16 February 2017

08 February 2017

Defense of the Faith Lecture with Cardinal Burke in Kansas City

This Friday, February 10th, Cardinal Burke will be giving a lecture entitled, "The Challenges to the Defense of the Faith in Our Times." If you are in the Kansas City area this weekend you won't want to miss it. 

04 February 2017

Pope Francis' Vision of the Reformed Order of Malta

From Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register.  But remember he's not invading the sovereignty of the Order.

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu as his special delegate to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a position he will hold until the election of a new Grand Master as head of the Order.
In a Feb. 2 letter to the archbishop released Feb. 4, the Pope instructed Archbishop Becciu, who will continue in his current position as Substitute at the Secretariat of State, to “work closely” with Fra' Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, currently running the Order ad interim. He wrote that both of them must work for “the greater good of the Order and for the reconciliation among all its components, religious and lay”, and assist in how to make an “appropriate renewal” of the Order’s Constitution. 
In particular, the Pope said the delegate is to “take care of all matters relating to the spiritual and moral renewal of the Order,” and act as the Pope’s “exclusive spokesperson on all matters relating to relations between the Apostolic See and the Order.”
The Holy Father added that the delegate will therefore have “all the necessary powers to decide any issues that may arise concerning the implementation of the mandate entrusted” to him.

Pope Francis Posters Appearing All over Rome


02 February 2017

Order of Malta Press Conference Feb. 2, 2017

This morning the new hierarchy of the Order of Malta led by the Grand Chancellor held a press conference. A key point as to the future direction of the Order comes in this quote,"The resignation of the Grand Master opens a new phase in the life of the Order, and with renewed vigor, the Order concentrates fully on the enormous challenges in humanitarian diplomacy and the work on the ground." Goodbye SMOM, hello Catholic NGO.

06 January 2017

Boeselager Claims Secret Meeting in Munich with Supporters

A Spanish newspaper is claiming that President's of National Associations and Grand Priors of the Order of Malta were present at a secret meeting in Munich before Christmas to "pursue consultations with von Boeselager." Is he "fighting for justice" or planning a coup? And if it was a secret meeting why would you leak the fact that you had a secret meeting. The president of the American Association was not there nor I presume, though have not yet confirmed, were the others from the U.S. Who was there? We know his friends the President of the German Assoc. and the procurator for the Grand Priory of Bohemia. But who else? Anyone? This appears to be more and more dishonorable behavior on his part.

05 January 2017

Von Boeselager versus the Order of Malta

The Tablet Exclusive: Cardinal Burke and Grand Master Festing defied wishes of Pope by sacking Grand Chancellor.  It's hard to keep it all straight. This week the media is saying Pope Francis didn't want von Boeselager removed. Of course it's exclusive and we can guess where the information is coming from...

From the article, "But the row has sparked an internal crisis inside the Order which shows no sign of abating: in a statement Boeselager says his sacking and subsequent suspension from the Order was unconstitutional and is threatening to use the Order’s legal system to prove his point."

Well then Herr von Boeselager that's what you should have done and the fact you didn't is quite the self-damning statement of your guilt. If you have been wrongly accused or terminated then you should fight it within the legal structure open to you. Or you could imitate the example of numerous saints who have been wrongly accused but who in their humility have borne the injustice quietly and patiently only to be vindicated in the end, i.e., St. Padre Pio. But if you are guilty as charged you do as you have done and go to your friends and seek the interference of the Vatican all the while pretending to take the high road.

21 December 2016

Dec. 20, 1522- The Day the Knights Surrendered Rhodes

Today is the date in 1522 when the Knights accepted defeat and surrendered the island of Rhodes  http://gloriaromanorum.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-20-ad-1522-knights-of-saint.html?m=1

03 December 2016

Pray Rosary with the Incarcerated

If you have found yourself wanting to get involved with Prison Ministry but don't have an opportunity to actually visit a prison this might by for you.

From a Knight of the Order in Florida. 
"I would like to announce a Malta Prison Ministry initiative beginning January 2017, it's the "Prisoner Evening Rosary of Common Petition". As a Marian Order, we would like to encourage a more frequent use of the rosary. For our incarcerated brothers and sisters, it is a perfect time to teach them to pray the rosary, and offer their petitions to Our Lord, through Mary. It is a perfect opportunity to encourage the daily use of the rosary, and build habits that will last throughout their lifetime. The term "Common Petition" refers to the seven common petitions that prisoners will say each of the seven nights of the week at precisely 8:00 PM, EST. Everyone participating will be praying for the same specific petition, at the same exact time. Attached to this note are the petitions for each night.
Over time, this nightly event will unify all prisoners across the country, in one common prayer for the intention of the day. Over time, we hope to have thousands of rosaries being prayed at the same time, for the same intention, each evening at the same 8;00 PM hour, not adjusting for time zones. Naturally, prisoners are free to add intentions as they wish, but there will be one common intention for the whole country. Hopefully prisoners will invite additional prisoners to their common prayer circle and the spiritual voices will grow, all the while petitioning through Mary, and hopefully developing the habit of the daily rosary.
All the prisoners in Florida pray for the families of all the incarcerated; that the Blessed Mother will watch over these families and keep them from want, and that their children will be properly cared for.
All prisoners will ask Blessed Mother to intercede on behalf of all those who have been falsely accused. That the justice system will bring to light all the facts surrounding their arrest, and they may be treated with the justice they deserve.
All the prisoners will pray to the Blessed Mother to intercede for the poor of the world. That those who have, will enthusiastically share with those who have not. That God, through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, will shower the poorest of the poor with His grace and relieve their suffering.
All prisoners will pray for each other. That their case will receive the fair evaluation that is necessary to render fair judgment. For those that receive sentences, that God will inspire mercy from the judge.
Prisoners will pray to Our Lord in thanksgiving for His suffering and death on the cross. On this day Christ died for our sins, and that they ask the Lord for the strength not to sin against Him further. Prisoners will petition God for the forgiveness of everyone’s sins, and each prisoner personally resolve to renew his/her commitment to a better life.
Prisoners pray to the Blessed Mother for her help and protection against the evils and injustices of the world. That Blessed Mother will intercede with Our Lord on behalf of all nations to govern its people with justice and with true compassion for the least among their citizens.
Prisoners will celebrate the resurrection of Christ. That as difficult as the world might seem, Our Lord and Savior has risen and has promised to deliver all who seek Him out, as well as all those who are faithful to His commandments. Prisoners will pray that the evils of the world will not sway them from following the teachings of Christ, because they love God more than they love themselves.

27 November 2016

St. John the Baptist Church, Little Maplestead, England

St John the Baptist Church, Little Maplestead, England. The present church was built in the 14th century, renovated in the 1850's and is one of only four round churches still in use in England. It was built on a site originally given to the Order of of St John in 1185 and is still associated with the English, Venerable Order of St. John today. Every year members of the Venerable Order of St. John process to the Church on the first Sunday of June.


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