26 September 2015

Bishop Sheen on Mercy


We hear lots today about mercy and being merciful. Here is what Bishop Sheen had to say about mercy. Unfortunately what we mostly have today is the "feather-bed for those who fall from justice" variety of mercy.

"If mercy meant the forgiveness of all faults without retribution and without justice, it would end in a multiplication of wrongs. Mercy is for those who will not abuse it, and no man will abuse it who already started to make the wrong right, as justice demands. What some today call mercy is not mercy at all, but a feather-bed for those who fall from justice; and thus they multiply guilt and evil by supplying such mattresses. To become the object of mercy is not the same as to got scot-free, for as the word of God says: “Whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth.”

22 September 2015

The Order of Malta's Aid to Refugees in Germany

Order of Malta support for refugees in Germany

In Germany over 30 facilities provide medical and legal assistance to asylum seekers. In 2014, about half the refugees in Germany were assisted by special structures managed by the Order of Malta. Following the latest wave of arrivals the Order has stepped up its commitment and there are now 70 operational emergency shelters that can house up to 50,000 refugees. 1,600 volunteers are distributing basic necessities, tents and blankets. The Order’s volunteer doctors and nurses are helping the refugees arriving in the main railways stations from Berlin to Munich. 
In Munich, the Order of Malta was requested by the federal government to set up, together with its local humanitarian partners and the civil defence, a screening and communication centre to coordinate first aid, reception and accommodation for refugees.

For the full story visit the Order of Malta's official page.

Pictures from Dominican Rite Mass

Here are a few pictures from the Dominican Rite Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis on September 19, 2015. 

19 September 2015

A Meditation on the Beauty of Praying the Office

An inspiring meditation on praying the Divine Office by Blessed Schuster, a chaplain Grand Cross of the Order of Malta. 


I close my eyes, and while my lips murmur the words of the Breviary which I know by heart, I leave behind their literal meaning, and feel that I am in that endless land where the Church, militant and pilgrim, passes, walking towards the promised fatherland. I breathe with the Church in the same light by day, the same darkness by night; I see on every side of me the forces of evil that beset and assail Her; I find myself in the midst of Her battles and victories, Her prayers of anguish and Her songs of triumph, in the midst of the oppression of prisoners, the groans of the dying, the rejoicing of the armies and captains victorious. I find myself in their midst, but not as a passive spectator; nay rather, as one whose vigilance and skill, whose strength and courage can bear a decisive weight on the outcome of the struggle between good and evil, and upon the eternal destinies of individual men and of the multitude. (Blessed Card. Ildefonso Schuster, Archbishop of Milan, 1929-54) 

16 September 2015

Mass in the Dominican Rite at Basilica in Minneapolis

This Saturday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Fr. Dominic Holtz O.P. will be celebrating a Missa Cantata in the traditional Dominican Rite in place of the previously scheduled Mass with Cardinal Burke.

The Dominican Rite precedes the Extraordinary Form aka the Traditional Latin Mass or Mass of St. Pius V by nearly 300 years.

For more information on the history of the Dominican Rite please see these links.


10 September 2015

Archbishop of Malta Celebrates Mass with the Knights of St. John

The link to the homily given by Archbishop Scicluna at the Mass. The Archbishop celebrates a Solemn Mass on the Nativity of Our Lady- maltadiocese

Video of Processional and Recessional parts of the Mass at St. John's Co-Cathedral commemorating the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta. In the video you will see the resident knight from Fort St. Angelo carrying the sword of Grand Master La Vallette from the Siege.

Prayer in the Cathedral's crypt before the tomb of the Grand Master La Vallette.

06 September 2015

450th Anniversary Procession to Commemorate Great Siege of Malta.

Procession of the Knights of St. John to the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Birgu to commemorate the victory of the Knights and the end to the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.

Liturgical memorial service following the procession.


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