Excerpt from Cross and Crown, Thoughts for Lent, by Fr. Robert Mäder

Here is another great book as Lent approaches: Cross and Crown: Thoughts for Lent, Christ’s Sufferings & Christ the King. Written by the famous preacher and newspaper editor, Fr. Robert Mader, this excellent work contains meditations on Resolutions, Spiritual Hunger, Crucifixion of Passions, Christ’s Sufferings, Spiritual Detox, Triumph of Suffering, Christ the King, Tabernacle as Paradise and many more timely themes. Continue reading

WWI, Pope St. Pius X, Our Lady of Fatima and Padre Pio

WWI is framed by two saints who offered themselves in holocaust to prevent or shorten it and to finally bring it to an end. In both cases, the Divine Judge accepted their offering.

The first is none other than ‘our’ St. Pius X. One of his last words was: “I will give my life to prevent war and to spare the death of such a great number of young men” (Bishop Rumeau, Aug. 23, 1914, in SSPX Gastines Bulletin, Sept. 2014). Padre Pio added that this pope, the greatest after St. Peter said he, offered himself “as a propitiatory victim.” He died on August 20, 1914, practically the first victim of the dreadful calamity. Padre Pio wrote of Pius X’s unexpected death that “he was the first, the greatest, the most innocent victim of the fratricide war that deafened the whole of Europe with armies and weapons and filled it with terror.” Continue reading

Marriage and the Recent Synod

At the February 2013 consistory of cardinals, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a lengthy conference on the question of the family. At the sight of innumerable divorced and remarried Catholics he demands that the Church’s doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage be reassessed and adjusted to reality.

While reading this conference, an association to C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce imposed itself. Two friends, one dwelling in heaven and the other in hell, are discussing their loss of faith in college, and the slow process that led up to it. The damned soul firmly maintains that his opinions on religion, while possibly wrong, were honestly formed, and therefore did not merit condemnation. Then his old friend replies: “Of course. Having allowed oneself to drift, unresisting, unpraying, accepting every half-conscious solicitation from our desires, we reached a point where we no longer believed the Faith. Just in the same way, a jealous man, drifting and unresisting, reaches a point at which he believes lies about his best friend: a drunkard reaches a point at which (for the moment) he actually believes that another glass will do him no harm. The beliefs are sincere in the sense that they do occur as psychological events in the man’s mind. If that’s what you mean by sincerity they are sincere, and so were ours. But errors which are sincere in that sense are not innocent.” Continue reading