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Friday, August 31, 2012
Apostacy: Masons Honored in a Catholic Church
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As shockingly reported by the SSPX. How long can this silent apostacy go on? Kyrie eleison!
First reported on August 28 by the Brazilian web-forum, FRATRESINUNUM, a “Day of the Mason” was observed on August 20 at the church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao (Our Lady of Conception) in the Brazilian town of Belo Jardim in the diocese of Pesqueira-Pernambuco.

The event consisted of Mass (per the Novus Ordo Missae) with Masons processing into the church in full Freemasonic regalia of ribbons, collars and aprons, and bearing tools of their “craft”, the compass, hammer and square.

In addition to being granted an official place of honor in the church during Mass, they were also allowed to speak from the altar and present their tools as memorial gifts to the celebrant, Fr. Geraldo Magela de Silva. Even worse though, these Freemasons – were also given Communion.

All of this is a direct violation of the Church’s law concerning Freemasons, as expounded first by Pope Clement XII In Eminenti Apostolatus in 1738 and most famously by Pope Leo XIII in Humanum Genus in 1884, which Cardinal Ratzinger (now the Holy Father) reiterated with Pope John Paul II’s approval in 1983:
Therefore the Church's negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion
The first condemnation against Freemasonry given by Pope Clement XII per In Eminenti (1738) was repeated and even extended by Benedict XIV (1751), Pius VII (1821), Leo XII in Quo Graviora (1826), Pius VIII (1829), Gregory XVI (1832), Pius IX (Qui Pluribus in 1846, 1849, 1864, 1865, 1869, 1873), and of course, Pope Leo XIII in Humanum Genus (1884) and Custodi di Quella Fede (1890). Later, the 1917 Code of Canon Law explicitly declared that Catholics who joined a Masonic organization incurred a penalty of ipso facto excommunication. It is also noteworthy that in a response dated February 17, 1981, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith also reiterated the 1917 Code’s penalty.  

When will more people realize the prophetic character of (St.) Archbishop Lefebvre?
They talk to us of obedience. We wish to and we try to obey more and more every day the Church of all time founded by Jesus Christ, Son of God and Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity but we refuse to obey Masonry with its promotion of liturgical reform resulting in the “naturalization of the Incarnation.” The effects of the liturgical reforms are every day more clear and obvious to all. The ecumenical Mass leads logically to apostasy. One cannot serve two masters. One cannot nourish oneself indifferently with truth and error because error with its evil tendencies will triumph over the more austere and demanding truth...  Source
Recommended Reading - Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons


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Upcoming Surgery - Updated
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Update (8/31): The surgery went well aside from some bleeding that has lasted longer than expected.  The recovery time will be longer than I had originally thought due to the bleeding complications.  I appreciate all of your prayers.  Thank you.

Original (8/8): I typically do not write to ask for prayer requests for myself, but lately I feel that not doing so would be an act of pride.  And today I am asking for your prayers.  In short, I have a surgery on my jaw on August 30th to fix a painful jaw condition that has troubled me for several years.  I simply can not delay the surgery any longer.  I will have to travel nearly 500 miles to have surgery up in Minnesota and the cost for the procedure will come in over $6,000.  Last week I returned from a pre-surgery consultation with the surgeon.

I ask for your prayers at this time and, if possible, your donations to help defray the costs associated with the procedure.  Any donations submitted through the sidebar this month and likely for several months afterwards will go to cover these costs.  Since I have been out of full time work since November, your support (financial and spiritual) is quite important to me at this time.  Thank you and God bless
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Moral Implications in the Life of a Catholic
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Christian, recognize your dignity and, now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return to your former base condition by sinning.  Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member.  Never forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the Kingdom of God.” (St. Leo the Great, quoted in CCC 1691)
If you want to call yourself a Catholic, and indeed, even a Christian, you have to live what you profess.  As we said in the opening page of today’s lesson, faith has two aspects.  The Church refers to these as “fides qua” and “fides quae.” Fides qua is “believing” and fides quae is “that which is believed.”  Especially during your school years, when you’re immersed in an atmosphere of learning, it’s easy to focus so much on the fides quae that we forget about the fides qua.  Part of maturing in our faith is having it affect every part of our life.

Let us look at some of the reasons why our lives need to change by what we learn.  Christ DIED for us, in order to bring us to eternal life with God in heaven.  We have become God’s adopted sons and daughters, and as a result, our lives need to be affected.  God offers us redemption, but we need to show our acceptance by living the virtues of faith, hope and love.  We need to work daily towards the coming of the Kingdom of God.

Just as a reminder, let us spend a moment thinking about the Last Things.  We will die.  When we die, we will be brought face to face with God, and He will show us, in our personal (or particular) judgment, all of the ways in which we have chosen ourselves rather than Him.  He will show us that by His justice, we cannot possibly deserve Heaven.  If we have not deliberately chosen ourselves over Him (unconfessed mortal sin), we will be offered His mercy, which will triumph over His justice. 
At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.” (St. John of the Cross, Dichos 64, quoted in CCC 1022)

If we are deemed worthy of someday entering Heaven, we will be offered Purgatory as a great gift of grace.  Some of us will be brought directly to Heaven – and we have to remember that Heaven is our goal, not Purgatory.  Just think, if you were aiming for Purgatory but missed, there’s no chance for you.  At least if you’re aiming for Heaven and only miss by a bit, the mercy of God will give you Purgatory.

The entire point of our lives is holiness.  Every person, regardless of gender, role in the church, age, nationality, ability, etc., is called to holiness.  We are made in the image of God because He gave us intellect and free will.  He asks us to use those to freely choose Him, and to profess that to the world by our way of life.  Our personal response to His call is enabled through the graces given to us by the Holy Spirit.

The Church is clear that there is one main thing that MUST be in a life if it is to be growing in holiness:  self-examination.  If we honestly examine our lives to see how closely we are following and accepting Jesus’ teachings, we can only grow closer to Him.  We will love Him, worship Him and lead a life of prayer as a result.  Our hearts and minds will turn towards Him (conversion) and we will put Jesus’ moral and spiritual teachings into practice.

To live as an adult in the church, we will live as He wants us to.  We will live chastely, according to our station in life.  We will serve those less fortunate than ourselves.  We will bring His gospel to all those we meet.  We will serve the Church and others by being stewards of all that He has given us.  We will use our talents for the benefit of all.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Summary of Confessions by St. Augustine
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Today the Church celebrates the holy feast of St. Augustine, bishop and Confessor!
At Hippo in Africa, the birthday of St. Augustine, bishop and famous doctor of the Church. Converted and baptized by the blessed bishop Ambrose, he defended the Catholic faith with the greatest zeal against the Manicheans and other heretics, and after having sustained many other labours for the Church of God, he went to his reward in heaven. His relics, owing to the invasion of barbarians, were first brought from his own city into Sardinia, and afterwards taken by Luitprand, king of the Lombards, to Pavia, where they were deposited with due honours.

Source: Pre-1960 Martyrology
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Monday, August 27, 2012
Institute of Christ the King Purchases Limerick Church
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From the Press Release:
With the help of numerous friends from Ireland, the United States and Continental Europe, the Church of the Sacred Heart at the Crescent in Limerick, also known as the Jesuit Church after its first builders and long-term occupants, was recently purchased by a young priestly community called the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The church and adjacent building, sold to a developer some years ago, had stood vacant for six years and was in danger of falling into ruin. Therefore many people from Limerick and other parts of Ireland were happy to help this Institute bring the Church of the Sacred Heart and its residence back to life.

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In Limerick, the Institute of Christ the King, supported by many local residents and a large group of friends in Ireland and abroad, intends to restore the Church of the Sacred Heart to its original purpose as a vibrant spiritual and cultural centre and a beautiful place of worship through a dynamic and open community life as a spiritual family. However, this will require a careful historical restoration before the Church may be opened once again to the greater public.

The Institute of Christ the King celebrates the classical Roman Liturgy, the Latin Mass, in its Extraordinary Form according to the liturgical books promulgated by Blessed Pope John XXIII in 1962. This liturgy, promoted by Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI in various documents, attracts today an ever greater number of people, especially young adults, students and families. The Institute is accustomed to see a lively family of faithful in its churches and wishes to bring the uplifting beauty of sacrality and genuine culture to all.

This beautiful church at the Crescent is still today a special architectural jewel, and many deplored its closing and long-term vacancy.  The Institute of Christ the King, which has a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly desires to reopen this church for the benefit of all, in close collaboration with the local civil and ecclesiastical authorities. In this way, yet another sign of a brighter future will again come alive in Limerick.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
More About Fatima and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Taken from the book "More About Fatima and the Immaculate Heart of Mary" - Rev. Fr. V. Montes De Oca, C.S.Sp.

Chapter IX
THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
The Children's Comments


Lucy relates that on June 13th, 1917, after speaking at length about her Immaculate Heart, Our Lady of Fatima again stretched forth her hands, throwing on the children the rays of that immense light in which they saw themselves as if immersed in God . . . The Blessed Virgin held in her right hand a Heart surrounded by thorns, which pierced it from all sides. The seers understood that it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, afflicted by all the sins of the world, which demanded penance and reparation. "It seems to me," said Lucy, "that on that day, the purpose of the light was to pour into us a special knowledge and love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as on other occasions it infused into us the knowledge and love of God, and the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. From that day, indeed, we experienced a more ardent love for the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

Francis  had observed that this supernatural light, that the Blessed Virgin threw on them and on the world, seemed to come from her Heart. He afterwards asked Lucy: "Why did the Blessed Virgin hold a Heart in her hand throwing on the earth this great light which is God? You were with the Blessed Virgin in the light that went down to the earth, while Jacinta and I were in that which went up to heaven!"

"It is because you and Jacinta will soon go to heaven", said Lucy, "while I shall remain some time longer on earth with the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

"Is it the Blessed Virgin who explained to you the meaning of the two beams of light?"

"No, I saw it in the light that she put into our breasts." "That is right," interposed Jacinta, who followed the conversation, "I saw it also."

Jacinta seems to have received "a special light to understand intimately and in detail the meanings of these heavenly revelations." Before leaving for the hospital in 1919, she said to Lucy: "I am going soon to heaven. You will remain still on earth to make known to men that the Lord wishes to spread in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When you have to speak about it, you will no longer have to hide yourself! Proclaim openly to the whole world that:

"It is through the Immaculate Heart of Mary that God wishes to grant us His graces!"

"It is from this Immaculate Heart that we must ask for them!"

"The Heart of Jesus wishes the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be venerated with His own!"

"It is through the Immaculate Heart of Mary that peace must be asked, because it is to that Heart that the Lord has confided it."

"How I love the Immaculate Heart of Mary! It is the Heart of Our Heavenly Mother!"

"Oh! if only I could put into all hearts the fire I feel in my own, which makes me love the Hearts of Jesus and Mary so much!" Besides, the best commentary on the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary is that left us by the children in the admirable example of their lives. After the revelations, indeed they were true models of devotion and reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They loved this Immaculate Heart ardently, they invoked it constantly, they spoke about it enthusiastically, and they multiplied sacrifices to console it and to make reparation for all the blasphemies and offences that cause it to suffer.


PRACTICES OF DEVOTION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART

We have already spoken of penance and the daily Rosary so much recommended by Our Lady of Fatima. We give now the three principal practices of devotion for which she has asked in honour of her Immaculate Heart; the First Saturday of the month, the Five First Saturdays and the Consecration.
They bear a marked similarity to the practices now so widespread in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

1. The practice of the First Saturdays consists of the following exercises, performed with the intention of consoling the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and making reparation to it for all the outrages and blasphemies of which it is the object on the part of ungrateful Christians: 1, the Rosary; 2, Communion of Reparation.

2. For the practice of the Five First Saturdays. In addition to the two exercises already mentioned, the following two are added on the first Saturday of five consecutive months: 3.  go to confession; 4. keep the company of the Immaculate Heart of Mary by meditating for a quarter of an hour on the mysteries of the Rosary. These two must be offered in reparation to the Immaculate Heart. .The meditation may be on one or several mysteries.

3. Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As is known, Our Lady asked that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart and Lucia, the surviving seer has explained that She wants the Pope and all the bishops of the world to do this on one special day. If this is done She will convert
Russia and there will be peace. . .



AN ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, and tender Mother of men, in accordance with thy ardent wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate to thee myself, my brethren, my country, and the whole human race.

Reign over us and teach us how to make the Heart of Jesus reign and triumph in us, and around us, as It has reigned and triumphed in thee. Reign over us, dearest Mother, that we may be thine in prosperity and in adversity, in joy and in sorrow, in health and in sickness, in life and in death.

O most compassionate Heart of Mary, Queen of Virgins, watch over our minds and hearts and preserve them from the deluge of impurity which thou didst lament so sorrowfully at Fatima. We want to be pure like thee. We want to atone for the many crimes committed against Jesus and thee. We want to call down upon our country and the whole world the peace of God in justice and charity.

Therefore, we now promise to imitate thy virtues by the practice of a Christian life without regard to human respect.

We resolve to receive Holy Communion on the First Saturday of every month (or often if not possible every First Saturday) and to offer thee five decades of the Rosary each day, together with our sacrifices, in the spirit of reparation and penance. Amen.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
Book Review: Running with God Across America
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I was recently given the opportunity to review Running with God Across America by Jeff Grabosky.  Before I share my thoughts, here is an excerpt:
What makes a person undertake a solo and unsupported 3,700 mile run across the United States? For Jeff Grabosky, it begins four years prior to his crossing with a series of tragic events. Jeff prays his way through his darkest days, and the prayers are answered – in a remarkable way. Jeff responds to the call on his heart to run across America to encourage people to pray. Jeff prays for thousands of prayer intentions sent to him from all over the world as he averages well over a marathon per day. The story of the transcontinental journey takes you through a wide variety of challenges on the road, in his mind, and in his heart. 
I initial chose to review this book because of the connection of exercise in my life.  Those who know me, know that I have been working to improve my health and fitness this year.  As part of that goal, I have been running nearly a 5K every day, in addition to other physical activities.  So, I chose this book because of my connection with running.

But what I found in this book was far more than the text of one man's amazing and awe-inspiring 3,700 mile across the United States.  I saw one man's dedication to prayer that surpasses that of most people.  Indeed, innocence of heart is a goal for all of us and Mr. Grabosky shows his dedication to a  mission of prayer more so than to simply running the equivalent of a marathon everyday for over 5 months.  The book does more than simply describe the physical dangers and perils of his journey - it shows the driving force behind his pilgrimage.

How many people would be willing (or physically able) to run the distance he ran without God's good grace?  And indeed, we know that no one can do anything aside from the grace of God (cf. John 15:5).  In the same respects, we read in 1 Corinthians 9:24, "Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may obtain."  And so if so many run and practice with such dedication for an earthly prize (e.g. the Olympics), than why can we not all run with the same rigor and innocence of Mr. Grabosky to further spread the Gospel, bring about conversions, make reparation for sins, and bring out the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ?

I do recommend this book as an inspiring story of motivation and endurance.  It numbers 235 pages and it is not a challenging read.  I read the book over the course of two weeks while on my stationary bicycle, adding an extra challenge to help me better relate to his physical demands as I was reading the text.

Copies are available on Amazon.com.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Archbishop Fulton Sheen on the Assumption of our Lady
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"Mary becomes the first human person to realize the historical destiny of the faithful as members of Christ's mystical Body, beyond time, beyond death, and beyond judgement. Mary always seems to be the Advent of what is in store for man. She anticipates Christ for nine months, as she bears Heaven with her; She anticipates His passion at Cana and His Church at Pentecost. Now in the last great Doctrine of the Assumption, she anticipates heavenly glory, and the definition comes at a time when men think of it least." Archbishop Fulton Sheen (World's First Love, 1952)

A Blessed Feast of the Assumption to all of you.  Today is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics.  Also keep in mind that prior to 1955, the Assumption was a Double of the I Class with a Common Octave.  Let us celebrate the Assumption of our Lady for the next week up through August 22nd -  the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
SSPX Franciscan Vows and Habit-Taking Ceremonies
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This year's vows and habit-taking ceremonies were preceded by a retreat given by Fr. Nicholas Pfluger, the SSPX's First Assistant to the Superior General. This occasion of August 2nd marks several wonderful milestones in the life of these consecrated religious:
  • One sister made her permanent vows (the second now for the community),
  • 2 postulants received the habit of novices,
  • one sister made her first vow,
  • two others renewed their vows.
Deo Gratias!  Photos and descriptions of this most special occasion are available on the website of the Society of St. Pius X.
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RefTagger: Now Available for Catholic Bloggers
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I'm pleased to announce that RefTagger is now available for Catholics. I've taken advantage of their inclusion of the Douay Rheims Scriptures to install the RefTagger code on A Catholic Life.

RefTagger is a free tool for bloggers that replicates Logos’ rollover and reference features. Want to see what I mean? With RefTagger enabled, when you hover your cursor over the passage, a box appears revealing the beginning of the excerpt. Click “more” to open the reading on Biblia.com. All I had to do was type that reference into my blog post!  See here for an example: Matthew 20:20–28

RefTagger works well with Blogger, WordPress, Movable Type, Drupal, Joomla!, and other sites, and incorporating it into your blog is an unbelievably simple process (even for the least tech-savvy among us). Simply select your “online Bible version” (I recommend “DouayRheims”) and any other settings you want in our online form, then copy and paste the JavaScript that’s automatically provided. Not sure where to paste the JavaScript? RefTagger can help with that, too.

Once RefTagger is installed on your site, you’re covered. It pro- and retroactively links every Bible reference on your blog. Worry free and labor free. Don’t bother typing out Bible verses anymore—with RefTagger, a reference is more than enough.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Looking for an Online Catholic Education Program?
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And a program with a Traditional Catholic focus?  Then look here:
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Sermons in Honor of St. John Vianney
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According to the 1962 Roman Catholic Calendar, today (August 8) is the Third Class Feast of St. John Mary Vianney.  As a side note, in the 1954 Calendar (still in use by some Traditional Catholics), the Feastday of the saint, with a rank of Double, is not until tomorrow (August 9).  And to complicate matters, in the Novus Ordo 1969 Calendar, St. John Vianney's feastday falls on August 4th, which is traditionally the Feast of St. Dominic.

From “Saints to Remember from January to December,” by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

This glorious parish priest was born in eastern France, three years before the French Revolution broke out. He was a simple farmer’s boy. He received his first Holy Communion secretly in a barn when he was thirteen years of age. He later began studies or the priesthood. Because of the simple innocence of his mind, he found it very hard to pass the seminary examinations. His great devotions were to the Blessed Sacrament and to Our Blessed Lady. After months of prayer to Our Blessed Lady, he finally obtained the favor of being ordained a priest in 1815. He got encouragement to pursue his vocation to the priesthood at the tomb of Saint John Francis Regis. He was first made an assistant pastor at Ecully, and later a pastor at the little village of Ars. He stayed there for forty-one years, until he died. He is always referred to as the Cur’e of Ars. So great was his sanctity that people from all over Europe came to see him. He used to spend from sixteen to eighteen hours in the confessional every day. Heads of the State, army officers, university professors, bishops and priest, all went to him for direction. Toward the end of his life, nearly 20,000 pilgrims visited him every year. Pope Pius XI proclaimed him the patron of all parish priests. He was one of the most loved priests in the history of the Catholic Church. Everyone remembers him either as siting in the confessional or kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament or before an image of Our Blessed Mother, always with the rosary beads in his hand.
In honor of the Feastday of this patron saint of priests and champion of Christ, please send some time reading some of his many sermons.  They are recorded below:
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Monday, August 6, 2012
Purpose of the Transfiguration of Christ
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Transfiguration by Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo, 16th century 

Each year on August 6th the Church recalls and celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we recall Christ's divinity showing forth on Mount Tabor. This event foreshadowed the glorious Resurrection and Ascension of Christ that would occur after His death on the Cross.

The Transfiguration wasn’t in and of itself the greatest part of this mystery, but what is even greater is that Christ humbled Himself and hid His immense glory while on earth.

As Our Blessed Lord ascends Mount Tabor and is transfigured before His closest disciples, there appears to Him both Moses and Elijah -- symbolizes the Law and the Prophet, surrounding the Son of Man. The radiance of Jesus in the presence of Moses refers to Moses' radiance in the presence of the Lord.  St. James the Greater, along with Peter and John, was one of the few that witnessed Our Lord's Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor, the raising of the daughter of Jairus, and Our Lord’s suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane before His passion.

As the beginning of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s section on the Transfiguration states: “Three important scenes of Our Lord’s life took place on mountains.  On one, He preached the Beatitudes, the practice of which would bring a Cross from the world; on the second, He showed the glory that lay beyond the Cross; and on the third, He offered Himself in death as a prelude to His glory and that of all who would believe in His name” (Life of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen, p. 158, © 1970)

The following commentary is excerpted from the Navarre Bible Commentary:
2-10. We contemplate in awe this manifestation of the glory of the Son of God to three of His disciples. Ever since the Incarnation, the divinity of our Lord has usually been hidden behind His humanity. But Christ wishes to show, to these favorite disciples, who will later be pillars of the Church, the splendor of His divine glory, in order to encourage them to follow the difficult way that lies ahead, fixing their gaze on the happy goal which is awaiting them at the end. This is why, as St. Thomas comments (cf. "Summa Theologia", III, q. 45, a. 1), it was appropriate for Him to give them an insight into His glory. The fact that the Transfiguration comes immediately after the first announcement of His passion, and His prophetic words about how His followers would also have to carry His cross, shows us that "through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22).

What happened at the Transfiguration? To understand this miraculous event in Christ's life, we must remember that in order to redeem us by His passion and death our Lord freely renounced divine glory and became man, assuming flesh which was capable of suffering and which was not glorious, becoming like us in every way except sin (cf. Hebrew 4:15). In the Transfiguration, Jesus Christ willed that the glory which was His as God and which His soul had from the moment of the Incarnation, should miraculously become present in His body. "We should learn from Jesus' attitude in these trials. During His life on earth He did not even want the glory that belong to Him. Though He had the right to be treated as God, He took the form of a servant, a slave (cf. Philippians 2:6)" (St. J. Escriva, "Christ Is Passing By", 62). Bearing in mind WHO became man (the divinity of the person and the glory of His soul), it was appropriate for His body to be glorious; given the PURPOSE of His Incarnation, it was not appropriate, usually, for His glory to be evident. Christ shows His glory in the Transfiguration in order to move us to desire the divine glory which will be given us so that, having this hope, we too can understand "that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us" (Romans 8:18).
To continue reading, please see my prior post on the Transfiguration and consider the online course through CatechismClass.com on the Life of Christ, using Fulton Sheen's text as one of its many resources.
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Novena for the Assumption Starts Today
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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Fr. Jean-Pierre Herman: 25th Ordination Anniversary
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The above photo is in honor of Fr. Jean-Pierre Herman, who celebrated the 10am Solemn High Mass at Saint Francis de Sales Oratory in Saint Louis on the occasion of his 25th Anniversary to the Priesthood. The choir performed the Vierne Mass, Messe Solonnelle, on this joyous occasion. 

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock, we pray that in the great love and mercy of your Sacred Heart you attend to all the needs of your priest-shepherds throughout the world. We ask that you draw back to your Heart all those priests who have seriously strayed from your path, that you rekindle the desire for holiness in the hearts of those priests who have become lukewarm, and that you continue to give your fervent priests the desire for the highest holiness. United with your Heart and Mary’s Heart, we ask that you take this petition to your heavenly Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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