Monthly Archives: January 2016

Novena to the Holy Face Feb. 1-9

This is the traditional longer version here: AWESOME
holyface.org.uk/content/holyfacenovena.htm

Novena in Honor of the Most Holy Face of Jesus
This novena prayer may be said at any time, but especially in the nine days leading up to the Feast of the Holy Face on Shrove Tuesday

“I firmly wish that my face reflecting the intimate pains of my soul, the suffering and love of my heart, be more honored! Whoever gazes upon me already consoles me.”
(Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Pierina)


www.fisheaters.com/novenas.html#face read more

MARTYROLOGY-FEBRUARY 1

Martyrology-February 1st
Roman Martyrology-February 1st-on this date in various years-

St. Ignatius, bishop of Antioch and martyr, who gloriously suffered martyrdom on the 20th of December.

At Smyrna, St. Pionius, priest and martyr, who, after writing apologies for the Catholic faith, and after suffering imprisonment in a loathsome dungeon, where by his exhortations he encouraged many of his brethren even to martyrdom, and after enduring excruciating pains from being pierced with nails and laid on a hot fire, ended happily his life for Christ. With him suffered fifteen others. read more

MARTYROLOGY-JANUARY 31

Martyrology-January 31st
Roman Martyrology-January 31st-on this date in various years-

At Turin,the birthday of St. John Bosco, confessor, founder of the Salesian Congregation and of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians. Conspicuous for his zeal for souls and for the propagation of the faith, he was canonized by Pope Pius XI.

At Rome, on the road to Ostia, the holy martyrs Cyrus and John, who were beheaded after suffering many torments for the name of Christ.

At Alexandria, in the time of Emperor Decius, the birthday of St. Metran, martyr, who, because he refused to utter blasphemous words at the bidding of the pagans, had his body all bruised with blows, and his face and eyes pierced with sharp pointed reeds. He was then driven out of the city and stoned to death. read more

MARTYROLOGY-JANUARY 30

Martyrology-January 30th
Roman Martyrology-January 30th-on this date in various years-

St. Martina, virgin and martyr, who is commemorated on her birthday, the first day of this month.

At Edessa in Syria, in the reign of Trajan, St. Barsimaeus, bishop, who converted many Gentiles to the faith, sent them before him to gain their crown, and then followed them with the palm of martyrdom.

At Antioch, the passion of the blessed Hippolytus, priest, who for a short time deceived by the Novatian schism, was converted by the grace of Christ, and returned to the unity of the Church, for which and in which he afterwards underwent a glorious martyrdom. Being asked by the schismatics, which was the better side, he said that he detested the doctrine of Novatus, and that the faith which the Chair of Peter taught ought to be professed, after which he was beheaded. read more

Top Washington Catholic Blasts Pope for Cozy Photo with Iranian Strongman

www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/28/top-washington-catholic-blasts-pope-cozy-photo-iranian-strongman/

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by Austin Ruse, 28 Jan 2016

In an email to top Vatican personnel and shared with his network of influential friends in Washington DC and around the world, Leonard Leo has blasted Pope Francis and the Vatican for the cozy photo that was allowed to be taken of Francis with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that ran in newspapers around the world.

Leo, Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society, one of the most respected groups in Washington DC, wrote a scathing letter to Vatican Secretary of State Christophe El-Kassis, Monsignor Peter Wells, the highest ranking American in the Vatican Secretariat of State, American Greg Burke, the Vatican spokesman rumored to soon be appointed as chief Vatican spokesman. read more

Please pray for my (great) nephew.

Please pray for my nephew.
He is 8 months old and weighs just 9 pounds.
My sister just wrote this in an email:

I went to see Ryder last night. He is in intensive care..in the children’s wing. He is only 9 lb. He has a feeding tube. Doctors can’t find out what is wrong. He’s been in the hospital so much in his 8 months of life.
He is like a little doll. Please pray.

MARTYROLOGY-JANUARY 29

Martyrology-January 29th
Roman Martyrology-January 29th-on this date in various years-

St. Francis de Sales, bishop of Geneva, confessor and doctor of the Church, special patron before God of all Catholic writers in explaining, promoting, or defending Christian doctrine either by publishing journals or other writings in the vernacular. He departed to heaven on the 28th of December, but because of the transfer of his body on this day, his feast is now celebrated.

At Treves, the death of the blessed bishop Valerius, disciple of the apostle St. Peter. read more

IF I CAN’T BE CAPTAIN, I WON’T PLAY!

“If I can’t be captain, I won’t play” is the refrain we’re hearing from the Trump camp re: tonight’s debate on Fox. Well, if he can’t handle the likes of Megyn Kelly et al, how can he handle the likes of Vladimir Putin et al? We all knew this guy was a phony from the start although he did serve to needle the Repubs into the realization that we are at war with the liberal Democrats and no amount of obfuscation can deter us from seeing the likes of Hilary Clinton defeated. But, now the fearless leader of the Trump conglomerate has withdrawn from the battle of ideas and, presumably, will retire to the sidelines to count his billions or start another reality-TV show. Good riddance! read more

MARTYROLOGY-JANUARY 28

Martyrology-January 28th
Roman Martyrology-January 28th-on this date in various years-

St. Peter Nolasco, confessor, who founded the Order of Our Lady of Ransom for the redemption of captives, and who fell asleep in the Lord on the 25th of December.

At Rome, the second feast of St. Agnes, virgin and martyr.

At Alexandria, the birthday of St. Cyril, bishop of that city, a most celebrated defender of the Catholic faith, who died in peace, with a great reputation for learning and sanctity. His feast, however, is kept on the ninth of February. read more

Timely Memo to the Motel 6 in Sunny Nuovo Roma

Christ vs. Protestantism

by damselofthefaith

This is what the Pope wishes to celebrate, apostasy from Christ and His Church.  What is there possibly to celebrate in the loss of souls from the True Church?  What is there to celebrate in the capital sin of pride, for that is what Protestantism is, for it is a refusal to accept what Our Lord has established for man’s salvation?

“Jesus Christ says: ‘Hear the Church’ (Cf. Mt. 18:17). ‘No,’ says Protestantism, ‘do not hear the Church; protest against her with all your might.’ Jesus Christ says: ‘If any one will not hear the Church, look up him as a heathen and a publican’ (Mt. 18:17). ‘No,’ says Protestantism, ‘if any one does not hear the Church, look upon him as an Apostle, as an ambassador of God.’ Jesus Christ says: ‘The gates of hell shall not prevail against my Church’ (Mt. 16:18). ‘No,’ says Protestantism, ‘it is false; the gates of hell have prevailed against the Church for a thousand years and more.’ Jesus Christ has declared St. Peter, and every successor to St. Peter – the Pope – to be his Vicar on earth (Mt. 16:18, Jn. 21:15-17). ‘No,’ says Protestantism, ‘the pope is the Antichrist.’ Jesus Christ says: ‘My yoke is sweet, and my burden is light’ (Mt. 11:30). ‘No,’ said Luther and Calvin; ‘it is impossible to keep the commandments.’ Jesus Christ says: ‘If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.’ (Mt. 19:17) ‘No,’ said Luther and Calvin, ‘faith alone, without good works, is sufficient to enter life everlasting.’ Jesus Christ says: ‘Unless you do penance, you shall all likewise perish’ (Lk. 13:3). ‘No,’ says Protestantism, ‘fasting and other works of penance are not necessary in satisfaction for sin.’ Jesus Christ says: ‘This is my body’ (Mt. 26:26, Mk. 14:22, Lk. 22:19, Jn. 6:55). ‘No,’ said Calvin, ‘this is only the figure of Christ’s body; it will become his body as soon as you receive it.’ Jesus Christ says: ‘I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, and shall marry another, committeth adultery, and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery’ (Mt. 19:9). ‘No,’ says Protestantism to a married man, ‘you may put away your wife, get a divorce, and marry another.’ Jesus Christ says to every man: ‘Thou shalt not steal’ (Mt. 19:18). ‘No,’ said Luther to secular princes, ‘I give you the right to appropriate to yourselves the property of the Roman Catholic Church.’ The Holy Ghost says in Holy Scripture: ‘Man knoweth not whether he be worthy of love or hatred’ (Eccl. 9:1). ‘Who can say, My heart is clean, I am pure from sin?’ (Prov. 20:9); and, ‘Work out your salvation with fear and trembling’ (Philip. 2:12). ‘No,’ said Luther and Calvin, ‘but whosoever believes in Jesus Christ is in the state of grace.’ St. Paul says: ‘If I should have faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing’ (1 Cor. 13:2). ‘No,’ said Luther and Calvin, ‘faith alone is sufficient to save us.’ St. Peter says that in the Epistles of St. Paul there are many things ‘hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as also the other Scriptures, to their own perdition’ (2 Pt. 3:16). ‘No,’ says Protestantism, ‘the Scriptures are very plain and easy to understand.’ St. James says: ‘Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil, in the name of the Lord’ (Jms. 5:14). ‘No,’ says Protestantism, ‘that is a vain and useless ceremony.’ Being thus impious enough to make liars of Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and the Apostles, need we wonder if they continually slander Catholics, telling and believing worse absurdities about them than the heathens did?”   ~Fr. Michael Muller read more

MARTYROLOGY-JANUARY 27

Martyrology-January 27th
Roman Martyrology-January 27th-on this date in various years-

St. John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, confessor and doctor of the Church, and the heavenly patron of preachers, who fell asleep in the Lord on the 14th of September. His holy body was brought to Constantinople on this day in the reign of Theodosius the younger; it was afterwards taken to Rome and placed in the basilica of the Prince of the Apostles.

At Brescia, the birthday of St. Angela Merici, virgin, who belonged to the Third Order of St. Francis, and who founded the Order of the Nuns of St. Ursula, whose principal aim is to direct young girls in the ways of the Lord. By a decree of Pope Pius IX her feast is celebrated on the 31st of May. read more

UNAM SANCTAM – ENOUGH SAID!

UNAM SANCTAM
Bull of Pope Boniface VIII promulgated November 18, 1302
Urged by faith, we are obliged to believe and to maintain that the Church is one, holy, catholic, and also apostolic. We believe in her firmly and we confess with simplicity that outside of her there is neither salvation nor the remission of sins, as the Spouse in the Canticles [Sgs 6:8] proclaims: ‘One is my dove, my perfect one. She is the only one, the chosen of her who bore her,’ and she represents one sole mystical body whose Head is Christ and the head of Christ is God [1 Cor 11:3]. In her then is one Lord, one faith, one baptism [Eph 4:5]. (www.papalencyclicals.net/Bon08/B8unam.htm) read more

MARTYROLOGY-JANUARY 26

Martyrology-January 26th
Roman Martyrology-January 26th-on this date in various years-

St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna and martyr, who gained the crown of martyrdom on the 23rd of February.

At Hippo in Africa, the holy bishop Theogenes and thirty-six others, who, despising temporal death, obtained the crown of eternal life in the persecution of Valerian.

At Bethlehem of Judea, the death of St. Paula, widow, mother of St. Eustochium, a virgin of Christ, who abandoned her worldly prospects, though she was descended from a noble line of senators, distributed her goods to the poor, and retired to our Lord’s manger, where, endowed with many virtues, and crowned with a long martyrdom, she departed for the kingdom of heaven. Her admirable life was written by St. Jerome. read more

MARTYROLOGY-JANUARY 25

Martyrology-January 25th
Roman Martyrology-January 25th-on this date in various years-

The conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, which occurred in the second year after the Ascension of our Lord.

At Damascus, the birthday of St. Ananias, who was a disciple of our Lord, and baptized the apostle Paul. After he had preached the Gospel at Damascus, Eleutheropolis, and elsewhere, he was scourged under the judge Licinius, had his flesh torn, and lastly being overwhelmed with stones, ended his martyrdom. read more