Jeff C’s Story…

Jeff C sent me several stories that I will be sharing with you over the coming days…here is another:

A few summers ago I was dating a girl I worked with, who was neither Catholic nor religious at all.  I waited a few weeks as our relationship developed, before asking if she would come to Mass with me on our day off.  She was not especially interested, but said if I wanted to, why not? 
 
So that first week I took her to an Extraordinary Form Mass and she was just baffled.  Ok, so the next week we went to the Ordinary Form instead.  I found I was striking out…  She didn’t like the Latin Mass because she was confused the whole time, and she didn’t like the Novus Ordo because, in her words, “It just seems silly!”  That was when a friend gave me Treasure and Tradition, which I read through in one night and then passed on to Deb. 
 
The next time we went to the Extraordinary Form, she tried to follow along with the book.  She did pretty well, though she lost her place once or twice.  By the week after that, she had read the whole book through on her own and was able to follow along through the whole Mass.  “Now I know why you love going to Mass!” she said. 
 
I wish this story had a better ending, but Deb and I turned out to be just a summer romance.  I was laid off at the end of the season and she took a better job out of town.  When last we saw each other she gave me back the CD’s and movies I had loaned her, but she asked, “Can I keep the Mass book?”

“All things are possible to him that believeth.”

A very common and understandable reaction to our project is to dismiss it as Quixotic and a waste of time and resources.  Believe me, this thought is always in my mind too.

Yes, we are only a handful of people.  And it’s just a book.  And there are only a few thousand of them.  How can that make a real difference?

Well, first of all, this is not just any book, this is God’s book, containing the Mass and some of the most beautiful things that have been written over the centuries about this Most Beautiful Thing This Side of Heaven.

So…I have perfect confidence that, even with only a handful of people, all things are possible with God.

Here’s why:

Noah
Moses
Gideon
David
St. Clare
Joan of Arc

A Baptist is drawn to the Latin Mass…

Jeff C wrote to let me know a story about a friend of his, who “stole” his copy of Treasure and Tradition. Jeff writes:

“Last summer I got to be friends with a Harvard student who was working with me as an intern at an art studio.  One Sunday I told him I would be happy to hang out, but I had to go to Mass first.  He was non-committal until I told him I would be going to a Latin Mass.  He had grown up Baptist, had no idea that Masses were still said in Latin, and said he would go with me just out of curiosity. 
 
I made plans for us to meet half-an-hour beforehand so that I could prep him on what would be happening.  I gave him a Missal with the day’s readings marked, as well as a copy of Treasure and Tradition.  He looked it over and asked, “Can I look at this during the service?”  I told him, “Go right ahead!  That’s what it’s for.”  
 
I have never seen anyone concentrate so hard.  He followed the ordinary of the Mass page for page in Treasure and Tradition, with only a few prompts from me when he needed to switch to the propers in the Missal.  When Mass was over, we headed to lunch, and I offered to put the books in my backpack while we walked.  “I’m not giving you back this book!”  He literally wouldn’t give me back the book. 
 
Over some deep-dish he explained to me that he came from a Baptist background, that Baptists not only had no liturgy, but also were actually anti-liturgical.  Their services were centered on the Gospel and preaching and had no liturgical calendar, no fixed readings, and no regular sacraments.  “This liturgy is so rich!” he enthused, “Do you do this every week?”  I just laughed, “You can go to Mass every day if you want…”  He went on to talk about how the symbolism was so rich, how every gesture seemed to have meaning, how Biblical it all was.  “I’ve got to keep this book!  I’ve got to study it!” 
 
That was a year ago and he went back to school the next week.  We still talk from time to time.  In Los Angeles he still goes to Baptist service with his family, but at Harvard he’s found a Latin Mass to attend. 

Discover Your Roots featured on the Crusade Channel

Lisa Bergman, author of Treasure and Tradition, was interviewed by Mike Church this morning for his radio show on the Crusade Channel, talking about the story behind her book Treasure and Tradition, and how the idea for the Discover Your Roots Project got started.

You can listen to the whole thing at this link, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek!

A heartfelt plea on this Our Lady’s Birthday…

On this Our Lady’s birthday, let us with all our hearts lift up our Holy Father Pope Francis to her and ask her to take him into her special care.

I see many of you are turning to go at the very mention of the name Pope Francis.  Please stop a moment and hear me out…

Many of you have been wounded, frustrated, angered, scandalized and even driven to the depths of despair by this man who currently occupies the Seat of Peter.  (Peter himself was but a man, with weaknesses too…) I hear your murmuring, your deprecations, your bubbling and frothing anger.  I hear what you would say when I call him Holy Father and ask you to pray for him.

But now I ask you to stop a moment and reflect.  Is this Christlike?  On the night before He died, in that same supper room where He gave us the greatest of Sacraments, Christ commanded His disciples to love one another, saying, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.”  (Jn 13:35)

(Heh heh…and don’t forget, in the very next moment Christ predicts that Peter will deny him three times.  How great our Savior, who knows our very weakness!)

We are now undergoing that greatest of tests, the Passion of the Mystical Body, the Church.  As our Lord willingly submitted to His Passion, He loved and prayed for all those who played a part in His suffering and death, from his betrayer to those who nailed him to the cross, to the thieves who shared His fate.  And we must do the same.

And why especially today, of all days? 

On this blessed feast of Our Lady’s Nativity, what do all mothers want of their children?  That they should be obedient and patient, not unruly and contentious.  She who steadfastly remained at the foot of her Son’s cross is the one to whom we should most naturally turn as her Son’s Mystical Body undergoes once more this frightful Passion.  And in return for her aid, we must heed her voice.  Do whatever He tells you,” she instructed the stewards at Cana.  So must we do.

And what does He tell us to do?

But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil. (Luke 6:35)

How can our Lord fail to hear and answer our prayers, if we–despite any natural disinclinations we might feel for any reasons, justified or not–spend all our efforts on this Birthday of Our Lady to offer her the beautiful gift of sacrificial love for the person of our Holy Father Pope Francis?

For even if this cup of suffering may not pass from our lips, how much better off shall we be in the eyes of Eternity, if with the help of God’s Grace, we have done our utmost to be humble and obedient in loving to the very end?  Is this not the path our Savior trod?

If you say, “I am too wounded, I cannot,” I say to you: “…not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other: And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.  And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two.” (Mt 5: 39-41)

If you say, “I am too angry, I cannot,” I say to you: “…give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.  But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat; if he thirst, give him to drink.  For, doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head.” (Rom 12:19-20)

If you say, “How can I love one who hates everything I believe in?” I say to you: “Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake:  Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven…[therefore] let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 5: 11-12, 16)

If we would be perfect, as our Heavenly Father is perfect; if we would offer Our Lady a most perfect gift on this her Birthday; if we would have the peace in our hearts that comes from God alone, I beseech of all of you reading this now: please take a moment, right now, and pray the Litany of Loreto for our Holy Father Pope Francis, and especially today and throughout this week, turn your thoughts toward him with true Charity of heart for Christ’s sake, and see what a difference this can make.

May God bless you.


Litany of Loreto

Lord have mercy…Christ have mercy…Lord have mercy.

Christ hear us…Christ graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,  have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, …

God the Holy Spirit, …

Holy Trinity, one God, …

Holy Mary,  pray for us.

Holy Mother of God, …

Holy Virgin of virgins, …

Mother of Christ, …

Mother of the Church,

Mother of divine grace,

Mother most pure,

Mother most chaste,

Mother inviolate,

Mother undefiled,

Mother most amiable,

Mother admirable,

Mother of good counsel,

Mother of our Creator,

Mother of our Saviour,

Mother of mercy,

Virgin most prudent,

Virgin most venerable,

Virgin most renowned,

Virgin most powerful,

Virgin most merciful,

Virgin most faithful,

Mirror of justice,

Seat of wisdom,

Cause of our joy,

Spiritual vessel,

Vessel of honour,

Singular vessel of devotion,

Mystical rose,

Tower of David,

Tower if ivory,

House of gold,

Ark of the Covenant,

Gate of heaven,

Morning star,

Health of the sick,

Refuge of sinners,

Comfort of the afflicted,

Help of Christians,

Queen of Angels,

Queen of Patriarchs,

Queen of Prophets,

Queen of Apostles,

Queen of Martyrs,

Queen of Confessors,

Queen of Virgins,

Queen of all Saints,

Queen conceived without original sin,

Queen assumed into heaven,

Queen of the most holy Rosary,

Queen of families,

Queen of peace.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God…That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord God, that we, your servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; and by the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

…and the World knew Him not…

Catholics were recently stunned by the news that a Pew Research Center study found that only 31% of self-described American Catholics actually believe what the Church teaches about Transubstantiation. This, despite 22% of the unbelievers admitting that they know what the Church says, but they don’t really believe it.

Heh…well, at least they’re being honest…

This phenomenon should hardly be surprising, however, when we hear what our Church leaders themselves are proposing to effect during the upcoming Pan-Amazon Synod. Only ignorance of what the Church truly teaches could make the proposals found in the working document seem like a good idea. At least three Cardinals and countless priests and lay theologians have pointed out that this document is heretical.

It is useless, while the house is burning, to argue over how the flames started. First we must take decisive action to put out the fire. And it is especially hard to persevere in so doing, when one sees that 2/3rds of the house is already engulfed.

But as Catholics and true Christians, we must never be discouraged by the odds against us. If we need encouragement, the stories of Our Lord’s Passion and the Lives of the Saints who followed in his footsteps will reassure us that when it comes to our Faith, it is most often when things look blackest, that God has a plan to turn things upside down.

This is why, despite the Quixotic nature of our project, I have full confidence that the Discover Your Roots project really will make a difference. Even if we were to only reach one person, it would be worth it. Firstly, because every soul was important enough to God that He was willing to sacrifice His Only Son. And secondly, because we can never know whether that one person we reach may turn out to be another John Henry Newman, bringing thousands upon thousands in his wake.

But I am also confident because I have heard all the stories about what the book Treasure and Tradition has been able to do: it really does change people’s hearts. It’s so easy to read, so attractive with all its beautiful illustrations, and yet, it teaches a love and a reverence for our Faith that is infectious.

For example, going back to the Pew study regarding the Eucharist, there is this simple page in Treasure and Tradition that, in few words, very forcefully makes the point that Christ himself was willing to risk the loss of his disciples, rather than call them back and explain that He only meant what He said symbolically:

It would be worth doing this project even if we printed only this one page for distribution. But the beauty of this book is that there are so many other pages like this, which help to reinforce the same concept; beautifully, simply, and in a way that doesn’t scold, preach or divide.

If only every Catholic were exposed to a book like this during their school years! Or if every parish had copies available for perusal. The martyrs didn’t go to their deaths for Faith in a symbol. They joyfully accepted death, rather than lose what they loved more than life itself. And even in this digital age, we can spread that love through Truth and Beauty.

Help us spread this love with your prayers and support!

God bless you.

Something to think about…

500,000 people attended the Canonization Mass for Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in 2014.

120,000 people attended the Canonization Mass for Mother Teresa in 2016.

500,000 people attended the Canonization Mass for Francisco and Jacinta Marto in Fatima in 2017.

70,000 people attended the Canonization Mass for Pope Paul VI and Oscar Romero in 2018.

How many will attend the Canonization Mass for Cardinal John Henry Newman this October?

What if we could give all of them a book that will help them fall in love with the rich Traditions of our Church…the same Traditions that converted one of the most gifted intellects of his generation and led him toward Sainthood?

Look at those proportions!
What if we could double or triple the number of books?
We can reach so many more…but we need your help to do it!

Can you join us for just one day, at the Canonization Mass October 13th? Let us know here!

Or can you contribute just the cost of one book to help us reach more Catholics? Check out our crowdfunding page here, or if you prefer, you can make a direct donation on our website here.

Matthew M’s Story

Matthew M recently shared his experience with us regarding the book Treasure and Tradition and how it has deepened his understanding of his faith. Matthew writes:

Treasure and Tradition is THE book to help bring you to the Latin Mass if it’s your first time, or to help evangelize the Mass to others.

I say that as (a) it helped convert me to the Latin Mass and (b) I was so inspired by it that I bought dozens of copies to help my parish evangelize others.

I grew up after Vatican II, so I only attended my first Latin Mass recently, a funeral.
 
Since the Latin Mass is not the version of the mass I grew up with, I found it nice but bewildering, and had no real intention of going back. Basically, it wasn’t for me – but if others like it they were welcome to it…Or so I thought!
 
Before I went to the funeral, I had ordered this book to try to understand it – unfortunately the delivery arrived after the Mass, but I still read it. It opened my eyes to a whole new world: the history, the tradition, and the connections to the religious services set forth in the Bible.
 
Until I read it, I had no idea how connected the Latin Mass is to the prayers in the Bible, how it derives from the religious ceremonies Jesus and the Apostles and the Evangelists and the Church Fathers performed (let alone all those who performed it for two millennia since), and how it carries on the traditions of the Old Testament Jewish faith, as superseded by the New Covenant of Jesus. As I read the book, and basically for every waking moment since, I am filled with one question: why oh why oh why did we ever stop doing this?!?!? Thanks to this book, I now see the importance of the Latin Mass and I hope to win others over to it.

Whether introductory readers are Catholics like me raised after Vatican II, or protestants, or atheists, this book will at a minimum help explain the Mass, how it dovetails into the bible/history, what the priest is doing/wearing/saying, what the Latin means in English, why it is done this way, etc. It is filled with photos, diagrams, and color coded explanations. It makes following the mass a breeze, and is much, much, much easier for a beginner to use than a Missal. It is by far the best book to use for your first Mass or to give to those whom you would like to educate about the Mass.

Slogans vs. Truth

We hear slogans all the time.  “Coexist.”  “Be the Change.” “If you want Peace, work for Justice.” 

The interesting thing about slogans is that their catchiness is often based on how close a facsimile they sound to the Truth.  Their job is to frame the argument in a way that makes it nearly impossible to argue with.  I mean, who can argue that they don’t believe we should all coexist?  And yes, I do want to be the change.  And sure, both peace and justice are ideals we should all strive for.  But the slitheriness of these slogans is that they don’t really mean what they pretend to mean…and you know what I mean.

Of course, slogans are really just a form of advertising, and if you have The Truth, you shouldn’t really need advertising.  But we humans are so very susceptible to this form of persuasion, and no one knows this so well as the devil.

In my favorite book, The Soldier of Christ, Mother Mary Loyola talks about how the devil has had the opportunity to study human nature for millennia.  He knows our every weakness and how to exploit it.  It’s rather unfair, really, when you think about it: he’s got quite a leg up on us, considering that we only have one lifetime to figure out how to resist his time-tested tricks.

Christ himself dealt with these wily tricks throughout scripture.  “Who is my neighbor?”  “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?”  “Which is the greatest of the Commandments?”  But He who is the Word of God and Truth itself could not be trapped by words.

We have only to look around us for a few moments to see all the myriad ways in which we are steered around by slogans.  This is especially true in our culture, because if any group of people has perfected the use of sloganeering to control the way we think, it is the Cultural Marxists whose thought has now become pervasive in every level of our society.

If you’ve never heard of Cultural Marxism, don’t bother googling it; all you’ll find are articles which are the equivalent of saying “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”  Read the actual articles for its main proponents and you will get actual facts.  Look up Antonio Gramsci, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Wilhelm Reich, Georg Lukacs.  While you’re at it, thank them for the hate-fest that is today’s racial and gender politics.  It was their idea to use these to “divide and conquer” Western Civilization.  It seems they’re doing a fabulous job.

Most importantly, I recommend that you read Bella Dodd’s explosive exposé of early American Communism, School of Darkness.  I have just finished this book and it was truly an eye-opener.  And it’s the conclusion to her book that prompted this post.

This quote, which comes toward the very end of the book, particularly struck me [emphasis mine]:

“I believe that the primary requisite for a sober appraisal of the present challenge of communism is to face it with a clear understanding of what it is. But it cannot be fought in a negative manner. Man must be willing to combat false doctrine with the Truth, and to organize active agency with active agency. Above all there must be a new birth of those moral values that for the past two thousand years have made our civilization a life-giving force.”

It is important to be able to see that the sloganeering in which we are drowning today, both in society and in our Church, is all part of a manufactured crisis, for crisis’ sake alone.  But this knowledge, and the anger and frustration it is bound to engender, is not enough, because wrath cannot fight evil, for as Christ himself said, “How can Satan cast out Satan?” (Mk 3:23)

We must carefully read the Beatitudes and note that if we would gain heaven—and show others the way there too—our justice must “abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees.” (Mt 5:20)  Our way of taking arms against this menace must be by lifting the Cross and standing meekly at its foot.  “For when I am weak, then am I powerful.” (2 Cor 12:10)

Only through a vibrant rebirth of Christian virtue will we become impervious to the sloganeering and the evil that comes in its wake.  And that rebirth will not come through anger, blaming, accusing, and strife.  It will come when we start ignoring the slogans, and reading scripture instead.  It will come when we stop flaming each other in comboxes and start praying for one another instead.  And it will come when we stop blaming the problems of the Church on weak and silly men, and follow Christ’s most powerful exhortation:

Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust.

The next time you see or hear about some Church figure that really makes you mad, stop for a moment and remember what Christ told us about anger:

“But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council.  And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.  If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath any thing against thee; Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother: and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift.”

Stop and pray that God may give you the gift of true charity toward those who make you angry.  Yes, even those who really, really deserve it. Pray for them very earnestly, that God may give them the grace they need to follow him in Spirit and in Truth.

This doesn’t mean that we have to be starry-eyed idealists who think they can change Hitler into Tinkerbell by just praying really hard. If we offer our prayers in true charity, God will make use of them in the way He knows best. Prayers are never wasted.

If we stop letting Satan fool us into expending all our energies in useless, self-consuming anger and frustration, and instead find ways of turning this energy toward the task of rebuilding “…those moral values that for the past two thousand years have made our civilization a life-giving force,” then we will have done the most we can toward building the City of God here on earth.  And if we do our part, we can be assured that God will do His.

This is the reigning philosophy behind our project to bring the love of Tradition to those who are in Rome during the Synod.  Rather than focusing our anger and spite toward those who are seeking to irreparably change the Church, our focus will be threefold:

  1. To spread knowledge and love for the beauty of our Faith and its traditions to those who would otherwise never have come into contact with this knowledge;
  2. To offer our prayers and fasting in reparation for the harms being done to the Church; and
  3. To give all of those who are supporting our “active agency” the comfort of knowing that through their prayers and assistance, we are working toward rebuilding our Faith one brick at a time.

If you have been nodding your head as you read this post, I would ask that you consider how best you might be a part of this “active agency.”  Is God calling you to come to Rome and take part in this effort?  That is too heavy a sacrifice for most…so could you make a donation to sponsor a stranger’s copy, knowing that through your contribution, someone in the world will receive this great gift of Faith?  And if you cannot do any of these, please join us in prayer during October, and look for small ways in your own life of letting the light of your Faith “shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 5:16)

May God bless you.

What does modern apostleship look like?

(This post doesn’t pretend to know the answer, but only seeks to explore the question…)

Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19)

Jesus’ last command before he ascended into heaven was for his disciples to spread the faith to every corner of the globe.  Teach ye all nations.  And the Church has arisen on this sure foundation through the toils and sacrifices of Her saints, who sought to follow this command in every age, within the means available to each.

The Church has been brought low recently by the behavior and the blindness of many of its representatives here on earth.  But while Christ had no kind words for the Pharisees, he did not command his disciples to argue with them, or to rescue the ancient faith from their hypocritical grasp.  Rather, he called them to bring the Fullness of Truth to those who were willing to listen. 

If we take this example, then in our times, those who are faithful are called to greater Apostleship; we are called to love God enough to sacrifice our own comfort for His sake.  It is not necessary to “Occupy the Vatican” (quod Deus avertat…); we must follow the example of the Saints, like St. Francis, St. Patrick, St. Augustine, St. Paul.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, we must fill the minds and hearts of God’s people with His words, His beauty, His love.  He will solve the Big Stuff in His own way, in His own time.

Apostleship is difficult by definition, and it is made more difficult by our culture’s love affair with comfort.  And Christ does not offer his followers comfort:

Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. …take no thought how or what to speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak.  For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you.” (Matthew 11: 16, 19-20)

Really, this is no way to start a successful business venture.

We are meant to be helpless, so that God’s glory may shine through us.  That’s not to say that God does not choose men of great talent, like Saul (Paul) or Augustine, who were both very learned and erudite men.  But they both had the wrong idea until He knocked the right one into them.  That is hard to do, so instead He very frequently chooses the weak to confound the strong (probably because they know better than to argue with Him.) All we need to do is to cooperate with Grace, take the first step, and He does the rest.  What is there to fear but…(heh heh)…everything!

I have already admitted in previous posts that the Discover Your Roots project was born out of pure exuberance, with little to back it up.  I can’t pretend that the idea is anything but Quixotic.  But these are not imaginary battles we are fighting; souls depend on this.  And if God wants to save souls (hint: He does…) then He will make use even of Quixotic schemes, so long as we put every part of those schemes in His hands and seek to follow His Holy Spirit in the achievement of the final goal.

So…what is the primary virtue necessary, then, in an Apostle?  We may think that it is having a way with words, being able to easily sway people…but many who are working for the other side have this talent in spades.  What they don’t have is humility.

Think of many of the greatest prophets and apostles.  Most of Christ’s hand-picked apostles were simple fishermen.  “You duped me, O Lord, and I allowed myself to be duped,” cried Jeremiah.  Augustine’s confessions are one continuous “mea culpa.”  Moses protested:  “I beseech thee, Lord, I am not eloquent.”  St. Patrick may have seemed proud when he lit the Paschal fire on the hill of Slane, but he knew to place himself wholly in God’s hands as he traveled from thence to Tara, chanting the prayer that has become known as his Breastplate.  “For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle,” says Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians.

Well, I don’t know if it helps, but for starters, I know I’m not in their league.  The only thing I have in common with them is the knowledge that if God is going to use me, He is going to have to do most of the heavy lifting.  But to make sure I don’t get in His way, it is clear that I need to be fasting and praying to keep myself in check.  What prayers are best? Well, the core of my prayer life lies in the traditional offices of Prime and Compline…these have served me well in aligning my heart and mind, with the heart and mind of the Church.  And naturally there is Our Lady’s Rosary.

But I consider that I am heading into territory that is being fiercely contended for by the Evil One, and it will be best to travel incognito there, as St. Patrick did in the guise of deer.  So I have added St. Patrick’s Breastplate as a daily oration, and will be doing so for the duration of the project in Rome. Likewise, I am putting myself entirely in the hands of glorious St. Joseph, who safely guided the Blessed Mother and the Holy Child into Egypt and back.

With the addition of daily Mass to begin the day, and a Holy Hour sometime around Midday while we are in Rome, we hope to focus all our efforts around this sure foundation of prayer.

What does modern apostleship look like?  Lord, please guide me in that way.

I invite comments and suggestions from you, dear reader. God bless you.

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