Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Holy Rosary – The Threefold Antidote

The spirit of the world is threefold, and exercises power over the mind, heart and body. It is like a triple-headed serpent which throttles numbers of Christians and ruins them. What weapon is capable of killing this gigantic serpent? Lo, it is the Rosary, which is also threefold in form. With invincible power it drives this hideous spirit-serpent from the heart. The grace-abounding, joyful Rosary is directed against the pride of life, haughtiness and revolt against the commandments of God. It shows us the Son of God in His unspeakable humility and abasement; it shows us the true God become[…]

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Jesus Blessing Children

The Blessing of Children

In her motherly love and care, the Church provides a number of liturgical ceremonies for the blessing of children. They are to be performed by the priest according to the Roman Ritual. One, for an individual child, may be used either at home or in church. The other one is more solemn, to be used for blessing a group of children in the church. Then there is a special blessing of babies; a blessing of expectant mothers; and a special blessing of mothers after giving birth, which includes a blessing of their babies (this is the so-called “churching”). Another touching[…]

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Outside the Church There is No Salvation

“Salus extra Ecclesiam non est”: Outside the Church there is no Salvation

The Latin phrase “Salus extra Ecclesiam non est” means: “outside the Church there is no salvation“. This expression comes from the writings of Saint Cyprian of Carthage (✞ 258), a bishop of the 3rd century. It is a dogma of the Catholic Church and the Apostolic Orthodox Church, and has been affirmed many times throughout 2000 years of Christianity. Our knowledge of the Truth is precisely what Christ has given to His apostles from the beginning of the Church and faithfully handed down to us by the uncompromising Holy Catholic Church. The language used to express this doctrine has always been[…]

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Scriptural Rosary Guide

Scriptural Rosary Guide | Prayers Of The Holy Rosary

Our Lady to St. Dominic (1214): “Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world? “— ‘Oh, my Lady,’ answered St. Dominic, ‘you know far better than I do…’ Then Our Lady replied: “I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation stone of the New Testament. Therefore if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach My Psalter.” — Our Lady to Saint Dominic, from The Secret of the Rosary by Saint Louis de Montfort.[…]

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Beware of false prophets

Beware of False Prophets! Cornelius a Lapide’s Commentary on Matthew 7:15-22

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Beware of false prophets, &c. Christ passes on to a most salutary admonition concerning the taking heed of false teachers, who teach that the way to heaven is not strait, but easy, and who thus send those who follow them not to heaven but to hell. They teach that we need not fast, nor go to confession, nor preserve virginity, nor religious vows; they allow all sorts of liberty to the flesh, and take away all merit from good works. Observe,[…]

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Candlemas, Symbolism & Blessing of Candles

The Candlemas, Symbolism & Blessing of Candles

The use of lights as an adjunct to worship goes back to the beginning of the Church, and even farther. Among the Jews and in many pagan rites the use of lights had long been looked upon as appropriate in connection with public homage to their God or gods. It is probable that among Christians they were first employed simply to dispel darkness, when the sacred mysteries were celebrated before dawn, as was the custom, or in the gloom of the catacombs; but the beautiful symbolism of their use was soon recognized by the writers’ of the early Church. The[…]

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Six Discourses on Natural Calamities, Divine Threats and the Four Gates of Hell Paperback – 13 Jun 2012 by St. Alphonsus Liguouri

“Six Discourses on Natural Calamities, Divine Threats, and the Four Gates of Hell” by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, great Doctor of the Church, has written six of the most powerful discourses on how God uses natural calamities such as Floods, Storms, Droughts, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, etc. to warn people to change their ways, rather than as punishments. He discusses how God threatens to chastise us in order to save us from chastisement; how sinners often refuse to believe in God’s Divine Threats until the chastisements come upon them; how God is merciful for a season and then chastises; how external devotions are useless if we do not cleanse our souls from sin; how God chastises[…]

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