Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Glory of Jerusalem

Praised be Jesus and Mary forever and ever! I love and thank thee, O Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, for it was by thy intercession that friends and family generously donated $1,692 this week to help me clear more debt and get closer to starting formation to serve God and thee as a priest.

"And when she was come out to him, they all blessed her with one voice, saying: 'Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honor of our people'" (Judith 15:10).

Thank you everyone for continuing to help - God bless you and yours!

Ave Maria!

Images: Aquinas & More, 2nd image source unknown

I Warn You, As I Warned You Before

'If I saw anyone about to fall into a pit or a fire, would I not run up to him and warn him, and do all in my power to help him from falling in? Why should I not do this much to keep sinners from falling into the pit and fires of Hell?

Neither can I understand why other priests who believe the selfsame truths as I do, as we all must do, do not preach or exhort their flock so that they might avoid this unbearable eternity of Hell. It is still a source of wonder to me how the laity - those men and women blessed with the Faith - do not give warning to those who need it. If a house were to catch fire in the middle of the night, and if the inhabitants of the same house and the other townsfolk were asleep and did not see the danger, would not the one who first noticed it shout and run along the streets, exclaiming: "Fire! Fire! In that house over there!" Then why should there not be a warning of eternal fire to waken those who are drifting in the sleep of sin in such a way that when they open their eyes they will find themselves burning in the eternal flames of Hell?' 
 St. Anthony Mary Claret

17 Proofs of the Real Presence

With the gift of faith, we can appreciate at least seventeen means by which “Jesus confirmed His followers in their faith in regard to the Holy Eucharist” – Fr. Michael Müller, one of my favorite authors (lots of his works are at this page) goes into much more detail in the book cited at the end of this post:

1. “The institution of the feast of Corpus Christi” by the Church in 1264

2. Excommunication by the Church of those who denied it, and “preaching and writing in defense of the Real Presence”

3. The angels adore the Eucharist (testimony of St. John Chrysostom, St. Euthymius, St. Anastasius, St. Gudwal, St. Bridget of Sweden, Pope St. Gregory I, St. Oswald, etc.)

4. “Souls in Purgatory” appeared to say they needed Masses to be freed (testimony from Bl. Henry Suso, St. Bernard)

5. Children proclaimed the Real Presence (like St. Jane Frances de Chantal when she was five)

6. Satan proclaimed the Real Presence during public exorcisms of Nicole Aubrey in Laon, France, which ended on 2/8/1556

7. Miraculous hosts (Augsburg in 1194)

8. “Supernatural Favors” beyond number obtained by praying to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (Anne de la Fosse in 1725, Emperor Maximilian I of Austria, St. Peter of Alcantara, St. Francis de Sales, Ann Clery of Metz)

9. “Divine chastisements” for those denying or blaspheming the Real Presence (the miserable and sudden deaths of the blasphemer in Edinghausen on 1/5/1807; the impious barber of Turin witnessed by M. Raet, the Lutheran nobleman in Erfurt in 1563; the son of the mayor of Duren in the 1850s, Mrs. H in Massachusetts, one of the pillagers of the Ursuline convent of Charlestown Massachusetts, a scoffer in Rottwell whose damned soul haunted his house after his death, a man in Treves Germany dropping dead right after blaspheming a Eucharistic Procession)

10. “Panic-stricken soldiers” fleeing “in terror” when St. Clare of Assisi held up the Blessed Sacrament

11. “Rays of light issuing from the Sacred Host” (a monk interviewed by John Moschus; in 1453 in Turin; in Favernay in France as related by St. Francis de Sales; Giuseppe and Giovanni Orefice at S. Pietro à Paterno in Naples on 2/18/1772; many instances during the time of the heretic John Wycliffe)

12. “Miraculous Communions” (St. Barbara carrying Communion to St. Stanislaus, St. Michael carrying communion, the miraculous Communion and holy death of Bl. Imelda Lambertini †1333; St. John of Vianney’s parishioners; St. Bonaventure,

13. “Blood issuing from the Sacred Host” (parish church at Vrigne-aux-Bois in 1859; in Bohemia during the time of King Wencelas IV; Peter of Cavenelas, O.S.H.; the hosts stolen by John de Luvain from “the church of St. John the Baptist at Malembeck” in 1369; also you can Google “Eucharistic miracles”)

14. Saints “could detect the Blessed Sacrament even when hidden, and at a distance” (Bl. Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D. †1660; Bl. Ida of Louvain †1300; Cassetus the Carmelite; St. Colette of Corbie, P.C.C.; Juliana the Cistercian nun; St. Francis Borgia; St. Lidwina of Schiedam [also Bl. Margaret of Costello]

15. “Irrational animals proclaim the Real Presence” (the obstinate heretic Bovillus converting after the hungry donkey bowed to the Blessed Sacrament held by St. Anthony of Padua; the sheep that always followed St. Francis of Assisi would kneel at the consecration during Mass; the baker’s untrained dog at Lisbon; the bees building a monstrance around a stolen Host in Germany)

16. The good Lord visibly appearing as a Child or a Man (Bl. Widukind of Westphalia in 804; Thomas Catimpré in Douay; Fr. Plegile; Pope St. Gregory I the Great; Mr. Pollworth who was received into the Church by Fr. Anthony Urbanek in 1848)

17. “The Supernatural Effects of Holy Communion” (the martyrdoms of St. Lawrence, St. Vincent, St. Ignatius of Antioch and many others; the survival on Holy Communion alone by St. Catherine of Siena, a virgin in Rome, St. Nicholas of Flue, St. Liberalis of Athens, and many others): “‘No, no!’ said I to myself with eyes bathed in tears, God alone can make such deep impressions on the soul; God alone can thus absorb our minds and make us forget all creatures; God alone can thus calm the most violent passions; God alone can so change hearts, draw them to Him, and constitute their happiness here below!”[1]

[1] Fr. Michael Müller, C.Ss.R., God the Teacher of Mankind: The Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Penance (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1884), 58-145 <>

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The Four Ends of the Mass

"The Sacrifice of the Mass is offered for Four Ends: Adoration, Atonement, Thanksgiving, and Peition."

This was recently posted by Brian Williams, The Liturgy Guy; cf. Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Review of Treasure and Tradition: The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass. Please keep Brian and Dr. Peter in your daily prayers.

God Is The Only Goal

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ice and Snow, Bless the Lord

📷: The Sea of Ice or The Wreck of Hope by Caspar David Friedrich (1823-1824) -

Do Penance

📷: Fra Girolamo Savonarola, O.P. (1452-1498) via

Martin Luther Is In Hell

Luther was the sport of his unbridled passions, of pride, resentment, and lust … he was turbulent, abusive, and sacrilegious, in the highest degree … he was the trumpeter of sedition, civil war, rebellion, and desolation; and … by his own account, he was the scholar of Satan, in the most important article of his pretended Reformation. I have made out nearly as heavy a charge against his chief followers, Carlostad, Zuinglius, Ochin, Calvin, Beza, and Cranmer. 
Fr. John Milner, The End of Religious Controversy (Baltimore: Fielding Lucas, Jr., 1846), 128 (
Luther closed his career by a death corresponding to his intemperate and immoral life. He had been a professed religious of the Order of St. Augustine; but, throwing off the cowl, he married the abbess of a certain nunnery, and finally, in the year 1564, having supped sumptuously, as was his custom, he was attacked suddenly in the night by mortal pains, and died as he had lived, amid feasting and iniquity.
Fr. Michael Müller, C.Ss.R., God the Teacher of Mankind: The Church and Her Enemies, "How the Persecutors of the Church Die" (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1880), 209 (
Via Gloria.TV:

In 1883, Sister Maria Serafina Micheli (1849-1911) was beatified in Faicchio in the province of Benevento in the diocese of Cerreto Sannita 28 May 2011, the foundress of the Sisters of the Angels, was going to Eisleben, Saxony, the birthplace of Luther. The fourth centenary of the birth of the great heretic (10 November 1483) was celebrated on that day.

The streets were crowded, balconies included. Among the many personalities were expected at any time, with the arrival of Emperor Wilhelm I, who presided over the solemn celebrations.

The future Blessed
, noting the great hoopla was not interested in knowing the reason for this unusual animation, wanted to find a church and pray to be able to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. After walking for a while, she finally found one, but the doors were closed. She knelt on the steps for serenity prayer. As it was in the evening, she had not noticed that it was not a Catholic church, but Protestant. While praying, the angel appeared, who said to her. “Arise, because it is a Protestant church” Then he added: “But I want you to see where Martin Luther was condemned and the pain he suffered as a punishment for his pride.”

After these words, she saw a terrible abyss of fire, where they were cruelly tortured countless souls. In the bottom of this hole there was a man, Martin Luther, which differed from the other: it was surrounded by demons that forced him to kneel, and all armed with hammers, they tried in vain , to shove a big nail in the head. Religious thought, if some of the people had seen this dramatic scene, they would not have made honors and other commemorations and celebrations for such a character.

Later, when the opportunity arose to remind his sisters live in humility and in secret. She was convinced that Martin Luther was punished in hell especially for the first deadly sin of pride. Pride is a deadly sin, brought him open rebellion against the Roman Catholic Church. His behavior, his attitude towards the Church, and his preaching were crucial to encourage and bring many souls to eternal ruin.

Origin of the Rosary

Second Rose: Origin of the Rosary
Since the Holy Rosary is composed, principally and in substance, of the Prayer of Christ and the Angelic Salutation, that is, the Our Father and the Hail Mary, it was without doubt the first prayer and the first devotion of the faithful and has been in use all through the centuries, from the time of the Apostles and disciples down to the present.

But it was only in the year 1214, however, that Holy Mother Church received the Rosary in its present form and according to the method we use today. It was given to the Church by Saint Dominic who had received it from the Blessed Virgin as a powerful means of converting the Albigensians and other sinners.

I will tell you the story of how he received it, which is found in the very well-known book De Dignitate Psalterii by Blessed Alan de la Roche. [1] Saint Dominic, seeing that the gravity of people's sins was hindering the conversion of the Albigensians, withdrew into a forest near Toulouse where he prayed unceasingly for three days and three nights. During this time he did nothing but weep and do harsh penances in order to appease the anger of Almighty God. He used his discipline so much that his body was lacerated, and finally he fell into a coma.

At this point Our Lady appeared to him, accompanied by three Angels, and she said:

"Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?"

"Oh, my Lady," answered Saint Dominic, "you know far better than I do because next to your Son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation."

Then Our Lady replied: "I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation stone of the New Testament. Therefore if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter."

So he arose, comforted, and burning with zeal for the conversion of the people in that district he made straight for the Cathedral. At once unseen Angels rang the bells to gather the people together and Saint Dominic began to preach.

At the very beginning of his sermon an appalling storm broke out, the earth shook, the sun was darkened, and there was so much thunder and lightning that all were very much afraid. Even greater was their fear when looking at a picture of Our Lady exposed in a prominent place they saw her raise her arms to Heaven three times to call down God's vengeance upon them if they failed to be converted, to amend their lives, and seek the protection of the Holy Mother of God.

God wished, by means of these supernatural phenomena, to spread the new devotion of the Holy Rosary and to make it more widely known.

At last, at the prayer of Saint Dominic, the storm came to an end, and he went on preaching. So fervently and compellingly did he explain the importance and value of the Holy Rosary that almost all the people of Toulouse embraced it and renounced their false beliefs. In a very short time a great improvement was seen in the town; people began leading Christian lives and gave up their former bad habits.

1. De Dignitate Psalterii. The importance and Beauty of the Holy Rosary, by Blessed Alan de la Roche, O.P., French Dominican Father and Apostle of the Holy Rosary.

St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary, Second Rose: Origin

Please help me become a priest so I can preach the Rosary for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls. Thank you! God bless you and yours.

Lead By Example

St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary, Thirtieth Rose: Confraternity Privileges

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Immaculate Conception Bibliography


CONEGO MANOEL ANAQIM, O Genio Portuguez aos pés de Maria (Lisbon: Livraria Ferreira, 1904)

JOHN DELAVAN BRYANT, The Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God: A Dogma of the Catholic Church (Boston: Patrick Donahoe, 1855)

FR. JUNIPER B. CAROL, O.F.M., Mariology excerpt

Collegii Salmanticensis Fr. Discalceatorum B. Mariae de Monte Carmeli ... Cursus theologicus Summam Theologicam angelici doctoris D. Thomae complectens, vol. 8 (Rome: Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, 1870)

FR. FRANCISCO DE LA CRUZ, O.P., Beatissimæ Virgini Genitrici Dei Mariæ Puritatem Suæ Conceptionis Manifestam (Lima: Juliana Sanctos de Saldaña 1657)

AUGUSTINO DE ROSKOVÁNY (BISHOP OF NITRA), Beata Virgo Maria in Suo Conceptu Immaculata Ex Monumentis Omnium Seculorum Demonstrata
Vol. 4 (Budapest, 1874),
Vol. 5 (Budapest, 1874),
Vol. 6 (Budapest, 1874),

J. J. FRAIGNER, Theologia Dogmatica et Moralis ad Usum Seminariorum (Paris: J. Lecoffre & Co., 1855), 167-182

FR. REGINALD GARRIGOU-LAGRANGE, O.P., Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought, c. 37, “Mariology”

ROMUALD GENTILUCCI, The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Her Blessed Spouse, St. Joseph, and Holy Parents St. Joachim and St. Anne (New York: Edward Dunigan and Brother, 1859), 88-121

FREDERICK HOLWICK, "Immaculate Conception," The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 7 (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910)

SYLVESTER JOSEPH HUNTER, S.J., Treatise 12, Chapter I: The Immaculate Conception, Outlines of Dogmatic Theology, vol. 2, 2nd ed. (New York: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1900), 560-566

POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Catechism of the Catholic Church § 490-494

FR. MARTIN JUGIE, A.A., L’Immaculée Conception dans l’Écriture sainte et dans la tradition orientale (Rome: Academia Mariana, 1952)

IDEM., Theologia dogmatica christianorum orientalium vols. 1-5

LUIGI CARDINAL LAMBRUSCHINI, A Polemical Treatise on the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin (New York: D. & J. Sadler & Co., 1855)

FR. XAVIER-MARIE LE BACHELET, "Immaculée Conception," Dictionnaire de théologie catholique (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1922), 7.1:845-1218 (PDF pages 427-613)

IDEM., “Immaculée Conception,” Dictionnaire apologétique de la foi catholique : contenant les preuves de la vérité de la religion et les réponses aux objections tirées des sciences humaines, ed. Adhémar d’Alès (Paris: Gabriel Beauchesne, 1916), 209-275

ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI (DOCTOR), “Part II, Discourse I,” The Glories of Mary, new rev. ed. (New York: P. J. Kennedy & Sons, 1888), 337-371

FR. MICHAEL MÜLLER, C.Ss.R., God the Teacher of Mankind: A Plain, Comprehensive Examination of Christian Doctrine. The Apostle’s Creed (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1880), 207-208

IDEM., vol. 9 (New York: Benzinger Brothers, 1883), 181-183

JOHN F. MURPHY, Murphy, J. F., "Immaculate Heart of Mary," New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 7, 2nd ed. (Detroit: Gale, 2003), 335-337

BL. JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN, Certain Difficulties Felt By Anglicans in Catholic Teachings Considered, vol. 2, new ed. (New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1896)

EDWARD D. O'CONNOR, "Immaculate Conception," New Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 7, 2nd ed. (Detroit: Gale, 2003), 331-335

Official Documents Connected with the Definition of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Latin and English, With a Complete List of the Cardinals and Prelates Present in the Basilica of St. Peter, the 8th December, 1854 (Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1855)

LUDWIG OTT, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, trans. James Canon Bastible, D.D. (Rockford, IL: TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., 1974), 199-202

FR. DOMINIC PALMIERI, S.J., Tractatus de Peccato Originali et de Immaculato Beatae Virginis Deiparae Conceptu (Rome: Iuvenum Opificum A. S. Iosepho, 1904)

CARLO PASSAGLIA, De immaculato Deiparae semper Virginis conceptu Caroli Passaglia commentarius, vol. 3 (Rome: Sacred Congregation for Propagation of the Faith, 1855)

FR. GIOVANNI PERRONE, S.J., De Immaculato B.V. Mariae Conceptu an dogmatico decreto definiri possit disquisitio theologica (Rome: John Baptist Marini and Bernard Morini, 1847)

BL. POPE PIUS IX, Bull “Ineffabilis Deus” (1854)

MSGR. JOSEPH POHLE, Mariology: A Dogmatic Treatise on the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, ed. Arthur Preuss, 3rd rev. ed. (St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co., 1919), 39-82

DIEGO ANDRÉS ROCHA, De immaculata Deiparae conceptione sive de illius immunitate a peccato originali. Authore doctore D. Didaco Andraea Rocha Hispalensi quondam Limanae Academiae vespertinae legum cathedrae moderatore, deinde in Regali Cancellaria Quitensi fisci patrono, & senatore, demum electo fiscali Regalis Cancellariae Argentinae; nunc vero Regalis Cancellariae Limensis Criminum questore, & iudice (1670)

IDEM., Epistola gratificatoria, et quasi antidoralis D.D.D. Didaci Andres Rocha, criminum quaestoris, & iudicis in Regia Canecellaria Limana. : Pro responsione, et satisfactione alterius epistolae ab auctore acceptae, qua ipsum honorificauit illustrissimus princeps D. Fr. Payus de Ribera Mexicanus archiepiscopus, Nouae Hispaniae excellentissimus prorex. Ubi discutiuntur quaedam quasi erotemata, & problematicae disputationes circa immunitatem Deiparae â debito culpae in Adam, & circa immaturam huius quaestionis festinationem, impeditiuam negotij principalis circa immunitatem virginis à culpa originaria (1677)

CHRISTIAN STAMM, Mariologia seu potiores de s. Deipara quaestiones ex Ss. Patrum ac Theologorum mente (Paderborn: Junfermann Library, 1881)

WILLIAM BERNARD ULLATHORNE, The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God: An Exposition (London: Richardson & Son, 1855)

JOSEPH WILHELM and THOMAS B. SCANNELL, A Manual of Catholic Theology Based on Scheeben’s “Dogmatik,” vol. 2, rev. 3rd ed. (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co. Ltd., 1908), 215-218

JOSEPH ZOLLER, Conceptus chronographicus de concepta sacra Deipara (Matthias Wolff, 1720) <>; see other works at <>

Practice What You Preach

Dear young people: by a real Christian life, by the practice of your religion you are called to give witness to your faith. And because actions speak louder than words, you are called to proclaim, by the conduct of your daily lives that you really do believe that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Pope St. John Paul II, Address to High School Students in Madison Square Garden (October 3, 1979)

Papal Primacy & Infallibility Resources

An incomplete list, to be continued. Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, pray for us. Ave Maria!

Papal Primacy and Infallibility
Adhémar d'Alès, Dictionnaire apologétique de la foi catholique : contenant les preuves de la vérité de la religion et les réponses aux objections tirées des sciences humaines Vol. 3: "Papauté," STEPHEN HARENT, S.J., col. 1333-1534 (PDF pages 673-773)

THOMAS WILLIAM ALLIES, K.C.S.G., The See of S. Peter: the Rock of the Church, the Source of Jurisdiction, and the Centre of Unity, 4th ed. (London: Catholic Truth Society, 1896)

JEAN BAINVEL, "Tradition and Living Magisterium," The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 15 (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912)

CYRIL BENHAM BENNI, The Tradition of the Syriac Church of Antioch, Concerning the Primacy and Prerogatives of St. Peter and His Sucessors the Roman Pontiffs, trans. Joseph Gagliardi (London: Burns, Oates, & Co., 1871)

SIXTUS CARTECHINI, S.J., De Valore Notarum Theologicarum et de Criteriis ad eas Diognoscendas (Rome: Pontifical Gregorian University, 1951 

JOHN CHAPMAN, O.S.B., The Condemnation of Pope Honorius (London:
Catholic Truth Society, 1907)

EDMOND DUBLANCHY, “Infaillabilité du Pape,” Dictionnaire de théologie catholique (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1923), 7.2:1638-1717; pages 191-231 of the PDF

IDEM., “Église,” Dictionnaire de théologique catholique (Paris: Letouzey et Ané,
1910) 4.2: 2108-2224; pages 417-475 of the PDF

ROBERT L. FASTIGGI, "Magisterium, Assent to the," New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2009 (Detroit: Gale, 2009) 567-571

IDEM., "Dissent," New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2009 (Detroit: Gale, 2009), 255-258

IDEM., “Denzinger,” New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 4, 2nd ed. (Detroit: Gale, 2003), 670-672

FRANCIS XAVIER LAWLOR, J. T. FORD, and J. L. HEFT, "Infallibility," New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 7, 2nd ed. (Detroit: Gale, 2003), 448-452

G. GLEZ, "Primauté du Pape," Dictionnaire de Théologie Catholique (Paris, Letouzey et Ané, 1936), 13.1:247-344, pages 124-172 of the PDF

JOSEPH HERGENRÖTHER, Anti-Janus: An Historico-Theological Criticism of the Work, Entitled “The Pope and the Council” by Janus, trans. J. B. Robertson (New York: The Catholic Publishing Society, 1870)

FRANZ HETTINGER, The Supremacy of the Apostolic See in the Church, trans. GEORGE PORTER, S.J. (New York: Catholic Publication Society Co.

MARTIN JUGIE, A.A., "Primauté dans les Églises séparées d'Orient," Dictionnaire de Théologie Catholique (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1936), 13.1:344-391, pages 172-196 of the PDF <>

IDEM., “Schisme byzantin,” (Paris, Letouzey et Ané, 1939), 14.1:1312-1468; pages 661-738 of the PDF


IDEM., "Grecque (Église)," Dictionnaire apologétique de la foi catholique : contenant les preuves de la vérité de la religion et les réponses aux objections tirées des sciences humaines, ed. ADHÉMAR D’ALES (Paris: Gabriel Beauchense & Co., 1911), 2:344-396 (PDF pages 178-204)

IDEM., Theologica dogmatica Christianorum orientalium (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1926), vol. 1: origo, historica, fontes

IDEM., (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1933), vol. 2: de theological simplici, de oeconomia, de hagiologia.

Cf. IDEM., (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1930), vol. 3: de sacramentis seu mysteriis.

IDEM., (Paris, Letozuey et Ané, 1931), vol. 4: de novissimis – de ecclesia; see Orthodox view of Petrine/Roman primacy and the infallibility of the magisterium on 320-528; see summary demonstration that the Orthodox Church is not the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church on 591-597

Idem., vol. 5: de theologia dogmatica nestorianorum et monophysitarum (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1935), 102; see Nestorian view of primacy of St. Peter and the pope discussed in 42-52; Monophysite view of primacy of St. Peter and the Pope discussed on 389-396

FRANCIS PATRICK KENRICK, The Primacy of the Apostolic See Vindicated, 7th rev. ed. (Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1875)

IDEM., A Vindication of the Catholic Church in a Series of Letters Addressed to the Rt. Rev. John Henry Hopkins, Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Vermont (Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1855)

HENRY KLEE, A Treatise on the Church (London: T. Jones, 1867)

COLIN LINDSAY, The Evidence for the Papacy, as derived from the Holy Scriptures and from Primitive Antiquity (London: Longmans, Green, & Co. Paternoster Row, 1870)

T. LIVIUS, C.SS.R., St. Peter, the Bishop of Rome; or the Roman Episcopate of the Prince of the Apostles proved from the Fathers, History, and Archaeology, and Illustrated by Arguments from Other Sources (New York: Catholic Publication Society Co., 1888)

JOHN S. M’CORRY, The Supremacy of St. Peter and His Successors the Roman Pontiffs (Edinburgh: Marsh and Beattie, 1852)

BL. JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, CONG. ORAT., Certain Difficulties Felt by Anglicans in Catholic Teaching, Volume 2, A Letter Addressed to the Duke of Norfolk on Occasion of Mr. Gladstone's Recent Expostulation, "The Vatican Council," 317

LUDWIG OTT, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, 4th ed. (TAN Books and Publishers, 2009) <>

EDWARD PACE, "Ex Cathedra," The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 5 (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909)

LOUIS GASTON DE SÉGUR, Le souverain-pontife (Paris: Tolra et Haton, 1867)

LUKE RIVINGTON, M.A., The Primitive Church and the See of Peter (London: Longman, Greens, & Co., 1894)

IDEM., The Roman Primacy, A.D. 430-451 (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899)

REUBEN PARSONS, Some Lies and Errors of History (Notre Dame, IN: 1892)

DANIEL ROCK, Did the Early Church in Ireland Acknowledge the Pope’s Supremacy? (London: Charles Dolman, 1844)

DOMINIQUE LE TOURNEAU, "INFALLIBILITY," The Papacy: An Encyclopedia, First Edition. Ed. Philippe Levillian, John W. O'Malley. Routledge, 2002. Religion Online. Taylor & Francis.

CAESARIUS TONDINI, The Pope of Rome and the Popes of the Oriental Orthodox Church: An Essay on Monarchy in the Church, with Special Reference to Russia, from Original Documents, Russian and Greek, 2nd ed. (London: R. Washbourne, 1875)

PATRICK TONER, "Infallibility," The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 7 (New York: Robert Appleton
Company, 1910) <>

SIMEON VAILHÉ, “Constantinople, église de,” Dictionnaire de théologie catholique (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1909), 3.2:1307-1519; pages 18-126 of the PDF

Servant of God RAPHAEL MERRY DEL VAL, The Truth of the Papal Claims: A Reply to ‘The Validity of Papal Claims’ by F. Nutcombe Oxenham, D.D. (St. Louis, MO: B. Herder, 1904)

FRANCIS XAVIER WENINGER, S.J., On the Apostolical and Infallible Authority of the Pope, When Teaching the Faithful, and On His Relation to a General Council, 2nd ed. (New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1869)

JAMES WHELAN, O.P. Catena Aurea, or A Golden Chain of Evidences Demonstrating from “Analytical Treatment of History,” that Papal Infallibility is No Novelty (Perry, OH: St. Joseph’s College, 1871)

JOSEPH WILHELM, "Heresy," The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 7 (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910)

JOSEPH WILHELM and THOMAS B. SCANNELL, A Manual of Catholic Theology based on [Matthias] Scheeben’s Dogmatik, vol. 1, The Sources of Theological Knowledge/God/Creation and the Supernatural Order, 4th ed., rev. (New York: Benziger Bros., 1909), 85-111 <>

IDEM., vol. 2, the Fall/Redemption/Grace/The Church and the Sacraments/The Last Things, 3rd ed., rev. (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1908), 328-340 (see also following pages on the marks of the Church

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Essential Qualities of the Priest

The essential qualities of the priest are holiness, knowledge, modesty, dignity, prudence, esteem, eloquence, virility, energy, and strength. A priest after the Heart of Jesus: the conversion of many souls. An unworthy priest: the perdition of many souls.

The Holy Martyr Cardinal Émile Biayenda, Servant of God (1927-1977), "Les qualités essentielles du prêtre" (


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Why No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church?

Why is it impossible to go to Heaven if you are not Catholic? Father Michael Müller explains:

No one can go to heaven unless he knows the way to heaven. If we wish to go to a certain city, the first thing we do is to ask the way that leads to it. If we do not know the way, we cannot expect to arrive at that city. So, too, if we wish to go to heaven, we must know the way that leads to it. Now, the way that leads to it is the knowing and doing of God's will. But it is God alone who can teach us his will; that is, what he requires us to believe and to do, in order to be happy with him in heaven.

To know God's will is to know the true religion or the true way to heaven. As God is but one, so his holy will is but one, and therefore his religion is but one and the same. In order that we might learn, with infallible certainty, this one true religion, Almighty God appointed but one infallible teaching authority - the Roman Catholic Church – and commanded all to hear her and believe her infallible doctrine, under pain of exclusion from eternal life.
"As there is," says Pius IX, "but one God the Father, one Christ his Son, one Holy Ghost, so there is also only one divinely revealed truth, only one divine faith - the beginning of man's salvation and the foundation of all justification, by which (faith) the just man lives, and without which it is impossible to please God and to be admitted to the Communion of his children; and there is but one true, holy, Catholic, Roman Church and divine teaching Authority, (cathedra) founded upon Peter by the living voice of the Lord, out of which (Church) there is neither the TRUE FAITH nor ETERNAL SALVATION, since no one, can have God for his Father, who has not the Church for his Mother." (Encycl. Letter, March 17, 1856.)

The Catholic Dogma: Extra Ecclesiam Nullus Omnino Salvatur



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Tell the Truth!

Quote from "The Great Question" from Brownson’s Quarterly Review, 1847 in The Works of Orestes A. Brownson, collected and arranged by Henry F. Brownson, vol. 5 (Detroit: Thorndike Nourse, 1884), 570 (

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Let It Snow

📷Caspar David Friedrich - Winterlandschaft (London) [Winter Landscape], 1811 via

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Contraception, Abortion, Fornication, & Adultery (Fr. William Wallace, O.P.)

Contraception frustrates the primary end of marriage [procreation-education] in an attempt to fulfill to secondary end [mutual aid and the allaying of concupiscence], and on this basis is judged to be contrary to the natural law. Abortion introduces a disorder into human nature itself by directly intending the destruction of innocent human life. Fornication is opposed to the very institution of marriage: the unwed are not responsibly related to each other so as to provide a stable family situation in which possible issue of their union can be properly cared for and brought to maturity. Thus injury can result to the offspring and also to the community, which is likely to be burdened with their care. Adultery, like fornication, is a disorientation of sex from its natural end, and it adds the further malice of injustice to the married partner who is wronged by the adulterous act.
Fr. William Wallace, O.P., The Elements of Philosophy: A Compendium for Philosophers and Theologians (New York: Alba House, 1977) 243, §78.6 (references to New Catholic Encyclopedia articles omitted)

Pope Leo XIII on the Power of the Rosary

Moreover, we may well believe that the Queen of Heaven herself has granted an especial efficacy to this mode of supplication [the Rosary], for it was by her command and counsel that the devotion was begun and spread abroad by the holy Patriarch Dominic as a most potent weapon against the enemies of the faith at an epoch not, indeed, unlike our own, of great danger to our holy religion. The heresy of the Albigenses had in effect, one while covertly, another while openly, overrun many countries, and this most vile offspring of the Manicheans, whose deadly errors it reproduced, were the cause in stirring up against the Church the most bitter animosity and a virulent persecution. There seemed to be no human hope of opposing this fanatical and most pernicious sect when timely succour came from on high through the instrument of Mary's Rosary. Thus under the favour of the powerful Virgin, the glorious vanquisher of all heresies, the forces of the wicked were destroyed and dispersed, and faith issued forth unharmed and more shining than before. All manner of similar instances are widely recorded, and both ancient and modern history furnish remarkable proofs of nations saved from perils and winning benedictions therefrom. There is another signal argument in favour of this devotion, inasmuch as from the very moment of its institution it was immediately encouraged and put into most frequent practice by all classes of society. In truth, the piety of the Christian people honours, by many titles and in multiform ways, the Divine Mother, who, alone most admirable among all creatures, shines resplendent in unspeakable glory. But this title of the Rosary, this mode of prayer which seems to contain, as it were, a final pledge of affection, and to sum up in itself the honour due to Our Lady, has always been highly cherished and widely used in private and in public, in homes and in families, in the meetings of confraternities, at the dedication of shrines, and in solemn processions; for there has seemed to be no better means of conducting sacred solemnities, or of obtaining protection and favours.

Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical "Octobri Mense" §8 (September 22, 1891) []

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Dominic, pray for us. Pope Leo XIII, pray for us.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Where the Pope Is, There Is the Church

A wonderful quote from "To the clergy [LAVidomosti, Mor-Pastoral'ni, 52]" in Fr. Peter Galadza, The Theological and Liturgical Work of Andrei Sheptytsky (1865-1944), Ottawa: Saint Paul University Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, 2004, 167 n. 255.

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How Beautiful Jesus Is

"How beautiful Jesus is." These are the last words of the Servant of God Friar Jean-Thierry of the Child Jesus and of the Passion (Carmelite Friar Jean-Thierry Ebogo, 1982-2006; May he pray for us, and may we pray for his canonization! Call on him for favors; he will be quick to hear.


Real Love Is Demanding

Real love is demanding. I would fail in my mission if I did not clearly tell you so. For it was Jesus—our Jesus Himself—who said: "You are My friends if you do what I command you" (Jn 15:14). Love demands effort and a personal commitment to the will of God. It means discipline and sacrifice, but it also means joy and human fulfillment.
Pope St. John Paul II, Homily in Boston on October 1, 1979

The Angel of the Judgment

And I saw another angel flying through the midst of heaven, having the eternal gospel, to preach unto them that sit upon the earth, and over every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and people: saying with a loud voice: "Fear the Lord, and give him honor, because the hour of his judgment is come; and adore ye him, that made heaven and earth, the sea, and the fountains of waters" (Revelation 14:6-7).

Who is the Angel of the Judgment in the Apocalypse (Revelation) of St. John? It is none other than St. Vincent Ferrer. How do we know? The saint identified himself as such and proved it by a well-attested miracle in front of many people at "the Dominican Convent of St. Stephen": the resurrection of a dead woman who said he was telling the truth, then died again. The identification is confirmed by "the bull of Canonization ... St. Louis Bertrand ...," the iconography of the saint, "the Breviary office," and the work of St. Vincent Ferrer in preaching the Gospel all over Europe and converting tens of thousands of Jews (St. Vincent Ferrer averted the General Judgment which he had conditionally prophesied would soon occur). On these points, see Fr. Stanislaus M. Hogan, O.P., Saint Vincent Ferrer, O.P. (New York: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1911), 48-57 (

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Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas, pray for us!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

We Need Help!

Our need of divine help is as great today as when the great Dominic introduced the use of the Rosary of Mary as a balm for the wounds of his contemporaries.
Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical "Supremi Apostolatus Officio" §7


Saturday, December 09, 2017

Rosary: Going Deeper

Want to enrich your Rosary meditations? Take a look at these three treasures available online:

(1) St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Methods for Saying the Rosary (
I pray with the Fourth Method, pages 8-14

(2) St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Glories of Mary (

(3) Venerable Mary of Jesus of Ágreda, The Mystical City of God (
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Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us! 

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Immaculate Conception: Scriptural Support

Hoping you and yours had a blessed Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception yesterday. These verses are already found in a different post on St. Louis de Montfort's Fourth Method of praying the Rosary, but here they are in a different format. "Oh pure and immaculate queen, save me, deliver me from eternal damnation" (St. John of Damascus).

Scripture Verses Supporting the Immaculate Conception selected from St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Glories of Mary, "On the Immaculate Conception of Mary" (New York: P. J. Kennedy & Sons, 1888), 337-371 (

*Genesis 3:15: "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel."

*Psalm 45:5-6: The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful: the most High hath sanctified his own tabernacle. God is in the midst thereof, it shall not be moved: God will help it in the morning early.

*Psalm 86:1-3,5: The foundations thereof are in the holy mountains: The Lord loveth the gates of Zion above all the tabernacles of Jacob. Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God. ... And the Highest himself hath founded her.

*Psalm 92:5: ... holiness becometh thy house, O Lord, unto length of days.

*Proverbs 9:1: Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven pillars.

*Songs 2:2: As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

*Songs 4:7: Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee.

*Songs 4:12: My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up.

*Songs 6:9-10: One is my dove, my perfect one is but one, she is the only one of her mother, the chosen of her that bore her. The daughters saw her, and declared her most blessed: the queens and concubines, and they praised her. Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?

*Wisdom 1:4: For wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sins.

*Luke 1:28: And the angel being come in, said unto her: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."

*Hebrews 7:26: For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens...
Pay close attention to the Dogmatic Definition of the Immaculate Conception from the Bull Ineffabilis Deus of Blessed Pope Pius IX (1854):

Wherefore, in humility and fasting, we unceasingly offered our private prayers as well as the public prayers of the Church to God the Father through his Son, that he would deign to direct and strengthen our mind by the power of the Holy Spirit. In like manner did we implore the help of the entire heavenly host as we ardently invoked the Paraclete. Accordingly, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, for the honor of the Holy and undivided Trinity, for the glory and adornment of the Virgin Mother of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith, and for the furtherance of the Catholic religion, by the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own: We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.

[Declaramus, pronuntiamus et definimus doctrinam quae tenet beatissimam Virginem Mariam in primo instanti suae conceptionis fuisse singulari Omnipotentis Dei gratia et privilegio, intuitu meritorum Christi Jesu Salvatoris humani generis, ab omni originalis culpae labe praeservatam immunem, esse a Deo revelatam, atque idcirco ab omnibus fidelibus firmiter constanterque credendam.]

Hence, if anyone shall dare -- which God forbid! -- to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should dare to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he thinks in his heart.