Short History Saint Pius V (May 5)

Michael Ghislieri, a Dominican friar from his fifteenth year, a teacher of religion at twenty, as a simple religious, as inquisitor, bishop, and cardinal, was famous both for the spotless purity of his own life and for his intrepid defense of the Church’s faith and discipline.  Surrounded in his time by great men and great Saints, in apostolic virtue he was surpassed by none.

 

As Pope, his first concern was to reform the Roman court and the capital city by the strict example of his own household and the punishment of offenders.  He next endeavored to obtain from the Catholic powers recognition of the decrees of the Council of Trent, two of which he strictly enforced: the obligatory residence of bishops in their sees, and the establishment of diocesan seminaries.  He revised the Missal and Breviary, and reformed ecclesiastical music.

 

He was not less active in protecting the Church outside Italy.  We see him at the same time supporting the Catholic King of France against the Huguenot rebels, and encouraging Mary, Queen of Scots in the bitterness of her captivity.  It was he who excommunicated her rival, the usurper Elizabeth, when the best blood of England flowed upon the scaffold and the measure of her crimes was full.  

 

The intrepidity of this Vicar of Christ found enemies.  The holy Pope was accustomed to kiss the feet of the crucifix on leaving or entering his room.  One day the feet moved away from his lips.  Sorrow filled his heart, and he made acts of contrition, fearing that he must have committed some secret offense, yet he still could not kiss the feet.  It was afterwards discovered that they had been poisoned by an enemy.

 

It was in the Lepanto victory that the Saint’s power was most plainly manifest.  There, in October 1571, by the holy league which he had formed but still more by the prayers of the aging Pontiff to the great Mother of God, the defeat of the advancing Ottoman forces was obtained and Christendom was saved from the Turk.  Six months later Saint Pius V died, having reigned only six years.

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Short History of Saint George

Saint George (April 23)

 

Saint George was born in Palestine of Christian parents: towards the close of the third century.  In early youth he chose a soldier’s life, and soon obtained the favor of Diocletian, who advanced him to the grade of tribune.  But when the emperor began to persecute the Christians, George rebuked him at once for his cruelty, sternly and openly, and announced his resignation.  Having foreseen that the words he would say might bring about his death, he had first distributed his wealth and clothing to the poor.

 

“Young man,” Diocletian said to him, “think of your future!”

 

“I am a Christian,” George replied, “and nothing in this world is the object either of my ambition or my regret. Nothing can shake my faith.”

 

He was subjected to a long series of torments, and finally beheaded.

 

Pious legend tells us that Silene in Libya was plagued by a venom-spewing dragon dwelling in a nearby pond, poisoning the countryside.  To prevent it from affecting the city itself, the people offered it two sheep daily, then a man and a sheep, and finally their children an youths, chosen by lottery.

 

One time the lot fell on the king’s daughter.  The king offered all his gold and silver to have his daughter spared; the people refused.  The daughter was sent out to the lake, dressed as a bride, to be fed to the dragon.  Saint George by chance arrived at the spot.  The dragon emerged from the pond, Saint George made the Sing of the Cross and charged it on horseback, seriously wounded it with his lance.  He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle, and he put it around the dragon’s neck.  

 

The princess and Saint George led the dragon back to the city, where it terrified the populace.  Saint George consented to kill the dragon if they consented to become Christians and be baptized.  Fifteen thousand men including the king of Silene converted.  George then killed the dragon, beheading it with his sword.

 

Devotion to Saint George is very ancient and widespread in the Church.  He is the patron saint of England.


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iOS Traditional Latin Mass Finder, version 2.2.0, in the App Store now

I wanted to let everyone know that the iOS Traditional Latin Mass Finder app, version 2.2.0, is now in the App Store, as of October 4. This version improves compatibility with iOS 11, and uses the newest version of the Swift language.

You can check out the app HERE

Also, if you are an Android user, please check out the Android version of the Traditional Latin Mass Finder, programmed by my friend Nive, HERE.

God bless,
-Martin

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Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Saint Thomas More Priory

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Pray for those on the Santa Fe Pilgrimage, tonight July 28 and tomorrow July 29

Pilgrimage

The Santa Fe Pilgrimage is a 33-mile walk overnight in the heart of Kansas, to the 19-foot tall Padilla Cross. It is taking place tonight through tomorrow.  

Information about the pilgrimage is available HERE.

Please take a few moments out of your day to pray for those who are going to walk the Santa Fe Pilgrimage tonight.  It is a long walk, in often very hot weather (last year it was 105 degrees when we started out), but it is a very wonderful experience for the men who go on it.  The night is filled with prayer and penance, and it is great to be among dozens of men who share your faith, and gift their time and their endurance to Jesus Christ.

I went on the pilgrimage last year, and highly recommend it.  This year I need to stick closer to home, and we have a new daughter, Rachel, at home (she was born late last month).  But I do plan to go on this pilgrimage again in the future!

-AC

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Vortex – Pope Benedict Nails It

There was an interesting Vortex today, on the Pope Emeritus Benedict’s comments at the funeral for Cardinal Joachim Meisner (a letter he wrote that was read aloud by Archbishop Georg Ganswein).  Among other strong words which he wrote, Benedict stated “[H]e (Meisner) learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even if the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”

It seems that in these days the Church is very much in troubled waters.  But we, Catholics, have the Lord Jesus in our midst, in the Holy Eucharist, in the presence of the Holy Mass.  The mystery of the Eucharist is so clearly shown in the Traditional Latin Mass.  And many in the Church still have the courage to preach the fullness of Her teachings.  God bless those shepherds with the courage to speak truth, especially in a world that prefers to call good evil, and evil good.

I do very much miss Pope Benedict XVI.  During my lifetime (I am in my mid-forties), he was the best pope the Church has had.

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Ordinations at the new Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary

 

Nine priests and six deacons were ordained by His Excellency, Bishop Bernard Fellay on July 7, 2017.  The ordinations took place at Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary, in Dillwyn, Virginia.  This is the first year that the ordinations took place in the seminary’s new home, in Dillwyn.

I was not able to attend, as my wife and I are taking care of a new baby, our tenth child (a little girl).  But for information on the ordinations, and a lot of great pictures, check out the post on it over at Damsel of the Faith’s site.

God bless,

AC

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