Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Merveilleux Sénégal

I have adopted Senegal (and Morocco for a second team) for the World Cup this year and the boys have started out the campaign in the best way possible.  A victory over the favorites of the group, Poland!


Educates Him Wholly

“The Church, through the temple and Divine service, acts upon the entire man, educates him wholly; acts upon his sight, hearing, smelling, feeling, taste, imagination, mind, and will, by the splendour of the icons and of the whole temple, by the ringing of bells, by the singing of the choir, by the fragrance of the incense, the kissing of the Gospel, of the cross and the holy icons, by the prosphoras, the singing, and sweet sound of the readings of the Scriptures.”

-St. John of Kronstadt

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Reality of Hell

“Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent.”

-Account of what the Theotokos revealed to the three children at Fatima (1917)

How I wish I could instill this reality into the hearts of man.  This reality of hell.  This bottomless pit which many will have chosen by their actions in life.

Be alert!  The Bridegroom cometh!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hide Themselves

"There are two classes of people who hide themselves: the criminal who flees punishment, and the saint who through humility wishes to remain unknown"

-Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange 

The Beard

"The beard signifies the courageous; the beard distinguishes the grown men, the earnest, the active, the vigorous. So that when we describe such, we say, he is a bearded man."
-St. Augustine

"We shall wear the beard after the example of Christ and our first saints, since it is something manly, natural, severe, despised and austere."
-Capuchin Constitutions of 1536

Brazilian Friars, circa 1875

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pray the Traditional Divine Office!

"I close my eyes, and while my lips murmur the words of the Breviary which I know by heart, I leave behind their literal meaning, and feel that I am in that endless land where the Church, militant and pilgrim, passes, walking towards the promised fatherland. I breathe with the Church in the same light by day, the same darkness by night; I see on every side of me the forces of evil that beset and assail Her; I find myself in the midst of Her battles and victories, Her prayers of anguish and Her songs of triumph, in the midst of the oppression of prisoners, the groans of the dying, the rejoicing of the armies and captains victorious. I find myself in their midst, but not as a passive spectator; nay rather, as one whose vigilance and skill, whose strength and courage can bear a decisive weight on the outcome of the struggle between good and evil, and upon the eternal destinies of individual men and of the multitude."

-Blessed Cardinal Ildefonso Schuster