Father Joseph Ratzinger’s Prophecy of the Future Church

In 2009, Ignatius Press released Father Ratzinger’s speech “What Will the Church Look Like in 2000” in full, in a book titled Faith and the Future along with a collection of his other teachings from the time.

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The transcription the 1969 radio broadcast in full is below:

“The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment or from those who merely criticize others and assume that they themselves are infallible measuring rods; nor will it issue from those who take the easier road, who sidestep the passion of faith, declaring false and obsolete, tyrannous and legalistic, all that makes demands upon men, that hurts them and compels them to sacrifice themselves.

To put this more positively: The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints, by men, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see, because their lives embrace a wider reality. Unselfishness, which makes men free, is attained only through the patience of small daily acts of self-denial. By this daily passion, which alone reveals to a man in how many ways he is enslaved by his own ego, by this daily passion and by it alone, a man’s eyes are slowly opened. He sees only to the extent that he has lived and suffered.

If today we are scarcely able any longer to become aware of God, that is because we find it so easy to evade ourselves, to flee from the depths of our being by means of the narcotic of some pleasure or other. Thus our own interior depths remain closed to us. If it is true that a man can see only with his heart, then how blind we are!

How does all this affect the problem we are examining? It means that the big talk of those who prophesy a Church without God and without faith is all empty chatter. We have no need of a Church that celebrates the cult of action in political prayers. It is utterly superfluous. Therefore, it will destroy itself. What will remain is the Church of Jesus Christ, the Church that believes in the God who has become man and promises us life beyond death. The kind of priest who is no more than a social worker can be replaced by the psychotherapist and other specialists; but the priest who is no specialist, who does not stand on the [sidelines], watching the game, giving official advice, but in the name of God places himself at the disposal of man, who is beside them in their sorrows, in their joys, in their hope and in their fear, such a priest will certainly be needed in the future.

Let us go a step farther. From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so it will lose many of her social privileges. In contrast to an earlier age, it will be seen much more as a voluntary society, entered only by free decision. As a small society, it will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members. Undoubtedly it will discover new forms of ministry and will ordain to the priesthood approved Christians who pursue some profession. In many smaller congregations or in self-contained social groups, pastoral care will normally be provided in this fashion. Along-side this, the full-time ministry of the priesthood will be indispensable as formerly. But in all of the changes at which one might guess, the Church will find her essence afresh and with full conviction in that which was always at her center: faith in the triune God, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, in the presence of the Spirit until the end of the world. In faith and prayer she will again recognize the sacraments as the worship of God and not as a subject for liturgical scholarship.

The Church will be a more spiritual Church, not presuming upon a political mandate, flirting as little with the Left as with the Right. It will be hard going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek. The process will be all the more arduous, for sectarian narrow-mindedness as well as pompous self-will will have to be shed. One may predict that all of this will take time. The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain — to the renewal of the nineteenth century.

But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.

And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. It may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but it will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”

From: https://ucatholic.com/blog/the-lost-prophecy-of-father-joseph-ratzinger-on-the-future-of-the-church/

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St. Jane de Chantal – Feast Day – August 12

When is the feast of St. Jane de Chantal?
Prayer of Abandonment -by St. Jane de Chantal

O sovereign goodness of the sovereign Providence of my God!
I abandon myself forever to Thy arms.
Whether gentle or severe,
lead me henceforth whither Thou wilt;
I will not regard the way through which Thou wilt have me pass, 
but keep my eyes fixed upon Thee,
my God, who guidest me. 
My soul finds no rest without the arms
and the bosom of this heavenly Providence,
my true Mother, my strength and my rampart.

Therefore I resolve with Thy Divine assistance,
0 my Saviour,
to follow Thy desires and Thy ordinances,
without regarding or examining why Thou dost this rather than that;
but I will blindly follow Thee 
according to Thy Divine will, 
without seeking my own inclinations.

Hence I am determined to leave all to Thee,
taking no part therein save by keeping myself in peace in Thy arms,
desiring nothing except as Thou incitest me to desire, 
to will, to wish. 
I offer Thee this desire, 0 my God,
beseeching Thee to bless it;
I undertake all it includes,
relying on Thy goodness,
liberality, and mercy,
with entire confidence in Thee,
distrust of myself,
and knowledge of my infinite misery and infirmity.


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Our Lady of Angels – August 2

Our Lady of Angels

August 2: Our Lady of Angels, Assisi, Italy (13th Century)

Our Lady of AngeFromls, or of the Portiuncula, is located six hundred yards from the city of Assissium, in Italy. It was a desolate locality, and apparently an unsettled one where robbers and the lawlessness flourished, for the Benedictines who had lived at the monastery felt it was too hazardous to remain there. They abandoned the monastery, relocating to Mount Subasio, which was a fortified monastery.

The original chapel is thought to date from the 4th Century, and was built by holy hermits who had come from the Valley of Josaphat. It is said that they brought relics of the Blessed Virgin with them to the region when they constructed the chapel.

The history of the feast is inspiring. St. Francis of Assisi, in the early days of his conversion, while he was still uncertain as to what path to pursue, was praying earnestly for enlightenment before the crucifix at the Church of San Damiano, when he heard within him the command of the Crucified: “Build up my house, for it is nearly falling down.” Taking the words literally, Francis began to restore San Damiano and other dilapidated churches in and near Assisi. The most famous of these was the church of Our Lady of the Angels.

Some time after the restoration of this little chapel, an angel told St. Francis to come to the Church of Our Lady of Angels, or Portiuncula. There he found Our Lord, His Blessed Mother, and the Angels waiting for him. Our Lord commended Francis because of his zeal for the salvation of souls, and promised to grant him whatever he should ask in behalf of sinners. St. Francis asked for this great favor: that all those who came to this church to pray and, truly sorry for their sins, confessed them, should “Obtain in perpetuity a plenary indulgence” so that they would have nothing to account for when God called them. This was the great favor he asked, but Our Lord granted it to him through Mary.

When Saint Francis came upon the little, run down and abandoned chapel of Our Lady of Angels, or Santa Maria degli Angelis, in the year 1208, it was almost completely hidden in shrubs and brush. Saint Francis entered the hidden church, which measured only twenty-two feet by thirteen feet, and saw the ancient fresco that had been placed above the main altar. It was an image of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin surrounded by angels. Some say that this is why the chapel was named Our Lady of Angels, although there are also legends that angels could often be heard singing there.

Our Lady of Angels

The place took its name, the Little Portion, or Portiuncula in the native Italian, from the small section of fertile land that was gifted to the monks for them to work for their support. It is said that this was the place where Saint Francis first understood his vocation, received visions, and was also where the saint desired to live. The Benedictines had lived at that location for hundreds of years, but the Benedictine monks gave this chapel to Saint Francis upon his request. It was certainly here that the Franciscan Order was founded.

At first Saint Francis wished the convent which he built there to be the principal one of his order. He assembled the first General Chapter there, where there were five thousand religious. It was also where he yielded up the ghost on October 3rd in the year 1226, the twentieth of his conversion, and the forty-fifth of his age. The cell in which the poor man of Assisi died can still be seen where it rests against one of the columns of the cupola under the choir bay.

James Fitzhenry, roman-catholic-saints.com, Marian Calendar

From:  https://www.roman-catholic-saints.com/our-lady-of-angels.html

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Feast of the Chains of Peter – August 1


Two lengths of fetters are here fused in a single chain, displayed in a church all its own near the Roman Colosseum.

The bonds, according to tradition, once held fast the limbs of St. Peter the Apostle and have been cherished by Christians since the first century.

The story of their veneration first appears in the ancient Acts of Saint Alexander, an early pope who died as a martyr in AD 115.  As he awaited his own execution, he received a visit from Quirinus, the nobleman who oversaw the prisons in Rome.  The man’s daughter Balbina was desperately ill, and he had heard that Pope Alexander had the power to heal her.  She was completely cured when the pope touched her with his chains.  Balbina wanted to kiss the chains in gratitude — but Alexander instructed her to find the chains of St. Peter and honor them instead.

Balbina became a Christian — and, according to some accounts, a consecrated virgin — and she arranged for the construction of a shrine for St. Peter’s fetters.  It would be rebuilt and moved and expanded through the centuries.

In scripture we find St. Peter imprisoned twice in Jerusalem.  Once he was jailed with the rest of the apostles and set free by an angel (Acts 5:17–25).  The second time, the authorities took no chances.  They assigned him two guards and bound him in his cell with double chains.  But, again, “an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter on the side and woke him. . . . And the chains fell off his hands” (Acts 12:7).

Once freed, Peter brought the Gospel first to Syrian Antioch and then to Rome.  In the imperial capital, during the reign of Nero, he was jailed briefly in the Mamertine Prison before suffering death by crucifixion.

Iron chains became, paradoxically, an early symbol of Christian freedom.  They are, according to St. Polycarp, writing in the second century, “the fitting ornaments of saints, and . . . indeed the diadems of the true elect of God and our Lord.”  Though the emperors possessed the power to chain the popes — from Peter to Alexander and beyond — the Church endured and triumphed.  Christians, from at least the fourth century, celebrated a feast of St. Peter’s chains on August 1, the beginning of the month named for Rome’s first emperor, Augustus.

As Rome’s Christians honored Peter’s chains from the Mamertine, so the Church in Jerusalem kept his chains from the Herodian prison.  In the fifth century, the Christian empress Eudocia, the wife of Theodosius II, sent a length of Peter’s Jerusalem chains to St. Leo the Great.  According to tradition, Leo held it beside Peter’s chains from the Mamertine Prison, and the two miraculously, inseparably fused together.

There are abundant testimonies to the presence of these chains in Rome.  St. Gregory the Great, who reigned as pope from 590 to 604, was intensely devoted to the relic and often sent small filings as gifts to dignitaries — to Constantina Augusta, the Byzantine empress; to a bishop named Columbus; to King Childebert of the Franks; to King Rechared of the Visigoths; and to Theodore, the court physician at Constantinople.  He would place the filing in a key-shaped reliquary — the key representing Peter’s authority.  He sent each particle with a prayer “that what bound [Peter’s] neck for martyrdom, may loose yours from all sins.”

The chains are today exposed for veneration in a gold and glass reliquary in the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, on Rome’s Oppian Hill, a church built in the fifth century during the reign of Leo the Great.

Peter’s chains remain a sign of the relationship, often uneasy, between throne and altar, bishops and emperors.  In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI granted the title of the basilica to the cardinal-archbishop of Washington, DC.

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The Holy Octave of Consecration to God Our Father of All Mankind Begins Today

~ The Holy Octave of Consecration to God Our Father ~

The Feast Day for the Father of All Mankind
is celebrated the first Sunday in August
300px-Cima_da_Conegliano,_God_the_Father click here  for Consecration


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Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel – July 8-16

Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Header-Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Mt Carmel

 This novena is to be said between July 8 and July 16.
The novena ends on the  Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.


First Day Second Day Third Day
Fourth Day Fifth Day Sixth Day
Seventh Day Eighth Day Ninth Day


First Day

Scapular - First DayO Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us!
Show us that you are our Mother!

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Second Day

Scapular - Second DayMost Holy Mary, Our Mother, in your great love for us you gave us the Holy Scapular of Mount Carmel, having heard the prayers of your chosen son Saint Simon Stock. Help us now to wear it faithfully and with devotion.
May it be a sign to us of our desire to grow in holiness.

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Third Day

Scapular - Third DayO Queen of Heaven, you gave us the Scapular as an outward sign by which we might be known as your faithful children. May we always wear it with honor by avoiding sin and imitating your virtues.
Help us to be faithful to this desire of ours.

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fourth Day

Scapular - Fourth DayWhen you gave us, Gracious Lady, the Scapular as our Habit, you called us to be not only servants, but also your own children. We ask you to gain for us from your Son the grace to live as your children in joy, peace and love.

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fifth Day

Scapular - Fifth DayO Mother of Fair Love, through your goodness, as your children, we are called to live in the spirit of Carmel. Help us to live in charity with one another, prayerful as Elijah of old, and mindful of our call to minister to God’s people.

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Sixth Day

Scapular - Sixth DayWith loving provident care, O Mother Most Amiable, you covered us with your Scapular as a shield of defense against the Evil One.  Through your assistance, may we bravely struggle against the powers of evil, always open to your Son Jesus Christ.

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Seventh Day

Scapular - Seventh DayO Mary, Help of Christians, you assured us that wearing your Scapular worthily would keep us safe from harm. Protect us in both body and soul with your continual aid. May all that we do be pleasing to your Son and to you.

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Eighth Day

Scapular - Eighth DayYou give us hope, O Mother of Mercy, that through your Scapular promise we might quickly pass through the fires of purgatory to the Kingdom of your Son. Be our comfort and our hope.  Grant that our hope may not be in vain but that, ever faithful to your Son and to you, we may speedily enjoy after death the blessed company of Jesus and the saints.

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Ninth Day

Scapular - Ninth DayO Most Holy Mother of Mount Carmel, when asked by a saint to grant privileges to the family of Carmel, you gave assurance of your Motherly love and help to those faithful to you and to your Son. Behold us, your children.

We glory in wearing your holy habit, which makes us members of your family of Carmel, through which we shall have your powerful protection in life, at death and even after death.

Look down with love, O Gate of Heaven, on all those now in their last agony!

Look down graciously, O Virgin, Flower of Carmel, on all those in need of help!

Look down mercifully, O Mother of our Savior, on all those who do not know that they are numbered among your children.

Look down tenderly, O Queen of All Saints, on the poor souls!

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.


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Padre Bucci video about Luisa Piccarreta

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Feast of Corpus Christi – Traditional (Thursday after Holy Trinity Sunday)

V24 – 6.12.28  – “After this, since it was the Feast of Corpus Domini, I was thinking to myself that that day was the Feast of the Marriage that Blessed Jesus did with souls in the Most Holy Sacrament of Love. And my Beloved Jesus, Moving in my interior, told me: “My daughter, the True Marriage with humanity was done in Creation. Nothing was lacking, either to the soul or to the body; everything was done with Royal Sumptuousness. An Immense Palace was Prepared for the human nature, such that no king or emperor can have one similar to it, which is the Whole Universe: a starry heaven and its vault, a sun whose light would never be extinguished; flourishing gardens in which the happy couple, God and man, would Stroll, Amuse itself and Maintain the Continuous, Uninterrupted Feast of our Marriage; and Garments, Woven not with matter, but Formed of Purest Light by Our Power, as Befitted Royal Persons. Everything was Beauty in man, soul and body, because the One Who Prepared the Marriage and Formed it was of an Unreachable Beauty. So, from the external Sumptuousness of the So Many Enchanting Beauties Present in the Whole of Creation, you can imagine the internal Seas of Sanctity, of Beauty, of Light, of Science, etc., which the interior of man Possessed. All the Acts of man, internal and external, were as Many Musical Keys which Formed the Most Beautiful Melodies, Sweet, Melodious, Harmonious, which Maintained the Joy of the Marriage. And each Additional Act that he would Dispose himself to do was a New little Sonata that he would Prepare, to Call his Spouse to Delight with him.”

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Qué son Las 24 Horas de la Pasión? What are the 24 Hours of the Passion?

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Feast of St. Joan of Arc – May 30

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