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Benefits of Frequent Confession

05-15-2022From the desk of Fr. Villa

There are those who say that little importance should be given to the frequent confession of venial sins. Far more important, they say, is that general confession which the Church, surrounded by her children in the Lord at Mass makes during the penitential rite of the Mass the “I confess” is offered and the “Lord have mercy.”

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Why Do We Need Commandments?

05-06-2022From the desk of Fr. VillaSt. Thomas Aquinas

We are placed between the things of this world, and spiritual goods from which eternal happiness consists: so that the more we cleave to the one, the more we withdraw from the other, and vice versa. Wherefore whoever cleaves wholly to the things of this world, so as to make them his reason for living, and to look upon them as the reason and rule of all he does, falls away altogether from spiritual goods. Hence this disorder is removed by the commandments.

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Note On the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

03-16-2022From the desk of Fr. Villa

Pope Francis intends to consecrate Russia and the Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Some background: In the past it was claimed this consecration was already done by Pope John Paul II in 1984. Years ago, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, claimed that Sister Lucia told him in a letter and in an interview the consecration was done in 1984 by Pope John Paul II. The problem with this is that Pope John Paul did not specifically mention Russia. Moreover no one has seen the alleged letter of Sister Lucia. Others thought that the fall of communism in Russia in 1989 was a sign of the consecration yet the Virgin of Fatima asked for the consecration of Russia and communism was not mentioned, but simply that Russia would spread her errors and nations would be destroyed.

The Five First Saturdays

03-16-2022From the desk of Fr. Villa

The devotion of the Five First Saturdays was revealed to Sr. Lucia by the Virgin Mary. It exists to make reparation for the blasphemies* and ingratitude wounding the Heart of the Lord’s Mother. One five consecutive first Saturdays of the month: (1) Confess and receive Communion (2) Recite five decades of the Rosary (3) Keep the Virgin Mary company fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary (4) With the intention of making reparation to her Immaculate Heart. Note: the Confession may take place eight days before or after the First Saturday. The meditation may be on all the mysteries of the Rosary as a whole or to a few mysteries or even one by thinking of them before or after reciting a decade of the Rosary. *Blasphemy consists in uttering against God - inwardly or outwardly - words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one's speech; in misusing God's name.

Macaulay on the Catholic Church

03-02-2022From the desk of Fr. Villa

Thomas Babington Macaulay, unusual for an Evangelical Protestant , became fascinated by the Church of Rome in which he found many things to admire, and in his essay on Ranke's History of the Pope's in the 1840 Edinburgh Review he both argued that it had proved itself the most successful and long-lived of all Western institutions and it had done so because — and this would certainly have been a point particularly surprising to Victorian Protestants — it handled dissent far more positively than had those who broke away from it. — George P. Landow

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Confession Should Be Concise, Concrete, Clear, and Complete.

01-20-2022From the desk of Fr. Villa

Concise: Confession with few words, just the words needed to say humbly what we have done or have failed to do, without any unnecessary elaboration or adornment.

Concrete: Confession without digression, without generalities. The penitent should humbly indicate his/her situation and also the time elapsed since the last Confession and the difficulties he/she finds in leading a Christian life. He/she declares his/her sins and the surrounding circumstances that have a bearing on the sins so that the confessor may judge in the Person of Christ; absolve in the Person of Christ; and heal in the Person of Christ.

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Fathers and Fathering

01-05-2022From the desk of Fr. Villa

There is a great crisis of men and fathers in our country which is not being addressed. The number of fatherless-families and single mothers is ever increasing. An Anglican minister, Rev. Samuel Edwards, addressed this in a homily years ago. Here it is:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

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Costco Offends Christians

01-01-2022From the desk of Fr. Villa

Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why Costco has offended Christians: In the December edition of Costco Connection, a publication of Costco Wholesale, the lead article, “A Festive Season,” compares Christmas to Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in a way that is downright insulting. Written by Tim Talevich, the editorial director of the magazine, he offers a 111-word account of Hanukkah, a 38-word statement about Christmas and a 43-word summary of Kwanzaa. This alone would not mean much, but when we read what he says about the three holidays, it takes on more significance.

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