“Save the liturgy, save the world”

There is little doubt and it is no secret that most Catholic today have little understanding of the Eucharist, “the source and summit of all Christian life” (Lumen Gentium), and this is not just because the depth of its mystery makes it impossible to understand it fully. This has a lot to do with the faithful’s weekly experience of Sunday Mass, which is for many a stumbling block. Seemingly unnecessary symbols are of fundamental importance, if only for teaching. Kneeling and receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, for instance, is a reminder that what we are receiving is not mere bread, but the Body and Blood of our Lord, our Lord Himself. Church architecture too, teaches a lot about the Eucharist, and when this goes wrong, so does the understanding of the Eucharist. Table-like altars, for instance, show the Eucharist as a mere meal rather than a sacrifice. Continue reading

There is a joy in suffering

Arrival of "the column" (la colonne") at Gasville-Oisème for the lunch break

Arrival of “the column” (la colonne”) at Gasville-Oisème for the lunch break_ 31st Paris-Chartes Pilgrimage, May 2013

This 31st Pentecost Pilgrimage organised by Notre Dame de Chrétienté (Our Lady of Christendom) was a pilgrimage of reparation for the sin of the Nation, as France had just destroyed marriage on the very eve of the pilgrimage. Indeed, the so-called “Mariage pour tous” (“Marriage for all”) Bill was declared conform to the French Constitution by the Cour Constitutionelle on Friday 17th May 2013. The country was in great need of cleansing, a task which Heaven certainly took upon itself as it opened wide its gates, sending down torrential rain upon the land. This was extra penance for the Pilgrims. Continue reading

Overpopulation is a very old myth (Part 2)

Every now and then, some abortion-related issue hits the headlines of the mass media, attracting comments from those who believe in the myth of over population which, as I showed in a previous post, is in fact contradicted by actual population figures from the CIA’s World Factbook. Continue reading

Preparing for Divine Mercy Sunday

The Divine Mercy Statue

The Divine Mercy Statue (Photo credit: crazyacey)

This coming Sunday, 7th April 2013 is Divine Mercy Sunday, which Blessed John Paul  II established in 2000 on the First Sunday after Easter, thus fulfilling the instruction given by our Lord Himself to St Faustina that this Feast be celebrated solemnly and that the image of the Divine Mercy be “ceremoniously blessed on this feast” and “publicly, that is, liturgically celebrated”. Continue reading

Day 40: We pray that the witness of 40 Days for Life bears abundant fruit

Sermon on the Mount,Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890) - Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Sermon on the Mount,Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890) – Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

We pray that the witness of 40 Days for Life bears abundant fruit and that we begin again each day to storm the gates of hell until God welcomes us into the gates of heaven. Continue reading

Day 39: We pray that the world would see the value of all human life not only what is deemed ‘acceptable’ and ‘normal’

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We pray that the world would see the value of all human life not only what is deemed ‘acceptable’ and ‘normal’.

‘And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.’ (Matthew 18:5)

“Carrying a disabled child to term can be a terrifying journey full of unknowns.”  Last year Lacey Buchanan, a courageous mother, posted a video about her terrible pregnancy experience. Continue reading

Day 38: We pray for strong marriages, open to the gift of new life

Le mariage de la Vierge_Alexandre François Caminade (1824) - Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Le mariage de la Vierge_Alexandre François Caminade (1824) – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

We pray for strong marriages, open to the gift of new life.

“This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”  Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.  And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.”  (Genesis 2:23-24 ; 1:28) Continue reading

Day 37: That pregnant mothers will find strength, solace and support in Mary, the mother of Jesus

L' Annonciation, 1644, peinture de Philippe de...

L’ Annonciation, 1644, peinture de Philippe de Champaigne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We pray that pregnant mothers will find strength, solace and support in Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ (Luke 1:38)

If the Incarnation were to happen today, the Virgin Mary would be the perfect candidate for abortion. Continue reading

Day 36: We pray that God will inspire Christian artists to spread the Gospel of Life in their own particular way

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Today we pray that God will inspire Christian artists to spread the Gospel of Life in their own particular way.

Down the centuries, Christian artwork has been a powerful tool for evangelisation, especially at a time when the written Word of God was not readily available as it is today: most people either could not afford to have a copy of the Bible, or simply could not read. Images then were “the Gospel of the poor” as some say.

Intention

That God inspires the imagination of Christians to create art works, plays, poems, sculptures, films, TV dramas and every kind of art there could possibly be, to open the eyes of the blind and speak to hearts that have failed to acknowledge the dignity and value of the unborn child.

Scripture

’”Do you see Son of Man?” He then took me and brought me back to the bank of the river. I saw an enormous number of trees on each bank of the river.  He said… “This water flows east down to the Arabah and to the sea; and flowing into the sea it makes its waters wholesome.  Wherever the river flows, all living creatures teeming in it will live…. Along the river, on either bank, will grow every kind of fruit tree with leaves that never wither and fruit that never fails; they will bear new fruit every month, because this water comes from the sanctuary.  And their fruit will be good to eat and the leaves medicinal”’. (Ezekiel 47: 6-9, 12) Continue reading