Monday, November 30, 2015

Excerpt from Corpus Christi: Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church

by Bishop Athanasius Schneider

The greatest reality in the Holy Mass is Christ Himself really present in His immolated and glorified Body in the little consecrated host. Each member of the faithful when approaching the Divine Body of Christ at the moment of Holy Communion has to show towards Him not only the interior purity of his soul but also the exterior adoration of his body and greet Him kneeling down and in an attitude of humility and spiritual childhood better opening one's mouth to allow oneself to be fed by Christ through the hand of the priest who in the Holy Mass is acting in persona Christi. 

The Last Communion of St. Jerome, by Sandro Botticelli

Let us receive our Eucharistic Lord with love, with purity of heart, and with a gesture of adoration, kneeling down. Let us receive our Eucharistic Lord with a gesture of humility and making ourselves small opening our mouth to receive the Holy of Holiest, the King of the universe, in the little sacred host. O Lord, when we have You in the Eucharist, we have all things and we will miss nothing. 

(taken from Corpus Christi: Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church)

Sunday, November 29, 2015


Advent Hymn

Hark, a herald voice is calling;
“Christ is nigh,” it seems to say;
“Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day.”

Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven.

So when next he comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May he then as our defender
On the clouds of heaven appear.

Honour, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the co-eternal Spirit,
While eternal ages run.

Advent Hymn

{from the Psalter for the season of the Church year}

Celestial Word, to this our earth
Sent down from God's eternal clime,
To save mankind by mortal birth
Into a world of change and time;

Enlighten our hearts; vain hopes destroy;
And in thy love's consuming fire
Fill all the soul with heavenly joy,
And melt the dross of low desire.

So when the Judge of quick and dead
Shall bid his awful summons come,
To whelm the guilty soul with dread,
And call the blessed to their home.

Saved from the whirling, black abyss,
Forevermore to us be given
To share the feast of saintly bliss,
And see the face of God in heaven.

To God the Father and the Son
Our songs with one accord we raise;
And to the Holy Spirit, One
With them, be ever equal praise

Friday, November 27, 2015

Book Recommendation: Corpus Christi. Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church

Corpus Christi 
Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church

by Bishop Athanasius Schneider

"Preferential option for the poor": this formula is not only applicable to the marginalized, defenseless and vulnerable. "The Eucharistic Jesus ... is indeed the most poor, weak and defenseless in the Church," Bp. Schneider says. This book is a passionate plea for the faithful and the clergy to be aware of the supreme importance of receiving Our Lord with the appropriate preparation, devotion and reverence. The renewal of the Church cannot be brought about without a profound devotion to the Eucharist.

Referencing the lack of true devotion present in the attitudes of many in the presence of the Blessed sacrament, Bishop Schneider urges that “only when we try to cure this wound of the Eucharist, only then we will have a real and stable renewal of the Church. A Springtime.”

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Book Recommendation and Excerpts: Freemasonry. Mankind's Hidden Enemy

With Current Official Catholic Statements

by Br. Charles Madden, O.F.M.

A short, incisive examination of Freemasonry, giving a brief, clear overview of the subject. Quotes Leo XIII's famous encyclical On Freemasonry (1884) and proves that it is a significant danger to Catholicism today. Gives current official Catholic statements; intended to end confusion about Catholics joining this cult. New material includes "Masons and Mafias," discussing the partnership of these two groups in Europe; and Appendix F, "Kadosh--30th Degree," which describes a Masonic ceremony which involves trampling on the papal tiara.

Why Freemasonry is the “Hidden Enemy”

In the United States, Freemasonry has a benign reputation among most people, including many Catholics. Hence we refer to it as the “Hidden Enemy”—hidden because Freemasonry is a secret society; enemy because both by word and deed it has proved itself again and again implacably hostile to all Christianity, and in particular to the Catholic Church. It has shown itself a corrupting influence on all mankind.

Fact: The Church’s stance on Freemasonry continues unchanged

What is the Catholic Church’s position on Freemasonry today? In the 1960s and 1970s a certain amount of confusion arose due to a looser interpretation of penalties for Catholics who became members and to a misguided ecumenism, both of which resulted in some Catholics joining Masonic lodges with the approval of some clergy. However, after the new Code of Canon Law was issued (1983), the Holy See clarified the canon on secret societies (canon 1374)—in which Freemasonry is not mentioned by name—by stating clearly that membership in the Masons is forbidden to all Catholics and that membership is a serious sin which automatically denies Holy Communion to any Catholic who joins them. Local Bishops may not make exceptions to this rule, this not being within their competence.
Subsequently, the U.S. Bishops declared Freemasonry irreconcilable with Catholicism—indeed, with any form of Christianity.

This article was excerpted from Freemasonry: Mankind’s Hidden Enemy, Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1995.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Photos of Requiem Mass for All Souls with Bishop Morlino

Photos from the Pontifical Requiem at the Throne offered by His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino. The Mass was offered for all the deceased priests and bishops of the diocese.

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