Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria

Both Charles and Zita knew that marriage was a sacrament and their chosen path to holiness. When they exchanged their vows at a nuptial Mass they had absolutely no idea that even though they were literally some of the most powerful people in the world that in only a matter of years, they and their eight children would lose their home, their country, their position, their wealth, their everything. But they had each other and they had their faith and that was enough. It was their heroic virtue and faithfulness to the sacrament of marriage in times tougher than most of us can imagine, which makes them models for us, even today. Karl was an admirable figure steeped in contemplative prayer with a rich interior life, but he wasn't a monk. He was a king and a husband. It was the light of that supernatural life of grace, which guided and his work in a time when men had grown blind, deaf and dumb to the life of Christ in the soul.

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Our Lady of the Rosary: The Church Under Siege Today

This is a transcription of a homily given by Fr. Christopher Smith on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and it is transcribed here by Tony Capobianco.

“The reason that we make so much of a big deal about this particular feast of Our Lady Of The Rosary, isn’t just because we want to have an historical commemoration of a past naval battle. There's much more that's going on in this feast and I think that it has become a feast very beloved of Catholics today, because so many people realize that we are in an eerily similar situation as to what Christians were at that particular time.”

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Tradition is the Cure

Previous Virgo Potens articles examined the crisis in the Church and noted the catastrophic consequences of abandoning Tradition. Modernism was shown to be the vile plague by which Tradition has been and sorrowfully continues to be assaulted. In Catholic media there is a nearly nonstop bombardment of bad news, scandal and confusion regarding the Church. Contrarily this article aims to present the remedy to this current apocalyptic crisis. How can we help to restore belief that Jesus Christ is substantially present in the Holy Eucharist? How can we do our part to bring more souls into the Holy Roman Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation? How can we bring clarity to the current confusion about doctrine? How can we become saints? How can we help to purify the Church? Is there a cure for the diabolical heresy of modernism? Yes, there is a cure for the plague of modernism along with its many disastrous consequences. Tradition is the cure. Traditio est remedium.

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Ghost Hunting & Spiritism

Autumn has arrived. The crisp autumn air and the beautiful color change of the foliage mean that Halloween and All Saints Day are on the horizon. This is also the season in which interest in the occult and spiritism peak. Curiosity leads not a few into dangerous territory as they seek to have an encounter with the preternatural as though to do so was a form of entertainment. The Halloween season is a time in which people are more likely to satisfy a spiritual craving that resides deep within them as for the majority of the year they tend to bury this desire in material pleasures and distractions. Since man is a body and spirit composite, it is not surprising that an interest in the latter arises.

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Modernism: A Plague Assaulting Tradition

In a previous Virgo Potens article, the consequences of abandoning Tradition were discussed. This article looks at the monstrosity that led many in the human element of the Church to abandon Tradition. Each of the following questions have one answer. What caused so many clerics and laity to abandon Tradition? What was the primary cause of the revolutionary changes within the Church over the past century? What has caused the phenomenon of personal interpretation of Scripture to become more common than using traditional Scripture commentaries? How is it that reason and the intellect have frequently become subjugated to the emotions? What has seduced many to abandon numerous traditional pius practices in favor of novelties which are often inferior? Why are so many Catholics confused about what they ought to believe? What caused the errant idea that Dogma can evolve in such a way that it contradicts the clear sense in which the Church has always and everywhere understood it? How is it that it has become common to label faithful Catholics as being rigid? What is it that has caused some churchmen to advocate for what appears to be pantheism? What has prevented Shepherds from teaching that the Catholic Church is the Ark of Salvation, outside of which there is no salvation? What is the cause of the ongoing great apostasy? What is the name of the plague of heresies rampaging through the City of God?

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Abandonment of Tradition is the Problem

The loss of belief in the Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the widespread use of contraceptives, acceptance of the sins of the flesh, the destruction of the family, the breakdown of society, the loss of belief in Hell and the existence of the Devil, the rejection of the perennial doctrines of the Church in favor of immanentism, rampant diabolical disorientation, and a sorrowful worldwide apostasy from the Truth are all examples of the tragic consequences due to the abandonment of Tradition.

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Hurt/Heal: Unmasking the Fiend in the Firefly FunHouse

The following article is about spiritual warfare and how demons operate in relation to people that they want to be their victims, their possessions. As such this content may be disturbing to some people. Only you know if this topic may be disturbing to you. This article is not meant to glorify evil but to assist in recognizing how the enemy works so that the Devil and his demons can be more easily identified and then rejected. When evil is unmasked it is to a certain degree humiliated. If we trust in and serve Christ through living a good Catholic life, then we have nothing to fear.

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Conference on Exorcism by Fr. Ripperger: Transcription

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?

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Holy Eucharist by Fr. Ripperger: Transcription

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.

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Infallibility. The Transcript of Part 4 of a Series of Homilies on Tradition Given by Fr. Ripperger

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.

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