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Book Review on Courtesy Calls Again|
Courtesy Calls Again is a response to a call: reminding us that to have a soul substantially united to a body demands from us to seal every single bodily posture, every single word, every single physical action with spirituality.
This gem of a little book has a Benedictine fragrance. The Father of Western Monasticism puts great emphasis on the spiritual meaning of bodily postures and words.
The secularized, materialistic world in which we are now living makes us forget that to be a human being is to be a person, made to God's image and likeness. Consequently our body is NOT A BODY OF AN ANIMAL. It is the body of a person, that is, every single facet of our bodily existence calls for the SEAL of personhood.
Alas, this deep Christian truth is so forgotten today that we desperately need to be reminded that whether we eat, drink, rest, speak, greet others, sit, walk: all these activities which SOME BELIEVE TO BE THINGS WE SHARE WITH ANIMALS, are precisely features in which the abysmal difference existing between an animal and a person having a body are strongly underlined.
The human body must be "personified". This little book is lovingly teaching us how to do it.
Alice von Hildebrand
Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Thank you for the beautiful article on Our Lady of Prompt Succour. A native New Orleanian, I spent many happy childhood hours re-fighting the Battle of New Orleans at the Chalmette battlefield. Later, as a high school seminarian, I sang with the choir for several years at the annual Mass on January 8th at the National Shrine.
The security of being from a very specific place with its own organic culture, and the ingrained conviction that this place was under the protection of the Mother of God, are both gifts I pray that future generations may once again enjoy.
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Thank you for posting the beautiful and very accurate story of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. I have had a special devotion to her from the age of 6, when I started school at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans and had the incredible privilege of visiting her each morning in the school chapel until I graduated from high school.
I remember clearly the Solemn High Mass, celebrated by the Archbishop, each January 8th, to commemorate the victory of the Battle of New Orleans. We would wear our dress uniforms (all in white), would attend the Mass, and classes would be suspended for the day, replaced with various festivities. In fulfillment of a vow made by the prioress in 1815, a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving has been offered each January 8th for 195 years an unbroken tradition!
Even when the nuns were forced to leave New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 - the first time since 1727 that there were no Ursulines in New Orleans - they made it a point to return to their convent in time to have the annual Mass on January 8, 2006.
You mentioned the letter written by General Andrew Jackson to the nuns in which he spoke of the divine intercession in the victory. I have seen that letter many times in the museum on the 3rd floor of the Academy.
Thank you for including the Novena to Our Lady of Prompt Succor.
I hope that many of your readers will call on her in these critical times.
Asking Prayers & Help
Please read kind sir,
I was wondering if you could possibly pray and ask many others to pray for my family and myself, the Rossi's.
Please! I'm losing my health, am broke, and fear for my soul. All my family members (John, Gail, Christiana, Matthew, Michael, Andrew, Timothy, James, Elizabeth) all are dealing with serious, serious problems. All help is greatly appreciated.
I pray to God for you too. I beg you to pass this prayer request on.
Gregory Thomas Rossi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass in Quito
Where can a traditional Mass be found in Ecuador?
God bless you abundantly,
There is, to our knowledge, no diocesan-approved traditional Mass celebrated in Ecuador at this time. We are not informed whether there are Tridentine Masses said by independent priests.
On the pilgrimages to Quito sponsored by Our Lady of Good Success Apostolate, the Tridentine Mass is said daily.
TIA correspondence desk
After reading D.B.'s letter, Leave America to Satan, in your Hate Mail section, I was reminded of what St. James referred to as "bitter zeal"
But if you have bitter zeal, and there be contentions in your hears; glory not, and be not liars against the truth. For this is not wisdom descending from above: but earthly, sensual, devilish. (James 3.14-15)
I have been reading some of the hate mail that comes your way and am appalled. I have read most of the articles on your website and listened to most of the tapes by Dr. Horvat. They are exactly what our culture needs.
Even though we don't agree on everything (I'm a sedevacantist), I appreciate your writings and talks. Because of them, I have read true history books, and have researched the culture war, through such authors as Regine Pernoud, Michael E. Jones, A.W.N. Pugin, and others.
The hate mail you receive demonstrates how far we are from a Catholic culture.
Continue to hold up the standard. I realize your arms get tired sometimes, but in the midst of battle, we need encouragement, and to know there are others out there like us.
The Archbishop in a Hindu Temple
[Regarding the visit of Archbishop Nichols to the Hindu temple of London.] The Hindus living in Britain and the West obviously have an inferiority complex towards the Whites. Would they allow a Christian churchman in India to do the things in a temple in that country that Nichols did in London? Never! There would be an instant outcry and rioting.
I read the question and reply on the Rock Dance & Clown Mass posted 1/1/2010. I then went to YouTube and watched the video on the Clown Mass. After gathering my senses, I read the comments below the video and breathed a small sigh of relief. It seems that the church involved was an Episcopalian one. It still looks bad and illustrates how ecumenical we have become if our Mass is not distinguishable from their mass.
The comments on YouTube should give you the background information on when and where the service was held. I can't jump up and down too much if the blasphemy is confined to a church that is not a Church but if I were a believer [of that false confession] I would be quite upset at what has happened to my service.
Posted January 14, 2010
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