Pope Saint Clement Knew That No One Could Disobey a True Pope

This is a republished reflection about Pope Saint Clement that includes the following passage from Dom Prosper Gueranger's The Liturgical Year:

With only one exception, all of the documents which attest Clement's intervention in the affairs of distant churches have perished with time; but the one that remains shows us in full action the monarchical power of the bishop of Rome at that primitive epoch. The church of Corinth was disturbed with intestine quarrels caused by jealously against certain pastors. These divisions, the germ of which had appeared even in St. Paul's time, had destroyed all peace, and were causing scandal to the very pagans. The Corinthians at last felt the necessity of putting an end to a disorder which might be prejudicial to the extension of the Christian faith; and for this purpose it was requisite to seek assistance from outside. The apostle had all departed this life, except St. John, who was still the light of the Church. It was not great distance from Corinth to Ephesus where the apostle resided: yet it was not to Ephesus but to Rome that the church of Corinth turned. Clement examined the case referred to his judgment by that church, and sent to Corinth five commissaries to represent the Apostolic See. They were bearers of a letter, which St. Irenaeus calls potentissimas litteras. It was considered at the time so beautiful and so apostolic, that it was long read in many churches as a sort of continuation of the canonical Scriptures. Its tone is dignified but paternal, according to St. Peter's advice to pastors. There is nothing in it of a domineering spirit; but the grave and solemn language bespeaks the universal pastor, whom none can disobey without disobeying God Himself. These words so solemn and so firm wrought the desired effect: peace was re-established in the church of Corinth, and the messengers of the Roman Pontiff soon brought back the happy news. A century later, St. Dionysius, bishop of Corinth, expressed to Pope St. Soter the gratitude still felt by his flock towards Clement for the service he had rendered. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year.)

Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B,, understood that was and can be no such thing as "resistance" to a true and legitimate Successor of Saint Peter.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Clement, pray for us.

Saint Cecilia: Valiant Model of Heroic Catholic Purity

oday is the Feast of Saint Cecilia, a heroic model of Catholic purity and of martyrdom for the Holy Faith.

Yes, the secular world celebrates a different “holy day” today. While we can always Catholicize such days, our first obligation is to live the liturgical life of the Catholic Church and not to be the prisoners of a secular calendar that has sought to replace Christmas Day with “thanksgiving day.” Every day is a Thanksgiving Day for a Catholic. (See the article below this one for a reflection on the secular thanksgiving day.

On the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a short reflection on the feast day, which is followed by an appendix including the description of the Presentation of Our Lady as found in The New English Edition of The Mystical City of God.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

At the Point of No Return as Captain Kangaroo Holds Court

The circus is back in town, and it is being led by a latter-day Captain Kangaroo who is running a kangaroo court on Capitol Hill.

While the ongoing coup by naturalists who belong to the organized crime family of the naturalist “left” against the naturalist in the White House is interesting, we are simply witnessing what must happen to men and their nations when they are not subordinate to Christ the King and His Catholic Church. The “left” may not oust Trump, but they will prevail sooner or later as naturalism of any kind is evil and that which is evil can never be used to defeat another kind of naturalism.

The only defense against naturalism is Catholicism.

Have you read that before on this website?

Well, you can read it yet again.

Another original article will follow in about five days. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Felix of Valois, pray for us.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Suffered at the Hands of Her Own Family

This is a republished reflection on the suffering endured by the very first member of the Third Order of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, who suffered much at the hands of her family members and even at the hands of the poor whose welfare she provided so generously when her husband, Louis, was the Landgrieve of Thuringia.

My commentary on the new naturalist circus that is captivating the attention of Americans is turning out to be much longer and more detailed than I thought it would be originally. There is just a bit more work to do on the commentary today, and I also expect to have word from the printer as to estimated date of having some copies of "To Live in Light of Eternity" so that I can make them available for sale to the readership of this site. 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us.

Pope Saint Pontianus, pray for us.

Saint Josaphat Kuncewicz Laid Down His Life to Do What Conciliarism Forbids

This is a republished reflection on the life and martrydom of Saint Josaphat Kuncewicz, whose feast is celebrated today.

Saint Jospahat Kuncewicz did what conciliarism forbids, namely, seeking the conversion of the heretical and schismatic Orthodox to the Catholic Church, she who is the one and only true Church founded by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope. 

The current pretender in Rome has carried on the conciliar "tradition" of claiming that the Orthodox churches are simply a branch of "Christianity." This brief reflection refutes that false contention. Indeed, the very life of Saint Jospahat Kuncewicz is a refutation of that false contention.

The next original article is progressing, although it may not be ready for publication by Monday, November 18, 2019, the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul as it deals with the ongoing coup against the current president of the United States of America. As per usual, the article attempts to make all the proper distinctions while illustrating yet again that it is only a matter of time before the statists get total control even if the current coup is unsuccessful.

Powerful forces of darkness have been let loose in the world by means of the errors of Modernity and the errors of Modernism, to say nothing of our own sins. We need to pray, fast and make many sacrifices for the restoration of a true pope on the Throne of Saint Peter and, obviously, to save our own souls as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary in these perilous times.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Josaphat Kuncewicz, pray for us.

Jorge the Idolatrous Scoundrel Plays the Race Card

The title of this brief article is self-explanatory.

Another original article should be published by Friday, November 15, 2019, the Feast of Saint Albert the Great, and it is by that time that I should be ready to take pre-orders for Volume One of To Live in the Light of Eternity.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us.

Saint Mennas, pray for us.

Let the "Communion Wars" of 2020 Begin!

There are several developments in the thoroughly un-Catholic world of conciliarism that have made headlines in recent weeks, including the courageous Alexander Tschugguel’s identifying himself as the man who organized the symbolic drowning of the Pachamama idols in the Tiber River.

This commentary, however, focuses on the courageous action of “Father” Robert Morey, a conciliar presbyter in the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, in denying Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., what purports to be Holy Communion during a staging of the Protestant and Judeo-Masonic liturgical abomination of desolation.

Unfortunately, for “Father” Morey, however, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has never met a pro-abortion politician he has not fawned all over and praised with great enthusiasm. To make matters worse, Timothy Michael Dolan, the supposed “conservative” “archbishop” of New York, damned Morey with faint praise while protesting that he, Dolan, preferred “persuasion.”

You get the idea.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

All Saints, pray for us.

Make Friends of the Poor Souls

One of ways in which we can practice true Charity is to remember the Poor Souls every day in our prayers. Terrible, terrible sinner that I am, one of my devotions has long been to the Poor Souls. To help the Poor Souls repay the debt that they can no longer pay for themselves is to acquire friends for eternity who will help us at the moment of our own deaths. Charity to the Poor Souls can help to undo our own lack of charity to others in this passing, mortal vale of tears. This is indeed the month of the Poor Souls. Let us show them our due attention each and every day of the year, especially in this month of November.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

The Glorious Celebration of the Church Militant in Heaven

Our one and only goal in this life is to get home to Heaven by dying in a state of Sanctifying Grace as a member of the Catholic Church. Absolutely nothing else matters. The path to Heaven runs through the Cross of our Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as we consecrate ourselves to Him totally through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother.

We must embrace suffering and humiliation and hardship with equanimity, joy and gratitude, mindful of the fact that Our Lady desires use whatever merits we earn from our embrace of our sufferings for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity and for the good of souls, especially the Poor Souls in the Church Suffering in Purgatory, whose intentions we must remember every day and especially during this month of November. There is no other path to the triumph of the empty tomb other than the suffering of the Cross.

We must also forgive right readily those who have offended us in any way and to ask forgiveness from those whom we have offended, whether advertently or inadvertently. Nothing anyone does to us or says about us is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during his Passion and Death and that caused His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart to be pierced through and through with Seven Swords of Sorrow. 

The good, the bad and the ugly of ever person's life is revealed only on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the living and the dead. Let us be content to bear with suffering, humiliation, ostracism and mockery now as a means of so dying to self that we will consider it to be a great honor to be crushed and brought low in the sight of men. Suffering is indeed the path to triumph!

We must continue to pray for each other on a daily basis, praying especially that the disagreements of the present moment in this time of apostasy and betrayal will be washed away by the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and by the maternal intercession of His Most Blessed Mother.

If we want to be in Heaven for all eternity, you see, in the presence of the Most Blessed Trinity, Our Lady, Saint Joseph and all of the angels of the saints, then it is a pretty good idea to pray for everyone whom God's Providence has placed in our paths, hoping that those from whom we might be estranged at the present time, especially because of the divisions among Catholics created by conciliarism and its apostasies, will be united with us for all eternity in the glories of Heaven, please God that each of us dies in a state of Sanctifying Grace.

One of ways in which we can practice true Charity is to remember the Poor Souls every day in our prayers. Terrible, terrible sinner that I am, one of my devotions has long been to the Poor Souls. To help the Poor Souls repay the debt that they can no longer pay for themselves is to acquire friends for eternity who will help us at the moment of our own deaths. Charity to the Poor Souls can help to undo our own uncharity to others in this passing, mortal vale of tears. This is indeed the month of the Poor Souls.

Let us show them our due attention each and every day of the year, especially in this month of November. Remember, of course, that from noon today on All Saints' Day through midnight of the Commemoration of All Souls tomorrow the Catholic faithful, as often as they visit a church or to pray for the dead, reciting six times during each visit the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intentions of Holy Mother Church may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, under the usual conditions of making a good Confession within a week before or after, worthily receiving Holy Communion within the week and having the right intention of heart. This is called the Toties Quoties Indulgence.

Also, courtesy of the Daily Catholic website, are the Thirty-Day De Profundis Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. (Link provided in text of this brief reflection.)

Finally, the next original article for this site is nearing completion. Although I am working on getting out a series of anthologies of my spiritual/liturgical reflections, I will continue to write as time and my own physical ability, which on some days is limited because of the chronically deteriorated state of my lower spine, permit. Thank you.

A blessed All Saints Day to you all!

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

All the Saints, pray for us.

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