Editor's Note: I'm pleased to note that our friends at Adelante la Fe (who operate The Remnant's Spanish-lanugage website) are beginning to make some of their fine articles available in English. The following is an example of their work, posted with the kind permission of its author. MJM
I am still stunned. I had to watch the video on the prayer intentions of Pope Francis several times; I can assure you that the first time I saw it I thought it was fake, but no, ladies and gentlemen: it is absolutely real.
For nearly three years, during his daily sermons at Casa Santa Marta, Francis has been providing the congregation, and the world, with his idiosyncratic readings of events in the Gospel. These are usually delivered off-the-cuff because Francis tends to view prepared texts with contempt. As we have seen again and again, Francis evidently believes it is more “pastoral” simply to say whatever he thinks without to regard to the doctrinal implications or the potential for scandal. The results have often been, to put it mildly, stupefying.
Puer natus est nobis et filius datus est nobis...
“For, this day, is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.”
Luke, Chapter 2: 11-14 will once again be splashed all over Christmas cards this year but I’ll wager that one of the few places the passage will be rendered accurately is right here in The Remnant. Playing fast and loose with biblical passages is nothing new, of course, but this one is the granddaddy of them all. “Peace on earth good will to men”—the mangled, Protestantized version of it positively trips off the tongue, whereas “and on earth peace to men of good will” seems convoluted and wrong to modern lips and ears alike—and in more ways than one.
Two years before his death, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the. It was his contribution to the annual Christmas concert for widows of Viennese musicians, and it was destined to become so well loved that it would still be performed in the world’s great concert halls at Christmastime centuries later. At its premiere, Mozart surprised Vienna by taking to the stage unannounced beforehand and playing the viola part himself.
Thought of the Day: All practicing Roman Catholic soldiers in WWII were "traditional Catholics" who attended the Latin Mass exclusively. So what happened?
One of the distressing complaints so often heard from those who attend the Novus Ordo Liturgy is: “I didn’t get anything out of that Mass.” Such persons should be reminded that Catholics traditionally did not come to Mass to be entertained; rather then, as now, the main focus for attending Mass is to worship Almighty God.
The God-centered Traditional Latin Mass offers a remedy to those wayward souls in the form of the “Commemoration of the Living.” For those who attend the Mass of the Ages, the Commemoration of the Living, at the beginning of the Canon of the Mass, makes it abundantly clear what we hope “to get” out of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.