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viernes, 30 de junio de 2017

June 29 Saints Peter and Paul: Apostles († 67)




This feast day commemorates the martyrdom of the two great Apostles, assigned by tradition to the same day of June in the year 67. They had been imprisoned in the famous Mamertine Prison of Rome and both had foreseen their approaching death. Saint Peter was crucified; Saint Paul, a Roman citizen, was slain by the sword. Tomorrow the Church commemorates the Apostle of the Gentiles; today is dedicated primarily to Saint Peter.
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The Chief of the Apostles was a native of Galilee like Our Lord. As he was fishing on its large lake he was called by Our Lord to be one of His apostles. Peter was poor and unlearned, but candid, eager, and loving. In his heart, first of all, his conviction grew, and then from his lips came the spontaneous confession: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God! Our Lord chose him and prepared him to be the Rock on which He would build His Church, His Vicar on earth, the Head and Prince of His Apostles, the center and indispensable bond of the Church's unity, the unique channel of all spiritual powers, the guardian and unerring teacher of His truth.
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All Scripture is alive with Saint Peter; his name appears no fewer than 160 times in the New Testament. But it is after Pentecost that he stands out in the full grandeur of his office. He sees to the replacement of the fallen disciple; he admits the Jews by thousands into the fold and in the person of Cornelius, opens it to the Gentiles; he founds and for a time rules the Church at Antioch.
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Ten years after the Ascension Saint Peter transferred his apostolic capital to Rome, going in person to the center of the majestic Roman Empire, where were gathered the glories and riches of the earth, along with all the powers of evil. From there he sent Saint Mark, his valued secretary, to establish the Church of Alexandria in Egypt. In Rome Saint Peter's Chair was placed; there for twenty-five years he labored at building up the great Roman Church. He was crucified by order of Nero and buried on the Vatican Hill, where now the Basilica stands which bears his name.
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Reflection. Saint Peter is the author of two profoundly doctrinal epistles. He still lives on in his successors who maintain the same holy and immutable doctrine; he still rules and feeds the flock committed to him. The reality of our devotion to him is the surest test of the purity of our faith.
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Prayer:
Eternal Father, I wish to honor Saints Peter and Paul, and I give Thee thanks for all the graces Thou hast bestowed upon them. I ask Thee to please increase grace in my soul through the merits of this saint, and I commit the end of my life to them by this special prayer, so that by virtue of Thy goodness and promise, Saints Peter and Paul might be my advocate and provide whatever is needed at that hour. Amen.

O Holy Apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul, I choose you this day and forever to be my special patrons and advocates.
You, St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, because you are the Rock upon which Almighty God has built His Church.
And you, St. Paul, because you were forechosen by God as the Vessel of Election and the Preacher of Truth to the whole world.
Obtain for me I pray you, lively faith, firm hope, and burning love;
complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, recollection in prayer, purity of heart, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the Will of God, and perseverance in the Grace of God even unto death.
That so, by means of your intercession and you glorious merits, I may be able to overcome the Devil, and may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ and enjoy His presence and love Him forever.
Amen.

Our Father.
Hail Mary.
Glory Be.

martes, 27 de junio de 2017

Ejemplos históricos de teólogos aprobados enseñando el error


 Tomado de vaticanocatolico.com

En nuestros días, se ha extendido en cierto modo una falsa doctrina entre aquellos que niegan la enseñanza de la Iglesia sobre la salvación y el bautismo. El error implica el hecho de elevar escritos falibles de ciertos teólogos ‘aprobados’ al estatus del Magisterio. Este es un craso error que niega la verdadera regla de la fe (las declaraciones magisteriales) al sustituirla por otra en su lugar (la enseñanza falible de los teólogos). Habiendo adoptado una falsa regla de fe, estas personas caen en numerosos errores y herejías, especialmente en el tema de la salvación. Este archivo estará dedicado a citar hechos históricos que exponen completamente la falsedad de dicha posición. Este archivo se ampliará en cuanto el tiempo lo permita.
¡Incluso algunos partidarios de la susodicha posición creen que es generalmente inapropiado citar las fuentes primarias (esto es, las encíclicas papales, los concilios, los pronunciamientos ex cathedra, etc.) para probar un punto! Según ellos, un católico solamente debería citar lo que los teólogos escribieron sobre el significado de aquellos pronunciamientos, y a menudo ellos pierden su tiempo debatiendo sin cesar lo que los varios teólogos falibles o modernistas dijeron sobre este o aquel asunto. Esto es realmente indignante y un sinsentido herético, una metodología desastrosa y falsa centrada en el hombre. Ellos son incrédulos y están engañados. Su craso error es una consecuencia de su falla al no creer en Jesucristo ni en lo que Él instituyó en el papado. Entonces, como ellos adoran al hombre en vez de a Dios, ellos se resisten a la verdadera voz de Cristo y a su verdadera regla de la fe. Los verdaderos fieles saben que la palabra final y la verdadera regla de la fe yacen en el Magisterio y en las declaraciones promulgadas por la Cátedra de San Pedro. A San Pedro y a sus sucesores se les otorgó una protección que no se les dio a otros miembros de la Iglesia.
Lucas 22, 31-32: “Simón, Simón, Satanás os busca para ahecharos como trigo: pero yo he rogado por ti para que no desfallezca tu fe, y tú, una vez convertido, confirma a tus hermanos”.
Papa Pío IX, Concilio Vaticano I, 1870, ex cathedra: “Esta Sede de San Pedro permanece siempre intacta de todo error, según la promesa de nuestro divino Salvador hecha al príncipe de sus discípulos: Yo he rogado por ti [Pedro], a fin de que no desfallezca tu fe...”.

ELLOS NIEGAN EL PROPÓSITO MISMO DEL PAPADO

El propósito mismo de la institución del papado que Jesucristo instituyó sobre San Pedro fue para que los papas, provistos con una protección única de infalibilidad, pudieran definir, de una vez y para siempre, la verdad de Cristo en una materia. Al utilizar y adherirse a lo que los papas han definido sin desviación, los católicos estarán librados de las meras opiniones de los hombres. Esa es la enseñanza de la Iglesia sobre el propósito y el uso de las declaraciones dogmáticas. Nótese que el Concilio de Trento declara que sus cánones dogmáticos fueron promulgados a fin de que los fieles, teniendo acceso a la verdadera regla de la fe, pudieran reconocer la verdad y rechazar los errores.
Papa Pío IV, Concilio de Trento, sesión 23, cap. 4: “Estos son los puntos que de modo general ha parecido al sagrado Concilio enseñar a los fieles cristianos acerca del sacramento del Orden. Y determinó condenar lo que a ellos se opone con ciertos y propios cánones al modo que sigue, a fin de que todos, usando, con la ayuda de Cristo de la regla de la fe entre tantas tinieblas de errores, puedan más fácilmente conocer y mantener la verdad católica”.
Ya que los partidarios de la falsa metodología descrita arriba rechazan la verdadera regla de la fe (el papado), ellos, en su mala voluntad, elevan una regla ajena en su lugar. Su falsa regla de fe hecha por el hombre queda expuesta lógica e históricamente por numerosos hechos y argumentos. Si bien hemos cubierto muchos puntos sobre este asunto, este archivo resumirá ejemplos históricos claves que refutan minuciosamente su craso error.

UN RETO SOBRE EL ‘BAUTISMO DE DESEO’ Y EL ESTATUS TEOLÓGICO, REFUTADO

Por supuesto, este tema es totalmente relevante para la controversia sobre el ‘bautismo de deseo’ (BDD). Dado que los argumentos magisteriales y dogmáticos demuestran que el ‘bautismo de deseo’ es una falsa doctrina, los defensores del BDD a menudo recurren a decir que es imposible que los ‘teólogos aprobados’ hayan enseñado el ‘bautismo de deseo’ si las declaraciones magisteriales o dogmáticas previas lo contradijeron, y enseñaron la absoluta necesidad del bautismo de agua. Al creer que los ‘teólogos aprobados’ son la regla de la fe, ellos consideran inconcebible que un teólogo o teólogos aprobados puedan contradecir algo previamente declarado por la Iglesia. Un hereje del BDD objetó de este modo:
OBJECIÓN: “Díganme, además del BdD, denme un ejemplo histórico en donde algo más fuera enseñado solemnemente, y posteriormente fuera puesto en duda públicamente por libros y sermones aprobados, sin que nadie lo notara...”.
RESPUESTA: Los siguientes hechos sobre el Canon de la Escritura refutan por completo este argumento y demuestran que la objeción está basada en la ignorancia.

LOS TEÓLOGOS APROBADOS ENSEÑARON ERRORES SOBRE EL CANON DE LA ESCRITURA DESPUÉS DE LA DECLARACIÓN SOLEMNE DEL CONCILIO DE FLORENCIA SOBRE EL TEMA

En la bula Cantate Domino (Decreto para los jacobitas – 1441) del Concilio de Florencia, el Papa Eugenio IV declaró solemnemente los “libros” que la Santa Iglesia Romana “recibe y venera” como inspirados y teniendo por su autor a Dios.
Papa Eugenio IV, Concilio de Florencia, Cantate Domino, 1441: “Firmísimamente cree, profesa y predica que el solo Dios verdadero, Padre e Hijo y Espíritu Santo, es el creador de todas las cosas, de las visibles y de las invisibles; el cual, en el momento que quiso, creó por su bondad todas las criaturas, lo mismo las espirituales que las corporales; buenas, ciertamente, por haber sido hechas por el sumo bien, pero mudables, porque fueron hechas de la nada; y afirma que la naturaleza no es mala, porque toda naturaleza, en cuanto es naturaleza, es buena. Profesa que uno solo y mismo Dios es autor del Antiguo y Nuevo Testamento, es decir, de la ley, de los profetas y del Evangelio, porque por inspiración del mismo Espíritu Santo han hablado los Santos de uno y otro Testamento. Los libros que ella recibe y venera, se contienen en los siguientes títulos”.
La lista dada por el Concilio de Florencia incluyó a los libros deuterocanónicos (Tobías, Judith, Sabiduría, Eclesiástico, Baruc, 1 y 2 de Macabeos). Estos son los siete libros del Antiguo Testamento que los protestantes rechazan. San Alfonso reconoció que Florencia declaró la lista de libros inspirados.
San Alfonso, Sobre el Concilio de Trento, sesión cuarta (de la Escritura y la Tradición), sección 1, # 3: “... Eugenio Cuarto... continuó el Concilio de Florencia, en el cual... con la aprobación de los Padres, él recibió a los herejes armenios y jacobitas, y en la instrucción de la fe que les fue dada, se contiene la aprobación de las tradiciones y de las Sagradas Escrituras, junto con el catálogo de los libros inspirados”.
Más importante, en su encíclica Providentissimus Deus de 1893, el Papa León XIII se refirió al decreto del Concilio de Florencia sobre este tema (en la bula Cantate Domino) como “solemne”.
Papa León XIII, Providentissimus Deus, # 20, 18 de noviembre de 1893: “En efecto, los libros que la Iglesia ha recibido como sagrados y canónicos, todos e íntegramente, en todas sus partes, han sido escritos bajo la inspiración del Espíritu Santo; y está tan lejos de la divina inspiración el admitir error, que ella por sí misma no solamente lo excluye en absoluto, sino que lo excluye y rechaza con la misma necesidad con que es necesario que Dios, Verdad suma, no sea autor de ningún error. Tal es la antigua y constante creencia de la Iglesia definida solemnemente por los concilios de Florencia y de Trento, confirmada por fin y más expresamente declarada en el concilio Vaticano”.
Por lo tanto, la bula Cantate Domino, que incluye una declaración sobre la lista de los libros inspirados, fue una “definición solemne” de la Iglesia católica.

SIN EMBARGO, DESPÚES DE FLORENCIA, MUCHOS TEÓLOGOS APROBADOS CONTRADIJERON LA DECLARACIÓN DE FLORENCIA

No obstante, después del Concilio de Florencia (antes del Concilio de Trento), ¡algunos de los teólogos más distinguidos y eruditos en la Iglesia sostuvieron y publicaron la posición incorrecta de que los siete libros deuterocanónicos no formaban parte de la Escritura inspirada! Quizá el ejemplo más importante al respecto es el cardenal Francisco Jiménez en su famosa Biblia Políglota Complutense. Esta Biblia célebre fue dedicada al Papa León X y publicada en 1520, poco después de la muerte del cardenal Jiménez en 1517. El Papa León X aprobó la Biblia Políglota Complutense del cardenal Jiménez. En su prefacio a la Biblia, el cardenal Jiménez excluyó a los libros deuterocanónicos de los libros sagrados que pueden ser usados para probar doctrinas eclesiásticas. Con respecto a estos libros, él escribió: “Los libros que están sin el canon, que la Iglesia recibe más bien para la edificación de las personas que para el establecimiento de las doctrinas eclesiásticas se dan solo en griego, pero con una traducción doble”. Eso significa que después del Concilio de Florencia, un clérigo famoso, en una Biblia aprobada por el Papa León X (si bien no enseñando con capacidad infalible), negó la inspiración de los libros deuterocanónicos.
Además, Jiménez no fue el único clérigo que cometió este error después del Concilio de Florencia. El cardenal Seripando, un célebre teólogo, un legado del Papa Pablo III y una figura clave en el Concilio de Trento, también fue un oponente de los libros deuterocanónicos. Lo mismo es cierto de San Antonino, del cardenal Tomás Cayetano (el representante del Papa para oponerse a Martín Lutero), entre otros.
El siguiente resumen del P. Francisco Gigot (1859-1920) es muy interesante. (Nota: Gigot es acusado por algunos de modernismo, pero eso es irrelevante para el asunto. En el siguiente pasaje él simplemente está resumiendo los hechos).
P. Francisco E. Gigot, Colección – 4 libros, edición inglesa, Aeterna Press: “Fue la misma tradición eclesiástica que se proclamó solemnemente poco después en el Concilio de Florencia, cuando Eugenio IV, con la aprobación de los padres de la asamblea, declaró como inspirados por el mismo Espíritu Santo a todos los libros hallados en las Biblias en latín que se usaban entonces, sin distinguirlos en dos clases o categorías...
De hecho, durante la segunda mitad del siglo quince, es decir, después del cierre del Concilio de Florencia, algunos escritores eclesiásticos, tales como Alonso Tostado, obispo de Ávila (1455), San Antonino, arzobispo de Florencia (1459) y Dionisio el cartujano (1471) continuaron en tomar la posición de San Jerónimo en contra de los libros deuterocanónicos... Así como en la última parte del siglo quince, en el comienzo del siglo dieciséis, encontramos algunos eruditos católicos que se opusieron a los libros que no estaban contenidos en el texto hebreo. El primero entre estos es el ilustre cardenal español Jiménez (1517). En el prefacio a su edición magnífica de la Biblia en varios idiomas, llamada la Políglota de Jiménez [la Políglota Complutense], él reproduce el pasaje de San Jerónimo contra los libros deuterocanónicos. ‘Los libros’, escribe, ‘que están sin el canon, que la Iglesia recibe más bien para la edificación de las personas que para el establecimiento de las doctrinas eclesiásticas se dan solo en griego, pero con una traducción doble’... el dominico Tomás de Vio, mejor conocido con el nombre de cardenal Cayetano (1534). Al final de su comentario sobre el libro de Ester, el cardenal escribe abiertamente: ‘En este lugar cerramos nuestro comentario sobre los libros históricos del Antiguo Testamento, porque los libros que quedan (Judith, Tobías, 1 y 2 de Macabeos) son considerados por San Jerónimo por fuera de los libros canónicos y ubicados entre los apócrifos junto con la Sabiduría y el Eclesiástico... Ni se debe inquietar por la extrañeza del hecho, si usted encontrara estos libros considerados entre los libros canónicos, o bien en los sagrados concilios o en los santos doctores. Porque el lenguaje de los concilios y los doctores debe igualmente ser revisado por el juicio de Jerónimo; y según su opinión, esos libros y algunos otros que puedan estar como ellos en el canon de la Biblia, no son canónicos en el sentido de establecer puntos de fe; y aún así, pueden ser llamados canónicos para la edificación de los fieles, en la medida en que se reciben en el canon de la Biblia para este propósito, y son tratados con respeto. Porque con esta distinción usted será capaz de entender las palabras de Agustín y lo que fue escrito en el Concilio de Florencia bajo Eugenio IV, y lo que fue escrito en el concilio provincial de Laodicea y Cartago, y por los Papas Inocencio y Gregorio’”.
Estos hechos prueban que un concilio puede declarar algo solemnemente, y que subsecuentemente los teólogos ‘aprobados’ puedan fallar en reconocerlo o en reconocer su significado. Este caso refuta por completo la objeción susodicha y la falsa metodología de los herejes en nuestros días que niegan el dogma de la salvación. Esto expone la insensatez de los adoradores del hombre que confunden los escritos de teólogos aprobados con el Magisterio, como si los primeros fueran protegidos necesariamente, mientras que el Magisterio estuviera para ser redefinido por ellos. Y este es apenas un ejemplo histórico. Ya hemos cubierto otros, y continuaremos presentando ejemplos en este archivo en cuanto el tiempo lo permita.
Estos hechos demuestran que los teólogos y los papas (en su capacidad falible) pueden estar completamente inadvertidos de (o equivocados) sobre lo que un concilio previo ha declarado sin que ellos se conviertan necesariamente en herejes. Ellos pueden equivocarse sobre el estatus teológico de una verdad. Es por eso que debemos adherirnos y profesar a lo que los papas y el Magisterio enseñan oficialmente, no a lo que los teólogos dicen, si hay alguna contradicción.
Papa Benedicto XIV, Apostolica, # 6, 26 de junio de 1749: “La sentencia de la Iglesia es preferible a la de un Doctor conocido por su santidad y enseñanza”.
Papa Alejandro VIII, Contra los errores de los jansenistas, # 30: “Siempre que uno hallare una doctrina claramente fundada en Agustín, puede mantenerla y enseñarla absolutamente, sin mirar a bula alguna del Pontífice – Condenado”.
Papa Pío XII, Humani generis, # 21, 12 de agosto de 1950: “Y el divino Redentor no ha confiado la interpretación auténtica de este depósito a cada uno de los fieles, ni aun a los teólogos, sino solo al magisterio de la Iglesia”.

martes, 20 de junio de 2017

Christian Modesty


What the Holy Scriptures Say:
Thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14). 
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife (Exodus 20:17). 

We also read in the Gospel of St. Matthew that our Divine Savior Jesus Christ reiterated the ninth commandment when He said: Ye heard that it was said, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." But I say unto you that anyone who looks upon a woman to covet her has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Mt 5: 27-28). 

The Bible tells us: “Know you not that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, who is in you, whom you have from God: and you are not your own? For you are bought with a great price. Glorify and bear God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Immodest dress is an offense to God and does not glorify God, but rather reduces the Christian woman to an object of lust and mocks the laws of God. Modesty in dress, on the other hand, helps safeguard the virtue of purity and is demanded by the moral law of God.
In like manner women also in decent apparel: adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety, not with plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly attire (1 Timothy 2: 9)


What Our Lady Says: 
When we reflect on these issues, we come to mind some of the warnings given by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima (Portugal, 1917): "Certain styles and fashions are being introduced which gravely offend My Divine Son [...] More souls go to hell because of the sins of the flesh than for any other reason. " 100 years have passed since the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima and, how prophetic was her message! With modern technology - television, theaters and videos, and the internet - people are exposed daily to pornography and other immoralities that so much destroy their moral character. Its effects are obvious: fornication, promiscuity and pregnancy of extramarital adolescents, abortions, open promotion of contraceptives and increased rape. How tragic it is to see so many people living as if there were no God, commandments, mortal sin, death, judgment or eternity! However, it is even more tragic to see women and girls who call themselves "Catholic" fall victim to the charms of fashions and indecent styles; And, this way, they become an occasion of sin for many others.


What the Saints Say:
St. John Don Bosco, hearing the bells ring for the death of a young woman who had always dressed badly, exclaimed: "Neither requiem nor glory for her. I am afraid she is already in hell."  
St. Bernard: How beautiful then is modesty and what gem is among the virtues!
St. John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople and one of the 32 doctors of the Church, said the following regarding women who dress immodestly: "You carry your snare everywhere and spread your net in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not indeed by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment. And much more effectively than you could by your voice. When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent? Tell me whom does this world condemn? Whom do the judges in court punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You are more criminal than those who poison the body. You have given the death-dealing drink. You murder not the body but the soul, and it is not to enemies do you do this nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity nor provoked by injury. But you do it out of foolish vanity and pride."
Unfortunately, today's attire seems to have almost no boundaries. It is a disgrace for Christian women to expose their bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Ghost after baptism. A women who dresses immodestly commits a double sin.
 St. Cyprian writes: "Nothing so delights the faithful soul as the healthy consciousness of an unstained modesty. To have vanquished pleasure is the greatest pleasure; nor is there any greater victory than that which is gained over one's desires." 


What the Popes Say:
On January 12, 1930, the Sacred Congregation of the Council, by mandate of Pope Pius XI, issued emphatic instructions on modesty of dress to all bishops: “We recall that a dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers breadth under the pit of the throat, which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows, and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knee. Furthermore, dresses of transparent material are improper. Let parents keep their daughters away from public gymnastic games and contests; but, if their daughters are compelled to attend such exhibitions, let them see to it that they are fully and modestly dressed. Let them never permit their daughters to don immodest garb.”
Pope Benedict XV wrote in his encyclical Sacra Propediem on January 6, 1921: “One cannot sufficiently deplore the blindness of so many women of every age and station. Made foolish by a desire to please, they do not see to what degree the indecency of their clothing shocks every honest man and offends God. Most of them would formerly have blushed for such apparel as for a grave fault against Christian modesty. Now it does not suffice to exhibit themselves on public thoroughfares; they do not fear to cross the threshold of churches, to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and even to bear the seducing food of shameful passion to the Holy Altar, where one receives the Author of Purity.” 
Pope Pius XII seriously admonished Christian mothers: “The good of our soul is more important than that of our body; and we have to prefer the spiritual welfare of our neighbor to our bodily comforts… If a certain kind of dress constitutes a grave and proximate occasion of sin, and endangers the salvation of your soul and others, it is your duty to give it up… O Christian mothers, if you knew what a future of anxieties and perils, of ill-guarded shame you prepare for your sons and daughters, imprudently getting them accustomed to live scantily dressed and making them lose the sense of modesty, you would be ashamed of yourselves and you would dread the harm you are making of yourselves, the harm which you are causing these children, whom Heaven has entrusted to you to be brought up as Christians.” (Pius XII to Catholic Young Women’s Groups of Italy)
Pope Pius XII: You will be more elegant and more pleasant if you dress with simplicity and discreet modesty.
Pope Pius XII said in 1954:“Now many girls do not see anything wrong with following certain shameless styles (fashions) like so many sheep. They would surely blush if they could only guess the impressions they make and the feelings they evoke (arouse) in those who see them.” (July 17, 1954)  

The immodest dress corresponds to: 
 Dresses or low-cut blouses; 
Skirts or shorts that expose the upper legs; 
Transparent clothing; 
 Dresses or pants too tight. 
In the case of men: walking with the torso naked or with tight clothing




martes, 13 de junio de 2017

The Miracle Of Our Lady Of Fatima - El Milagro de Fátima

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Watch Movie in English here (click)
Plot:
It is 1917. Portugal is feeling the after-effects of a storm of anti-religious sentiment and the violent overthrow of the monarchy and the government in the 5 October 1910 revolution. Churches in Lisbon and the rest of Portugal are boarded up. Many priests, nuns, monks and friars are shown being fingerprinted, photographed and registered as possible criminals before being jailed. The rural town of Fátima is small enough to have escaped much of this persecution; their church remains open, and most of the people are devout.

Watching their flocks and playing in a field outside town on May 15 (the actual date of the first apparition was May 13), Lúcia Santos (Susan Whitney) and her cousins, Jacinta Marto (Sherry Jackson) and Francisco Marto (Sammy Ogg) decide to pray their version of the Rosary by yelling out, "Hail Mary!" but not finishing the prayer. In the midst of this activity they hear a clap of thunder and see a flash of lightning from a distance. Thinking it is about to rain, the children gather their sheep and head for their homes. Another flash of lightning causes them to run straight into an unusual "cloud of light" surrounding a little tree on which a mysterious lady stands. Speaking slowly and gently, the Lady asks them to return on the 13th of each month and to offer their sufferings to God for the salvation of sinners. She entreats them to say the Rosary for world peace. Later, they encounter their agnostic friend Hugo (Gilbert Roland) who tells them it is best not to reveal the vision to anyone else, but of course on returning home, Jacinta immediately divulges her sightings.

Jacinta and Francisco's parents quickly believe the story, but Lúcia's mother reacts with disgust and subjects her daughter to emotional and physical mistreatment. She forbids Lúcia to return to the Cova da Iria, but Lúcia does so anyway on the next month's appearance (June 13), and is told then that her cousins will die and go to heaven soon, while she will live a long life in holy service. The parish priest suggests the visions might be from Satan. The local authorities close the Fátima church until the priest can convince the parishioners that no visions have or will happen. The next month, on July 13, the Lady appears again, predicting "another and worse war" (World War II) will happen if the world doesn't stop sinning. She also predicts evil will come from Russia if that nation is unconverted. Kidnapped by provincial administrator Artur Santos (who is not related to Lúcia Santos), the children are first offered bribes, then threatened with death if they don't change their story. Trying to frighten them, he has first Jacinta, then Francisco dragged into another room. Jacinta's terrified screams convince Lúcia that her cousins are dead, but she refuses to deny what she's seen. Warning her that she's about to experience "the full treatment", Artur Santos reunites her with her cousins, who are very much alive, then throws them all in jail. There they find Hugo, who stands by them as they convince all the prisoners to join in the Rosary.

Unable to find any prosecutable evidence, Artur (Frank Silvera) frees the children, who find that the entire population of Fátima has been standing outside waiting for them.

On October 13, when the Lady promised "a sign that will make them believe", about forty thousand people arrive, waiting through a torrential downpour. The Lady appears and says that the war (World War I) will be over soon and the soldiers will be returning to their homes. At precisely noon, as the Lady raises her hands, the clouds part and the sun shines brightly upon all the people—then the sun shifts through a rainbow of colors and appears to move closer, in what many have described as the miracle of the Sun. Many people panic, some pray or watch calmly, and a few sick and disabled people are healed. As the sun returns to normal, we see Hugo standing in the middle of the kneeling crowd, his hat still on. Removing it, he says "Only the fool sayeth there is no God."

A short epilogue, circa 1951, shows the huge basilica where the tree once stood and a million people outside paying homage to Our Lady of Fátima. At the end of the movie inside the new basilica (where the Cova da Iria once was), Lúcia is now a nun praying before the tomb where her cousins are buried, with the converted Hugo at her side.
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Trama:
Es 1917. Portugal está sintiendo los efectos secundarios de una tormenta de sentimientos antirreligiosos y el derrocamiento violento de la monarquía y el gobierno en la revolución del 5 de octubre de 1910. Las iglesias de Lisboa y el resto de Portugal están subidas. Muchos sacerdotes, monjas, monjes y frailes son mostrados tomando huellas dactilares, fotografiados y registrados como posibles criminales antes de ser encarcelados. El pueblo rural de Fátima es lo suficientemente pequeño como para haber escapado gran parte de esta persecución; su iglesia permanece abierta, y la mayoría de la gente es devota.

Lúcia Dos Santos (Susan Whitney) y sus primos, Jacinta Marto (Sherry Jackson) y Francisco Marto (Sammy Ogg), y sus primas, jugando en un campo fuera de la ciudad el 15 de mayo (la fecha real de la primera aparición fue el 13 de mayo) Para rezar su versión del Rosario gritando "¡Ave María!" pero sin terminar la oración. En medio de esta actividad oyen truenos y ven un relámpago a distancia. Pensando que está a punto de llover, los niños reúnen sus ovejas y se dirigen a sus hogares. Otro destello de relámpago les hace correr directamente hacia una inusual "nube de luz" que rodea a un pequeño árbol en el que se encuentra una misteriosa dama. Hablando lenta y suavemente, la Señora les pide que regresen el 13 de cada mes y ofrezcan sus sufrimientos a Dios para la salvación de los pecadores. Les ruega que digan el Rosario por la paz mundial. Más tarde, se encuentran con su amigo agnóstico Hugo (Gilbert Roland) quien les dice que es mejor no revelar la visión a nadie más, pero por supuesto al regresar a casa, Jacinta inmediatamente divulga sus avistamientos.

 Los padres de Jacinta y Francisco creen rápidamente en la historia, pero la madre de Lúcia reacciona con disgusto y somete a su hija a maltratos emocionales y físicos. Ella prohíbe a Lúcia regresar a la Cova da Iria, pero Lúcia lo hace de todos modos en la aparición del próximo mes (13 de junio), y se le dice entonces que sus primos morirán e irán al cielo pronto, mientras ella vivirá una vida larga En servicio santo. El párroco sugiere que las visiones podrían ser de Satanás. Las autoridades locales cierran la iglesia de Fátima hasta que el sacerdote pueda convencer a los feligreses de que no hay visiones ni sucederá. El próximo mes, el 13 de julio, la Señora aparece de nuevo, predecir "otra guerra y peor" (Segunda Guerra Mundial) sucederá si el mundo no deja de pecar. Ella también predice que el mal vendrá de Rusia si esa nación no está convertida. Secuestrado por el administrador provincial Artur Santos (que no tiene parentesco con Lúcia Santos), los niños son primero ofrecidos sobornos, luego amenazados de muerte si no cambian su historia. Tratando de asustarlos, tiene primero Jacinta, luego Francisco arrastró a otra habitación. Los gritos aterrorizados de Jacinta convencen a Lúcia de que sus primos están muertos, pero se niega a negar lo que ha visto. Al advertirle que está a punto de experimentar "el tratamiento completo", Artur Santos la reúne con sus primos, que están muy vivos, luego los arroja a todos a la cárcel. Allí encuentran a Hugo, que está a su lado mientras convencen a todos los prisioneros de unirse al Rosario.

Incapaz de encontrar ninguna evidencia procesable, Artur (Frank Silvera) libera a los niños, que encuentran que toda la población de Fátima ha estado de pie afuera esperando por ellos.

El 13 de octubre, cuando la Señora prometió "una señal que les hará creer", llegan alrededor de cuarenta mil personas, esperando a través de un torrencial aguacero. La Señora aparece y dice que la guerra (Primera Guerra Mundial) terminará pronto y los soldados volverán a sus hogares. A las doce del mediodía, cuando la Señora alza sus manos, la parte de las nubes y el sol brillan sobre todo el pueblo; entonces el sol se desplaza a través de un arco iris de colores y parece acercarse, en lo que muchos han descrito como el milagro del Sol . Muchas personas entran en pánico, algunos oran o miran con calma, y ​​algunas personas enfermas y discapacitadas son sanadas. Cuando el sol vuelve a la normalidad, vemos a Hugo de pie en medio de la multitud arrodillada, con el sombrero todavía encendido. Suprimiéndolo, dice: "Sólo el necio dice que no hay Dios". Un breve epílogo, alrededor de 1951, muestra la enorme basílica en la que se encontraba el árbol y un millón de personas en el exterior homenaje a Nuestra Señora de Fátima. Al final de la película dentro de la nueva basílica (donde estaba la Cova da Iria), Lúcia es ahora una monja rezando ante la tumba donde están enterrados sus primos, con el converso Hugo a su lado.
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miércoles, 7 de junio de 2017

ペンテコステ


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ペンテコステ(ラテン語: Pentecostes)は、聖霊降臨(せいれいこうりん)と呼ばれる新約聖書にあるエピソードの1つ。イエスの復活・昇天後、集まって祈っていた120人の信徒たちの上に、神からの聖霊が降ったという出来事のこと、およびその出来事を記念するキリスト教の祝祭日。教派により訳語は異なり、聖霊降臨祭(せいれいこうりんさい)、五旬節(ごじゅんせつ)、五旬祭(ごじゅんさい)ともいう。

聖霊降臨に関する記事は新約聖書の『使徒言行録』2章1節 - 42節にみられる。それによれば、復活したイエスは弟子たちに「近いうちに聖霊が降る」ことを告げて(使徒言行録1章8節)、天に昇っていく(キリストの昇天)。それから10日後、ユダヤ教の五旬祭の日に使徒とイエスの母や兄弟たち、イエスに従った女たちが集まって祈っていると、激しい風のような音が聞こえ、天から炎のような舌が一人ひとりの上に分かれて降った。集まって祈っていた信徒たちは聖霊に満たされ、さまざまな国の言葉(普通の人に理解できない「異言」ではなく、「外国語」のことである)で語り始めた。地中海世界全域に離散していたディアスポラのユダヤ人たちが、五旬祭のためにエルサレムに集まっていたが、(パレスチナ出身の)信徒たちが地中海世界各地の言葉で語っているのを聞いて驚いた。ペトロが中心になってイエスの死と復活の意味について語ると、多くの人が信じて洗礼を受け、使徒たちのグループに加わった。これが聖書が語る聖霊降臨の出来事である。

歴史的には、ペンテコステという名前はギリシア語で「50番目(の日)」を意味するペンテーコステー(・ヘーメラ) "πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα]" に由来している。これはユダヤ教において過越祭の50日後に祝われる祭日シャブオット(シャヴーオート) "שבועות"(「週」を表すシャヴーア "שבוע" の特殊な複数形。通常の複数形はシャヴーイーム "שבועים")のギリシャ語訳であり、もともとは春に得られる最初の収穫に感謝する農業祭であった。
後にキリスト教徒によって聖霊降臨の出来事と結び付けられ、そちらが重視されたことから、宗教上は収穫感謝の意味は失われた。しかし農業祭としての色彩は、ドイツ、ギリシアなどの民俗に残っている。
キリスト教の聖霊降臨の日は、復活祭から(その日を第一日と)数えて50日後に祝われる移動祝日(年によって日付が変わる祝日)である。日付は毎年異なるが、西方では五月初旬から六月上旬の日曜日、東方では五月初旬から六月下旬の日曜日に行われる。
各国によって聖霊降臨の日の祝い方はさまざまである。たとえばイタリアでは炎のような舌を象徴して式中にバラの花びらをまく。フランスでは激しい風のような音がしたことをあらわして式中にトランペットがふかれる。ドイツでは牝牛に花冠をつけ引き回す。
聖霊降臨を描いた芸術作品は多いが、特に有名なものとしてエル・グレコの絵画『聖霊降臨』がある。
なお、ユダヤ教のペンテコステに関してはシャブオット(七週の祭り)を参照のこと。







domingo, 4 de junio de 2017

Pentecost

Pentecoste (Graece πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα] 'quinquagesimus [dies]') est festum Christianum, quo Spiritus Sancti descensus in discipulos Iesu celebratur. Quinquagesimo post Pascha et decimo post Ascensionem Domini die agitur. Itaque ut Pascha etiam Pentecoste est feria mobilis, statuta quodam die in dierum spatio quod inter 10 Maii et 13 Iunii patet.
In Actibus Apostolorum dicitur Spiritus Sanctus in discipulos descendisse, cum quinquagesimo Sollemnitatis Hebdomadarum die ("τὴν ἡμέραν τῆς πεντηκοστῆς") Hierosolymis congregati essent (Act. 2,1-41). Ita ex ultimo feriae Iudaicae die festum Christianum ortum est. Etiam origo ecclesiae habetur.


The Christian holiday of Pentecost, celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter, commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). This event represents the birth of the Church.

The term Pentecost comes from the Greek Πεντηκοστή (Pentēkostē) meaning "fiftieth". It refers to the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, also known as the "Feast of Weeks" in the Septuagint.
The Septuagint uses the term Pentēkostē in Tobit 2:1 and 2 Maccabees 12:32 to refer to the "Feast of Pentecost". In Tobit 2:1, Pentecost is a Greek term used in a Greek text as an alternate title for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.The Greek term used for Shavuot in the Septuagint translation of Deuteronomy 16:10 and Exodus 34:22 is eorten ebdomadon, often translated into English as "Festival of Weeks."
The Septuagint also uses the word pentekoste in two other senses: to signify the year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:10), an event which occurs every 50th year, and in several passages of chronology as an ordinal number.
The biblical narrative of Pentecost is given in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. Present were about one hundred and twenty followers of Christ (Acts 1:15), including the Twelve Apostles (i.e. the Eleven faithful disciples and Matthias who was Judas' replacement) (Acts 1:13, 26), His mother Mary, and some women. (Acts 1:14).
Their reception of the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room is recounted in Acts 2:1–6:
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
While those on whom the Spirit had descended were speaking in many languages, the Apostle Peter stood up with the eleven and proclaimed to the crowd that this event was the fulfillment of the prophecy ("I will pour out my spirit"). In Acts 2:17, it reads: "'And in the last days,' God says, 'I will pour out my spirit upon every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams." He also mentions (2:15) that it was the third hour of the day (about 9:00 am). Acts 2:41 then reports: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."
St. Peter stated that this event was the beginning of a continual outpouring that would be available to all believers from that point on, Jews and Gentiles alike.
The Descent of the Holy Ghost took place in the Upper Room, or Cenacle, while celebrating the day of Pentecost (Shavuot). The Upper Room was first mentioned in Luke 22:12–13 ( "And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover."). This Upper Room was to be the location of the Last Supper and the institution of Holy Communion. The next mention of an Upper Room is in Acts 1:13–14, the continuation of the Luke narrative by the same writer.
Here the disciples and some women wait and they gave themselves up to constant prayer: "And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren."
Then, in Acts 2:1–2, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting."

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viernes, 2 de junio de 2017

Most Holy Family Monastery - The Benedictine Monastery of The End of Times

 


The Founder of our Benedictine community: 
Brother Joseph Natale O.S.B.
Brother Joseph Natale was trained at St. Vincent’s benedictine Arch-abbey in Latrobe, PA. St. Vincent’s Arch-abbey was the largest Benedictine monastery in the United States. In the 1960’s, Bro. Joseph left with the permission of the then Archabbot Dennis Strittmatter to start his own Benedictine community. Shortly after leaving St. Vincent’s, Bro. Joseph started his Benedictine community in southern New Jersey. Bro. Joseph never allowed the New Mass to be celebrated at his monastery, only allowing the traditional Roman Rite Mass. Bro. Joseph printed, distributed and sold numerous books, pamphlets and audio tapes defending the Catholic faith and educating Catholics about the true teachings of Catholicism. In 1994, the community was given a piece of land in rural New York. Bro. Joseph wrote and stated on many occasions that he would be moving the community to New York. But Bro. Joseph was not able to complete this desire, due to the fact that he died on November 11, 1995. After Bro. Joseph died, Bro. Michael Dimond, O.S.B. was elected superior of the community. Bro. Michael immediately went to work to fulfill Bro. Joseph’s wish to move the community to New York. In late 1997, Most Holy Family Monastery finally finished moving the community and its belongings to New York.
 
Bro. Michael Dimond O.S.B.
Raised in a family with no religion, Bro. Michael Dimond converted to Catholicism at the age of 15. Brother Michael Dimond entered Most Holy Family Monastery in 1992 at the age of 19, a short time after graduating from high school. Brother Michael Dimond’s father graduated from Princeton University in New Jersey and his mother graduated from Stanford University in California. Brother Michael Dimond was elected superior of Most Holy Family Monastery in late 1995. Bro. Dimond took his final vows before a validly ordained priest.
 
About Benedictine communities
The following information is taken from the articles on “St. Benedict” and “Benedictine” in the 1907 Catholic Encyclopedia:
A Benedictine community is a community that lives under the Rule of St. Benedict. In the Benedictine order there is no general or common superior over the whole order other than the pope, and the order consists, so to speak, of what are practically a number of orders, called “congregations”, each of which is self-governing; all are united, not under the obedience to one general superior, but only by the spiritual bond of allegiance to the same Rule, which may be modified according to the circumstances of each particular house or congregation.(1)
“According to Saint Benedict’s idea, each Benedictine monastery constituted a separate, independent, autonomous family, the members of which elected their own superior.”(2) Each Benedictine monastery is unique in so far as they take upon themselves whatever work is necessary for the well-being of their community and of the Church. “Thus during the life of the saint (Benedict) we find what has ever since remained a characteristic feature of Benedictine houses, i.e. the members take up any work which is adapted to their particular circumstances, any work which may be dictated by their necessities. Thus we find Benedictines teaching in the poor schools and in the universities, practicing the arts and following agriculture, undertaking the care of souls, or devoting themselves wholly to study.”(3)
“The hours ordered by the Rule to be devoted daily to systematic reading and study, have given to the world many of the foremost scholars and writers, so that the term ‘Benedictine learning’ has been for long centuries a byword indicative of the learning and laborious research fostered in the Benedictine cloister. The regulations regarding the reception and education of children, moreover, were the germ from which sprang up a great number of famous monastic schools and universities which flourished in the Middle Ages.”(4) The work of education and the cultivation of literature have always been looked upon as belonging by right to the Benedictines.(5)
Besides being the chief educational centers during the Middle Ages, the monasteries were, moreover, the workshops where precious manuscripts were collected, preserved, and multiplied. To the monastic transcribers the world is indebted for most of its ancient literature, not only the Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers, but those of the classical authors also.(6)
 
Early Constitution of the Order of St. Benedict
 During the first four or five centuries after the death of St. Benedict there existed no organic bond of union among the various monasteries other than the Rule itself and obedience to the Holy See. According to St. Benedict, each Benedictine monastery constituted an independent family,(7) the members of which elected their own superior.(8) Each monastery was to be self-contained, self-governing, managing its own affairs, and subject to no external authority except that of the local diocesan bishop, whose powers of control were, however, limited to certain specific conditions.(9)
So intimately connected with domestic life is the whole framework and teaching of the Rule that a Benedictine may be more truly said to enter or join a particular household than to join an order. The Benedictine ideal of poverty is quite different from the Franciscan. The Benedictine takes no explicit vow of poverty; he only vows obedience according to the Rule. The Rule allows all that is necessary to each individual, together with sufficient and varied clothing, abundant food (except the flesh meat of four footed animals), and ample sleep. Possessions could be held in common, they might be large, but they were to be administered for the furtherance of the work of the community and for the benefit of others. While the individual monk was poor, the benedictine monastery was to be in a position to give alms, not to be compelled to seek them. It was to relieve the poor, to clothe the naked, to visit the sick, to bury the dead, to help the afflicted, to entertain all strangers. The poor came to St. Benedict to get help to pay their debts, they came for food.(10) Abbots came to see and advise with St. Benedict. Men of all classes were frequent visitors, and he numbered nobles and bishops among his intimate friends. There were nuns in the neighborhood whom the monks went to preach to and to teach. There was a village nearby in which St. Benedict preached and made many converts.(11)
In the valley of Subiaco, Italy, St. Benedict built 12 benedictine monasteries. At the Benedictine monasteries at Subiaco, Italy, we find no solitaries, no conventual hermits, no great austerities, but men living together in organized Benedictine communities for the purpose of leading good lives, doing such work as came to their hand- carrying water up the steep mountain-side, doing the other household work, raising the twelve cloisters, clearing the ground, making gardens, teaching children, preaching to the country people, reading and studying at least four hours a day, receiving strangers, accepting and training new-comers, attending the regular hours of prayer, reciting and chanting the 150 psalms.(12)
 
Concerning Members of Benedictine Communities
In 1907, the Catholic Encyclopedia pointed out that, “At the present day there is hardly a congregation, Benedictine or otherwise, that has not its lay brethren, and even amongst numerous orders of nuns a similar distinction is observed, either between the nuns that are bound to choir and those that are not so enclosed. The habit worn by the lay brethren is usually a modification of that of the choir monks, sometimes differing from it in color as well as in shape; and the vows of the lay brethren are in most congregations only simple, or renewable periodically, in contrast with the solemn vows for life taken by the choir religious.”(13)
 
Our Community
As is obvious from our website, our community is heavily involved with educating people about what they must know and do in order to save their souls, which is the most important work of charity with which anyone could be involved. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6). And without the Catholic faith it is impossible to be saved. Therefore, our work as Catholic Benedictine monks – especially in this time of the great apostasy – necessarily involves educating Catholics about the true dogmas of the Church and condemning the heresies that are rampant today. Our work also deeply involves exposing the counterfeit Catholic Church of the Vatican II sect, which is deceiving millions of those who profess to be Catholic. This counterfeit Vatican II sect – with its antipopes – is the primary enemy of Jesus Christ today. It is most dangerous for the salvation of souls because it purports to be the Catholic Church but it is not. This is why we dedicate much effort to exposing it.
We also work and pray for the salvation of all non-Catholics, producing and distributing mass quantities of information with the goal of converting them to the one true faith, outside of which no one can be saved. In our apostolic work (called an “apostolate”), we have distributed almost 1 million copies of our videos, audios, DVDs and books. The material that we have distributed and continue to distribute covers a wide variety of topics that are essential, including (to name a few): the necessity of prayer; the eternity and pains of Hell; the shortness of life; miraculous conversion stories; the authenticity of Sacred Scripture; the special creation of the earth; the refutation of the theory of evolution; the miracles and marvels of the Catholic saints; the importance of the message of Fatima; the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin; the Communist and Freemasonic plot against the Catholic Church; the evils of Rock Music; the false and invalid New Mass; the false Second Vatican Council; the false Vatican II antipopes; the dogma outside the Church there is no salvation; and many others.
We also have spoken personally to thousands concerning the true Catholic faith and a person’s obligation to profess it.
Our Community is dedicated first and foremost to Jesus Christ, our Savior, and the worship of the Most Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost)– the One True God – and the profession of the Catholic faith whole and inviolate. Secondly, our Community is deeply dedicated to the promotion of the Holy Rosary as the primary private devotion for a Catholic. Just as without the faith it is impossible to please God, so it is true that without a strong prayer life it is impossible to be saved. We especially promote the 15 decade Rosary, which the monks recite each day. We believe that the 15 decade Rosary is the key to the salvation of many souls and we encourage everyone to attempt to say it and promote it to others. The monks have personally witnessed the incredible transformation in the lives of many people through the 15 decade Rosary. The power of the Holy Rosary is truly amazing, and God has revealed that He has conferred even more efficacy upon the Holy Rosary in our dark days. St. Louis De Montfort recommends one set of mysteries at three different times in the day as an effective way to say the entire Rosary each day. We believe that the salvation of millions of souls hinges upon the practice of a true devotion to the Mother of God and the necessary foundation of a pure profession of the true Catholic faith.
In addition to the above, our community practices (and encourages others to practice) devotion to saints, not only by getting to know their extraordinary devotion to God by learning about their lives, but also by praying to them to intercede with God for us. We have posted on our website a few prayers to saints that we recommend (and we plan to add more). At Most Holy Family Monastery we recite at least one prayer each day to St. Benedict (our founder), St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Michael the Archangel, Jacinta the shepherdess of Fatima, St. Joseph, and St. Jude.

Promises made to St. Benedict regarding the destiny of his Benedictine order and that of its friends and enemies:
1) His order will continue to exist to the End of the World.
2) It will, at the End of the World, in the final battle, render great services to the holy Church and confirm many in the faith.
3) No one shall die in the Order whose salvation would not be assured. And if a monk begins to lead a bad life and does not amend, he will fall into disgrace, or be expelled from the Order, or will leave it of his own accord.
4) Everyone who persecutes his order and does not repent will see his days shortened or meet with an unfortunate end.
5) All, however, who love his order will obtain a happy death.(14)

* Note: Promise number#3 obviously does not apply to the “Benedictines” of the Novus Ordo/Vatican II sect, who claim to be Benedictines but aren’t. Likewise, it does not apply to any heretical group which claims to be a Benedictine community.


1992 Interview to Brother Joseph Natale - Founder of the Most Holy Family Monastery 
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