Feature of the Week: Fr. Peter Carota


Like Britain’s Fr. Thwaites, he will have a profound influence on the Catholic world
Source: http://thepathlesstaken7.blogspot.com/2013/01/fr-peter-carota-like-britains-fr.html

Fr. Peter was a late-vocation, having been a hugely successful and affluent real estate agent in California, before forsaking his glittering career to found and run a soup kitchen. When he was serving poor people, they mistook Fr. Peter for being a priest, and so he followed his childhood dream of pursuing a vocation. As a child, he would role-play as a priest. Ordained a priest in May 1997, ten years later he started offering the Extraordinary Form and has this to say, “Five years ago, the Pope encouraged saying the Latin Mass again. Since saying it these last five years, I have truly understood my priesthood in a totally deeper way as being sacrificial. Above all, I love the reverence and sacredness of this Mass. Jesus is God and truly present in Holy Communion. Therefore we should kneel and receive Him with all reverence that God deserves.”

As of November 2012, he started a sabbatical, and took leave from his Californian parish, with the aim of concentrating his priesthood on making the riches of the Tridentine Mass available by doing research on how he may found a new religious order and start a TV station that broadcasts the Latin Mass every day. Currently, he is travelling around America and staying with various monasteries that have the Tridentine Mass at the heart of their liturgical life, as well as visiting Latin Mass communities. Just last weekend, he was travelling around Detroit, and did the rounds of many historic churches, that have been hosted/or are in the practice of hosting regular Tridentine Masses, including, St Albertus, St Joseph and Holy Family.
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Feature of the week: Eight New Year’s “Resolutions” from St. Padre Pio


(Source: Frank Rega, http://divinefiat.blogspot.com/2014/01/eight-years-resolutions-from-padre-pio.html)

These “resolutions’ are taken from the booklet “Buona Giornata,” (Have a Good Day), which is a compilation of daily meditations and observations from St. Pio’s writings and comments, published by his Friary in San Giovanni Rotondo.  Here are his thoughts – exhortations – admonitions for Dec. 31 thru Jan 7.

1.  The palm of glory is reserved only for those who fight valiantly to the end.  Therefore, let us begin our holy battle this year.  God will help us and crown us with eternal triumph.

2.  We are by Divine Grace at the dawn of a new year.  Since only God knows whether we will finish this year, we should spend it in reparation for the past, and in preparation for the future.  Good works go hand in hand with good intentions.

3.  Let us say to ourselves, with the full conviction of telling the truth, “My soul: begin today to do the good works which to date you have not done.”  Let us be moved by the presence of God.  “God sees me,” let us often say to ourselves, “and by my actions will He judge me.”  Let us be sure the He will always see only goodness in us.

4.  If you have time, do not wait for time.  Let us not put off until tomorrow what we can do today.  The graves are full of good intentions that never came to pass.  Besides, what assurance do we have that we will be alive tomorrow?  Let us listen to the voice of our conscience, as said the royal prophet: “Today, if you hear the voice of the Lord, do not turn a deaf ear.”  Let us come forth and treasure the fleeting moment which alone is ours.  Let us not waste time, from one moment to another, because the latter is not yet ours.
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Feature of the week: Traditional Home Blessing Prayers


These prayers are adapted for home use with the head of the family (V.) leading the prayers and other family members (R.) giving the responses. The family may gather together in the principal room of the house.  These prayers might be used on Sundays before the main meal or before Sunday night prayers or on any appropriate day or at any time.

V.  By the sign of the cross deliver us from our enemies.

R.  For you are our God.

Together:  + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

V.  Peace be unto this home.

R.  And unto all who dwell herein.

Then holy water is used to sprinkle those present and the principal room of the house.  All the rooms may be sprinkled if time permits.

V.  Sprinkle me with hyssop, O Lord, and I shall be clean.

R.  Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

V.  Be merciful to me, O God.

R.  For great is thy goodness.

V.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

R.  As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

V.  Sprinkle me with hyssop, O Lord, and I shall be clean.

R.  Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

V.  O Lord, hear my prayer.

R.  And let my cry come unto thee.

V.   Let us pray.

V.   Hear us, holy Lord, almighty Father, eternal God!  And deign to send thy holy angel from heaven to guard, cherish, protect, visit, and defend all who dwell in this home.  Through Christ our Lord.

R.  Amen.

Together:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Feature of the week: Building a Bridge to Truth ~ Card. Newman


By Rev. Dr. Steven P. Beseau STD **

** Source: Passion for Truth : The Life of John Henry Newman. Posted here with the kind permission of Fr. Juan R. Velez (Prelature of Opus Dei) **

Priests, and others who work in campus ministry, recognize that fear is a common experience among college students. This is especially the case when they are trying to make decisions like the choice of a major or in discerning a vocation. I am not referring to the normal seriousness that should surround these decisions.  Concern for making right choices is good.  Choosing a major or discerning a vocation is an important decision for a young person and should not be taken lightly.

But what many of us see, is not just a normal and healthy concern, but rather, an irrational and paralyzing fear. More than just a fear of making a mistake, it is the grave apprehension that once a choice is made, there will be little hope in being able to correct it.  This fear also extends into decisions that are not necessarily long-term, like asking a person to go on a date. This fear leads to two extremes; they are either paralyzed from acting or they hastily make rash decisions, hoping that they will make the right choice.

While this irrational fear has many causes, I believe one important one is that young people have been taught an impoverished and reduced understanding of truth.  This problem is addressed in the papal encyclical Lumen Fidei:

In contemporary culture, we often tend to consider the only real truth to be that of technology: truth is what we succeed in building and measuring by our scientific know-how, truth is what works and what makes life easier and more comfortable. Nowadays this appears as the only truth that is certain, the only truth that can be shared, the only truth that can serve as a basis for discussion or for common undertakings. Yet at the other end of the scale we are willing to allow for subjective truths of the individual, which consist in fidelity to his or her deepest convictions, yet these are truths valid only for that individual and not capable of being proposed to others in an effort to serve the common good. (LF25)
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Feature of the week: Low, Sung and Solemn Mass Distinctions


Basic Differences between Low, Sung and Solemn Mass

Source: Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement (http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/)

One of our readers wrote in to ask the following: “…would you perhaps be able to describe in layman’s terms in a post on The New Liturgical Movement the difference between a Low Mass, a High Mass and a “Missa Cantata” in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite?”

With that in mind, here are some of the basic differences.

Low Mass

– no music for the ordinary or propers of the Mass

– no deacon or subdeacon

– two candles are lit upon the altar

– no incense

– one or two servers

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Relics are physical objects that have a direct association with the saints or with Our Lord. They are usually broken down into three classes. First class relics are the body or fragments of the body of a saint, such as pieces of bone or flesh. Second class relics are something that a saint personally owned, such as a shirt or book (or fragments of those items). Third class relics are those items that a saint touched or that have been touched to a first, second, or another third class relic of a saint.
Scripture teaches that God acts through relics, especially in terms of healing. In fact, when surveying what Scripture has to say about sacred relics, one is left with the idea that healing is what relics “do.”

When the corpse of a man was touched to the bones of the prophet Elisha the man came back to life and rose to his feet (2 Kings 13:20-21).

A woman was healed of her hemorrhage simply by touching the hem of Jesus’ cloak (Matthew 9:20-22).

The signs and wonders worked by the Apostles were so great that people would line the streets with the sick so that when Peter walked by at least his shadow might ‘touch’ them (Acts 5:12-15).

When handkerchiefs or aprons that had been touched to Paul were applied to the sick, the people were healed and evil spirits were driven out of them (Acts 19:11-12).

In each of these instances God has brought about a healing using a material object. The vehicle for the healing was the touching of that object. It is very important to note, however, that the cause of the healing is God; the relics are a means through which He acts. In other words, relics are not magic. They do not contain a power that is their own; a power separate from God. Any good that comes about through a relic is God’s doing. But the fact that God chooses to use the relics of saints to work healing and miracles tells us that He wants to draw our attention to the saints as “models and intercessors” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 828).

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Feature of the Week | Confession

image“Confession, confession, confession! God has poured out his mercy on his creatures. Things don’t go well because we don’t have recourse to him, to be cleansed, to be purified, to be enkindled. People wash frequently, and play a lot of sports. Wonderful! But how about that other exercise of the soul? And those showers that regenerate us, that cleanse us and purify us and enkindle us? Why don’t we go to receive God’s grace? Go to the Sacrament of Penance and to Holy Communion. Go, go! But don’t receive Communion unless you’re sure that your soul is clean.”[23]

At another time he insisted: “my children, bring your friends to confession, your relatives, the people that you love. And they shouldn’t be afraid. If something has to be cut, they will do so. Tell them it’s not enough to go to confession just once, that they have to go many times, with frequency. Just as, when one reaches a certain age, or has an illness, one doesn’t go to the doctor just once, but frequently; and they check your blood pressure and do analyses. Well, the same, the same with the soul. . . .

“God is waiting for many people to take a good bath in the Sacrament of Penance! And he has a great feast ready for them, the wedding feast, the banquet of the Eucharist: the wedding-ring of the covenant, of faithfulness and never-ending friendship. May many people go to confession . . . May there be many who approach the forgiveness of God!”[24]

Excerpt from October Letter Prelate of Opus Dei

Feature of the Week

Thomas Aquinas College

Dear Friend,

In the fall of 1971, a small group of scholars set out on a mission that was both audacious in its scope and humble in its reliance on Divine Providence. With neither an endowment nor a steady stream of revenue, with a freshman class of just 33 students, and with only the leased site of a shuttered seminary for a campus, these men inaugurated the first semester of classes at Thomas Aquinas College.
Founded at a time when many Catholic institutions were straying from their loyalty to the teaching Church, Thomas Aquinas College would, by contrast, strive for fidelity to the Magisterium. In place of the burgeoning multiplicity of majors, minors, and electives elsewhere, it would offer a single, integrated curriculum employing the Continue reading