Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 25 August 2013

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
25 August 2013

“But I say: Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh...” Gal. 5:16-7

In today’s liturgy, we are given passages from the scriptures which remind us of the great struggle we have in life between the flesh and the spirit.  In the Epistle (Gal. 5:16-24), St. Paul tells us that  those who give into bodily desires will suffer the slavery of sin: “Now the works of flesh are manifest, which are immorality, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, jealousies, anger, quarrels, factions, parties, envies, murders, drunkenness, carousing, and suchlike.” Gal. 5:19-21 But those who live according to the spirit and aim at adorning the soul will enjoy the fruits of the Holy Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, modesty and continency.” Gal. 5:22  In today’s Gospel (Mt. 6: 24-33, part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that we cannot serve two masters: “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will stand by the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.” Mt. 6:24  These two masters, “God and mammon,” are the same as the ‘spirit’ and the ‘flesh’; they represent the  basic struggle which all men have in life. As man is made up of body and soul, and as the body knows through the senses and  the soul through the mind, there “arises in each person a double source of knowledge or appetite, that of the body and its passions which desire that good from the senses, and that of the soul, which wills the good known to the mind.” (The Preacher’s Encyclopedia, p. 106)  Both the Epistle and the Gospel give us the only resolution possible for those who follow Christ.   St. Paul tells us:  “And they who belong to Christ have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.” Gal. 5:24  Jesus tells us not to worry about the desires of the body but seek the things of God: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things will be given you besides.” Mt. 6: 33

Joys of the Spirit
For those who live  by the Spirit, there are the special joys of the spiritual life which only the Holy Spirit gives to His beloved spouses. Dom Prosper Gueranger in his book, The Liturgical Life Vol. 13, comments on how the Spirit fills His bride with His spiritual fruits:  “The bride, who came from the top of Sanir and Hermon that she might be crowned (cf. Cant. 4:8), knows not the servitude of Sinai (cf. Gal. 4:24-6), still less is she under the slavery of the senses.  On the mountain, where her tent is fixed for ever (cf. Is. 2:2), her Spouse, has broken the fetters of the Jewish Law, and that more galling chain which tied all people down—the network of sin that covered all the nations of the earth (cf. Is. 25:7).  She the bride is queen; her sons kings (cf. I Pt. 2:9), the milk whereon she feeds them (cf. Is. 66: 8-12) infuses liberty within them (cf. Gal. 4:31).  Filled with the holy Spirit, who is their glory and their strength (cf. Rom. 8:14, 26),  they have the Lord of hosts looking on them, as they bravely engage in battles such as princes should fight (cf. Eph. 4:8, 6:12).  Satan, too, has beheld their glorious struggles, and his kingdom has been shaken to its foundation (cf. Jn. 12:31).  Two Cities now divide the world between them (St. Augustine, De Civitate Dei); and the holy city, made up of vanquishers over the devil, the world and the flesh, is full of admiration and joy at seeing that the noblest of the nations flock to her (cf. Is. 60:5).  The law which reigns supreme within her walls is love, for the holy Spirit, who rules her happy citizens, takes them far beyond the injunctions or prohibitions of any law. Together with charity, there spring up joy, peace, and those other fruits, here enumerated by the apostle (cf. Gal. 5:22); they grow spontaneously from a soil which is saturated with the glad waters (cf. Ps. 64:11) of a stream, which is no other than sanctifying Spirit, who inundates the city of God” (cf. Ps. 45:5). Gueranger, p. 329-30.

“Born of the Spirit, they are Spirit”
Dom Gueranger continues with the true liberty of the spiritual souls:  “Flesh and blood have had no share in their divine birth (cf. Jn. 1:12).  Their first birth being in the flesh, they were flesh, and did the works of death and ignominy mentioned in the Epistle, showing at every turn that they were from the slime of the earth (cf. Gen. 2:7); but, born of the Spirit, they are spirit (cf. Jn. 3:6), and do the works of the spirit, in spite of the flesh which is always part of their being (cf. II Cor. 10:3). For, by giving them, of His own life, the Spirit has emancipated them,  by the power of love, from the tyranny  of sin (cf. Rom 8:2) which held dominion over their members (cf. Rom. 7:28); and, having been grafted on Christ, they bring forth fruit unto God (cf. Rom. 7:4). Gueranger, p. 330-1

Myrrh of Suffering
Dom Gueranger reminds us that the joys of the spirit are not possible without suffering.  This is why St. Paul reminds us: “And they who belong to Christ have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.” Gal. 5:24.  This is why Dom Gueranger speaks of the suffering which is offered to the bride  by her beloved spouse: “Even when the trials of purification are all over, the place of meeting is invariably that which the inspired Canticle calls the Mount of myrrh (cf. Cant. 4:6), which is but another name for suffering. Myrrh is the first fragrant herb  culled by the divine Word in the mystic garden; nay, it is the only one He expressly mentions.  Myrrh distils from the bride’s hands, and her fingers are full of it (cf. Cant. 5:5); her Spouse is the bouquet she clasps to her heart, but that bouquet is one of myrrh (cf. Cant. 1:12); and His lips are as lilies dropping choice myrrh (cf. Cant. 5:18).”  Gueranger, p. 335-6  Only those who share in the sufferings of Christ will share in His glory

“No man can serve two masters.” Mt. 6:24
If we wish to be united with God, as we have just seen in the Canticle of Canticles, then we need to serve God alone.  If we love the world, especially money which will bring us this world’s goods in abundance, we will be serving the world and not God. Dom Gueranger comments on the covetous man by quoting the Old Testament: “nothing is more wicked than the covetous man...; there is not a more wicked thing than to love money.”  Ecclus. 10:10 Too much solicitude for this world’s goods shows a want of trust in God.  This is what Jesus tells us of when he says:  “Therefore I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat; nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life a greater thing than the food, and the body than the clothing. Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you of much more value than they.”  Mt. 6:25  In order to achieve union with God and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, even in this life, we need to be detached from everything in this life which  could prevent us from going  to God.  “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will stand by the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.” Mt. 6:24  Those whohave crucified their flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal. 5:24) and seek God alone and His kingdom will be given  the fruits of the Holy Spirit in this life and the kingdom of heaven in the next life: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things will be given you besides.” Mt. 6: 33

Holy Mass on Sunday 25 August here in St. Joseph and St Anne Chapel here in Lanherne will be the Ordinary Form 

No Mass Next Week, -26th of  August

There will be no Holy Mass here in our chapel from  Monday 26th to August to Saturday 31st August.
 Holy Mass will be available in Most Holy Trinity  Parish in Newquay  on Sunday at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM and on each day next week at 9:30 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience to your schedule. 

How to attend Holy Mass

“The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the altar.  If you wish to hear Mass, as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart, and mouth all that happens at the altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him.  You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words, and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens at the altar. When acting in this way, you have prayed Holy Mass.”
 His Holiness, Pope St Pius X

The Five First Saturdays
Our Lady told Sr. Lucia in 1925 “…I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months go to confession and receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me."  If only we would do what Our Lady asks, we would be assured of eternal salvation.  Our Lady promises us all the graces necessary for our salvation if we keep The Five First Saturdays!  

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 18 August 2013

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
18 August   2013
“Were not the ten made clean? But where are the nine.  Has no one been found to return and give glory to God except this foreigner.” Lk. 19:17

Today’s Liturgy reminds us of the wonderful plans that God has given to man with the coming of His Son Jesus Christ.  In the Epistle (Gal. 3:16-22) St. Paul instructs the Galatians, who wanted Christians to observe the rituals of the  Jews. He reminds them of the promise of Abraham and his seed, the Messiah Jesus Christ. This Promise to Abraham came  before the Law (by 430 years) and was more important than the Law (the Ten Commandments) which was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai for the transgressions of the Jews (Cf. IICor.3:4-9).   Here we see again, as we did last Sunday, the inadequacy of the Sinai Law given by God to Moses to overcome the sinful transgressions of Israel.   Only in the New Testament through  faith in Jesus Christ and baptism have the Christians been delivered from sin.  We saw last Sunday how this blindness, on the part of the Jews, resulted in a lack of faith in the parable of the Good Samaritan where the Levite and the priest, both Jews, lacked the charity to care for the man who was attacked by robbers. In today’s Gospel (Luke 17:11-19), Jesus cures the ten lepers, one of whom is a Samaritan.  Once again, it is the faithful Samaritan, the Gentile and outsider, who alone has enough charity to return to give thanks and glory to Jesus. “Were not the ten made clean? But where are the nine?  Has no one been found to return and give glory to God except this foreigner?” Lk. 19: 17

Promise to Abraham
Dom Prosper Gueranger in his book, The Liturgical Year Vol. 13, comments on the hope that was given to Abraham when he learned of  the promise of the coming Messiah:  “Look up to heaven, and number the stars, if thou canst! So shall thy seed be! (Gen. 15:5) Abraham was almost a hundred years old, and Sara’s barrenness deprived him of all natural hope of posterity, when these words were spoken to him by God.  Abraham, nevertheless, believed God, says the Scripture, and it was reputed to him unto justice (cf. Gen. 15:6) And when, later on, that same faith would have led him to sacrifice, on the mount that son of the promise, his only hope, God renewed His promise, and added: ‘In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.’ Gen. 22:18  ...His faith, firm and, at the same time, so simple, gave to God the glory  which He looks for from His creatures. ...Following in Abraham’s steps (cf. Rom. 4:12), there have come those multitudes, born for heaven, the children of his faith....Truly, then, the benediction of Abraham has been poured forth on the Gentiles (cf. Gal. 3:14). Christ Jesus, the true Son of the Promise, the only seed of salvation, has, by faith in His Resurrection (cf. Rom. 4:24), assembled from every nation (cf. Gal. 3:28) them that are of good will (cf. Lk. 2:14), making them all one in Him, making them, like Himself children of Abraham (cf. Gal. 3:29), and, what is better still children of God. (cf. Gal. 4:5-7). Gueranger, p. 311-3

Children of the Promise Not the Law
St. Paul tells us in today’s epistle to recognize that the Promise to Abraham was fulfilled in Jesus Christ:  “The promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. He does not say, ‘And to his offsprings,’ as of many; but as of one, ‘And to thy offspring,’ who is Christ.’” Gal. 3:16    Dom Gueranger  comments on the effectiveness  of the  promised redeemer, Abraham’s offspring, compared to the Law of Sinai: “...St. Paul will declare the  transient character of that legislation, which came four hundred and thirty years after a promise which could not be changed; neither was such legislation to continue, when the time should come for that Son of Abraham to appear, from whom the world was waiting to receive  the promised benediction.” Gueranger p. 315  Similarly,  Dom Gueranger quotes the Abbot Rupert on the spiritual meaning of the Parable of the Good Samaritan in relation to the law and promise:  “Abbot Rupert, ‘bears on the history of that Samaritan, whose name signifies keeper;  it is our Lord Jesus Christ who, by His Incarnation, comes to the rescue of man, whom the old Law was not able to keep from harm; and when Jesus leaves the world, He consigns the poor sufferer to the care of  the apostles and the apostolic men, in the house of the Church ...Thus, the priest and the levite of the parable are a figure of the Law; and their passing by the half-dead man, seeing him, indeed, but without making an attempt to heal him, is expressive of what the Law did.  True, it did not go counter to God’s promises; but, of itself, it could justify no man.’...”  Gueranger, p. 315

Leprosy of Sin
The cure of the ten lepers by Jesus represents in a spiritual sense the delivery of men from the evils of sin.  Only Jesus, the Promised one of Abraham, could  accomplish this because He              is  the Son  of God who alone can forgive sin. Dom Gueranger comments on the symbolic  meaning of the lepers in relation to the Promise and the Law:  “The Samaritan leper, cured of that hideous malady which is an apt figure of sin, in the company with nine lepers of Jewish nationality, represents the despised race of Gentiles, who were at first admitted, by stealth, so to say, and by extraordinary privilege, into a share of the graces belonging to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (cf. Mt. 15:24). The conduct of these ten men, on occasion of their miraculous cure, is in keeping with the attitude assumed by the peoples they typify, regarding the salvation offered to the world by the Son of God. It is a fresh demonstration of what the apostle says: ‘All are not Israelites that are of Israel; neither are all they who are the seed of Abraham, children; ‘but,’ says the Scripture (cf. Gen. 21:12), ‘in Isaac shall thy seed be called’; that  is to say, not they who are children of the flesh are children of God: but they that are the children of the promise are counted for the seed (cf. Rom. 9:6-8); they are born of the faith of Abraham, and are, in the eyes of the Lord, the true progeny....The lepers are made clean only while on their way to show themselves to the priests, ....That Law gave to the Sons of Aaron the power, not that of curing, but of discerning leprosy, and passing judgment on its being cured or not (cf. Lev. 13).  ” Gueranger, p. 323 

Divine Power of the New Law
Dom Gueranger shows how the Law of Sinai has kept the Jews from recognizing the truth. “The time, however, has now come for a Law far above that of Sinai. It has a priesthood, whose judgments are not  to concern the state of the body, but, the pronouncing the sentence of absolution, are to effectually remove the leprosy of souls (sin). The cure which the ten lepers felt coming  upon them before they had reached the priests, ought to have sufficed to show them, in Jesus, the power of the new  priesthood, which had been foretold by the prophets (cf. Is. 66:21-23); the power which thus forestalls and surpasses the authority of the ancient ministration is sufficient evidence of the superior dignity of Him who exercises it... But the Jew is far from being ready to understand these great mysteries. And yet the Law had been given to him that it might serve him as a hand leading him to Christ, and without exposing him to err....Gratitude should have been uppermost in the heart of Juda; but pride took its place.  He was so taken up with the honour that had been put on him that it made him lose all desire for the Messiah... He laid it down as a dogma that no divine intervention can ever equal that made on Sinai; that every future prophet, everyone sent by God, must be inferior to Moses; that all possible salvation is in the Law, and that from it alone flows every grace....nine have not even the remotest thought of coming to their Deliverer to thank Him; these nine are Jews. Jesus, to their minds, is a mere disciple of  Moses, a bare instrument of favours, holding his commission from Sinai, and as soon as they have gone through the legal formality of their purification they take it that all their obligations to God are paid. The Samaritan, the despised Gentile, whose sufferings have given him that humility which makes the sinner clear-sighted, is the only one who recognizes God by His  divine works, and give Him thanks for His favours.”  Gueranger, p. 322-4

No Mass Next Week, 18-24th of  August
There will be no Holy Mass here in our chapel from Sunday 18th August to Saturday 24th August. Holy Mass will be available in Most Holy Trinity  Parish in Newquay  on Sunday at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM and on each day next week at 9:30 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience to your schedule. 

Why the Rosary is so important!

“Continue to pray the Rosary every day.”
Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”   Pope Blessed Pius IX

“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”    Blessed Alan de la Roche

“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”    Saint Francis de Sales

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.”    Blessed Alan de la Roche

“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”   Saint Dominic

“If you say the Rosary faithfully unto death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, ‘you will receive a never-fading crown of glory’ (1 St. Peter 5:4).”   Saint Louis de Montfort

“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
Saint Bernardine of Siena

“Recite your Rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”  Pope Saint Pius X

Rosary is the most beautiful and the most
“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.”    Saint Louis de Montfort

“Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if—and mark well what I say—if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.” Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
Sister Lucia dos Santos, Fatima seer

When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more.”    Our Lady to Saint Mechtilde

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 11 August 2013

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
11 August 2013

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I say to you, many prophets  and kings have desired to see what  you see, and they have not seen it; and to hear what you hear, and they have not heard it.” Lk. 10: 23-4

In  today’s readings, we have a profound teaching on the coming of Jesus Christ and the subsequent effects of divine grace on the soul. St. Paul in the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (3:4-9) contrasts the glory of the Old Covenant of Moses and the Jews with the glory of the New Covenant which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, brought to fulfilment by sharing His  divine life with each person who is baptized. The glory given to Moses pales in comparison  to the eternal glory given to men by Christ: “For if there is glory in the ministration that condemned (Old Covenant), much more does the ministration that justifies abound in glory (New Covenant).” II Cor. 3:9  In the Gospel (Lk. 10:23-37) Jesus is asked a question by a lawyer, “Master what must I do to gain eternal life?” Lk. 10:25  Jesus replies by telling the lawyer and the other Jews present The Parable of the Good Samaritan, which is the quintessential gospel message of  charity towards one’s neighbour.  This message is so important that only those who practice this charity, which is given at Baptism with divine grace, will inherit the glory of heaven.  Only they will have the eternal glory that Christ promises to all those who have faith in him and follow His teachings. This is why Jesus praises those who see him and believe in Him: “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.” Lk. 10: 23

The Glory of the Old and New Testament
Dom Prosper Gueranger in his book, “The Liturgical Year,” Vol. II comments on the differences between the glory of the Old and New Testament:  “But let us examine what is this ‘glory’ of the new Testament, which so fills the apostle (Paul) with ecstasy, and, in his mind, almost entirely eclipses the splendour of the old. Splendour there undoubtedly was in the Covenant of Sinai. Never had there been such a manifestation of God’s majesty, and omnipotence, and holiness, as  on the that day, when, gathering together, at the foot of the mount, the descendents of the twelve sons of Jacob, He mercifully renewed, with this immense family, the covenant formerly made with their fathers, and gave them His Law in the extraordinary solemn manner described in the Book of Exodus. And yet, that Law, engraven as it was on stone by God’s own hand, was not, for all that, in the hearts of the receivers; neither did its holiness prevent, though it condemned, sin—sin which reigns in man’s heart. (cf. Rom. 7:12-3)  Moses, who carried the divine writing, came down from the mount, having the rays of God’s ‘glory’ glittering on his face (cf. Ex. 34: 29-35);  but this ‘glory’ was not to be shared in by the people of whom he was the head; it was for himself alone as was likewise the privilege he had enjoyed of speaking with God face to face; it ceased with him, thus signifying, by its short duration, the character of that ministration, which was to cease on the coming of the Messiah, just as the night’s borrowed light vanishes when the day appears. And, as it were, the better to show that the time was not as yet come, when God would manifest His glory—the children of Israel were not able to gaze on the face of Moses; so that, when he had to speak to the people, he had need to put on the veil.  Though a mere borrowed light the brightness of Moses’ face represented the ‘glory’ of the future Covenant, whose splendour was to shine, not, of course, externally, but in the hearts of us all, by giving us ‘the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus.’”  II Cor. 4:6  Gueranger, p. 292-3

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!” Lk.10:23
How blessed were those who heard Jesus speak in today’s gospel about how the Good Samaritan truly loved his neighbour. Only those who have been enlightened by God’s grace can practice such charity.  Dom Gueranger comments on the interior “glory” given to those who have faith in Jesus Christ: “Jesus, the Man-God, of whom Paul was but the servant, reveals to us, in the Gospel, the perfection of that Law, which He came to give to the world. And as though He would, in a certain way, unite His  own divine teachings with those of His apostle, and justify that apostle’s enthusiasm, it is from the very depth of His   own most holy soul, and in the Holy Ghost (cf. Lk. 10: 23-4) that having thanked His eternal Father for these great things, He cries out, turning to His disciples: “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!” Lk.10:23 ....  Faith, which guides the just man, is enough to make him estimate the life of the senses for what it really is,-- miserable and grovelling. With the aid of ordinary grace, he easily lives in that intimate retirement of the soul, wherein he knows that the holy Trinity resides; he knows it, because he has it from the teaching of Scriptures (Cf. Jn. 14:23).  His heart is a kind of heaven, where his life is hidden in God, together with that Jesus upon whom are fixed all his thoughts (cf. Col. 3:3): there he gives to his beloved Lord the only proof of love which is to be trusted, the only one that this Lord asks at our hands, keeping of the commandments (cf. Jn. 14:21).   Gueranger, p. 298-302

“Faith which  works through charity.” Gal. 5:6
The key to understanding today’s gospel is the realization of what St. Paul tells us: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision is of any avail, nor uncircumcision, but faith which works through charity.” Gal. 5:6  Dom Gueranger comments on the absolute need for charity:  “If all perfection be included in love,-- if, without love, no virtue produces fruit for heaven,--it is important for us to remember, that love is not of the right kind unless it includes our ‘neighbour’; and it is only after stating this particular, that St. Paul affirms that love fulfilleth the whole law (cf. Rom. 13:10) ... and we are told that the love we have for God is only then what it ought to be, when we love not only Him, but also what He loves, that is, when we love man whom He made to His own likeness (cf. I Jn. 4:20). Gueranger, p. 303-4.   In the  parable of The Good Samaritan,” Jesus needed to explain this to the Jews who only saw their neighbour as one of their own race. Dom Gueranger explains how Jesus makes His will known:  “This time, He does not make His voice heard amidst thunder and fire, as on Mount Sinai. He, as Man living and conversing with men, reveals to them, and in the most intelligible way possible, the whole import of the eternal commandment which leads to  life. (cf. Baruch 4:1) ...our Jesus describes there was a man who went forth from the holy city, and how he fell in with a Samaritan, that is, with a stranger the most despised and disliked  of all those whom an inhabitant of Jerusalem looked on as his enemies. And yet, the shrewd ‘lawyer’  who questions Jesus, and, no doubt, all those who have been listening to the answer, are obliged to own that the neighbour, for the poor fellow who had fallen into the hands of robbers, was not so truly the ‘priest,’ or  the ‘levite (though both of them were of their own race), as this stranger, this ‘Samaritan,’ who forgets all national grudges as soon as he sees a suffering creature and cannot look on him in any other light than as a fellow-man.  Our Jesus made himself thoroughly understood; and everyone present must have well learnt the lesson, that the greatest of all laws, the law of love, admits of no exception, either here or in heaven.”  Gueranger p. 304-5
Other Christs
The charity of the Good Samaritan is only possible in the Christian soul by the grace of God which has been given in Baptism, the sacrament of the New Covenant.  The Old Testament was only a preparation for the New; only in the New Testament are all souls, not just Moses, given the “glory” of God as St. Paul tells us: “But we all, with faces unveiled, reflecting as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into his very image from glory to glory, as through the Spirit of the Lord.” II Cor. 3:18

Solemnity of the Assumption
Thursday, 15 August, 2013

This Thursday, 15 August 2013 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin body and soul into heaven.  It is a Holyday of Obligation.  Holy Mass will be a10:00 A.M.

The New Evangelization VI

Popes on “Outside the Church there is no Salvation.”

                Pope Leo XIII (1878–1903), Encyclical  Annum Ingressi Sumus: "This is our last lesson to you; receive it, engrave it in your minds, all of you: by God's commandment salvation is to be found nowhere but in the Church."
                Pope St. Pius X (1903–1914), Encyclical  Jucunda Sane: "It is our duty to recall to everyone great and small, as the Holy Pontiff Gregory did in ages past, the absolute necessity which is ours, to have recourse to this Church to effect our eternal salvation."
                Pope Benedict XV   (1914–1922), Encyclical  Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum: "Such is the nature of the Catholic faith that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole, or as a whole rejected: This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved."
                Pope Pius XI  (1922–1939), Encyclical Mortalium Animos: "The Catholic Church alone is keeping the true worship. This is the font of truth, this is the house of faith, this is the temple of God; if any man enter not here, or if any man go forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation… Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ, no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors."
                Pope Pius XII(1939–1958), Encyclical  Humani Generis, August 12, 1950: "Some reduce to a meaningless formula the necessity of belonging to the true Church in order to gain eternal salvation."
                Pope Pius XII (1939–1958), Allocution to the Gregorian University (17 October 1953): "By divine mandate the interpreter and guardian of the Scriptures, and the depository of Sacred Tradition living within her, the Church alone is the entrance to salvation: She alone, by herself, and under the protection and guidance of the Holy Spirit, is the source of truth."
                ,Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium, 14: "They could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it, or to remain in it."
Addenda: Invincible ignorance
                 The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)  #847: This affirmation (outside the Church there is no salvation) is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own do not know Christ and His Church:
                 “Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do His will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience –those too may achieve eternal salvation.”-Catechism of the Catholic Church:
(Please note:)  Those who do not know the ten commandments must keep the natural law i.e. to do the will of God.  This is not easy.  This is why St. Anthony Mary Claret said:  “It is not necessary to be a Catholic per se, but where else are souls to get rid of their mortal sins.” 
                 Note also, this is why the great English writer, Gilbert Keith Chesterton  said that he wanted a Church in which his sins would be forgiven.

                 CCC #848 “Although in ways know to himself, God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please Him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize men.”

Saturday, August 3, 2013

11th Sunday after Pentecost



11th Sunday after Pentecost

 4 August  2013


“He has done all things well. He  has made both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.”

Mk. 7:37


Today’s Gospel from St. Mark (7:31-37) gives us a most unusual miracle that Jesus performed in the land of the Gentiles beyond Galilee.  It is a symbolic foreshadowing of the  eventual call of the Gentiles to Baptism by the Apostles after Jesus’ Ascension.  Dom Prosper Gueranger in his book on the liturgy, The Liturgical Year, Vol. II,  sees the miraculous cure of the deaf and dumb man as representative of all pagans before the coming of Jesus Christ: “The holy fathers tell us that this man represents the entire human race, exclusive of the Jewish people.  Abandoned for four thousand years in the sides, that is, the countries of the north, where the prince of this world (Satan) was ruling as absolute master  (cf. Is. 14:13), it has been experiencing terrible effects of the seeming forgetfulness on the part of the creator and Father, which was the consequence of original sin. Satan, whose perfidious craftiness caused man to be driven out of Paradise, has made him his prey, and nothing could exceed the artifice he has  employed for keeping him in his grasp.”  Gueranger, p. 282  Only with God’s grace could man overcome the wiles of  Satan.  Fr. Gabriel in his book of meditations, Divine Intimacy,  speaks of man’s cooperation with divine grace:  “Today’s Mass, and especially the Epistle (I Cor. 15:1-10) offers us a splendid model of cooperation with grace. St. Paul, the Apostle, who in his humility calls himself ‘the least of the Apostles,’  (I Cor. 15:9)  says most sincerely: ‘By the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace in me  hast not been void.’ (I Cor. 15:10).  St. Paul realized that, if he became an Apostle, instead of a persecutor  which he had been, it was not because of his own merits, but solely by the grace of God;  he attributes nothing to himself, but all to God.”  Fr. Gabriel, p. 799.  Both Fr. Gabriel and Dom Gueranger see the cure of  the deaf mute as symbol of the spiritual transformation in all men through the grace of Baptism.


Enslavement of the Pagan World


Dom Gueranger shows how Satan enslaved the pagan world by making it  deaf and dumb before the coming of Christ. “Wisely oppressing his slave, he adopted the plan of making him deaf and dumb, for  this would hold him faster than chains of adamant could ever do. Dumb, he could not ask God to deliver him; deaf, he could not hear the divine voice; and thus the two ways for obtaining his liberty were shut against him. The adversary of  God and man, Satan, may boast of his tyranny. The grandest of all God’s creations looks like a failure; the human race, in all its branches, and in all nations, seems ruined; for even that people which God had chosen for His own, and which was to be faithful to Him when every other had gone astray, has made no other use of its privileges that to deny its Lord and its King, more cruelly than all the rest of mankind.

            “What, then?  Is the bride, whom the Son of God came to seek upon   earth—is the society of saints, to be limited to those few who declared themselves his disciples during the years of his mortal life?  Not so; the zeal of the newly formed Church, and the ineffable goodness of God, produced a far greater result. Driven from Jerusalem, as her divine Spouse had been, the Church met the poor captive of Satan beyond the boundaries of Judea; she would bring him into the kingdom of God: and, through the apostles and their disciples, she brings him to Jesus, beseeching Him to lay His divine hand upon him. No human power could effect this cure.  Deafened by the noise of his passions, it is only in a confused way that he can hear even the voice of his own conscience; and as to the sound of tradition, or the speaking  of the prophets, they are to him but as an echo, very distant and faint. Worst of all, as his hearing, that most precious of senses, is gone, so likewise, is gone the power of making good his losses; for as the apostle teaches, the one thing that  could save him is faith, and faith cometh by  hearing (cf. Rom. 10:17).  Gueranger, p.283-4


“Ephpheta...Be thou opened.” Mk. 7:34


“Our Jesus groans when they have brought this poor creature before him.  He is grieved at seeing the cruelties the enemy has inflicted on this His own privileged being, this beautiful work, of which He Himself served as a model and type to be the blessed Trinity, at the beginning of the world (cf. Gen. 1:26).  Raising up to heaven those eyes of his sacred Humanity....He, as God and as the Word, utters the mighty word of restoration: ‘Ephpheta! Be thou opened!’ Mk. 7: 34)... the ears of the poor sufferer are opened, joyfully opened to the teachings, which his delighted mother, the Church, pours into them. She is all the gladder, because it is her prayers that have won this deliverance; and he, to whom faith comes now through hearing, finding that his tongue can speak, speaks, or rather sings, a canticle of praise to his God.” Gueranger, p. 284


“And taking him aside from the crowd...”

 Mk. 7:33


Jesus cures the body for the sake of the soul. Dom Gueranger tells us: “...He took him apartapart, so to say, from the multitude of the noisy passions and the vain thoughts which had made him deaf to heavenly truths.  After all, would there be much good in curing him if the occasion of his malady were not removed, and he were to relapse perhaps that same way?  So, then, having by this separation taken precautions for the future, Jesus inserts into the man’s ears His own divine fingers which bring the Holy Ghost (cf. Lk. 11:20) and make to penetrate right to the ears of his heart the restorative power of this Spirit of love. And finally, more mysteriously, because the truth which was to be expressed is more profound, He touches with the saliva of His sacred mouth the tongue which had become incapable of giving glory and praise; and Wisdom (for it is she  that is here mystically signified)—Wisdom, ‘that cometh forth from the mouth of the Most High,’ (cf. Ecclus. 24:5), and flows for us from the Saviour; fountains (cf. Is. 12:3) as a life-giving drink (cf. Ecclus. 15:3) openeth the mouth of the dumb man, just as she maketh eloquent the tongues of speechless infants (cf. Wisd. 10:21).”  Gueranger, p. 285


Baptismal Graces


Both Dom Gueranger and Fr. Gabriel  equate  the curing of the deaf and dumb man to the Sacrament of Baptism. Dom Gueranger tells us: “The priest, before pouring the water of the sacred font on the person who is presented for Baptism, puts on the catechumen’s tongue the salt of wisdom, and touches his ears saying: ‘Ephpheta! ... Be opened!’ Gueranger, p. 285  Fr. Gabriel comments: “The healing of the deaf mute, as narrated in today’s Gospel (Mk. 7:31-37), is a figure of baptismal grace.  We, too, were once taken before Jesus in a condition similar to that of the poor man in Galilee. We were deaf and dumb in the life of the spirit, and Jesus, in the person of the priest, welcomed us lovingly at the baptismal font.” Fr. Gabriel,  p. 798.  Little did the bystanders  realize how far-reaching, with all nations until the end of time,  were their words about Jesus after this miracle: “He has done all things well. He  has made both the deaf to hear an d the dumb to speak.” Mk. 7:37


New Evangelization V

Popes on Salvation Outside the Church

Pope Pius IX (18`46–1878), Allocution  Singulari Quadem, December 9, 1854: "Not without sorrow we have learned that another error, no less destructive, has taken possession of some parts of the Catholic world, and has taken up its abode in the souls of many Catholics who think that one should have good hope of the eternal salvation of all those who have never lived in the true Church of Christ. Therefore, they are wont to ask very often what will be the lot and condition of those who have not submitted in any way to the Catholic faith, and, by bringing forward most vain reasons, they make a response favorable to their false opinion. Far be it from Us, Venerable Brethren, to presume on the limits of the divine mercy which is infinite; far from Us, to wish to scrutinize the hidden counsel and ‘judgments of God’ which are ‘a great abyss’ (Ps. 35.7) and cannot be penetrated by human thought. But, as is Our Apostolic Duty, we wish your episcopal solicitude and vigilance to be aroused, so that you will strive as much as you can to drive from the mind of men that impious and equally fatal opinion, namely, that the way of eternal salvation can be found in any religion whatsoever. May you demonstrate with skill and learning in which you excel, to the people entrusted to your care that the dogmas of the Catholic faith are in no wise opposed to divine mercy and justice. "For, it must be held by faith that outside the Apostolic Roman Church, no one can be saved; that this is the only ark of salvation; that he who shall not have entered therein will perish in the flood; but, on the other hand, it is necessary to hold for certain that they who labor in ignorance of the true religion, if this ignorance is invincible, will not be held guilty of this in the eyes of God. Now, in truth, who would arrogate so much to himself as to mark the limits of such an ignorance, because of the nature and variety of peoples, regions, innate dispositions, and of so many other things?”(Objectively:  “No Salvation outside the Church”    Subjectively:  God alone can judge a soul as to his dispositions.)

            Pope Pius IX (1846–1878), Encyclical  Quanto conficiamur moerore, August 10, 1863: "And here, beloved Sons and Venerable Brothers, We should mention again and censure a very grave error in which some Catholics are unhappily engaged, who believe that men living in error, and separated from the true faith and from Catholic unity, can attain eternal life. Indeed, this is certainly quite contrary to Catholic teaching. It is known to Us and to you that they who labor in invincible ignorance of our most holy religion and who, zealously keeping the natural law and its precepts engraved in the hearts of all by God, and being ready to obey God, live an honest and upright life, can, by the operating power of divine light and grace, attain eternal life, since God who clearly beholds, searches, and knows the minds, souls, thoughts, and habits of all men, because of His great goodness and mercy, will by no means suffer anyone to be punished with eternal torment who has not the guilt of deliberate sin. But, the Catholic dogma that no one can be saved outside the Catholic Church is well-known; and also that those who are obstinate toward the authority and definitions of the same Church, and who persistently separate themselves from the unity of the Church, and from the Roman Pontiff, the successor of Peter, to whom 'the guardianship of the vine has been entrusted by the Savior,' (Council of Chalcedon, Letter to Pope Leo I) cannot obtain eternal salvation. The words of Christ are clear enough: 'And if he will not hear the Church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican' (Matthew 18:17); 'He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me, despiseth Him that sent Me' (Luke 10:16); 'He that believeth not shall be condemned' (Mark 16:16); 'He that doth not believe, is already judged' (John 3:18); 'He that is not with Me, is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me, scattereth. '(Luke 11:23). The Apostle Paul says that such persons are 'perverted and self-condemned' (Titus 3:11); the Prince of the Apostles calls the 'false prophets… who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction' (2 Peter 2:1)."








First Five Saturdays - Reminder-

The Devotion of

the Five First Saturdays of the month

Perhaps the most important thing we need to grasp about the message of Fatima is the vital need to make reparation for the countless sacrileges and blasphemies committed against our Immaculate Mother, especially against Her Immaculate Conception and Her virginal purity. Once St. Maximlian Mary Kolbe was walking along the street and he heard a man blaspheming Our Lady.  In tears he exclaimed: “How can you blaspheme your own Mother?”   The best way of making reparation is to put into practice the devotion of the five first Saturdays of the month. Its importance is confirmed by Jesus Himself who said: “Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion, together with consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”  But later on, He also complained to Lucia that many souls begin the 5 First Saturdays, but few finish them, and those who do, complete them so as to receive the graces that are promised thereby. He said: “ It would please Me more if they did five with fervour and with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of their Mother, than if they did 15 in a tepid and indifferent manner.”  Thus Jesus confirms how pleased He is when we strive to make reparation for the sins and blasphemies committed against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.  We will never regret having done this and will rejoice very much the Heart of Jesus.

Our Lady’s Great Promise of

the Five First Saturdays


            On December 10th 1925, in Tuy, Spain, the most Holy Virgin appeared to Lucia, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was a child. The most holy Virgin rested Her hand on Lucia’s shoulder and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled with thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.  At the same time the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.” Then the most holy Virgin said: “Look my daughter at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console Me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep Me company for fifteen minutes, while meditating on the fifteen (now twenty including the Luminous mysteries) mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

NB The meditation may be upon one or more of the mysteries.

Why does Our Lady ask for five Saturdays?

            She asks specifically for five in order to make reparation for the following:

Blasphemies against Her Immaculate  Conception.

Blasphemies against Her Perpetual Virginity.

Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept Her as Mother of all.

In reparation for those who seek to instil into the hearts of children indifference, scorn and even hatred for their Immaculate Mother.

In reparation for those who those who directly insult Her in Her holy images.

Consecration to the Immaculate

Heart of Mary

Our Lady wants people to consecrate themselves to Her Immaculate Heart, so that they can then become instruments of salvation in Her hands for the countless souls in danger of being lost for all eternity.  By doing this, they pay special homage to their heavenly Mother, placing themselves under Her protection, whilst striving to imitate Her virtues.  It would be good to renew the consecration often – daily and especially on the feast days of Our Lady.

Prayer of Consecration

 to Our Lady of Fatima

O Virgin of Fatima, Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart. To you we consecrate our hearts and souls, our families and all that we have. And in order that this consecration may be truly effective and lasting, we renew today the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation: and we undertake to live as good Christians, faithful to God, the Church and the Holy Father. We desire to pray the Rosary, partake in the holy Eucharist, attach special importance to the first Saturday of the month and work for the conversion of sinners. Furthermore we promise, o most holy Virgin, that we will zealously spread devotion to you, so that through our consecration to Your Immaculate Heart and through Your own intercession, the coming of the Kingdom of Christ in the world may be hastened. Amen. 

Is the Message of Fatima Relevant Today?

            The message of Fatima is more relevant today than when it was given to us by our Blessed Mother in 1917.  Above all it confirms and emphasises certain truths of our Faith which some people of our days are trying to eliminate:

The great importance of the Holy Eucharist (which many try to strip of all meaning) which is Jesus Christ Himself present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the consecrated host.

The existence of Angels and demons.

The reality of hell which was confirmed by Our Lady Herself.

The value of prayer (especially the Holy Rosary) and penance in our lives.

            It is true that Revelation ended with Christ and His Apostles, but that does not mean that God cannot speak any longer to His children and abandon them. Not at all; God speaks again in our times and He does so by means of our Immaculate Mother.

“In the end My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph!”

Today Fatima stands as a magnificent symbol of hope for our sinful world dominated by the spectre of mass apostasy from God. Our only hope for world peace is found in the Message of Fatima – the message from Heaven for OUR TIMES! Are we listening?

This article was written in order to offer a small act of reparation for the sins and blasphemies which are continuously committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our most beloved Mother.