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A Prayer for Our Bishops

The semi-annual USCCB meeting of American bishops concluded recently.  The news from their conference could have been more encouraging, certainly.  You may be annoyed with the USCCB, bishops in general, and perhaps even your bishop in particular.

That doesn’t mean, however, that we should neglect praying for them.

Pedro de la Cruz composed the following beautiful prayer for CatholicPrayerCards.org:

Most Glorious God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we pray for our Bishop, N.

May he and all of the bishops, in union with the Holy Father, remain steadfast in defending the Catholic Church from the moral errors of our day.  Help them speak boldly against all who have tried to corrupt the Church and those who have spread the contagion of the world amongst your flock.  

Give them strength to oppose, with great vigor, the terrible abuses which have wounded and scandalized the faithful.  May our apostolic shepherds proclaim, with a unified and prophetic voice, the truth about the dignity of each human life, the sanctity of sacramental marriage, the blessing o life-giving conjugal love, and all issues that the Church has championed throughout the centuries.

Strengthen them to preach with fiery conviction against all forms of abuse, corruption, and perversion.  May they lead your Church to healing and reform through transparency and fidelity.  With unwavering courage, may they imitate Christ, and lay down their lives for their sheep.  Keep them faithful to the end, like so many holy saints and martyrs of the Church, who have shepherded the people of God with crosier in hand.

O Mary, Virgin Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, hold all bishops close to your Immaculate Heart!

Amen.  


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A Prayer for Pope Francis

The controversies surrounding Pope Francis show no signs of abating. Agree or disagree on his policies, pronouncements, and actions, we must remember that he is nonetheless the man who is Peter’s successor. That’s no guarantee, however, that he will remain free from error in his each and every act. It doesn’t even mean that he’s automatically in a state of sanctified grace. What it does mean, however, is that he will be Number One of the devil’s target list, and that the prince of this world will be subjecting the Pope to powerful and never-ending spiritual attack. That last point is pretty much not debatable, I would guess (but net has proved me wrong time & again, so you never know…)

Regardless where we might fall on the spectrum of opinions regarding Francis and his pontificate, I hope we can all agree upon the urgent necessity to remember him in our prayers! This crisis won’t solve itself, no matter how many tweets, blogs entries, and DISQUS posts are made for or against this or that proposition. Only through prayer, the intercession of Our Lady, and by the intervention of Almighty God will the crisis be ended.

And with that in mind, I’d like to offer this short prayer for our Holy Father, taken from the 1962 Missal (Collect for the Pope):

O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful, graciously look upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast been pleased to appoint pastor over Thy Church: grant, we beseech Thee, that by both word and example he may edify those over whom he is set, and together with the flock committed to his care, may attain to eternal life.
Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

Pope Begs Sudanese for Peace

Pope Francis kisses the feet of a Sudanese peace delegate as a crowd looks on.

Every once in a while, we get a reminder of the tremendous potential of our current pontiff, Pope Francis.  CCM has been pretty forthright in its criticism of this man, but this video is quite touching and beautiful.  It depicts the Pope humbling himself before South Sudanese delegates at a peace conference.  He painfully drops to his knees, kisses their feet, while exhorting them to end the bloodshed which has plagued South Sudan for far too many years.

Despite what we may think of this man, let this video serve as a reminder of the power of his office.  Pope Francis still has the potential for being one of the truly great popes of these, the last days.  Shame on us if we fail to lift him up to our Lord and our Lady in daily prayer, despite how annoyed (furious, even) with each new troubling/outrageous development in this most troubling of pontificates.

Let us all renew our efforts in lifting up this man in earnest prayer before the Throne of Almighty God.  Let us pray for God to mold Pope Francis into the man God truly wants him to be!  Let us beg God for a transformation of the heart of Jorge Bergoglio, that he may repent of those acts displeasing to God and that he return to the true and authentic teachings of Holy Mother Church, those teachings passed down to us from the Apostles.  Let us pray that Pope Francis, along with the cadre of heterodox bishops and priests which surround him, abandon those false doctrines which have so beguiled them.  May they all be converted once more by the Holy Spirit, and lead our battered and wounded Church Militant back into the fray, once more fighting together under the banner of Christ the King.

Regardless of what you think of Pope Francis or the merits of his pontificate, he deserves our prayers.

Note:  The video used in this post originally appeared on the Rome Reports YouTube channel on 11 April 2019.

It may not look like it, but we’re winning!

Recreational Vehicle with the words "The Traditional Roamin' Catholic"

From a vehicle storage lot in an unknown location, Henry (you can call him Hank) Igitur kicks off a new video series for CatholicCyber-Militia.com.

In his inaugural video, Hank gives a shout-out to the “scores” of subscribers (he’s an optimist, that Hank) and shares an article from Michael Matt.  What he doesn’t share is what may (or may not) be lurking in the contents of his coffee cup!

Like it?  Hate it?  Confused and/or bored by it?  Let us know what you think of this new feature!

The Sea Battle That Saved the West (Oh, yeah, and it was Catholics who fought it!)

The Battle of Lepanto (7 October 1571) was a naval engagement in the waters off southwestern Greece between the allied Christian forces of the Holy League and the Ottoman Turks during an Ottoman campaign to conquer the Venetian island of Cyprus.  The battle marked the first significant victory for a Christian naval force over a Turkish fleet and the climax of the age of galley warfare in the Mediterranean.

The above summary can be found at  Britannica.com .    What this secular article won’t tell you is that this victory was won (against pretty daunting odds) through prayer and the intercession of Our Lady.

Pope Pius V, a Dominican prelate before his elevation, did what Catholics have always done in times of acute danger: fly into the arms of the most powerful Mother of God. As a follower of Saint Dominic, he knew the most effective means of imploring her help was through the recitation of the Holy Rosary. He ordered all monasteries and convents in Rome to increase their prayers for the impending battle and organized rosary processions in which he, as sick as he was, participated.

As the Christian fleet sailed toward the great clash of cultures, Mass was celebrated and the rosary recited daily on each vessel. This heartfelt request for divine assistance resulted in a crushing defeat of the Ottomans at Lepanto that ended their dominance in the Mediterranean.  (Source:  TFP Student Action )

The battle of Lepanto is not well-known in the English speaking world, owing in no small part to the effects of the Black Legend.  Lepanto was fought during the reign of that anti-Catholic monster, bloody Queen Elizabeth I of England.  A victory by a Catholic fleet was not going to get much positive press in Elizabethan England!

A few centuries later, however, it was an Englishman who helped to set the record straight.  On the eve of World War I, G.K. Chesterton wrote what some consider to be the best English language poem of the 20th Century.  If you haven’t read or listened to his epic Lepanto, you really ought to!

Brandon Vought says the following of Lepanto:

The great G.K. Chesterton wrote a poem about these events, appropriately titled “Lepanto”, which I’ve enjoyed several times. I must say, after devouring all of Chesterton’s novels, poetry, short stories, and the majority of his essays, I think “Lepanto” is my favorite piece of his writing. I’m not alone. Hilaire Belloc, Chesterton’s good friend, considered “Lepanto” not only Chesterton’s greatest poem, but the greatest poem of their generation, staggering praise from the usually reserved historian.  (Source: https://brandonvogt.com/why-you-should-read-g-k-chestertons-lepanto-today/ )

The YouTube video below is a dramatic reading by Tom O’Bedlam of Chesterton’s Lepanto.  With all the nonsense our kids learn in so-called “Catholic” schools these days, if only a brief block of time could be set aside to teach them this piece of literature, how it would strengthen their faith!

A Prayer for Our Country on the 100th Anniversary of the Great War’s End.

Sailors waiving flags on a city street.

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care.

Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory  of your Son.  Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection.

Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people.  Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.

Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life.  Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God’s law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life.  Amen.  

The above prayer is offered by Men of the Sacred Hearts ( menofthesacredhearts.org )

Catholic Haiku: The Traditional Mass

Mount Fuji on a spring day with cherry blossoms in the foreground.

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Silence in the Church
No chatter among the pews

God is present here

Images of saints
Remind all to keep the Faith
No banners of felt

Genuflecting knees
Paying homage due to God
Holy Mass begins

Solemn chants intoned
Music from another world
Lifting souls to God

Father faces East
Incense rises to the Throne
Holy Sacrifice

Thrice the bells cry out
Holy Host is raised aloft
Christ is here with us!

Chalice raised to God
Christ’s own Blood now is the wine

For us sacrificed

Down on bended knee
Christ alights upon the tongue
God within us

Ite! Missa est!
Silently now all depart
Awe-filled House of God

 

 

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