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* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of August Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

* "If you follow this advice, holiness and peace will enter into your heart in great abundance..."

* Liturgical Feasts in August

* Hymn of St. Casimir to the Blessed Virgin Mary

* 'Catholic Trivia'

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Trust Martin Luther?

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MCS News & Notes

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The Month of August: Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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"In Mary God is more glorified, better known, more loved than in all the rest of the universe." (Liturgical Year)

"Mary is blessed by Elizabeth with the same words as before by Gabriel, to show that she was to be reverenced both by men and angels." (St. Bede the Venerable, Doctor of the Church)

"When Mary has taken root in a soul she produces in it wonders of grace which only she can produce; for she alone is the fruitful virgin who never had and never will have her equal in purity and fruitfulness." (St. Louis de Montfort)

"Just as Mary surpassed in grace all others on earth, so also in heaven is her glory unique. If eye has not seen or ear heard or the human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Cor. 2:9), who can express what He has prepared for the woman who gave Him birth and who loved Him, as everyone knows, more than anyone else?" (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church)

"Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her." (Bl. Jacinta of Fatima)

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Prayer of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary: "O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from thy sublime height turn upon me thine eyes of pity. Filled with confidence in thy goodness and knowing full well thy power, I beseech thee to extend to me thine assistance in the journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul. And in order that I may never be the slave of the devil through sin, but may ever live with my heart humble and pure, I entrust myself wholly to thee. I consecrate my heart to thee for ever, my only desire being to love thy divine Son Jesus. Mary, none of thy devout servants has ever perished; may I too be saved. Amen." (Raccolta)

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Consolation: "O Mary Immaculate, our Mother and Consolation, I take refuge in thy most loving heart with all the confidence of which I am capable; thou shalt be the dearest object of my love and veneration. To thee, who art the dispenser of the treasures of heaven, I shall always have recourse in my sorrows to have peace, in my doubts to have light, in my dangers to be defended, in all my needs to obtain thy assistance. Be therefore my refuge, my strength, my consolation, O Mary the Consoler! At the hour of my death, graciously receive the last sighs of my heart and obtain for me a place in thy heavenly home, where all hearts shall praise with one accord the adorable Heart of Jesus for evermore as well as thy most lovable heart, O Mary. Our tender Mother, Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen." (Raccolta)

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"If you follow this advice, holiness and peace will enter into your heart in great abundance..."

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Note: The following is taken from a 19th century edition of Fr. Lorenzo Scupoli's Spiritual Combat. We have made some minor changes to the text below (e.g. capitalization changes, punctuation changes).

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Although Christian perfection consists in perfect obedience to the commandments of God, nevertheless it chiefly proceeds from the love of our enemies; so greatly does this precept resemble the ways of God.

If then you wish to attain to perfection by a short road, strive very accurately to observe the command of Christ, which He gives in the precept to love our enemies; love, do good to, and pray for, them, not stiffly and coldly, but with such affection, that your heart, as it were, forgetting yourself, should be wholly given up to loving them and praying for them.

Do them good then; be very careful that in every thing that affects the soul they receive no injury from you, but manifest to them by every gesture, word and deed, that you love and value them, and are always at their service.

With reference to temporal benefits, you must be guided in what you do by prudence and judgment, having consideration for the nature of your enemies, your own condition, and circumstances.

If you follow this advice, holiness and peace will enter into your heart in great abundance.

Nor is this precept so difficult to keep as some imagine. No doubt it is hard to nature, but to him who is desirous and ever anxious to subdue each movement of nature or malice that arises within him, it will become easy, bringing with it an inner spring of sweet peace and readiness. However, to help your weakness, there are four most powerful aids to which you may resort.

One is prayer - frequently to beseech Christ to give you this love, by virtue of His Love, Who, whilst hanging on the Cross, thought first of the good of His enemies, then of His Mother, lastly of Himself.

The second aid is to remind yourself of the precept, saying to yourself, "It is the Lord's command that I should love my enemies, therefore I must do so."

The third aid is to behold in your enemies the living image of God, Who at their creation gave it to them, and thus to excite your love and esteem for it.

The fourth, to regard further the ineffable ransom wherewith Christ redeemed them, not with silver and gold, but with His Own Blood, and so exert yourself that it be not shed in vain, lost, and trodden under foot

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For more reflections, please visit

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Liturgical Feasts in August

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

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

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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August 1 - St. Paul (T)

August 1 - St. Peter's Chains (T)

August 1 - The Holy Machabees (T)

August 1 - St. Alphonsus Liguori (N)

August 2 - St. Alphonsus Liguori (T)

August 2 - St. Stephen I, pope (T)

August 2 - St. Eusebius of Vercelli (N)

August 2 - St. Peter Julian Eymard (N)

August 3 - Finding of St. Stephen (T)

August 4 - St. Dominic (T)

August 4 - St. John Vianney (Cure of Ars) (N)

August 5 - Dedication of Our Lady of the Snow (T)

August 5 - Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome (N)

August 6 - Sts. Sixtus II (Xystus) (pope), Felicissimus & Agapitus (T)

August 6 - Transfiguration of Our Lord (T)

August 6 - Transfiguration of the Lord (N)

August 7 - St. Cajetan (T)

August 7 - St. Donatus (T)

August 7 - St. Cajetan (N)

August 7 - St. Sixtus II (pope) & companions (N)

August 8 - Sts. Cyriacus, Largus & Smaragdus (T)

August 8 - The 14 Holy Helpers (T)

August 8 - St. Dominic (N)

August 9 - St. Emidius (T)

August 9 - St. John Vianney (Cure of Ars) (T)

August 9 - St. Romanus (T)

August 9 - St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) (N)

August 10 - St. Laurence (Lawrence) (T)

August 10 - St. Lawrence (N)

August 11 - St. Philomena (T)

August 11 - Sts. Tiburtius & Susanna (T)

August 11 - St. Clare of Assisi (N)

August 12 - St. Clare of Assisi (T)

August 13 - Sts. Hippolytus & Cassian (T)

August 13 - Sts. Pontian (pope) & Hippolytus (N)

August 14 - St. Eusebius (T)

August 14 - Vigil of the Assumption (T)

August 14 - St. Maximilian Kolbe (N)

August 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T/N) [Holy Day of Obligation, unless abrogated (Contact your diocese for info.)]

August 16 - St. Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

August 16 - St. Stephen of Hungary (N)

August 17 - St. Hyacinth (T)

August 18 - St. Agapitus (T)

August 18 - St. Helena (T)

August 18 - St. Jane Frances de Chantal (N)

August 19 - St. John Eudes (T)

August 19 - St. John Eudes (N)

August 20 - St. Bernard of Clairvaux (T)

August 20 - St. Bernard of Clairvaux (N)

August 21 - St. Jane Frances de Chantal (T)

August 21 - St. Pius X, pope (N)

August 22 - Sts. Timothy, Hippolytus & Symphorianus (T)

August 22 - The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

August 22 - The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (N)

August 23 - St. Philip Benizi (T)

August 23 - St. Rose of Lima (N)

August 24 - St. Bartholomew, apostle (T)

August 24 - St. Bartholomew, apostle (N)

August 25 - St. Louis IX, king of France (T)

August 25 - St. Joseph Calasanz (N)

August 25 - St. Louis IX of France (N)

August 26 - St. Zephyrinus, pope (T)

August 27 - St. Joseph Calasanctius (T)

August 27 - St. Monica (N)

August 28 - St. Augustine of Hippo (T)

August 28 - St. Hermes (T)

August 28 - St. Augustine of Hippo (N)

August 29 - Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (T)

August 29 - St. Sabina (T)

August 29 - Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (N)

August 30 - St. Rose of Lima (T)

August 30 - Sts. Felix & Adauctus (T)

August 31 - St. Raymund Nonnatus (T)

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

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Hymn of St. Casimir to the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Daily, daily sing to Mary -

Sing, my soul, her praises due:

All her feasts, her actions worship

With the heart's devotion true.

Lost in wondering contemplation,

Be her majesty confest;

Call her Mother, call her Virgin -

Happy Mother, Virgin blest.


She is mighty to deliver;

Call her, trust her lovingly;

When the tempest rages round thee.

She will calm the troubled sea.

Gifts of Heaven she has given,

Noble lady, to our race -

She, the Queen, who decks her subjects

With the light of God's own grace.


Sing, my tongue, the Virgin's trophies.

Who for us her maker bore;

For the curse of old inflicted,

Peace and blessing to restore.

Sing in songs of praise unending,

Sing the world's majestic Queen;

Weary not, nor faint in telling

All the gifts she gives to men.


All my senses, heart, affections,

Strive to sound her glory forth:

Spread abroad the sweet memorials

Of the Virgin's priceless worth.

Where the voice of music thrilling -

Where the tongue of eloquence -

That can utter hymns beseeming

All her matchless excellence?


All our joys do flow from Mary,

All then join her praise to sing;

Trembling sing the Virgin Mother,

Mother of our Lord and King.

Where we sing her awful glory,

Far above our fancy's reach,

Let our hearts be quick to offer -

Love the heart alone can teach.

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'Catholic Trivia'

1. Who said...?: "To wish to draw an exact line of separation between religion and life, between the natural and the supernatural, between the Church and the world, as if they had nothing to do with each other, as if the rights of God were valueless in all the manifold realities of daily life, whether human or social, is entirely foreign to Catholic thought and is positively anti-Christian."

2. With respect to the Blessed Virgin Mary, what do the following saints have in common?: St. Gregory the Wonderworker, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Simon Stock, St. Gertrude, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis of Rome, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Catherine Laboure

3. Who are least three patron saints for soldiers?

4. What does antiphonarium (antiphonárium) refer to?

5. Respect for women rises and falls with ___

6. What is absolutely necessary at the moment of death for salvation?

7. The Assumption was infallibly proclaimed by which pope?

8. Which patron saints may be invoked by those falsely accused?

9. What does fons lustralis (fons lustrális) refer to?

10. Who said...?: "Mary is said to be 'fair as the moon'. For as the moon enlightens and benefits the lowest creatures on earth, so does Mary enlighten and succor the most unworthy sinners."



1. Pope Pius XII

2. St. Gregory the Wonderworker, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Simon Stock, St. Gertrude, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis of Rome, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Catherine Laboure have all reported having visions of the Blessed Virgin

3. Patron saints for soldiers include: St. George, St. Hadrian, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. James the Greater, St. Joan of Arc, St. Martin of Tours, St. Maurice, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Sebastian

4. Book of antiphons (the Gradual)

5. "[R]espect for women rises and falls with that for Mary" (Catholic Dictionary)

6. "Above all, the state of grace is absolutely necessary at the moment of death without it salvation and supernatural happiness - the beatific vision of God - are impossible." (Pope Pius XII, 1951 A.D.)

7. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven was infallibly proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in 1950 in "Munificentissimus Deus"

8. Patron saints for those falsely accused include: St. Alphonsus, St. Dominic, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Matilda, and St. Raymond Nonnatus

9. Holy water font

10. St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church


For more information concerning the topics above, try our General A-Z Index at

Like trivia? You might enjoy our crossword puzzles located at

You might also be interested in the Q & A and historical information which may be found each day on the MCS Daily Digest at

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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Trust Martin Luther?

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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Note: Text below is taken from 

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

Topic: Do You Trust Martin Luther? (Note: Topic is directed at Protestants)


* Did you know that Luther...?

* Approved of adultery / concubineage

* Approved of bigamy (Philip of Hesse)

* Broke his vows to God

* Engaged in fornication

* Believed unchastity was inescapable

* Is considered to have had "depraved manners"

* Used "disgusting" language and is accused of "flagrant violations of decency"

* Admitted he was "consumed by the fires of [his] unbridled flesh" and "consumed by the flesh and by lasciviousness" (De Wette, 2, 22)

* Was admittedly impure: "I burn with a thousand flames in my unsubdued flesh: I feel myself carried on with a rage towards women that approaches madness. I, who ought to be fervent in spirit, am only fervent in impurity." (Table Talk)

* Wanted the Ten Commandments to be removed "out of sight and heart". He called them "stupid" and said that, "If we allow them - the Commandments - any influence in our conscience, they become the cloak of all evil, heresies and blasphemies." (Comm. ad Galat., P. 310)

* Admittedly received confirmation of his doctrines from Satan

* Etc.

  This, you believe is an "instrument of God" or "messenger of God"?

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"Read Luther's work against 'the Mass and the Ordination of Priests' where he tells of his famous disputation with the 'Father of Lies' who accosted him at 'midnight' and spoke to him with a 'deep, powerful voice', causing 'the sweat to break forth' from his brow and his 'heart to tremble and beat.' In that celebrated conference of which he was an unexceptionable witness and about which he never entertained the slightest doubt, he says plainly and unmistakingly that 'the devil spoke against the Mass, and Mary and the Saints' and that, moreover, Satan gave him the most unqualified approval of his doctrine on 'justification by faith alone.' Who now, we ask in all sincerity, can be found, except those appallingly blind to truth, to accept such a man, approved by the enemy of souls, as a spiritual teacher and entrust to his guidance their eternal welfare?" (O'Hare)

"Luther's advocates might, if their eyes are not filmed, read with profit the following words which their master penned when he had genuine misgivings at the outset of his apostasy. 'How many times,' he writes, 'have I not asked myself with bitterness the same question which the Papists put me: Art thou alone wise? Darest thou imagine that all mankind have been in error for so long a series of years? I am not so bold as to assert that I have been guided in this affair by God. How will it be, if, after all, it is thou thyself who art wrong, and art thou involving in error so many souls who will then be eternally damned?' (Latin Works, Weim. ed., 8, p. 411 seq.)." (O'Hare)

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In Closing...

"When one loves anyone, it is a great happiness to have something of theirs as a souvenir. If we love our Mother, the Blessed Virgin, we should make it both our duty and privilege to have one of her pictures or statues in our home, which from time to time will remind us of her." (St. John Vianney)

Short Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin: "My Queen! My Mother! I give thee all myself, and, to show my devotion to thee, I consecrate to thee my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my entire self. Wherefore, O loving Mother, as I am thine own, keep me, defend me, as thy property and possession." (Raccolta)

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary: "Immaculate Virgin, refuge of sinners thou who, in order to atone for the injuries done to Almighty God and the evils inflicted on men by sin, didst accept with resignation the death of thy divine Son, be ever propitious toward us, and in heaven, where thou dost reign gloriously, continue in our behalf thy work of zeal and love. We would be thy children: do thou still show thyself a Mother. Obtain from Jesus, our divine Redeemer, that He may be pleased to apply to our souls the fruits of His passion and death, and deliver us from the bonds of our iniquities. May He be our light in the midst of darkness, our strength in weakness, our refuge in the midst of peril; may He strengthen us by His grace and love in this world, and grant us to love Him, see Him and possess Him in the world to come. Amen." (Raccolta)

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