“Take and eat; this is my body.” MT 26:26

“Take and eat; this is my body.” MT 26:26

Thursday, 13 June 2019

WHY CATHOLICS SHOULD READ CHURCHILL

I'm reading through Winston Churchill's "History of the English Speaking Peoples." 

For centuries, England was a Catholic nation. Slowly, over centuries, we see a slow disintegration of the faith. Politics and polemics over doctrine and dogma.

What I can't stand is seeing the errors of Protestantism ruin a nation. The first volume outlines the history before Great Britain fell from the faith. The Reformation plays out in the next book of the series, which is where I'm at.

These books are a must read. If you have any interest in European and British history, you'll enjoy this. This is one of Churchill's most famous works, you know, that and leading the march against Hitler (which was also good). For those not in the know, Churchill is a pretty good writer. You probably have no idea that he wrote so much. Check this out:


From Youtube: The Complete Works of Winston S. Churchill, all in first edition. (PeterHarringtonBooks)

Amazing, right? You have to check out the visual at the 5:09 mark. Just look at all those books! I won't lie: there's part of me that wants to buy them all. History of the English Speaking Peoples is easily accessible. It's not a difficult read. You might have some difficulty recognizing some of the historic figures, but that's not a big deal. 

This isn't exactly a Catholic source, but still worth a read. Churchill pulls a great quote from Hugh Latimer in Vol. II: The New World:

London was never so ill as it is now. In times past men were full of pity and compassion, but now there is no pity; for in London their brother shall die in the streets for cold, he shall lie sick at the door between stock and stock, I cannot tell what to call it, and perish there for hunger: was there ever more unmercifulness in Nebo? I think not. In times past, when any rich man died in London, they were wont to help the poor scholars of the Universities with exhibition. When any man died, they would bequeath great sums of money toward the relief of the poor. When I was a scholar in Cambridge myself, I heard very good report of London, and knew many that had relief of the rich men of London: but now I can hear no such good report, and yet I inquire of it, and hearken for it; but now charity is waxen cold, none helpeth the scholar, nor yet the poor. And in those days, what did they when they helped the scholars? Marry, they maintained and gave them livings that were very papists, and professed the pope's doctrine: and now that the knowledge of God's word is brought to light, and many earnestly study and labour to set it forth, now almost no man helpeth to maintain them. (Emphasis is mine.)

I like this quote. It comes in light of the then-recent translation of the Bible into the vulgar tongue. See what happens when we break from the Church? For the record, according to Wikipedia anyway, here's a quick bio on Latimer:

Hugh Latimer (c. 1487 – 16 October 1555) was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and Bishop of Worcester before the Reformation, and later Church of England chaplain to King Edward VI. In 1555 under the Catholic Queen Mary he was burned at the stake, becoming one of the three Oxford Martyrs of Anglicanism.

Also in Vol. 2, you see a conflict between the Crown and Calvinism. The potential for harm sort of goes like this: If, like in Calvinism, you can pick and choose your way through the faith when it comes to doctrine, what can you pick and choose when it comes to man-made laws. That's pressed down into a pretty rough nutshell, but that's basically it. There's a conflict that arises in men's hearts with the onset of heresy that goes beyond the bubble of an individual's life. The embrace of false teaching leads to big problems, whether it's in your home or in the state. The kings of the English speaking peoples could see this, but by then, it was too late.

Here are some pics of the set I found online (the third one looks great):












SUFFERING FOR CHRIST

Picture used in the Christian Post article.

We have it easy.

Have you seen this story out of the Christian Post? The headline is "Chinese Christians memorize Bible in prison: Gov't 'can’t take what’s hidden in your heart'".

First of all, I have trouble remembering names and phone numbers.

Secondly, this is one of the most beautiful things I've read this week:


“That’s why we memorize it as fast as we can because even though they can take the paper away, they can’t take what’s hidden in your heart.”

The quote is from a woman explaining how Christian materials are being confiscated by Chinese authorities. This is also an expression of a deep love not just for Sacred Scripture, but for Our Lord.

Catholics in China are suffering. They need our prayers, but not necessarily for the pain to end. That would be great, sure, but what they're going through is their path to Heaven. God's plan for them is so beautiful. We should also pray that we might have the grace to endure a hardship like this. So, the next time you find it hard to wake up for Mass, just think about your Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ.

KICKING OFF THE SEASON AFTER PENTECOST WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LENT

It's just 24 weeks to go until the first week of Advent and I can hardly wait! (But I will.) Live our lives in the season of the Church, by the rhythms and turnings of the Liturgical Calendar. We shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. Still, we are entering the longest Liturgical Season of the entire year. Taken from my Daily Missal 1962 by Baronius Press:

In the Liturgical Year there is a historical progression, beginning in Advent with the waiting for the coming of the Messias, followed by His birth at Christmas. During the Sundays after Epiphany, the Holy Childhood is commemorated, while during Lent we are reminded of the fasting in the desert and the Passion of Our Lord. The sacred cycle is completed at Eastertide, when we celebrate the Resurrection and Ascension of Our Lord and the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles.

In this last part of the ecclesiastical year, the Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, continues the work of the Redemption, realised during the preceding part of the Liturgical Year.
"The Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind whatsoever I shall have said to you.
This last season of the Liturgical Year is filled with feasts of major importance: those of the Blessed Trinity, Corpus Christi, the Sacred Heart, the Assumption and Nativity of Our Lady, All Saints and all Souls.

This is beautiful! Don't get bored with the green vestments. Let's not forget that, liturgically, we've just celebrated the Ascension of Our Lord and the founding of His Church - the one true Church. These are incredible feats. The work of Jesus Christ was only just beginning when He returned to His Heavenly Father.

With that in mind, it'll be December before you know it. And for that, thanks to an algorithm, I stumbled on a little talk from a Lenten mission. Enjoy.

Lenten Mission on Practicing for Heaven, Part 1: Heaven Helps Those Who Practice for Heaven

PS - The second part of this mission is fantastic.

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