NOVENA FOR LIFE. Life begins at conception and not implantation.


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Life begins at conception and not implantation.

Let us ask God through Our Lady of Immaculate Conception so that  all people, especially the mothers, lawmakers and healthcare professionals would acknowledge the abundant scientific evidence that life begins at conception, not implantation. 

Below you have the Novena for life which you could use during these days in preparation for the Solamnity of Immaculate Conception.

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Christianity cannot be reduced to a kind of agency for “doing good”. It is not a mere philanthropy, though noble in itself. It is much more than that.

Service of our neighbour acquires supernatural value when it is done out of love for Christ, when we see Christ in the person in need. This is why St Paul asserts that “if I give away all I have . . but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Cor 13:3).

Any interpretation of Jesus’ teaching on the Last Judgment would be wide of the mark if it gave it a materialistic meaning or confused mere philantrophy with genuine Christian charity.

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Dec. 3: MARY, WOMAN OF FAITH. 4th day of the Novena to the Immaculate Conception.


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4th day of the Novena to the Immaculate Conception.

She teaches us to have faith. “Blessed art thou for thy believing,” were the words of greeting uttered by her cousin Elizabeth when Our Lady went up into the hill country to visit her. Mary’s act of faith had been a wonderful one, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word.” When her Son was born she contem- plated the greatness of God on earth: a choir of angels was present, and not only the shepherds, but also important men of this world came to adore the Child. Afterwards, however, the Holy Family had to flee to Egypt, to escape Herod’s murderous intent. Then, silence; thirty long years of simple, ordinary life, just like that of any other home in a small village in Galilee.

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Venice 31 October 2017: What goes around comes around!


Note: We missed this one on the official day — but better late than never. What goes around comes around!

Last October 31st on the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Revolt, some unidentified person/people stuck a copy of Pope Leo X’s Bull Decet Romanum Ponteficem, excommunicating Martin Luther, on the main door of the Chiesa Evangelica Alemanna in Venice.


from the Bull Decet Romanum Ponteficem:

Through the power given him from God, the Roman Pontiff has been appointed to administer spiritual and temporal punishments as each case severally deserves. The purpose of this is the repression of the wicked designs of misguided men, who have been so captivated by the debased impulse of their evil purposes as to forget the fear of the Lord, to set aside with contempt canonical decrees and apostolic commandments, and to dare to formulate new and false dogmas and to…

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“Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God”


“Whatever you can do to stop Communion in the hand will be blessed by God” ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J.

Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend the truth is to suppress it” – Pope St. Felix III

The decline of belief and faith among Catholics has been spiraling downward ever since the introduction of Communion in the hand in 1969. What started out as disobedience among a few select bishops in Belgium in the 1960’s, has now been spread like wildfire among the average Catholic worldwide, in what is largely known in the Catholic world as a third rail topic. There is widespread confusion as to how this can be a disobedient act when it has been approved by the Church. The facts are that Communion on the tongue is still the law of the Church, while Communion in the hand is an exception…

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A Temple More Sacred than the Temple of Jerusalem


The feast of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple evokes first of all the holiness of Mary. The 3-year-old child presented in the Temple brings to mind the image of a consecrated life, a life of intimacy with God: “Today the All-Pure and All-Holy enters the Holy of Holies” (Orthodox liturgy). It is evident that the Church in this passage makes a special allusion to the Perpetual Virginity of Mary; but all human life, in various ways, can be a life “presented to the Temple,” a holy and pure life with God.

The second theme of this feast is the comparison between the Stone Temple and the Living Temple. Mary, who will one day carry the God-Man in her womb, is a temple more sacred than the temple of Jerusalem. It was fitting that these two temples would meet, but today it is the living temple that…

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SOLEMNITY OF JESUS CHRIST THE KING (A): Jesus is King, Shepherd and Judge.


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Jesus is King, Shepherd and Judge.


  1. Jesus Christ, King
  2. Jesus Christ, Shepherd.
  3. Jesus Christ, Judge.

“How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honor. To him belong glory and authority for ever and ever.”

Words of the Entrance Antiphon which the entire Church prays today as we celebrate the last Sunday of the Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

We have tried to prepare during the entire week for today’s Solemnity, repeating many times the short prayer, Regnare Christum volumus! (We want Christ to reign!), during these past few days and resolving to put the necessary remedy so as for Christ to really reign in our soul, and have the same desire as well to make Christ reign in the souls of others.

1. Jesus Christ, King

Jesus Christ is…

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Nov. 27: OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL. Short history and prayer


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Nov. 27
Short history and prayer


In 1830 in France, St. Catherine Laboure was visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary three times.  During the second apparition, St. Catherine saw our Lady standing on a globe with rays of light streaming from her hands and the words, “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.” Our Lady told St. Catherine to have a medal made. The medals were called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception and, because many favors were given to the people wearing the medal, it became the Miraculous Medal.


O Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, We dedicate and consecrate ourselves to you under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this Medal be for each one of us a sure sign of…

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Young Catholics Arrested in Brussels Cathedral for Protesting Celebration of Luther’s Rebellion


When a Prince of the Holy Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Arch-heretic Luther and the countless loss of souls to the so-called Reformation – then the Great Apostasy is here.

This Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 16h, took place in the [Roman Catholic] Cathedral Saints-Michel – & – Gudule aProtestant ceremony in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The preaching was done by [United Protestant Church of Belgium /President] Pastor Steven Fuite.
Cardinal Jozef De Kesel, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, participated in this ceremony with other religious leaders and laity.

This initiative was not to everyone’s taste. A group of young Catholic men disrupted the ceremony by reciting the Rosary [in reparation] , preventing Pastor Steven Fuite from beginning his preaching.

That lasted 40 minutes: it was only after the intervention of the police and the expulsion of the young people, that the ceremony could continue.

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Nov. 22: ST. CECILIA, Virgin and Martyr.


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November 22: Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr [Memorial]

St. Cecilia is the patroness of musicians because, as she was dying, she sang to God. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. It was long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome who, with her husband, his brother, and a Roman soldier suffered martyrdom in 230, but recent studies placed her death under Marcus Aurelius between 176 and 180. When her incorruptible body was found long after her death, one hand outstretched three fingers and the other one, denoting her belief in the Holy Trinity.

A commentary of St Augustine on Psalm 32
Sing to God in jubilation

Praise the Lord with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song. Rid yourself of what is old and…

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