We are sorry to share the news that the great Traditional Catholic Priest has died. Father Peter Carota was an inspiration to many of us in the traditional movement. We pray for the repose of this soul and thank God that his writings are preserved on his blog, traditionalcatholicpriest.com
This beautiful tribute from Father David Nix was posted on Father Peter Carota’s blog, Traditional Catholic Priest: Fr. Peter Carota would be the first to gently correct me for canonizing him, for he could preach the saints’ descriptions of the terrible moment of judgment (double for priests) as well as the subsequent pains of purgatory […]
We all have temptations. God gives us those temptations because he loves us and desires us to grow as we work to overcome these temptations. We can only overcome them if we turn to God however. As God said, we can do NOTHING with him. He didn’t say we can do somethings . . . he said we can do NOTHING. Please turn to God, his Church and the sacraments to amend your life and overcome your temptations. God loves you and gives you all the tools to accomplish this as you carry onward to the afterlife.
Three of our favorite priests, Father Heilman, Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Father Carota team up in the blog post below to offer help and guidance on how to break habitual sins.
Breaking Habitual Sins of the Flesh the Catholic Way
by Father Richard Heilman
14 April 2015
“Whenever you feel guilty, even if it is because you have consciously committed a sin, a serious sin, something you have kept doing many, many times, never let the devil deceive you by allowing him to discourage you. Whenever you feel guilty, offer all your guilt to the Immaculate, without analyzing it or examining it, as something that belongs to her…
My beloved, may every fall, even if it is serious and habitual sin, always become for us a small step toward a higher degree of perfection.
In fact, the only reason why the Immaculate permits us to fall is to cure us from our self-conceit, from our pride, to make us humble and thus make us docile to the divine graces.
The devil, instead, tries to inject in us discouragement and internal depression in those circumstances, which is, in fact, nothing else than our pride surfacing again.
If we knew the depth of our poverty, we would not be at all surprised by our falls, but rather astonished, and we would thank God, after sinning, for not allowing us to fall even deeper and still more frequently.” -St. Maximilian Kolbe
Fr. Peter Carota offers great advice (10 Traditional Catholic Practices) for breaking free from habitual sin, especially sins of the flesh (original article can be found at traditionalcatholicpriest.com) …
We all know that we are weak. Our enemies: the demons, the flesh and the world are at our sides continuously. So, we need help to stay in God’s grace and out of sin. Here are 10 suggestions to practice to stop sinning, stay out of sin and to grow in holiness.
1) Prayer. Pray anyway and anyhow that will keep you from sinning. All day long, we attempt to shoot arrows of communications with God no matter if we are working, eating, driving, sitting, kneeling or talking. It is a constant attempt to keep all we do in union with God. We also need to develop a habit of prayer that automatically comes into action as soon as we are being tempted.
2) Mortification of the body. Instead of always giving what the body wants, food, rest, comfort, music, sweets, pleasure, we need to have some mortification of what it wants every day in small ways. Fasting and abstinence are important disciplines that train the will to say no to the body and yes to God.
3) Availing to God’s Graces. Frequent confessions and Holy Communion give graces and strength to weak souls and wills. In confession be very humble, sorrowful and honest as to the gravity of your sins even if it is embarrassing to say. Never hold anything back.
4) Devotion to the Virgin Mary. Mary is the mediatrix of all graces coming from God. If we run to her in times of temptation, “No one has ever invoked her in his necessity without being heard” (St. Bernard). She is virginal purity and wants to help us stay pure. Say Hail Marys until the strong temptation passes. It may literally take hundreds a day, but it is worth it.
5) Avoid the Occasion of Sin. What ever leads up to the sinning must be avoided like the plague. The time, the way and the place are all to be cautiously considered and avoided if they lead to sinning. Anyone who talks about sin, shows sin or encourages sin is your enemy, not your friend. St. Jerome said: “Remember that a woman (Eve) drove out the inhabitants of paradise, and that you are not holier than David, stronger than Samson, or wiser than Solomon, who all fell by evil intercourse.”
6) Custody of the Eyes. Pious Job made a covenant with his eyes that he would not so much as look at a virgin. Our eyes lead to thoughts that then can lead to actions. Look away from what will cause lust.
7) Keep busy. Many saints made vows to never live in idleness. That is a great idea and allows one to do great things with one’s life. “Idle hands are the devils workshop”.
8) Hell. Remember the consequences of past sins and the possibility of being damned forever for these sins. Meditate on the reality of death, judgement, heaven or hell. Go over in detail the torture of hell for the instantaneous pleasures obtained through sin.
9) Avoid Depression. Remember how sad the separation from God feels after sinning. Remember the guilt the shame and sadness caused by these sins. Would you like the whole world to be watching you sin? God, Mary, your guarding angel are watching every detail. And in the second coming of Jesus, all will be made public.
10) Help other people to stop sinning. As we try to save our own souls with God’s help, we must also live to save others souls. It is easier to live a good life if we are helping others live holier lives to. Be prophets today to tell people sin is still sin and they offend and crucify Our Lord.
May God, Mary and all the saints be our example of a pure and holy life. We are so fortunate to be traditional Catholics and to have all this help from God to live pure lives.
Father Carota’s blog post below is further evidence and proof that the Catholic Church is the Solution of ALL PROBLEMS! Please don’t deviate from the Church’s teaching if you want to have joy in this life and the next.
Traditional Catholic Faith, Love And Support
Posted on March 11, 2015 by fc
Everyday people talk to me about their spiritual, family and financial problems. I am so glad that I can be there for them. I too have my share of problems too. Having God, Mary, the Angels, Saints and good friends, really helps us get through these very difficult times.
Most of you reading this blog have some problem.
1.You may be lonely.
2.You may be depressed.
3.You may be anxious.
4.You may have problems with your children.
5.You may have problems with you brothers and sisters or parents.
6.You may have problems with your boss.
7.You may have a problem with your co-workers.
8.You may have a problem with your employees.
9.You may be going through the dark night of the soul in your prayer life.
10.You may be living in doubts about why God allows bad things to happen.
11.You may have terrible temptations to deal with everyday.
12.You may have health problems.
13.You may have financial problems.
14.You have a difficult marriage.
15.You may have family members in jail or prison.
16.You may have the vices of drugs, alcohol, smoking, gambling or pornography.
17.You may be going through legal problems.
18.You may have an eating disorder.
19.You may have a hard time keeping order in your life and home.
20.You may have a problem with procrastination.
So how should we deal with our daily dose of problems.
1.First we take time to pray to God, Mary, the Angels and saints for HELP.
2.Then we remind ourselves that God is always faithful to His servants.
3.Remember God is allowing this problem to happen to us so that we can grow in FAITH and TRUST in Him.
4.Recall how God has helped us get through difficult problems and test before.
5.Be sure we do everything we can to resolve the problem.
6.Know that GOOD always comes out of bad for those who love God.
7.If you are responsible for the problem you are going through, be sure to LEARN the lesson from the problem and stop sinning or doing other actions that has led up to this problem.
8.Share your problems with good friends so they can pray for you and support you.
9.Get good advice from wise and holy priests and people.
10.Know that every problem is allowed by God to helps us grow spiritually and to have more hope, faith and trust in His personal loving care He has for each one of us.
11.Keep all things in perspective. It could be a hundred times worse.
12.Keep the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus in mind. The cross ended in the victory of the resurrection.
After, with the help of God, Mary, the Angels and Saints, our friends prayers, support, love and our prayers and actions to resolve the problem, and we make it through it, be sure to take time to thank God, Mary, the Angels, Saints and friends who help us through these difficult problems.
Right now, let us thank God, Mary, the Angels and saints for having helped us in the past and for being with us right now in our worries, sadnesses, problems and temptations. Every time we worry about our problems let us make an act faith and trust in God’s miraculous power.
If you are not being tempted then you are not breathing. The demons spend most of their time studying us. Even though they are unable to read our thoughts they can learn about our weaknesses by watching and studying our every move. Lent is a great time to acknowledge our weaknesses and work to overcome them through prayer and fasting. Thank God for the different seasons, like lent, the Church provides for us that pushes us to grow in holiness.
It is better to know truth than pleasure.
It is better to pursue truth than to please the self.
In truth there lies the ultimate pleasure.
Please read Father Carota’s latest post on the heart being the seed of all our desires that lead us to sin and away from Jesus.
Rend Your Heart For Lent
Posted on February 25, 2015 by fc
Lent is an excellent time to watch out for what our hearts desire. Jesus says it clearly:
For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also. Matt. 6:21
In these days of going to daily Latin Mass, praying, reading the Holy Bible, reflecting on the true condition of our soul and fasting, it is wise to watch what temptations come up.
The devil uses our weaknesses to tempt us. He watches what we like and incites those desires and passions.
He tried to incite in Jesus’ heart the desire to fill His stomach with bread when He was hungry.
He tried to get Him to avoid all suffering, especially on the cross, by inciting His ability to do miracles and to not suffer no matter what would happen by falling off the top of the Temple.
He tried to incite in Him the easy way of bringing about His Kingdom by quickly adoring the devil and then getting on with His Good Kingdom.
So what are the areas that your heart longs for? Where is your heart and treasure?
■Is it food?
■Is it sex?
■Is it dirty pictures and books?
■Is it being loved?
■Is it shopping?
■Is it alcohol?
■Is it drugs?
■Is it wanting to rest all the time?
■Is it wanting to be liked by everyone?
■Is it wanting to be affirmed?
■Is it being better than others?
■Is it wanting a lot of money so that you can be happy buying what ever you think will make you happy?
■Is it working too much to make a lot of money?
■Is it getting always your way?
■Is it vanity?
■Is it dressing sexually so that you are desired by others?
■Is it making quick money by gambling?
■Is it winning video and computer games?
■Is it watching television and soap operas to avoid living our own lives?
■Is it watching and talking about sports?
■Is it talking about others so we do not have to look at your own defects?
Jesus tells us that our evil desires, that lead into sin and away from Him is our heart.
For from the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. Matt. 15:19
The prophet Joel reminds us that Lent is about changing the heart from which come our thoughts and then the will puts those desires into action.
Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning. And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. Who knoweth but he will return, and forgive, and leave a blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Sion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, Gather together the people, sanctify the church, assemble the ancients, gather together the little ones, and them that suck at the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the bride out of her bride chamber. Joel 2:12-16.
So, if this lent we can fall more in love with God and Mary, our hearts will want their love and trust their advise. It will be easier to not sin. Only then, can our hearts rest in God and Mary.
Other desires never give final rest. The transitory pleasures that our hearts desire never last. We all know this. We have experienced it a thousand times. But for some reason, we keep on falling for the same old trick of our flesh and the devil. If I just could have this sexual experience, buy this, have this person love me, eat that, go there, make more money, have that perfect job, house, spouse, children; then I will be happy forever.
So again, this lent let us watch carefully what our hearts desire. Let us redirect our desires toward God, Mary and the eternal things that fulfill and last for ever.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics to know this and to be encouraged to let go of passing worldly pleasures and put our hearts set on those of Heaven and God’s love
There is no doubt that children of divorce pay a high price in suffering because of their parent’s decisions. One of the main reasons our society is in such trouble is because of the effects divorce has on the children. Depression, suicide, promiscuity, drug abuse, homelessness, etc… are just a few of the consequences. It is nearly impossible to go through a day without meeting someone who has been affected by divorce. We need to keep praying to Mary and the Saints to help parents see the error of their ways and stay together for the sake of their kids and for the sake of society.
Father Carota’s post below sums up well how divorce is devastating to children.
Divorce And Remarrying Hurts Children
Posted on February 21, 2015 by fc
With the Extraordinary Synod On The Family planned for October 2015, we who respect God’s commandments, need to shout out clearly that Marriage vows are sacred and that the part these vows that says “Till Death Do Us Part” means what it says.
If the pope, cardinals, bishops and other powerful people in the Catholic Church cannot respect God’s law, then let us keep the suffering silent victims, the children from divorce families in their awareness. Here are two examples of suffering children have from divorce and adultery that I experienced just in the last few days.
My friend and her granddaughters were here at a parish dinner. The 12 year old had on short leggings and the other 9 year old had tight pants. I hesitated to talk with them about modesty because I had never met them before. But since the grandmother is part of the parish, I approached them with kindness. I told the 12 year old, with much kindness, that tights cause men to want to have sex with her and I knew that is not what she wanted. As you can imagine, it still did not go over that well. But we then begin to have a good talk.
The grandmother told me she has little influence with them because they live with her son’s ex-wife. So I asked what happened. The girls began to tell me how their dad “remarried”, had a child and moved to Texas 3 years ago to be with the “new wife’s” family. The girls told me how much they miss being with their dad.
Agreeing with their sadness, the 9 year old told me that she is full of sorrow inside and has no one to tell about it. She then began to cry. The older girl did not cry, but showed great pain too in her face when we were talking about their parents divorce and father moving away.
I told them that they need to come close to God and Our Lady to find someone with whom they can pour out their interior pain and that that is what God and Mary are here for, to help us when we have no one to turn to in our secret pains.
But I also told them that it makes me mad that they are suffering so much in silence because of the sin of their parents (divorce). I reminded them that breaking God’s rules causes suffering for everyone.
Right now there a millions and millions of silent children victims of parents who;
■only lived together, fought and separated and now share custody over the children,
■did get married, fought, divorced and now share custody and have to move from house to house every week.
■had casual sex, the woman got pregnant and the child never has a dad in his life,
■committed adultery and then went back to their spouse and left the child.
I went to bless a house and the wife told me all about the times her husband has been unfaithful to her. She talked outside so that her girls would not know that her husband is being unfaithful again and be traumatized again as had happened the first time. One of her daughters had to go through counseling to get over her dad’s unfaithfulness. The oldest son is in jail for marijuana too.
How can you protect children from emotional abuse caused by separation, divorce and infidelity of their parents?
■Only date a holy man or woman that is capable of living up to the wedding vows.
■Stay virgins until you are married in the Catholic Church “till death do us part”.
■Husbands be holy, loving, communicating, providing and faithful.
■Wives be holy, loving, communicating, disciplined and faithful.
■Remind yourselves sex and marriage is only for having children, a remedy for sexual concupiscence, and to help each other get to heaven.
■Do everything possible to live a holy married life by assisting at Holy Mass, frequent confession, prayer, reading the Holy Bible, retreats and good advice.
As compassionate Catholics we want justice for these silent children victims of adults who broke their wedding vows or never had the decency to make them before having sex.
Their is also an extremely high percent of sexual abuse of step daughters by stepdads because:
■They are already sinning by living in an adultery relationship,
■They are sexually attracted to the young women who is not their own daughter,
■The mother ignores what is happening because she also is sinning in adultery and is “in love” with this man.
Please write to the pope, your bishop and priests telling them of your personal experiences of pain that you are going through or went through from;
■being sexually abused by your stepdad,
■the trauma of your parents separation and divorce,
■having to see your parents have different sexual partners in your house,
■and having to know about your parent’s adultery.
Make your letter short and factual. They need to be reminded that there is more to compassion then to give the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus to people living in sinful adultery relationships.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know what marriage is all about.
Father Carota’s post below sums up well what we think about the positive and lasting effects of attending the Latin Mass over the Novus Ordo mass.
Attending the Latin Mass has resulted in the following changes: Our eyes were opened to the spiritual warfare the devil and his demons are fighting against us every single minute; we realized how we had allowed secularism and modernism to lead our (former) lives, we realized how the negative effects of sin caused us to make bad decisions; we realized how lost we really were on our path to heaven; and most importantly, we have discovered the (once lost) timeless and priceless treasures of God’s Church. Please start attending the nearest Latin Mass Church (even if you have to drive hours) for the benefit of your family and the world. Save the Liturgy and Save the world.
Who Is A Traditional Catholic?
Posted on February 20, 2015 by fc
As traditional Catholics, trying to be faithful to the Catholic Faith and to extend Christendom, we need to take time to reflect on what direction we should take at this very serious time in the world’s history to see what we should do.
Faces of some of the 21 Coptic Christians before they died for Jesus by the ISIS
To start with, we need to define who we are and what is our mission in this short life.
Here are 20 things that many of us Traditional Catholics have discovered and can identify with and what have made us into who we are today.
1.We are simply Catholics who have discovered the buried treasures of God.
2.It started with finding about the Mass of All Ages, (also called the Latin Mass or the Tridentine Mass), when Pope Benedict promulgated the Summorum Pontificum.
3.From this we have discovered the GREAT difference between New Mass, (Also called Novus Ordo Mass), which most of us have only know, and that of the Latin Mass.
4.We have discovered, to our great surprise, that for the first time in Catholic history the Roman Missal was drastically changed by Bugnini and the Concilium, with the support of Pope Paul VI and promulgated in 1969.
5.We have found out that the Latin Mass has been part of the Roman Rite Catholics for centuries and centuries and developed very slowly in tiny increments over these centuries from the Last Supper and the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
6.We have found out that much of the New Mass, (Canon # 2 which is almost exclusively used at all Catholic Masses), and the new rubrics were created by Bugnini and the Concilium.
7.We have found out that the protestant advisers at Vatican II were very successful in helping put together the New Mass and saying it into the vernacular.
8.We can see clearly the emphasis of the Sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary at the Latin Mass.
9.We clearly see that the emphasis in the New Mass is put on the Last Supper and “do this in remembrance” like the protestant Martin Luther desired it to be.
10.We clearly see the protestant emphasis on the congregation and the presider over the assembly versus the emphasis in the Latin Mass of the priest offering Sacrifice in Persona Christi.
11.We experience the man centered gathering at the New Mass where people come to feel good, to look at the priest they like, to do what they want, dress how they want, (sexy women dressed immodestly and men poorly dressed in shorts), talk when they want, hear the homily they want and text when they are bored. Where as in the Latin Mass, it is very quiet, most people dress well and are respectful of Jesus in the Tabernacle, kneel in prayer and women wear veils.
12.We notice people arrive early at the Latin Mass to pray and stay after to give thanks. In the Novus Ordo Mass, some people come late and leave early.
13.At the Novus Ordo Mass we hear mostly man pleasing songs, (hip hop music), with choirs showing off in front of church. Where as at the Latin Mass, the Choir is hidden up in the Choir loft just to support the Holy Latin Mass with organ music and gregorian chant or other ancient sacred hymns, (and many of the songs are in Latin).
14.Then we found out that the New Sacrament Rites of the Catholic Church have eliminated much of the very very important prayers of the Rites, (like exorcisms against the devil), and have been replace by new prayers and rubrics.
15.We see the huge difference contained in the words and rubrics of the Pre-Vatican II Sacraments and for this reason have our children receive the Sacraments in the ancient Latin Rites.
16.We experience the watered down preaching at the New Mass and the deep spiritual and practical preaching at the Latin Mass.
17.We see a lot of talk on love in the Novus Ordo Church but with very little love for saving souls from the devil purgatory or Hell. But the love from the Novus Ordo Catholics is rarely shown to us traditional Catholics, instead they hate us, persecute us and make it almost impossible to have the Sacraments in the ancient Rites that Pope Benedict allowed all Catholics to have since Summorum Pontificum in 2007.
18.We have heard a lot of talk about Ecology and Social Justice at the Novus Ordo Church, but without ever going to the root of these problems, which is personal SIN.
19.We have seen that changes in catechesis has produced the fruits of almost all of our families becoming atheist, agnostic, protestant or non-denominationals. They no longer believe in sin, hear rock or rap music, dress immodestly, live with anyone they want, have children all over the place, get abortions and have serious vices of drug abuse, alcohol abuse and pornography. And they see nothing wrong with their own sins or with homosexual sex or “marriage”.
20.We traditional Catholics believe in the 2000 years of Catholic teachings, practices and tradition. We believe sin is sin as Jesus taught. We believe in the Holy Bible as the actual authoritative Word of God. We believe in obeying the laws of God contained in our Catholic faith. We believe in Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, the devil and his demons. We believe that one mortal sin not repented of and confessed, will lead us to eternal damnation.
More or less this is what we have discovered and believe. Many of us believe that the Vatican II Council was a disaster. The New Church people believe that it is the best thing that happened in the history of the Catholic Church and want to implement it more and more or have an even more liberal Council Vatican III.
On a whole, we traditional Catholics believe that the heresies of modernism, secularism and progressivism, condemned by Pope Pius X, have caused all the problems in the Catholic Church and is very much alive and active today in almost every part of the Church’s Sacraments and hierarchy. The heresy of modernism was condemned in the encyclical Pascendi Domini Gregis by Pope Pius X Sept. 8, 1907