Thursday, April 30, 2020

Infiltration: Real or Imagined? - Crisis Magazine

Infiltration: Real or Imagined? - Crisis Magazine: Has the Catholic Church been infiltrated by anti-Catholic forces intent on its destruction?  This is the thesis of Taylor Marshall’s new book, Infiltration:  The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within. The book has already generated a lot of controversy, with one critic accusing the author of “McCarthyism” and “wild assertions.” Marshall’s main assertion is …

To Remember the Anonymous Victims of Coronavirus — Pope’s Appeal at Santa Marta (FULL TEXT) words For Missionaries

FULL HOMILY  [translated by ZENIT’s Virginia Forrester] 
“No one can come to Me unless the Father draws him”: Jesus reminds <us> that the Prophets also pre-announced this. “And they shall all be taught by God.” It is God who draws <us> to knowledge of the Son. Without this, <we> cannot know Jesus. Yes, yes, one can study, also study the Bible, also know how He was born, what He did: this yes. However, to know Him from within, to know the mystery of Christ is only for those that are drawn by God to this.
This is what happened to the Minister of the economy of the Queen of Ethiopia. One sees that he was a pious man, and that he took the time, amid his many affairs, to go and adore God.  He was a believer. And he was returning to his homeland, reading the Prophet Isaiah. The Lord takes Philip, he sends him to that place and then says to him: “Go next to him, approach that carriage,” and he hears the Minister who is reading Isaiah. He gets close to him and asks him a question: “Do you understand?” – “But how can I understand if no one guides me!”, and he asks the question: “of whom does the Prophet say this?” “Please, get into the carriage,” and during the journey — I don’t know how much time, I think at least a couple of hours — Philip explained, he explained Jesus to him.
That anxiety that this gentleman had in the reading of the Prophet Isaiah was in fact from the Father, who was attracting him to Jesus: He had prepared him, He had taken him from Ethiopia to Jerusalem to adore God and then, with this reading, He had prepared his heart to reveal Jesus <to him>, to the point that as soon as he saw the water, he said: “Can I be baptized?” And he believed.
And this fact, that no one can know Jesus without the Father drawing him — is valid for our apostolate, for our apostolic mission as Christians. I think also of the missions. 
“What are you going to do in the missions?” – “I’m <going> to convert the people –. “But stop, you won’t convert anyone! 
It is the Father who draws hearts to recognize Jesus.” To go on mission is to witness one’s own faith; without witness, you’ll do nothing. 
To go on mission — and the missionaries are good! — doesn’t mean to erect great structures, <do> things and stop like that. 
No, the structures must be testimonies. 
You can erect a hospital structure, an educational one of great perfection, of great development; however, if a structure is without Christian witness your work there won’t be the work of a witness, a work of true preaching of Jesus. It will be a very good, very good charity society, but no more!
If I want to go on mission, and I say this, if I want to engage in the apostolate, I must go with the willingness that the Father draw the people to Jesus, and witness does this. 
Jesus Himself says it to Peter, when he confesses that He is the Messiah: “Happy are you, Simon Peter, because the Father has revealed this to you.” It’s the Father that draws, and He draws also with our witness. “I’ll do many works, here and there and beyond, of education, of this and that . . .” however, without witness they are good things but they aren’t the proclamation of the Gospel; they aren’t posts that give the possibility that the Father will draw to knowledge of Jesus. Work and witness <are necessary>.
“But what can I do so that the Father is able to draw those people?”
And this is the prayer for missions: to pray that the Father will draw people to Jesus.
 Witness and prayer go together. 
Without witness and prayer apostolic preaching can’t be done, proclamation can’t be done. 
You <might> do a good moral homily, do many good things — all good; however, the Father won’t have the possibility to draw the people to Jesus. 
And this is the center; this is the center of our apostolate, that the Father be able to draw people to Jesus. 
Our witness opens the doors to the people and our prayer opens the doors to the heart of the Father to draw the people — witness and prayer. 
And this not only for the missions, it’s also <true> for our work as Christians. Do I truly give witness of the Christian life with my lifestyle? Do I pray that the Father may draw the people to Jesus?
This is the great rule for our apostolate everywhere, and, in a special way, for the missions; to go on mission <but> not to engage in proselytism. 
Once a lady, a good lady one could see she had good will — approached me with two youngsters, a boy and a girl, and she said to me: This [boy], Father, was Protestant and he converted, I convinced him. And this [girl] was . . . “I don’t know, animist, I don’t know what she said to me, “and I converted her.” And the lady was good, good. But she was mistaken. I lost my patience somewhat and said: “But listen, you haven’t converted anyone. 
It’s God who touches people’s heart. And, don’t forget: witness, yes, proselytism, no.”
Let us ask the Lord for the grace to live our work with witness and prayer, so that He, the Father, can draw people to Jesus.
The Pope ended the celebration with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, inviting the faithful to make a Spiritual Communion.
Here Is the Prayer Recited by the Pope:
My Jesus, I believe You are really present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul. As I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As if You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You. Do not permit me to be ever separated from You.
Before leaving the Chapel, dedicated to the Holy Spirit, the Marian antiphon “Regina Caeli” was intoned, sung in Eastertide.
Regina caeli laetare, alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
(Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
Christ, whom You bore in your womb, alleluia,
Is Risen, as He promised, alleluia.
Pray for us to the Lord, alleluia).

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Differences Between the Catholic Rosary and the Anglican and Islamic prayer beads

Differences Between the Anglican & Catholic Rosary

By Susan Peterson ; Updated September 29, 2017
Both Anglican and Catholic rosaries contain a cross.
Many religions use prayer beads as while meditating or praying. The Christian 
version of prayer beads is called a rosary. The term "rosary" comes from the 
Latin word "rosarius," which means bouquet or garland of roses. The 
connection between roses and Christian prayer beads is unknown. Catholics 
use a 59 bead rosary. Anglicans and other Protestants use a 33 bead rosary.

Catholic Rosary History

The practice of counting prayers on a series of beads or knots dates back to the fourth century when monks used to count repetitions of the Jesus prayer on a knotted woolen rope. All of the pieces of the rosary -- the prayers, the beads and the meditations -- didn't come together until the Carthusian monks of Trier put them together in the early 15th century. By the end of the 15th century, the practice of saying the rosary had spread among Catholics.

Catholic Prayers

The Catholic rosary begins with a recitation of the Apostle's Creed, the Lord's Prayer, three Hail Marys and the Gloria Patri, also known as "Glory be to the Father." The two main prayers of the Catholic rosary are ancient. The Our Father, also called the Lord's Prayer, dates back to the time of Jesus. Pieces of the Hail Mary are also biblical. The Catholic Encyclopedia traces the Hail Mary in its current form to roughly 1050 A.D. This introduction is followed by five decades of the rosary. 
Each decade is ten beads separated by a single bead. Each of the ten beads counts a Hail Mary. The single bead marks an Our Father. Some Catholics add an "O, My Jesus" prayer and a Gloria Patri at the end of each decade. During the recitation of each decade, the person praying will also be meditating on one of the twenty mysteries. These mysteries are events from the life of Jesus. At the end of the rosary are two prayers: Hail, Holy Queen and O God, whose only begotten Son. The closing blessing is "In the Name of the Father. . ." and the sign of the cross.

Anglican Rosary History

The purpose of the Anglican rosary is to create a focus for contemplative 
prayer in much the same way as the Catholic rosary does.The Anglican 
rosary is much younger than the Catholic. The Society of St. Francis, an 
Anglican monastic order, traces the origins to an Episcopal contemplative 
prayer group in the United States in the 1980s. Before that time, most 
Protestants did not pray the rosary, Catholic or otherwise. The tradition in 
Protestantism is that the Hail Mary is not a prayer but a salutation. So when 
the Anglican rosary was developed, some Anglo Catholics used it to say Hail 
Marys, but most Anglicans used it to say prayers from the Bible or the Book of Common Prayer.

Anglican Prayers

The Anglican rosary has one invitatory bead just above the cross. This is 
followed by four "weeks" of beads. A week is seven beads in sequence, and 
each week is separated by a cruciform bead. The four cruciform beads are 
called that because they form a cross. The entire rosary has 33 beads, one 
for each year of Christ's life. The prayers assigned to each bead are not as 
fixed as the prayers of the Catholic rosary. Some Anglicans use prayers from
 the Morning and Evening Prayers of the Book of Common Prayer. Others 
use the Jesus Prayer, the Kyrie, verses of the Bible or other traditional 
prayers of the church.

Islamic Rosary Necklace 

Muslims in India call prayer beads "subha," which means "to exalt" in the Urdu language. The Arabic 
term is "tasbih." Both words often are translated into English as "rosary," although the "rose garden" 
metaphor is less exact than the connotation of praise or exaltation.
A string of prayer beads includes either 33 or 99 beads, with a single, elongated marker bead at the end.

If the string includes 99 beads, marker beads separate them into sets of 33. Like Catholic rosaries, 
Islamic prayer beads can use any material, but jeweler Oppi Untracht relates one tradition, that of the 
mystical mendicants known as fakirs, in which the prayer "beads" are really snake vertebrae. Such 
bead strings show that a fakir knows a charm that cures snakebite.

Using Muslim Rosary for Prayer

The chief difference between Catholic rosary prayers and their Islamic counterparts is that the Muslim 
prayers are much less formal and are less a feature of religious institutions. Their use is more 
individual and is often associated with pilgrimage sites. The number 99 is significant, because the 
muslim prayer beads help Muslims to count and recite, using their right hand to thumb each bead for 
each of the 99 attributes of God. On reaching the final, elongated bead, the worshiper says the name of 
God, Allah

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Shakespeare and the Gunpowder Plot - Crisis Magazine

Shakespeare and the Gunpowder Plot - Crisis Magazine: The fact that Shakespeare was a believing Catholic in very anti-Catholic times can be proven beyond any reasonable doubt. The evidence is convincing in terms of what is known about his life and from what can be seen in his plays and poems. Since this is so, it’s intriguing to consider Shakespeare’s response to the …

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Dissolution of the Monasteries Legal event which disbanded religious residences in England, Wales and Ireland

Dissolution of the Monasteries

Legal event which disbanded religious residences in England, Wales and Ireland

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1024px-Kite_aerial_photo_of_Bolton_Abbey-Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire, surviving parochial nave and ruined monastic choir

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Cardinal Pell, the Living Martyr - Crisis Magazine

Cardinal Pell, the Living Martyr - Crisis Magazine: A cardinal, a Prince of the Church, remains locked up in a small cell, separated from all, locked in, and without access to the sacraments. No, this is not coronavirus, and this is not Italy. In many ways it is a metaphor—we might even be forgiven for thinking it a paragraph from Lord of the …