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Leaving all for Chirst...

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today the of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer received a new member into its ranks.
The postulant kneels and is questioned by the Superior regarding his desire to enter our Congregation.
The brethren chant the Veni Creator Spiritus while the postulant is covered with the Funeral Pall.
He is clothed in the Religious Habit:
Son, put on Our Lord Jesus Christ, always surrounding thy body with His mortification. 
 Kneeling he receives the crucifix:
Receive, my Son, the image of the crucifix, image of thy Master and Redeemer, who suffered for thee and offered Himself for thee. Place it as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm.
 Our Lady’s Rosary is placed in his hands:
Receive, Son, the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may She always be a wall to protect thee, a mother to nourish thee, a star to guide thee and the door to thy salvation…
 Do Thou, however, learnest diligently to love and imitate Mary, and to propagate Her most salutary devotion everywhere. In dangers, in anguishes, in doubtful things, think of Mary, call upon Mary. May Her sweet name not disappear from thy lips, nor disappear from thy heart.
He is clothed with Our Lady’s Scapular:
Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.
 And finaly, a new name.
Welcome to our Congregation Br Jerome!
 Br Jerome’s mother and father came from America to be with him.
As did his Godmother.
 The community on Papa Stronsay.

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#ChimeTravelers: Faith Meets Fiction!...

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Lisa Hendey, award-winning blogger and founder/editor of Catholic Mom, just published the first two books in a series called Chime Travelers—and they’re starting to make waves among young Catholic readers! Here’s a brief description of both titles.

The Secret of the Shamrock
When Patrick has to work on his church’s cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange shepherd he meets be able to help him get home, or will Patrick be stuck taking care of sheep in the rain and mud forever? Find out in The Secret of the Shamrock.

The Sign of the Carved Cross
Katie joins her friends in being mean to the new girl, Lily. But suddenly, Katie becomes the new girl—in 1675! She has no idea how she traveled in time to a Native American village, but she’s hoping the young woman she meets will be nicer to her than Katie was to Lily. Tekakwitha is a quiet girl with scars on her face from a terrible disease. Tekakwitha’s family doesn’t accept her because of her faith, and soon she and Katie have to run away in the middle of the night. Will Katie ever find her way back home? Find out in The Sign of the Carved Cross.

More adventures are on the way!
Join Patrick as he finds himself in Assisi and meets a young man who left a life of wealth and power to live a life of poverty and simplicity. Find out what it means to rebuild the Church as you get to know St. Francis in book three of the Chime Travelers series.

Katie finds herself on a daring escape through the streets of Assisi with a young woman who is running away from home to give her whole life in service to the poor out of her love for Jesus. Meet St. Clare in the fourth book of the Chime Travelers series.

Click here for more information!

Photo: Susan Hines-Brigger

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Does Pope Francis strike you as being easily scare...

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I saw this at The Telegraph:

Donald Trump to the Pope: ‘Isil wants to get you’

Donald Trump says he would not allow the Pope to criticise capitalism if they were to meet face to face, and would scare him into silence by reminding him that violent jihadis of the Islamic State want to invade the Vatican.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday night, he was asked about the forthcoming US visit of Pope Francis, who has repeatedly said that capitalism was responsible for many of the world’s problems.
Mr Trump, who described himself as a Protestant, said he would like to meet the Pope but he would not stand for any comments that capitalism was toxic or evil.
“I’d say, ‘Isil wants to get you,’” he said “You know that Isis wants to go in and take over the Vatican….
I’m gonna have to scare the Pope because it’s the only thing.
“The Pope, I hope, can only be scared by God. But the truth is – you know, if you look at what’s going on – they better hope that capitalism works, because it’s the only thing we have right now.
“And it’s a great thing when it works properly.”


I imagine that there would be a backlash were the Pope to be killed by Islamic extremists.  But how extensive, how strong, would it be… I wonder.

BTW… Trump is certainly right.  ISIL surely would do as much damage as possible to Rome and Vatican City, if given a fraction of a chance.

Does Pope Francis strike you as someone who would be easily scared by the idea of being killed by Islamic extremists?  It’s not as it hasn’t occurred to him already.

Moderation queue is ON.

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You are the periphery which can revitalize the Chu...

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Some time ago, I wrote HERE:

If there is a malaise in the Church today, if there is an interior decay (and there is), then [as Pope Francis says] we should look to peripheries for that which can help to revitalize our identity, get us strong and healthy again.  We need what the periphery has to offer.

Traditional Catholics whose “legitimate aspirations” have been drawn to the traditional forms of our sacred liturgical worship, and who stick closely to traditional expressions of doctrine, are a periphery.   They have even been made into a periphery by the Church’s own appointed pastors.

It’s time to start listening to this periphery.

I drive at this point in some other posts as well.

I read at One Peter Five an interview of Bp. Athanasius Schneider with the Spanish-Language website, Adelante La Fe (Advance the Faith).  In the interview we find this:

Adelante la Fe: Can Your Excellence give some words of encouragement to those priests who, for being faithful to Church Tradition, are isolated and pushed into the background in their dioceses and not given temples where they can officiate Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, as well as to those faithful who are deprived of Traditional Holy Mass?

Mons. Schneider: I would like to say to these priests, seminarians, young people and families: “It is an honor and a privilege to be faithful to the Divine truth and to the spiritual and liturgical traditions of our forefathers and of the saints and being therefore marginalized by those who currently occupy administrative power in the Church. This your fidelity and courage constitute the real power in the Church. You are the real ecclesiastical periphery, which with God’s power renews the Church. Living the true tradition of dogma, liturgy and holiness is a manifestation of the democracy of the Saints, because tradition is the democracy of the Saints. With Saint Athanasius I would like to tell you these words: Those in the Church who oppose, humiliate and marginalize you, have occupied the churches, while during this time you are outside; it is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They claim that they represent the Church, but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray (cf. Letter to his flock)”.

Beautifully expressed.

He is right.

Be the Maquis!

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A Visit to Remember...

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Earlier this year, our beloved friend from the US bishops’ conference, Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, passed away, a victim of cancer. Sister Mary Ann, the bishops’ media liaison, had produced commemorative books about Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II over the years. Who would create such a book for Pope Francis’ likely one-and-only visit to the United States? I wondered if our magazine and book teams might be of help.

It turned out that the Vatican publishing house was wondering about the same book idea. When I called our friends at the US bishops’ Catholic News Service (CNS), director Tony Spence was very interested in a collaborative project. We’ve been working out details ever since, poising our team for the rapid work of getting a book full of rich photos and helpful text written, produced, and published immediately after the papal visit.

It will be the official commemorative edition from the papal visit. The photographs, and the basis for the narrative, will come from the talented team at CNS. The St. Anthony Messenger team will do original writing, select photos, and pull it all together into book material. Our Franciscan Media book team, led by Mark Lombard, will take it from
there, ultimately getting 15,000 copies printed by the end of October.

Franciscan Media and the US bishops’ conference will sell the book. We expect an incredible product: CNS will have highly skilled photographers and writers accompanying the Holy Father throughout his visit. Their analysis and reporting will be unparalleled. And, of course, we ourselves know how to tell a story beautifully. This book will be a hardcover, about the size of this magazine, but richer: 128 pages of photos and accompanying story on heavier paper.

What about the magazine? No worries! Writers in each of the three cities of the pope’s visit will be submitting marvelous magazine stories that you’ll see in our December issue. And while some of us are glued to our desks making the book, Susan and Daniel, along with Sean from our emerging media group, will head east and be feeding social-media stories to Christopher back home. You can follow it all at

This blog is taken from my “Backstory” column in St. Anthony Messenger. To subscribe, click here.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."