Why Catholic?

For over a thousand years, England was a Catholic country. Christianisation in the British Isles dates back to the early centuries. England brought forth many saints, hardly known to today’s average Brit. Before King Henry VIII forcibly abolished the Catholic Church, there had been over 800 monasteries none of which survived. The dissolution of the monasteries meant that the faithful were tortured and murdered; items, buildings, and land were stolen by the authorities. By the mid 15th century, everyone had known someone or had a family member who was either monk or nun or priest. Today, the Catholic faith has been erased from people’s consciences. This didn’t happen by coincidence. It was all planned and forced. Does this sound familiar?

The following is a prayer by Bishop Athanasius Schneider which reaffirms to us all the need for Jesus Christ and His One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church to reign supreme over the whole world.

Almighty and eternal God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we kneel before Your Majesty, and thank You from the depth of our soul for the inestimable gift of the Catholic Faith, which You have deigned to reveal to us through Jesus Christ, True God and True man. We received this divine light in holy baptism and have promised You to keep this faith inviolate until death.

Increase in us Your gift of the Catholic Faith. By Your grace, may it be strengthened and made unshakeable. Daily increase in us the understanding of the beauty and profoundness of the Catholic Faith, that we might live in the deep joy of Your divine truth and be ready to sacrifice all things rather than compromise on or betray this faith. Grant us the grace to be resolved to undergo a thousand deaths for even one article of the Creed.

Graciously receive our act of humble reparation for all the sins committed against the Catholic Faith by the laity and clergy, especially by high-ranking clergy who, contrary to the solemn promise they made at their Ordination to be teachers and defenders of the integrity of the Catholic Faith, have become champions of heresy, poisoning the flock entrusted to them and gravely offending the Divine Majesty of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Truth.

Grant us the grace to see all the events of our life, and the immense trials our Holy Mother Church is now undergoing, in the supernatural light of faith. May we believe that You will cause to arise from today’s vast spiritual desert a renewed flourishing of faith that will adorn the garden of the Church with new works of faith and give rise to a new age of faith.

We firmly believe that the Catholic Faith is the one true faith and religion, which You invite every person freely to embrace. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the destroyer of all heresies, and the great Martyrs and Confessors of the faith, may the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith triumph again in the Church and the world, so that no soul may be lost but rather come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of mankind, and through a right faith and righteous life attain eternal beatitude in You, O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To You be given all honour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

Blessed Richard Langhorne (1624-1679) was an English barrister and Catholic martyr, who was executed on a false charge of treason as part of the fabricated Popish Plot.

It is told me I must die
Oh happy news
Come on my dearest soul
Behold Thy Jesus calls thee
He prayed for thee upon His cross
There He extended His arms to receive thee
There He bowed down His head to kiss thee
There He cried out with a powerful voice
Father receive him he is mine
There He opened His heart to give thee entrance
There He gave up His life to purchase life for thee
It is told me I must die
Oh happy news
I shall be freed from misery
I shall no longer suffer pain
I shall no more be subject to sin
I shall no more be in danger of being damned
But from henceforth I shall see and I shall live
I shall praise and I shall bless and this
I shall always do without ever being weary
Of doing what I always am to do
It is told me I must die
Oh what happiness
I am going to the place of my rest
To the land of the living
To the haven of security
To the kingdom of peace
To the palace of my God
To the nuptials of the Lamb
To sit at the table of my King
To feed on the bread of Angels
To see what no eye has seen
To hear what no ear hath heard
To enjoy what the heart of man cannot comprehend.

 By Blessed Richard Langhorne

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