Abuse. Blasphemy. Communion in the hand?



by Catherine Bauer


“I’m heartbroken to announce that last week, we discovered a crushed consecrated Host beneath one of the kneelers,” the pastor of a small yet devout Californian parish says. He pauses for a moment before he goes on, his voice choked by just indignation and sadness: “This is God, people. God.” Then he drops the bomb. “I’m writing to Pope Francis to do away with the practice of Communion in the hand altogether. I believe most of the abuses and blasphemies that the Eucharist has undergone is because of this practice.”

Since the practice of Communion in the hand has become the common observance in most countries, there has been, whether you like admit it or not, a spike in Eucharistic abuse. Communion in the hand has given those who wish to do harm and those who are careless the opportunity to do what they want with the Body of Christ. Unfortunately, the situation described above is not uncommon. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Furthermore, Communion in the hand has the potential to promote or at least foster a disrespect for the Body of Christ. As Catholics, we believe this small Host does not represent Christ, but is Christ Himself. How can we, then, possibly touch the living presence of God with our bare, dirty, unconsecrated, and unworthy hands? How? How have we even considered this as an option in the first place?

The answer can be given using one word: disobedience. The practice came about in the early 1960s (after Vatican II, though the Council never actually called for it), when certain parishes around the world began to disobey the Church’s rule of receiving the Host on the tongue, making their own rules as to whether or not you could receive on the hand. The Vatican immediately responded in disapproving words, saying that this disobedient practice would lead to “the possibility of a lessening of reverence toward the august sacrament of the altar, its profanation, and the watering down of the true doctrine of the Eucharist” (Memoriale Domini).

When Pope Paul VI in 1968 sent out a questionnaire to every bishop in the world asking if the Church should alter how Communion was being distributed, the answer came back loud and clear: in the hand was overwhelmingly disapproved of and should not be allowed. The Vatican agreed, stating that if the practice of Communion on the hand be allowed, “it would be an offense to the sensibilities and spiritual outlook of these bishops and a great many of the faithful” (Memoriale Domini).

Unfortunately, the practice continued to be promulgated by parishes and dioceses alike, most especially in France. So, in 1969, Paul IV granted the French bishops an indult—a special permission (not a norm)—to decide the question on their own. What happened next was an abuse of that indult: parishes around the world took advantage and permitted the practice of Communion in the hand. Despite the Vatican’s best efforts, the disobedience continued and today, most Catholics are under the erroneous idea that Communion on the hand is the norm, because it is seemingly most common. However, the normdoes not mean the most common, but instead is the practice which is supported by the Universal Church and to which the laity should be adhering.

You want to know what that norm is? Kneeling or standing to receive the Eucharist on the tongue and, if standing, to receive with arms crossed or in another way as reverential. Look it up if you don’t believe me. (This is the norm of the Universal Church; in the US, however, as in other countries, the Conference of Bishops have established the norm of standing to receive, and that it is up the the communicant to decide whether he wants to receive in the hand or on the tongue).

Monsignor Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, was interviewed by the Vatican newspaper in 2008 after then-Pope Benedict XVI established that everyone should be kneeling when receiving Communion at a papal Mass. He said, “It is necessary not to forget that the distribution of Communion in the hand, from a juridical standpoint, remains up to now anindult” (emphasis added). He goes on to say that the pope’s return to the traditional practice “aims to highlight the force of the valid norm for the whole Church.”

These days, the practice of Communion on the hand is increasingly frowned upon by bishops, priests, and the laity. Several dioceses in South America have banned the practice altogether, while Sri Lanka never allowed it in the first place—both of which the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith fully supports.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis (at whose papal masses many people have been gently reminded to receive on the tongue if at first they extended their hands), and numerous Cardinals have all spoken publicly and loudly against the practice. Cardinals Thorne (Peru) and Caffarra (Bologna) have banned Communion in the hand, citing reasons of abuse and disrespect. Pope Benedict was asked why he chose to distribute Communion only to those kneeling and on the tongue and he responded, because it highlights “the truth of the real presence [of Christ] in the Eucharist, helps the devotion of the faithful and introduces the sense of mystery more easily.”

A Muslim man once approached a Catholic, asking him if he really believed that the Host was God Himself. The Catholic responded yes. The Muslim paused for a moment, thinking it over. “If I believed that was truly Allah,” he said, finally, “then I would crawl up on my hands and knees, bowing my head to receive Him.”

If the Eucharist is God, then why are we touching Him? Moses could not come within ten feet of the burning bush without taking off his shoes; the haemorrhaging woman crawled up to Jesus and barely grazed the hem of His garment; the saints have extolled the utter profundity of receiving the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, the mysticism, the beauty, the awesomeness of God are all present. We must, we absolutely must, remember this when we approach Him at Mass. We should never forget that we owe everything to Him, and if we do not receive Him respectfully out of sheer reverence, then we should at least do so out of gratitude.

As the pastor at this Californian church finished his short exhortation by saying, “I urge all of you to receive on the tongue, and if you don’t like to, offer it up!”

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39 Responses to Abuse. Blasphemy. Communion in the hand?

  1. Toad says:

    “If the Eucharist is God, then why are we touching Him?”

    You might equally well say, “If the Eucharist is God, then why are we eating Him? “


  2. There is hope. In the three different churches (depending on my schedule) where I attend Mass during the week there are always two or three people who go down on their knees before the priest, on the hard marble floor, and receive Communion on the tongue. Let’s pray that this practice will become more widespread. It really is an abuse – and maybe in some respects blasphemous – to receive Communion in the hand.


  3. Toad says:

    Why should it be more of a blasphemy to hold God in your hand than to send Him round your intestinal system before excreting Him out? Doesn’t make sense to me.
    But then, not much does.


  4. golden chersonnese says:

    Imperfect knowledge of the sacrament, Toad

    You are to write out 100 times:

    The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist

    Intestines, indeed.


  5. Roger says:

    Toad Bless you for your comment!

    Right a man is what he eats and drinks!”.. ‘man is what he eats’ was coined by Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)..”
    A man isn’t what he holds in his hand.

    Right Our Lord True God (Spirit) and True Man (Flesh, Spirit and Soul per St Paul)

    Now lets look at the Flesh of Our Lord well it comes from the Immaculate Conception in other words this Flesh doesn’t have Original Sin.

    Now in the Eucharist Man is what he Eats and Drinks BUT coming to God in Sin is to risk Purgation and or Damnation as well as Salvation. Through the Eucharist we can change Our corruption into incorruption!

    Life Real Life is the Eternal Life of Bliss in Heaven Death Real Death is the Eternal Life of Damnation in Hell.

    John 6:54
    Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you

    A Man is what he eats and drinks!
    So we can now see why Our Flesh has to change from Adams Fallen Flesh into that of the Immaculate.


  6. clementaustin says:

    Who is that beautiful woman receiving on the tongue?


  7. Toad says:

    That’s Ingrid Bergman, Clem, in “Going My Way,” starring Bing Crosby. (Oh no. it isn’t Toad, you have no idea whatsoever – and you have just made all that up!
    What’s wrong with you? Are you nuts, or something?)

    “Imperfect knowledge of the sacrament, Toad.The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist.”

    OK, Gloden, but you r definition doesn’t specify how long, *the Eucharistic species subsists, “
    Or Does it? Did I miss that important bit?
    No doubt. Maybe you can explain.
    But yes, Toad’s knowledge of anything whatsoever is very far indeed from “perfect.”
    Unlike Golden’s, it seems.

    And, while you are at it, Gloden, you might also explain how any living human can have anything more than an imperfect knowledge of anything at all. (Seeing as we are all already imperfect, anyway.)

    Toad will very much enjoy enjoy reading that.


  8. Roger says:

    In Case of the Eucharist the species remains as long as Our State remains capable of being worthy to retain the species.
    There are instances of Saints dying at their first and only communion.
    You are confusing knowledge with the Belief and Faith.
    It actually isn’t important to know anything with respect to the Faith other than Believe!
    That Deaf Dumb Mute springs to mind!
    In fact the recurring problems come from the imperfect minds arriving at imperfect reasoning such as Evolution and Atheism.
    The reason for the Papacy is to provide the judgement and reasoning in matters of Faith and Morals (this is the especial feature that one man is enpowered by God to judge matters of Faith and Morals Christ Vicar the Pope).
    Again Popes do not know everything the promise however is that when needed the Pope will Judge and we are then all bound by that Judgement.


  9. Toad says:

    Well this is what Roger is on about. (Toad thinks.) Enjoy!


  10. Toad says:

    One of the several reasons Toad is no longer a card-carrying Catholic.
    Beauty song ‘tho it is!

    (He couldn’t stand wearing his hair in a “quiff,’ like the charming little fellows. on screen.)


  11. Toad says:

    Well, Cripes! It turns out that Roger was right after all (as usual) – that Ingrid Bergmam was actually in “The Bells of Saint Marys. “ with Bing.
    Yes, she played a celibate nun, and quite convincingly – more or less – but it’s not the same is it? Rabit will confirm all his.
    The important thing is in which movie did Saint Bing sing this?


  12. Toad says:

    Oops, techno error . Sorry. Surfeit of Bing.


  13. golden chersonnese says:

    Who is that beautiful woman receiving on the tongue?

    As I thought, it is Her Serene Highness:



  14. golden chersonnese says:

    OK, Gloden, but you r definition doesn’t specify how long, *the Eucharistic species subsists

    I see you are determined to have others do your work for you, Toad.

    I think “species” means here the “outward form” or “appearance”, which, in the case of the Eucharist, would be the form of bread.

    I don’t think that from of bread lasts too long in your system, Toad. In fact, it will often just dissolve in your mouth, or so I’ve noticed, never mind the intestines.


  15. Toad says:

    Wrong movie again!
    And wrong nun!
    It was, of course “High Old Society,” with Old Bing, Amazing Grace, and Old Red Eyes!


  16. Toad says:

    “I don’t think that from of bread lasts too long in your system, Toad. In fact, it will often just dissolve in your mouth, or so I’ve noticed, never mind the intestines.”

    Now then, Golden, are you suggesting that some forms of bread behave differently in our guts than do others, like a bacon burrito, say?
    Of course not!
    How could they?
    What goes in, comes eventually out.
    All of it.
    No exceptions!
    Or we die.


  17. golden chersonnese says:

    Toad, Christ is no longer present when the “bread” isn’t “bread” anymore, I think that’s what they’re saying.


  18. Toad says:

    Well, Golden, your thoughts, about what they are saying, are considerably more illuminating than Toad’s, no doubt.
    All very odd though, isn’t it?
    Spooky, really, I suppose.

    What a great songwriter Cole Porter, the old invert, was, and how much he has enriched our dreary lives.
    A real genius, for sure.
    One day he asked Noel Coward, “Noelly, what would you do if, tomorrow morning, you found I had died during the night?”
    “Probably wouldn’t fancy any breakfast. Be a teeny bit peckish by lunchtime, though, ” Said Coward.


  19. Roger says:

    You still have worked out what it means to be like the Angels in Heaven or what Immaculate means or how a Resurrected living Christ could have a hole in his side that you could put your hand into!
    Its seeing Man as only Earth. Food processed and waste disposed. The lives of the Eucharist saints are the biggest source of information here and it would be a delight I think to mediate on these.
    Emmerich was known to subsist only on the Eucharist for over 12 years
    “..Anne Catherine Emmerich was told by Our Lord that her gift of seeing the past, present, and future in mystic vision was greater than that possessed by anyone else in history. Born at Flamske in Westphalia, Germany, on September 8, 1774, she became a nun of the Augustinian Order at Dulmen. She had the use of reason from her birth and could understand liturgical Latin from her first time at Mass. During the last 12 years of her life, she could eat no food except Holy Communion, nor take any drink except water, subsisting entirely on the Holy Eucharist. From 1802 until her death, she bore the wounds of the Crown of Thorns, and from 1812, the full stigmata of Our Lord, including a cross over her heart and the wound from the lance. ..”

    I would highly recommend her Life of Christ.

    Emmerich is delightful and of course absolutely spot on
    ” prayer governs the weather.” this fact is demonstrated time and again (sic Elias and the drought).
    “..that sanctity
    “..She saw that each parish and diocese, each city and country has its own particular and powerful guardian angel. ..”
    See Europe is man made it isn’t Christendom but traps within it Countries. Babel is this separation of Church and State (pure masonic). At Fatima and Garbandal the children saw the Angels of their countries.
    Notice she had the use of reason from birth! As did St John the Baptist in St Elizabeths womb (mystery of the Visitation).
    Enough I am busy but I hope this case of Fact rather than Fiction and Fantasy (films) will please the Abels as much as it upsets the Cains


  20. Toad says:

    “It actually isn’t important to know anything with respect to the Faith other than Believe!”,?i>

    Well, unsurprisingly, that’s where you and I part company, Roger, because – as far as I can see – that is simple, utter, gibberish.
    I came to that conclusion about 60 years ago and have never yet seen any sensible reason to revise my decision.
    I may be wrong, of course.


  21. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes, Toad, I think Rabit could give a complete assent to that sentiment. Roger is simply wrong. It is necessary to apply both faith and reason, and that has been the teaching of the Church through the ages, particularly emphasised by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict in numerous publications and teachings on Fides et Ratio.


  22. Toad says:

    ” prayer governs the weather.” this fact is demonstrated time and again (sic Elias and the drought).

    So, Roger, the real reason tsunamis show up out of nowhere, and kill 40o,000 people – is that we aren’t praying hard enough?


  23. golden chersonnese says:

    All very odd though, isn’t it? Spooky, really, I suppose.
    Fascinating actually. Sacrificial offerings are often eaten, Toad


  24. Toad says:

    “Sacrificial offerings are often eaten, Toad.”

    Of course, Golden. We all like our dinners, do we not?
    And we will both happily agree to call all this “fascinating,” rather than ‘spooky.’

    A word (either one actually) that encompasses the entire Christian belief, and doubtless, a considerable amount of the Muslim one, as well, thinks Toad who would not dream of breakfasting on anything less than ‘sacrificial’ offerings.

    Kippers are his “fave.” But devilled kidneys are nice, too.


  25. Frere Rabit says:

    “prayer governs the weather”

    As I have just put in a request for funding for instruments to construct a school weather station, and the bill will amount to more than three hundred Euros, please keep this information quiet. A breviary would be considerably cheaper, prolly about thirty Euros. But we would rather play with the barometers and wind gauges and stuff.


  26. kathleen says:

    Frere Rabit @ 18:09

    If I may speak on Roger‘s behalf, I am sure he would quite agree with you Rabit, that both Faith and Reason are necessary for believers. He has often said how important it is to know one’s Faith. Roger‘s words, perhaps too hurriedly written in this case, were in response to Toad‘s inordinate questions on the Sacred Mystery of the Holy Eucharist.
    Roger was trying to say (I think) that we should not behave like the disciples in John 6, who marched off when Jesus was explaining this Mystery to them, saying: “This is a hard saying; who can accept it?” Instead we should remain like those who stayed faithful to the Lord, even when unable to fully understand this profound and beautiful Mystery of the “eating of the Body and Blood of Christ”, the Holy Eucharist.

    Are you indulging in too many vino tintos this evening? You are behaving like a lunatic! 😆


  27. Toad says:

    “Inordinate” Kathleen?
    Where’s the lack of logic or reason?
    Your comment smacks of blatant ‘Kipperism.’ To Toad.
    ‘Kidneyism,’ even, forsooth.

    “….even when unable to fully understand this profound and beautiful Mystery…”

    You appear to be getting perilously near conceding that Toad might have got hold of some sort of absurd point here, inasmuch as the issue doesn’t seem – superficially at least – to be all that clear-cut, even by your own exacting standards..
    In which case, questions ought – and can – reasonably be asked, surely?.
    If you personally cannot “fully understand this mystery” yourself, how can you then be sure it is “beautiful and profound” when it might, in fact, be neither?

    Not even concerning the weather. Which is very odd here at present. Gloves in June!

    Much to be said for the ravings of lunatics these days.
    And it’s high time time someone spoke on Roger’s behalf.
    But let’s not jump to any conclusions.


  28. Frere Rabit says:

    Kathleen says, “Toad, Are you indulging in too many vino tintos this evening?”

    Good point. (Rabit falls off the back off the sofa and gets entangled in cobwebs.) You tell him, Kathleen. Too much inanity all round, I would say. Burp.


  29. kathleen says:


    Don’t you like the adjective “inordinate”? How about “crude”, “intemperate”…. or just “banal”? That’s how your comments came across to me. (I lack dear Golden’s patience, eh?)

    The Consecrated Bread and Wine, that become the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and received by men (who should be in a state of grace) in Holy Communion, is not something that one should treat in such a mocking way.
    It is a very great gift Our Saviour left us, to help to strengthen, nourish and delight our souls as we struggle along on our journey in life. It is a vivid sign of His great love for us, His children, in spite of our fickleness, our frequent indifference, and most certainly our unworthiness.

    Read the many writings available to help yourself understand the Holy Eucharist…. like Book 4 of “The Imitation of Christ”, or the life of St. Padre Pio, the meditations of the Cure d’Ars, etc., etc. Our Holy Catholic Church is rich in its wealth of insights into this beautiful mystery so deep in the heart of our Faith.
    No, as a sinner who struggles with many weaknesses and limitations, I don’t fully understand it myself, that’s true. But I believe in Our Saviour’s words: “Unless you eat this Bread…..” And I do know of my need for its wonder, its richness and its love.

    Ooooh, look at the time! Way past K’s bedtime. Sweet dreams old chum (although I expect you’ve already ‘hit the hay’). I shall include a special prayer of ‘enlightenment’ for you tonight.


  30. Roger says:

    The mystery’s of God? An eternity will not be long enough!
    Yes Kathleen. The point is we are judged on what we know (covers invincible ignorance!) not on what we cannot know.
    Until it was Dogmatically defined we didn’t need to know the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception or Assumption for instance.
    There is a Law placed in this world at the Fall of Adam and Eve the Law of Fallen ness (for want of a better word). If you have been seduced by Evolution then you will sadly ignore this Anathema placed by God on Fallen Man.

    Genesis 3:
    [16] To the woman also he said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband’ s power, and he shall have dominion over thee.
    [17] And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work; with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life.
    [18] Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herbs of the earth.
    [19] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.
    [20] And Adam called the name of his wife Eve: because she was the mother of all the living. .

    Fallen Man is subject to this Law and it flies in the Face of Socialism, Communism, Capitolism, So called Politics and Political Theory.

    Lets look at this anathema and what it must mean. It means that whilst of course we can and should work at helping suffering and poverty, seeking and learning of Gods Creation and Sciences etc. However the first Law is the Love Of God then neighbour .
    But does the Church State separation mean that the States and business place the God First?
    No so they Fall under this Anathema. “.. cursed is the earth in thy work, with labor and toil shalt thou eat therefof all the days of thy life..” “Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee..”

    Now lets look at this materialist modern world that has rejected God and this New World Order of business and government .

    Our Lord expressly alluded to this
    Luke 13
    [1] And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
    [2] And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things?
    [3] No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
    [4] Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloe, and slew them: think you, that they also were debtors above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
    [5] No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.

    Prayer and Penance are the lot of Man. Prayer and Penance (exactly what Heaven has been asking for!!) because without the Prayer and Penance we shall likewise perish!
    Don’t say you do not Know this! Because there is something wrong with your Reasoning and knowledge if you do not understand that Man’s Sin and Sins are the cause of His misery!


  31. JabbaPapa says:

    Toad, Christ is no longer present when the “bread” isn’t “bread” anymore, I think that’s what they’re saying.

    gc, the deeper theology of the Eucharist teaches that the transsubstantiation is fully completed by the Act of Eucharistic Communion, the flesh of Christ becoming our flesh, the blood of Christ becoming our blood, our flesh and our blood becoming the flesh and the blood of Christ’s Earthly Church.

    It certainly does not teach that Christ goes away !!! No, He remains present with us in, and through, and by the Eucharist, and by the Grace of our collective Sacramental presence as His Church.


  32. Toad says:

    On the contrary, Kathleen, Toad is inordinately fond of the word ‘inordinate.’
    And he realises he’s gone too far again. Wicked Toad. It is an somewhat uncomfortable thought, though, isn’t it?

    He was going to point out here that Catholics see the world through the distorting mirror of Catholicism, as indeed do Atheists and Muslims through their respective distorting mirrors.
    But, considering he sees his own world through a no doubt equally distorting mirror of Loonio/Skeptico/Agnostico/Catholico/Existentialism, he really is in no position to point an accusatory finger.

    You and I are Catholics, Kathleen, for the simple reason most Catholics are; because our Mum and Dad were. This is true of the vast majority of the members of the world’s multitude of creeds and beliefs. It is all an ‘accident’ really, whether you go through life as an Atheist, a Buddhist, a Calvinist, or a Quivering Brethren.

    We can, naturally, claim that being born Catholic is the happiest possible of accidents.
    No doubt devout Muslims say the same thing to themselves about their birth.
    But it is a crap shoot, none the less..


  33. Toad says:

    “I’m heartbroken to announce that last week, we discovered a crushed consecrated Host beneath one of the kneelers,” said the priest.

    1: How did he know it was consecrated?
    2: Anyone know what’s up with Joyful? She’s been off the radar for ages.


  34. golden chersonnese says:

    Oh no doubt, Jabba, the Eucharist is absolutely central in the life and activity of the Church. No Eucharist, no Church. Catholics have risked their lives to attend the liturgy.

    But this isn’t the first time I’ve heard others saying such things about what Catholics may or may not “excrete”. That is as silly as it is offensive.

    To give another example, I believe that a soiled (consecrated) host will be placed in water where it will most probably dissolve. Since it will then no longer have the features of bread, the solution may be disposed of in the prescribed way.

    Many of the Catholic churches in our Borneo states have two server standing one on each side of the priest as he distributes Holy Communion. Their main task is to watch communicants to ensure that they consume the host immediatelyand not put it in a pocket or some other receptacle. It has happened that some people would take the host elsewhere and use it to make or to add to potions and traditional medicines and suchlike. But of course, the sacred presence was no longer there once the host was lost after it had been boiled or mixed with other traditional concocted liquids.


  35. Roger says:

    Toad I thank you for your contributions.
    Consecrated Hosts? Well again the Faith is full of examples of Eucharist miracles. The Garbandal seer was given communion on the tongue by an Angel. It was explained that this Host was taken from a ciborium. A vanity compact was held up by a seer to be blessed and Our Lady revealed that this had been used to carry the Host to persecuted Catholics during the Spainish Civil War.
    Toad you are more than a doubting Thomas. Knowledge of a Consecrated Host and a priest as witness? Oh ye of little Faith!
    The parable that is repeated again and again is that of the sower and it is most seen with cradle Catholics who start full of fevour but it all goes and is followed by this weary worldly emptiness isn’t it.
    Knowledge lets understand that when the Soul is created it is for a reason and purpose (as are the angels) we fulfil that purpose by work and toil with the knowledge appropriate for Gods purpose. Not all are called or even should study Theology.
    The key your Vocation is Piety and humility. The knowledge you need is that which concurs with your Vocation.
    As for the crap about distorted visions!! Unbelievable masonic claptrap!
    Our Faith? The faith of Our Fathers won at the expense of martydom, pray and penance. Persecution is the price of the Faith taught to the spoilt selfish children of Christendom!! Some accident Toad years of toil and persecution and like the Israelites sitting on your laurels and complaining of the Faith (Truth) that has been won for you at the price of the Blood of the Man-God.
    You should be ashamed, what an ungrateful little prig!
    This is the month of June. Please join with me this month to renewal and beg for the Consecration of England to St Peter and Our Lady renewing that of Leo XIII and performed at the Oratory in London in June 1893! Please do this every year and spread the devotion to St Peter as Patron St of England
    It is recorded in the Tablet of June 1893!

    May All Be For The Greater Glory Of God And The Triumphant Of The Immaculate, St Peter For England And Our Lady’s Dowry


  36. Toad says:

    Don’t get all bent out of shape, Roger.
    It takes all sorts, you know.
    A little Piety and Humility on your part might be nice, too.
    But we like you the way you are, anyway.

    (It might be a haiku. If it had the right amount of syllables.)


  37. Roger says:

    My prayers are for you Toad and all on this site.
    There is nothing wrong with voicing the thoughts and views which challenge complacency!
    Of what use is a Faith that is cosseted and buffered from critcism?
    Obviously it stuns when a mystic speaks of prayer and the weather! But this is only because we have lost sight of a omnipotent and ominscient God! We forget Our Lord calming the tempest! Emmerich Life was that of a victim soul! So was St John The Baptist.
    Prayer and Penance and I would through in what I think is the most important gift from God Perseverance!
    Our Faith is tested (sifted) sometimes prayer is arid and tastless, just empty vocal sounds and distractions that prevent mediation. But these are the times when Our Prayers have the greatest value because they come from Our Will and not Our sentiment and senses!

    Understand that Humility is seeing the Truth as it is and of course it starts with the Creature recognising that it is a Creature and NOT THE CREATOR.

    But Humility isn’t weakness!! Oh NO never weakness especially in defence of Our Lord and the things of God.

    Its the Fire Of Charity that I want to see so as to burn for poor sinners, to fill Heaven with Souls. Nothing is achieved by Weakness!! The kindess word ever given to Us by a loving father is the word NO!
    also THOU SHALT NOT!
    Now these are the words of Love and caring parents should learn to use the Word NO rather than YES.


  38. averagecatholic says:

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