Are you disheartened by the scandal? Despondent over the confusion, lack of faith and disrespect of clergy and laity alike? Take some home in the last words of the great St. Catherine of Siena.
“After all these tribulations and miseries, in a way beyond all human understanding, God will purify Holy Church by awakening the spirit of the elect. This will lead to such and improvement in the Church of God and such a renewal in the lives of her holy pastors that at the mere though of it my spirit exalts in the Lord. The bird who now is ugly and ill-clothes will then, as I have told you often before, be most beautiful, adorned with precious gems and covered with the diadem of all virtues. All the faithful will rejoice to be honored by such pastors, and even unbelievers, attracted by the sweepstakes’s odor of Jesus Christ, will return to the Catholic fold and be converted to the true Pastor and Bishop of their souls. Give thanks to the Lord, therefore, who after the tempest will give His Church a period of splendid calm.”
– St. Catherine of Siena (her very last words)
There was a time when I used a flatbed scanner to scan old pictures. But, today, the iPhone camera produces a much higher resolution and its much easier than the clunky software that comes with them. The only problem has been to hold the camera still. My solution was to make an adjustable stand for my iPhone. So, I did just that in about 15 minutes today. Here are three pics of my stand.
On Thursday, I celebrated my first Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form. It was very moving to all gathered – the congregation, the servers, and myself included. It makes me think. Why did we give this up? For some things, like the traditional Mass, words are not necessary. The Church’s Liturgy speaks for itself. Here are a few pics.
Elevation of the Sacred Host
Requiem in æternam
During this centennial of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. It’s important to return to and understand this most important events. We begin today with the apparitions of the Angel of Fatima. We also have some feedback to share.
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