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All clerics should carefully abstain from gluttony and drunkenness


June 22, 2024

Spirituality

“You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery.  But I say to you, that whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

Doctrine

Pope Innocent III (1215): “All clerics should carefully abstain from gluttony and drunkenness… Let no one be urged to drink, since drunkenness obscures the intellect and stirs up lust.” (Fourth Lateran Council, Can. 14.)

Married couples should cultivate and develop the seeds of grace


June 20, 2024

Spirituality

Our Lady of Fatima (+1917): “I want you to come here on the thirteenth of next month, and to continue praying the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary… because only she [Our Lady of the Rosary] can help you.” (July 13)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI (1930): “… [since] men do not reap the full fruit of the Sacraments which they receive after acquiring the use of reason unless they cooperate with grace, the grace of matrimony will remain for the most part an unused talent hidden in the field unless the parties exercise these supernatural powers and cultivate and develop the seeds of grace they have received.” (Casti Connubii #41)

The end of the world will end with fire


June 17, 2024

Spirituality

“… and his disciples came to him, saying: Explain to us the parable of the cockle in the field.  Jesus made answer, and said to them: He that soweth the good seed, is the Son of man.  And the field is the world.  And the good seed are the children of the kingdom.  And the cockle are the children of the wicked one.  And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil.  But the harvest is the end of the world.  And the reapers are the angels.  Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire, so shall it be at the end of the world.  The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity.  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:36-42)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XII (1825): “… the bridegroom himself, Jesus Christ said: Whoever does not hear the Church, let him be to you like a heathen and a publican.” (Charitate Chisti #14)

Let us learn to lead Christian lives


June 15, 2024

Spirituality

“When we hear the voice of God calling us to virtue, we must not delay.  The Devil, says St. Basil (c. 363), does not advise us to turn entirely from God, but only to put off our conversion to a future time.  He steals away our present time, and gives us hope of the future.  But when that comes, he steals away that also in the same manner; and thus by giving us present pleasure, he robs us of our whole life.” (Haydock Bible and Commentary, p. 1264)

Doctrine

St. Ignatius of Antioch (c. 105): “For this cause let us be Christ’s disciples, and let us learn to lead Christian lives.  For whoever is called by any name other than this is not of God… It is monstrous to talk of Jesus Christ and to practice Judaism.” (To the Magnesians)

When St. Francis Xavier Said Mass On The Feast Of St. Michael The Archangel


June 12, 2024

Spirituality

St. Francis Xavier, Jan. 1548: “There is here a race of men, enemies to Christianity, called Javars.  They believe that to kill any man they can get hold of is a sort of immortal life… These Javars make a great slaughter of the Christians.  One of the islands is almost continually, throughout its length and breadth, shaken by earthquakes, and it sends up flames and ashes.  The natives say that the violence of the subterranean fire is so great, that the strata of rocks on which a certain town is built are all on fire… it often happens that large redhot stones, as big as the largest trees, are hurled into the air… They asked me what it all meant.  I told them this place [the subterranean fire] was the abode of Hell, into which all would be cast who worshipped idols.  How severe the earthquakes are, you may judge from this – when I was saying Mass on the feast of the Archangel St. Michael, the earth was so violently shaken that I was in great fear the altar itself would be upset.  Perhaps St. Michael, by his heavenly power, was driving into the depths of Hell all the wicked spirits of the country who were opposing the worship of the true God.”

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1890): “… he scatters… who gathers not with the Church and with Jesus Christ, and all who do not fight jointly with Him and with the Church are in very truth contending against God.” (Sapientiae Christianae #17, Jan. 10)

What Is The "Intention To Do What The Church Does"?


June 9, 2024

Spirituality

“God himself said to St. Theresa: ‘No one is lost without knowing it, and no one is deceived without wanting to be.” (The Glories of Mary, p. 557)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII, Apostolicae Curae, Sept. 13, 1896: “When anyone has rightly and seriously made use of the due form and the matter requisite for effecting or conferring the sacrament he is considered by that very fact to do what the Church does.  On this principle rests the doctrine that a sacrament is truly conferred by the ministry of one who is a heretic or unbaptized, provided the Catholic rite be employed.  On the other hand, if the rite be changed, with the manifest intention of introducing another rite not approved by the Church, and of rejecting what the Church does, and what by the institution of Christ belongs to the nature of the sacrament, then it is clear that not only is the necessary intention wanting to the sacrament, but that the intention is adverse to and destructive of the sacrament.”

Noe's Ark Condemned The World


June 7, 2024

Spirituality

“Woe to them that are of a double heart (Ecclus. 2:14).  ‘Woe,’ says St. Augustine, in his comment on these words, ‘to them who divide their heart, giving it partly to God and partly to the devil.’  For, continues the saint, the anger of God is justly provoked against those who treat him and his sworn enemy with equal attention, and therefore he departs from them, and yields to the devil the undivided possession of their hearts.” (St. Alphonsus)

Doctrine

“By faith Noe having received an answer concerning those things which as yet were not seen, moved with fear, framed the ark for the saving of his family, whereby he condemned the world: and was instituted heir of the justice which is by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)

The right to rule is from God


June 5, 2024

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1710): “This [true devotion to Mary] is an easy, short, perfect and secure way of attaining union with our Lord… It [the way of Mary] is an easy way.  It is the way which Jesus Christ Himself trod in coming to us, and in which there is no obstacle in reaching Him.  It is true that we can attain divine union by other roads; but it is by many more crosses and strange deaths, and with many more difficulties, which we shall find it hard to overcome.  We must pass through obscure nights, through combats, through strange agonies, over craggy mountains, through cruel thorns, and over frightful deserts.  But by the path of Mary we pass more gently and more tranquilly.” (True Devotion to Mary #152)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1881): “… the right to rule is from God, as from a natural and necessary principle.  It is of importance, however, to remark in this place that those who may be placed over the State may in certain cases be chosen by the will and decision of the multitude, without opposition to or impugning Catholic doctrine.  And by this choice, in truth, the ruler is designated, but the rights of ruling are not thereby conferred.” (Diuturnum # 4, June 29)

Christians who blaspheme commit a monstrous crime


June 2, 2024

Spirituality

Pope Leo XII, Charitate Christi (#11), Dec. 25, 1825: “That monstrous crime of blasphemy, for instance — who would ever have believed that it could be heard among Christians?  And yet there is almost no region now where oaths are not taken rashly, and the holy and terrible name of God is used irreverently in every land.  Some even dare to blaspheme Him whom the angels glorify.  With fiery zeal, search out and attack this impiety which so greatly injures God.”

Doctrine

St. Cyprian (252): “An ever-burning Gehenna and the punishment of being devoured by living flames will consume the condemned; nor will there be any way in which the tormented can ever have respite or the torments end… weeping will be useless, and prayer ineffectual.”

The ancient heretics and the more recent Protestants


May 30, 2024

Spirituality

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 9, 444: “Who then would not tremble at this doom of eternal torment?  Who would not dread evils which are never to be ended?”

Doctrine

Pope Pius IX, Nostis et Nobiscum (#17), Dec. 8, 1849: “So it has been a common characteristic both of the ancient heretics and of the more recent Protestants — whose disunity in all their other tenets is so great — to attack the authority of the Apostolic See.  But never at any time were they able by any artifice or exertion to make this See tolerate even a single one of their errors.”

The Lord will come in His glorious Majesty, as He Himself has foretold


May 26, 2024

Spirituality

On another occasion Claver was in the main square inveighing against sexual vice.  A Spanish woman of the streets laughed at him and yelled insults when he began his customary reading of the Gospel.  The saint held up his crucifix and said: ‘Since you wish to go to Hell, here is the Divine Judge to pronounce judgment.’  The woman, terrified, was overcome, and brought her repentance to Claver.  This conversion caused a great stir.” (Fr. Angel Valtierra, Peter Claver – Saint of the Slaves, 1960, p. 211.)

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 9, 444: “For the Lord will come in His glorious Majesty, as He Himself has foretold, and there will be with Him an innumerable host of angel-legions radiant in their splendor. Before the throne of His power will all the nations of the world be gathered; and all the men that in all ages and on all the face of the earth have been born, shall stand in the Judge’s sight. Then shall be separated the just from the unjust, the guiltless from the guilty…”

God has judged that those who reduce human existence to this present life will not receive Heaven


May 24, 2024

Spirituality

St. Maximus the Confessor: “For divine justice has judged that those who reduce human existence to this present life, and who take pride in wealth, bodily health, and various honors, and who believe that these things alone constitute blessedness, reckoning the good things of the soul as having no value, will not be deemed worthy of receiving a share in the divine and eternal good things, to which they gave absolutely no thought, owing to their overwhelming interest in material things…”

Doctrine

Pope St. Innocent I (414): “But that which Your Fraternity asserts the Pelagians preach, that even without the grace of Baptism infants are able to be endowed with the rewards of eternal life, is quite idiotic.”

St. Francis De Sales: We do not say that the Pope cannot err in his private opinions


May 22, 2024

Spirituality

Jacinta: “If they hurt us, we are going to heaven.  But those that hurt us, poor people, are going to hell.” (Oct. 13, 1917, regarding those who might hurt them on their way to the apparition site – Our Lady of Fatima, p. 144)

Doctrine

St. Francis De Sales (1602): “Thus we do not say that the Pope cannot err in his private opinions, as did John XXII; or be altogether a heretic, as perhaps Honorius was.  Now when he (the Pope) is explicitly a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church…” (The Catholic Controversy)

After this life, dainty food and costly garments will vanish like smoke


May 20, 2024

Spirituality

St. Boniface (A.D. 716): “Temporal things pass swiftly away, but the eternal that never fade will soon be upon us.  All the treasures of this world, such as gold, silver, precious stones of every hue, succulent and dainty food and costly garments, melt away like shadows, vanish like smoke, dissolve like foam on the sea.”

Doctrine

St. Ignatius (110): “Do not err, my brethren: the corrupters of families will not inherit the Kingdom of God.  And if they who do these things according to the flesh suffer death, how much more if a man corrupt by evil teaching the faith of God, for the sake of which Jesus Christ was crucified? A man so foul will depart into unquenchable fire; and so also will anyone who listens to him.”

Salvation belongs to the Catholic religion


May 16, 2024

Spirituality

Isaiah 66:2 – “All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord.  But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”

Doctrine

St. Augustine (428): “The salvation that belongs to this religion was never wanting to anyone who was worthy of it; and anyone to whom it was wanting was not worthy of it.”

Women should keep watch that this idol not enter into their hearts


May 15, 2024

Spirituality

Padre Pio (1913): “A woman who is frivolous as regards dress can never be clothed in the life of Jesus Christ and she loses adornment of soul once this idol enters into her heart.  Let these women adorn themselves, as St. Paul would have it (1 Tim. 2:9), modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel…” (Letter to Padre Agostino, 8/2/1913)

Doctrine

St. Optatus (367): “You cannot deny that you are aware that in the city of Rome the Episcopal chair was given first to Peter; the chair in which Peter sat, the same who was head… of all the Apostles.”

The merit of humility


May 12, 2024

Spirituality

Pope St. Gregory I: “For a man is made similar to the apostate angel when he disdains to be similar to men.  Thus after possessing the merit of humility, Saul at the summit of power was inflated with the swelling of pride.  He was indeed preferred through humility, but was indeed made reprobate through pride, as the Lord bears witness when he says: ‘Was it not when you were little in your own eyes that I set you as head of the tribes of Israel?’  And a little further below: ‘Now in a marvelous manner when he seemed little before himself he was great before the Lord, but indeed when he seemed great before himself he was little before the Lord.’” (quoted by Pope St. Gregory VII, March 15, 1081)

Doctrine

St. Justin Martyr (148): “… every man will receive the eternal punishment or reward which his actions deserve.  Indeed, if all men recognized this, no one would choose evil even for a short time, knowing that he would incur the eternal sentence of fire.”

There were various sects of heretics in St. Ambrose' times


May 10, 2024

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1706): “Make for me, if you will, a new road to go to Jesus, and pave it with all the merits of the blessed, adorn it with all their heroic virtues, illuminate and embellish it with all the lights and beauties of the angels, and let all the angels and saints be there themselves, to escort, defend and sustain those who are ready to walk there; and yet in truth, I say boldly, and I repeat that I say truly, I would prefer to this new, perfect path the immaculate way of Mary.” (True Devotion to Mary #158)

Doctrine

St. Ambrose (382): “There are not enough hours in the day for me to recite even the names of all the various sects of heretics.”

He who departs from the truth has a blinding of the mind and intelligence


May 9, 2024

Spirituality

The Acts of the Second Council of Nicaea, Sess. 6, 787: “For whores take pride in their own disgrace and shameful practices, and are accustomed to deride those who live respectably; for ‘a religious spirit is an abomination to sinners’ [Ecclesiasticus 1:25].”

Doctrine

The Acts of the Second Council of Nicaea, Sess. 6, 787: “Departure from the truth is the blinding of the mind and intelligence.”

The destruction of souls is propagated more widely each day


May 7, 2024

Spirituality

Pope Clement XIV, Cum Summi (#14), Dec. 12, 1769: “… We lament that the destruction of souls is propagated more widely each day.  Accordingly you must work all the harder and exercise diligence and authority to repel this audacity… Be confident that you will accomplish this by simplicity of sound doctrine and by the word of God…”

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine, De Amissione Gratiae Et Statu Peccati, Book 4, Chap. 15: “For that is repugnant to the Catholic faith which is asserted either expressly contrary to the word of God, such as: that God is not one, or is corporal, or not to have created Heaven and Earth, and similar things; or which is contrary to the word of God declared by the Church, such as the Son is not consubstantial with the Father, the Holy Spirit does not proceed from the Father and the Son, Christ does not have two wills, and other things of this kind.”

God is a Monarch, the only highest Prince of all created things


May 6, 2024

Spirituality

St. Polycarp (135): “Everyone who does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is an Antichrist; whoever does not confess the testimony of the cross, is of the devil; and whoever perverts the saying of the Lord for his own desires, and says that there is neither resurrection nor judgment, such a one is the first-born of Satan.”

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine: “God is a Monarch, that is, the one and only highest Prince of all created things; and consequently the one and only true God.” (De Christo, Book I, Chap. III)

St. Athanasius: “no heed was paid to law, but all crimes were being practiced everywhere”


May 3, 2024

Spirituality

St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation (#5), AD 318: “… they have become insatiable in sinning. For there were adulteries everywhere and thefts, and the whole earth was full of murders and plunder. And as to corruption and wrong, no heed was paid to law, but all crimes were being practiced everywhere, both individually and jointly. Cities were at war with cities, and nations were rising up against nations; and the whole earth was rent with civil commotions and battles; each man vying with his fellows in lawless deeds. Nor were even crimes against nature far from them, but, as the Apostle and witness of Christ says: For their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”

Doctrine

In the time of the Emperor Valens (4th century), Basil was virtually the only orthodox Bishop in all the East who succeeded in retaining charge of his see… If it has no other importance for modern man, a knowledge of the history of Arianism should demonstrate at least that the Catholic Church takes no account of popularity and numbers in shaping and maintaining doctrine: else, we should long since have had to abandon Basil and Hilary and Athanasius and Liberius and Ossius and call ourselves after Arius.” (W.A. Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 2, p. 3.)

With God nothing is more precious than truth


May 2, 2024

Spirituality

St. Basil, Letter 224: “They have written, as they have, what is all— or nearly all— for I do not wish to exaggerate— lies, in the endeavor to persuade men rather than God, and to please men rather than God, with Whom nothing is more precious than truth.”

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine: “… in God there is nothing except for essence and relation...” (De Christo, Book II, Chap. 26)

The saints have a love of solitude


April 30, 2024

Spirituality

“Here he [St. Ansgar – 9th century] dwelt with a few companions and, as often as he could get free of preaching and ecclesiastical duties and the disturbances caused by the heathen, he dwelt here alone, but he never allowed his own convenience, or his love of solitude, to interfere with the interests of the flock that had been entrusted to him.”  (Ansgar, The Apostle of the North)

Doctrine

Fourth Council of Constantinople (869-870), Sess. 8, The Roman Legates: “To all the heretics anathema!... To those who knowingly communicate with those who insult and dishonor the venerable images, anathema!  To those who say it was someone other than Christ our God who rescued us from idols, anathema!  To those who dare to say that the Catholic Church ever accepted idols, anathema!

How Many Souls Live In A Constant State Of Damnation


April 27, 2024

Spirituality

St. Vincent De Paul (1636): “I tremble when I think of the number of souls that live in a constant state of damnation!”

Doctrine

St. John Chrysostom (370): “Let us therefore in all respects put our faith in God and contradict Him in nothing, even if what is said seems to be contrary to our reasonings and to what we see.  Let His word be of superior authority to reason and sight.”

True Christians shun the world's depravities


April 24, 2024

Spirituality

Pope St. Gregory VII (1082): “Do not wonder, dearest brothers, if the world hates you, for we ourselves also provoke it against us when we are resolutely opposed to its desire and condemn its works.  For what wonder is it if the princes of this world and the powerful of this age hate us… for shunning their depravities…”

Doctrine

St. Robert Bellarmine on the relations in the Trinity: “Some compare the Father to a fountain, who gives and does not receive; the Son to a river, who receives and gives; the Holy Spirit to a lake, who receives and does not divert the water elsewhere.” (De Christo, Book II, Chap. 27)

Evil people defend those who are like themselves to protect their own wickedness


April 21, 2024

Spirituality

Pope St. Gregory VII, March 15, 1081: “… for it is the way of the reprobate to strive in the protection of their own wickedness to defend those who are like themselves, since they hold it of no account to incur the perdition of falsehood.”

Doctrine

St. Aphraates, Syrian Father of the Church (336): “For from Baptism we receive the Spirit of Christ.  At that same moment in which the priests invoke the Spirit, heaven opens, and He descends and rests upon the waters; and those who are baptized are clothed in Him.  For the Spirit is absent all those who are born of the flesh, until they come to the water of re-birth; and then they receive the Spirit.”

Jesus conceals His truth from the proud


April 18, 2024

Spirituality

St. Vincent Ferrer: “Jesus Christ, who has taught us humility by His own example, conceals His truth from the proud, and reveals it only to the humble.”

Doctrine

St. Cyril of Jerusalem (350): “A great precept and teaching of the Holy Catholic Church, therefore, is belief in the resurrection of the dead – great and most necessary, but contradicted by many… Greeks contradict it, Samaritans disbelieve it, heretics mutilate it.”

The rebel angels were cast into Hell to be tormented


April 16, 2024

Spirituality

“… God spared not the angels that sinned, but delivered them, drawn down with infernal ropes into hell to be tormented, to be reserved unto judgment.” (2 Pet. 2:4)

Doctrine

The Errors of Peter Abelard #10: “That they have not sinned who being ignorant have crucified Christ, and that whatever is done through ignorance must not be considered sin.” - Condemned

After falling ill, St. Jerome resolved to renounce forever all that kept him back from God


April 13, 2024

Spirituality

At Antioch St. Jerome fell seriously ill, and resolved to renounce forever all that kept him back from God.  He was passionately fond of the old Latin Classics and disliked the uncouth style of the Scriptures.  In a dream, which he has described for us in minute detail, Christ appeared to him in the form of a stern judge, who reproached him severely and scourged him unmercifully for caring more to be a good Ciceronian than a good Christian.  When he awoke he vowed to devote his intellect henceforth to the study of the Scriptures.” (Laux, Church History, p. 136)

Doctrine

“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to doctrine which is according to piety: he is proud, knowing nothing…” (1 Tim. 6:3-4)

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