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Christ is King of Marriage
ALL things belong to Christ and ALL is under His dominion. You belong to Christ! Thus, your mind, will, heart, and body must love and cleave to God - His revelation, His laws, His will. Marriage also belongs to God. Your marriage belongs to Christ! Those who are married must repeat this often. Don’t simply do what you want, what is easy, or what others are doing, but do God’s will, for He is King of your marriage and home. Abhor the evil of divorce. Be faithful to your spouse all your life. Practice marital chastity. Always be open to children. Raise and form them in the image of Christ. Be faithful to Holy Mass and pray together. Model your family upon the Holy Family. We must all fight for, defend, and live the holy ideals and commands of the Sacrament of Matrimony, especially today. Marriage is presently under attack, even by Pope Francis. We know that the final battle between Our Lord and Satan will be over marriage and family. All those who support God’s truths in these matters will be greatly opposed. Let us take as an inspiration the marriage of Dominic and Bl. Ana Maria Taigi.
Turbulent Times and St Josaphat
We are living in turbulent times, which can be analogously likened to a jet liner coming in for a very rough landing. Although it can be frightening and many may want to jump out, we must instead hold fast to our Traditions, for example the True Faith, the One Ark of Salvation, the Duty of our State in Life, our Catholic devotions, etc. Relying on our Catholic memory, let us look to the example of many saints, such as St. Antony of the Desert who stayed in his cave, the Cure of Ars who remained at his parish, and St. Josaphat who suffered martyrdom in his efforts at establishing unity through truth. Remember, Russia will convert after the proper consecration, yet this unity can only come about through the bishops and it will require the blood of martyrdom. Even though there is much damage and it appears the plane will crash on account of the pilot, let us trust that God Himself will ‘safely land the plane.’
American Messianism and Jehu
Chesterton commented that our nation is the only one founded on a creed. Many believe this nation to be a force of moral good, a ‘city on a hill’ and God’s chosen instrument to bring our benefits to the world. In this country, the monolithic state likens itself to a religion and relegates the worship of God to a private affair. As Catholics, we know that it is only the One True Church which brings true spiritual enlightenment, supernatural grace, and salvation. Our love for our country is natural and good, but we don’t have to love the ideology of American ‘messianism.’ Having made this correction and clarification, we also ought to readily acknowledge that God does indeed use secular states and rulers in His Divine Providence, both for good and ill. Many have likened our president to Cyrus who ended the Israelite’s exile; yet one year after his election, it seems Jehu is a far more appropriate biblical analogy.
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Death is something that we all must embrace. Death is a great equalizer for all must die. Even Enoch and Elias still owe God one death and it will indeed come about as prophesied (Apocalypse Chp 11). Although it is said that dead men tell no tales, we do have historical examples when dead men have returned to speak the truth. May a healthy and holy view of death not be a stranger to us. May a holy preparation for death be not foreign to us. Let us keep our crucifixes pressed close to our lips and hearts, and ever before our eyes. Make the nine first Fridays of reparation to the Sacred Heart, keeping in mind the wonderful promises He gave. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful!” May we be numbered among those who have many true tales to tell for God’s greater glory!
Vocations in Times of Crisis
St. Francis of Assisi is a saint often misrepresented and misunderstood today. Many ignore his intense asceticism, abject humility, and love for the Eucharist. They fail to realize that his vocation was a call from God to help rebuild the Church from grave internal problems. Our crisis today is far worse. Many err in thinking “the laity will save the Church.” History proves that God ALWAYS used the ordained and consecrated religious to rebuild and restore His Church. Thus, we need holy vocations! Let us not fall into a prevalent error that marriage and the consecrated life are both vocations, equal calls from God. No. Our desire for marriage comes from within us; it is natural to us. Yet a vocation is “a call” from God: it comes from outside of man, it is supernatural, and it calls man to live as if he were not of this world! This is why God uses ordained and religious - like St. Athanasius, St. Bernard, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Teresa of Avila, etc. – as kindle to spark the restoration of the supernatural (Mystical) Bride of Christ.
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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
Duty to Honor the Saints
Every single Catholic has a sacred duty to honor and venerate the saints and to pray to them. Why?  Because of the honor that is due to the Divine Majesty.  Because we need help in our weakness. We can’t achieve salvation on our own, we need their intercession.  So that we may have the right models to imitate.  Because it is a concrete expression of the Communion of Saints. In Christ, we are truly united to the Church Triumphant. Let us make greater efforts to learn about the saints.
The Evil of Religious Liberty
Christ is King: He has supreme power and His laws bind all, even those who do not wish to follow Him. He is King both by natural right and by acquired right. Yet the evil of secular government is rooted in its seeking to separate itself from Christ’s Kingship. The Church has infallibly condemned the errors of separation of Church and state and of religious liberty. (Note, both of these are principles upon which our nation was founded.) A separation of Church and State attempts to set limits on Christ’s reign. If no religion reigns supreme, then the State is above all religions and is in fact the supreme authority, even above Christ. The error that man should be free in determining which religion to follow is the same evil as man thinking he can determine right from wrong; this is the primeval offer (temptation) of the devil. Let us pray for our nation, that one day it will be freed of the enslavement that comes from these errors.
Holy Things Lost and Recovered
Sometimes God allows beautiful and sacred things to be lost, or even stolen, for a time. Note the phrase: for a time. Amazingly, contrary to all expectation, they are then recovered to the glory of God and the wonder of men! It is always most wondrous to behold, but it always costs something - it involves a great deal of suffering. Christendom is a precious, sacred and desirable thing which our world has lost. All nations should be united under Christ, recognizing Him as their one true King and Head, with the Pope as His Vicar on Earth. In Christendom, everyone related all aspects of their daily life to God and everything they did had some connection to the faith. Yet Russia has spread her errors and the State has risen up to dominate the Church nearly everywhere. Even the papacy is all but lost. We have forgotten God. Christendom seems to be no more! But take hope from the divine pattern: after great suffering God will miraculously restore it - and it shall be glorious!
Remedies for Sin of Discouragement
Discouragement can be described as a paralysis of the soul or a reduction in one’s courage. It results when one tires to do something good, experiences failure, and then gives up entirely. The devil tempts us to it for he revels in preventing good. Discouragement disguises itself as compunction or humility, both of which effectively dispel it. Compunction is a sorrow for past sins. It looks closely at reality in order not to sin again. Yet discouragement looks to the future with unrealistic sweeping generalizations because it is chained by the past. Humility recognizes one’s limitations and God’s power, thereby avoiding rash action. Yet discouragement stems from pride which blocks God’s action in the soul. Remedies for discouragement include making an act of hope, trusting in God’s grace, having good friends, recalling past success, and frequent confession.
This World is Imperfect
What is the goal of your life? What is your goal each day and of every decision? For many people, although they may not admit it, it is pleasure or success. This is natural since we all prefer to avoid failure and that which is painful. We prefer achieving great success and that which is pleasant because it makes us feel more complete. Yet we forget that life in this world is imperfect. Pain and failure are inevitable. Our self-love and desire for self-dependence will never fulfill us, and left unchecked, lead to much greater misery. As Christians, we must realize that God often allows us to suffer evil, pains and failures to help us see our own incompletion and weakness, so that we turn to Him alone. Only He can make us perfect. Religious life is exemplary in this manner, for the religious does not seek completion from this world, but always keeps his gaze upon life after death. If we don’t embrace the imperfections of this life, we can’t attain the perfection which God desires to give us.
* LATEST AUDIO RECORDINGS * (1) MY SOUL DOTH MAGNIFY THE LORD (Click here) - 2017 Marian Retreat by Fr. Rodríguez on St. Louis de Montford's method of perfect consecration to Jesus Christ through true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Posted 8 June 2017) (2) JESUS CHRIST, HIS LOVE, MY PERFECTION (Click here) - 2017 Lenten Mission by Fr. Rodríguez If you strive to live according to the foundational Christian principles presented in this mission, you WILL become a saint. (Posted 31 March 2017) (3) LIVING IN AN AGE OF APOSTASY (Click here) - 2016 Traditional Catholic Conference by Fr. Rodríguez and David Rodríguez, M.Th. These talks are a must hear for Catholics striving to live their faith in these turbulent times and who wish to restore our spiritual heritage and glorious tradition. (Posted 23 Dec 2016) (4) LA MISA - MISTERIO DE FE - 2015 Misión Parroquial dada por el Padre Rodríguez en Nicaragua - Haga CLIC aquí para la PAGINA DE LA MISION. (Posted 6 Marzo 2017)
* LATEST VIDEO * "Fatima and the Brown Scapular" - A talk by Fr. Rodríguez given at the Fatima Center's Army of Advocates Conference in Cleveland, May 2017 (48 min long) (Posted 21 Sept 2017) "Education, Sanctification and Consecration" - A talk by Fr. Rodríguez given at the Fatima Center's Army of Advocates Conference in Cleveland, May 2017 (68 min long) (Posted 22 Sept 2017) "Fatima and the Importance of the Latin Mass" - A talk by David Rodríguez given at the Fatima Center's Army of Advocates Conference in Cleveland, May 2017 (75 min long) (Posted 26 Sept 2017) "Our Lady of Fatima and the Light of Christ" - A talk by Fr. Rodríguez in the 'Catholic Inspirations' series produced by the Fatima Center. (25 min long) (Posted 17 Aug 2017) "The Holy Ghost, Holiness, and the Blessed Virgin Mary" - A talk by Fr. Rodríguez in the 'Catholic Inspirations' series produced by the Fatima Center. (28 min long) (Posted 11 Aug 2017) "Our Lady of Fatima and God's Supreme Dominion" - A talk by Fr. Rodríguez produced by the Fatima Center. (28 min long) (Posted 4 Aug 2017)
* 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (18 June 2017) Prayers to the Holy Ghost O Holy Ghost, Divine Spirit of light and love, I consecrate to Thee my mind, heart, and will, for time and eternity. May my mind be ever docile to thy divine inspirations, and to the teachings of the holy Catholic Church, whose infallible guide Thou art. May my heart be ever inflamed with the love of God and my neighbor. May my will be ever conformable to the divine will, and may my whole life be a faithful imitation of the life and virtues of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and Thee be honor and glory forever. Amen. O Holy Ghost, Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, Spirit of Truth, of Love and of Holiness, proceeding from the Father and the Son and equal to Them in all things, I adore Thee and love Thee with all my heart. Teach me to know and seek my last end; grant me the holy fear of God; grant me compunction and patience, and suffer me not to fall into sin. Grant me an increase of Faith, Hope, and Charity, and bring forth in my soul all the virtues proper to my state of life. Make me a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, and an obedient child of Holy Church. Grant me an efficacious grace to keep the Commandments and to receive the Sacraments worthily. Grant me the Four Cardinal Virtues, Thy Seven Gifts, Thy Twelve Fruits. Raise me to perfection in the state of life to which Thou hast called me; and lead me, through a happy death, to life everlasting through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (12 March 2017) A Prayer to the Holy Ghost O Holy Ghost, sweet Spirit of the Father and the Son, be Thou the life of my soul. Do Thou increase within me faith, hope and charity, so that I may believe in Thy word more firmly, rely on Thy bounty more confidently, and love Thy goodness more ardently. Divine Spirit of Love, do Thou who art a consuming fire, burn up within my sinful soul whatever is displeasing to Thee, and do Thou enkindle within my cold heart the fire of that burning love which Jesus my Savior came to cast upon the earth. Amen.[The Holy Ghost Prayer Book, Rev. Frederick Hoeger, pp. 204-205] Specific Invocation to the Soul of Christ Soul of Christ, ever subject to the will of Thy heavenly Father, infuse into my soul the spirit of holy subjection. Soul of Christ, ever yearning after the salvation of men, infuse into my soul the spirit of holy zeal. Soul of Christ, ever most closely knit to Thy Mother’s soul, infuse into mine the holy love of that mother. Soul of Christ, sorrowful in the Garden of Olives, fill my soul with a holy and abiding sorrow: sorrow for my past sins, sorrow for my present unworthiness, sorrow for the sins of other men, sorrow for Thy sacred Passion, sorrow for Thy Mother’s Dolors, and the sorrow of compassion for others’ griefs and sufferings. Amen.[Blessed Sacrament Prayerbook, Fr. Lasance, p.1084-5] A Prayer by St. John Eudes O Jesus, King of my heart, Thou hast placed me on earth only that I may love Thee. Oh, how noble, how holy and how lofty is the end for which Thou hast created me! God of my heart, since Thou hast created me only to love Thee, do not allow me to live except in love of Thee, ever growing in Thy love. Thou hast bought, at the price of Thy blood, every minute of my time and of my life so that I might use them in loving Thee. Too much, too much, alas, have I wasted on self-love, on love of the world, and on attachment to created things. Let me have no more days and hours, except to love Thee. O Jesus, King of my love, increase in me the desire to love Thee, may I aspire to Thee incessantly; may I tend towards Thee perpetually; may I yearn for Thee night and day without ceasing. O Sweetest Jesus, give me life only that I may Thee love more and more Amen.
QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY (26 February 2017) An Act of Charity O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. I love Thee, O my God, above all things, because Thou hast been so good, so patient, so loving to me, notwithstanding all the sins by which I have so grievously offended Thee. I love Thee, O Blessed Jesus, my Savior, because Thou didst suffer so much for love of me, an ungrateful sinner, and didst die on the Cross for my salvation. O make me love Thee more and more, and [help me] show my love to Thee by faithfully keeping Thy Commandments all the days of my life. Amen. Prayer before Holy Communion O most sweet Savior Jesus Christ, how great was Thy love, which drew Thee from the bosom of the Father to this vale of tears, to take our flesh and endure infinite miseries and wrongs, yea, even the death of the Cross, and that only for us miserable sinners and for our salvation. O how great was Thy love! Thou mightest have condemned us, and Thou didst rather choose to save us: we were guilty, and Thou, the sinless One, didst endure our punishment to set us free. Out of love it was that Thou camest down to take our flesh; and when about to depart from this world to the Father, Thou didst leave to us this Sacrament as a pledge of Thy love, that after a new and wondrous manner Thou mightest abide with us forever; Thou whose delights are to be with the children of men. O Lord, how worthy art Thou of love, who dost so much for love of us! I desire to receive Thee in this Sacrament, that I may be more firmly united to Thee in the bond of love. Who shall separate me from the love of Christ my Savior? O that neither life, nor death, nor any creature may have power to do so. Amen.[The Baltimore Book of Prayers, p.338-9] Ave Regína cælórum Hail Queen of Heaven! Hail Lady of the angels! Hail blessed root and gate, from which came light upon the world! Rejoice, O glorious Virgin, that surpassest all in beauty! Hail, most lovely Queen! and pray to Christ for us.V. Vouchsafe, O holy Virgin, that I may praise thee.R. Give me power against thine enemies.Let us pray. Grant, o merciful God, Thy protection to us in our weakness; that we who celebrate the memory of the holy Mother of God, may, through the aid of her intercession, rise again from our sins. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY (12 February 2017) To thee, O Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother of God, do we have recourse in this supreme hour of mankind’s need, amidst such storms indeed as have never been known, shaking Mother Church to her very foundations. Thou, who standing by the foot of the Cross, didst once share so closely in the sufferings of thy Divine Son, with what compassion art thou not moved today for the suffering of His Mystical Body, the Church! Russia has so spread her errors throughout the world that the human element of the Church has been widely infected; within the very bosom of the Church the virus of a false ecumenism poisons souls without number, either tearing them away or keeping them outside of the unity of the true Faith and the one and only Ark of Salvation. Indeed, the good are being persecuted and martyred, and the See of Peter itself is under sinister attack by a bishop dressed in white. As we begin today to prepare for the coming holy season of Lent, we wish to place ourselves under thy powerful and loving motherly protection, thou to whom God promised from the beginning wouldst crush the head of the infernal serpent. We look to thine Immaculate Heart, a perfect image of the Divine Heart of thy Son. This shall be our refuge and the way that will lead us to God. O most sweet Mother and Queen, we consecrate ourselves this day to Thine Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart. We consecrate our eyes, our ears, our mouths, our hearts, our whole being, without reserve. We relinquish all that we have that we may be wholly thine. Wherefore, good Mother, as we are all thine, keep us and guard us in thy Heart; bring us to the restoration of all things in Christ through the glorious triumph of thine Immaculate Heart. Amen.
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (05 February 2017) O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother; Heart most worthy of love, in which the adorable Trinity is ever well-pleased, worthy of the veneration and love of all the Angels and of all men; Heart most like to the Heart of Jesus, of which thou art the perfect image; Heart, full of goodness, ever compassionate toward our miseries; deign to melt our icy hearts and grant that they may be wholly changed into the likeness of the Heart of Jesus, our divine Savior. Pour into them the love of thy virtues, enkindle in them that divine fire with which thou thyself dost ever burn. In thee let Holy Church find a safe shelter; protect her and be her dearest refuge, her tower of strength, impregnable against every assault of her enemies. Be thou the way which leads to Jesus, and the channel, through which we receive all the graces needful for our salvation. Be our refuge in time of trouble, our solace in the midst of trial, our strength against temptation, our haven in persecution, our present help in every danger, and especially at the hour of death. May the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary be known, praised, blessed, loved, worshipped and glorified now and always, here and in all places! Amen. [Raccolta #393]
WEDDING AT CANA (22 January 2017) Immaculate Virgin, who being conceived without sin, didst direct every movement of thy most pure heart toward God, and wast always submissive to His divine will; obtain for me the grace to hate sin with all my heart and to learn from thee to live in perfect resignation to the will of God. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation. Blessed Virgin, who didst keep in thy heart the precious treasure of the words of Jesus thy Son and, pondering over the sublime mysteries therein contained, couldst live only for God, how am I confounded by the coldness of my heart! Ah, dear Mother, obtain for me the grace of meditating always on the holy law of God, and of seeking to follow thine example in the fervent practice of all the Christian virtues. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation. O Mary, Mystic Rose, whose lovable heart, burning with the living fire of love, adopted us as thy children at the foot of the Cross, becoming thus our most tender Mother, make me experience the sweetness of thy motherly heart and the power of thine intercession with Jesus, in all the dangers that beset me during life, and especially at the dread hour of my death; in such wise may my heart be ever united to thine, and love Jesus both now and through endless ages. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation. Amen. [Raccolta #392]
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY (08 January 2017) O Lord, God of goodness and mercy, Who in the midst of an evil and sinful world hast presented to the society of the redeemed the Holy Family of Nazareth as a spotless mirror of piety, justice and love, behold how the family is being undermined on all sides, every effort being made to desecrate it by stripping it of faith, religion and morals. Regard the work of Thy own hands. Safeguard in our homes the domestic virtues, for these alone will ensure us harmony and peace. Come and stir up the champions of the family. Bestir the modern apostles so that in Thy Name, bearing the message of Jesus Christ and exhibiting holiness of life, they may revive the doctrines of conjugal fidelity for married couples, the exercise of authority by parents, obedience on the part of children and modesty on the part of girls. Grant also through the efforts of these apostles, that the home favored by Thee with many blessings may again become an object of esteem and love in the minds and hearts of all. It is through the examples of the divine model of Nazareth that the Christian family is to be restored in Jesus Christ and to recover its former respect and dignity. Then every home will again become a sanctuary and in every household will be rekindled the flame of faith to teach patience in adversity and moderation in prosperity and to promote order, peace and harmony in all things. Under Thy paternal gaze, O Lord, and with confidence in Thy Providence and in the loving patronage of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the family will become a sanctuary of virtue and a school of wisdom. It shall prove, as Christ has promised, a haven of rest against life’s burdens. In the sight of the world it shall render glory to Thee, O Father, and to Thy Son, Jesus, until the day when, through Him, we shall, together with all His members, sing the divine praises in the eternal ages to come. Amen. [Prayer for Christian Families, Pope Pius XII, 13 Jan 1957, Supplement to Raccolta]
CHRISTMAS DAY (25 December 2016) We adore Thee, Divine Infant, our Lord, God, and King, Son of the Eternal Father and Son of Mary. O my dearest Redeemer, my Jesus, I praise Thine infinite mercy. I unite my voice to that of the Angel: Gloria in excélsis Deo, Glory to God in the highest (Lk 2:14). I thank Thee in the name of all mankind; but I thank Thee especially for myself, a miserable sinner. What would have become of me, what hope could I have of pardon and salvation, if Thou, my Savior, hadst not come down from heaven to save me? I praise Thee, then I thank Thee, and I love Thee. I love Thee above all things, I love Thee more than myself, I love Thee with all my soul, and I give myself all to Thee. Receive, O Sacred Infant, these acts of love; if they are but cold, because coming from a frozen heart, do Thou inflame this poor heart of mine, a heart that has offended Thee, but is now penitent. Yes, my Lord, I repent above all things for having despised Thee who hast loved me so much. Now I desire nothing but to love Thee; and this only do I beg of Thee: give me Thy love, and do with me what Thou wilt. I was once a slave of hell, but now that I am free from those unhappy chains, I consecrate myself entirely to Thee. I give Thee my body, my goods, my life, my soul, my will, and my whole liberty. I desire no longer to belong to myself, but only to Thee, my only good. Ah, bind my heart to Thy feet, that it may no more stray from Thee. O most holy Mary! obtain for me the grace of living always bound to thy Son by the blessed chains of love. Tell him to accept me as the slave of His love. He grants all that you ask. Pray to Him, pray to Him for me. This is my hope. Amen.
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.