“ Catholicism is what it is. You don’t have to believe it. You don’t have to follow it. But it’s not up to them to modernize to you. It’s not up to any religion, although some do this, ‘cause they want the money. They want the membership. But the Catholic Church doesn’t do it. It’s not up to them to bend and shape and mold itself to accommodate the shrinking depravity of a worldwide culture. It’s to provide the exact opposite. It’s to provide a beacon out of depravity, among other things. ”
“ This is the first day of the rest of your life.
Because even in the dark you can still see the light.
It’s gonna be alright. ”
Matt Maher, “Hold Us Together” (via onesmallinstrument)
Not abstaining from whatever you gave up for Lent on Sundays is not cheating. Sundays are never days of penance (and apparently, Saturday after 5 PM isn’t either)
“ [Latin] is the common language of the Catholic world and it’s especially advantageous when people of different language backgrounds come together. The irony is that the Church made the move to the vernacular just at the point in history when, because of migration and tourism, people began travelling all over the world. Thus, it would be convenient to have a shared language that we can all worship in. ”
Archbishop Cordileone, interviewed in the Catholic Herald (via badwolfcomplex)
Approximately 500,000 people Marching for Life in Washington DC today.
Mainstream media refuses to cover this event.
Okay, so I know they like to say things like a few thousand people gathered today but it’s so much bigger than that. Really, though, these pictures don’t even do it justice, and that’s a big crowd up there.
Also, can we have a big round of applause for the DC police? Year after year, they are just so respectful and so phenomenal.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
“ The problem is all these pastors, youth pastors and music directors keep telling us young folk what bores us, what we really like, what we find interesting. And guess what, THEY’RE WRONG! If one listens to the young Catholic voice, one would find we are yearning for beauty, for tradition and for truth. Traditional Catholicism honestly fascinates us! We go all week hearing perky pop-songs, jumping techno and chatter that doesn’t leave a minute of silence. We go to church and we get exposed to the same exact things. Thus, of course we find it boring! Why should we go to Mass when we can stay home and sing “Gather us in”, listen to a preacher on tv and fill our rooms with noise? Young people are sick of the world. We long for a safe habitat where we can bow before God and think. We crave contact with ancientness, with a strong grounding, with strong Catholic identity. God’s people are chosen out of the world, set apart, destined for a heavenly home. We want a taste of that!! ”
“ One thing that is not being tried in any particularly enthusiastic way by people who call themselves Catholic is Catholicism. ”
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.