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It is not lawful for the State to hold in equal favor different kinds of religion


December 19, 2021

Spirituality

Psalm 53:2- “God looks down from Heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God.”

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1885): “It is not lawful for the State, any more than for the individual, either to disregard all religious duties or to hold in equal favor different kinds of religion… This then is the teaching of the Catholic Church concerning the Constitution of the State.” (Immortale Dei # 34-36)

It is impossible for God to approve all sects who profess false teachings


December 18, 2021

Spirituality

“And David said: The Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine [Goliath]. And Saul said to David: Go, and the Lord be with thee.” (1 Kings 17:37)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XII (1824): “It is impossible for the most true God, who is Truth itself, the best, the wisest Provider, and the Rewarder of good men, to approve all sects who profess false teachings which are often inconsistent with one another and contradictory, and to confer eternal rewards on their membersby divine faith we hold one Lord, one faith, one baptismThis is why we profess that there is no salvation outside the Church.” (Ubi Primum # 14)

Justice and reason forbid the State to be godless


December 16, 2021

Spirituality

“By the middle of the afternoon [the three Fatima children] were ravenously hungry, and went looking about the moor [the land] for something to eat.  Francisco tried some of the acorns of an azinheira which were now green enough to be edible, and found them palatable.  Jacinta decided that if they were so good it would be no sacrifice to eat them.  Instead, she picked up some acorns of a different sort under a large oak and began to munch them.  Yes, they were bitter, she admitted.  But she would offer the bad taste for the conversion of sinners.” (Our Lady of Fatima, p. 58.)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1888): “Justice therefore forbids, and reason itself forbids, the State to be godless; or to adopt a line of action which would end in godlessness – namely, to treat the various religions (as they call them) alike, and to bestow upon them promiscuously equal rights and privileges.  Since, then, the profession of one religion is necessary in the State, that religion must be professed which alone is true…” (Libertas # 21)

All the damned have been lost through not praying


December 15, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1760): “All the damned have been lost through not praying.  If they had prayed, they would not have been lost.  And this is, and will be, their greatest torment in hell, to think how easily they might have been saved, only by asking God for his grace; but that now it is too late– the time of prayer is over.”

Doctrine

Syllabus of Errors, # 77: “In this age of ours it is no longer expedient that the Catholic religion should be the only religion of the state, to the exclusion of all other cults whatsoever.” – Condemned by Pope Pius IX, Dec. 8, 1864

All that is left of the great ones of this world is a little dust enclosed in a tomb


December 14, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1760): “… the princes and monarchs of the earth… nothing remains of them but a marble tomb… which now serves to teach us that all that is left of the great ones of this world is a little dust enclosed in a tomb.  St. Bernard asks: ‘Tell me, where are the lovers of this world?’ and he replies, ‘Nothing remains of them but ashes and worms.’”

Doctrine

Pope Pius IX (1862): “… whoever eats of the Lamb and is not a member of the Church, has profaned.” (Amantissimus # 3)

Which sacraments imprint a sign on the soul?


December 13, 2021

Spirituality

“Blessed are they who wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb: that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates of the city. Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and unchaste, and murderers, and every one that loves and makes a lie.” (Apoc. 22:14-15)

Doctrine

Pope Paul III (1547): “If anyone shall say that in the three sacraments, namely, baptism, confirmation, and orders, there is not imprinted on the soul a sign, that is, a certain spiritual and indelible mark, on account of which they cannot be repeated: let him be anathema.” (Council of Trent, Can. 9 on the Sacraments)

"Whole continents yet unknown and millions of souls to save" - Saint Among Savages


December 12, 2021

Spirituality

“[As a Jesuit Novice, 1625] the thoughts of [St.] Isaac Jogues visioned a future in which he might spend himself utterly in the service of God.  He conceived the ambition of faring out into the far lands of the pagans and infidels as missionary.  His imagination carried him off to the apostolate of India, where St. Francis Xavier had converted thousands; to China and Japan, where the Jesuits were combating the bonzes; to the Americas, where were whole continents yet unknown and millions of souls to save.” (Francis Talbot, Saint Among Savages)

Doctrine

Pope Pius IV (1565): “Also all other things taught, defined, and declared by the sacred canons and ecumenical Councils, and especially the sacred and holy Synod of Trent, I without hesitation accept and profess.” (Profession of Faith at The Council of Trent)

Pope St. Pius V On The One Holy Catholic And Apostolic Church


December 11, 2021

Spirituality

Pope St. Pius V, Regnans in Excelsis, Feb. 25, 1570: “He who reigns on high, to whom is given all power in heaven and earth, has committed one holy Catholic and apostolic Church, outside of which there is no salvation, to one alone upon earth, namely to Peter, the first of the apostles, and to Peter’s successor, the pope of Rome, to be by him governed in fullness of power.”

Doctrine

Pope St. Pius V, Regnans in Excelsis, Feb. 25, 1570: “… the number of the ungodly has so much grown in power that there is no place left in the world which they have not tried to corrupt with their most wicked doctrines.”

Worldly goods can never satisfy the cravings of the human soul


December 10, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1760): “Worldly goods can never satisfy the cravings of the human soul... man can never enjoy happiness except in possession of the divinity. The experience of ages proves this truth; for if the goods of this life could content the heart of man, kings and princes, who abound in riches, honors, and carnal pleasures, should spend their days in pure unalloyed bliss and felicity. But history and experience attest that they are the most unhappy and discontented of men…”

Doctrine

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Sess. 6: “But although Christ died for all, yet not all receive the benefit of His death, but those only to whom the merit of His Passion is communicated.”

God regards the humble with an affectionate eye


December 9, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1760): “God, says St. Augustine, sits on high; you humble yourself, and He descends to you; you exalt yourself, and he flies from you… He regards the humble with an affectionate eye, but the proud he beholds only at a distance.”

Doctrine

St. Alphonsus Liguori (1787): “If ever a pope, as a private person, should fall into heresy, he would at once fall from the pontificate.”

For everyone that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds


December 8, 2021

Spirituality

“And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened.  For everyone that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds…” (Luke 11:9-10)

Doctrine

Pope St. Leo IX, April 13, 1053: “I believe that the one true Church is holy, Catholic and apostolic, in which is given one baptism and the true remission of all sins.  I also believe in a true resurrection of this body, which I now bear, and in eternal life.” (Congratulamur Vehementer)

Pope St. Gregory the Great on the fewness of the saved


December 6, 2021

Spirituality

Pope St. Gregory the Great (c. 600), on the fewness of the saved: “The more the wicked abound, so much the more must we suffer with them in patience; for on the threshing floor few are the grains carried into the barns, but high are the piles of chaff burned with fire.”

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI (1925): “Not least among the blessings which have resulted from the public and legitimate honor paid to the Blessed Virgin and the saints is the perfect and perpetual immunity of the Church from error and heresy.” (Quas Primas # 22)

Live your life with death before your eyes if you wish to live well


December 5, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1760): “My brother, if you wish to live well, endeavor to live during the remainder of your life in the presence of death.  ‘O death, thy judgment is good’ (Eccl. xli. 3).  Oh, how truly does he judge of things, and how well does he regulate his actions, who judges and regulates them with death before his eyes!  The remembrance of death makes us lose all affection for the things of this life.” (Preparation For Death, pp. 26-27)

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI (1928) on the unity of the Church: “… that unity can only arise from one teaching authority, one law of belief and one faith of Christians.” (Mortalium Animos #9)

On The Resurrection Of The Dead


December 4, 2021

Spirituality

St. Cyril of Jerusalem (350): “He that believes his body will remain for the resurrection is careful of his garment and does not soil it in fornication; but he that hath no faith in the resurrection gives himself to fornication, and abuses his own body as if it belonged to another. A great precept and teaching of the Holy Catholic Church, therefore, is belief in the resurrection of the dead…”

Doctrine

Pope Benedict XII (1336), ex cathedra: “… on the day of judgment all men with their bodies will make themselves ready to render an account of their own deeds before the tribunal of Christ, ‘so that everyone may receive the proper things of the body according as he has done whether it be good or evil.’” (Benedictus Deus, Denz. 531)

It is impossible to lead a virtuous life without the aid of prayer


December 3, 2021

Spirituality

St. John Chrysostom (c. 386): “It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.”

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1888): “He [Jesus] commanded all nations to hear the voice of the Church, as if it were His own, threatening those who would not hear it with everlasting perdition.” (Libertas #26)

When St. Theresa of Avila saw Hell


December 2, 2021

Spirituality

St. Theresa of Avila (c. 1540): “While I was at prayer one day, I found myself in a moment, without knowing how, plunged apparently into Hell… The ground seemed to be saturated with water, mere mud, exceedingly foul… and covered with loathsome vermin… I cannot describe that inward fire or that despair, surpassing all torments and all pain… Our Lord at that time would not let me see any more of Hell.”

Doctrine

Pope Pius XI (1930): “… there can be no true marriage between baptized persons without it being by that very fact a sacrament.” (Casti Connubii #39)

He that hath not the Son, hath not life


November 30, 2021

Spirituality

“…the whole world is seated in wickedness.” (1 John 5:19)

Doctrine

1 John 5:11-12: “And this is the testimony, that God hath given to us eternal life.  And this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son, hath life.  He that hath not the Son, hath not life.

Most strangers bored Francisco of Fatima (1917)


November 29, 2021

Spirituality

[Concerning Francisco of Fatima - 1917]: “Most strangers bored Francisco.  What silly questions!... ‘Do you want to be a carpenter?’ ‘No, ma’am.’ ‘A doctor, isn’t that it?’ ‘Oh, no!’ I know what you want to be – a priest!’ ‘No.’ ‘What! To say Mass? To hear confessions? To pray in the church? Isn’t that it?’ ‘No, senhora.  I don’t want to be a padre.’  ‘Then what do you want to be?’ ‘I don’t want to be anything.’ ‘You don’t want to be anything?!’ ‘No. I want to die and go to heaven.’” (William Thomas Walsh, Our Lady of Fatima, p. 157.)

Doctrine

St. Francis De Sales: (1602): “… to say the Church errs is to say no less that God errs, or else that He is willing and desirous for us to err; which would be a great blasphemy.

Our stay in this world in the flesh is short and fleeting


November 28, 2021

Spirituality

Clement of Rome (c. 150): “And know, brethren, that our stay in this world in the flesh is short and fleeting; but the promise of Christ is great and wonderful, and brings us rest in the kingdom which is to come and in life everlasting.  If, then, we do the will of Christ, we shall obtain rest; but if not, if we neglect His commandments, nothing will rescue us from eternal punishment.”

Doctrine

St. Ambrose (389): “Even the heretics appear to have Christ, for none of them denies the name of Christ; yet, anyone who does not confess all that pertains to Christ does in fact deny Christ.”

The conversion of the habitual drunkard is difficult


November 26, 2021

Spirituality

St. John Vianney (c. 1845): “Drunkenness is a great sin. The conversion of the habitual drunkard is difficult… Probably because it is so widespread, there is too much tolerance for this evil.”

Doctrine

Pope Pius XII (1943): “… the New Testament took the place of the Old Law which had been abolished… Jesus made void the Law with its decrees… To such an extent, then… was there effected a transfer from the Law to the Gospel, from the Synagogue to the Church… that, as our Lord expired, the mystical veil which shut off the innermost part of the temple and its sacred secret was rent violently from top to bottom.  On the Cross then the Old Law died…” (Mystici Corporis #’s 29-30)

He who salutes Mary with the 'Hail Mary' will also be saluted by her


November 25, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (1760): “The Mother of God herself said to St. Matilda, that no one could better salute her than with the ‘Hail Mary.’  He who salutes Mary will also be saluted by her.  St. Bernard heard himself once audibly saluted from a statue of the Virgin, which said to him, Hail Bernard.”

Doctrine

St. Augustine, 391: “When we shall have come into His (God’s sight), we shall behold the equity of God’s justice.  Then no one will say:… ‘Why was this man led by God’s direction to be baptized, while that man, though he lived properly as a catechumen, was killed in a sudden disaster, and was not baptized?’  Look for rewards, and you will find nothing except punishments.”

What a man risen from the dead saw at the hour of his death


November 24, 2021

Spirituality

Fr. Martin Von Cochem (1900): “St. Cyril also, writing to St. Augustine, says that one of the three men who were raised from the dead told him: ‘As the hour of my death drew nigh, a multitude of devils, countless in number, came and stood about me. Their forms were more horrible than anything imagination can conceive. One would rather be burnt in the fire than be compelled to look upon them.’” (The Four Last Things, p. 55)

Doctrine

Pope Pius X (1907), Against Modernist Worship: "The chief stimulus in the domain of worship consists in the need of adapting it [worship] to the uses and customs of people.” (Pascendi # 26)

Pope Leo XIII condemned America’s divorce of Church and State


November 23, 2021

Spirituality

St. Louis De Montfort (1706): “… having read nearly all the books which profess to treat of devotion to Our Lady, and having conversed familiarly with the best and wisest of men of these latter times, I have never known nor heard of any practice of devotion toward her at all equal to the one which I now wish to unfold…” (True Devotion to Mary #118)

Doctrine

Pope Leo XIII (1895): “… it would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced.” (Longinqua #6)

Without the Catholic Faith it is impossible to please God


November 22, 2021

Spirituality

“The young pagan who had sought St. Lucy in marriage was enraged and accused Lucy before Paschasius, the governor, of being a Christian.  She was brought before a judge and who commanded her to be exposed to temptation in an evil house.  But God watched over her and made her absolutely immoveable so that no number of guards could carry her to that place.  In a similar way He preserved her from the pains of fire and other dreadful torments.  Finally she died in prison of wounds she had received (304).  Her name is in the Canon of the Mass.” (St. Lucy, Patroness of the Blind)

Doctrine

Pope Pius X (1910): “The primary and most important duty of pastors is to guard everything pertaining to the integral and inviolate maintenance of the Catholic Faith, the faith which the Holy Roman Church professes and teaches, without which it is impossible to please God.” (Editae Saepe # 21)

What is the vice that so seriously offends God more than other crimes?


November 20, 2021

Spirituality

“And the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, saying: Ask what thou wilt that I should give thee. And Solomon said: … Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people, and discern between good and evil… And the Lord said to Solomon: Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life or riches, nor the lives of thy enemies, but hast asked for thyself wisdom to discern judgment, Behold I have done thee according to thy words, and have given thee a wise and understanding heart, insomuch that there hath been no one like thee before thee, nor shall arise after thee. Yea and the things also which thou didst not ask, I have given thee…” (3 Kings 3)

Doctrine

Pope Pius X (1910): “It is a certain, well-established fact that no other crime so seriously offends God and provokes His greatest wrath as the vice of heresy.” (Editae Saepe # 43)

The Damned On Judgment Day


November 19, 2021

Spirituality

Fr. Martin Von Cochem (1900): “[The Damned On Judgment Day]- For all these countless millions of human beings will pour out their excessive sorrow and anguish in piteous lamentations.  Awaiting the coming of the supreme Judge, they stand together, apart from the just, full of confusion at their own hideousness, and especially at their sinfulness, now evident to all.” (The Four Last Things, p. 55)

Doctrine

Pope Pelagius II (585): “If anyone, however, either suggests or believes or presumes to teach contrary to this faith, let him know that he is condemned and also anathematized according to the opinion of the same Fathers.” (Quod ad dilectionem, Denz. 246)

“I the Lord, I am the first and the last.” (Isaiah 41:4)


November 17, 2021

Spirituality

Fr. Martin Von Cochem (1900): “It has now been made clear that the damned will one day be cast, body and soul, into the huge and awful furnace of hell, into the immense lake of fire, where they will be surrounded by flames.  There will be fire below them, fire above them, fire round about them.  Every breath will be the scorching breath of a furnace.  These infernal flames will penetrate every portion of the body, so that there will be no part or member, within or without, that is not steeped in fire.” (The Four Last Things., p. 120)

Doctrine

“I the Lord, I am the first and the last.” (Isaiah 41:4)

Prayer is the source of innumerable good things


November 16, 2021

Spirituality

St. John Chrysostom (c. 380): “Prayer is the source, the root, and the mother of innumerable good things.  The power of prayer extinguishes the strength of fire, restrains the raging of lions, settles wars and fights, endures storms, escapes devils, opens the doors of heaven, breaks the bonds of death, casts out diseases, repels injuries, and strengthens shattered cities.” (Hom. 15.)

Doctrine

St. Augustine: “Sin is whatsoever is spoken, done or desired, contrary to the law of God.”

When St. Francis Borgia resolved to give himself wholly to God


November 15, 2021

Spirituality

St. Alphonsus (c. 1750): “This reflection, that with death all ends, caused St. Francis Borgia to resolve to give himself wholly to God.  The Saint had to accompany the body of the Empress Isabella to Granada.  When the coffin was opened, every one fled from the horrible sight and odor; but St. Francis, touched by Divine light, remained to contemplate in that corpse the vanity of the world; and gazing on it, exclaimed: ‘Art thou, then, my empress?’… Thus then, he concluded within himself… I will therefore from this day forth serve a master that can never die.” (Preparation For Death, pp. 13-14)

Doctrine

Pope St. Gregory the Great (c. 590): “Forgiveness of sin is bestowed on us only by the baptism of Christ.”

No one who dared to oppose his own Creator has escaped divine retribution


November 14, 2021

Spirituality

St. Gregory Nazianzen: “Many are the paths deviating from the straight and established road, all of which lead to the depths of destruction.”

Doctrine

Council of Ephesus, AD 431: “No one who dared to oppose his own Creator has escaped divine retribution, but immediately, in so far as human eyes could see, he was punished in part, since the more complete punishment due to him is reserved for the time of Judgment.”

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