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Some Spiritual Gems from the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer          January 9, 2017

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A few excerpts from recent issues of the awesome Catholic newspaper, published by the Transalpine Redemptorists quarterly.  The first is on humility, the second contains statements by various Saints in praise of Our Blessed Mother.

On Humility: These lessons may seem superficial, even credulous, but they are actually very powerful.  What we learn below is that all our acts of piety – hours of prayer, great acts of penance, numerous devotions, fasting, etc. –  can all be  undone of spiritual benefit if we lack humility.  In fact, humility is the prerequisite for advance in the interior life.  It’s also one of the most difficult to obtain virtues, so contrary to our nature is it.  Humility comes from meekness, which comes from willed embrace of suffering – something our natures and the entire world scream at us is unnatural and unacceptable.  Enough of me, the quote from Catholic:

The most powerful weapon for overcoming the devil is humility, because as he is a perfect stranger to the employment of it, so he knows not how to defend himself against it – St. Vincent de Paul

One day, as St. Macarius was returning to his cell, he met the devil with a scythe in his hand: the fiend endeavored to wound him, and cut him in two with it; but he was unable to do so, because the moment he came near to him he lost all his strength.  Upon which, being filled with rage, he said to him, “I suffer great violence from thee, O Macarius, because though I greatly desire to hurt thee, I am unable to do so.  Strange indeed it is! I do all that you do, and even more: you fast sometimes, and I never eat at all; you sleep but little, it is true, but I never close my eyes; you are chaste and so am I; in one respect alone you surpass me.”  “And what is that?” replied Macarius.  The devil answered, “It is in your great humility.” And having said this, he disappeared without letting the saint behold him another moment.

On a certain occasion the devil appeared to a monk in the form of the Archangel Gabriel, and told him that he was sent to him by God; but the monk feeling himself altogether unworthy of such a visit replied, “See if you were not sent to another,” and forthwith the devil disappeared.

As an aged priest was exorcising a possessed individual, the devil said he would never leave that body until he had told him who were the goats and who the lambs.  The good priest immediately replied, “the goats are all those who are like me; who the lambs are is known to God.”  At which words the devil cried out aloud, “I am forced by thy humility to go away,” and forthwith he fled.

In Praise of Mary: No introduction needed.

Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge.  We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbor.  Now the our-lady-of-the-expectationLord has established a refuge of mercy, Mary, even for those who deliberately commit evil.  Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner. – St. Anthony of Padua

Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son.  There can be no doubt that whatever we say in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son. – St. Bernard of Clairvaux [Dang right!  Listen to that, protestants!]

Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did. – St. Maximilian Kolbe

We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor His Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor Him all the more perfectly.  We go to her only as a way of leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son. – St. Louis Grignon de Montfort

Let us run to her, and, as little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence. – St. Francis de Sales

With reason did the Most Holy Virgin predict that all generations would call her blessed, for all the Elect obtain eternal salvation through the means of Mary. – St. Ildephonsus  [I believe it!]

The devotions we practice to the glorious Virgin Mary, however trifling they may hc-olvic__89945__40559-1405695358-1280-1280be, are very pleasing to Her Divine Son, and He rewards them with eternal glory. – St. Teresa of Avila

As in the natural life a child must have a father and a mother, so in the supernatural life of grace a true child of the Church must have God for his Father and Mary for his mother.  If he prides himself on having God for his Father but does not give to Mary the tender affection of a true child, he is an impostor and his father is the devil. [ouch]  – St. Louis de Montfort

Alright, one more on a different subject, from the Angelic Doctor himself, Thomas Aquinas:

Nothing created has ever been able to satisfy the heart of man.  God alone can fill it infinitely.

Lord, do I ever know that.  I tried to fill it with everything imaginable, but it remained a vacuum until I at least tried to start filling it with You.  It feels much fuller now. I pray it is.

Father Rodriguez on Devotion to Our Lady…… December 5, 2016

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…….and the end of the liturgical  year.  You know me, I have to upload pretty much any material from Fr. Michael Rodriguez that goes public.  He just helped me out this weekend with advice on a thorny moral problem afflicting someone dear to me.  Please keep him in your prayers, his situation in El Paso remains difficult, to say the least; he is a priest in good standing and is doing much good work but he still has no official assignment/role with the Diocese.  The powers that be rarely, especially in a fallen age such as ours,  like having their failings called out, and the failings of Church leadership locally and universally have been as spectacular as they have been numerous in recent decades.  These are the times that try good men’s souls, indeed.

Father ties in devotion to Our Lady with the end of the liturgical year, demonstrating how it is so appropriate for the liturgical year to end on a Saturday, Our Lady’s day.  As we should end each day with devotion to Our Lady, so the liturgical year ends.  He also discusses the Salus Populi Romani, a sacred image of Our Lady painted by St. Luke on a table top built by Our Blessed Lord (I was not aware of that last detail until now).

It’s a short video and well worth your time, I think you’ll pick up several amazing bits regarding this sacred painting and evidence of devotion to Our Lady going back to the early Church.  Of course, it was popular demand, indicating immense devotion of very long practice, that drove the 4th century Council of Ephesus to dogmatically define, as required of belief by all the faithful, that Our Lady is truly the Mother of God, and eminently worthy of veneration and emulation.

Start Novena to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Today! November 29, 2016

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That’s today, 11/29/16.  Ideally, you’d start today.  If you would, in your charity, consider adding MJD, who provided the prayer below, to your intentions.  She is having eye surgery next week (on Dec. 8th itself).

Prayer of the Novena of the Immaculate ConceptionHeart of Mary, Refuge of Sinners, pray for us Bouasse Lebel

Immaculate Virgin Mary, you were pleasing in the sight of God from the first moment of your conception in the womb of your mother, St. Anne. You were chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I believe the teaching of holy Mother the Church, that in the first instant of your conception, by the singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race and beloved Son, you were preserved from all stain of original sin. I thank God for this wonderful privilege and grace he bestowed upon you as I honor your Immaculate Conception.

Look graciously upon me as I implore this special favor:(mention your request).

Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from your throne in heaven turn your eyes of pity upon me. Filled with confidence in your goodness and power, I beg you to help me in this journey of life which is so full of dangers for my soul. I entrust myself entirely to you, that I may never be the slave of the devil through sin, but may always live a humble and pure life. I consecrate myself to you forever, for my only desire is to love your divine Son Jesus. Mary, since none of your devout servants has perished, May I too be saved. Amen.

Another version of the Novena is below, so that you may have your choice:

O most pure Virgin Mary conceived without sin, from the very  first instant, you were entirely immaculate. O glorious Mary full of grace, you  are the mother of my God – the Queen of Angels and of men. I humbly venerate you  as the chosen mother of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords chose you for the  singular grace and honor of being His beloved mother. By the power of His Cross,  He preserved you from all sin. Therefore, by His power and love, I have hope and  bold confidence in your prayers for my holiness and salvation.

I pray first of all that you would make me worthy to call you  my mother and your Son, Jesus, my Lord.

I pray that your prayers will bring me to imitate your  holiness and submission to Jesus and the Divine Will.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are  you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother  of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

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Now, Queen of Heaven, I beg you to beg my Savior to grant me  these requests…

(Mention your  intentions)

My holy Mother, I know that you were obedient to the will of  God. In making this petition, I know that God’s will is more perfect than mine.  So, grant that I may receive God’s grace with humility like you.

As my final request, I ask that you pray for me to increase in  faith in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in hope in our  risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in love for the risen  Jesus!

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are  you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother  of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Finally, the Saint Andrew 25 day Novena for Christmas also starts tomorrow 11/30.  The prayer is below, though I know you already know it:

The 25 day St. Andrew Novena starts today, Nov. 30.  The prayer is as follows, pray it 15 times a day through Christmas Eve:

HAIL AND BLESSED BE THE HOUR AND MOMENT IN WHICH THE SON OF GOD WAS BORN OF THE MOST PURE VIRGIN MARY, AT MIDNIGHT, IN BETHLEHELM, IN PIERCING COLD.
IN THAT HOUR, VOUCHSAFE, O MY GOD,  TO HEAR MY PRAYER AND GRANT MY PETITIONS,

(MENTION YOUR INTENTIONS HERE)

THROUGH THE MERITS OF OUR SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST AND OF HIS BLESSED MOTHER.  AMEN.

I typically just make an en bloc petition for the day for all 15 recitations. If you say them all together, it only takes a few minutes.

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Start Novena to Our Lady of Victory/Most Holy Rosary TODAY! September 29, 2016

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That’s today Sept. 29.  Really should have started  yesterday, but I’m late.

Thanks to MJD for the two prayer options below:hc-olvic__89945__40559-1405695358-1280-1280

To the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

Queen of the most holy Rosary, in these times of such brazen impiety, manifest thy power with the signs of thine ancient victories, and from thy throne, whence thou dost dispense pardon and graces, mercifully regard the Church of thy Son, His Vicar on earth, and every order of clergy and laity, who are sore oppressed in the mighty conflict. Do thou, who art the powerful vanquisher of all heresies, hasten the hour of mercy, even though the hour of God’s justice is every day provoked by the countless sins of men. For me who am the least of men, kneeling before thee in supplication, do thou obtain the grace I need to live righteously upon earth and to reign among the just in heaven, the while in company with all faithful Christians throughout the world, I salute thee and acclaim thee as Queen of the most holy Rosary.

Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us!

Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary  Novena Prayer (start either Sept. 28 or 29)

My dearest Mother Mary, behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in 6f084d0404c2ef6db8f7b740b4001e24accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart, and for this special favor which I earnestly request in my Rosary Novena:

(Mention your requests).

hc-olvic__89945__40559-1405695358-1280-1280I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest Mother, that you want me to seek God?s holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.

I offer you this spiritual Bouquet of Roses because I love you. I put all my confidence in you, since your prayers before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God and for the sake of Jesus, your loving Son, hear and grant my prayer. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

This novena is to be said along with a daily rosary.

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Start Novena for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin 08/30/16 August 29, 2016

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The Novena below is also for the intention of increased holiness in our marriages and families.  It is from marriage and the family that societies are built, or fall.  It is from the family that the sanctity or worldliness of the Church flows.  There are few things for which we could possibly have more cause to pray than for holy marriages and families, including, of course, our own. This Novena starts tomorrow 08/30 and ends on the Vigil of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Novena
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Prayer for Marriage and Family

Jesus, I trust in You. Please grant through Your mother’s intercession that I may always bring Your hope into my family.

Jesus, I trust in You. Please grant through Your mother’s intercession that I may always bring Your love into my family.

Jesus, I trust in You. Please grant through Your mother’s intercession that I may always bring Your mercy into my family.

Our Lady, on this feast of your birth, please pray for stronger and holier marriages.

Amen.

Day 1

Most lovable Mother Mary, our Father in Heaven created you with delight. You are His creature whom He made worthy to become the holy Mother of His Son. You were born into a family of Saints. Pray for me today that my joy in your Son will increase and that my family may become more holy.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 2

Oh most holy daughter of Adam, your precious Son chose you as the vessel for his entry to the world. Where our first mother, Eve, fell short, you fulfilled God’s call for a Mother’s holiness. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may be born to new life through your Son.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 3

Immaculate daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne, you are the door to the Eternal Word who made you the source of His Sacred Blood. You are a model for all Christian sons and daughters. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul and that I may have a greater devotion to your Son’s Precious Blood.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 4

Oh most holy daughter of the line of King David, the Redeemer of the world loves you with the singular love of a Child for His mother. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may have a greater love and devotion to my Mother and Father.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 5

Most holy Mary, the Holy Spirit preserved you from sin so that our Lord would have a fitting vessel to enter the world. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may remain faithful to your Son until the end.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 6

Oh holy Mother, St. Joachim and St. Anne were delighted to love and care for so holy a child. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may show greater charity to my parents and grandparents in word, prayer and deed.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 7

Holy Mother, your birth caused great joy to the angels, because they saw your holiness caused by your Son’s resurrection. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that your graces may rain down on all married couples.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 8

Heavenly Mother, your birth gave great joy to all the world because it signaled the coming of Jesus Christ, who would save the whole world by His life, death and resurrection. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may be exceedingly patient with my family and loved ones.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 9

Mother Mary, you pray for me as your child. Thank you for welcoming me into the Holy Family. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may increase my devotion to the Holy Family.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary……

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Last Night, a Beautiful, Edifying Response to the Atrocities in Oklahoma City August 16, 2016

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For a variety of reasons, I did not feel comfortable reporting, in advance, on the desecration (for the 2nd year in a row) of a statue of Our Blessed Lady by satanists in Oklahoma City.  I had covered the satanic antics extensively in the past, I have had little time to write of late, and I just didn’t feel very motivated to do so.  I also feel that the publicity they are receiving is probably a significant factor in their ongoing self-immolation of their souls through deliberately offensive behavior.  I did not desire to give them more of what they wanted.

If I had covered the matter, it would have been to once again show up the Oklahoma City government’s seeming complicity in these acts, through rental of public facilities for black Masses and the provision of police protection for deliberate religious atrocities. I have felt since this series of events began that OKC’s excuse, that they simply HAD to let these satanists run wild, or else be sued by liberals in the ACLU or other places for supposed violations of the separation of Church and state, to be pretty weak tea. It became even more weak when it was revealed that New Jersey has had a law against the desecration of religious objects on the books for decades, and that a man was charged for violating that law when a muslim destroyed a statue of Our Lady earlier this month.  Apparently, officials there aren’t as scarified of the all-conquering liberal interpretation of the 1st Amendment as some in OKC are.  I still maintain, the often rabidly anti-Catholic attitudes of the dominant OKC evangelical protestant population were ultimately behind the city’s tacit acceptance of, if not open connivance in, these atrocities.  I think the evidence continues to bear that out more and more.

I was going to let all this pass, until I saw the beautiful response of local Catholics last night.  There was a Mass of Reparation for the sins against Our Lady (and Lord) at the local TLM parish, which, of course, also was the Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption. Attendance was huge, greater than 450 for a single Mass by my reckoning, even though the bishops of the United States, judging it an intolerable burden for anyone to ever have to attend Mass two days in a row, had, of course, made this Monday feast not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.

Not only that, but hundreds came early and stayed late for the Rosaries before and after.  These were also offered in reparation to Our Immaculate Mother for the offenses against her by poor, pathetic, lost souls.  It was such a large crowd that yours truly stood for the 2+hours of the evening’s proceedings, but with a very glad heart.

I did not take any photos or videos, though I did record the sermon, a strong study of the history of this Feast and allied Marian beliefs, and Our Lady’s unique role in the economy of salvation.  Unfortunately, some fussy kids were between the speaker and my phone, and so the audio did not come out very well.  I am certain many photos will be published soon, however.

At any rate, it was an inspiring night, to see so many people come out, when they didn’t “have to,” in the sense of it being binding on conscience, to do conduct a mass, pious response to an event (the desecration) that should cause all people of good will, not just Catholics, to shudder.  Of course we know the circle of good will seems ever-decreasing in this day and age, where more and more people hold absurdly reductive views of what it means to be a good, moral person: “Well, I may watch porn, abuse myself, get drunk, cheat on my wife a bit, contracept, steal some from my company, and ignore my children, but I’m basically a good person. I mean, it’s not like I’ve killed anyone.” Yet the line from “tolerance” (really, indifference) of desecration of holy objects in public, to tolerating all manner of sin short of murder, as somehow morally indifferent, is a very short one.  It started 500 years ago in Germany, and has run in a straight line to the world we see around us today.

But you knew that already.  Choir, consider yourself preached to.

How a Miracle from Our Lady Helped St. Maximilian Kolbe Start His Apostolate August 12, 2016

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A nice little story about an intervention from Our Lady that provided critical financial assistance to the struggling Militia Immaculata started by St. Maximilian stmaxfriar-212x300Kolbe in the early 1920s (he actually conceived the idea in 1917, but because of the war and other factors the group did not start in earnest until a few years later).  It’s one of those little events that might seem small at the time but which help yield great dividends later on.  That so specific a need was met so precisely, and in so mysterious a way, seems to strongly indicate Divine intervention to me, as it did to the Saint.  The heritage of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s original apostolate had been carried forth – or reignited – by the Franciscans of the Immaculate, at least until the disastrous intervention of Rome against that formerly rapidly growing order.

kolbeA bit more background: one of the primary ways Kolbe wanted to carry out his evangelizing efforts was through the use of media, specifically, print media, state of the art for the time.  He wanted to produce faithful Catholic publications to counter the lies and false propaganda of many secular publications that frequently attacked the Church.  But money in post-war Poland, so recently liberated from Russian domination, was very hard to come by.  The primary publication, called The Knight of the Immaculata, was produced on a shoestring budget, but after the first issue was published there wasn’t even enough money left to pay off the debt incurred.  Without an infusion of what was then a substantial amount of cash the publication would almost certainly fold.  We’ll take up the story from there, from the book St. Maximilian Kolbe, Apostle of Our Difficult Age:

The situation facing Father Maximilian after the publication of the first issue of The Knight was extremely difficult.  The debts he had contracted were so high that the initiative was in danger of falling at any moment.  Fortunately, a good priest, Father Tobiasiewicz, pastor of St. Nicholas’ Church in Krakow, was inspired to help.  He understood the holiness of the initiative and the financial difficulties of Father Kolbe and gave a generous donation.  Following in his footsteps, other priests gave contributions.  It was thus possible to collect half the amount needed Kolbe (1)to defray the expenses of the first issue.  But what of the other half, which according to the sources was about 500 marks?

Father Maximilian decided to appeal to his Lady.  Kneeling at her altar he invoked her with fervent supplications.

After he had ended his fervent prayer, a true outburst of the heart of a son who sought shelter in the heart of the Mother full of love, he was starting to leave when his eyes saw a non-liturgical object lying on the altar cloth.  He went closer.  It was an envelope. In his love for order and harmony and the decorum of the church, he ascended the steps and to his grateful surprise read – written on it, in very small letters – ‘For You, Immaculate Mother.’ He opened it, and marvel of marvels, he found inside the exact amount of the remaining debt for the printing of the first issue of The Knight of the Immaculata.

He understood everything, and in an outburst of tears knelt in grateful adoration.

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Possibly simply a coincidence, or the pious act of some noble soul, but, then again, possibly not. Saint Maximilian Kolbe certainly understood. Let those with eyes to see, see……..

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for our beloved Holy Mother Church, in this time of desperate need.

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How Our Lady Saved the Philippines from the Dutch Calvinists June 28, 2016

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We’ve all heard of Our Lady of Victory, aka Our Lady of the Rosary, who intervened on the Catholic side in the decisive naval Battle of Lepanto in 1571.  However, I did not know, until I recently read, that this was not the only case where Our Lady decisively delivered Catholics from the military forces of non-believers.  Indeed, a miracle perhaps even greater was worked over and over in Manila Bay, when protestant Dutch threatened to invade and conquer the Spanish Philippines.  The Spanish were hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned, and yet repeatedly defeated the Dutch.  Yes, the battle was not as important, historically, as Lepanto, but a great manifestation of Our Lady’s intercession, nonetheless.

Via Miraculous Images of Our Lady by Joan Carroll Cruz:

Our_Lady_of_La_Naval_de_Manila…[T]he image of Our Lady of the Rosary was commissioned in 1593 by the Spanish governor of the Philippines, Luis Perez Dasmarinas, who wanted the statue to memorialize both his deceased father and his own regime.  The statue was entrusted to the Dominicans in Manila and was enshrined in Santo Domingo church, where it received an outpouring of love and devotion.

Fifty three years later, in March 1646, while Spanish were…………outright enemies of the Dutch, the people were shocked to learn that a fleet of Dutch warships was bearing down on Manila.  Carrying the triple threat of conquest, pillage, and Calvinism, the enemy had chosen a time when Spanish warships were unavailable for defense.

Two commercial galleons, The Rosary and The Incarnation, [The Spanish had the best ship names!] were donated by their owners and were quickly outfitted in preparation for battle.  While sailing into position for the confrontation, the men prayed the Rosary and dedicated themselves to La Naval, “Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.”

The five Dutch ships were well equipped men of war, with cannons, firearms,  and trained seamen; the two Spanish-Filipino cargo ships were poorly fitted with a few guns.  At the end of the day, it seemed unbelievable that the Dutch fled the area while the defenders of the city returned home in glory, praising Our Lady for her protection.

For the next four months, the two cargo ships patrolled the waters.  Then, in IconvirginmaryjfJuly, they discovered they had been trapped in a narrow strait by not five by seven Dutch ships.  Since their position did not afford a proper angle for battle, they prayed and waited.  Fearful that they would be attacked, they vowed that if they were victorious they would pilgrimage barefoot to the Church of Santo Domingo to thank Our Lady of the Rosary.  Through the intercession of La Naval, the two cargo ships were apparently unseen in the fading sunset since the Dutch ships turned toward Manila without firing on them.  The two cargo ships gave chase and closed in.  At sunrise, the next day the Dutch retreated in disgrace.  As soon as the victors arrived home, they gratefully fulfilled their vow.

After the next battle, the people of Manila began to call the cargo ships “the galleons of the miracle.”  After the fourth confrontation and victory, the statuename was confirmed.  Yet a fifth time the Dutch fleet appeared for battle.  Anxious to defend their honor and restore their pride, the Dutch resolved to win at any cost.  The advantage was definitely theirs when they found the two cargo ships anchored with the wind against them.  Unable to move, the two cargo ships fought where they were and defeated the enemy so badly that they limped away, never to return.

Our Lady of the Rosary and the men of her two cargo ships defeated in total 15 well-equipped warships.

This victory at Manila is similar in many respects to the great victory at Lepanto, which was also credited to the intervention of Our Lady and the power of her Holy Rosary.  In both instances, Our Lady miraculously defended and granted victory to the seamen who placed their trust in her.

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A word about the Dutch Navy of the 17th century.  The 17th century marked the peak of Dutch military and economic power.  Their navy was second to none.  They even dealt the wily and powerful Royal Navy of Britain several bitter defeats.  I don’t know about the Dutch East Indies Squadron, which I assume was involved here, they may not have been as good as their home or Atlantic fleet, but these guys were not amateurs.  They had a very highly trained and well-equipped navy with excellent doctrine and tactics.  They were a match for anyone in the world at that time.

So, these were no small victories.  They were all quite miraculous.  We are so blessed to have such a mother to look after us in our times of direst need. Something to keep in mind for today.

And, I believe I may have found a new favorite image of Our Lady, better even than Our Lady of the Expectation, my previous favorite.  There’s nothing more glorious than Baroque-period Spanish Catholic art!

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Some biblical exegesis you might find helpful June 23, 2016

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The commentary in the Haydock Study Bible is sometimes criticized for being a bit too on the nose and obvious, but, at other times, it delves deeply into the sublime.  I found that to be the case in re-reading Acts of the Apostles Chapter 3, especially some of the commentary from verses 1, 6 and 21.

In the below, first the relevant verse (or verse plus a few preceding, for context) and then the commentary:

1 Now Peter and John went up to the temple at the ninth hour of prayer.

In Catholic countries, the toll of a bell at morning, noon, and evening, announces the time for the recital of the Angelus Domini, a short prayer, in honour of the incarnation. At these moments, all, however employed, whether at labour in the field, or at home, all cease from their employment, till they have recited the prayer. The repetition of this, and similar practices, cannot be too strongly recommended to Catholics of the present day. They are of singular advantage in recalling the soul, which is too easily dissipated and distracted, to God, her first beginning, and her last end. [oh that this tolling had not been forgotten in the awful changes that have overtaken the Church in the past century!  What a glorious and pious custom this was, and should still be!  I understand that in parts of Germany Angelus bells still toll, at least at certain times of year, though I’ve never seen/heard such.]

2 And a certain man who was lame from his mother’s womb, was carried; whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple, which is called the Beautiful, that he might beg alms of them that went into the temple.

3 *He, when he had seen Peter and John about to go into the temple, begged to receive an alms………

…..6 But Peter said; Silver and gold I have none: but what I have, I give thee: in the name of Jesus Christ, of Nazareth, rise up, and walk.

……Not without reason is this Name in the Canticles compared to oil, in its three-fold properties, of affording light, food, and medicine. When preached, it enlightens; thought on, it feeds us; and called on, it assuages our grief. Whence has such a sudden light of faith spread over the world, but in preaching the Name of Jesus? How did this light shine, and attract the eyes of all, when proceeding like lightning from the mouth of Peter, it strengthened the weakness of the lame man’s feet, and enlightened the minds of many spiritually blind? Did he not then scatter fire, when he exclaimed, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, arise and walk? This name is food too. Are you not refreshed, as often as you recall it to your mind? What is as powerful in consoling the mind? What so soon repairs our wearied senses, and gives new vigour to our strength; encourages virtues, cherishes chaste affections? All food is dry to me, if not seasoned with this oil; insipid, unless sprinkled with this salt. If you write, I relish it not, unless I read the name of Jesus. If your read, or speak, I take no pleasure in it, unless I hear the name of Jesus. Jesus is honey in the mouth, music to the ear, but ecstasy to the heart. This is also my medicine. Are you sad? let Jesus enter your heart, and thence ascend upon your tongue. And behold, at the rising of this star, every cloud will retire, and serenity return. Do you fall into a crime, or run on the brink of despair: call on this name of life, and you shall be restored to life, &c. [Most of the above taken from St. Bernard’s Sermon xv Cant. prope’ medium]

20 That when the times of refreshment shall come from the presence of the Lord, and he shall send him who hath been preached unto you, Jesus Christ,

21 Whom heaven indeed must receive, until the times of the restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of his holy prophets from the beginning of the world.

Whom heaven indeed must receive, as also in the Protestant translation not contain: nor can any argument be drawn from hence, that Christ’s body cannot be truly at the same time in the holy Sacrament, especially after a different manner. The true sense of these words is, that heaven is the place of Christ’s abode, till the day of judgment, and that it was in vain for them to think that he would come to take possession of any temporal kingdom. (Witham) — The restitution of all things. Jesus remains in heaven, till his second coming to judge the living and the dead. That is the great day, when every thing shall be finally settled, and restored to its proper order. He shall avenge the injuries done to God; restore peace to the afflicted just men of the earth, and justice to their persecutors. He shall exalt his Church, and himself receive the homage of adoration, from every tribe of men. (Calmet) — See 2 Peter iii. 13. which text, together with what we read in this place, joins inseparably the last coming of Jesus Christ, with the universal re-establishment promised in both these passages, and completely excludes the Millennium, which some erroneously expect to take place between the accomplishment of the first and second of these events. See Bossuet’s reflexions on the 20th chapter of the Apocalypse, where the errors of many Protestant writers, especially of Dodwell, are refuted. To shew that the error of the Millennium cannot be assigned as a general cause which impelled the primitive Christians to martyrdom, it will suffice to produce this decisive passage of St. Justin, who after Papias, was the first supporter of that system: speaking to Tryphon concerning this temporal kingdom, which Christ was to enjoy here below, in the re-established Jerusalem with the saints risen from the dead, for a thousand years, he says: “I have already confessed that many others, with myself, were of this opinion; … but there are many others, and persons of sound faith, and exemplary conduct, who reject this opinion.” (In dialog. cum Tryph. n. 84.) — Clement of Alexandria, St. Cyprian, and Origen, lay down principles diametrically opposite to this system. It has also been expressly combated by Caius, and St. Denis of Alexandria, one of the greatest luminaries of the third century, as we learn from Eusebius, and St. Jerome. [So, the idea of a peaceful 1000 year long reign of Christ on earth after goofy things like “the rapture” and general tribulation by during the final days (Parousia) have been judged by the Church to be false, even though the idea did carry some currency among some early Christians.  Yet again, protestants have merely dusted off an ancient heresy and called it new, as they have in so many other places.]

So, that’s it, a nice exhortation to the Angelus, some spirituality via St. Bernard, and refutation of a key protestant error.  All from one chapter of Acts of the Apostles!  Ahh, Scripture, the gift that keeps on giving.

Fr. Michael Rodriguez Video on Praying the Rosary June 9, 2016

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As in, how to derive maximum benefit from praying the Rosary with concentration, devotion, and proper intentions.  Father’s video was primarily intended for children, and while I gladly acknowledge my rather amazing immaturity, I found much of benefit in it, and I think you might find the video helpful, too.  That’s much more a commentary on Father’s catechesis, than anything about you.  Said Tantumblogo, covering his bets.

I really like how Father begins every sermon, every effort at catechesis, not just with a prayer, but with an original he composes on his own.  Saying a Hail Mary before a sermon is awesome, but having a unique, heartfelt prayer strikes me as even more meaningful.

On an unrelated note, does anyone know if Fr. Brian McDonnell, FSSP, speaks Spanish?  The local FSSP parish is losing its only fluent Spanish-speaking priest in Fr. Terrence Gordon (I’ll miss him….sniff), and I am wondering how the many parishioners most comfortable speaking delicate matters in Spanish will be cared for if his replacement cannot communicate adequately with them?

I’ll just repeat for the record, I know in a fast-growing order with more demand for services than resources provide, some moves will have to be made, from time to time. But this is our 5th priest change in as many years! It takes time for priests to get to know parishioners, and to serve adequately in critical roles like spiritual director.  It can be shocking for a soul to lose their director (one reason why mine is not in the Fraternity).  And a priest is supposed to be a father, both to the community and individual souls.  That closeness that should exist, that knowledge of families as they grow and change over the years, is completely lost in all this shuffling around. Fr. Wolfe gave a really good sermon on this subject years ago……before he, too, was moved.

The post-conciliar trend, apparently prevalent even in some of the Ecclesia Dei communities, of reassigning priests every few years is, I think, misguided and destructive.  I know nothing of Fr. McDonnell, he might be a fantastic priest and a really wonderful man (he probably is), but, then, will he be gone in 2 1/2  years, too?  Continuity is important.

A looong time ago, when I was a very young engineer working for a really crappy company in Idaho, an old engineer sighed when I told him I was leaving, and said: “We always lose the good ones.”  I don’t know if I’ve ever been one of the “good ones,” but I do know just how he feels.