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January 4th, 2017 by Vigilo
Regardless of the generation in which we live, the definitions of modesty, chastity, and purity do not change. Lust is as much of a sin now as it was 2,000 years ago. Leading others into the occasion of sin, is as much of a sin, as the sin it promotes. Sins of lust and desire of flesh are mortal sins, and their punishment is that of eternal hell. Dressing in such a way, that undermines modesty and chastity are grievous sins against God.
Christ Himself said (Matthew 5:28) “….that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
This reality does not ‘change with the times’. It doesn’t care about the latest fashions. It doesn’t pay any heed to what the world thinks is socially acceptable. It doesn’t care how ‘comfortable’ leggings (as pants!) feel. Mortal sin is mortal sin.
Fortunately, modesty and chastity are 2 of the 12 fruits of the Holy Ghost. We can preserve our souls, and honor God, by adhering to the Marylike Standards of Modesty in Dress. The following are the Marylike Standards as were understood in the 1950’s. While the everyday wear of ‘dresses’ has waned since that time, simply replace the word ‘dresses’ with ‘clothing. The Marylike Standards of concealing the figure, as opposed to revealing the figure, are timeless ideals to strive for in attaining salvation.
- Marylike is modest without compromise, “like Mary,” Christ’s Mother.
- Marylike dresses have sleeves extending at least to the elbows, and skirts reaching below the knees.
- Marylike dresses require full coverage for the bodice, chest, shoulders and back; except for a cut-out about the neck not exceeding two inches below the neckline in front and in the back, and a corresponding two inches on the shoulders.
- Marylike dresses do not admit as modest coverage transparent fabrics – laces, nets, organdy, nylons, etc. – unless sufficient backing is added. However, their moderate use as trimming is acceptable.
- Marylike dresses avoid the improper use of flesh-colored fabrics.
- Marylike dresses conceal rather than reveal the figure of the wearer; they do not emphasize, unduly, parts of the body.
- Marylike dresses provide full coverage, even after jacket, cape, or stole are removed.
“Marylike” fashions are designed to conceal as much of the body as possible, rather than reveal. This would automatically eliminate such fashions as tight slacks, jeans, sweaters, shorts; shorts which do not reach down to the knees; sheer blouses and sleeveless dresses; etc. The Marylike Standards are a guide to instill a “sense of modesty.” A girl who follows these, and looks up to Mary as her ideal and model, will have no problem with modesty in dress. She will not be an occasion of sin or a source of embarrassment or shame to others.
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Purity
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Virgin Most Pure, mindful of the terrible moral dangers threatening on all sides, and aware of my own human weakness, I voluntarily place myself, body and soul, this day and always, under thy loving maternal care and protection.
I consecrate to thee my body, with all its members, asking thee to help me never to use it as an occasion of sin to others. Help me to remember that my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and to use it according to God’s Holy Will, for my own personal salvation, and the salvation of others.
I consecrate to thee my soul, asking thee to watch over it, and bring it home safe to thee and to Jesus in Heaven for all eternity.
O Mary, my Mother, all that I am, all that I have is thine. Keep me and guard me under thy mantle of mercy as thy property and possession.
“Jesus, Mary, I love Thee, save souls!”
December 17th, 2016 by Vigilo
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July 18th, 2016 by Vigilo
Understanding the True Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and how it parallels Christ’s Life, will deepen your appreciation for the infinite gift God has given us. From the Divine Passion, through Pentecost, the priest re-enacts Christ’s actions with every Mass, transcending time and place.
After reading the following 37 points, you can view the video at the bottom of the page to get a very powerful visual on the matter. For a directory of Latin Masses, CLICK HERE.
The Mass of the Catechumens
1. Introibo ad altare Dei
- The priest going to the foot of the altar represents Christ going to Mount Olivet.
2. Judica me, Deus…
- The priest commencing the Holy Mass represents Christ beginning to pray in the Garden.
3. Confiteor Deo…
- The priest saying the Confiteor represents Christ falling down and sweating blood at Mt. Olivet.
4. Oramus Te, Domine, per merita Sanctorum Tuorum
- The priest going up and kissing the altar, after praying Aufer a nobis…, represents Christ being betrayed by Judas with a kiss.
- The priest going to the Epistle side represents Christ being captured, bound and taken to Annas.
6. The INTROIT
- The priest reading the Introit represents Christ being falsely accused by Annas and blasphemed.
7. Kyrie Eleison
- The priest going to the middle of the altar and saying the Kyrie eleison represents Christ being brought to Caiphas and these three times denied by Peter.
8. Dominus vobiscum
- The priest saying the Dominus vobiscum represents Christ looking at Peter and converting him.
9. The EPISTLE
- The priest reading the Epistle represents Christ being brought to Pilate.
10. Munda cor meum
- The priest saying the Munda cor meum represents Christ being taken to Herod and mocked.
11. The GOSPEL
- The priest reading the Gospel represents Christ being taken to Pilate and again mocked.
The Mass of the Faithful
OFFERTORY and CANON OF THE MASS
12. The OFFERTORY
- The priest uncovering the chalice represents Christ being shamefully exposed.
13. Suscipe and Offerimus…
- The priest offering bread and wine represents Christ being cruelly scourged.
14. In spiritu humilitatis…
- The priest covering the chalice represents Christ being crowned with thorns.
- The priest washing his hands represents Christ being declared innocent by Pilate.
16. Orate Fratres
- The priest saying the Orate Fratres represents Christ being shown by Pilate to the people with the words “Ecce Homo.”
17. The SECRET
- The priest praying in a low voice represents Christ being mocked and spit upon.
18. The PREFACE and Sanctus
- The priest saying the Preface and the Sanctus represents Christ being preferred instead of Barrabas and condemned to crucifixion.
- The priest making the memento for the living represents Christ carrying the cross to Mount Calvary.
20. CANON Prayers
- The priest continuing to pray in a low voice represents Christ meeting His Mother.
21. Hanc igitur
- The priest blessing the bread and wine represents Christ being nailed to the cross.
22. HOC EST ENIM CORPUS MEUM…
- The priest elevating the host represents Christ being raised on the cross.
23. HIC EST ENIM CALIX SANGUINIS MEI…
- The priest elevating the chalice represents Christ shedding blood from the five wounds.
- The priest praying in a low voice represents Christ seeing His afflicted Mother at the foot of the cross.
25. Nobis quoque peccatoribus
- The priest saying aloud the words Nobis quoque peccatoribus represents Christ praying on the cross for men.
- The priest saying aloud the the Pater Noster represents Christ saying the seven words on the cross.
27. Fraction of the Host
- The priest breaking and separating the host represents Christ giving up His spirit.
28. Haec commixtio…
- The priest letting a portion of the host fall into the chalice represents His soul going to Limbo.
29. Agnus Dei…
- The priest saying the Agnus Dei represents Christ being acknowledged on the cross as the Son of God by many bystanders.
30. HOLY COMMUNION
- The priest administering Holy Communion represents Christ being laid in the sepulchre with the white linen over the communion railing representing the pure shroud.
31. Cleansing the Chalice
- The priest cleansing the chalice represents Christ being anointed by pure women.
32. Preparing the Chalice
- The priest preparing the chalice again represents Christ rising from the dead.
33. Dominus vobiscum…
- The priest saying the Dominus vobiscum represents Christ appearing to His mother and the disciples.
- The priest saying the last prayers in the Postcommunion represents Christ teaching for forty days.
35. Dominus vobiscum
- The priest saying the Dominus vobiscum just before the Ite Missa est represents Christ taking leave of His disciples with His final words in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to “Feed My sheep” and ascending into Heaven.
36. Ite Missa est and FINAL BLESSING
- The priest saying the Ite Missa est blessing represents Christ sending down the Holy Ghost on Pentecost Sunday.
37. LAST GOSPEL
- The priest saying the Last Gospel, which is really the First words of the beloved Disciple Saint John, represents sending the Apostles into all parts of the world to preach the Gospel and preserving His Holy Church for all time.
Using Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ, Michael Sestak put together the video below to visualize the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Once reading the previous 37 points, the video will better help you understand the priest’s role in re-enacting Christ’s ultimate price. Note, except for a second of showing Ratzinger towards the end, this video is traditional and a great tool in expounding the appreciation for the timeless One True Mass.
The 37 reasons are taken from The Catholic Church Alone: The One True Church of Christ, Catholic Education Company, New York, 1902, page 551. Thanks to Daily Catholic, for posting. You can find a plethora of Traditional Catholic material there.
June 6th, 2016 by Vigilo
Essential Oils are a means to improve your physical, spiritual, and psychological health. Learn how you can strengthen your bodily temple…. so you can better receive the Holy Ghost.
Essential oil-derived plants are referred to well over 500 times in the Bible! Even more notable, specific use of essential oils comes directly from the mouth of the LORD!
Essential Oils (contracted from “quintessential oils”) are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds, derived from the distillation of a plant and its parts. (flowers, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds, or peel) There are over a dozen essential oils of the Bible, most popular of which are: Myrrh, Frankincense, Calamus (cane), Cedarwood, Cinnamon, and Cassia.
With such a prevalent use of essential oils of the Bible, and actual directive about their use from the LORD, how is it that essential oils are not a staple in our well being? Our bodies are supposed to be temples for the Holy Ghost, so isn’t it our responsibility to use God-given means to achieve our wellness? Essential oils of the Bible are not only “God-given”, but they are “God-directed”!
The Holy Anointing Oil
In Exodus 30: 22-29, we see….
Following that passage, the Lord specified a composition to be used for Holy Incense in Exodus 30: 34-35….
Through the Holy Anointing Oil and Holy Incense, we can see that the Lord clearly places a value in the spices and herbs which he has given man.
Now, DO NOT go and copy the exact recipe from Exodus. These specific compositions were sanctified and only to be used for the Lord’s specific purpose. So do not try to duplicate the recipe! He warns of being “cut off” and “perishing” to those who use these compositions for their own pleasure! Though some may argue that with Christ came a new order.
Either way, we can utilize the essential oils of the Bible, which God has provided, in an infinite amount of other ways. We can use these God-given plants, in the form of essential oils, to improve our wellness, and provide a better temple for the Holy Ghost.
Let’s take a closer look at the 6 most frequently referenced essential oils of the Bible.
Essential Oils of the Bible
Recognized widely as one of the gifts of the wise men at the Nativity of Christ, and also an ingredient of the Holy Anointing Oil, Myrrh is the bellwether of the essential oils of the Bible.
In the Bible, myrrh was used as a: currency/commodity, anointing oil, perfume, ointment, incense, food spice, burial preparation, etc.
Other ancient uses include: pregnancy anointing, warding off curses of newborns, reducing anxiety during labor, perineum salve, addressing post labor stretch marks, fighting infections for newborns, oral cleanliness, embalming, and skin conditions.
Today, we can use it for: anti-microbial properties, oral cleanliness, healing of wounds, strengthening immune system, anti-parasitic treatments, improving skin, improving thyroid function, fighting infection/viruses, improving emotional state, cellular healing, and fighting cancer.
Also recognized as one of the gifts of the wise men at Christ’s Nativity, and an ingredient of the Holy Incense, Frankincense is the next most popular of the essential oils of the Bible.
In the Bible, Frankincense was used as a: currency/commodity, holy perfume, ceremonial offering, perfume, etc.
Other ancient uses include: a cure-all, elevating spirituality, death preparation, and embalming.
Today, we can use it for: reducing pain, reducing inflammation, boosting immune system, treating brain injuries/ailments, fighting disease/infection/virus, cellular regeneration, scar treatment, and even fighting cancer.
Known as the “cane” used by the LORD for the ‘Holy Anointing Oil’ instructed to Moses, Calamus also was used by Solomon as an adjective to admire his beloved.
In the Bible, Calamus was used as a: currency/commodity, perfume, anointing oil, incense, and digestive stimulant.
Today, we can use it for: reducing inflammation, improved respiratory function, muscle relaxation, and improved kidney function.
Cedar is the tree most mentioned in the Bible, and may be the first of the essential oils of the Bible that was distilled.
In the Bible, Cedar wood was used as: currency/commodity, perfume, symbol of stability, symbol of abundance, leprosy cleansing
Other ancient uses include: embalming, leper cleansing, disinfecting, ritual cleansing, cosmetics, skin problems, calming effect, and medicine.
Today, we can use it for: improved focus, urinary support, reducing inflammation, detoxing, metabolic regulation, treating infections, menstruation regulation, skin and mouth ailments, hair growth, bug repellant, muscle tension, and mental awareness.
Another oil of the Holy Anointing Oil of Exodus….
In the Bible, cinnamon was used as a: currency/commodity, anointing oil, sensual stimulant, adjective for love, luxury spice.
Today, we can use it for: antimicrobial/anti-fungal/anti-parasitic cleansing, fighting diseases, culinary purposes, sexual stimulating, and regulating blood sugar levels.
Yet another oil of the Holy Anointing Oil of Exodus….
In the Bible, cassia was used as a: currency/commodity, perfume, anointing oil
Today, we can use it for: improved immune system, natural body defense, culinary purposes, and body aches/discomfort.
Time to Use Essential Oils of the Bible?
While you now know the 6 most frequently used essential oils of the bible, there are over a dozen oils utilized, including Galbanum, Onycha, Spikenard, Hyssop, Sandalwood, Myrtle, Cypress, and Rose of Sharon. Noting that the forms and exact species of plant may vary from Biblical references to modern day, the focus on essential oils of the Bible is still unmistakable. Perhaps there is a sacredness in returning to the healing powers of these God-given compounds. Perhaps we can improve not only our physical health, but also our spiritual health in this battle of life.
Do you think there is a reason the LORD permitted essential oils to be so prevalent in the Bible? Do you want to learn more about the role essential oils could play in your life? Might you have interest in sampling essential oils to see if they are right for your family?
In God’s Will
-Travis & Angel
January 16th, 2014 by Vigilo
This week’s Thursday Thought is about sin and salvation. Many people would much rather ignore that such things even exist. But if sin and salvation exist, what constitutes one from the other? What are the ramifications of each?
Before getting into it, let’s first define sin and salvation.
Sin – the separation from God
Salvation – the reunification with God
If you believe in God, then you very likely believe in another realm. And most believers anticipate leaving this Earthly life, to be reunited with their Creator in that realm. So if we want to be honest about it, EVERYTHING we do on Earth is in preparation for that FINAL destination.
And so these definitions of sin and salvation become agonizing. Why? Because in every decision and action we take, we need to be in a constant Q & A with ourselves asking….”Is this action going to separate me from God, or unify me with God?”
It’s a really difficult question to ask so many times….simple….but very difficult, because the answer is almost never one we want to hear. But through addressing uncomfortable topics, hopefully we can grow, in this case spiritually.
Walking into Sin
Obviously, not EVERYTHING we do will bring us closer to God. So we have to be aware of this on a deed by deed basis. Watching Toy Story probably won’t bring you closer to God, but at the same time, it probably won’t separate you all that much from God either.
But there are movies that contain elements that DO separate us from God. When the answer is obvious that a deed, or time spent, will separate us from God, then it’s best to avoid that certain occurrence.
You may have heard it said that you ‘fall’ into sin, but that’s not exactly how it works. Instead, it’s more like we WALK into sin. Sin is very much progressive, and more often than not, you will have many opportunities to turn around from the direction you are heading. However, for some reason, once we start walking away, we just keep going.
It’s not like sin is a sinkhole that just appears, and we fall into it. But there is actually a road we must travel down to put ourselves in the position to sin. Sin doesn’t sneak up on you and say, “Boo! I caught you!” No, we open ourselves up to it and are drawn to it. All along the way, we have ample opportunities to turn around.
It’s like seeing an uninhabited building on fire, sure people can try to put out the flames from a safe distance, but would you run into the building to save it? What purpose would that serve? It’s just suicide if there is nobody there to save…spiritual suicide. What else can we expect but for the building to collapse in on us.
So we voluntarily put ourselves in the position to sin.
Sin and Salvation GAS GAUGE
Another way to look at Sin and Salvation is as a gas gauge. “E” represents being really far from God, “F” represents being really close to God. Throughout the day, our spirit is pummeled with impure thoughts, temptations, venial sins, etc. All these things aid in taking gas out of our spiritual tank. The further we are from God, the weaker our defenses and spirit will be to the onslaught.
So going back to the example above, Toy Story will only drain a drop or two of gas. But a porno movie will use up almost all of your tank, leaving your soul in peril. And in this state, you will be susceptible to other mortal sins.
Luckily, we are able to fill the tank back up as much as we want.
As a Catholic, I take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. After confessing sins, I literally feel my tank being refilled and immediately feel closer to God..
That’s why during the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we ask for God’s grace in AVOIDING THE NEAR OCCASIONS OF SIN. It’s always near, but it’s up to us to actually make an effort to walk towards it, or not.
Another way to come closer to salvation is through our interactions with the lowest and least fortunate among us. Really, we should be thanking groups like homeless people, the needy, and even our enemies. The manner in which we positively treat them can provide us simple steps in walking back to God. Focusing on bettering ourselves in this area will help in setting our path in the correct direction, and refilling the tank.
Sin and Salvation aren’t necessarily permanent, but the tank is in constant fluctuation. The goal is to be mindful of keeping it as full as possible, for as often as possible. Always remain cognizant of the fact that less harmful venial sins can lead us to soul jeopardizing mortal sins.
What to do?
When you are walking down the wrong path…..stop…..ask for guidance from God…turn around…..and walk the other direction. It’s not all that easy, but it really is that simple.
Whichever stage we find ourselves in life, we are preparing to be something else or go somewhere else. Whether an elder on the deathbed, or a babe in the womb…. the short term destination may differ, but ultimately, we all strive for the same final place.
Recognizing sin and salvation in everyday life will aid us in reaching that destination.
With God’s Will
January 7th, 2014 by Vigilo
Since we are now in the thick of Christmas, I wanted to share a piece of Nativity music that I find spiritually fulfilling. But before continuing, I know some readers may be confused, thinking…”Huh? Wasn’t Christmas, like, 2 weeks ago?”
Though the popular thought is that Christmas ends at midnight at the start of December 26th, as we see with most other modern conventional wisdom, this is NOT true. In reality, the SEASON of Christ’s Mass extends much longer. It is STILL Christmas Season.
Still Christmas Season
Yes, it is Still Christmas Season. In the Western Church, the actual season runs until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, celebrated January 12 this year. Though some even regard it as Christmas Season until Candlemas on Feb. 2. In addition to that, some Christians don’t even celebrate the Nativity until January 6 or 7 (December 25 on the Julian calendar).
Originally, the Nativity, Three Kings (magi), Baptism, and First Miracle were all celebrated as one. And even now, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Nativity along with Theophany. But over time. the celebrations were eventually separated out by the Catholic Church and each event given it’s own day. So while many Eastern Churches still celebrate Theophany as part of Epiphany, the Catholics celebrate each event separately.
Epiphany for the Western Church focuses more on the story of the Three Kings, and the following week, they focus on the Baptism of the Lord. In the Eastern Church, Epiphany and Theophany are the same with more focus on the Baptism. The name Theophany is derived because of the revelation of God in three persons at the Baptism…God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Today, January 6, 2014, is the Epiphany in the Western Church (celebrated on nearest Sunday, yesterday). Yet for the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Nativity is celebrated. And for most of the rest of the Eastern Church, it is Christmas Eve.
Note: Some may wonder why I used ‘western’ and ‘eastern’ church instead of ‘Catholic’ and ‘Orthodox’. Really, they could be interchangeable. But I found that some Orthodox churches in the west used the Gregorian calendar, and some Catholic churches in the middle east used the Julian calendar. So it’s not definitive one way or the other.
Sorry if I confused you even more. I’ll include a list below to give an idea of the Christian Christ’s Mass calendar, but hopefully we are at least on the same page as far as it is STILL Christmas Season. So on to the music.
Sister Marie Keyrouz – Kathisma of the Office of the Nativity
I wanted to share Sister Marie Keyrouz performing ‘Kathisma of the Office of the Nativity‘. Her music has been featured on this site before, and it’s well deserving. I find it unparalleled in ancient sacred music and I hope your soul can find strength in it. Enjoy…
Blessings to you and your family in this (continuing) Season of Christ’s Mass.
Christmas Schedule using Gregorian perspective
- December 24th Christmas Eve (west)
- December 25th Christmas Day (west)
- January 1st Solemnity of the Mother of God (west)
- January 5th Epiphany observed (west)
- January 6th Christmas Day and Theophany (Armenian Apostolic Church)
- January 6th Christmas Eve (east)
- January 6th Epiphany (west) (celebration moved to Sunday Jan 5)
- January 7th Christmas Day (east)
- January 12th Baptism of the Lord, Christmas Season Concludes (west)
- January 19th Theophany/Epiphany (east)
For the Eastern Orthodox churches using the Gregorian or UPDATED Julian calendar, their celebrations will coincide with those labelled at ‘west’