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The Official Prayer of the Church

 

Next to the Holy Mass, the Divine Office (or Breviary) is the most important prayer offered to God.  It is offered by the Church and in the name of the Church, conferring multifold graces and blessings on those who recite it worthily, attentively and devoutly.  Normally the domain of priests and religious, the Church has continued to recommend her official prayer to the faithful.  However, until now, the complexity of the rubrics and a lack of suitable translations has deterred many.

 

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With the help of modern technology, it has become easier to overcome these problems.  The result is the Roman Breviary published by the Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul in both Latin and English.  No knowledge of the liturgy is required.  All you have to do is click on the feastday, and then on the Canonical Hour you want to say.  The rest is just like reading a book—everything is laid out for you in order according to the rubrics of the day.  No more flicking through the ribboned sections of a weighty volume.  No more apprehension that you are forgetting some obscure rubric.  It's all there spelled out, in order, every day.

 

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And if you do want to deepen your knowledge of the Breviary or the Confraternity, this website can help you with that too.  We already provide a short history of the Breviary, instructions on when to recite which Hours, a brief commentary on the psalms, and much more.  And for those who would really like to understand the rubrics in greater depth, we provide in our bookstore a detailed but simply written electronic manual entitled How to Say the Breviary.  We shall be expanding this website regularly with more information, so check back with us frequently.  And may God reward your prayers by bestowing on you all those spiritual favours that come from a devout reading of the Church's Divine Office.

 

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  Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 19, 2015

Balancing the Books

A few weeks ago a papal encyclical was issued in Rome to remind the Catholic faithful that in order to save our souls we must reduce our carbon footprints. In a world where fanatical Muslims are beheading people left, right and centre, where the definition of marriage has been perverted out of recognition, where debauchery and human suffering have reached levels of biblical proportion, here is the supposed leader of the world’s faithful, Christ’s personal representative, babbling on as usual about one of his own pet hobby-horses: this time he’s not chastising us for not welcoming perverts into our churches, he’s not reminding us that it’s a complete waste of time to be a Roman Catholic because anyone, in any religion, even atheists, can be saved; he’s not pushing his Marxist doctrines of social equality down our throat. Not this time. This time it’s time to talk about global warming, and our responsibilities to Mother Earth.

It’s rather like Nero who is supposed to have played the fiddle while Rome was burning. If Rome hasn’t yet burned to the ground, it’s surely just a matter of time. After all, where there’s smoke there’s fire, and the stench of the smoke of Satan has been hanging over the eternal City ever since the Council of John XXIII ended and the new picnic service of Paul VI replaced the true and apostolic Holy Mass. Francis continues to downplay the true problems plaguing the world today, moral problems, the persecution of Christians, the murder of the unborn. Instead, he would have us hug trees in a world where the only remaining mortal sin, it seems, is the manufacture and sale of guns.

We give no credence whatsoever to anything this man says. His words are the poisonous breath of sulphur that comes from the mouth of the Devil himself. However, one of those words, so warmly embraced by Pope Francis and the modernists, does come from the holy Gospels, and it’s this word that we are going to look at today. The word is “stewardship.” We are not going to even bother to delve into Francis’ application of this word to his pantheistic concepts of our planet. We have far more important things to consider—after all, are we not stewards of something that will exist long after Planet Earth has disappeared into the nothingness from which it was created. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my Word shall not pass away.” Are we not stewards, custodians, of our soul?

Our Lord reminds us in today’s Gospel that we must “make an accounting of thy stewardship.” Our Lord has entrusted us with an immortal soul, and one day, he will ask an accounting of what we have done with it. The unjust steward of today’s Gospel parable, prepares wisely for the settlement of his accounts. And Our Lord commends him for this preparedness and prudence. Not for his injustice, mind you. The fact that the steward is not a righteous man is neither here nor there. If anything, it is a reminder that worldly people are wiser and more careful than good Christians in preparing for their future. Sometimes, you see, there’s a lesson to be learned from even wicked men.

This particular lesson is that we have to prepare for our future. For the future of our souls, which will continue to exist long after our bodies have returned into the dust of the earth. Our souls have to be tended and cared for, kept free from the stain of sin, nurtured constantly with the grace and comfort of the Holy Ghost. We must be ever mindful of the judgment to come. Always prepared. For ye know not the day nor the hour when the Lord of the house will come.

It’s true that in life, we tend to judge a book by its cover. The world values very highly the cover, the title page, with its names, titles and honours. But the world makes very little of the contents of the book, and nothing at all of the last page. When we are judged on the other hand, God pays no attention to the cover; his searching eye goes through the whole contents most carefully, noting all we have done, and all we have failed to do. He then makes his final judgment based solely on the very last page. The state of our soul as we pass into the world beyond, and our book is closed forever. This is our Book of Life—the one we hear spoken of in the Dies Irae of the Requiem Mass, when we hear the words “Liber scriptus proferetur”—“a written Book shall be put forward”. This book contains every single moral and immoral act we shall have performed in the course of our life, everything on which we shall be judged.

We need to balance this Book of Life, our account-book, regularly—once a month at least, we should go to confession. Humble ourselves and be sincere in our self-accusation, so that we might have nothing to fear from our future Judge. As St. Augustine so nicely puts it: “Accuse yourself and you will be excused. Excuse yourself and you will be accused.” If we have debts to pay, let’s make restitution now while we still can. And if we have debtors, let us write off those debts, forgive them that trespass against us, so that our own poor neglected, forgotten debts may also be forgiven. Let’s resolve today to do this more frequently, to make a daily examine of conscience and add an act of contrition to our night prayers. This way, when God calls, and tells us “thou canst be steward no longer,” we may be received into the everlasting dwellings.


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