Thursday, October 3, 2013

A spear thrust

Rorate-Caeli unpacks Sandro Magister's article "The Francis Transformation". To quote:

It emerges from conversations with his visitors that Ratzinger himself has seen in this restriction a "vulnus" on his 2007 motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum."

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pope Leo XIII's prayer to St. Joseph

Jay Boyd, of Philothea on Phire, has posted a very pertinent article about the St. Joseph Prayer that Pope Leo XIII gave to the Church. He is the Pope who gave us the St. Michael Prayer. Go here to read about this prayer. It is needed as much now as then.  Here's the prayer (and there are special instructions for praying it after the Rosary each day in October):

To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also. Through that sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by his blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength. 

 O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin. Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as you once saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity. Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.