Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Spiritual Warfare 101

The body of Christ today is lacking in information on Spiritual Warfare, a battle which all of us in the Body of Christ cannot avoid. These lectures are offered as a small introduction for my brothers and sisters to start them on the path

Monday, September 14, 2020

Sub Tuum Praesidium and Litany of Humility

 

Sub Tuum Praesidium


The Litany of Humility

The 2020 Election - Recommended Reading to Understand Our History

 


Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars: A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies


In this comprehensive history, Fr. Charles Connor details the life of Catholics in the American Colonies. It's a tale that begins with the flight of English Catholics to religious freedom in Maryland in 1634, and continues through the post-Revolutionary period, by which time the constitutions of all but four of the first 13 states contained harsh anti-Catholic provisions. 

Catholic readers will be proud to learn from that despite almost two centuries of ever-more-intense religious persecutions and even harsher legal prohibitions, American Catholics in the colonies simply refused to abandon the Catholic Faith.

This is an indispensable reading for souls interested in the deep roots of Catholicism in America, and in the holy courage of scores of Catholics who kept remorseless forces from driving Catholicism out of America. Among other things, you'll learn:

  • The tale of The Ark and The Dove that carried the first settlers to Maryland
  • The surprisingly harsh anti-Catholic sentiments of most of the Founding Fathers
  • The Quaker/Catholic alliance that promoted both religions
  • The role of persecuted Catholics in the Revolutionary War
  • Why, in that War, many Catholics favored the anti-Catholic British
  • The French Jesuits who evangelized New York and its frontier areas, and the saints who were martyred there
  • The years in which, throughout the colonies, Catholics became an endangered species




  • Faith and Fury: The Rise of Catholicism During the Civil War

    In the bloody Civil War that split our nation, American bishops worked for the success of the Union . . . and of the Confederacy! As Catholics slaughtered Catholics, pious priests on both sides prayed God to give success in battle. . . to their own side. Men in blue and men in gray flinched at the Consecration as cannonballs (fired by Catholic opponents) rained down on them during battlefield Masses.

    Many are the moving and often surprising stories in these pages of brave Catholics on both sides of the conflict stories told by Fr. Charles Connor, one of our country s foremost experts on Catholic American history.

    Through searing anecdotes and learned analysis, Fr. Connor here shows how the tumult, tragedy, and bravery of the War forged a new American identity, even as it created a new American Catholic identity, as Catholics often new immigrants found themselves on both sides of the conflict.

    Fr. Connor s account shows that in the nineteenth century and on both sides of the conflict, the Church in America was a combination of visionary leadership and moral blindness much as is the Church in America today. From consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, Catholics today will discover ways to bridge the gulf that today divides so many in our Church and in our nation.

    Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America


    Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States has sold more than 2.5 million copies. It is pushed by Hollywood celebrities, defended by university professors who know better, and assigned in high school and college classrooms to teach students that American history is nothing more than a litany of oppression, slavery, and exploitation. 

    Zinn’s history is popular, but it is also massively wrong.

    Scholar Mary Grabar exposes just how wrong in her stunning new book Debunking Howard Zinn, which demolishes Zinn’s Marxist talking points that now dominate American education. 

    In Debunking Howard Zinn, you’ll learn, contra Zinn: 
    • How Columbus was not a genocidal maniac, and was, in fact, a defender of Indians
    • Why the American Indians were not feminist-communist sexual revolutionaries ahead of their time
    • How the United States was founded to protect liberty, not white males’ ill-gotten wealth
    • Why Americans of the “Greatest Generation” were not the equivalent of Nazi war criminals 
    • How the Viet Cong were not well-meaning community leaders advocating for local self-rule
    • Why the Black Panthers were not civil rights leaders


    Grabar also reveals Zinn’s bag of dishonest rhetorical tricks: his slavish reliance on partisan history, explicit rejection of historical balance, and selective quotation of sources to make them say the exact opposite of what their authors intended. If you care about America’s past—and our future—you need this book.


    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    The 2020 Election

    Michael (archangel) - WikipediaThe 2020 Presidential Election will determine the course of the future.

    As Christians, we MUST wage war in the spiritual realm. We propose that the following sequence of prayers be our daily rule until the election, if not afterwards.


    Sunday - A Dominican Litany to the Mother of God
    Monday - Litany for America
    Tuesday - The Litany of Loreto/The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    Wednesday - The Litany of the Sacred Heart
    Thursday The Litany of St. Dominic
    Friday - The Litany of the Saints
    Saturday - The Litany of Dominican Saints and Blesseds


    At the conclusion, each day, we pray Consecration of Our Nation to the Mother of God  and Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart, with the intention, "that every evil spirit leading the US to perdition be bound and that the US once again become a Christian nation"

    One may wish to periodically pray The Lorica of St. Patrick, for protection, and The Litany of Humility.


    Additionally, we pray The Divine Praises(below) sporadically during the day

    Blessed be God.
    Blessed be His Holy Name.
    Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
    Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
    Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
    Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
    Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
    Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
    Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
    Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
    Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
    Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
    Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
    Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints forever.

    Monday, July 20, 2020

    Pray for America

    I think most of us would agree that the United States is in desperate need of prayer.

    Please consider the prayers on our Recommended Devotions page, in particular The Litany for America.

    God bless you for your faithfulness.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    New Member!

    On Saturday Morning, June 20, 2020, St. Louis Bertrand Fraternity of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic received Gloria Hunt as a novice.  

    Due to social distancing guidelines, there were few members besides Gloria's family present, but we rejoice at her joining our family!

    Fraternity President Dick Fitzgerald officiated


    Formation Director Nancy Coleman witnesses
    Gloria signing the reception record book.

    Friday, May 8, 2020