I'm happy to say that we were able to put together another of our Gazettes. Yay! This means our lives are getting back to normal and on schedule. You can download or print the gazette here.
We are working on another Gazette that will be up and available to download or print in time for December 1st. It's been awhile since we have been able to make one but hope that we can keep them up again. A blessed Advent season to all!
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For those of you who have asked if we were sharing our Catholic calendar again this year. The answer is yes. You can find it below and on our download page.
This is not an official calendar of the Catholic Church. It was put together by a lay person for her own family using the Saint Andrew Daily Missal, Imprimatur 1951, The Catholic Girls Guide, Imprimatur 1908 and With God, Imprimatur 1911. If you would please bring any mistakes to my attention at: firstname.lastname@example.org, I would appreciate it! God bless you all!
Please note: All prayers used in this calendar are from imprimatured sourses prior to 1958. Most of them well before that date.
Christmas is a liturgical season of great joy. It lasts forty days, from December 25 to February 2, during which the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior, is celebrated as one continuous festival. The finale comes with His presentation in the temple. A season most dear to Christian hearts, Christmas is as distinct in the liturgy as Advent, Lent, Easter, or Pentecost.
Four weeks of Advent are scarcely enough to "prepare the way of the Lord" for His coming to us as King. However, if we have used that season as a preparation, we are ready now to receive the Redeemer who will deliver us from sin in answer to our requests. Christ's coming must be, not a lovely idyll or a pastoral scene, but a reality accomplished in our lives and our children's. Forty days of rejoicing are not too long a celebration for so great an event.
The early Church selected December 25, the date of the winter solstice when God the Creator gives the sun an increase of natural light in northern hemispheres, as the day on which to celebrate the birth of the Sun of Justice, Light of the world. Radiating from the Divine Child are a galaxy of wonderful saints whose lives afford a continuing interest in celebrating the feast of His birth. Micheas, who lived in the days of Isaias, prophesied the birthplace of the Messiah: "Thou, Bethlehem, art a little one among the thousands in Judah; out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be the Ruler of Israel; and His going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity."
The name Bethlehem signifies House of Bread. To it at Christmas - comes the Savior, who is the Bread of Life. By our participation in this mystery the divine transformation takes place whereby He "reshapes the body of our lowliness after the body of His splendor." Our forbearers gave the name Christmas to the feast of our Lord's birth because they kept the "Christ Mass" as the heart of their celebrations. Following closely the liturgy of the Church, they centered their customs and wrote their hymns and carols on her practices of the season, adoration, love, joy, and gratitude. Those practices also increased their admiration for His Virgin Mother Mary, who gave Almighty God His human form. He had created heaven and earth by His Word, but His becoming Man depended on a creature's FIAT, Be it done unto me according to Thy Word. Mary consented. Our forebearers honored her in their great masterpieces because she is God's Mother. For the same reason the world in our day honors her as Queen of Heaven.
It is to our Lady that Christian families must look for help to reestablish Christmas as a season of festivities marking Christ's birth. Either we live the liturgical year with its varying seasons of joy and sorrow, work and rest, or we follow the pattern of the world. Nor is it an easy task to break with the world and the powerful influence of advertising. Their season of Christmas begins around Thanksgiving Day when stores display wares for holiday gift-giving. It lasts until December 24. Families, who would not dream of eating their Thanksgiving turkey a week in advance or of having their 4th of July picnic in June, give no thought to the fact that, when they awake on December 25, there is not a shred of Christmas left. Every present has been opened. Every carol has been sung. The tree has dried out Christmas is apt to be a dull day given to over-eating. There was no fast in Advent, so it follows that there can be no feast.
It is difficult to keep one's home dark in Advent penance; to keep a tree fresh outside the door; to refrain from singing carols until Christmas eve. We see their friends' trees shimmering with ornaments a week before Christmas. Their houses are bedecked with lights. Television and radio blare carols. Not only is it difficult to keep from celebrating beforehand, it is even more difficult to begin forty days of the Christmas season when all around people are concluding their festivities. How
then do families return to the spirit of the Church and begin the season of joy and grace on Christmas eve?
The simplest way is by keeping Advent. Advent is the beginning of the new liturgical year. It is a season of spiritual preparation, marked by eager longing for the coming of the Saviour through grace at Christmas, and for His second and final coming. It is also an ideal time to establish in our homes liturgical customs which will restore our children to Christ.
These age-old Advent practices help our children live closer to Christ and His Church during the pre-Christmas season. Time-tested and proven, the customs teach the doctrines of redemption and develop a generosity with God and a coordination of the family's spiritual efforts as effectively now as they did for our forebears. Their strong and living faith will be the heritage of our children if family religious practices, centered in the Liturgy, "The Normal School of Sanctity for the Laity," are established in our homes- Secularism has invaded our households. The Bishops of the United States have warned us that "The Christian must make his home holy - the Christian must realize the Christian ideal." Father Edgar Schmiedler, O.S.B., in his three excellent pamphlets, Your Home A Church in Miniature, says of family customs and blessings: "They are a relatively simple, but highly important, means of union between altar and home. They are a media for channeling from one great spiritual reservoir, given into then Church's keeping by Christ, the living and transforming waters of grace from the Saviour's fountain."
Children love to anticipate. When there are empty mangers to fill with straws of small sacrifices, when the Mary-Candle is a daily reminder on the dinner table, when Advent hymns are sung in the candlelight of a graceful Advent wreath, children are not anxious to celebrate Christmas before time. That would offend their sense of honor. Older children who make Nativity sets, cut Old Testament symbols to decorate a Jesse tree, or prepare costumes for a Christmas play will find Advent all too short a time to prepare for the coming of Christ the King.
Children, who love the beauty and simplicity of family religious practices, make the traditions easy to establish. As a rule it is best to begin with one or two customs and others in years to come. It is also highly desirable that families develop their own special customs, at least by adapting traditional ones to their personal circumstances. Once established, customs recall to older members of the family long forgotten practices of their own childhood. These have a special appeal because they belonged to our forefathers and link us to the wealth of national customs now fallen into disuse.
Celebrating Christmas in its season can be accomplished more easily when several families try it together. Frequently there are families who, if only for sentimental reasons, would like to keep the joy and surprise of Christmas for the eve. Christians of the Eastern rite wait until their particular feast of Christmas comes in January. We should likewise begin ours on its proper day. We also need time for our festivities. As difficult as it may be, we should decline invitations to celebrate Christmas
at the various parties sprinkled throughout the Advent season. The Church gives us a period of forty days for rejoicing. Instead invite friends and family to your own joyous celebration of Christ's birth during the many days following December 25th, when for others it is otherwise a disappointing and barren time.
If during Advent we open our souls fully, the Heavens will rain the Just One." St. Pius X, whose burning desire was to restore all things to Christ, might well become the patron of parents who wish to restore their children to Christ through these practices. Our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph too will send inspiration from the Holy Spirit, for theirs was a home where feast day cooking, family customs, family prayers and singing abounded, according to prescribed Jewish law. It is to them we must look for help in order to train our children "to live temperately, justly, reverently, in this world, awaiting the Advent of the glory of the great God."
May you all have a blessed and fruitful Advent Season!
Source: Advent and Christmas in a Catholic Home, Imprimatur 1950
Father de Ravignon, S.J., in one of his famous exhortations, says:
“Believe me, my dear friends, believe an experience ripened by thirty years in the sacred ministry. I do here affirm that all deceptions, all spiritual deficiencies, all miseries, all falls, all faults, and even the most serious wanderings off of the right path, all proceed from this single source - a want of constancy in prayer. Live the life of prayer; learn to bring everything, to change everything into prayer - pains and trials and temptations of all kinds. “Pray in the calm, pray in the storm. Pray on awaking, and pray during the daytime. Going and coming, pray. Tired out and distracted, pray. Whatsoever your repugnance may be, pray. Pray, that you may learn to pray. ‘Teach us, O Lord, how to pray.’” “’But I cannot pray.’ That is heresy. Yes, you can always pray. If you feel a disgust, nay, a horror of prayer, pray on, pray in spite of yourself, against yourself. Beg for the courage in prayer which our agonizing Saviour merited for you by His pangs in Gethsemani and upon Calvary. Pray, for prayer is our salvation.”
I thought I would share this explanation again in light of the trash that George Bergoglio is pedaling these days. It is impossible for a heretic to be the Pope of the Catholic Church. You can read in the post below this one his latest nauseating actions.
Taken from: “EXPLANATION of the EPISTLES and GOSPELS for the SUNDAYS, HOLYDAYS, and FESTIVALS throughout THE ECCLESIASTICAL YEAR” By: Rev. Leonard Goffine, Imprimatur 1918
"One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all." (Ephes. iv. 5. 6.)
THESE words of the great Apostle of the Gentiles show clearly, that it is not a matter of indifference, what faith or religion we profess. Yet in our times so poor in faith, we often hear the assertion from so-called enlightened men: "It is all the same to what religion we belong, we can be saved in any, if we only believe in God and live uprightly." This assertion is impious! Consider, my dear Christian, there is but one God, and this one God has sent only one Redeemer, and this one Redeemer has preached but one doctrine, and has established but one Church. Had God wished that there should be more than one Church, then Christ would have founded them, nay, He would not have preached a new doctrine, established a new, Christian Church; for the Jews also believed in one God. But Jesus cast aside Paganism and Judaism, promulgated a new religion, and founded a new Church. Nowhere does He speak of Churches, but always of one Church. He says that we must hear this Church, and does not add, that if we will not hear this Church, we may hear some other. He speaks of only one shepherd, one flock, and one fold, into which all men are to be brought. In the same manner He speaks always of one kingdom upon earth, just as there is only one kingdom in heaven; of only one master of the house and one family, of one field and one vineyard, whereby He referred to His Church; of one rock, upon which He would build His Church. On the day before His death, He prayed fervently to His Heavenly Father, that all who believe in Him, might be and remain one, as He and the Father are one, and He gave His disciples the express command to preach His gospel to all nations, and to teach them all things, whatsoever He had commanded them. This command the apostles carried out exactly. Everywhere they preached, one and the same doctrine, establishing in all places Christian communities; which were all united by the bond of the same faith. Their principal care was to prevent schisms in faith, they warned the faithful against heresy, commanded all originators of such to be avoided, and anathematized those who preached a gospel different from theirs. As the apostles, so did their successors. All the holy Fathers speak with burning love of the necessary Unity of faith, and deny those all claim to salvation who remain knowingly in schism and separation from the true Church of Christ.
Learn hence, dear Christian, that there can be but one true Church; if there is but one true Church, it naturally follows that in her alone salvation can be obtained, and the assertion that we can be saved by professing any creed, is false and impious. Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, speaks of but one Church, which we must hear, if we wish to be saved. He who does not hear the Church, He says, should be considered as a heathen and publican. He speaks furthermore of one fold, and He promises eternal life only to those sheep who belong to this fold, obey the voice of the shepherd and feed in His pasture. The apostles were also convinced that only the one, true Church could guide us to salvation. Without faith it is impossible to please God, writes St. Paul to the Hebrews, (xi. 6.) and this faith is only one, he teaches the Ephesians. (iv. 5.) If the apostles had believed that we could be saved in any religion, they would certainly not have contended so strenuously for unity, they would not have declared so solemnly, that we should not belong to any other than to Christ alone, and that we must receive and obey His doctrine. As the apostles taught so did their successors and all the Fathers agree that there is no salvation outside of the true Church. St. Cyprian writes: "If any one outside Noah's ark could find safety, then also will one outside the Church find salvation." (De unit. eccl. c. 7.) From all this it follows, that there is only one true Church which insures salvation, out of which no one can be saved.
But which is this Church ? The Roman Catholic, Apostolic Church, for she alone was founded by Christ, she alone was watered with the blood of the apostles and of thousands of holy martyrs, she alone has the marks of the true Church of Christ, [see the Instruction for the first Sunday after Easter] against which He has promised that the powers of hell shall not prevail. Those who fell away from the Church three hundred years ago, do, indeed, contend that the Church fell into error and no longer possessed the true, pure gospel of Jesus. Were they right, Jesus might be blamed, for He established this Church, promising to remain with her and guide her through the Holy Ghost until the end of the world. He would, therefore, have broken His word, or He was not powerful enough to keep it. But who dare say this? On the contrary, she has existed for eighteen hundred years, whilst the greatest and most powerful kingdoms have been overthrown, and the firmest thrones crumbled away. If she were not the only true and saving Church, founded by Christ, how could she have existed so long, since Jesus Himself said: Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. (Matt. xv. 13.) If she were not the Church of Christ, she would have been destroyed long ago, but she still stands today, whilst her enemies who battled against her have disappeared, and will continue to disappear; for the gates of hell shall not prevail against her, says our Lord. He has kept His promise and will keep it, notwithstanding all the oppositions and calumnies of her implacable enemies.
You see, therefore, my dear Christian, that the Catholic Church is the only true, the only saving Church; be not deceived by those who are neither cold nor warm, and who say: "We can be saved in any religion, if we only believe in God and live uprightly," and who wish to rob you of your holy faith, and precipitate you into the sea of doubt, error, and falsehood. Outside of the Catholic Church there is no salvation; hold this firmly, for it is the teaching of Jesus, His apostles, and all the Fathers; for this doctrine the apostles and a countless host of the faithful have shed their blood. Obey the teaching of this Church, follow her laws, make use of her help and assistance, and often raise your hands and heart to heaven to thank God for the priceless grace of belonging to this one, true Church; forget not to pray for your erring brethren, who are still outside of the Church that the Lord may lead them into her, that His promise may be fulfilled: THERE WILL BE ONE FOLD AND ONE SHEPHERD!
"For MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME, SAYING, i AM cHRIST: AND THEY WILL SEDUCE MANY" . . . . Matt xxiv; 5
Holy Scripture - The Douay-Rheims New Testament with a Comprehensive Catholic Commentary- Chapter 24
"For many will come in my name, saying, I am Christ: and they will seduce many" . . . . . Matt xxiv; 5
For many will come. One of these was Simon Magus, who in the Acts (c. viii. v. 10.) is mentioned as calling himself the power of God; hence the apostle S. John (1 ep. i i . 18,) says, and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists. By Antichrists I understand heretics, who, under the name of Christ, teach doctrines different from Christ; neither is there any reason for us to be surprised, if many be seduced, since our Lord declares that many will be seduced. S. Jerom. . . . This alone wil
be sufficient for us to know the false doctrines taught b y Antichrist, when they assure us that they are Christ; for we do not read in any part that Christ said so of himself. The miracles he performed, the doctrines he taught, and the virtues he on every occasion exhibited, were proofs sufficient to convince us that he was the Christ. There is need of the assistance of God to overcome the snares laid for us by hypocrisy. Origen.—Among these impostors were one Theodas, (Acts v. 36,) the impious Egyptian, (Acts xxi. 38,) Judas of Galilee, Menander, and several others who preceded the destruction of Jerusalem; but many more will precede the destruction of the world. This therefore is the first sign, the seduction of many souls from the true faith by heresies, and is common to both events. Jans.—-See much more in Barradius, torn. iii. 1. 9, c. 2, where he collects various illustrations from Josephus and profane authors. M.
"BUT there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be lying teachers among you,who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction." II Peter ii; 1
CHAP. II. VER. 1 . Lying teachers among you, some o f which were already come, and many more were to follow, who shall bring in sects,* (heresies) leading to perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them, denying the divinity of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer; such were the disciples of Simon, and many after them.
W i . — Sects of perdition; that is, heresies destructive of salvation.
This man, [Francis] might be a lot of things but he most certainly is not the Pope of the Holy Catholic Church.....Read on....
NEWSCATHOLIC CHURCH Tue Oct 25, 2016 - 10:02 am EST
A statue of Luther in the Vatican and a new papal definition of ‘lukewarm’
Catholic , Ecumenism , Evangelization , Lutheran , Martin Luther , Pope Francis
October 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis will travel to Lund, Sweden, next week to assist in the launch of a yearlong commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the door of the castle church of Wittenberg on October 31, 1517.
In a lead-up event at the Vatican on October 13, the Pope received a group of 1,000 Lutherans and Catholics from Germany in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall and addressed them from the stage where a statue of Luther was erected. The sight came as a shock to many Catholics because Luther was excommunicated and his theses rejected by Pope Leo X in 1520. The split he caused in Christianity remains as one of the most damaging in the Church’s 2,000-year history.
At the meeting, Francis reinforced his admonition from earlier this month against converting people. Weeks after saying it is a “very grave sin against ecumenism” for Catholics to try to convert Orthodox Christians, Pope Francis told the pilgrims “it is not licit” to “convince [non-Christians] of your faith.” In that meeting, the pope also offered a novel definition of “lukewarm,” which according to Pope Francis is when Christians “are keen to defend Christianity in the West on the one hand but on the other are averse to refugees and other religions.” [Insanity!]
The word ‘lukewarm’ has significant meaning to Christians because of the words of Christ revealed in St. John’s Revelation (3:16): “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will vomit thee out of my mouth.” The common interpretation of the verses was to condemn the practice of picking and choosing among the Christ’s teachings rather than holding to all of them. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says, “Half-hearted commitment to the faith is nauseating to Christ.”
In answer to a question about what he likes about the Lutheran Church, the pope said, “I really like good Lutherans, Lutherans who really practice their faith in Jesus Christ. What I don’t like are lukewarm Catholics and lukewarm Lutherans.” Italian daily La Stampa’s Vatican Insider quotes the pope as saying it’s a “contradiction” when Christians “are keen to defend Christianity in the West on the one hand but on the other are averse to refugees and other religions.”
The Pope’s application of Christ’s strong condemnation to those who would be averse to other religions is perhaps a warning to those who would object to his coming praise for Luther scheduled for October 31. Swedish Catholic professor Clemens Cavallin points out in an essay on the upcoming celebration with Pope Francis in Lund that the common prayer service to be used has a very positive view of Luther.
“The text,” he says, “paints a picture of Luther as a religious hero who found the way to a more true form of Catholicism.” Cavallin notes that in the liturgical guide, the Common Prayer, a section called Thanksgiving, is intended to express, “our mutual joy for the gifts received and rediscovered in various ways through the renewal and impulses of the Reformation. After the prayer of thanksgiving, the whole assembly joins in singing thanks for and praise of God’s work.”
“The ecumenical journey enables Lutherans and Catholics to appreciate together Martin Luther’s insight into and spiritual experience of the gospel of the righteousness of God, which is also God’s mercy,” the text says.
The section concludes with the following prayer of gratitude:
Thanks be to you, O God, for the many guiding theological and spiritual insights that we have all received through the Reformation. [blasphemy!!] Thanks be to you for the good transformations and reforms that were set in motion by the Reformation or by struggling with its challenges. Thanks be to you [God] for the proclamation of the gospel that occurred during the Reformation and that since then has strengthened countless people to live lives of faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Holy Scripture - Haydock’s Catholic Bible - Chapter 28: 18-20
Saint Matthew - Chapter 28:18-20
18. “And Jesus coming, spoke to them saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.”
19.” Going, therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son. And of the Holy Ghost;”
20. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”
St. Matthew - Chapter 28: 18
18. “And Jesus coming, spoke to them saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.”
Ver. 18. All power is given to me. The Arians object that the power which Christ had, is said to be given him by another. The Catholics answer, that Christ, as man, received this power from God. 2ndly. It may also be said, that the eternal Son, though he be equal, and be the same God with the Father, yet he proceeds and receives all from the Father. (Witham) --- See here the warrant and commission of the apostles and their successors, the bishops and pastors of Christ's Church. He received from his Father, all power in heaven and in earth: and in virtue of this power he sends them (even as his Father sent him, St. John xx. 21.) to teach and disciple, matheteuein, not one, but all nations, and instruct them in all truths: and that he may assist them effectually in the execution of this commission, he promises to be with them, (not for three or four hundred years only) but all days, even to the consummation of the world. How then could the Catholic Church go astray? having always with her pastors, as is here promised, Christ himself, who is the way, the truth, and the life. (St. John xiv. 6.) (Challoner) --- Some hence infer that Jesus Christ, according to his human nature, was sovereign Lord of the whole world; but more properly this may be taken of his spiritual power, such as regards the salvation of souls. For Jesus Christ says to Pilate,my kingdom is not of this world. This spiritual power, Jesus Christ communicated in part to his apostles and their successors in the ministry, as to his vicars: As my Father hath sent me, so I send you. Whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven: behold here the power both in heaven and earth. (Estius)
St. Matthew - Chapter 28: 19
19.” Going, therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son. And of the Holy Ghost;”
Ver. 19. Teach all nations. In St. Mark we read, going into the whole world, preach to every creature, that is capable of it; not only to the Jews, but to all nations throughout thewhole world, baptizing them, &c. The Anabaptists pretend to shew from this place, that none are to be baptized, unless they be first taught and instructed. This is true, as to persons who are already come to an age, in which they are capable of being instructed before their baptism. But according to the tradition and constant doctrine of the Catholic Church, received also by the pretended Reformed Churches, new born children are to be baptized before they are capable of instruction: nor can they enter into the kingdom of heaven without baptism. --- In the name of the Father, &c. We are made Christians in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: we profess to believe, and hope for our salvation, by believing, hoping, serving, and adoring the same three divine Persons, from whence the Fathers prove the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost to be one God, and equal in all perfections. (Witham) --- Had Christ only said, Lo! I am with you all days; it might, in that case, be limited to the natural lives of the apostles; but as He moreover adds,even to the consummation of the world, it must necessarily be extended to their successors in the ministry, till the end of time. (Estius) --- By these words Go, teach, he gives them the power of teaching not only what relates to faith, but also what is necessarily connected with piety and a holy conversation. For we see added a further explanation,teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; which words, beyond all doubt, must be referred to the precepts of a holy life. How egregiously then must those men be deceived, who infer from the words teach all nations, that faith alone will suffice. What follows,baptizing them, shews another part of the pastoral functions, which consists in the administration of the sacraments. Hence also all heretics are refuted, who pretend to affirm that all ecclesiastical ministry consists in barely delivering the word. (Estius, in different location)
St. Matthew - Chapter 28: 20
20. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”
Ver. 20. Behold I am with you all days, even to the end of the world, embraces two points necessary for the Church; viz. integrity of doctrine, and sanctity of life; for, if either of these should be wanting to the Church, it might then be justly said, that she had been left and abandoned by Christ, her Spouse. (Estius) --- Jesus Christ will make good his promise: 1. by always dwelling in the hearts of the faithful; 2. by his sacramental presence in the holy Eucharist; 3. by his providential care, and constant protection to his holy Catholic Church. These last six lines of St. Matthew's gospel, says the bright luminary of France, Bossuet, most clearly demonstrate the infallibility and indefectibility of the One, (Unity) Holy, Catholic Church, which all are commanded to hear and obey.
A very dear Catholic friend sent this my way. A good reminder why we have never celebrated Halloween nor had anything to do with Santa or the Easter Bunny!!!
Halloween symbolizes the de-Catholicism of the Western World. It typifies a phenomenon of the Anglo-Saxon world in which Catholic feasts, especially Christmas and Easter, became paganized. Christmas is associated with Santa Claus and Christmas trees, while Easter has its rabbits and new outfits. The departure from Christianity is most noteworthy in the time period from 1941 to the 1980's when the organized TV networks presented all Easter shows with non-Christian events or pagan symbols.
Halloween is even worse, thanks in large measure to the Protestant revolt of the 16th Century. On October 31st, 1517, the Vigil of the Feast of All Saints, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Church door of the Castle of Wittenberg, Germany. This was the birthday of Protestantism. Protestant = to protest.
Martin Luther dropped the Feast of All Saints because he denied the right of the Church to give absolution from sin in the name of Christ. He denied the veneration of saints and called it superstition. It became a day of mockery of the saints. Both Luther and John Calvin (the genius behind Protestantism) declared, "There are no saints in heaven." Pope Leo X condemned Luther 3 years later, but by 1546, Luther's death, one third of Europe was lost to the Catholic Church.
The English language is not a vehicle for Catholicism, as we will see in the name, "Halloween," which, in a religious context, is almost a blasphemy of All Hallows E'en. "Hallows" is Old English for saints. "E'en" is an abbreviation for evening or the vigil before the feast, so "All Hallows E'en" means "All Saints Evening." It is the Vigil of All Hallows Mass, November 1st, a feast observed by Roman Catholics.
Pope Gregory III assigned this day when he consecrated a chapel in St. Peter's Basilica. His successor extended the feast to the whole Church. By the end of the Middle Ages, the celebration of All Hallows Eve was an established part of the Roman Catholic Church. After the Protestant Revolt, the Protestants rejected the Vigil of All Saints, Christmas and Easter. Where these feasts returned, it was because of the Catholic Church.
Students of folklore believe that the non-Christian customs of Halloween precede the origins of Christianity. They believe the day originated from the Harvest Festival in Rome for the goddess Pomona, and in Germany, Scotland and Ireland for duodism. Their belief was founded upon the pre-Christian pagan symbols of witches, black cats and skeletons, along with traditional nuts and apples, which were used for this feast.
With the feasts of All Saints on November 1 and All Souls on November 2, the Church celebrates the "harvest," the heavenly harvest of souls. The Church was "quite" successful in replacing the pagan with the Christian.
However, North of the Alps (that is, Germany, some parts of Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, England, Scotland, Whales, and Ireland) the missionary effort had not been as effective as in the Mediterranean or African worlds. We see that in 325 AD, the first general council of the Church, the Council of Nicea, condemned the heresies of Arius who denied Christ's divinity. A sizable minority of bishops retracted their rejection of Arius by retaining Arian teachings in their territories. These bishops were from the northern countries noted above. The most devastating heresies have come from these countries. The Irish even became militant in their heresies.
When Henry VIII suppressed Catholicism under persecution in England, hidden paganism began to arise. Spirits of the departed were said to visit their relatives to seek warmth and good cheer as winter approached. Threshing and food preparation for the winter season became the focus of attention. In England, Ireland, Scotland, Whales and the Shetland Islands bonfires on hilltops were lit on the evening of October 31st. Halloween games were played, including divination by pulling kale, throwing a shoe over the house, and placing stones and nuts in the fire. The church porch was considered a reliable place to learn future events.
The pagan practices, then, began in Great Britain, spread to Ireland and then to the United States.
Pranks and tricks centered in Britain, the once largest empire in history. Immigrants to the United States from English-dominated countries brought the pagan practices that have been in vogue since the time of Christ.
Halloween is a return of unqualified paganism to lands and cultures where Protestantism has de-Catholicized nations and removed the clearest sign of a Catholic mentality: the veneration of the saints.
All Saints Day commemorates all those who have reached heaven, not just canonized saints.
November 2 remembers all the souls who are still suffering in purgatory.
Our responsibility is to restore All Hallows Eve to its Catholic place on the Church's calendar.
Know the saints.
Read one small book on the saints.
Promote their writings.
Know what they have to say.
Publicize the lives of the saints.
For those of you who have asked, I will be sharing the Catholic Calendar that I make for our family again this year. It will be available to download and print in the next couple of weeks. Please remember that it is put together by a lay person and is not an official calendar of the Catholic Church. You can see previous years calendar here.
I've added a couple more little handwriting and printing practice files. They can be found here or below.
The Angelus handwriting practice can be found below or here.
My version of these school planners are now available to download. If you would kindly bring to my attention any mistakes you find, I will be very grateful. You can find both files on our download page and can view the sample pages below. Please note: I'm not a professional, I made these to fill a need I have for my own children. Feel free to download and print them for your own family's use. I have copyrighted them please abide by the copyright laws. God bless you all in the coming school year!
The following is taken from: "The Greatest and First Commandment" by Father Michael Muller, Imprimatur 1811. His books are excellent and explain the faith so well. You can find the e-books here.
What is attendance at false worship?
It is to assist at the religious worship of heretics. To worship God according to a rite contrary to all precepts of the Gospel is a false and unlawful worship of God. Hence it would be a grievous sin for a Catholic to worship God according to the ceremonial laws of the Jews, for though they were prescribed by God for the Jews before the coming of Christ, yet they were abolished by Christ in the new law.
It is also a false and unlawful worship of God to adopt a new religion in opposition to the doctrine of the true Church of Jesus Christ, the Roman Catholic Church, and assist at the religious worship of such a false religion. Hence, even if a Catholic despises in his heart such a false religion and worship, it is unlawful for him to play the organ, or to sing, or to discharge the office of sacristan, in Jewish or Protestant temples during their false worship, or to compose hymns or music for the same, or to ring the bell for calling the people together, or to contribute money towards the erection of temples for false worship, or to call a Protestant minister for the performance of some religious rites, as, for instance, the rites of marriage or baptism, or funeral, etc.; or to take Protestant children, or accompany grown persons, to Protestant Sunday-schools or church and stay with them during their religious worship. Any such act is strictly forbidden by the law of God and of the Church, because it is a real communication and formal co-operation in a false worship, and a real approval of it.
"No one" say the Fathers of the Fourth Council of Carthage (in 398), "must either pray, or sing psalms with heretics; and whosoever shall communicate with those who are cut off from the communion of the Church, whether clergyman or layman, let him be excommunicated." Such was the language of the Church in all ages.
Pope Paul IV. wrote to the Catholics in England : "We are forced to admonish and to conjure you, that on no account you go to the churches of heretics, or hear their sermons or join in their rites, lest ye incur the wrath of God, for it is not lawful for you to do such things without dishonoring God and hurting your own souls." In consequence of such authoritative decision, the Catholic pastors of England and Scotland have made most strict prohibitions of all such communication by their special regulations.
Here one may say : The reason why I play the organ, or sing, or officiate as sacristan, etc., in a Protestant church, is because I get a good pay which enables me to support my family. I answer: What you do is a grievous violation of the first commandment. It is never allowed to commit a mortal sin in order to acquire the means of support. Alas ! that there are so many people who make a living by unlawful means ! "But the bishop, or parish priest has given me permission to play the organ, to sing, etc., in the Protestant church," says another one. I answer : Neither any priest nor bishop, nay, not even the Pope, can give you permission to violate any of the commandments. "But I am well instructed in my religion," says another; "I can see no harm in what I do in the Protestant church." I answer : I doubt what you say. If you were well instructed, you would know that attendance at false worship is a mortal sin, and that this sin is still greater for him who plays, or sings, at it, or renders any other kind of service for it. And do you see no harm in committing a mortal sin? Do you see no harm in the great scandal you give to those Catholics who know of it, and to the Protestants, whom by your playing and singing, etc., you confirm in the belief that their religion is as good as the Catholic religion ? (See Bishop Hay's Sincere Christian, Vol. II. On communicating with those out of the Church and Father A. Konings C. SS. R., Moral Theology, de Co-operatione Catholicorum. p., 136.)
St. Hermenegild, the son of Leovigild, king of Spain, became a convert to the Catholic faith. When his father, who was addicted to the Arian heresy, heard of it, he be came quite enraged, and put his son in a frightful dungeon, where he made him suffer most cruel torments. The holy martyr wrote to his father: "I avow your goodness to me has always been very great. I will preserve, to the last moment of my life, the respect, duty, and tenderness which I owe you. But is it possible that you should wish me to like worldly greatness better than my salvation ? I value the crown as nothing. I am ready to lose sceptre and life, too, rather than abandon the divine truth." The prison was a school of virtue to this great martyr. He clothed himself in sack-cloth, and performed other bodily penances in addition to the hardships of his prison. He offered up to God many fervent prayers to obtain sufficient strength and courage to remain faithful in confessing the truth and dying for it. The solemnity of Easter being come, the perfidious father sent, in the night, an Arian bishop with the message to his son that, if he received communion from the hand of that prelate, he would be received into favor again. Hermenegild, however, rejected the proposal with indignation, reproaching the messenger with the impiety of his sect, as if he had been at full liberty. When the bishop returned to the Arian king with this account, the furious father, seeing the faith of his son proof against all his endeavors to make him give up the Catholic religion, sent soldiers with orders to kill him. They entered the prison and found the saint fearless and ready to receive the stroke of death. They cleaved his head with an axe, and scattered his brains on the floor. (Butler s Lives of the Saints, April 13.)
What is heresy?
Heresy is the obstinate clinging to error of a baptized person, in opposition to a truth taught by the Catholic Church. The word "heresy" is derived from the Greek, and means to choose or adhere to a certain thing. Hence a baptized person, professing Christianity and choosing at the same time for himself what to believe and what not to believe, as he pleases, in obstinate opposition to any particular truth which he knows is taught by the Catholic Church as a truth revealed by God, is a heretic. Three things, therefore, are required to make a person guilty of the sin of heresy.
1. He must be baptized and profess Christianity. This distinguishes him from a Jew and idolater.
2. He must refuse to believe a truth revealed by God, and taught by the Church as so revealed.
3. He must obstinately adhere to error, preferring his own private judgment in matters of faith and morals to the infallible teaching of the Catholic Church.
Heresy, therefore, is a corruption of the true faith. This corruption takes place either by altering the truths which constitute the principal articles of faith, or by denying obstinately those which result therefrom. But, as the error of a geometrician does not affect the principles of geometry, so is the error of a person, which does not affect the fundamental truths of faith, no real heresy. Should a person have embraced an opinion which is contrary to faith, without knowing that it is opposed to faith, he is, in this case, no heretic, if he is disposed to renounce his error as soon as he comes to know the truth. A baptized person, then, professing Christianity, commits the sin of heresy, when he obstinately rejects a truth revealed by God and taught by the Church as so revealed, or when he embraces an opinion contrary to faith, maintains it obstinately, and refuses to submit to the authority of the head of the Church, or when he willfully doubts the truth of an article of faith, for by such a wilful doubt he actually questions God's knowledge and truth, and to do this is to be guilty of heresy.
"The real character of rank heresy," says St. Thomas Aquinas, "consists in want of submission to the head of the Church." It is false to say that only those truths are of faith which have been defined by the Church, and that he only is a heretic who denies a defined truth. A man steals a large amount of money from his neighbor. Now is that man no thief so long as the court has not pronounced him guilty of theft ? Jesus Christ has revealed to his Church a certain number of truths. She knows what those truths are. She always believed and taught them as revealed truths, but she defined many of these truths in precise terms only when it was fit or necessary to do so. These definitions of the faith are so many judgments of the Church against those who denied her doctrine or called it into doubt, out of vincible or invincible ignorance. Those who, out of invincible ignorance, denied certain revealed truths, were excused from heresy until the Church delivered them from the ignorance of these truths by declaring and defining them in precise terms. A Christian, then, who knows that a certain truth is revealed by God and taught by the Church as so revealed, though not defined by her, becomes guilty of heresy if he denies or willfully doubts that truth.
No doubt, Luther, Calvin, etc., were considered by the Church as heretics even before she had defined those truths which were denied by those impious men, and those denied truths were articles of faith, and as such believed just as firmly before as after their definition by the Council of Trent. Any one, then, who sufficiently knows the truths of the true religion, and denies even but one of them, commits one of the greatest sins. To reject what we know has been revealed by God is not only to cut ourselves off from all the blessings of religion, but it is to call in question the Truth of God, and he who calls in question the Truth of God offers to him the greatest insult. We believe the truths of faith, because God revealed them and proposes them to our faith by his infallible Church. Now, to believe some of these truths, and reject one or more of them, is as much as to say: I believe that God told the truth in this point, but not in that other. This is a horrible blasphemy. Wilful heresy, therefore, in regard even to but one sacred truth of religion destroys all faith, attacking as it does the authority of God, who revealed the truth. If a man who poisons the food of his fellow-men is most damnable in the sight of God, how much more damnable are not those men who poison the souls of men by the seed of heresy !
To take away the life of the body is a mortal sin. Now is it not a greater crime to rob the soul of its life the grace of God, and lead it to everlasting perdition by false doctrines. Hence it is that Holy Scripture condemns the sin of heresy in the strongest terms. "A man," says St. Paul, "that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition avoid, knowing that he who is such an one is subverted, and sineth, being condemned by his own judgement." (Tit, iii., 10. ) And again he says: "Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a Gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema, that is, accursed." (Gal, i., 8, 9.) St. Paul also classes sects or heresies among the works of the flesh, and says that those who do such things, shall not obtain the kingdom of God. (Gal., i., 29. )
Source: The First and Greatest Commandment by Father Michael Muller, Imprimatur 1881
Just wanted to let you all know that I will be uploading the free download of both student planners this coming weekend. I'm sorry to say but at his time I am unable to offer a printed version.
Sorry readers for the different look, the content hasn't changed. For some reason my theme disappeared and I had to replace it.
What is modernism, do you really know? The following is from my sophomore's religion course. This is the CATHOLIC Churches definition of Modernism.
Q. What is Modernism?
A. Modernism is a form of rationalism which aims at the rejection of dogma and divine authority in the Church.
Q. What is the modernist's form of religious truth?
A. The Modernist's form of religious truth is the private consciousness of man.
Q. What is the pretended object of Modernism?
A. Modernism pretends to remodel the whole Christian religion and adapt it to the ideas of the twentieth century.
Q. What do Modernists hold regarding the definitions of the Church?
A. Modernists hold that private conscience should not be hampered by any definitions of the Church.
Q, What do Modernists hold regarding religious liberty?
A. Modernists hold that there should be a general reunion, including even atheism, based upon the feelings without regard for creeds or dogma.
Q. Is Modernism a heresy?
A. Modernism might be called a tendency to rationalism and skepticism, which embraces all the heresies.
Q. What do modernists hold regarding dogma?
A. Modernists hold that dogma is a mere symbol of the unknowable and is true only in so far as it excites and nourishes religious sentiment.
Why is a Catholic not allowed to take part in Protestant services?
By taking part in Protestant church services a Catholic participates in a false religion and therefore sins against faith. One religion is not as good as another. There is only one true religion— the Catholic religion. The law of the Church says that the faithful may never take active part in the religious services of non-Catholics.
Source: "Complete Catechism of Christian Doctrine" by Roderick A McEachen, Imprimatur 1911
Modernism is condemned by the Catholic Church, in Pius X encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis.
There is only one Faith that will get us to heaven and that is the ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC FAITH.
As they say, a picture paints a thousand words!
Our Lady of LaSalette said to Melanie, "Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of Antichrist." Is this what has happened?
St. Anthony hammer of heretics, pray for us!
Lord Jesus, most merciful Saviour of the world, we humbly beseech Thee, by Thy most Sacred Heart, that all the sheep who stray out of Thy fold, as well as those who are held by the darkness of error, may be converted to Thee, the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen.
We have updated our Menu planner. We've added more room to keep track of our favorite recipes and changed the cover. We offer it both an e-book (you can print and bind your own) or a printed and bound version.
If you would like to view sample pages or purchase this planner you can find it here.
A friend who with affection true
Holds up a mirror to your view,
Shows your conduct, scruples not
To point out every flaw and blot;
Who chides you when you go astray
Diverging from the narrow way,
Counsels, exhorts, a friend indeed
Is he, the very friend you need!
~Young Man's Guide, Imprimatur 1908
"Be in peace with many, but let one of a thousand be thy counselor." (Eccles 6:6)
God has told us that we must be kind and charitable to everyone. However, there is usually one who is especially dear to us, one who we choose to spend our time with and to talk with. This person is our friend.
There are many people that we come in contact with in our daily lives, but no one has the influence and effect on our lives that a friend does. "He that walketh with the wise, shall be wise: a friend of fools, shall become like them." (Prov. 13: 20) St. John Bosco tells us to "fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake," and he says, "With tears in my eyes, I beseech you to keep far away from such companions." "But how," asks St. Ambrose, "can bad companions give you the odor of chastity when they exhale the stench of impurity? How can they infuse into you the sentiments of devotion when they themselves fly from it? How can they impart to you the shame of offending God, when they cast it away?" These seem to be rather harsh words; but they are used by the saints, and in Holy Scripture to show us the great importance of choosing our friends. It is so important in fact that it is the common opinion of the saints that this choice can mean the difference between Heaven and hell! It is for this reason that the choice of our friends should be so carefully made.
The Sacred Scriptures tell us that "A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found him, hath found a treasure" (Eccles 6:14). A true and faithful friend is indeed a treasure; for, as St. Francis DeSales says, "It will be excellent, because it comes from God; excellent, because it tends to God; excellent, because it's very bond is God; excellent because, it shall last eternally in God." A true friend will be a good example to us. He will encourage us to obey our parents, to pray, to be honest, to avoid the occasions of sin, to progress in virtue, and to destroy our vices. Therefore, the greater our love for God, the greater this friendship will be.
I don't want you to think, however, that this friendship will be boring, and that all you will do is pray and read spiritual books. True friends will enjoy games, sports, and hobbies very much, as long as they are pleasing to God. they will enjoy lawful entertainments; such as baseball, checkers, shopping, woodworking, hiking, etc. Remember, the saints were not sad and gloomy people, on the contrary, they were joyful and pleasant, and they too enjoyed lawful entertainments. as a matter of fact they enjoyed them much more than false friends would, for true friends always do them with charity and honesty.
A true friend is also like treasure, in that it is very rare. They are hard to find; but when you find this best of friends you will know it, he will be like a glorious gift from God, a treasure from His Infinite Majesty. At times it may seem like we have no friends, but this is a time of trial that God sends us to unite us more closely to Him. Always remember that God is our very best Friend, and that He wants us to talk with Him and confide in Him as we would a very great and dear friend. God is, by His very nature infinitely greater than we are; and yet by His Incarnation and Birth, He asks us to become His friends. Our Lord gave us two great commandments when He was still on earth, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and first commandment, the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Matt. 22: 37-39) Remember these two commandments in their proper order and you shall be immensely happy both in this life and in the next.
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