Showing posts with label Lent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lent. Show all posts

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Fasting During Lent!

What are the current rules for fasting and abstinence? How do I observe the traditional rules?  Both the current legislation and the traditional practices are given below:
Why do we make Penance?
“Unless you do penance, you shall likewise perish.” (Lk. 13:5)
Because we are sinners, justice requires each of us to make recompense to God for the honor we have denied Him by our sins. Because we have misused our goods, our souls and bodies—as well as those of others—the natural law requires us to strive to restore the order we have disturbed by our sins. Thus, the natural law and the Divine Law bind us in a general way to perform acts of penance. In order to help us fulfill this requirement, Holy Mother Church, knowing our weakness and laziness, binds us under ecclesiastical laws to perform works of penance at certain times.
Penance is also useful to obtain better control over our wounded nature. One may refrain himself from a legitimate satisfaction (food, sleep, entertainment, etc.) in order to oblige the body and the passions to obey the direction of the soul. Doing penance, making sacrifices are part of a needed ascetical practice to reform of our inner disorder, the heritage of the original sin. Practiced with the grace of God and prudence (conferring with one’s confessor), it becomes a great means of salvation.
Penance can also be a prayer, a sacrifice of a legitimate good, given to God as a way to recognize His power, to beg for a grace or to manifest one’s love by imitating and being united to Our Lord’s Passion.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Lenten Exercise 2017 for Pope and Roman Curia --- Why Can't He Just Kneel?

All kneel, only the pope stands. Eucharistic Adoration during the Fifth Exercise 2017 for the Pope and the Roman Curia.

Marginal remarks by Gerd Varga
In the Vatican, the Lenten Exercises for the Roman Curia are taking place. Even Pope Francis takes part. As in previous years, the Pope and the Curia have retreated on Sunday to the Casa Divin Maestro Retreat House in Ariccia, just outside the gates of Rome. The Retreat House and the Holy See have published photos on their pages, which have not gone unnoticed. Two marginal remarks:

Marginal Remark 1

The Church of Jesus Magister 1

During the eucharistic adoration in the church of the retreat house, all the cardinals and archbishops who lead the curia offices were kneeling before the exposed Sacrament. Pope Francis stood in the middle of the church.
The picture recalls an unexplained question, which is somewhat polemical, as follows: Why did Pope Francis kneel at the annual foot-washing on Holy Thursday, but not before the Most Blessed Sacrament?
To be fair, it should be added that Pope Francis was kneeling on a photo taken on Tuesday for a Eucharistic blessing. A rarity in view of his practice on Corpus Christi. This is precisely why it is to be pointed out.

Marginal Remark 2

The Church of Jesus Magister, Via Veritas et Vita Retreat House, next to which there are still several smaller chapels, has an extraordinary seating arrangement: no church benches but cushioned single armchairs. The seating has, however, has kneelers, which is not necessarily self-evident in new buildings or after conversions of churches. The "mature Christian" is familiar with God, he drones in the head, with which we would again refer to observation 1.

The Church of Jesus Magister 2

The first comment may sound presumptuous, but the Holy See would not let a stone fall out of the never used tiara, if it declared the papal weakness of knee briefly and concisely but officially. Who would not understand if there was a physical affliction for it? The physical presence before the Blessed Sacrament is, in any case, is no triviality, and can therefore not be dismissed as the private affair of a pope.
The latter remark may seem irrelevant. Is it, though? I admit: I'm also irritated by Swiss churches, which are heated up to room temperature in the winter. The visit to the church should not be too pleasant and comfortable.
Image: Casadivinmaestro /

Link to Katholisches...
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pilgrimage Church Mentlberg: High Mass with Ashes in Traditional Mass

Pilgrimage Church Mentlberg near Innsbruck
(Innsbruck) On Sunday, February 22   High Mass will be celebrated in the traditional Roman rite with the conferring of  Ashes in the pilgrimage church Mentlberg near Innsbruck.  Mentlberg is on the heights over the Inn valley southwest of Innsbruck. The church has a miraculous image of Our Sorrowful Mother on the Gallwiese.
The statue dates from around 1500 and was originally worshiped in the church of Holzheim near  Ulm. When Protestant doctrine gained ascendancy there during the Thirty Years War, it was brought to Innsbruck in 1638.  On Mentlberg soon arose a new pilgrimage to Our Lady of Sorrows with the Saviour taken down from the cross on her lap. The magnificent baroque church was consecrated in 1770.
For several years the faithful who attend the Immemorial Roman Rite have found a home in the Diocese of Innsbruck at Mentelberg. They are supported by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.  The celebrant next Sunday will be Daniel Kaplan Kretschmar, priest of the Archdiocese of Vaduz. Kretschmar who was consecrated in 2011 by Archbishop Haas in Rome, is a trained church musician. Since then, he has been involved in the establishment of the Fraternity of St. Peter in Salzburg.

Celebrant: Kaplan Kretschmar - vocal ensemble Sonoritas sings works for two choirs

At High Mass on Sunday at the beginning of Lent, the vocal ensemble is Sonoritas for the glory of God, will sing works for two choirs: the Missa Salve by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) and the cantata I will not leave you, for you bless me (BWV 157 ) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). The ensemble Sonoritas , is dedicated in a special way to the care of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony , and came into being parallel for the sacred liturgy in the old rite in Innsbruck.
Whoever did not have the opportunity to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday,  can catch it up on Sunday. The Sanctuary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary on Mentelberg is completely dedicated to the passion and cross of Christ.  This is concentrated in Lent on  penance in preparation for the Easter Vigil.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Wikicommons

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pope Francis: "The Roman Curia is the Labor Union of the Faithful"

(Rome) After the end of the Spiritual Exercises for the Roman Curia, Pope Francis returned to the Vatican. In the morning he thanked the retreat preacher Don Angelo De Donati before leaving: "We return with  good seed back home. God will send the rain. "
A few minutes before 11:30 clock the tour bus arrived with Pope Francis and the collaborators of the Roman Curia back to the Vatican again. In recent days they had been participating in the Casa Divin Maestro  in Ariccia on Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
At 9 o'clock the retreat had ended with the Closing Statement by Don Angelo De Donati, the retreat director. De Donati is a priest of the Diocese of Rome. He leads a spiritual retreat house and the smallest parish in Rome with barely 100 souls.
When Pope Francis thanked the preacher, he referred to himself and the 82 participating cardinals and bishops as a "labor union of the Faithful". "I thank you because you were the sower, and you can, you can! Because you throw here and there without noticing or at least you pretend you do not notice it, but you hit the mark, they come to the core, you hit the mark. Thanks for that. And I ask you to continue to pray for this labor union of the faithful. We are all sinners, but we all want to follow Jesus even more, without losing hope in the promises and without losing humor. Thank you. We now return with  good seed back home, the seed of the Word of God. The Lord will send rain and grow these seeds. He will grow and bear fruit. Let us thank the Lord for the seeds and for the rain, He sends. But we also want to thank the sower."
Today, the Pontifical House preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa held the first Lenten sermon in the chapel Redemptoris Mater of the Apostolic Palace. The theme of the Lenten sermons in 2014 reads: "On the shoulders of giants. The great truths of our faith in the Latin Church Fathers."   The next four sermons are always held in the coming Fridays of the 21st and 28th of February and the 4th and 11th of March.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Una Fides
Trans:  Tancred 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pope to Take a Humble Bus Ride 30 Kilometers to Lenten Retreat in Ariccia

It is the first time that a Pope has paid a Lenten visit to a place outside of Rome for fasting retreat.

Vatican City ( / KAP)  Pope Francis wants to use the bus for his ride to a Lenten retreat. It is believed that Francis will travel the distance 30km from  Rome to  Ariccia together with the other participants in the bus, Vatican Radio reported on Thursday.

The Pope has made several  trips into  the community in his limo. As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he constantly took advantage of public transportation. Even after his election as pontiff he went together with cardinals on the bus to Santa Marta Guest House. 

On next Sunday, 9th March till  Friday 14 March, the Pope will retire together with the  heads of the Roman Curia for meditation in a formation house. It is the first time that a Pope has visited a   Lenten fast retreat to a place outside of Rome.

 Francis and his colleagues will hear lectures in the religious formation house "Casa Divin Maestro" in Ariccia, which is managed by the order of the "Societa San Paolo", by  the popular Roman priest Don Angelo De Donati. De Donati leads the Roman   Parish of San Marco al Campidoglio. 

Directing the retreat is considered a great honor. In 1996, during the pontificate of John Paul II, that honor was given to the Archbishop of Vienna Christoph Schönborn.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

SSPX German District Superior Calls for Day of Fasting for a Good Outcome at Conclave

The District Superior of Germany, Father Franz Schmidberger, calls all believers to participate in a fast day, which is to be held in all the houses of the SSPX in Germany.

The intention of the fast day is the good outcome of the election of a pope.

From the circular letter to the brothers in the German district:

Stuttgart 9, March 2013

According to information from the Rome conclave begins on Tuesday, the 12th March. In order for all the communities of the Society in the German district of Monday or Tuesday to hold a day of fasting.

All the faithful are invited to join in this day of fasting.

On Tuesday, the "Votive Mass for election of a pope" can second classed as a votive Mass in red with Gloria, but no creed, and the commemoration of Lent.

With fraternal greetings,

Father Franz Schmidberger

Note: A fast day is completed according to the Catholic Church's law on a day in which you are taking only one full meal (preferably lunch). In the morning and in the evening just a little snack is allowed (in the morning a piece of dry bread and drink, dinner a bowl of soup with a piece of bread). Drinking does not break the fast.

Under the new Code (1983) obligatory fast days are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday ( this is unknown to many Catholics  due to the lack of preaching in parishes!).

The SSPX fasts in their homes, every Friday during Lent and the Ember Days.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Witch in the Sanctuary

This photo is only  a foreboding of that which will take place in many churches in Germany:  Carnival dance and costumes in the Holy of Holies. had uncovered a scandal last year in Ochsenhausen.  Unfortunately, Ochsenhausen is only the tip of the iceberg, as generally it is the case throughout Germany that the church and community halls will be exchanged.

Even Dean Schanzle didn't show the slightest reflection:  he will renew his use of unworthy costumes in the church. will soon write up some suggestions as to how a traditional Catholic can defend against the profanation of the churches.

Link to piusinfo....