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More than 100 dignitaries have signed the Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Future of the Family. Every pro-family person should sign this appeal before the upcoming Synod in Rome.

King Kigeli V signing the Appeal to Pope Francis

 

 

  • Kigeli V, exiled King of Rwanda
  • Dr. Alejandro Ordóñez Maldonado, Attorney General of the Republic of Colombia
  • Wolfgang Waldstein, Professor emeritus of the University of Salzburg, member of the Pontifical Academy for Life (Germany)
  • The Most Rev. Wolfgang Haas, Archbishop of Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
  • Joseph M. Scheidler and his wife, Founder and National Director of the Pro-Life Action League of Chicago (USA)
  • The Most Rev. Aldo di Cillo Pagotto, SSR, Archbishop of Paraíba (Brazil)
  • H.R.H. Prince Dom Duarte, Duke of Braganza, Head of the Royal House of Portugal
  • Dr. Adolpho Lindenberg, Co-founder of the Brazilian Society for the Defence of Tradition, Family, and Property; President of the Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute (Brazil)
  • The Most Rev. Juan Rodolfo Laise, OFM Cap., Bishop emeritus of San Luis (Argentina)
  • Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator (USA)
  • Josef Seifert, philosopher, former President of the International Academy of Philosophy, member of the Pontifical Academy for Life (Germany)
  • H.I.R.H. Prince Dom Luiz of Orleans-Braganza, Head of the Imperial House of Brazil
  • His Eminence Jorge Arturo Cardinal Medina Estévez (Chile)
  • Roberto de Mattei, Professor at the European University of Rome, president of the Lepanto Foundation (Italy)
  • H.H. Duke Paul of Oldenburg and his wife H.H. Duchess Pilar of Oldenburg (Germany)
  • His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke (Vatican)
  • Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-KS)
  • Mrs. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List (USA)
  • His Eminence Janis Cardinal Pujats, Archbishop Emeritus of Riga (Latvia)
  • H.I.R.H. Prince Dom Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza (Brazil)
  • Carlo Casini, Member of the European Parliament and President of the Movement for Life (Italy)
  • H.R.H. Duchess Marie-Cécile of Oldenburg (Germany)
  • Austin Ruse, K.M., President of the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)
  • H.S.H. Alois Konstantin Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and his wife H.R.H. Anastasia Victoria Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (Germany)
  • João Filipe Osório de Meneses Pitta, Conde de Proença a Velha and his wife Maria Isabel José de Mello Osório, Condessa de Proença a Velha (Portugal)
  • John-Henry Westen, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com, Co-founder of Voice of the Family (Canada)
  • Dr. Caio Xavier da Silveira, Co-founder of the Brazilian Society for the Defence of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP), President of the Fédération Pro Europa Christiana (France)
  • Anna Zaborska, Member of the European Parliament and her husband Wladimir Zaborski (Slovakia)
  • John Smeaton, Director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Children (SPUC), Co-founder of Voice of the Family (UK)
  • General Carlos Alfonso Tafur Ganoza, Former Commander-in-Chief of the Peruvian army (Peru)
  • Admiral Oscar Jahnsen Raygada, Former Commander-in-Chief of the Peruvian Navy (Peru)
  • Ryszard Legutko, Member of the European Parliament, Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland)
  • Ambassador Armando Valladares and his wife. Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (USA)
  • Victor Khroul, Associate Professor, Moscow State University; Visiting Professor of Robert Morris University, USA (Russia)
  • The Most Rev. Milton Kenan Junior, Bishop of Barretos (Brazil)
  • The Most Rev. René Coba Galarza, Bishop of the Military Services (Ecuador)
  • The Most Rev. Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana (Kazakhstan)
  • Prof. Dr. Massimo de Leonardis, Professor of History of International Relations and Director of the Department of Political Sciences at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart -Milan (Italy)
  • Principe e Principessa Ferdinando Massimo (Italy)
  • Principe e Principessa Carlo Massimo (Italy)
  • The Most Rev. R.G.L.M. Mutsaerts, Auxiliary Bishop of ’s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)
  • Prince Armand de Merode (Belgium)
  • M.se Luigi Coda Nunziante, President of Associazione Famiglia Domani, and his wife Marchesa Gabriella Coda Nunziante Spalletti Trivelli (Italy)
  • The Most Rev. Alano Maria Pena OP, Archbishop Emeritus of Niterói (Brazil)
  • The Most Rev. Victor Galeone, Bishop Emeritus of Saint Augustine (USA)
  • Bernard Antony, President of Chrétienté-Solidarité (France)
  • Mercedes Arzú Wilson, Founder and President of the Family of the Americas (USA)
  • Rev. Msgr. Juan-Miguel Ferrer Grenesch, former Under-secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Canon of the cathedral of Toledo (Spain)
  • Robert Royal, President of the Faith and Reason Institute and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing (USA)
  • Rev. Msgr. Dr. Roman Kneblewski, Rector of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus Parish in Bydgoszcz (Poland)
  • Senator Bernard Seillier, Vice-President of the Movement for France, and his wife Françoise Seillier, Former Member of the European Parliament (France)
  • Virginia Coda Nunziante, President of March for Life Committee (Rome, Italy)
  • Jeanne Smits, journalist (France)
  • Demetrio Tupac Yupanqui, Chief of the Clan of the Inca Kings, Former Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University (Peru)
  • Antonello Brandi, President of Pro Vita (Italy)
  • The Rt. Rev. Emanuel d’Able do Amaral OSB, Archabbot of São Bento of Bahia (Brazil)
  • H.R.H. Countess Hélène of Limburg Stirum (Belgium)
  • Luke Gormally, Director Emeritus of The Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics [since 2010: The Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford]; Ordinary Member The Pontifical Academy for Life (UK)
  • Gianfranco Amato, President of Lawyers for Life (Italy)
  • Duca e duchessa Antonello del Balzo di Presenzano (Italy)
  • Dr. Juvenal de Arruda Furtado, Head of the legal department of the Federal Savings Bank, State of Ceará (Brazil)
  • Graf und Gräfin Benedikt Piatti (Austria)
  • Jaime Mendez de Vigo y del Arco and his wife ID Prinzessin Monika zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (Spain)
  • Conte Giorgio Piccolomini (Italy)
  • Dom João de Castro de Mendia,Conde de Resende (Portugal)
  • Conte e Contessa Gustavo Figarolo di Gropello (Italy)
  • Terrence M. Scanlon, President of the Capital Research Center (USA)
  • Christa Meves, author, child and adolescent psychotherapist (Germany)
  • H.R.H. Prince Dom Antônio of Orleans-Braganza (Brazil)
  • The Most Rev. Áureo Patricio Bonilla Bonilla OFM, Vicar Apostolic of San Cristobal, Galápagos (Ecuador)
  • Héctor Riesle Contreras, former Chilean ambassador to the Holy See, and his wife Archduchess Alejandra of Habsburg (Chile)
  • María Josefa González de Orbegoso y Alvarado, Condesa de Olmos (Peru)
  • Mathias von Gersdorff, author, President of the German Society for the Defence of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) (Germany)
  • Prof. Robert Lazu, Ph.D. and his wife. Philosopher and writer. Assistant Professor at Western University--Timisoara (Romania)
  • Slawomir Olejniczak, President of the Fr. Piotr Skarga Foundation (Poland)
  • Ing. Rafael Rey Rey, Peruvian Representative to the Andean Parliament. Former Peruvian Ambassador to Italy (Peru)
  • Prof. Hubert Gindert, Editor-in-Chief of Der Fels, President of the German Catholic Forum (Germany)
  • José Roberto Leme Alves de Oliveira, Judge (Brazil)
  • Conte e contessa Giovanni Vannicelli Casoni (Italy)
  • Comte Michel de Rostolan (France)
  • Slawomir Skiba, Director of the magazine Polonia Christiana (Poland)
  • Dr. Juan Vicente Ugarte del Pino, lawyer, former President of the Peruvian Supreme Court (Peru)
  • Baron et Baronne Cédric Peers de Nieuwburgh (Belgium)
  • Dr. Miguel Nagib, Advisor for the State of São Paulo to the Federal Government (Brazil)
  • Sr. e Sra. Mario Münzenmayer Abarca, former members of the Pontifical Council for the Family (Chile)
  • Ambassador Emilio Barbarani (Italy)
  • Dr. Thomas Ward, Founder and Vice-President of the National Association of Catholic Families, Corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for life (UK)
  • Dr. G.J.M. Van den Aardweg, psychologist and psychotherapist, Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of NARTH (The Netherlands)
  • Prof. David Magalhães, Assistant Professor at the School of Law in the University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Maria Madise, Coordinator of Voice of the Family (UK)
  • Jean Pierre Maugendre, President of Renaissance Catholique (France)
  • Baron et Baronne Rudolf Pfyffer von Altishofen (Switzerland)
  • Dr. Gilberto Callado de Oliveira, State Prosecutor for the State of Santa Catarina (Brazil)
  • Eduardo Soto Kloss, Doctor of Law, University of Paris and author (Chile)
  • Olivier Figueras, journalist (France)
  • Prof. Pietro De Marco, Professor at the University of Florence (Italy)
  • Federico Iadiccico, former councillor of the Province of Rome (Italy)
  • Bronislaw Czech, retired Judge of the Supreme Court (Poland)
  • Jacek Bartyzel, Professor of Social Science at Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland)
  • Grzegorz Kucharczyk, Professor of History at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)
  • Michal Wojciechowski, Professor of Theology, Head of the Department of Biblical Theology at the University of Warmia – Mazury (Poland)
  • Deacon Francisco Eloi Martinho Prior Claro (Portugal)
  • Dom Álvaro Manuel Nogueira Barba de Menezes, President of the Real Associação of Viseu (Portugal)
  • Anne Bernet, writer (France)
  • Mme. Bérénice de Montpellier d’Annevoie (Belgium)
  • M. Philippe Pichot-Bravard, Professor of the History of Law at the University of Brest, writer (France)
  • Alessandro Gnocchi, writer and journalist (Italy)
  • Gianandrea de Antonellis, President of the European Institute for Studies, Research and Formation--IEREF (Italy)
  • Dr. Carlos Alfredo Benítez Meabe, lawyer and legal expert (Argentina)
  • Fernando Moreno Valencia, author, former university professor (Chile)
  • Paolo Deotto, Director of Riscossa Cristiana (Italy)
  • Giovanni Turco, philosopher at the University of Udine (Italy)
  • Mario Correa Bascuñán, Professor, former University President (Chile)
  • John Laughland, writer and journalist (UK)
  • Coronel António Feijó de Andrade Gomes, President of the Military Brotherhood of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Portugal)
  • Guillaume de Thieulloy, Director of Riposte Catholique (France)
  • Dom Francisco de Bragança Van Uden (Portugal)
  • Justin Shaw and his wife Caroline Shaw (England)
  • Colonel James Bogle, President of the International Una Voce Federation (UK)
  • Dr. Joseph Shaw, Chairman of The Latin Mass Society (UK)
  • Piers Paul Read, novelist, historian and biographer (UK)
  • Dr. Luís Filipe Esquivel Freire de Andrade, Order of Malta (Portugal)
  • Rev. Msgr. André Reyne, Dean of the Metropolitan Chapter of Notre-Dame des Doms of Avignon (France)
  • Mariusz Blochowiak, Publisher of the magazine Egzorcysta (Poland)
  • Anna Razny, Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Head of The Russian Contemporary Culture Department (Poland)
  • Mieczyslaw Ryba, President of the Club of Catholic Intelligence them. Prof. Czeslaw Strzeszewski in Lublin, Vice-Chairman of The Lublin City Council (Poland)
  • Pawel Skrzydlewski, Associate Professor at The State School of Higher Education in Chelm, Lecturer of philosophy (Poland)
  • Radoslaw Brzózka, board member of the Catholic Intelligence Club them. Prof. Czeslaw Strzeszewski in Lublin (Poland)
  • Bogna Bialecka, psychologist, publicist, author of books about marriage and education of children (Poland)
  • Fr. Cor Mennen, Canon of the cathedral chapter of ’s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)
  • Cristina Siccardi, writer (Italy)
  • Carlo Manetti, journalist and teacher (Italy)
  • Hedwig Freifrau von Beverfoerde, pro-family activist (Germany)
  • Felizitas Küble, Director of the Publishing House Komm Mit, President of Christopheruswerk (Germany)
  • Padre Ioan Chisarau, President of Dono della Vita Association, Parish priest (Romania)
  • Rev. Fr. Pavlo Vishkovskyi, Prior Provincial of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate for Ukraine, Russia and Crimea
  • Rev. Fr. Efrem Jindrácek OP, Vice-Dean of the School of Philosophy of the Angelicum, Rome (Italy)
  • Benjamin Harnwell, Founder and Director of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute (Italy)
  • Maria Guarini, Director of the website Chiesa e Posconcilio (Italy)
  • Michael Hesemann, author (Germany)
  • Dr. Artur Górski, a Member of the Polish Parliament (Poland)
  • Roman Konik, Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics at Institute of Philosophy University of Wroclaw (Poland)
  • Arkadiusz Robaczewski, philosopher and writer, President of the Center for Culture and Tradition Vienna 1683 (Poland)
  • The Most Rev. Libardo Ramírez Gómez, Bishop Emeritus of Garzón, President of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Appeals of Colombia
  • The Most Rev. Antonio Juan Baseotto, C.SS.R., Bishop Emeritus of the Military Services (Argentina)
  • Hadley P. Arkes, Professor in American Institutions (Political Science) Amherst College (USA)
  • C. Preston Noell III, President of Tradition, Family, Property, Inc. (USA)

 


 

 

 

Quote of the day

DAILY QUOTE for August 12, 2020

The reformation of the soul starts in self-knowledge and con...

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August 12

The reformation of the soul starts in
self-knowledge and confidence in God.
Our self-knowledge will let us know
we have many things to correct and reform

and that it cannot be done by our own efforts.
Confidence in God will let us hope in Him, know that we can do all in Him,
and that with His grace all things are possible and easy.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal


My Mother, I will stand with you on OCTOBER 10, 2020

Saint of the day

SAINT OF THE DAY

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

"What if God turned me away when I came back to him again an...

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St. Jane Frances de Chantal

Born at Dijon in France in 1572, Jane was very pious and religious from a very young age. In 1592 she married the Baron de Chantal, who inherited many debts along with his title. Despite the early financial worries, she and her husband were devoted to each other and to their four children. She restored order in the household, which was on the brink of ruin, and was generous with the little she had by allowing the poor to visit her home for food. Often people who had just received food from her would pretend to leave, go around the house and get back in line for more. When asked why she let them get away with this, she replied, "What if God turned me away when I came back to him again and again with the same request?"

In 1601, the Baron was accidentally killed while hunting. It was said he forgave the man who shot him before he died. Left a widow with four young children at the age of twenty-eight, Jane took a vow of chastity and begged God to send her a spiritual guide. In a vision, God showed her the one He had intended for this very purpose. During Lent in the year 1604, while visiting her father in Dijon, the young widow recognized the orator preaching the sermon as the mysterious director who had been shown to her, and placed herself under his guidance. Francis de Sales was the Bishop of Geneva and later co-founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary with her.

St. Francis de Sales’ method of attaining perfection consisted in always keeping one’s will united to the Divine will, in taking so to speak one’s soul, heart, and longings into one’s hands and giving them into God’s keeping, and in seeking always to do what is pleasing to Him.

The Order of the Visitation was founded in 1610 for those women desirous of seeking perfection but unable to subject themselves to the austere practices of penance and mortification in force in all the religious orders at the time.

Often sought after for spiritual counsel, Mother de Chantal would frequently advise: "Should you fall even fifty times a day, never on any account should that surprise or worry you, instead, ever so gently set your heart back in the right direction and practice the opposite virtue, all the while speaking words of love and trust to Our Lord after you have committed a thousand faults, as much as if you had committed only one. Once we have humbled ourselves for the faults which God allows us to become aware of in ourselves; we must forget them and go forward."

Jane Frances de Chantal died in 1641 at sixty-nine years of age and was canonized in 1767.

Weekly Story

WEEKLY STORY

I was in my first sleep when the sound of the doorbell...

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The Legend of the Locket

I was in my first sleep when the sound of the doorbell awakened me, whereupon I sprang from my bed, and, after a few hurried preparations, hastened to throw open the door. 

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It was a bitter cold night in January, and the moon without threw its pale light over the wan spectral snow-covered landscape. The sharp gust that swept into the hall as I opened the door made me pity the delicate-looking child who stood at the threshold.

Her hair gleamed with a strange and rare effect in the moonlight, long golden hair that fell in graceful ripples about her shoulders. She was lightly dressed, this little child, as she stood gazing straight and frankly into my eyes with an expression at once so beautiful and calm and earnest that I shall never forget it.

Her face was very pale, her complexion of the fairest. The radiancy about her hair seemed to glow in some weird yet indescribable fashion upon her every feature. These details I had not fairly taken in when she addressed me.

"Father, can you come with me at once? My mother is dying, and she is in trouble."

"Come inside, my little girl," I said, "and warm yourself. You must be half frozen."

"Indeed, Father, I am not in the least cold." I had thrown on my coat and hat as she made answer.

"Your mother's name, my child?"

"Catherine Morgan, Father; she's a widow, and has lived like a saint. And now that she's dying, she is in awful trouble. She was taken sick about a few hours ago."

"Where does she live?"

"Two miles from here, Father, on the border of the Great Swamp; she is a stranger in these parts, and alone. I know the way perfectly; you need not be afraid of getting lost."

A few minutes later we were tramping through the snow, or rather I was tramping, for the child beside me moved with so light and tender a step, that had there been flowers instead of snowflakes beneath our feet I do not think a single petal would have been crushed under the airy fall of her fairy feet.

Her hand was in mine with the confiding clasp of childhood. Her face, for all the trouble that was at home, wore a gravely serene air, such as is seldom seen in years of sprightly, youthful innocence.

How beautiful she looked!

More like a creature fresh from the perfect handiwork of God than one who walked in the valley of sin, sorrow, trouble and death.

Locket Upon her bosom I observed a golden locket fashioned in a heart shape.

She noticed my glance, and with a quick movement of her fingers released the locket and handed it to me.

"It's a heart," I said.

"Read what's on it, Father."

"I can't, my little friend; my eyes are very good, but are not equal to making out reading on gold lockets by moonlight."

"Just let me hold it for you, Father. Now look."

How this child contrived, I cannot say; but certain it is, that at once, as she held the locket at a certain angle, there stood out clearly, embossed upon its surface, the legend: 

"Cease! the Heart of Jesus is with me." 

"Mamma placed that upon my bosom one year ago, when I was very sick, Father." And kissing the locket, the child restored it to its place.

We went on for a time in silence. I carried the Blessed Sacrament with me; and, young as she was, the girl seemed to appreciate the fact. Whenever I glanced at her, I observed her lips moving as in prayer, and her eyes seemed, in very truth, fixed upon the place where rested in His sacramental veil the Master of Life and of Death.

Suddenly the girl's hand touched my sleeve-oh, so gently!

"This is the place, Father," she said in soft tones that thrilled me as they broke upon the stillness; and she pointed to a little hut standing back in the dim shadows of three pine trees.

I pushed open the door, which hung loosely upon its hinges, and turned to wait her entrance. She was gone. Somewhat startled, I was peering out into the pallid night, when a groan called me to the bedside of the dying woman.

A glance told me there was no time to lose. The woman lying in that room had hardly reached middle life, but the hand of Death had touched her brow, upon which stood the drops of sweat, and in her face I read a great trouble.

I was at her side in an instant; and, God be thanked for it, soon calmed and quieted the poor creature. She made her confession, and in sentiments of faith and love such as I have rarely seen, received the Last Sacraments of the Church.

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Standing beside her, I suggested those little prayers and devices so sweet and consoling at the dread hour. I noticed, as the time passed on, that her eyes frequently turned toward a little box at the farther end of the room.

"Shall I bring you that box?" I asked.

She nodded assent.

On placing it beside her, she opened it with trembling hands and took out the dress of a child.

"Your little daughter's dress?" I said.

She whispered, and there was love in her tones: "My darling Edith's."

"I know her," I continued. "She brought me here, you know."

I stopped short and caught my breath. The woman half rose in her bed; she looked at me in wonder that cannot be expressed. I, no less amazed, was staring at a golden, oval locket fastened to the bosom of the child's dress which the woman was holding in her hands.

"Madam," I cried, "in the name of God, tell me, where is your daughter? Whose is that locket?"

"The locket is Edith's. I placed it here on the bosom of her dress when my little girl lay dying a year ago. The last thing my darling did was to hold this locket to her lips, and say:

'Cease! the Heart of Jesus is with me.'

"She died a year ago."

Then the mother's face grew very sweet and very radiant.

Still holding the locket in her hands, she fixed her eyes straight before her.

"Edith, my dear Edith, we are at last to be united in the Sacred Heart. I see you, my darling: ‘Cease! the Heart of Jesus is with me."'

Her voice faded with the last syllable into silence.

She and Edith were again united.

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From Fr. Finn's Mostly Boys (New York: 1896), pp. 90-95.
Illustrations by: AF Phillips

 

I was in my first sleep when the sound of the doorbell

Novena to 
St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His Catholic people, I turn to thee with confidence and seek thy powerful intercession.

For the love of God, Who hast made thee so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer.

Thou knowest the value of my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me.

I desire to imitate thy loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and thy great love for God and men. And since thou art God’s messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to thee this special request:

(Here mention your request)

Saint Michael, since thou art, by the will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in thy prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will, my petition will be granted.

Pray for me, Saint Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs.

Through thy powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death and reach Heaven where we may praise and love God with thee forever. Amen

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