When Adam and Eve fell, the spiritual writers tell us, the Fathers of the Church tell us that Eve committed five sins in the Fall and don't feel bad, Adam committed eight (sins) in the Fall. One of the first sins she committed was when she saw the snake talking and she says, “Well this is interesting.” Now, she had infused knowledge. The Fathers of the Church tell us that she had infused knowledge and she knew that she should not be paying attention to this thing. That sin, the Fathers call is curiosity. It’s the vice or the sin in which you pursue knowledge that’s not proper to your state in life. Unfortunately today most people are watching a lot of TV, watching a lot of programs because they are very curious about the types of things (exorcism and demons) that we're going to talk about tonight. Which is probably why half of you are here tonight. Right?Read More
We come to the talk on the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the Sacrament in which Christ under the forms of bread and wine is truly present with His body and blood in order to offer Himself in an unbloody manner to the Heavenly Father to give Himself to the faithful as nourishment for their souls. This definition contains all the essential elements of this Sacrament. The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ; that is the whole of Christ who is really, truly, and substantially present. While the Eucharist is God, that is Christ, the accidents, that is the appearance of the bread and wine remain. This Sacrament is also called the Sanctissimum, which means the Most Holy and the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Host. The term Eucharist in Greek means to thank or Thanksgiving.Read More
We resume our homilies on Tradition and one of the aspects of Tradition is that some people tend to treat everything from the Tradition with the exact same amount of certitude or weight. That is, they think that everything from the Tradition is absolutely infallible and absolutely has to be adhered to and then you get the opposite extreme which says that none of the Tradition has to be adhered to or followed. Whereas the actual answer lies a little bit differently than that. There are different sources from the Tradition and they have to be treated differently as to how certain we are as regarding the teaching that they contain. The question of certitude affects the various considerations of the various forms of sources within the Tradition.Read More
Sacred Tradition in the true and Catholic sense is the regula fidei or the rule of faith. The concept of Tradition as merely a human deed or only the preaching of Christ and the apostles who alone have Christ’s authority is contrary to the teaching of the Church. Here a distinction of object of faith and the rule of faith must be made. The object of faith is the truth to be believed. This is the thing that we must believe in order to be saved. The rule is that which contains the truth to be believed and to which we must conform ourselves. In other words the Sacred Tradition is the rule of faith or a standard.Read More
Madness is ascendant as men mistake darkness for light as they prefer lies rather than truth. What do I mean by this? For starters, the very use of the word “man” as it has been used for centuries to represent mankind or the human race born of Adam and Eve is now said to be offensive to the sensibilities of many “enlightened” and “woke” moderns. Turn on the news on the TV and radio, read a newspaper, look at social media, or talk to people and it will become clear that insanity is more and more becoming the norm. Basic objective scientific facts are now called into question and are under siege as insanity drives men to pridefully strive to overthrow reality. There are a growing number of individuals who not only deny objective laws and facts of nature but seek to overturn them in favor of their own delusional fantasies.Read More
O Lord God, I love you above all things
and I love my neighbor for your sake
because you are the highest, infinite and perfect good,
worthy of all my love.
In this love I intend to live and die. Amen.
O Lord God, I hope by your grace
for the pardon of all my sins
and after life here
to gain eternal happiness
because you have promised it
who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, and merciful.
In this hope I intend to live and die. Amen.
O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins and that he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because you have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
In this faith I intend to live and die. Amen.
A prayer of the Catholic Church
Rest eternal grant them, O Lord;
and let light perpetual shine upon them.
A hymn befits Thee, O God, in Zion;
and to Thee shall be paid a vow in Jerusalem.
Hear my prayer,
to Thee all flesh shall come.
Rest eternal grant them, O Lord;
and let light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
et tibi redetur votum in Ierusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam,
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis. Amen.
Hail thou star of ocean
Portal of the sky,
Ever virgin Mother,
Of the Lord Most High.
O! by Gabriel’s Ave,
Uttered long ago,
Eva’s name reversing,
Established peace below.
Break the captives’ fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, Pray for us.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
For he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid; behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation, on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly.
Queen of heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.
For He Whom thou did merit to bear, Alleluia.
Has risen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary! Alleluia.
R. Because Our Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.
Let us pray:
O God, Who by the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known
That anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
But in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail, Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Come, Holy Spirit,
send forth the heavenly
radiance of your light.
Come, father of the poor,
come giver of gifts,
come, light of the heart.
sweet guest of the soul,
In labor, rest,
in heat, temperance,
in tears, solace.
O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of your faithful.
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O Comforter, to Thee we cry,
Thou heav’nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.
Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.
Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Amen.
Let us pray:
O God, Who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.Read More