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Adoration, Sister Lucy's Relatives
& Michael Jackson
Respect Owed to the Blessed Sacrament
I have two questions that I hope you might answer for me.
First, my parish priest has suddenly told us that we must now stand when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar and he comes out of the sacristy to say the Rosary. Up until now the parish has always remained kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance.
Second, we have all day exposition on Thursday's each week. Last week as we knelt before Our Lord in silence, the parish priest came in with a group of people praying out loud to administer Baptism. Can these two changes be right???
Hoping you can help me, keep up the great work you do.
Thank you for your consideration. We go on to answer your questions:
1. The traditional practice of the Church is to kneel on both knees when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. When one crosses the central aisle of the Church and, therefore, passes in front of the Sacramental Lord, he should stop before the monstrance carrying the Sacred Host, genuflect on both knees, and make a profound reverence, bending his torso. Then he may stand again and continue on his way.
To instruct Catholics to do otherwise is disrespectful of Our Lord. This new practice seems to fit with the progressivist tendency to diminish respect for the Blessed Sacrament in order to please the Protestants, who do not believe in it.
2. The normal ambience in a Church when Our Lord is exposed for adoration is silence or the praying or singing of recollected sacred chants glorifying Him. If a priest has to administer other Sacraments, such as the Baptism, he should do so, taking into the highest possible consideration that God Himself is present in the exposed Host. Thus, he should warn the participants in the Baptism ceremony of Our Lord's real presence and perform the necessary rites in an ambience of high respect. In principle, there is nothing wrong with his praying aloud, as far as it is part of the ceremonial of the Baptism.
We hope that these answers may help you.
TIA correspondence desk
Spreading Our Lady of Good Success
Dear Doctor Horvat,
Just to let you know that we think your books on Our Lady of Good Success are wonderful. We have bought 50 from you already, and intend to buy more. We are giving them out to everyone we know, and giving everyone TIA's details, so that they can order them from you as well.
We've also got 10 of the DVD's which we loan out to as many as possible, to help spread the message. It's an uphill struggle when so many people have been taken in by phony apparitions like Medjugorje, and they don't want to know the truth. Still, we do what we can.
God bless you and your work,
Sister Lucy's Relatives
Dear Mr. Guimaraes,
I was impressed with the article Two Sister Lucys of Fatima by Dr. Marian Horvat. After reading it I have no doubt that they are two different persons. The third secret of Fatima is a mystery, indeed!
After reading the linked articles, I ask myself: What happened to the true Sister Lucy? How was it possible for Catholics to be deceived this way? I am horrified. What difficult times we live in!
The worst is that no expert in the crisis of the Church - even the priests of SSPX as far as I can see - even seemed to suspect that there was a false Sister Lucy. Nonetheless, Mr. Guimaraes, what about her relatives? Did they say something?
Another question: Is there anyone else other than you and Dr. Horvat who can provide more photos and support this important
Looking for your answers, I greet you,
The Editor responds:
Dear Mr. R.C.,
Thank you for your comments and support. To your question, I make the following responses:
1. The relatives of Sister Lucy were not allowed to see her close up, according to the rules of cloister of the contemplative Carmelite Order that she entered in 1948. In the Carmelite Convent at Coimbra where she was enclosed, there was always a grille between the visitor and the Sister, as well as other Sisters present, which could prevent a precise identification.
A testimony of her blood-sister Caroline, who visited her for around 40 years, is clear in this regard. You may read other arguments on this topic here in a polemic I had some time ago with two American journalists.
2. Certainly there are many other photos of Sister Lucy that could support the comparison and substantiate the doubt pointed out by Dr. Horvat. Many persons have sent us additional photos, and a quick search in the Images section of any search engine will bring up many similar photos for you to check yourself.
3. There are many people who support Dr. Horvat's hypotheses. You may read some of their repercussions to her article here, here, here and here. These repercussions are just the tip of the iceberg. A search on our site with the name Sister Lucy will bring up some of the many different concurring repercussions we have received.
I hope this may help you.
L'Osservatore Romano & Michael Jackson
St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Francis de Sales, Doctors of the Church warned us of the popes who taught heresy. They excommunicate themselves automatically. What greater period of heresies propounded by popes has there been? None that compares to this bold and egregious period in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, I suspect.
It's time to run these vagabond Modernists out of Rome. Benedict and his ilk are a disgrace to Roman Catholicism. Catholics have to wake up to see the smoke of Satan inhabiting Rome presently - since Vatican II, a pastoral council that ransacked the Roman Catholic Church, the true Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The editor and chief at L'Osservatore Romano is none other than the heretic Benedict, and this sick Nazi youth protagonist is showing his true colors day by day as his end of life draws nearer and nearer. May Jesus Christ have mercy on his rotten soul! Repent and be saved and do the works of our Lord in his Church.
Although you made some correct statements, we disagree with the tone and simplifications you make in your e-mail.
You quickly draw conclusions based on a supposed thesis defended by St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Francis de Sales. Would you be kind enough to provide the exact quote of these Doctors stating that a heretic Pope is automatically excommunicated and indicate the sources for your quotes?
Also, the participation of the young Joseph Ratzinger in the Nazi guard and his later service in the German army does not necessarily mean that he professed Nazism, as you hastily conclude. Every German youth was obliged to do what he did under the pressure of severe civil and social penalties.
We warn you that taking just hastily-drawn positions against Rome - not distinguishing what should be rejected from what should be maintained - led a great amount of people to Protestantism in the past.
We advise you to think about the matter more seriously, and be mindful of your own spiritual life before pretending that you are so illuminated you can play the role of universal judge of mankind.
TIA correspondence desk
Posted July 30, 2009
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