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Three beautiful saintly prayers to Our Lady…… February 24, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Our Lady, reading, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
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………which also manage to convey some powerful doctrinal sentiments, such as strong devotion to Our Lady being vital for salvation.  All the prayers are taken from The Holy Eucharist by St. Alphonsus.  El_Greco_-_St_Ildefonso_-_WGA10574

First up, a prayer from St. Ildefonsus [7th century Spanish Saint]:

Most humble handmaid of thy Divine Son!  I prostrate myself before thee, conjuring thee to obtain pardon of my sins, that I may be cleansed from all the imperfections of my life.  I entreat thee to procure me the grace of being always united to God and to thee, and to be ever a faithful servant of thy Son and of thee: of thy Son, as my Lord and Redeemer; and of thee, as the cause of my redemption; for if He has paid the price of my redemption, it was with the body which He received from thee.

O Mary!  Obtain for me confidence in thy intercession and the grace that I may continually have recourse to thee.800px-P1010345_Paris_Ier_Eglise_Saint-Germain_l'Auxerrois_statue_Saint-Germain_reductwk

Second, from St. Germanus:

St. Germanus addressing the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, says: “No one is saved but through thee; no one is delivered from evils but through thee; there is no one on whom any gift is bestowed but through thee.  Therefore, my Lady and my hope if thou dost not help me I am lost, and shall be unable to bless thee in Heaven.  But, Lady, I hear all the Saints say that thou never abandonest those who have recourse to thee.  I, then, miserable creature that I am, have recourse to thee, and in thee place all my hopes.

In the words of St. Bernard, Mary is my whole confidence; she is the whole ground of my hope! [Saint Germanus of Lyons dates from the 4th and 5th century.  Thus we can clearly see deep Marian devotion and even ascribing to her a role as co-redemptrix from the early Church Fathers]

Finally, from St. Alphonsus himself:

Allow me, my most sweet Queen, to call thee, with thine own St. Bernard, “the whole ground of my hope,” and to say with St. John Damascene, “I have placed my whole hope in thee.”  Thou hast to obtain for me the forgiveness of my sins; thou, perseverance until death; thou, deliverance from purgatory.  All who are saved obtain salvation through thee; thou, then, O Mary, hast to save me; “He will be saved whom thou willest.”  Will, then, my salvation, and I shall be saved.  But thou savest all who invoke thee; behold, then, I invoke thee, and say:

O salvation of those who invoke thee, save me! [The implication of these prayers from so many Saints (and far more not quoted, besides) is inescapable: protestants who reject Mary’s unique role in the economy of salvation gravely err, and as a practical matter cannot be saved (not speaking absolutely)]

And a bonus from St. Anselm of Canterbury, 11th century Doctor of the Church:Littlemore

Help us, O Queen of mercy, without regarding the multitude of our sins.  Remember, that our Creator assumed from thee a human body, not to condemn, but to save sinners.  Hadst thou been chosen to be the Mother of God for thy own benefit alone, thou mightest then be said to have no particular interest in our salvation; but God clothed himself in thy form for the sake of all mankind.  Help us, therefore, and protect us: thou knowest the need which we have of thy assistance, and we earnestly recommend ourselves to thy prayers.  Pray that we may not be eternally lost, but with thee may serve and love Jesus Christ forever.

St. Anselm Weninger

 

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Practicing muslims reputed to outnumber Catholics in Brussels February 24, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, suicide.
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The numbers presented below square with what a commenter from Europe has said in the past.  Practicing muslims make up a greater percentage of the population of the city/region of Brussels than do Catholics.  More fruit from Vatican II.  I’m sure Cardinal Daneels, he of the “St. Gallen Group” who helped elect Francis, and a man deeply involved in the cover-up of the pedophile activities of some very close to him, is very pleased:

Considering what European Union policies have done to Europe, it seems all too apt for its capital to be a hive of Islamic terror and on the road to becoming a majority Muslim city.

Then turn to Brussels, some parts of which host large communities of Moroccan and Turkish immigrants, mostly from religiously conservative regions of those countries. Among respondents in the city, practising Catholics amounted to 12% and non-practising ones to 28%. Some 19% were active Muslims and another 4% were of Muslim identity without practising the faith. The atheist/agnostic camp came to 30%. [Let’s just accept these numbers at face value.  How many will continue in this practice when being Catholic begins to carry a marked social cost, be it from militant atheists or militant muslims?]

Among people who actually practice a religion, Muslims are a majority. And as usual, with Islamic indoctrination and birth rates, the news becomes more troubling in the lower age groups.

Thus among respondents aged 55 and over, practising Catholics amounted to 30% and practising Muslims to less than 1%; but among those aged between 18 and 34, active adherence to Islam (14%) exceeded the practice of Catholicism (12%). Admittedly the sample (600 people in all) is small. But if this trend continues, practitioners of Islam may soon comfortably exceed devout Catholics not just in cosmopolitan Brussels, as is the case already, but across the whole of Belgium’s southern half.

The southern half being the predominately Catholic region.  Forgive  me for doubting that even 12% of Brusselites (?) are “practicing” Catholics. I’d certainly appreciate any input from those familiar with the Church in Belgium. In France and other countries, it’s more like 3-4%, and almost all of them quite elderly.  Of course, “practicing” the Faith has been reduced in the minds of millions to showing up occasionally on Easter and Christmas, so perhaps 12% do still do that. This is not a practice of the Faith our Church Fathers would recognize.

And all this is why Brussels has become a hub for terror in Europe:

……..The greater Brussels area has long been considered to be a hotbed for radical Islamists. Troubled neighborhoods like Molenbeek and Anderlecht are known as being homes to secluded communities of immigrants in which radicals can easily go underground. So has Belgium become the center of terror in Europe and a security risk for the entire Continent?

These people who are firing their weapons and blowing themselves up don’t appear out of nowhere,” respected Belgian sociologist Felice Dassetto wrote on his blog after the Paris attacks……

…….There isn’t going to be a Brussels in 50 years. There’s going to be an Islamic State. It’s much too late to start pleading with the Jihadi invaders to play nice. It’s time to decide if there is going to be an Islamic State in Belgium or not.

And all this, in the capital of post-modern, post-Christian Europe.  As to the remaking of Europe into a balkanized construct of self-loathing atheistic sexular pagans and Western-loathing radical jihadists, for most of Europe’s governing elite, this appears all part of the plan.  People are easy to control when they are terrified.  Attachment to freedom goes out the window when one is in doubt of one’s life.  The native populace is almost entirely disarmed.

It’s almost as if someone had a plan………and do note the Church “elites” (hierarchy) are almost universally in favor of this unprecedented project in social engineering.

A brief Lenten meditation from St. Peter Claver February 24, 2016

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OK, it’s not exactly from St. Peter Claver, it’s from his biography. But the description of his life is, I think, quite edifying, and very appropriate for this time of year:

Usually what we suffer of our own accord, seems lighter and more endurable than what we endure from others.  Not so with Father Claver; from whatever quarter sufferings might come, he always met them with the same firmness.  Two great maxims which he had learned from Brother Alonso Rodriguez, and which were deeply engraven upon his heart, formed the rule of his conduct.  “First – When I am persecuted or calumniated, either I have, or I have not, deserved it.  If I have, why complain?  I ought rather to correct myself and beg pardon of God for my fault.  If I have not deserved it, I ought to rejoice and thank God for allowing me this opportunity of suffering something for His love, and for the rest I ought to rejoice and thank God for allowing me this opportunity of suffering something for His love, and for the rest I ought to keep silence.

“Second- When I am contradicted, why not do as the ass does?  If he is abused or maltreated, he is silent.  If forgotten or left without food, if made to work, if despised, if overladen, he is silent  In a word, whatever is said or done to him, he answers not – he complains not.  Thus ought the true servant of God to act, and say with David,”I am become as a beast of burden before Thee.’  We have here in a few words the portrait of Father Claver.”

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An example I pray I may put into effect  much more in my own life.  Yes there are times when justice must be served and we cannot suffer in silence, such as in the grave crisis regarding the Church today, when we see souls falling into hell like snowflakes all around us as a result of the error and abuse that is so rampant today. But when it comes to personal slights or suffering that do not cause scandal and are simply mortifications of our pride, humbly accepting these as gifts from God is the noble, if so very difficult, Christian response.

Not that I am even remotely a good exemplar of this practice. Do as the Saints say, not as I do, and all that.

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