Rogation Days – Tuesday



Today, again, the great Litany, the Supplication, is heard in the House of the Lord : the solemn Procession re-appears in the streets of the city, and in the quiet lanes of the country. Let us take our share in this sacred rite ; let us blend our voice with that of our Mother, and join the cry that pierces the clouds : Kyrie eleison ! Lord have mercy on us ! Let us think, for a moment, of the countless sins that are being committed, day and night ; and let us sue for rnercy. In the days of Noe, all flesh had corrupted its way ; (Genesis 6:12) but men thought not of asking for mercy. The flood, came, and destroyed them all, (Luke 17:27) says our Saviour. Had they prayed, had they begged God’s pardon, the hand of his justice would have been…

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Open letter to UK bishops: Your response to Alfie Evans was an ‘abject failure’

From LifeSiteNews:

LONDON, April 27, 2018

The nephew of a renowned German Catholic philosopher and fierce opponent of Hitler, Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977), has written an open letter to the bishops of England and Wales denouncing their response to Alfie Evans as an “abject failure.”

In a letter dated April 27, London resident Jean Pierre Casey criticizes the UK bishops for praising Alder Hey hospital’s “integrity” and for “completely failing” to uphold Catholic teaching on life, the family, and God-given parental rights.

Casey also excoriates the prelates for cozying up to the National Health Service (NHS) rather than serving the people entrusted to their care.

“It is ever more obvious that beyond the thousands of abortions they procure annually, NHS hospitals are becoming death mills not only for the unborn, but for the living. […] That our bishops continue to ally themselves with the NHS in defending the indefensible is beyond comprehension,” he writes.

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Why Alfie Evans Didn’t Matter to So Many People

The beauty of Catholic teaching vs. the prevailing ethics of utilitarianism

From Matthew Archbold on the National Catholic Register 

One of the most haunting sights I’ve seen in a long time was Tom Evans, the father of Alfie Evans, coming out to the street in front of Alder hey hospital and robotically reading words on a page asking those who support his efforts to save his son, to stop, go home and live their lives. What sticks with me are his hollowed eyes. The way he simply read the words and failed to make eye contact with all around him. It sounded like a letter read by a hostage. This, coming from a man who has inspired thousands in the way he has defended his son’s life.

But this is what he felt he must do to give his son a chance. I understand. My heart broke for him. This…

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On Liechtenstein

The Traditian Order

I’m sure that most of you have heard of Liechtenstein. Some may have even visited it. I have a special, personal interest in it, because for a time, I was the sworn subject of its Prince. In an article I wrote recently on my personal blog, I explained how that came about, and “realized that there is only one State in the world, still existing, that was a constituent part of the Holy Roman Empire, and that is still ruled by a monarch, i.e. Liechtenstein. The story of how Liechtenstein, as Liechtenstein, became a State of the Empire is fascinating in itself, and is the subject of a future article.” Welcome to that article, which they have asked to re-post on the Traditian Order, of which I am a member.


Staatswappen von Liechtenstein

Before I get into the meat of it, I wonder how many people are aware of…

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April 14 – Sts. Tiburtius Valerian, and Maximus, Martyrs



Let us affectionately welcome the brave triumvirate of Martyrs, presented to-day to our Risen Jesus, by the Roman Church of the second century. The first is Valerian, the chaste and noble spouse of Cecily ; he wears on his brow a wreath of roses and lilies : the second is Tiburtius, Valerian’s brother, and, like him, a convert of Cecily’s ; he shows us the triumphant palm he so speedily won : Maxim us is the third ; he witnessed the combat and the victory of the two brothers, imitated their example, and followed them to heaven. The immortal Cecily is the queen of this holy group ; she taught them to be Slartyrs ; she has a right to our remembrance on this day of their Feast. She herself shared in their privilege of being martyred during Paschal Time ; but her Feast is not kept till November, when…

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Easter Sunday



(Easter is the Anglo-Saxon word for April, and was derived, as Venerable Bede tells us, (in his Book De ratione Tempore, Ch. 13,) from Eostre, a Goddess of our pagan ancestors. — Others derive Easter from Oest, Oost, the Saxon for Rising, or the East: and hence, Osteren, the Resurrection. — [Tr. from Butler’s Moveable Feasts.])

He is risen: He is not here!

The Night between Saturday and Sunday has well nigh run its course, and the day-dawn is appearing. The Mother of Sorrows is waiting, in courageous hope and patience, for the blissful moment of her Jesus’ return. Magdalene and the other holy Women have spent the Night in watching, and are preparing to start for the Sepulchre. In Limbo, the Soul of our Crucified Lord is about to give the glad word of departure to the myriads of the long-imprisoned holy Souls, who cluster round Him in adoring…

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March 25 – The Annunciation of the Ever Blessed Virgin



Hail full of grace! The Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women!

This is a great day, not only to man, but even to God himself; for it is the anniversary of the most solemn event that time has ever witnessed. On this day, the Divine Word, by which the Father created the world, was made flesh in the womb of a Virgin, and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) We must spend it in joy. Whilst we adore the Son of God who humbled himself by thus becoming Man, let us give thanks to the Father, who so loved the world, as to give his Only Begotten Son; (John 3:16) let us give thanks to the Holy Ghost, whose almighty power achieves the great mystery. We are in the very midst of Lent, and yet the ineffable joys of Christmas are upon us: our…

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Palm Sunday



Today, if ye shall hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts.

Early in the morning of this day, Jesus sets our for Jerusalem, leaving Mary, his Mother, and the two sisters Martha and Mary Magdalene, and Lazarus, at Bethania. The Mother of Sorrows trembles at seeing her Son thus expose himself to danger, for his enemies are bent upon his destruction; but it is not Death, it is Triumph, that Jesus is to receive today in Jerusalem. The Messias, before being nailed to the Cross, is to be proclaimed King by the people of the great City; the little children are to make her streets echo with their Hosannas to the Son of David; and this in presence of the soldiers of Rome’s Emperor, and of the High Priests and Pharisees, the first, standing under the banner of their Eagles; the second, dumb with rage.

The Prophet…

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