Finding One's Predominant Fault05-31-2020
By Fr Konrad Loewenstein, FSSP Dowry, FSSP Periodical N. 41, Spring 2019
1. Its Nature
Each of us has a particular temperament which encompasses our whole manner of feeling, judging, sympathizing, willing, and acting. This temperament is to be perfected in each one of us by the practice of the Christian virtues. What can impede this work of perfection, and even bring each of us to our eternal ruin, is what is known as "the Predominant Fault".READ MORE
ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
Our pastor-emeritus, Fr. James Healy (1941-2020) passed away on April 18, 2020.
Please pray for the repose of his soul and in thanksgiving for his priestly service to our parish and to the Church. May he rest in peace.
During these difficult times, we all continue to look for ways to remain close to Jesus, his Blessed Mother, and his Church. In addition to its online edition, MAGNIFICAT is now offering complimentary access to its iOS and Android Apps throughout May.
The Quarantine Lectures
St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that God always brings good out of evil. That's why we're launching our live streaming Quarantine Lectures. We'll keep it going until the quarantine is lifted! You can check them out on YouTube or view them on the Thomistic Institute website.
A Message from Cardinal Dolan
We're at 66% of goal. In these trouble times we are very grateful for your sacrifice and generosity. God bless all of you and keep you safe.
As we embark on this new decade, together in faith, I invite us to remember the mission to which we are all called. It is the task of every generation to take the faith that we’ve received and share it with others. This is what the Lord calls us to do: to teach, to serve, and to sanctify the world, by proclaiming the truth and making disciples of all nations. This work is most effectively accomplished through the ministry of the Church – in our parishes, our schools, our religious orders, our seminaries, and the many charitable services that are designed to respond to the evolving needs of our communities. This is the work that the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal makes possible through your generous donations.
The works that are represented in the Cardinal’s Appeal make tangible the mission of the Church in our communities at a time when – some might say – the world is most in need of such a witness. The Cardinal’s Appeal is our faith at work in the world, attesting to who we are and the values we represent. I am grateful to you because I know that your gift not only changes lives, but it opens hearts to the person of Jesus Christ, as only acts of service performed in His holy name can. I thank you for your continued support of the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal.
The only known contemporary representation of St. Joan, a doodle drawn by Clement de Fauqembergue05-27-2020
Pope Benedict XV canonized St. Joan of Arc on May 16, 1920. Her feast day is on May 30. Joan, also known as the Maid of Orleans and la Pucelle captivated the hearts of many including the American writer Mark Twain. His book on St. Joan is a classic and well worth reading. It is available from Ignatius Press. Twain considered it his finest book and Joan one of the finest human beings who ever lived. George Bernard Shaw also an unlikely author for this saint wrote the famous play Saint Joan. For The transcript of her trial is also available. One of the most moving moments in her trial was the moment she was asked whether she was in a state of grace, that is, without mortal sin. Joan was unlettered and unschooled in theology but gave a perfect answer consistent with Catholic teaching. Only God knows the absolute state of anyone’s soul. Joan responded: If I am may God keep me in it and if I am not may He bring me to it.READ MORE
Cardinal Sarah Reminds Us of the Church’s Real Mission During the Pandemic05-27-2020
Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship of the Holy see, in an op-ed for Figaro Vox reminds us of the Church’s mission. The title of the op-ed jas the quote: The Covid-19 epidemic draws the Church back to her first responsibility: the Faith.” Underneath there is the headline: Too often, the Church has wanted to prove that she was “of this world: in devoting herself to common causes rather than the apostolate, deplores the Cardinal from Guinea. You can read the basic content of Cardinal Sarah’s remarks at Life Site News HERE. There you will find this potent reminder: …the Church must change. She must stop being afraid of causing shock and of going against the tide. She must give up thinking of herself as a worldly institution. She must return to her only “raison d'être”: faith. The Church is there to announce that Jesus conquered death through His resurrection.
A Scientist Who Loved the Eucharist05-26-2020
His is not a household name but the Servant of God, Enrico Medi (1911-1974) was once a well-known physicist with a degree in theology as well. At one time he was vice president of Euratom and counseled the peaceful use of nuclear energy. He did scientific commentary on TV. A husband and father of six daughters, Medi loved the Eucharist, the priesthood, and was a spiritual son of Padre Pio. He is on the road to beatification. . His heroism and charity was exemplified in 1943 during World War II when he offered his own life to save two men condemned to be shot. They were spared and his life was not taken. Some items and thoughts from this scientist and faithful Catholic:READ MORE
St. Paul the Apostle Parish Mission
The Parish of Saint Paul Apostle under the guidance of the Holy Spirit informs the response of the believer to the presence of Jesus through conversion. In this process strengthened and maintained by prayer, worship and catholic action, individuals become Christ in this twenty first century.
At Sunday Eucharist all gather to hear God’s Word in the Scriptures. Gradually an understanding of life’s make-up deepens and the rich meaning of living through union with Jesus opens a fuller connection to His focal work at Calvary. Through God’s unfolding grace the purpose of faith is being fulfilled by our incorporation with Him in our Eucharistic – “this holy and perfect sacrifice: the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation.” Conversion or being awakened to the mystery of His Death and Resurrection calls for the essential supports necessary to live out this process. Through prayer the Holy Spirit accommodates believers to the revelation of the Loving Father whom Jesus introduces. Worship offers depth of awe reflected in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Catholic action flows from the desire to make God’s Love real to others in this life.
Our Patron Saint
Paul the Apostle commonly known as Saint Paul and also known by his Hebrew name Saul of Tarsus was an apostle (although not one of the Twelve Apostles) who taught the gospel of Christ to the first-century world. Paul is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age and from the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD he founded several Christian communities in Asia Minor and Europe. He took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences.
According to the New Testament book Acts of the Apostles (often simply called Acts), Paul persecuted some of the early disciples of Jesus, possibly Hellenised diaspora Jews converted to Christianity, in the area of Jerusalem prior to his conversion. In the narrative of Acts, Paul was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to "arrest them and bring them back to Jerusalem" when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus and Paul began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. Approximately half of the book of Acts deals with Paul's life and works.
In Catholic tradition whoever has St. Paul the Apostle as patron also has St. Peter the Apostle as patron as well. In the traditional liturgy on a feast or votive Mass of St. Paul a prayer to St. Peter is always added and vice versa.