its power over men—and its final defeat by the power of Christ. It is not the product of someone’s imagination, but is based on the first-hand testimony of one who was a leading servant of the demons himself. “Neither let there be found among you any one that shall[…]

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Resurrection of Christ

Victimae Paschali Laudes

Victimae Paschali Laudes is one of the medieval sequences that were preserved in the Missale Romanum published in 1570 after the Council of Trent (1545-1563), this poetic liturgical hymn continues to be sung at the Tridentine Mass on Easter Sunday and through its Octave. The Easter sequence, attributed to Wipo of Burgundy (✞ 1048). This ancient chant tells the story of death and life locked in a struggle, wherein Christ, the Paschal victim, victorious over death, reconciles us to the Father. It tells the story of Mary Magdalene, who upon finding the empty tomb of the risen Christ and of finding the[…]

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St. Alphonsus Mary De Ligouri

On The Number Of Sins Beyond Which God Pardons No More

Non tentabis Dominum Deum tuumThou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God– Matt., 4:7 A sermon by St. Alphonsus Mary De Liguori (1696-1787), Bishop and Doctor of the Church. St. Francis Jerome, when he visited the parents of St. Alphonsus shortly after his birth, made this prophecy: “This child will be blessed with length of days; he shall not see death before his ninetieth year; he will be a bishop and will do great things for Jesus Christ.” This prophecy certainly came true. One of the most accomplished of all the saints is Alphonsus Liguori. He was a lawyer in[…]

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Saint Benedict Prayers

The Power of St-Benedict Prayer

At very turning of history God raises great saints in order to strengthen the supernatural hold over souls exercised by the Church in virtue of her divine mission. The Roman Empire had crumbled down and the Barbarian has invaded whole Europe. Then appeared Benedict as chief of the monks of the West. Benedict was born in central Italy, about the year 480, when the civilized world was being overrun by pagan and heretical tribes. As a young man, he withdrew to the mountainous region of Subiaco to live there as a hermit. Soon many disciples followed him. Later, St. Benedict[…]

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Incensation of the Altar: Symbolism of Incensets Use and its Significance

The Incensation of the Altar: its Use, Significance, and the Sequence of Incensations

In every Solemn Mass besides the Mass of requiem, and only in the Solemn Mass, the altar is incensed before the Introït. God himself commanded incense (thus or thymiama, from the Greek) to be used in his cult: “Thou shalt make an altar for burning incense… and Aaron shall burn sweet-smelling incense upon it in the morning.” (Exodus 30: 1, 7) The Magi offered incense to Christ the Lord. By Apostolic institution, the Church of Christ has always used the burning of incense to solemnify her worship of God. (Cardinal Bona and others) The burning of incense signifies, by the[…]

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Holy Face Shroud

Daily Prayers in Honor of the Holy Face of Jesus

“By offering My Face to My Eternal Father; nothing will be refused, and the conversion of many sinners will be obtained.” (Private revelation to Sister Mary of St. Peter) SUNDAY: May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, and most ineffable Name of Jesus be forever praised, blessed, loved, and adored, by all the creatures of God; and may reparation be made to His Most Holy Face for all of the outrages committed against His Holy Countenance. Amen. O Divine Jesus, through the ignominies inflicted upon Thy Holy Face, save us. MONDAY: O Divine Redeemer, consoled in Thy bitter Passion[…]

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Praying Rosary for Peace

Praying the Rosary for Peace

The grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new Millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situations of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future. The Rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is “our peace” (Eph 2:14). Anyone who assimilates the mystery of Christ – and this is clearly the goal of the Rosary –[…]

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St Joseph

On the Veneration of St. Joseph

Saint Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the foster-father of Jesus Christ.  At the same time, Pope Pius XII established an additional Feast of “St. Joseph the Worker”, to be celebrated on 1 May, in order to coincide with the celebration of International Workers’ Day (May Day) in many countries.  ST. JOSEPH of the royal blood of David, was a mechanic [carpenter] in Nazareth of Galilee, where he was espoused to[…]

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