Back to the President of Poland

This guy is awesome! If only we could, would, elect someone like him. His first stop as president-elect was at the Shrine of Jasna Gora, Queen of Poland. Imagine of a president-elect of the United States made his first stop at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception? We must pray. There is nothing that God cannot do, “For nothing is impossible with God.” He and His mother can put an end to the faithless control of our great nation and set her back on her divine destiny as a “Light to all nations.” Let us pray for our president, our elected officials and for our fellow citizens that together, we may restore the USA to her dignity.

Presidents and politicians

It is possible for presidents and politicians to be good Catholic citizens and it is possible for them to become saints.

There are a number of saints that they can use as their example. St. Casimir, beloved of both Lithuanians and Poles. He was often found kneeling in prayer outside of closed churches. St. Louis IX, the only king of France to be canonized. St. Isabel of Portugal, married to the King of Portugal. Elizabeth was a Third Order Franciscan. These are just three of the many men and women who severed their nations, but served God first.

his great video of the new president of Poland chasing after a host that had flown away during an outdoor Mass. If only all Presidents and politicians had such a love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and His Holy Church. H/t to Fr. Z

iPadre #330 – Interview with Fr. Basil of Norcia (b)

cover300I was told that were still problems with the episode, so it should be fixed now. In this episode, we interview Fr. Basil from the Benedictine Monks of Norcia, Italy about their new album “Benedicta: Marian Chants From Norcia.” In the next episode, we will continue our tour of the Mass.

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“Jesus Has Come Back”

Last evening, Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 concluded with a Solemn High Pontifical Mass, celebrated by Bishop Joseph Perry. At the conclusion of the Mass, there was a Solemn Echaristic Procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Hundreds of Catholics, including priests, deacons, seminarians and laity exited St. Catherine of Siena Church on E. 68th St. and headed south on 1st Avenue. Traffic was being directed by the great men in blue of NYC. Our first stop was St. John Nepomucene on the corner of 1st Avenue and E 66th St. After a period of Adoration, we once again took to the streets. Exiting St. John’s, we continued east on E 66th St., heading toward out final destination, St. Vincent Ferrer on the corner of E 66th St. and Lexington Ave. You can view the route of our procession on Google Maps. Along the pilgrimage route, all carried a processional candle to light the way for the Living Lord Jesus. Along the route, there was no heckling, but you could see many did not know what the “parade” was all about. Hymns were sung in both Latin and the vernacular. Along E 66th St., I had a very beautiful experience. A doorman for one of the apartment buildings was standing outside observing the procession, people were looking out windows and watching all along the way. However, as we approached the doorman, I clearly heard him say: “It has returned!” “It has come back!” A nearby woman asked him what had returned. He went on to say: “The Corpus Christi Procession.” “Jesus has has come back.” I was deeply moved by the excitement of this man, and the simple sharing of his faith with a woman who did not know, “Jesus has come back!” Tradition works! If we want to see the New Evangelization bear fruit, it begins with the Sacred Liturgy, so that everyone can witness that “Jesus has come back!


The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States

There is a great post about the posture of receiving Holy Communion in the United States(standing and in the hand). This practice has a very shady background in the way that it was forced on us and and a break with the Church’s long standing tradition. Most bishops were against the change, but games were played and we have been suffering from the results of this practice ever since. Christian Browne makes some really good points that would should all prayerfully reflect on.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the “Year of Mercy.” Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in the Church. The anxiety over the coming Synod on the Family is substantial and growing, with the German bishops’ recent moves to formally ignore the Church’s teachings on sexual morality and the family. Their corruption, and the decayed state of the Church in Europe, is a source of much distress.

The social and political situation in the United States is also of concern. Soon, the Supreme Court may declare homosexual “marriage” a constitutional right. The Obama era has been marked by a series of assaults on religious liberty and the Church’s future ability to freely exercise its prerogatives is uncertain.

It seems an apt time, therefore, for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to take stock of the state of affairs ad intra Eccelsiam. By clearly examining the health of the inner life of the American Church, the bishops can lay a better foundation for dealing with the challenges from the outside.

Of particular concern these fifty years after the Council ought to be the changes made to the liturgy in the United States in the late 1960s and 1970s, implemented by, and under the authority of, the bishops’ conference. And the most fundamental of these changes relates to the manner of reception of Holy Communion at Mass, whereby the vast majority of today’s communicants receive Communion in the hand while standing.

Read the whole post here.

H/t to Father Jerabek