Thursday, December 31, 2015

Have a Blessed, Holy and Happy New Year 2016


My dear brethren in Christ Our Lord,  

As we begin this new year 2016, we should make a number of resolutions that will help us grow in holiness and get closer to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of making too many resolutions that will probably be impossible to fulfill, let’s make sure we set out to reach a reasonable number of goals.


Another important thing when we make new resolutions is to make sure that our goals are specific. To make non-specific goals is the biggest mistake people make when making new year’s resolutions. They make generic goals like: I want to be a better person… I want to be holier… I want to be a better Catholic… I want to have more devotion toward the Blessed Sacrament… even goals like ‘I want to be a better husband’ are too generic. 

These are good goals but they are too generic and probably they will actually lead to nothing. What we want to do is to make specific goals, like this for example: instead of saying, ‘I am going to be a better person’, we could say ‘my goal is this: I am going to be more patient with people, and I am truly going to work on patience everyday’. This goal is specific because it is about one particular virtue, the virtue of patience… We can do the same with all the other virtues. They all matter. 


And remember, we can achieve those goals if we pray and ask for the graces that we need and then use those graces. Our Lord is willing to provide His graces in abundance, but it is up to us whether we use them or not. 


God bless you all. 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Hymn



From lands that see the sun arise
To earth's remotest boundaries,
The Virgin-born today we sing,
The Son of Mary, Christ the King.

Blest Author of this earthly frame,
To take a servant's form He came,
That, liberating flesh by flesh,
Whom He had made might live afresh.

In that chaste parent's holy womb
Celestial grace hath found its home;
And she, as earthly bride unknown,
Yet calls that Offspring blest her own.

The mansion of the modest breast
Becomes a shrine where God shall rest:
The pure and undefil├Ęd one
Conceived in her womb the Son.

That Son, that Royal Son she bore,
Whom Gabriel's voice had told afore;
Whom, in His mother yet concealed,
The infant Baptist had revealed.

The manger and the straw He bore,
The cradle did He not abhor;
By milk in infant portions fed,
Who gives e'en fowls their daily bread.

The heavenly chorus filled the sky,
The Angels sang to God on high,
What time to shepherds, watching lone,
They made creation's Shepherd known.

All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Jesu, Virgin-born to thee:
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete
Amen.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Holy Innocents


From the Sermons of St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.

Dearly beloved brethren, today we keep the birthday of those children, who, as we are informed by the Gospel, were massacred by the savage King Herod. Therefore let earth rejoice with exceeding joy, for she is the mother of these heavenly soldiers, and of this numerous host. The love of the vile Herod could never have crowned these blessed ones as hath his hatred. For the Church testifieth by this holy solemnity, that whereas iniquity did specially abound against these little saints, so much the more were heavenly blessings poured out upon them.

Blessed art thou, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, which hast suffered the cruelty of King Herod in the slaughter of thy children; who art found worthy to offer at once to God a whole white-robed army of guileless martyrs! Surely, it is well to keep their birth-day, even that blessed birthday which gave them from earth to heaven, more blessed than the day that brought them out of their mother's womb. Scarcely had they entered on the life that now is, when they obtained that glorious life which is to come.

We praise the death of other martyrs because it was the crowning act of an undaunted and persistent testimony; but these were crowned at once. He That maketh an end to this present life, gave to them at its very gates that eternal blessedness which we hope for at its close. They whom the wickedness of Herod tore from their mothers' breasts are rightfully called the flowers of martyrdom; hardly had these buds of the Church shown their heads above the soil, in the winter of unbelief, when the frost of persecution nipped them.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

St. Stephen


O God, of those that fought thy fight,
Portion, and prize, and crown of light,
Break every bond of sin and shame
As now we praise thy martyr's name.

He recked not of the world's allure,
But sin and pomp of sin forswore:
Knew all their gall, and passed them by,
And reached the throne prepared on high.

Bravely the course of pain he ran,
And bare his torments as a man:
For love of thee his blood outpoured,
And thus obtained the great reward.

With humble voice and suppliant word
We pray thee therefore, holy Lord,
While we thy martyr's feast-day keep,
Forgive thy loved and erring sheep.

Glory and praise for aye be done
To God the Father, and the Son,
And Holy Ghost, who reign on high,
One God, to all eternity.
Amen.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Wishes


My dear parishioners,

I hope with all my heart that you are all having a very beautiful and fruitful Advent, in preparation for a more than joyful Christmas season! I really wish all of you the most beautiful Christmas ever! Thanks to all those who will be helping us and making possible for all of us to have a truly beautiful, meaningful and God-centered Christmas celebration.

I also want to wish you an equally beautiful and God-centered new year 2016! I’m really looking forward to this new year here at Saint Norbert and to the privilege of being part of our beautiful parish family that includes all and each one of you, with whom I will be pleased to continue delving into the sacred Mysteries of our Faith, those same Mysteries that give meaning to our whole life and existence.

It’s very rewarding and encouraging to see that as time goes by, we have grown more and more in the knowledge of a true and certain fact: that we are not just a community, but a true family, members of a real family that understands that we don't belong to this world (St. John 15:19) and that what matters the most is that we work very hard so that we can all make it to Heaven; members of a real family who love the Truth and who are not afraid of following the Way, knowing that such a path and only this path is the one that leads to the Life, to the eternal life in Heaven; members of a family who understand that turning their backs to the Truth or running away from it is equal to running away from Him who said: 'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life'; members of One Sacred Body which is the Mystical Body of Christ, the Catholic Church, Our Holy Mother Church.

It has been my delight to see these past years how we all have grown exponentially in our Catholic identity. There is always a lot of work that still needs to be done because the work of our sanctification is an ongoing process that doesn’t really end while we live in this world, but it is gratifying to know that we are on the right path and moving forward.

We should always remember that we need to love our brothers and sisters in Christ with real love, with a supernatural kind of love, with true Charity, the kind of love that always wishes the best for the beloved, and that knows that the ultimate best, for any person, is an eternity with God in Heaven. This means that our love, being true and sincere and supernatural, should make us realize that we need to work hard and always make sure that our brothers and sisters (and ourselves) are on their way to Heaven.

In order to do this, we need to reinforce our Catholic identity and grow in our love for the Sacraments that Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us as the only means to get to Heaven, and then we need to communicate, teach and share this love for the Sacraments and for the Catholic Faith with all our family members, fellow parishioners, friends, etc. We need to evangelize, proselytize and try to bring home as many souls as we can.

May the Child Jesus, who will be coming to us very soon, touch our hearts with His tender love and may He kindle in our hearts that same fire and zeal and love for the salvation of souls that He had in His own Sacred Heart: I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! (St. Luke 12:49).

May you all have a most blessed Christmas!

Fr. Alex Navarro

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Masses


CONFESSIONS                                                                                         
Monday - Wednesday: Half an hour before all Masses                                            
Tuesday, December 22: 6:30 - 8:30pm                                                        
Thursday, December 24:  One hour before all Masses                                      
Friday, December 25: Half an hour before Mass                                            
Saturdays and Sundays: 1 hour before all Masses                                        

Monday, December 14, 2015

Our Lady of Guadalupe


In Mexico, on the hill of Tepeyac, in the year 1531, the God-bearing Virgin Mary, as is piously handed down, appeared to the neophyte Juan Diego, and gave him a command for Bishop Juan de Zumarraga, which she urgently repeated, that a church was to be constructed in her name at that location. The bishop, however, requested a sign. Then, while he was seeking the sacraments for his dying uncle far from the place of the apparition, his loving Mother favored the neophyte with a third vision, assured him of his uncle's health, and after he had gathered roses into his cloak that had blossomed out of season, she ordered him to take them to the bishop. The roses having spilled out in the sight of the bishop, an image of Mary, impressed upon the cloak itself, according to the tradition, appeared to those present in a wondrous manner. At first kept in the bishop's chapel, then transferred to a shrine constructed on the hill of Tepeyac, it was finally moved to a magnificent temple, to which Mexicans increasingly began to gather in droves, for reasons of veneration and frequency of miracles. And therefore as an ever-present defense, the Mexican bishops, to the applause of the whole people, chose the blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe as the first Patroness of the Mexican people, which was duly confirmed by the apostolic authority of Benedict XIV. Leo XIII adorned the sacred image with a golden crown on Columbus Day, 1895, by the agency of the archbishop of Mexico. And St. Pius X declared the blessed Guadalupan Virgin as the Patroness of all Latin America.

Friday, December 11, 2015

St. Damasus


Damasus was a Spaniard of great eminence and learned in the Sacred Scriptures. He called the first Council of Constantinople, in which he abolished the evil heresy of Eunomius and Macedonius. He repeated the condemnation, already pronounced by Liberius, of the Council of Rimini. A proclamation of that council, chiefly due, as writeth St. Jerome, to the intrigues of Valens and Ursacius, had condemned the faith of Nicea. Damasus built two basilicas: one dedicated to St. Lawrence near the theatre of Pompey, the other on the Ardeatine Way at the Catacombs. He decreed that, as was already the custom in many places, Psalms should be sung day and night in all churches by alternate choirs, and that at the end of each Psalm should be repeated the words: "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost." It was at his command that St. Jerome revised the translation of the New Testament to make it faithful to the Greek text. He discovered many bodies of holy Martyrs and celebrated their memory in verses. When he was nearly eighty years old and famous for his virtue, learning and prudence, he fell asleep in the Lord, during the reign of Theodosius the Great.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book Recommendation: The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita, by John Vennari

THE PERMANENT INSTRUCTION OF THE ALTA VENDITA

A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church

An eye-opening book that every Catholic must read!


The author quotes the actual Masonic document (Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita), which both Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) and Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) asked to be published. This document describes the Masons' diabolical strategy to destroy the Church by infecting her leaders with Liberal ideas. Tells how they do not desire a masonic Pope, but rather a Pope infected with their ideas. Touches on Liberalism, the French Revolution, Freemasonry, Ecumenism, Modernism, the modernist conspiracy at Vatican II, and much more!

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Monday, December 7, 2015

St. Ambrose



Ambrose, bishop of Milan, son of Ambrose, who was a Roman citizen, was educated in the City in the liberal arts. Appointed by the prefect Probus to govern Liguria and Aemelia at his order and with his authority. Ambrose went to Milan. There Auxentius the Arian bishop had died and the people were quarreling about the choice of a successor. In the exercise of his official duty, Ambrose went into the church to quell the riot that had arisen and, when he had spoken at length and eloquently on the peace and tranquility of the state, suddenly a boy's voice exclaimed, "Ambrose bishop!" Then the whole populace with one voice demanded that he be elected. And so he received baptism (for he had been only a catechumen), the other sacraments of the Christian initiation, all the degrees of orders according to the custom of the Church, and was raised to the dignity of the episcopate. In carrying of his office, he courageously defended the Catholic faith and the discipline of the Church both in speech and in writing, and converted many Arians and other heretics to the faith, among whom was St Augustine, whom he begot to Christ Jesus as his spiritual child. Worn out by all his labors and cares for the Church of God he died on April 4 in the year 397.

On a side note, Arians were heretics who denied Jesus Christ's Divinity. They were among the first ones to practice and to encourage receiving Communion in the hand, as a means of expressing their belief that Christ was not divine.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: Mass Schedule


Holy Day of Obligation
Tuesday, December 8th

06:30 am Latin Mass (@ St. Norbert)
08:00 am English Mass (@ St. Norbert)
07:00 pm English Mass (@ St. Norbert)

07:30 pm Solemn High Mass in the Presence of the Bishop (@ Bishop O’Connor Center)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Vortex— Spotlight

BP. SCHNEIDER DENOUNCES GNOSTIC CLERGY

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., MA.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 1, 2015    

The bishop of Kazakhstan says laity must defend the Faith because many priests fear losing their positions



ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan is denouncing what he calls gnostic clergy who erroneously believe doctrine and pastoral practice can be separated. To masque over their error, he added, they abuse sentimental expressions of mercy and compassion.

Bishop Schneider, in his address last Thursday at the Lepanto Foundation, likened this Gnostic group, comprised of priests, bishops and cardinals, to the Pharisees and Scribes. Even though the Jewish leaders knew the divine truth about marriage, he said, nevertheless they sought to have Jesus legitimize the practice of divorce that had been widely adopted out of "pastoral reasons."
Schneider called these Jewish leaders the first liars, teaching that pastoral practice could be in conflict with doctrine.

In contrast, he said, Jesus didn't use sophisms nor have "exemptions with reference to an alleged pastoral practice" as did the Scribes and Pharisees.

Schneider recalled how Jesus "condemned each deliberate mental sexual act and all the more each corporal sexual act outside of marriage." He added that Christ had commissioned the Magisterium for all time to "teach all nations to obey everything I have commanded you."

The bishop spoke of the recurring attempts over the past 2,000 years "to re-interpret the crystal-clear and uncompromising teaching of Christ on the indissolubility of marriage and on the iniquity of any sexual act outside marriage."

The bishop said this new gnostic clerical party wants Church approval of "sexual acts outside a valid marriage and even sexual acts against nature."

This emerging group of gnostic clerics seek a change in Church discipline regarding reception of Holy Communion by the divorced and civilly remarried. He proclaimed,

When clergy stand up for the admittance of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to Holy Communion, they in fact solemnize their adultery and their sin against the Sixth Commandment. They give to such faithful the message that their divorce and the continuous violation of their sacramental bonds can become ultimately a positive reality. In other words, such clergy are liars.

Schneider said that in order to protect themselves, these false shepherds mask over their evident lies with sentimental expressions like "to open a door" or "to be pastorally creative."

Schneider quotes Pope St. Pius X, who taught that "charity does not lie in the toleration of false ideas however sincere they may be."

After his scheduled talk, Schneider spoke with the National Catholic Register on the need for the laity to defend the Faith because, as he said, the "clergy is very afraid and intimidated" to speak up for fear they could "lose their positions."

Schneider finished his talking by urging the faithful to stay strong in their faith:

No Catholic who still takes seriously his baptismal vows should allow himself to be intimidated by these new sophistic teachers of fornication and adultery, even though — sad to say — these teachers hold the office of a bishop or cardinal.

To learn more about the problems of false shepherds in the Church, watch Churchmilitant.com'sinterview of Bp. Schneider in Rome.

CDL. BURKE TO JESUIT: POPE CAN’T CHANGE TRUTH

by Joseph Gonzalez  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 2, 2015    

Cardinal Burke corrects Jesuit dissenter's errors about Synod

ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Last week, Jesuit priest Fr. Antonio Spadaro wrote an essay for La Civilta Cattolica saying the 2015 Synod opened the door to Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics — and now Cdl. Raymond Burke is calling him out for it.

In an article written Tuesday for the National Catholic Register, his Eminence addresses Fr. Spadaro's claim that the 2015 Synod opened a new door, saying it requires an "immediate comment" to clarify what the Synod taught. Spadaro claims the Synod introduced a new teaching on the role of conscience and the "internal forum."

In response, Cdl. Burke wrote that "several Synod Fathers affirm the opposite, that is, they affirm that the Synod upheld the constant practice of the Church." His Eminence said that despite the "lack of clarity" in paragraphs 84 and 86 of the Final Relatio, Church teaching was not contradicted. The "public declarations of the Synod Fathers" are responsible for the widespread confusion about the Synod, says Cdl. Burke.

Creating the "expectation that the Roman pontiff can sanction a practice which is in conflict with the truths of the Faith" does a "most serious harm" to the Church, His Eminence explained. "The Synod of Bishops ... cannot be the instrument of such an expectation."

The orthodox prelate emphasized that the question of admitting adulterers to Holy Communion is not something the Synod has the ability to address:

The fact is that the Synod could not open a door which does not exist and cannot exist, namely a discernment in conscience which contradicts the truth about the supreme sanctity of the Most Holy Eucharist and the indissolubility of the marriage bond.

His Eminence continued, saying the idea that "conscience can be in conflict with the truth of the faith" gives a false impression, because priests can't "open a door" for the divorced and remarried. Such a door, says Cdl. Burke, "does not and cannot exist." He clarified that honest conscience and true discernment work in harmony with the truths of the Faith, not in contradiction to them:

The way of discernment upon which the priest accompanies the penitent who is living in an irregular union assists the penitent to conform his conscience once again to the truth of the Holy Eucharist and to to the truth of marriage to which he is bound. As the Church has consistently taught and practiced, the penitent is led in the "internal forum" to live chastely in fidelity to the existing marriage bond ... to be able to have access to the sacraments in a way which does not give scandal.

True to academic form, Cdl. Burke noted that Fr. Spadaro's essay requires "critical comment in longer study" to fully address its theological problems. The faithful may perhaps expect a more in-depth response in the future from the orthodox canon law expert.

To learn more about the Church's teaching on marriage, watch ChurchMilitant.com's "Remaining in the Truth of Christ: The Church on Matrimony."