In March of 1938, when the naïve among his contemporaries still thought they might cut a deal with the National Socialists, Winston Churchill saw his country “descending incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which leads to a dark gulf.” A gulf beckons today, and no amount of forced optimism or self-conscious jollity will stop the descent to its shadows. There is nothing inevitable about what lies ahead, but providence will overcome fatalism only if people absorb what Pope Benedict XVI said last January: “…it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres.” Those words would probably confuse the comfortable man who objected to me about a prayer that mentioned “enemies of the Faith.” He said with suburban unction that “there are no enemies anymore.” He was unaware that somewhere around 200 million Christians live under daily threat in 197 countries. Last year, nearly 100,000 Christians were killed because of their Christianity, in lands from North Korea and China, to Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, Laos, Sudan, and on and on, including some supposed allies of our nation, such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt. The man who saw no enemies might plead with good reason that the media have, to put it mildly, inadequately publicized these persecutions. That kind of plea, however, can no longer be sustained when elements of our own government have declared war on the Church, and persecution both subtle and blatant has gone domestic. Catholics have not been prepared to deal with this, and some have even been compliant. If we rely only on institutional bureaucracy to be our line of defense, we may find it to be a Maginot Line. The Allies were unprepared when Churchill spoke in 1938 because people wanted butter not guns, but found soon enough that butter was being rationed, and guns were pointing at them. Pope Benedict spoke of “a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.” It is not possible to look through stained glass windows, so the man who saw no enemies outside his air-conditioned and centrally heated church will be surprised if he tries to visit a Catholic hospital two years from now and finds that there is none, only a dark gulf. The Archbishop of Chicago has considered that possibility if the Health and Human Services regulations are not rescinded. Hope is a theological virtue. Optimism is not. The wise have warned that pessimists are unhappy fools and optimists are happy fools. But the hopeful are not foolish. Christ began his war with a forty-day battle in a desert filled with wild beasts, but as they prowled about, He could hear angels.
FOR THE FORGOTTEN SOULS IN PURGATORY (click on picture)
Pie Jesus qui tollis peccata mundi dona eis requiem Angus Die qui tollis pecata mundi dona eis requiem
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ST. POPE PIUS X, PRAY FOR US !
To read my running commentary on St. Pope Pius X's Encyclical on Modernism, click here.
Watch video of Bishop Schneider explaining receiving Holy Communion (click Pope's picture)
Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful. -- Redemptionis Sacramentum #92 ( March 2004)
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
"Our home is in Heaven and our stay on earth is like staying in hotel. You always want to go home." ---St. John Vianney
St. Thomas More, pray for us
Who founded YOUR church? "To be steeped in history is to cease to be Protestant." --Bl. John Cardinal Newman
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St. Thomas Aquinas, Pray for us.
Click on Picture for a humorous parody called "What if Thomas Aquinas had been a tabloid journalist?"
Please pray for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen
“Could it be that one reason for the lack of vocations is our failure to stress sacrifice?
I am a Roman Catholic priest, ordained in 2003, and committed to the magisterial authority of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church founded by Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the Rock of St. Peter and his successors.