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We present "Memoirs of a Happy Failure," the latest book by Dr. Alice von Hildebrand. Here, a review of this book by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
“Memoirs of a Happy Failure fill us with gratitude for the gift of Dr. Alice von Hildebrand’s life in Christ, lived with so much integrity and vigor over many years, as she has tirelessly given witness to the truth by both her example and her teaching. Especially noteworthy are the chapters of her memoirs which treat the challenges she faced during her thirty-seven years of teaching at Hunter College. Amidst the often difficult challenges, she experienced the incomparable blessing of students inspired, through the knowledge of truth gained in her philosophy courses, to seek Him who is Truth and to receive the gift of faith in Christ Who alone is our salvation. Dr. von Hildebrand was a highly competent professor who truly loved her students and, therefore, rejoiced, above all, when they came to the truth at its living source in God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I am confident that Memoirs of a Happy Failure, by which Dr. Alice von Hildebrand recounts her life and work as a philosopher, will encourage the reader, and particularly all teachers, to be steadfast in speaking and living “the truth in love” (Cf. Eph 4:15).”
Dr. Alice von Hildebrand serves on the Board of Advisors of Christendom Restoration Society.
We present here and excellent brief homily on a Catholic response to Satanic Black masses - reparation. In this homily one will learn the very meaning of and need to make reparation. It includes analogies of real life experiences all of us have which will help one be ever mindful of the personal and intimate relationship Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ wants to have with each of us. Below this video you will find information about a new booklet which has the Imprimatur of Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, OK on making a holy hour of reparation. While it's focus is directed towards vocations, it contains many traditional prayers of reparation which pious souls will find helpful. Also below is information about a book on liturgy which was most highly praised by Pope Benedict as Cardinal Ratzinger. It needs be noted that Satanists do not use the modern mass but the immemorial Traditional Latin Mass.
"Let it Be Printed."
Bishop Edward James Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa, OK, USA has granted the Imprimatur for a new Holy Hour of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the neglect of those who have vocations to the priesthood or religious life and the neglect of those who are already in their vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the fulfillment of their duties according to their state in life. This Holy Hour of Reparation was a collaborative work of four people who wish to remain anonymous. It is currently available in English in booklet form or as a down load via the Amazon links below. A French translation is in the works and it is hoped to be available in many languages including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, and more as resources may become available.
Permission granted to republish with the stipulation that Christendom Restoration Society is credited at the top of the post along with a link back to the original article.
Why pray this Holy Hour? Why make reparation?
"After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place, wither He Himself would come. Therefore He said to them, the harvest is truly great, but the laborers are few: pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send laborers into His harvest." Luke:10.1-2
Thomas Aquinas, in Catena Aurea, quotes St. Gregory, "But not without deep sorrow we can add, but the laborers are few. For although there are who would hear good things they are wanting who should spread them. Behold the world is full of priests, but seldom is there found a laborer in God's harvest, because we undertake indeed the priestly office, but we perform not its works. Hereby also the people must be induced to pray for their pastors, that they may be able to work what is good for them, and that their tongue grow not lifeless in exhortation. For often for their own wickedness their tongue is tied. But often for the fault of the people it comes to pass that the word of preaching is withdrawn from their rulers."
Most of us have had priests ask us to pray for them, some even from behind the screen in the confessional. How many of us, however, remember or have ever been told that this is an obligation of the laity; nor have heard instruction regarding what calamities can befall the church if the laity do not pray for our priests and religious!
Our Lady of Fatima told the three children that we must pray and do penance. How many of us are mindful of that message? Are we simply waiting for a pope to specifically, in union with the bishops of the world, consecrate Russia by name ... yet neglecting our positive moral obligation to pray and do penance? Where are the multitude of religious that live lives of self sacrifice, some very austere? Have we taught our children that with each cross we are given there is always a great good in the end as long as we accept and embrace it? Is this why so few desire to ask Our Lord if the priestly or religious life is the path He desires for them?
Could this be the reason, in part, that the Church has been in an ever accelerating state of auto-destruction since the 1960’s? Is this, in part, why we have confusion instead of clarity, ignorance where there should be understanding? Is it because Catholics have failed to live the message of Fatima? Have we failed in our duty to pray for priests, who give us the sacraments, teach us the catechism, and guide us on the paths which hopefully will lead us to heaven? Have they failed to hear God's call? Could this be why many in the Church are spiritually impoverished?
The peace that is most important is interior peace. It is time for each of us to look deep within ourselves and answer the questions posed above and then, pray and do penance! While issues indeed must be identified and discussed – for recognizing a problem is half the solution – let us not fall into the bad habit of constantly complaining, destroying our own interior peace and of those around us. Let us try to stay focused on our own personal contribution to solutions before all else. This Holy Hour is but one means to make amends to God for our past failures, a means to respond to God for the sins of priests and religious who, for whatever reason, harm the Church, and for those who have been called to the priestly or religious life but have failed to respond to God's call. The is no doubt that one reason these problems exist due to a lack of interior silence, difficult to attain with the constant noise and distractions in the world; a lack of interior silence which we all need in order to move closer to God, for He speaks to us in the silence of our hearts. This Holy Hour will help bring joy and peace into your own life, and a silence in your heart as your heart becomes a heart of gratitude. Yet even more than this, for as St. Phillip Neri said, "a joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one."
Please remember your priests in your daily rosaries. Please pray this Holy Hour each week as possible, or find another means to make reparation for these offenses: our own past failure to pray; the sins and negligences of the priests who are to lead us to heaven, and also those of religious; and the neglect shown by those who have a vocation but fail to respond. For as Our Lord said to St. Gertrude; "I come to absolve, by the virtue of My Divinity, all those who humble themselves for the negligences which they have committed concerning their Rule." May our priests and religious be given great humility! May they be given all the graces necessary to fulfill the duties of their state. May our hearts, and theirs, be filled with peace and joy.
Sincerest thanks is given to His Excellency Bishop Edward Slattery for his permission to print. But even more so to Our Lord, Who though the Blessed Mother gave His Excellency the grace to see the need for this, and to Our Lady Herself for directing our prayers, teaching us gratitude, and showing us the need to pray and make reparation for our priests and religious.
Dietrich von Hildebrand and Edith Stein: Husserl's StudentsHis Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI and Dr. Alice von Hildebrand
"When the intellectual history of the Catholic Church in the twentieth century is written," said Pope Benedict XVI, "the name of Dietrich von Hildebrand will be most prominent among the figures of our time."
"Edith Stein was," said Time magazine, "one of the most remarkable women of her time."
Born two years apart, both were converts to Catholicism and students of Edmund Husserl, the noted 20th century philosopher. Although they met during their lives, they only knew each other casually. Yet there were major similarities in their lives.
Noted Catholic author, lecturer and philosopher Alice von Hildebrand has taken on the task of briefly profiling these two great 20th century Catholics, using as her point of reference the memoirs of each. In the case of her late husband Dietrich von Hildebrand, she is the only person who has read his memoirs in their entirety. This, and her life as his wife, make Dietrich von Hildebrand and Edith Stein: Husserl's Students a study like no other.
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