"Politicians envy the moral voice of the Pope because, alone of all the great religious voices of our day, his is the one they cannot control. Left or right, it doesn’t matter; they all hate and fear the Pope.
That is because he is not one of their toady religious leaders that they have co-opted for their own purposes of gaining and keeping power. The Pope is not answerable to politicians, including American politicians, American politics or America’s self-deified tin gods of the media.
That enrages them.”
Who gets to decide what doctrines are heresy?
Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds.
Today I learned that Egyptians, North Africans, Palestinians, and Anatolians are white people.
Procession of Holy Women by Sr Glynis Mary McManamon, RG
Mexican Migrant Girl Child (dressed up as Our Lady of Guadalupe), St. Mary Euprhasia, Laura Vicuna, Filoftia of Romania, Ursula Lee with baby (in front, seated), Monica, Lucy (Martyr), Masai Woman, Margaret of Scotland, Julian of Norwich, Felicity and Perpetua (Martyrs), Tatiana of China, Brigid of Ireland, Thea Bowman
Bridget of Sweden, Rose of Lima, A Sister Magdelen of Angers (who prophesied the success of the Institute to Mother Euphrasia), Frances Cabrini, Aguchita Rivas, Josephine Bakhita, Olga of Russia, Anastasia (Martyr), Winifred of Wales, Dalit Girl Child, Marguerite of Canada, Kateri Tekakwitha
Faustina (with a painting of the Divine Mercy), Polynesian Woman, Teresa of Avila, Lydia of Thyatira, Sweatshop Worker (front, seated), Mary of Egypt, Kasturba Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Maria Skobotsova, Cecila (Martyr), Agnes Le Thi Thanh, Maria de La Luz Cerena Camacho, Agnes (Martyr), Maria of the Divine Heart Droste zu Vischering
Mary of Magdala, Ludmilla of Bohemia, Elizabeth Seton, Edith Stein, Caribbean Woman, Agatha (Martyr), Filipina Sisters (Martyrs of the Cassandra), Tamil Girl Child, Therese of Lisieux, Korean Mother and Child, Helene of Constantinople
I a d o r e this. All my favourites in it. Love that Naomh Brighid is holding her cross.
Pope Francis is once again shaking things up in the Catholic Church. On Tuesday, he issued his first “apostolic exhortation,” declaring a new enemy for the Catholic Church: modern capitalism. “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” he wrote. “This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”
He couldn’t be much clearer. The pope has taken a firm political stance against right-leaning, pro-free market economic policies, and his condemnation appears to be largely pointed at Europe and the United States.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]
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Contextually, the Papacy has historically attacked both unrestricted capitalism and Marxism.
Before Evangelii Gaudium, there was Benedict’s Caritas in Veritate, John Paul II’s Centessimus Annus, John XXIII’s Mater et Magistra and Pacem in Terris, Pius XI’s Quadragesimo Anno, and at the start of the Church’s modern social justice teachings, Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum.
The Catholic Church has long advocated against extreme forms of both capitalism and communism, and many Catholic figures, including Popes and lay apologists, have advocated strongly for Third-Way economic theories, from Chesterton and Belloc’s Distributism to Pius XI’s tripartist corporatism, all expounding on the Catholic emphasis on solidarity and subsidiarity.
Source: The Atlantic
The Barque of Peter
St John Bosco saw the Church as the great Barque of Peter surrounded by a flotilla of other vessels. They were engaged in intense warfare. At the helm of the Church was the Pope who at one point in a fierce battle fell mortally wounded. The enemies of the Church closed in sensing this was their moment.
In the vision two columns then emerged from the great ocean. On one was a golden Monstrance with the Holy Eucharist exposed within it. The column was inscribed with the words “Salvation of Believers”. The other column held an Image of Mary, the Mother of God, inscribed with the words “The Help of Christians”. Here are words which purportedly reflect those actually spoken by the Saint in describing this vision:
"The entire enemy fleet closes in to intercept and sink the flagship at all costs. They bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons. The battle rages ever more furious. Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course. At times a formidable ram splinters a gaping hole into its hull, but, immediately, a breeze from the two columns instantly seals the gash.
"Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up, firearms and beaks fall to pieces, ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In blind fury the enemy takes to hand-to-hand combat, cursing and blaspheming. Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped up but, struck down a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises from the enemy and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships. But no sooner is the Pope dead than another takes his place. The captains of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly that the news of the Pope’s death coincides with that of his successor’s election. The enemy’s self-assurance wanes."
"Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his ship safely between the two columns and moors it to the two columns; first to the one surmounted by the Host, and then to the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin. At this point something unexpected happens. The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other. Some auxiliary ships which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship are the first to tie up at the two columns."
11/20 St Felix of Valois, Confessor and Co-Founder of the Trinitarians (entered heaven November 4, 1212)
You mustn’t be discouraged by your small beginnings. Remember the mustard seed, my dear nephew. If your group is growing slowly, redouble your prayer and focus your efforts on whatever will be most effective in helping it grow. Be fervent in your faith and practical and your action. Maybe the example of today’s saint can give you a psychological boost.
Felix was a lot like you. He came from an upper class family, had an exemplary education, and a sensitive, deep soul. When just a young man, however, he renounced his place in the world, giving up his fortune, and headed into seclusion in the forests of Cerfroi. In other words, be became a hermit. So while his buddies were basking in the ample pleasures of High Medieval High Society, he was training his soul and disciplining his body so as to love God more fully. He was happy. His joy was contagious. He became a well-known figure – the holy hermit of Cerfrois – and a steady stream of visitors approached him to implore his guidance and returned extolling his love.
He lived there till he was 70, and planned on dying there too, but God had other plans. One day he was visited by a younger man, St John of Matha, who had left Paris precisely to put himself under the spiritual mentorship of Felix. The two formed a small community and advanced together in holiness. When John was finally ordained and celebrated his first Mass, he received an inspiration which he thought came from the Holy Spirit: to start a religious order dedicated to buying back Christian slaves and prisoners. He asked Felix to join him. For three days they prayed and sacrificed, begging God to let them know if this was truly His idea. They concluded that it was, and, though Felix was already an old man, they set out to present their request to the Pope.
All went well, and St John established houses for the new order in Rome, while Felix established the mother house in Cerfroi, only a couple miles from the two hermits’ humble cells. A mere forty years after the foundation, when both Co-Founders had long since been called to their heavenly reward, the Trinitarian Order had blossomed into more than 600 communities throughout Europe.
Aren’t these saint stories strange? They seem so to me anyway, which clearly shows how small and fragile my faith is. Nevertheless, I am keeping your efforts in my prayers, and I am sure that if you persevere, depending always more on God than on yourself, they will be fruitful beyond your wildest imaginings.
Your loving uncle, Eddy