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Issue No. 137, Winter 2010

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Letter from the Editor
by Rev. Fr. Benedict Hughes, CMRI

The Chains of Vice: The Life of Matt Talbott
by Rev. Fr. Benedict Hughes, CMRI
The small elderly man shuffled quickly along the street. It was a beautiful day and unusually warm, that June 7, 1925, the feast of the Holy Trinity. The man was on his way to the Dominican church to attend another Mass. He had already passed Parnell Square and had entered Granby Lane with St. Savior’s Church just a hundred feet in front of him, when he suddenly felt a piercing pain in his chest...

Overcoming Addiction
by Rev. Fr. Francisco Radecki, CMRI
Since Almighty God created human beings with an eternal destiny, we must attempt to see life in its entirety, not just in the here-and-now. Life passes quickly, and the only way to achieve lasting happiness is to properly fulfill our role. If we didn’t have immortal souls, worldly possessions and pleasures might be able to satisfy our needs. However, this is not the case.

A Story of Conversion
by an Anonymous Reader in California
I offer my story as proof that souls in the middle of this current darkness, corruption and degradation, suffering from deep wounds and inner confusion, still ought never to fear. We live these things but Christ is quietly converting. He is quietly making saints, and souls are being sanctified. Yes, even under the eye and grip Satan has on the world today, in 2010, souls are being saved....

The Looming Canonization of John Paul II
by Rev. Fr. Benedict Hughes, CMRI
Just one week before Christmas there was significant news from the Vatican: Benedict XVI had just signed a decree acknowledging that his predecessor John Paul II had practiced virtue in a heroic degree. Such a decree is preliminary to beatification and eventual canonization....

Religious Zeal
by Rev. Fr. Johannes Heyne
When we look at the life of Our Lord, we often find scenes in which men come to Jesus to ask for healing or help in their physical or spiritual needs. They see that He speaks as one with great power. Again and again we see that they take great pains or have to overcome great obstacles to come to Jesus. A well-known example is the incident with the paralyzed man who is let down from a roof by his friends to be able to meet Christ. Or think of the people who wanted to hear Jesus! Very often they came from so far away that they might have died on the way home if the apostles had not provided them with food....

Requiescat in Pace: Sister Mary Francisca, CMRI
by One of Her Sisters in Christ
Sister Mary Francisca, CMRI, died suddenly in Florida on January 28. She was only 61 years old. Besides her religious family, the priests, Brothers and Sisters of the Congregation, and the faculty and students of St. Michael’s Academy, her funeral was attended by a vast number of people from Spokane and Idaho, who knew her as one of the most giving and selfless individuals they had ever met. Sister’s duties as school nurse, teacher and counsellor, convent infirmarian, coordinator for the Sisters’ singing apostolate put her in contact with a great number and variety of people; her works of mercy and charity throughout the city were too vast even to count....

Liturgical Year:
The History of the Canon of the Mass

by Rev. Fr. Dominic Radecki, CMRI
The Canon of the Mass comprises the very heart and essence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It contains so many doctrines of the Catholic Faith that to essentially change or eliminate it would be to go against the very teachings of Christ Himself, since it was Jesus Who instituted the Mass....

Hernando Cortes, Conquistador for Christ
Part V: Montezuma’s Royal Welcome

by Rev. Fr. Brendan Hughes, CMRI
With the victory of the Battle of Ceutla, the entire Tabascoan province submitted. Cacique after cacique presented gifts to Cortes, who gravely told them that they deserved death for having refused his initial proposition of peace. But as their great monarch Don Carlos had commissioned him to achieve peace with the Indians, Cortes considered their grievances as “forgotten and forgiven.”...

In Season—Out of Season:
“Now is the Acceptable Time...”

by Fr. Michael Anaya
My dear friends in Christ, twice we find in Scripture instances in which Our Lord was tempted three times in a row. We see one in the Gospel of St. Matthew towards the beginning of Our Lordīs public life, and the other is what we know as the first sorrowful mystery, the Agony in the Garden. Let us take a moment to contemplate this mystery and discover what it ought to mean to us....

Respice Stellam:
The Act of Entire Consecration to Mary

by Rev. Fr. Brendan Hughes, CMRI
In reflecting on the total consecration to Our Lady which St. Louis Marie de Montfort calls True Devotion, let us understand that this is not simply one among many forms of devotion to Mary — simply the spirituality peculiar to St. Louis Marie de Montfort. In making this clear, I intend to make a summary of the devotion not from St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s book, True Devotion....

Servus Mariae:
Victory Over Temptation

by Rev. Fr. Dominic Radecki, CMRI
In the 15th century Thomas a Kempis wrote the following astonishing words: “No man is so perfect and holy as not to have sometimes temptations; and we cannot be wholly without them. There is no religious order so holy, nor place so retired, where there are not temptations and adversities.”...

The World in Review (short news stories compiled by the staff of The Reign of Mary):
 Scandal-Laden USCCB Hosts Pro-Abortion, Gay Activist Speakers
 Lesbian Advises U.S. Bishops on Catholic Health Care
 Shakespeare: A Secret Catholic?
 Catholic Bishop: Let’s Call God Allah
 Archbishop Visits Hindu Temple
 Satanic Video Games on the Rise
 Sign of Our Lady Reigns Over Europe
 Rome’s Chief Exorcist: Satanic Sects in the Vatican
 Carmelite Nuns Pray with Hindu
 Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood
 Colombian Court: Catholic Hospitals Must Do Abortions
 Lenten Fast Goes Green
 Vatican Condemns Swiss Ban on Minarets
 Women at Catholic Colleges More Promiscuous
 Young People More Miserable Than Ever Before
 Dolphins Are People?
 Americans Build Their Own Religions
 Woman Leaves Money with Our Lady for Safekeeping
 U.K. Religious Schools Forced to Promote Homosexuality, Abortion, Contraception
 “Vegetative” Patient Was Conscious for 23 Years
 First Gay Marriage Law in Latin America

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