8 December: A Very Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception…Ave Maria! 

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On this beautiful Feast, we remember the miracle of Our Lady’s conception in her mother’s womb, at which time she was, exceptionally, redeemed by being conceived without the stain of Original Sin – unique among human beings.  

As always with Feast day threads, feel free to ask questions, discuss related issues, and share your favourite prayers, hymns and stories about graces obtained through the intercession of Our Lady. 

Ave Maria! 

Happy Christmas Bloggers & Readers!

For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of peace.

(Isaiah 9:6)

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A very happy Christmas to one and all from the editor and team, as we celebrate the Feast marking the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah, the Saviour of our souls from the eternal misery of Hell.  A happy and holy Christmas, to one and all.  Feel free to post your  thoughts on Christmas and related topics, your favourite carols and Christmas stories, jokes and poems.  Below,  a seasonal video clip to kick-start the fun. Enjoy! 

Atheists In Heaven – Refined Catholicism

Source – Strange Notions

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A woman – we’ll call her Harriet – contacted me recently to attack Catholic Truth, and to defend the indefensible modernist revolution in the Church. This includes, of course, a defence of Papa Francis.  When I reminded her of some of his scandalous words, including his assurance to atheists that they could attain Heaven without Christ, she replied: 

“Have you read Stephen Bullivant’s books on belief, unbelief and the Church’s refined teachings about the salvation of atheists?  [Ed: Er… no]

You have no qualifications to write as you do. [Ed I have replied to ask her to identify the qualifications she thinks are necessary to “write as I do”. So far, no reply.]

May I suggest you abandon your apostolate and do something which would enhance the Church? Do you have a nice way with old people suffering from loneliness in homes, abandoned and so on?” [Ed: if it’s all the same to you, I’d sooner abandon our apostolate in order to spend my time holidaying in sunnier climes…]

Well, not having read Stephen Bullivant’s book, and curious about “the Church’s refined teachings about the salvation of atheists” I Googled to dig out  the above video on “Strange Notions” and… well… I look forward to hearing what you think – is Stephen Bullivant merely repeating what the Church has always taught about salvation or is there something new – and, of course,  “refined” –  in what he claims?

And purely as an aside: is there any hope of steering people like the papolatrist Harriet towards the truth about Papa Francis and his immediate predecessors? All and any tips welcome…  I will, of course, send her the link to this thread so go easy on her – I’m sure she means well.  Be nice, and tread carefully… If the sentiment below is true of you, go with it!

 

Brown Scapular: A Sign of Salvation…

OurLadyStSimonStockScapularIn the year 1251, in the town of Aylesford in England, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite. She handed him a brown woollen scapular and said, “This shall be a privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire.”
In time, the Church extended this magnificent privilege to all the laity who are willing to be invested in the Brown Scapular of the Carmelites and who perpetually wear it.  Read more…     Brownscapular

 


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As we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the 16th July, we ought to reflect on the central importance of the contemplative Religious Orders, always regarded as the Church’s “power house”.   

If not already enrolled in the Brown Scapular, it’s important to make the effort now.  Things are developing speedily in the world and the Church – I’m sure we’re all aware that we all need all the spiritual help we can muster.

The priest at St Andrew’s SSPX chapel in Glasgow will be enrolling those who wish to be enrolled in the Brown Scapular after Mass on Sunday next, 19th July.  Mass begins at 9.45.a.m.  I’m sure there will be scapulars on sale in the little shop if you don’t already have one.  However, any priest may enrol in the Brown Scapular and the procedure is set out here – just scroll down to reach it/print it off, if you think you know a priest who will conduct the enrolment.

It is a gift to us from our Heavenly Mother… 
“Whosoever dies in this garment shall not suffer eternal fire”

              – promise of Our Lady to St Simon Stock on July 16th, 1251                   

                                                                                       

Celebrating Christmas…

This Christmas thread is to allow us firstly to reflect on the momentous event which changed the world forever – the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ: hence feel free to post your favourite prayer, hymn, story, poem of the season etc.

Secondly, this thread is to allow a breather from serious discussions, so some fun is in order: post Christmas jokes and stories – in the spirit of our ‘Good Clean Fun’ thread earlier this year – and we’ll promise to laugh, even if the jokes are of the Christmas cracker corny variety!

And, in anticipation of the stroke of midnight, allow me, on behalf of the Catholic Truth team, to wish all our bloggers and readers a very happy and holy Christmas, 2013.