Father revisits the theme of St. John the Baptist preparing the way for the coming of Christ by calling the world to repentance.
He then speaks of the old vs. new covenants, and asks the question: In light of the Vatican's recent document (The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable) calling for the abandonment of any missionary outreach to our Jewish brothers, does that mean the infallible teaching on salvation through Jesus Christ alone has also been abandoned by the Catholic Church?
Puer natus est nobis et filius datus est nobis...
“For, this day, is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.”
Luke, Chapter 2: 11-14 will once again be splashed all over Christmas cards this year but I’ll wager that one of the few places the passage will be rendered accurately is right here in The Remnant. Playing fast and loose with biblical passages is nothing new, of course, but this one is the granddaddy of them all. “Peace on earth good will to men”—the mangled, Protestantized version of it positively trips off the tongue, whereas “and on earth peace to men of good will” seems convoluted and wrong to modern lips and ears alike—and in more ways than one.
Two years before his death, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the. It was his contribution to the annual Christmas concert for widows of Viennese musicians, and it was destined to become so well loved that it would still be performed in the world’s great concert halls at Christmastime centuries later. At its premiere, Mozart surprised Vienna by taking to the stage unannounced beforehand and playing the viola part himself.
The date was December 22, 1789. Yes, 1789—the year the French Revolution sent waves of horror across Europe, including in Imperial Vienna. Yet the maestro managed to insulate himself from the din of bloody revolution and compose a piece of music so sublime it would capture the sweet essence of the old world and stand in stark contrast to a new one in violent making.
Then as now the holy Feast made it possible for weary men to make believe the world hadn’t gone mad after all. Like that Quintet of 1789, Christmas still has the power to put revolutions on hold.
The Mike 'n' Chris Show covers the Vatican's statement against sharing Jesus with the Jews, Francis's plans for de facto Catholic divorce, the Immaculate Conception laser scandal at St. Peter's and the Remnant's appeal to Pope Francis to change course or resign.
Thought of the Day: All practicing Roman Catholic soldiers in WWII were "traditional Catholics" who attended the Latin Mass exclusively. So what happened?
One of the distressing complaints so often heard from those who attend the Novus Ordo Liturgy is: “I didn’t get anything out of that Mass.” Such persons should be reminded that Catholics traditionally did not come to Mass to be entertained; rather then, as now, the main focus for attending Mass is to worship Almighty God.
The God-centered Traditional Latin Mass offers a remedy to those wayward souls in the form of the “Commemoration of the Living.” For those who attend the Mass of the Ages, the Commemoration of the Living, at the beginning of the Canon of the Mass, makes it abundantly clear what we hope “to get” out of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The term neo-Catholicism actually has a meaning, even if that precise meaning is frequently ignored. Generally, the term refers to Catholics that take their faith seriously, but generally don’t have a problem with the Church of the last 50 years, even embracing changes that have proven themselves disastrous.
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An Urgent Appeal to Pope Francis to Either Change Course or Renounce the Petrine Office
December 8, 2015
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Pope Celestine V (r. 1294), recognizing his incapacity for the office to which he had so unexpectedly been elected as the hermit Peter of Morrone, and seeing the grave harm his bad governance had caused, resigned the papacy after a reign of only five months. He was canonized in 1313 by Pope Clement V. Pope Boniface VIII, removing any doubt about the validity of such an extraordinary papal act, confirmed in perpetuity (ad perpetuam rei memoriam) that “the Roman Pontiff may freely resign.”
A growing number of Catholics, including cardinals and bishops, are coming to recognize that your pontificate, also the result of an unexpected election, is likewise causing grave harm to the Church. It has become impossible to deny that you lack either the capacity or the will to do what your predecessor rightly observed a pope must do: “constantly bind himself and the Church to obedience to God’s Word, in the face of every attempt to adapt it or water it down, and every form of opportunism.”
We cannot get discouraged. We must not form a circular firing squad. We cannot give in to bitterness and fear and anger. There was none of that at the foot of the first Cross and there must be none of it now at the foot of the new Cross on which the Mystical Body of Christ is being crucified. Read this article, hug your kids, pray your beads, and keep the old Faith. MJM
On Prayer [by St. Alphonsous Liguori]: O most Sorrowful and Immaculate Mother, thou didst weep so bitterly over thy Son Who died for my salvation. Thy Son is now dead on the Cross—that Son so loving, who loved thee so much! Weep, for thou hast reason to weep. Who can ever bring thee any consolation? Only this thought can console thee: that, by His death, Jesus conquered hell, opened heaven, and gained so many souls. From the throne of the Cross, He shall reign in many hearts, which, conquered by His love, will serve Him with love and devotion.
In one of Remnant TV’s new “Sunday Sermons from South St. Paul”, that France—the great Catholic jewel of holy Christendom—is no longer the ‘eldest daughter of the Church.’ That daughter, says Father, is dead, and France today is the youngest daughter of Mohammed.
God help us, it would seem that Father is quite right.
O, my people,
Can you hear the howling wind
And the bleating of the sheep?
Can you see the darkened sky
And the dimming of the moon?
Can you hear the women weep
And the little children cry
When the fire burns
And the arrows fly
And the walls come crashing down?
Catholic culture is ruined. It has been turned upside down and inside out. Nothing means the same thing anymore; nothing makes sense. There is a battle raging for our minds and the Church Militant is losing. There is no will to fight, no banner to uphold, no trumpets to sound or bugles to play. The Catholic world has caved. Abaddon is raging like a bull through the City.
Those social commentators suspect that there is something about zombie lore that speaks to us in the modern era, that somehow amidst our comfort and prosperity, we have never been more fragile. They posit that somehow our golden lives, compared to every generation that came before, are more fragile, that something isn’t right and we know it. That the life we lead, like the zombies, gives the appearance of life, but is truly dead.
I think there might be something to this analysis (although not in the way they likely mean it.) Of all the zombie storytelling that has occurred these past decades, there is one zombie movie that stands out in my mind as social commentary, directly tapping into the vein. That one story that stands out above all the others, which should almost go without saying, is the slacker cinema classic “Shaun of the Dead.”