Il reviendra avec son coeur immense, avec son coeur de flamme, son âme de pauvre et son sourire. Il reviendra ! Et le Coeur Immaculé de Marie triomphera! I love this motto from the late Abbé de Nantes’ periodical for … Continue reading
On Holy Communion
[The following is from Questions Asked by Protestants Briefly Answered by Father M. Philipps, Rector of St. Joseph’s Church, Buffalo, NY.; Cabinet of Catholic Information, 1903; Imprimatur: Archbishop Farley.] What difference is there between the Communion of Catholics and that … Continue reading
Cardinal Meisner of Cologne Addresses Priests in Rome on Importance of Confession
CatholicOnline reports: While priests from 110 different countries listened attentively, Cardinal Meisner insisted that the priest must experience both sides of the confessional screen as a dedicated confessor and as humble penitent. He must patiently dedicate many hours to the … Continue reading
Pope Stresses Centrality of the Eucharist, the True Presence of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament
Here is a clip from the Holy Father’s address today to the Brazilian bishops in Rome for their ad limina visit: Addressing how people should participate in the liturgy, Pope Benedict said that a Christian’s “primary attitude” during the liturgical … Continue reading
Confessions Are Not Valid Over the Telephone
Zenit reports: “For the faithful Catholic,” the spokesman clarified, “[confession] has a sacramental meaning which requires the effective presence of a priest.” Full article here.
24 Hour Confessions to be Offered in 51 NYC parishes March 5-6.
CNA reports: A young adults group in the Archdiocese of New York has recently announced a 24-hour confession event which will take place in March during the 2010 Lenten season. The Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Adults (CSPYA) group is … Continue reading
Pope Stresses the Necessity of Going to Confession
Zenit News: Benedict XVI today encouraged the faithful — and particularly priests — to trust in God’s goodness and approach the sacrament of confession. Read more here.
Father McBrien Finds Eucharistic Adoration Useless for Educated People
Father McBrien just keeps marching on, treading new paths, looking for new frontiers so to expand his evolving theology. Of course I don’t read his column, but occasionally some traditional Catholic writer whom I do read takes him to task … Continue reading
Confess Your Sins!
St. Francis de Sales, the Bishop of Geneva, was responsible for the conversion of Lady Stafford, a Protestant noble woman, who had formerly been intransigent in her opposition to the Catholic Faith. After going to one of his Masses, she … Continue reading
St. Francis of Assisi on the Priesthood
Listen, my brothers: If the Blessed Virgin is so honored, as it is right, since she carried Him in her most holy womb; if the blessed Baptist trembled and did not dare to touch the holy head of God; if … Continue reading
J.R.R. Tolkien and the Eucharist
It is well known that J.R.R. Tolkien, the celebrated fantasy writer who gave us The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a Catholic. He was not a writer who just happened to be also a Catholic; he was … Continue reading
On the Necessity of the Sacrament of Penance
Our Lord once said to His disciples, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” These words of our Divine Master ever remain true, because He Who said so is God and Truth itself. It is to each one of us … Continue reading
Joining Worship of the Eucharist with Devotion to Mary
In Catholic piety, worship of the Eucharist and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary are usually seen as two separate things. There are religious orders dedicated to promoting each.
The Eucharist in Four Simple Mysteries
Introduction By Brother Francis, M.I.C.M. Perhaps the most challenging words Our Blessed Lord uttered on the earth were those by which he proclaimed the reality of the Eucharist: Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you; Except … Continue reading