We join Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and all the Ordinaries of the Holy Land in calling for a day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer on October 17th. Read Cardinal Pizzaballa's statement at: https://t.co/MPh9cIvI4c pic.twitter.com/a1rR08w795— U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) October 12, 2023
We are told that the Church which we profess, in communion with our ancestors in the faith from the time of the Apostles, to be One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic is now to be defined by synodality, a term which has no history in the doctrine of the Church and for which there is no reasonable definition. Synodality and its adjective, synodal, have become slogans behind which a revolution is at work to change radically the Church’s self-understanding, in accord with a contemporary ideology which denies much of what the Church has always taught and practiced. It is not a purely theoretical matter, for the ideology has already, for some years, been put into practice in the Church in Germany, spreading widely confusion and error and their fruit, division – indeed schism – , to the grave harm of many souls. With the imminent Synod on Synodality, it is rightly to be feared that the same confusion and error and division will be visited upon the universal Church. In fact, it has already begun to happen through the preparation of the Synod at the local level.
Only the truth of Christ, as it is handed down to us in the unchanging and unchangeable doctrine and discipline of the Church, can address effectively the situation by uncovering the ideology at work, by correcting the deadly confusion and error and division it is propagating, and by inspiring the members of the Church to undertake the true reform which is daily conversion to Christ alive for us in the Church’s teaching, her prayer and worship, and her practice of the virtues and discipline.Cardinal Ramond Burke
There is nothing in the holy, inspired Scripture about the death of Mary, the holy Mother of God; but we know from ancient and wholly reliable tradition that at the time she so gloriously fell asleep, all the holy Apostles, who were traveling the world for the salvation of the peoples, were lifted up in a single instant of time and were gathered at Jerusalem; and as they stood by here, they saw a vision of angels, and heard the divine chanting of higher powers. So it was that she gave her soul, in an ineffable way, into God’s hands, surrounded by the glory of God and all heaven. Her body, which had been God’s dwelling place, was brought for burial amidst the singing of the angels and the Apostles, and laid to rest in a coffin in Gethsemane; and the angelic dancing and singing continued without pause in that place for three days. But after three days, the song of the angels ceased; the Apostles were there, and since one of them–Thomas–had not been present [for her burial] and came at the end of three days, and wished to reverence the body which had housed God, they opened the coffin. And they could not find her body, which had been the object of such praise; all that they found were her burial wrappings. And being overcome by the ineffable fragrance that came out of the wrappings, they closed the coffin again. Amazed by this miraculous discovery, they could only draw a single conclusion: the one who had deigned to become flesh in her own person, and to take his humanity from her, the one who willed to be born in human flesh as God the Word, the Lord of glory, and who had preserved her virginity intact even after childbirth, now chose, after her departure from this world, to honor her immaculate and pure body with the gift of incorruptibility, and with a change of state even before the common, universal resurrection.St. Juvenal, archbishop of Jerusalem, before the Council of Chalcedon of 451, as quoted in Euthymian history
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Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, TRULY present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart, being sacrificed at every instant on the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom.
Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as You will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.
Most Holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from Your Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as Your special child.
Amen.The prayer of Handmaids of the Eucharist as recited to Sister Agnes by her Guardian Angel
image of Sister Agnes courtesy of Father Elias Mary, taken during his 2023 pilgrimage to Akita, Japan
prayer text as quoted in “Akita: The Tears and Message of Mary” by Father Teiji Yasuda
At some time in our lives, when circumstances cause us to become fearful, the best solution is to run into the arms of our mother Mary.
In the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, we see Jesus with a frightful look on His Face. That is because He foresees a vision of the Passion. In His mother’s arms, Jesus finds comfort. Mary is holding His hand, letting Him know she will be at His side, supporting, consoling and loving Him.
That is what our Mother will do for you, when you implore her aid.
Have you submitted your intentions for Three Holy Masses, invoking Our Mother of Perpetual Help, from June 25-27, which includes the feast day?Catholic Action for Faith and the Family
The USCCB is asking us to chant the Litany of Reparations for those who would honor those desecrating Our Lord and His mother and nuns at Dodger Stadium today. O Sacred Heart of Jesus forgive them. Chant with me here: https://t.co/lisnrhjtxI— Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (@ArchCordileone) June 16, 2023