I Stand With Church Teaching!

I tell my children to stand for something or you will fall for anything.

We live in a culture of half truths, don’t judge me and stay quiet in your beliefs and this is wrong thinking and living and damaging to society.

You are either all in or all out, there is no halfway!

I am all in!

Cafeteria Catholicism and Cafeteria Christianity has caused our country great damage!

When you say or believe I agree with this but don’t agree with that because it’s too hard you are done!

You follow the Church teaching all the way or you don’t but please don’t halfway it.

The Church teaching makes perfect sense in doctrine – for instance, the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and all the Sacraments, The perpetual Virginity of Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, The Sacraments (God’s grace in us), the Priest as In Persona Christi, Marriage and Human Sexuality!

When all this is believed and practiced peace and order reign in society , when it’s thrown out the window, we have chaos as we are witnessing now.

The Church is the moral voice of God!

Virtue means highest moral good! We need more men and women of virtue! Being a so called good person is not enough! What does that even mean and who or what defines what or who is good?! Does anyone want to be called bad for crying out loud!?

We are called to something more than “good”! We are called to live lives of heroic virtue! All of us! Everyone!

Just like I trust my mechanic to take care of my car, and my doctor in medicine and my lawyer in law and my TV or computer repairman to fix my TV or computer,

I trust my Magisterium or Church Heirarchy in Moral matters.

Are priests sinners? Yes, have some perpetrated evil? Yes. Are mechanics, doctors, lawyers, repairmen sinners? Yes, have some perpetrated evil? Yes.

It doesn’t mean these sinful people suddenly don’t know mechanics or medicine or law or how to fix a product.

The priest being a sinner does not change the institution or doctrine of Church and allow you to separate from Church or Church teaching.

The Teaching is sound! Read Humana Vitae for instance. It’s very sound and truthful.

So, to leave the Catholic Church because a priest molested a child is not sound! Why would you leave the Eucharist and everything else GOOD about Catholicism?! The only way I can see you doing so is because you never really believed in the TRUE PRESENCE in the first place and you never really believed the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the first place. So, leaving is a cop out or excuse.

You have a right to boycott or protest a priest who has committed serious sin, but even he must be forgiven if he truly repents, assuming he is truly guilty. You have a right to boycott or protest Church Heirarchy who cover up any wrongdoing and work for reform and demand it even! You are allowed to email your local Bishop you know or your local pastor and discuss your concerns and encourage transparency but for goodness sake,

Please do not give up The Eucharist and Sacrament of Reconciliation! It’s God’s life in us!

The overwhelming number of many priests are GOOD!

It takes discipline, effort, obedience, submission of our wills to the will of God and the teachings of the Church but it’s worth it and the right thing.

Nothing worth anything in life comes easy and I for one, will walk over burning coals so as not to be separated from The Eucharist, it’s Holy Communion with Jesus! And by the grace of God, I dare not ever receive Holy Communion unworthily! If I do, or even think I have, I run to the Sacrament of Confession and tell it to the In persona Christi man who stands In the person of Christ! I hope and pray you do same!

Please click on link below to read the prayer before mass written by St. Thomas Aquinas and after you read it scroll down and click on the link to the right – prayer of thanksgiving after mass.

Never despair, never lose hope, never lose faith and keep on loving in the holy name of Jesus!

https://walkbyfaithtolive.com/2016/01/02/a-prayer-before-mass-by-st-thomas-aquinas/

 

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Oremus Communications September 2017 Newsletter

                                               OREMUS  COMMUNICATIONS SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
               Greetings everyone.  At the time of this writing, the flooding situation in Houston, Texas and areas of Louisiana  is dire and looks to get even worse.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the millions of people being affected by this natural disaster.  In addition, our prayers go out to the victims of the terrorism that took place in Barcelona, Spain.  We also pray for the persecutors of innocent people that they see the evil they are doing and repent so they can save their souls.
               We continue to honor Our Lady of Fatima in this 100th Anniversary Year of her 6 visits to the three children of Fatima, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco.  Like all of her previous visits since May of  1917, the visit by Our Lady of Fatima in September had its own unique qualities.
               Quoting once again from the book, “Fatima: The Full Story” by  Fr. John De Marchi, I.M.C.:
                              “What do you want?” asked Lucia as usual.
                              “Continue to say the Rosary every day for the end of the war.”  And she repeated all that she had said in the preceding month; that they were to come on the 13th of October, when they would see St. Joseph and the Holy Child, with Our                 Lord Himself and also the likeness of Our Lady of Dolours and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
                              “I have many petitions,” said Lucia: “will you cure a little deaf and dumb girl?”
                              “She will improve during the year.”
                              “And the conversions and the cures?”
                              “Some will be cured, others not: Our Lord does not trust them all.”
                              The obstacle to a miracle for some would be the lack of proper dispositions, for others sickness would be better than cure….
                              “Many people say that I am deceiving people and that I should be hanged or burned.  Will you do a miracle so that they may believe?”
                              “Yes, in October I will perform a miracle,” assured the Lady.
             In connection with the above, we are very glad to have back on the OCFRP as our guest Co-Host on  Wednesday, September 13thFather Michael Davis, Pastor of the Assumption B.V.M. Parish in Feasterville, PA.  In addition to praying the  rosary, father will talk about the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima on September 13 to the 3 children.
             Next, Charlie DeFeo from the Order of the Lay Dominicans will talk about St. Dominic and the Origins of the Rosaries on Friday, September 22nd.
             Finally, Mr. Carl Mulburg, the Guardian of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on Tuesday, September 26th to share his insights about the Message of Our Lady of Fatima.
             In conclusion, we are attaching along with the newsletter a list of the ways by which the faithful can earn a Plenary Indulgence for the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.  OREMUS
p.s. Visit our website at www.oremuscomms.com for details including how to “listen live” to our programs, and how to access the archived copies of each program.
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The Dominican Soul

THE DOMINICAN SOUL

Fr. M. M. Philipon, OP

A DOMINICAN SOUL is a soul of light whose rapt gaze dwells in the
inaccessible splendor wherein God conceals Himself. It lives with Him by faith, is in
the company of the Three Divine Persons; a true child of God, adopted through grace
into the very Family of the Trinity. The invisible world becomes familiar to it; it
pursues its way on earth in intimacy with Christ, the Blessed Mother and the saints. It
perceives everything in the radiance of God.

But it does not jealously guard its faith for itself. It longs to bear the torch of
faith everywhere on land and sea, in every country, to the ends of the earth. This soul
belongs to that race of apostles who have been prophetically designated by the Church
from their earliest days as champions of the faith and true lights of the world:
“Pugiles fidei et vera mundi lumina.” We have here the key to the whole Dominican
vocation: to live, defend and propagate the faith in the atmosphere of the Church.
The Dominican soul, looking beyond the activity of secondary causes, judges men and
things only in the light of God.

To realize this sublime mission, the Dominican soul must be a soul of silence.
According to the traditional axiom, the word Preacher must flow from a soul of
silence: Silentium, pater Praedicatorum. A Dominican soul which does not love long
hours of solitude and recollection deceives itself about the spiritual fruits of its action.
It must mix with the crowd to act, but it must know how to separate itself from it for
thought and prayer. St. Dominic was a man of tremendous silence. St. Thomas
Aquinas’ fellow-pupils called him the “dumb ox of Sicily.” Pere Lacordaire prepared
his brilliant conferences for Notre Dame in Paris with long vigils of reflection and
intimate union with God. The spiritual depth of a soul is measured by its capacity for
silence.

A Dominican soul is a virginal soul, detached from all evil. It dwells in
complete union with God. All our Dominican carry a lily in their hands. They are
virgins, pure, free from inordinate affections. They walk in the midst of people in
accord with St. Dominic’s deathbed admonition; in the conquering raiment of their
translucent purity. Purity is a characteristic note of the Order of light and truth.

A DOMINICAN SOUL in its sublimest activity is a contemplative soul. It
dwells on the heights in the unalloyed splendor of God. Its gaze becomes identified
through the light to the Word with the wisdom of God. Solitude, penance, prayer, a
life of study, of silence, of action, all contribute to the formation of a sense of the
divine reality, of the”one thing necessary” from which nothing, absolutely nothing,
should distract it, much less deter it. Its purpose is to direct everything straight to
God as quickly and as completely as possible. Its existence among men should be
nothing else than a prolonged gaze of long toward God alone. It is in contemplative
silence that a Dominican soul finds the fulness of God.

THE DOMINICAN SOUL is a soul of prayer and praise. The spirit of prayer is
the normal climate, the completely divine atmosphere in which the contemplative soul
breathes. it sees nothing but God. No matter how distracting surrounding creatures
become, it rises above them, invulnerable to their empty fascination, impervious to
their tempting and seductive appeal. But it does hear their cries of distress, their
desperate pleas; then, silent with profound compassion, it turns, suppliant, toward the
God of all light and goodness, to obtain the truth which sets men free and the pardon
which brings salvation. Following the example of St. Dominic, whose loud cries used
to startle the brethren at night, the ardent and apostolic prayer of the Dominican soul
must become a redemptive cry, accompanied, as was that of Jesus Gethsemani, by
tears, and sweat of blood. Here lies hidden the real secret of the many fruitful lives of
our missionaries, of our contemplative nuns, of the many Dominican vocations in the
cloister and in the world, silent and crucified, but infinitely powerful in behalf of
Christ’s Mystical Body. dominican prayer, the daughter of redemptive charity, is
lifted toward the God of the Order night and day. O, LORD, WHAT IS TO BECOME
OF THESE POOR SINNERS. Following the example of Christ crucified, a Dominican
soul saves more souls by its contemplative and co-redeeming prayer than by words or
by dint of action. All our saints were people of continual prayer and immolation.
Prayer was the all-powerful lever which helped them lift the universe to God.

But in Dominican prayer, the first place belongs to praise. “Praise God, exalt
Him, bless Him and preach Him everywhere,”; this is the purpose of the Order and its
unique ambition: Laudare, benedicere, praedicare. The Dominican soul is
theocentric; in everything it aims at the primacy of God:

the primacy of the First Cause in all the attainments of our spiritual lives;

the primacy of honor and of effective direction for theological wisdom over the study
of profane sciences;

the primacy of choral life, of the Opus Dei, in the hierarchy of monastic observances
and among our means of sanctification;

the primacy of the Word of God over human rhetoric in an office of preaching which
must always be essentially evangelical and supernatural;

the primacy of God in all things.

The Dominican soul finds its joy in proclaiming and singing the supreme grandeur of
Him alone Who is.

A DOMINICAN SOUL is an apostolic soul which is hindered by nothing when
the glory of God and the spiritual good of souls is at stake. The vows of religion,
monastic observances, study, prayer and community life all converge to give the
Dominican life the maximum of apostolic efficacy. Setting aside secondary tasks and
material preoccupations, the Friar Preacher dedicated himself wholly and directly to
the salvation of souls, following the example of the first Apostles who left behind
absorbing economic cares to consecrate themselves to “prayer and the Word of God.”
Whatever is doctrinal is ours; when the faith is endangered, the Dominican soul is
aroused and enters the fray for Christ. Not without reasons did St. Peter and St. Paul
appear to St. Dominic. In the history of the Church, the redemptive mission of the
order is a prolongation of the vocation of those two great Apostles of Christ:
announcing to all men the Gospel of salvation. All the means of spreading divine
Truth must become ours; press, radio, films, television. The Order is present in full
vigor at these command posts of the human universe, to pursue its mission of truth. A
Dominican soul is not regimented, it is not disturbed by progress, nor does it find new
techniques disconcerting; rather, it marshals these into the service of the liberating
truth which is Love. So it is that the Order through centuries has preserved its youth
and its creative spirit, ready to answer redemption’s every appeal.

The Dominican soul is strong, with the very power of God. Because it is certain
of the redemptive power of the Cross, it has the initiative in the midst of a confused
and despairing world to undertake great enterprises, the genius to create institutions
capable of adapting themselves to meet the demands of an ecclesiastical apostolate
which is constantly being renewed and adjusted. With faith and tenacity, it
relentlessly perseveres in its works of salvation. “The desperate hours are the hours of
God,” and often, in a moment, Providence miraculously intervenes and saves all. The
Dominican soul advances in the midst of the difficulties of life, serene and confident,
buoyed up by the Immutable Force of God.

While engaged in the difficult combats of the Church Militant, the Dominican
soul remains joyful. “The religion of the Father Dominic,” said God to St. Catherine of
Siena, “is joyful and lightsome.” Above the trials of redemption, joy pervades the
Dominican soul, the inadmissible joy of God. The secret of this Dominican joy lies in
the peaceful certitude that God is infinitely happy in the society of the Three Divine
Persons, even if men refuse to know Him and receive Him. At the summit of the souls
of the saints, joy always flourished together with an unalterable peace. God is God,
and what possible difference can anything else make? The joy of a soul is measured
by its love. The Apostles went away joyful because they had been judged worthy to
suffer for Christ, Whom they loved above everything else. On the roads Languedoc,
the sharper the rocks became, the more St. Dominic sang. Raised up by the same spirit
of heroic strength fortified with love, the Dominican soul remains fixed in an ever-
singing joy.

THE DOMINICAN SOUL is a daughter of the Church, always ready to obey the
Pope and the directives of the hierarchy, and to place itself at the service of the
Mystical Body of Christ. It cherishes the memory of the symbolic vision of Pope
Innocent III, who perceived St. Dominic supporting the columns of the Church of the
Lateran, the mother-church of Catholicism. “Thou are Peter and upon this rock, I will
build my Church.”; Who hears you, hears me; who spurns you, spurns me,” the Lord
Jesus had forcefully asserted. The Dominican soul does not hesitate. Who hears the
Pope, hears Christ; the authority of God speaks through the bishops and all religious
superiors, St. Catherine of Siena called the Pope the “gentle Christ of this earth.” Her
filial docility toward the hierarchy made her to an eminent degree a true daughter of
the Church and defender of the Papacy. Thus she became after her death the
secondary patron of Rome and by her protection shelters Catholic Action throughout
the world. A Dominican soul lives and dies for the Church of Christ.

THE DOMINICAN SOUL is an imitator of the Word, singularly solicitous for
the glory of the Father, eager to work for the redemption of the world, for the
“consummation of all men in the unity” of the Trinity. It is modeled, in all its interior
acts, on the intimate sentiments of the Soul of Christ, the adorer of the Father and the
Saviour of souls. Now the Word fulfills a twofold function:

within the Trinity, He is the divine light, “Lumen de Lumine,” the Image and Splendor
of the Father.

outside, as the Incarnate Word, He lives as the Incarnate Word, He lives as the Revealer
par excellence of the Father and of all the mysteries of God.

Similarly, the Dominican soul which receives by reason of its vocation the “office of
the Word” dwells within itself, in a profound, living contemplation of the pure Light
of God, keeping itself continually before the face of the Father, while by its apostolic
activity, it becomes manifestive of the Divine Truth; it walks on earth among men like
a mirror of God.

A DOMINICAN SOUL is divine with no desire but God: to know Him, love
Him, serve Him and to spend eternity with Him in order to exalt Him ceaselessly.
Everything is simple in the life of a Dominican soul faithful to its divine vocation. It is
not overcome by pitiful sights, nor by complicating details; it clearly sees:

only one horizon: God

only one motive power: Love

only one end: the forming of the whole Christ as ordained to the City of God.

Everything else fades from it sight. Nothing, apart from God, is worthy of attention. It
realized the ideal of St. Dominic: “To speak only with God or about God,” Cum Deo
vel de Deo. Dominican saints have hewed to this line of divine conduct: “My
daughter, think of Me,” God commanded St. Catherine of Siena, “and for My part, I
shall think of thee.” And at the twilight of his life of immense labor for Christ, St.
Thomas Aquinas wished for no other reward but God: Nothing save THEE. Nisi TE.
This is the fundamental attitude of every Dominican soul. GOD, GOD, GOD.

FINALLY, THE DOMINICAN SOUL is a Marian soul. The preface of the feast
of St. Dominic places in high relief the wonders of the spiritual fecundity attained
through this intimate friendship with Mary. Under the constant guidance of Mary,
our holy Father renewed the apostolic form of life in the Church, launched intrepid
champions of the faith into the world, and won thousands of souls for Christ. When
dying, he left as his legacy to the Church, the Rosary wherein his religious family
might find the proper form for its devotion to Mary. Where is the Dominican who
does not dream of living and dying with the Rosary in his or her hand? It is a
universal law of the economy of salvation: the more devoted a soul is to Mary the
more Christian it is. It is equally true to say that the more devoted a soul is to Mary
the more Dominican it is.

THUS THE DOMINICAN LIFE is a harmonious synthesis which the great light
of God illumines. Everything proceeds from faith and is ordered to His glory. Fixed
in God by love, the Dominican soul lives for this alone: united with Christ in each of
its acts, through Him, with Him and in Him, it thinks only of glorifying the Father by
continual adoration and of saving souls who will glorify Him eternally. It lives in the
Church, through the Church, for the Church, in a spirit of brotherhood with all men,
eager to communicate to them the Truth which is achieved in Love. Everything is light
in a Dominican soul, but a light which revolves on love. It mediates frequently on the
memorable words of St. Dominic to a cleric who was astonished at the power of his
apostolic preaching: “My son, I have studied in the books of charity more than in any
other; love teaches all.” Redeeming and illuminating charity is the key to Dominican
life. Not the love of knowledge, but the knowledge of love. The Dominican soul is
another Word which spirates love. Its favorite book is the Gospel, in which the
Eternal Word speaks.

From that divine Light, under the gentle influence of the same Spirit of Love, all
the virtues diffuse themselves in the Dominican soul. Among these virtues, three
shine forth brilliantly in the luminous raiment of faith: the cross, purity, love; the
cross which raises us above the earth, purity which frees us from all that is not God,
love which fixes us in Him. This is the harmonious synthesis of the ideal Dominican:
the purity fo a virgin, the light of a doctor, and the soul of a martyr.

When evening comes, the Virgin of the “Salve” is there to gather the soul of the
faithful servant under her mantle. Initiated for all eternity into the splendors of the
beatific vision, which supplant the obscurities of faith, with Him, through Him, and in
Him, together with all the angels and saints, the Dominican soul in unison with the
Spirit of Love, chants the glory of the Father unto eternity.

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