Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sacred Chalices

These pictures were taken from the forum http://www.cattoliciromani.com/ and are used here with the permission of the user who posted them (whose nickname is Pius XII). Enjoy them!
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Chalice used by St. Pius X









Saturday, August 25, 2007

Pastor Angélicus

If you have 1 hour and 24 seconds and you enjoy watching clips of Pope Pius XII, then I recommend you watch this video: Pastor Angélicus (Click on link).

The video is about the life and pontificate of Pius XII - It is completely in Italian, but you get to see a lot of things that we do not get to see today.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Raising a Heathen

13 Ways to Raise a Heathen



1) Never talk about God to the child, or while he's around.

2) Make your life, your conduct, and your behavior indistinguishable from the pagan world around you.

3) Never teach your child about religion... let the school do it for you!

4) Show good heathen example: never go to church on Sunday, and never arrange that someone take your child to church.

5) Do nothing to instill Christian values or devotions in the child.

6) Never teach your child prayer, especially morning and night time prayer.

7) Make sure NOT to have a Bible in your home.

8) Use inappropriate language within ear range of your child, especially blasphemy.

9) Never receive the Sacraments, especially Confession and Holy Communion.

10) Let television and the mass media baby-sit your child.

11) Never say graces before and after meals.

12) Have little or no Chrisitan literature around the house.

13) Pretend God, the devil, Heaven, and Hell do no exist.

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"If a child goes to Hell because of the neglect of the parents teaching them their Faith, you can be sure the parents will follow." ~ St. John Baptist Vianney


"But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged around his neck and that he should be drwoned in the depths of the sea." ~ St. Matthew 18:6

Tiaras (again)









Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Assúmpta est María in cælum!

The Most Bountiful God, Who is Almighty, the plan of Whose Providence rests upon Wisdom and Love, tempers, in the secret purpose of His own mind, the sorrows of peoples and of individual men by means of joys that He interposes in their lives from time to time, in such a way that, under different conditions and in different ways, all things may work together unto good for those who love Him.



For which reason, after We have poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and have invoked the Light of the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God Who has lavished His special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of Her Son, the Immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same August Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the Authority of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own Authority, We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of Her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Miserére mei, Deus

PSALM 51

51:1 Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness. According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity. Cleanse me from my sin.
51:3 For I know my transgressions. My sin is constantly before me.
51:4 Against you, and you only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight; that you may be proved right when you speak, and justified when you judge.

51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity. In sin my mother conceived me.
51:6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts. You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
51:8 Let me hear joy and gladness that the bones which you have broken may rejoice.

51:9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all of my iniquities.
51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.
51:11 Do not throw me from your presence, and don't take your Holy Spirit from me.
51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation. Uphold me with a willing spirit.

51:13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways. Sinners shall be converted to you.
51:14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation. My tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
51:15 Lord, open my lips. My mouth shall declare your praise.
51:16 For you do not delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it. You have no pleasure in burnt offering.

51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
51:18 Do well in your good pleasure to Zion. Build the walls of Jerusalem.
51:19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, in burnt offerings and in whole burnt offerings. Then they will offer bulls on your altar.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Jesus

Prayer taken from The Glories of the Catholic Church, Vol. III

JESUS
JESUS my Savior, My God, my Friend,
In life and in death my soul defend,
In joy and sorrow, in good and ill,
Be Thou my hope and protector still.

My joy, Thy glory; my hope, Thy Name;
Amiable Jesus, my heart inflame;
In virtue’s ways all my steps direct,
Powerful Jesus, my soul protect.

To Thee I fly as to sure repose,
Conquering Jesus, subdue my foes;
When in affliction and grief I bend,
Comfortless Jesus, be Thou my Friend.

Let not Thy torments and sighs be vain,
Suffering Jesus, my hope sustain;
Thou, too, didst weep in Thy mortal years,
Sorrowing Jesus, accept my tears.

Grant I may walk in Thy footsteps bright;
Glorious Jesus, be Thou my light;
Grant I may never desert Thy side;
Crucified Jesus, be Thou my side.

When my race is run, and I reach the goal,
Merciful Jesus, accept my soul
Freed from this valley of tears and woe,
Bountiful Jesus, my crown bestow.

Thus guarded in life and in death may I be,
And Jesus be ever a Jesus to me.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Salvation

PRAYER FOR ALL THINGS NECESSARY TO SALVATION
BY POPE CLEMENT IX
O my God, I believe in Thee; do Thou strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in Thee; do Thou secure them. I love Thee with my whole heart; teach me to love Thee daily more and more. I am sorry that I have offended Thee; do Thou increase my sorrow.

I adore Thee as my first beginning; I aspire after Thee as my last end. I give Thee thanks as my constant benefactor; I call upon Thee as my sovereign protector.

Vouchsafe, O my God, to conduct me by Thy Wisdom, to restrain me by Thy Justice, to comfort me by Thy Mercy, to defend me by Thy Power.

To Thee I desire to consecrate all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings; that henceforward I may think only of Thee, speak only of Thee, refer all my actions to Thy greater glory, and suffer willingly whatever Thou shalt appoint.

Lord, I desire that in all things Thy Will may be done, because it is Thy Will, and in the manner that Thou willest.

I beg of Thee to enlighten my understanding, to inflame my heart, to purify my body, and to sanctify my soul.

Give me strength, O my God, to expiate my offenses, to overcome my temptations, to subdue my passions, and to acquire the virtues proper to my state.

Fill my heart with tender affection for Thy Goodness, hatred of my faults, love of my neighbor, and contempt of the world.

Let me always remember to be submissive to my superiors, condescending to my inferiors, faithful to my friends, and charitable to my enemies.

Assist me to overcome sensuality by mortification, avarice by alms-deeds, anger by meekness, and tepidity by devotion.

O my God, make me prudent in my undertakings, courageous in dangers, patient in affliction, and humble in prosperity.

Grant that I may be ever attentive at my prayers, temperate at my meals, diligent at my employments, and constant in my resolutions.

Let my conscience be ever upright and pure, my exterior modest, my conversation edifying, and my comportment regular.

Assist me that I may continually labor to overcome nature, to correspond with Thy Grace, to keep Thy commandments, and to work out my Salvation.

Discover to me, O my God, the nothingness of this world, the greatness of Heaven, the shortness of time, and the length of eternity.

Grant that I may prepare for death, that I may fear Thy Judgments, that I may escape Hell, and in the end obtain Heaven; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Cappe Magne