Rorate Caeli

Crisis? What crisis?
The beast was slain


Dum proeliaretur [Roman Breviary, II Antiphon of I & II Vespers and Lauds of Michaelmas]
Fernando de las Infantas

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"I saw that the beast was slain, and the body thereof was destroyed, and given to the fire to be burnt." (Roman Breviary, Matins of Michaelmas, First Lesson of the First Nocturn.) 

Thine, O sweet Jesus, are the magnificent Archangels, in whom the benignity of Thy great condescension chiefly works; for, glorious satraps of Thy palace, Thou disdainest not to dispatch them down to this poor world to support and help our lowliness, creatures of clay that we are, and close allied to dust and ashes.


Through them, by Thy command, the chiefest interests of our salvation are administered, and the profoundest secrets of Thy supreme purpose are conveyed to us by them; by them come sicknesses and health to the generations of mankind; by them the kingdoms and the empires of the world subsist.


And, chief amongst them do we own Thy Michael, the stalwart standard-bearer and the citizen of heaven, who stands in advance of the army of the living God, and brandishing his champion’s blade thunders.
Saint Anselm
Meditationes

7 comments:

Enoch said...

Our dear Holy Mother Church has, more often than not, endured crises of one sort of another in her two-thousand year history.

Consider the first 300 years, in which, in Italy, it would have been possibly perlilous to admit that you were a follower of Christ. The Catholics, in those days, were under severe persecution. Who would have thought at that time, that one day Rome would fall, and that the Catholic faith would no longer be outlawed, but tolerated, and later, it would become a Catholic country? It was miraculous, really.

When St. Paul was imprisoned in Rome, what did the early Church in those days look like? Who would have thought, then, that the Church would not fall, but it would prevail? Those martyrs did not give up. Their faith in the Church did not waver.

And there were other crises, such as the Reformation, which took many Catholic lives. How bleak was the outlook for the survival of the Church in some parts of the world! And yet, the Church prevailed. She was not lost. And even now, though there is a crisis, as there usually is, are we to believe that the Church will not ultimately prevail?

Anonymous said...

Enoch, Well said! Too many of us are too gloomy and fractious. "The most beautiful adventure in the world is ours!", to borrow a phrase. Holy joy is attractive and our work as latter day apostles should be as exciting and fruitful as we read in the Acts of the Apostles. God is still interested in men and just wants us to trust Him and turn to him. Our help is in the Name of the Lord. Let's act as though we believe in HIM. A Loyal Reader.

Steve said...

Consider further that Italy is no longer Catholic and the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved in Portugal.

I'm thinking that the world as we know it will radically change in a week, a month, a year, ten years?

One thing is certain, the Catholic Faith will remain.

Knight of Malta said...

Good response Enoch!

We live in an age where "fair is foul, and foul is fair" in the famous words of Shakespear!

Anonymous said...

Breaking Great News from Canada:

I have just received confirmation: the T.L.M. has been restored to the Archdiocese of Moncton, New Brunswick, on the every -Sunday basis and at the one time of 11.00 a.m. This is the first every-Su. T.L.M. in N.B. in about forty years. The Archbishop, His Grace The Most Rev. André Richard, is aware of this and supports it.

N.B. is Canada's 'other' Catholic Province, traditionally about two-thirds Catholic (half Acadian French and most of the rest of Irish stock). The Sermon for this Latin Mass is delivered in Both French and English, and the celebrant distributes copies of the propers in both languages.


This comes on the heels of the vital restoration every Sunday in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. I am flabbergasted. I will buy a bottle of Dom Perignon and celebrate. Finally, Canada is no the Latin Mass map.

P.K.T.P.

Joe B said...

P.K.T.P., are either of these TLMs close enough for you to attend regularly?

Speaking of the Beast, consider the Catacombs, which the early Beast filled up with hundreds of thousands of Catholics who preferred to suffer death rather than compromise their faith, including accusations of cannibalism from the Roman authorities. It is a good apologetics argument against someone having come along and imposing a strange new belief like the Real Presence, as those Christians were already accepting martyrdom rather than deny that belief.

I am not Spartacus said...

When all about us we see men timorous and temporising; when all about us we see men cowed and brow-beaten; when all about us we see men feminised and despised; when all about us we see real masculinity hated and mocked, it is bracing that we men, especially we Christian Catholic men have a warrior Prince we can follow into battle.

As men it is in our nature to be warriors and, as least as far as I can see, we Christian Catholic men must be fortified and strengthened in the Immemorial Mass and through the use of the magnificent prayers to be found in The Raccolta and in the ecclesiastical, theological, and historical education provided by the great Saint-to-be, Dom Prosper Gueranger, in "The Liturgical Year.

I do not care what any other man on the face of this earth says, it is the plain and simple truth that the Catholic Church, since at least 1962, has ceased to teach men how to be men.


PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the fearful warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come thou to the assistance of men, whom Almighty God created immortal, making them in His own image and likeness and redeeming the at a great price from the tyranny of Satan. Fight this day the battle of the Lord with thy legions of holy Angels, even as of old thou didst fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud spirits and all his rebel angels, who were powerless to stand against the, neither was their place found any more inHeaven. And that apostate angel, transformed into an angel of darkness who still creeps about the earth to encompass our ruin, was cast headlong into the abyss together with his followers. But behold, that first enemy of mankind, and a murderer from the beginning, has regained his confidence. Changing himself into an angel of light, he goes about with the whole multitude of the wicked spirits to invade the earth and blot out the Name of God and His Christ, to plunder, to slay and to consign to eternal damnation the souls that have been destined for a crown of everlasting life. This wicked serpent, like an unclean torrent, pours into men of depraved minds and corrupt hearts the poison of his malice, the spirt of lying, impiety and blasphemy, and the deadly breath of impurity and every form of vice and iniquity. These crafty enemies of mankind have filled to overflowing with gall and wormwood the Church, which is the Bride of the Lamb without spot; they have paid profane hands upon her most sacred treasures. Make haste, therefore, O invincible Prince, to help the people of God against the inroads of the lost spirits and grant us the victory. Amen.

* "The faithful who recite devoutly some prayers in honor of St. Michael the Archangel at any season of the year, with the intention of continuing the said prayers for nine consecutive days, may gain:
An indulgence of 5 years once each day:
A plenary indulgence, on the usual conditions, at the end of their novena.