Mary Foreshadowed

Another interesting book online for free:



from 1885

and… here’s a thought about God’s love for us from Bishop Vaughan’s Thoughts for All Times

Throughout the unnumbered past aeons and cycles He not only knew us and contemplated us in His own mind, but He loved us also. In fact, but for this love, we never could have been. It was His love, and His love only, and not the thought of any interest or advantage that He could expect to derive from our existence, that determined Him to call us from the hollow womb of nothingness into a state of actual being. Behold, ” I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore have I drawn thee, taking pity on thee” (Jer. xxxi. 3). (page 7)

Death of Very Rev. Mark Garrow, MIC

The Very Rev. Mark Garrow, MIC, provincial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy Province and former Superior General of the Congregation, passed away the morning of October 19, 2007. He was born in 1955. He professed first vows August 15, 1976 and perpetual vows September 4, 1983. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 29, 1984. He will be missed as a wonderful spiritual father for our congregation and province. Many of us were able to visit with him shortly before he died. May he rest in peace.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. Amen.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

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Quarr Abbey

I’m on an “embedded video” kick at this time, and so why not have a brief view of the sanctuary of the church at Quarr Abbey? I know a monk there (although I haven’t talked with him for years). I’ve never visited the abbey, but I hope to someday.

Quarr Abbey is a monastery on the Isle of Wight. Website

A Major Shift

What do converts have to profess? Before Vatican II, here is what was expected under normal (not emergency) circumstances:

I, N. N.,… years old, (born outside the Catholic Church,) have held and believed errors contrary to her teaching. Now enlightened by divine grace, I kneel before you (if this is the case) Reverend Father N.N., having before my eyes and touching with my hands the Holy Gospels; and with a firm faith I believe and profess each and all the articles that are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, that is:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

I admit and embrace most firmly the apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions and all the other constitutions and prescriptions of the Church.

I admit the sacred Scriptures according to the sense which has been held and is still held by Holy Mother Church, whose duty it is to judge the true sense and interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures, and I shall never accept or interpret them except according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.

I profess that the Sacraments of the New Law are, truly and precisely, seven in number, instituted for the salvation of mankind, though all are not necessary for each individual: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. I profess that all confer grace and that of these Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders cannot be repeated without sacrilege.

I also accept and admit the Ritual of the Catholic Church in the solemn administration of all the above mentioned Sacraments.

I accept and hold, in each and every part, all that has been defined and declared by the Sacred Council of Trent concerning Original Sin and Justification. I profess that in the Mass is offered to God a true, real and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead; that in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist is really, truly, and substantially the Body and Blood together with the Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and that there takes place what the Church calls transubstantiation, that is, the change of all the substance of the bread into the Body and all the substance of the wine into the Blood. I confess also that in receiving under either of these species one receives Jesus Christ, whole and entire.

I firmly hold that Purgatory exists and that the souls detained there can be helped by the prayers of the faithful. Likewise I hold that the saints, who reign with Jesus Christ, should be venerated and invoked, that they offer prayers to God for us, and that their relics are to be venerated.

I profess firmly that the images of Jesus Christ and of the Mother of God, ever Virgin, as well as of all the saints, should be given due honor and veneration. I also affirm that Jesus Christ left to the Church the faculty to grant indulgences and that their use is most salutary to the Christian people. I recognize the Holy, Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church as the mother and teacher of all the Churches and I promise and swear true obedience to the Roman Pontiff, successor of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ.

Besides I accept, without hesitation, and profess all that has been handed down, defined, and declared by the Sacred Canons and by the General Councils, especially by the Sacred Council of Trent and by the (First) Vatican General Council, and in a special manner concerning the primacy and infallibility of the Roman Pontiff. At the same time I condemn and reprove all that the Church has condemned and reproved. This same Catholic faith, outside of which nobody can be saved, which I now freely profess and to which I truly adhere, the same I promise and swear to maintain and profess, with the help of God, entire, inviolate, and with firm constancy until the last breath of life; and I shall strive, as far as possible, that this same faith shall be held, taught, and publicly professed by all those who depend on me and by those of whom I shall have charge. So help me God and these Holy Gospels.

Now, this is the format at the Easter Vigil:

Besides the renewal of baptismal vows, i.e. the “Do you believe…” questions, the convert has to say:
I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.

Now one could argue both in the end are the same, but how many saying number 2 are really aware that they mean number 1? How many are taught in RCIA that some of the teachings in number 1 are no longer in force (contrary to the Catechism of the Catholic Church), or simply not taught about them? Although there could be some “sensitivity issues” in professing number 1 at the Easter Vigil with many Protestants attending, I think there still could have been some more substance to the post-Vatican II form. Perhaps there will someday be a reform of the RCIA rites?

Searching for This?

The old ProLifeSearch is now, in case you were wondering.

It’s been a while since I mentioned what is “on the turntable.” Today, Vaughan Williams 8th Symphony is the record of choice. The LP was purchased with both the 6th and 8th symphonies on it for 25¢. (Thanks be to God for thrift stores.) That’s 12½¢ per symphony. The value of music is not always evident in the price. The 8th symphony is somewhat light-hearted and scattered, but a pleasure to listen to.

There’s another thing I would like to mention (previously mentioned, but worth mentioning again). The Zoom Webcast from Salt and Light TV. This is an excellent little Catholic video newscast. I only wish it could be downloaded.