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- The most evident mark of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clerics who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds.
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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”
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As for Latin…
"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
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- LENTCAzT 2023 – 28: Tuesday 4th Week – “What abundance! What generosity!”
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- 19 March – Feast of St. Joseph – Hope of the sick, Patron of the dying, Terror of demons, Protector of Holy Church!
- LENTCAzT 2023 – 26: Monday 4th Week – St. Joseph – Help of the dying
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Yes, this was an incredible achievement where all of the knowledge, skills and abilities of so many came together to carry out this remarkable mission. I recall now being quite moved by this and as well when the Curiosity rover made its successful landing. At that time I wrote, ” The incredible complexity of this entry and landing…the magnificence of what Man can accomplish through his intellect, technology and drive and dreams, even whilst surrounded by those many self-made madnesses that in these moments of triumph pale in their importance. Relish this grand accomplishment, for it shows us our very best side.”
You can now have your name programmed into a microchip on InSight, NASA’s next Mars lander, scheduled to be launched next year. Deadline: 9/8/2015
Speaking of Mars and “the magnificence of what Man can accomplish through his intellect, technology and drive and dreams,” are you(-all) looking forward to the film of Andy Weir’s The Martian in a month or so? I’m about half way through the book and thoroughly enjoying it (though the movie will apparently have the advantage of the sadly authentically ‘bad language’ being tempered in pursuit of a rating for a wider audience)!
I could not wait to see the pictures. It was just amazing to me. My children and grandchildren, on the other hand, just seemed to take it for granted. Just another space flight and this one landed on Mars. : )
We are a long way from the sputnik wake up call.
The book Roving Mars, by principal scientist Steve Squyres is a well-worthwhile read about the Mars Exploration Rovers and their development for any space nerd.
Also, Spirit is out of contact and has been presumed dead for the last 5-1/2 years, but her sibling Opportunity is still actively doing science operations, a robust 4,128 days into her 90 day mission.