Pope Leo XIII on the Power of the Rosary

January 20, 2018

Moreover, we may well believe that the Queen of Heaven herself has granted an especial efficacy to this mode of supplication [the Rosary], for it was by her command and counsel that the devotion was begun and spread abroad by the holy Patriarch Dominic as a most potent weapon against the enemies of the faith at an epoch not, indeed, unlike our own, of great danger to our holy religion. The heresy of the Albigenses had in effect, one while covertly, another while openly, overrun many countries, and this most vile offspring of the Manicheans, whose deadly errors it reproduced, were the cause in stirring up against the Church the most bitter animosity and a virulent persecution. There seemed to be no human hope of opposing this fanatical and most pernicious sect when timely succour came from on high through the instrument of Mary’s Rosary. Thus under the favour of the powerful Virgin, the glorious vanquisher of all heresies, the forces of the wicked were destroyed and dispersed, and faith issued forth unharmed and more shining than before. All manner of similar instances are widely recorded, and both ancient and modern history furnish remarkable proofs of nations saved from perils and winning benedictions therefrom. There is another signal argument in favour of this devotion, inasmuch as from the very moment of its institution it was immediately encouraged and put into most frequent practice by all classes of society. In truth, the piety of the Christian people honours, by many titles and in multiform ways, the Divine Mother, who, alone most admirable among all creatures, shines resplendent in unspeakable glory. But this title of the Rosary, this mode of prayer which seems to contain, as it were, a final pledge of affection, and to sum up in itself the honour due to Our Lady, has always been highly cherished and widely used in private and in public, in homes and in families, in the meetings of confraternities, at the dedication of shrines, and in solemn processions; for there has seemed to be no better means of conducting sacred solemnities, or of obtaining protection and favours.

Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical “Octobri Mense” §8 (September 22, 1891) [http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_22091891_octobri-mense.html]

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Dominic, pray for us. Pope Leo XIII, pray for us.

Originally posted 12/13/2017


Lead By Example

January 19, 2018

St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary, Thirtieth Rose: Confraternity Privileges



Originally posted 12/15/2017

Mark of Ephesus and the Filioque

January 19, 2018

Mark [of Ephesus] was impervious to argument. The Latin spokesman had quoted, besides scripture, a most imposing array of Latin Fathers who taught the “and from the Son” and an equally impressive list of Greek Fathers who wrote of the Holy Spirit as proceeding “through the Son” or either from the Father and “flowing,” “bursting forth,” “issuing,” etc., etc. “through” or “from” the Son, or “from Both.” After the end of the public sessions Bessarion, George Scholarius, Isidore, Gregory, and Dorotheus pressed the parallelism. They started from what was an axiom for the Greeks, for Mark as much as for any of the others—all saints are inspired by the same Holy Spirit and so teach the same truth even in different words. Their conclusion was, the “from” of the Latin saints” means the same as the “through” of the Greek. Mark should have been forced to the same conclusion. He accepted the axiom; he could not deny the testimonies from the Greek Fathers, because he was confronted with the codices that contained them; what he did, perforce, was to accuse the Latins of presenting garbled and deliberately falsified quotations that could not be checked because he, Mark, with most of the Greeks knew no Latin. Not a few Latin treatises, however, especially those of that greatest advocate of the Filioque, St. Augustine, had long been translated into Greek, and there were, of course, some of the Greeks, like Scholarius, who knew Latin well and who tried to disabuse him. But he would not be disabused. The Latins were heretics, and that was that.

Fr. Joseph Gill, S.J., Personalities of the Council of Florence (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1964), 61-62


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Union of Uzhorod, Ukraine (1646)

January 17, 2018

The full text of the union, via http://bit.ly/2jVIG01, follows:

By the grace of Christ, elected most holy Father and universal Patriarch.

We priests of the holy Greek rite, inhabitants of the noble and apostolic kingdom of Hungary, situated through the Districts specified with our signature, realizing that the sacrament of the king is to be hidden, but that the works of God are to be revealed and to be shown to all peoples more clearly than the sun, seeing that they are such that through them the ineffable goodness and clemency of our most merciful God towards rational creatures is wont to be made manifest. According to this principle and this angelic rule we declare to Your Holiness, we preach and we lift up to the heavens with titles of most devout praise before the whole world. What is that [that we declare]? The grace of our God and Savior freely poured out among us, by which working in us and foretelling most lovingly the salvation of our souls, we, having abandoned and driven from our hearts the Greek schism, are restored and affianced again to the Immaculate Virgin Spouse of the Only-begotten Son of God, that is the holy Roman Church, hitherto abominated by us and held in hatred without any cause. This same return of ours, indeed, was accomplished in the year of salvation one thousand six hundred and forty-six, on the twenty-fourth day of April, while Ferdinand III the most sacred Emperor of the Romans was ruling, in the Latin castle-church of Uzhorod situated on the estate of the most illustrious Count George of Humenne, in this fashion:

The bishop of Munkach, Basil Tarasovic, who has already departed this life, when following the party that was both schismatical as well as heretical, he had broken the bond of holy Union, publicly abandoned the Catholic Church. The venerable father in Christ, George Jakusic, bishop of Eger, now resting in Christ, considering this, having with him the Reverend Basilian fathers summoned for this purpose, Father Peter Parthenius, who today is our bishop, and father Gabriel Kosovicky, most courteously invited us by letter to Uzhorod, and after seasonable discourse from the aforesaid Fathers about holy Union, he accomplished, with the Holy Spirit disposing us for it, what he purposed, and appointed the day dedicated to St. George the Martyr for making the profession of faith.

On that day we sixty-three priests came together and followed the aforementioned most Reverend Bishop of Eger to the church named above. So after the enactment of the mystery of the bloodless sacrifice performed in our Ruthenian tongue, and after sacramental expiation of their sins by some of the priests, we pronounced the profession of faith in an audible voice according to the prescribed formula, namely:

We believe all and everything that our Holy Mother the Roman Church bids us believe. We acknowledge that the most holy Father Innocent X is the universal Pastor of the Church of Christ and our Pastor, and we with our successor’s desire and wish to depend on him in everything; with, however, the addition of these conditions:

First: That it be permitted to us to retain the rite of the Greek Church;

Second: To have a bishop elected by ourselves and confirmed by the Apostolic See;

Third: To have free enjoyment of ecclesiastical immunities.

To these the most Reverend bishop acceded without difficulty. The whole of this, too, the most Illustrious Benedict Kisdi, Bishop of Eger, with his Vicar General, and the Reverend Father Thomas Jaszbereny, religious of the Society of Jesus, being present ratified in the year one thousand six hundred and forty-eight. This business of ours received very great support from the paternal solicitude both of the Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Primate of Hungary George Lippay, Archbishop of Esztergom, twice invoked by us through a mission undertaken by the aforesaid Reverend Basilian Fathers, and of the Most Reverend Bishop of Vacz, Matthias Tarnoczy also, to both of whom we are for ever obliged.

Bringing these events before the notice of Your Holiness we unanimously and humbly beg Your paternal benediction, the advance of our cause and the confirmation of the Most Reverend father Peter Parthenius elected by us as bishop.

In Uzhorod, in the year one thousand six hundred and fifty-two, the fifteenth day of January.

The most humble servants of Your Holiness, priest of the Greek rite,

Alexius Ladomersky, archdeacon of Makovica

Stephen Andrejov, archdeacon of Spis

Gregory Hostovicky, archdeacon of Humenne

Stephen, archdeacon of Seredne

Daniel Ivanovic, archdeacon of Uz

Alexius Filipovic, archdeacon of Stropkov

From The Union of Uzhorod by Michael Lacko, SJ Published by the Slovak Institute, Cleveland-Rome, 1976, Pages 107-109

Let us pray daily for the return of all separated Eastern Christians to the Catholic Church, outside of which no one at all is saved.

Originally posted 1/11/2017

Real Love Is Demanding

January 16, 2018


Real love is demanding. I would fail in my mission if I did not clearly tell you so. For it was Jesus—our Jesus Himself—who said: “You are My friends if you do what I command you” (Jn 15:14). Love demands effort and a personal commitment to the will of God. It means discipline and sacrifice, but it also means joy and human fulfillment.

Pope St. John Paul II, Homily in Boston on October 1, 1979


Originally posted 12/12/2017

Go to Mass

January 14, 2018

“Behold, now is the acceptable time;

behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).


Originally posted 12/17/2017


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Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe!

January 13, 2018

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas, pray for us!

More information about the miracles of Our Lady of Guadalupe via Sensus Fidelium: https://youtu.be/6cFWWOH185Q


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