Unanswered Prayers

Taken from churchmilitant.tv . . .

“Why is it then that so many prayers remain unanswered? . . . The only reason why we obtain so little from God is because we ask for so little and we are not insistent enough.

Christ promised on behalf of His Father that He would give us everything, even the very smallest things. But He laid down an order to be observed in all that we ask, and if we do not obey this rule we are unlikely to obtain anything. He tells us in St. Matthew: ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and his justice and all these things shall be given to you besides.'” ~St. Claude de la Colombière

Your Morning Satire

Thought ya’ll might like some satire this morning from the blog “Eye of the Tiber.”  Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up and actually discover heretics coming back to Holy Mother Church en mass?  St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, ora pro nobis!


BREAKING: Vatican To Posthumously Grant Henry VIII Annulment; Queen To Dissolve Church Of England

December 26, 2014

Sources in the Vatican are now confirming that Pope Francis has agreed to posthumously grant King Henry VIII an annulment from Catherine of Aragon. Numerous reports have come out in the past couple of days about the possibility of such a move, with aides close to Queen Elizabeth telling EOTT that such a decision on the Vatican’s part would essentially end the centuries old schism.

Media outlets in England are also reporting that once the annulment takes effect, that Queen Elizabeth will relinquish her claim as “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, spoke to the media today, saying, “This is, indeed, an historic moment, and I shall welcome reunion with Rome. Everyone must understand that all the shite we we’ve been doing with regards to the ordination of women and openly-homosexual men has only been in retaliation.” Welby went on to confirm that he would “stop the charade” once the decree of nullity was made official.


Merry Christmas from Hilaire Belloc

Merry Christmas from Catholic hero Hilaire Belloc in an article written by Gerald J. Russello.

Waiting for Christmas With Hilaire Belloc

For some years, I have set aside time during Advent to read Hilaire Belloc’s short essay, “A Remaining Christmas.” First published 80 years ago next year, it has been worth my annual rereading. It is an extended reflection on the mystery of the Incarnation and of each person’s earthly journey.
Even now, Belloc (1870-1953) arouses strong opinions. Conventionally paired with his lifelong friend G. K. Chesterton, Belloc was the more combative and sour part of that creature Bernard Shaw called the Chesterbelloc. The two of them fought a rearguard action against the evils of the age with rhetorical skill. Belloc was the Catholic apologist without apology. Famous for declaring that “the Faith is Europe, and Europe is the Faith,” Belloc combined a keen historical sense with a sharp analytic mind. He was convinced that the Reformation had ruptured the continuity of Europe in general and of England in particular. In particular, the religious break, compounded with the dramatic changes brought about by industrialism, had separated Europeans from their full history. While some of his writing errs on the cantankerous side, at his best Belloc is a graceful and wide-hearted stylist.
The son of a French father and English mother, Belloc was educated at the famous Oratory, where when still a student he met the aged John Henry Cardinal Newman. After serving a tour in the French military (he was a French citizen), Belloc went on to Balliol College, Oxford, where he served as president of the Oxford Union. Angered at not receiving a prestigious appointment as a Fellow to All Souls College (which he attributed, not entirely incorrectly, to anti-Catholic bigotry), Belloc turned to writing and journalism, finding time also for standing a few years as a Liberal member of Parliament for Salford South. Among his more than 100 books and thousands of shorter pieces, he is perhaps best known for his travelogue, Path to Rome; his critique of capitalism, The Servile State; his sailing book The Cruise of the Nona; and his books of children’s poetry. He was also a biographer of note, writing — for example — lives of major figures of the Reformation.
Charles Taylor has written in his book A Secular Age that among its other effects, modernity has shattered the religious sense of time, which is not horizontal — one thing following another, but non-linear — connecting the sacred with the mundane, where the eternal can touch the temporal. Belloc’s Christmas essay is a throwback to this traditional Christian way of thinking. The essay recounts the traditions of Christmastide as observed in Belloc’s home in Sussex, King’s Land. The essay opens with Belloc declaring the problem and the purpose of the essay:
The world is splitting more and more into two camps, and what was common to the whole of it is being restricted to the Christian, and soon will be to the Catholic half.
What was “common” are the traditions and customs of the Christian world.
One cannot avoid those traditions in a house such as King’s Land, the older part of which “grew up gradually” over the past five centuries. When Belloc speaks of the great dining room table in his house, for example, he connects the centuries with the stuff of history, which are infused into this common object:
The table came out of one of the Oxford colleges when Puritans looted them three hundred years ago . . . . It passed from one family to another until at last it was purchased [in his youth and upon his marriage] by the man who now owns this house. . . . It was made, then, while Shakespeare was still living, and while the faith in England still hung in the balance.
History is not, in other words, something that is past. History is something we live with now. With the Incarnation, Christianity has infused history with a sacred meaning. Tradition binds us to our beginnings and enables us to weather the changes of fortune and the losses in human existence. Some might dismiss this kind of language as needlessly florid or triumphalist. As it happens, although discredited at the time, Belloc’s interpretation of the hold of Catholicism on England after the Reformation has been confirmed by historians such as Eamon Duffy. Belloc’s point here, however, is to remind us that every physical object can be charged with meaning and can remind us of the larger traditions of which we are a part.
After describing his house and the surroundings, Belloc details how he and his family celebrate Christmas and the full season through Epiphany, with an account of the old custom of opening doors and windows shortly before midnight New Year’s Eve to let out the old year and its troubles, and bring in the new one with hope. The language on occasion rises to the lyrical, and is in any event hard to summarize other than directly quoting large chunks of the essay. We read of the game-songs played by the village children, Midnight Mass being said in the house, the tree brought in with proper ceremony; in short, “everything conventional, and therefore satisfactory, is done.” And the power of Belloc’s language is such that, whatever your own Christmas traditions, they too begin to seem like his; that is, we can begin to see the commonality in the different ways of celebrating the birth of Jesus in the very physicality of existence, sacralized by this one Birth.
In the conclusion, Belloc summarizes the importance of these traditions in the life of his house, and their connections with the wider world. For these customs are not just for children, and not just for indulging in nostalgia; they form something larger altogether:
This house where such good things are done year by year has suffered all the things that every age has suffered. It has known the sudden separation of wife and husband, the sudden fall of young men under arms who will never more come home, the scattering of the living, and their precarious return, the increase and the loss of fortune, all those terrors and all those lessenings and haltings and failures of hope which make up the life of man. But its Christmas binds it to its own past and promises its future; making the house an undying thing of which those subject to mortality within it are members, sharing in its continuous survival.
That undying house, of course, is meant to remind us not only of the Church but of that other, more spacious House in whose rooms we are promised rest and in which our past and our future will be one. Best wishes for a blessed Christmas.

Every Mass is Bethlehem

Merry Christmas from Team in solutione.  May this day put you in awe of the fact that the God that created the entire universe with a touch of his finger came into this world as a helpless human baby born in a manger used for feeding animals lined with rough strewn straw.  He did this to save our souls so we can live with him in paradise.

Also below is another homily of Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on the Vigil of the Nativity of Our  Lord, Jesus Christ – Dec 24th

In his homily he speaks of how his family in England places one candle in the window which is a leftover from the penal days where Catholics were forbidden to practice their faith.  The candle was a sign of the house being a Catholic home and a beacon for priests to stop by and say mass.


Beauty will save the World (and the Church)

At work, all people, both men AND women, want to talk about is football.  It seems to be the only thing Americans have in common today.  “My team, your team, this quarterback, the playoffs…”  Its enough to make one go crazy to sit back and listen to the inane conversations about football.  Do these people know there is a world full of beauty out there that longs to be discussed, observed and contemplated?  God’s creation is more than a feeling but all people want to contemplate is a violent fast paced game full of thugs and strippers.

This is why a Crisis Magazine article we came across recently by Jared Silvey titled “The Role of Beauty in the Formation of Men as Men” is perfectly timed.  Mr. Silvey makes the point that real men create and defend what is beautiful.  Bad men only destroy and tear down what is not beautiful.  Today’s men focus on violent sports, pornography and terrible Hollywood movies and in the process are turning themselves into animals.  For the world to recover from this blanket of evil, men will need to rise above the filth we are swimming in and recover an appreciation for the beautiful gift’s God has given us.

It must be noted that the beauty contained within the Catholic Church with its icons and statues and stain glass windows and marble altars has certainly become lost.  In America, the puritans made a decision to throw out what was beautiful for what is austere and serious (e.g. no talking on Sundays!).  The post Vatican II crowd felt the same way when it wreckovated the classically decorated Churches and replaced it with modern looking stain glass and ugly carpeting.  We need to bring back the beauty within the Church, especially within the liturgy, to help save the world.  Thank you Mr. Silvey for writing an important article.



The Role of Beauty in the Formation of Men as Men

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale from The Book of Old English Songs & Ballads 2

Once upon a time in the Western world, exposure to “the beautiful” was an important element in the development and formation of men. The ideal man was also an educated man, and an educated man knew something about, and appreciated, good art, good music, good literature, and good taste (and perhaps also good wine). The Romantics of the nineteenth century added to this resume a man who had the capacity to be intoxicated by the beauty of nature. Many of the great works of art and music of that time period reflect this. Then there was the “gentleman” who valued beauty in speech and in writing, even if his language sometimes descended into a dry, mechanic artificiality.

By contrast, today’s tech-savvy, fast-food fed, materialistic West places more emphasis on money, things, efficiency, and instant gratification, and as a result the importance formerly placed on that seemingly impractical entity referred to by dusty old philosophers, intellectuals, and artists as “the beautiful” has greatly diminished. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen captured this modern mentality well when he said that “Saints are impractical; artists and philosophers are impractical. The world has room for only the practical.” Who today, in the hustle and bustle of modern life, has the need for a quiet walk through woods in the early morning just as the sun begins to pierce through the fog and nature’s symphony is at its peak? Complicating matters even more is the irony that the modern man, in his attempt to “protect” his “manliness,” shies away from any lengthy talk about “the beautiful” in a floppy attempt to protect his masculine toughness—while in reality demonstrating just how shaky that masculinity really is.

Despite this, it is as true today as ever that encountering and contemplating beauty should be an integral part of the formation of men, and especially of Catholic men. This is because, first of all, beauty helps to direct the male drive to aggression and fighting to a worthy end. It is often the case in the animal kingdom that the male is more aggressive, more inclined to fight, and heavier built than the female. These characteristics are also generally found in our own species. Because of this, in both the animal and human domains it is usually the male who takes up the role of primary guardian and protector. As an example of the human male’s stronger inclination to aggression and fighting, we can refer to the fact that men have traditionally dominated highly aggressive sports, even in societies influenced by modern feminism. A survey of the athletic departments of American colleges and universities will show that almost every sport has both a male team and a female team … with the notable exception of football.

This stronger inclination to fighting is not, in itself, automatically directed to either good or evil. It has the potential to go either way. It can be directed to good, as in the case of fighting to defend one’s country against unjust aggression, or to evil, as in the cases of murder, rape, and other acts of unjust violence.

Beauty here enters the picture by helping to direct this male inclination to aggression and fighting to a worthy end. This is because real beauty is always found wherever there is truth and goodness, and it strengthens the attraction these other two values exert on the human person. It moves a man to defend whatever is good and true. The beautiful maiden is a potent spell which carries the knight into the field of battle. It can be said that there is no one the enemy should fear more than a man who enters into battle with his lady in his heart. Beauty makes men fighters because it first makes them lovers.

Beauty also teaches men to appreciate the being of things rather than merely their utility. The strong male tendency to deal with problems in a more or less logical, strategic, categorical manner can cause being to recede into the shadow in favor of an almost exclusive focus on that being’s usefulness and practical purpose. Beauty counters this tendency and reveals something as worthwhile simply because it exists and because it is what it is. A man who has been pierced by the beauty of his bride will die for her not because his death will be of any practical use to himself, but because through her beauty (not just physical but also personal and spiritual) he has seen through a window to her intrinsic value and to the fact that she is worth dying for simply because she exists and is who she is.

On a lighter note, another result of this tendency of beauty to put being into relief is the aversion many people feel to touching something beautiful. Unnecessarily messing with a well-decorated Christmas tree seems to do violence to its “immaculate perfection.” Walking out into the newly-fallen first snow of winter is done with regret, since it destroys the picturesque scenery of that “winter wonderland” which greeted the early riser. In all of this beauty turns our attention from something’s utility and practical use to the wonder of the thing itself.

A third reason for beauty’s importance in male formation is that it reveals and brings to life another level of existence beyond mere survival—this being the spiritual domain. Man is not a mere brute. Animals eat, drink, and sleep to live, and pretty much live to eat, drink, and sleep. The caveman of old, on the other hand, though having much of his time consumed with procuring the necessities of life, still found time to produce works of art, such as the stunning cave paintings found in Lascaux, France. It is partly because of this drive for a more fully human life that has led to the emergence of civilizations, economies, and the division of labor. The human person is simply not satisfied with a circular existence of seeking out and procuring the necessities of life in order to merely go on seeking out and procuring the necessities of life.

This being the case, men, as the traditional providers of the family, can easily get caught up in a careerist mindset and become over-immersed in the temporal necessities of life. In addition, modern education has shifted from an emphasis on the liberal arts (a traditional venue for introducing people to the beautiful) to an often exclusive focus on career-oriented education. We are rapidly becoming a society of animals, where serving our needs and our wants is the over-arching narrative of our existence.

It is the role of beauty to shake men out of this mundane existence (or, to borrow a phrase from C.S. Lewis when he was referring to joy, to “administer the shock”) by making them confront a reality above and far more wonderful than a life of simply existing. Ultimately, beauty is a pointer directing us to the reality of the Beatific Vision. This vision will ultimately be an experience of simply taking in the beauty and wonder of the Triune God. In an analogous sense, it is an experience like a couple who from time to time simply want to sit and gaze at each other, taking in the being of the other. Such an experience does not really have a practical or survival purpose. Still, it is experiences like this that are arguably the most fully human, and which remind us that we, as human beings, do not live by bread alone.

The practical question now arises as to how to integrate this exposure to beauty into the formation of men. This task falls partly on the men themselves, and also on those charged with the formation of boys and men (whether this formation be educational, spiritual, liturgical, or cultural). For those involved in education, this means giving the liberal arts a certain pride of place, even while also ensuring that students receive a practical, career-oriented education at the same time. Cultural formation, while acknowledging the importance of popular culture, will also entail exposure to the greatest works of the human spirit. Boys and men should also be encouraged to leave the computer, IPad, and video games behind and go out and experience the greater thrill of nature and the outdoor life. Finally, Catholic men who are preparing to be ordained to the priesthood will see it as their mission to celebrate mass in such a way as to give their congregation a glimpse of the transcendent beauty of God.

Exposure to beauty is a necessary component of the formation of men as men. As the boys and men of today are setting the stage for a disturbing future course of manhood through the proliferation violent video games and movies, pornography, consumerism, and materialism, the time has come to “administer the shock” of beauty by revealing to the world the radiance of truth and goodness. There is an element of truth to Dostoevsky’s famous line that “Beauty will save the world.”


Use this Primer to Help Bring the Traditional Latin Mass to your Parish

Posted below is a primer Team In Solutione drafted to help convince not only yourselves and your fellow parishioners but the Priest at your Church to begin saying an Extraordinary Form mass at your Parish.  We recommend you cut and paste it into a word document in two columns on each page (print on front and back so it fits on one page) and pass it out to your friends at the Church.  Once you have gathered a group together use the process found in Sommorum Pontificum to petition the Priest for a Traditional Latin Mass.  If the Priest denies your efforts, then speak to the Bishop.  If the Bishop thwarts you then take it all the way to Rome.  Be civil but be persistent.  Patience achieves all things.  If this doesn’t work, then vote with your feet.  You will not be sorry.  The graces that flow from the Latin Mass will help fix this sick world.


Please Attend the Traditional Latin Mass…And Help Save the World

The Catholic Church is the only institution founded by God on this earth. The Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) is worthy of the Church’s divine beginnings, and we encourage more good people of (insert Church name here) to take advantage of this “treasure” of the Church. One of the best ways to fight back against the ever-increasing secular culture, which worked to protect Catholic families for centuries, is the TLM which is a bulwark and is the ultimate offensive and defensive spiritual weapon our families desperately need of which many Catholics are not taking advantage.

Why Does the Church Still Have the TLM?

Do find yourself wondering why the Church still performs the mass in Latin? Do you think attending the Latin Mass is going back in time needlessly? Or are you leery of the TLM because you don’t know Latin. Please don’t fear the TLM. The TLM is truly is a gift from God to the Church and to YOU! It is not an exaggeration that the TLM has been referred to as “the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven.” The Church still has mass in Latin for many reasons. Did you know that Latin is still the official Language of the Catholic Church . . . and has been for over 1400 years? Did you know that the Vatican II Council documents, in 1965, were actually written in Latin? Did you know that the Vatican II Council itself never abolished the traditional liturgy, and never called for the change of language into the vernacular nor the rite of the Holy Mass as a whole?

For nearly 1,400 years, the TLM was the Liturgy of the Catholic world. It was the Mass at which practically every Pope, and Saint and Christian of the West worshipped from 600 A.D. to 1970 A.D. It was the Mass that Catholic martyrs gave their blood to preserve during the Protestant Revolt (www.latinmassmagazine.com) The TLM that produced many of our Churches most revered saints, like Saint Francis and Padre Pio? In fact, when the Vatican II Council ended, Padre Pio, who performed miracles on a daily basis, and who was known for his steadfast obedience to his superiors, refused to perform the mass in the Vernacular, so he asked, and Pope Paul VI gave him permission, to continue to preside over the TLM. Shouldn’t this tell us how important the TLM is to the world? (Rev Father Jean, OFM., Cap.)

Don’t Worry If You Don’t Know Latin!

Is not knowing Latin keeping you away from the TLM…well you are in luck! Latin-English Missals are available at each mass and they contain easy-to-follow, step-by-step translations of all the prayers, hymns, and responsorials of the Mass. The Sermon will be in English, and the scriptural readings will be read in both English and Latin. Regarding the Latin Language, Pope Pius XII stated: “The day the Church abandons its universal tongue is the day before it returns to the Catacombs.” Further, the former Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, Father Gabriel Amorth, stated the devil cringes at Latin and Latin “is most effective in challenging the Devil.” In addition, Pope Paul VI called Latin, “The richest treasure of Piety.”
Because of the Church’s universality, the use of Latin is a means of maintaining unity in the Church, as well as uniformity in her services. Latin, as the language of the Church, unites all nations, making them members of God’s family, of Christ’s kingdom. Moreover, the use of Latin, the language of ancient Rome, is a constant reminder of our dependence on the Holy Roman Church; it recalls to our minds involuntarily the fact that thence, from the Mother Church, the first missionaries came who brought the faith to our shores. (www.sanctamissa.com)

The use of a dead language is a safeguard against many evils; it is not subject to change, but remains the same to all time. Languages in daily use undergo a continual process of change; words drop out, or their meaning is altered as years go on. If a living language were employed in divine worship heresies and errors would inevitably creep into the Church. (www.sanctamissa.com)

TLM v Novus Ordo

Another difference you might notice from the Novus Ordo mass is the priest, like the rest of the congregation, faces East (“ad orientem”). East is the direction of the rising Sun, which is symbolic of the Risen Christ. This means that for much of the Mass, the priest’s back is toward the congregation. This demonstrates the unity of the priest and the parishioners in worshipping God together. After all, Mass is not about the priest’s interaction with the congregation, but rather about interaction with God Himself. (www.latinmassmagazine.com) Further, at the TLM, Holy Communion is received by parishioners on the tongue, and kneeling. This traditional form of receiving the Eucharist stresses the awesome reality that Holy Communion is indeed the Body of Christ, and should be received with the utmost of reverence. (www.latinmassmagazine.com) Lastly, the music that one will hear at most TLM’s will include solemn Gregorian Chant – still the official music of the Church. Overall, most Catholics who attend the TLM characterize the differences noted above, along with some others, as creating a greater “sense of the sacred.” (www.latinmassmagazine.com)

The TLM Is More Important Than Ever

Living in a secularized world, the TLM helps us be rooted in the tradition and heritage of the Church. The TLM helps Catholics sanctify their lives in a desacralized age. The ancient form of the Roman Mass fosters a sense of respect for the Church’s sacred traditions. This vital link with the Sacrifice of the Mass is a secure anchor and guarantee that we do not drift away from that bedrock of the Catholic Faith. (www.sanctamissa.com) It was the TLM that united Christians across Continents and across centuries. With the crises in the world today, more and more people (especially young people) seek an alternative to the “modern world.” They are returning in droves to the wisdom of the ages, to things tested and timeless. For many young Catholics and converts to the Catholic Faith, this has included a return to the TLM. (www.sanctamissa.com)

The TLM is worthy of the Church’s divine mission as it causes its participants to ponder heaven because the TLM’s sole focus is on God. Catholic Priest, Fr. Faber, well described the origins of the TLM “It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with celestial charming, so that our very senses seem to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste and touch beyond what earth can give.” Wouldn’t it be nice to have this feeling on earth? Well come to the TLM and find out!  We will plan a field trip to (insert name of Church that has the nearest TLM) for mass.

Let’s not forget the efforts by Blessed Pope John Paul II (JPII) and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (BXVI) to restore the TLM. In 1984 JPII issued an Indult for the TLM to be celebrated world-wide. In a motu proprio entitled Ecclesia Dei (1988) he mentioned its ‘lawfulness’ and manifested his will that permission for its celebration be granted on a ‘wide and generous’ basis. Then BXVI issued a motu proprio entitled Sommorum Pontificum that gave every Priest the right to perform a TLM without the permission of their Bishop in the spirit of further spreading this supreme gift from God. JPII said this about the TLM, “[it} is our heritage from great antiquity, a sublime gift of God and the fruit of centuries of inspired Catholic thinking. It goes back without significant change to the 6th century when Pope St. Gregory the Great left the old rite in all its essentials just as we have it today.”

So why do we not have a Latin Mass at our (insert name of your Church here)Church? Let’s pray hard together, let’s talk to Father (insert name of your priest) and change this reality so we can change our lives and the world!

Masculinity and the Faith

We were really struck by a series of Vortex’s that Michael Voris did several years ago.  They are very inspirational.  However, we must make the following disclaimer.  After watching them, you might want to put on a helmet because watching them will make you want to crash right through the wall on your way to changing the world.  Each link to the 5-part series is included below. Please watch and share:

1. Why Men Don’t Go to Church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA0gRLeXARI

2. Masculinity & Catholicism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAxAWArrdcY

3. Catholic Men & the Church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiX-LQBcmDc

4. “Catholic” Women’s Lib:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55vTnw3cPf8

5. Young Catholic Men: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIVq9uatGOo

The TLM is Making a Comeback

The article below from the great Cardinal Newman Society reports on how the Extraordinary Form or the Traditional Latin Mass (or TLM) is becoming more popular among young people (I guess they are called Millennial).  This makes complete sense.  The crazier and more evil the world is getting (with much of the credit going to the generation of Catholics, Post Vatican II, that stripped away Latin from the liturgy and made the faith more Protestant than Catholic) the more people will be drawn to something radical, pure and holy.  This is the TLM. It is a safe harbor in a wicked gale.

We strongly encourage all Millennial to give the TLM a try.  Please give it a few months so you can get the hang of it because it isn’t too difficult to follow along.  Grab a TLM missal and you will have both the Latin and English right there at your fingertips.  If you put in a little effort the reward in your spiritual life will be immense.  The graces that flow from it will last a lifetime and will change the entire direction of your life and your perspective on the way you are living your life . . . if you let it.


God Judges the Humble

In yesterday’s 4 1/2 minute homily on Ember Friday, Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, as usual, gets right to the heart of the matter and sums up the key to the spiritual life:  humility.

I leave you all with this:  why is humility so hard for us, especially as Americans?  We seem to suffer from the devil’s sin more than other countries.  How many people do you know are really and truly humble?  Doesn’t it seem like people focus too much on their past hurts?  Doesn’t it seem like too many people focus too often on what they deserve in this life?  Don’t most people you know have to be right all the time?  Finally, doesn’t it seem like most people feel the need to worship God in their own way (which is so wrong because God already established the way he wants us to worship him through the holy sacrifice of the mass and through his Church)?  This Advent season is a great time to die unto your self and give up everything for Christ.  Truly ask him, through the blessed Virgin Mary, the gift to know what his holy will is for you. You will be rewarded if you ask.


Hilaire Belloc

If you haven’t heard of Hilaire Belloc we highly recommend you pick up one of his books, any of his books (but especially the Four Men).  They are all good and they are all Catholic in one way or another.  He is an extraordinary writer and has an uncanny ability to explain complicated subjects in a simple manner.  He was raised in England by his parents in County Sussex.  He has a brilliant mind and like most with brilliant minds he tended to the melancholy side and fought mental demons.  There is a cause for his sainthood.

We ran across this article written about Belloc by Father C. John McCloskey in First Things about Belloc and the rise of Islam and what we can do to stop it’s spread.  The article is linked below.


Also, we hope you all had a spiritually edifying Ember Wednesday.  I am attaching Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth’s homily, from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Washington DC, for your listening pleasure.