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Mancipia March/April 2014

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March/April 2014





he great mandate to the Church can be called “educational,” for Jesus commanded His apostles to make disciples of all nations. A disciple is one who learns. One who “makes” a disciple teaches him. Ergo, the Br. André Marie, M.I.C.M., Church’s mission is (largely, if Prior not exclusively) a teaching mission. Traditionally, the Church speaks of the tria munera , that is the three offices, or duties, of the ordained. These are especially the offices of the bishop (seen in its height in the papacy), but all the ordained participate in them, and, to a lesser extent, the lay faithful do, too. The munera are listed as follows: Munus docendi (office of teaching, based on Christ’s role as Prophet) Munus regendi (office of governing, based on Christ’s role as King) Munus sanctificandi (office of sanctifying, based on Christ’s role as Priest) The first on the list is the office of teaching. I have never seen the list given where this was not the first. The answer to why this is so seems rather obvious. People are neither holy nor governable if they have not been taught the Faith. How can a bishop govern his people if they do not know what the Faith is or what its moral laws demand of them? How can we grow in holiness when, “without faith it is impossible to please God”? (Heb. 11:6) The Holy Father, with his personal infallibility and primacy of jurisdiction, possesses these munera in a unique way, for he is a divinely appointed Monarch. Bishops, who possess the fulness of the priesthood, exercise them fully and by right, with and under the Roman Pontiff. The lesser clergy, by virtue of being conformed to Christ the Head through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, carry out these offices in a correspondingly lesser degree. But the lay faithful really do participate in the munera by virtue of their baptism and confirmation. For instance, in a family, parents have the office of teaching, governing, and sanctifying their children. They teach them the Faith in its rudiments before anyone else does; sanctify them by saying prayers with them, blessing them before bed, and forming their consciences by word and example; and govern them by issuing positive and negative commands in conformity with Catholic morals. They do all this by strict right as parents — and they have a duty to do so. Of course, it is the father of the family who has the highest authority in this divinely established hierarchy, which so beautifully reflects the Trinity and the ecclesiastical hierarchy.



So far we have established that the most fundamental of the three offices is the teaching office, and that the laity participate, albeit to a limited degree, in this office. Enter the Crusade of Saint Benedict Center . Our mission is educational in the broad sense, by which I mean that it is not limited to schools or formal programs of instruction — although we have both of these in our IHM School and the Saint Augustine Institute, by which anyone, anywhere, can advance their formation in the Faith. The apostolate is not something reserved to clergy and religious. It never was. Long before Vatican II — which, according to a strange mythology, was the first to assert

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the importance of the laity in propagating the Catholic message — Saint Vincent Pallotti made layfolk members of his “Union of the Catholic Apostolate.” In doing so, he made no claim to originality. Ven. Pope Pius XII spoke of the lay apostolate to spread the Gospel in his Encyclical, Evangelii Praecones : “It can certainly be claimed that the lay cooperation which we today call Catholic Action, has existed since the foundation of the Church. Indeed the Apostles and other preachers of the Gospel received no little help from it and the Christian religion thereby made great advances. In this respect Apollo, Lydia, Aquila, Priscilla and Philemon are mentioned by the Apostle of the Gentiles. We have also these words of his to the Philippians: ‘Yes, and I ask thee, who sharest the yoke so loyally, to take part with them; they have worked for the Gospel at my side, as much as Clement and those other fellow laborers of mine, whose names are recorded in the book of life.’ [ Phil. 4:3].” The right and obligation of the laity to work for the spread of the Catholic Faith — education in the broad sense — is given in the Latin Church’s Code of Canon Law: “Can. 225 §1 Since lay people, like all Christ’s faithful, are deputed to the apostolate by baptism and confirmation, they are bound by the general obligation and they have the right, whether as individuals or in associations, to strive so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all people throughout the world. This obligation is all the more insistent in circumstances in which only through them are people able to hear the Gospel and to know Christ. “§2 They have also, according to the condition of each, the special obligation to permeate and perfect the temporal order of things with the spirit of the Gospel.


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In this way, particularly in conducting secular business and exercising secular functions, they are to give witness to Christ.” Note this sentence: “This obligation is all the more insistent in circumstances in which only through them are people able to hear the Gospel and to know Christ.” The Code does not specify the circumstances that render the laity the only ones capable of making the divine message of salvation known and accepted. It is possible, nay plausible, that a respectable number of priests dwell in a given place, but that their own internal “circumstances” make them incapable of helping people to know Christ or the Gospel. Modernism has done its damage. Whether or not the clergy in a given place are up to the task, the general obligation of all the faithful “to strive so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all people throughout the world” remains. But as Brother Francis said countless times, one has to be a reservoir before he can become an aqueduct. Our formation in the Faith must continue; our knowledge of it must grow if we are to educate others. These days, when the Faith is so heavily attacked by enemies both without and within the Church, we have an especial duty to learn the Faith and witness it to others. We want not only to pass on a remedial knowledge of the Faith to our fellow man, but to form those closest to us into a genuine Christian civilization — an integral

Catholic society that will be a seed for tomorrow’s Christendom. Since the lay faithful have a “special obligation to permeate and perfect the temporal order of things with the spirit of the Gospel,” as the Church tells us in her Canon Law, then they ought to be formed in those aspects of Christian civilization that it is their duty to revive, whether it be in the areas of business, law, politics, art, architecture, music, literature, poetry, science, etc. — and yes, education. Each must do this according to his means, the gifts God has given him, and his opportunities to perfect those gifts. All for the glory of God and the salvation of souls! And this is why we at Saint Benedict Center do what we do. Whether it is meeting people on the street in our book-selling apostolate, teaching in our school or SAI program, publishing on Catholicism.org, giving presentations or lectures, we want to imitate Saint Paul, who said, “I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord” (Phil. 3:8), and Saint Peter, who commands us to “sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you” (I Peter 3:15). “Keep the Faith!” the Irish are wont to say. “And share it!” Brother Francis used to add. This is Catholic education in the broad sense. ■ Email Brother Br. André Marie at [email protected]

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Yes, very necessary, but is that a sufficient education to lift a child ince the world is saturated above the level of a beast, let alone to the status of a “hope for the with evil, and is only future”? I would assume that little Adolph learned his Three R’s getting worse day-by-day, over in Austria. So, what is lacking in that traditional education? it is always good to find reasons At this point, I would like to inform you of the purpose of this for hope! We who understand article: to introduce you to our tiny school here in Richmond, the doctrinal crusade and the New Hampshire. Picture a bird’s-eye-view of a few functional daily, world-wide ramifications buildings, with an uneven, dirt parking-lot carved out of the of its delayed victory are Sr. Marie Thérèse, M.I.C.M., encompassing, wooded hills. You will find no swimming pool, no especially grateful for any Prioress gymnasium and no jungle-gym on this playground! Within the encouragement that comes our way. buildings, light and the joy of learning abound, undimmed by the Now, children are often referred to as “the hope for the future,” presence of electronic devices. In this very simple, down-to-earth even by non-Catholics. I think we would all like to endorse that encouraging notion! But we in this crusade are obliged to a clarity of thought that makes us conform our minds to reality and shun It is here, in our little school, that sentimentalism. So let’s test that thesis about children with some the delicious fruits of Our Lady’s non-sentimental realism. There once was a little infant among the ranks of those little crusade are most evidenced. bundles of joy who gave hope for the future. He was such a bright and beautiful boy that he occasioned more hope than setting, a handful of poor religious and layfolk joyfully dedicate other little boys. As he grew, he learned many things and their time to help thirty-one children, K-12, become — truly — developed many talents. Finally, reaching the fullness of his reasons for hope. manhood, he became famous and accomplished much in his Yes, we teach excellence in reading, writing, and arithmetic lifetime. He eventually concluded his earthly sojourn, as all men — the Three R’s. But, we give them more — that “more” which do, thus ending his potential. This famous “hope of the future” is lifts children beyond the appellation of educated brute to that of well-known as Adolph Hitler. Was little Adolph a hope for the Child of God — “reason for hope”. Enveloped in an atmosphere future? What happened? of joyful charity, we give our children immersion instruction in Children are the hope of the future much as acorns are the the Catholic Faith. And so, for example, even during math class, furniture of the future: in potential. That means that every child the students are encouraged to grow in love for God, though His has the potential to be a good person and a great service to Name may not even be mentioned during that class. Just imagine humanity, or a parasite and scoundrel who promotes evil in the being in a math class and having your mind wander. Well, that world. And, that is only considering the natural potential! isn’t surprising! However, scanning our classrooms, you will But, staying on the natural plane for a minute, why is it that see that the mind is encouraged to wander to thoughts of the most of our “child-hope” is dashed? Simply put, the potential Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, the Crucifix, the saints, and live is not actualized. So our acorn may never grow into a towering consecrated religious! tree, let alone become a beautiful piece of furniture. Many factors It is here, in our little school, that the delicious fruits of Our contribute to the health and growth of the tree from an acorn. Lady’s crusade are most evidenced. Our lovely families, joyful If any of these is lacking (sunlight, for example) the acorn may gardens of charity, entrust with us for a few hours of the day sprout, and even grow into a sapling, but it will not adequately the precious fruits of their sacramental grace — their children. assimilate nutrition, grow, or reproduce itself. That is to say, it will They provide, in their homes, both the natural and supernatural not reach its full natural potential. Beyond this natural potential foundations for their children’s lifelong living of Catholic Faith of the acorn as a tree is the intelligently directed potential we see and morals. At school, we build on those foundations, adding the in it as a beautiful piece of furniture. formal element of our curriculum and the rigors of a scholastic Now, a child is a creature with a mind and a free will, unlike formation. It is a total human experience, which unites us to the our acorn. The three functions of life are, therefore, immediately Divine. Yes, mind and heart are elevated at every moment to God. spiritualized and cannot remain merely natural potentialities. This In case I did not make the connection clearly, “Thirty-one will explain part of our dilemma. Let me explain. If a squirrel is Reasons for Hope,” is a reference to our thirty-one students. not educated, but is left to follow its inclinations in an appropriate Union with God, the only foundation for a virtuous hope, is the habitat, it eats, grows, reproduces and becomes, in short, a perfect ultimate purpose of Immaculate Heart of Mary School. Oh! I fulfillment of its potential — naturally. Contrarily, a human being, neglected to tell you that our school is named after God’s if he is not educated but is left to follow his inclinations in any Mother’s Heart. Is there a better place to find “reasons for hope” habitat, falls to a level that is below the beasts — naturally. than that Heart? ■ And so, an education is necessary for a child to grow into Email Sister Marie Thérèse, at [email protected] something more than a savage and an unnatural beast. Education? Two plus two is four. Hmmm! Reading, writing, and arithmetic?




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n honor of Our Lady of Lourdes, we have extracted this personal story from Father Feeney’s Fish on Friday . It is found in his essay on “Cousin Willie." There is a great lesson herein. The parade of the invalids to their places is a touching Father Leonard Feeney, M.I.C.M. sight. Some are borne in beds, some are wheeled in chairs, some are carried in arms. The Brancardiers and Infirmieres (volunteer stretcher-bearers and nurses) transport the sufferers and care for them with the greatest love and tenderness. The faces of these attendants as they go about their work is a study in the beauty of Christian sympathy and compassion. There are other problems in the supernatural evident at Lourdes besides the cure of the sick. There is (a) the problem of their transportation, many with only a spark of life smoldering in their bodies. They come in stuffy coaches and rattling railroad cars from enormous distances, some from Northern France, from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Ireland, England, Norway. Some have traveled even from Australia and America. How do they manage such extravagant journeys in such states of exhaustion? There is (b) the problem of affection, unbelievable affection, on the part of the well for the sick. Sickness is not attractive. Watery eyes, fetid wounds, foul breaths, twisted limbs, cancerous deformities are loathsome and repelling. And yet at Lourdes, by a strange perversion of natural values, one’s infirmities become one’s title to distinction. The sick pilgrims receive from the bystanders, not pity, so much as reverence, admiration, and even envy. Lourdes is a place where one feels ashamed of being in good health and of having no physical hardships to bear with resignation for the love of God. And finally, (c)there is a problem of the unwarranted patience and silence of the invalids as they lie in the open square, in the hot sun, waiting for the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Surely in the course of these physically tiresome proceedings the pains of some poor unfortunate ought



to become unbearable. Someone might be expected to shriek, to rebel, to leap from his bed and be overpowered by the attendants. This does not happen. They suffer, one and all, soundlessly, with scarcely any movement, and no complaint. As the time for the ceremony drew near the crowd became more and more quiet until, within five minutes of procession time, it was very nearly in a complete hush. There was a tightness in the air, as though masses of spirits were assembling to watch the spectacle. A few pigeons fluttered out of the steeple of the Basilica and circled about in the sky, as if on the lookout for the Dove whose arrival was expected any moment. Promptly, on the stroke of the hour, two acolytes emerged from the church door, followed by candlebearers, censer-bearers, a group of priests and monsignori, a bishop, and finally, under a canopy carried by four stalwart peasants, a priest carrying the Blessed Sacrament. We all settled on our knees, bowed our heads, and watched and waited. The first person to be blessed was an old man with a stick, sitting in a chair. To those of us who were having “our first Lourdes,” this first blessing was a high-water mark in devotional excitement. Benedictio Dei Omnipotentes … Patris … et Filii … et Spiritus Sancti … Descendat super te … et maneat semper , spoke the priest as he elevated the Monstrance in the form of a cross. The poor old sick man blessed himself…He gripped tightly on his stick…Was he cured?…Was he going to get up and walk?…Yes!…No, it seemed not!…Yet how did we know?…Maybe he was going to wait…Maybe he did not want to shout out at once…In order not to interrupt the procession…Are you Did you know... cured, old man?…Are you all well again?… Fr. Feeney is available from our bookstore? In the meantime I had paid no attention 15% off if you order now. to the fact that the priest had advanced “The greatest theologian we have in the United States, by far.” down the line and — Rev. John J. McEleny, S.J., had already finished (Father’s Jesuit Provincial) blessing a half a dozen Order at: more sufferers when I Store.Catholicism.org turned to follow him or call: again with my eyes. (603)239-6485 The priest was a tall thin man and looked very ill himself. Monstrances are heavy, and the physical hardship entailed in raising and lowering one several hundred times in the course of an afternoon is very great. I pitied the poor priest. There were lines of suffering and fatigue already in his face.

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By this time the procession had passed all the semiinvalids and had arrived at the beds of the desperate cases. Men and women in skeleton form, wrapped in sheets and blankets heard the sound of footsteps, saw the glare of candles, smelled the odor of incense, and knew in some sad, delirious way that the Blessed Sacrament was passing. Inch by inch the procession advanced. Hopeless cases became such a common sight that one soon failed to be surprised at beholding humanity in any state whatsoever of degradation or misery. Occasionally some poor suppliant in the line of march stood out conspicuously: a young man with his head swathed in bandages through which his nose alone protruded; or a pretty little German girl of eight or nine years with an ulcerated leg, wearing her First Communion dress, a white veil, and a wreath of roses. There was no hurry and not the slightest sign of uneasiness on the part of the Benediction officials, despite the fact that the prayers for a cure were being defeated. The Blessed Sacrament moved on and on in its persistent, snail-like journey, and over and over again the priest chanted his monotonous incantation. Little by little our minds began to surrender all expectation of a miracle. We stopped thinking of these pilgrims as petitioners wanting to be made well, and began to contemplate them as holocausts being offered, as victims brought here to be immolated. (our italic) At last after more than an hour of continuous inter-

cession, the ultimate bed was reached. The benediction prayer was recited for the last time. The priest retired to the steps of the Basilica for the singing of the Tantum Ergo and the final blessing. He then marched with his attendants into the church; the door closed after him; and the festival of faith was over. Not a single cure had been obtained, as far as we could see. Not one. Slowly and patiently the sick were wheeled back again to the hospitals. The crowd dispersed, the villagers to their homes, the tourists to their hotels. And the Grand Esplanade was left deserted. The pigeons might now return from the steeple and flutter again on the ground unmolested… “Are your feet any better?” I said to Cousin Willie as I took him by the arm and proceeded to lead him home to supper, though I could see from the way he walked that they were not. “My feet!” he replied with amazement as though he had never owned such appendages. “Why of course not!” He hesitated for a moment and then added: “But what a travesty of mercy it would have been for Our Lady to have cured my feet and have let those real sufferers go unanswered! Surely it would have been caddish of me to kneel and watch that spectacle and think of my own private infirmities. Don’t you think so?” I did not answer. ■

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s I write to you for the first time as the director of the Saint Augustine Institute of Catholic Studies (S.A.I.), I have some exciting news! S.A.I. — the “brainchild” of our beloved Brother Francis as a means of sharing Sister Maria the studies at the Center (studies Philomena, M.I.C.M. that go back over seventy years) with those of you who can not be at Saint Benedict Center in person — is the educational arm of the Crusade of Saint Benedict Center, one of the primary means by which we are working to convert America. “America can be converted; but someone has to labor for the achievement of this great objective. And, indeed, it is an objective so great that no one individual can reasonably undertake it alone, and no group can do it without order, patience, sacrifice, discipline, and education for the job. This is, in brief, the purpose of the Saint Augustine Institute of Catholic Studies.” (Brother Francis, SAI Circular Letter #1, December 21, 1977) This past October, I gave a talk at our conference on the Liberal Arts and how they play a part in the studies at Saint Benedict Center. The point of my talk was that Brother has educated us in the mind of the Church, as have Father Feeney and Sister Catherine, in a way that only an exemplary teacher could. With his and their guidance, we too, can perfect our intellects in the same. “The vineyard of Our Lord, and especially that part of it which is our own country, is in need of laborers — men and women in every walk of life — lay apostles, who are willing to work for the spread and growth of the Holy Faith, first in their own selves, and then in others. It would be a sin against faith not to admit the necessity of this effort; it would be a sin against hope not to know that by the grace of God it is attainable; and it would be a sin against the theological virtue of charity, to refuse to answer the call. Men once faced with this challenge will be haunted the rest of their lives, unless they respond generously by joining the common effort and persevering loyally to the very end.” (Brother Francis, SAI Circular #4, June 1979) As technology develops, we have more and more ways of presenting to you the impressive amount of material accumulated over the years. My role is to organize all this material and be your guide. Part of the organizational work I am doing (with the input of many colleagues) is to take S.A.I. and give it the structure Brother Francis had envisioned: this consists of books, videos, audio lectures, and articles from our studies and beyond. We are also outlining different diplomas and certificates so that


those who wish to study according to the school of thought of Saint Benedict Center can have incentives and guidance. (Of course, the Syllabus will still be available online for those who wish to study on their own.) The official diploma, as Brother Francis anticipated, will be the equivalent of an Associates Degree (sixty credits). The memory items and books reports outlined in the SAI Syllabus will still be required, although many of them will be worked into the forty-eight credit hours (15-16 hours of classes per credit hour) of classes in the four departments of Philosophy, History, Scripture, and Sacred Doctrine. The remaining

credits will be obtained by book reports and apostolate work (one hour every trimester devoted to sharing the fruits of your studies with others — lots of opportunities here!). My team and I are working on an affordable online curriculum for you. We plan to give you the opportunity to follow a structured program complete with audio and video lectures, memory items, supplemental text documents, progress tracking, study helps, assessments, and book report submissions, all capped off with contact from me to help answer your questions and keep you on track. I have often had adults tell me “Oh, I wish I could go back to school and be in your class!” Well, soon you can! Tying together earlier lectures by Brother Francis (and various other speakers), I will be your personal guide through the S.A.I. so that you do not have to go through it alone. If you are interested in starting or continuing your studies at S.A.I., or if you are interested in helping (by writing interviews, doing audio transcription, writing quizzes and tests, etc), please let me know. Look for upcoming announcements as this project of re-organizing the Saint Augustine Institute of Catholic Studies unfolds. And, most importantly, please pray for our success! ■

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he Four Gifts that Make on the corporal — the body, blood, soul, and divinity of the the Holy Eucharist the God-man. Then he consecrates the wine, “This is the chalice of Magnum Donum. My Blood, the Blood of the new and everlasting covenant,” and, The Sacrifice of the Mass is in continuity with these words, he utters the holy symbol of the greatest thing that the Holy Faith, Mysterium Fidei. The eternal sacrifice is consummated in Eucharist, the great Gift of this unbloody manner, Calvary is re-presented on the altar, the God, can do. Why? Because, as same, one sacrifice that took place on Golgotha, but offered Father Feeney stresses in Bread now in a different manner. Mr. Brian Kelly of Life, it is more important Father Feeney taught that the priest has the power of an that God honor God than I do, or that even God does in loving executioner on the altar; he has such power in his words. And me. That God loves God is the greatest thing that can happen the Word of God is the most powerful thing in the world, so and, through the Holy Eucharist, the Son of God can be offered when the priest is speaking in the name of Christ, what prevents at Mass to His Father for all of us and to give God glory. The a bloody sacrifice from happening is the fact that Our Lord is now infinite One, as man, is given to His Father in thanksgiving and in glory. Jesus can never die again; His Body is impassible; His praise and as a propitiation for sin. Fallen man needs a divine Body is immortal; His body is glorified, as it was when He arose victim, a God-man, in order to atone for sin and to give God from the dead. That is the reason that, under the appearances of proper glory. The act itself of the sacrifice is part of the great bread and wine, we do not have a bloody sacrifice at the Mass. mystery that the Church celebrates. This mystery that occurs at Where the Body goes, so does the Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the consecration at Mass is what the Church (using a concept Jesus; where the Blood goes, so does the Body, Soul, and Divinity from Aristotelian philosophy) calls “transubstantiation.” of Jesus. It is a real sacrifice to be sure, but it is unbloody. The Imagine the power of the priest. As he finishes the Offertory words, however, are still sacrificial; we have to insist on that; that and approaches the moment of consecration, the priest speaks is why we call the Mass a real sacrifice. There is a Victim, there and acts with a lot more confidence because, shortly, he is going is an immolation, but the separation of Body and Blood is only to speak as Christ, in persona Christi. He begins the canon in appearance under the species of bread and wine, not in the with prayers for the unity and protection of the Church and reality that is the Mysterium Fidei. The Mass is the one sacrifice for the pope and for the local bishop and for all the orthodox of Christ multilocated (not multiplied); it is the daily sacrifice defenders of the Faith. He then prays to and calls to memory of the priest, and it is our sacrifice together with the priest, who Our Lady and the saints, next he blesses the gifts praying that alone, in the Person of Christ, acts as both sacrificer and victim. they may become right, acceptable and approved before God. The second aspect of the Holy Eucharist is the Real Presence He does not hesitate, for he is now God’s instrument. He moves and this is God’s great gift to us. We can now have a locatable from supplication into the God, a God who is not only narration of the Last Supper, “here,” but a God who is but the narration stops as this, a living flesh and blood soon as he comes to the Emmanuel. That is why we words of consecration. In call the presence of God in the traditional Mass there is the Blessed Sacrament, the at this point a halt; the priest Real Presence. Father Feeney bends over the bread and used to say, in paraphrasing whispers the greatest words the Curé of Ars: “I can take that could ever be uttered, Him and put Him on my words only he can effectively left; I can put Him down utter, in the name of Christ, on my right side, and there indeed as Christ. For a certain He stays and, God forbid, moment, Father Feeney used if I should drop Him on to say, eternity enters time; the floor, there is God on the priest acts as the eternal the floor.” This is the great Person now in Heaven, the mystery of the Real Presence. Benediction in our new chapel Son of God, and says not This is why we can have ‘this is the body of Christ’ but rather, “This is My Body” and, Benediction and swing our censors with their incense; this is why instantly, the greatest thing that could happen happens — the we genuflect before the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. living body of Jesus Christ, under the appearances of bread, is Good men, like Saint Peter in his boat, fell forward prostrate lifted up for all to adore. He then places the body of Jesus down in the presence of God, but the evil men in the Garden of




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Gethsemane fell backward. Jesus has made Himself a prisoner of love for us to do with what we will. He lives in our tabernacles even when no one is there, commanding from His humble throne the celestial spirits who adore Him and await His orders. Our Emmanuel reigns in heaven and on earth. He asks for our company, our fire, our hearts. The third aspect of the Holy Eucharist is the Blessed Sacrament. A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. Father Feeney taught that the Blessed Sacrament would not be a sacrament if Our Lord appeared in His visible manifestation on the altar. What makes the Holy Eucharist a Blessed Sacrament is the fact that we have God under the appearances, under the species of bread and wine. That is the sign aspect. However, this sign is unlike any other “sign.” This Sign is what it signifies. We must have an edible God, if you will, a visible God who can be swallowed in order for the Holy Eucharist to be a Sacrament. The word Sacrament is capitalized when it refers to the Holy Eucharist. “Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you shall not have life in you” (John 6:54). This living Bread that came down from Heaven is Food indeed, so it must be received under the appearances of food; that is what makes it sacramental. If these species are not there, you do not have bread, you do not have wine, you do not have the matter to have a Blessed Sacrament. But there is more. The other part of the definition of a sacrament is that it is “an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace,” and this is the Author of grace Himself Who is given. What is the unspeakable purpose of this Sacramental grace? To divinize us; that is the purpose of the Blessed Sacrament. “God became man,” Saint Augustine boldly said, “so that man could become God.” In this Sacrament it is God Himself whom we take in. Father Feeney used to say that this little gulp of the communicant as he swallows the Sacrament is a little gulp of God. Father taught that this sacramental act is why God designed the stomach the way He did and the throat the way He did. He knew He was going to be swallowed by a Saint Thérèse and all the millions of saints throughout the centuries and all those weak and hungry souls who cooperate with grace. He wants to enter into their bodies for a higher purpose, but for this higher purpose to take place we must first be divinized by sanctifying grace, and grow holier in it, by the act of swallowing the Blessed Sacrament. There is more grace in the Blessed Sacrament than all the other created graces that we have through the other sacraments because this Grace is the Author Himself of grace. So when the Sacrament is swallowed, the species of bread and wine remain for a certain brief amount of time. For about fifteen minutes, that is before our digestive system attacks the Sacramental Species like it would ordinary food, we have our Emmanuel not only “with us” but “in us.” We are not only temples of the Holy Ghost but we are temples of Jesus the Incarnate God-man who is physically within us. There is an infinite difference in what happens to us when our body takes in this divine Food and what happens when we take in any other food. The Bread of Life is infinitely greater than the eater; so it is the eater who is assimilated into the

Food, not the Food into the eater. Father took this teaching directly from Saint Augustine and he expounded upon it with his own gift of eloquence. When the digestive juices attack the species of sacramental bread and wine and destroy them, we must remember that the Substance (the existing thing) of the consecrated Bread or the consecrated Wine is the same Substance. It is no longer ordinary bread and wine, it is the Body of Christ. Therefore, this Bread and this Wine do not become part of our human substance. Rather, what happens is that we become It. The Food, being greater than the eater, the eater then is assimilated by Jesus in His human nature, through His Flesh and Blood. What else could happen? Would the Body and Blood of Christ be assimilated into us? God forbid. This is the purpose for the Mystery of our Faith; it is the ultimate reason why God becomes digestible; He becomes digestible so that He can digest us into Himself. “I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20). That is the fourth mystery of the Holy Eucharist, Holy Communion. Holy Communion effects our concorporeal membership in the Mystical Body of Christ. Saint Paul teaches in Ephesians, “we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones” (5:20). I will end this meditation with a quote from Saint John Eudes who verifies the truth that Father Feeney delivered so sublimely in his lectures on “The Holy Eucharist in Four Simple Mysteries” and “The Great Gift of God” as we have it in the third and fourth chapters of Bread of Life. Saint John Eudes: “Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man, King of Angels and of Men, is not only your God, your Savior and your Sovereign Lord but is also your Head and you are members of His Body as Saint Paul says ‘of His Flesh and of His Bones.’ You are consequently united with Him in the most intimate union possible, that is the union of members with their Head. You are united with Him spiritually by faith and, by the grace you have in your holy baptism, you are united with Him corporeally in the union of His most sacred Body with yours in the Blessed Eucharist. It necessarily follows that just as the members are animated by the spirit of the Head and live the same life so you must also be animated by the spirit of Jesus, live His life, walk His ways, be clothed with His sentiments and inclinations and perform all your actions in the dispositions and intentions that actuated His. In a word you must carry on and perpetuate the life, religion, and devotion which He exercised upon earth.” That is the Mystical Body of Christ. We are, Father Feeney said, almost literally images of the hypostatic union and we can say that without fear of exaggeration. Our person is not absorbed; our person is not annihilated, but everything else about our human existence becomes assimilated into Christ. Everything. The only thing that remains mine, if I am truly assimilatable, is my person. If my sins are wiped out, they are of course excluded in the divine assimilation, but everything that God has made, that He wishes to remake in me, He assimilates into Himself through Holy Communion. In Him there is no male or female, Jew or Gentile, slave or free, He gives Himself for all men, that they may be potentially one in Him. ■ Email Brian Kelly at [email protected]

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y Dear Readers, this is my last article to you as the Director of the Saint Augustine Institute of Catholic Studies (SAI). I will continue with articles as the Prefect of the Third Order, Brother John Marie Vianney, but I have a nice surprise for M.I.C.M., Tert., Prefect you at the end of this article. In October, 2013, we awarded diplomas to three more adult students at the SBC Annual Conference! All three graduates happened to be tertiaries, although that is not a requirement to be in the SAI program. Mr. Wilfrid Villarrubia, Mrs. Louise Rufo, and Mrs. Claudette Heiring completed their studies and each were awarded the Diploma of General Catholic Education. “Will” Villarrubia, the father of our prior, Brother André Marie, is in the Circle that I run in Richmond, the Queen of Apostles Circle, which is the longest active and continually running Circle (thirteen years). You should know we have had several graduates of SAI who have not been in Circles, but worked the program of studies on their own. Mr.Villarrubia (Br. Louis Marie, M.I.C.M., Tert.) is from New Orleans. He and his wife, Eleonore, moved to Richmond eight years ago to be close to SBC. They live on a little street in Richmond called Fatima Way. He spent about two years working and enjoying the necessary reading and doing book reports. Mr. Villarrubia said the work strengthened his Catholic Faith and taught him more about it, especially Catholic history. He wrote: “Participating in an active Circle for eight years and attending the night classes for adults here at the Center


have also helped me to learn more of Catholic Scripture, history and teaching.” Will’s favorite book, of all those he read for his studies, is The Confessions of Saint Augustine. He likes the way Saint Augustine writes with his little “nuggets” and “pithy sayings” and said this book in particular teaches us that even the worst of men can become saints! At seventy-seven, Will is still going strong! Louise Rufo (Sister Mary Joseph, M.I.C.M., Tert.), resides in Manassas, Virginia, with her husband and three of her six children. She has homeschooled for nineteen years, and, God willing, has about six more years to go with her children’s home education. Louise became a tertiary of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary about seven years ago. She had read The Loyolas and the Cabots years before that, and it left an impression on her, because when Vincent and Marion Perratore asked her if she would like to become a Slave, she immediately responded, “Yes!” Loyolas and the Cabots  is the only book that she ever read three times. Louise wrote, “I was awestruck by Our Glorious Popes ; the title says it all. Another favorite book of mine is New Missal Latin, a liturgical Latin program with readings emphasizing liturgy and the pagan/Christian conflict.” The Whole Truth About Fatima, in three volumes and its sequel, Fatima: Tragedy and Triumph, recommended by the Center were also part of her studies. She said: “They give a good idea of the current crisis in the Church and what is to come.” Mrs. Rufo, after reading Brother André Marie’s critique, The Catechism of Trent versus The Baltimore Catechism , read The Catechism of the Council of Trent and “loved” it.


Louise Rufo Sister Mary Joseph, M.I.C.M., Tert.

Wilfrid Villarrubia, Br. Louis Marie, M.I.C.M., Tert.

Claudette Heiring Sister Marie Therese of the Holy Face of Jesus, M.I.C.M., Tert.


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“It inspired me to move over from [teaching with] The Baltimore Catechism to [an] Aquinas Catechism for my daughter and [the] Trent Catechism for my son. I have also found a book with a short Aquinas reading for every day of the year. So, my studies are not over by any means.” Louise calls Saint Benedict Center her “oasis, where I turn when I am feeling confused, and I am grateful for it. Thank you for all you have done for me.” I am sure these are the very sentiments Brother Francis, our late and beloved superior who founded the Saint Augustine Institute of Catholic Studies, would have been pleased to hear. Claudette Heiring, Sister Marie Thérèse of the Holy Face of Jesus, M.I.C.M., Tert., found that SAI offered her a new challenge. Although a continually practicing Catholic since birth, she never experienced such a challenge. Claudette wrote: “After seeing Mrs. Villarrubia receive her diploma, I was driven by the Holy Ghost to work at my diploma.” “The first book report [I did] was the hardest. My husband Richard (who is also a tertiary) gave me . . . Wonder Worker [a book about Saint Philomena, which] gave me the true courage to take the first leap!” Richard, a gentle man, was very encouraging and highly influential in keeping Claudette on track. Claudette persevered despite employment, volunteer work, and family needs. “I made time to study and read. It’s good for my soul!” This is sage advice. We have to make

time for our own spiritual development, and reading good Catholic literature is essential to our sanctification. It was not so much the actual diploma that drove her as the “advancement of my own soul [and] to bring others to the truth.” Mrs. Heiring told me she now has a “love for my Faith that can inspire others, too.” She learned much from the Circle meetings (The Saint Thomas Aquinas Circle), conferences and knowledgeable members at SBC, especially Brother Francis. Claudette wrote, “May I, like a medical doctor, never stop learning from the proper sources, about the truth . . . There is a peace of soul in living and loving the true Holy Catholic Church achieved in no other way. Start with the first book report.” I could not have put it better. Now, a wonderful announcement. By the time you read this, Second Order Sister Maria Philomena will have been appointed by our Prior Br. André Marie as the Director of the Saint Augustine Institute of Catholic Studies. Sister has much to offer the program and we have already discussed some plans she has for changes so that more of you can participate in SAI. My parting words to you on the subject are: Start with the first book report! God bless you all. ■ Email Brother John Marie Vianney, [email protected]

“The St. Augustine Institute allows a student to develop that balance that is so essential in a world out of balance.”
—Larry Koralewski St. Augustine Institute Graduate
For information on getting your diploma from the St. Augustine Institute, contact: Sister Maria Philomena at: (603)239-6485 or [email protected]

Sister Maria Philomena and Larry Koralewski receive their diplomas from Br. Francis.

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t was my intent in presenting this series of articles to review majority of these men, and consider the Constitution something the entirety of Theodore Maynard’s book, but realizing that I written on sacred tablets and delivered to the Assembly by angel had only covered half of the first volume, it became clear that express. The fact is that the Constitution was opposed by several completion would require many more articles stretching so far states, and that George Washington had to intervene by assuring into the future that remembering the many them that it was not free from imperfections opinions rendered would be difficult. It is and as “a constitutional door is opened for like having a conversation with a woman; future amendments and alterations, I think you had better remember the first point it would be wise for the people to accept stated because after the details, correlations what is offered them.” In other words, from previous incidents, and similarities the fathers of the nation know best. It is a concerning Aunt Martha, while wondering historical fact that these very men persecuted what started the conversation in the first Catholics harshly, proscribed all Roman place, a blank stare usually ensues (men rituals, and if not for the rebellion and its cry usually develop this blank stare five seconds of freedom from tyranny and liberty for all, into the conversation). I will spare my would have continued the oppression. readers this difficulty by way of summing So the question arises, why did the up, in my opinion, the whole history of majority of Catholics throw in with the American Catholicism with what transpired rebellion? It is estimated that up to 30% of just before and during the rebellion. the Continental Army were of Irish descent, It may be picky, but the title of the book and you would assume Catholic — a statistic says much in itself. Should it not properly I did not know was the majority of these had Archbishop John Caroll read “The Story of Catholics in America”? lost their Faith. There were only a handful The title reeks of Americanism, much like of priests in the colonies at the time who the Gallicanism of Cardinal Richelieu who put country before covertly instructed the faithful, and, because of the constant the Faith. I am not saying that our author shared these heresies, oppression they received from the Protestant authorities, it was for indeed, in later correspondence, he complained about only a matter of time before they traded peaceful existence for Catholics being too nationalistically American. (Nationalism is active evangelization. Our author refutes the opinion put forward a vice, whereas patriotism is a virtue.) The point, and it should that the Irish, being born fighters, had old scores to settle with be obvious concerning current actions of our Churchmen, is the English. Well, these Anglo-Americans were English, and the that traditional Catholic doctrines in faith and morals are set Catholics were still under the heavy hand of the Anglos. Our aside in order not to ruffle the politically correct depravities of author’s guess is that the Irish could see that if the conflict was the day. Thus we have bishops who fail to condemn “Catholic” won then the principles of equality and liberty would be applied politicians who support abortion, who invite or allow antito all and that they would be accepted as true patriots, thus good Catholic speakers at our Catholic schools, who allow dissident Americans. The bigger question is why did the Catholic leaders priests to spread their errors unopposed, and moreover, who support the rebellion? remain completely aloof from those who want to restore It was Charles Carroll whose wealth and social position had the Church to its former glory, namely, traditionalists. Such much to do with securing the general adhesion of the Catholic Churchmen leave in their comfortable complacency the many cause to the rebellion. He was the wealthiest man in the colonies, lukewarm Catholics who believe in the probity of birth control, owning sixty thousand acres in Maryland, and, because of this homosexuality, women priests, and one religion being as good as wealth, he had escaped persecution for the Faith, being able to another. Because of Americanism, this is what we have become, send his children abroad to private Catholic schools, a luxury and indeed, making allowance for the progress of heresy’s decay not afforded the peasants. He had a private chapel where Mass — this is exactly how we began. was offered for his household, and discoursed regularly with the I have had conversations with fellow Catholics who consider political thinkers of the time. Lewis Leonard, his biographer, said the founding fathers as demigods. They completely brush of him, “He was the richest man who signed the Declaration aside the Freemasonry, deism, atheism, and agnosticism of the of Independence, the first man that signed it, the only Roman


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Catholic that signed, and the last man to die of those that signed it.” It would seem plausible to assert that either he conjectured like our fighting Irish that if the war were won, then religious liberty would be granted to all, or he received secret assurances that with his co-operation the same result would be granted. He had a cousin, the Jesuit John Carroll, who would join him in the revolutionary cause, and together, they would be used badly, first as pawns needed to mollify the Canadians, and then as political instruments in obtaining support from Catholic France to the American cause, a support so vital that the war would not have been won without it. Congress had placed great value on the importance of Canada in their war plans. Accordingly, their first act was to send a military expedition under General Montgomery and Benedict Arnold to capture Quebec and drive the English out. At first, they tried to induce the French Canadians to join them, but due to the efforts of Bishop Briand who threatened excommunication to any who joined, the effort failed and Canada was saved for the English. The colonial diplomatic mission, known at the time as the Canadian Affair, which included Charles Carroll, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Chase, and Father John Carroll (later Archbishop of Baltimore), was next employed to induce the Canadians into joining their cause. It was doomed from the start, due to the fact that some years earlier the colonial Congress had issued critical addresses to England and Canada in their sessions. The first, addressed to the people of England, expresses “our astonishment that a British Parliament should ever consent to establish in Canada a religion [i.e., Catholicism] that has deluged your island in blood, and disbursed impiety, bigotry, persecution, murder and

rebellion through every part of the world.” Five days later they addressed a letter to the Canadians: “What is offered to you by the late Parliament? Liberty of conscience in your religion? No. God gave it to you… We are all too well acquainted with the liberality of sentiment distinguishing your nation to imagine that difference of religion will prejudice you against a hearty amity with us.” Hypocrisy defined!! These very same letters were circulated in Canada before the ambassadors attempted their diplomatic mission. The Carrolls knew the affront that had been given the Canadians and that the mission was futile, but, to appear good Americans, they swallowed their convictions and played the fools. Was the War for Independence a Just War? In my opinion, the application of the Catholic just war doctrine would render a negative reply. In recent years, many unjust wars have been perpetrated by the United States (with our willing European accomplices), and countless lives have been sacrificed to the false gods of “democracy” and “freedom.” War, which must only be resorted to as a last, terrible measure after the conscientious application of inflexible principles of ethics, is now a big business that lines the pockets of monied interests, who, in turn, line the pockets of the politicians that push for war. And because our Churchmen do not thunder from the housetops in protest, our children fight and die to spread “our [liberal] way of life,” even as that way of life becomes increasingly unnatural and depraved. This, just as too many of our Churchmen wink at the abominations of so-called Catholic politicians, and, as the two Carrolls slept with the anti-Catholic Franklin and Chase, it is of no consequence, as long as they are considered good Americans. ■ Email Russell LaPlume at [email protected]

Did you know that one of the U.S. Navy destroyers was named in honor of a Catholic priest? Yes, the USS Schmitt, which served our country from 1943-1967, was named for Navy chaplain, Lieutenant Aloysius Schmitt. In 1942, the chaplain received a medal from the Navy and Marine Corp for outstanding courage. He received the award posthumously because he had died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.


Aloysius Schmitt was born in Iowa in 1909 on December 4. After completing his studies for the priesthood in Rome, he was ordained on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1935. He received permission to join the Navy and was commissioned to the USS Oklahoma as Lieutenant, junior grade, in 1939. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor that December morning in 1941 the Oklahoma was docked at the naval port. Almost as soon as the alarms went off she was hit hard by nine torpedoes and began to go down. Father Schmitt was in a section of the ship that was the last part to sink. There was a porthole there through which the survivors could climb through to safety. One by one Father Schmitt helped push the men through until no one was left but him. As he was being pulled through, however, he heard more men coming into the compartment. They were frantic as by this time the water was gushing in. Schmitt told the men who were already through to let go of him that he had to go back and help these others. They tried to talk him out of it, saying he would die, but he pulled rank as an officer and a priest and ordered them to let him go. Once back inside the chaplain began helping the others by pushing them through the porthole. He saved twelve men. ■

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