Pope Francis has requested that the faithful recite the Rosary and the Prayer to St. Michael during the month of October (Italian, English).
His Holiness can rest assured that these prayers will continue to be said by me and I encourage others to do the same.
Did anyone else catch a little gem in the notification from the Holy See’s press office? It confirmed that the prayer to St. Michael was indeed composed by Leo XIII. I am not entirely too sure if the Vatican has ever acknowledged this fact in a public setting. If it had, great, if not, then we now have it.
In the meantime, the second edition of Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael is now available. Be sure to pick up a copy!
Hello Everyone! I am busy with my new duties and responsibilities and have not been posting much lately. That said, I wanted to let you know that Preserving Christian Publications has released its official notice about the 2nd edition of my book Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael. You can check it out here.
In the meantime, here is the excerpt:
Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer
to St. Michael
Second Enlarged Edition
By Kevin J. Symonds
Foreword by Bishop Athanasius Schneider
2018 ix + 242p IL $18.00 #55990
Preserving Christian Publications is happy to announce the publication of the second enlarged edition of Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael by Kevin J. Symonds.
However, this edition appears at a time when the author has come under criticism. Matt Gaspers, managing editor of Catholic Family News, has written that Kevin Symonds is promoting what Mr. Gaspers calls “Fatima Lite,” a term that he borrows from Christopher Ferrara, who had debated Kevin Symonds on the Third Secret of Fatima at the annual Angelus Press Conference in October of 2017, in an exchange of arguments which we reported on on our web site.
Two distinct realities overlap and risk being confused in discussions about Fatima. The first is a question of historical fact concerning Fatima, and the second is the interpretation of the message of Fatima itself. One such question of fact is whether or not the Holy See has published the entire Third Secret. The question of interpretation concerns the theological commentary that the Vatican published with the Secret itself. Matt Gaspers has closely connected the two, but the historical investigations made by Kevin Symonds into private revelations must be clearly distinguished from the controversies regarding their theological interpretation. Mr. Symonds’ contact, for example, with the Blue Army/WAF (World Apostolate of Fatima) in matters relating to the Third Secret centered around an inaccurately translated statement of Our Lady to Sister Lucia. Christopher Ferrara interpreted the mistranslation as deliberate. Mr. Symonds had discovered the error just as the book was going to press, and knew the circumstances and why it was not deliberate. He later defended the WAF against Mr. Ferrara’s interpretation, citing the historical facts, causing Mr. Ferrara to issue a retraction. But Mr. Gaspers treats this as a defense of the Blue Army’s theological interpretation of Fatima, when in reality it was simply about specific events.
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In 2017, I had the opportunity to read Fr. Charles Theodore Murr’s book The Godmother: Mother Pascalina, a Feminine Tour de Force.
For those who do not know, Mother Pascalina was the right hand of Pope Pius XII. She was, arguably, the most powerful woman in the Vatican during Pius’ pontificate. There has been much written about her over the years, some good, some not so good. I do not pretend to be an expert on Mother Pascalina’s life, but I am interested in learning more about her. Enter Fr. Murr’s book.
While reading, I was struck by a quote that Fr. Murr attributed to Mother Pascalina. The two were talking about the infamous alleged private revelations at Bayside, New York. Fr. Murr attributed to Pascalina the following quote:
In the light of various ideas that arise over the years about private revelations (authentic or alleged), I think we could all learn from Mother Pascalina’s wisdom.
Hello Everyone! Well, little did I think I’d have to write two articles of a similar theme in less than 24 hours but it looks like I am!
Matt Gaspers of Catholic Family News has responded to my July article Gaspers’ Interpretation of Fatima. He has done so in an article for CFN that was published on September 3. Gaspers was kind to notify me via Facebook of the article and I thank him for this gesture. We have subsequently spoken briefly also via Facebook.