I have agreed to help a family that is seeking to adopt a baby--they currently have children but are unable to have anymore. If you know of any situations involving a healthy, young, drug-free and alcohol-free couple who are looking for a good traditional Catholic family to adopt their child please email me ...email@example.com. Depending on the number of responses we could potentially start an adoption matching aid for traditional Catholics through this site.
Are certain masses more meritorious and efficacious to your soul than others? Is the Novus Ordo inferior to the Tridentine in terms of obtaining grace? This may be a foolish question to many --but so many are in the dark and consider the two rites to be of equal value. They are not. The following article entitled the Merit of A Mass by Father Chad Ripperger F.S.S.P., which originally appeared in Latin Mass Magazine lays it out beautifully. Beware however once you read it you will refuse to put up with anything less than the best and most efficacious of worship.
"Among the traditional faithful there appears to be a kind of intuitive sense that the old rite of Mass is more efficacious than the new rite. Many believe that they derive more spiritual gain from the old rite of Mass than from the new. However, to give a more precise expression to the intuitive sense of which is more efficacious, the new or the old rite, it is necessary to make several distinctions. Since the purpose of this article is very specific, i.e. to ascertain which ritual is more meritorious or efficacious, certain issues regarding the value or efficacy of the Mass will be avoided.1
Yet, to answer the question of whether the old rite of Mass is more efficacious than the new is of paramount importance. It is the point of departure between priests of the respective rites, since each holds that he is saying the Mass that is best for the faithful.2 Nevertheless, the question is a key one since, in the end, whichever ritual is more meritorious ought to be the one that the Roman authorities encourage. Since one of the primary obligations of those in authority in the Church is the glory of God through the salvation of souls, they have the obligation to encourage and, in some cases, require the ritual of the Mass which is most efficacious.
I. Distinctions of Merit
The distinctions within the different kinds of merit of the Mass are first founded on a distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic merit or value. The Catholic Encyclopedia says:
We must also sharply distinguish between the intrinsic and the extrinsic value of the Mass (valor intrinsecus, extrinsecus). As for its intrinsic value, it seems beyond doubt that, in view of the infinite worth of Christ as the Victim and High Priest in one Person, the sacrifice must be regarded as of infinite value, just as the sacrifice of the Last Supper and that of the Cross. …But when we turn to the Mass as a sacrifice of impetration and expiation, the case is different. While we must always regard its intrinsic value as infinite, since it is the sacrifice of the God-Man Himself, its extrinsic value must necessarily be finite in consequence of the limitations of Read More...
As John the Baptist prepared the way for the first coming of Jesus; God has sent His Mother, the Queen of Prophets, in these last times as Prophetess...... Mary prepares the way for His second coming. Those souls who are consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be victorious.
St Louis de Montfort states that the saints of the last days will be the greatest of all saints. They will surpass the other saints throughout history because they will have devotion to the Mother of God, which is the secret to true sanctity and holiness. Montfort also states: The souls who are richest in graces will be most assiduous in praying to our Blessed Lady and in having her always present as their perfect model for imitation and their powerful aid for help.
"These great [consecrated] souls, full of grace and zeal shall be chosen to match themselves against the enemies of God, who shall rage on all sides; and they shall be singularily devout to our Blessed Lady, illuminated by her light, strengthened with her nourishment, led by her spirit, supported by her arm and sheltered under her protection, so that they shall fight with one hand and build with the other."
"With one hand they shall fight, overthrow and crush the heretics with their heresies, the schismatics with their schisms, the idolators with their idolitries, and the sinners with their impieties. With their other hand they shall build the temple of the true Solomon and the mystical city of God, that is to say, the most holy Virgin, called by the Fathers "The Temple of Solomon" and the "City of God". By their words and examples they shall draw the whole world to true devotion to Mary. This shall bring upon them many enemies, but shall also bring many victories and much glory for God alone.
"This is what God revealed to St Vincent Ferrer...This city which men shall find at the end of the world to convert themselves in, and to satisfy the hunger they have for justice, is the most holy Virgin, who is called by the Holy Ghost the "City of God"
(Ps. 86) CONSECRATION TO MARY.
"The heart of liturgical worship is the Mass. Just as the redemptive work of Jesus reached its culminating point on Calvary by His death on the Cross, so too the liturgical action, which continues His work in the world, has its climax in the Mass, which renews and perpetuates on our altars the Sacrifice of the Cross. Jesus has willed that the precious fruits of redemption...be applied and transmitted to each of the faithful in a particular way by their participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice. This fountain of grace which Jesus opened on Calvary continues to pour over our altars; all the faithful are obliged to approach it...Holy Mass is truly the "fountain of life". By offering and immolating Himself continually on our altars, Jesus repeats to us, "If any man thirst let him come to Me and drink."
The Sacrifice of the Altar "is not merely a commemoration of the Passion and Death of Christ, but is a true and proper sacrifice, in which, by immolating Himself in an unbloody manner, the great high priest renews His previous act on the Cross. The Victim is the same, so is the Priest, nothing but the manner of offering is different -- bloody on the Cross, unbloody Read More...
These are the famous words of Pope St. Celestine in the year 431 to the Ecumenical Council at Ephesus. Years later St Vincent of Lerins adhered to this rule when he cited it in his own doctrine --where quod ubique, or universitas est incertum, i.e. where universal agreement on a point of doctrine is uncertain, the faithful must then inquire into the quod sempor or antiquitas i.e. into the constancy and antiquity of the churches teaching on the matter.
St Vincent stated: "Let nothing more be granted to novelty because no addition should be made to antiquity, let not the clear belief of the ancients be polluted by an intermixture of mire."
And what does the bible say on the topic of tradition and novelties:
"So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us." 2 Thessalonians 2:15
"Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you." 1 Cor. 11:2
"Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us." 2 Thessalonians 3:6
Our culture is obsessed with change and novelty. Our political leaders shove change down our throats and disregard the wisdom of those who came Read More...
Here is an excerpt of an interview with Sr Lucia which was conducted by William Thomas Walsh, author of the book Our Lady of Fatima. Father Manuel Rocha, a native of Portugal, was the assigned translator for Walsh and relates the following exchange:
Sr Lucia: ‘What Our Lady wants is that the Pope and all the bishops in the world shall Consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart on one special day. If this is done, She will convert Russia and there will be peace. If it is not done, the errors of Russia will spread through every country in the world.’”
Professor Walsh: “Does this mean, in your opinion, that every country, without exception, will be overcome by Communism?”
Sister Lucy: “YES!” (Our Lady of Fatima, 1947, page 226)
Professor Walsh: “And does that mean the United States of American too?”
Sister Lucy: “YES!”
The prayers are for those who may be possessed, obsessed, oppressed or simply tempted. These prayers are also "for those who are not affected by the demonic in an extraordinary way but who seek protection of either self or others or who wish to pray for the liberation of someone from demonic influence".
Because these prayers are so very powerful it is recommended that a knowledgeable and holy priest be consulted prior to beginning.
Finally, I have included the same prayer in Latin and English...
Spirit of [N]., I bind you in the Name of Jesus, by the power of the most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ and by the intercession of the BLessed Virgin Mary, St Michael the Archangel, the blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul and all of the saints, and I command you to leave [N] (name of person or object) and go to the foot of the Holy Cross to receive your sentence, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Spiritus [N]., ego te ligo in nomine Jesu, potestate Crucis sancti, potestate pretiosissimi Sanguinis Domini nostri Jesu Christi, auctoritate sacerdotii mei et per intercessione beatissimae Mariae Virginis, sancti Michaelis archangeli, beatorum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli, et omnium Sanctorum et te impero recedere [N] (name personae aut objecti) et ire ad pedem Crucis sancti sententiam tuam recipere, in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.
The following are Latin and English names for numerous spirits...
agitation = agitationis
anger = irae
anxiety = anxietatis
astrology = astrologiae
"We are witnessing an unusual sight: a Roman Catholic solemn mass, celebrated according to an ancient Latin rite effectively outlawed 40 years ago. And it’s taking place in the 13th-century chapel of Merton college, Oxford, which has been Anglican for 400 years." Damian Thompson
The rest of this article is a must read. The quiet revolution that is sweeping across Catholicism is nothing short of miraculous and reveals God's mercy and love for His people.
While on the subject of the latin mass, I have re-posted an excellent video showing the transformation of an altar for latin mass. (also if you haven't seen this one --you really should!).
Finally, I highly recommend The Spirituality of the Ancient Liturgy Part I and The Spirituality of the Ancient Liturgy Part II, both by Father Chad Ripperger, F.S.S.P. which appeared in the Latin Mass Magazine.
"This weekend’s annual three-day pilgrimage through northern France, which is in its 26th year, illustrates the appeal that the Tridentine Mass has for some young Catholics disenchanted with what they say is the lack of mystery, beauty and sacredness in the revised Mass.
Gregory Flash, 28, an investment banker from London, explains why he is taking part in the pilgrimage for the second year running: “The pilgrimage is a time of prayer, penance and fellowship. It’s great to be surrounded by thousands of Catholics around the same age who Read More...
Excerpts from washingtonpost.com:"Catholics don't argue about abortion or the death penalty nearly as much as they argue about what music is sung (or not sung, or used to be sung) at their local Sunday Mass. It was ever thus -- at least since the 1960s, when Sister first shortened her habit, strummed a G7 chord and, to hear some Catholics tell it, all heck broke loose.
"Among his more fastidious devotees, Pope Benedict XVI is valued most for the fact that he is not Casey Kasem, and Mass is no place for a hit parade, and church is most relevant when it is serious. ...Do not hold your breath waiting for "One Bread, Read More...
Thanks to Marshall for recommending the following article. By the way, Marshall has decided to pursue the priesthood and to further his cause financially he has designed some very nice products at Zazzle. Please pray for him and remember his designs when Christmas shopping.
Excerpts from Una Voce by Prof. Mattei's Fontgombault: "The Mass, which is the sacred action par excellence, has always been regulated by a rite, which is to say, its ordo, according to the words of Saint Augustine: "totum agendi ordinem, quem universa per orbem servat Ecclesia." With the liturgical reform, the essence of the Sacrament which remains valid and retains its efficacy, did not change, but, according to the expression of Cardinal Ratzinger, a new rite was "fabricated" ex novo.
"The rite, of which the classic definition goes back to Servio (Mos institutus religiosis caeremoniis consecratus), is not in fact the sacred action but the norm which guides the unfolding of this action. It can be defined as the whole of the formulas and practical norms which must be observed in order to accomplish a specific Read More...