Monthly Archives: February 2015

Meditations for Each Day of Lent by Saint Thomas Aquinas – Saturday After First Sunday of Lent

28 February 2015

28 February 2015 Anno Domini
Ember Saturday in Lent

From the website, Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals

Vision of Saint Thomas Aquinas by Santi de Tito 1593

by St. Thomas Aquinas

Saturday After First Sunday of Lent

The Love of God Shown in the Passion of Christ

God commendeth His charity towards us: because when as yet we were sinners, according to the time, Christ died for us.–Rom. v. 8, 9

1. Christ died for the ungodly(ibid. 6). This is a great thing if we consider who it is that died, a great thing also if we consider on whose behalf he died. For scarce for a just man, will one die (ibid. 6), that is to say, that you will hardly find anyone who will die even to set free a man who is innocent, nay even it is said, The just perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart (Isaias lvii).

Rightly therefore does St. Paul say scarce will one die. There might perhaps be found one, some one rare person who out of superabundance of courage would be so bold as to die for a good man. But this is rare, for the simple reason that so to act is the greatest of all things. Greater love than this no man hath, says Our Lord himself, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John xv. 13).

But the like of what Christ did himself, to die for evildoers and the wicked, has never been seen. Wherefore rightly do we ask in wonderment why Christ did it.

2. If in fact it be asked why Christ died for the wicked, the answer is that God in this way commendeth His charity towards us. He shows us in this way that He loves us with a love that knows no limits, for while we were as yet sinners Christ died for us.

The very death of Christ for us shows the love of God, for it was His son whom He gave to die that satisfaction might be made for us. God so loved the world, as to give His only begotten Son (John iii. 16). And thus as the love of God the Father for us is shown in his giving us His Holy Spirit, so also is it shown in this way, by his gift of his only Son.

The Apostle says God commendeth signifying thereby that the love of God is a thing which cannot be measured. This is shown by the very fact of the matter, namely the fact that He gave His Son to die for us, and it is shown also by reason of the kind of people we are for whom He died. Christ was not stirred up to die for us by any merits of ours, when as yet we were sinners. God (who is rich in mercy) for His exceeding charity wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ (Eph. ii. 4).

3. All these things are almost too much to be believed. A work is done in your days, which no man will believe when it shall be told (Habac. i. 5). This truth that Christ died for us is so hard a truth that scarcely can our intelligence take hold of it. Nay it is a truth that our intelligence could in no way discover. And St. Paul, preaching, makes echo to Habacuc, I work a work in your days, a work which you will not believe, if any man shall tell it to you (Acts xiii 14).

So great is God’s love for us and His grace towards us, that He does more for us than we can believe or understand.

A Big Fat Thank You to Benedict XVI: It’s a Rave, Baby!

28 February 2015

Latin Mass pic

Pope Benedict XVI Visits Freiburg


Holy Father Benedict: You will always be with us! More now than ever…

Ok, so what could the raving Trad Sofia say that could better than this video??? Not a thing! For real… I’m keeping my mouth shut on this one for a change and letting this terrific video say it all.The maker of this video, posted on You Tube is RomanCatholic01

Motu Proprio Deo Gratias! from: July 7,2007 and his message was then: A thank you to His Holiness, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and a reflection of the past 40 years in the desert of liturgical abuses. Our liberation is at hand. Long live Benedict!

Thank you to RomanCatholic01…couldn’t have said it better…Hey the rest of you! Wake up and smell the incense, LOL!

Seven and a half years ago there was a celebration to beat all celebrations at my forner  (and most favorite) parish, Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, NJ. Father Robert C. Pasley, our Pastor and Rector, had told me the previous October when I called him with the news,(found out from the ticker on Fox News of all places) that if it did happen, he promised we would party away. Well, he kept his promise and on July 7, 2007 Mater Ecclesiae had a Solemn High Mass according to the newly named “Extraordinary Form”. The Church was packed with priests, seminarians and lots of laypeople (mostly young) ready to praise God in His glory for this miracle. Forty years wandering through the desert we made sure the Te Deum was chanted in perfect style as a thanksgiving for a job well done.

The champagne, sparkling cider, cigars, cake and goodies were brought out after Mass and many a cassock was to be seen kicking up its heels. What a day!! Well, we are growing stronger week by week at Mater Ecclesiae. It is truly a 21st century Parish with a timeless liturgy…just what our Holy Father wants. Sooooo, if you are near Philly or come to the Jersey Shore, please drop in and visit a “model Parish with a model Pastor”.

Check out: Welcome one and all..oh by the way, we are the real thing at M.E. ;) AMDG, Sofia PS. As Father Pasley says, “The Pope’s (Benedict XVI) right! IT IS EXTRAORDINARY”, but then we knew that…I’m just sayin’…

Meditations for Each Day of Lent by Saint Thomas Aquinas – Friday After First Sunday of Lent

27 February 2015

27 February 2015 Anno Domini
Ember Friday in Lent

From the website, Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals

Vision of Saint Thomas Aquinas by Santi de Tito 1593

by St. Thomas Aquinas

Friday After First Sunday of Lent

The Feast of the Holy Lance and the Nails of Our Lord

One of the soldiers with a spear opened His side, and immediately there came out blood and water.–John xix. 34.

1. The Gospel deliberately says opened and not wounded, because through Our Lord’s side there was opened to us the gate of eternal life. After these things I looked, and behold a gate was opened in heaven (Apoc. iv. i). This is the door opened in the ark, through which enter the animals who will not perish in the flood.

2. But this door is the cause of our salvation. Immediately there came forth blood and water a thing truly miraculous, that, from a dead body, in which the blood congeals, blood should come forth.

This was done to show that by the Passion of Christ we receive a full absolution, an absolution from every sin and every stain. We receive this absolution from sin through that blood which is the price of our redemption. You were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver, from your vain conversation with the tradition of your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled (i Pet. i. 18).

We were absolved from every stain by the water, which is the laver of our redemption. In the prophet Ezechiel it is said, I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleaned from all your filthiness (Ezech. xxxvi. 28), and in Zacharias, There shall be a fountain open to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for the washing of the sinner and the unclean woman (Zach. xiii. i).

And so these two things may be thought of in relation to two of the sacraments, the water to baptism and the blood to the Holy Eucharist. Or both may be referred to the Holy Eucharist since, in the Mass, water is mixed with the wine. Although the water is not of the substance of the sacrament.

Again, as from the side of Christ asleep in death on the cross there flowed that blood and water in which the Church is consecrated, so from the side of the sleeping Adam was formed the first woman, who herself foreshadowed the Church.

From Our Lenten Recipe Box for Fridays – Falafel Pita Sandwiches

26 February 2015

Every Thursday during Lent we will be publishing a meatless recipe to help with your Lenten abstinence.

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Recipe and Photography by Archita Patel
Makes 14-15 falafels

Dried Chickpeas (a.k.a. Dried Garbanzo beans) – 1cup
Onion – ½ of a medium, roughly diced
Garlic Cloves – 4-5 medium, roughly chopped
Flat leaf Parsley – ¼ cup, packed
Mint – 2 Tbsp, packed
Cilantro/Corriander leaves – 2 Tbsp packed
Corriander powder – 1 ¼ tsp
Roasted Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Red Chili flakes – ½ tsp or else Cayenne powder – ¼ tsp – don’t use if do not desire a little spicy
Black Pepper – ¼ tsp
Salt – ½ Tbsp
Baking powder – ½ tsp

Previous Night: Cover the chickpeas with hot tap water and soak them for 12-24 hours. Remember to use a large enough container because the chickpeas will increase in size.

falafel 14Next Day:
1. Rinse the soaked chickpeas/garbanzo beans and set them aside to drain.
2. Use a food processor to coarsely grind the chickpeas, onion, garlic, herbs, spices, salt and baking powder. You can add a small amount of water to help the blade move along. If you have a small food processor, do it in batches. All the ingredients should be well incorporated, turning them into breadcrumb consistency don’t make it into a paste. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for an hour so that it can firm up
3. Later, form 1 inch balls. Place them on a large sheet and refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. In the mean time, line a plate with paper towel and set aside. Also, start heating the oil to 350ºF. The oil should be about an inch to inch and a half deep. You want to make sure that when you fry the falafels they completely submerge in the oil.
4. Gently fry the falafels, until they are golden brown on all sides 3-5 minutes. Place them on the paper towel.
5. You can either make a salad or a pita sandwich. I generally stuff them into pita pockets with lettuce, tomato, onions, hummus and cucumber yogurt sauce.

Meditations for Each Day of Lent by Saint Thomas Aquinas – Thursday After First Sunday of Lent

26 February 2015

26 February 2015 Anno Domini

From the website, Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals

Vision of Saint Thomas Aquinas by Santi de Tito 1593

by St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday After First Sunday of Lent

Christ was crucified between the thieves because such was the will of the Jews, and also because this was part of God’s design. But the reasons why this was appointed were not the same in each of these cases.

1. As far as the Jews were concerned Our Lord was crucified with the thieves on either side to encourage the suspicion that he too was a criminal. But it fell out otherwise. The thieves themselves have left not a trace in the remembrance of man, while His cross is everywhere held in honour. Kings laying aside their crowns have broidered the cross on their royal robes. They have placed it on their crowns; on their arms. It has its place on the very altars. Everywhere, throughout the world, we behold the splendour of the cross.

In God’s plan Christ was crucified with the thieves in order that, as for our sakes he became accursed of the cross, so, for our salvation, He is crucified like an evil thing among evil things.

2. The Pope, St. Leo the Great, says that the thieves were crucified, one on either side of Him, so that in the very appearance of the scene of His suffering there might be set forth that distinction which should be made in the judgment of each one of us. St. Augustine has the same thought. “The cross itself,” he says, ” was a tribunal. In the centre was the judge. To the one side a man who believed and was set free, to the other side a scoffer and he was condemned.” Already there was made clear the final fate of the living and the dead, the one class placed at His right, the other on His left.

3. According to St. Hilary the two thieves, placed to right and to left, typify that the whole of mankind is called to the mystery of Our Lord’s Passion. And since division of things according to right and left is made with reference to believers and those who will not believe, one of the two, placed on the right, is saved by justifying faith.

4. As St. Bede says, the thieves who were crucified with Our Lord, represent those who for the faith and to confess Christ undergo the agony of martyrdom or the severe discipline of a more perfect life. Those who do this for the sake of eternal glory are typified by the thief on the right hand. Those whose motive is the admiration of whoever beholds them imitate the spirit and the act of the thief on the left-hand side.

As Christ owed no debt in payment for which a man must die, but submitted to death of His own will, in order to overcome death, so also He had not done anything on account of which He deserved to be put with the thieves. But of His own will He chose to be reckoned among the wicked, that by His power He might destroy wickedness itself. Which is why St. John Chrysostom says that to convert the thief on the cross and to turn him to Paradise was as great a miracle as the earthquake.

Meditations for Each Day of Lent by Saint Thomas Aquinas – Wednesday After First Sunday of Lent

25 February 2015

25 February 2015 Anno Domini
Ember Wednesday in Lent

From the website, Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals

Vision of Saint Thomas Aquinas by Santi de Tito 1593

by St. Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday After First Sunday of Lent

How Great was the Sorrow of Our Lord in His Passion?

Attend and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow. Lam. i. 12.

Our Lord as He suffered felt really, and in His senses, that pain which is caused by some harmful bodily thing. He also felt that interior pain which is caused by the fear of something harmful and which we call sadness. In both these respects the pain suffered by Our Lord was the greatest pain possible in this present life. There are four reasons why this was so.

1. The causes of the pain.

The cause of the pain in the senses was the breaking up of the body, a pain whose bitterness derived partly from the fact that the sufferings attacked every part of His body, and partly from the fact that of all species of torture death by crucifixion is undoubtedly the most bitter. The nails are driven through the most sensitive of all places, the hands and the feet, the weight of the body itself increases the pain every moment. Add to this the long drawn-out agony, for the crucified do not die immediately as do those who are beheaded.

The cause of the internal pain was:

(i) All the sins of all mankind for which, by suffering, He was making satisfaction, so that, in a sense, He took them to Him as though they were His own. The words of my sins, it says in the Psalms (Ps. xxi. 2).

(ii) The special case of the Jews and the others who had had a share in the sin of His death, and especially the case of His disciples for whom His death had been a thing to be ashamed of.

(iii) The loss of his bodily life, which, by the nature of things, is something from which human nature turns away in horror.

2. We may consider the greatness of the pain according to the capacity, bodily and spiritual, for suffering of Him who suffered. In His body He was most admirably formed, for it was formed by the miraculous operation of the Holy Ghost, and therefore its sense of touch that sense through which we experience pain was of the keenest. His soul likewise, from its interior powers, had a knowledge as from experience of all the causes of sorrow.

3. The greatness of Our Lord’s suffering can be considered in regard to this that the pain and sadness were without any alleviation. For in the case of no matter what other sufferer the sadness of mind, and even the bodily pain, is lessened through a certain kind of reasoning, by means of which there is brought about a distraction of the sorrow from the higher powers to the lower. But when Our Lord suffered this did not happen, for He allowed each of His powers to act and suffer to the fullness of its special capacity.

4. We may consider the greatness of the suffering of Christ in the Passion in relation to this fact that the Passion and the pain it brought with it were deliberately undertaken by Christ with the object of freeing man from sin. And therefore He undertook to suffer an amount of pain proportionately equal to the extent of the fruit that was to follow from the Passion.

From all these causes, if we consider them together, it will be evident that the pain suffered by Christ was the greatest pain ever suffered.

Mea Culpa: A Rant about 50 Shades of Grey (it’s NOT what you think!)

18 February 2015

Shrove Tuesday
February 17, 2015 A.D.
By Sofia Guerra

As my readers know I don’t often write an original piece. Normally I cross-post information and essays by great writers, bloggers and websites.

Why? I am not a good writer. Actually, I’m not a writer at all. I’m lazy about grammar, impossibly idiotic about typos and basically I attempt to write like I speak. I just try to put a conversation down on paper or for lack of a better term, get it done digitally.

So when I come out of my non-writing hibernation, it’s usually a rant or sometimes: a rave. In this case, no surprise…a rant.

Okay, so I guess since EVERY CATHOLIC BLOGGER IN THE CATHOLIC BLOGOSPHERE must weigh in on the movie 50 Shades of Grey I have decided to rant.

50 shades of grayFirst, it’s time for a confession. I. Read. The. Books. Yup. I did. All three. Not the ONE BOOK ON WHICH THE MOVIE IS BASED, but the trilogy. Judge me, I don’t give a rat’s patootie. I am not going to read countless whiny blogposts by people who have not read the book(s).

Let me say I am a devout Catholic who sins. I did NOT read these ridiculous books to commit a sin of the flesh out of curiosity. I read them, quickly, to be able to write a post about why we shouldn’t read what can be harmful to our soul, and to our psyche.

First: The books stink. I am a Janeite. That is, a Jane Austen fan. I read and reread every novel of the greatest author in the English language on a cycle every other month, year after year. I would, consider myself an expert on all things Austen.

This is why I can say, 50 Shades of Grey is first and foremost, literary rubbish. E.L. James, the authoress, cannot write a sentence to save her life and should be ashamed as she hails from England the home of our beloved Jane Austen.

Now of course, not all writers can be an Austen of course, but if you are going to write for publication, please be able to write from a level above the 4th grade. Enough said about Ms. James lack of writing ability.

On to the elephant in the room. BDSM. This is something that has gone on from the moment Eve allowed her self to be dominated by the serpent in the Garden. It will be with us to the end. However, Christ promises us that the Church will prevail against the gates of hell so 50 Shades or not, we know the end of the story.

Lets get to the hypocrisy:

1. Catholic/Christian writers/bloggers who have not read the books (hey you can skip the sex scenes as after reading part of one–I was so bored I flipped past each of the scenes with each turn of the digital page) yet think they can honestly judge the story or correctly judge the story. I never read digital books but in this case I wanted the ability to flip quickly past the redundant, moronic attempt at sex without fear that perhaps I would be aroused. A joke… (Believe me, the little I read of the sex parts, it is a joke that it couldn’t even arouse a gerbil on a wheel).

2. I wanted to actually KNOW what the story surrounding this worldwide obsession was all about so that I may actually respond effectively to all the cries from the Catholic blogosphere. Guess what? I don’t need someone else (other than the Church) to tell me what to do or think. Especially those who consider themselves the Magisterium of the Church.

3. The ridiculous notion that the only victim in the story is the virginal Anastasia Steele. The attack against the hateful, evil character of Christian Grey is stupid and uniformed. If anyone is a victim in the story it’s the male character. Yes, I said it. All the females screaming foul as the helpless Ana is raped etc. by Beezelbub himself are wrong, dead wrong. More about that later.

4. It’s not about sex. It’s NOT. It’s about two human beings, both with frailties, one with a past of serious abuse and yes…rape and child molestation done to HIM..the male character. Anastasia is guilty of a lack of participation in life as her reason for her virginity. Instead of joyfully embracing her chastity and the real reason why chastity is best, she acts embarrassed to be pure.

5. Ana is the hypocrite in the story. She willfully goes to him. Despite his warnings, like a child at a hot stove, SHE MUST TOUCH IT FOR HERSELF TO LEARN IT’S HOT.

6. These characters are two lost individuals with their own Godless issues who cling to pain. Anastasia, from divorce of her parents and Christian…well from being the object of a female pedophile during early puberty.

7. The problem with this story is that Anastasia ultimately is the savior. She “saves” Christian but truly, one knows it’s only a ruse as Christian’s demons can only be expelled by Christ Himself. Ana and Christian may only be healed by the Blood of Christ, but of course, Hollywood and apparently E.L. James couldn’t possibly have that.

Why not just be honest about why? After all, if Catholic bloggers can’t be honest why oh why, would we expect others to be honest. In a sea of hypocrisy, there were a few who tried to inform.

Lisa Graas posted a Catholic Bishop’s explanation why going to the movie was a sin. Lisa, I’m sure didn’t read the book but as a Catholic, she was honest enough to yield to the Church and Her teaching on pornography.

Elizabeth Westhoff voiced what most of us with a brain were thinking. Her post titled “50 Shades of I Don’t Care” points out that yes, she was offended by the material (she read part of it so she could make an HONEST observation) but was as offended or perhaps a bit more offended by atrocities currently in the world too numerous to mention here. She offers, an alternative to 50 Shades of Grey which I ask you to see for yourself by clicking the link above.

Kirsten Anderson writing for posted a piece called, “The real reason 50 Shades Is So Wildly Popular (HINT: It’s not the sex).” Anderson goes into detail about the true beginnings of 50 Shades as a “Twilight” copycat with BDSM. She writes, “Ultimately, the secret to the success of Fifty Shades is that it puts the reader in the role of both the saved and the savior. But that’s also precisely what’s so dangerous about this story – because Christian Grey is not God, neither is Ana, and neither are any of us.

Look, let’s really be honest here: 50 Shades is crap. It’s pornographic crap. So stop trying to use it as a political tool to get your blogpost clicks. At least if you are going to give advice (as opposed to referring your reader to instruction of a Bishop which is not only honest, but appropriate) then give YOUR opinion after having read a little of it. Do more than just look at the highly stylized trailer featuring Beyonce’s music and hints of what the movie is about. The books and the movie(s) need to be scorned. But at least, get the story straight.

I totally understand that most good Catholic women are concerned particularly for their daughters AND for their sons (as I am) to understand why relationships like this are sinful and degrading.

I spoke to my daughter about the books and the movie the week before it came out. Knowing how she is about this sort of thing, I knew she hadn’t read the books (she was reading Mansfield Park in 2011 and other Austen titles when the other two books came out). We were still living together at the time and when I mentioned it casually at first, she gave me an “EWWWWWWW”.

She is now stationed in Virginia finishing up her MOS training with the U.S. Marine Corps and I knew perhaps it being several years later and many people around her now have worldly ideals. I decided to revisit the topic again.

She assured me she remembered what we had spoken about and that she had heard plenty of descriptions of the story in the barracks. I cringed. She assured me that she still was icky about the whole thing and that she knows it is a sin. Okay, doing well here.

Then she tells me the next day that she and a group were going to the movies and for pizza on St. Valentine’s Day. Great, just great. How do I say to a almost 21 yr old MARINE that she can’t go see this movie. I had to trust in what I taught her. I had to trust in the Catholic education she received at our parish at the time ( check it out!) was solid and orthodox, which it was.

What I didn’t trust was all these months away with all kinds of people with all kinds of beliefs would pull her from the Truth.

So she tells me they go to the movie theater and the females in the group wanted to see 50 Shades. (I held my breath) The males of course, weren’t totally comfortable with the idea. Not because they were necessarily holy and/or gentlemen, but the movie has been advertised as female porn so most men aren’t crazy about seeing it or reading the books.

She spoke up and said she didn’t want to see it. She was asked why and she said, “I’m Catholic and it is a sin and at the least, inappropriate.” W.O.W. I could breathe again, So what happened? My daughter suggested the Sponge Bob movie and everybody liked the idea and loved the movie.

Thank you Lord, I got the good kid.

So yes, I admit read the books quickly in order to write this post, and also admitted it to my daughter. She was not happy with me and said, “MOM!!! Go to Confession!”

So, I will go to Confession. Not because my good kid said so but because she’s correct. Also, Father Zuhlsdorf from instructs us lovingly to use this time to prepare for Lent and to get to Confession. They are both right.

I will confess I read the book, I will confess it was my pride and not lust that is the sin for reading it. How about you? Judge me or look yourself in the mirror and get to Confession.

But I still got the good kid.


Confession Index

“Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. . . . As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”        John 20, 19-23


Examination of Conscience

The simplest method of examination of a conscience is to recall the different commandments of God and the teachings of the Church; and see in what way and how often we may have broken them. It is also useful to recall the seven deadly sins and our predominant passion and bad habits. We should also notice in what way we may have neglected the duties of our state of life. We must bear in mind that we may fall into sin either by thought, word, deed or omission. Our ruling passion is the chief cause of our sins.

We are bound to take prudent measures and ordinary care, without scrupulosity, to discover all our mortal sins before entering the tribunal of penance. In case it is our first confession we must examine our lives since we came to the use of reason. Ordinarily, we are bound to confess only the sins we have committed since our last good confession. Occasionally, following the advice of our confessor, it will be useful or perhaps necessary to make a general confession.

To help the memory it will be well to call to mind the places we have frequented, the persons in whose company we were, the things we have done and said, and the manner in which we have passed our time from day to day.

If we cannot tell how often we have committed any sin we should at least be able to say how long the habit lasted, and how often in a day or a week we usually fell into it.

The sins we should most carefully recall to mind in confession are mortal sins and habitual venial sins, as a sin in itself venial may become mortal by repetition, as in matters of justice, where thefts of small sums may by repetition become grave. Acts of faith, hope, charity and contrition should be made immediately before confession.

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LizzieB GETS IT: “50 Shades of I Don’t Care”

14 February 2015

by Elizabeth S. Westhoff

This will be brief.

I am a Roman Catholic. I am the pop culture blogger for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. I have a Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature.

I am sick and tired of hearing about 50 Shades of Grey.

Does it portray sexual intimacy in a way that is counter to Catholic teaching? Absolutely.

images-300x167Is it responsible for the ruination of marriage in our culture? It certainly falls in the category of “things that probably are.”

Is it a flash in the pan? Yes.

Is it good literature? From the excerpt I read in order to be able to make this comment… no.

Am I offended by the content of 50 Shades of Grey? Yes.

To read the big conclusion on this post (and it’s a good one) please continue after the jump>>>


LizzieBElizabeth Westhoff is the Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness Archdiocese of St. Louis. A new media Catholic. Writes the Pop Culture Catholic Blog for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Daughter of St. Francis de Sales.
You can find Elizabeth on Twitter @ESWesthoff and on FB HERE

Responding to Evil: LizzieB Gets it. Patton Got It. Why Don’t We?

3 February 2015

“All the Devil Asks is Acquiescence…”

by Elizabeth S Westhoff
3 February 2015 A.D.

jordanian pilotToday I watched a video that was released of a young man (purportedly Jordanian pilot Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh) wearing a wet, orange jumpsuit. He was caged like an animal. A masked man with a torch touched the flame to a line of earth that led to the cage, encircling it. As the flame reached the cage, the man inside was engulfed in fire. He frantically bat at the flames with his burning arms. I was amazed at how long he remained standing as he became a pillar of fire. Finally he fell to his knees, head bowed. As the videographer zoomed in on his head for a close up, you could see this young man, literally, melting. His charred remains fell back and that was the end of the video.

It was one of the most horrific things I have ever seen.

I have watched other videos like this. I have not watched them because of a morbid fascination. Each has sickened me. Each has frightened me. Each has left me weeping. I have not watched them because I felt compelled to do so, I watched them because I felt obligated to do so. I watched them so that just one more person would be aware of the evil that roams the earth. I watched them so that I would be informed as to what is happening in our world. I watched them so that I could pray for the victim.

With the release of each of these videos, I have been reminded of the images of the citizens of Weimar, Germany that General George Patton marched through Buchenwald after W.W. II. Approximately 2,000 of them–all civilians–were made to march several miles up a steep hill. It took days for the townspeople to file through the camp. There were no precautions taken to protect them from the typhus epidemic in the camp. In their clean, starched and pressed dresses and suits, the townspeople came face-to-face with the enormity of evil men and the death that resulted from it. They left that day with the stench of barbarity upon them.

Continue after the jump>>>


LizzieBElizabeth Westhoff is the Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness Archdiocese of St. Louis. A new media Catholic. Writes the Pop Culture Catholic Blog for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Daughter of St. Francis de Sales.
You can find Elizabeth on Twitter @ESWesthoff and on FB HERE

Septuagesima Sunday – Missa ‘Circumdederunt Me’ – Live Stream EF Mass with Propers 10:30 am EST

1 February 2015

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Septuagesima Sunday – Matt 20:1-16

Septuagesima Sunday


2nd Class


INTROIT ¤ Ps. 17. 5-7
Circumdederunt me gemitus mortus, dolores inferni circumdederunt me: et in tribulatione mea invocavi Dominum, et exaudivit de templo sancto suo vocem meam. — Diligam te, Domine, fortitudo mea: Dominus firmamentum meum, et refugium meum, et liberator meus. V.: Gloria Patri . . . — Circumdederunt me gemitus . . . The sorrows of death surrounded me, the sorrows of hell encompassed me; and in my affliction I called upon the Lord, and He heard my voice from His holy temple. — (Ps.17. 2, 3). I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength: the Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . — The sorrows of death surrounded me . . .

The Gloria in Excelsis is not said.

COLLECT.–Graciously hear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy people, that we, who are justly afflicted for our sins, may for the glory of Thy Name, be mercifully delivered. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE ¤ 1 Cor. 9. 24-27; 10. 1-5
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.

[The Apostle St. Paul compares our life to an arena where we must fight and mortify ourselves, if we wish to obtain the victory.]
Brethren, Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may obtain. And every one that striveth for the mastery refraineth himself from all things; and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one. I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty; I so fight, not as one beating the air: but I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway. For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all in Moses were baptized, in the cloud and in the sea: and did all eat the same spiritual food, and drank the same spiritual drink: (that they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ.) But with most of them God was not well pleased.

GRADUAL ¤ Ps. 101. 16-17
Adjutor in opportunitatibus, in tribulatione: sperent in te, quo noverunt te: quoniam non derelinquis quaerentes te, Domine. V.: Quoniam non in finem oblivio erit pauperis: patientia pauperum non peribit in aeternum: exsurge, Domine, non praevaleat homo. A Helper in due time in tribulation: let them trust in Thee who know Thee: for Thou hast not forsaken them that seek Thee, O Lord. V.: For the poor man shall not be forgotten to the end: the patience of the poor shall not perish for ever: arise, O Lord, let not man prevail.

TRACT ¤ Ps. 129. 1-4
De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine: Domine, exaudi vocem meam. V.: Fiant aures tuae intendentes in orationem servi tui. V.: Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine: Domine, quis sustinebit? V.: Quia apud te propitiatio est, et propter legem uam sustinui te, Domine. Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Let Thine ears be attentive to the prayer of Thy servant. V.: If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it? V.: For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness, and by reason of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

GOSPEL ¤ Matth. 20. 1-16
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

[The parable of the vineyard shows us that we must all work to obtain the reward of eternal life.]
At that time Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of God is like to a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers in his vineyard. And having agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market place idle, and he said to them: Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just. And they went their way. And again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour: and did in like manner. But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle? The say to him: Becase no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go you also into my vineyard. And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the laborers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first. When therefore they were come that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: and they also received every man a penny. And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, saying: These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us that have borne the burden of the day and the heats. But he answering said to one of them: Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take what is thine and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.

OFFERTORY ¤ Ps. 91. 2
Bonum est confiteri Domino, et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime. It is good to give praise to the Lord, and to sing to Thy Name, O Most High.

SECRET.–Receive our offerings and prayers, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and both cleanse us by these heavenly mysteries, and graviously hear us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .

Preface of the Most Holy Trinity
Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus. Qui cum unigenito Filio tuo, et Spiritu Sancto, unus es Deus, unus es Dominus: non in unius singularitate personae, sed in unius Trinitate substantiae. Quod enim de tua gloria, revelante te, credimus, hoc de Filio tuo, hoc de Spiritu Sancto, sine differentia discretionis sentimus. Ut in confessione verae, sempiternaeque Deitatis, et in personis proprietas, et in essentia unitas, et in majestate adoretur aequalitas. Quam laudant Angeli atque Archangeli, Cherubim quoque ac Seraphim: qui non cessant clamare quotidie, una voce dicentes: It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:

COMMUNION ¤ Ps. 30. 17-18
Illumina faciem tuam super servum tuum, et salvum me fac in tua misericordia: Domine, non confundar, quoniam invocavi te. Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant, and save me in Thy mercy: let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon Thee.

POSTCOMMUNION.–May Thy faithful people, O God, be strengthened by Thy gifts; that in receiving them, they may seek after them the more, and in seeking them, may receive them for ever. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee. ..

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