"The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ"

"The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ"
"The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ" according to Bishop Athanasius Schneider: 1. Mass versus populum. 2. Communion in the hand. 3. The Novus Ordo Offertory prayers. 4. Disappearance of Latin in the Ordinary Form. 5. Liturgical services of lector and acolyte by women and ministers in lay clothing.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cardinal Siri on the dress of Progressive priests


The dress of the progressive priests

progressivism among the clergy is seen in the dress, of course, bourgeois,
or disguised in such a way as to create an impression. The rule allows
such for the Italian clergyman, but it is clearly stated that the 'normal' dress
is the cassock. Shape and color: two things that in Italy are little respected.
He Who wears the cassock is outside of progress. 
Instead, the cassock, "defense by the rule of law as ordinary business suit," 
can never get lost in the mass, to remain in evidence, to be a witness
of holiness and courage. On this point I think I'll have to come back.
 In fact, at this time the greatest danger for the clergy is to DISAPPEAR.
 They are disappearing, because now there is hardly notice in the
 official world, culture, politics, art that we are there too. 
Between us it gets even to the point of proclaiming that there
 is no more "Christianity". Perhaps is that not indicative of 
the referendum on divorce? I have the impression that almost
 no one has tried to study the link between the outcome of 
the referendum and the dress of the priest, between the
 referendum and the near destruction of much of the
 Italian Catholic Action. I know that the people have faith
 in the bottom of their heart and revives it with every thrust,
 but all the hatred and anti-clerical Masonic influence that has
 taken over almost all means of expression does believe otherwise,
 it acts as if the Church were dead (which is far from true!)
 but many of our own give hand to all this. promiscuity,
blemish of worldliness, discuss the legitimate authority
 and Christ who constituted, constitutes PROGRESSIVE MERIT.
 Go to Taizé rather than Lourdes or Rome is progressivism,
 while you go to one of the biggest religious misconceptions
 of the century.

[Thought of Cardinal Giuseppe Siri taken from the
 "Genovese Diocesan Magazine" of January 1975]

Monday, October 28, 2013

The reform of the reform is alive

From 'tradi news' blog:

OCTOBER 28, 2013

[Henri Saint-Martin - The New Man] The reform of the reform is alive

SOURCE - Henri Saint-Martin - The New Man - October 22, 2013

In his book The Mass at the location (Editions de L'Homme Nouveau Collection "Hora Decima"), Father Claude Barthe said - he said under Benedict XVI - that we should not expect the laws and regulations from above to make the reform of the reform, but it was rather to be from the priests in the field:
"the Reform of the reform is mainly in choosing among the various options open for the new missal. In concrete terms, it is the systematic nature of good choices that will reform the reform. "
A flowering of literature on the subject
A fortiori is this true under Pope Francis, where there is more example of the Roman pontifical ceremonies and their little nudges of reformers.

In fact, the new books in the sense continue under the new pontificate, eg father Giorgio FARE The formal rito del romano (Cantagalli, 2013); Daniele Nigro, I diritti di Dio. The liturgy dopo il Vaticano II (Sugarco, 2013, with a preface by Cardinal Burke).We can bring in this line, the little book recently published by Thierry Laurent, the liturgy of the Mass gesture after gesture. pastoral Comment of the mass in its ordinary form (Le Laurier, 116 p., € 10).
A preface by Cardinal Cañizares
Father Thierry Laurent, priest of the diocese of Paris, began his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Saint-Denis, and he has been appointed chaplain of the College Stanislas in Paris. With a strongly felt preface by Cardinal Cañizares, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship - "Father Thierry Laurent gave us a lot of joy ..." - he describes, analyzes, comments on each rite. And initially chose because as we know the new ordinary form liturgy is largely a la carte, in which there is no reason, however, to opt for the best:
"The church can begin by sprinkling holy water of all the faithful ... The altar is dedicated ... It contains the relics of the saints ..." etc..
With helpful reminders: "The reader is priority one established for it" (corresponding to the sketch is a cleric in his surplice). In the ordinary mass, which according to the illustrations, the altar is built on three steps, candlesticks are placed on the altar on either side of the cross, the mass is said before the Lord, the faithful kneel (eg, to recite the Confiteor!).
The Roman Canon
The altar is incensed at the beginning of the Mass and the offertory. The Eucharistic Prayer is also called canon (and this is the first Eucharistic prayer, the Roman Canon, Thierry Laurent chose to comment), including lists of saints, which are also optional.
"To show greater respect and greater worship, I can receive Christ kneeling on the tongue. (...) It is therefore recommended to receive direct me on the language, because this is the general rule. " The usual Latin words abound, as well as the parallel: "In the Mass in extraordinary form, it is still in the Mass ordinary form, the choice of celebrating ..."
The description of the rite is always followed by a mystical explanation taken in the comments patristic and medieval, which is perhaps the most remarkable of this pastoral work innovation.
Traditional Offertory
And as at the offertory, the priest prays "secretly like Christ in Gethsemane", nothing prevents him from using the traditional offertory prayers.

Encouraging the author, Cardinal Cañizares pushes "the young priests" to continue such work "against children", as it was obvious that only a new generation of clerics speaking to new generations of faithful can accomplish. If it is not necessary to say that this interpretation of the ordinary mass (as interpreting a text, a musical score and libretto theater) owes much to the boss that is the traditional celebration, it must be added that This interpretation recreates a vital environment extremely conducive to the development of the Mass in extraordinary form even within parishes.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Solemnity of Christ the King

Tomorrow Sunday October 27, 2013 is the Feast of Christ the King in the traditional Calendar. It one of the  many times in the liturgical calendar when Catholics who observe the new calendar promulgated by Paul VI in 1970 celebrate a feast on a different date than those observing the old calendar. Here is a posting from a few years back from the 'Catholicism.org':

Pope Pius XI who instituted the Feast of Christ the King with his encyclical 'Quas Primas' in 1925. 

For Christ the King

Sunday, October 28 is the Feast of Christ the King. That is, it is the feast in the 1962 Calendar followed by those who adhere to the “extraordinary form” of the Roman Liturgy. The feast is celebrated on November 25 this year in the Novus Ordo calendar. Why the difference?
The Traditional Rite places the feast on the Sunday preceding the Feast of All Saints. This is to show that Christ rules as King most fully over the saints. He “triumphs in all the Saints and in all the Elect,” to use the exact words of Pope Pius XI, who instituted the feast in 1925. At the same time, the prayers of the Old Rite emphasized the reign of Christ in society, here and now . The pope wanted the laws of nations conformed to the Kinship of Christ. The New Rite, which also keeps the feast on a Sunday, puts it on the last of the liturgical year. Some have inferred from this change, and from the New Rite’s removal of certain prayers for the reign of Christ over nations (and not merely the hearts of men), that Christ’s Kingdom should be seen as a future, eschatological reality, not something to be actually implemented in temporal civil society.
When he instituted the Feast of Christ the King, Pius XI did so specifically to memorialize the true teaching on our Lord’s social Kingship. He promulgated the feast in his encyclical Quas Primas , where the doctrine of Christ the King was wonderfully summarized. We would do well to give that magisterial work a read, the better to understand the feast and its doctrine.
Pope Pius XI said that “Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.” In my humble opinion, it is because that message went largely unheeded — Hamish Frasier called the encyclical “the greatest non-event in the history of the Church” — that we now live in an insufferable geopolitical hell. We can’t say we weren’t warned.
To those who say that Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world and, consequently, religion and politics must be separated, Pius addressed these strong words: “It would be a grave error, on the other hand, to say that Christ has no authority whatever in civil affairs since, by virtue of the absolute empire over all creatures committed to him by the Father, all things are in his power.”
After saying that our Lord’s dominion extends over all men, believers and non-believers, the pope goes on: “Nor is there any difference in this matter between the individual and the family or the State; for all men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In him is the salvation of the individual, in him is the salvation of society. ‘Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved’” (Acts 4:12).
Michael Davies, in his brief study, The Reign of Christ the King , summarizes the Church’s traditional social doctrine: “The Church’s teaching is that the State has an obligation to render public worship to God in accord with the teachings of the True Church, the Catholic Church, and positively to aid the Catholic Church in the carrying out of her functions. The State does not have the right to remain neutral regarding religion, much less to pursue a secular approach in its policies. A secular approach is by that very fact an anti-God and an anti-Christ approach. This unequivocal teaching was summarized very clearly by Pope St. Pius X, who, in his encyclicalVehementer Nos , condemned the principle of the separation of Church and State as ‘an absolutely false and most pernicious thesis.’”
Inasmuch as the Kingship of Christ has existed in nations not ruled by monarchs, a true Christian social order can be established in our American Republic. In the period roughly contemporary with that of our War between the States, there was a Catholic republic in Ecuador headed by Venerable Gabriel Garcia Moreno, a man called “the greatest Catholic statesman since the Middle Ages.” (Our Lady of Good Success, in her seventeenth-century revelations to Blessed Mariana of Jesus, prophesied him as a “truly Catholic president” who would receive the palm of martyrdom.) Moreno’s motto was to the point: “freedom for everyone and everything except sin and evil.”
The 1930′s Austrian republic of Pius XI’s close collaborator, Engelbert Dollfuss, provides another example, as does Antonio Salazar’s Republic of Portugal.
What would it look like if we had a Catholic America where Christ ruled as King?
If the U.S. becomes a Catholic nation (a nation in which the vast majority of the citizenry is Catholic), then the constitutional system would allow us to enshrine certain Catholic principles in the law of the land. On the positive side, the federal Constitution would recognize the most fundamental papal teaching on the matter of politics, namely, that all power is from God , not from the people. (This is true no matter how leaders are actually chosen.) Additionally, there would be laws that protect the family, such as a tax system which does not penalize, but, rather, rewards parents with large families by giving them tax breaks. Marriage would be recognized to be indissoluble and (as if it needed to be said! ) exclusively between one man and one woman. Government would respect the principle of subsidiarity, which would make for smaller, less intrusive, bureaucracy. On the negative side, abortion, birth control, pornography, and sodomy would be outlawed.
Because ours is a federal system, the states themselves can implement such a social order in their respective constitutions. Thus, for example, Rhode Island could fully recognize the social rights of Christ the King, while the other states still lagged behind. This was the case in the Catholic cantons of Switzerland, each of which was a confessional Catholic State.
We must be realistic, but we must not lose sight of the ideal. A lot will have to happen to make all this possible, and it will likely be implemented only very gradually, as Dollfuss attempted to do in Austria (before the Nazis murdered him). Besides the grace of God, we will need enough of our countrymen to embrace the Catholic Faith to bring about our Lord’s full Kingship here. For that to happen, the bishops, lower clergy, and faithful will have to believe and profess all the truths of the Faith more boldly. An elite of clergy, religious, and faithful will have to live the interior life deeply, fortified by an authentic liturgical piety. All the while, it will take Catholics with fortitude to combat the unfortunates who oppose Christ’s reign — those inside and outside the Church.
As Joseph de Maistre pointed out, we must not repose our hope in a written constitution (we haven’t used the one we have now for decades! ), but in men who have formed their consciences according to the teachings of Holy Mother Church. We can begin by getting to know the teachings of the popes in this matter and impressing them on our children.
Where Christ is King, Mary is Queen, and since she is the “Dawn” who precedes the coming of the “Sun of Justice” — as the Immaculate Conception heralded the Incarnation — she must pave the way for Christ’s rule. October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, is a queenly Marian preparation for Christ’s Kingship. That is the way it happens in the Church calendar and that is the way it will unfold in time. With the grace of God and the weapon of the Holy Rosary, we will clear the way for Christ the King!
Cor Iesu adveniat regnum tuum. Adveniat per Mariam! Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Thy kingdom come through Mary!
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Thursday, October 24, 2013


[PAIX LITURGIQUE]  bishops: the laity have a role to play

SOURCE  - Paix Liturgique - Letter 410 - October 21, 2013

A few weeks ago, two bishops commended the role played by the laity in the restoration of a dignified liturgy, especially the manifestation of their commitment to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI. Above all, they engage the faithful to continue in this way to allow the Eucharistic liturgy to find all its' rights in the life of our parishes.
Monday, September 30, in Rome, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, presented his latest book, published by the Vatican Publishing: Corpus Christi, La Santa comunione it Rinnovamento e della Chiesa (Corpus Christi, Holy Communion and the renewal of the Church), a French translation is in progress for the next editions of the publication Catholic Renaissance.

In his paper, Bishop Schneider spoke of the current situation of the Church and recalled that it was "largely the responsibility of the clergy." Bishop Schneider, who grew up under Soviet persecution and opens Corpus Christi by using a cautionary historical evidence - as he did for his first book (. Dominus is to understand the communion rite practiced by Benedict XVI, published Tempora, 2008) - knows how the devotion of the faithful can complement and sometimes substitute the zeal of priests. So he did not hesitate to invite the laity to engage in particular for the return of the reception of holy communion kneeling and on the tongue, the subject of his latest book.

This invitation of Bishop Schneider joined the one made ​​at the conference Sacra Liturgia of June (see our letter 394 ), by Bishop Sample, the Archbishop of Portland. The latter said, in a beautiful way on the urgent need for the Catholic liturgy of seeing amplify the process opened by Summorum Pontificum, had not only invited "all the bishops to become familiar with the extraordinary form of the Roman rite," but also concluded his remarks, not without irony, with the exclamation: "Power to the people!"(Power to the people!).

Make no mistake: neither Bishop Sample nor Bishop Schneider want to give up the reins of the Church to "the base". However, both of them were born at the dawn of the 60s, have lived and experienced the crisis of the 70s grew stronger in their priestly vocation so they know all the damage that the clergy and irresponsible innovators can  often cause and how, in contrast,the  simple faithful can provide, for their part, to maintain the deposit of faith.
1 - It is not necessary to recall that the Church is not a democracy, nor is it particularly governed by the principles of the Social Contract modern democracy. Its divine constitution because it is headed by the successor of Peter and by the successors of the Apostles in communion with him, and by bishops, priests. But the laity, who are in direct charge of the civil and political life, must bring all their active participation in the life of the Church, confession of faith, mission, work, etc.. Moreover, everyone in the church should support his brothers and his superiors, especially when they do not fulfill their duty or become faint. Catherine of Siena did she not boldly tell that to the cardinals of the Roman Church and the Pope himself? This did not prevent her being canonised and proclaimed "Doctor of the Church."

2 - To be second, the role of the laity in the Church is no less fundamental. In fact, Bishop Schneider as Bishop Sample, also marked by the teaching of Benedict XVI on the centrality of the liturgy in the life of the Church, merely refer to the texts of the Second Vatican Council, the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium (Chapter IV) the decree Inter Mirifica on the means of social communication (as Paix Liturgique is!) specify the place and role of the laity in the Church. Dedicated to the apostolate of the laity, the decree Apostolicam Actuositatem, clearly states: "At a time when new questions arise and where spread of serious errors tend to radically destroy religion, moral and human society itself -Similarly, the Council strongly urges the laity, each according to his talents and doctrinal formation, to take a more active part in the spirit of the Church, in deepening and defense of Christian principles in their application as suitable for problems of our time. "

In Article 10, the role of the laity in the church communities, including the decree invites the faithful to be "used to work in the parish in close union with their priests, to bring the community of the Church their own problems, those of the world and issues affecting the salvation of men, to consider and resolve, taking into account the opinion of all. "

3 - This is the mobilization of all the laity and not just some of them, duly selected by ideologized clergy, called for by the Council. Many secular "progressives" in fact, as we know, took responsibility in dioceses and parishes in the 70s. Besides, White hair, they are often still there, become irremovable "bosses" of parish councils and sometimes even diocesan.

However, this near hegemony was facilitated in some instances by the fact that the other laity, who are not progressive, have willingly given up their entire place. Today, and this is the message that we retain our young bishops, the people Summorum Pontificum must also engage in parish life. Especially her youngest fringe, the one "it is fascinating, says Bishop Sample to see how she deals with liturgical, traditional and secular aspects of the life of the Church."

This is important because many dioceses of France will have, not in ten years, but tomorrow,  only a handful of priests. 

We must face up to a dramatic religious situation and not be afraid to consider bold solutions. A new phase in the life of the Church, a Church almost without priests, opens up in our country. It is urgent that those dedicated to "Catholic tradition" reflect on this situation and actively prepare. It's time for Catholics who want to save rank liturgy, catechesis, parish life, to manifest themselves. Many parishes in France will now be managed by the laity, with the intervention of a "priest moderator" to celebrate Mass and administer the sacraments. Why, for example, could there not be a number of these parishes for the extraordinary form or not they would make a significant way to the extraordinary form, with lay "extraordinary sensitivity"? Why rather than a number of "moderators priests" do they not invite priests celebrating the Extraordinary Form?

As the military from the civilian world, clerical vocations awaken in young laity. The generous commitment of lay people who truly love the Church, as is well known, prepares priestly and religious vocations.  THe many Vocations in the traditional world at large are supported by a strong lay Catholic activism.

To do this, it certainly belongs to the ordinary faithful, to take the plunge - it is also a condition of the application of Summorum Pontificum as the creation of a "Coetus fidelium" - but also to priests and laity to make room for their brothers in faith, even if their sensitivity is not theirs.

4 - We invite those of our readers who participate in Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome this weekend, not to miss the presentation will Bishop Schneider of his latest book, Saturday 26 to 16 hours at Centro ecumenica Russia, Borgo Pio 141 (5 minutes from the Place Saint-Pierre). Although the presentation will probably Italian, Bishop Schneider speaks our language and certainly say a few words to the French pilgrims.

Feast of St Raphael

I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One. Tobit 12:15

I have fostered a deeper devotion to the holy angels in the past years. Raphael whose name means 'medicine of God' I have invoked especially before making a journey that he might accompany me as he did Tobias. I also invoked his intercession to keep animals from harm's way on the roadsides. I always specifically ask this favor when undertaking a journey by automobile.  I have also asked St Raphael's intercession for sick pets (dogs) but other animals as well. 

Here is more detailed information regarding this Archangel from Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals:

St. Raphael, Archangel
(by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876) 

This holy Archangel, sent by the Almighty to Tobias, himself explained who he was, in the following words: "I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the Lord." Several authors maintain that he is one of those heavenly spirits who constitute the first and highest choir, and are called Seraphim. He is generally called an Archangel like St. Michael and St. Gabriel. Our knowledge of him is taken from the book of Tobias, the substance of which is as follows : Tobias, one of the captive Jews at Ninive, a good and faithful servant of God, when old and blind, remembered that he had lent a sum of money to a relative named Gabelus, living in the city of Rages, in Media, and wished to send his son, the young Tobias, to collect it. But unwilling to send him alone, he bade him go and seek a travelling companion to bring him safely to the place of his destination and back again. Hardly had the youth gone into the streets of Ninive, where he lived, to seek one, when he saw a beautiful young man standing girded as if ready to set out on a journey. This youth, as will be seen, was St. Raphael. Tobias asked him who he was and if he knew the road to Rages. Raphael answered that he was the son of the great Ananias, and knew well the way to Rages, and had made his abode with Gabelus, an inhabitant of that city. Tobias rejoiced and told it to his parents, who called the youth before them, and asked him whether he would conduct their son to Rages and back again for fair wages. Raphael consented, promising to do as they desired.

The two youths then set out on their journey. After the first day's march, Tobias rested on the bank of the river Tigris, and when he went to wash his feet in this river, an immense fish came suddenly up to devour him. When he called to his companion for help, Raphael told him to seize the fish courageously and draw him to land. Tobias did so ; after which Raphael told him to open the fish, take out the entrails, and keep the heart, liver and gall, as useful medicines. They continued their journey, and took lodgings in the house of Raguel, who was of the same tribe as Tobias and who had an only daughter, named Sara, whom Raphael advised Tobias to take to wife. Tobias feared to do this, as he had heard that Sara had already been given in marriage to seven husbands, all of whom had been killed by the devil. Raphael, however, said: "Hear me, and I will tell thee who they are, over whom the devil can prevail. It is they who in such manner receive matrimony, as to shut out God from their heart and mind."

Tobias exactly followed the directions of his holy companion, and remained unharmed. From how many evils would persons about to be married be saved if they had first received and followed suitable instructions from their pastors who, in regard to them, take the place of Raphael, advising them what they should do in order to enter the state of holy matrimony properly prepared. They should purify their heart by a good general confession and be married, not like heathens in the darkness of night, but at mass receiving the blessing of the priest at the altar. After marriage they should live as becomes the marriage state, faithfully fulfilling the admonition of St. Paul, sanctifying each other and taking care that their children shall become without delay children of God through baptism. Indeed how much displeased must be the guardian Angels of new-born children at seeing them, through the neglect of their parents to have them baptized in time, left in the power of the devil, in original sin and in danger of eternal perdition. While Tobias remained at the house of Raguel, his heavenly companion went to Rages, demanded and received without any hesitation, the borrowed money from Gabelus, returned to Raguel and having made a short stay there, accompanied Tobias back to his home at Ninive.

Anna, Tobias' mother, had meanwhile, grieved very much at the long absence of her son. She daily went to a high mountain and looked into the distance, to see whether her son was coming; and when, on the day of his return, she saw him from afar, she ran to her husband and informed him of his son's coming. Being blind, Tobias gave his hand to a servant and went to meet his son, as also did Anna. Both fell on his neck, kissed him and wept for joy. Having all entered their house, they adored the Almighty and gave due thanks to Him for the happy issue of the journey. Tobias, the son, then took some of the gall of the fish, and anointed his father's eyes, as the Angel Raphael had told him to do before they had reached the house; and immediately the blind father recovered his sight. Indescribably great was the joy of the father, the mother, the whole household and neighbor hood. Having given humble thanks to God for this new grace, Tobias told his parents how many benefits he had received from his travelling companion. "He conducted me and brought me safe back again," said he; "he received the money from Gabelus, he caused me to obtain my wife, and he chased from her the evil spirits and gave joy to her parents. Myself he delivered from being devoured by the fish; thee also, father hath he made to see the light of heaven, and we are filled with all good things through him. What can we give him sufficient for all these?"

Before his father could answer, he begged him to give so faithful a companion, as recompense, one-half of all the things they had brought. Tobias acceded to this proposal of his son without hesitation, and calling the Angel, they both begged him to accept one-half of all the things they had brought, as a recompense for his services. But the Angel said to them: "Bless ye the God of heaven; give glory to Him in the sight of all that live; because he hath showed mercy to you. For it is good to hide the secret of a king; but honorable to confess and reveal the works of God. Prayer is good with fasting and alms, more than to lay up treasures of gold; for alms delivereth from death, and the same is that which purgeth away sin and maketh us to find mercy and life everlasting. But they that commit sin and iniquity, are enemies to their own soul. When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and didst leave thy dinner, and hide the dead by day in thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayers to the Lord. And because thou wast acceptable to God, it was necessary that temptation should prove thee. And now the Lord hath sent me to heal thee, and to deliver Sara thy son's wife from the devil. For I am the Angel Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the Lord."

Having thus spoken, the holy Archangel was silent, but Tobias and his son were seized with fear, and fell trembling, with their faces to the ground. The Angel cheered them, with the words: "Peace be to you; fear not. For when I was with you, it was by the will of God: bless ye Him, and sing praises unto Him. It is time now that I return to him that sent me: but bless ye God, and publish all his wonderful works." Having said these words, he vanished from their sight. They, however, lay prostrate on the ground for three hours, partly from fear, partly in wonder at the great goodness of God who had sent so high a prince of heaven to protect, comfort and help them. At length, having overcome their fear, they repeated their thanks to God, and announced everywhere, the benefits He had bestowed on them. The beautiful hymn of praise which Tobias composed on that occasion is to be found in Holy Writ. From this event, as true as it is wonderful, several historians, not without reason, conclude that the intercession of St. Raphael ought to be invoked by those who are either troubled or tempted by the Evil One, who are blind, or otherwise infirm, or who go on a journey. The name, Raphael, means "the remedy, or the physician of God," and shows that this holy Angel assists particularly those who are sick, either in soul or body. The true Church teaches those who intend to undertake a journey to pray: "May the Angel Raphael be with us on our way!" from which we infer, that he is the especial patron of all travellers.


I.No more useful lesson can I give you to-day than that which St. Raphael has given. Read therefore, carefully the first instructions that young Tobias received, and learn from them how and to what end men ought to enter matrimony, and what they ought to avoid. Most memorable are those words in which he explains why the seven husbands of the pious Sara had all been strangled by Satan. The devil had power over them on account of the unchaste thoughts with which they entered the state of matrimony. Much greater, however, is his power over those who, under the pretext of their future marriage, commit sin without any compunction, because they pretend that they are already united before God, which is false, and can only have emanated from the spirit of hell, the father of lies, to ruin thousands of souls. The devil has power over those who act on such criminal principles. And what can be expected for those over whom the devil has power? Can such people promise themselves that their marriage will be happy and have God's blessing, or can they expect eternal salvation, unless they do severe penance?

II. From the second instruction which St. Raphael gave to the old as well as to the young Tobias, learn, first, that we must give thanks to God and praise Him for all benefits received; and learn, secondly, how agreeable to the Almighty and how useful to men are prayer, fasting and alms. Whoever practises these, is more happy than he who gathers the greatest treasures of gold and silver; for gold and silver can save no one from eternal death, cleanse him from sin, or open heaven to him; while, according to the angel's words, alms and other good works cleanse and save man.

III. Consider what the holy Angel says of those who commit sin: "They are enemies to their own souls," which, after God, they should hold most clear. The sinner himself does more harm to his own soul, than-all men, all demons can do: and because he is an enemy to his own soul, he is also an enemy to his own body: for when the soul is lost, whither can the body go? Certainly, not to heaven, but to hell.

IV. Learn that the good works done by men are offered by the holy Angels to the Almighty, and are not lost, though they are not immediately followed by a reward. Lastly, understand well why the pious Tobias was visited with blindness. "Because thou wast acceptable to God, it was necessary that temptation should prove thee," said St. Raphael. Hence, it is no sign that we are forsaken by God, or that we are not in favor with Him, when we have to suffer, although we lead a pious life. " The misfortunes which assail the pious, are a proof of virtue, and not a sign of divine anger," says St. Gregory.

Novena in Honor of St. Raphael, the Archangel

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pope Pius IX., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Nov. 28, 1876, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, at any time during the year, devoutly make the novena in honor of S. Raphael the archangel, with any formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority, An Indulgence Of Three Hundred Days, once a day.

Prayer to Saint Raphael the Archangel

Glorious Archangel, St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, illustrious by thy gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travelers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist the young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the "physician of God," I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favor is for my greater good. I ask, especially, for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
(Indulgence of 100 days.----Leo XIII., June 21, 1890)


Hymn to St. Raphael    

And Raphael! of the glorious seven who stand
Before the throne of Him Who lives and reigns;
Angel of health! the Lord hath filled thy hand
With balm from heaven to soothe or cure our pains,
Heal or console the victim of disease,
And guide our steps when doubtful of our ways.

Ant. O holy angles, our guardians, defend us in the combat, that we perish not in the dreadful judgment.

V. In the sight of Thy angels I will sing to thee, my God.
R. I will adore at Thy holy temple, and confess to Thy name.


Hymn from the Liturgical Year, 1903:

O Raphael, divinely sent guide, graciously receive the hymn we suppliants address to thee with joyful voice.

Make straight for us the way of salvation, and forward our steps: lest at any time we wander astray, and turn from the path to heaven.

Look down upon us from on high; reflect into our souls the splendour shining from above, from the holy Father of lights.

Give perfect health to the sick, dispel the darkness of the blind: and while driving away diseases of the body, give spiritual strength to our souls.

Thou who standest before the Sovereign Judge, plead for the pardon of our crimes: and as a trusty advocate appease the avenging wrath of the Most High.

Renewer of the great battle, crush our proud enemy: against the rebel spirits give us strength, and increase our grace.

To God the Father be glory, and to his only Son, together with the Paraclete Spirit, now and for evermore. Amen.



         St. Raphael, the third of the chieftains of the Heaven Host, receives from God a power to heal all sickness and infirmity, and repair the ravages that are wrought by sin. His very name indicates his office: The Healing of God. As God sometimes allows Satan to spread disease among men, as in the case of holy Job, so He employs St. Raphael to avert sickness and restore health. Hence he is our model in the privilege that God grants to all, of helping to alleviate misery, and bind up and cure the wounds of men. Do I heal the ills of those around me? Do I not too often aggravate them?

         It was St. Raphael who was sent to keep the young Tobias safe from dangers of body and soul during his journey to seek for a wife among his kindred, and to furnish him with means to bring to nought the attempt of the devil to destroy him; to cure his aged father of his blindness, and to leave peace and happiness behind him. God often sends an Angel to keep us safe, though we too often scarce recognize our need of it, and make little account of our heavenly protector.

         It is generally believed to have ben St. Raphael who was sent to impart to the Pool of Bethsaida this power to heal him, who first bathed in it after the Angel's visit (St. John V. 4.) We little know how often God employs angelic agency in our behalf. Men often attribute to natural causes what is done by angelic hands. Remember their agency, and thank God for their aid.


Protection Against the Devils
by Antoine Richard, 1877
Prelude: An immense plain stretches itself before us, and the entrances are guarded by ferocious enemies, but an angel marches at our side.

Meditation: "Our whole life," says St. Bernard, "is but a temptation," and this great doctor had borrowed the thought and the doctrine from our holy books. Temptation from outside, from creatures, from within, from our equals, from ourselves. It is strange that we should be such dangerous enemies to ourselves, that we are obliged to be on our guard, and to be afraid of ourselves, since our loss, according to the prophet, comes from ourselves, who often work with all our might for our ruin; but we have other combats to wage against enemies powerful by their strength, cruel in their rage, terrible by their stratagems, innumerable in their multitude, and untiring in their pursuits. Add to this, that our enemies are purely spirits, who strike without being seen, who enter everywhere, who remain invisible, and watch everything that we do; who fight against weak souls, walking in the midst of dark night, advancing by slippery paths, where they can hardly stand, surrounded on all sides by fearful precipices, and threatened with evils which are endless, and terrible in their intensity.

O, if men meditated well these great truths, if they would see the supernatural light, how they would change their lives! then, indeed, they would serve God in holy fear, and their hearts would be rent with terror at the frightful evils to which we are exposed, and alas! we think so little. This meditation must renew our gratitude and affection to the holy angels, for it is especially here that their power and protection shines in all its splendor.

Resolution: Have recourse to the holy angels in temptations.
Aspiration: "Then the angel Raphael took the devil and bound him."
                   (Tobias, viii. 3.)


Additional Prayer to St. Raphael
O heavenly physician and faithful companion . St. Raphael, who didst restore sight to the elder . Tobias, and guide the younger in his long journey ‘and preserve him in safety ; be thou the physian of my soul and body, disperse the dark clouds of ignorance, defend me from the dangers of my earthly pilgrimage, and lead me to that heavenly country where, with thee, I may gaze for ever on the face of God. Amen.


Hymn: Christe, sanctorum

Christ, of the Angels praise and adoration.
Father and Savior Thou, of every nation,
Graciously grant us all to gain a station,
Where thou art reigning.

Angel Physician, health on man bestowing,
Raphael send us from the skies all glowing,
All sickness curing, wisest counsel showing
In doubt and danger.

May the fair Mother of Light be o'er us,
Virgin of peace, with all the Angel Chorus,
And may the heavenly army go before us,
Guiding and guarding.

O May the Godhead, endless bliss possessing;
Father, Son, Spirit, grant to us this blessing;
All his creation joins his praise confessing,
Now and forever. Amen.

Additional Prayers to St. Raphael


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko

 Polish Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko  October 19

(1947 - 1984)


Marianna Popieluszko at the grave of her son, June 5, 2010 The Polish blog Iwka.Onething has published an article with various quotes from Marianna Popieluszko on how she raised up and prayed for her son, Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko. Some quotes from the article: She was teaching her children how to pray kneeling daily before the small home altar with the figure of the Holy Mother. On Wednesdays – they prayed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, on Fridays – to the Heart of Jesus, on Saturdays – to Black Madonna of Czestochowa. In May the whole family would recite Litany of the Blessed Virgin, in July – to the Blood of Jesus, in October and throughout the rest of the year – the Rosary. During the storms she would lit (sic) a candle and pray.“His first seminary was in his home.”
“He was a nice, obedient child, but every child can be that way, if parents will keep them straight. All my children were the same. I did not punish them, there was no hitting, but very stern words: You have to do it. My kids were not into mischief. Who prays well, has no place for silliness in his life” 
 Yes, holiness is possible, even in our time.

The Apostolate

"Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and see the countries; for they are white already to harvest. " JOHN 4:35

"And he said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his harvest. "  LUKE 10:2

When I was growing up in the turbulent post conciliar 1970s we were fortunate enough to have had "old school" style nuns who taught us religion. I know my faith today thanks to the Penny Catechism which we received in religion class. If I were a wealthy man, I would distribute this priceless little book far and wide. We were urged to be 'apostles' .  Sister told us to be little missionaries in our homes and in society. We were encouraged to start a 'little apostolate' distributing rosaries, holy cards, catechisms etc. My apostolate was to spread the message of Fatima and the rosary. It is something that is still very dear to my heart. 

 There was still talk in the 1970s of 'The Apostolate'. I doubt most Catholics today have even heard the term 'apostolate'. In the past decades there has been talk about 'ministries'. What is an apostolate?
Well, according to Fr John Hardon here is the definition:


There is more need than ever in our times for lay apostles who are knowledgeable, convinced Catholics living lives in faithfulness to Christ and His Church.  We are all called to take an active part in the apostolate of the salvation of souls. We might wish to ask ourselves, how is my life reflective of my traditional Catholic faith? What in the way I live my life from day to day would draw others to the truth of the Catholic faith? What in my words, actions or omissions would others find perhaps a scandal or contradiction to the Catholic faith I profess to believe?  Not all are called to the priesthood, religious life or even to married life. This doesn't absolve us from our responsiblity for the propagation of the apostolate in the salvation of souls.  We are are so desperately in need of faithful, traditional Catechists, Bible teachers, nursery teachers, soup kitchen helpers. The mistaken notion in the post conciliar era that one must be a lector, or communion helper etc in order to be taking active part in the apostolate is preposterous. 
ON NOVEMBER 18, 1965:

 The mission of the Church pertains to the salvation of men, which is to be achieved by belief in Christ and by His grace. The apostolate of the Church and of all its members is primarily designed to manifest Christ's message by words and deeds and to communicate His grace to the world. This is done mainly through the ministry of the Word and the sacraments, entrusted in a special way to the clergy, wherein the laity also have their very important roles to fulfill if they are to be "fellow workers for the truth" (3 John 8). It is especially on this level that the apostolate of the laity and the pastoral ministry are mutually complementary.

There are innumerable opportunities open to the laity for the exercise of their apostolate of evangelization and sanctification. The very testimony of their Christian life and good works done in a supernatural spirit have the power to draw men to belief and to God; for the Lord says, "Even so let your light shine before men in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16).

However, an apostolate of this kind does not consist only in the witness of one's way of life; a true apostle looks for opportunities to announce Christ by words addressed either to non-believers with a view to leading them to faith, or to the faithful with a view to instructing, strengthening, and encouraging them to a more fervent life. "For the charity of Christ impels us" (2 Cor. 5:14). The words of the Apostle should echo in all hearts, "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel" (1 Cor. 9:16).

An invaluable spiritual work on this subject is The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard  which is said to have been a favorite book of Pope St Pius X. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

“He meant to pass by them.”

The “bark” (or “ship”) of St. Peter is a common symbol for the 

Christian church, “tossed on the sea of disbelief, worldliness, and 

persecution but finally reaching safe harbor with its cargo of 

human souls.”

"And he saw that they were distressed in 

rowing, for the wind was against them. And 

about the fourth watch of the night, he came 

to them walking on the sea. He meant to pass 

by them."

 (Mk 6:48 RSVCE, 2d ed.).

“He meant to pass by them.” Jesus saw their distress and did not intend to do anything about it. This statement appears shocking and contrary to the comfortable attitudes of some in the Church who believe that we can simply fall backwards and Christ will catch us. This is not so. In most cases, Christ will simply let us hit the ground. This divine allowance is not to our detriment; rather, it is a consequence of our freedom and for our instruction. God permits our freedom in order to draw the will and the intellect to Him. That is the meaning of the words, “He meant to pass by them.” Blessed Theophylact comments on this passage as follows:
He permits the disciples to be tested, so that they would learn to endure. This is why He does not go to them at once, but allows them to be tossed by the storm throughout the night, teaching them to persevere and not to hope for rest at the very beginning of their troubles.

Monday, October 14, 2013

LINEN ON THE HEDGEROW: Bernard on Francis

LINEN ON THE HEDGEROW: Bernard on Francis

Cardinal Cipriani: "Müller is a bit naive"

Cardinal Cipriani: "Müller is a bit naive"
Photo ~ Francis Pope (front), Cardinal Cipriani Thorne (rear) Cardinal Cipriani: Liberation Theology Church Caused "Big Damage"

(Rome) on 11 September, Pope Francis received the "Father of Liberation Theology," the Peruvian Gustavo Gutierrez, in audience. Gutierrez had been invited to Rome by his friend, the new Prefect of the CDF Gerhard Archbishop Ludwig Müller.

Müller presented with Gutierrez the recently published Italian edition of a book jointly written by the two. There was very little enthusiasm about it given by the highest representative of the Peruvian church, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, Archbishop of Lima. He described Müller's pretense toward the topic of Liberation Theology as, "a bit naive".

Cardinal Cipriani Criticizes New "Courting" of Gutierrez and Liberation Theology in Rome

Cardinal Cipriani was critical in courting the new Liberation Theology in Rome. It is a purified form of Marxism and Liberation Theology has become quite toothless, but the word still evokes bad memories, as the "Liberation Theology" in the 70s and 80s, worked as a Marxist idea-gate into the Catholic Church.

About the audience of Gutierrez with Pope Francis Gutierrez the Cardinal said: "My reading is that he [Müller] wanted to do a favor for his friend [Gutierrez], who is dear to him, wanted to do a favor, and wants to help him in any way, to correct himself and incorporate in the Catholic Church. "According to Cardinal Cipriani, the Pope had only received Gutierrez at the request of Curial Archbishop Müller and not officially.

Continued at The Eponymous Flower.