A Plenary Indulgence Granted By Our Holy Father, Pope Francis for Those Participating In The 2018 March For Life -Praise Jesus, Our Lord, King, Everything!!! The Author Of LIFE!

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has made available a Plenary Indulgence to those
who participate in the events surrounding the March for Life on the 18th and 19th of January,
2018, in the Diocese of Arlington and the Archdiocese of Washington.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes an Indulgence in this way (article
An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has
already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain
prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption,
dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints. An
indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal
punishment due to sin. Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead.
This Plenary Indulgence may be obtained by participating in the events of the 2018
March for Life and by fulfilling the usual three conditions: sacramental Confession, the
reception of Holy Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father. Those
who would like to obtain the gift of the Indulgence should be truly penitential and,
motivated by charity, can apply it to the souls in Purgatory.
The aged, the sick and those who truly cannot leave home to participate in the 2018
March for Life can also obtain the Plenary Indulgence. In this case, it is also necessary to be
detached from any kind of sin with the intention of fulfilling the three conditions as soon
as possible. Also, it is necessary to be spiritually united to the events of the 2018 March
for Life and make an offering of any infirmity to Almighty God.




This Is Why Pride Is The Greatest Sin, But We Learn Today, January 7, 2018, The Feast Of The Epiphany That We Can Go Another Way

It’s pride and fear that keeps us away from God, God’s Christ, the bridegroom,  and His Church, the bride.

Everything starts and ends with prayer or lack of prayer.

When we cease to pray we become slothful, which is simply laziness in faith and prayer.

The more we pray the more our faith grows, the more our faith grows the more we pray.

What happens though is the devil, the world and the flesh is constantly working on our minds and emotions to pull us away from God.

Thankfully, the Holy Spirit of God never rests either. We simply need to cooperate with God’s grace in our life and allow Jesus the Christ to possess us.

It takes work, discipline and sacrifice much like when you want to keep your body in shape it takes work; you must go to a gym and exercise or run or walk regularly and a lot. You must also include strength training with weights to shape your body and you must put the proper ingredients which we call nutritional food into your body and hydrate properly with water and get sleep and NOT use drugs and don’t smoke and limit alcohol.

A professional athlete for instance must do even way more than this.

A musician must practice on his/her instrument often or singer with voice.

An artist, scientist, anything else really must go above and beyond to be good at what he or her does and wants to be better at.

How much time and effort goes into building a relationship?

Why do you expect it to be any different with growing in your faith and relationship with God?

It’s you who has to put in the time, effort, prayer, study and work to grow in faith and in relationship with God.

So what are you doing about it? Do you really think going to Church for one hour a week accomplishes this? Do you even do that, go to Church one hour a week on Sunday?

You don’t because of pride and fear.

What happens is you get tied up into the things of the world, even your family.

Put God and Church first, yes, even before your marriage and family and everything else will be added.

You must spend time alone with God as you do with spouse, child, parent, friend.

Go to Eucharistic adoration alone and just sit with our Lord. Kneeling is better.

But no, you let other things get in the way because of pride and then you rationalize and justify yourself.

Here is what I mean…

I am tired now, I just cooked or cleaned so God will understand if I miss Sunday mass.

I have to go to my child’s game or recital instead of Church.

Even worse, and in the case of many children, they say or think, because they are addicted to their phone or tablet, “I can’t be away from my phone for an hour, shudder the thought so I will just lay in bed and watch this makeup video or sports video or show or movie and God will understand. God knows I love him.”

Or even worse he or she does not even think about God. God does not even enter the equation.

So, then you think I don’t have to give of my time , talent or treasure because you think I am a good person anyway.

That baby being slaughtered in the womb, here is what you think – that’s really a shame and I don’t like it but it’s not for me to stand up or say anything as I might offend the mother; or maybe I just don’t care.

Folks, more likely than not that mother considering abortion is in real crisis and has no where or no one to turn to and is being coerced to abort by a loved one.

Contraception? Are you crazy, every one uses artificial contraception, what’s the big deal?

I have some homework for you; research NaPro or natural family planning or Theology of the Body. Put in the time to learn and study. Read Humana Vitae, it’s only 15 pages, that is not long and worth the read.

Ditto for pornography, masterbation, strip clubs, prostitution and human sex trafficking.

Believe me , all these issues are a big deal and has ripped apart family, marriage and life in our society since 1960, when the PILL came on the market.

The homeless, starving or addicted people, again you think – it’s so sad but what can I do? Or maybe you just don’t even give a hoot.

Do you think about being a good steward toward the environment?! Oh yeah, you think YES! I recycle, there ya go, see I am a good person. Forgive me but I am laughing now.

Just a few more things that you say or think misguidedly…

I am divorced and remarried without annulment. Screw the Church, I am not getting an annulment.

I am single and want to have sex, screw the Church. It feels okay to me so why not.

I am living the homosexual lifestyle, God made me this way. Screw the Church, gonna do what I want.

I look like a man but I feel like a woman so I want to look like a woman now or vice versa.

I will confess my sin to God, why do I need to go to a man to confess my sins? Do you really confess your sin to God? C’mon man, let’s manup and womanup!

I think I covered enough ground and you get the idea.

All of the above stems from original sin coming from our first parents, Adam and Eve, and the reason we do it is because of pride. The serpent whispered so they did it. The serpent whispers to you so you do it.

Yes, it takes courage, discipline and sacrifice to go against everything I write above. It’s a cross really; did not Jesus tell us this?

You don’t want to be challenged, you don’t want to hear it from the pulpit or anyone really so you stop going to Church and praying and you feel like things are going okay so that makes it even easier to distance yourself from the Church, God and the Truth.

Then you rationalize by saying, hey, things seem pretty good so I can just worship God on my own in my own way, but by this time, you are lost and do not even realize you are lost.

It’s too hard, you say, to lay down your life and live the way God and Church calls you to live.

Yes, it is hard if you don’t surrender, total surrender to the love of God and teaching of the Church. if you do it’s not only easy but truly JOYFUL!

Cooperate with God’s grace! Do not resist Happiness! Let it go and let God!

Just like a parent who will not  let the child run into the street or play with fire to protect the child, God provides wisdom to The Church to protect the children. At some point the child has to trust the parent just as the church’s children must trust the Church.

It’s about THE SACRAMENTS!!! We need the Sacraments! All of them, run to them!

The reason you do not or will not trust the Church is because of pride so that is why PRIDE is worse than any other sin.

If you re-read everything above there are many I’s, which stands for pride, hence we leave the Church and in doing so we leave God because of I, because I want to do this or that.

Change your thoughts to, Not My will be done, thy will be done! Trust me, you will become happier.

I could write much more but I hope this was enough to help you understand how pride works and why it’s the worst sin.

Finally, have no fear and let nothing steal your joy because we have GOOD NEWS! Jesus Christ has already conquered sin and death and because of Him and through Him we can too!

No matter what you are thinking now or what you believe about God and Church, know this – God loves you and believes in you and waits patiently for you to return to Him and His Church and so does the Church! The Church will always be there and never turn you away when you repent and change your ways.

You, and I, must change and go another way.

Today is January 7, 2018, the Feast of The Epiphany, a Solemnity or Holy Day in the Church.

The Magi, or three Wise men, after visiting the Christ child, PROSTRATING themselves and giving Him their gifts, returned by a different way! Their lives were never the same and the Church now calls the three saints!

Herod was prideful and fearful because he did not have the true God in Him.

Let us be the three wise men and not Herod.


If they can do it, you can do it, If I can do it, you can do it!!!

You can’t do it on your own! You and I need God and His Church.

Start praying now and go another way; I am praying for you. Pray for me!

God bless you and may 2018 be the year to send you on your way, another way; the happy, joyful and peaceful way that will provide the everlasting light and truth.


A Brief History of Our Early and Original Church Fathers

Pope #4, St. Clement 1 – 88-97 A.D.
Hope all is well and happy new year my brothers and sisters in Christ and St. Dominic. I just wanted to share this. You can sign up to receive the pope of the day Monday-Friday by scrolling below.
I am also very interested in early Church history as it has helped me understand Catholicism and connect the dots for me personally.
I was blessed to be taught by Dr. Italy, Marcelinus D’Ambrosio, who is a historic theologian in an online masters of theology course I took at Catholic Distance University and in this one course I felt like I covered years of study in our great faith so I have dived into the early Church father’s for myself and Pope St. Clement 1 is a true pillar. He knew both St. Peter and St. Paul.
Read what Pope Benedict XVI spoke to a general audience about Pope St. Clement 1 – this is very short,
In addition, read Pope St. Clement 1 (who by the way was Jewish) own letter to the Corinthians written in 96 or 97 AD just before he was martyred. This letter could be written for us today and is very short also- “Stop bragging and remember what our Lord Jesus did for us”.
I have grown to love our early Church fathers and early Church history as it shows the early Christian Church’s steadfastness in the teaching of the Apostles after all the Apostles died from about the year 100-203.
In addition, I encourage you to research on your own the bishops St. Ignatius of Antioch, who was the 4th bishop of Antioch and knew the apostles as well. St. Peter was first bishop of Antioch. Antioch is the place the followers of Jesus were first called Christians as they were called followers of the WAY before. Also, this is not St. Ignatius of Loyola who came much later in the 1600’s and responsible for founding of the Jesuit order. St. Ignatius of Antioch was martyred in 107, thrown to the lions in the coliseum and I encourage you to read his 7 letters which he wrote on the 1000 mile walk to his death. I love this guy! It was he who first used the term Catholic, which simply means, one, holy, apostolic and universal. he also writes about the Eucharist and the heirarchy of Bishop, Presbyter or priest and deacon and this is all the way back in 100’s. Pope St. Clement 1 also wrote of these as did Polycarp and Iraneus.
Polycarp, who was bishop and learned from St. Ignatius of Antioch and was martyred in 155 is another early Church father we look to in our catholic link to the beginning followed by Iraneus who learned from Polycarp and died in 203.
God used Iraneus no doubt to record what was going on in the Church up to the year 203 and if God did not choose Iraneus He would have chosen another I am sure, but without Iraneus we are most likely up a creek without a paddle in explaining Catholicism apostolic succession from the beginning as he recorded all of it including every Bishop of Rome (who is Pope) since St. Peter, WOW! Thank God! Iraneus’ masterpiece is called Against Heresies and all this is recorded in it including every Bishop of Rome up until his death in 203.
There are others, so I will let you find others and get back to me on what and who you find, but these 4 I call the original doctors of the Church before the actual original doctors of the Church were named who in the west were – Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome and Pope Gregory the Great and in the East were – St. John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, Athanasius, Gregory of Nazianzus, who by the way, these 4 original doctors of the Eastern Church were not recognized as such until 1568, by none other than our beloved and last Dominican Pope Pius V, and the namesake for our newest group who I copied on this email.
As I say to the younger generation who I coach or get to speak to in introducing myself- “First and foremost, I love Jesus and I love being Catholic!”
Everyone, I hope this was educational and helpful and enjoy your own research.
Our Catholic faith and tradition is a treasure trove I am so joyful to be part of and share with others I could burst!
God is so GOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!
We are immensely blessed to be sisters and brothers of an amazing loving and merciful God and part of the faith, religion and tradition that came directly from Jesus The Christ Himself and passed down from our beloved Apostles, all of whom were Jewish I might add as Christ and Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph were and was our 4th Pope St. Clement 1, so I like to tell others I am half Jewish, hahaha! But in a sense we are! Pope St. John Paul II often calls the Jews our elder brothers and sisters in the faith as we both trace our roots back to Abraham.
God bless you!
Fun fact – after a study of the bones kept under the Basilica of St. Peter’s square that we believe are the relics of St. Peter it is determined the man St. Peter was 5’7″ tall and built like a LineBacker in football. We know he was a fisherman so he had to be a stout and tough dude!
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From: Popes in a Year <mail@flocknote.com>
To: Chas Defeo <chasdefeo@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 4, 2018, 3:01:35 AM EST
Subject: #4 – Pope St. Clement I
Pope from 88-97 A.D.
Died: 97 A.D.

aka “St. Clement of Rome”

How do we know he was pope?
Like Linus & Cletus before him, Clement I is identified by St. Irenaeus in Adversus haeresis (“Against Heresy”) as the fourth pope and third successor of St. Peter. Ancient writers Eusebius and St. Jerome also put Clement I fourth in line.

Give me the scoop on Clement I.
Batting cleanup for the Church as Pope No. 4, St. Clement was a pretty big deal. He was Jewish by birth, and tradition suggests that he’s the same Clement mentioned by St. Paul in Philippians 4:3 (“…along with Clement and my other co-workers…”). St. Clement is traditionally remembered as having been martyred for the faith.

What was he known for?
We mentioned he’s a big deal: St. Clement’s letter to the Corinthians (yes, those Corinthians) is understood to be the oldest ancient Christian writing in existence after the Sacred Scriptures. Clement’s letter taught, among other things, that the Christian faith was one, holy, catholic, and apostolic (sound familiar?), that Christians should worship in sacred spaces, and that the offices of bishop, priest, and deacon were completely legit and willed by Christ. His letter was even read at Mass in many parts of the early Church, according to Eusebius’ History of the Church (written in the early 300s A.D.), and was written within a few years of when the Gospel of John was put to paper. Or, should we say, papyrus.

Fun Fact: 
St. Clement actually knew some of the Apostles, namely St. Peter (by whom he was ordained) and St. Paul. St. Irenaeus, in the same Adversus haeresis, wrote, “[Clement], as he had seen the blessed apostles, and had been conversant with them, might be said to have the preaching of the apostles still echoing [in his ears], and their traditions before his eyes.”

What else was going on in the world at the time?
Jewish historian Josephus died around the year 100 A.D., near the end of Clement’s papacy. Josephus was the guy who said, “yep, they were real” in affirming the existences of both Jesus and John the Baptist, thus giving a valuable non-Christian historical insight into the facts of the early Church.

Coming tomorrow….Pope St. Evaristus


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Just Be A Good Person…Is It Good Enough?

“I Am  A Good Person” – A Poem



“I Am  A Good Person”

Is anyone not a good person?

If I had a nickel for how many times I heard this I would be millionaire many times over!

It’s rubbish and typical of our culture as it goes without saying we should be good

We are called to be more than good

It’s a red flag of entitlement to do what I want not what God wants when we say just be good

It’s selfishness and a license to say leave me alone I don’t want to hear about anything difficult

God did not create you and me to simply be a good person

That goes without saying

You and I need to be more, the very best version of ourselves

A man and woman of the highest virtue

Are you?

What did Jesus the Christ do for you and me?!

He did everything…

“But I needed this for me, it’s what I needed at the time”

It feels good, I want to feel good

But what about Christ, who lives in the unborn baby being slaughtered in the womb?

But what about the person living on the street in freezing temperatures with no food?

But what about the person who is addicted?

But what about the person a million miles away who has no clean water?

Are they feeling good? Christ is in all

Too busy I say and not my problem

I need to indulge in a pleasurable lifestyle

I need abortion on demand

I need contraception

I need porn

But I still respect all women, hahahahaha, what a joke!

I need that $1000 purse and $500 pair of shoes

I need convenience

I need to feel sorry for myself

I need to get divorced because it’s just not working out

But what about the children who suffer when the parents split up

What about this and what about that, me, me, me!

Everything goes, everything tolerated because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings

I don’t want to confront anything, especially evil in my life or in the life of another

Bury my head in the sand, it’s easier that way

Drink, drink, drink, let’s do another drug

Sex, drugs and rock and roll , it’s so much easier

Please don’t challenge me or make me think

I have to do my job and take care of my own family so I can’t help anyone else

I don’t want to see or hear about any suffering in the world

I just want pleasure and can’t get enough of it

Do you ever think about Christ on the Cross?!

That God Man on the cross really happened and he did it for me and YOU!

Was he comfortable and convenient on that wooden Cross!?

The unborn baby, and the pregnant mother in crisis are on that cross

The homeless person and the addict and the 3rd world starving child too!

What are you and I going to do about it?! Anything?!

Take another drink, smoke a little pot, have a little sex, break up with the spouse!

That crucifix is about you, me, HIM and THEM! Stare at it, meditate on it, pray on it and ACT ON IT!

Do something for another instead of yourself! It will make all the difference!!!

Denial? Self Sacrifice? Pray? Fast? Abstain? HAHAHA! No way, not my way!

I Did It My Way…is the way to Hell!!!

Don’t go to Church, don’t think about God, don’t help my neighbor, But I am good person!

Just be a good person! But is good enough?!

Was Jesus the Christ only a good person?

Virtue, more than good, it’s the highest moral excellence

Strive for it…Strive for Holiness in everything you do

But I am a good person, so God will let me in…Who are you, I don’t know you

It’s me Lord, I am a good person

Let me in Lord!

The road is narrow and the path is hard

God does not say be good as I am good

God says be holy because I am holy

Apostles, disciples, martyrs too

Who gave up everything including their lifeblood whew!

Endless talk of sports, shoes, clothes, this and that

Let’s talk about anything that is not too heavy

Don’t bring up God, don’t bring up religion, please don’t challenge me to think

But I am still a good person, REALLY?!

I have GOOD NEWS though, His name is Jesus!

So, never despair, never lose hope, never give up, never lose faith

Turn to Him in the Sacramental Life and He will do the rest!

And that will be GOOD enough!!!

Oremus Communications January 2018 Newsletter

               Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone!  We hope that many of your petitions were answered after much prayer and many acts of repentance during this past Advent season.
               Oremus Communications (OC) believes that each intention is unique and merits our attention and spiritual assistance.  OC does its best before each recitation of the Holy Rosary on the Oremus Communications Family Rosary Program (OCFRP) to acknowledge all the needs of the world including those of which OC is made aware directly from our prayer partners.
               Of course, it is impossible to acknowledge each intention during each daily recitation of the Holy Rosary, but rest assure, that we pray for all of your intentions and petitions from the least to the greatest.  One of the greatest petitions during the month of January has to do with the protection of human life at all stages of the life continuum.
               For example, the March for Life in Washington, DC looms large on Friday, January 19, 2018 where thousands of marchers are in attendance annually to draw attention to the evils of abortion and euthanasia.  As we mentioned in our last newsletter, we perceive a connection between artificial means to regulate human reproduction and the alternative, Natural Family Planning (NFP), sanctioned by the Catholic Church.
               As most of you know, NFP provides for a variety of methods to regulate human reproduction with great accuracy.   One such method is the Creighton method.  OC was very fortunate to attend a Respect for Life Conference at St. Peter’s Church in Honey Brook, PA on December 4, 2017  wherein the Creighton method was described by one of its major proponents, Marie DiCecco, MS.  Marie is a Fertility Care Practitioner in the Chester County area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.   Also in our last newsletter, we pointed out the connection to the above topics and the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae in June 2018.  We will continue throughout the year to highlight this connection with a variety of guests and teaching programs by special guests.
December  4, 2017
Charles DeFeo, one of our regular guests at OC and
Marie DiCecco, MS Fertility Care Practitioner
at the Respect for Life Conference at St. Peter’s Church in Honey Brook, PA
               Our lineup of guest co-hosts on Oremus Communications Family Rosary Program (OCFRP) in January includes the following:  Mr. Carl Malburg, Guardian of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima who will be with us on Tuesday, January 23.  On Thursday, January 25, our good friend Charlie DeFeo, renowned author and member of the Lay Dominicans, will be with us to give us an eye witness account of the March for Life in Washington, DC.
               We certainly hope that you can join us on these special dates as well as on other occasions throughout the days and weeks to come, as we continue to strive to make a spiritual difference. 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.
Oremus Communications

The Virtuous Man

  • THE REAL MAN – By Thomas Ryder
    “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too;    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,  Or being hated, don’t give way to hating…” —Borrowed from R. Kipling’s poem “If—”
    This poem’s beginning delivers to the mind an important aspect of what a man should be: secure but not arrogant, determined but not proud, patient and not given to falsehoods.   But Real Manhood has become a concept of the past in our sad modern age and such is a real tragedy.  With the loss of manhood, a crucial aspect of the Divinity is gone from our planet; lost, vanished, and relegated to the category of the unimportant and not politically correct.  But some still long for the Real Man… at least real women do. The nostalgia of the inherent values of a Real Man is still at times felt in the air by a few, and it is to these few this page is dedicated.

    “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster  and treat those two impostors just the same;    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken  twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,  Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,  and stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:  If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,  If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you…”

    The Real Man is one who possesses a great sense of stability within and thus is able to communicate it to others and create around him that same sense of the stable, calm, secure and good. The Real Man knows how to remain above it all. He lives his life based on principles and thus does not change direction with each wind that blows. The Real Man knows that others will look to him for security and direction and he takes it as his mission to give it; he expects no earthly reward in return. It is his mission as a man. The Real Man is kind and patient with the good but firm and implacable with evil. He is not a fool and believes no lies and yet, never lets hope die in his heart.  The Real Man is humble and thus acknowledges that he is nothing without the aid of a higher power. He bends his knees and prays. The Real Man is thus pious. His notion of piety is not sentimental, but militant. He was placed on the battlefield of life to aid the good against the evil forces and piety is where he obtains his internal strength. The Real Man is therefore a friend of God and thus he is pure; his hero is none other than Jesus Christ, true Man and true God. The key to the Real Man’s purity of body and soul is self-control. He knows his worst enemy is within and not without.  He knows he cannot win the external battle unless he first wins the internal one and that any alternative is a piece of fiction. The Real Man did exist and he can come to exist once again… When mankind has finally fallen on its knees and beaten its chest with great compunction for its many sins, the Real Man will again make his appearance and fathers will again be able to say to their sons, “Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”
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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Patronal Feastday of the United States of America

As we rejoice in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us give God thanks and praise!


I, (state your name), renew and ratify today in thy Heart, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than ever before.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, and to thy Immaculate Heart, my body and soul, all my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future. I ask you to watch over and protect me, my home and my loved ones. May all be filled with heavenly grace, divine enlightenment, and a spirit of perseverance. May holy charity and divine truth flow out into our sinful world. O Immaculate Heart of Mary, I will love you and honor you always. Amen.

Mater Ecclesiae pray for us!!!


Today, December 6, We Celebrate The Feast Of Saint Nicholas: The Real And True Bishop We Call Saint Nicholas

December 6

Saint Nicholas, bishop

Optional Memorial

The veneration with which this saint has been honored in both East and West, the number of altars and churches erected in his memory, and the countless stories associated with his name all bear witness to something extraordinary about him. Yet the one fact concerning the life of Nicholas of which we can be absolutely certain is that he was bishop of Myra in the fourth century. According to tradition, he was born at Patara, Lycia, a province of southern Asia Minor where St. Paul had planted the faith. Myra, the capital, was the seat of a bishopric founded by St. Nicander. The accounts of Nicholas given us by the Greek Church all say that he was imprisoned in the reign of Diocletian, whose persecutions, while they lasted, were waged with great severity. Some twenty years after this he appeared at the Council of Nicaea,[1] to join in the condemnation of Arianism. We are also informed that he died at Myra and was buried in his cathedral. Such a wealth of literature has accumulated around Nicholas that we are justified in giving a brief account of some of the popular traditions, which in the main date from medieval times. St. Methodius, patriarch of Constantinople towards the middle of the ninth century, wrote a life of the saint in which he declares that “up to the present the life of the distinguished shepherd has been unknown to the majority of the faithful.” Nearly five hundred years had passed since the death of the good St. Nicholas, and Methodius’ account, therefore, had to be based more on legend than actual fact.

He was very well brought up, we are told, by pious and virtuous parents, who set him to studying the sacred books at the age of five. His parents died while he was still young, leaving him with a comfortable fortune, which he resolved to use for works of charity. Soon an opportunity came. A citizen of Patara had lost all his money and his three daughters could not find husbands because of their poverty. In despair their wretched father was about to commit them to a life of shame. When Nicholas heard of this, he took a bag of gold and at night tossed it through an open window of the man’s house. Here was a dowry for the eldest girl, and she was quickly married. Nicholas did the same for the second and then for the third daughter. On the last occasion the father was watching by the window, and overwhelmed his young benefactor with gratitude.

It happened that Nicholas was in the city of Myra when the clergy and people were meeting together to elect a new bishop, and God directed them to choose him. This was at the time of Diocletian’s persecutions at the beginning of the fourth century. The Greek writers go on to say that now, as leader, “the divine Nicholas was seized by the magistrates, tortured, then chained and thrown into prison with other Christians. But when the great and religious Constantine, chosen by God, assumed the imperial diadem of the Romans, the prisoners were released from their bonds and with them the illustrious Nicholas.” St. Methodius adds that “thanks to the teaching of St. Nicholas, the metropolis of Myra alone was untouched by the filth of the Arian heresy, which it firmly rejected as a death-dealing poison.” He does not speak of Nicholas’ presence at the Council of Nicaea, but according to other traditions he was not only there but went so far in his indignation as to slap the arch-heretic Arius in the face! At this, they say, he was deprived of his episcopal insignia and imprisoned, but Our Lord and His Mother appeared and restored to him both his liberty and his office. Nicholas also took strong measures against paganism. He tore down many temples, among them one to the Greek goddess Artemis, which was the chief pagan shrine of the district.

Nicholas was also the guardian of his people in temporal affairs. The governor had been bribed to condemn three innocent men to death. On the day fixed for their execution Nicholas stayed the hand of the executioner and released them. Then he turned to the governor and reproved him so sternly that he repented. There happened to be present that day three imperial officers, Nepotian, Ursus, and Herpylion, on their way to duty in Phrygia. Later, after their return, they were imprisoned on false charges of treason by the prefect and an order was procured from the Emperor Constantine for their death. In their extremity they remembered the bishop of Myra’s passion for justice and prayed to God for his intercession. That night Nicholas appeared to Constantine in a dream, ordering him to release the three innocent officers. The prefect had the same dream, and in the morning the two men compared their dreams, then questioned the accused officers. On learning that they had prayed for the intervention of Nicholas, Constantine freed them and sent them to the bishop with a letter asking him to pray for the peace of the world. In the West the story took on more and more fantastic forms; in one version the three officers eventually became three boys murdered by an innkeeper and put into a brine tub from which Nicholas rescued them and restored them to life.

The traditions all agree that Nicholas was buried in his episcopal city of Myra. By the time of Justinian, some two centuries later, his feast was celebrated and there was a church built over his tomb. The ruins of this domed basilica, which stood in the plain where the city was built, were excavated in the nineteenth century. The tremendous popularity of the saint is indicated by an anonymous writer of the tenth century who declares: “The West as well as the East acclaims and glorifies him. Wherever there are people, in the country and the town, in the villages, in the isles, in the farthest parts of the earth, his name is revered and churches are erected in his honor.” In 1034 Myra was taken by the Saracens. Several Italian cities made plans to get possession of the relics of the famous Nicholas. The citizens of Bari finally in 1087 carried them off from the lawful Greek custodians and their Moslem masters. A new church was quickly built at Bari and Pope Urban II was present at the enshrining of the relics. Devotion to St. Nicholas now increased and many miracles were attributed to his intercession.

The image of St. Nicholas appeared often on Byzantine seals. Artists painted him usually with the three boys in a tub or else tossing a bag of gold through a window. In the West he has often been invoked by prisoners, and in the East by sailors. One legend has it that during his life-time he appeared off the coast of Lycia to some storm-tossed mariners who invoked his aid, and he brought them safely to port. Sailors in the Aegean and Ionian seas had their “star of St. Nicholas” and wished one another safe voyages with the words, “May St. Nicholas hold the tiller.”

From the legend of the three boys may have come the tradition of his love for children, celebrated in both secular and religious observances. In many places there was once a year a ceremonious installation of a “boy bishop.” In Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands gifts were bestowed on children at Christmas time in St. Nicholas’ name. The Dutch Protestant settlers of New Amsterdam made the custom popular on this side of the Atlantic. The Eastern saint was converted into a Nordic magician (Saint Nicholas—Sint Klaes—Santa Claus). His popularity was greatest of all in Russia, where he and St. Andrew were joint national patrons. There was not a church that did not have some sort of shrine in honor of St. Nicholas and the Russian Orthodox Church observes even the feast of the translation of his relics. So many Russian pilgrims came to Bari in Czarist times that the Russian government maintained a church, a hospital, and a hospice there. St. Nicholas is also patron of Greece, Apulia, Sicily, and Lorraine, of many cities and dioceses. At Rome the basilica of St. Nicholas was founded as early as the end of the sixth or the beginning of the seventh century. In the later Middle Ages four hundred churches were dedicated to him in England alone. St. Nicholas’ emblems are children, a mitre, a vessel.


1 Nicaea was a city in Bithynia, now northwestern Turkey, a short distance south of Constantinople. The Council of Nicaea, in 325, was the first ecumenical church council, and was called by the Emperor Constantine to bring about agreement on matters of creed. For more on Arianism, see below, St. Athanasius, n. 6.

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Oremus Communications December 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,
As we now begin a new Liturgical Year, we are mindful of the Great Feast Days that are yet to come during the
Advent Season: the Feast of The Immaculate Conception (December 8th), the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
(December 12th), of course Christmas Day on December 25th without which we would have never been saved
from our sins, and the Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God on January 1, 2018.
There is another Feast Day that has special significance for Oremus Communications (OC). As you know, OC is
very supportive of the Right to Life Movement, and therefore, we are ever mindful of the Feast of the Holy
Innocents on December 28th since it represents the power of evil to take advantage of the poor and defenseless
children. We are even more mindful this year because of an event that took place on Sunday, November 19th.
The Pro Life Union of Greater Philadelphia at its 36th Annual Stand Up for Life Dinner with more than 1300
supporters in attendance featured a guest speaker, Mrs. Melissa Ohden. Melissa, who is the Founder of Abortion
Survivors Network and an advocate for women, men and children impacted by abortion was herself a survivor of a
late term abortion in 1977. Her story was so compelling and inspirational that many in attendance shed more than
a tear or two. Everyone including all of us from OC came away from that dinner and speech with renewed energy
to help save the lives of pre-born children and all segments of the life spectrum.
Another reason OC will be extra attentive to the Feast of Holy Innocents will be the 50th anniversary of the
Encyclical, Humanae Vitae in July of 2018. Humanae Vitae represents church teachings on such matters as the
regulation of human reproduction. All too often, in the past, many people have disregarded Pope Paul VI and his
Encyclical for a variety of reasons, none of which are in conformity with catholic teaching. Pope Paul VI stated,
unequivocally, that artificial means of birth control are never permissible to regulate human reproduction, but left
the door open for responsible Catholics to use natural family planning as a means of birth control. Since then,
there have been many advances in knowledge about Natural Family Planning, and OC intends to promote church
teaching on the matter of human reproduction including the moral correctness of Natural Family Planning in the
year to come.
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member of the Lay Dominicans will be with us to talk about the Season of Advent.
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What does it mean to be Pure and How do we become Pure? It starts with desire and intention of the Heart! Catechism Teaching…

529. How does one reach purity of heart?

In the battle against disordered desires the baptized person is able, by the grace of God, to achieve purity of heart through the virtue and gift of chastity, through purity of intention, purity of vision (both exterior and interior), discipline of the imagination and of feelings and by prayer.

Further reading: CCC 2520

530. What are the other requirements for purity?

Purity requires modesty which, while protecting the intimate center of the person, expresses the sensitivity of chastity. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their communion. Purity frees one from widespread eroticism and avoids those things which foster morbid curiosity. Purity also requires a purification of the social climate by means of a constant struggle against moral permissiveness which is founded on an erroneous conception of human freedom.

Further reading: CCC 2521-2527, 2533

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