SAINT PHILOMENA MESSENGER SEPTEMBER, 2007 A.D.
VIVA CRISTO REY!
On the final sunday of October we will once again celebrate the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.
THe Feast is of relatively recent origin. Pope Pius XI saw fit to close the Holy Yea of 1925 by introducing it into the liturgical Calendar of the Western Church. Foremost in the Holy Father's mind was the bloody persecution of the Church in Mexico by the Freemasons and others that was then taking place.
Few inhabitants of the United States knew - or now know - much about this period of martyrdom. Such was - and is - the extent of control the anti-Christians hold over the means of communication in this country.
During those Brutal times the God-haters attempted to build a society with no reference to the Creator and His laws. The innocent children were deliberately corrupted. The Catholic Church was mocked and persecuted. At one point just to be a priest or religious meant torture and death. Churches were closed and/ or desecrated. A new government "Church" was created, formed of an apostate married clergy (Not unlike the "Church" of England).
In this context Pope Pius XI wrote in his great Encyclical "Quas Primas" warning that to attempt to order social life as if God did not exist was to bring about the apostacy of the masses and ruin of society.
We now look back over 80 years and see how precisely this warning was unheeded and its prophecies fulfilled.
Over the whole world we hear the exaltation of the great "god" democracy. (Is thhis not now the reason - according to President Bush - why the U.S. had to wage war in Iraq?) Everything has to be democratic.
It is now almost universally believed - in the so-called "Free World" - that the people, through majority voting, have the right to make whatever laws they choose.
Well, through majority voting we have abortion on demand. Through majority voting we may soon have euthanasia, the extermination of the old, sick: "unproductive ones", gay "marriage", etc.
Through majority voting we have the corruption of the young in classroom sex education.
In all this we must ask: What happened to the Law of God? What happened to the Ten Commandments? "You shall not kill", "You shall not commit adultery"?
The great Feast of Christ the King reminds us that the people do not have the "right" to lay aside the Law of God and make up laws to please themselves. Rather they have the duty to have the Law of God upheld and enforced in our society.
So much have we been brainwashed that this fact was commonly acknowledged 40 years ago now appears to be a characteristic of the "lunatic fringe".
Democracy is not a god. It is simply one of many systems of government. Further, it is good in so far as the people use it to put God's Laws into practice.
Sad to say, in our day it is in practice a great evil.
The Feast of Christ the King is of especial relevance today. He is our King. We are His subjects. He has rights. We have duties.
Let us fervently join in the recitation of the Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that will take place in our churches on this feast day By doing so, we may gain a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions (Confession and Holy Communion within 8 days and prayer for the Holy Father's intensions).
Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine and Thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united to Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to thy most Sacred Heart.
Many indeed have never known Thee: Many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy upon them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not onlyof the faithful children who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee. Grant that they may return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
Be Thou King of those who are still involved in the dakness of idolatry or of Islam, and refuse not to draw them all into the light and Kingdom of God.
Turn Thine eyes on mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people. Of old the called down upon themselves the Blood of the Saviour; Mayit now descend upon them a a laver of redemption and of life.
Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurnce of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Devine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and honour forever. Amen.
The winners of the raffle drawn on our Patronal Festival day were:
Prize 1: Crucifix: Lillian Pellegrini, MA
Prize 2: Perpetual Mass Enrollment: McMillan Family, Miami
Prize 3: Statue of S. Philomena: Maxito Francois, Miami.
THERE IS NO TIME WITH GOD! A MASSOFFERED NOW FOR A LOVED ONE LONG SINCE DEPARTED MAY BE APPLIED AT THE MOMENT OF THE SOUL'S GREATEST NEED: THE POINT OF DEATH.
NEVER DESPAIR OF A SOUL!
Revd. Fr. Timothy A. Hopkins, B.A., M.Th., P.G.C.E.