Historic St. Anthony Catholic Church
258 Ohio, Wichita, Ks
2nd St. & Ohio
Two blocks east of Old Town
Sunday Mass at 1:oo
English/Latin missals provided. Join us for coffee and donuts after mass downstairs in the St. Clair/Sunshine room, south exterior basement entrance.
Pastor of St. Anthony Parish: Fr. Ben Nguyen
EFLR Celebrants: Fr. John Jirak, Fr Nicholas Voelker
Master of Ceremonies: Tony Strunk
Choir Director: Bernie Dette

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Fr. Nicholas Voelker celebrates Low Mass Saturdays at 8:00 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, 106 East 8th street, Newton. There is no mass this Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Post #201

Topics: The Catechism of the Council of Trent: Inseparability of the Contract and Sacrament in Christian Marriage...Catholic World Report, HPR: Ceases Print Publication...Saint Faustina's Vision of Hell: The 7 Characteristics of Hell


My goodness aren't the days beautiful? Fall is the time of year when the frantic affairs of the summer are settled and we prepare ourselves for the long winter hibernation. The trees anticipate the sleep of the season, the wheat goes dormant, the sleepy evenings come earlier and we instinctively huddle together. This dark and quiet time of year reminds me of my favorite prayer by John Henry Newman:
May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done! Then in His mercy may He give us safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last!
Autumn is my favorite time of year not only for it's calming affect but because it signals the coming holy season. God bless you and yours. 


Please note: All Saints Day, November 1st, will be celebrated in the EFLR at St. Anthony with Fr. Hay. 
..and now for the necessaries.

Please note: St. Anthony Catholic Church is one of only two churches celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass (EFLR) in the Wichita area. Though this blog is loosely centered around this parish and it's members, Venite Missa Est! is by no means, in any way an official voice of, or for, St. Anthony Parish or the Diocese of Wichita. Venite Missa Est! is strictly a private layman's endeavor.


Appendix III
The Catechism of the Council of Trent
 published in 1982 by Tan Books and Publishers, Rockford, IL.

The Inseparability of the Contract and Sacrament in Christian Marriage
From the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, February 10, 1880
Submitted By Jim Spencer

“Let no one be influenced by the distinction made so much of by the Regalists, which separates the nuptial contract from the Sacrament, for no other purpose than to reserve to the Church what pertains to the Sacrament, and to hand over the contract to the power and will of civil rulers.  Such a distinction, indeed, or more truly, division, cannot be proved, since it is certain that in Christian marriage the contract cannot be separated from the Sacrament, and consequently that a true and lawful contract cannot exist without being by that very fact a Sacrament.  For Christ the Lord added to marriage the dignity of a Sacrament, but marriage is the contract itself, provided this has been lawfully made . . . Hence, it appears that every true marriage among Christians is in itself and of itself a Sacrament; and that nothing is further from the truth than that the Sacrament is a certain ornament super-added, or a property coming from without, which at the will of men can be disassembled and separated from the contract.” 

End Encyclical Quote

Nota bene:  Here is the definition of “regalism” from the on-line Catholic Encyclopedia:
“The Theory of the Regalists conceded to the Church a certain amount of social right from its Divine Founder, but conditioned on the exercise of all social powers upon the consent of the civil government.  This theory, originated with Gallicanism, practically denied the Church to be a perfect society inasmuch as it made its jurisdiction depend for it valid exercise upon the civil power.  The theory gradually extended its contentions so far as to make the Church indirectly subordinate to the State, attributing to the State the authority to forbid the Church any juridical act that might work to the detriment of the State and to command the Church in case of necessity to put forth her full powers to promote the interest of the State.”
(As used here, the term “perfect society”  means a society independent within its own domain, not subject to any outside authority within that domain.  In this sense both the Church and the State are perfect societies.)


Catholic World Report, HPR to Cease Print Publication

Ignatius Press has announced that Catholic World Report and Homiletic & Pastoral Reviewwill cease print publication at the close of the year. Both will maintain an online presence.
Homiletic & Pastoral Review was founded as The Homiletic Monthly & Catechist in 1900;Catholic World Report was founded in 1991. Catholic World News editor Phil Lawler served as the magazine’s editor from 1993 to 2005.

“For several years now, Ignatius Press has been subsidizing these two magazines, and the loss has been in the $200,000-range each year,” said Father Joseph Fessio, publisher of the magazines. “We have continued to subsidize them because we believed--and still believe--they have provided an important service to the Church.”

“However, it doesn't take any prophetic gifts to see what is happening to print magazines. The rapid growth of electronic sources of news and opinion has led to the demise of many magazines, and this is clearly a trend that is going to continue.”


Saint Faustina's Vision of Hell 
(The 7 Characteristics of Hell)

Today there is an unspoken assumption that "everyone" is going to Heaven. Fire and brimstone theology is certainly not fashionable, and it has never been comfortable. Moreover, Balthasar's "dare that we hope that all men be saved" has led to "how dare you suggest that not all men are saved!!!"

Yet, the two most important revelations of the 20th century (to the children of Fatima and to St Faustina) emphasize both that Hell exists and that Hell is inhabited by demons and humans. Below is Saint Faustina's vision of Hell that Christ revealed to her. It is as vivid as anything produced by Dante. The following is taken from the journal of Saint Faustina:
Today, I was led by an Angel to the chasms of hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is!

The kinds of tortures I saw: the First torture that constitutes hell is the loss of God; the Second is perpetual remorse of conscience; the Third is that one’s condition will never change; the Fourth is the fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it - a terrible suffering, since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by God’s anger; the Fifth torture is continual darkness and a terrible suffocating smell, and, despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own; the sixth torture is the constant company of Satan; the Seventh torture is horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies. 

These are the tortures suffered by all the damned together, but that is not the end of the sufferings. There are special tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings, related to the manner in which it has sinned. There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another. I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me. Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin.

I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like. {TRM: This is similar to the vision of Hell and Our Lady's warning at Fatima}

What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things I saw. But I noticed one thing: that most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell. How terribly souls suffer there! Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. (Diary of St. Faustina, 741)
Let us trust in Christ, pray, repent of our sins, love God and neighbor and adhere to the true Faith "without which it is impossible to please God" (Heb 11:6).

Saint Faustina, pray for us.

Jesus, our Divine Mercy, have mercy on us.