Pope St. Sylvester I, PC - December 31st

Pope St. Sylvester Baptizing Roman Emperor Constantine "Look forgivingly on Thy flock, Eternal Shepherd, and keep it in Thy constant protection, by the intercession of blessed Sylvester, Thy Confessor and Sovereign Pontiff, whom Thou didst constitute Shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Sylvester’s date of birth unknown; d. 31 December, 335. According to the “Liber pontificalis” (ed. Duchesne, I, 170) he was the son of a Roman named Rufinus; the legendary “Vita beati Sylvestri” calls his mother Justa. After the death of Miltiades (Melchiades), Sylvester was made Bishop of Rome and occupied this position twenty-one years. This was the era o

Confessions? St. Patrick's Cathedral converted confessionals into bathrooms

Rear Restrooms at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York, New York Most modern Catholic Churches in the Novus Ordo omitted confessionals long ago; and if it's an older Church, then the confessionals are seldom occupied or only opened for Advent and Lent. The Novus Ordo abandoned the sacrament over the past forty years, rarely discussing mortal sin, the need for penance and reparations, and the requirement to be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion. While traveling to see family in Connecticut for Christmas, I took my wife to New York City for a day to enjoy several spots that I frequented while a Cadet at West Point (O'Neills, The Perfect Pint & Fraunces Tavern), and other sites like t

The Holy Innocents, Mm - December 28th

"O God, the martyred innocents bore witness to You this day not by words but by laying down their lives. Destroy in us the evil of sin, so that our lives may bear witness to our faith in You, which we profess in words. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 The children mentioned in St. Matthew, ii, 16-18: Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and sending killed all the men children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying: A voice in Rama was heard, la

St. John, ApEv - December 27th

"Of Thy goodness, O Lord, shine upon Thy Church, that, enlightened by the teachings of blessed John, Thine Apostle and Evangelist, she may attain to everlasting gifts. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 I. NEW TESTAMENT ACCOUNTS St. John was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of James the Greater. In the Gospels the two brothers are often called after their father “the sons of Zebedee” and received from Christ the honourable title of Boanerges, i.e. “sons of thunder” (Mark, iii, 17). Originally they were fishermen and fished with their father in the Lake of Genesareth. According to the usual and entirely probable explanation they became, however, for a time di

Christmas Wreath: Gift of Eternal Life and the Sacred Blood Shed for It

Christmastide is finally here, and I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! As your decorations were completed on Christmas Eve, either at midnight or 2am if you attended Midnight Mass, did you take the time to consider the meanings behind them? Before decorations became tradition, each decoration had special intentions to align the home to the decorations of the Church in celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord. In particular, weaths have a beautiful meaning and intention. "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end life everlasting. For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus ou

In the Devil's Playground - Another Catholic Church Vandalized in El Paso

St. Thomas Aquinas, El Paso, TX The Devil is running rampant in the borderland area of El Paso, TX. Last week, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church was vandalized with windows smashed, fires set to a Holy Bible and several devotionals, including a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and various satanic symbols displayed on the walls. This attack marks the sixth Catholic Church in two years, including the Diocese of Las Cruces, vandalized by radical leftists in the region. Although the FBI has been investigating the various incidents for alleged connections and as hate crimes, one must wonder why there have been so many similar attacked in a prominently Catholic community like El Paso. In Octobe

St. Eusebius, BpM - December 16th

"O God Who dost gladden us by the annual feast of blessed Eusebius, Thy Martyr and Bishop: mercifully grant that we, who celebrate his heavenly birthday, may also rejoice in his protection. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Bishop of Vercelli, b. in Sardinia c. 283; d. at Vercelli, Piedmont, 1 August, 371. He was made lector in Rome, where he lived some time, probably as a member or head of a religious community (Spreitzenhofer, Die Entwickelung des alten Mönchtums in Italien, Vienna, 1894, 14 sq.), Later he came to Vercelle, the present Vercelli, and in 340 was unanimously elected bishop of that city by the clergy and the people. He received episcopal consecration at th

Belfast Presbyterian Church Reclaimed for TLM - A Recent Victory Against the Irish Troubles, Reforma

For centuries, Northern Ireland has been a battleground between Catholicism, protestantism, and secularism. In a recent victory against the Irish Troubles, Reformation, and Vatican II, a historic Presbyterian Church in Belfast is to re-open next week as a new centre for the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. As Christian denominations struggle to fill pews in recent decades, many opportunities have been presented to Traditional Catholic communities to find new and old places of worship. In some ways, the recent trend is reminiscent of the early Catholic Church taking over pagan temples and the Jesuits and Franciscans reclaiming protestant churches during the Counter-Reformation. In f

A Time For Mass Conversion

Today, it is a very sad fact that most Catholics no longer believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and Mass attendance is at an all time low. Pew Research reported back in August 2019 that only 26% of US Catholics under the age of 40 believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist! Unfortunately, even those that do go to Mass, because of poor catechesis, do not know what the Holy Mass really is and does. Another study poll in 2017 showed that 54% "No longer feel that being a committed Catholic requires going to Mass every week." The Cure de Ars said: "If we truly understood the Mass we would die of joy!" What has happened and how did we lose the understanding and dee

St. Lucy, VM - December 13th

"Hear us, O God, our Savior: and as we rejoice in the feast of blessed Lucy, Thy Virgin and Martyr: so may we learn a filial devotion to Thee. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Lucy a virgin of Syracuse, noble by birth and by her Christian faith, went to the tomb of St. Agatha at Catheria and obtained the cure of her mother, Eutichia who was suffering from a hemorrhage. Soon after, she gained her mother’s permission to distribute to the poor all the possessions which were to have served as her dowry. As a result of this charitable action, she was accused of being a Christian and brought before Paschasius the Prefect. When neither promises nor threats could induce he

Our Lady of Guadalupe - December 12th

"Or Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, make intercession for Holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us form thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity and the precious give of final perseverance. Amen." - The Prayer Book, Catholic Press, 1954 So much can be written, and has been written, on the Apparition of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in 1531 at Tepeyac, (just outside Mexico City). Ten years earlier, in Europe, (1521), Luther began his revolution against the Catholic faith from whi

St. Damasus, PC - December 11th

"Look forgivingly on Thy flock, Eternal Shepherd, and keep it in Thy constant protection, by the intercession of blessed Damasus, Thy Sovereign Pontiff, whom Thou didst constitute Shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Damasus was a Spaniard of great eminence and learned in the Sacred Scriptures. He called the first Council of Constantinople, in which he abolished the evil heresy of Eunomius and Macedonius. He repeated the condemnation, already pronounced by Liberius, of the Council of Rimini. A proclamation of that council, chiefly due, as writeth St. Jerome, to the intrigues of Valens and Ursacius, had condemned the faith of Nicea. Damasus

Commemoration of St. Melchiades, PM - December 10th

"Look forgivingly on Thy flock, Eternal Shepherd, and keep it in Thy constant protection, by the intercession of blessed Melchiades, Thy Martyr and Sovereign Pontiff, whom Thou didst constitute Shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St.MELCHIADES, or MILTIADES, succeeded Eusebius in the see of Rome, being chosen on the 2d of July, 311, in the reign of Maxentius. Constantine vanquished that tyrant on the 28th of October in 312, and soon after issued edicts, by which he allowed Christians the free exercise of their religion, and the liberty of building churches. To pacify the minds of the pagans, who were uneasy at this innovation, when he arrived

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - December 8th

"O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, didst prepare for Thy Son a worthy habitation, we beseech Thee, that as Thou didst preserve her from every stain by the foreseen death of this Thy Son, so Thou wouldst grant that we also being cleansed from guilt by her intercession, may come to Thee. Through the same our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of 8 December, 1854, Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary “in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original

St. Ambrose, BpCD - December 7th

"O God, Who didst give blessed Ambrose to Thy people as a minister of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher on earth, may deserve to have him for our advocate in heaven. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Ambrose was Bishop of Milan from 374 to 397; born probably 340, at Trier, Arles, or Lyons; died 4 April, 397. He was one of the most illustrious Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and fitly chosen, together with St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Athanasius, to uphold the venerable Chair of the Prince of the Apostles in the tribune of St. Peter’s at Rome. The materials for a biography of the Saint are chiefly t

Feast of Saint Nicholas - defend Truth with a more Masculine Catholicism

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Nicholas of Myra, whose resume boasts enough miracles for him to be called the “Wonderworker” by most of Christendom. The Feast is one of the great celebrations, accompanied with St. Andrew, the Immaculate Conception, and St. Thomas, during the Advent season as we approach Christmas. Even before he became the Secular-Commercial, Coca-Cola chugging world-traveler and reindeer master, he was known for his compassion for children and his sacrificial generosity. According to one story, he saved three daughters from a life of prostitution by dropping three balls of gold down their chimney. Some accounts say they landed in shoes; others assert they fell

St. Nicholas, BpC - December 6th

"O God, Who didst adorn the blessed Bishop Nicholas with countless miracles: grant, we beseech Thee, that by his merits and prayers we may be delivered from the flames of hell. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Nicholas was Bishop of Myra in Lycia; died 6 December, 345 or 352. Though he is one of the most popular saints in the Greek as well as the Latin Church, there is scarcely anything historically certain about him except that he was Bishop of Myra in the fourth century. Some of the main points in his legend are as follows: He was born at Parara, a city of Lycia in Asia Minor; in his youth he made a pilgrimage to Egypt and Palestine; shortly after his return he be

Commemoration of St. Sabbas, Ab - December 5th

"May the intercession of blessed Sabbas the Abbot commend us unto Thee, we beseech Thee, O Lord: so that what we cannot acquire by any merits of ours, we may obtain by his patronage. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Sabbas was a hermit, born at Mutalaska near Caesarea in Cappadocia, 439; died in his laura 5 December, 532. He entered a Basilian monastery aat the age of eight, came to Jerusalem in 456, lived five years in a cavern as a disciple of St. Euthymius, and, after spending some time in various monasteries, founded (483) the Laura Mar Sabe (restored in 1840) in the gorges of the Cedron, southeast of Jerusalem. Because some of his monks opposed his rule and de

St. Peter Chrysologus, BpCD - December 4th

"O God, Who dist choose blessed Peter Chrysologus, the illustrious Doctor, and miraculously point him out as one fit to rule and instruct Thy Church: grant, we beseech Thee, that as we have had him for our teacher on earth, so we may deserve to have him for our advocate in heaven. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Peter named ‘Chrysologus’, because of his golden quality of his eloquence, was born of good parents at Imola in Aemelia. Turning to religion from his earliest youth, he put himself under Cornelius of Rome, at that time bishop of Imola, who recognized his worth and ordained him deacon. In spite of his protests, Sixtus III proclaimed him archbishop of Ravenn

St. Francis Xavier, C - December 3rd

"O God, Who by the preaching and miracles of blessed Francis, wast pleased to join to Thy Church the nations of the Indies: mercifully grant, that, we who venerate his glorious merits, may likewise follow the example of his virtues. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Francis Xavier was born in the Castle of Xavier near Sanguesa, in Navarre, 7 April, 1506; died on the Island of Sancian near the coast of China, 2 December, 1552. In 1525, having completed a preliminary course of studies in his own country, Francis Xavier went to Paris, where he entered the collège de Sainte-Barbe. Here he met the Savoyard, Pierre Favre, and a warm personal friendship sprang up between t

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