Practice What You Preach

February 7, 2018

Dear young people: by a real Christian life, by the practice of your religion you are called to give witness to your faith. And because actions speak louder than words, you are called to proclaim, by the conduct of your daily lives that you really do believe that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Pope St. John Paul II, Address to High School Students in Madison Square Garden (October 3, 1979)


Originally posted 12/14/2017


Canonizations Are Infallible

January 31, 2018

To suppose that the Church can err in canonizing, is a sin, or is heresy, according to St. Bonaventure, Bellarmine, and others; or at least next door to heresy, according to Suarez, Azorius, Gotti, etc.; because the Sovereign Pontiff, according to St. Thomas, is guided by the infallible influence of the Holy Ghost in an especial way when canonizing the Saints. [Quod. 9, a. 16, ad. 1]

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Prayer: The Great Means of Salvation and Perfection, Part 1, Chapter 1 (


Originally posted 1/2/2018


St. Alphonsus, St. Josemaría, St. Theresa, St. John XXIII, and St. John Paul II, pray for us.

Communion Under One Kind Only

January 30, 2018

Originally posted 1/21/2018

Granted that communion under both kinds (the accidents of bread and of wine) was “customary” from 33-1200, and that communion under one kind (the accidents of bread only) was customary from 1200-1970.

In 1414 Jacob of Mies invented the Utraquist heresy: “Man, in order to be saved, must receive Holy Communion when he wishes and where he wishes, under the forms of bread and wine (sub utraque specie). This … is of Divine precept.”[1] Pope Martin V approved the 1415 definition of the Council of Constance against this heresy (Denzinger 626 at Although the priest celebrating Mass must receive under both kinds, communion under both kinds is not obligatory for the laity.

These reasons can be adduced:

(a) Christ the Lord attributes eternal life to communion under the species of bread alone in John 6:52 and John 6:58; we can receive both Body and Blood by communicating under the species of bread alone (Hay, The Sincere Christian 2:42 <>)

(b) Christ gave communion under one kind (bread alone) to St. Cleopas and the other disciple in Luke 24:30-31 (Hay 2:43)

(c) St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:27 that a sacrilegious communion in one kind makes one “guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord” (Scheeben 2:426); some Protestants, recognizing the force of this, changed “or drink the chalice” to “and drink the chalice”

(d) the Apostles, “as occasion required,” distributed Holy Communion under one kind in Acts 2:42 (Hay 2:44)

(e) “Christ is whole and entire under either kind alone” (Scheeben 2:426)

(f) for example, if at Pentecost the Holy Ghost descended both in the form of fiery tongues and of a dove, the Apostles would not have received two Holy Ghosts or more of the Holy Ghost than they did if under the accidents or appearance of fiery tongues alone (Hay 2:41)

(g) the Church, prior to Jacob of Mies’s statements in 1414, recognized no divine precept binding the laity to receive under both species (Toner)

(h) “numerous instances of communion under one kind alone” in the early centuries of the Church (Scheeben 426), which are mentioned in the Dictionnaire de théologie catholique, ed. Alfred Vacant and Eugene Mangenot (Paris: Letouzey et Ane), vol. 3, 552-572 (pages 276-286 of the PDF file <>)

(i) Matthew 26:27 “Drink ye all of this: This was spoken to the twelve apostles; who were the all then present; and they all drank of it, says St. Mark 14. 23. But it no ways follows from these words spoken to the apostles, that all the faithful are here commanded to drink of the chalice; any more than that all the faithful are commanded to consecrate, offer and administer this sacrament; because Christ upon this same occasion, and at the same time, bid the apostles do so; in these words, St. Luke 22. 19, Do this for a commemoration of me” (Fr. George Leo Haydock footnote from

(j) the danger of spilling the Precious Blood with large congregations (Council of Trent qtd. in Scheeben 2:426)

(k) “if the species of wine were long unconsumed it might turn acid” (ibid.)

(l) scarcity and costliness of wine in certain locales (ibid.)

(m) the aversion of some folks to the taste and smell (accidents of) of wine ()

Consider also that Martin Luther, the Calvinists in France, and the early Anglicans under the formerly Catholic King Henry VIII of England permitted communion under one kind only.[2]

Some object that Pope St. Leo the Great and Pope St. Gelasius insisted on communion under both kinds. Let Archbishop Francis Patrick Kenrick respond:

St. Leo complained of the Manicheans, who abstained from the sacred cup, regarding wine as a production of the evil principle. They also disbelieved the reality of the sufferings of Christ, and were therefore opposed to the receiving of the Blood, which the faithful believed to be given in the mystery. In order to discover and separate them from the faithful, Pope Gelasius ordered that all should receive under both kinds.[3]

If anyone objects, let him hear the words of St. Athanasius: “It is enough merely to answer such things as follows: we are content with the fact that this is not the teaching of the Catholic Church, nor did the fathers hold this” (Letter 59:4 <>).

[1] Fr. Joseph Hughes, “Utraquism,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912 <>

[2] John Milner, The End of Religious Controversy, 242 <>

[3] A Vindication of the Catholic Church (Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1855), 101 <>


What Reward Wilt Thou Have?

January 28, 2018

It is not surprising to read in the biographies of St. Thomas that he was frequently abstracted and in ecstasy. Towards the end of his life the ecstasies became more frequent. On one occasion, at Naples in 1273, after he had completed his treatise on the Eucharist, three of the brethren saw him lifted in ecstasy, and they heard a voice proceeding from the crucifix on the altar, saying “Thou hast written well of me, Thomas; what reward wilt thou have?” Thomas replied, “None other than Thyself, Lord” (Prümmer, op. cit., p. 38). Similar declarations are said to have been made at Orvieto and at Paris.

Fr. Daniel Kennedy, “St. Thomas Aquinas,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 14 (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912) <>.


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Originally posted 1/28/2018

We Need Help!

January 27, 2018

Our need of divine help is as great today as when the great Dominic introduced the use of the Rosary of Mary as a balm for the wounds of his contemporaries.

Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical “Supremi Apostolatus Officio” §7



Originally posted 12/11/2017

Original Sin: Our Just Punishment

January 24, 2018

Originally posted 12/24/2017.

God cannot be charged with injustice in depriving us, on account of the transgression of our first parents, of all the advantages of original justice. No; we are justly chastised by Him. A king, for example, raises one of his subjects to a dignity to which he has no just claim, and tells him that he and his descendants will always enjoy that dignity, in case he continue faithful to Him. The loyalty of this subject is put to the test; the subject becomes guilty of treason, and at once he is deprived of his dignity, and not only he but all his descendants. Is there any injustice in the proceeding of this king with regard to this subject and his descendants? No; in punishment of his infidelity, he and his posterity have been justly deprived of the possessions and honours which had been bestowed upon him. So, too, God, in depriving the posterity of Adam, on account of his infidelity, of the advantages of original justice, has not acted unjustly, for He owed us nothing.

Fr. Patrick Power, Catechism: doctrinal, moral, historical, and liturgical: with answers to the objections drawn from the sciences against religion (London: Burnes and Oates), vol. 1, 8th ed., 221 &lt;;

Saints Adam and Eve, pray for us.

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17 Proofs of the Real Presence

January 21, 2018

Originally posted 12/16/2017


With the gift of faith, we can appreciate at least seventeen means by which “Jesus confirmed His followers in their faith in regard to the Holy Eucharist” – Fr. Michael Müller, one of my favorite authors (lots of his works are at this page) goes into much more detail in the book cited at the end of this post:

1. “The institution of the feast of Corpus Christi” by the Church in 1264

2. Excommunication by the Church of those who denied it, and “preaching and writing in defense of the Real Presence”

3. The angels adore the Eucharist (testimony of St. John Chrysostom, St. Euthymius, St. Anastasius, St. Gudwal, St. Bridget of Sweden, Pope St. Gregory I, St. Oswald, etc.)

4. “Souls in Purgatory” appeared to say they needed Masses to be freed (testimony from Bl. Henry Suso, St. Bernard)

5. Children proclaimed the Real Presence (like St. Jane Frances de Chantal when she was five)

6. Satan proclaimed the Real Presence during public exorcisms of Nicole Aubrey in Laon, France, which ended on 2/8/1556

7. Miraculous hosts (Augsburg in 1194)

8. “Supernatural Favors” beyond number obtained by praying to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (Anne de la Fosse in 1725, Emperor Maximilian I of Austria, St. Peter of Alcantara, St. Francis de Sales, Ann Clery of Metz)

9. “Divine chastisements” for those denying or blaspheming the Real Presence (the miserable and sudden deaths of the blasphemer in Edinghausen on 1/5/1807; the impious barber of Turin witnessed by M. Raet, the Lutheran nobleman in Erfurt in 1563; the son of the mayor of Duren in the 1850s, Mrs. H in Massachusetts, one of the pillagers of the Ursuline convent of Charlestown Massachusetts, a scoffer in Rottwell whose damned soul haunted his house after his death, a man in Treves Germany dropping dead right after blaspheming a Eucharistic Procession)

10. “Panic-stricken soldiers” fleeing “in terror” when St. Clare of Assisi held up the Blessed Sacrament

11. “Rays of light issuing from the Sacred Host” (a monk interviewed by John Moschus; in 1453 in Turin; in Favernay in France as related by St. Francis de Sales; Giuseppe and Giovanni Orefice at S. Pietro à Paterno in Naples on 2/18/1772; many instances during the time of the heretic John Wycliffe)

12. “Miraculous Communions” (St. Barbara carrying Communion to St. Stanislaus, St. Michael carrying communion, the miraculous Communion and holy death of Bl. Imelda Lambertini †1333; St. John of Vianney’s parishioners; St. Bonaventure,

13. “Blood issuing from the Sacred Host” (parish church at Vrigne-aux-Bois in 1859; in Bohemia during the time of King Wencelas IV; Peter of Cavenelas, O.S.H.; the hosts stolen by John de Luvain from “the church of St. John the Baptist at Malembeck” in 1369; also you can Google “Eucharistic miracles”)

14. Saints “could detect the Blessed Sacrament even when hidden, and at a distance” (Bl. Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D. †1660; Bl. Ida of Louvain †1300; Cassetus the Carmelite; St. Colette of Corbie, P.C.C.; Juliana the Cistercian nun; St. Francis Borgia; St. Lidwina of Schiedam [also Bl. Margaret of Costello]

15. “Irrational animals proclaim the Real Presence” (the obstinate heretic Bovillus converting after the hungry donkey bowed to the Blessed Sacrament held by St. Anthony of Padua; the sheep that always followed St. Francis of Assisi would kneel at the consecration during Mass; the baker’s untrained dog at Lisbon; the bees building a monstrance around a stolen Host in Germany)

16. The good Lord visibly appearing as a Child or a Man (Bl. Widukind of Westphalia in 804; Thomas Catimpré in Douay; Fr. Plegile; Pope St. Gregory I the Great; Mr. Pollworth who was received into the Church by Fr. Anthony Urbanek in 1848)

17. “The Supernatural Effects of Holy Communion” (the martyrdoms of St. Lawrence, St. Vincent, St. Ignatius of Antioch and many others; the survival on Holy Communion alone by St. Catherine of Siena, a virgin in Rome, St. Nicholas of Flue, St. Liberalis of Athens, and many others): “‘No, no!’ said I to myself with eyes bathed in tears, God alone can make such deep impressions on the soul; God alone can thus absorb our minds and make us forget all creatures; God alone can thus calm the most violent passions; God alone can so change hearts, draw them to Him, and constitute their happiness here below!”[1]

[1] Fr. Michael Müller, C.Ss.R., God the Teacher of Mankind: The Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Penance (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1884), 58-145 &lt;;

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