Thursday, May 25, 2006

I'm glad that certain Native Americans...
are opposing the opening of a 'clinic' on a reservation to kill their children off before birth.
Didn't some slimeball during the Indian Wars say "The only good Indian is a dead Indian" ? It's a crying shame that a few Native Americans seem to be buying that disgusting line now...
St. Philip's Day...
is tommorow !
The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
is today. There is information on it here and here.

The Ascension of our Lord and Saviour is an event ever to be commemorated with joy and thanksgiving, for St. Paul tells us in the text that He ascended to the right hand of God, and there makes intercession for us. Hence it is our comfort to know, that "if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins." [1 John ii. 1, 2.] As the Jewish High Priest, after the solemn sacrifice for the people on the great day of Atonement, went into the Holy of Holies with the blood of the victim, and sprinkled it upon the Mercy-Seat, so Christ has entered into Heaven itself, to present (as it were) before the Throne that sacred Tabernacle which was the instrument of His passion,—His pierced hands and wounded side,—in token of the atonement which He has effected for the sins of the world.

Wonder and awe must always mingle with the thankfulness which the revealed dispensation of mercy raises in our minds. And this, indeed, is an additional cause of thankfulness, that Almighty God has disclosed to us enough of His high Providence to raise such sacred and reverent feelings. Had He merely told us that He had pardoned us, we should have had overabundant cause for blessing and praising Him; but in showing us somewhat of the means, in vouchsafing to tell what cannot wholly be told, in condescending to abase heavenly things to the weak and stammering tongues of earth, He has enlarged our gratitude, yet sobered it with fear. We are allowed with the Angels to obtain a glimpse of the mysteries of Heaven, "to rejoice with trembling." Therefore, so far from considering the Truths of the Gospel as a burden, because they are beyond our understanding, we shall rather welcome them and exult in them, nay, and feel an antecedent stirring of heart towards them, for the very reason that they are above us.

Venerable John Henry Newman, Parochial and Plain Sermons

It is also the anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Drew Morgan, C.O., to the priesthood. Ad multos annos, Fr. Drew !

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I guess this should go in the "small world" file...
I was looking through the posts of the Catholic Carnival- and one of them turns out to be about an old friend of mine. It includes a picture of him and a link to his dissertation. (Eugene, if you're reading this, hi ! )
The Catholic Carnival
is up.
Two more days...
until St. Philip's Day...
The Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians
is today. There is information on it here.
Mary is the "Auxilium Christianorum," the Help of Christians
by Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O.

Our glorious Queen, since her Assumption on high, has been the minister of numberless services to the elect people of God upon earth, and to His Holy Church. This title of "Help of Christians" relates to those services of which the Divine Office, while recording and referring to the occasion on which it was given her, recounts five, connecting them more or less with the Rosary.

The first was on the first institution of the Devotion of the Rosary by St. Dominic, when, with the aid of the Blessed Virgin, he succeeded in arresting and overthrowing the formidable heresy of the Albigenses in the South of France.

The second was the great victory gained by the Christian fleet over the powerful Turkish Sultan, in answer to the intercession of Pope St. Pius V., and the prayers of the Associations of the Rosary all over the Christian world; in lasting memory of which wonderful mercy Pope Pius introduced her title "Auxilium Christianorum" into her Litany; and Pope Gregory XIII., who followed him, dedicated the first Sunday in October, the day of the victory, to Our Lady of the Rosary.

The third was, in the words of the Divine Office, "the glorious victory won at Vienna, under the guardianship of the Blessed Virgin, over the most savage Sultan of the Turks, who was trampling on the necks of the Christians; in perpetual memory of which benefit Pope Innocent XI. dedicated the Sunday in the Octave of her Nativity as the feast of her august Name."

The fourth instance of her aid was the victory over the innumerable force of the same Turks in Hungary on the Feast of St. Mary ad Nives, in answer to the solemn supplication of the Confraternities of the Rosary; on occasion of which Popes Clement XI. and Benedict XIII. gave fresh honour and privilege to the Devotion of the Rosary.

And the fifth was her restoration of the Pope's temporal power, at the beginning of this century, after Napoleon the First, Emperor of the French, had taken it from the Holy See; on which occasion Pope Pius VII. set apart May 24, the day of this mercy, as the Feast of the Help of Christians, for a perpetual thanksgiving.

It is also the the feast of St. Simeon Stylites the Younger, Priest .

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Only three days...
until St. Philip's Day !
Also, today is the 455th anniversary of the ordination of Filippo Romolo Neri to the priesthood. Happy anniversary, St. Philip !
The Feast of St. John Baptist Rossi, Priest
is today. There is information on him here.