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Friends in High Places

When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be made wonderful in all them who have believed; because our testimony was believed upon you in that day. (Thess 1:10)

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Giving thanks to God the Father, who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love.  (Col 1:12)

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Pilgrimage to the Roman Catacombs

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From the Jack Palance Collection (yeah that Jack Palance)

Christ himself speaks of his own kingly authority: in his last discourse, speaking of the rewards and punishments that will be the eternal lot of the just and the damned; in his reply to the Roman magistrate, who asked him publicly whether he were a king or not; after his resurrection, when giving to his Apostles the mission of teaching and baptizing all nations, he took the opportunity to call himself king, confirming the title publicly, and solemnly proclaimed that all power was given him in heaven and on earth.These words can only be taken to indicate the greatness of his power, the infinite extent of his kingdom. What wonder, then, that he whom St. John calls the “prince of the kings of the earth” appears in the Apostle’s vision of the future as he who “hath on his garment and on his thigh written ‘King of kings and Lord of lords!’.” It is Christ whom the Father “hath appointed heir of all things”; “for he must reign until at the end of the world he hath put all his enemies under the feet of God and the Father.” (Pius XI: Christ the King)

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Wonderful in our eyes

Jesus saith to them: Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone which the builders rejected……,

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the same is become the head of the corner? By the Lord this has been done; and it is wonderful in our eyes. (Matt 21: 42)

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(Both pictures of from the building of Pricknash Abbey)

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Little Ones

See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. (Matt 18:10)

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In Hoc Signo Vinces

Hey Constantine!

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How many True Religions are there?

Thank you Constantine for your simple straight-forward answer! How did you know that?

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Battle of the Milvian Bridge

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Veiling of Women

Mind you, I am not very picky about women wearing veils at Mass (but I think they should)…., but some were/are : The pagan women of Arabia will be your judges. For they cover not only the head, but the face also. . . . But how severe a chastisement will they likewise deserve, who remain uncovered even during the recital of the Psalms and at any mention of the name of God? For even when they are about to spend time in prayer itself, they only place a fringe, tuft [of cloth], or any thread whatever on the crown of their heads. And they think that they are covered! (Tertullian: Veiling of Women). Also, Paradoxically, IMHO, it makes women look even prettier for some strange reason, maybe just an outward sign of womenhood? Kind of like dresses instead of pants.

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel procession (Italian quarter of London)

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Lord of Miracles Procession in Peru

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Romanism! XI: Probably the last Romanism! Post :( (See the rest).

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Death of Benedict XV

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Celebration of Concordat between Vatican & Italy

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Archbishop Aloysius Wycislo

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Archbishop of Westminster HG Williams

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Monsignor Ferroni at Vat II

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2 shown above are of the Funeral of Cardinal Muench (1962)

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Tu Es Sacerdos

But Melchisedech the king of Salem, bringing forth bread and wine, for he was the priest of the most high God. (Gen 14:18)

The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. (109:4)

Prayer for Priests by the late John J Cardinal Carberry:

Keep them; I pray Thee, dearest Lord.
Keep them, for they are Thine
The priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart.
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure –
Shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them and  remember, Lord,
they have no one but Thee.
Yet, they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord, to bless. (Found Here)

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Norbertines

For the Norbertine (check out their blog) who left a link to a picture of members of his Order and Pius XII. He left this one:

This is the one I have of Pius XII with some Norbertines:

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Beware of Theologians….

(Pics are from 2 “pardons” in Brittany: One to St. Anne, and the other to Our Lady of Naufrages).

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Pius XII

Pius XII:

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Unity

Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity. (Psalm 132)

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Europe is the Faith?

(I just found out about this church last week of so):  The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, also known as Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro, is a Roman Catholic church in Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Often ranked as the largest Christian church in the world, the basilica was constructed between 1985 and 1989 at a cost of $300 million, and was intentionally modeled after the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican City. The cornerstone was laid on August 10, 1985, and it was consecrated on September 10, 1990, by Pope John Paul II. (Wiki Post)

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He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. (John 5:20)

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The Bishop

The Bishop: During the first three centuries, the entire religious life of the diocese centered around the person of the bishop. The priests and deacons were his auxiliaries but they worked under the immediate direction of the bishop. In large cities, however, like Rome, it was soon found necessary to hand over permanently to the priests and deacons certain definite functions. Moreover, as a result of the spread of Christianity outside the great centres of population, the bishop gradually left to other ecclesiastics the administration of a fixed portion of the diocesan territory. In the East, at first bishoprics were created in all districts where there was a considerable number of Christians. (New Advent Article)

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Armenian Service Church of the Holy Sepulcre

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Greek Service Church of the Holy Sepulcre

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If your Pastor won’t….

If your local Pastor won’t offer the Traditional Latin Mass,……Pray for him. Papa Benedict is aware of these things, and might take some more action:

“The Pope himself would have been very displeased due to some “resistance” displayed even in Italian dioceses, and it is probable that interpretative norms for the correct application of the document [the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum] in the sense willed by Benedict XVI may be issued soon.” (Rorate Caeli article)

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The City that Never Sleeps!

Hello All, there will be a TLM offered on Sunday Nov 4 2007 at 3:15 PM at Sacred Heart on Staten Island. Fr Miara will be celebrant at this High Mass. If you are in the NYC area, please come by and show some support. Maybe if enough people show up, they will get the message that this could be every week. We had one last year offered at this parish which was packed, and the folks were very ethusiastic, but no word since. The Good Folks at the Latin Liturgy Assocation have been trying to get it up and running.

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Also in Manhattan: There will be a Solemn traditional Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel on Oct. 20th at 1pm. That day will be the Annual Symposium of Una Voce and The Roman Forum. It will start at 10:30am and it will go up to 4pm. In between that, at 1pm, we will have the Mass.

Fr. Talarico (ICK) will be the Celebrant; Fr. Pendergraft (FSSP) will be the Deacon and Fr. Kenneth Baker will be the Subdeacon.

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Also in Manhattan: Dr. John “Chuck” Chalberg has delighted audiences across the United States with his impersonations of American and British characters. The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny is pleased to host Dr. Chalberg portraying G. K. Chesterton in a one-man show.

Sunday, November 4 at 4:30 pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 230 E. 90th Street, Manhatten.

The show will be followed by a Traditional Latin Missa Cantata in the church at 6:00 pm.

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Quid Quo Pro?

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Christ unrolling the Scrolls by James Tissot

A senior American cardinal has asked Jews to reconsider descriptions of Jesus as a “bastard” in exchange for a softening of traditional Catholic prayers calling for Jews to be converted to Christianity…
But this should mean that Jews, in turn, consider amending their own religious texts, he said.

“It does work both ways. Maybe this is an opening to say, ‘Would you care to look at some of the Talmudic literature’s description of Jesus as a bastard, and so on, and maybe make a few changes in some of that?’”  (Article)

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3 Views

As God saw him:

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As Faithful Catholics saw him:

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As the “World” saw him:

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(Painting Source)

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Catholic Girls in Church in Bolivia

If there is one thing that stands out in the extensive writings of Christopher Columbus it is the divinity of Christ. Phrases like “our Lord Jesus Christ,” and Christ “the Lord,” recur in a way that leaves no doubt who Jesus Christ was in the faith of Christopher Columbus. He speaks of “Christ, who is the Son of God by nature.” He quotes from St. Paul of “Christ Jesus before the beginning of time” (2 Timothy 1:9-10). He sees himself as contributing to the extension of Christ’s kingdom when, “All the kings of the earth will bow down before Him, and all peoples will serve Him” (Psalm 72:11).

It is no wonder then, that Columbus wants to share his faith with others. He believed that there is nothing more important than to proclaim faith in Christ to all the nations. Jesus Christ, Columbus declared, is the One “Whom we recognize as the true God Who was to be worshiped, not only among the people of Israel, but among all peoples, in such a way that all their false gods must be cast from their temples and from the hearts of their worshippers” (Father Hardon: Christopher Columbus)

Pictures of his tomb in Seville Cathedral:

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Evidently there was a tomb of his in the Dominican Republic as well :

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Ecce sacerdos magnus, qui in diebus suis placuit Deo. Ideo jurejurando fecit illum Dominus crescere in plebem suam. Benedictionem omnium gentium dedit illi, et testamentum suum confirmavit super caput ejus. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto, Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

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Praying for the Deceased Pope

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 A while back I posted on receiving Communion in the hand, and some were scandalized over what they thought was my uncharitable subjective “opinion”. If you were one of those, read on….. 

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In some places the desire to return to the practice by which the Eucharistic bread is placed in the hand of the faithful who communicates himself by putting it in his mouth. In some communities and localities this rite has even been performed without obtaining the prior approval of the Apostolic See and occasionally without appropriate preparation for the people…..In the following period, after the true meaning of the Eucharistic mystery, its effect, and the presence of Christ in it had been profoundly investigated, from a pressing sense of reverence toward this holy Sacrament and of the humility which its reception demands, the custom was introduced by which the minister himself would place the piece of consecrated bread on the tongue of the communicants…

In view of the state of the Church as a whole today, this manner (on the tongue) of distributing Holy Communion must be observed , not only because it rests upon a tradition of many centuries but especially because it is a sign of the reverence of the faithful toward the Eucharist….

This manner of communicating, which is now to be considered as prescribed by custom, gives more effective assurance that Holy Communion will be distributed with the appropriate reverence, decorum, and dignity; that any danger of profaning the Eucharistic species, in which “the whole and entire Christ, God and man, is substantially contained and permanently present in a unique way,” will be avoided; and finally that the diligent care which the Church has always commended for the very fragments of the consecrated bread will be maintained: “If you have allowed anything to be lost, consider this a lessening of your own members.” (Pope Paul VI: Memoriale Domini)

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Break out the Millstone

But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. (Matt 18:6)

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The Spirit of Trent

Spirit of the Council of Trent: Been bottled up for a while.

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Cardinal Spellman

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Cardinal Spellman (Displaying some typical NYC “quasi-irreverence” if true): Take this anecdote attributed to him with grain of salt: “Spellman held his tongue in Rome, where it would be unwise to be indiscreet about the new pope (Pope John XXIII). But when he returned home, the Cardinal announced his disdain. ‘He’s no Pope,’ Spellman scoffed to his aides. ‘He should be selling bananas.’” (Source) .

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Francis Cardinal Spellman, of New York; Edward Cardinal Mooney; And James Francis Cardinal McIntyre

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Major William R. Arnold, the former chief of Chaplains of the Army, is shown here being consecrated Titular Bishop of Phocaea at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, under the direction of Cardinal-Elect Spellman.

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