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Sacred Heart Devotion: June 13, 2018

What does devotion to the Sacred Heart require of us?
Devotion to the Sacred Heart does not involve any new commandments: it is founded on the basic act of all Christian and supernatural life: the act of love. This cult consists in an attitude of the soul, a disposition of all our faculties to return to our Lord love for love.

All the writings of St. Margaret Mary show that the fundamental act of our devotion towards the Divine Heart is an act of love. One day, our Lord removed her heart and set in its place a burning flame, telling her, “Here, My beloved, is a precious token of My love; enclosed in your side is this little spark of My love’s most burning flames, to be a heart to you and consume you until your last moment.” From then on, the saint’s life was consumed with love for the Master’s Heart.

St. Margaret Mary, during her life, wrote to Mother de Saumaise, “He will reign despite His enemies and will become the Master and possessor of our hearts, for the principal purpose of this devotion is to convert souls to His love.”

The voice of the Church confirmed these words. In his encyclical of June 28, 1888, Leo XIII wrote, “Jesus has no more burning desire than to see the fire of love which devours His own Heart ignited in souls! Let us then go to Him who in exchange for His charity asks only the return of His love.”

Novena to the Holy Ghost Leading to Priestly Ordinations at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary

DAY 1:

MEDITATION:
Only one thing is important — eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared — sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

PRAYER:
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

(Our Father and Hail Mary once. Glory be to the Father 7 times)

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY GHOST
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart I implore You Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

 

June 14, 2018   No Comments

Upcoming SSPX Ordinations, June 22nd, 2018, Dillwyn Virginia. Video of Tour of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Dillwyn, Virginia

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stas.org/en – Go behind the scenes at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Dillwyn, Virginia.

St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary (STAS) is a house of studies of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), established in the United States in 1973, for the formation of Roman Catholic priests according to the traditional teaching of the Church. St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary draws from the greatest riches of the 2,000 year history of the Church in the formation of her priests. The formation that the seminarians receive is traditional in every aspect: doctrine, liturgy, retreats, daily schedule, etc. The core of the seminarians’ study is the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, while moderate proficiency in Latin is required before ordination. A typical day in the life of the seminarian contains three hours of prayer, three hours of classes, four hours of study, and a hour and a half of recreation. Seminarians are expected to attain the holiness required of a priest, through the means provided at the Seminary: daily Mass, meditation, Rosary, and hours of the Divine Office, as well as Benediction, Ignatian retreats, monthly recollections, and weekly confession and spiritual direction.

Transcript ––

(Bells ringing) Welcome to St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary here in Dillwyn, Virginia. My name is Samuel Fabula and I’m a Deacon here at the seminary. I’m here today to give you a tour. Behind me is the Administrative Building. In the Administrative Building will be done all the secretarial work for the seminary, as well as the parish functions. In between the Administrative Building and the main body of the seminary will one day be the Church. Here, we have the first three bells of the seminary. The first bell is dedicated to St. Vincent de Paul, the second to Mary and Joseph, and the third one to St. Thomas Aquinas. If you’ll follow me, we’ll go inside for the tour now.

This is the temporary chapel where the seminary comes to meet for the Divine Office throughout the day – and Mass in the morning. (Singing) This is the Cloister of St. Joseph. This way to the refectory. This is the refectory. Up at the front, we have the head table where all the professors sit, and the seminarians take all their meals here. During half of the meal, a reading is done from the podium. (Reading by lector) We’ll now go over to the Library.

Here we are on the second floor of the Library. All of the trim and the bookshelves were made by the seminarians, brothers, and faithful. We’ll now go upstairs to the dormitories. We’re now in the cloistered section of the seminary. No one is normally allowed up here. We’ll go over now and see one of the cells. Now we’ll go downstairs and see one of the classrooms. This is the Theologians classroom – they’re having Dogma Class right now. (Professor talking) We have one more thing.

Just to wrap up the tour, we have here the icon of St. Joseph. All the woodwork was handmade by one of our parishioners. Thank you for joining us for the tour of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary. We look forward to seeing you here for Ordinations. (Bells ringing)

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June 13, 2018   No Comments

Sacred Heart Devotion: June 12, 2018

Our Lord wished this blessed devotion to spread across the whole earth as the supreme remedy to the misfortune of the world dragged down by the times.
Even more than during St. Gertrude’s time, the world had become lukewarm.

It was time to complete the revelation of His Divine Heart so that “this world in decline should regain heat and burn with a new flame.”

The Savior wishes Christians to comprehend the gravity of this new advance of love. He invites His friends to a new effort in spreading to the farthest-flung parts a devotion to which He has added multiple promises.

The saint tells us:

“He showed us that His ardent desire to be loved by men and to save them from the road to perdition down which Satan rushes them in crowds, caused Him to form this intention of manifesting His Heart to men with all the treasures of love, mercy, graces, sanctification and salvation it contains, so that He may enrich all those who wish to give Him and obtain for Him all the love, honor and glory within their power with an abundance and a profusion of divine treasures

“It is as if this devotion were a final effort of His love which wished to favor men in these last centuries with such a loving redemption to withdraw them from the empire of Satan…and bring us into the sweet liberty of the empire of His love, which He wishes to reestablish in the hearts of all those who embrace this devotion.”

— Gauthey, Vie et Oeuvres [Life and Works] vol. II, p. 567, Paris, 1915.

Today’s meditation comes from the May 2016 issue of The Angelus, “Devotion to the Sacred Heart,” by Fr. Pierre Duverger

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Sacred Heart Devotion: June 11, 2018

It is to Jesus in the Eucharist that this reparation must primarily be addressed.
This is either because the Eucharist is, together with the Passion, the most expressive testimony of God’s love for mankind, or because it is in the tabernacle and especially at the Holy Table that we find the Heart of Jesus nearest to us. Thus the chief reparatory practices are related to Communion:

“First of all, you shall receive Me in the Blessed Sacrament as often as obedience permits…

“Moreover, you shall receive Communion on the first Friday of each month…

“I ask you that the first Friday following the octave of Corpus Christi be dedicated to a special feast to honour My Heart, by receiving Communion on that day and making honorable reparation and amends to make up for the indignities it has borne when exposed in the Holy Eucharist upon the altar…”

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Sacred Heart Devotion: June 10, 2018

In an apparition to St. Margaret Mary on June 16, 1675, Our Lord asked for reparation and devotion:
“Behold this Heart which has loved men so much that It has spared nothing, exhausting and consuming Itself to show them Its love: and in return I receive from most of them only ingratitude, by their irreverence and their sacrileges and by the coldness and scorn that they have for Me in this sacrament of love.

But what is even more painful to Me is that it is hearts that are consecrated to Me that act this way.”

This incomprehensible scorn of the love of God calls for reparation. Jesus asked His servant for reparation, and through her He asks all generous souls:

“You, at least, give Me the pleasure of making up for their ingratitude, as much as you are able…”

Today’s meditation comes from the May 2016 issue of The Angelus, “Devotion to the Sacred Heart,” by Fr. Pierre Duverger

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INSTRUCTION ON THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine’s
The Church’s Year

At the Introit of the Mass the Church calls upon all to invoke our Lord:

INTROIT Look Thou upon me, and have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am alone and poor. See my abjection and my labor, and forgive me all my sins, O my God. (Ps. XXIV.) To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed. Glory etc.

COLLECT O God, the protector of them that hope in Thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: multiply Thy mercy upon us, that, guided and directed by Thee, we may so pass amid temporal goods as not to lose the eternal. Through etc.

EPISTLE (I Pet: V. 6-11.) Dearly beloved, Be you humbled under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation: casting all your care upon him, for he hath care of you. Be sober and watch: because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls your brethren who are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you and confirm you and establish you. To him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.

EXPLANATION In this lesson St. Peter teaches that if we would be exalted we must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. This necessary humility shows itself in us by giving ourselves and all our cares up to the providence of God who, as St. Augustine says, provides for one as for all. We should not fail, however, to be sober and circumspect, and not think ourselves secure from the lusts of the world. The devil like a lion seeking prey, desires the ruin of our souls, tormenting us by temptations and afflictions. By confidence in God’s help we can and should resist him, especially when we consider that after the trials of this life the crown of glory will be our portion for all eternity.

ON DRUNKENNESS
Be sober and watch. (I Peter, V. 8.)

Sobriety is the mother of vigilance; intemperance is the mother of sloth and of numberless other vices which cast many souls into the jaws of the devil who, like a hungry lion, goes about day and night seeking for prey. Woe, therefore, to those who because of their drunkenness live, as it were, in constant night and in the perpetual sleep of sin! How will they feel when, suddenly awakened by death, they find themselves before the judgment?seat of God burdened with innumerable sins of which they were unconscious, or of which they wished not to know they were guilty! Who can number the sins committed in a state of intoxication, sins for which the drunkard cares nothing, for which he has no contrition, and has not confessed, because the light of reason is extinguished, his life is a senseless stupor, and he is therefore unconscious of his thoughts, words and actions.

But will the divine Judge find no sin in such persons? Will He permit the shameful deeds committed while intoxicated, the curses, blasphemies, sneers, detractions, outrages, and scandals to remain unpunished? He who demands an account of every idle word, will He demand no account of the time ‘so badly spent, of the money so uselessly squandered, families neglected, church service unattended, education of children omitted, and the other great sins committed? They will indeed excuse themselves, pleading that these sins were committed involuntarily, or as a joke, when they were intoxicated; that their intoxication was excusable, as they were not able to stand muck; but will God be content with such excuses? Will they not add to their damnation? That they took more than they could bear of the intoxicating drink, deprived themselves of the use of reason, and thus voluntarily caused all the sins they committed while in that state, is what will be punished.

What then can they expect? Nothing less than the fate of the rich man spoken of in the gospel, who on account of his debaucheries was buried in hell; where during all eternity his parched tongue was not cooled by one drop of water. (Luke XVI. 22.) Yes, this will be the place of those unconverted drunkards of whom St. Paul says that they will not possess the kingdom of God. (I Cor. VI. 10.) How rare and how difficult is the conversion of a drunkard, because with him as with the unchaste this habit becomes a second nature, and because he generally abuses the remedies: the holy Sacraments of Penance and the. Altar.

This should certainly deter any one from the vice of drunkenness; but those who are not thus withheld, may consider the indecency, the disgrace, and the injury of this vice, for it ruins the body as well as the soul.

Is it not disgraceful that man endowed with reason, and created for heaven, should drown that reason in excessive drink, degrading his mind, his intellectual spirit, the image of God, rendering it like the brute animals, and even lower than the beasts. “Are not the drunkards far worse than the animals?” says St. Chrysostom. Yes, not only on account of their drunkenness, but far more so because of the shameful position of their body, their manners, their speech, their behavior. How disgracefully naked lay Noah, although he was intoxicated not through his own fault, exposed in his tent to the ridicule of the impudent Chain! (Gen. IX. 21.) Even the heathen Spartans considered the vice of drunkenness so disgraceful that they were in the habit of intoxicating a slave, and bringing him before their children that they might be disgusted with such a state.

Finally, that which should deter everybody from this vice is its injuriousness. It ruins the body as well as the soul. By surfeiting many have perished, (Ecclus. XXXVII. 34.) and it has ruined the health of many more. Who hath woe? whose father hath woe? who hath contentions? who fall into pits, who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? Surely they that pass their time in wine, and study to drink off their cups? (Prov. XXIII. 29. 30.) Daily observation confirms this truth of Scripture, and the miserable old age, accompanied by innumerable weaknesses and frailties of one addicted to drink is a sufficient testimony of the injuriousness of this vice.

GOSPEL (Luke XV. 1-10.) At that time, The publicans and sinners drew nigh unto Jesus to hear him. And the Pharisees and Scribes murmured, saying: This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them And he spoke to. them this parable, saying: What man of you that hath an hundred sheep, and if he shall lose one of them, Both he not leave the ninety-nine in the desert, and go after that which was lost until he find it? Arid when he hath found it, lay it upon his shoulders rejoicing: and coming home, call, together his friends and neighbors, saying to them:

Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost? I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety?nine just who need not penance. Or what woman having ten groats, if she lose one groat, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she find it? And when she bath found it, call together her friends and neighbors, saying: Rejoice with me, because I have found the groat, which I had lost? So I say to you, there shall be joy before the angels of God upon one sinner doing penance.

What moved the sinners to approach Jesus?

The goodness and benevolence with which He met the penitent sinners. Do you also humbly and trustingly approach Him, and you may rest assured that, even if you are the greatest of sinners, you will receive grace and forgiveness.

What is Christ’s meaning in the parable of the lost sheep and groat?

He expresses by this His desire for the salvation of the sinner, His joy and that of all heaven when a sinner is converted. Moreover, He shows the Pharisees, who in vain self-righteousness avoided all intercourse with acknowledged sinners, and who murmured at the goodness of Jesus, that the sinner, being truly unhappy, deserves our compassion rather than our anger.

Why do the angels rejoice more over one sinner who does penance than over ninety-nine just?

Because the places of the fallen angels are thus refilled; because the angels see how the good God rejoices; because they find their prayers for the conversion of sinners granted, as St. Bernard says: “The tears of the penitents are wine for the angels;” because, as St. Gregory says, “the true penitents are usually more zealous than the innocent.”

ASPIRATION I have erred like a sheep that has lost its way; but I thank Thee, O Jesus, my good Shepherd, that Thou hast so carefully sought me by Thy inspirations, admonitions and warnings, and dost now bring me back to true penance, that I may be a joy to the angels. Amen.

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Sacred Heart Devotion: June 9, 2018

What was lacking in the devotion to the Sacred Heart before the time of St. Margaret Mary?
Before St. Margaret Mary, this devotion was practiced not only by a few privileged souls, such as St. Gertrude and St. Catherine of Siena, but also, thanks to St. John Eudes, by a large part of the Christian people. What, then, was lacking?

First of all, the spirit of the devotion was perfected. Until this time those devoted to the Sacred Heart had chiefly rendered praise and thanksgiving to Him.

There was no emphasis on reparation.

It was, however, our Lord’s desire that we realize how unknown is His love and make reparation. Recognition of the infinite tenderness of the Divine Love is important, but it is of equal import to make reparation for the sins of the world.

Of course fervent souls had already thought of this. But in a time where the Faith was weakening and the Divine Love was increasingly disregarded and insulted, it became important to emphasize reparation. It was Margaret Mary’s mission to draw the attention of loving souls toward this aspect of the devotion and to inspire souls to reparation, inviting them to turn to the forgotten and scorned Love.

June 8, 2018   No Comments

Sacred Heart Devotion: June 8, 2018

St. Margaret Mary did not receive the mission of revealing this devotion, which sprang up well before her time.
Her mission was nonetheless of great nobility and importance: she was the instrument chosen by God to set forth the fullness of the devotion in its spirit and its practices, and impress upon it a universal movement and reach.

“My Divine Heart,” our Lord once told her, “is so impassioned with love for men, and for you in particular, that, no longer able to contain within Itself the flames of Its ardent charity, it must spread them through you and make Itself manifest to mankind to enrich them with these precious treasures that I reveal to you, which contain the sanctifying and saving graces necessary to bring them back from the edge of perdition. I have chosen you as an abyss of unworthiness and ignorance for the accomplishment of this great plan, so that all will be done by Me.”
— Apparition of December 27, 1673

Today’s meditation comes from the May 2016 issue of The Angelus, “Devotion to the Sacred Heart,” by Fr. Pierre Duverger

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The All-Encompassing Adoration of the Sacred Heart, June 7, 2018

The love and the lovability of His Person are revealed in many ways, especially through His virtues, for we can say that the virtues of Jesus are as it were the charm, the flower of His charity.
But virtues are nourished by grace, their fertile source, and grace itself suggests the idea of redeeming blood. Devotion to the Sacred Heart reveals the virtues of Jesus to us: Cor Jesu, virtutum omnium abyssus; the graces of Jesus, and this is why the Litany invokes the Sacred Heart as a source of life and of sanctity: Cor Jesu, fons vitae et sanctitatis; the blood of Jesus, and this is again why the Litany invokes the Sacred Heart as a propitiation for our sins: Cor Jesu, propitiatio pro peccatis nostris, in the same way as St. John said, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

Devotion to the Sacred Heart contemplates and adores in Him the love of the Savior, the source of all His blessings, from the Nativity to the consummation of the Redemption in heaven. Of this devotion another, more special devotion is the magnificent fruit: the devotion to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

It consists, according to His Holiness Leo XIII, in:

“…rendering love, gratitude, veneration and homage to this act of supreme dilection in virtue of which our Divine Redeemer, pouring out all the riches of His Heart, instituted the adorable sacrament of the Eucharist, to remain with us until the end of time.”

— Brief establishing the Pontifical Church of St. Joachim, February 16, 1903.

Today’s meditation comes from the May 2016 issue of The Angelus, “Devotion to the Sacred Heart,” by Fr. Pierre Duverger

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