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SJCA: Philosophy of Education and Culture
"Classically understood, education is not an occupation. It is a lifestyle. More exactly, it is the transmission of an entire way of life from one generation to the next. It is the formation of the mind and heart to become free and fertile ground into which may be planted the seeds of a common culture, the social virtue, which rightly disposes a person to their heritage and society, both the immediate society of their family and the state as a whole, and to their duty as members of that society."
The Mercy of the Law
"Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me." ... The law itself is therefore a mercy, and the just punishment rendered upon a breach of the law is so also. No father is merciful who allows the transgressions of his son to go uncorrected. Uncorrected, the son will perish in false and miserable “joy” of his sin. Chastised, the son might, through penance with charity, amend himself. The law is merciful because it points out the sin.
Satan and the Papacy
As members of the Catholic Church, we must suffer the blows that she suffers, bearing the scandals of these prelates in our flesh offering it up for the occupant of the Chair of Peter, Pope Francis. He must face Satan himself in a way that you and I do not have to face him. Satan desires to sift him as wheat; he desires to make Peter his mouthpiece.
Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
“The Sacrifice of the Mass is the Sacrifice of the Cross itself; and in it we must see Our Lord nailed to the Cross; and offering up His Blood for our sins, to His Eternal Father...The Priest leaves the Sacristy, and goes to the Altar, there to offer up the Holy Sacrifice. He is clad in the sacred vestments, which are appointed for the celebration of the Sacrifice. Having reached the Altar, he makes due reverence before it” (Dom Gueranger, The Holy Mass)
A Tour of the Traditional Mass: Introduction
As many already know, Pope Benedict XVI, in his Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, has unambiguously clarified that any stable group of faithful Catholics desiring the Traditional Latin Mass is not only allowed to participate in it, but has always been allowed from time immemorial. With this in mind, we would like to aid those desiring to participate in the Traditional Mass (in relation to Low Mass) by systematically outlining its parts and briefly commenting on the reasons for each. Since we are in no way competent enough to talk about such ancient and sacred things, we will turn our attention to those who are. The main guides for our tour of the Traditional Mass will be Alphonsus de Liguori, who is both a saint and doctor of the Church, and Venerable Dom Prosper Gueranger, who is known for reviving the Benedictine orders after the French Revolution in France.
Benedict: A Necessary Option
We cannot discuss the faith with the modern world as if modernity were merely an adversary seeking battle. The modern mindset does not seek battle; it seeks what Bishop Rudlof Graber calls a kind of "synocracy" where the goal is assimilation and not conversion. In other words, there is no battlefield on which to fight for the good, because the common ground has been taken from us. The adversaries do not wish to convert; they merely wish to listen and to lull. Language and definitions have broken down to such a degree that the modern mind no longer even rises to the level of error; it merely desires to assimilate through a false dialogue rather than battle for the truth.
On Pleasures, Habits, and Concupiscence
Pupil Report - St. Raphael: “God Has Healed”
Fr. Rosica's Unfortunate Equivocation
Small Errors with Devastating Effects
Feast of the Assumption - Inaugural Celebration for SJCA
Education and the Goods of Matrimony: Part Three
The Church, Salvation, and Presumption
Christopher Derrick on Aggiornamento
Education and the Goods of Matrimony: Part Two
Education and the Goods of Matrimony: Part One
SJCA Tutorship: A Clarification