24 02, 2022

Travel Tips for Catholics (and Others)

By |2022-02-23T14:28:23+00:00February 24th, 2022|Theology|

Obviously, there are a million websites telling you how to travel.  But this "Pilgrim Priest" is going to give you a few new tips you may not have known: Ahead of Time: Find out which countries require vaccines and masks not only to tour, but also to land in their country.  Also, your passport may not be enough.  Make sure to get travel-visas ahead of time.  (Just before my very first flight to Brazil in seminary, I got stopped on the way from Denver to Rio De Janeiro in Atlanta, not knowing I needed a visa to enter Brazil.  I had to fly back to Denver and re-book everything.  Since [...]

23 02, 2022

To Remain at the Foot of the Cross

By |2022-02-23T14:01:59+00:00February 23rd, 2022|Life|

My friend, Msgr. Philip Reilly of the diocese of Brooklyn was the founder of Helpers of God's Precious Infants.  Msgr. Reilly was one of the pioneers of sidewalk counseling in the United States.  His method of love, fasting, prayer, kindness and constant presence at the abortion centers has been the cause of tens of thousands of saves and the closing of many abortion centers. Msgr. Reilly is an extremely gentle and compassionate sidewalk counselor who has turned away countless women from an abortion center in Brooklyn and has inspired the satellite units of Helpers of God's Precious Infants to close numerous abortion mills.  But even when sidewalk counselors are not [...]

22 02, 2022

Are Trads Mean?

By |2022-02-22T13:34:41+00:00February 22nd, 2022|Theology|

I recently stayed with traditional priest who, although Western and a bit older than me, reminded me of a Holy Fool of the East. A Holy Fool in Russian is called юродивый or a yurodivy and it's its own class of saint. The Holy Fool makes you think he is stupid, but in fact—it's you he reveals as stupid. The Eastern Church's holy fool is not insane as the name implies to Western eyes, but is rather an indomitable lover of God who makes you re-think your own arrogance through his prophetic actions in your life. (The older Latin priest I stayed with had little idea he was like the [...]

17 02, 2022

Ex Opere Operato vs. Ex Opere Operantis

By |2022-02-16T02:10:47+00:00February 17th, 2022|Theology|

Fr. John Hardon SJ is quoted at The Fatima Center defining these two sacramental terms:   Ex opere operantis is a term mainly applied to the good dispositions with which a sacrament is received, to distinguish it from the ex opere operato which is the built-in efficacy of a sacrament properly conferred.   The above is an excellent definition of those two sacramental terms that always must be considered in a balance.  Most amateur theologians today are pretty good at knowing the principle of ex opere operato, namely, that a priest in mortal sin still validly confects the sacraments (provided he say the correct words.)  This is good that amateur theologians know this.  But most amateur [...]

15 02, 2022

The Book of Jude for Today

By |2022-02-16T01:07:29+00:00February 15th, 2022|Theology|

Jude is one of two books in the Bible that is so short that it is numbered not according to chapter and verse, but rather verse only.  It seems Jude is particularly applicable to today.  We'll look at a few verses with St. Jude's words in Scripture in italics and my commentary in bold: Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.—Jude 3 The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. So, if 1920s Catholicism looked like medieval Catholicism, [...]

11 02, 2022

EIX 1: The Gospel of Jesus Christ in English

By |2022-02-13T05:07:34+00:00February 11th, 2022|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

This is a video and audio series using the Greek abbreviation EIX which stands for Eὐαγγέλιον Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.  That is, “Gospel of Jesus Christ.” This is a multi-language evangelization series used to explain the basics of Apostolic Catholicism in just 15 minutes to unbelievers, seekers and even uneducated Catholics. Part 1 is in English.  By God's grace and by your prayers, future episodes of EIX will be in other languages. Thanks to Randy Grasso, Mike Ton, William Gil (and special thanks to the late Bishop Morrow who wrote the text for this series.) https://rumble.com/embed/vs4v06/?pub=e5jg1  

10 02, 2022

Mary: The Missing Key to Courage

By |2022-02-08T23:07:51+00:00February 10th, 2022|Theology|

Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.—Jn 19:27 Even though Sacred Tradition outside Scripture proposes some accounts of Apostles having wavering courage after Pentecost (for example, the famous story of St. Peter fleeing Rome under persecution as Christ appears to him to say Quo Vadis? at which point Peter returns to Rome to be crucified) we know that for the most part, the pre-Pentecost Apostles have numerous failures in courage whereas the post-Pentecost Apostles have nearly unchecked success in their cooperation with the Holy Spirit's gift of fortitude as 11 of the 12 of them approach [...]

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