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Sunday, October 4, 2015

An excerpt from Saint Louis de Montfort's "The Secret of the Rosary"
(Published by TAN Books)

"Whatever you do, do not be like a certain pious but stubborn lady in
Rome, so often mentioned when speaking about the Rosary.

She was so devout and so fervent that she put to shame by her holy
life even the strictest religious in the Church.

"Having decided to ask Saint Dominic's advice about her spiritual
life, she asked him to hear her confession.

For penance he gave her one whole Rosary to say and advised her to say
it every day. She said that she had no time to say it, excusing
herself on the grounds that she made the Stations of Rome every day,
that she wore sackcloth and a hair shirt, that she carried out so many
other penances and fasted so much.

Saint Dominic urged her repeatedly to take his advice and say the
Rosary, but she would not hear of it. She left the confessional,
horrified at the tactics of this new spiritual director who had tried
so hard to persuade her to take on a devotion that was not at all to
her liking.

"Later on, when she was in prayer, she fell into ecstasy and had a
vision of her soul appearing before Our Lord's Judgment Seat. Saint
Michael put all her penances and other prayers onto one tray of the
scales and all her sins and imperfections onto the other tray. The
tray of her good works was greatly outweighed by the tray with her
sins and imperfections.

"Filled with terror she cried for mercy, imploring the Blessed Virgin
Mary's help. Her gracious Advocate took the one and only Rosary that
she had said for her penance and dropped it onto the tray of her good
works. This one Rosary was so heavy that it weighed more than all her
sins as well as all her good works. Our Lady then reproved her for
refusing to follow the counsel of her servant Dominic and for not
saying the Rosary every day.

"As soon as she came to she rushed and threw herself at Saint
Dominic's feet, and told him all that had happened. She begged his
forgiveness for her unbelief and promised to say the Rosary faithfully
every day. By this means she arose to Christian perfection and finally
to the glory of everlasting life.

"You who are people of prayer -- learn from this how tremendous is the
power, the value and the importance of this devotion of the Most Holy
Rosary when it is said together with meditation on the mysteries."

Saturday, October 3, 2015

This song was on the back of the all night vigil prayer book.  I never took the time to actually read it but for some reason I did today.  It's absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!

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Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.

Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest Name,
O Savior of mankind!

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah, this
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel
(September 29)


"AND THERE WAS a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with
the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels; and they prevailed not,
neither was their place found any more in heaven, and that great dragon was
cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth
the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown
down with him."         
-- Apocalypse 12:7-9

Most Suitable for Our Times

    Lucifer has placed his stamp upon the present age. Open and secret
revolt against God and His Church, the spirit of criticism, unbelief and
immorality are spreading. The arrogant boast of Lucifer, "I will be like
the Most High!" re-echoes everywhere. Puffed up with their discoveries and
the progress in material science, men loudly proclaim their
self-sufficiency and deny the existence of a Supreme Being. Governments and
secret societies, plotting against God and striving to blot out from homes
and schools, from offices and factories, all traces of Christianity, show
plainly whose standard they follow. Never before in the world's history
were God's rights so blasphemously mocked and denied, or the rights of man
so arrogantly asserted, as they are today.

    These frightful evils must convince us that we must turn to St.
Michael, the Archangel, that glorious prince of Heaven who rendered all
glory to God, conquering Lucifer and casting him into the abyss.

    Already three centuries ago, St. Francis de Sales wrote: "Veneration
of St. Michael is the great remedy against despising the rights of God,
against insubordination, skepticism and infidelity" - vices which are
perhaps more prevalent now than ever before.

    Surely, it is time for Christians to "rise from sleep" and to offer
vigorous resistance to the enemies of salvation. The weapons in this
conflict are not the arms of civil warfare, but the spiritual weapons of
prayer and penance, increased fidelity to the Commandments of God, and
frequent reception of the Sacraments. And surely we can choose no better
leader in this conflict than the powerful captain who led the faithful
Angels to victory.

    Let us, then, with confident trust invoke the aid and the protection
of this mighty Archangel whose shield bears the inscription: "MI-CHA-EL" -
"Quis ut Deus" - "Who is like unto God?"


The above is taken from the excellent booklet "St. Michael the Archangel"
published by TAN Books (

Friday, September 11, 2015

We see the vast number of non-Christians lost; we see the vast number of sects separated from the Catholic Church is likewise lost. The Holy Ghost only dwells in the Catholic Church. Outside of Her there is no salvation. But, how many who are within the Church will be saved? How many can truly say that they love Christ, and they can attest to it by their actions (keeping His word)?
Bishop Giles OFM

Monday, September 7, 2015

Pope St. Sergius I

(Reigned 687-701), date of birth unknown; consecrated probably on 15 Dec., 687; died 8 Sept., 701.

While Pope Conon lay dying, the archdeacon Pascal offered the exarch a large sum to bring about his election as his successor. Through the exarch’s influence the archdeacon was accordingly elected by a number of people; about the same time another faction elected the archpriest Theodore. The mass of clergy and people, however, set them both aside and chose Sergius, who was duly consecrated.
Dream of Pope St. Sergius, painting by Rogier van der Weyden
Dream of Pope St. Sergius, painting by Rogier van der Weyden

Sergius, the son of Tiberius, was a native of Antioch; he was educated in Sicily, and ordained by [St.] Leo II. The new pope had numerous relations with England and the English. He received [St.] Caedwalla, King of the West Saxons, and baptized him (689); and, as he died in Rome, caused him to be buried in St. Peter’s. He ordered St. Wilfrid to be restored to his see, greatly favoured St. Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, and is credited with endeavouring to secure the Venerable Bede as his adviser. Finally he consecrated the Englishman [St.] Willibrord bishop, and sent him to preach Christianity to the Frisians.

St Hubert of Liège is consecrated bishop by Pope St. Sergius. St Hubert of Liège is consecrated bishop by Pope St. Sergius.

The cruel Emperor Justinian wanted him to sign the decrees of the so- called Quinisext or Trullan Council of 692, in which the Greeks allowed priests and deacons to keep the wives they had married before their ordination, and which aimed at placing the Patriarch of Constantinople on a level with the Pope of Rome. When Sergius refused to acknowledge this synod, the emperor sent an officer to bring him to Constantinople. But the people protected the pope, and Justinian himself was soon afterwards deposed (695).
Sergius succeeded in extinguishing the last remnants of the Schism of the Three Chapters in Aquileia. He repaired and adorned many basilicas, added the Agnus Dei to the Mass, and instituted processions to various churches.

Liber Pontificalis, ed. DUCHESNE, I (Paris, 1886), 371 sqq.; HEFELE, Hist. of the Councils, V (tr., Edinburgh, 1894), 221 sqq.; BEDE, Hist. eccles., V; PAULUS DIACONUS, De gest. Langob., VI; HODGKIN, Italy and Her Invaders, VI (Oxford, 1895), 352 sqq.; MANN, Lives of the Popes, I (London, 1902), ii, 77 sqq.
Horace K. Mann (Catholic Encyclopedia)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Mary is the queen of Martyrs, for her Martyrdom was longer and greater than
that of all the Martyrs.

Who can ever have a heart so hard that it will not melt on hearing the most
lamentable event that once occurred in the world? There was a noble and
holy mother who had an only son. This son was the most amiable that can be
imagined - innocent,  virtuous, beautiful, who loved his mother most
tenderly; so much so that he had never caused her  the least displeasure,
but had ever shown her all  respect, obedience, and affection; hence this
mother had placed her affections on earth in this son. Hear, then, what
happened. This son, through envy, was falsely accused by his enemies; and
though the judge knew, and himself confessed, that he was innocent, yet,
that he might not offend his enemies, he condemned him to the ignominious
death that they demanded. This poor mother had to suffer the grief of
seeing that amiable and beloved son unjustly snatched from her in the
flower of his age by a barbarous death; for, by dint of torments and
drained of all his blood, he was made to die on an infamous gibbet in a
public place of execution, and this before her own eyes. Devout souls, what
say you? Is not this event, and is not this unhappy mother, worthy of
compassion? You already understand of whom I speak. This son, so cruelly
executed, was our loving Redeemer Jesus; and this mother was the Blessed
Virgin Mary; who, for the love she bore us, was willing to see him
sacrificed to divine justice by the barbarity of men. This great torment
which Mary endured for us - a torment that was more than a thousand deaths
- deserves both our compassion and our gratitude. If we can make no other
return for so much love, at least let us give a few moments this day to
consider the greatness of the sufferings by which Mary became the Queen of
martyrs; for the sufferings of her great martyrdom exceeded those of all
the martyrs; being, in the first place, the longest in point of duration;
and in the second place, the greatest in point of intensity.

 From "Victories of the Martyrs"
By St. Alphonsus Liguori

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mary adorns her clients with her merits, assists them with her power, enlightens them with her light, and kindles them with her love. She imparts her virtues to them and becomes their security, their intercessor, and their all with Jesus.
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)