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Pull up a chair in the living room. The dishes are done, and nobody had too many cocktails (yet). Let's talk about life, the Catholic faith, history, and just about anything else. Your host, John B. Manos, interviews guests on topics, has regular show guests, and an occasional news update.

    BFP: Without Your Guardian Angel, You Will Fail

    BFP: Without Your Guardian Angel, You Will Fail

    When Our Lord was in the garden, He experienced what we call the agony.  It was the agony in the Garden.  In the last blog post on Bellarmine Forum, we learn that a chief point of St. Raphael’s speech is to tell us: “God tries those who love Him.”   His Son Jesus was no exception.  Jesus was tried in the Garden and He prayed.  He sweat blood.  Here is Jesus, the God-Man.  He’s God!  And yet He needed help.  Why do I say that?   The Gospels tell us that an angel came to strengthen Him.







    If Jesus needed His angel, who are you?







    If you aren’t using and befriending the angel God gave to you, you’re going to fail.  







    October 2 — Feast of the Guardian angels.  Also, First Friday! Last year we introduced a prayer that many listeners had never heard, but they memorized it, learned it, and pray it now.  Last year, we focused on the tenderness and the principal ways your angel helps you. 







    Holy angel, guardian mine, Given me by love divine; Day and night watch over me, From harm, from sin, let me be free. By a pious life I fain Would eternal joys attain.  Amen







    If you haven’t heard that episode, visit the blog post for this episode and click this link and go listen — you’ll want to be friends with your angel.







    This year, I want to bring some heat — heat given to us by Mother Church.  And I will bring you a new prayer.







    In the fourth century – St. Hilary – doctor of the Church, mind you – tells us:







    “In the warfare we carry on, we remain strong against the evil powers through the angels who are our helpers”







    Helpers — that quote is nice, but it doesn’t explain how you will fail if you ignore your angel.  St. Hilary makes it clearer here:







    “There are angels of little children who look upon the face of God every day. These spirits have been sent to aid the human race. Our weakness is such that, if the guardian angels had not been given to us, we would not be able to resist the many and powerful attacks of the evil spirits. “







    Without our guardian angel, we would not be able to resist…  the many and powerful attacks of the evil spirits.  In other words, without our angel, we will fail.  







    He expands this teaching even further!







    That is why we need a higher nature (to protect us). We know this from the words with which the Lord strengthened Moses trembling in his fear, “My angel will go before you.” That is why God has taken out these spirits from among His treasures and has given through them the help we need in our human weakness. By this divine assistance we are able to resist the powers of this world of darkness to obtain the heritage of heaven!St. Hillary







    If you want to get to Heaven, you need your angel!  Without your angel, you will fail to get to Heaven!







    Make you a little afraid yet?  I’ve dipped into the old liturgies — way back in Mother Church’s rich tradition and found some gems for you.  Let’s look at the prayer to the Guardian Angel popularized in monasteries during the so called “dark ages”.  This prayer is essentially the same as the Eastern Churches use today and it is part of a Service that includes the Akathist prayer to the Mother of God.  







    If you want to get to Heaven, you need your angel!  Without your angel, you will fail to get to Heaven!  This prayer makes that very clear!

    • 15 min
    Leo XIII, October 13th, and the Feast of St. Michael

    Leo XIII, October 13th, and the Feast of St. Michael

    Today, September 29th, is the Feast of the Archangels, and in particular, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel.







    The Roman Breviary describes him thus:







    O Jesu!  Life-spring of the soul!The Father’s power and glory bright!Thee with the angels we extol;From Thee they draw their life and light.Thy thousand hosts are spreadEmbattled over the azure sky;But Michael bears Thy standard dread,And lift the mighty cross on high!Roman Breviary, Feast (Sep. 29), hymn Te splendor et virtus Patris at vespers.  (attr. to Bl. Rabanus Maurus 9th century)







    St. Michael, you see, was charged with the task of leading the heavenly army of angels, and the first task was to evict Satan and the other evil angels to hell.  So much for Hell being empty.







    It’s tragic today that many people have this soft, puny, chubby toddler image of angels.  pffft.  















    When Our Lord was before Pilate, Jesus referred to the heavenly host as an army.  He told Pilate that had the Father not given Him up to Pilate, then His subjects would be there fighting to free Our Lord.







    Recently, I made a comment on this in the “Lest the angels take stock.”  It seems times are changing, and we may be seeing more direct intervention of the Heavenly Army.







    In the last episode, I mentioned that the wound on the right hand of Our Lady’s statue in Akita would stop bleeding on September 29th, 1973. 56 years years earlier, in 1917, the Children at Fatima would see that same right hand of Our Lady stop the fiery flames issuing forth from St. Michael’s sword. 







    Just a year before the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, either in late September, or mid October — Lucia was never sure because she did not write the date down, St. Michael came to the children and taught them about the Blessed Sacrament.  1916.  







    Lucia described it like this:







    After we had repeated this prayer I don’t know how many time we saw the shining over us a strange light. We lifted our heads to see what was happening. the Angel was holding in his left hand a chalice and over it, in the air, was a host from which drops of blood fell into the chalice. The Angel leaves the chalice in the air, kneels near us and tells us to repeat three times:Sr. Lucia describing the St. Michael’s third visit to them







    Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.St. Michael to the Children at Fatima, likely on September 29, 1916







    After that he rose, took again in his hand the chalice and the host. The host he gave to me and the contents of the chalice he gave to Jacinta and Francisco, saying at the same time,







    Eat and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ terribly outraged by the ingratitude of men. Offer reparation for their sakes and console God.







    Once more he bowed to the ground repeating with us the same prayer thrice:Most Holy Trinity,…and disappeared. Overwhelmed by the supernatural atmosphere that involved us, we imitated the Angel in everything, kneeling prostrate as he did and repeating the prayers he said.







    Did you catch something?  Last episode, we discussed Our Lady’s hand bleeding …   The children saw the precious blood dripping from the Host in St. Michael’s hand.  All of it happening this time of year,

    • 13 min
    BFP Our Lady’s Bloody Hand 47 Years Ago

    BFP Our Lady’s Bloody Hand 47 Years Ago

    Communion in the Hand?  Perfectly Legal?  Not an outrage to Our Lady?







    Take a trip to events 47 years ago… A shocking event happens at Mass and a statue of Our Lady begins bleeding from a wound on the statue’s right hand. It is tied directly to Communion in the Hand. Mother Church validated the miraculous event as well.







    And then compare it to seeing some nuns in habit at Mass recently go to the “Communion in the Hand” line, instead of the Communion on the tongue line.







    Think Coronavirus is an excuse?







    This episode will change your mind, or at least make you think more about it.



    Communion in the Hand?  Perfectly Legal?  Not an outrage to Our Lady?







    Take a trip to events 47 years ago… A shocking event happens at Mass and a statue of Our Lady begins bleeding from a wound on the statue’s right hand. It is tied directly to Communion in the Hand. Mother Church validated the miraculous event as well.







    And then compare it to seeing some nuns in habit at Mass recently go to the “Communion in the Hand” line, instead of the Communion on the tongue line.







    Think Coronavirus is an excuse?







    This episode will change your mind, or at least make you think more about it.

    • 24 min
    BFP: An Empty Hell Means No Triumph of the Cross

    BFP: An Empty Hell Means No Triumph of the Cross

    What people say and what they really believe are often different.   There was the famous English free-thinker, Hobbes.  He used to stridently assert his whole life that there was neither God nor angel, still less was there a devil or hell.  Despite all his strident insistence, however, he had the greatest dread of evil spirits; even in his old age he was afraid of sleeping alone in a room.  What he openly denied, he secretly believed.







    So it is with Hell.  Some, starting with people interpreting Hans Urs von Balthasar, began to comment that we can hope Hell will be empty.  Many people run from that supposition and think Hell will be empty.  That thinking is not too far from thinking there is no Hell.







    We know better.







    The index of the Writings of St. Maximillian Kolbe have very few mentions of Hell, however, he said that the Buddhists taught that there is a heaven and hell, but their teachers do not believe it.







    St. Kolbe reported in his letter that he told the teachers who said this that they were deceiving people to teach in something they don’t believe in.







    The buddhists replied, “nothing can be done about that.”







    I agree with Kolbe:  







    “It is not right to teach about things that are untrue.  If Heaven and Hell do not exist, everyone should know the truth.  But if they do exist, then they must apply to everyone, because before God all men are equal..”Maximillian Kolbe at letter 1268







    Similarly, Fr. McBrien, the late theologian priest of Notre Dame University and author of the book Catholicism, wrote in that title that the Church never taught anyone went to Hell.  Countless people, festered by McBrien’s short talk ran with the notion that Hell is but a scare tactic, and no one goes there.







    We should have no sympathy for these liars who would diminish the reality of Hell.  The possibility of death.  Our Lady warned us at Fatima that hell was real and showed the little children the vision of people tormented there.







    The saints have constantly warned us.  Indeed, if you have been in a state of mortal sin before, you know… hell is real because you began to experience it here.







    What good is it to prevaricate on this?  







    Fr. H****n would reply to these inane quips, with “If Hell is empty after all these years, then we must ask what crime does it take to go there?”







    “No Catholic theologian in the United States has made a larger contribution to the reception of Vatican II than Richard McBrien did,” the Rev. Charles E. Curran, a professor of human values at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.







    Curran…  who was a Catholic priest and was active on the board of the National Catholic Reporter would of course praise the likes of such stench.







    But let’s get deeper here — let’s assume that the Hell is just a “scare tactic” for a moment..   Maybe these people are right, right?







    Maybe those people who criticized St. Alphonsus Ligouri’s terrifying sermons on sin and punishment were right — scare tactics not needed and he was being “Dramatic”….







    Maybe Bishop Barron’s response that when Our Lady showed the vision of Hell to the little children at Fatima, that it was just a private revelation.  Meaning, I suppose in my opinion on reading that response back then, was that Our Lady’s revelation was not a definitive teaching.

    • 30 min
    BFP Aug 15 Hagia Sophia Closed Lest The Angels Take Stock

    BFP Aug 15 Hagia Sophia Closed Lest The Angels Take Stock

    On the Feast of the Assumption (Dormition)… 







    Mary leads the way to the promises of her son, Jesus.  She was also taken body and soul to Heaven by Jesus after she fell asleep.







    Angels protect things precious to Our Lord.  The Hagia Sophia was closed this week after attempts to turn it into a militant islamic outpost…  







    Our Lord does not always think it is time for the sword, but when it is, His angels are fast to use it.  The events at the Hagia Sophia seem to indicate time is up.  Buckle up.







    ___  next episode:  what does this all mean for prelates who ignore and dissuade the faithful from heeding her warnings at Fatima, especially that Hell is real?







    That story about the angel with the sword at Our Lady’s funeral was discussed in an old post here on BF.







    Dormition icon detail showing St. Michael slice the hands of Anthonius















    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT







    [00:00:00.210]Praised be Jesus Christ now and forever.







    [00:00:03.120]Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. The day we celebrate when Our Lord came to take Our Lady up to heaven. Body and soul.







    [00:00:15.150]It is an August feast. Get it? Let me say it again, it’s an August feast. Ivan, did you get that? August, you know, the August queen, August. Yeah, it’s an August feast. Maybe I’m the only one that thinks that’s funny.







    [00:00:38.340]Look, let’s talk about what this means.







    Fr. H****n: The Assumption Has the Same Message as Fatima







    The Three Lessons of the Assumption/ Dormition







    [00:00:40.230]I’m pulling on Father H****n here, Father H****n tells us that Mary’s bodily assumption is the promise of our own glorious resurrection from the grave.







    [00:00:49.760]Well, provided we pray. That’s a condition. So, provided we pray, we get to follow Mary’s footsteps. We can’t get our own bodily resurrection without prayer. And he says, why? Because without prayer, we cannot remain faithful in our service of God.







    [00:01:09.310]Mary’s assumption is the proof of how profitable it is to make sacrifices.







    [00:01:15.920]And finally, Father H****n says that Mary’s assumption is a call to penance. Yes, penance.







    Fatima and the Assumption: 3 Commons Lessons







    [00:01:25.270]And Father H****n ties that right back to the message from Our Lady of Fatima specifically. He says the lessons are the same prayer penance make sacrifices. It sounds like the message of Fatima, right? Well, that’s precisely what Father H****n said. We are to pray, make sacrifices and do penance for poor sinners who are offending God. That’s what we’re going to talk about a little bit today.







    [00:01:56.940]The title is: Lest the Angels Take Stock. And it’s that part for poor sinners, I’m going to tell you some things that should make you want to do that more to convert them. Do offer them to Our Lady. We just had the feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori and he said that nobody gets to heaven without the Blessed Mother’s help. oh People say, uh oh, you can’t… oh. He’s right, though. He’s right and on this great feast of Our Lady Mary, pray for us. We need it.







    [00:02:33.550]You know,

    • 29 min
    BFP: The Praxis of Liberation

    BFP: The Praxis of Liberation

    Join in to a discussion where we talk about the refined front of Gramsci’s Marxist transformation of the Church into a liberator of the poor and social action committee ready to help liberate the oppressed everywhere.







    Was the apostasy of the 60s, now refined into a less awkward and more smooth scholarly sounding charade of charity, nothing more than a clever way to move people away from God?







    Why don’t we send troublemakers (like poor Fr. Rothrock) to Siberia anymore?  What has replaced the disappearing of dissenters? 







    Judas balked at the Worship of Our Lord, and countered that instead of giving to God, it could have been given to the poor.  Fr. H****n said one of the major reasons the devil is so strong today is Judases in the Church.







    We review some of Frank Morriss’s excellent points about the modernist activists in the Church (Fr. McBrien) and how Antonio Gramsci’s method of transforming the Church into a Marxist machine (replacing worship of God with business of liberation).







    We cheer the removal of the hymns by one of the several awful hymnists of the modern American lay-led “experience” liturgy…  David Haas…  as well as no sign of peace…   let’s make that prohibition permanent.







    Deep South grocery store chain does modern Catholic hymnals better:







    Wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t the title of a GIA hymnal already















    Finally, if you want to know how the Church SHOULD BE ANSWERING THE OPPRESSION AND SYSTEMATIC EVILS TODAY, listen in!















    POSTS DISCUSSED:









    Fr. Rothrock Was Ground Up in The Red Wheel of Marxist Revolution: BLM, Antifa, Fatima, Akita, and Your Bishop











    THE ON-GOING MARXIST MARCH











    Fr. H****n: Three reasons why the devil is so strong today.











    2. THE PROMISE OF THE REDEEMER





    Join in to a discussion where we talk about the refined front of Gramsci’s Marxist transformation of the Church into a liberator of the poor and social action committee ready to help liberate the oppressed everywhere.







    Was the apostasy of the 60s, now refined into a less awkward and more smooth scholarly sounding charade of charity, nothing more than a clever way to move people away from God?







    Why don’t we send troublemakers (like poor Fr. Rothrock) to Siberia anymore?  What has replaced the disappearing of dissenters? 







    Judas balked at the Worship of Our Lord, and countered that instead of giving to God, it could have been given to the poor.  Fr. H****n said one of the major reasons the devil is so strong today is Judases in the Church.







    We review some of Frank Morriss’s excellent points about the modernist activists in the Church (Fr. McBrien) and how Antonio Gramsci’s method of transforming the Church into a Marxist machine (replacing worship of God with business of liberation).

    • 32 min

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