In 1850 Giuseppe entered the Padua seminary. There was nothing unexpected about this. For a long time young Sarto had shown himself to be a pious boy, attracted by the Church. Every evening, in Riese, he went to the church to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament. We have already spoken of his devotion, since childhood, to the Madonna delle Cendrole. At Castefranco, when he was staying with the Finazzi family, he had improvised a little altar in a corner of his room and he played at celebrating Mass using items made for him by Signora Finazzi. He was full of admiration for the Riese priests, Don Fusarini and Don Jacuzzi.
Giuseppe was probably 14 when he told his parents and the parish priest of his desire to be a priest. While his mother received the news with joy, his father was not happy. One of Giuseppeâ€™s sisters gave her testimony about this at the beatification process. She said that Giambattista Sarto had not wanted to allow Giuseppe to serve Mass in Riese, and he was unhappy with his sonâ€™s desire to enter the seminary. Lucia Sarto did not give the cause of their fatherâ€™s opposition, nor did she elaborate on the discussions which followed between father and mother. Giambattista was a practicing Catholic, so his reaction was not due to hostility towards the Church. Perhaps he was hoping that his eldest son would contribute to the family income by swiftly moving to the world of work. Continue reading
The triumph of ecumenical liberalism at the Council was the greatest victory for Communism. Christian civilization forthwith lost its self-confidence and thought it could adopt the principles of its enemies, viz. the rights of man, human dignity, and religious liberty. This adoption opened a one-sided dialogue and raised the banner of dĂ©tente and of pacifism. Consequently, Communism has spread over the world without hindrance.
Vatican II, which should have been the anti-Communist Council as the Council of Trent was anti-Protestant, was taken over by the Liberals and became the instrument for the destruction of all the moral and spiritual barriers against Communism. When soldiers have lost the ideal for which they fight their weapons fall from their hands. Since there is no longer a Christian civilization to defend, the field is left open to the Satanic revolution. Continue reading
Angelus Press Editor, Jim Vogel, to give lecture at the 3rd Annual Catholic Identity Conference Speakers this year include
â€˘ Dr. John Rao
â€˘ Michael Matt of The Remnant
â€˘ John Vennari of Catholic Family News
â€˘ Christopher Ferrara
â€˘ Louie Verrecchio
â€˘ James Vogel from Angelus Press
â€˘ Kenneth Wolfe of Rorate Caeli
â€˘ Michael Brendan Doughtery from The American Conservative
This year’s theme is: â€śThe Old Evangelization: Restoring Liturgy, Mission and Catholic Traditionâ€ť Continue reading
The idea of the Church can scarcely be thought of without baptism coming immediately to mind. Baptism is a reality we ought to think about often. We were baptized, for the majority of us, as infants, newborns just a couple of days or a week or two old. We were not aware of what was happening; obviously, we did not realize what was going on. This is a serious matter. It was Godâ€™s will, thatâ€™s just the way things are, yet in all of that there is something we shouldn’t overlook: the forgetfulness of our baptism simply because we did not consciously participate in it.
Then we were prepared by our good parents, those who brought us up, and especially by the catechism, for our First Communion, for union with Our Lord. It was the greatest celebration of our childhood, the great event. Then came confirmation, and our solemn communion and profession of faith [customary in some Catholic countries]. And thus our soul grew in its attachment to our Lord, to the Church, and to the sacraments. Continue reading
In founding His Church, Christ took into account the distinguishing social aspect of man. That is why He instituted two sacraments of a social character: matrimony and the priesthood. We do not receive these sacraments firstly for ourselves, but for the good of society.
The sacrament of marriage is ordained to the propagation of the Mystical Body of Christ, to the increasing of the number of the adorers of the Blessed Trinity. The family is the basic unit of Christian society, which has for its mission co-operation in the formation of the Catholic city of heaven. The priest himself has the mission to conduct all men to their eternal destiny. The Mass is at the heart of this mission: by it, he renders to God, with the participation of the faithful, a cult worthy of Him, and the graces of salvation and sanctification which they need. By his preaching and his spiritual counsels, he enlightens souls with the light of God. By the sacraments, he gives divine life to the faithful in abundance. By his authority, he unites the faithful around the unique Savior of the world. Continue reading