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Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 74 - October 2017

Alas, my dear brethren, what, then, will be the number of years which we shall have to suffer in Purgatory, we who have so many sins, we who, under the pretext that we have confessed them, do no penance and shed no tears?  St John Vianney

Message from the Manager
Welcome to Cardinal Newman Faith Resources Newsletter for October 2017. Father Tierney’s move is imminent and he has almost finished his packing. Unfortunately, he has been unable to write as prolifically about current issues as he usually does as his computer is hibernating, ready for its long journey to The Rock.

There are some beautiful feasts coming up on November 1st and 2nd, All Saints Day followed by All Souls Day. These feasts remind us of the Communion of Saints with each of us being a member of this amazing Catholic community. All Saints Day is the day we celebrate the Church Triumphant, All Souls Day the Church Suffering and November is when we are reminded of our specific jobs as the Church Militant.

We must renew and concentrate our efforts to pray for the Holy Souls during November and offer up all our prayers, works, joys and sufferings so that they will soon be with Our Lord in Heaven. On 2nd November a Plenary Indulgence can be gained for the Holy Souls if a Catholic is in the state of grace, receives the sacrament of Confession, either eight days before or after, receives Holy Communion on that day and recites prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and one Hail Mary is the minimum, but any other additional prayers may be added). A Partial Indulgence may be gained for the Holy Souls when we visit a grave and pray for him or her or we can simply recite “Eternal Rest Grant unto Them, O Lord, May Perpetual Life Shine upon Them, May They Rest in Peace. Amen” or a similar prayer in our own time.

Over the ages many people have suffered and linked their suffering to Christ on the Cross. The three little seers of Fatima show us, in a very special way, that God gives everyone the graces to endure the trials He sends them. Not only are we made aware by St Jacinta and St Francisco that children can and will accept incredible sufferings and sacrifices sent their way there are many others upon which our own young ones can model their lives. Austin Ruse has compiled a book of these stories. In addition to this we ask you to keep in mind that Susan Tassone has great devotion for the Holy Souls and has published many beautiful books promoting their needs and has collected and composed many prayers. Some of these are available from Cardinal Newman Faith Resources.

As members of the Church Militant we must not forget our part in offering our prayers, sacrifices and sufferings for the good of all and work hard defending our Catholic Faith and evangelising our neighbour.

The 31st October is the eve of All Souls’ Day and was celebrated with great joy by Catholics in centuries past. In recent times the secular world that surrounds us has adopted its pagan roots and many people dress as ghosts or witches because the ancient Celts thought the souls of the dead revisited their homes at the end of the harvest.  This year it takes on a disturbing meaning in that it marks the anniversary of Martin Luther’s dissention from Catholic teaching. On the 31st October 1517, Luther wrote to his bishop, Albrecht von Brandenburg, protesting the sale of indulgences. He enclosed in his letter a copy of his "Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences", which came to be known as the Ninety-five Theses. According to one account, Luther nailed a copy of them to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517. We have a large selection of books that trace the origin and history of the rise of Protestantism. It is important that we have an understanding of the history surrounding the late Middle Ages and the Reformation. A knowledge of history and the many wonderful saints and martyrs who defended the Church will give us a greater appreciation of the truths of the Catholic Church and realise why it is important to stay on the Barque of Peter. These saints, including Saints Thomas More, Edmund Campion, John Fisher, Margaret Clitherow and many more, are heroes and heroines that our children can look up to. They were real and we can model our lives on their unwavering love for God and the truths that God has revealed through his bride, the Catholic Church. They give us hope in these hard times. Each of us can make a difference through our prayers and sufferings but we must be informed and not be deluded into celebrating the beliefs of our separated brethren.

Robert Cardinal Sarah’s two books “God or Nothing” and “The Power of Silence” give us insight into the tools we need to remain calm in the wake of the huge problems the world faces as the media and our government try to milk our children of their Faith and morals.

The aim of Cardinal Newman Faith Resources is to spread and strengthen our beautiful Catholic Faith so we keep our prices as low as we can. Below is a wonderful selection of spiritual and historical reading material and prayers and devotions for the Holy Souls. You can ring us to order Wednesday to Friday 9:30-5:00 and Saturdays 10:00-3:00 or buy online at

Thank you for your continuing encouragement, prayers and financial support. We cannot keep going without your wonderful help. May God bless you and your families.

Gai Smith

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How the Reformation Happened by Hilaire Belloc $21.00
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The Facts about Luther examines the life, thought and work of Martin Luther (1483-1546) to correct the misperceptions that many have of him and his work. Msgr Patrick O'Hare analyzes the available record, written mostly by Protestant writers, developing this masterful, popularly written critique to set the record straight.

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Thomas More by Alvaro de Silva $7.00
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John Ogilvie a Jesuit in Disguise (1579-1615) $7.00
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John Southworth Priest and Martyr by Fr Michael Archer $5.00
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Cardinal Newman Catechist Consultants — 20th August, 2017 — HANDOUTS n. 151
“Clear, brief and easily assimilated by all”
Silence, Humility, Faith, Hope, Charity: Speak
Sequels to Handouts n. 58, “Shonky” and to Handouts n. 150, “Christ conquers Confusion and Corruption”
Download as a PDF
CARDINAL SARAH hopes the readers of his book, The Power of Silence, Against the Dictatorship of Noise, will thereby grow in humility (see p. 17).
Hence the aptness of the Litany of Humility quoted by Nicolas Diat in the Introduction. It is from Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), who recited it daily after Mass. He was Vatican Secretary of State to Pope St Pius X. See text below.
“Speak only when it is more necessary to speak than to be silent,” said St John Chrysostom.
The Power of Silence
Against the Dictatorship of Noise
by Robert Cardinal Sarah with Nicolas Diat
Ignatius Press 2017, translated from the French by Michael I. Miller 2016, 217 pp $28.95
In The Screwtape Letters (1942), C.S. Lewis says we should not, as we might with other virtues, seek humility directly, lest we fall into the sin of pride over our small successes and thereby negate them.
Lewis says the secret of humility is to seek the virtues of Honesty and Generosity. Their convergence will make us humble without our knowing it.
Thus senior devil, Screwtape, writes to Wormwood, who is assigned to inveigle his “patient” to Hell:-
Your patient has become humble; have you drawn his attention to the fact? All virtues are less formidable to us once the man is aware that he has them, but this is specially true of humility. Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, “By jove! I’m being humble”, and almost immediately pride — pride at his own humility — will appear. If he awakes to the danger and tries to smother this new form of pride, make him proud of his attempt — and so on, through as many stages as you please. But don’t try this too long, for fear you awake his sense of humour and proportion, in which case he will merely laugh and go to bed.
By this virtue, as by all the others, our Enemy [i.e. Christ] wants to turn the man’s attention away from self to Him, and to the man’s neighbours... The Enemy wants to bring the man to a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in die world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the fact, without being any more (or less) or otherwise glad at having done it than he would be if it had been done by another.
The Screwtape Letters is dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien who at that time (1942) was writing The Lord of the Rings, a book about Good and Evil. Much humility is displayed by its noble characters and much pride by its evil ones. Many make their own application to Christ and the Devil. See below.
Christ and Our Lady are humble (Matthew 11:29, Luke 1:48) and it is basic for repentance and faith (Mark 1:15).
Litany of Humility
by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
Make my heart like yours.
From self-will, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being honoured, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being praised, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire to be understood, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire to be visited, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being despised, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being abandoned, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being refused, deliver me, O Lord.
That others may be loved more than I,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I go unnoticed,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
At being unknown and poor, Lord, I want to rejoice.
At being deprived of the natural perfections of body and mind, Lord, I want to rejoice.
When people do not think of me, Lord, I want to rejoice. When they assign to me the meanest tasks, Lord, I want to rejoice. When they do not even deign to make use of me, Lord, I want to rejoice.
When they never ask my opinion, Lord, I want to rejoice. When they leave me at the lowest place, Lord, I want to rejoice. When they never compliment me, Lord, I want to rejoice. When they blame me in season and out of season, Lord, I want to rejoice.
Blessed are those who suffer persecution for justice’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
Lewis and Tolkien
C.S. Lewis was a convert from atheism to Anglican Christianity. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings (LOTR), was a childhood convert to Catholicism, later a daily communicant, always counter-cultural, never “politically correct”, and a Christian cultural leader.
Tolkien’s background theme is the battle of good against evil. And that it is never right to do evil as a means to achieve a good end (cf. Romans 3:8):
Eomer: “How shall a man judge what to do in such times?”
Aragorn: “As he ever has judged. Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among men. It is a man’s part to discern them...”
LOTR vol. 2, bk 3, ch. 2
Tolkien insistent that his epic was not allegory but had applicability (see his Introduction to LOTR).
In allegory, an author dominates the reader’s mind and imagination, but applicability leaves the reader free to make his own applications. And readers of The Lord of the Rings do just that. They range from Gold Coast hippies through to very devout Catholics like Tolkien himself.
A few of our Separated Brethren opposed LOTR as a rival to the Bible, instead of reading it as a persuasive parable supportive of the whole Bible.
APPLICABILITY of Tolkien’s “parables”
Leading characters like heroic Frodo, Gandalf and Aragorn enrich us with glimpses of Christ, and thereby can help us grow in humility, faith, hope and charity:-
·         Gandalf the Prophet, who guides by his wisdom.
·         Frodo, priest-like, offering himself for others.
·         Aragorn the King, the true and virtuous.
Free will is a central theme. The greatest evil is the lust for power, to dominate other free creatures.
There are the incorruptible Elrond and Galadriel and less noble characters like Theorden and Denethor.
Diabolical characters are Sauron ‘Lord of the Rings’ and his Nine Ringwraiths led by the Witch-King of Angmar. They lead retinues of ores, wargs, trolls, and corrupted men, plus the increasingly corrupted wizard Saruman and enigmatic hobbit-like Gollum, corrupted by his own vices and by Sauron’s evil Ring. He perishes in seizing the Ring for himself.
On the good side are other vital characters like Sam Gamgee, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Tom Bombadil, Treebeard the Ent, Barliman Buttibur, Eomer, Eowyn, Arwen Evenstar, Faramir “less self- regarding than [his brother] Boromir”, and always looming ‘in the front of the background’, Bilbo, from the preliminary saga of The Hobbit..
Fortunately for the reader, the author introduces this imaginary world of feigned history only gradually, so that one can cope with its multitude of characters. This can hardly be said of his Silmarillion and its bewildering pedigrees of the Yalar.
Frodo is aghast at the prospect, that the mission to destroy the Ring seems to devolve on him:
I wish it need not have happened it my tune.
Gandalf the Wizard guides him to humble acceptance: So do all who live to see such tunes. But it is not for them to decide. All we have to do is to decide what to do with the time that is given us.
This is one of many veiled references to God Who, in The Silmarillion, is named as Eru and Illuvatar.
Theorden, King of Rohan, has had his mind slowly poisoned, and his will to resist evil weakened, by heeding Wormtongue, a spy planted by Saruman. But he is humble enough to be rescued by Gandalf, and then fights evil heroically even unto death.
Saruman himself was head of the Order of Wizards and of the Council against Sauron. He betrayed the sacred cause of all free creatures, not by surrendering to Sauron, but by setting himself up as a rival, while “pride and anger were consuming him”.
He gazed into one of the seven Palantiri, ‘the Seeing Stones’ — a prophecy of mobile phones not invented when Tolkien wrote. These Palantirs had enabled the Free Creatures of Middle Earth to communicate by sight and sound in a defence pact against Sauron. But Sauron captured a Palantir and used it to weaken the will of the virtuous to resist.
SAURON, Dark Lord of Mordor, was not evil in the beginning but became so under Morgoth who, as Melchor, had rebelled against God. They are totally without humility. Morgoth reminds many of Lucifer, who became Satan; and Sauron of the Beast, the infamous “666”. Remember, this is not allegory: but the reader is left free to apply it to his own understanding of things. The lies of Melchor, Mighty and Accursed, Morgoth Bauglir, Power of Terror and of Hate, are a seed that does not die and cannot be destroyed, and continues to bear evil fruit even unto the latest days.
Denethor, Steward of Gondor, a mightier lord than Theorden, is only a viceroy, but lacks the humility to step down when the true King of Gondor arrives.
He let himself be engloomed into evil by Sauron’s insinuations via another Palantir. He was not totally corrupted, but damaged, impotent in the face of evil, radiating gloom and defeatism, sneering at Gandalf, refusing help and committing suicide.
LISTEN TO GOD in silence and humility
READ rather than view The Lord of the Rings. Reading allows inner listening to God’s promptings. Read Tolkien’s Tree and Leaf to contrast literature with drama and to link fantasy and Scripture.
And a final word from two Cardinals:
Never less alone than when alone [i.e. with God].
Blessed John Henry Newman
The virtue of silence does not mean we should never speak... [The Christian] should be silent when it is not necessary to speak, and he should speak when necessity or charity requires it.
Cardinal Sarah (page 239)
Father James Tierney

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