St Rose of Viterbo and the Antichrist
St. Rose of Viterbo was a young and extraordinary saint in the 13th century. She raised the dead, could not be burned, accurately predicted the future, and opposed Emperor Frederick the Great, a prefigurement of the Antichrist. In His goodness, God has prepared us for the End Times by providing much information regarding the Antichrist. It is fitting to consider these future realities during Advent. Men like Frederick show that the spirit of Antichrist is always present. In fact, this evil spirit of rebellion against God is strongly present today. Although the time of the Antichrist is not known, let us resist that same false spirit after the example of St. Rose.
Salus Populi Romani
At the end of the liturgical year, just like at the end of each day, we turn our hearts and minds to Our Lady. The Salus Populi Romani is a sacred image of our Lady painted by St. Luke. Through it, miracles have been wrought and it has been greatly honored by the popes. Pope Clement VIII (1592-1605) was particularly devoted to the Mother of God and left us an admirable example of true devotion to her.
The image Salus Populi Romani
The Mystical Significance of the Paten
“Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away till all things be fulfilled.” Our Blessed Lord spoke these mysterious words after describing events of the End Times. One of the ways all things are fulfilled for every generation is in and through the Holy Mass. Pope St. Leo the Great taught: “that which was visible in Our Redeemer has passed into the Sacraments.” But that which shall be visible in Our Redeemer at His Second Coming is also present in the Sacraments. One way to see how this is true is by examining the mystical significance of the priest’s paten in the ancient Latin Rite of the Holy Mass.
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Lives of the Saints
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By venerating the saints we honor God Himself, Who is the cause of their holiness. We honor them by learning about them, reading their works, telling others about them and imitating their holy lives and heroic virtues. We also honor them by praying to them and seeking their intercession and showing respect to their relics and images. This veneration we give the saints is properly termed dulia and, as the Roman Catechism explains, is a positive duty contained within the Second Commandment.
"I love to read the lives of the saints very much. The account of their heroic deeds inflames my courage and spurs me on to imitate them." - St. Therese of Lisieux
St Vincent Ferrer Angel of Last Judgment
The latter half of the 14th century was certainly a dark period for the people of Christendom. It mirrors our time for the crimes of men surpass even the sins in the days of Noah and the Flood. Seeing the malevolence of His people, the good Lord decided that the time of judgment was come. But before unleashing the terrors of the End Times, the Almighty sent an ambassador, an angel of the judgment, to provide a time of mercy and an opportunity for a Nineveh-like repentance. When St. Vincent Ferrer was 46 years old, he lay at death’s door. Our Lord appeared to him, accompanied by St. Francis and St. Dominic, and said “Arise, then, and go to preach against vice; for this have I specially chosen thee. Exhort sinners to repentance, for My judgment is at hand. Miraculously healed, St. Vincent then traveled all across Europe and converted thousands. His powerful preaching was confirmed by miracles, over eight-hundred of which were investigated and officially approved by the Church. Today we are living in a time of apostasy, men are more perverse and decadent than in Noah’s time, and a pre-figurement of the antichrist may soon appear. How we could use a saint and preacher like St. Vincent Ferrer!
St. Gertrude the Great
St. Gertude the Great (1256-1302) was a German Benedictine mystic nun. She is the only female saint honored with the title “the Great.” She had her first vision of Christ when she was twenty and our Lord appeared to her many times. Once He revealed to her: “Whoever in his trials and adversities, units himself with My sufferings and strives to imitate my patience and resignation will truly repose on My Heart and participate in all the merits of My life.” She meditated much on the passion, had a tender love for Our Lady, and was very devoted to the Holy Souls. Three of the most outstanding graces she received were  the sacred stigmata,  a transverebration, and  the interchange of Christ’s heart with hers.
Heaven Has Walls
We are to spend our time on earth practicing for Heaven. The more we practice, the more surely we will reach that place of eternal rest. When we look at the Kingdom of Heaven as it is described in Divine Revelation, we discover that Heaven has WALLS (cf. Apoc. 21:10f). Through walls, spiritual and physical, the Christian preserves what is precious, good and orderly. The Christian uses walls as barriers to vice and evil. The Sacred Scriptures often speak of how God establishes fences, hedges and walls around what He wants preserved. When these are taken down, many evils result, such as the spreading of fear, vice, poverty, reproach and eventually total destruction. Without a doubt, therefore, when walls are built for right reasons, they are supremely Christian.
* LATEST AUDIO RECORDINGS * (1) DUTIES OF MEN from the series "Christian Duties of Our State in Life" by David Rodríguez, M.Th. - Go to the CLASS PAGE. (Posted 16 Oct 2016) (2) DUTIES OF WOMEN from the series "Christian Duties of Our State in Life" by David Rodríguez, M.Th. - Go to the CLASS PAGE. (Posted 16 Oct 2016) (3) DUTIES OF CHILDREN from the series "Christian Duties of Our State in Life" by David Rodríguez, M.Th. - Go to the CLASS PAGE. (Posted 16 Oct 2016) (4) LA MISA - FUENTE DE LA SANTIDAD - 2015 Misión Parroquial dada por el Padre Rodríguez - CLIC para ir la PAGINA DE LA MISION. (Posted 6 Jun 2016)
* LATEST VIDEO * "How to Make a Good Confession" - A class for children by Fr. Rodríguez (81 min long) (Posted 3 July 2016) "La Santa Misa - Misterio de Fe, Primera Charla" - Esta misión es una introducción a la Misa Tradicional en Latín, y presenta principios teológicos básicos de la Santa Misa que son esenciales para entender bien lo que es la Santa Misa y como participar conscientemente y activamente en ella. (67 minutos) (Posted 3 July 2016) "Praying the Holy Mass" - A class for children by Fr. Rodríguez (65 min long) (Posted 7 Jun 2016) "Praying the Holy Rosary" - A class for children by Fr. Rodríguez (70 min long) (Posted 8 Jun 2016)
* LATEST ARTICLE *- READ an UPDATE on Fr. Rodríguez written by Michael Matt, Editor of The Remnant and printed in that paper (20 Nov 2014, Vol 47, No 19) (Posted 9 Dec 2014) - READ 'El Padrecito' Running the Good Race an essay on Fr. Rodríguez traveling in the Sierra Tarahumara of Chihuahua, México. (Posted June 3, 2014) * A FEW MEMORABLE VIDEOS * "Modesty, Salvation and Eternity" - The video of a sermon recently posted at the website on modesty (23 May 2010) 28 min long (Posted 7 Jun 2016) "The Lord Gave and the Lord Hath Taken Away" - The last sermon given by Fr. Rodríguez at Sacred Heart Mission in Shafter, Texas (29 November 2014) 36 min long (Posted 8 Dec 2014)
SUNDAY - WEEKLY SERMONS
Sunday Sermons with Fr. Rodríguez will continue to be posted at our website. Although many of these sermons will be from years past, it is audio which has, as of yet, not yet been available to the public. Check the homepage on a weekly basis to hear these sermons or subscribe to receive notices when new sermons are posted. If possible, we include the prayer from the sermon under the tab labeled "Weekly Prayer". We are also working towards making more sermons by other traditional priests available.
MONDAY - GROWING IN THE FAITH
Basic Teachings of the Catholic Faith. Local class offered in Central El Paso for adults every Monday at 9:30 am. We learn about the basic teachings of the Catholic Faith. Texts used include My Catholic Faith, the Baltimore Catechsim, the Roman Catechism, and the Douay Rheims Bible. Questions concerning the Faith are always addressed, even if even if outside the scope of the day's lesson. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY - OMNIA INSTAURARE IN CHRISTO
Weekly Podcast hosted by Mr. David Rodríguez, M.Th. This podcast is generally aired once a week and posted on our homepage. You can read about the current and past topics at the podcast page on our site.
WEDNESDAY - THE SINNERS GUIDE- We gather at 5:30 pm to pray the Fifteen Decades of the most Holy Rosary for holy priests and religious vocations. (Please free to join us anytime after 5:30pm as your schedule allows. - At 7 pm we have a class on The Sinner's Guide, a spiritual classic by Ven. Luis de Granada. We cover one chapter per session and each chapter is relatively self-contained. Thus, newcomers are always welcome and they never feel "behind" on account of missing previous sessions. The classes are also recorded and can be requested on CD or MP3. - Contact the Foundation for more information at email@example.com.
SATURDAY - SPECIAL TOPICS, ONCE A MONTH SEMINAR
Basic Introduction to Mary (Mariology). This class is held once a month on a Saturday morning. We are covering the major Marian dogmas. Our basic text for the course is Mother of God by Fr. Cyril Bernard, O.D.C, first published 1957. Contact the Foundation for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.- Previous seminar topics have included: Basic Catholic Dogmas, Understanding Vatican II, The Ten Commandments, and Lives of the Saints.
LUNES y VIERNES - CLASE SOBRE LA FE EN ESPAÑOL - LUNES: Nos reunimos dos veces al mes, cada otro lunes, y rezamos el Santo Rosario a las 6:30 pm. A las 7 pm tenemos clase sobre la Fe. Al presente estamos estudiando El Matrimonio y las Responsabilidades de los Padres según las enseñanzas tradicionales de la iglesia. (Otros temas tratados han incluido La Santa Misa, La Confesión, El Mensaje de Fatima, El Segundo Concilio Vaticano y El Secreto del Rosario). - VIERNES: Nos reunimos una vez al mes y rezamos el Santo Rosario a las 6 pm. A las 6:30 pm tenemos clase sobre la Fe. Al presente estamos estudiando Las Cuatro Marcas de la Iglesia según las enseñanzas tradicionales de la iglesia. - Si desea más información, contáctenos por correo electrónico al email@example.com.
PRECIOUS BLOOD (17 July 2016) INVOCATIONS TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD Precious Blood of Jesus, shed in the Circumcision, make me chaste of mind, heart and body. Precious Blood, sweat from every pore in the Agony of Jesus, grant me to love above all things the holy and adorable Will of God. Precious Blood, flowing abundantly in the Scourging at the Pillar, inspire me with a keen sorrow for my sins and a love of suffering. Precious Blood, falling in profusion from the Crown of Thorns, grant me a love of humiliations. Precious Blood, furrowing the way to Calvary, fill me with courage to walk unfalteringly in the bloody footsteps of Jesus. Precious Blood, shed so profusely in the Crucifixion of my Jesus, make me die entirely to self-love. Precious Blood, shed to the very last drop by the opening of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, give me that generous love that sacrifices all for God.
SACRED HEART (3 June 2016) PRAYER OF CONSECRATION O Sacred Heart of My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with all my whole heart all that can displease Thee. I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O most merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee. I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite goodness, grant that my name be engraved on Thee, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen.
CORPUS CHRISTI (26 May 2016) PRAYER OF REPARATION O my God, I detest all the sins of my whole life, because they displease Thee; in particular, I sorrow for those sins which I committed against this Divine Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, by irreverence and the little profit elicited from so many Communions, by negligence in guarding my senses, particularly the tongue, which has been so often consecrated by Thy Divine Presence. O Jesus, my Lord and my God, I am unworthy to approach Thy holy Altar. How utterly unworthy I am to receive Thee, my God! Thou art the Son of the living God, equal to Thy Father, infinitely good, powerful, wise, and holy, and I am nothing but misery and sin. Oh, cast me not away on account of my innumerable infidelities. I come before Thee, poor and altogether destitute of merit. Forgive my ingratitude; take pity on me, Thy poor weak child. I place all my trust in Thee, watch over and protect me in all my trials and temptations. I know, my dear Lord, I do not deserve Thy visit; but I know also, that in spite of all my miseries, Thou dost tenderly love me, and earnestly invitest me to receive Thee. My sweet Jesus, I believe with a firm and lively faith, that in this adorable Sacrament are Thy Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. I believe that in this consecrated Host I shall receive that same Body which was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, which suffered so many pains and torments for love of me on the Cross, and which rose gloriously from the dead on the third day. I believe that I shall receive Thy most holy Soul enriched with all the treasures of the Divinity; that I shall receive God Himself. I adore Thee, O my God, as my Creator, Preserver, Redeemer, and Judge, truly present in the Holy Eucharist. But do Thou strengthen my faith, and animate it with deeper sentiments of adoration and love. Amen.
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER (1 May 2016) O Mother of my God, and my Lady Mary; as a beggar, all wounded and sore, presents himself before a great queen, so do I present myself before thee, who art the Queen of heaven and earth. From the lofty throne on which thou sittest, disdain not, I implore thee, to cast thine eyes on me, a poor sinner. God has made thee so rich that thou mightest assist the poor, and has constituted thee Queen of Mercy in order that thou mightest relieve the miserable. Behold me then, and pity me: behold me and abandon me not, until thou seest me changed from a sinner into a saint. O, exalted Virgin, well do I know that thou, who art Queen of the universe, art already my queen; yet I am determined to dedicate myself more especially to thy service, in order that thou mayest dispose of me as thou pleasest. Therefore do I address thee in the words of St. Bonaventure: “Do thou govern me, O my Queen, and leave me not to myself.” Accept me, O Mary, for thine own, and as thine, take charge of my salvation. I will no longer be mine; to thee do I give myself. If, during the time past I have served thee ill, and lost so many occasions of honoring thee, for the future I will be one of thy most loving and faithful servants. Jesus and Mary, my most sweet loves, for you may I suffer, for you may I die; grant that I may be in all things yours and in nothing mine. Amen.
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER (24 April 2016) My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee. I ask pardon of Thee for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee. My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament! Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.
FEASTDAY OF OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE (19 September 2015) Our Lady of La Salette, reconciler of sinners, pray without ceasing for us who have recourse to thee. Remember, our Lady of La Salette, true Mother of sorrows, the tears which thou didst shed for me on Calvary; be mindful also of the unceasing care which thou dost exercise to screen me from the justice of God; and consider whether thou canst now abandon thy child, for whom thou hast done so much. Inspired by this consoling thought, I come to cast myself at thy feet, in spite of my infidelity and ingratitude. Reject not my prayer, O Virgin of reconciliation, convert me, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus Christ above all things and to console thee too by living a holy life, in order that one day I may be able to see thee in heaven. Amen.
A PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY To God the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit, Three in One, be endless glory, as before the world began so evermore. Our morning lauds to Thee we raise, to Thee our evening songs of praise. O may it still our glory be to hymn Thy Name eternally. Direct our steps throughout this day we humbly implore Thee. Praise we the Father, praise the Son and the Holy Ghost, blessed Three in One, both now and evermore. Omnipotence of the Father, help my weakness and deliver me from the depth of misery. Wisdom of the Son, direct all my thoughts, words, and actions. Love of the Holy Ghost, be Thou the source and beginning of all the operations of my soul whereby they may be always conformable to the Divine Will. Amen.
(Note: Since September 2011 the Traditional Latin Mass has no longer been offered at San Juan Bautista in El Paso. This video predates that time but is preserved here to help illustrate the glory, majesty and beauty of the Traditional Mass.)
THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS
CLICK IMAGE (LEFT) for a 3 min "snapshot" of the Traditional Latin Mass. Today many Catholics remain unfamiliar with the Traditional Latin Mass, even though this is the Mass which has been prayed by the one, holy Catholic Church since the very first centuries of Christianity. The Traditional Latin Mass was already well established in its basic structure by the time of Pope St. Gregory the Great (6th century). In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued his Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, which has resulted in the Traditional Latin Mass becoming more widely available. However, there still remains an incredible amount of work to be done to help all Catholics know, understand, and love the Mass of the Ages (i.e. the Traditional Latin Mass). We are convinced that the restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass is essential to the necessary restoration of the Roman Catholic Faith in all its splendorous aspects: doctrine, liturgy, morals, devotions, spirituality and ascetic practices. Thus, we are firmly committed to the promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass and the restoration of the Catholic religion.
(Note: This brief video was complied as a heartfelt plea to our ecclesiastical superiors and in thanksgiving for all that Fr. Rodríguez has done for us.)
CLICK IMAGE (LEFT) for a 11 min "tribute" to a wonderful shepherd of souls. Every priest is consecrated to act in persona Christi as he administers the sacraments and brings down God's grace for his flock. The priest is meant to be an alter Christus who teaches, governs and sanctifies in order to strengthen us in the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.
In this diocese, we have been praying novenas and rosaries for over nine-hundred consecutive days -- that the kind of parish life described in this video may be restored within the structures and life of the diocese. However, we also realize many locations have been praying far longer. Thus, through the intercession and merits of the Sacred Heart of Christ the King, our Most Blessed ever-Virgin Mother Mary, St. Vincent Ferrer, and all the angels and saints, we earnestly pray to our Heavenly Father that such a recovery and restoration of the Faith will happen all over the world!
CHRIST THE KING
CLICK IMAGE (LEFT) for a 2 min summary video of a procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament. Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Honor of Christ the King (Shafter, TX).
Christus vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat! Christus vincit, regnat, imperat: ab omni malo plemem suam defendat.(Christ conquers, He reigns, He commands; may He defend His people from all evil.) Pope Sixtus V had these words engraved on the obelisk which stands in the center of Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. These magnificent words are in the present tense, and not in the past, to indicate that Christ’s triumph is always actual.
You can read Pope Pius XI's encyclical regarding his establishment of this feast to honor the universal and social kingship of Christ upon earth HERE: Quas Primas, 1925.