31/5: The Queenship of Our Lady

Note:  only two of the verses published below, are sung in the video, but included here for the record (so to speak!)

Bring flowers of the rarest
bring blossoms the fairest,
from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
our full hearts are swelling,
our glad voices telling
the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Their lady they name thee,

Their mistress proclaim thee,
Ah, grant that thy children on earth be as true
as long as the bowers
are radiant with flowers,
as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Sing gaily in chorus;
the bright angels o’er us
re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;
their harps are repeating
the notes of our greeting,
for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May

Comment: 

Earlier in the Month of Mary, a few of the families who attend the traditional Mass at the SSPX chapel in Glasgow, organised a little gathering for the purpose of crowning Our Lady’s statue.  Since these families double as Catholic Truth readers, I was invited along.  It turned out to be a truly beautiful experience. 

The host family has a statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in their garden, which is large enough to allow the children to play/kick a ball around etc.  The afternoon began with a buffet lunch and, following some play time (and chat time for the adults), everyone gathered round the statue for the crowning.  Girls, assorted ages and from the different families, were primed to place the lovely crown of flowers on the statue’s head as we began singing each chorus.  They did so perfectly.   An adult would remove the crown at the end of the chorus, and then it would be placed again on the statue by the next girl in line – and this until all three choruses had been sung, and every girl had had the privilege of placing the crown on Our Lady’s head.  It was absolutely beautiful. 

Later, when everyone had abandoned the garden and gathered in the living room, where a statue of Our Lady of Fatima takes pride of place, the children asked if they could again crown the statue.  That’s understandable; as the novus ordo Mass-goers keep telling us, everyone, especially the young, “like to be actively involved…”  😀  Of course, anyone who can’t see the difference between this sort of “active involvement” and the (literal) mass takeover in parishes in the past fifty years, needs help.  

Anyway, afraid of over-kill, of perhaps putting them off hymn singing forever, if not the Faith itself, I suggested that we just do the crowning, not necessarily sing the three verses/choruses of the hymn again. The youngsters would have none of it!  They insisted on singing the hymn again, every verse and every chorus.  And sing along they did, so seriously, so touchingly. 

There is no question about it, the sparks of devotion, love of Our Lord and Our Lady, are ignited when we sing the “old hymns” – you know, the ones which raise our hearts, minds and souls to the things of God and help to embed and deepen our love for Christ and His Mother.   

So, enjoy the above lovely rendering of Bring Flowers of the Rarest – and maybe next year YOU might organise a crowning party for your family and friends.  

For now, as this Month of Mary draws to a close, I wish a very happy Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary to one and all! 

Scots Bishops, Climate Change, Lack of Faith (or even) Christian Perspective…

Do not worry about tomorrow… tomorrow will take care of itself (Matt 6:34)

“In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, faith leaders have called on the government to set a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target in law to halt climate change.

The letter is signed by more than 40 representatives of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu communities.

A report from the government’s climate advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, says that a net zero target is needed to avoid temperature rises exceeding the 1.5C level which would be disastrous for hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people. 

Politicians urged to ‘show leadership’ on climate change

letter says:

“The UK government must take the opportunity created by yesterday’s report from the Committee on Climate Change to commit to eliminating our country’s contribution to global temperature rises.

“The urgency and scale of action required necessitates a legally-binding target of net zero emissions by 2045.

“Such a target demands a cross-governmental approach and one which does not rely on offsets or outsourcing of carbon emissions to poorer nations – the very countries which are being hit hardest by climate change, despite having contributed least to the problem.
“We readily recognise this means changing our lifestyles and behaviours.

“Indeed, we welcome the benefits that will follow, including cleaner air and warmer homes. Our country’s faith communities have already begun to embrace these changes, with thousands of places of worship powered by renewable energy and families committing to live simply and sustainably.

“We now urge our country’s politicians to show leadership of the magnitude demanded by the challenge we face and encourage them to consider the extraordinary legacy they could leave.”  Ends.      Source

Comment:

Two Scottish Bishops have signed the above letter – The Most Revd Leo Cushley JCD –   Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh and The Rt Revd Joseph Toal – Bishop of Motherwell; I suppose the miracle is that only two have signed it, so maybe we should be thankful for small mercies.  For England & Wales,  The Rt Revd John Arnold – Bishop of Salford; lead bishop on environmental affairs for the Catholic Church in England and Wales signed.  “Environmental affairs”?  Are they kidding?  Is there a bishop anywhere, who is, however remotely, interesting in “Faith Affairs”?  For pity’s sake.  Gimme patience! 

The above link came to me from Patrick,  a reader (in Scotland, I think, but he can correct that in the comments if I’m wrong) and he included the following message – I really can’t think of anything to add so I’ll close with Patrick’s remarks:  

[This letter] is a perfect example of the perfidity of our Catholic leaders, and their embrace of the pagan global warming religion in lock step with our Pontiff.

I don’t know if you saw a piece from Pope Francis’ “global warming attack dog” Cardinal Turksen this week where he tells us all we must stop breathing out (carbon dioxide) as this essential plant food will cause the world to end in ten years.

Last week our Pope made a long overdue attack on the culture of death called abortion. In the US alone, 60 million innocent lives have been sacrificed to the godless Gaia since infanticide was legalised.

Then in the next breath he commends the New world order and the IPPC which says we need to reduce the world’s population to under one thousand million (in New money) to “save the planet from global warming”

Can some one advise this old curmudgeon how to hang on to the vestiges of his Catholic faith when surrounded by Satanic leaders? 

Sorry for the rant, but my tether is stretched to its limit.  [Ed:  welcome to the club!]  

Comments invited…

Whistleblower – The Figueiredo Report Confirms Viganò Testimony…

Extracts below from the statement dated 28 May, 2019, by Monsignor Anthony J. Figueiredo (pictured left) entitled Follow the Path of Truth Wherever It May Lead…  The  Figueiredo Report

The former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick ordained me to the priesthood 25 years ago today.

I served as his personal secretary in the Archdiocese of Newark (September 1994 – June 1995) and also assisted him in a secretarial capacity during his many visits to Rome in my 19 years of ministry there. After long consideration, I have made the decision to place in the public domain some of the correspondence and other information related to McCarrick that I possess in my many years of service to him. I have spent time in prayer and discernment about the moral basis for revealing these. My decision follows attempts since September 2018 to share and discuss these with the Holy See and other Church leaders.

Realizing full well that the debate about McCarrick has become highly politicized, I wish only to present facts that will help the Church to know the truth. From the outset of this report, I pledge my unswerving affection, loyalty and support for Pope Francis and his Magisterium in his tireless ministry as the Successor of Peter, as I manifested also to Pope Benedict XVI, grateful for their paternal solicitude and efforts to address the scourge of abuse. Indeed, my actions in releasing this report at this time are encouraged by the Holy Father’s motu proprio “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” (“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Mt 5:14), based on the overriding principle that it is imperative to place in the public domain, at the right time and prudently, information that has yet to come to light and impacts directly on allegations of criminal activity, the restrictions imposed on my now laicized former Archbishop, and who knew what and when…

It is my firm hope that this information will help the Church as she further endeavors to create a culture of transparency. This report, which may form the first of others, is a contribution to the wish of Pope Francis and the Holy See “to follow the path of truth wherever it may lead” in terms of the ongoing McCarrick investigation (Pope Francis, Philadelphia, USA, September 27, 2015; Press Statement of the Holy See, October 6, 2018). It aims to help the US Bishops in their promise last August to “pursue the many questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick’s conduct … we are determined to find the truth in this matter” (Statement of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President, USCCB, August 1, 2018). What Archbishop Wilton Gregory expressed for his local Church, upon his appointment to the Archdiocese of Washington, I wish to do for the Universal Church: “The only way that I can serve this Archdiocese is by telling the truth” (Press Conference, April 4, 2019)…

My desire is for my experience to contribute to a new culture in the Church – a culture in which no victim, young or old, no priest or seminarian, no religious or superior, no bishop or nuncio need fear to speak the truth, a culture in which each knows where to seek help and all are held accountable, a culture in which no secret sins can fester and no corruption mar the Church’s maternal care. The Holy Father’s bold motu proprio “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” guides us in this direction. Only by such humiliating transparency does the Church imitate her Lord and fulfil her vocation as “the light of the world”: Wherever the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of the sacraments are public, let the self-discipline of the Church also be!    Monsignor Anthony J. A. Figueiredo      [all emphases added] 

Click here to read the entire statement from Monsignor Figueiredo…  

Comment: 

Some people – including some well-meaning people – will argue that Monsignor Figueiredo has done the wrong thing by publishing his statement today.  That he is only making things worse, keeping the McCarrick scandals before the eyes of the unbelieving world.  Others will praise him for keeping the authorities (including the Pope) in their toes, holding their feet to the fire because they promised thorough investigations and transparency in order to eradicate the shocking scandal of abusive priests and bishops.  So, who’s right? 

Blasphemous LGBTQ “Pride” Mass: This Priest MUST Be Dismissed…

Comment: 

Check out this parish here to see the above advert in situ – on the website page of the parish entitled LGBTQ@Grace – can you believe? 

I’ll be sending the link to this discussion to the Pastor of the parish, Fr. Alex Santora, to let him know that our conversation will centre on the fact that he is about as Catholic as Nancy Pelosi, whose reputation as an apostate has crossed the Pond – we all know just how anything-but-Catholic is the pro-abortion up to and including birth, Pelosi…

Here’s an extract from the parish website describing their parish priest/pastor…

As pastor of The Church of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, Fr. Santora instituted the annual FunFest, Flea Market & Used Book Sale, Spaghettiaoke, and musical concerts to attract people to the parish. In 2006, with the establishment of a young adult ministry, a Sunday evening Mass was begun. This Mass is popular with people of all ages. Fr. Santora’s unique and easygoing style might belie his deep commitment to God, to his parishioners, and to our church. However, through his commitment and his solid work ethic, he has reinvigorated the life of our parish as well as reinvigorating the entire Hoboken community.

In October 2012, Fr. Santora celebrates the 30th anniversary of his Ordination.  Ends.

His “deep commitment to God”…?  Er, not remotely, unless this is some new god that we’re only just hearing about.  He’s clearly NOT committed to the God of Divine Revelation, Father, Son and Holy Ghost who has entrusted the salvation of souls to the Catholic Church established by Christ which has the grave duty of defending and promoting the natural moral law, which Fr Santora openly rejects.  This from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the subject of homosexuality: 

Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.  [CCC # 2357, emphasis added].

Click here to read a 2018 report on this scandal published by Lifesitenews 

Note:  Cardinal Tobin’s contact details are given at the end of the Lifesitenews report but remember, he is one of those friends of the defrocked (former) Cardinal (now Mr) McCarrick who  undoubtedly owes his position within the Church to that notorious former prelate.  I think asking Tobin to do his episcopal duty by removing this priest from active ministry (at the very least) would be akin to asking Nancy Pelosi to run an orphanage.   And since this priest is being permitted to publicise this Mass for a second year, evidently Cardinal Tobin is completely on board.  Seems Archbishop Viganò was spot on when he included Tobin as one of the corrupt McCarrick appointments.

Of course, all of this goes straight back to Pope Francis the First and, we sincerely hope and pray, the last… So, please, no excuses.  The buck stops at the Pope’s desk. 

In any event, share your thoughts here, because I’ll be sending the link to this apostate priest – and he really does need to know the shocking damage he is doing by promoting behaviour which, according to God’s law, cannot, under any circumstances, be approved, and then heaping coals of fire on his own head by – through a blasphemous “Mass” – misleading people into believing that this immoral activity is pleasing to God.  Which reminds me, almost as an aside – will all Catholics reading this please abandon this new and very dangerous Mass, which is clearly so easily used to promote evil, and return to the Mass which nourished the countless saints in Catholic history and for which martyrs gave their life’s blood?  Please? 

    

Pope Francis (not climage change) Is Leading The World Towards Disaster…

Pope Francis: Climate Crisis ‘Leading the World Towards Disaster’  From Brietbart… 

If only he were writing his resignation letter – Sigh…

Pope Francis painted a frightening picture of a global climate emergency Monday, saying we humans must “correct our path before it is too late.”

“Around the world, we are seeing heat waves, droughts, forest fires, floods and other extreme meteorological events, rising sea levels, the emergence of diseases and further problems that are only a dire premonition of things much worse to come, unless we act and act urgently,” the pope told a group of leaders assembled at the Vatican for a meeting titled “Climate Change and New Evidence from Science, Engineering, and Policy.”

“Time is of the essence,” the pope told the group, which included the president of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the finance ministers of various nations. “You are here today to reflect on how to remedy this profound crisis caused by a confusion of our moral ledger with our financial ledger. You are here to help stop a crisis that is leading the world towards disaster.” …

… The U.N. program endorsed by the pope goes well beyond addressing climate change, however, and encompasses “17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets,” some of which directly contradict the Catholic Church’s core beliefs regarding human life.  [Emphasis added, for what should be very obvious reasons…]

“We are committed to ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education,” the program declares, which includes the putative right to abortion.

The United Nations has been one of the most implacable forces behind a worldwide push for legalized abortion, under its umbrella goals of “reproductive health” and “gender equality.”

In the years leading up to Ireland’s 2018 abortion referendum, for example, the UN repeatedly attacked Ireland for its pro-life laws, employing its international muscle to demand that the predominantly Catholic nation repeal the Eighth Amendment to its constitution that protected the right to life of unborn infants.

One ruling from U.N. human rights “experts,” for instance, said that Ireland’s abortion ban “subjects women to discriminatory, cruel and degrading treatment.”

In 2017, the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) committee attempted to pressure Ireland into changing its abortion laws, declaring that the Eighth Amendment violated women’s rights because it “unduly restricts access to abortion.”

The U.N. committee insisted that Irish law be changed to allow “the introduction of amendments to current legislation governing access to abortion.”   Click here to read the above Brietbart report in full.  

Comment: 

We already know that this Pope is more interested in politics than Catholicism, that he accepts, without criticism, the latest scientific fad, while ignoring the Message of Fatima despite paying lip-service to some of it;  that he fears the destruction of the planet through man-made climate change more than the retribution from God which he is making more likely by the nano-second through his failure to act in accordance with his papal office.  He is duty bound to protect the Faith, to ensure that no changes are made to it and that the natural moral order established by God is obeyed. He’s doing none of that.  Quite the reverse – he has actively encouraged breaking with Catholic Faith Tradition and living in sexual couplings outside of marriage.  He’s easily the worst ever pontiff in the entire history of the Church – that is a fact, not up for discussion. 

Obviously, we need to pray for him – his very salvation is at risk; no question about it.  On the other hand,  are we – as we have been accused, often –  just a bunch of extremists, concerned needlessly?  After all, very few bishops are saying a word, and none of them are Scots, English, Welsh or Irish.  Why is that?  Could it be that the modernists are right, that we should be turning our attention to issues such as the environment, having “lost” the battle for traditional marriage, the sanctity of life and other fuddy duddy matters best forgotten?   Maybe, since the vast majority of Catholics are going along with what is going on in the Church right now, and since he’s a very popular pope – as would be any shopkeeper who turned a blind eye to the children nicking the sweets – maybe we just need to get with the programme and accept that things change, time to move on… After all, if the Pope himself can endorse the UN programme which endorses the right to contraception and abortion… Well – who are we to contradict him?   

Bishop Joseph Devine RIP… 

From Facebook page of the Diocese of Motherwell…

It is with great sadness that the Diocese of Motherwell announces the death of Bishop Joseph Devine today in Wishaw General Hospital.

Bishop Devine served as Bishop of Motherwell from 1981 until his retirement in 2013.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family, friends and the clergy of the Diocese at this time.

May the Lord take the soul of his worthy servant to Himself. Requiescat in pace.  Ends.

Comment: 

Please feel free to offer your condolences and promise of prayers for the soul of Bishop Joseph Devine, RIP. 

Indeed, we urge all our readers and bloggers to pray earnestly for the spiritual safety of Bishop Devine.

Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace. Amen. 

Should Catholic Faith & Spirituality Protect Against Poor Mental Health? 

There’s hardly a day goes by, but the mainstream media do not cover the issue of mental health to highlight problems experienced by just about every group in society, where stress and anxiety – and even the temptation to take one’s own life – appear to be on the increase. Click here to read a previous discussion on the subject of suicide and then listen to the young man in the video offering his ideas on how Catholics might deal with anxiety… 

Comment: 

In a documentary aired on BBC last night,  Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, Alistair Campbell, spoke about his battles with drink and depression, and his ongoing battle with depression.   He was very open and honest, and, in the end, concluded that – in his view – despite his investigations into various treatments, and his use of anti-depressant tablets, he must reconcile himself to a lifetime of suffering depression.  But then, famously, Alistair Campbell doesn’t “DO God” so maybe Catholics suffering from the same anxiety and depression have something more positive ahead? 

Today is the Feast of St Rita of Cascia – a wife, mother, nun – who is patron of, among other things, impossible causes, so if you are suffering from mental health problems, or you know someone who is suffering in this way, you may consider praying to St Rita.

Share your thoughts – should our Catholic Faith and spirituality (sacraments, for example; rosary, for example; lives of the saints, for example) enable us to overcome, more easily, the affliction of poor mental health?   Or is that to misunderstand the nature of the problem?