“May your hearts be illuminated by the love and light of my Son.”
Becoming man, Our Lord shows us how to be divine, through His grace, with self-knowledge, self-mastery, and self-gift.
“The essence of life is to live with Jesus. And where Jesus Christ is, there is his reign to be found.” St. Ambrose
An old (perhaps centuries-old) etching, w/hand painting, depicting St. Thecla Virgin & Martyr — the 1st century saint who converted after hearing St. Paul preach.
The inscription reads: “Behold, I have given you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and all over the might of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you.” Luke 10:19
We recommend St. Thecla’s intercession for a anyone tormented by same-sex attraction, concupiscence and confusion regarding identity.
“Oh, human misery! When, daughters, will we imitate this great God?” St. Teresa of Avila
Artwork: Francois Gerard (1770-1837)
“The godless (including Francis & cohorts) say to themselves, ‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our breaches of the law and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing…” Wisdom 2: 12.17-20
“We understand the suffering Christ if we understand His suffering. In what way? By words? By persuasion? No. then how? In our lives. By the surrendering of our souls.” Tihamer Toth, The Great Redeemer, 1940
In a special way on this birthday of the Blessed Mother we offer thanksgiving for her ongoing presence in our lives, her gifts and protections, especially her help to be pure and transformed — joined with her Son.
Theodore Cardinal Mccarrick represented the Catholic Church in September 2015 at the annual UN Prayer Service, held at Holy Family Church in NYC. He was joined by Vatican Observer to the UN, Bishop Auza. Mccarrick’s presence at the event (at which he spoke) was supposedly in violation of sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict XVI, for predatory behavior.
Mccarrick’s disobedience (on various levels) was countenanced and perhaps even authorized by the rebellious ‘Pope’ Francis, who has made disobedience the leitmotif of his papacy. It’s difficult for the Church to be ordering the world to Christ when her princes are so disordered.
Yesterday’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC saw the removal of several lines from the Second Reading — Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 5:21-32
Those lines called on husbands and wives to: “Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Let wives be subject to their husbands as to the Lord; because a husband is head of the wife, just as Christ is head of the Church, being himself savior of the body. But just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also let wives be to their husbands in all things.” Ephesians 5: 21-24
Properly understood — not as slavish subjection as to a tyrant, but that of a loved one to her lover, who is according to right order head of the family, as Christ is head of the Church.
The removal of said lines (from all the missals), hints at the widespread betrayal and unfaithfulness in family life and the Church today — that is indeed being institutionalized.
“The love of Christ compels us to live not for ourselves but for him who died and rose for us.” 2 Co 5: 14-15
On this feast of Mary Magdalene, a woman rescued by our Lord from evil, we reflect on the Lord’s call to “be perfect”– the perfection of love.