27/11: The Miraculous Medal – Best Practice in Spreading this Sacramental…

Below, listen to the beautiful sermon delivered by Father Linus Clovis, well known pro-life priest who, to our delight, accepted our invitation to address our Conference in June,  2016 on the topic “Francis – A Pope For Our Times.”   Here, he recounts two amazing miracles which are associated with the Miraculous Medal…

Comment:

Only last Sunday after Mass, I was introduced to a young non-Catholic man who, for the first time, had attended the traditional Latin Mass, and in the course of the conversation he explained that he had turned his back on his worldly, Godless life. He was now “researching” the Faith and had been learning quite a bit about the crisis in the Church.  It was a very interesting chat, but what struck me most forcibly was that a young mother who was participating in the conversation chose a moment to offer the young man a Miraculous Medal on a blue thread  (encouraging him to find a chain in due course!) And, with the medal, she gave him a small explanatory booklet.  In very few words, she exhorted him to wear the medal round his neck, as this was be the best possible help he would get in his research… He accepted the medal and booklet, so please pray for him. 

It got me thinking, though, that many, probably most, Catholics would have held back, keen to be “prudent”, not want to put the young man off the Church by appearing to be too pushy.

Thus, it would be useful to learn from others the various ways in which each of us might spread devotion to this powerful sacramental.  The young mother mentioned above, tells me that she carries some medals and leaflets with her when out and about,  with the aim of trying to distribute one at every opporunity. 

Your ideas – and stories of miracles associated with the medal – are very welcome on this thread.

Happy Feast of the Miraculous Medal, to one and all… 

November: Month of the Holy Souls…


“Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and there is only one Glory, which is eternal. If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing…” 
(St Teresa of Avila)

 

Comment: 

As ever, we remember the souls of the faithful departed during the month of November, praying for them and perhaps seeking indulgences to be applied to them.  So, share your favourite prayers and hymns, quotes from saints, books and edifying stories which may help us to understand better the reality of Purgatory – in order to

1.   prepare for it   Or

2. avoid it altogether [recommended!]    

27th October – Feast of Christ the King!

Comment:

We are reflecting upon, and discussing, the shocking state of the Church on various threads; We have noted that Our Lord, Christ the King, is being abused and insulted at the highest levels in His Church today.  The human element in the Church is all but obscuring the divine.  Let us, therefore, use this Feast Day thread as a small means of reparation, as well as celebration. Take a few minutes to share your favourite hymns and prayers, devotions, novenas, pilgrimages etc. as a means of reminding ourselves that, despite the scandalous outward appearances, Christ is  remaining true to His promise to be with His Church right to the end:  “…And behold, I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” (Matt 28:20)  

Real faith is required of us today – we cannot merely, as some put it, “cling to a tribal identity”.  Perhaps a short extract from the life of St Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, will point us towards the attitude of soul which we might most profitably embrace at this time – the saint is writing (to her Superior) about the affliction of her “dark night of the soul”: 

From the time of my childhood I felt that one day I should be set free from this land of darkness. I believed it, not only because I had been told so by others, but my heart’s most secret and deepest longings assured me that there was in store for me another and more beautiful country—an abiding dwelling-place. I was like Christopher Columbus, whose genius anticipated the discovery of the New World. And suddenly the mists about me have penetrated my very soul and have enveloped me so completely that I cannot even picture to myself this promised country . . . all has faded away. When my heart, weary of the surrounding darkness, tries to find some rest in the thought of a life to come, my anguish increases. It seems to me that out of the darkness I hear the mocking voice of the unbeliever: “You dream of a land of light and fragrance, you dream that the Creator of these wonders will be yours for ever, you think one day to escape from these mists where you now languish. Nay, rejoice in death, which will give you, not what you hope for, but a night darker still, the night of utter nothingness!”

Dear Mother, this description of what I suffer is as far removed from reality as the first rough outline is from the model, but I fear that to write more were to blaspheme . . . even now I may have said too much. May God forgive me! He knows that I try to live by Faith, though it does not afford me the least consolation. I have made more acts of Faith in this last year than during all the rest of my life.  (Chapter IX, The Story of a Soul).

Maybe we should compete with this great saint and Doctor of the Church, in making many acts of Faith, not just on this beautiful Feast, but every day throughout the worsening crisis in the Church.  Here’s one – if you have a favourite, please share:

An Act of Faith…

O MY GOD, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy 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 Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.   Amen.

Hail, Christ the King! 

Catholic Truth Vs Kevin McKenna – Is He Just A Bigot… Or A Deliberate Liar?

Editor writes…

Those of you who have read our articles on Kevin McKenna (pictured, left)  in the current September newsletter – click here to refresh your memory (p.7 ff)  – and who think I was too hard on him, really need to read his latest evil rant. McKenna, without a doubt, is a man in dreadful conscience. He needs help – and prayers.  But he must also be challenged, big time, because he is writing about the Catholic Church based on the pretence that he is a Catholic;  by any definition, he is no such thing.  Being baptised into the Faith, doesn’t make anyone a Catholic, any more than  –  to paraphrase G.K. Chesterton – “standing in your garage makes you a car.”  Catholics do not have the luxury of picking and choosing what doctrine they believe, or which moral law they will accept.  As Pope Benedict XVI once said: “Truth is not determined by a majority vote.” So, I’m throwing out a challenge to Kevin McKenna to publicly debate his claim to be a Catholic – but first, some extracts from his  latest nasty and very ignorant article, published online in today’s ultra-left wing rag, The Guardian.  Before you read on, though, let me repeat a suggestion made to me by a reader who rang me to speak about McKenna’s latest  garbage;  our reader’s opinion is that McKenna has read the September Catholic Truth reports on him, and is spitting blood at my articles.   Therein, was laid bare the man’s utter confusion of mind and soul. With reverence, he praises a Minister of the Free Church of Scotland for upholding the very teachings on sexual morality for which he savages the Catholic Church…   The man’s unbelievable – or should that be, unbalanced….  Just a thought.  Anyway, read the extracts below from his article headlined: If there’s a cardinal sin to be made, count on the Catholic church, with some minimum comment from moi in bold…  sub-headlines added 

Contempt For Doctrine of the Communion of Saints / Catholic Devotional practices…

A grim little vaudeville act is currently touring some of Scotland’s Catholic parishes, featuring the remains of Thérèse of Lisieux, a long-dead French nun. Thérèse died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 in 1897 and was canonised in 1925, becoming Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. By all accounts, this young woman developed an exemplary devotion to her faith and was the author of some beautiful (if slightly ripe) spiritual tracts. I’m not sure she deserved the fate of having some of her remains bumped in and out of cars and through the hills of South Lanarkshire and Paisley for the devoted titillation of the faithful. [Ed: he can’t even refer to the saint’s beautiful writings without raising a doubt – “slightly ripe”… Oh, and it’s just not possible for someone of his ilk to write – even about a saint – without using a sexually suggestive term. “Titillation” is NOT an appropriate description in this context.  He should sue, among others, his English teacher.]

The Truth about Relics…

These relics of Saint Thérèse are considered to be “first class”, this being the ultimate seal of Vatican authentication. To be accorded this distinction, they must be parts of the bodies of the saints, such as fragments of bone, skin, blood, hair or ash. Apparently, poor dead Thérèse (or parts thereof) has been getting ferried like this throughout the Catholic world since 1994. Is there no one to call a halt to this unedifying distortion of faith? Can we not let this blameless lassie rest in peace?  [Ed: why not do what even an average ability journalist would do and research a little before making a fool of yourself.  Here’s just one miracle (or rather a family of miracles!) attributed to the devout use of a relic..  A key problem for this man trying to write about Catholic devotional practices is that he totally lacks supernatural faith.  For the record, you can’t BE a Catholic without supernatural faith. ]

The Truth about The Crusades / Islamophobia

…The success of the Reformation lay in freeing people from the spiritual slavery of Rome, where the bones of saints and counterfeit fragments of the Holy Cross had become an industry. The profits from this paid for the ruinous and brutal Crusades (and the beginning of Islamophobia). [Ed: again, sheer ignorance of the facts – click here for corrective surgery…]

The Protestant Reformers Taught True Christianity – Not Catholic Church…

The reformers offered a purer and less unequal route to heaven and the mercy of God, unencumbered by profiteering, exploitation and superstition. It wasn’t just a theological revolution, but a temporal one, which seemed to say that you didn’t need to wait until you entered paradise to experience equality and fairness.

More Contempt:  “The Ghostly Tour” (i.e. Tour of  St Thérèse’s Relics)

…While Saint Thérèse’s relics continue on their ghostly tour up and down the hills and glens, the visit to Scotland takes place of the American cardinal Raymond Burke, perhaps the most powerful Catholic churchman after Pope Francis. Burke, who has long viewed the current pope’s relaxed and compassionate views on human sexuality and the environment with deep suspicion, has become his greatest critic… Perhaps it’s merely a coincidence that Thérèse’s posthumous visit to Scotland is occurring at the same time as Burke’s live one, but I hae ma doots. [Ed: who cares?  Cardinal Burke is not the “traditionalist” McKenna believes but I really don’t have the time, space nor inclination to correct his every error. Life’s too short…]

Cardinal Burke (not Catechism of the Catholic Church) quoted on “gay” relationships…

…Among the cardinal’s wide range of reactionary views is that female altar servers are a wretched sign of the increased “feminisation” of the church. “The introduction of girl servers led many boys to abandon altar service,” he has said. “Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural.” This is rubbish, of course. [Ed: er, no, it’s not, as I found out from the loud protests coming from some of my students who doubled as male altar servers, at the time when the girl altar boys were first introduced.]  Where I grew up, if young female altar servers had been allowed there would have been a stampede among the boys to toil in the Lord’s vineyard alongside them. [Ed: note the blasphemous mocking tone – disgraceful.] Burke also views any form of gay relationships as “evil” and has encouraged Catholics not to expose their children to close relatives who are actively gay. He’s had less to say about why the God he purports to serve and who does not make mistakes created, in His wisdom, gay people. [And, well, maybe He’ll also explain why He created bank robbers and murderers.  That would be good.]

McKenna – a Catholic?  Really? 

The familiars and acolytes attending this false prophet will include a shadowy assortment of arcane organisations that seek to preserve unfettered clerical control and power by means of exclusion and unholy inquisition. Spare a thought for us Catholics at this time. [Er.. “us Catholics”?  This nutter is about as Catholic as my mobile phone, with sincere apologies to my mobile phone.] Not only are we seeking to deal with Brexit in the secular world but leave this shower of ecclesiastical Blimps in the spiritual one.   Source

Challenge!

The Editor of Catholic Truth challenges the False Prophet Kevin McKenna to a public debate – we suggest the motion Kevin McKenna is an imposter Catholic – or any other similar motion OR…. HE can choose the motion, for it is just not possible for Kevin McKenna to demonstrate that he has a Catholic thought in his head.  The fact is, he is either deliberately posing as a Catholic, i.e. he’s a liar, knowing perfectly well that he dissents from essential Catholic teachings and/or he is just a simple bigot, and, believe me, they don’t come more… bigoted 😀

For now, hopefully readers and bloggers who are on Twitter will take this man to task for his insulting and highly anti-Catholic articles, of which this is but one in a long series. I’m not on Twitter or I’d be after him like a five year old who’s spotted Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.   It would be great if you would report back with your tweets, but the main thing is that he is challenged. It would help us if you would include the link to this thread  in your tweets, but, whatever, please challenge him;  he is highly unlikely to  take up my challenge to a public debate (turkeys really don’t vote for Christmas) – and, to be fair, no other dissenter has ever taken up my challenge to a public debate.  However,  he needs to know about it, so thank you in advance, all your “twits” (!) for your help in calling this imposter Catholic to account.
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30/8-20/9: Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux Tour Scotland – To What Purpose?

Editor writes…

I’ve been persuaded to visit one of the destinations listed here to honour the great Saint Thérèse of Lisieux while her relics are in Scotland.  It didn’t take too much arm-twisting; she was my favourite saint, during my childhood and I took her name at my Confirmation. 

I wasn’t sure about posting a thread on the topic, however, given a previous discussion where a Catholic journalist pronounced herself protestantised because she lacks attraction to lots of Catholic practices, such as indulgences.  I don’t think she mentions relics but it’s really a given that she would rank the veneration of relics alongside the rather “superstitious” practice of seeking indulgences click here

Indeed, in a previous discussion, we had a very outspoken critic of the practice of venerating relics – one of those critics, long gone,  who only paid us a visit now and then, for the apparent purpose of pulling us all to bits.  Anyway, she strongly objected to the veneration of relics.  I’ve tried, briefly, to locate that thread but without success.  Maybe she’ll come on again to repeat her objections.  Our luck can’t hold out forever 😀

In any event, faced with having to explain the purpose of such a tour, where the faithful essentially make a pilgrimage (long or short journey),  in order to venerate the relics of a saint, what would you say – what IS the purpose of the veneration of relics – check here for some interesting facts about this practice, including examples from Sacred Scripture.

Finally, are you pleased that the relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux are here in Scotland… right now?  Will you travel to one of the destinations – see the itinerary here.   If not, why not? 

Hymn: O Take Me to Thy Sacred Heart

Enjoy this beautiful and very moving hymn in honour of the Sacred Heart. 

Feel free to share your personal devotions, prayers, other hymns to the Sacred Heart, and any experiences which will interest and edify our readers and bloggers.  

Thanks to Peter who sings the hymn so beautifully, and to Raphael for his excellent organ accompaniment. 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in Thee!