BETH AND THE TRIDENTINE MASS

11 February 2015

Today Beth visited the immaculately clean, Espinoza Ranch stables where a few horses were being groomed, the tack saddle soaped and silver ornaments polished. It had a nice, fresh smell of drying grass. Beth noticed a beautiful photograph of Isabella when she was quite young, with her father, in their bright Escaramuza costumes. There was another photograph of the girls circling their horses in unison. Isabella appeared from the tack room and smiled. “Hi. You look nice,” she said, noticing Beth’s skirt. Then the girls were off on another adventure. They skipped down to the creek to catch pollywogs.
 
The path was steep, so they stepped carefully past jutting gray rocks, grasping thick clumps of lush river grass, to keep their balance. It was nice to have a private stretch of creek flowing through the ranch. The water was clear, with pebbles of pale colors-gold, sand and jade green, seen as through an old, wavy pane of glass. Brown marbles with wiggly tails shot from rock shadows across pebbled stream bed.
 
The girls had brought glass jars with them to capture the skittery amphibians. They took off their sandals and tied their flowing skirts just above their knees at the side. Then they waded in the water and stood still, a short distance from each other. Soon the tadpoles grew brave and swam between the girls. A few nibbled at these strange pillars invading their watery abode.
 
Beth scooped up a large tadpole. Then Isabella scooped up two small ones. Adding some moss to the jars, the girls replaced the lids, stepped onto the sandy bank, untied their skirts, put on their sandals, and walked home from the willow lined water.
 
On the way back, Isabella asked, “Did you ask your parents if you could come to Mass with me?” “Yes, and they said I could, just this once,” Beth said. “Oh good,” Isabella beamed. “My father said he could pick you up at your house. We should be there at 9 am tomorrow.
 
A now tamed (well, half tamed!) Beth, dressed in her little peach colored suit, which her mother had sewn for her, with the slightly puffed sleeved jacket and a soft A-lined skirt. She had a turquoise, silk scarf in a little poof tied at her neck. As they arrived at the pretty church, Isabella brought out a beautiful, lacy, cream colored mantilla and arranged it on Beth’s head with a little white comb. Isabella had a lovely bright white lacy mantilla that fell to her waist, secured with a tortoise shell comb. It complemented her white dress with the pink waist band.
 
As soon as Beth entered the Church, she noticed everyone dipping their fingers in a little bowl of water, kneeling and making a sort of sign. She wondered what she should do. Mrs. Espinoza whispered, “You are our guest. You are not expected to do anything but sit and listen”. It smelled nice in the church. The chanting was comforting. A soft glow seemed to radiate throughout that place. Beth grew quite comfortable, enjoying the music and strange words for a time.
 
All of a sudden, the row of people in front of her got up and started leaving! Then the Espinoza family, filling the row, stood up. Beth wondered where everyone was going and stood up to follow. Mrs. Espinoza leaned over and whispered gently and kindly, “No, Beth. You may not come with us. We are going up to the Altar and only Catholics may come”. Beth felt very deserted and flushed with embarrassment. Noticing Beth’s look of consternation, Mrs. Espinoza whispered, “Don’t worry. We will come back in a few minutes. We won’t leave you alone.”
 
Beth sat down. The pew was now empty. She felt so alone! “Strange,” she thought, “I usually like being alone.” She looked past the rows of people in the pews in front of her, but she couldn’t see Isabella or her family. She longed to be with them and had never felt such a deep longing before. What were they going to this “Altar” for? What was there? She sighed, resigned to just wait and not be foolish. It was only a short wait.
 
She closed her eyes, deciding to just enjoy the atmosphere. As she opened her eyes and gazed, she saw the most beautiful stained glass window past many glowing candles. She had not noticed the candles and window before. Now two figures seemed to come out of the most brilliant ultramarine blue and ruby red glass panels. A man seen from the waist up with a beard and long brown hair and soft brown eyes, seemed to move forward, like a royal, living person. A red glow seemed to move and pulsate in his chest, beating, very etheric and pure A lady was beside him, resembling the man somewhat in features, yet softer and very womanly and as a gracious, kind yet noble lady. She too moved forward, beside and with him, as a living person, also with a glowing red pulsar at her chest. Colors of blue, gold and ruby with turquoise, little flames of yellow and other glints of color animated the scene. It was the most remarkable stained glass window Beth had ever seen. She wondered if these were Saints.
Then the Espinoza family filed back. Beth hardly noticed them and sat in a golden, rosy glow until it was time to leave. As they started to leave the pew, towards the back entrance, Beth wanted terribly to see the stained glass window close up. She suddenly turned away from the family and, against all the people leaving the church, she weaved past them to a railing. She looked intently, but she did not see the window! She only saw a white wall past ordinary candles on a rather ordinary shelf. They must have extinguished the other candles and taken them away. “So quickly!” thought Beth. She looked to the left. Maybe it was in a side aisle and was reflected at the back which would explain its motion on the wall.
 
Isabella was right after her and took her by the hand, firmly. “What are you doing? We leave by the same way we came in!” Beth said, “I’m looking for the stained glass window. It’s so beautiful. Where is it?” Isabella just looked at her, incredulous. “It must be in the side aisle and reflected on the wall. Where is the entrance to the side aisle? There must be pillars there to go past. Where are the pillars? The people must be covering them, there are so many people.” Isabella said very firmly, “There is no side aisle! There is no stained glass window reflecting on the wall behind the altar!” Come on with me! She held Beth’s hand very strongly and pulled her puzzled friend out of the church.
 
Back at Isabella’s home, refreshments were served. Beth wandered into Isabella’s room, still wondering that no one knew where the stained glass window was. Then she saw a small card, flat, on Isabella’s dresser. It looked kind of like the two people in the window, but very painted, pale and pasty. Hardly real at all.
 
Isabella came in with a stern look on her face and sat on her ruffled bed under the canopy. “Now,” she said, “tell me exactly what you saw!” When Beth described the two people, Isabella’s eyes expanded into shock, then grew moist, tears forming in big droplets, falling on her flushed cheeks. “Mama!” she cried out, running from the room. Beth looked in wonderment after her friend. What did she do wrong? She heard Isabella down the hall, crying with anger. She had never seen her friend angry before, not ever! Not composed Isabella! Isabella cried out to her mother, “How can she see Them? Why her? I pray every day to Our Lady, longing for Her to appear to me! She’s never even been to Mass before and She appears to her with Him!!” Sobs followed. Beth was so sad. She was so sad for her friend, tears formed. She must have done a terrible thing. She still felt that gold glow, but was hurting for her friend and quite confused.
 
She heard Mamacita speaking softly to Isabella. Soon Isabella stopped crying. She spoke softly to her mother. Then she walked slowly into her bedroom where Beth was sitting on the vanity chair. Beth said, “I’m so sorry I ran to the altar and that you didn’t see the stained glass. Maybe we should go back to the church and look for it.” Isabella smiled understandingly. She said, “No, Beth. It was a vision of Our Lord Jesus and Our Lady Mary and their Sacred and Immaculate Hearts and it was meant for you. I did not have it because I have Mass every Sunday, every day if I like, and my Rosary. You don’t have these things so you need this vision to be with you until you can. I’m happy that you have it.”
 
Beth felt very relieved. Then Mrs. Espinoza came in and asked Beth to tell her what she saw. Beth did and Mrs. Espinoza said, “Well, Beth, I feel that it will be a long time for you because of your circumstances. Your parents have only allowed you one Mass and you must obey your parents. However,” and then Mrs. Espinoza looked very seriously into Beth’s eyes, “Our Lady Always Triumphs!”
 
It seemed as if these words seared an indelible impression into Beth’s heart and she treasured them, remembering a distant sentence heard as a small child. Mary had kept things secret in her own heart. She would keep this a secret in hers. Then she got up and everything was normal. Yet, she always remembered this vision when life’s troubles came and it always calmed her.
 
To be continued….
 
God bless,
Bernadette
 

Photo #1 Escaramuza father-daughter. #2 Escaramuza #3 Veils #4 Latin Mass.
 

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Beth (short for Elizabeth) loved horses and would walk for a long time in the country just to see them and pet them over fences as she walked alongside pastures. She loved their soft, pink noses and warm breath through their sensitive nostrils. They seemed to like her as well. Her friend was named Isabella. Instantly they had felt a rapport with one another when they met at school, because they both were named after St. Elizabeth, Our Lady’s cousin and the mother of St. John the Baptist. Beth was a New Ager and Isabella was a Catholic.
 
Beth was a “tomboy”, which meant that she had a mother that loved freedom and even a little rebellion. Her mother loved modern things like inventive architecture and formal, straight lined, modern style. She had one flower arrangement in a simple vase on the coffee table in the living room, elegantly arranged. The color scheme was beige with turquoise blue accents. She usually wore a blue housedress. Her paintings were semi-abstract. Beth’s room was very simple, with furniture of nice wood, in straight lines and a white chenille bed spread with blue accents and a couple of green, large leaved plants.
 
Isabella’s mother loved having statues of the saints in her home, lots of flowers and comfortable Colonial looking furniture, some of it carved, with some Mexican vases about and paintings of Mission Style scenes. The color scheme was a warm stucco, with reds, oranges and yellows splashed about. Isabella’s room had a vanity with a rounded mirror and pink chiffon ruffles, a canopy over her bed, also with pink ruffles and white ruffles on her window curtains. A pearl rosary hung from a hook alongside the mirror with a statue of Our Lady and a brilliant picture of Our Lord and Our Lady. Several small vases of delicate bright flowers were set about.
 
Whenever Beth had the chance, she would change into blue jeans that usually had holes in the knees, and do daring things, like walk the neighbor’s fences to go to her friend’s house and play King of the Mountain with the neighbor boys, which usually ended up in a grass fight. Her mother looked doubtful as to the extent of this freedom when she faced a grass stained, bruised kneed and mud bedecked young teenager with mussed pony tail swaying, coming in the door barely in time to wash for dinner! All seemed resolved as the family sat at dinner in quiet, well-scrubbed, neatly combed and clean clothed formality, of a rare “children should be seen and not heard” rule unusual for our day. The wildness ended inside the home!
 
One wonders how a friendship could have developed between this wild Viking type and the luminous eyed, gentile, entirely lady-like, feminine, always poised, patient and somewhat bemused dark haired, dark eyed Hispanic of Mexican descent! Isabella was never critical and Beth always was!
 
After a while of observing Isabella, Beth started feeling badly. You see, Beth hated to lose. She competed in Quarter Horse competition for cowgirls. It was hard to be strong and not show disappointment if one did not come in first in barrel racing. The competition against the other girls was intense. Why did she feel that she was working against herself? She was not even competing with Isabella, which is one reason why the friendship worked. Why then, did she feel like she was losing!
 
Beth loved her mother very much, and her two older brothers. Her mother was a great companion and a wise and talented teacher whom she loved dearly. She seemed a dignified lady, traditional in morals, supportive of her father and helpful in his business, with good homemaking skills; yet she also seemed quite hard and dedicated to freedom. Perhaps her need for creative femininity was not understood and she was unfairly oppressed somewhat, as she seemed to always have to fight in order to do the oil paintings she so loved. She sought answers to this in the New Age and that strange Utopian hope.
 
Isabella’s mother was quite different. Beth was always welcome in her friend’s home for a cup of Mexican chocolate. The aroma of corn based dishes filled the kitchen. There were always children playing, the older ones watching them automatically. Mrs. Espinoza loved to paint decorative vases as gifts for her friends. She also painted small scenes of Saints as gifts. She was always encouraged in this creativity. After a time, Beth began dressing in flowered pants, and then even a skirt, when she came to visit, as the games were gentle, and jeans seemed crass and uncomfortable in that home.
 
One day Isabella invited her to The Dancing of the Horses. She said, “Oh, let’s dress up! We can both wear peasant blouses and ruffled skirts with combs in our hair! We can be the opposite twins! I’ll dress in the green along with my companions, and you may borrow my yellow skirt! Beth liked that idea, and laughing, they dressed up. Isabella brushed Beth’s blond hair into curls, tied with a yellow flower, and set a fine straw hat on. Then Beth brushed Isabella’s dark locks, tied with an emerald green flower, and placed a similar hat or sombrero on her. A few sprays of perfume and the two companions walked arm in arm to the waiting car and went off with Mr.& Mrs. Espinoza to the horse arena.
 
At the stables, immediately Beth was astonished. What kind of a saddle was this? Isabella laughed. She demonstrated how a lady sat side saddle. All Beth could do was watch in amazement. How could one possible stay on the horse in one of these! Mr. Espinoza gently guided Isabella in guiding the horse, gazing pleased at his graceful daughter, riding obediently and beautifully. Soon she was off with the other girls, full ruffled skirts flowing over long tailed horses, galloping and turning. Beth was thrilled at the control and strength they displayed. The firm and disciplined riding revealed a refinement and graciousness never to be found in the rough, aggressive life of a cowgirl, Beth realized. She became enchanted, falling in love with Escarmuza. Oh, she wanted to learn this kind of riding! The horses responded so well to the light touch of the girls. Horses often prefer girls and ladies to the men, as they treat their gentle mouths so tenderly, exerting only the pressure necessary to guide the horse and give it their commands.
 
Feelings like steady breezes were lightening Beth’s awareness. Maybe being a bruise kneed cowgirl in tight stiff blue jeans was not so great after all! The skirt and petticoat felt so much nicer and more comfortable and she enjoyed feeling modest and pretty. And the fathers looked with such a balance of humility and appropriate pride at their young daughters! They both looked so happy with each other! Beth often felt conflict with her own father, as if she had to compete with him. That did not feel so good. These fathers and daughters complimented each other. It resulted in an elevated dance of horses and young ladies, and continuity of family customs.
 
The brilliant white ruffles with emerald green bands swirled and twirled; shinning coated horses cantering in smooth circles past a blur of benches, now suddenly changing direction, now passing in opposite direction, a sudden power stop here, a vigorous rear there. All the while the young ladies, the senoritas, maintained complete poise and displayed a feminine strength of a lovely union of horse and rider in complete balance. Certainly each senorita displayed individual skill, however, the consciousness was very much on the pageant as a whole, each girl riding to enhance their companions, rather than competing with or fighting against each other.
 
After the show, Isabella’s father helped Beth to mount the horse side saddle. He patiently walked her around a nearby paddock, then let her trot by herself and even do a figure eight all by herself. He talked to her and suggested a few things to help her with her balance: such as keep your hands in a straight line with your forearms and your back straight. Then he smiled and said that she had done very well for the first time in riding side saddle. Beth knew she had a long way to go, however, she was happy to begin, and felt how natural this kind of riding was for her. She did not feel like fighting with Mr. Espinoza, a situation for her to get used to! It both surprised and pleased her.
 
Later in the day, the two families joined each other in a meadow beside Mr. Espinoza’s horse pasture for an afternoon picnic supper. Gently, Isabella calmly, quietly and a little shyly, asked if Beth would like to come and experience Latin Chant at Mass in the morning. There was no pressure, merely a cordial invitation. Beth thought a moment, and then decided why not? After all, she had had such a pleasant surprise in experiencing Esperanza. Would not, perhaps, this strange Chant also open a new world of something graceful to her? She was encouraged to try and she trusted Isabella. Her parents, being the broad minded New Agers that they were, had no objection to any religion. They were actually a little relieved to see Beth consign her hole in the knees blue jeans to the waste can, as they were beginning to worry a little about her and were at a bit of a loss as to what to do about it! They liked Isabella’s confidence and were hoping a little would wear off on Beth! Besides, how can one go wrong with another friend also named after St. Elizabeth?
 
To be continued.

 
God Bless,
Bernadette
 
 
Photo #1 print from 1200’s AD
#2 painting from 1400’s AD
#3 1700’s AD
#4 contemporary arena
 
In the English tradition. The relaxed, pleased smile of this very sophisticated and elegant lady shows how natural it is for a lady to ride sidesaddle. The beautifully bred horse seems equally pleased and happy to do its best to show itself and the rider to best advantage.

 
 

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Bishop Sheen Humour #1

4 February 2015

There are these three men who return to their high rise
New York hotel in a power blackout. The manager offers to make
up beds in the foyer so they won’t have to climb 45 floors to their
rooms.
 
They assure him it’s all right, saying, “Harry will sing
songs for the first fifteen stories to help pass the time, then Joe
will tell funny stories for the next fifteen stories, and Gus will tell
sad stories for the last fifteen.” So off they go.
 
Harry sings for the first fifteen stories. No problem.
 
Then Joe takes over and tells funny stories for the middle fifteen. Time
goes pretty fast. Then it’s Gus’ turn.
 
“OK, Gus, it’s your turn” the other two yell out. “What’s
your first sad story”.
 
“I forgot the key”.

  

A Bishop Sheen Fan

  

Free Catholic Audiobooks

3 February 2015

“Unbrandable” sent us two excellent lists of free Catholic audiobooks (many of which are also available as pdf files) available for downloading. I have merged them together into one list. As she says:
  

 

On the website www.archive.org you can have access to many free audiobooks read by volunteers. Type in the title you are looking for and choose “audio” as the category.
 
Here is a list of Catholic audiobooks that I’ve found so far on that site:
 
SPIRITUAL READING
 
Consoling Thoughts of Saint Francis de Sales – Fr. Jean-Joseph Huguet
A Year with The Saints – Anonymous
An Introduction to the Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales
On the Love of God – St. Francis de Sales
The Imitation of Christ – St. Thomas a Kempis
The Seven Words of the Cross –St. Robert Bellarmine
The Interior Castle – St. Teresa of Avila
The Way of Perfection – St. Teresa of Avila
The Book of Foundations – St. Teresa of Avila
The Endowments of Man – Archbishop Ullathorne
The Groundwork of the Christian Virtues – Archbishop Ullathorne
Christian Patience – Archbishop Ullathorne
Summa Theologica – St. Thomas Aquinas
Light and Peace – Quadrapani
Treatise on Purgatory – St. Catherine of Genoa
Spiritual Dialogue – St. Catherine of Genoa
Sin and Its Consequences – H.E. Manning
The Love of Jesus to Penitents – H.E. Manning
The Story of a Soul – St. Therese of Lisieux
Kindness – Father Faber
Apologia Pro Vita Sua – John Henry Newman
Prayer: Its Necessity, Its Power, Its Conditions – Fr. Girardey
On Piety – Fr. Jean Guibert
On the Exercises of Piety – Fr. Jean Guibert
The Friendship of Christ – Robert Hugh Benson
Confessions of a Convert – Robert Hugh Benson
The Faith of Our Fathers – Cardinal Gibbons
The Revelations of Divine Love – Julian of Norwich
The Marvels of Divine Grace – Alice Lady Lovat
Pastoral Care – St. Gregory the Great
The Dark Night of the Soul – St. John of the Cross
The Ascent of Mount Carmel – St. John of the Cross
The Art of Dying Well – St. Robert Bellarmine
On Prayer – Origen
The Rule of St. Benedict – St. Benedict of Nursia
The Confessions of St. Augustine – St. Augustine
The City of God – St. Augustine
The Book of Divine Consolation – Blessed Angela of Foligno
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Anne Catherine Emmerich
The Cloud Of Unknowing – Anonymous
On Loving God – St. Bernard of Clairvaux )On Union with God – Blessed Albert the Great
Fraternal Charity – Fr. Benoit Valuy
Baltimore Catechism #2
Flowers from the Garden of St. Francis of Assisi for Everyday of the year – Anonymous
A Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin – St. Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort
The Glories of Mary – St. Alphonsus Liguori
The Sign of the Cross in the Nineteenth Century – Jean Joseph Gaume
The Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence
Spiritual Maxims – Brother Lawrence
A Story of Love – Francis Cassilly
Sermons of Leo the Great – St. Leo the Great
The Relations of Saint Teresa of Avila – St. Teresa of Avila
Conceptions of Divine Love – St. Teresa of Avila
Commentary on Galatians – St. John Chrysostom
The Sermon on the Mount: Commentary – St. John Chrysostom
The Birth, Temptation and Early Ministry of Jesus Christ: Commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew – St. John Chrysostom
The Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII
 

 
II)LIVES OF THE SAINTS AND CATHOLIC BIOGRAPHY
 
The Life of St. Antony of Egypt – St. Athanasius
St. Francis of Assisi – Johannes Jorgensen
The Wonder Worker of Padua – Charles Warren Stoddard
The Lepers of Molokai – Charles Warren Stoddard
The Life and Doctrine of St. Catherine of Genoa
The Life of St. Augustine – St. Possidius
St. Charles Borromeo – Louise M. Stacpoole-Kenny
The Life of St. Teresa
The life of St. Macrina – St. Gregory of Nyssa
The Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola – St.Ignatius
Garcia Moreno, President of Ecuador: 1821-1875 – Augustine Berthe
The First American Sister of Charity: Elizabeth Bayley Seton – John Clement Reville
Lives of the Saints with Reflections for Everday of the Year – Rev. Butler
On the Life of St. Martin of Tours – St. Sulpicius Severus
Saint Athanasius: The Father of Orthodoxy – Francis A. Forbes
The Life of Saint Monica – Francis Alice Forbes
Life of St. Vincent de Paul – Francis Alice Forbes
The Life of St. Teresa – Francis Alice Forbes
Pope Pius X – Francis Alice Forbes
The Life of Saint Columba Apostle of Scotland – Francis Alice Forbes
For Greater Things: The Story of St. Stanislaus Kostka – William T. Kane

  

III)CATHOLIC LITERATURE
 
In Our Convent Days – Agnes Repplier
Come Rack! Come Rope! – Robert Hugh Benson
Lord of the World – Robert Hugh Benson
Fabiola – Cardinal Wiseman
Utopia – St. Thomas More
Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation – St. Thomas More
Clouds Cover the Campus – Daniel A. Lord
Murder in the Sacristy – Daniel A. Lord
Red Arrows in the Night – Daniel A. Lord
Sister Simon’s Murder Case – Margaret Ann Hubbard
Murder Takes the Veil – Margaret Ann Hubbard
Murder at St. Dennis – Margaret Ann Hubbard
The Dawn of All – Robert Hugh Benson
God Goes to Murderer’s Row – Rev. M. Raymond

  
IV)AUDIOBOOKS FOR CHILDREN
 
Knight of Molokai – Eva K. Betz
The Man Who Fought the Devil – Eva K. Betz
Priest on Horseback – Eva K. Betz
Yankee at Molokai – Eva K. Betz
The Quiet Flame – Eva K. Betz
In God’s Garden (lives of the Saints) – Amy Steedman
God’s Troubadour: The Story of St. Francis of Assisi – Sophie Jewett
Outlaws of Ravenhurst – Sister Imelda Wallace S.L.
A Crown for Joanna – Sister Mary Jane Dorcy
Tom Playfair – Fr. Francis Finn
His First and Last Appearance – Fr. Francis Finn
The Fairy of the Snows – Fr. Francis Finn
But Thy Love and Thy Grace – Fr. Francis Finn
Killgloom Park – Neil Boyton
A Candle for Our Lady – Regina Hunt
First Communion Days – A Sister of Notre Dame
True Stories for First Communicants – A Sister of Notre Dame
Eddie of Jackson’s Gang – Brother Ernest
Just Stories – Rev. Winfrid Herbst
Tell Us Another – Rev. Winfrid Herbst
Angel Food for Jack and Jill – Rev. Gerald T. Brennan
Angel Food Time – Rev. Gerald T. Brennan
Just For Juniors – Rev. Gerald T. Brennan
Going His Way – Rev. Gerald T. Brennan
For Heaven’s Sake – Rev. Gerald T. Brennan
The Ghost of Kingdom Come – Rev. Gerald T. Brennan
Sunday Morning Storyland – Rev. Wilfrid Diamond
Good Morning Boys and Girls – Rev. Hosty
Wopsy: The Adventures of a Guardian Angel – Gerard F. Scriven
My Bible History: Old Testament – Rev. Louis Laravoire Morrow
My Bible History: New Testament – Rev. Louis Laravoire Morrow
God Died at Three O’Clock – Rev. Gerald T. Brennan
The Man Who Dared a King – Rev. Gerald T. Brennan
Angel Food: Little Talks to Little Folks – Rev. Gerald T. Brennan
That Office Boy – Francis Finn
Jesus of Nazareth: The Story of His Life Simply Told – Mother Mary Loyola
Stories from God’s Holy Book – Josephine Looney
Countdown – Kurt Becker S. J.
The Basket of Flowers – Christoph von Schmid
Captain Ted – Mary T. Waggaman
Stories for God’s Little Ones – Father John Koenig
The Adventures of Tommy Blake – Brother Ernest
  

IV)G.K. CHESTERTON
 
Orthodoxy
What’s Wrong with the World
The Wisdom of Father Brown
The Innocence of Father Brown
Tremendous Trifles
The Man Who Was Thursday
The Ballad of the White Horse
The Club of Queer Trades
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Flying Inn
The Defendant
Heretics
The Ball and the Cross
Alarms and Discursions
Wine, Water and Song
All Things Considered
The Donkey
The Nightmare
Poems
Robert Browning
What I Saw in America
Manalive
The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Varied Types
Eugenics and Other Evils
The New Jerusalem
A Short History of England
A Miscellany of Men
The Song Against Songs
George Bernard Shaw
The Tree of Pride
The Appetite of Tyranny
A Utopia of Userers
Irish Impressions
The Appreciations and the Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens
The Crimes of England
Charles Dickens
The Superstition of Divorce
Lord Kitchener
Lepanto
The Ballad of St. Barbara and Other Verses
The Everlasting Man
Christmas
Miscelleneous Essays
Wit and Wisdom of Chesterton
A Chesterton Calendar

  

V)Hilaire Belloc
 
The French Revolution
Europe and the Faith
The Servile State
The Free Press
On the Pleasure of Taking Up One’s Time
This, That and the Other
First and Last
On Something
On Nothing and Kindred Spirits
On Anything
The Great Inquiry
The Eye Witness
The Path to Rome
The Jews
Warfare in England
The Historic Thames
The House of Commons and Monarchy
The Party System
A General Sketch of the European War – The Second Phase
The Old Road
Hills and the Sea
The Last Days of the French Monarchy
A Moral Alphabet – found in Children’s Short Works, Vol. 007
Cautionary Tales for Children – found in Children’s Short Works, Vol. 006
The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts – found in Children’s Short Works, Vol. 014
More Beasts for Worse Children – found in Children’s Short Works, Vol. 014
  

VI) Additional Books
 
The Thirteenth Greatest of Centuries – James Joseph Walsh
History of the Catholic Church from the Renaissance to the French Revolution: Volume 1 – Rev. James MacCaffrey
History of the Catholic Church from the Renaissance to the French Revolution: Volume 2 – Rev. James MacCaffrey
Ecclesiastical History of England – The Venerable Bede

  

The Venerable Bede
   

Thank you “Unbrandable”!
 

 

Pax et Bonum, in the Union of Prayer,

 

Brother Joseph TOSF

  

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Lourdes 2]

 

Opening Prayer (repeat each day)
 
Be blessed, O most pure Virgin, for having vouchsafed to manifest thy shining glory with life, sweetness and beauty, in the Grotto of Lourdes, saying to the child, St. Bernadette: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” A thousand times we praise thee for thine Immaculate Conception. And now, O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Infirm, Refuge of Sinners, Comforter of the Afflicted, thou knowest our wants, our troubles, and our sufferings; deign to cast upon us thy look of mercy.
 
By appearing in the grotto of Lourdes, thou wast pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, from whence thou dost dispense thy favors, and already many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and physical. We come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore thy maternal affection, and intercession. Obtain for us, O loving Mother, the request we beseech of thee…
 
(state thy request)
 
Through gratitude for thy favors, we will endeavor to imitate thy virtues, that we may one day share thy glory. O Queen of Heaven.
 
O Mary Immaculate, O Mother of Christ, thine influence was plentitudinous with thy Divine Son, while still upon earth. Do thou shine forth thine influence ever present in Heaven. Pray for us, and obtain for us from thy Divine Son our special request, if it be His Will. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 
DAY: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE
 
DAY ONE
 
O Mary Immaculate, O Sovereign Grace, Virgin and Mother, and Queen of Heaven, chosen from all eternity to be the Mother of the Eternal Word and by that virtue, preserved from Original Sin, we kneel before thee as did little Bernadette at Lourdes and pray with childlike trust in thee, that as we contemplate thy glorious appearance there, thou wilt look with mercy on our present petition, and secure for us a favorable answer to the request for which we offer this novena.
 
(again state thy request)
 
O Brilliant star of purity, O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in thine Assumption, triumphant in thy Coronation, show unto us thy mercy, O Virgin Mary, O Queen of Heaven and Our Mother, and be our comfort, our hope, our strength, and our consolation. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 
DAY TWO
 
Blessed be thee, O most pure Virgin, for having vouchsafed to manifest thyself shining with light, sweetness and beauty, in the Grotto of Lourdes, saying to the child Saint Bernadette: “I am the Immaculate Conception!” O Mary Immaculate, inflame our hearts with one ray of the burning love of thy pure heart. Let them be consumed with love for Jesus and for thee, in order that we may merit one day to enjoy thy glorious eternity. O Mediatrix of All Graces here below, take into thy keeping, and present to thy Divine Son, the intention with which we are offer this novena.
 
(again state thy request)
 
O Brilliant star of purity, O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in thine Assumption, triumphant in thy Coronation, show unto us thy mercy, O Virgin Mary, O Queen of Heaven and Our Mother, and be our comfort, our hope, our strength, and our consolation. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 
DAY THREE
 
“Thou art all fair, O Mary, and there is in thee no stain of original sin.” O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. O brilliant Star of Sanctity, as on that lovely day, upon the rough hewn rocks at Lourdes, when thou didst speak to the child Bernadette, and a fountain broke from the plain earth, and miracles happened, and the great shrine of Lourdes began, do now, we beseech thee, hear our fervent prayer and likewise obtain for us the fulfilment of the intention we now so earnestly seek.
 
(again state thy request)
 
O Brilliant star of purity, O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in thine Assumption, triumphant in thy Coronation, show unto us thy mercy, O Virgin Mary, O Queen of Heaven and Our Mother, and be our comfort, our hope, our strength, and our consolation. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 
DAY FOUR
 
O Immaculate Queen of Heaven, we thy wayward, erring children, join our unworthy prayers of praise and thanksgiving to those of the Angels and Saints, and thine own, that the One, Holy, and Undivided Trinity may be glorified on earth, as They are in Heaven.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, as thou didst look down with love and mercy upon Bernadette as she prayed her Rosary in the grotto, look down now, we beseech thee, with love and mercy upon us. From the abundance of graces granted to thee by thy Divine Son, O Mother of God, grant to each of us all that thy motherly heart sees we need, and at this moment, look with special favor on the intention for which we offer this novena.
 
(again state thy request)
 
O Brilliant star of purity, O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in thine Assumption, triumphant in thy Coronation, show unto us thy mercy, O Virgin Mary, O Queen of Heaven and Our Mother, and be our comfort, our hope, our strength, and our consolation. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 
DAY FIVE
 
O Mary Immaculate, Mother of God and our mother, from the heights of thy dignity, look down mercifully upon us while we, full of confidence in thy unbounded goodness, and confident that thy Divine Son will look favorably upon any request thou makest of Him in our behalf, we beseech thee to come to our aid, and secure for us the intention for which we offer this novena.
 
(again state thy request)
 
O Brilliant star of purity, O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in thine Assumption, triumphant in thy Coronation, show unto us thy mercy, O Virgin Mary, O Queen of Heaven and Our Mother, and be our comfort, our hope, our strength, and our consolation. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 
DAY SIX
 
O glorious Mother of God, so powerful under thy special title of Our Lady of Lourdes, to thee we raise our hearts and hands to implore thy powerful intercession in obtaining from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, and for the special intention for which we so earnestly offer this novena.
 
O Lady of Bernadette, with the stars of heaven in thy hair, and the roses of Earth at thy feet, look with compassion upon us today as thou didst so long ago, on Bernadette, in the Grotto of Lourdes.
 
(again state thy request)
 
O Brilliant star of purity, O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in thine Assumption, triumphant in thy Coronation, show unto us thy mercy, O Virgin Mary, O Queen of Heaven and Our Mother, and be our comfort, our hope, our strength, and our consolation. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 
DAY SEVEN
 
O Almighty God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary did preparest a worthy dwelling place for Thy Son, we humbly beseech Thee, that as we contemplate the apparition of Our Lady in the Grotto of Lourdes, we may be blessed with health of mind and body.
 
O most gracious Mother Mary, O Mother of Our Lord and Redeemer, look down with favor upon us, as thou didst that day on Bernadette, and intercede with Him for us, that the intention we now so earnestly seek, may be granted to us.
 
(again state thy request)
 
O Brilliant star of purity, O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in thine Assumption, triumphant in thy Coronation, show unto us thy mercy, O Virgin Mary, O Queen of Heaven and Our Mother, and be our comfort, our hope, our strength, and our consolation. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 
DAY EIGHT
 
O Immaculate Mother of God, from Heaven itself, thou camest to appear to the little Bernadette, in the rough Grotto of Lourdes! And as Bernadette knelt at thy feet and the miraculous spring burst forth, and as multitudes have knelt ever since before thee in that grotto of Lourdes, O Mother of God, we kneel before thee today to ask that in thy mercy, pleadest thou with thy Divine Son, to grant the special intention for which we offer this novena.
 
(again state thy request)
 
O Brilliant star of purity, O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in thine Assumption, triumphant in thy Coronation, show unto us thy mercy, O Virgin Mary, O Queen of Heaven and Our Mother, and be our comfort, our hope, our strength, and our consolation. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 
DAY NINE
 
O glorious Mother of God, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore thy powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly for the grace of a happy death. O Mother of our Divine Lord, as we conclude this novena for the special favor we seek at this time.
 
(again state thy request)
 
O Immaculate Mary, O Bernadette of Lourdes, we feel animated with confidence that thy prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard. O Mother of Our Lord, through the love thou bearest to Christ Jesus, and for the glory of His Holy Name, hear our prayers, and obtain our petitions.
 
O Brilliant star of purity, O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in thine Assumption, triumphant in thy Coronation, show unto us thy mercy, O Virgin Mary, O Queen of Heaven and Our Mother, and be our comfort, our hope, our strength, and our consolation. Amen.
 
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
 

From a member of the Quebec Resistance
 

We have a new project for the website. The introductory page can be viewed at the top menu and is labelled Y.P.K.C. – it is also available here:
http://www.ecclesiamilitans.com/y-p-k-c/
 
Posts for the new project are encouraged and will be collected at the category on the right (below the picture of ABL) called Young People for the Kingship of Christ, – it is also available here:
http://www.ecclesiamilitans.com/category/ypkc/
 

Musical Guessing Game

1 February 2015

 

 
Above is a composition written by a young Canadian Traditional composer. Can you guess what hymn this original composition is based on?
 

 

The Shortest Way to Perfection

 
“To think, say and do everything for the love of God is the surest and shortest way to perfection. Cardinal Aguirre, O.F.M., writes: ‘To follow this road earnestly and perseveringly will bring man, in whatever state of life he may be, to the summit of Christian perfection in an easy and pleasing manner, and bring him hereafter to a high degree of glory.’” Handbook of the Third Order Secular of St Francis, Fr Gummermann (p 255)