Oh! And the pieces are now found at All the Saints Books! Download them here today!
Do to high demand of this project and our personal need to remodel and improve upon it, the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board is now available in its new format! We have the the saint and title pieces for December and January currently available along with all the pockets and other pieces. The following months will come just prior to that month. Thank you for your patience with this matter and we hope you enjoy the new layout.
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We are taking Advent off from blogging this year in order to do more things with our children. Our plan is to be back with some Christmas wishes and probably another giveaway!
Our Advent Giveway is really more of a Liturgical Year giveaway but they are one in the same any how being that Advent is the start of a new Liturgical Year. We have FIVE copies of the Advent book from Dom Gueranger's Liturgical Year that are in need of loving homes! The FIRST FIVE people to comment win a complimentary copy. When you fill out the comment form MAKE SURE YOU ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS or you will be disqualified. This is my only way to contact you, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL IN THE COMMENT… I wouldn't want you all getting a bunch of spam from that! The winners will be contacted via email for a shipping address. I hope to get this to you as soon as possible so it may be enjoyed all of Advent.
Also our planners have been marked down again as we have a few left and they are wasting away on the shelf… waste is never good and we want them to find homes. They are ALL under $10 now! Please make sure to get your copy and help us put these last few planners to use.
A couple more notes …. At this time we WILL NOT be removing the Bible Stories for Children Downloads, currently there is no maintenance that needs to be done on them (aside from finishing the last chapters).
*** Updated Note about ALL THE SAINTS STOCK ***
We will not be discontinuing our stock after all - the book store will remained stocked as it has and those books that were removed will be back online shortly*** There are a few new books being added as well! Check out Wonder Story a beautiful full color Christmas picture book! Coming soon!
During this Advent break please make sure to visit the following resources:
Jesse Tree Mini Unit- Free Study Guide
Feast of St. Nicholas Page - December 6th
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Page - December 8th (Holy Day of Obligation)
Feast of St. Lucy Page December 13th
Ember Days of December December 17th, 19th and 20th (Fast and Partial Abstinence Day(s))
O Antiphon Blog Posts (Week prior to Christmas)
Christmas Eve Posts
And of course if you are looking for something there is always the search engine at the top right or the Category list of blog posts to the right side. May you all have a blessed and productive Advent season! And a most Holy Feast of the Miraculous Medal on Thursday, November 27th! Remember that Catholics have their own sort of Thanksgiving, that of Holy Mass and celebrating the harvest on Ember Days - four times a year.
In reading about Catholic Ember days we find the teaching of the Church regarding how Catholics are to give thanks for the harvest and abundance of God's gifts:
Catholic Life - Imprimatur 1908
Ember days, or Quarter Tense, are three fast days - Wednesday,
Friday, and Saturday - in each of the four seasons. In winter they occur in the third week of Advent; in spring, in the first week of Lent; in summer, during Whit week ; and in autumn, the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (September 14).
These fasts were instituted to sanctify each season of the year, and thus obtain the favours of God, especially His mercy. They were also established to obtain the blessing of the Almighty on the fruits of the land. In spring we pray for fertility; in summer, for preservation of the crops; in autumn, for a good harvest; and in winter we offer up our grateful thanksgiving for the blessings received.
The Church, too, wishes us to pray for those who are to be ordained priests on these days, that they may obtain the graces necessary to fulfill all their obligations, and the virtues that adorn their sacred calling. "And when they had ordained for them priests in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in Whom they believed" (Acts xiv. 22).
As alms generally accompany fasting and prayer, a donation towards the education of priests for the foreign mission would be keeping with the spirit of the Church on these occasions. We ought also to pray for vocations, especially for the foreign missions. "The harvest is great, but the labourers few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send labourers into the vineyard" (Matt. ix. 37, 38).
These days should also remind us of asking ourselves how we stand with regard to God. If there be anything troubling our conscience, we ought to set it right, and then make good resolutions for the coming quarter. Thus, keeping ourselves always ready for the final summons, death will be disarmed of its terrors, and the close of life will be marked with a beautiful serenity.
"And grant us, while by fasts we strive,
This mortal body to control,
To fast from all the food of sin,
And so to purify the soul.'
Example - The Machabees
Seven brothers, commonly known as the Machabees, were apprehended and ordered to eat swine's flesh, which was forbidden by the law of Moses. On refusing they were ordered to be tortured. Antiochus himself presided at the martyrdom, and being enraged to see such constancy in age so tender, he tried every means to terrify and torture them into a compliance with his impious demands. He condemned them to undergo the same torments one after another, that the sufferings of the foregoing might intimidate the next, The eldest was first called out, in the presence of his mother and brothers. He declared that he was ready to die rather than to transgress the laws of God, received from his forefathers. The executioners cut out his tongue, chopped off the extremities of his hands and feet, drew the skin from off his head, and then cast the body into a cauldron, where the remains of agonizing life were consumed by slow fire.
The first being thus barbarously slain, the rest were successively tormented and slain in the same manner. Each advanced in his turn, each with the same manly fortitude bore the tyrant's tortures, and each with the same steady perseverance triumphed over his savage
inhumanity. They adored the decrees of God, Who was pleased to make this trial of their faith. They readily submitted to the torments in punishment for their sins.
They cheerfully resigned a life which they hoped to receive again by a glorious resurrection. And as if the sight of sufferings had inspired them with fresh courage, they
told the tyrant that he was not to fancy them abandoned by their God; that it was impious folly in him thus to fight against the Almighty; that he was but a passing scourge in the Almighty's hand, and would himself soon feel the vengeance prepared for his chastisement. Antiochus would willingly have pardoned their reproaches if he could have got the better of their fortitude. Six of the brothers had gloriously conquered by their death; the seventh only remained, the youngest of them all, and him the tyrant hoped to gain by caresses and fair promises. He promised him his friendship, wealth, and happiness, if he would only abjure the laws of his forefathers. When he perceived that his words made no impression, he called upon the mother, and desired her, if she had any fondness left for an only surviving son, to disabuse him of his error, and by her advice to preserve his life. The incomparable woman, who to a mother's tenderness joined a manly fortitude of mind, despised the tyrant's solicitations, and in derision promised that she would advise her son, since he desired it.
Wherefore, bending towards the young man, she exhorted him in her native tongue that he would have pity on her who had borne him in her womb and reared him; that he would not fear the tormentor, but look up to God, the Creator of all things; and that he would courageously follow the glorious example of his brothers, that so, by the Divine mercy, she might be worthy to receive them all again in life eternal. Animated with fresh resolution, the young man said to the executioners: "Behold me fixed in the resolution of obeying the law; nor will I disobey God to obey the King." The tyrant foamed with rage to see himself thus defeated. With fiercer barbarity than he had shown against the other six brothers, he discharged his fury upon the seventh, and tortured him to death. The illustrious mother, having nothing more to fear for her sons, followed them with redoubled vigour in their victorious career, and with them laid down her own life, on the same day in the same glorious cause.
Antiochus shortly afterwards ended a miserable life by a most miserable death.
We continue on the Explanation of the 6th Commandment as we have with the last three Monday's (including the forbiddance of gay relationships), please find part one here and part two Lessons for Young People & Their Parents, and Part Three the Hideousness and Enormity of Impurity.
God the Teacher of Mankind- Explanation of the Commandments Continued- Vol 4
By: Fr. Michael Muller + Imprimatur 1889
One day a young man spoke to me about one of his companions who had lost his mind. I told him that many a young man nowadays loses his mind on account of self-abuse. He then avowed that he, too, had lost his mind for some time, and was thane to the mad-house; God permitted him to receiver his mind that he might repent. But he soon after relapsed and was again taken to the mad-house. The oversee told one of my friends that two-thirds of the inmates had become insane in consequence of the shameful sin of self-abuse. Such, then, is the physical degradation of the impure man- of the desecrator of his own body. If these will show themselves in proportion as the vice of impurity is practiced.
Not all offenders, it is true, are visited so severely as above described. Perhaps even a small proportion of the whole number die in this manner; yet in this comparatively small minority those who persist in the practice will, sooner or later, surely be included. Let no one delude himself with the false assumption that he can be exempt from the universal law. There can be no possible exemption. Those who persist will surely die the death most horrible of all deaths; while the very individuals who seem to escape are those who most surely carry their punishment for the remainder of their lives, never live to attain old age, and frequently fall victims to some chronic disease, the germs of which they owe to this detestable vice . "Thou hast cast me off behind thy back," says the Lord; "bear thou also thy wickedness and thy fornications." (Ezech. xxiii., 85)
Dr. Tissot relates that a young man from Montepelier, a student of medicine died from excess of the crime of impurity. The idea of his crime so agitated his mind that he died in a kind of despair, believing that he saw hell open at his side to receive him.
L.D., a watchmaker, had been virtuous and healthy until the age of seventeen. At that time he delivered himself to the vice of impurity, which he committed three times a day. In less than one year he began to experience great weakness after each criminal act. This warning was not sufficient to drive him from the danger. His soul, already wholly delivered to sin, was no longer capable of other ideas, and the retention of the crime becomes every day more frequent until he found himself in a condition which led him to be apprehensive of death. Wise too late, the evil had made such progress that he could not be cured. He soon suffered from habitual spasms, which often seized him without apparent cause, and in so violent a manner that, during the paroxysm, which sometimes lasted fifteen hours, and never less than eight, he experienced in the back of the neck such violent paints that he commonly raised, not cries merely, but howls, and it was impossible for him, during all this time to swallow either liquids or solids. His voice became hoarse; he entirely lost his strength. Obliged to abandon his profession, overwhelmed with misery, he languished almost without relief for several months. A trace of memory, which had nearly vanished, only served to remind him incessantly of the causes of his misfortune and to, increase his remorse. He was less a living being than a corpse, groaning upon the straw, emaciated, pale, filthy, exhaling an infectious odor, almost incapable of any movement. Often a pale and water blood issued from the nose, and a constant slime flowed from the mouth. Like a pig, he wallowed in his own abominable filth. Bleared, troubled, and dull, he had no longer the faculty of motion. His pulse saws extremely low and rapid; his breathing very difficult; his emaciation excessive, except at the feet, which commenced to become dropsical. The disorder of his mind was just as frightful. Without memory' incapable of connecting two phrases; without reflection; without inquietude as to his fate; with no other sentiment than that of pain; a being far below the brute; a spectacle of which it is impossible to conceive in horror, one would with difficulty recognize that he has formerly belonged to the man species. He died at the end of some weeks (June 17, 1857), dropsical from head to foot.
What has already been said regards the temporal punishment inflicted in this life on sins against chastity. But what shall the punishment be in the next? You say that God has pity on this sin. But St. Remigious says that few Christian adults are saved, and that the rest are damned for their sins of impurity. And father Segneri says that three-fourths of the reprobates are damned for this vice. The hatred which God bears to sins against purity is great beyond measure. If a lady finds her plate soiled, she is disgusted and cannot eat. Now, with what disgust and indignation must God, who is purity itself, behold the impurities by which his law is violated! HE loves purity with an infinite love, and consequently he bears an infinite hatred to the sensuality which the lewd, voluptuous man calls a small evil. We may rest assured that, as pride has filled hell with fallen angels, so impurity fills it with the souls of men.
A young student, a model of piety, and who frequented the sacraments, was one morning going to Mass. He met two of his schoolmates, who invited and forced him to breakfast with them in a saloon. He refused; but he was in a manner forced to consent. He took some wine with them; very little at first, but soon liked it, and took more. It began to rise to his head. AT this moment his eyes fell on one of the waiting girls. He yielded to the temptation, and was stabbed in the very act of sin. His two companions, terrified, quitted the world, and led lives of rigor and penance in a monastery.
About six years ago, a young man came to one of the Redemptorist Fathers in New York, and said: "Father, be kind enough to hear my confession without delay. I have been so unfortunate as to scandalize a young woman. She died in the very act of sin. A while ago she appeared to me all on fire, and said that she was damned, and that I was the cause of her damnation, of her everlasting torments. I tremble all over, and freer I may die in the same manner." The same father was one day called to asset a dying man in a house of ill-fame. But he went in vain. The impure mantas dead and judged. He died in the very act of sin. The same punishment was inflicted about two years ago on some young people in one of the New England States. They were found dead in the corn-field in the act of sin.
One day, the Fathers of the Mission of St. Vincent gave a retreat in their house at Florence to a gentleman who had lived in criminal intercourse with a woman who died before making her peace with God., While this gentleman, in the bitterness of his repentance, was imploring the divine mercy for the companion of his guilt, she appeared to him, and said: "Do not pray for me, I am damned;" after which, to convince him of the reality of her apparition, she placed her hand on the table before which he was kneeling in prayer, and the part which she touched received the burnt impress of her hand. This table is still preserved in Naples. - Life of St. Alphonus
The impure may say that the sin of impurity is but a small evil. But at the hour of death they will not say so. Every sin of impurity shall then show itself such as it really is - a monster of hell. Much less will they say so before the judgment seat of JEsus Christ, who will tell them what his apostle has always told them: "No fornicator or unclean hath inheritance in the kingdom of God." The man who has lived like a brute cannot sit among the angles. Common sense, the voice of conscience, Holy Scripture, the Fathers of the Church, all the saints, even all the devils, tell him so.
From the evil effects thence of impurity, its enormity is clearly shown.
"In no sin," says St. Thomas, "does the devil delight os much as in the sins against chastity." (i. ii. q.73, a 3.) The reason why the devil takes so much delight in this vice is because it is difficult for a person who is addicted to it to be delivered from it. And why? Because this sin so blinds the sinner that he commits it oftener than any other sin. A blasphemer only blasphemes when he is drunk or provoked to anger. The assassin, whose trade is to murder others, does not, at the most, commit more than eight or ten homicides. But the unchaste are built of an unceasing torrent of sins, by thoughts, by words, by looks, by complacencies, and by touches, so that when they go to confession they find it impossible to tell the number of ins they have committed against chastity. Even in their sleep the devil represents to them obscene objects, that on awaking they may take delight in them; and, being the salves of the devil, they obey him, and give consent to his evil suggestions. "There is" says St. Thomas, "no sinner so ready to offend God as the votary of lust is" on every occasion that occurs to him. To other sins, such as blasphemy, muder or slander, men are not prone' but to this vice of impurity nature inclines them, and therefore it is so easy to contract the habit. How many foundlings, abortions, infanticides, may one count every day in our large cities! How few young couples come with pure hearts to the altar! How many lost creatures earn a livelihood by a life of infamy! How many houses of shame? How many so-called fashionable house of assignation in every city - house of infamy not only for the hoary sinners, but even for the young and thoughtless children!
What forms the favorite topic of conversation in company, in the cars, on the boats, in the tavern in the streets, in the market-place, in the ball-room, in the theatre? Is it not the shameful vice of impurity?
What constitutes the interest of the great majority of the novels, magazines, weeklies, that fill our libraries, that are to be found in the hands of every one from the young school Miss to the venerable old maid? Is it not sensual love? Is it not impurity?
Which dances are the most popular? ARe they not the obscene, impure round dances? How many a young girl will tell you that she will not give up these forbidden dance,s even if she had to burn in hell for it!
Which aren the most popular plays in the theatre? What plays are those that always draw crowded house, while the churches are often empty? Are they not the most immodest plays that hell itself could invent - plays wherein lost creatures sell their modesty to make a paltry living?
What class of pictures are to be found in those weekly papers? What kind of photographs and statues in the windows of so many stores? ARe they not usually the most indecent?
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