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IN PURSUIT OF A GREAT GOAL

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"I shall console myself with the reflection, that life is not long enough to do more than your best, whatever that might be; that they who are ever taking aim, make no hits; that they who never venture, never gain; that to be ever safe, is to be feeble; and that to do substantial good, is the compensation for much incidental imperfection."


Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman - "University Sketches" 

As was noted around the time of his Beatification, Blessed Cardinal Newman was not some effete academic, but a Priest with his feet planted firmly on the ground.

CATHOLIC AGAIN TRUE FAITH

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CATHOLIC AGAIN! Re-posted from 2012- in to-day's Gospel reading Christ Himself emphasises the importance of loyalty to our Catholic Faith, to Truth and Sacramental validity :"
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Matt.28 : 18-20  RSVCE.

How appropriate to re-post this on the 112th Birthday of my dear late Mother whose marriage to my Dad restored us to the True Faith.

Catholic Again!


 I was recently reflecting on my Family Tree. On the Paternal side: Irish Catholic.


On the Maternal side: German and English Protestant. My Mother’s conversion to Catholicism brought back to the Faith branches of the Family Tree which had strayed for over 450 years.


“The evil that men do lives after them….…

TWO ADMIRABLE TOUGH COOKIES : CARDINAL PELL AND FATHER THERRY

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Readers unfamiliar with St. Benedict's Broadway,Sydney might care to also see:


Father Therry of whom His Eminence speaks with admirable candour below, was indeed a great hero of the Church by any measure. He had born the heat of the day for many years, and it is true he was not always easy to get along with. But the cause was sensitivity and volatility and never arrogance, as the following story shows.A young Priest ordained only a few years , Dr William Bernard Ullathorne  O.S.B.( 1806 -1889) was appointed Vicar General for the Colony of New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land in 1833. He had been ordained Priest in September ,1831. In less than 2 years he had responsibility for the whole of Australia as it would become, but was not yet. Born in 1806, he was about 27!
He arrived in the Colony unannounced. He already knew a great deal about the personalities and difficulties of the colonial Church via the Vicar Apostolic in London and others. He was well aware of Father Therry'…

EVEN ME A HUMAN BEING

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I have the privilege , and permission to re-produce here the following Reflection by Rev Deacon ONYEAGOLU, Tochukwu , on the occasion of his birthday. I believe it is insightful and inspiring and important for each one of us to absorb and reflect upon.

"I can't believe I am a human being. I have searched for the meaning of a human being in the best of literature and humanities. The findings are sobering for me. The image of man found in the sacred pages of the scripture is too exotic. The book of Genesis, that sacred volume reveals man as the image of God. With all my flaws as a man, those golden words are not meant for me. Of man Shakespeare wrote: "What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?" These ornate lines are beyond my cons…

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

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                                                         SAINT PETER'S BASILICA

“For one must realize that the Church is at once conservative and revolutionary. Indeed the church of Jesus Christ has to be necessarily conservative. It has to preserve the deposit of revelation whole and unchangeable, since she exists for the precise purpose of keeping it and transmitting it I all fidelity. She has to preserve the full force of the sacraments, which are springs of supernatural life, and it is not in her power to suppress or add any single one because they were instituted by Christ and the Church exists in order to administer them. She has to preserve the moral norms and teach them constantly to all mankind. She has to show the way to salvation and she cannot give in to any error in any of these norms, because that would be tantamount to compromising with sin, and therefore, to opposing redemption  which would obviously run contrary to her own essence.” 
Father Federico Suarez "The …

Em. POPE BENEDICT'S TRIBUTE TO CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH

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Em. POPE BENEDICT'S TRIBUTE TO CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH

                                                                  CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH "Ever since I first read the Letters of Saint Ignatius of Antioch in the 1950s, one passage from his Letter to the Ephesians has particularly affected me: “It is better to keep silence and be [a Christian] than to talk and not to be. Teaching is an excellent thing, provided the speaker practices what he teaches. Now, there is one Teacher who spoke and it came to pass. And even what He did silently is worthy of the Father. He who has truly made the words of Jesus his own is able also to hear His silence, so that he may be perfect: so that he may act through his speech and be known through his silence” (15, 1f.). What does that mean: to hear Jesus’s silence and to know him through his silence? We know from the Gospels that Jesus frequently spent nights alone “on the mountain” in prayer, in conversation with his Father. We know that his speec…

SOUTH AMERICAN SWAGGER IV VULGAR LOUTISHNESS

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Cardinal blasts Cardinal Burke for defending faith: ‘A poor man’ who ‘wanted power and lost it’ Catholic , Oscar Andres Rodrigues Maradiaga , Raymond Burke ROME, May 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The head of Pope Francis’ powerful group of nine Cardinals entrusted his Vatican reforms has issued another attack on Cardinal Raymond Burke. Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga sharply rebukes Burke in an interview with Father Antonio Carriero for the new book, Solo il Vangelo è rivoluzionario (“Only the Gospel is Revolutionary”). Burke “is a disappointed man, in that he wanted power and lost it. He thought he was the maximum authority in the United States,” claims Maradiaga.                                             CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE “He’s not the magisterium . . . The Holy Father is the magisterium, and he’s the one who teaches the whole Church. This other [person] speaks only his own thoughts, which don’t merit further comment.” “They are the words of a poor man.” Maradiaga then made his attack…

SOUTH AMERICAN SWAGGER PART III DISASTER IN DALLAS

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In a remarkable and complete flowering of his Marxist Liberation Theology and anti- European / North American Capitalism ideas, this Prince of the Church unleashes a veritable barrage of radical Left political slogans. Out they tumble : " world dictatorship of finance capital", " transcontinental oligarchies", " dominate the planet" , " the lords of financial capital" all quotes from the writings of controversial United Nations Official J. Ziegler, which the Cardinal has espoused.But the Cardinal wants to go further, adding "neoliberal dictatorships" and  "the new feudal lords" as he unloads his stream of bitter rhetoric against the global capitalist "conspiracy"!

His Eminence asks : " How can the Church aim to counteract the deleterious effect of the preponderance of economism and its fundamental postulates?"

He ignores the question of how economies are to be managed at all without "economism". He…