May is the month of Mary, let us contemplate on the things she loves and what we can do to please her...
For those who love the First Saturday Devotion; Amongst other requests, Our Lady asks us to pray the Rosary, and also to meditate on the mysteries for 15 minutes (15 mysteries) not 20 minutes. Our Lady clearly has a love for her Rosary.
By praying the traditional, it just flows naturally from day to day.
For Catholics who love Our Lady and her Rosary the way it was intended, please click here.
The more you love, the more you want to do; everything seems less hard to do... If you love frequent Masses and Holy Communions + If you love frequent Sacramental Confessions + If you love frequent Rosaries + If you love frequent Adoration + If you love frequent reading of Holy Scriptures... join the Pure Indulgence Club.
Everything once seemed too much - from do very little Catholic things, to doing very frequent Catholic things... So how does one get from very little to very frequent? What can change this? One can be blessed with the grace of Christ making Himself known to the individual, and with the desire for the love Christ, and the pursuit of Christ. One can honestly ask for this blessing.
There is also a great positive effect on joining this pious open club, not only on the individuals but also on the parish. One of the practice of gaining the indulgence is to say the Rosary inside the church or chapel; another practice is Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. So the more the good and faithful follow these practices, and the more frequent, others will notice and will follow suit. Members can invite their neighbours in their pews to join them in this Pure Indulgence club. It is good - it is holy.
Welcome to the Pure Indulgence Club.
"Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” ~ 1 Peter 1:13-16
If you have not noticed it yet, our Catholic Church is really in a time of much turmoil, and even worst is if we act as if nothing was wrong and remain silent. There is too much silence already and this silence is be used to wreck havoc inside the Church.
With so much confusion, division, scandals, abuses and even persecution of faithful Catholics occurring within the Catholic Church as a whole... one member of the Fellowship had requested if there was something we could do extra... So we decided to do something about it, but what?
After hearing that various parishes in the US were bringing back the old tradition of praying the Saint Michael the Archangel prayer at the end their Masses to combat against evil; the answer was clear.
From Sunday 1st October, 2018, a few members from the Fellowship of the Rosary in Sacred Heart Cabramatta Parish, will commence praying the Saint Michael the Archangel prayer after each Sunday Mass at 6pm.
At the end of each Sunday Mass, members of the rosary group will meet in the front of the sanctuary and pray the St Michael the Archangel Prayer. The members will also invite other friends at the Mass to join in the prayer and do battle against evil within the Church. On this Sunday, they may be one of the first group in Australia to join this new crusade headed by the victorious Saint Michael the Archangel!
Fittingly, this will commence on the first day of the month of the Holy Rosary... and yes they pray the Rosary too.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against
the wickedness and snares
of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray;
and do Thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan and
all evil spirits
who prowl through the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
- Pope Leo XIII
On Wednesday 15th, August 2018, 6 members from the Fellowship of the Rosary (from Cabramatta parish) enrolled in the Militia Immaculatae (MI) - Knights of the Immaculate. The Enrolment ceremony was lead by Fr Benjamin Campbell at the Child Jesus and St. Joseph Church in Rockdale. Preceding this the members also celebrated Mass with the local parish on the Feast of the Assumption.
The members did not know much Latin at all, however thankfully two other candidates from the local parish and Fr Campbell assisted us in Latin responses and with the singing... making the process run smoothly. The members also received their blessed Miraculous Medal. After the ceremony the members signed the papers for acceptance into the MI.
Why did the members enrolled into the MI? The Knights are devoted to the Immaculate, hence they are devoted to Our Lord, Jesus Christ... and through their devotion, Knights seek to win souls over at the hand of the Immaculate for Jesus. What better way to follow the Commandments of Our Lord: Love God and love thy neighbour - in the our service Our Lady. No one is more united with Christ than Our Lady; She is the role model, and they follow her safely and directly to Christ.
As an added on bonus for the members, Fr Campbell also offered to enrol the members in the Brown Scapular, with the commuted role of wearing the brown Scapular and only praying the Rosary daily, for the granted promises of Our Lady - They will not enter hell when they die, and Our Lady will bring the devout wearer from Purgatory to heaven on the first Saturday after their death.
The 6 members of the Fellowship of the Rosary are very grateful and wish to thank Fr Campbell and Fr Delsorte (Prior) in assisting with the whole enrolment process. Also thank you to St. Maximilian Kolbe for the opportunity to become Knights of the Immaculate and thank you Jesus and Mary. What great honour it is to serve the Immaculate. Let me sign up!
PS Thank you to the Ladies running the Chapel, for taking the photo late in the night.
There is one more step before this, but let's get to that later and watch this great video...
With continued lost of Real Presence in the faithful.... the more focus will be on performance and entertainment more applause and more on the people than on God. The Churches are turning into concert halls, meeting places the community and catch-ups and even a place to purchase coffee during Mass?
Perhaps we should remind ourselves what had happen perviously in the temple of God...
"And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the chairs of them that sold doves: And he saith to them: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves." ~ Matthew 21:12-13
All Saints' Day is about celebrating Catholics who have lived their lives in such a holy way that when they passed on, they were worthy of entering Heaven.
Some are now saying that we can be saints here on earth... but does it sound logical?
Imagine life as a sports grand final game, and you are playing it the best you can. You may be a great sportsperson but can you really call yourself as a champion when the game is not yet over?
The closest living person we got to call as a saint in our time was "Mother Theresa." She was dubbed the "living saint," yet notice how she was not called a "saint" until she died and was later officially canonised as a saint. No living Catholic would call themselves a "saint" or "living saint for that matter." It's just not a humbling thing to do.
So what can we do - what do we do? What does Saint Paul say?
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." ~ 2 Timothy 4:7
Is this not fitting enough, on how we should play our one and only grand final? Saints do not play this worldly game, they do not fall as we do like foot-soldiers when we fight the good fight.
What matters is when the game ends, we did our best and that we have kept the faith.
One thing that we absolutely must do is to fight through prayer... Saints don't need to do this, but we do.
"If you pray well, you'll live well, if you live well, you'll die well, if you die well, all is well." ~ St. Augustine
We don't need to be saints in this world, we can't be. What we need is to keeping fighting until the end and that we kept the faith.
Saint's did not live their lives as "saints of this world" here and now, but as faithful Catholics who continuously plays and fights for the real end game. Thats all that matters.
Heaven, purgatory and hell are all real, and also is the reward for the foot-soldier - the faithful Catholic.
So on All Saints Day, let us cheer to all the faithful Catholics who have made it. Cheers to all the Saints - Not for us wannabes!
It seems that faitful Catholics are wanting to attend the Latin Mass, over the Novus Ordo Mass and Neo Catholics are worried. Please have the look at the following response to this in a Novus Ordo bulletin notice from St. Bernadette's Parish in Australia. Is this really written out of charity for Catholics who simply want to attend the Latin Mass, or just to scare Faithful Catholics away from the beauty of the Latin Mass?
The bottom line is, if both forms of the Mass are the same, why make such a big deal out of it? If you love the Novus Ordo form keep on celebrating it. If other Catholics love the Latin Mass let them attend it.
(Catholic Conference Centre: Catholic Mass arrangement removed and covered-up, for Buddhist worship.)
As Catholics is it acceptable to accommodate other faiths as we do with our own faith - to treat our Faith as the same as other faiths? To make this point clear, we should ask ourselves, what is the purpose of our faith? To save our own soul, and to save other souls.
WITNESS was made aware of a Catholic conference centre where Mass is celebrated on a regular basis. Only recent the centre has allowed Buddhists to use the facilities for worship. After talking with a few members of the Catholic community, it becomes apparent that this news, was quite common knowledge. The majority did not seem to agree with this - that this was their place of worship, not other faiths. While the minority took the impression that it "pays the bills", and that the priest in charge can do as he see fit. It must be noted that the whole property was purchased and built by the Catholic community through their generous donations. While dialogue will be likely needed for a positive outcome for this Catholic community. Let's leave that up to the shepherd and his sheep..
Having said that, what are the broader implications? The following Latin maxim tells us how we do one thing, affects how we do other things, and vice versa. So how we live, will actually effect how we believe, and how we worship...This applies also when we accommodate other faiths, the same way we accommodate our own Faith. It is like having one facility for two different sports. Sure they are different but maybe, just maybe, we'll try out the other sport and who knows we might even like it and never go back.
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi.
What about following.., what is the Gospel teaching us? How seriously do we follow it, and act on it?
"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work."
As stated, at the heart of our Faith is to save our soul and the souls of others. Surely accomodating other faiths is not the way to go?
"There is nothing colder than a Christian who is not concerned for the salvation of souls."
Seriously - we are called to love our neighbour, but the real problem arises when we do not know our Faith enough, or we do not believe in our Faith enough, or even love our Faith enough to supersede other faiths and to actually love our neighbour. We want to save our own souls by doing good to our neighbours, but do we really want to save our neighbour's soul also?
This video is about Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre; a great holy man who could see before-hand the dangers of modernism within the Catholic Church. In this video Michael Matt talks about Archbishop Lefebvre with great admiration. I would also like to put it out there that Michael Matt is also a great Catholic Man, who loves Catholic tradition, aka the Catholic Church. Michael speaks plainly the Catholic truth and does not misdirect Catholics toward any biases. Thank you Michael Matt for your Faith and works.
(Thank you also to Michael Sestak for making this shorter version of Michael Matt's "The Church of Accompaniment: Luther vs. Lefebvre.")
(Note: If you clearly understand modernism inside the Catholic Church and love it, this video is not for you.)
Al: Catholic, learning and thankful.