RORATE CÆLI: Our Lady and the Scapular: The most extraordinary event in English history

The Mother of God and her Divine Son appear to Saint Simon Stock in Cambridge — 767 years ago today, in 1251: has there been any other moment in English history whose consequences have aided so many souls throughout the world achieve and keep holiness, reaching final perseverance? Men and women, made of flesh, need material reminders of the presence of God in their lives — and what could be more profitable than the blessed physical sign that Our Lady’s Mantle covers us at all times, that Her Divine Son keeps watch over us day and night?

fortis pugnantium
furunt bella
tende praesidium

Saint Elias, pray for us!
Saint Simon Stock, pray for us!
Queen of Mount Carmel, pray for us!
Et fidelium animae per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen.

Source: RORATE CÆLI: Our Lady and the Scapular: The most extraordinary event in English history


US Association of Consecrated Virgins stunned by Vatican document


“Shocking to hear from Mother Church that physical virginity may no longer be considered an essential prerequisite for consecration to a life of virginity”

Karen Ervin, Theresa Jordan and Laurie Malashanko pause in prayer before the altar at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit June 24. They were consecrated into the Catholic Church’s order of virgins. (CNS photo/Joel Breidenbach)

The US Association of Consecrated Virgins has said it is “deeply disappointed” at new rules issued by the Vatican that appear to say consecrated virgins need not be virgins.

The group has taken issue with section 88 of the new document, Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, which states: “Thus to have kept her body in perfect continence or to have practiced the virtue of chastity in an exemplary way, while of great importance with regard to the discernment, are not essential prerequisites in the absence of which admittance to consecration is not possible.”

The USACV said it was “shocking to hear from Mother Church that physical virginity may no longer be considered an essential prerequisite for consecration to a life of virginity.”

“The entire tradition of the Church has firmly upheld that a woman must have received the gift of virginity – that is, both material and formal (physical and spiritual) – in order to receive the consecration of virgins,” the association added.

They said that the new rules do not change the prerequisites for consecration as stated in the Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity, which says: “In the case of virgins leading lives in the world it is required that they have never celebrated marriage and that they have not publicly or manifestly lived in a state contrary to chastity.”

Full story at The Catholic Herald.

Source: US Association of Consecrated Virgins stunned by Vatican document

Catholic priest attacked in ‘modern, progressive, tolerant Scotland’

Fifty percent of the country’s ‘hate crimes’ are committed against Catholics.

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Following an attack on a Catholic priest last weekend, the Archbishop of Glasgow will meet with the Scottish government to discuss the anti-Catholic hate crime.

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Source: Catholic priest attacked in ‘modern, progressive, tolerant Scotland’ | News | LifeSite

Commemorating Fatima… 3rd Apparition Today! Vision of Hell!



Fatima: Heaven’s Answer
to a World in Crisis

Dear Friends,

Today, July 13, 2018, we commemorate the 101st anniversary of the 3rd Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.

On this day, Our Lady revealed to the three shepherd children the vision of hell.

According to Sr. Lucia dos Santos, the eldest seer of Fatima, she saw countless “souls in human form” being swayed violently “on every side like sparks in a huge fire.” The souls shrieked and groaned “with pain and despair.”

(John Martin, “Fallen Angels in Hell,” ca. 1841)

Why did Our Lady reveal the Vision of Hell? She did this to encourage you, me, and other faithful Catholics to fight back against a grave crisis that still plagues the world and the Church today and leads countless souls to eternal damnation.

To fight effectively against the crisis, we must understand the root cause.

What is the Root Cause?

It is one thing to treat the symptoms, but if we do not treat the root cause, the crisis will persist and continue to send numerous souls into the fires of hell.

In His Eminence’s lecture, “Fatima: Heaven’s Answer to a World in Crisis,” Cardinal Raymond Burke highlights the root cause: widespread apostasy amongst the laity, priests, and bishops.

To better understand the crisis and help save souls from eternal damnation, click here to watch Cardinal Raymond Burke’s lecture.

How Can You Fight Back against this Crisis?

Do not be discouraged. Cardinal Raymond Burke reminds us that “the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into glory, never ceases to beat with love for us, the children whom her Divine Son gave to her as He was dying upon the cross.”

In His Eminence’s lecture, he explains how Fatima is truly Heaven’s answer to the grave crisis of our time.

To learn more on how you can increase your devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and more effectively help save souls from the fires of hell, click here to watch Cardinal Burke’s lecture.

How Can You Defend True Marriage from the Effects of the Crisis?

Cardinal Raymond Burke will be present later this year in Dallas, Texas, from November 2 – 4, at the Catholic Action Summit 2018 for Marriage: the Cradle of the Family.

Through his keynote address, His Eminence will help you and your family counteract the rampant assaults on True Marriage and the Family.

His Eminence will also be accompanied by other expert Catholic Speakers fighting on the front-lines against anti-Christian ideologies, like Charles LiMandri, religious freedom lawyer and defense attorney of David Delaiden against Planned Parenthood, and Judie Brown, Founder of the first Pro-Life Organization in the United States.

To meet His Eminence and learn how you can fight effectively in the battle for Marriage and the Family, click here or the image below.

Don’t Miss Out.

I look forward to seeing you, your family, and your friends at this auspicious event.

May the Holy Family bless you and your loved ones, giving you every grace needed during these challenging times.

Yours sincerely in Jesus and Mary,

Thomas J. McKenna,
Founder and President

Catholic Action For Faith And Family · PO Box 910308, San Diego, CA 92191-0308, United States

Saint Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Vocations

Holy and provident Father, You are the Lord of the vineyard and the harvest and You give each a just reward for their work. In your design of love, You call men and women to work with You for the salvation of the world. We thank You for Jesus Christ, your living word, who has redeemed us from our sins and

is among us to assist us in our poverty. Guide the flock to which You have promised possession of the kingdom. Send new workers into your harvest and set in the hearts of pastors faithfulness to your plan of salvation, perseverance in their vocation and holiness of life.

Christ Jesus, who on the shores of the Sea of Galilee called the Apostles and made them the foundation of the Church and bearers of your Gospel, in our day, sustain your people on its journey. Give courage to those whom You call to follow You in the priesthood and the consecrated life, so that they may enrich God’s field with wisdom of your Word. Make them docile instruments of your love in everyday service of their brothers and sisters.

Spirit of holiness, who pour out your gifts on all believers and, especially, on those called to be Christ’s ministers, help young people to discover the beauty of the divine call. Teach them the true way of prayer, which is nourished by the Word of God. Help them to read the signs of the times, so as to be faithful interpreters of your Gospel and bearers of salvation.

Mary, Virgin who listened and Virgin of the Word of God made flesh in your womb, help us to be open to the Word of the Lord, so that, having been welcomed and meditated upon, it may grow in our hearts. Help us to live like You the beatitudes of believers and to dedicate ourselves with unceasing charity to evangelizing all those who seek your Son. Grant that we may serve every person, becoming servants of the Word we have heard, so that remaining faithful to it we may find our happiness in living it.

Source: Da Mihi Animas: Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Vocations

Mary appears to a Protestant

In response to a letter by the Protestant pastor Michel Leplay published in the French newspaper La Croix of March 22, 2018, which contained this affirmation: “As far as I know, Mary has never appeared to a Protestant,” a reader wrote back:

Except in a small village called Notre Dame de l’Osier (Our Lady of the Reed), in France! In March 1657 the Virgin Mary appeared to a Huguenot called Pierre Port-Combet who had a strange experience, 8 years’ prior, when he was wounded and began bleeding while he was cutting reeds, on March 25, 1649, a Marian feast day.

As a good Protestant, Pierre showed real skepticism about this event, even in front of the “Beautiful Lady” who appeared to him. But she finally dispelled his incredulity when she mentioned his approaching death. Deeply moved, he accepted to receive the sacraments of the Catholic Church on his deathbed.

This is an approved apparition of Mary to a Protestant!

Adapted from an article by René Fantin

La Croix


Source: Mary appears to a Huguenot

“Does God not live here anymore?”

(Credit: MaxPixel.)

We’re all familiar with the secularization that’s swept over the West, alienating many from the Catholic faith and leaving empty pews in its wake. What’s less discussed is the fate of churches, parishes and basilicas faced with economic challenges and scarce attendance.

Vatican officials on Tuesday set out to rescue these forgotten religious sites, and the artistic and sacred treasures they contain, by issuing guidelines on how to address their disposition.

“It’s a cultural and pastoral phenomenon of great importance,” said Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, at a press conference July 10.

“You see it in the parish priest who is in difficulty and doesn’t know what to do, creating gelato shops, garages, pubs, or even worse,” he added.

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Source: “Does God not live here anymore?”