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“I saw the torments of hell and those of purgatory; no words can describe them. Had poor mortals the faintest idea of them, they would suffer a thousand deaths rather than undergo the least of their torments during a single day.”
— St. Catherine of Siena
Modernism is the coming together of many heresies, but if you look carefully you will see that they all share a disbelief in, or disdain of, the supernatural. The supernatural, of course, is the belief in angels and devils, heaven and hell, sin and salvation. It is composed of that which is above the natural, that which we can feel only with the soul, and know only through the highest of reason.
Many moderns believe these unseen matters to be foolishness, ignorance, and in so doing they distance themselves from them, endangering their soul for the sake of honor and pride, for the satisfaction of thinking they are the highest authority over their own lives.
Looking at these latest scandals in the Church is to see this principle in action. If someone believed in heaven and hell, sin and salvation, would they commit these awful sins for years? Would they do so without remorse, without removing themselves from occasions of sin, without recognizing that they are on the path to Hell? It is hard to believe, but the fact is that once you cut yourself off from supernatural truth, you are simply an unprotected soul behind enemy lines.
Tonight the Traditian Order begins its series of resource-based articles supporting those wishing to learn the Rosary prayers in the language of the Church with the Apostles Creed.
The Apostles Creed / Symbolum Apostolorum
|I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ,
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
|Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem,
Creatorem caeli et terrae.
Et in Iesum Christum,
Credo in Spiritum Sanctum,
Audio: The Apostles Creed in English from the Boston Catholic Journal:
Audio: Symbolum Apostolorum in Latin from the Boston Catholic Journal:
Father Edwin Palka, member of the Order and pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord parish in Tampa, Florida, home of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, begins this week a series of homilies about the Traditional Latin Mass, which we are happy to be able to share.
When all are collected, and with his permission, we will put them on their own page. Until then, here are the first two:
Explanation Of The Mass I: Vesting Prayers
Explanation Of The Mass II: Prayers Leading Up To The Mass; Asperges, Prayers At The Foot Of The Altar.
Transmute the poor bread of my life into your life;
thrill the wine of my wasted life into your divine Spirit;
unite my broken heart with your Heart;
change my cross into a crucifix.
Let not my abandonment and my sorrow go to waste.
Gather up the fragments,
and as the drop of water is absorbed by the wine
at the Offertory of the Mass, let my life be absorbed in you.
Let my little cross be entwined with your great Cross
so that I may purchase the joys of everlasting happiness
in union with you.
— Bishop Fulton J. Sheen