The sword against the flesh

The sword against the flesh

  ….God Himself requires great zeal in His elect.   for He commanded all false prophets to be killed and every man who fell away from true worship and dared to persuade anyone else to do the same was to be stoned to death and, if such were the case in a city, the entire city was to be destroyed by fire and totally leveled to the ground and left to be perpetually a heap of ruins, never again to be rebuilt.   O would that this kind of burning zeal for true religion had been found in the Catholic Church.   St Lawrence of Brindisi is a priest and doctor of the church. As you might guess from this quote he was known for his effective and forceful preaching which captured the hearts of people high and low. During the era of the Counter...

My Lord and my God

My Lord and my God

  The apostle Thomas is a kindred spirit–a great saint for our confused times; for he is a curious combination of faith and doubt. Like him, I share times when I am enthused about what the Lord is doing on this journey of faith and joyfully exclaim ~   “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” —John 11:16   But full disclosure forces me to admit that like Thomas, there are times, I wonder where Jesus is taking me ~   “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how can we know the way? “ —John 14:5   Such vacillation I think, is inherent to the human condition. We just want to see, know, understand and then we’d have no problem following, or at least we could make what the world terms an...

All I Have is Yours

All I Have is Yours

  The saying goes… that it takes a lifetime to be a Catholic. The longer I journey in the faith the better I understand that. For example, eight years ago the first time I read St Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion” , or his,”Secret of the Rosary“, I thought maybe the Lord would have to let me live to be 100 before I really grew beyond the rudiments of the faith; and even then that wouldn’t be long enough. But, I kept asking for more help…more grace…more light. Only after consecrating my life to the Blessed Virgin Mary, understanding (accepting came first) that she is the receptor of all the graces, the sure means, the direct and immaculate way to Jesus, and the perfect guide to Him, did I learn that,...

St John the XXIII and the Breviary

St John the XXIII and the Breviary

  Some beautiful thoughts here on Good Pope John, now a canonized saint. As usual in the weeks leading up to the canonization there were many voices out there, …”both in the Church and in the secular media, who would have us believe that Papa Roncalli was a revolutionary, a modernist, an iconoclast. Nothing could be further from the truth. How exactly did this misrepresentation of Pope John XXIII become so prevalent?” He had a great love and devotion for the – “…exalted quality of the Divine Office, the Church’s daily sacrifice of praise;” Pope John never had any intention of seeing this liturgical practice– guided by the Holy Spirit over the centuries in the Roman Church– overturned. He wrote: The...

St Joseph, terror of demons

St Joseph, terror of demons

    Today begins the novena to St Joseph. He rivals St Benedict as Patron of a good and peaceful death, he is Protector of the Church, but he is also known as the terror of demons.   Signal graces obtained through St. Joseph’s intercession   • “First, those who invoke him shall obtain from God, by his intercession, the gift of chastity, and shall not be conquered by the temptation of the senses;   • Secondly, they shall receive particular graces to deliver them from sin;   • Thirdly, they shall obtain a true devotion to the Blessed Virgin;   • Fourthly, they shall have a good and happy death, and in that all-decisive moment be defended against the assaults of Satan;   • Fifthly, they shall be delivered when...