Photos: 2016 Love, Life & Family Benefit Dinner with Cardinal Burke

Last Friday, we had a road trip down south which took 10 hours (5 hours one-way) to be able to make it to the 2016 Love, Life & Family Benefit Dinner organized by our friends at the Shield of Roses, a Catholic Pro Life charity organization based at Glendale, CA. The honorable guest speaker was none other than His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. It was a very well-attended event, with the presence of both laity and various clergy from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), Norbertine Fathers and other nearby diocesan priests. We will be posting shortly the video of the talk given by his Eminence. In the meantime, photos are now available for viewing on our smugmug gallery here.

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His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke giving his talk

Cardinal Burke’s latest book “Divine Love Made Flesh” was made available for purchase

It was our 2nd encounter with his Eminence (the first time we met him was at the Institute ordinations at St. Louis, MO in 2014)

Meeting with Father James Fryar, FSSP, for the first time. Fr. Fryar heads the FSSP Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Chaplain’s Corner | 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (January 17, 2016)

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Today the Church commemorates the third mystery of Epiphany, as she proclaims in the Gospel the account of the Wedding Feast at Cana. Here Jesus’s Divinity is manifest in the first of His miracles, as He changes water into the best wine.

The Church’s tradition has always used nuptial language in the Epiphany liturgies because this first miracle of the Lord takes place at a wedding. He is revealed as the Divine Bridegroom, Who has come to this world to claim His Bride, the Church, composed, at least potentially, of all men. This nuptial miracle is worked through the intercession of the New Eve, the Blessed Virgin Mary, God’s Bride, whose consent to the marriage of God and man was besought, as St. Thomas teaches, on behalf of the entire human nature. Thus, the New Adam and the New Eve manifest at Cana the new wine of the new covenant of divine life to which we are all called. What glorious mysteries!

It is a source of great honor and dignity for Catholics in the married state that Christ attended a marriage (the Author of marriage attends a wedding!) and chose a wedding feast for the first of His miracles. Indeed, Christ is symbolically indicating the sacramentality of Christian marriage at Cana, as He takes water (natural marriage) and elevates it to a higher level of being by transforming it into wine (sacramental marriage). This new wine will be capable of signifying His own Marriage to the Church, which is itself indicated by the presence of the Divine Bridegroom and the New Eve.

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Chaplain’s Corner | Holy Family (January 10, 2016)

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In these days of the Octave of Epiphany, the Church continues to contemplate the mystery of the Infant Savior. She kneels in adoration today with the Magi before the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Here she contemplates the marvelous reality that God, Who could have saved us in any way at all, has willed to save us by being born into a human family. God the Son, Who had only a Father from all eternity, has willed to have now a true Mother!

On this traditional feast of the Holy Family, we marvel at the now-divine beauty of human family life. We are students today at this feast, allowing ourselves to learn the meaning of familial love. In a culture in which the family is constantly under attack, we learn today that there is a Perfect Family. We acknowledge the perfection of the Holy Family. We acknowledge that St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary had a perfect marriage, that there has never been in the history of the world a marriage bond as united as their virginal love. We joyfully proclaim that the Son of God is the obedient Son of Mary, subject also to his foster-father. We rejoice that we too are members of the Perfect Family, that we too are invited into the house at Bethlehem today to adore with the Magi: to help St. Joseph, to honor our holy Mother, to worship God-become-a-baby. How joyful are the mysteries we celebrate on this Epiphany day!

On Wednesday, the Church will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, which is the Octave of Epiphany. The Baptism is the second of the Epiphany mysteries (followed by the Wedding Feast at Cana). In the Baptism, Our Lord’s Divinity is manifest by the voice of the Father: “This is my Beloved Son…”

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Photos: Octave of Christmas – New Year’s Day (January 1, 2016)

2016 started with a Sung High Mass for the Octave of Christmas at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory (San Jose, CA). The Veni Creator, a hymn invoking the Holy Ghost was chanted before the Mass. View more photos of here.