Archive for April, 2007

The Last Crusade (for now)

Blessed be the Lord my God, who teacheth my hands to fight, and my fingers to war. (Psalm 143)

Always extremely dear to Us has been the noble Spanish Nation for its exemplary benevolence toward the Catholic Faith and Christian civilization, for its traditional and ardent devotion to this Holy Apostolic See, for its great institutions and apostolic works, being the fecund mother of Saints, missionaries and founders of illustrious religious Orders, the pride and support of the House of God.

It is precisely because the glory of Spain is so intimately connected with the Catholic Religion that We feel doubly afflicted in witnessing the deplorable endeavors that for some time have been continually repeated to deprive this beloved nation, with her traditional faith, of her most beautiful titles of civil grandeur. We did not fail- as Our paternal heart dictated-to point out often to the present Government of Spain how false was the way they followed, and to remind them how it is not by wounding the soul of a people in their most profound and dearest sentiments that they can reach that harmony of spirits which is indispensable for the prosperity of the nation. (Pius XI at the beginning of the trouble in Spain)

Spanish Civil War : (Requetes) (site in Spanish)

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The Real World

I would like to say Hello to the folks in my parish of St. Agnes in NYC, some of whom came up to me after Mass this Sunday, and complimented me on this lil’ old blog. Thank you. If you ever come to NYC on vacation, Sunday at 11:00 AM there is a lively Traditional Latin Mass. Talk about “active participation”! At the back and forth between Priest and people at the Preface the place shakes. Dignum et Justam Est. A very dedicated TLM community exists there, the same large group of people in their regular pew positions week after week. Also take a look at a great blog run by a young man who serves at the altar for the TLM: (GO)

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Rapacious Wolves

In his opening address at the Fourth General Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELAM), Pope John Paul II said the sects were like “rapacious wolves” devouring Latin American Catholics and “causing division and discord in our communities.” (Source1)  (Source2)

Pray for him. For 27 years of my 30 years on this Earth he was the Vicar of Christ.

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Going for a Walk

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For all you Trads Local to NYC, there will be a Traditional Latin Mass (Missa Cantata) offered on Monday April 30 at 6:15 PM. It is always at St. Agnes Church at 143 E. 43 St between 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave.  It is offered monthly at different times, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by the NY Purgatorial Society.

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Little Flock

Our Divine Redeemer also governs His Mystical Body in a visible and normal way through His Vicar on earth. You know, Venerable Brethren, that after He had ruled the “little flock” Himself during His mortal pilgrimage, Christ our Lord, when about to leave this world and return to the Father, entrusted to the Chief of the Apostles the visible government of the entire community He had founded. Since He was all wise He could not leave the body of the Church He had founded as a human society without a visible head. Nor against this may one argue that the primacy of jurisdiction established in the Church gives such a Mystical Body two heads. For Peter in virtue of his primacy is only Christ’s Vicar; so that there is only one chief Head of this Body, namely Christ, who never ceases Himself to guide the Church invisible, though at the same time He rules it visibly, through him who is His representative on earth. (MYSTICI CORPORIS CHRISTI, Pius XII)

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Although man, when excited by a certain arrogance and contumacy, has often striven to cast aside the reins of authority, he has never yet been able to arrive at the state of obeying no one. In every association and community of men, necessity itself compels that some should hold preeminence, lest society, deprived of a prince or head by which it is ruled should come to dissolution and be prevented from attaining the end for which it was created and instituted. But, if it was not possible that political power should be removed from the midst of states, it is certain that men have used every art to take away its influence and to lessen its majesty, as was especially the case in the sixteenth century, when a fatal novelty of opinions infatuated many. Since that epoch, not only has the multitude striven after a liberty greater than is just, but it has seen fit to fashion the origin and construction of the civil society of men in accordance with its own will. (Diuturnum Leo XII)

15 May 1929 — Papal Legate attends Joan D’Arc Ceremonies.  Paris, France. Cardinal Lepicier, Papal Legate in France, as he appeared at the cermemonies marking the 500th anniversary of the Deliverance of France

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