Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus

On this day, in the year we got married, we enthroned our house to the Sacred Heart, and as a way of remembering this, decided to post this:

Sharing this because St Therese has helped me so much and in so many different ways. I’ve learnt and grown in this life because of her. Her little way to perfection is so very easy to understand. Only a silly person like me needs so much help on this journey towards perfection. 

St Therese’s beautiful offering each day in her native French 🤗🤗🤗 It’s beautiful because she most certainly said it in French... just like how singing Je vous salue Marie is so beautiful also because countless saints from the eldest daughter of the church said it in French of course and Mother Mary said the Rosary with St Bernadette in Lourdes ... in French too! 

Mon Dieu, je vous offre toutes les actions que je vais faire aujourd'hui, dans les intentions et pour la gloire du Coeur Sacré de Jésus ; je veux sanctifier les battements de mon coeur, mes pensées et mes oeuvres les plus simples en les unissant à ses mérites infinis, et réparer mes fautes en les jetant dans la fournaise de son amour miséricordieux.

O mon Dieu ! je vous demande pour moi et pour ceux qui me sont chers la grâce d'accomplir parfaitement votre sainte volonté, d'accepter pour votre amour les joies et les peines de cette vie passagère afin que nous soyons un jour réunis dans les Cieux pendant toute l'éternité.
Ainsi soit-il.
Prière de Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus - Offrande de la journée

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce,
Le Seigneur est avec vous,
Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
Et Jésus le fruit de vos entrailles est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs,
Maintenant et à l’heure de notre mort.


Wash day at Le Carmel. Therese is the second from the left. Her sister, Celine is next to her on the right.
St Therese with her real blood sisters! and the older Mother Prioress

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Signadou Boarding House in Wanganui!

Dear readers, 

The Signadou Boarding House in Wanganui [Signadou Snippet - the Newsletter] for girls is now accepting enrolments for the boarding school for next year. 

If you know anyone of suitable age 11-15 who might be interested in coming to the girls’ school in Wanganui (St Dominic's College) please let Mother Mary Madeleine O.P. know via this contact page. Here is a 2015 Prospectus of the school. 

Please find the Signadou Brochure for 2018 at this link :)

God bless you always. 

From their website:

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Nine unusual saints whose inspiring lives have significance for modern men and women

I've only managed the first saint and I want to drink the whole book in. ... (what a way to put it) - I was looking at a pile of books, somewhere, and the caption had me intrigued. One of the nine saints in this book included "Blessed Claude de la Columbière (confessor of St Margaret Mary Alacoque!)", someone whose prayers [Act of Confidence and The True Friend Prayer] I love a lot and whom I have been wanting to find out more of (Deo Gratias et Mariae!) and I was surprised also when I turned to the back of this book and what they describe of him, "repeatedly endured despondency and desolation of soul;" - very important saint for our times, even though he lived in the 1600s [1641-1682]!

For our encouragement, a series of quotes that I want to remember, from various sources, as attributed, which I got from this book are here: 

The foolish things of the world hath God chosen that He may confound the wise and the weak things of the world hath God chosen that He may confound the strong and the base things of the world and the things that are contemptible hath God chosen and things that are not that He might bring to nought things that are that no flesh should glory in His sight.

- I Corinthians 1:27-29 

"virtue is made perfect in infirmity" 

- II Corinthians 12:9

If man has a soul, as the greatest philosophers maintain, and if that soul is immortal and divine, then must it needs be that the more it has been steeped in reason, and true love, and the pursuit of truth, and the less it has been stained by vice and passion, so much the more surely it will rise above this earth and ascend into the skies.

- Cicero 

"How long?" he cried, "how long shall this be? It is always to-morrow and to-morrow. Why not this hour an end to all my meanness?"

- St Augustine of Hippo

"Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof." 

- St Paul to the Romans 13:14

"Keep this in mind, my brother; practise it and preach it with meekness that shall never fail. Love the men you fight; kill only their lie. Rest on truth in all humility; defend it but with no cruelty. Pray for those whom you oppose; pray for them while you correct them." 

- St Augustine of Hippo

This, then, is the other side of the life of one of the most successful of the chosen servants of God. There is a greater greatness than the greatness of success; and that is the greatness of failure. For that is the greatness of being, without the encouragement of doing; the greatness of sacrifice, of which others less great may reap the fruits.

- Archbishop Alban Goodier, SJ, on Saint Francis Xavier

I hope to expand this list and please pray that I can finish this book soon, Deo volente!

†Deo Optimo Maximoque!

†Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Padre Pio, the Living Portrait of Christ Crucified

Reposting from the above link:

The July-September 2018 issue of Le Chardonnet (#340) includes an article by Fr. François-Marie Chautard on Padre Pio, the stigmatized priest who died 50 years ago on September 23,1968. 
One of Padre Pio’s missions was to “make the cross of Jesus Christ visible”. Christ took on the human form in order to make the invisible visible. This revelation of God did not end with His Ascension, for upon His return to His Father, Our Lord sent the Spirit of Holiness. Since then, every century has had its share of saints whose perfect lives in imitation of Christ seem to renew His Incarnation. The exterior life of some saints sometimes espouses that of Christ so perfectly that they relive His Passion in their own flesh.
St. Francis of Assisi is the most well-known of them all, and many an artist has illustrated the Poverello receiving the stigmata. Other saints also experienced this extraordinary phenomenon: St. Catherine of Sienna, or Madame Acarie (Blessed Marie de l’Incarnation), whose stigmata were invisible.
But until September 20, 1918, not a single priest, despite their sacramental union with Christ the High Priest, had ever yet been chosen to renew in his own flesh the mystery of the Sacrifice of the Cross.
On September 20, 1918, as he was praying before a crucifix hung before the monks’ choir, rays of light from the crucifix pierced his hands, feet and side like arrows. The young 31-year-old Capuchin did not know it yet, but for the next fifty years, until September 20, 1958, he would bear the visible marks of the Passion of Christ that he relived every day.
One of Padre Pio’s missions had begun: that of making the cross of Jesus Christ visible, of enlightening souls as to the reality of the sacrifice renewed on the altar and reminding priests and faithful of the priest’s vocation as a victim: “Unless the grain of wheat dies, it will not bear fruit.” “Do as you have seen Me do.”
Born on May 25, 1887, into a peasant family, little Francesco Forgione was the fourth of seven children. His parents had a very simple life and lived in a poor home in Pietrelcina. They were solid Christians and hard workers.
The parish church is dedicated to St. Pius I, pope and martyr, and it was in his honor that the young Capuchin chose the name of Fra Pio.
As a young boy, Francesco was already favored with visions and extraordinary phenomena. From his earliest years until the end of his life, Padre Pio was used to receiving visits from angels, Marian apparitions and.... being subjected to diabolical violence. At first, the child thought all other boys his age experienced the same things.
Beware, dear reader, for this is where devotion to Padre Pio could go astray. As the spiritual authors explain, extraordinary phenomena are not sanctity; they sometimes, and even often, go hand in hand; they can occur without sanctity, but they must be carefully distinguished from it. If Padre Pio is a saint, it is not because of his bilocation and other exceptional phenomena, but because of his heroic virtues.
And little Francesco practiced heroic virtue from the very start. Did his mother not find him sleeping on the ground, with his head on a rock? His piety was solid, his obedience absolute, his diligence in his studies and duties more than admirable, and his friendship exemplary.
At the age of fifteen, a strange vision implicitly revealed his future to him: an angel invited him to fight against a giant much stronger than him. Reluctantly, the young teenager fought and won. With this divine commemoration of David and Goliath, Providence announced to Francesco the violence of the battles to come.
A few weeks later, on January 22, 1903, at the age of fifteen, he entered the Capuchin novitiate of Morcone, and took the name Fra Pio da Pietrelcina.
His mother was there, but his father was in the United States, working to pay for his children’s studies. For seven years in all (3 and then 4), this admirable father was separated from his no less admirable wife and his dear children in order to provide for them all.
The young novice’s studies continued until 1909. The young monk proved serious, studious and satisfactory, but not brilliant. Towards the end of his studies, he rapidly ascended the sanctuary steps; after receiving the first minor orders in 1908, he was ordained a deacon the following year in July 1909.
But health troubles came to try the young monk. He had to interrupt his studies and even the convent life and was ordered to go rest at his family’s home in Pietrelcina. This temporary rest would last…seven years. Despite this difficulty, he was ordained a priest in the cathedral of Benevento on August 10, 1910, and celebrated his first Mass in Pietrelcina on August 14.
Separated from the other Capuchins, and a prey to terrible interior trials, he corresponded regularly during this period with Fr. Agostino, his spiritual director, who told him to write down his interior combat and the extraordinary graces he received.
One superior planned to send him away to live as a secular priest, but he was told to return to the convent in 1911. The devil was furious, and he attacked and beat the young mystic so violently that the guardian of the convent, moved by a very Franciscan inspiration, ordered Padre Pio to ask for the grace to be tormented… in silence from then on. This grace was granted that very evening, to the great joy of the Capuchins who were a bit tired of the noise and the villagers who were beginning to be a bit worried.
But Padre Pio’s weak health soon forced him to return to Pietrelcina. The doctors had a hard time finding a diagnosis. One of them even announced he would not last more than a week.
He left Pietrelcina again to go to Foggia, where the air did not suit him at all. On July 28, 1916, he was advised to go to San Giovanni Rotondo to rest for a few weeks. He would remain there until his death…
Half-alive, he was still enlisted, until they took a closer look. There is a photo from this time of the Capuchin friar as a conscript, wearing a uniform and holding a gun; he had never shot a firearm and looks a bit out of place in the picture. It was during this period that he bilocated for the first time. The Italians had just been severely defeated in Caporetto on October 24, 1917, and the commander-in-chief, General Cardonna, decided to commit suicide; as he was raising his gun, a Capuchin entered his office and persuaded him to change his mind. The general did so, then thanked the good priest and showed him out. He immediately asked his subordinates who the priest they had let in was. No one had seen him go in or out. The general only recognized him in a photograph many years later.
Upon returning to his convent after his time in the military, he received the grace of a wound of love on May 30, 1918. On August 5, he received a transverberation, and on the 20th, the stigmata, with intense pain. But do not be mistaken. As he wrote to Fr. Agostino, his spiritual director, “in comparison with what I suffer in my flesh, the spiritual combats I am undergoing are far worse (…); I am living in a perpetual night… Everything troubles me, and I do not know if I am doing good or evil. I can see that these are not scruples, but the doubt I feel about whether I am pleasing God or not crushes me.”
At first, Padre Pio tried to heal his wounds. It was useless. To hide them. In vain. The pilgrimages to San Giovanni Rotondo began.
From 1918 to 1921, the priest’s apostolate grew and the doctors who observed his wounds were convinced of their inexplicable nature. Pope Benedict XV even went so far as to say that “Padre Pio is one of those men God sends to the earth once in a while to convert nations.”
The year 1921 changed the course of events. An ecclesiastical conspiracy of corrupt priests living with women and presided over by a bishop who practiced simony was influential in Rome. The bishop of Manfredonia, the diocese the convent of San Giovanni Rotondo belongs to, even claimed he had seen Padre Pio put on perfume and powder and pour nitric acid on his wounds to deepen the stigmata! And the canons of San Giovanni Rotondo, at least some of them, gossiped about the juicy profits the Capuchins were making off their “stigmatist”. The worst is that they were taken seriously.
Worried by these episcopal claims and canonical revelations, Rome was wary… of the Capuchins. A difficult period followed for Padre Pio, as the apostolate entrusted to him was little by little taken away. There was even talk of transferring him to another convent. This was enough to stir up the locals, who were determined to keep and defend their “santo”. A rebellion was not far off. Thinking he was going to leave this little village perched on the headland of Gargano, Padre Pio wrote this touching letter, whose final words are now engraved in the crypt where he used to be buried.
“I will always remember this generous people in my poor and assiduous prayer, imploring for them peace and prosperity; and as a sign of my affection, being able to do nothing else, I express the desire that as long as my superiors do not object, my bones will be laid to rest in a tranquil corner of this ground.”
A Capuchin superior even considered sneaking Padre Pio out in a large barrel on a cart. Obedient, but neither servile nor stupid, the Father Guardian refused this masquerade.
Punishments continued to rain down upon the poor priest. On March 23, 1931, the Holy Office forbade him all ministry, any public celebration of Mass and any contact with any Capuchins outside of his convent. After remaining stoic when he discovered in the refectory the letter that his brothers had put off revealing to him out of discretion, he burst into tears upon reaching his cell. A good brother who witnessed the scene felt sorry for him, but Padre Pio gave him an answer worthy of that given to the holy women of Jerusalem: he was weeping not for himself but for all the souls that were going to be deprived of graces of conversion.
As a recluse, Padre Pio was able to spend time reading. The History of the Church by Rorhbacher and in a single day, the Divine Comedy – paradoxically suffering from headaches upon reaching Paradise.
In 1933, the sanctions began to be lifted. Padre Pio resumed his ministry, especially in the confessional, where he regularly spent up to 10 hours a day.
The peaceful years passed. In 1940, a sick man if ever there was one, Padre Pio launched the project for what would become the Casa Sollievo della Sofferanza, a large hospital with modern material and eminent doctors. As in all providential undertakings, there was no lack of obstacles, but the hospital was inaugurated in May 1956. It still exists today.
At the same time, Padre Pio created prayer groups throughout the entire world mainly thanks to his spiritual sons and daughters that included Freemasons, swindlers, a famous tenor (Gigli) and women of little virtue.
Pius XII confided prayer intentions to him, but his death in 1957 opened a new and painful chapter in the life of the Capuchin. Some of his high-ranking brothers showed an anything but religious interest for the enormous sums that passed through his hands. They wanted them for themselves. A “brotherly” conspiracy supported by the authorities of the Order was formed; they even went so far as to put microphones in the Padre’s cell and confessional. The affair was discovered – the priest complained to some of his friends – and the brothers guilty of this far from evangelical surveillance were relieved of their functions and sent to other convents.
The end of his life was more peaceful, though still spent in the all-absorbing ministry to souls.
Two events in the last few months of his life are worth mentioning. The New Mass promulgated in 1968 was preceded by normative Masses. Padre Pio asked to be allowed to keep the Mass of all time and this permission was granted to him.
During the same year, 1968, Paul VI’s encyclical on birth control was promulgated. Padre Pio, with only two months left to live and at the summit of his mystical life, sent a letter to the pope thanking him for this encyclical that caused so much controversy.
This second Curé d’Ars felt the end approaching. On the night of September 20 to 21, 1968, fifty years to the day after they appeared, his stigmata disappeared: the skin on his hands became smooth and clean without the mark of a scar. His jubilee of blood was complete.  Eternity was approaching, and on the night of September 22 to 23, Padre Pio went to be with his Maker.

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

August - The Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Green Scapular

Dear readers, if only I have the time to write more, I would! but here, something I read from somewhere else on the web... and how important that we hold dear to our devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary! 

August, the month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

(taken from

The Green Scapular or Scapular of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is, like the Miraculous Medal, a gift of our Blessed Mother to the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. 

On November 27, 1839, Justine Bisqueyburu, destined by Providence to make known this devotion, entered the Novitiate of the Daughters of Charity, 140 Rue du Bac, Paris. On January 28,1840, during her first retreat, the young sister was favored with a celestial vision. Our Lady appeared to her clothed in a long white robe over which hung a bright blue mantle. In her hands she held her Heart, from the top of which issued brilliant rays. The same apparition was repeated four or five times during her novitiate. This favor seemed to have no other end than to increase in the Sister herself tender devotion to Mary Immaculate. 

Clothed with the habit, on September 8, 1840, feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Sister Bisqueyburu was favored during prayer with an apparition of the Mother of God, who held in her right hand her Heart surrounded by flames, and in her left a sort of scapular, consisting of a single piece of green cloth suspended from a cord of the same color. On one side was a picture of the Blessed Virgin as she had shown herself in the apparitions; on the other, a Heart all inflamed with rays more brilliant than the sun, and clearer than crystal. This heart pierced with a sword was surrounded by an oval inscription, surmounted by a cross. The inscription read: "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death." At the same time an interior voice revealed to the Sister the meaning of this vision. She understood that this new Scapular, through the medium of the Sisters of Charity, would contribute to the conversion of those who have no faith, and above all, procure for them a happy death, and that it should be distributed with confidence. As the scapular was distributed, wonderful conversions and some bodily cures were produced. 

The Scapular is not the badge of a confraternity but simply a double image attached to a single piece of cloth and suspended from a cord. The Blessed Virgin declared to her faithful servant that no special formula of blessing was necessary. It suffices that it be blessed by a priest and worn by the one for whom it is intended. It may be placed in the clothing, on the bed, or simply in the room. The only prayer to be recited is the inscription surrounding the heart on the reverse of the Scapular: "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death." This should be repeated daily, if not by the one wearing it, by the one giving it. The Scapular may be distributed everywhere. Although wonderful graces are attached to it, they are proportionate to the confidence with which it is given. The Green Scapular was twice approved by Pope Pius IX, in 1863, and again in 1870 when he said: "Write to these good Sisters that I authorize them to make and distribute it." 

Rev. Leo Steinbach

When I first came in contact with this devotion, I read an explanation which seemed to give the impression that it was intended only for lax Christians. I thought it might be useless for me since I had very little contact with Christians, be they good, bad or indifferent. My contacts were mostly with Buddhists and Shintoists whom I was trying to christianize. However I put a few scapulars in my pocket and decided to try one out. That very day I went to a nearby hospital where I discovered a non-Christian woman patient who had been unconscious for 10 days previously. The doctor explained to me that she would very probably die within three days without regaining consciousness. He and a nurse escorted me to the room. I addressed the sick woman but she gave no indication whatsoever that she understood a word I was saying. Thereupon I took a green scapular from my pocket, applied it to her forehead and repeated the invocation, "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death." 

And what happened? The woman immediately regained consciousness, joined her hands and very devoutly asked God to forgive her sins. I was amazed. The doctor and the nurse both non-Christians were also flabbergasted. I immediately instructed and baptized the dying patient that same day much to her joy. She remained perfectly conscious for three days more during which time she very devoutly received Holy Viaticum. She breathed her last while praying to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

News of this double miracle spread rapidly. People kept asking me for green scapulars and since I only had a couple dozen which I had received from an army chaplain and since I had no means of replenishing my supply, I started to lend my remaining scapulars with a proviso that they be returned after three days. I did this in order to help as many people as possible. Meanwhile a Catholic newspaper reporter helped me procure the necessary materials and we began making them. During the past 25 years we have made and distributed many tens of thousands to people living all over Japan. We have also sent quite a number to the United States, Brazil, Paraguay, Korea and Indonesia. A Catholic magazine here in Japan published an explanation of the green scapular about a year ago and we have been receiving requests daily ever since. On one single day we received 140 letters and we try to fulfill each request promptly. We never charge for them nor do we ask for postage. However we have never been in debt. Grateful people send us donations which cover the cost of materials and postage. 

It is edifying to read the letters of gratitude. Many people report spiritual blessings and there have been miraculous cures too of almost every type of human ailment including blindness, deafness, cancer, tuberculosis, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis etc. Luke-warm Catholics and non-Catholics seem to receive more favors than good practicing Catholics. 

An 80-year-old non-Christian lady said she would like to visit the church in her vicinity but she was unable to walk because of arthritis. Every winter both her ankles and wrists were swollen and very painful. She was given a green scapular which she applied daily but since she could not remember the prayer she merely asked the Mother of Christ for help. Within a few days she was completely cured. After a brief instruction and Baptism, she attended mass daily and always received Holy Communion. She kept up this habit for two years until she was called to her reward. During this interval she converted her aged friend who lived just across the street from her home and she had the happiness of being her godmother. Her good husband, a staunch Shintoist, also treasured his green scapular but no one could induce him to become a Christian. However, just three days before he died, he had a change of heart. He died very happily after receiving the sacraments. 

The owner of a fleet of 60 taxis in Kyoto asked his pastor to bless his vehicles on New Year's Day, whereupon he presented each of his drivers a new green scapular. He encouraged them, although they are non-Christians, to recite the prayer at least once a day. During the year there were just a few bent fenders but there were no accidents that caused a personal injury. The Blessed Mother is never invoked in vain. Her prayers are powerful. Japanese "kamikaze" drivers moving at a high speed in all kinds of weather, day and night, are very grateful to their Protectress. 

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Monday, July 02, 2018

The Most Precious Blood of Jesus

From the Divine Office  
Matins for July 1 - The Most Precious Blood
A homily of St. Augustine, Bishop
Treatise 120 on John

The Evangelist uses a carefully chosen word. He does not say that the soldier “struck” Christ’s side or “wounded” it or anything else of the kind, but that he “opened” it. This wording gives us a picture of the door of life opening to let the sacraments of the Church flow out, those sacraments without which no one can enter into life which is true life. The outpoured Blood was poured out for the remission of sins. The water is an ingredient of the cup of salvation : it serves both for washing and for drinking. All this was foreshadowed when Noe was commanded to make a door in the side of the ark. This door was to admit the living creatures who were not to perish in the flood: they prefigured the Church. To foreshadow the same mystery, the first woman was made from the side of the man as he slept, and she was called Life and Mother of the Living. Thus a great good was prefigured before the great evil of sin. Here the second Adam, bowing His head, slept on the cross, that a wife might be formed for Him out of the water and Blood that flowed from His side as He slept. O death, by which the dead return to life! What is more cleansing than this Blood? What is more health-giving than this wound?


All hail, wounds of Christ, pledges of a measureless love; from you flow endlessly the red streams of His blood.
You surpass the stars in brilliance, roses and balsam in fragrance, jewels from India in worth and honeycombs in sweetness.
Through you there lies open for our souls entrance to a welcome refuge, and no angry foe can ever pursue us there with his menaces.
How many the stripes Jesus received, all naked in Pilate’s hall; how many the drops of blood that His torn skin lets fall all round Him.
And now a crown of thorns pierces His noble brow, and nails with blunted points bore their way through His hands and feet.

And after He had breathed His last, all love and sacrifice to the end, His side is pierced by a soldier’s lance, and there gushed forth the two fold stream of water and blood.
To pay our ransom in full, Jesus is crushed completely in the wine-press and, forgetful only of Himself, is drained of His blood to the very last drop.
All that are corrupted by sin’s deadly infection, come to these healing streams; for if a man bathe himself at this atoning spring, purity of soul will be his.
Thanks are due to Him who sits at the Father’s right hand, for He has redeemed us by His blood and strengthens us by the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pray for vocations!

Mitte, Domine, operarios in messem tuam!


Friday, June 08, 2018

This is so beautiful

I am very sorry for my ingratitude to Thy infinite goodness. I now resolve, with the help of Thy grace, never to offend Thee again. And, sinful as I am, I consecrate to Thee my entire self, my whole will, my affections, my desires, and all that I have. 
From now on, do with me and mine as Thou pleasest.

I ask for and desire only Thy love, final perseverance, and the grace always to do Thy holy will.

My Jesus, I love Thee with my whole heart.

Snipped from: Daily Sacred Heart Devotional Email - June 2018
Taken from the book:  "Holy Hour of Reparation"


Sunday, June 03, 2018

Sharing: A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Updated)

A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Updated Version) from Jesus of Nazareth Video Channel on Vimeo.

This is good! 

From the person who made the video: 

Video Credit - The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson
Please purchase 'The Passion of the Christ' here:
UPDATED VERSION: On August 6th, 2014 I published an updated version of the “Meditation” video. The primary difference relates to the Offertory of the Mass. A few of the scenes were in the wrong order. This is now fixed without affecting the flow of the original video. In addition to this, I have also made a few other adjustments in this version:
- New video overlays with improved color matching to highlight the earth tones in the video
- Improved sound effects
- Smoother transitions in various sections
I hope everyone likes the improved version. May God bless you for watching! Please subscribe and select the Like button.
"A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" represents a difficult journey over the course of one week.
Some days back, a viewer on YouTube forwarded a kind request, asking me to produce a film showcasing the beauty and richness of the Latin Mass. I started the project, but never imagined where it would lead.
I worked on the video each day after work from 7pm - 3am for five consecutive nights. It was a draining experience. But I am satisfied with the end result.
"A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" is not meant to be a mere inspirational drama, but a heartfelt prayer, a Catholic meditation. 
It should be viewed as such: Focused. Silent. Penitent.
My sincere hope is that you will grow in your love for God, and your Faith will be strengthened.
After previewing the movie for my family, they expressed concern about some of the symbolism, particularly the scene of the Kiss of Judas and the priest kissing the altar. Please know that I based everything on ancient Catholic teaching. For example:
"When the priest kisses the altar, he is kissing Christ, *faithfully,* in contradiction to the kiss of betrayal by Judas." In a sense, the priest is making atonement for the betrayal of Judas.
"The priest reading the Introit represents Christ being falsely accused by Annas and blasphemed."
"The priest going to the middle of the altar and saying the Kyrie Eleison represents Christ being brought to Caiphas and these three times denied by Peter."
"The priest saying the 'Dominus vobiscum' represents Christ looking at Peter and converting him."
"The priest saying the 'Orate Fratres' represents Christ being shown by Pilate to the people with the words 'Ecce Homo.'"
"The priest praying in a low voice represents Christ being mocked and spit upon."
"The priest blessing the bread and wine represents Christ being nailed to the cross."
"The priest elevating the host represents Christ being raised on the cross."
"The priest goes to the Epistle side and prays signifying how Jesus was led before Pilate and falsely accused."
"The priest goes to the Gospel-side, where he reads the Gospel, signifying how Christ was sent from Pilate to Herod, and was mocked and derided by the latter."
"The priest goes from the Gospel side again to the middle of the altar - this signifies how Jesus was sent back from Herod to Pilate."
"The priest uncovers the chalice, recalling how Christ was stripped for the scourging."
"The priest offers bread and wine, signifying how Jesus was bound to the pillar and scourged."
"The priest washes his hands, signifying how Pilate declared Jesus innocent by washing his hands."
"The priest covers the chalice after the Offertory recalling how Jesus was crowned with thorns."
"The priest breaking and separating the host represents Christ giving up His spirit."
Taken from "The Catholic Church Alone: The One True Church of Christ" by the Catholic Education Company, New York, page 551. The book has been out of print for many decades; used copies sell for about $200.00 or more, but can be read freely on Google Books.
FINAL THOUGHTS by Fulton J. Sheen
Too many of us end our lives, but few of us see them finished. A sinful life may end, but a sinful life is never a finished life.
Our Lord finished His work, but we have not finished ours. He pointed the way we must follow. He laid down the Cross at the finish, but we must take it up. He finished Redemption in His physical Body, but we have not finished it in His Mystical Body.
He has finished the Sacrifice of Calvary;
we must finish the Mass.
Audio Credit (in order)
Mary Goes to Jesus -- The Passion Soundtrack
Kyrie Eleison -- Monks of Fontgombault Introit -- Monks of Fontgombault
Miserere -- Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) O Magnum Mysterium -- Morten Lauridsen (1943-present)
Crucifixion -- The Passion Soundtrack
Mary Goes to Jesus -- The Passion Soundtrack
Text Credit
Introductory text -- Padre Pio
Spoken Bible Verses -- Max McLean
Closing text -- Fulton J. Sheen, Calvary and the Mass
Spanish translation --

Saturday, June 02, 2018

To reveal the Heart of Jesus to us, you have only to reveal your own (Cardinal Pie).

Cor Jesu sacratissimum, miserere nobis. (ter)

The process to heal and soothe a very tired soul is also a very tiring and trying process, but the fruit of this whole process is sweet and it is made so much easier because we know that we have an infinitely loving Heart who is always with us, whose LOVE is so great, one can subsist inside of this great love and be so content and so fully reassured

To reveal the Heart of Jesus to us, you have only to reveal your own 
(Cardinal Pie).

Taken from the website above.

One day, St. Catherine of Sienna asked Our Lord why He allowed His side to be opened. The Divine Master gave the saint His goal:

“The principal goal I had in mind was to reveal to men the secret of My Heart in order that they might understand that My love is even greater than the exterior signs I give of it; for while there is an end to My sufferings, there is no end to My love.
How shall we study the Heart of Jesus? How shall we obtain this knowledge? Ah! For anyone who knows the mysterious depths of all the evangelical facts, there is a mystery here. It is that we only find Jesus with Mary and through Mary; we only obtain a sure knowledge of the Son through His Mother.
Indeed, who better knew Jesus than Mary, His Mother? Therefore, who better than she can teach us to know Him?
A mother knows not only the exterior features, the face, and the gait of her son; she knows him through and through, she penetrates into the deepest corners of his heart, she guesses his most intimate thoughts, and even his most secret desires. That is how Mary knew Jesus. She studied Him both with a sentiment of motherly tenderness and respectful admiration as her Son and as her God. She kept all His words in her heart and drew her inspiration from the spirit of all His works.
No one knew as well as Mary the interior life of Jesus that Scripture calls the life of the heart, that is to say, the true life. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart! Yes, truly, o Mary, this name belongs to you; for this adorable heart was transparent for you, you read openly in all its thoughts, movements, and sentiments. What am I saying? Your Heart was the mirror in which all the traits of your Son’s Heart were reflected. To reveal the Heart of Jesus to us, you have only to reveal your own (Cardinal Pie).
Meditations sur le Sacré-Coeur de Jésus pour tous les vendredis de l’année par un directeur de grand séminaire, Rome, 1909, p. 5 and 6.
Ps 32: 11, 19: Cogitationes Cordis eius in generatione et generationem: ut eruat a morte animas eorum et alat eos in fame. (Ps 32:1: Exsultate, iusti, in Domino, rectos decet collaudatio.) Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. 

Ps 24: 8-9: Dulcis et rectus Dominus: propter hoc legem dabit delinquentibus in via. Vs. Diriget mansuetos in judicio, docebit mites vias suas. Alleluia, Alleluia. 
Mt 11:29: Tollite jugum meum super vos, et discite a me, quia mitis sum et humilis Corde, et invenietis requiem animabus vestris. Alleluia.

Ps 68:21: Improperium exspectavit Cor meum et miseriam, et sustinui qui simul mecum contristaretur et non fuit; consolantem me quae sivi et non inveni. 

John 19: 34: Unus militum lancea latus eius aperuit, et continuo exivit sanguis et aqua. 

Please don't forget that you are not only saved by the blood of Jesus, but that blood of Jesus is complimented by the tears of Mary. Would you believe that? Mary cried for us at the Cross, will she still abandon us in our problems? No! That is why she is the Mother of Perpetual Help. Jesus and Mary (are) not very far away from us. They are only a prayer away from us. 

- Quoted from the video link above: Excerpt from the Spiritual Conference of Rev. Fr. Carlo Magno Saa, FSSPX [Uniting with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, posted on Facebook by FSSPX-Illigan]

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Resources Collated Post

A post to compile resources (this post will be updated as soon as I find more resources):

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Panis Angelicus Lambillotte

A most beautiful piece by Fr. Louis Lambillotte (1796-1855) a Belgian Jesuit.  

The text for "Panis Angelicus" is from Sacris Solemniis, a hymn written by St Thomas Aquinas (1225--1274) for the Feast of Corpus Christi (now called the Solemnity of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ). 

The strophe of Sacris solemniis that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" (bread of angels) has often been set to music by many composers. 

Panis angelicus, fit panis hominum; dat panis caelicus, figuris terminum; 

Thus Angels' Bread is made, the Bread of man today: the Living Bread from heaven with figures dost away: 

O res mirabilis: manducat Dominum, pauper, servus et humilis. 

O wondrous gift indeed! the poor and lowly may upon their Lord and Master feed. 

Te, trina Deitas, unaque, poscimus: sic nos tu visita, sicut te colimus; 

Thee, therefore, we implore, O Godhead, One in Three, so may Thou visit us as we now worship Thee; 

per tuas semitas duc nos quo tendimus, ad lucem quam inhabitas 

and lead us on Thy way, That we at last may see the light wherein Thou dwellest aye.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Lauda Sion [St Thomas Aquinas]

When Pope Urban IV (1261-1264) first established the Feast of Corpus Christi, he requested St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) to compose hymns for it. This is one of the five beautiful hymns Aquinas composed in honor of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In addition to Lauda Sion, St. Thomas wrote Adoro Te Devote, Pange Lingua, Sacris Sollemnis and Verbum Supernum. Lauda Sion is the Sequence before the Gospel on Corpus Christi. The last two verses comprise the well known Bone pastor, panis vere.

A metrical translation by St. Robert Southwell. 

Southwell — a Jesuit priest who secretly ministered to Catholics in England who still clung to their faith - was eventually caught and, having suffered bravely for three years, became a martyr for Jesus Christ in 1595 A.D. 

Sequence for the Feast of Corpus ChristiTranslation by St. Robert Southwell
Lauda Sion salvatorem
Lauda ducem et pastorem,
In hymnis et canticis
Praise, O Sion! praise thy Saviour, 
Praise thy captain and thy pastor, 
With hymns and solemn harmony. 
Quantum potes, tantum aude:
Qui major omni laude,
Nec laudare, sufficis
What power affords perform indeed;
His worths all praises far exceed,
No praise can reach His dignity.
Laudis thema specialis,
Panis vivus et vitalis
Hodie proponitur.
A special theme of praise is read,
A living and life-giving bread,
Is on this day exhibited; 
Quem in sacrae mensa coenae,
Turbae fratrum duodenae
Datum non ambigitur.
Which in the supper of our Lord,
To twelve disciples at His board
None doubts was delivered.
Sit laus plena, sit sonora,
Sit jucunda, sit decora
Mentis jubilatio.
Let our praise be loud and free,
Full of joy and decent glee,
With minds’ and voices’ melody;
Dies enim solemnis agitur, 
In qua mensae prima recolitur
Hujus institutio. 
For now solemnise we that day,
Which doth with joy to us display
The prince of this mystery. 
In hac mensa novi Regis, 
Novum Pascha novae legis,
Phase vetus terminat.
At this board of our new ruler,
Of new law, new paschal order
The ancient rite abolisheth;
Vetustatem novitas, 
Umbram fugat veritas,
Noctem lux eliminat.
Old decrees be new annulled,
Shadows are in truths fulfilled,
Day former darkness finisheth. 
Quod in coena Christus gessit, 
Faciendum hoc expressit
In sui memoriam.
That at supper Christ performed,
To be done He straitly charged
For His eternal memory.
Docti sacris institutis,
Panem, vinum in salutis
Consecramus hostiam.
Guided by His sacred orders,
Bread and wine upon our altars
To saving host we sanctify.
Dogma datur christianis, 
Quod in carnem transit panis,
Et vinum in sanguinem.
Christians are by faith assured
That to flesh the bread is changed,
The wine to blood most precious.
Quod non capis, quod non vides,
Animosa firmat fides,
Praeter rerum ordinem.
That no wit nor sense conceiveth,
Firm and grounded faith believeth,
In strange effects not curious.
Sub diversis speciebus,
Signis tantum, et non rebus, 
Latent res eximiae. 
Under kinds two in appearance,
Two in show but one in substance,
Lie things beyond comparison;
Caro cibus, sanguis potus:
Manet tamen Christus totus
Sub utraque specie.
Flesh is meat, blood drink most heavenly,
Yet is Christ in each kind wholly,
Most free from all division.
Asumente non concisus, 
Non confractus, non divisus: 
Integer accipitur.
None that consumers doth rend Him,
None that takes Him doth divide Him,
Received He whole persevereth. 
Sumit unus, sumunt mille: 
Quantum isti, tantum ille:
Nec sumptus consumitur.
Be there one or thousands hosted,
One as much as all received 
He by no eating perisheth. 
Sumunt boni, sumunt mali: 
Sorte tamen inaequali,
Vitae vel interitus. 
Both the good and bad receive Him,
But effects are diverse in them,
True life or true destruction. 
Mors est malis, vita bonis: 
Vide paris sumptionis
Quam sit dispar éxitus.
Life to the good, death to the wicked,
Mark how both alike received
With far unlike conclusion. 
Fracto demum sacramento,
Ne vaciles, sed memento
Tantum esse sub fragmento, Quantum toto tegitur.
When the priest the host divideth, 
Know that in each part abideth 
All that the whole host covered.
Nulla rei fit scissura: 
Signi tantum fit fractura, 
Qua nec status, nec statura Signati minuitur.
Form of bread, not Christ is broken,
Not of Christ, but of His token,
Is state or stature altered. 
Ecce panis angelorum
Factus cibus viatorum: 
Vere panis filiorum, Non mittendus canibus. 
Angels’ bread made pilgrims’ feeding
Truly bread for children’s eating,
To dogs not to be offered. 
In figuris praesignatur, 
Cum Isaac immolatur, 
Agnus Paschae deputatur, Datur manna patribus. 
Signed by Isaac on the altar,
By the lamb and paschal supper,
And in the manna figured. 
Bone pastor, panis vere, 
Jesu, nostri miserere: 
Tu nos pasce, nos tuere, Tu nos bona fac videre 
In terra viventium.
Jesu, food and feeder of us,
Here with mercy feed and friend us,
Then grant in heaven felicity! 
Tu qui cuncta scis et vales, 
Qui nos pascis hic mortales: 
Tuos ibi commensales, 
Coheredes et sodales Fac sanctorum civium.
You know all things, can do all things, and feed us here on earth.
Make us Your guests in heaven, co-heirs with You and companions of heaven’s citizens. 

Amen. Alleluia. 

Ultima hominis felicitas est in contemplatione veritatis. - Saint Thomas Aquinas

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