FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
119, Verse 63
I am the friend of all who FEAR you, of all who observe your precepts.
that love the Lord's service, naturally associate with kindred spirits—with
those that fear him and keep his precepts.
two features identify the same character: as cheerful obedience is always the
fruit of filial fear. These then are the Lord's people; and union with Him is in fact union with them.
the society of the refined and the intelligent (Elitists) of this world may be more agreeable to our natural taste.
But ought there not to be a
not the Christian to say —"Surely
the fear of God is not in this place"?
I love them that hate the Lord?"
those of us, who must live in close,
and to a certain degree necessary, contact with the world, subject their hearts
to an evening scrutiny on this subject.
Has the society of this day
refreshed my soul, or raised my heart to spiritual things?
Has it promoted a watchful temper?
has it not rather "quenched the spirit" of prayer,
and restrained my intercourse with God?
meet the Christian in ordinary courtesy, not in unity of heart, is a sign of an
unspiritual walk with God. Fellowship with God is "walking in the
light." "Fellowship one with another" is the natural flow.
"The communion of saints" is the fruit and effect of communion with
calls of duty, or the leadings of Providence, may indeed unavoidably connect us
with those, who "have no fear of God before their eyes."
should we repel them, by religiously affecting a sullen or uncourteous habit.
But such men, whatever be their attractions, will not be the companions of our
with them is to "remove the ancient landmark"; to forget the broad
line of separation between us and them; and to venture into the most hazardous
atmosphere. If indeed our hearts were ascending, like a flame of fire, with a
natural motion heavenwards, and carrying with them all in their way, the choice
of the companions of our pilgrimage would be a matter of little importance.
so, deadening to our spirit is the conversation of the men of this world
(however commanding their talents, or interesting their topics), that even if
we have been just before enlivened by the high privilege of communion with God,
the free and self-indulgent interchange of their society will benumb our
spiritual powers, and quickly freeze them again. To underrate therefore the
privileged association with them that fear God, is to incur—not only a most
awful responsibility in the sight of God; but also a most serious hazard to our
then we are not ashamed to confess ourselves Christ-fans, let us not shrink
from walking in fellowship with Christians.
if they should exhibit some repulsive features of character, they bear the
image of him, whom we profess to love inexpressibly and incomparably above all.
will be our companions in our eternal home; they ought therefore to be our
brothers now. How sweet, and holy, and heavenly, is this near relation with
them in our common Lord!
we not readily consent to his judgment, who pronounced "the righteous to
be more excellent than his neighbor?" "Iron sharpeneth iron." If
then "the iron be blunt," this will be one of the best means of
"whetting the edge." The most established servants of God gladly
acknowledge the sensible refreshment of this union of heart.
is marked in the word of God as the channel of the communication of heavenly
wisdom—as a feature in the character of the citizens of Zion, and especially as
that disposition, which is distinguished with manifest tokens of the Saviour's
presence; and which the great day will crown with the special seal of his
remembrance. "They that feared the Lord spake often one to another; and
the Lord hearkened and heard it “and a book of remembrance was written before
him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they
shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up my
Catholics, we are mindful and profess in our Creed that Christ will come again
to judge the living and the dead. The Second Vatican Council's "Dogmatic
Constitution on the Church" states, "Already the final age of the
world is with us and the renewal of the world is irrevocably under way; it is
even now anticipated in a certain real way, for the Church on earth is endowed
already with a sanctity that is real though imperfect" (No. 48). To try to
grasp the when, what and how of this Second Coming and last judgment, we really
need to glean the various passages in Sacred Scripture to see how our Church
has interpreted them. They are united in one drama. Our Lord in the Gospel
spoke of His second coming. He indicated that various signs would mark the
would suffer from famine, pestilence, and natural disasters.
prophets who claim to be the Messiah will deceive and mislead people.
will wage war against each other.
Church will endure persecution.
yet, the faith of many will grow cold and they will abandon the faith, even
betraying and hating one another.
Paul describes a "mass apostasy" before the Second Coming, which will
be led by the "son of perdition," the "Man of Lawlessness,"
the "adversary who exalts himself above every so-called god proposed for
worship." This "lawless one" is part of the work of Satan, and
with power, signs, wonders and seductions will bring to ruin those who have
turned from the truth.
"the Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His mouth and
annihilate him by manifesting His own presence." The Catechism affirms,
"God's triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the last
judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world" (No. 667).
Lord will come suddenly. "The Son of Man in His day will be like the
lightening that flashes from one end of the sky to the other" St. Peter
predicts, "The day of the Lord will come like a thief and on that day the
heavens will vanish with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire and the
earth and all its deeds will be made manifest" (2 Pt 3:10).
will be no more. The dead shall rise and those souls who have died will be
united again to their bodies. All will have a glorious, transformed,
spiritualized body as St. Paul said, "He will give a new form to this
lowly body of ours and remake it according to the pattern of His glorified
10. At this time, the final, or general
judgment will occur. Jesus said, "Those who have done right shall rise to
life; the evildoers shall rise to be damned". Our Lord described this
judgment as follows: "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, escorted by
all the angels of heaven, He will sit upon His royal throne and all the nations
will be assembled before Him. Then He will separate them into two groups, as a
shepherd separated sheep from goats" Here each person will have to account
for his conduct and the deepest secrets of his soul will come to light. How
well each person has responded to the prompting of God's grace will be made
clear. Our attitude and actions toward our neighbor will reflect how well we
have loved our Lord. "As often as you did it for one of My least brothers,
you did it for Me". Our Lord will judge us accordingly. For those who have
died and already have faced the particular judgment, their judgment will stand.
Those living at the time of the Second Coming will receive judgment.
who have rejected the Lord in this life, who have sinned mortally, who have no
remorse for sin and do not seek forgiveness, will have condemned themselves to
hell for all eternity.
rejecting grace in this life, one already judges oneself, receives according to
one's works and can even condemn oneself for all eternity by rejecting the
Spirit of love (Catechism, No. 678).
souls of the righteous will enter heavenly glory and enjoy the beatific vision
and those who need purification will undergo it.
We do not know when the
Second Coming will occur. Jesus said, "As to the exact day or hour, no one
knows it, neither the angels in heaven nor even the Son, but only the Father.
Be constantly on the watch! Stay awake! You do not know when the appointed time
THE LORD'S DAY HOLY
The Day of the Risen Lord
and of the Gift
of the Holy Spirit
The first day of the week
In those early Christian times, the weekly rhythm of
days was generally not part of life in the regions where the Gospel spread, and
the festive days of the Greek and Roman calendars did not coincide with the
Christian Sunday. For Christians, therefore, it was very difficult to observe
the Lord's Day on a set day each week. This explains why the faithful had to
gather before sunrise. Yet fidelity to the weekly rhythm became the norm, since
it was based upon the New Testament and was tied to Old Testament revelation.
This is eagerly underscored by the Apologists and the Fathers of the Church in
their writings and preaching where, in speaking of the Paschal Mystery, they
use the same Scriptural texts which, according to the witness of Saint Luke
(cf. 24:27, 44-47), the Risen Christ himself would have explained to the
disciples. In the light of these texts, the celebration of the day of the
Resurrection acquired a doctrinal and symbolic value capable of expressing the
entire Christian mystery in all its newness.
are going up to Jerusalem" -- a setting of the stage for the pilgrimage of
Lent, and the one thing we must bring with us: charity. [Also, traditional time
for going to confession]
the Roman Catholic Church, the terms for this Sunday (and the two immediately
before it — Sexagesima and Septuagesima Sundays) were eliminated in the reforms
following the Second Vatican Council, and these Sundays are part of Ordinary
Time. According to the reformed Roman Rite Roman Catholic calendar, this Sunday
is now known by its number within Ordinary Time — fourth through ninth,
depending upon the date of Easter. The earlier form of the Roman Rite, with its
references to Quinquagesima Sunday, and to the Sexagesima and Septuagesima
Sundays, continues to be observed in some communities. In traditional
lectionaries, the Sunday concentrates on Luke
"Jesus took the twelve aside and said, 'Lo, we go to Jerusalem, and
everything written by the prophets about the Son of Man shall be fulfilled' ...
The disciples, however, understood none of this," which from verse 35 is
followed by Luke's version of Healing
the blind near Jericho.
The passage presages the themes of Lent and Holy Week.
this Sunday the Church, in the Introit, calls upon God for help, with a
sorrowful but confident heart. Be Thou unto me a protector and place of refuge;
save me, for Thou art my strength and refuge, and for Thy name’s sake Thou wilt
be my leader, and wilt nourish me. In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never
be confounded; deliver me in Thy justice, and set me free; (Ps. xxx. 3, 4, 2).
Mercifully hear our prayers, O
Lord, we beseech Thee, and, absolving us from the bonds of sin, preserve us
from all adversity. Amen.
EPISTLE, i. COT. xiii. 1-13.
If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am
become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal; and if I should have prophecy,
and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all
faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should
deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is
not puffed up, is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger,
thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth:
beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all
things. Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or
tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. For we know in part, and
we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in
part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood
as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away the
things of a child. We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face
to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known. And now
there remain, faith, hope, charity: these three, but the greatest of these is
Explanation. St. Paul here teaches the Romans,
and us in them, the necessity, the qualities, and the advantages of charity:
The necessity because all natural and supernatural gifts all good works,
virtues, and sacrifices even martyrdom itself cannot save us if we have no
charity. By charity only are we and our works pleasing to God. The qualities of
charity which are good-will without envy, suspicion, perversity, or malice;
pure intention without selflove, ambition, immodesty, or injustice; untiring
patience without hastiness; and, finally, humble submission to God, Who is all
to him that possesses charity. The advantages of charity in that it gives to
good works their value, and that it never fails; for while all things else
cease while faith passes into seeing, hope into possession, knowledge in part
into knowledge of the whole charity is ever lasting, and therefore the greatest
of the three. Faith, “says St. Augustine,”; lays the foundation of the house of
God; hope builds up the walls; charity covers and completes it.”
O God of love pour into my heart the spirit of charity, that, according to the
spirit of St. Paul, I may always endeavor to be in the state of grace, that so
all my works may be pleasing to Thee, and of merit to me. Amen.
GOSPEL. Luke xviii. 31-43.
At that time: Jesus took
unto Him the twelve, and said to them: Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and all
things shall be accomplished which were written by the prophets concerning the
Son of man; for He shall be delivered to the gentiles, and shall be mocked, and
scourged, and spit upon: and after they have scourged Him they will put Him to
death, and the third day He shall rise again. And they understood none of these
things, and this word was hid from them, and they understood not the things
that were said. Now it came to pass when He drew nigh to Jericho, that a
certain blind man sat by the wayside, begging. And when he heard the multitude
passing by, he asked what this meant. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth
was passing by. And he cried out, saying Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.
And they that went before, rebuked him, that he should hold his peace. But he
cried out much more: Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus standing
commanded him to be brought unto Him. And when he was come near, He asked him,
saying: What wilt thou that I do to thee? But he said: Lord, that I may see.
And Jesus said to him: Receive thy sight: thy faith hath made thee whole. And
immediately he saw, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people when
they saw it gave praise to God.
did Our Savior so often predict His sufferings to His apostles?
To show that He already knew of them, thereby indicating His omniscience; and
He desired to suffer.
In order that His disciples should not be scandalized at His humiliation, nor
think evil of Him as if He had deceived them, but by remembering His words, be
rather confirmed in their belief in Him as the Son of God and Redeemer of the
Did not the apostles understand
anything of what He thus predicted in regard to His sufferings?
They may have known that He was to suffer, for St.
Peter undertook to dissuade Him from it (Matt. xvi. 22), but they could not
reconcile these predictions with their expectation of a future glorious
kingdom. Nor would we be able to cast off our prejudices, and understand the
truths of the faith, however plainly taught, were we not enlightened by the
What should we learn from this
history of the blind man?
1. The inexpressible misfortune of blindness of the
heart a state in which we know not our God, our Redeemer and Sanctifier, and
see neither the way of divine life, nor the hindrances to our salvation, but
grope about in the darkness of ignorance and sin.
2. Where to find One Who will save us from this awful
condition, in Jesus Christ healing and enlightening us through and in His
3. The holy zeal and perseverance with which we should
seek and call upon Him for deliverance, disregarding alike the bad examples,
persecutions, and mockery of the world.
4. How fervently we should thank God, and how
faithfully we should follow Him, after He has opened the eyes of our soul and
freed us, by His grace, from the spiritual blindness of sin.
It is for this reason that
Quinquagesima has been known as “Pork Sunday” since the Middle Ages because
this was a day when Christians tried to use up their remaining pork, one of the
most heavily consumed meats within Christian culture at the time. Likewise, the
Monday after Quinquagesima was called Pork Monday, although it later came to be
known as Shrove Monday or Collop Monday in countries like England.
On these two days, most of
the remaining meat found in Christian homes and businesses was to be consumed,
as they needed to get rid of it before they began fasting on Wednesday. If any
meat was unable to be eaten on these two days, it was typically dried and
salted in an attempt to preserve it for after Easter. Although meat was also
consumed on Fat Tuesday, that day was more dedicated to the final consumption
of dairy, fats, and sugars.
The recipe that we chose
to share with you today is for pork chops, made with a sweet and smoky rub. Not
only does this recipe nod to Quinquagesima’s alternative name, but is also uses
a sugary topping, something that is forgone during the Lenten season.
NOVENA TO THE HOLY
O Most Holy and
Blessed Trinity, through the intercession of Holy Mary, whose soul was pierced
through by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son, we
ask your help in making a perfect Novena of reparation with Jesus, united with
all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.
We now implore all the
Angels and Saints to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena to the Most
Holy Face of Jesus and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and
Holy Spirit. Amen.
Psalm 51, 16-17.
O rescue me, God my helper, and my tongue shall ring out your goodness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.
Most merciful Face of
Jesus, who in this vale of tears was so moved by our misfortunes to call
yourself the healer of the sick, and the good Shepherd of the souls gone
astray, allow not Satan to draw us away from you, but keep us always under your
loving protection, together with all souls who endeavor to console you. Mary,
our Mother, intercede for us, Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Through the merits of your
precious blood and your Holy Face, O Jesus, grant us our petition, Pardon and
to Saint Peter
O glorious Saint Peter,
who in return for thy lively and generous faith, thy profound and sincere
humility and thy burning love, was honored by Jesus Christ with singular
privileges, and in particular, with the leadership of the other apostles and
the primacy of the whole church, of which thou was made the foundation stone,
do thou obtain for us the grace of a lively faith, that shall not fear to
profess itself openly in its entirety and in all of its manifestations, even to
the shedding of blood, if occasion should demand it, and to the sacrifice of
life itself in preference to surrender. Obtain for us likewise a sincere
loyalty to our Holy Mother the Church. Grant that we may ever remain most
closely and sincerely united to the Holy Father, who is the heir of thy faith
and of thy authority, the one true visible head of the Catholic Church. Grant,
moreover, that we may follow, in all humility and meekness, the Church’s
teaching and counsels and may be obedient to all her precepts, in order to be
able here on earth to enjoy a peace that is sure and undisturbed, and to attain
one day in heaven to everlasting happiness. Amen.
one (1) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary’s, (1) Glory Be.
O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine. (Three times)
Manhood of the Master
In 1913 the renowned Harry Emerich Fosdick wrote a 12-week study on the Manhood of Jesus Christ. Fosdick writes, “This work is not a portrait of the life of the Master or a study of his teaching. It is an endeavor to understand and appreciate the quality of his character. Neither this this work an attempted to contribution to the theology; it is an endeavor, rather, to get back behind the thoughts of the centuries about him, and to see the Man Christ Jesus himself as he lives in the pages of the gospels.
During the Lenten period we will utilize the work to come closer to Christ’s manhood using this source as fruit for a study of Christ. Hopefully our study will help us rise with Christ and become true sons of Mary and the Church.
Lady of Lourdes
Today marks the first apparition of
the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St.
Bernadette) Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed
Virgin appeared eighteen times, and showed herself to St. Bernadette in the
hollow of the rock at Lourdes. On March 25 she said to the little shepherdess
who was only fourteen years of age: "I am the Immaculate Conception."
Since then Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and many cures and
conversions have taken place. The message of Lourdes is a call to personal
conversion, prayer, and charity.
Message of the Virgin of Lourdes
One of the better-known apparitions of Our Lady took place in Lourdes, France in 1858. This shrine continues today to be one of the most popular Marian shrines in the world. Thousands of people visit this shrine every year, a special place of devotion to Our Lady, where many miracles have occurred.
with her first apparition of February 11, 1858, Mary appeared eighteen times to
Bernadette Soubirous, a girl of only fourteen years of age. When Bernadette
asked the Lady who She was, she received the reply, "I am the Immaculate
Conception." Less than four years before, on December 8, 1854, Pius IX had
raised the teaching about the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady to be dogma of
faith with these words:
authority of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul, and
our own authority, we declare, pronounce, and define: the doctrine which hold
that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary was from the first moment of her conception,
by the singular, grace and privilege of almighty God, and in view of the merits
of Christ Jesus the Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain
of original sin, is revealed by God and therefore, firmly and constantly to be
believed by all the faithful. (The Christian Faith #709).
is under the title of the Immaculate Conception that Our Lady is especially
honored in our own country.
message can be summed up in the following four points:
It is a heavenly confirmation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception that
had just been defined by the Church a few years before.
It is an exaltation of the virtues of Christian poverty and humility that are
perceived in Bernadette.
The spiritual message is that of personal conversion. Our Lady tells Bernadette
that the important thing is to be happy in the next life. To attain this, we
must accept the cross in this life.
Mary stresses the importance of prayer, especially the rosary. Our Lady
appeared with a rosary hanging from Her right arm. Penance and humility are
also part of the message, as well as a message of mercy for sinners and
compassion for the sick.
Watch “The Song of Bernadette”, a
masterpiece filmed in 1943.
Bring flowers (roses would be appropriate) to
your statue of Our Lady at your home altar, especially if you have a statue of
Our Lady of Lourdes.
Obtain some Lourdes holy water and give the
parental blessing to your children.
Give extra care to the sick in your community —
cook dinner for a sick mother's family, bring your children to the local
nursing home (the elderly love to see children), send flowers to a member of
your parish community who is ill.
National Marriage Week-Marriage Retreat
is a virtual Marriage Retreat. Join us by taking a few moments
each day, together with your spouse, to reflect and pray. This retreat will
help you further reflect on what makes marriage unique as established by God,
between a man and woman, as the basis for family and society. For more
instruction or inspiration, visit foryourmarriage.org or
to do the retreats weekly; perhaps on the day of the week you were married.
a good home cooked meal together after your retreat; use a recipe for the saint
of the day. Available at Catholicculture.org. Say Grace together and ask to the
saint of the day’s intervention.
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION TWO-THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
ONE-YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR
SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND
Article 1-THE FIRST COMMANDMENT
I am the LORD your God, who
brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall
have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image,
or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth
beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to
them or serve them.
It is written: "You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve."
Question is the
Super Bowl a violation of this commandment for some in America?
The Super Bowl is the season final championship game of National Football League (NFL) in the United States of America. The matchup for this game is the winning teams of the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). Super Bowl 1 was held in February of 1967. The 2016 game was Super Bowl 50. The Super Bowl is one of the most watched television events in the United States. Nielsen Media Research, in had over 114.4 million viewers in 2015.
Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest
eating day of the year - after Thanksgiving. According to the National
Chicken Council, in 2015 a total of 1.25 million chicken wings were eaten
during the game.
The winner receives the Vince Lombardi
Trophy. Vince Lombardi was the coach for the Green Bay Packers who won
the first two Super Bowls back-to-back.
The record for the most points scored by a
single team during a Super Bowl, is held by San Francisco. San Francisco
scored a total of 55 points against Denver in Super Bowl XXI.
Bowl Top Events and Things to Do
Attend the Super Bowl. You can
purchase second-hand tickets through various online marketplaces. According to
Seat Geek, the average price for a ticket in 2015 was $2,670.
Have a Super Bowl party with friends and
Organize or purchase boxes in a football
pool. A football pool is a table that contains all of the score
combinations based on the last digit of each team’s score. The score numbers
are drawn at random after all boxes are assigned. Because of this, the
odds of winning are the same regardless of each participant’s knowledge of the
Watch the Super Bowl commercials.
Commercials for the big game are the most expensive on TV and for many,
more entertaining than the game.
· Make guacamole. This is the quintessential (and healthy!) super bowl dip.
Today in honor of the Holy Trinity do the Divine Office giving your day
to God. To honor God REST: no shopping after 6 pm Saturday till Monday. Don’t
forget the internet.
Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.