Click here to see pictures from the Reading Men’s Group recent visit to the Cell of St Thomas More at the Tower of London!
Click here to see pictures from the Reading Men’s Group recent visit to the Cell of St Thomas More at the Tower of London!
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In this issue:
Editorial: Blasé, Blazing, Blessed
Fr de Malleray discusses the supernatural meaning of the fire at Notre-Dame for Europe and Christianity
Interview with an Ex-Mason
A courageous man shares his past experience as a freemason and why he left.
Our summer camps and youth apostolates, for your diaries.
Fr John Gerard: The Jesuit Pimpernel
Fr Loewenstein reviews the autobiography of a humorous and inventive English missionary under Penal Times.
Death Penalty and Church Teaching
Dr Cyrille Dounot explains the teaching of the Church and Fathers on this delicate question.
Young Men Travel To Amsterdam And Beyond
Fr Armand de Malleray reviews The Spirit and the Flesh, a recently published conversion narrative by T. J. Dias.
The Case of Pope Liberius and St Athanasius
Dr Seth Phipps examines the evidence regarding the good standing of the heroic Patriarch of Alexandria.
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Homily to young adults and professionals on the 15th anniversary of Juventutem, Friday 24th May 2019, Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, St Mary Moorfields, London, UK, by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP, General Chaplain to the Juventutem International Federation (cf www.juventutem.org). See typed summary below video screen – click on picture or link to start video.
On the 15th anniversary of the Juventutem movement, on the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, Fr De Malleray, FSSP, gives a sermon on the sanctification of youth. He begins with an overview of Juventutem, which gets its name from the psalm “Judica Me”, and was created with the purpose of helping young Catholics become saints through the Roman traditions of the Church.
Fr De Malleray reminds us that sanctity is our most important goal. But we can often be persuaded that it’s far too ambitious, that sainthood is only reserved for others. Nevertheless, he says, every human being is called to become a saint, and they are called right now in this moment. Indeed, such a calling will not be easy. The youth of today are beset by media, celebrities, allured into false paradises, while the teaching of the Church is out of focus. Meanwhile, the Magesterium is losing some of its precision and determination. All of this makes it objectively more difficult for us to become saints. Yet we must remember: “where sin abounds, grace over-abounds”.
Fr De Malleray asks: “do you want to be a saint?”. It is the will of God and He has given us the means, if we will only dispose ourselves to them. What stands in the way? The frailty of our human condition, and the voice whispering in our ear that sainthood is beyond our reach. Difficult though these are, we should have some perspective. The youth of the historical church had it far tougher than those of today. We still enjoy freedom and we should make use of it to live a sacramental life. The sacrifice of the mass; confession; daily meditation; devotions – such as those to Our Lady – all of these enable us to draw closer to Our Blessed Lord.
He reflects on the emblem for Juventutem. It is a monstrance, and signifies the importance of deepening our Eucharistic faith. Fr De Malleray identifies the Traditional Latin Mass as the best means from which our sancrification must be drawn. This liturgy, which most eloquently expresses the salvific truth of Christian revelation, is unique. There has not been found a rite more adequate, fitting and fruitful than this. Countless saints, down the generations, have been nourished in their love for the Holy Eucharist through the words and gestures of what is called the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
Fr De Malleray concludes: “Do you want to become saints?” It is possible. There is only one problem. Sin. But this problem can be addressed if we are willing. If we cooperate with the grace of God, through the Sacrifice of the Mass, and welcome Our Lord into our hearts. Then, having received the truth, it is fitting to share it with others. We should tell our friends of this saving truth. God will help us in our mission. His grace has been made available. All it needs is our co-operation, of self-surrender in our daily lives. Fr De Malleray then invites the faithful, to give the Lord a blank cheque that He might dispose of our talents in the way that He knows best, in order to be His apostles, and facilitate the conversion of London, and England back to Our Blessed Lord and Our Blessed Lady.
“This we ask through the intercession of all the young canonised saints and Our Lady Help of Christians”
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Thank God for a third UK applicant admitted at our international seminary in America.
Please pray for any hurdle to be overcome for Harry, Conan and Tom to begin formation for the sacred prieshood next September at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary.
There are various causes explaining why these three brave men applied, and got admitted. But surely, your prayers for priestly vocations are an important factor, in response to the Lord’s command: “The harvest is abundant but the labourers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out labourers for his harvest” (Mt 9:38).
Congratulations to Monica from Liverpool and Matteo from West Sussex who will be enrolled in our international prayer network, the Confraternity of St Peter, next 9th June, on Whitsunday.
Like them, make your prayer for vocations more efficient through https://www.fssp.org/…/help-us/confraternity-of-saint-peter/, and have 460 FSSP clerics + 6,600 Confraternity members include you in their daily prayers.
Confraternity of Saint Peter FAQ’s
Can I still join the Confraternity if…
1) If I can’t travel easily and I would not have the time to attend events with the Confraternity?
– Yes, you may join. Provided you say the daily decade and Prayer, and have the Mass offered once a year by any priest in good standing, you are not required to do anything more, even on the day of your enrolment.
2) If I do not intend to be part of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter?
– Yes, you may join. The Confraternity of St Peter (CSP) is formally distinct from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP). Any Catholic can join the former; but only priests and future priests can join the latter. Confraternity members retain full liberty and can decide to leave at any time.
3) If I already have spiritual commitments?
– Yes, you may join. For instance, if you are already committed to praying one decade of the rosary daily, you can apply it to the Confraternity’s intentions, added to your other intentions. If those were meant to exclude any other, you simply say a further decade.
4) If I normally attend the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, not the Extraordinary Form.
– Yes, you may join. Your prayers for priestly vocations and ministry as a committed Catholic are always valued.
5) If I want to pray for vocations not exclusively to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter?
– Yes, you may join. As a member of the Confraternity, you intend your prayer to benefit principally our seminarians and priests, but you may include others at your discretion.
6) If I am a seminarian / deacon / priest / bishop / religious / sister?
– Yes, you may join. The Confraternity is not for lay persons only. Any clerics and consecrated persons in good standing are welcome.
7) If I am not able to give any money?
– Yes, you may join. Your commitment is purely spiritual, and we do not expect you to contribute financially. Financial support to the formation of our seminarians and to the ministry of our priests is gratefully received, irrespective of Confraternity membership.
8) If I can’t conveniently recite the daily decade and Prayer in Latin, nor have the yearly Mass offered in the Extraordinary Form?
– Yes, you may join. You may say the decade in your preferred language and use any approved translation of the Prayer. While it is fitting to have the yearly Mass offered according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite, any other rite authorised by the Catholic Church may be used as an alternative.
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After their successful annual Conference at St George’s Cathedral in London last 4th May (nearly 150 attended).
Great articles in this issue on Conversion, Islam, Education, Literature, Faith, by Cardinal Sarah, Gabriele Kuby, Fr Linus Clovis, Fr Armand de Malleray and more.
Click here or on cover picture below to open the online magazine.
This pilgrimage is organised primarily for members of the Confraternity of St Peter, the 6,600-strong international prayer network for vocations linked with the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. But anyone supportive of Catholic priestly vocations is welcome to join.
Chaplain: Fr de Malleray, FSSP – General Chaplain to the Confraternity of St Peter.
Included: Eighth annual Summorum Pontificum Int’l. Pilgrimage in Rome.
Pilgrims from the UK & Ireland are welcome to join this pilgrimage for the following rate:1995 GBP for land only. The single room cost would be an additional 395 GBP.
Please contact Syversen Touring for any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook page for this event: https://business.facebook.com/events/175175610083502/
Even though you may be unable to participate, please pray for many holy priests!
Click here to see a selection of photos from the Easter Ceremonies!
WHY BE A CATHOLIC:
TO BE A TRUE DISCIPLE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
4th May 2019
CONFERENCE @ ST GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL
Webpage & booking: http://www.familyandlife.co.uk/conference
Facebook Event Page: https://business.facebook.com/events/277152076495721/
Basing itself on scripture and tradition, Vatican II teaches that the Church is necessary for salvation since Christ, the one mediator and way of salvation, is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and baptism (cf. Mk. 16:16; Jn. 3:5), and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which is entered through baptism as through a door. Therefore, no one can be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, refuses either to enter it, or to remain in it. Church membership obliges us to respond in thought, word and deed to the grace and teachings of Christ. Lumen Gentium §14.
09:30 HOLY MASS at St George’s Cathedral
10:30 FR. ARMAND DE MALLERAY, FSSP on ‘Our Eucharistic Faith is key to evangelization’
11:45 GABRIELE KUBY on ‘The Sexual Crisis of the Church – a reason to stay’
13:55 THE WORK OF FAMILY LIFE INTERNATIONAL -2018
14:15 FR. LINUS CLOVIS on ‘A Church in Crisis – Why be Catholic?’
15:30 PATRICK FAGAN on ‘Civilization’s Keystone: The Father-Son Bond’
16:30 Q&A ALL SPEAKERS
FR ARMAND DE MALLERAY, FSSP
REDISCOVERING OUR EUCHARISTIC FAITH IS KEY TO EVANGELIZATION
Rediscovering our Eucharistic faith is key to evangelisation. The Sacred Host is God present among us, without Whom we can do nothing, let alone evangelise. The deeper our Eucharistic faith, the more fruitful our witness to the world. The Church grows from the Eucharistic Sacrifice, Presence and Communion. Committed Eucharistic adorers will foster lasting evangelisation.
Fr de Malleray’s book on the Holy Eucharist can be ordered here: https://www.lumenfidei.ie/product/ego-eimi-it-is-i/
THE SEXUAL CRISIS OF THE CHURCH – A REASON TO STAY
“The gates of hell shall not prevail” against the church, not even the hell of sexual abuse. How did we get there? How do we get out? By inspiration, conversion and purification. The beautiful plan of God for man and woman, sex, marriage and family is the answer to the longing in every human heart.
FR. LINUS CLOVIS
A CHURCH IN CRISIS – WHY BE CATHOLIC?
A crisis is a moment of decision, a time of testing. That the Church is currently in a state of crisis is clear for all to see. The daily unfolding scandals of clerical sexual immorality from priests to cardinals, the financial chicanery enveloping the Vatican Bank, the institutional cover-ups, the shrinking congregations, the open opposition between bishops, the undermining of settled doctrine all point to a time of testing and of answering the question “Why be Catholic”.
PAT FAGAN, PH.D.
CIVILIZATION’S KEYSTONE: THE FATHER-SON BOND
Marxists gradually realized they could dismantle Western, Christian, Civilization from within by destroying the father of the intact married family — the “Patriarch”— through “sex gone wild”. The key to rebuilding is for each father to take charge of his sons’ formation in the fullness of sexuality.
G.K. CHESTERTON ONCE WROTE,
“The difficulty in explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church to preserve the truth He gave us and hand it down through the centuries, helping people all around the world encounter the love of God in every age and in every corner of the earth. Over the years, there have been an untold number of questions and objections raised about the Catholic Church’s teachings and practices. The answers are there, and it’s worth your time to find them. As the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “There are not even 100 people in this country who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they think the Catholic Church to be.” The Lord wants us all to know and understand His truth, so we can embrace it wholeheartedly and live by it. Christ reminds us, “The truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
Address of the St George’s Cathedral is on Lambeth RD, London