31 July 2008

Behold The Lamb - Teaching Little Folks About the Holy Mass

There is a newly re-published book I heartily recommend, especially for those looking to educate their children about the meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is titled Behold the Lamb! A Book for Little Folks About the Holy Mass. It was first printed in 1912 and the introduction was written by Fr. Vincent McNabb, who readers of my blog will know, is one of my favorite authors. It is a only about 100 pages but full of wisdom and information. Each chapter contains a short lesson of instruction on the subject followed by a story to further illustrate its meaning. I am putting it under my recommended books and if you click on the link to Amazon and purchase it, and/or anything else, the monies I receive support the works of the Order of Malta.

Here are a few excerpts from the book.

. . .These things you ought to do are your duties and other peoples rights. Of course you have rights, too, but I hope they will never, all your life, seem as important or as interesting to you as your duties. People who are never interested in anything but their rights are never very noble characters.

Let us talk for a few minutes about God's rights and our duties.

We are obliged to go to Mass every Sunday and Holy Day if we are able, otherwise we should commit a mortal sin; but some, even amongst those who never miss, wish that they were not obliged to go. This is because they do not know enough of the wonders of Holy Mass, and so to them it seems dull -------a commonplace thing.

I should like to tell you enough about these wonders to make you realize that nothing in the whole world can be compared with the Holy Mass;. . . and to make you love it so much that your greatest and truest joy will be to hear it, not only when you are obliged, but as often as ever God gives you the opportunity.

30 July 2008

Reparation for Eucharistic Desceraction

From the Catholic News Agency

Clergy confraternity calls for prayer and fasting in reparation for Eucharistic desecration

Baltimore, Jul 29, 2008 / 10:51 pm (CNA).- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, a national association of over 600 priests and deacons, has responded to the reported desecration of the Eucharist at the hands of a Minnesota biology professor and science blogger by asking for the Catholics of Minnesota and the entire nation to join in a day of prayer and fasting.

“We find the actions of University of Minnesota (Morris) Professor Paul Myers reprehensible, inexcusable, and unconstitutional,” the group said in a statement. “His flagrant display of irreverence by profaning a consecrated Host from a Catholic church goes beyond the limit of academic freedom and free speech.”

The confraternity argued that Myers’ claim to have acquired and desecrated a consecrated Host is a violation of the freedom of religion guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

“Lies and hate speech which incite contempt or violence are not protected under the law,” they further asserted, arguing that freedom of religion means “no one has the right to attack, malign or grossly offend a faith tradition they personally do not have membership [in] or ascribe allegiance.”

The confraternity lamented the inaction of the University of Minnesota chancellor, who they said refused to reprimand or censure Myers.
“Tolerating such behavior by university officials is equally repugnant as it lends credibility to the act of religious hatred,” they stated.

The confraternity said it would pray “that Professor Myers contritely repent and apologize.”


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