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Reference for First Friday and Saturday Devotions - Reblog 5

   + JMJ For reference I have created a summary Map for the First Friday (Sacred Heart) and Saturday Devotions (Immaculate Heart) devotion.  P^3 First Friday Overview In 1688, during an apparition to Saint Margaret Mary, Our Lord Jesus Christ promised the grace of the Holy Death to those who would receive Holy Communion on the first Friday of the month, nine months in a row. This was called The Great Promise. Reparatory Communions on the First Fridays of the month: The Twelfth Promise was inserted in full in the Bull of Canonization of St. Margaret Mary on May 13, 1920, by Pope Benedict XV. He thus wanted to encourage the practice of reparatory communions on the nine first Fridays of the month, in honour of the Sacred Heart. Promises I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life. I will establish peace in their homes. I will comfort them in all their afflictions. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death. I will bestow abundant blessings up
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How to speak so people will listen - Julian Treasure

 + JMJ  Having conversations with people in a key social skill. As a Catholic speaking with others, how you present yourself and Catholicism matters. I love the fact that the presenter highlights "dogmatism" in discussions and the difference between fact and opinion. P^3    

Navigating Catholic Life - Part 3 Strategic Planning: A Catholic's Plan for Life

+ JMJ  Strategic planning is an exercise that businesses use to decide what actions to take to be successful. There are a number of models for strategic planning and the one that I employ creates a hierarchy of  Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives.  In this model there is one vision, supported by one mission, support by a number of goals that, in turn, are supported by a number of objectives (see image below). These terms are defined as: Vision: Desire future state Mission: Our purpose Goal: What you need to achieve in order to fulfill your mission and ultimately your vision. Objective: What you need to accomplish in order to achieve goal.    I have been involved in strat planning and recently noted the similarity between the goals of strategic planning and one of the first Catechism questions:  Q. Why did God make you? A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven. I realized that this effectively is a s

Reference for First Friday and Saturday Devotions - Reblog 4

   + JMJ For reference I have created a summary Map for the First Friday (Sacred Heart) and Saturday Devotions (Immaculate Heart) devotion.  P^3 First Friday Overview In 1688, during an apparition to Saint Margaret Mary, Our Lord Jesus Christ promised the grace of the Holy Death to those who would receive Holy Communion on the first Friday of the month, nine months in a row. This was called The Great Promise. Reparatory Communions on the First Fridays of the month: The Twelfth Promise was inserted in full in the Bull of Canonization of St. Margaret Mary on May 13, 1920, by Pope Benedict XV. He thus wanted to encourage the practice of reparatory communions on the nine first Fridays of the month, in honour of the Sacred Heart. Promises I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life. I will establish peace in their homes. I will comfort them in all their afflictions. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death. I will bestow abundant blessings up

Navigating Catholic Life - Part _: The Importance of Respect

 + JMJ I've been thinking about Murrax's question and realized that I missed a key principle: Respect. So this article is on that topic and in particular meaning #2: Due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights and traditions of others. In "others" I would include Family, Friends, Authority and God (not necessarily in that order).     Thinking critically, I wondered what does "With Due regard to ..." mean? According to Merriam-Webster (link) , "with due regard to ..." means: With the proper care or concern for ...   Putting this together we have the following composite definition for respect: With the proper care or concern for the feelings, wishes, rights, traditions, of God, authorities, family, elders, friends, and others. So, holding a person in respect means that we will consider them as we make decisions and take action.  This becomes critical when the 'feelings, wishes, rights and traditions' run counter to our own personal desire

SSPX: Belgium - A Liturgical Text to Bless Homosexual Couples

 + JMJ  This is definitely one for the Chronicle. Cardinal Josef De Kesel, together with the other Flemish bishops of Belgium, published a liturgical text intended for the blessing of homosexual couples. An announcement, released on September 20, 2022, presented this blessing. Courtesy of FSSPX.news There is a lot of talk about wanting to present the Catholic Church as inclusive or more correctly that no one is excluded. This has been around since the Second Vatican Council and in the search for an 'inclusive Catholic Church", the teachings of Sin, Hell, Divinity of Christ have effectively been suppressed to the point where some people question whether anyone is in Hell. Here is the challenge from the perspective of Catholic Teaching: A person who is in a State of Grace and commits a mortal sin, falls into a State of Mortal Sin. They can regain the State of Grace only when they obtain forgiveness either via the Sacrament of Confession by making a good confession, the Last R

The Truth about Mental Reservations Part 4: Conclusion

 + JMJ   In post 3 I ended which some questions that I wanted to understand. Who has a right to an unambiguous answer? Examples include: when a pastor questions parties preparing for marriage,  when a person who is about to be inducted into office is asked about his freedom from disqualifications,  when a witness in court is interrogated about matters on which he can testify, when one party to a contract seeks from the other necessary knowledge about the contract;  What rights could be injured? Examples include: against the common good, in favor of a private good). When are you bound to keep the truth from a questioner? those who are questioned about secrets which sacramental or professional confidence forbids them to disclose (e.g., confessors, doctors, lawyers, statesmen, and secretaries) should deny knowledge, or, if hard-pressed, even the facts. .     The answer, "I do not know" or "No," in these cases simply means: "I have no personal or communicable 

The Truth about Mental Reservations Part 3: Employing Mental Reservations

 + JMJ I had recourse to Jone's Moral Theology to augment the other resource. A mental reservation is essentially that a "speaker puts a meaning into words which is different from that which the words taken into themselves have in ordinary conversation". Strict Mental Reservation:  Forbidden Used when the actual meaning of the utterance can in no way be inferred from the external circumstances. e.g. I have not stolen - adds mentally - with the left hand but with the right. Broad Mental Reservation: Permissible sometimes with sufficient reason If the meaning of the expression can be inferred either from the circumstances of the question of the answer, of from customary usage, even if, as a matter of fact, such inference is not actually made; such as the conventional polite phrases, e.g. The mistress is not at home, meaning, not at home to receive visitors.    From my reading I have concluded that the use of mental reservations or ambiguities are governed by the following k

The Truth about Mental Reservations Part 2: Defining Mental Reservations

 + JMJ   2399. Mental Reservation.--Mental reservation is an act of the mind by which a speaker restricts or limits his words to a meaning which they do not naturally or clearly convey; or it is an internal modification of an external speech delivered without any or without clear external modification. There are two types of mental reservation: Strict and Broad. Strict mental reservation is a 'modification' of the meaning without any external signs and is always sinful. Broad mental reservations are those in which the internal modification can be perceived.  Depending on some factors this type of reservation can be sinful or allowed. Finally, there are ambiguous answers. There are answers that have multiple interpretations, one of which coincides with the truth and the other(s) are simply a misinterpretation. However, the context can render an ambiguous answer a lie. P^3

The Truth about Mental Reservations Part 1: Introduction and Reference

 + JMJ Introduction  The truth matters to me and there are few things that trigger me as strongly as the truth of a matter (pun). This may be due to my Mother's ability to always catch me in a lie or my inability to lie well :-).  Nonetheless, I am strongly triggered by falsehood and being who I am, I don't back down in an argument as I believe that by having discussions we can drive towards the truth of a matter ... at least as close to it as possible in this life.  However, being the the son of a man who escaped a communist regime, I also realize that speaking the truth in an imprudent manner could lead to unpleasantries. This is the reason why I decided to study the Catholic principles of mental reservations. The fruit of my labours will be this new series.   Mental reservations are the act of withholding some information when answering a question without directly lying. There are conditions where it is unlawful to conceal the truth, there are times when it is allowed and th

Steve Skojec: New Legislation Claims UFO Threat Increasing - And Only Some Have Known Human Origin (Updated)

 + JMJ    When Steve Skojec sold 1P5, I subscribed to his post 1P5 newsletter. I had suspected that, from some of his writing, Skojec was experiencing a crisis of Faith. In other words, that he was losing the faith. I was not incorrect and [since then] I've noticed him go off in various directions.  Recently, I came across his responses to people who challenged his opinion on the existence of "Aliens", meaning other species.  Frankly, some of the arguments that were advanced by his opponents were simply expositions of ignorance, which Skojec treated as such.  [I found a note of derision in his responses but that may have been unintended.] Moving on ... Here's a screen shot from the latest bit that arrived in my inbox. There is a lot of language around the world that makes you want to 'sit up and take notice'.  However, I think we need to dig a little deeper into some sub-surface issues. The first is trust.  Ultimately, if you want to believe something you are

SSPX: Traditionis Custodes, Desiderio Desideravi, and Their Positions on the Mass

+ JMJ The sustained attack of the Tridentine Mass and the Ecclesiology that it represents continues. The opinions about it are decending into the ludicrous as one Cardinal (Roche) has stated that it is protestant to adhere to the Tridentine Mass: The Novus Ordo Mass, born out of and after the Second Vatican Council, was part of a necessary “reform,” said Roche. “After two world wars which had been initiated in the heart of Christian Europe, it was obvious that there needed to be an enormous reform within the Church,” he stated. Citing this “reform,” Roche criticized “those who are dragging their feet,” suggesting that by opposing this “reform” they are becoming “Protestant.”   That reform is taking place, but it’s a slow process because there are those who are dragging their feet with regard to this and not only dragging their feet but stubbornly opposing what the Church has actually decreed. That’s a very serious matter. In the end, people have to ask themselves: am I re

Is the Faith of Traditional Catholics Dead?

 + JMJ    Well this was upsetting. The Catholic Family News reported that: Pope Says Trads Have “Dead Faith” (link) . Instead, for those people who are looking backward, who call themselves traditionalists, it is the dead faith of the living.  If true Traditionalists have a dead Faith, then in what does the hierarchy have faith? P^3   https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2022-07/pope-francis-apostolic-journey-inflight-press-conference-canada.html Claire Giangrave (RELIGION NEWS SERVICE) Many Catholics, but also many theologians, think that development is needed in the Church's doctrine regarding contraceptives. It would seem that even your predecessor, John Paul I, thought that a total ban perhaps needs to be reconsidered. What are your thoughts on this, in the sense: Are you open, in short, to a reevaluation in this regard? Or does the possibility exist for a couple to consider contraceptives? This is something very timely. But know that dogma, morality, is always on