Papal intentions for June 2014…

  • Unemployed. That the unemployed may receive support and find the work they need to live in dignity.
  • Faith in Europe.  That Europe may rediscover its Christian roots through the witness of believers.

NOTATE BENE: June is the month of particular devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (I hope that we all foster a general devotion thereto throughout the year). As Pope Pius XII wrote in Haurietis Aquas (15 May 1956),

“6. The Church has always valued, and still does, the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus so highly that she provides for the spread of it among Christian peoples everywhere and by every means. At the same time she uses every effort to protect it against the charges of so-called “naturalism” and “sentimentalism.” In spite of this it is much to be regretted that, both in the past and in our own times, this most noble devotion does not find a place of honor and esteem among certain Christians and even occasionally not among those who profess themselves moved by zeal for the Catholic religion and the attainment of holiness.

10. For even though the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has triumphed so to speak, over the errors and the neglect of men, and has penetrated entirely His Mystical Body; still there are some of Our children who, led astray by prejudices, sometimes go so far as to consider this devotion ill-adapted, not to say detrimental, to the more pressing spiritual needs of the Church and humanity in this present age. There are some who, confusing and confounding the primary nature of this devotion with various individual forms of piety which the Church approves and encourages but does not command, regard this as a kind of additional practice which each one may take up or not according to his own inclination.

15. No less to be approved, no less suitable for the fostering of Christian piety was this devotion declared to be by Our predecessor of happy memory, Pius XI…. [He wrote:] “Is not a summary of all our religion and, moreover, a guide to a more perfect life contained in this one devotion? Indeed, it more easily leads our minds to know Christ the Lord intimately and more effectively turns our hearts to love Him more ardently and to imitate Him more perfectly.”

In addition, recall that this Friday (6 June) is a First Friday, so make an effort to make a good confession and assist worthily at Mass. (You’ll never make all nine consecutive First Fridays if you don’t make a first one!)

In the same vein, be advised that the feast of the Sacred Heart falls on June 27, 2014. On that day, if properly disposed, we may obtain a plenary indulgence by making a public recitation, before the Tabernacle, of an act of reparation to the Sacred Heart. Join me (not the least by reminding me)!

Of course, I would be remiss if I did not remind all of you that, since this devotion precedes the Second Vatican Council, and since it is not a bedrock, explicitly defined, infallible de fide dogma, it is subject to a clerical quashing at any moment. All the more reason to get it in while it’s still allowed!

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A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed.

REQUIEM aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis). Requiescat (-ant) in pace. Amen.

ETERNAL rest grant unto him/her (them), O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him/her (them). May he/she (they) rest in peace. Amen.

This is a good prayer to recite especially during the month of November.


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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15 Responses to Papal intentions for June 2014…

  1. Great blog, much appreciated, many thanks!

  2. Glad to know you find it edifying, thank you!

  3. Crude says:

    By the way, Codg. I gotta ask.

    Am I being fair with you? Civil? I know I disagree at times, but I am trying my damndest to see things from your perspective and be reasonable in my replies. So now, I’m asking directly to be sure.

  4. Crude, you’re a godsend. Literally. I’ve been trying to sort out my angst, and I appreciate charitable criticism. My only aim along this line is to help the faith of those who have communicated with me about this papacy. Anyway… Keep doing what you’re doing. I need perspective but I loathe being talked down to or intimdidated on shallow pietistic grounds.

  5. Crude says:

    Thanks Codg. Just wanted to be sure I was approaching these respectfully even if I disagree at times.

  6. Dale Price says:

    I’m not Codg (No, REALLY?!?), but I also find your perspective very helpful.

  7. Ha, I actually tried to enter a few passwords in you latest post. I forget what the first attempt was but the second was inscrutable

    Will there be prizes for dumbest attempt (he wrote hopefully)?

  8. joe m says:

    Helpful, bracing…. if also distressing. Thank you.

  9. Good Lord, Crude, what am I…. THE POPE?!?!

  10. Wenzel C. says:

    Nice. Great blog.
    PS. Can I ask a question?

  11. Sure. Here or by email? fidescogitactio @ gmail . com

  12. Wenzel C. says:

    Thank you very much. I will do it by e-mail.

  13. Wenzel C. says:

    Its done.

  14. I have not yet received your email. Please try again to fidescogitactio @ gmail . com

  15. Wenzel C. says:

    I will do it again. I sometimes have trouble with gmail.

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