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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Something positive to report - in response to Bridgets post about the Babies in dumpsters:

A friend of mine who lives in Waukesha sent me this email in response to the post about the babies in the dumpsters:


"I was reading your blog about the babies bodies found in the dumpster and its true they dispose of them in biohazard all the time. I just wanted to tell you a positive thing that has happened in Waukesha. A social worker from Waukesha Memorial called and said she found out that they dispose of miscarriages in bio hazard after six months if the family does not want to bury them themselves. There are no abortions at Waukesha Memorial but these are miscarried babies. She said that this is not right they are not medical waste. The hospital foundation got money together to buy a 12 grave lot at Prairie Home and Randle-Dable (funeral home) donated the burial vault, we used a vault model from Lake shore and then scheduled a service by the hospital chaplain to which about 5 families came. This is a move in the right direction. I was pleasantly surprised to see thinking like this coming from a social worker at the hospital. From now on no babies will be thrown in the garbage."

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Jesus Christ The King

31 October 2010

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Christ is our King not only because He is God and therefore our Creator, but also because He is our Redeemer. We have been purchased not with material things but with the precious blood of Christ.

Pope Pius XI when he instituted this feast desired that we should benefit from it in several ways. Let us consider the first of the benefits that he proposed we should gain from this celebration.

"When we pay honor to the princely dignity of Christ, men will doubtless be reminded that the Church, founded by Christ as a perfect society, has a natural and inalienable right to perfect freedom and immunity from the power of the state; and that in fulfilling the task committed to her by God of teaching, ruling, and guiding to eternal bliss those who belong to the kingdom of Christ, she cannot be subject to any external power. The state is bound to extend similar freedom to the orders and communities of religious of either sex, who give most valuable help to the Bishops of the Church by laboring for the extension and the establishment of the kingdom of Christ. By their sacred vows they fight against the threefold concupiscence of the world; by making profession of a more perfect life they render the holiness which her divine Founder willed should be a mark and characteristic of His Church more striking and more conspicuous in the eyes of all."

Christ is a king and His kingdom here on earth is the Catholic Church. The Church is a perfect kingdom with Christ the King as her head. Christ rules His visible Church through true popes and bishops. The apostolic succession of bishops is essential to her makeup. The four marks of the true Church are: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. This perfect society established by Christ that will exist until the end of time must always have true and legitimate successors of the Apostles. It is only in true and legitimate successors that Christ visibly reigns His kingdom. False bishops or illegitimate bishops cannot be the visible representatives of Christ the King. They are outside the Church and outside the grace of God and therefore have nothing to do with Christ's kingdom, the Catholic Church.

These false leaders may establish their own kingdoms or societies and be at the head of them, but they are not members, much less heads in the Catholic Church. Modernists who have put on the garb of Catholics and worked their way into positions of apparent authority are not Catholics and do not have any authority in the Church. Such individuals are traditionally labeled as anti-popes, anti-bishops, etc. While they may maintain an appearance of authority and are accepted as such by the majority it does not change the fact that they are outside the Church and those who thus follow them as their leaders likewise end up outside the Church.

It is Christ who is the King and all true Catholics must recognize this and place themselves within His kingdom. This kingdom is above all others, and is our only and last hope both as it regards our spiritual and material society and well being. When we understand this we begin to see what a blasphemy it is to say that the "U.N. is mankind's last hope." This can never be said by a true vicar of Christ. Material societies are necessary but very secondary to the kingdom of Christ and therefore of His Church. It is they that are sanctioned by the Church not the Church by them. The entire world must look to Christ for hope not to material organizations and societies. Therefore the entire world is to enter the Church in order to have any hope but especially mankind's last hope.

In this blasphemy we see clearly that a new religion has been formed right under the noses of the majority of Catholics in the whole world. Those who saw and understood soon fled this spiritually sinking ship. The tragedy was that most of those jumped from the frying pan into the fire. They soon too set up their own churches and became the heads of their new society. Most of them go by a new title "traditionalist".

In this now immense sea of new and different religious societies ("churches") it is becoming harder and harder for people to find the One True Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church with Christ as its head and King. Just as when Christ walked this earth in His Humanity very few found, recognized, believed and followed Him, so it is today with His Church. Very few seem to find recognize and believe the true bishops that He has commissioned to visibly head the Church. There are many wolves in sheep's clothing that have come preaching new and different doctrines and so we must recall what St. Paul tells us that, even if an angel of light were to come and preach a different doctrine we should not believe it. Worldly success is not a measure of truth. Majority of followers is not a measure of truth. Many are called, but few are chosen.

Let us all strive to increase our love for Christ the King and tenaciously cling to His Church and His bishops which as unworthy as they may be or as insignificant as they may appear are true successors of the Apostles and His representatives here on earth, and therefore the keepers of Christ's kingdom, the Church here on earth.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

'Mohammed' No. 1 Baby Name In Britain

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Move over, Oliver, and make room for Mohammed.There's a new leader on the list of the most popular names for baby boys in Britain -- a reflection of shifting demographics and pride in the Muslim prophet.

 Data recently released by the Office of National Statistics shows that Mohammed and variations of that name rank highest among names for British baby boys in 2009. Oliver came in a close second, followed by Jack in third.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Children Found in Dumpsters in Two Cities: When our Children Become Trash

There are times when the evil of procured abortion becomes obvious and the Nation is shaken out of its complacency

The remains of Seventeen babies in medical ziplock bags with the names of their mothers labeled on the outside were found in a dumpster at the Womans Choice abortion mill in Lansing. Under current MI law abortion mills can place aborted babies and biohazardous waste in the trash as long as they're dipped in formaldehyde beforehand. Two newborns, placed into plastic bags by their own mothers and then thrown away as trash were also found just this week, miraculously discovered in dumpsters. They are being treated in hospitals. Christians are called to action in a pagan West.

Babies killed by Abortion found in a dumpster.

Babies killed by Abortion found in a dumpster.

CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) -The truth concerning the humanity of the child in the womb and their Right to be Born is winning the hearts and minds of more and more people. Medical Science is now a Pro-Life ally. Sonograms showing us a film of our first neighbors in their first home in the womb have become commonplace. We watch these children smile, play, feel pain and grow. The images are showing up on television commercials, being sent over our cell phones, blackberry devices and I-Pads; a sure sign in a consumerist culture that this technology is having an effect. Only a deceived person can see that child in the womb as anything other than just that, a child, a human person, our neighbor.

Physicians are routinely operating "in utero" to help children in need and placing them back in the first home of the womb to be delivered full term. Psychologists encourage communication between parents and their child in the womb. Parents are playing music to children in the womb. The efforts to use dehumanizing phrases to hide the perfidy of abortion are failing. Medical science and technology confirm what our conscience told us all along, the child in the first home of the whole human race is our neighbor and it is wrong to kill innocent neighbors.

However, the evil of procured abortion is still protected by the civil law. Those who commit the horrid evil are protected by the police power of the State. There are times when the evil of procured abortion becomes obvious and the Nation is shaken out of its complacency. For example, in 2002 we witnessed the killing of Laci and Connor Peterson and called it what it was, a double homicide. In 2004 when a child was brutally removed from the womb of Bobby Jo Stinnet of Missouri by her murderer, we rejoiced when that baby was found in good health.

In 2005, legislation intended to protect children in the womb from criminal acts was used to shield a mother who participated in killing her own child. In Lufkin, Texas, 19 year old Gerardo Flores was convicted of two counts of murder under the Texas "Fetus Protection Law" for stomping repeatedly on the abdomen of the children's mother. She was carrying twins.The mother was not charged even though she had asked Flores for help in the intentional killing and had started to aggressively jog and punch herself in the abdomen to cause the death of the children in her womb. The reason she was not prosectuted was because she could have had the same result occur by paying for an abortion. The implications were obvious.

Now, two horrific stories out of recent news may shake us out of our compalcency again if they are broadcast as widely as possible. Maybe they will shake the Nation out of its complacency again. First, in an article entitled "Aborted babies, patient records found in MI abortion mill dumpster; laws to stop introduced", Pro-Life Nurse and Champion Jill Stanek reported that, "On February 27 pro-lifer Chris Veneklase found the aborted remains of 17 babies in medical ziplock bags, with the names of their mothers labeled on the outside, in a dumpster at the Womans Choice abortion mill in Lansing. Veneklase contacted Dr. Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, and together they searched the dumpster several more times to retrieve more biohazardous waste and patient records, some from the "sister" mill in Saginaw.

"In early April Veneklase and Miller contacted authorities and put together a meeting with state and local law enforcement as well as State Rep. Rick Jones, in whose district the mill is located, and the MI Right to Life legislative liaison. An investigation was launched involving the Attorney General, Solicitor General, Eaton Co. prosecutor, and Eaton Co. Sheriff's office, whose detectives conducted more searches of trash and retrieved more evidence..

"Bottom line? No charges can be made, for two insane reasons according to Miller, with whom I spoke yesterday: 1. Violation of patient confidentiality: The Women's Choice abortion mills were not properly incorporated under MI state law. There is no licensed physician named on the incorporation papers. They are owned by Florida resident Richard Remund. Even though the names of the clinics' abortionists Lewis Twigg and Ronald Nichols were found in the trash, they cannot be charged - There is no physician legally responsible for patient records. (However, the mills' improper incorporation is being investigated.) 2. Throwing aborted babies in the trash: Under current MI law abortion mills can place aborted babies and biohazardous waste in the trash as long as ...

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Here is another example of what the Obama administration is going to do to people who care about aborted babies:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/culture/family/4986-obama-adm-targets-pro-life-activists-as-terrorists

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


In this month's issue of The Seraph, Pope Leo XIII's encyclical on the rosary is reprinted. I should say ONE of Pope Leo XIII's encyclicals because he wrote 9 on the rosary! He is actually called "the Rosary Pope".

This morning I began to read it and I just could not put it down!

He says that there are three major evils in the world: first, the distaste for a simple and laborious life; secondly, repugnance to suffering of any kind; thirdly, the forgetfulness of the future life. He counters this with the three parts of the rosary - the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries.

I've never read anything like this before and his comparisons are really encouraging and enlightening.

Here is just one quote that really struck home:

"We may doubt if God could inflict upon man a more terrible punishment than to allow him to waste his whole life in the pursuit of earthly pleasures, and in forgetfulness of the happiness which alone lasts for ever."

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If you didn't get your copy yet, here is the encyclical:

http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Leo13/l13ro3.htm

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Audio Sermons for the 22nd Sunday of Pentecost:

Father Bonaventure:

http://songweetrains.com/sermons/10pen22fb.wma

Bishop Giles:

http://friarsminor.org/audio/10pen22.wma

Monday, October 25, 2010

ATTENTION WISCONSIN VOTERS:

Ron Johnson - is NOT PRO-LIFE - he states in this radio show: click here to listen to interview that he would support abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother.  Listen for yourself out of his own mouth!

As a Catholic you cannot support such a candidate!

St. Bonaventure (1260): “He who neglects the service of the Blessed Virgin will die in his sins. He who does not invoke thee, O Lady, will never get to heaven. Not only will those from whom Mary turns away her eyes of mercy not be saved, but there will be no hope of their salvation. No one can be saved without the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

JUST A REMINDER:

Remember we are Roman Catholics first and our Faith should NEVER take a back seat to politics.  As Catholics we can not support or vote for ANY candidate that supports abortion in ANY way.  This means any allowance in the law for abortion - including the "life of the mother".  You cannot "choose the less of two evils" because the end result is the same - EVIL.

If you plan to vote - make sure you know the candidates full position on at least this issue - because most who claim to be pro-life are in reality are not.

Personally, I think your time would be better spent praying the Rosary than voting for a different crook.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Women's brains grow after giving birth

"Baby brain" is a myth scientists have claimed after discovering women's brains actually grow during motherhood.

The popular belief that women's minds turn to mush during pregnancy and birth is completely wrong and their grey matter actually increases, they say.

Research published by the American Psychological Association found that the brains of new mothers bulked up as they coped with the steep learning curve of dealing with a newborn.

Mothers who gushed the most about their babies showed the greatest growth in key parts of the brain, it was found.

The researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health in Maryland scanned the brains of 19 women who gave birth to 10 to boys and nine to girls.

A comparison of images taken two to four weeks and three to four months after the women gave birth showed that grey matter volume increased by a small but significant amount in various parts of the brain.

In adults, grey matter does not ordinarily change over a few months without significant learning, brain injury or illness, or major environmental change.

The authors speculated that hormone levels and the need to cope with the challenges of a baby led to the increase in brain cells.

The areas affected are involved with motivation – the hypothalamus -, reward and emotion processing – the amygdala – senses – parietal lobe – and reasoning and judgment – the prefrontal cortex.

The findings were published in the journal Behavioural Neuroscience.

The motivation to take care of a baby, and the hallmark traits of motherhood, might be less of an instinctive response and more of a result of active brain building, the neuroscientists Dr Craig Kinsley and Dr Elizabeth Meyer speculated.

Mothers who most enthusiastically rated their babies as special, beautiful, ideal, perfect and so on were significantly more likely to develop bigger brains than the less awestruck mothers in key areas linked to maternal motivation, rewards and the regulation of emotions.

Although these early findings require replication with a larger and more representative sample, they raise intriguing questions about the interaction between mother and child, said the report.








Saturday, October 23, 2010

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Her Doctrine and Morals

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

24 October 2010

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Dear Friend,

Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and give to God the things that are God's. We are composed of both body and soul and so we have a duel debt: one to God and the spirit and one to the body and the world. The world as it is, is in disorder. This world that is in disorder is not our home. It is a wonderful and amazing place with many good things in it, but it is not meant to be our permanent home. There is a disorder that was placed here by Original Sin. We are designed to enjoy a perfect place and so we have this burning desire within us to find or make this perfect place.

Caesar represents to us the government or the world in this fallen state. We owe much to this world (even as imperfect as it is). Therefore we must expend some of ourselves in labors and efforts to support, maintain, and improve this world and society. At the same time we must realize that nothing in this world is permanent (It will not always be this way.) Everything is passing away. Thus, while this world is a gift from God and is important to Him and to us, we must realize that it can only hold a secondary place in our hearts and minds.

The first place in our hearts and minds belongs to God and our eternal home in Heaven. This is the only thing that can fulfill our heart's desire. Our hearts have been created for God and this perfect place called Heaven were all is in order and all is love. Therefore our greatest efforts and time should be focused towards this rather than towards our current world.

We must build up treasure for heaven rather than for here. All the treasure in this current world is to be lost (consumed by rust, moth or thief). It is all passing away. The treasure built up in Heaven is permanent and never to be lost and will constitute an eternal joy for us. The stateliest mansions that we build up in this world for our bodies are nothing but refuse compared to the heavenly mansions that await our souls in eternity with God.

We must never lose the focus upon this heavenly mansion while we are absorbed in obtaining and maintaining an earthly shelter and existence for our bodies in this world. All that is in this world as the wise man says is, vanity. "Vanity of vanity and all is vanity". It is all fleeting and empty and cannot satisfy us no matter how much or how refined it may be. If we spend all that we have and all that we are in pursuit of this, we will have wasted everything and gained nothing because it is all vain. What will it profit a man to gain the whole world if he loses his soul?

Perhaps we should then be inclined to spend all that we have and all that we are in pursuit of the eternal? This would seem to be a grand idea, but we cannot escape this world so easily. God has commanded us to care for our bodies and to work this earth. We cannot just foolishly rush off into eternity. This earth is a trial in which we can show God how much we love Him by loving one another even in the midst of this imperfection.

Anyone can love that which is perfect but it takes humility and faith to love that which is less perfect. The devils could easily have worshiped and honored Christ in His divinity; it was His humanity that created the obstacle for them. Their pride refused to love someone less than spirit (Someone beneath them). This is exactly what we are commanded to do when we are told we must love one another as Christ has loved us. There are many who may be (at least from our own defective perspective) beneath us, and we must love them just as we love ourselves. This test trapped all the devils in Hell, and it will drag us down too if we follow their evil example.

The goods of this world are not for hording. God has given some more and others less so that we might have the opportunity to love one another and prove this love by giving and receiving freely in all simplicity and humility. We can take nothing with us, and it does no good to anyone amassed in piles. We must render to one another the things of this earth for their earthly existence.

This is not all; we must likewise render to one another the spiritual gifts of God. Because God has everything and is in need of nothing that we might be able to offer Him, He has commanded us to offer this to one another in His name. We render to God what is His when we love Him and keep His word by loving one another and practice not only the corporal works of mercy but also the spiritual ones as He commanded us to do.

Friday, October 22, 2010

I don't always agree with Trump - but he is spot on with this commentary:

Thursday, October 21, 2010







Audio sermon for the 21 Sunday of Pentecost by Bishop Giles Butler

http://friarsminor.org/audio/10pen21.wma
Yosef: Gentiles exist only to serve Jews
By JONAH MANDEL
10/18/2010 05:13

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According to Rabbi, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.
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The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the head of Shas’s Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator.

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel,” he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat.

According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.

“In Israel, death has no dominion over them... With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money.

This is his servant... That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew,” Yosef said.


“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat.

That is why gentiles were created,” he added.

Yosef’s Saturday night sermons have seen many controversial statements from the 90-year-old rabbi. In August, Yosef caused a diplomatic uproar when he wished a plague upon the Palestinian people and their leaders, a curse he retracted a few weeks later, when he blessed them along with all of Israel’s other peace-seeking neighbors.

they are so bold now that they are rubbing it right in our faces!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

This may just top the list of this blogs, "You can't make this up" file!

Homer Simpson is Catholic, Vatican paper declares                           

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – "The Simpsons" just got a blessing from the Vatican.

The official Vatican newspaper has declared that beer-swilling, doughnut-loving Homer Simpson and son Bart are Catholics -- and what's more, it says that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch "the adventures of the little guys in yellow."

"Few people know it, and he does everything to hide it. But it's true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic", the Osservatore Romano newspaper said in an article on Sunday headlined "Homer and Bart are Catholics."

The newspaper cited a study by a Jesuit priest of a 2005 episode of the show called "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star". That study concludes that "The Simpsons" is "among the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurrent themes."

The Simpsons pray before meals, and "in its own way, believes in the beyond," the newspaper quoted the Jesuit study as saying.

It's the second time the animated U.S. TV series, which is broadcast in 90 countries, has been praised by the Vatican.

But executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly on Monday he was in "shock and awe" at the latest assertion, adding that the Simpsons attend the "Presbylutheran" First Church of Springfield.

"We've pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic," Jean said. "I really don't think he could go without eating meat on Fridays -- for even an hour."

In December 2009, the Osservatore Romano described the show as "tender and irreverent, scandalous and ironic, boisterous and profound, philosophical and sometimes even theological, nutty synthesis of pop culture and of the lukewarm and nihilistic American middle class."

"The Simpsons", which introduced the catch-phrase "D'oh", is the longest-running prime-time TV series in the United States and is now in its 22nd season.

Monday, October 18, 2010


"I wish, oh Jesus, that my voice could reach to the ends of the world, to call all sinners and tell them to enter into Thy Heart....Oh, if only all sinners would come to Thy Heart!... Come! Come sinners, do not be afraid! The sword of Justice cannot reach you Here!"
~St Gemma Galgani

Yesterday before Holy Mass, I got into a discussion with a parishioner about catechism books. He told me that Pope St. Pius X had an encyclical in 1905 stating that the only catechism that could be used was the Catechism of the Council of Trent. When I asked him about the Baltimore Catechism, he said that was taken right from there (whew!). Last night I looked up that encyclical and it was just the most amazing piece that I've read in a while. Why? Because it sounds like TODAY!!! It's hard to believe that it was written in 1905. Here are the first three points and then a link so you can read the whole thing:

ACERBO NIMIS
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS X
ON TEACHING CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
TO THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES,
ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS, AND OTHER ORDINARIES
IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE.


Venerable Brethren,
Health and the Apostolic Blessing.

At this very troublesome and difficult time, the hidden designs of God have conducted Our poor strength to the office of Supreme pastor, to rule the entire flock of Christ. The enemy has, indeed, long been prowling about the fold and attacking it with such subtle cunning that now, more than ever before, the prediction of the Apostle to the elders of the Church of Ephesus seems to be verified: "I know that . . . fierce wolves will get in among you, and will not spare the flock."[1] Those who still are zealous for the glory of God are seeking the causes and reasons for this decline in religion. Coming to a different explanation, each points out, according to his own view, a different plan for the protection and restoration of the kingdom of God on earth. But it seems to Vs, Venerable Brethren, that while we should not overlook other considerations, We are forced to agree with those who hold that the chief cause of the present indifference and, as it were, infirmity of soul, and the serious evils that result from it, is to be found above all in ignorance of things divine. This is fully in accord with what God Himself declared through the Prophet Osee: "And there is no knowledge of God in the land. Cursing and lying and killing and theft and adultery have overflowed: and blood hath touched blood. Thereafter shall the land mourn, and everyone that dwelleth in it shall languish."[2]

2. It is a common complaint, unfortunately too well founded, that there are large numbers of Christians in our own time who are entirely ignorant of those truths necessary for salvation. And when we mention Christians, We refer not only to the masses or to those in the lower walks of life - for these find some excuse for their ignorance in the fact that the demands of their harsh employers hardly leave them time to take care of themselves or of their dear ones - but We refer to those especially who do not lack culture or talents and, indeed, are possessed of abundant knowledge regarding things of the world but live rashly and imprudently with regard to religion. It is hard to find words to describe how profound is the darkness in which they are engulfed and, what is most deplorable of all, how tranquilly they repose there. They rarely give thought to God, the Supreme Author and Ruler of all things, or to the teachings of the faith of Christ. They know nothing of the Incarnation of the Word of God, nothing of the perfect restoration of the human race which He accomplished. Grace, the greatest of the helps for attaining eternal things, the Holy Sacrifice and the Sacraments by which we obtain grace, are entirely unknown to them. They have no conception of the malice and baseness of sin; hence they show no anxiety to avoid sin or to renounce it. And so they arrive at life's end in such a condition that, lest all hope of salvation be lost, the priest is obliged to give in the last few moments of life a summary teaching of religion, a time which should be devoted to stimulating the soul to greater love for God. And even this as too often happens only when the dying man is not so sinfully ignorant as to look upon the ministration of the priest as useless, and then calmly faces the fearful passage to eternity without making his peace with God. And so Our Predecessor, Benedict XIV, had just cause to write: "We declare that a great number of those who are condemned to eternal punishment suffer that everlasting calamity because of ignorance of those mysteries of faith which must be known and believed in order to be numbered among the elect."[3]

3. There is then, Venerable Brethren, no reason for wonder that the corruption of morals and depravity of life is already so great, and ever increasingly greater, not only among uncivilized peoples but even in those very nations that are called Christian. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesians, repeatedly admonished them in these words: "But immorality and every uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as become saints; or obscenity or foolish talk."[4] He also places the foundation of holiness and sound morals upon a knowledge of divine things - which holds in check evil desires: "See to it therefore, brethren, that you walk with care: not as unwise but as wise. . . Therefore, do not become foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."[5] And rightly so. For the will of man retains but little of that divinely implanted love of virtue and righteousness by which it was, as it were, attracted strongly toward the real and not merely apparent good. Disordered by the stain of the first sin, and almost forgetful of God, its Author, it improperly turns every affection to a love of vanity and deceit. This erring will, blinded by its own evil desires, has need therefore of a guide to lead it back to the paths of justice whence it has so unfortunately strayed. The intellect itself is this guide, which need not be sought elsewhere, but is provided by nature itself. It is a guide, though, that, if it lack its companion light, the knowledge of divine things, will be only an instance of the blind leading the blind so that both will fall into the pit. The holy king David, praising God for the light of truth with which He had illumined the intellect, exclaimed: "The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, is signed upon us."[6] Then he described the effect of this light by adding: "Thou hast given gladness in my heart," gladness, that is, which enlarges our heart so that it runs in the way of God's Commandments.

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_x/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-x_enc_15041905_acerbo-nimis_en.html

Friday, October 15, 2010

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Her Doctrine and Morals

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

17 October 2010

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Dear Friend,

Mercy is necessary for us to coexist in this life. Yet, mercy is so rarely appreciated and much less practiced.

Where would any of us stand if we had not or could not receive the mercy of God? If God were to judge us without His mercy no one could stand – we would all fall.

Justice without mercy would be a most pitiful situation for all of us. And actually such “justice” would end up becoming injustice. That is why our Lord tells us that our justice must exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees. The letter of the law appears to be justice in our shallow understanding of right and wrong, but it is only in the spirit of the law that we find true justice. The law is many times unfair and unjust, simply because the judges can only see the letter of the law and not the spirit.

Just laws are not written to harass, despoil or destroy people, but in the hands of Pharisaical judges that is quite often what happens. In today’s society we have become a very litigious generation. The self-centeredness and greed of so many lead them on to sue one another over the slightest thing, and to seek recompense far and above decency.

Have we forgotten St. Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians (1 Cor. Ch vi) not to take our disputes before heathen judges? He says it would be better to pick out the most despised in the Church and let him judge the case (because this would be better than an unbelieving judge). But St. Paul goes even further and tells us that it would be better to suffer the wrong or injustice than to go before such judges.

For what injustices has not God suffered from us? How often has He forgiven us and shown us His mercy? Are we not bound to do likewise to one another – even our enemy? What does it mean when Christ tells us to love not only those that do good to us, but also those who do evil to us? (Luke 6, 27-28) If we fail to love our enemies we are no better than they are; we are actually worse because we know better (or should know better).

So if we are to seek mercy from God, He has conditioned it upon the mercy that we show one another. As we recite the Our Father (Lord’s Prayer) do we not ask this of God? “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.”

As Shakespeare says in The Merchant of Venice: “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven, Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes” Both are blessed – the giver and the receiver. We are further encouraged to give mercy in the prayer of St. Francis: “It is in giving that we receive.” Both benefit and both are rewarded. Nothing is lost to anyone, and much is gained for everyone.

This virtue is divine and in our desire to approach God and to become like Him this is the way – through love and mercy; not as the devils suggest through pride, and vengeance.

Justice strictly speaking is not opposed to mercy. What is opposed to mercy is that killing “letter of the Law” which is actually injustice. I remind us of this because St. Paul in today’s epistle to the Ephesians tells us that we should put on the breastplate of justice, along with the other symbolical armaments of truth, peace, and faith.

True justice does not attempt to measure out a material equality, because simply speaking this cannot be done. Contrary to what the Modernists are trying to convince everyone of, no one is equal to another. We are very much unequal. To some God has given more and to others God has given less. There is a goodness and justice in this that is beyond their comprehension. It becomes a grave injustice for men to attempt to equalize this through laws, courts, wars, etc.

God has given more to some so that they will have something to give to others. If we were all equal we would have nothing to give to each other and would be deprived of a chance to imitate God. To forcibly take from someone is a double robbery: not only that which was taken but also the opportunity to give has been taken away. We all are in need of something from others and we all have something to give to others. We are all given the opportunity to give the gift of mercy. We have all been wronged so we can all forgive. And just as we have all been wronged so have we wronged others and have been in need of their mercy or at least God’s mercy. It is in this beautiful sharing of mercy that everyone benefits and God is pleased and honored.

Oh New York - What a loser you have for a Governor! Let's try prayer Mr. Governor like you were taught as a child:
Gov. David Paterson is giving kabbalah charm a shot, just like Material Girl Madonna


Gov. Paterson is counting on a Madonna-blessed higher power to lead him out of the mess in Albany.

The lame-duck governor has begun wearing a red string kabbalah bracelet - just like the Material Girl - in an eyebrow-raising bid to deflect ill will.

"It was explained to the governor that the red string is a symbol of protection [that] wards off problems and tribulations," Paterson spokesman Morgan Hook said.

"His attitude was that he'll take all the help he can get."

Paterson could be forgiven for turning to a little divine protection.

In the past six months he's found himself under investigation, dumped his reelection bid as a result, and wrestled with the Legislature over the state budget.

So he's apparently trying his luck with the trendy talisman favored by followers of the mystical Jewish discipline. But unlike Madonna, Demi Moore and Britney Spears, Paterson is not yet one of the devoted, a spokesman said.

"Kabbalah didn't change his life, just to be clear here," Hook said.

Either way, Paterson may not be getting all the spiritual backup he hopes for - the bracelet is customarily worn on the left wrist, while the governor is seen in photos wearing it on his right.

Paterson's spiritual shift was set in motion this spring when the Catholic-raised pol visited the Queens burial site of a venerated rabbi.

It was at the Union Field Cemetery in Ridgewood, housing the body of Rabbi Jacob Joseph, who died in 1902 and whose tomb has become a sacred site visited by thousands of Jews, that Paterson learned about the little red string.

Kabbalah followers believe that the $26 bracelet wards off the "evil eye" and brings about good fortune.

It appears to be the accessory of choice for high-profile New Yorkers facing controversy.

Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez sported a red kabbalah string on his left wrist last year when he confessed in a TV interview to using steroids. At the time, A-Rod was linked to Madonna.

Kabbalah teachings date back 4,000 years.

According to the Kabbalah Centre's Web site, its "sages have taught that every human being is born with the potential for greatness. Kabbalah is the means for activating that potential."

The exact date Paterson began wearing the red string isn't clear, but may have been around February when he came under scrutiny for having intervened in a domestic-violence case involving his former top aide, David Johnson.

ckatz@nydailynews.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/07/15/2010-07-15_govs_strung_out_wary_of_evil_forces_and_gopers_paterson_gives_kabbalah_charm_a_s.html#ixzz12RZIVmZz

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

“Patently blasphemous”

California’s stem cell agency apologizes, removes from website offensive poem that expropriated sacred language

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has apologized for a publishing a poem celebrating embryonic stem cell research many considered blasphemous and has removed it from its website.


The Institute, funded by a $3 billion bond measure approved by California voters in 2004, supplies money for embryonic stem cell research to universities and research centers across the state. The offensive poem was the winner of CIRM’s annual poetry contest in honor of “Stem Cell Awareness Day,” which fell on Oct. 6.

“CIRM recently announced two winners of the second annual poetry contest, one of which contained some religious language that is identical to liturgical language used in the context of Christian and Catholic sacraments,” said a statement posted Friday on the Institute’s website. “The language introduces a religious element that we now realize was offensive to some people.”

“We are deeply sorry for any offense caused by the poem,” said the statement. “Neither the author nor CIRM intended for the language to insult or offend any religious group. When CIRM recognized that the language was of concern we removed all four poems from the CIRM web site and from the Stem Cell Awareness Day web site.”

In a strongly-worded statement issued before the poem had been removed from the CIRM website, Life Legal Defense Foundation noted, “California stem cell agency rewards blasphemy while admitting the humanity of embryos slated for destruction.”

“The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (California’s $6 Billon clone and destroy agency), has awarded a top prize to a patently blasphemous poem in its October 6 ‘Stem Cell Awareness Day’ poetry contest,” said the Life Legal Defense statement. “As if squandering taxpayer money on propaganda to promote ‘Stem Cell Awareness Day’ were not enough, CIRM is bent on mocking the most sacred of Christian texts.”

“The poem by Tyron Anderson, one of two prize-winning pieces in the October 6 contest, begins ‘This is my body which is given for you’ and ends, ‘Take this in remembrance of me,’ unambiguous references to Christ’s words at the Last Supper and the words with which Holy Communion is celebrated to this day,” said the LLDF statement. “The choice of this poem for a prize represents the deliberate pilfering of the holiest of voluntary, sacrificial acts in the history of humanity for a shoddy pep piece in CIRM’s campaign to promote the wholesale destruction of human life.”

“Beyond the blasphemy, however, is the poem’s inadvertent acknowledgment of the personhood of these embryos whom the CIRM otherwise sees merely as a source from which to harvest pluripotent stem cells,” the LLDF statement continued.

“The poem’s premise is that the embryo is a person wishing to give its life,” said LLDF president Dana Cody. “But why we should assume that the embryo is saying, ‘Let me help,’ rather than ‘Let me live’? Are these scientists attempting to assuage their guilt over their exploitation of and experimentation on unconsenting human subjects by telling themselves that the victims really want to give up their lives?”

Below is the text of the offensive poem that has now been removed from the CIRM website:

Stem C.

This is my body
which is given for you.
But I am not great.
I have neither wealth,
nor fame, nor grace.
I cannot comfort with words,
nor inspire to march.
I am small and simple,
so leave me this.
Let me heal you.
This is my body
which is given for you.
Take this
in remembrance of me.


And then there is this:

http://www.calcatholic.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=8fac61c9-ce23-4e21-9ecc-05f0498b07ab

Monday, October 11, 2010


"May that bright and gentle Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, overcome you with her sweetness, and revenge herself on her foes by interceding effectually for their conversion." - Cardinal John Henry Newman


"And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed [art] thou among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of thy womb. And whence [is] this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed [is] she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy [is] His name." - Luke 1:41-49

"And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him." - John 2:3-11

"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days." - Revelation 12:1-6

Beware of this book! Oprah is pushing it. It is scary that someone would be bold enough to write a book from God's point of view contrary to His Word. Please send to all with kids or grandkids.


If you have children or grandchildren, work with children at church, or you have neighborhood children whose parents you know, please take note of the information below and pass it along to others. Schools are distributing this book to children through the Scholastic Book Club.

The name of the book is Conversations with God. James Dobson talked about this book twice this week. It is devastating. Parents, churches and Christian schools need to be aware of it. Please pass this information on to church/e-mail addresses, Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends.

Please pay special attention not only to what your kids watch on TV, in movie theaters, on the Internet, and the music they listen to, but also be alert regarding the books they read.


Two particular books are, Conversations with God and Conversations with God for Teens, written by Neale D. Walsch. They sound harmless enough by their titles alone. The books have been on the New York Times best sellers list for a number of weeks, and they make truth of the statement, "Don't judge a book by its cover or title."

The author purports to answer various questions asked by kids using the "voice of God". However, the "answers" that he gives are not Bible-based and go against the very infallible word of God. For instance (and I paraphrase), when a girl asks the question "Why am I a lesbian?" His answer is that she was 'born that way' because of genetics (just as you were born right-handed, with brown eyes, etc.). Then he tells her to go out and "celebrate" her differences.

Another girl poses the question "I am living with my boyfriend. My parents say that I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?" His reply is, "Who are you sinning against? Not me, because you have done nothing wrong."

Another question asks about God's forgiveness of sin. His reply "I do not forgive anyone because there is nothing to forgive... There is no such thing as right or wrong and that is what I have been trying to tell everyone, do not judge people. People have chosen to judge one another and this is wrong, because the rule is "'judge not lest ye be judged."

Not only are these books the false doctrine of the devil, but in some instances quote (in error) the Word of God.

And the list goes on. These books (and others like it) are being sold to school children through (The Scholastic Book Club), and we need to be aware of what is being fed to our children.

Our children are under attack. So I pray that you be sober and vigilant about teaching your children the Word of God, and guarding their exposure to worldly mediums, because our adversary, the devil, roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We know that lions usually hunt for the slowest, weakest and YOUNGEST of its prey.

Pass this on to every Believer you know. God bless! And, if you are in doubt, check out the books yourself.

spiritdaily.com


Sunday, October 10, 2010


“The mantle is of a dark turquoise blue… This presents an inexplicable phenomenon because all such pigments are known to be subject to considerable fading with time, especially in hot climates. The Indian Mayan blue wall paintings are already badly faded. The blue mantle [on the Tilma of Guadalupe], however, is bright enough to have been laid last week.”

(Philip S. Callahan, “The Tilma under Infra-Red Radiation,” CARA Studies on Popular Devotion, Volume II: Guadalupan Studies, No. 3, Washington, 1981, pp. 14-15.)

Saturday, October 09, 2010


Judge Orders NC School to Admit Nose-Pierced Church Girl

(AP) — A federal judge ordered a North Carolina school to admit a 14-year-old high school student suspended for wearing a nose piercing she says is part of her religion, and the teenager headed to science class Friday afternoon.

U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard on Friday ordered the Johnston County schools to suspend enforcement of their dress code for Ariana Iacono and allow her to return to school immediately. The judge ruled that the girl and her mother are likely to prevail in the lawsuit filed on their behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“We are thrilled that Ariana can return to her studies,” her mother, Nikki Iacono, said in a statement released by the ACLU. “Ariana was an honor roll student in middle school, and she is eager to get back to her classes and continue with her education as soon as possible.”

A call to Nikki Iacono by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.


he Iaconos belong to a small religious group called the Church of Body Modification, which sees piercings and tattoos as religious devotion. The church has 3,500 members nationwide and was incorporated in Pennsylvania in July 2008, according to the lawsuit.

Richard Ivey, the Iaconos’ Raleigh minister in the Church of Body Modification, said the temporary order is encouraging.

“It’s a great step toward justice,” he said.

The Johnston County school system has a dress code banning facial piercings, along with short skirts, sagging pants, “abnormal hair color” and other items deemed distracting or disruptive.

But the dress code also allows for exemptions based on “sincerely held religious belief,” and says, “the principal or designees shall not attempt to determine whether the religious beliefs are valid, but only whether they are central to religious doctrine and sincerely held.”

That’s where the school stepped over the line, the lawsuit alleges, saying officials repeatedly dismissed explanations of the Iaconos’ faith by the family and their Raleigh minister.

Ariana Iacono has been suspended four times since fall classes started, missing 21 days so far. On Monday, the school system denied an appeal of her most recent suspension, and told her she’d have to attend South Campus Community School, an alternative facility for students with disciplinary and other problems. She still wouldn’t be allowed to wear the nose piercing in the other school.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/judge-tells-school-to-admit-nose-pierced-nc-girl/

The picture above is not her - I 've just been dying to use it somewhere and this was the perfect article!


THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Her Doctrine and Morals

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

10 October 2010

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The Sunday

Sermon




Dear Friend,

We witness a wonderful miracle in today’s gospel, but perhaps there is something just as important, that is quite often overlooked as just a side note. The ending of today’s gospel tells us that the man and his entire household believed.

Not only did this man believe but, all those who were of his family followed his belief. Not one but many found the faith and salvation and this is a greater blessing than the physical life of the one child.

There is a saying that the apple does not fall far from the tree. I think it is wise that we consider the effects of the example that we give to children. There are many who would preach to their children: “Do what I say and not what I do.” These are not the words of a good teacher, much less of a good parent; they are words more befitting an actor.

Children are natural followers and imitators. The greatest and most natural example for them is their own parents. When parents have and live the true faith, their children will be much more inclined to naturally follow them. When parents are good their children are much more inclined to be good. But, when parents are bad their children are almost certainly to be bad. There are exceptions but these are rare. Because of our fallen nature we are more inclined to follow evil rather than good. Evil is the path of least resistance and our inherently lazy fallen nature tends to take that path. If parents live and strive to discipline and deny their self-wills they will be much more successful in their admonitions to their children to do likewise.

We have countless examples throughout history to show this. If we just consider Cain who killed his brother, we see that the evil of this man corrupted all his descendants. On the other hand Adam’s good son Seth gave rise to a good and pleasing race of men. We see the young Tobias who was virtuous and good even in the midst of evil people because he had a virtuous father. We see the step daughter of Herod acting in the most, cruel inhumanly and unwomanly manner as she demands the head of one of the greatest men ever – St. John the Baptist. What brought this child to such evil if not the evil of her mother Herodias, who was living in sin (adulterous incest) with Herod?

Perhaps one of the most telling examples is that of King David. As David lived rightly and justly his children were good. But, then he sinned committing adultery and murder. Even though he quickly repented we find that the damage had already been done to his children. Amon ravished his own sister Thamar, for which crime his brother Absalom caused him to be slain; Absalom in turn rebelled against his father, and was slain by the hand of Joab. Adonis, another son of David, also conspired against his father and intended to deprive him of the government, when he was captured as a rebel and put to death.

These examples are principally with parents but everyone must begin to take responsibility for the example that he gives to others. The younger generation looks to the older one and seeks to expand or take further what they have seen others do. Just as parents wish that their children will do better in this world than they have done, so do children wish to go further than their parents. The tragedy is that when children see the evils of the previous generation they do not wish to only follow but to surpass them.

Thus it was not enough for the children of the sixties to become rebellious like the children of the fifties were, they had to take it further. And where the children of the sixties would draw a line the children of the seventies were even more eager to cross over that line. And where the children of the seventies would not go the children of the eighties went eagerly. On and on this continues; each generation becoming worse than the previous one. Each sin builds on the previous one.

Now the older generations stand with their mouths agape in astonishment at the evils of the present day. How could this new generation murder its own children in abortion? How can they mutilate their bodies with piercings and tattoos? How can they run around with their clothing falling off, or exposing themselves so shamelessly? How can they openly live in fornication and adultery? Have they no shame?!

Now let us reflect that they have just taken the next logical step in the evil that we have shown them. Who has the greater sin, the one committing the sin or the one who showed him the way and the how?

Let us take to heart the words that Our Lord said concerning children: “he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in Me it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he was drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18. 6). Perhaps it is time for us all to repent with King David in an attempt to diminish the evil that we have caused in others. Then let us put away even the slightest evils that we may give only a good and holy example so as to make greater saints of the next generation than we have of the present one.

Thursday, October 07, 2010


From "Divine Intimacy" by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

For the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary
October Seventh


Presence of God - O most holy Virgin, may the Rosary be my spiritual armor and my school of virtue.



Meditation

1. Today's Feast is a manifestation of gratitude for the great
victories won by the Christian people through the power of Mary's
Rosary; it is also the most beautiful and authoritative testimony of
the value of this prayer. The liturgy of the day is not only a
commentary on the Rosary, but an amplification of it : the three
hymns of the Office as well as the antiphons of Matins and Lauds,
review its different mysteries; the lessons chant its glories, and
the continual references to the Virgin, who "blossomed as it were,
among the flowers, surrounded by roses and lilies of the valley," are
a clear allusion to the mystical crowns of roses which Mary's devoted
children weave at her feet when they recite the Rosary. This Feast
tells us that to honor the Rosary is to honor Mary, for the Rosary is
simply a meditation on Our Lady's life, accompanied by the devout
recitation of the Hail Mary. It is for this reason that the Church
praises this practice and recommends it so insistently to the
faithful. "O God," she prays in today's Collect, "grant that
meditating on the mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed
Virgin Mary
, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what
they promise." The Rosary, if recited well, is both prayer and
instruction; its mysteries tell us that in Mary's life everything is
judged in relation to God ; her sorrows are, so to speak, the very
sorrows of God, who being made man, willed to suffer for the sins of
mankind. Mary's only joy is Jesus : to be His Mother, to clasp Him in
her arms, to offer Him for the adoration of the world, to contemplate
Him in the glory of His Resurrection, to be united to Him in Heaven.
Mary's unique sorrow is the Passion of Jesus : to see Him betrayed,
scourged, crowned with thorns, and crucified by our sins. This, then,
is the first fruit which we must gather from the recitation of the
Rosary : to judge all the events of our life according to their
relation to God, to rejoice in what gives Him pleasure, in what
unites us to Him, to suffer for sin which separates us from Him and
is the cause of the Passion and death of Jesus.

2. The second fruit that we should derive from the daily recitation
of the Rosary is a penetration into Christ's mysteries; by Mary and
with Mary, who opens the door to them for us, the Rosary helps us
penetrate the ineffable grandeurs of the Incarnation, Passion, and
glory of Jesus. Who is there who has understood and lived these
mysteries as Our Lady did? And who better than she can make us
understand them? If, during the recitation of the Rosary, we really
know how to put ourselves in spiritual contact with Mary and to
accompany her in the various stages of her life, we shall be able to
perceive something of the sentiments of her heart concerning these
great mysteries which she witnessed, and in which she played such an
important part; this, in turn, will serve wonderfully to nourish our
souls. Thus, our Rosary will be transformed into a quarter of an
hour's meditation--we might almost say contemplation--under Mary's
guidance. This is what Mary desires, rather than many Rosaries
recited with the lips, while the mind wanders in a thousand
directions! The Hail Mary, continuously repeated, should express the
attitude of a soul who is striving to approach the Blessed Virgin,
hastening toward her in order to be captivated by her and given
insight into the divine mysteries. "Ave Maria!" the lips say, and
heart murmurs : "Teach me, O Mary, to know and love Jesus as you knew
and loved Him."

Saying the Rosary in this way requires recollection. St. Teresa of
Jesus says that "before beginning to recite the Rosary, let the soul
think of whom it is going to address, and who it is that is speaking,
that it may speak to Him with due respect" (cf. Way, 22). The Saint,
with her keen wit, laughs at those people "who are so fond of
repeating a large number of vocal prayers in a great hurry, as though
they were anxious to finish their task of repeating them daily"
(ibid., 31). Rosaries recited in this way cannot really nourish our
interior life; they will bring little fruit to the soul and little
glory to Mary. On the other hand, if recited with a real spirit of
devotion, the Rosary becomes an effective means of cultivating
devotion to Mary and of bringing us into intimacy with Our Lady and
her Divine Son.