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Monday, May 31, 2010

How can He hold His hand back?

June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus but not in America in 2010. No - our morally bankrupt president has declared June to be......:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-pride-month

This my friends is an abomination stinking to high heaven!

Dear Friends in Christ,

We have processed this past Sunday's video footage of the sermon for your benefit. This is the link for the first of 4 parts.

Bishop Vezelis urged me make this available, as he stated that he was still able to spiritually taste what he had heard. May God grant you the heart to accept these simple words in the same way.

+ Frater Bonaventura, OFM diaconus



AUDIO SERMON FOR TRINITY SUNDAY:
GIVEN BY BISHOP GILES,OFM


GIVEN BY BROTHER BONAVENTURE, OFM



November 1954 Pope Pius XII is borne past two rows of Cardinals at Vatican City after a special ceremony for the the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.
Queenship of Mary
From the earliest ages of the Catholic Church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother's solicitude over the entire world, just as She is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen. ~Pope Pius XII

But the Blessed Virgin Mary should be called Queen, not only because of Her Divine Motherhood, but also because God has willed Her to have an exceptional role in the work of our eternal salvation. ~ Pope Pius XII
Back in November of 2007, we ran a story about spanking children. Here is the link:

http://forchrist-contramundum.blogspot.com/2007/11/massachusetts-spanking-ban-would.html

As is so typical with the liberal types, from our experience here on this blog, when they disagree with something that you've posted, they wait a few years until the post is buried and long forgotten. Then they send you some imflammatory comment and expect you to post it on the original blog post. The purpose they have in mind is that in the future, when people review the post, they will see that there was a disagreement that was never answered.



This happened a few years back when a "priest" in this area was arrested for possession of cocaine. We got several comments stating how "wonderful" this man was and that we were berating him and ruining his character. We didn't malign anyone - we just posted the story and picture that was in the local newpaper without comment.



Today, I received the following comment from a bleeding heart liberal. How do I know that this person is liberal? Look at the sources that this person uses as "proof" that spanking hurts children. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?? PLEASE! (I was going to link to some sites explaining this evil treaty but every link I checked went somewhere completely different. hmmmm... ) However, I do know that the readers of this blog are not ignorant to the FACT that the UN does NOT have your childs best interest at heart.



So here is the comment that I received today:
People used to think it was necessary to "spank" adult members of the community, military trainees, and prisoners. In some countries they still do. In our country, it is considered sexual battery if a person over the age of 18 is "spanked", but only if over the age of 18.For one thing, because the buttocks are so close to the sex organs, anal region, and so multiply linked to sexual nerve centers, striking them can trigger powerful and involuntary sexual stimulus in some people.

There are numerous physiological ways in which it can be intentionally or unintentionally sexually abusive, but I won't list them all here. One can read the testimony, documentation, and educational resources available from the website of Parents and Teachers Against Violence In Education at www.nospank.net.

Child bottom-slapping vs. DISCIPLINE:Child bottom-slapping/battering (euphemistically labeled "spanking","swatting","switching","smacking", "paddling",or other cute-sounding names) for the purpose of gaining compliance is nothing more than an inherited bad habit.Its a good idea for people to take a look at what they are doing, and learn how to DISCIPLINE instead of hit.

I think the reason why television shows like "Supernanny" and "Dr. Phil" are so popular is because that is precisely what many (not all) people are trying to do.

There are several reasons why child bottom-slapping isn't a good idea. Here are some good, quick reads recommended by professionals:

Plain Talk About Spankingby Jordan Riak,

The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Childrenby Tom Johnson,

NO VITAL ORGANS THERE, So They Say by Lesli Taylor M.D. and Adah Maurer Ph.D.

Just a handful of those helping to raise awareness of why child bottom-slapping isn't a good idea:

American Academy of Pediatrics,

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

,American Psychological Association,

Center For Effective Discipline,

Churches' Network For Non-Violence,

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu

,Parenting In Jesus' Footsteps,

Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children,

United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

.In 26 countries, child corporal punishment is prohibited by law (with more in process). In fact, the US was the only UN member that did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Publish Reject
(PDeverit

The word that comes to my mind when I read this long list of "experts" is "communist". What comes to your mind? There is a reason PDeverit that the US did NOT ratify this evil treaty - ITS AGAINST PARENT'S RIGHTS! WE HAVE TO STAND IN FRONT OF A JUST AND HOLY GOD AND GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF HOW WE RAISED THESE CHILDREN!

Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence
6:00 am May 26, 2010,


by Bob Barr
Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry. This is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part of the continuing “American Community Survey” conducted by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.
What many Americans don’t realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.” If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.
That’s right — not only can citizens be fined if they fail to answer the increasingly intrusive questions asked of them by the federal government under the guise of simply counting the number of people in the country; but a landlord must give them access to your apartment whether you’re there or not, in order to gather whatever “statistics” the law permits.
In fact, some census workers apparently are going even further and demanding — and receiving — private cell phone numbers from landlords in order to call tenants and obtain information from them.
Isn’t it great to live in a “free” country?


Friday, May 28, 2010



THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
Trinity Sunday
30 May 2010

Dear Friend,
"I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world."
This quote "embraces two points necessary for the Church; viz. integrity of doctrine, and sanctity of life; for, if either of these would be wanting to the Church, it might then be justly said, that she had been left and abandoned by Christ her Spouse. 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 S. Matthew's gospel, says the bright luminary of France, Bossuet, most clearly demonstrate the infallibility and indefectibility of the one, holy, Catholic Church, which all are commanded to hear and obey." (Haydock bible commentary)

Today's feast offers us a continuation of many of the same ideas as last week (Pentecost). Though it was the Holy Ghost who came upon the Apostles on Pentecost, it was the teachings of Christ that He brought to the minds of the Apostles and strengthened and clarified for them. And the words of Christ were the words that He was given by the Father. So we perceive that the Three are One, and all dwell within the Church and remain with her to the end of time.

While it is frightening to see so many opposed to the true Church, due to emotional attachment to buildings or persons or some other attachment to error; under the influence of the Holy Ghost we are strengthened in our resolve to remain always faithful to the true Church, the spouse of Christ.

Such fear for the salvation of our fellow men is quickly turned to sadness. Their blindness and obstinacy set up insurmountable barriers to the grace of God. How can such sins ever be forgiven if they will not open their eyes to see?

Such obduracy is principally a sin against the Holy Ghost, but is just as much a sin against each of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity. To refuse to hear the Church is to refuse to hear the Holy Ghost who is speaking through the Church. And to refuse to hear the Holy Ghost is to refuse to hear Christ, because the Holy Ghost teaches them what Christ has said. And to refuse to hear Christ is to refuse to hear the Father who sent Him, because Christ spoke what was given to Him from His Father.

Therefore, when those who purport to speak for the Church yet speak contrary to what the Church has previously said, we should realize that either: the Church was wrong or is wrong (which is impossible if God is with Her even to the consummation of the world); or more likely these who are speaking now in contradiction to what the Church has always taught are not guided by the Holy Ghost and are therefore not in the Church much less do they have any position of authority in the Church.
We must conclude as was mentioned last week, that the Novus Ordo Church is not the true Church established by Jesus Christ and kept alive by the Holy Ghost. It is a Modernist sect often more bold and liberal than many of the Protestant sects that previously defected from the Church.
They preach of a god that is not the same as the one that the Church shows us. The god of the Novus Ordo is an unjust god that does not concern himself with good or evil. There is no sin and all are sent immediately to heaven upon their death. (Reference almost every funeral offered by this sect.) I say this god of theirs is unjust because he rewards virtue and vice equally. Their god has them preach a human love above a divine love. Or perhaps it is more correct to say that they divinize men so that they can love them as gods.
As space is limited let us consider one last point. Do they believe that Jesus Christ is present in the Holy Eucharist? Though some may, it appears that the majority do not. Tabernacles have been secreted away; Communion railings have been thrown out; Altars have been torn out to be replaced by tables; The Sacrifice of Calvary has been replaced by a meal; Their wafers are taken in unconsecrated hands; There is no silence or reverence, but celebration and noise. Can we not hear the rebuke of St. Paul to the Corinthians: "When you come together therefore into one place, it is not now to eat the Lord's supper." (1 Cor. 20)? The Novus Ordo celebrates a modern Agape which St. Paul clearly condemns because Christ is made present to be sacrificed in reverence and devotion not in partying and rioting. And let us not overlook the fact that they have changed the very words that Christ used in giving us the sacrament ("for all" instead of "for many").

Once again, the Novus Ordo is not the Church. The Church lives only in those true bishops who rightly received and cooperate with the graces of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Top Construction Firm: WTC Destroyed By Controlled Demolition


Veteran Middle East correspondent Alan Hart: Largest engineering firm studied collapse of twin towers and said there was no doubt it was a controlled explosion



Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Respected Middle East expert and former BBC presenter Alan Hart has broken his silence on 9/11, by revealing that the world’s most prominent civil engineering company told him directly that the collapse of the twin towers was a controlled demolition.

Speaking on the Kevin Barrett show yesterday, Hart said he thought the 9/11 attack probably started as a Muslim operation headed up by Osama Bin Laden but that the plot was subsequently hijacked and carried out by Mossad agents in collusion with elements of the CIA, adding that since its formation, Israel has penetrated every Arab government and terrorist organization.

“My guess is that at an early point they said to the bad guys in the CIA – hey this operation’s running what do we do, and the zionists and the neo-cons said let’s use it,” said Hart, making reference to how top neo-cons like Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and their fellow Project For a New American Century authors had called for a “catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor,” the year before 9/11.

“The twin towers were brought down by a controlled ground explosion, not the planes,” said Hart, adding that this view was based on his close friendship with consultants who work with the world’s leading civil engineering and construction firm.

Hart asked the company to study the collapse of the twin towers, after which they told him directly, “There’s absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the towers were brought down by a controlled ground explosion.”

Hart then explained how the five dancing Israelis seen celebrating the attack on the World Trade Center in New Jersey as it unfolded, who turned out to be Mossad agents, proves at at a minimum Israel knew the attack was going to happen. Hart went further in speculating that the planes had been fitted with transponders and that the Israelis were guiding them in to the towers.

Host Barrett pointed out that to carry out the successful controlled demolition of three of the biggest buildings in history, the conspirators would have to ensure that they were hit, making the use of remote controlled airliners a distinct possibility. In addition, Barrett mentioned the fact that he had interviewed numerous pilots who dismissed the chances of accurately guiding a huge commercial airliner into a building while flying at sea level at around 600 miles per hour, especially considering the alleged 9/11 hijackers struggled to even fly basic Cessna light aircraft.

“Sounding a chilling note, Hart added that the U.S. is in grave danger of an Israeli-instigated false-flag nuclear attack, perhaps using an American nuclear weapon stolen from Minot Air Force Base during the “loose nukes” rogue operation of August, 2007. The motive would be to trigger a U.S. war with Iran, and perhaps to finish the ethnic cleansing of Palestine under cover of war–which Hart is convinced the Zionists are planning to do as soon as the opportunity presents itself,” writes host Barratt.

Given his biography and standing, Hart’s comments are not to be taken lightly. Hart is a former Middle East Chief Correspondent for ITN News and has also presented for BBC Panorama specializing in the Middle East. He was also a war reporter in Vietnam and the first journalist to reach Suez Canal with the Israeli army in 1967. Over the decades, Hart has developed close relationships with numerous high profile political figures, including the Shah of Iran, Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres.

Hart has been a successful author for years and has no reason to fabricate the fact that a top construction firm told him point blank that the towers were brought down in a controlled demolition.

In forwarding this information, Hart joins legions of other credible experts who to some extent or other have all publicly challenged the official 9/11 story, with many outright stating that the attacks were an inside job, people like 20-year decorated CIA veteran Robert Baer, who told a radio host that “the evidence points at” 9/11 having had aspects of being an inside job.

In addition, no less than 1198 architectural and engineering specialists have signed a petition demanding Congress re-open an official investigation into the 9/11 attack and the collapse of the twin towers.

Listen to the full interview with Alan Hart below. The 9/11 discussion begins at around the 35 minute mark.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/top-construction-firm-wtc-destroyed-by-controlled-demolition.html

at bottom of article at above link

Benedict XVI May 22, 2010:

"Today more than ever", he said, "the human family can grow as a free society of free peoples so long as globalisation is guided by solidarity and the common good, and by social justice... In a global society made up of many different peoples and religions, the common good and integral development must be achieved with everyone's contribution. Religions have a crucial role to play in this, especially when they teach fraternity and peace. The exclusion of religion from public life - and, at the other extreme, religious fundamentalism - hinders an encounter between persons and their collaboration for the progress of humanity"
Check the "buzz words". He's a heretic one-worlder and he's not hiding it any longer!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010






Audio Sermon for Pentecost Sunday

Given by Bishop Giles, OFM

http://friarsminor.org/audio/10pen.wma

Audio Sermon for Pentecost Sunday
Given by Brother Bonaventure, OFM



Monday, May 24, 2010


St. Louis De Montfort: "When the Holy Ghost, her Spouse, has found Mary in a soul, He flies there. He enters there in His fullness; He communicates Himself to that soul abundantly, and to the full extent to which it makes room for His Spouse. Nay, one of the great reasons why the Holy Ghost does not now do startling wonders in our souls is because He does not find there a sufficiently great union with His faithful and inseparable Spouse." (True Devotion to Mary, # 36)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Fingerprint of God

Saturday, May 22, 2010



THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
Pentecost Sunday
23 May 2010

Dear Friend,
"The Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things."
The Holy Ghost teaches the Church. The Church has been commissioned by the Holy Ghost, and therefore what she teaches and rules are not the words of men but of God. "Going therefore teach ye all nations, baptizing them . . . teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you."
The Church is composed of men who of themselves are prone to err. The popes, the bishops, the priests are all men, and as men are not infallible. If the Church were a purely human institution it would have collapsed a long time ago as have so many human institutions throughout the Church's two-thousand year history.
The Church is not of human origin, but of divine origin. It is the Holy Ghost that acts through the men in the Church to protect them and ourselves from the errors that we are so prone to by our fallen nature. "The Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you." Therefore what the Church teaches is not the word of man; it is the word of God; the Holy Ghost teaches us through the Church and makes use of her mouth to bring to our knowledge all that is necessary for us to believe and do in order to be saved. We must therefore believe what the Church teaches, because it is the teaching of God not men.
All the power that popes and bishops have comes from the Holy Ghost. "Take heed to yourselves, and to the whole flock wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops to rule the Church of God." (Acts. 20: 28) [It is the Holy Ghost who has chosen and commissioned the bishops.] As rulers and nations govern through their officers, so the Holy Ghost governs the Church by the pastors as His instruments, and defends her against all enemies, so that the gates of Hell can never prevail against her.
While the Holy Ghost can and often does work with individuals directly, He does not offer them the same protection against error as He gives to those whom He has commissioned to rule the Church. Therefore we must understand that the Church is not a democracy or a grass roots establishment. The veracity and sanctity of the Church is not dependent upon the number of "supporters" that she can accumulate. What the Holy Ghost teaches and therefore the Church teaches, is the truth: yesterday, today, and forever. The truth can never change as so often the "will of the people" changes.
What must one logically and rightly conclude when a man who presents himself as a pope declares that the United Nations is the last hope of concord and peace? ("Paul VI's" address to the UN Oct 4, 1965) Can this be the voice of the Holy Ghost? Can God have us believe that our last hope is in a human institution and not in His divine institution?
Or, what are we to think when another appearing as a pope (the vicar of Jesus Christ) embraces Dr. Robert Runcie (An Anglican "clergy-man") and declares that we are sister Churches? ("John Paul II" May 29, 1982) Anglicans are Protestants with invalid orders. They fell away from the Church with Henry VIII. They were and are inspired by the devils who are the teachers of all heresies. They cannot have the same father as the Church nor be Her sister.
These and many other instances should strike fear into the hearts of all conscientious Catholics. Can the Church make a mistake in matters of Faith, Doctrine, or Morals? Can the Holy Ghost change His mind? There is a definite conflict that must be resolved.
It appears that these men were not guided by the Holy Ghost and therefore are not what they appeared to be or claimed to be. This means that they were the heads of a human institution (Novus Ordo) and not the Church established by Christ which is protected and maintained by the Holy Ghost. The Roman See was vacated with the death of Pope Pius XII.
But, the Church cannot die! The teaching, sanctifying, and governing mission of the true Church lives on today in those bishops who were rightly called, guided, and protected by the Holy Ghost. To deny that the Church today is lacking in any of her aspects to teach, sanctify, or govern is to deny the Holy Ghost and His promise to remain with us to the end of time.

SAINT RITA, WIDOW—1457
Feast: May 22
In 1381 in a humble peasant home at Rocca Porena, central Italy, there was born a little girl who was to attain a reputation for great holiness on account of her mystical transports, her austerities, and her long-suffering patience in meeting affliction.
Rita, the child of her parents' old age, in youth demonstrated a strong religious sense. When the time came for marriage, her parents forced her to marry an unsuitable person, in spite of her desire to enter a convent. Rita submitted sorrowfully, and the marriage proved to be one long torment. Rita's husband was brutal, dissolute, and uncontrolled; for eighteen years she bore his insults and infidelities. With anguish she watched the two sons of this union grow up in the likeness of their father. She wept and prayed for them all three without ceasing.
At last her husband came to a realization of his sinful life, and begged Rita to forgive him for what he had made her suffer. Soon after this he was killed in a brawl,and the sons vowed to avenge their father's death. Rita prayed that they might die rather than commit murder. Then they both fell ill, and their mother nursed them and brought them to a more forgiving state before they too died.
Left alone, Rita now began to practice unusual austerities. She finally gained admission to the Augustinian convent of Cascia, persuading the prioress to overlook the rule that allowed her to accept only virgins. In 1413 Rita received the habit of the order. She became quite pitiless in her self-mortifications, scourging herself three times daily. Her charity found an outlet in caring tenderly for other nuns in times of illness. The contemplation of Christ's sufferings would send her into ecstatic transports. A suppurating wound on her forehead seemed to be connected with her intense response to a sermon on the Crown of Thorns, an emblem which had especial significance for her.
During her later years Rita suffered from a wasting disease, which was the cause of her death, on May 22,1457. The first life of this saint was written in 1600. She was canonized in 1900. Rita is joint patroness of a sodality which exists to venerate the crown of thorns.
The old tradition that associates roses and figs with Rita has the following origin. Shortly before her death she asked a friend to bring her a rose from her garden at home. It was not the season for roses to bloom, but to gratify the whim of a woman who was desperately ill, the friend went there and was amazed to find a rose bush in full bloom. Picking a rose and taking it back to the convent, she asked Rita if she could get her something else. "Yes," was the answer; "bring me back two figs from the garden." The friend hastened away to the garden once more and discovered two ripe figs on a leafless fig tree. Rita is sometimes represented in art as holding these emblems.
St. Rita of Cascia is especially venerated in Spain, and there and elsewhere she has been called "the saint of the impossible." In all countries persons who have especially heavy burdens to bear have been comforted and helped by meditating on the example of this saint, and praying to her.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Salvation of Non-Catholics
Letter of the Sacred Congregation
of the Holy Office August 8, 1949,
to the Archbishop of Boston.

(Controversy which arose at Boston College on the subject of the axiom, "Outside the Church there is no salvation.")

We are bound by divine and Catholic faith to believe all those things which are contained in the word of God, whether it be Scripture or Tradition, and are proposed by the Church to be believed as divinely revealed, not only through solemn judgment but also through the ordinary and universal teaching office.
Now, among those things which the Church has always preached and will never cease to preach is contained also that infallible statement by which we are taught that there is no salvation outside the Church.

However, this dogma must be understood in that sense in which the Church herself understands it. For, it was not to private judgments that Our Savior gave for explanation those things that are contained in the deposit of faith, but to the teaching authority of the Church.

Now, in the first place, the Church teaches that in this matter there is question of a most strict command of Jesus Christ. For He explicitly enjoined on his apostles to teach all nations to observe all things whatsoever He Himself had commanded.

Obligation to enter the Church

Now, among the commandments of Christ, that one holds not the least place, by which we are commanded to be incorporated by Baptism into the Mystical Body of Christ, which is the Church, and to remain united to Christ and to his Vicar, through whom He Himself in a visible manner governs the Church on earth.
Therefore, no one will be saved who, knowing the Church to have been divinely established by Christ, nevertheless refuses to submit to the Church or withholds obedience from the Roman pontiff, the Vicar of Christ on earth.

Not only did the Savior command that all nations should enter the Church, but He also decreed the Church to be a means of salvation, without which no one can enter the kingdom of eternal glory.

The "desire" may suffice

In his infinite mercy God has willed that the effects, necessary for one to be saved, of those helps to salvation which are directed toward man's final end, not by intrinsic necessity, but only by divine institution, can also be obtained in certain circumstances when those helps are used only in desire and longing. This we see clearly stated in the Sacred Council of Trent, both in reference to the Sacrament of Baptism and in reference to the Sacrament of Penance.

The same in its own degree must be asserted of the Church, in as far as she is the general help to salvation. Therefore, that one may obtain eternal salvation, it is not always required that he be incorporated into the Church actually as a member, but it is necessary that at least he be united to her by desire and longing.

The implicit "desire"

However, this desire need not always be explicit, as it is in catechumens; but when a person is involved in invincible ignorance, God accepts also an implicit desire, so called because it is included in that good disposition of soul whereby a person wishes his will to be conformed to the will of God.

These things are clearly taught in that dogmatic letter which was issued by the Sovereign Pontiff, Pope Pius XII, on June 29, 1948, "On the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ". For in this letter the Sovereign Pontiff clearly distinguishes between those who are actually incorporated into the Church as members, and those who are united to the Church only by desire.

Discussing the members of which the Mystical Body is composed here on earth, the same August Pontiff says: "Actually only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been baptized and profess the true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to separate themselves from the unity of the Body, or been excluded by legitimate authority for grave faults committed".

Toward the end of this same Encyclical Letter, when most affectionately inviting to unity those who do not belong to the body of the Catholic Church, he mentions those who "are related to the Mystical Body of the Redeemer by a certain unconscious yearning and desire", and these he by no means excludes from eternal salvation, but on the other hand states that they are in a condition "in which they cannot be sure of their salvation" since "they still remain deprived of those many heavenly gifts and helps which can only be enjoyed in the Catholic Church".
With these wise words he reproves both those who exclude from eternal salvation all united to the Church only by implicit desire, and those who falsely assert that men can be saved equally well in every religion.

Necessity of faith

But it must not be thought that any kind of desire of entering the Church suffices that one may be saved. It is necessary that the desire by which one is related to the Church be animated by perfect charity. Nor can an implicit desire produce its effect, unless a person has supernatural faith: "For he who comes to God must believe that God exists and is a rewarder of those who seek Him". The Council of Trent declares: "Faith is the beginning of man's salvation, the foundation and root of all justification, without which it is impossible to please God and attain to the fellowship of his children".

(Practical dispositions relative to Reverend Leonard Feeney.)

Submission to the Church

Therefore, let them who in grave peril are ranged against the Church seriously bear in mind that after "Rome has spoken" they cannot be excused even by reasons of good faith. Certainly, their bond, and duty of obedience toward the Church is much graver than that of those who as yet are related to the Church `'only by an unconscious desire". Let them realize that they are children of the Church, lovingly nourished by her with the milk of doctrine and the sacraments, and hence, having heard the clear voice of their Mother, they cannot be excused from culpable ignorance, and therefore to them apply without any restriction that principle: submission to the Catholic Church and to the Sovereign Pontiff is required as necessary for salvation.



I just finished listening to "Brother Peter Dimond"'s newest recording where he is refuting an SSPX member. His points are very valid until he starts up with the "no salvation outside the church" rant - Feenyism. He is a very intelligent man but how he can overlook this letter is beyond me. He claims to believe that Pope Pius XII was a valid pope but does not believe the fullness of faith. He plays God when he says to this man that he IS going to hell. You cannot say that about anyone because God is the final judge. We can guess but never know until we are dead. We never know what transpires in the last moments of anyone's life - one way or the other!
Statins: The side effects 'are worse than feared'

By Jenny Hope

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1280040/Statins-The-effects-worse-feared.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

The side effects of statins can be far worse than previously thought, a study suggests.


For the first time, the level of harm posed by the cholesterol-lowering drugs has been quantified by researchers.

They found some users are much more likely to suffer liver dysfunction, acute kidney failure, cataracts and muscle damage known as myopathy.


For some patients, the risk is eight times higher...

There have been doctors calling for cities to add statins to the drinking water supply!

This article does not mention it, but I have read that statins are also suspected to effect parts of the brain that can cause violent behavior and suicidal thoughts.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Here is some encouragement for you from my morning meditation book "Growth in the Knowledge of Our Lord by Abbe de Brandt:

"With our finite comprehension we can little understand what the radiant beauty of the Saints will be, when they shall appear clothed in the splendour and brilliancy of heavenly light, but their glory will be made manifest in a still more inconceivable manner when the Son of God shall declare, and that before the whole world, the services they have respectively rendered Him.

He will honour and extol them, and will give to each one a recompense proportionate to the good works done for Himself. They who shall have willingly suffered humiliations, and would gladly have been accounted still more contemptible here below, will be the most honoured in that great Day: they who have endured with the most patience, and lived the most truly mortified lives, shall then be raised to the highest degree of glory. And they who, in order to make known Jesus and His doctrine, have renounced the world - its pleasures - its advantages - and instructed many to justice, shall shine as stars for all eternity. What more fitting to encourage us than these considerations!



That mortification - known only to God - by which a fault is repressed, a passion subdued: that trouble of mind or body, suffered in silence for love of Jesus: this sacrifice which obedience demands: this word unspoken, just to please Him - the least act of virtue, in fact, will be, on that Day of Recompense, brought to light, and will receive the highest commendation from the Lips of the Son of the Most High.


Let us take courage then, and labour zealously to gain hearts to Jesus, and to increase our merits by a more complete fidelity to our holy Rules, so that we may be numbered with the Saints in Glory everlasting.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Arizona Official Threatens to Cut Off Los Angeles Power as Payback for Boycott

By Judson Berger
- FOXNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/19/arizona-official-threatens-cut-los-angeles-power-payback-boycott/


A member of Arizona's top government utilities agency threw down the gauntlet in a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, threatening to cut off the city's power supply as retribution for the city's boycott of Arizona.

If Los Angeles wants to boycott Arizona, it had better get used to reading by candlelight.

That's the message from a member of Arizona's top government utilities agency, who threw down the gauntlet Tuesday in a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa by threatening to cut off the city's power supply as retribution.

Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission, wrote the letter in response to the Los Angeles City Council's decision last week to boycott the Grand Canyon State -- in protest of its immigration law -- by suspending official travel there and ending future contracts with state businesses.

Noting that a quarter of Los Angeles' electricity comes from Arizona power plants, Pierce threatened to pull the plug if the City Council does not reconsider.

"Doggone it -- if you're going to boycott this candy store ... then don't come in for any of it," Pierce told FoxNews.com.

In the letter, he ridiculed Villaraigosa for saying that the point of the boycott was to "send a message" by severing the "resources and ties" they share.

"I received your message; please receive mine. As a statewide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona's electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the 'resources and ties' we share with the city of Los Angeles," Pierce wrote.

"If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation."

Appearing to tap into local frustration in Arizona over the raft of boycotts and threatened boycotts from cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Pierce warned that Arizona companies are willing and ready to fight boycott with boycott.

"I am confident that Arizona's utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands," Pierce wrote. "If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona's economy."

Pierce told FoxNews.com that he was speaking for himself, not the entire commission, though he has the support of at least one other member. But Arizona has some serious leverage over Los Angeles, as well as the rest of California. The state and city get electricity from a nuclear power plant outside Phoenix, as well as from coal-fired power plants in northern Arizona and two giant hydroelectric power generators along the Colorado River.

Despite that, the Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly last week to ban future business with Arizona -- a decision that could cost Arizona millions of dollars in lost contracts.
Los Angeles officials were furious with the Arizona immigration law passed last month and joined local officials in cities across the country in pushing boycotts to register their dismay. Critics say the law will lead to racial profiling and civil rights abuses.

Arizona officials have defended the law, saying the state needed to take its illegal immigration problem into its own hands. Pierce said he's "supportive" of the state's efforts to control the border.

The law requires local law enforcement to try to verify the immigration status of anyone they have contact with whom they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. It empowers them to turn over verified illegal immigrants to federal custody. The legislation explicitly prohibits screening people based solely on race or national origin.

The Little Flowers of St. Francis - Chapters 4 & 5


CHAPTER IV
HOW BROTHER JUNIPER GAVE ALL THAT HE HAD TO THE POOR FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

Brother Juniper was so full of pity and compassion for the poor, that when he saw anyone poor or naked he immediately took off his tunic, or the hood of his clock, and gave it to him. The guardian therefore laid an obedience upon him not to give away his tunic or any part of his habit. A few days afterwards, a poor half-naked man asked an alms of Brother Juniper for the love of God, who answered him with great compassion: "I have nothing which I could give thee but my tunic, and my superior has laid me under obedience not to give it, nor any part of my habit, to anyone. But if thou take it off my back I will not resist thee." He did not speak to a deaf man; for the begger forthwith stripped him of his tunic, and went off with it. When Brother Juniper returned home, and was asked what had become of his tunic, he replied: "A good man took it off my back, and went away with it." And as the virtue of compassion increased in him, he was not contented with giving his tunic, but would give books, or clocks, or whatever he could lay his hands on, to the poor. For this reason the brethren took care to leave nothing in the common rooms of the convent, because Brother Juniper gave away everything for the love of God and to the glory of his name.

CHAPTER V
HOW BROTHER JUNIPER TOOK CERTAIN LITTLE BELLS FROM THE ALTAR, AND GAVE THEM AWAY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

One Christmas-day Brother Juniper was in deep meditation before the altar at Scesi, the which altar was right fairly and richly adorned; so, at the desire of the sacristan, Brother Juniper remained to keep guard over it while he went to his dinner. And as he was absorbed in devout meditations, a poor woman came asking an alms of him for the love of God. To whom Brother Juniper made answer: "Wait a while, and I will see if I can find anything for thee on this grand altar." Now there was upon the altar an exceedingly rich and costly frontal of cloth of gold, with silver bells of great value. "These bells," said Brother Juniper, "are a superfluity"; so he took a knife and cut them off the frontal, and gave them to the poor woman out of compassion. The sacristan, after he had eaten three or four mouthfuls, bethought him of the ways of Brother Juniper, whom he had left in charge; and began exceedingly to doubt whether, in his charitable zeal, he might not do some damage to the costly altar. As soon as the suspicion entered his head, he rose from the table, and went back to the church, to see if any of the ornaments of the altar had been removed or taken away; and when he saw that the frontal had been cut, and the little bells carried off, he was troubled and scandalised beyond measure. Brother Juniper, seeing that he was very angry, said to him: "Be not disturbed about those little bells, for I have given them to a poor woman who had great need of them, and here they were good for nothing but to make a pompous display of worldly vanity." When the sacristan had heard this, he went with all speed to seek the woman in the church, and throughout the city; but he could neither find her nor meet with anyone who had seen her. So he returned, and in great wrath took the frontal, and carried it to the general, who was at Assisi, saying: "Father general, I demand justice on Brother Juniper, who has spoilt this hanging for me, the very best I had in the sacristy. See how he has destroyed it by cutting away all the silver bells, which he says he has given to a poor woman!" And the general answered him: "It is not Brother Juniper who has done this, but thine own folly; for thou oughtest by this time to have known his ways: and I tell thee, I marvel only that he did not give away the whole frontal. Nevertheless, I will give him a sound correction for this fault." And having called the brethren together in chapter, he sent for Brother Juniper, and, in the presence of the whole community, reproved him most severely concerning the said bells; and, waxing wrathful as he spoke, he raised his voice till it became hoarse. Brother Juniper cared little or nothing for these words, for he delighted in reproaches, and rejoiced when he received a good humiliation; but his one thought in return was to find a remedy for the general's hoarseness. So when he had received his reproof, he went straight to the town for flour and butter, to make a good hasty-pudding, with which he returned when the night was far spent; then lighting a candle, he went with his hasty-pudding to the door of the general's cell and knocked. The general came to open it, and seeing him with a lighted candle and a pipkin in his hand, asked: "Who is there?" Brother Juniper answered him: "Father, when you reproved me to-day for my faults, I perceived that your voice grew hoarse, and I thought it was from over-fatigue. I considered therefore what would be the best remedy, and have had this hasty-pudding made for you; therefore I pray you eat of it, for I tell you that it will ease your throat and your chest." "What an hour of the night is this." said the general, "to come and disturb other people!" And Brother Juniper made answer: "See, it has been made for you; I pray you eat of it without more ado, for it will do you good." But the general being angry at the lateness of the hour, and at Brother Juniper's persistence, answered him roughly, bidding him go his way, for at such an hour he would not eat. Then Brother Juniper, seeing that neither persuasions nor prayers were of any avail, said: "Father, since you will not eat the pudding which was made for you, at least do this for me: hold the candle for me, and I will eat it." Then the general, being a devout and kindly man, seeing the piety and simplicity of Brother Juniper, and how he had done all this out of devotion, answered: "Well, since thou will have it so, thou and I will eat together." And so the two of them ate this hasty-pudding together, out of an importunate charity, and were refreshed by their devotion more than by the food.
This is an example of what is going on at our northern border - yet our southern border is left open!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bishop Louis gave a good part of his life to bring the Catholic Faith to the people of Korea - look what has become of it under the Novus Ordo!

Monday, May 17, 2010


St. Pascal Baylon


Born at Torre-Hermosa, in the Kingdom of Aragon, 24 May, 1540, on the Feast of Pentecost, called in Spain "the Pasch of the Holy Ghost", whence the name Pascal; died at Villa Reale, 15 May, 1592, on Whitsunday. His parents, Martin Baylon and Elizabeth Jubera, were virtuous peasants. The child began very early to display signs of that surpassing devotion towards the Holy Eucharist, which forms the salient feature of his character. From his seventh to his twenty-fourth year, he led the life of a shepherd, and during the whole of that period exercised a salutary influence upon his companions. He was then received as a lay brother amongst the Franciscan friars of the Alcantarine Reform. In the cloister, Paschal's life of contemplation and self-sacrifice fulfilled the promise of his early years. His charity to the poor and afflicted, and his unfailing courtesy were remarkable. On one occasion, in the course of a journey through France, he triumphantly defended the dogma of the Real Presence against the blasphemies of a Calvinist preacher, and in consequence, narrowly escaped death at the hands of a Huguenot mob. Although poorly educated, his counsel was sought for by people of every station in life, and he was on terms of closest friendship with personages of eminent sanctity. Pascal was beatified in 1618, and canonized in 1690. His cultus has flourished particularly in his native land and in Southern Italy, and it was widely diffused in Southern and Central America, through the Spanish Conquests. In his Apostolic letter, Providentissimus Deus, Leo XIII declared St. Pascal the especial heavenly protector of all Eucharistic Congresses and Associations. His feast is kept on 17 May. The saint is usually depicted in adoration before a vision of the Host.

This is from the Pro-Life Wisconsin Newletter:
HPV vaccine now marketed to young boys

The article below from the Chicago Tribune outlines how the HPV vaccine is now being marketed to young boys.

Unfortunately, the article quotes the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration as saying most side effects of the drug have been mild.

In reality, at least 18 young women have died from the vaccine since it was approved in 2006. In 2008, there were 140 reported "serious" complications, 27 of which were categorized as "life-threatening," as well as ten spontaneous abortions and six cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome,
according to LifeSiteNews.

In 2007, Pro-Life Wisconsin defeated an attempt to mandate the Gardasil vaccination of sixth grade girls in Wisconsin ’s public, private and charter schools. We continue to keep a watchful eye on government intrusion into private affairs.

From the Chicago Tribune:
For parents already uneasy about vaccinating their children, the news that the maker of Gardasil recently began promoting its HPV shots to boys as young as 9 is prompting yet another round of internal debate.Gardasil was introduced for girls in 2006 as the first vaccine to offer protection against human papillomavirus, or HPV. The sexually transmitted virus can cause genital warts in both sexes.But although HPV has been linked to rare types of cancers in males, most who carry the virus never have symptoms. Certain types of HPV in females, though, are known to raise a much greater risk of cervical cancer. So advocates say the most important reason to have men vaccinated is to protect their female partners.

Most side effects have been mild, according to the CDC and Food and Drug Administration.


Sunday, May 16, 2010



Audio Sermon for the Sunday within the Octave of Ascension
Given by Bishop Giles, OFM
Audio Sermon for the Sunday within the Octave of Ascension
Given by Brother Bonaventure, OFM

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Käßmann stirs Catholics with pill speech
Published: 14 May 10 08:12 CET



Former Protestant leader Margot Käßmann caused a stir at Munich’s interfaith gathering Thursday night by describing the birth control pill as “God’s gift” – in a Catholic cathedral.
Christians gather for interfaith congress - Society
(13 May 10)Speaking at the Cathedral of Our Dear Lady, which is the Munich Catholic Archbishop’s own cathedral and one of the most important Catholic churches in Germany, Käßmann warned against demonising birth control.
Contraception, including the pill, is forbidden under the Catholic Church’s strict moral code.“We can however also see it as God’s gift, for it is about the preservation of life, of freedom, which doesn’t have to immediately degenerate into pornography, as much as the sexualisation of our society is, of course, a problem.“It’s about love without fear and about responsible parenthood. And for women, in fact, it’s about concern for their own lives and those of their own children.
”It was also about the decision not to have children, “which our Churches should not always devalue,” she added.
Käßmann was speaking as part of the 2nd Ecumenical Church Congress, which is Europe’s biggest interfaith gathering. Hundreds of thousands of believers of all denominations are in Munich to put aside theological differences and find common ground.

Käßmann, herself a mother of four children, stepped down as leader of Germany’s Protestants in February after she was caught driving drunk.The strict sexual code of the Catholic Church has been the subject of robust debate lately, owing to the child sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Church.


Earlier this week, Alois Glück, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics, which is the Church’s largest lay organisation, called for a complete review.“We must openly grapple with, for example, the question that some 90 percent of Catholics deal with birth control other than the Church instructs,” he told daily Frankfurter Rundschau.


A recent poll found a massive 81 percent of Catholic thought celibacy for priests should be abolished.In her speech, Käßmann went on to highlight the mortality rate for mothers and infants. Each year more than 300,000 women die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, 99 percent of them in poor countries, she said.
DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)


THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
Sunday after the Ascension
16 May 2010

Dear Friend,


Today our Lord warns His apostles of the evils that will befall them because they have chosen to follow Him. Our Lord gives this warning as He Himself tells us so that they will not be scandalized in Him. Knowing what is about to happen to them will strengthen their faith and courage in Christ when it happens. They will be able to say, "This is just what He said would happen." In this way they are able to avoid being scandalized by the evil which will come upon them and tempt them to despair or hopelessness.


We too should resist the temptation to be scandalized by Christ when we see His Church attacked from every quarter and even from within by false brethren. Christ has foretold these things. All too many become scandalized and turn away from the true Church because of the persecution or the fewness of the true faithful. Often we hear people say that we cannot be right because there are so few united together with us. The temptation is to abandon the true faith and right reason to go with the crowd: to be part of a fanatical mob; to be scandalized in the doctrine, and practices of the Church and therefore to be scandalized in Christ.


To demand a full and uncompromising faith in all that Our Holy Mother the Church teaches and has consistently taught from the beginning is scandalous to the world that is looking for confirmation and consolation in numbers _ in the unthinking and unbelieving mob.


To walk with Christ means that very often we must walk alone in this world far away from the rest of men. And this is frightening to us until we truly learn to set ourselves and the world aside and seek with our entire being only God. Once we have overcome ourselves and given ourselves completely over to God with our whole heart, mind, and soul, then we will find the joy and happiness in carrying our cross. Then we will cease to be scandalized in Christ and His Church.

The Pagans, Jews, Moslems, Protestants, Novus Ordo, Traditionalists, etc., all hurl their attack upon The Mystical Body of Christ _ His Church _ and they strive with all their might to scandalize and lead into error any and all who have not yet left the side of the Church and therefore Christ.


There is a constant attack on every front. Those that are not scandalized by the fewness of the faithful, are tempted by the humbleness of the places where the Church is forced to offer Sacrifice. Those who do not fall to such superficiality are tempted by "science", or "reason".

The Church is made to look old fashioned or outdated in Her teaching, doctrine, practices and worship. They want us to believe that the Church is anti-women, or anti-freedom, etc. They suggest that the Church can't be right because She denies equal opportunity in the clerical state for women, married people, or Sodomites, etc. Or they suggest that Her regulations are too rigid, too strict, or demanding. She should make allowances for modern day sexual "advances" in conception prevention, freedom in fornication, adultery, non-nuclear families, murder of the pre-born and even the murder of the old, sick, crippled, or handicapped.


The specific sins and crimes of individuals who maintain an outward appearance of representing the Church (even though they have long ago ceased to believe and follow all that the Church teaches and therefore do not represent Her) are thrown into the face of true followers of Christ in order to scandalize them and turn them away from Christ and His bride the Church.


Yes, the time has come when the Word of God is no longer welcome in the buildings that were once dedicated and consecrated as Houses of God. The time has come when the true followers of Christ are persecuted by others who claim that they are doing the will of God.


It appears to be true that because of the fewness of the true followers there are many anti-Christs who pay little or no attention to Her and Her members, but at the same time it is also true that due to the smallness of our numbers that we are still unceasingly attacked from every side. We are a small plank and all that remains of the bark of the Church floating in the dangerous sea of evil. And this sea of evil that constantly surrounds us is ever attempting to destroy us — the last remnants of Christ's Church.


Let us not be scandalized but take courage that all else will pass away but Christ and His true Kingdom will remain.
**The picture above is Pope Pius XII - thanks to Dolores for this beautiful find!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Joseph Lentz, Sr. who passed away on early Wednesday morning in his sleep. Mr. Lentz has been a pillar of our church and with us from the beginning. This is at least a four generation family of true Catholics (I'm sure their older generations were true Catholics as well - we just didn't know them) and this fine man was instrumental in making sure that most of his family was following the truth faith.




Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Babies Are Guinea Pigs!!

Baby vaccine contaminated with pig virus
12 May 2010
Magazine issue
2760.

SWINE viruses are back - but this time they don't seem to be making anyone sick.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that stocks of Merck's
Rotateq vaccine against rotavirus are contaminated with the pig viruses PCV1 and PCV2. But the agency has not advised doctors to stop using it as the pig viruses aren't known to cause disease in humans, and rotavirus kills roughly half a million infants worldwide each year. An FDA advisory panel said the vaccine's benefits still outweigh its risks.
The FDA plans to monitor recipients for pig virus-related illness. "There will be quite careful monitoring of the people that have received the vaccine and I think that's entirely appropriate," says virologist
Stephen Hughes, who advised the FDA on the issue.
Rotavirus vaccines are mainly
given to infants in the developing world, where the virus is most likely to kill. In March, a separate rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline was found to contain PCV1. In that case, the FDA recommended that doctors avoid using Rotarix while it gathers evidence, but the FDA now says it will issue new recommendations on both affected vaccines soon.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Just imagine if this continues for weeks and months!


Abortion 'Supercenter' Set to Open in Houston
By Heather Sells
CBN News Reporter
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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HOUSTON, Texas -- One could argue that Planned Parenthood is following the lead of so-called "big box" stores. With abortions on the decline and a difficult economy, the organization has shifted from small neighborhood clinics to large regional facilities.
Since 2007, the abortion provider has opened a big clinic in Aurora, Ill., outside of Chicago, a 23,000 square-foot facility in Sarasota, Fla., and a 40,000 square-foot facility in Denver. Now, the fourth "supercenter" is opening in Houston, Texas, Tuesday, May 11. It's the largest of the new clinics, standing six stories tall with 78,000 square-feet on six acres.
Please watch the video on this link.
Audio Sermon for the 5th Sunday after Easter

Given by Brother Bonaventure, OFM


http://songweetrains.com/sermons/10easter5bb.wma

Sunday, May 09, 2010

"Pope" in charge of L’Osservatore Romano



Just remember that the "Pope" chose the editorial staff and gave them permission to do what they are doing with the newspaper. He is therefore in charge of this newspaper - so when you read stories like this:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100412/ap_on_en_mu/eu_vatican_beatles

or this::

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6884704.ece

You know exactly where they are coming from!

Also note that for the first time in the newspapers history they have non-catholic regular contributors - including a Jewish rabbi/scholar

Saturday, May 08, 2010




Greek Initials for Jesus Christ - to the right of the Child Jesus and even with His eyes below the Archangel Gabriel.

Greek Initial for Mother of God - Theotokos in upper right hand corner.

Greek Initial for St. Michael the Archangel on the left. Below is an image of St. Michael depicted holding the lance and sponge of gall to symbolize the Passion of Christ.

Greek Initial for St. Gabriel the Archangel on the right above the image of St. Gabriel depicted holding the cross and nails to also symbolize the Passion of Christ.
Star on Our Lady's veil. She is the Star of the Sea - Stella Matutina - who brought the Light of Christ to the darkened world...the star that leads us to the safe port of Heaven.
Mary's Mouth is small to symbolize silent recollection. She speaks little.

Mary's eyes are large for all our troubles and preoccupations that blind us to her divine Son. Her eyes are turned toward us always and she is looking for and at us.

Mary's Red Tunic, the color worn by virgins at the time of Christ.

Mary's Dark Blue Mantle, the color worn by mothers in Palestine. Mary is both Virgin & Mother.

Mary's Left Hand supporting Christ possessively: She is His Mother. It is a comforting hand for everyone who calls on her.

Christ's Hands, turned palms down into His Mother's hands to indicate that the Graces of Redemption are in her keeping.

Loose Sandal slipping off Christ's foot Perhaps the symbol of a soul clinging to Christ by one last thread: devotion to Mary.

Entire Background is a golden symbol of Heaven, where Jesus and Mary are now enthroned. The gold also shines through their clothing, showing the heavenly joy They can bring to tired human hearts.

Crown on Mary's head. This was added to the original icon in 1867 as a tribute to Mary as Queen and in recognition and thanksgiving for the many favors and miracles wrought through her intercession and what one with a sincere heart can expect when one invokes Blessed Mary as Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

STORY OF THE IMAGE OF OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP

Briefly, at the close of the 15th century a merchant stole the picture from its shrine on the island of Crete, miraculously weathered a tumultuous sea voyage and finally brought it to Rome there, before he died he gave it to a Roman friend, begging to have it placed on a worthy church. This friend neglected to do.
Our Lady then appeared, urging the Roman to comply with the request, threatening him even with death. At his wife's bidding, however, the man paid little heed to the apparition. Shortly after, he died.
Next Our Lady appeared to the little daughter of the family. "Go to your mother and grandfather." She commanded," and say to them: Holy Mary Of Perpetual Help warns you to take Her from your house; else all of you will soon die." The girl relayed the message to her mother. Panic stricken, the woman promised to obey.
Our Lady then told the little girl just where the picture should be placed: in the church "between the basilica of St. Mary Major and that of St. John Lateran." In solemn procession, on March 27 1499, it was carried to the church of St Matthew the Apostle. The same day a miracle occurred: a man's arm, crippled beyond use, was completely restored.
So, for 300 years, the picture hung over the main altar in the church of St. Matthew the Apostle, loved by all, renowned far and wide for miracles.
Then came June, 1798. Napoleon entered Rome. The church of St. Matthew was leveled to the ground. The picture disappeared.
For sixty-four years it remained hidden, almost forgotten, until… one day at recreation, in the Redemptorist house in Rome, one of the Fathers mentioned having read, in an old tomb, that their present church, San Alfonso, was built on the ruins of St Matthew's where once was enshrined a miraculous picture: Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The name startled Father Michael Marchi. He recalled as a boy having served Mass in the oratory of the Irish Augustinians at Santa Maria in Posterula. There he had seen the picture. An old Brother had pointed it out to him.
Some month later, in February, Father Francis Blosi, S.J., preaching in the Gesus on "the lost Madonna of Perpetual Help," told how it was Our Lady's wish that the picture be enshrined in the church" between the basilicas of St. Mary Major and St John Lateran." Word got back to the Redemptorist. The Superior General was informed But he waited three more years. He want to be certain.
Finally, on December 11, 1865 the whole matter was presented to Pope Pius IX. On January 1866 the miraculous picture was brought once more to the site of its former glory the church between the two basilicas, now that of San Alfonso. Three months later, it was solemnly enshrined. And on June 23 1867, it was crowned with a golden crown, placed on picture by order of the Holy See in 1867 as a token and witness of the miracles wrought by Our Lady invoked under the title of "Perpetual Help".