2016: What Kind Of Year Lies Ahead?

As we approach the end of 2015, and await the midnight bells to welcome in the new year, it might be helpful to reflect on the usefulness (or otherwise) of making new year resolutions.  Here are some thoughts to kick start the discussion (and jokes are welcome, as well, always in the category of “good clean fun”)    happy-new-year-animated-gifs-images

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

My New Year’s resolution is to stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year’s resolutions.

 If 2015 was a person, I’d sue him for pain and suffering and lost wages.

I have only one resolution. To rediscover the difference between wants and needs. May I have all I need and want all I have. Happy New Year!

Finally… Alongside reflecting on our new year’s resolutions (if any), and sharing some fun stories and jokes,  if you’re in a more serious mood, be a spoilsport, feel free to share your thoughts on  what it is that you would most want to see happen in 2016 in both the world and the Church.  Over to thee!  

The Attraction Of The New Mass

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I’ve been stunned recently to learn of people whom I know who are not troubled by the thought of attending the novus ordo.  If there’s no TLM available, they argue, why not attend the new Mass? All I know is that I don’t feel that I am attending Mass on the odd occasion when I’m forced to be present at a novus ordo.   The Mass which nourished the saints and martyrs for centuries is just nothing like the modern Mass, but I’m running out of ways to explain that to those who can’t see the problem. What, precisely IS the attraction of this new Protestantised Mass? Help!

IS Religious Liberty A Problem?

 

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Many, if not most, Catholics appear to think that as long as the members of various non-Catholic denominations and religions are “good people”, then it doesn’t matter if they belong to false religions. Why do they think that, even as they are purporting to celebrate the birth of the Saviour of the world?

Fatima Center Calls For Reparation

Special from the Fatima Center
December 22, 2015

Oklahoma City gave a satanist permission to publicly desecrate a statue of the Virgin Mary outside a Catholic Church on Christmas Eve. Our Lady of Sorrows2

Adam Daniels, the satanist who sponsored the ‘black mass’ in Oklahoma in 2014, plans to pour costume blood over a statue of Our Lady that has been “treated with sulfur powder and ash.” It appears it is a statue he will bring himself.

The outrage is scheduled to take place outside St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral on December 24 from 4:30 to 6:15 pm.

The Oklahoman newspaper described the upcoming atrocity as if it were nothing more than a small political rally or artist’s display: “The protest will be confined to the sidewalk and will not block any Church entrances, according to the permit obtained by Daniels. The permit also requires to clean up the display after the event to ensure no costume blood is left on the sidewalk.”

Welcome to 2015 USA, where government allows all the public blasphemy you care to provoke, provided you do it within the limits of your city-issued permit.

Daniels calls his blasphemous event the “Virgin Birth is a Lie,” which he describes as “exposing the lies” of the Catholic Church. The purpose of the blood, he said, is to “add another layer of corruption to Mary, which is an emblem of the Catholic Church.”

Daniels is also a convicted sex-offender, and had built an ‘altar to satan’ using rubble from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. He used this rubble, he said, because it would have been “one of the most highly negative charges you could have … energy-wise.”

Breitbart news reports he is protesting the Catholic Church on Christmas Eve due to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s recent demonstrations against the group’s ‘black mass,’ the unveiling of a Bahoment [satanic] statue, and Daniel’s own book-signing event.

In a sense, we could ignore this pathetic creature as one merely seeking to aggrandize himself. But as Our Lord told the 19th Century Sister Marie de Saint Pierre of France in messages approved by the Church, public desecration requires public reparation.

A group of concerned Catholics will attempt to occupy the area where the violation is slated to occur. They will also pray the Rosary in reparation.

The Fatima Center urges those who cannot be present in Oklahoma City to offer acts of reparation for this desecration, which is a pointed attack against Catholicism and Our Lady Herself.

You could pray an extra Rosary, make some extra sacrifices, offer prayers of reparation, make a Holy Hour in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament while the Oklahoma outrage is taking place, or make a Holy Hour at some other day or time that is more convenient. You can make reparation after the event as well.

Whatever you do, know well that Our Lady expects you to do something.

You could also register your complaint with Mayor Mick Cornett,* under whose administration this outrage is permitted. 

When Our Lady requested the Five First Saturdays, She said that one of the five blasphemies that require reparation concerns “the offense of those who outrage Her directly in Her Holy images.”

Please make some sort of reparation for this desecration. Count yourselves among the friends of Our Lady who, as She told Sister Lucia in 1929, have compassion on Our Lady’s Heart “circled with thorns,” and “make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Let us know what you plan to do in reparation. Contact us at: response@thefatimacenter.com

* The Honorable Mick Cornett
Mayor of Oklahoma City
Phone: 405-297-2424
Email: mayor@okc.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mickcornett

Comments invited…

Pope Francis’ “Last Christmas” Warning

In a grim speech, the Pope said that the current chaotic state of the world marks the beginning of the “end times”, and that this time next year the world is likely to be unrecognisable.  terrorism

Francis, who previously announced the beginning of World War 3, had labelled this year’s Christmas as a “charade” during a Mass at the Casa Santa Maria earlier in the month.

We are close to Christmas. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes – all decked out – while the world continues to wage war,” he said earlier in December.

The Pontiff, who turned 79 on Thursday, elaborated on his views this weekend, telling a crowd, “While the world starves, burns, and descends further into chaos, we should realise that this year’s Christmas celebrations for those who choose to celebrate it may be their last“.  Source

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Does the fact that he holds the key to ending all this war never enter the head of this pontiff?  Is he really that blind that he doesn’t know that by obeying Our Lady’s simple request to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, there will be – as she promised – a period of peace in the world?  Or does he share Pope Benedict’s faithless view that, to paraphrase (but only slightly) “it can’t be that simple”? Do they also consider it an exaggeration of Our Lord to query whether or not, when He returns to earth at the end of time, He will find any faith – even in the Vatican? Speak!  

Pope Francis: Mother Teresa Canonisation Approved…

Pope Francis has approved of the second miracle of Mother Teresa, thereby clearing the way for her sainthood.  mother-teresa-quotes-12

On 15 December he received the final approval of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints meeting.

The canonisation is expected to be sometime later next year. 

Speaking to Sky News, Thomas D’Souza, the Archbishop of Kolkata, a city which Mother Teresa made her home, said: “We are very happy and overjoyed with this news, the city of Kolkata has been waiting for this day. We thank God of the great gift he bestowed on us with Mother Teresa.”

According to a statement from the Vatican, the second miracle involved a Brazilian man with a viral brain infection that resulted in multiple abscesses with triventricular hydrocephalus.

In December 2008 the patient was in a coma and dying and various treatments had been ineffective.

The patient’s wife is said to have continuously sought the intercession of Mother Teresa for her husband

He was wheeled into the operating theatre for emergency surgery at 18:10 on 9 December 2008 .

At the same time, his wife went to her church and along with the pastor begged Mother Teresa for the cure of her dying husband.

At 18:40 the neurosurgeon returned to the operating room and found the patient inexplicably awake and without pain.

He asked the doctor: “What I am doing here?”

The next morning he was examined, fully awake and without any headache.

On 10 September this year, the medical commission voted unanimously that his cure was inexplicable in the light of current medical knowledge.

The man, now completely healed, resumed his work as a mechanical engineer without any particular limitation.  Source

Comment

Is this latest canonisation to be welcomed? Mother Teresa was certainly keen to help the poor, and was enthusiastic about making the world a better place: to her credit, she spoke out clearly against abortion, even in the presence of politicians. The miracle recounted above seems pretty convincing. Is all of that enough for canonisation? Should we be celebrating?