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Thursdays Doors — Vintage Holy Card

This week I noticed an interesting post by Linda G. Hill about doors and wanted to share my favorite image, a very vintage holy card of the child Jesus peeking through the door of the tabernacle.(public domain image)

Thank you, Linda, for your contribution and introduction.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon.     

Tabern

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A Find! A Treasure

A find, a treasure found in a Thrift store. A treasure to me, but to another, it might have been tossed away, and forgotten. Think about the fact that for someone to have given it away just like that; furthermore by the grace of God this little treasure was found.
Found not be me, but a friend who gave it to me, knowing someday I would appreciate its contents.011
A diary of a sort, or notebook of thoughts, prayers, a part of her life. She was born in 1885, married in 1912 and wrote beautiful meditations of the Mass, Stations of the Cross, Mysteries of the rosary. One phrase, in particular, written therein I had to research it on the Internet for the true meaning and origin. She speaks of the “princes of Thy Kingdom with an increase of Felicity and Beatitude.” (Princes = plural for angels) This phrase is mentioned over and over throughout her writings.

My research via the Internet brought me to this text in the publication titled “Life of St. Gertrude.” The book reads:

“As the Feast of St. Michael approached, St. Gertrude prepared herself for Holy Communion by meditation on the care which the angels had of her, by the divine command, notwithstanding her unworthiness. And as she desires to render some return to them, she offered in their honor the life-giving Body and Blood of Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament. Her words: “I offer You this most august Sacrament, O most loving Lord, for Your eternal glory, in honor of the princes of Your Kingdom and for the increase of their felicity and Beatitude.”
Then our Lord drew this oblation to Himself in an ineffable manner, thereby causing the greatest joy to these angel spirits, who appeared even as if they had never before experienced such blessedness and superabounded in delights. Then each of the choirs of angels, according to their rank, inclined respectfully before St. Gertrude, saying: “You have indeed honored us by this oblation, and we will, therefore, guard you with special care” ( Life of St. Gertrude, IV, ch. 54, p. 462).
Moreover, thereafter a representative from each of the first six choirs approached her to thank her and promised her special graces in gratitude: 1) the Angels promised special protection; 2) the Archangels, light into the divine mysteries; 3) the Virtues, assistance in her writings and meditations; 4) the Dominations, by their praise and intercession to make good any negligence on her part; 5) the Principalities, to adorn her and present her to God; 6) the Powers, to remove every impediment to her spiritual growth (ibid, pp. 463)

The more I study this little treasure, the more I feel as if I know this woman. Based on a few things she writes about herself, I know her name at birth was Iva Myrtle Fonts, she was born in 1885; if alive today she would be 133 years old this coming June. She married at age 27 becoming Myrtle Doyle (she addressed herself always as Myrtle Doyle) and widowed at the age of 51.
I am beginning to see a picture of the young Myrtle struggling with her path; choosing either a religious or married vocation. One of her entries she writes a personal note addressed to Mary, the mother of Jesus. “Please take me home Mary sweet mother, your wandering child who did not know her mother’s voice when she called her years ago. Mary, sweet mother, forgive me, please do and come with Jesus for me. The most unworthy one that God has made thirsty for flames of Divine Love to consume her … My God the life of my soul. Please consume me for I am no more but all Thine.”
There is also a tiny picture of a woman in nuns habit which she marked it Myrtle age 55.
Her meditations about the Latin Mass of All Times are quite inspirational; how she relates all to the sufferings of Jesus as an example when the priest enters the sanctuary he kisses the altar, she writes of how Jesus now betrayed with a kiss. The priest says Dominus Vobiscum, (The Lord be with you) Myrtle mentions of how when Jesus looked at Peter when Peter denied him, Peters conversion was elevated.
I can relate to this because it is my belief also that we convert in degrees according to grace, some are at a higher level as we progress closer to our goal. We continue to go forward as long as we are committed to God’s Will.
There are so many beautiful thoughts in this little booklet, the subject of this post and written in Myrtle’s hand. I hope that it is not only a treasure for Traditional Catholics who remember the Church before Vatican II adaptions to the world but to everyone reading this post.

 

 

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A World Without HIS Cross – WHAT IF?

Some unbelievers like to say if He was God why did He suffer so much pain, disgrace, and shame. He, as you say; can do all things why didn’t He just blink His eyes and open heaven’s gates.

Why not just Will it; the very fact of His Will purchased us?

It is a fact that the above could have happened in just that way, for God can do all things, and knows all things.

Try to imagine the world without the Cross. Ask yourself, what if there were no Cross?

We would have no Lent, no Resurrection and definitely no appreciation. No crucifix hanging on our walls, no rosary to pray no tears indeed to shed. A world without Christian devotions, without His Passion depicted in Christian Art.

There would be no need for the priesthood since there would be no reason for the holy sacrifice of the Mass nor the Blessed Sacrament upon our altars. Nothing to celebrate except to celebrate as in presumption. Without the cross, our religion leads one to Presumption, glory without merit, salvation without keeping the Commandments, or expectation of pardon for sin without repentance. A presumption is what man-made “Christians” should fear; they glory in the Resurrection; hide from the crucifixion, remember too there were only three at the foot of the Cross when He died.

“O wicked presumption, whence camest thou to cover the earth with thy malice, and deceitfulness?”
[Ecclesiasticus 37:3]

 

Addition of a Tanka Challenge

No Cross no Passion
What if God just waved us in?
God can do all things
Just a simple come on in
Wonder would we follow Him?

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Why Catholics Honor Mary

The Arc, sanctified (II Paralipomenon 8:11), the making of the Arc with instructions to Moses by God Himself. The Arc of the Covenant, according to the Bible was constructed by precious materials, with gold rings. The Arc was a sign of God’s presence and protection; it contained two tables of stone, which Moses put there, the rod of Aaron and a golden dish of Manna. “Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou and the ark, which thou hast sanctified.” (Psalms 131;8)

The Arc was a prelude to the Church which would keep the law of God, the Eucharist where Christ would live among His faithful feeding them again (Manna) on their journey to heaven.

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin, are several invocational prayers, one of which we pray “Arc of the Covenant, pray for us,” because she is the Ark of the New Covenant and who, like the old ark, is now worthy of honor.

All the parts of the material temple, in which the ark was placed were said by God to be purified. What then should He not do for Mary by spiritually enriching her, whose chaste womb was to be His living tabernacle from whose pure flesh He was to derive His own most Holy Body, and of whom He would Himself be born! God most wonderfully prepared and fitted both her body and soul, that she would be a worthy dwelling for Himself.

Almighty God, therefore, was pleased to preserve this holy Virgin from contracting any stain of sin, whether original or actual. Without the privilege of an extraordinary grace, the greatest saints daily fall into venial sins of oversight, through a neglect of watchfulness over all the secret motions of their hearts in the course of living each day. But Mary was distinguished by this rare privilege, and by the aid of an extraordinary grace; she never suffered the least remission or relaxation of her soul.

Because she was created to carry Our Lord she was without any stain, she was sanctified and freed from original sin in other words brought forth into this world in a state of perfect sanctity. This is why we honor Mary, as God so honored her.
“For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”
[Luke 1:48]

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Talking Therapy vs Catholic Confession

To make a comparison between “Talking Therapy” and the Catholic Sacrament of Confession, both begin with talking to a trained person about negative thoughts and feelings to make positive changes.

One is free while the other has a fee, and rightly a good therapist deserves their compensation. The priest on the other-hand is accustomed to waiting for his reward.

Talking with a True priest is done secretly, behind closed doors to diminish the pain of accusing ourselves of sinful deeds.

The talking therapy technique is face to face giving the professional an opportunity to categorize the situations as mental health problems in general. Talking therapies give people the chance to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behavior. Counseling of this type is probably ideal for people who are healthy but need help coping with a current crisis. While the person choosing Confession knows already, because of their faith, on the effect of their behavior due to their human weakness.

Both the priest or an occupational therapist will admit talking always helps people who are distressed by a complicated past or are currently having a conflict of conscience.

The most significant difference and benefits with the Sacrament of Confession are knowing we receive a restart in life, a brand new page to begin again. How do I know? The Bible tells us so! Speaking to the Church, “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”[John 20:23] Retained in the sense of the word meaning the penitent had no sorrow.

I imagine “sorrow” would be an emotion therapist enjoy seeing within their patient’s recovery, especially when dealing with “guilt.”

Protestants like to laugh at Catholics, and that too is good therapy, laughter is natural medicine. It lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. They laugh at Catholics who often receive the Sacrament of Confession and leave the confessional with their RESTART; only to fall again. But in honestly those who opt an adventure of “Talking Therapy” also take that same walk over and over.

Remember too, those of you who believe in God, better to receive from Him an “E” for effort, than a “D” for despair.

 

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