Saturday, March 21, 2015

Passion Sunday 22nd March 2015


Passion Sunday
(First Sunday of Passiontide)
22 March 2015
“Amen, amen, I say to you before
Abraham came to be, I am.” Jn. 8:58
This Sunday is called Passion Sunday
because the Church begins on this day to make the
sufferings of Jesus, our Redeemer, the main object
of our thought as we approach the Paschal
Mysteries of our Redemption. Dom Prosper
Gueranger in The Liturgical Year, Vol. 5 reminds
us: “Everything around us urges to mourn. The
images of the saints, the very crucifix on our
altar, are veiled from our sight. The Church is
oppressed with grief. During the first four weeks
of Lent, she compassionated her Jesus fasting in
the desert; His coming sufferings and crucifixion
and death are what now fill her with anguish.
We read in today’s Gospel, that the Jews
threaten to stone the Son of God as a
blasphemer; but His hour is not yet come. He is
obliged to flee and hide Himself. It is to express
deep humiliation, that the Church veils the cross.
A God hiding Himself, that He may evade the
anger of men what a mystery! Is it weakness?
Is it, that He fears death? No; we shall soon see
Him going out to meet His enemies; but at
present He hides Himself from them, because all
that had been prophesied regarding Him has not
been fulfilled. Besides, His death is not to be by
stoning: He is to die upon a cross, the tree of
malediction, which from this time forward, is to
be the tree of life.” Gueranger, p. 106 On this day,
and all days, we need to see how much Jesus loves
us and love Him in return. Let us open our hearts
with a lively hope for our salvation is in the Passion
of Christ. In today’s Epistle to the Hebrews (9:11-
15) St. Paul “presents to us the majestic figure of
Christ, the Eternal High Priest, who ‘by His
Blood entered once into the holies (that is, heaven)
having obtained eternal redemption.’ (Heb. 9:12)
The Passion of Jesus has redeemed us; it has
opened once again our Father’s house to us; it is
then the motive of our hope.” Fr. Gabriel, OCD,
Divine Intimacy, p. 371-2
“...how much more will the blood of Christ, who
through the Holy Spirit offered himself
unblemished unto God, cleanse your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God?” Heb. 9:
14 In today’s Epistle St. Paul tells us why
Christ’s sacrifice was so necessary. All the ancient
sacrifices of the Old Testament were of no avail to
achieve man’s redemption. Only Jesus Christ, “as
the Lamb of God, took on Himself men’s sins
and bore them away; the bond which stood
against us He cancelled by fastening it to the
cross: He broke by His death the power of sin,
and rescuing men from its slavery, made them
children of God and heirs of heaven.” Msgr.
Patrick Boylan, The Sunday Epistles and Gospels,
p. 219 Christ redeemed us by His own blood: “nor
again by virtue of blood of goats and calves, but by
virtue of his own blood, into the Holies, having
obtained eternal redemption.” Heb. 9:12 How
grateful we should be for so great a sacrifice as
Msgr. Boylan tells us: “No adequate thanks can
be offered by us for His sacrifice to our great
High Priest. But we can please Him by joining
with Him in His self-oblation to the Father. He
has entered as a Victim into the most holy place
of heaven, and He shows perpetually the marks
of His wounds to the Father. Let us join with
Him in asking the Father to accept for our sins
the Blood of His Son. There is no other like
offering that we can make to God to
counterbalance our debt of sin.” Ibid, p. 218
“Which of you can convict me of sin? If I speak
the truth, why do you not believe me.” Jn. 8:46
In today’s Gospel (Jn. 8:46-59), St. John
shows the continuing opposition of the Jewish
leaders to Jesus. None of them can challenge Him
on His holy life, but yet none of them will believe
Him when He tells them that truth: “Which of you
can convict me of sin? If I speak the truth, why do
you not believe me? Jn. 8:46 Jesus tells them the
reason that they do not believe in Him is because
they are not of God: “He who is of God hears the
words of God. The reason why you do not hear is
that you are not of God.” Jn. 8:47 The Jews
cannot give any better argument than the “ad
hominem” attack which is the poorest of arguments;
they cannot say anything better that to call Jesus
names: “Are we not right in saying thou are a
Samaritan, and hast a devil.” Jn. 8:48 The Jews
hated the heretical Samaritans and would not even
talk to them; to call Jesus a devil is blasphemous. It
was their way of retaliating for what Jesus said of
them: “The father from whom you are is the
devil.” Jn. 8:44 When Jesus tells them solemnly,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, if anyone keep my
word, he will never see death,(Jn. 8:51) they attack
Him: “Art thou greater than our father Abraham
who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom
dost thou make thyself?” Jn. 8:53. Jesus then tells
them that His Father will glorify Him and that
Abraham rejoiced that he would see His day:
“Abraham your father rejoiced that he was to see
my day. He saw it and was glad.” Jn. 8:55 The
Jews again fail to understand Jesus as they see only
the appearances and believe that Jesus is talking of
the present life: “Thou are not yet fifty years old,
and has thou seen Abraham?” Jn. 8:57 It is here
that Jesus, using the words of God to Moses,
solemnly claims His eternal generation as God:
“Amen, amen, I say to you before Abraham came
to be I am.” Jn. 8:58 For them this is too much and
they take up stones to kill him, but Jesus hides
Himself as it is not His time to die. He will sacrifice
Himself on His terms!
“Strange blindness” and “hardness of heart”
Dom Gueranger comments on the obstinacy
of the Jews to the truth that Jesus reveals to them:
“Their obstinacy in refusing to acknowledge
Jesus as the Messias, has led these men to ignore
the very God, whom they boast of honouring; for
if they knew the Father, they would not reject
His Son. Moses, and all the Psalms, and the
Prophets, are a dead letter to them; ...Strange
blindness, that comes from pride and hardness
of heart! The feast of the Pasch is at hand; these
men are going to eat, and with much parade of
religion the flesh of the figurative lamb; they
know full well that this lamb is the symbol, or
figure, which is to have fulfilment. The true
Lamb is to be sacrificed by their hands, and they
will not know Him. He will shed His Blood for
them, and it will not save them. How this
reminds us of those sinners, for whom this
Easter promises to be as fruitless as those of the
past years!” Gueranger, p. 114-5
“The Great Work of Christ”
In Mediator Dei, (1940)Ven. Pope Pius XII
also speaks of our debt to Christ: “The great work
of Christ was to reconcile man with God. This
he did all his life by means of a complete
offering of himself to the Father. This sacrificial
offering continued all his life, to be
consummated on Calvary. All his activity has no
other purpose.... lifted up between heaven and
earth, he offers the sacrifice of his life and, from
his pierced heart burst forth, in some way, the
sacraments, which distribute to souls treasures
of the redemption. In doing all this he had as his
main purpose the glory of his Father and the
greater sanctification of men.” Let not our eyes
be blind and our hearts be hardened for all that
Jesus Christ has done for us with His sacrifice on
the Cross by which he has merited for us our
redemption and our eternal salvation.
“Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle!
With completed victory rife:
And above the Cross’s trophy
Tell the triumph of the strife:
How the world’s Redeemer conquered
By offering of His life.”
(Hymn for Good Friday)
“Could you not, then, watch one hour with
Me?” Mt. 26:40
. St. Thomas Aquinas tells us how very
special the Holy Eucharist is: “O precious
wonderful banquet that brings us salvation and
contains all sweetness......No other sacrament has
greater healing power; through it, sins are
purged away, virtues are increased and the soul
is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual
gift.” “Could you not, then, watch one hour
with Me?” Mt. 26:40
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.” Pope St. Pius X
Why the Rosary is so Important.
“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
manyon 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, ifand mark well what
I sayif 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
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Friday, March 13, 2015

The Fourth Sunday of Lent 15 March 2015

The Fourth Sunday of Lent 15 March 2015

“Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow:” Is. 66:10-11 (The Introit )

Today is called Laetare Sunday after the first word of the Introit. It is the midpoint of Lent and the Church wants us to consider the joy that will be ours with the Easter Mysteries. This can be seen in the readings the Church has selected for the Epistle (Galatians 4:22-31) and the Gospel (John 6:1-15). In the Epistle to the Galatians, St. Paul reminds the Jewish converts in Galatia that they have been freed from the bondage of the Old Law by Jesus Christ in the New Covenant made with the sacrifice of His own Body and Blood on Mt. Calvary. This New Covenant of God’s love is foreshadowed in today’s gospel about Jesus’ miracle of The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. As Jesus feeds “five thousand men not counting the women and children,” (Mt. 14:21) so He will feed all His followers in the Holy Eucharist with His Body and Blood: the Sacrament “of the New and Eternal Testament: the mystery of faith which shall be shed for you and for many unto the remission of sins.” (Consecration of the Blood at Mass) While we rejoice at this midpoint of our Lenten time of penance, we should rejoice even more because we are children of God who have been called to eternal life in the New Jerusalem of heaven.

Children of Slavery or Children of Promise
In today’s Epistle to the Galatians, St. Paul resolves the controversy raging among the Jews about the need for circumcision in obedience to the Mosaic Law before becoming Christians. St. Paul shows the Jews their error by using an example from Hebrew history, specifically the story of Abraham’s two sons, Ishmael by the slave girl Agar, and the other son, Isaac, by his wife Sara: “And the son of the slave-girl was born according to the flesh, but the son of free woman in virtue of the promise. This is said by way of allegory. For these are two covenants; one indeed from Mount Sinai, bringing forth children unto bondage, which is Agar... But that Jerusalem which is above is free, which is our mother...Now we brethren, are the children of promise as Isaac was.” Gal. 4:23-28 Dom Prosper Gueranger summarizes St. Paul’s allegorical interpretation in The Liturgical Year, Vol. 5: “Let us rejoice! We are children, not of Sinai, but of Jerusalem. Our mother, the holy Church, is not a bond-woman, but free; and it is unto freedom that she has brought us up. Israel served God in fear; his heart was ever tending to idolatry, and could be kept to duty only by the heavy yoke of chastisement. More happy than he, we serve God through love; our yoke is sweet, and our burden is light! (cf. Mt. 11:30) We are not citizens of the earth; we are but pilgrims passing through it to our true country, the Jerusalem which is above. We leave the earthly Jerusalem to the Jew, who mind only terrestrial things, is disappointed with Jesus, and is plotting how to crucify Him. We also have too long been grovelling in the goods of this world; we have been slaves of sin; and the more the chains of our bondage weighed upon us, the more we talked of our being free. Now is the favourable time; now are the days of salvation: we have obeyed the Church’s call, and have entered into the practice and spirit of Lent. Sin seems to us, now, to be the heaviest of yokes; the flesh, a dangerous burden; the world, a merciless tyrant. We begin to breathe the fresh air of holy liberty, and the hope of our speedy deliverance fills us with transports of joy. Let us, with all possible affection, thank our divine Liberator, who delivers us from the bondage of Agar, emancipated us from the law of fear, and making us His new people, opens to us the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem, at the price of His Blood.” p. 320-21.

Eucharistic Banquet in Heaven
In today’s gospel, Jesus anticipates the heavenly banquet by providing an earthly one with His miracle of “The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.” Jesus has compassion on the many people who had been following Him for days and were hungry. He performs one of his greatest miracles in feeding this multitude, “five thousand men not counting the women and children,” Mt. 14:21 St. John in his gospel account of this miracle places it and The Miracle of Walking on the Sea just before His promise of the Eucharist by which He will give His own flesh to eat: “I am the living bread that has come down from heaven. If anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” Jn. 6:51-52 By the miracle of “The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes,” Jesus shows that He has the power over nature to make bread into His own body. Those who partake of His Body and Blood will be guaranteed eternal life in the Heavenly Jerusalem. This is His New Covenant with His people. Sadly, many who heard Jesus did not believe Him. The day before when he had multiplied the loaves and fishes they had wanted to make Him their King: “This indeed is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jn. 6:14 St. John Chrysostom commenting on this scene said: “When He gave them bread and satisfied their hunger, they called Him a prophet and tried to make Him their king; but when He instructed them concerning the spiritual food, about eternal life; when He spoke to them of the resurrection and lifted up their hopes, when more than ever they should have admired Him, then they murmured against Him and left Him.” (The Preacher’s Encyclopaedia: Lent and Eastertide, p. 183)

Eternal Life in Christ
Today’s Liturgy reminds us that we should be filled with joy as we have reached the midpoint of our Lenten journey to the Easter Mysteries. We are the children of the promise from Christ, our Saviour; we are not the children of the bond woman and the old law which kept the children in slavery because it could not free them from sin. We have been freed by Christ and have been fed with His own Body and Blood which has been wonderfully multiplied and is our pledge of eternal life. As Jesus fed the multitude, so He will reward all with eternal life who follow Him and eat His Body and drink His Blood: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has life everlasting and I will raise him up on the last day.” Jn. 6:55

The Church Fills us with joy today.
In the Allocution on the first anniversary of his pontificate (at the beginning of World War II), Pope Pius XII said: “In the midst of penance and fasting the Church becomes a herald of Joy. In spite of present worries and preoccupations and the threats of even worse things to come we must seek the joy of the soul. ‘Beloved sons; if the Church whose wise teaching joins both austerity and sweetness in one perfect harmony, today bids us rejoice, we who are sunk in sadness, and if We, in a moment of intimate contact with you, do not hesitate to repeat that counsel, it is not that we have forgotten your worries. This ‘rejoice’ which comes from the mouth of the Church, our Mother, teaches us to find the serene joy of the soul even in the sufferings of nature and bitterness of heart.’”

Holy Father Canonizes 800 Saints
On 12 May 2013, Pope Francis I canonized 800 martyrs of Otranto, Italy decapitated on 14 August 1480 for refusing to renounce Christ and accept Allah. Bl. Antonio Pimraldo, the elderly tailor who inspired his fellow citizens to proclaim Christ rather than convert to Islam… (He) is the only name that has come down to us. His companions were 800 unknown fisherman, craftsman, shepherds and farmers from a small town, whose blood, five centuries ago, was shed solely because they were Christian…” The Moslem armada which numbered 90 galleys and 18,000 soldiers laid siege to the town with its 400 men at arms. “During the night, many of the soldiers of the guard lowered themselves over the city walls with ropes and fled. Only the inhabitants remained to defend Otranto.” After two weeks of fighting, the Moslems were able to breach the city walls. They went to the Cathedral where Arch. Stefano was in his pontifical vestments with the crucifix in hand. “To the order that he no longer speak the name of Christ, … the Archbishop responded by exhorting the assailants to conversion, and at this his head was cut off with a scimitar.” The Moslem leader Pasha Ahmed offered the men “their lives, possessions, and all the benefits they enjoyed in their homeland: otherwise they would all be massacred.” Antonio Primaldo replied, “’Would that all believed in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and were ready to die a thousand times for him’…. And turning to the Christians, Primaldo spoke these words, ‘My brothers, until today we have fought in defence of our homeland, to save our lives, and for our earthly governors; now it is time for us to fight to save our souls for our Lord. And since he died on the cross for us, it is fitting that we should die for Him, remaining firm and constant in the faith, and with this earthly death we will earn eternal life and the glory of martyrdom.’ At these words, all began to shout with one voice and with great fervour that they wanted to die a thousand times, by any sort of death, rather than renounce Christ.” They were all condemned to death. “… before the others, the head of the elderly Primaldo should be cut off. Primaldo was hateful to him (Ahmed), because he never stopped acting as an apostle toward his fellows. And before placing his head upon a stone, he told his companions that he saw Heaven opened and the comforting angels; that they should be strong in the faith and look to Heaven, already open to receive them. “He bowed his head and it was cut off, but his corpse stood back up on his feet, and despite the efforts of the butchers, it remained erect and unmoving, until all were decapitated. The marvelous and astonishing event would have been a lesson of salvation for those infidels, if they had not been rebels against the light that enlightens every many who lives in the world. Only one of the butchers, named Berlabei, believed courageously in the miracle and, declared himself a Christian in a loud voice, and was condemned to be impaled.” Likoudis, p. 8A Let us hope and pray that we will all have the courage St. Antonio Primaldo and his 800 Companions to proclaim our Catholic faith and our belief in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (from Paul Likoudis, “Holy Father To Proclaim 800 Saints,” The Wanderer, May 9, 2013, p. 8A

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Third Sunday of Lent, 8 March 2015


The Third Sunday of Lent
8 March 2015
He who is not with me is against me; and
he who does not gather with me scatters.”
Lk. 11: 23
Today, the Church cautions us in both the
Epistle (Ephesians 5:1-9) and Gospel (Luke 11:14-
28) to choose Christ and not evil. These days, we
see how many people compromise the teachings of
the Church for their own convenience and
inevitably suffer tragic consequences. Msgr.
Patrick Boylan comments on the widespread
sinfulness of our time: “On all sides one hears the
voices raised against every attempt to check the
growth of profligacy, every effort to restrict evil
amusements and evil literature. We hear
constantly of the ‘sacred rights,’ of freedom—
freedom, that is, to disregard the moral code, to
follow the blind guidance of passion, to satisfy
every form of curiosity, to see everything, to read
everything. Popular literature is full of the
‘empty words’ with which all that is seductive to
sense is represented as innocent because it is
‘natural, ‘ or ‘healthy,’ or because it ‘develops
the personality!’” (The Sunday Epistles and
Gospels, p. 191) To counteract this spirit of the
world, that Msgr. Boylan indicates, St. Paul warns
us of the dangers of worldliness: “Let no one lead
you astray with empty words; for because of these
things the wrath of God comes upon the children
of disobedience.” Eph. 5:6 In the gospel, Jesus is
even more emphatic as He condemns the leaders of
the Jews for allying themselves with Satan. He
who is not with me is against me; and he who does
not gather with me scatters.” Lk. 11:23 Those who
are with Christ are in the light; those who choose
sin and evil are children of darkness and Satan.
“Walk, then, as children of light.Eph. 5:8
In today’s Epistle to the Ephesians, St. Paul
reminds his converts to live according to the light of
Christ. Hitherto, they were in the darkness of
uncleanness and sin. Now they are to be imitators of
Christ who sacrificed Himself for them and is a
sweet odour to God: “...walk in love, as Christ also
loved us and delivered himself up for us an
offering and a sacrifice to God to ascend in
fragrant odour.” Eph. 5:2 St. Paul warns the
Ephesians about immorality and uncleanness: “But
immorality and every uncleanness or
covetousness, let it not even be named among you,
as becomes saints: or obscenity, or foolish talk or
scurrility, which are out of place;” Eph. 5:3-4
Those who choose these sins will have no place
with Christ: “For know this and understand, that
no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetous one
(for that is idolatry) has any inheritance in the
kingdom of Christ and God.” Eph. 5:5 Although
St. Paul does not mention the devil by name, it is
easy to see that those who choose evil are with the
devil and not with Christ.
Two Kingdoms
In today’s gospel from St. Luke, Jesus casts
out the devil from a man who was dumb; St.
Matthew has the man both blind and dumb. “The
Fathers, joining the two, make this man into one
of the most unhappy beings one could imagine,
blind, dumb and possessed by Satan....
Spiritually, this man represents the soul in sin.
He who might have been a son of God is now
possessed by the devil; blind to the light of truth
and dumb so far as singing the praises of God is
concerned.” (The Preacher’s Encyclopaedia: Lent
and Eastertide, p. 121) Those who do not believe in
Jesus and accuse him of casting out the devil
because He is a devil are themselves of the
kingdom of the devil. After the miracle, some of
those present (the Pharisees in St. Matthew’s
gospel) said: “By Beelzebub, the prince of devils,
he casts out devils.” Lk. 11:15 Jesus reads their
thoughts and shows them the unreasonableness of
these words: “... Every kingdom divided against
itself is brought to desolation, and house will fall
upon house. If, then, Satan also is divided against
himself, how shall his kingdom stand.” Lk. 11:
17-8 Jesus then goes on to tell them the parable of
the strong man: “But if I cast out devils by the
finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come
upon you. When the strong man, fully armed,
guards his courtyard, his property is undisturbed.
But if a stronger than he attacks and overcomes
him he will take away all his weapons that he
relied upon and will divide his spoils.” Lk. 11:20-
22 This stronger man is Jesus Christ who has
come to conquer the kingdom of Satan and all his
followers. Those who believe in Christ belong to
His kingdom; those who do not believe in Jesus and
deny His miraculous power belong to the kingdom
of Satan.
Returning to Mortal Sin
Very few souls realize the dire
consequences of returning to one’s sins after the
devil has been expelled either by an exorcism or a
good confession: “When the unclean spirit has
gone out of a man, he roams through waterless
places in search of rest; and finding none, he says,
‘I will return to my house which I left.’ And when
he has come to it, he finds the place swept. Then
he goes and takes seven other spirits more evil
than himself, and they enter in and dwell there;
and the last state of that man becomes worse than
the first.” Lk. 11:24-26 Dom Prosper Gueranger in
his book, The Liturgical Year, Vol. 5, comments on
this passage: “But the enemy of mankind never
despairs of regaining his prey. His hatred is as
active now as it was in the very beginning of the
world, and he says, ‘I will return into my house,
whence I came out.’ Nor will he come alone. He is
determined to conquer; and therefore, he will if
he thinks it needed, take with him seven other
spirits, even more wicked than himself. What a
terrible assault is being prepared for the poor
soul, unless she be on the watch, and unless the
peace, which has granted her, be one that is well
armed for war! Alas! With many souls the very
contrary is the case; and our Saviour describes
the situation in which the devil finds them on his
return: they are swept and garnished, and that is
all! No precautions, no defence, no arms. One
would suppose that they were waiting to give the
enemy admission. Then Satan, to make his
repossession sure, comes with a sevenfold force.
The attack is made; but there is no resistance,
and straightways the wicked spirits entering in,
dwell there; so that the last state becometh worse
than the first; for before there was but one
enemy and now there are many.” Gueranger, p.
251
The Kingdom of God
Those who believe in Jesus cry out in praise
of Jesus like the woman who praises the mother of
Jesus: “Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and
the breasts that nursed thee.” Lk. 11 27 Jesus
shows that this is true of His Mother especially
because she is obedient: “Rather, blessed are they
who hear the word of God and keep it.” Lk. 11:28
Those who believe in God and keep His
commandments belong to His kingdom. These
believers will enter His kingdom as they gather
graces for eternal life by their faithful obedience.
“Therefore I say to you, that every kind of
sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men; but
the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be
forgiven” Mt. 12:31
In St. Matthew’s gospel account of the
miracle of casting out the devil from the blind and
dumb man, Jesus says: “Therefore I say to you,
that every kind of sin and blasphemy shall be
forgiven to men; but the blasphemy against the
Spirit will not be forgiven” Mt. 12:31 This is the
sin by which a person refuses to acknowledge his
sin, and, therefore, will not be forgiven. This is
what the Pharisees do in today’s gospel. They
blaspheme by saying, “By Beelzebub, the prince of
devils, he casts out devils.” Lk. 11:15 They refuse
to see the good that Jesus does and accuse Him of
evil. If they had acknowledged Jesus’ miracle, they
too would have been cured like the dumb man. St.
Jerome tells us: “Three miracles in one man; the
blind sees, the dumb speaks and the possessed
finds himself free of the devil a thing which also
happens in the case of those who begin to believe
and who, once the devil has been cast out,
receive the light and the faith opening their lips
in the praises of God.”
Sins against the Holy Spirit
Other sins against the Holy Spirit are: 1.
Presumption, 2. Despair, 3. Resisting the known
truth, 4. Envy of another’s spiritual good, 5.
Obstinacy in sin, 6. Final impenitence. (The
Penny Catechism, p. 54) Those who are guilty of
these sins have hardened their hearts against the
Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, and refuse to see
their sins because of their pride. This is the
reprobate sense that St. Paul speaks of in the Epistle
to the Romans: “And as they have resolved
against possessing the knowledge of God, God has
given them up to a reprobate sense, so that they do
what is not fitting, being filled with all iniquity,
malice, immorality, avarice, wickedness; being full
of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity;
being whisperers, detractors, hateful to God,
irreverent, proud, haughty, plotters of evil;
disobedient to parents, foolish, dissolute, without
affection, without fidelity, without mercy.” Rom.
1: 28-32 This final state of the reprobate sinner is a
state that will take a miracle of grace to overcome.
This is why Our Lady said at Fatima, “Many souls
go to hell because no one prays and sacrifices for
them.” Let us pray our rosary every day and
sacrifice so that many sinners can be saved.
First Friday: 6 March 2015
Now is a good time to continue (or begin)
the devotion to the “Nine First Fridays” of the
Month. The Sacred Heart of Jesus promised to St.
Margaret Mary: "I promise thee in the excessive
mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love
will grant to all those who communicate on the
First Friday in nine consecutive months, the
grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My
disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments;
My Divine heart shall be their safe refuge in this
last moment."
Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix
(MIM) 7 March 2015
On the First Saturday of every month, we will
have our monthly formation program for those
who interested in affiliating themselves with the
Marian Spirituality of the Franciscan Friars of the
Immaculate. The day begins at 9:30 AM and goes
until 4 PM and includes two conferences, Holy
Mass, adoration and the rosary. (see flyer on door)
This spirituality is Marian and Franciscan
and includes the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi,
St. Maximilian Kolbe and other Franciscan saints.
“The fundamental aim of the MIM is the
fulfilment of God’s plan for the salvation and
sanctification of all souls through the maternal
mediation of the Immaculate to the supreme
glory of the Most Holy Trinity.” (Article 2:
Statute)
It is most important at this time in our world
to come together and learn about Our Lady and
her messages especially Fatima. Pope John Paul II:
On November 9, 1976 said in the USA as Karol
Cardinal Wojtyla: “We are now standing in face of
the greatest historical confrontation humanity has
gone through. I do not think that the wide circles of
American society or the wide circles of the Christian
community realize this fully. We are now facing the
final confrontation between the Church and the
Anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-gospel.”
We hope that all of you will consider joining the
MIM and work for your own sanctification and the
sanctification of so many souls who are in danger of
being lost for all eternity in hell as Our Lady said at
Fatima.
The First Saturday: 7 March 2015
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!
Why the Rosary is so important!
“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 say ‘hail’ Mary,
she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she
is one of those rude women of whom there are so
manyon 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