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* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of June: Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

* 'The Devotion of All Devotions'

* "Reasons to Pay Homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus & In What Way We Ought to Pay This Homage"

* Liturgical Feasts in June

* 'Catholic Trivia'

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Believe That No One Should Tell You What To Believe? 

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Dear Friend,

"May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come." (Eph. 1:18-21)

Greetings to you as we approach the beginning of summer. For those who will be traveling, please allow us to remind you of the traditional Catholic custom of invoking a patron saint for travel (e.g. St. Christopher, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Joseph, St. Paul, St. Raphael the Archangel). We wish all who are journeying both safety & blessings. For those staying close to home during summer, we likewise wish you safety & other blessings.

This month, important dates on the Catholic calendar include the following...

Ember Days - 6/1/12, 6/2/12 (T)

Trinity Sunday - 6/3/12

Corpus Christi - 6/7/12

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 6/15/12

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - 6/16/12 (N)

Sts. Peter & Paul - 6/29/12

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"Heart of Jesus, rich unto all who call upon Thee, Have mercy on us. Heart of Jesus, Fountain of life and holiness, Have mercy on us. Heart of Jesus, Propitiation for our sins, Have mercy on us." (From the Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus)

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MCS News & Notes

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The Month of June: Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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"We do not hesitate to declare that devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the most effective school of the love of God; the love of God, We say, which must be the foundation on which to build up the kingdom of God in the hearts of individuals, families, and nations" (Pope Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas", 1956 A.D.)

"Is not a summary of all our religion and moreover, a guide to a more perfect life contained in this one devotion [to the Sacred Heart of Jesus]? Indeed, it more easily leads our minds to know Christ the Lord intimately and more effectively turns our heads to love Him more ardently and to imitate Him more perfectly." (Pope Pius XI)

"We think it opportune to exhort you once again venerable brethren, and through you all those dear children of Ours in Christ, to continue to exercise an ever more vigorous zeal in promoting this most attractive form of piety; for from it in our times also We trust that very many benefits will arise." (Pope Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas", 1956 A.D.)

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"When so many evils meet Our gaze - such as cause sharp conflict among individuals, families, nations and the whole world, particularly today more than at any other time - where are We to seek a remedy, venerable brethren? Can a form of devotion surpassing that to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be found, which corresponds better to the essential character of the Catholic faith, which is more capable of assisting the present-day needs of the Church and the human race? What religious practice is more excellent, more attractive, more salutary than this, since the devotion in question is entirely directed towards the love of God itself?" (Pope Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas", 1956 A.D.)

"It is altogether impossible to enumerate the heavenly gifts which devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has poured out on the souls of the faithful, purifying them, offering them heavenly strength, rousing them to the attainment of all virtues. Therefore, recalling those wise words of the Apostle St. James, 'Every best gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights,' We are perfectly justified in seeing in this same devotion, which flourishes with increasing fervor throughout the world, a gift without price which our divine Savior the Incarnate Word, as the one Mediator of grace and truth between the heavenly Father and the human race imparted to the Church, His mystical Spouse, in recent centuries when she had to endure such trials and surmount so many difficulties." (Pope Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas", 1956 A.D.)

"[T]here is no doubt that Christians in paying homage to the Sacred Heart of the Redeemer are fulfilling a serious part of their obligations in their service of God and, at the same time, they are surrendering themselves to their Creator and Redeemer with regard to both the affections of the heart and the external activities of their life; in this way, they are obeying that divine commandment: 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole Strength.' Besides, they have the firm conviction that they are moved to honor God not primarily for their own advantage in what concerns soul and body in this life and in the next, but for the sake of God's goodness they strive to render Him their homage, to give Him back love for love, to adore Him and offer Him due thanks." (Pope Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas", 1956 A.D.)

"We therefore urge all Our children in Christ, both those who are already accustomed to drink the saving waters flowing from the Heart of the Redeemer and, more especially those who look on from a distance like hesitant spectators, to eagerly embrace this devotion. Let them carefully consider, as We have said, that it is a question of a devotion which has long been powerful in the Church and is solidly founded on the Gospel narrative. It received clear support from tradition and the sacred liturgy and has been frequently and generously praised by the Roman Pontiffs themselves. These were not satisfied with establishing a feast in honor of the most Sacred Heart of the Redeemer and extending it to the Universal Church; they were also responsible for the solemn acts of dedication which consecrated the whole human race to the same Sacred Heart. Moreover, there are to be reckoned the abundant and joyous fruits which have flowed therefrom to the Church: countless souls returned to the Christian religion, the faith of many roused to greater activity, a closer tie between the faithful and our most loving Redeemer. All these benefits particularly in the most recent decades, have passed before Our eyes in greater numbers and more dazzling significance." (Pope Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas", 1956 A.D.)

Daily Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Sacred Heart of Jesus, today I wish to live in You, in Your grace, in which I desire at all costs to persevere. Keep me from sin and strengthen my will by helping me to keep watch over my senses, my imagination, and my heart. Help me to correct my faults which are the source of sin. I beg you to do this, O Jesus, through Mary, Your Immaculate Mother.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (English/Latin): Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, set our hearts on fire with love of Thee. (Cor Iesu, flagrans amóre nostri, inflámma cor nostrum amóre tui.) [Roman Breviary]

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'The Devotion of All Devotions'

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The following is taken from a 20th century publication entitled "The Catholic Church: The Teacher of Mankind" (Vol. 3). The publication bears an imprimatur. [Note: We have made some changes to the text below (e.g. punctuation & spelling changes, shortening)]

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The devotion of all devotions, says St. Ligouri, is to love Jesus Christ by thinking frequently on the love which that amiable Redeemer has borne and bears to us. A devout author weeps, and has just reason to weep, at the sight of the great number of Christians, who attend to the practice of various devotions, but neglect this great devotion; and of the multitude of preachers and confessors who inculcate many pious practices, but do not speak on the love of Jesus Christ; although, in truth, the love of Jesus Christ should be the principal, and even the only devotion of a Christian. Hence the sole care of preachers and confessors should be to recommend continually to their hearers and penitents the love of Jesus Christ, and to inflame them with it. The love of Jesus Christ is the golden chain that unites and binds souls to God...

[T]he Eternal Father has sent Jesus Christ into the world that he might manifest to us his love, and thus gain our love; for the Father has declared that he loves us, inasmuch as we love Jesus Christ. "The Father Himself loveth you because you have loved me." - John xvi. 23. And he admits us to bliss in proportion to our conformity to the life of Jesus Christ. "Whom he foreknew, he predestined to be conformable to the image of his Son." - Rom. viii. 19. But this conformity we shall never obtain, nor even desire, unless we attentively meditate on the love which Jesus Christ has borne us. And the devotion to the heart of Jesus is nothing else than an exercise of love to so amiable a Lord. The spiritual object of this devotion is the love with which the heart of Jesus burns towards men; for, as we read in so many passages of the holy Scriptures, love is commonly attributed to the heart. "My son, give me thy heart." - Prov. xxiii. 26. "My heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God.- Ps. lxxxiii. 3. "The God of my heart, and the God that is my portion forever." - Ps. lxxii. 26. "The charity of God is poured forth into our hearts by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us." - Rom. v. 5.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ made man is the material or sensible object of this devotion. The heart being the seat of all affections, the Most Sacred Heart of our Lord is proposed to our devotion, as being the seat and sanctuary of that love wherewith He loved us and gave Himself for us. Thus in addressing ourselves to that Sacred Heart as it is united to the blessed Humanity, and therefore to the Divine Person of the Word, we in an especial and peculiar manner, honor the love which burned therein for man.

This devotion is specially intended to make reparation for the outrages committed against the Heart of Jesus during His mortal life; outrages which continue to be committed against Him in the adorable Eucharist, which is the Sacrament of His love.

It was for this purpose that our Lord revealed to Blessed Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French Visitation nun, in the latter part of the seventeenth century, that he wished the festival and devotion of the Sacred Heart to be instituted in the Church. Her biographers relate that being one day in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus showed her His Heart surrounded with thorns, surmounted by a cross, and placed upon a throne of fire; and that he said to her:

"Behold the Heart that has so loved men, and has spared nothing to testify its love for them, even to the consuming of itself for their sake; but, in return, receives from the generality of mankind nothing but dishonor and ingratitude. What afflicts me most is, that hearts which treat me thus have been consecrated to me."

Thereupon our Savior bade her seek to procure the celebration of a particular festival in honor of His Divine Heart on the first Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi; and this for these principal intentions:

1. That Christians might return Him thanks for the ineffable gift bestowed upon them in the Blessed Eucharist.

2. That they might repair, by their homage and adoration, the irreverence and contempt with which He has been treated by sinners in this most Holy Sacrament.

3. That they might give Him the honor due unto Him, but withheld from Him in many churches, where He is so little loved, revered and adored.

And He promised to abundantly pour out the riches of His Heart on all who should practice this devotion, not only on the feast itself, but on other days when they visited the Blessed Sacrament.


"[Jesus] said to him, 'You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.'" (Mt. 22:37-38)

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"Reasons to Pay Homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus & In What Way We Ought to Pay This Homage"

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The following is from a 19th century publication entitled "The Pulpit Orator". Although the publication is referenced to the "Printer to the Holy See and the S. Congregation of Rites", no imprimatur was located on the work. [Note: We have made some changes to the text below (e.g. punctuation, spelling)]

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"One of the soldier's opened his side with a spear; and there came out blood and water." (John 19:34)

We must pay homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus...

1. Because it is the human, living, loving heart of Our Savior.

(a) Jesus is both God and man. As man he has, with the exception of sin, whatever we have; a body and a soul, and, consequently, also a human heart. If we consider the heart of Jesus as a human heart, it is highly venerable, for as such it is the principal part of the sacred body of Jesus Christ, and the chief organ of his blessed soul. The heart is the seat of all our feelings, of joy, sadness and love; from it proceed all things whatsoever we say and do. "A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." - Luke 6: 45. Therefore all the deeds of Our Savior, his endurance of hardship, his going about under great fatigues and doing good, his compassion for the unhappy, his watching and praying, at night, proceeded from his Sacred Heart as their source. And for such a loving heart ought we not to entertain the tenderest affection?

(b) Moreover, remember that principally through his Sacred Heart he accomplished our redemption. His heart submitted to the will of his heavenly Father, being obedient to the death of the cross. His heart was so agitated by anguish that he sweat blood, and exclaimed on the cross: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" - Matt. 27:46. At last Jesus Christ had his heart pierced through with a lance, in order to convince us that we owe to his heart both the beginning and the consummation of our redemption. If we entertain a peculiar veneration for the Sacred instruments of his passion, the lance, the nails, the crown of thorns, how much more reason has the Church to cherish a tender devotion to his Sacred Heart. Oh, Sacred Heart of Jesus, if I only look upon thee as a human heart, thou art above all human hearts dear to me, for thou art the source of all virtue and sanctity and to thee principally I owe my redemption.

2. Because it is the Divine Heart of Our Savior: for it is the heart of the God-Man, and therefore united to the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. We owe then to this heart the same adoration as to Jesus Christ, whose heart it is. As we adore him, so we must adore his Sacred Heart.

And this devotion should increase by reflecting that if the heart of Jesus were purely human, all the prayers and supplications, all the anguish and blood of this Heart, would only have a finite value, and consequently would be insufficient to blot out our guilt and to satisfy the infinite justice of God; but being the heart of the God-Man, it is a Divine Heart, because it is God's heart, and hence all prayers and actions which come forth from it, are of infinite value, and therefore more than sufficient for our redemption. How could we then refuse to this Divine Heart a peculiar devotion?

3. Because this Sacred Heart is all love, all tenderness for us.

(a) The heart is the emblem, the organ and seat of love. As we have eyes to see, ears to hear, feet to walk, a tongue to speak, so we have a heart to love. Therefore, the heart is the generally acknowledged symbol of love. St. Augustine and St. Theresa are represented as holding a heart in their hands, to signify thereby their fervent, fiery love towards God. When we read in the Book of Proverbs: "My son, give me thy heart," it means that God demands our whole, undivided love; and when the Church proposes to our veneration and adoration the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she wishes to place before our eyes the ineffable love of Jesus, who suffered and died for our redemption and instituted the Sacrament of his body and blood in remembrance of his death. For the same reason the first commandment runs thus: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart."

(b) Considering the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a symbol of charity, how many reasons have we to pay to it all possible homage! The Son of God burned with love for us from all eternity, longing to become man and to die for us. Does not the whole work of redemption loudly proclaim his love for us sinful men? Is it not love that induced him to become poor, that he might enrich us; to humble himself, that he might exalt us; to die for us, that we might have life everlasting? Is it not out of love, that he is constantly present in the Blessed Eucharist and imparts to us all graces we stand in need of, if we appear before him with devotion and confidence?

Is it not out of love that he daily offers himself up for us upon the altar and that he enters into our hearts in Holy Communion and unites himself most intimately with us and gives himself to us whole and entire? Should we not venerate this heart, which is so full of love and compassion, with the greatest love and gratitude?

4. Because we should atone for the many insults offered to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Countless are the insults offered to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. How many never visit him to pay the homage due to him? How many dishonor him by their evil conduct, hardly bending their knees before him, gazing about, talking and laughing? How many abuse the Blessed Sacrament by curses, imprecations and blasphemies? How many receive this Sacrament unworthily in the state of sin and defile their consciences with horrible sacrileges? O, how painful must be the wounds which these sins inflict on the loving heart of Jesus! But his charity towards us detains him in the house of grace. And should we not be inflamed with an anxious desire to console our dear Jesus by our ardent love and thus to atone for the outrages committed against this Sacrament of love? This atonement was the principal object Christ had in view when he exhorted the Blessed Margaret to promote the devotion to his heart. This he vouchsafed to reveal in express terms to that holy virgin.

In what way we ought to pay this homage....

Our Divine Savior said to his disciples: "Come to me, all you that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek and humble of heart" - Matt, xi: 28, 29. Jesus desires us to honor his heart by putting our confidence in him and following his example in meekness and humility.

1. We can not put our entire confidence in men, because they either can not or will not help us; whilst Jesus has the power and the good will to help us.

(a) Jesus can do all things. Who would doubt the power of the Almighty? He stilled the winds and tempests. Was it not he that with a few loaves fed several thousand men; that healed the sick, and delivered those oppressed by the devil; that called the dead to life? And Jesus is still the same God he was [two thousand] years ago.

(b) Much more our confidence must increase by reflecting that the Sacred Heart is all love, bounty, and tenderness. When did any one in distress ever come to Jesus without being relieved? The blind, the lame, the lepers, come to him, and are healed. He cures before he is asked, as, for instance, the man who had labored under a dreadful malady for thirty-eight long years. When his disciples were anxious to procure our Lord a short rest, he rebukes them, and he himself is never too tired to listen to their petitions. And how compassionate is he with poor sinners! Witness Mary Magdalen in Simon's house, Zacheus, and the penitent thief on the cross. Verily, to seek sinners and pardon them is the ardent desire of his most tender heart. He says himself: "The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus being so bountiful and powerful, shall we not approach it with all assurance, and with the greatest confidence expect from it every grace and blessing? Yes, and we could not grieve and offend this divine heart more than to have no confidence in it and omit to have recourse to it in our necessities. Judas deeply grieved the heart of Jesus when he betrayed and delivered him to his enemies; but still more did he grieve this heart, so much inclined to mercy and forgiveness, when he had no more confidence in him and yielded to despair.

2. Jesus admonishes us to imitate his Sacred Heart especially in the practice of two virtues, humility and meekness of heart, saying: learn of me to be meek and humble of heart. It is true, we see all virtues in the heart of Jesus, but there are two in particular, his humility and meekness, because they are his favorite virtues and he wishes us to imitate them in a special manner.

(a) Meekness. The whole life of Jesus was an uninterrupted practice of meekness. Herod seeks his life at his nativity, and although the meek Jesus could have destroyed him, yet he goes out of his way. The Samaritans lock their gates against him, his disciples are so angry that they wished to call fire from heaven upon them, but he rebukes them earnestly for their passion, saying: "You know not of what spirit you are. The Son of man came not to destroy souls, but to save." - Luke 9:51-56. His enemies say to him, that he has a devil, and seek to stone him: he remains calm and passionless, withdrawing himself from their fury. The Scribes and Pharisees mock him even on the cross, he excuses them and prays for them and his murderers. And how meek is Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament, when his own children are so cold of heart or even guilty of horrible sacrileges! Let us admire this heavenly meekness of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and learn of him to be meek of heart. Guard against anger and passions, against cursing and swearing, have compassion with the frailties of others, avoid quarrels and discord, and defend your rights and interests with moderation.

(b) Humility. St. Basil, reviewing the whole life of Christ, shows that in all his actions he teaches humility. His whole life is a perfect example of the most consummate humility, and his teaching tends to plant this virtue in our hearts, when he says: "Learn of me to be meek and humble of heart." How much did he humble himself at his coming into the world, choosing a poor virgin for his mother, a poor carpenter for his foster-father, and a stable for his palace! He walked upon earth in the form of a servant, was baptized like a sinner by John, washed his disciples feet, and patiently bore all humiliations. He died as an apparent malefactor on the cross. But his humiliation goes still further in the Blessed Eucharist. Here he appears not even in the form of man, but hides his majesty under the lowly form of bread. Here he allows everything to be done with him that one pleases, to be borne through the streets and crowded thoroughfares whither one pleases, and to be distributed to the sinner as well as to the just, in short, he annihilates himself, as it were, entirely. Considering this amazing humility of Christ, should we not learn of him to be humble of heart? O let us confess and acknowledge that of ourselves we are nothing but misery and sin, and that we owe all that we are and have to God's infinite and unmerited bounty. Let us not exalt ourselves above others, nor despise others; let us not seek human praise, but let us, in all we do, have nothing in view but the greater honor and glory of God. Let us bear with patience, if we cannot with joy, the humiliations we meet with. Let us humble ourselves before God; let us humble ourselves before men and before ourselves, for the more we humble ourselves, the greater will be the joy we prepare for the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the more abundantly will his graces and benedictions be showered upon us.

Endeavor to acquire a tender devotion to the Sacred Heart. Confide in it, it is the most powerful and kind heart. Hope to obtain whatever is necessary in time and eternity. And above all, strive to have your heart transformed into the Heart of Jesus, by being humble and meek of heart. And how could you, henceforth, still love sin and the world, which have inflicted such cruel wounds on this tenderest Heart? May the Sacred Heart of Jesus possess your hearts; may His spirit govern your spirit! Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant that I may ever love thee more and more. Amen.

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Liturgical Feasts in June

The following is a listing of all liturgical feast dates for June as they appear at

Note: (T) = Traditional, (N) = New (Novus Ordo)

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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June 1 - St. Justin Martyr (N)

June 2 - St. Erasmus (T)

June 2 - Sts. Marcellinus & Peter (T)

June 2 - Sts. Marcellinus & Peter (N)

June 3 - St. Charles Lwanga & companions (N)

June 4 - St. Francis Caracciolo (T)

June 5 - St. Boniface (T)

June 5 - St. Boniface (N)

June 6 - St. Norbert (T)

June 6 - St. Norbert (N)

June 9 - St. Columba (T)

June 9 - Sts. Primus & Felician (T)

June 9 - St. Ephrem of Syria (N)

June 10 - St. Margaret of Scotland (T)

June 11 - St. Barnabas, apostle (T)

June 11 - St. Barnabas, apostle (N)

June 12 - St. John of San Facondo (T)

June 12 - Sts. Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor & Nazarius (T)

June 13 - St. Anthony of Padua (T)

June 13 - St. Anthony of Padua (N)

June 14 - St. Basil the Great (T)

June 15 - St. Vitus, Modestus & Crescentia (T)

June 16 - St. John Francis Regis (T)

June 18 - St. Ephrem the Syrian (T)

June 18 - Sts. Mark & Marcellianus (T)

June 19 - St. Juliana Falconieri (T)

June 19 - Sts. Gervase & Protase (T)

June 19 - St. Romuald (N)

June 20 - St. Silverius, pope (T)

June 21 - St. Aloysius Gonzaga (T)

June 21 - St. Aloysius Gonzaga (N)

June 22 - St. Paulinus of Nola (T)

June 22 - St. John Fisher (N)

June 22 - St. Paulinus of Nola (N)

June 22 - St. Thomas More (N)

June 23 - Vigil of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (T)

June 24 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist (T)

June 24 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist (N)

June 25 - St. William (T)

June 26 - Sts. John & Paul (T)

June 27 - Our Lady of Perpetual Succor (Perpetual Help) (T)

June 27 - St. Cyril of Alexandria (N)

June 28 - St. Irenaeus of Lyons (T)

June 28 - St. Irenaeus of Lyons (N)

June 29 - Sts. Peter & Paul, apostles (T)

June 29 - Sts. Peter & Paul, apostles (N)

June 30 - St. Paul, apostle (T)

June 30 - St. Peter (T)

June 30 - First Martyrs of the Church of Rome (N)

Please Note: Above may exclude moveable feasts. For moveable feasts, see below & try here: . For other feasts, try the MCS Daily Digest each day at


6/1/12 - Ember Friday After Pentecost (T)

6/2/12 - Ember Saturday After Pentecost (T)

6/3/12 - Trinity Sunday

6/7/12 - Corpus Christi

6/15/12 - Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

6/16/12 - Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (N)

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'Catholic Trivia'

1. According to St. John Vianney, what does virtue demand?

2. Strive to be one of the ___ (Hint: Narrow gate/quotes from Our Lord)

3. What reason does St. Paul give in Holy Scripture for the "considerable number" of people that were ill and dying?

4. What is the name of the council ordered by Pope St. Pius X to be set up in every diocese to combat Modernism?

5. Where does the primary duty of charity lie regarding those in error?

6. Traditionally, what Holy Saturday practice symbolized the abrogation of the old Law?

7. Pamper your child and he will be what?

8. Does St. John of the Cross recommend giving up prayer if one experiences dryness?

9. Complete the sentence: "Murderers and deceivers___"

10. What is the earliest known list of feasts of martyrs kept by the Roman Church?



1. "Virtue demands courage, constant effort, and above all, help from on high." (St. John Vianney)

2. One of the few (Ref. Mt. 7:13-14: "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."; Mt. 22:14: "Many are invited, but few are chosen."; Lk. 13:24: "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.")

3. St. Paul teaches that the Holy Eucharist must be received worthily by the faithful, who must discern the Body and of the Lord. He says that the failure to discern the Body of Christ in the Holy Eucharist is the reason that many were ill and dying: "Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying." (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 11:27-30) As the Catechism of the Council of Trent states, "[F]or no crime is there a heavier punishment to be feared from God than for the unholy or irreligious use by the faithful of that which is full of holiness, or rather which contains the very author and source of holiness. This the Apostle wisely saw, and has openly admonished us of it. For when he had declared the enormity of their guilt who discerned not the body of the Lord, he immediately subjoined: Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep [that is, die]."

4. In the Encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis, Pope St. Pius X decreed the formation of a "Council of Vigilance" in each diocese to protect against Modernism: "They shall watch most carefully for every trace and sign of Modernism both in publications and in teaching, and to preserve the clergy and the young from it they shall take all prudent, prompt and efficacious measures. Let them combat novelties of words, remembering the admonitions of [Pope] Leo XIII"

5. "Catholic doctrine tells us that the primary duty of charity does not lie in the toleration of false ideas, however sincere they may be; nor in theoretical or practical indifference toward the errors and vices in which we see our brethren plunged, but in the zeal for their intellectual and moral improvement as well as for their material well-being. Catholic doctrine further tells us that love for our neighbor flows from our love for God, Who is Father to all, and the goal of the human family; and in Jesus Christ whose members we are, to the point that in doing good to others we are doing good to Jesus Christ Himself. Any other kind of love is sheer illusion, sterile and fleeting." (Pope St. Pius X, "Notre Charge Apostolique", 1910 A.D.)

6. "[T]he putting out of all the lights in the church is a symbol of the abrogation of the old Law, which ended with the rending of the veil of the temple; and that the new fire [for the Paschal candle] represents the preaching of the new Law, whereby our Lord Jesus Christ, the light of the world, fulfilled all the figures of the ancient Covenant." (Gueranger)

7. "Pamper your child and he will be a terror for you, indulge him and he will bring you grief." (Sirach 30:9)

8. No. He says, "Never give up prayer, and should you find dryness and difficulty, persevere in it for this very reason. God often desires to see what love your soul has, and love is not tried by ease and satisfaction." (St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church)

9. "Murderers and deceivers the LORD abhors." (Ps. 5:7)

10. The Philocalian Calendar, named after its compiler, is the earliest known list of feasts of martyrs kept by the Roman Church. It is also called "Depositio Martyrum" and "Liberian Calendar" (as it was compiled under Pope Liberius around 354 A.D.). [Ref. Catholic Dictionary]


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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Believe That No One Should Tell You What To Believe? 

It is good for Catholics to be able to defend their faith against attacks (or even simple questions) from those outside the Church. We therefore hope you may find the following "apologetics brief" helpful.

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The following may be used as discussion points when discoursing with those outside the Church (or even among Catholics).

Topic: Do You Believe That No One Should Tell You What To Believe? (Note: Topic is directed at Protestants)


* Do you believe in private interpretation of the Bible? See

* If you shouldn't be told what to believe, why did Christ commission the Apostles and instruct them to teach all persons (see Mt. 28:19-20)? Why were those who didn't accept their teachings condemned (see Mt. 10:14)?

* If you shouldn't be told what to believe, why did Christ establish His Church, which Scripture calls "the pillar and foundation of truth" (1 Tm. 3:15)? 

* If you shouldn't be told what to believe, why does Scripture make it clear that it is necessary to assent to certain truths to be saved?

* If no one should tell you what to believe, how do you know you won't believe in false doctrines that will eventually lead to your eternal damnation?

* Where does Scripture say you may believe as you like?

* Why do you deny the concept of objective truth in matters of religion in favor of your own personal beliefs? Do you also reject teachers in subjects such as math because you "don't want anyone to tell you what to think" or do you realize that they teach truths? Why then do you equate religious truths with mere opinion? 

* By rejecting instruction in matters of religion, you create for yourself a religion of "feeling". But truth is not determined by feelings. If you calculate 2+2=4, you have achieved truth, but it is unlikely to be accompanied by a special feeling. The fact that you don't "feel" the truth of 2+2=4 doesn't make it any less true, just as the fact that someone feels 2+2=5 is true doesn't make it true. Not all that "feels right" is necessarily right and not all that might "feel wrong" is necessarily wrong. In fact, remember that it probably "felt good" for Adam & Eve to take that forbidden fruit - and look where that got us! Also, where in Scripture does it say that an assessment of truth is based on feeling? Since when is true religion not based on objective truths?

* If you believe in "private interpretation", why is it you claim to have a "direct link to God" only in matters of religion? What about other matters of truth?

* A person is bound by God's moral laws - just as one is bound by the laws of nature (e.g. gravity) also authored by God - and this is true whether a person "believes" in them or not. Therefore, if one must be bound by moral laws, one must be told what these laws are!

* If no one is to tell you what you are to believe, in matters of religion you will necessarily believe error and falsehood. How is it that you think God, Truth itself, finds errors and falsehood acceptable? And, don't forget, "error has no right to exist"...

"Nothingness can have no rights since it has no existence. It is impossible for a thing which does not exist to have any rights. Therefore to attribute rights to a non-existent entity is an injustice. But what are you doing if you attribute rights to error except attributing them to a non-existent entity? It is enough to consider what truth and error are in order to understand this. Truth is found in the intellect in the measure in which the intellect is in exact conformity with reality. When the intellect has an idea which is not in conformity with reality, then we have an error. But what is really happening in such a case? I have in my mind the idea of something as if this thing formed part of the order of being. I attribute it rights in my mind, as if it were portion of the divine scheme of things. But it is not so in reality. In point of fact it is a baseless creation of my own mind. How can I take as the foundation of my life and of my actions a 'reality' which is no reality? What can be the outcome of such an aberration? Precisely what happens in the case of any structure raised without foundation. If I take as a basis for my life and action an idea of my own to which nothing real or objective corresponds the whole intellectual and social edifice I raise on that basis is of necessity bound to crumble. There can be no other solid foundation for action and life than an objective reality. This then is why truth alone has the right to exist in the individual and in the social order. From no point of view can error claim this right. When it gets a footing in a mind or among the multitude, it usurps rights not belonging to it, it is unjust. Evil is the privation of the being and goodness due to a thing. Now error is the specific evil of the intelligence, the privation of the grasp of the order of the world which the intelligence is meant to have. It is a malady to be cured, a disease to be healed, a cancer to be eradicated, not a perfection to be extolled and proclaimed worthy of respect... Our Lord came down to restore the Divine Life of Grace to the human race and to each individual in it. For this end He revealed truth to the world. This truth belongs to Him in virtue of His divine right and also in virtue of His work of redemption. If this truth belongs to Him and is given to the world by Him in a well-defined sense and for a very definite purpose, then to ruin or lessen it is to commit an injustice. It is to sacrifice the rights of Jesus Christ... Certainly there is no place for anything but truth." (Fahey) 

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"[I]t is contrary to reason that error and truth should have equal rights." (Pope Leo XIII, "Libertas Praestantissimum", 1888 A.D.)

"What, then, is this foolish cry about the slavery of dogma? How can Truth make men anything except more free? Unless a man is prepared to say that the scientist enslaves his intellect by telling him facts, he dare not say that the Church fetters his intellect by defining dogma." (Benson)

"Now the human intellect, in gaining the knowledge of such truths is hampered both by the activity of the senses and the imagination, and by evil passions arising from original sin. Hence men easily persuade themselves in such matters that what they do not wish to believe is false or at least doubtful. It is for this reason that divine revelation must be considered morally necessary so that those religious and moral truths which are not of their nature beyond the reach of reason in the present condition of the human race, may be known by all men readily with a firm certainty and with freedom from all error." (Pope Pius XII, "Humani Generis", 1950 A.D.)

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In Closing...

"Those who wage war against the truth are powerless to win; rather, they wound themselves, like those who kick against spikes." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"[O]ur Redeemer Himself promised to Margaret Mary that 'all those who rendered this honor to His Heart would be endowed with an abundance of heavenly graces.'" (Pope Pius XI, "Miserentissimus Redemptor", 1928 A.D.)

"In truth if the arguments brought forward which form the foundation for the devotion to the pierced Heart of Jesus are duly pondered, it is surely clear that there is no question here of some ordinary form of piety which anyone at his own whim may treat as of little consequence or set aside as inferior to others, but of a religious practice which helps very much towards the attaining of Christian perfection." (Pope Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas", 1956 A.D.)

"If you want to be certain of being in the number of the Elect, strive to be one of the few, not one of the many. And if you would be quite sure of your salvation, strive to be among the fewest of the few; that is to say: do not follow the great majority of mankind, but follow those who enter upon the narrow way, who renounce the world, who give themselves to prayers, and who never relax in their efforts by day or night, so that they may attain everlasting blessedness." (St. Anselm, Doctor of the Church)

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: I hail Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and life-giving fountain of eternal life, infinite treasure of divinity, glowing furnace of divine love; Thou art my place of rest and my most sure refuge. My dear Savior, enkindle my heart with that burning love wherewith Thine own is on fire; pour into my heart the manifold graces, of which thy Heart is the source; let Thy will be mine, and let mine be for ever obedient to Thine. Amen. (Raccolta)

"It is in the adorable heart of Jesus that we shall find every help for our necessities, every remedy for the cure of our ills, the most powerful assistance against the assaults of our enemies, the sweetest consolation to soothe our sufferings, the purest delight to fill our souls with joy. Are you in sorrow? Do your enemies persecute you? Does the recollection of your past sins disturb you? Is your heart troubled or full of fear? Throw yourself, so to speak, in the wounds of Jesus Christ, even into His Sacred Heart, it is a sanctuary, it is the retreat for holy souls, and a place of refuge wherein your soul is safe. It is to Him and through Him that we should ask for all we require; it is through Him and in Him that we should offer to the Eternal Father all we do, because this Sacred Heart is the treasury of every supernatural gift, the source of every grace. It is the channel through which we unite ourselves more intimately to God, and through which God communicates Himself more freely. It is, in fine, to this Sacred Heart we should continually strive to unite ours - no longer wishing to have other desires or sentiments than those of Jesus - and then we may be sure that His will and His Sacred Heart may, so to speak, merge into our heart, and that the two will be as one. Draw waters at leisure out of the Savior's fountains: you will never exhaust them." (St. Peter Damien, Doctor of the Church)

"In order that favors in greater abundance may flow on all Christians, nay, on the whole human race, from the devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, let the faithful see to it that to this devotion the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God is closely joined. For, by God's Will, in carrying out the work of human Redemption the Blessed Virgin Mary was inseparably linked with Christ in such a manner that our salvation sprang from the love and the sufferings of Jesus Christ to which the love and sorrows of His Mother were intimately united. It is, then, entirely fitting that the Christian people - who received the divine life from Christ through Mary - after they have paid their debt of honor to the Sacred Heart of Jesus should also offer to the most loving Heart of their heavenly Mother the corresponding acts of piety, affection, gratitude and expiation. Entirely in keeping with this most sweet and wise disposition of divine Providence is the memorable act of consecration by which We Ourselves solemnly dedicated Holy Church and the whole world to the spotless Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary." (Pope Pius XII, "Haurietis Aquas", 1956 A.D.)

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